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Friday, February 28, 2014

My Favorite Five~ Julie

Hi everyone! My name is Julie Tucker-Wolek and I am honored to be on Laura Ingalls-Gunn's blog today sharing my top five scrapbooking tools! I have been scrapbooking since my son was born back in 1997 and there are certain tools that I use on almost every project that I create and I wanted to share those with you today!
Fiskar Punches! These come in numerous shapes and sizes! They are on the pricey side ($5.00 - $20.00 a piece), but unlike paper and embellishments in the scrapping industry, these can be used over and over again, so in the long run, you are getting your moneys worth!   I have just simple shapes for the punches I own. A 1-inch circle, a 2-inch circle, a star, a pennant and a heart.  I have used all of these countless times on my projects, so the cost of them is worth it.  
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Beacon's Zip Dry! Best.Glue.Ever. Period. Seriously, I will never forget the day my friend Krista introduced me to this amazing adhesive and I haven't looked back since!  :)  Again, like the punches above, it is on the pricey side ($7.00 - $9.00 depending on the store), but it is a glue that you can use on anything.  I have used this on scrapbook pages, cards, altered creations, my son's NASCAR's that have come apart, my daughter's school projects and toys -- just saying if it needs glue  - this is the glue to use!  It dries completely clear and just like the name says, it dries in a ZIP!
Fiskar's Paper Trimmer! This is a MUST have for any paper crafter! They come in all shapes and sizes - but the one I have featured below, is the one that I use.  The cost of one of these can run between $20.00 to $40.00, depending on the size you get, but this is the tool that will be with you for every scrapbooking, card making, altered craft that you make.  You definitely get your money's worth out of this tool!  Once you have one of these, you only need to replace the blade (which is a cost of $5.00 for two blades) about every 3 - 6 months (depending on how often you use your trimmer).
The Paper Piercer! This is commonly known in my house as "Mom's pokey stick!" lol! This tool was made generally for what its title says - Piercing Papers (poking holes), but there are so many MORE uses for this most amazing tool! I use this to help me get glue dots off of their packaging, to place sequins onto glue, to pick up smaller objects, to help me move something after I have adhered it down. Millions of uses in this craft! The cost for one of these varies between $4.00 - $10.00, depending on size and company.
Sharpie Pen! I saved the best for last! Scrapbooking's base is not about pretty papers and embellishments -- but instead it's all about DOCUMENTING the story! And to do that - you need a good pen! I used to only buy Fine Sharpie Markers for my scrapbooking, but they would sometimes bleed through my papers, so I was UBER EXCITED when Sharpie came out with this Sharpie Pen! It is awesome! It doesn't bleed through papers like the original Sharpie Markers (in fact, I use these new pens on my checkbook, and you all know how thin those papers are!), and it has the same quality for writing as the Sharpie Fine Markers!  These are my go to pens for scrapbooking!
                                                                      Thanks so much to Laura for having me today!
Many thanks to you Julie! I use two of Julie’s favorites, punches and the paper trimmer, to create all sorts of crafts. I can’t wait to try out the other three.


If you are interested in sharing your “Favorite 5” please leave me a comment.


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Thanks for having me Laura! I had a lot of fun with this post!! xoxo :)

Auntie Em said...

Great list! I think every paper crafter has their own list but I like seeing what other scrappers have on theirs and why.
I would have to add my Cutterbee angle-head tweezers to that list for tools and my ATG tape runner.
Thanks for sharing your favs and happy paper crafting! :)

Sheila Burns said...

Fun to read!!! I am going to check out your glue and the sharpie pen :)

~amy~ said...

Fabulous! Love to read what people consider their go-to supplies! BIG FAN of Julie's work!

Blackberry Lane said...

Hi Laura & Julie. Julie, your favorite 5 are very timely for me. I plan to try making some greeting cards this spring. I have signed on to follow your blog.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my, I don't scrapbook at all and have none of these things, but I do love the fabulous creations Julie makes and Laura too. Super talented ladies. Hugs, Marty

Cindy deRosier said...

I've never tried the Sharpie Pen - I'll have to check it out. The others are already favorites of mine!

Connie Mercer said...

great post Julie!!!

Denise said...

Great post, Julie! I'm really excited to know about the Sharpie pen!! I'm sorry to say I've never taken up scrapbooking; we were always on the go when our son was growing up. But there's still time to scrapbook, because we've saved so much of our memorabilia from trips and special events.

Thanks for sharing Julie!

Denise at Forest Manor

Lorrie said...

Great list, Julie. I'm going to be looking for that Zip glue. Sounds fantastic.

Sarah said...

Julie, thanks for sharing your favorites. I was an avid scrapbooker for many years, have lots of tools, but haven't used them in several years now. I need to get back to this hobby. I find it very rewarding!

GSGreatEscaper said...

I don't really scrapbook but I do do paper crafts and my Fiskars trimmer has saved my sanity. I love it; and my punches too. I'll be teaching a class on making paper gift tags later this year and my trimmer will surely be getting a workout!

I keep the punches by my tv watching chair and punch circles and hearts out of magazine pages and put them in plastic bags for banners, confetti, etc.