This file includes Circle and Oval Cutter, 12-inch Pattern Template, Scroll Border Pages, Crimper, Pens, Idea Books, ZigZag Ruler, etc. Calendar and ruled pages are in the Journaling file.

Circle Cutter Ideas

Ideas for a Circle Cutter Workshop are in the Shoptalks file.

1. Use the circle cutter to enhance the side, top, or bottom of your photo. Cut along the subject for the rest. I've done this for a pair of deer licking each other. The circle was at the top on their heads and I followed the contour of a leg and back to finish the rest of the photo. The remaining corner was corner rounded. I've also done this for photos fishing on the boat using the boat rail or side to contour cut with my scissors.

2. Circle cut a photo, but also cut part of the side, top, or bottom with the personal trimmer to get rid of excess background you don't want in the circle. Line up the flat side of the circle along the side of the album page or a piece of colored paper.

3. (This idea expands on the one that is in the CropTalk)--that ring around the subject one. I did one similar to that but using two photos. One of my sons jumping in the pool--fairly close up--boring background. The other was of the pool itself, very pretty but my son was too far away to make it a usable picture. Cropped the 1st photo with circle cutter. Threw out background. Moved Circle cutter blade just a little, cut a circle of water out of the pool, and threw out circle. Corner rounded edges, mounted it on page, mounted the circle photo of son jumping into pool in white space. You could mat it and have the paper showing between photos.
A friend did the same thing with a 1st birthday photo that had everyone facing the camera and looking great EXCEPT the birthday boy. So we took a better photo of him and inserted it in the other--making your photo look the way you meant it to when you took it.
It would work for all kinds of photos--like sunsets or mountains where the people are totally lost in the photo.
The other Circle cutter idea I liked was a whole series of pictures of someone windsurfing and getting closer. She cut progressively larger circles but also took a "bite" out of each one with the next size up circle so they were "puzzle cut" and each fit into the next. (Maureen)

Cutting mats using different templates: Say that I use the red blade on an inside circle . . . you might think you can't make a mat for it because in order to make a paper mat for it, you need to do a green blade for the photo and a red blade for the paper mat. Not so! Use the next size circle template . . . then go to the Blue blade (largest blade) and it will be a perfect mat for the other red bladed photo. This sounds confusing, but it's really easy. (Donna Porrazzo, CMC)

Oval Cutter Ideas

Try doing a page in heritage style, with oval black and white photos, paper double matted.

Black page with Easter type photos with jelly beans cut from bright paper.

I have just finished an Easter page where I cut all the photos into ovals; I then used the templates to draw more ovals on the page so I could journal.

How about oval flower petals on a page, like a daisy shape with a circle of paper in the middle with the title and a little stem of green? (countrymama)

I have been using the ovals to cut half oval shapes. The pictures end up looking like an arch shape with a flat bottom to them. I line up the template with the bottom half of the photo in the middle of the template. This is a great way to crop a photo where people are sitting or where the subject is larger at the bottom than at the top and where a normal oval would cut out things like hands, or other things. (Christine)

Oval and Circles CSS Template Ideas

Many people have a hard time lining up the sizing template with the cutting template. It is difficult to see the picture through the cutting template. What I did was cut small slits along the grey line at each spot on the template where the size of the template is printed (4 different spots). When you lay the sizing template over your picture, use the blue pencil and make a mark in the slits. When you remove the sizing template, you now have markings, which will help you place the cutting template more accurately. This helps tremendously when the cut is really close to the edge of the picture.(Barb)

Here is what I did with my oval cutter:
I marked the templates and the cutting patterns with a Sharpie Marker--numbering from smallest to largest (1, 2, 3, 4). That makes it really quick to pick out the corresponding cutting pattern after you decide on the template.

Next I cut the template into four pieces, rounding the edges and leaving as much space as possible around the outside lines. Then, instead of using an exacto knife and cutting the slits I punched holes in the center of each side of the template with a very small round hole punch. Now I can line up the template and make marks with the blue pencil or a stylus to guide the placement of the pattern. (Denny)

Tips and Tricks for the 12" Pattern Template!

(compiled by Diana in Iowa)

Using a Crimper or Corrugator

Pen Ideas

Yellow Pens

(P. K. and D.L. W.)

  1. Outline the white stickers so they can be seen (like the bunny, lily or church).
  2. Draw a jagged cloud-type shape, color it yellow, and write WOW! inside. Or for those golfing pictures, FORE!
  3. Enhance camping stickers by outlining campfire and creating a beam for the flashlight.
  4. Draw a sunflower and color the petals yellow and the center brown with plaid lines.
  5. Draw black lines and highlight with yellow and orange pens for 4th of July sparklers.
  6. Lay the pen flat on its side (which makes a nice teardrop shape) Turn your page and imprint several times -you'll have a flower! Now just add a center using a darker pen.
  7. Combine with other pens--for Fall borders use orange or brown with yellow: for Easter use pink and purple with yellow. Try a Borderline to create two parallel borders and full the center with yellow.
  8. Draw a popcorn box with the black pen, add stripes with the red calli pen, then make popcorn by drawing a cluster of three solid yellow circles and outlining loosely in black.
  9. Draw a sign with jagged edges (to make it look wooden) then fill in with yellow and write your page title.
  10. Fill in the windows of the die-cut church, schoolhouse, cathedral window, etc so it looks like the lights are on!
  11. Highlight the candles on the die-cut birthday cake or highlight your candle stickers to really make them shine
  12. Highlight the black ABC sticker letters by outlining in yellow (or just highlight one side of each letter)
  13. Write a bold title in yellow then create a shadow effect by lining the tops and left sides of each letter in a different color.
  14. Draw yellow strings to match the yellow balloon stickers.
  15. Paint 1/2" border along the bottom of the page and put the autumn border stickers about 3/8" from bottom.
  16. Paint a 1/4 inch border along all four edges of your page for a fun, bright look.
  17. Fill in the squares of your film-frame die-cuts.
  18. Draw a "flash" coming from the camera die-cut.
  19. Use quick, straight strokes along with the brown pen to make hay for pumpkin patch or hayride photos.
  20. Make a rope. Draw a wavy line to connect the cowboy hat and boot die-cuts. Then outline the "rope" with the brown micron pen using small scalloping strokes, and then draw lines across the rope to connect the scallops.
  21. Make the sun die-cut really light up, or make rays going from the top of the church die-cut.
  22. Color in the face of the pumpkin die-cut and the candle is lit!
  23. Draw crisscrossed logs and make flames with the yellow and orange pens.
  24. Draw a baby chick for Easter or yellow duck for the bathtub.

Gold or Silver Pens

Start with a simple die-cut outline shape or stencil pattern, then trace the outline of the shape and fill in with either a gold or silver pen. Let dry completely! (Be sure it's dry before proceeding or the base color will clump!) Then go over the outline and fill in with a lighter, shade such as pink, when dried it simply sparkles!! I do recommend testing the base and top colors first on a separate piece of paper because the end color range is very different when using a gold versus silver base color. I love using the silver and green overlay to make ivy, especially on black paper. The color adds elegance.

Making simple pages using the Idea Books

(condensed from an idea by Donna B.)

ZigZag BorderLine Ideas

This was a limited edition item but there are zigzag rulers available from other places.

Scroll Border Page Idea

I use the scroll border pages as title pages in my albums. On one I placed a child's plate in the center of the page and drew a black line around it (You might try the largest oval in the new CCS). Then I placed heritage ivy stickers and flowers around the circle and drew black dots and squiggly lines between the stickers.

Inside the circle is the title--Jane Doe's heritage album, or The Doe Family Album, etc. I've had customers use the heritage abc blocks instead of the heritage flowers around the ivy for baby books. I also did this on black pages with the gold and silver pens and used the antique white ABC sticker letters.

Take one each of the blue, green and mahogany album and mix up the binding covers to get an album that goes with the school pages. This was for someone who had three children but you could do it with two colors also.
With the new black album, some folks might be able to do school colors (black and silver!). Michelle U.

Photos you want in your album but don't want everyone to see


I sometimes put photo sleeves ON the page protector. I use page protectors on every page, but when I use a photo sleeve under it it's hard to pull out to look at. So I put a not-so-important-but-can't-toss photo UNDER the item in the photo sleeve.
I do this a lot now, and it's a nice surprise for the kids to see what photo I HID under the photo sleeve!