I cut a lot of paper. A lot. When I’m cutting, say, 90 projects for Super Saturday, I want to make sure I’m getting the most out of my card stock. But how?
Check out this 8½” x 11″ Cutting chart created by Cristena Bagne. (Thanks for letting me share it, Cristena!)
Suppose you are making swaps that use a panel 2¼” x 3½”. You’re cutting up a standard sheet of card stock. On the chart, read across the top row (for the 11″ side of your paper) to find 2¼. You can see that you’ll get 4 cuts on the 11″ side. Now read down the column on the left (for the 8½” side of your paper) to find 3½”. You’ll get 2 cuts on the 8½” side. If you read the intersection of the column and the row, you can see that you can get 8 panels cutting your paper this way.
But watch what happens if you cut the opposite way, cutting 3½” on the 11″ side and 2¼” on the 8½” side. You’ll get 9 panels this way, with less waste.
Now if your head is swimming with all this figuring and all these numbers are giving you a headache, go have a glass of wine or a piece of chocolate or two and wait until the feelings pass. You’ll be OK!