I just started "formally" scrapbooking a few months ago. I had not even completed my first layouts until this past weekend. I had purchased some Fiskars shape templates individually, but I had not bought the cutting tool. I figured I could just trace the shapes and then cut them out. I started with the circle template. I was shocked to see that although I had traced a perfect circle, the end result was not a perfectly cut circle. I kept having to trim parts here and there because my initial cutting was so uneven. After a while, you don't want to keep trimming for fear there will be nothing left. So, I went out to the store and bought the cutting tool. I wish I had purchased it before, but I had no way of knowing what would happen. Hopefully if a beginner reads this review before trying to cut out circles, if that beginner is as bad as me at cutting nicely, hopefully they will buy the cutter and save themselves the time and trouble that I went through to learn this the hard way.
I got my cutting set out this weekend and I love it! It is so easy to use, and very handy. I have a Cricut and a Sizzix, but have to dig them out to use them. I can keep my Fiskars Shape Cutter right on my scrapping table, within reach at all times. I have a couple of other templates that I have purchased. This product is easy to use, instructions are simple, very handy, and very afordable.