Crafting Options With Hole Punches

thumbnail (53)Everyone’s used a hole punch at some point, probably for boring reasons such as binding school assignments or work reports together. But, this seemingly simple tool can have many different applications in the world of crafting. Whether you’re making cards, designing artwork, or scrapbooking, there are many different applications for hole punches. The possibilities are almost endless.

Shapes and Styles

Although round hole punches are most common in schools and offices, punches come in many different shapes and sizes. Punches can be used to cut out little flowers, trees, stars, snowflakes, or other intricate shapes. Specialized hole punches can be used to embellish borders and edges with delicate patterns. There are even die and punch sets where, instead of getting entirely punched out, the paper is embossed or raised and folded in a specific pattern. Embossing is one of the more complex applications of a punch.

Confetti

A simpler option for a hole punch is to create confetti. These little scraps of shaped paper can be glued onto your project to decorate it and add a delicate touch. You can use the shapes cut out by the hole punch to add fine details to your work and really set it apart.

Cut-outs and Overlays

One of the advantages of a hole punch is that it not only cuts out small shapes, but it leaves the outline of the shape on the paper. This means that you can perforate the paper you’re using in a project to make intricate designs. This works well for tags or individual items, but it can also be overlaid on another sheet of paper to create a two-toned look.

Hole punches come in dozens of shapes, have lots of applications, and create almost endless crafting possibilities. With so many options, it’s no wonder that they’re such a popular tool.

Confetti

thumbnail (51)The tossing of rice or other grains symbolized fertility during ancient times and was common in pagan wedding ceremonies.  During the Victorian era, people threw colored leaves and flowers along with rice at weddings and other celebrations.  Indian and Arabic influence introduced Europe to the use of colored and sugar-coated rice, fennel or coriander seeds for celebrations.  Since the Middle Ages, participants in carnival parades of Northern Italy would commonly throw objects at the crowd like coins and fruit, or mud balls and eggs.

The nobles of Milan during the 14th century would throw candies and flowers during the parades, while dames would throw eggshells filled with essences and perfumes.  Members of the loser class would mock the nobles by throwing rotten eggs.  In 1597 governor Juan Fernandez de Velasco imposed a ban on the throwing of eggs, along with banning the use of a type of primitive squirt gun the crowds would also use, resulting in the custom disappearing for about a century.  When it came back, it was mostly in the form of candies or sugar-coated seeds.  These were mostly coriander seeds, common to the area.  In fact, the common name for confetti is coriandoli.  The candies were expensive, however, and the lower classes resorted to using small chalk balls instead, and they were officially declared the only material allowed to be thrown during parades, by the Prefect of Milan in 1808.  Battles fought with them later became too large and dangerous, and they were finally banned.  It was then that mudballs began being thrown.

Enrico Mangilli, an Italian businessman began selling paper confetti for use in the upcoming carnevale di Milano, the yearly parade held in the streets of the city of Milan.  And the rest, as they say, is history.

Keeping Your Workplace Safe during the Winter

winter-486242-mThe safety conditions in your office or work place include much more than the type of equipment you use, the emergency plans you have in place, or the protocol you enact. Severe weather can also put your employees’ safety in jeopardy, and it is important that you make plans to keep your workplace safe even in the event of inclement weather.

Here are a few ways that you can keep your workplace safe during the winter when ice and snow can increase the risk of slips, falls, and other accidents:

Keep the Parking Lot Clear

Deep snow can cause your employees to get stuck coming into or leaving your parking lot, or to cause them to slip and fall on their way from their cars to the door. You can keep the parking lot clear by hiring a truck to scrape it or by putting down a de-icing agent like salts.

Keep Walkways Clear

Walkways can be especially dangerous since this is where ice is most likely to accumulate. With so many people walking on the path, the snow will likely melt, but then the temperature outside will freeze the water left behind. Treat the pathways with salt or another de-icer, or consider having a heated walkway installed.

Enact an Inclement Weather Policy

Sometimes, the best way for employees to be safe during inclement weather is to stay home. By enacting an inclement weather policy, you can ensure that your employees don’t put themselves in jeopardy by forcing themselves to get to work. If something were to happen to your employees on the way to work, you could even be held liable in some cases.

Make sure you do everything you can to keep your employees safe all year long. You can make your workplace safer during the winter by following these simple tips.