Staff Blog Hop | How We Do Die Cutting

Welcome to the November Staff Blog Hop at Scrapbook Update! This month, we decided that our staff blog hop topic was going to be die cutting, which is a hot segment of the scrapbook market at the moment.

We like to keep the blog hop topics broad so that all of us can have freedom to interpret them as we’d like on our personal websites. We don’t discuss or plan together what we are writing for the topics – we just toil away in isolation in our own corners of the country and look forward to seeing what the others come up with, because we aren’t just co-workers, we’re also fans of each others’ work.

This month, however, something happened that can only be described as a meeting of the minds on this topic….check it out!

21 Responses to Staff Blog Hop | How We Do Die Cutting

  1. KathyinMN November 8, 2011 at 8:59 pm #

    Ok, that was an AWESOME hop!

  2. Ona November 9, 2011 at 6:48 am #

    Honestly, never paid much attention to and never had much desire for a die cutter til this hop. Black Friday here I come!!

    • Nancy N. November 9, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

      The key is to choose the right machine for you. Kind of like choosing a spouse. 😉

  3. Renee T (italgal on BPC) November 9, 2011 at 9:12 am #

    Really enjoyed this hop! I feel like I have been the last hold-out on the diecut revolution…but you’ve all opened my mind to some possibilities I hadn’t considered. Thanks!

    • Nancy Nally November 9, 2011 at 9:45 am #

      I have to admit that it really took me a long time to wrap my brain around why someone would want to pay $20 for the ability to cut a single image. Once I did…and learned to select the right images for my scrapbooking….it just totally clicked, and now I am a die cutting fiend! LOL

  4. Betty Sarachik November 9, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    These were wonderful articles. However, it made me sad to see that all three of these bloggers only mention Big Box stores & online sites. As the owner of a LSS who has given countless lessons on how to use these wonderful machines it hurts that consumers use us to learn and then go to the BBS to purchase. It would be great if you could give a push to us little guys once in a while

    • Nancy N. November 9, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

      I am not sure how you would suggest that we should have included local stores in our articles? We all mentioned where we shop, and due to where all three of us live, that is online and at big box stores.

    • Melissa Stinson November 9, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

      I have to second what Nancy says- I don’t shop at my LSS (their style does not match mine, and they only carry things that are the owner’s style) at all, so it’s all Big Box or online for me. And I have never, ever gone to a LSS to get a tool demo and then bought the tool elsewhere. Everything I’ve learned about my die cutting machine has come from the manufacturer’s web site or from videos on YouTube.

    • May November 9, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

      I recommend on-line in my posts because anyone can order from my sources. In my mind it’s a given that a person should support local stores – of all kinds – when they can.

      A “local” store is a 3hr minimum round trip for me. When I’m there? You bet I buy from them and support them! I often wait to order supplies until after a planned cisit, buying what i can from local store. I’m not sure how I could recommend a local store to a global readership in this instance.

      Like nancy and melissa- I rely almost entirely on Internet for education and new product info.

  5. Cindy deRosier November 9, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    Wow. You all might have just sold me on a Big Shot, which is something I’d never considered before! Thanks for a great hop.

  6. Mary November 9, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    interesting that Nancy praised the Cricut up and down on Paperclipping podcasts but now says she doesn’t like it and didn’t use it much.

    • Nancy N. November 9, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

      Mary, I’m not sure what you are implying here, but I will say this: my opinions are always honest and forthright and my own, whether expressed here or on my personal blog or on Roundtable. I think you may be having trouble separating my discussion of the Cricut’s general merits with the fact that it turned out it wasn’t well suited for me specifically. I apologize if I haven’t made that clear when discussing it.

      The blog hop piece isn’t intended to say that the Cricut is junk. It says that it didn’t work well for my brain and how I work. It’s not an indictment of the machine itself but rather that it isn’t a good match FOR ME. I was excited about my Cricut when I first got it but found I didn’t use it as much as I thought I would in my day-to-day scrapbooking. I did make one cartridge my “pick” on a Roundtable episode – A Child’s Year – because I have had a hard time finding cartridges that I like for it and I really do love that one. The Cricut is a good solid machine for the purpose it was designed for and has legions of devoted fans. I have respect for that. I understand that just because something doesn’t work for me doesn’t mean other people won’t work well with it. I know my ADHD is a large part of why the machine isn’t suited for me, so I shouldn’t hold that against the Cricut when considering whether to recommend it to other people.

      There isn’t one right answer to the question of what is the best die cutting tool, because the question is really what is the best tool FOR YOU. For me, it ended up being the Big Shot that “clicked” with my process. For many, many other people, it is the Cricut machine and I understand on an intellectual level why and am happy to recommend the machine to people that I think will like it. It’s a matter of style and preference is all.

  7. Lisa November 9, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    So no one on your team uses an electric machine? I LOVE my Silhouette and am considering moving to the Cameo (only because its supposed to be quieter – my kids complain when they watch tv!)

    Would love to see a post on electric.

    • Nancy N. November 9, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

      I haul my Cricut out occasionally, but no one on the staff uses an electronic machine as their primary system. I am hoping as we grow the staff that we will get more diverse in areas like that as part of our growth.

    • Melissa Stinson November 9, 2011 at 4:45 pm #


      We all mentioned that we have used and do own electric machines, but that we keep falling back on our tried and true manual cutters. May mentioned the Slice, Nancy mentioned her Cricut, and as for myself, my first die cutting machine was an electronic Wishblade, which I talked about a bit, and I also own a Cricut Expression.

      I’ve been experimenting with my Wishblade the last couple of days since I found that you can use the Silhouette Studio software with it and will be posting about that on my own blog as I have time to write it up.

    • May November 9, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

      The staff “round up” is one of my favorite things now. I love posting my personal 2 cents on the given topic.

      I do not think about anything but my own honest craft experience. So no, electronic dies didn’t fit much into my piece, because they don’t get used much in my real life!

      I encourage those who love an electronic machine to blog about it, and share a link! Don’t blog? Tell us your favorite and what you use most here. Share your experience!!

  8. Debra Williams November 9, 2011 at 10:42 pm #

    I have a big shot and have only used it 3 times. This presentation made me realize that I need to get more general dies. The ones that I have are too specific.

    • Nancy Nally November 9, 2011 at 11:12 pm #

      I definitely find that the more generic dies that I own get the most use…

  9. kae November 10, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    I have been wanting to purchase a die cutting machine for a few years and knew that after sitting at a computer most of my workday that a manual one was going to be my choice. Thank you for sharing your experiences and choices – it has been very helpful and entertaining.

  10. Jo November 10, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    I waited for years before jumping into a die cutting system … I started with a Slice, but switched to a big shot. For me, it’s just easy, portable, quiet, and all of my scrapping friends have one so we can share dies when we crop together which is a huge advantage. It’s all about finding the system that fits into your scrapping life, and then using & enjoying it! Thanks for the wonderful blog hop ladies!!!

  11. Gab November 11, 2011 at 5:52 am #

    Thank you for that great blog hop.

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