Halloween Photo Lights Strand

Happy Friday friends! It’s Aly here, and I hope you’ve enjoyed this week full of spooky decor ideas. Today I’ve got a fun Halloween DIY for you featuring the Photo Lights Strand.

One of the things I love about Halloween decor is playing with light and dark. It’s a unique holiday that allows you to incorporate both into your home or party decor. I couldn’t wait to create something with the Photo Light Strand for Halloween!

I started by purchasing some digital images from the American Crafts Boo collection on the AC Digitals website HERE. I dragged them and dropped them onto an 8.5 x 11 canvas in Photoshop.

Then I printed them onto the Backlit Film with my inkjet printer. You can also use a laser printer, but just be sure to print on the duller side of the film, not the smoother side.

Then I traced and cut them out using the template included with the light strand, so they would fit into the individual frames.

The light strand has ribbon loops at each end for hanging, and a battery pack that requires three AA batteries.

I love that you can customize the photos/images in the light strand to match the theme of your event or party.

This is such a fun addition to my Halloween decor, and it’s so easy to make. I love it! Thanks for joining me today, and have a crafty weekend!

Supplies:

Photo Lights Strand
Backlit Film
American Crafts Boo digital collection

Throwback Thursday: DIY Matchbook Mini Album for Halloween

For today’s Throwback Thursday, we’re sharing one of our most popular Halloween projects from 2015. Read below to learn how to make your own Halloween Matchbook Mini Album.

 

Hey there crafty friends! It’s Aly here again to share a fun and easy DIY Halloween Mini Album with you using some of my favorite new We R tools, along with some old stand-bys. We’ve created a tradition at our house of trying on our Halloween costumes a few days before the big day to see how they look, and so I get a chance to take some good photos in full light and under ideal circumstances. This has been such a stress reliever! Now I can enjoy the festivities on Halloween night just as much as everyone else without worrying about getting the perfect photos before it’s all over.

I just took some photos of my youngest daughter all dressed up as Mavis from Hotel Transylvania, and decided to make a simple matchbook mini album to display them using the Template Studio and some black glitter Designer Poster Board as my base.

DIY Halloween Matchbook Mini Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers #templatestudio #halloweencrafts #minialbum

DIY Halloween Matchbook Mini Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers #templatestudio #halloweencrafts #cropadile

To create this 3×4 inch album I cut a 3″ x 9″ strip from a piece of black glitter Designer Poster Board using the Template Studio. Poster board makes a great mini album base since it’s sturdier than cardstock, but not quite as stiff as some chipboard can be.

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DIY Halloween Matchbook Mini Album by Aly Dosdall 4

Then I used my Trim and Score Board to score lines at 3 5/8″, 3 3/4″, 7 3/4″ and 7 7/8″. You can trim a bit of extra off the left end if you’d like to leave more room to see your photos once the album’s assembled.

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To create the inside pages for the album, I trimmed five pieces of black glitter Designer Poster Board to 2 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ so they’re slightly smaller than the cover. Next, I rounded the corners of my cover and inside pages with my 1/4″ Corner Chomper, and then punched 1/8″ holes in the bottom of the inside pages, and in the bottom front flap of the cover with my Crop-A-Dile.

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I added my 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ photos to the inside pages using adhesive dots. They stick well to the glitter on the poster board. ( I added my photos after punching the holes, but I recommend adding them before you punch the holes so you don’t have to punch twice.) I used some Dear Lizzy roller stamps to add journaling, and then die cut the stamped phrases to create labels for each photo. Then I added a few gold Sequin Stickers to finish off my album pages.

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I place brads into the holes of the bottom front flap, and then into the holes of the inside pages to bind the album. Since the brads don’t go through the back of the album, the prongs are hidden, keeping the album neat and tidy. Finally, I embellished the front of the album with some shapes that I die cut with my Evolution Advanced from some of the new DIY Party Double Sided Paper Pad. I added a few black Sequin Stickers, and stamped the date as my title with a Heidi Swapp roller stamp.

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This little matchbook mini is easy to make and oh-so-fun! It perfect for showcasing Halloween, birthday, or holiday photos. It would make a great gift album as well.

Supplies:

Decorative Poster Board (black glitter)
Template Studio Starter Kit
Trim and Score Board
Corner Chomper
Crop-A-Dile
Evolution Advanced
Bat and Moon Punch Die
Albums Made Easy Dies–Instagram, Banners
Sequin Stickers–Black, Gold
Roller Stamps–Dear Lizzy, Heidi Swapp
Sticky Thumb Adhesive
black ink pad
brads
foam squares

Make Halloween Ghosts with the Globe Punch

Hello and welcome Trick or Treat fans!

It’s Chantalle here and I’m going to show you a super easy, spookalicious décor idea you can use for Halloween, which is right around the corner!

Halloween Ghosts with the DIY Party Globe Punch by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The humble ghost is a quintessential hallmark at this time of year. These little fellows are created in just three easy steps! Make them in abundance and hang inside the home or suspend outdoors to float in the breeze.

Halloween Ghosts with the DIY Party Globe Punch by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
The heads of the ghosts were created using my DIY Party Globe Punch. This clever tool allows you to create custom covers to adorn LED light strands! I’ve used the tool quite simply this time, tying off one end to create the globe shape and threading it through some muslin fabric.

DIY Party Globe Punch by We R Memory Keepers

To start, I trimmed some sheets of Core’dinations Smooth Premium Cardstock down to 4 (w) x 7.5 (l) inches. Lining the left short edge of the paper up with the alignment guide mark, I punched. One then slides the paper slightly to the left, to meet the next alignment guide. Punch again.

Now one continues to punch left to right, matching the punched shape with the shape embossed into the tool. This is so you know you are aligning the next punch correctly. Continue until you have punched the length of the paper.

Now, flip the paper and do the same for the opposite side.

DIY Party Globe Punch by We R Memory Keepers

The Globe Punch (as with all WRMK tools) comes with full instructions. Loop the top little hook shapes together to close the globe at both sides. I strung some twine around one closed side and used a marker to draw some faces on to the cardstock.

Finally, I threaded the twine through some muslin, which I cut into a very rough square shape. You can, of course, make the squares as large as you’d like to make the ghosts really floaty!

Halloween Ghosts with the DIY Party Globe Punch by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

They look cute huddled together and would even make a great mobile!

Halloween Ghosts with the DIY Party Globe Punch by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks so much for joining me today. Happy Haunting!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

DIY Party Globe Punch

Core’dinations Smooth Premium Cardstock

Other:

Muslin fabric

Twine

 

 

 

 

Halloween Witch Hats with the DIY Party Board

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today with some fun Halloween décor. When you think of the We R Memory Keepers DIY Party Board, you probably are not thinking you can make decorations with it. But check out how easy it made creating these witch hats!

DIY Party Board Witch Hats for Halloween by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Each of these witch hats was made from the Mini Party Hat setting on the DIY Party Board.

DIY Party Board Witch Hats for Halloween by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Once again, We R Memory Keepers does an amazing job of labeling their tools! The size of paper needed to create a Mini Party Hat is listed on the board. In this case 6×6.”

DIY Party Board Witch Hats for Halloween by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

It also lists which cutting guide to use (C). And which notches to place the guide inside. I could not get any simpler. The paper will need to be cut twice. Align the guide and make your cut by sliding the blade in the grooves. Repeat for the second cut. I have found that the smaller, second cut, does need more help in holding the paper in place because the guide is covering much less of the paper. Use your other hand to keep the paper in the bottom corner when making the smallest cut.

DIY Party Board Witch Hats for Halloween by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

A sturdy adhesive will need to be used to hold the party/witch hats together. The Red Tape works really well. I placed a strip of adhesive on the edge of the front. Then a second strip of adhesive on the other edge, but on the back side of the paper. When you roll your paper together, the adhesive will help keep both sides in place.

DIY Party Board Witch Hats for Halloween by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Roll the paper together, keeping it flat on the table. By doing this your witch hat will sit flat.

DIY Party Board Witch Hats for Halloween by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Cut a strip of patterned paper to ½” by 6.” Apply this to the bottom of the witch hat, once again, holding everything flat to the table. I found that placing the adhesive strip along the bottom helped keep it in place. The paper you wrap around the bottom will not lay flat against the cone of the hat. But its ok.

Patterned paper was cut into a circle. I then glued the cone to the base of the hat with a hot glue gun.

DIY Party Board Witch Hats for Halloween by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Each of the hats was decorated with various stickers and ephemera from the Pebbles Midnight Haunting collection.

DIY Party Board Witch Hats for Halloween by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Party Board Witch Hats for Halloween by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The mix of flat stickers and puffy stickers added fun dimension to each witch hat.

DIY Party Board Witch Hats for Halloween by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Where will you use your handmade witch hats this Halloween?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

Pebbles- Midnight Haunting Collection

American Crafts:

Mixed Media Planner Dashboard

Hello We R friends! Aly here with you today to share a mixed media planner dashboard I made. I have to say, I’m a beginner at the mixed media thing, but with the Letterpress Starter Kit, the Evolution Advanced, and some paints from the Vicki Boutin Mixed Media collection this dashboard came together quickly and easily, and I’m excited to give it another go!

Mixed Media Letterpress Planner Dashboard by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Mixed Media Letterpress Planner Dashboard by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

To create this dashboard, I used a sheet of 4.25″ x 5.5″ letterpress paper that comes with the Letterpress Kit and added some brush strokes with Vicki Boutin paints in my favorite color palette.

Vicki Boutin paints on letterpress paper

I used a 3/4 soft white mop brush and started with the darkest colors. After those dried I added the medium colors, allowing them to dry, and then the lightest colors. I finished off with some touches of white paint to add some texture.

Mixed Media Letterpress Planner Dashboard by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Once all the paint dried I added a letterpress sentiment using one of the plates that comes in the kit. I trimmed a piece of double sided adhesive from the kit to fit my plate, and then placed it where I wanted the sentiment to be positioned on the dashboard with the adhesive side facing up. Then I lowered the top of the letterpress platform, pressed it into the plate with adhesive to stick the plate to the platform.

Mixed Media Letterpress Planner Dashboard by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Inking the letterpress plate with the black resin ink pad that comes with the kit was easy and a lot less messy than using a tube of ink, a roller, and an ink block. Simply turn the resin ink pad upside down and pounce it on the letterpress plate until it’s fully inked. Then lower the top of the platform and roll it through the Evolution Advanced. No need for complicated combinations of platform and shims–simply turn the dial on the Evolution Advanced to the “Letterpress” setting.

Mixed Media Letterpress Planner Dashboard by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Tip: be sure to leave a paint-free spot on your letterpress paper big enough for your letterpress plate as the resin ink won’t take well to paint.

Once the letterpress ink dried, I punched the insert with my Planner Punch Board + Spiral Disc Punch inserts and added it into my Heidi Swapp Time Flies Memory Planner.

Mixed Media Letterpress Planner Dashboard by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope this project inspires you to try playing around with different combinations of paints and letterpress. Happy crafting friends!

Supplies:

Letterpress Starter Kit
Evolution Advanced
Planner Punch Board
Spiral Punch Inserts
Vicki Boutin Paints (sets 1, 2, & 3)
Heidi Swapp Time Flies Planner

DIY Perforated Notepads for Teacher

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

Beach Lightbox Photo Frame

Hey there friends! It’s Aly Dosdall joining you again today, and I’m glad you’re here! I’m loving Beach Week so far–what fabulous beach themed project ideas we’ve seen so far! Today I’m sharing an idea for displaying your precious beach trip memories in a beautiful and unique way.

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

A couple of years ago my hubby and I had the chance to spend a week in Hawaii. He just happened to have a work conference there–how convenient, right?

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I made an album with our photos and memories of the trip, but it was such a fun vacation that I really wanted to have some of our favorite photos on display in our home, so I created this beach themed light box photo frame using elements from the Photo Lights collection and the Crate Paper Oasis paper collection.

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I started by creating an 8×8 photo collage with nine photos in my Google Photos app. There are several ways to create photo collages. Some of my favorites are picmonkey.com (PC), the Layout app from Instagram (smartphone), and Google Photos (PC or smartphone).

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Next, I printed my photo collage onto the Photo Lights Backlit Printable Film using my inkjet printer (you can also use a laser printer). I trimmed it to 8×8 inches to fit my 8×8 Photo Lights Frame. Then I gathered some rub-ons from the Photo Lights collection, as well as some other embellishments.

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I added the rub-on directly to the photo collage first, and then inserted it into the magnetic frame. Then I added the remaining embellishments on the outside of the frame for some dimension.

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

To add to the Hawaiian beach theme of the project, I layered some Gold Fringe Tape on the top edge of the frame. It reminds me of a grass skirt or a tiki bar!

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

The Photo Lights frames are a great way to stylishly and easily display your favorite memories. Keep them for your own space, or give them away for the perfect gift. Thanks for joining me friends, and have a happy crafty day!

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies:

Photo Lights 8×8 Frame–Natural
Photo Lights Backlit Printable Film
Photo Lights Rub-Ons
DIY Party Fringe Tape–Gold

Crate Paper Oasis Collection

 

Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy

Hello and welcome, Chantalle with you today! The Winter solstice has come and gone here in the Southern Hemisphere (not that we can really complain about our winter temps in Queensland!) and I am starting to dream about balmy beach days again. I’ve created an oversized beach bag with my Stitch Happy Sewing Machine, which can accommodate all of our gear for a day at the beach, a picnic or pool party!

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I will confess, that my sewing skills are pretty much limited to most things in square form or something easy that I can check out a tutorial online. (You can find the full details of this tutorial later on in this post.)

My bag is primarily natural calico with a bright pop of colour for the lining and little pocket. I had such fun looking at all the beautiful trims in my local fabric store!

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I washed and ironed my fabric before use to prevent the fabric from warping later on. Once it was ready, I used my new Supreme Ruler to measure out two large pieces, each 22 x 40 inches. I folded the material over before I cut to make it easier. Using the fold as one side, also meant I didn’t have to sew all four sides. The Supreme Ruler was fabulous to use, as the one side has a metal edge, which was perfect for using my rotary cutter against. It also has handy measuring guides, so I knew exactly where to make my markings.

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

This bag is large and strong – It easily fitted four towels, my camera, sunblock, hats and a picnic rug. The bag’s size also seems easy to adjust, so you can make one to suit your specific needs!

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

As per the tutorial, I sewed two square shapes, one in the bright chevron and one in the calico. The bag has squared off edges, which makes it easier to stand up a bit straighter. This involves marking off sections in the bottom two corners, opening the corner and then sewing across. Finally cutting off the excess fabric.

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The bags then fit inside each other and one sews in the handles. I’ve used natural belting which was a little over an inch wide. You can make these as long or as short as you like.

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

You’ll notice I’ve sewed in a box fashion where the handles meet the fabric. This provides extra strength when the handles are under load. Just go slow and steady with your machine and if you find using the pedal is too fast for such a specific area, I like to just wind by hand so I know each stitch is deliberate.

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The pocket was a bit of a made up design, lol. I initially thought the pocket would have the chevron on the outside, but it turned out looking a bit too bright, so I used the calico on the outside and lined it with the chevron print, turning the front edge over slightly, so the colour was peeping out. This was then finished off with some super cute coordinating pom pom trim, which I may or may not have bought a bit extra for something else in the future!

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I’m so impressed with how this bag turned out. I’ll definitely be using the method to create more bags like this and would love to try making a smaller one for everyday items, like groceries or my little one’s gymnastics class! It was a very do-able project and I loved creating it with my Stitch Happy!

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you will have as much fun with your Stitch Happy Sewing Machine as I have!

(The full tutorial of this bag can be found by clicking here)

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Stitch Happy Sewing Machine

Stitch Happy Thread White

Supreme Ruler

Fabric Hoop with the Supreme Ruler

Hello, We R friends! Tessa Buys here. I love pretty fabric almost as much as I love pretty paper, so every once in awhile it’s fun to put down the paper and glue and whip up a fabric project. This one is super easy, especially when you use the new We R Memory Keepers Supreme Ruler:

Fabric Hoop with the Supreme Ruler by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

I gathered some fabric scraps that I loved, including quilting cottons and this fun, shimmery fabric. Using a rotary cutter and the Supreme Ruler, I cut several strips from each fabric in various widths. I knew I loved this ruler for paper projects, but now I don’t think I’ll be using my usual quilting ruler as much any more.

Fabric Hoop with the Supreme Ruler by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Why? I cannot sing the praises of the non-slip grip the bottom of this ruler has enough! I am a clumsy crafter, so it was really nice to be able to count on the non-slip grip to keep my ruler from moving around on the fabric. Also, I love the handle that I can hold and push down on as I am cutting. It’s much easier to grasp and move around than my typical quilting ruler.

Fabric Hoop with the Supreme Ruler by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Once I had all my strips cut, I simply looped them around an embroidery hoop. I embellished with some handmade felt roses and leaves.

Fabric Hoop with the Supreme Ruler by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

I’m sure I’ll be using my Supreme Ruler for more fabric crafts. My quilting ruler might collect a little bit of dust while I keep the Supreme Ruler handy. If you give a fabric project a try, happy crafting!

Supplies Used:

Supreme Ruler

Throwback Thursday: Summer Lemonade Stand

Hello friends, and thanks for joining us today for Throwback Thursday! School’s out here in Utah, so today we’re revisiting the summer of 2015 to celebrate. That year we featured an absolutely darling Lemonade Stand project that our in-house designers decorated in a snap with the Evolution Advanced and some of our thin metal dies. You can’t help but think of summer when you see this. Check it out below!

 

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This was an Evolution Advanced project using the following products: