Crafting Tools 101


This is my glue gun. There are many like it, but this one is mine…

By far, the hot glue gun is my most favoritest crafting tool of all time ever. I use mine on almost every project and the love and good times we’ve had together are evident in the little community of crafting scraps making a home stuck to it’s side. Some  would say it’s gross, I prefer to think of it in the same category as a well-worn, dogeared copy of someone’s favorite book. It looks hideous because it gets a lot of use!


Anyways, glue guns generally come in 2 sizes (one for little glue sticks and one for big glue sticks) and range from obscenely cheap to fairly expensive. I prefer the small size, because they seem to fit my hand better, but in all honesty, I’ve been using the small ones for maybe 10 years now and maybe I’m just used to it. I think this is the one time where “size doesn’t matter” is actually true. Am I right ladies? Oh snap, I sure did just make a dick joke…on a crafting blog. Go me!

Back to topic: This little bugger cost me $3.99 and I’ve had it for at least 3-4 years, so in my humble all-knowing, all-powerful opinion, the expensive ones are a waste of money.

Besides my trusty ol’ glue gun there are other tools I like to keep handy. If you’re a veteran crafter you’ve probably got your own little arsenal of crafting weapons, but if you’re new to crafting you totes need to start your own crafting kit!

So here’s my suggested list for beginners:

  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  • Crafter’s Knife (also known as an Exacto knife)
  • Sharp Scissors
  • A Hole Punch
  • Pencils
  • Ruler
  • Measuring Tape
  • Black Permanent Marker
  • Masking Tape
  • Scotch Tape
  • Cardboard Scrapes
  • Sewing Needles
  • Black & White Thread
  • Straight Pins
  • Multipack of Assorted Cardstock

What’s Up Bitches!? Let’s Make Something Pretty!

“JoJo’s so creative.” “You are so creative.” “How did you do that?” “Ask JoJo; she’s creative.” “Can you make me one?” –These are phrases I have heard my entire life; but thus far the only benefit of this magical creativity I have locked in my skull has been making my immediate world more interesting, beautiful, weird and wonderful. Sure I translate creativity to “problem solver” on my resume, but only because “expert glue gun operator” is not a skill most any employers are looking for.

Although reality television is clearly indicating that humanity is doomed and I’d rather shoot myself in the face than go to a crowded theme park where Stroller Nazis make constant attempts on my life (because somehow popping out a screaming demon spawn entitles you to literally push people off the sidewalk with your Stroller Tank of Doom) I have decided to share my creative ideas with the world. Via that mystical, nebulous, enchanted forest of knowledge; Le Internet.

So here we go. Because on this slowly dying planet, overpopulated with morons and a@#holes (don’t even get me started on rude drivers) who bow down to the tanned skeletons & child monkeys in tiaras that are worshipped on the TV, isn’t it time we allowed ourselves to be surrounded by interesting, beautiful, weird and wonderful things? I think so.