Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tiny Attacher

Reported by Martha Bonneau

One of my favorite tools to use when scrapping and papercrafting is my stapler. I like being able to easily attach an embellishment securely, and sometimes I even like them to show in my projects. When I saw the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tiny Attacher I knew I had to have one!

Never mind that I already had at least 4 different staplers on my scrap-table, this one was going to be added to the mix. Several months later I have to say that all of those other staplers have been banished from my scrap-table and I almost exclusively use the Tiny Attacher when working on projects.

Let me tell you why I love this tool so much. First of all, it’s so easy to use. With a minimal amount of pressure you can easily staple through several layers of paper, cardstock and even chipboard. One of my favorite things to do is alter books, and I was always fighting to get my traditional stapler to staple through a book cover. With the Tiny Attacher, I am able to staple through the book cover as if it were butter!

I have a heavy duty stapler that I purchased at a local office supply store to use on my altered books, but was never happy with the sloppy look it created, or the fact that the heavy-duty staples would mangle my project. With this tool I get neat, precise, and dare I say cute, staples on my project.

With the Tiny Attacher you get 100 1/4 inch staples (refills of 1550 are available). This smaller size makes them the perfect size for attaching ribbon and other embellishments to your projects. It makes it easy to reach into tight places, and to hide the staple under the layers of your project. This tool has a reach of a little over 2″ which makes it the perfect size for cardmaking. I would love to see this tool with a 6″ reach which would be perfect for working on layouts! The smaller size also makes the staples decorative enough to give a distressed look to your projects if you would like them to show.

This tool works flawlessly every time. I have never had it jam, it is easy to reload, and I can’t speak enough to how easy it is to use. With a traditional stapler I would sometimes find myself standing and pounding on the stapler to get it to staple through multiple layers only to have it not work and to end up with hands that hurt. This tool really does require minimal pressure to get the job done.


  • Able to staple through multiple layers and thicker items.
  • Minimal pressure needed to use the tool.
  • Substantial and well-made; I have dropped mine several times with no damage to the tool.
  • Smaller staples and 2″ reach give you the ability to hide staples within your project.
  • Works great on smaller embellishments, and it is my favorite way to attach ribbon.


  • Only comes with 100 staples, so I recommend buying the refill of staples when purchasing the tool.
  • On the pricier side, MSRP $15.99, but I purchased mine with a coupon. Refills of 1550 staples are only $2.99

What are YOU attaching with the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher? Or do you have another favorite stapler? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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4 Responses to Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tiny Attacher

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    rush8888 February 9, 2010 at 1:00 pm #

    i would never have considered buying one of these. you may have changed my mind (coupons are good!). if i have a problem with reaching, i open a stapler, put something beneath my project, staple it and turn it over to fold in the prongs. alas…i don’t think you can do it with this stapler.

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    Janine February 9, 2010 at 3:32 pm #

    I am so glad you did this review! I can’t tell you how many times I have passed up on this stapler because it just seemed too small to handle anything. With the the name, Tim Holtz, I should have known that the quality would be there.
    I have a Joann’s coupon good through the weekend—I’ll pick up the stapler then. Thanks for the review!

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    Kristi B. February 9, 2010 at 7:04 pm #

    I attach just about anything I can with my Tiny Attacher & it makes me giddy with exciement each & everytime I use it! 🙂

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    Siri Fjørtoft, Fjørtoft Design February 10, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    I love my Tiny Attacher!

    A great tip is to color the staples with alcohol inks. I love beeing able to match my staples to my papers 🙂