Saturday, October 15, 2011

happy (late) birthday to my dear friend, part two

And there's nothing like looking at Rob Ryan stuff to inspire one to get one's blade out and start cutting. I've had the idea to incorporate scripture into papercuts and dioramas for a long while so I'm glad to have finally made one. This seemed like a great reminder for Robyn to have around (especially now as her family nears some Really Big But Not Bad Changes Of Which I Cannot Speak). It's a very condensed version of Phil. 4:6-7.

I don't have Mister Rob's skill, spontaneity or freeform confidence, so I kinda cheated and used the computer to fit the letterforms together in a way I liked and then printed it in reverse on the back of the paper. I had a really great time cutting all the tiny pieces out while I listened to the girls (not) doing their schoolwork in the background.


And because I wasn't sure which color might suit her fancy more, I included several colors of paper to choose from. It's easy as pie to switch them out.

Loving the result. While you are cutting it becomes a little terrifying thinking your attention might wander for a second and you'll slice the leg off an R or something. I'm not sure how you'd go about fixing that. WWRRD?* I'm glad I didn't have to find out.

Yes, I know there are automated cutting machines out there now. They seem pretty cool. Definitely time whittling devices. I've thought about saving up for one. The concept sounds really great, but then I wouldn't have the fun of the cutting and the making decisions on the fly and the varying the line as I like while I'm cutting. I'm weird that way.

*What Would Rob Ryan Do?


  1. Wow Larissa, Excellent piece of work!!

    Which tool did u use to cut

  2. That is really beautiful! What a great idea to include the different colored backgrounds... although you had me at the first one. :)

    I'm glad you didn't cut off any legs! :)

  3. Okay, so I had no idea there were multiple color options stuck in there. It's the gift that keeps on giving! Although, like Grandma G, I'm partial to your choice. It's the one I first fell in love with. :)

    Happy Saturday!

  4. That's lovely! What a great idea for a verse. By the way, I hear you on the automated tool--at that point it isn't really a CRAFT anymore, just something you produce. Nothing beats the personalization and imperfect beauty of handcrafted.

  5. I truly love your cutting! A digital cutter couldn't have done a better job....they are kind of a pain in the rear end....

  6. I have a cricut, which I love for some things, but this is beautiful beyond anything it is capable of. I love it. Love love it. (also, I might have snorted at WWRRD :)

  7. Stunningly beautiful work (of course :)) I so admire your hand-cutting skills. I do a little bit of hand-cutting for myself and items in my Etsy shop... I also have a Silhouette digital die cutting machine, which is fabulous for scrapbooking purposes (titles, etc.)... However, there really is something so special about hand-cut paper art.

  8. What a great idea...would love one of these and the different coloured backgrounds are wonderful!

  9. Robyn, LOL. I meant to leave a little note on it about the different background options but got all focused on getting it wrapped and in the mail and forgot. Oh, well, that's what blog posts are for!

    Hey, y'all. Thanks so much! I'd love to hear more about the pros and cons of digital cutters, what you love about them, what you could do without. I'll have to facebook that or something.

    Christy, re: Automated vs. hand cutting, yes, couldn't have said it better myself.

    Swathi, I used my good ol' Xacto blade and cut it by hand.

  10. I love the look of this and would love to make one for my mother for Christmas. Is there any chance you might put the template you used on your site, or sell it in your shop?


  11. Deborah, hmmm. That might be something I'd do in the near future for the shop, but not right now. If you would like to do the same method that I did, make it on your computer and then print it backwards on the back of your card stock. Then cut up a storm!

  12. Oh my, I just stumbled upon this (pintrest) and I adore it! What an incredible job you did. I'm so inspired to get out an Xacto and start cutting!


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