Friday, February 27, 2015

A Few of My Favorite Things uhh Tools

Scrapbook Tools 

I'm going to share some of my favorite scrapbooking tools with you.

1. A Really Good Paper Trimmer

  • It doesn't happen without a really good cutting board. You want to have one that has at least a 6" base and a swing out arm so you can line your paper up along a long edge to get a straight cut. 
  • Don't drive yourself crazy with crooked pieces of paper. 
  • When your cuts get fuzzy change the blade and make sure you a scoring blade (doesn't cut just allows a neat fold line!
  • It may be a little pricey but mine has lasted for YEARS
Paper Trimmer Z1783
2. Very sharp, fine pointed scissors that can get in tiny spaces and sponges.
  • The silver scissors are regular 
  • The black scissors are non-stick both are micro-tip scissors that get in the tiniest of places. 
  • Love them and mine have also lasted for years!
  • The sponge is round and cheap! I'll cut mine in quarters to sponge and distress the edges of my papers. 
  • Distressing adds texture and character to your papers and it is very ZEN to distress. That's ironic!! But it really is relaxing to do this to your papers.
Micro-tip Scissors Z534
Non-Stick micro-tip scissors Z1836
3" Sponge Z697

3.  You can't beat the CLEAR blocks from Close To My Heart! They come in many sizes to accommodate the various size clear stamps we carry.

  • From 1" x 1" up to 4" x 5" the blocks are used to give a precise base to our stamps so you can get a sharp stamped image. 
  • AND if for some reason your pressing was uneven you can see where the unused ink is, line up the stamp again and re-stamp. Yes you can do this, I have!
  • Always remember to use the little spongy sheet that comes with each stamp and place it under your paper to help you get a perfect stamped image.

Clear Close To My Heart blocks for the Clear Close To My Heart stamps
  • A Versamat can also be used for a cushion for stamping and on the opposite side a cutting mat with a grid.
Versamat Z1279

4. Clean your stamps!

Stamp Scrubber Z1782 and Spritz cleaner 1778

5. Design help with Close To My Heart's How To programs . 
  • Do you need ideas for pages or cards?
  • Make It From Your Heart vol. 1 and vol. 2 are great for giving you ideas and cutting instructions.
  • Don't worry about using different papers from what is shown. The papers are what can make the same design look different!

See all the How To programs

6. Close To My Heart's brilliantly designed Cricut Cartridges (all 4 of them) have 700 images/cartridge. AMAZING!!! And, you not only get the cartridges but stamps to go with the shapes, cardstock, dimensional elements.

Cricut Collection

  • Art Philosophy-Featuring hundreds of basic, versatile shapes and fonts you'll use every day, many of which coordinate with dozens of our My Acrylix® stamps, this collection is a must-have for every crafter!
    Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection includes:
    1 – Cartridge (700 images: font, shapes, and 3-D items)
    3 – My Acrylix™ D-size stamp sets
    3 – 9" × 12" Dimensional Elements (3 sheets of different shapes)
    Creative Feature Keys: Layer, Decorative Layer, Tag, Card, Font, Font Layer.
  • Artbooking-Take your scrapbooking to never-before-seen levels with the new Cricut® Artbooking collection! With oodles of images in each of 15 layout themes, you can create several coordinating pages for each theme using just two keys and one dial size. Images include accents, borders, titles, overlays, photo mats—in standard photo sizes!—and more. The Cricut® keys are optimized for creating 12" × 12" pages in a jiffy. You'll also love creating 10 themed mini books, also optimized for several different sizes using just two keys and one dial size. When you're finished cutting, use the coordinating stamp sets and Dimensional Elements shapes to add even more pizzazz!
    Collection includes:
    1 – Cartridge (700 images: Font, Mini Books, Layouts)
    3 – My Acrylix™ D-size stamp sets
    3 – 12" × 9" Dimensional Elements (3 sheets of different shapes)
    Creative Feature Keys: Title, Photo Mat 1, Photo Mat 2, Icon, Border, Overlay.
  • Artiste-With just the touch of one Cricut® Artiste key you can take your creativity over the top with wonderful 3-D projects, party favors, interactive cards, awards, and more! From robots and spooks to weddings and Valentines, your cupcake wrappers, invitations, and party essentials will coordinate and come together for any celebration! Includes a step-by-step assembly booklet for the 3-D projects.
    Collection includes:
    • 1 – Cartridge (700 images: themed projects, cards, fonts, shapes, and 3-D items)
    • 3 – My Acrylix™ D-size stamp sets
    • 3 – 12" × 9" Dimensional Elements (3 sheets of different shapes)
    • Creative Feature Keys: Accent 1, Accent 2, Accent 3, Accent 4, Card, 3D Object.
  • Artfully Sent-Cardmaking has never been easier or more fun! With our newest Cricut® collection, you can make handmade masterpieces in no time at all. Choose from cards with sentiments cut directly into them, or combine several cutouts to create your own pop-up scenes. Featuring more than 25 different card themes and 5 different card formats including dynamic interactive designs, this cartridge has a card for any and all occasions—even if the occasion is "just because"! Card styles include pop-ups, scenes, sentiments, sleeves, and pocket cards.
    Collection includes:
    1 – Cartridge (700 images: Cards and Font)
    3 – My Acrylix® D-size stamp sets
    1 – 12" × 12" White Daisy Cardstock Pack

Tell me your favorite tool for scrapbooking or card making! I'd love to hear from you!



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