Hole punch shapes that can be commonly found are scallop circles, butterflies, hearts, hexagons, elephants, leaves, flags and stars. The variety of hole punches and paper punches have increased immensely since the popularity of scrapbooking and other paper crafts has risen.
Most craft stores and even some office supply stores offer a wide selection of punches to choose from. Along with simply punching holes so that the papers can be placed in books or binders, these punches are now used to decorate edges of papers as well. Instead of throwing away the shapes that are cut out, they are also used in crafts and decorations. Many of the punches sold in the craft stores are used solely for the purpose of creating the cut outs. The cut outs are then glued to various projects, used for tags or many other projects where cute shapes can be utilized as decoration or part of a project.
Some punches are called page punches or edge punches because they are meant to decorate entire pages. These type of hole punches need to lined up end-to-end to create the desired pattern on the paper. These edge hole punches can be anything from a lace-type pattern to vines or even scroll work. Any of the punches can be combined in various ways to make numerous patterns and looks for projects.