With my arthritis, I never thought I could use a tool like this one! I am amazed at what the crop-o-dile can cut through! Oneach side of the handles they have a 1/8" hole cutter and a 3/8" hole cutter. They have even made it so you can adjust the depth of your hole punch for making all sides even. (I figured that out on a video on YouTube!) Then, setting the eyelets is quite easy, however, I really like the large eyelets versus the smaller simply because it is more comfortable with my fingers! I have used the crop-o-dile more recently to make holes in defective CD's so that I can make mini-scrapbooks out of them! Cutting through them was a snap. Some things are better done within the domain of a paper sack, so that the pieces don't fly out at you or your eyes, so just be careful! I also used it to add an extra two or three holes for my leather purse. Couldn't have been happier to cinch that bag up! I make the little Post It! note holders and use it to punch the small eyelets in them to put ribbon through. Beautiful, soft and gentle on my hands with very little exertion on my part. What a wonderful product. I forgot to mention that it is also very quiet!
i actually own three different sizes of those fiskars springy eyelet setters that sound like you are punching into concrete. my sister-in-law just got a cropadile and i'm wildly jealous now that i've gotten a chance to try it out! it's so smooth and so easy to use- the tool does all the work for you. there's no need for muscle, you don't have to squeeze terribly hard. it's perfect for anyone who has a touch of arthritis. the only drawback is that it only works on the outer edges. you can't on the inside middles of pages.
i LOVE LOVE LOVE my crop-a-dile... it was the best gift i got all year!!!!!!! i have used it several times now and am looking for projects i can do just so i can use my new best friend. it is easy to use and best of all quiet. no more banging of that little hammer! it is very comfortable and punches through anything like butter!
everyone needs one of these. they are not expensive and worth 10 times what you will pay! i would suggest also getting the little box it resides in because it comes with tons of brads in 8 colors. it is a great start to a new technique.
THIS IS MY FAVORITE TOY OF THE YEAR!!!!!!!!
I first spotted the pink Crop-a-dile sticking out of the tote bag of the woman sitting next to me at a CKC class. The little pink monster was so cute I just had to hold it (the Crop-a-dile, not the woman). My fellow cropper saw me checking it out and she offered to demo it for me. She was smiling like a proud mommy as she set some eyelets and punched some holes through small piles of cardstock. I was using the Making Memories eyelet setter and punch, but that was so last week – I HAD to have the Crop-a-Dile. When the package arrived, I dropped everything and carried it directly my crop area, tore open the box and fumbled it in my clumsy hands. I tried to use it before reading the directions and could not get eyelets to set correctly. Step away from the tool. After reviewing the guidelines for setting the tool correctly I had better luck. The eyelets didn't split nice and evenly in the back of the page. I was disappointed. Then I tried setting a large football brad and it bent it all over the place. Grrrr. I then started punching holes in anything I could find to see if it really could live up to the hype. It did punch smoothly through small piles of cardstock, CD's, plastic, a soup can, leather and a piece of rubber that was hanging off the treadmill. I do use the Crop-a-dile to punch holes, but I strongly prefer the Making Memories tool for setting eyelets. If the Crop-a-dile isn't set up exactly right, it smashes, not sets, the eyelet and tears your page. I even knicked off a piece of the rubber cube, with an eyelet mind you, while trying to set it into a page. I know there are many fans of this tool out there, but for setting eyelets, I'm not one of them.
There's been a lot of buzz about this tool and rightly so. It can do things that the post eyelet setter and hand grip-style setters can't do but I don't think it's the only tool to use for eyelet setting. I've had a difficult time setting decorative eyelets with it. If you want to understand what each of the eyelet setters do and how they work there's an article in the Resources Center that will help you. Here's the link: http://www.scrapbook.com/articles/tech/67.html
Jill Davis, Founder