Our Favorite Colors: Double Page Scrapbook Layout

Hello again WeR fans! Thank you for stopping by the blog this week, as we share our favourite colour combinations! I cannot walk past anything pink. The hotter the better… I am well and truly a child of the Eighties in that regard!

Pink goes with so many colours but I really love an Aqua/Teal and Gold combination. Throw in a pop of black for good measure and it’s perfection, haha.

balloons

It’s very seldom that I create a double page layout. The second page always seems a bit daunting I guess. The layout I have created using my favourite colours though, seemed right for a double. The emotion while I created it just spilled out past twelve inches and I’m really glad I went with it, because I love how it turned out.

Double Page Layout by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The main focal area has a circular design that expands outwards from the image. Staples hold the photo in place, adding texture and colour.

 Double Page Layout by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The grid pattern also extends out onto white cardstock. The lines and circles have been added in by hand to give a sense of continuity.

Double Page Layout by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

To start, I selected the sweet but not-too-overpowering design of a sheet of Flower Girl ‘Sweets’. (I will admit that I hoard my WeR papers and accessories now!)

The grid lines were perfect to extend my design on to a second page.

I then used my Circle Clear Cut Punch to punch a 2 inch circle into the centre of the patterned paper, below which I would adhere my image.

Using the clever circle shapes molded into my WRMK Square Guide , I traced a light pencil mark around the photo. This would serve as a guide to where I was going to be stapling.

The WRMK Staple Board allows you to punch anywhere on a project! With three sizes of staplers to choose from, it’s powerful magnetic system holds your paper in place while you staple. I’ve used the small and large size staples and adjusted the base accordingly.

It was a bit of trial and error getting the staples in exactly the correct position, but after a few goes I had worked out a bit of a system, rotating the paper as I went. It took a bit of time, but I really like the effect.

Staple Board by We R Memory Keepers

I used a fine artline pen to extend the lines onto the plain white cardstock…

Double Page Layout by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

… And one of my favourite Vicki Boutin Stamp & Die Set (circles) along with a juicy pink ink from my Vicki Boutin Color Wheel Ink Pad. These pads are so clever and compact – giving you collections of warm or cool colours. A must for the stash!

My Acrylic Stamp Blocks allowed me to see exactly where my stamping would be placed and the grid lines printed on the block make lining things up really easy.

Double Page Layout by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory KeepersDouble Page Layout by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

There are lots of lots of little coordinating details on this layout. I gathered matching elements, and used up lots of things I have been keeping for a rainy day. One thing I will say is this – if you are holding on to something, use it. Use the nice things – don’t keep them hidden away.

Double Page Layout by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Another fantastic function of the Staple Board is that it comes with built-in storage, which is really handy for keeping little things like staples organized. You can purchase refill boxes of staples, which come in 3 sizes and 4 colours.

Staple Board by We R Memory Keepers

These Shimelle ‘Glitter Girl’ Shaker Stickers are a perfect example of me keeping things, lol. Sooo easy on the eye, these shaker stickers have been squirreled away. I’m so glad I used one on this page! I love it and will be using them instead of looking at them for sure.

Double Page Layout by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

More little details – another favourite (of which I now sadly have no more) are the ‘Pick me Up’ Rub Ons by Paige Evans for Pink Paislee. They are wonderful!

Double Page Layout by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I’m definitely seeing more double in my future!

Double Page Layout by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

We all get the days when worries take over – we overthink, wonder what’s around the corner for us. Life is tricky baby – stay in your magic.

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Bazzill cardstock

Circle Clear Cut Punch

Acrylic Stamp Blocks

Embossing Stylus

Crate Paper ‘Good Vibes’ Chipboard Stickers

Crate Paper Good Vibes Ephemera

Shimelle ‘Glitter Girl’ Shaker Stickers

Shimelle ‘Glitter Girl’ Ephemera

Pink Paislee Wild Child Puffy Stickers

Vicki Boutin Stamp & Die Set (circles)

Vicki Boutin Rub Ons

Vicki Boutin Color Wheel Ink Pad

Amy Tangerine Suede Bows

WRMK Square Guide
WRMK Flower Girl ‘Sweets’ 12×12

WRMK Staple Board

Pink Paislee ‘Pick me Up’ Rub Ons
American Crafts ‘Get Together’ Foam Thickers

American Crafts ‘Skylar’ Foam Phrase Stickers

 

 

 

Storage and Organization Tips with Chantalle

Hello WRMK fans, Chantalle here. 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.
Thanks for stopping by and for letting me share these ideas with you. Happy organising!

DIY Washi Tape Jewelry Box

Hello WeR fans! Thanks for joining me again today. Chantalle with you to share a little jewellery box I have created with the help of some of the many, many rolls of washi tape I have in my stash.

There are so many gorgeous styles and colours out there – the perfect, useful eye candy, lol.

DIY Washi Tape Jewelry Box by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The base and lid have been constructed out of strips of tape that have been rolled around each other.

DIY Washi Tape Jewelry Box by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

This type of box is completely customizable, as you can choose the colours, size and variations of tape you would like to suit your needs!

DIY Washi Tape Jewelry Box by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

To start, I selected the tape colours and patterns I was going to use. This type of technique reminds me of the bold and varied prints from South Africa, where I am originally from. I really miss seeing those beautiful colours around me!

I found that using a ‘standard’ ½ inch size tape width worked better, as the heights of the little rolls were more consistent. I folded the tape in half so the colour was on both sides and then rolled the tape up. I systematically rolled another strip and another strip around each other so the roll got bigger and more colourful.  To keep each strip of tape in place before I started a new strip, I applied a teeny strip of tape so hold the end down. Likewise, when starting a new colour, I added a teeny strip of tape, which held the beginning down, so I could continue to roll as the washi is quite a slippery surface.

* You can use some adhesive between layers so they stick together nicely, but I just applied a clear glue over the whole roll, letting it seep in between the layers, when I was happy with the size of the roll.

DIY Washi Tape Jewelry Box by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory KeepersNow that my base was complete, I built up the sides with a strip of Bazzill cardstock in a powder blue. I used my Trim & Score Board to cut a strip of about 1.5 inches high and rolled it around my base tape roll. I kept it place with some strong double-sided tape.

For the outer wall embellishment, I again rolled washi tape in half, but then cut this in half again so make very thin little strips. My Detail Scissors made this a ‘snip’, hehe.

I added my think washi strips to the cardstock, working my way up the height of the sides, but leaving a little area uncovered. This is where my lid would fit over.

To create the lid, I repeated the steps from before, this time making the washi tape roll slightly larger and the side cardstock area only about half an inch high. I covered the lid with more thin strips of washi.

DIY Washi Tape Jewelry Box by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I love how much detail there is to take in on the box. So many layers and colours. It isn’t a super quick project, but it’s definitely worth the effort I think!

DIY Washi Tape Jewelry Box by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

This little box can hold a number of rings, necklaces and earrings – Great for the dressing table, or even a little coin box for the car. It would make a fabulous container for little teeth waiting for the Tooth Fairy too!

DIY Washi Tape Jewelry Box by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Until next time, thanks so much for joining me!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Trim & Score Board

Detail Scissors

Bazzill cardstock

WRMK Chomper Washi

Jane Davenport Washi Tape

Amy Tangerine Washi Tape

Heidi Swapp Washi Tape

DIY Summer Candles

Hello WeR fans and welcome! It’s Chantalle with you again and I can’t wait to share some candle décor ideas with you, which I’ve created with my Wick Candle Maker.

As we approach (a thankfully comparably mild) winter Down Under, this little beach-inspired scene reminds me that summer is not that far away.

DIY Summer Candles by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I’ve created three style of candle, all using the Wick machine, paraffin beads and a splash of colouring.

DIY Summer Candles by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

These candles were really fun to make and turned out even better than I expected. I love the fact that they are personal to my family and the shells are from the estuary only meters from our home.

DIY Summer Candles by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The two cylindrical shaped candles are from the smooth mold that comes in the candle making kit. One ties off some wick material onto a metal rod, which balances across the top of the mold, then you pull the wick material through the hole at the bottom of the mold, then pop a rubber stopper into the hole, securing the wick material and preventing the melted wax from escaping.

For my candle on display in the glass votive, I created an ombré effect by adding a brown wax crayon. This was the first time I had used a solid colour to colour my wax melts. I also tried adding some mists and paint but the liquids didn’t mix properly with the wax and settled awkwardly at the bottom of the mold as well as my Wick machine and were tricky to clean.

The wax crayon melted into a rich colour and if you want an ombré effect, it’s great as I found the consistency must’ve been denser as it settled to the bottom very well.

DIY Summer Candles by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

A convenient function the Wick machine has, is an indicator light that illuminates when the valve is opened. This is handy as I sometimes forget to close the valve after I had made a candle. It’s a great reminder to quickly shut it before the new melted wax comes running out!

Wick Candle Maker by We R Memory Keepers

Here you can see the finished brown candle. It takes about one and a half refills of the machine to fill this size mold. The first round was the dark wax with the wax crayon added. The second layer was diluted slightly with more plain wax melts. The top layer was a new batch of plain melts, with a touch of the blue colour shavings you get in the kit along with the machine. One thing I have mentioned before is that it’s totally normal for your candle to sink a bit during the setting process. I now know to keep an extra amount of the last colour used, to reheat in the machine and then top the candle up if necessary. I will also mention that these candles I set in the fridge. It made them much easier to get out of the mold.

DIY Summer Candles by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Moving on to the next style of candle are these shelled beauties! I love these little babies and will definitely be making these as gifts!

One can purchase small wicks with the metal stabilizer online, but I tried my hand at upcycling some existing wicks in the form of tea lights, which I had on hand.

I cut up the candles carefully and extracted the wicks. I then popped the wax into my Wick to melt it. Once I was happy with how I had placed the wicks inside the shells, I placed the shells very carefully under the valve on the machine and opened it just a tiny bit to allow the wax to just drop out very gently.

Wick Candle Maker by We R Memory Keepers

Voila! These are addictive to make so be warned lol!

DIY Summer Candles by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

My third style of candle is one with a photo personalization. I looked up how to do it online and it involved printing a photo onto tissue paper.

I stuck the tissue down to regular copy paper and the fed it into my very trusty inkjet printer. I’d measured the size of the candle and created an image box in a word processing programme. I then printed the image off using a ‘speciality paper’ setting on the printer.

I was nervous as to how the printer would go, printing on to such delicate paper but it worked great! I cut the tissue photo out and placed it, image side up, around the candle. You’ll notice this candle is also kinda ombré in colour. The bottom bit was left over melted tea light candle with a bit of blue colour shavings added. I topped the candle up with the Wick paraffin melts and blue shavings and, as you can see, the consistency of the two types of waxes is different. I really like it.

Wick Candle Maker by We R Memory Keepers

In order to transfer the image onto the candle itself, I then wrapped the whole thing  in baking paper and heated it with my heat gun. You can see I used BBQ tongs to hold it while I heated it to protect my hands.

As the wax heats, you will see the paper darken. Once you’ve got the whole paper dark, you can go ahead and peel the baking paper away slowly. (You may need to keep heating gently as you do this step, just see how you go.)

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And here is my photo candle. This family photo was taken on a gorgeous Gold Coast beach inside a beach cave. I really like how the texture of the candle echoes the rocks!

 

DIY Summer Candles by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Summer Candles by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I hope you enjoyed this post. These candles are a fun and easy way to create ambience in your home and truly unique gifts for your friends and family.

I LOVE my Wick and I’m sure you will too! Be sure to tag @wermemorykeepers in your social media posts so we can enjoy seeing you get your craft on! Until next time!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Wick Candle Maker

 

 

Throwback Thursday: Interactive Alphabet Flipbook

Hey there crafty friends! With the school year ending and summer vacation on the horizon, we’re throwing it back to last spring with this amazing interactive alphabet flipbook. It’s the perfect craft to keep the kids entertained this summer and to keep them learning too!

 

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

Handmade Gift Ideas with the Precision Press Advanced

Hello WeR fans and welcome back to the blog today! It’s Chantalle with you, to share some ideas using the all-new Advanced Precision Press stamping platform. If you are a fan of stamping then let me tell you, this is a must-have tool. I’m not the world’s biggest stamper by any means, but I have quite a few because they look so darn cute. I spent a couple of nights playing with this platform, and by the end of them, I was absolutely hooked!

Handmade Gifts with the Precision Press Advanced by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps and rubons

The Press can be used on it’s own, as a base for freehand stamping or pop on an extra press plate for layered stamping!

Handmade Gifts with the Precision Press Advanced by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps and rubons
This floral encouragement card was created using two techniques, which I will go into detail with you below.

Handmade Gifts with the Precision Press Advanced by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps and rubons

First, I experimented with a watercolour technique. My watercolour paper was held in place with the magnets provided in the packaging. Unfortunately, during transit, mine broke so I found a great little tip online of holding the bits in place with some strong binding tape. (The tape actually also makes them easier to pick up off the paper so it’s worth a go if you struggle with that kind of thing.) Next, I arranged where I wanted the stamps to go, on my paper. I placed the acrylic plate over the top and picked up the stamps. I then coloured in areas of the stamp with some Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers. After that, they had a quick little spritz with some water and then I positioned the acrylic plate onto the pegs and pressed down to stamp.

The image revealed was very subtle, but that’s the beauty of a stamping platform – you can keep going back to an area until you have a perfect impression!

I built up layers of colour until I was happy with the result and then used my Detail Scissors to cut the flowers out.

Handmade Gifts with the Precision Press Advanced by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps and rubons

The background of the card is this beautiful, moody Hawthorne paper by Heidi Swapp. I’ve positioned my same Vicki Boutin flower stamps over the paper and picked them up again with the acrylic plate. Now as you can see from the image, my stamps are hanging a bit off my paper. I wanted the flowers to bleed off the edge so I popped a piece of scrap paper underneath the patterned paper to catch any excess ink.

I used Versamark for my impression and then covered the area with white embossing powder which I heat set.

Handmade Gifts with the Precision Press Advanced by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps and rubons

The contrast between the dark papers, white embossing and pops of bright watercolour turned out so nicely. I’ve used some gorgeous Coral Bazzill cardstock and paired it with another Vicki Boutin stamped sentiment as well as a Heidi Swapp Hawthorne die cut shape.

Handmade Gifts with the Precision Press Advanced by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps and rubons

The next project I created is this mixed media piece of art. You might remember I created a similar piece a few months ago… My friend at work really loved it and it’s her birthday coming up, so I created this version for her. It was so much fun to create and I can’t wait to give it to her!

Handmade Gifts with the Precision Press Advanced by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps and rubons
As you can imagine, there are lots and lots of yummy details to take in on this piece. The focal point is that beautiful drawn lady which is from a Jane Davenport paper pad. I love the figures she draws. This young lady has been given a few slicks of watercolour paint and a bit of detail with some delicate Vicki Boutin Rub Ons.

Handmade Gifts with the Precision Press Advanced by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps and rubons

My Precision Press Advanced came into play when trying to plan the layout of the image. Initally, I wanted to use a few Amy Tangerine die cut shapes, but there needed to be a large contrast between the sizes of things on the page. The background is brushed on watercolour and then I have placed some Vicki Boutin circular stamp shapes onto the paper. Because the side of the Press is open, you can use many size papers with it, which is great!

Handmade Gifts with the Precision Press Advanced by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps and rubons

When I was happy with the stamping, I ran some gorgeous gold art screen ink over a woodgrain texture Heidi Swapp art screen.

Next came some texture paste and a bit more paint as well as lots of finer details like some circles cut with my fave Circle Clear Cut Punch out. These have also been given a bit of watercolour treatment. Other details are things like gold leave (all the heart eyes!!) as well as some rub ons.

Handmade Gifts with the Precision Press Advanced by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps and rubons

Handmade Gifts with the Precision Press Advanced by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps and rubons

I hope she likes it!

Handmade Gifts with the Precision Press Advanced by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps and rubons

My final little gift idea is this mini travel notebook/journal. Now I’ve got to give credit to a friend of mine who has taken a bit of inspiration from us scrappers! He whipped up heaps of these little notebooks and gave them to all of us as work, which I thought was pretty awesome.

Handmade Gifts with the Precision Press Advanced by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps and rubons

I’ve used the same principal of a simple folded 6×7 inch piece of paper (a sturdier one is best like good quality patterned paper or cardstock) then rounded the edges with my ever-faithful WRMK Crop A Dile Corner Chomper and decorated the cover using my Advanced Precision Press.

Folding the paper was so easy thanks to the adorable new Mini Score Board. It’s lightweight and perfect for smaller projects like this one and very compact so you can keep it close to hand in your craft space.

Handmade Gifts with the Precision Press Advanced by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps and rubons

The starburst shape has been embossed with Zing Gold Glitter Embossing Powder.

This notebook has a simple staple finish holding the sheets of paper together. I’ve  used a marker and coloured mine black so they don’t stand out as much on the patterned paper.

Handmade Gifts with the Precision Press Advanced by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps and rubons

I use this type of notebook for so many things like shopping lists, or quick ideas as well as keeping a note of what craft supplies I use on projects. So handy and super easy to put together!

Handmade Gifts with the Precision Press Advanced by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring Vicki Boutin stamps and rubons

Thanks again for stopping by. One could go even further by stamping on plain wrapping/brown paper to make custom designs and create matching envelopes for cards with the Envelope Punch Board then customize it with the Precision Press! Perhaps you might consider one of these ideas for your gift giving. Until next time, happy crafting!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Precision Press Advanced

WRMK Acrylic Blocks

Circle Clear Cut Punch

WRMK Crop A Dile Corner Chomper

WRMK 3 Way Corner Rounder

Mini Score Board

Embossing Stylus

Detail Scissors

Vicki Boutin Acrylic Paint

Vicki Boutin Stamp & Die Set (floral)

Vicki Boutin Stamp & Die Set (circles)

Vicki Boutin Rub Ons

Vicki Boutin Color Wheel ink pads

Heidi Swapp Art Screen

Heidi Swapp Art Screen Ink Gold

Heidi Swapp Gold Foil Flakes

Heidi Swapp Glue Pen

Heidi Swapp Hawthorne 12×12 Pad

Heidi Swapp Hawthorne Clear Stickers

Heidi Swapp Hawthorne Ephemera

Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers

Jane Davenport Rub Ons

Amy Tangerine Die Cut Shapes with foil

Crate Good Vibes Stamp Set

Crate Paper Good Vibes Serious Fun 12×12

AC Zing Gold Glitter Embossing Powder

 

Graduation Guest Book

Hello WeR fans! It’s Chantalle with you and thank you for stopping by the blog today to check out this little graduation memento/guest book.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I will admit to creating this book after the fact, as a celebration of my daughter having successfully graduated from year 2 to 3, which in Australia moves you up in the world from ‘Junior’ to ‘Middle’ status in primary school. I will also admit that I am rubbish at filing things properly when I first get them. I kinda collect similar items and then have a big filing session (which then becomes a big task lol) so I was really happy to gather things that I had saved over the course of the year and then compile into this mini book. She still sees all of these kids every day so I can grab them to add a few more signatures to the hall of fame area at the back haha!

The book consists of some covered heavy weight kraft card for the covers and some patterned paper inside, bound together using my Cinch Binding Tool.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The covers are measured at 6×6 inches and the inside pages are 5 ¾ inches squared.

I trimmed my kraft card using my Supreme Ruler and a knife. I ran the paper which is a lighter weight through my Trim & Score Board so all the pages would be the same.

I applied some bright Amy Tangerine Washi Tape to the edges of my kraft card and folded it over to give a neat finish, before I glued the cover papers on. This beautiful woodgrain print is from the new 12×12 Hawthorne Paper Pad by Heidi Swapp.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Some of the pages have some machine stitching for detail and others have been stitched to create pockets.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I wanted the first spread to feature my DD and thought her school portrait would be great. I used my Circle Clear Cut Punch to pop a 2 inch circle in the centre of the paper and then embellished around the image.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The chipboard alphas for the date are from a pack of AC ‘Sunshine’ Chipboard Stickers and the words are from American Crafts Girl Power Chipboard Alphas. The ‘dream big’ is a super convenient die cut shapes from my DCWV Die Cut Shapes paper pad. I used this pad in my last post and it’s awesome!!

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The next couple of pages feature an award and coloring competition she entered.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

This spotty page is the first of the pocket pages. I just machine stitched around 3 of the sides, leaving the last one open and then used a 1 inch circle punch to pop a half circle shape on that edge, so the viewer knows that the page contains something.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Overleaf we have an adorable observation with a little ‘peek-a-boo’ cutout in the paper announcing the title of her worksheet.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Her interest definitely lies in story telling. She has always gone in to lots of detail when explaining something or telling us about her day. This argument to keep the news on television is too hilarious not to keep!

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The back section of the book focuses on some of the friendships she has made. I’ve included polaroid snaps of the children involved so she can look back on them and remember. TIP:  If this was at a graduation party, one could leave a couple of Instax cameras on the table for guests to add their own pics along with their messages.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Her class was encouraged to share some compliments with each other and the ones she received melted my heart!

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The book includes a friends list where she can add in her BFF’s

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Throughout this book, I’ve used the most gorgeous colourful rub-ons from Paige  Evans’ ‘Pick Me Up’ collection.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

There is also a pocket for her report cards.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Don’t forget to keep your Typecast dust-free with the handy clear covers, which are now available!

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers 

Grab those signatures while you can sweetheart!

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Binding using the Cinch is so easy and convenient. I have used the smaller size      0.625inch binding combs as there weren’t that many pages in my book.

I punched all of my pages and the covers and then popped the comb onto the side of the binding tool. First, I put my inside pages onto the comb, followed by the top cover, face up then finally, the bottom cover, face down. This technique gives a cleaner binding finish.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

To secure my book, I have included a ribbon closure. Two sections of ribbon have been glued under the cover papers. In my case, I changed my mind from an eyelet system so I was able to lift my papers, which were adhered with double sided tape, so it wasn’t that difficult. If you prefer to use liquid adhesive, then you would have to add your ribbon before you glued down your cover paper to your book/chip board.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
I used my USB Glue Gun to add the ribbon as I wanted a good strong instant bond.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

This idea could be implemented at any number of occasions – a wedding, baby shower, special birthday or anniversary.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Happy Cinching!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Cinch Binding Tool

Circle Clear Cut Punch

Cinch Wires .625″ 2/Pkg

DCWV ‘Die Cut Shapes’ 12×12 Stack

Trim & Score Board

Shimelle Box of Crayons 6×6 Pad

Shimelle Glitter Foam Thickers

Pink Paislee Pick me Up Rub Ons

American Crafts Girl Power Chipboard Alphas

American Crafts Sunshine Chipboard Alphas

Amy Tangerine Washi Tape

USB Glue Gun

Heidi Swapp 12×12 Hawthorne Paper Pad

Accordion Fold Card Organizer

Hello WeR fans and welcome back to the blog today! It’s Chantalle back with you today to show you how a great way to organize your handmade cards and tags. I’ve had the joy of working with some amazing new release paper pads by DCWV these last few weeks and let me tell you, they are definitely worth adding to your stash! The two stacks I’d like to focus on today are the ‘Die Cut Shapes’ which features loads of die cut shapes and gold foil accents and ‘Just my Type’.

DIY Accordion Card Organizer by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

This organizer was supposed to be a little card and envelope gift set for someone (and still could be if I can bare to let go of it lol!) but it sort of morphed into a bit more than that and now contains an assortment of little cards and tags that I can turn to when I’m in need of last minute gift tag or thank you note.

DIY Accordion Card Organizer by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
The accordion fold looked simple at first. I searched the web for a suitable technique and will admit to struggled a bit in the beginning, fine tuning it for my purposes. Now that I know how it turns out, you will definitely spend less time on it if you wish to create a similar little folder for yourself!

The base for the folder is made out of 1 sheet of 12×12 paper. I tried cardstock and patterned paper but neither yielded the results I was looking for. I settled for a thinner paper and the perfect weight for this job was from a sheet of DCWV ‘Celebrations’ 12×12 Stack. The paper is single sided and folded really nicely.

I first tried ¾ inch score lines on my  Score Board but that width didn’t fold up quite as well on ½ an inch. I scored across the paper, every half inch and then rotated the paper anti clockwise and scored again at 3 and 9 inches respectively. I then folded the larger sections in towards themselves (see pic 2 below) to deepen the score line.

Folding the paper up into a long line once more, I then tucked and folded up the folds in the accordion. Watching a video will make this seem a bit less complex. Click here for some selections:

We R Memory Keepers Score Board

As you can see, I tried a couple of times to get the ends to stand up nicely so that I could add my cardstock dividers. A 12×12 sheet of paper created this folder which has 11 pockets and is 6 inches across and just over 3 inches high. This would be really great to organize project life cards as well!

In between the accordion pockets, I popped some printed cardstock dividers from the fabulous DCWV ‘Just my Type’ 12×12 Stack. This gorgeous pad is bright and beautiful and has awesome clear embossing elements! The dividers are just a touch under 6 inches across and 3 inches high. You may have to tweak them to fit perfectly, to suit your folding etc. 

The next step was to add tabs to the dividers, so I can see at a glance what each pocket contains!

DIY Accordion Card Organizer by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

My Typecast Typewriter was perfect for this task. I typed my headings directly onto the patterned paper and then used my Tab Punch Board to punch out the tab shapes. These were then glued to the pockets.

We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch Board

DIY Accordion Card Organizer by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Now that I had my folder ready, it was time to fill it with a selection of cards and tags!

I cut several pieces of Bazzill cardstock in various shades, each 3×6 inches across. I then use my Mini Score Board (heart eyes for this little tool, seriously!!) to score at 3 inches across so I could get a nice neat fold.

Mini Score Board

Embellishing my cards was SO easy, thanks to the Die Cut Shapes stack. This baby is packed full of various shapes and colors and all to use at the drop of a hat – simply pop out the shape you want and adhere! TIP: At times you will get the little ‘grips’ that stick around after you have popped a die cut shape out of the stencil. These are easy to nip off with a bit of fine sandpaper or another fave new tool, my little Detail Scissors.

Here are some cards I created using various die cuts, which I have just added some detail to with little embellies like enamel dots, glossy accents, ribbon or machine stitching.

DIY Accordion Card Organizer by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers 

Unicorns for the win!

DIY Accordion Card Organizer by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
Some super quick generic cards. TIP: I’ve brought out a bit of detail on the flowers using some Crystal Drops which you can get in various shades online.

DIY Accordion Card Organizer by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Cheerful notes sure to brighten someone’s day!

DIY Accordion Card Organizer by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I’ve highlighted the gold foil on the bird die cut with some Vicki Boutin Rub-Ons. I find it really annoying when a rub-on is difficult to, erm rub on. But these go on like a breeze! I used my Embossing Stylus to apply them.

DIY Accordion Card Organizer by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Here are some larger tags I included in the set. They are also from the die cut pad. I’ve snipped the top corners off using my Tag Punch Board and run some ribbon through them so they’re ready to use. A bit of detail has also been added to them in the form of finding an ‘echo’ shape like the bigger bird or flower and adding it with some foam tape to the tag for some dimension.

DIY Accordion Card Organizer by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I also created some mini tags from various shapes like emoji’s. This pad is so full of variety, I have no doubt you will find the exact shape you are looking for.

Lastly, I need some co-ordinating envelopes for these guys! I used my DCWV ‘Celebrations’ 12×12 Stack again as the paper is perfect for envelopes. To make these mini beauties, I used the oh-so-adorable Mini Envelope Punch Board. This little punchboard will create envelopes for cards up to 4×4 inches.

The cute baby brother to the Envelope Punch Board!

Mini Envelope Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Mini Envelope Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

A little random pocket I added was a ‘Bits & Pieces’ section. I’ve put some little embellies here like paperclips etc to adhere your card or tag to a gift. I’ve also folded up some cut ribbon sections and added some clear circular stickers.

DIY Accordion Card Organizer by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I’ve already used one of the thank you cards for a friend of mine who recently went to Japan and brought me back of the most incredible handmade paper!

Typecast Typewriter and Cover by We R Memory Keepers

Don’t forget to keep your Typecast dust-free with the handy clear covers, which are now available!

DIY Accordion Card Organizer by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Wishing you lots of happy crafting!

 

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

 

DCWV ‘Die Cut Shapes’ 12×12 Stack

DCWV ‘Just my Type’ 12×12 Stack

DCWV ‘Celebrations’ 12×12 Stack

DCWC ‘Sweet & Sassy’ 6×6 Stack

DCWV ‘Traditional Holiday’ 6×6 Stack

Trim & Score Board

Tag Punch Board

Crop a Dile Eyelet Setter

Mini Score Board

Typecast Typewriter

Embossing Stylus

Pink Paislee Wild Child Puffy Stickers

Tab Punch Board

AC Wild Child Thickers

Bazzill cardstock

Mini Envelope Punch Board

 

DIY Clock with the USB Rotary Tool

Hello WeR fans and welcome back to the blog today! It’s Chantalle here and I’d love to show you how I created this timepiece for my scrap space. I was inspired by a haphazard design I saw on Pinterest a while ago and when I received my awesome new USB Rotary Tool, I was super keen to give it a go!

This clever tool is USB powered, so you can take it along with you if you have a portable power supply like a power bank, or pop it into a USB plug at your desk. It’s lightweight and less noisy than other rotary tools I have seen which makes it great for craft use and the head is interchangeable with a mini sanding tip – great for distressing!

DIY Clock with the USB Rotary Tool by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Perfectly imperfect, my little clock looks so good on the wall! I love that it has a bit of rustic charm and for an afternoon had it hanging where it could catch the afternoon light. When I was a child I really didn’t like the sound of a clock ticking but for some reason in my craft room the methodic ‘tick tick’ is soothing.

DIY Clock with the USB Rotary Tool by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Clock with the USB Rotary Tool by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The clock started life as decorative wooden plate with an oriental design, much like the black one in the image (below left). My friend bought this for me from a thrift store and sanded it back. You can still see the shadow of the image in the plate! I used the other side of the plate for the face as it had a lovely roundness to it. It already had a small hole in it, so we just drilled the hole all the way through to the other side.

Next, I bought a cheap wall clock from a Dollar Store and went about deconstructing it so I could use the hands and battery pack. My DH used a chisel and removed a section out for me where the battery pack could fit snugly inside.

DIY Clock with the USB Rotary Tool by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The clock I saw on Pinterest had the numbers all jumbled and the phrase “Who cares, I’m already late” which I really loved as I’m one of those people who are eternally thinking they have more time to do things than they actually do, haha!

I had a look in my stash of thickers and chose a couple of styles which had various weights then went about setting them near the bottom of the clock face. (For this part I put the clock hands on, so I could get an idea of the spacing on the finished result.)

DIY Clock with the USB Rotary Tool by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Once I was happy with the placement of the numbers, I traced an outline of them using a pencil.

DIY Clock with the USB Rotary Tool by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Now it was time to break out my Rotary Tool!

I used the engraving tip, which is great for de-bossing on chipboard, plastic and wood. I carefully and purposefully ran the tip along the marked out areas, leaving some just outlined and others completely de-bossed for contrast.

DIY Clock with the USB Rotary Tool by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I debated long and hard about how I wanted the clock to look. Initially I toyed with the idea of staining the wood quite dark and leaving the numbers pale, but instead I went with a whitewashed stand and varnish combination called ‘Liming’. The colour goes great in my craft space, which is mostly white and aqua. The numbers don’t stand out like crazy but you can definitely see them. Hey, I’m on borrowed time anyway so it doesn’t really count right? Lol.

DIY Clock with the USB Rotary Tool by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Creating this clock was truly satisfying.

I loved the smell of the wood and seeing the numbers taking shape. I love it more, knowing that it already had it’s own story before I shaped it into something new.

DIY Clock with the USB Rotary Tool by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I hope you have fun with this awesome little tool!

DIY Clock with the USB Rotary Tool by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

WRMK USB Rotary Tool

American Crafts Thickers

DIY Candle Thank You Gift

Hello WeR fans and welcome! It’s Chantalle with you again and I have to just say, you seriously have to check out the new Wick Candle Maker and the Happy Jig. These two tools are simply out-of-this-world-fun to use and are the focus of the thank you gift I have created, which I can’t wait to show you!

I’ve never made a candle before so I was SO excited to see it come out of the mold and two colours no less!! Lol. My first instinct was to smell it, kinda expecting it to smell like citrus, so that is my next experiment – infusing the wax!

DIY Candle Thank You Gift by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

The mason jar serves two purposes: ready-made packaging for my candle and also as a votive for it when lit.

DIY Candle Thank You Gift by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers
The jar already had an embossed pattern so I’ve kept the embellishments minimal.  The word ‘thanks’ can be removed and reused if necessary. It would make a fun bookmark if popped onto some cardstock or could become a title for a scrapbook page!

DIY Candle Thank You Gift by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

To make my candle, I started off by reading the instructions that came with the Wick machine. One pops a rubber stopper into the base of your chosen mold, then ties off some wick material onto the metal rod, which balances across the top of the mold.

Next, I added some wax material to the receptacle as well as some colouring. I added red and yellow to get orange. There is no precise way to get an exact match, but it is easy to trial and error as you go to create the shade you are after.

The wax takes about 20 mins to melt completely, but we still have warmer weather so that time is a guide I guess, depending on temps inside your workspace and how much wax you want to melt etc.

Once the wax was totally melted, I opened the little valve and it came running out into the mold.

DIY Candle Thank You Gift by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

I wanted to create an ombré effect so I filled it up about ¾ and then melted more wax (this time with less red) and then filled the mold some more. It is important to let your wax dry before you add the next layer. I put mine under the aircon to cool, but you could also put it in the fridge. Another thing that happened to me was that the centre of the candle sank in a bit. This is very common and mentioned in the instructions. If this happens to you, simply pop some holes around the wick area before pouring a bit more melted wax into the area to top it up.

NOTE: It’s best to let your candle set overnight before removing it from the mold.

Another tip would be to cool or heat the mold a bit if you are having trouble removing the candle when it’s set.

DIY Candle Thank You Gift by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

Here you can see the finished product! I’m thrilled with how it turned out. How awesome it is going to be to be able to make this kind of home made gift for someone you care about!

I have placed a bit of melted wax into the lid of the jar and then pushed the candle into it to act like a glue, so it’s doesn’t move around too much inside the jar.

DIY Candle Thank You Gift by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

The jar itself has been embellished with some Pink Paislee Summer Lights Cardstock Stickers. These stickers are awesome as they have some holographic foil elements!

DIY Candle Thank You Gift by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

I mimicked the smaller hexagonal shapes with my Hexagon Clear Cut Punch. The one bigger size helps create balance.

DIY Candle Thank You Gift by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

To create the word ‘Thanks’ I grabbed my Happy Jig and set up the guides, ready for the wire. Overall, the word turned out OK. It’s easy to get a couple of areas that don’t look perfect (a bit of stretching can occur when pulling off the Happy Jig guides) I just us my little pairs of pliers that came with my Cinch Binding Tool and tweaked the word here and there.

We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig
To add a bit of extra sparkle to my jar, I have threaded some little beads onto the wire. I’ve also added a plastic die cut feather as well as a paper feather die cut shape.

DIY Candle Thank You Gift by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

These feather shapes have been cut using my Evolution Advanced along with my magnetic mat.

I snipped a tiny hole into the top of the paper feather, which made it a lot easier to add to the wire word.

DIY Candle Thank You Gift by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers
The Happy Jig is such a fun tool to own. The instructional booklet is full of ideas and easy-to-follow instructions to create both shapes and paperclip options.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Be sure to tag @wermemorykeepers in your social media posts so we can enjoy seeing you get your craft on! Thank you so much for stopping by. Happy gifting!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Evolution Advanced

Magnetic Mat

Wick Candle Maker

Dear Lizzy Star Gazer 6×6 Pad

Hexagon Clear Cut Punch

Jane Davenport Washi Tape

Crafters Essentials Pick/Stylus

WRMK Feather Metal Die

Happy Jig

Pink Wire

Pink Paislee Summer Lights Cardstock Stickers