I just received my Big Bite yesterday, and let me just say, I AM IMPRESSED!! I never had the original CAD, though I had wanted one. The thing that kept me from getting the original was the lack of reach, so when I saw this one, I was chomping at the bit for it! Until now I have been using the old hammer style and silent setters, which I have to say, mine was NOT silent. There was always a loud POP when I tried to use it. I say tried, because half the time it wouldn't go all the way through my paper. So far I have only tried the Big Bite on cardstock, but I have to say, this thing punches holes like it's going through butter. Now, on to the issues... The little blocks you turn to select the type of item you are trying to set (eyelets, gromlets, snaps) have tiny little letters and numbers on them that can be difficult to see. If you are far sighted in any way, GET OUT YOUR GLASSES! Also, Punching holes is a breeze to figure out, and the instruction sheet is Very clear when it comes to setting gromlets( gromlet and paper both go upsidedown), but the instructions for eyelets left a little to be desired (at least in my opinion) I did it wrong the first time, and it just crushed my eyelet. Luckily I was working on a practice piece of cardstock. The second time, I didn't even follow the instructions, I just decided to try it a different way than I had the first time, and lo and behold, it worked perfectly! Just in case anyone else is confused about the eyelet setting...
1. punch hole for eyelet
2. put eyelet into hole, right side up
3. put paper containing eyelet into the Big Bite right side up!
4. make sure the little post on the top block goes into the eyelet
hole and press.
Hope you enjoy your Big Bite as much as I know I will!!
Used in this layout: A Mother's Love
I bought the Crop-A-Dile Big Bite during it's debut on a TV shopping program ~ from the very day it arrived, I have LOVED it! It punches through cardstock, thin metal, and chipboard very easily! VERY rarely will I complete a LO without using this tool, and more often than not, use it multiple times for different embellishments on one LO. I recently used it to punch holes in THICK alpha chipboard, then set eyelets into them without a single hitch (the eyelets were for ribbon ~ was testing to see if this handy-dandy item could set an eyelet well in thick cardboard ~ it did!). I even use it to punch holes for larger brads (no more bent posts!).
I LOVE the reach of this tool!! I never bought the original crop-a-dile specifically because the reach was so short. I like to put everything on a page, THEN add my eyelets, brads, grommets, etc.. so a short reach would not do me any good at all. The Big Bite will go ALL THE WAY into a 12" x 12" LO, and allows you to space your embellishments any way you like, consistently, every time.
For those of you with hand-strength problems (I've got somewhat weak wrists), no need to worry about Big Bite! Very little pressure is needed to punch holes or set embellishments, and it sits on the table top, so you don't have to try to balance the weight of the tool (it's no feather weight tool!) while punching or setting. Also, the handle is nicely padded, so no parts are gouging you while pressure is being applied.
I agree with earlier reviews in that the blocks are numbered/lettered very small, so if you have close-up vision problems, keep your glasses handy. That isn't a problem for me so ~ the ONLY negative thing I can say about this product is that the grommet feature can be a pain. You must set the grommets upside-down, which means you can't get perfect grommet placement 100% of the time. However, it WILL punch a grommet through multiple layers ~ I did a LO where the Big Bite set a grommet through ric-rac, fibers, & 2 layers of cardstock!! Nothing else on the market can do THAT!
so, to make my very long story short.... I LOVE THIS TOOL!! Will recommend it to anyone who asks 100% of the time!
Used in this layout: Baby Berry Says To Mary Let's Go Out To PLAY
I bought it! I bought it! I could not resist this time around. I had it sitting in a pile of tools, and I had not opened it yet. I decided to finally open it, and I totally LOVE this tool. I think it's pretty pricey, but it's a great hole punch and setter. I love that it reaches into the middle of the page unlike the original CAD. It's quiet, so no banging with hammers just like the original, and it requires absolutely no effort on my part. I just push down, and it makes the punch. The ruler is handy as well, so that you know where you are on the paper. It took me a couple of tries to figure out where it was going to punch the hole, but now I don't have problems. Just practice a couple of times before you actually do it on a layout! Oh, and I had to test it... Yes, it punches right through metal, acrylic board, chipboard, and fabric.
Used in this layout: Play Ball
Believe it or not, I never got into using eyelets on my pages until I recently got this tool... now I LUV using up my eyelet stash! This makes it quick & easy to set eyelets (though if you're an eyelet/Cropadile newbie like me, watching the video will be a huge help, as I had a few trial & errors instances w/ this). I ADORE how w/ this tool, I can now have brads (or eyelets, holes, whatever) in the middle of pages & no longer have to be restricted by the reach of a regular mini hole punch. Plus this is easy to use, it doesn't take a lot of muscle to set eyelets or punch holes. I let this sit in its packaging for a few weeks after I received this because I wanted to be good & ready to digest all the instructions... when I learned how simple it was to use, I couldn't believe I had waited so long to put this to action! Love the different settings/functions, the ruler, all of that. Sure it's a little pricey for some budgets but it's worthwhile because it's a VERY useful tool for most scrappers... it is certainly not gathering dust in my space!
Used in this layout: Dorm Room Diorama (right side) - SHCG "1st sb.com Fave Lift" Challenge
Well I first fell in love with WRMK when they came out with the pink cropadile. I thought that was THE best invention in scrapbooking today. Imagine my surprise when they trumped my wildest expectations and made there product 110% better than the original. Ladies if you love the original tool with it's cute case and it ability to punch extra holes in your leather belts, you will be dying to get your hands on this new version.
Where the older version had set backs was a limited reach and it could be kinda of clumsy in your hands to set those eyelets. Enter Gods gift to scrapbooking II The Big Bite! This tool not only reaches to 6" meaning the MIDDLE OF A SCRAPBOOK PAGE but it also sets somethng called gromlets which are a bigger version of eyelets. NOW you can make you own ribbon boxes and punch thru light metal sheets, chipboard and heavy plastic in addition to embellishing your favorite jeans adding an extra hole on your kids belts and decorating absolutely anything you can think of. I got mine on HSN for the same price as scrapbook.com offers so I have it and have used it already and you won't be able to find a more versatile tool that is more affordable for the money. No more need for a gommet kit a punch set and an eyletsetter kit. This tool has it all! Plus because it has a setup simliar to a stapler the lever is super easy to push down even if you have trouble using other tools.
The ONLY things I have any issue with is that the little measuring device that helps you gage the length of your punch is made of cheap thin plastic and is liable to break if forced, so be careful with that piece and you have to remove the legs with a screwdriver before putting in the box and hold on to the screws to reattach. But if you are smart you will keep a tiny screwdriver kit on hand in your scrapping stuff and a small baggie works wonders for holding those loose screws. Now place in your box and go scrap happy with this incredible tool!
I bought this after hearing all the great reviews and even a lady in the store who heard me trying to decide told me how she loves hers. I just don't understand. It's a very good hole punch (for two hole sizes) but I found it difficult to use the other functions.
My first issue was with the eyelets. For all the hype, it seemed difficult to place the eyelet and then have to peer into it to make sure you are lining everything up. But, I thought, oh well, I'll get used to it.
Then, excited to use grommet's I bought a few packs. This doesn't work well AT ALL. First, you have to set the grommet down on that small block and then slide your paper (UPSIDE DOWN) in that slot. I have several issues with this: 1) I would hit the grommet and it would fall off and they were the brand recommened 2) How the heck are you supposed to know where it is being placed if you have to hold your paper upside down!
I'm returning it tomorrow. I'll go back to my old fashioned eyelet setter. For the money, I'm sure I can find a more useful too.
I bought this one first one out of the gate and returned it. The hole didn't line up properly and I was so disappointed in the quality compared to the other crop a dile. The feet have to be removed to fit it in the case. I returned it and told them to go back to the drawing board on this one! It is like a new car... you never buy the first year of a new model. Wait for the second year when all th kinks have been worked out and it has been improved. I won't buy mine now for another year and I know that they have changed it and improved the quality. Sorry for bearing bad news......
Ok- I have had this now for a few months and it has taken me a while to get used to it. I like the fact that it is quiet. I like how you can punch holes through anything and that it will do it all the way to the center of a 12x12 page but the whole eyelet thing has been a pain. I can punch and set a nice 3/16 eyelet but when it comes to anything smaller, be careful...i rip up the eyelet almost every time! Grrr! I have figured out the 3/16 eyelet setting is 1A, the 1/8 eyelet setting is 3C. But like I said I don't really like how it does with the smaller one. So I say it is great but needs some improvement on the smaller eyelet setting that most scrapbookers and cardmakers like myself use!
I have to admit that I had the original Crop-A-Dile and I never ever used it. It sat in a drawer, and then a canister on my desk, and mostly just moved around collecting dust. It was for me just to hard to handle. However, this new and improved Crop-A-Dile Big Bite is WONDERFUL! My boyfriend bought it for me as a surprise and at first I didn't think I would use it. But once I realized how easy it was to use compared to the old one I was sold. The new feet on the bottom make it so that you don't have to hold it in your hand and try to balance it and your paper (or whatever you are punching). T No more struggling to hold the paper level so that your eyelet doesn't fall out while you try to line up the the tool to set it. With the new Crop-A-Dile is is basically hands free. It stays sitting on the table and once your ready you just push down the handle. Sooo much easier!!! Plus it stretches so much further then the old one. You can punch holes anywhere on your page you want them. I really can't say enough about this product.
If you don't use your old crop-a-dile don't be shy of this one. Your going to love it! If you loved your old Crop-a-dile well then you are going to go absolutely head over heals for this one!!
I bought this to do my December Daily album that Ali Edwards does. I was wanting to put holes in my plastic dividers and I knew that my hole puncher wasn't going to cut it. I bought this because Ali said that it worked great and it does. The feet on it keep it from slipping on the table. The grip allows you to push down firmly with all of your weight without it sliding around. The holes are accurate and you can even punch 6 inches into a page. Great product, highly recommend!!
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