Love | My Top 10 Favorite Scrapbook Tools

Top 10 Favorite Scrapbook Tools | Blackbird Darlin'

I can be a bit of an old fart when it comes to scrapbook tools. (Well, if you think being firmly stuck somewhere in the mid 00’s of the scrapbook era as old farty) I haven’t really upgraded anything since then, but I also can’t find a reason to switch to anything different. Here’s a peek into what I’m always pulling out for my crafternoon time:

1) Fiskars 12″ Trimmer – I’ve owned a few different trimmers over the years, but this version has managed to stick it out for longer than any of the others. Its slim, lightweight design are a must for my small space, and even WITH its slim, lightweight design, I haven’t managed to break it ever.

2) Dymo Pink Caption Maker  – I’ve made myself take a break a bit from using this so much, but it’s kind of ridiculous how much I love Dymo labels in my layouts and cards. I can’t quite remember what year that became a thing in scrapbooking, but I’ve been hooked ever since. I have a Label Buddy too, but this particular label maker has three different font styles (uppercase, lowercase, script), and it’s pretty. (BONUS!) It stays near me always.

Unfortunately, Dymo doesn’t make the Caption Maker anymore though, so good luck finding one at a good price. WAH WUH.

3) Roller Date Stamp – I date stamp on almost all my layouts. You can find these little guys at just about any office supply store, and for cheap. Doesn’t get much better than that!

4) Micron 05 Black Pen  – This has been my brand of choice journaling pen since my Creative Memories days in the 90’s. Total classic.

5) Pink Quickutz Squeeze  – I was on the Quickutz design team when the Squeeze came out, so my clunker of a blue tool hand tool gladly got put away for this lovely (and easier to use) tool. Actually, my original QK blue hand tool got stolen, but that’s a whole story on it’s own. I’m sure the dude that stole my car when I was using the trunk as storage for crap I didn’t use thought it was a wrench of some sort.

(And the only reason I’m choosing the Squeeze over the Revolution in this case is the portability factor, but I love my Revolution dearly!)

6) Herma Tab Dispenser – I can be pretty weird about stuff sometimes. One of those weird things is that I can only use tabs for adhering my photos. I don’t understand why I do this. Tape runner = paper to paper. Tabs = photos to paper. This is what gets those tabs on my photos.

(Hey, remember the days when all we had were those boxes with the peel off tabs and THE GIANT HOT MESS OF BLUE TABS you’d have everywhere after scrapping? Yeah, I don’t miss that either)

7) Xyron “X” Sticker Maker  – This little dude changed my world forever when he came out many years ago. As a Quickutz fan girl, I finally had an easier way to get adhesive on all those smaller letters and shapes I was die cutting like crazy. I still use this all the freaking time.

8) StazOn Black Ink Pad  – I tend to use this ink pad on every surface instead of just the kind it’s formulated for. That might freak out an expert stamper, but I always get such a crisp, clean image with this ink. Plus, it’s got that…smell. (Don’t lie, you know you like to sniff it sometimes too)

9) Silhouette Cameo  – I’ve been wanting this beauty for years, but she only just joined my stash a few months ago. I’m a little loopy over what can be done with it…expect to see Silhouette shape use in the future! Once I get in the habit of remembering I own this now.

10) Therm-O-Web XL Tape Runner – So, ATG guns have been all the rage for several years now. They’re cost efficient and all that. But I swear, every time I see someone wielding one of those things, I can’t help but think of merchandise pricing guns. (I’d much rather just forget my retail working days) The pivoting head, tack of the adhesive, and size of this tape runner is what wins me over. Love love love it.

Do you see anything here that shows up in your tool bag? What are your must haves?

12 Responses to Love | My Top 10 Favorite Scrapbook Tools

  1. TracieClaiborne April 18, 2014 at 12:08 AM #

    I love all these too except I never quite felt the need for anything Xyron. :) I love my Hermafix repositionable dotto runner. It’s my beloved. :) I looked up your blog earlier today when I saw your post on the thread about blogs on TwoPeas. I was telling Tiffany how awesome your blog and your work is!!! I love your style!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Lisa April 18, 2014 at 12:25 AM #

      Tracie – that means a lot coming from such a fun, bright, scrappy internet fixture, so thank you for the kind words, made my day :D (Except that it’s night right now, so I guess you get that too, lol)

  2. lilgik April 18, 2014 at 4:55 AM #

    Interesting seeing what fellow crafty chicks can’t live without! I just got my first Staz-On ink pad, but haven’t opened it yet, now I’m curious as to how it smells! :P

    • Lisa L April 18, 2014 at 7:30 AM #

      Do it! :D I’m going to feel bad if I inspire a weird legion of Staz-On ink sniffers though lol

  3. Tammy April 18, 2014 at 5:30 AM #

    I still have my Quickutz Squeeze and Revolution. :) When I need a quick shape, you just can’t beat the Squeeze!

  4. Amy Coose April 18, 2014 at 5:34 AM #

    You have listed some of my must-haves, too!!

  5. jennifergracecreates April 19, 2014 at 5:32 AM #

    Intriguing list! I had to look up what a Quickutz Squeeze was! I love my Herma tape runner. I have the xyron sticker maker but I don’t use it that often as I prefer glue dots. Or I use my tape runner because it’s removable, so if it goes over the edges I can rub the extra glue off! Debating at the moment between buying a Silhouette Cameo or a Cricut Explore, I’d love to do more die cutting! x

    • Lisa April 20, 2014 at 11:42 AM #

      Glue Dots are definitely another fave of mine, especially the mini ones :)

  6. Sherry C. April 19, 2014 at 6:37 AM #

    Fun list! I haven’t used my squeeze in years, I may have to dust that thing off now! TFS!

  7. Erika @ Scrapbook Obsession April 19, 2014 at 6:36 PM #

    I’m with ya’ on the Herma tabs and Xyron X. Love them both and it’s been a long affair <3.

  8. Dictionary April 21, 2014 at 12:28 PM #

    I will have to add my Cuttlebug, which basically replaced the squeeze. ITA with the cameo, trimmer and adhesive.

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