It's that time once again - time to play along with Shimelle's 10 Things on the 10th! This month I thought I'd list my scrapbooking essentials. Patterned paper's a given so I didn't include that! These are the items that I routinely use while creating layouts and don't think I could do without.
In no particular order...
1. Tim Holtz Distress Inks - a recent discovery for me. I love the look of inking the edges of my page elements. I currently have Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo and Black Soot and am slowly building my collection as the need for different colours arises.
2. DMC Floss - I love to stitch on my layouts and it's rare that I don't include a tiny bit of stitching, even if it's only to sew on a button.
3. Inkssentials Foam Ink Applicator - the perfect tool for applying distress ink! No messy fingers. The ink goes on very softly and you can intensify the colour by adding additional layers.
4. Chipboard Alphas - actually, I have a huge weakness for alphas of any kind but the chipboard variety such as Thickers are my favourite.
5. Bazzill Basics Piercing Tool - this little piercer is so comfortable to hold and gives you such control in making holes for stitching.
6. Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ruler - This is an amazing ruler. One side is a regular ruler while the other is a centering ruler. But the best part for me are the tiny holes that run at 1/8" intervals along one edge - ideal for piercing evenly spaced holes for stitching.
7. Martha Stewart Starburst Punch - I love this punch and use it all the time whether layering it up with other items on the page, using the starburst as a flower center or just tucking a starburst under another page element to add a bit of colour or detail. Love it!
8. Olfa Rotary Cutter - my method for cutting paper. I guess it comes from years of quilting and using a rotary cutter to cut fabric. Seems to be the only way I know how to cut accurately.
9. Foam Pop Dots - after finishing my Embellished Paper Doily project I truly understood the value of these little dots for adding dimension to a page and now they've become a part of my regularly used products.
10. Buttons - Buttons of any kind! Plain and simple or fancy and elaborate, I love buttons and probably use them on every layout that I make.
Would you like to read more 10 Things lists? Hop over to Shimelle's blog where you'll find her list as well as links to many others.
Until next time...