Username Post: favorite/most used tools        (Topic#1541387)
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So I've seen the list that they give on this site about things that you mainly need to scrapbook but I'm wondering what everyone else's opinions are. What are some scrapbooking tools that you think are a must, what tools are your favorites to use and why? What tools do you def. recommend having on hand or that you think are good to have?


Edited by basanti on 08-23-10 02:02 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
Here Kitty
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In response to basanti

A good paper trimmer is invaluable. I've had excellent luck with my large Cutterpede - I love that it's larger than 12 inches.

Detail scissors like Cutterbees are a must for me.

A good black pen - I use Copic, Zig and Signo

As for tools that I love but that aren't necessarily needs:
Cuttlebug w/ embossing folders
Spellbinders dies
Border Punches
Stamps
Heat gun


 
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I agree with Amy in regard to the trimmer, scissors and a good pen.

ALSO, among my most used items is a corner rounder (really the only punch I think that everyone should have).


 
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a good paper trimmer. I have a Fiskars one from WM, but would like to have a nicer one. Mine works fine, so oh well.

Small guillotine style trimmer from Creative Memories.

CM corner rounder.

A self-healing cutting mat. I wish mine was a little bigger than 12x12. Try the quilting section.

my centering ruler (WM $3), helps me line up alpha stickers

Cutterbee or Honeybee Scissors
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My ATG and Scotch Quick Dry adhesives! Love both of those and couldn't complete any project with out them. I also use my Fiskars shape templates a ton!


 
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CutterBees
Tim Holtz Ruler
A good set of journaling pens
Favorite adhesive


 
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My favs are my MM trimmer and my ATG gun and my cricut!!! I couldn't do without any of them!


 
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Paper trimmer
Scissors
Pen
I love Tacky Glue
Tim Holtz paper distresser
Fiskars Shape Cutter and Templates
Cricut Expression
(Even with my cricut, I still use my Fiskars Shape Cutter)


Edited by debby_westbrook on 08-24-10 03:14 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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Definately a Trimmer, scissors, a black pen for me. But my cricut, I use it on almost every layout that I do. Stamps and ink are another 2 that I use all the time.


 
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My cricut, the spatuala to remove the cardstock from the mat, scissors,atg gun and my Xyron adhesives. Oh yes, I agree with a good trimmer. I have the cheap one from provocraft. I just changed the blade (it stopped cutting straight) and it now cuts like a dream!


 
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I simply can not scrap without my cricut w/scal its a MUST MUST MUST MUST for me!!!


 
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my favorites:

my fiskars trimmer
my cricut
my stickles!!!!
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For starting off def a good paper trimmer! I started off with just a cheap one and had to replace it pretty much right away. Now I use a self healing rotary mat, rotary cutter and clear ruler for paper trimming-all from the quilting section.

Scissors
Bone knife
Tweezers
Corner rounder

These are all the tools I could still scrap with if I had nothing else available to me! But I have to say a good flower die/punch is really handy as well to make your own flowers.


 
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My favorites:
Fiskars rotary cutter
Tombo adhesive runner
Zig pens
Canon selphy photo printer
GE coffee maker (for late night crops)


 
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I couldn't do without my ATG 714 adhesive gun. I didn't get it in any fancy colors, just the red one, but it makes a serious difference in the way I scrap. I love my Fiskars paper trimmer (just basic, but it does the job for me!) and the Fiskars micro tip scissors. I use my corner rounder (small and medium), my black marker for journaling and doodling, my Signo uni for white journaling and doodling, my Cuttlebug for embossing and my Cricut for making letters (I don't know what I ever did without it, but alpha stickers do just fine, too, especially Thickers). Diamond Stickles is a good all-round go to for glitter. Good basic buttons are always a good embellishment.


 
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Pretty much what everyone else said...trimmer, good adhesive (I use ATG, Zig, and Zip Dry) good scissors, love my Cricut, cutting mat, and lots of inks!


 
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An excellent and proficient paper trimmer--I love the MM Precision paper trimmer

Good adhesive--Glue Dots and Zig 2-way

Sharp pair of scissors--Cutterbees

With these three scrapbooking can be done.


 
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First for me is a nice camera that takes really good pics. After that I like the Creative Memories personal trimmer because it's just the right size to crop your photos. As far as paper trimmers, I have a fiskers, a cutterpede, the older CM and the newer CM. I like the newer Creative Memories because it uses a rotary blade instead of a straight one and gives a cleaner cut.


 
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  • Belia on 08-24-10 07:28 PM
In response to basanti

Paper trimmer. I cut by hand (!!) for the first couple of years and can't believe what a dork I was.


Adhesive tape runner. I also glued EVERYTHING for the first couple of years and still have gloppy pics because of it. I just got the ATG last weekend, which I am LOVING, but if price wasn't an issue I would probably stick with my little disposable tape runners. So quick and easy and neat.


I also just got a self-healing cutting mat, which is handy, but did just fine with an old kitchen cutting board for years. I don't have fancy scissors- I just use a regular office pair. Scrapbooking is basically pictures and paper..... everything else is just gravy. So if you have a trimmer and adhesive, you're golden.


 
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A good sharp Xacto knife and lots of blades. With all my cool tools and machines, I use this knife in many applications from distressing to picking up small items to peeling things off adhesive mats or backing.


 
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a couple more that haven't been mentioned yet...

black and brown ink pads to ink the edges of your photos,

a dictionary,

paper towels/tissues,



 
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oops, I forgot my Xyron X. It's great for Cricut-cut titles, small flowers, buttons, ribbon, etc. And it's cheap, too.

And did I mention my cricut? it's not a necessity, but I love it.


 
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  • IzzyB on 08-27-10 03:03 AM
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You got a lot of great suggestions, though in my opinion, a cricut isn't a necessary tool for a beginner.

One tool I wish I had gotten earlier was a large Olfa mat to lay under my projects as I'm working. Mine is 18x24 and that's a good size for me (I do single page layouts). I bought it in the quilting section of my craft store.

In general, I would say don't buy a lot when you are starting out. Buy what you need as you need it. It's very easy to over-buy, esp patterned paper and cardstock. As you scrap, you will begin to see what you need for you.

I have been enabled into a whole lotta stuff on this board. A lot of it, I love and am so glad I bought. But other stuff still sits in the packaging. So, think before you buy unless you have unlimited storage. Because everything you buy, you have to store.


 
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As a newbie, my favorite/most used tools are:
1. trimmer - a decent one is a must for good cuts
2. ruler
3. eyelet setter - I have a few different ones, but so far I like the springy one I have. It's just really loud
4. Punches - I love using punches ... corner rounders, circles, flowers, boxes


 
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In response to Juliet0915

Thanks for all the great tips everyone. I'm being very careful with what I buy now b/c I don't want to overbuy! Apparently a trimmer is a must!
Do you think it's better to buy paper in packs or single as you need it? What do you all do?


 
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I love paper packs!!! The papers co-ordinate with each other. The papers I don't use in the pack, I make flowers with them. Nothing goes unused.


 
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Packs are cheaper, as long as you use all (or even most) of the paper in the pack.

I like to buy the paper packs when they are on sale at J's or M's.

Once you figure sheets at $.50 to $1 each, $10 (on sale) for 50-100 (or even more) sheets is a great price.


 
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I buy paper packs on sale or with a coupon,,,,most of the time it's cheaper, IMHO, even if I only use half of the paper in the pack,,,,,I make cards or flowers or give the pp to my gc if i don't use it all,,,,I've had several packs I've actually bought MORE than one of,,,,the Once Upon a Time stack from DCWV, Mariposa from the same maker, and alot of the Graphic 45 paper pads,,,,


 
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Basanti,
I like to buy paper in pads (packs). They are always themed and usually you can always find some that are seasonal. I usually wait until the season is over and they get marked down or use one of J's great coupons to get them on sale. I will also buy packs of specific colors that I use alot of like the basic b/w. I must admit though that I cannot resist whenever I am in M's or ACM and see that the have some of the fab paper that's usually over $1 a page marked down to like 10-20 cents I must buy some. When I began SB my SIL gave me lots of stuff to start with and then I was hooked and couldn't get enough. I discovered e**y and went bidding crazy. Now I have so much stuff I wish I would have waited to see if I would even want it by asking others in a place like this. Hey we live and learn though..LOL Hey if your looking for something just ask...LOL


 
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Basanti, I used to buy paper in packs or stacks all the time. Now I've filled up two six-drawer Iris carts and have three extra boxes for Christmas (2) and Halloween (1). Even though I've given tons of old DCWV stuff to my kids' schools, I'm still pressed for space and have paper coming out my ears. These days, when I see the new stuff coming out each season, I'm reeeeaaaally tempted, but I buy a few sheets at a time from each collection, not 12 or 20 or 48 in a stack. It may be cheaper per piece to buy a stack, but not if it sits unused for ever and ever. Of course, I still go slightly nuts over the embellishments...and don't get me started on my rubber stamp and Copic collection....

Lisa


 
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CM tape runner, CM personal trimmer,the new CM rotary trimmer, CM corner rounder, cricut expression and last but definitely not least....stickles.


 
m.perk
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An awesome paper trimmer is a must! Also, I think that a Xyron 150, an adhesive eraser, a ruler, Perfect layers mating system, and a corner rounder.

I used to buy multi color paper packs. I now have a TON of colors of CS that I will never use. So now, I buy one color packs, white or black or packs that are monochromatic.


 
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I have to say that I don't care for the pads much, especially DCWV. There's always too much that I don't use, although I suppose I COULD use it for cards or, as been suggested, flowers. I'd much rather buy my patterned paper by the sheet, though, and I buy my colored cardstock by the sheet (all here at sb . com!), but I buy packs when it comes to white, black and kraft.


 
Anonymous 
  • Anonymous on 09-02-10 08:42 AM
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Well I agree with everyone else...a paper trimmer is a must have. I also must have tweezers, a small pair of scissors, and ..... the circle, oval and wave cutter from CM. From the very beginning, it was the easiest cutter for me.

Have a great day!


 
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yes, my paper trimmer is my most used general sbing tool, but my most used luxury tool has to be my cricut!!!!


 
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Without a doubt my paper trimmer and my fiskars paper shapers. I have the scalloped edge and another one, that I would do horribly in describing =)

of the least used... my crop-a-dile. why? i don't think I like eyelets too much. I'm not crazy of the hole in the middle... lol


 
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I also use the ATG 714 with the Gold acid free adhesive. The Tonic guillotine trimmer which has a self-sharpening blade, Fiskars micro-tip scissors, and Tim Holtz scissors.


 
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Thanks for all the great product suggestions!


 
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I think a good trimmer is a must. And a good pair of scissor, whatever you are comfortable with. I love the paper packs when you can get them on sale. It is a great bargin. And the packs helps to match them together, so for a new scrapper it can come in handy. Well, for me it did and still does help alot. You can always use the extra paper for anything else. I also like my small Xyron for little detail things. It is not a necessity, but it sure helps. If you think you will be doing alot of circles... invest in something to help that along. Circle are hell to cut by itself... for me anyway.


 
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small trimmer (I use CM's personal trimmer)
larger paper cutter (also CM for me)
good adhesives (ATG or glue glider pro, some glue dots, and a vellum adhesive)
a few border punches (I love MS)
a circle cutting system (love love love CM's smaller and jumbo circles)
a corner rounder (again CM for me)
a good pair of scissors

I think you can do alot of scrapping with just these tools


 
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Not a "tool" per say but I love Un Du, an adhesive remover.


 
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I would be lost without my magnetic mat by Basic Gray.


 
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Cutterbee scissors!
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I stick with the basics and use a craft knife and metal edge ruler on every single layout. I also am addicted to the photo splits, don't laugh I also own every cutting tool but I like to not rip off the release ribbon until the pack is finished. I also just let the blue covers hit the floor and then getting the kids to play pick up the blue snow!

Nancy


 
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  • Inkiepinkies Said:
I stick with the basics and use a craft knife and metal edge ruler on every single layout. I also am addicted to the photo splits, don't laugh I also own every cutting tool but I like to not rip off the release ribbon until the pack is finished. I also just let the blue covers hit the floor and then getting the kids to play pick up the blue snow!

Nancy



I too like to use the photo splits. For me, it's easier to position the adhesive exactly where I want it, like in the corners or right in the middle. I am not good at using the roller adhesive and always leave a marked dent in my picture where I apply it. I just make a pile of blue tabs and it looks like I have been productive!!!


 
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  • wilbur Said:
  • Inkiepinkies Said:
I stick with the basics and use a craft knife and metal edge ruler on every single layout. I also am addicted to the photo splits, don't laugh I also own every cutting tool but I like to not rip off the release ribbon until the pack is finished. I also just let the blue covers hit the floor and then getting the kids to play pick up the blue snow!

Nancy



I too like to use the photo splits. For me, it's easier to position the adhesive exactly where I want it, like in the corners or right in the middle. I am not good at using the roller adhesive and always leave a marked dent in my picture where I apply it. I just make a pile of blue tabs and it looks like I have been productive!!!




cannot STAND photo splits ... they drive me completely bonkers


 
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In response to madmatter

I use these a lot

Stickles
3D Zots
Paper Trimmer (I have the fiskars one)
Border punch (MS or EK Success) or MS Punch around the Page
Cutterbee scissors
Pink ATG gun
Zig glue pen
Cricut w/ SCAL
Brads & a little hole punch. I


 
Anonymous 
  • Anonymous on 11-17-10 09:10 PM
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Paper trimmer
Cuttlebug
Stickles
3D gluedots

Couldn't scrap without these things :-)


 
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I found some fun products by Close to My Heart... Liquid Glass is so awesome! Also a good pair of micro tip scissors, adhesive like Tombow Mono!
I also really like the layout book Imagine by CTMH. It shows lots of layout ideas with the paper cutting and assembly instructions! Good Luck!


 
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