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4.11.2012

We R Memory Keepers Lucky 8 Punch




















{Reported by Ashley Harris}


Alright, so I went to CHA this winter and I visited the fabulous booth of We R Memory Keepers.  They always have a large and welcoming booth.  While I was there I got to see a demonstration of the Lucky 8 punch.  It was intriguing and so I knew this was something I wanted to review.  Well here I am to do just that.  Let's go!


Ease of Use:  
This punch is a sturdy punch and therefore requires a sturdy hand.  This is not your sit-down-at-your-desk-and-punch-with-ease type of a punch.  You will have to stand up and put some force into your motion to punch.  After you have figured this out, it is quite easy to use.


Construction/Durability: As stated above, it is a pretty sturdy punch.  This punch could take a beating and still hold up.  Very high durability. 



Usefulness:  This is a layout punch.  You can punch out the outer cut and leave it.  You can punch the inner and leave it.  You can punch both and have a great shaped cardstock.  However, this is not very useful to the card maker.  You can use it for a swag cut, but that is about it.  


Cost effectiveness:  Okay I am going to be brutally honest.  The cost on this baby is $39.99.  It is not a small punch by any means, which probably justifies the cost.  However, I don't think I will be finding myself running out to buy a punch that costs nearly $40.   If it were $29.99, I may think about it.






What I liked: 

- I liked the idea that I can make my own shaped cardstock.

- I liked that it was sturdy and can take a beating.

- I especially like the patterns available with these punches.  They are great!



What I disliked: 

- I would have liked it better if it weren't so big.  I have very precious real estate in my scrap room that it will have to accomodate this beast of a punch.  Good thing I have drawer space!

- I would like to see the price be more reasonable.



What I made:


Supplies:  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Kraft; Patterned Paper: GCD Studios; Pearls: Basic Grey; Stamp: Paper Smooches; Ink: Close To My Heart; Jute ribbon: May Arts



Where and How Much:Product Name: Lucky 8 Punch
Manufacturer: We R Memory Keepers
MSRP: $39.99
Available at: scrapbook.com, scrap-mart.com*

Bottom Line:   It is a great tool that does exactly what it says it does and I really do like it.  As a scrapper this would be fun to have if the price were lower.  As a card maker, not sure I would spend the money.


What do YOU think? Is this something you would be interested in?   Are you into shaped cardstock?  Leave us a comment and be entered to win one!   Leave a comment by midnight EST on Thursday to win a Lucky 8 Punch from We R Memory Keepers!  U.S. residents only and please leave your email address so we can contact you if you win!

35 comments:

Patchi said...

It is pretty expensive if it only works with a 12x12 size paper. I guess I would need to love the design to buy one.

cindy said...

I think the designs are beautiful but the large size of the punch has me reserved. Where could I keep all those XXXLG punches without losing so much space? Either way they would be a great addition to my craft space.

susanmcl said...

Love punches! Love doilies! This looks like a doily punch ~ great combo for me! WOW~ worls on 12 X 12 ~ great idea! Havent seen them yet, thx!

connie said...

I haven't seen this yet. Thanks for the honest (as always) review. I would use this punch but like others the price is pretty high.

Renee said...

Great review Ashley! Cute LO too!! I totally agree about the cost.. It needs to be 25.99 in my opinion. I wont be buying one, but wouldn't mind winning it!

Jennifer Cowan said...

whoa... so how bid is this thing? I think I need a picture of it next to a 12x12 piece of paper. $40 seems like a lot!

I got your buttons and goodies this weekend! Thanks! The buttons are on my scrappin case.

Lisa P said...

Great review. I agree it is expensive but would love to try it out.

Miriam Prantner said...

I'm so intrigued by these. I think they are pretty cool, but I agree, the cost is a bit daunting especially since it only really does one thing. I mean, it's pretty cool the way it does it and that you can create those shapes, but at the same time, if I was to just go and but some of that type of paper, I could get 40 sheets before I break even....

Still, if someone was going to just send me one, I probably wouldn't complain ;)

Maya said...

Agree with you - nice idea and the patterns are great. But too big for me to store and way too expensive. Something good for the stores to keep for their crops and classes.

Julie S. said...

Great review . I love anything I have bought from We Are Memory Keepers. I have not had a chance to use these punches they look really big. Im more of a card maker so I would probably skip buying one. But wouldn't mind winning one. Thanks for a chance.
julieshearer@sbcglobal.net

serena said...

looks like a really cool punch. I would probably be tempted to buy it but if there are a bunch of shapes I would have to very selectively purchase one.

ScrapMomOf2 said...

You confirmed pretty much what I thought when I saw these . . . they're pricey and big. However, I am intriqued by them! I wish I had a ton of local scrapbooking friends, because we could all buy a different design and share them! I love what you created. HSN also had these, and the demonstration by the We R man (can't recall his name at the moment) was fantastic! He used them so quickly and effectively! He also showed some interesting looks with paper that is smaller than 12x12. Anyway, these are cool and clever, but I don't see myself rushing out to buy them, mostly because I would want them all, and they are expensive!

tluiz said...

I have two of these punches but found them for $27 and $22. The price is holding me back from buying any more, but I love the variety of patterns! These work great with smaller sizes of paper also. I would love to win the one featured today!!!

janet said...

LOVE your layout. I agree with some of the others. The price and size is holding me back a bit; but I sure do look at them alot. The patterns are fantastic! Thanks for the chance to win!
tomjan@frontiernet (dot) net

sharon g said...

I used one at the CHA, and liked the results. But even the lady who was demoing it was a little confused about which way we were supposed to put the paper in with each punch (sides and corners). I think that it might take a little bit of practice, but I'd LOVE to have one. I loved how sturdy it seemed as I punched, which is HUGELY important since I've had a lot of problems with punches. I don't have a die cutting machine, so I rely on punches a lot.

Melissa said...

I tried one of these out at my LSS, and I just love them! I'm a huge fan of shaped paper. :) Gotta save up!

Love your layout! Such a sweet photo.

melissahuie at gmail dot com

The Farris Family said...

I love this idea! It is a little expensive, so I would have to love the design in order to purchase it. Thanks for the chance to win!

Yaritza said...

The designs are beautiful but the size and cost make it a tool I probably won't be buying since I have a cameo and a cricut that cut 12x12 cardstock.

Kelly Massman said...

gorgeous punch!! love it and your layout!

c.darwin said...

The price is steep. So it would need a 40%coupon. But I love this scrapbook layout and I like the bigger scale since all my other punches are so small.

Lynn said...

I fell in love with these quite awhile ago & have waited for them to be released. I'llget 1or 2 of my favorites but will wait for sale or price reduction

Melinda said...

I love shaped paper...but bummer if its expensive since I can't seem to just choose one! The layout looks great!

rlovew said...

I have seen it used on 8 by 8 paper as well. I like the idea of them but the price point is too high for me at the moment. I haven't seen the actual size so I can't comment on that.

Christy aka. Emeraldvalkyrie said...

I think your review is a fair one. I've heard others say the same thing. I am still tempted to try the punch but am not sure of the high cost. Maybe with a coupon...

Linh C. said...

While I love using shaped paper because it adds a lot of cuteness without fuss, I'd have to really love the design to justify buying this tool. That is one expensive punch!

ScrappyJenn said...

Would love to give them a try, but the price would make me hesitate.

Rebecca Ednie said...

This looks so cool! Really fun but I agree, space is at a premium in my craft room too! Rebeccacell at gmail dot com

Erica Hettwer said...

It would have to be a shape I loved to justify $40! It's a cool tool though!
melegs (@) hotmail (.) com

Anonymous said...

I love punches and the ability to make a symmetrical background. I really would use this lots!
bevgardner@comcast.net

Victoria S. said...

I do like shaped cardstock and would love to win this. but i agree with the others it is too pricey for me to buy.

cutiephinphin said...

I saw this during some of the CHA highlight videos posted online and I thought it's really interesting. I do love the shapes the punches give and I do think it's a useful tool especially for those who do not own any digital cutting machine.

Hopefully the tool will come cheaper with coupons. Thanks for the giveaway!

April said...

This looks amazing!! I think I'd use it alot. ;)

centralNYscrapper said...

While it is a little pricy, I think it is made well and it cuts more than 12x12. I think it will cut every while inch from 7x7 up to 12x12, the look just changes. Plus you can cut just the outer, just the inner or both. I'd love to win one. Thanks for the chance!
centralnyscrapper at gmail dot com

Diane S. said...

I appreciate your insight on this new punch-I would love to win one,I don't know if I can justify the price right now, but it looks totally cool

Dixie from Montana said...

Working at a local scrapbook store and having just punched 25 shaped cardstock on this We R Punch, I have a bruise on the center of my hand. It does take quite a bit of strength to punch this. The paper comes out beautifully each time however and it is very ingenious how you line up to punch...turning over the sheet half way through. The price does stop you from from impulse shopping for it!!! Not really sure how often you would use it make it cost effective.