DIY Wire Jewelry with the Happy Jig

Hello We R friends! It’s Aly here again to share a fun kids craft idea perfect for a summer get-together, a birthday party, or a girls night.

DIY Wire Jewelry with the Happy Jig by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Using my Happy Jig I created some wire jewelry. It was easy to do, and I love how it turned out!

DIY Wire Jewelry with the Happy Jig by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

To create the necklace, I made a pineapple shape using the pink wire. This pineapple shape is found on the @werhappyjig Instagram account. You can also find a simpler pineapple design in the instruction booklet that comes with the Happy Jig.

Happy Jig by We R Memory Keepers

I wanted to make it slightly larger than it shows on the template, so I cut 18 inches of wire (instead of the recommended 16 inches) and stretched out the design so it reached the bottom and top of the grid on the jig. You can see where I placed all the pegs on the grid in the image below if you’d like to make a larger pineapple for yourself.

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Once I finshed designing the pineapple, I added a small silver jump ring to attach it to the silver chain. (You can pick up jump rings, chains, and other jewelry making supplies at your local craft store or online.)

Happy Jig necklace attachment

To make the earrings, I created two Palm Leaves with green wire according to the directions in the Happy Jig instruction booklet that comes with the tool. I left a little extra wire on the starting end for attaching to the earring hook. I used a jump ring to keep the hook and the wire design facing the right direction.

DIY Wire Jewelry with the Happy Jig by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Happy Jig earring attachment

What I love about Happy Jig jewelry is that the wire is so light weight, but very sturdy. So the jewelry pieces aren’t heavy, but they’ll last for quite a while. This would be a great summer kids craft, or an activity for a girls birthday or slumber party. You could even have a girls night and make some for fun.

DIY Wire Jewelry with the Happy Jig by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for joining me today! If you create something with the Happy Jig, be sure to share it on our Facebook page, or if you share it on Instagram be sure to tag us (@werhappyjig) so we can see what you make. Enjoy your weekend!

Supplies:

Happy Jig
Pink Wire
Green Wire
Jewelry making supplies (jump rings, chain, earring hooks)

Throwback Thursday: Interactive Alphabet Flipbook

Hey there crafty friends! With the school year ending and summer vacation on the horizon, we’re throwing it back to last spring with this amazing interactive alphabet flipbook. It’s the perfect craft to keep the kids entertained this summer and to keep them learning too!

 

Hello and welcome back to the blog! Chantalle with you today to chat about a way to make learning your ABC’s a bit more fun for kids. I was inspired by a project I saw on Pinterest involving a book bound from paper bags. It was such a sweet way of storing memories but I also loved the interactive element of it and thought I could combine my alphabet punchboard and my Cinch Binding Tool to create something fun and interactive for my little learner!

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

My ‘super fun’ alphabet pad consists of several pockets, bound together. I’ll admit, I did worry it was too fat to bind at one stage! Lol. But my awesome Cinch made light work of the 26 pages plus chipboard covers!

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Let’s learn our ABC’s by sliding out the cards! Let’s see what word starts with the letter ‘A’… yep, you guessed it, ‘Apple’!

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I found this pack of flashcards at my local Target store. The cards were a great size and have been printed onto a sturdy cardstock with a gloss finish, so I knew they would be hard wearing for what I had in mind. (Plus, this works out cheaper than if I were to print the sheets out on my inkjet printer at home and then laminate them!)

To make my cards slide in and out of custom pockets, I had to cut them down a bit, to be able to secure them inside, without falling out when pulled. To do this, I popped each of them onto my Trim & Score Board and measured about a quarter inch down from the top and up from the bottom. I left another quarter inch on the left hand side where I would be inserting them into the sleeves later on. I then cut along the top and bottom guide marks I had made, leaving the left hand side as is.

Trim and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

For my sleeves, I created 26 pockets using coordinating shades of Bazzill Cardstock (see materials list for colours used) I left a quarter inch extra at the bottom of the pocket and half an inch at the top to accommodate for binding.

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I rounded the corners of my flashcards using my Crop a Dile Corner Chomper and then inserted them into their sleeves. In order for them to stay in place during use, I had to sew them inside the sleeves – just a little bit above and below the card as shown in the picture below. The quarter inch or so of stitching will allow the cut out area to slide out but hold the area that I left at the original height of the card, inside the sleeve.

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Once all my sleeves were sewn, it was time to start putting the pad together. For kids, a sturdy cover is a must. I’ve used some 8×8 Cinch Designer Book Board which I cut down to size and then covered with some gorgeously fun Amy Tangerine ‘On a Whim’ papers. The image below shows just how easy it is to create a bound item using The Cinch. Simply pull out the corresponding peg to choose how many holes to punch. Note: In this picture you will see I punched my holes before I covered my board. I would recommend covering your chipboard before you punch, for a neater finish.

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Now that my cover was sorted, it was time to move on to embellishing my sleeves. I wanted corresponding letters to match my flashcards. Enter my Alphabet Punch Board! This clever punch board allowed me to create matching lettering for each letter of the alphabet. The ‘m’ and ‘w’ turned out to be a bit too wide for the size of my sleeves, so I used the adorable (seriously, you have to have one they are SO cute!!) Mini Alphabet Punch Board to whip up two of each letter and mount them underneath each other.

Alphabet Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

The final piece that I needed on each were the words ‘is for…’ so I popped some grid paper from my Typecast 8.5 x 11” pad into my Typecast typewriter and started typing up my text. I chose to use the grid paper so they would all look uniform.

We R Memory Keepers Typecast Typewriter

Here are all the letters, bound in to the pad. ‘A’ through to ‘H’…

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

… and ‘I’ to ‘Z’.

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

For an extra fun element, each of the cards has a reusable area to practice lettering on! This is especially handy for my little bug, who sometimes writes her letters back to front. Simply lay the pad flat, grab a whiteboard marker and you’re all set!

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I hope you have enjoyed my post today. If you decide to give this idea a try, please tag us in your pictures on social media – we would love to see them!

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Until next time,

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Alphabet Punch Board

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Crop a Dile Corner Chomper

Trim & Score Board

Cinch Binding Tool

Cinch binding combs

Cinch Designer Book Board 8×8

Typecast Typewriter

Happy Jig Spinning Sun Catchers

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a super simple kid’s craft, but it is full of fun! Best part about this quick project is that anyone from age 3-100 can make it! These spinning sun catchers were easy to make with the We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig. Don’t miss the special twist to these spinners at the end.

Spinning Sun Catchers with the Happy Jig by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

These sweet spinning sun catchers are perfect for hanging from a deck, or in a garden. The movement and colors are mesmerizing.

Spinning Sun Catchers with the Happy Jig by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I started with a package of Happy Jig colored wire, along with a package of pony beads. These beads can be found in the kid’s craft section and are larger, making it easier for smaller hands and for fitting over the wire. These beads are unique however, as they are glow-in-the-dark!

Spinning Sun Catchers with the Happy Jig by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To create the spinner shape, wrap the wire around a larger glass or jar. Wrap the wire around as many times as you wish. I found that 4 times around was a nice amount. That number of wraps yielded 3 spinners from one color of wire.

Spinning Sun Catchers with the Happy Jig by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To keep the beads from falling off the ends, I used the smallest peg from the We R Happy Jig and wrapped one end of the wire around it. Then I strung the beads on the wire. Once the wire was full, I repeated the same process on the other end.

Spinning Sun Catchers with the Happy Jig by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

And here is the twist! How fun are these as they glow-in-the-dark?! When we have outdoor movies this summer, these will be a fun addition! They would also make great garden markers for the evenings.

Spinning Sun Catchers with the Happy Jig by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

What kind of fun outdoor decorations would you make with the We R Happy Jig?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig

We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig Colored Wire

 

DIY Paper Crown for Kids

Hello everyone!  It’s Eva here today bringing you a fun and easy Paper Crown you can make with your kids.

Easy Paper Crown with the Banner Punch Board by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

My 3 year old, Lorenzo, told me a few days ago he wanted a crown so I thought this assignment would be perfect  to craft with him and make a fun and easy king crown. I tried to do everything with him and he was happy to help, cut and use all the tools he isn’t allowed to use on a regular basis!

I used my Trim and Score Board to cut two 6×12 inch yellow cardstock strips . I put the paper on and he used the cut blade. I also made a mark on both strips at 4 inch height.

Trim and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

I placed my strips on the Banner Punch Board at the 6 inch mark and my son used the blade to cut from the 4 inch mark to the top. The blades are tiny but sharp so never leave you kid unattended!

Banner Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Easy Paper Crown with the Banner Punch Board by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

We also used the Cool Kids stack from DCWV and the Tear Guides to create a decor for the base of the crown.  I held the Tear Guide in place and my son used the water pencil, he loved using this tool!

Tear Guides by We R Memory Keepers

I asked him what shape he wanted on his crown and he chose this hexagon because it looked  like a jewel.  We used the Clear Cut Punch together and cut 7 hexagons from this lovely  Holiday Jewels Stack from DCWV.

Hexagon Clear Cut Punch by We R Memory Keepers

We also used the pompom maker to make a lilac pompom for the top of the crown, he had fun rolling the yarn in the tool and I cut and assemble the pompom afterwards.

DIY Party Pom Pom Maker by We R Memory Keepers

We attached the hexagons with foam dots and to embellish them we used buttons. To embellish the other tips of the crown we punched several circles with the Reinforce Hole Punch.

Hole Reinforcer Punch by We R Memory Keepers

Finally I attached everything with the new USB Glue Gun, the detail tip was perfect to attach those tiny circles on top of the crown.

USB Mini Glue Gun by We R Memory Keepers

I measured my son’s head and assembled the crown with my USB Glue Gun.

Easy Paper Crown with the Banner Punch Board by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

He was so happy and could not wait to try it! He is definitely the King of the House!

Easy Paper Crown with the Banner Punch Board by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Crafting with my son was very fun! I hope you try this craft with your family, remember that the most important thing is they have fun and be safe!

Easy Paper Crown with the Banner Punch Board by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Have a great day!

Eva

 

Supplies:

Tear Guides
PomPom Maker
Clear Cut Punch – Hexagon
USB Glue Gun
Banner Punch Board
Reinforce Hole Punch

Birthday Mini Album

Hey there, We R fans, Laura here today sharing a fun project to make with or for your child to celebrate his/her birthday – a birthday mini album! The album itself spells out “birthday” and then each page has a fun way to record birthday memories with a picture or journaling, or both! With the basics in place, it would also make a great gift idea for a special child in your life.

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Start by using the mini alphabet punch board to create all the letters in the word “birthday”. I choose different colored cardstock and glitter cardstock to make them in rainbow order. This is a great way to use up small leftover scraps as the paper only needs to be one and a half inch by two and a half inches.

Mini Alphabet Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Cut out patterned cardstock rectangles using the trim and score board. Each rectangle will be 3 ½ inches tall. The first rectangle will be only 2 inches wide. Make each additional rectangle 1 ½ inches bigger than the one before.

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Note: The final rectangle will only be 12 inches wide (rather than 12 ½”) unless you have longer cardstock you can use. Use the Crop-A-Dile to punch holes at the left side of the mini album. Then attach all the pages together using binder rings.

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Decorate and embellish all the pages. I used a mix of Pebbles Happy Hooray ephemera, patterned paper scraps from the rectangles I cut out, washi tape, and plain white cardstock. There is plenty of room to add journaling and/or small photos.

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I rounded some of the corners of the patterned cardstock and white cardstock to match the ephemera throughout the album using the 3-way corner chomper.

3 Way Corner Punch by We R Memory Keepers

I wanted there to be dimension to the album, so for some of the embellishments I attached them to the page using adhesive dots rather than regular double-sided adhesive.

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I love that there are so many great coordinating paper and embellishment options. It makes it so easy to create a fabulous project.

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

To cover the binder rings, I used ribbon and twine that coordinated with the birthday letters and tied them on. For the twine I used two strands for each color.

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

This mini album is the perfect way to celebrate and commemorate your child’s birthday. They will love adding special memories from their special day.

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Trim and Score Board

Pebbles Happy Hooray Cardstock

Pebbles Happy Hooray Ephemera

Crop-A-Dile

3-Way Corner Punch

Amy Tan Sunshine & Good Times Washi Tape Rolls

Ribbon

Baker’s Twine

Double Sided Adhesive

Adhesive Foam Dots

Binder Rings

DIY Valentine’s Day Card Game

Hello again and thank you for joining me today. I’m so thrilled to be able to create for We R Memory Keepers for another year! My first post for the year is about creating something very special for someone special in your life. The Square Punch Board and Acrylic Block Set have helped me create this Do-It-Yourself deck of cards with a Valentine’s theme.

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

The Square Punch Board made it so easy to create multiple copies of the same size card. Simply set the measurements, insert your paper and punch!

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

The deck comes complete with a matching box to keep this loved up set together. I have used the new ‘Forever my Always’ collection from Pebbles for this project. I loved the super sweet sentiments and colour scheme.

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

If one were to use this deck a lot, one would probably be able to remember which number was which colour, but I figured for this special occasion, I would get away with choosing one pattern for each number and then going about decorating the houses differently.

Square Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

The cards are all 4×3.5 inches in size with opposite corners treated the same. The brilliantly clever new 3 Way Corner Rounder is three tools in one! Simply choose the desired angle of roundness you would like for your corner, insert paper into relevant slot and punch. So quick and easy! I have left two corners sharp and rounded two corners.

3 Way Corner Rounder by We R Memory Keepers
I then set about decorating my cards…

Because they stack, I chose to go with some stamping. (One could also use a computer programme to design a pattern and then print out multiple cards on sheets of A4 but then punching them out might be a bit trickier.) The stamping worked out great thanks to my Acrylic Block Set. These are also a brand new product and each pack comes with three sizes to fit pretty much any size stamp. The edges of the blocks are curved so they are comfortable to hold and they also have crosshairs printed on them, making it easier to line up your stamps.

Acrylic Block Set by We R Memory Keepers
I’ve used StazOn on the cards so the ink is waterproof. A few splatters of Color Shine here and there added a bit of shimmer and colour contrast to the deck.

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

Here’s a close up of a finished card. If you had a lot of the same alphabet/number stickers, one could also use them instead of stamping to embellish the cards.

DIY Valentine's Day Card Game by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
The cards needed a box to be stored in, so I carefully unfolded an existing box and traced around it, onto some beautiful foiled Bazzill cardstock. I chose it for the colour and also because it’s a sturdy cardstock and will hopefully withstand a bit of handling over time.

I used my Score Board to crease along the fold lines I had marked and used extra strength double-sided tape (the red one) to adhere it shut.

Basic Score Board by We R Memory Keepers
Here you can see all the cards sorted into their ranks. I have not used traditional suits, instead choosing to use ‘mini hearts’, ‘flowers’, ‘cherries’ and ‘suns’. I’ve also just done them all black, which I don’t think is too much of a problem, but feel free to make yours red and black!

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

DIY Valentine's Day Card Game by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
I really enjoyed making these and my awesome kiddos really enjoyed testing them out! I can’t wait to give them my DH on Valentine’s Day.

DIY Valentine's Day Card Game by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
The little ‘Let’s Play’ banner was typed up on my Typecast Typewriter and added, to tie-in with the little speech bubble sticker (raised on foam tape).

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

I hope you will give this idea a try for your Valentine (or birthday boy/girl!) It was such a fun way to use my Square Punch Board! Until next time!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Square Punch Board

Scoreboard

3 Way Corner Rounder

Acrylic Block Set

Typecast Typewriter

Bazzill Foiled Cardstock

Heidi Swapp Color Shine ‘Mint’ & ‘Pink’

Vicki Boutin Stamp Set

Pebbles ‘Forever My Always’ 12x12x:

Sprinkled Blossoms

Follow Your Heart

Love Labels

From my Heart

Love Lace

Mint Dot

Be Mine

Baked

Forever my Always Accent Stickers

Lunch Box Notes with the Typecast Typewriter

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today with some fun lunchbox notes! While my soon-to-be middle schooler assures me that he still loves getting notes from me in his lunchbox, I thought I would add a little bit of fun and silliness, instead of so much mushy-stuff. He has long been a fan of jokes, so I thought making lunchbox notes with jokes would be perfect!

Lunchbox Notes with the Typecast Typewriter by Kimberly Wilkinson for We R Memory Keepers

 

To create the jokes, I grabbed a joke book and used the internet to find the best ones, or at least jokes he has not already told me a thousand times! The Typecast Typewriter was going to be the perfect way to write up these jokes!

Lunchbox Notes with the Typecast Typewriter by Kimberly Wilkinson for We R Memory Keepers

 

Typecast 8.5×11” paper was scrolled into my Typecast. I began typing each joke, leaving space between the start and the punchline. Some jokes I left all together in one grouping.

Lunchbox Notes with the Typecast Typewriter by Kimberly Wilkinson for We R Memory Keepers

 

 

Once all my jokes were typed up, I used small rectangular dies to cut the jokes out. A shaped punch would work well too.

 

I cut and scored my card stock bases with the Trim & Score Board.

Lunchbox Notes with the Typecast Typewriter by Kimberly Wilkinson for We R Memory Keepers

The size of my cards was determined by my 1-2-3Punchboard. Why? Because I knew I wanted to create envelopes. The smallest size envelopes available were for cards measuring 2×3.5” , which was the perfect size for a small lunchbox note!

Lunchbox Notes with the Typecast Typewriter by Kimberly Wilkinson for We R Memory Keepers

I created each of the envelopes with the same patterned paper I used to decorate each card, Crate Paper’s Cute Girl 6×6 Paper Pad.

Lunchbox Notes with the Typecast Typewriter by Kimberly Wilkinson for We R Memory Keepers

Why did the boy eat his homework? Because his teacher said it was a piece of cake!

Lunchbox Notes with the Typecast Typewriter by Kimberly Wilkinson for We R Memory Keepers

These notes will brighten any child’s day! What kind of lunchbox notes do you like put in your child’s lunch?

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers

Crate Paper

 

Other joke answers:

Why don’t sharks ever catch colds? Because they always get plenty of vitamin SEA!

What’s smarter than a talking cat? A SPELLING bee!

What do you call an alligator in a vest? An investigator!

 

Backpack Charms with the Photo Sleeve Fuse

 Hey there We R Memory Keepers friends and fans, Becki here. Sadly, summer is winding down which means the first day of school is right around the corner. While I hate to see Summer come to an end. I LOVE back to school time. I love the beginning of a new school year with a new schedule, new supplies, and a new routine. As a mom of three, it’s also a busy time of year. This year, I’ve made it a point to prepare early! I’ve even finished school shopping for one of my kids! I’ve also started on some crafty school projects too. I love it when I can use my crafty supplies to create fun things for my kids.

Photo Sleeve Fuse Backpack Charms by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

These adorable backpack charms are SO easy to make with a few tools from We R Memory Keepers. I put my Photo Sleeve Fuse tool, the Mini Alphabet Punch Board and my trusty old Crop-a-dile to work when I created these charms.

Photo Sleeve Fuse Backpack Charms by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

The charms are made out of Fuse Instax waterfall sleeves. I did trim them down slightly after I fused the edges closed.

Photo Sleeve Fuse Backpack Charms by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Each charm has a small piece of patterned paper, a few stickers, sequins, and my child’s initials cut out of patterned paper with the Mini Alphabet Punch Board.

The patterned paper and stickers that I used for this project are from the Lovely Day collection by American Crafts and Dear Lizzy. I love how the layered stickers look in those cute little shaker pockets.

Photo Sleeve Fuse Backpack Charms by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

I chose to punch holes in the corner of the backpack charms with the small punch on the crop-a-dile so that none of the sequins would fall out of the punched hole.

I can’t wait to tie these little charms onto my kids backpacks as they head out the door to start a brand new school year. I’m curious, what crafty back to school projects do you have planned. I’d love to hear about them!

Thank you for stopping by the We R Memory Keepers blog. I’ll see you again soon.

 

Supplies:

Instax Waterfall Sleeves
Crop-a-dile
Mini Alphabet Punch Board
Photo Sleeve Fuse

Activity Travel Bag for Kids with the Stitch Happy

Hello and welcome, Chantalle with you today! I’ve been having so much fun with my Stitch Happy Sewing Machine that I thought it would be fun to create a little travel kit for my DD with some leftover calico fabric I had from the beach bag I created recently!

Travel Activity Bag with the Stitch Happy by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

Our family loves to take scenic drives at the weekend, but sometimes all the car time can make my little girl a bit restless. I have popped together a super simple little travel kit for her to keep those “Are we there yets?” at bay…

Travel Activity Bag with the Stitch Happy by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

The bag attaches to the headrest of the front seat so it’s easily reached and contains a few things to keep her (and possible even big bro!) engaged that teensy bit longer!

Travel Activity Bag with the Stitch Happy by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

The bag itself started out as roughly a six inch square piece of fabric. I used my Supreme Ruler to cut the fabric. I love the metal edge! Perfect for running a knife against and ensuring a clean cut.

I then ran the bag through my Stitch Happy with a straight stitch on two sides  (the fold served as the third side) leaving a little bit at the top open, for the hem section where I would insert the rope for the drawstring.

The outside has been embellished very simply with some felt hearts from the Stitch Happy Banner Kit. I hand-stitched some letters on them for a bit of fun. They spell the words ‘PLAY’ when read clockwise. I will admit that the addition of the lettering was after I had created the bag, so I used my hot glue gun to adhere them to the bag. (If I had had the thought of it earlier, I would have machine stitched them on.)

Travel Activity Bag with the Stitch Happy by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

The first item inside the bag is a little notebook, which I re-purposed from an existing book that I had in my stash.

Travel Activity Bag with the Stitch Happy by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

The size was perfect for the bag, so I carefully removed the cover and fashioned a new one from a sheet of Amy Tangerine’s On a Whim, ‘Shady Bunch’ paper. I used my Corner Chomper to round the edges.

Inside, I attached some Amy Tangerine On a Whim Ephemera sporadically onto a few pages.

Travel Activity Bag with the Stitch Happy by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

She can use the notebook to jot down some notes, make a map of our route or play a game with her brother.

Travel Activity Bag with the Stitch Happy by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

Also inside is a little laminated scavenger hunt, which I downloaded from the net. There are heaps of printables available so they can be easily prepped the night before you travel if necessary.

Travel Activity Bag with the Stitch Happy by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

There are also some little ‘Would you rather’ game cards, which I found online as well. These have been laminated and added to a book ring. I used my Crop a Dile to punch its way through the whole stack in one go!

Travel Activity Bag with the Stitch Happy by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

The bag turned out super cute and my little miss loves the fact that she has her own special kit for use in the car or on public transport. The book ring can even be attached to a handbag or stroller!

Travel Activity Bag with the Stitch Happy by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

Fill it with goodies your child loves. (LOL Dolls are a firm favourite in my house at the moment) and maybe even a treat or two or some headphones to keep those ears entertained.

Travel Activity Bag with the Stitch Happy by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

Thank you for stopping by the blog today!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Stitch Happy Sewing Machine

Stitch Happy Pressure Sensitive Foot Pedal

Stitch Happy Multimedia Baker’s Twine in Mint

Stitch Happy Banner Kit

Amy Tangerine On a Whim Shady Bunch 12×12

Amy Tangerine On a Whim Stickers

Amy Tangerine On a Whim Ephemera

Supreme Ruler

Throwback Thursday: DIY Patriotic Confetti Poppers

Welcome to Throwback Thursday friends! Today we’re throwing it back to last summer with a popular patriotic kids activity that’s perfect for Independence Day parties and other patriotic events. It will keep the kids entertained and having fun for hours! Check out the full tutorial from Kimberly Crawford below.

Hello We R fans! Kimberly here to share a fun summer craft project with you today, a project for you and your kiddos! Summertime is about celebrations and fun. These easy-to-make confetti poppers are sure to be a hit!

Confetti Poppers by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To create these fun poppers, gather card board paper tubes, balloons, card stock, patterned paper, tape, and confetti.

  1. Tie the end of the balloon. Cut the top third of the balloon off.
  2. Stretch the balloon over the end of the cardboard tube, being careful not to bend the tube. Secure the balloon with tape around the edge. Make sure the balloon is stretched tightly across the top of the tube.
  3. Cover the cardboard tube with card stock and patterned paper. TIP: When wrapping cylindrical objects with paper, make the length wrap around at least one half time more. It helps keep the paper attached.
  4. Tie a DIY Party Fringe Tab to the end of the balloon, below the knot you created earlier. Trim the excess string.

confetti poppers 2 Kimberly Crawford

I love how the DIY Fringe Tab makes this confetti popper look like a firework!

confetti poppers 5 Kimberly Crawford

Now for the confetti! We R Memory Keepers has many choices for confetti, Rainbow and Metallic, or you can even use the DIY Confetti Punch to create your own custom colored confetti!

confetti poppers 3 Kimberly Crawford

Fill the open end of the tube with confetti and pull down on the balloon end.

confetti poppers 6 Kimberly Crawford

confetti poppers 7 Kimberly Crawford

Release and celebrate!

confetti poppers 4 Kimberly Crawford

What are you celebrating this summer?

 

Supplies:

DIY Party Cardstock Pad
Honey I’m Home; Here and Now
Crush; Crush cards
Trim and Score Board
DIY Party Fringe Tabs Silver
DIY Party Confetti; Metallic
DIY Party Confetti Punch