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

Beach Lightbox Photo Frame

Hey there friends! It’s Aly Dosdall joining you again today, and I’m glad you’re here! I’m loving Beach Week so far–what fabulous beach themed project ideas we’ve seen so far! Today I’m sharing an idea for displaying your precious beach trip memories in a beautiful and unique way.

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

A couple of years ago my hubby and I had the chance to spend a week in Hawaii. He just happened to have a work conference there–how convenient, right?

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I made an album with our photos and memories of the trip, but it was such a fun vacation that I really wanted to have some of our favorite photos on display in our home, so I created this beach themed light box photo frame using elements from the Photo Lights collection and the Crate Paper Oasis paper collection.

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I started by creating an 8×8 photo collage with nine photos in my Google Photos app. There are several ways to create photo collages. Some of my favorites are picmonkey.com (PC), the Layout app from Instagram (smartphone), and Google Photos (PC or smartphone).

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Next, I printed my photo collage onto the Photo Lights Backlit Printable Film using my inkjet printer (you can also use a laser printer). I trimmed it to 8×8 inches to fit my 8×8 Photo Lights Frame. Then I gathered some rub-ons from the Photo Lights collection, as well as some other embellishments.

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I added the rub-on directly to the photo collage first, and then inserted it into the magnetic frame. Then I added the remaining embellishments on the outside of the frame for some dimension.

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

To add to the Hawaiian beach theme of the project, I layered some Gold Fringe Tape on the top edge of the frame. It reminds me of a grass skirt or a tiki bar!

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

The Photo Lights frames are a great way to stylishly and easily display your favorite memories. Keep them for your own space, or give them away for the perfect gift. Thanks for joining me friends, and have a happy crafty day!

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies:

Photo Lights 8×8 Frame–Natural
Photo Lights Backlit Printable Film
Photo Lights Rub-Ons
DIY Party Fringe Tape–Gold

Crate Paper Oasis Collection

 

DIY Paper Fans

Hello We R fans, and happy Friday! It’s Aly with you again today sharing an easy and fun summer kids craft that you can make with your DIY Party Board and some paper from your scrapbook stash. I found this project on the Idea Room blog HERE. When I saw these fans, I immediately thought of the DIY Party Board, and knew this awesome tool would make these fans a snap!

DIY Paper Fans by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

This project is easy for kids to make, and requires supplies that you’ve likely already got on hand.

DIY Paper Fan by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Plus, they’re perfect for the warm summer months!

DIY Paper Fans by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Start by placing your 12×12 paper into the DIY Party Board with the corner placed into the alignment guide.

Place your A and C cutting guides at numbers 11 and 7 on the board, respectively.

Cut along each guide with your blade so that you end up with the shape shown in the photo below.

Punch a hole in the ends of 5 wooden craft sticks (or popsicle sticks) with the Crop-A-Dile using the 1/8th inch punch.

Then stack them up and thread a metal brad through the holes, bending the ends of the brad so that it stays in place.

Fan out the popsicle sticks that that they’re evenly spaced with the outside sticks placed near the edges of the paper you just cut. Hot glue the sticks to the back of the paper with the front of the brad facing down.

Once the glue is dry, stack the sticks on top of each other, folding the paper and creasing it as you go.

You can change out the paper for whatever event or occasion you’re celebrating. The kids would love picking out their own patterns and colors of paper.

DIY Paper Fans by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory KeepersI chose papers from the fun summer-themed Oasis collection from our sister brand, Crate Paper. I just love those flamingos!

DIY Paper Fans by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Paper Fans by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory KeepersThanks for joining me today, and happy summer crafting!

Supplies:

DIY Party Board
Crop-A-Dile
Pink Brads
Crate Paper Oasis Patterned Paper

Giant Flower Party Backdrop

Hello there We R friends! It’s Aly here with you again to finish off Flower Week with a larger-than-life party backdrop idea. Create a giant flower backdrop with the Template Studio Starter Kit, Flower Template Guide, and some Designer Poster Board!

Giant Flower Party Backdrop by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

This giant flower backdrop is perfect for a luau, summer pool party, a bridal shower, a wedding, a baby girl shower, a tea party, and more.

Giant Flower Party Backdrop by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

All you need to do is select poster board colors and/or patterns that fit with your event or theme.

Giant Flower Party Backdrop by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

To make your own giant flower backdrop, start by trimming your poster board to the size shown in the instruction manual based on the flower size you’ve selected. Then follow the directions to cut out and score your flower petals using the flower template guide.

Fold the score lines as explained in the instructions, and secure the petals with a strong adhesive. I recommend hot glue for this project, and the American Crafts Sticky Thumb Cordless Glue Gun is my favorite. No limiting cord to worry about!

This is what your flower will look like once you’ve finished. (For a video tutorial on making flowers with the Template Studio, visit our YouTube channel HERE.)

Layer multiple flowers for more dimension and color.

Then add a loop of twine to the back for hanging.

To create the flower center, cut a 12 inch long strip of paper that’s 3-4 inches wide, and cut some fringe into it.

Roll up the paper and secure it with hot glue or another strong adhesive.

Then curl back the fringe to add some dimension and texture, and then hot glue it to the center of the flower.

Make several flowers in different sizes and styles for a show-stopping backdrop for your next event!

Giant Flower Party Backdrop by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Giant Flower Party Backdrop by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

Template Studio Starter Kit
Flower Template Guide
Designer Poster Board

 

 

Photo Frame Planner Insert

Hello friends! It’s Aly here with you today sharing an easy planner idea if you’d like to add more photos and a bit of visual interest to your planner spread. Check out what I made with the Planner Punch Board and the Frame Punch Board!

Photo Frame Planner Insert by Aly Dosdall

Using the Spiral Punch Inserts, I was able to add this photo frame insert to my Heidi Swapp Time Flies Monthly Planner quickly and easily.

Photo Frame Planner Insert by Aly Dosdall

 

Photo Frame Planner Insert by Aly Dosdall

A photo frame insert is a great way to add extra photos and memories to your planner. It’s also a great way to include something a little different to break up your planner spreads. Take a look at the rest of my May planner set up, and then I’ll show you how to make a photo frame planner insert with the Planner Punch Board and Frame Punch Board.

To make a photo frame planner insert, start by trimming two pieces of paper to 6 1/2 x 4 inches. Then, using your Frame Punch Board, follow the instructions and punch the two corners on the right edge of the papers with the guides set at at 1/2″ and 1/2″. Then punch the two left corners of the papers with the guides set at 3/4″ and 1/2″.

Using the cutting feature on the board, cut out the center of your papers. Then set the guides to round the corners of your frame, and round the two right corners.

Now it’s time to punch the spiral holes so it will fit into the planner. For my planner, there are two holes per inch, so I’m using the mint spiral punch insert. (The instructions will tell you which one you need for your spiral planner.)

Center your paper in the punch. If you want to be really accurate, you can mark the center of your paper and line the mark up with the center mark on the punch. Punch once, and then move your paper to the left to line up the hole you punch with the guide on the insert.

Once you reach the edge of your paper, flip it upside down and repeat the process on the other side. Do this to both papers, and then sandwich two photos between them, so you can see a photo on each side.

Now you’re ready to insert the photo frame into your planner! I love that it’s removable if you ever want to take it out for some reason.

 

Photo Frame Planner Insert by Aly Dosdall

Photo Frame Planner Insert by Aly Dosdall

Photo Frame Planner Insert by Aly Dosdall

Photo Frame Planner Insert by Aly Dosdall

Photo Frame Planner Insert by Aly Dosdall

I decorated my planner spread with some patterned papers, stickers, and ephemera from the new Chasing Dreams collection by Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper. It matches perfectly with my planner!

Photo Frame Planner Insert by Aly Dosdall

Photo Frame Planner Insert by Aly Dosdall

I love the possibilities that the Planner Punch Board brings to crafting and planning! You can add just about anything to any size and style of planner.

Photo Frame Planner Insert by Aly Dosdall

I’m so excited about this new tool, and can’t wait to add more bits and pieces to my planner!

Supplies:

Planner Punch Board
Spiral Punch Inserts
Frame Punch Board
Oh Goodie Shaped Paper Clips
Chasing Dreams Collection by Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper
Heidi Swapp Monthly Planner
Heidi Swapp Magnolia Jane Gold Clips
Heidi Swapp Planner Stickers

 

Mini Album with the Typecast and Fuse

Hello there, We R friends! It’s Aly Dosdall back again to share a sweet mini album all about my daughters. Like some of you, scrapbooking was my gateway into the world of paper crafts. It’s my first love, not only because of the creative outlet it provides, but also because I believe in documenting stories.

Mini Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Typecast typewriter and Photo Sleeve Fuse

While I love scrapbooking for the creativity, I don’t always have time for complicated, time-consuming pages. I really don’t want that to prevent me from telling important stories though, so I decided to use a Heidi Swapp Photo Journal from the Magnolia Jane collection to make a quick mini album about my relationship with my wonderful daughters.

Mini Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Typecast typewriter and Photo Sleeve Fuse

What I love about this photo journal, is that I can continue to add to it as we make memories and have stories to tell. I started out the album with some photos from Easter this year, and I plan on adding to it about once a quarter until it’s full.

Mini Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Typecast typewriter and Photo Sleeve Fuse

I created a cover page, a page for each of my three girls, and a fun decorative shaker pocket page where I included some extra journaling.

Mini Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Typecast typewriter and Photo Sleeve Fuse

Mini Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Typecast typewriter and Photo Sleeve Fuse

In this album, each of the pages is a pocket that you slide your photo (or patterned paper, journaling card, or shaker pocket) into, so it was easy to slide in my shaker pocket once I created it.

Mini Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Typecast typewriter and Photo Sleeve Fuse

I started with a 4×4 inch waterfall sleeve, and inserted a 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch piece of patterned paper, some confetti, some wood veneer shapes, and some sequins.

Shaker pocket with the Photo Sleeve Fuse

Then I used my Photo Sleeve Fuse to seal the waterfall sleeve shut, and trimmed off the excess.

Shaker pocket with the Photo Sleeve Fuse

I added a couple of stickers on the front of the shaker pocket, so that the shaker pieces won’t cover them up. Then I inserted the shaker pocket into the album.

Shaker pocket with the Photo Sleeve Fuse

Tip: adding some double sided tape to the back of the shaker pocket holds it in place nicely in the album.

Mini Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Typecast typewriter and Photo Sleeve Fuse

It was easy to add my journaling with the Typecast typewriter to some tags and journaling cards. I love that I can run my journaling spots right through the typewriter!

Mini Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Typecast typewriter and Photo Sleeve Fuse

Thanks so much for joining me today. I hope you’ve found some inspiration to tell your stories, and get your photos into a scrapbook album. Happy crafting friends!

Mini Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Typecast typewriter and Photo Sleeve Fuse

Supplies:

Typecast typewriter
Mint Typecast Tags
Mint Typecast Mini Cards
Photo Sleeve Fuse
Heat Resistant Fuse Mat
4×4 Waterfall Sleeves

Heidi Swapp:
Magnolia Jane Floral Photo Journal
Magnolia Jane Clear Stickers
Magnolia Jane Gold Clips and Tin
Magnolia Jane 12×12 Paper Pad

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.

ink-splatters

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.

staple-board

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

typecast-gift-cards-by-aly-dosdall-4

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!

typecast-labels

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