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Brother ScanNCut Now Available!

I promised that I would tell you as soon as the Brother ScanNCut was available for purchase, so here's the good news: You can buy it right now!

Here are the (unofficial) details based on my experience of using the machine:

  • The ScanNCut is an electronic die cutter.
  • You do not need to attach it to your computer.  All you need to do is plug in the (2 prong) power cord.
  • There are designs and fonts built into the machine.
  • You can scan in any design -- hand drawn or computer generated -- and the machine will create a cutting file.
  • You can weld letters and shapes.
  • You can save designs to the machine's memory or to a USB (which you provide).
  • At the current time you can't take images directly from your computer to the machine.  Everything needs to be scanned in.
  • The ScanNCut will cut fabric, stencil material, paper, leather, vinyl, and even thinner chipboard.
  • There are different blades and mats, depending on what you want to cut.  If you're interested in cutting fabric, there are fabric support sheets for that task.
  • I have managed to cut through a few mats by accident, but I've fixed that problem with duct tape on the back!  :)
  • There is a "test" function (to test the blade depth) which I highly recommend using so that you don't cut through your mat.
  • Before you cut, the ScanNCut can scan in your pattered paper or scrap of paper or fabric so that you can place the image you're cutting exactly where you want it!  It's like fussy cutting, but so much easier.
  • Speaking of fussy cutting, the machine can scan in a patterned piece of paper, and if there's enough contrast with the background, it will cut around any object in the pattern you choose, with any size margin that you choose!
  • I don't have a lot of experience with other electronic die cutters, so I can't compare it to other models.  But, I believe it's the only machine with a built-in scanner and I adore the scanning function and the fact that it doesn't have to be attached to my computer.
  • The machine is long and thin.  When not in use, it takes up very little space.  When in use, you need to have room for the mat to enter and exit the machine.
  • There is a plastic dust cover that protects the ScanNCut's innards and flips down when you want to use it (you can see it in the product image).

Here's a quick video from Scrapbook Soup where I show how to create pop-up cards using the ScanNCut:

Here's a peek at those cards:

As I mention in the video, they were inspired by the hand cut versions I created many months ago!

If you have questions about the ScanNCut, feel free to ask them in the comments section and I'll do my best to answer them!

Full disclosure: I was not paid to write this post.  However, I was provided with a free machine and have been paid to do video tutorials and other demonstrations.  If you purchase a ScanNCut using this link, I will receive a small percentage of the sale, for which I am extremely grateful.  Thank you!  :)

Thanks for stopping by!


P.S. The winner of the 4 Feathers stencils in 6x6 and 12x12 is....

Congratulations Tonya!  E-mail me with your mailing address and I'll get those right out to you!