After a while, you will realize that you have “favs” whether it be brands, items, styles, or even colors, you will have your favorites. That isn’t a bad thing, because when you are able to grab your favorite anything, it can give you a sudden boost of inspiration and excitement. It makes you happy to begin your project and that feeling when you finish your layout, I admit is pretty good.
The list below is simply that, a list, my list to be exact. There is no such thing as a right or wrong one, only the one that works best for you. While there are some items below that are no-brainers like tape and scissors, other items are more specific and might prompt you to explore that item more and possibly incorporate it into your crafting.
Tim Holtz tiny stapler
My new favorite crafting item, I never knew how helpful it would be. Using staples on layouts always turned me off because it seemed to take away from the “clean” look but once I started using it, I liked it. A lot. Plus if I make a mistake or change my mind, its a lot easier to remove a tiny staple then permanent tape from paper.
Tonic 6 inch guillotine
Because I rarely do an actual layout bigger than 6×6, this tiny guillotine is perfect for cutting up photos or smaller pieces of paper. It travels well, built sturdy, and gives me a clean cut every time.
I love to journal and these pens glide so nicely across the paper. I actually bought them to use with my travelers notebook and after seeing how nice these pens were, I started journaling with them.
Any type of adhesive tape will work fine, I personally prefer the Tombow Permanent Adhesive but if I’m unable to get it, Elmers makes a good one too.
Small sized scissors
Again, small layouts mean smaller tools. I have a small pair from Tonic (that match my guillotine) which allow me to carefully cut out or around things. They also come with a little cover for safety.
Versafine and Staz-On black ink
I always have one these handy and they get use depending on the project. The Versafine is great for showing clear detail so I use this when stamping on paper. The Staz-On is what I use when I need to stamp directly on photos.
Friskars Clear Stamp Blocks
Any kind of stamp block is a necessity for those of us who want to use clear stamps. I prefer these ones because of the variety of sizes and the thickness of the blocks.
Epson Ultra-Premium Presentation Matte paper
For those of you who choose to print at home, I highly recommend this paper. It’s thick which makes it ideal for printing project life cards and my photos come out vibrant and clear. It can be a bit expensive and difficult to find, but I buy mine in bulk from Fry’s Electronics and they price match Amazon’s site 🙂
Hands down the best photo editing tool on a mobile device. It is simple, straight forward with none of the fluff that you might see in other editing apps. While the app is free, a lot of filter pre-sets need to be purchased but they usually have a sale once a month where you’ll be able to get the packs for 50%.
Tsukineko Memento Dew Drops
Ink can get expensive and if you’re just getting started these mini inks are perfect. They come in packs of either 4 or 12 and usually can be found for great prices with a coupon. I purchased the 12 packs using some 40% coupons and paid about $15 per. They come in a huge variety of colors, they’re small and portable for those of us who do projects on the go, and they also come in dye, pigment and chalk ink.
FujiFilm Instax Printer
Total gimmick item but its actually a lot of fun to use. I do have one of the instax Camera’s as well but its large and photos are hit or miss, mostly miss. So I use the smartphone printer instead so if I print 10 photos, they will all develop and be useable. I can use photos from my phone and digital camera, add filters, dates, and other little add-ons I rarely use. The only downside is that you will need to connect via wifi print.
What are some of your must have items?