This post was originally published February 7th, but I wanted to update this post to let you know that this same review has been included as "Carnival Participant" on Craft Critique today! (look for my name near the bottom of their page; the link will bring you back here) This is exciting for me! Please check out the Craft Critique blog for this and other great reviews on the Crop-A-Dile where you will get honest opinions on the pros and cons of the Crop-A-Dile. - Have a great Monday (I think that is an oxymoron).
I have to admit that when I first saw this bulky-jawed creature, I was a little intimidated. I mean - look at it! It reminds me of something that a demented dentist might have in his toolkit. It looks like it could really hurt somebody and so, I never really explored it any further. However, I wasn't very happy with my current method of setting eyelets, so I tended to opt more for brads than eyelets. My poor little eyelets sat in the drawer crying to be used, but I resisted mainly because they were such a pain in the patooty to set.
Fast forward to a recent Shoe-Box Swap I attended where one of the ladies brought her Crop-A-Dile for us to use. From the first moment I held it's soft, rubbery grips, I knew I had lost my heart. It was so very easy to punch holes in card stock, chipboard, and I even used it to punch a hole in an old CD, just to see if it would work. It really slides through anything with ease. I didn't have to squeeze hard, just gentle pressure it all it took and it made a perfect hole. With two sizes of hole punches, you can easily customize it for any size eyelet, snap or grommet.
Another thing that I find really appealing about the Crop-A-Dile is that to vary size applications you don't need to snap off one part and then attach another. The various sized pieces that set the eyelets are on a rotating part that swivels around. No pieces to loose, or get lost under the mounds of scrap paper I have on my craft table at any given moment. The parts are always there, ready when you are.
The retail price that I have seen around are approximately $19.89 to $27.95 from various vendors, but if you can get your hands on a Michael's or Jo-Ann's 40% off coupon, the price is extremely reasonable, considering that I had paid much more than that for my previous eyelet setting tool! There's always E-Bay, but I prefer to support my local craft stores...but that's just me.
One word of advice: When you bring home your Crop-A-Dile and unpack it, save the card board backing. It has a handy combination chart for which setting is appropriate to use for which application. This is important for future reference.
In my opinion, I could just kick myself for not getting this handy little gadget sooner, but now that I have it, it's mine and I dare anyone to try to take it away! I can't stop myself...I'm putting eyelets and holes in everything! It's just too much fun. For more reviews on this handy-dandy tool check out Craft Critique as they will have more reviews on this product come Monday, February 12th.