Back to School Project Roundup

Happy Friday We R fans! Thanks for joining us this week for Back to School Week. We hope you’ve enjoyed our the inspiration from our design team so far.

Today we’re finishing things off with a roundup of school-themed projects featuring some of your favorite We R tools. Enjoy!

Teacher Goodie Bags

Start off on the right foot with your child’s teacher by bringing some DIY goodie bags made with the Goodie Bag Guide and the Oh Goodie Collection. CLICK HERE for more photos and details.

Teacher Goodie Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Goodie Bag Guide and Oh Goodie Collection

Back to School Planner Pocket Page

We love this school-themed planner pocket page! What a genius idea to add pencil shavings with the Photo Sleeve Fuse! Check out the original post HERE on our blog.

Back to School Planner Pocket Page with the Photo Sleeve Fuse

DIY Tabbed Notebooks

The Planner Punch Board and the Tab Punch Board are the perfect back-to-school companions to help keep your busy life organized! CLICK HERE to see more project inspiration on our blog using these essential organization tools.

DIY Tabbed Notebook with the Planner and Tab Punch Boards

Teacher Appreciation Banner

Create quick and easy teacher appreciation decor with the Alphabet Punch Board, the Banner Punch Board, and other We R tools. Get the how-to on the blog HERE.

Teacher Appreciation Decor featuring We R Memory Keepers crafting tools

Teacher Gift Box

Let your teacher know how special she is with an interactive gift box full of classroom essentials. It’s easy to make one with the Template Studio and the Alphabet Punch Board! Full instructions can be found on our blog HERE.

Teacher Gift Box with the Template Studio and the Alphabet Punch Board

Owl Teacher Gift Bag

This cutie is one of our most popular back-to-school blog project! CLICK HERE to find out how to make one for your child’s teacher using the Gift Bag Punch Board.

Owl Teacher Gift Bag with the Gift Bag Punch Board

Framed Classroom Art

Help teacher get her classroom looking A+ with a piece of DIY framed art. Learn how to make one with the DIY Party Collection on the blog HERE.

Framed Classroom Art with the DIY Party Collection from We R Memory Keepers

Thanks so much for joining us today! We hope your first day of school is awesome. Happy crafting, and enjoy your weekend friends!

DIY Perforated Notepads for Teacher

Hello there friends! It’s Aly here today sharing a quick and easy gift idea for your child’s new teacher this year.  Since my daughter spends so much time at school, and her teacher works so hard, I like to let her teacher know how much I appreciate everything she does at the start of the school year. Check out how I made these DIY Perforated Notepads with my new Dial Trimmer.

To create these teacher notepads, I had to cut several sheets of paper to size, score the covers, and perforate the pages inside. I was able to do all of this with just one tool. So easy!

The Staple Board made it easy to bind the notepad pages together with the covers. I love the copper staples–so chunky and pretty!

To make these back-to-school teacher gifts, I started by trimming the covers to 3×12 inch strips using my Dial Trimmer. That will make (3×6 inch notepads.) All I had to do was align my paper in the guide, turn the dial to the straight blade, then pull it down.

Then I rotated the dial to the scoring blade, and scored the covers at 6 inches and 6 7/8 inches.

I folded the 6 inch score line so that my cover pattern was on the outside, then I folded the 6 7/8 inch score line the opposite direction. This is what the cover should look like after scoring and folding:

Next I trimmed some lined paper to 3×5 7/8 inches (to make sure the bottom edges of the lined paper don’t peek out passed the edges of the cover). I perforated the top of each one at 7/8 inch–it was easy to turn the dial and do with the same tool! Yes!

After perforating the lines pages, I assembled the notepads.

I used the Staple Board to bind the covers and pages. I recommend using thin text weight paper inside. Depending on the thickness of your paper, you can staple between 7-10 pages inside your cardstock cover with the large staples. Test out how many you can do with scraps of the paper you will be using.

Use the guides on the board to align your staple perfectly, and then press down on a hard stable surface using your bodyweight to help.

Once I stapled the notepads, I added a few embellishments from the Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams collection to the front to match the covers from the same collection. I chose sentiments that I hope will inspire the teacher.

I love that you can pull each page out if needed. I love the perforating feature of the Dial Trimmer–so many possibilities!

This project is a great teacher gift, but would also be perfect for your student, friends, neighbors, or coworkers. Everyone can always use another notebook. Especially when it’s handmade with love.

This project took minutes with my new Dial Trimmer, and I hope my daughter’s second grade teacher enjoys them and will put them to good use. Thanks for joining me, and happy back-to-school crafting friends!


Dial Trimmer
Staple Board
Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams Collection

Lunch Box Notes with the Typecast Typewriter

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today with some fun lunchbox notes! While my soon-to-be middle schooler assures me that he still loves getting notes from me in his lunchbox, I thought I would add a little bit of fun and silliness, instead of so much mushy-stuff. He has long been a fan of jokes, so I thought making lunchbox notes with jokes would be perfect!

Lunchbox Notes with the Typecast Typewriter by Kimberly Wilkinson for We R Memory Keepers


To create the jokes, I grabbed a joke book and used the internet to find the best ones, or at least jokes he has not already told me a thousand times! The Typecast Typewriter was going to be the perfect way to write up these jokes!

Lunchbox Notes with the Typecast Typewriter by Kimberly Wilkinson for We R Memory Keepers


Typecast 8.5×11” paper was scrolled into my Typecast. I began typing each joke, leaving space between the start and the punchline. Some jokes I left all together in one grouping.

Lunchbox Notes with the Typecast Typewriter by Kimberly Wilkinson for We R Memory Keepers



Once all my jokes were typed up, I used small rectangular dies to cut the jokes out. A shaped punch would work well too.


I cut and scored my card stock bases with the Trim & Score Board.

Lunchbox Notes with the Typecast Typewriter by Kimberly Wilkinson for We R Memory Keepers

The size of my cards was determined by my 1-2-3Punchboard. Why? Because I knew I wanted to create envelopes. The smallest size envelopes available were for cards measuring 2×3.5” , which was the perfect size for a small lunchbox note!

Lunchbox Notes with the Typecast Typewriter by Kimberly Wilkinson for We R Memory Keepers

I created each of the envelopes with the same patterned paper I used to decorate each card, Crate Paper’s Cute Girl 6×6 Paper Pad.

Lunchbox Notes with the Typecast Typewriter by Kimberly Wilkinson for We R Memory Keepers

Why did the boy eat his homework? Because his teacher said it was a piece of cake!

Lunchbox Notes with the Typecast Typewriter by Kimberly Wilkinson for We R Memory Keepers

These notes will brighten any child’s day! What kind of lunchbox notes do you like put in your child’s lunch?


We R Memory Keepers

Crate Paper


Other joke answers:

Why don’t sharks ever catch colds? Because they always get plenty of vitamin SEA!

What’s smarter than a talking cat? A SPELLING bee!

What do you call an alligator in a vest? An investigator!


Backpack Charms with the Photo Sleeve Fuse

 Hey there We R Memory Keepers friends and fans, Becki here. Sadly, summer is winding down which means the first day of school is right around the corner. While I hate to see Summer come to an end. I LOVE back to school time. I love the beginning of a new school year with a new schedule, new supplies, and a new routine. As a mom of three, it’s also a busy time of year. This year, I’ve made it a point to prepare early! I’ve even finished school shopping for one of my kids! I’ve also started on some crafty school projects too. I love it when I can use my crafty supplies to create fun things for my kids.

Photo Sleeve Fuse Backpack Charms by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

These adorable backpack charms are SO easy to make with a few tools from We R Memory Keepers. I put my Photo Sleeve Fuse tool, the Mini Alphabet Punch Board and my trusty old Crop-a-dile to work when I created these charms.

Photo Sleeve Fuse Backpack Charms by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

The charms are made out of Fuse Instax waterfall sleeves. I did trim them down slightly after I fused the edges closed.

Photo Sleeve Fuse Backpack Charms by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Each charm has a small piece of patterned paper, a few stickers, sequins, and my child’s initials cut out of patterned paper with the Mini Alphabet Punch Board.

The patterned paper and stickers that I used for this project are from the Lovely Day collection by American Crafts and Dear Lizzy. I love how the layered stickers look in those cute little shaker pockets.

Photo Sleeve Fuse Backpack Charms by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

I chose to punch holes in the corner of the backpack charms with the small punch on the crop-a-dile so that none of the sequins would fall out of the punched hole.

I can’t wait to tie these little charms onto my kids backpacks as they head out the door to start a brand new school year. I’m curious, what crafty back to school projects do you have planned. I’d love to hear about them!

Thank you for stopping by the We R Memory Keepers blog. I’ll see you again soon.



Instax Waterfall Sleeves
Mini Alphabet Punch Board
Photo Sleeve Fuse

Classroom Decor Ideas

Hello friends! Eva Pizarro here today sharing some quick and easy projects to decorate your classroom or your little one’s area.

Classroom Decor by Eva Pizarro 1

My little one loves to read, he can stay in his room staring at his books for half an hour! A few months ago I build him some shelves for his books and now that I have added some color he loves his area even more.

To make the banner I used the lovely wood pattern paper from the Honey I’m Home collection.  I cut four 4×6 inch rectangles and used my Banner Punch Board to make flags. I did the same with some white cardstock and layered it behind.

Classroom Decor by Eva Pizarro 2

To make the letters I used my Alphabet Punch Board  and the 3×5 paper pad.  I chose basic colors: red, yellow, green and blue.

To make the letters follow the instructions on the booklet or download the free App!

Classroom Decor by Eva Pizarro 3

Put together your banner by attaching your letters with some 3d dots.

Classroom Decor by Eva Pizarro 4

Hang your banner with some twine. For some extra pops of color use your Garland Punch and rainbow colored cardtosck to make a quick festoon. I cut 2 shapes of each color to make the garland longer.

Classroom Decor by Eva Pizarro 5

I also created this other project using basically the same colors and tools. It is a birthday chart and you can use it for your classroom (if you are a teacher) or your church or maybe for your home if you have a big family!

Classroom Decor by Eva Pizarro 6

Cut some letters in rainbow colors using your Alphabet Punch Board

Classroom Decor by Eva Pizarro 7

Use your Link Punch to hang pictures for every month (I just used random pictures here ).

Classroom Decor by Eva Pizarro 8

Use your Ruler Studio Frames to embellish some of your pictures and attach the letter to your 9 inch Ruler Studio.

Classroom Decor by Eva Pizarro 9

Hang your Birthday Chart using the Hanging Clips and enjoy! My little one loved this Chart, he keeps looking at the pictures searching for his mom and dad! I am sure your kids will love it too!

Classroom Decor by Eva Pizarro 10

Have a great week! Eva



Ruler Studio 9 in Folded Ruler
Ruler Studio Hanging Clips
Ruler Studio Cardstock Frames
DIY Party Garland Punch
Banner Punch Board
Honey I’m Home – Lights Out Patterned Paper
Alphabet Punch Board
3×5 Paper Pad (Basics)



Typecast Teacher Gift

Amid all the excitement about our new release, the Typecast typewriter and paper collection, our in house design team has been busy coming up with some project inspiration to share with you. Since this week is Back-to-School week, check out this easy Typecast Teacher Gift idea!


Using our new typewriter to create a label and personalized note for this sweet gift adds a very cool and appropriately school-themed touch. Plus, if you prefer the look of printed text instead of handwriting it’s so much easier to add text to tags and labels with a typewriter than a computer + printer.


To make one of these darling gifts for your child’s teacher, follow these simple instructions:

  • Type teacher’s name on gold foil label. Add label to treat bag.
  • Fill treat bag with pencils.
  • Type a note to the teacher on a gold foil tag.
  • Stack notebook, treat bag with pencils, and note. Tie in place using pink ribbon.


Your child’s teacher will love this gift–what teacher couldn’t use a notebook and some extra pencils? Plus, the typewriting adds such a cool retro look to this project!



We R Memory Keepers Typecast Typewriter (#310296)

We R Memory Keepers Typecast Notebook (#310326)

We R Memory Keepers Typecast Treat Bags (#310317)

We R Memory Keepers Typecast Labels (#310285)

We R Memory Keepers Typecast Tags (#310307)

Designer Desktop Essentials Pencils (#370837)

Designer Desktop Essentials Pencils (#370838)

Pink ribbon



First Day of School Layout

Hello, Samantha on the blog today. My kids went back to school at the end of August, so I have lots of first day photos to scrap. For today’s post, I thought I’d create a First Day Layout using the Banner Punch Board and Wildflower paper.

First Day of School layout by designer Samantha Taylor featuring the We R Memory Keepers Wildflower collection and Banner Punch Board. #wermemorykeepers #bannerpunchboard

Wildflower might not be the first paper collection you think of for a back to school layout (especially one for boys), but I’ve been surprised to find how versatile this collection is and how easy it is to use for any occasion. I decided to create a background from banner pieces created with the Banner Punch Board. I wanted the banners to be 4” wide. You can see in the photo below, that a 4” wide banner will be 5 ½ “ long. I created 12 banners with the Banner Punch Board and fit them together like (very simple) puzzle pieces to create the background.

First Day Layout Using the Banner Punch Board By Samantha Taylor 2

A background built from so many different pieces of patterned paper can be a bit busy, so to keep the focus on the photo I clustered all of my embellishments and did all of my detail work directly around the photo. I started by adding some silver foil accents with the Heat Wave Pen. I used the Heat Wave Sans Serif Stencil to add the school year, and I used a ruler to create a silver outline around the piece of patterned paper layered under my photo.

First Day Layout Using the Banner Punch Board By Samantha Taylor 3

I like to keep everything in place when I’m using the Heat Wave by adding a little washi tape to 1 or 2 of the edges of my foil and paper.

First Day Layout Using the Banner Punch Board By Samantha Taylor 4

I created a cluster of tags and ephemera from the Wildflower Tags, the new DIY Party Tag Punch, and some Clearly Posh embellishments.

First Day Layout Using the Banner Punch Board By Samantha Taylor 5

See through embellishments can be tricky to adhere to your page without the adhesive showing. I’ve had great success using Sticky Thumb Multi Purpose Liquid Glue. I just pipe a thin layer on behind any printing on the clear embellishment. Here, I just piped on lines of glue behind the silver lines on the heart.

First Day Layout Using the Banner Punch Board By Samantha Taylor 6

I had so much fun creating this back to school first day layout using the banner punch board and a few other We R Memory Keepers tools. Using Wildflower definitely added a non-traditional twist! Have you ever used the banner punch board to create a background for a layout or a card? I’d love to hear about what you’ve created with it!




Banner Punch Board
Wildflower Stargazing
Wildflower Indigo
Wildflower Botanical
Wildflower Paper Ledger
Wildflower Flea Market
Wildflower Cardstock Stickers
Wildflower Tags
Heat Wave Pen
Heat Wave Stencil Sans Serif
Heat Wave Foil Silver
Precision Glass Cutting Mat
Clearly Posh Ephemera Bits
Clearly Posh Enamel Dots
Silver and Gold Alpha Blocks
American Crafts Shimelle Slick Writer
Sticky Thumb Multi Purpose Liquid Glue

School Memories Album

Hello We R fans! It’s Carrie with you today. Today I am going to share with you a project I made using the WRMK Cinch Binding Machine.  I decided to make something just a little bit different.  My daughter just started High School and she loves to save little trinkets along with photos so I thought I would make her an envelope memory book for all the little things she saves throughout her high school years.

This is what I came up with and I really love the way it turned out!


Cinch envelope album for school memories by designer Carrie Walz for We R Memory Keepers #thecinch #backtoschool





First I gathered all my materials and then I followed the directions on the WRMK Envelope Punch Board. I chose to make my envelopes for a 6×8 ½ card so I cut my paper and scored to the correct measurements. I used the AC Sticky Thumb Double Sided ¼ in sticky tape to adhere my envelopes together.


I wanted a way to have the envelopes close so I used my WRMK Magnetic Cutting Mat and Ruler to hold the envelopes in place. I used my WRMK Art Knife to cut a slit in my envelope. Make sure you put a piece of scrap chipboard in the envelope so you don’t cut all the way through. With this slit I can slide the flap of the envelope in and make sure all the little trinkets don’t fall out.




Once I got the envelopes and front cover embellished I was ready to Cinch my book together. Before I do this, I always do a practice sheet to make sure everything lines up the correct way, you may want to do this too just to be safe.




For the binding I chose to use the WRMK Cinch Binding Spiral. For this type of binding you just need to run the end through your holes you just made and twist until it is all the way through. Carefully bend the ends and ta-da!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope I was able to give you some inspiration today!

Products used:

WRMK  Envelope Punch Board

WRMK Magnetic Cutting Mat and Ruler

WRMK Art Knife

WRMK Cinch Binding Machine

WRMK  Cinch Binding Spiral- White

WRMK Trim and Score

AC Sticky Thumb ¼ in Double sided Sticky Tape

AC Dear Lizzy Foam Thickers-Fantastic/White

AC Black Tie Velvet Thickers

AC Amy Tangerine Kal Barteski Black Foam Thickers

Cottage Living 12×12 Patterned Cardstock- All Lined Up

Cottage Living 12×12 Patterned Cardstock-Petals

Cottage Living 12×12 Patterned Cardstock-Spring Meadow

Cottage Living 12×12 Patterned Cardstock-Love Notes

Cottage Living 12×12 Patterned Cardstock- Tweed

Handmade Gift Packaging for Teacher

Hello We R friends! It’s Aly back on the blog again today. There’s no better way to make teacher feel extra special at the start of the school year than with some beautiful handmade gift packaging. Not only will she not want to toss it after opening the gift, but she’ll appreciate the extra effort to make her gift look unique. To create this pretty packaging I combined one of my favorite We R paper collections (Wildflower) with some of my favorite We R tools (Punch Boards).

Wildflower Gift Bag and Box by Aly Dosdall

I used the Gift Bag Punch Board to create the bag, and then added some flowers that I fussy cut from the Wildflower patterned paper. I cut out a tag from another piece of Wildflower paper and then added a butterfly from the Wildflower Ephemera Bits and a Wildflower sticker for the sentiment.

gift bag with butterfly tag by Aly Dosdall

For the box I used the 123 Punch Board to make the box and the bow at the top. Love how versatile that punch board is! I added some ephemera butterflies and Gold Sequin Stickers to finish it box with paper bow by Aly Dosdall

It’s the little details that will show teacher how much you appreciate all she does. Try making some handmade packaging for your back-to-school teacher gifts this year.


Wildflower 12×12 Paper Pad
Wildflower Ephemera Bits
Gift Bag Punch Board
123 Punch Board
Gold Sequin Stickers
American Crafts Ribbon

Back To School Inspiration | Part 2

If you enjoyed our Back To School inspiration post on Tuesday, you’re going to love what we’ve got to share with you today! Our talented in-house team knocked themselves out again with some adorable school-themed projects using some We R tools and papers. Check it out!


Our new Clearly Posh collection adds some extra sparkle to these Heidi Swapp Marquee Numbers. Perfect locker decor for your tween or teen!


Personalize your child’s lunchbox or backpack with a luggage tag made with The Fuse tool. How fun is that confetti added to the tag?


Keep your student’s school supplies organized with our versatile new Snap Storage. Use Command Strips to mount the clips and bottles to your surface. Easy peasy!


Make cute custom folders to keep papers organized with the Template Studio and Designer Poster Board. Love those gold polkas!


Let We R Memory Keepers take you back to school this year, keeping your student’s supplies organized and looking awesome!