Today we have another How To-sday from a familiar face — Kristy! 

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Welcome back for today’s How To!  My How To is more of a tip, and maybe a different way of thinking about punching holes in your paper. ;)

Many of us pierce our papers, whether it is to make a hole for a brad to go into, or as the start for stitching on our layouts.  But what about just leaving the holes as is?  How many times have you done that?  I love the look that paper piercing adds to a project.  It is just a little touch that can be used on anything from cards, to layouts or pocket style layouts.

Here is what I mean…

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To get started, I laid my paper on a piercing mat.  I would pretty much say some sort of mat is essential.  If you don’t have a mat such as mine (which I got from scrapbookSTEALS!), you can use a mouse pad or something soft like that.  For this border, I decided to “freehand” the lines.  If you don’t feel comfortable doing that, you can use a pencil and draw lines as a guide and erase them after you have made the piercing.

Play with different things to pierce the paper.  The We R Memory Keepers Brad Setter is great for piercing paper and makes larger holes than something like the Making Memories piercer.  It would be fun to play with different size holes in within one pattern or project.

Here is how the border looks on the finished card.

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As I mentioned, piercing works great on other projects too.  Here are a couple examples:

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On this layout, my Iolite 5 layout by the way, it just needed a little something to draw your eye to the journaling area.  I used a heart punching template for these.  Many manufacturers make piercing templates, or you can use a stitching template from your Silhouette instead.

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Pierced accents are great for Pocket Style scrapping, like I did here on my One Little Word card.  It adds accents without adding bulk to the page.

I hope I have given you a few ideas today.  And maybe made your scrapping just a bit faster – skip the stitching.

 

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Thanks Kristy! Come back tomorrow for the next installment of our Iolite Mid Week Mojo!