I like the decorative staple bars - they add a different flavor to my layouts. I also like that I can tie ribbon around the staples so I've been using ribbon more.
If you don't need the long-reach feature this is a great option for applying Staple Bars and is easier to pack into a tote. Practice is what it takes to get the Staple Bars in the right place. I also had to practice applying just the right pressure to the handle so the bar prongs would bend correctly in the back of my work. The staples aren't strong enough to go through multiple layers of cardstock so don't even go there. The variety of designs on the Staple Bars is nice but I find myself using the same "Slots" Fascinator Decorative Staple Bars over and over because I can add ribbon to layouts and cards in a more creative way. I gave it five stars because it does work once you get the hang of it and there's nothing else like it.
Jill Davis, Founder