Sunday, November 30, 2014

Scrapbookers' Favorite Things

Irit Landgraf suggested that YouTube scrapbookers do a “Favorite Things” hop.  Scroll to the bottom for a list of everyone participating.  I highly recommend you check out their channels, not just to see their “Favorite Things,” but their creative process as well. A lot of great talent has found its way to YouTube.

We’re each doing two “Favorite Things” videos. The first is “essentials,” those basic supplies that you’d find it hard to scrapbook without. The second video is “style makers.”

Here are my scrapbook “essentials”

Supplies for the graphics: Allison Pennington Autumnal & Sabrina Lopez Dupre Our Daily Life at the Lilypad

1) Work Surface - RangerInkssentials Craft Mat

3) Scissors – this is where I start expounding.  I always have a pair of scissors within reach.  They’re in my purse and every room of the house. For scrapbooking, I have at least two pairs out on my desk. One is my grab-and-go pair, which is usually covered in adhesive and other gunk. Right now, my go-to pair is Recollections brand from Michael’s. I also keep a pair of sharp detail scissors. I have both Fiskars and Cutter Bee detail scissors.

4) Adhesive – I think many of us could do a whole episode just on adhesives.  There are so many different kinds, and they often serve different purposes. Here’s my short list:

ATG – its big and clunky, jams frequently, and definitely not for everyone, but I can usually find it when my work area gets inundated, which is a real plus for me;

Foam Tape – big plus is that you can get a giant roll;

Pop Dots – have more height than foam tape. Different brands are have different amounts of “pop” so if it’s something that matters to you, do a little research;

Glue Stick – basic, over the counter supply that goes a long way;

Glue Pen – I’m currently using Zig glue pens when I need to put adhesive over a small area.  The drawback with a glue pen is that when wet, the glue is slippery and you need to hold things in place until it starts to get tacky;

Glue dots – I used to use these for embellishments. They’re strong, but I’ve been getting frustrated trying to get the dot off of the sheet … it might just be that mine are too old, or I’m incompetent, but I’ve been moving more and more toward using a hot glue gun when I need a strong adhesive; and 

The Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

5) Pens – Right now I’m using Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens in S and XS. I also like Steadler Pigment Liners 0.1, 0.3, and 0.5.  My problem with pens is that when I art journal, I am too impatient to wait for my paint to dry, and I inevitably ruin my pen trying to write on wet paint.

Don’t forget to keep a pencil handy and a good eraser (Staedler’s white erasers work great).

6) Inks – without a doubt, Tim Holtz Distress Ink. I use it to ink edges and distress my papers and embellishments. It works great with stencils, and there’s a wide variety of colors.  My go to colors are Pumice Stone, Walnut Stain, and Chipped Sapphire. 

I also recommend a good dye based ink for permanent stamping, I prefer a dark grey over black.  I’ve used Ancient Page for years, but I don’t think it is readily available any more. I’m working with StazOn, Memento, and  Archival Ink by Ranger.

Lastly, if you are interested in heat embossing, Versamark is an excellent ink choice; I don’t consider myself an expert on embossing powders and mine are all a decade old … so is my Milwakee heat gun, which I do like.
7) Cardstock – White at a minimum, I would also recommend Black, Grey, Navy, Kraft, and Dark Brown.  I recommend Bazzill and Stampin’ Up!, especially for smooth white and kraft, which Stampin’ Up calls Crumb Cake. I usually buy my Bazzill cardstock from where I can get 25-sheet packages for $12.99, or less if on sale (up to half off).  Bazzill does have different textures, so you should pay attention to that if ordering online.

8) Tools – here's a short list of other tools I keep within easy reach:
Paper piercer or a hole punch
Dye Cutting Machine (Sizzix Big Kick)
            EK Success Powder Tool
            We R Memory Keepers QuickStik Craft Tool

9) Storage
            - Cropper Hopper paper files
            - Crafter's Companion EZBinder for wafer dies
            - Mead Binders with Crafter's Companion inserts for clear stamps

10) Buying options – I am an internet shopper. While I cannot speak about international shipping, I find I can get most of the supplies I want from: (current product supplies) (art supplies) (basic supplies like trimmers, bulk paper, etc.) (ink, stencils, and dies)

Here are my "style makers":

                                      Supplies for the graphics: Allison Pennington Autumnal & Sabrina Lopez Dupre Our Daily Life at the Lilypad

1) Stencils.  Really, I can’t have too many stencils.  I love a small repeating image over my background to add an additional layer of interest. My favorites are:

           The Crafter's Workshop (North Star, Fireworks)
           Prima (Cubes)
           Magic Mesh

2) Paints

Acrylic paint
Liquitex (white, black, gold)

3) Inks  - I already discussed my love for Tim Holtz Distress Inks above, but I also use a lot of spray inks, including Heidi Swapp Color Shine, Mister Huey's, and Lindy's Stamp Gang

4) Texture pastes:

5) Paper lines – This one is really subjective. My first recommendation is to dig into your stash, mix older products with new products to give it new life.  I received the Studio Calico kit club for the first half of the year, and like the variety of different current products I was getting, but after awhile I began to feel that it wasn’t fitting my style, so I purchased a few collections that struck my fancy, these included:

Teresa Collins – Life Emporium and 9 & Co.
Simple Stories - Homespun and A Charmed Life

6) Enamel Dots

7) Fiber

Sewing Thread

8) Dies – I don’t generally use an electronic die cutting machine. I do have a Slice, but it rarely gets taken out. On the other hand, I love my Big Kick.

9) Embossing folders – simple, repeated patterns that can add interest to a layer

10) Stamps (I talk a bit about ink in Part I) Stamps are a bit hard to link to, because there’s constantly being updated by the company

If you want to see what other scrapbookers love, hop along to these other YouTube Channels:

Asa Malm
Auntie Re Creates
Hannah Lemieux
Irit Landgraf
Jen Schow
Jenny Box
Kitty Scrapper
Meaghan Russo
Manda Moore
Maria Delicata
Mercy Tiara
Nicole Jones
Robin Voak
Sarah Branch Swann
Tuesdae Habbard
Victoria Marie

1 comment:

  1. Cool, it's great to see a list of go-to products from someone as talented as you are. I love that North Star stencil, I've not seen that one before. I love the Distress inks too. Thanks for sharing. Michelle t