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My Timeless Templates for Papertrey Ink

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is in just a few short weeks! As a paper crafter, I love making home-made gifts, and am always on the lookout for fresh ideas. Sometimes the simplest gifts can become a treasure just by the way that they’re packaged. But what do you do when your gift list is long, money is tight, and time is short? Let me introduce you to My Timeless Templates!

My Timeless Templates is a line of printable templates created by Lauren Meader for Papertrey Ink. Each month, Papertrey Ink releases two new template designs available for purchase on their website. These templates are a building block for you to create unique gifts and packaging out of basic paper crafting supplies.

Each template comes in the form of a PDF file which is downloaded to your computer and viewable using Adobe Reader. (If you don’t have Adobe already on your computer, there is a link on Papertrey Ink’s website for a free download.) The templates are designed to print directly onto 8.5 x 11″ cardstock, complete with cut and score lines. Some of the templates give you the option of printing the templates without the score lines so that the dashed lines won’t show on the inside of your packaging. Once downloaded, the templates can be printed as many times as needed.

Each downloaded template comes with a full-color, high-quality PDF document that includes six exclusive project ideas along with supply lists. These projects are all made by Papertrey Ink’s talented designers and are the perfect way to get your creative juices flowing. The great thing about these templates is their versatility! Once you get the basic idea of how the template goes together, it’s easy to modify it for any occasion.

For those of you who are still a little uncertain, Papertey Ink has two FREE templates available for download right now. I really loved the unique folds of the Recipe Wrap-Up and wanted to make a coupon organizer with it.

As I mentioned before, each template is very customizable. I printed the template directly onto Kraft cardstock and then added stamping and scrapbooking supplies to the cover.
The design is very easy to assemble. Each template has basic assembly instructions printed on the side (such as how many sheets to print and where to adhere). Beginning next month, each PDF file will also include thorough instructions on basic assembly, for those who are new to template designs or for when things get a little unclear.
I added a small notebook to one of my panels and used a large office supply paperclip to hold the book closed when not in use. (The original design includes markings for ribbon placement, but I thought that might get a little time consuming for what I was using it for.)
And here is the book when it is fully expanded. The template comes with these cute little pockets that were perfect for organizing my coupons!

Another of my favorite templates right now is called All Boxed Up.

My mom is always asking me for home-made cards for her to give away, so I designed this box for her to store them in.

This time, because my cardstock was so dark, I printed the template onto plain printer paper. I placed the paper on top of my cardstock using removable tape and trimmed and scored the design.
I customized this template and created a pocket on the side wide enough to hold my envelopes. Once you’ve worked with a couple of templates, customizing becomes really simple to do.

My Timeless Templates are a great resource to add to your paper crafting! Each download costs only $5 and the files are available instantly on your computer. You can purchase these templates from Papertrey Ink and new templates are available on the 15th of each month. The quality and resources that come with these templates makes this an incredible value.


  • Templates are a perfect way to create beautiful gifts and packaging.
  • Each template can be printed over and over for a lifetime of use.
  • Templates are designed to print directly onto 8.5 x 11″ cardstock.
  • Templates can be customized to expand their use.
  • Each download comes with 6 exclusive project ideas.

Cons: (or, more accurately, Helpful Tips:)

  • Make sure your printer settings are set for NO scaling. This will alter the dimensions of your template and make it more difficult to use.
  • The proper adhesive makes a big difference on how well your project will hold together. I recommend using RedLine tape, Score Tape, or and ATG gun.
  • The templates can be a little confusing for those who are new to this type of paper crafting. However, Papertrey Ink will be including full instruction sheets in all of the templates to follow.

As you can probably tell from my article, I am a big fan of My Timeless Templates. These templates are a perfect way to create that special, one-of-a-kind gift this holiday season. Once you start using them, you might want to make something to keep for yourself! The templates are very customizable and can be used for any occasion.

Have you tried My Timeless Templates yet? If not, I encourage you to try out one of the free templates available on the website. I’d love to hear what you think about this new product! Or, maybe you’ve come up with a creative use for one of the templates. If so, please leave us a comment!

The Paper Garden

Reported By Lauren Meader

My review today is on the book called The Paper Garden by Susan Tierney Cockburn.

The purpose of this book is to teach you how to make many different paper flowers, using various paper punches. You would not believe that you can make the most beautiful paper flowers from a snowflake, pear, balloon, and even heart shaped punches. Then there is of course the obvious different flower/leaf punches.

Here are a few details on the book:

  • The features in The Paper Garden are the Summer Blooms collection. You will find the step by step directions on how to make the following flowers: Buddlegja* Dahlia* Daisy* Geranium* Hydrangea* Lily* Magnolia* Nasturtium* Rose* Sunflower * Poppy You can view all the punches used to create everything in this book –>HERE
  • 24 pages of color photo’s
  • A list/visual guide for the punches/tools you will need
  • Clear and detailed step-by step photos and written instructions.

Here I have my page opened to create a paper Poppy. I want to create one for the cover of my Poppy Seed packet. You can see the visual list of punches needed at the top.

I assembled my supplies, I realized that I didn’t have all of the correct punches so I always attempt to use what I have on hand that is similar.

Now you can see this how the photo’s/directions make each step so easy to follow.

I begin to follow each step. The directions/photos guide me through the creative process.

In just a few steps I have a beautiful paper poppy that will embellish my Poppy Seed cover.

After using this book, I believe a crafter of any skill level can attempt these projects. They simplify each step to make it so easy. With the photographs, you can also see what your flower should look like after each step is completed.

You can view all the punches used to create everything in this book –>HERE

These paper flowers can be used on cards, boxes, bags, tags, frames, and all sorts of gifts. Another neat thing is, if you purchased some of the recommended punches, like I did, they are used in numerous flowers throughout the book! So that is really cool too. You would be surprised at the variety of looks you can get with some of the same punch shapes.

I am very happy with this book. I feel that for me it was a truly great buy. It allowed me to branch out into another area of paper crafting, as well as add some great things to my projects.

If you are interested in purchasing it, you may find it in the following places:

The Punch Bunch site recommends Scrappily Ever After. You can also find this online at All That Scraps which will be carrying this book with punches/tools as well. This book retails for $15.25. If you enjoyed this review you may also like to view my review on the Punch Bunch HERE.

Thank you for taking the time to read my review. I hope you are as excited about this book as I am! I would love to hear what you think, and if you have, or plan to purchase this book.

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The Punch Bunch by Lauren Meader

Reported by Lauren Meader

Today I am sharing with you my view on some paper punches I have purchased by The Punch Bunch. I was inspired to purchase these various punches, upon reading a book called The Paper Bouquet by Susan Tierney Cockburn (a review soon to follow). Her book featured these punches by Punch Bunch and in order to re-create the paper flowers she featured, it was a good idea to buy them. I was so fascinated that I started a modest collection of the most popular ones I felt I could get the most use from.

I began my purchase with: Giant Daisy, Small Birch Leaf, Mini Flower, Large Ginkgo Leaf, Snowflake 3, and the Small Pear.

These punches are a push button style. They do sell a product called the Power Punch to aide you in making it easier to punch their designs from card stock/paper. I did not have this tool to use with my creations, and found it no more easy or difficult than using a Marvy punch, with the same push button feature. I honestly prefer to use a lever style, but that was not an option for this particular company. Although, I do think I will purchase some sort of punch aide for my use in the future. If you are going to create several flowers you may need some help, after a few flowers, punching numerous petals for some, my hands HURT!
The prices of these punches range anywhere from $2.99 for a mini solid punch, to $18.99 for the mega giant punch. Some of their punches have multiple images, known as theme punches and can retail for about $14.99.

CLICK HERE to see a size comparison for their complete punch line.

The company’s website had this to say:

The PUNCH BUNCH currently offers more than 50 exclusive punch designs, including the popular Fern and Ash leaves, the Splats and Bursts, several styles of vases and baskets, and numerous designs that are specifically created to support Floral Punch Craft. The company also introduced their innovative Punch Bunch Theme Punches in 2001, which combine multiple designs on a single punch. The Theme Punches economically enable buyers to utilize just one punch while supporting more than one image.

I have to say I was surprised at how many different flowers you can create from the same punch. I felt I got more for my money this way. I love having multiple uses for one item. I also enjoy combining them with punches I already own.

Here are two samples with the Large Daisy punch used to create 2 different looking flowers.

This sample also used the Birch Leaf, and small flower punch. I chose to use my Stampin’ Up! Boho Blossoms punch as well.

Just by cutting down the center of each petal, I was able to achieve a different look, using the very same punch.

Another great find was that they also sell STAMPS that can be used in coordination with their punches. This just fascinated me. It was great to combine my love for stamping and paper crafting into one great idea.

You can view some of their stamp sets that are to be used with the punches by Punch Bunch HERE. If you click on the stamp set, it allows you to view what punches you would need to purchase to create the specific flower’s to be used with that image! A great source for the stamps for your punches is Make an Impression. Their line of stamps are called Punch-Ins! I utilized the Basket item # SR985-T

Here is a framed piece I created for my mother. I used one of her favorite photos of my family. In the bottom I used the stamp basket image, which I stamped, then embossed with gold embossing powder. I colored it in with my Copic markers

I used the large Ginkgo Leaf image to create a basket filled with pansies. Isn’t that so pretty? Look at the dimension. You can create these really quickly.

Having had a stamped image to add to really made this frame so much more elegant looking.
I could put any type of flowers in here that I want to. There is a space for you to add your flowers so that you have a visual guide as to what should add, and where.

Here is a close up view for the front of the basket with the paper flower pansies. I opted for stickles in the pansy centers. I thought it was a pretty touch.

I have really enjoyed the many images this company of punches has to offer. As I stated above, I love the many uses you are able to get from each one. Pair it up with one of their books on punches, or the punch in stamps and you definitely increase the usability and value of your purchase.

You can purchase these punches at the following places: All That Scraps which carries the book I use, the punches, and the tools, The Frantic Stamper and, as the site recommends Scrappily Ever After.

I hope you enjoyed my review today. I would love for you to link any creations you may have made using your own punches by Punch Bunch, and list your experience or opinion on them here as well.
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