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Old 03-26-2016, 09:26 PM   #1
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I have Perfect Layers tools, but find that after one layer it starts getting tricky adding more and staying accurate. I went searching for a solution and found one that I was able to make with stuff I had on hand - so it cost me nothing! You can see my homemade jig here: DIY Jig
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That is fantastic! Thanks for sharing!
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Thank you for sharing!

I have a question - how do you use your layering tool on the middle sections of your tri-shutter card shown on your blog post? Your card is gorgeous!

Edited - the tri-shutter card is actually in your blog header.
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I saw where you shared this on Facebook this morning, Charmaine! I am absolutely making several in various sizes. Thank you so much!
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Thank you for sharing!

I have a question - how do you use your layering tool on the middle sections of your tri-shutter card shown on your blog post? Your card is gorgeous!

Edited - the tri-shutter card is actually in your blog header.
Thank you. I did not have this layer positioning tool back then when I made that card. Maybe I can try making another one with this tool and see if it is possible to use on such a card. Wouldn't that be helpful with all those sections?
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I have Perfect Layers tools, but find that after one layer it starts getting tricky adding more and staying accurate. I went searching for a solution and found one that I was able to make with stuff I had on hand - so it cost me nothing! You can see my homemade jig here: DIY Jig
If anyone who has the time or inclination, it would be awesome to have a video tutorial. My brain must be asleep this morning and I'm not quite getting the whole concept. Looks awesome though.
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Brilliant! Thanks for sharing...
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If anyone who has the time or inclination, it would be awesome to have a video tutorial. My brain must be asleep this morning and I'm not quite getting the whole concept. Looks awesome though.
You can see the Cadillac version in action here:

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What a genius idea! I make lots of multiple cards for holidays, and this would help so much. I'm pretty good at eyeballing to get the layers even, but this would save me so much anxiety about getting them just right!
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Thank you so much for sharing this. And I did look at this new tool, cause I am prone to shopping. The Marsupial tool is selling for $45.00 so I will be using picture matting I can buy at Walmart to create my own tool. Thank you for the picture of your jig.
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Thank you so much for sharing! Great idea!
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... cause I am prone to shopping.
Lol! Me too!
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Charmaine, I want to make one of these handy little gadgets. Can you tell me what you used as the backboard to attach the pieces of mat board to?

Thanks, Annette

PS I just went to the link for the original DIY on your blog, and see that she used foam board for the backing.
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I used a piece of plexiglas only because I have a bunch given to me, but I think masonite would work really well, too. Foam core probably would work fine, too, but the way I toss things about when in a crafting frenzy, I wanted something sturdier.
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This is brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing, Charmaine. Can't wait to make myself some of these.
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Thanks so much for sharing this Charmaine. I will be giving it a try.
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I'm just wondering how it works if the jig thing is thicker than the card you are using, does it sit flat? Not quite picturing it.
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I'm just wondering how it works if the jig thing is thicker than the card you are using, does it sit flat? Not quite picturing it.
It works. You have your adhesive facing up. The top piece might be above that, but not by much, and a light press in centre attaches the layers. I use double sided tape that grabs quick.
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I'm just wondering how it works if the jig thing is thicker than the card you are using, does it sit flat? Not quite picturing it.
This would be a time that you want to put an big X on the back of the card panels, not just tape along the edges.

Then you put slight pressure in the center of the cards and it attaches to the one underneath. Even if you use really thin paper, it will attach if you have tape in the center of the panel.
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Thanks, I'll give it a go.
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For the 15,986th time...I love this place.

While looking at something else I came across the Marsupial layering tool and didn't recognize it...and hey, a tool that will let me place my layers straight-well! I have to run home and check with the gang about this!

And sure enough...it was here-the "cadillac" version of the jig idea. I had missed the back end of this thread and had not seen it or the cut down a picture mat idea.

It's on my list now-get mats! And I may be by a Michaels today too! Whoot!
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glad I came across this post. thanks for sharing.
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I came across references to the Spellbinders Layer Creator, but it doesn't seem to be on sale any more. A shame, because it looked to be a more convenient size than the Marsupial tool. Hopefully someone will sell the Marsupial tool in Australia soon.
So thank you, I will try the photo mat idea, I think it is better than using rulers and repositionable adhesive, like I have been doing.
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I*think* we are talking about two different things.

People have problems cutting straight layers, so some of us use the Spellbinders Basic matting layers-they come in 2 sizes (A and B) for 3 cards-A2, A7 and 6 inch squares. If you get both and mix them, you can cut within 1/8 inch. Then there are special ones like rounded corners, etc.

Spellbinders always has them but at full price though that has dropped quite a bit
https://www.amazon.com/Spellbinders-.../dp/B008E4CNEU

I found the A2 on Amazon - you probably can find the others
https://www.amazon.com/Spellbinders-.../dp/B008E4CNEU

I bet there are other places with it too.

The Marsupial/photo mat is for attaching your layers straight/even on all sides, which is another possible problem.

The home site for the Marsupial is here-they might ship to Australia.
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I was talking about this: SPELLBINDERS LAYER CREATOR BASIC which seems to have been an L-shaped plastic ruler with indentations which worked like the thing made from photo mats. Perhaps there were patent issues with it, because it doesn't seem to be around any more.
Thanks for the link for the Marsupial.
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Oh! Sorry-had never heard of that.
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I was talking about this: SPELLBINDERS LAYER CREATOR BASIC which seems to have been an L-shaped plastic ruler with indentations which worked like the thing made from photo mats. Perhaps there were patent issues with it, because it doesn't seem to be around any more.
Thanks for the link for the Marsupial.
I clicked on your link, and it looks like you can still order this tool. They say they have 121 in stock.
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Note: The $10 off code for the Marsupial jig worked: LAYER10.

The owner sent me a link to a much longer youtube video by the same person Charmaine linked to (Michelle), very fun. She spends a good bit of time on how to figure out what size paper to cut for different width layers - IOW before being placed on the jig. While I understood that, it was still fun to watch, and could be useful for a bunch of people.

Instead of youtube, here's the blog, how she labeled her Marsupial jig, and the video:
Bellissima Cards: Marsupial ("JIG") Layering Tool Video Tutorial and "Cheat Sheet"

The layering widths for the jig are 1/8", 1/4", 3/8", 1/2" and 3/4". You can add more than one layer to a card and they can be different widths.

I ordered one. I have a bum knee that sometimes is okayish and sometimes gets mad at me when I sit-stand-sit. But I have to stand to eyeball and place layers. I wouldn't have to with this.
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While considering whether to order the Layer Creator or the Marsupial, or wait until I can buy one of them here in Australia, I turned to my trusty Silhouette machine. I cut measured L shaped cardboard pieces, and tried using one as a layer guide butted up against the inside edge of the Misti. ( suggested in this thread ) It worked well enough. I made the L pieces just big enough for a 4x6" picture I wanted to mat. I am going to cut some more, this time making them the full size of the Misti interior, as then I can use the magnets to keep the L shaped piece still and flat.
I think anyone who has the rectangular Spellbinder matting dies could also make accurate L shaped pieces. They could also be made with a craft knife and ruler, but anyone that good with a craft knife and ruler would be able to use the Perfect Layers tools, I reckon.
It may be possible to do matted circles using the Misti magnetic base. I'm not sure what matted circles would be useful for, though.
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I think your points are spot on, AussieJenny.

I ordered the jig from Marsupial partly because all border widths are on one board. I don't have to set up or use multiple pieces to make a double or triple-matted card, even with varying border widths. Convenient, especially if wanting to whip through a bunch.

A cutting mat, Scor-Pal, and a couple other "boards" are on the floor in a gap between the front leg of a small table on my left and a small Alex unit, and another just beyond it. Just nice to grab and go.

I have a plastic border system made up of pieces, and I don't use it because I've already got pieces of everything everywhere. (Time to straighten up.)
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