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Monday, July 16, 2012

Make Your Own - Borders

Today we'll look at various border-making techniques.  On these first couple of pages, the borders were made by printing clip art and cutting it out.  With clip art and a decent photo program, you can easily re-size your clip art and even change its color to suit your needs.  The bows are actually also clip art - to help keep the bulk down - with Jewel Dazzles to add a bit of sparkle where the knot would be.

Another technique I like for making borders is to create faux ribbon with a photo program.  In this case, I started with a black rectangle, put a smaller red one on top of it, then added words that enhanced the theme of my page.  When it's a rectangle like this, it's fast and easy to cut it with a paper cutter.

 This wavy border was cut with a paper cutter with a fancy-edged tool.  I added Jewel Dazzles at the top and bottom of each "wave" to bling it up a bit.  A small ribbon bow adds the finishing touch.

Of course, you can just use ribbon to create a border.  This ribbon with the looped edge is particularly effective for borders.  I use my ATG to put glue on the back of the ribbon for quick and easy adhesive.

This final example is a little hard to see.  If you look closely you can see a lacy white border at the top and bototm of the page.  This was created with a border punch.  There are a wide variety of border punches, so you can easily find one that gives you the look you want.

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