I am trying to "step up" my layouts a bit and have been buying brads that coordinate with a paper collection. My question is do they make something to put under them so when you pierce the brad you don't bend your paper? I have been using my foam Sew Easy Pad, but then it gets holes in it. Do they make something special for Brads? Thanks.
It won't bend your paper if you use something else to make the hole, then insert the brad. I use a hole puncher that makes a tiny hole, or if it's further in on the paper that the hole punch won't reach, I use a paper piercer to make the hole. I have a self-healing mat on my scrap table so I don't have to worry about the piercer leaving a mark or hole on my table. Hope this helps.
Yup, I use hole punches and paper piercers. Even if the hole from the paper piercer isn't big enough for the shaft of the brad, it gives you a start and makes the paper less likely to bend - sometimes I poke two holes right next to each other so a large brad can slide in.
I very seldom anymore leave the two prongs on the back of brads.
I use my wire cutters and nip those puppies right off and then use some Beacon's 3-in-1 advanced craft glue (acid free & waterproof) or Glossy Accents (acid-free too) to adbere them and don't have the issue of dealing with the prongs on the back of my layout....which I used to use a piece of Scotch scrapbooking tape to cover over so it didn't snag the backs of other layouts with brads.
I love my paper piercer ... it is one of those tools that I didn't think I really needed and now use all the time ... and it's perfect for making the holes for brads ... when I'm being lazy I don't pre-make the hole, and often wind up ripping the paper when I put the brad in ... soooo annoying
I got the brad setter/piercer and mini pad from We R Memory Keepers. Bought it here on SB.com and love it but like someone mentioned you can stack two old mouse pad together and that would work as well. Just make sure that you have a self-healing mat underneath or something not to damage the surface where you are working. I have one of those too as well as the Crop-A-Dile for eyelets and whatnot.
I agree with all the ladies, paper piercer and crop a dile are my to to tools. I love my crop a dile. I never really thought about snapping the wires off the back of the brads but I recently read a blog somewhere about someone doing that. I might try it but first I would have to purchase the wire cutter tool and I am on a scrappy freeze right now with Christmas being right around the corner.