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

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

Throwback Thursday: Envelope Mini Book

Hello friends! Aly Dosdall here again. For Throwback Thursday I’m sharing another envelope project–a fun interactive DIY mini book that you can create with the 123 Punch Board (or Envelope Punch Board) and The Cinch. I created several custom envelopes to house my 4×6 album pages. Check out some photos and more details, and then be sure to watch the video tutorial for making this fun mini album at the end of the post.

Dare to Dream envelope mini album by Aly Dosdall_flat

Dare to Dream envelope mini album by Aly Dosdall_flat1

Dare to Dream envelope mini album close up by Aly Dosdall

Dare to Dream envelope mini album page1 by Aly Dosdall

Dare to Dream envelope mini album page2 by Aly Dosdall

Dare to Dream envelope mini album page3 by Aly Dosdall

Dare to Dream envelope mini album page4 by Aly Dosdall

Dare to Dream envelope mini album page by Aly Dosdall

Dare to Dream envelope mini album by Aly Dosdall

What’s so fun about this album is that the pages are stored in bound custom envelopes that you can make with either the 123 Punch Board or the Envelope Punch Board. To view your 4×6 pages, simply pull them out of the envelopes.  Watch the video tutorial below to learn how to make one for yourself. Enjoy!

Supplies:

123 Punch Board (or Envelope Punch Board)
The Cinch
8×8 Book Board
Gold Cinch Binding

Holiday Gift Idea: Mini Wall Calendar

Good morning, We R fans, Laura here today. The holidays are just around the corner and I am planning out all my gift giving. I love to make handmade gifts when I can, so today, I am sharing a gift idea that would work for just about anyone on your gift list. I am going to show you how to easily create a mini wall calendar using the Frame Punch Board.

Mini Wall Calendar by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Start by printing out the free 2018 mini calendar. Be sure to select “actual size” when printing to be sure each month prints out 3” x 5”.

2018 Mini Wall Calendar (click to download PDF file)

Mini Wall Calendar by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Next, cut out each month of the calendar leaving a ¼ inch border around the edge. The layer guides make this so easy.

We R Memory Keepers Layer Guides

Choose papers to create your calendar with. I am using papers from the DCWV Constellations pack. If you go with a patterned paper pad, you know your papers will coordinate effortlessly. For each month you will need two 5 ¼” x 7 ¼” rectangles of your patterned paper.

Use the frame punch board to create a 1” frame on one of the sheets of your patterned paper.

We R Memory Keepers Frame Punch Board

For the shorter sides you can use the punch board to trim the middle.

We R Memory KEepers Frame Punch Board

On the long sides, you will need to use a paper trimmer to cut out the inside of the frame.

We R Memory Keepers Trim and Score Board

To assemble your calendar, you will glue the cut out calendar into the frame. Then, glue the solid coordinating piece of cardstock on the back of the frame and calendar.

Mini Wall Calendar by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Use the cinch tool to bind your calendar together. I did 5 holes on either side of the top of the calendar to create my binding.

We R Memory Keepers Cinch Binding Tool

Punch a hole in the bottom of the middle of each calendar page. The crop-a-dile makes it easy to go through multiple sheets of cardstock. This will allow you to hang your calendar on the wall from a small hook or nail.

Mini Wall Calendar by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Here you can see each of the calendar pages, plus the front and back cover.

Mini Wall Calendar by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

On the front, I cut out one of the sentiment pieces that came in the paper pack. It says “never lose your sparkle”. I matted it onto a scrap leftover from the patterned paper I cut.

Mini Wall Calendar by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Everyone can use a calendar. And this one is extra special because it is handmade. I have a mini calendar like this that hangs above my computer. You can personalize it with a name on the cover, pictures inside above each month ( 4” x 6” photos fit perfectly), and whatever paper suits the recipient. Happy gift giving!

 

Supplies

 

DCWV Constellations Paper Stack

Frame Punch Board

Cinch Book Binding Tool

Cinch Wire

Crop-A-Dile

Layer Guides

Adhesive

Traveler’s Notebook

Hello and welcome, Chantalle with you today! It has always been a dream of mine to explore North Queensland and these upcoming school holidays our family will be doing just that! A tropical adventure is exactly what we need to chase the winter blues away and I have created a quick and easy traveller’s notebook to capture the memories we will be making along the way!

Traveler's Notebook by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I’ve kept the journal quite slim so I can pop it in my carry on luggage or have it in the rental car.

Traveler's Notebook by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

It started life as an old book that I found at a thirft store. I carefully removed the covers, leaving a nod to the original cover art by leaving a border of the green leather and then recovered the sides facing out with some beautiful papers from a  Jane Davenport 8.5 x 11” Paper Pad. I used my Crop a Dile Corner Chomper to round the edges of the paper so they matched the bookboard which was rounded already.

The underside already had a pretty gold print, but it was fading, so I used a Dear Lizzy stencil and misted some coordinating shades of Color Shine over it and let it dry.

Traveler's Notebook by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

On the front cover, I have used some stamping, rub-ons and stitching to add detail.

Traveler's Notebook by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Traveler's Notebook by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The feather stitching was created by using an Amy Tangerine Stencil which I have had in my stash for a while. I love the sense of whimsy a feather brings!

Before I started stitching, I had already laid down so stamping in the form of a large date and some pretty florals from Vicki Boutin’s Die and Stamp sets. These sets are so clever, combining coordinating metal dies so you can produce 3D effects for your projects!

Once I was happy with the amount of detail, I started stitching the feather with teal embroidery floss. (I really love the chunkier effect stitching on board creates and I will definitely try this technique again!)

Traveler's Notebook by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The book opens to reveal a vellum Typecast envelope which I have included and filled with some cute ephemera to be used as I journal.

Traveler's Notebook by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

It can also be used to store bits and pieces I collect along the way.

Traveler's Notebook by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Within the book I have also included some page dividers. For reference, the book cover size is 206mm (h) x 117mm (w) and the pages are 4.5 inches wide x 7 5/8 inches high.  These dividers were created with my Tab Punch Board and have a ‘small’ size tab.

Traveler's Notebook by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Traveler's Notebook by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I haven’t done too many dividers, but if I chose to add a few more in later, I could always punch the holes into the divider and then carefully snip the section between the bottom of the punched circle and the edge of the divider, and then pop the divider onto the binding comb.

 Traveler's Notebook by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

A great tip to bear in mind when binding, is to first add your inside pages, then the back cover (inside facing up) and then the front cover (inside facing down). In the photo below, you can see how I have arranged my pages on to the binding comb on my Cinch. The Cinch Binding Tool makes project binding a snap! So easy to use with clear instructions

Traveler's Notebook by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The back cover has been kept quite simple with just a bit of stamping.

Traveler's Notebook by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Here’s another look at the front with an elastic closure I made to size, using Jane Davenport’s Charm Set. It comes with three coloured elastics, which you can trim to size, then secure with fastners which come in the pack. I’ve also added a chipboard Thicker title and some of my fave Photolights Rub-Ons. I just love how easy these rub-ons are to apply!

 Traveler's Notebook by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today! Happy travels!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Tab Punch Board

Cinch Binding Tool

Cinch Binding Combs

Crop a Dile Corner Chomper

Photolights Rubons

Vicki Boutin Stamp Set

Jane Davenport 8.5 x 11” Paper Pad

Jane Davenport Charm Set

Amy Tangerine Stitching Stencils

Heidi Swapp Color Shine Mustard, Citron, Peach, Sweet Cherry

Dear Lizzy Stencil

Pink Paislee Moonstruck Ephemera

Pink Paislee Take me Away Ephemera

 

 

Cinch Quote Journal

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today with a quote journal project. I don’t know about you, but I love quotes. I have a pin board dedicated to some of my favorites. Well, it was high time to take those words off the screen and turn them into a beautiful mini journal. My We R Memory Keepers Cinch and Typecast helped create a lovely quote journal that I will enjoy looking through when I need some inspiration and encouragement.

Quote Journal by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The plan was to create a 6×6 journal. I started by punching Cinch Bookboard for the front and back covers. The Cinch easily punched through the thick board. The Cinch is also easy to use, as the punching information is printed directly on the machine. Making a 6 inch book? Pull pin 12. Incredibly simple!

The Cinch by We R Memory Keepers

Each of the pages inside the book started as a watercolor paper base. On some of the pages, I wanted to experiment with different mediums, which is why I chose something other than card stock. So not only was this a journal for my favorite quotes, but a chance to play with papers, mediums, and colors that spoke to me.

The Cinch by We R Memory Keepers

Now my pages were ready to be decorated, before assembling the journal with the Cinch wires.

When you do assemble your book, be sure and place the pages on the ring first, topped with the front cover and then the back cover. Doing this allows the wire edge to be hidden inside the book. Once again, the instructions are on the machine for closing the wires.

Typecast typewriter by We R Memory Keepers

Using the Typecast was a fun way to write out my favorite quotes. For this quote, I typed a few of the words on Typecast Paper, knowing that I would use stickers to spell out words I wanted accented. I found that advancing the paper twice created a nice amount of space between these words. I cut these lines of words out with scissors.

Typecast typewriter by We R Memory Keepers

For some of my quotes,  I typed them out in their entirety on Typecast Tags. It is easy to place any size paper in the Typecast, even up to 12×12” paper.

Quote Journal by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

For the base of this page, I applied Heidi Swapp gold screen print paint through a screen. The tags are from the Typecast Mint paper pad.

Quote Journal by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The quote on this page was typed onto a tag. I layered it with stickers, other Typecast papers, and a large word sticker.

Quote Journal by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

This page was layered with a piece of patterned paper from Jen Hadfield’s Heart of Home 6×6 paper pad. The gold printing fit into my color scheme perfectly. Once again, the quote was typed onto a Typecast paper pad tag.

Quote Journal by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

More patterned papers, die cut accents, and a quote typed onto a paper pad tag. I love how easily this album worked together with all the tags in the paper pad. So many typing options!

Quote Journal by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

My final page mixed typed words with letter and word stickers. This might be my favorite page! I have to keep this mix of wording in mind for layouts and even a card!

What are your favorite quotes? How do you like to display them?

For more Cinch project ideas, tips and information, check out this Scrapbook.com article HERE.

 

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Beach Project Roundup

Hello We R fans, and Happy Friday! It’s been hot, hot, hot here in Utah, and the triple digit temps have got us daydreaming about the beach!

We R Memory Keepers Beach Project Collage

So, we’re getting the weekend started off with a fun roundup of beach themed projects to share with you. From cards, to mini albums, to decor and more, we’ve got you covered when it comes to sun & sand creativity!

Sun & Sand Shaker Card

Add some texture and a fun interactive element to your beach themed card with a sand shaker pocket made using the Photo Sleeve Fuse. CLICK HERE for full instructions on our blog.

Sun & Sand Shaker Card featuring the Photo Sleeve Fuse

Beach Themed Layout

Create the illusion of waves on your beach themed layout using the Evolution Advanced and Wave Next Level Embossing Folders. You can find more photos and details about this pretty scrapbook page HERE on our blog.

Beach Themed Layout by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Beach Ball Garland

If you’re hosting a luau or beach themed party, create the perfect decor with the DIY Party Globe Punch and Light Strand collection! You can find a step-by-step tutorial on our blog HERE.

Beach Ball Garland by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Summer Wave Shaker Card

The Photo Sleeve Fuse strikes again! Create the perfect crafty waves for your paper craft project with the Fuse tool, FUSEables papers and some ocean colored sequins. CLICK HERE for instructions for this fun project.

Summer Waves Shaker Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Beach Vacation Mini Album

Preserve those precious memories from your trip to the beach with a DIY mini album made with the Cinch binding tool and the Mini Alphabet Punch Board. To see the inside of this darling album, CLICK HERE.

Beach Mini Album by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for joining us today for our beach project roundup! We hope you’ve found some inspiration for your summer crafting. Have a great weekend!

DIY Band Practice Log

Hey We R friends! Tessa Buys here. I’ve been busy gearing up for a new school year and for one of my kids, that means a push to get organized. My percussionist had a hard time remembering to fill out his weekly band practice log last year, so I got out my laptop and Cinch machine to make him a custom notebook:

DIY Cinch Band Log Tessa Buys 1

First, I designed a log on the computer. Even though my son can pick one up from his teacher every week, he typically ends up tearing a sheet of paper out of a notebook. With pre-printed pages, this notebook makes it faster for him to fill out his log, and hopefully makes it easier to get those weekly logs turned in!

DIY Cinch Band Log Tessa Buys 2

After printing the pages, I trimmed WRMK black chipboard to size (this notebook is 5.5 inches wide and 7 inches tall). I didn’t want to decorate the cover because I know what the inside of my son’s backpack will do to it, so I kept it simple by making a title out of metallic blue Bazzill cardstock with the mini alphabet punch board. I love that the Cinch chipboard is so sturdy. This notebook will easily last all year!

DIY Cinch Band Log Tessa Buys 3

I used the Cinch machine and a black coil to easily bind the log together. My son is pretty excited (well, as excited as a 13 year old can be) about having a custom notebook in his school’s colors that’s going to help keep him on track with his band homework. If you’re looking for a great way to customize a notebook for your student, the Cinch will strike the right note!

DIY Cinch Band Log Tessa Buys 4
Supplies Used:

Cinch
12×12 Cinch Book Boards
Black Cinch Binding Wires
Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Baby Animals Board Book

Hi Everyone! Amanda here today. Although my kids, ages 9 and 11, are not into baby board books anymore, a fun way to capture memories is by creating a baby board book. The fun pictures and bright colors will make story time fun and easy.

Baby Animals Board Book by Amanda Coleman
If you don’t have photos of animals, you can make a baby board book with pictures of family members, or even a trip to the zoo. The possibilities are endless! Think letters and bright colors, too. And since each page is made using a 6”x6” Cinch book board, the baby book is nice and sturdy in little hands.

Baby Animals Board Book 2

This book is filled with photos of baby animals we have had at our little farm over the past few years, and although I am not having to teach them animal names and sounds, my kids still enjoy flipping through these little books.

Here are some more cute pictures of other baby farm animals:

Baby Animals Board Book 3

Baby Animals Board Book 4

Baby Animals Board Book 10

 

Baby Animals Board Book 13

Baby Animals Board Book 12

Baby Animals Board Book 11
Baby Animals Board Book 6

Creating a title using dimensional Thickers is not only an easy way to create a title for your book but will also add some bumps and ridges for baby’s hands to run over.

Baby Animals Board Book 5

You can also use Thickers to create the words for your book. While they look great on the cover, the thickness of the Thickers may add unwanted bulk to your book. I came up with a little trick for getting all of the convenience of Thickers, but without all of the bulk.

Baby Animals Board Book 9

You know that moment when you peel a chipboard Thicker from the sheet and the top of the Thicker comes off but the sticky part remains? Well, it’s time to put that skill to good use. Using a pair of tweezers, gently separate the top few layers of the Thicker from the bottom portion and voila! You have a nice, thin alpha to use in your book. Simply adhere with some liquid glue and you’re good to go.

Baby Animals Board Book 14

The types of board books you could make with the Cinch are endless. Have fun!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Amanda

Supplies:
Cinch Wires 1”
Cinch Book Board 6”x6”
Cinch Book Binding Tool
Flower Girl Collection
Black Thickers

Alphabet Punch Board Mini Album

Hello there We R fans, Wendy Antenucci here today. I had so much fun playing with my Alphabet Punch Board and I can’t wait to show you what I created.  This was also my first time using the Cinch, wow what a great tool!

A Mini Book featuring the Alphabet Punch Board by Wendy Antenucci for We R Memory Keepers

I decided that I would create a mini book about my family, documenting who we were as we enter 2016 and a new season in our lives.  I decided that I would punch out the first initial of each of the kid’s names, what fun it was to take a 3×5 piece of paper and see how each letter was going to form!  To really make things shine I chose to use the gold metallic paper, perfect for my little stars, and even better was that the paper was perfectly cut to fit the punch board.

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I printed up a little questionnaire that I had used in an earlier version of this getting to know you album and had each of our family fill out the questions.  For the littler ones I wrote their answers and had them sign their names, the middle kids had a little help answering the questions, and the big ones went to town giving their answers.

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I added a 4×6 picture of each of our family on a piece of patterned paper with a few pieces of ephemera and/or stickers added to dress up the design of the book.  I kept the decorations simple as a 6×6 book isn’t that large and I wanted to keep the focus on each individual.

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Designer tip: To get my punched letters into my book I mounted each on a transparent sheet so that my letters didn’t move around.  My letter on the front of my book was punched using the Cinch, but I used a piece of cardstock which I temporarily adhered my letter to, to get the right placement.

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I really enjoyed the Alphabet punch board and can’t wait to create more with it.  I’m thinking a birthday banner for my little boy will be up next!

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Supplies:

Crush 12×12 Cardstock
Crush Party Favor Bag
Crush Ephemera
Crush Accent Stickers
6×6 Designer Board Book
Cinch
Clearly Posh Confetti Dot – Gold Acetate
Clearly Posh Confetti Stripe – Black Acetate
Alphabet Punch Board
Metallic 3×5 paper pad