Creating a Beginner Paper Crafting Kit

Eight items every novice paper crafter needs in their stash! 

I love crafting. LOVE it. It is something I do every week, if not more. However, I don't post that much about it here! So, maybe in the future, you will see more crafting tutorials.

My favorite crafting medium is paper. Stamping, cutting, gluing, glitter, rhinestones, and other gemmies.

Today, I wanted to give you beginner paper crafters my top 8 items to have in your arsenal. The things that will make things easy, and keep you excited about paper crafting.

1. Good cardstock.

Not all cardstock is the same. You want a nicely weighted paper. And, something that holds glue and color well.

1b.   Patterned Cardstock

2. Good Stamp Ink

2b. Good Stamp Blocks

3. Multiple Sentiment Stamp Set

4. Paper Trimmer

7. Good Scissors, used only for paper!

6. Good Adhesives

7. Fun Embellishments

8. Paper Punches

Also, when shopping for stamps and punches, be sure to check for 'bundles' --- Stampin Up sells lots of bundles for die cutting machines and the coordinating stamps. They also sell single punches with the stamp sets that coordinate with them. SO helpful!!!

I am a Stampin Up Demonstrator, and I don't 'sell' it. I use the discount for my own paper crafting. And while Michaels, Joann, and AC Moore have the majority of the same items, most of which cost either the exact same or a little less. A "kit" like the one I have shown you will cost you about $350. Which seems REALLY expensive when you add it all up! But, I no longer purchase cards, gift tags, place cards, etc. I make them!

Christmas is coming quickly (Happy December 1st!!), if you are interested in any of the Stampin Up products, don't hesitate to ask here in the comments, or email me! ashley{at}sweetpealifestyle{dot}com  I would also be happy to recommend my favorite products from local craft stores, if you are in a hurry!

If you are a paper crafter, what items can you NOT live WITHOUT?! And beginners, starting in January I'll be doing a weekly posting for the novice paper crafter.

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