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Scrapbook Scribbles 8 – My Must-have-go-to-supplies

In My last blog, #7 – My Must-have-go-to-tools, I compared my paper crafting tools to my kitchen tools.  The same can almost be done too with supplies/ingredients.  Of course, you have the basics that you have to have like paper, cardstock, photos, and adhesive – compare to butter, flour, sugar, and eggs.

It’s difficult to say what my favorite adhesive is because different kinds go for different uses.  Tape runners are great because they are easy to apply and aren’t messy.  (For best results with the tape runners, rub on the back of the paper you have adhered with your finger for it to stay in place good.  The heat generated by the friction helps it to stick better.)  Glue sticks work well too, however, you have to make sure there aren’t any lumps and you need to press well.  For bulky or heavy items, the assortment of glue dots work well.  The Zyron machine is awesome, and so easy, however; the cartridges are costly.

I also love to make my own stickers.  You can get full sheets (8 ½ x 11) of labels in either white or clear and you can print your own stickers.  The internet has an unlimited supply of images you can use, from clip art to actual photos.  You can also print out words and phrases.  When you use the clear labels, it has a rub-on effect.

Ribbon can also be an addiction because there are SO many to choose from and it can be used so many ways.  When ribbon is added to your project, it dresses it up without adding a lot of bulk.  It can be adhered in a variety of ways too.  Tie it on, glue it on, or even use brads or eyelets.  You can even print on some ribbons.

Speaking of brads and eyelets.  These are also fun supplies that add that extra little touch quite easily.  Years ago, some of us (yes, me…) would shy away from the eyelets because of the process involved in attaching them, however; now the new tools out there like the Crop-a-dile, make using eyelets a breeze.  Brads come in so many shapes and colors that there are a ton of possibilities for using them on your scrapbook pages or cards.  Here is a wonderful and pretty reasonably priced website source for eyelets and brads: http://www.eyeletoutlet.com

Obviously, there are tons of supplies that you can use to make your project special and you can go crazy shopping for them.  These are just a few of my favorites.

Have fun being creative and building that supply stash.

Next time: # 9 Beads and Wire – Not Just for Jewelry

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