A Birthday Card + More with the Gift Bow Die

30 days of evolution

Hello!  It’s Jennie McGarvey here with you today to share a project I created with two of my favorite We R Memory Keepers metal dies.  These two have been in my stash for a long time, years in fact and I reach for them often.  It was easy for me to settle on these two to share with you as the Nesting Stars and Gift Bow are so fun.  They are also perfect together for a birthday card!


I started with my Evolution Advanced, the 6×6 Clearly Bold pad and the two metal dies I already mentioned.

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Putting the whole thing together was simple with these dies!  Just add a sprinkle of Sequin Stickers in turquoise and in white and you’re all set!

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I couldn’t stop there, however.  Once I had the Evolution Advanced out and the bow die it was much too simple to create a few bow paper clips perfect to use with my planner!

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I simply cut the 6×6 Clearly Bold papers with the bow die and attached them to some oversized Pebbles paper clips!

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How are you using some of the older We R Memory Keepers dies that are in your stash?  Make sure you share with us on Facebook or tag us on Instagram to share with us how you’re using We R Memory Keepers metal dies and Evolution Advanced!



Evolution Advanced
Bow Die
Nesting Star die set
Cakes and Candles 6×6 paper pad
Sequin Stickers in turquoise
Sequin Stickers in white
Clearly Bold 6×6 Pad
Clearly Posh 6×6 Pad


Cinch Sticker Book

Hello there We R Fans, Aimee here. Its kids week here on the We R Blog and I made a super fun and easy sticker book for my nephew. This kid loves stickers! He normally just uses a plain piece of paper to stick the stickers too. I thought how awesome would it be for him to have a book he could stick the stickers in and look at {rather than throwing away all those stickers and crumbled pieces of computer paper}. I think this project is a little above him to make since he’s 3 {he definitely could turn the handle on the evolution though!} but I think the older the kid is the more hands on they could be with this project! And I think all ages love sticker books. {Anyone remember Mrs. Grossman and Lisa Frank?}

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I used some paper from the Cake and Candles collection, Clearly Bold, Bazzill’s new adhesive foam sheets, acetate and smooth cardstock to create my cover and pages. I cut them all to 5×7 inches.

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I removed the backing from the Foam Adhesive and stuck a piece of Cake and Candles to the back.

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The foam sheets are a bit thick especially with cardstock stuck to the back, be sure to punch these by themselves when using the cinch {otherwise the sheet doesn’t go in far enough and the holes get punched wrong}

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I happened to have one of the Heidi Swapp’s memory Binder Embellishment Pouches. I punched it with the cinch and used it as the first page in my book to hold extra stickers.

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I used the 1-inch spiral binding wire to bind my book. I’m not gonna lie I was a little intimidated by this stuff. This stuff just twists into place! Seriously there is no binding that’s easier! To finish the binding off, simply bend the binding back onto itself so your pages don’t come off!

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Once I had my book together  {I alternated the cardstock, acetate, clearly bold & foam} I decorated the cover with Cakes and Candles Alpha block Stickers. Now for the fun part. I used the foam scraps to make stickers! Using my evolution and dies I used up every bit of foam for stickers!

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I even used some for titles on a few pages.

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The evolution makes cutting the foam sheets a breeze! Here are a few of my pages in action.

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I can’t wait for the next time Colten comes over and I can give him this book. Are you and your little ones making anything this summer?


Supply List:

Paper Collection | Cakes and Candles




Stickers | http://www.wermemorykeepers.com/default.aspx?PageID=956&CategoryID=826&ProductID=14056&RootCatCode=08000

Clearly Bold | http://www.wermemorykeepers.com/default.aspx?PageID=956&CategoryID=830&ProductID=11951&ItemID=13609&RootCatCode=08000


Cinch | http://www.wermemorykeepers.com/default.aspx?PageID=956&CategoryID=796&ProductID=12542&PPG=2&RootCatCode=08000

Spiral Binding | http://www.wermemorykeepers.com/default.aspx?PageID=956&CategoryID=796&ProductID=12523&ItemID=14181&RootCatCode=08000


Evolution Advanced | http://www.wermemorykeepers.com/default.aspx?PageID=956&CategoryID=828&ProductID=12654&ItemID=14312&RootCatCode=08000

Dies | http://www.wermemorykeepers.com/default.aspx?PageID=956&CategoryID=828&ProductID=12873&PPG=2&RootCatCode=08000

Nesting Stars

Amy Tan Die Set



Bazzill Foam Adhesive Sheets

Heidi Swapp | Memory Binder Embellishment Pouches http://www.heidiswappstore.com/default.aspx?PageID=1005&CategoryID=845&ProductID=12886&PPG=2&RootCatCode=09000


Summer Banner

Hello!  It’s Jennie McGarvey and I am so excited to share with you a fun and cheerful summer banner I recently created to hang with my mantle decor.


I used both the We R Memory Keepers Banner Punch Board and the We R Memory Keepers Pinwheel Punch Board for this project.  These made quick work of this simple project and I was able to get this hung on my fireplace in no time.

I chose a sheet of patterned paper from the Cake and Candles collection, a polka dot sheet from the Clearly Bold collection and a piece of card stock from my stash for the main parts of this project


I started creating the banner.  I cut 4 3.5”x4” pieces from the acetate paper and 2 of the same size from the Cake and Candles paper.  Then, I used the Banner Punch Board to create my banner pieces.


Once the banner pieces were finished, I made quick work of the pinwheels I would use to embellish the banner.  I simply cut 3” squares from my yellow sheet of card stock and then used the Pinwheel Punch board to do the rest.


Once I was finished punching and cutting my pinwheels I could assemble them to the banners.


I used my Evolution Advanced and Lifestyle Nesting Circle Dies to cut out 6 small circles to layer with my alphabet circles. Once I had those, I could layer the circles and alphabet stickers on my banner.




Now, I have a super cute banner that was easy to make.  The simplicity is not even noticeable thanks to the fun shapes and pinwheels!

Have you tried using the Banner Punch Board or the Pinwheel Punch Board?  Make sure you share your projects using them with us on the We R Memory Keepers Facebook Page or tag We R Memory Keepers on Instagram.



Banner Punch Board
Pinwheel Punch Board
Cake and Candles Collection
Clearly Bold Collection
Pinwheel Attachments
Evolution Advanced
Lifestyle Nesting Circle Dies

Hot Air Balloon Card

Hello! Samantha joining you today for some summer week inspiration. Are you enjoying all the summer fun so far? No icon says summer to me quite like a hot air balloon, so today I thought I’d share a hot air balloon card and matching envelope.

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I don’t have a hot air balloon die, but I do have WRMK’s Light Bulb Garland Die. And you know what? With a few modifications, it makes a pretty fun hot air balloon!

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I started my hot air balloon by cutting the main light bulb part of the Light Bulb Garland Die out 1 time each from 3 different colors of Clearly Bold polka dot paper. I used the Clearly Bold 6 x 6 acetate pad for the body of the balloon. The patterns are smaller on the 6 x 6 pad, so you get more dots on your balloon. I started with the pink dots first, then layered the teal dots in the middle, and finished up with the purple dots on top. To make the bulb look more like a balloon, I trimmed about 1” off of the stem of each die cut.

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I created the basket of the balloon with a die from the Light Bulb Garland Die and paper from the Cakes and Candles 6 x 6 paper pad. To make the basket a bit cuter, I attached it to the balloon with some pink baker’s twine.

I put my Evolution Advanced Die Cutting Machine to use again on the card to create the “Let’s Party” sentiment. This time I used an embossing strip from the Fine & Dandy Embossing Strips set. Before running the strip through the Evolution, I colored all of the raised parts of the embossing folder with a pink marker, which then transferred onto the paper when run through the Evolution. I fussy cut around the raised edges of the “Let’s Party” banner once embossed to make my sentiment banner for the card.

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I made this card a slightly odd size. Instead of the standard A2 card, its final measurements are 4 ½ x 6. Envelopes for non-standard sized cards are no problem when you can make your own with the 1-2-3 punch board. For something a little different, I used Denim Blues Pink Stripe Fabric Paper for the envelope. When using any of the Denim Blues fabric paper with one of the punch boards, it’s best to flip it over and work on the paper (white) side. The back side holds the scoring better than the front (fabric) side, and it’s just a bit easier to punch if the back side is facing up.

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I also used the 1-2-3 punch board to make a purple envelope liner to slip inside the envelope. I’ll be hand delivering this card to my niece for her birthday, so I’m sealing it closed with a hello sticker from the Denim Blues Fabric Stickers, but you can pop it in the mail if you glue it shut instead and add a mailing label to the front (just make sure to add extra postage if your envelope is over ¼” thick).

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…and that’s how you turn a light bulb into a hot air balloon for a summer card. What’s your favorite icon for summer cards? Are you a hot air balloon lover too, or does something else just scream summer to you?



Light Bulb Garland Die
Evolution Advanced Die Cutting Machine
Clearly Bold 6 x 6 Paper Pad
Cakes and Candles 6 x 6 Paper Pad
Fine & Dandy Embossing Strips
Sew Easy Pink Baker’s Twine Spool
1-2-3 Punch Board
Denim Blues Pink Stripe Fabric Paper
Denim Blues Fabric Stickers
American Crafts Primaries Card Stock (purple)
American Crafts White Card Stock
American Crafts This to That Foam Tab Adhesive
Pink Marker

Chalkboard Summer Countdown

With the school year drawing to a close, we thought it might be helpful to share some teacher appreciation ideas this week. From teacher gifts, to thank you cards, to classroom treats we’ve got you covered! Sit back and enjoy the inspiration.

Hello!  Jennie McGarvey here to share with you a fun and interactive teacher gift. I have three school aged sons and over the years I’ve tried to think of gifts for their teachers that are useful, creative and maybe even something the whole class could have fun with.  I’m usually not all that successful, but this year I think I have figured something out.

I thought it would be fun to create cute classroom decor where the kids and the teacher could countdown to those fun summer days!  (You know by now we’re all on countdown for those carefree days!)
So, to start I used a chalkboard that I got for a couple of dollars.  Then, I gathered up a few items.  I started with a sheet of 6×6 paper from the Cake and Candles pad, a sheet from the 6×6 Clearly Bold pad, one of the Lifestyle Crafts Inverted Circles nesting dies and the Evolution Advanced.
After I had cut the inverted circle and the plain circle using the Evolution Advanced, I got out the Script Sew Easy template and punched out the word HAPPY.  I used yellow embroidery floss (3 strands) to make the word visible.
Once the stitching was complete, I used foam adhesive to adhere the layers together.
Once that was complete, it was time to focus on the chalkboard.  I printed out the sentiment I wanted on the chalkboard.
On the BACK of the paper, I rubbed a piece of chalk on the paper.  Then, I layered the paper on top of the chalkboard so I could see the writing.  With a  ball point pen, I traced the outline of the letters.  (On the paper)  When I was finished I removed the paper and I could see the outline of the alphas, which I filled in with the chalk.
Once that was finished, I added a couple of enamel shapes for a bit of decoration.
The point of this was for it to NOT appear perfect.  It is going to hang in a classroom!  I want a child to be able to change the number of days or the message, if that is what is needed.  If I used a chalk marker – it would appear really professional, but not be as easily adaptable to the needs of the classroom.
Now, this wouldn’t be complete without a card to give along with it. Enter the Hello, Darling collection and the new Denim Blues collection for a beautiful and heartfelt card any teacher would be happy to receive!
Summer Chalkboard Supplies:
Cake and Candles Enamel Shapes
Cake and Candles 6×6 pad
Clearly Bold 6×6 pad
Lifestyle Crafts Inverted Circles Nesting Dies
Lifestyle Crafts Circles Nesting Dies
Sew Easy Template – Script
Card Supplies:
Denim Blues Fabric Sheet
Hello, Darling Ephemera
Hello, Darling Enamel Shapes
Hello, Darling Cork Stickers

New Release: Clearly Bold

@WeRMemoryKeepers Summer Showcase and New Release Schedule 2014

We’re already hearing an exciting buzz surrounding the new Clearly Bold collection. This fun collection, which will ship to retailers in November, is so flexible. Use it with any of our fun punch boards to create unique gifts and memory keeping projects.


The Clearly Bold collection includes 12 acetate papers with both stripes and polka dots.

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The line also features two paper pads…

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Brightly colored enamel dots…


Pattered wood veneer stickers…


Purple Alpha Blocks…


And of course, a super-fun Albums Made Easy kit…



To get a better feel for what this line looks like in person, check out our Summer Showcase paper collection walk through…