There are so many fun and useful tools for scrapbooking and paper crafting and it's hard not to want them all.
Like most crafters I have a good supply of basic items like adhesive and scissors. I typically use Duck brand adhesive but also like to have on hand a few different sizes of Terrifically Tacky Tape and glue. The glue I use is from Fiskars and it's actually a combo tool. Here's what it looks like:
You can see that the left end of the tool includes some cutting tools, and I have to admit I never use them. I use this tool a lot (notice the Fiskars name is almost completely rubbed off!) for the right end of the tool which is the glue end. It works great when I have a small item to stick on a layout or card.
Punches are another basic tool that I use. There are four punches that I tend to use the most:
The punch pictured in the top left corner if from Marvy Uchida and it's a scalloped circle. It works great to include a decorative accent on a page. I have this punch in two different sizes.
The punch pictured in the bottom left corner (unknown manufacturer) makes a circle that is just the right size to fit on top of one of my scalloped circle punches. I often type a sentiment and punch it out on this circle and then add it to a scalloped circle punch.
The punch pictured in the top right corner is a little flower. I like to use this punch and attach a small adhesive gem or a brad for the center of the flower. This punch gets a lot of use.
The punch picured in the bottom right corner is a small circle and it works great if I want to add a reinforcement to a hole punch. I just punch out a small circle, place it over the hole and then use my paper punch to punch a whole in the circle.
My favorite non-basic tool is my Cricut. I thought long and hard before I made this purchase because at $200 it was a splurge for me, but I have gotten my money's worth many times over. I have the Cricut Expression, pictured here:
When I bought this Cricut it came with two cartridges, Plantin SchoolBook and Accent Essentials. I have purchased one additional cartridge, Serenade. Using these three cartridges I can do most of the things I want, although I'd love to have a few more!
Other tools I use often are a paper cutter, a Crop-A-Dile, a printer and stamps & ink.