One tool rarely works for every situation. What you cut with depends on what you’re cutting and where. There are a few to choose from…
Paper Trimmer - A paper trimmer is for making long, straight cuts on cardstock, photos, and specialty papers. They come in many sizes; a 12” trimmer is equipped with a swing-arm ruler, accommodates a variety of paper sizes and is as functional at home as it is on the go.
Die – Cut Machines - Like a punch, die-cutting tools cut shapes and letters form a variety of materials, but dies allow you to get bigger sizes and more intricate designs. Personal tabletop and hand held versions are great at home or at a crop. Use them to cut your titles or create custom embellishments
Electric cutters – Electronic cutters have a wide range of creativity. They allow you to cut creative designs and alphabets with a range of different sizes. Electric cutters can cut a variety of materials including then chipboard.
Straight-edge scissors – A pair of microptip scissors I a must have for your scrapbook supplies and can make detailed cuts through paper, photos, vellum and more.
Cutting Mat – You will need a cutting mat when working with a craft knife or shape cutter. They come in a variety of sizes and you can choose one made of glass or self-healing rubber. Most have a grid that can help you with measurements.
Craft knife – A craft knife is used when you need control for detailed task such as hand-cutting titles or embellishments.
Decorative scissors – Available in a plentiful variety of edges such as scalloped, postage-stamp, deckle, wave, and so much more, these scissors are terrific for creating borders or adding a funky touch to photo edges. It’s easy to get hooked on these fun tools.
Shape cutters- adjustable tools make it easy to cut circles or ovals out of photos or cardstock.
Ruler- Although 12” plastic or wood varieties work fine for taking measurements, metal is sturdier and acrylic has the added grid to allow you to see your project as you work, making cutting photo masts a chinch.
Punches – Ranging in size from ½” to more than 3” and offered in a variety of shapes, using punches is an easy way to create paper embellishments. Sets of nesting punches let you layer the same shape in a variety of sizes.
Here are a few cutting tools for your craft supplies