A few weeks ago, I was asked to fill out a designer spotlight form for Peachy Keen Stamps, and one of the questions on that form was, "You're asked to get crafty in a room with absolutely no supplies -you can bring five tools. What do you bring with you?" One of my top five things that I cannot do without for my crafting is my Making Memories self sharpening paper cutter. That was one of my answers on my spotlight form, and anyone who has had a paper crafting tool discussion with me will also know that I sing the praises of this piece of equipment! I LOVE my MM paper cutter, and this is what it looks like.
So, a paper cutter was on the list of supplies that we should bring to our Copic class, and mine went with me for that purpose, and also because I needed to cut card stock and prepare materials for the class I was teaching on Saturday. I did indeed cut card stock for that class on Thursday evening in my hotel room, and my paper cutter was working just beautifully as always. I gathered my supplies and placed them all in my "My Creative Time" bag that was gifted to me by my sweet friend Emma at CHA, and that bag was placed under the table at my feet for the duration of the Copic class on Friday.
Our class started at 9 a.m., and we spent an incredible 3+ hours learning all the wonderful things that Maryann had to share with us, taking a break for lunch around 12:30. Then it was back to class for more instruction and a chance to actually start coloring and putting some of our new found knowledge to the test.
We took our break for dinner around 4 p.m., and I chose to leave my bag with everything in it just as I had at the lunch break, and I had no worries whatsoever about doing so. We came back to begin the make and take portion of our class, and I will share with you that this project included a sheet of chipboard that needed to be cut in half. When I sat down at the table, I noticed that the person sitting next to me had already begun working on their project, and their chipboard had been cut. Honestly I was very surprised at the condition of it. It looked like something had gnawed the chipboard in two, and this person was feverishly sanding on it trying to smooth up that frayed and gnarled edge. I didn't think too much about it, but I did feel bad that the project obviously wasn't turning out the way they had hoped, and honestly, I was a little worried that I would be struggling with it as well. I went on to begin my project, and got to the point where I was ready to cut my chipboard. I picked up my paper cutter, and I looked at my paper cutter, then looked at the chip board, and I said out loud, "Oh, I don't think this is a good idea.". The chipboard was very obviously to me, too thick for my particular paper cutter, and it does say on the top of the paper cutter that 2 sheets of card stock is the max that should be cut at one time. The person next to me heard what I'd said, and leaned over toward me a bit to state "That won't cut it.". Well, I had pretty much figured that part out, BUT, I was glad for another opinion to confirm what I suspected, so I put my paper cutter away, and got out my heavy duty scissors to cut my chipboard. I continued to work on my project, and got to the point where I was ready to cut the card stock that my image was stamped and colored on, and of course I got out my beloved paper cutter for that. ;-) Only one sheet and a piece of cake, right? When I made the first cut, I commented to my friend, Kathy that something wasn't right with it. It was doing more chewing than cutting, and it really looked like I had distressed the edges of that card stock instead of cutting it, but, not thinking too much about it, I decided I was okay with that look, and went with it. I knew there was something "not quite right" with my top five favorite paper crafting tool, but I really didn't have a clue what would cause that, as I'd never experienced anything like it before. With the rush to try and complete as much of my project as possible before our time was up, I put my paper cutter back in the bag, and moved on.
I will note that the person sitting next to me became continually frustrated as time went along, stating that they weren't happy with their coloring, and a multitude of other complaints about their work, and that person finally put their make and take project away and worked on something completely different than what we were given. I smiled and acknowledged their obvious disdain for their work, and commented that sometimes that happens to all of us, and especially when we feel like we're trying to get something finished in a short amount of time.
I completed as much of my project as time would allow, and gathered my things, preparing to make the long trek home, as it's about a 6 hour drive from Chicago to my home in north central Missouri. I honestly didn't think another thing about why my paper cutter was acting so funny until after I arrived home and laid my head on the pillow somewhere around 4 a.m. At the point where I was just about to drift off to sleep, my eyes popped wide open, and the thought struck me like a bolt of lightning, but I convinced myself that it was probably my imagination, that I'd check my paper cutter out in the morning and it would most likely be working just fine. I was just too tired to think about it!
So morning comes, and despite the fact that I was running on only about 4 hours sleep, I jump up and ran to the craft room where I had dropped all of my things when I arrived home earlier that morning. I grabbed my paper cutter and plopped down in my comfy chair to try it out, because I just knew that I had imagined all of this, due to a lack of sleep, and the excitement of all that had gone on in the past few days. I pulled a piece of scrap card stock out, and proceeded to cut away, only to find that my paper cutter was indeed distressing the paper as opposed to cutting it. *insert sad face here* I knew what needed to be done next and that was to take the entire thing apart to get to the rotary blade to try and locate what the problem was. As I took the blade housing apart, and released the rotary blade from the spring mechanism that holds it in place, it was very noticiable that there were notches and nicks out of the blade. It almost looked like the blade had come out of the track it follows for sharpening, and actually hit the sharpening guide, causing it to take chunks out of the blade. Hmmmm... Now how did THAT happen?? At this point, I really thought that I could buy a replacement blade, and it would work just fine once again, but I did notice that there was a lot of what appeared to be paper stuck in the track where the blade should be sharpening each time it cuts a piece of paper. You know how you get used to the way your equipment sounds? Well, each time I ran the cutting blade the length of the track, it just didn't sound right. That blade just bumped along, and the sound was nothing like what I remembered only two days before.
I quickly realized that when I did replace the blade for my cutter, it wasn't going to track or cut right if the track was full of paper particles, so I went ahead and completely cleaned out the track with my X-Acto knife. Upon removing all of the debris, which there was a lot of, I noticed it was a dull gray in color, the same color as chipboard, BTW. Once the paper debris was cleared, I could clearly see that the track was actually bent, and it was then that I resolved myself to the fact that my paper cutter had cut it's last sheet of card stock, and that I could kiss it goodbye.
Well, this is my story. I will tell you that I an not the least bit upset about this. I didn't actually "see" anything happen with my own two eyes. I have NO idea what really happened, and I'm not going to make that call. Maybe I watch waaaaaaay too much Investigation Discovery, and this is all in my imagination? Who knows?? What I do know is that there is NOTHING wrong with making mistakes. I make them all the time, and thank Heaven I do, because I can honestly say that I learn from them. Most of the time, I think mistakes can be considered blessings, just for that reason. I also know that I have gone through enough in my life to know that "things" don't matter. That's why I'm not upset about this. While it was an unexpected expense, and an inconvenience to have to replace my paper cutter, which has already been replaced, BTW, it's a thing, and things don't matter at all. People are what matter, and I have far too much love and respect for people to NOT take responsibility for MY mistakes and at least attempt to make things right, when I've made a mistake. What do you think? Please feel free to leave me a comment and tell me what YOU suspect might have happened, in the Great Paper Cutter Caper, and you will be entered to win the following adorable stamp set from Peachy Keen Stamps. My dear hubby is anxious to see how creative my crafty friends really are with their scenarios, so I'm going to let him choose the winning entry. I'll leave this mystery open for comments until Sunday, October 31st , yes... Halloween... at the stroke of midnight. The winner will be announced on my Monday morning blog post.
PK-609 Build A Scarecrow
Thanks for stopping by today, and thank you for humoring me with my story. I'm looking forward to your thoughts, and I wish you a beautiful day filled with lots of love, a chance to learn from your mistakes, and of course, happy stamping!