Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tuesday Tip...

I almost forgot about my tip today!

Today I will go over how I size my paper piecings in the SCAL program (you could probably use the same principles in your cutting program). I don't care for lots of math, so I came up with my own method.

First I visualize the size of the area I have to fill on my layout. Then I open up the pattern file I want to use. Using the squares on the mat (each square = 1 inch) I add the size of the body up in my head (such as 2 inches on the legs, 3 for the body, 1 for the head etc...). If this is too large or too small, I size it up or down a little by pulling the corner (always lock the proportions first!)

Sometimes I will 'ungroup' the piecing and put it together on the screen to see the size better.

Now, say I am using a set of patterns and I want them all to match. If I am using a set of bears, once I have the first one sized and cut. I delete all the pieces except for the head. I pull the head off the cutting mat and bring in the next bear. I pull the old head over and size the new one to match it.

This may not be the easiest way to do it, but it works for me. Happy Scrapping!


  1. I am a H-U-G-E fan of your work and have purchased a few things from you in the past. I was so excited to find out you have a blog. LOVE IT! Thanks for all the tips. I only hope to be half as creative as you are one day!

  2. This is exactly what I do. How funny! Right down to saving a head and using it as a guide for the next file. Thanks for sharing your work, LOVE it!

  3. I'm your fan of your work too! xoxo Thank you for sharing all these tips !
    Have a great Wednesday ;-)
    Maria Elena ~

  4. Thanks! You are all to kind! Cindy- ha that's funny! Great minds must think alike! :)