Three Things: Personal Favorites


In going back over some of my past layouts recently I noticed a few product trends that are used over and over again. We all have them - things we stock up on, things we can't seem to make something without. There are certain products I go through phases with (like the scallop punch I keep using recently), but these products don't seem to phase out, just in.

American Crafts Precision Pens : These pens have been my favorite since I first started using them. My pen tip preference is .03. I have branched out a bit and now use some fine-tip Slick Writers (love the red - used in the layout below) in addition to the Precision Pens. They remain top of my list for craft pens.

Tim Holtz Retractable Craft Pick : This is a tool that was recently added to my supplies and I find myself using it all the time for punching holes for the silver mini brads I tend to favor. In the past I used the old metal paper piercer from Making Memories - it's now used on a regular basis to unclog my bottle of Glossy Accents.

American Crafts Thickers : Letter stickers have been a go-to product since I first started scrapbooking in late 2002. I remember loving some vellum letter stickers from Mrs. Grossman's (see the blast from the past layout below), a black font from Sharon Sonneff's Sonnets line, and another one from Liz-something (I can't remember the actual brand name). I used those three over & over again. For the last couple years the letter stickers that I grab most often are Thickers from American Crafts. I especially love these (Subway) and these (Rockabye). They are great for titles and for initials. FYI : Thickers are the "deal of the day" today at Peachy Cheap. A great assortment of different fonts at a really great price. Check them out here

Here's a couple layouts using American Crafts Thickers and Precision Pens/Slick Writers:


From Studio A : Creating Keepsakes January 2009


From Studio A : Creating Keepsakes October 2008

And a classic from March 2003 just for fun (I am pretty sure this was a Becky Higgins sketch - hence the tilted photo - I don't normally tilt much):


What are three things you use over and over?


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

87 thoughts

  1. Goddess Leonie |

    2009-04-07 11:21:09 -0400

    Hola lovely Ali ~
    I so love seeing your older scrapbooking work too :)
    It's like being able to witness your evolution as an artist... what stays the same, and what changes :)
    You are such a blessing!

  2. Michelle W.

    2009-04-07 11:28:10 -0400

    Love your favorite things. They're mine too!! I absolutely LOVE thickers, can't get enough of them!! I just tried out those pens recently and love the way they write. And I can't seem to get enough of my border punches. That fiskars one you mentioned is one of my faves. The apron lace (I think that's what it's called) one is another one of my new faves :)

  3. Maritza

    2009-04-07 11:55:36 -0400

    Thickers are my favorite.

  4. Katy

    2009-04-07 12:50:55 -0400

    Letter stickers, brads, and paper - those are all I really need to make a page I love. On your reccomendation I got the AC Precision Pens and I LOVE them - they are smooth and wonderful to write with.
    When I'm at the store, I just can't get enough letter stickers!

  5. Katy

    2009-04-07 12:52:38 -0400

    Oh, and 3 ring albums - ever since they "came back" I've been so happy because I never liked the postbound style. Except for small, fixed topic albums, the 3 ring is WAY better in my mind - they hold more and are much more flexible for all that goes on in life!

  6. Cheryl

    2009-04-07 12:57:31 -0400

    Brads flowers and buttons. Pattern paper.

  7. Sandy B

    2009-04-07 13:17:12 -0400

    LOL! I use my MM paper piercer for the same thing! I just had to laugh!
    My 3 are: AC precision pens, Stickles and Thickers.

  8. Tammy McClafferty

    2009-04-07 14:25:42 -0400

    My 3 faves are: my SU! basic brown ink pad mostly for direct to paper edging but also for backgrounds, elements and titles. I have alsways used fibers of some sort (everyone needs a little fiber!!), but have moved over to ribbons. And my coluzzle, mostly for library pockets lately, oh, and tags.
    Love the page of Simon! It's so wild to see how much they have changed, yet you can still get a glimpse of that little boy in his face today. Enjoy the changes!!

  9. Michelle N

    2009-04-07 14:31:15 -0400

    I use my paper piercer every time I work on a layout. It's the simplest of my tools but the most loved. I also HAVE to have my "readers". I've accepted my eyes can't deal with the teeny tiny details any longer without a little help. Love that I can both make little holes (with my piercer!) and SEE the holes with my readers!

  10. Jennifer Larson

    2009-04-07 15:17:14 -0400

    I use kraft paper, my corner rounder, and striped paper. All. the. time.

  11. jodi

    2009-04-07 15:20:12 -0400

    I love Thickers also, but hate trying to contain them - they always fall off the packaging - does this happen to anyone else?

  12. cher

    2009-04-07 15:56:44 -0400

    Hi..your baby is getting cuter every day! I luv thickers too! We have a store here called The Flower Factory...right now they have thickers in just about any color u want for 3.25...such a deal lol. I also love my corner rounder..I should sleep with it and my crop a dial...don't even get me started on adhesives lol...Cher

  13. Lisa

    2009-04-07 15:59:24 -0400

    Enjoyed seeing your 3 favorites BUT really enjoyed seeing Simon as a baby in the layout in this post!!! He has always been a cutie!

  14. Olessia from Canada

    2009-04-07 16:39:14 -0400

    Oh,I love to use a stamps(any acrylic or rubber -love them all)
    Quickutz(with Big shot)

  15. Andrea

    2009-04-07 17:46:55 -0400

    My go-to products? For me they are:
    Fiskars Threading-Water Border punch
    Corner Rounder
    Making Memories Brads
    I think I have used the punch on every layout I've made since I've gotten it. The MM brads are just my favorites. I usually just have silver and gold on hand, but once in a grand while i do like to mix it up.

  16. Marilyn W

    2009-04-07 18:14:38 -0400

    It is so funny you picked those 3 things, lol! I am addicted to Thickers and those AC pens too! I just can't get enough of them! The tools I use all the time and can't live without are my EK Success retractable blade, and my Cutter Bee scissors and tweezers! And Stickles, I use them all the time! On the message board I am always on, I am nicknamed "Stickles Queen"!

  17. Joanne

    2009-04-08 00:40:16 -0400

    Hi Ali....I'm alway using bubble wrap with paint, ink or versamark so I can emboss. I also love to use paint on my pages, and of course stamping!

  18. Sara Donaldson

    2009-04-08 02:38:36 -0400

    1. My little xyron X (which i have misplaced somewhere and can't look for until tomorrow)
    2. my retractable (cutterbee) exact o knife.
    3. My clip it up just so I can find things. :-)

  19. Marion Mcintyre

    2009-04-08 02:53:05 -0400

    The three things that I use all the time are my silhouette digital cuuter, brilliance ink pads and my sanding block for distressing the edges of my photos or pp.

  20. Ann

    2009-04-08 02:57:37 -0400

    Ribbons, buttons (usually always threaded), and stamps. Since I found stamps, I'm in a deep state of love!

  21. Angela W

    2009-04-08 03:10:43 -0400

    I have sooo many Thickers and love them so much! I actually bought a few from PeachyCheap on her sale! I will have to try the pens and the pick.

  22. Ali Edwards

    2009-04-08 04:05:58 -0400

    I have some bubble wrap on my table to play with right now :).

  23. Alina

    2009-04-08 04:38:29 -0400

    quite honestly, for me it is all about the thickers. They are so cute and versatile that I can't resist them

  24. kerry

    2009-04-08 04:43:41 -0400

    Goodness a coincidence. I received my very first American Crafts Slicker pen in a kit today - a fab purple colour. It also had some Thickers in there too in a gorgeous teal colour. Really looking forward to using them.

  25. Iowa Betsey

    2009-04-08 05:53:11 -0400

    Perfect Layers
    Love 'em all!

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