I love the distressed look on things but it was always way too hard to achieve it with the little handheld blade I have. I am so excited that DH bought me this for Christmas this year! It is awesome! It does as little or as much distressing as you want. I love that I can now distress the edges of paper, cardstock, and pictures without ripping them. I messed up so many photos because of the handheld blade ripping it instead of roughing it up. I do think it is a little loud. So I can't use it when my kids are asleep - which is when I do most of my scrapbooking projects. But overall, this is a great project for those who like the aged look for their scrapbook pages, cards, and so much more.