Scrapbooking can be a fun and creative hobby as well as means for preserving your favourite memories. However, if you have more than a passing interest in scrapbooking, it may be time to add the right machinery to your arsenal of supplies. Die cutting and embossing machines are useful for a variety of tasks like making decorations, designs and greeting cards. Depending on your needs and your budget, there are a number of manufacturers that make products to suit your style.
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Provo Craft manufactures several different product lines for a variety of hobbies. Scrapbookers, knitters and crafters alike can find the tools of their trade at Provo Craft. The Cuttlebug machine and accessories were made for scrapbookers. The Cuttlebug Die Cutter and Embosser will cut dies from most major manufacturers and works with a wide selection of materials, including fabric, thin wood and even cork. If you have a child interested in crafting, too, Provo Craft makes the Cuttlekids Shape Maker. This miniature die cutter can help your kids explore their creative interests while working side by side with you.
The QuicKutz company first began with a longtime scrapbooker's desire to find an effective die cutting and embossing machine for use at home. In just a few years, this simple idea grew into a company that produces several machines for scrapbookers everywhere. The Revolution Tabletop Die Cutting Tool cuts and embosses shapes and patterns on materials like mesh, craft foam and thin metals. As of 2010, the Epic Six is the newest member of the QuicKutz family. The machine is named for its "epic" 6-inch opening and can cut dies from major brands.
Xyron is the manufacturer of the popular "Wishblade" die cutting and embossing machine. The Wishblade connects to your home computer so you can design shapes, letters and figures digitally. Once you are satisfied with your images, you can print them and use the Wishblade to cut them out. The Wishblade comes with Create and Cut software to help scrapbookers through the designing process; software upgrades are available for a fee. Since the Wishblade is such a technologically advanced machine, it tends to be on the pricey side at around £260, as of 2010. However, the wide range of options it offers makes it a worthy investment for dedicated scrapbookers.
Sizzix offers perhaps the largest variety of machinery for scrapbookers. From the petite Texture Boutique Embossing machine all the way up to the Big Shot Pro machine, Sizzix machines give scrapbookers options depending on budget, capability and size. The Big Shot Express, for example, can cut and emboss dies electronically with just the touch of button. The Sizzix Sidekick is a portable machine that can cut and emboss. Prices ranges from just £19 all the way up to £292, as of 2010, so any avid scrapbooker is likely to find what she is looking for in the Sizzix product line.
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