Cork Board Coaster Memory Book

While recently cleaning out my craft room I came across some leftover cork board coasters that I had used as part of a craft for my daughter’s classroom party. When I saw them I immediately thought they would make a great base for a mini memory book as a gift for grandma! So, I pulled out one of my favorite We R collections from the past, my Corner Chomper, and my Crop-A-Dile Big Bite. Take a look at how it turned out!

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I love the earthy unique look of the cork board coasters. They’re 4×4 and are the perfect size for a gift album. You can find them at your local craft store. This mini memory book has three coaster pages housing four 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch photos of the grandkids, and it’s small enough to fit into grandma’s purse.

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To decorate my pages I used mostly 3×4 journaling cards and a few scraps from the Chalkboard collection. I included Washi Tape and Enamel Shapes on each page, and layered bits and pieces I cut from journaling cards with my black and white photos.

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The die cut cards I used from the collection add a great decorative touch, and are super easy to include. I also cut out sentiments and titles from the cards to use on each page. The small canvas size of this memory book helped the project to come together quickly and easily. Designer tip: be sure to use a strong adhesive when adhering your papers and photos to the cork board.

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I wanted my coasters to have a softer feel for grandma, so I rounded the corners with my 1/4 & 1/2 inch Corner Chomper. It cut through the cork board easily!

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Once I finished decorating my pages I used my Crop-A-Dile Big Bite to punch holes in the top of each page (I measured and marked them first), and then bound the pages using binder rings. You can find those at your local office supply store.

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I love the added texture of the cork board, and I love how easily I was able to let my creativity guide the project knowing that some of my favorite We R tools would make it possible to carry out my plans. Creative cheers!

~Aly

Supplies:

Chalkboard Collection
Corner Chomper–1/4″ x 1/2″
Crop-A-Dile Big Bite
Washi Tape
Enamel Shapes

Easter Sunday Brunch Favor

Here’s a favor idea for your Easter Sunday Brunch guests. You can fill it with cookies, candy, or whatever else you’d like to share with your visitors.

We R Easter Sunday Brunch Favor by Aly Dosdall

To create this favor container, I used the new Large Bakery Box Die and some patterned paper from the Chalkboard collection. I cut the box die twice, and then hot glued the two pieces together.

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I trimmed banner flags from some 6 inch strips and added them to the front of the box, and then layered a doily on top that I cut with the Lattice Doily Die. To create the bow, I die cut some patterned paper with the new Gift Bow Die.

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I love that the die includes guide holes to help you line up your bow just right when you fold and assemble it! To finish off the favor box I die cut a few mini butterflies using the Butterfly Nesting Dies, and I cut a tag with the new Home Made Nesting Dies.

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You can add “Happy Easter” to the tag, or you can personalize it and use it as a place marker at the table as well.

~Aly

Supplies:

Chalkboard Paper Pack
Large Bakery Box Template Die
Gift Bow Die
Home Made Nesting Dies
Butterfly Nesting Dies
Lattice Doily Shape Die
Sew Easy Baker’s Twine–Aqua

Bulk Cut Out Cards

When making bulk sets of cards I love to use quick, easy, and high impact elements that save time. The new Cut Out Dies help create stunning cards in minutes, and are perfect for making bulk cards.

We R Bulk Cut Out Cards by Aly Dosdall

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To create these cards I selected some papers from the Chalkboard collection, trimmed them to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches and ran them through my Evolution with the Chevron Cut Out Die placed at the bottom.  Then I added a strip of black chalkboard paper behind the cut out pattern and folded them in half.  You could also leave the cut out open for a cool look.

I used my Tab Punches Die to cut 5 tab shapes quickly, then die cut several banner flags.  My sentiments were cut out from a Chalkboard journaling card, and then I clustered them all together at the top left of the cards with some Baker’s Twine and Enamel Shapes.

Here are some bulk card making tips that I’ve found useful:

  •  Keep the card design simple
  • Use easy but high impact elements
  • Take advantage of time-saving tools
  • Make cards with friends–more hands make quicker work
  • Prepare all of your card pieces ahead of time and put them together assembly-line style

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I hope these card-making tips have inspired you.  Be sure to check out the other Cut Out Die designs on the We R website HERE.

~Aly

Supplies:

Cut Out Dies–Chevron
Chalkboard Paper Pack and Journaling Cards
Tab Punches Die
Banner Dies from the Drink Sleeve Template Die Set
Baker’s Twine–Aqua, Yellow
Enamel Shapes–Warm, Cool

Spring Rosette Banner

After such a cold winter for so many of us spring is going to be a welcome change!  Here’s a spring decor idea to celebrate the warmer weather. I combined several Lifestyle Crafts Dies with my Evolution to create this eclectic rosette banner.

We R Spring Rosette Banner by Aly Dosdall

I alternated rosettes with various tags and labels that I die cut from the Tag It and Label It Kits.

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I also die cut some blossoms and butterflies from the Nesting Dies to add to the spring feel of the project.

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I added some text I created with the Pocket Scrap Dies, and finished off the banner with some Washi Tape, Baker’s Twine, and Enamel Dots and Shapes.

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I strung some of the pieces on the twine, and pinned others up with bare wood mini clothespins. I love the pop of spring color and happy feel this banner adds to my craft room!

~Aly

Supplies:

Evolution
Doily Rosette Template Die
Tag It Kit
Label It Kit
Blossom Nesting Dies
Butterfly Nesting Dies
Banners Dies
Hello and Life Pocket Scrap Dies
Chalkboard Paper Pack
Washi Tape
Baker’s Twine
Enamel Dots and Shapes

Lucky 8 Punch Treat Holder

When I need some creative inspiration (or a little distraction) I love to browse Pinterest and see what the crafty geniuses out there are up to.  Today’s post is inspired by something I found on Pinterest recently, and I thought it would be fun to show you my own interpretation of this idea.

Here’s the inspiration piece I found on this Pinterest board by the darling Rebecca Cooper from Simple As That. (You may want to bookmark that one!) The original post is found here on the One Good Thing by Jillee blog. It’s a guest post by the fabulous Autumn Baldwin from It’s Always Autumn (another one you’ll want to bookmark.)

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As soon as I saw this I thought of the Lucky 8 Punches!  Some of the designs are round and they would make the perfect fancy version of these genius little paper plate cookie baskets.

We R Lucky 8 Treat Holder by Aly Dosdall

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I started by punching one of my favorite patterned papers from the Chalkboard collection with my Retro Scallop Lucky 8 Punch.  Then I cut two slits on the top of the circle, and two on the bottom about 3 inches apart and 2 1/2 inches down from the top, making sure the slits were centered and lined up from top to bottom.  Then I scored my paper as shown with my Trim and Score Board. (For more detailed instructions visit the original blog post HERE.)

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Here’s what my circle ended up looking like:

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Then I folded it and hot glued the ends.  I added a border punched with my Raindrop 2 Edge Punch, some Aqua Baker’s Twine, a Chalkboard Embossed Sticker, and some Enamel Shapes.  The heart and sentiment were cut from Chalkboard Journaling Cards. Designer tip: don’t forget to browse through your journaling cards for sentiments and embellishments you can cut or punch out! Give these a try with your favorite Lucky 8 Punch, or even a large circle cut from patterned paper.

So…where do you like to find your crafty inspiration? Please share your favorite sources with us!

~Aly

Supplies:

Lucky 8 Punch–Retro Scallop
2 Edge Punch–Raindrop
Trim and Score Board
Chalkboard Paper Pack and Journaling Cards
Aqua Baker’s Twine
Enamel Shapes–Cool

Butterfly Tea Party Decor

Now that spring is on its way, I’m starting to think about outdoor parties and entertaining.  My daughters love to have “girl parties” and I thought it would be fun to plan a butterfly tea party this spring for them and their favorite friends. It was easy to create invitations, place cards, and decor with the Butterfly Nesting Dies and a few more of my favorite We R products.  Take a look!

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I created the paper chain by punching several borders with my Raindrop 2 Edge Punch and some patterned paper from the Chalkboard collection. I added a few tiny butterflies that I die cut here and there.

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I made the place card by die cutting two medium butterflies from coordinating patterned papers, adding a reverse-print name backed with a punched border, and then bending the wings of each layer forward and backward respectively so it stands on the plates.

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The invitation was made using the two largest dies, a banner strip backed with a punched border, and the tea party details are rolled up in the scroll that acts as the body of the butterfly.  How fun is that?  I think my girls will and their friends will love it!

~Aly

Supplies:

Butterfly Nesting Dies
Evolution
2 Edge Punch–Raindrop
Chalkboard Paper Pack
Baker’s Twine–Black

Candy Boxes with New Enamel Dots and Shapes

I love the new Enamel Dots and Shapes released last month at CHA. They’re the perfect substitute for brads and buttons, filling the same purpose but without the need to pierce your paper for the brad prongs or thread the button holes. Plus they’re super cute and trendy right now! =)

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Here are some fun treat boxes I made for my friends for Valentine’s Day using the Candy Box Punch Board. I love how the enamel dots and shapes add the perfect finishing touch.

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There are so many ways to use these cuties on projects–they’re great for adding dimension and additional layering.

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They look great scattered around in embellishment clusters…

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…and they make perfect flower centers as well.

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You can use these as accents on cards, scrapbook pages, albums made easy layouts, and paper craft projects. They’re in stores now, so pick some up from your favorite retailer and give them a try on your next project.

~Aly

Enamel Dots and Shapes–Warm and Cool
Candy Box Punch Board
Chalkboard Paper Pack

Scrapbooking with the Tab Punch

While the Tab Punch is super handy for keeping albums, files, and documents organized, it’s also great to use on scrapbook pages.  For this layout I had one favorite photo I wanted to include, and several supporting photos that I wanted on the page as well.  I didn’t want to create a 2 page spread, so I decided to create an interactive element on my page instead.

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I created a photo flip book and used the Tab Punch to organize and give subtitles to my photos.  I simply printed my subtitles on coordinating textured cardstock from the Chalkboard collection, punched them out, and added them to my photos with the Tab Stickers. I love that the Tab Punches each have a viewer on the bottom so you can line up your paper just right and see where you’re punching.

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I layered my photos, staggering them to allow room for the tabs, and then I attached them with Washi Tape at the top so I can flip through them.  Once I store this page in my album I can either pull it out to view the photo flip book, or I can cut a window the size of my flip book into my page protector with a craft knife to allow for easy access.

You can also use the Tab Punch to include dates or small bits of journaling, to create accents or embellishments, to add layers and clusters, or to create unique borders by lining tabs up side by side.  Get creative with your Tab Punch and share your ideas with us!

~Aly

Supplies:

Tab Punch–Index
Tab Stickers–Index
Chalkboard Paper Pack
Chalkboard Journaling Cards

Washi Tape–Coral, Onyx

Albums Made Easy Cards

Need an idea for how to use your leftover journaling cards when your Albums Made Easy scrapbook is finished? Or maybe you’d just like some tips for quick and easy card-making? Then check out the cards I made below using some Chalkboard Albums Made Easy Journaling and Die Cut Cards. These cards took me minutes to create, and I used up some scraps and leftover journaling cards in the process.

To create these I cut two 4.25 x 5.5 inch cards that open on the right. I covered the fronts with some chalkboard paper. Then I trimmed a 2 x 5.5 inch strip of patterned paper for each card, and layered a journaling card and die cut card on top. I love the extra visual interest that the die cut cards add!  I finished off the cards with some washi tape, baker’s twine, and brads for accents.

I really like the softness that rounded corners add, so I punched the corners on the cards and patterned paper strips using the 3/8 & 1/8 inch Corner Chomper to match my journaling and die cut cards. Designer tip: if you’re looking to match the rounded corners on your AME cards, the 3/8 ” side of this Corner Chomper is what you need.

~Aly

Supplies:

Chalkboard Albums Made Easy Journaling Cards

Chalkboard Paper Pack

1/8 & 3/8 inch Corner Chomper

Washi Tape–Coral

Baker’s Twine–Aqua

Brads–Yellow, Aqua

Guest Designer Christine Meyer

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My name is Christine Meyer and I’m from rural Illinois. I’ve been scrapbooking for about 9 years and love to create projects of all sorts. I’m thrilled to be featured as We R’s guest designer today and I have three fun cards to share with you! The Chalkboard Collection was a blast to work with and was perfect to make beautiful, classy cards!

All three of my cards are 5 1/2″ X 5 1/2″ and make use of the Corner Chomper to keep things from being too square :).

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I Love Us Closeup

I Love Us Card Instructions
Cut Watercolor and Polka Dot paper on diagonal and add it to each corner of the paper.
Along the diagonal add a ribbon and a strip of the Collage paper
Add a tag and die cut hearts
Add sentiment cardstock tag
Cut out chevrons from the Collage paper and add around the collage

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Be Happy Closeup

Be Happy Card Instructions
Create Base from Monochromatic Paper
Add a 1 1/2″ Strip of the polka dot side of the Monochromatic Paper
Next attach a doily
Create a flag using the Be Happy words from the Collage Paper Borders and a stick pin
Create a bow using ribbon and white floss and stick your Be Happy flag through it
Fussy cut flowers from the Watercolor Paper and add those along with coordinating embellishments.

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Smile Closeup

Smile Card Instructions
Cut 1 inch strips of the Acrylic paper. Line them up to create a border – miter the edges if you’d like to really make them schnazzy!
Add a doily slightly off center.
Use the Sew Easy Ribbon tool to create a border using ribbon and pearls.
Create a medallion flower from the Acrylic paper and attach it to the card topped with button and a twine bow.
Add a die cut sentiment from the paper along with die cut white hearts