I have had my Cricut Expression for about 5 months and I absolutely love it. It took me a litle bit to master things but with the addition of the Design Studio the machine is well worth the money. If I was starting over again as a new scrapbooker I would only buy the Cricut Expression, beautiful paper and great adhesive. You can do so much with this machine and they are adding more capabilities all the time so that other items can be cut besides paper and cardstock. This is the best money I ever spent on my hobby.