I waited forever for this to come out, ever since I saw a full page add for it in Scrapbook etc. magazine. Without even having my hands on it, I believed it was a wonderful product, and it proved itself the first day I had it. It is a nice hefty, but thin, box and the magnets really are strong. It fits nicely into my rolly bag as well. I mainly purchased it for its secondary purpose - the ability to "play" with your layout before committing. I really love being able to set things all in place and stand back to take a look at it, or leave it over night (or after a Scrap Mania event) and look at it the next morning with fresh eyes. One con though, wash off the magnets before you use the product. They seem to be covered with a fine dust that can leave marks on your project. I learned this my first time using it.
I wasn't sure I was going to like this, but... I have used it many times and am thrilled that I can now 'play' with my layouts until I get them just right. The magnets are super strong and hold nearly every embellishment in place perfectly. It's a great product and I will be purchasing a second one. The only thing that could make it better is to magnetize the lid so that you can use both sides when playing with a two page layout! Oh, and maybe some sort of strap to keep the lid in place when it's closed.
I am cropping more, thanks to this product. I do not have a scrap room, and often have to stop mid-page to clear our table or to put things away from my nosy cat. With this product, I can crop right up to the last minute and just pop on the cover on as I clean up. I own two of these so that I can work on 2-page layouts. They both fit easily into my crop bag, and I no longer have to leave the crop earlier because it might be too late to start a project. I recently started 2 layouts just 15 minutes before a crop ended. What an advantage!
I am giving this only 4 stars because of the following: The directions state to be gentle with the magnets, but it's impossible. They are very strong and constantly clank together when loose or placed close together outside of the box. The container itself could be sturdier, however, I would assume that would raise the price.