Father’s Day Mini Book

Hello friends, Laura here this Monday with a Father’s Day gift idea for the special dad in your life. I created a little mini accordion banner book that says, “I ♥ DAD” when opened. There are a few places to add photos to make the gift personalized for your dad.

Father's Day Mini Book by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I started by created ten banner shapes using my paper trimmer and banner punch board. I cut each rectangle to 4 ½” x 6 inches using the Trim & Score board. I chose various shades of blue paper from the DCWV Nautical Mile cardstock stack.

We R Memory Keepers Trim and Score Board

I lined up one edge of the longer side of the paper with the 4-inch mark on the banner punch board. This will create a somewhat uneven banner because there will be an extra half inch on the left side of the banner shape.

We R Memory Keepers Banner Punch Board

Use the Trim & Score board to score each banner shape at ½” on the left side of the banner shape. This will be the flap we use to connect all the banner pieces together.

We R Memory Keepers Trim and Score Board

Next, I used the mini alphabet punch board to create the letters I, D, A, and D.

We R Memory Keepers Mini Alphabet Punch Board

I created a striped heart with the Clear Cut heart punch.

Father's Day Mini Book by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I wanted to make little tags to place each of the letters and heart onto. The tag punch board made this easy. I cut rectangles that were 2 ½ x 3 ½ inches using my Trim & Score board. Then, I used the tag punch board to create the tag edges and punch a hole in the top.

Tag Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

I added a red eyelet to the top of each tag using my Crop-A-Dile.

We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile

Now that I had all the pieces cut out, it was time to assemble the book. Use adhesive to attach each letter and the heart to a tag shape. Then, attach each tag to a separate banner piece. To assemble all the banner pieces together, use adhesive to attach the flap of one banner to another one. Leave a blank banner between the letters and the heart on either side.

Father's Day Mini Book by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

There will be a slight overlap where you glue the banner pieces together. Simply trim off the excess paper using your scissors.

Father's Day Mini Book by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

To create a more finished book, I glued the first and last banner piece to the back side of the banner piece next to it, so there was a total of ten banner pieces, but only eight banner pieces show when the book is spread out. I also added a little ribbon into the pieces I glued together on the front and back, so I could tie the book together on the left side when it was closed.

Father's Day Mini Book by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Once everything is glued together you can fold the banner pieces like an accordion to close the book.

The book was cute as is, but I thought it would be fun to add pictures of the kids to the inside. I resized black and white photos of the kids to 3 x 4 inches. I printed them on my home computer, trimmed them down and added them to the blank pages. On the front cover I matted the picture on an extra piece of patterned paper that matched the letters inside.

Father's Day Mini Book by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

There is room to add two more pictures on the last two pages of the book, so you could add up to a total of five photos.

Father's Day Mini Book by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Dad can flip through the album with it tied together, or you can spread it out like a traditional banner if you untie the ribbon.

Father's Day Mini Book by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies

DCWV Nautical Mile Cardstock Stack

Trim & Score Board

Banner Punch Board

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Clear Cut Heart Punch

Tag Punch Board

Crop-A-Dile

Eyelets

Ribbon

Birthday Mini Album

Hey there, We R fans, Laura here today sharing a fun project to make with or for your child to celebrate his/her birthday – a birthday mini album! The album itself spells out “birthday” and then each page has a fun way to record birthday memories with a picture or journaling, or both! With the basics in place, it would also make a great gift idea for a special child in your life.

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Start by using the mini alphabet punch board to create all the letters in the word “birthday”. I choose different colored cardstock and glitter cardstock to make them in rainbow order. This is a great way to use up small leftover scraps as the paper only needs to be one and a half inch by two and a half inches.

Mini Alphabet Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Cut out patterned cardstock rectangles using the trim and score board. Each rectangle will be 3 ½ inches tall. The first rectangle will be only 2 inches wide. Make each additional rectangle 1 ½ inches bigger than the one before.

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Note: The final rectangle will only be 12 inches wide (rather than 12 ½”) unless you have longer cardstock you can use. Use the Crop-A-Dile to punch holes at the left side of the mini album. Then attach all the pages together using binder rings.

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Decorate and embellish all the pages. I used a mix of Pebbles Happy Hooray ephemera, patterned paper scraps from the rectangles I cut out, washi tape, and plain white cardstock. There is plenty of room to add journaling and/or small photos.

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I rounded some of the corners of the patterned cardstock and white cardstock to match the ephemera throughout the album using the 3-way corner chomper.

3 Way Corner Punch by We R Memory Keepers

I wanted there to be dimension to the album, so for some of the embellishments I attached them to the page using adhesive dots rather than regular double-sided adhesive.

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I love that there are so many great coordinating paper and embellishment options. It makes it so easy to create a fabulous project.

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

To cover the binder rings, I used ribbon and twine that coordinated with the birthday letters and tied them on. For the twine I used two strands for each color.

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

This mini album is the perfect way to celebrate and commemorate your child’s birthday. They will love adding special memories from their special day.

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Trim and Score Board

Pebbles Happy Hooray Cardstock

Pebbles Happy Hooray Ephemera

Crop-A-Dile

3-Way Corner Punch

Amy Tan Sunshine & Good Times Washi Tape Rolls

Ribbon

Baker’s Twine

Double Sided Adhesive

Adhesive Foam Dots

Binder Rings

DIY Tag Bookmarks

Hey there, We R Memory Keepers friends and fans, Becki here to share some fun and EASY tag bookmarks with you. Of course, I created these bookmarks with a few of my favorite We R Memory Keepers tools that you can find at JoAnn’s stores. I have a LOT of nieces who love to read. They all love bookmarks too!

DIY Tag Bookmarks by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

I sat down with a few We R Memory Keepers tools, the Tag Pad from DCWV and within a few minutes I had several bookmarks to share with my nieces.

I loved playing with the Tag Stack from DCWV they have so many versatile patterns within on paper pad. There are so many cute designs that you can punch right out of the papers. There are also double sided patterned papers. That’s what I used to create the base of the bookmarks.

DIY Tag Bookmarks by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Tag Bookmarks by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

The two We R Memory Keepers tools that I reach for all.the.time are my trim and score board and my crop-a-dile. My crop-a-dile is one of the most used/oldest tools in my stash. I’ve had this tool for years and I still reach for it almost daily.

DIY Tag Bookmarks by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

The trim and score board cuts perfectly each time. One of my favorite features of the trim and score board is that it folds in half for easy storage. Space in my craft room is always at a premium so a compact tool is my favorite.

DIY Tag Bookmarks by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

While we’re talking about favorite tools, I used another favorite tool to add the finishing touch to these bookmarks. I personalized each bookmark with my niece’s name. I simply typed their names on a piece of white cardstock and stapled the strip of white cardstock at the bottom of the bookmark. I love my typecast typewriter. If you have typecast typewriter you must get the cover for it. Let me tell you, it’s a life saver. We’re working on a major construction project at our house and there is dust everywhere. I’m SO glad that I have a dust cover on my typewriter. It’s so nice not to worry about my typewriter getting dirty.

DIY Tag Bookmarks by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Tag Bookmarks by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

I’m so glad you stopped by the We R Memory Keepers blog today. I hope you’re inspired to create a few bookmarks of your own. Thank you for stopping by, I’ll see you again soon!

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers Crop-a-dile

We R Memory Keepers Tag Punch Board

We R Memory Keepers Trim and Score Board

We R Memory Keepers Typecast Typewriter

DCWV Tag Stack

 

Mother’s Day Gift Idea: DIY Floral Home Decor

Hello everyone!  It’s Eva here today sharing a tutorial on how to create a beautiful Mother’s Day gift: Floral Home Décor using the gorgeous Cool Kids Stack from DCWV and the Trim and Score Board.

Mother's Day Floral Letterboard Gift Idea by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

To create the leaves and flowers start by choosing your favorite papers from the Cool Kids paper pad from DCWV. I love this pad! It has 36 papers and some of them include gold foil. Plus, the papers are thick and double sided, perfect for any kind of craft project!

Use your Trim and Score Board to score your paper every ¼ inch.

Rotate your paper 90 degrees and flip the blue tab to trim your paper. For the big flowers I trimmed my paper at 1 ½ inch, for the medium flowers at 1 ¼ inch and for the small flowers at 1 inch.

Trim and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

These flowers are like rosettes but with a twist. To make them, I used my Alphabet Punch Board and made two marks with a pencil on the board: one in the middle of the left circle and one 1 inch apart.

To create the scallop borders I lined up my paper on the first mark and punched.

 Square Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Move your paper to the left and line up the narrowest part of your paper on the second mark. Continue this way until you have finished punching the strip of paper.

Alphabet Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Use your Crafter’s Glue Gun to close the flower and use a small fringed paper to make the flower center, simply roll it and glue the edge.

We R Memory Keepers Trim and Score Board flowers by Eva Pizarro

To create the leaves I also used my Trim and Score Board and scored every ¼ of an inch. I trimmed a few strips of paper in different heights and cut the border following the image on the picture. Using your Crop a Dile make small holes on the bottom of the leaves and use a small thread to keep the leave together.

Mother's Day Floral Letterboard Gift Idea

These are some of the flowers and leaves I created. See how gorgeous that foil looks? And I love the dimension of these rosette flowers!

Mother's Day Floral Letterboard Gift Idea featuring DCWV Cool Kids stack and the We R Memory Keepers Trim and Score Board

You can use your flowers for any project but I used them to decorate my Letterboard. I created two clusters: one on the top right corner and one of the bottom left corner.

Mother's Day Floral Letterboard Gift Idea by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

I attached my flowers with 3D dots and when I change the quote on my Letterboard I can use them to make another project!

Mother's Day Floral Letterboard Gift Idea by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

My decor was a hit, everyone loved it! The flowers gave it a whole new look and dimension to my Letterboard!

Mother's Day Floral Letterboard Gift Idea by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for joining me today!

Eva

 

Supplies:

Alphabet Punch Board

Crop a Dile
Trim and Score Board

Crafter’s Essential Usb Glue Gun
Cool Kids Paper Pad

Letterboard

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter’s Essentials

Hello We R Memory Keepers fans! Soraya here with you today for a special home decor project using the Crafter’s Essentials, the new & handy tools you will love for sure! The USB Power Tools are so GENIUS! You can use them wherever you want, in your craftroom or on the go since you only need a power bank for the magic to happen! Let me show you the cute spring wall hanging that I made with the Crafter’s Essentials!

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

On a piece of thin medium wood, I used the wood burning tip to engrave the “hello”. First I traced the word with the tool, and then I went over some parts again to give it a hand lettered appearance.

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

Then, I used the Rotary Cutter and my Supreme Ruler to cut the wood into a sign shape. I love how handy this cutter is, so easy to use! The Rotary Tool allowed me to sand all the edges!

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

Talking about handy tools, I could easily fussy cut all those adorable plants and leaves with the Detail Scissors. They will be the perfect embellishments for this spring project. I glued them with the USB Glue Gun Power Tool to keep them sercure when the sign hangs on the wall. With my Crop A Dile, I punched the holes which will allow me to tie on the natural twine for hanging.

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

I put on the final touches–a pink pompom ribbon and some wooden beads. And voilà!

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

I hope you had fun joining me today! What’s your favorite hand tool? Happy creating everyone and until next time!

Soraya.

 

Supplies :

Rotary Cutter

Detail Scissors

Spring Scissors

Supreme Ruler

USB Heat Tool

USB Glue Gun

USB Rotary Tool

DCWV Paper Pad « Okey Dokey »

Power Bank

Pompom ribbon and natural twine

 

 

Easy Planner Inserts with the Tag Punch Board

Hello everybody! Soraya here with you today for a new project using the Tag Punch Board, the new tool that allows you to create effortlessly tons of tags for all your different projects. It’s a mini board but definitely effective. I created a planner insert and extra photo-tags!

Tag Punch Board Planner Inserts by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Tag Punch Board Planner Inserts by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

To make the insert and the photo tags you will need to gather with your planner some colorful papers, bakers twine, black cardstock, diecuts or stickers and of course the Tag Punch Board. I also used the fantastic Planner Punch Board and the Hole Reinforcer Punch for a perfect finish!

Tag Punch Board Planner Inserts by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

First of all, to create my insert I cut a beautiful paper with pink chevrons from the Heidi Swapp Hawthorne collection. The dimensions are made to fit my mini memory planner: 6 5/8 x 2.5 inch. I used my Trim & Score Board for a quick and perfect cut!

Trim and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

Let’s shape the tag! This board is very easy to use since you have different guides to help you chose the depth you want to give to the corners. The more you slide the paper up on the board, the deeper the angles will be! So I decided to place the paper on the G line. Once you cut the first corner, turn the paper on the other side and repeat the process on the same line. Use the punch you have on the board to make the tag hole and voilà!

 

Tag Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Tag Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Tag Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Tag Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Tag Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Tag Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Tag Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Now grab your Planner Punch Board and your Hole Reinforcer Punch to transform this tag into a cute planner insert! I used some black cardstock and black twine to contrast with the bright colors. Add some decorations and your tag/insert is ready to be placed in your planner.

Planner Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Tag Punch Board Planner Inserts by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Tag Punch Board Planner Inserts by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Tag Punch Board Planner Inserts by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Tag Punch Board Planner Inserts by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

What about creating photo-tags to add more details in your planner?! So easy and fun! Repeat the same process but use a photo instead of the paper. The Crop-A-Dile will help you to enlarge the tag hole so that you’ll be able to add a reinforcer before inserting it to your binder! So cool !

Tag Punch Board Planner Inserts by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Tag Punch Board Planner Inserts by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Tag Punch Board Planner Inserts by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersTag Punch Board Planner Inserts by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Tag Punch Board Planner Inserts by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

There are so many other possibilities you can explore with this Tag Punch Board, you will love it! Hope you had fun joining me today! Happy creating to you all and until next time!

Soraya.

 

Supplies :

Tag Punch Board

Crop-A-Dile

Planner Punch Board

Hole Reinforcer Punch

Trim & Score Board

Mini Memory Planner by Heidi Swapp

« Hawthorne » collection by Heidi Swapp

Stamped Bookmarks

Hi there, We R friends, Laura here today. I must admit I am a little bit of a paper hoarder. If I have scraps from projects, I usually save anything that is left over. This year I have been trying to use up some of my stash. Making stamped bookmarks is the perfect way to use up those smaller pieces of scrap cardstock. My bookmarks are two inches by six inches.

Stamped Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

The fun part about using stamps is you can layer them on your project to create an entirely new look. When I am working with stamps that I will be stamping off the edge of my design, I place a piece of scrap paper under my cardstock. I use washi tape to secure both my bookmark and the alignment frame, so nothing shifts.

Stamped Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

When using the CMYK stamps, start by placing your K stamp on the acrylic block. The acrylic block stamping set has three different sizes to make it easy to find one that will work with all your clear acrylic stamps. Apply black ink and place the stamp in the frame.

Repeat this process with the M, C, and Y stamps and coordinating inks in that order. I did two roses on my bookmark with each one going off the cardstock a bit.

Stamped Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Stamped Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

For the layered stamps you follow the same process of first placing your alignment frame on your project. But for these stamps you can completely customize your project by using any color stamp ink you want!

For the hello bookmark I used the cyan and magenta ink pads. I started by using the alignment guide to create the layered hello part of the stamp. Then I used the floral stamp to free hand a pattern around it on the rest of the bookmark.

Stamped Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Stamped Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

On the layered camera stamp, I started by stamping each camera in black. Then, I used different colors to create the inner designs. I stamped the cameras on an angle to make the bookmark a little more interesting.

Stamped Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

To finish off the bookmarks, use the Crop-A-Dile to punch a hole in the top of the bookmark. Thread ribbon or twine through the hole.

Stamped Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

These bookmarks would make a perfect gift for your favorite book lover.

Stamped Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies

Acrylic Block Stamping Set

CMYK Stamp Rose

CMYK Ink Pads

Layered Stamp: Banner

Layered Stamp: Camera

Cardstock

Ribbon or Twine

Crop-A-Dile

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

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

Holiday Gift Bags

Hello and welcome We R Fans!

I can’t believe that Christmas is just a few short weeks around the corner! We must be having fun because time sure is flying!

Now is a great time to make a start on those festive projects like cards and kris kringle gift ideas. These quick and easy gift bags created with the new DCWV Very Merry Premium 12×12 Stack and my Envelope Punch Board are sure to impress!

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – my Envelope Punch Board is one of my most favourite WeR tools. It’s so easy to use and produces perfect results every time.

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack
The Very Merry 12×12 Stack comes bursting with rich festive prints and luxurious foil detail. There wasn’t a print I didn’t like and has both neutrals, traditional gingham and also includes some journaling spots. Another great thing about this pad is that the paper is double sided so the inside of my bags had a pretty print and a bit of colour contrast!

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

I was thrilled to learn a new way to create using this particular punch board. I have shown some highlight shots below, but you can also click here to watch a video tutorial.

 

TO START:

You will need a sheet of 12×12 paper for each bag

A ruler and craft knife or scissors

Adhesive

 

  • Next, you are going to make your first punch at 1 ½ inches and score down along the line. Rotate your paper 90 counter clockwise and then punch at 3 inches and score. Rotate again and punch and 1 ½ and score and then rotate again and punch and score at 3 inches.

 

  • Now, flip the paper over and lining up the score lines, depending on which one is visible at the particular corner, go about punching and scoring at the same intervals. Rotating the paper as before.

 

  • Once you have all the punch and score lines created, you will see your grid kinda divides into a thinner section and a thicker band through the middle. We are going to create some extra score lines to create the little triangular ‘flaps’ (for lack of a better word) that will form the inside of the bag and the closure. If you see the third image in the collage below, you can see how I have run a line across each of the four corners so that the triangular part folds in.

 

  • You can also go ahead and round the corners of the little triangle shapes you have punched.

 

  • Now, one uses either scissors or a knife and ruler (I used my Supreme Ruler which was big enough to run across the whole 12×12) and cut from the top point of the thicker band down towards the centre of the paper on either side. Don’t cut into the thinner band. Repeat on the opposite side so you have two large bands of paper. (These will fold up to form the front and back of the bag.)

 

  • For the side of the bag, we have to do a little more trimming. If you look at image 5 below, you can see I have shown some lines where we are going to create some cuts. You can use scissors and trim about an inch away from the fold line of the thinner band. DON’T cut along the fold line as you won’t be able to close your bag.

Cut four of these lines and you will end up with a cross shape.

 

  • Image 6: Fold in the bits we have created above, run some adhesive on the underside of each closure flap and fold up your bag.

 

  • You’ll be left with a rectangular shape. Fold three of the flaps inside the bag, as shown in image 7 leaving one open which will fold over the bag at the end to close.

 

  • To give the bag it’s shape, gently pinch the corners near the top and squeeze together, creating a soft ‘v’ shape on each side.

 

  • Fold the last flap over the top and you are good to go!

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

I’ve given my bags a bit of a twist by creating some die cut areas using my circle, bracket and tag Clear Cut Punches. I’ve also added some quick and easy embellishments like a paper bow and other bits using the scraps that I trimmed when creating the bags.

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

The clear window on this bag was so easy to create. I just lined up my WRMK Circle Clear Cut Punch and popped a circular shape into the front of the bag. I placed some lightweight acetate behind the area and filled my bag with treats!

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

The bow was created using my Evolution Advanced and a metal Bow Die. This is an awesome die to have in your collection as creates a bow in one piece that folds together.

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

This neutral bag with its cute house pattern was folded with the method above and embellished very simply with some glitter ribbon. I have popped another die cut shape on this one, this time using my WRMK Bracket Clear Cut Punch and backed the area with a foiled sentiment from the Very Merry Paper Stack.

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

I just LOVE the fact that you can use the Clear Cut Punch wherever you like! They are also very to punch – here you can see I even punched with the paper upside down!

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

This cute red bag has a few more embellishments in the form of some wood veneer. One has been coloured using a brush pen, which is a super quick way to add a splash of colour to them.

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

I used the left over bits from the bags to create some embellishments for my bags. The WRMK Tag Clear Cut Punch creates a little tag and mini banner. I folded some leftover circles in half and glued them together so create a 3D shape. I also created some short tags using my DIY Party Tag Punch, which are going to come in handy for my Christmas cards!

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

Here’s a close up of this bag…

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

The gold-foiled banner shape also comes from the Very Merry Stack, which I have hand cut from the sheet of journaling spots.

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

I hope you will be inspired to play with this ‘Very Merry’ Paper Stack and your Envelope Punch Board!

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

Happy Creating!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

DCWV Very Merry 12×12 Premium Stack

Envelope Punch Board

Supreme Ruler

Evolution Advanced

Crop a Dile Eyelet Setter

DIY Party Tag Punch

Bow Metal Die

Pebbles Bat Clothespins

WRMK Tag Clear Cut Punch

WRMK Circle Clear Cut Punch

WRMK Bracket Clear Cut Punch