Hi friends! Today in the Favorite Craft Room Tools Series, I’m throwing punches. Wait. No. I’m talking about paper punches. Whew. That was a close one. This series is in answer to requests I’ve gotten asking what my favorite craft tools are and what I would recommend as “must haves” for a craft room.
I love the simplicity of a paper punch. All you need is a punch and a piece of paper and you can create something. I love that! They are simple to use, durable and easy to take with you when you’re going to a crafty event. Today I’m talking about basic shape punches but in a coming post I’ll talk about border punches and more.
BASIC SHAPES PAPER PUNCHES
I used to buy a lot of paper punches with various themes but I often find that simple shapes in various sizes are the most useful. I hate to admit that because I love a detailed, cool, design punch just as much as you do but I tell ya, I turn to a simple circle or square punch for more projects than I do the detailed or border punches. You can turn a circle or square into so many things and they also work well for stamping. My love for the simple circle punch is why I designed the All Around Sentiments stamps. They work with 1″ and 1 1/2″ circle punches but you can use larger punches with them too. Simple, simple. Easiest thing to do with simple shapes? Make a quick tag for a gift.
Here’s a link to a post I wrote: HOW TO LABEL & IDENTIFY WHICH MARVY PUNCH YOU HAVE
I’ve tried a bunch of brands of punches but my absolute favorite brand of basic shape punches are by Marvy Uchida. Punches are sort of like paper in that everyone is very loyal to their chosen favorite. I’m actually more loyal to my simple punch choice than I am any paper brand. I go Marvy or I go home. LOL! Again, if your favorite isn’t Marvy that’s ok!! Just make sure you have a few simple shape punches in your craft room. They come in super handy. I recently outgrew my shoe rack storage for my Marvy punches (due to my Marvy love). I’ll show you my new storage for them as soon as I get them installed. (read as…when DH installs them…LOL! Poor DH.)
CROP A DILE, HOW I LOVE YOU
If I could go back in time to when I was buying my very first school supplies I would request (in a baby Joy voice) a new box of crayons and a CROP A DILE. What?! Don’t ruin my time travel school supplies daydream. In this scenario they DID make Crop a Diles back then. Geeze. It wasn’t THAT long ago. I mean dinosaurs weren’t still roaming the Earth or anything. Anyway…
If you don’t have one, you might want to plan on getting one. It will easily punch holes in paper, metal and more. My kids and husband even use them. Need to add a hole to your belt? (It happens.) You can use the Big Bite to chomp right through leather. I highly recommend either and both Crop A Diles.