Craft knife with spare blades. Any brand works well. Use what you have or visit a nearby hardware or craft store.
Self healing mat Any of them are fine. No need to purchase a specific size or type. If you have one, use what you’ve got. In a pinch you can use the heavy fiberboard backing from a tablet if your budget is tight.
Assorted lightweight papers- copier paper, text weight colored or white paper or vintage, book pages, text weight scrapbook paper and found papers. No construction or similarly fibrous paper unless you’re working with children. Plain colors or those with a very small, subtle pattern work best. Again, use what you have or purchase whatever attracts you. Ordinary copier paper is a very good choice for practice cuts.
YES paste or glue sticks – I like YES paste best, and it’s what you’ll see me using most of the time. Glue sticks are wonderful for small projects.
A note about traveling with scissors or knives: Within the US you can bring scissors on a flight as long as the blades measure less than 4” in length from tip to screw at the joint. In Europe and especially in Britain you may not bring any sharps at all. My scissors are much shorter and smaller than the regulations. Check the rules if you plan to fly with scissors. Knives of any kind are never allowed in a carry on bag.
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