Question on applying backing layer

posted 8 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
1560 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Oh, I don’t have an answer for this but I would LOVE to hear any advice that any bees who have done this could share! 🙂

Post # 4
4 posts
  • Wedding: October 2010

Try using a precision mat.  You can get them at JoAnn or similar stores. 

Post # 5
0 posts
  • Wedding: April 2010

If you have a cricut mat (or access to one) they work well, especially if they’re older and aren’t as sticky.  That’s why I used for mine.  The invitations that I did after that came out way better than the ones I tried to eyeball.

Post # 6
6 posts
  • Wedding: April 2010

Well, I bought a package of linen cardstock from They will cut the entire package to any one dimension for $5 or $6 – so I had them cut it where you would see 1/8 in of the pocketfold and then had the invitations cut where you would see 1/8 inch of the cardstock.  So, cutting straight was not an issue for me.

As for adhering, the biggest problem that I had was the adhesive that I first used – it was some double stick roller adhesive I picked up in the scrapbook part of Michaels. – it seemed fine at first, but a few days after I had put on the backing of ALL 150 of my invites, all of the backing started coming off….GRRR. So, I went back to Michael’s and got Zip Dry glue – that stuff will definitely make them stick!

To get them straight, I just sat at a clear table and would make sure my head was directly over the invites. I was really worried about them being crooked, too – but it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be – all but 2 or 3 were fine! 

I’ve attached a couple of picks so that you can see what I’m talking about. 

Post # 7
2 posts
  • Wedding: September 2008

I too struggled with this problem, no matter how steady my hands where they always came out crooked…. Untill I found the Jigster!!!! Ladies you have to have one of these, my backers came out perfect every time with this magic tool.

Now I know the $70 price tag is a little much! How to make your own Jigster at home.

So I made my own version using layers photo frame mats.

1. Buy one photo frame mat (Michaels framing department).

2. Cut in half to form 2 “L” shaped pieces

3. Glue the “L” shaped pieces together stacking them in a stair step. The distance between the steps is how much of the backer you want to show. I did mine in 1/8″ 

4. Now glue your jig to a pieces of paper, and use like the video instructs.

How to use the jig to glue backers perfect each time:

-Anna Skye

Post # 8
1 posts
  • Wedding: October 2010

Wow! Great idea!!! I had never heard of a Jigster. Thank you for the DIY hint with the photoframe mats.

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