Saturday, August 11, 2018

New Paper Crafting Tools

I’ve picked up some new tools to use for my creative paper crafting projects. Over the last few months, I’ve added a ‘few’ new cutting dies to my collection. Okay...perhaps more than a few, mostly Halloween and cat themed ones so far. And let’s be honest here, I’m sure that I will be adding many more down the road. I had to come up with a way to store them so that they are all in one place, and loosely sorted by category.

The metal cutting dies are now all on magnetic sheets in page protectors in a couple of binders. The initial cost for setting this up was a bit high but now I can just add more pages as needed. It seems to be working really well for me. How do you store all your dies? Let me know in the comment section below. I’m always willing to look at a better way if there is one.

One tool that I’m very happy I purchased is the WeRMemory Keepers glass craft mat. It gives me a nice, firm surface to work on and it is easy to clean up any paint, marker or glue residue when I’m finished. I’m not sure that I would have paid full price for it but with a 50% off coupon at Michaels and a gift card from my daughter-in-law for Mother’s Day, it was a good investment. I highly recommend this for all paper crafters.

I went to ScrapFest in Kitchener this April. That was a big mistake for many reasons, first and foremost the crazy ice storm that hit southern Ontario that weekend! My friend, who joined me there, fell and broke her ankle in the parking lot also. Plus the ONE item that I went looking for, a fuse tool for making shaker pockets, was not available from any of the vendors who were there. I white knuckled the four drive home (normally a two hour drive) and ordered it on Amazon that evening. I should have stayed at home.

Another item that I purchased at Michaels with a 50% off coupon is a Fiskars mini paper cutter. I have a large, office style one for cutting out chipboard for artist trading cards, but it is too cumbersome for the smaller jobs. It was another good investment and I used the rest of the money left on my gift card to get it.

One more thing I acquired from Michaels with a coupon is the WeRMemory Keepers Tab Punch Board. I was toying with the idea of joining in some of the MemoryDex card swaps on YouTube and Facebook and saw some videos on using the tab punch board to make them. My problem now is that the Heidi Swapp hole punch for the MemoryDex cards has been discontinued and is not available anywhere! So, the tab punch board is still in its’ packaging for now.

I know that I will eventually get to using the tab punch board and the fuse tool (which is also still in its’ original packaging). It is nice having them for the time I know I will want them. My Sizzix BigKick die cutting machine sat in a corner in the box for over a year before I even opened it. It gets used constantly now. The day will come for the other new tools.

What is your favourite paper crafting tool? Or what did you purchase and have NEVER used? Let’s start a dialogue in the comment section below. Thank you for your input.

8 comments:

  1. You've made some good purchases!

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    1. Thank you. I'm quite happy with them.

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  2. I love my Cuttlebug and dies! Also, that Fiskars paper cutter is the best! I had one years ago and the lines (which were printed on the top of the surface, not under the clear layer like on yours) wore off. I notified customer service and sent a photo and they sent me a new cutter! Great company.

    The item that's still in the box? The Cricut and the two extra cartridges I bought. It's large, needs to be plugged in, and takes too much time to learn to use. I guess I could learn, but my Cuttlebug and dies are perfect for me.

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    1. Elsie, you really should consider taking it out some day. Dar just picked one up second hand and she loves it.

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  3. I love my paper cutter by Nicole from ACMoore. It has a rotary cutter on one side and a guillotine cutter on the other. I get perfects cuts.
    I love doing beeswax collage and I bought a small heating element that looks like a mini iron. It 8 yrs old and I haven’t used it.

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    1. Evy, we all have things we purchased, thought we would use and haven't. I can't believe my BigKick sat in the box for so long. We should all try to pull out the tools we've never used.

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  4. I have and LOVE that ghost die. I've only had my glass cutting mat for a couple days but so far, LOVING it. Love that it has the little feet and all of the lines like my favourite kind of paper, which is graph paper. I have the fuser, but it is still not out of the package yet. I am hoping I don't need anything else for it because I am planning to use my fuser for that. I have one of those fiskar cutters but rarely use it because I use my bigger one, and my smallest one more. I do not have that punch board for memory dex cards as I make my own memory dex cards with my envelope punch board. Nice to see you blogging again Bonnie.

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    1. The cutter I purchased is actually a small one, easy to use for small projects like ATCs and greeting cards. Perfect for most of what I do. Yes, I love my glass craft mat too! One of these days we will both have to get out our fuse tools and USE them. LOL

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