Hi Friends!

Blogging. Here we are. I’ve started and stopped blogging more times than I can count. I love, love, love the idea of it and feel like I have so much to share, but when wedding season kicks in to high gear unfortunately it’s one thing that gets put on the back burner! So I’ve just decided that when I feel inspired I’m going to share! Real weddings, inside the business, maybe a little personal post here and there — I’m excited to see where this page goes. Do you have content you’d love to see? Let me know!

So to kick it off, I thought what better than to share some of my top 5 favorite production supplies. It’s the one thing I think I get questions on the most. I’ve poured hours (even years!) into trying different tools, materials and products to help my process be as efficient as possible. If you try any or have any questions, please feel free to reach out!

Carl Professional Rotary Trimmer

By far the best trimmer I’ve ever used. There’s varying sizes, and I’ve found the 15” is great to be able to cut down larger sheets. I’m always impressed with the precision, and I can accurately cut up to 5 pieces of cover stock at one time. The blades last awhile and all the replacement materials can be find on Amazon as well (I’ll link below!) It has a relatively small foot print and is light weight compare to some other trimmers. I’ve had to reach out to their customer service in the past and they were beyond accommodating. Added bonus - you can use it as a guide to lock your paper in when you’re doing hand torn edges!

(Replacement Parts: Cutting Mat, Replacement Blades)

HP M425 Laser Printer

I honestly feel like I’ve spent YEARS trying to find the best printer options for what I prefer to do in-house. I will say that I still out-source a good majority of my printing, but found a need to for a quality, reliable printer for small scale projects, envelopes, mock ups, etc. This runs envelopes like a breeze and while it does not have a rear or side tray option to have stock pass through flat, curl is always at a minimum. As long as you print with the grain in the proper direction, I’ve fed 110# stock through without an issue. The consumables are pricey, though you’ll want to watch your prints closely I’ve found that you can typically get anywhere from 200-500 more prints after the low toner warnings begin.

Canon Pixma Pro-100 Inkjet Printer

I purchased this printer after it came highly recommended by other fellow stationers. I’ll say I use it less than the laser, but it’s so wonderful to have on hand for larger signage (it can print up to 13” x 19”). I also love how it applies ink on Cranes Lettra stocks and can handle heavier weights. The consumables are very affordable as well!

Scotch ATG Adhesive Roller

If there’s one item I had to pick from this post to invest in immediately, it’s this. Please, PLEASE get back hours of your life and invest in an adhesive roller if you do in-house assembly and are not yet using one of these. This link is for the 1/2” width which is great for mat backings and assembly into pockets. I also use a 1/4” version for thinner areas and sealing envelopes. I purchase refills of both sizes via Amazon as well, and in a pinch you can find 1/4” refills at your local Michaels or Hobby Lobby.

Crop-A-Dile Big Bite

This one is a little random and I’m honestly still surprised it’s in my top five. I had clients once with a super last minute idea of some tags for their special day and I wanted to make it happen, but needed to do the holes for the tags in-house…and fast. I randomly decided to try this and it worked SO well. It will punch 1/8” and 3/16” diameter holes and will do several pieces at a time. I’ve looked into more industrial drills in the past but just didn’t have the space or demand to for that purchase to make sense. I use this more than I ever anticipated I would and found it to be a great little tool to have on hand.

Planning to try one of these products out? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments!


Photo: Lauren Pusateri

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