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How To-sday | Put Your Punches to Use

Today we have another How To-sday from our design team member Kristy Mackeen. I love her ideas on how we can use some of our old punches.

Hi! I’m sure I’m not the only one that has 1 or 2 punches that are just sitting on the rack, not getting used. I thought I would dust a few off and create some little folded over elements for projects I’ve been working on. You can use this technique with all different shaped punches. I have two different ones to show you today.

First up is a Tab punch. I seem to have collected a bunch of different pocket style cards… It is BEYOND time to get them organized, so to do this, I decided to create some little tabs so I know what collections they are all from.

To begin this project, I started by collecting a bunch of scraps from my scrap drawer.

I picked out a few smaller scraps and folded them in half. When you put the paper into the punch, be careful to leave a small gap between the very edge of the punch and the folded edge of the paper. (I had to pull the back off this particular punch to see where I was lining the paper up.) Leaving the gap will leave the fold intact and create your folded punch element.

Then it was as simple as writing the label on my tab and stapling it over some cardboard. I like the idea of having the folded tab to provide extra strength as I’m flipping through my cards.

Another punch I grabbed was a banner punch. I used the same steps as above to create some cute little flags and banners.

The flags were made by placing a toothpick in the fold of the banner to create a flag. I used the holes in a doily to hold the flags onto the card. Another way to use these cute little folded over flags is to create a banner, by hanging them on some twine.

Go grab some of your punches, fold some paper in half, and give it a try! I can’t wait to see what you create.

Now back to creating more tabs for my cards…

 

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Thanks Kristy, I love to find new uses for punches I have had for a while! Come back tomorrow for the next installment of our Rose Mid Week Mojo!

We R Memory Keepers 3×4 Card Punch & Albums Made Easy

We are always trying to find ways to scrapbook quicker and easier. With the project life craze sweeping through the world, We R Memory Keepers has created 3×4 Card Punches to make this process even easier. Today we have a great post from our talented Design Team member, Wendi Robinson. Check out how she used the awesome 3×4 Card Punch and the Albums Made Easy sheet protectors.

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Hey there, it’s Wendi here and I’m sharing with you some recent pages that I made using the We R Memory Keepers 3×4 card punch. I completely feel in LOVE with this product and know it’s a tool that is going to stay on my desk and get used a ton! I specially used it for some project life pages, along with the We R Memory Keepers Albums Made Easy album sheets.

First up, I did a page with my son’s sports photos. I always manage to take A LOT of photos over the sports season, and using project life sheet protectors was the perfect way to get a ton of photos on the page at one time.

 

I used the 3×4 Card Punch to punch out several of the shot by shot photos, so I can place them right next to each other. This tool is so easy. You line up your photo or paper in place, place the magnetic top over your paper or photo, push down on the tool, and it punches out your image instantly! You can see how I punched the photos up close here:

We R Memory Keepers also makes sheet protectors that hold 4×4 and 3×4 spaces. It was perfect to print my Instragram photos for the month, and then punch out 3×4 papers to add my title work and journaling with coordinating papers.

Last off, I grabbed a TON of photos from my little sisters wedding from last year. This punch was perfect to punch out photos and crop them down to size.

Thanks so much for stopping by and letting my share with you today.

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We R Memory Keepers Punch Boards | Monday Craft Madness #50

Every year at Christmastime I seem to have lots of little presents for my kids. They always end up in their stockings with no fanfare. I was so excited that I got to use the new Punch Boards from We R Memory Keepers for  Monday Craft Madness. I started making boxes for little presents and I couldn’t stop. I made a bunch to use for Christmas this year….. so today’s theme is:

Red & Green

Create something with red, or with green, or with both. Here are the boxes I created:

I have been lucky enough over the past few months to travel a little and demonstrate how the original Envelope Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers works. It is quite awesome in its own right, and the best part I told everyone is that you only have to measure once.  Well, the best part about this punch board? No measuring at all!  Just follow the chart on the punch board and either start at S, M, L or XL.

Pull the scoring tool from its handy dandy storage spot in the punch board.

Score, Punch and Turn…Score Punch and Turn.  And voilà — you have boxes!

Once you start you won’t be able to stop!

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For this new round of our monthly Monday Craft Madness, you have until November 29th to play along.

If you’d like to enter to win the May Monday Craft Madness prize:

Create a project (a card, layout, altered project, or any other craft your heart desires) using any of our weekly themes! You have until the Friday after the final theme is posted to create your project and upload a photo of it somewhere online with a link to this post in the caption. To enter to win, simply leave a comment on our blog with the link to your project! We’ll choose a random winner and they’ll be the lucky recipient of a $20 prize pack from ScrapbookSteals.com at the end of the month!

Just note that this is separate from Mid Week Mojo, so you’ll have at least two fun projects a week you can dive into. :)

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Now for the winner from our last month’s Monday Craft Madness. Congrats to: Misty Buck!

Misty please send an email to giveaway@steals.com and include your address and tell them you are our Monday Craft Madness Winner and we will send some scrapbook swag your way!

How To-sday | We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board

We are thrilled to feature We R Memory Keepers’ Envelope Punch Board today, continuing to celebrate scrapbookSTEALS.com’s 4th birthday. Our How To-sday shows how to use this awesome tool in 9 simple steps. This tool allows you to create envelopes in dozens different sizes, perfect for craft projects of all kinds. You’ll never go looking for an envelope for your hand-made card again!

Step 1: Select Card Size

Step 2: Trim paper to correct Paper Size

Step 3: Align left edge to Score Line measurement

Step 4:  Punch

Step 5: Score

Step 6: Rotate paper 90 degrees counter-clockwise

Step 7: Align score mark with Score Guide (repeat steps 4-6 for all four corners)

Step 8:  Round corners with reverse punch

Step 9: Fold and Glue

Voila! Envelope created. With the dozens of size options envelopes can now be added to your DIY projects.

Come back tomorrow for the start of a new round of Mid Week Mojo - Aquamarine style.

 

How To-sday | Flower Making

Today we have an awesome How To from Deborah Johnson.  She’s going to show us how to create homemade flowers for your projects.  This is definitely something I am going to try!

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Good morning scrappy-happy friends!   I wanted to share with you all the tutorial to make the flowers that you may have seen on several of my layouts lately.  They are super easy and take less than 10 minutes to create.

Supplies needed:

  • 2 3/8″ scalloped circle punch
  • scissors
  • brads
  • colorful scrapbook paper

First, punch a scalloped circle (or two!)

How To Make Flowers 1

Cut “petals” into the circle…all the way around.

How To Make Flowers 2

Begin bending the petal edges back.  This is what it looks like when they are all bent.

How To Make Flowers 3

Turn the flower over and press a brad through the center and “pinch the flower to conform to your desired look.

How To Make Flowers 4

Ta-dah!  Check them out on a project too!

How To Make Flowers 5

 

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my flowers, have a scrappy happy day!

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Thanks Deborah!  Definitely going to try these myself.  Make sure to come back tomorrow for another awesome Mid Week Mojo!