Video Tutorial: DIY Beach Themed Glitter Tumbler with the Spin It

Hello friends! It’s Aly here today with something I think might help get you through your Monday. I’ve been dreaming of heading to the beach for a sunny and relaxing vacay, so when I got my hands on the new Spin It tumbler turner that’s exactly where my creative brain went! I made a custom beach themed tumbler that I can fill with ice and my favorite cold drink, and since it’s insulated it will stay cold for hours.

DIY Beach Themed Glitter Tumbler featuring the Spin It tumbler turner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I started out with a plain stainless steel tumbler that I picked up at Walmart, and looking at the colors of glitter on this tumbler now, I can just imagine lounging in the warm sand next to the gorgeous aqua water full of foamy waves under the clear blue sky. Are you with me?

Full disclosure: I am not a tumbler making expert. This is a totally new craft for me, but I can’t be any more excited than I am to be starting this fun creative journey! These custom beauties make excellent gifts for grandmas, moms, dads, grandpas, grads, bridesmaids, teachers and more. I’ve got crafty plans to make a ton of these this spring to give away!

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There are so many ways to make glitter tumblers and tons of tutorials on YouTube so I did some research, watched several tutorials and planned out my project. I used Sticky Thumb Double Sided Red Craft Tape in two different widths to create the glitter stripes on my tumbler. That’s an easy way to get nice clean lines and to apply the glitter before coating the tumbler with epoxy.

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I also used a clear spray sealer to seal the glitter before adding epoxy. That way the different colors of glitter don’t get spread around and mixed up while adding the coat of epoxy.

Here are a few tips I picked up as I did my research and completed this project:

  • Work with epoxy in a ventilated area. We R Memory Keepers epoxy doesn’t have strong fumes, but it still has a slight smell that you may not want in your craft room or house.
  • READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS FIRST! Epoxy has a limited working time so you want to be sure you know what you’re doing before you mix it up.
  • If you want your glitter colors to really pop and look vibrant, try spray painting the outside of your tumbler white before adding the glitter (which I didn’t do, so my colors are more muted).
  • Super Chunky glitter doesn’t work well with thin stripes–stick with large surface areas if you want to add super chunky glitter. Trust me–I know because I started with one color of super chunky glitter and had to remove and re-do some stripes.
  • For medium glitter, apply one coat of epoxy and allow to cure completely. Then sand with medium grain sandpaper, buff with fine sand paper, wash thoroughly by hand, and then apply a second coat of epoxy.

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So, now that I’ve share some things I learned in my creative process, check out the video tutorial below. Please note: I did not take video of spraying the glitter sealer, or doing the sanding and final layer of epoxy since that part is pretty self explanatory and I already showed how to add the first layer of epoxy. I do mention them in the video so you know when those steps need to happen.

DIY Beach Themed Glitter Tumbler featuring the Spin It tumbler turner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

So there you have it! I hope you’ve enjoyed learning how to make a Beach Themed Glitter Tumbler with the new Spin It collection.

DIY Beach Themed Glitter Tumbler featuring the Spin It tumbler turner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for stopping by, and keep dreaming of the beach until you get to the weekend–you can do it!

Supplies:

Spin It Tumbler Turner
Spin It Glitter
Craft Knife
Sticky Thumb Double Sided Red Craft Tape

DIY Traveler’s Notebook Leather Cover with the Foil Quill

Hello We R fans! It’s Aly here to share a fun and easy DIY Traveler’s Notebook Cover with the amazing new Foil Quill pen and my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine. This summer our family is taking a long trip back east to visit some places where some of our ancestors lived to learn more about them. I’m so excited about this trip and I know it’s going to be so memorable, so I created this traveler’s notebook to record photos, stories and experiences along the way.

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I love that the cover closure includes a pen so I’ll always be ready to write down thoughts or details during our trip. Take a look inside of the cover. The notebook insert is one of the Amy Tangerine Journal Studio inserts, which helped make this project come together quickly and easily.

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The beautiful foil details on the leather cover make this traverler’s notebook really special. It’s the perfect place to record our special family vacation!

DIY Traveler's Notebook Leather Cover by Aly Dosdall featuring the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill

This leather cover is easy to make. Let me show you how I did it with my Silhouette Cameo!

I started with an 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of Turquoise real leather I bought at my local Joann Store. Since I didn’t have an SVG file to cut the closure in my leather, I created a template with an 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet of cardstock and traced it onto the leather. Then I cut out the parts of the closure with my craft knife. If you’re an experienced Cameo user, you could create your own cutting file. The opening for the closure is 1 inch squared, and the top of the slits on the opposite side are 1 inch apart so they fit perfectly inside to 1 inch square.

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Next I added foil accents to my leather cover with the Foil Quill. The back side of real leather will leave fibers and debris on your cutting mat, so I recommend covering the back of your leather piece with a sheet of double sided adhesive. (You can also cover it with masking tape and use a spray adhesive on your mat.) Once I covered the back of the leather, I pealed off the backing and carefully placed it on my mat.

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I used my large bone folder as a brayer to smooth out any bubbles or lumps in the leather to ensure as smooth a foil transfer as possible.

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The original Cameo is not made to handle thick materials like the newer models are, so you need to place your leather on the cutting mat so that the edges don’t go under the white rollers at each end of the roller bar. I placed my leather vertically in the center of my mat and that worked great.

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For this project I used the gorgeous rose gold foil. It comes in a 12×96 inch roll and 4×6 sheets. I like to use foil that contrasts nicely with the material I’m using so the foil stands out. I used artwork from the Paige Evans and Heidi Swapp Design Drives.

**It’s important to mention that practicing on scrap paper ahead of time to insure proper placement of foil on your material and your material on your mat will save you some frustration.**

Here are the settings I used on my Sihouette Cameo for foiling with the Rose Gold foil on real leather:

Foil Quill Pen Size: Standard
Action: Sketch
Material: Leatherette (modified)
Speed: 1
Force: 25

I let my Foil Quill pen heat up for 10 mintues to ensure it was plenty hot. Then I loaded up my mat, hit “send” and watched the magic happen! It turned out amazing!

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Clean up was easy after foiling. All I had to do is pull up my leather with the double sided adhesive sheet, and then pull that off the leather and toss it in the trash. No mess on my mat!

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Next I created the binding for my notebook insert. I used the Book Binding Guide to punch holes in the cover spine. Remove the top of the guide by unscrewing the knobs. Line up the top edge of your leather cover against the top of the guide, placing the center of the spine in the groove on the bottom of the guide. Punch the top two circled holes along the center column with the punch tool.

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Then punch the last two circled holes at the bottom of the spine.

We R Memory Keepers Book Binding Guide

Thread some elastic cording from the inside of the cover to the outside through the top hole, then thread the elastic back into the inside of the cover through the second hole at the top. Thread the cording through the bottom hole and then back into the inside of the cover through the hole just above the bottom hole. Tie both ends in a knot at the bottom of your cover and trim the excess. Here’s what your finished binding will look like. You’ll slip your notebook insert under the longer of the two elastics inside the cover so that it rests in the middle page of your notebook.

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DIY Leather Traveler's Notebook Cover by Aly Dosdall featuring the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill

To close the cover, simply pull the left flap over the notebook first, then the right one overlaps the left. Then pull the loop through the opening on the front, and insert your favorite pen!

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If you’d like more room for notebook inserts, just use a longer piece of leather for the cover and add more elastic binding.

DIY Leather Traveler's Notebook Cover by Aly Dosdall featuring the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill

Thanks for stopping by! If you’ve got Foil Quill projects please share them on Facebook or Instagram and be sure to tag us! Happy foiling friends!

Supplies:

Foil Quill Standard Tip
Rose Gold 12 Inch Foil Roll
Paige Evans Design Drive
Heidi Swapp Design Drive
Amy Tangerine Journal Studio Notebook
Amy Tangerine Journal Pens
Large Bone Folder
Book Binding Guide

 

DIY Journal Pocket Folder

Hello We R fans! Aly Dosdall here to share a project I created with washi tape, one of my go-to craft supplies. I love to use washi tape in my journals and planners because it’s a quick and easy way to embellish my projects without adding bulk.

Recently I created a journal spread and wanted to include a pocket folder for a photo and some journaling, so I used some washi tape to make my own using the pages in my journal.

DIY Washi Tape Folder by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Washi Tape Folder by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Washi Tape Folder by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Normally I can use the Planner Punch Board to add a pocket folder into my planners, but with my journals I take a different approach. First, I pick the washi tape I want to use from my stash. I keep my favorite new washi tape rolls in the Mini Bloom Storage. I keep my favorite roll of washi tape on my new Washi Tape Runner. I love that little thing!

We R Memory Keepers Washi Tape Runner and Mini Bloom Storage

Next, I insert my Mini Magnetic Mat under the page I want to cut to make my pocket and then use the Mini Magnetic Ruler and Craft Knive to cut the page in half at an angle.

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I then cut down the center of the page with my craft knife to remove the top portion of the page.

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I used my Washi Tape Runner to tape the side and bottom of the page I cut and the page behind it together creating a pocket folder!

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To ensure the pocket is full size I used my craft knife to separate the washi tape along the edge.

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Of course, I couldn’t stop there so I embellished my journal spread with some rolls from my favorite new Bright Floral washi tape set.

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I finished off my journal spread with some stickers and ephemera from the Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

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DIY Washi Tape Folder by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

So, are you a washi tape fan? What’s your favorite way to use it for your craft projects?Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy the rest of your week!

Supplies:

Washi Tape Runner
Bright Floral Washi Tape
Journal Studio Felt Travel Workspace
Journal Studio Snap and Zip Pockets
All In One Journal Tool
Amy Tangerine Journal Studio Collection
Amy Tangerine and Jane Davenport Markers
Mini Magnetic Mat
Craft Knife
Mini Bloom Storage

 

 

 

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
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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.

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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!

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

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.

step out 4_gift tags

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