DIY Birthday Party Decor

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today with some fun party décor. Birthdays, well, they happen every year (whether we like it or not), so why not make them fun and exciting with custom décor?! I have always loved making special decorations for my son’s birthdays. There are a few We R Memory Keepers tools that I always grab when I am getting started and I am sharing them with you today.

DIY Birthday Party Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers
Project number one on my list is always a banner. We have the perfect place in our kitchen to hang one and it just says, celebration time! The Banner Punch Board makes the job quick and easy. I cut my Pebbles Happy Hooray patterned paper down to 6” x 6.” Then I lined the paper up with the 6” line on the Banner Punch Board and made two cuts. Two cuts. That is it for each pennant of the banner. Nice!
DIY Birthday Party Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers
On each pennant, I added a cardstock sticker from the Pebbles Happy Hooray collection. To make the stickers pop off the paper, I adhered them each with foam squares.

DIY Birthday Party Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Birthday Party Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers
The top of each banner was covered with two layers of DIY Party Fringe Tape. By using two layers, it looks fuller. I adhered the bottom layer first, then lined the top layer up with the top edge of the patterned paper. It makes it cleaner looking that way.
Next item that we always get for birthdays in this house is cupcakes! Using the DIY Party Board and the Clear Cut Punch Circle, I took the bakery cupcakes from cute to wow!

DIY Birthday Party Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers
I made cupcake wrappers from patterned paper and the DIY Party Board. The instructions for the size of paper to use and where to cut are printed directly on the board. Another tool that makes it quick and easy to make an impact.
DIY Birthday Party Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Birthday Party Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers
For the cupcake topper, I used a small DIY Honeycomb pad. I trimmed small pieces and adhere their ends together. It made a cute and dimensional circle. On the front of each, I added an image from patterned paper. Using the Clear Cut Punch Tool, I could place the punch directly over the image I wanted and perfectly cut it out.

DIY Birthday Party Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers
Final item, silly straws. Totally essential for birthdays! Instead of leaving the straws plain, I added a punched circle of patterned paper, once again using the Clear Cut Punch Tool. It punches so smoothly, its great to use for any circles I need.

DIY Birthday Party Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers
The final detail was adding the letter E to each of the straws. The Mini Alphabet Punch Board made quick work of making the letters. Oh, and a special thing to notice, see the stripe of rainbow at the bottom of the letter E? I left the tear strip on the patterned paper and let it add some fun color to my letters!
How do you celebrate birthdays in your house?

Supplies:
We R Memory Keepers:
• Banner Punch Board
• DIY Party Board
• Clear Cut Punch – Circle
• Mini Alphabet Punch Board
• DIY Fringe Tape – White
• DIY Party Small Honeycomb Pads – 3”x8”
Pebbles – Happy Hooray
• Pattered paper – Hooray, Balloon Animals, Make a Wish, Party Animal, Eat Cake
• Cardstock Stickers

Baby Mini Book with the Happy Jig

Hello everyone!  It’s Eva here today sharing with you a baby mini album embellished with the new Happy Jig

Baby Mini Book with the Happy Jig by Eva PIzarro for We R Memory Keepers

I love this new tool! It is so innovative and something you haven’t since in the industry so far! Plus, it is very easy to use and you can make shapes to embellish mini albums, layouts, cards or any craft project.

To make the mini album, start by cutting 2 paper strips of 4 ¼ inch height. I used my Mini Score Board to score my paper every 3 ¼ inch.

Mini Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

I also wanted to include a confetti shaker on my mini album so I filled a small photo sleeve with stars and sequins and I closed it with my Fuse Ruler and the new USB Heat Tool with the Fuse tip.
USB Power Heat Tool with Fuse Tip by We R Memory Keepers

To create the shaker I used my Clear Cut Punch to cut two hearts on the edges of the strips, one on the left and one on the right.

Clear Cut Heart Punch by We R Memory Keepers

I glue the two ends together with double sided tape and put the confetti shaker inside.

Clear Cut Punch Shaker Pocket by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

I used my Sticky Piercer to make holes all over my heart and the paper’s edge, the key is to make the same amount of hearts on one shape and on the other one!

Using your twine from the Happy Jig join the outer and the inner holes together.

Crafter's Essentials Hand Tools by We R Memory Keepers

Now for the Happy Jig embellishments. This tools comes with a manual with lots of shapes and you can also see other designs on the We R Happy Jig dedicated Instagram account (@werhappyjig). But I assure you it is very easy to make your own shapes! I created this wire frame in no time!

Happy Jig by We R Memory Keepers

Here are the Happy Jig coordinates in case you want to make one:

Start: D21

Small Pegs: E14, C14, B13, C16, C28, C30, B31, E30, Q30, S 30, T31, S28, S16, S14, T13, Q14.

Happy Jig Wire Frame by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

To make my journaling lines I used my Magnetic Mat! It is perfect because the ruler holds the project in place and you have perfect lines all the time!

 

Baby Mini Book with the Happy Jig by Eva PIzarro for We R Memory Keepers

I also did a “boy” shape for my title. The dimension it adds is amazing! To hold your shape in place you can use a strong liquid adhesive or a few stitches.

Here are the “boy” coordinates:

Start: L9

Small Pegs: K11. N12. N16, K21. J24, P25

Medium Pegs: G12, M14, M23

Big Pegs: M18, Q22

Baby Mini Book with the Happy Jig by Eva PIzarro for We R Memory Keepers

You can also use your wires to contour a paper shape or to embellish free hand like I did here on the sea waves.

Baby Mini Book with the Happy Jig by Eva PIzarro for We R Memory Keepers

See how cute that little frame looks? It is perfect for a 2 inch photo. Did you notice all the 1 inch squares on the next page? I used my Square Punch Board and did it in no time!

Baby Mini Book with the Happy Jig by Eva PIzarro for We R Memory Keepers

I also used my Happy Jig to make a letter “L” for Lorenzo, you can find the instructions for all the letters on the Happy Jig Instagram feed. The letters are great to create personalized gift tags!

Baby Mini Book with the Happy Jig by Eva PIzarro for We R Memory Keepers

And here you can see my shaker pocket. The twine thread gives it a great look and poking the holes with the Sticky Piercer was a breeze!

Baby Mini Book with the Happy Jig by Eva PIzarro for We R Memory Keepers

I love the dimension the wire words add to any project, the y are simple and fun and you have tons of colors to choose from.

Baby Mini Book with the Happy Jig by Eva PIzarro for We R Memory Keepers

How would you use your Happy Jig? What words or shapes would you like to see? I am definitely going to work on some Spanish or Italian words for my projects!

Baby Mini Book with the Happy Jig by Eva PIzarro for We R Memory Keepers

Baby Mini Book with the Happy Jig by Eva PIzarro for We R Memory Keepers

 

Have a great day!

Eva

 

Supplies:

Happy Jig
Happy Jig wire
Clear Cut Punch
Mini Score Board
Square Punch Board
Sticky Piercer
Stitch Happy Twine
USB Heat Tool
Magnetic Mat
Night Night Collection by Pebbles Inc

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Butterfly Favor Boxes with Layered Stamps

Hello everyone!  It’s Eva here today bringing you a quick favor box made with the 1,2, 3 Punch Board and the Butterfly Layered Stamp Set.

Butterfly Favor Boxes with Layered Stamps by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

I love to make favor boxes for parties or family events and stamps really make the job easy because you can have all the favors look the same with just a few supplies.

For this favor box I used my 1,2, 3 Punch Board to make a Small size box. All the instructions are already on the board so it is super easy! I started with a 6 inch paper to use my 12 x 12 inch paper completely.

How cute is this polka dot cardstock from Bazzill Paper?  There are a lot of colors to choose from!

Butterfly Favor Boxes with Layered Stamps by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

To have a cohesive look I choose the Layered Butterfly Stamp and made them in the same color as my box. These new Acrylic Blocks come in three different sizes and have guides in the middle so you can align your stamps perfectly!

Butterfly Favor Boxes with Layered Stamps by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Next, I used my Vicki Boutin stamp set and stamped a sentiment using the black CMYK ink.  After that I punched a tag with my Clear Cut Punch.

Butterfly Favor Boxes with Layered Stamps by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Finally I used my Ribbon Cutter to cut and seal three different ribbons.

Butterfly Favor Boxes with Layered Stamps by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

To assemble the box I placed some candies inside and embellished it with the ribbon, tag and butterfly. I love the tone on tone look of these favor boxes!

Butterfly Favor Boxes with Layered Stamps by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

These little favor boxes are super cute and with the help of your favorite Punch Board and some stamps you can make them very quickly.

Butterfly Favor Boxes with Layered Stamps by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

 

Have a great day!

Eva

 

Supplies:

1,2, 3 Punch Board
Polka Dot Cardstock by Bazzill Paper

Clear Cut Punch
Butterfly Layered Stamp
CMYK inks

Acrylic Blocks
Vicki Boutin Stamp Set

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

 

 

 

 

 

Love Note Piñata

Hello, We R fans! Laura here today to share with you an easy and thoughtful gift idea for Valentine’s Day. You can make this love note heart piñata for your spouse, your child, or your best friend. They come together easily with only a few simple supplies. You can customize the design with any color fringe tape.

Love Note Heart Piñata by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Start by using some scrap cardstock or patterned paper and punch a bunch of heart shapes using the heart clear cut punch.

Clear Cut Heart Punch by We R Memory Keepers

Write out things you love about the person who is receiving the piñata. I made these for my kids, so I wrote little things I love about each of them like “you are smart”, “you are funny”, and “you are kind”. Personalize your hearts however you want.

Love Note Heart Piñata by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Add twine loops to the top and bottom holes of your heart piñata. The top one allows you to hang the piñata, so be sure you account for that with the length of your loop. The bottom one is simply to allow the recipient to pull it open, so it doesn’t have to be too long.

Love Note Heart Piñata by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Fill your piñata with all your folded heartfelt thoughts. Tape the bottom closed.

Love Note Heart Piñata by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I love rainbows, so I thought instead of the traditional pink and red for Valentine’s Day, I would create a rainbow pattern using the fringe tape. Start at the bottom and work your way to the top. Cut separate strips to cover the sides.

Love Note Heart Piñata by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Once you have your piñata all covered in fringe tape, trim around the outside edge of the heart to make it look a little neater. Now your Valentine’s gift is ready to give!

Love Note Heart Piñata by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

You could add some candies or small toys in with the paper hearts if you wanted. You could also add love, XOXO, or the person’s name to the front using Thickers or other alphabet stickers.

Love Note Heart Piñata by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Love Note Heart Piñata by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

 

Supplies

Heart Clear Cut Punch

Heart Mini Piñata

DIY Party Fringe Tape

Baker’s Twine

 

Year In Review Mini Album

Hello We R Memory Keepers friends and fans, Becki here to share a fun “Year in Review” mini album with you. I used three of my favorite We R Memory Keepers tools to create this mini album. I absolutely love how this album came together. When I started creating the album I thought that I would include 5-10 of my favorite photos from 2017. As I gathered photos, I realized that there was no way to narrow down the number of photos to 10 to tell the story of our year. 2017 was a very eventful year for our family. This year in review album has over 20 photos.

Year In Review Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

 

I streamlined the creative process by printing all my photos at 4×4. In this album all the photos are on the right side and the journaling is on the left. To create a space for all the journaling, I used the frame punch board to create 3 ½ x 3 ½ square frames.

Year In Review Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Then, I printed the journaling to fit inside the frame.

On a few of the pages, I used the clear cut punch to create a window so that the reader could get a sneak peek of the photo that was on the next page.

Year In Review Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Year In Review Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

It was so easy to create a cute heart window using the clear cut punch. I love that I was able to move the punch around the page so that I could make the heart window where ever I wanted to on the page.

Year In Review Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Even though, the album contains a LOT more photos than I originally intended, I love the story that it tells.

Year In Review Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Year In Review Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Using a few of my favorite tools from We R Memory Keepers made creating this album so easy and fun. Thank you for stopping by the We R Memory Keepers blog. Happy 2018 my friends!

 

Supplies:

Frame Punch Board

Clear Cut Heart Punch

Crop-a-dile

Crate Paper Carousel Collection

New Years Eve Photo Backdrop

Hello and welcome back to the blog for my last post for 2017!

What better way to capture the fun and excitement of ringing in the New Year than a few snaps against a fun backdrop! Read on to see how you can create your own photo area in your home using the DIY Party Board and Circle Clear Cut Punch.

New Years Eve Photo Backdrop by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Fun photos are not complete without a few props! I’ve used my DIY Party Board  to put together some little party hat headbands. I’ve used some plain store-bought bands and some 12×12 sheets of paper from my DCWV Indigo Craft & Champagne Stack.

DIY Party Board by We R Memory Keepers

The DIY Party Board  has measurements printed directly on to the product. This is super handy for a quick reference when putting together some of the many fun items you can create using this clever board.

For the larger size party hat, I used measurements for the guide marked ‘A’ at the corresponding numbers for that size hat – 11 and cut along the edge. I then made a second cut, using the ‘C’ guide at 3. This gives you the cone shape.

For the smaller hat, I used the ‘C’ guide at 7 and again at 1 (as shown below). I rolled the cones and adhered using strong adhesive tape so they wouldn’t pop open during use.

The cones were then glued to the band using a hot glue gun. I did have several attempts, which weren’t very satisfactory. I found making two small incisions near the bottom of the hat on both sides where they met the band, gave the band a bit more flex and the cone stayed adhered to the band.

Finally, some finishing touches came in the form of some DIY Party Gold Fringe Tape. I rolled some up and popped it inside the top of the smaller hat and also used it along the base of the larger hat.

New Years Eve Photo Backdrop by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers 

Here you can see our cute party hat headbands in action!

New Years Eve Photo Backdrop by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The background for our photoshoot was created using my Circle Clear Cut Punch some more of the pretty Indigo and gold foil DCWV papers as well as some silver and gold metallic Bazzill cardstock.

I used the circle punch all over the 12×12 sheets and punched as many circles as I could get out of a sheet. I know I gush about these punches all the time, but they are definitely a favourite product of mine from this year’s releases! 

Clear Cut Circle Punch by We R Memory Keepers

I sewed a combination of circles together using my sewing machine. Each strand had 15 circles and was long enough for head and shoulders images. If you want more people in your photos, simply make your strands longer.

New Years Eve Photo Backdrop by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

New Years Eve Photo Backdrop by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I used temporary adhesive to stick my strands to the wall. (In Australia it’s called Blu Tack.)

New Years Eve Photo Backdrop by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers 

The last thing left to do was create some handheld props in the form of the year and some gems, handcut from the sheet of journaling spots in the DCWV 12×12 stack.

New Years Eve Photo Backdrop by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
The 2018 prop was created using my Mini Alphabet Punch Board and some gold foil paper from a mini 3×5 paper pad, designed especially for use in Alphabet Punch Boards.

 Mini Alphabet Punch Board We R Memory Keepers

We had such fun creating these pictures. Beautiful memories of a year that seems to have just flown!

New Years Eve Photo Backdrop by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers 

This year has been both challenging and amazing and I so look forward to what a new year, full of possibilities will bring. Wishing you a magical 2018!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

 DIY Party Board

DIY Party Gold Fringe Tape

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Circle Clear Cut Punch

DCWV 12×12 Indigo Craft & Champagne Stack

 

Holiday Treats with the DIY Party Board

Hello We R Memory Keepers fans! Soraya here to share some holiday treats to offer to your family and friends because Christmas is around the corner! It’s the most wonderful time of the year and at We R Memory Keepers we have the best tools to inspire you creating cute and fun treats!

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

To make these five boxes and pouches I used the amazing DIY Party Board. This board allows you to create so many different projects! We’ll be making a little basket, a treat pouch, a chocolate bar paper wrap, a French fry cone and a Christmas tree! So you’ll need patterned papers, scissors, felt, embellishments and the Circle Clear Cut Punch.

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Santa’s basket:  use the DIY Party Board to create a big cup wrap with a 10×10 red patterned paper. Add a thin strip of paper to create the handle of the basket and cut some pieces of felt to create Santa’s belt and some snow all around the cup. Place some yummy chocolate in a plastic bag before putting them into the basket!

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Treat pouch:  use a 9×9 patterned paper to create the pouch. Fill it with delicious sweets and add a bow to decorate it! You can add more glittering washi tape and foam stickers (like the tree).

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

The candy cone: use a 7×7 patterned paper to create a french fry cone and decorate it with a border of gold fringe and some silver stars! Now you just need to fill it with chocolate and candy canes. So cute!

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

The Christmas tree: use a 6×6 patterned paper to create the shape of a mini party hat that will turn into a Christmas tree! Add a star on top and some red baker’s twine all around the tree as a garland. Stick some pearls and use the Circle Clear Cut Punch to create a circle base that will be the chocolate holder! So fun to hide the chocolate inside the tree!

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

The chocolate bar: use a 6×6 patterned paper to create a snow cone wrap! This wrap will perfectly fit the chocolate bar! Add some baker’s twine and holiday embellishments.

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Aren’t they so cute?!

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Treats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Hope you had fun joining me, happy creating and happy holidays to everyone!

Soraya.

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