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Personally, I love cutting paper

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I know, a weird title for  a post, but seriously, something about that “cuchunk” just drives me wild. After much thought, deliberation, and number crunching, I took the plunge. I bought a ream cutter so I could trim Craft Leftovers Monthly myself. Not to mention a million other paper based project. I’m really excited. I can cut up to 360 sheets of paper all at once!

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The paper cutter came in the mail today and I immediately went to work cutting down more issues of Craft Leftovers Monthly.

I’m not sure if any of you remembered the winter issues and how when you got to the center the pages were sticking out further than the rest and caused some reading awkwardness. Well, no more! I was getting them trimmed at Copy works and a lot of times they would give me a heavy discount because I was in there so much, but I know it’s supposed to cost 1 dollar a cut and since you can only trim about 4 issues at a time, that’s an extra .25 cents/ issue. Bah to that.

This little beast cost $300, but I’ve been saving up for a long time and I think it is worth every cent. I bought it from Factory Express. They were pretty slow to ship it out, but once they did it got here really quickly. From order to in my studio it took just 8 days, that’s not bad at all. I guess there are a lot of counterfit ones on ebay, so be careful.This little guy is made out of cast iron parts and aluminum. It has bolts instead of screws and is really well constructed. Very sturdy. Very heavy.

I’m happy to say that this little beast was completely as advertised. You can clamp down you paper so it won’t shift and “CUCHUNK!” use the lever to lower the blade and cut your paper.

With the edition of this beast to my studio, Craft Leftovers Monthly is now produced 90% in my studio. Only the covers get printed at copyworks now. My toner won’t stick to the recycled grocery bag card stock. I print, cut, and fold every issue by hand in my studio. That is exciting! Before I know it, I’m going to have my own little indie print shop. :)

And on that happy note I’m going to call it a week. Or call it the weekend and go play for a little bit before I jump back into the insanity of finishing those projects I overloaded myself with.

Happy paper cutting!

Kristin

5 thoughts on “Personally, I love cutting paper

  1. It’s always great to have the right tool for the job – so pleased it’s working according to spec!

  2. I agree with you, cutting paper is fun when the tools are sharp and fast! I’d love one of those! I have a spiral binder that I used to make books with, but gah how boring to cut all the papers by hand… :-) Have fun with it!

  3. I’m with you! It’s also the thought of the edges being out of sync but I think that’s my designer OCD coming in! love the blog!

  4. i REALLY want that cutter! I now have a Fiskars rotary cutter, which is ok but I’m so tired of having to replace the blades (which I do all the time because I cut SO much paper). Time to start saving $$!!

  5. I may be in the minority here, but I totally appreciate your joy in paper-trimming, and am VERY jealous of your ream-cutter… ;)

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