Post # 1
So, in order to try and save some money for a wedding that is spiraling out of control (monetarily speaking) I want to try to make my own programs.
Ideally I would cut an 8.5×11 card stock in half so I have two long programs and then round the edges of each program.
So here are my questions (1) does a $20 paper cutter from Michael’s do the trick or is it a waste of money and (2) is there a magical corner-rounding tool that will allow my scissors-challenged self to make pretty round edges for the programs? Or are you DIY Bees just that talented that you can do it free hand?
Post # 3
1) as long as you have a sharp blade, it should be fine. i haven’t tried the really cheap ones though.
2) yes! fiskars makes a great corner rounder. there are other brands available too. just bring your coupons to michaels and it will be about $5.
Post # 4
you can try the cutter, or buy a craft blade, steel ruler and a cutting mat and do it all by hand. it makes for clean lines but it just takes more time.
Post # 5
You should be able to cut the card stock easy w/ a store bought cutter. Or you can always take them to kinkos, its not very exp.
And yes, buy a corner rounder, this will ensure your corners are uniformed and even.
Post # 6
1. I bought one of those cheapy paper cutter systems from Michaels, and often the paper does not line up straight if you use the fold out ruler at the top. It can be as much as ¼ of an inch off. As long as you use the guide at the bottom, it’s ok. It cuts very cleanly, it’s just not always perfectly straight so I have to watch what I use it for. I can’t remember the brand, but it was cheap – less than $20. Maybe mine is just defective :/
2. There are round corner punches, and also decorative corner punches (flowery, art deco, lace looking, etc.) in several different brands. My favorite brand, like Kitzy suggested, is Fiskars. I also like Martha Stewart brand.
Post # 7
Thanks to each of you! The advice is definitely appreciated!!
Post # 8
I have 3 paper cutters, all bought at walmart. the cricut one is my favorite so far, but I have to change the blade quite often
Post # 9
I got one of the more expensive Fiskar’s cutters from Michael’s when it was 40% off. They always have coupons even if it’s not on sale so you can get it for 40%-50% off. I haven’t tried it yet, but I know it will do the trick. Plus, I can buy a scoring blade and use it to score the paper for my DIY pocketfolds.
Post # 10
They do make corner cutters. Just be sure to get one that has the things on the side sticking out so you can line up your paper more easily. I added a pic so you could see what I mean since I suck at explaining it :).
I’ve found that the guillotine paper cutters work the best. This one is on sale for $11!
Post # 11
I would recommend “Carl”
I did my own programs, invites, and table names and he was able to get the job done :).
I also used the Fiskers corner rounder. Just remember to keep emptying out the pieces that it cuts off- they can get jammed inside and then the cutting gets uneven.
Post # 12
This post is exactly what I was thinking about… getting info from other crafty brides in ths subject… thanks for posting!