Christmas Countdown Light Strand

Hello and welcome back to the blog today! Chantalle with you, to share a sweet and simple, festive idea. I’ve used a PhotoLights Photo Frame Strand, my computer and some PhotoLights Printable Backlit Film Paper to create a light-up countdown calendar, which will make the long wait for the jolly man in red, just a bit more fun!

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Print off numbers or phrases to switch out daily in the lead up to Christmas!

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I’ve combined my numbers with the word ‘sleeps’ to let my kiddos know how many more agonizing sleeps there are to go!

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I started by heading off to a free font website like DaFont or Squirrel Fonts and checking out their festive options. There is a huge variety of scripts, ornamental and decorative typefaces to choose from!

I then went about measuring the little lightboxes in the Photo Strand with my Supreme Ruler and then set some text inside coloured boxes to fit. (I have used Illustrator but you could also use any word processing programme.) I printed these boxes off onto some PhotoLights Printable Backlit Film Paper, making sure I printed on the more matte side. Note: If you print on the shinier side, the ink does not adhere to the paper. Fear not though, I made the mistake and the ink wiped off with a baby wipe.

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I used my Supreme Ruler again to trim up all the little films and then placed the ones I was going to be using straight away, on to the photo strand.

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

On either end of the strand, I thought it would be cute to pop a little festive icon, like this mistletoe.

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The spare numbers are stored in a little acrylic box. I think this photo strand would make for a great gift. Giving the numbers all prepared in this way is super easy for the recipient to change up the message. Print off multiple copies of the alphabet and you’ve got a great teacher’s gift! The Photo Strand is perfect for any number of occasions!

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

And now let’s dim the lights please….

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
My calendar really comes to life when it’s switched on!

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

You could hang it up indoors or bring it outside for some festive cheer. The battery pack makes it fully portable.

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Just a few more sleeps!

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Dear Santa, I’ve been pretty good…

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Supreme Ruler

PhotoLights Printable Backlit Film Paper

PhotoLights Photo Frame Strand

 

 

 

Christmas Tree Garland

Good Monday morning friends! Aly Dosdall here to kick off Holiday Decor Week with a quick and easy Christmas Tree Garland I made with the Banner Punch Board and the Square Punch Board.

Christmas Tree Garland by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Christmas Tree Garland by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

To create this garland, I trimmed some papers from the Crate Paper Falala collection to 4×6 inches. Then I used the Banner Punch Board to make them into banner shapes, and I punched holes for hanging in the top corners with the reverse punch on the board. I made the trees by cutting the green paper into 3 inch long flag shapes and then I turned them upside down.

I used the Square Punch Board to make the tree trunks from some kraft paper in the Falala collection. It was quick and easy since you can punch continuously with the Square Punch Board.

Christmas Tree Garland by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I finished off the trees with some stars that I punched with a Font Punch. Then I strung the pieces all together with some raffia for hanging.

Christmas Tree Garland by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for joining me today. Be sure to come back each day this week for some inspiring holiday decor projects. Happy holiday crafting!

Supplies:

Banner Punch Board
Square Punch Board
Font Punch
Crate Paper Falala collection

Thanksgiving Cornucopia Centerpiece

Happy Friday friends! I hope you’ve enjoyed the Thanksgiving project inspiration this week! Aly Dosdall here today to finish off the week with an easy Thanksgiving centerpiece idea featuring the DIY Party Board.

Thanksgiving Cornucopia Centerpiece featuring the DIY Party Board by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

The cylinder and cone shapes you can make with the DIY Party Board are so versatile. As I was trying to come up with a centerpiece idea for this year’s Thanksgiving table, I looked at some treat cones I had recently made and immediately thought of cornucopias!

Thanksgiving Cornucopia Centerpiece featuring the DIY Party Board by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanksgiving Cornucopia Centerpiece featuring the DIY Party Board by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

All I did was create treat cones from some Pebbles Heart of Home papers following the instructions that come with the board, but I left the top flaps open.

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Then I embellished them with some twine, sequin stickers and die cuts from the Heart of Home collection, and filled them with some chocolates, mini pinecones, and acorns.

Thanksgiving Cornucopia Centerpiece featuring the DIY Party Board by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I complimented the cornucopias, gold pumpkins, and forrest finds with some adorable gold napkin and fork bows from Sweet Tooth Fairy for American Crafts. They were a breeze to put together and everything was included in the kit.

Thanksgiving Cornucopia Centerpiece featuring the DIY Party Board by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

If you’re looking for some Thanksgiving tablescape inspiration, these DIY Party Board cornucopias are festive and easy to make.

Thanksgiving Cornucopia Centerpiece featuring the DIY Party Board by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

You can fill them with fall leaves, indian corn, goodies, favors, or whatever you’d like. Thanks for joining me today, and have a great weekend friends!

Supplies:

DIY Party Board
Crop-A-Dile
Pebbles Heart of Home Collection
Sweet Tooth Fairy Napkin and Fork Bow Kit
American Crafts Sticky Thumb Double Sided Tape
Jute Twine

Thowback Thursday: Thanksgiving Banner

Hello We R fans, and welcome to Throwback Thursday! We’ve got a great Thanksgiving decor project to share with you from last fall featuring the Banner Punch Board. Check it out below!

 

My name is Kimberly Crawford and I love paper. And really cool tools to use with paper! The WRMK Banner Punch Board makes creating festive banners so easy. I was thrilled at how quickly this banner came together. The unexpected surprise to the tool for me was the hole punch built in at the top. It pierces perfectly lined up holes for the string.

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The toughest part of this project was choosing which beautiful papers from the Wildflower Collection! The papers I used spoke to me of Thanksgiving. I have golds, burlaps, and many branches in my décor for that time of year, so this motif fit in perfectly. I cannot wait to hang it up over the buffet in our dining room!

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Happy New Year Photo Lights Display

Good morning We R readers. I can’t believe that this year is already coming to an end and we are getting ready to embark on a brand new fresh start. Once the holiday decor goes down, it can feel a little bare in my home so I like to add some warmth back in to keep away the cold, dreary days of winter.

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I love the new Photo Lights photo frames that were recently released. You print out your design on special backlit film that you can print out right from your home computer.

I thought it would be fun to create a glittery happy new year photo that I could display to celebrate the new year. I started by designing an 8 inch x 8 inch design in Photoshop Elements.

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Note: To use this photo, simply right-click and save the image.

The backlit photo paper comes in 8 ½ x 11 inch sheets. I printed my image and then trimmed it to fit on the frame.

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You can see right through the image, but it is still very clear.

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The photo frames are so easy to use. The front attaches with little magnets in each corner.

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Add your special photo paper to the frame, secure it to the front with the acrylic magnetic photo cover, add your batteries and turn it on. It even has a timer so you can have your frame turn on and off when you would like.

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I created a little light garland behind the frame using the DIY Party lights and some gold tassels. The DIY Party line makes it easy to add some sparkle and shine to any project.

The frame looks even prettier in person. It is sparkly and fun – perfect for ringing in the new year! And I can easily change out the frame when I am done celebrating.

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Supplies:

Photolights Frame

Photolights Backlit Film Paper

DIY Party Gold Glitter Light Strand

DIY Party Gold Pinata Pull Tab

 

Holiday Treat Piñatas

Hello We R friends and happy holidays to you all.

I’m sure many of you will be preparing special treats to take with you to gatherings or for simply enjoying while snuggling up on the couch!

It is has become a bit of a tradition in my circle of friends to gather together and celebrate the passing of another year while enjoying delicious food and of course, each other’s company. For our annual get together, I am going to bring along some tree-shaped cereal treats which are a snap to prepare and to show them off, I’m complimenting my plate with a custom Christmas Tree Mini Piñatas.

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These little piñata kits are new additions to the oh-so-fun DIY Party Mini Piñata collection.

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You will find everything you need to put them together in one convenient kit. They are a great way to whip up some charming décor and are an easy and fun activity for kids!

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What Christmas tree is complete without some twinkling fairy lights? Mine has been given a bit of a customization in the form of some battery-operated lights, hidden inside the piñata shape.

To start off, I traced a rough idea of where I wanted my light string to be on the tree. I then punched some holes into the card with a paper piercer, (which I made slightly larger with the back of a pencil so as to accommodate the LED bulbs.) I opened the bottom of the tree up, extending the opening/closing flap part so I could fit my hand inside. I then popped a little light bulb into each of the holes I had just made. The excess bulbs were tucked inside the piñata and the battery pack placed near the opening for easy access.

I then went about decorating my tree with fringe tape, carefully working around the bulbs sticking out. As a final touch, I popped on some stickers, which come included in the kit. With enough supplies to create 3 Christmas Trees, you can really have fun decorating each one differently

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Here you can see a peek of how the lights are stored inside the piñata. This was a string of 20 lights, which fit inside comfortably.

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Switch them on, and my little tree comes alive!

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I’m sure you’ll agree that these shapes are just so adorable! What’s fun about including the lights inside, is that once these goodies are all gobbled up, I can keep my little tree on my desk or as part of our holiday décor in our home.

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I just love the little light show dancing off the servingware.

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These DIY Party Mini Piñatas also come in this super cute snowman shape. Best of all, he won’t be melting anytime soon!

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If you want to make these yummy cereal treats, here is the recipe, which I found online:

 

Ingredients:

4 cups miniature marshmallows

6 cups Rice Krispies cereal (or equivalent)

Green food colouring

Sprinkles/decorations

 

Instructions:

Prepare a baking tray by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying it with cooking spray.

 

Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat.

 

Add the marshmallows and stir until they are completely melted. Stir in the green food coloring.

 

Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the Rice Krispies.

 

Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Using a piece of wax paper that has been sprayed with cooking spray, press the mixture firmly into the pan.

 

Allow it to cool completely. Lift the foil from the pan and cut out shapes by hand or with a cookie cutter.

 

Decorate with frosting (I used icing sugar mixed with a bit of water) and sprinkles.

 

Store in an airtight container for up to three days.

 

Tip: Work quickly or the marshmallows will start to go stringy.

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Wishing you and your families joy and peace

Chantalle

 

Supplies:

Mini Pinata Kit – Christmas Tree

Believe Holiday Banner

Hello and good morning, We R Memory Keeper’s readers! Laura here with a fun, festive holiday banner to help you believe in the magic of the season. I love creating banners for each and every holiday. Using the alphabet punch board makes it really easy to create a word banner in just minutes.

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I started by trimming my textured red cardstock to 3 inches by 5 inches.

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I created each letter of the word ‘BELIEVE’ using the alphabet punch board and the easy to follow instruction guide. I love how simple it is to use the alphabet punch board.

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To make the letters more festive, I used the holiday font punch on each letter. The guides marked on the punch make it easy to line up the punch perfectly with each letter.

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I used the DIY Party garland punch to create red and white circles to go on either end of my banner. I made a total of five circles for each end of the banner. You could easily add more if you needed a longer banner for your decorating.

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So the background wouldn’t show through on my letters, I trimmed plain white cardstock to fit behind each one where I had used the holiday font punch. Now, no matter where I hang it, you won’t see anything through the letters.

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To connect the banner together, I used the link punch to create slits in each side of the letters. I punched white links to connect each letter together. Since the letter L and I were so far apart, I used two links, instead of just one, and connected them with a brad.

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The punched out letters remind me of the part in the movie, Polar Express, where the conductor punches each person’s ticket with his hole punch. And since I chose the word believe, I think it seemed very fitting.

 

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Supplies

 

Alphabet Punch Board

Holiday Font Punch

DIY Party Garland Punch

Link Punch

Red Cardstock

White Cardstock

 

Photo Lights and Light Strand Christmas Decor

Hello there! Tessa Buys here with a look at my entryway Christmas décor, featuring the new Photo Light and light strands.

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My holiday décor is mainly red, black and white with touches of metallic and natural wood. I chose to use the Natural Wood Finish 8×8 Photo Lights frame because it complimented the rest of my decorations. Instead of printing my photo in color, I used a filter to make my photo an extreme black and white. It printed beautifully from my home printer onto the special backlit film. I added a “love” rub-on to the photo.

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It was easy to assemble the frame. I cut down the backlit film to size, then simply laid the picture between the box and the magnetic face plate. I popped in the batteries and it was good to go!

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I layered a few stars made with the Ruler Studio collection against a chalkboard frame, then hung a DIY Party strand of lights with gold glittered bulbs across the stars. They give off a warm glow, which is a lovely contrast to the cool glow of the Photo Light.

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To me, nothing says Christmas quite like the glow of lights, and when those lights can be extra special like a strand with pretty bulbs or a precious family photo, it’s even more magical.

Supplies:

Natural Wood Finish 8×8 Photo Light

DIY Party Light Strand, Gold Bulbs

Ruler Studio (large natural, small red, small white)

Easter Table Setting

Easter is such a special time of the year. For me, it’s a time of reflection and the hope of new beginnings. My family especially looks forward to a lovingly prepared meal around the table. I don’t go crazy with the décor, but I do enjoy putting together a themed table setting for holidays and special events.

Easter Table Setting by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

This year, I will be adding some bright notes with fresh whites. I love how the candy colours bounce off the neutral tones!

Easter Table Setting by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

It’s no secret that I am just a little smitten with DIY Party Honeycomb Pads. How adorable are these little eggs! So quick and easy to make, they bring such a sense of fun and nostalgia to the table.

Easter Table Setting by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Take your Honeycomb pad and you will notice that it is divided into two sections. I split the sections, as I find it quite tricky to accurately cut such a dense amount of paper by hand. For my little eggs, I have selected the Egg shape template from the DIY Party Honeycomb Stencils pack. Choosing the smallest size, I then used a pencil to trace inside the guide. NOTE: I traced two identical shapes for each egg, as I wanted a nice full shape. When I was done, I used scissors to cut along the pencil guide. I then adhered the two shapes together like a sandwich, opened it up like a fan and glued the ends together to secure in the dome shape.

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Another sweet decorative element I have added to my table are some Candy Boxes. These would make fantastic Christmas crackers too. Best of all, you could stuff them with whatever takes your fancy! Creating these in Template Studio with the Candy Box Guide was a breeze.

Easter Table Setting by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Inside the Template Studio Starter Kit you will notice there are some guides included, as well as two types of tools. The dark grey one is the cutting blade and the aqua one is a scoring tool.  We will be using both, along with the guides to create the boxes.

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I have chosen the smallest of the sizes offered on the instructional cards for the Candy Box template. This one called for a 13.5 x 11.5 inch sheet of paper. (The straight guides in the starter kit can be used to cut down large sheets of paper.) I then placed the box guide into the allotted marker points and using the blade and scoring tools, went about as per the instructions.

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What you will end up with are diamond-shaped cuts with score lines. These fold up easily to create the cracker/candy box shape. Glue the ends shut and tie up the sides with some ribbon or twine.

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I’ve chosen twine as it adds a natural touch to the table (especially when used with some carefully selected artificial botanicals!)

Easter Table Setting by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Easter Table Setting by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Thank you so much for joining me today. Wishing you and your families a blessed time together.

 

Chantalle

 

Supplies:

Template Studio Starter Kit
Template Studio Candy Box Template Guide
DIY Party Honeycomb Stencils
DIY Party Honeycomb Pads

 

Holiday Wreath Gift Idea + More

Hello, and happy Monday! We’re so glad you’re here! This week on the blog we’re focusing on handmade holiday gift ideas. So, get out your craft stash and get ready for a handmade holiday season! Jennie starts us off with this warm and fuzzy holiday wreath idea. So cute!

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Hello!  Jennie McGarvey here and I’m so excited to share with you a simple gift idea people will love to receive and you’ll love to create!

The holidays can be a hectic time of year.  So, when you’re thinking of handmade gifts, you need something that is both stunning and simple.  There are a multitude of ideas, but I reached for one that would include my favorite We R Memory Keepers tool, the DIY Party Pom Pom Maker.  This tool creates the perfect pom poms.  It’s so easy to use and I just LOVE it!

I pulled out the tool, a yarn wrapped styrofoam wreath (seriously $1.00 in my favorite Dollar Spot.  You can pick one up at any craft store or use a pool noodle!) and two skeins of yarn.

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Seriously!  It’s so so simple and the results are beautiful. For my wreath I created 12 medium white pom poms and 3 medium aqua pom poms.  I then used a hot glue gun to attach the poms to the bottom of the wreath.

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I couldn’t stop there.  I mean, the wreath is one of my favorites — but I wanted to include a little something more. So, why not pull out the Wildflower Collection and create a set of handmade cards that your recipient can give throughout the year.

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We can make sure to hit a variety of uses, like hello!

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However, you always need a blank card — maybe to top a gift or just to send a handwritten note.

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And don’t forget a thank you card!

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Hopefully, this has helped you think of a simple yet wonderful gift to give!  The WeRMemoryKeepers tools are perfect for creating those.

 

Supplies:

DIY Party Pom Pom Makers
Wildflower Patterned Papers

Wildflower Ephemera
Wildflower Layered Tags
Wildflower Stickers
Wildflower Cork Stickers