Then the hunt began.
We ordered trimmer after trimmer after trimmer, and I put them through the wringer. I'm going to have a garage sale to get rid of most of them.
We use trimmers of all sorts . . . guillotine, rotary, bypass, illuminated, etc., ranging in price from twenty bucks on up to the hundreds. After two decades of scrapbooking and teaching ALSB to larger groups, the most efficient trimmer for this style of work is the beloved guillotine.
1. Self-sharpening blade.
2. Easy-to-see/read measurements
3. Paper stabilizer.
4. Straight cut.
5. Reasonable price point.
6. Can cut through our 80# cover stock. Two sheets at a time, or more.
7. Cuts clean top to bottom.
I found one worthy candidate: The Fiskars 12" Bypass Guillotine Trimmer.
See the trimmer used in the video project on my blog . . . it makes a cameo appearance at the 1:50 mark. (An observant member did make a comment about it!)
It's lightweight and compact, and I love the vertical grid with the screen printed alignment guide every quarter inch. It also has three horizontal inch rulers--one at the top, middle and bottom. Unlike the Tonic, the handle is not removable for storage in the base. Also differing from our previous model, it does not have a screen printed ruler along the top edge. I am adjusting.
I'm really looking forward to my first round of ALSB workshops at the Scrapbook Expo in Grapevine, Texas, on February 21-22. We'll be trimming away! (Ooooh, the sound of thirty guillotines cutting paper in perfect harmony.)