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

 

 

Throwback Thursday: Storage & Organization Tips with Chantalle

Today we’re throwing it back to last summer with some awesome craft room storage and organization tips from design team member Chantalle McDaniel. Here’s what she has to say:
“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.”
Thanks for stopping by for our Throwback Thursday. Come back tomorrow for some more storage tips from our current team!

Easter Basket

Hello WeR fans and welcome! It’s Chantalle with you again, back to share an idea on how to jazz up an Easter staple on a shoestring budget.

I’ve taken an inexpensive plain basket, which I bought at a Dollar Store and with the help of some pretty DCWV Navy Florals, and my awesome new WeR Crafter’s Essentials USB Glue Gun, brought it to life. My little one is going to love hunting for eggs with this pretty basket!

Easter Basket by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Easter Basket by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

 The colours in the DCWV Navy Florals 12 x12 Stack coordinated perfectly with the colour of the basket. It’s such a versatile pack as it’s filled with pretty florals and lush foil detail but also has simple single colours and muted patterns for masculine projects as well.

Easter Basket by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I had an idea in mind of how I wanted to decorate the basket, namely with lots of floral elements. Definitely a job for my Evolution Advanced! I set about cutting lengths of paper from the Navy Florals stack, about 5 inches wide and 12 inches down. I used almost all of the different prints. I love the longer cutting length you get with the Evolution plates. Using my Magnetic Mat for this task was a no-brainer, as I had to do a lot of cutting and chose various shapes from my stash.

Using the Magnetic Mat saves you time and allows you to use your space effectively as your dies stay in place during the cutting process. I honestly LOVE this mat!

You can see the little piles that gathered after all the cutting! I wanted to create contrast on the basket, so having different shades and colours was great because I got to pick and choose what I wanted to use, where.

Evolution Advanced by We R Memory Keepers

There are loads of new releases happening in the We R camp this month, and a few of them include new ergonomic hand tools. A selection stylus tips, clever craft knives, rotary cutters and more! My Pick/Stylus combination hand tool was especially handy at helping me release some of the die cut shapes from the metal die!

Hand Tools by We R Memory Keepers 

Another nifty little tool are these compact Detail Scissors – great for cutting away any little areas that the die didn’t cut cleanly.

Detail Scissors by We R Memory Keepers
All of those die cut shapes now needed to be adhered! Enter my Crafter’s Essentials USB Glue Gun. This clever tool allows you to craft on the go with the help of a powerbank or simply plug in to a USB port on your device or plug. Brilliant!

USB Power Mini Glue Gun by We R Memory Keepers

I started off with the bigger shapes first and spaced out dark and light colours along the width of the front of the basket. I chose to do the front only as I figured the back would be crushed, bumping against little legs as they run excitedly through the garden looking for eggs!

Easter Basket by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Building layers of colour, size and shapes ended up looking really great. I loved the sharp points of the leaves amongst the rounded edges of the flowers.

Easter Basket by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers 

The handle of the basket has been wrapped with pastel blue ribbon, which I also adhered with my USB Glue Gun.

 

A little pop of colour and fun on the handle was this sweet bow. The WRMK Bow shape Metal Die is another firm favourite of mine. The bow is a great size, not too large and not insipid either! It works great on cards and layouts and folds together really well.

Easter Basket by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Another little finishing touch was this metal butterfly paper clip shape, which I created on my WRMK Happy Jig. Another breakthrough new product for me – the Happy Jig is so much fun to use!!

Easter Basket by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Happy Jig

This is one tool you have to add to your stash if you can. The instructional booklet is full of ideas and easy-to-follow instructions to create both shapes and paperclip options.

Happy Jig by We R Memory Keepers

The Rose Gold Jig Wire matched the colours on my basket perfectly and adds such a   fun bit of interest and shine to this project. Plus… I can re-use the butterfly on a different project after Easter if I wish!

Easter Basket by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Happy Jig

I hope you enjoyed this post. Be sure to tag @wermemorykeepers in your social media posts so we can enjoy seeing what you have been cooking in your creative kitchens!

Happy crafting!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

DCWV Navy Florals 12 x12 Stack

Evolution Advanced

Magnetic Mat

Bow Metal Die

Crafters Essentials Pick/Stylus

Crafters Essentials USB Glue Gun

Crafters Essentials Detail Scissors

Happy Jig

Pink Wire

Gold Adhesive Sequins

 

Slumber Party Invite and Banner

Hello WeR fans and welcome back to the blog today! Chantalle with you again and I’d love to share this ‘girl powered’ sleepover invitation and banner I created with the new Tag Punch Board with you all.
 Slumber Party Invitation by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Slumber Party Invitation by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Untie the bright orange ribbon and this girly invite for my little one’s BFF, opens to reveal slumber party info…

I’ve used a drool-worthy Crate Good Vibes glittery pompom frame as the main embellishment on the front. I love the bright pops of colour mixed with the softer pastel shades. Good Vibes and Pink Paislee’s Wild Child were a great mix for this project. These gorgeous mismatched chipboard alphas are from Paige Evans ‘Oh My Heart’ collection.

Slumber Party Invitation by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The invitation consists of four large combined tags, which were created by folding a length of paper in quarters and then trimming the tops and punching, using the Tag Punch Board.

Inside, there is a circular window area where you can view information that one folds out to reveal.

Slumber Party Invitation by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Below, you can see step by steps of how the invite came together.

I started out by trimming a sheet of Pink Paislee ‘Summer Lights’ patterned paper to 9 (w) x 6 (h) inches using my Trim & Score Board.
I then scored it half way down and again at half way across. I folded it so that it was a long, 9×3 ‘strip’ and then trimmed the tag shape using the Tag Punch Board at marking ‘E’ with the blade provided. I repeated this on the opposite side as well, then punching each end so I could run some ribbon for a closure later on.

Next, I opened strip up and on the lower half, punched a circular shape using one of my favourite tools, my Circle Clear Cut Punch.

Tag Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers
Folding the paper over, you can see how the punched circle creates a little window where I could put some teaser info.

For a bit of dimension and fun, I’ve snipped a heart shape out of some Honeycomb paper and placed it in the fold, so when you open the invite, the heart opens up.

Slumber Party Invitation by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
I opened tag tag shape right up and popped it into my Typecast Typewriter to fill in some info. (My ribbon was a bit dry so forgive the first randomly spaced word, lol. I replaced the ribbon and all was well!) The text needs to show through the punched circle, so make sure you type on the correct side. TIP: I drew some very light pencil lines to guide my typing so I knew where it would be within the shape.

I used some American Crafts chipboard and puffy stickers for the headings and a bit of stamping (Crate Good Vibes Stamp Set) in and amongst the typed text and chipboard letters. TIP: A great way to make sure your alphabet stickers are perfectly aligned is to use Thicker Alignment Guides by American Crafts. (shown below on the hexagon shaped one.)

Clear Cut Punches by We R Memory Keepers Slumber Party Invitation by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I’ve included a map in this invite, but you could also pop in some photos, a shaker element or maybe even the lyrics to your kiddo’s favourite song!

Slumber Party Invitation by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

 

I’ve also created a little banner, which can be hung in the lounge or bedroom on the night.
 Slumber Party Banner by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
The banner also uses tags cut with the Tag Punch Board, which have been strung onto a DIY Party Light Strand. I mixed up my bulb covers and used green, pink and gold. These light strands are so versatile. I’ve used them over and over again for various projects.

Mini Alphabet Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

To create the banner, I created 9 tags using my Tag Punch Board, each 3×4 size. I trimmed into shape and punched a little hole at the top, making a teeny slit near the top between the punched hole and the top of the tag.

Next, I created some lettering, spelling out the words ‘GIRL POWER’ using my Mini Alphabet Punch Board. I’ve continued with the brights/pastel mix and used my Dear Lizzy Star Gazer 6×6 Pad for the letters.

Mini Alphabet Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers 

The finishing touch on the banner was a bit of sparkle in the form of some shimmering gold Mylar. I used my Fringe & Score Board to trim sections, which I then cut in half and attached to my banner, in between the letter cards and glittery globes.

Fringe and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

By cutting the little slit, you can easily just pop the card on to the light strand. I used my new super sharp Crafters Essentials Fine Precision Scissors. So lightweight and amazing for fine detail work!

Slumber Party Banner by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Slumber Party Banner by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Slumber Party Banner by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Slumber Party Invitation by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Slumber Party Invitation by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I hope you enjoyed this post. Experimenting with your Tag Punch Board is heaps of fun! Happy crafting!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Trim & Score Board

Circle Clear Cut Punch

Pink Paislee Wild Child Puffy Stickers

Pink Paislee Summer Lights 12×12 paper

Dear Lizzy Star Gazer 6×6 Pad

Crate Paper Good Vibes Ephemera

Acrylic Stamp Blocks

Typecast Typewriter

Ribbon Cutter

Tag Punch Board

Fringe & Score Board

Mylar pack

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Small Honeycomb Pad – Ocean

Sticky Thumb Adhesive Runner

Crate Good Vibes Frames

Crate Good Vibes Stamp Set

American Crafts Sunshine Stickers

American Crafts Clique Puffy Stickers

American Crafts Girl Power Chipboard Stickers

American Crafts Thicker Alignment Guides

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interactive Gift Tags

Hello WeR fans and welcome back to the blog today! Chantalle with you again, with some ideas on how to make a simple gift tag a bit more exciting, thanks to some of my fave WRMK tools!

Interactive Gift Tags by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

 

These tags can serve as embellishments, card and tag combined on your next gift! They are a snip to put together and will add a personal touch to giftwrap.

Interactive Gift Tags by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Interactive Gift Tags by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

My gift box has a sleeved pull out tag. I started out with a strip of gorgeous shooting star paper from my Dear Lizzy Star Gazer 6×6 Pad. I made the tag about 2×3 inches. I’ve left the little perforated strip at the top because the print was super cute and I think it added a nice bit of contrast.

I then used my new (and so very clever!) 3-Way Corner Punch to round the edges. This tool allows you to round corners at 4, 7 & 10mm angles. Three tools in one and butter-soft to punch!

Interactive Gift Tags by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

My sleeve consists of a sheet of blush pink vellum from a DIY Party Vellum Pad. Eyeballing it, I trimmed a piece, folded sit over and machine stitched it shut. TIP: If you accidentally sew your pocket a bit too small, simply trim off a bit of the tag and re-round the corners.

I used a 1-inch circle punch to punch a semi circle shape at the top of the sleeve, so it would make it easier to grab the tag inside. Simply slide your paper in to the point of it being half way across the circle punch, if that makes sense!

Interactive Gift Tags by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers 

I popped a teeny pre-cut tag shape from a pack of Crate Paper Good Vibes Ephemera on top of my tag and punched a little hole in them both, using my Crop a Dile. I adhered a little speech bubble shape from the ephemera pack on top of the bottom tag. It is lined so it’s perfect for writing a note. The two tags have been tied together with some checkered ribbon and embellished with a gorgeous little flower from a pack of Pink Paislee Wild Child Puffy Stickers.

 

Interactive Gift Tags by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Interactive Gift Tags by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

My other tag does a fantastic job of multitasking! It serves as a simple gift wrap as well as containing a card. You could also use this area to enclose a gift card or voucher.

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This type of ‘neck talker’ is a favourite of mine for gifting. It is a great way to use up a longer length of scrap paper. This one uses a strip of stunning Crate Paper Good Vibes ‘All Good’, about 4 inches across and about 10 inches long. You can adjust the length, depending on how deep you want your pocket or how much of the bottle you wish to cover.

I folded the bottom 6 inches or so over, and machine stitched shut. Before I sewed it closed however, I used my Circle Clear Cut Punch to pop a circle in two spots: One on the bottom section of where I was folding over, to reveal a little cut out area and the second one, at the top half of my talker, so it can hang over the bottle.

If you have a look at the photos below, you can see I punched my first circle, folded the paper over and sewed it shut, then folded another bit near the top of the strip and punched another circle for the opening to go over the bottle.

The edges of the talker were again, rounded with the 3-Way Corner Rounder.

Interactive Gift Tags by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers 

This ethnic tag from the Good Vibes Ephemera Pack was the inspiration for the embellished bottle neck. I’ve used some beautiful Amy Tangerine Washi Tapes and run them around the bottle neck, coming to a ‘V’ shape at the back. I also used some sequins which I adhered using a low temp glue gun. I CANNOT wait to try out the new USB Powered range of tools debuted at Creativation a few weeks ago!!

Interactive Gift Tags by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

 

I’ve used lots of ribbons and twines on bottle necks before, but never washi tape. I just love the effect and will definitely be using it again!

Interactive Gift Tags by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I’m so happy with how these gifts turned out! Perhaps you will give these ideas a try next time you need to give a gift. It would be great to see your creations, so tag us on social media!

Interactive Gift Tags by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Until next time, happy crafting!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Trim & Score Board

3-Way Corner Punch

Circle Clear Cut Punch

Crop a Dile

DIY Party Vellum Pad

Pink Paislee Wild Child Puffy Stickers

Dear Lizzy Star Gazer 6×6 Pad

Crate Paper Good Vibes Chipboard Stickers

Crate Paper Good Vibes Ephemera

Crate Paper Good Vibes ‘All Good’ 12×12

Amy Tangerine Washi Tape

WRMK Gold Adhesive Sequins

Sticky Thumb Adhesive Runner

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrate with a Waffle Bar

 

Welcome back to the blog today! It’s Chantalle here and I’d love to share a celebratory idea with you, which I put together for my kiddo’s first day back at school. It was a special one, as my DS started High School and my sweet little girl faces a new chapter without big brother to look out for her on the playground.

To mark the occasion, we had waffles for dinner! You can imagine their delight in having sweets as a main meal, lol.

DIY Waffle Bar Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

All-you-can-eat candy at this waffle bar!

DIY Waffle Bar Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I got the waffle idea playing around with my new and improved Trim & Score Board. The blade has been updated and now features super precise cutting. The board also feels sturdier now, thanks to a new locking mechanism at the back. I definitely enjoyed using this new board more than it’s predecessor.

I started by trimming up four pieces of some Bazzill Classic Yellow Mono Cardstock. (I just eyeballed it, but I reckon it was a bit wider than 4×6 size. Maybe 5×6) and then ran some score lines down the length and breadth of two of the sheets, at roughly 1 inch intervals. I also ran some narrower lines in between those (again, eyeballing) to create the illusion of the dents in the waffle shape.

I trimmed out the square shapes that had formed from the scoring lines, leaving a narrow border around each one. Initially, I had a much wider border around the whole outside if the piece of paper, so I could decide how much of en edge to leave. I ended up trimming this down so there was a slightly wider border than the one between my squares.

Finally, I mounted the cut paper to a sheet of un-scored paper. (The cut ones were now smaller than the un-scored pieces, so I trimmed off the excess. ) I rounded the edges slightly, just using my scissors, to give it a slightly wobbly finish, like a real waffle shape.

Supreme Ruler and Trim and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

One could type up on the back of the un-scored cardstock pieces with a Typecast Typewriter and create super fun little Waffle Party invites!

You could also take your paper waffles to the next level by adding some shaded areas with inks or paints!

DIY Waffle Bar Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

What’s a fun waffle bar without toppings, right? These little paper jars were quick to make and actually held way more sweets than I thought!

DIY Waffle Bar Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers 

Again, using my Trim & Score board, I scored up some 12×12 sheets of bright paper, at 2 inch intervals. I enlisted the help of my Triangle Score Guide to create the geometric shapes. The booklet that comes with the tool goes in to detail on how to trim and score your paper, depending on the type of shape you want to create.

Remember: The Score Guide slots in to the Score Board at the 3 and 9inch marks.

Once the shapes were scored and trimmed, I went about closing them up by applying runner tape along the tabs. I closed all but one section, laying it down to see which side was best to remove once I found the best side to stand it on IYKWIM. When I was happy with how the shape sat on a surface, I trimmed off the section of paper above it to create an opening. The 2inch sided shape, created a big enough opening, so that little hands can easily fit inside to retrieve their tasty toppings! Of course, you could just pop a serving spoon in there.

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

These little paper jars turned out so lovely. I will definitely be making more to fill with treats and give as gifts.

DIY Waffle Bar Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The geometric shapes leave a bit of excess paper once trimmed. I used these scraps to create some embellishments and a title for my waffle bar. I ran this little flower die through my Evolution Advanced on a Magnetic Mat. I have always raved about the magnetic mat – it makes placing and keeping your die in place a breeze!

Evolution Advanced by We R Memory Keepers 

Another embellishment I made was this ridiculously easy ‘cheat’ banner using some kebab sticks and a chipboard sticker from Crate’s ‘Good Vibes’ collection, which I glued on. It went straight into the waffle pile!

Mini Alphabet Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers 

The title was created using more scrap leftovers and my Mini Alphabet Punch Board. This little guy makes the cutest size letters and using a very mini 2.5 x 1.5 inch piece of paper for each letter (apart from the wider ones like ‘M’ and ‘W’ in which it uses 2.5 x 2.5 inch pieces)

I machine stitched the letters together, leaving an extra bit of thread on each side so I could string it up.

DIY Waffle Bar Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers 

My bar was a huge hit and is on the cards for a repeat performance I’ve been told! The seriously clever cake stand I placed the waffles on to, comes from The Sweet Tooth Factory. You need to check these guys out!! The range is amazing and this stand in particular is so clever and stores so compact! It even comes with the attachments to string up banners!

DIY Waffle Bar Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
I hope you enjoyed this idea and might give it a go for your next celebration event! Until next time, happy crafting!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Trim & Score Board

Triangle Score Guide

Evolution Advanced

Magnetic Mat

Supreme Ruler

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Crate Paper ‘Good Vibes’ Chipboard Stickers

Pink Paislee Paige Evans 12×12 #310500

Dear Lizzy ‘Lucky Charm’ Junk Drawer 12×12

Dear Lizzy ‘Lucky Charm’ Novelty 12×12

Bazzill Classic Yellow Mono Cardstock

Sweet Tooth Fairy Cake Stand
Sticky Thumb adhesive runner

 

 

DIY Valentine’s Day Card Game

Hello again and thank you for joining me today. I’m so thrilled to be able to create for We R Memory Keepers for another year! My first post for the year is about creating something very special for someone special in your life. The Square Punch Board and Acrylic Block Set have helped me create this Do-It-Yourself deck of cards with a Valentine’s theme.

DIY Valentine's Day Card Game by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The Square Punch Board made it so easy to create multiple copies of the same size card. Simply set the measurements, insert your paper and punch!

DIY Valentine's Day Card Game by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The deck comes complete with a matching box to keep this loved up set together. I have used the new ‘Forever my Always’ collection from Pebbles for this project. I loved the super sweet sentiments and colour scheme.

DIY Valentine's Day Card Game by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

If one were to use this deck a lot, one would probably be able to remember which number was which colour, but I figured for this special occasion, I would get away with choosing one pattern for each number and then going about decorating the houses differently.

Square Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

The cards are all 4×3.5 inches in size with opposite corners treated the same. The brilliantly clever new 3 Way Corner Rounder is three tools in one! Simply choose the desired angle of roundness you would like for your corner, insert paper into relevant slot and punch. So quick and easy! I have left two corners sharp and rounded two corners.

3 Way Corner Rounder by We R Memory Keepers
I then set about decorating my cards…

Because they stack, I chose to go with some stamping. (One could also use a computer programme to design a pattern and then print out multiple cards on sheets of A4 but then punching them out might be a bit trickier.) The stamping worked out great thanks to my Acrylic Block Set. These are also a brand new product and each pack comes with three sizes to fit pretty much any size stamp. The edges of the blocks are curved so they are comfortable to hold and they also have crosshairs printed on them, making it easier to line up your stamps.

Acrylic Block Set by We R Memory Keepers
I’ve used StazOn on the cards so the ink is waterproof. A few splatters of Color Shine here and there added a bit of shimmer and colour contrast to the deck.

DIY Valentine's Day Card Game by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Here’s a close up of a finished card. If you had a lot of the same alphabet/number stickers, one could also use them instead of stamping to embellish the cards.

DIY Valentine's Day Card Game by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
The cards needed a box to be stored in, so I carefully unfolded an existing box and traced around it, onto some beautiful foiled Bazzill cardstock. I chose it for the colour and also because it’s a sturdy cardstock and will hopefully withstand a bit of handling over time.

I used my Score Board to crease along the fold lines I had marked and used extra strength double-sided tape (the red one) to adhere it shut.

Basic Score Board by We R Memory Keepers
Here you can see all the cards sorted into their ranks. I have not used traditional suits, instead choosing to use ‘mini hearts’, ‘flowers’, ‘cherries’ and ‘suns’. I’ve also just done them all black, which I don’t think is too much of a problem, but feel free to make yours red and black!

DIY Valentine's Day Card Game by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Valentine's Day Card Game by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
I really enjoyed making these and my awesome kiddos really enjoyed testing them out! I can’t wait to give them my DH on Valentine’s Day.

DIY Valentine's Day Card Game by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
The little ‘Let’s Play’ banner was typed up on my Typecast Typewriter and added, to tie-in with the little speech bubble sticker (raised on foam tape).

DIY Valentine's Day Card Game by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I hope you will give this idea a try for your Valentine (or birthday boy/girl!) It was such a fun way to use my Square Punch Board! Until next time!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Square Punch Board

Scoreboard

3 Way Corner Rounder

Acrylic Block Set

Typecast Typewriter

Bazzill Foiled Cardstock

Heidi Swapp Color Shine ‘Mint’ & ‘Pink’

Vicki Boutin Stamp Set

Pebbles ‘Forever My Always’ 12x12x:

Sprinkled Blossoms

Follow Your Heart

Love Labels

From my Heart

Love Lace

Mint Dot

Be Mine

Baked

Forever my Always Accent Stickers