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.

Beach Project Roundup

Hello We R fans, and Happy Friday! It’s been hot, hot, hot here in Utah, and the triple digit temps have got us daydreaming about the beach!

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So, we’re getting the weekend started off with a fun roundup of beach themed projects to share with you. From cards, to mini albums, to decor and more, we’ve got you covered when it comes to sun & sand creativity!

Sun & Sand Shaker Card

Add some texture and a fun interactive element to your beach themed card with a sand shaker pocket made using the Photo Sleeve Fuse. CLICK HERE for full instructions on our blog.

Sun & Sand Shaker Card featuring the Photo Sleeve Fuse

Beach Themed Layout

Create the illusion of waves on your beach themed layout using the Evolution Advanced and Wave Next Level Embossing Folders. You can find more photos and details about this pretty scrapbook page HERE on our blog.

Beach Themed Layout by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Beach Ball Garland

If you’re hosting a luau or beach themed party, create the perfect decor with the DIY Party Globe Punch and Light Strand collection! You can find a step-by-step tutorial on our blog HERE.

Beach Ball Garland by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Summer Wave Shaker Card

The Photo Sleeve Fuse strikes again! Create the perfect crafty waves for your paper craft project with the Fuse tool, FUSEables papers and some ocean colored sequins. CLICK HERE for instructions for this fun project.

Summer Waves Shaker Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Beach Vacation Mini Album

Preserve those precious memories from your trip to the beach with a DIY mini album made with the Cinch binding tool and the Mini Alphabet Punch Board. To see the inside of this darling album, CLICK HERE.

Beach Mini Album by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for joining us today for our beach project roundup! We hope you’ve found some inspiration for your summer crafting. Have a great weekend!

Patriotic Pinwheel Cake Topper

Hello We R friends, and Happy Monday! It’s Aly here, and this week on the blog we’re featuring patriotic projects from our design team to inspire your 4th of July crafting. If you’ve got a barbeque, party or other patriotic event, then be sure to check back each day this week for some fabulous ideas!

Today I’m sharing a festive cake topper idea for an Independence Day party. To make this cake topper, I pulled out an oldie but goodie, the Pinwheel Punch Board.

Patriotic Pinwheel Cake Topper by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
For extra dimension, I made the pinwheels out of Bazzill Basics Plastic Embossing Sheets and embossed them with some Next Level Embossing Folders, and the Evolution Advanced.

Patriotic Pinwheel Cake Topper by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I used the Pinwheel Attachments so that the pinwheels can actually spin, adding a fun interactive element to the cake topper.

Patriotic Pinwheel Cake Topper by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

To make this Patriotic Pinwheel Cake Topper, I started by gathering my supplies.

I trimmed two red and two blue 3×3 squares, two red and two blue 4×4 squares, and one red and one blue 5×5 square. I punched each corner as explained in the instructions, and then cut all the red squares using the Pinwheel A track.

Then I punched the corners of each blue square, and cut them using the Pinwheel B track.

Then I embossed each pinwheel using some Next Level Embossing Folders and my Evolution Advanced.

I layered the red squares on top of the blue squares, interlocking the pinwheel arms, and then followed the instructions to assemble the attachment pieces. Once assembled, I added an Enamel Dot to the attachment cap for a finished look and placed a paper straw into the attachment base.

I trimmed off the ends of the paper straws at different lengths for a layered look, and inserted them into the center of the cake.

Patriotic Pinwheel Cake Topper by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Patriotic Pinwheel Cake Topper by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I hope this fun cake topper inspires you. Thanks for joining me today, and be sure to come back tomorrow for some more red, white, and blue project ideas!

Supplies:

Pinwheel Punch Board
Pinwheel Attachments
Enamel Dots–Warm
Evolution Advanced
Next Level Embossing Folders–Dotted, Wave
Bazzill Basics Plastic Embossing Sheets

 

 

Throwback Thursday: Summer Lemonade Stand

Hello friends, and thanks for joining us today for Throwback Thursday! School’s out here in Utah, so today we’re revisiting the summer of 2015 to celebrate. That year we featured an absolutely darling Lemonade Stand project that our in-house designers decorated in a snap with the Evolution Advanced and some of our thin metal dies. You can’t help but think of summer when you see this. Check it out below!

 

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DIY Easter Decor

Hello We R Fans and welcome back to the blog today. It felt like only yesterday I was sharing some ideas for Easter decor with you! How time flies. This wonderful and blessed time of year is almost here and again, I would love to share a little section of my craft room with you which I have decorated especially for Easter.

DIY Easter Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I have two pretty simple little shelves in my room where I like to display lots of pretties, but also keep the bits and pieces I use a lot so they are close to hand. The top of the units are a perfect place to keep favourite projects or nicknacks.

I will freely admit to having a small crush on all things ‘bunny’. My collection is growing and this year I have added this adorable mini cake stand! A simple and easy way to decorate without the long term commitment is to add some hand cut bits, like a butterfly or two, with some temporary adhesive like ‘Blu Tack’. (This is an Australian product name but after searching on the net, the equivalent sounds like ‘Plasti-Tac’ or Poster Tac.)

DIY Easter Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The main feature of my Easter display is a 12×12 image which I have created and displayed inside an Organization Gallery Shadow Box Frame. My ideas on how exactly it would look changed a bit during the creative process, but I wanted to create a main title with some custom lettering and I also knew I wanted to have several elements making up the whole display.

For my title, I started off by trimming the pieces of paper I would need for my word ‘EASTER”. I used my Mini Alphabet Punch Board (which takes 1.5 inch x 2.5 inch pieces) to punch out my letters. These soft florals are from the new Pebbles line, ’Simple Life’.

Once all the letters were complete, I then made swift work of lining them all up in a straight line, with my Laser Square.

DIY Easter Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

For added interest over the pretty woodgrain print of the paper, I did some basic black stamping with this floral stamp from the new Vicki Boutin collection. This stamp set also comes with coordinating metal dies, so I cut some of the shapes out of similar paper and then used the shapes to build up layers of stickers and ephemera I started assembling.

Here is a closer look at some of the details. You might notice a touch of vellum at the bottom of the little stack. This paper is SO pretty and the touches of gold were perfect for the overall look and feel of this display piece. Other tiny details are the mini flowers I created using an Elegant Font Punch . I added a little centre to the flower shape with some white Crystal Drops.

DIY Easter Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

And here is how the framed piece turned out!

DIY Easter Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I’ve echoed those beautiful butterflies here and there. They have been hand-cut from a sheet of Wildflower ‘Butterfly Garden’.

DIY Easter Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Easter Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Pops of gold shine in the opposite corner on this piece of ephemera from the Take Me Away collection by Pink Paislee. Both of these stacks include some Simple Life stickerspuffy stickers and hand cut flowers.

DIY Easter Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The last item incorporated into my display is this super cute 5×7 Photo Light. The acrylic frame is backlit and this one has a natural wood finish so it coordinated well with the white shelving and woodgrain papers in the frame.

DIY Easter Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

For my photo light, I set up a document the same size in Photoshop. I then used some digital Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss elements and added some text. (note, I changed the colour of the little ‘oh so cute’ ephemera to better match the background pattern.)

I then printed my digital pic onto some Photo Light Printable Backlit Film Paper. NOTE: It’s important to print onto the more matte side as the ink will not stick to the glossier side. (Hold the paper up the light and give it a little feel to see which side feels more glossy.) It’s also worth printing a reversed copy of your image, so it is a bit more protected when it’s under the top magnetic plate.

The printed image sits on top of the light box area but underneath a protective sheet made from sturdy acrylic which has magnets in the corners to keep your image in place.

This is how fabulous it looks when it’s turned on! Note: The frame runs off 3x AA batteries or a Micro USB cable (not included).

DIY Easter Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Wishing you, your families and friends, a very happy time together. Until next time

Chantalle

DIY Easter Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

 

Materials Used:

 

Organization Gallery Shadow Box Frame

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Laser Square

Vicki Boutin stamp & die set

Pink Paislee Take me Away ephemera

Pebbles Simple Life ’Spring Seeds’ 12×12

Pebbles Simple Life ‘Magnolias’ 12×12

Pebbles Simple Life ‘Wildflowers’ 12×12

Pebbles Simple Life Stickers

Pebbles Simple Life Washi Tape Book

Pebbles Simple Life Puffy Stickers

Pebbles Simple Life Rose Gold Foiled Paper

Heidi Swapp ‘Happy’ Metal Die

Wildflower ‘Butterfly Garden’

5×7 Photo Light

Photo Light Printable Backlit Film Paper

Elegant Font Punch

Evolution Advanced

Evolution Magnetic Cutting Mat

Evolution Advanced Winner!

32738ce0abddf5a49bf897406aefdbfcThanks so much to everyone who entered our Evolution Advanced giveaway this week. We’ve selected a random winner, and that winner is…

 

I have a new found love of box cards and I like the manual die cuts for them to utilize scraps easier than dragging out my digital die cut machine.

 

Congratulations Janet! Please send an email to alyd@americancrafts.com with “Evolution Advanced Winner” in the subject line. Please include your full name and mailing address, and we’ll get your prize to you asap! Enjoy!

Have a great weekend, friends! Be sure to check back next week for another featured tool, giveaway, and project inspiration!

Dry Embossing on a Scrapbook Layout

Hello, We R readers, Laura here with a simple scrapbook layout for you today. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I save all my paper scraps. I have gotten better about not saving the teeny tiny pieces, but anything over two inches is fair game. I love to be able to use up those scraps on projects. Plain cardstock scraps are not always the first thing to come to mind for a scrapbook layout, but after today, maybe they will be!

Embossed Scrapbook Layout by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I started by cutting three inch squares from solid colored textured cardstock using my paper trimmer. I cut one of each – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Using rainbow colors instantly pulls together any layout.

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After I cut out each of the squares, I ran them through the Evolution Advanced using a different Next Level embossing folder for each one. Embossing is such an easy way to “dress up” solid cardstock on a layout.

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I used smaller scraps to cut out little flower shapes using one of the small dies that came with the Evolution Advanced. Using the magnetic mat ensures that your pieces won’t slide around while you are cutting them out.

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I hadn’t had a chance to try out the new Laser Square yet, and this was the perfect project for it. I wanted to make a grid with the squares on one side of the paper. The laser lines helped me to line everything up perfectly.

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I added one of my favorite pictures of my husband and me at the lake from over the summer. I used a black and white picture since the layout was already so colorful. The background paper is a pearl white cardstock. The pearl sheen helps to brighten up the layout.

I used the little die cuts above and below my photo. I added a little gem to each one to make them look more like little flowers.

Embossed Scrapbook Layout by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Lastly, I added a “you make me smile” sticker and some gold Thickers to spell out “Oh! Happy Day”.

Embossed Scrapbook Layout by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Using the supplies you have on hand, but figuring out a way to fancy them up a bit, is a win win in my book. And I adore anything with a rainbow pattern. This page will be a great, bright, happy memory of the fun we had over the summer.

Embossed Scrapbook Layout by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Embossed Scrapbook Layout by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies:

Textured Cardstock
Evolution Advanced
Next Level Embossing Folders
Crush Accent Stickers
Crush Thickers
Gilded Thickers
Laser Square, optional

Evolution Advanced Card Set

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with two cards today showcasing the fantastic Evolution Die Cutting and Embossing Machine. The Evolution is a powerful die cutting machine that can tackle many mediums, but it also easily embosses with the turn of a crank. It is easy to use, which makes your creativity flow faster!

Embossed Handmade Cards by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To start my cards, I chose two products that I wanted to use, the Gems Dies and the Geometric Embossing Folder. I knew they would add amazing detail and texture to my cards.

Embossed Handmade Cards by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I began by embossing Rose Quartz cardstock. The pink paper was placed inside the Geometric Embossing Folder. Then it was placed on the Platform Plate and topped with the Genius Mat.

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On the side of the Evolution is a knob that adjusts the rollers inside the machine. Following the illustrations around the knob, I turned to the embossing portion. A simple crank of the handle and the embossing was done.

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The depth of this Next Level Embossing Folder is so fantastic!

Embossed Handmade Cards by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I love the texture it adds to the card.

Embossed Handmade Cards by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

It is remarkable what a hint of depth does to make a card go from ok, to wow!

Embossed Handmade Cards by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Pink Paislee’s Moonstruck collection bits and pieces were added to the card.

Embossed Handmade Cards by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

With the faceted look of the embossing folder, adding the Gem Dies images was perfect! Using metallic gold paper, I die cut each of the images.

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With the Evolution, going from embossing to die cutting is a breeze. I placed my die on the Platform Plate, cutting edge up. Topped it with gold paper, face down. Covered that with the Genius platform. All that needed to be changed for die cutting was the settings on the side of the machine. I quickly turned the knob to die cutting and passed it all through the machine with a crank of the handle.

Embossed Handmade Cards by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The details are perfect and the metallic gold paper adds so much shine! All the papers and pieces from the Moonstruck collection finished off these dreamy and romantic cards beautifully!

Embossed Handmade Cards by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

What is your favorite way to use your Evolution?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers

Pink Paislee Moonstruck

Bazzill

Embellish Your Planner with the Evolution Advanced

Hello, We R friends! Tessa Buys here, and today I’m sharing my March set-up in my Heidi Swapp Memory Planner:

Planner Spread featuring the Evolution Advanced by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

While there are a lot of planner accessories out there, I love making my own. We R Memory Keepers tools make that happen! This time I pulled out my Evolution Advanced machine, a favorite die and one of my go-to embossing folders. First, I created a translucent divider page by embossing a 6×8 sheet of vellum:

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Because the embossing folder is only 6×6 inches, I had to adjust the position of my vellum and run it through a second time. However, it was really easy to match up the design and you can’t even tell that it wasn’t embossed in one pass.

Planner Spread featuring the Evolution Advanced by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Next, I created a planner clip with the bow die. The die is intended to be used with paper, so this faux leather is a little more than it can handle. However, by running it through the Evolution Advanced, the die made a slight cut/impression on the pleather that I was able to use as a guide for my scissors. If you don’t want to run your die through with a thicker material, you could also cut a paper “template” and use it as a pattern on your pleather.

Planner Spread featuring the Evolution Advanced by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Planner Spread featuring the Evolution Advanced by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

 

I love it when I can personalize my planner with such a helpful, easy to use tool. And speaking of handy planner tools, did you notice that I used the Typecast typewriter to date my pages and add a little message on my vellum divider? I love using my typewriter in my planner. So easy and such a great look!

Planner Spread featuring the Evolution Advanced by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

If you’re a planner girl, don’t forget about your Evolution Advanced, dies and embossing folders. Your planner will love the extra special touches you can add. Happy creating!

Planner Spread featuring the Evolution Advanced by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies Used:

Evolution Advanced
Bow Die
Polka Dot Embossing Folder
Typecast Typewriter

National Craft Month Kick-Off + Giveaway!

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Hello We R fans, and Happy Monday! Did you know that March is National Craft Month? We are so excited to celebrate this amazing hobby of ours that we’re going to party all month long, and we want YOU to join us! Each week, until the end of March, we’ll be featuring one of our popular crafting tools along with some project inspiration from our design team. Each Monday we’ll announce our featured tool and host a GIVEAWAY! Each Friday in March we’ll announce the giveaway winner, so be sure to enter and check back to see if you’ve won.

Our first featured tool is a very versatile one, our Evolution Advanced! Die cut tons of shapes, 3D projects and embellishments; add depth and texture with embossing folders; or create beautiful letterpress projects with this universal crafting tool.

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Easily adjust roller pressure with the turn of a dial. No more guesswork with different plates and shims! Store your dies and the removable handle in the platform storage containers, which also fold up for easy storage.

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Our National Craft Month Kickoff Giveaway includes the Evolution Advanced, the Evolution Magnetic Mat B, and the Evolution Platform. If you’d like to be considered for this giveaway, please leave a comment below telling us what kind of projects you would make with this tool. Comments will remain open until Thursday, March 2nd at midnight. A random winner will be announced here on the blog on Friday morning. Good luck, and please remember to check back to see if you won!

Be sure to come by often this week to check out some fabulous inspiration from our design team!