Aly’s Top 3 Favorite We R Craft Tools

Hello, and Happy Friday We R friends! It’s my turn to share my Top 3 Favorite Tools with you and I’m so excited. Honestly, it was really hard to narrow it down to just three because I’m in love with so many We R tools! But, I gave it some thought and here they are!

Happy Jig

I can’t tell you how much I’ve loved creating with this fun new tool! It has so many different applications, and is such a versatile tool. I feel like I can add a Happy Jig creation to almost ANY project I create.

DIY Mermaid Party Decor by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Wire Wedding Cake Topper by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Party Board

I’m a sucker for some custom party decor, so I find myself reaching for the DIY Party Board on a regular basis. It never ceases to amaze me how versatile this fun tool is, and I love finding unique ways to create with it.

Unicorn Cupcake Wraps by Aly Dosdall featuring the We R Memory Keepers DIY Party BoardWe R Memory Keepers DIY Party Board

Precision Press Advanced

As a crafter, stamping and I have a love-hate relationship. I hate the effort and patience that it takes, but I love the results. When the Precision Press Advanced was released my relationship with stamping completely changed! I can totally stamp with confidence and ease now, and that is something worth celebrating for sure.

Fall Gift Tags by Aly Dosdall for Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine featuring the We R Memory Keepers Precision Press AdvancedWe R Memory Keepers Precision Press Advanced

Thanks for stopping by friends! I’d love to know what your favorite We R tools are! Tell me in the comments below. Have a great weekend!

Supplies:
Happy Jig
DIY Party Board
Precision Press Advanced

My Top 3 Favorite Craft Tools by Soraya

Hi everybody ! Soraya here today to share 3 of my favorite We R Memory Keepers tools : the Happy Jig, the 1-2-3 Punch Board and the Hole Reinforcer Punch ! Let’s start with the Happy Jig.

We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig

How amazing is this tool that allows you to create any word you want ?! I just love how versatile it is since you can decorate any project thanks to its colorful wires. It’s very delightful to create with the Happy Jig, above all for my planner spreads and layouts. You can easily add more dimension and texture not to mention the multitude of shapes that you can make.

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The 1-2-3 Punch Board is forever my favorite ! I’m a real lover for everything boxes ! Any occasion can be celebrated with party favor boxes or treat bags. Last year I made a hundred of mini boxes for my nephew baptism it was awesome to make them with this amazing Punch Board ! Halloween treats are also my favorite boxes to do (and the bows are so gorgeous too!).

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The Hole Reinforcer Punch helps you to save your teared papers but it also allows you to create with so much fun ! As an embellishment, as a sparkling planner garland or as a cute paperclip, this small tool can make big things !

What about you ? What are your favorite tools by We R Memory Keepers ? Happy creating everyone and until next time !

Soraya.

 

Supplies :

Hole Reinforcer Punch

Happy Jig

1-2-3 Punch Board

Enza’s Top 3 Favorite Tools

Hello, We R fans. Enza here, and today I’m sharing three of my favorite tools. Let me start by saying it is impossible not to love every single one of them, as they are all useful, fun and easy to work with. Anything that can help me speed up the process while still giving me amazing results is a winner in my book. Plus, I’m often inspired by the variety and versatility of We R Memory Keepers tools.

The first tool I can’t live without is the 123 Punch Board. One of my passions is gift wrapping and pretty packaging, and lately I have discovered a love for card making, so this tool is perfect to create a variety of projects. You can make different type of boxes, bows, envelopes, envelope liners, and even file folder cards. I think every crafter needs this in their stash. All the instructions are already on the board, and you also get an Idea Book with step-by-step instructions that is really helpful. Super duper easy to use!

We R Memory Keepers 123 Punch Board

Here is an example of a String Tie Box I created with it:

123 Punch Board Gift Box by Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

My second favorite is a tool that I use for almost every project, and another essential in my stash. The Tag Punch Board is fun and very versatile; it is perfect to create gift tags, tag mini albums, layering elements for cards and scrapbook layouts, and more. What I love the most about this tool is that you can make tags in different sizes, up to 3.5” wide, and that it punches perfectly centered holes every time. To complete the look of my tags, I also use the Hole Reinforcer Punch, but that is just a preference.

Tag Punch Board Mini Album by Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

Last, but definitely not least, is the Happy Jig. Such a clever idea! You can make unique and custom embellishments for scrapbook pages, cards, even home décor. It comes with wires in different colors, and the super helpful Instruction book, with step-by-step instructions for bending wire into letters, shapes, and words. Your imagination is the limit with this tool. I also love that you can store the pegs and the wire cutters in the base of the tool for easy organization.

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Happy Jig Scrapbook Page by Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a great day!

Enza

 

Supplies:

123 Punch Board

Tag Punch Board

Hole Reinforcer Punch

Happy Jig

Chantalle’s Top 3 Craft Tools

**This will be Chantalle’s final post as a member of our design team. We wish her the very best and have loved featuring her creative projects, tips and ideas. Next month we’ll be welcoming a new member of our team, so stay tuned!**

Hello we R Fans! The reason we all love We R Memory Keepers so much is because, in my opinion, they make THE BEST tools around!

No matter what type of projects you like to create, whether it’s card making, scrapbooking, project life-ing or sewing, they have the perfect tool for the job.

Here is a shortlist of a few of my very favourite, favourites…

TYPECAST TYPEWRITER

Typecast Typewriter by We R Memory Keepers

The Typecast opened new doors for me. I am one of those people that hate their own handwriting, and being able to create memorable, neat journaling directly on a 12×12 sheet of paper was so liberating!

I love the fact that I can just pop a bit of paper or a journaling card into the typewriter, and within seconds, have exactly the wording that I need.

Typecast Typewriter by We R Memory Keepers

The Typecast range comes with a compliment of stunning papers and accessories as well as many interchangeable ribbon spools so you can type in lots of different colours. This is a going away card that I created using my Typecast and several journaling cards from the Typecast collection.

Typecast Typewriter by We R Memory Keepers

Here you can see an example of a scrapbook page where I have typed directly onto the 12×12 paper. Paired with the Mini Alphabet Punch Board, you can create fantastic title and journaling combinations!

 Scrapbook Page by Chantalle McDaniel featuring the Typecast Typewriter by We R Memory Keepers

CIRCLE CLEAR CUT PUNCH

We R Memory Keepers Clear Cut Circle Punch

Next up are the Clear Cut Punches. These babies are so amazing, you can punch anywhere on your project.

We R Memory Keepers Clear Cut Circle Punch 

The Circle Clear Cut Punch is probably my favourite. Such a versatile shape, I have used mine so many times to create patterns on my scrapbook pages, die cut shapes for cards and albums and even frames. Punch exactly what you want, where you want!

Mini Album by Chantalle McDaniel featuring the We R Memory Keepers Clear Cut Circle Punch

The unique Clear-cut guide and magnetic punch system takes the guesswork out of perfect punching and the Transparent guide system makes alignment easy and allows for precise punching anywhere

Here you can see some festive treat bags I created using the Circle Clear Cut Punch and another of my all-time favourite tools, my Envelope Punchboard.

Holiday Gift Bags by Chantalle McDaniel featuring the We R Memory Keepers Clear Cut Circle Punch 

Another thing I love about the Clear Cut Punches are that they create die cut shapes, which you can then use as ephemera on new projects.

Holiday Gift Bags by Chantalle McDaniel featuring the We R Memory Keepers Clear Cut Circle Punch

HAPPY JIG

No doubt, there were plenty of people doing the happy dance when the Happy Jig was announced, including me!

This easy-to-use jig makes wire working a breeze, by allowing you to wrap wire around the pegs to create fun embellisments for your projects.

There are over 100 design templates available in the instruction book and on Instagram. Be sure to give @werhappyjig a follow to find lots of inspiration, instructions and how-tos!

Happy Jig by We R Memory Keepers

Each 100-piece kit includes colored wire, pegs, and wire cutters and includes a built-in storage compartment for supplies.
Additional wire colors are sold individually and in packs.
The easy-to-follow instruction book includes step-by-step instructions for bending wire into letters, shapes, and words.

Happy Jig by We R Memory Keepers
This ‘hello’ title was a fun addition to a card I made. The flower shapes were cut out using my Evolution Advanced with my Magnetic Mat.

 Handmade Card by Chantalle McDaniels featuring the Happy Jig by We R Memory KeepersI love the dimension the wire embellishment adds and its so satisfying to tell people, “I made that!”

Handmade Card by Chantalle McDaniels featuring the Happy Jig by We R Memory Keepers

May you enjoy many happy hours crafting with your favourite WeR tools!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Circle Clear Cut Punch

Typecast Typewriter

Happy Jig

Your Favorite We R Tools!

Hello and welcome back friends! This week we’re sharing our Top 3 Tools and what we love about them. We thought it would be fun to start the week off by sharing your Top 3 Favorite We R Tools–three of our best sellers!

Crop-A-Dile

For years the Crop-A-Dile has been a favorite among crafters of all kinds. It’s a versatile and powerful tool that punches holes in two sizes (1/8 and 3/16) and sets multiple sizes of eyelets, snaps, and other metal embellishments. The Crop-A-Dile punches through paper, chipboard, cork board, tin, aluminum, acrylic, leather, MDF, wood, and more.

Crop-A-DIle layout by We R Memory Keepers

The Cinch

Making your own notebooks, planners, journals, calendars, and mini books is a cinch with The Cinch book binding tool! This has been a staple in thousands of crafts room for many years. Choose from multiple binding wire colors or spiral binding as well.

We R Memory Keepers Cinch Binding Tool

Punch Boards

We R Memory Keepers has become well known for making Punch Boards. These innovative tools are exclusive to our brand, and are a favorite of crafters worldwide. If you like to make your own party decor, home decor, or gift wrap then these are the tools for you!

We R Memory Keepers Punch Board Projects

Thanks for stopping by, and for your enthusiasm and support of our crafting tools. Be sure to check back each day this week to see which tools are our design team’s favorites. Will your favorites be on their Top 3 lists?

Supplies:
Crop-A-Dile
The Cinch
Punch Boards

DIY Dorm Room Decor

Hello friends, it’s Aly here with a project I created for my daughter who’s off to college next week. Attending BYU is a lifelong dream for this girl! I’m so proud of her and I wanted to celebrate her exciting achievement with some fun dorm decor that she can proudly hang in her new digs.

DIY Dorm Room Decor by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Her new school colors are navy blue and tan. Since the walls in her dorm room are a light beige (pretty close to tan), I decided to stick with navy and another coordinating blue color. I started by punching out her school letters with the Alphabet Punch Board. To give them a bit more emphasis I punched out two sets of letters from some dotted swiss Bazzill cardstock, one in the cornflower color and one in the navy color. Then I adhered them so that the darker blue creates the look of a shadow.

DIY Dorm Room Decor by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch holes in the tops of the letters for hanging.

We R Memory Keepers Alphabet Punch Board

Next, I made some pennants with my Banner Punch Board to give the garland that classic college feel.

We R Memory Keepers Banner Punch Board

I made some tassels with the new Tassel Loom and some yarn I picked up at my local craft store in my daughter’s school colors.

We R Memory Keepers Tassel Loom

Last, I made some extra large pom poms with the Jumbo Pom Pom Maker and strung them together to make a garland with a tassel at each end.

We R Memory Keepers Jumbo Pom Pom Maker

DIY Dorm Room Decor by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I hung both the pom pom garland and the school letters garland up with some fairy lights to complete the look.

DIY Dorm Room Decor by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I love how easy it was to create this fun decor with my stash of We R tools, and I can’t wait to help my daughter get settled in her new dorm room next week. (Though I may shed a few tears driving home). Have a great weekend, and happy crafting friends!

DIY Dorm Room Decor by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies:

Alphabet Punch Board
Banner Punch Board
Jumbo Pom Pom Maker
Tassel Loom
Crop-A-Dile

Throwback Thursday: Teacher Notepads

Hello there friends! It’s Aly here today sharing a quick and easy gift idea for your child’s new teacher this year.  Since my daughter spends so much time at school, and her teacher works so hard, I like to let her teacher know how much I appreciate everything she does at the start of the school year. Check out how I made these DIY Perforated Notepads with my new Dial Trimmer.

To create these teacher notepads, I had to cut several sheets of paper to size, score the covers, and perforate the pages inside. I was able to do all of this with just one tool. So easy!

The Staple Board made it easy to bind the notepad pages together with the covers. I love the copper staples–so chunky and pretty!

To make these back-to-school teacher gifts, I started by trimming the covers to 3×12 inch strips using my Dial Trimmer. That will make (3×6 inch notepads.) All I had to do was align my paper in the guide, turn the dial to the straight blade, then pull it down.

Then I rotated the dial to the scoring blade, and scored the covers at 6 inches and 6 7/8 inches.

I folded the 6 inch score line so that my cover pattern was on the outside, then I folded the 6 7/8 inch score line the opposite direction. This is what the cover should look like after scoring and folding:

Next I trimmed some lined paper to 3×5 7/8 inches (to make sure the bottom edges of the lined paper don’t peek out passed the edges of the cover). I perforated the top of each one at 7/8 inch–it was easy to turn the dial and do with the same tool! Yes!

After perforating the lines pages, I assembled the notepads.

I used the Staple Board to bind the covers and pages. I recommend using thin text weight paper inside. Depending on the thickness of your paper, you can staple between 7-10 pages inside your cardstock cover with the large staples. Test out how many you can do with scraps of the paper you will be using.

Use the guides on the board to align your staple perfectly, and then press down on a hard stable surface using your bodyweight to help.

Once I stapled the notepads, I added a few embellishments from the Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams collection to the front to match the covers from the same collection. I chose sentiments that I hope will inspire the teacher.

I love that you can pull each page out if needed. I love the perforating feature of the Dial Trimmer–so many possibilities!

This project is a great teacher gift, but would also be perfect for your student, friends, neighbors, or coworkers. Everyone can always use another notebook. Especially when it’s handmade with love.

This project took minutes with my new Dial Trimmer, and I hope my daughter’s second grade teacher enjoys them and will put them to good use. Thanks for joining me, and happy back-to-school crafting friends!

Supplies:

Dial Trimmer
Staple Board
Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams Collection

Back to School Teacher Gift Idea

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a teacher gift that is sure to leave everyone with smiles! Quick, easy, and thoughtful is the best kind of teacher gift you can make. Follow this fun idea and not only will it meet all those criteria, but the tools from We R Memory Keepers will make it fully customized, adding an extra-special finishing touch!

Back to School Teacher Gift Idea by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

This gift has a few parts to it, but my favorite is the smiley face emoji sticky-note pad! Yes, those smiling faces, while finishing the tag sentiment by saying, “All SMILES because you’re my teacher,” are also sticky notes! What teacher wouldn’t love to have those cute supplies on their desk?! I know this former teacher thinks they are fantastic!

Back to School Teacher Gift Idea by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

One tip to start, be sure and get the sticky notes that are completely backed in adhesive, not just on the top edge. This will make your notes stay together better.

Back to School Teacher Gift Idea by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory KeepersEmoji Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

I trimmed my sticky note paper down to the size for the Emoji Punch Board, which is 1.5” square. Then I proceeded to punch out the smiley face version. I love that they are so many faces to be made, but this worked for today’s project best. Stacking 3 notes together worked well while punching, more pieces of paper than that was too thick. As I finished punching each stack, I layered them together. Seriously fun and easy. This would be a great way to get your kiddo involved in crafting as well!

Back to School Teacher Gift Idea by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To create a tag for the sticky notes, I used the Tag Punch Board to layer two cardstock tags together. On each of the tags, I stamped the sentiment using the Precision Press Advanced. Arranging the stamps on the press made it so that the sentiment could be stamped precisely on each tag, and if a mistake was made, another tag could be created easily. Not that I would know anything about that…

Accents of patterned paper from the DCWV Sweet and Sassy pad were added for color and fun.

Back to School Teacher Gift Idea by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To personalize each jar, I punched a strip of patterned paper with the Word Punch Board. Adding each teacher’s name like this was not only easy, but it will help my kiddo remember whom to bring the gifts to as well. It also puts a name to the face of the person he must look at if he eats all the candy.

Back to School Teacher Gift Idea by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

What kind of emoji face will you make for your sticky-note pad?

We R Memory Keepers:

DCWV:

  • Sweet and Sassy Pack 6×6

Personalized ABC Book

Hello everyone and welcome to the We R blog! It’s Eva Pizarro here today sharing a tutorial on how to make a Personalized ABC Book using the Word Punch Board and the waterfall sleeves.

Personalized ABC Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

My little toddler started school this year and he has been learning letters and how to write his own name so I thought it would be fun to create an ABC book with some photos of some of his favorite things!

I started by using my Trim and Score Board to cut 4×6 letters and 28 3,5 inch square pictures, one for each letter.

Personalized ABC Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Next, I used my Word punch Board to create all the words for the mini book. Because I wanted the letter to be closer together I punched the odd letters first placing the punches on the 1,13,25 and 37 marks. Then I changed to the even letters and placed my punches on the 7, 19, 31 and 43 marks.

Word Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

On each page I included the letter, a picture and a punched word.

Personalized ABC Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

I placed each page on the 4×6 inch Waterfall Sleeves, they are plastic so my son can practice the letters on top and then clean everything with a tissue. He couldn’t wait to try the book!

Personalized ABC Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

I made some cardboard covers and bound everything with my Cinch.

Cinch Binding Tool by We R Memory Keepers

To decorate the mini book I used my Tassel Loom to create coordinating tassels. They were very easy to make! The Tassel Loom makes 3 different tassel sizes and it is foldable so you can easily store it and take it to crops.

Tassel Loom by We R Memory Keepers

Tassel Loom by We R Memory Keepers

Once you remove your tassel you will need to trim it. Simply wrap your tassel on paper and cut the border!

Tassel Loom by We R Memory Keepers

Aren’t those tassels cute? They are perfect to decorate mini books!

Personalized ABC Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

The cover is super simple because I know my son is going to use this book all the time! A few thickers and that’s it! The lovely cover paper is from My Bright Life collection by Pebbles Inc.

Personalized ABC Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

My son is really excited about his book and I love that he can practice letters in a fun and cute way! Have you ever made an ABC book? I think it is the perfect gift for a small children!

Personalized ABC Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Have a great week!

Eva

 

Supplies

Word Punch Board

Trim and Score Board
Tassel Loom
Cinch

Waterfall Sleeves

DIY Notebooks for School

Hello We R friends, Laura here today. It is time for back to school and today I am going to show you how you can create your own custom cinch notebook using three different types of paper – ruled, graph, and plain printer paper. Often at school my kids will need different types of paper. Creating a custom notebook allows you to use all three papers in one bound notebook.

Custom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

My printer paper was the largest, and I wanted the notebook cover to be a little larger than the paper. I started by trimming my cinch board to 9” by 11 ½”. It is easy to trim the board with a craft knife and the help of the supreme ruler to keep everything nice and straight.

We R Memory Keepers Supreme Ruler

Next, I trimmed my cover paper to be slightly larger than the cinch board. I used a glue stick to attach the paper to the front of each board. I ran my embossing stylus along the edges of the board so that it would be easier to wrap the paper around the edge.

We R Memory Keepers Stylus Tool

Using red sticky tape, I attached the paper to the back side of the covers by wrapping and folding it over the edge.

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I trimmed another sheet of coordinating paper slightly smaller than the cinch board. I attached it with a glue stick. I went over the whole thing with the large bone folder to make sure it was secured well. This technique creates a nice finished cover and back for the notebook.

We R Memory Keepers Large Bone Folder

Next, I created dividers for each section of the notebook. I trimmed the cardstock to the same size as the cinch cover. Then, I used the tab punch board to create large size tabs on each sheet.

We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch Board

Now it was time to create the notebook. I used the cinch tool to punch holes in the front and back covers, the divider tabs, and each stack of lined, graph, and blank paper. I played around with the hole placement on some scrap paper to make sure everything would be centered and lined up on the finished notebook.

We R Memory Keepers Cinch binding tool

To hide the wire seam on the inside of the notebook, first place the inside pages on the wire. Then place the back cover and lastly the front cover. Use the cinch tool to close the wire.

We R Memory Keepers Cinch binding tool

I added some of the letters from the playful icons paper stack to spell out ‘NOTES’ on the front cover.

Custom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Inside, each divider got one of the fun sentiments from the paper pad.

Custom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory KeepersCustom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory KeepersCustom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I love how this notebook turned out. I think it will be great for back to school. You could also do something similar with different papers to practice hand lettering or different types of art mediums.

Custom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Of course, you could easily add all these papers to a binder, but when I am writing, I like to be able to fold the cover back on itself. And having everything all together with the custom tabs and paper means you can create exactly what you need for back to school.

Custom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies

Cinch Book Board

Supreme Ruler

Craft Knife

Trim & Score Board

Large Bone Folder

DCWV Playful Icons Paper Stack

Cardstock

Tab Punch Board

Cinch Tool

Cinch Binding Wire