stack paper cutterThis stack paper cutter pleases me to no end this weekend. I decided to invest in one to trim thicker stacks of paper, especially the unfinished ends of finished work. The Bostitch guillotine paper trimmer (with a plastic base and very little heft) I’ve had for years hasn’t ever been able to trim more than two or three sheets of cardstock at a time with any accuracy. Neither was the Fiskars rotary trimmer, though it is nice for crafting, with its interchangeable blades that will give faux deckled edges and such. After doing some pricing research on eBay and Amazon, I went with a refurbished model manufactured by QCM in Naperville, Illinois (made in the USA!) from a seller on Amazon. After putting the parts together (the equipment came with instructions, but was not a quizzical-free assembly process), these fantastic results happened:

Before:untrimmed chapbook After:trimmed chapbook

So, basically I feel really very prepared for some upcoming chapbook construction challenges, and am meandering (in a more directed way) into growing { bee + spool } press. Additional I-want-thats still include a saddle stapler.

In chapbook news, I’ve made some great swaps with Logan Ryan Smith and Transmission Press, Juliet Cook and Blood Pudding Press, and Jen Tynes and horse less press with my DIY chap. I’ve just received Hossannah’s small chap Lorem Ipsum printed on bright white cardstock and clipped at the corner with a silver binder clip filled with poetry and patent illustrations. I’m looking forward to the read. Upcoming, a chap trade with Michaela A. Gabriel in Austria, whose chapbook The Secret Meanings of Greek Letters was published by dancing girl press.

Interested in a chapbook swap? Email me (replace the (at)). Alternatively, order mine here and know that the proceeds of the sale will be donated to Asian American Women Artists Association, a non-profit organization here in San Francisco.