Thanksgiving Hoop Wreath with the Bow Loom

Hey there We R fans! Laura here today sharing how to make this pretty Thanksgiving hoop wreath using the new bow loom. Making bows is so easy with this fun tool, and you can create a variety of sizes and styles of bows using one tool.

Thanksgiving Hoop Wreath with the Bow Loom by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I started by adding some wired gold burlap ribbon on the hoop. Simply take the hoop apart and place a strip of burlap between the two pieces, leaving some of the ribbon outside of each side of the hoop. Add a long piece of ribbon to hang the wreath with at the top while you have the hoop open. Tighten the hoop closed.

I added gold Thickers letters to the burlap to spell out the word ‘thankful’. They seem to be sticking okay, but I may need to add some hot glue to the backs if I find they are popping off.

Thanksgiving Hoop Wreath with the Bow Loom by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Now onto the fun part of creating some bows for the wreath! The bow loom is easy to use. It is marked with various widths, so you can make the perfect size bow. You can wrap your ribbon around as many times as you want to create the number of loops you want.

I love those big beautiful bows you see on wreaths that have lots of different ribbons all attached together to make one big, gorgeous bow. I knew I could use the bow loom to create a bow like this.

I started by using large 2” wide wired ribbon. I wrapped the ribbon once on the bow loom at the 8-inch marks.

We R Memory Keepers Bow Loom

I twisted a long piece of floral wire to cinch up the middle of the bow. You can also use string for this step, but I think floral wire is easier when adding more ribbons to the bow. Pull the ribbon off the bow loom and trim the ends. Leave the ends of the twisted floral wire long to attach the other two bows.

Next, I used some thinner gold ribbon. I wrapped it around twice at the 6-inch mark on the bow loom. Use the wire from the first bow and twist it around the center of the new gold bow, so that both bows are attached to each other using the same floral wire. Remove the ribbon from the loom and trim the ends.

We R Memory Keepers Bow Loom

Lastly, add another thin brown and gold ribbon to the other two bows. This time I used the four-inch mark on the bow loom and created three loops for this final bow.

We R Memory Keepers Bow Loom

Once the al the ribbons are attached together use a small piece of brown and gold ribbon to wrap around the middle. Secure it on the back with hot glue.

I also created three smaller double looped bows using the bow loom. I used the 3-inch mark and the thinner ribbon. I used floral wire to cinch the middle of the bow and then wrapped another piece of ribbon around the middle of the bow to give it a finished look.

We R Memory Keepers Bow Loom

Once I had all my bows made, I added some different florals stems to the bottom of the hoop using hot glue. I hot glued on all the bows – the larger one in the middle and the three smaller ones on top.

Thanksgiving Hoop Wreath with the Bow Loom by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

This wreath turned out so beautiful and the gold touches are so pretty in person. The big bow turned out even better than I had hoped.

Thanksgiving Hoop Wreath with the Bow Loom by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

The smaller bows at the top add a fun and whimsical touch to the wreath.

Thanksgiving Hoop Wreath with the Bow Loom by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I can’t wait to use my bow loom this year to make beautiful bows for all my holiday wrapping!

Thanksgiving Hoop Wreath with the Bow Loom by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

Embroidery Hoop

Wired and Patterned Ribbon

Thickers

Bow Loom

Scissors

Floral Wire or String

Hot Glue Gun

Various Floral Stems

 

Gratitude Journal with The Cinch and Journal Studio

Hello We R friends! It’s Aly here wishing you a Happy Friday. Congrats on making it through the week! One of my favorite traditions this time of year is my gratitude journal. For a few weeks in November I keep a daily record of the things I’m thankful for leading up to Thanksgiving Day. It’s really helped me to focus on the positive and see the good, both totally transformative ways of thinking. This year I used The Cinch binding tool along with the new Journal Studio to get my gratitude journal started.

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

My gratitude journals are usually pretty bulky as I like to add photos, memborabilia, pockets, and other goodies. I decided to disassemble my Amy Tangerine Journal Studio notebook using the Supreme Ruler and my craft knife, and then bind it back together with The Cinch to allow for more bulk. I simply cut right down the center on the middle page. The craft knife cut through easily. I used the new 1″ black Cinch wires to bind my notebook because they match the black accents in the Journal Studio collection.

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

I created tab dividers from some Crate Paper Wild Heart papers with the Tab Punch Board, and then added some divider stickers to some of the notebook pages.

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

the Journal Guide and the Interchangeable Stamps

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

I also added an ephemera card that I embellished with some washi tape, one canoe two for AC Goldenrod puffy stickers, and the Journal Studio Magnetic Alphabet Stencils.

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

I added these inserts after I had already bound my journal–it was a bit of an afterthought, LOL! But that didn’t cause a single problem–Planner Punch Board to the rescue!

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

I created one page as an introduction explaining my goals and purpose for this gratitude journal. I included a current photo of me, and I embellished the spread with the Journal Guide, Interchangeable Stamps, and ephemera and stickers from the Amy Tangerine Journal Studio Collection.

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

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I love that there are so many options and supplies available with the new Journal Studio. I’m excited about customizing my gratitude journal this year–I can’t wait to get started!

Supplies:

The Cinch
Interchangeable Stamps
Alphabet Magnetic Stencils
Planner Punch Board
Tab Punch Board
Supreme Ruler
Craft Knife
Crate Paper Wild Heart Patterned Paper
Amy Tangerine Journal Studio Notebook, Sticker Book, Ephemera
one canoe two Golenrod Puffy Stickers

Throwback Thursday: DIY Traveler’s Notebook

If you have some summer or travel memories that need to be documented and to find a home, here’s a great way to do that! Make your own traveler’s notebook with some office paper, patterned paper, and the Stitch Happy Sewing Machine.

Hello friends, Aly here. Recently, I shared a tutorial for making this Hawaii themed Traveler’s Notebook plus one of the inside pages on the Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine blog. You can catch the original post, including a process video and demo of the Stitch Happy HERE.

The thick Stitch Happy Thread (similar width to floss) really holds the six sheets of copy paper plus the cardstock cover together securely.

After binding my notebook, I used a few simple elements from the Crate Paper Oasis Collection to decorate the cover. Now I can add photos, memories, and embellishments to the inside pages as I have time. Here’s a look at a brand new page I added:


I used my used my Typecast Typewriter to add some journaling directly to one of the tags from the Oasis Ephemera Pack. I love journaling with my Typecast-so easy!

Here are some details shots from the inside page:

I love using Traveler’s Notebooks to document memories. They’re quick, easy, and can be made in no time with the Stitch Happy sewing machine. They’re my favorite DIY project to date!


Thanks for joining me today. Have fun with your travel-themed projects, and enjoy the rest of your week friends!

Supplies:

Stitch Happy
Stitch Happy White Thread
Typecast Typewriter
Crate Paper Oasis Collection

Add Memorabilia to Your Planner with the Planner Punch Board

Hello We R Memory Keepers fans! Soraya here today to talk about one of the most amazing tools for planner addicts like me: the Planner Punch Board! You can add as many pages as you want, you can insert homemade dividers, photo pages, various documents… with only one tool! Let’s collect our memorabilia and let’s fill our planners with what makes us happy!

Memory Planner with the Planner Punch Board by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

I’m using the Heidi Swapp mini Memory Planner but as you can see, the Planner Punch board can be used with any planner! So smart! Just give a look at the chart (behind the tool) and find your planner reference to know exactly where you’ll need to place the little punches.

We R Memory Keepers Planner Punch BoardWe R Memory Keepers Trim & Score Board

We R Memory Keepers Planner Punch BoardWe R Memory Keepers Planner Punch Board

Once you’re ok with the settings, just place your piece of paper (mine measures 17cm x 9cm) on the Planner Punch Board. You will need to line up the paper against the guide on the left edge. Then punch it. So easy and perfectly adapted to your planner!

We R Memory Keepers Planner Punch Board

To give a lovely finished look, I love using the Hole Reinforcer Punch. The kraft paper is the perfect color to contrast with the page and it’s a nice fall color too.

Memory Planner with the Planner Punch Board and the Hole Reinforcer Punch by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersMemory Planner with the Planner Punch Board and the Hole Reinforcer Punch by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersMemory Planner with the Planner Punch Board and the Hole Reinforcer Punch by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersMemory Planner with the Planner Punch Board and the Hole Reinforcer Punch by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

You can also add more cards to your planner thanks to the Planner Punch Board. It’s fun to fussy cut the cards you have on some 12×12 papers.

Memory Planner with the Planner Punch Board and the Hole Reinforcer Punch by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersMemory Planner with the Planner Punch Board and the Hole Reinforcer Punch by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Collect your memories by adding your kids drawings into your planner! I love how my daughter draws horses, she’s always making art for me and I just can’t throw them away. So I decided to collect them by trimming the papers and using the Planner Punch Board to keep them forever!

Memory Planner with the Planner Punch Board and the Hole Reinforcer Punch by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersMemory Planner with the Planner Punch Board and the Hole Reinforcer Punch by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

And voilà! The finished planner spreads are looking awesome with all those collected memories, photos and drawings!

Memory Planner with the Planner Punch Board and the Hole Reinforcer Punch by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersMemory Planner with the Planner Punch Board and the Hole Reinforcer Punch by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersMemory Planner with the Planner Punch Board and the Hole Reinforcer Punch by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersMemory Planner with the Planner Punch Board and the Hole Reinforcer Punch by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersMemory Planner with the Planner Punch Board and the Hole Reinforcer Punch by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersMemory Planner with the Planner Punch Board and the Hole Reinforcer Punch by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersMemory Planner with the Planner Punch Board and the Hole Reinforcer Punch by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

What about you? How much do you love the Planner Punch board? Happy creating everyone and until next time!

Soraya.

 

Supplies :

Planner Punch Board

Hole Reinforcer Punch

We R washi tapes

Memory Planner by Heidi Swapp

Papers and embellishments from Maggie Holmes

Adhesive runner

Scissors Stitch Happy

 

 

 

Traveler’s Notebook Spread with the Journal Guide

Hello, We R friends! Enza back with you to share a spread in my new traveler’s notebook using the Journal Guide tool.

Travelers Notebook with the Journal Guide by Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

If you love creating charts, lists, banners, or even little pockets to hold tags, memorabilia, and embellishments, this tool is for you. My spread today features the new Crate Paper Journal Studio Collection, which I absolutely love!

I started by creating sort of a calendar for the upcoming month. I used the rotating guide to draw two concentric circles and add sections for the days of the month. This tool is very easy to use, and gives you perfect results all the time. Since I like different textures and some dimension on my pages, I decided to use a craft die from my stash to cut the circle; then I die cut a smaller circle from patterned paper to place in the middle, just to embellish it a bit.

We R Memory Keepers Journal Guide

We R Memory Keepers Journal Guide

Next, I created two banners by simply tracing them with the ruler and the right angle guides before fussy cutting them with the Crafter’s Small Precision Scissors.

We R Memory Keepers Journal GuideWe R Memory Keepers Journal Guide

I usually like to have a little pocket or sleeve on the back of the front cover of my notebook, just to hold bits and pieces of the collection I plan to use, or store keepsakes. It is super easy to create your own with the Journal Guide. I simply cut patterned paper to the desired size, folded it around the long end of the tool, and taped the sides; for the bottom, I just folded the flap up and glued it to the back. I created three pockets, that I embellished with washi tape and die cuts from the Crate Paper Journal Studio Collection.

Journal Pockets made with the Journal Guide by Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

Here are some close ups:

Travelers Notebook Spread made with the Journal Guide by Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

Travelers Notebook Spread made with the Journal Guide by Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

I had fun using the Journal Guide to create this opening spread in my November notebook. What will you use this all-in-one tool for?

Enza

 

Supplies:

Journal Guide

Crafter’s Small Precision Scissors

Crate Paper Journal Studio Collection

November New Releases: Part 1

Hello crafty friends! Usually we’re not so happy about Monday mornings, but today we’re super excited to share some new releases that will start shipping to retailers early November 2018! So, if you’d like a little pick-me-up for your Monday morning, scroll down and check out what’s coming soon!

Stitch Happy Pen

If you’re a crafter without a sewing machine but love the look of hand stitching on your projects, this is the tool for you! Create cute embroidery designs and add texture to paper craft projects. The Stitch Happy Pen creates loops on the underside of the paper so you do not have to go back and forth. The frame has strong magnets to keep your paper tight so it doesn’t bend when stitching. It’s perfect for on-the-go crafting too!

We R Memory Keepers Stitch Happy Pen

We R Memory Keepers Stitch Happy Pen

Storage Bottles

Store your small embellishments, glitter, beads, and more in these clear sturdy glass jars, shaker jars, vials, and screw stack jars. They come in several different sizes and styles so there’s something for every crafter!

Watch for these in stores and online near the holiday season!

5 Halloween Decor Ideas

Hello, and Happy Friday We R fans! We hope you’ve enjoyed all the Halloween project inspiration from our design team this week. We thought we’d finish Halloween Week off with a roundup of 5 Halloween Decor Ideas. So sit back and enjoy the eye candy.

Halloween Banner

Grab the Banner Punch Board, the Alphabet Punch Board, your favorite Halloween collection, and make this simple banner to celebrate Halloween! You can find more photos and details HERE.

Halloween Banner with the We R Memory Keepers Banner Punch Board

Halloween Witch Hats

These adorable paper witch hats are the perfect addition to your Halloween home decor. CLICK HERE to learn how to make them with the DIY Party Board.

We R Memory Keepers DIY Party Board Witch Hats

Halloween Ghosts

We love the eerie look of these easy hanging ghosts made with the DIY Party Globe Punch and some white cheese cloth. Grab the how-to on the blog HERE.

Halloween Hanging Ghosts made with the We R Memory Keepers DIY Party Globe Punch

DIY Halloween Photo Lights Strand

Print some Halloween images on our special Photo Lights Backlit Film, trim them and insert it into the frames in the Photo Lights Strand to make this spooky garland. CLICK HERE for more photos and details on this Halloween project.

DIY Halloween Photo Lights Strand from We R Memory Keepers

Halloween Paper Boxes with Bows

Make a set of these cute Halloween paper boxes and bows with the 123 Punch Board and some Halloween patterned paper. For full instructions, CLICK HERE.

Halloween Paper Boxes and Bows featuring the We R Memory Keepers DIY Party Board

Well, that’s all for today friends. We hope these ideas have inspired you to get your Halloween Craft on this weekend. Be sure to share your Halloween paper craft projects with us on our Facebook page HERE.

Framed Halloween Decor with the Crop-A-Dile

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a really fun Halloween décor project! It’s no secret how much I love making Halloween décor and this project makes me so happy! String art is all the rage and I wanted to make a spider web. Not wanting to get a hammer and nails involved in this project, I wondered if I could create one with eyelets. Well, yes, yes, I could!

Framed Halloween Decor with the Crop-A-Dile by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Following an image I found online of a spider web, I began by drawing a series of straight lines onto a piece of cardstock in a star or asterisk shape. (Total of 4 lines creating 8 spokes.)

Framed Halloween Decor with the Crop-A-Dile by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

At the ends of each spoke of my shape, I set an eyelet with my Cropdile. An eyelet was also placed in the center where all the lines intersected. For those eyelets, I needed the Cropodile Big Bite to be able to reach father into my piece of cardstock. Finally, in between each eyelet, another one was set.

Framed Halloween Decor with the Crop-A-Dile by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Using baker’s twine, I began stringing through the eyelet openings. I followed the straight lines I drew first by pulling the string up through the center eyelet and down through the end spoke eyelet.

Framed Halloween Decor with the Crop-A-Dile by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Then I followed around the outside “circles” of eyelets with the rest of the twine. Thank you pattern for keeping me straight.

Framed Halloween Decor with the Crop-A-Dile by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I foam mounted the strung cardstock to a piece of black cardstock. The entire panel was placed on a piece of Pebbles Spooky Boo patterned paper, cut to the size of my frame. The sticker, from the same collection, was way too perfect! May contain spiders…ha!

Framed Halloween Decor with the Crop-A-Dile by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Who is ready to make some string art with eyelets?! What other images might you try with this technique?

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers

Pebbles

Halloween Emoji Garland

Hello everyone!  It’s Eva on the blog today showing you how to create a fun and easy Halloween garland using the Emoji Punch Board.

Halloween Emoji Garland by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

In Chile we don’t usually decorate our house for Halloween. My son however is really excited about this celebration and asked me if he could put some Halloween things in his bedroom. I made him this spooky garland with some emoji monsters because I knew he was going to love it!

To create the garland start by punching some icons with your Emoji Punch Board. I used different colors from this beautiful DCWV Holiday Jewels paper stack.

We R Memory Keepers Emoji Punch Board

Next, use your Mini Alphabet Punch Board to punch a word, in my case I spelled the word “Boooo”

We R Memory Keepers Mini Alphabet Punch Board

After that, I added some details to my monsters using the scraps from the Punch Board and my Sticky Piercer. Be creative, monsters don’t have to be perfect!

Halloween Emoji Garland by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Here are all the monsters I did. Let me give you a few ideas: I created the devil’s horns with some smiles in yellow.   The one eye monster was created aligning the paper on the mouth side instead of the eyes side. The purple monster has some upside down hearts on the back of his head and to create the mummy I simply glued some stripes before punching the emoji!

Halloween Emoji Garland by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Finally, I glued all my emojis and letters to some twine with washi tape.

Halloween Emoji Garland by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

And here it is my Hallowee Garland, isn’t it cute? You can use these emojis for some many things: for your planner, as cupcake toppers and to decorate a Letterboard like I did in this post!

Thanks for joining me and have a great day!

Halloween Emoji Garland by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Eva

 

Supplies:

Emoji Punch Board
Mini Alphabet Punch Board
Sticky Piercer

 

 

 

Halloween Banner with the Circle Spin & Trim

Happy Almost-Halloween, We R friends!  This is Rebecca sharing some hauntingly-fun décor with you today!  I have to admit that Halloween usually gets lost in the mix of happenings at this time of year; we take the kids trick-or-treating, but there’s so much else going on that I don’t put out many (if any) decorations.  The other day my five-year-old daughter mentioned that she was sad we didn’t have decorations up and that prompted me to find some time to create a little something we could hang up.

Halloween Banner featuring the Circle Spin & Trim by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Looking over all of my WRMK tools, I got so many fun ideas for things to create, not the least of which was a scalloped “HAPPY HAUNTINGS” banner made with the Circle Spin & Trim, and some help from Pebbles’ Spooky Boo collection.

We R Memory Keepers Circle Spin & Trim

I started by cutting out fourteen 6” circles from the different Spooky Boo patterned papers.  It took mere minutes to do using the Spin & Trim, it’s that easy!  I cut 2 from each 12” x 12” paper so I could use a circle from each side.

Halloween Banner featuring the Circle Spin & Trim by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I then folded each circle in half.  You can use the aid of a scoring tool like the WRMK Scoreboard, if you need to.  I lay each word (‘happy’ and ‘hauntings’) out on my table and measured the length of twine I’d need for each strand.  I folded the circles over the twine and adhered them closed, creating scalloped garlands.

Halloween Banner featuring the Circle Spin & Trim by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I used the Circle Spin & Trim again to cut fourteen 2” circles out of gold glitter paper and adhered each letter of my phrase to them.  While the Thickers are already backed with adhesive, I added extra glue to ensure a firm hold since sunlight and heat from our television are both could dry out the existing adhesive.

Halloween Banner featuring the Circle Spin & Trim by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Before committing those circles to my garland, I chose a few simple embellishments like paper stickers, puffy stickers, and a little black lace to add to each semi-circle.

Halloween Banner featuring the Circle Spin & Trim by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

As much as I’m not a fan of spiders AT ALL, the glitter wall spiders make a creepy-cute addition to some of the banner pieces.

Halloween Banner featuring the Circle Spin & Trim by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I also couldn’t resist whipping up some ghost tassels with yarn and the Tassel Loom, which I tied onto the twine in-between circles.  The final touch was a bit of off-white sequin trim to the top of each scallop.

Halloween Banner featuring the Circle Spin & Trim by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

This was such a fun project to create and, thanks to the Circle Spin & Trim, cutting out all of those circles was so easy and fast—and uniform, which makes handmade home décor look a lot more polished.  My daughter is so excited to finally have some Halloween décor in our house!  I’m sure it won’t be the last we put up this year, either; I think more of those ghosts are calling my name…

Halloween Banner featuring the Circle Spin & Trim by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

Circle Spin & Trim

Tassel Loom

Scoreboard