Reported by Christian Tamez
Paper crafters know how important their cutting tools are. Scissors, rotary cutters, crafting knives, all have their spots in my crafting arsenal. More recently the Martha Stewart Paper Trimmer came into my possession and I was excited to give this new tool a try.
Set up is simple; right out of the package you can use the paper trimmer to either cut or score on a piece of paper up to 12” in height. Built into the machine is a convenient compartment to store your extra blades. For longer pieces of paper you can extend the arm of the paper cutter out to accurately measure 10.5” from the cutting/scoring blade. There’s also a grid indented into the surface measuring every half inch for accurate paper placement. I thought the design of the paper trimmer was great and I loved the compartment for the blades.
Now when it actually comes to trimming paper, this little tool worked great. When you go to use the paper trimmer, it feels very stable. The blade housing slides easily to smoothly cut your paper. There are also four anti-skid circles on the bottom so it won’t move around on whatever surface you’re cutting on. The blade housing sits on a track within a clear ruler that comes down to secure your paper. In addition there is also a magnifying glass built into the blade housing so you can clearly see the numbers on the ruler.
Switching out the blades is simple, and seems to be very safe. When not in use the blades are housed in a plastic disc holder that also serves to install and remove the blade from the blade housing. Once you insert and lock in your blade, you simply slide off the plastic disc and put it in the little storage compartment until you’re ready to take out your blade.
So far I’ve mainly used the paper trimmer to cut paper for my cards. I easily and quickly cut out the many rectangles I needed. I had much better accuracy using the paper trimmer vs. my traditional rotary cutter and ruler methods.
I’ve also used the trimmer to cut paper into strips which I then punched out with one of my punches and used it to decorate one of my cake stand tiers.
- Makes paper trimming fast and easy
- Portable design
- Built-in storage for extra blades
- The arm only extends 10.5″ rather than 12″
- The scoring blade works best on thicker card stock
- The half inch grid was nice, but I think a quarter inch grid would have been better
Do you have a favorite way to trim your paper? Do you have the Martha Stewart Paper cutter, and love it like I do?