Top 10 Scrapbooking Tool Must-Haves

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Every paper crafter can tell you that they have their favorite items. An ink they prefer over all others, or a brand of paper which has the best patterns, colors and textures. And it’s a bit different for everyone. But one thing we can all agree on – scrapbooking tools! Paper crafters are very selective of their tools. We’ve pulled together a few favorites that we rely on for all our paper crafts!

10: Straight Edge Paper Trimmer

sbtool2This is a must have for anyone who is doing crafting. This versatile tool can be used on paper, cardstock, some fabrics, kids crafting foam, the list goes on and on. Use it to trim, shape and even create paper strips & borders. Find one that’s large enough for your biggest paper (usually 12″x12″), with easily replaceable blades and cutting strips so it will last for years!

9: Punches


From large to small, punches can be extremely versatile! Use them to create different shaped and sized holes, shape edges, create borders and re-size your photos. Use the punch out as an embellishment or border. Keep them working properly by punching through wax paper, and keep them sharp by punching through foil (remember – a tiny bit of maintenance goes a long way!)


sbtool48: Martha Stewart Crafts® Bone Folder and Scoreboard

We love, love, LOVE both of these items! Even though you purchase them together, they are awesome separately. Create the perfect fold, crease or edge for cards, envelopes, or use the bone folder when you are wrapping gifts! We can’t rave enough on this nifty set of gadgets from Martha Stewart Crafts®!




7: Glitter Traysbtool5

I don’t think of this as the “glitter tray”, to me, it’s the “put-this-under-everything-messy” tray! It’s so simple to grab this handy dandy gadget, set it under whatever project I need to glitter, emboss or chalk, then go to town! The tiny spout at the end lets you dump the excess back into your bottle or jar. Use a dry, soft bristle brush to remove the excess. And, I wash and dry mine between uses in the dishwasher, just because I’m a neat freak like that.



6: Circle Cutter

gracol2006_coated1v2Oh, to make the perfect 360° circle without one of these will drive you bonkers. This handy gadget makes them small, makes them large, it makes them from any paper your heart desires. And, it makes them quickly. Check out how easy it is!

5. A good pair of Scissors

sbtool8These aren’t your mama’s kitchen drawer scissors. You need something sharp, something with a smooth action, and dedicated to cutting paper. Find a favorite pair, and hide them from the kiddos because these will be your go-to snippers when it comes to paper crafts. You can find styles with non-stick coating for your “sticky situations”, styles with tiny blades to get into the small spaces, and pretty handles for those of you who like everything decorated!

4. Cricut® Personal Die Cut Machinecircut01

A Cricut® machine just makes your life easier. And, with the new Cricut Explore®, your die cutting goes to a whole new level of awesome! Design everything in their online Design Room® using new software and old cartridges that you bought years ago and cut away!





3. Inkssentials™ Non-Stick Craft Sheet

The perfect protective layer for all your paper crafts! Not only does this reusable sheet protect your surface, it’s melt-proof, so you can use a hot glue gun or melt art right on the sheet, then once cooled, the excess product peels right off. Paint or ink on it, and wipe away with a damp cloth. Emboss on it, and it protects your desk from the direct heat of an embossing tool. We never craft without this essential tool!







2. Heat Embossing Tool


Quickly dry paint, set ink or melt embossing powder using a Heat Embossing Tool. Hotter and more direct than a hairdryer, this useful gadget makes quick work of your messier paper craft projects.

1. Zip Dry® Paper Gluesbtool11

I can’t rave enough about this adhesive! Glue almost any embellishment to paper, even metal, and it stays. It’s a liquid adhesive, but does not leave those “wrinkle trails” in your layers. And, it’s acid and lignin-free. All the things the avid paper crafter needs! A little goes a long way, and you’ll find 100′s of uses for this wonderful, miracle sticky stuff!

Tell us about your favorite paper crafting tools!

- Cara

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  • Beverly Massey

    I’ve asked this question a number of time without a response. Maybe this time I’ll get the answer I wanted. Why don’t you give classes on the Cricut machine. I have a number of friends that would be willing to pay the fee whatever it is. I received the Cricut as a gift and also the Expression machine and have been watching videos on You Tube, but would really like some one on one action. Cake decorating is ok, but who eats cakes now and days? It’s 2014 get with it. Please think about have classes in which people are interested in. Please think about teaching classes in my area. Another thing, I’ve seen on You Tube where in other parts of the country, their Michaels have grab bags, or bags that they reduce to 1.00. Why dont we have something like that in this part of the country. You don’t, I’ve asked!!!
    Thanks for listening–Hopefully

    • Hi Beverly!

      We actually do have classes on the different, more technological scrapbooking gadgets. They are called “Test Drives”. I think the current series might be Cricut, I’ll ask our Classes Team. May I ask were you are from and we can help you find one on the Cricut Machine? Each store has their own class schedule, so we’d need to know which store is closest to you and work from there. As for the grab bags, that’s something that’s decided by the store manager. Again, please let us know where in the country you are so we can help you out!


    • Lisa

      Michaels actually does offer classes on how to use the Cricut. The classes are called “Test Drive Classes,” and there is one for the Cricut Expression and for the Cricut Expression 2. I would imagine that a third will be added soon for the new Cricut Explore (and the Silhouette which they started selling). I teach the paper crafting classes in Moorestown, NJ and we have those classes for anyone interested. Ask about them at your local Michaels store.

    • Catherine
      Here is a great place to get a lot of information. She offers free classes where you can ask questions while the class is going on also.

  • Sissy

    Wow-you certainly covered some of the best. One of my favorites, while not glamorous, is the rubber stamp cleaner with a scent:-). Makes that messy, necessary job a bit more tolerable!

  • Linda

    I’m with Beverly on her message. Please have classes on the Cricut machines. The company has come out with newer machines. HELP! Also, why I am having so much trouble finding refills for items you sell, i.e. the 250 Xyron sticker maker. Would love to have the $1.00 grab bags if you labeled the bag to reflect
    the contents, such as, card making, scrapbooking, sewing, beading etc. I shop in the Mount Vernon/Burlington, WA store.

  • Pat Turner

    I am in the Atlanta, GA area and have called 4 stores with no one having a class on the Expression 2 machine. Also, I’ve not seen the grab bags in the 5 stores I’ve been in as well since Nov. 2013. And I know it depends on the store manger, but the company could encourage them to offer grab bags vs. giving or throwing some items away. Also, consider publishing the locations that offer classes by the State, then city. As you can see, that would be quite helpful.

  • martha teahan

    Been going to Hobby Lobby lately due to your inability to properly STAFF YOUR STORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Nothing like shopping for an hour to find out there is only one cashier and a line 10 people deep,

    • Jillian

      We apologize for your experience in one of our stores Martha. Please contact with the details so they can document, research and work to resolve.

    • Collen P.

      Not only that but uninformed staff. If you dont have craft product knowledge dont work in a craft store! Nothing for frustrating them asking a question about something and getting a blank stare because the employee is CLUELESS!

      • Carol Jackson

        Totally agree…many timespent quite a bit of time looking for something…no one no where to ask…then find someone and they have no clue what I’m talking about. So as a result more visits to Hobby Lobby and JoAnns


    newport ky we have a new michaels do they teach about the cricuit

  • Annette

    I’d love classes using the Silhouette Cameo!
    I need more ideas on projects to create with it.

  • Cheryl

    I recently purchased the Recollections brand cutter featured in the 10 best craft items. I need a replacement cartridge for the cutting purposes. Mine has dulled and I have been to the Mentor, OH store several times and have yet to see any available? Where can I get these? Also I did not see any of these cutting boards on the shelves anymore. Please help or I will have to buy a new cutting tool.

    • Jillian

      Hi Cheryl, I spoke with our inventory team and we show that the Mentor location should be receiving 3 unites of replacement blades on their truck next Wednesday. You may want to call in advance to make sure on that day. The cutting mats are available in the tools section. I hope you’re able to find them!

  • Darlene Thompson

    I am interested in scrapbooking classes and cake decorating classes. Please let me know if you have them available. I’m in New Orleans.

  • Tracy

    Are you ever going to be able to shop online for products for scrapbook etc. ?
    Your competitiors have this option.

    • Jillian

      Stay tuned Tracy! You’re in for a treat.