Product review: We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 Punch Board

We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 Punch Board:

 

Like all tools we tend to have things that we love about the tool and then others that drive us crazy.   There were two parts of the We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 Punch Board that did not work for me but was able to find solutions.

I bought my Punch Board from Michaels about eight months ago and loved the fact that I could use a 50% coupon for the purchase.  I have to admit that I only went to Michaels that day because I had a coupon and wanted to see if there were any tools that peaked my interest.  I saw the Punch Board so decided to give it a try.

There are many things that I like about the Punch Board.  First was the versatility.  I have been using the board for about eight months now and have to say that I use it mostly for envelopes.  I purchased a box of envelopes for the standard 5 ½ x 4 ¼ cards that I make but this has helped with those cards which are not a standard size.

The day I got the board, I tried out an envelope, box and bow.  I am a visual learner so bypassed the instruction book and went onto YouTube and found many different videos to show me how to use the board.  It took me no time to start putting the board to use.

The Punch Board:

  • I really like that there are both 1/8 and 1/16 measurements.
  • The extended arm was helpful on those longer pieces of paper
  • The scoring tool slides into the base of the board so it is always available. The fit is good so that it is easy to remove but won’t fall out.
  • The punch is easy to use.
  • The board and hinges feel solid and well made
  • There are two corner options – corner rounder and rounder with slit to close the boxes

The board is versatile and can be used to make other items other than the envelope, bow and box.  I like using the second envelope scoring line to make thicker envelopes.  These have come in handy for small trinkets.  I have played around with making some Christmas Crackers in different sizes and am thinking that these will be great for wrapping small stocking stuffer items.   I keep an organizer in my purse and was able to make some really cut page dividers.   By googling ‘We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 Punch Board project’ you can find an assortment of projects – cards, mini albums, recipe books and more.

When making the bow, I found that the bow guide line was too short for me.  I ended up using a Sharpie to extend the line to better centre the punch.

My main problem with the Punch Board is reading the measurements on the left side.  I don’t know if it is due to the colours/font size of my board or just the fact that I am getting older but I can’t read them.  The grey bow instructions/measurements are not bad but the envelope and box ones in gold and mint green are impossible for me.  But there have been a couple of ways that I have been able to resolve this issue.

The first thing that I did was take a picture of the instructions/measurements so that I can increase the picture size to a point where I can read them.   It quickly became a pain having to go into my photos all the time to look at the chart so eventually I copied the chart to a Word Document, enlarged it and the printed it off.  But me being me, I lost that piece of paper a few times.  And then I found one of the best websites.  I came across Crafters Key website.  With the calculator on this website, you are able to enter the dimensions of your card and with the push of a button, voila, the paper size and punch line are provided.  This is now my go to website all the time and has completely solved my issues with the Punch Board.

This board was a compulsive purchase and I have not regretted it at all.  The ease and versatility of the board has made it an essential with my crafting.  I suggest you head over to the We R Memory Keepers website, in particular the instruction page for the board, or check out their blog.

Do you have a We R Memory Keeper?  How do you like it?  What is your favourite project to make?  Leave a comment and let us know.