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Choosing Scrapbooking Scissors, Trimmers & Cutters
Scrapbooking Scissors Are Essential For Cutting Paper
When it comes to paper cutters, a quality pair of straight edged scrapbooking scissors are essential! Creating a scrapbook layout requires plenty of paper manipulation and a sharp pair of scrapbooking scissors are the number one choice for a novice or a professional. Choose a pair with soft rubber handles for comfort. Once you've mastered the basics there are different styles of scrapbooking scissors that can be used to create different paper effects.
There Are Many Types of Scrapbooking Scissors To Choose From
For regular paper cutting, a standard sized set of straight scissors will get you by, but there are many types of scissors that can be used for creating fine details and paper effects. It's handy to have a pair of fine-tipped scissors that can be used when required for precise cutting. If you use stencils for your lettering and want to cut them out of cardstock, these scissors will be great for cutting the small corners.
Edging scissors are ones that have curved or shaped blades that can be used to create fancy edges on paper. You'll find them in many designs including zigzags, clouds or waves, and they're great for making interesting borders to frame your photos with.
If you plan to use fabric in your designs, you will also need a good pair of fabric cutting scissors. Regular scissors are not ideal for this use as they usually tear or rip fabric rather than cutting it. It's also important to keep your craft scissors strictly for scrapbooking use. Using them on household objects can damage the edges and dull the blades. This in turn will create badly cut edges on your paperwork.
Trim Your Photos With a Rotary Trimmer
There are a few options when it comes to scrapbooking cutters. One such item is a paper trimmer. There a few different styles but the most preferred one features a flip up arm with a rotary or sliding blade. This type of cutter allows you to cut perfectly straight lines every time. If you do purchase a paper trimmer, get one that is at least 12 inches in size. This will allow you to cut large pieces of scrapbook paper into smaller frames and matting for your photos. Maintain your trimmer's blade by cleaning the blade track regularly to ensure straight cut edges.
Create Custom Shapes With a Craft Knife
Another tool used for trimming photos and paper is a craft knife, usually consisting of a small blade attached to a plastic or metal barrel. Using a craft knife also requires the use of a cutting mat and a ruler. The cutting mat will preserve your work table and a ruler will ensure straight cuts. Most cutting mats are self-healing, meaning you can cut on them without lines showing up, and come printed with measurements. A cork back metal ruler will stay put while you're trimming your paper but a sturdy, clear acrylic ruler will allow you to position your cuts accurately. It may be a good idea to keep both on hand.
Be sure to choose a style of scrapbook cutter that you will enjoy using, as scrapbooking requires a lot of cutting!
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