(Closed) Master List of DIY SUPPLIES needed/used

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I have would not have been able to finish many of my projects with out my beloved cricut!!  She is red and beautiful and cuts paper like no other

Post # 4
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

self healing mats in order to cut easier and protect your other surfaces

Post # 5
1991 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I would love to know what are the die hard supplies needed!

Post # 6
572 posts
Busy bee

A large healing cutting mat is a MUST, paper cutter (both rotary and arm), xacto knives and plenty of replacement blades; a adhesive gun (double sided tape adhesivve to glue stuff). I started out with the small rolls and ended up buying a gun type dispenser.

A good printer and I just bought a Silhouette SD (like a Cricut). It will help on many projects.

Somewhere to store all of this junk too. LOL

Post # 7
1326 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

Absolutely agree with Deaconbride. I’m a designer, so luckily I’m saving in the area of all stationery (StD, invites, programs, etc.). Others have already mentioned some of these, but I’ll add some thoughts.

– Self-healing mat (get one bigger than 8.5×11 and you’ll thank yourself)

– Xacto blade holder and extra blades

– Steel ruler (18″)

– Bone scoring tool

– Ink jet printer, you can go with a cheaper one if you don’t already have one. Some of the $50 ones actually do a really good job nowadays.

– Good ink jet paper, the great thing about this is you can match ALL of your paper and envelopes if you go to a paper store like XpedX, Kelly Paper, etc. or get it online like at the Papermill – but make sure it will work on an ink jet since these are commercial papers made for a press and many will smudge ink jet ink.

– If you are going to do any gluing of papers together, I really recommend spray mount, and possibly removable spray mount as you’re testing things out (then super permanent for the final).

– If you are gluing objects to paper, a glue gun has already been mentioned. 🙂

Post # 8
5921 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Although already mentioned, my glue gun was vital!

Post # 9
1326 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

Oh, and if you are doing any folding, you may want a bone scoring tool (can be found in any art supply store). Works with your ruler and makes a really nice score so that the paper doesn’t break when you fold it (and to get your fold straight).

Edit: whoops I added it to my other post since it was still editable. 😉

Post # 11
207 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Calgary Opera Centre

The first thing that popped into my head for this was GLUE GUN! So very important!

I would also say:

  • cutting mat – the biggest you can fit on whatever surface you are crafting on
  • a good knife – I have an X-acto knife that I use with my ruler for cutting paper, and it works just fine. I actually don’t own a paper cutter with a chopping arm.
  • a ruler. 18″ is good.
  • if you are doing any sticking of paper to paper, a good “dry” adhesive (as opposed to goopy glue). I love Sookwang (I think it is sold as Scor-Pal) double-sided tape (I buy it at a scrapbook store), but you can also get the stuff in rollers.
  • nice sharp scissors and if you’re going to be doing a lot with fabric, I’d get a set of fabric scissors and use them ONLY FOR FABRIC! (I learned as a very small girl that you never EVER used mummy’s fabric scissors for anything else!)

And really, the rest is icing on the cake, and/or timesavers. I have a Silhouette for when I want complicated cut outs that I could have traced and done by hand, but it is way easier for a machine to do it. If you’ve gpt specific things, like if you thought you’d do a lot with rhinestones, it might be worth it to get a rhinestone setter, or you could just use glue etc etc.

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