Monday, October 13, 2014

Hey...Cut That Out!!

I was in a bit of a tiny booklet frenzy yesterday, and made this batch to give away.  Check out those paint chips in the mix ~ perfect for little booklets.  I'll be getting me some more of those.

Finally, I got myself a paper cutter.  Two years of book arts cutting everything by hand, with the tools below.  Got to the point where I couldn't do it anymore because of the tension in my neck from holding the ruler down so the paper wouldn't shift.

My new cutter is a Dahle 15E.  I did a bunch of research on paper cutters, so if you're looking for one and haven't had one before, ask me what to look for.  I definitely knew I didn't want a mass-marketed consumer product like those made by Swingline, X-Acto, Fiskars and many others, and I even considered a way-more-expensive professional guillotine.  In the end I settled on this very-reasonably-priced, German-made, metal-based model from Dahle's less expensive line.  And I'm totally happy with it.

So I made those booklets primarily because I was hankering to cut some paper!  Now I've got a sketchbook project in the works, in the style of the journal I made last month in the NorBAG workshop I took.

If you're in the U.S., hope you have an enjoyable Indigenous People's Day today.  I refuse to call this legal holiday what they still call it in this country.

Peace.

15 comments:

ileneharris said...

Indigenous Peoples Day! I like that. It will be interesting to see what Fletcher (pre school) and Lindsay (2nd grade) bring home from their classes this afternoon. I really don't warn to burst the bubble on Columbus, as I enjoyed the arts/crafts/rhymes of the celebration myself as a child and admit that I carried those traditions on in my own primary classrooms as a teacher. Lindsay and Fletcher's father, Greg, may just do the bubble bursting instead.

Good call on buying the paper cutter! I can't believe you haven't had one before. We'll have to talk about cutters and I will show you the (ones) I have. I am not really satisfied with the accuracy of any of them...

Leslie said...

Great little books. I really love book making.

I've used numerous paper cutters in my life and not one of them cut a true right angle when you shoved the paper up against the top wall and cut. Always off just a smidge, which results in wonky folios when you fold. Does that one truly cut 90 degrees?

Els said...

Ha yes, Connie, used those little paint strips for making Christmas cards once :-)

Lovely cutting tools but PLEASE mind your fingers ?!?!

MegWeaves said...

Fun books! I've been playing around with making some little ones, too, but I could never cut paper anywhere near close to well, so I've always knelt on the table, holding down the stack with one knee. I was told to do that in my first picture-framing workshop by a framer who was also not very tall. My books still look a bit weird but that's OK. Now I'm practicing tearing.

Roberta said...

Oh LOVE those paint chip books! Good idea about the paper cutter! I bought a Fiskars and it broke as soon as I opened the box. BAH! Cheap crap!

Sandra Rude said...

When you get a new tool, you're compelled to use it. Gotta get familiar with it's idiosyncracies (or at least mesh it's with yours). Have fun with this new toy!

Paper Chipmunk (aka Ellen) said...

So glad the cutter is what you wanted! It looks great. Terrific choice.

jackie said...

Thanks for visiting. i am so impressed with the throw.
I got my paper cutter from a Charity Shop so had little choice in the matter! Enjoy yours.

john said...

I just love you. I think you might have been best friends of Annie Oakley or some other free spirit if you had lived during the same period.

Jan said...

What a great paper cutter. I was at Staples once when they couldn't cut my order of numerous sheets in half. They opened a new Fiskars cutter and it only cut one sheet at a time! I go to a local printer now and they have a good, old fashioned cutter like yours.

I love your little booklets!

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Fabulous books. The paint chippies are the cutest every. xox

Charlton Stitcher said...

Hi Connie - I love those little books, especially the ones done with the paint sample cards - Very ingenious!
I too have a Dahle paper cutter a 552 A2 rotary and I love it. It's the most accurate I've had and is very easy to use. It makes card-making a doddle.

jenclair said...

The benefit of this kind of cutter is that it can cut more than one sheet of paper at a time! Love the one at school, but must do without that hefty fella' here at home.

I'm hoping to go to a lecture on the Caddo Indians tomorrow night!

Michele Unger said...

Lovely journal! I'm sure you'll have many interested in such a beautiful book.

Karen Isaacson said...

thanks for the tip on the paper cutter. I've been looking to upgrade mine and here I am with a birthday right around the corner....