Since I've been without my computer lately (and yes, I'm still whining about it!) I've had to scrap without my trusty Silhouette, extensive font library, and other scrap comforts I've gotten quite spoiled by. So I've been forced to simplify my supplies and make do without much electronic technology. I have to admit, is kind of nice to unplug and just do the paper-and-glue thing once in awhile. But don't think I'm not counting the days until that iMac is back on my desk!
Here's a few of my most-used and most-favorite items:
01// American Crafts Textured Cardstock in White Woodgrain. I'm a die hard fan of Bazzill Basics White Orange Peel and buy it in bulk, but this white cardstock has been appearing more and more as my go-to background. The subtle woodgrain adds such a nice texture, especially when your design includes lots of white space (which is always a good thing!)
02// Shimelle Roller Date Stamp. It's rare when my pages don't include a double-stamped date somewhere in the design, and this pink handled version from American Crafts is the one I'm currently using. The years range from 2008 to 2018, so it's perfect for both past & future photos. And it happens to be on sale right now for $3.99 if you're in need of a new date stamp!
03// Hampton Art "Classified" Mini Alpha Stamps. Alphabet stamps are my weakness and I have lots, but the sets I use most are the smaller, individual letters that I can use to add subtitles, journaling and other lettering to my pages. This simple serif font (with 3/8" letters) are well-loved in my stamp stash!
04// BasicGrey "Typeset" Collection. This new line debuted a few weeks ago and I was lucky enough to create a few projects with it for the BG catalog. It's been sitting on my desk ever since and I keep pulling pieces from it to use. It reminds me of one of my favorite vintage collections, Out of Print, that I created countless pages with back in the day. It's got a delightful color palette with lots of print & type references and should be popping up in stores soon!
05// Fiskars Procision Trimmer. This trimmer is a workhorse and never fails when I need crisp, straight lines. I love the fold-out deck that easily cuts 12 x 12 papers with precision, thanks to the measurement marks. Plus the rotary blade can cut through some really thick stock (I've done three sheets of cardstock at one time!) which is always nice when you're making lots of cards...say for Christmas?!?