Fuse Pocket Page

Hello!  Jennie McGarvey here and I’m excited to share another pocket page from my 2015 album with you!

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For this week, I decided I wanted to go with a colorful page, since it’s spring and life feels particularly vibrant!  So, I gathered some It Factor items because the fun colors and images fit exactly the mood I was trying to convey.  I also needed to pull out last weeks page, because I would be using the backside of the page for this week.  (As you might recall, last week I had used the Photo Sleeve Fuse Tool and divided up some 4×6 photo slots to include 2×2 cards and sequins.)

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Now that I had the It Factor Journaling cardsIt Factor Printed Wood Veneer Stickers, It Factor Acrylic Shapes and It Factor 6×6 Paper Pad all ready to go, I could start creating.

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I like to keep my pages fairly simple, because our lives are very busy and the photos often reflect that.  Therefore, keeping the pages simple doesn’t make the overall page feel busy.  I like to use handwritten journaling also for simplicity, as there is no other tool to incorporate into my creating.  To most photos or journaling cards I might add a simple embellishment or printed label from my stash.

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The It Factor Printed Wood Veneer stickers and It Factor Acrylic Shapes are perfect on my simple pages.  They add some fun embellishing, but aren’t too much busy-ness on the page, which fits right into my overall plan for my pocket album.

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The most fun part of this page?  The fun divided pockets I created for the previous week with the Photo Sleeve Fuse Tool!  I created those squares FOR that previous week, but the awesomeness carries over to this week!

I hope you’ve picked up a few ideas to incorporate into your own pocket pages.  Make sure to share what you’ve created with us on the We R Memory Keepers Facebook page!

Supplies:

Photo Sleeve Fuse Tool
It Factor Printed Wood Veneer stickers
It Factor Acrylic Shapes
It Factor Albums Made Easy Journaling cards
It Factor 6×6 Paper Pad

Love This Layout

As we transition into February and look forward to Valentine’s Day, I always enjoy the opportunity to use my crafty supplies to express and record my love for friends and family. While creating handmade goodies for a spouse or significant other is meaningful and fun, Valentine’s Day is also a good time to reflect upon and document other important relationships. Recently I took the chance to do just that.

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One of my oldest sons (we have twins) has a very special relationship with our youngest daughter. They have very similar personalities and while that can sometimes cause a bit of tension, most of the time they really love each other and are very good at expressing that. It makes my momma heart just about burst to see how sweet they are together. I’m glad I was able to capture this special relationship on a scrapbook page.

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There are so many relationships that are worth including in our scrapbook albums–friends, coworkers, mentors, neighbors, grandparents, siblings, parents, children. Be sure this month to take time to record and celebrate other special relationships in addition to your relationship with your valentine. With all the darling love-themed products available it’s the perfect time to do that.

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To finish up today I’ve also got a little tip to share with you. To create the triangles on my layout I used the smallest of the Pennant Nesting Dies, and trimmed off the edge with the slits for hanging. The die creates a nice embossed effect on the triangle. As always, I love finding multiple uses for tools!

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And triangles are so trendy right now–I see them everywhere. They’re fun, easy, and create a big impact on projects. Give it a try! Creative cheers!

~Aly

Supplies:

It Factor 12×12 Paper Pad
It Factor Journaling Cards
Pennant Nesting Dies
Evolution Advanced

Pinwheel Bouquet

I’ve had so much fun lately using my favorite We R tools to create some decor pieces for my craft room! Last week I shared how I used the Triangle Score Guide to make the paper gem garland I hung in my newly re-organized space (if you missed that post you can catch it HERE). Today I’m going to show you how I made the pinwheel bouquet that sits on the little shelf underneath that garland.

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The pinwheels I created for this simple bouquet are double pinwheels, meaning that I layered two sheets of paper together to add twice as many vanes to my pinwheels. I love the fullness of the double pinwheels!

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I made these using my Pinwheel Punch Board. The punch board allows you to make several different styles of pinwheels–simple ones, double ones (like mine), layered simple, layered double, etc. You can use the same paper for double pinwheels, or your can use different paper to have different color vanes. They can be as basic or as elaborate as you’d like!

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To create these basic double pinwheels, first I cut two sheets of paper to the desired size on the board. (All three pinwheels in my bouquet are 4 inches, but the one I’m demonstrating in this tutorial is 6 inches.) Then I raised the punch board arm, and punched the corners of both papers.

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Next, I placed the first paper on the board lining up one of the corners with the corresponding measurement from the white templates on the left side of the board. I then lowered the arm and inserted the blade into the track on the left side. I pulled the blade down to the bottom of the track, cutting a pinwheel vane into the paper. I removed the blade, rotated the paper leaving the arm in place, replaced the blade and cut vanes into each of the remaining corners.

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Once I finished with the first paper, I raised the arm and placed the second paper on the board lining the corner up with the corresponding measurement from the red templates on the right side of the board. I lowered the arm and inserted the blade into the track on the right side. I pulled the blade down to the bottom of the track, cutting a pinwheel vane into the paper. I removed the blade, rotated the paper leaving the arm in place, replaced the blade and cut vanes into each of the remaining corners.

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I layered the two punched and cut papers, aligning them at a 45° angle to each other. Then I used the Pinwheel Attachments to help assemble the double pinwheel.

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I pulled the ends of the vanes into the center of the pinwheel, placing the punched holes over the pinwheel attachment post. I alternated vanes from the first and second papers, and when I finished I snapped the cap on the end of the attachment post. To finish off my pinwheel I added an enamel dot to the mount on the post, and inserted a grey striped paper straw into the back of the attachment post.

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Making pinwheels with the Pinwheel Punch Board is so easy, and the possibilities are endless. Pinwheels are great for any paper craft project–cards, gift wrapping, home decor, and more!

~Aly

Supplies:

It Factor 12×12 Paper Pad
Pinwheel Punch Board
Pinwheel Attachment Kit
Enamel Dots–Neutral. Cool

Paper Gem Garland

I recently re-organized most of my craft room (see the posts on my personal blog HERE), and as part of that I re-did some of my decor. I love the paper gem trend right now, so I decided to create a paper gem garland to dress up a small wall-mounted shelf in one corner of my room.

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I chose navy and aqua papers from the It Factor collection since they coordinate well with the colors in my space. I alternated octahedron and decahedron shapes in my garland, making them all the 3 inch size.

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I followed the instructions in the booklet that comes with the Triangle Score Guide, and began by scoring my 12×12 paper on the Trim and Score Board at 3, 6, and 9 inches.

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Then I removed my paper and placed the Triangle Score Guide on the Trim and Score Board with the “A” side facing upward, lining up the 3 and 9 inch marks on the guide with the corresponding marks on the board. I rotated my paper 60° counter clock-wise and lined it up in the corner of the guide. Then I flipped the blue guide up on the score board and scored my paper at 0, 3, 6, 9, and 12 inches.

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Next, I removed my paper and placed the Triangle Scoring Guide on the board with the “B” side up, again lining up the 3 and 9 inch marks with the corresponding marks on the board. I rotated my paper 120° clock-wise and placed it in the corner of the scoring guide. I again scored my paper at 0, 3, 6, 9, and 12 inches.

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Finally, I followed the cutting template shown in the instruction booklet to cut out the paper gems, then I folded and adhered them.

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Here are a few tips I recommend to make creating paper gem garlands easier:

  • fold the bottom left corner of your paper to keep track of your paper alignment as you rotate it
  • fold incomplete score lines to complete them
  • insert twine into the paper gems before folding and adhering
  • use a glue gun or extra strong adhesive

Watch for a tutorial soon on how to create the double pinwheel bouquet on the shelf below the paper gem garland in my newly re-done space!

~Aly

Supplies:

It Factor 12×12 Paper Pad
Trim and Score Board
Triangle Score Guide
Aqua Sew Easy Baker’s Twine

2015 Desk Calendar {free printable}

I rely heavily upon technology to keep my schedule organized, but I do love having a small desk calendar next to my computer for a quick date reference (and to add a little crafty cuteness to my work space). Here’s a quick and easy desk calendar you can create in minutes using our free printable (see links below photo) and some of our most popular tools.

2015 Desk Calendar by Aly Dosdall

To create this desk calendar I started by printing the pages on plain white cardstock. To print your own desk calendar pages, click on all three links below to download our free printables:

January through April 2015 Desk Calendar Pages
May through August 2015 Desk Calendar Pages
September through December 2015 Desk Calendar Pages

After printing all three sheets, I punched out the monthly pages with my 3×4 Card Punch (Square Corner). The 3×4 monthly pages are marked with guide lines so you know where to punch, and it’s easy to adjust the guide lines in the clear punch window. Just adjust all four lines so they are covered by the punch before punching–that way they don’t show on your completed calendar pages.

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After punching out all of my monthly pages, I trimmed some 8×8 chipboard to 3×4 and covered it with papers from the It Factor collection. I added the date with stickers on the front cover, plus a few sequins, and then bound the covers and pages with The Cinch binding tool. I used white 3/4″ binding wire.

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Here are some of the inside pages. You can stand the calendar up on your desk, place it on a mini easel, or hang it up on a mini clipboard. It’s a perfect size for a gift or for yourself, and it doesn’t take up much work space.

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Happy 2015 We R fans, and I hope you enjoy the New Year!

~Aly

Supplies:

It Factor 12×12 Paper Pad
3×4 Card Punch (Square Corner)
The Cinch
3/4″ White Binding Wire
8×8″ Chipboard

Thankful Layout

Scrapbooking with themed products can be lots of fun and can help projects come together more quickly. But, what if you don’t have themed products? Or you prefer not to use them? Or maybe the themed products don’t coordinate well with your photos? How can you create a themed layout using non-themed products?

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Take a look at this Thankful layout I created using the adorable It Factor collection. It’s a page about gratitude for my amazing family and a really awesome trip we recently took together. But while it’s about gratitude, I chose not to use any Thanksgiving or fall themed products.

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Rather than choosing a collection to match the season, I chose to use a paper collection that feels happy to me which is the pervasive feeling in these photos. I love the colors in this collection. They really make me happy, and that’s what this page is all about–gratitude for the things in life that make me happy.

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I also chose to convert my photos to black and white before printing them. While real life is in color and I love using color photos, I think there’s some ethereal and timeless about moments captured in black and white. This trip was one of our all time favorites so I wanted to capture it in a timeless way. Finally, I added some machine stitching details for increased texture on my page.

While this layout is about gratitude, you can apply the same principle to any themed or seasonal scrapbook page. Try making a Halloween photo to match your kids costumes, or the candy from the photos of the stash. Consider creating a Christmas layout using pastel colors reminiscent of a retro snow-covered Christmas tree. Not only will this jump start your creativity, but you’ll use up your stash as well!

~Aly

Supplies:

It Factor 12×12 Paper Pad
It Factor 6×6 Paper Pad
It Factor Wood Stickers
It Factor Acrylic Stickers
It Factor Journaling Cards
Shine Alphablock Stickers
Nesting Tag Dies
Evolution Advanced
Washi Tape–Sea Foam, Onyx

Paper Bow Gift Tags

Paper bows are an easy, fun, and high-impact element to add to any project. They create a festive beautiful feel and are versatile enough for scrapbook pages, cards, altered projects, and gift packaging. Using the Gift Bow Die makes it easy to add beautiful paper bows to your projects. Check out these Paper Bow Gift Tags I created using the It Factor collection.

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I used my paper bows on gift tags that I attached to plain white gift bags using mini wooden clothespins. Not only do the tags label the gift, but they also include the bow for the gift–two birds with one stone? Yes, thank you. =) I used the It Factor 6×6 Paper Pad–I prefer to use 6×6 paper when creating smaller projects like cards and tags. Not only do I save my 12×12 sheets, but the scale of the patterns on the 6×6 papers is more appropriate for and easier to see on smaller projects.

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Two dies come in the Gift Bow Die set–one to create the ends and center of the bow, and one to create the loops. After cutting the two pieces out, I always curl the loops slightly with my fingers so that they maintain a nice curve instead of creasing when you fold them to assemble the bow. I also use a glue gun to adhere the pieces–that’s my go-to glue for folded paper crafts.

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Since the bows are a real statement piece on these tags I kept my additional embellishments down to a minimum to let the bows shine.  I added some Acrylic Shapes and Wood Stickers for sentiments, and Washi Tape and Enamel Shapes for accents.

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So, are you a paper bow fan? What kind of projects do you like to use them on?

~Aly

Supplies:

It Factor 6×6 Paper Pad
It Factor Wood Stickers
It Factor Acrylic Shapes
Enamel Shapes–Neutral
Washi Tape–Sea Foam
Gift Bow Die
Nesting Tag Dies
Albums Made Easy Dies–Instagram
Pocket Scrap Dies–Hello
Evolution
Magnetic Circle Cutter

Storing School Art Projects

If you’d like to store some of your child’s school artwork in a scrapbook, consider using photo sleeves as a quick and easy solution. We R offers so many different sizes and configurations of photo sleeves your sure to find something that works for you.

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After my daughter and I selected a few of her favorite art projects I mounted them on some fun patterned paper from the It Factor collection, cut them apart to fit into my photo sleeves, and then inserted the segments into the sleeves.

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I chose to use two photo sleeves with 6″x12″ sections to hold the larger pieces. Even though part of the artwork is divided, the eye still views it as a whole piece. Plus I think it adds some additional visual interest with divided sections.

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I finished off the layout by adding a die cut title and a strip of washi tape. You could create a traditional 12″x12″ page with photos of additional artwork and place that next to this two page layout in your album.

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For additional ideas for storing your child’s school work in your scrapbook albums, check out THIS POST about our Keepsake Pockets.

How do you store and organize your child’s school papers and projects? Be sure to share your tips in the comment section below!

~Aly

Supplies:

Photo Sleeves
It Factor 12×12 Paper Pad
It Factor 6×6 Paper Pad
Washi Tape–Sea Foam

50th Birthday Card

Yesterday I introduced you to It Factor, our latest paper release. I shared a layout about my daughters and used some of the more youthful patterns and images in the collection. Today I’m sharing a more mature project–a 50th birthday card made with some of the more traditional patterns and colors in the collection.

50th Birthday Card by Aly Dosdall

For this card I used the It Factor 6×6 Paper Pad and some of the Journaling Cards–one die cut card, and one title card. I also die cut a small banner to add to the celebratory feel of the card using one of the Pennants Shape Dies. The It Factor Wood Stickers add some dimension and complete the card sentiment. 

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I created the jumbo postage stamp border along the edge of the yellow paper by punching semi-circles with my Thumb Notch Punch at regular intervals. I used the edge of the punch as my guide to keep the spacing between the semi-circles even.

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So, what do you think of the new It Factor Collection? What type of projects would you use it for?

~Aly

Supplies:

It Factor 6×6 Paper Pad
It Factor AME Journaling Cards
It Factor Wood Stickers
Enamel Shapes–Neutral
Pennants Shape Dies
Evolution
Thumb Notch Punch

 

It Factor Layout

I’m so excited to introduce you to our new collection, It Factor. This collection is chalk full of fun icons, colors, textures and new embellishments. It’s a great collection for girls, celebrations, and teens, though many of the papers are versatile enough for just about any layout. I used it to create a page about my oldest daughters getting new glasses for the school year.

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Some of the papers have darling icons that are easy to cut out for instant custom embellishments. My design was somewhat inspired by the “B” side of the Teal Trunk paper with it’s patterned circles. So, I used my Circle Cutter to cut out different size circles to include on my page.

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I love the new embellishments for this collection! The clear acrylic stickers are fabulous and I definitely wanted to include them on my page, but I wanted them to stand out a bit more so I colored them with a coloring tool and permanent ink.

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I also used some of the new wood stickers. I love how well they mix with the other textures and patterns in the collection. I included some Enamel Shapes in my embellishment clusters as well.

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Finally, how fun are the new plastic Alpha Block Stickers? You can use the negative or the positive shapes, or combine them like I did for my page title.

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I love the new It Factor collection! Mixing acrylic, wood, plastic, and enamel on this page makes for a pretty cool look I think. Be sure to come back tomorrow to see another It Factor project.

~Aly

Supplies:

It Factor 12×12 Paper Pad
It Factor Alpha Block Stickers
It Factor Acrylic Shapes
It Factor Wood Stickers
Enamel Shapes–Neutral
Metallic Washi Tape–Silver
Magnetic Circle Cutter
2 Edge Punch–Loop