These are a few of those tried and true favorite tools of mine that have made my cardmaking so much more easier. Feel free to leave me a comment if you have any questions about the products I have listed. You can see a tour of my craft space, where I go over more of how I keep my supplies organized HERE. If you are new to cardmaking and need ideas on how to get started, you can see my post HERE.
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On My Desk:
I actually have two of these OTT lights. One one either side of my craft desk. They make such a difference and light my workspace perfectly.
2. I love this grid mat because of the minty color (it comes in pink too) and its size. It protects my craft desk and the lines come in handy for spacing things on my cards.
3. This is the holder I use for my phone when I make overhead video tutorials. It’s inexpensive and I’ve been really happy with it.
4. A must have for wrangling all those metal dies. This magnet looks great on the desk and serves a purpose.
5. This Quick Stik tool is perfect for picking up little embellishments with its sticky side. The pointy tip is great for moving sequins and other small things right where you want them on your card.
6. I love my precision tweezers for keeping hold of clear gems as I’m arranging them on a card. It’s also great for buttons and die cuts.
7. These scissors are my favorite for fussy cutting. They are non-stick and super sharp.
8. These non-stick scissors work well when you need to trim a large piece off the side of a card. You get a nice clean cut every time.
9. I’ve used this trimmer for years. It’s big enough for large paper and it has a precision wire to make sure you line up your paper perfectly.
I love my stamp positioners, but sometimes I just need to stamp a sentiment really quick with a regular acrylic block. This foam mat has a little “give” to it to help get a crisp impression. I also like that it has gridlines you can line up your block to in order to stamp straight.
I use this marker to fill in areas my black ink may have missed on a stamp. It’s super handy.
This eraser is great for getting rid of small ink smears on your cards.
When I just want a little subtle shimmer, I use these clear shimmer pens to color over stamped images. They aren’t too glittery or holographic.
My wooden stamps are finally getting used now that I have this tool. No more crooked stamping! I have a video on how I use it HERE.
I use this machine when I want to have an even amount of adhesive on the back of something. Usually a card panel or die cut. I use this all the time.
This tape runner has a really strong adhesive, but is easy to manage. To change the cartridges, it’s as easy as pulling the old one out, and popping a new one in. No threading is involved.
For intricate die cuts, this is a really good adhesive. You just stick a sheet to the bottom of a piece of cardstock, place your die over the top, and run it through your die cutting machine. Peel off the backing and your die cut has the perfect amount of adhesive on the back.
These foam squares are not too thick or thin and they come in 2 sizes!
I use these glue pens for quick adhering when I just need a small line of adhesive on a thin die cut.
These glue dots are the tiniest and work really well to adhere sequins and small gems. I keep a roll right on my desk at all times.
It’s taken awhile, but I’ve found something that is working for me right now. I love the Happy Planner for organizing my design team and blog projects. The colorful images in this planner are fun to look at as I plan my blog posts every week. I don’t do a ton of decorating and keep things pretty basic. This is just what works for me. I have links below to the products I’m currently using right now including my two planners. I combined two Happy Planners together–“Franken-planning” as the ladies over at the Planner Girl Chatter podcast call it :). I use the cover of Hello Darling and the insides of Brushy Brights. I also add some pages from this blog management printable organizer from Printable Possibility on Etsy. My absolute favorite pens to use in these planners are those Target dollar spot click pens.