One of the questions that I get asked most often is actually one of the easiest for me to answer. So many of you wonder about what top 10 tools I use on a regular basis in my daily crafting. After I got over being flattered that you wanted to know so much about me (Ha!), I thought it would be helpful to create a post where you can all see my recommendation for years to come.
One. A Computer
A computer might not seem like something that you’d need to get your paper crafting done, but stay with me for a second. With a lot of the cutting machines transitioning to an online studio to design your work and so many ideas being loaded on to Pinterest on a daily basis, a computer has become a necessity for even your every day crafting. I’ve had my HP laptop for years and it has served me well, while other swear by Macs. No matter which way you choose to go, get one that will last you the long haul so you get the best return for your money.
Two. A Cricut (or some other cutting machine)
I’m completely partial to my Cricut Explore. I use this little workhorse of a machine for nearly 3/4 of the projects I put together, whether its paper-based or not. See, it cuts card stock like a champ (even the super awesome glittered kind), but it also cuts a wide range of other materials all the way from vellum to chipboard and everything in between. Bonus – you can even load in pens to draw a design or use the print and cut feature! Holla!
Three. Quality Scissors
It seems only natural that if you were going to be working with paper, you’ll need a pair of scissors. I always love the Fiskars brand as they stay sharper longer and always seem to have a good, precise cut. Just make sure you have different pairs for paper and ribbons!
Four. Detail Scissors
Every now and then, you’ll need to cut little pieces of awesome while crafting and while you could absolutely use standard size scissors, it just sucks. Trust me from personal experience on this one. Detail scissors are a genius solution to this problem. They don’t cost much more than a standard pair of scissors, but they will save you all kinds of headache in the long run.
Five. Paper Trimmer
If you’ve ever considered mass producing invites or thank you cards or Christmas cards or anything that you want to make a lot of, you need a paper trimmer. Instead of spending hours with a pair of scissors and having your hand cramp up from the repetitive motion when you’re only a quarter of the way in, save yourself the hassle and invest in a paper trimmer. I personally prefer the guillotine style; chop, chop and I’m done!
Six. Tape Runner
If paper crafting is your thing – or you want it to be your thing – at some point you’re going to need to stick two pieces of paper together. It’s like the laws of crafting or something along those lines and while you could use a perfectly adequate glue stick, a tape runner is a much better way to roll. There are tons of different versions and while I have a good friend who prefers this larger version, I like a more compact tape runner.
Seven. Super Sticky Tape
Super sticky tape. Totally fancy name, right? This stuff works wonders when you’re working with heavier materials or need something to stick FOR REALS and not move. It comes in different widths to accommodate various sizes of projects, but I tend to stick with the good ol’ standard quarter inch wide super sticky tape.
Eight. Bone Folder
On more than one occasion I’ve thought to myself, “So. Much. Folding.Why is there so much folding?” When you’re working with quality card stock, it can be tough to really get a crisp fold. Save your fingers and your sanity by utilizing a bone folder. Just do it. I like this particular one versus others due to the ergonomic shape.
Nine. Black Sharpie Markers
This might be the teacher in me talking more than the crafter, or maybe its that I’ve had a slight obsession with Sharpie markers since I was in high school. No matter how you slice it, a good Sharpie marker is always an essential tool to have on hand. All of the colored options are fantastic to have, but if you had to narrow it down to just one, always go with black first.
Ten. Card Stock
So you want to be a paper crafter? The paper you choose to work with is going to make a difference in the quality and longevity of your final product. I’ve used lots and lots of brands of card stock over my years of being creative, but I usually rely on either Stampin’ Up! or American Crafts card stock. I’ve never had any issues with their paper and feel super confident that I will choose to use their products in years to come.
So, there you have it, my top 10 tools that every paper crafter needs to have. Is there anything that you would add to this list?
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