Perfect Layers is a craft tool that has been around since the early days of scrapbooking- a set of clear acrylic rulers that have “bumpers” on the underside that make it possible to cut mats (or layers) without measuring. But do they work, and are they still a handy tool to have on your craft table? Time to find out!
The website describes Perfect Layers thus:
Perfect Layers is a MUSTÂ if you want to create perfect borders, frames and layered effects on your scrapbook pages, cards, or any paper crafting project. Â Using Perfect Layers, you can cut from 1/16 of an inch (very thin borders), up to 1 inch (very bold borders), WITH NO MEASURING REQUIRED!!
For over a decade, Perfect Layers has been an essential tool for paper crafters.Â You may have seen it on QVC as a Customer Top-Rated Item presented by Scrapbooking Guru, Lisa Bearnson. Â Lisa loved this item, and was quoted as saying, â€œThis is one of my favorite tools we sell for scrapbooking!â€
Perfect Layers is designed with a patented â€œcatch lipâ€ that simply “bumps” up along the picture. Â The tool hooks onto the edge of the image, giving the precise border measurement you want!
Using a standard craft knife blade, just cut along the outside of the Perfect Layers tool. Â Each tool has stainless-steel edging for durability and smoothness of cutting. Â Simply follow the tool edge along all sides of your picture or project, and you have a perfectly matted or framed result!
Well this sounds right up my alley! To tell the truth, I don’t measure mats, anyway- I’m an “eyeball it” kinda gal. Let’s take a closer look at the tools before we get started.
First, I used it to create some mats on a photo. It was super easy. I glued down the photo to my paper, then lined up the little bumper underneath with the edge of the photo. Really, you can easily feel it “catch.” A few cuts later, I had this:
I did find that if I used large mat sizes, and more than 2, it became more difficult to feel where the lip was.
Next I tried a tag- it’s an unusual shape, but it’s all straight lines.
Now, because you glue the photo or image down on your paper first, and then cut it away, there is a little more waste than what I’m used to. But really, if your goal is to get your mats done quickly, it’s worth wasting some scraps of paper.
Lastly, I used it on a stenciled image that was done on text-weight paper.
I remember back in the day when I was matting text- it was always a little irregular, and I always cut a mat to go with it. Perfect Layers would have been (ahem) perfect for that job!
So, it’s a great tool if you do a lot of matting. I’m not a heavy-duty scrapbooker, and I’m not really partial to cutting square or rectangular mats for every photo and text block. But if you are working on a big project or multiple albums and want to make fast work of your matting,Â Â it’s easy enough to use andÂ justifies the $29.95 price tag for the set of three. (Remember, each ruler gives you 4 widths, so that’s 12 border sizes in all.)
You can also purchase them separately on the website.
- No measuring
- Easy to use
- Only works on things with straight edges
I thing I’ll be using them to speed up the production of my daughter’s baby book- maybe I’ll even get it done in time for her 7th birthday!
Disclosure: Sample provided for review.
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