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Vendor Spotlight & Giveaway: Crafter’s Companion (4 of 4)

Reported by Peggy Marsh
This is a review of the model CleverCut Mini 3-in-1 Paper Cutter manufactured by Crafter’s Companion. It’s a paper trimmer that cuts paper in three ways: wavy, straight and skips (perforations).
This very portable tool has a 12″ extendable arm for papers up to 12″ x 12″ that folds away for compact storage and can cut up to three pieces of paper with one pass of the blade.  The blue dial rotates so the user can change from a straight cut to a wave to a skip or perforated look.
The blue dial in the above picture is the blade housing. You can choose the cutting style you wish by pulling up the locking switch and turning the rotary toggle to select one of the three cutting styles. The blade then locks in place by securing the locking switch in position.
Here’s two projects that I made that highlight the wavy effect using that cutting blade. It’s a much easier tool to use than curly-cutting scissors, and a very clever tool to have for paper projects.
And here’s a close-up of how the wavy and perforated cuts look:
The yellow cardstock has the ‘skip’ or perforated cut. All of the others were cut using the wavy blade.
The wavy blade is great for a delicate edging on paper projects. It’s simple to use, and it’s nice to be able to create a wavy edge without pulling out a die and setting up an embossing machine. The blades produce a nice, crisp cut.  The actual blades live in a changeable dial that is housed right on the trimmer, that means you can change from straight to wave to skip without having to switch out the blades!  Each cutting mat has four cutting positions (two on each side) so they can be swapped out when the blade isn’t working properly.
Pros:
  • Ruler measurements are listed in inches as well as centimeters.
  • It’s compact, light-weight and portable – easy to take along to stamping and scrapping events.
  • It’s perfect for both large and small pieces of paper; the arm extends up to 12″x12″
  • Easy to use; full instructions included.

Cons:

  • When one blade wears out the entire blade housing has to be replaced.
  • The base has small rubber skid-proof circles, but they don’t always hold the tool in place on a smooth surface.
  • The numbers on the ruler guide are small and a little hard to read.
Giveaway! 

The kind folks at Crafter’s Companion have provided us with a CleverCut Mini, and some Spray and Sparkle Glitter Spray for one of our lucky readers. Just leave a comment on either of today’s articles, and answer this question:

How helpful would having a trimmer with three blades in one housing be in your craft room?

    Click on the link at the top of the page to visit Craft Critique for comments, giveaways and more!

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    60 Responses to Vendor Spotlight & Giveaway: Crafter’s Companion (4 of 4)

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      Cheryl November 24, 2010 at 10:19 am #

      I’ve been looking for a new, better trimmer that is still small- this might fit the bill. Thanks for the review!

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      Manasa November 24, 2010 at 10:24 am #

      I would love to win this ! 🙂

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      Betty November 24, 2010 at 10:30 am #

      I am intrigued by the cutter. Perhaps down the road they will change the design to allow for the switching of just one blade instead of the whole blade assembly but it would be awesome to do the multiple cuts with just a change of the dial (hard to forget the other blades at home 😉 )

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      Melanie November 24, 2010 at 10:32 am #

      It would save me so much time … it would be perfect if it had a scoring blade too!

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      RosieP November 24, 2010 at 10:49 am #

      If this trimmer cuts straight I’m in!!!

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      StampinCathy November 24, 2010 at 10:57 am #

      Love all the projects! I would love to have this to play with. This would just add that special touch to all the cards I make. Love the idea of having different shapes all in one place. Thanks for a chance.

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      Patchi November 24, 2010 at 10:58 am #

      I need anew trimmer and this one looks like a fun one to have!

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      Bonafyde November 24, 2010 at 11:28 am #

      I think this trimmer would be perfect for my crop bag! It’d versatile and that way I wouldn’t be worried too much about replacing blades as often. I love the small footprint and will be keeping my eyes out for it in stores!

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      TiaKeas November 24, 2010 at 11:52 am #

      Having the different blades on the trimmer would work better then scissors on long pieces of paper because it is hard to line up the cuts with scissors. This trimmer is a great idea!! Thank-you..

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      Melissa November 24, 2010 at 12:20 pm #

      I would love a trimmer with three blades, I just loved wavy, scalloped edges and this would be so easy to use!!

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      tampatha November 24, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

      this is a really great idea. I have a very small scrap space so I’m always looking for items that can do more than one job..so this would take the place of a lot of the decorative edges scissors that I have and free up more space..

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      connie November 24, 2010 at 12:45 pm #

      I like the idea of having the different blades. Thanks for a chance to win.

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      rlynnbaker November 24, 2010 at 12:52 pm #

      ooooo, this trimmer looks very handy. i have gone through 2 and i havent found the ONE yet.

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      Sandra November 24, 2010 at 1:23 pm #

      the more the better – as long as it cuts straight I could use 3 different cuts – although I do agree with you, it is wasteful to have to replace all three when one goes dull.
      Sandra

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      ZeQ November 24, 2010 at 1:39 pm #

      Oh yes, please! I would be delighted to win this. My cutter is on her last legs and this one would be perfect!

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      Sharon November 24, 2010 at 2:04 pm #

      It looks good to be able to carry with you. Going to the hospital and rehab for knee replacement looking for something to do this would be great for that.

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      quiltma November 24, 2010 at 2:16 pm #

      I can’t begin to imagine how much use I would get from the trimmer.
      Great give-a-way.

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      The Hobby Collector November 24, 2010 at 2:17 pm #

      oh, it would be great to not have to take out blades and change them each time you want to use a different one. What a timesaver and space-saver. no worries about where you stored those other blades! thanks for the chance to win!

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      Whskr & Dash Kitten November 24, 2010 at 2:22 pm #

      My first reaction was ‘why didn’t anyone invent this before!’ 🙂

      Can’t you just see the potential? Card edgings, bookmarks (then laminate maybe), scrapbook pages – 3 edges 3 ways, – so clever in such a contained package!

      You probably can’t ship i tto me in NZ but this is the fun-est tool I have seen in ages!

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      sleeplesswonder November 24, 2010 at 2:23 pm #

      It would be so much easier, then having to hunt down my curly scissors everytime, and to also be able to cut different styles for one project, only one product has to be taken out. I LOVE it. Great review too btw.

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      Michelle November 24, 2010 at 2:32 pm #

      This is pretty cool, 3 shapes even cooler!

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      Scrappy Rat November 24, 2010 at 2:51 pm #

      I am a glitter junkie! Everything I own is waiting for a coat of that glitter spray. Well, maybe not the food or pets, but the rest of it is in great jeopardy of becoming sparkly!

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      Carol November 24, 2010 at 2:56 pm #

      Having this tool would be so cool and save some time in making decorative cuts. Love it!

      Carol B
      ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

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      Donna November 24, 2010 at 2:57 pm #

      Ooh, can I just say this looks like a great little addition to my tool bag 🙂

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      Sherry @ Delightful Hands November 24, 2010 at 3:12 pm #

      Wow! What a prize! I think a trimmer that has 3 was to cut eould be an incredible addition to my craft room! I rarely take the time to change – usually use a punch!

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      nanapayne November 24, 2010 at 3:27 pm #

      I so love gadgets and this would be really great.

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      rudie2shoes November 24, 2010 at 4:26 pm #

      The cutter looks like fun for scrapbooking!

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      julie m November 24, 2010 at 5:06 pm #

      i think having the perforations and wavy cuts available would be a real plus. cutting wavy lines with the specialized scissors just doesn’t work very well. this looks like a great tool

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      Donna VW November 24, 2010 at 5:13 pm #

      Another great review, thanks!

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      Carrie November 24, 2010 at 5:20 pm #

      Love that I wouldn’t have to rely on my decorative scissors which are NOT very precise. Great review.

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      GreenScrap November 24, 2010 at 5:27 pm #

      I love the skips(perforation)I haven’t been able to find this in a store or online. I love it!! Just found this blog and is really awesome!! I might have to check for some products I have in mind.
      TFS!! Take Care!!
      Jennie @ http://earthyscrap.blogspot.com/

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      kathy s November 24, 2010 at 5:57 pm #

      what a great idea- no more lost blades(very dangerous) and it fits 12″ papers-bonus

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      Louchia November 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm #

      it would be reallu useful, I don’t have lots of room so anything that could help me save space is welcome 🙂 I already own some of crafter’s companion product and I really like them. Thanks for the giveaway!

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      Dee in N.H. November 24, 2010 at 7:27 pm #

      OH MY! This would be so perfect for my “to-go” bag! I don’t have a trimmer that does a cool edge like that.

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      Bart November 24, 2010 at 7:40 pm #

      Can it do three different cuts in one pass on three different pieces of paper? That would be awesome for matting pictures! I would love to try this! Thanks for the opportunity to win one of these!

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      Lindsey November 24, 2010 at 8:41 pm #

      Having ANY really good trimmer would be great, and this triple trimmer looks fantastic!

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      csparky61 November 24, 2010 at 9:34 pm #

      I am still looking for the “perfect” trimmer, this just may be it!

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      Barbara November 24, 2010 at 9:55 pm #

      I have the Crafters Companion and I think the trimmer would be a nice addition. I really like the perforated and wavy cuts.

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      Scrapycandy November 24, 2010 at 10:13 pm #

      Great question! I don’t have a way to make interesting edges and this would really be convenient and so fun! Especially for cards I think..giving them a little special touch. Thanks for sharing!

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      CTMH_GAL November 24, 2010 at 11:15 pm #

      a GIRL CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH GLITTER ESPECIALLY DURING THE HOLIDAYS NEED i SAY MORE!

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      sucor November 25, 2010 at 12:15 am #

      I have a small craft area and I go out and do a lot of crafting with friends so I would find the CleverCut Mini 3in1 trimmer helpful because it’s compact enough to be portable. I’d also love to be able to do a decorative edge quickly without bringing more tools. Thanks for the review and chance to win a CleverCut Mini 3in1!

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      OhioDeb November 25, 2010 at 9:14 am #

      Hello,
      First, I want to thank you for your informative blog. I always learn something new. I would love to have this Crafter’s Companion cutter. It is small enough to fit in my bag for card class or crops but big enough to do the job. It would be so nice to be able to change so easily to the different cutting blades. Lastly Tuesday is my birthday and it would help cheer up an otherwise very hard week, loosing my aunt unexpectily and my father in the critical care unit.
      Thank you,
      Deb from Ohio
      Deb Howard
      kelseydeb@aol.com

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      Anonymous November 25, 2010 at 9:16 am #

      This cutter would really fit right in I don’t have a wavy one it would work for cards or scrapbooking Thanks

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      Carole RB November 25, 2010 at 9:19 am #

      One blade three different cuttings great! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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      Lisa Mala6 November 25, 2010 at 1:25 pm #

      What a great little cutter would love to try it out and it would have a crafty little home here.

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      AnneMaflan November 25, 2010 at 5:00 pm #

      This trimmer would be a real time saver in my craft room. I’d be able to access three different blade styles with just a turn of a dial. How convenient!

      I’m already a huge fan of the Crafter’s Companion crafting tool and product line, so I’d love to give this trimmer a try.

      Thanks for giving us all a chance to win! :o)

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      laviniashort November 25, 2010 at 8:26 pm #

      i do a lot of cut paper work – and my current trimmer is more than lacking, so something like this would be perfect, with the added bonus of extra blades!

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      thestampinglady November 25, 2010 at 9:06 pm #

      Always on the hunt for a trimmer that cuts true–thanks for the chance to win.

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      The Paper Princess November 26, 2010 at 8:59 am #

      Very helpful – I’d love to give this a whirl!

      Ramona
      http://create-with-joy.blogspot.com

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      Aznewmom November 26, 2010 at 2:11 pm #

      This looks like a fun tool.
      Thanks for a chance to win one.
      I only have a straight cutter now.
      I think the different blades would be fun to use.

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      Tina Brooks November 26, 2010 at 8:18 pm #

      This is awesome! Rather than having 3 separate trimmers, this would save room by having a 3-in-1 in my craft room! Thanks for the review! 🙂

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      Tina Manning November 26, 2010 at 8:19 pm #

      I love this! This would save room on my craft table. I hope I win!!

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      Jan Castle November 27, 2010 at 1:59 am #

      Of course this would be a great tool to have available in my craft room! Thanks for the chance to win one!
      Jan Castle

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      Kimba's Kreations November 27, 2010 at 2:43 am #

      I have been wanting a new trimmer, that is small but yet make clean cuts.Have a trimmer w/3 blades would be AWESOME!

      Thanks for the chance to win.

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      Irit Shalom November 27, 2010 at 4:21 am #

      Great trimmer and 3 baldes in one- wow!! No need of all those scissors!!

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      Yvonne Russell November 28, 2010 at 9:27 am #

      So helpful to have the versatility of the different designs. This is exactly what I need. The measuring part of my old trimmer has faded away completely, so I’m just guessing at measurements… not the best way to craft.

      I was planning to replace it with something which takes a choice of blades, so this would be perfect.

      Appreciate the chance.

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      Julie November 28, 2010 at 10:51 am #

      nice trimmer to add to your stash, love the wavy cuts.

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      cgl1539 November 28, 2010 at 1:29 pm #

      I really like the looks of this cutter, I have on I like and several I hate, lol. I would love to try this new one.

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      Iris November 28, 2010 at 5:44 pm #

      I make such a mess when I craft; the trimmer with 3 blades would mean that I have only one trimmer to misplace instead of three! Thanks for a chance to win. Iris Soscia

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      Mary Jane November 30, 2010 at 7:18 pm #

      I would appreciate the ability to do a bigger swath at one time than I could with a scissors.
      Mary Jane