Am I the only one who doesn't like using brads? I love the look of them on a layout, but I just can't seem to get them in the spot I want. I got a big bite because I thought it might help, but it doesn't. I like the look of 3 or more brads all in a line, or going along the edge of a circle, but they never stay put- they float in their holes. If I poke a smaller hole, it alwasy winds up in the wrong spot. I've started just cutting the clips off the backs of them and adhering with glue dots. Anyone else have this trouble, or am I just all thumbs when it comes to brads?
It is best to mark where you want them with a pencil and use a paper piercer or push pin to make the holes. I have a cork block that I put under the lo, poke the hole, then insert the brad. the holes that the cropadile's make are really too big for most brads and they will jiggle.
You can also stick a small piece of tape on the back of them after you open the prongs. Get a ruler that has some small holes (a quilters ruler or the Tim Holtz ruler) to help space your brads. I also use a paper piercer to make my holes with a little foam mat, mouse pad or save the spongy thing that some of the bigger brads come on. It makes a great piercing mat. Don't give up. They really are easy to use.
I love my Karen Foster Click it for brads and eyelets.. I can get them anywhere on a page.
Another easy way to get the placement right is to use a piece of the mats for yarn canvas as a guide.
And if everything isn't perfect on your lo? So what? Go with it!
If they jiggle around, I think either your hole is too big or the back tabs are not pushed down all the way. Turn your layout over and use your paper piercer like a rolling pin over the back of your brad to make sure it's fully extended.
I use a pin first to make sure the holes are spaced out evenly, then put the brads through. When the brads are in, I then push down on the brad to make sure the backs are completely flat against the back of my layout and so they don't move. I also cover them in sellotape at the back so I don't catch my fingers on them.
When I am using them in a row or need them lined up right I use a ruler and mark where I want them to be. I use this old pottery tool that I have, I think it is called a needle tool, but do not quote me. I use the to make a small starter hole for my brads. If the hole gets bigger and the brad starts to move, I will use mounting tape to hold in place.