Spin It Project Inspiration

Happy Friday friends! We’re looking forward to the weekend, how about you? We’re also looking forward to some time to craft this weekend, and if you’ve got some crafty plans we’ve got some project inspiration for you featuring the new Spin It tumbler turner and accessories available exclusively at Michaels Stores. Head to one of the stores on this list and grab a Spin It for $49 (or less if you bring your coupon) so you can make some custom cups or tumblers for moms, dads, grads or bridesmaids. They make great gifts! Check out some inspiration and short time-lapsed videos below.

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Spin It tumbler turner + accessories by We R Memory Keepers available at Michaels Stores

Spin It tumbler turner + accessories by We R Memory Keepers available at Michaels Stores

Spin It Tumbler Turner + Accessories by We R Memory Keepers available at Michaels Stores

Along with the Spin It tumbler turner, the collection includes several different colors and sizes of glitter, an epoxy kit, a prep kit, a glitter clean up kit, vinyl decals, mica powder and waterslide paper for printing custom designs.

Spin It Tumbler Turner by We R Memory Keepers available at Michaels Stores

Here’s an overview video that shows a brief, time-lapsed version of the process:

For more videos, visit our YouTube channel HERE.

Thanks for stopping by! We hope you get the chance to create with this one-of-a-kind tool and craft. Have a great weekend!

Ombre Glitter Tumbler With The Spin It

Hello We R Memory Keepers fans! Soraya here today to share my first experience making a tumbler with the new Spin It turner and its accessories!

Ombre Glitter Tumbler with the Spin It by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

To make a tumbler you’ll need: the Spin It turner, spray glue, glitter, epoxy kit, gloves, popsicle sticks, wax paper to protect your surface and a cute vinyl design.

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The Spin It tool plugs into a USB power source making it easier to use!

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For this first experience, I used a spray glue but you can also use Modge Podge with a brush. Make sure to tape off the bottom and top of the cup before spraying the glue.

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I wanted a fun blue ombré so I went for silver, soft blue and navy for the color combo. I started on top of the cup with the lightest one : silver. Then I put back the glitter into the bottle thanks to the glitter clean up tray. I continued with the soft blue and finally the navy. Just let the Spin It turn at the lowest speed to be sure to put glitter everywhere! Smooth the color transitions with your fingers.

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When the glitter is set up and the glue is completely dry, prepare your epoxy resin with solution A and solution B. Don’t forget to wear gloves all along the epoxy process since it’s a chemical product. Also, be sure to read all the instructions before trying it! Keep your windows open unless you craft outside. A and B must have the same volume ratio before being mixed togerther.

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Gently pour the expoxy on the tumbler then use your hand (with gloves!) to spread the resin all over it. Once you’re done with it, remove the tape then let the tumbler on the Spin It turner for about 4 hours. And here is the beautiful result!

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Let’s add some fun with a vinyl design from the Spin It range. I chose to use the llama design.

The vinyl is on a transfer paper that you directly apply on the tumbler then take it off like a rubon.

Once the vinyl is perfectly in place, repeat the epoxy process and let the Spin It turn for about 4 hours. Take off the tape before letting the epoxy dry. The tumbler needs to dry 24 hours to be completely finished.

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And voilà! Here is my first tumbler! I hope you had fun joining me for this super cool experience.

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Happy creating everyone and until next time!

Soraya.

 

Supplies :

Spin It turner tool

Epoxy kit

Prep kit

Glitters

Spray glue

A tumbler

Vinyl design

 

 

Video Tutorial: DIY Beach Themed Glitter Tumbler with the Spin It

Hello friends! It’s Aly here today with something I think might help get you through your Monday. I’ve been dreaming of heading to the beach for a sunny and relaxing vacay, so when I got my hands on the new Spin It tumbler turner that’s exactly where my creative brain went! I made a custom beach themed tumbler that I can fill with ice and my favorite cold drink, and since it’s insulated it will stay cold for hours.

DIY Beach Themed Glitter Tumbler featuring the Spin It tumbler turner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I started out with a plain stainless steel tumbler that I picked up at Walmart, and looking at the colors of glitter on this tumbler now, I can just imagine lounging in the warm sand next to the gorgeous aqua water full of foamy waves under the clear blue sky. Are you with me?

Full disclosure: I am not a tumbler making expert. This is a totally new craft for me, but I can’t be any more excited than I am to be starting this fun creative journey! These custom beauties make excellent gifts for grandmas, moms, dads, grandpas, grads, bridesmaids, teachers and more. I’ve got crafty plans to make a ton of these this spring to give away!

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There are so many ways to make glitter tumblers and tons of tutorials on YouTube so I did some research, watched several tutorials and planned out my project. I used Sticky Thumb Double Sided Red Craft Tape in two different widths to create the glitter stripes on my tumbler. That’s an easy way to get nice clean lines and to apply the glitter before coating the tumbler with epoxy.

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I also used a clear spray sealer to seal the glitter before adding epoxy. That way the different colors of glitter don’t get spread around and mixed up while adding the coat of epoxy.

Here are a few tips I picked up as I did my research and completed this project:

  • Work with epoxy in a ventilated area. We R Memory Keepers epoxy doesn’t have strong fumes, but it still has a slight smell that you may not want in your craft room or house.
  • READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS FIRST! Epoxy has a limited working time so you want to be sure you know what you’re doing before you mix it up.
  • If you want your glitter colors to really pop and look vibrant, try spray painting the outside of your tumbler white before adding the glitter (which I didn’t do, so my colors are more muted).
  • Super Chunky glitter doesn’t work well with thin stripes–stick with large surface areas if you want to add super chunky glitter. Trust me–I know because I started with one color of super chunky glitter and had to remove and re-do some stripes.
  • For medium glitter, apply one coat of epoxy and allow to cure completely. Then sand with medium grain sandpaper, buff with fine sand paper, wash thoroughly by hand, and then apply a second coat of epoxy.

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So, now that I’ve share some things I learned in my creative process, check out the video tutorial below. Please note: I did not take video of spraying the glitter sealer, or doing the sanding and final layer of epoxy since that part is pretty self explanatory and I already showed how to add the first layer of epoxy. I do mention them in the video so you know when those steps need to happen.

DIY Beach Themed Glitter Tumbler featuring the Spin It tumbler turner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

So there you have it! I hope you’ve enjoyed learning how to make a Beach Themed Glitter Tumbler with the new Spin It collection.

DIY Beach Themed Glitter Tumbler featuring the Spin It tumbler turner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for stopping by, and keep dreaming of the beach until you get to the weekend–you can do it!

Supplies:

Spin It Tumbler Turner
Spin It Glitter
Craft Knife
Sticky Thumb Double Sided Red Craft Tape

DIY Gift Wrap with the Mini Evolution

Hello WRMK fans!  I’m Rebecca and I’m happy to be here with you today!  I do a lot of die cutting when I’m crafting.  I also have a very small workspace so I don’t have room to keep a large cutting machine on my desk; I have to lug it out for each and every craft session.  Admittedly, it makes me not even want to bother sometimes.  That’s why I was so excited to start using the Mini Evolution from We R Memory Keepers.  It’s small enough to keep out, and it comes with all kinds of fun things to whip up some cute and quick projects–read on!

DIY Gift Wrap with the Mini Evolution by Rebcca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Gift Wrap with the Mini Evolution by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

The Mini Evolution comes with 8 stitched circle dies nested together, as well as 2 embossing folders; one is polka dots and the other is a herringbone-type design.  The plates are included to make the proper “sandwiches” for cutting or embossing, and there’s even a pack of 50 white and cream cardstock sheets that are already cut down to the perfect size for this machine!  When I set out to decorate a birthday gift box duo for a friend, the ME was the tool I went to to create the tags.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Mini Evolution by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

With papers by Heidi Swapp and Pebbles, I made 2 gift boxes with the 1-2-3 Punchboard.  The floral print size is 4″ x 4″ and the navy-blue pattern is 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4.”  After assembling the boxes, I die cut a bunch of circles from the white and cream stock, some patterned paper, and even some vellum.  The machine and included tools cut and embossed all of them with ease.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Mini Evolution by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

For the plain paper and vellum, I used the embossing folders to dress them up and add texture.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Mini Evolution by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I also used a sentiment die I already had to cut out “happy” and “birthday” after stamping them.  The Mini cut them just perfectly, and due to the size of the dies I used, it was so convenient not having to use my bigger cutting machine on such small dies.  It’s such a time-saver!

DIY Gift Wrap with the Mini Evolution by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

After arranging all of my circles to my liking, I punched 1/8″ holes in them with my Crop-a-Dile, then strung them onto each box with white twine.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Mini Evolution by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

*Tip:  To get the ‘fanned’ look of the circles, I punched most of the holes off-center.  If I wanted the tag to peek out from the right, I punched the hole on the left, and vice versa.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Mini Evolution by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I also made a couple of tassels for each package with thread and the Tassel Loom, which I strung on under the top-most tags.  The final touch is a string of navy-blue sequin trim.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Mini Evolution by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

You might be surprised by how much you can do with the Mini Evolution, and its size, for me, is the best thing about it.  I’m excited to have a quick go-to machine I can leave out on my small workspace.  It comes with a set of great dies and embossing folders, and also works with the wafer-thin dies I already own.  Die cutting projects just got a little less time consuming for me–and that is always a great thing!

Supplies:

Mini Evolution Machine and Tools

1-2-3 Punchboard

Tassel Loom

Crop-a-Dile

 

 

DIY Traveler’s Notebook Leather Cover with the Foil Quill

Hello We R fans! It’s Aly here to share a fun and easy DIY Traveler’s Notebook Cover with the amazing new Foil Quill pen and my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine. This summer our family is taking a long trip back east to visit some places where some of our ancestors lived to learn more about them. I’m so excited about this trip and I know it’s going to be so memorable, so I created this traveler’s notebook to record photos, stories and experiences along the way.

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I love that the cover closure includes a pen so I’ll always be ready to write down thoughts or details during our trip. Take a look inside of the cover. The notebook insert is one of the Amy Tangerine Journal Studio inserts, which helped make this project come together quickly and easily.

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The beautiful foil details on the leather cover make this traverler’s notebook really special. It’s the perfect place to record our special family vacation!

DIY Traveler's Notebook Leather Cover by Aly Dosdall featuring the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill

This leather cover is easy to make. Let me show you how I did it with my Silhouette Cameo!

I started with an 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of Turquoise real leather I bought at my local Joann Store. Since I didn’t have an SVG file to cut the closure in my leather, I created a template with an 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet of cardstock and traced it onto the leather. Then I cut out the parts of the closure with my craft knife. If you’re an experienced Cameo user, you could create your own cutting file. The opening for the closure is 1 inch squared, and the top of the slits on the opposite side are 1 inch apart so they fit perfectly inside to 1 inch square.

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Next I added foil accents to my leather cover with the Foil Quill. The back side of real leather will leave fibers and debris on your cutting mat, so I recommend covering the back of your leather piece with a sheet of double sided adhesive. (You can also cover it with masking tape and use a spray adhesive on your mat.) Once I covered the back of the leather, I pealed off the backing and carefully placed it on my mat.

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I used my large bone folder as a brayer to smooth out any bubbles or lumps in the leather to ensure as smooth a foil transfer as possible.

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The original Cameo is not made to handle thick materials like the newer models are, so you need to place your leather on the cutting mat so that the edges don’t go under the white rollers at each end of the roller bar. I placed my leather vertically in the center of my mat and that worked great.

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For this project I used the gorgeous rose gold foil. It comes in a 12×96 inch roll and 4×6 sheets. I like to use foil that contrasts nicely with the material I’m using so the foil stands out. I used artwork from the Paige Evans and Heidi Swapp Design Drives.

**It’s important to mention that practicing on scrap paper ahead of time to insure proper placement of foil on your material and your material on your mat will save you some frustration.**

Here are the settings I used on my Sihouette Cameo for foiling with the Rose Gold foil on real leather:

Foil Quill Pen Size: Standard
Action: Sketch
Material: Leatherette (modified)
Speed: 1
Force: 25

I let my Foil Quill pen heat up for 10 mintues to ensure it was plenty hot. Then I loaded up my mat, hit “send” and watched the magic happen! It turned out amazing!

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Clean up was easy after foiling. All I had to do is pull up my leather with the double sided adhesive sheet, and then pull that off the leather and toss it in the trash. No mess on my mat!

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Next I created the binding for my notebook insert. I used the Book Binding Guide to punch holes in the cover spine. Remove the top of the guide by unscrewing the knobs. Line up the top edge of your leather cover against the top of the guide, placing the center of the spine in the groove on the bottom of the guide. Punch the top two circled holes along the center column with the punch tool.

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Then punch the last two circled holes at the bottom of the spine.

We R Memory Keepers Book Binding Guide

Thread some elastic cording from the inside of the cover to the outside through the top hole, then thread the elastic back into the inside of the cover through the second hole at the top. Thread the cording through the bottom hole and then back into the inside of the cover through the hole just above the bottom hole. Tie both ends in a knot at the bottom of your cover and trim the excess. Here’s what your finished binding will look like. You’ll slip your notebook insert under the longer of the two elastics inside the cover so that it rests in the middle page of your notebook.

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DIY Leather Traveler's Notebook Cover by Aly Dosdall featuring the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill

To close the cover, simply pull the left flap over the notebook first, then the right one overlaps the left. Then pull the loop through the opening on the front, and insert your favorite pen!

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If you’d like more room for notebook inserts, just use a longer piece of leather for the cover and add more elastic binding.

DIY Leather Traveler's Notebook Cover by Aly Dosdall featuring the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill

Thanks for stopping by! If you’ve got Foil Quill projects please share them on Facebook or Instagram and be sure to tag us! Happy foiling friends!

Supplies:

Foil Quill Standard Tip
Rose Gold 12 Inch Foil Roll
Paige Evans Design Drive
Heidi Swapp Design Drive
Amy Tangerine Journal Studio Notebook
Amy Tangerine Journal Pens
Large Bone Folder
Book Binding Guide

 

Foil Quill Tutorial Videos

Hello and Happy Friday friends! Today we’ve got some video tutorials to share with you featuring the award-winning new Foil Quill heat pen. We’re so glad you’re excited about this new release! The possibilities are endless with the Foil Quill and you don’t need to buy a new machine! You can use it with most major cutting machines on the market.

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For more information about Foil Quill please visit www.foilquill.com, including the FAQ page which has extensive tips, tricks, and trouble shooting suggestions. Then click below to watch four Foil Quill project ideas and tutorials using paper, photos, vinyl and leather.

If you’ve got a Foil Quill we’d love to see your creations! Share them on Instagram and tag us (@wermemorykeepers) or share them on Facebook and tag us there too! Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Happy Jig Project Roundup

Happy Friday crafty friends! We made it to the weekend…phew. Today we’ve got a roundup of some cute and clever craft project ideas created with Happy Jig. We hope these ideas inspire you to get out your jig and create this weekend. Enjoy!

Wire Cake Topper

One of our favorite Happy Jig projects to make is a cake topper! You can make a cake topper to say anything you want–the possibilities are endless. If you’d like to learn how to make the wedding cake topper below, CLICK HERE.

Wire Wedding Cake Topper by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Happy Jig wire design tool

Wire Place Card Holder and Table Tent

Wire decor kind of lends itself to a wedding theme, so we’ve got another bit of wedding inspiration for you created with the Happy Jig. We love this pretty place card holder and table tent! You can find the full tutorial HERE.

Wedding Table Decor by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Accordion Fold Mini Album

Custom wire embellishments add a sweet special touch to this fold out baby album. We think this is such a precious handmade gift idea! CLICK HERE for more photos and details.

Baby Mini Book with the Happy Jig by Eva PIzarro for We R Memory Keepers

Baby Mini Book with the Happy Jig by Eva PIzarro for We R Memory Keepers

Mermaid Party Favors

Send the guests home from your next party or event with favors decked in Happy Jig designs! We love this mermaid party favor idea! For the full tutorial CLICK HERE.

DIY Mermaid Party Decor by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Travel Scrapbook Page

Make the title and story of your scrapbook page stand out with the Happy Jig! This travel layout is as unforgettable as the memories documented on it. Visit the blog HERE for more photos and details.

Travel Layout with the Happy Jig by Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

We hope these projects have inspired you to get creative with the Happy Jig. Be sure to share your creations on our Facebook page HERE. We’d love to see what you’re making!

Supplies:

Happy Jig
Happy Jig Wire

Make a Pom Pom Keychain

Hello everyone!  It’s Eva on the blog today showing you how to create a cute Pompom Keychain using the new Jumbo Pompom Maker and Tassel Loom.

Pom Pom Keychain by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

When I think about fall and winter my first thought is yarn. Yarn is perfect for sweaters but also to create home decor and accessories! And now with the new Tassel Loom and the Jumbo Pompom Maker you can create beautiful pieces in minutes!

To create this BIG Pompom Keychain start by making a Jumbo size pompom. I used a winter color palette and combined 4 different yarn colors. It is fun to mix textures too!

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Wrap your yarn around both arms of the pompom maker, you can mix them evenly or you can leave zones with only one color to create a fun and different pompom.

Jumbo Pom Pom Maker by We R Memory Keepers

Once you have wrapped your yarn close your Pompom Maker and cut the yarn between the arms.  Tie a piece of yarn in the middle of the Pompom Maker and open it to reveal your pompom.

Pom Pom Keychain by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

To create a tassel simply loop your yarn on the 4 inch size. Tie a piece of yarn in the middle and close the Tassel Loom.

Tassel Loom by We R Memory Keepers

Pick another yarn color and wrap it around your tassel, about 1 inch below the top of the looped yarn.  Cut the yarn with your precission scissors following the grooves on the bottom and remove the rod on top to slide the tassel out.

Pom Pom Keychain by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Decorate your tassel with colored beads and attach it to your pompom.

Pom Pom Keychain by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Attach a hook to the top of your pompom and add your keys.

Pom Pom Keychain by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Pompoms are very popular right now and you can make these in a batch and give them as gifts to your kid’s teacher or coworkers. The Jumbo Pompom really makes a bold statement on this keychain

Pom Pom Keychain by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

This keychain is so BIG and fluffy! I love it and I think it is perfect to hang outside of your purse with or without your keys!

Pom Pom Keychain by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Have a great day!

Eva


Supplies:

Jumbo Pompom Maker
Tassel Loom
Precision Scissors

DIY Dorm Room Decor

Hello friends, it’s Aly here with a project I created for my daughter who’s off to college next week. Attending BYU is a lifelong dream for this girl! I’m so proud of her and I wanted to celebrate her exciting achievement with some fun dorm decor that she can proudly hang in her new digs.

DIY Dorm Room Decor by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Her new school colors are navy blue and tan. Since the walls in her dorm room are a light beige (pretty close to tan), I decided to stick with navy and another coordinating blue color. I started by punching out her school letters with the Alphabet Punch Board. To give them a bit more emphasis I punched out two sets of letters from some dotted swiss Bazzill cardstock, one in the cornflower color and one in the navy color. Then I adhered them so that the darker blue creates the look of a shadow.

DIY Dorm Room Decor by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch holes in the tops of the letters for hanging.

We R Memory Keepers Alphabet Punch Board

Next, I made some pennants with my Banner Punch Board to give the garland that classic college feel.

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I made some tassels with the new Tassel Loom and some yarn I picked up at my local craft store in my daughter’s school colors.

We R Memory Keepers Tassel Loom

Last, I made some extra large pom poms with the Jumbo Pom Pom Maker and strung them together to make a garland with a tassel at each end.

We R Memory Keepers Jumbo Pom Pom Maker

DIY Dorm Room Decor by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I hung both the pom pom garland and the school letters garland up with some fairy lights to complete the look.

DIY Dorm Room Decor by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I love how easy it was to create this fun decor with my stash of We R tools, and I can’t wait to help my daughter get settled in her new dorm room next week. (Though I may shed a few tears driving home). Have a great weekend, and happy crafting friends!

DIY Dorm Room Decor by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies:

Alphabet Punch Board
Banner Punch Board
Jumbo Pom Pom Maker
Tassel Loom
Crop-A-Dile

Throwback Thursday: Teacher Notepads

Hello there friends! It’s Aly here today sharing a quick and easy gift idea for your child’s new teacher this year.  Since my daughter spends so much time at school, and her teacher works so hard, I like to let her teacher know how much I appreciate everything she does at the start of the school year. Check out how I made these DIY Perforated Notepads with my new Dial Trimmer.

To create these teacher notepads, I had to cut several sheets of paper to size, score the covers, and perforate the pages inside. I was able to do all of this with just one tool. So easy!

The Staple Board made it easy to bind the notepad pages together with the covers. I love the copper staples–so chunky and pretty!

To make these back-to-school teacher gifts, I started by trimming the covers to 3×12 inch strips using my Dial Trimmer. That will make (3×6 inch notepads.) All I had to do was align my paper in the guide, turn the dial to the straight blade, then pull it down.

Then I rotated the dial to the scoring blade, and scored the covers at 6 inches and 6 7/8 inches.

I folded the 6 inch score line so that my cover pattern was on the outside, then I folded the 6 7/8 inch score line the opposite direction. This is what the cover should look like after scoring and folding:

Next I trimmed some lined paper to 3×5 7/8 inches (to make sure the bottom edges of the lined paper don’t peek out passed the edges of the cover). I perforated the top of each one at 7/8 inch–it was easy to turn the dial and do with the same tool! Yes!

After perforating the lines pages, I assembled the notepads.

I used the Staple Board to bind the covers and pages. I recommend using thin text weight paper inside. Depending on the thickness of your paper, you can staple between 7-10 pages inside your cardstock cover with the large staples. Test out how many you can do with scraps of the paper you will be using.

Use the guides on the board to align your staple perfectly, and then press down on a hard stable surface using your bodyweight to help.

Once I stapled the notepads, I added a few embellishments from the Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams collection to the front to match the covers from the same collection. I chose sentiments that I hope will inspire the teacher.

I love that you can pull each page out if needed. I love the perforating feature of the Dial Trimmer–so many possibilities!

This project is a great teacher gift, but would also be perfect for your student, friends, neighbors, or coworkers. Everyone can always use another notebook. Especially when it’s handmade with love.

This project took minutes with my new Dial Trimmer, and I hope my daughter’s second grade teacher enjoys them and will put them to good use. Thanks for joining me, and happy back-to-school crafting friends!

Supplies:

Dial Trimmer
Staple Board
Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams Collection