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Paper Adventures – Brads

Dear Fellow Crafters,

The following is a copy of a post about brads. You will find more on

My top 10 ways to use brads  follows:

‘Til next time,


What Are Brads? And What Do I Do With Them?



Allow me to introduce my favorite scrapbook embellishment. Everyone, This is Brad.
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Brad, this is Everyone.

Actually, this is my box of scrapbooking brads.  I like to have them sorted by color rather than size or shape because you can easily know what color would look good on your page, and then you can explore which shape/texture/size would be best.

Brads come in LOTS of different shapes, textures, and colors. Have a look.

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Here we have squares, flowers, circles, polka dots, fabric covered, shiny metal, brushed metal, and jeweled.  And that’s just a small sampling of the possibilities.

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It’s occurring to me now that I didn’t take a picture of the basic brad. They are the ones I use most often, just a basic circle of color. Either regular size–like you’d find in office stores, but colors–or tiny, about the size of a, well, I can’t think of anything that’s that size.

Oh, y’know the holes where the spiral binding goes through a spiral notebook. Or the dimple on a AA battery. They’re about that size.

Anyway. You can use brads in lots of different ways. You can attach ribbons and fibers. You can use them to punctuate the corners of photos, or you can use them as dots on the page.

Here’s how you do it.

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Put the point of the brad where you want it on your paper. You can use a hole punch or the tip of your x-acto knife to pierce the paper.

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Press the brad all the way into the paper. Then turn over the page.

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Now separate the little arms of the brad. And bend them down in different directions.

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Like so.

When you turn the page over, the brad is securely fixed where you want it.

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To date, I have found 70 ways to use brad(s) but in the interest of time, I will list my top 10:

1. To “hang” things from

2. Use as centers of flowers

3. Use as corners of a picture mat

4. Nails on a fence

5. Buttons on a snowman

6. To form “bullets” for a list of things

7. Buy or color brads brown and use as chocolate chips on a stamped cookie

8. Attach a handle onto a basket

9. Attach fabric or lace to paper

10. Use as wheels on die cut cars or wheelbarrows.

If you can’t find brads in the color you want, buy white. Then press them into colored ink pads to get the color you want. This will result in a matte finish. For a shiny finish, press them into embossing ink, cover with embossing powder and heat emboss. For an additional sparkle, sprinkle with glitter, just before heating.



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