There are many different types of crafts: paper crafts, sewing, crocheting or knitting, painting, scrapbooking, jewelry making, sculpting... the list goes on and on. Some people have one interest and they stick with it. Some people are great at all of it. Some, like me, try all of it, learn just enough to get by, and then try to remember whatever skill is needed to birth the crafty love child of your imagination and creativity. Too vivid? Sorry.
Craft stores are overwhelming. I've heard from many friends throughout the years that they would love to work on more projects but don't want to buy a bunch of expensive craft stuff if they don't end up liking it. Or they don't know where to start. Or they might not even know what some things are. That's okay. All you need to craft is an idea and a little time.
Over years of accumulated craft supplies I've learned a thing or two about what is worth a bigger investment and what are absolute basics that are used in almost every project. In hopes of removing some of the intimidation that comes with beginning to craft, I created this short list of what should go in a beginner's crafting kit. Mind you, this is based on what I use most, so if it doesn't reflect everything... then I'm sorry I failed you.
These items won't be used in every project, and may not be enough to complete every endeavor, but they're a good start. Most of these things are used for general crafting. Specialized projects require specific tools.
So next time you find yourself in a craft store, you walk through those aisles like a boss.
Did I forget anything? Is there a particular tool or supplies you use all the time or something you'd like to learn how to use? I'd love to know.
P.S. This is my first time trying to use graphics for parts of a written post. Does it work? I'm not sure I like it.