Review: Brother ScanNCut2

by - September 20, 2015

A couple of weeks ago, Miss Payel was showing me some fabulous cuts she had done with her Brother ScanNCut and I was shocked and amazed.  After a bit of back and forth, I did some research, saw it was on sale at HSN and totally caved.

They had the Brother ScanNCut2 on Flex Pay and how can a girl say no?  Worst case scenario, I hate it and send it back.  To be honest, I was prepared to hate it.

I am busy.  I don't have time to fight with machinery when I have a business to run.  I don't have time to spend hours or days to "learn" new technology to attempt to save me a few minutes every now and again.  I want instant gratification.  I want simple.  I don't want to fiddle or think.  My brain is fried.

I had the Cricut Explore.  I have the Silhouette Portrait.  I do the tedious task of creating SVG files for some of my stamps so others can have some simple ways to cut out the images.  Quite frankly...even with MISTI, it can be a pain and not worth the time and waste of attempting to stamp INSIDE of the cut image.

I checked into creating dies for some of my stamps....ya, not even going there!  So, seriously?  What did I POSSIBLY have to lose by checking this bad boy out?

I received it in record time from HSN and there it my studio.  Unloved.  Uncared for. Just staring at me...for DAYS!

I noticed Miss Chris at Stamp Junkies, taunting me with hers and I couldn't take it anymore.  I literally SHOVED crap off my table to make enough room to plug it in just to see what I needed to get it going.

  • My first delight in the machine, I DID NOT need to plug this into my computer.  (Praise the Lord, because I have no room on my desk for anything else.)
  • Second "are you kidding me" moment, you literally need to push TWO buttons to get everything all set and ready to go if you want to just scan and cut your pre-stamped images.  SERIOUS, just hit the "SCAN" and "DIRECT CUT" buttons.
  • I wanted to see how it would cut without any border around the image so I didn't adjust anything on my image.  I simply maneuvered the cut space to cut out the owl only and set it work.

Not too shabby!  For the rest of them, I wanted to do a .04" border around them, which is what Maureen Wong recommended and let's face it, I am listening to Maureen.

Eeek!!!!  EPIC CUTENESS!!!!!!  Look how FABULOUS those cut out!  This whole process from opening the box, plugging it in, reading the manual...ok, SKIMMING the manual, inserting the blade and yada yada yada, took LESS than 30 minutes.   The second time I did it...less than 3 minutes.   Oh ya, baby!  I have so many little cut outs that I have been giving them out in orders just for fun!

Now, with that being said.  One thing I DID NOT do is de-tack my mat.  The mat that came with is super tacky, which is GREAT, however my X-Press It card stock did NOT like it.

To be honest, I totally destroyed my mat, sliced my finger and had to order another one from Amazon.  Chris DID come to the rescue and told me to wash it with water and let it dry and it should retain some of its stickiness and it definitely did, but after several more runs through the ScanNCut, it is time to say good-bye to the mat.  This is NOT a manufacturer issue or defect, this was totally my excitement and enthusiasm that caused me to have a brain fart.  

It didn't stop me from doing a Periscope video, cutting more designs or showing it off to our children.  Patrick, who is 10, still has his mind blown and several dino's cut out to keep him company while he reads his book!  

The next images I cut out were critters already stamped and colored on scrap paper.  I wanted to see if the scan setting would be able to determine the lines if the images were already colored or partially colored.  As you can see, they cut out just fine!

 I have a new release coming out on the 1st and I wanted to see how some of these would cut out using the .04" border around the images.  I just randomly stamped them onto some white Stampin' Up! paper and sent it through.

Someone asked about the white space in-between the turrets and the tree and I am assuming (I haven't tried it yet) if I adjust the settings to "0" instead of .04" it will cut the white space between the tree and turret.  Now that I have my new mat, I will give it a whirl!  At the moment, I am just tickled pink that I don't have to fussy cut!

I absolutely love these flowers and typically I cut them out individually, but now...I can make cards like this one all day long and be happy as a clam!

So far I have not had any problems with the machine, other than my own ridiculousness.  Out of the Cricut Explore, Silhouette Portrait, my personal pair of scissors and the Brother ScanNCut, hands down, without a shadow of a doubt, the ScanNCut is my new bestie!  

I have not tried the other features of the ScanNCut, because, quite frankly, I don't give a flying frog.  I wanted and needed something for cutting and replacing the need for SVG files and dies.  I now have that and in my personal opinion, the price is worth it!

If I was a consumer and was purchasing my hypothetical dies, I would have paid for it after 10 dies.
As a business owner, this is now an invaluable tool for my business, for my time, my fingers and sanity!

So thank you, Brother, for coming out with a kick butt machine that rivals that of my dear MISTI.


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  1. That does it! I must have this! Thanks for the review!

    1. You are most welcome! It is definitely a "must have" tool!

  2. This is an AWESOME review Suzy! Can't wait for it to get to India!!! ^__^ Definitely a brilliant accompaniment to the MISTI! *Big Panda Hugs*

    1. You will definitely love it, my friend! I am totally smitten and I am using stamps I normally wouldn't because I don't want to fussy cut! LOL

  3. I'm thinking about getting a Scan N Cut, and tried a friend's with X-press It. What a mess! Since I use a lot of digital images and XP-it is my go-to cardstock, I'm hoping you can clarify. Were you able to find a way to successfully use XP-it or have you changed paper types? Thanks!


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