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Why I hate the 2" Paper Punch

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#1 isaidyes

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    Posted 04 January 2010 - 12:03 AM

    Today I purchased my first 2" paper punch. I was very excited to find one since they've been sold out at Michaels since the beginning of December (and I've gone to two different Michaels - none of which are close to me)

    Anyways, we found this template on Martha Stewart for "Do not disturb" type door signs so we figured we'd make these for the guests. I printed them and got them laminated today at Staples.

    As of today we are offically two weeks away from Jamaica so I am trying to knock off as many items on my to do list as possible.

    Anyways, came home, pulled out my paper punch, pulled out my "do not disturb" sign and the stupid thing doesn't fit. The template has 2" circles already drawn on it where I should be cutting, but of course...it doesn't fit.

    Does anyone have any solutions? Laminating alone cost $20 bucks, i'd really rather not start this project again. My only solution was to recreate the template without the circle and print and laminate again - which would mean i'd have spent $40 on some "do not disturb" signs that people probably will not use.

    I'm the worst DIY'er out there!

    Here's a link to the signs:

    Door Hangers How-To

    #2 Pastryqueen_Tanya

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      Posted 04 January 2010 - 01:38 AM

      OH NOOOO!!! I am so feeling your pain! I am not sure...is the printed circle smaller than the punch? Maybe it would just look like part of the design? I say dont bother re-doing it, just do your best, people will appreciate the work you put in.
      Maybe I will see you at ror...I'll be there on the 28...COngrats and good luck with all the final details!

      #3 isaidyes

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        Posted 04 January 2010 - 01:48 AM

        Too bad we'll be missing each other - we're only there for the week!

        I decided to just cut off the top of the door-hanger and cut as close to the circle as I can. Oh well. Onto the next project! :)

        #4 mlabbe

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          Posted 04 January 2010 - 01:54 AM

          Ah man, that sounds like how I felt when I printed my STD and my corner punch wasn't the right side. That sucks!

          Glad that you were able to find a solution!

          #5 vdaybride

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            Posted 04 January 2010 - 02:42 AM

            maybe use a craft knife a cutting board and a steady hand to cut out the circle.. sorry you are having trouble
            Married 2-14-2010 Dreams, Los Cabos


            #6 crsperanza

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              Posted 25 January 2010 - 08:43 PM

              I'm so sorry, I don't know what to suggest because I've had similar issues!!!

              #7 vdaybride

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                Posted 25 January 2010 - 08:50 PM

                Sorry to hear that.. funny thread title!
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                #8 Sheeoni

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                  Posted 26 January 2010 - 06:37 PM

                  my suggestion would be to trim some length off from the top of the template, so that your punch can reach down far enough to cut through. I'm assuming you have a punch where you can flip it over and see exactly where your circles would line up. if you can mark where the end of your punch reaches vs the circle, and measure from the line you drew to the end of the predrawn circle, that should tell you how much you can shave off the top of the door hanger. I would use what I call "Chicken scissors" lol.. the ones that come with every set of steak knives. Those cut through everything! just make sure you mark a good, straight line.

                  #9 hulagirlkim

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                    Posted 26 January 2010 - 07:13 PM

                    You could always trim the card down below the big circle and use a standard hole punch to punch a hole and just thread some ribbon through to hand around the door knob - I think I will do mine that way! Good Luck!
                    I am so lucky to be marrying my best friend ~ Kim


                    #10 KarenM

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                      Posted 26 January 2010 - 09:47 PM

                      This is why I returned my 2" paper punch!! I had my doubts about it anyway, but reading some of these made me decide to just return the stupid thing, have square tags instead & just use a paper cutter! :)

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