There are additional pads the same as additional folders for this machine. But the machine comes with the pads that you need, unless you want something special. In other words you do not need an additional pad to use this machine normally. It will work with most of the designs with the pads that come with the machine. You have to have 1 Spacer & 2 Cutting Pads for larger size designs to work. The ones that come with the machine are for all designs 5" x 7" and below and that covers a vast array of designs. The "C" size covers for a 6" x 13" and you have to buy both the Adapter Plate and the 2 Spacer Plates (which are sold in pairs). The only additional Embossing Folder that I purchased was the All-in-one and it is 6" x 9" and it is made to hold more than one at a time of the smaller designs. When you stop and think, most of the cards that you make are 5" x 7". Hope this helps. Go ahead and purchase the machine and have fun!!