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July 29, 2008

Three Things : Wish List


Most weeks three things tend to be products I have around here, things I have tried and loved or been inspired by. This week I am bringing you three things that are in my shopping cart that I am planning to order, try out + play with.

1. Autumn Leaves inks. There has been positive buzz on internet message boards recently about these inks. I am always on the lookout for good inks (my favorites tend to be from the little cats eye chalk inks + a few colors from Stampin Up – especially an old cranberry that I think was retired). Also just noticed that these inks are listed at 50% off on Two Peas.

2. Fiskars Threading Water Punch. Another tool I have seen mentioned lately is this one from Fiskars. I love scallops and I love circles and I think I am most excited to play with this one of the three. 

3. Red Banner Die-Cut Paper from Creative Imaginations. I like die cut papers like this one with nice points and lines for journaling. The point can be used as a directional design device and the lines are great for keeping my journaling in line. Most of the time I have found that I like to cut sheets like this in half and use one on one layout and the other half on another (or on the second page of a two page spread as seen below).


[ layout from Creating Keepsakes, July 2008: SUPPLIES: Patterned Paper: Collage Press, Jenni Bowlin Studio Blue Die Cut; Journal Blocks: Heidi Swapp ("today" + light blue); Ruler Ribbon: Junkitz; Letter Stickers: American Crafts (white foam + paper white + black); Circle Accents: K&Company Spinner, Scenic Route; Pen: American Crafts]


[ Three Things is a weekly product series : check out the archives here. ]


  • 1.
    jenn said…

    love this layout Ali!!!

  • 2.
    Helen said…

    hi there, I love to try new things too, but have to pay attention to scrapbook budget!! LOL, Those fISKARS punches are great to give a special look to ordinary cardstock when layering or for borders, as I don’t like the decorative scissors,which tend to crush the paper edges, I love this one, I have the simple scallop one. I didn’t know about these new inks ! and Creative Imaginations is a MUST!! ;) Have a great day !

  • 3.
    Sherry said…

    I love my Threading Water punch. Can’t wait to see what you create with it.

  • 4.
    Jenny Alfonso said…

    now I need to get a threading water punch :) thanks for the daily inspiration!

  • 5.
    connie melancon said…

    I just found a link to your blog from a fiskateer. I will be visiting it alot! I also love the paper and my threading water punch.

  • 6.
    Jenn B said…

    I love the die-cut papers too! I don’t have that punch…might have to put that on my Christmas list! :) Saw that layout in the mag….love it!

  • 7.
    Amy said…

    That threading water punch is the best! I got it as part of my It Kit Studio kit a while back and I have used it a lot! Love those die cut papers too. And your layout, love it!

  • 8.
    Rita Timmons said…

    I have the threading water punch and it ROCKS! I found it at our target store. You have to get one of those.

  • 9.
    sue Treiber said…

    I have ben wanting that punch! And I adore the paper, of course!

  • 10.
    Heather V said…

    That punch is great!! I’ll have to keep my eyes open for it in the store.
    I too adore cat’s eye chalk ink! Love the way it goes on!!

  • 11.
    SharonC said…

    I’m a newbie to scrapbooking. You are inspiring.
    What I am into right now is alcohol ink. I liked the dots/ drops album you made. I’m going to try it.

  • 12.
    karen said…

    I have the scallop punch and love it! i use it a lot more than i though i would. you will love it too i am sure.

  • 13.
    Anne Alley said…

    I love cat’s eye chalks, especially for inking the edges of things with minimal mess. And that punch looks fabulous!

  • 14.
    Meghan E said…

    The threading water punch is definitely a must have tool :)

  • 15.
    Amanda N. said…

    Ali, the Threading Water punch is awesome! I have had mine for a couple of monthes and use it all the time! From trial and error I found it works best if you turn the punch on the backside to punch and line up the pattern. Leave it to Weaver is another great punch…it allows you to weave ribbon
    on a LO in a very easy way. Happy Scrappin! :)

  • 16.
    {vicki} said…

    Love to see what three things you are up to each week.
    Was wondering WHERE might I find the 2″ square punch that you use all the time? The largest I have been able to find is
    1 1/2. PLEASE HELP!!!!!!

  • 17.
    laura said…

    I love all of those. I also have a quote that I feel like you will like that I want to share with you. “It is sad that we who are so fleeting and mortal, waste our short lives on passing things…when all we really want is to love and be loved in that perfect way that makes us feel whole, like the way water settles into pockets of rock after a rain.” -Jimmy Santiago Baca It seemed very Ali-Edwards-ish to me, so I thought I’d share. Have a good day, thanks for the inspiration! :)

  • 18.
    Wendy Kwok said…

    I love your LO… lovely use of the die cut paper….

  • 19.
    Tona said…

    I have the threading water punch & it’s great. I’ll definitely be looking into that paper.

  • 20.
    Mel said…

    You will LOVE the threading water punch….I use mine constantly-it is one of my all-time favorite tools. You should also check out the bracket border punch from Martha Stewart–a tiny border like edge that rocks.

  • 21.

    Ali email me and I will gladly gift you the threading water punch!! Have some in stock right now!!
    They sell out as fast as they come in but I will grab one for you right now!!

  • 22.
    Jill said…

    Ali ~ I have the punch and LOVE it! I know you would love it also…it’s just wonderful – I’ve already used it on several layouts already and I can’t say that for all the tools I’ve just ‘had to have’ if you know what I mean. This one is a keeper.
    I like that paper also – it’s been on my wishlist at Two Peas for a while…have to get it with my next order.

  • 23.
    k8 said…

    Aha! I think AC Moore and Michael’s finally got some of those punches in – and I just got one on Saturday……right now I’m just gazing at it……soon I will remove it from its packaging and USE it!

  • 24.
    Ann said…

    I have the Threading Water punch. It is one fun little tool — if you hide the circles, it looks like paper rickrack. I’ve had people ask me when I use it on cards if it is rickrack. I also used it in a layout where I hung tags from the circles. Very cool little device!

  • 25.
    laura said…

    I have that punch and I love it!!! I used to buy paper with that very same pattern, and now I can make my own! =D Can’t wait to see what Ali does with it!!!!

  • 26.
    Jess S said…

    I stalked Target until I found the threading punch. Love it. I order some of ink, but they were already out of the aqua blue. Thanks for
    the heads up. Jess

  • 27.
    Emilyt said…

    That punch is on my wish list. :) I watched the demo on the Fiskars site and it looks too easy not to have one. Good item ideas this week!

  • 28.
    Linda Beeson said…

    Oh, I’m hearing about those inks! Since I do a whole lot of stamping and some of my new favorites are clear, I guess I need to check these out future.

  • 29.
    Iara said…

    I do also love die cut papers, and love how you used the bracket paper in the two pages spread! thanks for the inspiration!

  • 30.
    Ann said…

    I love the layout. That is one of the nicest I think I’ve ever seen.

  • 31.
    Krista Nash said…

    Wow! Clearly lots of people read your blog. How wonderful. My favorite things about memory keeping is that I can do it and at the same time employ my cretive tendencies. I love that at the same time I creating art, I am also recording events of my beautiful family.

  • 32.
    Lynn said…

    I’m another one who loves my threading water punch. Makes things much easier than hand cutting a scallop edge then using a hole punch & hammer!

  • 33.
    deB perry said…

    you will HEART that punch with a passion. ;) you just wait to see how many cool things you can come up with. oh my .

  • 34.
    kristi kortman said…

    have the fiskars punch. it’s adorable and works like a dream. used it lots of times already. also interested in hearing what you think about the AL inks. Need to buy some new dye ink pads.

  • 35.
    Kate Anderson said…

    hi Ali, love the threading water punch. Hard to get hold of in N.Z. So I borrowed a friend’s and spent a few hours playing with white c.s. and various p.p. yesterday.
    Hanging out until i can get one of my own.
    p.s. love the photo booth pics.
    Kate A

  • 36.
    tchrtiff said…

    I just bought that punch on Monday! Michael’s finally had some in stock and the best part…it was 40% off!! Yea! That paper is so cool. I must find some. Thanks for all your inspiration. Can’t wait to see how you use the Threading Water punch on a LO or mini book.

  • 37.
    Kimberly said…

    I have actually seen a lot of layouts with the scalloped edges (some with circle cuts) and wished I had a punch to create this look!! That is a great idea to get 2 page layouts with one decorative piece of paper!!!

  • 38.
    CK said…

    Ooh, I love the Fiskars Threading Water Punch. They are simply one of the best buy! I especially love using it to make cards :)

  • 39.
    stephenie said…

    Threading Water rocks… and so does your layout of Chris and Simon!

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