Since I am a “new” crafter, I thought I would go through some of the basics that I’ve learned so far. Take all this with a grain of salt. Everyone likes to organize themselves differently, and even more than that, everyone has their own favourites. These are my favourite, or most used supplies so far on my crafting journey. This list may change with time as I discover new techniques, styles, and products.
- Cardstock. I have a few go-to cardstocks. I typically buy the Reflections (Michael’s) brand 8½ x 11 fifty page packs of cardstock. I binge buy the packs when they are on sale 2-for-1 to stock up. I also love Bazzill Dotted Swiss Cardstock (also from Michael’s). The Bazzill Dotted cardstocks come in a variety of colours to compliment most projects. I don’t have an embossing machine (Cuttlebug, Big Shot) so this paper is a great way for me to add texture to my projects.
- Adhesive. Depending on the project, I use a variety of adhesives. Most often, I use a permanent tape runner, a Zig 2-Way glue pen, with chisel tip, Glue Dots, ek Tools 1¼” double-sided tape, and Tombow Mono Multi Glue. Adhesive might seem like a small detail, but it can make all the difference when assembling your project. I recommend trying out different options and using what works best for you. Check the craft, office, and hardware sections of your local stores to see the plethora of options available. I’m still exploring the world of adhesive so this list might change with time.
- Mounting foam. I know that technically, mounting foam is an adhesive but I go through so much it deserved a category of its own. When I first started, I used the sheets of circles, squares, and rectangles that are readily available. I found these kind of inconvenient and finicky. Then, I discovered 3M mounting tape. I love that I can cut (or tear) to any size I need and how easy the backing comes off the strips. There is a clear version but I don’t love it because it’s so sticky that I find it hard to use.
- Inks. My go-to and must have ink for heat embossing is VersaMark. I use baby wipes for cleaning my stamps and tools after using any ink.
- Embossing. My favourite all-around embossing powder is the Ranger Super Fine Clear.
- Silhouette. I own a Silhouette Portrait electronic cutting machine. This machine has changed my life! When I really started getting into card making as a hobby, I found the idea of punches and dies too expensive. A little research and I realized that if I thought I would buy 10 or more punches or dies (uh…yes!) then an electronic cutting machine would pay for itself pretty quickly. I can cut any shape to any size on any kind of paper as many times as I need. Yes, it’s more expensive upfront, but the versatility of what it can cut means that within just months I’ve saved a ton!! The creative options are endless and my Silhouette is the best craft purchase I have made to date.
- Trimmer. I use my Fiskars paper trimmer on almost every project. I keep a supply of blades on hand and replace them when they start to dull.
Where I buy my supplies:
If I’m able, I always try to purchase from Canadian retailers. My favourite one is Scrapbooks by Design. They have a good selection of current product at prices comparable to the US giants and shipping is inexpensive. Love them!
I subscribe to the Simon Says Stamp monthly kit. I like how the kit inspires creativity and includes products I might not otherwise try.