5 Tips for Cutting Paper Accents for Scrapbook Pages

by Kim Jackson


The Princess and the Cheeseburger 2-page, 12x12 scrapbook layout

The Princess and the Cheeseburger by Stephanie Howell for Sassafras, as seen in Budget-Friendly Scrapbooking, page 73.


Cutting out intricate paper details by hand for your scrapbook layouts, a process called fussy cutting, can sometimes prove challenging for those of us with less-than-nimble fingers. There are, however, a few tricks that can get you cutting accents for your scrapbook pages in no time.

1. Choose a sharp pair of micro-tip scissors. The smaller the tip, the easier it will be to snip out those tight corners when cutting out your image.

2. Start by roughly cutting out the image you wish to fussy cut, so you can easily handle the image as you cut out the details.

3. Place your paper near the fulcrum of your scissors, not the tip. This will allow you better maneuverability and result in clean-cut edges.

4. Make long, slow cuts rather than quick snips. Quick snips result in choppy edges. If you encounter tight corners that won't allow you to make long, slow cuts, go back later and snip those pieces out using the tip of your scissors.

5. Turn your paper, not your scissors, as you cut around the edges of your image. This will lessen the urge to snip.


Flowers cut from patterned paper

For more easy tips and techniques for stretching your scrapbooking stash, check out

Ten Tips for Neater Handwritten Journaling on Your Scrapbook Pages

Nine Tips for Scrapbooking Using Cardstock

Five Tips for Using Rub-ons on Scrapbook Pages


Want more wallet-savvy scrapbooking ideas? Pick up a copy of Budget-Friendly Scrapbooking from Creating Keepsakes.




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