This is my problem - I cannot get any punches for myself because right now I can't spend the money, however, I was given a box full of decorative scissors from fiskars from a friend of mine that doesnt scrap anymore. My question is, how do you cut the edges to make a consistent border? I find that I can never connect the cuts precisely and then have to recut to try to have it look right. Ive since given up on them, but was wondering what Im doing wrong or this just the downside of the scissors??
I always used to start my next cut exactly where I left off.....kinda hard to keep it straight and consistant though.
If you are looking for cheap unique borders why not try using:
strips of paper like ribbon
torn edge strips
homemade flower border
purposly uneven edged cuts
the list goes on.....if a tool frustrats you that much, it's time to just put it away, because it's making your scrapping not fun anymore.
I have however found the scollped adge deco scissors to be extremly useful for 2 things lately. Homemade roses and cuting the outer edge frame for homemade banners. Both very popular in sb'ing right now.
It's definitely those scissors and not you...which is pretty much why they want out of style for the most part. I recommend just using them on one edge or opposite edges rather than try to do a square with them.
On another note...its also hard to line up border punches and if you'll notice, lots of people don't worry too much about how the corners look.
Deco scissors are a pain as a general rule ... the only one I use is the one that gives an antique edge (like torn paper). I don't even bother trying to line it up, because the look is a distressed one.
I recently dug out my deco scissors and used them for a couple of things. I think they would be useful in cardmaking. My best advice would be not to overdo it. Just a little deco edge here and there on a page, not everywhere. Also, don't cut the pictures! LOL I recently used my deco scissors to make a homemade flower. It turned out really cute!
I think I have almost all of the deco scissors from fiskars, I never use them anymore because they were more trouble than they were worth. My kids love to use them though so I keep them around for them. Just another fad that's gone out of style.
I remember when I first started scrapbooking, I did use the scissors to cut the pictures and the paper to match, lol, and honestly I can't for the life of me figure out why I did that But I do have 3 little girls, so worse case scenario, I'll pass them onto them!! The line idea is a great idea, too!
Flip the paper over and draw a line to use as your guide. Make the first cut with your deco scissors. Be careful to stop just before you get to the scissor tip. Open scissors along guide line and adjust until the grooves fit into the end of your last cut. Make your next cut.
Sounds difficult but it's fairly simple. Just takes a lot of practice.
I have just a few of the scissors and it takes some precision to get it right. There are a few where it doesnt really matter and others look well weird if ya dont follow the pattern. Me most used scissor is the one with the vintage photo edge. Just like in the old days where you'd have a white edge around the photo with that nice cutted edge. I stay clear from the scallop scissors cause ya cant get that one right. The zig zag one is also great for small edges like on strips of paper. The trick is to start a cut from beginning to end, open the scissor again and start from the point where ya ended and make one cut again. It takes some fiddling n practice....
I use the scallop ones a lot, mostly for photo mats.
I line up the bottom scallop of the scissors over the last scallop I just cut. I usually draw a line on the pp as a guide and line the scissors up so when I am finished with a cut the scissors are touching that line...draw a dot at the top of the scissors and make sure that dot is touching the line you drew. Now I can just eyeball it. It is never perfect but I'm doing a lot better than I used to.
I just turn the paper backwards and draw a line with a ruler and cut along the line and it makes a nice border, etc..
I so agree. I have a whole section of my daughter's elementary grades scrapbook that I did page mats and even cut the pictures with my fiskars and I still love those layouts. There are also a lot of pages done with my border buddies that I think are just awesome!
I love deco scissors. It has saved me so much money from buying border punches. I have a lot of luck with deco scissors.
I did get rid of my Fiskars. I know a lot of artists have said those are the best. I had nothing but trouble. I have done well using my ProvoCraft scissors. Those have bad reviews too. I luck out a lot of times on PC products or maybe they just like me.
The trick to using scissors is take a cut. Don't close the scissors but move to the next point and take another cut. Also drawing a line on the back of your paper helps a lot.
Move your paper and not the scissors when cutting.
My best tip for deco scissors treat them like border punches. The tricks for border punches usually work with scissors too.