Throwback Thursday: Template Studio Easter Basket

We’re throwing it back to spring of 2016 with this clever take on a Template Studio gift box. We just the transformation from box to basket with a few simple modifications. Check it out!

Hello We R fans!  Amanda here today.  I think Easter baskets are so much fun.  They can be made out of all kinds of different materials—wicker, fabric, plastic—to name a few.   With the Template Studio, you can make a full size Easter basket out of poster board, too!

DIY Template Studio Easter Basket by Amanda Coleman for We R Memory Keepers

With a quick and easy modification to the Template Studio box and you can create an Easter basket that you can stuff to the brim with sweets and treats.  With the Template Studio, you can create Easter baskets big or…extra big!  And the Designer Poster Board makes it easy to customize your Easter basket, too.

DIY Template Studio Easter Basket by Amanda Coleman for We R Memory Keepers

This Easter basket is about 5 ½”x5 ½”X3 ½” and fits a bunch of large and medium Easter eggs.  You can also stuff it with chocolate rabbits or any of your other favorite Easter treats.

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The DIY Party Fringe Tape is perfect for embellishing your Easter Basket and it comes in so many yummy jelly bean colors.

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Starting with a piece of 15”x15” designer poster board, follow the Template Studio instructions for the box through Step 11.  This will make a basket that is 5.6”x5.6”x3.6”

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Rather than using the scoring tool in Step 12 of the box making instructions, use the cutting blade to cut the flaps off the top of the box.  Use scissors to cut the remainder of the flap completely.  This will leave you with a box with an open top.

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This is what your poster board will look like after you have cut the flaps off of the box.

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Use a tiny stapler to secure the inside flaps to the inside walls of the box.

DIY Template Studio Easter Basket by Amanda Coleman for We R Memory Keepers

Create a handle by stapling a strip of poster board to the inside of the box.  Trim your basket with fringe or other fun embellishments.

Happy Easter!

Supplies:

Template Studio
Designer Poster Board
DIY Party Fringe Tape

Easter Basket

Hello WeR fans and welcome! It’s Chantalle with you again, back to share an idea on how to jazz up an Easter staple on a shoestring budget.

I’ve taken an inexpensive plain basket, which I bought at a Dollar Store and with the help of some pretty DCWV Navy Florals, and my awesome new WeR Crafter’s Essentials USB Glue Gun, brought it to life. My little one is going to love hunting for eggs with this pretty basket!

Easter Basket by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Easter Basket by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

 The colours in the DCWV Navy Florals 12 x12 Stack coordinated perfectly with the colour of the basket. It’s such a versatile pack as it’s filled with pretty florals and lush foil detail but also has simple single colours and muted patterns for masculine projects as well.

Easter Basket by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I had an idea in mind of how I wanted to decorate the basket, namely with lots of floral elements. Definitely a job for my Evolution Advanced! I set about cutting lengths of paper from the Navy Florals stack, about 5 inches wide and 12 inches down. I used almost all of the different prints. I love the longer cutting length you get with the Evolution plates. Using my Magnetic Mat for this task was a no-brainer, as I had to do a lot of cutting and chose various shapes from my stash.

Using the Magnetic Mat saves you time and allows you to use your space effectively as your dies stay in place during the cutting process. I honestly LOVE this mat!

You can see the little piles that gathered after all the cutting! I wanted to create contrast on the basket, so having different shades and colours was great because I got to pick and choose what I wanted to use, where.

Evolution Advanced by We R Memory Keepers

There are loads of new releases happening in the We R camp this month, and a few of them include new ergonomic hand tools. A selection stylus tips, clever craft knives, rotary cutters and more! My Pick/Stylus combination hand tool was especially handy at helping me release some of the die cut shapes from the metal die!

Hand Tools by We R Memory Keepers 

Another nifty little tool are these compact Detail Scissors – great for cutting away any little areas that the die didn’t cut cleanly.

Detail Scissors by We R Memory Keepers
All of those die cut shapes now needed to be adhered! Enter my Crafter’s Essentials USB Glue Gun. This clever tool allows you to craft on the go with the help of a powerbank or simply plug in to a USB port on your device or plug. Brilliant!

USB Power Mini Glue Gun by We R Memory Keepers

I started off with the bigger shapes first and spaced out dark and light colours along the width of the front of the basket. I chose to do the front only as I figured the back would be crushed, bumping against little legs as they run excitedly through the garden looking for eggs!

Easter Basket by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Building layers of colour, size and shapes ended up looking really great. I loved the sharp points of the leaves amongst the rounded edges of the flowers.

Easter Basket by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers 

The handle of the basket has been wrapped with pastel blue ribbon, which I also adhered with my USB Glue Gun.

 

A little pop of colour and fun on the handle was this sweet bow. The WRMK Bow shape Metal Die is another firm favourite of mine. The bow is a great size, not too large and not insipid either! It works great on cards and layouts and folds together really well.

Easter Basket by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Another little finishing touch was this metal butterfly paper clip shape, which I created on my WRMK Happy Jig. Another breakthrough new product for me – the Happy Jig is so much fun to use!!

Easter Basket by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Happy Jig

This is one tool you have to add to your stash if you can. The instructional booklet is full of ideas and easy-to-follow instructions to create both shapes and paperclip options.

Happy Jig by We R Memory Keepers

The Rose Gold Jig Wire matched the colours on my basket perfectly and adds such a   fun bit of interest and shine to this project. Plus… I can re-use the butterfly on a different project after Easter if I wish!

Easter Basket by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Happy Jig

I hope you enjoyed this post. Be sure to tag @wermemorykeepers in your social media posts so we can enjoy seeing what you have been cooking in your creative kitchens!

Happy crafting!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

DCWV Navy Florals 12 x12 Stack

Evolution Advanced

Magnetic Mat

Bow Metal Die

Crafters Essentials Pick/Stylus

Crafters Essentials USB Glue Gun

Crafters Essentials Detail Scissors

Happy Jig

Pink Wire

Gold Adhesive Sequins

 

Easter Countdown

Hello friends! Aly Dosdall here to share a fun project idea for the upcoming Easter holiday. My kids always look forward to holidays, and one of their favorite ways to celebrate them is with a countdown.

Easter Countdown by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

The Mini Envelope Punch Board is the perfect tool for making countdown-size envelopes that you can fill with fun holiday activity ideas, stickers, small treats, etc.

Easter Countdown by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I started by selecting a pretty ombre print from the new DCWV Spring Bloom Premium Stack available at JoAnn Stores. Since the Premium Stacks are double sided, they’re perfect for this project. I followed the directions on the Mini Envelope Punch Board for making 2 1/2 inch square envelopes. For my countdown I made 9 of them.

Mini Envelope Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers and Spring Bloom DCWV Premium Stack

Once I finished making all my envelopes, I punched out nine 2 1/2 inch squares of smooth white Bazzill Basics cardstock with my Square Punch Board. I love that tool, and I swear I’ve used it more often than I expected I would!

Square Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

I made a list of fun Easter activities that my kids love to do, and typed them up on the white squares with my Typecast Typwriter.

We R Memory Keepers Typecast Typewriter

The Crate Paper Magnet Studio is the perfect way to display this countdown. I added a vinyl cling border to the top of the 9×13 magnetic board, and then spelled out “EASTER” with the 3 inch gold magnetic letters.

Crate Paper Magnet Studio Easter Countdown

Using my Spring Loaded Scissors, I trimmed 1 inch long pieces of a self-adhesive magnetic strip and added them to the backs of the envelopes.

We R Memory Keepers Spring Loaded Scissors

I added the magnet-backed mini envelopes to the board and filled them with the typed Easter activity squares I made. Then I embellished and numbered each of the envelopes and the project title with stickers and die cuts from the Crate Paper Chasing Dreams collection, and Thickers from the Crate Paper Good Vibes collection.

I love how this turned out, and my girls are really excited to get started on this countdown the week before Easter!

Easter Countdown by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

It was easy to make with the right We R tools, Crate Paper embellishments, and DCWV papers! Thanks for stopping by, and happy crafting friends!

Supplies:

Mini Envelope Punch Board
Square Punch Board
Spring Loaded Scissors
Typecast Typewriter
DCWV Spring Bloom Premium Stack
Crate Paper Magnet Studio
Crate Paper Chasing Dreams and Good Vibes embellishments

Valentine’s Day Gift Idea: Envelope Photo Album

Happy Friday friends, and thanks for stopping by! Aly Dosdall here, and I’m excited to share a fun handmade Valentine’s Day gift idea using the adorable new Mini Envelope Punch Board. Check out the envelope photo album I made below for my sweetheart for Valentine’s Day!

Envelope Photo Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

This 3×4 inch little book is filled with mini envelopes that hold some of my favorite instax mini photos of me and my husband on some recent dates we’ve enjoyed, including our 21st anniversary celebration. They’re some of our most precious memories, so I’m really excited to share this handmade gift with him!

Envelope Photo Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Envelope Photo Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
Envelope Photo Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

This envelope photo album is easy to make with some double sided scrapbook papers like these adorable ones from the Pebbles Inc Forever My Always collection, the Mini Envelope Punch Board, and the Trim and Score Board. Here’s how!

Start by trimming your paper to 5 1/4 inches square to make envelopes for 2 1/4 x 3 3/8 cards. I used the Envelope Generator app to figure out the paper size and punch guide measurement.

 

Envelope Generator App

Then I used the Mini Envelope Punch Board to create five small envelopes to hold my photos. I trimmed off the top flaps to allow easy access in the album. Tip: when making vertically oriented envelopes I like to trim off one of the side flaps right along the line where they meet on the envelope.

Next, I created the cover and binding for the envelope album. I trimmed one piece of 4 x 6 1/4 inch piece of scrapbook paper for the cover, and one 3 7/8 x 6 inch piece for the binding. I scored the cover piece at 3 inches and 3 1/4 inches, and I scored the binding piece at every 1/2 inch.

I folded the cover along the score lines, and then accordion folded the binding. I added adhesive to the back of the binding and secured it to the inside of the cover as seen below. You should have a 1/2 inch flap for each of your five envelopes. (This photo is missing one–I realized that after I photographed this, but fixed it before I added my envelopes.)

Then I adhered my envelopes to the binding with the 1/2 inch flaps on the back side of each envelope.

I added my photos to each envelope, and finished off my album by embellishing the cover and each of the envelopes. I kept the embellishments on the inside flat so that the album can close and store easily.

Envelope Photo Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Envelope Photo Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Envelope Photo Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

This little photo album is great for Valetine’s Day, but would also make the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or the holidays. Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to share your Mini Envelope Punch Board projects on our Facebook page. Happy crafting, and enjoy your weekend!

Supplies:

Mini Envelope Punch Board
Trim and Score Board
Pebbles Inc Forever My Always collection

Throwback Thursday: Valetine’s Day Treat Pouches

Our new DIY Party Board is the perfect tool for Valentine’s Day celebrations, 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?

Throwback Thursday: Photo Lights New Year Decor

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 Card with the Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Hello We R Fans! Happy almost New Year! Kimberly here with a fun card to send to celebrate the new year! I have several friends who send New Year cards, rather than Christmas cards, so this idea is perfect. For me, these cards are going to be the perfect invitation to our celebration! My husband is a fabulous cook and makes the most delicious Chinese food. Now that’s the way to ring in the New Year!

New Year Card with the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

 

I used the Mini Alphabet Punch Board to create the numbers on this card. I love how quick and easily I can customize any project with this tool!

New Year Card with the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

 

 

I created each of the numbers from gold glitter paper. The size of the numbers was perfect for a standard A2 card. To make the numbers pop off the card more, I used dimensional adhesive.

New Year Card with the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers
To each of the numbers I added stars and a few sequins, to kick the sparkle up a notch. It is a celebration after all!

New Year Card with the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

How will you be celebrating the New Year? I wish you all the best in 2018!

New Year Card with the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers

Crate Paper

American Crafts

 

New Years Eve Photo Backdrop

Hello and welcome back to the blog for my last post for 2017!

What better way to capture the fun and excitement of ringing in the New Year than a few snaps against a fun backdrop! Read on to see how you can create your own photo area in your home using the DIY Party Board and Circle Clear Cut Punch.

New Years Eve Photo Backdrop by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Fun photos are not complete without a few props! I’ve used my DIY Party Board  to put together some little party hat headbands. I’ve used some plain store-bought bands and some 12×12 sheets of paper from my DCWV Indigo Craft & Champagne Stack.

DIY Party Board by We R Memory Keepers

The DIY Party Board  has measurements printed directly on to the product. This is super handy for a quick reference when putting together some of the many fun items you can create using this clever board.

For the larger size party hat, I used measurements for the guide marked ‘A’ at the corresponding numbers for that size hat – 11 and cut along the edge. I then made a second cut, using the ‘C’ guide at 3. This gives you the cone shape.

For the smaller hat, I used the ‘C’ guide at 7 and again at 1 (as shown below). I rolled the cones and adhered using strong adhesive tape so they wouldn’t pop open during use.

The cones were then glued to the band using a hot glue gun. I did have several attempts, which weren’t very satisfactory. I found making two small incisions near the bottom of the hat on both sides where they met the band, gave the band a bit more flex and the cone stayed adhered to the band.

Finally, some finishing touches came in the form of some DIY Party Gold Fringe Tape. I rolled some up and popped it inside the top of the smaller hat and also used it along the base of the larger hat.

New Years Eve Photo Backdrop by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers 

Here you can see our cute party hat headbands in action!

New Years Eve Photo Backdrop by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The background for our photoshoot was created using my Circle Clear Cut Punch some more of the pretty Indigo and gold foil DCWV papers as well as some silver and gold metallic Bazzill cardstock.

I used the circle punch all over the 12×12 sheets and punched as many circles as I could get out of a sheet. I know I gush about these punches all the time, but they are definitely a favourite product of mine from this year’s releases! 

Clear Cut Circle Punch by We R Memory Keepers

I sewed a combination of circles together using my sewing machine. Each strand had 15 circles and was long enough for head and shoulders images. If you want more people in your photos, simply make your strands longer.

New Years Eve Photo Backdrop by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

New Years Eve Photo Backdrop by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I used temporary adhesive to stick my strands to the wall. (In Australia it’s called Blu Tack.)

New Years Eve Photo Backdrop by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers 

The last thing left to do was create some handheld props in the form of the year and some gems, handcut from the sheet of journaling spots in the DCWV 12×12 stack.

New Years Eve Photo Backdrop by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
The 2018 prop was created using my Mini Alphabet Punch Board and some gold foil paper from a mini 3×5 paper pad, designed especially for use in Alphabet Punch Boards.

 Mini Alphabet Punch Board We R Memory Keepers

We had such fun creating these pictures. Beautiful memories of a year that seems to have just flown!

New Years Eve Photo Backdrop by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers 

This year has been both challenging and amazing and I so look forward to what a new year, full of possibilities will bring. Wishing you a magical 2018!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

 DIY Party Board

DIY Party Gold Fringe Tape

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Circle Clear Cut Punch

DCWV 12×12 Indigo Craft & Champagne Stack

 

Holiday Treats with the DIY Party Board

Hello We R Memory Keepers fans! Soraya here to share some holiday treats to offer to your family and friends because Christmas is around the corner! It’s the most wonderful time of the year and at We R Memory Keepers we have the best tools to inspire you creating cute and fun treats!

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

To make these five boxes and pouches I used the amazing DIY Party Board. This board allows you to create so many different projects! We’ll be making a little basket, a treat pouch, a chocolate bar paper wrap, a French fry cone and a Christmas tree! So you’ll need patterned papers, scissors, felt, embellishments and the Circle Clear Cut Punch.

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Santa’s basket:  use the DIY Party Board to create a big cup wrap with a 10×10 red patterned paper. Add a thin strip of paper to create the handle of the basket and cut some pieces of felt to create Santa’s belt and some snow all around the cup. Place some yummy chocolate in a plastic bag before putting them into the basket!

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Treat pouch:  use a 9×9 patterned paper to create the pouch. Fill it with delicious sweets and add a bow to decorate it! You can add more glittering washi tape and foam stickers (like the tree).

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

The candy cone: use a 7×7 patterned paper to create a french fry cone and decorate it with a border of gold fringe and some silver stars! Now you just need to fill it with chocolate and candy canes. So cute!

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

The Christmas tree: use a 6×6 patterned paper to create the shape of a mini party hat that will turn into a Christmas tree! Add a star on top and some red baker’s twine all around the tree as a garland. Stick some pearls and use the Circle Clear Cut Punch to create a circle base that will be the chocolate holder! So fun to hide the chocolate inside the tree!

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

The chocolate bar: use a 6×6 patterned paper to create a snow cone wrap! This wrap will perfectly fit the chocolate bar! Add some baker’s twine and holiday embellishments.

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Aren’t they so cute?!

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Hope you had fun joining me, happy creating and happy holidays to everyone!

Soraya.

Supplies :

Ornament Treat Bags

Hello, We R friends! Laura here today to kick off Holiday Treats week. Often around the holidays I like to bake homemade goodies, but to be honest, I don’t always have time to create something from scratch. If I can’t bake something, my next go to treat is candy – in particular, anything nostalgic. For Christmas this means candy canes, peppermint Christmas nougats, peanut brittle, or hard candies.

Ornament Treat Bag by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Today, I am going to show you how to make these adorable ornament treat bags with only a few simple supplies like the goodie bag guide. These little bags would work great as party favors or even to pass out at a class party.

Start by choosing some pretty holiday papers. Mine are all from the DCWV All About Christmas Paper Stack. Use the Goodie Bag guide to create a treat bag that is 3 ½” wide.

Goodie Bag Guide by We R Memory Keepers

Before you assemble the bag, use the clear cut circle punch to cut a circle in the bottom half of the front of the bag. The clear cut punch works great for this because you can position it exactly where you want it. Assemble the bag using adhesive.

Clear Cut Punch by We R Memory Keepers

Create a 3” pouch using one of the 4” photo sleeve waterfall sleeves and your FUSE tool. Fill it with your favorite candy and then fuse the top closed.

Photo Sleeve Fuse by We R Memory Keepers

Decorate the front of your treat bag with a ribbon, a small gold or silver rectangle, and a ribbon bow. I attached everything with my Sticky Thumb adhesive.

Ornament Treat Bag by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Place the fused candy bag inside the treat bag, fold over the top, and seal it with adhesive.

Ornament Treat Bag by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Ornament Treat Bag by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Ornament Treat Bag by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

The candies make a perfect little ornament showing through on the front of the bag. You could also fill the ornament treat bag with a cookie, brownie, or any other homemade treat, as well!

Ornament Treat Bag by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Ornament Treat Bag by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

DCWV All About Christmas Paper Stack

Goodie Bag Guide Tool

Clear Cut Punch, 2” Circle

FUSE Photo Sleeve Tool

Photo Sleeve

Ribbon

Sticky Thumb Adhesive

Candy of Your Choice