Creative Strategy for Evenly Tearing A Flip Chart Page

Creative Strategy for Evenly Tearing A Flip Chart Page 

If you’ve ever struggled to tear a sheet of flip chart paper from a pad on an easel, you know it’s no easy task. It’s the result of poor product design. Some manufacturers don’t perforate the tops of the sheets for easy removal, so it’s almost impossible to get the page to begin separating from the binding glue or to pull away evenly and in a straight tear line.

Creative Strategy for Evenly Tearing Flip Chart PagesHere’s an easy way to tear your flip chart pages from the pad…

If your flip chart pad isn’t perforated, use a craft knife or single-edged razor blade (available at Amazon, art and craft supply stores) to cut 1-inch-long slits about an inch apart across the top of each page.

If you lay the pad on a solid surface and press firmly, you can perforate several pages at a time. Depending on whether you’re left- or right-handed, be sure the first slit overlaps the edge where you’ll start to tear.

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Creative Strategy for Evenly Tearing A Flip Chart Page by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas

About This Blogger – Robert W. Lucas

Robert W. Lucas is an internationally-known author and learning and performance expert. He specializes in workplace performance-based training and consulting services. Furthermore, he has four decades of experience in human resources development, management, and customer service in a variety of organizational environments. Further, Robert Lucas was the 1995 and 2011 President of the Central Florida Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).

Robert W. Lucas has lived, traveled, and worked in 28 different countries and geographic areas. During the past 40 years, Bob has shared his knowledge with workplace professionals from hundreds of organizations, such as Webster University, AAA, Orange County Clerk of Courts, Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Martin Marietta, all U.S. military branches, and Wachovia Bank. In addition, Bob has provided consulting and training services to numerous major organizations on a variety of workplace learning topics. To contact Bob visit his website at or his blog