I tried out some new tools over the weekend. I got a Xyron 510 for Christmas that I hadn’t had a chance to use yet. I’d been imagining the stickers I would make with it and I realized that all my imaginary stickers were circular. I don’t have the steadiest of hands, so I figured I would just have to buy a large hole punch to get nice, circular stickers. Instead, I found a cool Circle Cutter from Fiskars. I can adjust it to cut circles from 1 inch in diameter to 8 inches. That seemed like a better deal that a punch that could only ever do one size, because I’m sure I will want different sizes at different times.
I tested out the circle cutter on the latest Paper Source catalog (their catalogs are so pretty, and the next best thing to all the pretty papers they sell.) It makes excellent circles. My mom (who of course already had a circle cutter) gave me some tips for how to best use it. Specifically, you should only ever turn it in one direction (I chose clockwise.) Also, when turning, hold on to the blade end of the cutting arm and apply a little downward pressure to ensure that you cut all the way through the paper. Once I cut my circles, and you can tell from the picture that I cut a lot, I ran them through the Xyron and turned them into stickers. All in all, I was quite pleased with the results.