I really like it!, but wasn't thinking when I bought it that I would need a mat for it. I used my chopping board but it dulls the blades very quickly so.....guess I'm going to have to order a cutting mat. I took to heart what the other reviewers said, and I've had no problems. You just need to experiment with it on scrap paper until you get the hang of it. I have had no problems cutting my pictures out either. Would definitely recommend it.
I know that this product isn't eveyone's favorite, but if you master how to use it, it works great.
First, you have to push down fairly hard on the center spring to make sure that your paper or the cutter doesn't move.
Second, MAKE SURE that you are using the center circle to turn the cutter, NOT the ruler arm/blade! This is the biggest mistake that I have seen people make. This is what is going to cause an uneven cut.
I really like this product and I like the range of circle sizes that you can cut with just a loosening of a wheel. :)
Used in this layout: Disney Cast Party w/ my A-Gay Robs!
I really like this circle-cutter. After reading the reviews on here, I was a little worried that it might be challenging to use, but I had no problem at all! It's fun to cut with and when you follow the directions others have shared here, it's a breeze!
I can say for sure that this is a MONEY-SAVING tool and well-worth the price (used my 40% off coupon at Joann's). For the price of 1 or 2 circle hand punches, you can make any size circle, rings, and frames. I'm very satisfied with this cutter!
Used in this card: Wow card
I love this circle cutter. I've own quite a few, but stopped after buying this one. 1 to 8 inches and everything inbetween. It is easy.
Hold down the orange stopper on top. It holds the paper. Putting you hand on the round base (not the extended piece) grasp on both sides of the cutter. BTW: pressing down on the "stopper" will not help it to cut better. Use an easy hand t and will cut perfectly for you everytime.
It is protable and a must have for everyone.
Used in this layout: Nature's Beauty *
This cutter does have a slight learning curve to it. When I first used it, I had issues with it too. I found that I wasn't applying enough pressure to the top of it. I was using it while I was sitting and I found that if I stand up and put more pressure on it while turning it(and NOT by the arm) it works perfectly.
I do find that the ruler is a little difficult to read. That is why I didn't give it 5 stars. If precession isn't too big of a deal to you ... this cutter is great!!!
I had a bit of trouble when I first started using it, but after I realized I needed to use consistent pressure and not move the paper, all was good. Make sure you use sharp blades too. Love that you can make them really small and really large circles too.
The fiskars circle cutter... I do like being able to cut many different sizes of circles and not having to make the investment (both in money and storage space) for 5,000 different sized circle punches. But... you are limited to size up to 8 inches... which isn't a problem... until you want a 9 or 10 inch circle. LOL I also do like that there is double blade storage so you a) don't risk cutting yourself from an exposed blade when not in use and b) so you don't lose your replacements, they are always right there. It does take some getting used to when first using it. You really have to push down on that orange circle to keep it stationary while you spin the rest of the piece around to cut your circle (and don't push on that arm, either!)
Overall this circle cutter is "just alright for me, man". (Sorry... couldn't resist the Randy Jackson quote). It gets the job done, but I think there could also be a better answer for someone who hasn't already made the purchase.
Used in this layout: Album 1 Page 30 and 31
I've had the circle cutter for years. While I still use it, I will not replace it or recommend it. I've tried it all- I hold it correctly by the orange top & am very careful to not touch the arm while cutting. I use a cutting mat. At least half the time I still get an uneven cut. The arm moves all the time. I have to double check the measurement before cutting the same size circle just to be sure it hasn't shrunk a bit. If there was a way to lock the arm in place and a way to cut concentric circles, this would be a great tool. It's just impossible to cut a circle evenly inside another! Disappointed, as *most* Fiskars products are great.
Sorry, but I'm not a fan of this circle cutter. I used it and used it and I feel like I gave it a good try. It cuts circles but I think it is hard to use compared to some circle cutters and if you want to go back and cut an open circle, you need to draw around the base of the cutter before you make the first cut or you'll never get the cutter placed right again to make an even circle. I thought it was a pain. I gave it 2 stars because, yes, it cuts circles.
Used in this layout: Graduation
This was a waste of money since there are way better circle cutters out there. The idea is cool, but the arm slides in and out while cutting, making horrible looking circles.
Used in this layout: Love U
I'm a huge fan of Fiskars products.....even before I started scrapping, I loved their tools.
That's why I bought this without hesitation....and without reading any reviews.
I purchased the kit that came with the circle and oval cutter and the mat for $40 (of course I used my 40% coupon).
I was so excited to use it and being a Fiskars product, what could go wrong? Right?? Wrong!! After ruining a picture and some cardstock, I tried a thinner piece of patterned paper and ruined that, too.
I ended up with a mess of jaggedy edges and circles with tails where the cuts didn't meet.
I tried selling it at a yard sale, but even at $20, it didn't go. Now it makes its home in the bottom of my craft box.
I do use the mat, though, so I guess its not a total waste.
All that said, I still love Fiskars products, just not this one.
I wish I had read these reviews before I bought the product. First, the instructions are misleading. It says: "slide cutting arm to desired circle diameter." They should mention the measurement arrow and what the cutting arm should be lined up with. Finally I just turned the contraption over and used the radius, not the diameter. Second, it doesn't cut perfect circles. It leaves a messy ending so that the circle is uneven. I am really annoyed that I wasted money on this product.
I bought this several years ago because I was big into circles at the time. I also bought the mat that goes with it. This is a difficult tool to use. I had to put far too much pressure on it to make a circle. The paper would move at the same time as the blade. The starting and ending points didn't always meet so I didn't get a nice smooth circle. It was a waste of money and it's sitting in a box collecting dust.
I brought this tool because I wanted to make a variety of circle sizes, well it has been a nightmare because none of the circles actually end up meeting the starting point. I feel like this was a total waste of money. It is now slated for my scrapbook tools graveyard.
I couldn't make this circle cutter work. I couldn't figure out the circle measurements. Eventually it stuck in one place.
The best circle cutter I've found is made by Olfa. It's spot on each time.