Username Post: Xmas ideas for my wife        (Topic#1521525)
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Since I have no idea, wondering if you all good give me some pointers. My wife loves to scrapbook. She hasn't got a lot of things for it though. What is something that is almost a must have thing( i.e. embrossing machine, etc.)

Remember, I don't know what any of this stuff is. So, if you give me a suggestion, please tell me what it does too.

Thanks!!!!


 
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A Cricut Expression or the smaller version Cricut Personal! You buy cartridges for this machine so she can cut shapes and letters to use on her pages. There are tons on sale at this time (both cartridges and machines)


 
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There is also something smaller kinda same idea called the Slice (it just cuts smaller items I think up to 4.5 or 5 inches in size) and you buy cartridges for it as well
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Then there are embossing machines that emboss designs on paper....you need to buy embossing plates for these machines and you can also use dies for cutting shapes and letters with either
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Is the Slice design kit easy to use? I just want to get a good, easy to use, and fun thing for her to use.


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the cricut by far is the machine to get. my hubby got it for me and my 6 year old can work it. that's how easy it is and i love the end product. also, get her a 12 or 24 inch paper cutter. i only have a 6 inch, so it makes cutting my paper a little harder, but it would be nice...


 
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I have a cricut personal cutter for sale that comes with its owm cartridge and one extra if you are interested. Just PM me and I will give you the details.


 
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cricut would be a great idea! I'd make sure you get an extra mat or two to go with it.

the cricut uses cartridges. so if you literally just bought the machine, not a "bundle" from the store, she wouldn't be able to do much with it. so be sure to get a bundle, or at least a basic font and shape cartridge.

or you could have her buy "sure cuts alot" also called "scal" from the web. it would let her turn just about any font or shape she found on the web or her computer into a diecut.
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  • IzzyB on 11-29-09 05:48 AM
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Punches are hugely popular and inexpensive. They make great stocking stuffers or you could get her several and wrap them together in a fun basket or in a wrapped sturdy box.

This website has a great selections of punches or you can buy them at a local craft store like Michaels or Hobby Lobby or AC Moore.

Some of the punches I like are listed below. The border punches are especially popular. The most commonly used border punch might be the "threading water" one. You use those to punch a decorative border as illustrated in these layouts below.

This layout uses the Martha Stewart double scallop punch (it created a wavy look with the blue paper).


4 Months
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I used the apron lace border punch on this layout. It's the blue strip above the photo. It's upside down and sort of looks like an awning here. I also used a square punch to punch out all the squares of patterned paper you see here.


Close To You
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I also used the Apron Lace border punch here (on all sides of the brown paper) and I also used the Threading Water punch (the three layers of patterned paper under the photo).


Sweet Dreams (are made of this)
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I also LOVE circle punches. They are so useful and almost every layout I make has a circle on it somewhere. I used circle punches to punch out all the circles you see here: the circle in the middle of the sun, the circle in the tree, the circles below the photo and the circles under the fish.


Isle of Palms
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  • KimKV on 11-29-09 05:54 AM
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How much are you planning to spend? I am a Silhouette fan myself, I found it much easier to use than the Cricut. It works with the computer and has so many diecut designs you can download and it cuts every true font you have on your computer.

The Slice - is an AWESOME new machine, I have it too. If your wife doesn't have a lot of room for scrapping this is a great tool. I can also direct to a place that currently has it on sale for $100 and FREE shpping. And they cartridges for it are always at least 20% off.


And of course there are also things like the ATG Adhesive Gun, Cardstock a girl can never have too much of that. Look at her pages and pay attention to what she seems to use a lot of. Flowers, stickers, does she even use diecuts?


 
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  • ekip2 on 11-29-09 06:09 AM
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My first question is whats the budget!

then I have lots of ideas from there LOL

What a nice hubby you are!!

I vote for

1. the cricut, (an electronic die clutter)
2.the big shot/big kick (a manual die cutter and embosser)
3. stamps and ink
4. punches
5. gift certificate to here so she can get wht she wants or ask her to fill out the wish list here

Andrea


 
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the cricut is great, but i have and LOVE the silhouette. it is a die cutting machine that hooks up to your computer. you NEVER buy a cartrige. any font on your computer will work with the silhouette. also, it comes with a ton of images to use plus you can buy them online for 1.99. you can also find free ones online. i would highly recommend this!

other things would be fun embellishments/products:
prima flowers, buttons, rub-ons, stickers, clear stamps/clear stamp blocks, border punches, etc

i would also say maybe a kit or coordinating products. i love the brand basic grey. they have collection and then they have the brads, stickers, clear stamps and all kinds of other good stuff to match.


 
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First of all you are an awesome husband! Second...if she doesn't have a lot of stuff...I think that maybe you should just get her the basics. A paper cutter that cuts 12x12. Maybe a few stacks of paper. Glue!!!! Maybe a subscribtion to a scrapbook magazines so she can find some inspiration. Punches are always a great gift. You should also think about a grea set of markers. These are just a couple of things that I use on a daily basis.


 
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What a guy to come here to ask a bunch of ladies addicted to scrapping what to buy his wife! Smart move...
There are so many products & tools that it would have to depend on your budget. Every lady has her own opinions on die cut machines (I have Silhouette too) and depending on budget this might not be for you.
I would also look at the layouts on the front (home) page and see what strikes you, click on one, and usually there's a list of products used. Glue, papers, punches, flowers, bling are all at the top of any scrappers wish list. One thing to do is go to the homepage, click on the Superstore tab and type a search or click on the top 50 bestsellers on the left column. There is just so much out there!!!!!
Here are some ideas that I would love:
Bo Bunny: Snowy Serenade Paper Collection--

Bo Bunny Press - Snowy Serenade Collection - 12 x 12 Glittered Paper - Snowy Serenade, BRAND NEW
url=http://store.scrapbook.com/bo-12s068.html][/url] Bo Bunny Press - Snowy Serenade Collection - 12 x 12 Glittered Paper - Snowy Serenade Serenity, BRAND NEW

Advantus - All My Memories - Tote-Ally Cool Tote 4 - Wild Berry and Black
Prima - Say It In Pearls Collection - Self Adhesive Jewel Art - Bling - Swirl 2 - Black
url=http://store.scrapbook.com/cf-tcw138.html][/url] The Crafter's Workshop - 12 x 12 Doodling Templates - Orchid
Prima - Wildwood Collection - Wood and Mulberry Flowers - Mushroom



 
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  • SuzyM on 11-29-09 08:10 AM
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If she doesn't have much I would start with the basics

Cutter Bee Scissors
Cutter Bee Tweezers
Fiscars paper cutter
Zots (multiple sizes)
Xyron (shaped like an "X") for ribbons
Glue
Pens
Buttons
Brads
Small Hole Punch
Ribbons
Assorted Paper
Photo corner adhesives


 
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Another idea is a gift certificate to the super store here at scrapbook.com! Then she'd get to shop the store and select other scrap items as well...paper, punches, journaling pens and markers, brads, adhesive, tools, storage items for all the fun stuff she is going to get!!
What a great husband you are!!


 
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I'm going to go by what suggestions you guys all have, and then get her a subscription to some scrapbook magazine. Is there a certain magazine out there thats better than the next?

By the way thanks to all for the suggestions so far!!!


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Scrapbooks Etc. is a popular one.

If you go to www.PublicationStation.net you can get a years subscription for only $8. That's a great price. It's usually about $20 thru the magazines website. A bunch of us ladies either started or renewed our subscriptions with them this fall.


 
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Can I just say stay away from Boxed kits and cheap-o 5,000 piece scrapbook kits... Those are not good ideas!!

Ask someone at a scrapbook store to help you too! Maybe you can get her some matching papers and stickers and brads and stuff to match a vacation you went on or something?


 
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I would vote for the Cricut. A bundle kit would be best. You can find them really cheap on the web if you search around.

Also, Making Memories paper trimmer. I absolutely LOVE mine! As for a magazine subscription, I get both Creating Keepsakes and Scrapbooks, Ect. I 100% recommend Scrapbooks Ect. It is a great one to get.

A cuttlebug is a great embossing machine. It fits all the dies out there just about!

Provo Craft - Cuttlebug Machine - Die Cutter and Embosser

Making Memories - 12x12 Paper Trimmer


 
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If you live by a Michael's craft store they have coupons in the Sunday paper. And when you buy something you get a coupon for next week at 40 percent off.

Do not pay full price for the Expression machine carts by Cricut. Carts are what she needs to cut objects out on the E by cricut if you get her that one. Do not get the slice and a cutting machine by Cricut. If you get her a cutting machine by Cricut get the Expression. It cuts the biggest. If you need a site to buy carts click on my name and send me a pm and I will give you a couple sites. We can not list them on here.


 
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  • lcplesping Said:
I'm going to go by what suggestions you guys all have, and then get her a subscription to some scrapbook magazine. Is there a certain magazine out there thats better than the next?

By the way thanks to all for the suggestions so far!!!





I don't know if you'll be back here for more suggetions. If you decided to spend big I suggest getting Expressions machine. It is made by same company as Cricut original baby bug. It allows one to cut up to 12". The Cricut BB cuts up to 6". Please know if you get an Expressions or Cricut you must buy cartridges to go with it...and let me tell you; there are a ton of them. It's easy to keep spending money as they are so fun and cute.

I don't like being hooked to a computer (plus our comuter is in family room and it's not close to my craft room) so went with the Provocraft Expressions. If you're wife doesn't mind being hooked or on a computer she would like the Silhouette (sp?). Several have mentioned it. I believe it is the most cost efficient.


 
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I am still gathering ideas. it seems that most a suggesting a Cricut 12". I'm still on the fence though as to what to get her!!!! Oh tough choices!


 
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What a great husband you are!!

Check out this blog for more 'pricey' but highly sought-after items on most scrapping-enthusiast's wishlists:

http://www.scrapbook.com/blog/view/158231.html


 
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I have a Silhouette and I love it! With the Silhouette you don't have to buy the cartridges and you download images and cut them as well.

It all depends on how much you want to spend though, I think Silhouettes are in the $300 range.

The smaller things that have been suggested a few times such as glue dots and a 12" paper trimmer are definitely the way to go too!


 
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I vote for the cricut! I have the baby one and now the expression. I would say go for the big one so that way she doesn't have to upgrade later. They usually come with two cartridges so that will get her started and then she can add to it later on. Saves me money on embellishments and letters and saves me time on trying to find stuff to match my pages.


 
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As for a magazine, I'd say Creating Keepsakes!


 
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One more vote for Scrapbooks Etc magazine. I found it the most helpful when I was just getting started and had very few things. Depending on what she already has and what your budget is like, I'd start with the basics, like a good paper trimmer. One big expense in this hobby is adhesive - you always need some. I've found the most cost efficient adhesive to be the ATG gun by 3M. The initial outlay may seem high, but the refills are inexpensive and last a long time. Beyond that, she'll need some really great point tip scissors, a corner rounder, a circle cutter, a good craft knife, and a punch or two. The Cricut is a great tool, but you need to factor in the cost of cartridges as it doesn't work without them. Yes, you can get SCAL for the Cricut but keep in mind it will void the warranty if installed during the first year of ownership. If you can, a better choice would be a die cutting machine that hooks up to a computer and therefore doesn't need additional cartridges. Again, these tend to be more expensive initially, but more cost effective in the long run.
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I love my subscription to Creating Keepsakes Magazine!! I'm sure she'd love a gift card to your local Hobby Lobby, Michael's or scrapbook store. What a thoughtful husband!


 
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  • lcplesping Said:
Since I have no idea, wondering if you all good give me some pointers. My wife loves to scrapbook. She hasn't got a lot of things for it though. What is something that is almost a must have thing( i.e. embrossing machine, etc.)

Remember, I don't know what any of this stuff is. So, if you give me a suggestion, please tell me what it does too.

Thanks!!!!



Aren't you a sweet man???? I agree with everybody else about the Cricut diecutting machine. Wal-Mart even has the Expression, or the biggest one, in colors right now. At least they did. Michael's may or may not still carry the pink Breast Cancer Awareness Cricut, where part of your purchase goes to support breast cancer research.

For a 12" trimmer, the best one I have tried, and I've tried several, is the Making Memories trimmer. Its blades never need replacing, since they are self-sharpening. It folds out to 12x13 to let you trim from full 12x12 sheets of cardstock. You can get this at Michael's, Hobby Lobby, ACMoore, Joanne's, or even order it online here.

If she's into pretty, glittery, shiny stuff you can't go wrong with Stickles! Stickles are a glitter glue that is used for embellishing and adding a bit of bling to a page or card.

Speaking as a scrapping wife, she will love anything you pick out because you took the time and the love to pick out something for a hobby she loves.
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What a great husband! Another vote here for Cricut Expression. And I don't find that the cartridges are that expensive, I always find them on sale at a good price!


 
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Great idea to seek imput on your selection. If she doesn't have that much in the way of scrapbooking supplies, I would suggest not getting the cricut yet and stocking up on more basics.

I would also suggest getting various collection packs or kits so that she has coordinating items to work with. I am attaching some suggestions to help you out.
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I would say paper cutter, cricut, prima items, and adhesives!


 
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Once she gets started a gift card to Michaels or JoAnns will be good too! You know how use women loveto shop..


 
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Or maybe a gift certificate so she can choose what she wants or needs would be good?


 
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