Scrapbook die cuts – Does the Making Memories Slice Scrapbooking Die Cutting Machine Cut It?

Scrapbooking is a wonderful form of art and memory preservation, practised the world over by both young and old. A lot of self satisfaction is achieved by scrapbookers who put pages together of one or more photos, along with a story, to preserve a memory of an event, or capture a unique moment in time.

Now anyone who is into scrapbooking, especially with embellishments, would be very familiar with the company Making Memories. They also make a wonderfully extensive range of some amazing scrapbooking tools like the tag maker, eyelet setter, stamping die sets and much more.

However the question here is, with the popularity of die cutting machines for scrapbooking and the massive competition in the market from the two big brands of Die Cutting Machines… the electronic Provo Craft Cricut range of machines and the manually operated Sizzix range of machines, can Making Memories make a Die Cutting Machine that is comparable with these two big brand names?

Making Memories entrance into the Scrapbooking Die Cutting Machine market, has only come recently with its Making Memories SLICE machine. The SLICE retails for US$150.00, so it is half the price of the cheapest Cricut machine and slightly more expensive than the Sizzix Big Shot machine.

The SLICE die cutter is marketed as the first die cutting machine that doesn’t need a power cord. So it is really competing with the Cricut as an electronic die cutter and not competing with the Sizzix range of manual cutters. Imagine being able to take it anywhere and show off what it does, without having to plug it in! Just imagine the possibilities.

The Making Memories SLICE has similar features to the other electronic die cutters on the market like being able to plug in cartridges (known as design cards) and cutting shapes and letters at varying sizes. It does not need to be connected to a computer to function.

The SLICE however does try to do something the Cricut Personal machine doesn’t and that is to cut slightly thicker types of material. The Cricut can only cut cardstock, and the Sizzix can cut pretty much anything (but it is a manual machine). The new Making Memories die cut machine however will cut up to 0.5mm thick. This means you get the benefit of an electronic die cutter, as well as the ability to cut a wider range of materials which will add to the uniqueness of your scrapbook pages.

Given that the SLICE is competing with the Cricut and other electronic cutters, it is very well priced. It also takes up a lot less room than the other electronic cutters. From all reports, it also cuts very well and can cut sheets up to 0.5mm thick.

One of the SLICE’s disadvantages though over the Cricut range of machines, is that you have to hold the card while it is cutting, as it does not have a sticky mat or other means of automatically cutting. This makes it a little time consuming, compared to the Cricut which you can set and forget. However at half the price, with the same advantages including the added bonus of no power cord, it is a definite player in the scrapbooking die cut machine market.

Jenny James is a scrapbooking addict who loves to make Scrapbook pages using die cuts made with die cutting machines for scrapbooking. She reviews a lot of machines like the Making Memories Slice to see how they perform.

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Scrapbooking Materials: Know What To Buy

Originally, it was quite hard to find suppliers and retail stores that would sell you scrapbooking materials. But with enthusiasts opening their own local scrapbooking stores and with online vendors that can sell you everything and anything in between, the difficulty is now in choosing.

Many beginners find it confusing to choose the basic materials once they get into the scrapbook shop. This is, of course, due to the fact that there is simply too much to choose from. Add to that the excitement of seeing all the different colors, designs, samples, layouts, concepts and ideas that will overwhelm your senses and having you buying everything in sight.

This is a common trap. However it must be understood that to get started, there are only a few things that you must buy. In fact, you need not buy them all at once. It is best to just buy a few pieces and try it out to see if scrapbooking is for you.

Planning what must be bought and what should be left for later is a necessity when shopping for scrapbooking materials. It’s too easy when faced with the array of overwhelming choices, without really knowing enough, to get carried away and buy stuff you don’t really need or will never use.

Even veterans can fall into this trap. The variety of materials, embellishments, die cuts etc. plus the tools and gadgets is, these days, really overwhelming and it’s really tempting to buy that set of die cut letters with no idea what they’ll be used for. But they look so good!

So you really need to have a definite plan of what materials you want to buy. In this article, we will tackle the major scrapbooking materials that will prove useful for almost any project.

The most important scrapbooking material and the one that completes the project is the album. For the album alone, you will find hundreds of various designs, formats and sizes that will in itself make it a hard decision. We will not discuss the many types of albums here, we’ll just provide an overview for some of the basic choices. Conventional albums appear in 8ݗ11″ or 12″×12″ pages. However, smaller albums have become more popular with the integration of newer scrapbooking formats. Other smaller sizes appear in 6″×6″ to 8″×8″.

Page protectors
The main function that page protectors serve
is to help lessen the susceptibility of your photos, memorabilia and the pages, as a whole to damage and tears. And the added value of holding them in place and to avoid stick-ons from falling out. There are basically two choices when it comes to protectors; a) clear protectors that let you retain the normal hues of the layout and, b) non-glare protectors that can make it easier to view the contents.

Many scrappers turn to papers when it comes to adding designs and choosing the background for their layouts. Patterned papers are among the main choices. For the background, however, it is best to use papers with subtle colors so as to help focus the eye’s attention on the photos rather than on the background.

A staple in the scrapbooking world, cardstock is light card, generally heavier and more rigid than papers but not what you would consider cardboard. These are effective in securing the foundations when placing memorabilia, embellishments and photos.

These materials simply hold everything together. These are widely available but be careful in choosing one though. Always look for acid-free adhesives and make sure that they are photo-safe. If they are not, they will most likely cause oxidation of the pictures, the condition when the colors of the paper, photos and other similar materials fade.

A definite must-have. You obviously need scissors for cutting and trimming. They help transform objects such as fibers, ribbons and fabrics into manageable size that will coordinate with the design you have.

Paper cutter
A handy addition for trimming photos and papers where you want a really straight edge.

Precision, that’s the rule. Obviously, this will save time when it comes to drawing clean, straight lines.

There are many other scrapbooking materials that you will find useful. Among them are the following: vellum, exacto knife, self-healing cutting mat, white plastic eraser, glue eraser, lettering and fonts, black pens, colored pens or pencils, grease pencil, photo corners maybe a tote for your scrapbooking storage.

By: Betty Wilson

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