12 Must Have General Craft Tools and Products

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Happy Friday to all of you! Time for the final Must Have Tip post of the month, full of more of some great crafting items we love to use! Allison here again and it is time to share my favorite tools and craft items with all of you. I, like Michele, am a general crafter so I use a little bit of everything when I work on projects. 
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I’ll start with some of my favorite tools.
I love a good self healing cutting mat. You can use them for so much more than cutting. I have quite a few of these 12×12 Martha Stewart cutting mats that I use for various projects. I love all the lines on them to use for measuring. There are a few other size options as well, I have a large foldable mat as well that I’ll pull out for larger projects.
I love to have a mini tool kit on hand because you just never know when you may need a screw driver, some pliers, utility knife, etc. I keep mine directly on my work table so I can easily grab it. This one from Allied Tools is great and compact so it doesn’t take up a lot of space.
I think Michele shared these Cutter Bee scissors too but you guys, these things are so awesome! They are crazy sharp, cut great, and love the cap so you don’t accidentally stab yourself.
I love this File Set from Basic Grey. I used to scrapbook but I use them more now that when I did. I love to use them if I apply paper to something and it is hanging over the edge a little. Just file it off and you are set to go. They are also great to use when distressing a paint treatment, such as on mason jars. I use these all the time!
 If you don’t have a cordless glue gun, get one! It is a game changer! It is so much easier working on a project when you aren’t fighting a cord. I also recommend a multi temp gun like this one from Adhesive Technologies because some projects you will need low temp glue, and others are better with hot so this way you only need one gun instead of a few.
I love this Revolving Organizing Tool Carousel for all my storage needs on my desktop. Mine is full of scissors, pens, pencils, markers, glue sticks, erasers, rulers, and probably way too many other things! It sits on the corner of my work space at hands reach so I can easily grab what I need.
If you have a lot of ribbon, washi tape or other small items you use all the time, the Snap Storage kit is pretty handy to have to keep all that organized. I MAY be slightly biased about how great it is because my husband did invent it, but it really is an awesome way to keep things organized and you can view exactly what you have.
Now onto a few of my favorite products.
I love Mod Podge. It can be used for so many different things and there are so many different types that you can for sure find the one that is perfect for the project you are working on. 
As I mentioned earlier, I used to scrapbook and when I scrapbooked I would use these Stickles all the time to add a little sparkle to my pages. Well I don’t scrapbook as much as I used to but I still love Stickles! There are SOOOOOOO many color options to pick from and they are so great to just add some glitter to any sort of project, and I like glitter, without all the glittery mess. My daughter loves to use these as well. 
If you do hand lettering, or even like to do other drawing/doodling, these TomBow Dual Brush Tip Markers are so amazing. They have a wide numerous of color options, they are blend well together and the colors are vibrant.
I like to keep all sorts of glue on hand but these glue pens from Martha Stewart are nice and handy for paper crafts. There are three options: Ball point, Fine point and Wide Tip. I have all three and keep them in my carousel to pull out whenever needed. 
Another product that I used to use with scrapbooking but still love to use for any other type of paper projects are these ColorBox Chalk Inkpads. I use them when creating anything out of paper to add a little dimension. I’ve used them on coffee filter wreaths. And I even use them on the edge of some painted wood projects. There are a ton of color options for to go with any project.
I think I will stop there! What are some of your favorite tools or products? 
Stay tuned for next month when we start a whole new set of tips and we start holiday tips! :) 

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Happy 2nd Birthday MFTM! {blogoversary}

That’s right!
Today is Mine for the Making’s 2nd birthday.
Or blogoversary. 
Two years ago I finally decided to click the publish button and I am SO glad I did.
Why am I so glad, you ask?
I have learned so much more about myself just from blogging. I have become a more creative woman. I have become a more hands-on, do-it-yourself wife. I have become a better cook and home-maker. I have found, shared, and been inspired to create teachable moments with my daughter. I have shared my creativity with others and they have shared their talents with me. I have made so many special friendships. Yes, REAL friendships with REAL women. Behind a great blog is a great woman, just remember that ;)

I would have NEVER guessed that people would actually click the follow button on my lil’ blog-a-roo 2 years ago. 
I started this as a way to share what I love. A little place to keep record of the things I make and do. A place to record special family moments. A place I feel safe to share my passion to create and make things myself. 

I want to thank you, lovely readers, for your sweet comments, emails, and pins. You inspire me to keep creating. You inspire me to keep clicking on the publish button. 
So, to thank you, I have invited some of my very favorite shops to participate in a week of giveaways just for YOU next week. Aren’t they sweet?!
January 16-20, 2012
So be ready to party next week, my friends! 
Here’s to another year of moments that turn into fond memories, and inspiration that turns into something creative. 
I love this blog. I love my readers. I love my sponsors.
Thank you for reading my lil’ blog-a-roo. 
This place wouldn’t be the same without you, and I wouldn’t be the same without this blog. 

Create {printable}

I LOVE quotes. I mean LOVE. For as long as I can remember, I would memorize, jot down, highlight, save to my phone or computer, post on the fridge or the bathroom mirror…all of the quotes I adore (thank goodness for Pinterest, right?!)

I can relate to quotes.
I can be inspired by quotes.
I can be motivated by quotes.
I can see different perspectives after reading a good quote.
Some quotes remind me of family or friends or even a a memory from long ago.
A great quote can come from some one influential or famous, and others can come from people we’ve never even heard of…or even by anonymous source.
Either way…I ♥ quotes.

I think many of you may feel the same way. And for that, I took one of my very favorite quotes and turned it into a lovely printable for the lovely MFTM readers.

What do you think?
I really love it. I printed it out and stuck it in a frame in my craft room. This particular quote inspires me beyond words.

How can you get yours?
Just click on it so that the image appears in a new window. Click on the image again so that it’s the actual size. Then save it to your computer to print! I save mine as a jpg so that I can print it in all different sizes (if need be) from Costco.

Please remember my printables are for personal use only. Please do not claim it as your own or alter it in anyway. I appreciate you sharing it with others, just be sure to link back to MFTM. It’s the kind thing to do : )

You can check out my collection of quotes on Pinterest too!

So what are you waiting for? Go and CREATE something of BEAUTY

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