5 Ways to Use Your Scallop Punch

With all the unique and fun pre-made embellishments out there, sometimes our tools can take a back seat. Today, I’ve got some great scrapbooking ideas for using your trusty scallop circle punches (or scallop circle shapes you cut with your Cricut, Silhouette, or other die cut machine) to their maximum potential.

5 Ideas for using your circle scallop punch

1. Fold it

Supplies: Cardstock – Bazzill White and DCWV grey. Pattern Paper – Bo Bunny Ad Lib Vertigo, Scribbles, Pebbles and Improv. Embellishments: AC Remarks Whistle Stop alphabet, Doodlebug Candy Shoppe letters, My Mind’s Eye twine, Doodlebug Tutti Frutti flower brads, Tools: EK Success 2″ Scallop Circle and Postage Stamp punches. Other – Dymo Label Maker.

This layout is based on a sketch from the Scrapbook Page Maps 2 book by Becky Fleck. The original sketch does not call for a banner on the page, but I thought that empty spot needed something. My scallop punch was nearby and I was dying to use some new twine, so the idea for a banner was born.

Even though banners have been so popular this last year, this was a first for me. I’ve never created a banner or put one on a layout before this. I have to say, I’m loving the scallops. I may have to do this on another page soon. And I’m also loving this Ad Lib line from Bo Bunny. The colors are bright, the patterns are fun. It’s a great collection to work with.

2. Make a flower

This idea kind of goes along with the first one as I created these flowers by folding my scallop circle pieces. But there are so many different flowers you can make with this punch, I thought it deserved it’s own category.

I created these bud flowers using a double sided cardstock and a 2″ scallop punch. I like using a paper with contrasting colors. In this case, a light purple on one side and green on the other. If the two sides are similar colors, you are not going to get the same effect.

To create these flowers, score a line counting off 6 scallops. Fold at the score line, turn the shape over and fold it in half to create a crease down the middle.

Fold up the sides of the of the flower to that fold line to create a triangle shape. Turn shape over and you have the flower bud shape.

You can find more flower ideas and video tutorials using a scallop circle punch on You Tube.

3. Mat Accents

I love to use scallop circles to mat other embellishments. I found this fabulous butterfly frame by Missy B in the gallery at 2 Peas.

Matting accents and embellishments on the scallop circle grounds them to your page and provides a background for further layering.

4. Cut them in half and use them as a border

Just like you can create a fun scallop border from cutting circle punches in half, cut your scalloped circle punches in half for a dramatic border. I spotted this layout by ekb in the Spotted Canary gallery.

The scalloped border gives the layout an elegant, airy feel. Dress up your border further by punching holes or adding rhinestones or pearls to each scallop.

5. Double punched scallop

If you have a variety of shape punches like I do, think about how you can combine two different punches into one piece. Here, I punched the center medallion first and then punched the scallop circle. The result is a unique shape that can be used in a variety of ways.

Place another medallion punch in the center in a contrasting color. Attach the punched shape to cardstock or patterned paper with dimensional adhesive and allow the color in the background to show through. Use the negative punched area to showcase a smaller embellishment, accent or word.

I hope this gives you some ideas for using those scallop circle shapes.

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a creative weekend.


  1. I just love the flowers! That is beautiful. I like it.

    • Thanks Deb!

  2. I’m going to have to bust our my Slice this weekend and give these a try – thanks for the inspiration!

    • You’re welcome! Hope you did get some crafty time over the weekend. 🙂

    • Thank you!

  3. thanks for the tips!! I still need to buy such a scallop punch…it’s still on my wishlist! lol

  4. lovely!!!! love your post!

  5. These are great ideas! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • You’re welcome! 🙂

  6. Great tips Tammy! Love the banner at the top!

  7. Ohhh these are so great ideas.
    I have to remember these 😉

  8. Love all of the different ways that you used that scallop! The layouts and card are really awesome too! It takes a really creative mind to think outside the box like that! Now I’ll have to get a scallop punch….hmmmm….

    • I live to enable! 🙂

  9. Great list of tips…and you are tempting me into getting more punches (even tho DH walked into my room and commented on the number of punches I had!! :)) Beautiful LO and cards…have to have a go at the bunting one 🙂

    • I don’t think one can ever have too many versatile punches. 🙂

  10. Great ideas Tammy – I’d really like to find time to try them all this week, but realistically I’ll try for one! :>)

  11. Those are awesome examples Tammy! I need to get out my scallop punch and use it after seeing these!

  12. What fabulous ideas 🙂 I shall have a go with my smaller punches and keep looking for the big one! (How can a big punch just disappear???)

    • Oh no! Did someone “borrow” it???? I hope you find it!



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