I first saw the We Are Memory Makers Alphabet Punch Board on “Create and Craft” TV and was fascinated. It seemed such a clever device – and although I didn’t really think I had a use for it, I wanted one, badly.
Fast forward to Christmas and my mother had been hinting (hard) that she had got me something that I “will really love”. It was the mini version of the Alphabet board! Whilst I had not really felt I had use for the big one… the little one was perfect for my sorts of projects. Well done, mum.
The board is a very clever bit of kit. It is small and compact and seems very sturdily made. It has everything built in to punch, cut and trim a full alphabet of capital letters, plus numbers, in two (agreeably quite similar) styles.
So how does it work?
First you need a piece of card that is 2.5″ by 1.5″. (the larger version of the board uses 5″ x 3″ pieces for comparison). Handily, the board can actually cut these pieces for you! There are simple instructions in the included booklet and having done one you will be easily making as many as you need. You could, of course, also cut your pieces with a paper trimmer.
The series of techniques needed to make each letter are very clearly given in the instruction book. They are simple illustrations and after making a few letters the overall principles are learnt and it is easy to make new letters without needing the manual. There is also a (free) Android and iPhone app that you can download with the instructions – handy if you loose the book.
I was cutting out letters within minutes of opening this Christmas present – and it is great fun.
I have been using the letters for ATCs, card making (the numbers are especially handy for this), scrapbooking and similar projects. I have also made a couple of little banners with them and they fit beautifully on the First Edition Bunting Dies (link below).
The larger board is perfect for making bunting and We Are Memory Keepers have also bought out a punch that will make perfect little card links to join the letters together.
These links lead to the Mini Alphabet Board and the larger version on Amazon.co.uk. If you purchase something from this link then I would get a small commission from Amazon for sending custom their way.