Guest Designer: Gina Lideros

Hello, and happy Friday friends! Today we’re lucky to have guest designer Gina Lideros with us. Get to know a little more about her, and then scroll down to check out the lovely Christmas Goodie Bags she made with our Scallop Goodie Bag Guide and Christmas Glassine Papers.

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I started scrapbooking back in 1996 when supplies were limited. Back then it was mostly stickers, decorative scissors and colored cardstock. It has been so fun to watch this industry change and grow over the years and grow with it. I am passionate about scrapbooking and photography and I love sharing it with others. I have been fortunate enough to study photography and work with Canon as a Special Projects Representative to train store employees in digital photography. I currently enjoying being on a few design teams while I share my love for scrapbooking and photography with others.
Favorite We R product:   I love the original crop-a-dile tool.  It is always a favorite go-to and must need in my tool supplies.  I’ve had my crop-a-dile for over 5 years and it is still going strong!
Favorite scrapbooking/papercraft tip:  My favorite scrapbooking/papercrafting tip is to keep your supplies organized.  This way they are always easy to find and access for that last minute
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Christmas Goodie Bags
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Hello everyone!  Gina Lideros here, and I am so excited to be the guest designer this month.  I was invited to create a couple of treat bags using the Scalloped Oh Goodie Bag Guide tool as well as the glassine papers and accessories.
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The Oh Goodie Collection has everything that you need to make easy treat bags.  I used the scalloped tool guide along with the Oh Goodie Christmas themed glassine papers to make holiday treat bags for family and friends.
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The tool cuts the glassine paper so easily, the possibilities are endless.  After using the tool on the tops and bottoms of my bag I then folded the sides over and used my Sticky Thumb adhesive roller to glue the sides shut.
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I filled my treat bags with candy, confetti and gift cards for loved ones.
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I just love how these treat bags came out.  So festive and much more personable then just gifting a gift card.  Have you tried making your own treat bags for friends and family?

Guest Designer Melissa Phillips

Happy Friday We R fans! In honor of World Cardmaking Day tomorrow, we’re thrilled to welcome guest designer Melissa Phillips, cardmaking and stamping expert. Check out her beautiful projects below, and then scroll down to get to know a bit more about her.

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Hello everyone!  Melissa Phillips here, and I am so excited to get to celebrate World Cardmaking day with you.  I was invited to create a couple of cards using the darling, new Urban Chic collection as well as the Frame Punch Board (what a fun tool!).

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The frame for my first card was created using the Frame Punch Board.  I selected patterned paper from the Urban Chic collection and in a matter of seconds had created a frame where I nestled my focal point.

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I added a few cardstock stickers such as the heart tab in the upper left corner and the tiny lips, and then stacked a few die cut shapes to finish.

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The Woodland Thickers are my favorite elements from this collection, so I used one of the symbols from the set to tie in with the current trends of today and to top off my tiny stack of die cuts.

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I had to use the sweet donuts from the Urban Chic collection somehow on my second card.

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I love spotting these trendy little items popping up in the paper-crafting world.

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I simply hand-cut three donuts from the Street Vendor patterned paper sheet, added a bit of glitter to highlight the sprinkles, and then arranged them with Woodland Thickers to create my x’s and o’s.

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Enjoy a creative weekend!

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Bio:

Melissa was born and raised in American Fork, UT. After graduating from Brigham Young University, she and her husband moved to Southern Nevada where they currently live with their little girl. After the birth of her daughter, Melissa wanted to make handmade Thank You notes to send out and became hooked immediately on card making. It all spiraled from there and has become a wonderful and rewarding part of Melissa’s life. “I love creating things for other people, and I enjoy the process of working with my hands to turn ordinary paper into something heartfelt. My loves are card making and altering anything that sparks my interest. I enjoy every minute of it and I love to share my creations with those I love.”

Social Media Links:

blog:  http://lilybeanpaperie.typepad.com
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/lilybeanmom/
Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/lilybeanpaperie/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/melissa.phillips.75054

Favorite We R Product:

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Favorite Paper-crafting tip:

Stay true to your style and love what you create.  Don’t feel like you have to create like everyone else in order for your style to be special, what matters is it’s uniquely you.  What you create will be special to others and the joy you feel as you create, naturally comes through in what you create.

Guest Designer: Lindsay Bateman

We’re thrilled to welcome the talented and lovely Lindsay Bateman on the blog today as our guest designer! Take a look at her gorgeous projects, and then scroll down to learn a little bit more about Lindsay. Enjoy!

 

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It’s Lindsay Bateman here, and I am SO very excited to be sharing with you all a couple of projects I recently made using the BRAND NEW We R Memory Keepers Mini Alphabet Punch Board in celebration of Alpha Week here over on the We R blog. Yes…you heard me right…MINI!

It is exactly the same version and concept of the original Alphabet Punch Board….except this one now makes smaller letters…1 1/2” x 2 1/2” inch alphas to be exact. They are the cutest! I used the Flower Girl collection to create both projects, one being a layout and the other a fun pennant banner.

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First, let’s have a close up look at my ‘CELEBRATE’ banner.

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I love having the option of the Mini Alphabet Punch Board because it is such a great way to create ‘smaller’ banners with long words.  Especially if one does not have a lot of extra space or room to create a huge banner with large letters.

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To create this banner, I cut out my banner pieces from a 12×12 sheet of Flower Girl patterned paper.  I then used a different pattern paper from the same collection to create my alphas.  Following the booklet guide that comes with the punch, I punched out each individual letter. I then adhered onto my banner, embellishing with ephemera also from the Flower Girl collection.  I used my sewing machine to stitch my banners altogether to create a fun mini ‘celebrate’ decor piece.

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Next up, a traditional 12×12 page.

To be honest, I could NOT wait to create a traditional scrapbook page using the Mini Alphabet Punch.  I adore adding titles and using alphas on all of my projects, so the very fact that I could customize my own title using whatever patterns and papers my heart desired made me SO very happy.

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Using the Flower Girl collection, I decided to create a large title/phrase as the base of my page “love you sweet girl”.

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I varied up the patterns, and I also substituted photos in for a few of the letters.

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You can see just how small the letters are this punch creates, as my photos were punched using a 2” circle punch. I absolutely adore the end result.

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For a finishing touch I added a few more embellishments from the collection onto my page.  Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Hello everybody! I’m Lindsay Bateman. I live in Lac La Biche, Alberta Canada where I reside with my husband, Matthew and our 2 year old son Madix. Scrapbooking and paper crafting has been a part of my life ever since I can remember.  I am obsessed with stationary, photography and everything/anything related to documenting life!  It truly is my happy place.  Currently I am an active member on Heidi Swapp’s Media/Design Team and loving every minute!  If you would like to see more of my creative work or what is currently inspiring me, you can find me on Instagram, Pinterest and my own personal blog. Hugs!

 

Blog: http://simplereflectionsofmyeveryday.blogspot.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lindsay.bateman.10

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lindsaydawnebateman/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/lindsaybateman/

 

Favorite We R Product:

I would definitely have to say that my favourite We R Product is the Alphabet Punch Board (both mini and large size).  Having ONE tool with the ability to create every letter of the alphabet in literal seconds has been such a huge game changer for me.  Never has it been SO easy to create gorgeous customized alphas in every colour and pattern of paper out there. Plus it is such an amazing tool to get using up those pieces of scrap paper!  It is the best.

 

Favorite Scrapbooking/Paper Crafting Tip:

One of my favourite scrapbooking/paper crafting tips has to be organized storage.  With life being SO busy, I never want to waste my precious time that I do get to scrapbook looking and organizing my stash.  Keeping a drawer filled with my essentials (adhesive, trimmer, stamping ink, stickers) helps keep me productive, focused and more efficient when it comes to completing projects and making the most of what free time I do get to have in my day for me!

 

Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful projects and a little bit about yourself with us today Lindsay! We hope you all have an awesome weekend, and take lots of photos!

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Designer Jana Eubank

To finish off our week dedicated to the Red, White, and Blue, we’ve got a super talented guest designer with us to share some patriotic inspiration. Please welcome Jana Eubank to the blog!

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Hi, everyone! I’m Jana Eubank. I’m from Bountiful, Utah, where I reside with my husband, Kevin, and our four children. I have been scrapbooking for more than 15 years. It has become a part of my daily life and part of who I am. I LOVE it! I currently do freelance work in the scrapbook industry as well as design for the Echo Park Paper and Noel Mignon Kit Club design teams.  I have also worked in several fun positions in the industry ranging from a Design Team Coordinator for Cricut to Co-Founder/Creative Director/Product Designer for Anthology by Lisa Bearnson. If you would like to see more of my creative work you can find me in the places listed below.

 

Blog: http://www.janaeubank.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jana.eubank.7

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/janaeubank/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/janaeubank/

 

FAVORITE WE R PRODUCT:

The 12×12 Leather Albums … couldn’t live without those beauties to keep all my work safe and organized!

 

FAVORITE SCRAPBOOKING/PAPER CRAFT TIP: The best thing I ever learned about when it comes to design is using a visual triangle to place elements … it guides almost every decision I make when creating a page!

 

STARS & STRIPES

I had so much fun creating with the Flower Girl collection and can’t wait to show you what I made.

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First up is a scrapbook page featuring my kids and their cousins waiting curbside for our hometown parade.

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I used a sheet of white cardstock as the base to my page. I traced several stars in varying sizes onto the cardstock and then cut them out with a pair of scissors. I placed different patterned papers behind them and then handstitched around the edges of each star with navy thread.

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My photos are placed all together in a row on a strip of the Finch patterned paper. I added a pop of red to the center photo with one of the frames from the Cards & Frames kit. I wanted the edges of the photo strip to match the handstitched edges of the stars above the, so I cut the dashed lines from the Garden Path paper and placed them above and below my photo strip.

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I was struggling trying to come up for a title for this page. As I was thumbing through the Flower Girl sticker accents the Ampersand Circle sticker caught my eye … “Stars & Stripes” … of course! I cut the banner shape from navy cardstock using an electronic die cut machine and then added the red American Crafts Thicker letters. How cute are the little birds sitting on top of the banner … don’t they look like they want to watch the parade, too?

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SUPPLIES:

WRMK Flower Girl Collection:

Garden Path Paper
Finch Paper
Rose Bud Paper
Terrace Paper
Accent Stickers
Cards & Frame Kit
Veneer Shapes
Ephemera
Puffy Stickers

Besides scrapbooking, my favorite type of paper crafting is creating decorative gift boxes, so you KNOW I had to pull out the WRMK Gift Bag Punch Board and put it to use! J

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I created three large 9” bags using white cardstock. For extra durability, I scored the top edge about ½” and folded it inside the bag before using my Crop-a-dile to punch and insert eyelets for the bag handles.

Once I had the bags folded and assembled it was time to decorate them! My favorite part!

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I decided to make each bag unique with different patterns and elements on each one … the fact that each one has a similar format, with the award shape on the front and star-shaped gems, gives them a unified look.

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For the first bag I used the adorable flower cart die cut from the Ephemera Pack as the star of the show! Underneath I placed the “Be You” banner shape and a friendly goose wood veneer. I love that little goose! I just want to scoop him up and keep him for a pet!

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On this bag, I placed a trio of gems. The green and white gem are from the Ephemera pack. The red “Shine” gem was trimmed from one of the cards from the Cards & Frames Kit. I love that it says “Shine” … totally perfect for the 4th of July weekend with all of the fireworks sparkling in the sky, don’t you think?! I accented the gems with a flower ephemera die cut and more of the star-shaped gems from my stash.

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On the final gift bag, I used another card from the Cards & Frames Kit as the focal piece. This time I punched the “Let’s Party” card with a 3” circle punch. I layered it on top of more circular layers, some of them with a pinked edge, and some of them with a plain edge. To the bottom right, I added a couple of daisies (the blue ephemera die cut and the white/red wood veneer). I cut a banner die cut in half and placed each piece under the sides of the daisy group to give it a bit more presence. More star gems gives this bag a touch of sparkle.

Won’t this trio of gift bags be so much fun to give to some friends?! I can’t wait to fill them  up with sparklers and treats and give them out. I’m sure they will put a smile on my friends’ faces!

SUPPLIES:

WRMK Flower Girl Collection
Garden Path Paper
Bouquet Paper
Rose Bud Paper
Finch Paper
Accent Stickers
Cards & Frames Kit
Veneer Shapes
Ephemera

Guest Designer Ashley Horton

We’re thrilled to welcome guest designer Ashley Horton today to share some project using Flower Girl. Get to know a bit more about Ashley, visit her social media channels, and then enjoy her gorgeous projects below!

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Hi!  My name is Ashley Horton, and I live in the Southern US, with my husband Tyler and our three children.  I have been scrapbooking for 10 years, and I have loved every moment of it!  I currently design for Crate Paper, Pink Paislee, Hip Kit Club and A Flair for Buttons.  I also own an Etsy store, called The Cut Shoppe, where I sell digital cut files and printables.  Most of my time is spent between homeschooling our three children and scrapbooking, but I also enjoy reading and cooking!

Blog  |  Instagram  |  Pinterest  |  Facebook  |  The Cut Shoppe

 

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Be You:

I love to use large die cuts on my layouts that let me feature a lot of patterned paper.  On the Be You layout, I cut a large heart die cut from patterned paper and backed it with a darker patterned paper for contrast.  Because the background had a lot going on, I placed my photo at the center of the layout, to draw attention to it.  Then I used a mix of embellishments from the Veneer Shapes, Accent Stickers, and Ephemera to add interest to the layout.

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Hello Hello Happy:

One of my go to products in a collection is definitely the 6×6 paper pad.  I love to use the papers from the 6×6 pad to back die cuts or create shapes for my layout.  And the smaller pattern always looks great.  I used several pieces from the Flower Girl 6×6 paper pad behind a talk bubble cut file on my Hello Hello Happy layout.  I love the pops of color against the cut file and White background.  And all of the talk bubbles were perfect for adding embellishments from the Flower Girl collection.

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Hey You:

Frames are always a fun embellishment, and they work great on cards!  I used one of the frames from the Card & Frame Kit to create a layered design.  I placed the frame in the center of the card and then used embellishments from the Veneer Shapes and Ephemera to place inside the frame.  I added a sentiment with the Veneer word “Hey” included in the Veneer Shapes and paired it with the word “You” using stickers from the Accent Stickers sheet.

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Thank you for joining us today Ashley. We love your beautiful projects!

 

Guest Designer Corri Garza

We’re pleased to welcome Corri Garza as our guest designer on the blog today! Corri is joining us for Heat Tool Week, and created some pretty projects using the Photo Sleeve Fuse, and some goodies from our new FUSEables collection. Take a peek at Corri’s projects and get to know her a little better. You can see more of Corri’s beautiful work and keep up with her on her social media accounts here:

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Hi everyone!  My name is Corri Garza, I live in South Texas with my hubby and 3 kids and 2 crazy dogs.  I started papercrafting in 2009 when I purchased my first die cutting machine.  I was instantly hooked on making cards. I love beautiful paper and usually take my inspiration for the collection I am working with.  I am so excited to have been invited to Guest Design for We R Memory Keepers.  I had a great time working with the Fuse.

 

 

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I was so excited to try out the Fuse Tool.  It offers so many possibilities.  For my first project, I used the Fuseable papers, along with the Fuse and my Silhouette Cameo  to create this fun gift set.  I used a cut file from the Silhouette Store to cut this gift bag.

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I added an oval cut out in the front to create a window.  I trimmed one of the 4x 6 photos sleeves to fit behind the oval and then fused the edges.  After adding sequins, I fused the window to the inside of the bag.  How fun to have a shaker window in this treat bag.  The butterflies were cut with the Cameo and then I used the Fuse to adhere the layers to the bag.   Just add candy to make a fun gift!

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The matching card was created with the 6 x 6 Fuseable Paper Pack and a sentiment piece from the Embellished Card Kit.     I fused the sentiment to an oval shape cut with the Cameo to match the oval on the gift bag.  I added a few embellishments to finish off my colorful card.

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I just love making cards, so I was so excited to play with the Embellished Cards kit.  There are so many beautiful elements from the Jen Hadfield – Homemade Collection.  The kit shows several examples for creating some fabulous cards.  I decided to mix and match the elements to create to make the cards my own.  I actually trimmed down the provided card bases and mounted to a card stock base before Fusing the elements to my card front.   I love the effect that the Fuse decorative attachment leaves on the card…it looks like stitching but so much easier!

Thanks for being out guest designer today Corri! We love your projects, and are happy you shared them with us today!

Christmas Inspiration and then some more….

We are excited to have Evelyn from Geek Galz as our guest designer for today.  She comes to us all the way from Indonesia. Evelyn used the North Pole collection from We R Memory Keepers to create three adorable Christmas layouts. Take a look for a little inspiration for your holiday season, and check out the Geek Galz blog to see more.

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Albums Made Easy Inspiration

Greetings from Las Vegas! I am super excited to be guest blogging for We R Memory Keepers today.  My name is Cathy and I am the blogger behind Inside The Crafter’s Studio. I got to play around with the Harvest collection today for my trip to the Grand Canyon. If you follow me on Instagram (cathy_vee), you would know that I love to alter cards. These fall cards were so perfect to alter, and I really loved the square pockets!

 

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The left side of the layout consist of six 4×6 slots. These Albums Made Easy are pretty much my more popular choice for the landscape photos.

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In the first spot, I took 2 cards from Harvest. I cut the “I Love Fall” strip out of the card, then cut another strip and flipped it over (the yellow chevron) and layered both on top of the teal-ish wood grain card. I embellished with navy alphas my title.

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For the “crazy” photo, I took a 2 inch circle punch, and I punched out the 3×4 journal card.

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For the square photos, I cut a 1×4 inch strip and adhered it to one of the sides of the photos. I added the coordinating cream-colored alphas and a wood veneer to keep the photo interesting.

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The “Pure Bliss” card is also an altered card. I grabbed the cream journal card, and took the “Pure Bliss” card and cut out the words and adhered them to the top and bottom of the card.

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Don’t be afraid to alter photos. I don’t suggest altering photos that are originals, but since these are all digital in my laptop – I didn’t mind altering them to make them more interesting! I added some enamel dots in the corner. I use the “three” rule – only 3 pieces of objects for a bundle in the corner.

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In the Harvest collection, there was also die-cut journal cards. I took 2 “family cards” and I pasted the navy blue side underneath the “FAMILY” cut out to show the word. Then I cut the card and adhered it right on the photo.

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Another great way to alter a photo, is to make photo corners. I cut the corner pieces first, then I adhered it to the actual corner of the photo. Then I rounded off the corners with my We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper.

I also love the Simply Happy collection. I absolutely loved the complimentary colors and it was perfect to document my niece’s trip to Las Vegas to see her favorite aunt – me!!

I had a lot of photos, so I needed to use pockets that allowed me to put more photos without sacrificing too much journaling – because I think journaling is just as important as the photos. I used the pockets that were perfect for six 4×4 photos with four journal cards, and also the more “traditional” six 4×6 pockets.

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Let’s take a look at the left side. This is basically four 4×6 trimmed down to 4×4, three filler cards, and three journal cards.

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Since I didn’t have 4×4 cards lying around, I used the 4×6 pad and trimmed down the journal card. I am a FAN of altering cards to my liking!

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I like to use those excessive alphas that are lying around – these are the perfect sizes to journal with.

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I used a 4×6 and trimmed down a banner, then added the title.

I hope that had inspired you to create an awesome Fall layout! Its been pretty tough for me to think of Fall now when its only 85 degrees in Las Vegas!

Cathy

Fall Wreath

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Hello there!  I’m Julie Koets and I’m from Elkhart, Indiana.  I’ve been scrapbooking for over 10 years and I’m excited to be featured today as We R’s guest designer.  I was especially thrilled to learn that I would get to work with the new Harvest collection!  Fall is my favorite season….I just love watching my boys play football, sitting round a bonfire, picking apples, snuggling up in my favorite sweatshirt, and decorating my home with the warm colors of fall.  The Harvest collection is full of rich, warm colors that pair perfectly with burlap, so I decided to create a fun fall wreath to welcome in the season.  I love that these papers are rich and warm, but they don’t necessarily “scream” fall, so I can use this wreath year-round!

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To make this simple wreath, I started with a 12″ styrofoam wreath form and wrapped it with three yards of 2.5 inch burlap ribbon.  I secured the ends of the ribbon using floral picks, but a glue gun would also do the trick.  I decorated my wreath using accordion fold flowers.  The papers I used for the flowers were Typeset, Autumn Sprig, Pressed Flowers, and Garden Shed.  The double sided papers were so beautiful that I had a hard time choosing which “side” I wanted to feature!

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To make the accordion flowers, I cut various strips of paper  that were 1.5″, 1″ and 3/4″ wide and 12 inches long.  Score the paper strips every 1/4″ and fold into an accordion shape.  I adhered the ends of each strip together to form a circle and then pushed down the centers to form the flower shape.  Carefully place the folded flower onto a 1″ circle with a dollop of hot glue in the center of it.  Hold the flower for a minute as the glue dries and then add a button or brad to the center of the flower.  Make as many accordion flowers as you wish and carefully adhere them to your ribbon covered wreath using more hot glue.

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I finished off my wreath by die cutting a banner and mat using Garden Shed and Pressed Flowers papers.  I used the chipboard alphabet with it’s fun and subtle chevron pattern to add my “WELCOME” greeting.

I had so much fun with this collection and can’t wait to enjoy my favorite season!  Thanks to WRMK for the chance to work with a beautiful product.  Be sure to stop by my blog Crafty Goodness http://jkkoets.blogspot.com/ to see the fall layout and card that I made with more goodies from the Harvest collection!  Happy crafting

Julie

 

Guest Designer Kelly Holbrook

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Hi. My name is Kelly Holbrook, and I’m from Homer, Michigan, and I’m today’s guest designer on We R’s blog. I have been scrapbooking for about 15 years, and am a long time fan of We R Memory Keepers.  I am so excited to be guest designing, highlighting their Bewitched collection!  When I opened my box of product, I was pleasantly surprised by the amazing color combos, and mix of patterns.  I knew right away that the “October 31st” paper would be perfect for the adorable photos I have of my son in his bee costume.

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Here are some instructions so you can create this layout also.

1.  Trim background patterned paper down to 8 1/4 x 10 3/4, round corners, and punch a notch with 1/2 inch circle punch about 2 3/4 inch away from top/left of page.

2.  Spatter page with ink, and adhere circle frame approximately center, and to the left of page.  Thread frame with twine, wrap over notch, and secure with tape. Adhere background paper to a piece of 8.5 x 11 cardstock.

3.  Adhere a 4×6 photo to top/right of page…about 1 inch from top, and 1 1/4 inch from right side.

4.  Round corners of a 6×6 piece of pp, and cut notches on the center of both sides using a 1 inch circle punch.  With a 2 inch circle template or punch, cut a notch in the top/center.

5.  Wrap twine around side notches, and on the left side, thread a button, and tie a bow.

6.  With foam tape, adhere 6 x 6 piece of pp centered, and slightly overlapping 4 x 6 photo.

7.  Round edges of a 4 x 4 photo, and mat with white cardstock.  Adhere to center of 6 x 6 pp.

8.  Embellish with stamps, add title and journaling.