Hi Robin! I am relatively new to scrapbooking. I seem to go through a lot of letter/number stickers to embellish my pages. I would like to invest in a tool (whether this be a stand-alone machine or hand held device) to create my own letters/numbers to save time and money. Could you suggest a product for this feature alone? Thank you!
— Jennie Z, OH on Jun 23, 2011
Sounds like you need a die-cutting machine! There are a few options out there and no machine is necessarily better than another, it really ends up being a personal preference. Here's a link to our Guide to Die-Cutting: http://www.archiversonline.com/media/Guide_to_diecutting.pdf
Machines such as the Vagabond, Big Shot, Epic, or Revolution require the use of dies, which are purchased separately. Dies come in all sorts of shapes, images, fonts, you name it!
The Cricut and eclips use cartridges. Each cartridge contains a certain set of shapes, images, or fonts specific to that cartridge's theme (ie - Halloween, Around the House, School, etc). These machines also let you manipulate and alter the size and shape of the image you're cutting out, giving you a lot of flexibility.
A similar machine is the Silhouette. This machine connects to your computer and allows you to use anything already on your computer or anything you download to your computer.
Stop by your local Archiver's at any time and they'll be more than happy to give you a demonstration on a specific machine and help you find the right die-cutting tool for you! Hope this helps!