One Product, 3 Ways: Envelope Punch Board

One of my favorite things about We R Memory Keeper’s products is their versatility. So, today I decided to pick one of my favorite We R products and use it in three different ways. The product I chose is the popular Envelope Punch Board, and I created three different items with it that I used on these projects.

We R Envelope Punch Board Projects by Aly Dosdall

Using my EPB I made 1) the gift card holder envelope, 2) the paper bow, and 3) the treat holder.

We R Envelope Punch Board Gift Card Holder by Aly Dosdall

To make the gift card envelope I used the instructions on my board to create the smallest envelope, 2 x 3, and folded it vertically with the small flap at the top. Then I adhered the three flaps together, leaving the top flap open, and then added the envelope to the front of my card.

We R Envelope Punch Board Bow by Aly Dosdall

To make the paper bow, I followed the instructions found in THIS video to make a small paper bow. Then I added it to my treat box along with an embossed paper band.

We R Envelope Punch Board Treat Holder by Aly Dosdall

Finally, I made a small treat holder using my Envelope Punch Board. I started by trimming my paper to 5×5 inches. I lined up my paper on the punch board at 1 3/4 inches, punched and scored, and then rotated my paper counterclockwise 90 degrees, lined up the score line and continued the same steps just like making a regular envelope. Then I rounded and folded the flaps, added my treats, and adhered the treat holder closed.

We R EPB Treat Holder and board

We R EPB Treat Holder candy

To finish off the treat holder I added an embossed paper band, the paper bow, and a letterpress tag that I made using the new Homemade printing plates and matching dies.

What are your favorite We R products, and how do you like to use them?

~Aly

Supplies:

Envelope Punch Board
Sheer Metallic Vellum Pad
Sew Easy Baker’s Twine–Brown
Enamel Shapes–Neutral
L Letterpress
Homemade Printing Plates
Mini Flat White Letterpress Paper
Gold Letterpress Ink
Doily Envelope Liner Dies
Homemade Nesting Dies
Polka Dot Embossing Folder
Script Embossing Folder
Evolution

 

Teresa Collins AME Album

The Albums Made Easy journaling card sets designed by Teresa Collins are perfect for just about any event or occasion you might be documenting. But did you know she also designed four gorgeous coordinating 12×12 albums? The Hello Life album and Quoted journaling cards were perfect for creating this senior year scrapbook.

Here’s the glitter album cover:

We R Teresa Collins AME Album Cover

Here’s the 12×12 cover page with a 6×12 DIY flap attached:

We R Teresa Collins AME Album page 1

And here’s a two page spread as well:

We R Teresa Collins AME Album page 2

To create the flap for the cover page I used a leftover portion of a 12×12 pocket photo sleeve that I cut in half from this project, filled it with photos and journaling cards, and then attached it to the full 12×12 page protector using a strip of Gold Metallic Washi Tape along the front and back of the seam between the two.

We R Teresa Collins AME page flap

I added some pattern filler cards to the back, but you can add more photos or journaling too.

We R Teresa Collins AME page 1 back

Here are some close up shots of the pages.

We R Teresa Collins AME Album close 1

I added some hand stitched details using the new Sew Easy templates and black Sew Easy Glitter Floss.

We R Teresa Collins AME Album close 3

I pulled some stickers and papers from the Teresa Collins Hello Life 12×12 Page Kit to supplement the journaling cards. Neutral and Cool Enamel Shapes made perfect little accents to add more detail to the page.

We R Teresa Collins AME Album close 5

It was easy to create the cover page by arranging the journaling cards and photo in a loose grid design. I cut the title with my Cricut machine.

We R Teresa Collins AME Album close 2

I cut the butterfly from Sheer Metallic gold textured cardstock using the new Monarch Shape Die and my Evolution.

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I love that Teresa’s journaling card kits include some unique specialty cards, such as this clear acetate card. I like to leave some of them transparent in my albums–it looks pretty cool!

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I’m so happy Teresa Collins and We R have teamed up. It’s truly a perfect match! Be sure to check out all of Teresa’s gorgeous Albums Made Easy Journaling Card sets and 12×12 Albums.

~Aly

Supplies:

12×12 Teresa Collins Hello Life Album
Teresa Collins Quoted Albums Made Easy Journaling Cards
4×6 and 3×4 Albums Made Easy Photo Sleeves
Teresa Collins Hello Life 12×12 Page Kit
Sheer Metallic Vellum Pad
Gold Metallic Washi Tape
Enamel Shapes–Cool, Neutral
Sew Easy Tool
Sew Easy Glitter Floss–Neutral
Sew Easy Templates–Script, Flourish
Tab Punch–Bracket
2 Edge Punch–Trellis
Monarch Shape Die
Evolution

NSD Week Blog Hop!

This Saturday we scrapbookers will celebrate National Scrapbook Day, so we thought we’d start the celebration a little early with an NSD Week Design Team Blog Hop today! Our designers have whipped up some amazing inspiration for you, and we’ve got a fabulous giveaway that you won’t want to miss as well. Here’s how this works:

Visit each of the designers’ blogs listed below to see their beautiful projects and leave a comment. Then return here to the We R blog and leave a comment with a project you saw during the blog hop that inspired you. We’ll randomly select one comment to win the new Flower Punch Board from We R.  With the simplicity of punching and scoring, beautiful flowers can be created from 3” to 9” in diameter using any paper, in addition to creating leaves in multiple sizes. These customized flowers are perfect for any special occasion such as baby showers, weddings, birthdays, holidays, parties and more.

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If you haven’t yet seen the Flower Punch Board in action, check out this video here.

While you’re here, we’ve got a little spring scrapbooking inspiration for you using the new Farmer’s Market 12×12 Page Kit. This kit includes plenty of papers and stickers to create several full size scrapbook pages like the one below. I used my Floral Burst Lucky 8 Punch to create a border along the right side of the page, and added some yellow hand stitching with my Sew Easy Tool. I love that the Washi Tape colors match with this and all of We R’s paper collections. That makes crafting so much easier!

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The kits also include paper that can be cut apart into Albums Made Easy journaling cards to create easy layouts with whichever Photo Sleeve you select. Here’s an Albums Made Easy page I created. For this page I used the cards together with some stickers from the kit. Again, it was easy to add some Washi Tape accents since they coordinate perfectly!

aly_farmers market_AME page

Here’s the list of designer blogs to visit. Start at the top and work your way down. Each blog should have a list of all the blogs to visit so you can find where you need to go next. If you get “lost” at any point during the blog hop you can always return here to get back on track.

Traci Penrod – http://www.artsyalbums.com/

Shannon Morgan – http://designsofapaddymack.typepad.com/

Jennifer McDermott – http://www.wonkywares.blogspot.com/

Amanda Johnson – http://www.asjmade.blogspot.com/

Aly Dosdall – http://alydosdall.blogspot.com/

Pam Bray – http://www.pammejoscrapbookflair.com/

Rebecca Fellows – http://www.mykitchentablestudio.blogspot.com/

Patti Hamil  – http://www.mypiecesoftime.blogspot.com/

Enjoy, have fun, and Happy National Scrapbook Day Week!

~Aly

Instagram Mini Album

IG inspiration around the web

T.G.I.F. visitors of the We R blog and you know what that means: another post by me, Amanda Rose Zampelli, product designer for the We R team. Today I’m sharing with you Instagram Mini Album inspiration from vast corners the internet!

I shared my plans for one of the gold Instagram Mini Albums on my blog last week and I thought I’d share ways I have seen other people ingeniously use these cuties to record! (You have to see what these ladies are doing!)

To click the links for the above projects, head over to my blog.   Catch me here every Friday, with a fun new project (or part of a project) to share.  See past projects here, here, here, here, and here.

Arbor Day Project

Today is Arbor Day, and in honor of the trees we are planting and trying to preserve today I decided to create a project entirely out of paper scraps. This was a fun challenge to take on, and inspired me to want to do this more often.

We R Arbor Day Card by Aly Dosdall

Here is the card I made with several scraps from my Notable Paper Pack. I trimmed the scraps down to 1/2 inch strips and adhered them diagonally across my card base. Designer tip: a Xyron works really well for this.

arbor day scraps

Then I trimmed down the negative paper leftover after die cutting some butterflies, and added it to my card with foam squares. To finish off my card I added some more scraps at the bottom as a border and sentiment, die cut some mini butterflies, and added some Enamel Shapes.

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Here are some tips for storing and using up paper scraps:

  • Store scraps by color in color coded accordion file folders (found at office supply stores)
  • If it’s hard to remember to use them, try storing scraps with your full size papers
  • Trim your scraps down to usable sizes (ie 12 inch strips, 6×6 blocks, 4×6 blocks, 3×4 blocks)
  • Browse through your scraps once in a while to remind yourself what’s there
  • Use your scraps for punching and die cutting
  • Create cards or tags with your layout leftovers
  • Create a background of strips on a layout

Imagine how many trees we could preserve if we all were more mindful of using our paper scraps. It’s a wonderful way to take care of our beautiful world. Happy Arbor Day!

~Aly

Supplies:

Notable Paper Pack
Butterfly Nesting Dies
Evolution
Game Day White Textured Cardstock
Enamel Shapes–Cool, Warm

 

2 Color Letterpress Printing

Using the L Letterpress for your crafting projects always adds a clean classy feel, but now you can take your letterpress projects to the next level with 2 Color Printing Plates. Take a look at the card I created below using the Typewriter Printing Plates.

We R Multi Color Letterpress Card by Aly Dosdall

It’s easy to create beautiful projects using the alignment guide included with the multi color printing plates. First I added adhesive to the alignment guide and placed it on the upper letterpress platform. Then I inserted the first plate into the guide and placed my paper on the lower platform with the foam guides. Designer tip: make sure the foam guides are flush against the edge of the paper so that the paper doesn’t move. I added Orange Ink to the first plate and then letterpressed the image.

multi color letterpress

Then I removed the first plate and inserted the second plate, this time adding Blue Ink. I carefully closed the platform making sure the two images lined up and ran it through my Evolution.

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Be sure to check out all the beautiful multi color printing plate designs HERE, and watch for them at your favorite retailer soon.

~Aly

Supplies:

Typewriter Printing Plates
Map Printing Plates
L Letterpress
Orange and Blue Ink
Square Flat White Letterpress Paper
A2 Flat White Letterpress Paper
Notable Paper Pack
Orange Sew Easy Baker’s Twine

New Star Ornament Die + Video

I’m sure most of you have seen the beautiful 3D paper star ornaments floating around many of the DIY blogs over the last year. Well, I’m excited to share with you that now you can create these beautiful ornaments quickly and easily using the new Star Ornament Template Die! Take a look at what you can create with this die:
We R Vellum Star Ornament by Aly Dosdall

Beautiful, huh? I chose to create my ornament with some papers from the Sheer Metallic Vellum Pad. I love the semi-sheer quality of these papers!

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The dimensions of the star when fully assembled are about 15 1/2 inches in diameter. The die itself is just under 6 inches square. There are small holes for hanging, and I also tied some glitter floss tassels at each point.

We R Vellum Star Ornament by Aly Dosdall close 2

Watch the video below to see how to cut and assemble this star ornament using the Star Ornament Template Die.

~Aly

Supplies:

Star Ornament Template Die
Sheer Metallic Vellum Pad
Sew Easy Glitter Floss–Neutral

Earth Day Project

Happy Earth Day! Today I’ve got a project to share with you using some material I “upcycled” to use for crafting. Sometimes I like to save packaging (plastic and cardboard) to use in my crafts. It has come in handy several times over the years. This time I saved an 8×8 sheet of corrugated cardboard and it was the perfect bit of recyclable material to use for this Earth Day project. Check out what I made with it below:

We R Potted Herb Labels by Aly Dosdall

To create these Potted Herb Labels I cut the corrugated cardboard using the new Home Made Nesting Dies. The cardboard cut perfectly with 3-4 passes through my Evolution.

cut cardboard

Then I embellished the cardboard labels using some pinwheels I cut from Hip Hip Hooray patterned paper using the new Pinwheel Shape Die. (I left the larger pieces out to better fit with the scale of the project.) I finished off the labels by adding the names of each herb on a banner flag with mini alpha stickers. The labels attach to the indoor potted herbs using some jute gardening twine.

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How are you celebrating Earth Day today? Do you like to create crafts using recyclable materials?

~Aly

Supplies:

Pinwheel Shape Die
Home Made Nesting Dies
Banner Flag Die (from Drink Sleeve Template Die)
Evolution
Farmer’s Market Page Kit–Alpha Stickers
Hip Hip Hooray 6×6 Paper Pad
Brads–Green, Aqua, Yellow

30 Years of Friendship Album

30 Years of Friendship 01 | Amanda Rose blog

Happy Friday, visitors of the We R blog! Another Friday, another post by me: Amanda Rose Zampelli, new designer for the We R team. Today I’m sharing with you Part I of a three-parter project starring the adorable gold mini IG album from We R.  I’m calling the album  “30 Years of Friendship” with the intention to gift the mini book to my pal, Danielle, on her 30th birthday in June.

30 Years of Friendship 05 | Amanda Rose blog

For more photos and details of supplies collected, and my plans with this album, head over to my blog.   Catch me here every Friday, with a fun new project (or part of a project) to share. Cheers!

Easter Sunday Brunch Favor

Here’s a favor idea for your Easter Sunday Brunch guests. You can fill it with cookies, candy, or whatever else you’d like to share with your visitors.

We R Easter Sunday Brunch Favor by Aly Dosdall

To create this favor container, I used the new Large Bakery Box Die and some patterned paper from the Chalkboard collection. I cut the box die twice, and then hot glued the two pieces together.

die cut box

I trimmed banner flags from some 6 inch strips and added them to the front of the box, and then layered a doily on top that I cut with the Lattice Doily Die. To create the bow, I die cut some patterned paper with the new Gift Bow Die.

die cut bow

I love that the die includes guide holes to help you line up your bow just right when you fold and assemble it! To finish off the favor box I die cut a few mini butterflies using the Butterfly Nesting Dies, and I cut a tag with the new Home Made Nesting Dies.

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You can add “Happy Easter” to the tag, or you can personalize it and use it as a place marker at the table as well.

~Aly

Supplies:

Chalkboard Paper Pack
Large Bakery Box Template Die
Gift Bow Die
Home Made Nesting Dies
Butterfly Nesting Dies
Lattice Doily Shape Die
Sew Easy Baker’s Twine–Aqua