Thursday, June 19, 2014

DIY Quilling Strips Tutorial with Free Files

I've talked about cutting my own quilling paper because I prefer a slightly heavier weight than standard quilling strips. Seeing Honey Moser's blog post and a reader's question on Jin's Craftsy post prompted me to make these files. I use a Silhouette SD to cut mine, and whether you want to cut your own by hand or by machine, I hope my files may be of help to you.


HAND CUTTING METHOD
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.


MACHINE CUTTING METHOD
For those who have a digital die cutter, I have compressed 4 SVG files with varying widths. They all contain a border because otherwise I find my blade may catch on the edge of the paper. The files are readily changeable for those who have a different size paper.

If anyone uses these files and found it helpful, I'd love to hear about it!

28 comments:

  1. Hi Cecelia, I love the DIY Quilling Strips Tutorial - I don't have a machine, but I'll try your tip of cutting them by hand, I think the strip across the top is ingenious! I have tried cutting my own strips in the past when I have needed a specific paper/colour etc. and it was a bit hit and miss! the problem was the paper kept moving, no matter what method I used to stick it down, with your method I think the problem will be solved. I will give it a try! Thank You for the tutorial and the .pdf file. Karen x

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    1. Hi Karen, I'm thrilled to know you might be able to make good use of this simple method. Can't wait to hear how it turns out for you!

      Cecelia

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    2. Just tried it - works like a dream! Cecelia you are a star!!! Thank you so much. xxx

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    3. So happy to hear that Karen! Thank you for letting me know :D

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  2. thank you have a nice weekend greetings jose van der wouden

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    1. Thank you Jose! I hope it works well for you.

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  3. What a good idea to print out the markings so that they are perfectly aligned!

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    1. Thank you Honey! In truth, it's because I'm so laaaaaazy!

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    1. Hi Ridma, I'm happy to hear you think so. I'd love to hear if it works for you!

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  5. Thanks for sharing! I use my paper cutter since it has 1/8ths marks. I'm not fan of the thinness of quilling strips either. What paper(s) do you like best?

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    1. Hi Lisa, thanks so much for asking.

      I love Daiso paper which is found in a Japanese dollar store. They offer just two sets of soft colors and I enjoy the smaller jump in shades, unlike the shades I normally see (light pink, pink, red). I show the paper on this past post here:

      http://paperzen.blogspot.ca/2013/04/die-punched-leaves-and-daiso-paper.html

      I have used Canson Mi-Teintes paper, which is 98lb or 160gsm. It is thicker than Daiso paper so I can't achieve the tight inner coils I enjoy because it tends to split the paper. So I am forced to use a thicker needle (I think it's a bookbinding awl) when quilling with it. Here is more info about Canson paper:

      http://www.cansonstudio.com/en/canson-mi-teintes-dual-sided-textured-fine-grain-98lb-160gsm-sheet.html

      Here is a project where I've used the Mi-Tientes paper, which was really needed when working on such a large piece:

      http://paperzen.blogspot.ca/2013/02/year-of-snake-quilling.html

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  6. AWESOME tip! I will definitely try this:-)

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    1. Hi Sherry, I'm happy to hear you'll give it a try. Please let me know how it turns out for you!
      Cecelia

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  7. Thanks for sharing, I will try this. TY

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    1. Hi Butterfly Lady, I'm so happy you want to give this a go. Please let me know if it helped you?

      Cecelia

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  8. I've cut some of my papers using a paper shredder.

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    1. Hi kayeminoagra, that sounds like a great option too!

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  9. Hi Cecelia - I looked at your 4 pages of your DIY cutting strips and they're all 3/8" wide markings. Am I missing something? Thanks!

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    1. Hello Erin, thank you so much for taking the time to comment!

      It's quite strange, but when I view my PDF on my phone, it does appear as if the markings are all 3/8" wide. However, when I view it on my computer, it seems to be OK. I am not sure why that's happening.

      If you would like me to send the template to your email address, I would be happy to do so. I can be reached at paperzeninfo@gmail.com

      Cecelia

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    2. I am having the same problem. This is genius and I would love to try it! Ill e-mail you. Thanks! -Leah DeLauder

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    3. Hi Leah, there are 4 pages in the PDF file, so please scroll through them to find the size you need. Happy quilling!
      Cecelia

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  10. When I click on either file it says it's not there anymore. Have you moved this somewhere else? I have a new silhouette machine and would like to try this. Thanks!

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    1. Hello Rachelle, sorry about that. DropBox changed their settings. I've updated the links. Can you tell me if it works now? Thanks for letting me know.
      Cecelia

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  11. What cutting setting do you use (1-10)? My strips keep coming out with rough edges.

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    1. Hi Kirsty,

      It really depends on the thickness of the paper I'm cutting. When I'm cutting a new paper, BEFORE I release the mat from the machine, I will lift up one strip to see if it got cut all the way through. If it's not, I will ask the machine to cut it once more, then lift and test again. If it's still coming out rough, the perhaps it's time to use a new blade.

      When I release my paper from my mat, there is a way to do it to keep the strips straight. You can see how I do it here in my YouTube video: https://youtu.be/qzK94jX8YKU

      I hope that helps you!

      Cecelia

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    2. Thanks! I'm trying to open the SVG file, but it's not working :(

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    3. Hi Kirsty,

      SVG files are for electric cutting machines such as Cricut Explore or Silhouette SD with compatible programs. If you are trying to cut by hand, then I would suggest using the PDF files instead with Acrobat Reader.

      Cecelia

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