The Scrapbook Tool I Can’t Live Without

I can’t afford to purchase a ton of scrapbooking tools. Rather, I’m a serial drooler. I stare enviously at all of the tools available for semi-avid scrappers like myself, but I am forced to stick with just the essentials.

Of course, my “essentials” and your “essentials” could differ greatly. For example, my mom can scrapbook with a simple pair of scissors and a bunch of adhesives. Unfortunately, I wasn’t born with as steady a hand. Consequently, one of the scrapbook tools I can’t live without is a paper cutter or paper trimmer.

It is entirely possible to design amazing scrapbook layouts without a trimmer. However, if your scissors skills are lacking, then you might drive yourself crazy trying to crop photos and cut paper for borders freehand.

That’s me.

So what’s my favorite scrapbook tool?

I would have a very, very hard time scrapping without the EK Success Cutterpede. It’s not an ordinary paper cutter. The trimmer allows you to change blades, so you can achieve deckle, wave, zig-zag or scalloped edges without trying to manipulate various decorative scissors.

I know some scrappers who have four or five different paper trimmers, but I have learned to make do with just the Cutterpede. If you are looking to invest in a new paper cutter take a look at your budget first. The Cutterpede is not that expensive, but I don’t do a ton of scrapbooking. If you are a die hard scrapper, you might want to spend a bit more to purchase a heavy-duty trimmer. Those can run in the $80-$100 neighborhood.

On the other hand, if you are going to spend money buying a new tool, you don’t want to go too cheap. A decent paper cutter will trim photos, cardstock, and patterned paper without problems. Higher end trimmers can also handle cutting thick cardboard, plastic sheets, acetate, and other bulky materials. It’s a good idea to assess your scrapbooking needs before you decide on the perfect paper cutter.

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

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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.