How to Cut Rounded Corners in Large Quantities

This is probably one of my most favorite tools.  It’s a bulk paper cutter. It cuts rounded corners, diamond corners, etc.  I use it to cut round corners on everything from postcards to business cards to invitations. It allows me to purchase the more economical square corners and round the corners myself.

I’m addicted to corner rounding.

 

The Akile Diamond Cutter:

How to cut your own rounded corners on photos, scrapbooking, business cards and invitations via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo #wedding #diy #scrapbooking

 

A stack of about 750 postcards took me about 10 minutes to cut:

DIY Die-Cut Rounded Corner Prints and Photos via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo

 

 

The cutter has guides that you can adjust so that the paper can be placed quickly into position each time for each stack:

Rounded Corner Prints and Photos via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo

 

Easy to press down (i.e. no blisters):

How to Round the corners of wedding invitations, holiday cards, photos etc with a DIY die-cut

 

The clippings fall into a small container underneath the cutter.  There’s a small drawer to hold different attachments and replacement rubber pads:

Use a Table Top Punch Corner Rounder to round corners on paper and plastic  via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo

 

I’ve saved an enormous amount of expense by ordering printed items in bulk with square corners and then rounding the corners myself:

(My “Year at the Hemlock” cards…brand new and so pretty. I hand these out when people want to read why we are moving…makes the posts easy to find.)

Order economical business cards and round the corners yourself with a DIY Corner Rounder that punches bulk die cuts

 

This is how I made my cute little “Lil Journal Project” prompts:

Journal Prompt Set - I made these using business cards and a DIY corner rounder

Cute quotes on the back:

DIY Project Life and other Scrapbooking type inserts using a DIY Corner Rounder

 

 

One thing I love to “pretty” up with round corners: index cards!

(I am picky about index cards….they have to be the right weight.  I purchased some from the 99 cent store one time…never again. Too flimsy.)

Round Corner Index Cards DIY

 

Just a few minutes and voila: rounded index cards  (the cute colored stripe ones are the Oxford Color Bar Ruling Index Cards)

Round Corner Index Cards DIY  - for index card albums and scrapbooking

 

To punch a hole in the corner of index cards or business cards I punch a sample card using a regular hole puncher (this Swingline version takes up to 20 at once).  Then I make a “guide” using a piece of tape or a label:

Punching holes in index cards in bulk for mini-albums

 

Using a guide all the holes will line up:

Create a guide for Punching holes in index cards in bulk for mini-albums

 

I love putting index cards into my trusty typewriter:

inspirational quotes

Typing on Index Cards (mini albums): how to round corners DIY style

50 things I love about you

50 things I love about you -  Typing on Index Cards (mini albums): how to round corners DIY style

 

Use small 1″ loose leaf rings to hold cards together:

Mini Album of Quotes - 50 things I love about you -  Typing on Index Cards (mini albums): how to round corners DIY style

A gift idea!

Mini Album of Quotes - 50 things I love about you -  Typing on Index Cards (mini albums): how to round corners DIY style

 

They are inexpensive in quantities of 100:

Mini albums of indext cards using small 1" rings

 

Supply Sources:

Akiles Diamond Cutter and Accessories (there is a small table top version, and a much larger industrial version that is much more expensive)

1″ Metal Book Rings

Oxford Color Bar Ruling Index Cards

Oxford 3×5″ Index Cards

 

 

 

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  1. 1

    TFS. Very cool.

  2. 2

    My church has a cutter that will cut corners like that, as well as other cuts for large quantities. It’s HUGE, with a large wheel that you turn … it actually reminds me of a torture tool from the middle ages! However, silly imagination aside, it’s awesome and so is your smaller, less frightening, cutting tool. Love what you do with yours.

  3. 3

    I have grown to love your blog. It takes me away for a quick bit but doesn’t leave me feeling guilty like the time necessary to indulge in a book. Thank you for this.
    With respect to your cutter, I love this idea. When you bought it, did it have a particular die or did you buy something additional to make it what you wanted?

  4. 4

    Ha! I read the title of this post too quickly and I thought it said, “HOW TO CUT CORNERS IN LARGE QUANTITIES”. I am deep in our big time decluttering/purging/letting go/cutting expenses/etc. – our Year Of Simplifying – and I was all set to read more about how I can cut corners in large quantities. :-)

    THANK YOU for your blog. For sharing your life, your adventures (both good and not-so-good), and your journey.

    And now, back to my purging. Here’s to letting go of STUFF so we can make room for LIFE!