The Paper Crafter’s Toolkit: The Essentials

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KhrisCochran Khris Cochran, contributor
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Theres nothing like a super-sharp pair of scissors.
You can create all different kinds of edge options, depending on the type of tool you use.
Theres nothing like a super-sharp pair of scissors.

There's nothing like a super-sharp pair of scissors.

Photo: Scott Phillips

One of the many great things about paper crafting is that the required tools for most projects are fairly minimal. A new crafter needs only a few essentials in her toolbox to make her crafting life easier and to ensure project success.

Here are my recommendations for a basic kit:

Quality 12-inch paper trimmer with interchangeable cutting and scoring blades
Extra cutting and scoring blades
18-inch heavy-duty paper cutter, either rotary blade or guillotine style for larger and heavier papers
A collection of quality cardstock in basic colors (white, black, kraft, light blue, brown, pink, green and red)
Small, fine-tip scissors
Heavy-duty craft scissors
Small (No. 1 size) X-acto utility knife
Heavy mat knife/box cutter
Pinking shears
Corner rounder punch
12-inch Ruler
Crop-A-Dile eyelet setting tool
Bone folder
Glue gun with glue sticks
Double-sided tape
Scotch tape
Blue painter's tape or other low-tack removable tape
Glue stick
Sobo glue or Perfect Paper Adhesive
Spray adhesive
Black dye-based ink pad
Black pigment-based ink pad
VersaMark Clear ink pad
Sharpie markers
White gel pen
White pencil
No. 2 pencils
Gum erasers
Paper clips
Small spring-hinged clamps

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ShiningStar writes: I would like to see more on how to begin paper crafts. There are so many tools and materials that it seems overwhealming. I'm most intrested in journal making/ book binding.
Posted: 1:53 pm on May 5th
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