Sometimes a new crafting tool hits the market and it dazzles us with it’s smart design. The new Envelope Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers is one such tool. Even before it’s official debut at CHA Winter 2013, it was generating quite a buzz!
While at the trade show, I taped this quick demo. within 24 hours, it had been viewed over 1500 times! So yeah, you could say that folks were a wee bit interested! It also demonstrates how to use the Envelope punch board.
I managed to get one of these babies in my hot little hands so that I could get the review done even before it hits the store shelves (which should be any day now.) So let’s take a closer look, shall we?
The whole tool measures 7.5″ by 10.5 inches and features an on-board (and included) bone folder.
The punch itself is two-sided: in addition to creating the notches, it also acts as a corner rounder. Take note: there is no “catcher” under the punches, so the paper waste will end up on your table.
Here’s how it’s described on the website:
Now it’s even easier to create custom envelopes in over 60 different sizes with any size paper. By eliminating the need to trim and measure the paper multiple times, the Envelope Punch Board is the easiest-to-use envelope maker in the industry. To use, simply select the envelope size, trim the paper once, and follow the grid printed on the board to punch the envelope notches. Finally, score and fold the envelope using the included bone folder, which is conveniently stored on the Envelope Punch Board itself. For an extra touch, round each corner of the envelope using the punch located on the opposite side of the tool. The Envelope Punch Board is available in January.
Note that all 60 sizes are conveniently marked on the front of the tool.
So… time to take a look at the papers it will work with! I tried it out with the following papers with great success:
- text weight (like copier paper)
- textured cardstock
- scrapbooking paper
- flocked/fabric paper
Keep in mind that there is a low threshhold in the punching mechanism, so it’s really not meant for super-thick papers.
I did find that I had to adjust my pressure on some of the papers- which is common sense, really- so that you don’t press too hard on the scoring line and go through the paper. Also be careful of the angle at which you hold the bone folder- it works best at a 45-degree angle. Any more and you might pierce your paper instead of scoring it.
Now, with the smaller size of envelopes (up to A2 card size or the square of paper about 8 inches or so) it worked super easy for me. I did notice whilst making the largest card size, that the paper extends beyond the perimeter of the Envelope Punch Board itself. That makes it impossible to score all the way to the edge…which can lead to some serious errors.
Now, I know that while the tool is supposed to be goof-proof, I managed to goof things up a number of times. Mostly, this was when I was using the larger size papers.
Just like it quilting, if you are even a teeny bit off in your measurements, by the time you get to the end of a quilt it can end up to be inches off. Similarly, if you are not careful in aligning either the first measurement spot-on OR subsequently lining up the score lines, you can easily be off by 1/2 an inch- which can make all the difference.
To rectify this, I strongly recommend that you actually do the measuring part TWICE- once on opposite sides of your square of paper- to ensure accuracy. I made you a video to demonstrate.
Now… as I mentioned in the video… I found a possible mis-marking on the board. Since I’m a fan of 3X3 cards, I set off to make some envelopes. I found that if I used the marking provided on the tool- measuring to the 2 3/4 line (with a 5 3/8 piece of paper) , I actually ended up with a rectangular envelope. However, if I used the 2 5/8 inch marking with the same size paper, it would indeed come out square.
See what I mean? I let the good folks at We R Memory Keepers know and I trust that they will either re-print the boards or issue some sticker to put over the top.
So. Overall, I think it’s an amazing tool. You do have to be mindful of your markings, but the flexibility to make all kinds of envelopes with any kind of scrapbooking paper is pretty darn cool. Just the thought of lovely coordinated envelopes and recycling papers to make new envelopes makes me tingle.
The MSRP is $19.99 USD, and I’m sure there will be some deals and/or coupons available.
What do you think? I’d love to hear your opinion!
Disclaimer: Sample provided for review purposes.
UPDATE: Please see this post: Update on the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board for the latest information about changes made to the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board that fix the measurement issues.
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