So now...after I've pretty much used a good smattering of the supplies I have...I'm going to share with you my favorites for scrapbooking. Now...when I say supplies here I'm meaning things that are not tools or paper. I don't consider paper a supply...I consider it a necessity.
When it comes to scrap supplies, my tastes are always changing. It's very visible in my pages. But even if an item is no longer popular, I tend to keep it in my stash. Every once in a while it's fun to use something that I haven't played with in a while.
Right now I don't really have any front runners, my favorites are all pretty even. So...here we go...in no particular order...
I LOVE chipboard. Okay...so I might have lied when I said that my favorites are even. Chipboard is very clearly my favorite. I use it all the time. I have chipboard in all different shapes and sizes. I primarily have letters, but I also have some shapes, some complete words and some other fun stuff.
I use it a lot of times for titles or just a little spruce up on the page. I used quite a few chipboard numbers (and some altered chipboard letters) to make these.
I also really like my Grungeboard. It's a soft and flexible chipboard like material made by Tim Holtz.
These aren't as popular as they used to be, but brads are still VERY useful. I tend to gravitate towards the round ones, but they come in a ton of different shapes, sizes and colors. Brads can be used for a lot of things: the basic holding two pieces of paper together, the center of a paper flower, pinning down a photo anchor, tacking down ends of ribbon...you get the gist.
I love paint. It's so pretty. I don't use this item a whole lot (mostly because I'm impatient and I hate waiting for it to dry), but I usually really like the results when I do. The little jar you see down in the lower right is the most fun paint I own. That baby is crackle paint from...who else?...Tim Holtz. (I swear, I'm not paid to advertise for him. His stuff is just awesome.) It's super easy to use and produces a really great effect on anything from paper to chipboard to wood.
An oldie, but a goodie. These aren't anything fancy, they're just plain ol' buttons. I keep mine separated by color in little glass jars. They can be adhered with pop dots or sewn to a page. They're fun, colorful and super easy to use. If you want a quick way to embellish a page...this is it.
5. Letters & Numbers
Like my buttons, I keep these divided in little glass jars. I collect basically any letter item I can get my hands on so in these jars you'll find plastic beads, metal stencil letters, wood scrabble tiles, letter charms and mailbox letters. It's just a nice fun assortment.
These, I'll be honest...I love them, but I still find myself occasionally scared to use them. Sometimes it's hard to make a good looking center. The smaller ones like the ones featured above are pretty straightforward - just use a brad - but the larger ones can get a bit tricky. It's nice to layer those ones with smaller styles. It gives a lot of depth and I just think they look pretty.
Another old standby. I have A LOT of this. I use everything from "official" scrapbook ribbon (like above) to the little 0.50 spools on the rack at JoAnn. I also repurpose a lot of ribbons that come on presents and what not. I use it on a good chunk of my pages for one thing or another...and who can blame me when it can come in cute packaging like this...
8. Eyelets & Snaps
|It's my one artsy photo of the night. I promise I was sober when this was taken.|
These both have to be attached using special tools...which is where the Crop-a-Dile comes in handy. The old school way is to use an eyelet setter and a hammer. This makes you feel like Hephaestus and it's really, really loud. (Hephaestus is the Greek god of fire & metalworking for those of you wondering - and yes, I really did know that...I'm weird like that.) If you plan on using a lot of these, suck it up and by the darned Crop-a-Dile. You'll thank me.
Well...that about wraps it up. Sure, there are other supplies I own and use, but these are my most frequent fliers. We didn't quite make it to 10 (unless you count Letters & Numbers and Eyelets & Snaps as two entries each), but I still think I gave you enough little ideas.
Make sure you swing by Mom, the Intern tomorrow to start checking out the auction items! She'll be including the five layouts I created today.