In answer to craftybee's question... I'm not sure just what kind of problems you're having but I have found that if you use a piece of glass under your paper instead of a cutting mat, that it is much easier for the knife blade to cut. It doesn't get bogged down in the mat. Also, try cutting away from corners instead of into them. This makes it easier for the knife blade to really get into the corner for a clean cut. Make sure your blade is really sharp. A dull blade is horrid!! I also attach my template to the cardstock that I am cutting with removable tape to keep it from moving while I'm cutting. I hope something here helps because it should be fun not frustrating!!