2016 Printable Desk Calendar

Happy New Year’s Eve friends! Aly here today sharing a FREE printable 2016 calendar that I made and with my Cinch binding tool. You can download and print the calendar pages below and use your Cinch tool (or another binding technique) to make one for yourself, a friend, neighbor, or teacher.

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After printing and following the guidelines to trim my 4 x 5 1/2 inch calendar pages, I created my covers. I cut two 6×6 pieces of chipboard to 4  x 5 1/2 inches, then I covered the chipboard with some papers from the 6×6 Crush Paper Pad. I used the Crush Thickers Alpha Stickers and Crush Stickers to decorate the front cover.

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Then I bound the covers and inside calendar pages together with The Cinch and some .75″ black binding wire. I used one of the Crush Metal Clips as a bookmark to keep track of which month it is.

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You can see the rest of the calendar pages below. I selected one of my favorite patterns–the chevron–and included some of my favorite color palettes for the chevrons on each page.

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CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THIS FREE PRINTABLE 2016 CALENDAR:

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If you create your own 2016 calendar using this printable, we’d love to see it on our Facebook page HERE. Share this post with your friends who might like it, and have a super fun and safe New Year!

New Year’s Eve Mini Piñata Party Favor

Good morning, WeR fans! Jen McDermott here, bringing some bling to your New Year’s Eve decor!  I had the pleasure of playing with the brand new DIY Party Mini Piñatas, in the classy gem shape.  And with a couple of different options for sparkly Fringe Tape, I had visions of an upscale Manhatten-esque New Year’s Eve celebration, so I made a classy little “popper” to use for the countdown to midnight—who wouldn’t want to be showered with shiny confetti?!

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First, I wrapped the pinatas with the fun gold and black fringe tapes, alternating. Did you know you could just rip the fringe as you go, no need to snip it with scissors? Easy peasy!  I covered the holes on the top of the gem because I knew I wouldn’t be hanging them.  I added them to my tablescape of a black tablecloth with jumbo confetti that I punched from WeR’s Designer poster board in Gold glitter. So fancy!

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Then, I stuffed them with the confetti and tied on a gold pull tab.

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To finish them off, I added some gold Thickers on the front, but you could embellish however you choose!  A big, glittery 16 would work too!

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Now I’ve got a super fun party favor to go with the toast, the countdown, and the first kiss of the year!

Tell us! How are you planning on ringing in the New Year? Share with us on our Facebook page,  or right here! Have a safe holiday season!

 

Supplies:

DIY Party fringe tape

DIY Party Pull tabs

DIY Party Mini Pinata

DIY Party confetti

Year-In-Review Scrapbook Layout

Hi We R fans, Aimee here to share a layout that reviews the past year 2015!

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Can you believe that my boyfriend Kevin and I have a picture together from almost ever month this year. You have a very proud scrapbooker here. There are so many different ways to display photos from a period of time. Today I choose to go outside my comfort zone make a single layout using multiple photos {this is so very NOT me!}.

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I thought the best way to do this was to use the Photo Sleeve Fuse and some waterfall sleeves. What I like the most about this was I don’t usually journal, and the sleeves allowed me to slip a little bit of journaling behind each photo.

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I used a 12×12 piece of FUSEables paper from this paper pack and this 6×6 paper pack, & mixed with pieces from this FUSEables card kit and pieces from the FUSEables ephemera pack.

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I first layered my {trimmed down} 5×7 photo on top of {trimmed down} 6×6 FUSEable paper. I actually did adhere the FUSEable paper before I “Fused it” that way when I ran the Fuse over the paper, the paper doesn’t move.

 

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I then added all the FUSEables pieces with the fuse to look like I stitched it with my sewing machine. I choose my 6 different photos I wanted to show case in the Waterfall Sleeves. After I printed my photos, I knew I couldn’t write legibly on the photos so I printed up a little story for each photo.

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I then lined up the sleeves where I wanted them and “Fused” the sleeves to the FUSEable paper. I didn’t exactly get them straight! But I think it gives the layout a bit of whimsy. Next time if I really want them to be straight I might trying just a tiny bit of adhesive to hold the sleeve in place while I fuse it.

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I actually really love this layout with all the info it holds, all hidden behind each photo. This past year was a whirlwind and I feel so very lucky that I have such a fun way to preserve my memories. I can’t believe 2015 is almost over! What will you create to preserve 2015?

Supplies Used:

Photo Sleeve Fuse
12×12 FUSEables Paper
6×6 FUSEables Paper
Instax Waterfall Sleeves
2×2 Waterfall Sleeves
Jen Hadfield FUSEables Card Kit
FUSEables Ephemera

2016 Scrapbook Calendar

Hello!  Jennie here with a year ending calendar that is just perfect for keeping for yourself or for gift giving.

2016 Cinch Scrapbook Calendar by Jennie McGarvey for We R Memory Keepers

I went into this thinking how the Wildflower collection would be perfect to work with.  It’s versatile, beautiful and not at all themed.  Perfect for the variety of photos I needed to use.  So, along with my Cinch, I was set!

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I had purchased an $1.00 calendar and cut it apart, only keeping the actual month view so I could adhere it to the calendar.

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Now, the fun.  I printed 12 photos, one for each month.  Then, I proceeded to make, for all intents and purposes, a scrapbook layout for each photo!  On the backside, I adhered the previous month.  That way when I bound the pages together, it would serve as a wall calendar!

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All I had to do was punch the holes, choose the binding and put it all together.  It really was that easy!

2016 Cinch Scrapbook Calendar by Jennie McGarvey for We R Memory Keepers

2016 Cinch Scrapbook Calendar by Jennie McGarvey for We R Memory Keepers

2016 Cinch Scrapbook Calendar by Jennie McGarvey for We R Memory Keepers

2016 Cinch Scrapbook Calendar by Jennie McGarvey for We R Memory Keepers

2016 Cinch Scrapbook Calendar by Jennie McGarvey for We R Memory Keepers

2016 Cinch Scrapbook Calendar by Jennie McGarvey for We R Memory Keepers

 

2016 Cinch Scrapbook Calendar by Jennie McGarvey for We R Memory Keepers

2016 Cinch Scrapbook Calendar by Jennie McGarvey for We R Memory Keepers

2016 Cinch Scrapbook Calendar by Jennie McGarvey for We R Memory Keepers

2016 Cinch Scrapbook Calendar by Jennie McGarvey for We R Memory Keepers

2016 Cinch Scrapbook Calendar by Jennie McGarvey for We R Memory Keepers

2016 Cinch Scrapbook Calendar by Jennie McGarvey for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks so much for checking out how I easily used my Cinch tool to create a fun calendar that I will give to the grandparents for a Christmas gift!

 

Supplies:

Cinch Tool
Wildflower Collection
Wildflower Layered Tags
Wildflower Thickers
Wildflower Stickers
Wildflower Ephemera

Christmas Pillow Boxes with Star Tags

Hello, Samantha here with you to share another way to wrap up some Christmas presents. Today I’m going to be using the Template Studio to create some Christmas pillow boxes with star tags. I have to confess, my husband does most of the wrapping at our house. I don’t really enjoy doing it, and I’m not very good at it either…but making pretty packaging with the Template Studio is so much fun!

Christmas Pillow Boxes with Star Tags by Samantha Taylor We R Memory Keepers

To create pillow boxes, you’ll need the Pillow Box Guide and for the star tags, you’ll need the Star Guide. WRMK’s has released some great designer poster board for Christmas, I chose Candy Cane and Snowflake. I love how red and aqua look together!

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I am wrapping some t-shirts in these boxes, so I chose to make a medium sized box. The finished size is 5 ¼ x 14 x 2, so you start by cutting the poster board to 13 x 16 (you can get 2 pillow boxes of this size per piece of designer poster board).

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The pillow box is a super easy box to make. You just score along the top side of the guide and cut along the bottom side.

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When everything is cut and scored, it’s important to use a good, strong adhesive when assembling the box. I really like the Sticky Thumb Sticky Thumb Double Sided Tape. It comes in ¼” and ½” widths, is super strong, and can be torn off the roll (no scissors needed!).

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Once they’re assembled it’s time to decorate them. I decided to use leftover strips of designer poster board as wraps around the boxes.

Christmas Pillow Boxes with Star Tags by Samantha Taylor for We R Memory Keepers

I finished up by using the Template Studio Star Guide to make gift tags for the boxes. The Star Guide makes 4 different sized stars. I made the smallest size star for my tags.

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You can attach the stars directly to the pillow box with some Sticky Thumb Adhesive Dots, or you can tie them on using some Baker’s Twine or Raffia.

Christmas Pillow Boxes with Star Tags by Samantha Taylor for We R Memory Keepers

These Christmas pillow boxes with star tags are now sitting under the tree all ready for gifting. This is definitely some wrapping I don’t mind doing. Do you like to wrap gifts, or is creating packaging like this something you prefer?

 

Supplies

Template Studio Starter Kit
Template Studio Pillow Box Guide
Template Studio Star Guide
Designer Poster Board Snowflake
Designer Poster Board Candy Cane
DIY Party Raffia
Crop-A-Dile Power Punch 1/4”
Pink Paislee Yuletide
Sticky Thumb Adhesive Dots .25”
Sticky Thumb Double Sided Tape .5”

Last Minute Gift Wrap with the Evolution Advanced

Hello WR fans and happy holidays! Today I am going to show you some really quick last minute gift packaging ideas using the Evolution Advanced. If you are like me, I run out of wrapping paper at the last minute and need a few things still wrapped. Well don’t panic! With your Evolution Advanced you can make a few gift tags to spruce up some old gift bags or to add to envelopes or gift card holders.

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First I used the WRMK Holiday Embossing strips and wrapped them around some WRMK DIY Party Paper (I told you I would use this again…it is awesome!).

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I ran it through the Evolution Advanced which created a wonder embossed sentiment on my paper.

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I then chose a die to use and ran it through the Advanced again to create the base of my tags. For the first one I attached my tag to a bow that I made with the WRMK 1-2-3 Punch Board and Clearly Posh 12×12. I added a foam dot and stuck it to the front of my boring gift card holder.

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For my second one I had an old gift bag that was just plain green so I added a few pieces of scrap paper and my embossed tag and my bag was good to go!

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Then I made these cute little envelope closers for all of my Christmas cards.

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I made all of these projects in about 30 minutes so the next time you run out of paper or just want to liven up that boring envelope…reach for your Evolution Advanced and start creating. The possibilities are endless!

Products used:

WRMK Evolution Advanced

WRMK Holiday Embossing Strips

WRMK DIY Party 12×12 Paper Pad

Lifestyle Crafts Pocket Scrap Starter Dies

Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Circles

Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Scallops

American Crafts This to That Foam Dots

Mini Piñata Holiday Gift Boxes

Hello friends, Aly here with you again. Our darling new Mini Piñatas are perfect for parties, but if you need a last minute gift packaging idea, the Mini Piñatas make perfect gift boxes for small toys or goodies too.

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To make these mini piñata holiday gift boxes I first threaded a 12″ length of raffia through the holes in the flaps, and then covered the boxes with some black and white paper from some of my favorite older We R collections.
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Then I added some gold Fringe Tape around the edges and embellished the tops of the boxes. I used my 123 Punch Board to create a medium size paper bow for the first box.

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Then I layered a gold bow from the Clearly Posh collection on top, and added a few bits of gold DIY Party Confetti.

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To embellish the second box I created a festive paper poinsettia using the reverse punch of my Flower Punch Board.

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I punched five 1 1/2″ squares and five 1″ squares, and then punched them into leaf shapes. Then I curled them with the curling tool from my Flower Punch Board, and layered them on the front of the box. To create the center, I rolled a 4″ strip of gold Fringe Tape, trimmed it, and hot glued it to the center of the poinsettia. Then I added some small white enamel dots around it.

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To finish off my gift boxes, I printed the words “pull here” on plain white cardstock, cut them into 3 1/2 x 1 strips, and punched them with the DIY Party Tag Punch. Then I tied them onto the raffia I had threaded through the flap openings.

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Thanks for letting me share this fun gift packaging idea with you today. To see one more festive holiday project using the new Star Mini Piñatas and the Heidi Swapp Minc, visit my blog HERE.

Star Mini Pinata Ornament Favor by Aly Dosdall

If you create a project with the new Mini Piñatas, be sure to share it on our Facebook page HERE.

 

Supplies:

DIY Party Star Mini Piñatas
Gold Fringe Tape
123 Punch Board
Flower Punch Board
DIY Party Cardstock Pad
Clearly Posh Acetate Bows
Enamel Shapes–Neutral
DIY Party Gold and Silver Confetti
DIY Party Raffia

Holiday Treat Boxes with the 123 Punch Board

During the last few days before Christmas we’ll be sharing some great ideas for last minute gift packaging for goodies, neighbor gifts, friend gifts, and more. Samantha get us started with some pretty String Tie Boxes she made with the 123 Punch Board. Enjoy!

Hello, Samantha here to have a little fun with holiday gifting. This time of year it seems like I can never have enough little boxes for packaging treats and hostess gifts. Today I’m going to show you how to make some string tie treat boxes using the 123 Punch Board, so you’ll always have plenty of pretty packaging on hand.

String Tie Treat Boxes by Samantha Taylor for We R Memory Keepers

Tie up boxes are similar to the regular gift box you can make with the 123 Punch Board, but instead of a flat top, you get a more domed top that you tie up with string or ribbon. To make these stand out even more I made them see through. One I made see through with a window, and the other was made see through by using Clearly Posh acetate to create the box.

You can find detailed instructions for the tie up box in the booklet that’s included with the 123 Punch Board, but I’m also going to share a few photos of my process here.

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Start by choosing the size box you want to make. Follow the directions for punching and scoring, however, you can skip scoring any of the C lines.

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You need to cut 2 of the sides away from the box. You can see in the photo above where I’ve made my cuts. If your box is taller than it is wide (my red box is taller than wide, my see through box is not), you will need to trim your flaps down or they won’t fit inside the box. Above, you can see pencil lines drawn where I will be cutting my flaps down. You can also see the pencil lines I have drawn that I will be using to cut my window into my box.

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Here’s what the box looks like all cut up, before it’s assembled.

String Tie Treat Boxes by Samantha Taylor for We R Memory Keepers

I like to use Sticky Thumb Adhesive Dots to assemble my boxes. They’re strong enough to hold the boxes together, but they’re almost invisible when used with acetate. I filled this box with some yummy caramel filled chocolate cookies.

String Tie Treat Boxes by Samantha Taylor for We R Memory Keepers

I filled the Clearly Posh box with letterpress coasters (you can find a tutorial for making this great hostess gift here). For both boxes, I used ribbon from American Crafts Christmas Ribbon Value Pack to tie up the top.

String Tie Treat Boxes by Samantha Taylor for We R Memory Keepers

No matter what you put in them, string tie treat boxes are a pretty and fun way to wrap up Christmas cookies and gifts! Have you tried making string tie boxes with the 123 Punch Board?

 

Supplies

1-2-3 Punch Board
Designer Poster Board Candy Cane
Clearly Posh Confetti Dot Silver
Trim & Score Board
Crop-A-Dile ¼” Hole Punch
DIY Tag Punch
Sticky Thumb Adhesive Dots
American Crafts Premium Ribbon Value Pack Christmas

Pom Pom Snowballs + Free Printable Tags

Hi We R Fans, Aimee here to share a holiday gift idea with you. I am so excited to share these “California” pom pom snowballs.  I think it would so be cute if Santa left these under the tree (or in stockings) for kids of all ages.

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Here in sunny California we don’t get snow, so I decided to make these pom pom snowballs.

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I started out making some white pom poms with different types of yarn using the We R Pom Pom Makers. I used the large and medium sized ones for this project. You can see how to make the pom poms in THIS POST.

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After I had made quite a few pom poms, I decided I wanted to be able to gift these, and how cute would a box from the Clearly Posh acetate pad be. So I got out my 1-2-3 Punchboard and created a 4x4x4 box!

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I stuffed the box full of “snowballs” and tied the box up with some yarn. I created the “California snowball fight” tag and tied on that cute little gold deer (from Heidi Swapp found at JoAnn).

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Shhh don’t tell, but I love to bombard my boyfriend with a friendly “snowball fight”! Every once in awhile he will be sitting on the couch playing on his iPad and out from nowhere he gets attacked by “snowballs”!

I designed the “California Snowball Fight” tag, but then remembered other places get snow so I made the “indoor snowball fight” tag! You can download the free tags below.

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Ca Snowball Fight

Supplies Used