Here’s a collection of some of my favourite craft supply essentials, that I use a lot, in one place. The list today won't mean that you're prepared for every project you will want to make. But they will make the everyday creative living that little bit easier.
If you have them in your cupboard, you’re going to save yourself a few days waiting for an online order to arrive, or an emergency trip to the Craft Store.
You don't have to stock up on everything at once, but it's a good idea to add them to your wish list.
Absolute Craft Supply Essentials:
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Cricut Cutting Machine
Why you want a Cricut Machine:
- A Cricut machine means that you can cut a butt load of materials with the click of a button. 100s in fact.
- It writes and cuts.
- You can sell things you make using this machine.
- There are loads of free designs and projects available.
- The Cricut Explore Maker is wireless. (click here to read about the BEST die cutting machines available right now!)
- You can print, then cut (perfect for all those Plannerd out there!)
- Import any image, print and then cut. Or just cut.
- You won't cut your fingers.
- It's really simple to use.
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Why you want a paper trimmer, even if you have a Cricut. Because sometimes, you just need to trim a piece of paper or a photo. Maybe you don't want to bother setting up the machine or risking a wonky cut with scissors. I use my paper trimmer all of the time, and I love it.
The one and only Bind-it-All in Version 2.0 can make punching and binding more comfortable than ever!
Why you want it:
- It's the highest quality, most versatile dual action machine that punches and binds:
- Zutter Acrylic
- Clipboard Wood
- Zutter Canvas
- Artboard and more!
You can create your sketchbooks, notebooks and if you're an entrepreneur, you can print and bind your own workbooks with a solid backing to avoid damage.
Party-on with the Polaroid Z2300, packed with fun features. Snap, print, and share instant photos or save and share your moments with the camera’s built-in memory. Combine the magic of Polaroid Instant with the ability to crop, add borders, or apply filters.
Why you want this model:
This camera is a digital camera with an instant printer attached. I got mine because I'm an art journaler and I wanted a method of taking photos that I can shoot, edit and print instantly.
The Christmas gift was received!
Eyelets and snaps are some of the coolest embellishments around, but they are some of the hardest to attach. The We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile all-in-one tool makes it super easy. It will punch ⅛" and 3/16" holes through any material, including paper, metal, chipboard, fabric, poly, plastic, acrylic, wood and much more.
The Crop-A-Dile comes with colour cubes that are removable for easy replacement. It also includes a sliding measuring guide for a precise hole and eyelet spacing, marked in inches and centimetres.
A glue gun is one of those absolute essentials for any crafter. The pink part is entirely optional. I highly recommend going cordless. It means that it's not always falling over and getting covered in melted glue. Don't forget to stock up on extra glue sticks!
Having a wooden stand or a holster for your glue gun just makes sense. Especially one that is heat proof. With the Hobby Holster, you can pick hot glue off the silicone after it has dried.
The Scotch roller is something I use a lot when I'm creating mini albums or attaching layered photos in an art journal. It does cost quite a bit for a tape runner BUT it is waaaaay more economical than small tape runners. My Scotch runner rolls lasts about 10x longer than its smaller counterparts. It's a super strong double-sided adhesive, and it's also pretty huge.
Pritt Style Glue Sticks
Pritt or Elmers style glue sticks are just a bare essential for any crafter. Whether you're crafting with your kids or starting a creative journal.
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Stocking up on cheap paint brushes is a very good idea, as they're used in a LOT of projects. You can use cheap brushes for your art journal or use with glue.
These brushes are especially handy for artists, if you are working with a large canvas or area or like painting in journals etc.
I LOVE my water brushes, and I use them all the time when I am journaling. No muss, no fuss. They are much easier to clean and great for using with kids too.
Crafter's Acrylics are very fluid acrylic paints, which dry with a very smooth finish. They're unlike artists acrylics which tend to be much heavier and dry with a lot of texture.
Crafter's acrylics can be used for lots of projects:
- Plant Pots
- Art Journals
- Storage Boxes etc
Why it's great:
- Intermixable Colors
- Permanent, lightfast pigments
- Soap and water clean-up
- Water-based and non-toxic
Craft Supply Essentials | Crafting Tools
What can you use a sewing machine for? I use a sewing machine for stitching paper art journals or sewing projects.
If you are sewing paper, be sure to use needles that are designed for jeans.
Why you want one:
A large format A3 printer is a fantastic resource if you love:
- printable downloads
- printing out posters and
- printable gift wrap
Why this model in particular:
This model uses four individual ink cartridges which offer more brilliant colours. Trust me; I used to sell printers for a living. Using individual ink cartridges gives you a far superior print quality.
Watercolor Pan Set (cheap version for pretty photos and easy clean up)
Although the quality of paint isn't amazing, it's still a great palette for creating quick art journal layouts and for using as props in pretty photos. It took me a very long time to find a paint palette with a white tray here in the UK so when I found it, I knew I had to share.
It's an inexpensive palette for the amount of colour provided, and you can still get some excellent results. If you want amazing and brilliant watercolour prints, I would recommend using liquid watercolour tubes. For more opaque watercolour prints, I would recommend using Gouache.
If you want to use the Art Supplies that professional artists use;
Use the Kuretake Pan Set.
These Gansai Tambi watercolour paint sets by Kuretake are hands down some of the best quality paints you can buy. The paints are super pigmented, so you get a great colour without having to use too much on the paper. Each colour is set in an individual pan that is removable from the box.
Comes in a beautiful presentation box, with space inside the lid to add the colours beside the names yourself on the colour chart. This 36 colour set also contains metallic paints in gold, silver and bronze
Winsor & Newton Designers Gouache in Opera Pink AKA Neon Pink! It's my favourite and it definitely counts as an Essential!
Opera Pink is hands down, my favourite shade of pink. I've purchased it for every paint type. Gouache is super pigmented and creates the most intense galaxies!
After I had discovered the craze that was colouring books for adults, I went on a bit of a mission to see how I could recreate incredible coloured images that didn't look like they had been done with pencil.
I learnt new techniques, tried new styles.
At first, I was using watercolour pencils, but a lot of colouring books or printable pages couldn't handle the water, so I asked Santa Claus for some Prisma Color pencils, and he did not disappoint.
I LOVE my pencils!
Staedtler Pigment Liner Pens (eBay usually have good deals)
If you like drawing or hand lettering, then these pens or pens like these are a must.
It has taken a long time for me to get the pressure correct with these pens; the nibs kept disappearing up inside the pen because I was leaning too heavily.
They are very pigmented and permanent, which is what you want if you plan to add watercolour or even water-based crafters acrylic paint to your drawings.
Craft Supply Essentials | Yarns
Why you want all of the colours:
If you have a last-minute project to create for someone, for a brand or to give as a gift, you can choose from a wide range of yarns. Whether you're making pom poms or a pretty crochet cushion, all of the colours here will see you far.
Why you would want to stock up on embroidery floss:
Embroidery floss can be used for a wide range of projects, including making garlands, tassels, cross stitch and embroidery.
The craft supply essentials given here today are everything you would need to have a well stocked craft room. So, if you decide you want to make something, you don't need to wait for it to arrive or wait for your next shopping trip!