The Quilter’s Daughter: Olfa Rotary Cutter

Olfa Rotary CutterLet’s take some time out to talk about the tools of my trade.  I’m not a normal scrapbooker in many ways.  I also don’t use normal tools.  If you looked at my tools, you may think I’m a quilter!  I don’t have that type of talent, but I am a quilter’s daughter.

My mom is a serious quilter as well as notorious handyperson (see the t-shirt quilt).  My mom can show you a beautiful quilt she’s just finish and claim that she “just threw this together.”

She gave me many of my tools.  They are really intended for people that sew, but they work beautifully on paper crafts.  First up, my all-around-awesome Olfa Rotary Cutter.

I can’t use paper slicers, they aren’t accurate enough for my cuts.  I was working on a squares layout years ago (much like this one) when I realized that a paper slicer wouldn’t cut it.  No pun intended, har har.  A rotary cutter is very accurate, clean, and allows me full control.

True, the blades can wear out and get nicks in them.  I keep a pack of blades on hand just in case.  With normal use, I replace a blade maybe once a year.  Just as with kitchen knives, a dull blade is more likely to cause injury because you use more force to compensate for the dullness.  Replace blades as often as you need to!

Warning:  Rotary cutters are very sharp and are dangerous if you don’t handle them properly.  Be careful!  It’s not something you can leave lying around with kids or husbands.  When I was growing up, I was taught to not touch the rotary cutter just as I was taught not to turn my back to the ocean.

This is one of the few tools I can’t live without!

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10 thoughts on “The Quilter’s Daughter: Olfa Rotary Cutter

  1. “Be careful! It’s not something you can leave lying around with kids or husbands.” Ha, ha, ha! I am still laughing at the & husbands part of the comment.

  2. This is so funny – my mom had an extra rotary trimmer/blades that she gave me, left over from her quilting days. I still haven’t gotten up the nerve to open it! I’m scared I will slice my fingers open. But I’ve often thought of using it to cut photos….. Now I’m gonna have to give it a try. Except it’s packed, so I won’t be able to until I move but when I find it….. :)

    • Try it! When you get it unpacked, of course. Make sure you have a cutting mat. It does take longer to make photo cuts with a rotary cutter rather than with a traditional slicer, but I like the results a lot more.

  3. My cutter died and now I’m using an exacto knife and ruler. I actually like the quality of cut I get, but it takes longer to do a bulk amount of cutting! Not sure I could manage this tool though :)

    • You should try a rotary cutter! It will work much more quickly than an xacto knife! I’ve tried using the xacto knife and ruler before but I’ve accidentally taken chunks out of my ruler (oops). If I ever get around to trying videos for my blog, I’ll show it to you guys in action!

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