Throwback Thursday: Trolls Birthday Party Decor

Hello, We R friends! Tessa Buys here! I’m lucky to be auntie to a pretty awesome niece who just had a birthday. Her party theme? Trolls! Of course, I had to contribute to her mama’s party décor:

Trolls Birthday Party Decor by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers featuring the DIY Party Board

First, I made party hats inspired by the character of Poppy. I started by using the We R Memory Keepers DIY Party Board to make hats out of pink cardstock. Next, I put double-sided tape inside the bottom of the hat, then stuck several strips of 6” wide glitter tulle to the tape. I pulled the tulle up around the hat and secured it with a ribbon sealed with the We R Memory Keepers Ribbon Cutter. To give the hats that extra “Poppy” touch, I hand cut her signature felt flowers to adorn each one.

Trolls Birthday Party Decor by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers featuring the DIY Party Board

Second, I made party blowers, again with the DIY Party Board. I used a rainbow of cardstock colors and embellished each one with another cartoony felt flower. Tip: After you’ve used the (not custom and not nearly as cute) blowers from the party store, save the blower pieces and toss the paper cones. You can glue in your own cones later!

Trolls Birthday Party Decor by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers featuring the DIY Party Board

You can’t have a birthday without banners and garlands! I made my niece a banner featuring her name with the Alphabet Punch Board. Bazzill foil cardstock made it shiny like the hats. I strung it with the same tulle I used on the hats and embellished with more Poppy-style flowers.

Trolls Birthday Party Decor by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers featuring the DIY Party Board

I also used the Banner Punch Board and the DIY Party Paper Punch: Garland to create a couple more garlands in colored cardstock. Altogether, and combined with the party décor my sister purchased in the Trolls theme, my niece had a colorful, fun, and unique party!

Trolls Birthday Party Decor by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers featuring the DIY Party Board

I love having so many easy to use and handy tools within reach to create custom party décor. How about you? Happy creating!

Supplies Used:

DIY Party Board

Alphabet Punch Board

Crop-a-dile

DIY Party Paper Punch: Garland

Banner Punch Board

Throwback Thursday: Storage & Organization Tips with Chantalle

Today we’re throwing it back to last summer with some awesome craft room storage and organization tips from design team member Chantalle McDaniel. Here’s what she has to say:
“Hello WRMK fans! I have a small creative space and utilise some very cute white bookshelves to store items I use frequently, so I have them to hand when I need them. IKEA has some of my favourite storage tubs which come in handy when it comes to storing similar products or tools. I use a medium size tub (17cm x 24cm) to store my embossing folders and packs of ephemera.”
 
“There is a larger size tub (33.5 x 24cm) which is perfect for my punch boards as well as my hand punches. Another slightly shallower tub has a lid, in which I like to store items from my Typecast collection. (These tubs are also stackable which is fab.) One tip which I shared on Insta recently is that I like to store all of my punch board blades together in one mini tub and just use one for a couple of boards if it’s universal etc. This way, I just dull the edge of one blade at a time, instead of all of them.”
 
 
“It’s great to have pretty bits and pieces on display. Glass bowls or pretty tea cups are great finds at dollar stores or op shops and are fabulous for storing buttons, brads or washi tapes.”
Thanks for stopping by for our Throwback Thursday. Come back tomorrow for some more storage tips from our current team!

Throwback Thursday: Envelope Mini Book

Hello friends! Aly Dosdall here again. For Throwback Thursday I’m sharing another envelope project–a fun interactive DIY mini book that you can create with the 123 Punch Board (or Envelope Punch Board) and The Cinch. I created several custom envelopes to house my 4×6 album pages. Check out some photos and more details, and then be sure to watch the video tutorial for making this fun mini album at the end of the post.

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Dare to Dream envelope mini album page by Aly Dosdall

Dare to Dream envelope mini album by Aly Dosdall

What’s so fun about this album is that the pages are stored in bound custom envelopes that you can make with either the 123 Punch Board or the Envelope Punch Board. To view your 4×6 pages, simply pull them out of the envelopes.  Watch the video tutorial below to learn how to make one for yourself. Enjoy!

Supplies:

123 Punch Board (or Envelope Punch Board)
The Cinch
8×8 Book Board
Gold Cinch Binding

Throwback Thursday: Holiday Candy Boxes

The Template Studio is perfect for creating larger scale gift or treat packaging. All you need is a large sheet of poster board, which you can find HERE or at an office supply or school supply store. Check out the holiday candy boxes I made with my Template Studio below, and then scroll down for a yummy caramel corn recipe to fill your candy boxes with!

Hello friends, Aly here with you again today. I’m sharing a set of Holiday Candy Boxes I created with the Candy Box Guide and some of the Holiday Designer Poster Board. I love the unique custom gift wrap that I can create with the Template Studio. These DIY candy boxes will really make my treats stand out this holiday season.

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It was easy to follow the instruction guide included with the templates and make several different sizes of candy boxes with my poster board scraps.

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I dressed up my boxes with some rosettes and tags I made using tools and papers from the new DIY Party collection. I love how quick and easy scoring and cutting paper is when using the new Fringe and Scoring Board. It sure saves time to score or cut 5 lines simultaneously! And I love the decorative edge that the Rosette Punch adds–so pretty.

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The Tag Punch is a must-have tool for any crafter! It’s versatile, making 3 different size tags, and it’s easy to use. It took me all of two minutes to make custom coordinating tags for my gift boxes. Love that!

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With the Template Studio it’s so easy to create large scale custom gift wrapping and party decor. You’ll never need to buy gift boxes or bags from the store again. Stay tuned this week to see more Template Studio project inspiration!

Supplies:

Template Studio Starter Kit
Candy Box Guide
Designer Poster Board
Holiday Designer Poster Board
DIY Party 12×12 Patterned Paper Pack
DIY Party 12×12 Cardstock Pack
Fringe and Score Board
Rosette Punch
Tag Punch
Baker’s Twine

 

Cinnamon Caramel Corn with Pecans and White Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 12 C popped popcorn (about 1/2 C kernels)
  • 1 C roughly chopped pecans
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 3/4 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 C karo syrup (or honey makes a good substitution)
  • 1 stick real butter (1/2 C)
  • 4 oz almond bark (about 3 squares)

Method:

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Place popcorn and chopped pecans in a large bowl and set aside.

Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a 4 C capacity microwave safe bowl. Mix well. Chop butter into chunks and place on top of sugar mixture. Pour corn syrup over the top of everything. Microwave on high for 30 seconds and then stir to combine. Return to microwave and heat for 2 minutes. Remove and stir and then microwave for 2 minutes more.

Remove from microwave and add in vanilla and baking soda. Stir to combine. Mixture will foam and rise. Pour caramel mixture over popcorn and pecans and stir very well so everything is well coated.

Spread popcorn mixture onto a foil-lined jelly roll pan. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and spread out on a large piece of parchment, waxed paper, or foil.

Melt almond bark according to package instructions. Drizzle over popcorn mixture. When almond bark is hardened and popcorn is cool, break into chunks and enjoy!

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

Thowback Thursday: Thanksgiving Banner

Hello We R fans, and welcome to Throwback Thursday! We’ve got a great Thanksgiving decor project to share with you from last fall featuring the Banner Punch Board. Check it out below!

 

My name is Kimberly Crawford and I love paper. And really cool tools to use with paper! The WRMK Banner Punch Board makes creating festive banners so easy. I was thrilled at how quickly this banner came together. The unexpected surprise to the tool for me was the hole punch built in at the top. It pierces perfectly lined up holes for the string.

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The toughest part of this project was choosing which beautiful papers from the Wildflower Collection! The papers I used spoke to me of Thanksgiving. I have golds, burlaps, and many branches in my décor for that time of year, so this motif fit in perfectly. I cannot wait to hang it up over the buffet in our dining room!

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Throwback Thursday: DIY Matchbook Mini Album for Halloween

For today’s Throwback Thursday, we’re sharing one of our most popular Halloween projects from 2015. Read below to learn how to make your own Halloween Matchbook Mini Album.

 

Hey there crafty friends! It’s Aly here again to share a fun and easy DIY Halloween Mini Album with you using some of my favorite new We R tools, along with some old stand-bys. We’ve created a tradition at our house of trying on our Halloween costumes a few days before the big day to see how they look, and so I get a chance to take some good photos in full light and under ideal circumstances. This has been such a stress reliever! Now I can enjoy the festivities on Halloween night just as much as everyone else without worrying about getting the perfect photos before it’s all over.

I just took some photos of my youngest daughter all dressed up as Mavis from Hotel Transylvania, and decided to make a simple matchbook mini album to display them using the Template Studio and some black glitter Designer Poster Board as my base.

DIY Halloween Matchbook Mini Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers #templatestudio #halloweencrafts #minialbum

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To create this 3×4 inch album I cut a 3″ x 9″ strip from a piece of black glitter Designer Poster Board using the Template Studio. Poster board makes a great mini album base since it’s sturdier than cardstock, but not quite as stiff as some chipboard can be.

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Then I used my Trim and Score Board to score lines at 3 5/8″, 3 3/4″, 7 3/4″ and 7 7/8″. You can trim a bit of extra off the left end if you’d like to leave more room to see your photos once the album’s assembled.

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To create the inside pages for the album, I trimmed five pieces of black glitter Designer Poster Board to 2 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ so they’re slightly smaller than the cover. Next, I rounded the corners of my cover and inside pages with my 1/4″ Corner Chomper, and then punched 1/8″ holes in the bottom of the inside pages, and in the bottom front flap of the cover with my Crop-A-Dile.

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I added my 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ photos to the inside pages using adhesive dots. They stick well to the glitter on the poster board. ( I added my photos after punching the holes, but I recommend adding them before you punch the holes so you don’t have to punch twice.) I used some Dear Lizzy roller stamps to add journaling, and then die cut the stamped phrases to create labels for each photo. Then I added a few gold Sequin Stickers to finish off my album pages.

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I place brads into the holes of the bottom front flap, and then into the holes of the inside pages to bind the album. Since the brads don’t go through the back of the album, the prongs are hidden, keeping the album neat and tidy. Finally, I embellished the front of the album with some shapes that I die cut with my Evolution Advanced from some of the new DIY Party Double Sided Paper Pad. I added a few black Sequin Stickers, and stamped the date as my title with a Heidi Swapp roller stamp.

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This little matchbook mini is easy to make and oh-so-fun! It perfect for showcasing Halloween, birthday, or holiday photos. It would make a great gift album as well.

Supplies:

Decorative Poster Board (black glitter)
Template Studio Starter Kit
Trim and Score Board
Corner Chomper
Crop-A-Dile
Evolution Advanced
Bat and Moon Punch Die
Albums Made Easy Dies–Instagram, Banners
Sequin Stickers–Black, Gold
Roller Stamps–Dear Lizzy, Heidi Swapp
Sticky Thumb Adhesive
black ink pad
brads
foam squares

Throwback Thursday: Washi Tape Wall Decor

Today we’re sharing one of our most popular past projects featuring washi tape. This piece of DIY Wall Decor is easy to make and can be customized to fit any style, color scheme, or theme of the room you plan to place it in. Check out more photos and details below!

Pinterest is one of my all time favorite places to find inspiration for projects of all kinds. Recently I came across something that really inspired me on Pinterest to create a fun piece of home decor–a Washi Tape Letter.

Washi Tape Letter Decor by Aly Dosdall

I was inspired by a pin that was originally from Anthropologie (another favorite place of inspiration) and I loved it. Here’s it is:

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When I saw these Candied Letter Desk Clips I just knew I had to replicate the concept with washi tape and paper. After thinking and planning for a while here’s what I came up with!

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To create this decor piece here are the supplies I used:

1. 4 1/2″ x 6″ white wood monogram (I picked one up at my local craft store)
2. Analogous colors of washi tape in various widths (analogous meaning they sit next to each other on the color wheel)
3. 8″ x 8″ piece of bare chipboard
4. Woodgrain contact paper (or woodgrain patterned paper)
5. Craft knife and cutting mat
6. Hot glue or other strong adhesive
7. Twine (optional)

I started by selecting some analogous colors of Washi Tape to match my craft room (which is where this piece resides). I made sure to choose varying widths and patterns within the color scheme to create more visual interest. I also threw in a few contrasting neutral colors–woodgrain brown, dark brown, black, and silver.

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I placed strips of washi tape across the front of my letter (which was already painted white when purchased) in horizontal stripes, being careful to create some balance in how I interspersed the contrasting colors. Designer tip: wipe down your letter with a clean cloth before adhering the washi tape to remove any dirt or dust–that way your washi tape will adhere more securely to your letter.

Once I covered the entire front of my letter I placed it upside down on my Precision Glass Cutting Mat and used my Craft Knife to cut off the excess. Since my letter has lots of curves and odd angles it was easier to only cover the front of the letter and not the sides.

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Next, I cut an 8″ x 8″ piece of Chipboard to 6″ x 7 1/4″. Then I trimmed an 8″ x 9 1/4″ piece of woodgrain contact paper for the front cover, and a 5 1/2″ x 6 3/4″ piece for the back.

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I cut the corners out of the front cover and wrapped the contact paper around the chipboard.

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Then I placed the back cover on to finish off the woodgrain background.

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Once my background was finished I measured and marked my letter so it was centered on the background. Then I hot glued my washi tape letter on and allowed it to dry thoroughly before displaying.

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If you’d like, you can hot glue some twine on the back of the piece for hanging, or you can stand it up on a shelf to display it. I love what this decor piece adds to my craft room!

~Aly

Supplies:

Washi Tape
8″ x 8″ Chipboard
Craft Knife
Precision Glass Cutting Mat

Throwback Thursday: Embellish Your Layout Title with the Fuse

Happy almost Friday friends! This week we’ve been focusing on using We R tools to embellish your projects. Today, we thought we’d throw it back to last year when Eva Pizarro showed us how to embellish the title on her scrapbook page with the Photo Sleeve Fuse tool and the FUSEables Collection. You can catch the entire post, with full instructions, on our blog HERE.

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We just love how Eva layered different patterned papers from our FUSEables collection to add color to her title.

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Then, using the Photo Sleeve Fuse, she heat sealed some pretty sequins inside the letters of her title with clear plastic sheets. How cool is that?

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She added a FUSEables die cut heart from the ephemera pack as the center of her letter “O”.

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Then, she finished off her layout with some more pieces of the ephemera pack. Pretty, right?

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The Photo Sleeve Fuse and FUSEables collection are the perfect pair for embellishing layouts, cards, mini albums, and other paper craft projects. Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check in tomorrow for a great project using the Banner Punch Board with Font Punches to embellish. See you then!

Supplies:

Photo Sleeve Fuse
FUSEables collection

 

 

Throwback Thursday: Lucky 8 Punch Mini Album

Hello We R fans! Happy Friday Eve! (That’s what my teenage daughter would say, lol!) Aly here again to share a fun project for Throwback Thursday. Here at We R we’ve recently released some pretty awesome new crafting tools. And while we’re just as excited as you are about these new goodies, we also want to provide you with some inspiration to help you continue using your not-so-new but well-loved tools. This Lucky 8 Punch Board Mini Album is one of my favorite past projects! Take a look at how I created album pages and pockets using my Lucky 8 Punches.

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I love how the punched pockets and pages create such a unique look and feel to this album. I was able to create the pockets by cutting the circle shaped punched paper in half, and cutting one corner off of the square shaped punched pages. Then I folded them up and adhered the bottoms shut so my insert pages wouldn’t fall out.

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To create the punched pages, I trimmed the punched pages into 8×8 inch sections and then decorated them just like my other pages.

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The collection I used for this album was one of my all time favorites! Do you remember which collection this is? If you guessed Notable then you’re right. =)

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I used 8×8 chipboard for my album covers, and bound the album together with my Cinch tool. It still sits on a shelf in my craft room, and I love browsing through it occasionally to see what our daily schedule was like that year. Do you have any Lucky 8 Punches? What’s you favorite way to use them on your projects?

Supplies:

Lucky 8 Punches
The Cinch
Gold Binding Wire
8×8 Chipboard
Notable Collection
Baker’s Twine
File Tab Punch
Tab Stickers