DIY Party Board Project Inspiration

Our new DIY Party Board will be hitting stores next month, and we wanted to share some project inspiration with you from our fabulous in-house design team. Check out these adorable Valentine’s Day treat pouches!

DIY Party Board by We R Memory Keepers

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What’s so cool about the DIY Party Board is that you can customize your partyware to match the holiday, season, or event that you’re creating for. Just swap out your papers and embellishments!

What kind of partyware would you make with the DIY Party Board?

 

Interactive Valentine’s Day Card

Hello it’s Chantalle. Thank you for visiting the blog today! If your heart is bursting with love for your Valentine, than I have the perfect ‘fully loaded’ idea for you! This special interactive card can hold lots and lots of love and comes in it’s own gift bag, thank to the Goodie Bag Guide Tool.

Valentine's Day Gift Pouch by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The treat bag was created using some beautiful teal ombre glassine paper. You can find this shade, along with a few others, inside a pack of Oh Goodie Glassine Papers. The outside of the bag has been simply embellished with some rub ons and a few bits of heart shaped Crush Ephemera. Those awesome big rubs ons are actually a part of the new Photo Lights range. They go on super smooth and have a great gloss finish.

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This card is 7×5 inches. I wanted to it to be big enough to handle all the bits inside but not so big that it becomes overwhelming.

Interactive Valentine's Day Card by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Let’s take a closer look at how it came together…

Valentine's Day Gift Pouch by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I started out with a sheet of 12×12 Crush ‘XOXO’. I cut it down to 10×10 inches, folded it in half and then trimmed the length down a touch more until it felt ‘right’. (This ended up being 7 inches.)

I wanted to add lots of pockets to the inside of my card to be able to store love notes etc. A great way to do this was to create a few little mini folders using my Tab Punch Board. How gorgeous is that marble effect Bazzill cardstock! I machine stitched the edges shut and adhered them in a waterfall fashion to the inside of my card. I thought it would be fun to be able to see them peeping out from inside the card so I used my Goodie Bag Guide Tool to create a semi-circular shape…

 

… This part lifts up to reveal the little folders below.

Interactive Valentine's Day Card by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The first folder contains a love note, which I penned with the help of my Typecast Typewriter.

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There is also a little tag, which I have jazzed up a bit with some ribbon, Crush Ephemera and Crush Accent Stickers.

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I’ve also created some coordinating bits and pieces to embellish the pockets.

Interactive Valentine's Day Card by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Create custom clips by hot glueing some ephemera onto an oversized paper clip or re-fashion some outdated epoxy clips by removing the sticker and replacing it with a cute button. Cut a pennant and adhere to a toothpick for a cute mini flag. These options are quick and very cost effective.

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Interactive Valentine's Day Card by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

All this loaded goodness needs to be presented to your special someone in a cute envelope. I used my Scalloped Goodie Bag Guide Tool to shape the teal glassine paper and fold it around the card.

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The gift bag was lovingly finished off with a butterfly seal, from the Typecast Wax Seal Kit.

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I wanted to make sure I got the shape perfect, so I practised on some wax paper first. The smell of the wax melting took me straight back to being a child and watching my Mother seal parcels for the mail. I remember her carefully sealing the knots she had made with string. The memory was unexpected and really wonderful.

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I hope my little card has inspired you to try something a bit different for your Valentine this year!

Interactive Valentine's Day Card by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Until next time, happy creating!

Chantalle

 

Materials used:

Oh Goodie! Goodie Bag Guide Tool

Oh Goodie Glassine Papers

Oh Goodie Scalloped Goodie Bag Guide

Oh Goodie Shaped Paper Clips

Oh Goodie Starburst Closures

Crush ‘Simple Stated’ 12×12

Crush ‘Lucky in Love’ 12×12

Crush ‘Key to my Heart’ 12×12

Crush ‘XOXO’ 12×12

Crush Ephemera

Crush Accent Stickers

Tab Punch Board

Typecast Typewriter

PhotoLights Rub Ons

Typecast Wax Seal Kit

Typecast Labels Pink & Gold

Typecast Teal/Black Ribbon

GO BIG with the Template Studio!

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a fun project perfect for Valentine’s Day! When I was teaching years ago, I would always have my students make foam fortune cookies for a fun project at Valentine’s Day. While I have made the cookies in the past look great with patterned paper, I thought, why not take it up a notch and make huge fortune cookies!?!

Jumbo Valentine Fortune Cookies by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Jumbo Valentine Fortune Cookies by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

These cookies were a snap to make with the We R Memory Keepers Template Studio and Circle Template. To make them large, I used 22×28 Designer Poster Board in different colors.

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After trimming the paper to size, according to the instructions included with the Circle Template Guide, I cut the circle out using the guide and blade. The instructions come on convenient cards that can be kept together with a loose-leaf ring, making it simple to create your shapes.

Tip: Roll and create waves with your circle of paper before attempting to create the cookie. This will get the fibers in the paper loosened. Doing this will allow the paper to bend more easily during the next steps.

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Fold the paper in half, as shown, but do not crease. Using your hand, create a dent in the center of the “fold.” Having the dent off-center will make the cookie look more realistic. I found that placing the edges of the circle between my knees made it easier to hold onto when creating the dent.

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Touch the two outside ends together and adhere with a hot glue gun. Other liquid glues and dry adhesives will not keep the sides together.

Jumbo Valentine Fortune Cookies by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To create the fortunes, the Mini Alphabet Punched help me create love phrases. I adhered the letters to strips of white cardstock. After determining how far out the fortunes needed to stick, I adhered the strip to the outer edge of the fortune cookie.

Jumbo Valentine Fortune Cookies by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Anyone else feeling lucky in love this Valentine’s Day? How you would use your fortune cookies?

Kimberly

Supplies:

Template Studio Starter Kit

Template Studio Guide Template; Circle

Designer Poster Board Pink Dots

Designer Poster Board Gold Foil Dots

Designer Poster Board Red Stripes

Mini Alphabet Punch

3×5 Metallic Paper Pad

12×12 White Bazzill Cardstock

Sticky Thumb Cordless Mini Hot Glue Gun

Valentine’s Day Banner

Happy Friday friends! It’s Aly here, sharing a simple Valentine’s Day Banner I made with the Mini Alphabet Punch Board and one of the Font Punches. Valentine’s Day is a big deal at our house. We love to decorate and celebrate, so this banner is just the beginning. It came together quickly and easily, so now I’m ready to move on to more party decor!

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I used the “B” side of some papers from the Snow and Cocoa collection from our sister brand, Crate Paper, and used the Banner Punch Board to cut out some 3×4 inch flag banners.

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Then I cut out a 2 3/4″ circles and layered those over my banners. I cut some of the blue patterned paper into 1 1/2 x 2 1/2″ pieces, and used my Mini Alphabet Punch Board to spell the word “kisses”.

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I wanted to embellish a couple of my letters, so I grabbed one of my Font Punches, and punched a starburst shape into the “K” and the “E”. I love the extra touch that the Font Punches add to letters that I punch out with my Alphabet Punch Board. So fun!

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Then I backed them with some of the dark pink paper for contrast. I adhered the letters onto the banner pieces with foam squares for added dimension, and finished off my project with some jute twine for hanging.

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Thanks for joining me today friends! Next time you create a project with one of the Alphabet Punch Boards, be sure to pull out your Font Punches to take your projects to the next level!

 

Supplies:

Mini Alphabet Punch Board
Holiday Font Punch–Marquee
Banner Punch Board
Snow and Cocoa Patterned Paper

Happy New Year Photo Lights Display

Good morning We R readers. I can’t believe that this year is already coming to an end and we are getting ready to embark on a brand new fresh start. Once the holiday decor goes down, it can feel a little bare in my home so I like to add some warmth back in to keep away the cold, dreary days of winter.

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I love the new Photo Lights photo frames that were recently released. You print out your design on special backlit film that you can print out right from your home computer.

I thought it would be fun to create a glittery happy new year photo that I could display to celebrate the new year. I started by designing an 8 inch x 8 inch design in Photoshop Elements.

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Note: To use this photo, simply right-click and save the image.

The backlit photo paper comes in 8 ½ x 11 inch sheets. I printed my image and then trimmed it to fit on the frame.

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You can see right through the image, but it is still very clear.

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The photo frames are so easy to use. The front attaches with little magnets in each corner.

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Add your special photo paper to the frame, secure it to the front with the acrylic magnetic photo cover, add your batteries and turn it on. It even has a timer so you can have your frame turn on and off when you would like.

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I created a little light garland behind the frame using the DIY Party lights and some gold tassels. The DIY Party line makes it easy to add some sparkle and shine to any project.

The frame looks even prettier in person. It is sparkly and fun – perfect for ringing in the new year! And I can easily change out the frame when I am done celebrating.

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Supplies:

Photolights Frame

Photolights Backlit Film Paper

DIY Party Gold Glitter Light Strand

DIY Party Gold Pinata Pull Tab

 

New Year’s Eve Party Decor

Hello, We R friends! Tessa Buys here. I love setting up decorations for New Year’s Eve, and while the store-bought things are just fine, making my own is much more fun. This year, I was inspired by the “Kiss Kiss” paper from the Urban Chic collection to create a “kiss me at midnight” display:

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Using the DIY Party Rosette Punch, I made several rosettes from Urban Chic patterned papers, We R Memory Keepers cardstock, and Bazzill cardstock and foil papers.

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To make the rosettes you see here, you will need two sheets of each paper. Cut each 12×12 sheet in half (6” x 12”). Score three halves at 0.5” increments and use the rosette punch to add the detailed edge. Fold and attach the three 6” x 12” pieces together to form the rosette. For the smaller rosettes, cut the last 6” x 12” piece in half again (3” x 12”). Score the two pieces at 0.5” intervals, use the rosette punch to create the decorative edge, then secure together to form a rosette. I added a silver foil cardstock circle to the center of each rosette for some extra shine.

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I couldn’t stop at the rosettes, so I made banners, too! For the “kiss me at midnight” banners, I used a piece of Bazzill pink foil cardstock and the Mini Alphabet Punch Board. I punched each letter according to the directions, and added the decorative notches with the punch board. I used my Crop-a-dile to punch two holes in each letter and strung the letters on silver ribbon.

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To make the “2017” banner, I used the regular sized Alphabet Punch Board to punch the numbers from plain, white cardstock. Next, I used the DIY Party Confetti Punch to punch a lot of confetti from the silver foil cardstock that I used earlier. I covered the “2” and “1” with adhesive and placed one little piece of confetti at a time. It took a while, but the mirror ball-like effect was definitely worth it! I used DIY Party fringe tape in silver to cover the “0” and the “7”.

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There’s no need to go to the party store for décor when you can make your own! We R Memory Keepers DIY Party tools make it so easy and fun. Happy creating and Happy New Year!

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Supplies:

Kiss Kiss Urban Chic Patterned Paper

Hello Love Urban Chic Patterned Paper

5th Ave Urban Chic Patterned Paper

Crop-o-Dile

Trim and Score Board

Alphabet Punch Board

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

DIY Party Fringe Tape Silver

DIY Party Rosette Punch

DIY Party Confetti Punch

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Designer: Gina Lideros

Hello, and happy Friday friends! Today we’re lucky to have guest designer Gina Lideros with us. Get to know a little more about her, and then scroll down to check out the lovely Christmas Goodie Bags she made with our Scallop Goodie Bag Guide and Christmas Glassine Papers.

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I started scrapbooking back in 1996 when supplies were limited. Back then it was mostly stickers, decorative scissors and colored cardstock. It has been so fun to watch this industry change and grow over the years and grow with it. I am passionate about scrapbooking and photography and I love sharing it with others. I have been fortunate enough to study photography and work with Canon as a Special Projects Representative to train store employees in digital photography. I currently enjoying being on a few design teams while I share my love for scrapbooking and photography with others.
Favorite We R product:   I love the original crop-a-dile tool.  It is always a favorite go-to and must need in my tool supplies.  I’ve had my crop-a-dile for over 5 years and it is still going strong!
Favorite scrapbooking/papercraft tip:  My favorite scrapbooking/papercrafting tip is to keep your supplies organized.  This way they are always easy to find and access for that last minute
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Christmas Goodie Bags
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Hello everyone!  Gina Lideros here, and I am so excited to be the guest designer this month.  I was invited to create a couple of treat bags using the Scalloped Oh Goodie Bag Guide tool as well as the glassine papers and accessories.
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The Oh Goodie Collection has everything that you need to make easy treat bags.  I used the scalloped tool guide along with the Oh Goodie Christmas themed glassine papers to make holiday treat bags for family and friends.
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The tool cuts the glassine paper so easily, the possibilities are endless.  After using the tool on the tops and bottoms of my bag I then folded the sides over and used my Sticky Thumb adhesive roller to glue the sides shut.
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I filled my treat bags with candy, confetti and gift cards for loved ones.
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I just love how these treat bags came out.  So festive and much more personable then just gifting a gift card.  Have you tried making your own treat bags for friends and family?

Christmas Cookie Boxes & Recipe

Hello everyone!  It’s Eva here today bringing you a fun Cookie Box with a hidden message inside.

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I have always loved to bake. In fact, before scrapbooking, I spent most of my free time cross stitching and baking.  Cookies are one of my favorite things to make (and EAT) during the holidays, so I always prepare a batch or two of simple sugar cookies. I think they are delicious and you can decorate them with kids–it’s a super fun activity! (I have copied my recipe at the end of this post)

A small box of homemade cookies it is a wonderful gift for friends, neighbors or for someone you want to thank for what he or she has done for you during the year.  Make your box with your 123 Punch Board and some pretty patterned paper. I am using the Holly Jolly line by our sister brand at Pebbles Inc. The boxes are very easy to make. You don’t need to glue or cut anything, the punch board does everything for you!

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To make the hidden message, use your Mini Alphabet Punch Board to spell your word or phrase. My message is going to be “Fa La La”

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With an embroidery needle and some twine create your vertical message.

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Attach the end of your twine to the bottom of your box with some washi tape.

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Place your cookies inside your box and wrap them with a strip of corrugated cardstock

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Close your boxes and decorate them with twine, ribbon or a bow made with the 1,2,3 Punch Board and some gold acetate from the Clearly Posh collection.

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I placed my message on top of my cookies so when you open the box it is the first thing you see. I glued two “Enjoy” stickers together to lift the message easily.

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You could spell the recipient’s name or another phrase and adapt the box to other holidays like Valentine’s or Thanksgiving.

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And there you have it! Cute boxes in minutes with the help of a few We R tools. The 1,2,3 Punch Board is one of my favorites! What’s your favorite Punch Board?

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Have a great day!

Eva

 

Supplies:

1,2, 3 Punch Board
Clearly Posh 6 x 6 Paper Pad
Typecast Typewriter
Mini Alphabet Punch Board
DIY Party Confetti

 

Sugar Cookies

For the cookies:

400 grams sifted flour, 220 grams butter, 200 grams sugar, 2 eggs, pinch of salt, 1 teaspoon baking powder, zest of 1 lemon, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the icing: mix together 1 egg white and juice of half a lemon. Add powder sugar until desired consistency.

Directions:

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs, lemon zest and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).

Preheat oven to 370 degrees F (180 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets and bake 6 to 8 minutes. Cool completely and cover with icing.

 

Christmas Treat Bags & Recipe

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today with handmade treat bags for giving a homemade sweet treat, plus scroll down for the recipe if you want to make some yourself! The Scallop Goodie Bag Guide, along with Glassine 12×12 Papers make quick and easy treat bags. I always say that making these projects is easy, but We R Memory Keeper’s tools really do make beautiful and thoughtful gift-giving simple!

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I started with the snowflake glassine paper from the Holiday Classics pack along with the Scallop Goodie Bag Guide. Following the easy instructions included with the tool, my basic treat bags were done in minutes.

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To begin, the food-safe glassine paper is torn along the guide, both at the top and bottom of the paper. This guide leaves a scallop finish to the edges. Then the straight edge is used to create the folds. Adhere the edges closed, and the bag is finished.

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After making the treat bags, I decorated the fronts. On both bags strips of Chevron Washi Tape were added. On this bag chipboard heart stickers and a “xoxo” sticker was used. I love the gold shine from the stickers! So, festive!

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On this bag, I spelled out “for you” with Thickers. A starburst closure and a gold bow finished things off.

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Once my treat was put inside the bag, I closed the bag with a sticker. It’s a nice finishing touch.

Inside each of the bags is homemade caramel popcorn. It’s a special family treat that was always made to enjoy on Christmas Eve at my great-aunt’s house. As we waited for Santa to arrive, she would fill bowls full of popcorn. It’s a tradition and memory that brings a smile to my face every time. I have shared the recipe with you below. It’s a sweet treat meant for sharing!

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What treats do you like to give to friends, loved ones, and neighbors during the holidays?

 

Supplies:

Scallop Goodie Bag Guide

Oh Goodie! Glassine Paper Pack-Holiday Classics

Oh Goodie! Gold Foil Stickers

Oh Goodie! Starburst Closures

Chevron Washi Tape-Tomato

Clearly Posh Acetate Bows

Crush Collection Gold Thickers Gold Foil Alphabet

Crush Collection Gold Thickers Words

 

Caramel Popcorn Recipe:

6 quarts of popped popcorn

2 sticks butter

2 cups brown sugar

½ cup corn syrup

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

1 TBSP butter

Place popped corn in a large roasting pan or two metal cake pans. Do not use glass pans.

Bring sugar, butter, and corn syrup to a boil. Boil 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add butter and baking soda. Stir. It will rise and double in amount.

Pour the mixture over the popcorn. Stir and evenly coat the popcorn. Bake in a 200-degree oven for 1 hour. Stir every 15 minutes. Once cool, store in an air tight container until ready to give or serve.

Believe Holiday Banner

Hello and good morning, We R Memory Keeper’s readers! Laura here with a fun, festive holiday banner to help you believe in the magic of the season. I love creating banners for each and every holiday. Using the alphabet punch board makes it really easy to create a word banner in just minutes.

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I started by trimming my textured red cardstock to 3 inches by 5 inches.

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I created each letter of the word ‘BELIEVE’ using the alphabet punch board and the easy to follow instruction guide. I love how simple it is to use the alphabet punch board.

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To make the letters more festive, I used the holiday font punch on each letter. The guides marked on the punch make it easy to line up the punch perfectly with each letter.

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I used the DIY Party garland punch to create red and white circles to go on either end of my banner. I made a total of five circles for each end of the banner. You could easily add more if you needed a longer banner for your decorating.

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So the background wouldn’t show through on my letters, I trimmed plain white cardstock to fit behind each one where I had used the holiday font punch. Now, no matter where I hang it, you won’t see anything through the letters.

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To connect the banner together, I used the link punch to create slits in each side of the letters. I punched white links to connect each letter together. Since the letter L and I were so far apart, I used two links, instead of just one, and connected them with a brad.

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The punched out letters remind me of the part in the movie, Polar Express, where the conductor punches each person’s ticket with his hole punch. And since I chose the word believe, I think it seemed very fitting.

 

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Supplies

 

Alphabet Punch Board

Holiday Font Punch

DIY Party Garland Punch

Link Punch

Red Cardstock

White Cardstock