Travel Art Journal

 Hey there We R Memory Keepers friends and fans, Becki here, to share a fun travel art journal that I created with the Stitch Happy sewing machine (with grey twine), the Supreme Ruler, and the Tab Punch Board.

Stitch Happy Art Journal by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

This Summer/Fall is full of crafty adventures for me. I’m SO excited and determined to document all of my adventures along the way. I decided to create a small travelers note book/art journal.

Supreme Ruler by We R Memory Keepers

I started by using the Supreme Ruler to cut down the gigantic watercolor paper that I picked up at my local craft store. I wanted a heavy good quality watercolor paper because I planned on using ink, paint, and watercolors within the journal. I cut the paper down to 8 1/2 x 8 1/2. I cut one piece of patterned paper to 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 for the cover of the journal. Then I used the Supreme Ruler again to draw a straight line down the center of the journal so I could stitch down the center of the paper.

Stitch Happy sewing machine by We R Memory Keepers

Stitch Happy sewing machine by We R Memory Keepers

The Stitch Happy sewing machine stitched through the heavy watercolor paper like a champ! After stitching through the stack of paper I folded the journal in half to create a book. Inside the journal, I went a little crazy with paints, watercolor, and Heidi Swapp color shine.

For each section of the journal, I created a tab using the Tab Punch Board. Each tab is embellished with a cute little puffy heart sticker.

Stitch Happy Art Journal by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

On the first page of the journal, I created a frame with the Frame Punch Board. Inside that frame, I typed all of the cities I will visit on my crafty adventures.

Stitch Happy Art Journal by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Stitch Happy Art Journal by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

On the first full spread in the journal I added a few photos from my adventure on top of the Heidi Swapp color shine background.

Stitch Happy Art Journal by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

I can’t wait until my little crafty adventure journal is clear full! It was so fun and so easy to create using many of my favorite We R Memory Keepers tools. Thank you for stopping by the We R Memory Keepers blog. I’ll see you again soon!

 

Supplies:

We R Supreme Ruler

Stitch Happy Sewing Machine

Tab Punch Board

Stitch Happy Grey Twine

Typecast Typewriter

Frame Punch Board 

Hustle & Heart collection by American Crafts

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.

 

Supplies:

Instax Waterfall Sleeves
Crop-a-dile
Mini Alphabet Punch Board
Photo Sleeve Fuse

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!

Travel Scrapbook Page with the Mini Alphabet Punch Board

 Hey We R Memory Keepers friends and fans, Becki here, to share a fun travel layout that I created using the Mini Alphabet Punch Board and my Stitch Happy sewing machine. I LOVE both of those tools! I keep both of them right by my desk because I use them so often!.

This layout is documenting the first time I flew by myself. Previously when I traveled I always traveled with friends and family. When I started traveling to teach scrapbooking classes, I flew alone. At first I was nervous but it turned out to be such a great experience. And by having the courage to take that first trip, I’ve had so many more opportunities come my way. In this case, having a little courage to do something I’d never done before, had a huge payoff.

Travel Layout featuring the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

To create this layout I started with a white cardstock background. I knew that I wanted a big title and a row of 3×4 photos. I decided to add the title below the photos but with this design, I think the title could go above or below the photos. Of course, I used the alphabet punch board to create the letters for my title. Each letter is cut from a different piece of patterned paper from the Little By Little collection by Shimelle for American Crafts. I added a few black stickers to the layout so to tie the title into the rest of the layout I outlined each letter with a black pen.

Travel Layout featuring the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Travel Layout featuring the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

At the top and the bottom of the layout, I added patterned paper strips. One of my favorite ways to attach patterned paper strips to my projects is to sew them in place. The Stitch Happy sewing machine is perfect for this technique. My favorite thing about the stitch happy sewing machine is that you can stitch through several layers of paper with thick thread. This adds so much texture and interest to the layout.

Travel Layout featuring the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Travel Layout featuring the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

The journaling on this layout is typed with the Typecast Typewriter. I love the look of typed journaling. My handwriting is big and loopy. I like to type my journaling so I can get more journaling into a smaller space.

Travel Layout featuring the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Which tools are your favorite to use when you’re documenting your travel memories? Thank you for stopping by today. I hope your summer is filled with happy travel memories and that you document with We R Memory Keepers tools!

Supplies:

Alphabet Punch Board
Stitch Happy

Beach Mini Album

Hello We R Memory Keepers friends and fans, Becki here, to share a beach themed mini album with you that I created with the Stitch Happy Sewing Machine and the Frame Punch board. I loved both of these tools before I created this project but now I love them even more!
Beach Themed Mini Album with the Stitch Happy by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
The stitch happy sewing machine is perfect for stitching through a stack of patterned papers to create a mini album. The first thing I did to create this album is cut four pieces of patterned paper into 4 1/2 x 7 inches. Then, I stacked them together and stitched down the center with my Stitch Happy sewing machine. The thicker thread and heavy duty machine worked perfectly!
Beach Themed Mini Album with the Stitch Happy by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
I folded the patterned papers in half along the stitching to create the album. To cover the back of the stitching, I added a strip of patterned paper that I stitched along the edges. You can see the stitching in the center of the middle pages of the album.
Beach Themed Mini Album with the Stitch Happy by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
On each page, I added a 3×4 inch frame that I had punched with the Frame punch board. This tool makes creating frames SO easy! Instead of adding photos to the frames, I added embellishments. Frames aren’t just for photos.
Beach Themed Mini Album with the Stitch Happy by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
Beach Themed Mini Album with the Stitch Happy by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
Beach Themed Mini Album with the Stitch Happy by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
Beach Themed Mini Album with the Stitch Happy by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
Beach Themed Mini Album with the Stitch Happy by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
To make sure that the Thickers I used for the title of this album stayed in place, I stitched them to the frame before I adhered the frame to the front of the album. The Stitch Happy sewing machine stitched through the chipboard Thickers perfectly!
Beach Themed Mini Album with the Stitch Happy by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
When the album was finished, I decided that I wanted to add a bit of ribbon to keep the album closed. I stapled and adhered the ribbon in place under photos. The ribbon added the perfect finishing touch to this album.
Beach Themed Mini Album with the Stitch Happy by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
I would love to see how you use the Stitch Happy sewing machine and frame punch board to document your memories of going to the beach. Thank you for stopping by the We R Memory Keepers blog today!
Supplies:

Patriotic Banner with the Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Hey there We R Memory Keeper friends and fans, Becki here, to share a really fun, really easy patriotic banner with the mini alphabet punch board. True confession time, this is the first time I’ve played with the Mini Alphabet Punch Board. I can honestly say that I had so much fun playing with it and that it wasn’t nearly as confusing as I thought it would be. I dug into my stash of patterned papers and embellishments to find some red, white, and blue supplies. I found the “America the Beautiful” collection from Pebbles. Of course, this is the perfect collection for this project.
Patriotic Banner featuring the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
The “USA” letters are the first thing I cut out with the dark wood grain patterned paper. It only takes a few minutes to punch/cut each letter. Then, I cut the banner shapes with the Banner Punch Board (one of my favorite tools). Each banner piece is 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. The banner punch board makes cutting out pieces for a banner a breeze!
Patriotic Banner featuring the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
Patriotic Banner featuring the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
Patriotic Banner featuring the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

After cutting all the pieces out, I was ready to assemble the banner. I used pop dots to adhere the letters and some of the stickers to the banner pieces. Each banner piece is a little bit different. The banner is put together with a thin piece of rope. The knot at either end of the banner not only keeps the banner pieces from falling off but it adds a fun textural element to the finished banner.

Patriotic Banner featuring the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

I’d love to hear about what patriotic home decor you’re creating this Summer season. Now, you can create your own patriotic banner with the Mini Alphabet Punch Board. Thank you for stopping by the We R Memory Keepers blog. Have a happy Summer!

Supplies:

Mini Alphabet Punch Board
Banner Punch Board

Summer Bucket List Mini Album

Hey there We R Memory Keepers friends and fans, Becki here to share an easy and fun Summer Bucket list mini album that I created using the Tab Punch board. Not only did I use the Tab Punch Board on this project but I also used the brand new Planner Punch Board AND the Typecast Typewriter. I can’t even tell you how excited I am to have this Summer bucket list mini album almost done before Summer even starts. Summer seems to fly by! I’ve found that the more I can get done before Summer officially hits, the better.
Summer Bucket List Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
This album came together within an hour because of the awesome WRMK tools that I had to create with. The album measures about 5″x7″. The three tabs in the album are labeled with strips of white cardstock. On each strip of cardstock I used my Typecast typewriter to type the title of each section of the mini album.
Summer Bucket List Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
The three sections are “family”, “food”, and “fun”. I’ve found that when I have labels on my tabs they need to be very well adhered. Which is why I stapled each label into place. While our family doesn’t have a very specific Summer Bucket list we do know that we want our Summer to include these three things. Inside the album I left plenty of space for journaling and photos.
Summer Bucket List Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
Summer Bucket List Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
When I had the pages of the album complete, I used the Planner Punch board to punch the holes for the black binder rings. The Planner punch board worked great! I will be using the planner punch board for all my mini albums in the future! I love how easy it was to use.
Summer Bucket List Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
Summer Bucket List Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
Now that Summer is almost here, I hope this Summer bucket list mini album has inspired you to create a mini album for your Summer memories. Thank you for stopping by the We R Memory Keepers blog. I’ll see you again soon!

Supplies:

Typecast Typewriter

American Crafts/Amy Tangerine On A Whim Collection

Make Rosettes with the Fringe and Score Board

Hey there WRMK friends and fans, Becki here to share with you a layout I created with the Fringe and Score Board. I created some fun flower rosettes along with a really fun woven background with the Fringe and Score board. The Fringe and Score Board made creating these details on my layout SO easy!
Fringe and Score Board Scrapbook Page by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
I started by cutting the background of my layout with the fringe and score board. I used the blade portion of the fringe and score board with the blades set at 1/2 of an inch to cut the slits for the weaving on my background. Then I cut 1/2″ strips of coordinating patterned paper to weave into the background. I stitched the strips into place so they didn’t slide in and out of place. I remember doing this paper weaving technique in grade school. It’s so easy and so fun!
Fringe and Score Board Scrapbook Page by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keeper
Fringe and Score Board Scrapbook Page by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keeper
Then, I created the rosettes. I used the scoring blades to score the strips for the rosettes. I did shift the paper strips so that the score marks were at every 1/4″ instead of 1/2″ because I wanted the flower rosettes to be a little less bulky on my layout. In the center of each rosette is a bit of embellishment.
Fringe and Score Board Scrapbook Page by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keeper
Fringe and Score Board Scrapbook Page by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keeper
I added a pop of color to the right side of my photo and even punched a lace border using the doily border punch. I love how this little detail balanced out the loads of color on the left side of my photo. I love how this layout turned out and can’t wait to use this technique over and over again. Thank you for stopping by the We R Memory Keepers blog. I’ll see you again soon!

Supplies:

Mother’s Day Gift Boxes

Hey there, We R Memory Keepers friends and fans, Becki here to share with you a set of 3 Mother’s Day pillow boxes that I created with the Pillow Box Punch Board and the DIY Party Tag Punch.
Mother's Day Gift Boxes by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
I’m hanging my head in shame as I admit that this is the first time I’ve used my Pillow Box Punch Board. Honestly, I have no idea why it took me so long to play with this awesome tool. It’s been in my office for a while now, I don’t know why I haven’t played with it but I’m glad that I had a chance to play with it for this project.

Mother's Day Gift Boxes by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
Whenever Mother’s Day rolls around we always have a gift for all of the moms in our life. Usually these are small gifts such as jewelry, gift cards, fancy chocolates, or even a small gift that the kids have made at school. Each year, I throw the gifts in a small gift bag or envelope on the evening before Mother’s Day and call it good. This year, I thought I would plan ahead and create little pillow boxes for our Mother’s Day gifts.

Mother's Day Gift Boxes by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
All you need to create these gorgeous Mother’s Day Pillow Boxes is a Pillow Punch Board, the Tag Punch, patterned paper, ribbon, a few small wooden clothespins and a few letter stickers. The instructions that come with (and printed on the punch board) make these pillow boxes come together in minutes. When I had the pillow boxes complete I added just a little bit of embellishment with the tag punch, some fussy cut butterflies, and a few letter stickers.

Mother's Day Gift Boxes by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
I created three one inch tags using patterned paper that coordinated with the papers I chose for the pillow boxes. After I finished the tags and the pillow boxes, I tied each pillow box with ribbon. I simply attached the tag to the pillow box with a white clothes pin.


See, easy peasy! I love how these pillow boxes turned out and you all know that I LOVE the tag punch. The Pillow Box Punch Board is now among my favorite tools. Now that I’ve played with the Pillow Box Punch board, I know I’ll be reaching for it again, and again.

Mother's Day Gift Boxes by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
Thank you for stopping by the We R Memory Keepers blog. I’ll see you again soon.

Supplies:

Pillow Box Punch Board
DIY Party Tag Punch
Chasing Dreams collection by Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper

Banner Punch Board Scrapbook Page

Hey there We R Memory Keepers friends and fans, Becki here to share with you a layout I created using the Banner Punch Board and my Typecast Typewriter. I love the triangle trend that I’ve seen lately in the scrapbooking community. I found THIS is the layout on Pinterest.  This layout inspired me to create a layout full of triangles.
Banner Punch Board Layout by Becki Adams
I’ve wanted to try creating a layout with triangles but I’m not very good at cutting out triangles by hand. My hand cut triangles always end up looking wonky and uneven. Finally, I realized that I’ve had the perfect tool for cutting triangles right in my office the entire time! The Banner Punch Board is perfect for cutting triangles of all sizes.
Banner Punch Board Layout by Becki Adams
I started creating this layout but cutting several triangles out of patterned papers in lots of different sizes. I chose 6 different patterned papers and cut 3 triangles out of each pattern (one small, one medium, and one large). Then, I arranged the triangles around the layout creating a visual triangle with each pattern/color.
Banner Punch Board Layout by Becki Adams

After arranging the triangles on the background of the layout I adhered the photo in the lower right corner of the layout. Using my Typecast Typewriter, I typed my journaling on a coordinating piece of patterned paper. I cut the journaling into strips and nestled the strips into the triangle background.

Banner Punch Board Layout by Becki Adams

Do you love the triangle trend as much as I do? Try using the Banner Punch Board to create a layout that’s full of perfectly cut triangles!

Banner Punch Board Layout by Becki Adams

Thanks for stopping by the We R Memory Keepers blog, I’ll see you again soon!

Supplies:

Banner Punch Board
Typecast Typewriter