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?