|Posted: 10/11/2012 7:52:04 AM|Hello! I've been lurking on here for a couple of months but have only done a couple of posts, so I'll let this serve as my official intro.
I started scrapping probably 4-5 years ago, but only had a few supplies - 2 packs of paper, 4 ink pads, some deco scissors, glitter glue, a mixed pack of cardstock, etc. I did 5-6 layouts and put everything away while I finished school, got a job, got married, had a baby, etc.
I'm starting to get back into it (I've done 5 layouts in the last couple of weeks!) and right now, in addition to the stuff I had before, I have a couple of new paper packs, as well as a Cameo, but what supplies/tools/resources do you consider to be your must haves?
If it helps, I'm scrapping 12x12s, apparently love everything by MME, and I completely have a girl crush on Glitter Girl and can not wait for her new class to start. If there's any other info that would help, or if you want to know more about me, let me know!
Will I ever get to Buckethead?!
Loc: New Hampshire
|Posted: 10/11/2012 8:18:49 AM|Welcome! I am so guilty of this, but this is a "do as I say, not as I do" kinda thing...
DO NOT buy everything in sight! By a little here and there and work with it until you discover the style you like best. I took me four years to find my scrappy style, now I have tons of supplies that I rarely use.
This would be my starting out list of supplies - things that you can use often despite your developing "style":
- patterned paper (but for now, only buy what you need for a specific project, don't build a stash until you really know what you like)
- a few basic shape punches (circle, square, star, heart) - you can use these to punch your pretty coordinating papers in lieu of stickers
- a few basic border punches (scallop, lace)
- a basic label stamp (instead of buying a bunch of lable stickers, you can use your inks to stamp in coordinating colors)
- letter stickers (Thickers by American Crafts are the popular brand - only buy what you need or build a small stash in basic colors or white (which you can color with inks)
- paper trimmer
IMO, that's all you need to start. I would say that I could get rid of half my stash and tools and still make beautiful pages, so go easy in the beginning. I regre buying most of what I have.
|Posted: 10/11/2012 9:41:04 AM|
You completely read my mind with the papers. I'm hoping the combination of the paper and the Cameo will help me not buy as many embellies. That's also why I went with some packs- lots of coordinating options, plus 3 of each design so I won't feel as bad cutting them up.
Do you think I'll benefit from having a few punches even with the Cameo? I've eyeballed a few, because it would be nice to have the convenience, but I talked myself out of it since I made the investment in the Cameo(DH let me get it as my very early Christmas gift).
Genious idea with the label stamp!
I do have a bunch of letter stickers that I got as gifts when I started out before, so I want to try to use them up some before I start replacing them, but I'm coveting the pretty Thickers. Is there an easy way to add depth to flat letter stickers? I thought about pop dots, but was afraid the letters would end up stuck down to the page between them.
I really appreciate your suggestions!
Will I ever get to Buckethead?!
Loc: New Hampshire
|Posted: 10/11/2012 3:08:16 PM|
I do think a few punches are good to have on hand, for those quick little things that you need a basic shape for layering, etc. Just a quick punch v. going to the computer, finding the shape, cutting, etc. Sometimes you just want a samll circle or heart to layer on a tag or whatever.
Re, the letter stickers...I too love dimension on them. Honestly, a lot of the old ones I bought when I just started scrapping, I gave to the school, they were very "flat" looking and were mostly in primary colors. You could layer them on cardstock first, but that's extra work and a lot of fussy cutting. You could also make your larger titles on your Cameo, cut it multiple times and layer them, then use your old letter sticker stash for smaller subtitles or labels?
My suggestion is to purchase slowly, using 40% coupons for the punches and Thickers at your local big box crafty store.
Made 5000, now what?
|Posted: 10/11/2012 3:19:51 PM|You must have willpower. These Peas are a bunch of enablers. They will tell you you HAVE to have something and you will get it.
It seems that Tina gave you some great ideas and advice. If you have a HL or Ms nearby, just shop a sale or use a coupon. I never buy anything at big box places with the two above requirements. About the only time I pay full price for something is here in the 2Ps store.
Welcome to 2Ps and welcome back to scrapping!!
|Posted: 10/11/2012 4:10:05 PM|To make flat stickers pop: I put the pop on the back WITHOUT taking the adhesive backing off the side that will stick to the layout. Then I dust it very lightly with baby powder. The powder kills the adhesive, and I can then use it without worrying about it accidentally sticking down.
As individual as scrapping is I think the only thing the Peas will agree on is: adhesive, a trimmer, and a good pair of scissors that never leave your scrap stuff. And we won't agree on which brands
Honestly, I have one punch - a square. I don't use it. I will batch process a few often used cuts (flowers, accents) on white and green cardstock. The white gives me the flexibility to color it as desired to match my layout. I have a boy so green commonly matches my layouts. I also find that the colors I use go well with white.
I don't have any border punches. I prefer to use my die cut machine. However, both a laptop and my machine are in my craft room when I scrap. I think that makes a difference for me personally. I have developed a rhythm that allows me to cut with my machine without feeling like I am waiting.
I consider washi tape essential, but other peas will tell you they don't like it/don't use it. I use it on almost every layout.
Welcome to the Pod!
|Posted: 10/11/2012 4:33:36 PM|
A clear ruler like the Tim Holtz one.
A good paper trimmer--one with a 6" surface.
Loc: Chaffuering my kids around ...
|Posted: 10/11/2012 11:41:39 PM|
My musts are my coveted Tim Holtz scissors, a 12" paper trimmer, adhesive runner, self healing mat, a good glue (glossy accents/zip dry), white Bazzill.
Loc: Wellington, New Zealand
|Posted: 10/12/2012 12:04:05 AM|
My must haves are a little bit of a longer list...
- Ranger Inkssentials mat
- Fiskars Paper Trimmer - preferrably the one with rubber feet and a "trim line" so you can see where you're trimming
- Foam applicator or even a "speedpaint" brush pad
- Good scissors, either Tim Holtz or Tonic Spring-cut scissors
- Sturdy table
- comfortable chair
- A wet adhesive and a dry adhesive. BOTH. Reccommend tombow brand for both.
- Basic acrylic brushes - you can even brush on ink from an inkpad.
- Memento Tuxedo Black Inkpad
- We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper 1/2 and 1/4" (one tool does both)
|Posted: 10/12/2012 12:18:59 AM|Love all the suggestions; thank you all so much!
To be honest, I think the only thing that's really keeping me from buying a ton right now is that I did go several years without scrapping, so I don't want to get too many things too quickly. I'm also completely susceptible to peer pressure- the peas were a large part of what started my "need" for the Cameo.
|Posted: 10/12/2012 12:32:01 AM|
Another vote for going easy on purchases. In the beginning, I had to have just about everything, most of which turned out to be useless for me and never got used.
|Posted: 10/12/2012 1:20:05 PM|You know what I think .... GO DIGITAL! Sorry, you all knew I had to suggest it!
Loc: north of DFW
|Posted: 10/12/2012 2:03:49 PM|Welcome to 2 Peas . . . run, don't walk to join a 12-step program,
then enjoy all the great ideas, suggestions, enablement, posts, etc
etc. on here
Seriously, the above is so very good basic information - wish I had had it BEFORE embarking on this craft journey.
Enjoy - it is an awesome place!!
|Posted: 10/13/2012 6:57:17 AM|I've tried doing digital before and in concept it seems perfect. I just like to touch and feel so it hasn't worked for me.
12-step program, how about a 52 week program of obsessively watching glitter girl.
Loc: San Jose, CA
|Posted: 10/13/2012 7:11:03 PM|
did anyone mention a little bling, some buttons, glue dots and a few flowers. Oh and glue dots