Is it Tuesday already? Well, let's continue the trimmer fun with another spotlight, tip, giveaway, antic, and more. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the post for answers to yesterday's questions.
The 12-inch Decorative Trimmer by Creative Memories! The Rock Paper Trimmer and this wavy trimmer were omitted from the magazine column only because they're "specialty" trimmers, and we were mostly sticking to the basics in the mag. But that doesn't make this any less of a must-have.
2. Today's Tip
Several of you asked about "straight cutting" trimmers yesterday. Read more about that below. (p.s. the trimmer above does NOT cut straight...not at all, so I can answer that question before you even ask it. :-) As we were testing trimmers for the issue, we were reminded that papers and photos are frequently not perfectly square (or rectangular) themselves. One of us would say "hey, this isn't cutting straight!" but the next person would have no trouble with it. We'd lay the original on a cutting mat and realize that it wasn't perfectly square in the first place. So here's the tip: before you give up on a new trimmer, double check that it's not the paper that's causing your problems.
Drop me a line on this post, and I'll draw ONE winner who will take home the cool wavy trimmer pictured above! Need a topic to post about? Tell me what trimmer you use and what you like (or don't like) about it.
4. Team Antic
Here's a picture of Wendy with the hosts of a craft show on DIY. They were demonstrating the merits of glittery mod podge and allowing us to play with it ourselves. I can't remember the name of the show or the delightful hosts, but I do remember the glitter.
A few answers to yesterday's questions: Several of you asked if the Rock Paper Trimmer cuts straight. And I can attest that it does! It must be noted that I'm not the pickiest person in the world when it comes to "straight," though. I hate an uneven square as much as the next person, but if it looks square enough to the naked eye, then I'm not going to pull out my T-square and double check. (psst...I don't even have a T-square!) If you're super finicky about perfectly straight lines (and if you are, stand up and be proud!), then nothing beats a ruler and a craft knife. But there is a bit of a learning curve involved to get comfortable with the tools.
If you're a trimmer gal, I can assure you that we personally tested and approved every single trimmer that was featured in our March/April issue. If it was difficult to figure out, didn't cut straight, or didn't live up to expectations, it didn't make the cut. (hahaha) All eight of those trimmers can do the job, and do the job well. (We also refused to give away any sub-par trimmers on this blog.)
Disclaimer: just like anything else, it's possible to end up with a "lemon" trimmer. For example, we had two different models of the exact same trimmer in the office over the course of a couple of months. One of them cut like a dream, and the other one was just a little bit "off." We received the "off" one first, and we just couldn't understand why so many people raved about the trimmer. Then when the second model came in, we were converted.