This year, I’m thinking about writing several features on the various crafting products we use as we go about the business of creating. Some are fun – some are fancy – a few are rather frivolous. But, when it comes to tools we rely on – the workhorses in our craft rooms – one of the essentials any serious paper crafter must own is a good paper cutter.
I’ve tried various makes and models of cutters over the years, but at the end of the day, I’m a Fiskars girl at heart. My first Fiskars paper cutter was what I lovingly refer to as “basic grey” – I’m sure you know the model I’m talking about. For years, many of us used it so much, we stretched the plastic arms and our cuts began to waver a bit. Fortunately, Fiskars stands behind their products – they replaced mine when I reported the problem to them several years ago. That’s goes a long way in building brand loyalty with one’s customers!
I eventually traded my “basic grey” for the purple model you see here (who can resist purple?) – then, upgraded several years later when its successor, “classic blue” came out. A little sturdier and wider than “basic grey”, that was my go-to model for many years.
Last year, during a 50% off Michaels sale, I treated myself to Fiskar’s latest and greatest model – the Sure Cut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer (also called the Premium Cut Line Trimmer). It’s been sitting on my shelf for several months now, as I’ve been saving it for a rainy day, but since it doesn’t rain much where live, I decided to bring it out to play for my first project of the year.
Now that I’ve played with The Lord Of The Paper Trimmers – all I can say is, “Where have you been all of my paper-crafting life?” This Paper Trimmer rocks! As you can see from the photos, it is a generous 6.25 inches wide (I sat it on top of my original paper cutters to give you an idea of what this looks like) with commonly used measurements shown on the grill. It’s long enough to fit a full-sized 12×12 paper on it with room to spare (on the first photo, you can see how much room is left over when a piece of Basic Grey paper is placed on top of it). It has an easy-to-grasp mechanism for lifting the arm and a locking mechanism to hold it in place when it’s not in use. It’s lightweight and easily transportable too – everything you could want in a paper trimmer!
So – with that in mind – I completed my first altered project of the year. Stay tuned to see what I made – it turned out perfectly!
Now for some news (there is lots of important stuff happening this week!)
Inspire Me Monday is now open – come share your latest creations and/or what’s inspiring you this week! It’s the perfect place to nurture your muse and recharge your creative batteries!
Want to see Legend’s more whimsical side? Stop by Wordless Wednesday and give WOYWW’s Wonder-Coon some love!
Join me for Friendship Friday which launches in a few days and share what’s unique about you and your blog while growing your social networks!
GFC Is Going Away
Lots of exciting things are happening at Create With Joy this year – be sure to stay in touch!
Be sure to visit Julia and my fellow WOYWWers at Stamping Ground!