Throwback Thursday: Interactive Alphabet Flipbook

Hey there crafty friends! With the school year ending and summer vacation on the horizon, we’re throwing it back to last spring with this amazing interactive alphabet flipbook. It’s the perfect craft to keep the kids entertained this summer and to keep them learning too!

 

Hello and welcome back to the blog! Chantalle with you today to chat about a way to make learning your ABC’s a bit more fun for kids. I was inspired by a project I saw on Pinterest involving a book bound from paper bags. It was such a sweet way of storing memories but I also loved the interactive element of it and thought I could combine my alphabet punchboard and my Cinch Binding Tool to create something fun and interactive for my little learner!

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

My ‘super fun’ alphabet pad consists of several pockets, bound together. I’ll admit, I did worry it was too fat to bind at one stage! Lol. But my awesome Cinch made light work of the 26 pages plus chipboard covers!

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Let’s learn our ABC’s by sliding out the cards! Let’s see what word starts with the letter ‘A’… yep, you guessed it, ‘Apple’!

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I found this pack of flashcards at my local Target store. The cards were a great size and have been printed onto a sturdy cardstock with a gloss finish, so I knew they would be hard wearing for what I had in mind. (Plus, this works out cheaper than if I were to print the sheets out on my inkjet printer at home and then laminate them!)

To make my cards slide in and out of custom pockets, I had to cut them down a bit, to be able to secure them inside, without falling out when pulled. To do this, I popped each of them onto my Trim & Score Board and measured about a quarter inch down from the top and up from the bottom. I left another quarter inch on the left hand side where I would be inserting them into the sleeves later on. I then cut along the top and bottom guide marks I had made, leaving the left hand side as is.

Trim and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

For my sleeves, I created 26 pockets using coordinating shades of Bazzill Cardstock (see materials list for colours used) I left a quarter inch extra at the bottom of the pocket and half an inch at the top to accommodate for binding.

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I rounded the corners of my flashcards using my Crop a Dile Corner Chomper and then inserted them into their sleeves. In order for them to stay in place during use, I had to sew them inside the sleeves – just a little bit above and below the card as shown in the picture below. The quarter inch or so of stitching will allow the cut out area to slide out but hold the area that I left at the original height of the card, inside the sleeve.

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Once all my sleeves were sewn, it was time to start putting the pad together. For kids, a sturdy cover is a must. I’ve used some 8×8 Cinch Designer Book Board which I cut down to size and then covered with some gorgeously fun Amy Tangerine ‘On a Whim’ papers. The image below shows just how easy it is to create a bound item using The Cinch. Simply pull out the corresponding peg to choose how many holes to punch. Note: In this picture you will see I punched my holes before I covered my board. I would recommend covering your chipboard before you punch, for a neater finish.

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Now that my cover was sorted, it was time to move on to embellishing my sleeves. I wanted corresponding letters to match my flashcards. Enter my Alphabet Punch Board! This clever punch board allowed me to create matching lettering for each letter of the alphabet. The ‘m’ and ‘w’ turned out to be a bit too wide for the size of my sleeves, so I used the adorable (seriously, you have to have one they are SO cute!!) Mini Alphabet Punch Board to whip up two of each letter and mount them underneath each other.

Alphabet Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

The final piece that I needed on each were the words ‘is for…’ so I popped some grid paper from my Typecast 8.5 x 11” pad into my Typecast typewriter and started typing up my text. I chose to use the grid paper so they would all look uniform.

We R Memory Keepers Typecast Typewriter

Here are all the letters, bound in to the pad. ‘A’ through to ‘H’…

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

… and ‘I’ to ‘Z’.

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

For an extra fun element, each of the cards has a reusable area to practice lettering on! This is especially handy for my little bug, who sometimes writes her letters back to front. Simply lay the pad flat, grab a whiteboard marker and you’re all set!

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I hope you have enjoyed my post today. If you decide to give this idea a try, please tag us in your pictures on social media – we would love to see them!

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Until next time,

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Alphabet Punch Board

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Crop a Dile Corner Chomper

Trim & Score Board

Cinch Binding Tool

Cinch binding combs

Cinch Designer Book Board 8×8

Typecast Typewriter

Happy Jig Spinning Sun Catchers

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a super simple kid’s craft, but it is full of fun! Best part about this quick project is that anyone from age 3-100 can make it! These spinning sun catchers were easy to make with the We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig. Don’t miss the special twist to these spinners at the end.

Spinning Sun Catchers with the Happy Jig by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

These sweet spinning sun catchers are perfect for hanging from a deck, or in a garden. The movement and colors are mesmerizing.

Spinning Sun Catchers with the Happy Jig by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I started with a package of Happy Jig colored wire, along with a package of pony beads. These beads can be found in the kid’s craft section and are larger, making it easier for smaller hands and for fitting over the wire. These beads are unique however, as they are glow-in-the-dark!

Spinning Sun Catchers with the Happy Jig by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To create the spinner shape, wrap the wire around a larger glass or jar. Wrap the wire around as many times as you wish. I found that 4 times around was a nice amount. That number of wraps yielded 3 spinners from one color of wire.

Spinning Sun Catchers with the Happy Jig by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To keep the beads from falling off the ends, I used the smallest peg from the We R Happy Jig and wrapped one end of the wire around it. Then I strung the beads on the wire. Once the wire was full, I repeated the same process on the other end.

Spinning Sun Catchers with the Happy Jig by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

And here is the twist! How fun are these as they glow-in-the-dark?! When we have outdoor movies this summer, these will be a fun addition! They would also make great garden markers for the evenings.

Spinning Sun Catchers with the Happy Jig by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

What kind of fun outdoor decorations would you make with the We R Happy Jig?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig

We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig Colored Wire

 

DIY Paper Crown for Kids

Hello everyone!  It’s Eva here today bringing you a fun and easy Paper Crown you can make with your kids.

Easy Paper Crown with the Banner Punch Board by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

My 3 year old, Lorenzo, told me a few days ago he wanted a crown so I thought this assignment would be perfect  to craft with him and make a fun and easy king crown. I tried to do everything with him and he was happy to help, cut and use all the tools he isn’t allowed to use on a regular basis!

I used my Trim and Score Board to cut two 6×12 inch yellow cardstock strips . I put the paper on and he used the cut blade. I also made a mark on both strips at 4 inch height.

Trim and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

I placed my strips on the Banner Punch Board at the 6 inch mark and my son used the blade to cut from the 4 inch mark to the top. The blades are tiny but sharp so never leave you kid unattended!

Banner Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Easy Paper Crown with the Banner Punch Board by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

We also used the Cool Kids stack from DCWV and the Tear Guides to create a decor for the base of the crown.  I held the Tear Guide in place and my son used the water pencil, he loved using this tool!

Tear Guides by We R Memory Keepers

I asked him what shape he wanted on his crown and he chose this hexagon because it looked  like a jewel.  We used the Clear Cut Punch together and cut 7 hexagons from this lovely  Holiday Jewels Stack from DCWV.

Hexagon Clear Cut Punch by We R Memory Keepers

We also used the pompom maker to make a lilac pompom for the top of the crown, he had fun rolling the yarn in the tool and I cut and assemble the pompom afterwards.

DIY Party Pom Pom Maker by We R Memory Keepers

We attached the hexagons with foam dots and to embellish them we used buttons. To embellish the other tips of the crown we punched several circles with the Reinforce Hole Punch.

Hole Reinforcer Punch by We R Memory Keepers

Finally I attached everything with the new USB Glue Gun, the detail tip was perfect to attach those tiny circles on top of the crown.

USB Mini Glue Gun by We R Memory Keepers

I measured my son’s head and assembled the crown with my USB Glue Gun.

Easy Paper Crown with the Banner Punch Board by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

He was so happy and could not wait to try it! He is definitely the King of the House!

Easy Paper Crown with the Banner Punch Board by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Crafting with my son was very fun! I hope you try this craft with your family, remember that the most important thing is they have fun and be safe!

Easy Paper Crown with the Banner Punch Board by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Have a great day!

Eva

 

Supplies:

Tear Guides
PomPom Maker
Clear Cut Punch – Hexagon
USB Glue Gun
Banner Punch Board
Reinforce Hole Punch

Birthday Mini Album

Hey there, We R fans, Laura here today sharing a fun project to make with or for your child to celebrate his/her birthday – a birthday mini album! The album itself spells out “birthday” and then each page has a fun way to record birthday memories with a picture or journaling, or both! With the basics in place, it would also make a great gift idea for a special child in your life.

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Start by using the mini alphabet punch board to create all the letters in the word “birthday”. I choose different colored cardstock and glitter cardstock to make them in rainbow order. This is a great way to use up small leftover scraps as the paper only needs to be one and a half inch by two and a half inches.

Mini Alphabet Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Cut out patterned cardstock rectangles using the trim and score board. Each rectangle will be 3 ½ inches tall. The first rectangle will be only 2 inches wide. Make each additional rectangle 1 ½ inches bigger than the one before.

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Note: The final rectangle will only be 12 inches wide (rather than 12 ½”) unless you have longer cardstock you can use. Use the Crop-A-Dile to punch holes at the left side of the mini album. Then attach all the pages together using binder rings.

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Decorate and embellish all the pages. I used a mix of Pebbles Happy Hooray ephemera, patterned paper scraps from the rectangles I cut out, washi tape, and plain white cardstock. There is plenty of room to add journaling and/or small photos.

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I rounded some of the corners of the patterned cardstock and white cardstock to match the ephemera throughout the album using the 3-way corner chomper.

3 Way Corner Punch by We R Memory Keepers

I wanted there to be dimension to the album, so for some of the embellishments I attached them to the page using adhesive dots rather than regular double-sided adhesive.

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I love that there are so many great coordinating paper and embellishment options. It makes it so easy to create a fabulous project.

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

To cover the binder rings, I used ribbon and twine that coordinated with the birthday letters and tied them on. For the twine I used two strands for each color.

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

This mini album is the perfect way to celebrate and commemorate your child’s birthday. They will love adding special memories from their special day.

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Trim and Score Board

Pebbles Happy Hooray Cardstock

Pebbles Happy Hooray Ephemera

Crop-A-Dile

3-Way Corner Punch

Amy Tan Sunshine & Good Times Washi Tape Rolls

Ribbon

Baker’s Twine

Double Sided Adhesive

Adhesive Foam Dots

Binder Rings

Precision Press Advanced Project Roundup

Happy Friday friends! We hope you’ve enjoyed all the project tutorials this week featuring the new Precision Press Advanced. Today we’re featuring a few projects from our in-house design team, plus an overview video about the Precision Press Advanced. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Precision Press Advanced stamping tool by We R Memory Keepers

One of our favorite features of the Precision Press Advanced is that it makes layered stamping a breeze! Using the peg alignment system and the magnetic base, your images will be perfectly aligned each time. Rubber corners stabilize the tool when stamping, so your images are the best quality.

Precision Press Advanced stamping tool by We R Memory Keepers

Creating bulk projects (like invitations or a card set) is much easier with the Precision Press Advanced. Align each project in the same spot using the grid on the base or the acrylic plate, and stamp away.

Check out the Precision Press Advanced overview video below for more ideas and inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a fun and crafty weekend!

Precision Press Advanced Scrapbook Page

Hi everyone! Soraya here with you today to share a new layout using the Precision Press Advanced! I’m so excited for this new tool–I love the fact that you can easily stamp wherever you want on your page thanks to the rotating acrylic block. I will show you how I made it!

Precision Press Advanced Scrapbook Page by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

As I wanted to include a big heart die in the center of the page, I decided to play with the layered butterflies stamp set and add extra dimension thanks to the Precision Press Advanced. First I used the acrylic block like a traditionnal block and stamped several butterflies on my background.

Precision Press Advanced Scrapbook Page by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Precision Press Advanced Scrapbook Page by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Precision Press Advanced Scrapbook Page by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Precision Press Advanced Scrapbook Page by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Precision Press Advanced Scrapbook Page by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Precision Press Advanced Scrapbook Page by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Then I used some of the gorgeous papers from the Botanical Beauty paper pad to fill the heart shape with different patterns.

Precision Press Advanced Scrapbook Page by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Precision Press Advanced Scrapbook Page by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

On another watercolor paper I stamped several layered butterflies using different We R Memory Keepers ink colors. How easy it is to align each layer of the stamp! And I could also rotate the acrylic block to make more stamps in a row!

Precision Press Advanced Scrapbook Page by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Advanced Scrapbook Page by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Advanced Scrapbook Page by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Then I fussy cut all of them with my detail scissors before sticking them directly on the layout, but I only put adhesive on one half of each butterfly to create more dimension. This way, we can easily see the first image underneath.

Precision Press Advanced Scrapbook Page by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Precision Press Advanced Scrapbook Page by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Precision Press Advanced Scrapbook Page by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

And finally I could decorate my layout with chipboard, watercolor and journaling!

Precision Press Advanced Scrapbook Page by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Precision Press Advanced Scrapbook Page by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Precision Press Advanced Scrapbook Page by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Precision Press Advanced Scrapbook Page by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Precision Press Advanced Scrapbook Page by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Precision Press Advanced Scrapbook Page by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Precision Press Advanced Scrapbook Page by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Hope you had fun joining me today with this amazing stamping tool! There is no doubt that you will love playing with the Precision Press Advanced which is now one of my favorite tools!

Soraya.

 

Supplies :

Precision Press Advanced

Butterfly layered stamp set

CMWK ink pads

Botanical Beauty paper pad by DCWV

Detail Scissors

Mini Glue Gun Power USB Tool

Embellishments by Pink Paislee

 

 

Summer Card with the Precision Press Advanced

Hi there We R friends, Nancy here today with a look at the Precision Press Advanced. I love crisp stamped images on stamping projects and this tool comes in handy! Let’s create a card with ombre images with a design twist.

Summer Card with the Precision Press Advanced by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

There are certainly ombre ink pads that could be purchased, but I’m more of a use what I have kind of gal. I pulled out two shades of pigment inks in pink, orange, green and blue. The Precision Press Advanced and a solid center stamp will bring this card to life!

Summer Card with the Precision Press Advanced by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

Use the removal stamp plate and place the clear stamp. Next, using the darker pigment ink up half of the image and then add the lighter shade to the opposite side. Don’t worry about the overlap, it will create a beautiful hue.

Summer Card with the Precision Press Advanced by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

This is what the image will look like after the first stamp attempt. Now this is where the Precision Press Advanced shines – you can keep inking and restamping getting a perfectly aligned image every single time. The press allows you to continue building layers of color until you have a clear, crisp image! This image took three passes to complete.

Summer Card with the Precision Press Advanced by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

The Precision Press Advanced is also key when stamping sentiments. Here I used it to place two layers of embossing ink on the cardstock. The extra layer of ink results in a bolder title.

Summer Card with the Precision Press Advanced by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

This is what the card looks like completed. It took just an hour to create this intricate look with the Precision Press Advanced. It lined up perfectly every single time and made for a quick and easy process!

Summer Card with the Precision Press Advanced by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies:

Prescision Press Advanced

Handmade Gift Ideas with the Precision Press Advanced

Hello WeR fans and welcome back to the blog today! It’s Chantalle with you, to share some ideas using the all-new Advanced Precision Press stamping platform. If you are a fan of stamping then let me tell you, this is a must-have tool. I’m not the world’s biggest stamper by any means, but I have quite a few because they look so darn cute. I spent a couple of nights playing with this platform, and by the end of them, I was absolutely hooked!

Handmade Gifts with the Precision Press Advanced by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps and rubons

The Press can be used on it’s own, as a base for freehand stamping or pop on an extra press plate for layered stamping!

Handmade Gifts with the Precision Press Advanced by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps and rubons
This floral encouragement card was created using two techniques, which I will go into detail with you below.

Handmade Gifts with the Precision Press Advanced by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps and rubons

First, I experimented with a watercolour technique. My watercolour paper was held in place with the magnets provided in the packaging. Unfortunately, during transit, mine broke so I found a great little tip online of holding the bits in place with some strong binding tape. (The tape actually also makes them easier to pick up off the paper so it’s worth a go if you struggle with that kind of thing.) Next, I arranged where I wanted the stamps to go, on my paper. I placed the acrylic plate over the top and picked up the stamps. I then coloured in areas of the stamp with some Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers. After that, they had a quick little spritz with some water and then I positioned the acrylic plate onto the pegs and pressed down to stamp.

The image revealed was very subtle, but that’s the beauty of a stamping platform – you can keep going back to an area until you have a perfect impression!

I built up layers of colour until I was happy with the result and then used my Detail Scissors to cut the flowers out.

Handmade Gifts with the Precision Press Advanced by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps and rubons

The background of the card is this beautiful, moody Hawthorne paper by Heidi Swapp. I’ve positioned my same Vicki Boutin flower stamps over the paper and picked them up again with the acrylic plate. Now as you can see from the image, my stamps are hanging a bit off my paper. I wanted the flowers to bleed off the edge so I popped a piece of scrap paper underneath the patterned paper to catch any excess ink.

I used Versamark for my impression and then covered the area with white embossing powder which I heat set.

Handmade Gifts with the Precision Press Advanced by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps and rubons

The contrast between the dark papers, white embossing and pops of bright watercolour turned out so nicely. I’ve used some gorgeous Coral Bazzill cardstock and paired it with another Vicki Boutin stamped sentiment as well as a Heidi Swapp Hawthorne die cut shape.

Handmade Gifts with the Precision Press Advanced by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps and rubons

The next project I created is this mixed media piece of art. You might remember I created a similar piece a few months ago… My friend at work really loved it and it’s her birthday coming up, so I created this version for her. It was so much fun to create and I can’t wait to give it to her!

Handmade Gifts with the Precision Press Advanced by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps and rubons
As you can imagine, there are lots and lots of yummy details to take in on this piece. The focal point is that beautiful drawn lady which is from a Jane Davenport paper pad. I love the figures she draws. This young lady has been given a few slicks of watercolour paint and a bit of detail with some delicate Vicki Boutin Rub Ons.

Handmade Gifts with the Precision Press Advanced by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps and rubons

My Precision Press Advanced came into play when trying to plan the layout of the image. Initally, I wanted to use a few Amy Tangerine die cut shapes, but there needed to be a large contrast between the sizes of things on the page. The background is brushed on watercolour and then I have placed some Vicki Boutin circular stamp shapes onto the paper. Because the side of the Press is open, you can use many size papers with it, which is great!

Handmade Gifts with the Precision Press Advanced by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps and rubons

When I was happy with the stamping, I ran some gorgeous gold art screen ink over a woodgrain texture Heidi Swapp art screen.

Next came some texture paste and a bit more paint as well as lots of finer details like some circles cut with my fave Circle Clear Cut Punch out. These have also been given a bit of watercolour treatment. Other details are things like gold leave (all the heart eyes!!) as well as some rub ons.

Handmade Gifts with the Precision Press Advanced by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps and rubons

Handmade Gifts with the Precision Press Advanced by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps and rubons

I hope she likes it!

Handmade Gifts with the Precision Press Advanced by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps and rubons

My final little gift idea is this mini travel notebook/journal. Now I’ve got to give credit to a friend of mine who has taken a bit of inspiration from us scrappers! He whipped up heaps of these little notebooks and gave them to all of us as work, which I thought was pretty awesome.

Handmade Gifts with the Precision Press Advanced by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps and rubons

I’ve used the same principal of a simple folded 6×7 inch piece of paper (a sturdier one is best like good quality patterned paper or cardstock) then rounded the edges with my ever-faithful WRMK Crop A Dile Corner Chomper and decorated the cover using my Advanced Precision Press.

Folding the paper was so easy thanks to the adorable new Mini Score Board. It’s lightweight and perfect for smaller projects like this one and very compact so you can keep it close to hand in your craft space.

Handmade Gifts with the Precision Press Advanced by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps and rubons

The starburst shape has been embossed with Zing Gold Glitter Embossing Powder.

This notebook has a simple staple finish holding the sheets of paper together. I’ve  used a marker and coloured mine black so they don’t stand out as much on the patterned paper.

Handmade Gifts with the Precision Press Advanced by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps and rubons

I use this type of notebook for so many things like shopping lists, or quick ideas as well as keeping a note of what craft supplies I use on projects. So handy and super easy to put together!

Handmade Gifts with the Precision Press Advanced by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps and rubons

Thanks again for stopping by. One could go even further by stamping on plain wrapping/brown paper to make custom designs and create matching envelopes for cards with the Envelope Punch Board then customize it with the Precision Press! Perhaps you might consider one of these ideas for your gift giving. Until next time, happy crafting!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Precision Press Advanced

WRMK Acrylic Blocks

Circle Clear Cut Punch

WRMK Crop A Dile Corner Chomper

WRMK 3 Way Corner Rounder

Mini Score Board

Embossing Stylus

Detail Scissors

Vicki Boutin Acrylic Paint

Vicki Boutin Stamp & Die Set (floral)

Vicki Boutin Stamp & Die Set (circles)

Vicki Boutin Rub Ons

Vicki Boutin Color Wheel ink pads

Heidi Swapp Art Screen

Heidi Swapp Art Screen Ink Gold

Heidi Swapp Gold Foil Flakes

Heidi Swapp Glue Pen

Heidi Swapp Hawthorne 12×12 Pad

Heidi Swapp Hawthorne Clear Stickers

Heidi Swapp Hawthorne Ephemera

Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers

Jane Davenport Rub Ons

Amy Tangerine Die Cut Shapes with foil

Crate Good Vibes Stamp Set

Crate Paper Good Vibes Serious Fun 12×12

AC Zing Gold Glitter Embossing Powder

 

Scrapbook Page with the Precision Press Advanced

Hello, We R Memory Keepers friends and fans. Becki here to share a layout with you that I created with the brand-new Precision Press Advanced. Stamping isn’t my forte, so I’m always thrilled to work with a stamping tool. The brand-new Precision Press advanced makes me look like a pro when it comes to stamping.  I decided to create an 8 ½ x 11 layout with a selfie.

Precision Press Advanced Scrapbook Page by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps

 

I knew I wanted a lot of flowers cascading down the page from top to bottom with the photo nestled in the middle. The first step to creating this layout was stamping several flowers. The Precision Press Advanced is perfect for stamping multiples of one stamp. I used a piece of 12×12 smooth cardstock to create the flowers. I was able to rotate the paper so that I could get many flowers on one piece of cardstock. The removeable acrylic block makes stamping on 12 x 12 patterned papers a breeze.

Precision Press Advanced Scrapbook Page by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps

After I stamped the flowers, I colored them with water-based markers and a water brush. When the flowers were dry, I cut them out with the new spring scissors. I LOVE these scissors! They make fussy cutting SO easy.

Precision Press Advanced Scrapbook Page by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps

When the flowers were ready to adhere to the layout I adhered the photo first and added the flowers around the photo. I started at the top and worked my way down and around the left side of the photo.

Precision Press Advanced Scrapbook Page by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps

The rest of the layout came together so easily! I’ve been doing a LOT of hidden journaling on tags lately. Using a tag for the journaling has become a fun technique for me because of the Tag Punch Board.

Precision Press Advanced Scrapbook Page by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps

It wouldn’t be a layout for me if I don’t do a little bit of stitching. I LOVE using the Stitch Happy machine because I love the look of thicker thread. On this layout, I did a simple straight stitch around the edge of the layout.

Thank you for stopping by the We R Memory Keepers blog. I’d love to see what you’re creating with the Precision Press Advanced stamping tool. If you’re like me, using the Precision Press Advanced is a game changer. You’ll love this tool!

 

Supplies:

Precision Press Advanced

Stitch Happy Sewing Machine

Grey Thread

Spring Scissors

Tag Punch Board

Reinforce Hole Punch

Vicki Boutin Flower Stamp Set

Wire Wedding Cake Topper

Hello We R friends, and happy Friday! It’s either that time of year or there must be something in the water here, because we have gotten no less than five wedding invitations in the past month! Exciting, right? Needless to say, I’ve had weddings on the brain. Recently I saw some adorable wire wedding cake toppers, so I thought I’d try my hand at making my own with my Happy Jig to see what I could come up with.

Wire Wedding Cake Topper by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Happy Jig wire design tool

I love how this turned out! I think a wire wedding cake topper looks pretty cool, don’t you?

Wire Wedding Cake Topper by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Happy Jig wire design tool

So, obviously this design is my own creation–it’s not in the Happy Jig instruction manual or on our @werhappyjig Instagram feed, so I’ll show you how I made it. The cake I placed it in is about 8 inches in diameter and the topper is about 10 inches long. I’m not exactly sure how much wire I used, but I started out with 6 yards of THIS copper (or I like to call it rose gold) wire and ended up with more than half of it left.

Because of the length of this wire cake topper I did it in three parts, moving each part off the jig and making the next section. I started with the word “Mr” and the post for sticking the topper in the cake. Here’s a picture of that section of the design. Since I wasn’t sure how much wire I would need when I started, I didn’t cut any of the 6 yard roll until I was finished.

Happy Jig wire design tool by We R Memory Keepers

Wire Wedding Cake Topper by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Happy Jig wire design tool

I’ve found it pretty easy to use the design templates found in the instruction booklet and on the Instagram feed to piece together custom words. I’ve also discovered that I can enlarge the letters by just raising the tops of them on the grid of the jig. That’s basically how I created the word “Mr.” Then I extended the leftover wire down about 8 inches and wrapped it back up on itself to create the post.

Wire Wedding Cake Topper by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Happy Jig wire design tool

Next, I used the instruction booklet that comes with the tool to create the ampersand sign. That part was pretty easy!

Happy Jig wire design tool by We R Memory Keepers

Once I comleted the ampersand, I finished up my topper with the word “Mrs” and a little heart I borrowed from the word “love” on our @werhappyjig Instagram feed.

Happy Jig wire design tool by We R Memory Keepers

Wire Wedding Cake Topper by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Happy Jig wire design tool

Here are a couple of tips I picked up while creating this project:

  1. Have a pair of needle nose pliers on hand in case you need to undo your design. It will help to straighten your wire so it looks more neat and tidy.
  2. Plan ahead or make your own template beforehand (grab a blank one on our Instagram feed). The more you bend and straighten the wire, the harder it can be to keep your creation looking neat.
  3. Once you’ve finished creating your design, lay it down on a hard smooth surface and press it flat to straighten everything out.
  4. Once you’ve set the pegs on the jig, use some yarn or twine to test out your design before winding the wire around.
  5. Don’t be afraid to visit Pinterest or Instagram for ideas–wire design is pretty popular right now so you’re sure to find some inspiration

Wire Wedding Cake Topper by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Happy Jig wire design tool

Thanks for stopping by! I hope this project has inspired you to create something this weekend with your Happy Jig. If you create something with the Happy Jig be sure to share it on Instagram and tag us: @werhappyjig. We can’t wait to see what you make!

Supplies:

Happy Jig
Copper Wire
Crate Paper Ceramic Stands