Teacher Appreciation Letterpress Notecards

Hi, WeR fans! Jen McDermott here with a handmade-with-love Teacher Appreciation gift!  I wanted to give our boys’ teachers something useful  but also pretty, and of course as a busy mom I was under a bit of a time crunch. I immediately thought of my Letterpress platform and how easy it would be to make sets of cards for the teachers!

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I grabbed my Evolution Advanced, chose letterpress plates and colors, and got to work.  These cards came together so quickly, and the two-step letterpressing was so easy to line up.

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After I pressed the cards, I put them together in a stack with envelopes, and used some WRMK Baker’s Twine and some teal chevron ribbon to tie them up.

Then I die cut the tags using my Evolution Advanced, and stamped a simple sentiment.

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Voila! A simple, but handmade teacher gift! I hope the boys’ teachers find them handy to have in their desk for when they need to send out a quick note!

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What do you love creating with your Letterpress platform? Share with us on our Facebook page, or comment below!


Evolution Advanced
Letterpress Platform
Baker’s twine
Teal ink
Hot Pink ink

Think Big With The Template Studio

Hi there, blog hostess Aly here again! Have you heard that the awesome new Template Studio has launched? Whatever gift you decide to give to the teacher you’d like to honor as the school year draws to a close, the Template Studio is the perfect way to create beautiful custom packaging. From bags, to boxes, to envelopes your gifts will look amazing and let your child’s teacher know just how special he or she really is.

If you’ve already got some of our Punch Boards you’ll recognize exactly what you’re making with the Template Studio–it’s just bigger! Recently I got my hands on the new Template Studio and created a short video overview of what you’ll find when you open your box for the first time. Check it out!

We’ve got plenty of instructional videos demonstrating how to use this innovative new tool along with all the extra templates you can purchase separately, so be sure to check those out on our YouTube channel HERE. The possibilities are HUGE with the new Template Studio! I’ll be sharing some fun project ideas over the next few weeks, so stay tuned. And be sure to share your Template Studio projects on our Facebook page HERE.

Teacher Appreciation Card

Hi there We R fans, Aimee here!

It’s all about the Teacher this week on the blog; I decided to make a thank you card. This is just a thought, but I’m sure some teachers might get a bit tired of the association of an apple so I decided to get creative a change it up a bit Using the Shine Collection.

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I knew I was going to make a 5 x 6 ½ inch card {this is my go to card size}.  I started with making a plain white envelope with the new 1-2-3 Punch Board. I love the fact that the size chart is right inside the flap. {The size I needed is right on top so it was easy to refer to!}

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I then selected my paper from the 12×12 Shine Paper Pad. I just love this paper, and it was just perfect for the saying “shine bright like a diamond”. I cut my paper to 6 ½ x 10 and folded in half with the bone folder from the punch board. Next I found some scrap cardstock that I had, to die cut the diamond using the new Gems Shape Cutting die and my Evolution.

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I actually used 2 different colors and you can see the yellow cardstock {I think it helps make the diamond shine}.

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I adhered the 2 pieces of card stock together, and used foam adhesive to make the diamond “pop” off the card. I also used the Shine Cork Stickers to give the diamond a sparkle effect.

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I printed the sentiment with my computer using the font “parley” and used foam adhesive to adhere it.

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I hope you enjoyed my alternative to an apple idea! Do you have any ideas for teachers other than an apple?


We R Product Used:

-123 Punch Board
Shine 12×12 Paper Pack
Shine Cork Stickers
-Gems Shape Dies

Denim Pocket Gift Card Holder

Hello We R friends! This is your blog hostess, Aly Dosdall. Gift cards are a great way to express thanks for the special teachers in your life. And a pocket card is the perfect place to store them! Of course the first thing that came to mind when I decided to create a pocket card was the unique new Denim Blues collection.

denim pocket gift card holder by aly dosdall

It is so fun to work with this collection! It’s actual printed denim fabric backed with text weight white paper, so it cuts beautifully with blade trimmers, like our Trim and Score Board and our Banner Punch Board.

I used a plain white cardstock base for my card, and then trimmed a layer from the multicolor dot fabric paper. Then I cut a 3 1/2″ x 2 3/4″ piece of solid denim fabric paper and used my Banner Punch Board to cut it into a crest banner shape, which looks exactly like…a pocket! How perfect.

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I machine stitched my pocket shape to the polka dot layer I had already cut, and then added that to my card base.

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Then I added some coordinating self-adhesive denim stickers, popping one of them up on foam squares for a little dimension. I finished off my card with some gingham ribbon at the top of the pocket, and a few gems for a little glam.

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My gift card fits inside the pocket perfectly, and I’m pretty sure my daughter’s teacher won’t get any gift packaged quite like this.


Denim Blues Multicolor Dot Paper
Denim Blues Solid Paper
Denim Stickers
Banner Punch Board

Chalkboard Summer Countdown

With the school year drawing to a close, we thought it might be helpful to share some teacher appreciation ideas this week. From teacher gifts, to thank you cards, to classroom treats we’ve got you covered! Sit back and enjoy the inspiration.

Hello!  Jennie McGarvey here to share with you a fun and interactive teacher gift. I have three school aged sons and over the years I’ve tried to think of gifts for their teachers that are useful, creative and maybe even something the whole class could have fun with.  I’m usually not all that successful, but this year I think I have figured something out.

I thought it would be fun to create cute classroom decor where the kids and the teacher could countdown to those fun summer days!  (You know by now we’re all on countdown for those carefree days!)
So, to start I used a chalkboard that I got for a couple of dollars.  Then, I gathered up a few items.  I started with a sheet of 6×6 paper from the Cake and Candles pad, a sheet from the 6×6 Clearly Bold pad, one of the Lifestyle Crafts Inverted Circles nesting dies and the Evolution Advanced.
After I had cut the inverted circle and the plain circle using the Evolution Advanced, I got out the Script Sew Easy template and punched out the word HAPPY.  I used yellow embroidery floss (3 strands) to make the word visible.
Once the stitching was complete, I used foam adhesive to adhere the layers together.
Once that was complete, it was time to focus on the chalkboard.  I printed out the sentiment I wanted on the chalkboard.
On the BACK of the paper, I rubbed a piece of chalk on the paper.  Then, I layered the paper on top of the chalkboard so I could see the writing.  With a  ball point pen, I traced the outline of the letters.  (On the paper)  When I was finished I removed the paper and I could see the outline of the alphas, which I filled in with the chalk.
Once that was finished, I added a couple of enamel shapes for a bit of decoration.
The point of this was for it to NOT appear perfect.  It is going to hang in a classroom!  I want a child to be able to change the number of days or the message, if that is what is needed.  If I used a chalk marker – it would appear really professional, but not be as easily adaptable to the needs of the classroom.
Now, this wouldn’t be complete without a card to give along with it. Enter the Hello, Darling collection and the new Denim Blues collection for a beautiful and heartfelt card any teacher would be happy to receive!
Summer Chalkboard Supplies:
Cake and Candles Enamel Shapes
Cake and Candles 6×6 pad
Clearly Bold 6×6 pad
Lifestyle Crafts Inverted Circles Nesting Dies
Lifestyle Crafts Circles Nesting Dies
Sew Easy Template – Script
Card Supplies:
Denim Blues Fabric Sheet
Hello, Darling Ephemera
Hello, Darling Enamel Shapes
Hello, Darling Cork Stickers

NSD Pinwheel Punch Board Winner!

We’d like to thank all of you for partying with us last Saturday for National Scrapbook Day! We loved reading through your responses about how you like to use pinwheels in your paper craft projects. You all are some pretty creative folks!

We selected a random winner to receive a free Pinwheel Punch Board, and that winner is…

Hi WRM Keepers!! I have the envelope punch board and I’m hoping to use it for paper bows this Summer. I would love to have a pin wheel maker too, PWs would be fun for any occasion, but my almost 3 year old grand daughter would love them. I can see using them for Spring, Easter and Birthdays. Thanks so much for the giveaway. I am an avid Quickutz fan and increase my die collection whenever possible! LOL

Congratulations Paulette!! Please send an email to alydosdall@gmail.com with your full name and shipping address and we’ll get you your prize ASAP. Enjoy!!

Template Studio Centerpiece

Hello! Samantha here today with a Mother’s Day Template Studio centerpiece. Usually my parents come out for Mother’s Day, and we go out for brunch. This year my parents will be on vacation, so we’ll be enjoying Mother’s Day at home. I thought it would be fun to make a pretty centerpiece for my kitchen table.

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I am really loving being able to create large scale projects with the Template Studio. The directions that come with it are so clear that you get to spend your time creating instead of decoding instructions! The instruction card list multiple sizes to create, so to make sure I’m following the right measurements, I lay one of the guides from the Template Studio underneath the set of measurements I’m following.

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As a base for my centerpiece, I created a large gift bag from silver glitter designer poster board. You can see from the photo above, I used the 16 x 6 x 12 measurements. I finished off the gift bag by using a Crop-a-Dile Hole Punch and Eyelet Setter to punch handle holes, and then thread ribbon through the holes.

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The next step in my centerpiece was to create 3 large scale flowers with the Template Studio Flower Guide and the Flower Punch Board. The very bottom (largest) layer of the flower is an 11” flower and was created with the Template Studio. The middle layer is a 9.5” flower also created with the Template Studio. The top (smallest) layer is a 4” flower created with the Flower Punch Board. Using the Template Studio with corresponding punch boards opens up an even bigger world of possibilities!

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I used stems from the Flower Stem Kit to secure and add a center and stem to the smallest flowers. Then I used This to That Foam Tab Adhesive to attach the medium and large flowers to the small flowers. I put some dry flower foam in the bottom of my gift bag to “plant” my completed flowers into.

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Creating large scale decorations with the Template Studio is so much fun! I really think this centerpiece is going to brighten up my table for Mother’s Day…truth be told, it will probably live on my table for a few weeks after Mother’s Day, too! How will you be spending Mother’s Day this year? I’d love to hear all about your plans, and hope you have a beautiful day!

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Designer Tip: When working with glitter cardstock or poster board and the Template Studio or a Punch Board, place the glitter side facing down, and the plain (glitter free) side facing up toward you. This will make cutting, punching, and scoring much easier!

**Stay tuned for the big announcement with our National Scrapbook Day Pinwheel Punch Board giveaway winner later this afternoon!**



Template Studio Starter Kit
Template Studio Flower Guide
Flower Punch Board
Designer Poster Board Silver Glitter
Designer Poster Board White
Designer Poster Board Mint
Flower Stem Kit
Crop-a-Dile Hole Punch and Eyelet Setter
This to That Foam Tab Adhesive
This to That Double-sided Super Sticky Red Tape

Throwback Thursday: Mother’s Day Round Up

We’ve done some fun gift ideas for Mother’s Day on the We R blog over the years, and with the holiday quickly approaching we thought it would be helpful to do a Mother’s Day project round up just in case you need some last minute ideas. Here we go!

Mother’s Day Printer’s Tray

What a fabulous way to display your favorite photos! Mom or grandma will definitely cherish this beautiful altered item. Read the full post HERE.

Mason Jar Photo Display

Why not try this unique way to display your treasured photos? The Flower Punch Board is fun and easy to use, and paper flowers will last a lot longer than real ones! Get the full tutorial HERE.


Washi Tape Gift Pockets

These little cuties are the perfect way to store wallet size school photos or gift cards for Mom or Grandma. Grab your favorite dies, your Evolution Advanced, and some washi tape and you’re all set! Read the full post HERE.

Instagram Album

These 4×4 Instagram Albums are the perfect size to fit in Mom’s or Grandma’s purse for a brag book. With all the darling 2×2 and 4×4 journaling card options, they’re easy to put together and oh-so-stylish. Check out more album pages HERE.

Cinch Recipe Book

Our Cinch Kits make perfect gifts for Mother’s Day or any other occassion. Collect your favorite family recipes and share them with the women in your life. Details for this project are found HERE.

Have you found the perfect gift idea yet? If not, stay tuned for a fabulous centerpiece idea from design team member Samantha tomorrow. Creative cheers!

Mother’s Day Gift Bag and Card

Hello WR fans! Carrie here today to share with you a Mother’s Day card and gift bag. I like to give handmade cards and gifts and especially on such special occasions like Mother’s Day. We R Memory Keepers makes my homemade gift giving easy. They have a punch board for pretty much all your gift giving needs. Today I used the Gift Bag Punch Board.You can make various sizes of coordinating gift bags to match with your cards. For mine I used the Hello Darling line. I just love this fun and summery line. It is so fun to mix and match with these papers, you will have a beautiful creation with whatever papers you choose.
For my card I first decided on what size card I wanted and made my base. Picking out the papers was a bit more difficult since I love them all but I finally narrowed it down to Merrymaking and Delighted. I cut them into narrow strips and matted them for my background. I used a Teresa Collins Journaling card from the AME collection Snapshots. I trimmed it down and matted that also to help make it stand out. I also used a Cork Sticker from the Hello Darling line along with a Lifestyle Crafts shape Monarch Butterfly die. Slid it through my Advanced Evolution and layered it with the cork sticker. I made a little border using the Doily 2 Edge Punch and topped it off with a scrap of the Radiant paper.
For the bag I used the Gift Bag Punch Board. Measured and trimmed my paper to the desired size and punched, scored, creased and adhered…yes, it is that simple! I decorated the bag with coordinating papers from my card and my Mother’s Day card and gift bag are complete.
Products used:
Hello Darling-Merrymaking
Hello Darling-Delighted
Hello Darling-Radiant
2 Edge Punch-Doily
Gift Bag Punch Board
Evolution Advanced
Hello Darling-Cork Stickers
Lifestyle Crafts-Monarch Shaped Die
Hello Darling-Ephemera Bits

DIY Mother’s Day Framed Art {Free Printable}

Hi again friends! It’s your blog hostess Aly with you today to share another fun gift idea for Mother’s Day. I love giving handmade gifts because I can create something that really fits the personality of the receiver. My mom has always been an elegant and stylish woman so creating a piece of home decor for her with gold foil and glitter was the first thing that came to mind.

DIY gold foil Mothers Day print made with the minc

I started by creating my 8×10 print in Photoshop and printing it with my laser printer. If you’d like to use the same print I did, you can download it for free below. Simply cut your 8 1/2x 11 inch paper around the solid lines to make an 8×10 print.

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Then I covered my print with a sheet of reactive gold foil and ran it through my Minc machine to seal the gold foil to the printed text.

minc machine with DIY gold foil print in heat sleeve

DIY gold foil print in minc heat sleeve

After creating the gold foil print I cut several gold glitter gems using my Evolution Advanced and the new Gem Dies. My Evolution Advanced is one of my go-to crafting tools. It makes an appearance on almost every project lately. And I love that the new dies come on a magnetic sheet in a resealable pouch with holes to fit in a binder for easy instant storage. So awesome!

We R evolution advanced gem dies with glitter paper

Then I adhered the gem die cuts around the outside of my gold foil print, allowing them to extend over the edges.

DIY gold foil print with glitter gem embellishments for mothers day

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I trimmed off the excess and placed it in an 8×10 frame. I love it when my crafting tools make gift giving easier! I can’t wait for my mom to open this on Sunday. She’s going to love it.


Evolution Advanced
Gem Dies
Template Studio Gold Glitter Poster Board