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For a handy reference to see how your decorative scissors will look, use your scissors to cut card stock into 5.5" x 4 .5" rectangles. Cut one half, then turn the scissors the other way so you can see how the pattern will look in the negative. Keep the card stock in a display folder. When trying to decide on an appropriate mat you can lay the photo onto the pages of the folder and see how it looks. Take the binder with you when you go to purchase additional scrapbook cutting tools to make sure you don't purchase a duplicate.