Year In Review Mini Album

Hello We R Memory Keepers friends and fans, Becki here to share a fun “Year in Review” mini album with you. I used three of my favorite We R Memory Keepers tools to create this mini album. I absolutely love how this album came together. When I started creating the album I thought that I would include 5-10 of my favorite photos from 2017. As I gathered photos, I realized that there was no way to narrow down the number of photos to 10 to tell the story of our year. 2017 was a very eventful year for our family. This year in review album has over 20 photos.

Year In Review Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

 

I streamlined the creative process by printing all my photos at 4×4. In this album all the photos are on the right side and the journaling is on the left. To create a space for all the journaling, I used the frame punch board to create 3 ½ x 3 ½ square frames.

Year In Review Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Then, I printed the journaling to fit inside the frame.

On a few of the pages, I used the clear cut punch to create a window so that the reader could get a sneak peek of the photo that was on the next page.

Year In Review Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Year In Review Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

It was so easy to create a cute heart window using the clear cut punch. I love that I was able to move the punch around the page so that I could make the heart window where ever I wanted to on the page.

Year In Review Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Even though, the album contains a LOT more photos than I originally intended, I love the story that it tells.

Year In Review Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Year In Review Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Using a few of my favorite tools from We R Memory Keepers made creating this album so easy and fun. Thank you for stopping by the We R Memory Keepers blog. Happy 2018 my friends!

 

Supplies:

Frame Punch Board

Clear Cut Heart Punch

Crop-a-dile

Crate Paper Carousel Collection

Throwback Thursday: Photo Lights New Year Decor

Good morning We R readers. I can’t believe that this year is already coming to an end and we are getting ready to embark on a brand new fresh start. Once the holiday decor goes down, it can feel a little bare in my home so I like to add some warmth back in to keep away the cold, dreary days of winter.

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I love the new Photo Lights photo frames that were recently released. You print out your design on special backlit film that you can print out right from your home computer.

I thought it would be fun to create a glittery happy new year photo that I could display to celebrate the new year. I started by designing an 8 inch x 8 inch design in Photoshop Elements.

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Note: To use this photo, simply right-click and save the image.

The backlit photo paper comes in 8 ½ x 11 inch sheets. I printed my image and then trimmed it to fit on the frame.

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You can see right through the image, but it is still very clear.

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The photo frames are so easy to use. The front attaches with little magnets in each corner.

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Add your special photo paper to the frame, secure it to the front with the acrylic magnetic photo cover, add your batteries and turn it on. It even has a timer so you can have your frame turn on and off when you would like.

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I created a little light garland behind the frame using the DIY Party lights and some gold tassels. The DIY Party line makes it easy to add some sparkle and shine to any project.

The frame looks even prettier in person. It is sparkly and fun – perfect for ringing in the new year! And I can easily change out the frame when I am done celebrating.

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Supplies:

Photolights Frame

Photolights Backlit Film Paper

DIY Party Gold Glitter Light Strand

DIY Party Gold Pinata Pull Tab

New Year Card with the Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Hello We R Fans! Happy almost New Year! Kimberly here with a fun card to send to celebrate the new year! I have several friends who send New Year cards, rather than Christmas cards, so this idea is perfect. For me, these cards are going to be the perfect invitation to our celebration! My husband is a fabulous cook and makes the most delicious Chinese food. Now that’s the way to ring in the New Year!

New Year Card with the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

 

I used the Mini Alphabet Punch Board to create the numbers on this card. I love how quick and easily I can customize any project with this tool!

New Year Card with the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

 

 

I created each of the numbers from gold glitter paper. The size of the numbers was perfect for a standard A2 card. To make the numbers pop off the card more, I used dimensional adhesive.

New Year Card with the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers
To each of the numbers I added stars and a few sequins, to kick the sparkle up a notch. It is a celebration after all!

New Year Card with the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

How will you be celebrating the New Year? I wish you all the best in 2018!

New Year Card with the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers

Crate Paper

American Crafts

 

New Years Eve Photo Backdrop

Hello and welcome back to the blog for my last post for 2017!

What better way to capture the fun and excitement of ringing in the New Year than a few snaps against a fun backdrop! Read on to see how you can create your own photo area in your home using the DIY Party Board and Circle Clear Cut Punch.

New Years Eve Photo Backdrop by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Fun photos are not complete without a few props! I’ve used my DIY Party Board  to put together some little party hat headbands. I’ve used some plain store-bought bands and some 12×12 sheets of paper from my DCWV Indigo Craft & Champagne Stack.

DIY Party Board by We R Memory Keepers

The DIY Party Board  has measurements printed directly on to the product. This is super handy for a quick reference when putting together some of the many fun items you can create using this clever board.

For the larger size party hat, I used measurements for the guide marked ‘A’ at the corresponding numbers for that size hat – 11 and cut along the edge. I then made a second cut, using the ‘C’ guide at 3. This gives you the cone shape.

For the smaller hat, I used the ‘C’ guide at 7 and again at 1 (as shown below). I rolled the cones and adhered using strong adhesive tape so they wouldn’t pop open during use.

The cones were then glued to the band using a hot glue gun. I did have several attempts, which weren’t very satisfactory. I found making two small incisions near the bottom of the hat on both sides where they met the band, gave the band a bit more flex and the cone stayed adhered to the band.

Finally, some finishing touches came in the form of some DIY Party Gold Fringe Tape. I rolled some up and popped it inside the top of the smaller hat and also used it along the base of the larger hat.

New Years Eve Photo Backdrop by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers 

Here you can see our cute party hat headbands in action!

New Years Eve Photo Backdrop by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The background for our photoshoot was created using my Circle Clear Cut Punch some more of the pretty Indigo and gold foil DCWV papers as well as some silver and gold metallic Bazzill cardstock.

I used the circle punch all over the 12×12 sheets and punched as many circles as I could get out of a sheet. I know I gush about these punches all the time, but they are definitely a favourite product of mine from this year’s releases! 

Clear Cut Circle Punch by We R Memory Keepers

I sewed a combination of circles together using my sewing machine. Each strand had 15 circles and was long enough for head and shoulders images. If you want more people in your photos, simply make your strands longer.

New Years Eve Photo Backdrop by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

New Years Eve Photo Backdrop by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I used temporary adhesive to stick my strands to the wall. (In Australia it’s called Blu Tack.)

New Years Eve Photo Backdrop by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers 

The last thing left to do was create some handheld props in the form of the year and some gems, handcut from the sheet of journaling spots in the DCWV 12×12 stack.

New Years Eve Photo Backdrop by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
The 2018 prop was created using my Mini Alphabet Punch Board and some gold foil paper from a mini 3×5 paper pad, designed especially for use in Alphabet Punch Boards.

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We had such fun creating these pictures. Beautiful memories of a year that seems to have just flown!

New Years Eve Photo Backdrop by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers 

This year has been both challenging and amazing and I so look forward to what a new year, full of possibilities will bring. Wishing you a magical 2018!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

 DIY Party Board

DIY Party Gold Fringe Tape

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Circle Clear Cut Punch

DCWV 12×12 Indigo Craft & Champagne Stack

 

2018 Planner Calendar Insert | Free Printable

Hello, and Merry Christmas friends! It’s Aly here today, and I hope you’re enjoying the holiday and spending lots of precious time with loved ones. I’ve got a gift for you today–a free printable 2018 planner calendar!

Planner Calendar Inserts by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I created monthly calendar inserts for my Heidi Swapp personal planner. I like to put these at the beginning of each month in my planner as a quick date reference.

Planner Calendar Inserts by Aly Dosdall

I printed the planner calendar inserts on plain white cardstock, and then cut them out with my Trim and Score Board. These inserts are 4 x 7 1/4 inches–the perfect size for the Heidi Swapp personal planner.

 

If you’d like to print your own, you can download the free pdf file by clicking the link below.

2018 Planner Calendar

The inserts come two to a sheet, so you’ll need 6 sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 inch cardstock. Once you trim them, you can use the Planner Punch Board to add them to your planner. I used the spiral punch insert since my planner is spiral bound.

I also added a decorative strip of washi tape that I cut with the Washi Chomper. I love that little tool and find myself using it all the time. I found that adding the washi tape before punching the insert with the Planner Punch Board worked the best.

Planner Calendar Inserts by Aly Dosdall

Planner Calendar Inserts by Aly Dosdall

To complement my monthly calendar inserts, I decorated the opposite page with embellishments from the Heidi Swapp Memory Planner Embellishment Kit, and a few stickers from the Chasing Dreams collection by Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper.

Planner Calendar Inserts by Aly Dosdall

Planner Calendar Inserts by Aly Dosdall

If you’re not a planner fan, you can still use this free printable 2018 calendar. You can print it and bind the pages with the Cinch binding tool along the left edge. There’s extra room there for binding. Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you enjoy this little gift and have a Merry Christmas!

Planner Calendar Inserts by Aly Dosdall

Supplies:

Trim and Score Board
Planner Punch Board
Spiral Inserts
Washi Chomper
Washi Tape
Heidi Swapp Personal Planner
Heidi Swapp Memory Planner Embellishment Kit
Crate Paper Chasing Dreams Stickers

 

 

 

Holiday Treat Packaging Roundup

Happy Friday friends! So, are you ready for Christmas? Are you baking this weekend? Or maybe you’ve got a few more last minute gifts to take care of? Well, we’ve got some fabulous inspiration for sharing treats and baked goods this Christmas weekend, so sit back, relax, and get ready for something sweet!

We R Memory Keepers Holiday Treat Roundup

123 Punch Board Cookie Boxes

Not only are these pretty boxes made with the 123 Punch Board filled with yummy treats, but there’s also a fun interactive suprise inside made with the Mini Alphabet Punch Board! CLICK HERE for the full tutorial and a delicious sugar cookie recipe.

Christmas Cookie Boxes by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Christmas Cookie Boxes by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Christmas Tree Cereal Treats

Dress up your serving platter with a festive DIY Party Mini Piñata! Add a strand of Christmas lights inside and your goodies will be sure to impress. You can find the how-to along with a recipe for these yummy cereal bars HERE.

Christmas Tree Piñata Platter by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Photo Sleeve Fuse Cookie Pouches

Create easy clear pouches for your holiday goodies with the Photo Sleeve Fuse and some plastic page protectors or sheets. That way your recipient will get to see the sweets inside–so fun! CLICK HERE for a tutorial and some free printable tags from the Damask Love blog.

Photo Sleeve Fuse Cookie Pouches by Damask Love

Photo Sleeve Fuse Cookie Pouches by Damask Love

Christmas Goodie Bags

Make easy and adorable treat bags with the Goodie Bag Guide and glassine papers. Find out how on the blog HERE, plus grab a recipe for some homemade caramel popcorn while you’re there.

Christmas Goodie Bags by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Christmas Recipe Book

Gather your favorite holiday recipes in a custom book made with The Cinch binding tool. You can make one for yourself, or give one away as a gift! CLICK HERE for more photos and details.

Christmas Recipe Book with The Cinch

Thanks for stopping by today. We hope you’ve found some helpful inspiration for your holiday baking and gifting. Have a great weekend, and Happy Holidays!

Throwback Thursday: Holiday Candy Boxes

The Template Studio is perfect for creating larger scale gift or treat packaging. All you need is a large sheet of poster board, which you can find HERE or at an office supply or school supply store. Check out the holiday candy boxes I made with my Template Studio below, and then scroll down for a yummy caramel corn recipe to fill your candy boxes with!

Hello friends, Aly here with you again today. I’m sharing a set of Holiday Candy Boxes I created with the Candy Box Guide and some of the Holiday Designer Poster Board. I love the unique custom gift wrap that I can create with the Template Studio. These DIY candy boxes will really make my treats stand out this holiday season.

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It was easy to follow the instruction guide included with the templates and make several different sizes of candy boxes with my poster board scraps.

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I dressed up my boxes with some rosettes and tags I made using tools and papers from the new DIY Party collection. I love how quick and easy scoring and cutting paper is when using the new Fringe and Scoring Board. It sure saves time to score or cut 5 lines simultaneously! And I love the decorative edge that the Rosette Punch adds–so pretty.

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The Tag Punch is a must-have tool for any crafter! It’s versatile, making 3 different size tags, and it’s easy to use. It took me all of two minutes to make custom coordinating tags for my gift boxes. Love that!

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With the Template Studio it’s so easy to create large scale custom gift wrapping and party decor. You’ll never need to buy gift boxes or bags from the store again. Stay tuned this week to see more Template Studio project inspiration!

Supplies:

Template Studio Starter Kit
Candy Box Guide
Designer Poster Board
Holiday Designer Poster Board
DIY Party 12×12 Patterned Paper Pack
DIY Party 12×12 Cardstock Pack
Fringe and Score Board
Rosette Punch
Tag Punch
Baker’s Twine

 

Cinnamon Caramel Corn with Pecans and White Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 12 C popped popcorn (about 1/2 C kernels)
  • 1 C roughly chopped pecans
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 3/4 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 C karo syrup (or honey makes a good substitution)
  • 1 stick real butter (1/2 C)
  • 4 oz almond bark (about 3 squares)

Method:

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Place popcorn and chopped pecans in a large bowl and set aside.

Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a 4 C capacity microwave safe bowl. Mix well. Chop butter into chunks and place on top of sugar mixture. Pour corn syrup over the top of everything. Microwave on high for 30 seconds and then stir to combine. Return to microwave and heat for 2 minutes. Remove and stir and then microwave for 2 minutes more.

Remove from microwave and add in vanilla and baking soda. Stir to combine. Mixture will foam and rise. Pour caramel mixture over popcorn and pecans and stir very well so everything is well coated.

Spread popcorn mixture onto a foil-lined jelly roll pan. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and spread out on a large piece of parchment, waxed paper, or foil.

Melt almond bark according to package instructions. Drizzle over popcorn mixture. When almond bark is hardened and popcorn is cool, break into chunks and enjoy!

Holiday Treats with the DIY Party Board

Hello We R Memory Keepers fans! Soraya here to share some holiday treats to offer to your family and friends because Christmas is around the corner! It’s the most wonderful time of the year and at We R Memory Keepers we have the best tools to inspire you creating cute and fun treats!

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

To make these five boxes and pouches I used the amazing DIY Party Board. This board allows you to create so many different projects! We’ll be making a little basket, a treat pouch, a chocolate bar paper wrap, a French fry cone and a Christmas tree! So you’ll need patterned papers, scissors, felt, embellishments and the Circle Clear Cut Punch.

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Santa’s basket:  use the DIY Party Board to create a big cup wrap with a 10×10 red patterned paper. Add a thin strip of paper to create the handle of the basket and cut some pieces of felt to create Santa’s belt and some snow all around the cup. Place some yummy chocolate in a plastic bag before putting them into the basket!

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Treat pouch:  use a 9×9 patterned paper to create the pouch. Fill it with delicious sweets and add a bow to decorate it! You can add more glittering washi tape and foam stickers (like the tree).

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

The candy cone: use a 7×7 patterned paper to create a french fry cone and decorate it with a border of gold fringe and some silver stars! Now you just need to fill it with chocolate and candy canes. So cute!

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

The Christmas tree: use a 6×6 patterned paper to create the shape of a mini party hat that will turn into a Christmas tree! Add a star on top and some red baker’s twine all around the tree as a garland. Stick some pearls and use the Circle Clear Cut Punch to create a circle base that will be the chocolate holder! So fun to hide the chocolate inside the tree!

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

The chocolate bar: use a 6×6 patterned paper to create a snow cone wrap! This wrap will perfectly fit the chocolate bar! Add some baker’s twine and holiday embellishments.

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Aren’t they so cute?!

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Hope you had fun joining me, happy creating and happy holidays to everyone!

Soraya.

Supplies :

Christmas Treat Boxes with the 123 Punch Board

Hello everyone!  It’s Eva here today bringing you a festive Candy Box with a window and a big bow made with the 1,2,3 Punch Board.

Christmas Treat Box with the 123 Punch Board and Clear Cut Punch by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Candy Boxes are a great gift for friends, neighbors or work colleagues. They are easy to make and you can make them in a batch using just a few supplies. I made mine using the new Merry Merry line from Pebbles Inc.

Use your 1,2,3 Punch Board to make a medium size box. All the instructions are already on the board so it is super easy!

123 Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Use one of your Clear Cut Punches to cut windows on two sides of your box.

Clear Cut Bracket Punch by We R Memory Keepers

To make the big bow cut paper strips to make one Medium Bow Base, 3 Medium Bows and 2 Small Bows. Punch only the Small bows and the Bow Base because the other ones are going to be covered.

123 Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Use your Crop a Dile to make small holes on the middle of your bows and layered them. At the end, use a brad to hold everything together.

Christmas Treat Box with the 123 Punch Board and Clear Cut Punch by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Use gold printed acetate sheets to cover the windows and decorate your boxes with a small sticker or die cut.

Christmas Treat Box with the 123 Punch Board and Clear Cut Punch by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Fill your boxes with your favorite treat. I love Milk Toffee treats, they remind me when I was little and my dad used to buy me and my sister a bag at the movies. I don’t know if you can find toffees in the States but they are easy to make! (I will leave the recipe at the end of the post) you can add walnuts at the end too.

Christmas Treat Box with the 123 Punch Board and Clear Cut Punch by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

These boxes where very easy and quick to make. My We R tools really made the job easy and I am sure my neighbors are going to love them!

Christmas Treat Box with the 123 Punch Board and Clear Cut Punch by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Have a great day!

Eva

 

Milk Toffess (recipe)

Ingredients
2 cups white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup corn syrup
1 cup evaporated milk
1 pint heavy whipping cream
1 cup butter
1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions
Grease a 12×15 inch pan. In a medium-size pot, combine sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, evaporated milk, whipping cream, and butter. Monitor the heat of the mixture with a candy thermometer while stirring. When the thermometer reaches 250 degrees F (120 degrees C) remove the pot from the heat.

Stir in vanilla. Transfer mixture to the prepared pan and let the mixture cool completely. When cooled cut the Carmel into small squares and wrap them in wax paper for storage.

Supplies:

1,2, 3 Punch Board
Clearly Posh 6 x 6 Paper Pad
Crop A Dile
Clear Cut Punch
Merry Merry Line

 

Ornament Treat Bags

Hello, We R friends! Laura here today to kick off Holiday Treats week. Often around the holidays I like to bake homemade goodies, but to be honest, I don’t always have time to create something from scratch. If I can’t bake something, my next go to treat is candy – in particular, anything nostalgic. For Christmas this means candy canes, peppermint Christmas nougats, peanut brittle, or hard candies.

Ornament Treat Bag by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Today, I am going to show you how to make these adorable ornament treat bags with only a few simple supplies like the goodie bag guide. These little bags would work great as party favors or even to pass out at a class party.

Start by choosing some pretty holiday papers. Mine are all from the DCWV All About Christmas Paper Stack. Use the Goodie Bag guide to create a treat bag that is 3 ½” wide.

Goodie Bag Guide by We R Memory Keepers

Before you assemble the bag, use the clear cut circle punch to cut a circle in the bottom half of the front of the bag. The clear cut punch works great for this because you can position it exactly where you want it. Assemble the bag using adhesive.

Clear Cut Punch by We R Memory Keepers

Create a 3” pouch using one of the 4” photo sleeve waterfall sleeves and your FUSE tool. Fill it with your favorite candy and then fuse the top closed.

Photo Sleeve Fuse by We R Memory Keepers

Decorate the front of your treat bag with a ribbon, a small gold or silver rectangle, and a ribbon bow. I attached everything with my Sticky Thumb adhesive.

Ornament Treat Bag by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Place the fused candy bag inside the treat bag, fold over the top, and seal it with adhesive.

Ornament Treat Bag by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Ornament Treat Bag by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Ornament Treat Bag by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

The candies make a perfect little ornament showing through on the front of the bag. You could also fill the ornament treat bag with a cookie, brownie, or any other homemade treat, as well!

Ornament Treat Bag by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Ornament Treat Bag by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

DCWV All About Christmas Paper Stack

Goodie Bag Guide Tool

Clear Cut Punch, 2” Circle

FUSE Photo Sleeve Tool

Photo Sleeve

Ribbon

Sticky Thumb Adhesive

Candy of Your Choice