In many countries of the world, people young and old have taken up the new form of craft called scrapbooking, which enables crafters to create artistic pages that preserve their memories for generations to come. Photographs and stories are laid out on a page to keep forever a moment in time, or a special story, that can be looked back on in the years to come.
Now anyone who is into scrapbooking, especially with embellishments, would be very familiar with the company Making Memories. They also make a wonderfully extensive range of some amazing scrapbooking tools like the tag maker, eyelet setter, stamping die sets and much more.
With scrapbooking die cutting machines become so popular these days amoung savvy scrapbookers, Making Memories have also released their version of a die cutter. However it has some tough competition from the two leading brands of die cutting machines, the electronic Cricut machine by Provo Craft and the manual Sizzix machines. So how does the Making Memories product compare?
Making Memories entrance into the Scrapbooking Die Cutting Machine market, has only come recently with its Making Memories SLICE machine. The SLICE retails for US$150.00, so it is half the price of the cheapest Cricut machine and slightly more expensive than the Sizzix Big Shot machine.
The SLICE die cutter is marketed as the first die cutting machine that doesn’t need a power cord. So it is really competing with the Cricut as an electronic die cutter and not competing with the Sizzix range of manual cutters. Imagine being able to take it anywhere and show off what it does, without having to plug it in! Just imagine the possibilities.
Like other electronic scrapbooking die cut machines, the Making Memories SLICE has the same basic similar features, like being able to plug in different design cards (like cartridges) and letting one cut these images out in varying sizes electronically. It also does not need to be attached to a computer like the Cricut.
The SLICE however does try to do something the Cricut Personal machine doesn’t and that is to cut slightly thicker types of material. The Cricut can only cut cardstock, and the Sizzix can cut pretty much anything (but it is a manual machine). The new Making Memories die cut machine however will cut up to 0.5mm thick. This means you get the benefit of an electronic die cutter, as well as the ability to cut a wider range of materials which will add to the uniqueness of your scrapbook pages.
Given that the SLICE is competing with the Cricut and other electronic cutters, it is very well priced. It also takes up a lot less room than the other electronic cutters. From all reports, it also cuts very well and can cut sheets up to 0.5mm thick.
The SLICE’s only disadvantage is that it requires the user to supervise its cutting. For those that hate the Cricut sticky mat, this could be a good thing! So with all of its great features and ability to produce die cuts quickly and easily and much cheaper than other brands, it is definitely a great option for scrapbookers keen to get a hold of a die cutting machine for the scrapbooking projects.