Shaker Baby Cards

Happy Friday We R friends! I hope you’ve enjoyed all the baby inspiration this week. Today I’m going to finish things off with a set of boy & girl shaker baby cards that I made with my Photo Sleeve Fuse, along with some FUSEables plastic paper and embellishments.

Shaker Baby Cards by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

 

Shaker Baby Cards by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I started by heating up my Fuse tool for 10 minutes. It’s important to let it heat up long enough to get the best results. Then, I used some 2 inch plastic pouches to create shaker pockets, filling them with sequins, and fusing the four sides to the back of the FUSEables card windows. Then I fused the back flap of the card front closed, for a more finished look on the inside of the card.

For the girl card, I added some FUSEables plastic ephemera to the card front with my Fuse tool. No adhesive necessary with the FUSEables plastic paper and Fuse tool! And, I love the way the fused lines look like stitching.

Shaker Baby Cards by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I added a small self-adhesive label where I had typed the word “BABY” with my Typecast typewriter. I love how easy it is to add text to my projects with the Typecast!

To make the boy card, I made the circle window into a baby rattle by cutting a handle from some FUSEables paper with my Cameo.

Shaker Baby Cards by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

For a tutorial on how to cut plastic sheets with the Cameo, CLICK HERE.

Next, I cut a ring out with my circle cutter to go around the shaker window and glued it to the card front.

I finished it off with some FUSEables ephemera, again with only my Fuse tool and no adhesive!

Shaker Baby Cards by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for joining me today. I hope you’ve found some helpful project inspiration. Enjoy your weekend, and be sure to check back next week!

Supplies:

Photo Sleeve Fuse
Heat Resistant Mat
FUSEables card kit

Cupcake Toppers and Wraps

Hello friends! Happy Monday, and welcome to Birthday Week here on the blog. This week our designers will be sharing ideas for DIY birthday projects, from invitations, to decor, to gift wrap, and more. Be sure to check back each day for some fresh inspiration. Enjoy!

Aly Dosdall here to share some pretty cupcake wraps and toppers for a birthday party. The colors I chose are inspired by spring, but you can make these in different colors to fit your needs.

Birthday Cupcake Toppers and Wraps featuring the DIY Party Board and the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Birthday Cupcake Toppers and Wraps featuring the DIY Party Board and the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

To make the cupcake toppers I used the Mini Alphabet Punch Board to create the number that reflects the age of the birthday child.

Birthday Cupcake Toppers and Wraps featuring the DIY Party Board and the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I made the number 8 because that’s the birthday my youngest daughter will be celebrating. You can make any number or letter for your toppers–simply follow the instructions in the included booklet.

Then I used the DIY Party Board to make my cupcake wraps.

I trimmed my cardstock to 7×7 inches (as explained on the board) and then followed the instructions to cut a cupcake wrap. CLICK HERE for an overview video of the tool on our YouTube channel.

Before assembling the cupcake wraps and toppers, I added some beautiful foil polka dots with Heidi Swapp toner reactive paint, a stencil, a foam makeup applicator, some foil sheets and my Minc.

I love the organic, handmade look of the toner paint. Mixed media fans will love it too! Once I finished “minc-ing” my party decor, I assembled my wraps with Sticky Thumb Double Sided Red Tape.

Birthday Cupcake Toppers and Wraps featuring the DIY Party Board and the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Then I cut a section of some striped paper straws and attached them to the back of the cupcake toppers so I could insert them in the cupcakes. I love using the paper straws for toppers–they’re not only decorative and colorful, but you know they’re food safe as well.

Birthday Cupcake Toppers and Wraps featuring the DIY Party Board and the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for joining me today! I hope this project has inspired you. Be sure to check back each day this week for more birthday project inspiration from our design team. Happy crafting friends!

Supplies:

DIY Party Board
Mini Alphabet Punch Board
American Crafts 12×12 Cardstock
Sticky Thumb Red Double Sided Tape
Paper Straws–Blue and Pink
Heidi Swapp Minc and Starter Kit
Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Foil–Teal, Green, Gold, Hot Pink

Typecast Gift Tags

Hello We R friends! It’s Aly here again today to share some easy gift tags I made with my Typecast Typewriter and some tags from the mint Typecast Paper Collection. I love how easy to is to add sentiments, journaling, or other text to my papercraft projects with the typewriter! I find myself using it all the time.

Typecast Gift Tags by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Typecast Gift Tags by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

To make these I started with some kraft and rose gold tags that are part of the collection. I added a strip of patterned paper and a strip of washi tape to each one.

Typecast Gift Tags by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I added some ink splatters to give the kraft tags a little more visual interest, allowing the ink to dry completely before finishing the tags.

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Then I added a focal accent to each tag that I trimmed from the paper pad that’s part of the mint collection. I used a postage stamp image, and I fussy cut a butterfly and some birds. I added a few copper staples with my Staple Board as decorative elements.

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Adhering the focal accents to the tags with foam squares added some dimension and depth to them.

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Typecast Gift Tags by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Finally, I typed “For You” directly onto some labels and mini tags from the Typecast paper collection, and then adhered them to the tags. It’s so easy to roll stickers, labels, and tags right through the typewriter. Love it!

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I hope this project has inspired you to get out your Typecast for easy sentiments and journaling. Thanks for joining me today!

Typecast Gift Tags by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

Typecast Typewriter
Typecast Mint Tags
Typecast Labels
Staple Board
Enamel Shapes–Cool

Valentine’s Day Banner

Happy Friday friends! It’s Aly here, sharing a simple Valentine’s Day Banner I made with the Mini Alphabet Punch Board and one of the Font Punches. Valentine’s Day is a big deal at our house. We love to decorate and celebrate, so this banner is just the beginning. It came together quickly and easily, so now I’m ready to move on to more party decor!

Mini Alphabet Punch Board Valentine's Day Banner by Aly Dosdall

I used the “B” side of some papers from the Snow and Cocoa collection from our sister brand, Crate Paper, and used the Banner Punch Board to cut out some 3×4 inch flag banners.

Mini Alphabet Punch Board Valentine's Day Banner by Aly Dosdall

Then I cut out a 2 3/4″ circles and layered those over my banners. I cut some of the blue patterned paper into 1 1/2 x 2 1/2″ pieces, and used my Mini Alphabet Punch Board to spell the word “kisses”.

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I wanted to embellish a couple of my letters, so I grabbed one of my Font Punches, and punched a starburst shape into the “K” and the “E”. I love the extra touch that the Font Punches add to letters that I punch out with my Alphabet Punch Board. So fun!

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Then I backed them with some of the dark pink paper for contrast. I adhered the letters onto the banner pieces with foam squares for added dimension, and finished off my project with some jute twine for hanging.

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Thanks for joining me today friends! Next time you create a project with one of the Alphabet Punch Boards, be sure to pull out your Font Punches to take your projects to the next level!

 

Supplies:

Mini Alphabet Punch Board
Holiday Font Punch–Marquee
Banner Punch Board
Snow and Cocoa Patterned Paper

Say Hi to Aly!

Our final 2017 Design Team member to introduce is our Social Media Manager and team coordinator, Aly Dosdall. Aly has been with us for seven years now. She is one of the founding design team members, and got our blog up and running four years ago. Scroll down to get to know her a little better.

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I believe that life is worth celebrating and documenting! Using the art of paper crafts to do that is my passion. I love being a wife, mother of five, memory maker and keeper, working as Social Media Manager for We R Memory Keepers, and teaching at craft events and online.

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Currently…

Snacking on: trail mix and babybel lite cheese
Always wearing: merino wool socks
Obsessed with: peanut butter M&M’s
Listening to: Pentatonix
Making: to-do lists
Annoyed with: disorganization
Excited about: a new year, exciting opportunities and fresh starts!
Favorite We R tool:

Do I have to pick only one? Probably my punch boards, but my Typecast typewriter is a close second.
Favorite project:

I love making mini albums! They’re like a snapshot of life, and they’re not hard to make. I love this little Instax one about our last family trip together before my 19 year old twin sons moved away from home.

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You can catch all the pages in Aly’s mini album on her blog HERE. We’re glad to have Aly continuing with us this year. Be sure to come back next week for something exciting!

2017 Desk Calendar [Free Printable]

Hello We R Fans, it’s Aly here today. Are you looking forward to the new year? I am, and I’ve been making some goals and getting some planning done. Since organization is on my brain, today I’m sharing a 2017 desk calendar along with a free printable if you’d like to make your own.

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I started by gathering my supplies: the printed and cropped calendar (which you can download below), some washi tape (1/2 inch wide), and a mini clipboard (or you can use method to bind it).

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DOWNLOAD FREE PRINTABLE CALENDAR SHEETS HERE:

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I added a 3 inch long strip of 1/2 inch wide washi tape to each calendar page under the month. You could also add patterned paper, ribbon, or a border.

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I tried to select colors that represented each month, ie pink for February (Valentine’s Day), red for December (Christmas), etc.

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I used mostly pastels for spring, and more rich colors for fall.

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This easy desk calendar would make a great gift idea for friends or co-workers for the new year. You could also pull out your Cinch binding tool and a spiral binding wire. Thanks for stopping by today, and Happy 2017 friends!

Supplies:

Trim and Score Board
Animal Washi Tape Dispensers
Watercolor Washi Tape
Mini Clipboard

15 Days of Gratitude: Part 3

Hello, and Happy Thanksgiving to our U.S. friends! It’s Aly here with you today to share the last week of pages in my 15 Days of Gratitude journal. If you missed the first two parts of this three part series, you can check them out HERE and HERE. I enjoy this project so much, and am always glad for the chance to focus on the good things in life this time of year.

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Today, along with the completed pages, I wanted to share a few tips with you. First, I find it easier to gather all of the supplies that I plan to use for the entire journal and keep them in a basket or bag out on my work surface. That way when I have time to work on it I don’t have to go fishing around for my supplies.

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I also used a couple of paper pads from the Typecast Mint collection. Using coordinating paper pads made it easy since no matter what papers I chose, they worked nicely together. I also used a few packs of coordinating stickers, tags, and labels to use as accents and layers.

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I found a few rolls of washi tape that match my papers and kept those on hand, using some on each page. For this album I journaled with my Typecast typewriter and a Heidi Swapp date stamp.

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Another tip is that I always like to add some texture with different materials such as metal, fibers, or ribbon. For this project I pulled in some metal shaped paper clips and some jute twine.

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When designing my pages, I start by selecting at least three patterned papers that I can layer as a base. Then I add my photo or journaling card on top of the papers, and finish off with the bits and pieces like washi tape, paper clips, staples, and smaller stickers, labels and tags.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this gratitude journal inspiration. This project is only one way to record your blessings this time of year, but you can do it many other ways as well. The important thing is to get your thoughts down, and to focus on your blessings and all the good things in your life.

Supplies:

Typecast Typewriter–black
Typecast Paper Collection
Oh Goodie  Shaped Paper Clips
Staple Board
Animal Washi Tape Dispenser–Scottie Dog

15 Days of Gratitude: Part 2

Happy Friday friends! I’m back to share the first week of my 15 Days of Gratitude journal/mini album. If you missed my post last week, you can CLICK HERE to see my cover page and for more details about this yearly project.

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I love these Typecast 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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I look forward to continuing this project through Thanksgiving Day next week when I’ll be back with the rest of my album. See you then!

~Aly

Supplies:

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

 

15 Days of Gratitude: Part 1

Hello friends! Aly Dosdall here again today. I hope you’ve been enjoying the gratitude projects here on the blog this week. Thankful projects are one of my favorite things to do this time of year! In fact, I have a yearly gratitude project that I’d like to share with you today.

Each year, starting two weeks before Thanksgiving here in the U.S., I start keeping a gratitude journal. I record at least one thing that I’m grateful for in my journal everyday leading up to Thanksgiving. Then on Thanksgiving Day, I read through all of my journal pages and write down my thoughts about the last two weeks. Here’s the cover page for my 15 Days of Gratitude journal for this year.

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This year I’m using one of the notebooks from the Typecast Mint paper collection. I love that it has lined paper, and pockets with tags that I can use for memorabilia, photos, and other loose items. I chose not to alter the front cover because I want to keep it in my purse so I can fill it out wherever I am and whenever I have the time, so I don’t want any goodies to get knocked off the front cover. So, I created my cover page inside the notebook.

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I love the front cover with the faux leather and rose gold accents. It’s so pretty, and works great for fall.

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I plan on handwriting, typing, and adding in small photos with washi tape. The mint Typecast paper collection has plenty of labels, tags, and two paper pads, which are exactly what I need for this project. I’ll be reporting back here on the blog each Thursday for the next two weeks, including Thanksgiving Day to share the pages I’ve completed so far.

Since this is a project I do each year, I thought you might enjoy seeing some inspiration from years past. You can check out my gratitude journal from last year on my blog HERE.

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HERE‘s my journal from 2014…

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…and HERE‘s my 2013 journal.

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The year 2012 was the very first time I did this project, and you can find that journal right HERE.

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I hope you’ll play along with me! Your journal doesn’t have to be complicated, or take a lot of time to create. You can keep it simple and just write about your blessings. You can add a few photos, or get really creative. It’s totally up to you. But, I can tell you that doing this project each year has helped me to recognize the positive, good things in my life and that’s alway worth doing. See you next Thursday!

Supplies:

Typecast Mint Notebook
Typecast Mind 8.5×11 Paper Pad
Typecast Mint Wax Seal Kit
Oh Goodie Shaped Paper Clips

Shaker Bookmarks

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Happy Monday morning friends, and Happy Halloween! We hope your evening is filled with lots of yummy treats, and not so many tricks. This week we’re featuring projects made with one of our most popular tools, the Photo Sleeve Fuse. and we’re starting off with some fun Shaker Bookmarks.

 

Hello, Aly Dosdall here again with some fun bookmarks I made using the Photo Sleeve Fuse. I love the creative possibilities that my Fuse allows–it’s one of my favorites tools. It’s so versatile and easy to use.

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I’ve got a first grader who has discovered the joy of reading. She’s finally gotten into some short chapter books, and so I thought I’d make her a set of bookmarks to hopefully feed her newfound passion.

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Though my daughter loves to read, she has a hard time sitting still since she has ADHD and anxiety disorder, so I wanted to add something tactile and interactive as well to help calm her as she reads. Photo Sleeve Fuse to the rescue!

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I used my Fuse to make the bookmarks into shaker pockets and filled them with clear glass microbeads, gold sequins, and tiny wood veneer stars. The glass microbeads make a cool rain-like noise and are fun to watch when you move the bookmarks around. Perfect for nervous wiggly hands!

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I started by cutting some patterned paper from the High Five collection into 2×6 inch strips. I embellished them with some High Five Stickers and Ephemera, and then added some phrases that I typed with my Typecast Typewriter onto Typecast Mini Labels.

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Then I used a leftover divided photo sleeve to create the shaker pockets, cutting apart the 4×6 and 6×6 sections of the sleeve. You could also use 4×6 waterfall sleeves to create the shaker pockets for the bookmarks.  I found it easiest to Fuse around three sides, leaving the top end open so I could add my shaker elements before fusing the top shut. It also helps to fuse the shaker pocket snugly around the bookmark so that it can’t move around much. That way your shaker elements will stay in front of the bookmark and not slip around behind.

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To finish off my bookmarks, I added some black ribbon at the top. I used the new Ribbon Cutter to trim and seal the ends of the ribbon, and then I attached the ribbon to the bookmarks with my Staple Board. I stapled the ribbon strips 3 times, using the staples not only in a functional way but also as a design element.

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I’m excited for my daughter to try out these shaker bookmarks. I look forward to reading lots of books together!

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Supplies:

Photo Sleeve Fuse
Photo Sleeve
High Five Collection
Ribbon Cutter
Staple Board
Typecast Typewriter
Typecast Mini Labels