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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

A few of my Favorite things...

So, I am sitting here in my scrapbooking room/office (oh how I love love love this room) working away - test cutting some new files. As I was working, I started to think about some of the tools I use when scraping and mainly the tools I use when I am cutting and assembling test cuts. (In case you didn't know, I am a TOOL JUNKIE!!!! I JUST LOVE TOOLS!!! And there isn't a Christmas or Birthday that goes by that I don't have some kind of scrapbooking/craft tool on my wish list!)

So today I thought I would share a few of those favorite items with you my blog readers!

First on my list:

My Cricut spatula! I love this tool! It is just perfect for sliding under paper to pick your die cuts up off the mat. The handle is slanted at the perfect angle, and the actual spatula blade is very very thin and flexible! This is my favorite tool for removing items off of a sticky mat!

Next would be my retractable craft knife. Every now and again I have a die cut that just didn't cut all the way through. Well this is the knife I use! It has a very slender blade that’s easy to control. It has a very sharp and easy to replace blade. No more searching for the cap to your knife—a simple click and you’re ready to go!
Oh I also love my cutter bee's. This small little scissors are perfect for cutting everything and anything. They have non stick blades, which you just have to love. And they are sharp, sharp, sharp! They also include a blade cover - which is great for keeping the tips of your blades protected!
Then there is my Non stick craft sheet by Ranger Ink. Nothing sticks to this bad boy!!! It is a reusable, heat resistant, non penetrating craft sheet. Believe it or not - you could even cook on this thing in the oven!!! And let me tell you - clean up is a breeze. You let your excess glue, paint, embossing ink dry - then you just peel it off!!

And finally - lets talk adhesives. Now I love my Xryon machines - all three of them!! But it can get a little pricey Xryoning all the paper that I cut. So I normally hog the Xyron for my personal scrapbooking. When it come to cutting files - a lot of my files are really detailed. They have a lot of detailed cuts and small pieces. So I have found two glue pens that I just love!!!

The first is the Zig Squeeze and Roll. The glue is blue when wet - clear when dry (as with most glue pens). It is also a two way glue- permanent or temporary. It has a fine ballpoint pen end and you gently squeeze the bubble grip to dispense the glue. I like this one because you can control the "amount" of glue you want by how hard you squeeze.

The second glue pen I just love is the Sakura Quickie Glue pen. Quickie Glue gives you the writing ease of a pen with glue in a ballpoint barrel. You can put glue on paper as easily as signing your name. It is also a permanent or temporary bond glue. But it is shake-free, squeeze-free and I have to say it has no uncontrolled spreading or globing.

So there you have it.... just a few of my favorite things. I would love to hear what your favorite tools for scrapping are. (Hey, Christmas is not far away and I need to start thinking about my wish list!!!)

Until next time...


Chris Durnan July 17, 2007 at 3:36 PM  

i love it when you shop for me!

Anonymous,  July 17, 2007 at 9:42 PM  

Wow, I can't wait to add the spatula to my tool collection!! What a neat idea, and I didn't even know it existed!! Thanks for sharing a few of your favorite things!

Anonymous,  July 18, 2007 at 1:50 AM  

Love this post. I had no idea that little spatula existed and now I want to go out and buy one! I also love that Zia glue pen.

Thanks for the tips.

Anonymous,  July 18, 2007 at 1:01 PM  

If you look in the art department of stores, you can find a set of 5 spatulas in different shapes (one of them exactly like this) for about $5.00. Much better price than the Cricut brand one.

Lori McDonald July 18, 2007 at 2:38 PM  

Thanks for the tip Jan - we don't have any good art department store's around here I am afraid - and the ones we do - expensive!!

I actually got my Cricut Spatula on ebay- and I bought three of them. One for me and one for each of my favorite gal pals!!!

It was sooo totally worth the $$$ I would do it again!! :)


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