Guest Designer Melissa Dehne

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Hello! My name is Melissa Dehne and I am thrilled to have the chance to be a Guest Designer on the We R Memory Keepers Blog today! Now that Memorial Day has come and gone in the US, I know that I am ready for some summer fun to begin! I had the opportunity to work with the Happy Campers collection from We R Memory Keepers. It was so easy to coordinate the papers, embellishments and stickers to create some really fun projects!

We have many neighborhood get togethers during the summer. Most of these gatherings include snacks and a bonfire. I decided to make a banner to hang above the s’mores table to add a little festive touch!

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To create the banner, I created rounded off, plain cardstock, rectangular shapes on my Silhouette Cameo sized approximately 5 inches by 3.75 inches. I then cut another banner piece just a bit smaller out of patterned paper from the Happy Campers collection, to provide a layer (approximately 4.5 inches by 3.25 inches).

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I then cut strips of paper to place along the top of each banner piece in a coordinating color/pattern. This piece was approximately .75 inches by 3.75 inches.

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Next, in plain cardstock 2 inch squares, I cut the letters to spell ENJOY. This could also be created with alphabet stickers! I then layered a piece of patterned paper behind the 2 inch square to allow the pattern to show through.

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Then, I used all of the incredible embellishments, paper and stickers that came with the Happy Campers collection to embellish each banner piece. I then punched holes with my Crop-A-Dile and strung some Sew Ribbon through the holes to hang the banner!

After completing the banner, I still had a lot of product left over so I decided to create two more projects. First, I decided to go “Old School” and pull out a photo from when I was a child enjoying a camping moment! I loved being able to use so many of the different patterned paper on the layout!

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Lastly, I absolutely loved the constellation paper that came with this collection! Since my husband and I have an anniversary coming up, I decided to make a card for him.

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I hope that my projects inspired you in some way! This was a wonderful collection to work with and I am privileged to have had the chance to be a Guest Designer today! Thank you to We R Memory Keepers for giving me the opportunity!

Scrap Happy~Melissa

Create a Corner Chomper Card is Minutes

Creating well designed projects doesn’t always mean spending tons of time on them.  Using basic tools in a fun and creative way can result in great designs with minimal time.  Take a look at the card I made below using the Corner Chomper (1/2 inch radius).

This card took me about 10 minutes to make.  I punched out six small rectangles from various patterned papers and rounded the corners on one side.  Placing them in a grid with the rounded corners all facing inward creates a cool background for the sentiment.

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You could create a similar background for your photos on a scrapbook page with larger strips of paper and your Corner Chomper.  Try playing around with your Corner Chomper to create cool designs for your next project.

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P.S.The patterned papers I used for this card are from the Happy Campers collection, but notice that my card isn’t a “camping” themed card.  That’s one of my favorite things about We R collections–there are always plenty of generic papers mixed in with the themed papers.

Supplies:

Corner Chomper (1/4″ radius and 1/2″ radius)

Happy Campers Paper Pack

Yellow Glitter Brads

Neutral Painted Brads

Brad Setter and Piercing Tool

Guest Designer Ruth Bonser

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Hi. My name is Ruth Bosner and I’m excited to share my project as We R Memory Keeper’s Guest Designer.

I used the Happy Campers Collection to create a layout and Albums Made Easy spread. I have used camping photos in one, as they are thematically relevant and non-camping photos in the other, using the beautiful wood grain textures as my inspiration for the portraits of children in the trees at the park recently.

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Happy Campers Eye Candy!!!

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For today’s post I thought I would share some Happy Campers projects to inspire you.  Here are a couple of layouts for your viewing pleasure:

I created this layout about an evening our family spent up in the nearby mountains eating hobo dinners and roasting marshmallows last summer.  Great memories!  I love how easy it was to create the background for this page with the Lace Kerchief Lucky 8 Punch.

This page features a photo of my hubby and some scouts the morning after they camped out in the rain.  The gorgeous view they saw of the clouds settled over the mountain tops made the rainy night worth it.  The Sew Ribbon tool added some fun details to this layout.

Here’s a cute door hanger that would make a great gift for a college student or a child going off to summer camp.  You could even hang it on your camper door while on a road trip.

I hope these Happy Campers projects have inspired your summer crafting.  Creative cheers!

~Aly

Check out the We R Memory Keepers website to see all the supplies:

Happy Campers Paper Pack

Lace Kerchief Lucky 8 Punch

Sew Ribbon Tool

Aqua Ribbon

Aqua Brads and Eyelets

Brown Brads

Orange Washi Tape

Yellow Baker’s Twine

Crop-A-Dile

Summer Camp Playlist

At our house summer means barbecues, sleeping late, movies in the park, days spent at the water park and…summer camp!  My kids always look forward to summer camp, and what’s summer camp without some good old camp songs?

I created this fun CD sleeve using the Happy Campers collection and the Celtic Mini 8 Punch to hold some favorite songs to listen to while my older kids are away at camp this summer.

I simply cut a piece of patterned paper measuring 4 1/2 inches high and 9 1/2 inches wide.  I scored the paper at 4 1/2 inches and again at 9 inches.

Then I cut a 3 inch half circle into the front of the sleeve between the 4 1/2 inch and 9 inch score lines.  I applied adhesive across the bottom and along the 1/2 inch flap, and folded the sleeve bending the half inch section around the back of the sleeve.

I punched a 6×6 piece of paper with the mini 8 punch, cut it in half, and added it to the front of the sleeve.  I finished it off with some die cut letter, stickers, and patterned paper borders.

Here are our family’s top ten favorite camp songs:

1. Bear Song

2. Boom Chicka Boom

3. A Boy and a Girl in a Little Canoe

4. Hole in the Bottom of the Sea

5. Little Bunny Foo Foo

6. Once An Austrian Went Yodeling

7. Waddle Lee Ah Cha

8. Fish & Chips

9. Baby Shark

10. This Little Light of Mine

Happy summer!

~Aly

Supplies:

Happy Campers paper pack

Celtic Mini 8 punch

Magnetic Circle Cutter

Magnetic Mat

Guest Designer Jen McDermott

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Hi. My name is Jen McDermott. I’m so excited to be featured today as We R Memory Keepers’ Guest Designer. When I saw the fun colors and patterns in the Happy Camper collection, I knew I wanted to make something fun for my boys who love to camp and take nature walks with their dad.  When I saw the awesome cards on the Hiking Guide paper I got the idea to make a little notebook for my sons to take with them when camping, so they can draw the fun things they see along the way, and even play little games around the campfire.

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First, I cut a sheet of Designer Book Board into 2 4″x7″ rectangles, and cut 4 4″x7″ rectangles of Happy Camper patterned paper to cover the front and back of my book board.  I also cut several 4″x7″ rectangles of cardstock to use as the filler for my notebook.

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Next, I adhered the patterned paper to the front and back of the book board, and cut and adhered a couple of the 4″x6″ activity cards from the Hiking Guide paper onto my cardstock filler sheets.

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I grabbed some paper scraps, the Layered Chipboard Stickers, and a die cut, and decorated the cover of my notebook, using some brown ink to distress the edges.  Then assembled the cover, filler sheets and back of the notebook.  I left several blank pieces of cardstock in the notebook so my boys could draw pictures or notes on them.

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Lastly, I bound it all together using my Cinch and some 1″ Bark Spiral Binding Wire.

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I absolutely love how the little notebook turned out–so rugged and cute!  I can’t wait to see all of the little pictures my happy campers will draw in it!

Check out my blog to see the additional layout and “S’more Treat Box” that I created with the Happy Campers collection.

Thanks for taking a look.

Jen

Create Arrows using a Punch

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Arrow shapes are all the rage right now and are found on everything from patterned paper, to stamps, to embellishments, to electronic die cutting files.  If you’d like to give the arrow shape trend a try, here’s an easy way to include them on any project.

All you need is some patterned paper, scissors, and a square punch.

1. Punch several squares from patterned paper, and stick the square back in the punch centering the square along the corner.  (The farther you place the square in the punch the thinner your arrow will be.)

2.   Punch again and then remove your arrow shape.
3. Line your scissors up on the end of the arrow at a 45 degree angle as shown in the photo  below and trim.  Repeat this on the other end.

Try mixing different widths of arrows for a cool look, or add some hand stitching with the Sew Easy tool through the center of a row of arrow shapes like I did on my card above.  Pretty cool, huh?
~Aly

Supplies:

Happy Campers Paper Pack

Scallop Mini 8 Punch

Sew Easy

Brown Floss

Small Precision Scissors

Guest Designer Monica Bradford

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When I saw the Happy Campers collection I knew it was the perfect time to document my son’s first church camp experience. He was only gone for 2 nights, and his dad went with him, but he had the time of his life. Luckily my husband remembered to snap a few photos on his phone. I just love having this layout complete and this story told!

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I began by trimming down the wood grain papers to 6×6. I simply attached those 6×6 blocks onto a piece of 12×12 cardstock. Doesn’t matter what color the cardstock is because you won’t see it in the end.

I knew that I wanted to use the 12 inch sticker strip across the center of the layout. But I really wanted only the arrow portion. So I just trimmed off the edges of the sticker (and saved them for later of course). Using non-stick scissors is really helpful for trimming stickers!

When I want to include multiple photos on my page I often use 4×6 digital photo collages. This allows me to focus on the design of my page while still using several photos.

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Thanks so much We R Memory Keepers for this opportunity!

Monica Bradford