I got this template kit as a gift, and I think it works fabulously. I thought it would be such a hassle because it was pretty big, but surprisingly it's not even that big. It cuts a variety of sizes for your layouts, cards, and any other projects. The curvy cutter latches right into the template, and I never have any problem with tearing my paper. I just run the blade around the template once, and I have a perfect circle! Get this tool if you don't already have it!
I have tried several...the circle scissor, the fiskars shape cutter, and several others. The only tool I've found that's easier to use than this one is the CM circle tool. However, for the price difference between the two, this is the best choice between the two. There is a slight difference in how easy it is to use, but a huge difference in price.
-On a glass cutting mat, this cuts beautifully.
-Circles are smooth on the edges, not slightly town, or imperfect as I found happened with some other circle cutters.
-Matting is easy to cut, and it's easy to keep track of what size you're cutting (unlike the coluzzle).
-Does NOT work on a self healing mat. MUST be used on a glass cutting board! The packaging did not state this (at least when I purchased mine) but the instructions do.
-On mine at least, the 'maps' in the center do not line up properly. Until I figured this out, I ruined a couple of photos.
Thanks to Flamingo for helping me figure out the sizing issue...I really appreciate it.
I have had some issues with my blade carriage...I am currently contacting EK Success about this...I have heard their customer service is second to none, however!
Hope this helps!
I actually just bought this item last night and I am so in love with it. I knew I had to come on a write a good review for it. I have never owned a circle cutting system before. I have never wanted to spend the money on one. I usually just trace and cut the lids of pans and stuff. Last night, I went out on a wim and bought this one.
I am SO glad I did. It cuts beautifully and quickly. A much faster system than what I was doing before.
But the greatest part is this. The directions say the biggest size circle it can cut is 7 1/2 inches in diameter. I wanted a cutter system that could cut bigger than that. WELL I discovered if you just flip over the blade you can cut along the OUTSIDE of the template. This gives you WAY more options. I was able to cut a circle 11 1/2 inches in diameter. I am SO glad I finally bought a circle cutter. I know it will get ALOT of use!!
And am so glad I decided to go with this cutting system even though it is more expensive than some others. I love using it for cutting out photos, mats and patterned paper. It cuts in 1/8" increments, so it makes really nice mats for your photos or can make rings for your pages. If you use the smaller circle template, you can turn the Curvy Cutter tool so it's facing the outside edge of the template and cut out a circle that's about 11-1/2" in diameter. This is a very versatile circle cutter. And like I said, I love mine. I use the EK Success 13" x 13" glass mat and a little repositionable adhesive on the glass to hold my photos or paper in place. It cleans up easily with a little glass cleaner and a paper towel. I also have the oval templates.
This item has been well reviewed. I would like to just add that I love this product.
As well as you dont have to have a glass mat to cut on. If the fact that you dont have one is detering you from buying dont let it. I use a large self healing mat every time I use this (which is pretty often).
I did use a glass mat once to try it out and hated it. My paper and template slid all over the place and I ended up using a self healing mat to finish my cut.
Also this template can be used backwards. You can position the cutting piece to cut on the outside of the circle to make a larger circle. I have done this many times to make a 12 inch circle