I recently bought a Cricut machine and even though it was a bit expensive it was worth it. You can do so much with this machine. You can use it for scrapbooking, home decor, cards, posters and signs the possibilities are endless. The various cartridges can be expensive but I have found a website called Oh My Crafts and they have great prices on the cartridges and sales all the time. You can also check your local craft store for great sales on all Cricut items.