A reader needs some advice.

I received an email request today. One that has my craft starved brain a bit more addled than normal.

The request is about a cutting device. Read the letter below and let’s see if this awesome crafting community can come to the aid of another crafter.

Hi Leslie!
I hope you can help. I have 4 different trimmers/cutters, and I use them all (my whole house is my craft area… lucky me!)
But I like to make mosaics with pieces left over from die cuts, and fussy cutting my alcohol ink papers.
I need something that will allow me to make right angle (or see if I am at right angle, or parallel)… but something that will handle small pieces.
Sometimes I go as small as 1/4 “, when I do that I usually get out my scissors and a pen.
Anyway, if you can help I’d appreciate it!
Thanks
Lee Ireton
Loveland CO

Currently, I’m in Needles, California for the night. Destination is Tracy, California. Awaiting Joe, Jim, and I are 60 trucks to be moved to Las Vegas, Nevada by June 1. Yippee Skippy :/

I’ve emailed Lee with my suggestion of making Serendipity Squares if all else fails.

Okay my crafty friends. Let’s see if we can come to the aid of a fellow in need.

Leslie

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Scrap Rehab – “Just Wanted To Say HI”

Today’s offering is from Operation Write Home Card Sketch #4.  When you look at the sketch you will see that I have used a larger than 1-1/4 x 2 piece indicated on the sketch, and I have centered and tilted the piece instead of going exactly by the sketch.

Just Wanted To Say HI

Just Wanted To Say HI

These are the scraps I am using, with one exception – the vellum.  I’ve had this thick vellum piece from Club Scrap for quite a long while.  Time to get it off the shelf and attached to something. The ribbon used on these cards is partial rolls.  I have discarded the “wheel” and wound the ribbon on clothes line pegs so I don’t know the name of the product.

 

Scrap pieces for today's card

Scrap pieces for today’s card

Once again, I have chosen four (4) green card bases, four (4) 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 yellow scraps.  I think this is a Stampin’ Up! Summer Sun paper.  Four (4) 2 x 4 pieces of Whisper White from Stampin’ Up!, and four (4) odd ball pieces of white card stock with colored flecks embedded in the paper.  These last will be used on the inside of the card.

All of the yellow pieces were cut to 4 x 5-1/4.

Yellow card stock cut to 4 x 5-1/4

Yellow card stock cut to 4 x 5-1/4

The vellum pieces were cut to 3-3/4 x 5-1/4.

Vellum cut to 3-3/4 x 5-1/4

Vellum cut to 3-3/4 x 5-1/4

The Whisper White card stock from Stampin’ Up! were 2×4 scraps.  These will have an image stamped on them.

2x4 Whisper White card stock

2×4 Whisper White card stock

The stamp I have used is from Studio G.  A clear stamp that is shaped like a tag.

A Studio G stamp

A Studio G stamp

Vellum can be a tricky product to use.  Even this one that is quite thick.  The transparent nature of the paper makes for difficulty in hiding the adhesives.  I’ve hidden the attaching adhesive behind the ribbon at the top leaving the bottom of the vellum loose.  Once the vellum is raised you can see the foam squares I used to attach the tag.

 

Adhesive products show through vellum

Adhesive products show through vellum

This is the off cuts left over from making these four (4) cards from the scraps I used.  Pretty awesome, if I do say so myself 😀

 

Pile of off cuts to be tossed

Pile of off cuts to be tossed

How are you coming in your “Rehab” 😀  Have you decided to give this a try?

Leslie

 

 

Scraps! The dilemma of a paper hoarder :/

A warning before hand….this post is PHOTO HEAVY.

I don’t know how you are with the paper you purchase and use in your scrapbook albums, on greeting cards, or for altered projects.  I find that I am a looney toon when it comes to card stock and paper.  I will use one sheet, cut it up, create something with it then tuck the scraps in a plastic bag of some kind and jam it away in a cupboard where that paper I fell in love with will be forgotten and not used again.

I’m fickle….to a fault :/

Here is a very small example of what I am referring to.

Paper scraps

Paper scraps

Last year, I forget when but before I went back out on the road as a truck driver, I went through a big portion of my scrap paper and had a marathon of cutting.  Watch this video by Sandy Allnock if you need some inspiration.

 

Several hours in the morning for paperwork, followed by a couple hours of house cleaning, and the rest of the afternoon and evening for crafting is how my days go now.  The Mileage Journals and Note Pads are being created on my dining room table because my room is a total wreck.  WRECK I tell you!.

Current state of my craft room

Current state of my craft room

Joe is due home late Thursday  night, more likely Friday sometime.  He and Jim are both cooling their heels at a Kenworth dealership in Springfield, Illinois having their trucks diagnosed.  Those two guys are having so much fun they can hardly stand it.  Joe sounds so tired, poor guy.

I have taken on a project that is scream worthy.  Cleaning my craft room and getting it in a more efficient work flow environment.  Sorting through all of my paper and getting it ordered in the shelves better has been my number one priority.  Going through all the paper pads and plastic sheath new paper comes in.  Separating the cut papers from the uncut has been a massive job.

What size to cut the scraps?  Cut them to fit on a A2 greeting card.  Need a little more inspiration?  Check out this blog post by Sandy Allnock and how she used the cut scraps for some really cute cards.

Sizes to cut your scraps

Sizes to cut your scraps

This scrap piece measure 3-1/4 by 9.

3-1/4 x 9 scrap

3-1/4 x 9 scrap

Cut this scrap at 5″ and 3″.

Cut at 5" and 3"

Cut at 5″ and 3″

This is what you will be left with.

Off cuts

Off cuts

Throw these pieces in the recycling bag, box, or bin you have close by.

Have a long and thin patterned piece?  Cut it to a width of 2 inches.

Patterned paper with selvedge

Patterned paper with selvedge

 

2 inch piece of useable scrap

2 inch piece of useable scrap

I got two pieces of 2 x 4 and one 2 x 2 out of this.

Two pieces of 2x4 and one 2x2

Two pieces of 2×4 and one 2×2

Have a scrap with an image on one area of the paper?

Scrap with an image

Scrap with an image

Cut the 11 inch piece down to 5 inches

Cut the 11 inch piece down to 5 inches

The back side of the 3 x 5 with the image is solid.  You can use the back side of the paper on your card.

After about four nights of chopping through the paper scraps, while watching television, this is what I have accomplished.

4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch background paper

4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch background paper

4x5 paper

4×5 paper

 

4x4 paper

4×4 paper

 

3x5 paper

3×5 paper

3x3 paper

3×3 paper

 

Stack of scraps

Stack of scraps

2x4 paper

2×4 paper

 

2x2 paper

2×2 paper

1-1/2 x 5-1/2 paper

1-1/2 x 5-1/2 paper

 

1 x 5 paper

1 x 5 paper

 

1 x 4 paper

1 x 4 paper

1-1/2 x 3 paper

1-1/2 x 3 paper

 

1 x 3 paper

1 x 3 paper

One basket of the cut paper.

One basket of cut paper scraps

One basket of cut paper scraps

Holy Crap!  All of these are chock full of cut paper scraps!

Baskets and boxes of cut scraps

Baskets and boxes of cut scraps

Next project, after I get my room cleaned, is to sort these cut scraps into color order.

Okay, that’s enough for now.