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Zutter DreamKutz

Reported by: Katie Renz

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Have you heard of the Bind it All (BIA)? Well, many of you who are into creating your own journals and books have and are familiar with it, but did you realize that Zutter Products has a whole line of products other than the BIA? One of them is a paper cutter called the Dreamkutz. I have one and have had it for at least a year or more. In this article, I’ll give you a run down of the Dreamkutz and then explain why I don’t ever use it.

The Dreamkutz is a paper cutter that is specifically designed to work hand in hand with Zutter’s BIA. I purchased my BIA prior to purchasing the Dreamkutz and love my BIA. I don’t use my BIA often, but I love the fact that its there when I need it.

Now in the case of the Dreamkutz, I don’t have a “love it” relationship, but I’ll get to that later. In case you aren’t familiar with this machine, the Dreamkutz is essentially a paper cutter. It has enclosed blades and is free-standing which means that you are the power source. There is a handle on the side that you turn to move your paper through the machine. There are 2 slots in the machine – the 1st slot has one blade and will cut the width of your paper in half. The 2nd slot has 2 blades that will cut your paper into thirds. There are small guides on both sections to secure your paper in place. The guides are adjustable, but only in equal increments from both the right and left side. As you can tell, there is a sticker that says “cut only ONE sheet”. The blades are self-sharpening and aren’t designed to cut multiple layers. With that said, I tried using a variety of cardstock weights with no issues. I would stay away from the glittery papers or anything that would really dull any blade.

The one component that you MUST keep and have handy at all times is the break down of paper sizes that you can achieve from passing it through the single or double blades. The guide is made of a nice sturdy vellum like material that will endure the passage of time.

Here are some pictures as to how the paper is run through the single and double blade passages. This first picture shows cardstock that is in position to be cut in half. The blade is right in the middle and is not adjustable. Any paper that is put into this slot will be cut exactly in half only.

Here is how the cardstock is going to look after its been cut.

Here is a picture of cardstock placed in the 2nd blade passage which includes 2 blades that will provide you with 3 equal sections of paper. Notice the black lines representing where the cuts will be.

And your cut cardstock afterwards.

The Dreamkutz is a cool looking machine and it does do what its supposed to do. It cuts well, is quiet, and there is something magical about seeing that paper slide on out all cut and even while you are turning that handle. I can see where the ease of the turn handle helps crafters who have any physical issues with their hands, and it is nice that there is no electrical cord to trip over or worry about. The one issue I have with this machine is that you really do have to make sure that you have your cardstock in straight. You also have to steady it with one hand and slightly push it in so the blades having something to grip on to while you turn the handle. It does take some care and handling to ensure a straight and perfect cut.

Overall, there is nothing wrong with the machine, and I know that there are many, many fans of the Dreamkutz, but if I were to do it all over again, I would not have purchased it. As I said, I have had mine for about a year and I have used it less than a handful of times.

So, if I don’t’ have any issues with the quality or the function of the Dreamkutz, you might be curious as to why I don’t use it. Well, here are my reasons.

  • First of all, my space is precious and I have a paper cutter set out at all times anyway. I just don’t have the room for a relatively large piece of equipment to just sit there waiting for me to make card bases. I do have to note that the paper guides all fold down to create a nice smooth profile to the Dreamkutz
  • I’m not a huge book, journal, or mini album maker
  • I am a consultant and do host some clubs, but feel that I can do the same thing with my table cutter

Now, if you are the exact opposite of me you probably would see the value in the Dreamkutz, but for the retail value of $97.99 I have a difficult time recommending anyone to dish out that much money. I didn’t pay nearly that much for mine, but I still feel like I could have put the money to better use.

So here is my breakdown of pros and cons:

Pros:

  • it provides nice clean cut edges
  • is very quiet, tidy, works well
  • provides a multitude of sizes that are excellent for large batch book-making, mini albums, or journals

Cons:

  • takes up a good amount of space
  • is expensive
  • sizes aren’t customizable

As I stated earlier, the retail value for the Dreamkutz is $97.99, but definitely shop around because I found a variety of prices. I personally had no luck finding this item in any local shops and had to purchase it online.

The Dreamkutz is quite simple to use and does what its supposed to do quite nicely, but for me, it doesn’t do anything out of the ordinary that I can’t do with my preexisting paper cutter, so for me the value isn’t there. I would rate the tool itself a 7 out of 10.

In conclusion, I have no issues with the Dreamkutz or what its capable of doing, but for me, it doesn’t do anything that I can’t do already with a tool that I already have. I would love to hear from those of you that should be dusting off your Dreamkutz too, as well as those of you who are huge fans of the Dreamkutz. We would love to read your opinions based on your experience!

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8 Responses to Zutter DreamKutz

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    Dana (*danavee*) February 19, 2009 at 12:23 pm #

    I saw this demo-ed at my local stamping store, and thought it was pretty cool, but I tend to do a LOT of the same card over & over again, like for wedding invites or baby announcements. It would be nice to set the blade(s) once, and then just send the cardstock through without having to line it up each time. Also, I’m a gadget junkie, so, you know… I need it.

    I think you’re right about the $$$, I had no idea it cost that much!

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    Cherie February 19, 2009 at 5:00 pm #

    Hi, I got my ZD from Fran @ Frantic Stamper @ the same time I bought my binder. I LOVE my DreamKutz! I was heavily into recipe card swaps for quite awhile & this machine was a life saver. Even my hubby helped cut card stock. There wasn’t too much he could mess up!:)It is easy to use but does take up precious crafting space!

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    Debbie, February 19, 2009 at 5:16 pm #

    Katie, thanks for your review on the DK. I have one and I, too, have a love/hate relationship with it. I love it because I can crank out a ton of card bases in one sitting. I hate that I can only put in one sheet of cardstock at a time and that you have to nudge the cardstock in. I find that that causes some unequal cutting.

    Also, my paper guides are incredibly stiff and I have a heck of a time getting them just right to the size paper I’m using, therefore resulting in a crooked cut.

    Also, my DK jams on occasion, sending my cs into the cover just above the output tray. It is annoying and I have to take it apart to remedy this.

    I can count on one hand the number of 12×12 sheets of cs I have run through the machine, so that isn’t a big option for me.

    I would rate my DK at a 7 out of 10 just has you have. Would I buy it again? No, not if I was doing the same thing I am now. If I taught a lot of classes, then probably, yes.

    That’s my 2.5 cents.

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    scrappymomtotwins February 19, 2009 at 6:18 pm #

    When I first heard about the Dreamkutz I thought it was a stupid idea. When I saw it at my local craft store, I was so-so about it. then I joined a card swap.

    I immed. bought a Dreamkutz, and I haven’t regretted it!

    While it doesn’t do a whole lot of tricks, what it does it does EXTREMELY well and EXTREMELY fast. I’ve turned out cards quickly, as well as cut squares for projects, and stuff for my kids. It’s very precise and very easy. Can my paper trimmer do the same job? Yes–but not as fast or easily when I need more-than-one.

    Size isn’t a big issue, because it folds up pretty compactly. And finally–mine’s Pink!

    I do like my Dreamkutz a lot and I am not sorry I purchased it.

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    Scrappy Nan February 19, 2009 at 7:53 pm #

    I should point out that when properly used, you never have to replace the blades on the Dreamkuts. This balances out the “too expensive” comment since one can replace blades on trimmers and other cutters repeatedly, adding to the total cost of the tool. It adds up.

    And anyone who preps class kits of makes multiples of cards KNOWs what a time saver this is. I can have my young daughter help trim paper without worry of coming in contact with the blades.

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    Anonymous February 20, 2009 at 12:28 am #

    I love my DreamKutz machine! I useit to cut card fronts and those easy note cards which are made from quarter sheets of 8 1/2 x 11″ cardstock. I would much rather use it than a paper cutter.

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    jess February 20, 2009 at 4:08 pm #

    I don’t do a lot of repetitive cuts so to me this has always seemed like kind of a frivolous product. It just seems so limited. If it could cut more than one sheet at a time though, I would be more inclined to wish I had a reason to buy it!

    I can see the merit if you need to crank out a lot of cuts that it can do, but it seems like it save on labor not time.

    I have read from several people though that when they cut paper in half, one half is a smidge off.

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    Anonymous March 1, 2009 at 12:06 pm #

    I got the DreamKuts through a shopping spree at my local scrapbook store. I love it for another reason, you do not need batteries or electricity to use it. We lost power for about 10 days here in OHIO, during my boredom, I cut and folded 2 reams of card stock. I love it and wouldn’t trade it for the world. Yeah, it is pricey but I would have still bought it. cathy s.