Mini Evolution Cake Topper

Hi there friends! It’s Aly here sharing some exciting news and a fun project! Next week on the 24 hour crafting day on HSN (Jan 8, 2019) our Mini Evolution is making its US debut along with some really awesome accessories and storage. I’m sharing some of the amazing bundles that will be available along with a cute project I made.

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Here’s a video tour of all the goodies available:

I used the “Love Grows Here’ Die/Emboss set with the coordinating layered stamps to create a DIY embellishment for this easy cake topper.

Mini Evolution Advanced Cake Topper by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Mini Evolution Advanced Cake Topper by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Here’s how I made the cake topper:

1. Ink one side of the first stamp layer with the lightest color ink and stamp on the precut 3×5 inch white paper using the Mini Precision Press Advanced that comes with the Mini Evolution Kit.

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2. Ink the other side of the first stamp layer with another light or medium color ink (I used lime green) and stamp. Then ink the leaf side of the second stamp layer with the green ink and stamp.

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3. Select a sentiment stamp to insert into the second stamp layer. Use the darkest color ink on the second half of the second stamp layer, and stamp with the Mini Precision Press.

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4. Place the stamped paper into the die/emboss folder, matching up the image to the dies, place the folder between the Emboss Plate and the Base Plate and run through the Mini Evolution Advanced.

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5. Fold the two smaller flowers to add dimension to your DIY embellishment.

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6. Using the Square Punch Board, punch a 3×4 inch rectangle from dark blue cardstock and a 2 3/4 x 3 3/4 inch rectangle from medium blue paper. Adhere them together.

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7. Adhere the DIY embellishment to the blue background using foam squares for the smaller flowers. Add blue flower eyelets for hanging to the top two corners using the Crop-A-Dile.

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8. Thread some Stitch Happy thread through the eyelets and tie the ends to two paper straws. Insert the straws into the top of your cake and enjoy!

Mini Evolution Advanced Cake Topper by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Mini Evolution Advanced Cake Topper by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to tune into HSN on Tuesday, Jan 8 2019 for some great deals on the Mini Evolution Advanced and Accessories!

Supplies:

Mini Evolution HSN Kit
Square Punch Board
Crop-A-Dile
Eyelets
Stitch Happy Aqua Thread

2019 We R Design Team: Meet Aly, Eva, Enza & Kimberly

Hello and Happy New Year We R friends! We’re super excited to start 2019 off with some exciting news! Introducing the We R Memory Keepers 2019 Design Team!

We R Memory Keepers 2019 Design Team

Today we’re sharing some fun facts about the first half of our 2019 Design Team, so scroll down to get to know Aly, Eva, Enza, and Kimberly. You’ll get to know the other half of the team on Friday, so be sure to come back then!

Aly Dosdall

Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Hello! I’m Aly Dosdall, and I love celebrating and documenting life’s moments. Sharing memory keeping and paper craft projects, tips, and tricks is my passion, whether that’s done through the social media, teaching classes, or via television appearances. I have been involved in the scrapbook and paper craft industry for over 18 years. During my time with We R I have worked as a design team member, lead designer, blogger, and Social Media Marketing Manager (2016-present). In my free time, I enjoy running, music, traveling, binge watching Netflix, and living life with my husband and five children in beautiful Utah, USA.

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Here’s is a current favorite project:

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Eva Pizarro

Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Hi! My name is Eva Pizarro and I live in Chile with my husband Marco and my son Lorenzo. I have been scrapbooking for the past ten years and like to create scrapbook layouts and paper crafts for my friends and family. I get inspiration from lots of different things: colors, graphic design, the story behind my photo and more. I love to bake, the beach, chocolate and watching tv series.

Below you can find some of my favorite We R projects:

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Enza Gudor

Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

Hi everyone! My name is Enza Gudor, proud mom to three adorable kids, passionate about paper crafting, photography and memory keeping. I was born and raised in Italy, but moved to rainy Seattle fourteen years ago to be with the love of my life. Scrapbooking was non-existent for me growing up. I can’t believe I’m here today sharing my work with you! I feel so blessed to be a part of this amazing community! What I love the most about paper crafting is experimenting with new techniques and trends. I find it fun and inspiring. My other passions are traveling, reading, and musical theatre, and I can’t live without coffee and chocolate 😉

Here are some of my projects created with We R Memory Keepers tools:

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Kimberly Crawford

Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I am a former elementary teacher living with my husband of almost 20 years, our 13 year-old-son, and one big fat cat, in eastern Iowa. Being a stay-at-home mom keeps me busy as my son is involved in many activities at school, which leads to me becoming involved as well. I have been working in the paper crafting industry for over 10 years and am thrilled to be designing for We R Memory Keepers! Check out some of my favorite We R projects:

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Thanks for stopping by! We look forward to seeing what these ladies create with our tools, so be sure to stop by the blog often. Friday we’ll feature the other half of our team. See you then.

2019 Coptic Bound Planner [Free Printable!]

Hello, and Happy Friday friends! Next week we head into 2019 and I’m so excited to start the new year! I’m looking forward to some awesome opportunities and setting some goals. Getting organized, planning and setting goals works a lot better for me if I have them written down so I can keep myself accountable and on task. Each year I make a printable calendar to help me do that, so today I’m sharing a FREE PRINTABLE planner that you can use for 2019. The cool thing about this printable calendar is that you can start it any time and you can use it for any year. It’s also pretty versatile, so you can make one for each month, or you can create one for the entire year. Take a look!

2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

To create my planner I used my FREE PRINTABLE 2019 PLANNER which you can download below, some papers and embellishments from the Dear Lizzy New Day collection, some stickers from the Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection, and some We R Journal Studio tools.

2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I started by printing the planner pages. There are 7 pages for each month–a To Do page, a monthly spread, and weekly spreads. I printed them double sided so that you can flip them over at the short end of the paper since they’re horizontally oriented. (Tip: the last page is single sided.) I used high quality printer paper that’s designed for double sided printing. You can download the FREE PRINTABLE PLANNER below:

We R Memory Keepers Printable Planner

Then I trimmed the pages (they each have a trimming guide) and folded them in half. I ordered them so that page 1 is on top and page 7 (the single page) is on the bottom, repeating this order for each month’s pages. Then I trimmed a patterned paper divider for each month from the New Day collection. Trim the dividers to 6 1/2 inches wide and 5 5/8 inches tall to match the printed pages.

Since I used a Coptic binding for my planner I grouped each month together with the divider and all of the printed pages. When creating a coptic bound book, these small groupings of pages are called “signatures”. For this book you’ll have twelve signatures, one for each month. Since this book is so thick, I saddle stitched each signature with the Book Binding Guide before binding them all together to provide more stability. Here’s how to saddle stitch the signatures using the Book Binding Guide (instructions come with the tool):

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  1. Place all the folded pages in your signature face up on the left side of the tool. There’s a groove in the base of the tool which makes is easy to accurately place your pages.
  2. Place the piercing guide on top of your papers with the groove side facing down. Turn the screws to secure the guide, making sure the holes with the rings around them are centered along the fold of the pages.
  3. Use the piercing tools to pierce every other hole (the ones with the rings). Make sure the tool pierces through all the pages.
  4. Repeat these steps for all twelve signatures.
  5. Use the straight needle and the wax thread to saddle stitch each signature (instructions included in the manual). Thread the needle with a single strand of thread.
  6. Thread the needle through the hole at one end of the pages, going from the inside to the outside of the signature (inside pages to outer cover), leaving 3-4 inches at the end to tie a knot once you finish stitching.
  7. Go up through the next hole, down through the next hole, up through the next, etc. until you reach the end.
  8. Then stitch back to the other end using the opposite motion (stitch up through the down holes and down through the up holes). Repeat this all the way to the other end so that you have continuous stitches on the inside and outside of your signature. Tie the two ends in a square knot and trim the excess.
  9. Saddle stitch all twelve of your signatures together, and then your ready to make your covers!

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To create the covers:

  1. I trimmed two pieces of book board to 3 1/2 inches wide and 5 3/4 inches long.
  2. I covered them with patterned paper from the New Day collection and then pierced holes in both cover. The holes for the covers must match the holes for the signatures.
  3. When piercing covers, place them on the left side of the Book Binding Guide and flip the piercing guide over so that the flat side is facing down.
  4. Use the center column of holes and align the ringed holes to they’re centered like the holes for the signatures were (see above photo for details). Then tighten the screws to hold the piercing guide in place.
  5. Pierce through every other hole (all the ringed ones) with the piercing tool. Repeat these steps for the other cover.

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Now it’s time to bind together the covers and the twelve signatures! You can find instructions in your Book Binding manual, more details and photos in THIS POST by Eva Pizarro, and you can also watch this helpful video tutorial.

  1. Use the curved needle and wax thread. Thread the needle and tie a knot in the end of the thread. Start by stitching together the bottom cover and the last signature (December pages) following the instructions in the booklet.
  2. Add the November signature using the instructions, and then continue adding all the signatures in reverse order through February. If you’d like you can add sequins to the coptic stitches to embellish your book.
  3. Finish off the book with the January signature and the top cover. Tie the loose end in a square knot and trim the excess. I added a pom pom tassel from the New Day collection, attaching it to the binding stitches on the outside of the planner.
  4. Tip: I used multiple strands of thread (about four) since it’s easier to stitch smaller lengths of thread. Just be sure to finish a length at the end of a signature, and start a new length at the beginning of a signature.
  5. Once you’ve finished binding your planner, you can decorate the inside pages! I like to use flat embellishments (stickers, rub ons, washi tape, ephemera, stencils) so I don’t add too much bulk to the book.

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Since this planner can be used for any year and can start at any time, you’ll need to add the dates. You can write them, stamp them, or use stickers from the Journal Studio. I used my colored pencils.

2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Decorate your front cover with stickers, washi tape, rub ons or ephemera. I used the Dear Lizzy New Day and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collections.

2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

This would be a fun weekend craft project to get ready for the new year next week. Thanks for stopping by! Have a fun and crafty weekend friends.

Supplies:

Book Binding Guide
Magnetic Alphabet Stencils
Magnetic Symbol Stencils
Journal Guide
Washi Tape
Washi Tape Keychain
6×6 Book Board
Precision Glass Cutting Mat
Craft Knife
Supreme Ruler
Dear Lizzy New Day CollectionDear Lizzy New Day Collection
Amy Tangerine Journal Studio Sticker Book

Holiday Gift Idea: Kate Spade Inspired Penguin Pouch + free pattern!

I’ve got a couple of friends that I love to make handmade gifts for each Christmas. As I was thinking about what to make for them this year, I was totally inspired by a cute Kate Spade NY penguin wallet I found online. I decided to create my own version of it as a gift for my friends.

Kate Spade Inspired Felt Penguin Pouch by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory KeepersKate Spade Inspired Felt Penguin Pouch by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory KeepersKate Spade Inspired Felt Penguin Pouch by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I wanted my gift to be something practical and unique. I decided on tissue pouches given the cold and flu season. I’m a crafter more than a sewist, so I went with felt as my fabric of choice. It feels more like crafting than sewing when I work with it. I found a great tutorial online for easy tissue holders HERE and got started!

Kate Spade Inspired Felt Penguin Pouch by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

If you’d like to make one for yourself, or as a gift, you can download a free pattern for the Penguin Pouch below.

We R Memory Keepers Penguin Pouch Pattern

I started by cutting a 6 3/4 x 5 7/8 inch piece of white felt. I folded the short ends toward the center of the felt so they touched each other and then pinned them down.

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I sewed each end about 1/4 inch in from the edge with my Stitch Happy sewing machine and some white regular thread. Cut a 1 1/2 x 5/8 inch strip of black felt for your loop to attach a key ring. Fold it in half and hot glue the short ends together. Then center the loop and hot glue it in between the double edges of the tissue holder.

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Next, I cut a 3 3/8 x 5 7/8 inch rectangle from black felt. I used a dinner plate to cut a curve in one of the long edges. Then, to create the beak, I folded the felt in half with the short edges together, and cut a 1/2 inch slit at an angle just above the curve.

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Cut a 1 inch yellow square from golden yellow felt and adhere it to the back of the black felt over the slit you cut for the beak. (I used my USB Power Mini Hot Glue Gun, but you can also use fabric glue or tacky craft glue). Place adhesive along the edges of the square only so your beak isn’t attached and can fold upward. Using black Stitch Happy thread, handstitch around the shape of the beak to add some detail.

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Next, create your eyes by cutting two 1 3/4 inch circles from white faux fur (or felt). Then cut two 1 1/4 inch circles from black felt, two 3/4 inch circles from white felt and two 1/2 inch circles from white felt. Cover the 1/2 inch circles with silver glitter using clear glue as adhesive. Set them aside to dry. Hot glue the 3/4 inch white circles in the center of the 1 1/4 inch black circles. Then hot glue those in the center of the 1 3/4 inch white faux fur circles. Once they’re dry, glue the 1/2 inch white glittered circles in the center of the 3/4 inch white circles and hot glue black enamel dots in the center of the glittered white circles.

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Tip: you can cut the circles for the eyes with scissors using the free template, or you can cut them with the Evolution Advanced and some circle dies.

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Hot glue the black curved rectangle to the back of the tissue holder (opposite side of the slit). Hot glue the eyes on either side of the beak. Add a key ring to the felt loop.

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I added a waterfall tassel to the key ring for a touch of style, and because tassels make everything cuter…right? To make a water fall tassel, use the Tassel Loom and some silver Stitch Happy metallic thread to make three 2 inch tassels, leaving the ends for hanging extra long (8-10 inches).

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Thread the ends of the first tassel up through the band of the second one and tie the ends tight so the top of the first tassel comes up under the bottom of the second tassel. Do the same thing to the third tassel, so all three are connected and overlap. Use the ends to tie the waterfall tassel to the key ring.

Kate Spade Inspired Felt Penguin Pouch by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Fill the tissue holder pouch with pocket size tissues, wrap it up and gift away! Your recipient can attach this adorable Penguin Pouch to a purse, backpack, keys or a brief case, and they’ll have tissues ready to go for cold and flu season or any time they need them!

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Supplies:

Stitch Happy Sewing Machine
Stitch Happy Fabric Scissors
Stitch Happy Black Thread
Stitch Happy Silver Metallic Thread
Precision Glass Cutting Mat
Supreme Ruler
Angled Rotary Cutter
Tassel Loom
USB Power Mini Glue Gun
Black, white, and golden yellow felt
Black enamel dots
Silver Wow Glitter

Emoji Christmas Cards

Hello We R fans! It’s Aly here today to share a colorful and fun set of Christmas cards I made. I’m loving all the colorful holiday decor I’ve been seeing around the Interwebs this season, so I wanted to try my hand at a colorful Christmas project. I decided to make a set of Emoji Christmas Cards with the Emoji Punch Board!

Enoji Christmas Cards by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Enoji Christmas Cards by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

To make these emoji holiday cards I grabbed my Emoji Punch Board and made 9 different emojis using the pre-cut papers and the instruction booklet included with the tool.

Enoji Christmas Cards by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

 

 

Then I grabbed the DCWV Inc Christmas Flipside stack and cut out some Christmas themed paper accessories to dress up my emojis. Tip: when fussing cutting shapes or patterns I love to use my Detail Scissors!

Enoji Christmas Cards by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I created three layered cards with the Flipside stack, backed each emoji with a black cardstock circle that I punched out with the punch board, and then placed the embellished emojis on the card.

Enoji Christmas Cards by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I punched out some sentiments with the Word Punch Board, including the new Numbers & Symbols Punches that are sold separately.

Enoji Christmas Cards by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I backed the white sentiment strips I punched out with some red cardstock to add contrast so that the words are easily seen.

Enoji Christmas Cards by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I hope you enjoyed these colorful and fun Emoji Christmas Cards. Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you back here with some exciting news tomorrow!

Supplies:

Emoji Punch Board
Word Punch Board
Numbers & Symbols Punches
Detail Scissors
Trim & Score Board
DCWV Inc Christmas Flipside 12×12 Stack

Wire Wrapped Holiday Candles

Hello and Happy Friday! It’s Aly here again and I’ve got a cool hostess gift idea to share. I’ve seen some really cool wire crafts making their way around the interwebs and I love how wire can be incorporated into just about any project. I decided to make some holiday candles with my Wick Candle Maker, and throw some Happy Jig wire at them to see what happened.

Wire Wrapped Holiday Candles by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

 

The combination of handmade candles and wire designs make for a unique hostess gift set. I started by making some candles with my Wick and the new Silicone Molds. I added some delicious holiday scents, and went with traditional red and green colors for the candles.

Wire Wrapped Holiday Candles by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Important tips: 1) remind your recipient to remove the paper gift tag before lighting the candles; 2) The Wick Wire is not flammable but it does get hot near a flame, so use caution.

Once I finished the candles, I selected some holiday designs from the Happy Jig Instagram account (@werhappyjig) and used the free templates available there. I first chose the star design for my green diamond shaped candle, and I altered it slightly to look more like a holiday star. Here’s the template I ended up using.

Happy Jig Holiday Star

I left a lot of excess wire so I could wrap it around the candle. I used a household object in a cone shape (funnel) to wrap the wire around so I didn’t scratch and scuff up the candle in the process.

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When I finished wrapping, I cut off the extra and gently slipped the formed wire spiral over the candle.

Wire Wrapped Holiday Candles by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Next, I selected the reindeer head design for my red sphere candle. I made the reindeer head exactly as it is found on the @werhappyjig Instagram account, except I started and finished my wire down at the bottom of the design. Here’s the template I used:

Happy Jig Deer Head

Once I finished the reindeer head I wrapped the extra wire around a tennis ball (since it’s the same size as the sphere shaped candle) and trimmed it. Then I slipped it gently over my candle.

Wire Wrapped Holiday Candles by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

 

To finish off my candles, I added some gift tags that I cut out from the DCWV Red and White Christmas Premium Stack.

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I used my Sticky Piercer to make a small hole in each tag, and then tied them onto the wire around the candles with some American Crafts Twine.

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During the holidays most of our dinner parties are with extended family, so I can’t wait to share these with my sister-in-law! I think she’s going to love them. Thanks for stopping by, and have a awesome and crafty weekend friends!

Supplies:

Wick Candle Maker Kit
Happy Jig Tool
Happy Jig Wire
Sticky Piercer
Detail Scissors
DCWV Red and White Christmas Premium 12×12 Stack

Gratitude Journal with The Cinch and Journal Studio

Hello We R friends! It’s Aly here wishing you a Happy Friday. Congrats on making it through the week! One of my favorite traditions this time of year is my gratitude journal. For a few weeks in November I keep a daily record of the things I’m thankful for leading up to Thanksgiving Day. It’s really helped me to focus on the positive and see the good, both totally transformative ways of thinking. This year I used The Cinch binding tool along with the new Journal Studio to get my gratitude journal started.

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

My gratitude journals are usually pretty bulky as I like to add photos, memborabilia, pockets, and other goodies. I decided to disassemble my Amy Tangerine Journal Studio notebook using the Supreme Ruler and my craft knife, and then bind it back together with The Cinch to allow for more bulk. I simply cut right down the center on the middle page. The craft knife cut through easily. I used the new 1″ black Cinch wires to bind my notebook because they match the black accents in the Journal Studio collection.

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

I created tab dividers from some Crate Paper Wild Heart papers with the Tab Punch Board, and then added some divider stickers to some of the notebook pages.

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

the Journal Guide and the Interchangeable Stamps

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

I also added an ephemera card that I embellished with some washi tape, one canoe two for AC Goldenrod puffy stickers, and the Journal Studio Magnetic Alphabet Stencils.

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

I added these inserts after I had already bound my journal–it was a bit of an afterthought, LOL! But that didn’t cause a single problem–Planner Punch Board to the rescue!

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

I created one page as an introduction explaining my goals and purpose for this gratitude journal. I included a current photo of me, and I embellished the spread with the Journal Guide, Interchangeable Stamps, and ephemera and stickers from the Amy Tangerine Journal Studio Collection.

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

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I love that there are so many options and supplies available with the new Journal Studio. I’m excited about customizing my gratitude journal this year–I can’t wait to get started!

Supplies:

The Cinch
Interchangeable Stamps
Alphabet Magnetic Stencils
Planner Punch Board
Tab Punch Board
Supreme Ruler
Craft Knife
Crate Paper Wild Heart Patterned Paper
Amy Tangerine Journal Studio Notebook, Sticker Book, Ephemera
one canoe two Golenrod Puffy Stickers

Throwback Thursday: DIY Traveler’s Notebook

If you have some summer or travel memories that need to be documented and to find a home, here’s a great way to do that! Make your own traveler’s notebook with some office paper, patterned paper, and the Stitch Happy Sewing Machine.

Hello friends, Aly here. 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 the rest of your week friends!

Supplies:

Stitch Happy
Stitch Happy White Thread
Typecast Typewriter
Crate Paper Oasis Collection

Googly Eye Halloween Party Favors with the Circle Spin & Trim

Hello and Happy Friday crafty friends! It’s Aly with you today closing off our Halloween Treat Container Week with a fun and easy idea for making Googly Eye Treat Pockets with the Circle Spin & Trim and the Journal Guide.

Googly Eye Party Favors with the Circle Spin and Trim by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

These DIY Halloween Party Favors are perfect for handing out to trick or treaters, for a class party, or for teachers, friends, and neighbors.

Googly Eye Party with the Circle Spin and Trim by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

You can even include them as part of a Googly Eye Halloween Party! Googly eyes are easy to find in crafts stores, but why not make your own? They’re cheaper that way, and you can totally customize them to fit your project.

Googly Eye Party with the Circle Spin and Trim by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

To make these Halloween Party Favors, start by trimming black solid or semi-patterned paper to 4×6 inches. I used plain black Bazzill Cardstock and some black and white papers from the DCWV Okey Dokey 12×12 Stack. Then follow the Journal Guide instructions to make a photo pocket. Tip: be sure to use strong adhesive to hold your pocket securely together.

We R Memory Keepers Journal Guide

Next, cut several 1-2 inch circles using the Circle Spin & Trim from solid white cardstock. If you’re throwing a Googly Eye Party, cut some larger white circle for bigger eyes.

We R Memory Keepers Circle Spin and Trim

Type up a “punny” sentiment or quote on lavendar cardstock with the Typecast Typewriter, and punch them out with the Clear Cut Tag Punch. Punch a hole in the end for tying.

We R Memory Keepers Typecast and Clear Cut Circle Punch

To make your Googly Eyes, add black enamel dots or small paper circles to the center of the white circles. Vary the placement of the black circles to make the eyes appear to be looking different directions.

Googly Eye Party Favors with the Circle Spin and Trim by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Tie the tag around the top of the treat pockets with black twine. You can add a little adhesive to hold them in place if you’d like.

Googly Eye Party Favors with the Circle Spin and Trim by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Googly Eye Party Favors with the Circle Spin and Trim by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Once your treat pockets are ready, slide in a small individually wrapped piece of candy or chocolate, and watch your recipients smile when you hand them out!

Googly Eye Party Favors with the Circle Spin and Trim by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Googly Eye Party Favors with the Circle Spin and Trim by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Googly Eye Party Favors with the Circle Spin and Trim by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a happy and crafty weekend, and we’ll see you back here next week.

Supplies:

Circle Spin & Trim
Journal Guide
Clear Cut Tag Punch
Typecast Typewriter
Trim and Score Board
DCWV Okey Dokey 12×12 Stack

 

Halloween Cupcake Toppers

Hey there We R friends! It’s Aly here again with some fun Halloween party decor to share with you. I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I’m creating a holiday themed project I just can’t seem to find the right themed supplies that works with what I’ve imagined in my mind. When that happens, I turn to my non-holiday themed supplies and get creative!

Halloween Cupcake Toppers by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

This Halloween season I’ve been inspired by ravens, owls, moths, and other vintage style critter images. I wanted to create something like that for my cupcake toppers, but I didn’t have a Halloween themed stamp that looked anything like that. So, I grabbed my Precision Press Advanced, the CMYK Bird Layered Stamps, some silver, grey, and black ink pads, and went to work!

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The CMYK Stamps are made to work with the CMYK Ink Pads, which is how I usually create with them. But this time, I used a grayscale color scheme instead of the cyan, magenta, yellow and black to create a different look.

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I picked four colors of ink: silver, grey, charcoal and black, and followed the same sequence of stamping as I do with the CMYK Stamps: charcoal first, grey second, silver third, and black last.

We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Advanced

Once I stamped all of my black birds, I used my Detail Scissors to fussy cut the shapes. To dress up my cupcakes, I made some cupcake wrappers with the DIY Party Board and some black marble paper from the Pink Paislee Spellcast collection.

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Then I glued the wrappers together, and glued some black and write striped straw segments to my blackbirds with the USB Power Mini Glue Gun. Hot glue is my go-to adhesive for 3D paper crafts.

We R Memory Keepers USB Power Mini Glue Gun

To finish off my cupcake toppers, I added black seguin stickers for the eyes, and black floss bows I made with the Bow Loom and some black Stitch Happy thread.

We R Memory Keepers Bow Loom

I love the texture that the monochromatic colors and the layered stamps create!

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The toppers together with the black marble cupcake wrappers look pretty cool too!

 

Halloween Cupcake Toppers featuring the Precision Press Advanced by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

If you’re sitting on the fence about the Precision Press Advanced, I highly recommend going for it! I love it. It has totally changed how I feel about stamping, and I’m never going back! Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll “see” you next time.

Supplies:

Precision Press Advanced
CMYK Stamp Set: Bird
DIY Party Board
USB Power Mini Glue Gun
Bow Loom
Detail Scissors