I wanted to share my finds relating to arts & crafts. As all you artsy-crafty types are well aware, that scrapbooking, knitting, sewing, painting habit can get very expensive. Dick Blick art supplies can be had at good discounts but are still shockingly expensive when added up and Michaels coupons can only go so far. We won't even discuss yarn- those picturesque little yarn shops that dot the countryside? I could pay my electrical bill in winter on what it would cost to make a sweater from yarn purchased at one of those places.
Here's a paper trimmer specially designed for scrapbooking sized paper:This too cost a buck. I think these are around $20 new.
This is a tool called Clik-it from Karen Foster. It has proven invaluable in book-binding. It's basically a screw-punch and had only been used a couple of times when I saw it. I agonized over it but in the end shelled out $5 for it:It has instructions, all the parts and a pad designed escpecially for the punches, all together in a nice wooden box. It works like a charm. I don't know what the retail cost of these are since they aren't available anymore. It has been replaced by the Scraparatus. If I ever see a Scraparatus at a yard sale, I won't hesitate to buy it.
I'm not a scrapbooker but some of the tools, like the Clik-it, have proven very useful in other crafts. It seems a lot of women go all out and buy everything scrapbook related and either never really make anything or keep upgrading to the newest products. Either way, they tend to get rid of their stuff at yard sales. Lucky me!