Tools of the Trade

May 13, 2010 at 8:54 pm (Uncategorized)

I figured I would start by introducing some important tools of the trade.  These are items that I have used for multiple projects, so they are very important to have for me.  It is also well worth the money to buy a better product on some of these since they are used a lot.

Paper Trimmer:

The paper cutter that I have is a Fiskers 12″ paper cutter, which I picked up at Micheal’s for about $20.  I picked this up a few months before I had gotten engaged or knew of any of the projects I would be doing.  Had I known the future, I would have picked up a premium trimmer for $30, which has a 6″ flat area instead of a 3″ trimmer area.  While both have a pull out ruler, the measurements on the flat area are more accurate.  These trimmers can be found in any craft store that carries scrapbooking supplies.

Paper Scissors:

Since most of my projects include working with paper, a good pair of scissors that is just for paper will help make the projects easier.  I have a smaller pair similar to the cutter bee scissors below.  The small size allows for better maneuverability.  These are usually around $10, but well worth it for as much as I use them.

Double sided tape runner:

A good tape runner is essential for most all of these projects.  There are several things to look for.  Firstly, I like a runner that has a solid rectangular strip of tape, instead of the runners that use dots.  Secondly, you want a runner that is stocked at the craft store(s) you frequent.  Finally, you want one that has cheap refills.  At this point, I think I’ve refilled my runner easily 10-15 times.  The runner I have is the thermoweb tape runner, which runs $4.99 for the runner and $3.99 for the refills.

Non-stick craft sheet:

While this is not necessary, I love my craft sheet.  It makes clean up much easier and provides a defined workspace for my messier crafts.  The base price for this is about $18.

Craft Caddy:

Again, not necessary.  However, having a craft caddy helps to keep all of your crafting materials in one place and easy to find.  The one that I have includes lots of pockets as well as a central opening. I got it for $15, but they can run much more expensive depending on what it is you want out of your caddy.  Unfortunately for me, mine is pink.

Pens and Pencils:

Having a few of these around at all time is important.  I have a few pens and pencils in my craft caddy so that I can always find them.

Graphic editing programs:

Having a good graphics editing program will help in formating anything you do yourself.  Here are the following programs I used: Photoshop, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Publisher.  A free graphics editing program you can use is GIMP.  Open Office has many of the same capabilities as the Microsoft Office Suite, but does not have a program similar to publisher which I used to create booklets.  Publisher is very useful to have, but certainly not necessary.

All of these are tools that are used often, and therefore worth purchasing.  For cost saving purposes, I would remind you that many craft stores have weekly advertisements with 30%-40% off coupons.  Likewise, you can often find these coupons online or get discounts from ordering from their websites or joining their mailing lists.  Take advantage of these, as even little savings can add up in the long run, especially if you are making bulk crafts like what is necessary for a wedding.   Well, that’s it for now.  Next up: save the dates!



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May 11, 2010 at 1:35 am (Uncategorized)

Hi!  As per my mother’s (unofficial) request, I’ve decided to go ahead and start a wedding blog of all the projects that I’m working on.  My intention is to present each project as well as how I’ve done it and an approximate cost to do the project yourself.  That way other people can enjoy not only the work I’ve done myself, but also recreate it should they want to.  I will also credit my inspiration (and the instruction to create a certain craft) where applicable.  Here’s a quick preview: paper roses, seed booklets, and embossed invites oh my!  I look forward to sharing with everyone!


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