Back to School Project Roundup

Happy Friday We R fans! Thanks for joining us this week for Back to School Week. We hope you’ve enjoyed our the inspiration from our design team so far.

Today we’re finishing things off with a roundup of school-themed projects featuring some of your favorite We R tools. Enjoy!

Teacher Goodie Bags

Start off on the right foot with your child’s teacher by bringing some DIY goodie bags made with the Goodie Bag Guide and the Oh Goodie Collection. CLICK HERE for more photos and details.

Teacher Goodie Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Goodie Bag Guide and Oh Goodie Collection

Back to School Planner Pocket Page

We love this school-themed planner pocket page! What a genius idea to add pencil shavings with the Photo Sleeve Fuse! Check out the original post HERE on our blog.

Back to School Planner Pocket Page with the Photo Sleeve Fuse

DIY Tabbed Notebooks

The Planner Punch Board and the Tab Punch Board are the perfect back-to-school companions to help keep your busy life organized! CLICK HERE to see more project inspiration on our blog using these essential organization tools.

DIY Tabbed Notebook with the Planner and Tab Punch Boards

Teacher Appreciation Banner

Create quick and easy teacher appreciation decor with the Alphabet Punch Board, the Banner Punch Board, and other We R tools. Get the how-to on the blog HERE.

Teacher Appreciation Decor featuring We R Memory Keepers crafting tools

Teacher Gift Box

Let your teacher know how special she is with an interactive gift box full of classroom essentials. It’s easy to make one with the Template Studio and the Alphabet Punch Board! Full instructions can be found on our blog HERE.

Teacher Gift Box with the Template Studio and the Alphabet Punch Board

Owl Teacher Gift Bag

This cutie is one of our most popular back-to-school blog project! CLICK HERE to find out how to make one for your child’s teacher using the Gift Bag Punch Board.

Owl Teacher Gift Bag with the Gift Bag Punch Board

Framed Classroom Art

Help teacher get her classroom looking A+ with a piece of DIY framed art. Learn how to make one with the DIY Party Collection on the blog HERE.

Framed Classroom Art with the DIY Party Collection from We R Memory Keepers

Thanks so much for joining us today! We hope your first day of school is awesome. Happy crafting, and enjoy your weekend friends!

Favorite Colors Project Roundup

Hello and Happy Friday friends! This week our team has shared projects inspired by some of their favorite colors. Did you notice a theme? Our designers all love gold and either teal or mint! We’re kind of partial to teal too. 😉

Color schemes are a great starting point for a project, and a perfect source for inspiration. Today we thought it would be fun to share some past blog projects that were inspired by a particular color scheme to help jumpstart your creativity.

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Pink and Gold Gift Wrap

Monochromatic color schemes can be so beautiful when done right. We love the various intensities of pink, complemented by the shimmery gold embossed paper in this lovely gift wrap project. That rich embossed texture is easy to achieve with the Evolution Advanced and Next Level Embossing Folders. Stunning! CLICK HERE for more gorgeous pink projects and details.

Swim Team Party Decor

School or team colors are a perfect source of inspiration if you’re throwing a party with a sports or graduation theme. This swim team party decor started with the team colors, and we just love how it turned out. The DIY Party Collection, Alphabet Punch Board, and Banner Punch Board made everything come together in a snap. So much fun! You can find more photos and instructions for this project HERE.



Mint, Gold, and Black Card

This beautiful card is another example of using a monochromatic color scheme. These colors, along with some other vibrant hues, are found in our older Urban Chic Collection. We love the grounding black color along with the other neutral, gold. Gorgeous! CLICK HERE for more photos and details about this project.


Olympics-Inspired Mini Album

This unique sports-themed mini album was inspired by the Olympic rings and colors. The circular pages are attached using the Crop-A-Dile II, and the colorful embellishments are from our older Flower Girl Collection. You can find more photos and details about this project on our blog HERE.



Colorful Scrapbook Page

This scrapbook layout was also made with our older Urban Chic Collection, but is basically limited to the aqua, black, white, and pink from the color scheme. Those colors complement each other perfectly! Remember, you don’t have to use all of the colors and patterns in a paper collection. CLICK HERE for more photos and details about this layout on our blog.


Thanks for joining us today. We hope you’ve found some colorful inspiration. Have a wonderful and crafty weekend friends! We’ll see you next week.

Laura’s Favorite Colors: Mint, Navy, and Gold Gift Packaging

Hello there, We R readers, Laura here. This week is all about our favorite colors. One of my favorite color combinations is mint, navy, and gold.

Today, I am going to share some gift packaging ideas with you, using these pretty colors.

Gift Packaging by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

The first package I wrapped up using my FUSE tool, papers, and embellishments. I laid out my mint chevron paper on the heat proof mat. I added the FUSEables decorative tape to the middle of the paper. Pull the tape out of the box and fold it on the premarked score lines.

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Use the FUSE tool to adhere it to the plastic paper.

Gift Packaging by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Then, I added some FUSEables embellishments to the middle of the paper. I used the embellished 12 x 12 sheet to wrap up my small gift.

Gift Packaging by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

For the next gift, I used the 1-2-3 Punch Board to create an XL gift box from navy cardstock. Follow the instructions on the punch board to score and punch your paper to fold it up into a cute little 4” x 4” x 4” box.

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I added strips of gold and mint glitter tape to the the box. This tape is so fun and sparkly!

Gift Packaging by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Using the 1-2-3 Punch Board I created an XS bow out of navy cardstock. I added a pre-made gold bow to the top to have another gold element on my gift.

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I also tucked a little teal and gold tag under the bow.

Gift Packaging by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

For the last gift packaging idea, I wanted to dress up a store bought mint gift bag. I used gold, navy, and mint fringe tape. I simply trimmed the fringe tape to fit along the front of the gift bag. It has an adhesive back to make it easy to attach to any project.

Gift Packaging by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I added a gold tassel to the handle and some gold and navy tissue paper.

Gift Packaging by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Pretty gift packaging is such a fun way to add a little extra something to your special gifts you give.

Gift Packaging by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

 

Supplies:

 

FUSE Tool

FUSEables Plastic Paper

FUSEables Decorative Tape

1-2-3 Punch Board

Glitter Tape

DIY Party Fringe Tape

Gold Tassel

 

Throwback Thursday: DIY Patriotic Confetti Poppers

Welcome to Throwback Thursday friends! Today we’re throwing it back to last summer with a popular patriotic kids activity that’s perfect for Independence Day parties and other patriotic events. It will keep the kids entertained and having fun for hours! Check out the full tutorial from Kimberly Crawford below.

Hello We R fans! Kimberly here to share a fun summer craft project with you today, a project for you and your kiddos! Summertime is about celebrations and fun. These easy-to-make confetti poppers are sure to be a hit!

Confetti Poppers by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To create these fun poppers, gather card board paper tubes, balloons, card stock, patterned paper, tape, and confetti.

  1. Tie the end of the balloon. Cut the top third of the balloon off.
  2. Stretch the balloon over the end of the cardboard tube, being careful not to bend the tube. Secure the balloon with tape around the edge. Make sure the balloon is stretched tightly across the top of the tube.
  3. Cover the cardboard tube with card stock and patterned paper. TIP: When wrapping cylindrical objects with paper, make the length wrap around at least one half time more. It helps keep the paper attached.
  4. Tie a DIY Party Fringe Tab to the end of the balloon, below the knot you created earlier. Trim the excess string.

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I love how the DIY Fringe Tab makes this confetti popper look like a firework!

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Now for the confetti! We R Memory Keepers has many choices for confetti, Rainbow and Metallic, or you can even use the DIY Confetti Punch to create your own custom colored confetti!

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Fill the open end of the tube with confetti and pull down on the balloon end.

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Release and celebrate!

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What are you celebrating this summer?

 

Supplies:

DIY Party Cardstock Pad
Honey I’m Home; Here and Now
Crush; Crush cards
Trim and Score Board
DIY Party Fringe Tabs Silver
DIY Party Confetti; Metallic
DIY Party Confetti Punch

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!

Hot Air Balloon Baby Decor

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today with some fun décor that could be used for a baby shower, and then once the shower is over, for the baby’s room! I am long removed from the world of babies (as mine is now 11), but as I scrolled through Pinterest, hot air balloons kept popping up. I knew I had all the supplies and tools I needed to create some fantastic balloons with my We R Memory Keepers stash!

Hot Air Balloon Baby Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

First to be created was the balloons. Immediately the Honeycomb pads came to mind, along with a great balloon-shaped stencil in the DIY Party Honeycomb Stencil pack.

Hot Air Balloon Baby Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I placed the template on the sealed edge of the Large Honeycomb Ocean Pads. I traced one large balloon and two smaller balloons.

DIY Party Honeycomb Pads and Stencils by We R Memory Keepers

I used the three different colors in the package. Be sure and slide your template all the way to the bottom of the pad, that way, you can get more shapes from your pad.

DIY Party Honeycomb Pads and Stencils by We R Memory Keepers

Once two of each balloon color and size were cut, I adhered the two similar shapes together using a strong, dry adhesive. Dry adhesive is the only way to go when adhering the thin paper of the honeycomb pads.

DIY Party Honeycomb Pads and Stencils by We R Memory Keepers

Adhesive was placed on the back of the one side. Then the two sides of the honeycomb were pinched together, creating a completely three-dimensional balloon!

Hot Air Balloon Baby Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Once the balloons were created, banners were added for extra color and fun.

We R Memory Keepers Banner Punch Board

Using the Banner Punch Board, patterned paper was cut into small pieces. I trimmed my American Crafts Oh Happy Life paper to 1 inch strips. I lined the strips up with the center line (marked on the board), and cut with the blade. I find that cutting towards the inside from the right side and then the left side results in a cleaner cut.

The paper banners were glued to a piece of twine. The twine was cut long, allowing me to wrap it around the balloon and tie it to the correct size.

Hot Air Balloon Baby Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The next item that needed to be created was the basket for the hot air balloon.

We R Memory Keepers 123 Punch Board

Using a piece of Bazzill Dotted Swiss card stock and the 1-2-3 Punch Board, I created small boxes. The box for the larger balloon was 2 ½” on all sides. The small box, of which I needed two, was 1 ¾” on all sides. The punch board has all the dimensions printed on it, for ease of construction. Around the top of each box, I added a piece of different white trim.

Hot Air Balloon Baby Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To hold up each balloon, paper straws were adhered to the inside of each corner of each box. I trimmed each straw to size. The honeycomb balloons slip easily on the top of the straws to stay in place.

Hot Air Balloon Baby Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

What color hot air balloons would you create?

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

American Crafts:

Bazzill:

Valentine’s Day Party Favors

Hello, We R readers, Laura here. Are you planning a Valentine’s Day party this year? Today, I am sharing how to make these adorable party favors. They look complicated, but with the 1-2-3 punch board and DIY party collection they come together easily!

Valentines Day Party Favors by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I created a 3” x 4” envelope using the 1-2-3 punch board and textured cardstock. Start by trimming your paper to the correct size – in this case a 6 ¼” x 6 ¼” square. Using the 1-2-3 punch board and the guides, create an envelope.

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Trim off one of the shorter ends from the envelope. Then, assemble it to create a little goodie bag pocket from your cardstock. I created both pink and red envelopes that were now ready for embellishing.

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For the first style of envelope, I added some of the Crush cardstock ephemera to the top of the envelope. I layered an arrow, a flower, and a gold heart and attached them all with a staple.

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I wanted to create a little more dimension on the ephemera heart I was adding. I used the heart as a guide to trace one half of a heart shape on the DIY Party pink honeycomb pad. I then drew a smaller half heart shape inside my traced heart and cut it out.

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I attached the honeycomb heart to the cardstock heart and added the whole thing to the favor envelope using an adhesive square.

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For the second style of envelope, I added alternating colors of pink and red fringe tape to the front of my envelope.

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The fringe tape by itself looked very cute but I wanted to add a little something extra to the top, so I created a small size bow using the 1-2-3 punch board and some “love” paper from the Crush collection.

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I attached the bow to the top of the envelope and added a little pink cardstock heart to the middle.

Valentines Day Party Favors by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

These party favors are ready for adding some special treats to. You definitely can’t go wrong with chocolate!

Valentines Day Party Favors by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Valentines Day Party Favors by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies:

 

DIY Party Cardstock

1-2-3 Punch Board

Crush Cardstock Ephemera

DIY Party Honeycomb Pad: Blossom

Crush Cardstock

DIY Party Fringe Tape: Blossom

New Year’s Eve Party Decor

Hello, We R friends! Tessa Buys here. I love setting up decorations for New Year’s Eve, and while the store-bought things are just fine, making my own is much more fun. This year, I was inspired by the “Kiss Kiss” paper from the Urban Chic collection to create a “kiss me at midnight” display:

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Using the DIY Party Rosette Punch, I made several rosettes from Urban Chic patterned papers, We R Memory Keepers cardstock, and Bazzill cardstock and foil papers.

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To make the rosettes you see here, you will need two sheets of each paper. Cut each 12×12 sheet in half (6” x 12”). Score three halves at 0.5” increments and use the rosette punch to add the detailed edge. Fold and attach the three 6” x 12” pieces together to form the rosette. For the smaller rosettes, cut the last 6” x 12” piece in half again (3” x 12”). Score the two pieces at 0.5” intervals, use the rosette punch to create the decorative edge, then secure together to form a rosette. I added a silver foil cardstock circle to the center of each rosette for some extra shine.

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I couldn’t stop at the rosettes, so I made banners, too! For the “kiss me at midnight” banners, I used a piece of Bazzill pink foil cardstock and the Mini Alphabet Punch Board. I punched each letter according to the directions, and added the decorative notches with the punch board. I used my Crop-a-dile to punch two holes in each letter and strung the letters on silver ribbon.

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To make the “2017” banner, I used the regular sized Alphabet Punch Board to punch the numbers from plain, white cardstock. Next, I used the DIY Party Confetti Punch to punch a lot of confetti from the silver foil cardstock that I used earlier. I covered the “2” and “1” with adhesive and placed one little piece of confetti at a time. It took a while, but the mirror ball-like effect was definitely worth it! I used DIY Party fringe tape in silver to cover the “0” and the “7”.

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There’s no need to go to the party store for décor when you can make your own! We R Memory Keepers DIY Party tools make it so easy and fun. Happy creating and Happy New Year!

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Supplies:

Kiss Kiss Urban Chic Patterned Paper

Hello Love Urban Chic Patterned Paper

5th Ave Urban Chic Patterned Paper

Crop-o-Dile

Trim and Score Board

Alphabet Punch Board

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

DIY Party Fringe Tape Silver

DIY Party Rosette Punch

DIY Party Confetti Punch

 

 

 

 

 

Tissue Christmas Tree Garland

I love that moment when you are scrolling through Pinterest and see a project that you have to make! It gets even better when you realize that you have a We R Memory Keepers tool that will help create that project in a snap!

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These adorable tree paper tassels, made with the DIY Party Fringe & Score Board, are festive and fun! My mom, my dad, and I had fun creating these over the holiday weekend, so I have double the reason to smile as I look as this décor hanging in our kitchen!

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Using a basic piece of tissue paper (from my holiday wrapping stash), I folded it in half to create a square. It was folded again to make a rectangle.

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That rectangle was cut in half, leaving a fold at the top. The fold at the top is essential for creating the tassels. I found that two layers of tissue paper was the right thickness for cutting, because of the delicate nature of the tissue paper.

Note: with one sheet of tissue paper you can make 4 tree tassels.

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The tissue paper was placed inside the Fringe & Score Board. To stop myself from cutting through the fold, I placed one of the stoppers at the top, behind the cutting tool.

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The cutting tool was set to ½” and the tissue paper was lined up with the ½” guideline. Then I slid the cutting tool down the track. Look at those perfect cuts! To finish the cuts, I moved the tissue paper over to the ½” guideline, lining up the last cut with it.

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After cutting all the tissue paper, each of the panels was opened. Starting at the one side, I rolled the tissue paper. Then I twisted the center and folded it in half. I wrapped the center around the Ruler Studio Clear Lights 20 bulb string, securing it with a glue dot. Followed the same process for each tree tassel.

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To add festive words to the string of lights and tree tassels, I grabbed the Mini Alphabet Punch Board. Using paper from a 3×5 pad, I punched out the letters to spell Fa-La-La-La.

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The letters were attached to the string of lights with glue dots.

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My dad punched gold stars from the metallic 3×5 pad and adhered them to the top of each tree. My mom punched small red circles and adhered those to each tree as small ornaments. We all giggled at how crazy cute this turned out!

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Will you make any holiday décor with your family this season?

Thanks for stopping by!

Kimberly

 

Supplies:

DIY Party Fringe & Score Board

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Paper Pad 3×5: Multicolor, Gold & Silver Metallic Foil

Ruler Studio Lights Clear 20 Bulb String

Thanksgiving Yarn Wreath

Hello, We R friends! Tessa Buys here. I love the season of gratitude that November ushers in. Do make myself a little more mindful of expressing gratitude this month, I created a wreath that hangs on my front door:

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I wrapped a straw wreath form in a chunky, multi-colored yarn. I then chose solid colors of regular yarn that coordinated and made several yarn pom poms with the DIY Party Pom Pom Makers. I have now used the Pom Pom Makers several times and I just love how easy they are to use!

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I attached the yarn pom poms, as well as some felt flowers that I made, to the wreath with hot glue. I cut out some felt leaves by hand and attached them with hot glue, as well.

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Last, I used the Mini Alphabet Punch Board to punch the word “thanks” out of Bazzill gold mylar paper. I punched holes in the letters with my Crop-a-dile and strung the letters on gold ribbon. I attached the garland with more hot glue.

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I loved sitting down with warm, cozy yarn on a rainy fall day to make this wreath. The sweater-like feel of the wreath just hollers “autumn”, and the “thanks” garland is a great reminder to be thankful and express gratitude throughout the season.

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Thanks to WRMK for tools that made the process of creating a wreath so easy and enjoyable! If you give a wreath of your own a go, happy creating!

Supplies Used:

DIY Party Pom Pom Makers

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Crop-a-dile