Tuesday, September 1, 2015

5 "Must Have" Supplies for Getting Started with Paper Crafts

I often see the question "What items do I need to get started in stamping/cardmaking/scrapbooking/etc?"  Unfortunately, there are a lot of over-eager hobbyists out there who list dozens of items that are not "just the basics."

I don't want you to think you have to buy a ton of stuff to get started in this hobby.  If it gets too expensive, you'll give up before you ever start having fun.  Therefore, this list is as short, sweet, and wallet-friendly as possible. 

1.  Cutting Tools

The cheapest cutting tools you can buy are scissors and a ruler.  I use my scissors all the time.  You will need something to cut your cardstock down to the size you want it.  You can also cut out your images and use them as focal points on your projects or for layering.  Micro-tip scissors make it incredibly easy to cut out detailed images.  Additionally, if you don't have stamps and ink, you will want these scissors so you can cut out images you print from your computer.  Trimming all of your cardstock with scissors can be a little hard on the hands.  If you have some spare cash, get yourself a good paper trimmer.  This will help you cut your main pieces quicker and more accurately.  Some paper trimmers even come with scoring blades, which brings me to the next tip.

2. Scoring Tools

Some people may not think a scoring tool is necessary, but I have found that scoring lines where you want to fold your cardstock will help it prevent from cracking.  It will also help you manipulate the cardstock better and force it to do what you want.  The cheapest way to do this is with a ruler and something with a dull point, such as an embossing tool.  Scoring this way can be difficult and time consuming, but it is the most affordable.  If you have a little extra money, you will save yourself time and headaches by purchasing a paper trimmer that has a scoring blade (as mentioned above) or a score board.
3.  Cardstock

Whether you like plain, patterned, glittered, or designer cardstock, this item is essential to your paper crafts.  There are all kinds of papers and cardstocks out there.  I have tried many brands and I do prefer to spend a little more money for higher quality products.  Obviously Close To My Heart is my favorite brand, but even when I shop at the craft stores, I find that you get what you pay for.  The nice thing about Close To My Heart is that all of their cardstocks coordinate with all of their other products.
 4.  Adhesive

I've made the mistake of buying cheap adhesive.  My loved one receives their card and all of the goodies have fallen off of it.  Get yourself a good, strong adhesive.  I use different ones depending on what I'm trying to do.  A tape runner is fine for adhering layers of cardstock.  I use wet bonding glue for more intricate pieces.  I use Liquid Glass for embellishments such as buttons, twine, ribbon, and glitter gems.  If you are limited on the adhesive you can get, however, get a wet bonding glue.  You will waste less of it.
5.  Journaling Pen

Don't underestimate the power of the pen.  A good pen can add flourish to your writing.  It can also add character to your cards with doodling.  Nothing beats a good pen.
That is it!  That's the very, very basics.  To get the micro-tip scissors, embossing tool, bonding glue, a journaling pen, and a packet of B&T Duos paper, you will spend less than $40 (not including tax/shipping).  Want me to repeat that?  It costs less than $40 to get started in this hobby!  With these 5 items and your own imagination, you can create cards, gift boxes and scrapbook layouts that are easy and beautiful.  If you need help getting started, just contact me!  I'll get you set up and started on the road to papercraft addiction.

And when you are ready to take your crafting to the next level, add stamping!  I'll be posting an article soon here about the basics of stamping and what you need.

Until next time my treasures,


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