Recommended Craft Tools

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Mini Paper Cutter

I’ve had this for 7+ years and use it ALL THE TIME for cutting smaller pieces of paper. I find it more precise than my big one.

Thermal Laminator

I have the older version of this laminator. I wish I would have gotten this sooner than I did. So easy to use and so many uses.
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Silhouette Cameo 3 Cutting Machine

I have the original Cameo & marvel at its abilities when I use it. I mostly cut shapes out of paper & occasionally vinyl.
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Hexagon Paper Punch

I’m a fan of paper punches in basic shapes. While I use the Cameo when I need to mass produce a special shape, I use hand punches for quick low quantity needs. 

Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper

This is my go-to tool when I want to round corners on paper. It’s easy to use.

Crop-A-Dile Paper Punch

I have a different (first?) version of this punch and it is so handy when punching through thicker materials. 

Tiny Attacher

This miniature stapler is awesome. It’s REALLY easy to use and who doesn’t love tiny versions of regular things?
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Bone Folder

I use this for scoring and creasing paper materials. 

Foamboard Cutting Kit

It’s nearly impossible to get consistently straight and clean cuts out of thick or thin foam board without using this kit. 

Self Healing CRAFTING Mat, 24"x36"

This is a great large self-healing mat to protect your work surface when CRAFTING. The price is terrific. Note: the physical mat is 24″x36″, so the grid area is ~23.5″x35.5″.

OLFA Rotary Mat, 24"x36"

For quilters & sewists, this is the self-healing mat to get. The grid area measures a true 24″x36″ which is important when sewing with yards of fabric (use only with rotary blades, not fixed-blade knives). 

Olfa Rotary Cutter, 60mm

I’ve been using the same classic Olfa rotary cutter 60mm for 12+ years. The handle is for left or right handed users and the blade can cut through many layers of fabric.  

X-acto Knife #2

I recommend getting the name brand version of this tool. This #2 knife is  thicker and more durable than the thinner X-acto #1 knife. This knife uses #2 refill blades.

X-acto Knife #1 Z-series

This is a precision knife for detailed work. This knife is thinner (blade & handle) than the  X-acto #2 knife. This knife uses #11 refill blades.

Steel Cork-backed Ruler, 24"

I call these my utility scissors use them to cut thin and thicker crafty material, like paperboard, think cork, foam sheets, etc. 

X-acto Knife #2

I recommend getting the name brand version of this tool. This #2 knife is  thicker and more durable than the thinner X-acto #1 knife. This knife uses #2 refill blades.

X-acto Knife #1 Z-series

This is a precision knife for detailed work. This knife is thinner (blade & handle) than the  X-acto #2 knife. This knife uses #11 refill blades.

Steel Cork-backed Ruler, 24"

I’ve had this ruler in 12″ and 24″ lengths for 20 years. I use them all of the time especially to get straight cuts with my X-Acto knife.