Daily Archives: May 11, 2008

Basic Grey Magnetic Precision Mat Kit {C’est Bon}


My latest tool purchase is one that I’m super excited about. I’ve seen it on-line before but not in person until a few days ago. While shopping at my local scrapbook store, trying to use up my credit from that super wonderful garage sale in March, I spotted this cutting mat while lined up at the checkout. I’m really glad I took the time to check it out. While it doesn’t look like a glamorous tool, my new Basic Grey Magnetic Precision Mat Kit is my new best friend. “Instant Attraction…for precision trimming.” Yes…that sums it up!

jks-basic-grey-magnetic-pro.jpgAs I’ve started back designing more layouts lately, I often find I have to leave them while creating as they DO take longer. I love planning them out on my magnetic mat and using the great super-duty magnets to keep everything in place. These magnets are so strong I can even prop the mat upright and not have any of the layers slip. This is great for taking a step back and making sure your layout is well-balanced.

One of the best features on this mat is its wonderful grid. The grid is marked out in 1/8″ intervals and makes it so easy to keep all my layers lined up perfectly. I find it much easier to line up a small design such as a card by eye but when it comes to layouts with lots of elements…it can be a little trickier.

Now if you don’t scrapbook…is this still a good product for card designers. I plan to use mine for every project I make from now on. Actually…I may actually invest in another one. Does that sound crazy? I love how it holds everything together. I often have more than one project on the go at once and if it will help me hold it all together…I’m thinking that’s a good thing!

Another part of the kit I haven’t mentioned yet is the metal ruler. This ruler has a magnetic backing. This helps prevent loss as well as movement when you are cutting. The metal edge is perfect straight edge that works perfectly with a craft knife. Every tried cutting a straight line with a plastic ruler? If you haven’t… well….it doesn’t work that well. I ended up with quite a few nicks in mine and a less than perfect cut. While you may still want to use your paper trimmer for cutting large straight layers, how about those projects where you’d like to cut out a window. The long ruler combined with the grid lines makes this simple. I’ve come across designs where I’d love to cut on a perfect angle. It can be very hard to do with a regular paper trimmer. Lining the ruler up with points on the grid works well every time.

jks-basic-rey-cuts.jpgEven if you don’t use the ruler, this mat is still great for cutting on. The self-healing mat and magnets work perfectly together for cutting fine areas of your design. If you do a lot of paper-tole and paper piecing type work, this is a great plus.

Things I like…

  • magnetic ruler – in metric as well as imperial
  • metal ruler gives a perfect straight edge each time
  • The beveled edge on the ruler reduces slipping
  • it’s 15″ x 15″ square size makes for a perfect workspace
  • fabulous grid that is very easy to use
  • self-healing mat that is also magnetic
  • love the black surface…easy to read the white grid and doesn’t clash with colors in my layout design
  • super heavy duty magnets hold everything in place
  • you can purchase replacement magnets in case your children steal them to use for science experiments
  • like all Basic Grey tools I’ve tried, this product is well-made and built to last
  • there is a hole in the ruler and mat so that you can hang them for easy storage
  • Price

Where to buy:

  • local scrapbook store – I love supporting my local scrapbook store. They carry them for $31.95 CDN
  • Ellen Hutson carries them in her on-line store for $22.95 US While I didn’t purchase this particular product from Ellen, I highly recommend her service.
  • Two Peas in a Bucket – $25.00 US

Things to Note:

  • This product is not intended for use with hammers, punches or other high-impact tools as they may damage the mat’s metal core
  • If using messy paint or adhesives, protect your mat by overlaying it with a craft sheet or some scrap paper
  • Tip courtesy of Beth – Be careful transporting your mat, you can bend the inner metal core.


I love the quote that comes on the package of the Basic Grey Magnetic Precision Mat…

Wyatt Earp once said, “Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.”

I think that pretty much sums it up. Accuracy takes your project to a more professional level. I love mine!

Have questions? Feel free to ask and I’ll try to answer by editing into my post.

Wishing you all a wonderful Mother’s Day! To all moms…enjoy your special day and to everyone able to spend today with their mom, cherish each moment.