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What I Use

I thought it would be helpful to provide everyone with a list of the tools I have and use in my scrapbook room. Right now, this is a basic list, but I will update as I further expand my horizons!

  • Scissors
    • one basic pair
    • about 12 pairs of edging/fancy scissors
  • Adhesives
    • Glue sticks
      • Favourite is Elmer's blue sticks. This comes either as a school stick or a crafting Extra Strength stick.
      • Also have this Elmer's Craft set. I love the glue stick pen
    • Liquid glue
      • Elmer's mentioned above in the Craft set. It is fantastic for sticking anything a little stubborn, especially fabric based items since it can soak in!
    • Glue pen
    • Double-sided, specialty glue items
      • Zots - these adhesive glue dots are fabulous for sticking anything stubborn. They are slightly thick so you can embed the material very well in them. I also really like them for sticking on vellum as they leave two round-ish impressions which look cool :)
      • Elmer's Adhesive Dot Stamper - this is a noisy but fun dot stamper. I use it a ton, and the refills last a long time. However, you have to make sure you use every dot or when they go to the paper rewind portion, they screw up the whole machine requiring surgery.... Good thing I have a handy husband! They do stick really well and will hold anything flat to anything else flat. I plan on getting a tape runner type adhesive for paper to paper and photo to paper sticking, but I will still keep this around for trickier things like ribbon, or where I need stronger glue, like when making something to hang up.
  • Cutting Tools
    • Creative Memories Custom Cutting System - I love this system so much, especially now that they have added a 12x12 cutting mat anbd the "Jumbo" patterns. I have the circle, oval, wavy frames and gemstones templates, as well as the Jumbo blooming star. I also have a discontinued piece or two.  I use these on nearly every page - they are definitely the most important tools in my kit. An essential add-on to this is the Grip and Clip. This little gadget will hold 4 photos equally spaced so you can cut them down to fill one of the larger shapes with multiple photos. Its a lot of fun!
    • Trimmer - I have 2 12" trimmers. The first is the Staples 5-in-1 Paper Trimmer. It is great as it has 4 different blades, plus a small-radius corner cutter. I also like that the blades are all in one housing, so you only have to open and change blades when they are dull. The other is a now-discontinued trimmer. Its OK as well, but I only use it for straight cuts as I don't like to change the blade. It mostly stays in my office, not in my craft room.
  • Specialty Tools
    • Crop-a-Dile II (Big Bite) - I really love this tool - it punches holes, sets eyelets, grommets and "gromlets" with ease and can reach right to the middle of the page! It takes a bit of getting used to, so don't be discouraged. I love it so much that I want the original as well!
  • Markers, Pens, etc
    • Copic Sketch Markers
  • Inks
    • Memento
    • Distress - Walnut
    • Studio G pigment inks and chalk inks
  • Camera
    • Canon A800
    • Coolpix