Monday, August 14, 2017

Top 10 Basic Tools in my Journlaing Tool Box


Ok, that's not my tool box. It is a re-purposed utensil tray from my old dishwasher. It makes the perfect caddy for all of my journaling stuff.

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First of all, don't think you have to go out and buy all this stuff right away. I collected these supplies a little over time. Another thing you should know, even if I didn't have any of these wonderful little things I would still write and draw. All you really need is paper and a pencil. Although, I do love my Parker fine point black pen. It's my BFF and I have a bunch of them with refills so I'll never run out.

1.Pens, pencils, and markers. From left to right:
  • Metallic gel pens Slicci by Pentel. Probably the best gel pens I have used.
  • Bic 4 color pens in two different color sets. they come in very handy. I have always loved these pens.
  • Micron liners in black, sizes 01, 03, and 05.
  • A Paper-Mate Flair fine point felt tip for thicker lines.
  • The Ink Joy. They are a nice pen. The ink flows smoothly, can get a little gloppy. Frankly, I'm not sure what all the hoopla was about. Like I said, good pen, but I probably would not go out of my way to buy them again.
  • Crayola twistable colored pencils. I like this brand best for my use. The colors are strong, convenient to use. There are some other brands of watercolor pencils that I've used but I'm not into blending right now, so the extra price is not worth it to me.

  • Crayola markers--I'll talk more about these in my next post about lettering supplies. Suffice it to say, don't count them out just because they're inexpensive. They are very versatile!
  • Small snipping scissors for tight corners or if I'm in a stitching mood.
  • Eraser and white out tape. Always a must for boo-boos.
  • Regular sized scissors.
  • Liquid white out. It has a pen tip so you can use it to write white on a dark background.
And that was just the caddy.
2. Other basic supplies include:



  • That's no ordinary Bic mechanical pencil. This has a .9 mm lead instead of the traditional .7 mm. It is still a #2, but is stronger because it is thicker and doesn't break as often. I'm really hard on pencils so it was worth it to me. 
  • The folding and making a crease tool, also called a Bone folder because they used to be made out of bone (some still are).
  • Xacto knife, keep spare blades handy.
  • Binder clips--these come in handy when you want to make your own notebook or note pad. They keep your pages all together while you glue.

3. Speaking of glue...here are my favorite adhesives to use:


  • The PVA glue is perfect for binding projects.
  • Double stick tape--one of my supplies that I keep in bulk. It's archive safe and you can use it on anything. Double stick tape is probably the cheapest to use.
  • The Easy Runner by Home and Hobby is very easy to use, but it occasionally gets tangled up inside and you have to figure out how to fix it and re-insert the cartridge. It's kind of like using an 8 track audio tape (for those of you over 40).
4. My paper cutters.
Probably the best investment I have made in all my paper crafting. I don't remember how much it cost, but it was worth it. This thing gets a lot of use.
Fiskars paper cutter and edge rounder. These are super handy tools.
You need to use a mat under the paper cutter. The edge rounder has four types of edges you can select. Insert your paper and squeeze. It is really easy on your hands.

5. My Cinch

I can punch up to 15 sheets of paper at a time. I never have, but supposedly I can. I can also punch 1 piece of chip board for covers. I can punch from 6 to 12 inches long. It is easy to adjust the punch pins. The knob in the back adjusts to the size of your binding wires. You place the binding wire (after it has been inserted into the holes) into spot in the back and use the handle to compress the binding wire. You can also use spiral binding. Make sure to buy the same brand of supplies, We R Memory Makers or the sizes of binding are not likely to fit.

6. Sticky notes, the modern day miracle.

I can add notes and reminders to my journal wherever I need them. They serve as both reminder, place holder or bookmark. I especially love the NOTES pad. It fits just about anywhere and it comes in handy when my to do list if too full and I've run out of room. this usually only happens at Christmastime.

7. Washi tape and organizer


At first, I was determined not to get all caught up on Washi tape. I have seen some humongous collections. It can get out of hand and become an organizing nightmare. I found this organizer at Michael's. It has a dowel for the rolls to sit on and a serrated edge at the front to tear your tape with. It's kind of a hassle to use that way so I took the dowels out and use it more like a drawer. I don't really want a serrated edge on my tape anyway. I think a drawer with utensil organizers would work better. But I'm out of drawer space. 

It turns out Washi tape is stinkin' cute! And so much fun to use. It has a light adhesive so you can move it after you've put it on a page and it won't tear your paper. It makes fun borders and covers a multitude of journaling blunders.

8. Deco Pens

These little Deco pens are so much fun to use. Think of them as if correction tape (Wite out) married Washi tape and they had babies. It's ingenious. I wish I had thought of it! It is easy to use and makes the cutest little borders and separators. The ones on the left were $2 each at Michael's (not an affiliate link yet), and the Happy Planner version was $6.99. this one comes with 3 cartridges so the price is close to the generic ones.

9. Paper punch
If you use the disc system for your journal binder, you really need to get the special paper punch. It fits the discs perfectly. You should know that you can only punch 2 pieces of regular paper at a time or it breaks. I use a regular paper punch and clip the edges with scissors for cardstock or plastic, like my pocket dividers. You could use that method for regular paper as well and save yourself $29.

10. The Polaroid Zip Printer


This is the Polaroid Zip Printer. It is about the size of my cell phone, a little bit thicker perhaps. This is probably the most funnest toy of all. It uses special zink paper. The ink is actually imbedded in the paper so you don't get smears and smudges, and you don't have to deal with adding ink cartridges. It prints via Bluetooth from my cell phone using Polaroid's special app. The app lets you make edits to your pic if you want. The print comes out at 2 x 3 inches, the size of a business card.

I find that it is super convenient for printing off smaller pics perfect for fitting into my journal, and each print has an adhesive backing. The refill paper is a little costly. If you buy it in bulk you can get it for like 50 cents a page. I chose this method over the Fuji Instax because I didn't want to fiddle with another camera, even if it is instant. My iPhone takes great pictures so I really didn't need the camera. I wanted the convenience of printing off smaller photos without having to print out a whole sheet and cut them out one by one.

It can be a little temperamental. When I first got my printer, it would not recognize or connect via Bluetooth. I went through all of the trouble shooting ideas then called customer support. They walked me through setting it up. It had something to do with their latest update.

Currently, it is going through another hiccup so I will probably have to call customer support again. I've tried all of my little tricks.
Still, I've been very happy with this little unit. I paid $115 on Amazon just after Christmas. You know, gift money burns a hole in my pocket.

No matter what, keep journaling!

Always,

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