How to Attach a Brad

How to attach a some it's like tying your shoe, but to those just starting out, it may not seem that straightforward. So, the steps below are for all the newbies out there.

But, before we learn how to attach a brad, you need to know what a brad is and what it can do for you.

To put it very simply, a brad (as defined the Scraptionary) is similar to an eyelet, but is secured to a scrapbook layout via prongs that are pushed through the paper and then flattened. They come in a variety of shapes and colors and can be used to attach one piece of paper to another, as the center of a flower or in groups (such as a photo corner) to give your page even more definition.

Step 1

Step 1 - Gather Materials
While the entire process of attaching a brad is not a difficult one, this is the easiest and requires you simply to gather your materials. Specifically, if you don't already have one, you should probably get a paper piercer.

It looks like some kind of torture device, but can give you a perfect little hole for attaching your brad (smaller than what you might get if you used an eyelet setter, though that works too).

Step 2

Obviously, you can't attach a brad without piercing the paper first and let me highly recommend that you don't use the brad itself to pierce the paper. Why?... Trying to force the brad through the paper will only lead to wrinkled paper.

Once you've decided where you would like to place the brad, pierce a hole through the paper. If you're using a regular-size brad, make sure to push the paper piercer all the way through, so the hole is as big as possible.

Step 2 - Pierce Paper

Step 2 - Pierce Paper

Step 2 - Pierce Paper

Step 3

Finally, once you've pierced your paper, all that's left to do is attach the brad to your paper. All you have to do is push the brad through the hole you've made (prongs still together) and then push the prongs flat, so the brad remains attached.

Step 3 - Attach Brad

Step 3 - Attach Brad

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