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Card Making On the Go

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Have you taken your card making on the go? "On the go" can mean creating while on a trip or when taking a class to learn new ideas and techniques. Most of us craft at home with all of our supplies close at hand. After a short time of paper crafting and card making you start to see what supplies you use all of the time. These are the supplies that you will need when you're "on the go."

When you want to be mobile with your craft supplies, you will want to put together two things: a basic tool kit and a basic supplies kit. A basic tool kit has those items that you simply cannot craft without. Many times when you sign up for a class the instructor will request that you bring a basic tool kit.

Basic tool kit list:
  • Paper trimmer
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Adhesives: dry (tape runner), wet (liquid glue), specialty (foam adhesive and glue dots)
  • Black and/or brown ink pad
  • Clear acrylic block (for stamping)
  • Baby wipes
  • Pencil (mechanical)
  • Other items that you use often: tweezers, adhesive remover (like Un-Du), basic punches (such as a corner rounder)

These are the items you should gather and pack into a small portable bag to take with you. A bag with a lot of pockets is perfect for a tool kit. It will keep everything organized and easily accessible.

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If you aren't attending a class where supplies are often given to you to use, you will want to pack up basic supplies to have on hand to make cards while you're traveling or if you are getting together with friends for a fun day or evening. When packing supplies, especially paper, I like to use a rigid plastic box or tote. There are boxes that measure 14 x 14 x 3 inches that are perfect for mobile crafting. These protect your supplies but will also fit in most craft totes or rolling bags.

Basic supplies kit list:

  • Cardstock
  • Patterned paper
  • Sentiment stamps (birthday, thank you, thinking of you, etc.)
  • Ribbon
  • Border punches
  • Markers
  • Embellishments
  • Stickers

The top five items are always good to have in standard colors and designs that fit your personal style. Another thing to consider is putting together kits of items that are more specific if you want to work on certain themed projects. Gather together different embellishments, stickers and paper designs that fit birthday cards or Christmas cards. While you are working on these specific projects, you may need additional basic supplies such as cardstock or a border punch. That's where your basic kit comes in handy.

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Now that you are ready to roll and paper-craft on the go, check out the first-ever craft enthusiast event put on by Annie's (publisher of CardMaker magazine)! Annie's Craft Festival will be held Oct. 30 through Nov. 1, 2015 in Fort Wayne, Ind., at the Grand Wayne Convention Center

Two of our own regular contributors to CardMaker magazine are teaching classes at this amazing event: Colleen Schaan and fellow newsletter contributor, Sharon Reinhart. This is an event you won't want to miss!