Throwback Thursday: DIY Matchbook Mini Album for Halloween

For today’s Throwback Thursday, we’re sharing one of our most popular Halloween projects from 2015. Read below to learn how to make your own Halloween Matchbook Mini Album.

 

Hey there crafty friends! It’s Aly here again to share a fun and easy DIY Halloween Mini Album with you using some of my favorite new We R tools, along with some old stand-bys. We’ve created a tradition at our house of trying on our Halloween costumes a few days before the big day to see how they look, and so I get a chance to take some good photos in full light and under ideal circumstances. This has been such a stress reliever! Now I can enjoy the festivities on Halloween night just as much as everyone else without worrying about getting the perfect photos before it’s all over.

I just took some photos of my youngest daughter all dressed up as Mavis from Hotel Transylvania, and decided to make a simple matchbook mini album to display them using the Template Studio and some black glitter Designer Poster Board as my base.

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

To create this 3×4 inch album I cut a 3″ x 9″ strip from a piece of black glitter Designer Poster Board using the Template Studio. Poster board makes a great mini album base since it’s sturdier than cardstock, but not quite as stiff as some chipboard can be.

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Then I used my Trim and Score Board to score lines at 3 5/8″, 3 3/4″, 7 3/4″ and 7 7/8″. You can trim a bit of extra off the left end if you’d like to leave more room to see your photos once the album’s assembled.

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To create the inside pages for the album, I trimmed five pieces of black glitter Designer Poster Board to 2 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ so they’re slightly smaller than the cover. Next, I rounded the corners of my cover and inside pages with my 1/4″ Corner Chomper, and then punched 1/8″ holes in the bottom of the inside pages, and in the bottom front flap of the cover with my Crop-A-Dile.

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I added my 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ photos to the inside pages using adhesive dots. They stick well to the glitter on the poster board. ( I added my photos after punching the holes, but I recommend adding them before you punch the holes so you don’t have to punch twice.) I used some Dear Lizzy roller stamps to add journaling, and then die cut the stamped phrases to create labels for each photo. Then I added a few gold Sequin Stickers to finish off my album pages.

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I place brads into the holes of the bottom front flap, and then into the holes of the inside pages to bind the album. Since the brads don’t go through the back of the album, the prongs are hidden, keeping the album neat and tidy. Finally, I embellished the front of the album with some shapes that I die cut with my Evolution Advanced from some of the new DIY Party Double Sided Paper Pad. I added a few black Sequin Stickers, and stamped the date as my title with a Heidi Swapp roller stamp.

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This little matchbook mini is easy to make and oh-so-fun! It perfect for showcasing Halloween, birthday, or holiday photos. It would make a great gift album as well.

Supplies:

Decorative Poster Board (black glitter)
Template Studio Starter Kit
Trim and Score Board
Corner Chomper
Crop-A-Dile
Evolution Advanced
Bat and Moon Punch Die
Albums Made Easy Dies–Instagram, Banners
Sequin Stickers–Black, Gold
Roller Stamps–Dear Lizzy, Heidi Swapp
Sticky Thumb Adhesive
black ink pad
brads
foam squares

Card Week: Clear Cut Punch Halloween Card

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo Sleeve Fuse by We R Memory Keepers

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

Stitch Happy Sewing Machine by We R Memory Keepers

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

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

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

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

Supplies:

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

Fall Party Favors

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

Fall Favor Boxes by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Fall Favor Boxes by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

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

Fall Favor Boxes by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Fall Favor Boxes by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Fall Favor Boxes by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

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

Dial Trimmer by We R Memory Keepers

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

123 Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

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

Tie Box by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

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

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

Fall Favor Boxes by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

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

Fall Favor Boxes by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

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

Fall Favor Boxes by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Fall Favor Boxes by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

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

Fall Favor Boxes by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

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

Supplies:

123 Punch Board
Dial Trimmer
Crop-A-Dile

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

Dial Trimmer Project Inspiration

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

Dial Trimmer from We R Memory Keepers

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

Dial Trimmer by We R Memory Keepers

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

Dial Trimmer by We R Memory Keepers

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

Throwback Thursday: Typecast Gratitude Journal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thanks for joining me today!

~Aly

Supplies:

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

 

Coin Envelope Planner Insert

Hello friends! Aly here with you again to share a cute and easy way to store items in your planner. Using the 123 Punch Board I made a coin style envelope to hold my planner accessories, and then I punched it with the Planner Punch Board to fit into my small Heidi Swapp Memory Planner. I used some beautiful paper and embellishments from the new Heart of Home collection by Jen Hadfield for Pebbles Inc.

Coin Envelope Planner Insert by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

This envelope is perfect for storing embellishments, photos, receipts or other ephemera, and I love how easy it was to make with these punch boards. Honestly, I’m not sure what I did before punch boards! Ha!

Coin Envelope Planner Insert by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Coin Envelope Planner Insert by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

To make the coin envelope, I followed the instructions on the 123 Punch Board to make a 4 x 5 1/2 inch envelope. I love that the instructions for envelopes, boxes, and bows are printed on the board. So handy!

123 Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

I cut my paper to 8×8 inches, and then lined it up on the board at 3 1/2 inches. Then I followed the instructions to punch and score on all four sides of my paper.

123 Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

123 Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

There’s no need to round the corners for this envelope. Instead, I pulled out my Trim and Score Board and trimmed 7/8 inch off the top, bottom, and one side of the envelope.

Trim and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

To assemble the envelope, I added some Sticky Thumb Red Double Sided Tape to the side that I trimmed, and then folded up the bottom flap first, then the untrimmed side, and lastly the trimmed side.

Sticky Thumb Red Double Sided Tape

In order to keep the envelope 4 inches wide for photos, I added a 1 x 5 1/2 inch strip of cardstock for punching with the Planner Punch Board.

Coin Envelope Planner Insert by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Coin Envelope Planner Insert by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I added a strip of washi tape to the front and back of the strip for added support for the punched holes and as an embellishment.

Coin Envelope Planner Insert by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Coin Envelope Planner Insert by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Next, I added a button and string closure to the envelope. I used leftover ones from some Typecast treat bags, but you can easily make your own with a 1/2 inch hole punch, some brads (or eyelets), and some twine.

Coin Envelope Planner Insert by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Finally, I added some embellishments from the Heart of Home collection on the front and back of the envelope.

Coin Envelope Planner Insert by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Coin Envelope Planner Insert by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I added it to my planner and filled it with some stickers, tags, die cuts, and other embellishments for my planner.

Coin Envelope Planner Insert by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Coin Envelope Planner Insert by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I hope this Coin Envelope Planner Insert has inspired you to experiment with punch boards in your planner. Thanks for stopping by today. Happy planning!

Supplies:

Planner Punch Board
123 Punch Board
Trim and Score Board
Crop-A-Dile
Stitch Happy Metallic Thread
Heart of Home Collection by Jen Hadfield for Pebbles Inc.

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