I purchased the 12" Minc machine shortly after it was released, but I imagine they work much the same. Let me tell you...this is a well made machine. To be honest, I didn't expect it to be as good as it is....AC isn't known for high-quality tools or albums, so I was pleasantly surprised! It heats up quickly, and you are foiling in minutes right out of the box!
Another bonus is it works as a traditional laminator too! (Called AC to check!) I didn't own a heat laminator, so it was perfect for me.
The pre-made items from Heidi are adorable, and pretty well priced, although I'm always trying to get them on sale! ;) As the other reviewer pointed out, it is worth it to purchase a laser printer if you don't have one to make your own goodies. I bought a Brother monochrome laser printer for $90 on Amazon. Well worth it to me, as it's super cheap to print documents, recipes, etc...much cheaper than my photo printer! Another great thing is the toner cartridges are cheap and last forEVA!
Anyway, sorry for rambling, but with my Minc and Silhouette Cameo, I can create pretty much anything I want! BUY it! You won't regret it (mine has a spot on my table with my Cameo ;))