I really wanted this product but I was afraid it was too good to be true and actually would not work like it promised. I am happy and excited to report that it not only works but it's really easy too.
For me circles are the absolute hardest thing to cut out. Yes, I have a ton of round things I can trace to make circles of different sizes but when I cut them out, they never seem to be, well... round. Being a little OCD, I cut and cut until I get it as close as I can and what I usually get is a circle that is about 1/2 the size I started with. With this method, I don't even bother to try and cut another to use as a mount, that never works.
I saw the Martha Stewart circle trimmer in Michael's and then saw her use it on her show as well. It looked like exactly what I needed. I have circle punches in several sizes but they can only be used on smaller paper since you can only go in so far with them. This circle cutter can be used anywhere even in the dead center of a 12 x 12 sheet. It is a round transparent disc. It is marked in increments that range from a 1 inch up to 5 1/2 inches which is the largest circle it will cut. In between there are additional marks every 1/4 inches so you can cut circles in many sizes. In addition to the disc, the kit also comes with a handle and 3 blades. The blades are double sided and the disc turns both clockwise and counter clockwise so it works for both right handed people and lefties like me. What I love about the Martha Stewart products is that they think of the little things like storage. The top of the cutting tool has a screw off top that serves as storage for the blades so there is no way you will misplace them.
Using the cutter was easy and safe. The clear center of the disc turns with the help of ball bearings and turns smoothly with out jerking giving you a nice clean cut. The blade has a flat triangular tip and the holes in the disc are not only round but they also have a slit that allows the blade to fully fit in and snap into place so there is not chance of it slipping and cutting the user. Once the blade has been snapped in place, you simply turn it in a circle and your done. I was totally blown away that I got a perfect circle cut out on my first try.
I am very happy with this purchase and can't wait to get back to my scrapbooking to give it a real try.