Lain’s Picks

The Best Scrapbooking Products.

Here’s a list of my favorites — favorite product lines, favorite trimmer, favorite idea books. So I figured I’d put a little list together here. Each link may take you to a different vendor, but I’ve tried to save you trouble by sticking to Amazon.com and Scrapbook.com as much as possible. Check back — I’ll be updating as I find new favorites!

tombowTombow permanent is my current fave adhesive. I buy it in bulk! cropadileThe BEST hole-puncher for paper and chipboard. Two sizes. Also sets eyelets. I use it constantly! cutterI love the clean cut of the rotary trimmer. The blade seems to last longer than  other trimmers. glossy accentsThe perfect glue to add buttons and chipboard to layouts or cards.
sticklesCheck out my ode to Stickles, including product usage ideas, here: How to Use Stickles gelly rollMy one and only choice for a white pen for journaling on opaque papers. albumsI adore AC’s 12×12 three-ring binders! They fit both 8.5×11″ pages and 12×12″ pages. lettersAdorable fonts that are cute without being cutesy.
journaling spotsI love all the Jillibean products, but these journaling sprouts are the must-haves! bazzillIf I could only use one color cardstock, I’d opt for kraft. It’s a little more jazzy than white or black.

The Best Scrapbook Idea Books.

big picStacy Julian is my #1 must-follow scrapbooker. She gets that it’s less about the page ideas than it is about the accessible philosophy. Start with “The Big Picture. ali2Ali Edwards is nothing short of amazing. She reduces scrapbooking to a simple philosophy. Her books are out of print but worth ordering used. elsieFlip open Elsie Flannigan’s book and get scrapping.  I never fail to get a ton of inspiration from her layouts and designs HappyScrappercoverHow could I leave out this one? Filled with layouts as well as tips on how to scrapbook happier. Stacy and I had a blast writing it.
czLest you think that all pages have to include tons of embellishments and frou-frou, Cathy Zielske will show you otherwise. ali1Here’s another must-have Ali E. book. She breaks the process of matching patterned paper into a simple, easy-to-follow process.