How to Store Your Scrapbook Paper Scraps

Hey there, crafty friends! It’s Aly here today. How’s your new year going so far? If you’re anything like me, storage and organization have been on the brain! I’m trying to get my craft room back into an efficient and organized state for upcoming projects this year. So, today I’m sharing my favorite tip for storing and organizing your scrapbook paper scraps, because let’s face it, we all have them, right?

Paper Scrap Storage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

My favorite way to store my paper scraps is in the Expandable Paper Storage folders, and I organize them by color for cardstock, and by collection for patterned paper.

Paper Scrap Storage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Inside each of the slots, I store the scraps in 12×12 Photo Sleeves so I can easily remove them when creating. I trim off the edge of the photos sleeves that has the holes so they’ll fit into the slots.

We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch and Typecast Typewriter

I created custom tabs by typing the different colors onto white cardstock, and then punching out the text with the Tab Punch. Then I slid the custom tabs into the tab holders on the dividers.

Paper Scrap Storage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I keep my Expandable Paper Storage folders in the cubicles next to my desk so I can access them anytime I’m creating. So far it’s worked really well for me, and I feel like I’m using more of my paper scraps because they’re easy to find.

Paper Scrap Storage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope this idea has inspired you to get your paper scraps organized and stored so you can use them most efficiently. Be sure to come back tomorrow for some more exciting new release announcements!

Supplies:

Expandable Paper Storage
Typecast Typewriter
Tab Punch
12×12 Photo Sleeves

2020 Design Team: Steffi and Aly

Welcome back friends! Today you’ll have the chance to meet our final two design team members, Steffi Ried and Aly Dosdall. Scroll down for some cool facts about these crafters!

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Hello and Welcome! I´m Steffi and I´m sooo happy to be a part of this great Designteam for another year! I like to play with all the differnent tools from WRMK. I learned a lot new techniques and I´m very excited what the new year will bring. Thank you so much! Some words about me …  I live with my family in the south of Germany. In 2012 I started with scrapbooking, when my daughter was born. I searched in the internet for inspiration for a baby album and came across Scrapbooking. I was surprised about all the different techniques and what it is possible to do with paper and tools. I started with mini albums. That is my great passion! I love to create books about our memories. In addition, I also like to make layouts. There I can live out my creative ideas. Beside scrapbooking I also like to make decorations. At home I am also creative together with my daughter. She has the passion of me. I have infected her. That is so beautiful.I also teach Scrapbook Workshops. I like to meet other people who share the same passion for craft and scrapbooking.

Currently…

 Eating? Oh what I like to eat these days? Over the holidays, I ate all kinds of things. But preferably anything with potatoes and pasta.

Watching? I’m a big TV series fan. At the moment I watch all Friends episodes again. This is always done while clearing out the many moving boxes. By the way, we have moved and I am still unpacking boxes. There is no end to that.

Creating? Right now I’m about to put in my new scrapping room. That’s why I haven’t done a lot of creative things in the last few weeks. But I hope that I can finally start the next days again. I miss being very creative.

Listening to? Only music. But the most time movie soundtracks. My fav´s!!

Reading? Since planning our new home, I read a lot of books about interior design. I liked it very much. And in the evening I like to read blog post from some of my favorite bloggers.
Aly Dosdall

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Paper craft expert, Aly Dosdall, loves celebrating and documenting life’s moments! Sharing memory keeping and paper craft projects, tips, and tricks is her passion, whether that’s done through social media, teaching classes, or via television appearances. She has been involved in the scrapbook and paper craft industry for over 18 years. Her work has been featured regularly in print, online, and on the air since 2007. During her career, she has worked as a designer, blogger, teacher, writer, social media marketing manager, and television guest. She currently works as Social Media Marketing Manager and as HSN On Air Guest for We R Memory Keepers and American Crafts. In her free time, she enjoys working out, music, traveling, binge watching Netflix, and living life with her husband and five children in beautiful Utah, USA.

Currently…

Eating? Protein and Veggies, and really trying NOT to eat too many carbs

Watching? Madame Secretary, Black List, This Is Us, Bull

Creating? Traveler’s notebooks, journals, planners, party decor

Listening to? Pentatonix, Phillip Phillips, Rachel Platten

Crushing on? Blush pink and metallic foil

Reading? About to start Becoming Michelle Obama

That’s our entire 2020 Design Team! Thanks for stopping by. Next week we’ll have some exciting news to share about our NEW RELEASES! You won’t want to miss it, so be sure come back.

How to Make a 2020 Planner with the Etch Quill

Hello We R friends! It’s Aly Dosdall here with you again. Now that Christmas is over, I’m excited to start the new year and set some goals. To help keep track of my goals, tasks, and ideas I created a 2020 Planner with some of my favorite We R tools.

2020 Planner with the Etch Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

My favorite part of the “Make It Happen” 2020 Planner is the cover that I made with the Etch Quill and my Silhouette Cameo 3. I used the 4×6 inch acetate sheets that come with the Etch Quill Kit and some art from the Heidi Swapp Foil Quill USB Design Drive. I bound my planner together with The Cinch binding tool. Tip: remember to leave at least a 1/2 inch margin along the left edge for binding.

2020 Planner with the Etch Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I placed a 4×6 piece of dark pink solid cardstock behind the etched plastic sheet to add some contrast for visibility. I also added a strip of patterned paper and a few stickers from the Dear Lizzy New Day collection.

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For the inside pages, I trimmed down some plain lined paper to 4×6 inches, and made some patterned paper dividers with The Works All In One Tool.

2020 Planner with the Etch Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I added some pockets that I made with the Pocket Maker Punch Board to the dividers to hold loose papers and ephemera.

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I punched and bound the covers and all the inside pages with The Cinch binding tool and some new blue Cinch Wire. Then I added a tassel from the Dear Lizzy New Day collection to finish it off.

2020 Planner with the Etch Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I love how my 2020 Planner turned out, and I’m excited to get off to a great start in the new year. Thanks for stopping by, and happy crafting friends!

Supplies:

Etch Quill Kit
The Cinch
Cinch Wire–.625 inch Blues
The Works All In One Tool
Pocket Maker Punch Board

 

 

Ombre Glitter Favor Bags with the Glue Quill

Hello, and Happy Monday friends! Aly Dosdall here to get your week started off with a little sparkle and shine. I know we’re all still totally focused on Christmas, but I just had to share a fun party favor idea for New Year’s Eve using one of my favorite new tools, the Glue Quill along with my Silhouette Cameo 3.

Ombre Glitter New Year's Even Favor Bags with the Glue Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Ombre Glitter New Year's Even Favor Bags with the Glue Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

The Glue Quill is a glue pen attachment for you cutting machine. It doesn’t require power and can fit into your pen holder or blade holder depending on the type of cutting machine you have. I love how the Glue Quill creates a professional quality look on projects using SVG files from the Foil Quill Design Drives or from your own library of files. Check out the step-by-step video tutorial below!

While this project is for New Year’s Eve, you can create this same ombre glitter effect on projects for any theme–birthdays, Christmas, baby or bridal showers, anniversaries, etc.

Ombre Glitter New Year's Even Favor Bags with the Glue Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Simply switch out the artwork for something that fits with your celebration theme, and switch out glitter colors to coordinate. Just remember to choose one light color, one medium, and one dark.

Ombre Glitter New Year's Even Favor Bags with the Glue Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Ombre Glitter New Year's Even Favor Bags with the Glue Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out our YouTube channel for more video tutorials and overviews for all the Quill Kits! Happy crafting!

Supplies:
Glue Quill All In One Kit
Glue Quill Glitter Pack
Clear Cut Punch–2″ Tag
The Works All In One Tool

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill

Hello We R fans! It’s Aly here with you today and I’m extra excited to share this project with you. Have you heard of the new Quill Kits? They work with your electronic cutting machine to do all kinds of cool things to take your craft projects to the next level. Check out how I made a DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill and my Silhouette Cameo 3!DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

December is a fun and super busy month. I find keeping things organized with lists and specific plans helps me to enjoy the season more and stress less. So, I decided to make a special December planner where I can keep track of my shopping, baking, and to do lists.

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I divided my planner into four sections: to buy, to bake, to watch, to do. I included tabbed dividers that I made with patterned paper from the DCWV Inc Christmas Nutcracker paper stack. In between each divider is some blank white paper where I can take notes, write down ideas, record memories, or attach photos. Take a look at each divider inside the planner:

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I created the covers and some of the embellishments with the Singe Quill, some Singe Quill Wood Sheets, Singe Quill ephemera, my Cameo 3, and some artwork from the Holidays USB Design Drive. Here’s how I did it:

Place an 8×8 sheet of Singe Quill Wood in the center of your cutting mat. Be sure to check the clearance on your machine (how thick the material can be to fit in). Move the rollers out of the way, or place the wood sheet on your mat so it doesn’t go under the rollers.

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Prepare your design in your software. Select the Fine or Bold Tip Singe Quill, insert it into the appropriate adapter according to the included instruction booklet. Place your adapter and Singe Quill into your machine following the sketch or draw instructions for your machine.

Send your artwork to the machine and watch the Singe Quill do the work! You won’t be able to see the design that the quill is drawing. It’s applying a clear chemical that we will singe once it’s done.

Once your design is finished, remove your mat, take the wood sheet off the mat and singe the design with the Singe Quill Heat Gun. You can also follow the instructions to singe the wood in the oven.

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I bound the covers, dividers, and paper together with The Cinch binding tool. It went right through the wood covers, no problem. (Tip: be sure to leave about a 1 inch margine on the left side of your covers for binding.) I added these to the four tabbed divider pages, and the blank white paper and then cinched it all together with 1″ gold Cinch Wire.

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Then I used the Singe Quill to write custom words and phrases on some wood ephemera pieces that came in the kit. I wanted to include some of my own handwriting, but you can do this with your cutting machine as well.

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Here’s a closer look at the first tabbed divider:

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I made a coin envelope with The Works All In One Tool. This is where I’ll keep my receipts in case I need to return anything from my Christmas shopping list.

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Here’s a close up of the second tabbed divider:

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Baking is one of our family Christmas traditions, so I’ll keep our favorite recipes handy here in this pocket, and add new ones I collect as well. By the way, I made the folded tabs with The Works All In One Tool.

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It’s so nice to have one tool that I can pull out to make all the things!

Take a look at the third tabbed divider:

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

The last two sections are for recording our favorite holiday movies and activities, and keeping track of which ones we’ve watched or done. I made two check lists with the All In One Journal Guide.

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Then I added them to the last two tabbed dividers along with some Singe Quill ephemera. We’ll write down our favorite holiday movies on one list, and our favorite holiday family activities on the other. Then, as we do them I’ll check them off and we can use the blank white paper to write what we liked/didn’t like about the activities. I can also store photos and stories from our holiday adventures. Here’s tabbed divider number 4:

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I added a few final touches to my planner. The first was a pom pom and tassel planner charm that I made with The Works All In One Tool. I’ve already said it, and I’ll say it again: I LOVE having one tool that can do SO many things. Less mess in my craft room!

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

The other final touches were some water color paint and some glitter that I added with the Glue Quill. I love the bit of holiday color and sparkle these details add!

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I love how it turned out! I think the singed wood covers are super cool, and they were so easy to make with the Singe Quill and my Cameo.

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram feeds for more Quill Kit projects this week. You can find these kits at select Joann Fabric and Craft Stores. Happy holiday crafting!

Supplies:

Singe Quill Kit
Singe Quill Board 8×8
Singe Quill Heat Gun
The Works All In One Tool
The Cinch
All In One Journal Guide

How to Make a Gold Foil Card with the Freestyle Pens

Hello We R fans! It’s Aly Dosdall here today to share a cool and easy technique you can use with the new Freestyle Pens. Some of you may be thinking the same thing I did when I first heard about the Freestyle Pens: I can’t draw and I hate my handwriting, so how can I use the Freestyle Pens?

Well, there are SO many ways to use these pens that don’t require mad lettering or drawing skills. Here’s an easy and very cool way: create a modern gold foil brush stroke background for your handmade cards!

Gold Foil Handmade Card with the Freestyle Pens by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Adding gold foil details to your projects doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated. For this card I used a ruler and the Bold Tip Freestyle Pen to create a modern brush stroke pattern on plain cardstock as the background.

Gold Foil Handmade Card with the Freestyle Pens by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

The process was easy and I love the results. Let me show you how I did it!

Bold Tip Freestyle Pen by We R Memory Keepers

First, I plugged my Bold Tip Freestyle Pen into my USB Battery Pack and let it heat up for 10 minutes. I love that there’s a light on the handle of the pen so I know it’s getting power.

Foil Quill Magnetic Mat by We R Memory Keepers

Next, I prepped my cardstock by trimming it to size and placing it on the Magnetic Mat. The mat isn’t necessary for using the Freestyle Pens, but it sure is handy and saves on tape! I placed a piece of gold foil over the cardstock and secured it with two of the magnetic strips that come with the mat.

Gold Foil Handmade Card with the Freestyle Pens by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Then I placed my small magnetic ruler over the foil and started drawing rows of brush strokes across the cardstock. The cool thing about a brush stroke pattern is that it isn’t meant to be perfect or completely straight. The imperfections are what make it look modern and stylish, so that’s perfect for a freestyle pen, right? I just used the ruler to keep my lines somewhat uniform and separated.

Gold Foil Handmade Card with the Freestyle Pens by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I covered the entire piece of cardstock with brush strokes, and it only took me a few minutes. It turned out to be a cool, modern and stand-out background for this birthday card!

Gold Foil Handmade Card with the Freestyle Pens by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

To complete the card I added a strip of patterned paper and some die cut ephemera pieces from the Dear Lizzy New Day collection. Then I added a few gold sequins to tie in the gold background.

Gold Foil Handmade Card with the Freestyle Pens by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for stopping by today! If you’d like more project ideas and tutorials for the Freestyle Pens, be sure to check out our YouTube channel, Facebook page, or Instagram feed. Have fun creating!

Supplies:
Bold Tip Freestyle Pen
Gold Foil 4×6 sheets
American Crafts Cardstock
Dear Lizzy New Day collection

 

October Journal Dashboard

Hello and happy Friday! Aly Dosdall back again. My crafting style is usually pretty clean and graphic, but recently I’ve decided to play around with some fun mixed media techniques and broaden my crafty horizons a bit. The new Impressed Stamping Daubers and Dauber Bottle were the perfect way to delve into some mixed media fun, and I used them to create my October journal dasboard. Check it out!

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I include photos in my journal, so I really wanted to highlight these photos of the leaves starting to change in our yard as this is what the beginning of October represents where I live.

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I used some simple and fun techniques with the stamping daubers to get this colorful look on my dashboard, and I’ll show you how!

I started by cutting out some fall leaf shapes from a scrap of vinyl with my Evolution. I used those as masks on my dashboard, and spread them around the layout in a visual triangle.

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Then I used the Standard tip Freestyle Pen and some copper Foil Quill foil to write my title. While my handwriting skills are lacking, I feel it’s important to include some of my handwriting in my journal since it’s a part of who I am!

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Next, I choose some of my favorite fall colors that coordinate with the colors in my photos. I used the daubers to apply the ink to the back of an acrylic stamping block. I filled the dauber bottle with water, and then daubed some water on the block next to the ink, being careful not to get ink on the dauber bottle. I used my stamping dauber to mix the two together to get a watercolor consistency from the ink.

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Then I applied the ink to my dashboard in horizontal strokes, using my stamping dauber as a brush. I paid extra attention to the fall leaf masks to make sure the ink surrounded the shapes competely.

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Once the ink dried, I used the Precision Press Pattern Stamps and Stamping Block to stamp in a white color over the ink to add some dimension and layers to the dashboard. Then I removed the vinyl masks, and look how cool it turned out!

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I added a copper foil outline inside the fall leaf shapes using the metal die I had cut the vinyl with as a template. I first placed the die over the leaf shape and used at piece of washi tape at the very top to secure the die. Then I lifted it up and slid the foil underneath. Then I traced around the inside of the die.

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I finished off my dashboard by adding a few embellishments and a tab to mark where October starts in my journal. The Staple Board made it easy to add the tab to my page.

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I love how my dashboard turned out! Mixed media is a step outside of my comfort zone, but with the Impressed Stamping Daubers is was fun and easy to create this colorful dashboard!

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Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your weekend and happy crafting!

Supplies:

Amy Tangerine Journal Studio Insert
Impressed Stamping Daubers
Impressed Dauber Bottle
Foil Quill Freestyle Pen–Standard
Foil Quill Foil–Copper
Evolution
Staple Board
Precision Press Pattern Stamping Block
Acrylic Stamping Blocks

Fall Cider Bar with the Foil Quill Freestyle Pens

Hey guys, Aly Dosdall here. Fall is on the way, and before you know it, it will be sweater weather! One of my favorite fall traditions is apple cider. I have a hot cup almost every night during the cold weather (sugar free, of course). I’m so inpsired by my love for cider, that I decided to create this fun idea for a fall get-together–an apple cider bar!

Apple Cider Bar with the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quil Freestyle Pens and the DCWV Inc Cider Woods paper stack. Supplies for this project are available at Joann Stores.

Throw this together after an evening at the corn maze or pumpkin patch, and enjoy some yummy warm drinks and fall snacks! This project features the Foil Quill Freestyle Pens, and I love the sparkle the foil adds to this pretty fall scene.

Apple Cider Bar with the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quil Freestyle Pens and the DCWV Inc Cider Woods paper stack. Supplies for this project are available at Joann Stores.

For the fall leaf backdrop, I cut out some leaf shapes with my Silhouette Cameo 3. I used some shapes from the Foil Quill USB Drives, and others from my personal library of SVG files.

Apple Cider Bar with the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quil Freestyle Pens and the DCWV Inc Cider Woods paper stack. Supplies for this project are available at Joann Stores.

The focal piece of this party decor is the banner, which I created with the Banner Punch Board, some black smooth cardstock, the Alphabet Punch Board and papers from the DCWV Inc Cider Woods stack, available at Joann Stores. To add foil to the banner, I used a metal magnetic ruler, magnetic mat, and the Calligraphy Tip Freestyle Pen to get the wide lines.

Apple Cider Bar with the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quil Freestyle Pens and the DCWV Inc Cider Woods paper stack. Supplies for this project are available at Joann Stores.

I also made some bottle tags for the apple cider! I love the copper foil with the cider–it looks so warm and inviting.

Apple Cider Bar with the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quil Freestyle Pens and the DCWV Inc Cider Woods paper stack. Supplies for this project are available at Joann Stores.Apple Cider Bar with the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quil Freestyle Pens and the DCWV Inc Cider Woods paper stack. Supplies for this project are available at Joann Stores.

I handwrote these tags, and then punched them out with the bracket Clear Cut Punch. If you have great handwriting, it looks pretty cool, but even if you don’t love your handwriting, it’s a wonderful way to add a personal touch to your projects–your own writing in foil! So cool!

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Here’s how I made the bottle tags–super easy! I cut 3×7 inch blocks of patterned paper, rounded the corners with the 3 Way Corner Rounder, scored them in half, and then punched a 2 inch hole in the center of one half. (You can save the leftover 2 inch circles for another project.)

Apple Cider Bar with the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quil Freestyle Pens and the DCWV Inc Cider Woods paper stack. Supplies for this project are available at Joann Stores.

To make the cinnamon streusel muffin topper I used one of the Heatwave Stencils, and punched the letters out with the Tag Clear Cut Punch.

Apple Cider Bar with the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quil Freestyle Pens and the DCWV Inc Cider Woods paper stack. Supplies for this project are available at Joann Stores.

Again, I used the Calligraphy Tip Pen to fill in the letters from my Heatwave Stencil. This would also make a great cake or cupcake topper!

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Then I made some embellishments for the cups holding the cider mix-ins: one cup of caramels (drop them in and let them melt, then stir) and one cup of cinnamon sticks (place them in and stir, then let them sit).

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The technique for making these is one of my favorites to use with the Freestyle Pens! I printed the fall images on thin copy paper and then placed the printed images over the foil, which was over my cardstock. The foil transfers beautifully even with the copy paper on top. You can also use vellum or tracing paper. Then I punched out the foiled designs.

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The images I used are PNG files from the Holiday Foil Quill USB Drive. Each USB drive has both SVG and PNG files, and you can open the PNG files in a word document and print them for tracing!

I love how the Freestyle Pens add such a special touch to my fall project. I can’t wait to use them for holiday projects too!

Apple Cider Bar with the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quil Freestyle Pens and the DCWV Inc Cider Woods paper stack. Supplies for this project are available at Joann Stores.

Thanks for stopping by, and happy fall crafting!

Supplies:

Foil Quill Freestyle Pens
Foil Quill Holiday USB Drive
Banner Punch Board
Alphabet Punch Board
Clear Cut Punches
Mini Magnetic Cutting Mat and Ruler
Trim and Score Board
3 Way Corner Rounder
DIY Party Board
Heatwave Stencils

Back to School Party with the Foil Quill

Hello We R friends, it’s Aly here today! Can you believe it’s “back to school” season already? I’m totally not ready for my kids to go back to school, so I thought a fun Back to School Party might help us all get excited for the new school year!

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Since I really want this celebration to be special, I pulled out my Foil Quill Pens and Foil to add some sparkle and shine. The Holiday USB Design Drive has some fun school themed art so I started there and added a few things from my own library of SVG files.

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I love combining foiling with cutting because it makes my projects go much more quickly. Using my Silhouette Cameo 3, here’s how I foiled two colors and die cut the cupcake wrappers:

  1. Heat up your Foil Quill. Open your cut files and your foiling files and arrange them at the bottom end of the mat on your screen.
  2. Using the Line Style tool create different color lines for each color of foil, and for the cut files as well.
  3. Click “SEND” and then “Line” at the top right of your screen. Insert your Foil Quill in the tool holder with the blue circle and make sure your blade is in the tool holder with the red circle.
  4. Check the box for the first color of foil, adjust your settings for your material. Be sure the blue tool holder is selected (the small circle on the right) and load the mat in the machine with the material and foil placed at the bottom end of your mat. Click “SEND”.screenshot 1
  5. When the foiling is finished, the machine will move the mat most of the way out of the machine. Do not unload the mat! Carefully peel off the foil, and then add the second color of foil while the mat is still loaded in the machine.
  6. Unselect the box for the first color of foil, and select the box for the second foil color. Adjust the settings. Be sure the blue tool holder is selected. Click “SEND”.screenshot 2
  7. As before, do not unload the mat when the machine is done foiling the second color. Carefully remove the foil.
  8. Unselect the box for the second color of foil, and select the box for the cut files. Be sure the red tool holder is selected (on the left) and click “SEND”.screenshot 3
  9. Assemble the cupcake wraps with hot glue or strong double sided craft tape

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For the cupcake wrappers I used the Foil Quill to add the sentiment. Then for the paper airplane toppers I used it to create a patterned background on my cardstock, trimmed several 3×3 inch squares, and then used the Mini Score Board to help fold the mini paper airplanes.

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To make the framed art, I used one of the designs from the Holiday USB drive as a cut file on white vinyl, and then adhered it to the 9×13 Crate Paper Magnet Studio chalkboard frame. The Large Bone Folder help to smooth out the vinyl nicely. I foiled the apple design from the Holiday USB drive on red vinyl, cut a circle around it and then adhered it to the chalkboard. I love the result!

We R Memory Keepers Large Bone Folder

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To make the banner, I used the apple design again but created a repeating pattern with it to make my own foiled patterned paper! So cool!

Foil Quill Back to School Party by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers 6

The new 12 x 12 Foil Sheets came in really handy for this job. I just placed them over my cardstock, foiled the entire thing, and then used my Banner Punch Board to make the banners.

We R Memory Keepers 12x12 inch Foil Quill Foil Sheets

We R Memory Keepers Banner Punch Board

Foil Quill Back to School Party by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers 2

I hope these Foil Quill Back to School Party Ideas have inspired you to get out your Foil Quill and start creating. Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:

Foil Quill Standard Tip Pen
Foil Quill Fine Tip Pen
12 x 12 Inch Foil Sheets
Mini Score Board
Large Bone Folder
Banner Punch Board
American Crafts Cardstock
Crate Paper Magnet Studio Frame

 

DIY Patriotic Decor with the Foil Quill

Hey there We R friends, it’s Aly here again! Happy Wednesday, and welcome to the blog. Tomorrow is Independence Day for us here in the U.S., and I’ve got a festive patriotic DIY decor idea to share with you featuring the Foil Quill.

DIY Patriotic Decor with the Foil Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Patriotic Decor with the Foil Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

The focal point of my patriotic decor is this vinyl sign that I made with the Foil Quill and the Crate Paper Magnet Studio 10×14 frame.

Foiled Vinyl Patriotic Sign with the Foil Quill by We R Memory Keepers

The design file comes from the We R Holiday USB Drive, which has 200 SVG files perfect for cutting or foiling for any holiday during the year.

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I started by opening the design in my software and resizing it to fit my frame. Then I created a simple circle pattern to foil over the vinyl before cutting it out. Watch the video below to see how I was able to foil and cut this project with my Silhouette Cameo 3.

Once I completed my foiled vinyl design and added it to my frame, I wanted to create a few more DIY decor items to accompany it. First, I used the Tassel Loom to make what I call a Waterfall Tassel Garland. I simply made my 6 inch tassels, and then used a yarn needle to string them all together and hang them.

Waterfall Tassel Garland by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Next, I made a couple of mini garlands with some gold glitter paper and a gold mylar sheet. I used my circle and star Mini Clear Cut Punches (1 inch) to make them.

Mini Gold Paper Garlands by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I love using them to punch out lots of shapes from my paper scraps because I can move them anywhere on my paper to punch, which means I can use EVERY INCH of my paper scraps. So satisfying, right?!?

We R Memory Keepers Mini Clear Cut Punch--Star

We R Memory Keepers Mini Clear Cut Punch--Circle

I threw in a flag and a plant decorated with blue striped washi tape to complete my patriotic vignette, and I love how it turned out!

DIY Patriotic Decor by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Foil Vinyl Patriotic Sign with the Foil Quill by We R Memory Keepers

 

DIY Patriotic Decor with the Foil Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for stopping by today, and Happy Independence Day to all of our friends in the USA!

Supplies:

Foil Quill Standard Tip
Foil Quill Gold Foil
Holiday USB Design Drive
Red Vinyl
Tassel Loom
Mini Clear Cut Punch–Star
Mini Clear Cut Punch–Circle
Gold Stitch Happy Thread
3-in-1 Weeding Tool
Large Bone Folder
Crate Paper Magnet Studio–10×14 Frame