Journaling Cards with style galore

Albums Made Easy Journaling Cards are full of style. Use each card by itself or use them together to create a designer pattern. A design pattern gives your layouts a visual break, and it’s a fun way to give your pages a creative spin.

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This Albums Made Easy layout was created using the Bloom collection.

Power Punch Freebie

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It’s Freebie Friday! Today one lucky winner will receive the Power Punch from We R Memory Keepers. The Power Punch helps you easily punch through paper, thick book board, thin tin, leather, and more with the same power as the Crop-A-Dile punch and an amazing 2” reach. Choose from the “standard” ¼” size or the 1/16” size for more detailed work. Use the adjustable alignment guides for precision punching, and the built-in waste bin for easy clean up. It’s an awesome tool and now it’s your chance to win it.

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To enter answer the following question: what We R tool is your current favorite? The winner will be announced on Monday, so stay tuned.

Layout inspired by Mom

Hey there–Aly Dosdall here again from the design team.  Of course, with Mother’s Day being this past weekend I’ve been thinking a lot about my own wonderful mom.  She’s a beautiful person, inside and out.  She is caring and compassionate, smart and determined, and I am blessed to be her daughter. She is also totally cool and has great personal style.  Check her out in this photo from grad school at Berkley in the late 60’s.  How cool is she?

Other than my dad and her dog, Peppy, my mom’s favorite thing back then was her blue convertible Karmann Ghia.  I can totally see her cruising the Pacific Coast Highway with the top down!  My mom has always had a love for fashion, color, and bold prints.  She never leaves the house without the perfect accessories, but always maintains an understated elegance.  She is well-organized and plans ahead. So…being the scrapbooker I am, I thought it would be fun to create a layout inspired by my mom’s personality and style.  While my mom is not the subject of the layout below, almost every part of it is inspired by her in some way.

I used a clean white cardstock background with bits of bold, colorful patterned paper (from the Feelin’ Groovy collection), inspired by her understated elegance and her love for bold colors and patterns.  I placed paper strips of uniform size in neat columns to represent her penchant for organization and planning.  The column of brads and carefully placed accents remind me of her love of accessories, and that aqua punch buggy calls to mind her beloved blue Karmann Ghia.

Next time you sit down to create a scrapbook page why not try creating one inspired by your mom, or another woman in your life whom you admire.  Jot down some notes about their personal taste, style, personality, or how they’ve influenced you and go from there.  Have fun, and post a link in the comments below if you give this challenge a try!

Guest Designer Adrienne Alvis

Today we are happy to feature Adrienne Alvis as We R’s Guest Designer along with We R’s Feelin’ Groovy collection.

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I was really inspired by the playful patterns and colors of the Feelin’ Groovy Collection for this layout.  Since the photo of my daughter and my niece had some pink in it, I decided to brush a little acrylic paint on the background paper for a pop of color.  I layered some embossed stickers and the yellow “notes” tag around my photo and cut out leaves from the Harmony patterned paper to give the flowers some extra dimension.

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Check out Adrienne’s blog for more inspiration.

We R Items Used: Feelin’ Groovy Collection: Paper (Flowers, Sunshine, Psychedelic), Embossed Stickers, Notes Frame.

Mother’s Day Remembrance Frame

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Hello We R fans!  Aly Dosdall from the design team here to share a fun tutorial with you.  Last weekend was Mother’s Day, and it is truly one of my very favorite days of the year.  My husband and kids go out of their way to make me feel extra special each year, and some very special memories always come from that day.

This year was no exception– I got a lovely bouquet of peonies from our garden, went out to Mexican with my hubby, and ate my favorite kind of cheesecake for dessert.

I wanted to find a way to preserve my memories from each Mother’s Day in a visible way.  I decided to create an altered frame that will allow my photos from Mother’s Day to be on display in my office.  That way I know that each time I see those photos and relive those special memories it will make me smile and remember how awesome my family is.

I found a small frame I had purchased from the dollar store and I gathered some papers and embellishments from the Feelin’ Groovy line.  I think the fun happy colors and patterns of that line embody the happy memories that will be on display in this frame.

First I measured the openings and cropped my photos to fit.  Then I removed the backing of the frame and traced the frame and windows on my patterned paper.

Then I carefully cut out the frame with my precision scissors, and the windows with my craft knife. I adhered the patterned paper to the frame with craft glue, and waited for it to dry completely.

Then I sanded the edges of the frame and openings.  This helps to create a seamless transition between the frame and paper, and to add a little visual interest.

Finally, I added my photos and embellished the frame with stickers and flowers that I cut from patterned paper.

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Now whenever I see these photos of my wonderful Mother’s Day over the next year I’ll smile.  I look forward to adding next year’s photos!

Supplies needed:

Feelin’ Groovy Patterned Paper
Feelin’ Groovy Chipboard Stickers
Feelin’ Groovy Embossed Stickers
Feelin’ Groovy Notes Tag
Orange Painted Brads
Yellow Painted Brads
Art Knife
Brad Setter and Piercing Tool
Dollar Store Frame

Add Tabs to your album

Organize your albums in style with We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch. It’s simple to use. Pick from four styles, punch your favorite paper and finish it off with a clear sticker. You can tab your albums based on a month, a specific events or trips, for each child, and more, and more, and more. Tabs are a fun way to keep everything organized.

 

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Tool Kit Essentials Giveaway!

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Every Friday on the We R Memory Keepers blog, we will be hosting a giveaway. If you wouldn’t mind helping us promote it, we will promise to provide some awesome We R Memory Keepers product. Today’s we are featuring the Mini Tool kit. This tool kit has all your essential crafting tools including a self-healing mat, magnetic ruler, scissors, tweezers, art knife, and brad setter.

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For this contest, please answer this question. What crafting tool do you find most essential when you are being creative.

Happy Friday. Check back on Monday to find out the winner.

Calendar using the Cinch

Create an adorable calendar using the Cinch tool.

1. CImagehoose your background paper and cut 2 6×6 pieces and cover the front and back of your Cinch chipboard.
2. Cut 14 banners for your numbers.
3. Line them up on the front cover. Take that and your back cover and line them up in your Cinch. For the 6×6 you will need to pull out peg number 12. Punch your holes and attach to your wire and cinch that closed.
4. Choose the size you want for your circle and cut out one with the circle cutter and mat it. Cut around that circle with your circle cutter. Attach with fabric brad. This allows the first circle to rotate to the different days.
5. Use your Washi Tape to cover the front of the clothes pin.
6. Using 0-3 on the first set of banners attach your numbers in order. Using 0-9 for the second set of banners.
7. Label your rotating circle with the days of the week.
8. Make little cards with the months and slide into the clothespin.

 

Supplies needed:
2 6×6 Cinch chipboard
Cinch
Cinch binding wire (I used the Kiwi 3/4 inch)
Cinch wire clipper
Antique Chic Fabric brads
Feelin Groovy Patterned papers
Washi Tape- Green
Clothespin
Circle cutter
Magnetic cutting mat