Short Cuts for Layouts and Cards

Original Creative Memories Short Cuts Pack

Original Creative Memories Short Cuts Pack

If you’ve been a long-time devotee of Creative Memories, you might remember these oldies . . .

The dimensions for the pieces of the original 10×12 Short Cuts packs (for each cardstock color in the pack) are:

  • 2 pieces 12×1.5
  • 2 pieces 12x.375
  • 1 piece 4×3.75
  • 2 triangles from a 4×4 square
  • 1 piece 6.25×4.25
  • 3 pieces .75x.75
  • 2 pieces 1.125×7

Back in the day, Creative Memories used to have these pre-cut Short Cuts packs, and they were used to quickly create simple borders. Although a few former consultants and long-time customers might still have a few of these on their shelves, they aren’t available through CM anymore.

In case anybody is getting nostalgic for this type of design, I put together a few suggestions for “shortcutting” 12X12 paper and using the pieces for quick borders, corners, photo mats, and (surprise) cards.

The papers featured here are from the Sunshine Getaway paper pack along with pieces of designer cardstock from Pastel (blue), Shades of Red (medium red–the one that is less orange), and Shades of Green (darkest). All cuts on the 12×12 papers were made using the 12-inch Straight Trimmer. All pieces are adhered using the Tape Runner. CM has the greatest tools–I LOVE THEM!!!

One each CM Sunshine Getaway Papers and three sheets of designer cardstock

One each CM Sunshine Getaway Papers and three sheets of designer cardstock

I also included Fall In Leaf Embellishments, flowers from the Pastel pack (NLA, unfortunately, as of this week), a few pieces from the Tangerine, Plum, and Then Some slide-in pack cut with CM’s awesome scissors, and black ABC/123 stickers. I wish I’d had a Sunshine Getaway slide-in pack to embellish these because they’re (literally) made to go with the papers I used, but I didn’t have one handy while I was putting things together for this blog post. (You’ll also notice that I used the Cards Sentiments from my Spring Bling! post that went up in September.)

Short Cuts 2.0

CM Short Cuts gen2 1Before I cut any paper, I drew a little map to plan out my Short Cuts. This one was very close to the idea from the original Short Cuts, with a few adjustments. The dimensions for the pieces from one sheet of 12×12 paper cut this way are:

  • 1 piece 12×2
  • 2 pieces 12×1.5
  • 2 pieces 12x.25
  • 1 piece 4×3.5
  • 2 triangles from a 3.5×3.5 square
  • 1 piece 6.5×4.5
  • 3 pieces 1×1
  • 2 pieces 1.5×6
Short Cuts 1

Short Cuts from my 2.0 map

I cut three sheets (two printed, double-sided papers and one cardstock) using this map and then mixed and matched the pieces with a few additional embellishments to come up borders, photo mats, and corners for 2 2-page layouts and 4 1-page layouts. You could certainly get more fancy with some simple changes to these pieces (e.g. rounding corners or using a border punch), but I was going for speed and relative simplicity with these.

(Actual photos are not included. Most of the placeholders for photos are 4×6; some are 3×3 or 4×4. You can click on any layout to see a bigger image.)

Scrap Arrows After
One little tip: I love to use the scraps from ABC stickers! I used some little “arrows” on the “You & Me” page title that I cut out from the v sticker remains I had on my sheet. I just cut them away from the sheet with scissors and then placed them on the paper.

Scrap Arrows BeforeSeveral other letters have similar cute arrows (like Y). Circles from the insides of O or similarly shaped letters are also great for eyeballs or flower centers. Experiment with your sticker scraps–have fun with it!

Short Cuts 2.1

CM Short Cuts gen2 2After that one, I decided that I wanted to have another map that was a little more useful (in my opinion, at least–those tiny strips and squares weren’t my favorite, and I wanted more photo mats). Enter Short Cuts 2.1! The dimensions for the pieces from one sheet of 12×12 paper cut this way are:

  • 1 piece 12×2
  • 1 piece 12×1.5
  • 1 piece 12×1
  • 2 pieces 12x.5
  • 1 piece 3×3.5
  • 2 triangles from a 3×3 square
  • 2 pieces 6.5×4.5
Short Cuts 2

Short Cuts from my 2.1 map

I cut three more sheets (two printed, double-sided papers and one cardstock) using this map and then mixed and matched the pieces with a few additional embellishments to come up borders, photo mats, and corners for 3 2-page layouts and 2 1-page layouts.

(Actual photos are not included. Most of the placeholders for photos are 4×6; some are 3×3 or 4×4. You can click on any layout to see a bigger image.)

Short Cuts for Cards

CM Short Cuts gen2 CardsFinally (I really couldn’t stop myself), I made a map for cards. The dimensions for the pieces from one sheet of 12×12 paper cut this way are:

  • 1 piece 12×2.25–to be used for decoration on cards or saved for borders
  • 3 pieces 4×5.25
  • 2 pieces 4.5×6

I chose these sizes because 1) two of the most common card base sizes are 4.25×5.5 and 5×6.5, and it is easy to find fairly inexpensive envelopes for cards of these sizes; and 2) trimming the card “fronts” to this size maximizes the number of cards like this you can make with a single sheet of paper.

Short Cuts Cards

Short Cuts from my Cards map

This time I cut just two sheets of printed, double-sided papers and set aside the last sheet of cardstock to use in embellishing the cards. I used fairly simple designs just so I could keep things quick and easy.

Another few notes about these cards:

  1. The red birthday cake is cut out from cardstock, and the pieces are rounded with a Corner Rounder.
  2. Other decorative pieces on these cards were all cut from the 12×2.25 strips of paper left after cutting out the card fronts from the two sheets of paper.
  3. I thought it might be fun to use the pearl sticker embellishments as candle flames, but after I did one card that way I didn’t love the way it looked and decided to just cut out my own flames from paper for the second card of the same design.
  4. I figured my costs for the finished 10 cards, including the cardstock for card bases and the envelopes to be just over $10 total–pretty cute for cards that only cost about $1 each to make and took just about 30 minutes to put together, I think!
  5. Card Bases 1 Card Bases 2If you are cutting out your card bases from a 12×12 piece of paper, I recommend CM’s solid core cardstock (currently in the Going Gone section of the website). It’s a wee bit thicker/sturdier than designer cardstock, and it’s a easier to write smoothly on it compared to the textured finish of designer cardstock. Using the card dimensions I mentioned above, I got 2 smaller cards or 1 larger card AND 1 smaller card from each sheet of 12×12 cardstock, plus some leftover pieces that can be used for borders and other fun stuff. Here’s what those cuts looked like:

Let me know what you think! And as always, I’d love to see your pictures of different interpretations of the ideas I’ve shared. Happy Scrapping!!!

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10 thoughts on “Short Cuts for Layouts and Cards

  1. Pingback: DIY Strips and Triangles… Shortcuts 2.0 and beyond! | CREATIVE MEMORIES BLOG

  2. I Love this post! Thank you for taking the time! I remember the classes we used to have making tons of borders out of one pack of shortcuts!

  3. I’ve gotten into making cards because I have several ladies into wanting new ideas. Thanks for these wonderful quick, simple ideas!

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