Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Short tutorial :- Evenly spaced brads.

I'm not claiming to be any expert in this department, but this is a quick easy system that works for me. If you have any comments or a better system to offer, I'd love to hear from you!


I had this old graph book, I think I may have had it for cross-stitch patterns previously, anyway it was perfect to use because of all the little squares marked.......too easy to find the centre, just count the same number of squares each way!


I cut a square from the graph paper, the sides measure 4cm (a bit over 1 and 1/2"), then glued it to a sturdy piece of cardstock. Using my pricking tool and an old mousemat to sit my graph paper square on, I put various holes in each corner, making sure I had centred them properly by counting the same number of squares across and down.


Before you decide which hole you are going to use, just push the brad through the holes to find which one looks better to you. Brads can vary in size, so it pays to do this before you make a hole on your project.


When you've decided which hole looks best, just place the graph square exactly in the corner of your card piece and sit it on top of an old mouse mat or piece of foam. Using your pricking tool make a hole through to your card piece and voila, that's it...............easy peasy!



Repeat for all four corners of your card and finish your project. All 4 corners of the card will have perfectly placed brads! Sorry, I can't show you the finished card as it's for my swap.......you'll just have to wait to see it!

Edited: I should have added that you should keep the little template you just made in a safe place - with your unused brads would be ideal, then next time you need to put some brads on a card it will take only seconds to do it!

You can also use this template idea to place a line of brads 2, 3, 5 etc. or around a card corner it's the same principle you can evenly space them with the graph paper as your guide. It will also work for eyelet placement - just use a pencil through the holes to make a mark on your project and use your eyelet punch to make the hole.

I'm afraid I'm going to have to turn on the comments moderation feature.........I got a whole heap of spam comments overnight, so sorry if it's an inconvenience as I do love to get genuine comments on my blog!

8 comments:

fishlips said...

Wow was this ever informative,,,Thanks Bunches just might have to give it a try.. it sounds simple enough...

Vicky said...

What a fantastic idea...I`ve got some of that graph paper too. Thanks for sharing :)

Vicky said...

Oops, forgot to add that I`ve tagged you :)

Shirley said...

What great information Lyn. Most of the time I don't even know what to do when I need to do brads. I have bookmarked this page!

Sami said...

Thanks for sharing this tip Lyn! I've got graph paper too! Off I go a-bradding.....B-) Sami

Ren said...

This is a great tip! Thanks!

Mylene said...

Oooh, great tip Lyn.... love your graph paper template idea. tfs.

Carole M. said...

great pictorial tut. Lyn. Very precise and easy to understand. It sure is a great tip.