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Posted 10/13/2013 by foxko in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 594,934
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Posted: 10/13/2013 4:32:41 PM
Hi, so payday is hastily approaching I want to spend some of my hard earned cash on some tools and supplies.
Last payday I brought my album, stickers and and a paper collection etc but this time round I want to focus more on tools and get any vitals I missed along the way.
So I have most the basics I think, like rollers, pens, papers, craft knife and scissors, glue, a tape runner and a small but good cutting mat.

I know for sure I need a paper trimmer and I want to get one of the inking tools as well as some pop dots but can anyone think of anything
else that I should be thinking of buying at this point? What tool or supply could you not live without.

Please keep in mind machines like the Cameo are a bit out of my price range ahaha.

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PeaNut 246,022
January 2006
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Posted: 10/13/2013 4:42:50 PM
Prima has little edging ink pads for about $2 each in lots of colors. You wouldn't need a separate tool with those. I have a bunch and use them a lot especially the brown colors.

Another tool you might be interested in are some border punches. I find that I use scalloped edges and notebook edges the most.

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Posted: 10/13/2013 4:47:38 PM
glue eraser, glue dots, some wet adhesive, hole punch/cropadile, corner rounder


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February 2012
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Posted: 10/13/2013 4:49:36 PM
What about embellishments?



enamel dots



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PeaNut 9,019
January 2001
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Posted: 10/13/2013 4:52:16 PM

most the basics I think, like rollers,

what is a roller?

a GOOD paper trimmer is worth it's weight in gold. Buy the best you can afford. You don't need much if you have a good trimmer, pics, adhesive and a good jounaling pen. The rest is just icing on the cake



PeaNut 383,577
July 2008
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Posted: 10/13/2013 4:58:06 PM
For inking edges and such. I used to (and still do at times) use a foam makeup wedge. You can get a big pack for real cheap and they last a real long time.
I really love distress inks and made my own distress tools for them. Cost me pennies to make a tool for each ink.

A paper trimmer is a must.
I just use the fishers 12" paper trimmer.
I also use my self healing craft matt every time I craft. It saves on your work table.

Right now my mind is blank.
Honestly though, we really don't need 1/2 the tools we buy. Sometimes they are more a hassle than make our crafting time easier.
Plus some of them take up so much room.



PeaNut 427,211
June 2009
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Posted: 10/13/2013 5:13:25 PM
Basic cardstock (Kraft, black, white and cream). A few stamps, letter stickers, a great journaling pen/ in your basic black, brown and great. Paper piercer, stapler, a few shades of ribbon. Cutting mat (if you're using a blade).

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PeaNut 366,645
March 2008
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Posted: 10/13/2013 5:13:49 PM
Score board (use a coupon if its not on sale)
I 2nd what a previous poster said about glue dots.
Bone folder
Zip glue pen.
Decent fine tip black writting pen. (I use a fine tip Sharpie)

If your into distressing stuff like the edges I suggest the Tim Holtz tool. Sorry I don't know proper name for it lol but it's about the size of a half dollar red and grey and have little notches all around that you slip paper into and it will distress the edges. I love it and all the stores like michaels Hobby lobby and JoAnns has it. I paid less then $5 for it.

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PeaNut 563,248
August 2012
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Posted: 10/13/2013 6:08:29 PM
If you don't have the money for a paper trimmer you could use a Kraft knife (or x-acto knife) and a ruler, preferably with a metal edge and use your craft mat.
What about stamps? Do you like them? If you do invest in a set.
Here is a video of a scrapper using Kraft knife and metal ruler. Not that it's hard or you don't know how.
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PeaNut 8,421
December 2000
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Posted: 10/13/2013 6:57:33 PM
I would get some cardstock in basic colors, paper trimmer, and letter stickers. I use those on almost every layout. I do ink the edges of my paper usually, but you could wait on ink if necessary due to money.


PeaNut 193,655
February 2005
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Posted: 10/13/2013 7:04:12 PM
I use my inking tool everytime I scrap. I just bought squeeze tweezers (because of my arthritis I have a hard time with those little dots, gems, sequins etc.) I also just bought a pack of water brushes to use with my watercolor pencils and gelatos. Depending on how your style is... a multi pack of geletos?



PeaNut 8,421
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Posted: 10/13/2013 7:04:25 PM
Forgot about punches. Some basic punch shapes are nice like hearts, stars, circles, and squares.

It's interesting to think about the tools you really use vs. all the things we have all bought that you know you just had to have at the time. If I were you I would look at a bunch of layouts and so what is repeated in them that you like and go from there with your purchasing. Definitely get the best trimmer you can afford. Nothing is worse than a wonky trimmer.

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PeaNut 9,019
January 2001
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Loc: michigan

Posted: 10/13/2013 7:43:10 PM
has anyone figured out what a 'roller' is?


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PeaNut 309,431
April 2007
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Posted: 10/13/2013 7:54:29 PM
Maybe a "roller" is a brayer you use for stamping?

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PeaNut 17,460
June 2001
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Loc: Central NJ

Posted: 10/13/2013 7:58:13 PM

Cutting mat (if you're using a blade).
I have a glass kitchen cutting board for use with my Xacto knives. And, I use a 18" metal straight edge/ruler. I do not have a trimmer.


PeaNut 567,287
September 2012
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Loc: New Zealand

Posted: 10/13/2013 8:02:33 PM
Hi foxco, I live in the same city as you!

My tools I go to are paper trimmer, double sided tape (tape rollers seem to cost a fortune here) and my TIm Holtz inker tool. I also bought a few punches - squares and circles in different sizes. I don't use the squares much but I find the circles really helpful for starting embellishment clusters at times.


PeaNut 595,571
October 2013
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Posted: 10/13/2013 10:15:55 PM
You can find pop dots(I heard they are pretty decent quality and you get quite a bit too) at the dollar store (99 cents only store) and adhesive runners(it's so-so not good, but workable).


PeaNut 154,780
June 2004
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Posted: 10/13/2013 10:39:38 PM
Pop dots and two or three distress inks to ink the edges of paper. I also use the Tim holtz ink applicator to ink the edges.

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PeaNut 397,370
October 2008
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Posted: 10/13/2013 11:13:22 PM
Love my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher(stapler with teeny staples) I use it on almost every project and I also love Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors cuts thru anything!


PeaNut 561,149
July 2012
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Posted: 10/13/2013 11:46:24 PM



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PeaNut 527,647
November 2011
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Posted: 10/13/2013 11:50:48 PM
Second vote for the tiny attacher. It comes in handy so many times. It's an adhesive and embellishment in one.


PeaNut 487,706
November 2010
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Loc: Wellington, New Zealand

Posted: 10/13/2013 11:59:18 PM
Stamp sets and ink pads.
Make your own embellishments and cut them out, glue them on.

If you have a bigshot, dies are your best friend.

Cardstock and pre-cut cards
Patterned paper or plain, I buy card base and envelopes in bulk.
Buy a little and find your favourite, then stock up.


PeaNut 594,934
September 2013
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Loc: Wellington, New Zealand
Posted: 10/13/2013 11:59:37 PM
hahaha 'roller'!!! sorry everyone, typo meant to be rulers. However I do have rollers too, Paint rollers, like for painting a house but smaller and for painting canvas.

Thanks for all the replies, there are some really handy options here for sure. I made a little list of the stuff I didn't already have and am eagerly awaiting payday.

I really want a corner rounder to be my first punch so have that listed,
also some more adhesive like glue dots and double sided tape. when I am paper crafting I use a small brush and an old glue stick nub lol, it's a great way to use up the last of the glue that you usually can't get to. also what's a glue eraser?

I use a metal ruler (roller ) a self healing matte and a kraft knife for cutting at the moment, which is a set up that I'm used to but I would still want to get a good paper cutter. I have seen a rotary one with a perforated blade as well as a straight blade which I feel like I HAVE to get.

I have a large amount of art supplies like markers and pens, pencils, paints and brushes but could use more paper stock. I had this awesome bronze metallic inkjet paper a while back and would be eager to get some more.

I think I will hold off from buying an inking tool and just continue to collect ink pads. Making my own tool seems cheaper at this point. I do have a few ink pads and enjoy stamping, I really want some letter sets in a few different typefaces.

Becab that's great you live here too, great scrap booking weather at the moment ha.

Where do you shop for your supplies?
I mainly go to Warehouse stationary, The french Art Shop, Typo and just second hand stores.
We have a great craft store out in Kilbirnie in the arcade called Stich Bird (i think...) I go buy myself a new washi every Saturday.

Are there any local craft/scrap booking crops around the city or any other events that happen around the city that you know of?

Sorry for the long post, tried to answer most things, thanks again and if you have more ideas keep them coming.


PeaNut 432,196
July 2009
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Posted: 10/14/2013 1:42:55 AM

I think I will hold off from buying an inking tool and just continue to collect ink pads. Making my own tool seems cheaper at this point. I do have a few ink pads and enjoy stamping, I really want some letter sets in a few different typefaces.

I was telling somebody the other day that sponges are a stampers most important tools next to inks and stamps. I don't own an inking tool. I make my own inking tools. Lots of great videos on You Tube showing how to do that.

Glue Eraser is an adhesive eraser. Xyron usually makes them. It is a must have. I can't live without mine. Costs less than $3 and will last a lifetime.

I use my Xacto knife & ruler "roller" for cutting. I do have a Fiskars rotary trimmer for my other crafts. I prefer my "roller" & knife.

My must haves for scrapping are Xacto knife & roller, lol. Micro-tip non-stick scissors like EK Success Honey Bee's. Double Sided Tape. Wallpaper Seam Roller. I use it to make sure my paper is really stuck to the adhesive, also called burnishing. I have a cold so I am more loopy than usual. I hope I explained the burnishing correctly.

Last but not least for scrapping I can't live without my fine tip pens. I love Marvy Le Pens & Staedtler Fine Tip pens. I own a rainbow of colors. I use them for journaling.

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PeaNut 8,771
December 2000
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Posted: 10/14/2013 1:59:59 AM
Tools I love and use frequently that aren't tooooo expensive:

Paper piercer, either to poke holes in decorative patterns or to pre-poke holes for stitching thread.

Embroidery floss - cheap and hand-sewing adds nice color and texture to pages.

1/8 inch hole punch for threading ribbons and fibers through.

Circle punches in various sizes. Square punches, although handy, aren't really necessary if you're good with a ruler and exacto knife, but circles are hard to do without a punch.



PeaNut 369,162
March 2008
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Posted: 10/14/2013 4:58:50 AM
Good suggestions, I like that idea of using foam make-up wedges to use with the ink pads.


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October 2008
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Posted: 10/14/2013 8:31:15 AM
Foxko, are you a new scrapper? If so, have you made any layouts yet? My recommendation to new scrappers is to get just the bare necessities until you have made a few pages. It seems like many of us made the mistake of buying tons of stuff at first that we later realized aren't our style at all! Sounds like you are planning to just get a paper trimmer and corner rounder at this point, which are both great tools to have!

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April 2000
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Posted: 10/14/2013 8:34:53 AM
The Tim holtz tiny attacher. It's not your normal small stapler. The staples are tiny, it staples through almost anything, is incredibly ergonomic.

I didn't understand what the fuss was about at first but I got one just to try it, and so glad I got it!

Use a coupon for m's or hl, you can get a great price on it!

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August 2006
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Posted: 10/14/2013 10:39:19 AM
You've gotten a lot of good suggestions.

However, since it sounds like you are on a limited budget, you don't need much of anything more right now than you have already mentioned. A good paper trimmer is a must, but finding which is the best one that is affordable is going to get you lots of different suggestions.

I use the good old Fiskars 12 inch trimmer, but the way to get a good cut is not to rush it. Those who just zip the blade fast are more likely to get their cut wrong. I spend an extra second or two and get a good cut. Every time.

You evidently have access to a computer. I started scrapping in the days when there were almost no tools at all, but you can still put the computer to good use. You can get lots of patterns off the Internet, print your title in a cool font in reverse on the back side of your paper for cutting out by hand, etc.

If you are just starting, keep it simple till you figure out what really appeals to you and what your personal style is. I like a lot of the shabby chic pages, but it really isn't my style. I rarely use the tools I bought for making shabby chic layouts and embellishments.

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May 2012
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Posted: 10/14/2013 12:54:13 PM
I agree with previous posters about taking it easy until you've done a bunch of layouts and know what you like/need etc....
We have all been guilty of buying things and then wishing we hadn't spent the money because we never use it! (I think, at least that's the impression I get from a lot of scrappers!)

If you do painting, stamping etc (which it sounds like you do)...I would recommend getting a non-stick craft mat, though (Rangers and Bazzill both make one)
It makes for really easy clean up and will take heat as well, if you ever get into heat embossing etc...

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