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Is It Really Necessary?
A We R Memory Keepers
Frame Punch Board Review:
We love the polished look of using frames around the photos in our paper crafting projects. Not only does a frame add an extra pop of color, but it also helps our photos blend seamlessly on to the finished page.
Many scrappers like to make or buy paper frames for their scrapbook layouts.
Cardmakers also often use frames to add interesting layers to their card fronts.
The only problem is that making them, or even buying pre-made ones, is kind of a hassle.
If you want to buy your frames, which are also commonly made of , you are limited in the size of the photo you can use.
To use the frames, you have to either trim your photo or shrink it down to the correct size before you print it.
And to make the matter more difficult, the companies which design these frames do not adhere to the same size standards.
This means that you have to continually resize your photos to match different types of frames.
If you want to make your own paper photo frames, it is also frustrating.
You could spend a whole afternoon slicing out paper frames from your scrap paper stash and still only have enough picture frames to complete one project.
Until now, our best solution was to simply mat our pictures onto a large rectangle of scrap paper and call it a day.
But doing this isn’t our favorite option.
First, it wastes a lot of paper.
Second, it doesn’t really help the picture blend into the page. Mostly, it just gives the picture a backlight so that it will stand out.
Once again though, one of our favorite crafting companies has anticipated our needs and developed a convenient punch board for quickly making any size paper frame.
Keep reading to find out what we thought the of the WRMK punch board and whether or not we think you should buy one.
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WRMK Frame Punch Board Review:
The We R Memory Keepers Frame Punch Board allows you to make any size paper frame for your scrapbooking and cardmaking projects.
WRMK makes some of the most beloved products in the paper crafting universe. You can click here to see a huge list of all their products available on Amazon.
We are such fans of WRMK that we are immediately inclined to buy anything they create.
This frame punch board was definitely no different, we were super excited to check it out.
After using it for a few days, we decided that we did like it.
But was it really necessary?
Couldn’t we just stick to making frames in the old fashioned way? (Which really means, couldn’t we just continue to not make scrapbook frames for our photos?)
Our craft rooms are already over flowing with tools, some useful, some not so useful.
Did we really need to have yet another tool?
So, we made a list of pros and cons of the WRMK Frame Punch Board to help us decide. At the end of the article, you can see our final verdict.
First though, what does the We R Memory Keepers Frame Punch Board actually do?
With this tool you can very quickly cut out the inside of a square or rectangular paper, regardless of the size.
Watch this short video by WRMK to see how it works.
To make a frame, you need first punch out the cutting “guidelines” with the corner rounder. You are supposed to adjust the removable pegs in order to get the desired shape/size of your frame.
Next, you switch to the right side of the board and trim out the inside of the paper. Once again, you need to adjust the pegs so that you have a straight edge on which to align your paper.
Pros & Cons:
- All-Inclusive: What we like about this tool is that you can make a photo frame without needing to search for scissors, a cutting blade, or a ruler. WRMK has put everything you need onto the punch board itself.
- Quick: Once you get the hang of it, the process is very quick. Even if though we have a die cutting machine and an Silhouette electronic cutting machine, we found that we preferred this punch board simply because it took much less time. You don’t have to fool with software and loading a (sometimes not-so-sticky) cutting mat with tons of tiny paper scraps. You also don’t have to hunt around for dies and then lug out your giant Big Shot, for example.
- Lightweight: This WRMK tool is super lightweight and small. It’s easy to find space for it, even on a crowded desk.
- Any Size Frame: Creating a frame to fit any size paper or product is extremely useful, especially if your scrap paper stash is already threatening to overrun your craft room. It is also nice that you can change the thickness of each side individually. It is just as easy to make a thin, even border as it is to make one that fits a traditional Polaroid or .
- Learning curve: Like with several other WRMK products, you have to use it a few times before you can go on autopilot. If you don’t use it often, you will probably have to get reacquainted each time.
- Not Exactly Revolutionary: This tool pretty much does what several other crafting tools do, but in an all-in-one way. If you want to cut a frame, you already have several options. You can use your electronic cutter, dies, paper trimmer, exacto knife, or even this . But without this punch board from WRMK, making a photo frame does take a lot longer.
- Dull Blade: Some people say that the cutting blade is not sharp enough to withstand a lot of use. Only a few users have reported this issue though, so its not enough to say that there is a problem with the punch board. We didn’t have any trouble with our blade.
On a related note: The WRMK cutting tools do get a number of complaints about their blades dulling quickly. For example, you can look at these reviews for the and the . Yikes.
Bonus tip: If you have trouble with your cutting blade, try sharpening it with aluminum foil. It could also be the quality of the paper you use. Poor quality paper doesn’t cut well.
Okay, so it is pretty cool to have. It has a low-ish price point and it does its job well.
If you like to make a lot of frames for your projects, you should maybe consider getting this punch board.
Plus, we love anything that allows us to use up more of our scrap paper stash.
However, if you already have a lot of frame dies and your current system is working well for you, there is no need to purchase an additional product.
We would only recommend it if you do not already have a way to quickly make photo frames for your cardmaking or scrapbooking project.