Christmas Countdown Light Strand

Hello and welcome back to the blog today! Chantalle with you, to share a sweet and simple, festive idea. I’ve used a PhotoLights Photo Frame Strand, my computer and some PhotoLights Printable Backlit Film Paper to create a light-up countdown calendar, which will make the long wait for the jolly man in red, just a bit more fun!

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Print off numbers or phrases to switch out daily in the lead up to Christmas!

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I’ve combined my numbers with the word ‘sleeps’ to let my kiddos know how many more agonizing sleeps there are to go!

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I started by heading off to a free font website like DaFont or Squirrel Fonts and checking out their festive options. There is a huge variety of scripts, ornamental and decorative typefaces to choose from!

I then went about measuring the little lightboxes in the Photo Strand with my Supreme Ruler and then set some text inside coloured boxes to fit. (I have used Illustrator but you could also use any word processing programme.) I printed these boxes off onto some PhotoLights Printable Backlit Film Paper, making sure I printed on the more matte side. Note: If you print on the shinier side, the ink does not adhere to the paper. Fear not though, I made the mistake and the ink wiped off with a baby wipe.

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I used my Supreme Ruler again to trim up all the little films and then placed the ones I was going to be using straight away, on to the photo strand.

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

On either end of the strand, I thought it would be cute to pop a little festive icon, like this mistletoe.

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The spare numbers are stored in a little acrylic box. I think this photo strand would make for a great gift. Giving the numbers all prepared in this way is super easy for the recipient to change up the message. Print off multiple copies of the alphabet and you’ve got a great teacher’s gift! The Photo Strand is perfect for any number of occasions!

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

And now let’s dim the lights please….

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
My calendar really comes to life when it’s switched on!

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

You could hang it up indoors or bring it outside for some festive cheer. The battery pack makes it fully portable.

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Just a few more sleeps!

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Dear Santa, I’ve been pretty good…

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Supreme Ruler

PhotoLights Printable Backlit Film Paper

PhotoLights Photo Frame Strand

 

 

 

Throwback Thursday: Christmas Countdown with the 123 Punch Board

It’s Thursday, and today we’re throwing things back to Christmas of 2015 with this beautiful countdown made with the 123 Punch Board. Scroll down for more photos and details!

 

Hey We R Friends, Aimee here to share a fun way to count down to Christmas.

Christmas Countdown by Aimee Maddern for We R Memory Keepers #christmascrafts #123punchboard #christmascountdown

Using the 1-2-3 Punch Board I created this advent Calendar making several different size boxes and bows.

Christmas Countdown by Aimee Maddern for We R Memory Keepers #christmascountdown #christmascrafts #123punchboard

The boxes are the perfect sizes for little trinkets such as Match Box Cars and Shopkins. You could even slip some action figures and my little ponies in them. And for the older kids {me!} you can even slip a gift card in or tie to a box.

Christmas Countdown by Aimee Maddern 3

The boxes are super easy to make too. Check out the video below to see how to make them!

But lets get to the fun part, decorating them!

Christmas Countdown by Aimee Maddern 4

First I shopped my stash for all things Christmas. I found some Gold Glittered Thickers, Gold Paper Clips, Bakers TwineGold BowsWood Veneer, Tiny Deer, Tiny Trees and Ribbon.

Christmas Countdown by Aimee Maddern 5

Christmas Countdown by Aimee Maddern for We R Memory Keepers #christmascountdown #christmascrafts #123punchboard

Then I remembered The 1-2-3 Punch Board makes bows too! Of course I had to make some bows from the punch board, here is another great video showing you how to create the bows.

I choose not to number each box. I just numbered the boxes that I wanted to be opened on specific days {the days we have tickets for the nutcracker and such} and the other boxes can be chosen any of the 25 days leading to Christmas.

Christmas Countdown by Aimee Maddern for We R Memory Keepers #christmascountdown #christmascrafts #123punchboard

To display my Calendar I bought a frame from Ikea and lined the back with some of We R’s Gold Designer Poster Board. I then used some industrial strength double-sided tape to tape each little box to the poster board. And viola I have the cutest little packages tied up with string.

I seriously can’t wait for the first package to be opened!

Do you make or use an advent calendar?

Supplies:

123 Punch Board

Holiday Card Display

Hello We R Fans and Happy Holidays! Kimberly here today with a fun holiday card display project. I know I always say these projects are “easy,” but they truly are with the great tools and supplies from We R Memory Keepers! There is a small spot in my house, a place where I want to display special holiday cards. This Peg Board was the perfect solution!

Holiday Card Display by Kimberly Crawford

I applied six pegs to the board, evenly spacing them across the openings. I knew that I would be attaching some string-like item to the pegs.

Holiday Card Display by Kimberly Crawford

To the pegs, added red twine. Starting on the left peg, I tied the twine around the peg, with a bow. I pulled the twine across, making two loops around the center peg. The twine was tied in a bow around the right peg as well.

Holiday Card Display by Kimberly Crawford

Then I added small piece of pine pipe cleaners. These are small and bendable pieces that look like pine branches. They twisted easily around the pegs. And, what are the holidays without jingle bells?! I tied the bells onto the pegs with the same red twine, cutting away the excess twine.

Holiday Card Display by Kimberly Crawford

The cards easily clip to the string and pine with a clothespin. Its so cute and homey!

Holiday Card Display by Kimberly Crawford

You could easily change the cards on this display as they arrive in your mailbox.

Holiday Card Display by Kimberly Crawford

How will you be displaying your holiday cards this year?

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers Peg Board

Christmas Tree Garland

Good Monday morning friends! Aly Dosdall here to kick off Holiday Decor Week with a quick and easy Christmas Tree Garland I made with the Banner Punch Board and the Square Punch Board.

Christmas Tree Garland by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Christmas Tree Garland by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

To create this garland, I trimmed some papers from the Crate Paper Falala collection to 4×6 inches. Then I used the Banner Punch Board to make them into banner shapes, and I punched holes for hanging in the top corners with the reverse punch on the board. I made the trees by cutting the green paper into 3 inch long flag shapes and then I turned them upside down.

I used the Square Punch Board to make the tree trunks from some kraft paper in the Falala collection. It was quick and easy since you can punch continuously with the Square Punch Board.

Christmas Tree Garland by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I finished off the trees with some stars that I punched with a Font Punch. Then I strung the pieces all together with some raffia for hanging.

Christmas Tree Garland by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for joining me today. Be sure to come back each day this week for some inspiring holiday decor projects. Happy holiday crafting!

Supplies:

Banner Punch Board
Square Punch Board
Font Punch
Crate Paper Falala collection

Thanksgiving Garland

Hello crafty people! Soraya here to share with you some garland inspiration for your Thanksgiving celebration using two of the new We R Memory Keepers releases: the Square Punch Board and the Tear Guides! Those tools are fantastic, you will love them!

Thanksgiving Banner by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

To make this banner, I chose a seasonal color combo: orange, green and kraft! First of all, I used the Mini Alphabet Punch Board to create the word THANKFUL. Each letter has to be made from a 1.5 x 2.5 inch rectangle so I moved the guides to the right dimensions on the Square Punch board and made all my little cards like this! So easy!

Mini Alphabet Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Square Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Square Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Mini Alphabet Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Now that the letters are done, let’s go ahead and make the garland! I wanted to add some texture like lace and burlap. I also wanted to create lots of fringe: the Tear Guides were perfect for this! Thanks to the water pen I could easily moisten the cardstock before tearing it. This is how I was able to create the fringe.

Tear Guides by We R Memory Keepers

Tear Guides by We R Memory Keepers

Tear Guides by We R Memory Keepers

Let’s assemble the banner now! First, fold all the stripes in two and use the crop-a-dile to make a hole on the top of them.

Crop-A-Dile by We R Memory Keepers

Then, make other stripes with lace and burlap and repeat the hole process before passing them all on a twine:

Thanksgiving Banner by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Time to decorate! I used the gorgeous and oh so cute diecuts from the fall collection by our sister brand, Pebbles.

Thanksgiving Banner by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Thanksgiving Banner by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

And voilà! The Thanksgiving banner is ready to decorate your wall!

Thanksgiving Banner by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Thanksgiving Banner by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Thanksgiving Banner by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Hope you had fun joining me today. Happy Thanksgiving to you all and until next time!

Soraya.

 

Supplies :

Square Punch Board
Tear Guides
Bazzill Cardstock
Mini Alphabet Punch Board
Diecuts by Pebbles
Lace, burlap and twine

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

Halloween Banner

Hey there We R Memory Keepers friends and fans, Becki here, to share a fun Halloween banner that I created using two of my favorite We R Memory Keepers tools. I love the Banner Punch board and the Mini Alphabet Punch Board. Both of these tools make creating holiday banners so much easier.
Banner Punch Board Halloween Banner by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
I started by cutting the basic banner shapes from the Bootiful Night 6×6 paper pad. I love creating banners with 6×6 paper pads. In a 6×6 paper pad the scale of the patterns is slightly smaller so they’re perfect for smaller projects.
Banner Punch Board Halloween Banner by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
Banner Punch Board Halloween Banner by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
This Halloween banner has four banner pieces. I wanted to spell the word “boo” and then have one banner piece at the end for a little more decoration. The letters for this banner are cut from white cardstock using the mini alphabet punch board.
Banner Punch Board Halloween Banner by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
These two tools are the perfect tools to use together to create a banner. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays so I’ve been looking forward to putting this banner together. I can’t wait to hang this banner on my mantle during October. Having the Banner Punch Board and the Mini Alphabet Punch Board on hand made creating this banner so easy and so much fun.
Banner Punch Board Halloween Banner by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
What are you waiting for? Grab a Banner Punch Board and a Mini Alphabet Punch Board and create your own Halloween banner. Thank you for stopping by the We R Memory Keepers blog. Happy creating my friends!
Supplies:

Washi Tape Menu Planner

Hello everyone! Eva Pizarro here today on the blog showing you a Washi Tape Menu Planner Board made with our newest tool: the Washi Chomper.

Washi Tape Menu Planner by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

My inspiration for this project was the cute washi roll with the days of the week. You could use it for your planner, Project Life or layouts, but I think it was perfect for this little project!

To make the Menu Planner you could use a whiteboard or, like I did, whiteboard vinyl.  If you use vinyl you can attach it directly to your fridge, wall or windows. My kitchen has poor natural light so, for the sake of the tutorial, I attached it to a sheet of cardboard first.

Use the thin pink washi tape to make a frame on your whiteboard and mark where you want your divisions using the Supreme Ruler. My whiteboard was 17 inches long so my Supreme Ruler was very helpful!

Washi Tape Menu Planner by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Following your marks and make your divisions with the same pink washi tape.

Washi Tape Menu Planner by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Use thickers to make your title and align it with the Supreme Ruler.

Washi Tape Menu Planner by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Use the Washi Chomper to create banners with the days of the week. This tool is very easy to use and you can have perfectly trimmed washi tape with just one touch. It has an alignment tool and a removable base so you can easily get out small pieces that may remain attached to the base.

Washi Tape Menu Planner by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

To create the banner simply fold the washi tape in half and insert it into your tool. You can easily cut through two layers of washi tape.

Washi Tape Menu Planner by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Hang the banner on the top of your Menu Planner.

Washi Tape Menu Planner by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Now your Menu Planner is ready, all you have to do is write the meals with a dry erase marker and you are done!

Washi Tape Menu Planner by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Washi Tape is great to decorate and the new We R Washi tape rolls come in a variety of colors that I am sure you are going to love!

Washi Tape Menu Planner by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

If you are a washi lover this tool is going to be your stash’s best friend. Can you think of a cool project with the Washi Chomper?

Washi Tape Menu Planner by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Have a great week!

Eva

 

Supplies

Washi Chomper

Washi Tape Rolls Acqua

Washi Tape Rolls Coral

Washi Tape Rolls Yellow

Supreme Ruler

 

Mixed Media Framed Art

Hello WRMK fans and welcome back to the blog. Chantalle with you today to share this piece of wall art I created with the help of my Heidi Swapp Minc Machine, the Evolution Advanced, and some mixed media supplies.

Mixed Media Framed Art by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

It’s a combination of watercolour paint, some beautiful teal foil and embellishment layers. I really love the way it turned out – I definitely need to find more time to create art!

Mixed Media Framed Art by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

As mentioned, the initial layer consists of some broad watercolour strokes in gentle tones. When it was dry, I gave it a mist with some white Dylusions mist together with my very favourite Dear Lizzy stencil.

Over that, I then used a Heidi Swapp Art Screen with some Heidi Swap Minc Reactive Paint. One simply lays the stencil over the project and applies the art screen paint/ink or in this case, the Reactive Paint, through the stencil. Note: Make sure to remove the stencil carefully. The bottom is mildly adhesive but can stick to areas that have media on them. Also, make sure you wash your stencil straight away. The material of the stencil is reusable which is awesome.

Once the paint was dry, I placed some Teal Min Reactive Foil over the stenciled areas and ran it through my Minc Machine on heat setting 3.

Mixed Media Framed Art by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

If some areas didn’t cover perfectly, it just added to the feel of the project!

Mixed Media Framed Art by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Over the top of the foil detail, I have also added some Vicki Boutin Acrylic Paint in Cotton Candy colour. The soft pink was applied through a spotty Heidi Swapp stencil, which came in a Minc Starter Kit.

Another accent which I have used for a bit more interest, are these Jane Davenport Rub On Transfers. Shaped like little brush marks, these transfers go on beautifully over a bit of texture and they have an ever-so-subtle transparency about them, so they don’t overpower everything underneath.

Mixed Media Framed Art by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Mixed Media Framed Art by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Now it was time to add some pretty elements to my art. I hand cut a figure from my Jane Davenport Paper Pad and placed it off-centre. I really wanted to keep as much detail from the base layer as possible.

You will also notice I have used some floral elements. The flower shapes were cut from an old book I bought for next to no money at a thrift store. I placed the flower metal die shapes from a Vicki Boutin Stamp & Die Set, onto my Evolution Magnetic Cutting Mat and proceeded to run them through my Evolution Advanced. I absolutely LOVE my magnetic mat. It eliminates waste as I can line my dies up perfectly and they don’t budge when I pop them through the die cut machine.

Mixed Media Framed Art by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

You might also see lots and lots of little markings on the project, which were created with Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers. I love these little babies and the colours I used on this piece were ‘Beach’ and ‘Jellyfish’.

 Mixed Media Framed Art by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I just love how all of the elements have come together!

Mixed Media Framed Art by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
Thank you so much for joining me today.

Mixed Media Framed Art by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Happy creating!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Evolution Advanced

Evolution Magnetic Cutting Mat

Heidi Swapp Minc Machine

Heidi Swap Minc Reactive Paint

Heidi Swapp Art Screen

Heidi Swapp Hot Pink/Real Minc Reactive Foil

Heidi Swapp Gold Lamé Color Shine

Heidi Swapp Stencil

Dear Lizzy Stencil

Vicki Boutin Acrylic Paint Cotton Candy

Vicki Boutin Stamp & Die Set

Jane Davenport Paper Pad

Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers

Jane Davenport Rub On Transfers

WRMK Wildflower Stickers

Jen Hadfield for Pebbles Heart of Home Accent Stickers

Jen Hadfield for Pebbles Heart of Home Label Stickers

 

Garland Punch Mobile

Hello and welcome to Punch Week here on the blog. This week we’re focusing on our fabulous punches (as opposed to punch boards), and our designers will be sharing projects they’ve made with these crafter’s staples. Let’s get things started with a darling mobile made with the Garland Punch by Laura Silva.

 

Hey there, We R readers, Laura here! One thing I love about We R tools is that they are so versatile. You can use each one for so many different projects. Today, I am sharing how to create this hanging mobile using the DIY Party garland punch. Instead of making the traditional garland for party decor, I used the punch to create a pretty paper rainbow mobile.

Circle Garland Mobile by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

To start with you will need a rainbow assortment of cardstock. I love the DIY party pad colors. I used 10 solid colors and one gold sheet. I suggest using double-sided cardstock for this project. The gold has white on the back, but the rest of the cardstock is the same on both sides.You will also need the circle garland punch and a wooden embroidery hoop.

Circle Garland Mobile by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I used the punch to cut out twelve circles of each color.

Circle Garland Mobile by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

As you create your strand, loop one with the “hook” part facing up, and then on the next one, do the “hook” facing down. This way when the garland hangs, it will look 3D rather than flat.

Circle Garland Mobile by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I wanted there to be a little variety in the mobile as it turned around, so for each of the strands, I used one circle of each of the colors. Then, I would choose one color and use two circles for that strand of that particular color. This is why I cut out 12 of each of the eleven colors.

I laid them out as I went to be sure I could keep track of what I was doing. Plus, this also allowed me to vary which strand I used as I added them to the embroidery hoop.

Circle Garland Mobile by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Using strong, clear fishing line, I tied a knot at the top of each garland strand. I used a little dab of superglue on the knots to be sure they didn’t come apart.

Circle Garland Mobile by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I cut each fishing line strand 8 inches long and attached them to the inner hoop of the embroidery hoop. Again, I tied a knot around the hoop and used a little super glue to keep the knot in tact. After the glue dried, I trimmed off all the excess fishing line.

On the outside hoop, I used three two-foot lengths of white and gold twine. I looped each one around the hoop, and then gathered all the strands at the top and tied a knot. Evenly space out the twine until the hoop lies flat.

Circle Garland Mobile by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Attach the inner hoop inside the outer hoop and tighten.

Circle Garland Mobile by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I love how this turned out. You could really do any color combination. It looks beautiful spinning around.

Circle Garland Mobile by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

DIY Party Garland Punch
DIY Party 12 x 12 Cardstock Pad
Embroidery Hoop
Fishing Line
Twine