Card Week: Bright and Beautiful Card Techniques

Hello WRMK fans and welcome back to the blog. It’s Chantalle with you today and I’d like to share some cards I have created with the help of clever WeR Punch Boards, LetterPress Kit and the fantastic new Dial Trimmer.

Handmade Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

This card uses beautiful Bazzill Premium Cardstock in Rose Quartz. The pack comes with four different prints, one being a soft ombré, which suited my card idea perfectly. It’s been layered up with some Amy Tangerine On a Whim #378746 Chipboard Stickers and some hand cut elements from On a Whim papers.

Handmade Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
The cardstock has been de-bossed in a floral print with hot pink magenta pigment ink. I will admit to having a bit of a crush on this letterpress technique! This was my first time experimenting with Letterpress, which comes in a very handy Starter Kit and includes everything you need to get started. *Note:  You will need a tool like the Evolution Advanced to be able to create a de-bossed effect.

Right at the bottom of this pile of embellishments, are some pretty On a Whim Washi tapes. I love their tropical vibes! I’ve also used my new Washi Tape Chomper to create the perfect pennant shape. This clever little tool is so easy to use – simple measure the size tape you have, align the tape and then press to cut the shape.

Handmade Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Here is an image of the Letterpress just before it’s rolled through the Evolution Advanced. I adhered the plate to the base, then inked it up, aligned the paper and then rolled it through the Evolution.

Letterpress Kit and Evolution Advanced by We R Memory Keepers

This is a card I created using the same ‘Hello’ plate, combined with the word ‘sunshine’ (both included in the starter kit). I gave some Bazzill Marshmallow cardstock a light watercolour wash and then inked up the plates with yellow pigment ink and debossed it.

Handmade Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers 

The sunny brights give this card a very happy vibe!

Handmade Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

This next card is very simple in it’s composition.

Handmade Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I’ve used my Dial Trimmer to trim some thin strips of patterned paper, having fun with the different edge finishes!

I laid all the strips up, adhering them to the front of my card, then trimmed off the excess with my Supreme Ruler.

Dial Trimmer and Supreme Ruler by We R Memory Keepers

The beveled and scalloped edges have a relaxed feel to them and the strips co-ordinate nicely with the fun On a Whim Chipboard Stickers which I have used to add my greeting.

Handmade Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
My final card turned out so fun and I’m really excited to share it with you!

It’s a self contained card and envelope in one, which has a perforated area which, when pulled back, reveals a greeting.

Dial Trimmer by We R Memory Keepers

To start, I used my Envelope Punch Board to create an envelope for a 4×6 landscape card. This punch board is a firm favourite of mine! Once I had measured and trimmed my paper, I went about creating the envelope, but didn’t seal it. Instead, I used my ruler to draw two lines, in the centre of the front of the card, about an inch and a half apart.

I then used the perforated blade on the Dial Trimmer over the lines I had drawn.

Envelope Punch Board, Dial Trimmer, and Supreme Ruler by We R Memory Keepers

Next I created the little postcard for inside the envelope. I typed up a message on my Typecast Typewriter  and embellished the striped paper with some On a Whim clear and chipboard stickers.

I placed the card, face-down onto the prepared envelope sheet and folded it up, adhering it shut.

The final step, was creating a little tab so the recipient would know to pull open the perforated area. I used my Tab Punch Board to create a ‘small’ side tab and then, used a blade to very carefully cut a small slit on the far right hand side of the perfed section. I slid the tab inside, making sure it was well adhered, so it wouldn’t come off when in use.

Handmade Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
The moment of truth…. Success!

Handmade Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I’m so happy with how this card turned out – such a fun surprise card, thanks to my Dial Trimmer!

Handmade Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
Thanks so much for joining me today. I hope you have as much fun creating with these fabulous tools as I do!

Handmade Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers




Materials Used:

Supreme Ruler

Envelope Punch Board

Tab Punch Board

Dial Trimmer

Typecast Typewriter

Evolution Advanced

Letterpress Kit

Pigment Ink Pads

Washi Tape Chomper

Amy Tangerine On a Whim #378737 Patchwork 12×12

Amy Tangerine On a Whim #378718 Full Bloom 12×12

Amy Tangerine On a Whim #378748 Stickers Book

Amy Tangerine On a Whim #378746 Chipboard Stickers

Amy Tangerine On a Whim Washi Tape

Bazzill Premium Cardstock – Rose Quartz






Throwback Thursday: Interactive Mother’s Day Card

Happy Thursday friends! We hope you’re enjoying the beautiful Mother’s Day projects from our design team this week. Today we thought it would be fun to throw it back to a favorite Mother’s Day blog project from last year by design team member, Chantalle McDaniel. Check out her incredible interactive Mother’s Day Card, video included!


Hello We R fans and thank you for stopping in today. With a special day on the calendar fast approaching, I’d like to share a card that I created using the beautiful new Flower Girl collection. It would be perfect for your Mum or someone special you would like to show your appreciation to.

Interactive Mother's Day Card by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

While the idea for this card has been seen before (find a link to create your own here) the way in which you use your supplies and embellish it can make for a stunning and unique gift. I’ve used a combination of Bazzill cardstock for the base and the pretty floral prints of Flower Girl ‘Bouqet’ and ‘Rose Bud’ for the sleeve and inner tray lining.

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The inner tray and outer sleeve were created using my Envelope Punch board. Now, you might be thinking this is way too complex for you to give it a go, but I promise, it was surprisingly easy to put together.

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The little tray pulls out to reveal a pop up surprise. This effect is achieved by three small rows of folded cardstock which have been embellished using Flower Girl ephemera and stickers. I thought it would be a cute idea to add in some ’grass’ to compliment the flora and fauna. I used some DIY Party Fringe Tape in ‘Meadow’ and adhered a strip to the front of each row. I then used a very sharp pair of scissors to snip the squared off fringe in a haphazard fashion, creating the blades of grass.

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Towards the back of the tray there is enough to stash a small present like some chocolates, a gift card or a voucher. (You can adjust this area by spacing your rows a little further apart or closer together.)

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The sleeve can also be kept on the base, with the pop up elements on display in front. I’ve used a wreath shape ephemera on the top of the sleeve, along with two super cute pieces of Flower Girl wood veneer. The word ‘Mom’ was actually the word ‘moment’ from the Flower Girl accents sticker pack. I’ve snipped off the rest of the word and popped it on with a bit of foam tape.

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That cute spring is thanks to bits of acetate I’ve used to back the ephemera.

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Here’s a look at this fun interactive card in action:

I hope you will give this idea a go. It’s such fun to create and even more fun to receive!

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Happy crafting,



Envelope Punch board

Bazzill cardstock

Flower Girl 12×12:


‘Rose Bud’

Flower Girl Ephemera

Flower Girl Wood Veneer Shapes

Flower Girl Puffy Stickers

Flower Girl Accent Stickers

DIY Party Fringe Tape in ‘Meadow’

Envelope Advent Calendar

Happy Friday friends! It’s your blog hostess, Aly Dosdall, here to share my version of a Christmas Countdown using some new papers from the DIY Party Collection, and one of my most-used crafting tools, the Envelope Punch Board.



Envelope Advent Calendar by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers #envelopepunchboard #adventcalendar #christmascountdown #DIYholidays

This advent calendar was easy to make. I simply followed the instructions on the board to make 25 different sizes and shapes of envelopes using the DIY Party 12×12 Patterned Paper Pad. I have a certain amount of space to hang them above my fireplace, so I kept the envelopes to 3 1/2 inches wide or less. Then I cut some numbers with my Cameo using gold cardstock from the new DIY Party collection 12×12 Cardstock Pad. I hung my envelopes on green striped baker’s twine using mini wooden clothespins.

Envelope Advent Calendar by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers #envelopepunchboard #adventcalendar #christmascountdown #DIYholidays

In our family we do an advent calendar each December for the 25 days leading up to Christmas. We do fun seasonal activities as a family all month long, so the purpose of our advent calendar is to help our family focus on what the Christmas holiday means to us.

Envelope Advent Calendar by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers #envelopepunchboard #adventcalendar #christmascountdown #DIYholidays

Each envelope is filled with a slip of paper that contains an advent scripture verse, an inspirational Christmas quote, or the title of an inspirational video to watch. We gather as a family each night and take turns pulling out the paper from that day’s envelope. We do our advent reading (or watch our video) with all the lights off except the Christmas tree, and then each of the kids gets to pick a small treat from our advent treat basket.

Envelope Advent Calendar by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers #envelopepunchboard #adventcalendar #christmascountdown #DIYholidays

This has become one of our favorite Christmas activities! Our whole family looks forward to it each year.

Envelope Advent Calendar by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers #envelopepunchboard #adventcalendar #christmascountdown #DIYholidays

Do you like to do a Christmas Countdown during December? Share a photo of your handmade Christmas Countdown on our Facebook page HERE.

Have a wonderful weekend We R fans! We’ll see you back here on Monday with some more holiday inspiration!


Envelope Punch Board
DIY Party 12×12 Patterned Paper Pad
DIY Party 12×12 Cardstock Pad
Baker’s Twine–Green

Summer Memories Cinch Mini Album

Good morning, fans of WeR! Jen McDermott here, and I’m super pumped to share a project I made for Friends of WeR week! I LOVE the Crate Paper collection that I got to use, Poolside, and had so much fun layering on the embellishments for my fun summer album!

Summer Mini Album made using the We R Memory Keepers Cinch binding tool by designer Jen McDermott #wermemorykeepers #thecinch

I went with a 6×6 album size, so that it would be easy to cut up my 12×12 paper for the album. 6×6 is also a great mini album size; it fits nicely in the hand and is easy to display. I covered two pieces of WeR 6×6 Book Board with Poolside paper, and cut and arranged the rest of the album papers. Then, I bound the album using the Cinch and some spiral binding wires!

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What I love about doing Cinch mini albums is you can have layers and layers of thick embellishment and texture, and you don’t have to worry about fitting the pages into an album sleeve.  It all lays pretty flat, even with 3D embellies!

Summer Mini Album made using the We R Memory Keepers Cinch binding tool by designer Jen McDermott #wermemorykeepers #thecinch

I’ll share a few of the pages in my album with you. I created this album to document a super fun summer we had a couple of years ago. The kids were in swim lessons, we took a vacation to Table Rock Lake…lots of great poolside and lakeside memories that would be great for this collection. What I LOVE about Crate Paper, besides the vintage feel of their collections, is just how many embellishments they make to complement each collection! I was in embellie heaven and had fun layering on the Layered Embellishments, Chipboard and Thickers! (not to mention the Wood Veneer, Standouts, and on and on!!)

Summer Mini Album made using the We R Memory Keepers Cinch binding tool by designer Jen McDermott #wermemorykeepers #thecinch

This collection was fabulous for cute pics of my daughter—there are beautiful florals and lots of pinks….very versatile!

I also grabbed my Envelope Punch board before Cinching, and made this envelope for holding ephemera collected over the summer, like ticket stubs and receipts of cool stuff we did—stuff that usually gets scattered about and lost.  I decorated the front, and when you flip it over, voila! Envelope!

Summer Mini Album made using the We R Memory Keepers Cinch binding tool and the Envelope Punch Board by designer Jen McDermott #wermemorykeepers #thecinch #envelopepunchboard

Some of my favorite pages in the album are pics of my kids at the pool and the lake.  There were SO MANY embellishments and fun themed paper.


Summer Mini Album made using the We R Memory Keepers Cinch binding tool by designer Jen McDermott #wermemorykeepers #thecinch

Summer Mini Album made using the We R Memory Keepers Cinch binding tool by designer Jen McDermott #wermemorykeepers #thecinch

So. Much. Fun.  The cinch is such a great tool to have handy when you want to document more than a scrapbook page, but less than a full album. And for when you want to add lots and lots of layers.

Summer Mini Album made using the We R Memory Keepers Cinch binding tool by designer Jen McDermott #wermemorykeepers #thecinch

Now that summer is over, how are you documenting your summer memories this year?


Cinch Spiral Binding Wires
Cinch Book Board
Cinch Wire Cutters
Cinch Book Binding Tool
American Crafts Sticky Thumb Adhesive Runner
Crate Paper Poolside Double Sided Cardstock
Crate Paper Poolside Thickers (Phrases)
Crate Paper Poolside Thickers (Navy)
Poolside Embellishments

School Memories Album

Hello We R fans! It’s Carrie with you today. Today I am going to share with you a project I made using the WRMK Cinch Binding Machine.  I decided to make something just a little bit different.  My daughter just started High School and she loves to save little trinkets along with photos so I thought I would make her an envelope memory book for all the little things she saves throughout her high school years.

This is what I came up with and I really love the way it turned out!


Cinch envelope album for school memories by designer Carrie Walz for We R Memory Keepers #thecinch #backtoschool





First I gathered all my materials and then I followed the directions on the WRMK Envelope Punch Board. I chose to make my envelopes for a 6×8 ½ card so I cut my paper and scored to the correct measurements. I used the AC Sticky Thumb Double Sided ¼ in sticky tape to adhere my envelopes together.


I wanted a way to have the envelopes close so I used my WRMK Magnetic Cutting Mat and Ruler to hold the envelopes in place. I used my WRMK Art Knife to cut a slit in my envelope. Make sure you put a piece of scrap chipboard in the envelope so you don’t cut all the way through. With this slit I can slide the flap of the envelope in and make sure all the little trinkets don’t fall out.




Once I got the envelopes and front cover embellished I was ready to Cinch my book together. Before I do this, I always do a practice sheet to make sure everything lines up the correct way, you may want to do this too just to be safe.




For the binding I chose to use the WRMK Cinch Binding Spiral. For this type of binding you just need to run the end through your holes you just made and twist until it is all the way through. Carefully bend the ends and ta-da!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope I was able to give you some inspiration today!

Products used:

WRMK  Envelope Punch Board

WRMK Magnetic Cutting Mat and Ruler

WRMK Art Knife

WRMK Cinch Binding Machine

WRMK  Cinch Binding Spiral- White

WRMK Trim and Score

AC Sticky Thumb ¼ in Double sided Sticky Tape

AC Dear Lizzy Foam Thickers-Fantastic/White

AC Black Tie Velvet Thickers

AC Amy Tangerine Kal Barteski Black Foam Thickers

Cottage Living 12×12 Patterned Cardstock- All Lined Up

Cottage Living 12×12 Patterned Cardstock-Petals

Cottage Living 12×12 Patterned Cardstock-Spring Meadow

Cottage Living 12×12 Patterned Cardstock-Love Notes

Cottage Living 12×12 Patterned Cardstock- Tweed

Top Ten Punch Board Projects

Do you find yourself in need of some crafting ideas? Do you sit down to create with your substantial scrapbook stash only to find your stash of ideas running low? Look no further, because today we’ve got a post chock full of fabulous project ideas using our popular Punch Boards. Introducing, our Top Ten Punch Board Projects!

top ten punch board projects

We love this late summer/early fall burlap and flower wreath. This project is super easy to make with our Flower Punch Board.


Flower Punch Board Wreath

This post showing how to use our original Envelope Punch Board to create paper bows is one of our most popular punch board blog posts. We love finding multiple uses for one tool!


Paper Bows with the Envelope Punch Board

Combining our Corner Chomper with the Gift Bag Punch Board makes for a cute and meaningful gift idea for someone you love.


Reasons I Love You Bag

We think this custom gift wrap set by We R designer Jennie McGarvey is so much fun! Using our Pinwheel Punch Board for gift wrapping is genius!


Pinwheel Punch Board Custom Gift Wrap

We R designer, Kathy Martin, shows us that gift wrapping doesn’t have to be feminine and frilly. This Father’s Day Gift Trio she create using the new 123 Punch Board (and some other new We R tools) is perfect for any man in your life.


Father’s Day Gift Trio

How cute is this Owl Gift Bag made with our Gift Bag Punch Board? This project has been a favorite on Pinterest, and would make the perfect back-to-school teacher gift!


Owl Gift Bag

Making a utensil holder with our Pillow Box Punch Board is such a clever use of this tool! You could make one for any special occasion by swapping out appropriate papers.


Pillow Box Utensil Holder

We R designer, Traci Penrod, was really thinking outside the box when she made this elegant Easter basket with our Gift Box Punch Board. Just gorgeous!


Gift Box Punch Board Easter Basket

Coming in with the second highest number of all time views on the We R blog, this mini album made with the Envelope Punch Board is easy to make and oh-so-clever!


Envelope Punch Board Mini Book

We all know you can make beautiful banners with the new Banner Punch Board, but did you know you can pockets with it too? We love this denim pocket card–so fun!


Banner Punch Board Denim Pocket Card

Don’t know about you, but we’re off to grab our Punch Boards and get crafting! We hope this post is as inspiring for you as it is for us. Creative cheers!

Envelope Cinch Book

Hi everyone, it’s Traci and today I’m sharing a fun and easy project for storing coupons, receipts, or photos you plan to scrapbook, etc.  I plan to store coupons in mine.  The tools I used to create the project are The Cinch binding tool, the Envelope punch board, a tab punch and 8 sheets of 12×12 paper from the Shine collection.



First, I created the envelopes with the punch board.  I followed the easy directions that are provided on the board, and made 8 envelopes that would fit a 5 1/2” x 7 1/2” card.  Next, I adhered 2 envelopes back to back to create “a page”.  I did this two more times so that I had three “pages” (created from 6 envelopes).  The remaining 2 envelopes are my front and back covers.


Once all of the envelopes were adhered, I used the Cinch Binding tool to punch my binding holes and then added my binding wire.


Finally, I typed up labels on my computer and used We R’s tab punch to punch them out.  I adhered the tabs to the edge of my book, along with some cork embellishments and chipboard letters.


The book is the perfect size to fit in my purse and will hold lots of coupons and even my grocery list!  We always love to see your projects so please share pictures with us on our Facebook page!  Thanks for stopping by!




The Cinch
Binding Wire
Envelope Punch Board
Shine Collection

Holiday Gift Tag Set

Need a last minute hostess gift idea for Thursday? How about a quick and easy set of gift tags in a handmade box. I created these snowflake gift tags using some of my favorite dies and my Evolution Advanced, then I made a cute little matching box to wrap them in with my Envelope Punch Board.

Holiday Gift Tag Set by Aly Dosdall

First I die cut five tags using the Tag It Kit. Then I used one of the single dies from the Snowflake Punches Dies to cut out a snowflake shape from the bottom of the tag and backed it with white cardstock. Then I added a gold sequin, a simple sentiment, an eyelet to the top with my Crop-A-Dile, and I tied some twine through it to finish the tags.

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Next I used my Envelope Punch Board to create a little gift box to wrap the tags. My tags are about 1 3/4 “x 3 1/4″, so I created a 2 1/2″ x 3 3/4” box.

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Here’s how I did that:

1) Trim your paper to 7″ x 7″ and line up the top left corner of your paper to the 3″ mark on the board. Score your paper (do not punch) and rotate it counter clockwise 90 degrees. Line up the score line you just made with the score guide and score. Repeat this until you’ve score all four sides of the paper.


2) After you finish scoring the fourth side, scoot the top left corner of the paper to the 2″ mark on the board and score. Rotate the paper 90 degrees counter clockwise, line up the score line you just made with the score guide and score again. (Be sure you use the newest score line and not the previous ones when aligning your paper with the score guide.)


3) Repeat the scoring process until all four sides are scored. You should now have 8 score lines on your paper.

Cut your scored paper as shown in the photo below to create a box template. Round the corner of what will be the top panel (the panel without any tabs).



Place adhesive on the tabs and the front flap and assemble the box as show in the photo below.


Tie the box with some twine, and add some embellishments and a sentiment.

This little set makes a great hostess gift for Thanksgiving, a holiday gift for teachers, or stocking stuffers for your crafty friends!



Envelope Punch Board
Evolution Advanced
Snowflake Punches Dies
Tag It Kit
Eyelets–Warm Metal

DIY Halloween Brag Book

If you’re anything like me you’ve got tons of Halloween photos sitting on your memory card, hard drive, phone, or desk. It’s a fun time to take photos, and it’s great to get those photos into your scrapbook album. But wouldn’t it be even better to share some of those photos with your loved ones? Here’s your Halloween scrapbooking tip #4: make a Halloween brag book to share with a loved one. I printed some 4×6 photos of my kids in their Halloween costumes from last year and made this easy Halloween brag book using my Envelope Punch Board and Envelope Notcher for grandma. She’ll love it.

DIY Halloween Brag Book by Aly Dosdall

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Here’s how you can make one of these using the Envelope Punch Board and the new Envelope Notcher:

1) Start with two 12×12 inch sheets of double sided patterned paper. Trim one of them to 8 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches and make a 4×6 envelope with the punch board following the guide on the board. Use the Envelope Notcher to notch the top and bottom flaps. This will be the cover of your brag book.

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2) Now trim the other 12×12 paper into two 12×6 inch blocks. Using the Trim and Score Board, score both of them at 4 inches and 8 inches.

score inside pages

3) Accordion fold both scored pieces of paper and adhere the two end panels together, overlapping them, to create an accordion folded piece of paper that is 20×6 inches long as seen below. These will be the inside pages of your brag book.

accordion fold inside pages

4) Adhere the far right panel to the inside of the envelope to attach the inside pages to the cover. To close the album, fold the pages and side flaps inside the envelope and interlock the notches on the top and bottom flaps. To open and view the album, gently pull apart the interlocking notches and unfold the inside pages.

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5) Embellish the inside and outside of your album as desired. I recommend not adding too much bulk to the inside or the envelope won’t close well and may tear.

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6) Share the album with grandma, auntie, or whoever else you think may want to brag about your kids to their friends!

I hope you have a fun and safe Halloween this evening. Creative cheers!



Shine 12×12 Paper Pad
Bewitched Chipboard Alpha Stickers
Envelope Punch Board
Envelope Notcher
Trim and Score Board
Bat and Moon Punch Dies
Star Punch Dies
Spider Shape Die
Evolution Advanced
Washi Tape–Onyx, Metallic Silver, Multi Color Pack

Birthday Wishes Garland

Recently my daughter turned 14, and if you’re a parent of a teen you know how tricky it can be to plan the perfect birthday celebration for a teen. While making plans a decor idea came to me that also included a fun interactive memory-keeping element. I created a photo pocket garland where guests can write their wishes to the birthday girl on journaling cards.

birthday wishes banner by aly dosdall

First I printed some wallet size photos of my daughter (that was a trick in itself to find photos she was “happy” with). Then I made some 3×4 pockets from Inked Rose papers with my Envelope Punch Board by simply cutting off the top flap of the 3×4 envelopes.

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I placed the photos on the front of the pockets and embellished them with some washi tape stickers, die cuts, enamel shapes, and baker’s twine. Then I added journaling cards to each pocket for the guests to write on.

birthday wishes banner 1

Finally, I strung some Sew Easy Baker’s Twine up and clipped the photo pockets on with some mini wood clothespins I picked up at my local craft store.

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The Birthday Wish Garland was a hit with the guests and the birthday girl!



Inked Rose Paper Pack
Envelope Punch Board
Punch Dies–Heart, Circle
Journaling Cards (Captured)
Enamel Shapes–Cool, Warm
Washi Tape–Multi Color Pack
Sew Easy Baker’s Twine–Pink