OK, based on just working on my first LO's and projects, I've already identified some deficiencies. My wimpy little adhesive tape runner is not going to suffice. I need a good quality "mac daddy" adhesive tape runner. Also, I've been shopping around for embellies and they are all so pricey. What are y'all's (yes, I'm from Texas) takes on the best "bang for your buck". I also need an awesome "light/white" writer. I have ZIG writers, but nothing light enough to show up on dark card stock. I appreciate all your experience and input!
Signo uniball is the best white pen out there. As for inexpensive embellishments, you can hand-cut things from cardstock. Also check craft and sewing stores- you can often find cheap packs of sequins, rhinestones, etc. that aren't specifically made for scrapbooking. For completely free embellishments, pick up a pen and doodle!
OK, another 2 questions? Has anyone ever purchased "e-cuts" die cutting from sb.com ? What were the results like? Equal to or better than using a machine? Also, what do you think are the best Glue Dots /mini Glue Dots out there?
Adtech from Walmart (adhesive runner)
Mod Podge (decoupage gel)
Dollar Tree (pop dots)
Zots (adhesive dots)
Signo Uniball White
Sharpie White Poster Paint Pen (no longer available)
Sakura Souffle (white plus other colors)
naked chipboard, ribbon, and stamps are my favorite embellishments along with flock, glitter, paint, ink, pens, markers, chalk, distressing tools, etc. etc. With some basic supplies (chipboard, ribbon, stamps, and a die cut machine if you have one, but I don't), you can make infinite, perfectly coordinating embellishments for your projects. I recommend these base items. Buying these items in some sort of bulk (for example, variety packs of chipboard or even Fancy Pants naked chipboard, which is varied and very well priced) will save you a lot of money and offer a lot of fun when you create your own embellishments. Alter list to suit your needs and likes.
die cut machine
inks and chalks
pens, pencils, markers
cardstock, patterned paper
stamps (buy generic stamps, not specific ones, so you can use them over and over)
paper and silk flowers
The list goes on and on. But if you're ever tempted to buy expensive felt die cuts, chipboard letters, journaling cards, pre stiched designs, glitter shapes... remember that it's a whole lot cheaper to make them for yourself! With a little practice and some investment in some basic supplies (a can of mod podge, a variety of acrylic paints, and a few tins of glitter will cost under $30 and last pretty much forever), I find myself making designers stuff that's more versatile and much cheaper.
Hi and Welcoome...In regards to your Embellie's ?.. I would shop around. As you see deals/Sales then by them. i have the same problem you do. I cant always aford all the cool Embellies that they have out there. But I do by them as I Know I will use it on a page that Im going to do. I think that saves a little money..