This is absolutely the best item I have ever had for scrapbooking! It has become something I cannot live without! I love the different features on the cartridges, and couldn't live without the software now that I have that.
The only issue I think I ever have is that I use it too much and my mats get used a lot, so I replace them often.
I would recomend this to any scrapper, new or pro! It is easy to use and there are endless possibilities to what you could do with it.
If you are someone who does a lot of craft projects outside of scrapping, (ie with kids school porjects and so on) I might recomend getting the large machine. It is nice to be able to cute the larger items. For me it wasn't really worth the extra money because I wouldn't use it that much.
The cartridges have a great variety of items, but they are a bit pricey, so pace yourself on buying those!!