From the March 2010 PDF:
For the sake of class this month lets pretend your paper trimmer is broken....your punches, die- cutting machines, templates....all broken. All you have to cut paper with is your good ol' trusty scissors. Sure, all those things I listed sometimes make scrapbooking a bit easier, but how many times have you spent at least 10 minutes looking for one of them? I'm not going to tell you how much time I spend looking for things. This month, lets let loose a little and cut by hand. Now, you might be thinking that you have to be able to draw complex shapes and paper piecing patterns, not true. If you can, good for you, go for it! But I'm just talking about basic and simple shapes. I think you'll be really surprised at how this will make your page 'yours'. A little more handmade, a little more character, a little more lovely.
To make your own shapes first choose the patterned paper you want to use, turn it over and sketch the shape. It usually takes me a few sketches to get it just right, but thatʼs okay, no one can see the back! And then cut it out. To add a bit of dimension to the pieces I cut I adhered them with pop dots and also lightly inked the edges. You could also outline the shapes with a black pen, machine stitch, faux stitch, etc...
If you are uncomfortable sketching circles or scallops you could always start with a punch. For example, punch the circle then use your scissors to trim it down a bit. Then you will end up with a circle that looks hand cut and is close to a perfect circle. The beauty of hand cutting is that itʼs not supposed to be perfect!
What shapes can you cut for your page? Flowers, stars, hearts, squares, rectangles, birds, butterflies, cars, houses...... And you know whatʼs great about cutting your own embellishments? You can make them ANY size you want!
Download the PDF Here: Download Patternedpapereverywhichway_march2010