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Monday, March 14, 2011

CRAFTING TIP OF THE WEEK (#80) Paper Trimming Troubles?

Happy Monday Bloggers!

I just recently experienced some trimming troubles with my paper trimmer & thought I would share what I did to help with my woes.

My trimmer blade has been in need of replacing, I just could not find the replacement so I continued to use the old one. In doing so, many of my cuts resulted having ragged edges. Rather than throw away the paper or use my craft knife (like I probably should have), I simply sanded the edges of the ragged paper then rolled a brayer along side of it to recondition the paper. I will say that it worked best with better quality cardstock as opposed to the thin, decorative papers but I was able to salvage what I needed. By sanding those ragged edges, dusting off any remnants of them and then rolling the brayer over the edge of the paper I got a seemless looking edge. No one would ever be able to tell that my blade behaved badly.

Needless to say, the blade is now replaced & my projects are all the better for it. But it was a lesson learned and I acquired a new tip in the process.

Hope this helps someone.
Tune in tomorrow for Tool Time Tuesday.


  1. Good morning Sonia. This is a great tip and it works like a charm. Great alternative when you don't have a spare blade on hand. I have also found that not matter what some of the thicker card stocks always cut with a little bit of those jagged edges. Instead of giving up on the card stock, just get out that handy dandy sander:)

    Hope you had a great weekend!

  2. What a great tip...I've sanded before but never tried the brayer in addition...I just had to replace a creative memories trimmer that I've used for the better part of 6 years...it lasted a white! I just wish my fiskar blades would last that long!



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