Easy Math for Artsies!

For anyone who likes creating things with paper, this is one of the best measurement shortcuts I’ve ever seen. I learned it in a bookbinding workshop led by Cherryl Moote. If you need to divide a rectangular sheet of paper into equal pieces, lay a ruler with the zero on one edge of the page. Slide the ruler down until a number divisible by the number of sections you need appears on the other edge of the paper. For example, I want to divide my 8.5 x 11″ sheet into 5 equal sections. I slide the ruler down until the 10 meets the opposite edge, 10 divided by 5 = 2. Mark off 2″, 4″, 6″, and 8″ points. You can then use a set square to mark the divisions, or repeat the steps from any point on the side you started on. This creates two points you can line your ruler up to for scoring, marking or cutting.

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For some great bookbinding projects check out Cherryl’s books here at The Paper Place, or visit her website www.mootepoints.com.


12 Responses to “Easy Math for Artsies!”

  1. Norelle Ashen says:

    simply cool😀

  2. Lalia Harris says:

    Whoa! Where has this been all my life? This is just too fascinating and easy. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Ruth says:

    That’s a great tip! I hate measuring! I just saw this post come up on my Pinterest feed :)

  4. Maria says:

    You can also do this by placing one corner on a line on notebook paper and the other corner as many lines down as you want divisions. Mark at the intersection of each line and then repeat on the other side.

  5. J says:

    I find that using dividers is even easier.

  6. Valli says:

    Thanks so much for these directions!

  7. Connsue says:

    That is great!
    I knew it before but I ever forget it!

  8. tracy says:

    Thank you! I love this!

  9. Shawn says:

    Thank you for sharing this technique. I used it the same day I found it on Pinterest. I just posted a card on my blog, fireflyscards@blogspot.com, with a link to your instructions.

  10. SusanK says:

    This will come in handy, I’m sure! I am so math-challenged…love tips like these that will make working with paper so much easier. Thank you!

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  12. Heather says:

    What a cool trick!
    This will come in very handy.

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