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:

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Supplies Used:

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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Thanks for stopping by today!


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

56th Birthday Celebration

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Happy Friday, visitors of the We R blog! Another Friday, another post by me: Amanda Rose Zampelli, new designer for the We R team. Today I’m sharing with you all what I’m calling an ‘After-Birthday Cinch Book’.  I created a mini photobook using The Cinch of the surprise 56th birthday dinner we threw my mom this past Monday.

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I snapped pics of the evening, and made the best printed photos into a mini memory book of the night.  I embellished with some neon ink, a few stamps, and the We R Sew-Easy Stamp Roller (amazing)!

For more photos and details, head over to my blog.   Catch me here every Friday, with a fun new project to share. Cheers!

Watercolored Mini Book using The Cinch + We R TAB punch

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Hello, readers and memory keepers! T.G.I.F. and that means another post from me, Amanda Rose Zampelli, new designer for the We R team. I’m coming to you today with a water color mini book I made using the Cinch, one of the beloved TAB punches, and part of an Albums Made Easy page protector.

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Basically, I documented all the routine happenings of this past Monday, March 31st, and then took what I recorded, turned them into sketches, and filled them in with watercolors.  I created tabs to mark the date of each event, and binded the mini using the cinch.

For more photos and details, head over to my blog. So excited to post a project here every Friday, and I look forward to getting to know you all better. Cheers!

Let me know if you need anything else or if changes need to be made.


Recipe Card Cinch Book

Most of my recipes are printed on 8.5 x 11 inch paper and stored in sheet protectors in a binder.  But sometimes friends will share their recipes with me on 3×5 or 5×7 cards.  I don’t really have a good place to keep these, so they end up scattered on my recipe book shelf in between my books or falling out of my binder front pocket.  Until now, that is.  I created this nifty little cinch book to keep my loose recipe cards organized and safe.

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I trimmed my 8×8 chipboard to 6×8 to fit up to 5×7 cards, and decorated the covers with papers and stickers from the Country Livin’ collection.  I added cardstock pages with pockets punched with my Raindrop 2 Edge Punch, and I used the File Tab Punch, Tab Labels, and Tab Stickers to mark my categories.

Here are the inside pages:

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I bound my book with The Cinch at the top so I can prop it up on the counter when I’m cooking.  No more mess on my recipe book shelf!  I may even make another one of these for a friend’s birthday.



The Cinch
8×8 Chipboard
Gold .75 inch Binding Wire
Raindrop 2 Edge Punch
File Tab Punch
File Tab Stickers
Tab Labels–Typewriter Black
Washi Tape–Pomegranate
Country Livin’ Paper Pack

Year-In-Review Cinch Book

One thing I love about the end of the year is the opportunity to look back over the past year in review and record the highlights and favorite moments.  I always like to scrapbook those moments in comparison somehow, and this year I decided to create a 2013 Year-In-Review Cinch book.
The Notable collection was perfect for a year in review project, and the coordinating Albums Made Easy cards made for easy accents.  I decorated some edges with the Trellis 2 Edge Punch to add some interest.
I used some 8×8 chipboard and created a separate spread for each month. The easiest way to find photos and events for this project was to turn to my social media accounts–everything’s already organized by months!  I gathered my favorite Instagram photos from each month and made a photo collage using Picasa, Google’s free photo editing software.  Then I printed the 8×8 collages as 8×10 enlargements, trimming the excess, and used them as one side of each spread.
For my journaling I cut and pasted some of my Facebook status updates from each month, printed them, and added them to the opposite side of each spread.  The Notable papers with their fun bold colors coordinate well with all the different photos.
With so many different colors and photos I kept the design simple and repeated it throughout the album, adding a cohesive feel.  Then I bound it all together with my Cinch binding tool.  As far as mini books go, this project was quick and easy, but I’m so happy with the result.  It’s so fun to browse through this and look back over our year as recorded in my social media.
Supplies used:

Gift Ideas: Recipe Cinch Book

One of the things we associate the holiday season with is good food, so why not create a Holiday Favorites Recipe Book as a gift for one of your loved ones this year.  The recipe book I made below was easy to put together using the North Pole collection, my cinch machine, and this printable PDF file of my favorite recipes.

I used 6×6 chipboard for the covers, and the pages are made with 6×6 North Pole patterned paper.  I printed the recipe cards, cut them out, and mounted them on plain North Pole cardstock before adding them to the pages.

I used the File Tab Punch and Tab Labels to indicate the recipe categories.  The tab labels are so versatile and useful–they truly thought of everything.  The labels include recipe books, office organization, memory keeping, calendars, etc.

I kept the book design simple to save time during the busy holiday season, and the simple design allows for easy duplication for multiple recipients.  I also avoided unnecessary dimension since this book will likely be stored with other recipe books and I didn’t want to risk any embellishments on the front of the book getting knocked off or ruined.

If you’d like to create a Holiday Favorites Recipe Book of your own, simple print the recipe card PDF file HERE and then make your own Cinch book.  I’ve included a couple of blank recipe cards at the end for you to add your own favorite recipes.  Make one for yourself, and another for a loved one.  Enjoy!


Supplies used:

Cinch Binding Tool

Cinch Binding Wire

6×6 Chipboard

North Pole Paper Pack

File Tab Punch

Tab Labels

Aly Dosdall

Gift Ideas: Cinch notebooks

Today I’ve got a couple more handmade gift ideas for you.  This time of year (especially with the New Year so close) we often turn our thoughts to getting our lives more organized.  With the Cinch binding machine, We R Memory Keepers makes it easy to create your own calendars, planners, and notebooks.

To-Do Notebooks

Check out these easy To-Do notebooks I made using Notable Journaling Cards, Albums Made Easy cardstock and grid cards, 6×6 chipboard, and my Cinch machine.

I trimmed 6×6 chipboard to 3×4, rounded the corners with my Corner Chomper, adhered journaling cards to the outsides of the covers and cardstock cards to the insides.  Then I filled the inside of the To-Do notebooks with grid journaling cards and ran the whole thing through my Cinch machine.

These notebooks are so handy to have in your purse, on your workspace, or near your phone.  They make great teacher gifts, neighbor and friend gifts, or stocking stuffers.

Desk Calendar

Another easy, darling, and super useful gift is a handmade desk calendar.  Using the Dated patterned paper from the Notable collection I cut out the calendar cards, adhered them to some 4×6 Notable Journaling Cards, embellished them, and then ran them through my Cinch machine.

I mounted the 4×6 journaling cards on trimmed down 6×6 chipboard and printed the numbers on the calendar cards using my computer.  If you’re like me and don’t like your handwriting very much, you can print them by using the technique I demonstrate in the video below.

These gifts are cute and so useful for keeping your recipients organized this coming New Year.  The Cinch machine, along with several other fabulous We R Memory Keepers tools, make giving handmade gifts so much easier.


Supplies used:

Cinch machine

6×6 Chipboard

Binding Wire

Notable Journaling Cards

Notable Paper Pack

Grid Cards

Tangerine Cardstock Cards

Butter Washi Tape

Aly Dosdall