the Scrapbooking Collectionary

The Collectionary

What inspired The Collectionary into existence?

The Collectionary was created because we wanted to create a Dictionary of everything in the world that people collect. There are hundreds of e-commerce sites, but there is no dedicated place where you can learn about different items. Whether it’s the history, facts, or unique attributes regarding a particular collectible or item, we want to give people a place to learn about the collectibles they love.

What made you coin it The Collectionary?

Collectionary comes from combining the words Collection and Dictionary. A fun play on words that explains what we are working on with our site and brand.

Why is your site devoted solely to Scrapbooking memorabilia?

No, the Scrapbooking Collectionary is one out of hundreds of different Collectionaries to join. We have expert collectors we call moderators that help us with each Collectionary to add new and cool items to the site. In fact, we would love to have more Scrapbooking moderators willing to help out :).

What’s the takeaway for potential customers? What can they hope to gain from perusing your site?

We hope visitors to our site will enjoy browsing all the amazing collectibles ever created. Looking at many of the nostalgic items on the site we hope it brings back many fond memories as a child or another time in your life. We also want people to learn about Collectibles and find out where those items are for sale as we point to the different places on the internet the items are for sale.

Anything unusual worth noting about your site? Scrapbooking?

Our site would love to have more moderators helping us out. I’m sure you will find many unusual and never before seen Scrapbooking items here.

http://thecollectionary.com/club/Scrapbooking

To see all the amazing Collectionaries please visit our homepage:

http://thecollectionary.com/

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Choosing a Guillotine Paper Cutter

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A Few Tips to Help When Selecting a Guillotine Paper Cutter

There are several paper cutter styles for the scrapbook craft person to choose from. The type you choose will be a personal preference. One we enjoy is the guillotine paper cutter. Most of us became familiar with this handy tool when we were in grade school, or maybe at the office. This style of paper cutter has morphed from a school/business machine to a number of choices available, at reasonable prices, to the home paper crafter.

These super handy cutters make cutting a single sheet to several sheets of paper a snap. They provide a clean crisp straight cut. As you look to purchase one of these devices, we’re sharing some tips and ideas to consider in your selection process.

• What is the size of the paper you will most frequently be cutting? The size of the paper you plan to cut is an important issue. As a scrapbook creator, you most likely will be cutting 8½” x 11″ or 12″ x 12″ materials. However, there may be times when you need to work with a larger item. In making your decision you need to consider that possibility and determine if paying a little more for a larger cutter is worth the expense. You gauge the size of the paper you can cut by the length of the cutter’s base. You won’t be able to easily cut paper longer than your cutter base. This is a crucial fact to consider when you look at cutters. The cutting arm may extend beyond the cutter’s base which can then tear longer material you may be cutting. The base, should also be firm to allow for smooth cuts. A flimsy base will not give you the accurate cuts you want.

    • At the head or back of your cutter you’ll want a sturdy back stop that has rule marks to assist you in cutting the right size. Also, the cutting base should have ruled grids that can also help you in making those precise cuts you may need. They also allow for consistent cuts of the same size.

• How many sheets, or maximum thickness of a sheet can you cut at once? The primary feature of a guillotine cutter is in their ability to cut multiple layers or sheets at one cutting — called cutting capacity. This is a favored reason why some people prefer this style cutter. This ability saves time, and provides multiple cut sheets of uniform size. Like considering paper size, the number of sheets you wish to cut is equally important.  Generally the more sheets a cutter can accommodate, the sturdier the cutter must be, and the more expensive the cost.

    • For cutting quantities of more than a dozen or so, you’ll want to consider a “stack cutter” which can slice a whole ream’s worth with one cut. For the home craft user, however, this may not be needed. In the event you have occasion for such a need, consider paying a print service. Most of print shops have cutting machines that will handle large quantities of paper.

• What additional features do you need or want? Considering the primary function of a guillotine cutter is pretty basic–to cut straight line cuts. Their construction is based on that fact. The base will most likely be made of wood, metal or a plastic material to give it a firm platform. As noted above, you should look for a model that provides a ruler on the back stop and measurement grids on the base platform to help in gauging the size cut you may need.

Other helpful features can include:

1. an adjustable paper stop to help set the same size cut for multiple cuts while doing large quantity projects;

2. a clamp that will help keep your material in place as you cut;

3. an illuminated cutting line (on the more expensive models).

All in all the features you choose for your guillotine cutter will help determine how easy you may find your cutting jobs to be.

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1. a spring loaded blade that will help prevent the blade from falling down while you may be adjusting paper in the cutter;

2. a latch to secure the blade down along the base when you’re not using the cutter;

3. a finger guard–generally attached to the base that runs along the entire length of the cutting base. This will help protect fingers during the cutting process.

• Value of a Brand Name. There is perceived expectation of benefit and value when you consider buying a brand named item. Guillotine paper cutters are no different. There is always some implied quality and value when youpurchase a product backed by the reputation of a good quality company. As you contemplate the purchase of a cutter, give consideration to a brand name that has the features you are looking for, and at a cost you can afford. Quality, as implied with a brand name, often comes with a price to match. Some brands you may wish to look at would be (no specific recommendation is being made here): Martin Yale, Akiles, X-Acto, Dahle, Westcott and Swingline.

• Look for a cutter that has a fair warranty. As noted above, there is some implied benefit to purchasing a brand name product. The reputation of the company often tells us the quality level we should expect from the item we purchase. That having been said, purchasing a guillotine paper cutter that has a written warranty would be a plus. Most warranties are noted to last for at least a year. If one comes with one of longer duration that would be a plus.

Guillotine cutters are a great tool to have in your array of paper crafting supplies. Having the right one for you will be very important as you tackle your scrapbook or paper craft projects. The cheapest may not always be the best. Shop around for those with the features you feel you need. Look at reviews, consider recommendations of friends and other crafters. Having the right guillotine paper cutter will help you enjoy your crafting and make things a bit easier.

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Pre-made Scrapbooks

Why Should You Consider Pre-made Scrapbooks?

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There are several answers to this question. The three of prominence would be (1) time, (2) expense and (3) creativity. Let’s consider each of these issues one by one.

  1. Limited Time:Some people have a limited amount of time to engage in scrapbooking. For some people engaging in a craft that consumes a great deal of time, like scrapbook crafting,  may be put off by the time and effort required to finish a book. Having a complete kit that includes all one needs to put a scrapbook together is a great way to soften the issue of time commitment.
  2. Total Expense: Buying all of the elements one will need to put a decent scrapbook together could be overwhelming. While a pre-made scrapbook has some cost involved, they could be looking at a much smaller  drain on their wallet buy investing in a complete  pre-made kit. Buying individual items can easily be more costly–especially when the crafter has to include all the supplies and tools they may need to use. If beginning scrapbooker really think they’re going to jump into scrapbook crafting with both feet, then maybe doing a pre-made book is a waste of time and mone–go get the necessary tools and supplies and jumb in.
  3. Creativity: The newbie to scrapbook crafting may feel overwhelmed with getting started in this paper craft craze. There may be some hesitation because they feel they lack the creativity they see in others who are more experienced and practiced in the craft. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Everyone has some measure of creativity. Besides, these are for and about the creator of the scrapbook. All of that having been said, getting started for the first time can be a challenge. They may want to consider pre-made scrapbooks as “training wheels.”They’ll be able to become involved in the process without all the issues noted above. This way they will see how it’s done, and hopefully get a feel for whether or not this is something they want to get involved with in a bigger way.

Whether you get involved in the scrapbook family of crafters or not is a question only you can answer. The point being made here is that you have the option to be involved in the craft at a low level of cost, time and having to rack your brain for creative things to produce.

Another advantage of some of these pre-made scrapbooks is that in those kits that require some assembly they come with examples or instructions to follow. These kits can come with easy to use pre-printed photos mats on the page. All the person has to do is put their photographs in the right places.

Even the well healed scrapbook crafter may find a pre-made book the way to go for a particular theme, or because of time constraints–someone asks you to produce a book on short notice for them. Pre-made books can also be a nice gift, and are not necessarily difficult to construct.

There are some disadvantages to these books, however. The biggest one is being locked into a defined or limited set of themes available and what the kit provides. What ever the kit offers is what you have to work with. There is little room for you to modify the book–things like the number of pages, the number of photos you can use, etc. So they aren’t perfect, but they answer the needs for many would be crafters for the reasons noted above.

PRE-MADE SCRAPBOOKS HAVE THEIR PURPOSE–DON’T OVERLOOK THEM FOR BEGINNERS AND LONG TIME SCRAPPERS ALIKE!!!

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Vagabond Die-Cutting Machine from Sissix

vagabond die cutting machine by Sizzix Vagabond Die Cutting Machine from Sissix

This vintage looking carrying case holds another of the fantastic die-cutting machines produced by Sixxix® inspired by Tim Holtz.

Tim Holtz is the Creative Director for Ranger Industries, one of the leading manufacturers of innovative inks, paints, and embossing products. Tim plays an integral part in the development and design of cutting edge paper crafting products.

 

One thing scrapbook and paper crafting artists like are things that can be taken to other areas to be utilized–scrapbook parties, demonstrations, etc. The Vagabond certainly fits the bill. While the vintage looking suit-case is a nice decorative touch, the real beauty of this carrying case is what’s inside: a powerful machine that lets you create elegant die-cuts for your paper crafting activities.  Add the embossing feature to this tool, and any paper crafter or scrapbooker will not be short of being able to create fantastic pages. The versatility of this dynamic machine lets you work effortlessly with the smallest of dies to one up to 6″ wide on wide range of different materials in varying thicknesses. Grab some die-cut/embossing materials and take a fun journey with the powerful machine.

Here are some of the specifics and details on the Vagabond machine as shared by Sizzix®:

 

Included with the Vagabond Machine:

    • Is a pair of Standard Cutting Pads, as well as the Solo Platform & Shim, which makes all Sizzix components thinner than a Bigz Die compatible with the Vagabond Machine.
    • Add a Solo Wafer-Thin Die Adapter (sold separately), and the Vagabond Machine can even work with Framelits as well as other brands’ dies and embossing tools!
    • The diagrams on the Solo Platform, Shim and Adapter offer easy guidelines about how to make the perfect Sizzix sandwich.
    • In addition, you can use the included sheet of stickers to customize your machine with your crafting journeys.
      • The Vagabond Machine is constructed of ABS plastic for the exterior housing.
      • Has solid core steel rollers, uni-body cast roller housing, solid steel gears, high torque motor.
      • The Vagabond also features a one-year limited warranty.
      • In addition, there are several accessories that go along with this machine–sold separately.

Note: This Vagabond Machine is only compatible with power requirements that are the same as those found in the United States and Canada. Consumers who purchase this Vagabond Machine and use a different power source in any other part of the world will void the manufacturer’s warranty. The Vagabond Machine that is compatible with European power standards is available at www.sizzix.co.uk.

 

This machine is worthy of serious consideration when looking to purchase a die-cutting/embossing machine for the first time, or as an addition to your current paper crafting machines. We do suggest you look at the Sizzix® site and review in further detail the features, functions and warranty that come with this machine. Being well informed helps eliminate problems or disappoints in the future.

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Fiskars Fuse Creativity Machine

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Fiskars® Fuse Creativity Machine

 

Fiskars as a brand does much to add to paper crafting skills with the help of the tools and machines they provide.  Their reputation of quality and useability are without question.

Here are some highlights of what this die-cutting/letterpress machine will provide for you:

 

 

Everything you need to die-cut and letterpress in one pass.

The Fuse Creativity System® is so much more than another die-cutting machine. It’s the only system on the market that can cut a shape, press a textured pattern and ink the pattern all in one pass through the machine. The perfectly die-cut and letterpressed embellishments are great for accenting homemade cards, scrapbook pages or just about any other paper craft project. Plus, the Fuse Creativity System® features a simplified plating system that makes it easy — you won’t waste any paper due to mistakes with confusing envelopes and sandwiches. Create a wide range of results by using different crafting materials and inks with just one Design Set, and add additional Design Sets and coordinating Expansion Pack letterpress plates for virtually unlimited creative possibilities. We even offer an adapter kit (sold separately) so you can use your existing dies and plates from other systems with our machine.

Features include:

  • Ideal for creating die-cut and letterpressed shapes in a single pass through the machine, perfect for embellishing a wide range of craft projects
  • Simplified plating makes creating designer-quality results easy
  • Easy-to-turn manual crank helps you do more, faster, with less turns
  • 12″ cut width fits oversized crafting materials for design versatility other systems can’t match
  • Built-in storage compartment makes it easy to keep dies, letterpress plates and accessories on hand
  • Folding design offers space-saving storage in your craft room
  • Carrying handle provides convenient transportation
  • Starter set includes Fuse Creativity Machine, cutting plate with attached rubber mat, spacer plate and Design Set that cuts thick materials and two interchangeable letterpress plates
  • Just one Design Set offers five creative techniques
  • Design Set accommodates a wide variety of crafting materials and inks for different results
  • Additional Design Sets and coordinating Expansion Pack letterpress plates sold separately to expand creative possibilities
  • Adapter Kit (sold separately) lets you use your existing dies and plates from other systems with our machine to maximize value
  • Replacement cutting plates and rubber mats sold separately
  • Lifetime warranty

This special machine can be purchased online or in most reputable paper/scrapbook supply stores. This would be a great addition to any scrapbooker’s tool kit.

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Martha Stewart Crafts – Punches

Die-cut Punches
from
Martha Stewart Crafts™

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The use of die-cut punches provides scrapbook crafters with tools to add clarity, frivolity or a touch of elegance to your scrapbook page and personal card creations. Martha Stewart, a well respected name in the craft industry, offers a wide array of punch options to choose from. We have tried to share a simple view of most of what she has to offer in punches. You can view the die-cut selection to decide if there is one you’d like to have in your repertoire of punches. Click on the photo and you’ll be taken to an online site where you can purchase that punch at a very good price, or you may choose to try and find it at your local craft or scrapbook supply store.

Note: These punch tools can be sharpened by punching through aluminum foil or lubricated by punching through waxed paper.

Martha Stewart Crafts
Punches

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Arch Lattice Edger Punch

This punch creates a beautiful border design with die-cut and embossed details. This Arch Lattice edger punch is great for card making, scrapbooking, gift wrapping, photo mats and other paper crafts. This Arch Lattice edger punch has an alignment guide to ensure perfect continuous patterns.

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3-in-1 Classic Butterfly Punch

This easy and fun-to-use 3-in-1 Classic Butterfly craft punch creates crisp, perfectly shaped cut-outs. This punch is great for decorating cards, photo mats, scrapbook pages, and other paper craft projects. You can use this punch for confetti as well. This punch stands upright for easy access and storage.

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Monarch Butterfly
Edge Punch Around the Page

This punch creates a beautiful with die-cut border design design. This Monarch Butterfly edge around punch with the matching corner punch (sold separately) makes an elegant continuous border design. You can also use this punch alone. This punch is great for card making, scrapbooking, gift wrapping, photo mats and other paper crafts. This Monarch Butterfly edge punch has an alignment guide to ensure perfect continuous patterns. Also, this edge punch features fold able wings for convenient storage in standing position.

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Bumble Bee Double Punch

This easy and fun-to-use Bumble Bee craft punch creates crisp, perfectly shaped cut-outs. This punch is great for decorating cards, photo mats, scrapbook pages, and other craft projects. This punch stands upright for easy access and storage.

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Glassene Butterfly Punch

This easy and fun-to-use Glassene Butterfly craft punch creates crisp, perfectly shaped cut-outs from paper, cardstock, felt, foam sheets, thin metal, and more. This punch is great for decorating cards, photo mats, scrapbook pages, and other craft projects. This punch stands upright for easy access and storage.

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Monarch Butterfly Corner Around The Page Punch

This easy and fun-to-use Monarch Butterfly Corner craft punch with the matching edge punch (sold separately) creates crisp, perfectly shaped cut-outs, that together provides a continuous design around all four sides of your craft project. This corner punch is great too when used alone for decorating cards, photo mats, scrapbook pages, and other craft projects.

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Monarch Butterfly Corner Punch

This easy and fun-to-use Monarch Butterfly Corner craft punch with the matching edge punch (sold separately) creates crisp, perfectly shaped cut-outs, that together provides a continuous design around all four sides of your craft project. This corner punch is great too when used alone for decorating cards, photo mats, scrapbook pages, and other craft projects.

MS monarch Martha Stewart Crafts   Punches

Monarch Butterfly Punch

This easy and fun-to-use Monarch Butterfly craft punch creates crisp, perfectly shaped cut-outs. This punch is great for decorating cards, photo mats, scrapbook pages, and other craft projects. This punch stands upright for easy access and storage.

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Butterfly Stamp and Punch

This easy and fun-to-use Butterfly craft stamp and punch has two different functions: one creates crisp, perfectly shaped cut-outs; while the other provides a stamped bird image. This punch and stamp is great for decorating cards, photo mats, scrapbook pages, and other craft projects. The stamp and punch can each be used separately for more fun options. This punch stands upright for easy access and storage.

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Medium Classic Butterfly Punch

This easy and fun-to-use Classic Butterfly craft punch creates crisp, perfectly shaped cut-outs. This punch is great for decorating cards, photo mats, scrapbook pages, and other paper craft projects. This punch stands upright for easy access and storage.

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Crown Punch

This easy and fun-to-use Crown craft punch creates crisp, perfectly shaped cut-outs. This punch is great for decorating cards, photo mats, scrapbook pages, and other paper craft projects. This punch stands upright for easy access and storage.

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1″ Scalloped Circle Punch

This easy and fun-to-use Scalloped Circle craft punch creates crisp, perfectly shaped cut-outs. You can create neat scalloped circles from paper, cardstock, cardboard, felt, foam sheets, thin metals, and more. This punch is great for decorating cards, photo mats, scrapbook pages, and other paper craft projects. This punch also makes a great background for a smaller shape or decorative stickers.

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Pointed Circle 1″ Punch

This easy and fun-to-use Pointed Circle craft punch creates crisp, perfectly shaped cut-outs. You can create neat pointed circles from paper, cardstock, cardboard, felt, foam sheets, thin metals, and more. This punch is great for decorating cards, photo mats, scrapbook pages, and other paper craft projects. This punch also makes a great background for a smaller shape or decorative sticker.

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Corner Rounder Punch

This easy and fun-to-use pointed Corner Round craft punch creates crisp, perfectly shaped cut-outs. You can create neat pointed circles from paper, cardstock, cardboard, felt, foam sheets, thin metals, and more. This punch is great for decorating cards, photo mats, scrapbook pages, and other paper craft projects.

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Cosmos Punch

This fun and easy to use Cosmos craft punch creates a crisp, perfectly shaped cut-out from paper, cardstock, cardboard, felt, foam sheets, thin metals and more if not too thick. You can layer or combine this shape with others companion Cosmos shapes: Hydrangea and Rose Leaf punches to create spring or floral themed embellishments. Use on cards, scrapbook pages, invitations and other paper craft projects.

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Checkerboard Edger Punch

This punch creates a beautiful with die-cut Checkerboard border design. This border punch is great for card making, scrapbooking, gift wrapping, photo mats and other paper crafts. This Checkerboard edger punch has an alignment guide to ensure perfect continuous patterns.

Note: The shape will remain connected to the paper after punching.

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Daisy Fan Deep Edge Punch

This punch creates a continuous Daisy Fan die-cut border design up to two-an-a-half times the size of a standard edge punch. This Daisy Fan punch is great for card making, scrapbooking, gift wrapping, and other paper crafts. This punch has an alignment guide to ensure perfect continuous patterns.

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Medium Layering Daisy

This easy and fun-to-use Layering Daisy craft punch creates crisp, perfectly shaped cut-outs. You can make your own dimensional daisy embellishments by stacking layers of petals. This punch is great for decorating cards, photo mats, scrapbook pages, and other paper craft projects. This punch stands upright for easy access and storage.

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Double Loop Weave Deep Edge Punch

This punch creates a continuous Double Loop Weave die-cut border design up to two-an-a-half times the size of a standard edge punch. This Double Loop Weave punch is great for card making, scrapbooking, gift wrapping, and other paper crafts. This punch has an alignment guide to ensure perfect continuous patterns.

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Doily Lace Trim Deep Edge Punch

This punch creates a continuous Doily Lace die-cut border design up to two-an-a-half times the size of a standard edge punch. This Doily Lace punch is great for card making, scrapbooking, gift wrapping, and other paper crafts. This punch has an alignment guide to ensure perfect continuous patterns.

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Dragon Fly Medium Punch

This easy and fun-to-use Dragon Fly craft punch creates crisp, perfectly shaped cut-outs. This punch is great for decorating cards, photo mats, scrapbook pages, and other craft projects. This punch stands upright for easy access and storage.

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Double Embossed Elephant

This fun craft punch creates a cute Elephant with die-cut details, and an ear that you can bend. This punch is great for decorating cards, photo mats, scrapbook pages, and other paper craft projects. The tool stands upright for easy access and storage.

Note: The shape will remain attached to the paper. Pull gently to lift out the elephants ears.

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Vintage Doily Deep Edge Punch

This punch creates a continuous Vintage Doily die-cut border design up to two-an-a-half times the size of a standard edge punch. This Vintage Doily punch is great for card making, scrapbooking, gift wrapping, and other paper crafts. This punch has an alignment guide to ensure perfect continuous patterns.

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Eyelet Lace Deep Edge Punch

This punch creates a continuous Eyelet Lace die-cut border design up to two-an-a-half times the size of a standard edge punch. This Eyelet Lace punch is great for card making, scrapbooking, gift wrapping, and other paper crafts. This punch has an alignment guide to ensure perfect continuous patterns.

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Floral Vine Deep Edge Punch

This punch creates a continuous Floral Vine die-cut border design up to two-an-a-half times the size of a standard edge punch. This Floral Vine punch is great for card making, scrapbooking, gift wrapping, and other paper crafts. This punch has an alignment guide to ensure perfect continuous patterns.

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Flower Punch

This easy and fun-to-use Flower craft punch creates crisp, perfectly shaped tulip cut-outs. This punch is great for decorating cards, photo mats, scrapbook pages, and other paper craft projects. This punch stands upright for easy access and storage.

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Large Flower Punch

This easy and fun-to-use Large Flower craft punch creates crisp, perfectly shaped cut-outs with with embossed details and fold-up petals. This punch is great for decorating cards, photo mats, scrapbook pages, and other craft projects. This punch stands upright for easy access and storage.

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Fleur De Lis Medium Punch

This easy and fun-to-use Fleur De Lis craft punch creates crisp, perfectly shaped cut-outs. This punch is great for decorating cards, photo mats, scrapbook pages, and other craft projects. This punch stands upright for easy access and storage.

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Flowers on a Vine Deep Edge Punch

This punch creates a continuous Flower on a Vine die-cut border design up to two-and-a-half times the size of a standard edge punch. This Flowers on a Vine punch is great for card making, scrapbooking, gift wrapping, and other paper crafts. This punch has an alignment guide to ensure perfect continuous patterns.

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Flower Bed Deep Edge Punch

This punch creates a continuous Flower Bed die-cut border design up to two-an-a-half times the size of a standard edge punch. This Flower Bed punch is great for card making, scrapbooking, gift wrapping, and other paper crafts. This punch has an alignment guide to ensure perfect continuous patterns.

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Garden Trellis Deep Edge Punch

This punch creates a continuous Garden Trellis die-cut border design up to two-an-a-half times the size of a standard edge punch. This Garden Trellis punch is great for card making, scrapbooking, gift wrapping, and other paper crafts. This punch has an alignment guide to ensure perfect continuous patterns.

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3-in-1 Hydrangea Punch

This easy and fun-to-use 3-In-1 Hydrangea craft punch creates crisp, perfectly shaped cut-outs of three tiny hydrangea blossoms. This punch is great for decorating cards, photo mats, scrapbook pages, and other paper craft projects. These punch outs can also be used for confetti. This punch stands upright for easy access and storage.

Note: The shape will remain attached to the paper. Pull gently to lift out the Hydrangea petals.

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Heart Chain Punch Around the Page Set

This Martha Stewart Crafts™ Heart Chain Punch Around the Page Combo Set will create a beautiful die-cut border along all 4 edges of a page. Guides printed on the tools ensure precise alignment for a perfect continuous pattern. You can also use the corner punch and edge punch individually, to create single-edge borders and decorative corner designs. This Set Heart Chain punch around edger punch is a great tool for adding an elegant border for cards, scrapbook pages, invitations and other paper craft projects. 2 pieces.

MS heartbeat Martha Stewart Crafts   Punches

Heartbeat Deep Edge Punch

This punch creates a continuous Heartbeat die-cut border design up to two-an-a-half times the size of a standard edge punch. This Heartbeat punch is great for card making, scrapbooking, gift wrapping, and other paper crafts. This punch has an alignment guide to ensure perfect continuous patterns.

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Happy Birthday Deep Edge Punch

This punch creates a continuous Happy Birthday die-cut border design up to two-an-a-half times the size of a standard edge punch. This Happy Birthday punch is great for card making, scrapbooking, gift wrapping, and other paper crafts. This punch has an alignment guide to ensure perfect continuous patterns.

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Holiday Lights Deep Double-Edge Punch

This punch creates a continuous two-sided die-cut border design up to two-and-a-half times the size of a standard edge punch. This Holiday Lights deep double-edge punch is great for card making, scrapbooking, gift wrapping, and other paper crafts. This Holiday Lights punch has an alignment guide to ensure perfect continuous patterns.

MS lady bug edger Martha Stewart Crafts   Punches

Ladybug Punch Around The Page

This punch creates a continuous Lady Bug die-cut border with the matching edge punch (sold separately) creates crisp, perfectly shaped cut-outs, that together provides a continuous design around all four sides of your craft project. This Lady Bug punch is great for card making, scrapbooking, gift wrapping, and other paper crafts. This punch has an alignment guide to ensure perfect continuous patterns.

MS lady bug corner Martha Stewart Crafts   Punches

Ladybug Corner Punch

This easy and fun-to-use Lady Bug Corner craft punch with the matching edge punch (sold separately) creates crisp, perfectly shaped cut-outs, that together provides a continuous design around all four sides of your craft project. This corner punch is great too when used alone for decorating cards, photo mats, scrapbook pages, and other craft projects.

MS lady bug Martha Stewart Crafts   Punches

Ladybug Double Punch

This easy and fun-to-use Ladybug craft punch creates crisp, perfectly shaped cut-outs with die-cut details. This punch is great for decorating cards, photo mats, scrapbook pages, and other craft projects. This punch stands upright for easy access and storage.

Note: The shape will remain attached to the paper. Pull gently to lift out the ladybug.

ms leaves and branch Martha Stewart Crafts   Punches

Leaves and Branch Deep Edge Punch

This punch creates a continuous Leaves and Branch die-cut border design up to two-an-a-half times the size of a standard edge punch. This Leaves and Branch punch is great for card making, scrapbooking, gift wrapping, and other paper crafts. This punch has an alignment guide to ensure perfect continuous patterns.

ms medallion Martha Stewart Crafts   Punches

Medallion Medium Double Punch

This easy and fun-to-use Medallion craft punch creates crisp, perfectly shaped cut-outs. This punch is great for decorating cards, photo mats, scrapbook pages, and other craft projects. This punch stands upright for easy access and storage.

ms ribbon bow Martha Stewart Crafts   Punches

Ribbon Bow Medium Punch

This easy and fun-to-use Ribbon Bow Medium craft punch creates crisp, perfectly shaped cut-outs. This punch is great for decorating cards, photo mats, scrapbook pages, and other paper craft projects. This punch stands upright for easy access and storage.

ms snowflake Trim Martha Stewart Crafts   Punches

Snowflake Trim Deep Double-Edge-Punch

This punch creates a continuous two-sided die-cut border design up to two-and-a-half times the size of a standard edge punch. This Snowflake Trim deep double-edge punch is great for card making, scrapbooking, gift wrapping, and other paper crafts. This Snowflake Trim punch has an alignment guide to ensure perfect continuous patterns.

MS scallop dot Martha Stewart Crafts   Punches

Scallop Dot Edge Punch

This punch creates a beautiful die-cut scalloped border. This Scallop Dot edge punch is great for card making, scrapbooking, gift wrapping, photo mats and other paper crafts. This Scallop Dot punch has an alignment guide to ensure perfect continuous patterns.

ms scallop  embossed Martha Stewart Crafts   Punches

Scallop Embossed Edge Punch

This punch creates a beautiful die-cut and embossed detailed scalloped border design. This Scallop Embossed edge punch is great for card making, scrapbooking, gift wrapping, photo mats and other paper crafts. This Scallop Embossed edge punch has an alignment guide to ensure perfect continuous patterns.

MS star borders Martha Stewart Crafts   Punches

Star Border Edge Punch

This punch creates a beautiful die-cut star border design. This Stars edge punch is a great tool for adding a themed border for card making, scrapbooking, gift wrapping, photo mats and other paper crafts. This Stars edge punch has an alignment guide to ensure perfect continuous patterns.

MS stars edger Martha Stewart Crafts   Punches

Stars Edger Punch

This unique punch creates a beautiful die-cut border design. This Stars edge punch is great for card making, scrapbooking, gift wrapping, photo mats and other paper crafts. Use one punched shape as an accent piece, or line up multiple punches to a border. This Stars edge punch has an alignment guide to ensure perfect continuous patterns.

MS double scallop Martha Stewart Crafts   Punches

Double Scallop Edger Punch

This punch creates a large scallop pattern edged with a smaller design to provide an elegant die-cut Double Scallop border. This border punch is great for card making, scrapbooking, gift wrapping, photo mats and other paper crafts. This Double Scallop edger punch has an alignment guide to ensure perfect continuous patterns.

ms signature hole punch Martha Stewart Crafts   Punches

Signature Hole Punch Edger Punch

This special punch creates parallel punched holes perfectly spaced to fit Martha Stewart’s ring binders. There is an alignment guide to help create a continuous pattern. The open holes are great for threading yarn, ribbon or raffia to adorn your cards, scrapbook pages, invitations and other paper craft projects.

ms threader Martha Stewart Crafts   Punches

Threader Edger Punch

This handy tool creates a continuous series of double slots. These slots will allow for threading of ribbon, yarn, raffia and other materials sized to meet the size of the punched holes. This punch provides an easy, neat and evenly spaced slots to thread ribbon-embroidered borders for cards, scrapbook pages, invitations and other paper craft projects. This Threader edger punch has an alignment guide to ensure perfect continuous patterns.

ms thank you Martha Stewart Crafts   Punches

Thank You Large Double Punch

This easy and fun-to-use Thank You craft punch creates crisp, perfectly shaped cut-outs. This punch is especially great for decorating cards, but can be used equally as well for photo mats, scrapbook pages, and other paper craft projects. This punch stands upright for easy access and storage.

ms teddy bear Martha Stewart Crafts   Punches

Teddy Bear Medium Double Embossing Punch

This easy and fun-to-use pointed Teddy Bear craft double embossing punch creates crisp, perfectly shaped cut-outs with embossed details. You can create neat embossed teddy bears which are great for decorating cards, photo mats, scrapbook pages, and other paper craft projects.

ms water lily Martha Stewart Crafts   Punches

Pop-up Water Lily Double Punch

This easy and fun-to-use Water Lily craft punch creates crisp, perfectly shaped cut-outs with embossed details and fold-up petals. You can create neat pop-up Water Lilies from paper, cardstock, cardboard, felt, foam sheets, thin metals, and more. This punch is great for decorating cards, photo mats, scrapbook pages, and other paper craft projects. This punch stands upright for easy access and storage.

ms zig zag Martha Stewart Crafts   Punches

Zig Zag Edge Punch

This punch creates a zig-zag die-cut and embossed details border design. This Zig Zag edge punch is great for card making, scrapbooking, gift wrapping, photo mats and other paper crafts. This edge punch has an alignment guide to ensure perfect continuous patterns.

MS star borders Martha Stewart Crafts   Punches

Star Border Edge Punch

This punch creates a beautiful die-cut star border design. This Stars edge punch is a great tool for adding a themed border for card making, scrapbooking, gift wrapping, photo mats and other paper crafts. This Stars edge punch has an alignment guide to ensure perfect continuous patterns.

MS stars edger Martha Stewart Crafts   Punches

Stars Edger Punch

This unique punch creates a beautiful die-cut border design. This Stars edge punch is great for card making, scrapbooking, gift wrapping, photo mats and other paper crafts. Use one punched shape as an accent piece, or line up multiple punches to a border. This Stars edge punch has an alignment guide to ensure perfect continuous patterns.

MS double scallop Martha Stewart Crafts   Punches

Double Scallop Edger Punch

This punch creates a large scallop pattern edged with a smaller design to provide an elegant die-cut Double Scallop border. This border punch is great for card making, scrapbooking, gift wrapping, photo mats and other paper crafts. This Double Scallop edger punch has an alignment guide to ensure perfect continuous patterns.

ms signature hole punch Martha Stewart Crafts   Punches

Signature Hole Punch Edger Punch

This special punch creates parallel punched holes perfectly spaced to fit Martha Stewart’s ring binders. There is an alignment guide to help create a continuous pattern. The open holes are great for threading yarn, ribbon or raffia to adorn your cards, scrapbook pages, invitations and other paper craft projects.

ms threader Martha Stewart Crafts   Punches

Threader Edger Punch

This handy tool creates a continuous series of double slots. These slots will allow for threading of ribbon, yarn, raffia and other materials sized to meet the size of the punched holes. This punch provides an easy, neat and evenly spaced slots to thread ribbon-embroidered borders for cards, scrapbook pages, invitations and other paper craft projects. This Threader edger punch has an alignment guide to ensure perfect continuous patterns.

ms teddy bear Martha Stewart Crafts   Punches

Teddy Bear Medium Double Embossing Punch

This easy and fun-to-use pointed Teddy Bear craft double embossing punch creates crisp, perfectly shaped cut-outs with embossed details. You can create neat embossed teddy bears which are great for decorating cards, photo mats, scrapbook pages, and other paper craft projects.

ms thank you Martha Stewart Crafts   Punches

Thank You Large Double Punch

This easy and fun-to-use Thank You craft punch creates crisp, perfectly shaped cut-outs. This punch is especially great for decorating cards, but can be used equally as well for photo mats, scrapbook pages, and other paper craft projects. This punch stands upright for easy access and storage.

ms water lily Martha Stewart Crafts   Punches

Pop-up Water Lily Double Punch

This easy and fun-to-use Water Lily craft punch creates crisp, perfectly shaped cut-outs with embossed details and fold-up petals. You can create neat pop-up Water Lilies from paper, cardstock, cardboard, felt, foam sheets, thin metals, and more. This punch is great for decorating cards, photo mats, scrapbook pages, and other paper craft projects. This punch stands upright for easy access and storage.

ms zig zag Martha Stewart Crafts   Punches

Zig Zag Edge Punch

This punch creates a zig-zag die-cut and embossed details border design. This Zig Zag edge punch is great for card making, scrapbooking, gift wrapping, photo mats and other paper crafts. This edge punch has an alignment guide to ensure perfect continuous patterns.

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Simple Scrapbooking Techniques – Chalk

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There are a number of ways to add a bit of color to your scrapbook and personal card projects–chalk happens to be one of them.  The nice thing about chalk is you can add a little splash of color just about anywhere on your layout.

chalk pastels Simple Scrapbooking Techniques   ChalkChalk comes in a wide variety of colors which are often called pastels.  Chalk affords you the opportunity to create delicate accents with a touch of color.  Shading, tinting and aging a layout can be assisted with the use of chalk.

clean workspace Simple Scrapbooking Techniques   ChalkWhen using chalk remember chalk dust can and will attach to most everything.  This caution is not meant to have you avoid using chalk, no, you need to be aware of the nature of chalk to make it a plus for you.  Be sure to use a clean area for applying your colors, and take the extra time to clean your work area after using chalk so the prior project’s chalk doesn’t get on your next page or card project.

Before you go gung-ho with chalk, you may want to make some tests on different scrapbook and card materials: vellum, card stock, photos, etc.  This will give you experience on using chalk, and allow you to see the effect chalk can provide.

For more information on using chalk on your scrapbook and personal card projects, check out these other two articles:

Chalk It Up
Chalking Techniques and Tips

Enjoy this fun and useful scrapbook technique.  Add a little touch of color or elegance to your paper craft projects.

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Simple Scrapbook Techniques – Buttons

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Even though buttons are one of the most universally familiar objects we see each and every day–buttons on shirts, coats, blouses, dresses, etc.–who would give serious thought to using them in scrapbook and card making efforts.  They have become one of the favored embellishments.

Buttons are simple, easy to attached, versatile and relatively inexpensive.  With a little effort and a creative view you can add new dimensions to your cards and scrapbook pages.  Buttons allow you to add color, shape, texture and accent to any project.  Buttons come in a myriad of sizes, shapes and designs, and a world of colors.

button bellishment Simple Scrapbook Techniques   ButtonsButtons can add visual enhancement to your pages and cards.  They can be useful in anchoring other objects–embellishments such as photos, tags or journal cards to your layouts–in-addition to adding color (either in harmony or as a contrast) to your projects theme.

They are lightweight and generally durable.  Buttons can be cloth covered to add a touch of elegance where needed, or soften a page or card.  Metal buttons give an appearance of strength.

button shank removal Simple Scrapbook Techniques   ButtonsWhen using buttons on your scrapbook projects you need to be sure they are acid free.  Also, flat back buttons work best.  You may need to remove any shank on the back of a button (not manufactured specifically for crafting) by nipping or sanding the shank.  This is especially important if you are using buttons meant primarily for clothing.

Attaching buttons is relatively easy.  Simply place an adhesive or glue dot on the back of the button and place the button where you desire.

button needle yarn Simple Scrapbook Techniques   ButtonsButtons can be hand sewn with thread, yarn, string or floss.  Use a needle with an eye large enough to accommodate your stitching material, and one that will go through the holes in the button.  If you prefer attaching your buttons with adhesive, but want a faux stitched look, simply put your stitching material through the holes and affix the end to the back of the button with an adhesive which may also be used to attach your button to your scrapbook page or card.

button placement layout Simple Scrapbook Techniques   ButtonsButtons can be used individually on your projects.  When grouping buttons for effect–color enhancement, etc.  be sure to use odd numbers in the grouping (3, 5, 7 etc.).  Don’t go overboard–a little goes a long ways, but use what you feel you need.

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Simple Scrapbook Techniques – Brads

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Most scrapbook and card crafters will easily identify with brads. These versatile implements have been around for a long time.  Brass brads have been used by students for ions of time as the fastener of theme papers and reports.  Today they have been transformed into a very useful art object which paper crafters use in a variety of ways.

In addition to being used to affix items to your cards and scrapbook pages, you can use them to embellish your projects.  While the most common brad is a basic round shape, today these time honored little fasteners are being produced in a variety of colors, sizes and shapes.  Your use of them is only limited by your imagination.

flower with brad center Simple Scrapbook Techniques   Bradsdecorative brads Simple Scrapbook Techniques   BradsYou will see them used as the center of flowers–for decoration and as an attaching element for your flower–dual purpose use.  The more decorative brads can be used on your projects to give either a simple touch of accent, or to affix something else to your page or card.

Brads are extremely beneficial to scrapbook and card crafters because of their versatility and their relative low cost.  Saving money lets you do more of your creative projects.  The fact that they are easy to use, and require no special tools, make them a great tool or decoration to have on hand.

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To use a brad is a simple process.  First, make a small hole in your paper or card (use a small pointed object like a pin, nail or paper piercer–but don’t make the hole too big), and anything you may be attaching.  Next, the brad has two prongs on its backside.  Make sure these prongs are together and insert them through the hole(s) you have just made.  Next, with the brad inserted in your whole you can then splay or flare the prongs out flat against your project like a butterfly securing them–and anything you may be attaching.    To keep the prongs flared out and the position of the brad constant simply place a strip of tape over the splayed prongs–which should be on the reverse side of your project.  There you have it.

Now you have another useful and decorative tool in your crafting tool bag!

With brads you have a versatile and easy way to enhance pages and cards as well at attaching other embellishments.  They help you expand your creative capabilities.

If you’re not currently using brads in your scrapbook page and personal card creations, you may want to invest a little money and some time to give them a try.  You’ll be glad you did!

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Simple Scrapbook Techniques – Paper Tearing

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Scrapbook and personal card crafters are always looking for ways to enhance the quality and uniqueness of their finished creations.  Paper tearing is one of those simple, yet very effective ways to add that uniqueness to their cards and pages.

The reason this technique is so popular is because of its simplicity, and there are not tools required to make your creations–just paper and your fingers.  In a matter of just a few minutes you can turn your cardstock, photos, vellum and other papers in to useful and interesting additions to your projects . . . adding varied dimensions, textures and interest as you go.

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As you begin this simple technique you may want to experiment on scrap pieces of paper to see what effect your tear will have, and that this effect is what you’re looking for.   Tearing gives you two separate textures:  a smoother side and a rougher side.  You get the smoother side by tearing the paper towards you, and the rougher look by tearing away from you.

Some papers have different colored cores–some card stock for instance.  If you are looking to reveal that core you may want a more rough looking tear, so tear the paper away from you.  Remember to experiment a bit with some scraps to see what the end result will be, and if that results is what you want.

A controlled jagged edge can best be made by placing the paper you wish to tear on a flat hard surface.  With one hand hold your paper on the hard surface, and with the other hand–using only your thumb and index finger–begin the tear  in small sections working down the paper to what ever length you wish.  This slow small tear approach allows you to control the size and length of the tear.

For a wide tear effect, hold your paper with both hands and tear in opposite directions with each hand.   The speed of your tearing will help determine how much control you have on the width of the tear.  This techniques is best suited for longer paper tears.

If you’re looking for a more soft, fuzzy and delicate tear you’ll need to crease your paper where you want the tear to be.  Then add a bit of moisture to the creased area using your finger moistened with water, or use a soaked cotton swab, or a sponge (not overly wet).  Wipe the creased area to add a bit of moisture to the paper.  With the crease moistened begin your tear–on a solid flat surface to help control the tear.  Tear the paper down and towards you.  The completed tear, when dry, will have a soft fuzzy appearance.

tearing paper with straight edge Simple Scrapbook Techniques   Paper Tearingpaper tearing guides Simple Scrapbook Techniques   Paper TearingAnother soft tear technique is to use a straight edge down on your paper and pull the paper towards you.  The end product will be similar to the wet method above with a soft straight tear line.  There are tearing guides that will also give your a patterned tear like the deckle or scallop edge.

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