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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
Used in this project: A Woman of Today Is
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.
Used in this project: Fresh from Heaven
Well, not really, but I kept looking at it and trying to justify the purchase. Finally, one day I got tired of just looking and I had the extra money and I did it. I bought it, and sincerely, I do not regret it a bit. I love my mat! I can even work with thick chipboard and those magnets are so strong. They keep everything where is supposed to be and you can re-arrange and re-arrange until you are pleased. I even hang it on the wall with paper and chipboard and embellishments, to find it next day just the way I left it. Amazing! I shake it up and down; side to side and IT DOES NOT MOVE. I did have to buy extra magnets but I did not care. If I start working on a LO and I can't finished, no problem. I know nothing is going to move those magnets but me.
This is how I feel about my MM (Magnetic Mat).
Used in this project: MR. SPARKLES HANDSOME LITTLE DOG
I have a larger mood board in my studio used for big album projects but I use this large magnetic mat as my portable single-layout mood board. I prop it up against the wall in front of where I'm working and use the super strong magnets to hold my photos, paper swatches, sketches, ideas and some embellishements for the layout in one place. The layout elements are safely up and off of my drawing table and in one place so I can view them for inspiration before I start the layout. I'm able to see everything I want to use which helps me to stay focused on my intended outcome (though the layout may go a different direction in the end it's nice to have a point of departure in the beginning).
Jill Davis, Founder
Used in this project: *CUPCAKE DAY BANNER*
I'm cheap!!!! I didn't even know how much I would love this product. I decided to buy it with a coupon and a gift certificate, otherwise I don't think I would have bought it. There is another brand that I looked at but this one is the perfect size. I save the GC for things I wouldn't normally buy. Enough - this is such a great mat to scrap on. Usually my lo's are "eye balled" to keep things even - I have rulers (several actually) but this is so much more precise. Losing the little magnets (they are small) worried me but I've been using this for about 2 months and it hasn't been a problem. I would definetly recommend this to a new scrapper as well as a seasoned one.
I bought this mat because I wanted a larger surface to work on and a larger ruler. I wasn't sure how much I'd use the magnetic feature but wow! I used it for the first time last night. I loved being able to hold my photo down as I measured out where stuff should go and then just take my photo off. No temporary adhesive...just lift the magnets! I didn't realized when I bought it that the measurements on the edge went down as small as they did. I love being able to find the correct position of something so easily without having to break out my centering ruler. This is a wonderful product and I wish I had bought it a long time ago.
I bought this mat when it first came out. I can not tell you enough times how great this product is. I have arranged every layout on it since I bought it. It will hold all your embellishments in place including chipboard. My husband even used it to make a chart for work one day. The best part about it is the fact that you know what your layout looks like before you glue it all together. I think this product is well worth the money and anyone who scraps should have one. Everyone I know that has bought one--loves it--!! So if you have been thinking about it~~ GO for it~~ You won't regret it.
Used in this project: My Girl
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