Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Tools of MY Trade:

I have people ask me all the time when I am teaching what tools or adhesives I recommend. SO I thought I would do a blog post on it. So here are a few of the "Tools of MY Trade" that I would recommend to anyone!!

First of all, here is a photo of VERY well used paper trimmer! You may notice that the numbers on the bottom are worn off. If this happens to any of you out there, if you message the company and send a photo of the product they will replace it. This is a Fiskars Rotary Trimmer. The reason I picked a rotary trimmer is so I could cut many sheets of paper at a time, good for preparing classes. Also I have NEVER had to replace the blade, just the cutting bar that it cuts against.

If you have taken one of my classes, you will know that I ink EVERYTHING that is inkable! These are the inks that I use. I order them 12 or more at a time! I like them because they dry quickly and are easy to handle when inking large or small items.

My scissors...also VERY well used! These are Fiskars scissors, and they have the spring loaded handles. I have joint pain, so having scissors that bounce back for me really helps!

Here is one of my adhesive recommendations. Tombo Mono Aqua has 2 tips for application. The one I use most is the fine tip for all of those small details. But it also has a broad tip that is good for mini books and home decor items.

This is my Big Bad Tape Gun!
It is a Scotch 700 Tape Dispenser and takes rolls of ATG tape. Adhesive can be one of the most expensive parts of scrapbooking, so if you want something that adheres something for the long haul and also costs less than anything else in the long run...then this is the way to go.
People often have the concern that it is too heavy and too big. Well this is coming from someone who has joint issues, this tape gun is made well ergonomically and does not cause me any trouble at all.


  1. Tracy, are you ordering the wider tape for the 700 in bulk now? Easy to find the little stuff for the pink one, not for the bigger one. Shelly used to send somewhere for it...

  2. Not sure if there is any way to highlight my comment but I hope someone reads comments...
    Congratulations to Tracy for being pubished in Canadian Scrapbooker Summer Edition! The layout is one of the happy couple, Tracy and Sean, exploring Cape Breton's seaside last autumn.
    Congratulations Bestie, Love you and your celebrity!

  3. Hey Girlie!!!
    Love that you showed us all the tools of the trade. I wonder if Kim carries that type of glue? I like the idea of a fine point tip. Thanks for all the wonderful info!
    Sue O


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