In the series of posts I've written so far this summer I've shared with you my love for two of my favorite products. First, my favorite basic supply, patterned paper, and then my favorite embellishment, buttons. This month I'm back to share with you my love for my favorite scrapbooking tool, the punch. I am slightly partial to border punches (I confess to having a rather large collection), but I love regular punches too and today I thought I'd share my favorite ways to use punches.
Use punches to add a decorative touch to your projects
This is the most obvious example, simply use the tool as it was intended. On this simple layout about my favorite summer love, iced coffee, I used a border punch to add detail to my layout and to add a little more color too:
On this card I did the same thing using one of my favorite butterfly punches:
Use punches to create custom embellishments
There are countless ways that you can use your punches to create custom embellishments. These are just a small sampling of my favorites.
The first example comes from our own Monika Wright:
On her blog she shares a tutorial on how to make these layered paper flowers. She made hers from old book pages, but of course you could make them from any paper of your choosing.
Next is an example that has been shared here at WCS before, but I think it is so adorable and creative that it deserves a second look. Brenda Johnston used a combination of punches to paper piece together this cute little owl:
Here are the punches she used:
In another example from Monika, she used punches to create a custom embellished tag for this layout:
Use punches to embellish gifts
You can use your punches for more than just scrapbooking. I used a border punch, patterned paper and some thick twine to wrap this small gift box:
So many great ideas - thank you for sharing them, Monika!
Use punches to create a custom background
Isn't it incredible? I love the colors in this layout too, this is certainly a very happy page.
One of my favorite scrapbookers, Davinie Fiero, made a custom background by punching out various shapes in the same color as her background cardstock in this layout to create a tone-on-tone effect:
I love how the punched shapes mimic the look of the macaroni necklace. Such a sweet layout!
Finally, an example using a Punch All Over the Page. These punches let you punch anywhere on your page. They are great for both punching into paper to create a negative space, and because they come in a great variety of shapes you can use them as you would use a traditional punch too. I used a combination of a punch and a stamp to create a custom background for this layout:
Use punches with reckless abandon because you love punches
Does that sound familiar? When you really love something you don't need a specific reason to use it. I didn't realize how many I had used on this layout:
I just kept pulling out punch after punch and before I knew it I had used several, 8 in total. Notice all the patterned paper and buttons too? This layout basically covers all of my favorites in one example!
Here is another beautiful layout from Karen:
She used a variety of border punches in different patterns and colors to create this layout (I think I counted 11 punches in total). I love how it looks simple and then you look a little closer and notice all the details. This is definitely an idea I plan on using in the future.
The projects and layouts I shared today cover just a few the ways that you can use both traditional and border punches. How about you, do you love punches too? Share your creative ideas, and link to any visuals, in the comments. I'd love to hear your ideas and see what you've created!
Since this is my last post for the summer I'll say goodbye, for now. Don't forget to stop by tomorrow for give.away.day!