Tricia’s favorite scrapbooking things

Introduction

Hello everyone, and welcome to my first annual my favorite things. I’ve gotten this idea from of course, Oprah’s favorite things, as well as another blogger who also coined favorite things. Sometimes, when a person starts a new project, hobby, or craft, they go to the store and asked the clerk to show them everything about that topic. Once the clerk does that, we get overwhelmed and think “this is too much for me to get into at the moment, so I think I am not going to start right now.” Please do not feel that any hobby is too great of a challenge for you. The idea with any new project, is to start slow. Start out with a few products with your hobby, such as the basics.

The purpose of this post, is to show the beginner, as well as the seasoned pro what products I like. Again, this is a fun post, and you do not have to follow this exact list of items. Some of these items are new, some tried-and-true, or maybe on your wish list. The point is, I want you to try them, if you haven’t, and it doesn’t matter if you have been a seasoned crafter, or just getting started. The whole point of this post, is to get you to try something new, and something different from your normal routine. So let’s get started.

The List

(Note: THIS IS AN UPDATED LIST)

  1. Cricut – I know, I know, I have mention this product over and over again. The reason is I love this product from Provo craft, and I’m going to mention it after this post. One of the reasons why I love this product, is Provo craft keeps reinventing the wheel that this product. Just when you think they have exhausted everything they could with this product, they come out with the new machine. I do have one confession to make, when they come out with a new machine, they retire a machine that could have been used that the technology, and this was the case with the Cricut Imagine machine. The Imagine machine could have used the technology that is current in the newest machine, called Explore. Instead, Provo craft retired the Imagine machine, and there isn’t any support for it anymore. These days, I am left to wonder what do I do with my oversized paperweight, but I still love my machines. If you are wondering what tools I am talking about, I have an article, which I reviewed the Expression 2 machine, which is an update version of the first Expression die cutting machine, also made by Provo craft.
  2. Punches – these are great for when you want to punch out one shape, and one shape only. The difference between die cutting machines, both electronic and manual, and punches is the punches are small and compact, and easy to carry with you to a crop. Punches come in the form of a simple circle or square, to something more complex, such as a snowflake, a car, or a border. Punches are also easier to handle then a big, bulky die cutting machine, and a lot cheaper too. My favorite brand of punches are the Fiskars brand. Not only do Fiskars have punches, but they also have this next item that is my favorite....
  3. Paper trimmers and scissors – these belong in your must-have items. After all, if you’re going to cut paper, you need these items to do the job. I like to have one good, sharp pair of scissors, and I do like to have the blades on my paper trimmers to be sharp as well. As I explained with the punches, I like the Fiskars brand. The reason is Fiskars is the name that I trust that all of my cutting needs. I have never had a dull pair before. And here is a tip before I go on, when you scissors get to that point where you could barely cut paper or ribbon, take a piece of foil and cut the foil. What that does to scissors, is re-sharpen them, and prepare them for the cut that does not eat away the paper or ribbon.
  4. Embossing folders. There are two kinds of embossing; wet and dry. Wet embossing involves using a resisting ink like Versamark ink on a rubber or acrylic stamp, and then adding glitter or embossing powder to the image. The second type of embossing is called dry embossing. This is when you take an embossing folder and run it and a piece of paper through an embossing machine like a Cuttlebug, a Grand Caliber, or Sizzix machine. I will do a post on those types of machines later, because you can also cut with them. The best kind of embossing folders that I like are made by Provo craft.
  5. My favorite adhesives (tapes and glues) are Scor tape (tape) and either 3M or TomBow Mono (wet glue) to stick everything together. I guess you could call me picky on the double-sided tape or Scor tape, because it sticks well. I’m not too thrilled on no-name double-sided tapes and I do not like the Scotch brand tape either. I’m not as picky on the wet glues, I just know what works, and these two brands work the best.
  6. Paper – this is a two-part section, so you can say that this first part has to do with patterned paper. I like the four main brands of paper: K and Company, Graphic 45, Basic Grey, and Bo Bunny. I also like Tim Holtz brand, and recollections brand from Michaels. The reason why I like these brands, is because each brand’s paper are vibrant in color and they can also come in the paper pack up to 180 sheets of paper. That usually gets me about at least 8 to 10 projects depending on how much paper I need in each project.
  7. Paper part two – this section is reserved for the cardstock and specialty paper. For this, I choose the following brands of card stock paper: Recollections, Bazzill, and the Hobby Lobby brand. The reason for me choosing these brands is due to the thickness of the paper, as well as how each brand cuts with scissors, paper trimmers, in my Cricut machines. My tip for card stock is simple: stock up on the colors khakis (kraft), black, white, off-white (cream), and brown. These are your common colors that can be used on any card or scrapbook layout when in a pinch. Be sure to get bold 8.5 x 11 and 12 x 12 sheets of paper. These are common sizes that can be cut down to other sizes, such as 8 x 8, 6 x 6, and smaller sizes, such as 3 x 3 and 4 x 6.

Conclusion

So far, these are my favorite scrapbooking things, and if you were to ask any crafter what are their favorite scrapbooking things, they would pretty much tell you the same thing, only maybe the brands are different.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about them, and if you want to learn more about how to use each of these tools, I will be starting a series in January on how to best utilize each tool.

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