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Safe Scrapbooking

Posted by Elisa Taub
Safe Scrapbooking

What better way to spend a lazy afternoon than to make a scrapbook of your vacation highlights. Pictures, ticket stubs, found objects -- all gathered together in one neat book to be warmly referred back to during quiet moments with your kids. Not only is this a great way to reminisce, but also a great craft project to do with your kids.

If you are into scrapbooking, you know that one of the most used tools in creating these great albums is your paper cutter. Cropping photos and backgrounds to fit perfectly and or decoratively on the page can really add to the look of your pages. Which is fine for you, but what about your kids? You certainly don't want them getting anywhere near the paper cutter and endangering little fingers -- until now. Enter the Purple Cow Paper Trimmer .

This ingenious paper cutter works just like the traditional variety, except there is no cutting blade. No blade? Then how does it cut?Instead of the dangerous sharp blade, the people at Purple Cow have instead come up with a steel against steel cutting mechanism which is kid friendly and finger safe -- perfect for post vacation scrapbook sessions with your children.

I was skeptical of it's cutting ability, but after trying it out for myself, I was definitly sold. Each photo was cut to precision, yet running my fingers along the cutting "blade" elicited nary a scratch. Plus the blade never needs sharpening, a great advantage for busy scrapbookers.

Available in three sizes, I like the Digital Photo Trimmer best for kids. It's compact size makes for easy use and comes with a see-thru storage compartment built right into the cutter -- great for storing small shapes and pens.

Another comes with a cold laminator -- great for protecting fragile items like snippets from that first haircut or tattered theater tickets.