Some of my most-used scrapping tools are my trusty Silhouette Cameo and sewing machine, and I utilize them on just about every page I create. But beyond these big-ticket tools, there are lots of other essentials that I reach for on a regular basis. Here are five of my favorites that have proven themselves in my scrapbook arsenal!
1. Fiskars Scallop Sentiment Border Punch ($12.71) I think I bought this punch about 6 years ago and I still love it as much today (maybe more!) as I did back then. A simple scallop is a timeless way to dress up any edge and this punch makes it easy and quick to do so!
2. Tim Holtz Paper Distresser ($5.82 on sale!) I love the look of slightly roughed-up and distressed edges and this tool makes that a cinch! I actually have a much older version of this tool by Heidi Swapp, but when it becomes too dull to use anymore (which is probably soon,given how much I use it) I'll definitely be looking for a solid replacement. I just filmed a video starring a paper distresser - look for it next week!
3. Martha Stewart Circle Cutter ($24.99) I recently tried this cutting system in an effort to replace my aging Creative Memories Circle System (wah!) and I was pleasantly surprised to find it easy to use. This version cuts circles from 4 inches to 12 inches, but there's also this version that will cut 1 inch to 8 inch sizes. And since circles are a regular part of my design repertoire, I may have to invest in both!
4. EK Success 1 3/4" Scallop Cricle Punch ($13.99) I don't have a lot of punches (my Silhouette serves most shape-cutting purposes!) but this is one I use time and time again. And let's be honest - punching out a shape is definitely quicker than setting up a die cut! This 1 3/4" is a great size for creating grids for backgrounds or embellishing clusters and can easily be layered with larger or smaller shapes.
5. AC Mini Stapler ($9.79 on sale!) Besides stitching, my favorite way to adhere things to the page is mini staples. The small bit of shine and texture it adds is awesome, and for some translucent pieces (like acrylic or vellum) staples are ideal. And this one is hot pink - what could be better?!
So what tools can you not live without? I'd love to hear your recommendations!