Im sorry i keep posting so many questions..but like ive said before i have plenty of the "essentials" to scrapbooking, the cardstock, paper trimmer, stickers, buttons, ribbons.. but now ive been thinking about border cutters? what are some of the most useful ones to you? like the basics? because i have alot of things i just need "tools" and another thing ive seen alot is the circle cutter.. with the scalloped one behind it what is the best scalloped circle cutter?
Border punches are fun. There are so many to choose from it can be a little overwhelming. The first one I bought I HAD TO HAVE because I loved it. I never use it. Maybe browse thru the gallery here and see which ones really catch your eye.
I've read good and bad reviews for circle cutters, if you do a search in the forum you should come up with a helpful thread or two.
I made my own templates (circle, scalloped circle, etc.) with a good old fashioned pencil and a piece of paper. I then traced them onto cardboard and cut those out. A lot of work, but free.
Don't feel bad about asking a lot of questions. If you wonder about something, I am sure that dozens of others have the same question. The answers are helpful to all of us. Do not buy cheap border punches... get good quality and you will use them endlessly! Use a coupon somewhere and get your favorite 2. Try not to pick 2 that are very similar. One basic and one fancy should keep you going for a long time.
I don't have very many Border Punches, but I love my Fiskars Sunburst border punch. I really want Martha Stewart's border punch that has the loops. I just can't bring myself to pay $30.00 for it. I don't have a Micheal's or any other place close by to get or use a coupon...
Thanks for all of the suggestions, but holly, i love the idea of the Nestabilities & spellbinders but can you use them without the cuddlebug... just something to trace & cut out? and i was looking at the martha stewart cutters and wondering if they are worth the $...or if i should find a double sided punch like suggested also i dont really know where or what brands carry those though. ???
Double sided punches are just border punches with a double design. MS has tons are exactly that even if they don't say double edge. The ones I listed are only the actual double edge but many more would work for that look too.
EK Success makes them as well. Marvy Uchida *might*, I haven't taken a close look at their edge punch system.
I have accumulated about 30 Martha Stewart punches and use them a lot. Especially like the punch around the page sets. They add a lot of interest to a page. Have a couple Fiskars, but find them harder to punch.
Henri Jean! i love the cookie monster LO!!! I love that punch! it is so pretty! I am thinking of going with a double sided punch.. i feel like i might get more for the price. Also im checking out Martha Stewarts around the page punches they look so fun, and since ive began scrapbooking ive enjoyed journaling and i think that they are the perfect thing for me to add to my shopping list! I am also still wondering about the nestablities spellbinders..but can you cut and trace them? or do you have to have a machine?
You have to have a machine for the Spellbinders dies. They're too expensive to just use as a template to trace and cut around! The dies are actual metal dies - the pictures linked with the product above is the finished die cut you get from the dies.
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I do not have nestbilities. Would love to but that is on a back burner, as is a machine to use them with. My spending on scrap supplies has been over the top so time to pull in the reins!
I like the look of the double sided punches in my scrapbooks and I love to journal!
I will often scrap two different events on one page and use the double sided punch down the middle to divide the two.
I scrap funny stories a lot which may or may not have a picture and the double side punch is great for dividing those! Or just for decorations when I have something like the cookie monster layout with a place that needs something!
Thank you for the compliment.
You can really do this without a lot of tools and many local scrapbook stores and Michaels will let you use the tools. Then if you love them, you can buy them.
Many of the places have a Big Shot or Cuttlebug or something you can use too. Before I purchase one I want to try them a few times and see if it is something I will use.
The nestabilities are especially popular with the ladies who make cards! I think they would be great for scrapbooking too. Someday.
Thank you!Henri jean- I took your advice i read on the scrapbook you did when you were a teenager and you and your huspand now wonder about where/when/why were the pics took. Im begining to jornal alot more because im making a scrapbook, and i dont want to be like "why was this took? what did we do at the mountains?" i also love your layouts ive learned alot from yours imperticular because you have been so many places and not all of yours is pictures of people it is memerable stuff i really needed help with the scenery pictures. Im still not sure of how i want to layout my mountain pictures.. they are beautiful and i have so many of them and love them all the same. soo im thinking about it.. and i think that im going to try to get a double sided punch to seperate great idea! & bqsl56 & ColbyCheeseCat- im really debateing on trying some martha stewart punches i think i would love them!
In my opinion, for what it is worth, I think MS punches are the best made and fold up nicely.
I'm working on volcao lava pictures now. At least I'm on the last 2 pages of Volcaoes National Park. I have it roughly laid out on white so I can see what colors jump out at me.
Once I pick colors it will come together very quickly.
I'm not making titles as I photographed signs which say where it is.
On thing I usually do is ask for a take-out menu and if they are nice I use them in the scrapbooks. If the paper is questionable I photocopy it in color.
If they give me an origional menu it is usually too large and plastic-y so I photocopy it and reduce it a bit.
My next layout which I would like to get ready to have planned and colors picked is the Mauna Loa nut farm.
One thing I do is take picture of signs everywhere before the other photos. that gives me a point of reference as to what a building or statue or other thing is. Then I can jump on the interest and get more inofmation.
I wanted to comment that I have gotten several punches and one fiskars one...I hate it. Unless you are left handed, it is very hard to flip over and use! I like to punch with my punch flipped over so I can see where I can punching, the fiskars one is gonna be sold soon...Very hard for me to use!
What you call double borders are actually strips -- Martha Stewart calls them "Trims."
You can make your own strips (or trims) using border punches. Measure strips of paper double the depth of the border punch, and carefully align the second side to match the pattern that was punched out on the first side. Varying the depth of the paper strip gives you different results.
That technique doubles the value of your border punch. It works best with symmetrical patterns.
For a low-cost border solution, use shaping scissors. You can buy them for only a dollar or two each and they come in a variety of patterns. You have to be careful to align the scissors along the just-cut section so it matches up evenly, and keep the cut straight. Using a ruler with a light pencil mark can help keep it straight along the length of the border.
I am a big fan of border punches - I love them and my favorites are the double sided. I am getting way to many of them but they are my favorites. They are fast to make both sides at once. I have a lot of the single sided but hate taking the time to match up the sides so I use the single sided and double sided for completely different purposes.
WHen I go to crops its my double-sided punches that everyone borrows. I think they are a lot of fun.