Tell me five basic tools you can't live without and why!

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Posted 1/25/2013 by JenGallacher in General Scrappin'
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PeaNut 425,828
June 2009
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Loc: hanging out in me too land

Posted: 1/25/2013 6:20:51 PM
Only 5

well in no particular order:

Cutterbee Scissors - detail cutting, distressing, paper piercing all in one tool. (not as good for longer cuts but they will do)

.05 black Sigma micron pen (brown would be nice and so would the Uni-ball white)- I just like writing with them

foam ink blending tool - I ink everything. So much faster and nicer looking than the edge of the ink pad.

Tim Holtz's Design Ruler - measuring, squaring, centring, tearing, getting evenly spaced holes with, metal edges for use with craft knife. Versatile!

water brush - curled edges can be formed easier with wet paper and once they dry they hold their shape, miraculous!! Good for fixing ink problems. A fine line of water helps me to get paper to tear where I want it to. (important since adding my trimmer would make 6 things )


Gone Walkabout

PeaNut 4,068
April 2000
Posts: 10,438
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Loc: Aussie in SC. USA

Posted: 1/25/2013 6:36:59 PM
Xacto knife - use it often enough, not all the time but I think if it wasn't in reach it would be weird

Trimmer - a must have.

Tonic scissors - my go to scissors.

Ranger craft mat - it is usually on my table. Use it constantly for everything from inking to heat embossing and painting - basically anything messy

Water brush, for inking and paints

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PeaNut 227,676
October 2005
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Posted: 1/25/2013 9:28:56 PM
Adhesive (ATG, glue dots and X)
Paper trimmer
Detail scissors
Black and brown ink

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Manic Mom of 2

PeaNut 274,243
August 2006
Posts: 11,866
Layouts: 473
Loc: Northeast

Posted: 1/25/2013 9:36:14 PM
12 inch trimmer
Ott light
Cutterbee scissors
Dot roller/ATG
Journaling pen

With these tools I could scrapbook with just photos card stock and patterned paper. Everything else is icing on the cake!

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PeaNut 532,851
December 2011
Posts: 331
Layouts: 0
Loc: az

Posted: 1/25/2013 9:54:00 PM
crop a dial
big shot w/dies
bg file set
tiny attacher
corner rounder

I'm not willing to remove 3, so we'll just go with that

Cat E. Clysm

PeaNut 107,256
September 2003
Posts: 1,253
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Loc: Northern California

Posted: 1/25/2013 9:59:46 PM
Fiskars trimmer
Perfect Layers
Tombow adhesive roller
Brown ink for edges

Also OTT light, clear ruler, printer (I edit and print all my photos)


PeaNut 158,747
July 2004
Posts: 1,294
Layouts: 27

Posted: 1/26/2013 12:06:41 AM
Fiskars Trimmer
CM Photo Trimmer
CM Scissors
HS Edge Distresser


PeaNut 454,238
January 2010
Posts: 4,328
Layouts: 69
Loc: Central Louisiana

Posted: 1/26/2013 12:10:13 AM
Tonic guillotine trimmer-cuts like Butta! Straight lines every time.

Tiny attacher- because I'm lazy and the staples make my laziness look "cute"

CM black journaling pen. I even use them to write letters.

Black ranger archival ink pad-cause there is nothing that stamps crisper or cleaner.

My stampin' up detail cutting scissors- they're sharp and fit in my hand nicely.

I use these everyday!

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PeaNut 81,992
April 2003
Posts: 1,218
Layouts: 23
Loc: Jersey

Posted: 1/26/2013 2:25:36 AM
Paper trimmer
Cuttlebug inc dies
Herma fix
Sewing machine

Make a Wish!

PeaNut 254,376
March 2006
Posts: 189
Layouts: 0
Loc: Australia

Posted: 1/26/2013 3:23:23 AM
(leftover squares of fleece from projects)

Love this idea

My 5 must have each page:
Art Glitter Glue (love it more than ATG)
Pop Dots
Inks - can do anything with inks

Great thread Jen


PeaNut 188,256
January 2005
Posts: 898
Layouts: 0
Loc: Northern New Jersey

Posted: 1/26/2013 6:09:04 AM
Self healing cutting mat, OTT light, Fiskars trimmer(with the wire guide), Cutterbee scissors, Tim Holtz red handled scissors.

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PeaNut 567,278
September 2012
Posts: 322
Layouts: 2

Posted: 1/26/2013 6:09:21 AM
1. My camera
2. My $.99 craft knife
3. Glue tape
4. Itunes or portable dvd player
5. Tim Holtz... he is my scrapgod!


PeaNut 226,382
October 2005
Posts: 1,577
Layouts: 39
Loc: New England

Posted: 1/26/2013 7:19:24 AM
Scrap booking would be so boring if I didn't have....
1) fun papers
2) stamps
3) sewing machine
4) pop dots
5) washi tape

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PeaNut 14,286
April 2001
Posts: 15,422
Layouts: 245
Loc: the 80's

Posted: 1/26/2013 7:26:13 AM
ATG adhesive
Brown Ink pad
Black Zig pen
Date Stamp <---super important to me, to date EVERYTHING.

I don't list my paper trimmer because I use scissors on everything. Also, I left out my digi cutters or punches, because I am lazy & make tons of my own things by drawing & just cutting it out with my scissors. I pretty much end up with many labels or embellishments, by just having my scissors. Couldn't scrap w/out them!


PeaNut 300,299
February 2007
Posts: 566
Layouts: 6
Loc: North Carolina

Posted: 1/26/2013 12:03:33 PM
Pattern paper, TH scissors, Tombow Mono adhesive,brads, and border punches.

Don't cry because its because it happened

Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 66,686
February 2003
Posts: 6,355
Layouts: 0
Loc: Nebraska

Posted: 1/26/2013 2:12:06 PM
Mine would be:

1. ATG gun - to stick that stuff down!
2. paper trimmer - to cut it up
3. slickwriter - journaling, outlining
4. square punch - for perfectly cut pics
5. cricut - it does everything else!


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