Scrapbooks – Using Punches to Save Money
By Lynda Jeffs
After a while, scrapbooking tends to become expensive, especially when you consider all of the papers, embellishments, and extra items that you need. To cut down on the costs of my albums, I looked at ways to save money, yet producing beautiful one of a kind layouts, cards and altered items. One way that saves money is using punches in your creating.
Now, before you rush out and buy a bunch of punches you do not need, start to look at basic shapes you tend to use a lot. This will help you to save money as you find punches that are in those shapes. Circles and ovals are hard to cut out by hand, they are better if you use a punch or die cut machine! By using a paper cutter, or scissors and a ruler if you need to, you can easily cut a square shape, therefore saving the need to purchase things that are not cost effective.
Here are a few ideas that will help you get started in using punches more:
• Layer a circle or square with another punch shape to create a unique look on the bottom of your layout
• Use multiple squares layered as a border with different punch shapes in them
• Put on a tag with a bit of ribbon, fibers, beads or other items to create a one of a kind tag
• Cut a heart shape in half to use as leaves with flowers
• Learn to layer and use different shapes together to create your own style of embellishments
• Add a quick saying stamp with the same theme punch to create a quick and easy card, such as a balloon with a birthday stamp
• Corner punches in designs can be used with card making to create darling layered cards
• That same corner punch can be used in scrapbooking to focus a photo that is dear to your heart
• Flower punches with a button in the middle to create wonderful one of a kind embellishments
• Take a balloon punch, cut off the tail, making it an Easter Egg instead
Must have punches:
1. A heart punch in a variety of sizes and shapes
2. A balloon punch in a few sizes
3. Flower punches in different shapes
4. A corner rounder punch
5. A couple of your style of corner punches to use in scrapbooking and cards
6. A couple of leaves
7. Stars in various sizes
8. A sun punch
Tips when purchasing punches:
• Make sure to utilize your coupons from craft stores such as Michaels and Joann’s to save money on your favorites
• Take a thick mouse pad to use when punching out a lot of pieces, this will help to alleviate a bit of sound
• Place a wood piece on top of the punch to help your hands out when punching your pieces out
• Use a set of tweezers if you have a hard time gripping or picking up the punched out piece
• If your punches get so they can’t cut well, try cutting a sheet of aluminum foil to sharpen the blade a bit
• Try sharing punches with your friends and family that create, each of you get different “extra” punches
• Make sure when you go to crops to take your scraps, find people who have punches you do not have to punch out a few pieces in colors you could use
Punches can be a lot of fun, especially if you do not have a lot of money to buy stickers all the time. Use them with stamps to create a unique card, and use them with your scraps to save you money. Yes, you have the investment of the punch itself, but overall, the savings is much greater than the cost itself. I am all about saving money; it is about getting your memories out on paper…not about spending the most in your supplies!
You can get more ideas on http://memoriesintyme.blogspot.com/.
Lynda Jeffs is the designer and owner of Memories in Tyme, teaching others the art of scrapbooking and card making…the easy way! I have been able to scrapbook on what I have at home for over 7 years now! Join me while I give you all the tips I have learned along the way!