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Review | We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board

If you’re looking for an easy way to create envelopes in lots of sizes, you’ll want to try the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board like I did recently.

I had heard a lot about it and was anxious to give it a try, so I was excited to receive it recently for review. I usually purchase envelopes to fit the few cards I make and so I tend to stick to the most common card sizes.

I did a little research online – the manufacturer’s Web site  and YouTube how-to videos before opening the package.

The Envelope Punch Board is pretty compact, which makes it easy to store or tote with you to a crop or card party. Directions on how to use it are basic and very easy to follow: punch, score, rotate and fold.

I really like that the directions are imprinted right onto the board itself so I don’t need to find any paperwork when I pull the board out to use it. The card sizes, paper sizes and score line information is imprinted directly on the board as well, which is really nice.

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Everything you need to make an envelope (except the paper and glue, of course!) is on the Envelope Punch Board – right down to the score tool which tucks nicely into a slot on the side.

I was able to make an envelope on my first try with this board, which gave me a great feeling of accomplishment!

My first attempt was to make a standard sized A2 card envelope. I did notice the A2 markings on the board are actually listed as 4 ½ X 5 ½ inches rather than the standard 4 ¼ X 5 ½ inches. I have heard that was because the manufacturer set the board’s measurements in ½ inch increments rather than ¼ inch increments. This makes the envelope slightly larger (4 ¾ X 5 5/8 inches) than the standard (4 ½ X 5 5/8 inches) A2 size, but I’m OK with that.

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I followed directions by cutting my paper size 8 1/8 inches by 8 1/8 inches. It’s very important to be precise in cutting, measuring and scoring to create the correct size envelope. The board makes it easy to be precise. The measurements are well marked and the scoring groove is deep enough to give a nice crisp score line when working with the scoring tool.

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After cutting the paper, the directions tell me where to line my edge up before punching and scoring. Only the first edge needs to be measured; after that it is as simple as punch, score, rotate and fold. There is a built-in Reverse Punch (corner rounder) on the outer edge of the board which serves double duty. How often have you looked for your corner rounder and not been able to find it? This one is built right in so after punching and scoring you can round the four corners of the envelope to present a professional appearance.

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When closing the envelope you are left with the center flap, which is a rounded corner. I didn’t like it intruding into the center, so scored where it meets the side flaps and tucked it under.

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I tell you, there’s nothing like a job well done to encourage you to forge ahead and try more. And that’s just what I did.

I created envelopes in common sizes that I tend to use:  A7 (5 ½ X 7), A2 (4 ¼ X 5 ½), and Gift Card (2 X 3 ½); it took me no time at all. Information on the board tells me that the final envelopes will have an approximate 1/8 inch margin on all sides and of these three, the A7 and Gift Card did. The A2 had about a 3/8 inch margin in depth (due to the 1/4 inch difference), but this allows extra space for bulky cards or embellishments, so the extra margin can be a good thing.

It can be a bit tricky when scoring a larger paper that hangs off the board. To get an accurate envelope you need an accurate score. I dealt with this by simply sliding the paper up after scoring the first 6 or so inches. I could feel the score groove through the paper so was able to line it up and finish the scoring accurately. I recommend handling it this way for better accuracy rather than trying to run it off the board.

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I like to use envelopes to create mini books and by using the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board I can envision creating them in so many different sizes, and so very easily.

It’s also very useful when you want to create coordinating envelopes for your cards or invites. Envelope sizes range from 2 X 3 1/2 to 6 X 8 1/2 – a total of 66 sizes in all.

Pros:

  • Easy to use.
  • Directions are imprinted directly on the board.
  • Tools are attached and/or stored on the board.
  • Affordable price.

Cons:

  • Tricky to score larger papers.
  • Some envelopes are slightly large due to measuring marks being spaced at a half inch.

The We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board has an MSRP of $19.99, and is available at retailers such as Scrapbook.com, Amazon.com and Simon Says Stamp.

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Linda Neff

Linda Neff discovered through her first attempt at scrapbooking she could create art her way and has been doing just that for the past 12 years. A mixed-media artist, she likes to use rubber stamps, inks, paints, paper, fabric and other mediums, to create a vintage look that is earthy and organic. She is the mother of three adult children and lives with her retired husband in Michigan. She and daughter, Rachel, own Green Door Studio where she teaches classes and upcycles furniture pieces. She has served on several design team and is Ranger certified and always on the lookout for new techniques. She has been published in Somerset Studio, Somerset Memories, Somerset Apprentice and Hobby Lobby magazines.

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7 Responses to Review | We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board

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    Rita Harris June 28, 2013 at 7:52 am #

    I bought this on HSN and I have used it a few times. This article was helpful. I know practice, practice, practice but I have a problem with the scoring. I don’t think it is the tool though I think it is me. I would recommend this item.

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      linda July 4, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

      Thanks for your input, Rita. I was surprised at how easy it is to use. What kind of problems are you having with the scoring? Maybe I can help?

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    Louise June 28, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    I understand that We r Memory Keepers is aware of the measurements being wrong but will send out a correct cutting guide – I believe you can also get it online!

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    Kathy P June 28, 2013 at 11:49 am #

    I have had this envelope maker for several months now, and I LOVE it. Messed up on the first one I made because the ruler runs to the left, but after I figured that out, it was easy-peasy! Now I can make an envelope to fit any card I make at home, regardless of the size! Great tool, very compact, and I agree…having the instructions along with the bone folder attached is awesome!

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    Janet Castle June 28, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    I have one, and like it! Very useful, quick and easy to use!!!

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    Sandy Henson June 29, 2013 at 1:04 am #

    I have one of these and I like it a lot. It’s fun to be able to coordinate the envelopes with the project colors, and it’s fun to play with!

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    Cindy J June 30, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    Just a cautionary note, I LOVE this envelope tool, however, I took it back and forth a few places, just loosely carrying it in my bag, and the top punch mechanism popped off and fell apart! I have put it back together, gluing it in the strategic locations so as not to disturb the punch ability, but I will be transporting it with much more care in the future.