FAIR WARNING

As a creative person, I’ve dabbled in and enjoy LOTS of things. On this blog, I will share tips, tricks and tutorials on all things pretty, party and crafty. I’ve compiled a list of helpful resources that I have used to create everything you see on this website and on my new YouTube channel. While it’s not all inclusive of everything I use, it includes the most important aspects.

But, before you venture any further, do know that this equipment and software list is ever-changing.  I firmly believe you should wait to upgrade equipment until you’ve proven to yourself that you’ll stick with it. Good equipment helps, but only if you’re going to use it.  I started printing at my local office shop (Staples and OfficeDepot) before I bought a printer. I ordered sublimation transfers before diving into sublimation. Start small, be patient, and know that while you may be a naturally creative person, technical skills take time and passion to grow.  But, if you love it and you stick with it, you’ll be amazed at what you can do!

Disclaimer: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links. I use all of the products listed below and recommend them because I believe in them.

INVITATIONS & PARTY FAVORS

Design Software

I am a hard-core Adobe fan. I currently use their entire collection for various projects. I have used free programs, like inkscape when I first started, but Adobe’s smart objects feature allows you to create realistic mockups that gives you an edge over your competitors. You can get the Photography Plan for just 9.99 a month here!

And if you don’t know how to use Adobe Photoshop to create invitations and favors, no worries! I can teach you how!

Electronic Cutters

I own both machines. I am more familar with the Silhouette Cameo, but have discovered Cricut design space is much more user friendly. Being able to use both machines will allow me to help Silhouette users AND Cricut users. I’ll also be able to let you know which one would be best to create the types of crafts you’re interested in making. These are great for creating die-cut invitations or unique favor boxes (and sooo much more. But, we’ll talk about all that later)

Printers and Paper

I LITERALLY use 4 printers (but have 6). For invitations and favors, I switch between my laser printer and inkjet printer. They both have their pros and cons, but I would recommend starting off with an inkjet printer.

Trimmers/Scissors/Crimpers

You don’t need an electronic cutter for everything. Sometimes, manual is best and faster for simple straight cuts. Pinking shears are used to add the zig zag cuts and paper crimpers are used to add the crimps to the end of your party favor wrappers. These are MUST-HAVES.

JOURNALS & PLANNERS

Design Software

I love Adobe Indesign! If you’re wanting to create catalogs, programs, or planners, this software is the way to go! Plus there are scripts you can download that will create year at a glance calendars for you within seconds or templates you can buy to get you started on any design.

Hole Punchers

SUBLIMATION PRINTING

Printer, Ink, Paper

Blanks

SWEETS & TREATS

Edible Images