Monday, July 3, 2017

Brother's Scan n Cut for Stamped Images

Brother's Scan n Cut 2 CM350

Good morning!!! I hope you are having a wonderful day!  Here is California the sun is shining and summer is in full swing.  It is hot and sunny!  :) 

For me, summer makes me want to eat ice cream and shop!  Recently on Amazon, there was a super sale on the Brother's Scan N Cut 2 machine. I have never seen the price this low in my life.  My friend is the first one who introduced me to the Brother Scan N Cut machine. She cut out some of my stamped images in no time at all and the cuts were perfect!  Since then, I was sold.  The only thing holding me back was the price point.  The machine normally runs over $300 and initially it was even closer to $400. Recently on Amazon I was seeing the machine under $300 but the day I bought mine it was an amazing $225! I'm thankful for Amazon Prime because that meant I would receive my machine in just a few days! 

My machine arrived and it's amazing. I had a little trouble with the set up because there was a small black piece that holds the blade which flipped out. I didn't know where it came from or how to get it back in.  After googling a bunch of things, I didn't find any help online.  I eventually figured it out and once my blade was in, I was able to run a test cut with my machine.

Background, I have a Silhouette Cameo and a Cricut Explore Air so I love cutting machines!  This machine is wonderful though because it's a stand alone machine, no need for a computer, app, or anything like that.  It even comes with preloaded images that you can cut, manipulate, etc.  I love that you can do everything right there on the machine.  It reminds me of the Cricut Expression with the Cricut Gypsy attached to it!  I loved my Gypsy!  The cuts are clean and wonderful.  Previously I was using the Silhouette Cameo with the Pixscan mat but the last few times, the cuts were off and the machine started putting in more cuts than necessary instead of one smooth cut it was making a bunch of small cuts. I offset the images but the cutting was not just to my liking.  I justified this purchase with the fact that dies are so expensive and if you buy the stamps and dies, it's going to cost you sometimes up to $35 or more.  I would much rather buy dies that do borders or different fun things.  I love that I don't have to buy coordinating dies any longer. yay!!!

So getting started was a breeze once I had the blade in.  You turn on the machine and select Scan. Once you load your mat you can scan the images on your mat and then choose if you want to offset the image with a white border around it, of you can choose to have the image cut next to the line.  I have tried both now and I can say that I was very happy with the results.  

This is the machine, unboxed and set up on my rolling cart

It comes with a few tools, a holder for markers, two markers to get you started, a stylus, and a spatula.

The machine is about the same size as the Cricut Explore Air.

The screen is a good size too.  It's just right, not too small or too large. 

I cut out a few images on the machine and was very impressed. This was my first attempt below.  for these images I added a .04" offset so there was a little white around the edges. 

I cut some colored in and some in black and white and there really was no difference, the machine cut them all out nicely. 

Overall, I'm very happy with this purchase.  I have recently been coloring sheets of stamped images and using those images on cards.  This will cut down my fussy cut and die cutting time.  I can't believe I can cut an entire page in just a minute. 

Okay, I hope you enjoyed my day 2 of using this Brother's Scan N Cut 2 Machine.  Hope you have a wonderful day!!! 

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