You’ll be ready to grab and go with this tool kit. All the essentials, each held in its own special place. Bring your own adhesive? Ready! No more waiting for the Paper Snips. Traveling? Grab a stamp set and card stock and you’ve got it all.

I made my first Basic Tool kit for my Getting Started Challenge and found that I loved having these tools ready to go. I initially dumped all the tools in the case, but perhaps you’ve seen that I like organization. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  So I added a pocket here and a magnet there. This is what I have now.

Basic Tool Kit Instructions and Placement Guide

Basic Tool Kit Case Insert

In addition to the supplies and tools from Stampin’ Up! you will need an alligator clip (in the electrical department), a paint edger refill pad, and Gorrilla Super Glue Gel from your hardware store.

From an office store you will need small sticky notes and a pen or pencil less than 5″ long.

You will also need an empty hand sanitizer sprayer. Mine is about 1/2″ diameter and 5″ long.

Magnet Source: K & J Magneticsย  I bought their 3/8″ x 1/32″ Disc Magnets, D601. You wig story ll need at least 9, but I suggest you buy extra. You may decide you want a firmer hold and you’ll want to use 2 magnets for some tools. These magnets are also fabulous as box or bag closures, etc.


  1. This is AWESOME!! And I couldn’t have found this at a better time. We’re planning to move and so the craft items (being non-essentials) are getting packed up first. ๐Ÿ™ I wanted to keep a few basics out (for my sanity) but I wasn’t sure what or how to keep them best organized. This is perfect! Thank you!!

    • I’m so happy to help with your move! You might want to look at my Getting Started Challenge too. I have another box with envelopes, card bases, basic layers, and stamps too. I have another case with some markers, but if you have some ink spots it will be easier to stamp. Add a stamp set or two and maybe some basic embellishments and you can settle into your new home before worrying about setting up your craft room.

      • Thank you, I’ll check that post out too! I didn’t before, because I figured it was more for a beginner to the craft, but that’s kind of what I am, I guess… I’ll be going back to basics for a while! ๐Ÿ™‚

        • I meant the Getting Started Challenge for new stampers, but I have found the travel benefits to be extremely helpful. If hard pressed, I could make 20-30 cards on the go with supplies that fit in a shoe box or tucked into the corners of my suitcase.

  2. What is the alligator clip used for in the Basic Tool Kit?

    • I use the alligator clip when tying any ribbon or Baker’s Twine. It’s my third hand. I clip it on to the ribbon and then I don’t need to use my pinkie or ask a friend to borrow their finger to hold the ribbon while I tie my bow. I think you’ll see me use an alligator clip often in my videos.

  3. Thank you for this great idea! I modified it to fit the tools I use. I took your challenge and got the spritzer in, but I donโ€™t have as many things in my kit.

    • BevAdamsStamps

      Wonderful! I love having my essential tools ready to use, whether they’re on my desk or heading out the door. I think you will, too!

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