I misplaced a very useful, home-made tool today and had to make another one. I thought I'd share the idea as you may find it useful too!
I call it a view finder and in the example above, I've placed it over a paper with a random design to see what might look best and where I should cut it.
I drew lines on the plastic in the exact dimensions of my tag with a permanent marker.
But it could be any size.
Maybe you make a lot of 4" x 6" cards or work with a particular size of canvas panel.
Just draw lines for the dimensions you need.
I find having a neutral border really helpful so I place masking tape around the edges next to the lines.
Scrapbook papers with many design areas can make deciding what section to use a bit difficult.
So I just use my handy-dandy view finder and play around with all the possibilities and, when I find the right spot, I know just where to cut.
Besides framing the view, this tool is good for holding small bits in place while you make up your mind where to place them permanently.
I'd love to hear from you if you decide to make one--let me know what you think!