Holiday Cards with the Layered Stamps

Hi there! Aly Dosdall here again, and today I’m sharing a holiday card set that I made using the Gifts Layered Stamps and some festive papers from the Falala collection by our sister brand, Crate Paper. Check it out!

Holiday Cards with Layered Stamps by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

If you haven’t worked with the Layered Stamps yet, you should give it a try! They’re so much fun, and so easy to use. I’m not an expert stamper, but I really enjoyed creating with this stamp set. I love that I can customize the colors for my image so it coordinates perfectly with my project.

Holiday Cards with Layered Stamps by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

There are three stamps in this set, and each builds off of the one before to create a multi color image that adds dimension to your projects. They’re numbered, so you know exactly what order to stamp them in. Start with the lightest color for stamp 1, and move sequentially to the darkest color for stamp 3.

We R Memory Keepers Layered Stamps

The Layered Stamps include a guide that helps you align each stamp correctly so that your final image is a success. The guide really takes the guesswork out of the process–I love it!

Holiday Cards with Layered Stamps by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Cards with Layered Stamps by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I added a frame around each stamped image that I made with the Frame Punch Board and some papers from the Falala collection. Then I used a couple of die cut stickers from the collection for my sentiment and finished off each card with a few Sequin Stickers.

Holiday Cards with Layered Stamps by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you’re finding some helpful inspiration for making holiday cards. Be sure to come back tomorrow for a holiday card roundup. See you next time!

Supplies:

Gifts Layered Stamps
Frame Punch Board
Gold Sequin Stickers
Crate Paper Falala collection

 

Holiday Gift Card Holders

Happy Friday friends! Aly Dosdall here–I’m glad you stopped by today. I love giving gift cards for the holidays because they allow the receiver to pick out what they get, which often ends up being something they might not get for themselves otherwise. But, I worry that when I give them as a gift, it might seem like not much effort went into it. My solution? Make some pretty gift card packaging!

Holiday Gift Card Holders by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Gift Card Holders by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

To make these festive gift card holders I started by gathering my Banner Punch Board, Trim and Score Board, some other We R tools, and the Winter Frost Premium Stack from Die Cuts With a View, Inc (available at JoAnn Stores).

Banner Punch Board, Trim and Score Board, Clear Cut Circle Punch, and DCWV Winter Frost Premium Stack

First, I trimmed my papers down to 12×4 inches and cut a crest banner shape in one end.

Banner Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Banner Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Then I placed by paper on the Trim and Score Board horizontally, with the crest shape facing left, and scored it at 2 1/2, 4 3/4, 7, and 9 1/2 inches.

Trim and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

I folded the score lines as shown below, and then added double sided craft tape to three sides of the second to bottom panel. Be sure not to add adhesive to the side with the crease along the center panel, as this will be the opening for the pocket for holding your gift card. Tip: At this point I placed my gift card on the panel with the adhesive to make sure it would fit inside the tape properly.

Holiday Gift Card Holders by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I adhered the center and second to bottom panels together to create the pocket, and then trimed 3/8 inch off the top to create the opening for the card as shown below.

Holiday Gift Card Holders by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Gift Card Holders by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Then I create a notch in the pocket for easy access with the Clear Cut Circle Punch. It was easy to align the paper halfway into the punch using the clear alignment guide and magnetic system!

Clear Cut Circle Punch by We R Memory Keepers

Clear Cut Circle Punch by We R Memory Keepers

Once I finished assembling the gift card holder, here’s what it looked like:

Holiday Gift Card Holders by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

 

Holiday Gift Card Holders by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

To finish off my gift card, I added a ribbon around the top flap which I cut and sealed with the Ribbon Cutter. I seriously love this tool–don’t know how I ever lived without it!

Ribbon Cutter by We R Memory Keepers

I cut some tags out of the Winter Frost Premium Stack. It’s so convenient to have cut out tags, journaling cards, and labels included in the stack!

Evolution Advanced by We R Memory Keepers

Then I die cut some snowflakes from the DCWV Embossed White Holidays Stack with my Evolution Advanced, and embellished the top flaps.

Holiday Gift Card Holders by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Gift Card Holders by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Gift Card Holders by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I hope this gift card holder idea inspires your holiday gift giving. It’s easy to make, but adds a special handmade touch to gift cards. Thanks for joining me today. Have a great weekend!

Supplies:

Banner Punch Board
Trim and Score Board
Clear Cut Circle Punch
Ribbon Cutter
Evolution Advanced
Stitch Happy Thread (Navy, White)
DCWV Inc Winter Frost 12×12 Premium Stack (available at JoAnn Stores)
DCWV Inc Embossed White 12×12 Premium Stack (available at JoAnn Stores)
American Crafts Ribbon
Sticky Thumb Double Sided Red Sticky Tape
self-adhesive clear gems

Thanksgiving Cornucopia Centerpiece

Happy Friday friends! I hope you’ve enjoyed the Thanksgiving project inspiration this week! Aly Dosdall here today to finish off the week with an easy Thanksgiving centerpiece idea featuring the DIY Party Board.

Thanksgiving Cornucopia Centerpiece featuring the DIY Party Board by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

The cylinder and cone shapes you can make with the DIY Party Board are so versatile. As I was trying to come up with a centerpiece idea for this year’s Thanksgiving table, I looked at some treat cones I had recently made and immediately thought of cornucopias!

Thanksgiving Cornucopia Centerpiece featuring the DIY Party Board by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanksgiving Cornucopia Centerpiece featuring the DIY Party Board by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

All I did was create treat cones from some Pebbles Heart of Home papers following the instructions that come with the board, but I left the top flaps open.

DIY Party Board by We R Memory Keepers

Then I embellished them with some twine, sequin stickers and die cuts from the Heart of Home collection, and filled them with some chocolates, mini pinecones, and acorns.

Thanksgiving Cornucopia Centerpiece featuring the DIY Party Board by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I complimented the cornucopias, gold pumpkins, and forrest finds with some adorable gold napkin and fork bows from Sweet Tooth Fairy for American Crafts. They were a breeze to put together and everything was included in the kit.

Thanksgiving Cornucopia Centerpiece featuring the DIY Party Board by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

If you’re looking for some Thanksgiving tablescape inspiration, these DIY Party Board cornucopias are festive and easy to make.

Thanksgiving Cornucopia Centerpiece featuring the DIY Party Board by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

You can fill them with fall leaves, indian corn, goodies, favors, or whatever you’d like. Thanks for joining me today, and have a great weekend friends!

Supplies:

DIY Party Board
Crop-A-Dile
Pebbles Heart of Home Collection
Sweet Tooth Fairy Napkin and Fork Bow Kit
American Crafts Sticky Thumb Double Sided Tape
Jute Twine

Easy Thanksgiving Hostess Gifts

Happy Halloween friends! Aly here with you today to share a cute and practical project idea to help stretch your crafting budget. This year I collected lots of adorable Halloween papers and embellishments thinking I would use all of them, of course. Well, today’s Halloween. How’s my project list coming? I think it’s safe to say I have a bit more Halloween product leftover than I had planned, LOL!

Don’t put those Halloween collections away quite yet. You can still put them to good use over the next few weeks so you can get a bit more mileage out of them even if Halloween is over. Check out these Thanksgiving hostess gifts I made with my new my Hexagon Clear Cut Punch, the DIY Party Board, and some papers from the…wait for it…Pink Paisless Spellcast collection!

Thanksgiving Hostess Gifts by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanksgiving Hostess Gifts by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I selected some of the less Halloween-themed papers from the collection that include fall colors, and then grabbed some of my favorite We R tools.

Thanksgiving Hostess Gifts by Aly Dosdall with the DIY Party Board

I followed the directions on the DIY Party Board to make treat cones, and cut my paper according to the directions. I love that everything I need is right on the board!

Thanksgiving Hostess Gifts by Aly Dosdall featuring the DIY Party Board

I assembled my treat cones, filled them with goodies, and then closed the top flaps with my favorite adhesive when working with 3D paper crafts–Red Double Sided Sticky Tape from American Crafts. Can’t live without it.

Next, I made some simple gift tags using my Hexagon Clear Cut Punch and one of the papers from the collection. I used my punch to capture select patterns from the paper. Using the “punch anywhere” feature, I was able to use the exact spot on my 12×12 paper that I wanted. There are so many possibilities with the Clear Cut Punches!

Thanksgiving Hostess Gifts by Aly Dosdall featuring the Hexagon Clear Cut Punch

I used some Heidi Swapp planner alpha stickers to add sentiments to the hexagon tags. Then I cut out some gold foil monograms from the vellum paper in the collection, and added them together with the hex tags I punched. Including a silk fall leaf with the tags adds the perfect touch for Thanksgiving! I punched them all with my Crop-A-Dile and then attached an eyelet where I threaded some gold Stitch Happy Metallic Thread and tied it in a bow.

Thanksgiving Hostess Gifts by Aly Dosdall with the Crop-A-Dile

Thanksgiving Hostess Gifts by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I used my double sided red tape again to attached the completed tags to the treat cones. I love how they turned out!

Thanksgiving Hostess Gifts by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanksgiving Hostess Gifts by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I also love that I was able to use my tools to help make the most out of my Halloween themed paper collection. Being able to select the exact fall colors and patterns I wanted from the collection really helps to stretch it farther than I could otherwise.

Thanks for joining me today. Be sure to stop by each day this week for more projects from our team featuring the new Clear Cut Punches!

 

Supplies:

Clear Cut Punches–Hexagon
DIY Party Board
Crop-A-Dile
Eyelets
Stitch Happy Metallic Thread–Gold
American Crafts Red Double Sided Sticky Tape
Pink Paislee Spellcast Collection

 

 

 

Halloween Photo Lights Strand

Happy Friday friends! It’s Aly here, and I hope you’ve enjoyed this week full of spooky decor ideas. Today I’ve got a fun Halloween DIY for you featuring the Photo Lights Strand.

One of the things I love about Halloween decor is playing with light and dark. It’s a unique holiday that allows you to incorporate both into your home or party decor. I couldn’t wait to create something with the Photo Light Strand for Halloween!

I started by purchasing some digital images from the American Crafts Boo collection on the AC Digitals website HERE. I dragged them and dropped them onto an 8.5 x 11 canvas in Photoshop.

Then I printed them onto the Backlit Film with my inkjet printer. You can also use a laser printer, but just be sure to print on the duller side of the film, not the smoother side.

Then I traced and cut them out using the template included with the light strand, so they would fit into the individual frames.

The light strand has ribbon loops at each end for hanging, and a battery pack that requires three AA batteries.

I love that you can customize the photos/images in the light strand to match the theme of your event or party.

This is such a fun addition to my Halloween decor, and it’s so easy to make. I love it! Thanks for joining me today, and have a crafty weekend!

Supplies:

Photo Lights Strand
Backlit Film
American Crafts Boo digital collection

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

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

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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DIY Halloween Matchbook Mini Album by Aly Dosdall 4

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

Card Week: Clear Cut Punch Halloween Card

Hello crafty friends! It’s Aly here today sharing some card inspiration. I love making handmade cards and sharing them with friends. I collect them in baskets and then pull one out whenever I have the need. It adds that extra special touch when I need to share something with a friend or loved one. I also love how helpful We R tools are for cards. They make the creative process faster and more fun!

Clear Cut Punch Halloween Card by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Check out this festive Halloween card I made using the Pink Paislee Spellcast collection, the new Clear Cut Circle Punch, and some of my other favorite tools!

Clear Cut Punch Halloween Card by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I started by trimming my card layers, and trimming and scoring my card base with the Dial Trimmer. It’s so convenient to have multiple blades in one tool!

Next I used the Circle Clear Cut Punch to create a shaker pocket window on my card. Then I punched out a 3×4 inch frame with the Frame Punch Board and placed it around the shaker pocket.

Clear Cut Punches and Frame Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

I added some sequins and acrylic shapes to a 2×2 pocket from the FUSEables card kit, and then sealed it shut with the Photo Sleeve Fuse.

Photo Sleeve Fuse by We R Memory Keepers

I added a stitched border around the shaker window with my Stitch Happy and some Gold Metallic Thread. Tip: to sew the circle border I traced it lightly with a pencil first, and then sewed it by rotating the handwheel to control the speed.

Stitch Happy Sewing Machine by We R Memory Keepers

Finally, I assembled and embellished my card with a few stickers and die cuts. I tied some Gold Metallic Stitch Happy Thread around the sentiment to add emphasis.

Clear Cut Punch Halloween Card by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Clear Cut Punch Halloween Card by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

What I love about the new Clear Cut Punches is that you can punch anywhere on your paper. I’m excited to try this technique with the other shape punches! Thanks for joining me today, and happy cardmaking friends!

Supplies:

Clear Cut Punch–Circle
Dial Trimmer
Stitch Happy sewing machine
Stitch Happy Metallic Thread–Gold
Photo Sleeve Fuse
FUSEables Card Kit
Frame Punch Board
Pink Paislee Spellcast Collection

Fall Party Favors

Hello friends, and thanks for stopping by today! It’s Aly Dosdall here, and I’m excited to share a fun fall project with you. Using my 123 Punch Board, I modified the traditional box it makes and created these pretty tie boxes that are the perfect favor for any fall occasion!

Fall Favor Boxes by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Fall Favor Boxes by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

First, I selected some fall inspired papers from Heart of Home collection by Jen Hadfield for Pebbles Inc.

Fall Favor Boxes by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Fall Favor Boxes by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Fall Favor Boxes by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Then I trimmed each paper to 8×8 inches with my Dial Trimmer. It’s such a handy tool with six different blade options at my fingertips!

Dial Trimmer by We R Memory Keepers

Next, I followed the instructions on the 123 Punch Board for making a 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch box, except I made a slight modification at the end of the instructions: instead of punching all the corners with the corner slitter on the board, I punched them with the corner rounder.

123 Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

I also made a few more alterations to the regular box the 123 Punch Board makes: I cut slits in opposite flaps as shown below; I punched holes with my Crop-A-Dile on the 1/8 inch setting about 1/4 inch below the end of each corner; I added adhesive to the cut flaps on the outside of the box as shown below.

Tie Box by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

You can find more detailed instructions for making this tie box in the 123 Punch Board instruction booklet. You can also watch a short video tutorial I filmed HERE on my YouTube channel.

Once I finished assembling the box, I added a strip of washi tape as a border around the box. Tip: to ensure that the washi tape pattern can be seen over the patterned paper, add the washi tape to a strip of white paper first, then tape it around the box.

Fall Favor Boxes by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I added a dimensional sticker from the collection to the front of each box. They’re perfect for this size box, and they each have a sweet sentiment making the boxes perfect favors for any fall celebration.

Fall Favor Boxes by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I filled each box with some of my favorite chocolates–Hershey’s Nuggets! To close the boxes, I threaded a 12 inch strand of twine through each hole following the instructions in the 123 Punch Board booklet, gently pulled it tight, and then tied it in a bow.

Fall Favor Boxes by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Fall Favor Boxes by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

What’s really great about these boxes, is you can use them as a favor for any occasion or season. Just change out the papers and colors, and you’re set for whatever you happen to be celebrating!

Fall Favor Boxes by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for joining me today. I hope you’ve found some helpful project inspiration this week. Happy fall crafting friends!

Supplies:

123 Punch Board
Dial Trimmer
Crop-A-Dile

Heart of Home 12×12 Paper Pad by Jen Hadfield for Pebbles, Inc.
Heart of Home Washi Tape by Jen Hadfield for Pebbles, Inc.
Heart of Home Dimensional Stickers by Jen Hadfield for Pebbles, Inc.

Dial Trimmer Project Inspiration

Hello, and welcome to Dial Trimmer Week here on the blog! This week we’re sharing plenty of tips, inspiration, and project ideas featuring the new Dial Trimmer. With this must-have craft tool, simply turn the dial to select what type of blade you need for your project. It’s like six tools in one–choose from Cut, Score, Perforate, Wave, Scallop and Deckle designs. Plus, get accurate measurements and cuts with the handy 14 inch extension arm.

Dial Trimmer from We R Memory Keepers

Here is a fabulous scrapbook page from our in house design team featuring this must-have tool.

Dial Trimmer by We R Memory Keepers

We just love the texture that the Dial Trimmer decorative blades add to this pretty beach themed layout!

Dial Trimmer by We R Memory Keepers

To celebrate Dial Trimmer Week, we’re hosting a giveaway on our Facebook page HERE. Click the link and then leave a comment ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE to enter. Entries left here on the blog will not be considered for this giveaway. Have a great day, and be sure to stop by often this week for more Dial Trimmer projects.

Throwback Thursday: Typecast Gratitude Journal

Pre-bound notebooks are a great way to journal thoughts, emotions, moments, and memories of all kinds. The Typecast Mint Paper Collection includes some bound notebooks with darling pockets and inserts, perfect for recording your life. Last fall, designer Aly Dosdall shared a gratitude journal she made with the Typecast notebook, tags, mini cards, and paper pad, along with her Typecast Typewriter. Check out her post below!

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I love these Typecast Pocket Notebooks–they’re perfect for art journals, memory keeping, mini albums, and smash-style journals.

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I added my Instax mini photos and some papers, journaling cards, tags, and labels from the Typecast Mint paper collection.

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I kept the dimension on my pages to a minimum so that my journal will close and not be too bulky.

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I stamped the date for each day with a Heidi Swapp roller stamp, and I typed my journaling on the Typecast cards and papers.

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Some of the notebook pages have pockets with inserts where I journaled about the one thing I chose to be grateful for each day.

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I used some washi tape from the Scotty Dog dispenser, and some shaped paper clips from the Oh Goodie collection.

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I also included a few rub-ons from the new Photo Lights collection. I’m usually not a fan of rub-ons because they can be hard to work with, but these rub-ons went on so smoothly and easily.

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Each page design is a bit different, but includes similar elements to maintain some continuity throughout the album.

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It’s been awesome to focus on one thing I’m grateful for each day and write my feelings about it.

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Thanks for joining me today!

~Aly

Supplies:

Typecast Typewriter and Paper Collection
Oh Goodie Shaped Paper Clips
Animal Washi Tape Dispenser
Heidi Swapp Roller Date Stamp