Summer Reading Log

Hello, We R Memory Keepers fans, Laura here today. School just got out for us and I want to be sure both of my kids keep up with their reading skills all summer long. Having a summer reading log will help us keep track of all of the books we read this summer. We have some house rules about reading, playing outside, chores, and learning activities the kids must complete before they are allowed to use electronics.

DIY Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I created a printable log the kids could use each week. It has a space for the date, title of the book, and how many pages were read for each day of the week.

Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva

Get your free printable here: Summer Reading Log

I printed 10 weeks worth (front to back), so five pages total for each of my kids.

To start creating the reading log book, I started with two 8 ½ x 11 inch Cinch book boards. I covered the front and back covers with some fun, summery papers from Amy Tangerine’s On a Whim collection. I adhered the papers using double sided tape. I covered the inside covers with purple and yellow mono cardstock.

Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva

Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva

To separate each of the kid’s sections, I created tabs using teal and orange mono cardstock and the tab punch board. I labeled them with my children’s names.

Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva

Once I had everything together, I assembled the book with the Cinch tool and a small silver Cinch wire.

Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva

The Cinch Binding Tool by We R Memory Keepers

The Cinch Binding Tool by We R Memory Keepers

To make the cover a little more fun, I used some Thickers to spell out “Summer Reading Log” on some of the leftover teal and orange mono cardstock. I rounded the corners with the Corner Chomper. Then, I added stickers from the On a Whim collection.

DIY Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva for We R memory Keepers

I love the way it turned out. I know I am always more motivated to do what I need to do when I have something that looks nice and my kids are, too! This summer reading log will be the perfect way for the kids to keep track of what reading they do this summer.

DIY Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva for We R memory Keepers

DIY Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva for We R memory Keepers

DIY Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva for We R memory Keepers

Supplies:

 

Cinch Book Board

Amy Tangerine  On a Whim Collection Papers and Stickers

Double Sided Tape

Cinch Tool

Cinch Wires

Tab Punch Board

Corner Chomper

Mono Cardstock

Thickers

Five Fun Kids Crafts

Hey there We R friends! Thanks for stopping by today. Since this week is Kids Crafts Week, we wanted to share some of the most popular past kids crafts from our blog. We figure the more ideas you’re armed with over summer vacation, the better…right? So here are Five Fun Kids Crafts!

5 Fun Kids Crafts by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Board Game

Use your paper craft supplies to make your own board game to keep the kiddos busy this summer. Stickers, ephemera bits, and die cuts are perfect as decorations, markers, or other game elements. You can even use the Power Punch or Crop-A-Dile to make your own spinner! CLICK HERE to learn how to make your own.

DIY Board Game by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Reading Center

Get your little ones excited about summer reading with their own reading center. Use your favorite We R tools to customize their quiet area so it’s their own special space. Between the Banner Punch Board, the Alphabet Punch Board, and the Garland Punch, we’ve got you covered! More photos and details on the blog HERE.

Classroom decor ideas by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Confetti Poppers

Your patriotic summer celebrations will be extra fun with these easy DIY Confetti Poppers. Grab an empty toilet paper tube, a balloon, some patriotic paper, and some of our DIY Party supplies–Mini Piñata Pull Tabs and Confetti–and you’re good to go. Find a step-by-step tutorial on our blog HERE.

DIY Confetti Poppers by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

End of the School Year Piñatas

Make the last day of school a special one with individual mini piñatas that mark the next grade for your kids or grandkids. CLICK HERE to learn more about these fun party favors!

DIY Teepee Kit

You kids will love having a place to call their own this summer. Whether it’s for indoors or outdoors, reading or playing house, the DIY Teepee Kit is perfect for keeping small people happy and entertained. CLICK HERE to learn more about how to customize your own.

DIY Teepee Kit by We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for joining us today! We hope you’ve found some inspiration for some fun kids crafts to try this summer. Creative cheers!

New Release: Angle Corner Chomper + Giveaway!

Happy Monday We R fans! We hope you enjoyed your weekend, and are ready to get this new week started. How about we help you out with some exciting news! We’re thrilled to announce the release of the newest member of the Corner Chomper family. Introducing the Angle Corner Chomper!

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Embellish the corners of your scrapbook layouts, cards, and other paper craft projects. The Corner Chomper has 2 designs–small angle and large angle. Cut through paper, cardstock, chipboard, leather, plastic and more. There’s a scrap storage space than you can easily open and empty when full. Multilingual instruction sheet included.

Giveaway!

 

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To celebrate this new release, we’re giving away one Angle Corner Chomper along with one Corner Chomper Storage Case! If you’d like to enter this giveaway, please leave a comment below telling us what projects you would use this handy tool on. Comments will remain open until Thursday, June 23 at midnight. A random winner will be announced here on the blog on Friday, 6/24. Remember to check back to see if you won. Good luck!

New Releases: Laser Square + Corner Chomper

Happy Monday friends! We’re thrilled to bring you yet another set of wonderful new releases today. These tools are designed to make your crafting easier and your projects look more beautiful. They just started shipping to retailers today, so watch for them in stores and online in the next few weeks.

Laser Square

Quickly align, straighten, and perfect any project with the new Laser Square. This tool is perfect for scrapbooking, stamping, quilting, school projects and more. It includes inch and metric measurements, and the laser slides from 0 to 12 in (0 to 30.5 cm). The mat and Laser Square fold down for convenient storage. The Laser Square can be adjusted to a 90° angle or placed together in a straight line.

 

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Corner Chomper

Embellish your corners with the Corner Chomper! Each Corner Chomper has 2 designs. Use these sturdy tools to cut through paper, cardstock, chipboard, leather, plastic and more. They both have a scrap storage space than you can easily open and empty when full. Multi-lingual instruction sheet included.

 

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We’d love to know what you think of these new release! How would you use them in your crafting? Leave a comment below and tell us all about it.

Military Thank You Card

Hello, Samantha here with you today. It’s my honor to be sharing a Military Appreciation Card today. Thank you isn’t quite enough for the gratitude I feel towards our military, but it’s a start.

Military Appreciation Card by Samantha Taylor for We R Memory Keepers #FUSEables #123PunchBoard

For this card I wanted to keep the colors in the realm of red, white, and blue. To give it a bit of an updated feel, I decided to also add in light blue and kraft. The base of the card is made from American Crafts crimson cardstock, while the layers of the card are made of FUSEables paper.

Military Appreciation Card by Samantha Taylor for We R Memory Keepers #FUSEables #123PunchBoard

The FUSEables paper can be cut, scored, and trimmed just like regular paper. I used the ½” side of the Corner Chomper to round the corners on the blue layers of the card.

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My favorite thing about using FuseAbles paper is that you can create a faux stitched look with your Photo Fuse Tool. I really love the new 12” Fuse Ruler. It’s great for keeping your lines straight when fusing, and I also like to use it to hold down my layers until they are fused together. In the photo below, you can see I’ve trapped my fringe strip under the ruler so it stays put while I’m fusing it.

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I couldn’t help but use the 1-2-3 Punch Board to create a matching envelope for the card. A kraft card, blue envelope wrap, and a red envelope liner really help to complete the set.

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Usually, I like to hear about your ideas for the project I’ve shared, but today I’d like to ask you to do something a little different. If you’ve served in the military or have a family member who served or is serving, would you take a few minutes to tell me a bit about them (or yourself and your service)? I am so thankful for the sacrifices our military men and women make to protect this country!

Military Appreciation Card by Samantha Taylor for We R Memory Keepers #FUSEables #123PunchBoard

Supplies

Photo Sleeve Fuse
FUSEables 6 x 6 Paper Pad
FUSEables Jen Hadfield Home+Made Embellished Cards & Envelopes
Fuse Ruler 12”
Fuse Mat
FuseAbles Fringe Strip Kraft
Corner Chomper
1-2-3 Punch Board
Envelope Washi Wrap Kraft
American Crafts Crimson Card Stock
American Crafts Kraft Card Stock
Sticky Thumb Adhesive Dots

DIY Halloween Matchbook Mini Album

Hey there crafty friends! It’s Aly here again to share a fun and easy DIY Halloween Mini Album with you using some of my favorite new We R tools, along with some old stand-bys. We’ve created a tradition at our house of trying on our Halloween costumes a few days before the big day to see how they look, and so I get a chance to take some good photos in full light and under ideal circumstances. This has been such a stress reliever! Now I can enjoy the festivities on Halloween night just as much as everyone else without worrying about getting the perfect photos before it’s all over.

I just took some photos of my youngest daughter all dressed up as Mavis from Hotel Transylvania, and decided to make a simple matchbook mini album to store them using the Template Studio and some black glitter Designer Poster Board as my base.

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DIY Halloween Matchbook Mini Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers #templatestudio #halloweencrafts #cropadile

To create this 3×4 inch album I cut a 3″ x 9″ strip from a piece of black glitter Designer Poster Board using the Template Studio. Poster board makes a great mini album base since it’s sturdier than cardstock, but not quite as stiff as some chipboard can be.

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DIY Halloween Matchbook Mini Album by Aly Dosdall 4

Then I used my Trim and Score Board to score lines at 3 5/8″, 3 3/4″, 7 3/4″ and 7 7/8″. You can trim a bit of extra off the left end if you’d like to leave more room to see your photos once the album’s assembled.

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To create the inside pages for the album, I trimmed five pieces of black glitter Designer Poster Board to 2 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ so they’re slightly smaller than the cover. Next, I rounded the corners of my cover and inside pages with my 1/4″ Corner Chomper, and then punched 1/8″ holes in the bottom of the inside pages, and in the bottom front flap of the cover with my Crop-A-Dile.

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I added my 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ photos to the inside pages using adhesive dots. They stick well to the glitter on the poster board. ( I added my photos after punching the holes, but I recommend adding them before you punch the holes so you don’t have to punch twice.) I used some Dear Lizzy roller stamps to add journaling, and then die cut the stamped phrases to create labels for each photo. Then I added a few gold Sequin Stickers to finish off my album pages.

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I place brads into the holes of the bottom front flap, and then into the holes of the inside pages to bind the album. Since the brads don’t go through the back of the album, the prongs are hidden, keeping the album neat and tidy. Finally, I embellished the front of the album with some shapes that I die cut with my Evolution Advanced from some of the new DIY Party Double Sided Paper Pad. I added a few black Sequin Stickers, and stamped the date as my title with a Heidi Swapp roller stamp.

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This little matchbook mini is easy to make and oh-so-fun! It perfect for showcasing Halloween, birthday, or holiday photos. It would make a great gift album as well.

Supplies:

Decorative Poster Board (black glitter)
Template Studio Starter Kit
Trim and Score Board
Corner Chomper
Crop-A-Dile
Evolution Advanced
Bat and Moon Punch Die
Albums Made Easy Dies–Instagram, Banners
Sequin Stickers–Black, Gold
Roller Stamps–Dear Lizzy, Heidi Swapp
Sticky Thumb Adhesive Dots
black ink pad
brads
foam squares

Father’s Day Gift Card Tag

Hi everyone, it’s Traci from Artsy Albums and I’m happy to be back to share a fun and easy Father’s Day project with you.  I created a tag that can hold a gift card.

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To create the tag, I used the new 123 Punch Board, an angle Corner Chomper and the trim and score board. To start, I cut the pocket portion of my tag from navy card stock 3 1/2” x 10”, and scored the piece at 5”.

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With the piece folded in half on the score line, I used the “angle” side of the pink Corner Chomper to create tag corners.

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Next, I created a notch on one short side of the card stock for my “shirt collar” by using the center marks on the 123 Punch Board.  Then I adhered the piece together on the long sides to create a pocket, and punched a small round hole in the back to hold my jute cord.

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I cut a piece of plaid paper (from the StoryTime collection) to create my shirt.  3 1/4” x 4 3/4”.  I followed the same steps to create the tag corners and “shirt collar” notch.

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I adhered the plaid paper to the front of the navy background tag.  To create the bow tie, I followed the directions for the XS bow on the 123 Punch Board.

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Finally I added the bow tie to the front of the “shirt”, added a few buttons and a title.

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Thanks for letting me share this tag for Dad with you today!  Please share your Father’s Day projects with us on our Facebook page!  Thanks for stopping by!

Traci

Supplies:

123 Punch Board
Angle Corner Chomper
Trim and Score Board
Storytime Plaid paper

Cork Board Coaster Memory Book

While recently cleaning out my craft room I came across some leftover cork board coasters that I had used as part of a craft for my daughter’s classroom party. When I saw them I immediately thought they would make a great base for a mini memory book as a gift for grandma! So, I pulled out one of my favorite We R collections from the past, my Corner Chomper, and my Crop-A-Dile Big Bite. Take a look at how it turned out!

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I love the earthy unique look of the cork board coasters. They’re 4×4 and are the perfect size for a gift album. You can find them at your local craft store. This mini memory book has three coaster pages housing four 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch photos of the grandkids, and it’s small enough to fit into grandma’s purse.

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To decorate my pages I used mostly 3×4 journaling cards and a few scraps from the Chalkboard collection. I included Washi Tape and Enamel Shapes on each page, and layered bits and pieces I cut from journaling cards with my black and white photos.

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The die cut cards I used from the collection add a great decorative touch, and are super easy to include. I also cut out sentiments and titles from the cards to use on each page. The small canvas size of this memory book helped the project to come together quickly and easily. Designer tip: be sure to use a strong adhesive when adhering your papers and photos to the cork board.

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I wanted my coasters to have a softer feel for grandma, so I rounded the corners with my 1/4 & 1/2 inch Corner Chomper. It cut through the cork board easily!

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Once I finished decorating my pages I used my Crop-A-Dile Big Bite to punch holes in the top of each page (I measured and marked them first), and then bound the pages using binder rings. You can find those at your local office supply store.

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I love the added texture of the cork board, and I love how easily I was able to let my creativity guide the project knowing that some of my favorite We R tools would make it possible to carry out my plans. Creative cheers!

~Aly

Supplies:

Chalkboard Collection
Corner Chomper–1/4″ x 1/2″
Crop-A-Dile Big Bite
Washi Tape
Enamel Shapes

Throwback Thursday: Halloween Door Hanger

For today’s Throwback Thursday we are going way back to fall of 2012 when we released the spooky Black Widow collection. I love the sophisticated macabre feel to this collection, and the combination of the traditional orange, white, and black with the unexpected brown is just super cool. Since it makes me giddy to use up my stash I decided to use scraps from this collection to create a Halloween Door Hanger to put on our front porch Halloween night so that trick-or-treaters know we’re home and ready for them.

Halloween Door Hanger by Aly Dosdall

I started by creating the door hanger base from a 12 x 12 inch piece of chipboard. I trimmed it to 4 x 10 inches and then cut a piece of black spider web patterned paper the same size. I used the Magnetic Circle Cutter to cut a 2 1/2″ hole in the top center of the chipboard and paper, and then I adhered them together.  I added a piece of Gold Metallic Washi Tape to the top and then rounded the corners with my 1/2″ & 1/4″ Corner Chomper.

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Next I created my sentiment. I used my electronic die cutting machine to cut most of the words from orange patterned paper, but to mix things up a bit and to create a bit more interest in the sentiment, I die cut the word “DARE” from Sheer Metallic Gold Cardstock using the High Rise Alphabet Die and then added a Black Widow layered chipboard sticker that says, “BEWARE”.

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I added an embossed chandelier sticker and a few gold sequins as accents to complement the gold washi tape. I love the gold trend for fall projects this year, and it refreshes the Black Widow collection perfectly. Mixing old and new is a great way to go!

~Aly

Supplies:

Black Widow Paper Pack
Black Widow Layered Chipboard Titles
Black Widow Embossed Stickers
Sheer Metallic Paper Pad
Metallic Washi Tape–Gold
High Rise Alphabet Die
Evolution
Magnetic Circle Cutter
Corner Chomper–1/2″ & 1/4″
12×12 Chipboard

I Spy We R!

Good Monday morning We R fans! Last week as I was browsing the web for crafty inspiration, I spied some amazing projects using We R collections and tools that blew me away. I had so much fun seeing the clever ways crafters use our products that I just had to share some of their wonderful creations with you! So sit back, relax, and enjoy the eye candy.

I spy…our Indian Summer collection! Lee-Anne Thornton‘s stamping and paper distressing add such rich texture to her beautiful fall layout. And those beautiful die cut leaves highlight that adorable photo perfectly! You can see more layouts featuring We R Memory Keepers project in Lee-Anne’s gallery at scrapbook.com HERE.

Lee-Anne Thornton

The Watercolor paper from the Indian Summer collection is one of my favorites. I love how Hee Sun Kim added ink splatters to her watercolor background to add even more depth. Her single photo cluster design is an effective complement to her beautiful background.

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Jan Hobbins’ “Hello Fall” layout is a mixed media masterpiece. The embossing and blended colors she included add such rich texture and depth–perfect for fall! And those layered die cut Indian Summer journaling cards are the perfect complement to her beautiful mixed media leaves. Yum!

Jan Hobbins

I spy…our Corner Chomper! Lisa Harrolle’s simply beautiful “Thinking of You” autumn branch card features two opposite rounded corners rather than the typical four. I love the slightly unexpected feel that adds to the design.

Lisa Harrolle

I spy…our Sew Easy tool! Don’t you love how Shannon Miller hand stitched her grid design with orange floss to highlight those darling dear photos? Such a clean eye-catching design, and I love the kraft background.

Shannon Miller

I spy…our Teresa Collins Studio Gold Dot album! I love how Lynda Crust attached beautiful ribbon and trim to her album cover. It adds that extra something special and really makes her beautiful album stand out! Try using your crafty skills to decorate the outside of your album. So fun!

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Thanks to these talented crafters for allowing me to share their work with you. Be sure to check out their galleries and blogs in the above links for more fabulous inspiration. Are you as inspired as I am?

~Aly Dosdall

Supplies:

Indian Summer
Corner Chomper
Sew Easy
Teresa Collins Studio Gold Albums