I've seen requests for this.
Here's an easy example of how to create a border using
the Clone / Clip tools as well as an Inkscape SVG of some
examples for your reference.
The Squares were rotated using the Cloning tool and
a 45 degree rotation. I then played with the Shift to
get the distance between just right.
Easy (Certificate / Awards) Borders Examples.
1) Create a small object (or objects - grouped)
2) Edit / Clone / Create Tiled Clones
Note: Shift X: / Shift Y - Rows, columns settings
(adjust as need be to fill the page:
1,12 = 1 row, 12 columns (horizontal)
16,1 = 16 rows, 1 column (vertical)
3) Object / Group (or Ctrl-G)
4) Edit / Copy (or Ctrl-C)
5) Object / Flip Horizontal
Object / Flip Vertical
6) Object / Ungroup (or Shift-Ctrl-G) the newly
copied right border
7) Delete Right top Object
Delete Left Bottom Object
8) Select and Object / Group the right border
9) Align the right border group with the left
border group to create a border rectangle
10) Select and Object / Group the left and
11) Object / Align and Distribute (Page,
Horizontal and Vertical Center) to center
the newly created border on the page
12) That's it.
Developed with some help from the following
Postage Stamps with Inkscapehttp://howto.nicubunu.ro/inkscape_postage_stamps/
Using the Clip Toolhttps://inkscapetutorials.wordpress.com/2011/02/22/inkscape-faq-how-do-i-crop-in-inkscape/
Hope this proves useful.
P.S. If you didn't already know, in your browser, you can use:
Save as - Web Page Complete
to save a web page with images.
(Can come in handy as web pages go down, disappear, etc)
Useful in building a library of useful tutorials.
P.S. Use Layer / Layers (or Shift-Ctrl-L) to see all the layers in the Inkscape file.
Hint: Click on the Eye in the Layers Menu to reveal or hide layers. Scroll up or
down to see them all.
Hint: Hold down the Ctrl key when dragging from the corners of a border to resize it
P.P.S. I've noticed when printing, the border doesn't always center the same as the image / print preview. If that's the case, try saving (Save As) to a pdf and then printing that to see if you get better results. Worth a shot.