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Old 10-15-2012, 11:00 AM   #41
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I guess I DO measure some like for layers but there is no way I'd remember all my measurements for each card or have the time to write them down.
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For images I usually measure the block that the stamp is on and cut my paper to match that.
Minders, you are a GENIUS! Never, ever thought to do that. Clever clogs!
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Minders, you are a GENIUS! Never, ever thought to do that. Clever clogs!
LOL, thanks....although I can't take credit for it....I'm sure I read it somewhere on here sometime I don't always do it that way but it's usually a good guide. A bit different now with the clear blocks but still works. And that's why I love my grid paper...because I can jus set the block on the paper and see exactly how big it is!
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I love those ideas that just stick in your head and you're not sure where they came from. That's what makes cardmaking so much fun!
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I measure....am I wierd lol! (don't answer that!)

I have my base and then my mats are normally 1cm/ 2cm bigger then the one on top.
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LOL, thanks....although I can't take credit for it....I'm sure I read it somewhere on here sometime I don't always do it that way but it's usually a good guide. A bit different now with the clear blocks but still works. And that's why I love my grid paper...because I can jus set the block on the paper and see exactly how big it is!
I measure the image itself and other than the base that's the only thing I measure.
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Honestly while I do measure my card stock it's a lot of trial and error when I'm stamping. For images I usually measure the block that the stamp is on and cut my paper to match that. And honestly, once I'm done with a card I could not tell you the measurements. It would ZAP all the fun out if I had to keep track of all of that information. I stamp for fun not a math project Seriously, I'm guessing that's why most people don't include measurements regularly (aside from funky folds and what not). We are too busy creating to measure and remember (as if I could remember every measurement on a card) or write it down. For me, stamping is trial and error! And sometimes more error than trial, lol!
Yes this! That is where I start and then my mat(s) are 1/4 or 1/8 bigger from there. If there are other pieces, it's just a random size that looks good.

When I was doing stamp camps with my upline at the time, we provided directions with measurements to people who paid for the stamp camp. I wouldn't normally give out a measurement of every piece of cardstock I had on every card I made.
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I TOTALLY do that too! Doesn't everyone??
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Scrap paper is your friend!

Really, I'm not being a wise guy, that's how I rough out many of my cards.
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As someone who just recently started blogging, it is a LOT of work to write up the blog and list all of the materials used. I can't imagine listing all of the measurements too. I wouldn't be able to share half as many cards if I shared all of that information too.
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I guess I never really even thought about it but reading Minders' post I realized that most of the time I start out by eyeballing the measurements of the block a stamp is on (using my grid paper...not a ruler) and then just add increments to that for layering. And thank goodness for punches! On the infrequent occasion that I take photos and post I do list the "recipe" regarding name of stamp set, embossing folders, punches, etc. but never had even thought of including specific measurements. If I was doing a step by step tutorial then maybe I would include them but not for basic uploads.

Of course, pretty much anything I would post would be relatively simple and very easy to "eyeball" it and figure out the sizes or at least come close....I like feeling that I am at least doing a little bit of the legwork when casing before getting to the fun part which is the actual stamping so I don't mind having to think it through just a little bit.

I really do appreciate it when folks list the source of a stamp set because once in a while I see something that I don't recognize and need some help...or would that be enabling? lol!
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This is an interesting topic.
When I post a card in the gallery I try to include all of the products I used .
It would be difficult to keep track of the sizes of shapes or layers on a card because I just wing it as I go along and change my mind so often.

I make 5" x 7" cards so even if I did include the measurements they would be of no help to anyone who makes a different size card. I cut a layer at 1/16" and if I don't like it I cut it smaller or maybe I will use a corner punch or attach a corner image.
I use my perfect layers to cut it down one or more times until I like what I see.

The only measurements I have looked for are for fancy folded cards. Even when I see a card or layout idea that I love I never have 3/4 th's of the products the original designer used so I have to modify it as I go along to work with what I have .
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Most days I'm happy to have just made a card, let alone get it posted anywhere. Time is an issue for lots of folks so I think asking for measurements etc is too time consuming.

Lots of demos reserve this kind of detail for their classes / tutorials that are for sale etc. If I'm creating for fun then, like many of the other girls here, I just make a card and don't think about the measurements, I wing it.
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Maybe we've scared the OP off....still no card image. If she's still reading; we'd all like to see the card, and anybody that feels able will certainly gladly help figure out sizes or stamp sets or colors. This is a very helpful and friendly group in general! Honest!

I am guilty of never listing measurements as well. I take for granted that most everybody in the "card making world" starts out with a half sheet of 8.5 x 11 card stock as a base. Meaning the finished card size is 4 1/4 x 5.5. Layers are never exact, and almost never the SAME when I make one card to the next; I kind of eyeball it. One card I might want a very skinny, skinny mat showing under my image, another I might want a full 1/4 ".

The only time I mention measurements is if the card comes out bigger than A2...that 4 1/4 x 5.5 I already mentioned above. And I say "comes out bigger" on purpose. I don't often decide ahead of time to make a bigger card. But once I stamp the main image and decide if I want layers etc...sometimes it just looks better to my eye if the card ends up square, or all the way up to 5 x 7.

So...to the OP...nobody faults you for wanting to know the basic information, even measurements. We're all just confessing to being lazy about it at times. Post a picture of the card you want to know about and we will try to help!
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Heck, I'll chime in with my $0.02. I don't list out my measurements on my blog or on any gallery postings I do. I do what most other ladies here do, I "wing it." Sometimes it's whatever scrap pieces I have that might fit the bill. Sometimes I measure the rubber for image size. Sometimes, thank goodness, punches/dies to the rescue.

However, I have gotten a couple of emails from others requesting actual dimensions. I gladly answered them, even if it meant getting off the couch and pulling out the ruler. One was for a 3-d item that I winged the measurements on. I even made another one and took more pictures for her so that it would be clear. I, too, have requested actual dimensions of something from couple of other ladies. Both were gracious enough to give me very detailed and exact info. This is just to let OP know that if you're curious enough, you should contact the poster and just ask.
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I second what Cobby said. I, too, don't like to think that the OP has come away feeling like she's sorry she posted something that was important to her. I know I wouldn't want to feel that way. And it's not the kind of experience I've had on this forum. Everyone has always been helpful to me.

Lee? We'd love to see the card and give you some help with it.
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Yes this! That is where I start and then my mat(s) are 1/4 or 1/8 bigger from there. If there are other pieces, it's just a random size that looks good.

When I was doing stamp camps with my upline at the time, we provided directions with measurements to people who paid for the stamp camp. I wouldn't normally give out a measurement of every piece of cardstock I had on every card I made.


This, exactly...

For my blog or uploads I list the paper, ink, stamps, accessories, etc. but no measurements. It would take much more time that I don't have and make blogging and uploading cards not as much fun. I admit that I do keep track of some measurements, IF I'm making more than one card that is.
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One thing that may help those who want exact measurements is the section here with Sketches. There are oodles of sketches .

Mojo Monday also has sketches every Monday.

I know there is a way to print them to the exact size of a 4.25" X 5.5" . Then they could measure the sections on the sketch

Perhaps some one has the directions to print the sketches to the exact size.

I make all of my cards 5" x 7" so I just guess the sizes of the sections if I use a sketch
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I TOTALLY do that too! Doesn't everyone??
Never occurred to me to do that. Besides, I always start with an over sized piece of cardstock. That way, when I stamp it crooked, I've got extra space to trim the paper square with the design!
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From Minders: For images I usually measure the block that the stamp is on and cut my paper to match that. Never occurred to me to do that. Besides, I always start with an over sized piece of cardstock. That way, when I stamp it crooked, I've got extra space to trim the paper square with the design!
Happy to know I am not alone , This is my method too !. I Stamp the image on an over sized piece of cardstock and go from there.

I generally cut out my images with Nesties so after I stamp it I find a Nestie that I like and will fit and use that. No matter how crooked I stamp it I can always line it up perfectly . I never have a Nestie in mind when I start either.
The only things I plan are which image I will use and the colors. After that, I just try this and that until I like it .
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Hey Ladies...it's moi "Lee" (LOL). I hope you guys can appreciate that I had to ask Lydia to send me a link to this specific spot because I get so lost & confused on this website.

Next, I've been extremely busy...most recently with a toothache...come to find out that that was just the "tip of the iceberg" because I need "extensive" dental treatment & surgery costing $$$ (thousands) and I'm kinda upset about that.

Next...I'm so impressed with all the responses that have been posted!!! Geez, I didn't know I was opening "Pandora's box"...I've never seen such PASSION. I'm kinda envious. I have ADHD and get confused easily. So, in order to compensate, I guess I've become OCD and/or **** about instructions...LOL!!!

I used to be a secretary and whenever I go to a class, I take notes (I know shorthand but don't use it anymore and then actually go home and TYPE UP MY NOTES to make up my own "Cheat Sheets" to help me learn. I've had lots of comments once people realize I'm doing that!!!

That's how I've learned to compensate to help me learn things easier.

Also, I can't tell the difference between colors. My older brother is color blind, so I guess that my mother carries that gene.

So, once I can come up with an idea and make the card, I'll certainly try to post it, and if I don't know what I'm doing...I can always email Lydia...LOL!!!

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Lee, sorry to hear about your dental problems! I've been through some of that myself and can totally sympathize!

PM means Private Message. If you click on any posters name ( for instance "cobby" for my posts ) you get a drop menu with a few options such as look at my gallery or send a Private Message. That lets you communicate with a specific poster privately, more like email rather than putting a message out here on a thread for anyone to see.

GRID paper is the same as graph paper. Just some paper with lines marked both horizontally and vertically. Stampin' Up sells a pad of it that I keep on my craft table. It's good for padding and protecting my work surface but theirs also has measurements ( like a ruler ) running both horizontally and vertically. Comes in handy to check the length of a ribbon or a scrap, and helps me get my layers on straight. I line the card base up on the grid so I know it's straight then stand up and "eyeball" attaching my layer. Having the base STRAIGHT helps me line up the layers.

As for the card we were all asking you to post; we meant the one you had seen and were trying to copy. If we saw it we could maybe answer the questions you had. But I think we ALL would LOVE to see anything you create as well. So post away!!
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Original Post or Original Poster. That is my best guess without seeing it in context.
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Lee, I hope your dental work goes well and you recover quickly.
pain in your mouth is some of the worst kind.
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vz5dzh is correct: OP refers to the Original Poster and/or Original Post.

Please tell us what card you wanted to copy...we are all SO CURIOUS now!!
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