This is a Can't Live Without product. When it first came out, I wasn't sure whether I would really use it. I am so glad I bought it. The only negative I have regarding the product is that if you use it with a paper piercer or instant setter, anything that is using the mat for a cushion, I have noticed that the indentations remain on the reverse side of the mat (not the work space) and that is causing my mat to curl up slightly at the edges. Now on to the good stuff about this mat:
The mat itself is large and gives plenty of room to work on a 12x12 page. The ruler is magnetic and sticks to the precision mat and I use it frequently to cut straight lines with my Exacto rather than pulling out the paper trimmer. It works great because you can line the ruler up exactly using the measuring tools on each side of the mat. I also use the magnets that come with the mat to hold my rub-ons in place, which prevents them from slipping. As I work on the page, I use the magnets also to hold the pieces in place and help me visualize whether I like the layouts before I commit. I would recommend this product to everyone! I
I love this mat. I purchased one last weekend when attending a crop and used it for the first time. I'm seriously considering buying a second so I will be able to layout 2 page layouts with ease. I like being able to position embellishments, including ribbon and ric rac so I can see how it will look before adhering it down.
I do think this mat needs a warning label attached though........if you happen to have magnetic mammeries (aka, wear a wire bra!) your magnets WILL disappear on occasion. If you lean over your layout a little too closely the magnets tend to disappear. If you are at a cropper and one of your fellow croppers sitting across the table happens to see them before you realize they have repositioned themselves on your being, you will be the punchline of a few jokes and the cause of memories that will last forever!!
All in all, I love this mat and it is well worth the purchase price.
I Love, Love, LOVE this mat! I have been wanting one of these magnetic mats for a long time and finally gave in and bought one. I am so glad--I don't know how I ever scrapped without it! It is definitely one of my favorite scrapping inventions to come along in quite awhile. The magnetic ruler and other little magnets make laying out a page so much easier--if you put magnets on everything the layout doesn't get messed up as you rearrange things, or when you start gluing things down. I love this so much I am already planning on giving it as a gift to my 2 sister-in-laws that scrap! The only advice I would offer on it is that you will probably want to buy an extra set of the little magnets--I didn't think it came with quite enough. If you do 2 page layouts like I do you may end up wanting 2 of these--if I had more space I would definitely be getting another one!
When this product came out I thought it sounded neat but couldn't see spending the money on another mat. But after hearing how cool it was, I asked for & got one for Christmas. I've only had it a few days & can't imagine life without it. It.is.awesome! No more bumping my layout as I try to move things around & skewing everything. Plus I love using it with my crafters workshop templates - I don't have to worry about holding it in place while I stencil. I made my mom buy one for my sis-in-law too.
I will agree with some other reviews - I'm being super careful not to let the magnets hit each other and one of them is still already chipped. And I'm not actually cutting on this mat - just using it to measure the matting and cutting on an older mat. But nothing's perfect. And I think everyone should have one of these.
I love how big it is.
I love how I don't have to pull out the trimmer to cut anymore.
I love how I can hold things down before I glue.
I love how after I glue- the magnets help hold it down for a better stick.
The magnets that come with this are enough to get started I have run out on several occasions. I used my sons magnetix and they worked well as a back up if I needed it.
I did have issues with the mat not holding up to use. I've had it for 3 months now and it had an issue coming apart and warping.
HOWEVER, I contacted basic grey about this problem and they feel I had a defective mat and are replacing it for me. Their customer service is awesome.
And in case someone at Basic Grey reads this I am also putting my $.02 in for a 16x20 mega mat. THat would be awesome.