Travel Photo Display with the PhotoLights Photo Strand!

We don’t know about you, but one of our favorite parts of summer is traveling! Whether it’s just a weekend away at the beach, or a long trip abroad, travel memories are so worth documenting and celebrating. This week our design team is sharing travel themed projects to inspire your summer memory-keeping. Kimberly’s up first with a beautiful travel photo display.

 

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with the PhotoLights Photo Strand today. When I first saw this product, I squealed in delight! How fun to be able to add photos to a light strand! I have so many ideas for using these. And being able to interchange the images in each photo box easily, you will have a blast with these as well!

Travel Photo Display with the PhotoLights Photo Strand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To begin with, your photos MUST be printed on the Printable Backlit Photo Paper. This paper needs to be printed on with an inkjet printer. Place the photo paper in your printer so that it prints on the less glossy side. When you pick up the paper, you will be able to see and feel the difference.

Travel Photo Display with the PhotoLights Photo Strand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Because the PhotoLights Photo Strand has boxes for 10 photos, I knew that I wanted to print all of my photos on one sheet of the Printable Backlit Photo Paper. The dimensions for each photo are included on a handy card inside the box. The photos need to be 2 3/16” square. Using an editing program (Photoshop), I made each of my photos that size.

Travel Photo Display with the PhotoLights Photo Strand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I placed each square image on a blank document. The document was letter-sized (8.5” x 11”), with a transparent background, and set at 300 dpi (high quality for printing). Once all the photos were on the document, I saved it as a .jpg and sent it to the printer.

Travel Photo Display with the PhotoLights Photo Strand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The Printable Backlit Photo Paper cuts easily with scissors. You can also print standard size photos and use the handy dimension card to trace on your photos for cutting.

Travel Photo Display with the PhotoLights Photo Strand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The photos slide in and out of the top of the box easily. First tip; put the photos in the boxes after you hang the strand. Trust me. Second tip; if your photo box tips to one side or the other after you hang them, your photos are square, so simply reorient the photo.

Travel Photo Display with the PhotoLights Photo Strand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

While photographing these lights, I came up with several fun ways to use the PhotoLights Photo Strand! One way would be to hang them on your deck, as I have done here. I used string to tie the ends to my deck rails. Sitting on my deck is one of my favorite places in the world. Adding these lights from our trip to Hawaii lets me enjoy my second favorite place on earth at the same time!

Travel Photo Display with the PhotoLights Photo Strand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I also hung the lights from yard stakes. They would make a cute way to line the sidewalk or driveway leading up to a backyard party or wedding. I also thought putting them on a Christmas tree would be ADORABLE. But my husband said that since it was July, the tree would be staying in the attic.

Travel Photo Display with the PhotoLights Photo Strand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

With the lights being battery powered (3 AA batteries), they can be used just about anywhere. The switch also has a timer, allowing you to leave them on steadily, or have them shut off after a certain amount of time. There is also a USB port for power. I love how vibrant they are at night!

How will you show off photos in your PhotoLights Photo Strand?

 

Supplies:

Tessa’s Favorite Colors: Aqua, Yellow, Red, and Green Pom Pom Rug

Hello, We R friends! Tessa Buys here. After three boys, my little girl was so much fun to plan for. I chose a vintage color scheme for her nursery that is still going strong in her room today – aqua, yellow and red. Pistachio green, teal blue and strawberry red have snuck in over the years, and that combo of colors was so fun to work with when I made this pom pom rug her for room:

DIY Pom Pom Rug by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers, featuring the DIY Party Pom Pom Maker

This is a great project if you have leftover skeins of yarn that aren’t enough for a larger project, but are too big to be tossed. I pulled all the colors I had that fell into the palette of her room, then got to work with my DIY Party Pom Pom maker. I chose to use the large size, but the small and medium (or a combination of any sizes) would work well, too.

DIY Pom Pom Rug by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers, featuring the DIY Party Pom Pom Maker

I made the dozens of pom poms while watching tv over a few weeks. The process is easy, but a little bit tedious. The wrapping and cutting and shaping are a great “mindless” task if you need to relax.

DIY Pom Pom Rug by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers, featuring the DIY Party Pom Pom Maker

In the last step of making the pom poms, you shape the pom pom by giving it a bit of a haircut. During this process, do not cut off the tails of the knot you made while assembling the pom pom. You will need these strings to tie the pom poms to the rug base. I used shelf liner for my base. I love that it is non-slip – perfect for a rug in an active little girl’s room!

DIY Pom Pom Rug by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers, featuring the DIY Party Pom Pom Maker

The yarns I used had different textures, so the pom poms ended up being slightly different sizes, even though I used the large tool to make all of them. Instead of a perfect pattern, I ended up with random arrangement and I love the result!

DIY Pom Pom Rug by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers, featuring the DIY Party Pom Pom Maker

When I put the rug in my little girl’s room, she snuggled her toes into it and said, “It’s so comfy, mom!” She loves it and I love that I was able to bring all these fun colors to the floor. What’s your favorite color combination? I bet it would look great as a pom pom rug! Happy creating!

Supplies Used:

DIY Party Pom Pom Maker

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

 

Framed Watercolor Art with the Supreme Ruler

Hello We R fans! It’s Eva on the blog today showing your how to make a grid watercolor frame using your Supreme Ruler.

Framed Watercolor Art with the Supreme Ruler by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

I have had this huge frame over my mantle for months because I couldn’t figure out what to do with it.  When my Supreme Ruler arrived I knew it was the perfect size to make a Grid Watercolor Frame.

I started by cutting my cardstock with my Supreme Ruler and my exacto knife.  Because the ruler has a non slip bottom and it is 18 inches long I was able to do this with one cut.

Supreme Ruler by We R Memory Keepers

Next I marked the inside of my frame and made marks with my ruler every 2 cm. The Supreme Ruler has inches and centimeters and it is transparent, allowing you to make precise measurements for your projects.

After I had marked all my sides I created my grid.

Supreme Ruler by We R Memory Keepers

I am no expert when it comes to watercolor, I simply filled every diagonal with a different color and tried to use a rainbow pattern.

Framed Watercolor Art with the Supreme Ruler by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

I let my watercolors dry and then erased all my pencil marks.

Framed Watercolor Art with the Supreme Ruler by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

This project was easy and fun! The Supreme Ruler with its metal rim, non slip bottom, easy grip handle and size was a huge help! I am already thinking on my next Supreme Ruler project. What would you use your Supreme Ruler for?

Framed Watercolor Art with the Supreme Ruler by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Have a great day!

Eva

 

Supplies:

Supreme Ruler

Watercolors

White Cardstock

 

 

Cactus Home Decor with the Stitch Happy

Hi everybody! Soraya here with you today to show you a cute and fun tutorial using the incredible Stitch Happy sewing machine. And I can tell you that the simple fact of using it will surely make you happy!

Cactus Home Decor with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

So to show you how amazing is this multimedia sewing machine, I made a cactus frame decor for my daughter’s bedroom using felt, fabrics, papers and some colorful threads and twines.

Stitch Happy sewing machine by We R Memory Keepers

First of all, I used my Supreme Ruler to cut the black felt in the right dimensions so it can fit the background of the frame (I removed the glass for this project).

Supreme Ruler by We R Memory Keepers

Then I used one of the cards from the Stitch Happy Card Kit and the DIY Party Board to create the pocket where all the different cactus will “grow”.

DIY Party Board by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Party Board by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Party Board by We R Memory Keepers

In this card kit, there are also lots of happy diecuts to decorate so I grabbed the bike and stitched it to the pocket with some pink thread. The result is awesome!  After that I sewed the pocket directly on the black felt which is now the background of the frame decor.

Cactus Home Decor with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Cactus Home Decor with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Cactus Home Decor with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

To set the title “HELLO” I put some washi tape on the letters so that they can stay in place. I removed the washi tape just after the sewing process.

Cactus Home Decor with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Cactus Home Decor with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Let’s draw the cactus! I used different shades of green fabrics to make them.  They are so delicate and cute, I love how they turned!

Cactus Home Decor with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Cactus Home Decor with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Cactus Home Decor with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Then I started to sew them all with some yellow thread! For the big cactus on the front, I used the “back” button of the sewing machine to create the needles and it worked very well!

Cactus Home Decor with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Cactus Home Decor with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Cactus Home Decor with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

To finish this frame decor I put back the background in the white frame and glued some resin flowers and leaves on it!

Cactus Home Decor with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Cactus Home Decor with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Cactus Home Decor with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Hope this project will inspire you to create with the Stitch Happy sewing machine, I had a lot of fun making this frame and my daughter is more than happy to decorate her room with it!

Cactus Home Decor with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Happy Creating everyone and until next time!

Soraya.

 

Supplies:

Stitch Happy Sewing Machine

DIY Party Board

We R Stitch Happy Card Kit

We R Stitch Happy Pink, Mint and Yellow threads

Supreme Ruler

Black, brown and ivory felt, green fabrics and resin embellishments

A white frame

Flower Punch Board Canvas

Hello, We R friends! Tessa Buys here, and today I’m sharing a fun altered canvas made with the Flower Punch Board:

Flower Punch Board Canvas by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

I started by covering an 8×10 canvas with gesso. I then applied some Heidi Swapp gold flakes to the edges of the canvas.

Flower Punch Board Canvas by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Like myself, you may have seen a similar project making the rounds on Facebook or Pinterest lately. I thought using silk flowers and a canvas to make a 3-d art project was a really fun idea, but being a paper crafter I just had to add some paper to it! The Flower Punch Board was perfect for punching, scoring and folding some pretty vellum flowers.

Flower Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

To make the flowers even more special, I painted the petals of the top layer of each flower with Minc reactive paint. I allowed the paint to dry for several minutes, then ran the flower petal strips through my Minc machine with gold foil. So pretty!

Flower Punch Board Canvas by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

I drew a vase and stamped a sentiment, then used a craft knife to slice open the canvas at the top of the vase. I tucked my silk flowers in, then arranged my foiled vellum flowers until I was happy with the design. Last, I used my hot glue gun to secure everything in place.

Flower Punch Board Canvas by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

I’m so glad that I had the Flower Punch board on hand to make my paper flowers. Cutting out and assembling each petal would have taken a long time, but the punch board made quick work of that process. And now I have a fun, quirky art piece in no time. Why don’t you live life in full bloom and give this project a go? Happy creating!

Flower Punch Board Canvas by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies Used:

Flower Punch Board

Pinwheel Flower Garland

They say April showers bring May flowers, so this week we’re sharing some paper flower project inspiration from our design team. Be sure to check back each day this week–you’ll love what the team has come up with. First off is Eva with a Pinwheel Flower Garland.

Hello We R fans!  It’s Eva on the blog today bringing you a summer-inspired floral garland made with our Pinwheel Punch Board.

Pinwheel Flower Garland by Eva Pizarro

The Pinwheel Punch Board is one of my favorite boards, these pinwheels are beautiful, with round corners and you can layer them! You can’t do all these things by yourself! Plus, the pinwheel attachments allow you to create perfectly functioning pinwheels.

I made my pinwheels with 3 inch wide papers from the Tealightful collection by Pebbles Inc.

Pinwheel Flower Garland by Eva Pizarro

To make them look like a flower I put some yellow fringe in the middle on the pinwheel (the original idea is from Amanda over the Pebbles’ blog, check her Pinwheel project here)

Pinwheel Flower Garland by Eva Pizarro

To decorate my garland I made some pom pom using our Pom Pom Maker and coordinating wool.

Pinwheel Flower Garland by Eva Pizarro

The pom poms are really easy to make! No more cardstock circles like I used to make them when I was a kid! If you have small children ask them to help, they are going to love them! If you use bigger pinwheels you could also use the pom poms as the center of your flower, that would look so cute!

Pinwheel Flower Garland by Eva Pizarro

I glued each pinwheel to a piece of twine and hung it on our yard. If you want you can wrap it around a wreath to decorate your front door.

I left my pom poms hanging in the center of the wreath.

Pinwheel Flower Wreath by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Pinwheel Flower Garland by Eva Pizarro

I love the summery feel this garland brings to our yard, make them in different sizes and colors, I am sure your pinwheels are going to look great!

Pinwheel Flower Garland by Eva Pizarro

Have a great day!

Eva

 

Supplies:

Pinwheel Punch Board

Pom Pom Maker

Pebbles Tealightful Papers

DIY Party Fringe

Brads

Mother’s Day Photo Gift Idea

Hi! Welcome to the We R blog! It’s Eva Pizarro here showing you how to make a beautiful and quick Mother’s Day gift using the Photo Lights Collection.

Mother's Day Photo Lights Gift by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Ever since I had a son, my mom loves to receive pictures of her with her only grandson. The Photo Lights frame is a different approach to the classic photo frame, and I can assure you your mom is going to love it!

The first thing you need to do is print your picture on the backlit paper with an inkjet printer. You need to print it on the textured side. To figure out which one it is, I like to run my finger through the paper. If it doesn’t make a sound that’s the glossy side, if it does then that’s the textured side.

Mother's Day Photo Lights Gift by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Use the Photo Lights Rub-ons to embellish your picture. In each package you get 20 different designs in 3 colors: white, black and gold.

Mother's Day Photo Lights Gift by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

 

Place your photo inside the magnetic Photo Lights Frame. The picture is protected by a sturdy acrylic sheet and you can light the frame with AA batteries or plug it using a Micro USB cable.

Mother's Day Photo Lights Gift by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

To embellish my gift I used the Magnolia Jane collection and my 1,2,3 Punch Board to make a large bow and a 3×4 envelope.

Mother's Day Photo Lights Gift by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

I wrapped my frame with a strip of paper and used these beautiful clips to hold my card in place.

Mother's Day Photo Lights Gift by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

I put my bow on top of my frame and closed my envelope with a clear sticker.

Mother's Day Photo Lights Gift by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

And this is how the frame looks once is lit! I think it is gorgeous during the day or the night, now I want to make one for myself!

Mother's Day Photo Lights Gift by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by the blog!

Eva

 

Supplies

PhotoLights Frame

PhotoLights Rub-ons

PhotoLights Backlit paper

1,2,3 Punch Board

Magnolia Jane Paper Pad

Magnolia Jane Clips

Magnolia Jane Stickers

Hot Air Balloon Baby Decor

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today with some fun décor that could be used for a baby shower, and then once the shower is over, for the baby’s room! I am long removed from the world of babies (as mine is now 11), but as I scrolled through Pinterest, hot air balloons kept popping up. I knew I had all the supplies and tools I needed to create some fantastic balloons with my We R Memory Keepers stash!

Hot Air Balloon Baby Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

First to be created was the balloons. Immediately the Honeycomb pads came to mind, along with a great balloon-shaped stencil in the DIY Party Honeycomb Stencil pack.

Hot Air Balloon Baby Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I placed the template on the sealed edge of the Large Honeycomb Ocean Pads. I traced one large balloon and two smaller balloons.

DIY Party Honeycomb Pads and Stencils by We R Memory Keepers

I used the three different colors in the package. Be sure and slide your template all the way to the bottom of the pad, that way, you can get more shapes from your pad.

DIY Party Honeycomb Pads and Stencils by We R Memory Keepers

Once two of each balloon color and size were cut, I adhered the two similar shapes together using a strong, dry adhesive. Dry adhesive is the only way to go when adhering the thin paper of the honeycomb pads.

DIY Party Honeycomb Pads and Stencils by We R Memory Keepers

Adhesive was placed on the back of the one side. Then the two sides of the honeycomb were pinched together, creating a completely three-dimensional balloon!

Hot Air Balloon Baby Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Once the balloons were created, banners were added for extra color and fun.

We R Memory Keepers Banner Punch Board

Using the Banner Punch Board, patterned paper was cut into small pieces. I trimmed my American Crafts Oh Happy Life paper to 1 inch strips. I lined the strips up with the center line (marked on the board), and cut with the blade. I find that cutting towards the inside from the right side and then the left side results in a cleaner cut.

The paper banners were glued to a piece of twine. The twine was cut long, allowing me to wrap it around the balloon and tie it to the correct size.

Hot Air Balloon Baby Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The next item that needed to be created was the basket for the hot air balloon.

We R Memory Keepers 123 Punch Board

Using a piece of Bazzill Dotted Swiss card stock and the 1-2-3 Punch Board, I created small boxes. The box for the larger balloon was 2 ½” on all sides. The small box, of which I needed two, was 1 ¾” on all sides. The punch board has all the dimensions printed on it, for ease of construction. Around the top of each box, I added a piece of different white trim.

Hot Air Balloon Baby Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To hold up each balloon, paper straws were adhered to the inside of each corner of each box. I trimmed each straw to size. The honeycomb balloons slip easily on the top of the straws to stay in place.

Hot Air Balloon Baby Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

What color hot air balloons would you create?

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

American Crafts:

Bazzill:

Baby Project Roundup

Good Monday morning friends, and welcome to Baby Week here on the blog! This week we’re featuring projects that are for babies, baby showers, and soon-to-be mommies. Our design team has cooked up some amazing inspiration for you!

But to get things started, today we’ve got a roundup of past projects for you. Check out the list below of some of our favorite baby themed blog posts!

 

Hot Air Balloon Baby Shower

If you’re planning a baby shower or baby birthday party this spring, here’s a fun idea for a theme–hot air balloons! And what better way to make those hot air balloons than with our DIY Party Honeycomb Pads and Stencils? CLICK HERE for more photos and details about this fun project.

Baby Shower Gift Idea

Make a baby keepsake album and interactive card with the Frame Punch Board and Photo Sleeve Fuse. The mom-to-be will love this sweet handmade gift, and she’ll get to record all the exciting milestones as well. You can find a full tutorial HERE.

Baby keepsake album and interactive card

Baby Banner

This darling baby banner would be perfect for a baby shower or baby birthday party! You can learn how to make your own with the Alphabet Punch Board and Banner Punch Board by clicking HERE.

Baby banner

DIY Baby Animals Board Book

Get out your Cinch binding tool and some book board to make this darling baby gift idea. CLICK HERE for more photos, details, and instructions.

Baby board book

Letterpress Baby Announcement

The unique and beautiful look of letterpress is the perfect way to announce the arrival of your little one. Learn how to make your own letterpress baby announcements with the Evolution Advanced and Letterpress Kit HERE.

Letterpress baby announcement

Cinch Baby Album

Record the changes in your baby during the first year in a special mini album. Take a photo each month, and record the exciting milestones, then bind all your pages together with The Cinch. You can find more photos and details HERE.

Cinch Baby Book

Pregnancy Keepsake Album

Pull out your Photo Sleeve Fuse to make a beautiful pregnancy keepsake album for the mom-to-be. Fill it with 4×6 photo sleeves and journaling cards so she can include monthly photos of her growing belly, plus her feelings about the exciting events to come. CLICK HERE for full instructions.

Pregnancy keepsake album

Thanks so much for joining us today. We hope this roundup has provided some helpful inspiration for you. Be sure to come back each day this week for more baby themed project ideas from our design team. Crafty cheers!