Choosing a Scrapbook Cutting System

Another great tool to have is a scrapbook cutting system. Cutting systems allow you to quickly and easily cut different shapes with your paper or photos. Cutting perfect ovals, circles, and rectangles can be difficult, especially when you're trying to crop or mat your photos. The right scrapbook cutting tools allow you to crop and mat with less effort, and makes cutting shapes quick and easy.

There are number of different scrapbook cutting systems on the market - you should be able to find one that matches your budget. There are three different types of scrapbook cutting systems - template, electronic, and die cut. Choosing the right system (or systems) can be difficult - especially if you're new to scrapbooking.

Template-Based Scrapbook Cutting Systems

Template-based scrapbook cutting systems work well as starter systems. They are most useful for cropping and matting your photos. A basic template system kit includes a cutting mat, a blade, and sometimes one set of shape templates. For some systems templates have to be purchased separately. When looking at template-based systems, consider how easy it is to replace the blade and how expensive additional templates are. The most basic shape templates you should get with your system are circles and ovals - but you're certainly not limited. You can find templates for a variety of shapes including hearts, stars, flowers, letters, rounded squares, and more...

Creative Memories Cutting System - around $35.00
A Scrapbooks By Design Favorite! This scrapbook cutting system comes with numerous different templates that accomodate 3 different sized blades giving you a huge variety in shape sizes. Circle, Rounded Corner, Heart, and....templates are available. This cutting system is only available from a Creative Memories consultant and can't be found in stores. Check the Creative Memories website to find a consultant near you.

Fiskars - ShapeCutter - $ 19.49
A new and innovative way to cut shapes! The ShapeCutter™ features a stylus blade that turns in the direction of your cut, making it easy to cut any shape. The cutter also features an adjustable depth so you can use Fiskars new ShapeTemplates™ for making exact shapes. Choose from a variety of templates including basic shapes like squares and hearts, or get creative with borders, frames, and tags. The adjustable depth lets you cut a variety of different papers from light vellums to heavy cardstocks. Includes 2 blades Easy to use Clear base makes cutting easy Adjustable swivel blade depth Convenient storage cap

EK Success - Cutter Bee - Curvy Cutter Oval Cutting Kit - $ 26.59
Crop photos and paper into ovals, circles and rounded squares in seconds! The Curvy Cutter Cutting Tool has an ergonomic handle that swivels for one step cutting and a two-sided blade that cuts in both directions. The Curvy Cutter Oval Cutting Tool Kit:Includes both the cutting tool and oval template sets Cuts 24 ovals from 1 ¼” x 2 ¼” to 5 ½” x 7 ½” Cuts photos and paper for scrapbooking and other paper crafts Creates 1/8” mats Ergonomic handle swivels for one step cutting Two sided blade cuts in both directions Gripper feet holds template in place Includes seven pieces total

Coluzzle Starter Kit - $ 9.99
Get started with the Coluzzle Scrapbook Cutting System today with this great starter pack! Coluzzle is a unique cutting system which allows you to cut virtually any shape perfectly and easily in one step, without scissors. The secret is the 360 degree rotating swivel blade and cutting mat. Even make your own alphabet, paper dolls and cards and envelopes! Kit includes: Guardedâ„¢ Swivel KnifeSnap Knife Easy Glideâ„¢ Cutting Mat.

Die Cut-Based Scrapbook Cutting Systems

Die cut systems generally have two parts. The cutting tool and the dies. To use, you just slip the desired die into the cutting tool, slide in your paper and press. Die Cut scrapbook cutting systems are great for those who enjoy paper crafting - particularly those who create their own paper embellishments. Cutting letters and numbers is especially easy using a die cut system - the downside is that one set of alphabet dies can be expensive, and unfortunately you are limited to that one font. When buying a die cut scrapbook cutting system, consider its portability. They range in size from hand held to tabletop. Also consider that when purchasing a die cut system, you will have to purchase the dies separately - and they can get expensive. Before you go on a shopping spree, be sure that when you are buying a die you will use it over and over again.

Quickutz - Revolution - Tabletop Die Cutting System, BRAND NEW - $ 149.99
Think BIG with die cuts from the Revolution Tabletop Die-Cutting Tool! Use it together with new 4-inch dies to die cut a variety of alphabets and shapes in cutting edge QuicKutz designs! The Revolution tool is also compatible with other sizes of QuicKutz dies. Each set includes: Revolution Tool Carrying Case Cutting Mat Embossing Mat Instruction Guide

Quickutz - Black Squeeze with Metro SM Unicase - $ 79.99
Die cutting with Quickutz just got easier! With slightly longer handles, Squeeze does all the work for you--all you have to do is squeeze! Plus, it’s portable, so you can take it with you just about anywhere. The classy, black Squeeze comes packaged with the chic Metro SkinniMini Unicase Alphabet Set! This new stylish and sophisticated alphabet will bring class and flair to all of your projects!

Wizard Die Cut & Embossing Machine-Purple - $ 116.99
With the Wizard Embossing & Die Cutting System you can cut with a variety of dies from other manufacturers and cut and emboss with Spellbinders Embossing & Cutting dies. You can also emboss any brass stencil and lots of charms and other items. The Wizard System includes two white master mats a white spacer plate a tan emboss pad and a universal cut mat.

Cuttlebug Machine- - $ 89.99
PROVO CRAFT-Expressing creativity has never been easier! Cut shapes emboss shapes or cut then emboss shapes. The machine and inspired die designs exclusive to the Cuttlebug system are as fun as they are simple to use. Just lower the platforms; a powerful gripping mechanism holds the machine in place. Then place cutting material and die (face up) between cutting mats and turn the handle to move the die through the machine. Remove the die cut shape and start crafting! Cuttlebug is user friendly with any die and cuts a variety of materials. It's fold-n-store profile allows storage in a small amount of space and the built-in pop-up handle allows for quick transport.

Electronic Scrapbook Cutting Systems

Personal electronic cutters can be expensive, many who use them think they are worth the money. Simply touching a button can get you perfectly cut shapes in many different sizes. Electronic cutting systems are best for those who do a lot of paper crafting on their pages. If you like using die cuts and crafting your own paper embellishments, then an electronic scrapbook cutting system may be for you. Another great use for electronic cutting systems is for letters. Cutting letters and numbers in a variety of fonts is quick and easy. When buying a scrapbook cutting system consider whether or not it needs to be hooked up to a computer as well as how easily you can add new shapes. Most electronic cutters come with one set of shapes with additional add-ons available separately. Some cutting systems allow you to create your own shapes - making the possibilities endless!

Xyron Personal Cutting System with Two Design Books - $ 189.99
The Personal Cutting System from Xyron is revolutionary, effortless, portable, flexible, and limitless! Select and cut shapes at the touch of a button. Includes: Personal Cutting System Machine Removable Cutting Blade Self-Adhesive Replaceable Cutting Mat Power Cord Starter Alphabet Design Book Building Blocks Shape Design Book Shape Removal Tool Instruction Manual Quick Start Guide 1 Year Limited Warranty Information

Xyron - Wishblade - Digital Cutter - New Style, BRAND NEW - $ 449.00
If you can wish it – you can cut it with the NEW Xyron Wishblade. A computer-connected digital cutter, the new Xyron Wishblade comes with 2 distinct software programs and is both MAC and PC compatible. The standard Wishblade software offers Print and Cut technology, drawing tools, and an auto-tracing feature for images and allows for the cutting of any True Type Font. The new exclusive Create and Cut software enhances Wishblade functionality to include welding words and creating outlines (shadows) for text and images with the click of your mouse. The Create and Cut software can be used alone or in conjunction with the Wishblade software and also includes an auto-tracing feature for clipart and other various file types. Package Includes: Wishblade machine Create and Cut software Wishblade software Blade pack with pen holder Cutting mat USB cable and power cord Instruction manual and quick start guide

Provo Craft - Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter, BRAND NEW - $ 299.99
The Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter is the easy to use and makes creating beautiful designs and alphabets easy. By simply touching a button the Cricut can cut a wide variety of designs and alphabets for card making, scrapbooking and paper projects. The Cricut cuts a variety of materials, including vellum and cardstock. Design cartridges sold separately.

Now that you've gotten started collecting templates, dies, and electronic cartridges where will you keep them all? Check out our Organization pages and let us help you create a system to store all those scrapbook cutting system accessories!

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