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What’s the best die-cutting machine/method for scrapbooking?

October 11, 2010 by  
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Question by howellslj: What's the best die-cutting machine/method for scrapbooking?
I see that there are a lot of different types and brands of die-cutting machines. I would love to buy one but I have nono idea how to choose one. So I'll ask for advice. What brand or type do you prefer? Thanks all.

Best answer:

Answer by KiaSister1
I have never tried a die cutting machine. I have to ask myself how often I would use it. Many towns have scrapbook stores, that will let you use their die cut machines, sometimes there is a fee, many times if you sign up for a workshop or scrap day- you can use their equipment at no cost.

I love Creative Memories though. They have this Custom Cutting system that helps you make mats for your pictures in a variety of shapes. They also have several shape makers you can get and many ideas for you to do with those shapes. I really tend to prefer the shape makers, to die cut systems like sizzex. I buy the shape makers from Creative Memories and from the craft store. Fiskars has a similar system, to the Custom Cutting system, it even has more templates.

The one thing I don't reccomend is the Sticker maker. I thought it was great at first, but now I am seeing a film that it leaves on my page covers and I worry what that will do to my pictures. So I no longer use it.

Also the other nice thing about shape makers is that you can let your kids use them for their arts and crafts projects. Most of them are fairly durable.

What do you think? Answer below!


3 Responses to “What’s the best die-cutting machine/method for scrapbooking?”
  1. Elle says:

    Look at the Wizard Die Cutting System. It can cut shapes using Spellbinder, Sizzix and Quickutz dies.

    It can also act as an embosser. You can exert up to 3000 pounds of pressure.

  2. kokopelli says:

    Die cutting machines are indespensible for titles — I use them all the time — although I still don’t own one after 5 years of scrapbooking! (I just borrow others;o) )

    If I had unlimited resources I’d buy the Wishblade. Its an electric die cutting machine that you can hook up to your computer and it will cut any clip art or true type font that you have in several sizes. Truly amazing and so versatile. Cost is around $ 400-$ 500

    A close second is the Crikut — its also electic but with this one you buy cartriges for and it and it will cut the letters/shapes in your choice of size (up to 5inches) from that cartridge. This one is more portable and is great for crops and retreats. rumor is that in the future you’ll also be able to hook it up to the computer — a dream machine! Cost is around $ 250-$ 350 and cartriges are around $ 60-$ 70

    I have been watching these for the last while and have been advised that there will be new and improved versions of each available in the next few months (rumors).

    There are also the manual die cuting machines. I like the quik cutz as it is portable and the dies fit in a binder that has little pockets. The alphabets for this system are quite expensive — around $ 200 a set . . .

    There is also the Sizzix — one of the old favourites of seasoned scrapbookers. I find it reliable but bulky so only good if you don’t plan on taking it places with you.

    I’m waitng for a couple of months to see what comes out since CHA just finished and then I’m gonna buy a wishblade or a Crikut. In the mean time I’ve joined a Yahoo group for the Wishblade so I can keep up on all the news — beware though — they sure do generate alot of e-mails!

    Good luck and have fun . . .

  3. lustydd says:

    Ebay have a heap of different cutting machines – I would recomend buying one from there instead of brand new. But do not bother with the sizzix sidekicks. It has plastic parts and I worked in an Scrapbooking shop and all of our sidekicks broke. you cannot get the parts for them. I would recomend an ellison. made by sizzix but much stronger and versatile. you can use the sizzix dies with it (even the thin ones) and it can cut through Matt board, fabric, leather, metal shim. Its on rollers like the sidekick, but they are metal and wont break. I used it heaps and found it very easy and versatile. Its also wider than the normal sizzix.

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