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

Storage + Organization Roundup

Hello and Happy Friday We R friends! We hope you’ve enjoyed the past week full of craft storage and organization tips, and that you’ve found some inspiring ideas. We thought we’d finish off the week with a roundup of craft room storage ideas featuring We R products that we’ve found around the interwebs. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

We R Memory Keepers Craft Storage Roundup

DIY Ephemera File Folders

We’ve all got them lying around–ticket stubs, receipts, pamphlets, programs–but how do we keep them stored and organized in an effective and safe way? CLICK HERE to visit our blog and learn how to make your own file folders with the Template Studio to store your memorabilia in a safe and pretty way.

DIY Ephemera File Folders featuring the We R Memory Keepers Template Studio

5 Washi Tape Storage Ideas

If you’ve got washi tape, we’ve got solutions for you! Visit Aly Dosdall’s blog HERE for five different ways to keep your washi stash organized and easy to find.

Washi Tape Storage Ideas by Aly Dosdall

Menu Planner with the Organization Gallery

Our Organization Gallery Frames are beautiful and functional. Visit our blog HERE to learn how to turn the Shadow Box Frame into a handy menu planner to keep your life organized!

Menu Planner with the We R Memory Keepers Organization Gallery Box Frame

Die Storage Binder and Magnetic Pouches

Metal dies are fabulous for customizing paper craft projects and stretching your paper stash. Keeping them stored and organized is easy with our Die Storage Binder and Pouches. CLICK HERE for more photos and details on Aly’s blog.

We R Memory Keepers Die Storage Binder and Magnetic Pouches

Washi Tape Shutter Storage

If you like to keep your washi tape stored visibly and stylishly, here’s the solution for you! Use our Shutter Memo Holder, along with some simple paper clips, to keep your washi rolls stored and organized in a beautiful way! You can find more details on our blog HERE.

Washi Tape Shutter Storage

Clear Stackable Paper Trays

Pretty scrapbook paper deserves to be seen, don’t you think? Keep it on display and organized in our Stackable Paper Trays. CLICK HERE for more photos and details on the Bazzill Basics blog.

We R Memory Keepers Stackable Paper Trays

Crafter’s Tote

Keep the craft supplies that you use most often in a container that’s pretty and easy to move around for on-the-go crafting. Whether you’re at a crop with friends, or just crafting at the kitchen table, you can’t go wrong with this handy Crater’s Tote Bag. CLICK HERE for more photos and details on Aly Dosdall’s blog.

We R Memory Keepers Crafter's Tote filled with American Crafts Sticky Thumb Adhesive

Well, that’s all for today friends. Thanks for joining us. We hope you’ve found some helpful inspiration, and we wish you a crafty and well-organized weekend!

Storage + Organization Tips with Soraya & Tessa

Hello We R friends, and thanks for joining us again today for some more storage and organization tips from our design team. Today you’ll hear from Soraya Maes and Tessa Buys who have both have some fabulous ways to keep their favorite We R goodies organized and easy to find. Here’s what Soraya has to say:

“Hello We R Memory Keepers fans! Soraya here to share with you some cool tips to organize a sewing station to store your Stitch Happy sewing machine and threads!”

“First, this “shelf” is actually a tea bag storage box that I hung on the wall (it should normally be placed on a table like a tray). Look at all these perfect little storage boxes!”

“Then, I sorted all the threads by color to make it easier and all the thinnest threads are placed in cute transparent containers. Using transparent boxes to display small pieces is the best!”

“My Stitch Happy sewing machine stands on the top of a storage tower so that I can organize more supplies in the drawers below!”

“What about you, how do you store your sewing supplies? I hope those tips will help you to get organized in your creative space!”

 

Design team member, Tessa, has some great storage ideas to share with us as well. Check it out below:

“My craft space is a work in progress, but I adore the look and usefulness of We R Memory Keepers’ Organization Gallery products!”

“If you’re going to decorate your space, you may as well make it functional. I fill my Hanging Clips Frame with bits and pieces that color coordinate with my space, as well as the occasional photo to scrap or craft store coupon.”

“The Magnetic Chalkboard Frame is great for checklists and holding notes with magnets.”

“The Hinged Display Frame is great for safely showing off recent layouts (even ones covered in dimensional embellishments like buttons!)”

We hope you’ve enjoyed the craft room storage tips today, and that you’ve been inspired by some of these fabulous ideas. Be sure to join us tomorrow for a special storage + organization roundup. Happy Crafting!

Storage + Organization Tips with Chantalle & Eva

If you’re looking for some tips to keep your craft supplies in check, we’ve got you covered this week! Today’s tips are brought to you by Chantalle McDaniel and Eva Pizarro. Check out what Chantalle has to share below:

“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.”
Eva’s got some great storage tips to share as well. Here’s what she has to say:
“Hi everyone! It’s Eva Pizarro here sharing a few tips to keep your supplies in order. Tip #1: Who loves punch boards? I know I do! I keep mine in a wire basket and leave all my blades and small accessories in a box inside. That way the blades don’t get lost and you can use the same blade for all your punch boards. When the blade is dull you start using another one! I also keep a file inside the basket with all my punch instructional booklets, when I need help using my punch boards I always know where to look!”
“Tip #2: the one thing that is ALWAYS on my desk is my pink Crafter’s Tote Bag. I keep all my pencils, glues, scissors, rulers, Crop A Dile and Corner Punches inside. It’s the perfect companion! I love to have all the thing I use in the same place. If you need to divide your Tote Bag even more just add a can like I did! I keep small accessories inside so they don’t get lost in the big space.”
Thanks so much ladies for the helpful tips for storing your favorite craft supplies. Come back tomorrow for some more awesome ideas to keep your stash organized!

Storage + Organization Tips with Kimberly & Laura

Today we’re sharing some craft room storage and organization tips from Design Team members, Kimberly Crawford and Laura Silva. Here’s what Kimberly has to say:

“My favorite way to organize my We R Memory Keepers supplies is to use baskets. I find baskets at Target, Michael’s, and just about anywhere.”

“What I love about baskets is they can hold items of several different sizes, and keep all those small, loose pieces together. Baskets also allow me to keep my instruction booklets right with my tools. Which is valuable for me, because I have a tendency to misplace things. Keeping everything together in one basket, makes my life neater and smoother!”

And here are Laura’s thoughts on storing and organizing her craft supplies:

“I don’t know about you, but even though I have a dedicated crafting space, I tend to craft all over my house. I got tired of always having to run back to my craft room for my most used supplies.”

“Now, I keep everything I use for almost every project in my crafter’s tote bag. I have many different kinds of adhesives and glues, scissors, Sharpies, the paper trimmer and score board, a ruler, glue gun, heat proof mat, Crop-A-Dile, and more in there. It has tons of pockets, so it keeps everything organized and within easy reach.”

Thanks so much for sharing your favorite storage and organization tips with us today ladies! What tips would you share about keeping your craft supplies organized?

Storage + Organization Tips with Aly & Becki

Welcome to Storage & Organization Week here on the blog friends! We know that keeping that craft stash in check can be a challenge, so we’ve asked our design team to share their best tips and ideas for storing and organizing craft supplies this week. To start us off, Aly Dosdall and Becki Adams will share their favorite ways to keep their craft spaces organized.

 

“Hi there We R fans! It’s Aly here to share how I keep some of my favorite craft supplies organized and stored. The first tip I’d like to share is that storage doesn’t have to be boring–it can be beautiful and stylish! That’s why I love keeping some of my supplies out and on display with the Crate Paper Craft + Office Storage Collection.”

“Not only can you find pretty storage containers for your goodies, but many of your favorite supplies are filled with pretty colors and patterns. Why not kill two birds with one stone and use them to decorate your office while they’re being stored as well?”

“I love organizing my ribbon and washi tape by color. I think it adds such a pretty touch to my craft space. I’ve had some of these We R washi tape rolls for years and they’re still a go-to supply for me!”

“I also keep my Crop-A-Dile and Corner Chompers in an open bin with the handles facing up. That way I can easily grab the one I need, plus the pretty colored handles are easy on the eyes too!”

“Here’s my second tip for you today: we all occasionally forget what we have in our craft stash, so consider keeping some of your favorite embellishments that you can’t wait to use out on your work surface in a visible container.”

“If you can see them you’re more likely to remember to use them on your next project, plus they sure look cute sitting out there, don’t they? P.S. I know those Oh Goodie Shaped Paper Clips are supposed to be for goodie bags, but I can’t help using them on almost every project!”

 

Here’s what Becki Adams has to say about craft supply storage:

“When it comes to storage and organization, my best and most useful tip is to keep a Crafter’s Shoulder Bag packed with basic supplies at all times.”

“Yes, I always have a bag of scrappy supplies packed and ready to go. I’ve duplicated a few supplies (scissors, paper trimmer, adhesive, and a few sheets of basic colored cardstock). But keeping those supplies in the bag, I never have to do a lot of packing/unpacking which is a huge time saver.”

“By keeping my bag packed, I’ve found that I accomplish so much more when I’m on the go. I create wherever I go; in the park, in the carpool lane, while visiting family, on road trips, and when I go to crops. My Crafter’s Shoulder Bag is one of my most used tools inside and outside of my craft space.”

Thanks for the great tips Aly and Becki! Be sure to come back tomorrow for more storage and organization ideas from Kimberly and Laura. See you then!

Traveler’s Notebook with the Stitch Happy

Hello there We R friends, and Happy Friday! Aly here with you today. I hope you’ve enjoyed Travel Week, and that you’ve gotten some inspiration for your travel-themed projects. Today I’m excited to share an easy way to document your travel memories using the Stitch Happy sewing machine.

Recently, I shared a tutorial for making this Hawaii themed Traveler’s Notebook plus one of the inside pages on the Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine blog. You can catch the original post, including a process video and demo of the Stitch Happy HERE.

The thick Stitch Happy Thread (similar width to floss) really holds the six sheets of copy paper plus the cardstock cover together securely.

After binding my notebook, I used a few simple elements from the Crate Paper Oasis Collection to decorate the cover. Now I can add photos, memories, and embellishments to the inside pages as I have time. Here’s a look at a brand new page I added:


I used my used my Typecast Typewriter to add some journaling directly to one of the tags from the Oasis Ephemera Pack. I love journaling with my Typecast-so easy!

Here are some details shots from the inside page:

I love using Traveler’s Notebooks to document memories. They’re quick, easy, and can be made in no time with the Stitch Happy sewing machine. They’re my favorite DIY project to date!


Thanks for joining me today. Have fun with your travel-themed projects, and enjoy your weekend friends!

Supplies:

Stitch Happy
Stitch Happy White Thread
Typecast Typewriter
Crate Paper Oasis Collection

Travel Scrapbook Page with the Mini Alphabet Punch Board

 Hey We R Memory Keepers friends and fans, Becki here, to share a fun travel layout that I created using the Mini Alphabet Punch Board and my Stitch Happy sewing machine. I LOVE both of those tools! I keep both of them right by my desk because I use them so often!.

This layout is documenting the first time I flew by myself. Previously when I traveled I always traveled with friends and family. When I started traveling to teach scrapbooking classes, I flew alone. At first I was nervous but it turned out to be such a great experience. And by having the courage to take that first trip, I’ve had so many more opportunities come my way. In this case, having a little courage to do something I’d never done before, had a huge payoff.

Travel Layout featuring the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

To create this layout I started with a white cardstock background. I knew that I wanted a big title and a row of 3×4 photos. I decided to add the title below the photos but with this design, I think the title could go above or below the photos. Of course, I used the alphabet punch board to create the letters for my title. Each letter is cut from a different piece of patterned paper from the Little By Little collection by Shimelle for American Crafts. I added a few black stickers to the layout so to tie the title into the rest of the layout I outlined each letter with a black pen.

Travel Layout featuring the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Travel Layout featuring the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

At the top and the bottom of the layout, I added patterned paper strips. One of my favorite ways to attach patterned paper strips to my projects is to sew them in place. The Stitch Happy sewing machine is perfect for this technique. My favorite thing about the stitch happy sewing machine is that you can stitch through several layers of paper with thick thread. This adds so much texture and interest to the layout.

Travel Layout featuring the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Travel Layout featuring the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

The journaling on this layout is typed with the Typecast Typewriter. I love the look of typed journaling. My handwriting is big and loopy. I like to type my journaling so I can get more journaling into a smaller space.

Travel Layout featuring the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Which tools are your favorite to use when you’re documenting your travel memories? Thank you for stopping by today. I hope your summer is filled with happy travel memories and that you document with We R Memory Keepers tools!

Supplies:

Alphabet Punch Board
Stitch Happy

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

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: