First, I have to say that the magnetic mat I received does not look like the picture. It is pink and scalloped. But that aside, I had no idea how handy it would be to layer my projects in place with the magnets while designing. The ruler is very magnetic, can hold large items down firmly. Also, it is so convenient to measure right there on my mat.
I love this product so much! Scrapbooking and papercrafting makes so much SENSE now that it's EASY and ACCURATE to do my cutting! Plus, it's awesome to be able to create a layout, pin it down easily and quickly with a couple mags, and move the whole board to make space to pull out some other accents and such without papers going flying around everywhere!
This beautiful purple magnetic mat has apparently become my must have scrapbooking tool. After trekking to a friend's house today without it I realised how much I rely on the magnetic properties to align the photos, ribbons etc on my project. The ruler keeps things like ribbon in place while glue is drying and there are also a few small magnets that can be used to keep things in place and even keep foam embellishments from unfolding from the desired shape. The size is another huge plus, after using 12x12 mats this one is a joy to work with.
I bought my WRMK Magnetic Mat the Spring of 2010 and I absolutely love it. It stays out on my scrapbooking table at all times and I use it every time I scrapbook. It's a definite must have for me. I scrapbook a lot of double-page 12x12 layouts and this mat helps me to line up all my papers, photos, ribbon, etc. etc. perfectly straight all the way across both pages. I can scrap both sides at the same time by centering them on the mat at the 9" mark. Then only a couple inches hang off each side which is not bad. I use the Basic Grey magnetic refills with this mat (I have 2 pkgs - or 20 magnets total) since I've had a hard time finding the WRMK ones anywhere. I store my Ranger craft sheet underneath this magnetic one and just slide it out when I need it. I have the older purple version of this mat. The only difference that I can tell between mine and this new pink one is that mine doesn't have the scalloped edges, my ruler doesn't have the holes going across in the middle, and the purple one didn't come with any magnets. It's nice that they're including four now.
This is a fantastic item. I have used it since receiving it. Making it a self healing mat was an excellent idea, the metal ruler is great and the magnets are strong and hold even heavy embellishments in place allowing you to move items and set your page up just as you like, before glueing. My daughter in law and I scrap together and both love this item. Will be getting her one for Christmas!