These are my “must-haves” for my scrap tote–the items I don't leave home without!

1. Paper Trimmer by Fiskars: I love the rotary blade on this trimmer and I don't like rotary trimmers for the most part. The blade can be changed easily AND they offer shaped blades, like a scalloped edge, that I use pretty often.


2. Paper Piercer from Bazzill:

This piercer is actually for stitching with the In Stitches system from Bazzill but I like the wood handle and it is really sharp! Handy for unsticking glue bottle tips, poking holes for brads, and fending off enemies (hehehe). Matt crushed the tube it is supposed to be stored in so I stuck a pom pom on the end.

3. Zig Writers and Vellum Writers:
These are my favorite journaling pens–made by EK Success the Zig is great for paper and the Vellum Writer works well on slick surfaces, like journaling stickers. I still don't know why they make those so slick but at least I've got a black one of these pens to write on them with!

4. Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors:


I love my Fiskateer scissors but these Tonic Scissors cut through everything–I forgot my wire cutters at a recent class and these puppies cut through the wire like butter. They have serrated nonstick blades so they can cut curves beautifully and they can cut through ANYTHING. I use them to cut unmounted rubber stamsp too–they are wayyy better than the Stampin' Up! and Kai scissors I have.

5. PVA.

This adhesive is for book binding but it works great for scrapbooking since it is acid free. It dries like cement and is great for small things, like Quickutz diecuts, that you don't want to fall off. I get mine from Blick Art Supplies.

Happy Creating!!

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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One thought on “Five Fridays #4 – Must-Haves in my Crop Tote

  1. i love a good paper piercer too but i always have an extra push pin in case i forget my big one. ingenious to use a pom pom! :D

    Posted on September 12, 2009 at 2:21 pm