Hi there Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends, Becki here, thank you for stopping by for another edition of Inspiration Station. Today, I’m sharing my top 5 must have tools for scrapbookers. I’ve been scrapbooking for 20 years. (Yikes, that makes me sound old!) Throughout the years I’ve had MANY many tools come through my crafting space. There are a few tried and true tools that I keep reaching for day after day, layout after layout. These are tools that I use on a daily basis.
I cannot create without my paper trimmer. In fact, I have three of these. Admitting that is a little embarrassing but it’s true. I keep one upstairs, one downstairs, and one packed in my crafting on the go bag. This isn’t the biggest or fanciest paper trimmer. I don’t have room for a gigantic paper trimmer on my desk and I definitely don’t want to pack one of those in my crafting on the go bag. This paper trimmer works for me!
While we’re talking about cutting, we may as well talk about scissors. These scissors are hands down my all time favorite. I won’t even count how many pairs of these things I own. That would be embarrassing!! They never need sharpening, they always cut perfectly, and they have a nice fine point to the. My biggest recommendation for these scissors is do NOT cut wired ribbon with them. I learned this the hard way. The wire ruined my favorite scissors. I may have cried over that mistake. There was zero hesitation on what kind of scissors I would buy again though 😉I love stapling things in place on my layouts but I found that standard staplers were a little bit too big. In comes the Tiny Attacher. This little tool staples with the perfect little staples. It’s also a very sturdy tool. I’ve never had to replace this tool. I did however buy a second tiny attacher. (Of course, I needed one to keep in my crafting on the go bag.)
Over the 20 years that I’ve been scrapbooking I’ve only had two manual die cutting machines. When my first die cutting machine broke, this is the machine that I replaced it with. I love the Spellbinders Platinum 6 machine because not only does it do an amazing job die cutting but it also folds into a compact space and fits on my shelf nicely. Because I don’t have my own craft room, space is at a premium. This die cutting machine is perfect.
It took me YEARS to invest in a ATG! When I did finally invest in one, I’ve never looked back. The adhesive is awesome and it’s inexpensive! This adhesive has a permanent spot on my desk. If you haven’t tried an ATG, its worth it, I promise.There you have it, my 5 must have tools for scrapbookers. Now, inquiring minds want to know, what are your 5 must have tools for scrapbooking? Let me know in the comments below. I’m curious if we share any of our favorite tools. Happy Thursday friends!