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December 23rd, 2008, 02:14 PM
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CROP A DILE:
We R Memory Keepers came out with this awesome tool called the Crop A Dile that I think every scrapper needs to have. It is the coolest thing since sliced bread. It cuts through so many things: acrylic, tin, chipboard, wood, of course - paper...tons of things!! I use it all of time on several things whenever I scrap.

The 2 different sized hole punches (1/8 and 3/16) on the side will punch through just about anything and they cut very nicely so it never ruins your project. (That being said, I did try to use it on Tim Holtz's fragments and it cracked them...but I think that was Timmy's fault and not the crop a dile).

On the sides where the punches are, there is an adjustable stop so that you can mark the depths you want so everything is even. So if you wanted to put your brads or eyelets or grommets in a line all evenly and in the same place, this would be so helpful.

As always, there are some cons - it doesn't have a far reach, only about and inch. And if you have tiny hands, it is hard to work with. But my hands are average size so I don't usually have a problem. You have to be careful too because once I pinched my finger in there and it hurt like HECK. Oww oww oww.

Positives:
Punches through very thick surfaces, silent eyelet setter, multiple project uses, reaches inside narrow spaces like buckets and boxes, sets eyelets through thick papers or on various surfaces like metal, adjustable "stop" to ensure equal depth of punches, portable and comes in cute colors (pink and green), embosses dots in paper, affordable, can also be used as a weapon.

Negatives:
Limited reach, large and heavy, may be hard for some people to use, not the best eyelet setter on paper, can also be used as a weapon! LOL!

Retails for $29.99

BIG BITE:
The big bite is what We R Memory Keepers created to solve the problem of the limited reach to the crop a dile. The Crop-A-Dile Big Bite boasts a six inch punching and setting depth so you can place eyelets, snaps, gromlets, and other metal embellishments anywhere on your scrapbook page or craft project. It punches holes and sets small (1/8"), large (3/16") and extra large eyelets and snaps.

Like its smaller buddy, it can punch through all of those wonderful things with ease. It has all the same pros but has pretty much eliminated the cons.

I love this one!

It is not as portable as the Crop A Dile, but still easy to carry with you. I LOVE IT!
Retails for: $45.99

And of course, some vids so you can see for yourself!!

Crop A Dile
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Otn2Slgepuc

Crop A Dile Big Bite
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CDznD4Jsj0
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December 24th, 2008, 06:29 AM
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I have a crop a dile and I love it. When the big bite came out I wanted it because of the reach, but the price kept me from buying it.
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December 28th, 2008, 04:13 PM
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Yes, it is more expensive. If you already have the crop a dile, you don't really need the big bite. Maybe your friends can buy it so you can use it?!
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December 29th, 2008, 01:07 PM
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I picked up the Crop-a-dile at costco.com but ended up taking it back because of its limited reach. I absolutely second the comment about using it as a weapon rofl. I ended up getting the Big Bite at joanns.com for like $5 more than what I paid for the crop-a-dile and it was well worth the wait.
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