Cinch Travel Journal

Hi everyone, it’s Traci and I’m excited to be sharing a great vacation project with you today.  If you plan to travel this summer, create this easy travel journal to take with you!  Record your memories, tuck in some photos, keep memorabilia in the envelopes, and your trip will be saved and easy to share.

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To create the journal, I used the Cinch Binding Tool, the Envelope Punch Board and the Cinch Journal Kit.  The Jet Set paper is an older We R collection from my stash.  I didn’t need much paper for this journal so using up scraps from the past was perfect!

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To start, I created some envelopes of various sizes using the envelope punch board.  This is very easy … just follow the size instructions right on the board!

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Once the envelopes were created, I decorated the chipboard covers that are included in the Cinch Journal kit.  Once my covers were embellished, I punched my binding holes using my Cinch tool.   Easy directions are also included right on the Cinch, as well as in the packaging for the journal kit.

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Next, I punched binding holes in all of my journaling pages, envelopes, and accent pieces.

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Once all of my binding holes were created, I added my binding wire to all the pieces to create my finished journal.

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I hope this has given you some ideas for a travel journal for your summer vacation!  Make them for the kids too!  Theirs could include pages to keep them busy during the trip, space for their photos and notes, or even coloring pages!

Share your pictures with us on our Facebook page!  Thanks for stopping by today!



The Cinch Binding Tool
Envelope Punch Board
Cinch Journal Kit

Patriotic Card + Decor

Happy Fourth of July weekend everyone! It’s Kathy here with a patriotic project for celebrating our country’s birthday. I’ve created a card, matching envelope, mini garland and a dimensional star.


What do you think of the star? Pretty cool, huh? Guess how I made it?


If you guessed the Template Studio by We R Memory Keepers, you are right! I’m in love! Imagine creating these dimensional stars in different sizes for holidays, birthday parties, graduation celebrations and more! I want to make a bunch of these out of glittered paper for Christmas! Oh the sparkle they would make. Okay, back to the Fourth.


Here’s a closer look at my ‘Proud to be American’ card, made with the Americana collection by Pebbles, We R’s sister company. I love the rustic look and the addition of paint chipped wood.


The matching envelope was created with the 123 Punch Board. I love how quick and easy it is to make envelopes with the same patterned papers I create my cards with! They look so professional!


For an added surprise, to tuck inside the card, I made a fun mini banner with the Banner Punch Board. Isn’t this tiny banner adorable? You can make much bigger ones too for all sorts of celebrations.


Here’s the card and banner all tucked away in the matching envelope ready for delivery. Hope you all enjoy this Fourth of July weekend!

We R Supplies:

Banner Punch Board
Template Studio Starter Kit
Template Studio Star Guide
123 Punch Board

Template Studio Star Photo Backdrop

Photos are always an important part of holiday gatherings, so why not put your crafting tools to use to make a festive patriotic photo backdrop for your guests? Our fabulous in-house design team used the Template Studio Star Guide and Designer Poster Board to create red, white, and blue layered stars in different sizes. Simply hang the folded paper stars against a neutral background, gather your guests over one at a time, and snap away!





Give this July 4th party decor idea a try. Your guests will have a fun memento from you party, and you’ll have some awesome photos to scrapbook!


Template Studio Starter Kit
Template Studio Star Guide
Designer Poster Board

Patriotic Scrapbook Page

Hello, We R  fans! Jen McDermott here, to share a patriotic layout for you, just in time for Independence Day!  For this layout, I am going to show you how you can pull together a theme without using themed papers.  I used a lot of different collections, and got to flip through lots of pretty paper in my stash—how fun!

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To start, I looked through some of the latest We R collections for inspiration. I started with Denim Blues because, really, what’s more American than a pair of blue jeans?  I then grabbed pieces of Farmer’s Market, Alphas from Cakes and Candles and a journaling card from the Official Albums Made Easy collection.

When I thought about the pics I would like to use, I immediately remembered my stash of pics from our NYC trip earlier in the year. My hubby got some fantastic shots of the Statue of Liberty, and I especially love the picture on the right, because you can see 1WTC in the background.

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To embellish, I tried to keep it light so the pictures could shine. I grabbed some denim stickers from Denim Blues, and of course, my wood veneer stars. I love how they look against the denim paper!

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And there you have it! A patriotic layout using the stash I already had!  Do you like to mix and match your collections, or do you usually stick to one collection on your projects?

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Supplies list:

Cakes and Candles Alphas
Farmer’s Market Paper
Denim Blues Fabric Stickers
Denim Blues Paper
Official Albums Made Easy Cards

Template Studio: Patriotic Jumbo Crackers

If you’re entertaining family and friends for the holiday weekend, here’s a fun idea for a patriotic party favor–jumbo crackers! Crackers are a popular Christmas tradition, so why not go big with the idea for the 4th of July using the Template Studio Candy Box Template Guide and Designer Poster Board.

We R template studio patriotic party favors by aly dosdall

You can add candy, poppers, snaps, sparklers, or any other fun party toys–browse your local dollar store for some great favor options.

We R template studio candy box favors by aly dosdall

To create these jumbo patriotic crackers I followed the instructions found with my Candy Box Template Guide. All of the templates sold separately include full instructions that can be added to your Template Studio Starter Kit instruction booklet. Love that!

We R template studio instruction booklet

It was easy to cut and score my Designer Poster Board to the desired sizes, and assemble them into candy boxes.

We R template studio candy box template

Here are a couple of important tips: 1) When cutting the glitter poster board on the front side, you’ll need to trace the blade around the template guide a few times to get through the glitter completely.  2) Be sure to fill your jumbo candy box crackers with goodies before tying up the second end.

We R patriotic candy box party favors by aly dosdall

Thanks to the Template Studio you can keep the kids entertained and happy while the adults enjoy some time together with these easy jumbo cracker favors. What would you put inside?


Template Studio Candy Box Template Guide
Candy Box Template Guide
Designer Poster Board
American Crafts Ribbon


Patriotic Treat Packaging

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Hi there We R fans, Aimee here.

It’s patriotic week here on the We R blog and today I created some patriotic gift bags with the new Template Studio & Designer Poster Board. I also created some firecracker treat boxes using the Candy Box Punch Board.

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Using the Template Studio, I made 5.5 x 8.5 bags. I cut the Designer Poster Board to 20×12, and followed the instructions on the cue card that came with the Template Studio. Here is a great video tutorial showing to make the gift bags with the Template Studio.

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I used some American Crafts, Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy Thickers and Toothpick Flags

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…along with some Imaginisce Heartland Farm product to embellish the gift bags.

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To make the firecracker treat boxes, I followed the direction on the Candy Box Punch Board.

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To create a standing box, follow directions on punchboard. After the diamonds have been punched and the lines scored, cut at the middle of the bottom row of diamonds.

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Using a ruler and bone folder score across the top of the diamond.

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Fold in and adhere. To create just the firecracker {without it being a treat box} just skip the diamonds and scallops on the bottom of the box.

Thanks for stopping by the We r blog today. What patriotic crafts will you be making?


Product Used:

We R Memory Keepers
Template Studio Starter Kit
Candy Box Punch Board
Designer Poster Board {red stripe, blue polka dot}
American Crafts Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy Thickers

Summer Banner

Hello!  It’s Jennie McGarvey and I am so excited to share with you a fun and cheerful summer banner I recently created to hang with my mantle decor.


I used both the We R Memory Keepers Banner Punch Board and the We R Memory Keepers Pinwheel Punch Board for this project.  These made quick work of this simple project and I was able to get this hung on my fireplace in no time.

I chose a sheet of patterned paper from the Cake and Candles collection, a polka dot sheet from the Clearly Bold collection and a piece of card stock from my stash for the main parts of this project


I started creating the banner.  I cut 4 3.5”x4” pieces from the acetate paper and 2 of the same size from the Cake and Candles paper.  Then, I used the Banner Punch Board to create my banner pieces.


Once the banner pieces were finished, I made quick work of the pinwheels I would use to embellish the banner.  I simply cut 3” squares from my yellow sheet of card stock and then used the Pinwheel Punch board to do the rest.


Once I was finished punching and cutting my pinwheels I could assemble them to the banners.


I used my Evolution Advanced and Lifestyle Nesting Circle Dies to cut out 6 small circles to layer with my alphabet circles. Once I had those, I could layer the circles and alphabet stickers on my banner.




Now, I have a super cute banner that was easy to make.  The simplicity is not even noticeable thanks to the fun shapes and pinwheels!

Have you tried using the Banner Punch Board or the Pinwheel Punch Board?  Make sure you share your projects using them with us on the We R Memory Keepers Facebook Page or tag We R Memory Keepers on Instagram.



Banner Punch Board
Pinwheel Punch Board
Cake and Candles Collection
Clearly Bold Collection
Pinwheel Attachments
Evolution Advanced
Lifestyle Nesting Circle Dies

Top Ten Punch Board Projects

Do you find yourself in need of some crafting ideas? Do you sit down to create with your substantial scrapbook stash only to find your stash of ideas running low? Look no further, because today we’ve got a post chock full of fabulous project ideas using our popular Punch Boards. Introducing, our Top Ten Punch Board Projects!

top ten punch board projects

We love this late summer/early fall burlap and flower wreath. This project is super easy to make with our Flower Punch Board.


Flower Punch Board Wreath

This post showing how to use our original Envelope Punch Board to create paper bows is one of our most popular punch board blog posts. We love finding multiple uses for one tool!


Paper Bows with the Envelope Punch Board

Combining our Corner Chomper with the Gift Bag Punch Board makes for a cute and meaningful gift idea for someone you love.


Reasons I Love You Bag

We think this custom gift wrap set by We R designer Jennie McGarvey is so much fun! Using our Pinwheel Punch Board for gift wrapping is genius!


Pinwheel Punch Board Custom Gift Wrap

We R designer, Kathy Martin, shows us that gift wrapping doesn’t have to be feminine and frilly. This Father’s Day Gift Trio she create using the new 123 Punch Board (and some other new We R tools) is perfect for any man in your life.


Father’s Day Gift Trio

How cute is this Owl Gift Bag made with our Gift Bag Punch Board? This project has been a favorite on Pinterest, and would make the perfect back-to-school teacher gift!


Owl Gift Bag

Making a utensil holder with our Pillow Box Punch Board is such a clever use of this tool! You could make one for any special occasion by swapping out appropriate papers.


Pillow Box Utensil Holder

We R designer, Traci Penrod, was really thinking outside the box when she made this elegant Easter basket with our Gift Box Punch Board. Just gorgeous!


Gift Box Punch Board Easter Basket

Coming in with the second highest number of all time views on the We R blog, this mini album made with the Envelope Punch Board is easy to make and oh-so-clever!


Envelope Punch Board Mini Book

We all know you can make beautiful banners with the new Banner Punch Board, but did you know you can pockets with it too? We love this denim pocket card–so fun!


Banner Punch Board Denim Pocket Card

Don’t know about you, but we’re off to grab our Punch Boards and get crafting! We hope this post is as inspiring for you as it is for us. Creative cheers!

Hot Air Balloon Card

Hello! Samantha joining you today for some summer week inspiration. Are you enjoying all the summer fun so far? No icon says summer to me quite like a hot air balloon, so today I thought I’d share a hot air balloon card and matching envelope.

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I don’t have a hot air balloon die, but I do have WRMK’s Light Bulb Garland Die. And you know what? With a few modifications, it makes a pretty fun hot air balloon!

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I started my hot air balloon by cutting the main light bulb part of the Light Bulb Garland Die out 1 time each from 3 different colors of Clearly Bold polka dot paper. I used the Clearly Bold 6 x 6 acetate pad for the body of the balloon. The patterns are smaller on the 6 x 6 pad, so you get more dots on your balloon. I started with the pink dots first, then layered the teal dots in the middle, and finished up with the purple dots on top. To make the bulb look more like a balloon, I trimmed about 1” off of the stem of each die cut.

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I created the basket of the balloon with a die from the Light Bulb Garland Die and paper from the Cakes and Candles 6 x 6 paper pad. To make the basket a bit cuter, I attached it to the balloon with some pink baker’s twine.

I put my Evolution Advanced Die Cutting Machine to use again on the card to create the “Let’s Party” sentiment. This time I used an embossing strip from the Fine & Dandy Embossing Strips set. Before running the strip through the Evolution, I colored all of the raised parts of the embossing folder with a pink marker, which then transferred onto the paper when run through the Evolution. I fussy cut around the raised edges of the “Let’s Party” banner once embossed to make my sentiment banner for the card.

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I made this card a slightly odd size. Instead of the standard A2 card, its final measurements are 4 ½ x 6. Envelopes for non-standard sized cards are no problem when you can make your own with the 1-2-3 punch board. For something a little different, I used Denim Blues Pink Stripe Fabric Paper for the envelope. When using any of the Denim Blues fabric paper with one of the punch boards, it’s best to flip it over and work on the paper (white) side. The back side holds the scoring better than the front (fabric) side, and it’s just a bit easier to punch if the back side is facing up.

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I also used the 1-2-3 punch board to make a purple envelope liner to slip inside the envelope. I’ll be hand delivering this card to my niece for her birthday, so I’m sealing it closed with a hello sticker from the Denim Blues Fabric Stickers, but you can pop it in the mail if you glue it shut instead and add a mailing label to the front (just make sure to add extra postage if your envelope is over ¼” thick).

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…and that’s how you turn a light bulb into a hot air balloon for a summer card. What’s your favorite icon for summer cards? Are you a hot air balloon lover too, or does something else just scream summer to you?



Light Bulb Garland Die
Evolution Advanced Die Cutting Machine
Clearly Bold 6 x 6 Paper Pad
Cakes and Candles 6 x 6 Paper Pad
Fine & Dandy Embossing Strips
Sew Easy Pink Baker’s Twine Spool
1-2-3 Punch Board
Denim Blues Pink Stripe Fabric Paper
Denim Blues Fabric Stickers
American Crafts Primaries Card Stock (purple)
American Crafts White Card Stock
American Crafts This to That Foam Tab Adhesive
Pink Marker

Decorate a Summer Lemonade Stand with the Evolution Advanced

Summer’s officially here so we thought we’d throw a fun First Day of Summer/Lemonade Stand party!  Although the pictures make this look like a very involved project, our amazing in-house team was able to whip all of the paper details up in a matter of minutes, thanks to the Evolution Advanced.
This was an Evolution Advanced project using the following products: