Thankful for You… and Perfect Layers Mini tools & the Perfect Cutting Mat too!!!

I know I am thankful for my Perfect Layers tools! (in a crafty sort of way!) How about YOU?

Today our newest Perfect Paper Crafting Design Team Member, Kim O’Connell, has created a really cute card using our Perfect Layers Mini Tools and Perfect Cutting Mat. Kim has such a great sense of creative style.

Here is her ‘Thankful for You’ card:



Here is what Kim has to say about her card:
“Basically I am big fan of the 1/16″ layers so I used the Perfect Layers Mini and Perfect Mat to mat all of my layers. I added some texture by using the Darice basket weave embossing folder on the orange panel. My image, newly released SugarPea Designs Bountiful Blessings stamp set, was colored with copics and I used a white gel pen to add the polka dots to the ribbon on her hat, the freckles on her cheeks, the heart on her overalls and the handkerchief in her pocket.”

This is a closer look at the layers on Kim’s card. The layers really make the patterned paper stand out:



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Perfect Layers on a Scrapbook Page

Most people use our amazing Perfect Layers tools for card making. But Perfect Layers tools are fabulous for scrapbooking. I have always struggled with matting my photos on scrapbook pages until I started using my Perfect Layers tools a few years ago. I must say that my Perfect Layers tools are my go to tool when I scrapbook. I have tried to use my trimmer to mat my photos, but inevitably they turn out uneven. Using my Perfect Layers tools takes the guess work out of matting and I get even, crisp mats EVERY single time I use them. I would not think of  scrapbooking without them! Just sayin’!

Here is a scrapbook page I created using our Perfect Layers tools.

IMG_7787 I used the 1/4″ Perfect Layers tool for the yellow and red mats around the two photos. The even mats really help to make the photos stand out. I added one more mat in blue using the 1/8″ Perfect Layers tool to really make the photos POP!!



I use the 1/8″ Perfect Layers tool to make the mats around the fishtail banners in the cluster at the top right of my page. The mats really give some great dimension and interest to the banners. If you click here, you can see how you can mat fishtail banners. I think matting fishtail banners is on of my favs!!!!



I hope you will try our Perfect Layers tools on your scrapbook pages and other crafting projects you are working on. They make crafting so easy!!! I hope you have a Perfectly crafty day!

Products used: Perfect Layers tools, American Crafts Thickers, My Mind’s Eye Enamel Dots, My Mind’s Eye “Boy Crazy” Collection pack,

Getting More Out Of Your Crafting Efforts

I have been thinking a lot lately about how to get more out of my crafting efforts. Don’t get me wrong I love crafting for crafting sake and nothing beats a good card… but I like the idea of making more substantial craft projects that I can give as a gift, Its like getting two for one! I get the joy of creating and the joy of giving. Of course I’m still going to need to make a nice card to go with the gift ;-)

I came across this this is a post we did back in Nov 2011 – A whole new way to Mat and frame your photo’s using Perfect Layers and it got the wheels turning!!

What a great gift to give to a close friend.  Find a wonderful photo and mat it with with some paper done in colors and patterns that match their decorating style then put it in a nice frame. A handmade gift like that will be treasured for years to come.

Stay tuned for some really beautiful and useful new craft projects that we will be posting in the next few weeks! … hint .. one is a great gift you can make for just about anyone on your gift list and it’s done with crafting stuff you probably already have laying around in your craft room right now!


Using layers in a frame

I selected a 4×6 photo, pattern paper, and solid cardstock and went to work cutting with my favorite tools – my cutting knife, and my Perfect Layers. This entire project was done by simply cutting layer after layer until my photo mat was the right size to fill an 8×10 frame. There are seven layers in all! Starting Layer

By Marci Leishman

Ahhhhh.  Fall.   The crispness in the air, the changing leaves, the attitude of gratitude that comes with this time of year.  I just love it!

I also love fall decorations, and decorating for the season.  It is so much fun to change out the décor with the changing holidays, but sometimes Thanksgiving gets skipped over!  I decided to make a quick and easy project with Perfect Layers to highlight one of the things I love most about this time of year – gratitude.

Starting Layer

The layers I used: Brown cardstock:  1/8”, Pattern paper:   3/4” Orange cardstock:  1/16”, Brown cardstock:  1/8”, Pattern paper:  3/18”, Orange cardstock:  1/8” Brown cardstock:  3/18”

Check out how precise using Perfect Layers is! I was using a scrap piece of brown pattern paper, and just needed to trim a slight edge off the bottom.

Can you see how narrow the paper is that I cut off – it even curled! I could never get that precision with any other tool

Have you tried this? Place your alphabet stickers on a ruler, with barely the bottom edge attached to the ruler. This way, you can move it around your page (or in this case, frame) until you know right where you want your lettering placed. Then you press down the top of the letters, slightly lift the ruler until the letters are no longer attached, and press to the page. It makes attaching letter stickers to much easier!

Few embellishments (I love those fall leaves by Bazzill),a simple title and my fall frame mat was complete.  I love the result!  I think the matting looks professional, but the scrapbook papers give the project a homemade flair – which I love!

I was excited with how fast this project came together!  This just feels like a whole new way to mat my photos!  I can see doing these fun and easy photo mats for my kids’ bedrooms, a baby shower gift, a teacher gift (with a quote or photo of the class), and many more!  I know it will be so easy to switch out my frame with each holiday – or even other special occasions such as birthdays.  And later, when I am done with my fall photo mat, I can add it to my scrapbook for an instant scrapbook page.

Fast, easy and professional looking.  Now those are things to be grateful for!

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Make This Innovative Gift Card Holder For Popping Good Fun This Holiday Season !


Pop Up Gift Card Project

Gift Cards are one of the most practical and handy gifts to give over the holidays

but why just put them in a card when you can make them

THE cool feature of the card!

Instructional Video

Link to Instructional Video

Pop up gift card holder

Pop Up Gift Card holder card made with Perfect Layers


Such a sweet image!


Pull the tab and see the surprise inside. What a great way to give a gift card!


Tools and Materials Required for This Project:

Perfect Layers Mini BorderTool Set (MLP100), PerfectTears (PT100) and Perfect Ruler (PR100), Die Cutting Machine, Penny Black SnowflakeTrio, Love & Joy &Tagged Dies, Spellbinders Grand Labels Eleven Die andTonic Christmas Cracker Die. Penny Black Christmas Hugs and Bear Hug stamps. Chameleon Art Pens, BlueViolet, Aqua Marine, Cool Grey, Crimson Red, Hot Cocoa, Fawn, Emerald Green, Bark and Black.White,Turquoise, Purple andTeal card stock,White and Baby Blue & Dark Blue Glitter card stock, Turquoise Gems, Memento LuxeTuxedo Black ink, Glue, double sided removable tape.


1) Die cut sentiments, snowflake sand arrow, make a card blank measuring 6”x 4 -1/8 inch from Turquoise card.

2) Stamp Bear Hugs onto white card with Memento ink and color with Chameleon Pens. Tip:- to create dimension make the outer edges of the image darker than the centre to get a rounded effect.  Mount onto Purple card and trim 3/16 using the PerfectLayers Mini Border tool. Mount onto front of card and embellish with sentiment, snowflake and gem.

3) Stamp Christmas Hugs onto a scrap ofWhite card and color with Chameleon Pens, cut around image.Tear mountains into White Glitter Card stock using the PerfectTears Tip: to get a more jagged edge do not wet the edge before tearing.  Layer the torn pieces to form a mountain range and glue image into place.

4)To create the gift card holder place gift card on Dark Blue Glitter card with removable tape and using the Mini Border tool, cut a border 1/8 inch around, then repeat the process this time 1/16 inch (take care to only cut this distance all the way round, this will create a frame).

5) Glue frame to White card, draw a line 1/2 inch either side of the bottom edge of the frame using the Mini Border tool, then draw a line across the bottom of the frame to intersect the other lines drawn.Take the Mini Border tool and cut  3/16 inch along the top and sides up to the pencil line. Then cut along the bottom and along the pencil lines. This will create tabs either side of the gift cardholder. Attach the arrow die cut to the top centre of the frame.

6) Die cut Spellbinders Labels Eleven fromTurquoise card and score in the centre and along the sides (1inch from edges), fold along the score lines (mountain centre, valley sides).  Place the gift card holder centrally along the middle fold and mark mark edges. Using the Perfect Layers ruler cut a slit along the central fold to the width of the gift card holder already marked. (caution: do not cut to the width of the tabs – the tabs are designed to stop the card holder from being removed completely).

7)Thread gift card holder through the labels die cut and then glue the scalloped sides to either side of the inside of the card. Tip: place 1/8 inch from the centre fold on either side – this makes the gift card holder slide in and out more freely. Adhere mountains, sentiment, snowflakes and gems to the inside popup to complete the card.

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