Summer Mini Book

It seems like every year my family and I look forward to summer–making travel plans, registering for day camp, and buying our swimming passes. And every year it seems that summer flies by so fast! We all hate to see it go, so every summer I make a mini book to record our fun memories and adventures.

Summer Mini by Aly Dosdall

This summer I decided to use my Envelope Punch Board and Indian Summer journaling cards to create a pocket summer mini book. I made several 3×4 envelopes and cut off the top flaps. Then I created an accordion-fold pocket book by taping the sides of the envelopes together with Washi Tape–one piece on the front of the envelopes, and one piece on the back.

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I added a journaling card with a photo and journaling to each pocket, and made tabs with Washi Tape to make it easier to pull out the cards.

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Then I embellished the cover and a few other pages, folded the pockets accordion style, and tied them up with Baker’s Twine.

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Here are the cards inside each pocket.

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How do you record your summer memories? Be sure to share a link to your summer projects!

~Aly

Supplies:

Envelope Punch Board
Indian Summer 6×6 Paper Pack
Indian Summer Albums Made Easy Cards
Indian Summer Embossed Stickers
Sew Easy Baker’s Twine–Brown
Enamel Shapes–Neutral
Washi Tape–Brown, Multi Pack, Copper, Gold
Tab Punch–File

Albums Made Easy Storage

Efficient storage and good organization is as important to me as having my favorite craft supplies to play with. It’s not much fun to create pretty things if you can’t find what you need to make them! When the Albums Made Easy Storage was released I was so excited to get my journaling cards and photo sleeves organized.

We R AME Storage by Aly Dosdall

I love the crisp clean white wood with the antique library card drawer handles–right up my alley! Since I have messy handwriting I pulled out my trusty label maker and added labels to the tab dividers. I prefer to organize my journaling cards by collection, but you can organize them any way that works for you (color, theme, style, etc).

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I had more 3×4 card than would fit in the 3×4 drawers so I included my Teresa Collins 3×4 cards with the 4×6 cards, standing them vertically side-by-side in the drawer. To keep things simple, I placed the coordinating cardstock journaling cards with each AME collection. That way they’re easy to find.

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The photo sleeve shelves hold over 200 photo sleeves or page protectors. The shelves come with divider tabs and stickers, but I decided to create my own divider tabs using the File Tab Punch and Tab Stickers.

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I added categories with my label maker and then adhered the tabs and stickers to the top photo sleeve from each category. If I ever need to remove the tab stickers from the photos sleeves they peel right off, no problem.

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Not only do I love how well-organized my Albums Made Easy supplies are now, but I also love how awesome my Albums Made Easy storage looks! And that’s a win-win, right?

~Aly

Supplies:

Albums Made Easy Card Drawers
Albums Made Easy Sleeve Shelves
Albums Made Easy Journaling Cards
File Tab Punch
File Tab Stickers

New Release: Albums Made Easy Kits

@WeRMemoryKeepers Summer Showcase and New Release Schedule 2014

This morning we’re featuring two new Albums Made Easy journaling card collections.

Check out Playtime (MSRP $7.99).

@WeRMemoryKeepers photo pocket page scrapbooking Albums Made Easy Playtime release. Shipping August 2014

 

The Playtime kit was designed to be used to document child’s play. Whether you choose to play with permanent markers, or use these cards in an activity book and work with dry erase markers, playtime is a great addition to your pocket page scrapbooking collection.

The Playtime kit includes 100 cards and will ship to retailers in August.

We’re also releasing our first ever wedding kit – simply called Wedding (MSRP $7.99).

@WeRMemoryKeepers photo pocket page scrapbooking Albums Made Easy Playtime release. Shipping August 2014

 

With the Wedding addition, you’ll be able to create easy to use memory and guest books. The neutral coloring in this kit lends itself to almost any wedding event.

The Wedding kit contains 100 cards and will be distributed to retailers in August.

You can catch a bit more detail in this video…

Interested in playing with one of these kits? We’re giving one away on Facebook and Instagram.

Teresa Collins Studio Gold Giveaway

@WeRMemoryKeepers Summer Showcase and New Release Schedule 2014

Okay. You caught us. Teresa Collins Studio Gold isn’t exactly a new release. She actually launched these products back in May at the National Stationary Show, but it’s really the first time we’ve been able to share the full line with you. They. Are. Gorgeous!!!

The line includes six albums and two Albums Made Easy Kits.

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Here’s the best part…We’re giving away the full size kit and an album here on the blog, along with the Instagram kit and album over on Instagram!!!

To enter to win the full size kit, please leave us a comment here letting us know what your favorite memory is. For additional entries, please click on the Rafflecopter link below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

DIY Wedding Advice Cards

Some of my favorite weddings and receptions have included an interactive element for the wedding guests, such as placing a disposable camera at each table for the guests to take photos, having guests sign the mat of a large wedding photo frame, or having guests put together a simple scrapbook for the bride and groom during the reception. Here’s a fun and easy way to let wedding guests interact leaving the newlyweds with a priceless and practical keepsake–DIY Wedding Advice Cards!

We R DIY Wedding Advice Cards by Aly Dosdall

It was easy to create these cute advice cards using the large Heart Punch Die and some Captured Albums Made Easy Cards. Journaling cards are a perfect choice for these since many of them have a pattern on one side and journaling lines on the other.

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Once all the guests have written their advice to the happy couple on a card (or two, or three…) you can bind them together with twine, ribbon, or a binder ring by punching holes with the Crop-A-Dile.

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This little heart-shaped advice card booklet is the perfect bit of memorabilia from their special day that the bride and groom will enjoy browsing through for years to come.

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Not only does it have great advice and provide a few laughs for sure, but it also contains a record of all the guests who attended the wedding in their very own handwriting–priceless!

~Aly

Supplies:

Heart Punch Dies
Evolution
Crop-A-Dile
Captured Journaling Cards

Instagram 30 Years of Friendship Album

TGIF, crafters! It’s Amanda Rose Zampelli here, product designer and Friday blogger for the We R team! Today, I am sharing with you the finished gold mini Instagram Albums Made Easy album I entitled “30 Years of Friendship” back in April when the concept first came to me.

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Since then, I’ve posted about gathering the supplies and my plan for the album, and scanning/printing photos for it.  I plan to gift this gold mini to my friend Danielle at her 30th Birthday Party dinner tonight.

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To see the complete finished product, head over to my blog.   Catch me here every Friday, with a fun new project (or part of a project) to share.  See past projects here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Week in Review

Calling all pocket-scrapbookers! I need your expert opinions. It’s Amanda Rose Zampelli here, product designer and Friday blogger for the We R team.

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Today, I want to know what you think about one of my latest creations that could possibly become something on a craft-store shelf near you.  But first, let me digress. You see, we have a Product Development meeting next week, and being a new hire on the We R Memory Keepers team, this will be my first one.  I have a bunch of ideas for products, and I thought for this post, I’d share one of them I mocked up for myself to use in my Albums Made Easy album.

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Pocket scrapbooking has been a beloved hobby of mine for several years now, and I’ve discovered that most people complete two-page weekly spreads.  With this in mind, I came up with this weekly bookmark design to mark each week and give you a designated, aesthetically cohesive space week-to-week to document your fabulous life without — and here’s the kicker — taking up the precious real estate for a week # title card or something like that.

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What do you think? Is this a product you could see yourself using?

For more photos and to see how I used this design in my latest spread, head over to my blog.   Catch me here every Friday, with a fun new project (or part of a project) to share.  See past projects here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Father’s Day Mini Book

I love to use my crafty supplies to make meaningful gifts for my friends and family. With We R Memory Keepers collections and tools making those gifts is super easy. Using some of my favorite We R products, I was able to put this Father’s Day Coupon Mini Book together quickly, and I love how it turned out.

We R Fathers Day Mini Book 1 by Aly Dosdall

I created a page for each child in the mini book. I asked my kids to pick a quality in their dad that they admire, and then to think of something nice they could do for him based on that quality.

We R Fathers Day Mini Book 2 by Aly Dosdall

Each kid wrote down the quality they admire on a label on their page, and then they wrote the act of kindness they’re going to do on a tag hidden in a kraft pocket.

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Here’s how We R products made this album so easy:

  • I used the Albums Made Easy 4×6 Grid Cards for my albums pages
  • I used the 3×4 Card Punch to make quick layers for each page

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  • I used pre-made Albums Made Easy kraft pockets to house my tags
  • I used the Tags Nesting Dies to cut tags from the 3×4 grid cards

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score pages

This mini book makes a great gift for someone for Father’s Day, a birthday, or any other special occasion.

~Aly

Supplies:

Jet Set Paper Pack
Jet Set Albums Made Easy Card Set
Albums Made Easy Grid Card Set
3×4 Card Punch
Nesting Tag Dies
Albums Made Easy Icon Dies
Evolution
Trim and Score Board
Cool Metal Eyelets
Crop-A-Dile

Letterpress Albums Made Easy Cards

If you’re into using the Albums Made Easy system you’ll be excited to hear that We R now offers cotton letterpress paper pre-cut to fit perfectly with your Albums Made Easy Photo Sleeves. They come in a package of 15 4″x6″ white flat cards, and 25 3″x4″ cards with rounded corners.

All you have to do is print letterpress images in your favorite ink colors, add some patterned paper, stickers, enamel shapes, baker’s twine (or any other embellishments you’d like), and add journaling or photos before sliding them into your photo sleeve.

We R Lettepress Journaling Cards by Aly Dosdall

After printing my letterpress images I added some coordinating patterned paper from the Notable and Inked Rose collections. I also included some washi tape, embossed stickers, enamel shapes, and brads.

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Using my Sew Easy tool and floss, I added some hand stitched journaling lines to a couple of the cards. You could also draw some journaling lines using a felt tip pen and ruler. Designer tip: try to keep your AME cards relatively flat to avoid too much bulk in your album.

Take your journaling cards to the next level with beautiful letterpress images!

~Aly

Supplies:

L Letterpress
Evolution
Letterpress Printing Plates–Script, Floral, Typewriter
Albums Made Easy Letterpress Paper
Ink–Navy, Hot Pink, Light Pink, Teal Green, Orange
Tab Punch–Bracket
Washi Tape–Butter, Multi Color Pack
Sew Easy, Floss, Baker’s Twine
Inked Rose Paper Pack
Notable Paper Pack and Journaling Cards
Enamel Shapes–Warm

Albums Made Easy and some Sneak Peeks

Happy Friday, visitors of the We R blog! It’s Amanda Rose Zampelli here, product designer and Friday blogger for the We R team.

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Today, I’m coming to you with the latest week recorded in my Albums Made Easy album for 2014. This week, I used some of my very own insert card designs in the first Albums Made Easy kit I created for We R. The kit will not be released until the Fall, but in this week’s spread, you’ll spy a handful of sneak peaks.

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Pocket scrapbooking has been a beloved hobby of mine for several years now, and to get to design kits that are going to be sold nationwide is a dream come true.  I literally cannot wait for you guys to get your hands on them!

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For more photos and details, head over to my blog.   Catch me here every Friday, with a fun new project (or part of a project) to share.  See past projects here, here, here, here, here, and here.