This is an awesome cutting tool but it's not for everyone, as I've heard mixed reviews from some. I happen to love mine, it is excellent for those of us who want to cut a variety of shapes and borders but don't want to spend the money on more expensive cutting systems. You'll need to practice using this at first - make sure the templates and cutting board are right side up and that you hold the cutter correctly. Be sure you press this AGAINST the template as you cut (not DOWN towards the paper, that will lead to snagging). Cut slowly. Once you get the hang of this, it cuts like buttah and the results are fabulous! You'll have to adjust this for different paper thicknesses, this cuts through photos and almost all my papers just fine! I must admit I have a hard time cutting my thickest Club Scrap cardstock with this, but in those rare instances I just use the templates to trace designs that I free-cut. I really enjoy creating all these shapes and borders with this inexpensive cutter!
Used in this layout: Rolling The San Luis - Right Side (Multiple Photo LO)
I bought one of these years ago, gave it a couple of tries and gave up - sold it on Ebay.
Then last year I went to a retreat where a Fiskars rep was doing a make and take using them - I rolled my eyes and thought it would be a huge disaster... 100% wrong!
Once I was shown how to use this, I haven't stopped using it on nearly everything I do!
Just a matter of holding it right and you can't go wrong - there are so many templates available, but my favourite is the circle!
Give it a chance and if you have trouble, try and get someone to show you how - once you know, you'll wonder what you did without it!
Used in this layout: London - Day 17
I absolutely love this product! I purchased the starter kit originally and although I didn't get the hang of it at first, once I watched the instructional video that came with it, I was hooked. Even though it looks relatively easy to use (and it is!) there were several key pointers on the video that really made a difference. I now use this constantly! I love the borders on the templates as well as the variety of shapes available. I did find cutting out the square and the rectangular shapes a bit more difficult than the circle and ovals, but once I slowed down and didn't rush, it really wasn't a problem at all.
Used in this layout: My shining star
This is one of the first scrapbook tools I purchased for myself and I still love it. This is easy and comfortable to use. I like how you butt the center part against the template instead of holding the bare blade against it like some other systems, I have never cut into my template and gouged it yet. It is also very sturdy. Mine has been dropped several times and while it has popped apart once or twice it always has gone back together with no damage to any of the parts. This is the only template tool I recommend to anyone.
Used in this card: Birthday card
This was the first shape-cutting-thingy that I bought. It was inexpensive and I ended up buying about five other templetes for it. It does take some getting used to and as other reviews state: Make sure the template is facing right side up. I did have some problems cutting very small pieces. I love to use it to cut pictures (something that I haven't figured out with my Cricut). It's also really quick and doesn't require an electical outlet.
Used in this layout: My Cousin's House 2
If you're a little tool challenged, you might want someone to show you exactly how to use this tool. I've heard a lot of complaints from ladies who just couldn't get it to work correctly because it was tearing paper or not cutting at all. You have to make sure the blade is positioned correctly and that you have the stencil correctly placed if you're using one. If you use the tool correctly, it's very easy and fun!
Used in this layout: I Am...
I too Love this product. I have read many mixed reviews , but I have found It easy and the options it can do are limitless. I am terrible at cutting straight, but with this it's a breeze. I love the letter templetes and now my titles are really starting to look great. I do prefer useing a glass mat with it.
Used in this layout: AST Bid Day #1
Love this little tool! It moves with ease and it's light. Just put a glass mat underneath and you have a perfect place and tool to make your own swirls and designs. I would def. recommend this to anyone..
Used in this layout: Candle Street
I can't live without this tool! Besides my trimmer, it is the tool that I consider to be most essential in my scrapbooking. I almost always use it for freehand use, but occasionaly use the templates.
Unlike, many that I have heard from, I find this tool very easy to use. The first time you use it, it may seem daunting but it is really very easy. It is fantastic for making intricate cuts.
My only two complaints are:
1- That it can be difficult to see what you are cutting at times due to the big circle around the blade.
2- I find that the blades need to be replaced quite often.
All in all, I love this product and recommend it highly to any and every paper crafter.
Used in this layout: Childhood...
I have this and was getting ready to swap it in my next scrap get-together BUT i read everyone's reviews and i will give it another chance. I will try it again and hopefully get it to work but if i/it fails, out it goes with the scraps:):)
UPDATE (jun 07): went to my lss and the fiskars rep was there to demo all of their product and we got a hands on exp..I used this and now, i am happy to say that it works!! so now i can say i like this product and will try to use it more often!
Used in this image: Do U Scream For Ice Cream...
This product is difficult to make clean cuts. I got it to cut out round edges and it does not do it effectively. The shapecutter pretty much just leaves a jagged mess and I find it utterly useless and a waste of money. Don't buy it! Invest in a die cutter instead and save yourself the trouble.
I bought this not to long ago and i fell in love with it! you can use it with the shape cutter stencils and its so easy to do. i use regular stencils as well! you can adjust the height of the blade so it the stencil is thinner you wont you as much blade to cut through the paper. i also use chipboard adn trace around it and i can make tags, circles, and any shape i want! its so much faster then cutting it out with regualr scissors. it wil cut through any paper from cardstock to vellum. i use it alot to make flowers or journal peices on my layouts. i would recommend this handy dandy cutter to anyone who loves to add shape and style to their scrapbooking layouts or to any project that needs something to make it pop out and be a WOW!! factor!
I've been using my shape cutter for couple of years now. My first project led to frustration and dissapoitment. I had hard time cutting anything without tearing or crosscutting the paper. I thought it was a complete waste of money and was glad it was rather inexpensive.
I started questioning my technique when I saw how many people used it with great success. I did a little bit of research, ask few questions around and gave it another try. This time it worked better and after practising several times I was pleased with my cutting results.
This tool works great with the templates fiskars makes for it (make sure you have the template right side up) but it's not limited to use with templates. It works very well as free hand cutting tool. Again perfection takes practise.
For those who are struggling with proper technique, here is a web side I found very useful.
This was one of the first 'official' scrapbooking products I purchased. My little set came with a couple of templates and an extra blade. But, there were no instructions so I had to have a friend teach me the trick to cutting with the template, but once I got the hang of it, I used this on almost every layout.
Alas, the honeymoon phase ended and I hadn't used this for a LONG time - we're talkin' years and then I picked up a book about using your old supplies and was again inspired and have been working with this tool on a more regular basis again.
I have the old style cutter which is the one above. There is a newer style that has a comfort grip and is easier to hold, but until my original cutter finally dies, I think I'll stick with it.
I like this cutter - just okay. The first times that I used it, I didn't cut quite right, so I agree that there is definitely a learning curve to it. Also, I wish that there was a better way to use the templates that you can get for this thing. It can be kinda tricky to try and hold the template in place AND push down on this shape cutter to cut at the same time.
I do like that it has a tiny storage compartment built onto the product to hold extra blades...AND the blades are really easy to change out.
With all that said, it's been a while since I've even used my ShapeCutter because it wasn't as easy to use as my Creative Memories shape cutter. Maybe I'll give this Fiskars cutter another go here soon!
i bought this cutter in a set from costco a couple years ago. the first few times i used it, there were horrible results. so it sat in the closet until a week or so ago. i looked up the directions for its use on the fiskars website and gave it another go. it worked very well.
it definately has its pros and cons. pros, small and templates fit most anywhere! cons, its really a dying breed with all of the cutting machines out there, there arent very many templates for the cutter, and you dont get any details cut out with this simple cutter.
i would recommend this to a friend who wanted something low tech and/or low cost.
all round, its a nice tool, but very limited.
I was going to leave a bad review of this product, but after reading some of the other reviews I am going to try again. And I WILL leave another review if it works out! I have read the directions, changed blades, and tried over and over to get this to work, but it just hacks my paper. I just want a simple circle!!! I did give it three stars, only because I am sure I am missing some finesse and just not getting it perfect. I would hope with such and ingenious design it would be a bit more user friendly... but I can still do better with just my exacto.
This tool does take a lot of practice in order to use it properly and effectively. Luckily, you can either use it with the matching stencils, or take off the tracing guard and use it freestyle, which I use it the most for. You can adjust the height of the blade to meet the needs of whatever material you're trying to cut, which is my other favorite feature! Unfortunetly though, this is not my primary tool for cutting shapes.
I bought this cutter the first time along with the heart template. I had nothing but problems. I read up on the instructions and advice from other people and it still just wasn't working. So, I sold it. Later I figured I'd give it another go so I bought another along with the circle, oval and rectangle templates. I figured the simpler shapes might be better. I even bought a glass mat to try with it. Yes, it worked better this time, but the start and end point of the shapes were always "notched" and never clean and smooth. Just wasn't meant to be, I guess.
This tool is a waste of money! I've tried using it several times and everytime the results look awful. I know first graders whos cuts look better than this tool produces. The templates are awful as well, even for just tracing. The hearts especially look like something a first grader could do better on drawing free hand. Seriously don't bother spending your $ on this, you'll end up hating it.
Many people love this product but I have tried for several years and have not been able to cut out a single thing. For me it was a waste of money.
I've also been told to only use on a glass mat. I've tried both with no luck.