Mixed Media Roundup

Happy Friday friends! We hope you enjoyed all the lovely mixed media projects from our design team this week. We’re finishing things off with a roundup of past mixed media project ideas from our blog.  We hope these projects inspire to get your hands dirty this weekend. Enjoy!

Mixed Media Project Ideas by We R Memory Keepers

Flower Punch Board Canvas

We’re in love with this beautiful floral canvas! Combining the Flower Punch Board with the Minc is a stroke of genius. CLICK HERE for full instructions.

Flower Punch Board Canvas with Heidi Swapp Minc

Framed Watercolor Art with the Supreme Ruler

The Supreme Ruler was the perfect tool to make this beautiful watercolor art come together. For more photos and details about this project, CLICK HERE.

Watercolor Framed Art by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout

We love all the layers on this cool scrapbook page featuring the Mini Alphabet Punch Board and the Frame Punch Board! You can find a step-by-step tutorial for creating this look HERE.

MIxed Media Father's Day Scrapbook Page by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Watercolor + Washi Tape Scrapbook Page

If you’re new at mixed media projects, this idea is perfect for you! Combine stripes of watercolor paint with your favorite washi tape for the win. Visit our blog HERE for more photos and details.

Washi Tape and Watercolor Scrapbook Page by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Framed Desk Art

Get your Thickers alphabet stickers perfectly aligned with the Laser Square. And then add all the foil to your framed art with the Heidi Swapp Minc. CLICK HERE to learn how.

DIY Framed Desk Art by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks so much for stopping by friends. We hope you have a safe, fun, and crafty weekend!

Mixed Media Planner Dashboard

Hello We R friends! Aly here with you today to share a mixed media planner dashboard I made. I have to say, I’m a beginner at the mixed media thing, but with the Letterpress Starter Kit, the Evolution Advanced, and some paints from the Vicki Boutin Mixed Media collection this dashboard came together quickly and easily, and I’m excited to give it another go!

Mixed Media Letterpress Planner Dashboard by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Mixed Media Letterpress Planner Dashboard by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

To create this dashboard, I used a sheet of 4.25″ x 5.5″ letterpress paper that comes with the Letterpress Kit and added some brush strokes with Vicki Boutin paints in my favorite color palette.

Vicki Boutin paints on letterpress paper

I used a 3/4 soft white mop brush and started with the darkest colors. After those dried I added the medium colors, allowing them to dry, and then the lightest colors. I finished off with some touches of white paint to add some texture.

Mixed Media Letterpress Planner Dashboard by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Once all the paint dried I added a letterpress sentiment using one of the plates that comes in the kit. I trimmed a piece of double sided adhesive from the kit to fit my plate, and then placed it where I wanted the sentiment to be positioned on the dashboard with the adhesive side facing up. Then I lowered the top of the letterpress platform, pressed it into the plate with adhesive to stick the plate to the platform.

Mixed Media Letterpress Planner Dashboard by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Inking the letterpress plate with the black resin ink pad that comes with the kit was easy and a lot less messy than using a tube of ink, a roller, and an ink block. Simply turn the resin ink pad upside down and pounce it on the letterpress plate until it’s fully inked. Then lower the top of the platform and roll it through the Evolution Advanced. No need for complicated combinations of platform and shims–simply turn the dial on the Evolution Advanced to the “Letterpress” setting.

Mixed Media Letterpress Planner Dashboard by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Tip: be sure to leave a paint-free spot on your letterpress paper big enough for your letterpress plate as the resin ink won’t take well to paint.

Once the letterpress ink dried, I punched the insert with my Planner Punch Board + Spiral Disc Punch inserts and added it into my Heidi Swapp Time Flies Memory Planner.

Mixed Media Letterpress Planner Dashboard by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope this project inspires you to try playing around with different combinations of paints and letterpress. Happy crafting friends!

Supplies:

Letterpress Starter Kit
Evolution Advanced
Planner Punch Board
Spiral Punch Inserts
Vicki Boutin Paints (sets 1, 2, & 3)
Heidi Swapp Time Flies Planner

Mixed Media Framed Art

Hello WRMK fans and welcome back to the blog. Chantalle with you today to share this piece of wall art I created with the help of my Heidi Swapp Minc Machine, the Evolution Advanced, and some mixed media supplies.

Mixed Media Framed Art by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

It’s a combination of watercolour paint, some beautiful teal foil and embellishment layers. I really love the way it turned out – I definitely need to find more time to create art!

Mixed Media Framed Art by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

As mentioned, the initial layer consists of some broad watercolour strokes in gentle tones. When it was dry, I gave it a mist with some white Dylusions mist together with my very favourite Dear Lizzy stencil.

Over that, I then used a Heidi Swapp Art Screen with some Heidi Swap Minc Reactive Paint. One simply lays the stencil over the project and applies the art screen paint/ink or in this case, the Reactive Paint, through the stencil. Note: Make sure to remove the stencil carefully. The bottom is mildly adhesive but can stick to areas that have media on them. Also, make sure you wash your stencil straight away. The material of the stencil is reusable which is awesome.

Once the paint was dry, I placed some Teal Min Reactive Foil over the stenciled areas and ran it through my Minc Machine on heat setting 3.

Mixed Media Framed Art by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

If some areas didn’t cover perfectly, it just added to the feel of the project!

Mixed Media Framed Art by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Over the top of the foil detail, I have also added some Vicki Boutin Acrylic Paint in Cotton Candy colour. The soft pink was applied through a spotty Heidi Swapp stencil, which came in a Minc Starter Kit.

Another accent which I have used for a bit more interest, are these Jane Davenport Rub On Transfers. Shaped like little brush marks, these transfers go on beautifully over a bit of texture and they have an ever-so-subtle transparency about them, so they don’t overpower everything underneath.

Mixed Media Framed Art by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Mixed Media Framed Art by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Now it was time to add some pretty elements to my art. I hand cut a figure from my Jane Davenport Paper Pad and placed it off-centre. I really wanted to keep as much detail from the base layer as possible.

You will also notice I have used some floral elements. The flower shapes were cut from an old book I bought for next to no money at a thrift store. I placed the flower metal die shapes from a Vicki Boutin Stamp & Die Set, onto my Evolution Magnetic Cutting Mat and proceeded to run them through my Evolution Advanced. I absolutely LOVE my magnetic mat. It eliminates waste as I can line my dies up perfectly and they don’t budge when I pop them through the die cut machine.

Mixed Media Framed Art by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

You might also see lots and lots of little markings on the project, which were created with Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers. I love these little babies and the colours I used on this piece were ‘Beach’ and ‘Jellyfish’.

 Mixed Media Framed Art by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I just love how all of the elements have come together!

Mixed Media Framed Art by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
Thank you so much for joining me today.

Mixed Media Framed Art by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Happy creating!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Evolution Advanced

Evolution Magnetic Cutting Mat

Heidi Swapp Minc Machine

Heidi Swap Minc Reactive Paint

Heidi Swapp Art Screen

Heidi Swapp Hot Pink/Real Minc Reactive Foil

Heidi Swapp Gold Lamé Color Shine

Heidi Swapp Stencil

Dear Lizzy Stencil

Vicki Boutin Acrylic Paint Cotton Candy

Vicki Boutin Stamp & Die Set

Jane Davenport Paper Pad

Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers

Jane Davenport Rub On Transfers

WRMK Wildflower Stickers

Jen Hadfield for Pebbles Heart of Home Accent Stickers

Jen Hadfield for Pebbles Heart of Home Label Stickers

 

Letterpress Card Set

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with one of my favorite techniques! Letterpress has long been a look that makes my heart skip a beat. Letterpress is an inked impression. Its elegant, and oh, so fancy. Leave it to We R Memory Keepers to make creating letterpress easy and beautiful!

Letterpress Card Set by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

When you have these pretty letterpress plates, well, you have to make a set of cards! Not only are they lovely together, but they make a wonderful gift!

Letterpress Card Set by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

 

Begin by applying adhesive to the back of one of the letterpress plates. The sheets of double-sided adhesive come in the kit. For the smaller images, simply trim the adhesive to size.

Letterpress Kit by We R Memory Keepers

Ink is then applied to the patterned side of the plate. When doing this letterpress technique, you MUST use a wet and juicy ink. Pigment ink works well, though the resin ink pad that comes in the Letterpress Kit is ideal as it reacts best with the cotton fibers in the letterpress paper. (You can also purchase resin ink pads separately in a variety of colors.) Dye-based inks will not provide the complete coverage needed for the letterpress impression.

Letterpress Kit by We R Memory Keepers

You can apply the ink directly to the raised images, but I find that rolling a brayer into the pigment ink and then across the plate creates a more equal coverage. It also keeps ink from getting in undesired places.

Letterpress Card Set by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Using the Evolution Advanced, I rolled the plate through the machine. I found that rolling through a couple of times made a better impression. Cool part about these letterpress plates is, they will fit through most standard manual die cutting machines!

After each impression, the inked plate was cleaned off. I loved the adhesive sheets for this reason, the plate stayed in place as I cleaned it. Awesome!

Letterpress Kit by We R Memory Keepers

After the backgrounds were finished, I repeated the process with the word hello. With the smaller pieces of letterpress paper, also included in the kit, I trimmed it down to fit. The lines on the base of the plates makes it easy to line the paper up each time.

Letterpress Card Set by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The debossed and inked words are fantastic!

Letterpress Card Set by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

While I was having fun, I thought, I could letterpress envelope flaps!

Letterpress Kit by We R Memory Keepers

I lined the edge of the envelope up with the edge of the letterpress plate. Once again, the lines of the base, allowed me to perfectly line up each envelope.

Letterpress Card Set by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I cannot wait to send these cards to someone special. I hope they will enjoy sending them as much as I enjoyed making them!

Letterpress Card Set by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Do you like the look of letterpress? Have you tried it? Who’s ready to give it a try?

Letterpress Card Set by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers

Mixed Media Traveler’s Notebook

Hey there We R Memory Keepers friends and fans, Becki here to share a mini album that I created using many of my favorite We R Memory Keepers tools. Recently, I wrote a blog post about my crafty travelers notebook. You can find more details about how I created the base of the travelers notebook HERE.
Stitch Happy Art Journal by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Today, I thought it would be fun to show you a few of the pages that I created to go inside the notebook.

Stitch Happy Art Journal by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Stitch Happy Art Journal by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

When I created the notebook I made it with enough pages so that I had one page for each city I was visiting. When I visited Chicago, I took SO many photos that I wasn’t able to fit all of the photos onto the two page spread. I used patterned paper that I cut with the dial trimmer as an extra page in the notebook. I love the scalloped edge that I was able to add to the patterned paper with the dial trimmer. To add the page into my notebook, I taped it in place with washi tape.

Dial Trimmer by We R Memory Keepers

Stitch Happy Art Journal by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

On the white pages in the notebook, I did a little bit of mixed media with Heidi Swapp color shine and Vicki Boutin stamps. The stamped flowers made the perfect embellishments.

Stitch Happy Art Journal by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Stitch Happy Art Journal by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

As usual, I used my Typecast Typewriter to type the journaling for this spread. I love the look typed journaling and it’s so easy to type journaling with the Typecast Typewriter.

Stitch Happy Art Journal by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

By adding that one little patterned paper insert, I was able to add 3 extra photos and more journaling about my crafty adventures to Chicago. My We R Memory Keeper tools made creating (and altering) my travelers notebook so easy. Thank you for stopping by the We R Memory Keepers blog. I’ll see you again soon.

Scrapbook Page Border with the Sprinkle Punch

Hello, We R friends! Tessa Buys here. My little girl was the lucky recipient of a closet-full of costumes from one of my dance students. Inspired by the sequins, shiny fabrics and festive feel of the costumes, I created this layout using the new Sprinkle Punch.

Scrapbook page featuring the Sprinkle Punch by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

After putting together most of my background using some papers and embellishments from Amy Tan’s new Hustle & Heart collection, I created a fun border between the top and bottom portions with some double-sided tape and punched sprinkles. I punched the sprinkles from foil papers by Bazzill for shine and sparkle. For even more metallic “wow”, I also used Heidi Swapp gold flakes.

We R Memory Keepers Sprinkle Punch and Heidi Swapp Gold Flakes

I randomly pressed the sprinkles into the tape, not worrying too much about placement. I filled the gaps with the gold flakes, brushing off the excess.

Scrapbook page featuring the Sprinkle Punch by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

I included some sprinkles underneath the polka dot acrylic paper to accent my embellishment cluster.

Scrapbook page featuring the Sprinkle Punch by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

The sprinkle/gold flake border is so glam it could have been trim on one of the costumes! How darling would this technique be on a birthday card, party décor, or cupcake wrappers? Instead of gold flakes you could even use glitter or microbeads. The possibilities are endless!

Scrapbook page featuring the Sprinkle Punch by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Happy creating!

Supplies Used:

DIY Party Sprinkle Punch

Heidi Swapp Gold Flakes

Hustle & Heart collection by Amy Tan

Throwback Thursday: Tag Punch Mini Album

It’s Throwback Thursday friends, and today we’re featuring a post about one of our most popular punches, the DIY Party Tag Punch. With this handy tool you can make your own tags in varying sizes and lengths–choose from 1″, 1.5″, or 2″ wide. It’s a great way to use up your scraps, and customize your tags. Check out the unique project below from last year using the Tag Punch!

 

Hello, We R Memory Keepers friends! Tessa Buys here today to share an out-of-the-box idea for using the Tag Punch. The Tag Punch is perfect for making custom gift tags, but it’s also great for other projects. Check out this very mini album made of tag punch pages, photos and the Honey I’m Home collection:

WRMK Tag Punch Mini Album Tessa Buys 1

I started by printing several small photos and making a handful of tags with the Tag Punch.

WRMK Tag Punch Mini Album Tessa Buys 2

Next, I trimmed most of my photos to the same dimensions as the tags (2 inches wide, 3 inches long) and adhered the photos to the back of the tags. I added more pages with a couple of shipping tags and by adhering some of my photos back to back. I made more space for journaling by making two one inch tags with the tag punch and backing those tags with white cardstock.

WRMK Tag Punch Mini Album Tessa Buys 3

WRMK Tag Punch Mini Album Tessa Buys 4

I used wood veneer pieces, stickers and puffy stickers to embellish the pages. My trusty Crop-a-dile came in handy when I had to punch a hole through a wood veneer frame for the binder ring.

WRMK Tag Punch Mini Album Tessa Buys 5

I love how the tag punch was incredibly easy to use. From the built-in score line to the guides for lining up your paper, this punch makes creating tags a breeze. And the fold-over tops of the tags make for durable mini album pages, which is very important when you have little ones taking a look! You’ll love making tags and more with this clever gadget!

WRMK Tag Punch Mini Album Tessa Buys 6
Supplies Used:

DIY Party Paper Punch: Tag
Crop-A-Dile
Honey I’m Home Collection

One Punch, Four Ways: Hole Reinforcer Punch

Hello We R Memory Keepers fans! Soraya here to share with you 4 ways to use the Hole Reinforcer Punch in your planner projects! This new tool will be as essential as the Planner Punch Board because once you start punching, you never want to stop!

One Punch Four Ways: Hole Reinforcer Punch by We R Memory Keepers

  1. Reinforce your planner pages and decorate them at the same time! Let’s start by the basic use of this amazing punch and grab some colorful cardstock to create hole reinforcers. Create a fun page with the Planner Punch Board and add them all around each hole:

Planner Spread with the Hole Reinforcer Punch by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Planner Spread with the Hole Reinforcer Punch by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Planner Spread with the Hole Reinforcer Punch by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Planner Spread with the Hole Reinforcer Punch by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

  1. Create a fun garland with the Hole Reinforcer Punch and glitter cardstock! To make this garland you will also need some twine and a stapler. Punch several circles and hang them on the twine before stapling it to the planner page. How easy and cool is that?

Planner Spread with the Hole Reinforcer Punch by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Planner Spread with the Hole Reinforcer Punch by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Planner Spread with the Hole Reinforcer Punch by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

  1. Make your own embellishments! Yes, the little circles can be use as embellishments and it is so cute to spread them wherever you want! Don’t hesitate to place sequins or enamel dots in each center to add extra dimension to your projects!

Planner Spread with the Hole Reinforcer Punch by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Planner Spread with the Hole Reinforcer Punch by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Planner Spread with the Hole Reinforcer Punch by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

  1. Create some cute planner clips! Turn a simple paper clip into a cute decorative clip for your planner! All you have to do is stick one circle to another but be sure to insert the tip of the paper clip before adhering. Add gems and sequins for a fun finishing touch!

Planner Spread with the Hole Reinforcer Punch by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Planner Spread with the Hole Reinforcer Punch by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Planner Spread with the Hole Reinforcer Punch by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

 

I hope you had fun joining me today for these 4 fun DIY projects using the Hole Reinforcer Punch! There are so many possibilities to explore with this great tool. Here is another example of what you can create: a shaker pocket with the hole reinforcer centers as “confetti”  before sealing it shut with the Fuse Tool!

Happy creating everybody and until next time !

Soraya.

 

Supplies :

Hole Reinforcer Punch

Planner Punch Board

Memory Planner by Heidi Swapp

Embellishments and papers by Maggie Holmes

Staple Board

Paperclips

Stitch Happy Blue Twine

 

Sunburst Shaker Layout with the Sprinkle Punch

Hello We R fans!  It’s Eva on the blog today showing you a Sprinkles Sunburst Layout made with the Sprinkle Punch and Pebbles’ new line Happy Hooray.

Sunburst Shaker Layout by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

This new Sprinkle Punch is absolutely adorable! It is perfect for cards and for making confetti pockets for your Project Life or Mini Albums. I used mine to make a sprinkles sunburst layout with a picture of my son’s second birthday party.

To make the layout, start by tracing the sunburst on a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock. Cut some rays on different patterned papers and use your Sprinkle Punch to make some confetti.

Sprinkle Punch by We R Memory Keepers

Lay a piece of vellum on top of the white cardstock and glue your rays and your picture on top.

Use your Stitch Happy machine to sew the rays to your layout  being careful not to sew the border.

Sunburst Shaker Layout by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Fill your vellum pockets with the Sprinkles and sew the border around your project, sealing the shaker pockets shut. I used the twine thread, andI love how it looks!

Sunburst Shaker Layout by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Finish your layout with embellishments and a title.

Sunburst Shaker Layout by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

See how gorgeous the sprinkles rays look? They add a nice festive touch. Tip: I used the scraps of patterned paper to make the sprinkles, because they are small they are perfect for small pieces of paper!

Sunburst Shaker Layout by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

This new punch is the perfect addition to your stash. I am sure you are going to use it again and again. What would you use your punch for?

Sunburst Shaker Layout by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Have a great day!

Eva

 

Supplies:

Sprinkle Punch

Stitch Happy

Stitch Happy Thread

Pebbles Happy Hooray Line

Garland Punch Mobile

Hello and welcome to Punch Week here on the blog. This week we’re focusing on our fabulous punches (as opposed to punch boards), and our designers will be sharing projects they’ve made with these crafter’s staples. Let’s get things started with a darling mobile made with the Garland Punch by Laura Silva.

 

Hey there, We R readers, Laura here! One thing I love about We R tools is that they are so versatile. You can use each one for so many different projects. Today, I am sharing how to create this hanging mobile using the DIY Party garland punch. Instead of making the traditional garland for party decor, I used the punch to create a pretty paper rainbow mobile.

Circle Garland Mobile by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

To start with you will need a rainbow assortment of cardstock. I love the DIY party pad colors. I used 10 solid colors and one gold sheet. I suggest using double-sided cardstock for this project. The gold has white on the back, but the rest of the cardstock is the same on both sides.You will also need the circle garland punch and a wooden embroidery hoop.

Circle Garland Mobile by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I used the punch to cut out twelve circles of each color.

Circle Garland Mobile by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

As you create your strand, loop one with the “hook” part facing up, and then on the next one, do the “hook” facing down. This way when the garland hangs, it will look 3D rather than flat.

Circle Garland Mobile by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I wanted there to be a little variety in the mobile as it turned around, so for each of the strands, I used one circle of each of the colors. Then, I would choose one color and use two circles for that strand of that particular color. This is why I cut out 12 of each of the eleven colors.

I laid them out as I went to be sure I could keep track of what I was doing. Plus, this also allowed me to vary which strand I used as I added them to the embroidery hoop.

Circle Garland Mobile by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Using strong, clear fishing line, I tied a knot at the top of each garland strand. I used a little dab of superglue on the knots to be sure they didn’t come apart.

Circle Garland Mobile by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I cut each fishing line strand 8 inches long and attached them to the inner hoop of the embroidery hoop. Again, I tied a knot around the hoop and used a little super glue to keep the knot in tact. After the glue dried, I trimmed off all the excess fishing line.

On the outside hoop, I used three two-foot lengths of white and gold twine. I looped each one around the hoop, and then gathered all the strands at the top and tied a knot. Evenly space out the twine until the hoop lies flat.

Circle Garland Mobile by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Attach the inner hoop inside the outer hoop and tighten.

Circle Garland Mobile by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I love how this turned out. You could really do any color combination. It looks beautiful spinning around.

Circle Garland Mobile by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

DIY Party Garland Punch
DIY Party 12 x 12 Cardstock Pad
Embroidery Hoop
Fishing Line
Twine