When people talked about this I simply did not understand.... because I didn't understand the need... especially as a new scrapbooker.... so, TO ALL THE NEW SCRAPBOOKERS out there... this is why you may need this... when you first start scrapbooking, you quickly realize that you are going to need a paper adhesive - a lot of it - but it wasn't until a lady at my scrapbooking club meeting showed me the Xyron, did I really understand why I would need a "create -a-sticker" machine... I got a Cricut Expression for my birthday... and I quickly found that my usual size lettering I was cutting was too small for my tape adhesive pen, and I was using glue sticks (a complete mess, but hey, I was so excited I had a Cricut) - This machine turns all the little letters your Cricut cuts out into stickers so you can easily put them onto your pages... I love it! I only gave it 4 stars though... because in all honesty, it is very wasteful - a lot of adhesive gets torn off and never used... but absolutely worth it!!!