I bought one of these years ago, gave it a couple of tries and gave up - sold it on Ebay.
Then last year I went to a retreat where a Fiskars rep was doing a make and take using them - I rolled my eyes and thought it would be a huge disaster... 100% wrong!
Once I was shown how to use this, I haven't stopped using it on nearly everything I do!
Just a matter of holding it right and you can't go wrong - there are so many templates available, but my favourite is the circle!
Give it a chance and if you have trouble, try and get someone to show you how - once you know, you'll wonder what you did without it!
This is an awesome cutting tool but it's not for everyone, as I've heard mixed reviews from some. I happen to love mine, it is excellent for those of us who want to cut a variety of shapes and borders but don't want to spend the money on more expensive cutting systems. You'll need to practice using this at first - make sure the templates and cutting board are right side up and that you hold the cutter correctly. Be sure you press this AGAINST the template as you cut (not DOWN towards the paper, that will lead to snagging). Cut slowly. Once you get the hang of this, it cuts like buttah and the results are fabulous! You'll have to adjust this for different paper thicknesses, this cuts through photos and almost all my papers just fine! I must admit I have a hard time cutting my thickest Club Scrap cardstock with this, but in those rare instances I just use the templates to trace designs that I free-cut. I really enjoy creating all these shapes and borders with this inexpensive cutter!
I bought this not to long ago and i fell in love with it! you can use it with the shape cutter stencils and its so easy to do. i use regular stencils as well! you can adjust the height of the blade so it the stencil is thinner you wont you as much blade to cut through the paper. i also use chipboard adn trace around it and i can make tags, circles, and any shape i want! its so much faster then cutting it out with regualr scissors. it wil cut through any paper from cardstock to vellum. i use it alot to make flowers or journal peices on my layouts. i would recommend this handy dandy cutter to anyone who loves to add shape and style to their scrapbooking layouts or to any project that needs something to make it pop out and be a WOW!! factor!
I absolutely love this product! I purchased the starter kit originally and although I didn't get the hang of it at first, once I watched the instructional video that came with it, I was hooked. Even though it looks relatively easy to use (and it is!) there were several key pointers on the video that really made a difference. I now use this constantly! I love the borders on the templates as well as the variety of shapes available. I did find cutting out the square and the rectangular shapes a bit more difficult than the circle and ovals, but once I slowed down and didn't rush, it really wasn't a problem at all.
This is one of the first scrapbook tools I purchased for myself and I still love it. This is easy and comfortable to use. I like how you butt the center part against the template instead of holding the bare blade against it like some other systems, I have never cut into my template and gouged it yet. It is also very sturdy. Mine has been dropped several times and while it has popped apart once or twice it always has gone back together with no damage to any of the parts. This is the only template tool I recommend to anyone.