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:
- 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
- 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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