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Tutorial Tuesday: How To…Thread Stuff

by Steph on 2 October 2012
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Sorry for the title..Couldn’t think of something clever this time! However this little trick it somewhat clever.

So, true story- when I started digi scrapping 5 years ago, I could not for the life of me figure out why anyone would use a paper clip on their LO. This is how I would use it and every time I thought it just looked “fake”.

And then I got the “genius” idea to erase the parts that would be hidden. Gosh, I really don’t know why that didn’t occur to me first thing, but it honestly didn’t! But, the problem with that, is that you have to have a mighty steady hand to erase up to the edge of your papers or in this case frame perfectly. I outlined this picture so you could see better-

Enter my clever little trick- To easily “thread” a paper clip first duplicate your paperclip. You can do this by command/control J. Leaving the duplicate exactly where it is on your LO head over to the layers pallet and move it down below the layers you are “paper clipping” together. In this case the frame and pointer. Then activate the TOP paperclip layer. Now you can erase the parts of your paperclip that you want and if you go over on the edges a little bit, it’s ok because there is a duplicate right underneath it!

Pretty clever, huh? This little trick was life changing for me…ok maybe not life changing..but pretty close. You can use this trick with other things too. Like a ribbon. If you wanted to thread a curled ribbon around the edge of the frame.

I know this was a pretty basic tut, but hopefully it helped somebody! Have a great day all!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 SnickerdoodleDesigns 2 October 2012 at 1:33 pm

Great tip, Steph! Sometimes it is the simplest things that make the biggest difference!


2 vrmoondance 2 October 2012 at 8:09 pm

Thanks for this great tip! It’s amazing that I haven’t thought of this before. How I’ve always solved the problem is by lowering the opacity of the object to be erased so you can at least see the layer edged below it. But you still have to be very careful and precise with that method. Your method will be so much quicker! Thanks, again.


3 Marilyn 3 October 2012 at 4:12 pm

Great tutorial. I searched the web last week looking for info like this because
I wanted to weave ribbon. I could not find anything. Thank you for sharing
what you learned. I will definitely use this trick.


4 RoseC 3 October 2012 at 9:32 pm

Pretty new to digital scrapping and often wondered why “paper clips” in kits. Now I understand. Thanks a bunch.


5 Engela 19 December 2012 at 11:39 pm

Much faster than what I was doing thanks. And I’ll make sure that the shadow is off in the bottom layer of the paper clip.


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