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Scrapbooking often requires neat, precision cutting when embellishing your work and as a result, a paper cutter quickly becomes one of your scrapbooking tools must haves.
However, there are loads of different paper cutters on the market and it can be a bit of a challenge to know where to start!
Table Of Contents:
1. Different Types of Cutters for Straight Lines
2. Rotary Paper Trimmer
3. Guillotine Paper Cutter
4. Stack Cutter
5. Electric Cutters
6. Best Overall Cutter for Straight Pages
7. Cutting Tricky Shapes
8. Hobby Knife
9. Handheld Rotary Cutter
10. Edge Scissors
11. Shape Cutters
12. Final Thoughts
There are paper cutters for super straight lines and for cutting out curvy and intricate shapes. I'm going to discuss with you below the best paper cutters for scrapbooking and paper crafts so that you can decide the best cutters for your needs.
Let's start with cutting straight lines!
As hard as I try, most of the time, scissors just don't do a great job when it comes to super straight lines. I blame being a lefty!
For cutting straight lines, we can use what's called either a paper cutter or a paper trimmer. There are four main types of paper cutters: rotary, stack, guillotine, and electric.
Each of these straight line cutters is suited to different tasks and some are more affordable than others.
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A rotary paper cutter sits flat on your desk and features a rolling blade that will slide and cut through a few sheets of paper at a time. There is often a grid design on the base of the rotary cutter that helps you perfectly line up each sheet for precision cutting.
Rotary paper cutters are usually affordable but are not suitable if you need to cut through more than a few sheets of paper at a time
I personally don't find this a problem at all when using it for scrapbooking or card making as I rarely cut up paper in bulk. Besides, it's the perfect type of paper trimmer. you'll need for cutting up various pieces of scrapping paper with ease.
One of the reasons I prefer a rotary paper trimmer is mostly because it offers precise cuts in trimming paper in straight lines even for softer types of paper. It works really well in cutting photographs, felt paper, and even thin Japanese paper. Unfortunately, you can only cut just a couple of sheets of paper at a time.
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A guillotine paper cutter works like a big cutting blade that is pulled down to slice through the paper. As a result, it can handle larger volumes of paper than a rotary paper trimmer.
They are more common in schools and offices or for people who cut through larger quantities of paper at a time.
Guillotine cutter sounds dangerous but it's really not. The blade features a kind of spring that keeps it from falling down onto fingers until it is actually pulled down.
Even if a guillotine cutter is easy to use, you need to choose the best guillotine trimmer with safety features like spring protectors and paper handles to keep the paper in place and to ensure your safety.
Some scrapbookers prefer a guillotine paper cutter not because it can cut in bulk, but because it can handle cutting stiff construction paper, cardboard boxes, or poster board with ease. Plus, they are easier to maintain and known to be more heavy-duty.
While the rotary and guillotine paper cutters can usually only handle between one and thirty pieces of paper at a time, a stack cutter can deal with a whole ream of paper! A stack cutter works similar to a guillotine but it has a sharper blade and a clamp of sorts to hold the paper down so the paper can't shift halfway through the cutting process.
Stack cutters are larger and come with a heavy-duty steel blade, they also have extra safety features because they are intended for heavy paper cutting. These safety guard features include rubber feet, paper clamps.
Although it's not common for scrappers to use a stack cutter, it is often used to cut out large stacks of paper at a time for card making or for stacking smaller sheets of paper.
Electric paper cutters are by far the most expensive option. They feature a little automatic motor that helps to slice your paper. Some models are even programmable which allows the scrapbooker or card maker to save different cuts for future use.
Out of the four straight-line cutters discussed above, the rotary trimmers are the most popular. This is because you can purchase a decent one without breaking the bank and they are super simple to use, with replacement blades available for major brands.
They also come with safety features at little to no extra expense. Plus, they are able to cut through almost all types of paper used for scrapping.
But what about when you want to cut something that's not straight? Like a wavy curve or even an intricate flower or butterfly? I mean, scissors are great but they don't do such a neat job when it comes to little fiddly pieces.
Luckily, there are plenty of options when it comes to cutting out various other shapes. I'll start with what I consider to be essential for scrapbooking and card making, the hobby knife.