After three years of Project Life® I can share my go-to basic supplies I use over and over. I use them every time I work on my spreads and can highly recommend all of them. Other stuff comes and goes, but these stick with me.
01 // Fiskars Paper Trimmer
I use this one from Fiskars and am super happy with it. I bought it when I started working with paper again which was sometime in 2012 and it still works perfectly (I had to replace the cutting blade a few times but that's totally normal).
02 // Pens
When it comes to pens they need to fulfill two functions; to write on paper and on photos. Not every pen is perfect for those two things. My favorite brands are: Precision Pens (in 01 and 03) and Zig Millennium Pens in 01 or 02. Both work perfect on paper and photos. When I use a paper with some structure, I prefer the Precision Pens.
03 // Date Stamp
I have a simple date stamp from Trodat. I like that it's a self-inking stamp. I use this one over three years now and there is still enough ink in the stamp.
04 // Acrylic Block
You need one for all your stamps. I have several ones but highly recommend getting one with lines. My favorite is this one from LawnFawn.
05 // Black StazOn Ink Pad
There are hundres of ink pads you can get out there (and I also wrote about my favorites in this blog post) but there is only one ink pad I use each and every time; the black StazOn ink pad. Over the past four years I used three of them and it's my all time favorite one.
06 // Glue Roller
I don't like liquid glue to work with so I always use this glue roller from Pritt. I don't know if this is the best product but it's the one I can get here in Switzerland in office supply stores and it makes the job.
07 // Tiny Attacher
Another item I use almost every time. I have the one from Tim Holtz and love it. It always adds something special to my spreads. I usually adhere smaller paper embellishments to my cards with the tiny attacher.
08 // Scissors
No special brand here. Just one from a local shop. I don't think you need a fancy or expensive scissor for paper crafting (for sewing projects it's another story). Because I cut almost everything with my paper trimmer I primarily use it to cut away the excess of something small. Like when I add a paper embellishment that goes over the edge of the card, I trim it with my scissors.
09 // Paper
For my Project Life® spreads I mostly use white and kraft paper. White Bazzil Paper, Kraft Bazzil Paper and white thick cardstock from Stampinup. All of my 3x4 and 4x6 cards come from past Studio Calico Project Life® (now Documenter) kits, Project Life® Core Kits (Midnight Edition, Sunshine Edition, Seafoam Edition), and Ali Edwards' Story Kit.
I use Canon Semi Gloss Photo Paper to print my photos.
10 // Album
I like faux leather albums. In 2013 I used an orange one from Becky Higgins, in 2014 and 2015 this one from We R Memory Keepers and this year this black one from Stampinup. I think they are all very similar.
11 // Page Protectors
Exclusively Page Protectors from Becky Higgins, mostly Design A, with occasional other Designs mixed in.
12 // Technology
About 90% of my photos are taken with my iPhone 5s. I don't plan to update soon as long as there is no straight edge in new versions. I regularly take photos with the self timer where my phone has to stand on its side and needs a straight edge. Sometimes I take photos with my "big" camera.
iPhone photos get edited on my phone with either PicTapGo or VSCO. And I edit photos from my big camera with RadLab which I installed and use in Photoshop Elements (I still have PSE10). Rad Lab is the computer version of PicTapGo and super easy to use. I also love that I can save my favorite "recipes" to use over and over with just one click.
When it comes to editing my photos I don't use that many special filters. Most of the time I just make the photos lighter and add more contrast.
I print all my photos at home with my HP Photosmart.