July 25, 2011

Cutting those round labels!

I am comforted in the fact that I am not the only one who wants round labels in her classroom--I thought you guys would all think I was crazy before! But I've finished my supply labels and my leveled library labels and I have to say--I my circle cutter!


It's called EK Circle Success Scissor Pro (I don't work for them! There are other circle cutters out there too). I got it from Amazon (you can see it if you click on the green link). I know I posted about it a bit before, but I've received some nice emails from others who have also purchased the cutter and we were all saying it's a bit tough to get used to.

And it is! But I think I found a way to make it a little easier now. I actually finished cutting out all of my leveled labels today and it was a snap with this new method.

I thought I would share, just in case you were thinking of trying it out.

So, I learned the hard way that the circle cutter must be solidly on the mat...it doesn't matter if the paper is. I think I had the cutter hanging off the edge a bit and that made the paper slip.

I also discovered a neat little trick to get the cut right the first time, so paper and ink won't be wasted!

First, I make a circle shape using Auto Shapes in Word. When I make that shape, I make sure I use a size slightly larger than the picture I want to cut. So, if my labels are going to be around 3.75", I would use the 4" size in Word:
Then, I make a second, smaller circle to help me create the image/text:
I put the image and/or text I want within the smaller circle:
Then, I delete that smaller, inner circle:
Now, it's circle-cuttin' time! I lined up the cutter on that 4" mark made in Word:

This is the closest shot I could get with my camera...but the line should be going right through the middle of the 4" slot:

Then, I just kind of turn the wheel to make sure it's pretty much on the circle I made, so I know it's lined up.

Once it is lined up, I cut a slightly smaller measurement within the 4" mark (like 3 and 7/8):

And that's it! Once I made the circle templates in Word Art, I just stuck with the same size for everything.

And...I have to tell you something...

It is SO much easier than cutting with scissors! I cut out 48 labels, THEN cut the lamination too! It didn't hurt my hand at all!! Now I just need a square cutter that will save my hand too...

What projects are you all working on right now? I would love to hear about them!

7 comments:

  1. I'm making circle labels for my theme bins!! I used your leveled labels for my leveled library so my theme ones coordinate.

    You can see the first round at my blog!!

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  2. The timing of this post is funny because I was just cleaning out my craft studio and thought of you when I came across my old circle cutter. I heart the circle labels!

    ❤Jodi from...
    ★★The Clutter-Free Classroom★★
    Helping Teachers Get Organized

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  3. I bought that circle cutter at Michael's on Saturday! ;) I can't wait to try it out!
    http://www.firstgradebrain.com

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  4. I love the circular labels. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Wow, I always wondered how you cut your circles! I might have to use a 40% off to buy one of those at Michael's :) I have the smaller circle punch but it doesn't work well for labels b/c it's diameter is probably only 2"

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  6. I'm a new 4th grade teacher this year and I want to organize my books in my library by levels. Can you please tell me how the levels correlate with the letters? By the way you have awesome ideas. My email address is mscgayle@yahoo.com. I would love to see your finished library set-up.

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  7. Thanks guys! 4th Grade It Is, I am sending you an email right now. :)

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