View Full Version : Cutting systems

03-05-2009, 11:11 AM
Okay ladies lets share what cutting systems we use currently, what have you used in the past that you liked or didn't like...

I just recently got a new one and got this one by fiskars (http://www.fiskarscrafts.com/tools/t_desktop-rotary-trimmer.aspx). So far I really like it but there is an extra thing to flip up when I put things in to cut so I've had to get used to it. I was previously using this one (http://www.fiskarscrafts.com/tools/t_16-ultimate-craft-rotary-paper-tri.aspx). But they stopped carrying the replacement strip and I didn't want to have to hunt around to get a new one all the time (I go through them about once every other month).

When I first started scrapbooking, about 10 years ago, I had the creative memories system. I never really liked it because I generally don't cut things into shapes, just straight lines.

How about you?

03-05-2009, 01:32 PM
Jill, I'm not much of a paper scrapper, but I use the same one that you just gave up. I love it. I didn't realize that parts were getting harder to find. Maybe I'll order a few replacement cutting bars. I do go through them quickly (although less quickly once I figured out you could flip it to use all 4 sides before getting a new one!).

03-05-2009, 07:10 PM
I've been on a quest for the perfect paper cutter for years, and I go through them very quickly, too. If it's on the market, I've probably tried it.

I just picked up that Fiskars one that you're using. I especially love how the grid is up to 6" without having to pull out the edge guide. That's such a great feature for card making! So far so good with mine, although that little paper holder flip thing is a little tricky and sometimes doesn't pull up very easy. I've tried just about every little Fiskars trimmer there is, and they all eventually start cutting crooked and leaving frayed edges, regardless of how often I replace the blades and strips. I'm hoping that won't be the case this time.

My all-time favorite cutter is the 12" guillotine cutter (http://www.overstock.com/Crafts-Sewing/Tonic-Studios-12-inch-Guillotine-Paper-Trimmer/2917658/product.html?cid=123620&fp=F&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=11085749) from Tonic, but it just takes up too much precious space in my craft room, so I only pull it out when I have lots of cutting to do. I have a smaller Tonic gullotine (http://www.overstock.com/Crafts-Sewing/Guillotine-Paper-Cutter/3275859/product.html?sec_iid=33972) which is always on my desk, but the grid only goes to 4.5" and you can only fit paper up to 8.5" long in it. It's great for smaller cuts, but unfortunately I have to use another trimmer to cut most of my paper. In my opinion, these guillotines are the best on the market, though. They cut REALLY well.

Since I loved Tonic, I tried their 12" trimmer (http://www.overstock.com/Crafts-Sewing/Tonic-Studios-12-inch-Paper-Trimmer-with-V-Blade/2988147/product.html?sec_iid=33972), but the plastic ruler edge that flips out isn't secured with anything and keeps popping off and flying across the room - extremely annoying! LOL :nogood:

I also tried the Making Memories magnetic trimmer (http://www.makingmemories.com/Products/detail/paper-trimmer), and, although it was a great concept, the grids were off, and my cuts were always crooked. The plastic paper cutter guide recently broke and now the blade won't even move.

The Cutterpede (http://www.overstock.com/Crafts-Sewing/Cutterpede-Green-12-inch-Paper-Trimmer/3128078/product.html?cid=123620&fp=F&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=11255724) had about a 2 minute reign in my craft room. The locking paper guide was almost impossible to maneuver, and the blade didn't glide smoothly and often tugged at the paper giving uneven cuts.

03-05-2009, 08:49 PM
I've just got this little 12" one from Fiskars (http://www.fiskarscrafts.com/tools/t_1230cm-euro-personal-paper-trimmer.aspx) left over mostly from my days as a Stampin' Up! Demo. :D It's worked well for me... and it's compact. I like that because I take up a lot of space on the table. :lol:

03-05-2009, 11:12 PM
(although less quickly once I figured out you could flip it to use all 4 sides before getting a new one!).

You actually can get 8 cuts out of it, flip each side 180 degrees. Since it puts the mark to the side you can use both sides!

I also tried the Making Memories magnetic trimmer (http://www.makingmemories.com/Products/detail/paper-trimmer), and, although it was a great concept, the grids were off, and my cuts were always crooked. The plastic paper cutter guide recently broke and now the blade won't even move.

I had that one too but mine broke too.

So fun to read about what others are using and have had success with!

03-05-2009, 11:46 PM
I bought a 15" guillotine cutter before christmas (I had 50 layouts to trim) It's made by X-ACTO. I picked it up at Staples. My first few cuts were a little off, but now that I have more practice I like it a lot. It's very large but works perfectly for trimming my layout pages - 1 - 12x12 and 2 - 6x6 on a 13x19 sheet. I used a Fiskars 12" cutter for years, but I really wanted one that would cut at least 13".

03-06-2009, 12:01 AM
I use this little guy by Fiskars. (http://www.fiskarscrafts.com/tools/t_12-euro-personal-paper-trimmer.aspx) It'll do. Not crazy about it, but I seem to have pretty good luck w/ it.

I actually cut alot of shapes. For cards, for hybrid projects. I use my Creative Memories system ALL the time. I love, love, love the circles (http://www.creativememories.com/MainMenu/Our-products-and-services/Traditional-Scrapbooking/Tools/Cropping-Tools/Custom-Cutting-System%e2%84%a2/Circle-Patterns)and the self-healing mat w/ blades. (http://www.creativememories.com/MainMenu/Our-products-and-services/Traditional-Scrapbooking/Tools/Cropping-Tools/Custom-Cutting-System%e2%84%a2/Custom-Cutting-System%e2%84%a2-Mat-and-Blades) I love that the blades fit so easily into the little guides on the circle templates and the mat is a must-have for me. I use it on just about every project I work on - usually with my exacto knife to trim edges off something.

It's fun to hear what everyone else is using :)

03-09-2009, 04:06 PM
I am using this one by Making Memories (http://store.scrapbook.com/mm-29039.html)...I am not so happy with it. It does not really cut my papers...it kind of tears it. I had a guilotine in South Africa that I used and that was just absolutely the best. I love the clean cut and it was very precise. I am thinking of rather getting the Fiskars one since it is a bit smaller too and will not take up to much desk space.

03-09-2009, 04:43 PM
Oh no, don't get me started on Fiskars 12" cutters LOL ... I've lost count at the number I've bought, each time thinking that it had to be better than the last - I didn't find one that cut straight - I swear by the ProvoCraft cutter (mine are green and pink if that helps)... and very affordable - under 10GB

03-09-2009, 11:22 PM
Mari...I had that same MM trimmer. I never could get it to cut straight. I am really loving the new fiskars one that I got recently.

03-11-2009, 04:48 PM
I have the same compact Fiskars trimmer that many of you have, plus this (http://www.fiskarscrafts.com/tools/t_12-homeoffice-rotary-paper-trimmer.aspx) big ol' rotary cutter. It's huge and cumbersome, but the rotary blades are interchangeable and it cuts through cardstock like a dream.

I don't know if this counts as a "system", but I love, love, love these (http://www.eksuccess.com/products_detail.php?product_id=729&sess_id=7379fc6fe335b470c5fc729f3fc86f94) HoneyBee scissors! They are crazy sharp and can cut anything really smoothly, plus they're coated with something that makes them sticky-proof. Just talking about them makes me want to go cut something...

03-11-2009, 07:25 PM
I use those same scissors...I actually have 3 pairs of them so I always have one handy!

03-21-2009, 10:56 PM
I think I just broke my MM cutter. I have a guillotine from Office Depot. It's ok but it's not straight if you don't hold the paper tight. It is sharp though. I want to get the Tonic or the Purple Cow one.

03-23-2009, 12:58 PM
I got me a Fiskars!!! lol! And at 30% OFF at Michaels! So I dont feel to bad about the waste (i.e. very expensive mm trimmer!)

03-24-2009, 11:17 PM
I user a cheap Fiskars one that cost me around $25 AUD and it's the best one I've ever used. Lasted me for about 6 years now and just need to replace the blades. The body of it is grey and it has an orange blade. I know Fiskars have a few on the market. When I do classes, I use a Carl DC-212 trimmer that cost me $100 AUD as it takes a thicker wad of cardstock at one time. But I'd stick with my trusty old Fiskars one anyday.