Party Pocket Banner

Hello We R friends! Aly Dosdall here with you today to share a fun and super useful summer project you can make with the kids. One of my favorite things about the warm summer months is family backyard barbecues. And, of course, my girls and I love to use my craft supplies to decorate for outdoor entertaining, so today I wanted to share this fun and functional Party Pocket Banner with you using the new Denim Blues collection and the Banner Punch Board.

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Not only is this a fun piece of party decor, but each flag of the banner is a functional pocket where you can place utensils, napkins, straws or other essential party items for your guests to grab as they visit the food table. If you’d like to learn how to make one of these fun pocket banners, watch the video tutorial below. Enjoy!

Pocket banners are great for holding utensils at parties, or you could also fill it with small toys, favors or candy for your guests. Over the holidays they’d make awesome countdowns. There are tons of possibilities!

Supplies:

Banner Punch Board
Denim Blues Solid Paper
Denim Blues Multicolor Dot Paper
Denim Blues Pink Stripe Paper
Denim Blues Yellow Dot Paper
Denim Blues Mint Stripe

Eat Well Travel Often Mini Album

Hello! Samantha here for the last day of Travel Week on the WRMK blog. For today I had an idea that was part mini album, part journal, part recipe book. I hope you enjoy my eclectic Eat Well Travel Often mini album.

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The inside cover of the album tells what this album is and why I wanted to make it.

“Travel changes you. We’ve found it changes the way we eat.  We found we often fall in love with something we’ve never eaten before, and decide to make it when we return home. These are those recipes.”

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That’s the what and the why of the album, now let’s talk about the how. I knew I wanted to use my Cinch to bind the album, so I had a few choices. I could make something from scratch or use a kit. I decided to use a kit. My choices were then the Cinch Recipe Book Kit or the Cinch Journal Kit. I ended up using the Journal Kit because it’s a bit larger and I wanted lots of space.

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I started by embellishing the cover. I decided to mix and match a lot of colors, textures, and paper collections throughout this album (I’ll hopefully be adding to it for years to come, so eclectic is good!). For the cover I chose Denim Blues Fabric Paper, paper from the Shine collection, and some pops of gold.

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I kept the back cover a little more simple with just Denim Blues Fabric Paper.

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After I had the covers completed (but before I moved on to creating the insides), I bound the album. This is where the Cinch saves you so much time! It punches all of your holes for binding so quickly.

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…but this is my favorite part about the Cinch. The side has a place to hold your binding wire while you’re adding your paper to it. It’s one of the few times in life where I don’t need an extra pair of hands, because the Cinch is doing the holding for you!

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After I bound my mini album it was time to add some recipes, photos, and journaling to the pages.

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The photos above and below show a recipe with 2 parts. Since they’re 2 pieces of the same dish, I kept the pages cohesive by using Denim Blues and Hello Darling paper on both of them. You can also see why at the starting of my post I called this project part mini album, part recipe book, and part journal. These pages contain the recipe, a favorite photo from our travels, and the reason why we love the recipe or a story about where we first ate it.

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My Eat Well Travel Often Mini Album contains recipes from both domestic and foreign travel, but depending on where your passion lies, you could easily configure this to your taste. Are you one of those people who plans to visit all 50 states? You could find a signature dish from each state. Backpacked across Europe in college? Highlight European foods. Love to camp? Make a book of your favorite camping foods and the memories that go along with spending time together in the great outdoors. I’d love to hear about your favorite food related travel memory in the comments!

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Supplies

Cinch
Cinch Journal Kit
Shine 6 x 6 Paper Pad
Shine 12 x 12 Paper Pad
Denim Blues Mint Stripe
Denim Blues Yellow Dot
Denim Blues White Dot
Denim Blues Alpha Blocks
Denim Blues Fabric Stickers
Hello Darling Delighted
Hello Darling Charming
Hello Darling Gracious
Hello Darling Cork Stickers
Hello Darling Ephemera
Silver & Gold Albums Made Easy
Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper
Bazzill Gold Card Stock
American Crafts Tropicals Card Stock
Pebbles Homemade Gold Thickers
American Crafts Gold Glitter Thickers
Pebbles Basics White Thickers

Patriotic Scrapbook Page

Hello, We R  fans! Jen McDermott here, to share a patriotic layout for you, just in time for Independence Day!  For this layout, I am going to show you how you can pull together a theme without using themed papers.  I used a lot of different collections, and got to flip through lots of pretty paper in my stash—how fun!

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To start, I looked through some of the latest We R collections for inspiration. I started with Denim Blues because, really, what’s more American than a pair of blue jeans?  I then grabbed pieces of Farmer’s Market, Alphas from Cakes and Candles and a journaling card from the Official Albums Made Easy collection.

When I thought about the pics I would like to use, I immediately remembered my stash of pics from our NYC trip earlier in the year. My hubby got some fantastic shots of the Statue of Liberty, and I especially love the picture on the right, because you can see 1WTC in the background.

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To embellish, I tried to keep it light so the pictures could shine. I grabbed some denim stickers from Denim Blues, and of course, my wood veneer stars. I love how they look against the denim paper!

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And there you have it! A patriotic layout using the stash I already had!  Do you like to mix and match your collections, or do you usually stick to one collection on your projects?

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Supplies list:

Cakes and Candles Alphas
Farmer’s Market Paper
Denim Blues Fabric Stickers
Denim Blues Paper
Official Albums Made Easy Cards

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?

 

Supplies

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

It’s A Cinch With The Cinch!

Hello WR fans! Carrie here today to share with you an easy way to create your own little memory book.  I used the WRMK Cinch Binding tool and after you get done, you will see just why it is called the Cinch!’

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Let’s get started…First I chose the paper and embellishments I wanted to work with (that was the hardest part since there are so many wonderful WR lines to work with!) I chose to work with the Denim Blues and for the album I am using the Cinch Journal Kit.

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Next I trimmed my Denim Blues Multi Color Dot paper to fit around the chipboard cover and back.  I used the WR Banner Punch Board to create a pocket for the front cover to hold your pen so it is always there when you want to put in a memory!

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When it is finished you will have a cute little pocket…

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I then used my Cinch to punch the holes for binding my book together.

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I punched holes in the paper provided in the kit and also in the back cover. Inserted the binding wire and then “Cinched” it together.

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Once this was completed I was able to decorate the front cover of my book. I used Denim Blues Denim Stickers, a little pop dots and some WR Enamel Stickers to finish my project off.

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Once I figured out which paper line I wanted to use I was able to finish up this album in about an hour. How about you give your Cinch a try and see what you come with, we would love for you to share!

Products used:

WRMK Cinch Binding Tool
WRMK Denim Blues Multi Colored Dot 12×12
WRMK Denim Blues Solid 12×12
WRMK Denim Blues Denim Stickers
WRMK Hello Darling Enamel Shapes
WRMK Cinch Kit Journal Kit
WRMK Banner Punch Board

Father’s Day Treat Box

Join us all week long for plenty of Father’s Day gift ideas and inspiration. We’ll share everything from cards, to gift albums, to treat containers and more, so be sure to check back often!

 

Hello, We R fans!  Jen McDermott here, sharing a Father’s Day gift packaging idea!   The box I created is sized nicely for all sorts of gifts, a neck tie, a trendy bowtie, a gift card, personalized money clip, and on and on.  The great thing about the tools I used is that you can create your own box of varying sizes, to fit whatever gift you’re giving Dad this year!

To start, I grabbed by 1,2,3 Punch and some manly paper supplies. Dad’s box can’t be all frilly and flowery, can it?  😉 I chose the wood plank paper from the Hello Darling collection, and a piece of Denim Blues paper. (Blue Jeans and wood! Super manly!)  Then, I measured and cut my paper for the box.  The whole box is created using only one piece! Super easy!

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After punching and scoring, I put the box together, and grabbed a few supplies to make a simple tag.  I tied brown jute twine around the box, and made a little banner piece with the Denim Blues.  I wanted to keep embellishments to a minimum, so I added a piece of ephemera from Hello Darling, and a little paper scrap from Cakes and Candles.  Then I stuck it all on the box with a mini paper clip.

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And there you have it!  The 1,2,3 Punch board makes it so easy to create your own gift packaging for whatever occasion you are celebrating! What kind of gift are you giving to Dad this year? Share with us on our Facebook page—I’m sure we could all use some ideas! J

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Supplies:

123 Punch Board
Denim Blues Solid Paper
Cakes and Candles Paper
Hello Darling Gracious Paper
Hello Darling Ephemera Pack

Fun With Punch Boards

It’s Punch Board Week here on the We R blog, and we are so thrilled to share some fabulous project inspiration with you from our design team using our favorite Punch Boards. We know you’ll l0ve these tools as much as we do so sit back, relax, and enjoy!

 

Hello to all you We R fans, it’s Carrie here today to share with you a project I made with some We R Memory Keepers Punch Boards. My daughter and all of her friends are graduating from 8th grade this month so I decided to make some fun cards using the punch boards. For this card I used the Pinwheel Punch Board and the Banner Punch Board, along with some older We R Memory Keepers paper and a touch of  the new line Denim Blues.

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To make this card I first chose the size I wanted for my card. I trimmed and added all the background papers and attached them to the base of my card. I then used the Banner Punch board to create a small banner for my card. I chose the Denim Blue Solid for this. I trimmed the paper down, lined it up with the correct measurements and cut.

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I wanted to make this a fun card so I used the Pinwheel Punch Board to create this fun dimension on my card. Once I chose which paper I was going to use, I trimmed it to the proper size… I am making a 4 1/2 inch pinwheel so I trimmed 2 pieces of double sided paper to 4×4 inches.

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I punched all 4 corners on both 4×4 squares.

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With the first 4×4 square I  matched it up on the punch board to the size of my pinwheel on cut side A. I cut along the cut lines. With the remaining 3 corners I rotated and cut along the correct cut lines also.

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Then with the second 4×4 square I did the same thing only lining it up with the B side on the punch board.

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Once that was done I combined the two at a 45 degree angle with the pinwheel attachments…

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Then I attached one corner at a time alternating between pinwheel A and pinwheel B in a clockwise circle until I had a completed pinwheel. I used some pop dots to adhere my banner to my card, embellished and added my pinwheel.

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I hope you like the finished product and if you have some projects you created with the We R Memory Keepers Punch Boards we would love to see them.

Products used:

Banner Punch Board
Pinwheel Punch Board
Denim Blues Solid Denim 12×12
Denim Blues Denim Stickers
Enamel Dots
American Craft This to That Foam Dots
Yankee Doodles 6×6 Paper Pad
Red, White and Blue 6×6 Paper Pad

Adding More Photos To Your Layouts

Hi everyone, it’s Traci and today I’ll be sharing a tip for adding lots of photos to a 12×12 page.  I use this technique in my mini album kits and custom scrapbook pages all the time.  When a client requests a custom album they often want more photos on a 12×12 page than will traditionally “fit”.  My solution?  Cards that flip-up or fold-out to reveal additional photos.

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First, I created my 12×12 base page.  For this layout I used the new Denim Blues paper .  Once I had the base and overall design, I looked at the photos to consider size.  Could several photos be cropped to 3×4? 4×4? another size?

The key to adding lots of photos is a flip-card that will hold three photos…one on the front, and two inside the card.

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For my first card, the photo is 4×4.  The We R Memory Instagram overlay frame is 4×4, so I chose to make my flip-up card 4.25” x 4.25”.  My base card stock needs to be 4.25” x 8.50”, with a score line at 4.25”.

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For this layout I have two 4.25×4.25” cards and one 4.25×6.25” card.  In order for me to be able to open the cards from the outside of my plastic page protector, I used a craft knife to create a slit in the plastic.  I slid the page into my We R Memory Keepers Page protector and laid the photo cards down on top of the plastic.  Then I gently cut slits in the plastic along each of the card’s fold lines.

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I added adhesive to the back of each card and slipped the backs through the slits so that the card now opens from outside of the page protector.

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Thanks for letting me share this fun way to get lots of photos on a page!  We would love to see your layouts so please share pictures with us on our Facebook page!  Thanks for stopping by!

Traci

 

Supplies:

Denim Blues Fabric Paper and Stickers
Farmer’s Market Paper and Instagram Frames
Trim & Score Board
12×12 Page Protectors

Flower Letters

Hello! Samantha here on the last day of Flower Punch Board week. I’ve loved seeing how versatile this tool is, and today I thought I’d add one more use to list. Today I’m using my Flower Punch Board to make flower letters.

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You’ll need a paper mache letter (or letters). I ordered mine on-line, but they can be found in many craft stores as well. I’m using the letter “T” for Taylor. I started by cutting the top off of the T.  You’ll only need the box part (the part on the left in the photo below).

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Next, I covered the outside of the T with Denim Blues Pink Dot. You could use any paper to cover the outside of the letter, but because Denim Blues is fabric paper, it bends and hugs the curves of the letter really beautifully.

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Then it’s time to break out the Flower Punch Board. I created a bunch of 3” (XXS) flowers from Hello Darling paper. Even though I won’t be using long stems on these flowers, I still used the centers from the Flower Stem Kit to secure the flowers, and add a pretty center. I put some dry flower foam inside the T and used planted my paper flowers into the foam pressing the center of the flower (from the Flower Stem Kit) firmly into the foam. If you’ll be hanging your letter vertically, you may also want to add a little glue to the stem. It’s easiest to start in the center of your letter and work your way out.

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Finally, I made a few small fringe flowers from some Denim Blues fabric paper and attached them to the T as well.

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I love how fast and easy paper flowers are to make with the Flower Punch Board. I created a single flower letter, because I’m using this as a front door decoration, but there are so many ways to use these letters. For a wedding you could make the happy couple’s initials or a pretty “MR & MRS”. For a baby shower you could spell out “BABY” or the baby’s name if it’s known in advance. For home décor you could spell out “FAMILY” or “LOVE”. There are just so many fun possibilities! What letter or letters would you fill with flowers?

 

Supplies

Flower Punch Board
Flower Stem Kit
Hello Darling Charming
Hello Darling Shindig
Hello Darling Breezy
Denim Blues Pink Dot
Denim Blues Mint Dot
American Crafts Dear Lizzy Serendipity Enamel Dots
American Crafts This to That Double Sided Super Sticky Red Tape

Denim Pocket Gift Card Holder

Hello We R friends! This is your blog hostess, Aly Dosdall. Gift cards are a great way to express thanks for the special teachers in your life. And a pocket card is the perfect place to store them! Of course the first thing that came to mind when I decided to create a pocket card was the unique new Denim Blues collection.

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It is so fun to work with this collection! It’s actual printed denim fabric backed with text weight white paper, so it cuts beautifully with blade trimmers, like our Trim and Score Board and our Banner Punch Board.

I used a plain white cardstock base for my card, and then trimmed a layer from the multicolor dot fabric paper. Then I cut a 3 1/2″ x 2 3/4″ piece of solid denim fabric paper and used my Banner Punch Board to cut it into a crest banner shape, which looks exactly like…a pocket! How perfect.

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I machine stitched my pocket shape to the polka dot layer I had already cut, and then added that to my card base.

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Then I added some coordinating self-adhesive denim stickers, popping one of them up on foam squares for a little dimension. I finished off my card with some gingham ribbon at the top of the pocket, and a few gems for a little glam.

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My gift card fits inside the pocket perfectly, and I’m pretty sure my daughter’s teacher won’t get any gift packaged quite like this.

Supplies:

Denim Blues Multicolor Dot Paper
Denim Blues Solid Paper
Denim Stickers
Banner Punch Board