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January 23rd, 2007, 07:44 AM
Mega Super Mommy
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Sulphur, LA
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I decided that instead of Weekly Challenges, I would occasionally do a technique of the week. It will have instructions on how to do something that we all need to learn. This weeks technique will be VERY basic for our beginners, but I have ideas for some more challenging ones for later. Hope you ladies like these!

This weeks technique is going to be brad and eyelet setting. Someone had asked before how to use these and I thought we should at least cover this before we get more difficult. If you already know how to do the technique just use some brads/eyelets and post your pages anyway.

<span style="color:#990000">Here are the basics of brad placement...

What is a brad?
A brad is a paper fastener that has two prongs that go through the paper and when opened on the other side will stay in place. Here is a picture.

How to use it?
You can use it as a decorative element on its own, or to hold something in place like ribbon or vellum (translucent paper). Just poke a small hole through your paper where you want the brad to be. The push the brad through the hole you have created. Once pushed through the paper open the prongs up on the back side and you are set...you have used your first brad!

Here are the basics of eyelet placement...

What is an eyelet?
Wikipedia defines them as metal, plastic, or rubber rings that are inserted into a hole made through another material. In scrapbooking they are generally metal. Here is a picture.

How to use it?
This can be hard to explain so rather than confuse you I found a link with some great instructions!
How to set an eyelet!
This link shows the basic technique with a hammer and eyelet setter. There are also silent eyelet setters that use a squeeze method to set them, but the method in the link is the best way to learn before you invest money in a silent setter.

Hopefully this has been helpful for our beginners who wanted to learn this technique! Please PM me or post on the board if there is a technique you would like to see featured as our technique of the week!</span>
Mommy to Brody and Jenna!!

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