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Bullet journaling is my secret weapon to staying organised. If you don’t know what a Bullet journal is read this post ‘Why you NEED a bullet journal’
Since my family have started self-isolation I have re-discovered my love of paper craft. I used to scrapbook and I still do memory pages in my bullet journal but I haven’t done anything really creative for a long time. Recently I discovered junk journals and have been down that rabbit hole for about 10 days. I am going to write some posts about that adventure but thought I would start of with a post about my favourite craft supplies and tools.
Paper Cutting Tools
My all-time favourite papercraft tool is the Sizzix Big Shot. This portable roller machine cuts and embosses many different materials. It uses metal dies to cut shapes into whatever you want. For journaling, it is pretty amazing.
If you want a good quality paper trimmer to add to your craft supplies, I have found fiskar really good and sturdy. I use mine daily!
Dies For Your Big Shot
Once you go down the rabbit hole of die cutting you are going to need dies. Amazon has a large range at reasonable prices compared to any other craft store online. These are a few of my favourite.
My next favourite papercraft tools would have to be stamps. My favourite brand of stamps is Stampin Up. They are really great quality and range. If you decided to order any of Stampin Up’s stamps online you will be asked for your demonstrators name, feel free to use mine. Lee Saul.
I have ink for two reasons. The first for the obvious, stamping paper and then secondly I use distressed ink for making paper look older or vintage. I love Stampin Up ink but when I can’t use that I use these inks below. The Memento dew drops are for stamping and the Ranger ink pad is for aging paper.
I have found that there is a difference between cheap and expensive adhesives. When your crafting project falls apart after a couple of months you learn to spend the extra on good quality glue. I really like America Crafts sticky thumb tape runner. The glue holds for a long time and the runner is actually refillable which I have found is rare.
I use Uhu glue sticks and Elmer’s Glue all for a lot of my projects too and I’ve never had any trouble with them.
My favourite pen that I use all the time is my TWSBI fountain pen with a stub 1.1m nib. I love my fountain pens because they are just so great to write with. You don’t have to press hard on them they just flow. The stub nib gives you line variation similar to calligraphy.
If you are looking for journaling pens I highly recommend the Pigma Micron pens. They come in various colours and sized tips but I only use the black ones. They are also archival ink so won’t fade. I buy them in a pack of 8 all different sized.
Brush pens are another style of pen that I use a lot. They are great for lettering and colouring and painting. My favourite brand would be Tombow closely followed by Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens. The Pitt pens are a lot smaller and finer than the Tombows, so are better for smaller work.
Reference Books For Lettering
My favourite reference book for lettering is called “Lettering Alphabets & Artwork“. The book has 60 different styles of lettering in and I find that I go to this book first over my other lettering books.
The books listed below are my other go to books. I highly recommend the Creative Lettering and Beyond for calligraphy script.
There is no papercraft without the paper. I love Echo Park scrapbooking paper and find it is easiest to get from Amazon because I’m in a rural area. I also create my own vintage paper by making a cup of tea and then using the teabag as a paintbrush to paint the paper and let it dry. Sometimes it takes two coats but it works well.
Another source of paper for your projects is old books. They can be torn up and layered in ephemera or as backgrounds for a page and they are very low cost usually.
Washi is a great way to add colour to a page. It is so useful as well as pretty.
Embellishments & Ephemera
I love embellishments and ephemera and I can sit down for hours and make them. Some common things I put in them are vintage paper, lace and die cuts. I do buy some die cuts that I can’t make with my big shot. My favourite being Tim Holtz branded stuff.
And that is my list of things I have to have. If you think I’ve missed something vital off the list please email me and I’ll add it on.
Bullet Journal Notebooks:
- Rhodia Goalbook comes set up for bullet journaling and is fountain pen friendly
- Official Bullet Journal Leuchtturm1917 built for bullet journaling by the creator
- Nuuna I love the funky covers on these books
- Mumsy and Bub – This company makes beautiful vegan travelers notebooks. I have 3 of them 2 A5 and 1 B6 sized.
- Staedtler triplus fineliners I have these in the 36 pack and love them
- Zebra Mildliner Brush Pens
- Tombow Dual Brush Pens
- Pilot Metropolitan (MR3) fountain pen A great beginners fountain pen
- Lamy Safari fountain pen I’m a little obsessed with these pens, they are great and write amazingly
- Diamine Shimmer inks I love these inks shimmer and non shimmer alike
- Faber-Castell pitt artist pens
- Crayola supertips Great for highlighting, colouring and faux calligraphy