I consider the round and round scallop Giga punches to be basic tools in my scrapbooking toolbox. They are an investment, but I use them again and again and again. This month we will explore what you can do with both of these great tools.

On this page I used both punches to make quick page embellishments that are both simple and have clean lines. I prefer to mat the circles, cutting the mats by hand around the circle shape, before centering them on the scallop shape. However, if you find this difficult it is not necessary.

Adding elements like a paper strip through the center or creating a flower are simple techniques that could also be used as focals for a simple handmade greeting card.

Mom page
Designer: LeNae Gerig

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Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Cut the foil paper into an 8 ¾”x12” rectangle and glue to the top of a 12"x12" sheet of brown cardstock. Glue a length of white grosgrain across the paper seam and wrap the ends around to the back, securing them with clear tape.
  2. Mat a 5”x7” photo with both white and brown cardstock, leaving 1/8” wide borders. Glue 1” from the top of the page and 3” from the left.
  3. Punch two 3” circles from the foil paper. Glue a 5/8” wide strip of white paper across the center of one, trimming the ends even with the circle edges. Mat both circles with 1/16” wide borders of cardstock, one with brown and one with white. Punch a scallop circle from both white and brown and glue to the circles as shown.
  4. Adhere “MOM” chipboard letters across the white strip and foam tape the circle to the photo’s lower right corner, centered on the border. Glue the brown buttons along the border.
  5. Foam tape the remaining circle to the photo’s top left. Glue a white flower and aqua button off center. Cut two 1 ½”x3” leaves from lime cardstock. Fold in half lengthwise and lightly sand the fold. Glue to extend from under the circles top left.
  6. The “Did you know” journaling theme is a wonderful way to share interesting or quirky facts about your subject. Write on white cardstock and cut into strips. Use the ink pad surface to apply ink to the edges of the strips. Glue to the top right of the page.

Birthday Banner
Designer: LeNae Gerig

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Make a long version of this cute birthday banner to decorate a friends cubical at work or for your child’s birthday party. So easy to make and customize. Use large alphabet stamps to personalize with a name.

When centering an image on a punched circle, I find it helpful to turn the punch up side down with the die cut shape now on top. Center the image in the shape and then make the punch.

Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. You can make the banner as long as you want to go over a doorway or across a room. Punch as many brown scalloped circles as you will need to fill the space.
  2. Stamp the cupcake image onto white cardstock. Center the cupcake on the circle and punch. Stamp twice as many cupcake circles as brown scalloped circles. Color the wrappers red and the cherries with red glitter glue. Let dry and glue one stamped circle to each side of the scalloped circle.
  3. Punch a 1/8” wide hole on the right and left sides on each brown scallop. Tie each scallop together with a 5” length of floss, tied in a knot and trim the tail to ½” long. Tie 10” lengths to each end to hang the banner. Knot the ends of the floss to keep from unraveling.

Christmas Gift Tag
Designer: LeNae Gerig

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Use the Giga Punches and a pack of Christmas themed Brad Buddies™ (there are enough in each pack to make 6 tags!) to make beautiful and unique holiday tags that are special enough to use as ornaments.

Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Glue a strip of green border paper across the ivory plaid Christmas paper and punch circle with the border centered. Use the inkpad surface to apply black ink to the circle edges and stamp a holiday greeting near the bottom of the tag.
  2. Secure the Brad Buddie™ to the circle and glue the circle to the center of a red scalloped circle. Use the 1/16” wide hole punch to punch a circle at the center of each scallop. Punch a hole at the top of the tag and thread with ribbon. Knot the ends. Write you holiday message on the back of the tag.


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