Holiday Gift Idea: Kate Spade Inspired Penguin Pouch + free pattern!

I’ve got a couple of friends that I love to make handmade gifts for each Christmas. As I was thinking about what to make for them this year, I was totally inspired by a cute Kate Spade NY penguin wallet I found online. I decided to create my own version of it as a gift for my friends.

Kate Spade Inspired Felt Penguin Pouch by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory KeepersKate Spade Inspired Felt Penguin Pouch by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory KeepersKate Spade Inspired Felt Penguin Pouch by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I wanted my gift to be something practical and unique. I decided on tissue pouches given the cold and flu season. I’m a crafter more than a sewist, so I went with felt as my fabric of choice. It feels more like crafting than sewing when I work with it. I found a great tutorial online for easy tissue holders HERE and got started!

Kate Spade Inspired Felt Penguin Pouch by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

If you’d like to make one for yourself, or as a gift, you can download a free pattern for the Penguin Pouch below.

We R Memory Keepers Penguin Pouch Pattern

I started by cutting a 6 3/4 x 5 7/8 inch piece of white felt. I folded the short ends toward the center of the felt so they touched each other and then pinned them down.

We R Memory Keepers Angled Rotary Cutter and Supreme RulerWe R Memory Keepers Stitch Happy

I sewed each end about 1/4 inch in from the edge with my Stitch Happy sewing machine and some white regular thread. Cut a 1 1/2 x 5/8 inch strip of black felt for your loop to attach a key ring. Fold it in half and hot glue the short ends together. Then center the loop and hot glue it in between the double edges of the tissue holder.

We R Memory Keepers Stitch Happy

Next, I cut a 3 3/8 x 5 7/8 inch rectangle from black felt. I used a dinner plate to cut a curve in one of the long edges. Then, to create the beak, I folded the felt in half with the short edges together, and cut a 1/2 inch slit at an angle just above the curve.

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Cut a 1 inch yellow square from golden yellow felt and adhere it to the back of the black felt over the slit you cut for the beak. (I used my USB Power Mini Hot Glue Gun, but you can also use fabric glue or tacky craft glue). Place adhesive along the edges of the square only so your beak isn’t attached and can fold upward. Using black Stitch Happy thread, handstitch around the shape of the beak to add some detail.

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Next, create your eyes by cutting two 1 3/4 inch circles from white faux fur (or felt). Then cut two 1 1/4 inch circles from black felt, two 3/4 inch circles from white felt and two 1/2 inch circles from white felt. Cover the 1/2 inch circles with silver glitter using clear glue as adhesive. Set them aside to dry. Hot glue the 3/4 inch white circles in the center of the 1 1/4 inch black circles. Then hot glue those in the center of the 1 3/4 inch white faux fur circles. Once they’re dry, glue the 1/2 inch white glittered circles in the center of the 3/4 inch white circles and hot glue black enamel dots in the center of the glittered white circles.

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Tip: you can cut the circles for the eyes with scissors using the free template, or you can cut them with the Evolution Advanced and some circle dies.

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Hot glue the black curved rectangle to the back of the tissue holder (opposite side of the slit). Hot glue the eyes on either side of the beak. Add a key ring to the felt loop.

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I added a waterfall tassel to the key ring for a touch of style, and because tassels make everything cuter…right? To make a water fall tassel, use the Tassel Loom and some silver Stitch Happy metallic thread to make three 2 inch tassels, leaving the ends for hanging extra long (8-10 inches).

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Thread the ends of the first tassel up through the band of the second one and tie the ends tight so the top of the first tassel comes up under the bottom of the second tassel. Do the same thing to the third tassel, so all three are connected and overlap. Use the ends to tie the waterfall tassel to the key ring.

Kate Spade Inspired Felt Penguin Pouch by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Fill the tissue holder pouch with pocket size tissues, wrap it up and gift away! Your recipient can attach this adorable Penguin Pouch to a purse, backpack, keys or a brief case, and they’ll have tissues ready to go for cold and flu season or any time they need them!

Kate Spade Inspired Felt Penguin Pouch by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory KeepersKate Spade Inspired Felt Penguin Pouch by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory KeepersKate Spade Inspired Felt Penguin Pouch by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies:

Stitch Happy Sewing Machine
Stitch Happy Fabric Scissors
Stitch Happy Black Thread
Stitch Happy Silver Metallic Thread
Precision Glass Cutting Mat
Supreme Ruler
Angled Rotary Cutter
Tassel Loom
USB Power Mini Glue Gun
Black, white, and golden yellow felt
Black enamel dots
Silver Wow Glitter

Emoji Christmas Cards

Hello We R fans! It’s Aly here today to share a colorful and fun set of Christmas cards I made. I’m loving all the colorful holiday decor I’ve been seeing around the Interwebs this season, so I wanted to try my hand at a colorful Christmas project. I decided to make a set of Emoji Christmas Cards with the Emoji Punch Board!

Enoji Christmas Cards by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Enoji Christmas Cards by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

To make these emoji holiday cards I grabbed my Emoji Punch Board and made 9 different emojis using the pre-cut papers and the instruction booklet included with the tool.

Enoji Christmas Cards by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

 

 

Then I grabbed the DCWV Inc Christmas Flipside stack and cut out some Christmas themed paper accessories to dress up my emojis. Tip: when fussing cutting shapes or patterns I love to use my Detail Scissors!

Enoji Christmas Cards by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I created three layered cards with the Flipside stack, backed each emoji with a black cardstock circle that I punched out with the punch board, and then placed the embellished emojis on the card.

Enoji Christmas Cards by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I punched out some sentiments with the Word Punch Board, including the new Numbers & Symbols Punches that are sold separately.

Enoji Christmas Cards by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I backed the white sentiment strips I punched out with some red cardstock to add contrast so that the words are easily seen.

Enoji Christmas Cards by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I hope you enjoyed these colorful and fun Emoji Christmas Cards. Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you back here with some exciting news tomorrow!

Supplies:

Emoji Punch Board
Word Punch Board
Numbers & Symbols Punches
Detail Scissors
Trim & Score Board
DCWV Inc Christmas Flipside 12×12 Stack

Christmas Coptic Book

Hello everyone! It’s Eva Pizarro on the blog today bringing you a Christmas Coptic Book made with the Book Binding Guide.

Christmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding Guide

The Bookbinding Guide has everything you need to create Coptic, Japanese and Saddle bindings and create stunning Mini Books in minutes! I have been wanting to create a Coptic Book and I thought it would be fun to create one for Christmas and leave everything ready for the busiest days of the year.

To create the Christmas Coptic Book wrap chipboard covers with your favorite patterned papers, I am using the lovely Merry Days collection by Crate Paper that has wonderful vintage feeling.

Christmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding Guide

Cut several pages and group them 3 at a time. Once you fold them in half you will notice that the edges are not even. Use your Mini Magnetic Mat and your Craft Knife to cut the excess.

Christmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding GuideChristmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding Guide

Open the Book Binding Guide and place the pages on the left side of the tool. The tool has a natural inclination so you can place the pages in the middle and the holes will be perfectly aligned with the creasing line.  Use the needle to punch holes, I like to mark the holes I am using so I don’t get confused.

Christmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding GuideChristmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding Guide

Untwist the circles on the left side and put them on the right side of the tool. You will also need to flip the hole guide to use it on the covers because on other side the hole guide is completely flat.

Christmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding Guide

Use a coptic binding to keep everything together. You can search video tutorial but it is really easy and all you have to do is repeat the same steps over and over. To start, thread your curved needle with waxed thread. Make a little knot and go from the inside to the outside of the first group of papers.

Christmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding Guide

Tie the back cover by passing the needle from the outside to the inside of the cover and making a knot with the curved needle.

Christmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding GuideChristmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding Guide

Go inside the paper group from the same hole and exit trough the next hole.

Christmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding GuideChristmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding Guide

Repeat the same steps until the cover is completely attached to the first group of papers. Now, instead of going inside the papers from the same exit hole, add another group of papers and go inside the second group.

Christmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding Guide

The steps are absolutely the same here, the only difference will be that you’ll need to loop around the previous paper outer stitch before making that final move into the interior. This will help to hold everything together.

Christmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding Guide

On this step you can ad beads, little embellishments, chipboard shapes, sequins, etc. just make sure you tighten your thread after adding every embellishment.

Christmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding Guide

Once you have attached the front cover make a knot inside the last group of papers and cut the thread.

Christmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding Guide

Embellish your mini book with chipboard shapes, stickers and die cuts. Make sure you don’t add too many 3d embellishments otherwise you won’t be able to close the book!

Christmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding Guide

Another tip I have is that you don’t add too many embellishments to the binding because the stitching looks very nice!

Christmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding Guide

These books are really cute and I think they are perfect for this busy holiday season! Lots of pages to record the best month of the year! Now with the Book Binding Guide you can have everything you need to create them an easily align everything without the hassle of measuring and marking every page.

Christmas Coptic Book by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Book Binding Guide

Have a great day

Eva

 

Supplies

Book Binding Guide
Mini Magnetic Mat
Craft Knife
Merry Days Collection by Crate Paper

 

 

Wire Wrapped Holiday Candles

Hello and Happy Friday! It’s Aly here again and I’ve got a cool hostess gift idea to share. I’ve seen some really cool wire crafts making their way around the interwebs and I love how wire can be incorporated into just about any project. I decided to make some holiday candles with my Wick Candle Maker, and throw some Happy Jig wire at them to see what happened.

Wire Wrapped Holiday Candles by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

 

The combination of handmade candles and wire designs make for a unique hostess gift set. I started by making some candles with my Wick and the new Silicone Molds. I added some delicious holiday scents, and went with traditional red and green colors for the candles.

Wire Wrapped Holiday Candles by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Important tips: 1) remind your recipient to remove the paper gift tag before lighting the candles; 2) The Wick Wire is not flammable but it does get hot near a flame, so use caution.

Once I finished the candles, I selected some holiday designs from the Happy Jig Instagram account (@werhappyjig) and used the free templates available there. I first chose the star design for my green diamond shaped candle, and I altered it slightly to look more like a holiday star. Here’s the template I ended up using.

Happy Jig Holiday Star

I left a lot of excess wire so I could wrap it around the candle. I used a household object in a cone shape (funnel) to wrap the wire around so I didn’t scratch and scuff up the candle in the process.

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When I finished wrapping, I cut off the extra and gently slipped the formed wire spiral over the candle.

Wire Wrapped Holiday Candles by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Next, I selected the reindeer head design for my red sphere candle. I made the reindeer head exactly as it is found on the @werhappyjig Instagram account, except I started and finished my wire down at the bottom of the design. Here’s the template I used:

Happy Jig Deer Head

Once I finished the reindeer head I wrapped the extra wire around a tennis ball (since it’s the same size as the sphere shaped candle) and trimmed it. Then I slipped it gently over my candle.

Wire Wrapped Holiday Candles by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

 

To finish off my candles, I added some gift tags that I cut out from the DCWV Red and White Christmas Premium Stack.

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I used my Sticky Piercer to make a small hole in each tag, and then tied them onto the wire around the candles with some American Crafts Twine.

Wire Wrapped Holiday Candles by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers 9

 

During the holidays most of our dinner parties are with extended family, so I can’t wait to share these with my sister-in-law! I think she’s going to love them. Thanks for stopping by, and have a awesome and crafty weekend friends!

Supplies:

Wick Candle Maker Kit
Happy Jig Tool
Happy Jig Wire
Sticky Piercer
Detail Scissors
DCWV Red and White Christmas Premium 12×12 Stack

Gratitude Journal with The Cinch and Journal Studio

Hello We R friends! It’s Aly here wishing you a Happy Friday. Congrats on making it through the week! One of my favorite traditions this time of year is my gratitude journal. For a few weeks in November I keep a daily record of the things I’m thankful for leading up to Thanksgiving Day. It’s really helped me to focus on the positive and see the good, both totally transformative ways of thinking. This year I used The Cinch binding tool along with the new Journal Studio to get my gratitude journal started.

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

My gratitude journals are usually pretty bulky as I like to add photos, memborabilia, pockets, and other goodies. I decided to disassemble my Amy Tangerine Journal Studio notebook using the Supreme Ruler and my craft knife, and then bind it back together with The Cinch to allow for more bulk. I simply cut right down the center on the middle page. The craft knife cut through easily. I used the new 1″ black Cinch wires to bind my notebook because they match the black accents in the Journal Studio collection.

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

I created tab dividers from some Crate Paper Wild Heart papers with the Tab Punch Board, and then added some divider stickers to some of the notebook pages.

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

the Journal Guide and the Interchangeable Stamps

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

I also added an ephemera card that I embellished with some washi tape, one canoe two for AC Goldenrod puffy stickers, and the Journal Studio Magnetic Alphabet Stencils.

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

I added these inserts after I had already bound my journal–it was a bit of an afterthought, LOL! But that didn’t cause a single problem–Planner Punch Board to the rescue!

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

I created one page as an introduction explaining my goals and purpose for this gratitude journal. I included a current photo of me, and I embellished the spread with the Journal Guide, Interchangeable Stamps, and ephemera and stickers from the Amy Tangerine Journal Studio Collection.

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

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I love that there are so many options and supplies available with the new Journal Studio. I’m excited about customizing my gratitude journal this year–I can’t wait to get started!

Supplies:

The Cinch
Interchangeable Stamps
Alphabet Magnetic Stencils
Planner Punch Board
Tab Punch Board
Supreme Ruler
Craft Knife
Crate Paper Wild Heart Patterned Paper
Amy Tangerine Journal Studio Notebook, Sticker Book, Ephemera
one canoe two Golenrod Puffy Stickers

Traveler’s Notebook Spread with the Journal Guide

Hello, We R friends! Enza back with you to share a spread in my new traveler’s notebook using the Journal Guide tool.

Travelers Notebook with the Journal Guide by Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

If you love creating charts, lists, banners, or even little pockets to hold tags, memorabilia, and embellishments, this tool is for you. My spread today features the new Crate Paper Journal Studio Collection, which I absolutely love!

I started by creating sort of a calendar for the upcoming month. I used the rotating guide to draw two concentric circles and add sections for the days of the month. This tool is very easy to use, and gives you perfect results all the time. Since I like different textures and some dimension on my pages, I decided to use a craft die from my stash to cut the circle; then I die cut a smaller circle from patterned paper to place in the middle, just to embellish it a bit.

We R Memory Keepers Journal Guide

We R Memory Keepers Journal Guide

Next, I created two banners by simply tracing them with the ruler and the right angle guides before fussy cutting them with the Crafter’s Small Precision Scissors.

We R Memory Keepers Journal GuideWe R Memory Keepers Journal Guide

I usually like to have a little pocket or sleeve on the back of the front cover of my notebook, just to hold bits and pieces of the collection I plan to use, or store keepsakes. It is super easy to create your own with the Journal Guide. I simply cut patterned paper to the desired size, folded it around the long end of the tool, and taped the sides; for the bottom, I just folded the flap up and glued it to the back. I created three pockets, that I embellished with washi tape and die cuts from the Crate Paper Journal Studio Collection.

Journal Pockets made with the Journal Guide by Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

Here are some close ups:

Travelers Notebook Spread made with the Journal Guide by Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

Travelers Notebook Spread made with the Journal Guide by Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

I had fun using the Journal Guide to create this opening spread in my November notebook. What will you use this all-in-one tool for?

Enza

 

Supplies:

Journal Guide

Crafter’s Small Precision Scissors

Crate Paper Journal Studio Collection

Halloween Emoji Garland

Hello everyone!  It’s Eva on the blog today showing you how to create a fun and easy Halloween garland using the Emoji Punch Board.

Halloween Emoji Garland by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

In Chile we don’t usually decorate our house for Halloween. My son however is really excited about this celebration and asked me if he could put some Halloween things in his bedroom. I made him this spooky garland with some emoji monsters because I knew he was going to love it!

To create the garland start by punching some icons with your Emoji Punch Board. I used different colors from this beautiful DCWV Holiday Jewels paper stack.

We R Memory Keepers Emoji Punch Board

Next, use your Mini Alphabet Punch Board to punch a word, in my case I spelled the word “Boooo”

We R Memory Keepers Mini Alphabet Punch Board

After that, I added some details to my monsters using the scraps from the Punch Board and my Sticky Piercer. Be creative, monsters don’t have to be perfect!

Halloween Emoji Garland by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Here are all the monsters I did. Let me give you a few ideas: I created the devil’s horns with some smiles in yellow.   The one eye monster was created aligning the paper on the mouth side instead of the eyes side. The purple monster has some upside down hearts on the back of his head and to create the mummy I simply glued some stripes before punching the emoji!

Halloween Emoji Garland by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Finally, I glued all my emojis and letters to some twine with washi tape.

Halloween Emoji Garland by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

And here it is my Hallowee Garland, isn’t it cute? You can use these emojis for some many things: for your planner, as cupcake toppers and to decorate a Letterboard like I did in this post!

Thanks for joining me and have a great day!

Halloween Emoji Garland by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Eva

 

Supplies:

Emoji Punch Board
Mini Alphabet Punch Board
Sticky Piercer

 

 

 

DIY Planner/Journal Clips

Hi all!  Rebecca with you today, back for my second We R post.  I’m giving you a peek into my Inspiration journal today, which is what I use to keep track of my “current favorites,” whether they be colors, tools, supplies, or just about anything else I use in paper crafting.

DIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

The main tool I used today was the Journal Guide, and I used it both on and ‘off’ the pages!  It’s a handy tool for drawing circles, banners, and lists right on your pages, but you can also use it for creating pockets, which is what I did.  Then I took those pockets and turned them into clips, allowing me to move them around, add to them, and remove them from the book for easier note-taking.

DIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

It’s really easy to create the pockets.  I used Amy Tangerine patterned papers trimmed down to 5” W x 3” H, and 5” W x 4” H. Then you simply fold them around the long end of the Guide and tape closed.  To seal the bottom of the pocket, fold a portion of the bottom edge up and tape again.

DIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I added some simple embellishments using the Journal Guide.  This time I used the pointed arrow stencils to create banners out of paper scraps—even glitter paper!  I chose how long I wanted them to be, traced them out, and cut.  I used the WRMK Trim and Score Board to cut the straight edge lines and trimmed the others with my Crafter’s Small Precision Scissors.  It was pretty easy, too!

DIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

After adhering the banners to the front of my smaller pocket, I turned it over and glued a paper clip to the back.  (But not before I added a lavender tassel to the clip!  I made this in less than 2 minutes using the Tassel Loom, and it’s such a cute addition to my pocket clip!)

DIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

You can choose the placement that works best for you for your paperclip; I wanted this pocket to go on the right-hand pages of my journal.

DIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

The large journal pocket is also clipped on; however, I chose not to glue the paperclip to this one.  Instead, I used it as the paperclip is intended, securing it to the page by sliding the clip down the backside of the pocket.  It works either way, but it means I can change it out easier if I want to switch colors or patterned papers.

DIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory KeepersDIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Inside the pockets are samples of trims I use frequently on projects—thread, tulle, and seam binding.  I put them on white cards and (to me) it’s aesthetically appealing—the different textures, order, and soft hues.  The colors were guided by the design on my journal pages and it’s a palette I’ve wanted to work with for several months.  With my cute pocket clips, I can keep these tactile bits on hand and get them out when I’m in need of inspiration.

DIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory KeepersDIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I used the Journal Guide again to make some short lists so I don’t forget what I want to do with these trims and to keep a few notes on the colors.  I can go back later and add my favorite embroidery floss color numbers, seam binding names, thread spool skews, etc.

We R Memory Keepers Journal GuideDIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Just for fun, I made one last clip with the Guide.  I created a long banner with glitter and patterned papers, tracing them using the bracket stencils again.  I spelled ‘TRIMS’ with the Word Punch Board and after adhering the papers together, I affixed them to another paper clip and attached it to my journal spread.

DIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory KeepersDIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory KeepersWe R Memory Keepers Word Punch Board

The Journal Guide came in so handy for this project and having these clip-on pockets that can easily be moved around is a must for the convenience factor.  I can’t wait to refer back to these pages again and again when I need color inspiration or a reminder about different trims and finishes to use.  I’ll definitely be making more pockets and pages like this for other color palettes, too!  What fun things would you put in YOUR pocket clips?

DIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

Journal Guide
Tassel Loom
Word Punch Board
Trim and Score Board
Crafter’s Small Precision Scissors

DIY Notebooks for School

Hello We R friends, Laura here today. It is time for back to school and today I am going to show you how you can create your own custom cinch notebook using three different types of paper – ruled, graph, and plain printer paper. Often at school my kids will need different types of paper. Creating a custom notebook allows you to use all three papers in one bound notebook.

Custom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

My printer paper was the largest, and I wanted the notebook cover to be a little larger than the paper. I started by trimming my cinch board to 9” by 11 ½”. It is easy to trim the board with a craft knife and the help of the supreme ruler to keep everything nice and straight.

We R Memory Keepers Supreme Ruler

Next, I trimmed my cover paper to be slightly larger than the cinch board. I used a glue stick to attach the paper to the front of each board. I ran my embossing stylus along the edges of the board so that it would be easier to wrap the paper around the edge.

We R Memory Keepers Stylus Tool

Using red sticky tape, I attached the paper to the back side of the covers by wrapping and folding it over the edge.

Custom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory KeepersCustom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I trimmed another sheet of coordinating paper slightly smaller than the cinch board. I attached it with a glue stick. I went over the whole thing with the large bone folder to make sure it was secured well. This technique creates a nice finished cover and back for the notebook.

We R Memory Keepers Large Bone Folder

Next, I created dividers for each section of the notebook. I trimmed the cardstock to the same size as the cinch cover. Then, I used the tab punch board to create large size tabs on each sheet.

We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch Board

Now it was time to create the notebook. I used the cinch tool to punch holes in the front and back covers, the divider tabs, and each stack of lined, graph, and blank paper. I played around with the hole placement on some scrap paper to make sure everything would be centered and lined up on the finished notebook.

We R Memory Keepers Cinch binding tool

To hide the wire seam on the inside of the notebook, first place the inside pages on the wire. Then place the back cover and lastly the front cover. Use the cinch tool to close the wire.

We R Memory Keepers Cinch binding tool

I added some of the letters from the playful icons paper stack to spell out ‘NOTES’ on the front cover.

Custom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Inside, each divider got one of the fun sentiments from the paper pad.

Custom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory KeepersCustom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory KeepersCustom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I love how this notebook turned out. I think it will be great for back to school. You could also do something similar with different papers to practice hand lettering or different types of art mediums.

Custom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Of course, you could easily add all these papers to a binder, but when I am writing, I like to be able to fold the cover back on itself. And having everything all together with the custom tabs and paper means you can create exactly what you need for back to school.

Custom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies

Cinch Book Board

Supreme Ruler

Craft Knife

Trim & Score Board

Large Bone Folder

DCWV Playful Icons Paper Stack

Cardstock

Tab Punch Board

Cinch Tool

Cinch Binding Wire

 

 

 

Our Favorite Colors: Mixed Media Scrapbook Page

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with the new Precision Press Advanced. I bet you were expecting a stamped card from me, weren’t you? Surprise! It’s a layout! But guess what? I did stamp on it and had a blast! The We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Advanced has some fantastic features that are going to make stamping on any project easy!

Mixed Media Scrapbook Page with the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory KeepersMixed Media Scrapbook Page with the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Stamps and paints from Vicki Boutin in some of  my favorite colors were going to make a great layout, especially when paired with some great tools!

We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Advanced and Vicki Boutin Mixed Media Products from American Crafts

After painting lines on my mixed media paper, I placed it inside the Precision Press Advanced. The Press comes with two very strong magnets, which was great for holding my paper flat. I placed my stamp onto my project, exactly where I wanted it to be located. I placed clear, plastic grid piece of the Press on top, using the pegs as a guide. When I gently pushed down, the stamp clung to the plastic.

We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Advanced and Vicki Boutin Mixed Media Products from American Crafts

The stamp was covered in paint, using a foam brush. Then I placed the clear, plastic grid piece back on top. The image will stamp perfectly in place, because the peg guides line everything up. The absolute best part about this is, if I did not get enough paint (or ink if you were regularly stamping), I can add more and it will stamp precisely a second time. No missing. No double lines! Yay!

We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Advanced and Vicki Boutin Mixed Media Products from American Crafts

The clear, plastic grid piece of the Press can also be used individually. Making it a fantastic tool for scrapbookers! I wanted to stamp a small feather on the layout, including layer it over an edge of paper. I placed my stamp on the clear, plastic grid piece, added paint, and then stamped wherever I desired. The clear, plastic grid piece has these lovely foam feet that help make a solid impression.

We R Memory Keepers Word Punch Board

For some finishing touches, I grabbed a few more of my favorite We R Memory Keepers tools. Especially this brand-new tool, the Word Punch Board.

We R Memory Keepers Word Punch Board

After painting a piece of mixed media paper, I lined up and punched the words out for my title. Such a great look!

We R Memory Keepers Stylus Tool

I love the look of splatter on projects, but honestly, it completely freaks me out to create. I am always afraid I will ruin my project. I solved my fear with one of the We R Memory Keepers Embossing Stylus Tools. Simply dip the end in paint and apply to you project. Apply it to your project more than once before adding more paint and you can get various sized dots. Controlled and exactly where you want them.

Mixed Media Scrapbook Page with the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

What is your favorite feature of the We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Advanced?

 

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