Getting Punchy

In addition to my sticker addiction, I am also quite fond of the paper punch. I love me a cute paper punch. However, since I scrapbook on a budget, I must be mindful of the types of paper punches I invest in. Whereas I would love to go punchy buying a bunch of shaped paper punches, I tend to purchase ones that are extremely versatile. My current favorite is the scalloped edge punch.

I use my scallop paper punch to create page borders and photo frames. In addition, you could use a tiny scallop punch to make strips to divide your layout into sections. If you are really crafty, then consider weaving scrap pieces of ribbon or string through holes punched in scallop edges. Another way to make punches pop is to color or paint them.

When using a punch it is important to get the right measurements. For example, if I were to scallop the edge of a piece or cardstock I would use a ruler to measure the placement and a pencil to draw a mark, so I would know exactly where to punch. This technique comes in handy when you are making multiple punches on the same piece of paper.

Another paper punch investment that has served me well over the years is a circle punch. Circle or oval-shaped punches are as basic as you can get in the world of scrapbook punches; however, basic doesn’t have to mean boring. The possibilities are limitless when it comes to designing embellishments with paper punches. For example, recently I learned how to make a tissue paper flower by using a paper punch. Simply get a bunch of colored tissue paper, a scallop circle punch, a regular hole punch and a brad. Stack seven or so small sheets of tissue paper, then use the circle punch to punch out scalloped circles. Next, use the hole punch to make a circle in the middle. Insert the brad in the center hole and secure it on the back. Finally, scrunch each tissue paper circle towards the center, fluffing the paper petals as you go. When you are done, add the flower to your layout.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.