- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: TarcherPerigee; Csm edition (November 5, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399163301
- ISBN-13: 978-0399163302
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,135,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fold Me Up: 100 Paper Fortune-Tellers for Lifes Pressing Questions Paperback – November 5, 2013
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The only real issue is that the pages are not perforated, making them difficult to tear out neatly! Since I'm a little bit of a perfectionist, I figured out a way to get them out with relative ease and in good shape, and since I'm nice, I'm going to share it with you.
Now I did include the video, but there are a few things I would like to add that I forgot to mention and points I'd like to emphasize.
SAFETY & Notes
1) I'm going to emphasize again, when making the cuts do not cut toward your body! I was holding the book so that the spine was parallel to my body, so that I was cutting from left to right and not towards me.
2) I used my craft table, which regularly gets dinged and cut up, but if you want to cut on a surface you don't want to destroy, then put down some sort of cutting board first. You can use one from your kitchen or you can use one made for crafting. Just make sure it's a couple inches longer than the book, and place the book so that there are a few inches towards where your cut is going to end for the blade to dip into if necessary.
Please do NOT cut on a soft surface. First of all you're likely to actually cut into your pillow or your couch, and second since the surface could shift while you're cutting, you're more likely to injure yourself. (Don't have a worktable or cutting board for some reason? Go outside, sit down on the ground, and do it on the concrete!)
3) Please do NOT let children or even teenagers do this without supervision! It's so easy for that knife to slip and cut them, and I don't want to see anybody get hurt.
4) Similar to number three, be careful how hard you press down on the box cutter. But DO make sure to hold the book itself down firmly against the work surface while you're cutting. Also, you'll notice that I kept my hand that was holding the book down several inches from the spine to reduce the risk of cutting my hand.
5) Take your time! It's safer to not press as hard with the cutter and go a little slower then to try and cut through 10 pages at once. If you're not 100% percent comfortable then don't try to do more than a few pages at a time! I got this done in under 30 minutes, BUT I'm used to working with sharp craft and power tools frequently and have been doing so for over 15 years.
6) You do not have to do the entire book in one sitting. In fact you can only do the pages you want when you want them. I did the entire book because I wanted to store the whole thing in the pictured plastic envelope.
7) I found this was much easier to do while standing then while sitting. It allows you to apply greater pressure when cutting, and I was able to make my cuts straighter.
I hope this helped if plan to buy this book or if you've had this book but were having issues getting the pages out. Have fun and be safe!