Some of my Favorite Crafting “Stuff”

It’s wonderful when you’re crafting to find products that you really like.

GLUE:
I must have tried every “sticky” product on the market – tapes, rollers, glue sticks, glue guns – if it’s out there, I have it. I finally found a glue I like. It’s made by Beacon. The tip doesn’t harden and block the glue, it can be repositioned, but it also acts quickly, it’s not messy, and best of all – it’s strong.

RIBBON:
I’ve been making a lot of boxes lately that require using ribbon, twine, yarn, whatever. I never seemed to have the size or color that I needed. I found the perfect solution. I’ve used so much of it, but it seems that I haven’t even started using it. Could it be replenishing itself during the night? No, of course not, but it’s a joy to find the right color easily. I keep it in a basket on my desk.

CARDSTOCK:
I go through a lot of cardstock since I do a lot of print and cut items. I use it with my laser printer. This is a tad heavier than most brands I’ve purchased, but I use it for cards, boxes, almost all of my projects. It’s a very nice quality. I use the 8.5″x11″, 80 lb. white.

PRINTER:
I use a color, laser printer, even though I have an inkjet printer as well. I hate to spend a lot of money on ink cartridges, and it did seem I needed to order them all the time for the inkjet. When I create a print and cut design or planner stickers for Silhouette, I like to print it out to see how the colors show and whether the design ‘works’. I got my laser printer two years ago, and didn’t have to replace the ink cartridges until last month. Amazing, because I do a lot of printing. I am absolutely crazy about this printer. It’s one of the most important devices I have to design and create. Love it.

GLOSSY STICKER PAPER:
I can’t rave about favorite products without adding the Milcoast glossy sticker paper. It’s a nice, fat pack of paper for a good price. I haven’t tried their matte sticker paper, but only because when I reorder, I like the glossy so well, I order it again. I use a “kiss” cut for sticker sheets. I have a video to show you how to do it, if you never have.

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