I've been scrapbooking like crazy all week. I did a simple wedding invitation page, completed my 'First Month of Pregnancy' page from last week, and even completed two single pages for month 2 and 3. I've also done more much overdue work on my nephew scrapbook.
When I say overdue, I mean I'm still playing around with his 'one week old' photos and he's 3 years old now.
I have even been keeping up with taking photos of my pages. But my camera is home, and I am not. So instead, I'm going to list some of the most helpful things I've come across for scrapbooking. Prices are all Canadian.
I have never used one of these, so I can't personally vouch for it, but I really want one. I've cut circles out a few times lately on my own and it's been a disaster. I'm not great with scissors. I plan on getting one of these when I get some extra moola down the road. They seem to range from $30-$90.
Same idea as the circle cutter, except it just cuts straight lines. I have this exact 12" one and I'm loving it so far. There are smaller ones, but they wouldn't work so well if you use a lot of the 12x12 paper. The blade doesn't always seem the sharpest though, and leaves little fuzzies on the edges. I haven't tried my other blade re-fill to know if it IS just because of sharpness, or if they all do this occasionally. I don't remember the price, but I'm cheap so it couldn't have been too much.
3. Paper Storage
I found a cheap accordion-style filing thingy for the 12x12 paper. It has 16 slots. Perfect for sorting your papers by theme (baby, friends, holidays, etc) or color. Saves them from getting bent out of shape like some of mine are. Sorting is a big help when you're looking for something specific.
4. Project Holder
I got one of these recently for $2.99. It's basically a transparent plastic envelope big enough to hold 12x12 pages, and whatever else. It's for those times when you're in the middle of a project and you have to put it away. It's great for me because I have unfinished projects everywhere.
5. A good SHARP pair of scissors.
Mine are dull and just plain bad
Those are five for now. I'm sure I'll have tons more to share later on when I start trying things like border cutters and other random things.
What's your favorite tool?