Scrapbooking Terms

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Craft Sheet

A Teflon-coated, heat resistant sheet that can be used to protect your work surface when working with heat. Ideal for painting on, applying glue and ink. Easy to clean by simply wiping with a damp cloth.


To trim unwanted parts from photographs or parts of an image. Manually it can be done with a craft knife, scissors or trimmers, or digitally with an editing program such as 'Adobe Photoshop' or 'Corel Pain Shop Pro'. It simply means to cut away 'dead space' around an image.

Cutting Mat

A self-healing cutting mat will ensure that your work surfaces are protected. Use it for cutting with a craft knife, to ensure a clean and professional finish with all your cuts. Designed with grid lines for measuring, scoring and cutting straight and accurate lines.

Deckle Edge Scissors

Scissors designed with a patterned blade. These are available in different designs to add a creative edge to photographs, paper and cardstock. Make sure to line up the patterns of the scissors when cutting for a clean line.


A technique used to decorate surfaces with images cut from decorative wrapping paper.


To create or execute a project in an artistic or highly skilled manner.


The shaped steel blade set into a protective frame that die-cutting machines use to create die-cuts.


A cut-out image made by passing a piece of paper through a die-cutting machine.

Die-Cutting Machine

A variety of die-cutting machines are available today. The machine uses a press or rollers to push a sharp steel blade into different materials to cut a specific shape or image. Electronic die-cutting machines can be used in conjunction with your computer and/or cartridges and uses a moving blade to cut any shape in any size imaginable.

Dimensional Stability

The degree to which paper will maintain its size and form when it is subjected to moisture and humidity.