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Old 10-25-2019, 12:56 AM   #1
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I need a good recommendation for 8.5x11 paper trimmer. I cut a lot of magazine pages with my trimmer so I would prefer rotary. I do need it to cut at 11 inches lengthwise since it will be primarily used for magazines.

The 12x12 trimmers are just too cumbersome for me now.

I promise I did search for one. I have been under so much stress lately I know I probably missed listings. I haven't been able to find anything. Maybe, it's a rarity.

Any help would be appreciated. Alternative cutting methods for magazines are welcome too- rotary cutter/quilting ruler etc. I am open for those type of ruler recommendations. I do collage art so this is becoming a need.
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Dee Ann, suggestions are going on the assumption you’re not wanting to insert an entire magazine into the trimmer. If you are, these won’t do the trick.

Maybe check out the new Crafters Companion trimmer. It has some unique features - for example, two small “sight line” pieces at the top and bottom that can be slid to show exactly where the blade will cut. It’s handy for capturing specific parts of a page or sheet or fussy alignment.

It’s rotary yet has measurements to the right of the blade, very unusual. And while it accommodates 12x12 paper, it’s portable with an arm that pulls out and rests on a piece to stabilize it. A variety of blades are available, including deckle, scoring and wavy.

My old Fiskars never lets me down and I get great cuts but some don’t like the wire.
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 There's a version with the stability of an aluminum cut rail others like.

To accommodate 11” paper the trimmer would be for 12x12 paper but by going portable there wouldn’t be the bulk like for my go-to trimmer that cuts lots of cardstock at once, a Carl. It can cut about 35 sheets of copy paper at one time.

It’s tough not being able to try them out first, right? Good luck!


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And if you’re just looking to remove pages, a cork-backed metal ruler and Exacto work well. I had t cut fairly thick plastic sheets called Mighty Board to create large house paint samples and that did the trick. I’ve not had good luck with hand-held rotaries, but it may just take practice.
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My old Fiskars never lets me down and I get great cuts but some don’t like the wire.
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 There's a version with the stability of an aluminum cut rail others like.
I recently purchased this Fiskars cutter with the wire, and love it. Never figured out why the wire, but it doesn't seem to get in the way of my cutting. I have the WRMK Score and Trim board, but it goes though blades too fast. I have to replace that darn blade nearly every other month... whereas my old Fiskars lasted a very long time, and so far I haven't had to replace the blade in the new one with the wire in it. I think I bought it over 6 months ago. Stampin' Up is coming out with a new trimmer, and so far only demonstrators have been able to purchase it. I had planned on getting one, but since it was taking so long for them to get it on the market I just purchased the Fiskars at Walmart. Love it !
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Old 10-25-2019, 10:36 PM   #5
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I only want to cut individual pages of my magazines after I pull them out.

Definitely rotary.

Can you all recommend a good quilting ruler that does not slide?

I have steady hands & I can cut with a rotary cutter (quilting) just fine. I have a sucky quilting ruler that slides. I know this is an accident waiting to happen.

Thank you all for the recommendations.
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You can get extremely thin ruler grips to stick on the underside it won’t slip.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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I managed to find an 18 inch metal ruler with cork backing years ago that I love. It has been too many years now to remember where I got it but if I were to hazard a guess I would say it probably came from an office or quilting supply store rather than a craft store.

As far as an actual paper trimmer/cutter I can't recommend as I still have the Carl which I like but don't love. I have to be very careful lining up or I get crooked cuts and the cutting mat strips seem to be made of a lesser quality material these days. I just got a new one earlier this year and am already getting ragged cuts, I used to be able to get several years use before flipping over and/or replacing.
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I would have made the same suggestion for ruler grips but just keep in mind you will have to lift up and put down the ruler-if you drag it on thin paper like magazine-you may well crunch it up or tear it. It sticks that well. On heavy CS it just would not glide if you tried. Or it might and leave a mark.

ie I am holding the mag sheet with my left hand and tried sliding the gripped ruler with my right-I have torn paper.

Another choice is just a metal ruler with a cork back which is what I have-MANY years old and still works fine. same deal with tearing.

As for cutters...I think in terms of height and width (which may not be right) but I am going with your lengthwise is my height since you said 11 inches and mag orientations.

There is a whole category of trimmers that do that height but are not 12 inches wide like the one Beth showed you up there. They often will have a swing arm so you could extend to 12 x 12 if you want for width.

And a running discussion here across many threads about those because I know I have been through several of them and they don't cut straight for ME-others are fine with them. (btw the wire is a guide to show you where the blade is going)

Here is one but if you search on paper trimmers you will see a bunch of them. Each can have their own pearls of wisdom. HTH

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I managed to find an 18 inch metal ruler with cork backing years ago that I love. It has been too many years now to remember where I got it but if I were to hazard a guess I would say it probably came from an office or quilting supply store rather than a craft store.

As far as an actual paper trimmer/cutter I can't recommend as I still have the Carl which I like but don't love. I have to be very careful lining up or I get crooked cuts and the cutting mat strips seem to be made of a lesser quality material these days. I just got a new one earlier this year and am already getting ragged cuts, I used to be able to get several years use before flipping over and/or replacing.

After so many years, is there a chance it’s the blade rather than the mat strip? They’re inexpensive, and sold on Amazon too. The bottom of the page on the Carl site has a photo and link to accessories: Paper Trimmers and Hole Punches for Home and Office CARL Manufacturing (Mine has an extra blade in the compartment.)

Their FAQ contains info about paper tearing. But it might be worth calling them? Frequently Asked Questions CARL Manufacturing

And you probably know the trick about lowering the “clamp” to hold the paper to be able to adjust it before clamping it down all the way.
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I already mentioned a metal ruler with a cork backing, and Waverunner had a good point about the ruler grips. The type I linked to don’t grab enough to be a problem on copy paper or cardstock, but I haven’t tried it with lightweight magazine paper - so can check later today.

If you’re focusing on a quilting ruler in order to make 90 degree angle cuts, a cork backed T-ruler could help do the same.
https://www.amazon.com/Fairgate-Comp.../dp/B00Q1RCPQ8
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Thanks bjeans but blade is new too, My very first paper trim using the new "mat" left cut marks this time around. After less than a year it looks like it has been used a zillion times which it hasn't. Maybe it is an Amazon supplier issue but Carl does not seem to carry them in the size I need anymore so they are pretty much my only option.... and yes I vary where I make my cuts so they aren't always in the same spot.

I will say that I would love to have the fold out arm on my trimmer, it would make life so much easier. I'll be keeping that in mind when I decide to get a different trimmer.

Forgot to mention, as far as hand held rotary cutters, I'd suggest small blade for easier maneuverability and make sure it is a brand for which replacement blades are easily found.

I have learned my lesson about availability, more than once
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Stacy, your Carl doesn’t have a large bed? Maybe we’re talking about two different types. This is the one I have in the 12” version.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Carl has instructions for blade adjustments, so giving them call might help if the too brief instructions aren’t helpful. And they sell blades.
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Yes and no. This is what I have: https://www.amazon.com/Carl-RT-215-P...oducts&sr=1-29

The cutting area is 1 1/2 in wide so if I need to make a cut on a narrow strip there is no way to do so. It is under the locking arm so can't be seen and then has to fished out from under that arm after the cut has been made.

...anyway, didn't mean to hijack thread,

Lylacfey, I'm sure you'll figure out what you need.
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Yes and no. This is what I have: https://www.amazon.com/Carl-RT-215-P...oducts&sr=1-29

The cutting area is 1 1/2 in wide so if I need to make a cut on a narrow strip there is no way to do so. It is under the locking arm so can't be seen and then has to fished out from under that arm after the cut has been made.

...anyway, didn't mean to hijack thread,

Lylacfey, I'm sure you'll figure out what you need.

Yeah, the one feature of rotary cutters that’s not wonderful. I use a piece of cardstock to push narrow pieces through, but more often use another trimmer for those.
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Never figured out why the wire, but it doesn't seem to get in the way of my cutting.
It's to show you where the actual cut will be, I like mine as well.
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Stacy, your Carl doesn’t have a large bed? Maybe we’re talking about two different types. This is the one I have in the 12” version.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Carl has instructions for blade adjustments, so giving them call might help if the too brief instructions aren’t helpful. And they sell blades.
I have this one too, I call him Big Carl, lol. I've had it for over 20 years and have not even changed the blade or mat. I love it!
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OMG! Just used the Creative Memories trimmer last weekend at a scrap and can't wait for Christmas as I put it on my list immediately. If you watch the video that Bjeans posted, you will see the feature that really stands out for me. That is the guideline attached to the blade housing itself for the vertical up and down cut - and also on the side of the housing so you know exactly where your blade will begin to cut. I used regular cardstock and it was the smoothest cut ever! Like most of us who have been trimming for a long time, I have multiple trimmers over the years. This one I am sure will be my most favorite ever!
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The Creative Memories trimmer was highly recommended on another forum I belong to. I tried it at a stamp convention and loved it! The only reason it didn't come home with me is I answered a text from my niece. She has a chronic illness and needed financial help.

The trimmer will be at the top of the wish list being prepared for hubby!
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I also do Stampin Up and they are coming out with a new trimmer - date unknown! Anxious to see it, but I can't imagine anything better than the CM trimmer. Glad you were able to try it. So you know what I'm talking about! It is truly the bomb!
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Thank you bjeans. Those ruler grips look promising. I am definitely keeping wavejumper's warning about them in mind too. I do love the idea of the non skid grips. I think that is exactly what I need. Thank you very much. I think that will be the winner.

My DH is a quilter. He has nice rulers. I have one of his rulers that is really nice. He's cutting material and I am cutting paper. My ruler keeps sliding. I keep thinking of all those quilting ruler horror stories I have heard over the years. I don't want one. I am really good with mine but with age my hands are starting to have some issues. I want to be safe than sorry.

Stacy- Don't feel bad about your trimmers. I think all trimmers have drama's. They are really annoying drama's. Got the small handheld rotary cutter covered. I got a cute Fiskar's one I love. It is really steady. I am so happy with it.

I agree about availability. My classic tools better have long lasting supplies I can get from different sources. There is nothing worse finding a tool you love and get attached too only to find you can't use it anymore because it's replacements are gone. That's why I stay with simple classic tools and buy my trendy tools on clearance. My trendy tools I know if I can't get parts least I had fun while I had them.

You didn't hijack the thread at all. I need what you need.

I need a trimmer I can make narrow strips. I don't need one to measure.

What I am doing is after I pull out the pages of my magazine. If I want to keep the full page I like to neaten the edge. I am cutting off 1/8" at the most on these edges.

Rotary does the perfect job. Sliding trimmers just rip the edges and guillotine does that weird slice thing. They have a term but my brain tonight is who cares, lol. You know those days, lol. Or massive hormonal brain fog, ROFL. The rotary trimmers that are 12x12 are just overkill.

Grump whiny moment (let me have it) I am really grumpy that our industry keeps making scrapbook type tools that start at 12x12. Don't yell at me I use to be a scrapbooker. I understand why this is needed more than I could convey. I only made one 12x12 scrapbook ever in all my scrapbooking years. I always make or made 8.5x11. There is this huge group of us who are what I like to call the "notebook paper size" scrapbookers. We just need a simple 8.5x11 trimmer for our needs. We are working on that size because we like how small it is and want our tools compact that don't take up a lot of space. With the surge in all types of paper crafting from art journalers to coloring book artists I am just so surprised how hard it is to find a nice magazine size paper trimmer.
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Just did a search at Amazon: safety ruler for cutting and it pulled up lots of options. The two most promising ones I saw were either a triangular shaped one or one that is flat but has a flip up guard for fingers, both came in metal for durability.


... you just need to get DH to convince you it's okay to spend the $ for one
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I just tried the ruler with grips on a catalog with thin paper. No need to worry about gripping the paper too much. The grips just make the ruler a little less slippery. It's easy to move. I cut a couple pages out using an Exacto and ripped a couple pages out and evened out the raw edge.

There are a number of small trimmers. I have this one that I occasionally take to classes:
https://www.amazon.com/Fiskars-SureCut-Paper-Trimmer-154460-1007/dp/B003WASFMU/ref=sr_1_30?keywords=fiskars+trimmer&qid=1572534196&sr=8-30

And there are many that are narrow; the arm doesn't need to be pulled out. Like:
https://www.amazon.com/Fiskars-SureC...2534741&sr=8-5

And some don't have arms:
https://www.amazon.com/WORKLION-Port...534822&sr=8-10

The difference between 11.5 and 12" (scrapbook paper) is only a half an inch, so it's just the horizontal measurement that would be substantially shrunk. And many are out there. That said, if you don't like that type of trimmer, none of those will work for you.

Here's a portable rotary which I've never seen:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Portable-Ro...-/183832960132
ETA: The link won't work. You can search on ebay for: Portable Rotary Paper Trimmer 12" 28mm 078484099087
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Thank you so much everyone for the help. I think the winner for me is going to be the ruler grips.

Thank you so much bjeans for testing them out on catalog paper.

I keep thinking about a trimmer. I am so frustrated with trimmer drama's. All that money I spent on trimmer's over the years to fit my nitpicky needs. The poor trimmer's were all fails, lol.

The funny thing is for all the years I have made cards I never bought a trimmer. It was just maybe a decade back that I started buying them. I always used craft knives/metal rulers or a rotary/quilting ruler for my creations. Perfect straight cuts. Get the trimmers and everything is off. I have high of standards for my tools, lol. It's not a good thing.
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DeeAnn, if I couldn’t get exact cuts from my trimmers it would drive me crazy too. Luckily, except for one small guillotine trimmer, they’ve all worked perfectly. Standing works better for me so my arm can be over the trimmer and less angled (I’m short). My problem is being a tool junky.
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