I first started making cards from kits and had no idea what I was doing, with that it took me a while to realize that I really needed a paper trimmer. My first trimmer was the most basic one that I could find at Michael’s, it lasted me a couple of months before I realized it just wasn’t going to do what I needed when I started trying to make Christmas cards.
It’s time for tool talk! This week I wanted to talk about something that I use on every single card and tag that I make. It is in my hand every single day that I am working. The Scotch Advanced Tape Glider is an indispensable tool in my opinion if you are doing paper crafting. It seems to have come down in price a bit since I got mine, but I got mine at Michael’s using coupons so it wasn’t too terribly expensive anyway. It was one of the biggest investments I had made at the time, though and was definitely worth it. I have had mine for a year and a half now and only once had some slight problems that ended up being due to user error, and you can’t blame it for that. It does take a bit of trial time to get the hang of it, but so does every tool really.
I am going to start doing a new type of post on here that I hope is helpful. When I first started out I was trying to figure out what tools I needed in order to make cards the best I could, and the big answer is it all depends. Feh! Well, that’s true, it depends on what kind of cards you want to make and what kind of budget you have and … Well, then where do you start? I am going to make a point of every two weeks talk about a tool I can’t live with out or one that I am currently loving. Maybe it will help you figure out what is worth it and what isn’t.