Essential Tools Volume 1

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What are your most beloved and used craft tools that you couldn’t live without?

I have been crafting for years and have used many different types of trimmers and adhesives.  We are still trying to find the best storage solution!  We only want to stock products at The Little Paper Tree that we both like to use.  I was tidying up my craft desk, and thought I would share my favourites and tell you why I prefer these products.  These are just a few of my favourites.  This may be the start of a mini series of blog posts.


Avery Elle Extra Large Storage Pockets

1. Storage Pockets by Avery Elle.

These storage pockets get used all the time!  We use them to store stamp sets by our favourite brands.  (Altenew, Avery Elle, Lawn Fawn stamps fit perfectly! And you can keep the co-ordinating dies in the same pocket).

We keep our cards in these pockets.  (We trim the full sheets of cardstock in quarters first).  One pocket for each: Mixed Media, Watercolour, Bristol, Card base.  They are great for keeping track of all little pieces of patterned papers and works in progress.  If it fits inside the 14.5 x 18.5cm pocket it gets stored in a pocket!  And to store these pockets we put them in plastic boxes.


Tonic Mini Trimmer

2. Mini Guillotine by Tonic

This is a wonderful little tool to keep on your craft desk.  It cuts paper up to approximately 16cm in height.  There is a safely ‘catch’ on the handle of the guillotine and the blade is stainless steel.  This is my favourite little tool.  Every cut is perfectly sharp and straight.


Fuse Tips

3. Fuse Tips by WRMK

Jeni tends to keep the Fuse tool to herself, so I haven’t really had much of a chance to play with these tips.


Wire Cutters

4. Wire Snips by Vintaj

Yes you can separate dies by bending them backwards and forwards.  You can use any wire snips to separate them too.  But these wire snips by Vintaj are easier to use.  Cushioned handles make using them easy.  The cutting edge is flat (DIY snips are curved) so you can get right to the edge of the die!  No more stabbing your fingers!


Mono Sand Eraser

5. Mono Sand Eraser by TomBow

This has to be an essential for any stamper!  We’ve all had accidents where you have some ink on your fingers and this transfers onto your cards when you stamp! Nightmare! The mono sand eraser is for erasing ink accidents.  But don’t worry you won’t damage your card.  It is environmentally friendly and made from all natural ingredients.



6. Big Shot by Sizzix

Our most used tool!  The Big Shot must be used at least once a day by both of us.  It is rare that the cards we make don’t have any diecut or embossed elements.  This tool is also good for arm exercises!  Yes, its big and may need its own dedicated space for you to get the most use out of it but this has to be our favourite #1 tool!


Xyron Adhesive Eraser

7. Adhesive Eraser by Xyron

We’ve all had extra dots of glue jumping onto our projects or tape adhesive that goes over the edge of papers and will show on the finished work of art.  (All your card making, scrapbook layouts and mixed media projects are works of art)!  This is a great inexpensive tool.  It gently removes any tape or glue or even masking fluids for all the painters out there.  When it stops ‘working’ just snip off the edge and it will work again.  There is a lot of adhesive eraser here.  This is a tool that will last a few good years!


Did I miss anything from this list?

What would you have added?


There are quite a few essentials on our website so this may be the first in a series of Essential Tools.

You can purchase any of these items by clicking on the clickable links.



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