Back in July, 2011, I posted a list of my favorite scrapbooking products and some things have changed over time so I thought I’d hare a few new (or new to me) product that I use on a regular basis now and would recommend to any crafter, new or experienced! Just a side note, because I use these products, I buy them at wholesale and sell the extras in my Facebook group, The Scrappy Resale Room, so if you want to order anything you see on this page, just let me know.
My Favorite All Around Ink
I did a post back in May “All About Inks, which included favorites. Now I need to update that list because I have a new favorite all around ink and that ink is: Memento Luxe Inks by Tsukineko.
These inks stamp more crisp, clean and beautifully than any other ink I’ve ever used. They are amazing!
|Made by Tsukineko
• Mixed media ink for use on any porous surface; permanent on fabric when heat set
• Available in 24 colors similar to the Memento line
• A great ink for paper projects as well as mixed media
• Relatively fast drying for a pigment ink
• Highly fade resistant
I usually use my heat gun to dry my stamped images because pigment inks do take longer to dry but the good news is that you can emboss with these inks! If you haven’t tried them, you must! They rock!
If you’d like to see some real life stamped images with Memento Luxe inks vs other inks, let me know and I’ll be happy to post a demonstration for you.
My Favorite White Ink:
As you probably know, finding a good white ink is really difficult. I’ve tried all of them and my favorite is now Memento Luxe Wedding Dress.
Again, if you’d like to see a stamped image with this ink, let me know and I’ll post pictures and/or a video.
Favorite Tape Runner/Adhesive Runner:
I still use my yellow and pink ATG’S for certain things but my new go-to adhesive is the Tombow Stamp Runner Dot – the funny thing is that I do NOT care for the other Trunner but this one is just perfect for me. I love the way it feels in my hand, it’s the perfect shape and size, I love the dot adhesive which is very forgiving when you need to make adjustments and I also love the stamp feature because you can put a square of dots anywhere you want with one little push. The following photo is what the refill looks like.
Favorite Pens, Markers, etc.
My favorite Journaling Pen is the Zig Millennium Pen for Drawing and Scrapbooking (in black). The product number is MS-01. They come in a multitude of colors but my go-to pen is the black.
My second favorite journaling pen is the Zig Memory System Writer Dual-Tip Marker. I like it because it has two tips, a fine tip and a broader tip. It too, comes in a multitude of colors.
Wink of Stella Brush Tip Glitter Markers -These are really fun to use on your projects. They add a very slight twinkle to your images or products. They are not as glittery as stickles but are perfect for projects that you want to have just a “little” something extra special added on. They come in many different colors but I find that I use the clear one the most because it can go over any color and looks great. The other colors are great for coloring embellishments, etc. but I don’t use them as often as the clear.
Coloring Stamped Images
I’m still loving my Copics for coloring my stamped images. I don’t think that will ever change 🙂
I’ve been through five or six cutting mats in the past few years for many reasons. Currently I’m using (and loving) the We R Memory Keepers Magnetic Cutting Mat. It’s the perfect size and I love the fact that there is a magnetic ruler and four little magnets that you can use to line things up while you are scrapping or crafting. I’m terrible about putting things on crooked (my mom says I have a crooked eye LOL) so the magnetic ruler comes in handy quite often! The only thing I don’t like about it is the color. But functionality overrules cosmetics when it comes to scrapbooking products (for me).
I have the Fiskars ProCision Trimmer and I like it. However, it is big and bulky so you need to have room to use it. It folds in half so it’s half the size you see in the photo above (on my desk anyway). I keep it folded unless I need to measure something larger than 5.5 inches. It cut tiny little shreds off the edge of your paper if you just need to make a slight adjustment and it also cuts thicker material like cardstock (not easily though). It’s a good trimmer. I would NOT pay full price for it however, and I personally, am dying to try the big one that is bright green (can’t think of the name of it) but I invested in this so I’m going to stick with it until I win the lottery or it dies LOL The thing about Fiskars is that they have a lifetime warranty which is great because I’ve had to exchange mine twice now because of problems with the blade.Vagabond Die Cutting Machine
I haven’t touched my big shot in probably 6 months because I bought the vagabond and never looked back. This thing is awesome and I absolutely recommend it! I use this almost every time I make a card or a scrapbook page. I also use it in my business for Kat Scrappiness.
First up are enamel dots. I love these little things and use them on most of my projects. I just ordered the Viva Paper Pens so that I can start making my own because they are kind of expensive if you use them a lot.
I love using die cuts/ephemera on my scrapbook pages and sometimes cards. Most manufacturers include a package of die cuts/ephemera in their collections now a days but you can also get them at places like Chic Tags and Elle’s Studio.
I love using label stickers from all of the different manufacturers but recently I found some from Kelly Purkey, Lily Bee Designs and Jillbean soup and I am loving them all.
This has changed a lot as well. I have different paper for different purposes. For instance for card making, I only use Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock now. It is awesome!!! Very thick and sturdy and great for use with your sizzix card making dies as it comes in both 8.5 x 11 and 12 x 12. For copic coloring, I currently use X-press It paper by Copic but really want to try a few other brands as well. So far this is the best I’ve used though.
For die cutting with my Cameo I mainly use American Crafts cardstock but will use whatever is handy when I need smooth paper. Most of my AC cardstock is textured and sometime I want a smooth paper so I am still using up my stash from Stampin’ Up and Papertrey Ink, etc.
If there is a product or product type that you have a question about, please leave a comment or contact me and I’ll be happy to give you my opinion if I’ve used it. Also, if you want to order anything on this page, just contact me.