Plenty of people would consider blogging to be a creative hobby or career. Whilst I agree to a certain extent, I often feel that it’s more about following systems and processes than letting yourself run wild with your ideas. That’s why, in my spare time, I really enjoy getting stuck into various different crafting pursuits.
Over the past few years I’ve tried my hand at scrapbooking, cross stitching, embroidery, and even calligraphy. My recent obsession though is paper cutting, and I’m currently spending almost every night practicing my skills and attempting to create something beautiful!
If you fancy giving it a go yourself, I’d love to provide you with some inspiration for getting started. Here’s what you really need to know…
What exactly is paper cutting?
Paper cutting is fairly self explanatory! It’s the art of creating paper designs with a sharp implement. Though it has been adapted right across the globe to fit in with local customs and traditions, the designs are always cut from just one sheet of paper.
The beauty of it, as far as I’m concerned, is that you can pretty much interpret it however you want. Whether you want to do beautifully intricate designs that take weeks and weeks to complete, or you just want to have a go at something simple that you can be finished in an evening, there’s plenty of choice.
Using paper cut templates
The best way to get started is to use paper cut templates. These are patterns that will allow you to create your desired finished product, without having to go freehand – which would be quite a daunting task, especially if you’re a beginner!
Thankfully, the internet has made it easier than ever before to access gorgeous templates, and there really is something out there for everyone. I highly recommend that you check out Design Bundles. They offer an amazing selection of affordable templates, and they’ve served over a million customers since they opened their virtual doors back in 2016.
You only learn through taking action
When you begin anything like this, it can seem hugely overwhelming, and you might feel like you’ll never get the hang of it. There are techniques to learn, tools to acquire, and plenty of practice to be done before you can create something that you’re really happy with.
You might take a look at a few of the many paper cuts that you see on sites like Pinterest, and worry that you’ll never be able to produce something of that standard. I’ve learned though that when it comes to crafting, like all things in life, comparison really is the thief of joy. Remember that many of the creations that you see will have been created by people who have many years of experience under their belts, and you can’t expect to run before you can walk. Take your time, and enjoy the process!
Over the next few months, I’m really looking forward to improving my paper cutting skills. What hobbies and interests do you have outside of the world of blogging?