Top 5 Must Have Tools for Scrapbookers

5 Must have tools for scrapbookers by Becki Adams for @scrapbookexpo #ssbe2018 #ssbeblog #scrapbooking

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.Scotch ATG - Adhesive Applicator Gun - Pink - Uses One Fourth Inch Adhesive

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!

230 thoughts on “Top 5 Must Have Tools for Scrapbookers

  1. Marcelle says:

    I also have an antique” paper trimmer. I find the Fiskars blades stay sharp longer than other brands. My aging eyes would benefit from the printed numbers on this trimmer model!

  2. Denise Bryant says:

    Love all the tools! I use my Cuttlebug all the time, a Tonic paper cutter, a small pair of Fiskars scissors for fussy cutting, and a Scor-It tool for scoring my cardstock! My 5th one is my double stick tape. Those are the items I keep within reach when I’m crafting!

  3. Erin Hardenall and depend on them every time! 😇 says:

    You hit the nail on the head. These are definitely the best must have tools. I have the

  4. Kate says:

    One thing I can not do without is my 25 year old Mrs. Grossman’s tweezers. They are a set of lethally sharp bent angle tweezers that are perfect for handling small decorations. Sadly they are no longer made.

  5. Denise Bryant says:

    Awesome choices! I love all of these! I would add the Tonic paper cutter I have that is a guillotine style cutter. It’s a small one and I use it a lot for trimming!

    • Denise Bryant says:

      My other favorites are my small Fiskars scissors for fussy cutting, a Scor It board, my Mini MISTI and a Fiskars metal edge ruler!

  6. LaVaun Griffin says:

    I just purchased this Fiskas trimmer, but would certainly love the scissors and stapler. Love card making for nursing home residents.

  7. JULIA MORRIS says:

    This Fiskar trimmer is so great! It has a thin rod of metal down the blade guide which tells you exactly where you are cutting!

  8. Judy Johnson says:

    My five, I agree that my Fiskars paper trimmer, ATC gun, die cutter – mine is a Sizzix. I also like my Tonic scissors (they make Tim’s), mine are the smaller size, I like them because they have “teeth” to cut ribbon better, I believe Tim’s have “teeth too. Lastly, I love my scoreboard, mine is MS, now by EK Success. These are my go to, have for home & in my go bag. I also have lots of other tools that I use often.

  9. Sandi Dailey says:

    The tools you listed are also my top 5 — but I have a few other “must haves” that I always take with me: my tweezers, my ruler, my magic eraser to remove adhesive, dimensionals to add depth to layers, and my paper piercer (gotta have these when removing intricate dies). I keep all of these tools in a little plastic box the size of the old video cassette movies. I loved that you “need” the same tools!!

  10. Konni Andis says:

    I too have a fiskars trimmer, but the old big one. My cricut is on my desk and I really love it. Also, a big shot pro. I use several pairs of scissors, including the cutest pair I got at expo last year in a class. Still I haven’t bought the ATV but seriously considering it now. Tired of all the little tape runners. I go through a ton of them!

  11. Karen Raineri says:

    Love all the products and enjoy having friends over to scrapbook with me. We would certainly be thrilled to have these products. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Karen Raineri says:

    I certainly appreciate you sharing your favorites and would love to be able to share these items when I have friends over for a afternoon of scrapbooking. I live in a 55 and older community and scrapbooking means so much to us.

  13. Laura Theno says:

    I do love the ATC gun. It saves buying so many of the smaller tape runners. I love my Cutter Bee scissors and tweezers too and I’m in the market for a new paper trimmer. I’d love to have this Fiskars model. One thing I absolutely cannot life without is UnDu l! I’m always using it to fix accidental mistakes or if I decide to move things around. It loosens the adhesive, and doesn’t hurt your papers or photos. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Rebekah says:

    I have an older model ATG but struggle with the adhesive staying on the rollers – what do you think I am doing wrong. Maybe I need a new one

    • Alisha Berkey says:

      I have the same ATG in this picture but I got it when it first came out many many moons ago. They have updated since I got mine and I have noticed that mine has started to not hold the tape in very well. I use mine ALL the time so I think it’s time to buy a new one. I’m getting the same brand but I know they have fixed a few kinks since they had first come out

  15. Grace says:

    I must agree with your favorites except the stapler, I have not had the pleasure of using one on my layouts so my favorite fifth tool that I cannot live without is my Lil Chizler, place a sticker incorrectly and the Lil Chizler takes it right up, your photo is crooked the Lil Chizler will take it up for proper placement and all without tearing your item. Thanks for sharing your favorites.

  16. Celeste says:

    1. I use my OLD Fiskars paper trimmer every day!
    2. I also use a small pair of Fiskars straight-handled scissors–especially for fussy cutting. The straight handles guarantee that my hands do not get fatigued.
    3. Double-sided adhesive: tape, pop dots, foam tape–a variety.
    4. Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue. I use for gluing card stock on chipboard mini album bases.
    5. Crop-a-dile hole punch. I find this indispensable for making mini albums and chip board banners.
    Since my attention span appears to be getting shorter and shorter, I make mostly mini albums these days. I have many that are three (double-sided), four, and five pages long. I give them to friends, relatives, and grand children. I recently gave one to my father, who is suffering from dementia .It was filled with pictures in a chronological progression from his younger years to the present. He looked and looked at it. He kept returning to it and looking at it some more. He said it was on a very good subject!

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