Post # 1
Do any of the crafty bees have recs for how to cut paper at home? I ordered my invite cards from a printer, but decided to print and cut all of the inserts myself (I compromised here so I could have a nice main invite card). My original plan was to use the heavy duty paper cutter at work, but in my test runs it’s difficult to get a straight line with it.
Should I use an Xacto and a cutting mat? Some kind of home-use paper cutter I could get at Michaels? As you can probably tell, I don’t have much experience with this kind of stuff, but I’m willing to put in some time to make everything look nice.
Post # 3
You need a guillotine paper cutter… an Xacto knife will not be as straight as a heavy duty paper cutter. Plus the Xacto will possibly give you frayed looking egdes if you don’t press hard enough and have to go back over it. Just make sure to place it exactly on the lines and to hold the paper steady when you cut!
Or you could take it to a store like Kinkos and ask them?
Post # 4
I second artsprout’s suggestion to use a store like kinko’s. I had all my paper goods cut at office depot. They’ll cut up to 125 pages for 75 cents per cut. Their cuts are accurate, and even if you need quite a few cuts, it’s way cheaper than buying the level of paper cutter that will get you the results you’re looking for. Added bonus: much less time consuming! Check out this post from Mrs. Daffodil: http://www.weddingbee.com/2008/05/05/the-best-320-i-ever-spent/
Post # 5
if you go to kinkos, you do your own cutting for free. at least that’s what we did.
Post # 6
Don’t use a guillotine if you can help it. It is REALLY EASY for them to screw up–after about 100 cuts, they can get off-center.
I have both a guillotine style and the kind that the blade runs across. I use the second one TONS more! Also, Michaels had it 40% off last week… perhaps you could get it on sale, it was $13 and that’s way cheaper than relying on Kinko’s or Office Depot. Also, it has cut through two sheets of cardstock at once so I know it can cut thick paper. Good luck!
Post # 7
The one I’ve been using is the ‘Cricut’ brand cutter – bought it because I needed to cut papers to 6 x 12 for my Cricut Create. I bought it at Michael’s and it’s fantastic… They sell a regular blade and scoring blade – both work great for me. Only problem is that you can’t use those awesome coupons because it’s ‘Cricut’ brand – So go with the Fiskars – a little more expensive but after coupons and new blades, cheaper in the long run.
I don’t care for guillotine because I end up cutting crooked with them – personal preference.