A few weeks back, I was able to give a quick tutorial on Creating a Border in Cricut Design Space™. I did have a few people comment that, although it was a wonderful tutorial, it did not show how to create a larger border for a page. So, for this week’s Tuesday Tutorial, I am going to walk you through creating a border that can go across the length of your scrapbook layout.
Many of our Cricut Collections are full of amazing borders like the Wave Border that I am using for this project. (I especially enjoy the borders in our Artbooking and Artistry collections.) I am going to begin by inserting the Wave Border(#M46FC2) I chose from our Artbooking Collection into my Canvas.
I want this Wave Border to be .75″ high x 12″ wide so that it will go across the full length of my page. Watch what happens if I unlock the image and resize it to .75″ x 12″.
It becomes distorted and warped – Not something I want to put on my page. Instead, I am going to change the height to .75″ without unlocking the image. By keeping the image “locked” it will stay proportionate.
The image is only 5.455″ wide, which is too small for my 12″ scrapbook page, so I am going to Duplicate the image THREE times to begin making the Border larger.
Depending on the Border you are using, you can either overlap one of the repeating designs or line up the ends side-by-side. Some Borders have a more finished look if you overlap. (TIP: Use ALIGN to make sure it it aligned at the top or bottom.)
I decided that with this Wave Border the side-by-side looked just fine, so I select both images and chose WELD. Now you can see that the image is one complete image, but it is short of the 12″ I need to make it across the page.
Now, here is where we get a little technical. If you have worked with an Explore Machine in Design Space™ in the past, you know that you cannot cut an image that is larger than 11.5″ unless you plan on manipulating your paper on a mat or using a larger mat. I am not going to teach you how to do either of these today, I am just going to show you how to work with the allotted 11.5″ you are given.
Remember that third Wave Border you created? Since our current Border is already 10.899″, I am only going to need about 2″ of this additional Border. Just like in the previous Tutorial, I am going to slice out the portion I need using a Square Shape.
I FLIP my sliced image (for a more finished look), and I have the two pieces I need to create a 12″ Border. Make sure to check that your Border is still 12″ with the additional piece. You may have to “assemble” the Border on your Canvas, then Group the images to see the finished length. If the finished length is over 12″, you can Resize the images as a group to the finished size needed.
When you add the cut images to your scrapbook page, they will overlap, but as you can see on this layout I created, the overlap is hardly noticeable.
Like I said, you could create one large image and manipulate your paper or use a larger mat, but I have found the overlapping of the image turns out just fine. I hope you take the time this week to play in Design Space™ and create a few scrapbook page borders. I can’t wait to see what you create.
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