This is my BEST scrapping investment to date! I love mine, so it's hard to think of "cons"...but I guess the big one would be that it doesn't cut 12 X 12 paper. Other than that, I couldn't be happier...it cuts ANY font you download on your computer, which would be enough for me! But you also have the Silhouette online store, which is stuffed with fabulous images for CHEAP. And if you don't find what you're looking for in the store, there are drawing functions which make it VERY easy for you to create your own custom shapes. I've made swirls, coffee cups, paint splats...the posibilties are endless. There are so many awesome things this machine can do, I'm so excited for you!