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A set of three tools with ten different border measurements for creating matted layers that are simple to use and portable.


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  • >Perfect borders without measuring

  • >You can cut 1/8, 1/4, 3/8 and 5/8 of an inch

  • >Patented “catch lip” that simply "bumps" up along the picture

Product Description

Manufacturer Description
Perfect Layers™ paper-crafting tools, often called Perfect Layers Rulers, are patented tools that enable you to create perfectly straight, perfectly spaced, perfectly layered effects, on all your paper-crafting projects, with NO MEASURING needed.

The Perfect Layers technology has a patented “catch lip”, that simply hooks onto the edge of the image and produces the precise border measurement you want.

Using a standard craft knife or rotary cutter, cut along the stainless steel edge of the Perfect Layers tool. Simply follow the tool edge along all sides of your picture or project, and you have a perfectly matted or framed result.

With three different Perfect Layers tools, you can create 10 different sized layers. The measurements range from 1/16th of an inch, all the way up to 1 inch, for perfect borders, mats, frames and layers on all your paper-crafting projects.

Perfect Layers Tools are sold individually, or in sets. The Deluxe 3-Tool Set sells for $27.99 and contains three (3) tools (for 10 "No Measure" border sizes), and a set of instructions and suggestions on how to use the tools.

Tool #1 - 1/8, 1/4, 3/8, 5/8
Tool #2 - 1/16, 3/16, 5/16, 1/2
Tool #3 - 3/4 and 1 inch

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  1. Perfect Layering with Perfect Layers

    By Lori McAree

    For this review we received Perfect Layers. Perfect Layers are clear acrylic guides with little edges on each side to catch the edge of your image or sentiment layer for cutting. I was a bit intimidated at first, it didn’t make sense to me in just looking at the tool. The directions are very easy to follow, and I completely understood right away.

    In practicing with different types of paper I found that the heavier paper is much easier to grab the image lip to layer than thinner paper. The tool still works perfectly fine with thinner paper however you need to be careful when holding the tool, it can shift and you may have to make another cut to even things up.

    The tool is very easy to use with a craft mat and craft knife. My knife glides along the side of the tool so smoothly. Once you decide how much of a border you would like, it doesn’t take any time to trim.
    If you are like me, space is an issue, so I like the fact that they are not bulky, and they fit very nicely along the side of a drawer.

  2. Perfect Mats

    By Rose Ann Reynolds

    I've been familiar with Perfect Layers for some time, as I purchased my first set when I was a demonstrator for a well-known stamp company. My original set had two rulers, so I was happy when I received the new set with three rulers, which includes the 3/4" and 1" measurements.

    Since dies have become so popular, I find that I do use those for matting a lot of the time, but there are many occasions when I'm looking for the perfect-sized mat and it cannot be found in the die set. Perfect Layers have ten different mat sizes to choose from, I can always find the measurement I'm looking for.

    If you want to achieve success when cutting your layers, I would like to suggest a few things. First, make sure you have a sharp craft blade for cutting. Second, when you butt the ruler against your paper edge, be sure to hold it as firmly as you can so the ruler doesn't slip on you (standing up while cutting can help). Third, you may need to run your blade over the cut line twice, to insure you've cut all the way through your paper.

    My Perfect Layers tools are always within arms' reach while I create, and it will remain the case for as long as I am a paper crafter.

  3. Layering made easy

    By Beate Johns

    When we first received the Perfect Layers tools I have to admit I was skeptical. I LOVE math and I love my paper cutter. Figuring out how much bigger I have to make the next layer of my image is fun and easy for me. However, if you don't like to take the time to measure, these are the perfect tools for you!

    I used a hand held rotary cutter with my Perfect Layers tool to cut the cardstock, and I loved how easy it was. Craft knives scare me since I am a bit of a klutz, but the rotary cutter made cutting with these tools a breeze. Adhere your image to a larger piece of cardstock, decide what width you want the next frame (or mat) to be, line up the appropriate Perfect Layers tool with the lip of your main image and cut.

    The tools are labeled so it's easy to find the right width you want. The lip underneath the tool is about 1/16" high. Lining it up next to your image is easy, then just cut and you are done. I also wanted to mention because you adhere your main image to the mat cardstock before you actually cut the mat layer, your image will always be centered when you finish cutting. No more lining up, adhering and then trying to budge the main image a tad to even things up.

    The tools are thin, sturdy acrylic and won't take much space in a drawer or cabinet. If you would prefer to hang them, they also have a small hole on top.

    If you don't like to mess with measuring, this will help insure perfect layers every time!

  4. Great cuts with Perfect Layers

    By Heather Jensen

    I was recently given the new Perfect Layers tool to review. It is a great product to make even and exact cuts for scrapbooking and cardmaking. There are 3 different sized rulers that give you a very precise cutting measurements at different widths. There is even a lip to catch the photo or paper so there is no slipping or trying to keep the ruler straight on the project. You must have a flat surface and craft knife in order to use, but I think most paper crafters have those tools.

    For me, this is a great tool for scrapbooking, but not quite as handy for cardmaking. The guides are very portable and would be a wonderful tool to have to take for a crop party or scrap night.

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Questions and Comments

What do you think? Leave your comments and questions.

These look great for straight lines, but would they work on irregularly shaped images (I’m thinking if I’ve fussy cut an image), ovals and circles? I see an oval in one of the pictures but I’m having a hard time picturing how it would work. Thanks, Lynne

Lynne   |  Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 6:51 AM

They only work for straight lines, the oval was cut with dies.

Beate   |  Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 7:33 AM

I am so happy to find this tutorial.  I bought these tools years ago and lost the instructions.  I even forgot I had them until I spotted the link to the video.  Now I can’t wait to use them—so seeing the Perfect Layers video was perfect!  Thanks.

Flo   |  Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Looks great !

Helen Dunn   |  Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 2:54 PM

I have two sets of these wonder tools.  I love them that much!  They are so very easy to use.  If you do any rectangular or square layering these tools are an absolute must have.

Shelly Newkirk   |  Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 8:08 PM

I have these and I used to use them a TON. However, I now cut more layers with circles, ovals and labels dies so I use them much less. And I mat less now than when I started card making. I also now usually cut my layers to the closest 1/4” making cutting mats easy. But they are a great tool. I will use it with a small rotary cutter from now on as I too am a klutz with a craft knife and the rulers slip on me as I don’t have strong hands. Standing sounds like a good plan too. I recommend them highly for those who are bad at math or don’t have a die cutter.

Rebecca Ednie   |  Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 11:12 PM

Totally love these!  I have the two-rule set from Stampin’ Up and consider them a must-have tool.  While I use a lot of dies now, I still love using these for matting for a clean and accurate job.  Thanks, and I’m glad they are making them again.  I’ve emailed a friend who had wanted to buy a set.

CherylQuilts   |  Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 5:57 AM

I am very exicited at the prospect of no more ruined cards because I didn’t get the layers on straight. I didn’t know about these tools, but thanks to this spotlight, I’ve already ordered a set! Thank You SCS!

Barbara Joyce   |  Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 10:41 AM

I have had these for several years and love them EXCEPT the metal edge started coming out of both of them almost immediately.  The only way I can use them is to try to keep the metal portion in with tape, etc.  Very frustrating

prs   |  Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Is the Nr 1 the most used one, i just need the really nice thin one…..

nina saethre   |  Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 1:25 PM

The #2 has 1/16”, 3/16”, 5/16”  and 1/2” measurements.  The #1 has 1/4”, 1/8”, 3/8” and 5/8” measurements.

prs   |  Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 1:52 PM

yes i can see what the measurements says but what one would be the one you will use the most, like if u can onky choose one of them(cant afford the set) would the NR 1 be good to go for?
I really will use t just to add these thin lines around as matting….

nina saethre   |  Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 1:56 PM

If you want the slimmest margin, then you would want the #2.

prs   |  Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 1:58 PM

i want it slim yes, but is it a huge dif from 1/16 to the 3/16, its nice with some variaty??/?

nina saethre   |  Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Perhaps your best bet is to get a visual by taking a square of paper and drawing borders of varying widths around it.

prs   |  Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 2:10 PM

LOL, thats why i want these, as i suck in maths…....

nina saethre   |  Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 2:12 PM

I have these things and cannot get them to work right for the life of me!  Those and the stamp-a-majig thingy.  I must be cursed or something.

Bonnie aka raduse   |  Sat Mar 31, 2012 at 5:10 AM

Bonnie, whats the problem you have with them then?

nina saethre   |  Sat Mar 31, 2012 at 12:31 PM

I bought these a while back and use them on almost every card I make. LOVE THEM!!!  No more uneven layers.

Kathy Beck   |  Sat Mar 31, 2012 at 12:54 PM

which one(if i have to choose one) is the one giving most for ur money, i like pretty narrow borders around when layering

nina saethre   |  Sat Mar 31, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Hi Nina,
I think you would like the 1/16” and 1/8” layer the best then! You should get the Perfect Layer 1 & 2 combo then.

beate   |  Sun Apr 1, 2012 at 4:45 AM

I purchased the sets after reading a forum here at SCS last year. I also purchased the Perfect Square…..I don’t know how I lived without these great tools. Love them all !!!

Susie Williams   |  Tue Apr 3, 2012 at 3:55 AM

I ordered a set of 2 of these off of E-bay before I knew of your site.  Didn’t realize that there was one that did the 3/4 and 1 in is it possible to just order that one.

linda Barlieb   |  Tue May 22, 2012 at 7:49 AM

I’ve been using Perfect Layers for MANY years….LOVE THEM!!!  Freaked out when I couldn’t find them anymore, so was extremely happy when they started selling them again!!  I bought a “back-up” set just in case….If you love to mat, then these are the PERFECT tool for you!!

Sarah Williams   |  Wed Jul 11, 2012 at 6:38 AM

live in canada where would I find the perfect layer tool. thanks

onelda Sullivan   |  Wed Jul 11, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Perfect Layers - linked on the top right under ‘Where to Buy’ does ship to Canada, and the shipping is very reasonable. smile

lori   |  Wed Jul 11, 2012 at 9:56 AM

I greatly enjoyed learning about these tools. As I am blind in my right eye this might be very useful for me in making my cards more precise and nice looking. Where are these 3 rulers etc. available? Will you ship internationally??
Would love to receive some response.
Regards Gisa

Mueller-Stutzbach, Gisa-Maria   |  Thu Jul 12, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Hi Gisa!

YES! They do ship internationally. Look to the right side of the review page under ‘where to buy’. I know there is an international distribution set up, as I discussed it with the owner yesterday. Thanks so much!

lori   |  Thu Jul 12, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Will an 18mm rotary cutter work with the Perfect Layers?

Bobbkat   |  Sun Jan 3, 2016 at 2:01 PM

I’ve never tried it with a rotary cutter, but I think it would work well. Be sure to run the wheel right up against the metal edge of the Perfect Layers tool. And also, be aware that cutting paper and cardstock will dull your wheel, so keep one for paper and another if you do any quilting or cutting of fabrics.

Barbara Joyce   |  Sun Jan 3, 2016 at 2:52 PM

Thanks for responding.  I’ve used rotary cutters with it and like to use them.  I just wasn’t sure if the 18mm blade would be large enough to clear the ruler.

Bobbkat   |  Sun Jan 3, 2016 at 4:36 PM
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What you'll pay

Single Perfect Layer Border Tool $12.99 each
Perfect Layers Set of 2 (Tools #1 & #2) $19.99
Perfect Layers Deluxe 3 Tool Set $27.99

Where to buy

You may purchase the Perfect Layers Tool directly from Perfect Paper Crafting.

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