Summer Boredom Busters Jar

If you’ve spent time around kids during the summer, I’m sure you’re familiar with the “I’m bored!” phrase that seems to pop up all too often. Well, this summer nip that in the bud with a fun and easy Boredom Busters Jar.

We R Boredom Busters Jar by Aly Dosdall_full

Simply find an empty jar or other container, decorate it with your favorite papers, stickers, or other embellishments (you can even get the kids involved in this) and then fill it up with strips of paper containing fun, cheap, and easy summer activities.

We R Boredom Busters Jar by Aly Dosdall_paper strips

I used papers, a tag, and alpha stickers from the Farmers Market collection. I die cut some pennants from the paper using the Pennants Punch Dies, and then added ribbon and some washi tape (Coral and Chevron) to finish off my container.

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To come up with fun activities you can ask your kids/grandkids for suggestions, and you can browse the internet for great ideas as well. Pinterest has a wealth of summer boredom busters that require little or no set up or cost. Here’s the list we came up with:

  1. Use spaghetti noodles and mini marshmallows to build a bridge
  2. Make sea animals from colored paper plates, stickers, and markers
  3. Create a laser maze in the hallway using red crepe paper
  4. Use straws and a cardboard box lid to make a marble maze
  5. Using a small milk carton as a base, make a log cabin with pretzel sticks and Nutella
  6. Save your toilet paper and paper towel rolls to make a ping pong ball run
  7. Learn how to fold five different origami shapes
  8. Grab some plastic buckets and rope from the dollar store and make stilts
  9. Play flashlight games
  10. Make chocolate chip cookies
  11. Paint a T shirt
  12. Learn how to finger knit
  13. Make Kool-Aid play dough
  14. Play balloon ping-pong with paper plate paddles
  15. Write your own script, make sock puppets, and record a puppet movie
  16. Run through the sprinklers
  17. Read a book out loud together
  18. Make a blanket fort
  19. Go to the library
  20. Skype your friends

Happy summer We R fans!



Farmers Market Paper Pack and Page Kit
Pennant Punch Dies
Washi Tape—Pomegranate
Washi Tape Chevron—Tomato
Sew Ribbon—Yellow

Mini Album Kit

Hi everyone, it’s Traci here and I’m exciting to be posting on the blog today.  When We R sent me some of the new Indian Summer collection, I just knew I wanted to create a mini album with it.  The sunny gold, watercolor blue, and leather textured paper are beautiful and can be used for so many different projects!


The fun thing about mini albums in being able to use all of the wonderful papers and embellishments in one place, layer upon layer!


Even the Indian Summer alpha stickers have a leather look, and I had fun combining them with the 3×4 AME cards to create a really fun album.


If you like this mini album, and would like to easily create one for yourself, I invite you to visit my blog at Artsy Albums.  Not only will you find the details there on how to purchase this mini album kit, but you can also enter my latest GIVEAWAY!  I gave one kit away this past Monday, and had so much fun I decided to do it again!   The latest giveaway will run Thursday and Friday 6/26-27, and I will announce a winner on my blog and on Artsy Albums’s Facebook page on Saturday.

Thanks for stopping by!


Travel Game Cards

If you’re looking for something to keep the kids or grandkids busy while traveling this summer, here’s a fun and easy idea. Make a set of travel game cards that the kids can pull out and browse through when they need something to keep them occupied.

We R Travel Game Cards by Aly Dosdall_1

Each of these six games requires nothing other than willing participants on a road trip or waiting in line. I created a pocket to hold the cards using the Mini Pocket Template Die, adding a flap with a velcro closure to keep the cards secure inside.

We R Travel Game Cards by Aly Dosdall_2

To create the pocket I trimmed a 3″ x 9″ piece of patterned paper and then scored and folded the top down at 1 1/2″. Then I placed the die over the paper and lined up the folded top just below the end of the die as shown below. I punched the corners of the flap with my Scallop/Cloud Corner Chomper.

We R Travel Game Cards by Aly Dosdall_die cut pocket

Then I folded up the pocket and glued the flaps around the back side. I added some sticky back velcro to keep the top closed, and then embellished the front of the pocket.

This set of game cards is perfect for summer travel for yourself or to give as a gift. If you’d like to make your own set of cards you can download a free printable pdf file HERE.




Jet Set Paper Pack
Mini Pocket Template Die
Washi Tape–Onyx
Corner Chomper–Scallop/Cloud, and 3/8″
Sew Easy Baker’s Twine–Black                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   TO

Travel Mini Album with The Cinch

Vacations are one of my favorite subjects to scrap, but I always seem to have too many photos to include on just one scrapbook page in my album. Custom mini albums made with The Cinch binding tool are a great solution to that problem! They allow you to include as many photos as you’d like while preserving them in their very own scrapbook that isn’t as overwhelming as a full 12×12 album.

aly_travel cinch book_cover

I created this mini album using 6×6 inch chipboard as my base, and then I covered the chipboard with papers, tags, and stickers from the Jet Set collection.

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I used some black Washi Tape accents to add a bit of contrast on my pages, and cut apart some numbers from the Souvenir patterned paper to use as page tabs.

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Keeping the same basic design throughout the album adds as sense of unity to the album, and saves time as well!

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I love the fun colors and icons of the Jet Set collection, plus there are plenty of adorable tags to cut out and layer on your projects. Try making a mini album with The Cinch binding tool for your summer travel photos.



Jet Set Paper Pack
The Cinch
6×6 Chipboard
Black Binding Wire–1 1/4 inch
Washi Tape–Black
Tab Punch–File

Creative Spaces Vol. 3 blog hop

We R Memory Keepers was thrilled when PaperCraft & Scrapbooking magazine asked us to be part of the Creative Spaces Vol. 3 issue.


We loved spending a few days with Jennifer and Symoni as they toured our creative space taking photos and soaking in the history of We R.

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We celebrated our 90th anniversary in business last year, so we had lots and lot of stories to tell them about how we started and how we evolved. It’s a story we love to tell. They particularly loved hanging out in Melvin’s office to see all his ancient tools from years gone by.

Join us for a giveaway to win a Washi Tape Dispenser filled with Washi Tape – one of We R’s favorite organization tools.


Enter as many times as you would like and be sure to share it with your friends for extra entries. The winner will be emailed on Friday, June 27th.


Click here to enter:


Also be sure to check out the links below to see the creative spaces of the bloggers and manufacturers you love.

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine:


Cathe at Just Something I Made:


Kristi and Kelli at Lolly Jane:


Beckie at Infarrantly Creative:


Haeley at Design Improvised:


Tracie at Cleverly Inspired:


Carola at Boxwood Cottage:


Lina at Fancy Frugal Life:


Lia Griffith:


Jen at Tatertots & Jello:


Jennifer McGuire:


Jill Yegerlehner/Jillibean Soup:


Amanda Coleman:


Jen Gallacher:

Becky Olsen:


Stephenie Hamen:


Jodi Sanford:


Elle Price/Elle’s Studio:


Mary-Ann Maldonado: 


Michelle Hill:


Sherry Mendoza:


We R Memory Keepers:


Graphic 45:


Cosmo Cricket:


Fancy Pants Designs:


Simple Stories:


Chalkboard Blue:


Stacy Cohen:


DCWV Inc.:


Hazel & Ruby:



File Folder Travel Page | Envelope Punch Board

Do you ever struggle to find ways to add more photos to your pages? One of my favorite ways to add extra photos is with interactive elements such as the mini file folder on this travel page I created using the Envelope Punch Board and the Jet Set collection.

We R File Folder Travel Page by Aly Dosdall 1

The front of the file folder holds a 4×6 photo and some embellishments.

We R File Folder Travel Page by Aly Dosdall 3

The inside of the file folder holds four 3×4 photos–that makes 7 photos on a single page!

We R File Folder Travel Page by Aly Dosdall 4

You can create handy mini file folders like this one in any size for just about any project using the Envelope Punch Board. Let me show you how.

file folder 1

Start by cutting a 7×10 inch piece of paper.  Place your paper in the Envelope Punch Board upside down with the 7 inch edge at the top of the board. Center the left corner in the board as shown in the photo above, and punch.

file folder 2

Move the left edge of the paper over, line it up with the 3 inch mark on the board as shown above, and punch.

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Trim off the bottom tab by lining up the trimmer blade in the valley you punched with the punch board, as shown in the photo above, and moving the blade downward. You’ll end up with one tab on your paper like this.

file folder 5

Now flip the paper over and place the other 7 inch edge at the top of the board with the left corner lined up at the 3 inch mark, then punch.

file folder 6

Move the paper further to the left so that the right corner is centered on the board as shown above, and punch.

file folder 7

Then trim off the top tab by starting the trimmer blade in the valley you punched with the punch board and moving the blade upward.

file folder 8

Your paper should end up looking like the photo above.

file folder 9

Then fold the paper in half to create your mini file folder and add your photos, memorabilia, and embellishments as desired.

Place the completed page with the file folder into your page protector so you can mark with a dry erase marker where to cut a little window in the page protector to allow access to the file folder as you browse through your album.



Envelope Punch Board
Jet Set Paper Pack
Enamel Shapes–Neutral, Cool
Washi Tape–Onyx
Albums Made Easy Dies–Arrows, Icons


Instagram 30 Years of Friendship Album

TGIF, crafters! It’s Amanda Rose Zampelli here, product designer and Friday blogger for the We R team! Today, I am sharing with you the finished gold mini Instagram Albums Made Easy album I entitled “30 Years of Friendship” back in April when the concept first came to me.

01 cover

Since then, I’ve posted about gathering the supplies and my plan for the album, and scanning/printing photos for it.  I plan to gift this gold mini to my friend Danielle at her 30th Birthday Party dinner tonight.

04 thickness of album

To see the complete finished product, 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.

Throwback Thursday

Welcome to another Throwback Thursday where I dig deep into my stash and combine some of my favorite older We R products with some newer ones to create fresh and fun projects.  I love using up my craft stash, and I enjoy the challenge of making older things look new.

We R Happy Card by Aly Dosdall

Today I found some crochet lace from a beautiful older collection called Anthologie. I decided to combine the lovely lace from that collection with the new Script Letterpress Plate set to create a fun and colorful card perfect for saying “hi” to a friend or neighbor.

We R Happy Card by Aly Dosdall_close

After letterpressing my sentiment onto the front of my card, I cut a 12 inch length of the salmon colored lace to create a flower accent. I ran a basting stitch by hand along the bottom edge of the lace and then pulled the lace down the thread, bunching it up as I pulled.

crochet lace flower

After adding the flower to my card I placed a yellow Enamel Dot in the center with some smaller accent ones as well, and then added some Avocado Washi Tape and Aqua Sew Easy Baker’s Twine to finish off the card.

Do you like to combine older and newer products? What are your favorite tips for refreshing older items in your stash?



Script Letterpress Printing Plates
Teal Green Ink
A2 Fold White Letterpress Paper
Anthologie Crochet Lace
Avocado Washi Tape
Aqua Sew Easy Baker’s Twine
Enamel Dots and Shapes–Warm

Exciting News About We R



We are excited to announced that American Crafts will be joining forces with We R Memory Keepers. What does this mean for you? More DIY products for you to love. We’re excited to join forces and be part of this great company.

Check out this press release below that was sent out this morning regarding this exciting announcement.

Related News Release 

OREM, UT – June 17, 2014 – American Crafts is pleased to announce its acquisition of We R Memory Keepers. The move brings together two industry leaders and provides retailers and crafters with the best variety of scrapbooking, papercrafting and DIY products.

We R is an innovator of crafting tools that simplify and enable the creative and memory keeping process. We R also offers premier albums, storage solutions and the Lifestyle Crafts-brand of die cutting and letterpress products.

Sarah DeVoll, president of American Crafts, says that the company intends the We R brand to operate long-term, expanding on its superb track record of product innovation. Many of We R’s outstanding employees will remain with the brand and will continue to develop and innovate under the We R brand.

“This is an exciting new chapter in the history of American Crafts and We R Memory Keepers,” says DeVoll. “We’re very happy to have We R join forces with AC – working together we will be able to provide a broader assortment of top-quality products, a stronger method for innovation, and more convenient one-stop shopping for our customers.”

Wayne Mitchell, CEO of American Crafts, says that previous owner Andrew Hiller ran an innovative company that is an important part of the scrapbooking and crafting industry.

“For more than 90 years, Andrew, his family and team did a great job of building We R into a company that makes unique and creative products,” says Mitchell. “We look forward to decades more of success with the We R brand.”

Mitchell adds that American Crafts is committed – just like it’s been with all of the companies it has acquired – to maintaining the distinctive look and quality of We R’s product offering.

For the foreseeable future, We R will continue to independently operate while thoughtful integration of the two companies takes place. Future announcements to retailers will explain any changes in ordering or processes. The continued use of We R’s quality suppliers for leather albums and quality crafting tools will mean that crafters and retailers should expect the same amazing products We R has always been known for.

Hiller says the sale of We R to American Crafts will benefit customers for years to come.

“We R wouldn’t join forces with anyone but American Crafts. Their character and quality standards are unmatched,” says Hiller. “We R can’t wait to be part of the team.”

New Embossing Folders + Video Tutorial

We R New Embossing Folders

We R recently released some beautiful new Embossing Folders that work perfectly in the Evolution or Evolution Advanced tools. I love how embossing folders take projects from cute to wow in just minutes, so I wanted to share some quick and easy ways to use your embossing folders to step up simple cards, gifts, and other projects.

We R New Embossing Folders Projects by Aly Dosdall

Watch the video below for some quick and easy tricks using the new Embossing Folders.



Embossing Folders–Script, Polka, Butterfly
Inked Rose Paper Pack
Inked Rose Albums Made Easy Cards
Inked Rose Textured Cardstock
Washi Tape–Multi Pack
Envelope Punch Board
Scallop/Cloud Corner Chomper
Crop-A-Dile Big Bite
Sew Easy Baker’s Twine–Pink