Monday, July 20, 2009

My Favorite Scrapbooking Tool

This week, all of us Killer Hobbies Blog Sisters will be sharing our thoughts on our favorite crafting tools. It’s a cool idea that our Blog Sis Terri Thayer came up with.

I started noodling around the theme, and golly, I have to admit, choosing just one was a bit harder than I expected. I’m lucky enough to have a crafts room/office crammed with all sorts of fun things to play with. After all, I’ve been scrapbooking since 1998, so I’ve had an entire decade to collect stuff.

But when I really got down to basics, to what I couldn’t live without, the answer was pretty surprising. Pretty simple, too.

I can’t scrapbook without a good pencil. My preference is a cheap, yellow plastic mechanical #2 lead by PaperMate. If it still has any eraser, I’m really in heaven.

You see, if I have a pencil and an eraser, I can do just about anything. First of all, I can use my pencil to assist me in creating a layout because even without a ruler, I can eyeball paper sizes. (Okay, it’s nice to have scissors so I can cut the paper. That’s sort of a given.) I use my pencil to make little tick marks for where to cut.

Second of all, with a pencil, I can create just about any art to dress up my pages. Here’s a sketch I’ve been working on. There's most of what comes to mind when I think of summer--a grill, flipflops, sand, and a bucket.
I start my images with a really loose drawing. Then I erase and refine my work. Now I’m on to adding color…probably with pencil in this case. I can pretty much “create” the art for an entire page with my trusty pencil in hand. I can also create lettering for a page title.
In fact, if you go to you can click on my 4th of July downloads and see how I did all the art for a big two page scrapbook page. That all started with, yep, a pencil.

Finally, if I have a pencil, I can add journaling. Sure, an archivally safe pen is great, but you know, you can still see pencil sketches done by Michelangelo. Pencil will stand the test of time.

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So, that’s my choice. My go-to, constant pal, can’t do without tool: a pencil.

1 comment:

Camille Minichino said...

I love it, Joanna!
As you'll see tomorrow, my favorite tool has about as much complexity as yours!