Every so often, I have to set aside the piping bag or whatever I'm working on in favor of some form of cake-related maintenance, and today's project is the cutting of parchment paper squares. So, apologies for the dearth of pretty pictures; today I'm going to show you how to save money by cutting your own squares, which are a staple of pretty much any project involving royal icing and a flower nail. I'm not sure you can even buy pre-cut parchment squares on the Wilton site anymore; they appear to have vanished. If so, good riddance. One pack of 100 cost about as much as an entire roll of parchment paper if memory serves, and if you were to cut the entire roll into squares you'd have 1008 squares; that'll see you through piping a boatload of roses! All you need to cut your own squares is a pair of scissors and something good on TV, but if you want to set up your own factory of sorts, you'll need a self-healing mat, an X-Acto knife, a cutting rail, and a roll of parchment paper. Everything can be found at art supply stores (as opposed to craft stores; I don't think I've spotted cutting rails at Michael's, but I've never gone looking for them). I think you can find self-healing mats in the scrapbooking section. This one is made by X-Acto, and has a workable area of 11x17. It's probably about 20 years old; the lines are so faint in the middle I wasn't able to take an in-focus photo of it.