Username Post: Keeping things straight - literally!        (Topic#1576733)
LesleyC
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What is your advice as far as aligning elements on a page? Is there a tool or trick to keeping items straight?


 
SueLovesToScrap
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In response to LesleyC

I've been known to use a good old-fashioned ruler but most times my layouts don't have elements that need to be straight. A lot of times I even slant my photos or use different angles so I don't have to worry about it. Good luck!


 
Here Kitty
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I just eyeball things until I like them


 
Cindyckj
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In response to SueLovesToScrap

2nd for the ruler. lol but I gave up on getting things straight a long time ago.


 
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In response to LesleyC

Stand up over your layout as you place things on....helps a lot.


 
SherylEb
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I use a C Thru T-square Ruler. It's awesome. Runs about $3.00.



 
scarlet864
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In response to SherylEb

Rulers, grid paper or a mat with a grid always help me line things up perfectly.


 
aquabunny
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I use an 18" x 3" clear Fiskars ruler with markings every 1/8".


 
Henri Jean
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I use the same ruler as aqua - love it.

If making letters with my cricut I lift my letters directly off the mat with the big paper still there onto drywall tape.

The letters are perfect when they are cut - even and spaced. When I lift them from the same spot with drywall tape they stay that way. If one lifts a little wonky I set it back into the space it came from and lift it again.

THen I glue then or stick to typing paper and take to crop and glue it.

THe drywall tape is loose woven and you can see through it.

I put the glue on the back of each letter and put the drywall tape where I want it. I normally use the clear ruler on the bottom of the letters.

THen I lift the drywall tape up and the glue on the letters keeps them in place.

I can evenly and straightly glue in 5 minutes the type of titles it used to take an hour or more to space and make even.

Wish there were a way to do this with my Slice!


 
ScrappinGirl162
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In response to Here Kitty

  • Here Kitty Said:
I just eyeball things until I like them



yeah me too unless I really wanted it to be straight I use a ruler or sometimes I go at an angle... makes it more fun


 
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I use an old fashioned sewing seam gage. They have a sliding piece that you can move up and down the ruler, it works perfect for me. The only drawback is that they are only 6 inches long. I've never needed anything else, it is big enough. I use it to make sure my pictures, ribbon, titles ect are straight. You can buy them anywhere they sell sewing supplies. I would have to say, it's in my top 5 tools I must have to scrap.


 
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I have 2 interlocking rulers that have slides on the with little laser lights in them-- I couldn't wait to get them yet I rarely use them-- I just eyeball or use my TH ruler-- I love Henri's idea of the drywall tape and I am sure I will use it!
Thanks Henri! AGAIN!


 
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I have a friend that is very obsessed with making things straight and she uses what we call her "Boomerang"
Right angle By Pam In TX

As for me.... I eyeball most everything but for the occassional straight line I use my Club Scrap clear grid ruler


 
LesleyC
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Thank you all! Henri, once again, you come up with the creative genius response, lol!

For those of you who use graph paper, how does that work? I mean you can't see through your LO onto the graph paper. (Hope that made sense.)

I had a border strip or some such that I was trying to align, so I figured if the side of the strip was alighed with the edge of my page, it would go on straight. No such luck. I always feel like my first layer of paper (over the base CS) is a little skewed -- enough to look sloppy, not enough to look artsy. Maybe I should just start skewing everything!


 
renwa33
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Oh, I like the sewing ruler idea! And the boomerang thingy...I hate when things aren't straight and I think these would be easy solutions for me to use! Thanks! Great topic!


 
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I eyeball things as much as possible, but honestly with letters, I often place them askew on purpose.


 
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I eyeball things too. Eyeballing wont work if you have multifocal glasses tho or when yer prescription shows a high axe rate.

I usually get things perfectly straight, I'm known here by me mum's friends for being picky perfect about things to be straight n stuff lolol


 
RedSquirrel
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I have a large self-sealing craft mat with lines ruled on it. If I want things to be lined up on my LO, I put the LO on the craft mat, line the edges up with the craft mat, and use a long ruler to join up the lines on the sides. It's quicker than measuring.


 
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In response to RedSquirrel

I tell people that my stuff is straight they just need to stop tilting their head when they look at it lol


 
terrihooper
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  • RedSquirrel Said:
I have a large self-sealing craft mat with lines ruled on it. If I want things to be lined up on my LO, I put the LO on the craft mat, line the edges up with the craft mat, and use a long ruler to join up the lines on the sides. It's quicker than measuring.


I do this, too-- Love the large mat with the grid!


 
cshortel
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In response to terrihooper

I've used a piece of paper and utilized the grid on the cuttingboard too, but for the most I've embraced the non-straight, off center, slightly out of kilter way of life, and I'm ok with it.


Edited by cshortel on 05-23-12 02:54 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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  • must_love_paper Said:
I tell people that my stuff is straight they just need to stop tilting their head when they look at it lol



LOL


 
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I decided a long time ago that if something ends up crooked I just tell people I intended it to be that way. Or I blame it on my vertigo.


 
kiyawinn
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If I'm applying ribbon or setting paper or borders etc. I line things up on my cutting mat with the grid (has magnets too to hold things in place). However, if I'm doing letters, I usually just eyeball it and sometimes put them askew on purpose.....

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Bxr-Linda
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In response to kiyawinn

I do what everyone else said.

Rarely I use a ruler or square.

Mostly I just wing it. My motto, "if it looks straight, it IS straight."


 
olleharr
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Most of the time I can eyeball it but if my T-square ruler is close by I'll grab that. Especially if I'm trying to draw a straight line. It's very quick and easy.


 
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