Tim Holtz Design Ruler

Reported by Mary Chong

I just picked up a new item: The Tim Holtz Design Ruler, $7.99 CDN at Scrapalicious. What I love about this ruler, is that it’s see-through with the over sized numbers—perfect forthose late nights cropping because you know, after 12 hours, your eyes are going to start getting buggy! The grid design is a great feature for lining up your paper perfectly straight and maintaining 90º corners.

Now, you can get those features on other rulers right? Well, this is what makes this ruler a must have in your tool arsenal: it’s the metal edge and the holes. Only Tim Holtz would have thought to put a metal edge on a clear plastic ruler, and it is genius.

The features include:

  • Grid design
  • Metal edge for cutting
  • Over sized numbers
  • Center measuring guide
  • Straight edge for drawing lines
  • Perfectly spaced holes to pierce for hand stitching or adding brads to cards or scrapbook pages

The only thing you will need to carry in your tool bag when you go to crops is this ruler. I know that I’ve destroyed many a plastic ruler by running my blade against it and once you get a single nick in the plastic, it is useless for drawing a straight line. Now with this ruler, you can use the one edge to draw with and the other edge to cut against—PLUS, because now you are working with a clear ruler, you can see exactly where you are cutting.

About those holes I mentioned, there is a row of holes that runs the length of the ruler, aligned with the unit measurements and the grid. Now, you can use your paper piercer and get a
perfectly straight line and you can have them evenly spaced to whichever measurement you choose.

The thing I love about Tim Holtz’s products is that even though they are completely user friendly as soon as you open the package, on his blog, he has videos showing how to use his products. I have to say that I had a head smacking moment after watching the ruler video because I didn’t notice the center measuring guide. I just figured it was a ruler, and how hard could that be? The lesson here is that as simple as it seems, watch the video because there may be something that you missed.

But wait! This article is subtitled “AKA my NEW Paper Trimmer”? That’s right! I must admit that I’ve used this ruler for a few days now and I find that I’m not using my paper trimmer anymore. My usual method would be to use my large paper trimmer to cut my 12” x 12” paper and my small guillotine trimmer for when I’m creating a mat or when I want a more accurate, smaller cut. It wasn’t intentional. It just happened that as I was working, I discovered that I was crafting at a faster pace and I never moved off of this ruler. This is not to say that I’ll be getting rid of my other trimmers, but if I were packing for a crop, I think I might get away without bringing a traditional trimmer.

Here’s my first layout created with this ruler. I used the metal edge to make my cuts and the hole feature to line up and space the perfect rows of holes. I also used the grid feature to line up my stickers and rub-ons so that they are straight.

-Large numbers
-Metal edge, perfect for cutting
-Perfectly spaced holes

-Possibility of a shorter life due to the ruler being plastic
-Metal edge is only on one side
-Would love for it to be longer than 12 inches. Possibly 13 or 14.

All in all, I love it and for the price, it is an awesome tool to have. Do you have this dandy little ruler? If so, please share your opinion with us!

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12 Responses to Tim Holtz Design Ruler

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    Scrapbookmama April 25, 2008 at 2:48 pm #

    HMM I would like it to be longer as well but everyone I see that has this love it. OHHHH you guys make me want everything! lol


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    NanaBeth April 26, 2008 at 5:30 pm #

    I was so excited to see this. I’ve been wanting to buy one for a long time and you just clenched the deal!

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    Anonymous April 26, 2008 at 7:58 pm #

    I too love this ruler and use it all the time as it’s easier to handle than the quilting rulers I normally use for my scrapping. I would also like it to be 13″ or 14″ long – other than that, it’s perfect.

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    Etha April 27, 2008 at 8:16 am #

    I have it and I really love it. I like the feature that on one side you can start counting in the center, so it is real easy to center stuff on things. I use it with my binditall for instance to get the holes punched centered. I don’t think its going to break being plastic. I have tons of other plastic rulers and they are going on 2 decades now…. I wish it would be a bit thinner though, it feels quite chunky to me. Love the piercing holes, I use those often to mark spots for setting eyelets at even spaces. I don’t want it to be longer, the size is just right 🙂 It did take me a while to learn that it really starts counting right on the edge, not like other rulers where there is a little space before “zero”.

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    Kristine April 28, 2008 at 10:15 am #

    This looks awesome! I will definately be on the look out for this one on my next supply mission.

  6. Avatar April 28, 2008 at 8:49 pm #

    I don’t have it, but I enjoyed reading your review. I may have to get one!

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    Kristy April 29, 2008 at 2:57 am #

    I can’t tell from the image but does this have 16th’s on it?

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    Anonymous April 30, 2008 at 9:42 am #

    I don’t have this ruler, but will go out and get it for sure now. Thanks for the great review Mary!

    – Sue H

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    Mary May 3, 2008 at 9:02 am #

    In answer to Kristy’s question – no – it doesn’t have 16ths – just 8ths

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    Mel M. M. M. July 10, 2008 at 11:28 pm #

    I do have this ruler and it is amazing in many ways. The measurements are great for drawing templates and it works like a square. The paper piercer is invaluable (though I had problems with Tim Holtz’s piercer– the tip bent & it kept sliding closed on me) In its stead, I use the Making Memories piercer which fits perfectly in the holes(Stampin’ Up!’s doesn’t fit.) I love using it on a homemade fun foam mat for piercing (four layers thick & 12″ long so great for scrapbooking) If you push pins through the ruler into the foam mat (at either end of the ruler) it holds it wonderfully while you pierce.

    I did find that the plastic doesn’t hold up to cutting with a hobby blade as well as I would like. In particular, that the metal edge doesn’t stick out far enough to compensate for any nicks–but I am rough on things. I’d buy it again in a heartbeat.

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    Scrubbysue October 18, 2008 at 10:27 pm #

    I love this ruler! after watching tim holtz demonstrate it, I was instantly hooked and ordered one immediately. I’m so glad I did and glad to hear you have a positive experience with it as well.

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    Cindy F February 23, 2009 at 12:35 am #

    Great review –looks like I need to add this one to my shopping list. The good thing is I can get rid of two (or maybe even three?) rulers when I get this one. Thanks!