Post # 1
i spent hours at Michaels & Joanns this past weekend and was really surprised to find that they do not carry any type of long reach paper punch that has a design on it. The only long ones i’ve seen are the border punches, but i don’t want to cut the paper off, i just want to create an all over design on a sheet of paper.
has anyone ever seen one that has a long reach that has a design? If not, can i ask how anyone punches the middle of the paper without folding it? The other option I thought of was using an xacto knife, but that just seems like a lot of work and i also dont’ think it will end up looking that clean!
i’m really working on trying my hand at DIY, it looks like so much fun, but clearly i’m really new to this!
any tips from you awesome DIY crafty brides would be much appreciated!
Post # 3
i found a bunch at hobby lobby a few weeks ago, but they didn’t have what i needed either, so i have to resort to an exacto knife too. are you trying to loop ribbon through paper (that’s what i’m doing)? they did have a ribbon punch, but it was only 1/4" wide.
Post # 4
You may be able to find a die cutting machine that will allow you to cut out a specific design in the center of the page. They can be expensive and you are limited to the designs that they have available for each specific machine. However, if you find one you like, you may be able to find a store that will allow you to use or rent time on their machines. If you have an Archiver’s nearby, they allow the public to use their die cutters. Otherwise, your best bet would probably be to check local independent stamping or scrapbooking stores to see what they can offer.
Post # 5
Do you have any friends that are teachers? Most school districts have a teacher work room with LOTS of differend die cutting machines and blocks! I love using them for diy projects (though I have not found a wedding use for them yet).
Post # 6
thanks for the tips guys…i really think it seems ridiculous that they dont’ have a longer paper punch for this purpose. don’t people ever need to reach the center of the paper?!? i was hoping to save money with this DIY, but buying that machine will defeat the purpose. BUT, thanks for the tip on the teachers, i have a couple of friends that I’m approaching now! thanks!