An In-Depth Review Of Sizzix Big Shot

Sizzix Big Shot

The Sizzix Big Shot system is really popular with crafters, because of its ease of use, affordability and convenience.

It is really easy to use the Big Shot. Just make a “sandwich” of the cutting plates; with the material or paper and the cutting die as the filling, choose the right tab on the multipurpose platform to get the right thickness and send it through the Sizzix Big Shot.

The Big Shot is useful for quilters, stampers, card-makers, and scrappers. You can cut fabrics, paper, card, etc.

As a crafting tool, the Sizzix Big Shot has been hailed as a must-have. The award-winning tool has found utility in hobbyist crafting workshops and even in small creative businesses owing to its extensive capabilities and simplicity. For instance, it is frequently used for quilting projects, scrapbook making projects, and invitation making projects, and much more. With this in mind, we will review this tool in intricate details to give you a complete picture of what to expect when you make a purchase.

Sizzix Big Shot Features

#1. Dimensions: 15-3/4″ x 11-3/4″ x 7-1/2″
#2. Comfortable grippy handle
#3. An extended multipurpose platform
#4. Sturdy build


Exceptional Versatility – When you purchase a crafting tool, the main intention is to increase your capability with regards to the amount and variety of crafting task you can handle. The Sizzix Big Shot has been developed to comfortably handle a variety of crafting tasks, all the while just making use of one machine. For instance, it can handle cutting and embossing. Importantly, it can work with very many different materials, including:

Metallic foils,
Craft aluminum,
Fabric, and much more.

This gives its users the ability to perform different tasks on a variety of different materials. Additionally, the Sizzix Big Shot can use folders and dies from a wide variety of die and folder suppliers.

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The Sizzix Big Shot can use almost all dies in the Sizzix Library, with the Bigz Pro dies being the only exception. It can also use Cuttlebug dies, Acquiquilt dies, Anna Griffin dies, Spellbinder dies, and QuicKut dies. As for folders, it can use all folders that are less than 6’’.

Sturdy, Lightweight, And Highly Compatible Machine – The machine has been designed to be easy to handle and move around. As such, it has a lightweight construction and one of the best designs with regards to portability. Therefore, it is not a tiresome machine that is overbearing to handle, but rather a user-friendly machine that you will find joy in using.

That being said, its lightweight construction has not interfered with its sturdy build. It is designed to meet its function and purpose and last long.

Stellar User Experience – Every aspect of the Sizzix Big Shot has been meticulously designed to make it easy for users to use the machine and perform the task at hand. for instance, it has a grippy handle that operates a smooth running crank. This makes for a comfortable user experience. The entire machine has been designed for enhanced control of the process, keeping in mind matters of precision, speed, and alignment.

The Good And The Bad

Among its advantages is the lightweight and sturdy construction, the easy to use design, the versatility of the machine, and compatibility with numerous dies and folders. This means that you can use the tool in a variety of projects, and comfortably so. However, its main demerit is the incompatibility with the Bigs Pro dies.

In Conclusion

As an investment for your business or hobby, the Sizzix Big Shot is a worthy investment. While it has its drawbacks, the advantages and the capabilities that it has are second to none.

Overcoming Depression With Fairy Tales And Adult Coloring

Depression is a terrible problem, made all the more terrible by the fact that most people don’t really understand it. Certainly friends and loved ones will be supportive when the depression comes from a specific event. But the moment depression is a chronic problem, the moment depression is a mental illness that takes away your ability to trust in yourself, your ability to so much as get up and move in the morning, that support tends to wither.

Thankfully, whether it’s chronic depression that requires SSRIs and other medication or stress-caused depression that will start to clear up as you process and deal with whatever event triggered it, there are some things you can do to help feel better.

“Go Outside” And Other Dismissive Insults

This is around the time most articles on depression start talking about getting some exercise, going outside, and eating healthy. It’s true that those things can help you deal with depression, there’s no argument about that. However, they may as well be talking about throwing yourself at the ground and missing in order to fly for all the help it offers. If you could do those things, you wouldn’t be depressed in the first place!

For some people, depression is anything but a temporary problem. It’s a chronic problem, one that affects every single part of their life and will do so until they die. For some people, the best they will ever do is manage the symptoms of their depression. For those people, calling depression a “temporary problem” is straight up insulting, as it’s dismissive of the constant work one must perform in order to maintain even a semblance of normality.

Things That Really Do Count As Self-Help

Hopefully, you feel more comfortable that this article isn’t like the others. It can be difficult to accept advice from places that don’t even seem to understand the problem, after all. Not to mention, it’s always good to explain how damaging some of the common responses to depression can be since many people don’t realize it.

If you’re depressed, there are a number of things you can do to help yourself. Things that you might actually be able to do, rather than things you’d need to no longer be depressed to pull off. Things such as watching light-hearted movies and television, taking a shower, and feeding yourself. Getting outside and getting some exercise may take far too much energy, but if you can at least get out of bed and pull yourself into the shower, your body will begin creating chemicals that will boost your mood.

Another thing you can do is color. Adult coloring books have become all the rage these days and for good reason.

Overcome Depression With Adult Coloring

“Overcoming” depression may be a bit of a reach, but it can certainly help with the worst of the symptoms. Studies have shown that coloring can help reduce anxiety and increase focus.

How? And more importantly, how does this help with depression? There are several reasons coloring can help. First and foremost, it’s an incredibly simple physical act that none the less requires some amount of mental focus. This means it’s easy enough to do, allowing you to manage the act even when your depression is telling you that getting out of bed is the worst idea ever. It can even be done in bed, if that helps.

Secondly, as you color your brain will immediately begin to focus more on creating the picture and less on how terrible you and your life is. It’s not that you’re no longer depressed, of course. It’s that the human brain is designed to create and notice patterns. Coloring a picture is nothing more than creating a pattern of colors. This triggers parts of your brain that can allow you to forget about your depression, at least for a bit.

Adult coloring isn’t as good as actual therapy, and should absolutely not be used in place of psychiatric medication. But for those with chronic depression it can provide a small bit of relief, even if only for a time. And for those with stress-induced depression, it really could be a major factor in overcoming the internal upset that causes the depression-like symptoms!

Fairy Stories

Fairy stories can be a way of escaping from the current situation and finding yourself in a magical place, where your worries disappear for a while. Not all fairy stories are suitable of course, some are very dark and can make you perhaps feel worse. Some modern forms of fairy story are now called science fantasy or even just fantasy and there is plenty of fun and light-hearted magick to be found in the teenage sections of many libraries.