Creating a Scallop or Zig-Zag Edge

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I LOVE scallops and zig-zags!! I love having them on my layouts! I have found when I want to add one scallop or zig-zagged edge to a layout that it is much easier to do it myself than finding a template in my fold and dragging it in. Now, when I want a frame with a scallop or zig-zag edge, that is a different story…lol…I usually use someone else’s for that! I thought I would share with the method I use for getting that scallop or zig-zag edge.

image I have this layout almost done, but I want to add a scallop edge under the blue paper and above the stripe.

1) I click on the striped paper layer and ctrl+shft+n to create a new layer right in-between.

2) Now, I need to select a hard-edged round brush. First, select the brush tool and then you can adjust the shape, size, and spacing. I want this to be a smaller scallop, so these are the settings I chose:

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The spacing setting is important, because that is what will give you the scallop shape instead of a straight line. You might want to test this out once or twice before finding the settings you like most.

3) Make sure that your new layer that you just created is selected in the layers pallet. It doesn’t matter what color you use because you are just creating a clipping mask and will be covering it up with paper, I am going to use black.

4) Next, line your brush up so it is a little more than half-way under the paper it will be under.

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5) While holding the shift key down, click and drag to the bottom of the page or the point you want the scallop to stop. This will create a perfectly straight line. Here is what my scallop edge looks like now:

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6) Now, I am going to duplicate that brown paper layer at the bottom of my layers stack, drag the layer up so it is above the scallop layer and ctrl+alt+g (or ctrl+g in PSE) to clip my paper to the scallop shape. You might need to bring a new piece of paper into your layout. Here is what it looks like now:

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7) Now, all it needs is a little drop shadow, so I am going to right-click on my black rectangle below the strip paper, select ‘copy layer style’ then, go back to my scallop edge, right-click, and select ‘paste layer style’. Here’s how it looks now:

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Now, let’s make it a zig-zag! I will delete the scallop layer and repeat step 1 above.

2) Select the brush tool again, but this time we will select a square brush. We will want to change the diameter, angle, and the spacing this time. Here is what I did:

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3) Now, we need to line our brush up in a similar way to the circle brush. Something like this:

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4) Again, we will click and drag while holding the shift key down so that we get a nice straight line. Here’s what mine looks like now:

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5) Now, I am going to repeat steps 6 and 7 from above and this is what my layout will look like with a zig-zag:

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Supplies for layout: Snow Day by Tracey Howard (TDF10), fonts are Feel Script and Printing Primer.

It’s a pretty easy thing to do, but adds quite a bit to a layout! We would love to see you give it a shot!

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