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This month the Virtual Crafting Challenge is ‘D’. For anyone looking to give Paper Distressing a go, I thought now would be a good time to introduce you to a few of my Favorite Tools for Distressing Paper. 

First up, is 

Tim Holtz Paper Distresser

This is a great little gadget for distressing the edge of paper and card. The effect you get is similar to a deckle edge, apply ink or embossing powder for an even more dimensional finish. A quick cheat for matting and layering, is to cut a shape using Spellbinders Nestabilities, and then go around the edge with this tool. The Paper Distresser retails at around £5, its worth it as its much easier to use than the edge of a pair of scissors, especially if you have bad dexterity, like me. 

More tools will be coming during the month, watch this space to see my favorites and the effects you can get with them. 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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Having destroyed the paper piercer that came as part of the Making Memories Tool Kit the other day, by foolishly trying to pierce LOADS of watercolour paper and two layers of leather, all at once! DOH I went into a panic as to what to do. I needed a sturdy paper piercer that would be substantial enough to go through thicker card stocks and if possible leather.

 

To my relief after an online search for Making Memories Paper Piercer I discovered they have a new version of this tool.

Making Memories Paper Piercer

Making Memories Paper Piercer

 

Advantages

  • Tool has storage for needles within the barrel.
  • It has a needle threader at the far end.
  • Has a small selection of needles that come with it.
  • Protective cover for the piercing end and the needle threader
  • Shorter needle
  • Lighter weight than the original tool

 

Disadvantages

  • The needle threader on the end can get in the way a bit when the tool is in use
  • The lighter weight is not always better than a heavier tool
  • Shorter needle; although this does prevent  you trying to pierce too much on a single attempt!

 

Results

Value for Money; Excellent as it incorporates several tools in one

Build Quality; Good for the price tag

Price; around £2.50

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading

 

Billie

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Today I would like to share a review of the Making Memories Tool Kit

Making Memories tool kit closed

What the Kit contains

  • A hammer
  • An eyelet setter
  • Two needles
  • A piercing tool
  • A hole punch tool
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Tweezers
  • Three sizes of bit for the hole punch

Contents of the Making Memories Tool Kit

This kit is useful for paper crafters but would be handy for bookbining too as the piercing tool is nice and fine and would be a good size to pierce signatures with.  All the tools in this kit are substantial and well made. There is a variation of this kit available now that has some additional tools.

A good buy for papercrafters, bookbinders and scrapbookers. This would make an excellent gift for the crafter in your life ;)

Links

JGD Stock this kit.

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie :)

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Today I would like to share a review of the Bind It All Tool Kit made by a company called Zutter. This kit is made to accompany their Bind It All machine but is a very useful starter kit for all kinds of papercrafter.

 

Bind It All Tool Kit by Zutter

 

Features of the Kit

 

  • A sturdy cover with a zip round closure keeps all the contents secure and clean
  • Elasticated bands hold all the tools securely, but also make them easy to access
  • A pen
  • A 15cm ruler
  • A needle/piercing tool which has a srew off end that allows you to store needles within the tool itself.
  • A bone folder
  • A Craft Knife
  • Spare blades for the craft knife
  • A retractable tape measure

 

Inside the Bind It All Tool Kit part one 

  

 

On the second panel, over the page as it were are the following tools;

  • A pair of scissors, small but very sharp.
  • A pair of round nose pliers
  • A pair of wire cutters

 

Inside the Bind It All Tool Kit by Zutter

 

 

Here are detail pictures of the needle holder.  Unscrew the end and you can store needles inside the piercing tool.

The Piercing tool is also a handy needle holder 

 

Close up of the piercing tool in the Bind It all tool kit 

 

So who is this kit for?

 

This kit contains all the basic tools to get you started and would be very useful to the following groups;

Bookbinders

Paper crafters

Scrapbookers and card makers; this is great for taking to clubs and classes.

Jewellry makers

 

On line demo

 

The wonderful people over at the Paper Studio have made a video that shows you all the contents of this tool kit and how it would be useful to bookbinders.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=xXrclxjjNfo

 

Links

 

Here is a link to the manufacturers website;

 http://www.binditall.com/

 

Well I think that covers it. If you have any questions or comments do leave me a message in the box below and I will get back to you.

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading

 

Billie :)

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