Now don't laugh or sigh. Reading a ruler, if you can do it, is something we just take for granted. But not everyone is so experienced. With stamping you really need to be able to cut card stock to certan sizes and reading a ruler (from inches to 1/2 inch, to 1/4" to 1/8" or even 1/16") is so necessary. These cuts are what make your card 'interesting'.
And now begins 'Ruler 101':
For starters, let's locate the 2-1/2" mark. The easiest way to 'read' the ruler is to locate the "2" and then, looking between the "2" and the "3" locate the longer line in the middle of the two numbers. That is the half inch mark.
How about 3-1/4"? You can just barely see it on my picture above but.......what would you do? There are 4 primary lines/marks between each inch mark. Each of those lines marks 1/4". So, for 3-1/4" you would locate the "3" and then move your eyes or finger between the "3" and "4" and select the strong mark line between "3" and 3-1/2". Wow, it's hard to put this into words.
Rulers, or paper cutters, aren't going to come with the 1/4, 3/8, 7/8 notations like those above the lines in the photo but you can now start to figure them out for yourself. Say you want to make a cut at 2-5/8". Hmmm. You'll notice on the ruler that there is a series of lines that occur 8 times--well, 7 actually because the 8th line in the (3) inch mark. The half inch mark is the longest, the quarter inch mark is a little shorter, and the eighth inch mark is a little shorter yet. And just for fun, the sixteenth inch mark is usually the smallest mark. Back to finding the 2-5/8" mark. There are two ways to locate it:
1- Count those 'eighth inch markings until you come to the 5th one. That's 5/8". OR,
2- Locate the 1/2" mark (4/8) and then jump to the next 8th of an inch mark. That's 5/8".
Tomorrow we're going to actually cut some card stock to precise measurements, and translate today's ruler segment onto Stampin' Up!'s Personal Paper Cutter (p. 199, IB&C, #104152). Pull out your paper cutter and a sheet of computer paper in the meantime so you can be ready for class. :) And if you don't have a personal paper cutter because you couldn't use one or you didn't know you wanted one, perhaps now is the time to get it! Click here to go straight to my Stampin' Up! store where you can shop shop shop. :)
See you tomorrow.......and don't forget to bring your paper and paper cutter or at least bring your imagination if you don't have a personal paper cutter.