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.
Making Memories is one of the biggest brand names in the scrapbooking industry and is a familiar name with most scrapbookers, especially those that love to decorate their pages with unique embellishments. Making Memories also make a fantastic range of tools loved by scrapbookers including an eyelet setter, stamping dies, tag makers and much more.
One of the newest scrapbooking tools on the market that is a new must have for all keen scrapbookers, is a scrapbooking die cutting machine. As with a lot of big scrapbooking companies, Making Memories have also released their version of the die cut machine. It does however have some stiff competition from Provo Craft’s electronic cutter the Cricut and the manual original die cutting machine by Sizzix.
The Making Memories SLICE hasn’t been around for long, but it is making its name well known in the market for die cutting machines for scrapbooking. When compared to its competitors, it is much cheaper than the basic model of Cricut machines, which is an electronic cutter, however around the same price as a manual Sizzix machine like the Big Shot.
The Making Memories die cutter tries to merge both the manual Sizzix and the electronic Cricut, by creating a new style of electronic die cutter, that does not require a power cord to be operated. It is still however an electronic die cutting machine in essence, so it is really a competitor for the Cricut and not the Sizzix.
The Making Memories SLICE has similar features to the other electronic die cutters on the market like being able to plug in cartridges (known as design cards) and cutting shapes and letters at varying sizes. It does not need to be connected to a computer to function.
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.
From all the tests conducted and feedback received from owners of SLICE machines, it does cut materials up to 0.5mm very well. Also, when compared to other types of die cut machines for scrapbooking, it is very compact and needs far less desk space than its competitors.
One of the SLICE’s disadvantages though over the Cricut range of machines, is that you have to hold the card while it is cutting, as it does not have a sticky mat or other means of automatically cutting. This makes it a little time consuming, compared to the Cricut which you can set and forget. However at half the price, with the same advantages including the added bonus of no power cord, it is a definite player in the scrapbooking die cut machine market.
Jenny James is a scrapbooking addict who loves to make scrapbook pages using die cuts made with die cutting machines for scrapbooking. She reviews a lot of machines like the Slice Machine for Scrapbooking Machine to see how they perform.