Embossing Strip Tips and Tricks

30 days of evolution

Hey there, We R fans! Aly Dosdall here today to share some tips and tricks for using our Embossing Strips with the Evolution Advanced on your paper craft projects. I love the texture and depth that dry embossing adds to projects–it looks so cool! But, did you know you can do a few simple things to add a little something special when embossing? Here are three easy ways to spice up your dry embossed projects.


Pure White Texture

Dry embossing looks really cool on smooth white cardstock. It adds that extra texture, but has a really clean neat look. To add even more interest and texture to my white embossed sentiment strip I added some matching white enamel shapes.

you got this embossing folder card by aly dosdall

you got this embossing folder card by aly dosdall_close


Ink It Up

Create your own letterpress look by adding ink to the inside front of the Embossing Strip before embossing the paper. You can use an ink brayer to distribute the ink evenly, and then the paper comes out with ink on the debossed parts of the design. Pretty cool!

lets party embossing folder card by aly dosdall

lets party embossing folder card by aly dosdall_close


Sand For A Distressed Look

If you emboss your design onto white core paper, you can use a fine grain sandpaper (or even a nail buffing block) to lightly rub the raised design and expose the white core of the paper. This looks really cool with vivid colors so the white contrasts nicely against the color of the paper.

hello clouds embossing folder card by aly dosdall

hello clouds embossing folder card by aly dosdall_close

I hope these ideas have inspired you. Give them a try on your next dry embossing project. And be sure to join us tomorrow for more Evolution Advanced dry embossing inspiration!


Evolution Advanced
Embossing Strips
Cakes & Candles Collection
Hello Darling Collection
Pinwheel Punch Board

Embossed Birthday Card + A Giveaway!

30 days of evolution

Dry embossing with the Evolution Advanced really takes paper craft projects to the next level! And speaking of next level…have you see our new Next Level 3D Embossing Folders? They produce some seriously amazing dimension without tearing your paper. Check out design team member Kathy’s embossed birthday card.


It’s no surprise that birthday cards are the most common greeting people send. I know I make and mail lots of them so when I get my hands on a festive birthday collection like Cakes & Candles from We R Memory Keepers, I know I’ll be using every little piece!


In addition to these colorful papers with celebratory party icons, I used a couple of my favorite We R tools to create this birthday card and envelope ensemble.


See the beautifully embossed numbered background? That was created with the Evolution Advanced and the Next Level ABC-123 embossing folder set.


One of my favorite features on the Evolution Advanced is the dial thickness setting so you don’t have to use multiple platforms and remember which order to stack them in.


If you are familiar with my style, you know I can’t create a card without lots of layers and accents so I absolutely adore the ability to make box-style envelopes!


Finally, for a little extra envelope doo-dad, I cut out one of the Party Time patterned paper squares to use as an envelope seal.

ABC 123 embossing folders

**Wouldn’t these dies be perfect for back-to-school projects too? We think so, and we’d love to give away a set of them to one of you awesome blog readers! If you’d like a chance to win the ABC 123 Next Level Embossing Folders please leave a comment below. Comments will remain open until Thursday, Aug 20th at midnight mountain time. We’ll announce a random winner on Friday, Aug 21st. Good luck!**


Cakes and Candles collection
123 Punch Board
ABC 123 Next Level Embossing Folders

A Birthday Card + More with the Gift Bow Die

30 days of evolution

Hello!  It’s Jennie McGarvey here with you today to share a project I created with two of my favorite We R Memory Keepers metal dies.  These two have been in my stash for a long time, years in fact and I reach for them often.  It was easy for me to settle on these two to share with you as the Nesting Stars and Gift Bow are so fun.  They are also perfect together for a birthday card!


I started with my Evolution Advanced, the 6×6 Clearly Bold pad and the two metal dies I already mentioned.

jenniemcgarveybirthdaycard2 (1)

Putting the whole thing together was simple with these dies!  Just add a sprinkle of Sequin Stickers in turquoise and in white and you’re all set!

jenniemcgarveybirthdaycard4 (1)



I couldn’t stop there, however.  Once I had the Evolution Advanced out and the bow die it was much too simple to create a few bow paper clips perfect to use with my planner!

jenniemcgarveybirthdaycard3 (1)

I simply cut the 6×6 Clearly Bold papers with the bow die and attached them to some oversized Pebbles paper clips!

jenniemcgarveybirthdaycard5 (1)

How are you using some of the older We R Memory Keepers dies that are in your stash?  Make sure you share with us on Facebook or tag us on Instagram to share with us how you’re using We R Memory Keepers metal dies and Evolution Advanced!



Evolution Advanced
Bow Die
Nesting Star die set
Cakes and Candles 6×6 paper pad
Sequin Stickers in turquoise
Sequin Stickers in white
Clearly Bold 6×6 Pad
Clearly Posh 6×6 Pad


Pop Up Birthday Card

30 days of evolution

Hello WRMK fans, Carrie here! I hope everyone is enjoying their summer, I know mine has been filled with fun, graduation parties and birthdays! Since birthdays are always a fun celebration I decided to share with you a way to make that special handmade card you are sending just a bit more fun. I love to make my own birthday cards and with the WRMK Evolution Advanced and Birthday Cake Pop Up Template I was able to go that little step further to make my card really stand out.



Once I gathered all of my supplies I was ready to get started. Using the Evolution Advanced and the Birthday Cake Pop Up Template and WRMK Cakes and Candles and Pebbles Cottage Living




After I got all my pieces cut out I carefully assembled the cake and made my card. I suggest using a heavy double sided tape to put your cake together with since it will be folded up in the card. This way you can be assured it stays intact. For this I used Sticky Thumb Double Sided Super Sticky Red Tape .

I then attached the cake to the inside of my card…


Using the WRMK Evolution Advanced and die templates are not only easy, they are fun to use. When you use them who knows what your imagination will come up with. We would love to see what you create using some of these tools so please feel free to share your creations with us!

Products used:

WRMK Evolution Advanced
WRMK Pop Up Dies- Birthday Cake Template
WRMK Cakes and Candles 12×12
WRMK Hip Hip Hooray Embossed Stickers
American Crafts Sticky Thumb Double Sided Super Sticky Red Tape
Pebbles Cottage Living 12×12

Cinch Sticker Book

Hello there We R Fans, Aimee here. Its kids week here on the We R Blog and I made a super fun and easy sticker book for my nephew. This kid loves stickers! He normally just uses a plain piece of paper to stick the stickers too. I thought how awesome would it be for him to have a book he could stick the stickers in and look at {rather than throwing away all those stickers and crumbled pieces of computer paper}. I think this project is a little above him to make since he’s 3 {he definitely could turn the handle on the evolution though!} but I think the older the kid is the more hands on they could be with this project! And I think all ages love sticker books. {Anyone remember Mrs. Grossman and Lisa Frank?}

Kids Sticker Book by Aimee Maddern 17


I used some paper from the Cake and Candles collection, Clearly Bold, Bazzill’s new adhesive foam sheets, acetate and smooth cardstock to create my cover and pages. I cut them all to 5×7 inches.

Kids Sticker Book by Aimee Maddern 2

I removed the backing from the Foam Adhesive and stuck a piece of Cake and Candles to the back.

Kids Sticker Book by Aimee Maddern 3

The foam sheets are a bit thick especially with cardstock stuck to the back, be sure to punch these by themselves when using the cinch {otherwise the sheet doesn’t go in far enough and the holes get punched wrong}

Kids Sticker Book by Aimee Maddern  4

Kids Sticker Book by Aimee Maddern  6

Kids Sticker Book by Aimee Maddern 5

I happened to have one of the Heidi Swapp’s memory Binder Embellishment Pouches. I punched it with the cinch and used it as the first page in my book to hold extra stickers.

Kids Sticker Book by Aimee Maddern 7

I used the 1-inch spiral binding wire to bind my book. I’m not gonna lie I was a little intimidated by this stuff. This stuff just twists into place! Seriously there is no binding that’s easier! To finish the binding off, simply bend the binding back onto itself so your pages don’t come off!

Kids Sticker Book by Aimee Maddern 9

Kids Sticker Book by Aimee Maddern  8


Once I had my book together  {I alternated the cardstock, acetate, clearly bold & foam} I decorated the cover with Cakes and Candles Alpha block Stickers. Now for the fun part. I used the foam scraps to make stickers! Using my evolution and dies I used up every bit of foam for stickers!

Kids Sticker Book by Aimee Maddern 10

I even used some for titles on a few pages.

Kids Sticker Book by Aimee Maddern 11

Kids Sticker Book by Aimee Maddern 12

The evolution makes cutting the foam sheets a breeze! Here are a few of my pages in action.

Kids Sticker Book by Aimee Maddern 13

Kids Sticker Book by Aimee Maddern 14

Kids Sticker Book by Aimee Maddern 15

Kids Sticker Book by Aimee Maddern 16

Kids Sticker Book by Aimee Maddern 1

I can’t wait for the next time Colten comes over and I can give him this book. Are you and your little ones making anything this summer?


Supply List:

Paper Collection | Cakes and Candles




Stickers | http://www.wermemorykeepers.com/default.aspx?PageID=956&CategoryID=826&ProductID=14056&RootCatCode=08000

Clearly Bold | http://www.wermemorykeepers.com/default.aspx?PageID=956&CategoryID=830&ProductID=11951&ItemID=13609&RootCatCode=08000


Cinch | http://www.wermemorykeepers.com/default.aspx?PageID=956&CategoryID=796&ProductID=12542&PPG=2&RootCatCode=08000

Spiral Binding | http://www.wermemorykeepers.com/default.aspx?PageID=956&CategoryID=796&ProductID=12523&ItemID=14181&RootCatCode=08000


Evolution Advanced | http://www.wermemorykeepers.com/default.aspx?PageID=956&CategoryID=828&ProductID=12654&ItemID=14312&RootCatCode=08000

Dies | http://www.wermemorykeepers.com/default.aspx?PageID=956&CategoryID=828&ProductID=12873&PPG=2&RootCatCode=08000

Nesting Stars

Amy Tan Die Set



Bazzill Foam Adhesive Sheets

Heidi Swapp | Memory Binder Embellishment Pouches http://www.heidiswappstore.com/default.aspx?PageID=1005&CategoryID=845&ProductID=12886&PPG=2&RootCatCode=09000


Summer Reading Log

Hello!  Jennie McGarvey with you today to share with you a fun craft that you can complete with a kid that is both fun to make and completely functional!


I don’t know about you, but my kids really do love using my paper crafting tools.  From my Punch Boards, to my Evolution Advanced—the kids love to help with these tools!

So, what do you do when you have school aged kids who love tools?  Create something useful with those tools like a reading log!  My kids read books over the summer and then will take tests on those books when they go back to school.  This handy little mini album will help them keep track of the books they read, the authors and a few details.

I only needed a few supplies to create this album.  First I started with my Cinch and some Indian Summer Albums Made Easy Journaling Cards.  I picked out ones that had lines, or would lend itself to note taking.


Not only did I used the cards from the kit, but I also added a couple of pieces of plain white card stock in case they wanted to draw their own pictures from the stories.


Then, we needed to embellish the cover.  It’s important they know exactly what this small album is for.  Even more perfect?  We were able to use the Evolution Advanced, dies, and papers from the Cake and Candles collection.



Those Cakes and Candles Alpha Block Stickers add the perfect touch to the front of the album.


Isn’t this a fun little album?  Can you think of any other uses that a kid might like to have a mini album of their own?  Maybe not school related but just for fun?  Make sure you share with us on Facebook or tag us on Instagram to share with us how you’re using We R Memory Keepers products with the kids.



Cake and Candles Alpha Block Stickers
Cake and Candles collection
Evolution Advanced
Indian Summer Albums Made Easy Journaling Cards

Father’s Day Treat Box

Join us all week long for plenty of Father’s Day gift ideas and inspiration. We’ll share everything from cards, to gift albums, to treat containers and more, so be sure to check back often!


Hello, We R fans!  Jen McDermott here, sharing a Father’s Day gift packaging idea!   The box I created is sized nicely for all sorts of gifts, a neck tie, a trendy bowtie, a gift card, personalized money clip, and on and on.  The great thing about the tools I used is that you can create your own box of varying sizes, to fit whatever gift you’re giving Dad this year!

To start, I grabbed by 1,2,3 Punch and some manly paper supplies. Dad’s box can’t be all frilly and flowery, can it?  😉 I chose the wood plank paper from the Hello Darling collection, and a piece of Denim Blues paper. (Blue Jeans and wood! Super manly!)  Then, I measured and cut my paper for the box.  The whole box is created using only one piece! Super easy!

Father's Day Gift Box by Jen McDermott1

After punching and scoring, I put the box together, and grabbed a few supplies to make a simple tag.  I tied brown jute twine around the box, and made a little banner piece with the Denim Blues.  I wanted to keep embellishments to a minimum, so I added a piece of ephemera from Hello Darling, and a little paper scrap from Cakes and Candles.  Then I stuck it all on the box with a mini paper clip.

Father's Day Treat Box by Jen McDermott2

And there you have it!  The 1,2,3 Punch board makes it so easy to create your own gift packaging for whatever occasion you are celebrating! What kind of gift are you giving to Dad this year? Share with us on our Facebook page—I’m sure we could all use some ideas! J

Father's Day Treat Box by Jen McDermott3


123 Punch Board
Denim Blues Solid Paper
Cakes and Candles Paper
Hello Darling Gracious Paper
Hello Darling Ephemera Pack

Fuse Video Tutorials

It’s your blog hostess Aly Dosdall here joining you for Fuse Week! Recently I had the chance to play around with my Fuse tool (seriously addicting) and I shot some video tutorials sharing some projects. The first project is a quick and easy one, but oh-so-fun. I kinda want to make a million of these for every celebration now. Check out these Celebration Pocket Cupcake Picks I made with The Fuse and some 2×2 Waterfall Sleeves! photo sleeve fuse confetti pocket cupcake toppers_close   The next project I made with my Fuse is a custom pocket page Beach Layout. My kids love to collect shells and pebbles at the beach and I wanted to include them on my layout so…Photo Sleeve Fuse to the rescue! photo sleeve fuse beach layout using 12x12 page protector by Aly Dosdall   Are you as excited as I am about this awesome tool? What would you make with the Photo Sleeve Fuse? Supplies: Photo Sleeve Fuse 2×2 Waterfall Sleeves 12×12 Page Protector Hello Darling Collection Cakes and Candles Collection

Shaker Scapbook Layout

Hello! Samantha here today, and I am super excited to kicking off Fuse week. I am in love with all of the ways you can use the Photo Fuse Tool: shaker cards, mini albums, pocket pages; but today I’m sharing what might be my favorite creation yet, a shaker layout.

Shaker Layout by Samantha Taylor 1

First off, this is double sided layout. I had to design the layout with both sides in mind since the shaker layer can be seen on both sides. This was actually pretty simple, since when I took this photo, we took one “nice” group photo and one “silly” group photo. With that in mind I made the front side my sweet layout and the back side my silly layout. Here’s the back side (silly side) of the layout.

Shaker Layout by Samantha Taylor 2

To create this layout, I designed my layout like I normally would, except that instead of layering a paper mat around my photo, I cut a hole out around my photo. Here’s a picture of what one side of the layout looked like before I put it into a page protector and added the sequin pockets.

Shaker Layout by Samantha Taylor 3

You can see I had to design the entire layout, embellishments and all, before I added the shaker pocket, as embellishing after would be nearly impossible.

My photo with the paper mat included is 4 x 6. I wanted a 1 inch space for the shaker border around the photo, so the hole I cut out in the middle of my paper is 6 x 8. You could make this shaker area as large as you want, but I wouldn’t recommend making it smaller than 1”, or your sequins won’t have enough space to move around.

Shaker Layout by Samantha Taylor 4

When I had my layout finished, I slid it into a 12 x 12 page protector. Then, I used my Fuse Tool to seal in my photo. Next, I sealed in 3 sides of my shaker pocket (the outer edge farthest from the photo) with the Fuse. Then, I added my sequins to the pocket. Finally, I sealed the top side of the pocket, completely sealing in the sequins.

Shaker Layout by Samantha Taylor 5

I really like the way the sequins frame the photos and give an extra festive feel to this birthday layout. Have you used the Fuse for scrapbooking yet? Share your creations with us on the Facebook Page, and don’t forget to come back every day this week for more great Fuse inspiration!



Photo Fuse Tool
12 x 12 Page Protector
Cakes and Candles Streamers
Cakes and Candles Celebrate
Cakes and Candles Confetti
Cakes and Candles Party Time
Cakes and Candles 6 x 6 Paper Pad
Cakes and Candles Ephemera Bits
Cakes and Candles Enamel Shapes
Cakes and Candles Printed Wood Veneer Stickers
Cakes and Candles Alpha Block Stickers
Studio Calico Lemon Lush Sequins
American Crafts This To That Foam Tab Adhesive

Chalkboard Summer Countdown

With the school year drawing to a close, we thought it might be helpful to share some teacher appreciation ideas this week. From teacher gifts, to thank you cards, to classroom treats we’ve got you covered! Sit back and enjoy the inspiration.

Hello!  Jennie McGarvey here to share with you a fun and interactive teacher gift. I have three school aged sons and over the years I’ve tried to think of gifts for their teachers that are useful, creative and maybe even something the whole class could have fun with.  I’m usually not all that successful, but this year I think I have figured something out.

I thought it would be fun to create cute classroom decor where the kids and the teacher could countdown to those fun summer days!  (You know by now we’re all on countdown for those carefree days!)
So, to start I used a chalkboard that I got for a couple of dollars.  Then, I gathered up a few items.  I started with a sheet of 6×6 paper from the Cake and Candles pad, a sheet from the 6×6 Clearly Bold pad, one of the Lifestyle Crafts Inverted Circles nesting dies and the Evolution Advanced.
After I had cut the inverted circle and the plain circle using the Evolution Advanced, I got out the Script Sew Easy template and punched out the word HAPPY.  I used yellow embroidery floss (3 strands) to make the word visible.
Once the stitching was complete, I used foam adhesive to adhere the layers together.
Once that was complete, it was time to focus on the chalkboard.  I printed out the sentiment I wanted on the chalkboard.
On the BACK of the paper, I rubbed a piece of chalk on the paper.  Then, I layered the paper on top of the chalkboard so I could see the writing.  With a  ball point pen, I traced the outline of the letters.  (On the paper)  When I was finished I removed the paper and I could see the outline of the alphas, which I filled in with the chalk.
Once that was finished, I added a couple of enamel shapes for a bit of decoration.
The point of this was for it to NOT appear perfect.  It is going to hang in a classroom!  I want a child to be able to change the number of days or the message, if that is what is needed.  If I used a chalk marker – it would appear really professional, but not be as easily adaptable to the needs of the classroom.
Now, this wouldn’t be complete without a card to give along with it. Enter the Hello, Darling collection and the new Denim Blues collection for a beautiful and heartfelt card any teacher would be happy to receive!
Summer Chalkboard Supplies:
Cake and Candles Enamel Shapes
Cake and Candles 6×6 pad
Clearly Bold 6×6 pad
Lifestyle Crafts Inverted Circles Nesting Dies
Lifestyle Crafts Circles Nesting Dies
Sew Easy Template – Script
Card Supplies:
Denim Blues Fabric Sheet
Hello, Darling Ephemera
Hello, Darling Enamel Shapes
Hello, Darling Cork Stickers