Hello there, friends!
Hello again! How are you? I hope that all is well with you and that the warmer weather is heading in your direction soon…Alleluia, it’s officially spring here in Northwest Ohio…at least that’s what the calendar says. I’m hoping Mother Nature has decided follow suit and get things moving that way soon!
I am back today to share a fun new tool that I’ve been testing over the last couple weeks…the new Tim Holtz Tonic Rotary Media Trimmer. Have you heard about it? It was introduced by Tim last week over on his Youtube Channel…you can CLICK HERE to check that out.
I was given the opportunity to take one of the trimmers for a test drive to see what I thought about it, my honest opinion of how the trimmer works for me and, what I find good and bad about it.
Well, I’m here today with my results. I’m sure you’ve already guessed that I loved it. I mean, I may be a little biased because I literally love EVERYTHING that Tim Holtz dreams up! But, who wouldn’t? Tim is a maker at heart and has our backs when it comes to creating tools and he always has a challenge for his brands. It’s just the way it is, and I for one am so grateful for that. After all, if you’ve been doing this for any amount of time, you know that there is always room for improvement when it comes to makers and their tools.
So…let’s get down to the nitty gritty of why I love this trimmer!
Reason #1- The Blade
The trimmer is a rotary trimmer but NOT like the kind you may be thinking about. The cutter blade is encased in the handle and spins around and cuts but, it uses gears to turn the blade. It is not screwed on like other rotary trimmers…I’ve been paper crafting for quite awhile and I’m pretty sure my hands have touched just about every kind of trimmer on the market for scrapbookers or paper crafters.
The Tonic Rotary Trimmer blade is one that doesn’t need to be changed out…I am not quite sure how that “magic” element works, but I believe it. It cuts so smoothly, either by pushing forward or in a downward motion. The blade just glides through the paper with a nice slicing sound, and without much force. The area that the blade sits on does not cut on a mat like previous rotary cutters I have tried, therefore, it doesn’t have the “self healing” element, because it doesn’t need to heal…see, I told you, magic!
The ergonomic shape of the handle is very nice and doesn’t hurt your hand after cutting for awhile, and the carriage is stationary, meaning, you don’t need to flip it up to add your paper, you just slide the paper (or chipboard!) under the clear plastic, push down on the clear plastic area to hold the paper, then slice, and your paper is cut!
And although the engineers at Tonic told Tim it doesn’t need a replacement blade, Tim insisted that makers would want to have one…”just in case”. So, for the $15 replacement cost, I think it is money well spent, to me it’s like having a little insurance policy for it.
I don’t even want to know how much money I’ve spent on trimmer blades over the years…seriously, I think I could take a nice beachside trip!
Reason #2, #3 & #4 – The Measurements, the Rulers, and the 2 Expandable Arms
Another nice feature…all those lovely measurements! Who doesn’t like a guide that is right there indented on the tool making it super easy to get the right size. No more adding a piece of masking tape as a guide.
And Rulers? It has 3!!! THREE! One at the top, center and bottom!
The adjustable side arm rulers…there are 2! One at the top…
..and one at the bottom. So, depending on how you like to slice your papers, either lining it up at the top or bottom, you can do that easily, and they have readable rulers on them, no more squinting to see if you’re lined up right! Plus, it fits 12×12 papers, so if you’re a scrapbooker, you are one happy camper!
Reason #5- The Rubber Grippers
There are 10! Yes, 10!
This trimmer will not slip while you are trimming.
It is, where it is… unless you specifically want to move it to another table.
Reason #6 and possibly the MOST IMPORTANT…it cuts like a DREAM!
It easily cuts through 50pt chipboard, 30pt chipboard, Distress Watercolor Paper 116lb, Watercolor Paper 140lb, Mixed Media Heavystock, Vellum, Clear Plastic Acetate, Vintage Onion Skin Paper and idea-ology collage paper.. & as some of you know, I’ve been working on a kit and this trimmer has been a Godsend. I’ve been able to cut 2 sheets at a time of watercolor paper, 3 sheets at a time of mixed media heavystock and 5 sheets at a time of vintage onion skin paper…and guess what, no rough edges, not.a.single.one!
That is a WIN in my book!
A clean cut EVERY TIME! I say, let the paper speak for the trimmer…it is one heavy duty super duper paper cutter, and I am so happy with it! Also, be sure to check out my other blog post explaining how I did a little experiment using the trimmer, textures and chipboard! I really wanted to give the trimmer a workout and see how it cut through chipboard and all the mixed media textures that I love to create with. Click HERE to check that out!
Thank you to Tim and Tonic for bringing such a great product to the market. I LOVE it!
If you’re interested in finding out more about this new tool, be sure to check out the Tim Holtz LIVE replay. You’ll have so many more questions answered by the man himself.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
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