Quickutz Nesting

October 31, 2008 by  
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Help with Scrapbooking?????

So I know a major scrapbooker who has a cricut for cutting paper.
As amazing as that would be I definitely can't afford it.
So I was wondering if there was a cheaper version in a similar product?

Several people are selling their perfectly good (almost new) Cricut machines all the time at really cheap prices on eBay, Craigslist, thrifties section in your local newspaper and even on the http://www.cricut.com message board (and several other message boards too). I know even that amount of a markdown can still be too much for some of us to spend right now.

Many scrapbook stores now have the Cricut in the store for customers to use...and some even let you rent the cartridges to take home (if you or a friend have a machine, but not the extra $ to buy another cartridge).

The Slice (put out by Making Memories) is a smaller, more portable electronic cutting system, but similar in price. Many people like it because it is even smaller than the Cricut and easier to pack to crops.

The Cuttlebug seems to be one of the most popular for single size dies and those wonderful embossing folders. Although, you can use the Cuttlebug dies and embossing folders in other die cutting machines like the Sizzix Big Kick, the Ellison Big Shot, the Accucut Zip e' mate, the Quickutz Revolution and the Spellbinders Wizard. All of those machines can cut several steel rule dies as well as the thin "wafer" dies and the embossing folders. Check out your local Michaels, Joanns, AC Moore or other craft stores online or local. All are available for super special deals at some time or another if you watch for them.

Personally, I keep going back to my Coluzzle. It is easy to use, works every time, inexpensive and portable. I love the clear templates that I can line up over the top of photos and images to get just the part I want to keep. I have several die cutting machines and the 3 that I personally use over and over are:

the Pazzles (lets me design ANYTHING I want to cut via the computer and I never have to buy a single artridge or die),

the Big Shot (for ALL steel rule and wafer thin dies, including the FABULOUS new Sizzix Bigs XL dies that are REALLY LONG)

and the Coluzzle (nested templates for everything from circles/ovals to envelopes/boxes and even pop-ups and various flowers). They work for what *I* need and they are all easy to use.

That is the key...buy something that fits into *YOUR* lifestyle needs... not just what is popular at the time. What will you be making? How big will your die cuts need to be? DO you need something lightweight and portable or more stationary?

For more great in depth answers to your questions... try a Yahoo group like the Die Cuts All Yahoo Group found here... http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DieCutsAll/

Hope that helps...I didn't want to keep going on and on and on... but if you have more questions about die cutting machines, just ask 🙂


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