School Sports Layout

Hello and welcome, Chantalle with you today!

My DS is such a keen little athlete. For a couple of years he chased a blue ribbon in the sprints but it was just out of his reach. I remember vividly, the pride my husband and I felt when he finally made his dream a reality and won first place. His little face just beamed! He’d worked so hard for it and it meant so much to him.

He has gone on to defend his title as overall fastest in the school for three years in a row – Bringing home more blue ribbons than he could ever imagine! It’s such a joy to see him achieve his dreams, and as his primary school years draw to a close, we look forward to seeing him reach further (and faster) for new stars in high school.

School Sports Layout by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

On this layout, I have used a few of his actual ribbons as embellishments. I was inspired by the blue tones, which are a perfect match to his school sports colours. I went with various shades of blue, keeping the palette minimal, as there are quite a few different elements together on this page.

School Sports Layout by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

The background pattern has been created using some royal blue foil and my Heatwave Tool.

School Sports Layout by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

I selected several sheets of blue foil from the pack of Heatwave mixed colours. I think in total for a length of 12 inches down, I used 4 sheets of foil, underneath a Heatwave ‘Sans Serif’ stencil. TIP: For best results in the Heatwave pen, I would recommend new (or fully recharged) batteries.

Once I had completed my foiling, I added a little splash of some Navy Heidi Swapp Color Shine here and there.

School Sports Layout by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

The ribbons have been pinned directly onto the cardstock or photos – no need for double sided tape!

School Sports Layout by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

The title is very simple, just emphasizing the win!

School Sports Layout by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

I created the number 1 with my Alphabet Punch Board and the letters ‘S’ and T’ with my Mini Alphabet Punch Board. It’s great fun combining letters and numbers from both size boards to add a bit of playfulness to your projects. I’ve chosen to use a gold foil finish for the title, to match the printing on the ribbons.

School Sports Layout by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

Further little embellishments are these cute cameras, hand cut from a sheet of Amy Tangerine On a Whim 12×12 Super Shot. I used my Crop a Dile to pop a quick hole into them and then set a silver eyelet into the hole.

School Sports Layout by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

The eyelet gives the impression that there is a lens on the camera, which I think is pretty cute.

School Sports Layout by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

A few other elements used on this page are some clear stickers with gold foil detail from a pack of Amy Tangerine On a Whim Sticker Book, some Heidi Swapp Chipboard stars as well as some Heidi Swapp acrylic stars (both of which I have been hoarding in my stash for a few years!)

I also used my Typecast Typewriter to add a date to the page. I love how quick and easy it is to use my typewriter to add personalized phrases, dates or journaling to my projects, which I have attached to the back of the layout.

School Sports Layout by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

I love how this layout captures not only a wonderful milestone but also shows off some of hard earned ribbons! Much better than put away in a cupboard somewhere.

School Sports Layout by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

I hope this idea inspires you to use some of the school items you might have tucked away on your next project.

Thank you for stopping by the blog today!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Alphabet Punch Board

3.5” Metallic Pad

Heatwave Tool

Heatwave Foil Pack

Heatwave Stencil Sans Serif

Heidi Swapp Acrylic Stars

Heidi Swapp Chipboard Stars

Honey I’m Home Accent Stickers

Crop a Dile

Typecast Typewriter

Typecast Stickers

Amy Tangerine On a Whim Sticker Book

Amy Tangerine On a Whim 12×12 Super Shot

Bazzill cardstock Black

Bazzill Cardstock Classic Blue

Storage + Organization Tips with Chantalle & Eva

If you’re looking for some tips to keep your craft supplies in check, we’ve got you covered this week! Today’s tips are brought to you by Chantalle McDaniel and Eva Pizarro. Check out what Chantalle has to share below:

“Hello WRMK fans! I have a small creative space and utilise some very cute white bookshelves to store items I use frequently, so I have them to hand when I need them. IKEA has some of my favourite storage tubs which come in handy when it comes to storing similar products or tools. I use a medium size tub (17cm x 24cm) to store my embossing folders and packs of ephemera.”
 
“There is a larger size tub (33.5 x 24cm) which is perfect for my punch boards as well as my hand punches. Another slightly shallower tub has a lid, in which I like to store items from my Typecast collection. (These tubs are also stackable which is fab.) One tip which I shared on Insta recently is that I like to store all of my punch board blades together in one mini tub and just use one for a couple of boards if it’s universal etc. This way, I just dull the edge of one blade at a time, instead of all of them.”
 
 
“It’s great to have pretty bits and pieces on display. Glass bowls or pretty tea cups are great finds at dollar stores or op shops and are fabulous for storing buttons, brads or washi tapes.”
Eva’s got some great storage tips to share as well. Here’s what she has to say:
“Hi everyone! It’s Eva Pizarro here sharing a few tips to keep your supplies in order. Tip #1: Who loves punch boards? I know I do! I keep mine in a wire basket and leave all my blades and small accessories in a box inside. That way the blades don’t get lost and you can use the same blade for all your punch boards. When the blade is dull you start using another one! I also keep a file inside the basket with all my punch instructional booklets, when I need help using my punch boards I always know where to look!”
“Tip #2: the one thing that is ALWAYS on my desk is my pink Crafter’s Tote Bag. I keep all my pencils, glues, scissors, rulers, Crop A Dile and Corner Punches inside. It’s the perfect companion! I love to have all the thing I use in the same place. If you need to divide your Tote Bag even more just add a can like I did! I keep small accessories inside so they don’t get lost in the big space.”
Thanks so much ladies for the helpful tips for storing your favorite craft supplies. Come back tomorrow for some more awesome ideas to keep your stash organized!

Activity Travel Bag for Kids with the Stitch Happy

Hello and welcome, Chantalle with you today! I’ve been having so much fun with my Stitch Happy Sewing Machine that I thought it would be fun to create a little travel kit for my DD with some leftover calico fabric I had from the beach bag I created recently!

Travel Activity Bag with the Stitch Happy by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

Our family loves to take scenic drives at the weekend, but sometimes all the car time can make my little girl a bit restless. I have popped together a super simple little travel kit for her to keep those “Are we there yets?” at bay…

Travel Activity Bag with the Stitch Happy by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

The bag attaches to the headrest of the front seat so it’s easily reached and contains a few things to keep her (and possible even big bro!) engaged that teensy bit longer!

Travel Activity Bag with the Stitch Happy by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

The bag itself started out as roughly a six inch square piece of fabric. I used my Supreme Ruler to cut the fabric. I love the metal edge! Perfect for running a knife against and ensuring a clean cut.

I then ran the bag through my Stitch Happy with a straight stitch on two sides  (the fold served as the third side) leaving a little bit at the top open, for the hem section where I would insert the rope for the drawstring.

The outside has been embellished very simply with some felt hearts from the Stitch Happy Banner Kit. I hand-stitched some letters on them for a bit of fun. They spell the words ‘PLAY’ when read clockwise. I will admit that the addition of the lettering was after I had created the bag, so I used my hot glue gun to adhere them to the bag. (If I had had the thought of it earlier, I would have machine stitched them on.)

Travel Activity Bag with the Stitch Happy by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

The first item inside the bag is a little notebook, which I re-purposed from an existing book that I had in my stash.

Travel Activity Bag with the Stitch Happy by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

The size was perfect for the bag, so I carefully removed the cover and fashioned a new one from a sheet of Amy Tangerine’s On a Whim, ‘Shady Bunch’ paper. I used my Corner Chomper to round the edges.

Inside, I attached some Amy Tangerine On a Whim Ephemera sporadically onto a few pages.

Travel Activity Bag with the Stitch Happy by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

She can use the notebook to jot down some notes, make a map of our route or play a game with her brother.

Travel Activity Bag with the Stitch Happy by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

Also inside is a little laminated scavenger hunt, which I downloaded from the net. There are heaps of printables available so they can be easily prepped the night before you travel if necessary.

Travel Activity Bag with the Stitch Happy by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

There are also some little ‘Would you rather’ game cards, which I found online as well. These have been laminated and added to a book ring. I used my Crop a Dile to punch its way through the whole stack in one go!

Travel Activity Bag with the Stitch Happy by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

The bag turned out super cute and my little miss loves the fact that she has her own special kit for use in the car or on public transport. The book ring can even be attached to a handbag or stroller!

Travel Activity Bag with the Stitch Happy by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

Fill it with goodies your child loves. (LOL Dolls are a firm favourite in my house at the moment) and maybe even a treat or two or some headphones to keep those ears entertained.

Travel Activity Bag with the Stitch Happy by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

Thank you for stopping by the blog today!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Stitch Happy Sewing Machine

Stitch Happy Pressure Sensitive Foot Pedal

Stitch Happy Multimedia Baker’s Twine in Mint

Stitch Happy Banner Kit

Amy Tangerine On a Whim Shady Bunch 12×12

Amy Tangerine On a Whim Stickers

Amy Tangerine On a Whim Ephemera

Supreme Ruler

Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy

Hello and welcome, Chantalle with you today! The Winter solstice has come and gone here in the Southern Hemisphere (not that we can really complain about our winter temps in Queensland!) and I am starting to dream about balmy beach days again. I’ve created an oversized beach bag with my Stitch Happy Sewing Machine, which can accommodate all of our gear for a day at the beach, a picnic or pool party!

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I will confess, that my sewing skills are pretty much limited to most things in square form or something easy that I can check out a tutorial online. (You can find the full details of this tutorial later on in this post.)

My bag is primarily natural calico with a bright pop of colour for the lining and little pocket. I had such fun looking at all the beautiful trims in my local fabric store!

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I washed and ironed my fabric before use to prevent the fabric from warping later on. Once it was ready, I used my new Supreme Ruler to measure out two large pieces, each 22 x 40 inches. I folded the material over before I cut to make it easier. Using the fold as one side, also meant I didn’t have to sew all four sides. The Supreme Ruler was fabulous to use, as the one side has a metal edge, which was perfect for using my rotary cutter against. It also has handy measuring guides, so I knew exactly where to make my markings.

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

This bag is large and strong – It easily fitted four towels, my camera, sunblock, hats and a picnic rug. The bag’s size also seems easy to adjust, so you can make one to suit your specific needs!

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

As per the tutorial, I sewed two square shapes, one in the bright chevron and one in the calico. The bag has squared off edges, which makes it easier to stand up a bit straighter. This involves marking off sections in the bottom two corners, opening the corner and then sewing across. Finally cutting off the excess fabric.

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The bags then fit inside each other and one sews in the handles. I’ve used natural belting which was a little over an inch wide. You can make these as long or as short as you like.

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

You’ll notice I’ve sewed in a box fashion where the handles meet the fabric. This provides extra strength when the handles are under load. Just go slow and steady with your machine and if you find using the pedal is too fast for such a specific area, I like to just wind by hand so I know each stitch is deliberate.

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The pocket was a bit of a made up design, lol. I initially thought the pocket would have the chevron on the outside, but it turned out looking a bit too bright, so I used the calico on the outside and lined it with the chevron print, turning the front edge over slightly, so the colour was peeping out. This was then finished off with some super cute coordinating pom pom trim, which I may or may not have bought a bit extra for something else in the future!

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I’m so impressed with how this bag turned out. I’ll definitely be using the method to create more bags like this and would love to try making a smaller one for everyday items, like groceries or my little one’s gymnastics class! It was a very do-able project and I loved creating it with my Stitch Happy!

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you will have as much fun with your Stitch Happy Sewing Machine as I have!

(The full tutorial of this bag can be found by clicking here)

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Stitch Happy Sewing Machine

Stitch Happy Thread White

Supreme Ruler

Handmade Cards with the Stitch Happy

Hello and welcome, Chantalle with you today! I’d love to share some cards I have created with the help of my amazing new Stitch Happy Sewing Machine. Gone are my days of adding stitching detail by hand to get a bolder effect. Being able to sew with multimedia threads like baker’s twine is a serious game changer!

Stitch Happy Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I’ve used the Stitch Happy Card Kit, and added stitching to create different effects on these three cards.

Stitch Happy Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The kit contains 61 pieces in all… Ten cards with envelopes and 35 pieces of ephemera – Plenty to create gorgeous layered cards! I love adding stitching to my projects as it just adds that touch of texture and detail. You can imagine my excitement when I saw that the multimedia threads came in metallic options – AH-MAZING!

Stitch Happy Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

This birthday card has a sweet mini banner as an embellishment across the front.

Stitch Happy Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I started out with the sea green/aqua watermark print card and ran it through my Evolution Advanced with a stitched heart embossing folder by Amy Tangerine. I’ve chosen to use a landscape orientation for this one so my banner could have a bit more space to spread out across the front. I then chose some felt circles and cardstock heart die cuts from the Stitch Happy Card Kit and after layering them, I ran them through the sewing machine, leaving a few stitches in between to create a banner. (You can see from the middle photo, how I have left a little gap between where one circle ended and another begins to be fed under the foot.)

Stitch Happy Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The white multimedia thread really pops against the pink background! TIP: You could use this same method to create hanging banners as well!

Stitch Happy Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The wood grain print card makes use of the more natural shades in the kit. Another great thing about this kit is that it contains both masculine and feminine elements, so you have lots to work with! The letter ‘I’ has been fashioned from an “L” which comes in the kit (originally spelling ‘HELLO’) I have just snipped off the bottom of the letter to create a capital ‘L’.

Stitch Happy Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

A fantastic feature of the Stitch Happy Sewing Machine is that it has a built in drawer for storage on the right hand side. Very handy for keeping your favourite shades of thread closehand!

The detail on this card has been enhanced by running lines of stitching, using the woodgrain lines as a guide, at intervals along the front of the card. NOTE: It’s a great idea to hide stitching inside a card by covering it with a piece of paper trimmed to size and adhered over the stitching. This creates a nice neat finish inside.

Stitch Happy by We R Memory Keepers

This ‘Shine’ card has a few metallic star bursts with the help of some shimmering Metallic Gold Multimedia Thread. This thread also comes in silver as well! NOTE: Remember to switch out your needle to a number 18 when using this thread weight.

Stitch Happy Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I traced where I wanted the star bursts to be around my die cut star shapes from the card kit and then went about creating the little lines. TIP: It’s a good idea to backstitch when you are doing such short lines to prevent your stitching coming loose.

Stitch Happy Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The large cork star is from a Heidi Swapp Minc Starter kit. I used the Minc Reactive Paint to activate the bottom half of the star and then ran it through my Minc Machine with Matte Gold Reactive Foil. I’ve never tried foiling cork before, so it may be slightly wonky, lol, but I do love the slightly distressed look the cork provides.

Stitch Happy Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I have absolutely no doubt you are going to be amazed by this clever sewing machine. Fabric… paper…. The opportunities to create are limitless!

Stitch Happy Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Thank you for stopping by the blog today!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Stitch Happy Sewing Machine

Stitch Happy Card Kit

Stitch Happy Multimedia Needles

Stitch Happy Pressure Sensitive Foot Pedal

Stitch Happy Multimedia Thread in Citrine, White, Navy & Gold

Stitch Happy Multimedia Baker’s Twine in Mint

Heidi Swapp Minc Machine

Heidi Swapp Minc Matte Gold Reactive Foil

Minc Starter Kit

Heidi Swapp Gold Lamé Color Shine

Heidi Swapp Acrylic Words

Amy Tangerine ‘Love Spun’ Embossing Folder

Pink Paislee ‘Moonstruck’ Ephemera

Sticky Thumb Foam Dots

Evolution Advanced

Father’s Day Gift Idea: Photo Lights Tray

Hello Chantalle here, welcoming you to the blog.

Father’s Day is a special time to celebrate the amazing men in our lives. My DH has been an incredible support to me, especially this year, and the kids and I can’t wait to spoil him.

I’ve created two looks for a simple gift idea that you could put together with your children for Dad. It comprises of some items that you might already have in your stash, as well as some Photolights.

Whether they are an automobile enthusiast or a sports fan, I’m sure these will go down a treat!

Father' Day Gift Tray by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

The first tray is both decorative and useful. Both ideas use a lightly altered canvas as a base with a Photolight attached. You can choose to adhere the light to the base or keep it free standing so Dad can take his special backlit gift with him.

You may also be lucky enough to find a canvas with a recess the same size as your Photolight. (If I had an accurate sanding device, I would’ve tried to sand down the wood a bit in order to insert the light inside the canvas recess.) Mounting the light inside the tray would make a great solid base onto which you can build. Instead, I’ve used some semi-permanent sticky dots to adhere my light to my canvas.

Father' Day Gift Tray by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

As you can see in the image below, I covered the canvas with some woodgrain print paper. I’ve used a sheet of 12×12 paper from my Typecast Paper Pad, as the weight is slightly lighter and was easier to manipulate over the canvas, which was 8 x 10 inches.

I started on the one edge, then ran the paper over the recess area, not the canvas area, before cutting out the area of the paper where it covered the recess.

The wooden section of the canvas that is still visible from the top, has been covered with some woodgrain washi tape, which I had in my stash. I now had a perfect little inexpensive tray, ready to be filled!

Father' Day Gift Tray by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

The car blueprint is a laser print of a stock image, which I downloaded. The white areas work very well, lit from behind. You could use a bike or plane or a boat… the options are endless!

Father' Day Gift Tray by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

With the image in place and the magnetic acrylic plate placed over it, I went about adding a few small touches to the frame in the form of some chipboard Thickers.

Father' Day Gift Tray by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

The tray now serves as a bedside storage area for Dad’s personal items as well as giving off a gentle glow when lit up!

Father' Day Gift Tray by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

The next tray gives Dad official permission to put his feet up! I’ve used the same tray principle and applied it in the form of a mini hamper. Armed with a few tasty snacks and 100% access to the remote, Dad will love his time out to watch the game!

Father' Day Gift Tray by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

I measured the size I needed for my 8×8 Photolights frame and set some text over a sweet image of our kiddos. This was then printed off onto some Photolights Printable Backlit Paper.

Father' Day Gift Tray by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

NB: When using this paper, remember to print on the more matte side, as the ink will not stick to the shinier side.

Father' Day Gift Tray by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

Use batteries or the USB power source (provided), to switch the light on and show Dad just how much you love him this Father’s Day.

Father' Day Gift Tray by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

Thank you for stopping by the blog today!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Photolights Natural Wood Finish 8×8 Frame

Photolights Natural Wood Finish 4×6 Frame

Photolights Printable Backlit Film
Jen Hadfield for Pebbles, Simple Life Chipboard Thickers

Amy Tangerine On a Whim chipboard Thickers

Tooth Fairy Boxes

Hello everyone! Chantalle here, welcoming you back to the blog today.

My dear daughter has a changing smile at the moment, as she has started to loose a few more teeth. That little face, complete with a gappy grin just melts my heart! She has been using her brother’s homemade Lego tooth fairy box to store her tiny treasures, but I thought creating some special boxes would be a sweet way to mark the occasions.

I’ve created three types of small boxes. Well, strictly speaking they are not all boxes! For variety, I’ve made a little box, a box envelope and a little cone shaped one. Let me show you each one in a little more detail…

Tooth Fairy Boxes by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The box envelope one was created using my 123 Punch Board. It’s extremely similar to creating a regular envelope on the board, with the exception of creating a few extra score lines.

Tooth Fairy Boxes by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The little green box opens to reveal some bright insides. (For those of you who keep your little one’s teeth, this little box could provide a neat storage option.)

Tooth Fairy Boxes by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I used the smallest size noted on the measurement chart on the 123 Punch Board. The overall size of the box is 1 ¾ inches squared and uses a piece of bright and beautiful Amy Tangerine On a Whim, ‘Let’s Leaf’ trimmed to 6 x6 inches.

The paper is scored and punched on both sides to reveal the box shape. Use the notch punch, which is cleverly incorporated into the punch board (along with a corner rounder) to create the grooves where the top sections fold in to each other to close the box. Tip: Close opposites sides of the box first.

Tooth Fairy Boxes by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I’ve decorated the outside of the box with some Heidi Swapp Rub ons, some Amy Tangerine Washi Tape and Stickers.

Tooth Fairy Boxes by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Inside, I have filled the box with some lovely yellow Vicki Boutin Tissue paper for a bit of fun.

Tooth Fairy Boxes by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The box envelope is very easily put together, as mentioned earlier. I started off with a piece of paper, trimmed down to 5 1/8 inches squared and followed the prompts in the instructions for the 123 Punch Board. Inside this box, is a pull out card where we can record the details of the tooth or a message to the Tooth Fairy.

Tooth Fairy Boxes by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

A handy storage idea (and so that the Tooth Fairy can make a quick getaway if she chooses to leave the envelope behind) is to include a little packet to keep the tooth in, if you are worried about it falling out. I picked these ones up at a Dollar Store.

Another tip I thought I would share, is to close the envelope with a removable glue dot. That way, you can open and close it without causing any damage. The envelope has been embellished quite simply, using some High Five items, like a button, some stickers and a die cut circle. This one would be great for a little Mister who has lost a tooth as well!

Tooth Fairy Boxes by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The third little box turned out to be my daughter’s favourite and she used it straight away!

Tooth Fairy Boxes by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Using my DIY Party Board I placed a sheet of Amy Tangerine On a Whim, ‘Sprinkle’ on to the board and cut a small triangular shape from the bottom. Note: I used the smaller guide and just cut a section off that I thought would work. You can of course, cut as big a shape as you like. I rolled up the shape, glued it shut and folded the top in a bit, further persuading it to stay in the rolled shape.

For a non-permanent closure, I have used a folded Oh Goodie Starburst Closure and a decorative bulldog clip. To the clip, I have attached a small tag with details of the tooth and finished it off with a cute butterfly die cut from a pack of Flower Girl Ephemera.

Tooth Fairy Boxes by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
So excited to pop her tooth inside!

Tooth Fairy Boxes by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

It’s just a matter of time before that gap widens, as we have the neighbouring top tooth loose as well!

Tooth Fairy Boxes by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Tooth Fairy Boxes by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Until next time!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

DIY Party Board

123 Punch Board

High Five Plastic Buttons

High Five Stickers

High Five Die Cut Shapes

Amy Tangerine On a Whim, ‘Sprinkle’ 12×12

Amy Tangerine On a Whim, ‘Let’s Leaf’ 12×12

Amy Tangerine Washi Tape

Amy Tangerine Stickers

Vicki Boutin Tissue paper

Flower Girl Die Cut Shapes

Oh Goodie Starburst

 

 

 

 

Throwback Thursday: Interactive Mother’s Day Card

Happy Thursday friends! We hope you’re enjoying the beautiful Mother’s Day projects from our design team this week. Today we thought it would be fun to throw it back to a favorite Mother’s Day blog project from last year by design team member, Chantalle McDaniel. Check out her incredible interactive Mother’s Day Card, video included!

 

Hello We R fans and thank you for stopping in today. With a special day on the calendar fast approaching, I’d like to share a card that I created using the beautiful new Flower Girl collection. It would be perfect for your Mum or someone special you would like to show your appreciation to.

Interactive Mother's Day Card by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

While the idea for this card has been seen before (find a link to create your own here) the way in which you use your supplies and embellish it can make for a stunning and unique gift. I’ve used a combination of Bazzill cardstock for the base and the pretty floral prints of Flower Girl ‘Bouqet’ and ‘Rose Bud’ for the sleeve and inner tray lining.

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The inner tray and outer sleeve were created using my Envelope Punch board. Now, you might be thinking this is way too complex for you to give it a go, but I promise, it was surprisingly easy to put together.

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The little tray pulls out to reveal a pop up surprise. This effect is achieved by three small rows of folded cardstock which have been embellished using Flower Girl ephemera and stickers. I thought it would be a cute idea to add in some ’grass’ to compliment the flora and fauna. I used some DIY Party Fringe Tape in ‘Meadow’ and adhered a strip to the front of each row. I then used a very sharp pair of scissors to snip the squared off fringe in a haphazard fashion, creating the blades of grass.

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Towards the back of the tray there is enough to stash a small present like some chocolates, a gift card or a voucher. (You can adjust this area by spacing your rows a little further apart or closer together.)

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The sleeve can also be kept on the base, with the pop up elements on display in front. I’ve used a wreath shape ephemera on the top of the sleeve, along with two super cute pieces of Flower Girl wood veneer. The word ‘Mom’ was actually the word ‘moment’ from the Flower Girl accents sticker pack. I’ve snipped off the rest of the word and popped it on with a bit of foam tape.

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That cute spring is thanks to bits of acetate I’ve used to back the ephemera.

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Here’s a look at this fun interactive card in action:

I hope you will give this idea a go. It’s such fun to create and even more fun to receive!

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Happy crafting,

Chantalle

Supplies:

Envelope Punch board

Bazzill cardstock

Flower Girl 12×12:

‘Bouquet’

‘Rose Bud’

Flower Girl Ephemera

Flower Girl Wood Veneer Shapes

Flower Girl Puffy Stickers

Flower Girl Accent Stickers

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Mother’s Day Brunch Decor

Hello again We R fans. Chantalle with you today – thank you for stopping by!

If you are thinking of treating a special Mother in your life to a picnic or outdoor activity, I’ve got some ideas that are quick to put together, which coordinate with some inexpensive store-bought items.

Mother's Day Brunch Decor by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

We all have a lot on our plates these days and I love an idea even more if it saves me a bit of time! Some fabulous graphic-printed picnic ware, spotted while out shopping, was the inspiration behind creating some custom table décor. I loved the colour combination and graphic pops of black. It’s these colours that I have run with and gone with a graphic feel for the items I created. Let’s take a closer look…

Mother's Day Brunch Decor by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

The little table centerpiece was created with some bbq staples – kebab sticks and a bit of foam, which I covered to match. I started off creating lots of super awesome little shapes, using my Trim & Score Board and my Triangle Score Guide. I’ve been busting to try this tool out for ages and now I had my chance! The basic principle behind every shape is simple scoring. At first, I was pretty intimidated, but once you get the initial scoring done, it’s just a matter of tracing your shape and cutting out with some scissors!

The instructions that come with the Triangle Score Guide are straightforward: Trim your paper to size, score vertically, then add the guide to your score board, then score again, creating angles, then flip the guide, rotate your paper and score one more time to product lots of triangles on your paper. You then not the shape you want to create, based on the size of paper you have, and cut out. Awesome!

Trim & Score Board and Triangle Score Guide by We R Memory Keepers

The shapes you create are great on their own on the table as décor, or you could string them along some sparkling thread for a great cake topper. So many possibilities!

Mother's Day Brunch Decor by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

When I was folding my shapes, I must have adhered two pieces in the wrong spot and accidentally came up with the shape below. It kinda looked like a wonky fortune cookie! It got me thinking that I could use it as a place card, so I embellished it with some yellow acrylic paint and added a splash of glitter paper. I really like American Crafts ‘Pow’ glitter paper as it runs through my Silhouette machine very well, it’s thin and doesn’t shed lots of glitter everywhere.

Mother's Day Brunch Decor by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

If Mum is going to be seated… surely she would need something to eat with? I saw this seriously cute cutlery bag idea on Pinterest and decided to make my own, using my Scalloped Goodie Bag Guide along with some Ombré Oh Goodie Glassine papers. I’ve chosen to work with the pink paper as it matched my paper plates and napkins.

Scallop Goodie Bag Guide by We R Memory Keepers

The scallop edge looked so pretty, I chose to keep it facing up instead of at the back of the bag. I’ve added some little On a Whim die cut shapes and tied it off with some silver twine.

Mother's Day Brunch Decor by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

Now, let’s treat Mum to a drink as sparkling as she is…

Customise some basic disposable drinkware with rubs-ons and stickers!

Mother's Day Brunch Decor by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

I’ve added a Vicki Boutin Rub-On to this clear champagne goblet, which turned out great! I love the subtle difference in the colour. I then added a Heidi Swapp sticker over the top and finished off with a few little enamel dots in coordinating shades. (This idea would also be great at a party to differentiate people‘s glasses.)

Mother's Day Brunch Decor by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

Does Mum prefer something a little warmer? How about a custom sleeve for her favourite brew?

Mother's Day Brunch Decor by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

I created this coffee cup using the 9 Oz. measurements on my DIY Party Board. Simply trim your paper to size as instructed, then cut at two intervals along the board. Presto!

It has been embellished with some more rub-ons – I couldn’t resist!! This time I’ve used some Photo Lights Rub-Ons. I love how easily these rub-ons transfer and that some are pretty big.

DIY Party Board by We R Memory Keepers

Confetti makes for a fun and festive way to add a little dazzle to any table. Create your own, super fast, with a DIY Party Confetti Punch. I love this tool! (It was also a great way to use up the scraps from creating my graphic shapes.) Punch some foiled paper for a metallic pop!

Mother's Day Brunch Decor by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

Mother's Day Brunch Decor by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

To all the Mothers out there, you are doing an amazing job!

 

Here’s to strong women.

May we know them.

May we be them.

May we raise them.

Mother's Day Brunch Decor by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

Enjoy your special day!

 

Chantalle

 

 

Materials Used:

DIY Party Confetti Punch

DIY Party Board

Scalloped Goodie Bag Guide

Oh Goodie Glassine ombré papers

Triangle Score Guide

Trim & Score Board

Photo Lights Rub-Ons

Bazzill Silver Foil cardstock

Bazzill Cardstock (assorted coordinating colours)

Amy Tangerine On a Whim, ‘Ray of Light’ 12×12

Vicki Boutin Rub-Ons

 

Interactive Alphabet Book

Hello there We R fans, and welcome to “Inspired by Pinterest” Week here on the blog. Our designers have found some projects on Pinterest that inspire them, and have created their own project based on that inspiration. You’re going to love what they’ve come up with! Check it out.

 

Hello and welcome back to the blog! Chantalle with you today to chat about a way to make learning your ABC’s a bit more fun for kids. I was inspired by a project I saw on Pinterest involving a book bound from paper bags. It was such a sweet way of storing memories but I also loved the interactive element of it and thought I could combine my alphabet punchboard and my Cinch Binding Tool to create something fun and interactive for my little learner!

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

My ‘super fun’ alphabet pad consists of several pockets, bound together. I’ll admit, I did worry it was too fat to bind at one stage! Lol. But my awesome Cinch made light work of the 26 pages plus chipboard covers!

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Let’s learn our ABC’s by sliding out the cards! Let’s see what word starts with the letter ‘A’… yep, you guessed it, ‘Apple’!

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I found this pack of flashcards at my local Target store. The cards were a great size and have been printed onto a sturdy cardstock with a gloss finish, so I knew they would be hard wearing for what I had in mind. (Plus, this works out cheaper than if I were to print the sheets out on my inkjet printer at home and then laminate them!)

To make my cards slide in and out of custom pockets, I had to cut them down a bit, to be able to secure them inside, without falling out when pulled. To do this, I popped each of them onto my Trim & Score Board and measured about a quarter inch down from the top and up from the bottom. I left another quarter inch on the left hand side where I would be inserting them into the sleeves later on. I then cut along the top and bottom guide marks I had made, leaving the left hand side as is.

Trim and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

For my sleeves, I created 26 pockets using coordinating shades of Bazzill Cardstock (see materials list for colours used) I left a quarter inch extra at the bottom of the pocket and half an inch at the top to accommodate for binding.

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I rounded the corners of my flashcards using my Crop a Dile Corner Chomper and then inserted them into their sleeves. In order for them to stay in place during use, I had to sew them inside the sleeves – just a little bit above and below the card as shown in the picture below. The quarter inch or so of stitching will allow the cut out area to slide out but hold the area that I left at the original height of the card, inside the sleeve.

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Once all my sleeves were sewn, it was time to start putting the pad together. For kids, a sturdy cover is a must. I’ve used some 8×8 Cinch Designer Book Board which I cut down to size and then covered with some gorgeously fun Amy Tangerine ‘On a Whim’ papers. The image below shows just how easy it is to create a bound item using The Cinch. Simply pull out the corresponding peg to choose how many holes to punch. Note: In this picture you will see I punched my holes before I covered my board. I would recommend covering your chipboard before you punch, for a neater finish.

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Now that my cover was sorted, it was time to move on to embellishing my sleeves. I wanted corresponding letters to match my flashcards. Enter my Alphabet Punch Board! This clever punch board allowed me to create matching lettering for each letter of the alphabet. The ‘m’ and ‘w’ turned out to be a bit too wide for the size of my sleeves, so I used the adorable (seriously, you have to have one they are SO cute!!) Mini Alphabet Punch Board to whip up two of each letter and mount them underneath each other.

Alphabet Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

The final piece that I needed on each were the words ‘is for…’ so I popped some grid paper from my Typecast 8.5 x 11” pad into my Typecast typewriter and started typing up my text. I chose to use the grid paper so they would all look uniform.

We R Memory Keepers Typecast Typewriter

Here are all the letters, bound in to the pad. ‘A’ through to ‘H’…

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

… and ‘I’ to ‘Z’.

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

For an extra fun element, each of the cards has a reusable area to practice lettering on! This is especially handy for my little bug, who sometimes writes her letters back to front. Simply lay the pad flat, grab a whiteboard marker and you’re all set!

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I hope you have enjoyed my post today. If you decide to give this idea a try, please tag us in your pictures on social media – we would love to see them!

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Until next time,

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Alphabet Punch Board

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Crop a Dile Corner Chomper

Trim & Score Board

Cinch Binding Tool

Cinch binding combs

Cinch Designer Book Board 8×8

Typecast Typewriter

Typecast Pad

Amy Tangerine On a Whim:

Wash Tape

Die cut shapes

In Good Company

Fine Apple

Super Shot

Keep your Cool

Let’s Dance

Think Pink

Super Fun

Seriously

Paradise

 

Oh Happy Life:

No Worries

Happy

 

Bazzill Cardstock:

Purple Palissades

French Vanilla

Cream Puff

Wisteria

Flamingo

Chablis

Petalsoft

White

African Daisy

Pollen

Sea Water

Jetstream

Coastal

Springtime

Glow

Starmist

Piglet