Why Should You Use Scrapbook Punches?

                A scrapbook punch is a tool. It allows you to punch shapes into paper. You can find scrapbook punches in a wide range of shapes and sizes. You can great a great, durable scrapbook punch Singapore from Maple Treehouse. Beginners are safer using more flexible shapes, such as circles and scallops. These are easy to use tools that can be used in a wide variety of ways, offering you a lot of creative and fun possibilities for your scrapbook. You can get handheld punches or punch machines depending on what your needs are. Many scrappers consider these a must-have in their collection of scrapbooking tools. Let’s discuss the proper way to use a scrapbook punch.

How to Use a Paper Punch

                Knowing the technique for using a punch is vital. It is a super easy process, but it can seem daunting when you think about it. The first tip that I have for you will be so time saving: you do NOT have to flip the punch upside down to make sure everything lines up. Your punch actually has marks on the top that show you how to do it. If you want to keep everything lined up and uniform, it is relatively easy to muck up. However, all you need to do is use the lines and follow along to make sure that everything lines up correctly. The punch is a great way to add an embellishment straight to your paper. You can create borders with it, as well as embellishments to attach straight to your scrapbook paper.

Techniques: Circles

                You can use circle punches in a number of different ways. Circle punches are one of the most versatile tools around, offering beginners a number of possibilities to make use of them. I’ve found a few different fun, creative ways to use them. One of my favorites is to create oval leaves. Simply use a larger circle punch to create big circles. Use a smaller punch to make oval leaves. You can use embossing, stamps or stickles to give them additional definition, dimension and features. These are great for creating fall or summer themes. You can also use small circle punches to give your page a scalloped edge. Sketch a straight line along the edge of your paper, roughly an inch or less away. Line up your punch, and follow along it to create an evenly scalloped edge.

                Give your flowers some petals. Punch an almost full circle, and toss the shape to the side. You can save it for later if you want to use it for something. You don’t need it for this technique. Align your punch on the negative that the circle left in the paper, and punch out slivers of the paper. One circle negative can typically reward you with 3-4 of the same shaped slivers, though you will need to punch out another circle negative after that to continue creating petals. These are all great techniques that you can combine to create a beautiful layout that will wow your friends and family.

Punching Tips

                You can create some gorgeous backgrounds using circle punches. Simply pick out your cardstock and fold it over to create chained backgrounds. Fold it over, punch just outside the folded edge, which will ensure the shapes are connected. Keep the thickness of your chosen paper in mind, as punching too thick of paper can harm your tools. You can create a polka-dot background by pairing a solid colored background with multi-colored circles. Use the punch to highlight your best pictures on the page. Take your best picture and punch it with a circle punch. When added to a linear photo collage, it can add interest and dimension.

                Punch and pierce a scallop pattern on the edges of your scrapbook page and use the leftover holds to create a negative-space border. By adding some patterned paper and embellishments, you can add dimension to your overall page.

                Punches are a great decorative tool that can further enhance your scrapbooking experience. They are fun to use, and shop for. With the wide range of shapes and designs, there is no limit to how you can use these tools to create backgrounds, embellishments and designs for your scrapbook page. Many scrappers utilize them to embellish their favorite photos or make their background draw the eye toward the main focal point, or photo. In addition, you can create borders that are fun, classy or childish to strengthen your overall page.

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