Back to School Teacher Gifts

Back-to-School time is upon us!  Shellye McDaniel here today with a goodie for teachers within a goodie bag.

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My oldest son will be a first time teacher and coach this school year, so I made a name banner to hang in his classroom:

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For the banner pieces, I’ve used the brand NEW “Mini Alphabet Punch Board” to cut the lettering from 1.5”X2.5” strips of Black Textured Cardstock and then layered them onto Kraft banners.  For the banner panels, I simply removed enough sheets from the Kraft 3X5 Paper Pad.  Each paper was then placed onto the Banner Punch Board and the ends were cut into a fish-tail shape.  I left the banners unattached and included a few yards of twine inside of the goodie bag.

For the packaging of the banners (I also made a “Social Studies” matching banner), I used the beautiful 12X12 Glassine Papers and the Goodie Bag Guide.  The finished bags make a nice 5.5”X8” size when assembled.

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For the fronts of the bags, I created little tags that I printed using my home computer and printer.  For the light-bulb bag I die-cut the shape from the new Urban Chic “English Garden” paper and used the metallic silver paper from the 3X5 Paper Pad for the bottom portion of the bulb.

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For the “star” bag, I assembled the white vellum star from the DIY Party Metallic Stars pack.  Before closing completely, I filled the inside with orange and white sequins.  The star was attached to the center of the bag and then framed with one of the Urban Chic Ephemera frames.

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The print-out tags were layered onto mats of Urban Chic “5th Avenue” paper and then tied onto the top of the bag with ribbon.

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Create various banners to help teachers welcome back students!  I even thought about punching mini alphabet letters and giving those for gifts as well…teachers would love them for decorating bulletin boards and posters!


Urban Chic- 5th Avenue Paper; English Garden Paper, Ephemera
DIY Party- Metallic Stars 12 Pack
Goodie Bag Guide
12X12 Glassine Oh Goodie! Papers
Dies- Lightbulb Garland Die
Mini Alphabet Punch Board
Banner Punch Board
Black Textured Cardstock Black Textured Cardstock
Metallic 3X5 Paper Pad
Kraft 3X5 Paper Pad
Crop-A-Dile Power Punch

Monogram Luggage Tags

Happy Monday friends, and welcome to Travel Week! Our design team has come up with some fun travel-themed projects to inspire you, so if you’re traveling this summer (or plan to soon) sit back and get ready to add to your Pinterest board!

Hi there We R fans! Aly here today to share a recent project I made for our family reunion this summer. Every two years my extended family spends a week in some time-share condos we own. The cousins love to have sleep overs and share rooms together. It’s always so much fun, but sometimes hard to keep track of what belongs to everyone. So this year I made my girls some monogram luggage tags for their backpacks so they’re easier to keep track of.

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These tags were easy to make using some of my favorite We R tools, plus they add a fun personal touch to my girls’ bags.

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To make these easy shaker luggage tags I started by die cutting some tags from white cardstock with my Evolution Advanced.

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Then I punched out some monograms using my Mini Alphabet Punch Board and the 3×5 Kraft with Foil Paper Pads.

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Next I adhered the monograms to the blank tags and placed them between two plastic sheets. I used the thin metal tag die as a stencil for my Fuse tool, fusing together all but one side of the tag pocket.

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I trimmed away the excess, added some DIY Party Confetti and sequins, and then fused the last side shut.

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Finally, I punched a hole in the top of each tag with my Euro Hook Power Punch, and then machine stitched below that to seal off the confetti and sequins.

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While I made mine for luggage, these shaker tags could be used for other things like personalized gift tags, cards, or scrapbook pages.



Mini Alphabet Punch Board
Photo Sleeve Fuse
12×12 FUSEables Clear Sheets
Evolution Advanced
Tag Nesting Dies
Euro Hook Power Punch

Alphabet Punch Board Graduation Banner

Hello We R friends! Aly here, and I’m so happy to be joining you today for Graduation Week! I just happen to have twin sons who are seniors graduating next month, so this topic has been on my mind a lot. For their special day I want to do something in their school colors, but not too decorative because that’s really not their style. I also want to incorporate photos because the memories of the last 18 years are just too precious not to. So, here’s what I came up with for a banner to celebrate their graduation day.

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I used my Alphabet Punch Board to cut out two of each letter and number so that the colored ones could act as a shadow behind the other, making it stand out a bit more.

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The front of each letter and number is a piece of gold foiled kraft cardstock from the convenient 3×5 Pad. I love that thing!

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I added a photo of the boys in their tuxes just before the homecoming dance this year…

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…and one of them as 6 month old babies. That’s 18 years difference! So fun to see!

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I used gold glittered clothespins to attache the letters and numbers to long strands of black baker’s twine.

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Had to add just a little sparkle, but not too much for my boys! =)

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3×5 Paper Pad (Gold on Kraft)
Alphabet Punch Board
Baker’s Twine
Gold Glitter Clothespins

Template Studio Bow Guide Party Decor

Hi, We R Memory Keepers friends, Laura here today to share with you a fun idea for party decor using the new Template Studio Bow Guide. You can make it in any color or pattern to match your party decor. I think it would be perfect for a little girls party, a bridal shower, or a baby shower. I made mine in gold so it will match almost any theme.

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To start, you will use the Template Studio to create a large size bow with the Bow Guide. Align the Template Studio guides to cut your large piece of poster board. You will cut three pieces – A, B and C – and each one will be 6” x 20”. Next, you will use the Bow Guide to cut the corners off each A and B piece. Line up the edge of your paper at the 14” mark. Then align the left side of the Bow Guide at the 8” mark. Using the cutting blade, make your cuts. You will do the same cut for all four corners of both pieces.

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For piece C, you will align the paper on the 4” mark and use the cutting blade to cut out the middle on each long side.

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Then center the short side vertically with the 14” measurement and cut out either end.

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To assemble the bow, apply adhesive on one inside edge of the A and B pieces. Fold the ends over onto each other to create two bow shapes.

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Then, apply adhesive to each end of the two bow pieces. Attach to the center of paper C. Note: I found the Double-Sided Super Sticky Tape to work the best to adhere the glitter posterboard. Last, you will cut a piece that is 1.5” x 5”. Wrap this around the middle of the bow and adhere on the back side. Use the Alphabet Punch Board and the Kraft and Gold 3 x 5-inch paper pad to create the word “PARTY”. Attach the letters to the bottom of the bow using monofilament line, twine or ribbon and regular tape.

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I think this pretty party decor wall hanging is so fun and festive! It would look great on the front door welcoming your guests to your party.

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Template Studio
Template Studio Bow Guide
Gold Glitter Poster Board
Double-Sided Super Sticky Tape
Alphabet Punch Board
Kraft and Gold Foil Pad 3 x 5
Monofilament Line

New Release | Alphabet Punch Board

We’re taking a little break from Ruler Studio Week to share something super fun today!


There’s been a lot of excitement and buzz about the newest member of our Punch Board family, the Alphabet Punch Board! Today we’re thrilled to share more details about this awesome new tool, plus a video demo so you can see just how easy it is to create letters for your paper craft projects using this new punch board.

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The Alphabet Punch Board creates 3×5 inch letters and numbers using various combinations of cuts and punches. Use your own choice of paper, or choose from several pre-cut 3×5 paper pads sold separately.

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Easily create any letter or number for scrapbook pages, cards, posters, garlands, bulletin boards, display boards, school projects. and more! Check out how easy it is to make letters and numbers with the new Alphabet Punch Board in this demo video.

Plus, use our new Link Punch to quickly and easily link letters (or other paper shapes) together to form garlands, banners, and decor for any occasion.

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WR_Link Punch Photo Garland

The Alphabet Punch Board is now available to all retailers internationally, and exclusively at HSN in the U.S. until Feb 24th when it will be available to all retailers in the U.S. as well. Watch for some project inspiration from our design team, plus a giveaway here on the blog in the next few weeks!

Come back tomorrow, and the rest of the week, for more Ruler Studio inspiration!