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Martha Stewart Crafts Studio: Scrapbook Class

Reported by Simone Collins
Photography by Chris Foresman

What better way to preserve the memories from an amazing vacation to the Caribbean than with a scrapbook page? At the Martha Stewart Crafts Studio at the Beaches Resort in Turks and Caicos, guests can create a page and add their own special touches and memories.

Using the new Punch Around The Page and Craft punches, this simply designed page can be recreated for your vacation memories—or just adapt the techniques and create your own design.

Supplies
8×8 Cardstock
Foam Dots
To create this 8 x 8″ page, you are not only going to need your base cardstock piece but also cardstock in these sizes: 4 x 8″, 5 x 5″, and 1 1/2 x 3 1/4″.
Using a Martha Stewart Edge Punch, start in the center of your 4″ x 8″ piece of cardstock and begin punching.  It is important to use the guidelines and work carefully to ensure the guides are aligned when continuing to punch the entire edge.

Adhere this piece of punched cardstock to your 8 x 8″ base using a glue stick.
Take your 5 x 5″ piece of cardstock and punch all four corners with the corner punch from your Punch Around The Page set. Make sure the “wings” of the punch are fully open before you beginning punching.

Now, with your edge punch from the Punch Around The Page set, line up the corners using the special corner guides and finish off the complete square. The sets work with a variety of specific sizes, many of which are listed in the packaging of your set. Use foam dots to adhere the photo matte to the base, be sure to place one in the center as well as all four corners.
Use this same technique to create the title piece with the 1 1/2″ x 3 1/4″ piece of cardstock.  Adhere to base using foam dots.

Punch the title letters as well as your embellishments from cardstock using the craft punches.

Adhere your punches to the base using a glue pen or foam dots to create character on your page.

In order to center your title on the title matte, place the middle letter in the word or phrase your mounting to the base first and build your word from there.

 You can add bakers twine to an anchor to create a special touch or even glitter with a glue pen or the new glitter glue.

Here are some other variations on this theme:

What was the last vacation you scrapbooked? Got any tips or techniques to get those pictures out of the envelopes and onto the scrapbook page? We would love to hear about it!
Read all about our entire Martha Stewart Trip at the Beaches Resort including more project tutorials and our Martha Stewart Craft product reviews. And don’t miss the daily giveaways!
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Vendor Spotlight & Giveaway: Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page & Fringe Scissors

Reported by Heather Fuentes

Anyone who knows me is aware of my love for all things Martha. When Martha Stewart Craft products debuted, I couldn’t have been happier. I mean, seriously…have you SEEN that wall of glitter at your craft store? Sometimes the price points are a big high, but for the most part, I’ve enjoyed all of her tools and embellishment products.


While I own a few of the MS punches (and love them), I had yet to try the Punch Around the Page sets which retail for about $24.99 a set. Here, I was given a holiday set to work with. The Martha Stewart Crafts Aspen Punch Around the Page set features a really nice snowflake pattern. I used this set to make a quick and easy holiday card. I plan to put the negative snowflakes that popped from the punch as loose confetti inside my card, but they’d be great adhered to a project as well.


The sets are pretty self-explanatory, but just in case you need the assistance, each set comes with a handy guide. You do need to follow the sizing guides to ensure that your projects come out neatly and cleanly in regards to the corner punch and middle punch spacing, but again, the sizes are included on the guide.


The punches are a great weight, the wings flip in and out easily, they punch really smoothly, and they have quick and easy guides for lining up your paper.

As an aside, the punches I use the most are stored next to my work space in my craft area. I don’t remember where I saw the idea, but I use kitchen racks from Ikea and the MS punches fit perfectly! This set fit into my storage system with ease!


Next, I tried the Martha Stewart Crafts Fringe Scissors which retail for $12.99.


These scissors are great for super easy fringe, confetti and flowers. They work best on tissue paper, good on light weight papers, and even fairly well on heavier cardstock. No more buying expensive confetti for parties and you can bet the next few cards I send out will be filled with this stuff. The handles are ergonomic and pretty comfortable, and the blades are non-stick.


My daughter and I made this super easy and quick card for a friend who is in the hospital. The fringed flowers were fun, quick and easy with the scissors. Tissue paper would be great just fringe-cut in big long strips as decoration for a party.

To make these flowers, I used a vintage sewing pattern and yellow copy paper in strips of 12″ x 2″ or so. I cut the fringe straight into the strip about halfway, then simply folded the long strip on top of itself adhering the middles with glue dots and putting other embellishments on top. Quick, easy, cute.


Overall, I enjoyed using both products and am excited to add more punch sets to my crafty tool arsenal. The scissors certainly make the fringe job easier!

Pros:

  • Both products were extremely easy to use.
  • Both products were comfortable to hold and handle.
  • Punch set punches easily through most papers.
  • Scissors make an otherwise tedious job easy.

Cons:

  • Price point on the punch set is a little high, but you can use a coupon at a big-box craft store.
  • Fringe scissors have a specialized use, not a multi-tasker.

GIVEAWAY
The kind folks at EK Success Brands will be giving one lucky winner their very own Martha Stewart Around The Page Punches and Fringe Scissors. To enter, just leave a comment on one of the Vendor Spotlight: Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page or Fringe Scissors. Answer any one of these questions in the Comments Section right below this article on our website.


What are your favorite Martha Stewart tools? What do you hope Martha makes next?

One comment per person, per article, please. You have until Sunday, November 21st 6pm CST to enter.

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