Cut It Out

What is the biggest frustration you deal with while scrapbooking?

Mine has to do with paper, or more specifically, paper cutting.

Given that I work on a tight budget when it comes to scrapbooking, I am constantly looking for frugal ways to get layouts made without compromising style or substance. So how cheap am I? Here’s my dirty little secret: For years I used a traditional paper cutter to trim my scrapbook paper.

Talk about frustrating.

As many of you know, scrapbook paper cutters are designed to trim 12×12 paper, so imagine having to working with a tool designed to cut 8 1/2 x 11 paper.

It was definitely a gray hair-making move that I regret doing for so long.

Of course, hindsight is 20/20.

These days I use an EK Success Cutterpede, which not only cuts like a pro, but also allows me to change blades so I can cut deckle, wave and zigzag edges minus the decorative scissors and shaky hand.

I got my paper cutter as a gift and couldn’t be happier with it. Unless I win the lottery there is little chance that I will be purchasing another. However, I know some uber-scrappers who have five or six different trimmers. Personally, I find that to be a bit excessive, but if you have the means, then have it.

If you don’t already own a cutter, I would suggest investing in one, but before you do it’s important to ask yourself a few questions first. For example, consider how much you want to spend. Many popular scrapbook paper trimmers cost less than $20, though the ones with all the bells and whistles run in the $80-$100 price range.

Another important question to ask is what you plan to use your trimmer for? If you are simply looking for a tool to help you cut photos, cardstock, and patterned paper, then you can probably get away with buying a basic trimmer. However, if you need a tool that will cut cardboard, mat board, plastic sheets, acetate or other thicker materials, then you might consider investing in a heavy-duty cutter.

Do you own a paper cutter? How did you decide on which one to buy?

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.