Precision Press Advanced Valentine’s Day Card

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a card-saving tip for you with the We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Advanced! I will be the first to admit that I have issues lining stamps and dies up, often ruining my die-cut piece, or even my whole card. Not good! Keep reading to find out how to never ruin a card again!

Valentine's Day Card with the We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford

I die cut a heart image from Pebbles patterned paper and knew that I wanted to stamp the “love you” sentiment from Vicki Boutin in the center. To make sure everything lined up perfectly, I placed the heart on my Precision Press Advanced base, securing it with the magnets included with the tool. Then I lined up the stamp image exactly where I wanted it on the heart. (Make sure to do this with the stamping portion of the image face down. So you can read the words.)

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Place the clear plate over the top and push down. This will pick up the image and affix it to the platform. Now, when you go back after your image has been inked, the pegs on the base will assist you with perfect placement. Every.single.time!

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The best part about this perfect alignment also helps fix inking mistakes! I did not get enough ink on a part of my image, but no worries, because I added the ink and re-stamped! And you cannot tell! Whew!

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I added a few more hearts to my Valentine’s Day card. They needed a little more detail, and I immediately thought of the Stitch Happy Pen! How cute is that stitching detail on the middle of the hearts?

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So who is excited for perfect stamping on every card?!

Supplies: Precision Press Advanced

Pocket Page with the Stitch Happy Pen

Hello happy crafters! Soraya here today to share a pocket page tutorial using the amazing Stitch Happy Pen that allows you to add texture and dimension to your projects. You can easily sew on paper, you will love it!

Pocket Page featuring the Stitch Happy Pen by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Follow the instructions you can find in the Stitch Happy Pen box to properly thread it and use the long needle. When this step is done, just pierce the paper and let the magic happen!

Pocket Page featuring the Stitch Happy Pen by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Pocket Page featuring the Stitch Happy Pen by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

You can use the stencils to create more shapes and words. For this card, I used the flower one, I love the dimension it gives to a simple white card! The title “GOALS” is made with the Word Punch Board and some washi tape. The Journal Guide helped me creating the tabs for the journaling.

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The Fuse Tool is one of my favorite tool and I can’t make a pocket page without it! I divided the yellow paper in 2 parts and sealed some sequins in the other part of the pocket.

Pocket Page featuring the Photo Sleeve Fuse by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

For the last card, I only played with diecuts and stickers. This color combo really makes me happy!

Pocket Page featuring the Stitch Happy Pen by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

And voilà ! Here is my pocket page that has a lot of dimension thanks to the Stitch Happy Pen and the other wonderful tools by We R Memory Keepers! You can find the whole creative process in my video below.

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I hope you had fun joining me for my first post of the year! Happy creating everyone and until next one!

Soraya.

 

Supplies :

Stitch Happy Pen

Stitch Happy Pen Stencils

Word Punch Board

USB Power Tool Fuse

Stitch Happy Scissors

Fuse Ruler

Black thread

Papers and embellishments from Dear Lizzy

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Journal Studio Stickers Book

Journal Guide

Adhesive Runner

We R Pocket Sleeves

Valentine’s Day Cards with the Stitch Happy Pen

Hello everyone! Enza here, and today I’m bringing you a set of cards created with the new, super fun Stitch Happy Pen.

Valentine's Day Cards with the Stitch Happy Pen by Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

I have always loved hand-stitching, especially on paper; I think it adds a lovely texture and accentuates the handmade feel of your projects. I usually use a cut file as my template, or draw my own design and then pierce the holes to make it easier to stitch. With the Stitch Happy Pen Kit, you have everything you need – you get a punch needle, a magnetic frame, threaders, and six stencils to create cute embroidery designs.

Since Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, I thought I would make a couple of cards using two of the stencils included in the kit. I started with the “love” sentiment. Normally, you would just mark the holes with a pencil first and then place the paper in the magnetic frame; but I found out that positioning both paper and stencil in the frame and then lightly piercing the holes before removing the stencil and starting to stitch made things a bit easier – the stencil stayed in place thanks to the magnetic frame, and the fact I had already pierced the paper required less pressure with the punch needle, avoiding any unwanted marks or creases.

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I used the beautiful La La Love collection by Crate Paper for both cards.

Valentine's Day Cards with the Stitch Happy Pen by Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

The hand-stitched “love” sentiment is the focal point on the first card, and all the other elements just complement it by bringing in more color and texture.

Valentine's Day Cards with the Stitch Happy Pen by Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

For the second card, I used the flower stencil.

Valentine's Day Cards with the Stitch Happy Pen by Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

I used Bazzill embossed cardstock as my base. Once I finished the design, I simply backed it with more colorful patterned paper and washi tape.

Valentine's Day Cards with the Stitch Happy Pen by Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

I love how these cards turned out. The embroidery designs add such a beautiful touch, and with the Stitch Happy Pen it’s easier than ever.

Thank you for stopping by!

Enza

 

Supplies:

Stitch Happy Pen

Crate Paper La La Love

Bazzill Cardstock

 

Craft Room Storage Tips with Laura

Hey there, We R friends, Laura here today. I am sharing some storage and organization tips for you today to get all your favorite We R supplies organized. I have lots of We R Memory Keepers supplies, and I like to keep them all together so when I am ready to work on a project, I have everything I need.

First up, I wanted to share with you some of the new storage bottles that were recently released. They come in lots of different shapes and sizes in both plastic and glass. The small screw stack jars are perfect for storing eyelets.

We R Memory Keepers Storage Bottles, Crop-A-Dile and Eyelets by Laura Silva

The snap lid jars keep my small planner supplies within easy reach and organized.

We R Memory Keepers Storage Bottles by Laura Silva

There are also shaker jars and vials. These are perfect for storing loose glitter that you purchase. It is also great to have a shaker jar rather than one with a screw on top to make it easier to apply the right amount of glitter right where you need it on your project.

We R Memory Keepers Storage Bottles by Laura Silva

I shared a quick look at my craft cart in my design team introduction. You can purchase these three-tiered carts just about anywhere now! They are wonderful because they have a lot of vertical space and you can roll them to wherever you want to craft. Which for me, is usually my kitchen table.

On the top shelf, I have a bunch of punch boards, my precision press, and a tote that carries all my hand tools. The basket keeps the punch boards from falling over and the tote is easy to remove from the cart and place wherever I want to craft.

Punch Board Storage Tips by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

On the second shelf, I have one of my favorite We R tools, the word punch board, letter punches, and number punches.

Punch Board Storage Tips by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

At first, I kept all the letters clicked together, but since I use this tool so much, I found having them loose in a container works best for me. I have them separated in 3 containers – letters A – M, letters N – Z, and then all the numbers.

Punch Board Storage Tips by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I also have my circle trimmer and Happy Jig on this shelf as well. I used another one of the totes to corral all the happy jig wires.

Craft Room Storage Tips by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

On the bottom I have a basket for all my alphabet punch board supplies, plus some addition punch boards tucked in next to the basket.

Craft Room Storage Tips by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Again, I like to keep all my supplies together if I can. In the basket I have the alphabet punch board, mini alphabet punch board, alphabet punch board papers, and the font punches that go with them. I keep the instruction books right in the basket, so I never have to search for them.

Punch Board Storage Tips by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

How do you store your favorite craft supplies?

Supplies

Punch Boards

Hand Tools

Word Punch Board

Happy Jig and Wire

Alphabet Punch Board

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Font Punches

Eyelets

Small Screw Stack Jars

Snap Lid Jar

Shaker Jars and Vials

 

Craft Supply Storage Tips with Rebecca

Hello!  It’s Rebecca with you today for my first official WRMK post of 2019!  Like many of you, I’m guessing, I’m diving head first into reorganizing my house for a fresh start.  I’ve left a trail of unfinished (and some not even started!) projects behind me as I transition from the holidays into the new year, the contents of which were scattered around the house in shoeboxes, brown paper bags, and plastic bins.  I was more than thrilled to receive a couple of WRMK’s new Bloom Pouches, which made storing some of these project materials incredibly convenient.

We R Memory Keepers Bloom Storage Pouch by Rebecca Luminarias

I definitely found myself wanting to do more DIY projects as 2018 drew to a close.  This was thanks in part to the holiday decorating fever I get every year, but also thanks to acquiring a few new WRMK tools that make DIY easy and fun.  One of those tools was the Jumbo Pom Pom Maker.  Around mid-November I decided to a start a pom pom garland.  I got 3 pom poms in and had to put it aside as the holiday madness closed in.  Yet, I know this is something I still want to have for next year and I can work on it once things settle down, usually around mid-January.  This is where one of my lovely Bloom Pouches comes in.

We R Memory Keepers Bloom Storage Pouch by Rebecca Luminarias

I can store my skeins of yarn and the Jumbo Pom Pom Maker in the pouch!  The pouch opens up flat so I can see all of my supplies and grab them quickly.

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Then it cinches closed and I can tuck my large fabric scissors under the closure flap for transport.  (I tend to need those scissors often, so I don’t want to close them up in the pouch.)  I can carry the pouch from the dining room table to the couch to the car.  It’s easy to bring this lot to the park, too, so I can work on the pom poms while my kids play.  When we’re done, or if we have to make a quick bathroom run, everything closes back up quickly and simply.

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This won’t be a project I can work on every day so I also appreciate that the pouch closes up neatly and can be tucked away in a closet or in a basket until I’m ready to get back to it.

We R Memory Keepers Bloom Storage Pouch by Rebecca Luminarias

Another project I wanted to make but ran out of time for was a felt ball garland.  I bought all the felt balls to create it, with visions of quiet nights in front of the Christmas tree, a candle burning, a podcast playing…and then reality hit and there were almost ZERO quiet nights in December!

We R Memory Keepers Bloom Storage Pouch by Rebecca Luminarias

I decided that I’d still like to make a garland, but I’ll make it suitable for keeping up year-round.  This, too, will be a project to visit once life returns to normal, post-holiday.  It’s all stored conveniently in my pink Bloom Pouch, too!

We R Memory Keepers Bloom Storage Pouch by Rebecca Luminarias

This folds up and transports just as the other pouch does and I do plan for some quiet nights later this month.  With the felt balls, as well as the twine on which I’ll string them, all snug inside the pouch, I can take this to the living room or the park, as well.

We R Memory Keepers Bloom Storage Pouch by Rebecca Luminarias

I’ve utilized the small interior zipper pockets to store my needles and a pair of scissors.  It’s so handy, especially for the needles so they don’t get lost.

We R Memory Keepers Bloom Storage Pouch by Rebecca Luminarias

I have a feeling that this may not be an activity that I can finish in one sitting, but there’s plenty of room in the pouch for the work-in-progress garland, and that means I can keep this with my pom pom project pouch, both in a basket next to the couch to pull out when I have some free time.

We R Memory Keepers Bloom Storage Pouch by Rebecca Luminarias

If you can’t tell, I’m smitten with the Bloom Pouches!  I can see using them for all kinds of things, too, not just craft projects.  For now, though, they’re making my life a little bit easier and a lot more organized, corralling some fun projects I can’t wait to finish up.
Supplies:

Bloom Pouch

Jumbo Pom Pom Maker

Mini Evolution Cake Topper

Hi there friends! It’s Aly here sharing some exciting news and a fun project! Next week on the 24 hour crafting day on HSN (Jan 8, 2019) our Mini Evolution is making its US debut along with some really awesome accessories and storage. I’m sharing some of the amazing bundles that will be available along with a cute project I made.

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Here’s a video tour of all the goodies available:

I used the “Love Grows Here’ Die/Emboss set with the coordinating layered stamps to create a DIY embellishment for this easy cake topper.

Mini Evolution Advanced Cake Topper by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Mini Evolution Advanced Cake Topper by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Here’s how I made the cake topper:

1. Ink one side of the first stamp layer with the lightest color ink and stamp on the precut 3×5 inch white paper using the Mini Precision Press Advanced that comes with the Mini Evolution Kit.

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2. Ink the other side of the first stamp layer with another light or medium color ink (I used lime green) and stamp. Then ink the leaf side of the second stamp layer with the green ink and stamp.

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3. Select a sentiment stamp to insert into the second stamp layer. Use the darkest color ink on the second half of the second stamp layer, and stamp with the Mini Precision Press.

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4. Place the stamped paper into the die/emboss folder, matching up the image to the dies, place the folder between the Emboss Plate and the Base Plate and run through the Mini Evolution Advanced.

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5. Fold the two smaller flowers to add dimension to your DIY embellishment.

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6. Using the Square Punch Board, punch a 3×4 inch rectangle from dark blue cardstock and a 2 3/4 x 3 3/4 inch rectangle from medium blue paper. Adhere them together.

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7. Adhere the DIY embellishment to the blue background using foam squares for the smaller flowers. Add blue flower eyelets for hanging to the top two corners using the Crop-A-Dile.

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8. Thread some Stitch Happy thread through the eyelets and tie the ends to two paper straws. Insert the straws into the top of your cake and enjoy!

Mini Evolution Advanced Cake Topper by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Mini Evolution Advanced Cake Topper by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to tune into HSN on Tuesday, Jan 8 2019 for some great deals on the Mini Evolution Advanced and Accessories!

Supplies:

Mini Evolution HSN Kit
Square Punch Board
Crop-A-Dile
Eyelets
Stitch Happy Aqua Thread

2019 We R Design Team: Meet Laura, Rebecca, Soraya, and Stefanie!

Happy Friday! Today we’re sharing some more info about the second half of our design team, Laura Silva, Rebecca Luminarias, Soraya Maes, and Stefanie Ried. Scroll down to read their bios and see some of their favorite projects, plus a craft room peek!

Laura Silva

Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Hello, We R friends! My name is Laura and I am so excited to be back again for another year on the We R Memory Keepers design team. You can find me sharing craft tutorials, organizing tips, and free printables over on my blog, Laura’s Crafty Life.  I live in northern Arizona with my husband and two school age kids. I have loved crafting since I was a little girl. My other favorite things are reading, watching Hallmark movies, and getting outside in nature.

My favorite project I made for the We R blog is the garland punch mobile. I love anything with a rainbow pattern. It was so easy to make, too!

Garland Punch Mobile by Laura Silva

I recently have been reorganizing my craft room. I love using craft carts to corral all my supplies. I have one set up with just We R Memory Keepers supplies.

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I can store most of my punch boards, the Happy Jig, and my small tools. I used some small storage containers that fit perfectly in the cart to corral all the little bits and pieces.

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Plus, I can roll it to wherever I am working, which I think is my favorite part!

Rebecca Luminarias

Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I live in Southern California with my husband (Arvin) and 2 young children (Augustus & Anemone). My crafting obsession is gift wrap & tags; I love to create my own, but I also enjoy seeing how others turn a plain box into a work of art. I’m an introvert who craves quiet alone time, but I also enjoy being around close friends and my family. I have a vivid and very active imagination, which is a gift and a curse, inspiring both passionate creativity and relentless worry.  For the last 12 years, I’ve been pushing that imagination to focus more on the creative side, and it just might be working!  I’ve been on the We R team as of late 2018, and I’m looking forward to another exciting year with WRMK!

Here are some photos of one of my favorite projects:

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Soraya Maes

Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Hello everyone! My name is Soraya Maes, I’m a 38 year-old-mom and wife living in the French Riviera, Southern France. I started scrapbooking in 2005 but it has always been a part of me since I started documenting my everyday life and special moments in notebooks when I was 11. This is probably why I love journaling so much! I love everything about DIY, baking and sewing costumes for my kids. Now I’m a lucky full-time scrapbooker and I love it! I’m also a craft author since I released my first book a few months ago. It was such a fabulous adventure!

Here’s a photo of one of my favorite projects and a peek into my craft room!

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Stefanie RiedSteffi Ried for We R Memory Keepers

I am Steffi and live with my daughter Anni and my husband in a small village in the south of Germany. It is located between Stuttgart and Munich. I started scrapbooking in 2012 when my daughter was born. I searched the internet for inspiration for a baby album. And so I came across scrapbooking.

I started with mini albums. That is also my great passion today. I love to record our journeys, birthdays, small and big moments in albums. In addition, I also like to make layouts. There I can live out my creative ideas. Beside scrapbooking I also like to make decorations. At home I am also creative together with my daughter. She has the passion of me. I have infected her. That is so beautiful.

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I also teach Scrapbook Workshops. I like to meet other people who share the same passion for craft and scrapbooking.

I am very happy to be a part of this wonderful design team with all the talented ladies! I really like We R Memory Keepers products because they are often used and a great help in many creative things. That’s what I LOVE about it.

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Thanks for stopping by and getting to know our 2019 Design Team a little better. We’re so excited for you to see what they share with us starting next week! It’s all about storage and organization so you’ll definitely want to tune in and get the new year off on the right foot. See you then!

2019 We R Design Team: Meet Aly, Eva, Enza & Kimberly

Hello and Happy New Year We R friends! We’re super excited to start 2019 off with some exciting news! Introducing the We R Memory Keepers 2019 Design Team!

We R Memory Keepers 2019 Design Team

Today we’re sharing some fun facts about the first half of our 2019 Design Team, so scroll down to get to know Aly, Eva, Enza, and Kimberly. You’ll get to know the other half of the team on Friday, so be sure to come back then!

Aly Dosdall

Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Hello! I’m Aly Dosdall, and I love celebrating and documenting life’s moments. Sharing memory keeping and paper craft projects, tips, and tricks is my passion, whether that’s done through the social media, teaching classes, or via television appearances. I have been involved in the scrapbook and paper craft industry for over 18 years. During my time with We R I have worked as a design team member, lead designer, blogger, and Social Media Marketing Manager (2016-present). In my free time, I enjoy running, music, traveling, binge watching Netflix, and living life with my husband and five children in beautiful Utah, USA.

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Here’s is a current favorite project:

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Eva Pizarro

Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Hi! My name is Eva Pizarro and I live in Chile with my husband Marco and my son Lorenzo. I have been scrapbooking for the past ten years and like to create scrapbook layouts and paper crafts for my friends and family. I get inspiration from lots of different things: colors, graphic design, the story behind my photo and more. I love to bake, the beach, chocolate and watching tv series.

Below you can find some of my favorite We R projects:

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Enza Gudor

Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

Hi everyone! My name is Enza Gudor, proud mom to three adorable kids, passionate about paper crafting, photography and memory keeping. I was born and raised in Italy, but moved to rainy Seattle fourteen years ago to be with the love of my life. Scrapbooking was non-existent for me growing up. I can’t believe I’m here today sharing my work with you! I feel so blessed to be a part of this amazing community! What I love the most about paper crafting is experimenting with new techniques and trends. I find it fun and inspiring. My other passions are traveling, reading, and musical theatre, and I can’t live without coffee and chocolate 😉

Here are some of my projects created with We R Memory Keepers tools:

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Kimberly Crawford

Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I am a former elementary teacher living with my husband of almost 20 years, our 13 year-old-son, and one big fat cat, in eastern Iowa. Being a stay-at-home mom keeps me busy as my son is involved in many activities at school, which leads to me becoming involved as well. I have been working in the paper crafting industry for over 10 years and am thrilled to be designing for We R Memory Keepers! Check out some of my favorite We R projects:

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Thanks for stopping by! We look forward to seeing what these ladies create with our tools, so be sure to stop by the blog often. Friday we’ll feature the other half of our team. See you then.

2019 Coptic Bound Planner [Free Printable!]

Hello, and Happy Friday friends! Next week we head into 2019 and I’m so excited to start the new year! I’m looking forward to some awesome opportunities and setting some goals. Getting organized, planning and setting goals works a lot better for me if I have them written down so I can keep myself accountable and on task. Each year I make a printable calendar to help me do that, so today I’m sharing a FREE PRINTABLE planner that you can use for 2019. The cool thing about this printable calendar is that you can start it any time and you can use it for any year. It’s also pretty versatile, so you can make one for each month, or you can create one for the entire year. Take a look!

2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

To create my planner I used my FREE PRINTABLE 2019 PLANNER which you can download below, some papers and embellishments from the Dear Lizzy New Day collection, some stickers from the Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection, and some We R Journal Studio tools.

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2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I started by printing the planner pages. There are 7 pages for each month–a To Do page, a monthly spread, and weekly spreads. I printed them double sided so that you can flip them over at the short end of the paper since they’re horizontally oriented. (Tip: the last page is single sided.) I used high quality printer paper that’s designed for double sided printing. You can download the FREE PRINTABLE PLANNER below:

We R Memory Keepers Printable Planner

Then I trimmed the pages (they each have a trimming guide) and folded them in half. I ordered them so that page 1 is on top and page 7 (the single page) is on the bottom, repeating this order for each month’s pages. Then I trimmed a patterned paper divider for each month from the New Day collection. Trim the dividers to 6 1/2 inches wide and 5 5/8 inches tall to match the printed pages.

Since I used a Coptic binding for my planner I grouped each month together with the divider and all of the printed pages. When creating a coptic bound book, these small groupings of pages are called “signatures”. For this book you’ll have twelve signatures, one for each month. Since this book is so thick, I saddle stitched each signature with the Book Binding Guide before binding them all together to provide more stability. Here’s how to saddle stitch the signatures using the Book Binding Guide (instructions come with the tool):

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  1. Place all the folded pages in your signature face up on the left side of the tool. There’s a groove in the base of the tool which makes is easy to accurately place your pages.
  2. Place the piercing guide on top of your papers with the groove side facing down. Turn the screws to secure the guide, making sure the holes with the rings around them are centered along the fold of the pages.
  3. Use the piercing tools to pierce every other hole (the ones with the rings). Make sure the tool pierces through all the pages.
  4. Repeat these steps for all twelve signatures.
  5. Use the straight needle and the wax thread to saddle stitch each signature (instructions included in the manual). Thread the needle with a single strand of thread.
  6. Thread the needle through the hole at one end of the pages, going from the inside to the outside of the signature (inside pages to outer cover), leaving 3-4 inches at the end to tie a knot once you finish stitching.
  7. Go up through the next hole, down through the next hole, up through the next, etc. until you reach the end.
  8. Then stitch back to the other end using the opposite motion (stitch up through the down holes and down through the up holes). Repeat this all the way to the other end so that you have continuous stitches on the inside and outside of your signature. Tie the two ends in a square knot and trim the excess.
  9. Saddle stitch all twelve of your signatures together, and then your ready to make your covers!

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To create the covers:

  1. I trimmed two pieces of book board to 3 1/2 inches wide and 5 3/4 inches long.
  2. I covered them with patterned paper from the New Day collection and then pierced holes in both cover. The holes for the covers must match the holes for the signatures.
  3. When piercing covers, place them on the left side of the Book Binding Guide and flip the piercing guide over so that the flat side is facing down.
  4. Use the center column of holes and align the ringed holes to they’re centered like the holes for the signatures were (see above photo for details). Then tighten the screws to hold the piercing guide in place.
  5. Pierce through every other hole (all the ringed ones) with the piercing tool. Repeat these steps for the other cover.

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Now it’s time to bind together the covers and the twelve signatures! You can find instructions in your Book Binding manual, more details and photos in THIS POST by Eva Pizarro, and you can also watch this helpful video tutorial.

  1. Use the curved needle and wax thread. Thread the needle and tie a knot in the end of the thread. Start by stitching together the bottom cover and the last signature (December pages) following the instructions in the booklet.
  2. Add the November signature using the instructions, and then continue adding all the signatures in reverse order through February. If you’d like you can add sequins to the coptic stitches to embellish your book.
  3. Finish off the book with the January signature and the top cover. Tie the loose end in a square knot and trim the excess. I added a pom pom tassel from the New Day collection, attaching it to the binding stitches on the outside of the planner.
  4. Tip: I used multiple strands of thread (about four) since it’s easier to stitch smaller lengths of thread. Just be sure to finish a length at the end of a signature, and start a new length at the beginning of a signature.
  5. Once you’ve finished binding your planner, you can decorate the inside pages! I like to use flat embellishments (stickers, rub ons, washi tape, ephemera, stencils) so I don’t add too much bulk to the book.

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Since this planner can be used for any year and can start at any time, you’ll need to add the dates. You can write them, stamp them, or use stickers from the Journal Studio. I used my colored pencils.

2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Decorate your front cover with stickers, washi tape, rub ons or ephemera. I used the Dear Lizzy New Day and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collections.

2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

This would be a fun weekend craft project to get ready for the new year next week. Thanks for stopping by! Have a fun and crafty weekend friends.

Supplies:

Book Binding Guide
Magnetic Alphabet Stencils
Magnetic Symbol Stencils
Journal Guide
Washi Tape
Washi Tape Keychain
6×6 Book Board
Precision Glass Cutting Mat
Craft Knife
Supreme Ruler
Dear Lizzy New Day CollectionDear Lizzy New Day Collection
Amy Tangerine Journal Studio Sticker Book

Throwback Thursday: 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