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bonprof
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I need help learning how to use brads on my page. Can anyone recommend a good video, and/or instructions please. Thanks so much!!


 
justowen
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In response to bonprof

What are you wanting to do with them? Are you needing ideas for different ways to use them?


 
anda11
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In response to bonprof

I do not have a tutorial but I have some tips..
I decide where I would like the brad placed..then I punch a hole first so I do not mess up my paper. You can use a paper piercer if you want. When I do mini brads, I use a paper punch that was a hand held that squeezed together. It was tiny. It was the exact size of the mini brad. I fogot..I just bought the new WRMK brad piercer/setter tool last month & it is awesome. That is a good tool for you.
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catzscrapper
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In response to anda11

I use a push pin to make the hole to get a brad started in the paper or cardstock.
I like to use brads to hold down my vellum ~ I make a design with rubber stamps for the front of a card, then prepare a piece of vellum to go behind it as a back ground. Attach the vellum to the card, then glue or use more brads for the design.
I also like to make photo corners with brads
One thing I have a great time doing is using a brad as the center of a flower(stamped or die cut)
Hope someone else likes trying these things out, it's fun to do and easy with brads! Yes I am a brad addict and cannot stop using them


 
mrsrogers52513
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I use my hole punch or a paper piercer to make the hole and use the brads for flower centers, to attach vellum, or just line them up on a corner or edge too!


 
bonprof
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In response to mrsrogers52513

Thank you everyone! This helps a lot. Ive been scrapbooking a long time, but never used brads if you can believe it!!


 
mrsrogers52513
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Sometimes they are a pain, but now that I don't have fake nails on anymore they are much easier to manage!


 
MoniL
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  • MoniL on 07-12-13 06:52 AM
In response to mrsrogers52513

if your brads are solid colored, you can use them instead of enamel dots and still get the same look. I love brads and still use them. And I totally agree that the WRMK tool is great!


 
Henri Jean
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I punch my holes for brads with my Crop-O-Dile - love that thing!


 
mrsrogers52513
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Love mine too!


 
bonprof
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Well, I am going on a 3 day crop retreat next weekend, and thanks to sb.com, I'll have my brads, setting tool and...lot of ideas from you fine people. Yay!! Thanks again!


 
Henri Jean
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In response to bonprof

Have fun at the crop!


 
bonprof
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In response to Henri Jean

Thank you so much!! I will for sure.


 
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In response to bonprof

I keep a small mousepad on my desk with a bulletin board pushpin stick in the side of it. That's what I grab when I want to set brads. One hint I'd offer is this: After you turn the prongs of the brad out, take something (I use the end of an Acco knife) and give an extra push on the back of the brad. That will indent the prongs in and they lie nice and flat.


 
bonprof
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In response to dwelch

Awesome! Thanks for info.


 
Henri Jean
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Good point - after I spread the prongs on the brad I stand up and use my thumb and push full body weight and it flattens really well.


 
mrsrogers52513
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Have fun playing! Can't wait to see what you come up with!


 
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