Hello Friday - so good to have you here! Since I've added quite a few new subscribers lately, I thought it might be a good time to do a round-up of my favorite basic scrapbooking tools. And while there's no shortage of patterned paper, chipboard letters and ephemera packs in my stash, these are the absolute must-haves in my creative arsenal!
1// Bazzill Basics White Cardstock ($7.99/25 sheets) Every good page starts with a solid foundation, and Bazzill Basics white cardstock is mine. Because this is such a staple for my pages, I always buy this cardstock in bulk, not only to save money, but also to make sure I always have plenty on hand. Paper packs are on sale at Joann's right now, so it's a great time to stock up!
2// Stitch Happy Sewing Machine ($131.40) I add stitching to almost all my layouts, and have used my regular (Pfaff) sewing machine on my scrapbooking projects for years, but decided to splurge on this mint green cutie a few months ago. And I'm so happy I did! It handles paper crafts beautifully and looks dang cute in the process. Plus I love having a dedicated crafting machine so I don't have to switch out needles to sew on fabric (which, by the looks of my mending pile, hasn't happened in a loooooong time!)
3// Sticky Thumb Adhesive Runner ($6.99) I've tried countless adhesives in the 20 years I've been scrapping and I always come back to American Crafts. The Sticky Thumb line has replaced my beloved This to That runners but are just as good. The refills are simple and easy to snap in (because I have zero patience for any refill that I have to fiddle with!) and work perfectly for securing photos, paper and lighter-weight embellishments.
4// Fine Point Slick Writer ($1.59) These pens are an absolute must for any scrapper (or anyone who writes, really!). They write on both porous and non-porous surfaces with no smearing or bleeding with a crisp, smooth ink flow. This is another supply to buy in bulk - it's the only pen that I swear makes my handwriting look better!
5// Silhouette Cameo ($299.00) When I got my Cameo almost eight years ago, it revolutionized my scrapping. I was able to cut custom titles, backgrounds and art with the click of a mouse and I immediately fell in love with the possibilities it held. I'm still using my original machine - it officially gets the Workhorse Award in my office - but how fun is this new pink model? (It also comes in sleek black and bright white).
If I can cheat just a little bit, I'd add one more must-have tool: an x-acto knife. I still use one religiously because I'm old-school like that. And my family tends to let me craft in peace when I'm holding a blade.
Happy Friday, y'all!