Brown paper packages tied up with strings.
These are a few of my favorite things.
~ My Favorite Things lyrics by Rogers and Hammerstein, 1959
As I'm typing it's 11/11/11 at 11:11 AM. Wowzers! That feels like something that should be commemorated somehow. So chickies – here are my 11 favorite, use-with-every-project paper craft things. Enjoy.
I know, there's nothing terribly sexy about those selections – but they're my basic, gotta-have-at-my-side-or-I-feel-naked paper craft tools. From top to bottom, left to right:
- Gotta have some good detail scissors, especially if you like paper piecing as much as I do. I use Stampin' Up! Paper Snips, but Cutter Bee, Fiskars, Martha Stewart, and Tonic make good ones, too.
- Perfect Layers Rulers help make wonderful, precise layers when used with . . .
- A craft knife. I love Fiskars Fingertip Detail Knife.
- I tried every type of paper trimmer under the sun until I finally broke down and spent the money on a guillotine style paper cutter – and it's lovely! I use Stampin' Up!'s Table Top Cutter. It's a workhorse, won't fray the paper, will cut the tiniest sliver with incredible precision, and doesn't require replacement blades.
- Sizzix Big Shot Machine is a another work horse. I've run all kinds of crazy materials through it (cork, felt, metal, fabric) and they all cut like buttah. Sorry, Sizzix, though, my favorite dies are from Nestabilities and My Favorite Things.
- I love Memento ink primarily because of the way it works so well with . . .
- Copic Markers! Yes, I love my Copics. I prefer the Sketch Copic markers because if the lovely brush tip (nib).
- Honestly, when I was new to paper crafts it took me a while to realize only one type of adhesive would NOT work. But, for the fastest, easiest application I like tape runners like the Tombo Mono Adhesive.
- For a more permanent stick, I use Sookwang adhesive tape. It works like the more popular red-line tape, but it's easier to apply.
- A liquid adhesive like Zig Two-Way Glue works better for teeny tiny pieces of paper or for things you want to reposition quickly on the page. It's called two-way because it gives a permanent bond if you use it immediately while it's wet. if you wait a bit and use it after it dries some, it's a temporary bond – genius.
- Dimensional, pop-up adhesives are just fun. I've tried several but always go back to Stampin' Up! Dimensional dots because the others are too thick for me.
As you can see, I'm an equal opportunity shopper. And, of course, I have several other favs, but then, this would be my top squilion and not 11.
I'd love to hear some of your favorites . . .
Happy 11/11/11 – I hope you made a special wish today and that your wish comes true.