Template Studio: Patriotic Jumbo Crackers

If you’re entertaining family and friends for the holiday weekend, here’s a fun idea for a patriotic party favor–jumbo crackers! Crackers are a popular Christmas tradition, so why not go big with the idea for the 4th of July using the Template Studio Candy Box Template Guide and Designer Poster Board.

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You can add candy, poppers, snaps, sparklers, or any other fun party toys–browse your local dollar store for some great favor options.

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To create these jumbo patriotic crackers I followed the instructions found with my Candy Box Template Guide. All of the templates sold separately include full instructions that can be added to your Template Studio Starter Kit instruction booklet. Love that!

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It was easy to cut and score my Designer Poster Board to the desired sizes, and assemble them into candy boxes.

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Here are a couple of important tips: 1) When cutting the glitter poster board on the front side, you’ll need to trace the blade around the template guide a few times to get through the glitter completely.  2) Be sure to fill your jumbo candy box crackers with goodies before tying up the second end.

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Thanks to the Template Studio you can keep the kids entertained and happy while the adults enjoy some time together with these easy jumbo cracker favors. What would you put inside?


Template Studio Candy Box Template Guide
Candy Box Template Guide
Designer Poster Board
American Crafts Ribbon


Patriotic Treat Packaging

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Hi there We R fans, Aimee here.

It’s patriotic week here on the We R blog and today I created some patriotic gift bags with the new Template Studio & Designer Poster Board. I also created some firecracker treat boxes using the Candy Box Punch Board.

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Using the Template Studio, I made 5.5 x 8.5 bags. I cut the Designer Poster Board to 20×12, and followed the instructions on the cue card that came with the Template Studio. Here is a great video tutorial showing to make the gift bags with the Template Studio.

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I used some American Crafts, Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy Thickers and Toothpick Flags

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…along with some Imaginisce Heartland Farm product to embellish the gift bags.

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To make the firecracker treat boxes, I followed the direction on the Candy Box Punch Board.

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To create a standing box, follow directions on punchboard. After the diamonds have been punched and the lines scored, cut at the middle of the bottom row of diamonds.

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Using a ruler and bone folder score across the top of the diamond.

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Fold in and adhere. To create just the firecracker {without it being a treat box} just skip the diamonds and scallops on the bottom of the box.

Thanks for stopping by the We r blog today. What patriotic crafts will you be making?


Product Used:

We R Memory Keepers
Template Studio Starter Kit
Candy Box Punch Board
Designer Poster Board {red stripe, blue polka dot}
American Crafts Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy Thickers

Summer Banner

Hello!  It’s Jennie McGarvey and I am so excited to share with you a fun and cheerful summer banner I recently created to hang with my mantle decor.


I used both the We R Memory Keepers Banner Punch Board and the We R Memory Keepers Pinwheel Punch Board for this project.  These made quick work of this simple project and I was able to get this hung on my fireplace in no time.

I chose a sheet of patterned paper from the Cake and Candles collection, a polka dot sheet from the Clearly Bold collection and a piece of card stock from my stash for the main parts of this project


I started creating the banner.  I cut 4 3.5”x4” pieces from the acetate paper and 2 of the same size from the Cake and Candles paper.  Then, I used the Banner Punch Board to create my banner pieces.


Once the banner pieces were finished, I made quick work of the pinwheels I would use to embellish the banner.  I simply cut 3” squares from my yellow sheet of card stock and then used the Pinwheel Punch board to do the rest.


Once I was finished punching and cutting my pinwheels I could assemble them to the banners.


I used my Evolution Advanced and Lifestyle Nesting Circle Dies to cut out 6 small circles to layer with my alphabet circles. Once I had those, I could layer the circles and alphabet stickers on my banner.




Now, I have a super cute banner that was easy to make.  The simplicity is not even noticeable thanks to the fun shapes and pinwheels!

Have you tried using the Banner Punch Board or the Pinwheel Punch Board?  Make sure you share your projects using them with us on the We R Memory Keepers Facebook Page or tag We R Memory Keepers on Instagram.



Banner Punch Board
Pinwheel Punch Board
Cake and Candles Collection
Clearly Bold Collection
Pinwheel Attachments
Evolution Advanced
Lifestyle Nesting Circle Dies

Top Ten Punch Board Projects

Do you find yourself in need of some crafting ideas? Do you sit down to create with your substantial scrapbook stash only to find your stash of ideas running low? Look no further, because today we’ve got a post chock full of fabulous project ideas using our popular Punch Boards. Introducing, our Top Ten Punch Board Projects!

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We love this late summer/early fall burlap and flower wreath. This project is super easy to make with our Flower Punch Board.


Flower Punch Board Wreath

This post showing how to use our original Envelope Punch Board to create paper bows is one of our most popular punch board blog posts. We love finding multiple uses for one tool!


Paper Bows with the Envelope Punch Board

Combining our Corner Chomper with the Gift Bag Punch Board makes for a cute and meaningful gift idea for someone you love.


Reasons I Love You Bag

We think this custom gift wrap set by We R designer Jennie McGarvey is so much fun! Using our Pinwheel Punch Board for gift wrapping is genius!


Pinwheel Punch Board Custom Gift Wrap

We R designer, Kathy Martin, shows us that gift wrapping doesn’t have to be feminine and frilly. This Father’s Day Gift Trio she create using the new 123 Punch Board (and some other new We R tools) is perfect for any man in your life.


Father’s Day Gift Trio

How cute is this Owl Gift Bag made with our Gift Bag Punch Board? This project has been a favorite on Pinterest, and would make the perfect back-to-school teacher gift!


Owl Gift Bag

Making a utensil holder with our Pillow Box Punch Board is such a clever use of this tool! You could make one for any special occasion by swapping out appropriate papers.


Pillow Box Utensil Holder

We R designer, Traci Penrod, was really thinking outside the box when she made this elegant Easter basket with our Gift Box Punch Board. Just gorgeous!


Gift Box Punch Board Easter Basket

Coming in with the second highest number of all time views on the We R blog, this mini album made with the Envelope Punch Board is easy to make and oh-so-clever!


Envelope Punch Board Mini Book

We all know you can make beautiful banners with the new Banner Punch Board, but did you know you can pockets with it too? We love this denim pocket card–so fun!


Banner Punch Board Denim Pocket Card

Don’t know about you, but we’re off to grab our Punch Boards and get crafting! We hope this post is as inspiring for you as it is for us. Creative cheers!

Hot Air Balloon Card

Hello! Samantha joining you today for some summer week inspiration. Are you enjoying all the summer fun so far? No icon says summer to me quite like a hot air balloon, so today I thought I’d share a hot air balloon card and matching envelope.

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I don’t have a hot air balloon die, but I do have WRMK’s Light Bulb Garland Die. And you know what? With a few modifications, it makes a pretty fun hot air balloon!

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I started my hot air balloon by cutting the main light bulb part of the Light Bulb Garland Die out 1 time each from 3 different colors of Clearly Bold polka dot paper. I used the Clearly Bold 6 x 6 acetate pad for the body of the balloon. The patterns are smaller on the 6 x 6 pad, so you get more dots on your balloon. I started with the pink dots first, then layered the teal dots in the middle, and finished up with the purple dots on top. To make the bulb look more like a balloon, I trimmed about 1” off of the stem of each die cut.

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I created the basket of the balloon with a die from the Light Bulb Garland Die and paper from the Cakes and Candles 6 x 6 paper pad. To make the basket a bit cuter, I attached it to the balloon with some pink baker’s twine.

I put my Evolution Advanced Die Cutting Machine to use again on the card to create the “Let’s Party” sentiment. This time I used an embossing strip from the Fine & Dandy Embossing Strips set. Before running the strip through the Evolution, I colored all of the raised parts of the embossing folder with a pink marker, which then transferred onto the paper when run through the Evolution. I fussy cut around the raised edges of the “Let’s Party” banner once embossed to make my sentiment banner for the card.

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I made this card a slightly odd size. Instead of the standard A2 card, its final measurements are 4 ½ x 6. Envelopes for non-standard sized cards are no problem when you can make your own with the 1-2-3 punch board. For something a little different, I used Denim Blues Pink Stripe Fabric Paper for the envelope. When using any of the Denim Blues fabric paper with one of the punch boards, it’s best to flip it over and work on the paper (white) side. The back side holds the scoring better than the front (fabric) side, and it’s just a bit easier to punch if the back side is facing up.

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I also used the 1-2-3 punch board to make a purple envelope liner to slip inside the envelope. I’ll be hand delivering this card to my niece for her birthday, so I’m sealing it closed with a hello sticker from the Denim Blues Fabric Stickers, but you can pop it in the mail if you glue it shut instead and add a mailing label to the front (just make sure to add extra postage if your envelope is over ¼” thick).

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…and that’s how you turn a light bulb into a hot air balloon for a summer card. What’s your favorite icon for summer cards? Are you a hot air balloon lover too, or does something else just scream summer to you?



Light Bulb Garland Die
Evolution Advanced Die Cutting Machine
Clearly Bold 6 x 6 Paper Pad
Cakes and Candles 6 x 6 Paper Pad
Fine & Dandy Embossing Strips
Sew Easy Pink Baker’s Twine Spool
1-2-3 Punch Board
Denim Blues Pink Stripe Fabric Paper
Denim Blues Fabric Stickers
American Crafts Primaries Card Stock (purple)
American Crafts White Card Stock
American Crafts This to That Foam Tab Adhesive
Pink Marker

Decorate a Summer Lemonade Stand with the Evolution Advanced

Summer’s officially here so we thought we’d throw a fun First Day of Summer/Lemonade Stand party!  Although the pictures make this look like a very involved project, our amazing in-house team was able to whip all of the paper details up in a matter of minutes, thanks to the Evolution Advanced.
This was an Evolution Advanced project using the following products:

It’s A Cinch With The Cinch!

Hello WR fans! Carrie here today to share with you an easy way to create your own little memory book.  I used the WRMK Cinch Binding tool and after you get done, you will see just why it is called the Cinch!’

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Let’s get started…First I chose the paper and embellishments I wanted to work with (that was the hardest part since there are so many wonderful WR lines to work with!) I chose to work with the Denim Blues and for the album I am using the Cinch Journal Kit.

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Next I trimmed my Denim Blues Multi Color Dot paper to fit around the chipboard cover and back.  I used the WR Banner Punch Board to create a pocket for the front cover to hold your pen so it is always there when you want to put in a memory!

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When it is finished you will have a cute little pocket…

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I then used my Cinch to punch the holes for binding my book together.

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I punched holes in the paper provided in the kit and also in the back cover. Inserted the binding wire and then “Cinched” it together.

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Once this was completed I was able to decorate the front cover of my book. I used Denim Blues Denim Stickers, a little pop dots and some WR Enamel Stickers to finish my project off.

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Once I figured out which paper line I wanted to use I was able to finish up this album in about an hour. How about you give your Cinch a try and see what you come with, we would love for you to share!

Products used:

WRMK Cinch Binding Tool
WRMK Denim Blues Multi Colored Dot 12×12
WRMK Denim Blues Solid 12×12
WRMK Denim Blues Denim Stickers
WRMK Hello Darling Enamel Shapes
WRMK Cinch Kit Journal Kit
WRMK Banner Punch Board

Father’s Day Gift Card Tag

Hi everyone, it’s Traci from Artsy Albums and I’m happy to be back to share a fun and easy Father’s Day project with you.  I created a tag that can hold a gift card.


To create the tag, I used the new 123 Punch Board, an angle Corner Chomper and the trim and score board. To start, I cut the pocket portion of my tag from navy card stock 3 1/2” x 10”, and scored the piece at 5”.


With the piece folded in half on the score line, I used the “angle” side of the pink Corner Chomper to create tag corners.


Next, I created a notch on one short side of the card stock for my “shirt collar” by using the center marks on the 123 Punch Board.  Then I adhered the piece together on the long sides to create a pocket, and punched a small round hole in the back to hold my jute cord.


I cut a piece of plaid paper (from the StoryTime collection) to create my shirt.  3 1/4” x 4 3/4”.  I followed the same steps to create the tag corners and “shirt collar” notch.

I adhered the plaid paper to the front of the navy background tag.  To create the bow tie, I followed the directions for the XS bow on the 123 Punch Board.


Finally I added the bow tie to the front of the “shirt”, added a few buttons and a title.


Thanks for letting me share this tag for Dad with you today!  Please share your Father’s Day projects with us on our Facebook page!  Thanks for stopping by!



123 Punch Board
Angle Corner Chomper
Trim and Score Board
Storytime Plaid paper

Template Studio Father’s Day Mini Album

Hey there, friends! Aly here again with another gift idea for Father’s Day. I wanted to create a mini album for my husband with special journaling and photos from my kids, so I got out my Template Studio and a sheet of Kraft Designer Poster Board and made a DIY accordion fold mini album. The Template Studio is the perfect tool to create this type of album, so let me show you how to make it.

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To create a 4″ accordion fold album from one sheet of poster board, first you’ll need to cut your poster board down to 16″ x 16″ using the Template Studio. (To watch instructional videos for using the Template Studio, visit our YouTube channel HERE.) Tip: be sure to hold the template guides in place when cutting and scoring to ensure your lines are straight.

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Once you’ve finished cutting, score your poster board vertically at 4″, 8″ and 12″. Then score it again horizontally at 4″, 8″, and 12″. Your poster board should now look like a grid with 4″ squares.

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Next you need to cut three horizontal 12″ lines along the horizontal score lines. Begin the top line on the right edge of the poster board at 4″ down and cut until you reach the 4″ mark on the top of the cutting mat. Begin the next horizontal cutting line at the left edge of the post board at 8″ down and cut until you reach the 12″ mark along the top of the cutting mat. The last cut will start at the right edge of the post board at 12″ down and end at the 4″ mark along the top of the mat. (See image below.)

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Once you’ve made your cut lines, start accordioning folding with a mountain fold at the top right square. When you get the the top left square, fold it down over the square below. Continue folding the same way until you reach the end of the poster board as seen below.

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Fold the cut and scored poster board up into an accordion fold mini album as see below.

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When you get to the squares that fold down onto each other, add some strong double sided tape (or other strong adhesive) so that you form a flat panel just like the other squares in the album.

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Once you’ve finished folding all of your squares, and adhering the squares that fold down, your DIY accordion fold album should look like the album in the image below.

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Now the fun part–you get to add photos, journaling, and embellish your album to your heart’s content. I pulled out the more muted, masculine color papers and embellishments from the lovely Hello Darling collection to decorate mine. Then I added photos of my kids and their own words listing 5 things they love about Dad. Take a look at some more photos of my completed album below.

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This fun DIY accordion fold album makes a great gift for any occasion. It would also be a perfect way to display your photos from your Instagram feed. Creative cheers!


Template Studio Starter Kit
Kraft Designer Poster Board
Hello Darling Collection

Create Dimensional Envelopes for Father’s Day Cards

Hello, Kathy here. This weekend is Father’s Day so I recently created this outdoorsy style card with matching envelope for my dad who loves camping, finishing and just hanging out with Mother Nature.


Like most of my card designs I love to create layers and add dimensional elements that makes it difficult to fit into regular size envelopes, if not impossible.


To the rescue is my 123 Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers that allow me to make box style envelopes for my dimensional cards.


This outdoor themed paper is called Lakeside and it’s from We R Memory Keepers sister company, Pebbles.


I even have to dress up the envelope, this one with pine tree and cone chipboard accents.

Hope dad likes it. Happy Father’s Day everyone!