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
This 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!
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!)
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®!
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
Oh, 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
These 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!
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.
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!