Throwback Thursday

One of my all-time favorite We R collections is For The Record. I love the colors, layers, and graph paper base. And, like most We R collections, its classic designs and patterns are still on trend and look great. But, that collection was released before each collection included Albums Made Easy sets so there are no coordinating 3×4 journaling cards for my photo sleeves.

We R DIY AME by Aly Dosdall

Fortunately, all I have to do is pull out my 3×4 Card Punch and I can make my own! This particular collection lends itself well to punching or cutting out bits for Albums Made Easy layouts and it still looks fresh and new even though it’s an older collection.

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Adding some newer embellishments and some freehand pen outlines updates the feel of the papers and stickers perfectly. And the typewriter-style printed journaling font works well with the theme of the papers. I had no trouble finding Washi Tape in colors that match the collection–I love that We R coordinates their embellishments with the paper collection color palettes.

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So, if you have an older collection you love and would like to use it for your Albums Made Easy layouts, pull out your 3×4 punch and make your own custom journaling cards. Update the papers with some newer embellishments and techniques and your layouts will be fresh and right on trend.



For The Record Paper Pack
For The Record Embossed Stickers
3×4 Card Punch–Rounded Corners
Washi Tape–Onyx, Avocado, Sea Foam
Heart Punch Dies
Photo Sleeve–3×4

Party Garlands With Punch Dies

When creating bulk projects or projects with repeating shapes, the Lifestyle Crafts Punch Dies make them go so much more quickly! For example, it took me minutes to cut out dozens of shapes for these fun party garlands using the Pennant, Heart, Circle, and Square Punch Dies.

We R Party Garlands by Aly Dosdall

I placed two dies on my platform at a time, and with one pass I was able to cut out anywhere from 12-16 shapes.

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Check out the video tutorial below if you’d like to learn how to make these garlands for your next special occasion.



Pennant Punch Dies
Heart Punch Dies
Circle Punch Dies
Square Punch Dies
Inked Rose Paper Pack

Teacher Rosette Badge

Being a mom of five children I really appreciate teachers. So at the end of the school year (and during it as well), I like to try to make them feel special. Here’s an end-of-school-year project idea that you can make for your child’s (or grandchild’s) teacher to let them know just how wonderful they are.

We R Teacher Rosette Badge by Aly Dosdall

To make this rosette badge I cut two 2 1/2″ x 12″ strips of paper from the Hall Pass collection. I punched one edge of each strip with my Raindrop 2 Edge Punch, and then scored them at every 1/4″ with the Trim and Score Board. I then folded the strips accordion style and hot glued the ends together. Then I flattened them to create the rosette, and hot glued a piece of scrap paper to the back secure it.

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I love the look of the decorative edges on rosettes. You can use any 2 Edge Punch to create pretty decorative edge rosette for your projects.

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Once I finished my rosette, I die cut a doily and then added an embossed tag from the Hall Pass collection. I finished off the project with two banner flags at the bottom and a brooch clasp on the back.

While this makes a great teacher gift you could make these rosettes for parties, showers, or birthdays as well.



2 Edge Punch–Raindrop
Trim and Score Board
Hall Pass Study Hall Paper
Hall Pass No. 2 Pencil Paper
Hall Pass Pep Rally Paper
Hall Pass #1 Teacher Embossed Tag
Lattice Doily Shape Die

Letterpress Albums Made Easy Cards

If you’re into using the Albums Made Easy system you’ll be excited to hear that We R now offers cotton letterpress paper pre-cut to fit perfectly with your Albums Made Easy Photo Sleeves. They come in a package of 15 4″x6″ white flat cards, and 25 3″x4″ cards with rounded corners.

All you have to do is print letterpress images in your favorite ink colors, add some patterned paper, stickers, enamel shapes, baker’s twine (or any other embellishments you’d like), and add journaling or photos before sliding them into your photo sleeve.

We R Lettepress Journaling Cards by Aly Dosdall

After printing my letterpress images I added some coordinating patterned paper from the Notable and Inked Rose collections. I also included some washi tape, embossed stickers, enamel shapes, and brads.

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Using my Sew Easy tool and floss, I added some hand stitched journaling lines to a couple of the cards. You could also draw some journaling lines using a felt tip pen and ruler. Designer tip: try to keep your AME cards relatively flat to avoid too much bulk in your album.

Take your journaling cards to the next level with beautiful letterpress images!



L Letterpress
Letterpress Printing Plates–Script, Floral, Typewriter
Albums Made Easy Letterpress Paper
Ink–Navy, Hot Pink, Light Pink, Teal Green, Orange
Tab Punch–Bracket
Washi Tape–Butter, Multi Color Pack
Sew Easy, Floss, Baker’s Twine
Inked Rose Paper Pack
Notable Paper Pack and Journaling Cards
Enamel Shapes–Warm

Albums Made Easy and some Sneak Peeks

Happy Friday, visitors of the We R blog! It’s Amanda Rose Zampelli here, product designer and Friday blogger for the We R team.


Today, I’m coming to you with the latest week recorded in my Albums Made Easy album for 2014. This week, I used some of my very own insert card designs in the first Albums Made Easy kit I created for We R. The kit will not be released until the Fall, but in this week’s spread, you’ll spy a handful of sneak peaks.

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Pocket scrapbooking has been a beloved hobby of mine for several years now, and to get to design kits that are going to be sold nationwide is a dream come true.  I literally cannot wait for you guys to get your hands on them!

Life Album |weeks 20| 06 | Amanda Rose blog

For more photos and details, 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, here, and here.

Cinch Kit: Perpetual Calendar

On Monday I shared a project I made with the Recipe Cinch Kit, so today I thought you might enjoy seeing another fabulous Cinch Kit. This kit contains everything you need to make your own perpetual calendar. You can keep it for yourself, or it makes a great gift as well. (Or you could make two–one for you and one for someone else!)

We R Cinch Perpetual Calendar Kit 1 by Aly Dosdall

We R Cinch Perpetual Calendar Kit 2 by Aly Dosdall

The kit comes with 33 bare chipboard flaps (7 days, 12 months, #0-3, #0-9), a bare chipboard base, and pre-cut binding wire. Plus, easy to understand complete instructions are included as well.

To create your perpetual calendar, first cover the chipboard flaps with patterned paper. I recommend sticking with papers from the same collection, or the same color scheme and style, since the flaps from each of the four columns will be displayed together at some point and will look best if they coordinate well.

We R Cinch Perpetual Calendar Kit 3 by Aly Dosdall

Trim your paper to 2×5 inch strips and round the bottom corners with the 1/4 inch Corner Chomper. You’ll need 66 strips so you can cover the front and back of each flap. Then add the days, months, and numbers, plus any embellishments you’d like. You may want to catch up on your favorite TV show during this step. =)

Next you need to cover your base. Trim a piece of paper to 8 1/16 x 12 inches. Score the paper at 1/2″, 5 1/8″, 6 3/4″, and 11 1/2″. For the inside of the base simply glue on the scored paper to cover it. For the outside of the base, cut along the score lines at 5 1/8″ and 6 3/4″ and then glue the three pieces to the base so the paper fits well when folded.

score cover

Once your base is covered, punch the binding holes with The Cinch tool as explained in the included instructions. Then fold the base into a triangle shape and glue the tops together.

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Punch holes in all 33 flaps as explained in the included instructions, thread the binding wire through the back of the base and the backs of the flaps, and cinch them together. Repeat this for all four of the groups of flaps (left to right: days, months, 0-3, 0-9). To display the correct date simply flip through all the flaps to find what you’re looking for, and then rotate the necessary flaps each day.

Be sure to check out the other convenient Cinch Kits. They all make great gifts!



Perpetual Calendar Cinch Kit
The Cinch
1/4″ and 1/2″ Corner Chomper
For The Record Paper Pack
For The Record Chipboard Alphas
Pennant Punches Dies
Pocket Scrap Shape Dies–Hello, Life, Today
Nesting Dies–Frame 2

Fun Kids Party Favor

If you’re looking for a fun favor or centerpiece idea for a child’s party, try reverting back to your own childhood with these fortune teller party favors. I remember making these all the time as a kid, and my kids now love to make them too. What’s so fun about these favors is that once your child’s party guests are finished with their goodies, they can play with the fortune teller.

We R Fortune Teller Party Favors by Aly Dosdall

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To create these favors simply trim your paper into a square (mine are 10″) and follow the folding instructions for origami fortune tellers found here.  To avoid tearing, score your paper before folding it with the Trim and Score Board.

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Once you finish folding the fortune teller, turn it upside down and use the Piercing Tool to poke a hole in the center for your topper.

pierce hole

Hot glue a tag to a lollipop stick and push it into the hole in the center adding a dab of glue to secure it, then tie on a baker’s twine bow. Fill the favor with your favorite candy and pass them out to your party guests. You could also use them for centerpieces at party tables.  Enjoy!



Hip Hip Hooray Paper Pack
Piercing Tool
Trim and Score Board
Sew Easy Baker’s Twine–Green, Red, Yellow

Sew Easy Template Project

I love the look of hand stitching on cards and scrapbook pages but sometimes I’m a little hesitant to try because I’m worried it won’t look as neat as I’d like it to. I was so excited when I saw the new Sew Easy Templates though, because I knew that I could use the templates and my hand stitching would turn out beautifully.

We R Sew Easy Template Card by Aly Dosdall

Check out this card I made using the Script and Flourish templates. I love the look of the hand stitching, and the designs turned out nice and neat thanks to the templates.

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Watch the video below to see how I made this card and to learn some tips and tricks for using the new Sew Easy Templates.



Sew Easy Templates–Script, Flourish
Sew Easy Floss–Pink, Yellow, Green
Sew Easy Piercing Mat
Sew Easy Needles
A2 Fold White Letterpress Paper
Teal Green Letterpress Ink
L Letterpress
Farmer’s Market Paper
Sew Easy Baker’s Twine–Pink
Aqua Brads

Cinch Kit: Recipe Book

One of the many things I love about We R Memory Keepers is that they really try to make creating convenient for crafters. One perfect example of this is the new Cinch Kits. These kits contain everything you need to make awesome mini books, calendars, gifts, and more. All you need to do is add your photos, and your favorite papers and embellishments and you’re good to go.

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I used the Recipe Book Cinch Kit to create this mini book with some of our favorite recipes. It was so easy since the kit came with all the pre-cut chipboard (tabs included), recipe cards, tab stickers, and perfectly sized binding wire (no need to cut). Plus assembly instructions were included so I knew exactly how to put this together.

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All I had to do was print and add my photos, cover the chipboard with some textured cardstock, add some scraps of paper, some washi tape, label stickers, and embellish my cover.

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I printed the recipes directly onto the recipe cards using my printer and computer. I just had to cut and paste the text since I store most of my recipes on my Pinterest board.

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And I simply printed the photos I found with my recipes online. Easy peasy!


Recipe Book Cinch Kit
The Cinch
Country Livin Paper Pack
Country Livin Chipboard Alphabet
Washi Tape Multi Color Pack
Washi Tape–Butter, Pomegranate, Hazelnut

Letterpress Recipe Card Gift Set

We R Recipe Card Gift Set by Aly Dosdall 1

To finish off this exciting week celebrating the new Evolution Advanced launch on HSN, here’s a great handmade gift idea that you can create with it–a recipe card gift set.

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To create this project, I started by die cutting several recipe cards from 12×12 letterpress paper using the Homemade Nesting Dies.

Recipe Card Gift Set 1

Using the letterpress platform, it was easy to create multiple recipe cards by simply switching out the paper, re-inking the plate, and running the platform through the machine again.

Recipe Card Gift Set 2

I used the category printing plates from the Homemade Printing Plate set to indicate whether the recipe was a dessert or an entrée. I left a few cards blank so the recipient can fill in their own favorite recipes.

Recipe Card Gift Set 3

For the gift box I upcycled the packaging from a letterpress printing plate set, trimmed off the hanging tab, and covered the box with patterned paper and a letterpress label. To emboss the 12 inch border strip I first ran the strip through the Evolution with the 6″ embossing folder on one side, then I ran it through again with the embossing folder on the other side of the strip.

Recipe Card Gift Set 4

To create a distressed look I lightly sanded the embossed design on the paper strip.

Recipe Card Gift Set 5

Once I finished decorating the box, I added a small strip of adhesive back velcro to help keep the top closed. I also letterpressed a label for the gift box and added it with Sew Easy Baker’s Twine.

I hope this gift idea inspired you. Have a great weekend, and happy crafting!



Evolution Advanced
L Letterpress
12×12 White Letterpress Paper
Teal Green Ink
Homemade Printing Plates
Homemade Nesting Dies
Butterfly Embossing Folders
Raindrop 2 Edge Punch
Inked Rose Paper Pack
Sew Easy Baker’s Twine–Yellow, Aqua, Pink