Saturday, May 16, 2015

Favorite Tools

As I was cleaning up my scrap area, I got to thinking about the tools and supplies that come with this great hobby of ours.  I decided to do a little round up of of my favorite tools.

1. Silhouette Cameo:  This machine can be a real game changer in terms of custom embellishments. It cuts small detailed images extremely well.  The software is pretty intuitive and there are lots of videos on YouTube or classes available online to learn how to use all the features in the software to make your own designs.  Plus there's an online store with thousands and thousands of cut files and fonts plus, you know, the world wide web with tons of images for sale and for free.

[There's a newer model available with a fully LCD screen, storage for extra cutting blades and I think a USB port for a flash drive if you wanted to use the machine away from your computer.  They are nice features but not enough to tempt me to upgrade my machine.]

2. Cutter Bee Scissors:  These are the best little pair of scissors.  The handle is comfortable and the tips are very pointy so they are great for fussy cutting!  I have been using the same pair for over a decade and they are still like new.

3. ATG Tape Dispenser: I resisted buying one for years.  It looks so big and bulky and I thought it would be awkward to use.  It took a little time to get used to and I used to have to watch YouTube videos to remember how to put in the refills but it really is a great dispenser.  The refills are inexpensive and last a long time.  I never really counted but I can get about 20 layouts from one refill.  I like that the adhesive is forgiving enough to make adjustments when I first apply it but is strong enough to keep my pages together over time.   

FYI:  I purchased the yellow dispenser which will accommodate 1/2" tape or 1/4" tape with an adapter.  My intention was to swap out the different sized tapes but it's never been necessary.  I use 1/4 exclusively.  Had I known that, I would have bought the red handled dispenser which is strictly for 1/4" tape.  

4. Tim Holtz Blending Tool:  This tool is a must have for me since I frequently ink the edges of my papers.  The ink goes on a little lighter and has more of a feathery look than running the ink pad along the edges.  But the best part is no more getting ink on my hands or missing the edge of the paper and getting a splotch of ink on the paper! 

5. Tonic Paper Cutter:  This self sharpening guillotine is wonderful - it cuts straight every time.  I'll admit the measuring guide on mine is slightly off.  It doesn't really bother me since I don't usually need something cut to an exact size but I did put some marks on the base for some standard measurements. The handle and the extra arm can be stored within the base which makes it easy to store.

6. Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher:  I just couldn't get into standard sized staples years ago when they first made an appearance (from when I started scrapbooking).  I was never able to get them in the right spot, they were unforgiving since they made holes in the page, and so on.  Then along came the Tiny Attacher.  I resisted for a long time but I am glad I decided to give it a try.  The staples are tiny so it doesn't effect the design but they do add some texture.  The attacher and the staples are strong enough to go through wood veneer embellishments and they are thin enough to easily cover if that's your preference.  

7. Brother Sewing Machine:  I love my sewing machine.  There are tons of stitches and some of them are even little designs like leaves and loops.  It's simple to thread, even the bobbin.  It can be run with buttons so I don't need to use the foot pedal and there's a slider to control the speed so it's easy to stop exactly where you want to stop. Maybe one day I'll use it on fabric. 

I'd love to hear about any of your favorite tools!

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