Throwback Thursday: Christmas Countdown with the 123 Punch Board

It’s Thursday, and today we’re throwing things back to Christmas of 2015 with this beautiful countdown made with the 123 Punch Board. Scroll down for more photos and details!

 

Hey We R Friends, Aimee here to share a fun way to count down to Christmas.

Christmas Countdown by Aimee Maddern for We R Memory Keepers #christmascrafts #123punchboard #christmascountdown

Using the 1-2-3 Punch Board I created this advent Calendar making several different size boxes and bows.

Christmas Countdown by Aimee Maddern for We R Memory Keepers #christmascountdown #christmascrafts #123punchboard

The boxes are the perfect sizes for little trinkets such as Match Box Cars and Shopkins. You could even slip some action figures and my little ponies in them. And for the older kids {me!} you can even slip a gift card in or tie to a box.

Christmas Countdown by Aimee Maddern 3

The boxes are super easy to make too. Check out the video below to see how to make them!

But lets get to the fun part, decorating them!

Christmas Countdown by Aimee Maddern 4

First I shopped my stash for all things Christmas. I found some Gold Glittered Thickers, Gold Paper Clips, Bakers TwineGold BowsWood Veneer, Tiny Deer, Tiny Trees and Ribbon.

Christmas Countdown by Aimee Maddern 5

Christmas Countdown by Aimee Maddern for We R Memory Keepers #christmascountdown #christmascrafts #123punchboard

Then I remembered The 1-2-3 Punch Board makes bows too! Of course I had to make some bows from the punch board, here is another great video showing you how to create the bows.

I choose not to number each box. I just numbered the boxes that I wanted to be opened on specific days {the days we have tickets for the nutcracker and such} and the other boxes can be chosen any of the 25 days leading to Christmas.

Christmas Countdown by Aimee Maddern for We R Memory Keepers #christmascountdown #christmascrafts #123punchboard

To display my Calendar I bought a frame from Ikea and lined the back with some of We R’s Gold Designer Poster Board. I then used some industrial strength double-sided tape to tape each little box to the poster board. And viola I have the cutest little packages tied up with string.

I seriously can’t wait for the first package to be opened!

Do you make or use an advent calendar?

Supplies:

123 Punch Board

Holiday Card Display

Hello We R Fans and Happy Holidays! Kimberly here today with a fun holiday card display project. I know I always say these projects are “easy,” but they truly are with the great tools and supplies from We R Memory Keepers! There is a small spot in my house, a place where I want to display special holiday cards. This Peg Board was the perfect solution!

Holiday Card Display by Kimberly Crawford

I applied six pegs to the board, evenly spacing them across the openings. I knew that I would be attaching some string-like item to the pegs.

Holiday Card Display by Kimberly Crawford

To the pegs, added red twine. Starting on the left peg, I tied the twine around the peg, with a bow. I pulled the twine across, making two loops around the center peg. The twine was tied in a bow around the right peg as well.

Holiday Card Display by Kimberly Crawford

Then I added small piece of pine pipe cleaners. These are small and bendable pieces that look like pine branches. They twisted easily around the pegs. And, what are the holidays without jingle bells?! I tied the bells onto the pegs with the same red twine, cutting away the excess twine.

Holiday Card Display by Kimberly Crawford

The cards easily clip to the string and pine with a clothespin. Its so cute and homey!

Holiday Card Display by Kimberly Crawford

You could easily change the cards on this display as they arrive in your mailbox.

Holiday Card Display by Kimberly Crawford

How will you be displaying your holiday cards this year?

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers Peg Board

Christmas Photo Ornaments

Hello We R Memory Keepers friends and fans, Becki here to share a fun Christmas ornament idea with you using two of my favorite tools. The new Square Punch Board is the perfect tool to pair with the Frame Punch Board.

Photo Frame Ornaments by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Ornaments with photos are my favorite ornaments. This year, I decided to make ornaments for my brother and his wife. Earlier this Fall I took photos of my nieces and nephews for their family Christmas card. I LOVE how the photos turned out and I knew they would make the perfect ornaments. I started by printing 4×4 photos of each of the kids.

Photo Frame Ornaments by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Photo Frame Ornaments by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

After the photos were printed, it was time to put my square punch board and the frame punch board to work. I used the square punch board to punch perfect 4” squares. This tool makes squares perfectly every time. When the 4” squares were punched, I simply made them into frames.

Photo Frame Ornaments by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Photo Frame Ornaments by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Using dimensional adhesive I adhered the frames on top of the photos. I wanted to keep the photos the main focus of these ornaments so I kept embellishments to a minimum. All of the embellishments and patterned papers I used are from the Fa La La collection from Crate Paper. I love the traditional feel of this collection mixed with a few modern colors of pink and teal. This collection complimented my photos perfectly!

Photo Frame Ornaments by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

These ornaments make the perfect gift idea! I know my brother and his family will love them for years to come. These photo ornaments would be a perfect gift idea for grandparents too! I know my parents would love to have photos of all the grand kids on their Christmas tree. They’re so easy to create they’re perfect for last minute gifts as well. I hope these Christmas ornaments have inspired you to create some of your own with the square punch board and the frame punch board. Merry Christmas!!

 

Square Punch Board

Frame Punch Board

Crate Paper Fa La La Collection

Christmas Tree Garland

Good Monday morning friends! Aly Dosdall here to kick off Holiday Decor Week with a quick and easy Christmas Tree Garland I made with the Banner Punch Board and the Square Punch Board.

Christmas Tree Garland by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Christmas Tree Garland by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

To create this garland, I trimmed some papers from the Crate Paper Falala collection to 4×6 inches. Then I used the Banner Punch Board to make them into banner shapes, and I punched holes for hanging in the top corners with the reverse punch on the board. I made the trees by cutting the green paper into 3 inch long flag shapes and then I turned them upside down.

I used the Square Punch Board to make the tree trunks from some kraft paper in the Falala collection. It was quick and easy since you can punch continuously with the Square Punch Board.

Christmas Tree Garland by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I finished off the trees with some stars that I punched with a Font Punch. Then I strung the pieces all together with some raffia for hanging.

Christmas Tree Garland by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for joining me today. Be sure to come back each day this week for some inspiring holiday decor projects. Happy holiday crafting!

Supplies:

Banner Punch Board
Square Punch Board
Font Punch
Crate Paper Falala collection

Holiday Gift Idea: Coupon Book with the Dial Trimmer

Hello, We R friends! Tessa Buys here, and today I’m sharing a fun stocking stuffer that you can make with a few of your We R Memory Keepers tools, including the awesome Dial Trimmer!

Dial Trimmer Holiday Coupon Book by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

With my teenage son in mind, I created a set of holiday coupons at an online photo editing site (picmonkey.com). I printed the cards and trimmed them out.

Dial Trimmer Holiday Coupon Book by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keeper

Next, I used the Dial Trimmer to create a perforated line that would allow the coupons to be torn from the coupon book. I lined up the left edge of each coupon at the one inch mark and brought the corresponding blade down across my coupon.

Dial Trimmer Holiday Coupon Book by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keeper

This is what it looks like when the perforated line is tugged at. It tears easily and cleanly. I love that!

Dial Trimmer Holiday Coupon Book by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keeper

My coupons are about 4 inches tall and 6.5 inches long, so to create the binding of the coupon book, I used my WRMK trimmer and score board to create a panel of cardstock 8 inches long and 4.5 inches wide. I scored the paper at 7.5 inches and 7.25 inches.

Dial Trimmer Holiday Coupon Book by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keeper

Next, I folded the cardstock along the score lines, then inserted the coupons.

Dial Trimmer Holiday Coupon Book by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keeper

Using my WRMK Crop-a-dile tool, I punched a hole through the binding and the coupons. I secured a brad through the hole, and the punched a hole on the other side.

Dial Trimmer Holiday Coupon Book by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keeper

Once the second brad was inserted and secured, my book was complete!

Dial Trimmer Holiday Coupon Book by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keeper

If you’re looking for a fun little gift to give, these coupon books are so easy to make and will be fun for the recipient to redeem. Happy crafting, and happy holidays!

Supplies Used:

Dial Trimmer

Crop-a-dile

Trim and Score Board

 

Holiday Gift Idea: Christmas Frame with the Basic Tools

Hello We R Memory Keepers fans! Soraya here to share with you a holiday gift idea using the basic tools: the Layer Guides, the Tear Guides and the Circle Clear Cut Punch! Let’s make this pretty frame with Christmas ornaments!

Holiday Gift Frame by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

First of all I used the Tear Guides to create different borders on several patterned papers. Then I placed them on a piece of cardstock to make a colorful waterfall! This tool is so easy and fun to use! The water pen is very handy and useful to tear the paper out.

Clear Cut Circle Punch by We R Memory Keepers

Tear Guides by We R Memory Keepers

Tear Guides by We R Memory Keepers

Time to use the amazing Circle Clear Cut Punch to create the future ornaments! I punched seven circles.

Clear Cut Circle Punch by We R Memory Keepers

Clear Cut Circle Punch by We R Memory Keepers

Now using my Layer Guides, I created two big frames (white and pink) to finalize this decor!

Layer Guides by We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Gift Frame by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

To give a realistic look to my ornaments, I glued some false snowballs in each of them! Love how it turned, it really feels like the holidays! I used some black thread to “hang” them, then I passed it through the hole of the white cardstock.

Holiday Gift Frame by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Gift Frame by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Gift Frame by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Gift Frame by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Here is the final decor with some embellishments and a title “Merry & Bright”. The mini pine cones are so cute!  The final touch comes with this gorgeous black and white bow on the top of the frame!

Holiday Gift Frame by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Gift Frame by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Gift Frame by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Gift Frame by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Gift Frame by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Hope you had fun joining me for this holiday gift idea! You will love playing with the basic tools, they are so versatile and so much fun! Happy creating everyone and until next time!

Soraya.

 

Supplies :

Layer Guide

Tear Guides

Circle Clear Cut Punch

Papers are from DWCV

Black thread Stitch Happy

Alpha stickers

Black and white bow from Maggie Holmes

New Releases!

Hello friends! We’re glad you’re back with us today, and we’ve got some fabulous new releases to share with you! We’ve listened to your feedback and are excited to share the results. Check out what you can expect in stores and online in January.

We R Memory Keepers December new releases

 

Mini Envelope Punch Board

Because smaller is cuter! Make mini designer envelopes easily with the new Mini Envelope Punch Board. It works the same as the regular Envelope Punch Board, but makes 2 inch to 5.5 inch envelopes. They’re perfect for holding gift cards, place cards, whimsical notes, trinkets, mementos, planner accessories and much more.

Mini Envelope Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers Mini Envelope Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Trim and Score Board

Check out the new and improved Trim and Score Board with a new scoring and trimming system that makes it easier to see where you are cutting, a more precise replaceable blade, and a sturdier build with stronger locking mechanisms for accurate cutting and scoring!

Trim and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

Trim and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

Craft Storage Bins

Get a handle on your favorite hobby with craft & photo storage and organization bins. They come in several sizes and styles, from mini to large. Some options have dividers for organizing or a storage case to keep them together.

Craft Storage Bins by We R Memory Keepers
Craft Storage Bins by We R Memory Keepers

Craft Storage Bins by We R Memory Keepers

Craft Storage Bins by We R Memory Keepers

Expandable Paper Storage

Keep your scrapbook and craft papers neat and organized in the new Expandable Paper Storage! It holds 100 sheets of 12 x 12 in scrapbook paper, and is made of durable, acid-free plastic. Use the tabbed sections for customized organization.

Expandable Paper Storage by We R Memory Keepers

 

Thanks for joining us today, and watch for these new releases to hit stores mid to late January!

Holiday Gift Idea: Wall Hanging with the Stitch Happy

Hello everyone!  It’s Eva here showing you how to use your Stitch Happy sewing machine to make a lovely Paper Wall Hanging.

Wall Hanging with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers
I love fabric projects but I have to admit I am not an expert seamstress, I feel more confortable using paper and I love that my Stitch Happy Machine  makes the job really easy!

To make my banner I trimmed my paper in a crest shape and added the little hearts made with felt from the Stitch Happy Card Kit. The machine is strong enough to sew it to paper!

Wall Hanging with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Next I added a cloud shape made with a lovely embossed cardstock from Bazzill and stitched all around with the gold thread.  On top of my cloud I added a phrase with thickers and the Stitch Happy had no trouble sewing it to two layers of paper. Just go slowly!

Wall Hanging with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

To hang my Paper Wall Banner I folded the paper on the top and sewed 2 straight lines. The machine has a guide so you don’t have to worry about getting your lines all crooked.

Wall Hanging with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

I also used the pink thread to make a border and used the scalloped stitch on the bottom.

Wall Hanging with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

To decorate my Paper Wall Banner I made some pompons using the DIY Party Pom Pom Maker and some cotton yarn.

DIY Party Pom Pom Maker by We R Memory Keepers

I hung three different colored pompons on one side and braided the rest of the yarn.

Wall Hanging with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

With the Stitch Happy Machine you can easily sew paper, cardtstock, felt, wood venners and even leather! The threads are thick so they really stand out on your projects.

Wall Hanging with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Thank you so much for joining me today! Wall Hangings are very cute and easy to do, they are definitely a great Christmas Gift for children and teens.

Have a great day!

Eva

 

Supplies:

Stitch Happy Machine

Stitch Happy Card Kit

Stitch Happy  Pink Thread

Stitch Happy Gold Thread

DIY Party Pom Pom Maker

Holiday Gift Idea: Mini Wall Calendar

Good morning, We R fans, Laura here today. The holidays are just around the corner and I am planning out all my gift giving. I love to make handmade gifts when I can, so today, I am sharing a gift idea that would work for just about anyone on your gift list. I am going to show you how to easily create a mini wall calendar using the Frame Punch Board.

Mini Wall Calendar by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Start by printing out the free 2018 mini calendar. Be sure to select “actual size” when printing to be sure each month prints out 3” x 5”.

2018 Mini Wall Calendar (click to download PDF file)

Mini Wall Calendar by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Next, cut out each month of the calendar leaving a ¼ inch border around the edge. The layer guides make this so easy.

We R Memory Keepers Layer Guides

Choose papers to create your calendar with. I am using papers from the DCWV Constellations pack. If you go with a patterned paper pad, you know your papers will coordinate effortlessly. For each month you will need two 5 ¼” x 7 ¼” rectangles of your patterned paper.

Use the frame punch board to create a 1” frame on one of the sheets of your patterned paper.

We R Memory Keepers Frame Punch Board

For the shorter sides you can use the punch board to trim the middle.

We R Memory KEepers Frame Punch Board

On the long sides, you will need to use a paper trimmer to cut out the inside of the frame.

We R Memory Keepers Trim and Score Board

To assemble your calendar, you will glue the cut out calendar into the frame. Then, glue the solid coordinating piece of cardstock on the back of the frame and calendar.

Mini Wall Calendar by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Use the cinch tool to bind your calendar together. I did 5 holes on either side of the top of the calendar to create my binding.

We R Memory Keepers Cinch Binding Tool

Punch a hole in the bottom of the middle of each calendar page. The crop-a-dile makes it easy to go through multiple sheets of cardstock. This will allow you to hang your calendar on the wall from a small hook or nail.

Mini Wall Calendar by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Here you can see each of the calendar pages, plus the front and back cover.

Mini Wall Calendar by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

On the front, I cut out one of the sentiment pieces that came in the paper pack. It says “never lose your sparkle”. I matted it onto a scrap leftover from the patterned paper I cut.

Mini Wall Calendar by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Everyone can use a calendar. And this one is extra special because it is handmade. I have a mini calendar like this that hangs above my computer. You can personalize it with a name on the cover, pictures inside above each month ( 4” x 6” photos fit perfectly), and whatever paper suits the recipient. Happy gift giving!

 

Supplies

 

DCWV Constellations Paper Stack

Frame Punch Board

Cinch Book Binding Tool

Cinch Wire

Crop-A-Dile

Layer Guides

Adhesive

Holiday Card Roundup

Happy Friday friends, and happy first day of December! Today we’ve got a roundup of holiday cards we gathered from our blog as well as other places around the internet. Grab a cup of something hot, sit back, and enjoy!

 

Pop Up Dies

Interactive cards are so much fun for the recipient, and our Pop-Up Dies make interactive cards come together in minutes. We love this ginger bread house card by designer Eva Pizarro from our blog HERE.

We R Memory Keepers Holiday Cards Roundup

Photo Sleeve Fuse

Shakers pockets are a good idea anytime, but they’re totally perfect for the holidays! They’re easy to make with the Photo Sleeve Fuse, some sequins or other bling, and a page protector or plastic sheets. Find these awesome cards by our friends Kreative Kymona HERE and Scrapbook.com user, Queeniooos, HERE.

We R Memory Keepers Holiday Cards Roundup

We R Memory Keepers Holiday Cards Roundup

Next Level Embossing Folders

Our Next Level Embossing Folders create unbelievable texture on holiday cards! Visit the Ellen Hutson blog HERE to learn more about this beautiful North Pole card by Julie Ebersole.

We R Memory Keepers Holiday Cards Roundup

Clearly Posh Collection

Nothing says “holidays” quite like silver and gold, and our Clearly Posh collection is an easy way to add some bling. Visit the blog HERE for more details about this sparkly holiday card.

We R Memory Keepers Holiday Cards Roundup

Thanks for stopping by friends! We hope you’ve found some helpful inspiration from this holiday card roundup. Happy holiday crafting and enjoy your weekend!