A few weeks back the folks at X-ACTO offered to send over a few of their items for me to review. My first thought was, "What could I possibly have to say about X-ACTO that my fellow Curbliers don't already know?" My next thought was, "Since I've never actually owned an X-ACTO, I can't really answer that question." I know, I know! How has a chronic DIYer never bought an X-ACTO?! Because such purchases occur to me when I'm at the checkout. You know, where they sell the knock offs for a buck or two. And, honestly, I figured one craft
These snowflake designs are quite remarkable. If you examine them closely, you'll see pictures in them. Easy to make out are the seahorses and fish pictured above. Also easy to spot are these hearts, but note the 'love border'.
A little trickier yet is 'Joy' spelled out in the one below. The maker has included not only the folding and cutting methods but examples of the patterns he used as well. Again, remarkable. For the entire tutorial...
A piece of paper. A scissors. A scant five minutes. The results?
The paper snowflake is nearly everyone's first Christmastide craft, and its elegant aesthetic keeps folks creating 'em, year after year. But my elementary-school snowflakes never really captured nature's precise geometry and symmetry...they really looked more like crude doilies than lilting crystalline water.
As it turns out, the magic doesn't...
Heather, an illustrator and designer from Cape Town, offers a how-to for creating these fine and incredibly detailed paper cuttings. Be sure to check out the rest of her site and Etsy shop for more ideas and inspiration.
Okay, so after my last paper project, I decided to treat myself to a guillotine paper cutter to make life a bit easier. (I have a large rotary cutter, but they don’t work well cutting small pieces of paper.) I didn’t want anything big or, for that matter, expensive. A trip to my favorite office supply store turned up this very handy little Fiskars Mini Euro By Pass Paper Trimmer ($14.99).
Last night, as I was showing MWT my new toy, he told me...