Scrapbook punches are basic tools that can be used by any scrapper, but are especially ideal for beginners. There are several uses for scrapbook paper punches. They can be used to punch out various shapes for use all over your scrapbook pages.
This was a quick page that was created using paper I already had and a set of square punches. Notice how the negative square punch shapes anchor the title stickers, and how varying the sizes and paper used in the punch created the layout borders.
There are many other ways you can use scrapbook punches on your layouts:
Use either the negative of the punch or the actual shape that is punched out.
Use a set of punched shapes to make a page border for your layouts.
Create embellishments or other anchoring elements to your layout.
One of the easiest to use paper punches EK Success's Paper Shaper.
The Paper Shapers are available in many different styles, but the 2 inch Whale of a Punch size is our favorite. Click on the image below to see a great video that shows the Whale of A Punch in action.
One of the other newer punch products on the market right now is the squeeze punch by Fiskars. The nice thing about these paper punches is that the design allows you to see through the punch - so you can see exactly where you're punching. Check out this video showing how easy the squeeze punch is on your hands:
Your scrapbook paper punches should be easy to use and have no trouble cutting through card stocks. If your paper punch becomes difficult to use, it could be a result of glues or adhesives getting into the die mechanism. Usually a spray of a silicone lubricant will solve this problem.
If your scrapbook punches are getting a little dull, try punching a few times on a piece of aluminum foil - this can help extend the life of your punches so you get the most bang for your buck.