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I bought a crop-a-dile big bite a few weeks ago. I finally decided to try it out tonight, and I get out the eyelets I bought (making memories) and I can't figure it out. I think I needed to buy the backs seperately, is that right? Or maybe i'm missing something...
Did you read the directions? On the directions there is a little chart which tells you which way you need to have the knobs turned for certain size eyelets. Then you punch the hole, place the eyelet in the hole, then use the cropadile to squeeze it into place. You have to make sure you have the correct side on top of the eyelet (the side with a little protruding part that fits thru the eyelet hole) and the bottom side is the broader side that will clench the bottom of the eyelet to hug the paper. Its kinda hard to clench the cropadile while you are doing it, but when the eyelet gets in place you will feel a little quick give. Wow, that is really hard to explain! I hope u figure it out...maybe check youtube to see if there are any tutuorials??!!
ditto what the gals said. It takes a bit to figure it out, but once you do, then it is easy peasy from there. Basically the neck side of the eyelet squishes down flat to make a lip on the backside of your paper. You just have to make sure you have the right size on the knob turned up before you press down.
First off i am jealous you have a crop a dile. A while back I back the Big Bite but then took it back to Michaels because I thought I would never use it. Just last week I was at a card class and used the crop a dile and now I am kicking myself for getting rid of the big bite. So now it is back on my wish list of things to buy.
Have fun with it and I can't wait to see what you come up with for layouts and eyelets.
Jen - Mommy to Sydney and Logan
Ok, just so you don't think i'm completely crazy.... this is what mind said. Keep in mind, I have never used eyelets, snaps, grommets, any of those fancy things.
Setting eyelets and snaps:
"Select your snap, or eyelet or other metal embellishment. Determine the correct TOP and BASE combination (see chart) for the type of metal embellishment selected and rotate to the correct position. Place eyelet, snap, or other embel. in the hold and then line up the BASE of the tool in the hole of the snap or eyelet and compress."
Would you be confused too? SO then I checked the chart which it was referring too, and it says I needed 1/8" eyelet and snap flare as the bottom block.
I admit, I was confused when I was first reading it when I bought the thing. But it's the base of the big bite, not the eyelet. I think the wording is difficult, but I have no idea how they'd word it better. It's the bottom rotating block on it that needs to be set to the flare for the eyelet.