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DIY Quilling Strips Tutorial


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I sometimes cut my own quilling paper because I prefer a slightly heavier weight than standard quilling strips. I use a Silhouette SD to cut mine, but you can cut your own by hand too. There are 4 pages in the "DIY Quilling Strips.pdf" file, containing varying widths of 1/8, 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 inch markings on top and bottom. You'll see the measurement listed along the top left. Ensure your option for "Page Scaling" is set to "None" when printing, so it comes out at actual size. Option 1 You can certainly print these markings right on top of your sheets of 8.5x11 inch paper, keeping a margin all around so it's tangle-free during storage after cutting. However, I know some people who are aghast at any paper wastage, and if you are one, keep reading. Option 2 Another way to cut your strips and use every inch of it is to print the file and slice off the markings. Place the paper you'd like to cut on your cutting surface. I've taken metallic envelopes apart to use for quilling strips in this way. Align the paper edge with the first marking, then tape the markings in place above and below - ensure they are parallel or else your cutting will be off. Align your ruler to the markings and start cutting away. You can re-use this method many times over.

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Paper Zen
Cecelia Louie's passion for paper crafts began with the discovery of origami at age 6. A graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, she's a graphic designer by day and an avid paper crafter by night. She's the author of "Pretty Quilled Cards", a contributor to All Things Paper and the winner of Craftsy's 2014 Paper Crafts Pattern Design Award for her modern quilled snowflake design.