I keep an old foam mouse pad on my desk with one of those bulletin board stick-pins in it. That's what I use most of the time for brads. I did discover something, though - when I'm using bigger brads, I grab my ACCO knife and make a puncture. That makes a "slit" rather than a hole, and the prongs of the brad slide right into it perfectly!
I just use my xacto knife to pierce a little hole for brads. As long as there's any hole on the paper, you can easily fit a brad through, using the brad's legs to extend the tear. You can use any knife, even a pin will work.
Speaking of mini punches, Michaels have them on sale for $1 each, usually tucked in a corner where scrapbook supplies are. They don't have brad holes, but have all sorts of cute shapes!
I use my BigBite, on its smallest setting, for chipboard and heavy stuff, like Mme. Comma, and use my 'scalpel' - what is it called really? That scalpel thing- to make a little slit to push the brad thru, if I'm doing it on paper. I think that works best for me.
Xacto! That's it- (read above, lol) I always call it 'mah scalpel.' Because, for some reason, I talk all 'gangstah' and/or South Park, when I scrap.
for some reason, I talk all 'gangstah' and/or South Park, when I scrap.
That's really funny! I listen to Rob Thomas. I know, I know... my kids make fun of me all the time. But I love him. He really is a woman in a man's body, I think. He's soooo sensitive, or I listen to Train. I love Patrick too.
Another vote for paper piercer. (I do have the big bite but never take it out) I'm really annoyed that I bought an exacto knife when I could have taken a scalpel from work. Stealing a scalpel from a hospital...I'm so gangsta.
I have used a screwdriver.. the pointy kind ( they do have a name but it has escaped me at the moment). Not the flat kind. Also, I have a teeny screw driver that came with an eyeglass repair kit from the dollar store. Heck, I have even used the point on my ultra fine Fiskars scissors. I am guessing there is something in your kitchen, bathroom or garage that could easily live a double secret agent life.
A paper piercer is absolutely more versatile for positioning, but if I need to get through ribbon or something like that, a punch gives a little more definition to the hole.
Is the pointy screwdriver an awl? We have a tool that matches our screwdrivers, and is so pointy it came with a sturdy plastic sleeve to go over the tip to keep people from stabbing themselves. It's like a little screwdriver condom.