As with any hobby, there are certain items you need to have on hand. I know a lot of people who want to start a paper crafting hobby so here are the top 6 items you want to get.
- Scissors — A couple good pairs of scissors are essential! I like this large Fiskar’s pair and a smaller pair from EK Success called Bee Scissors. They are my go to for fussy cutting items.
- A good sturdy metal ruler.–I like one with cork backing.
- Good cardstock and paper–For white or vanilla cardstock I prefer Stampin’ Up. There are many patterned papers I love, from digital as well as physical paper pads. Some of my favorites include Graphic 45, Ephemera Vintage Garden, Stampin’ Up Designer Series Paper, Tim Holtz, and Bo Bunny. I don’t like the thinner paper you can get at Michael’s or Joann’s because it is usually not sturdy enough. You can utilize “junk” paper such as mail flyers, old book paper, used or unused copy paper, even envelope
- A pen or pencil
- Glues–I use Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue, Aleene’s Quick Dry for my flowers, Mod Podge, Tombo Aqua, Elmer’s glue and glue sticks and Liquitex Matte Gel Medium. I also have a glue gun for certain creations. It really depends on what you are creating which one to choose.
- Tape–Scotch Double sided tape, Scor-tape are my favorites.
The next step items:
- Paper Trimmer
- Gel and Specialty Pens
- Colored Pencils
- Watercolor Paper
- Gloss Paper
- Alcohol Ink
- Specialty Paper
Just to name a few. I only recently started using Scor-tape as I thought it was too expensive. It lasts longer than my double stick tapes and hold books together! I love it and use it with Stack a Page mini albums.
Wondering what you need for a certain type of Papercraft? Feel free to leave a message below and I will point you in the right direction. That’s all for now.
Go craft something!
Finding time to paint, create, sew, scrapbook, knit or crochet can be difficult. You may think to art journal you need to set aside an entire day. Here are ways to squeeze in that much needed play time.
- Take 15 minutes in the morning or after dinner and use it for your project. That is enough time to paint 3 or 4 pages or knit a few rows. You can bullet journal in 15 minutes. If you choose that time just for you everyday it will become a habit!
- Pick a day each month to devote to crafting. We are all busy in this fast paced world. Having that one day to work on your craft is a fantastic way to unwind. You’ll be surprised what you can get done in an hour or two, let alone an entire day! Schedule yourself a craft day.
- Make a choice. If you are anything like me choosing one craft or medium to work in is difficult. I love so many different things. I tend to do a lot more papercrafting in the spring and summer months. Sewing, Knitting and Crochet seem to be more Fall and Winter months. I also find if I spend a day painting lots of pages in my art journal to prep them for future use I can spend 15 to 30 minutes a day adding collages or word art.
- Get together with friends. I love having other people around to bounce ideas off of and share enthusiasm with. Especially if I get to teach them a technique or something they have been wanting to learn. I get to practice what I teach and get better at it each time.
- KISS–Keep it Sweet and Simple. If you are just beginning don’t bog yourself down with a lot of inventory. Pick your craft, get a handful of items for starting and keep it to a minimum till you know if you really enjoy that craft. Nothing is worse than getting a lot of something you never ever use again. Simplicity will save you money and time!
Let me know what crafty things you have wanted to try but never got around to. Are there projects you started and didn’t finish? Think you want to try and finish them now? Or are you off and running to the next thing? I’m off to work on my Junk Journal! Join me Saturday to see how the cover is coming along!
Go make something!
I never liked the idea of “hump day” Wednesdays, to me the week just dragged on when thinking about it like that. So, I thought Wacky Wednesday should take it’s place! I have some crazy, funky fun items to post for you today. I hope you get a kick out of them.
First I am sending you all kisses thanks to Simply Collectibles free Lips Applique pattern. How cute it this? I love it! (Click on photo)
Next for all my geeks–Do you love Harry Potter? How about a free Sorting Hat pattern?
Maybe you are a Whovian? Here is a simple dishcloth you might like from holynarfcrafts
Or maybe you are in desperate need of recreating Tom Baker’s 4th Doctor scarf–read all about it at doctorwhoscarf. They have all the information and most of the incarnations of this amazing technicolor Who scarf! They have even figured out yarn substitutions and what you need to complete it. I taught my husband to knit and he made his own. It took 2 years, but he finished it and loves it this time of year.
Snappy Tots has a fantastic TARDIS hat and many other geeky items. Police Box
Not a Whovian? Snappy Tots has a FREE Batman hat on her Ravlery page. (If you knit or crochet and are not on Ravlery.com you are missing out!)
Another favorite is TMNT aka Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I found a pattern for an awesome fleece hat over at Instructables.com. You can sew your own, using your favorite turtle’s colors, and be shouting “COWABUNGA!” in no time! TMNT Fleece Hat
So there are a few Wacky, Wild and fun things to get you through the rest of the week! 🙂