Tip of the Day: Creating Photo Templates from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo


Lorraine from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo shows us how to create our own templates for cutting photos and papers into the exact size we need. By using these clear templates, we can easily see where to cut and get the image that we want to scrap. Lorraine also shares a great tip for working with the templates, so enjoy watching her demonstrate a no-stress approach to making cuts in the size you need.

You can find Lorraine in the Creativity Center at Stamp & Scrapbook Expos helping scrappers learn new techniques and nurture their own creativity. She’d love you to stop by and say hello, grab a seat, and create a project with her! Visit scrapbookexpo.com to find an Expo near you.
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11 thoughts on “Tip of the Day: Creating Photo Templates from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo

  1. Christie says:

    Lorraine gave a good tip using Mylar; however, Michael’s doesn’t seem to carry it in their store where I live (Fairfield, CA) and the product they have on line is blue. Checked JoAnn’s and they only carry colored ones. Where do you buy the clear mylar sheets, what size, and how much $ should I expect to pay. How many “sheets” does it take to make the various sizes she showed in the how-to clip?

    • Jen Walker says:

      From Lorraine:

      “Hello Christie,

      I’m glad that you were inspired by that tip, I use them all the time. The product that was used to make the templates is clear acrylic that I purchased from Clear Scraps https://www.clearscraps.com/ . I just went on their site & a 12 X 12 sheet of acrylic is $1.99 & if you purchase 5 you get one free 😉 . Clear Scraps has a very high quality acrylic that can be used for all kinds of things, you can even run it through your Big Shot Die cutting machine to create your own custom acrylic shapes.

      Now all you need is some acrylic, scissors & a sharpie marker & you can create your own templates.

      Thank you for your interest in the Weekly Scrapper, see you next Sunday, Lorraine”

  2. LCJinRoslynPA says:

    Acetate can be purchased at Staples, or any other big box office supply. Not sure of the price, but I got a box of 100 on freecycle so I know that you can get it in quantity. I have made great tags with it using my Cricut.

  3. Diane says:

    I love this idea! Can you share a list of the sizes and/or shapes of the templates you have? Thanks…your “folding water bottle” friend from Denver.

    • Jen Walker says:

      Hi Diane. I would recommend creating templates for sizes that you cut most often. I have 2×2, 3×3, 3×4, 4×4 and 4×6 as those are the sizes I use most often in my pocket pages.

  4. Christie says:

    I ordered the sheets and cut out various sizes from a 2×2 to bigger and even kept some of the scraps to use that were odd size. Punched a hole in the corner and put a ring through the bunch. Now I’m ready to scrapbook and take these templates to Scrapbook Expos! Thanks for the idea — though my hole paper punch got dull toward the end of the cuts so have to go buy a new one! They are cheap enough and not used a lot, so don’t mind replacing hole punch as long as I can continue to scrapbook!

  5. Toni Guchereau says:

    I just use the packaging from my dies or anything else I purchase rather than toss them–they are heavy & just cut them into the desired size. I keep them in my tote inside a box of chalks inside the tote.

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