Travel Photo Display with the PhotoLights Photo Strand!

We don’t know about you, but one of our favorite parts of summer is traveling! Whether it’s just a weekend away at the beach, or a long trip abroad, travel memories are so worth documenting and celebrating. This week our design team is sharing travel themed projects to inspire your summer memory-keeping. Kimberly’s up first with a beautiful travel photo display.

 

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with the PhotoLights Photo Strand today. When I first saw this product, I squealed in delight! How fun to be able to add photos to a light strand! I have so many ideas for using these. And being able to interchange the images in each photo box easily, you will have a blast with these as well!

Travel Photo Display with the PhotoLights Photo Strand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To begin with, your photos MUST be printed on the Printable Backlit Photo Paper. This paper needs to be printed on with an inkjet printer. Place the photo paper in your printer so that it prints on the less glossy side. When you pick up the paper, you will be able to see and feel the difference.

Travel Photo Display with the PhotoLights Photo Strand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Because the PhotoLights Photo Strand has boxes for 10 photos, I knew that I wanted to print all of my photos on one sheet of the Printable Backlit Photo Paper. The dimensions for each photo are included on a handy card inside the box. The photos need to be 2 3/16” square. Using an editing program (Photoshop), I made each of my photos that size.

Travel Photo Display with the PhotoLights Photo Strand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I placed each square image on a blank document. The document was letter-sized (8.5” x 11”), with a transparent background, and set at 300 dpi (high quality for printing). Once all the photos were on the document, I saved it as a .jpg and sent it to the printer.

Travel Photo Display with the PhotoLights Photo Strand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The Printable Backlit Photo Paper cuts easily with scissors. You can also print standard size photos and use the handy dimension card to trace on your photos for cutting.

Travel Photo Display with the PhotoLights Photo Strand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The photos slide in and out of the top of the box easily. First tip; put the photos in the boxes after you hang the strand. Trust me. Second tip; if your photo box tips to one side or the other after you hang them, your photos are square, so simply reorient the photo.

Travel Photo Display with the PhotoLights Photo Strand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

While photographing these lights, I came up with several fun ways to use the PhotoLights Photo Strand! One way would be to hang them on your deck, as I have done here. I used string to tie the ends to my deck rails. Sitting on my deck is one of my favorite places in the world. Adding these lights from our trip to Hawaii lets me enjoy my second favorite place on earth at the same time!

Travel Photo Display with the PhotoLights Photo Strand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I also hung the lights from yard stakes. They would make a cute way to line the sidewalk or driveway leading up to a backyard party or wedding. I also thought putting them on a Christmas tree would be ADORABLE. But my husband said that since it was July, the tree would be staying in the attic.

Travel Photo Display with the PhotoLights Photo Strand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

With the lights being battery powered (3 AA batteries), they can be used just about anywhere. The switch also has a timer, allowing you to leave them on steadily, or have them shut off after a certain amount of time. There is also a USB port for power. I love how vibrant they are at night!

How will you show off photos in your PhotoLights Photo Strand?

 

Supplies:

New Releases: Washi Chomper & Sprinkle Punch!

Good Monday morning friends! We’re going to get your week started off on the right crafty foot with some exciting news about two new tools that we know you’re going to love. Say hello to the Washi Chomper and the Sprinkle Punch!

Washi Chomper

Create your own washi tape embellishments with the new Washi Chomper!

Washi Chomper by We R Memory Keepers

Easily create banners, arrows, chevrons, tabs, and more. The Washi Chomper cuts washi tape, ribbon, paper, and other materials. It’s perfect for planners, journals, notebooks, cards, layouts, and more.

Washi Chomper by We R Memory Keepers

Use the Washi Chomper with our new handy washi tape companions, or with any other washi from your own stash.

New Washi Chomper washi tape companions by We R Memory Keepers

Sprinkle Punch

Easily create your own sprinkle confetti for party decor with the Sprinkle Punch from the DIY Party Collection!

Sprinkle Punch by We R Memory Keepers

Use the Sprinkle Punch to create sprinkle shaped confetti in any color. Mix it with the DIY Party Confetti Punch!

Sprinkle Punch by We R Memory Keepers

Cut sprinkles out of your favorite paper with this new easy-to-use punch.

Thanks so much for stopping by to check out our exciting announcement today! These new tools will be shipping in August, so watch for them in stores and online in September. Happy crafting friends!

 

Favorite Colors Project Roundup

Hello and Happy Friday friends! This week our team has shared projects inspired by some of their favorite colors. Did you notice a theme? Our designers all love gold and either teal or mint! We’re kind of partial to teal too. 😉

Color schemes are a great starting point for a project, and a perfect source for inspiration. Today we thought it would be fun to share some past blog projects that were inspired by a particular color scheme to help jumpstart your creativity.

We R Inspired by Colors

Pink and Gold Gift Wrap

Monochromatic color schemes can be so beautiful when done right. We love the various intensities of pink, complemented by the shimmery gold embossed paper in this lovely gift wrap project. That rich embossed texture is easy to achieve with the Evolution Advanced and Next Level Embossing Folders. Stunning! CLICK HERE for more gorgeous pink projects and details.

Swim Team Party Decor

School or team colors are a perfect source of inspiration if you’re throwing a party with a sports or graduation theme. This swim team party decor started with the team colors, and we just love how it turned out. The DIY Party Collection, Alphabet Punch Board, and Banner Punch Board made everything come together in a snap. So much fun! You can find more photos and instructions for this project HERE.



Mint, Gold, and Black Card

This beautiful card is another example of using a monochromatic color scheme. These colors, along with some other vibrant hues, are found in our older Urban Chic Collection. We love the grounding black color along with the other neutral, gold. Gorgeous! CLICK HERE for more photos and details about this project.


Olympics-Inspired Mini Album

This unique sports-themed mini album was inspired by the Olympic rings and colors. The circular pages are attached using the Crop-A-Dile II, and the colorful embellishments are from our older Flower Girl Collection. You can find more photos and details about this project on our blog HERE.



Colorful Scrapbook Page

This scrapbook layout was also made with our older Urban Chic Collection, but is basically limited to the aqua, black, white, and pink from the color scheme. Those colors complement each other perfectly! Remember, you don’t have to use all of the colors and patterns in a paper collection. CLICK HERE for more photos and details about this layout on our blog.


Thanks for joining us today. We hope you’ve found some colorful inspiration. Have a wonderful and crafty weekend friends! We’ll see you next week.

Soraya’s Favorite Colors: Pink, Mint and Gold Planner Spread

Hello creative people! Soraya here today to share a few planner spreads using my favorite colors : pink – mint – gold!

This is the color combo I use in every scrapbook project because I’m so addicted to pink and mint!

Planner Spread by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Planner Spread by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

To make these colorful planner spreads I also used the amazing FUSE Tool. It’s so fun to create little pockets with it! I put some sequins inside a photo sleeve, then used my FUSE Tool to close the sides before making holes with the Planner Punch Board! How cool is that punch?! It is so easy and fun to use!

Planner Spread by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Planner Spread by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Planner Spread by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

I love this sweet color combo so much! Pink and mint were meant to be together! Adding some hints of gold makes the color combo more complete and feminine at the same time.

Planner Spread by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Planner Spread by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Planner Spread by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Planner Spread by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

What about you ? Which are the colors that you always use in your planners ?

Planner Spread by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Planner Spread by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

I hope that you will like and be inspired by these planner spreads! Happy creating everyone and until next time!

Soraya.

 

Supplies :

Planner Punch Board

FUSE Tool

FUSE Tool mat

Photo sleeves

Memory Planner by Heidi Swapp

Adhesive runner

Stickers, papers and chipboards are from Maggie Holmes

 

 

 

Tessa’s Favorite Colors: Aqua, Yellow, Red, and Green Pom Pom Rug

Hello, We R friends! Tessa Buys here. After three boys, my little girl was so much fun to plan for. I chose a vintage color scheme for her nursery that is still going strong in her room today – aqua, yellow and red. Pistachio green, teal blue and strawberry red have snuck in over the years, and that combo of colors was so fun to work with when I made this pom pom rug her for room:

DIY Pom Pom Rug by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers, featuring the DIY Party Pom Pom Maker

This is a great project if you have leftover skeins of yarn that aren’t enough for a larger project, but are too big to be tossed. I pulled all the colors I had that fell into the palette of her room, then got to work with my DIY Party Pom Pom maker. I chose to use the large size, but the small and medium (or a combination of any sizes) would work well, too.

DIY Pom Pom Rug by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers, featuring the DIY Party Pom Pom Maker

I made the dozens of pom poms while watching tv over a few weeks. The process is easy, but a little bit tedious. The wrapping and cutting and shaping are a great “mindless” task if you need to relax.

DIY Pom Pom Rug by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers, featuring the DIY Party Pom Pom Maker

In the last step of making the pom poms, you shape the pom pom by giving it a bit of a haircut. During this process, do not cut off the tails of the knot you made while assembling the pom pom. You will need these strings to tie the pom poms to the rug base. I used shelf liner for my base. I love that it is non-slip – perfect for a rug in an active little girl’s room!

DIY Pom Pom Rug by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers, featuring the DIY Party Pom Pom Maker

The yarns I used had different textures, so the pom poms ended up being slightly different sizes, even though I used the large tool to make all of them. Instead of a perfect pattern, I ended up with random arrangement and I love the result!

DIY Pom Pom Rug by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers, featuring the DIY Party Pom Pom Maker

When I put the rug in my little girl’s room, she snuggled her toes into it and said, “It’s so comfy, mom!” She loves it and I love that I was able to bring all these fun colors to the floor. What’s your favorite color combination? I bet it would look great as a pom pom rug! Happy creating!

Supplies Used:

DIY Party Pom Pom Maker

Eva’s Favorite Colors: Teal, Pink, and Gold Scrapbook Page

Hello everyone! Eva Pizarro here today on the blog showing you how to use your Stitch Happy machine and different color threads to create an awesome stitched background for your next layout.

Stitched Background Layout by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

This week’s theme is “Favorite Colors” and one of my all time favorite color combinations is Teal, Pink and Gold; you can find all these colors in the lovely Stitch Happy Threads so I decided to create a stitched background for my layout.

I used a big 12 inch high photo of my son and used my Supreme Ruler to mark the width of the picture on my white cardstock and mark the design shapes on the right side of my page.

Supreme Ruler by We R Memory Keepers

The thread is thick so you can really notice the colors in the background, plus it gives the layout a nice texture.

Stitch Happy by We R Memory Keepers

I didn’t wanted to over embellish my page so I added a few stickers and a strip of paper from Pebbles’ new line: Girl Squad.

Stitched Background Layout by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

The gold Stitch Happy thread was the perfect accent for those little gold embellishments. You can’t really see it in the pictures but it shines beautifully!

Stitched Background Layout by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Tip:When using your Stitch Happy make sure you change direction when the needle is going up, otherwise you might end up with some loose stitches like it happened to me.

Stitched Background Layout by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

The Stitch Happy gives you lots of possibilities of thread colors and decorative stitches and for me being able to use thick thread is a huge change.

Stitched Background Layout by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

I encourage you to try this technique and if you do please share! We would love to see it!

Have a great week!

Eva

 

Supplies:
Supreme Ruler

Stitch Happy Machine

Stitch Happy Card Kit

Stitch Happy  Aqua Thread
Stitch Happy  Pink Thread

Stitch Happy Gold Thread
Pebbles Girl Squad Cardstock Stickers
Pebbles Girl Squad Thickers
Pebbles Girl Squad Die cuts
Pebbles Girl Squad Paper

Laura’s Favorite Colors: Mint, Navy, and Gold Gift Packaging

Hello there, We R readers, Laura here. This week is all about our favorite colors. One of my favorite color combinations is mint, navy, and gold.

Today, I am going to share some gift packaging ideas with you, using these pretty colors.

Gift Packaging by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

The first package I wrapped up using my FUSE tool, papers, and embellishments. I laid out my mint chevron paper on the heat proof mat. I added the FUSEables decorative tape to the middle of the paper. Pull the tape out of the box and fold it on the premarked score lines.

Gift Packaging by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Use the FUSE tool to adhere it to the plastic paper.

Gift Packaging by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Then, I added some FUSEables embellishments to the middle of the paper. I used the embellished 12 x 12 sheet to wrap up my small gift.

Gift Packaging by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

For the next gift, I used the 1-2-3 Punch Board to create an XL gift box from navy cardstock. Follow the instructions on the punch board to score and punch your paper to fold it up into a cute little 4” x 4” x 4” box.

123 Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

I added strips of gold and mint glitter tape to the the box. This tape is so fun and sparkly!

Gift Packaging by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Using the 1-2-3 Punch Board I created an XS bow out of navy cardstock. I added a pre-made gold bow to the top to have another gold element on my gift.

123 Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

I also tucked a little teal and gold tag under the bow.

Gift Packaging by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

For the last gift packaging idea, I wanted to dress up a store bought mint gift bag. I used gold, navy, and mint fringe tape. I simply trimmed the fringe tape to fit along the front of the gift bag. It has an adhesive back to make it easy to attach to any project.

Gift Packaging by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I added a gold tassel to the handle and some gold and navy tissue paper.

Gift Packaging by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Pretty gift packaging is such a fun way to add a little extra something to your special gifts you give.

Gift Packaging by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

 

Supplies:

 

FUSE Tool

FUSEables Plastic Paper

FUSEables Decorative Tape

1-2-3 Punch Board

Glitter Tape

DIY Party Fringe Tape

Gold Tassel

 

Beach Project Roundup

Hello We R fans, and Happy Friday! It’s been hot, hot, hot here in Utah, and the triple digit temps have got us daydreaming about the beach!

We R Memory Keepers Beach Project Collage

So, we’re getting the weekend started off with a fun roundup of beach themed projects to share with you. From cards, to mini albums, to decor and more, we’ve got you covered when it comes to sun & sand creativity!

Sun & Sand Shaker Card

Add some texture and a fun interactive element to your beach themed card with a sand shaker pocket made using the Photo Sleeve Fuse. CLICK HERE for full instructions on our blog.

Sun & Sand Shaker Card featuring the Photo Sleeve Fuse

Beach Themed Layout

Create the illusion of waves on your beach themed layout using the Evolution Advanced and Wave Next Level Embossing Folders. You can find more photos and details about this pretty scrapbook page HERE on our blog.

Beach Themed Layout by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Beach Ball Garland

If you’re hosting a luau or beach themed party, create the perfect decor with the DIY Party Globe Punch and Light Strand collection! You can find a step-by-step tutorial on our blog HERE.

Beach Ball Garland by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Summer Wave Shaker Card

The Photo Sleeve Fuse strikes again! Create the perfect crafty waves for your paper craft project with the Fuse tool, FUSEables papers and some ocean colored sequins. CLICK HERE for instructions for this fun project.

Summer Waves Shaker Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Beach Vacation Mini Album

Preserve those precious memories from your trip to the beach with a DIY mini album made with the Cinch binding tool and the Mini Alphabet Punch Board. To see the inside of this darling album, CLICK HERE.

Beach Mini Album by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for joining us today for our beach project roundup! We hope you’ve found some inspiration for your summer crafting. Have a great weekend!

Beach Lightbox Photo Frame

Hey there friends! It’s Aly Dosdall joining you again today, and I’m glad you’re here! I’m loving Beach Week so far–what fabulous beach themed project ideas we’ve seen so far! Today I’m sharing an idea for displaying your precious beach trip memories in a beautiful and unique way.

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

A couple of years ago my hubby and I had the chance to spend a week in Hawaii. He just happened to have a work conference there–how convenient, right?

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I made an album with our photos and memories of the trip, but it was such a fun vacation that I really wanted to have some of our favorite photos on display in our home, so I created this beach themed light box photo frame using elements from the Photo Lights collection and the Crate Paper Oasis paper collection.

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I started by creating an 8×8 photo collage with nine photos in my Google Photos app. There are several ways to create photo collages. Some of my favorites are picmonkey.com (PC), the Layout app from Instagram (smartphone), and Google Photos (PC or smartphone).

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Next, I printed my photo collage onto the Photo Lights Backlit Printable Film using my inkjet printer (you can also use a laser printer). I trimmed it to 8×8 inches to fit my 8×8 Photo Lights Frame. Then I gathered some rub-ons from the Photo Lights collection, as well as some other embellishments.

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I added the rub-on directly to the photo collage first, and then inserted it into the magnetic frame. Then I added the remaining embellishments on the outside of the frame for some dimension.

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

To add to the Hawaiian beach theme of the project, I layered some Gold Fringe Tape on the top edge of the frame. It reminds me of a grass skirt or a tiki bar!

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

The Photo Lights frames are a great way to stylishly and easily display your favorite memories. Keep them for your own space, or give them away for the perfect gift. Thanks for joining me friends, and have a happy crafty day!

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies:

Photo Lights 8×8 Frame–Natural
Photo Lights Backlit Printable Film
Photo Lights Rub-Ons
DIY Party Fringe Tape–Gold

Crate Paper Oasis Collection

 

Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy

Hello and welcome, Chantalle with you today! The Winter solstice has come and gone here in the Southern Hemisphere (not that we can really complain about our winter temps in Queensland!) and I am starting to dream about balmy beach days again. I’ve created an oversized beach bag with my Stitch Happy Sewing Machine, which can accommodate all of our gear for a day at the beach, a picnic or pool party!

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I will confess, that my sewing skills are pretty much limited to most things in square form or something easy that I can check out a tutorial online. (You can find the full details of this tutorial later on in this post.)

My bag is primarily natural calico with a bright pop of colour for the lining and little pocket. I had such fun looking at all the beautiful trims in my local fabric store!

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I washed and ironed my fabric before use to prevent the fabric from warping later on. Once it was ready, I used my new Supreme Ruler to measure out two large pieces, each 22 x 40 inches. I folded the material over before I cut to make it easier. Using the fold as one side, also meant I didn’t have to sew all four sides. The Supreme Ruler was fabulous to use, as the one side has a metal edge, which was perfect for using my rotary cutter against. It also has handy measuring guides, so I knew exactly where to make my markings.

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

This bag is large and strong – It easily fitted four towels, my camera, sunblock, hats and a picnic rug. The bag’s size also seems easy to adjust, so you can make one to suit your specific needs!

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

As per the tutorial, I sewed two square shapes, one in the bright chevron and one in the calico. The bag has squared off edges, which makes it easier to stand up a bit straighter. This involves marking off sections in the bottom two corners, opening the corner and then sewing across. Finally cutting off the excess fabric.

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The bags then fit inside each other and one sews in the handles. I’ve used natural belting which was a little over an inch wide. You can make these as long or as short as you like.

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

You’ll notice I’ve sewed in a box fashion where the handles meet the fabric. This provides extra strength when the handles are under load. Just go slow and steady with your machine and if you find using the pedal is too fast for such a specific area, I like to just wind by hand so I know each stitch is deliberate.

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The pocket was a bit of a made up design, lol. I initially thought the pocket would have the chevron on the outside, but it turned out looking a bit too bright, so I used the calico on the outside and lined it with the chevron print, turning the front edge over slightly, so the colour was peeping out. This was then finished off with some super cute coordinating pom pom trim, which I may or may not have bought a bit extra for something else in the future!

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I’m so impressed with how this bag turned out. I’ll definitely be using the method to create more bags like this and would love to try making a smaller one for everyday items, like groceries or my little one’s gymnastics class! It was a very do-able project and I loved creating it with my Stitch Happy!

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you will have as much fun with your Stitch Happy Sewing Machine as I have!

(The full tutorial of this bag can be found by clicking here)

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Stitch Happy Sewing Machine

Stitch Happy Thread White

Supreme Ruler