Feeling a Bit Punchy…

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts,Reviews

I love Creative Memories’ Shape Makers – they have such unique and usable shapes, they’re heavy duty, and the size is perfect. My new favorites include the Puzzle Maker, the Sweet Heart Maker, the Tag Maker, and the Square Maker. And guess what?!? All 4 of these shape makers will be included in the g iveaway next week…so excited for that!

Here are some fun things I’ve been doing with these awesome Shape Makers.

creative memories jigsaw puzzle piece punch shape maker

(Tools: Creative Memories Puzzle MakerCorner Maker, QuicKutz Silhouette Digital Craft Cutter)

The Puzzle Maker is perhaps the most adorable thing of all time. Although it’s hard to choose my favorite between the puzzle and the Paisley Maker…these two are tied for first.

Being the mother of one, soon to be two, boys, this punch will come in handy all the time. That puzzle shape is so versatile – this happened to be a page about puzzles because my son loves puzzles, but I will continue to use it for so many other things. Sometimes you just need a cute shape, and I love the puzzle piece shape! It can be very boyish or girly, depending on the paper you choose, so it’s completely applicable no matter the genders of your children. And it’s not necessarily a childish shape either, so you could use it on cards for friends or pages about you too.

I can’t wait to see  the next new shape maker Creative Memories comes up with!

creative memories sweet heart maker punch

(Tools: Creative Memories Sweet Heart Maker, Cricut (various cartridges), Purple Cows Ultimate Trimmer)

sweet-heart-maker creative memories

And the Sweet Heart maker is well named – it is sweet, isn’t it? This is another one of those great and versatile shapes in their shape maker line. This is a great basic heart shape, and everybody needs at least one!

When you’re a mom scrapbooking about your kids, hearts seem to creep into pages pretty often, don’t they? I love the stenciled look of this heart and how it’s basic but not simple. This is another great year-round, all ages, both genders, kind of shape maker.

creative memories tag maker punch

(Tools: Creative Memories Tag Maker, CropADile Big Bite II)

tag-maker creative memoriesThen there’s the tag maker – everybody needs one of these also. You might have a Cricut or some other die cutting machine that will do tags for you, but nothing is easier than a punch. Convenience is a big deal when it comes to scrapbooking, so having a shape maker that can punch the shape for you in 2 seconds is a must. This is another great basic shape that will get used a ton in my crafting.

I read a great idea in the latest issue of Simple Scrapbooks (I love that magazine…I wish I could give away a subscription! Maybe some day…). Cut a bunch of little tags with the Tag Maker, spice them up a bit with ribbon, brads, buttons, or other embellishments, and keep a handful with you wherever you go so you can record thoughts, feelings, or funny things your kids say. When you get ready to scrapbook that moment or event, you have a little element already finished with this tag! You can tie it to the page with ribbon, attach it with staples or brads, and you’re done! And if you don’t like your handwriting, you can slip it behind something so the writing is hidden.

I made up a handful of these so I can incorporate this idea into my crafting – I forget so easily and quickly, these little premade embellishment tags will help me preserve those memories without taking any extra time at all.

I’m looking forward to next week’s giveaway!

{Photos taken with a Canon Rebel XSi}

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jingle February 23, 2009 at 6:54 am

These are great! I love that layout! Very cute! I would love to see you post your pages more often!

2 syeda February 23, 2009 at 6:59 am

I totally agree with you that convenience is every thing and these punches do make it a lot easier. Getting excited about the giveaway!

3 Karen s February 23, 2009 at 10:01 am

I haven’t seen a CM catalog in a long time, I’m going to need to look for one. I love their punches.

4 Baba February 23, 2009 at 10:27 am

I love the quick easy way to make tags and embellishments. These would be so cool.

5 Christy February 23, 2009 at 5:17 pm

How clever… I didn’t know CM had punches – I look forward to seeing what else you create with them and looking forward to the giveaway. In the meantime I will have to check out the punches. :)

6 Bethany February 23, 2009 at 7:26 pm

Me likey… can’t wait for the give-away.

7 hayley February 23, 2009 at 8:17 pm

i love these punches! what are the dimensions of the tag? i love the idea of having a stack of tags with you to write down the things that go on during the day-to-day things. i always forget the cute little things my kids say or do and i especially don’t get them written in the scrapbooks. what a great idea! thanks!

8 kimberly h February 23, 2009 at 11:58 pm

So cute.I need a new corner rounder!!!

9 Sarah ketchum March 2, 2009 at 8:35 pm

I love them all I would get all of them but if I had to chose one it would be the tag .Sarah

10 Karen L March 4, 2009 at 1:41 am

Your puzzle layout is darling! I’ve used real puzzle pieces and embellished them to use on cards and layouts so the puzzle maker would be wonderful to have! You could use it to make shapes to decorate for jewelry as well! I remember when CM didn’t even offer punches (that dates me, I know) and now they have a whole slew of them!

11 Becky Smith March 4, 2009 at 3:19 pm

I think it would be really cute to do a layout with a whole bunch of puzzle pieces, some with a patterned cardstock, and some with pictures of family members and scatter them all over the page to show the “pieces” of your family!

12 kimberly h March 9, 2009 at 9:50 am

I love ,love the puzzling LO.I love the title and the puzzle pieces to accent the page.I think it’s very creative and the LO is so pretty.I love the journaling also in strips,adds to the puzzle feel.May I scraplift this?

13 Carolyn S March 9, 2009 at 11:52 am

Oh my, I love Creative Memories shape makers. I just got an email with the new ones coming out and have already ordered the paisley and heart. CM has always been one of my favorite companies for tools and I have quite a wide assortment to the Personal Paper Cutter to the big circle and square punches. I would recommend them to anyone.

thanks for sharing

ceashark at aol dot com

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