Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 17. Punches.

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Posted 4/22/2010 by ~crisann~ in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 4/22/2010 6:43:46 PM
Good evening ladies!

This week we're organizing our punches...

Here are the links for this week:

wookiemouse's blog

original two peas thread

Question of the week: with the invention of all the die-cutting machines, do punches seem somewhat "old skool" to you now?

[I'll put in links for previous weeks later]




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Posted: 4/22/2010 7:05:18 PM
I don't know, I wouldn't call punches old school. At least not the basic geometric shapes like circles and squares, and the border punches. I love my punches. The circles are great for punching out specific things in patterned paper, stamped images and such. You can't do that with a die cutting machine. I just got the Extra Giga Marvy square punch for punching out pictures. Love love love my border punches - and have 25 of those so far. I use those all the time.

I have all my border punches and large punches in a shoe organizer on the back of the closet door (facing the inside of the closet) in the room I scrapbook in. The smaller punches are kept in one of the drawers in my rolling Sterilite drawer unit. I am going to be outgrowing the shoe organizer though if I get a few more big punches. Maybe I need to stop buying punches. lol!



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Posted: 4/22/2010 9:32:22 PM
Woo hoo. Another easy week for me. I have like 5 punches total and they are all basic shapes and a few Disney themed. I haven't gotten into the whole MS border punch thing so I don't have a single one of those (even though some do look tempting!) I store all my punches in a single rubbermaid container. So off to complete another week I am behind on. Oh and I don't think punches are "old skool." I still use the 5 I have quite regularly. In fact I see more stuff using punches now than when I first started. Seems like they are making a comeback!

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Posted: 4/22/2010 9:50:23 PM
I don't really think punches are old school. I like to use them for certain things, and they really can be used in conjunction with the die cut machines as well. And sometimes it's just a little time friendlier to use a punch when you are limited.


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Posted: 4/22/2010 9:58:11 PM
Punches old school? I think with the releases of the border punches they are really hot right now. I seem to be using them like crazy.

This week is easy for me. I have only 4 border punches, 6 shape punches and 1 circle punch. They are all snug in a drawer!



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Posted: 4/22/2010 11:52:48 PM
Same here! all sorted. but just like bell bottoms and the Rachel...everythig old bcomes new again....who'd a thunk paisley would be cool?

I have 3 Iris 12x12's
shapes
corners
borders

DD LOVES them. I just did a whole chipboard ablum with them this summer...easie to tote than that expression


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Posted: 4/23/2010 12:20:17 PM
This was an easy week for me. Putting all my.... seven.... punches in a box and onto a shelf was about the first thing I did after I cleaned out my bookcase.

I don't think punches are old-school. Well, in a sense they are, but still so useful! And so many new ones coming out. I'm thinking about getting some border punches, but a little hesitant to put more stuff into my room. Also, I'm thinking about the dollar-to-use ratio.

Hm, does that mean I need to tackle photos....? Nah, probably not


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Posted: 4/23/2010 12:54:49 PM


Easy week for me too.
They all fit in two Sterilite drawers: one for shapes, and one for corners and borders.

Question of the week: with the invention of all the die-cutting machines, do punches seem somewhat "old skool" to you now?

I don't have a die cut system because I figured I would never get my money's worth out of owning one. I don't have a ton of punches either, but the ones I do have are really basic, and I tend to go to them pretty often.

I especially love my slotted corner punches because I have a lot of photos from the pre-digital days. There's no way I'm putting adhesive on the backs of those photos.










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Posted: 4/23/2010 3:01:06 PM


Question: I don't think punches are old school. As a matter of fact, they are one of my most used tools these days. I use them more than my die cuts because they are quick and easy.

I am currently keeping them all in sight on a bygel rod from ikea.


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Posted: 4/23/2010 3:03:13 PM


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Posted: 4/23/2010 3:20:27 PM
I too am proud to say …. I’m DONE this week!!

I had gotten rid of a lot of “shaped” punches once I got my Cricut. So to answer the question, maybe the “cutesy” punches are obsolete. I do have a lot of plain geometric shapes that I use ALL. THE. TIME. I have an over the door shoe organizer so all my punches are in there. As the pouches are clear, I can see all my punches as once.

Ah!! Now to get back to that paper purging … ugh!!

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Posted: 4/24/2010 11:18:15 AM
Yup, I'm with Kris74, perhaps shaped punches are "old school" - I guess all the shape cutters are taking their place. My punches are geometric shapes, slots and corner rounders. Couldn't scrapbook without them!

But, I am tempted by the new border punches....

June, loved your punches ring!


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Posted: 4/25/2010 7:46:59 PM
June - love your punch ring. I've got this on my list of things to do for organizing.

Other than that my punches are all organized. I don't know how many I have - maybe 20 or so. I have them stored in CM memory mate cases. I keep them packed in my big tote for crops. I'm not sure if this is the best storage method, but for now it is working.

I don't know about punches being old school. But then again, I don't have any die-cutting system, so punches are all I have!


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Posted: 4/25/2010 7:56:48 PM
This is an easy week for me. I have a corner rounder, the threading waters punch, a notebook edge punch and a heart punch. I use them frequently and they are kept close to my work space. I'm not a big punch buyer but I do want to get a large scallop circle punch.




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Posted: 4/25/2010 8:58:37 PM
i'm "done"... i have a total of 4 punches: a large circle, a butterfly, a star, and a corner rounder... that's it!



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Posted: 4/26/2010 5:26:37 AM
LOVE my punches! SO sorry I sold a bunch of early ones at a yard sale a few years ago. I had all the thumb punches and the fixture that let you make borders with them.

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Posted: 4/26/2010 6:47:00 AM
This is SO my week! I come by my name quite honestly and have 700+ punches, but they are organized! I used to own an online store, and was a designer and wrote 2 punchart books, so I justified each punch purchase! They go in and out of "scrapping fashion", but even with all the elctronics out there, I believe punches are here to stay too! It's not just borders either! Have you seen what's being done with flower punches and crepe paper???

Question: Punches old school? NEVV-A!


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Posted: 4/26/2010 6:58:57 AM
Sherri,

I think we all need a visual on 700+ punches! Post some photos ... pleeease!


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Posted: 4/26/2010 10:56:14 AM
my punches are under control. I have just a few of them. Nothing fancy they sit in a plastic container in one of my drawers.
But since week one I can not find my one big border/circle/oval punch, put it in one of the boxes. Most boxes are empty but the punch magicaly disappeared.



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Posted: 4/26/2010 9:24:21 PM
QOTW: I'm still debating about the punches, whether I still need them or not. I do like them for crops and quick punching, but I have the Bosskut Gazelle and have discovered that I can punch the shape, scan it and put it into a cutting file to use at any size or length. The way my room and computer are set up makes it a pain to set up my electronic cutter permanently, I'm still trying to figure out how to work this in.

Right now my punches are in the sterlite drawers under my work table and that is working okay.



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Posted: 4/26/2010 11:45:48 PM
Punch addict! I SO agree, we need pics!!
My bolg is up.

Has anyone else used their punches in a LO this week?


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Posted: 4/27/2010 9:04:57 AM
Pitje, I hope you find your border punch

ScrappinBee, Thumbs up on your Halloween Layout = Love the 3 borders layered at the bottom.


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Posted: 4/27/2010 9:10:54 AM
Just pushin' back up to page 1

I am over the 700+ punches!! I would love to see pictures too Sherri!! I'd also love to see this crepe paper and flower punch idea you're talking about...

Pitje - I hope you find your punch. Bummer!!

ScrappinBee - No, I've been a bad scrapper I haven't scrapped anything this week (yet). But in my defence I have a HUGE exam on Saturday that I have been studying for ... so why am I on here this morning you ask?? Good question

Part of my issue with punches is I developed carpal tunnel when I was pregnant with DS and it hasn't really gone away So the CM type of punches where you need to use a lot of force from your wrist really doesn't work well for me. But that DOES mean that I can free up a whole row in my shoe organizer for more punches

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Posted: 4/27/2010 9:32:48 AM
link to one version of poufy flowers made from a single scallop circle punch

poufy flower video


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Posted: 4/27/2010 9:34:39 AM
Thanks!

J *scraps- love your punch loop!

Kris74-No worries! Trust me, I know, life happens. Sorry about the carpel tunnel. I don't know how old DS is now, but if he is little, like mine, he might like those punches. My 7yr old boy plays with them as much as DD!....

...which reminds me, while I did my LO, DD punched black scraps all over my white carpet. Hmmmm. Need to vaacume!


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Posted: 4/27/2010 9:35:31 AM
I think I need more punches. I need something to organize with you all!

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Posted: 4/27/2010 10:28:51 AM
700 punches? I'm not sure I can count that high!

I've been using the border punches like crazy this week. You know how you always have an old LO and it just needs a little sumphin? I've been adding punches strips between some of the paper that is layered on the LO. I hope that makes sense.




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Posted: 4/27/2010 6:05:48 PM
ScrappinBee - My little guy is 4. He is the anti-crafter. Seriously. We bought him SO much crafty stuff (we're talking drawerfuls of stuff) and he wants no part of it. I look at from the perspective of at least he leaves my stuff alone

How did that vaccumming work out??

And yes, still procrastinating (though I DID study a bit today!) Only 4 more sleeps to go until this blasted thing is over with.

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Posted: 4/27/2010 11:29:40 PM
Nantini-I just LOVE that idea! I think that totally counts as a LO!

Kris74-sorry about that...maybe you just need some skull punches (I have one for my 7 yr old DS)...or you get your stuff to yourself In either case, good luck with your class!!!


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Posted: 4/28/2010 8:35:21 AM
I am afraid I don't have time for photos of punches this week. I am working the second of my three 24 hour shifts this week! I may be able to get them later!

For the crepe flower:
You can do this with either punches or diecuts of three diff sized flowers. I like a good thickness, so layer crepe paper 2-3 thick in either case. You will want to punch/diecut 8 times of each of the three shapes. Stack them all on top of each other, like on like, largest on the bottom. Then you're going to poke a hole in the center and attach all layers with a big headed brad. It's not going to show, so the color is not important. You want a big enough brad (not mini) so it's strong enough to hold all these layers. (It's not one of the giant ones though, KWIM?)Now, hold onto the bottom of the brad and start pulling each layer of crepe paper up to the center, pinching over the brad center. Continue until the last layer has been brought up to the center and you have a tight flower bud, essentially. Almost forgot to tell you to fold back the brad "legs" that you've been holding on to! Now you take both hands and gently press from center out to open your flower bud as "open" as desired. Color edges of layers with Cat Eye ink pad if desired. Leaves may be punched and added too.


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Posted: 4/28/2010 10:17:23 AM
I love both punches and die cutting machines. And with all the new fabulous border punches I can't get enough. However, I do find storing punches to be the most difficult for me for some reason.



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Posted: 4/29/2010 1:55:34 AM
We are on page 3 again?
Big punch is stil hiding from me. But I got myself some goodies yesterday among it a big scallop punch. Wanted that for a long time and found one with 40 procent off The Question is where am I gonna store this thing?? It does not fit in with the rest of them
gonne make me some of those flowers!! Thanks for the video link J scraps it.



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Posted: 4/29/2010 7:23:48 AM
pitje: You are most welcome. Glad you were able to get the scallop punch on sale! That is actually the punch I use the most. It makes cute gift tags too.

Sherri, I am going to try some of those flowers also. Have seen them done with layers of tissue paper and sprayed with mists too. Very pretty.


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Posted: 4/29/2010 8:40:56 AM
Getting my post in before the next weekly challenge pops-up here.

Question of the week: "With the invention of all the die-cutting machines, do punches seem somewhat "old school" to you now?"

I do own a Cuttlebug to dry emboss and use my Spellbinders Nesties. I don't own an electronic die-cutting machine and I have no intention of purchasing one. Punches, especially borders, are big right now. And I don't think basic shape punches will ever go out of style. Compared to some scrappers (certain Peas will remain nameless), my inventory of punches is pathetic. It might not even count as an "inventory", since it's so small. But, none the less, they are organized!

I have a drawer in my desk that holders the punches, as well as some adhesive and my MM tool kit. I guess the tool kit will find a new home next week when we tackle "tools". The adhesive and refills can stay in there for now. I'll be switching over to the ATG 714 after the pink cancer model is released this summer. That's a big-hunking tool that will need a home!

I love the one-and-only Fiskars border punch I have and my wish-list of designs is growing (Effervescence, All-A-Fleur & Diamond). I use the EK Success scallop circle to create the gorgeous paper flowers that you currently see everywhere on cards, layouts and paper craft projects. I picked-up the Martha Stewart punches at Walmart after the holidays for a steal-of-a-deal. They punch smooth and crisp every time I use them. I have my eye on a few of her "punch around the page" designs.

Looks like everyone is doing well throughout this challenge. I love the ideas I'm getting from shared photos and tips. Updated my blog with a photo. Thanks!


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Posted: 4/29/2010 12:17:27 PM
Have to put my response in here. We're going to be onto the next week so soon.
I have 7 punches. 1 of which has been made obsolete by my Slice but, the rest are so useful. Anyways, wasn't much to do this week.

A good thing 'cause we're away for a few days. I'll catch up with you all later.

Want to see pics of 700 punches but it can wait.


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Posted: 5/2/2010 8:27:22 PM
I have quite a few punches, but not as many as I used to! At one point I actually gave away my square, circle and oval ones to my cousin who was just starting out. By then, I had the sizzix dies for those and figured I could part with them. But I did notice there are tons of very cute punches out right now. Oh no...

And June, LOVED your punch ring idea. May just copy that!

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