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Monday, March 19, 2007

Teaching My DreamKutz New Tricks

A lot of you have been writing me telling me how much you are enjoying your Zutter Bind-it-All which is a fabulous product for making booklets, memory books and pretty much anything you can think of to bind together. Debbie Olsen really went town with one on her Bodacious Chipboard Coaster Box.

However, what you are missing out on is Zutter's companion product, DreamKutz. The DreamKutz is a cutting machine with self sharpening rotary blades that makes repetitive cuts without flaw. I simply love my DreamKutz. I use it two ways: 1) to make pages for my Bind-it-All and 2) to make repetitive cuts for card stock (Can anyone say "swap time-saver"?)

Quick and Perfect Bind-it-All Paper

This is what the DreamKutz was designed for. The DreamKutz has two slots in the back with a set of aligned wheels and self sharpening rotary blades. By putting a 12 x 12 sheet of paper in the back slot and cranking the wheel you get two perfectly alligned pieces of 6 x 12 paper. Its completely foolproof. Load the paper, crank the wheel, and out comes the paper.

The two sheets can then be run through the back cutter again to make 4 pieces of perfect 6 x 6 or the front slot which has two cutter at 4" spacing giving you 6 pieces of 4 x 6 as shown below.

The result of these two steps is perfectly cut stock for any crafting need in seconds.

The Card Maker's Secret Weapon

The "intended" use for the DreamKutz machine is all fine and dandy but I *knew* the first time I saw it at CHA that I could use it for card making. The key to this is the indexing tabs on the back slot. They are moveable and self-centering, meaning that if you move the right one, the left one moves as well. By adjusting these tabs to 5 1/2" you can cut an 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock into two perfect pieces of 8 1/2" x 5 1/2". Can anyone say ... Cardstock?

But wait ... there is more! You can further adjust it to cut stock at 5 1/4" wide and then run it through the front slot to make perfect 5 1/4" x 4" blanks for card fronts. Hooray! Painless rough cuts!

The Dreamkutz will cut any size paper you choose. The back blade will always cut in the center after you have moved the black paper guides to fit the paper. So your 8 ½ " wide paper would be cut in half to 4 ¼" x 11" which is generally used for cardmaking. Likewise you can cut the 11" side in half in the back blade to get your 5 ½" x 8 ½" if you wish.

The two blades in the front are set at 4" so you would be left with a ½" strip from the 8 ½" wide papers and 2 x 4" and 1 x 3" if you cut it along the 11" edge. It is really a case of using a little math to see if you can get the size you are looking for.

The DreamKutz gives you a quick and painless way to cut card stock straight, even, and fast. DH especially likes it since he is the one usually enlisted the night before a swap is due to to make all these cuts with a paper trimmer. That is SOOO 2006!

Eclectic Paperie offers the DreamKutz for $89.99. Get yours today!


paperfrenzy said...

Daisy, GREAT info! You just answered all the questions I had about the DreamKutz!!! Thanks!


Unknown said...

WOW! That thing IS "kewl"!!! I wondered how it worked! Unbelievable!

Debbie Fagnant said...

I am a Stampin Up demo and doing a workshop tonight for 20+. I used my DreamKutz to cut my card stock in half for cards!! Oh my Gosh what a dream it was, so much faster than my Fiskars & so much FASTER & STRAIGHT

Stine66 said...

Now I want one of those too !

Eva said...

it is so hard to find good information for the Dreamkuts - thank you for posting about your findings. I want a good precision cutter to make notepads. I was wondering if you thought this would be a good investment. Thanks

Eva said...

I am looking at a cutter to make precision cuts to make notepads - do you think this will work? It is so difficult to find good information on the DreamKuts!!!