A picture with a title something like “If you remember what this is you’re ancient” scrolled across my Facebook feed. Really? A paper cutter? I use mine all the time. They’re antique now? I think one should be on every woman’s wedding registry.
Actually, they’re still for sale at Office Depot www.officedepot.com/a/products/883647/X-Acto-Heavy-Duty-15-x/;jsessionid=0000zvZxmcAJ2gAaMEwvxvn4V-_:17h4h7aom?cm_cat=2000000020 and Amazon.com at https://www.amazon.com/Swingline-Trimmer-Guillotine-Capacity-ClassicCut/dp/B016LDV41S/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1484344112&sr=8-3&keywords=paper+cutter+guillotine
Let me tell you about paper cutters.
#1 I’ve cut myself with scissors, razors, and exacto knives, but never with my paper cutter. I love the crisp, perfect, straight-edge cut I get. I was all kinds of happy when I finally used some birthday gift money to purchase one. I think I’m right because the price has quadrupled since I bought mine.
Here’s what I cut
#2 Squares to make snowflakes and origami. Most paper comes in rectangle shapes. A lot of times I need as close to a perfect square as I can get.
#3 Memory verse reminders for DVBS, Sunday School and family devotions. I copy and paste from http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org, print them out, and cut them into perfect little note-size shapes.
#4 Edges of homemade books. When you fold paper for a book, the center pages stick out at the opposite edge from the fold. The paper cutter trims them to be even.
#5 Crafts such as paper chains, book marks, and coloring pages. I also have “Color, cut and paste” pages for Preschool class on Wednesday and Children’s Church on Sunday that often require cutting from separate pages that are included.
#6 I make my own greeting cards and postcards all the time. I like to use card stock for both. The paper cutter takes one swing to cut a greeting card that requires a single fold and two swings to separate a piece of paper into four postcards.
#7 Flashcards. Homeschooling meant lots of flashcards. Usually I started with blank index cards and cut them in half. These fit so nicely in a child’s hand. I put everything from the Circle of Fifths to phonics sounds on them. I knew I had succeeded when my children asked me to cut blank cards to make their own study help card packs.
#8 Schedules. They always fit better when I trim off the edges before taping them into a notebook.
#9 Bulletin board borders. I can print out border art on colored paper, then cut the paper into strips and hang it around the edges of the bulletin board with pins or tape. Usually I use a design on longer paper such as 8 1/2 by 14 to do this.
#10 All my homemade photo projects pass under my paper cutter’s arm for trimming.
#11 I print on sticker paper and cut out stickers when needed. I find that labels run through the printer easily and cut into just the right size for kids.
#12 I don’t scrapbook much, but if I did, I would never be able to cut straight lines with a rolling cutter or scissors.
#13 I made a “Lift the flap” page for a wedding scrapbook being assembled at my niece-to-be’s wedding shower.
#14 When I sent in a mock-up for a boardbook idea to a publisher, I used it to trim pages to fit perfectly.
#15 I’ve even used it for iron-on transfer art.
Paper pulled fresh out of a ream cuts well. As soon as it absorbs moisture from humidity in the air, not so well. Sometimes cutting two or more pieces solves the problem. Sometimes moving up or down the cutting surface of the blade helps. The center of the blade is not as sharp as the ends.
An added benefit is that a paper cutter cuts through scotch tape and usually through other tape, too. Duct tape might gum up the cutting edge. Test it first on a scrap piece of paper.
My cutter cuts corrugated cardboard easily. It chokes more on thick, solid-type cardboard, though the thinner type such as used for cereal boxes is no problem. Cardstock paper works great also.
Getting your own
If you want one of your own and the sticker price is too high, just think: these things are built like tanks. Find one on ebay or do an ISO (in search of) on a local bargain site like virtual yard sale in your town or county. Another option is using a cutter at a local copy center. Sometimes they don’t charge if you do business there often.
If this were an actual review
So I have to admit, I am in love with my paper cutter. You need to go fall in love with your own.
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