Guest Author - Michelle McVaney
Coluzzle? The name came from two words, collage and puzzle, pronounced col-uzzle. The product started with the idea to make a collage puzzle. The creators created the first coluzzle template in a collage puzzle shape with channels that you guide a swivel know through to make your cuts. Coluzzle is an award winning scrapbooking tool for many years. There are many coluzzle templates to choose from ranging from alphabets and circles to envlopes, and many other shapes!
The Coluzzle cutting system is very affordable, even for the beginning scrapbooker. I reccomend starting with at least the circle and tag templates! My collection has grown to include alphabets and many other shapes as well. The possibilities are endless! This is one tool I always find myself using.
The coluzzle is very easy to use. Some tips to make it easier for the beginner:
1. Lay the pad on a flat surface, with nothing underneath it.
2. Be sure and hold the swivel knife STRAIGHT up and down while moving it through the template opening. You do NOT hold it slanted like a regular knife!Sometimes standing up and looking down as you cut will help you keep the knife straight. Keeping the knife straight is the key to perfect Coluzzle cutting!
3. Do not pick the swivel knife up until you hit the plastic piece, then put it on the other side to continue to make the rest of the cut until you hit the other plastic piece.
4. Be sure and hold your paper in place, so that it does not move and ruin the cut.
5. When you open the templates, they have a plastice covering on them that you must remove. I try to get in the corner and peel it off from there. It is on both sides of the template.
6. Make sure your blade on your swivel knife is screwed in tightly. If it is not, you will be nicking your template like crazy.
That is all I can think of right now, if I think of more I will add them. If you have any more tips on using the coluzzle, please email me and let me know!
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