Ellison Education gave me a great opportunity to try out their SuperStar die cut machine! I’ll tell you how much fun it was, and I’ll tell you how you can win one for YOUR school library!
Personal Die Cutter
You probably already have a big ole Ellison die cut machine in your teacher workroom, right? It’s a work horse, and everyone on campus uses it. Every day. The machine cuts through multiple layers of paper, cardstock, fabric, or felt, quickly and perfectly. The All-Star SuperStar machine is a personal die cutter that you can keep in your library and use on your library projects!
This award winner is easy to use, sturdy, portable, and lighter than the model in your work room. I’ve only had my die cutter for a few weeks this summer, but I’m already attached to it!
It only took a couple of minutes to assemble out of the box. All I had to do was attach the hand crank. You’ve got a handle on top to hold while you crank the die “sandwich” through the machine. Two acrylic sheets (called cutting pads) go on the top and bottom. You’ve got the die cut (foam side up) and paper (or card stock or fabric or felt) in between the two acrylic cutting pads.
Then you crank the “sandwich” through the SuperStar machine! (At first, I was worried that the design was “etched” into the acrylic cutting pad, but I learned that was normal. Whew!)
Here are the great dies that I’ll use in our school library.
The first two on the left are different bookmark designs. Next are an envelope and gift tags. And on the far right are speech bubbles.
Here’s how I’ll use the Ellison All-Star SuperStar in our elementary school library. I won’t leave it out unsupervised for student use. It would be extremely difficult for a student to touch the sharp parts of this machine, but not impossible. I WILL allow student library leaders to cut out shapes at my check-out desk, while I’m near by.
We’ll stock our library makerspaces with these cut shapes, so students can use markers, stickers, and stamps to decorate their own bookmarks, envelopes and gift tags. They are gonna love these! I can’t wait until our students come back to school and create their own masterpieces!
And the speech bubbles? Those will be a library center to create speech bubbles for books. What would your book say? How would it grab the attention of readers? I can post these speech bubbles on a bulletin board, with dust jackets or printed book covers.
I’d love to read YOUR ideas in the comments. How would YOU use a personal die cut machine in YOUR library?
And check out the Ellison blog for more great ideas and videos.
Your Chance to Win
Would you like to have your own Ellison All-Star SuperStar die cut machine, with these 5 dies?
Ellison Education has offered the chance for one of my readers to win their OWN All-Star SuperStar Machine AND the same die cuts that I chose – valued at $200!!! To enter just fill out the Rafflecopter form below! This giveaway is open from August 19-31, 2015 and ends at midnight EST. Open to US residents only. Winner will be chosen randomly and have 48 hours to claim prize.
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this review. I received the above products to use in order to form my own opinions. All opinions are my own.
Good luck, friends!