Best Of Summer Traveler’s Note Book

Hello everybody! Soraya here today to talk about summertime and all the good memories we like to document during our vacations. Here is a tutorial for you to create your own traveler notebook using the Book Binding Guide, the Word Punch Board and other yummy We R Memory Keepers tools!

Best of Summer Traveler's Notebook by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

First of all, let’s make the structure. Cut the cover of the notebook in a patterned paper measuring 19,7 x 25 cm. Score the middle of the paper with a spine of 1cm.

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To make the inserts, take 8 normal paper sheets measuring 24×19,7cm and fold them in the middle. Separate them in 2 inserts of 4 sheets. Use the Trim & Score Board for an easy control.

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Let’s bind the inserts in the TN ! Use the Book Binding tool to pierce the inserts in the middle of their spine. Then repeat the process for the cover by piercing 2 ranges of holes all along the score you previously folded.

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With a pink thread and an needle, sew the inserts on the cover and tie a knot to secure the points. You have more details about the sewing style in the instruction book, but don’t worry these are very simple to make !

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This TN needs a tassel ! So grab your Tassel Loom and create a beautiful pink pompom. Then use the Crop-A-Dile to place an eyelet on the top of the spine. This is by where we’ll attach the tassel.

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With the Word Punch Board (I love this tool so much!) create the word « summer » on a blue paper. Place an eyelet and a white paper on the back for the constrast. Add some pretty pearls on the tassel before attaching everything through the notebook spine.

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And voilà ! Your handmade TN is finally done ! Look how it is colorful ! Just add some embellishments on the cover and prepare the inner pages for the fun !

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Hope you enjoyed this project ! Can’t wait to fill it during our next vacations with Polaroids and journaling ! Have fun creating everyone and until next time!

Soraya.

 

Supplies :

Book Binding Tool

Word Punch Board

Trim & Score Board

Tassel Loom

Crop-a-dile

Stitch Happy Pink thread

Stitch Happy Scissors

Papers and embellisments by Amercian Crafts, Crate Paper  and Pink Paislee

DIY Traveler’s Notebook Leather Cover with the Foil Quill

Hello We R fans! It’s Aly here to share a fun and easy DIY Traveler’s Notebook Cover with the amazing new Foil Quill pen and my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine. This summer our family is taking a long trip back east to visit some places where some of our ancestors lived to learn more about them. I’m so excited about this trip and I know it’s going to be so memorable, so I created this traveler’s notebook to record photos, stories and experiences along the way.

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I love that the cover closure includes a pen so I’ll always be ready to write down thoughts or details during our trip. Take a look inside of the cover. The notebook insert is one of the Amy Tangerine Journal Studio inserts, which helped make this project come together quickly and easily.

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The beautiful foil details on the leather cover make this traverler’s notebook really special. It’s the perfect place to record our special family vacation!

DIY Traveler's Notebook Leather Cover by Aly Dosdall featuring the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill

This leather cover is easy to make. Let me show you how I did it with my Silhouette Cameo!

I started with an 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of Turquoise real leather I bought at my local Joann Store. Since I didn’t have an SVG file to cut the closure in my leather, I created a template with an 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet of cardstock and traced it onto the leather. Then I cut out the parts of the closure with my craft knife. If you’re an experienced Cameo user, you could create your own cutting file. The opening for the closure is 1 inch squared, and the top of the slits on the opposite side are 1 inch apart so they fit perfectly inside to 1 inch square.

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Next I added foil accents to my leather cover with the Foil Quill. The back side of real leather will leave fibers and debris on your cutting mat, so I recommend covering the back of your leather piece with a sheet of double sided adhesive. (You can also cover it with masking tape and use a spray adhesive on your mat.) Once I covered the back of the leather, I pealed off the backing and carefully placed it on my mat.

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I used my large bone folder as a brayer to smooth out any bubbles or lumps in the leather to ensure as smooth a foil transfer as possible.

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The original Cameo is not made to handle thick materials like the newer models are, so you need to place your leather on the cutting mat so that the edges don’t go under the white rollers at each end of the roller bar. I placed my leather vertically in the center of my mat and that worked great.

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For this project I used the gorgeous rose gold foil. It comes in a 12×96 inch roll and 4×6 sheets. I like to use foil that contrasts nicely with the material I’m using so the foil stands out. I used artwork from the Paige Evans and Heidi Swapp Design Drives.

**It’s important to mention that practicing on scrap paper ahead of time to insure proper placement of foil on your material and your material on your mat will save you some frustration.**

Here are the settings I used on my Sihouette Cameo for foiling with the Rose Gold foil on real leather:

Foil Quill Pen Size: Standard
Action: Sketch
Material: Leatherette (modified)
Speed: 1
Force: 25

I let my Foil Quill pen heat up for 10 mintues to ensure it was plenty hot. Then I loaded up my mat, hit “send” and watched the magic happen! It turned out amazing!

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Clean up was easy after foiling. All I had to do is pull up my leather with the double sided adhesive sheet, and then pull that off the leather and toss it in the trash. No mess on my mat!

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Next I created the binding for my notebook insert. I used the Book Binding Guide to punch holes in the cover spine. Remove the top of the guide by unscrewing the knobs. Line up the top edge of your leather cover against the top of the guide, placing the center of the spine in the groove on the bottom of the guide. Punch the top two circled holes along the center column with the punch tool.

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Then punch the last two circled holes at the bottom of the spine.

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Thread some elastic cording from the inside of the cover to the outside through the top hole, then thread the elastic back into the inside of the cover through the second hole at the top. Thread the cording through the bottom hole and then back into the inside of the cover through the hole just above the bottom hole. Tie both ends in a knot at the bottom of your cover and trim the excess. Here’s what your finished binding will look like. You’ll slip your notebook insert under the longer of the two elastics inside the cover so that it rests in the middle page of your notebook.

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DIY Leather Traveler's Notebook Cover by Aly Dosdall featuring the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill

To close the cover, simply pull the left flap over the notebook first, then the right one overlaps the left. Then pull the loop through the opening on the front, and insert your favorite pen!

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If you’d like more room for notebook inserts, just use a longer piece of leather for the cover and add more elastic binding.

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Thanks for stopping by! If you’ve got Foil Quill projects please share them on Facebook or Instagram and be sure to tag us! Happy foiling friends!

Supplies:

Foil Quill Standard Tip
Rose Gold 12 Inch Foil Roll
Paige Evans Design Drive
Heidi Swapp Design Drive
Amy Tangerine Journal Studio Notebook
Amy Tangerine Journal Pens
Large Bone Folder
Book Binding Guide

 

Journal Studio Roundup

Congratulations on making it to the weekend friends! Today we’ve got some weekend crafting inspiration for you featuring our Journal Studio Tools and Storage. We’ve scoured the interwebs and found some fabulous ideas and projects to share with you, so sit back and enjoy!

Habit Tracker

The All In One Journal Tool is a must-have for planning, journaling, scrapbooking and more. We love the Habit Tracker on this cute journal spread by Zinia Redo for American Crafts! CLICK HERE for more photos and details.

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On-The-Go Memory Keeping

Get your craft time in whenever and wherever you can with the Felt Travel Workspace! Terhi Koskinen for American Crafts loves to take her journal with her so she can make lists and record memories while their still fresh in her mind. For more information about her beautiful journal layout, CLICK HERE.

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Goals Mini Album

Make your own custom books, journals, albums and more with the Book Binding Guide! We love how Sandra Dietrich from Crate Paper made her own custom Goals Mini Album. Find the full tutorial HERE.

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Organization Calendar

Sandra’s at it again with this cute organization calendar using the Book Binding Guide! The sky’s really the limit when it comes to what size, style, and type of book you create. More photos and details on the Crate Paper blog HERE.

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5 Ways to Create in Your Journal

Our Mini Trimmer is the perfect size for small journals, notebooks, mini albums and other small scale projects. Visit the Heidi Swapp blog HERE for some other fabulous tips for creating in your journal.

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Thanks for stopping by! We hope you’ve enjoyed our Journal Studio roundup. Have a great weekend and happy crafting!

2019 Goal Tracker with the Journal Studio

Hello there!  It’s Rebecca with you for my last post of 2018!  It’s so hard to believe that the year will be over in just a few short days, isn’t it?  As I’ve been buried in the hustle, bustle, and tinsel of the holiday season, I’ve also been giving a little bit of thought to 2019 and what I’d like to do with a brand-new year.  Of course, there are the obligatory goals—exercise more, eat healthier, get more sleep, drink more water, etc.  I also always give a thought to what I’d like to accomplish as a creator.  In today’s post, I’ll give you a peek at my goal tracker and show you some of the We R Memory Keepers Journal Studio tools I used to help me stay focused.

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I’m excited to finally take my graphic design up a notch with ProCreate for the iPad Pro. There are many creative areas I’d like to further develop—sketching, hand lettering, water coloring, just to name a few.  My list was getting pretty long, and I began to think I was taking on far too much.  But when I really started to think about it, I realized that many of the techniques I’d like to learn or improve could be accomplished by tackling ProCreate.

2019 Goal Tracker featuring the Journal Studio by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

With my list not sounding as daunting now, I set out to figure a way to track my progress.  I really wanted a way to stay accountable and focused, while keeping track of what I was learning.  I pulled out a May Designs journal which has grid pages, as well as a perpetual week in review.  I could make my tracker on one of the 2-page grid spreads and use the weekly calendar to track progress.

2019 Goal Tracker featuring the Journal Studio by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I turned first to the WRMK All In One Journal Tool, using several of its features on the 2-page grid spread.  My idea was to track the entire year of practice, so I used the top part of the guide to create 12-month tracker.  I made 3 circles and 12 straight lines to divide the large circle into 12 parts.  Those serve as January through December, and go in a monthly order, with January at the top.  I then drew 3 horizontal lines in each month’s column, which gave me 4 long rectangles; they represent 4 weeks per month.

2019 Goal Tracker featuring the Journal Studio by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Underneath the circle tracker, I’ve created my color key.  I used the Journal Tool again to make this, utilizing the 3-lined stencils and 3-circle markers.  I color-coded each circle to represent how many days per week I’ll practice ProCreate.  It’s possible I’ll allow myself weekend breaks, though I’ve included the 6-7 days/wk option in case I change my mind.  I’m looking to form productive habits with this, too, and practicing every day is the best way to establish those.

2019 Goal Tracker featuring the Journal Studio by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

When I finish the week, I’ll fill in the grid with the corresponding color.  (I’m keeping daily track on the weekly spread, which I’ll share later in the post.)  I’ve filled in December as an example, though I haven’t actually been keeping very good track of my practice, as it’s been few and far between this month!

2019 Goal Tracker featuring the Journal Studio by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I’ve made some notes about where to find inspiration and resources in case I get stuck.  Both the “Find Inspiration” banner, as well as the half-box were made with the Journal Tool, and similar drawings are on the facing page, as well.

2019 Goal Tracker featuring the Journal Studio by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Speaking of the facing page, I used the Magnetic Alphabet and Symbol Stencils to trace 2019 CREATE onto the top of my page.  I covered the words with some opaque washi tape to add some color to the pages and used a few darker strips for the same purpose.

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I included some of the illustration hashtags I like on Instagram, which will be another resource throughout the year.  I’ve left extra space in that box, as well as in the inspiration box, because I’ll likely find more of both in the future.

2019 Goal Tracker featuring the Journal Studio by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Lastly, I want to keep a list of all the art and design skills I hope daily practice in ProCreate will help to improve.  While I won’t be tracking those individually, I’d still like to keep them in mind in order to stay accountable to them.

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Here’s a quick look at my week-at-a-glance, as well.  I’ve kept it simple, filling in the dates for the first week of January, and on each day, indicating a space for both the number of minutes I practiced, as well as the particular skill I worked on.

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On the opposite page, I used the Alphabet Stencils again to write THIS WEEK IN PRO CREATE.  I created a box to write notes, tips, or thoughts with the All-in-One Journal Tool, and I’ve got a spot to write down the total minutes and days practiced.  This page set up is subject to change, depending on what I want to write down each week.  I may also decide to track the week with a similar circular tracker, as well; it remains to be seen.

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I’m excited to begin, and excited to (hopefully) watch my improvement!  It’s also nice to have a notebook exclusively devoted to this goal so it’s easier to stay focused.

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A couple other things I wanted to mention are the Travel Workspace and Washi Spool Keychain you’ll see in the photos.  They’re a couple of handy tools that, even though I’m not traveling far (mostly from my desk to my couch or dining room table!), these hold the necessary utensils so I can work on this anywhere.  It’s got a nice hard surface on which to write, and plenty of pockets.  The Washi Spool clips onto it, and the outside is soft felt so it’s gentle when I’m carrying it with my iPad.  It doesn’t get handier than that!

2019 Goal Tracker featuring the Journal Studio by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Wishing you all a very Happy (and productive) New Year!

 

Supplies:

All In One Journal Tool

Magnetic Alphabet Stencils

Magnetic Symbol Stencils

Washi Keychain

Travel Workspace

Graduation Guest Book

Hello WeR fans! It’s Chantalle with you and thank you for stopping by the blog today to check out this little graduation memento/guest book.

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I will admit to creating this book after the fact, as a celebration of my daughter having successfully graduated from year 2 to 3, which in Australia moves you up in the world from ‘Junior’ to ‘Middle’ status in primary school. I will also admit that I am rubbish at filing things properly when I first get them. I kinda collect similar items and then have a big filing session (which then becomes a big task lol) so I was really happy to gather things that I had saved over the course of the year and then compile into this mini book. She still sees all of these kids every day so I can grab them to add a few more signatures to the hall of fame area at the back haha!

The book consists of some covered heavy weight kraft card for the covers and some patterned paper inside, bound together using my Cinch Binding Tool.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The covers are measured at 6×6 inches and the inside pages are 5 ¾ inches squared.

I trimmed my kraft card using my Supreme Ruler and a knife. I ran the paper which is a lighter weight through my Trim & Score Board so all the pages would be the same.

I applied some bright Amy Tangerine Washi Tape to the edges of my kraft card and folded it over to give a neat finish, before I glued the cover papers on. This beautiful woodgrain print is from the new 12×12 Hawthorne Paper Pad by Heidi Swapp.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Some of the pages have some machine stitching for detail and others have been stitched to create pockets.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I wanted the first spread to feature my DD and thought her school portrait would be great. I used my Circle Clear Cut Punch to pop a 2 inch circle in the centre of the paper and then embellished around the image.

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The chipboard alphas for the date are from a pack of AC ‘Sunshine’ Chipboard Stickers and the words are from American Crafts Girl Power Chipboard Alphas. The ‘dream big’ is a super convenient die cut shapes from my DCWV Die Cut Shapes paper pad. I used this pad in my last post and it’s awesome!!

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The next couple of pages feature an award and coloring competition she entered.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

This spotty page is the first of the pocket pages. I just machine stitched around 3 of the sides, leaving the last one open and then used a 1 inch circle punch to pop a half circle shape on that edge, so the viewer knows that the page contains something.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Overleaf we have an adorable observation with a little ‘peek-a-boo’ cutout in the paper announcing the title of her worksheet.

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Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Her interest definitely lies in story telling. She has always gone in to lots of detail when explaining something or telling us about her day. This argument to keep the news on television is too hilarious not to keep!

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The back section of the book focuses on some of the friendships she has made. I’ve included polaroid snaps of the children involved so she can look back on them and remember. TIP:  If this was at a graduation party, one could leave a couple of Instax cameras on the table for guests to add their own pics along with their messages.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Her class was encouraged to share some compliments with each other and the ones she received melted my heart!

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The book includes a friends list where she can add in her BFF’s

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Throughout this book, I’ve used the most gorgeous colourful rub-ons from Paige  Evans’ ‘Pick Me Up’ collection.

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There is also a pocket for her report cards.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Don’t forget to keep your Typecast dust-free with the handy clear covers, which are now available!

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Grab those signatures while you can sweetheart!

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Binding using the Cinch is so easy and convenient. I have used the smaller size      0.625inch binding combs as there weren’t that many pages in my book.

I punched all of my pages and the covers and then popped the comb onto the side of the binding tool. First, I put my inside pages onto the comb, followed by the top cover, face up then finally, the bottom cover, face down. This technique gives a cleaner binding finish.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

To secure my book, I have included a ribbon closure. Two sections of ribbon have been glued under the cover papers. In my case, I changed my mind from an eyelet system so I was able to lift my papers, which were adhered with double sided tape, so it wasn’t that difficult. If you prefer to use liquid adhesive, then you would have to add your ribbon before you glued down your cover paper to your book/chip board.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
I used my USB Glue Gun to add the ribbon as I wanted a good strong instant bond.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

This idea could be implemented at any number of occasions – a wedding, baby shower, special birthday or anniversary.

Graduation Party Guest Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Happy Cinching!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Cinch Binding Tool

Circle Clear Cut Punch

Cinch Wires .625″ 2/Pkg

DCWV ‘Die Cut Shapes’ 12×12 Stack

Trim & Score Board

Shimelle Box of Crayons 6×6 Pad

Shimelle Glitter Foam Thickers

Pink Paislee Pick me Up Rub Ons

American Crafts Girl Power Chipboard Alphas

American Crafts Sunshine Chipboard Alphas

Amy Tangerine Washi Tape

USB Glue Gun

Heidi Swapp 12×12 Hawthorne Paper Pad

Mother’s Day Gift Idea: DIY Journal

Happy Friday We R friends! It’s Aly here with you again. Mother’s Day is so special–I love celebrating the women in my life who have incluenced me the most. Along with the joy also comes a bit of stress because I want to give my special peeps something meaningful that shows them how amazing they are. I often turn to handmade gifts, and that’s exactly what I did this year.

DIY Mothers Day Journal Gift by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

My mom is an avid reader and writer who loves family history, so I created a DIY journal complete with journaling prompts that will encourage my mom to write down her ideas, thoughts, experiences, and all those important details that I want to have recorded for years to come.

DIY Mothers Day Journal Gift by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

The DCWV Journaling Stack provided the perfect spring board for this project. Its full of patterned paper and die cut journaling cards, tags, and labels that you can punch out and add directly to your projects. I love the soft color scheme–perfect for a Mother’s Day gift!

DIY Mothers Day Journal Gift by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I created the cover with a double sided piece of cardstock from the DCWV Okey Dokey Stack that coordinates perfectly with the Journaling Stack. I cut a 7 x 8 inch block and scored it vertically down the middle with my Trim and Score Board. Then I decorated the front of the cover with some die cuts I punched out of the Journaling Stack.

Trim and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

For the inside pages of the journal I gathered four pieces of paper from the Journaling Stack. They’re thin text weight paper–perfect for journal pages. I cut them all to 6 7/8 x 7 7/8 inches so they’re just smaller than the cover. That way when folded to fit in the journal, the edges of the inside pages don’t stick out over the cover. I stapled the cover and inside pages together with my Staple Board to finish the structure of the journal.

DIY Mothers Day Journal Gift by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I added a journaling prompt to each of the inside pages, along with some die cut embellishments I punched out of the Journaling Stack. I also made some frames to embellish some of my pages using the Frame Punch Board.

We R Memory Keepers Frame Punch Board

I finished off my DIY Journal with decorative paper clips, and secured it shut with a Heidi Swapp binder clip. Visit your local JoAnn Store to find the supplies I used to make this project.

DIY Mothers Day Journal Gift by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Mothers Day Journal Gift by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I’m so excited to give this to my Mom! It’s a handmade unique gift that I know she’ll enjoy.

DIY Mothers Day Journal Gift by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

 

Plus, my family and I will enjoy reading what she writes in it. Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!

Supplies:

Trim and Score Board
Frame Punch Board
Staple Board
Detail Scissors
DCWV Stacks: Journaling and Okey Dokey
Heidi Swapp Binder Clips
American Crafts Shaped Paper Clips: Cameras and Hearts

Throwback Thursday: Typecast Gratitude Journal

Pre-bound notebooks are a great way to journal thoughts, emotions, moments, and memories of all kinds. The Typecast Mint Paper Collection includes some bound notebooks with darling pockets and inserts, perfect for recording your life. Last fall, designer Aly Dosdall shared a gratitude journal she made with the Typecast notebook, tags, mini cards, and paper pad, along with her Typecast Typewriter. Check out her post below!

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I love these Typecast Pocket Notebooks–they’re perfect for art journals, memory keeping, mini albums, and smash-style journals.

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I added my Instax mini photos and some papers, journaling cards, tags, and labels from the Typecast Mint paper collection.

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I kept the dimension on my pages to a minimum so that my journal will close and not be too bulky.

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I stamped the date for each day with a Heidi Swapp roller stamp, and I typed my journaling on the Typecast cards and papers.

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Some of the notebook pages have pockets with inserts where I journaled about the one thing I chose to be grateful for each day.

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I used some washi tape from the Scotty Dog dispenser, and some shaped paper clips from the Oh Goodie collection.

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I also included a few rub-ons from the new Photo Lights collection. I’m usually not a fan of rub-ons because they can be hard to work with, but these rub-ons went on so smoothly and easily.

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Each page design is a bit different, but includes similar elements to maintain some continuity throughout the album.

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It’s been awesome to focus on one thing I’m grateful for each day and write my feelings about it.

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Thanks for joining me today!

~Aly

Supplies:

Typecast Typewriter and Paper Collection
Oh Goodie Shaped Paper Clips
Animal Washi Tape Dispenser
Heidi Swapp Roller Date Stamp

 

Travel Art Journal

 Hey there We R Memory Keepers friends and fans, Becki here, to share a fun travel art journal that I created with the Stitch Happy sewing machine (with grey twine), the Supreme Ruler, and the Tab Punch Board.

Stitch Happy Art Journal by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

This Summer/Fall is full of crafty adventures for me. I’m SO excited and determined to document all of my adventures along the way. I decided to create a small travelers note book/art journal.

Supreme Ruler by We R Memory Keepers

I started by using the Supreme Ruler to cut down the gigantic watercolor paper that I picked up at my local craft store. I wanted a heavy good quality watercolor paper because I planned on using ink, paint, and watercolors within the journal. I cut the paper down to 8 1/2 x 8 1/2. I cut one piece of patterned paper to 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 for the cover of the journal. Then I used the Supreme Ruler again to draw a straight line down the center of the journal so I could stitch down the center of the paper.

Stitch Happy sewing machine by We R Memory Keepers

Stitch Happy sewing machine by We R Memory Keepers

The Stitch Happy sewing machine stitched through the heavy watercolor paper like a champ! After stitching through the stack of paper I folded the journal in half to create a book. Inside the journal, I went a little crazy with paints, watercolor, and Heidi Swapp color shine.

For each section of the journal, I created a tab using the Tab Punch Board. Each tab is embellished with a cute little puffy heart sticker.

Stitch Happy Art Journal by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

On the first page of the journal, I created a frame with the Frame Punch Board. Inside that frame, I typed all of the cities I will visit on my crafty adventures.

Stitch Happy Art Journal by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Stitch Happy Art Journal by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

On the first full spread in the journal I added a few photos from my adventure on top of the Heidi Swapp color shine background.

Stitch Happy Art Journal by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

I can’t wait until my little crafty adventure journal is clear full! It was so fun and so easy to create using many of my favorite We R Memory Keepers tools. Thank you for stopping by the We R Memory Keepers blog. I’ll see you again soon!

 

Supplies:

We R Supreme Ruler

Stitch Happy Sewing Machine

Tab Punch Board

Stitch Happy Grey Twine

Typecast Typewriter

Frame Punch Board 

Hustle & Heart collection by American Crafts

Traveler’s Notebook with the Stitch Happy

Hello there We R friends, and Happy Friday! Aly here with you today. I hope you’ve enjoyed Travel Week, and that you’ve gotten some inspiration for your travel-themed projects. Today I’m excited to share an easy way to document your travel memories using the Stitch Happy sewing machine.

Recently, I shared a tutorial for making this Hawaii themed Traveler’s Notebook plus one of the inside pages on the Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine blog. You can catch the original post, including a process video and demo of the Stitch Happy HERE.

The thick Stitch Happy Thread (similar width to floss) really holds the six sheets of copy paper plus the cardstock cover together securely.

After binding my notebook, I used a few simple elements from the Crate Paper Oasis Collection to decorate the cover. Now I can add photos, memories, and embellishments to the inside pages as I have time. Here’s a look at a brand new page I added:


I used my used my Typecast Typewriter to add some journaling directly to one of the tags from the Oasis Ephemera Pack. I love journaling with my Typecast-so easy!

Here are some details shots from the inside page:

I love using Traveler’s Notebooks to document memories. They’re quick, easy, and can be made in no time with the Stitch Happy sewing machine. They’re my favorite DIY project to date!


Thanks for joining me today. Have fun with your travel-themed projects, and enjoy your weekend friends!

Supplies:

Stitch Happy
Stitch Happy White Thread
Typecast Typewriter
Crate Paper Oasis Collection

15 Days of Gratitude: Part 3

Hello, and Happy Thanksgiving to our U.S. friends! It’s Aly here with you today to share the last week of pages in my 15 Days of Gratitude journal. If you missed the first two parts of this three part series, you can check them out HERE and HERE. I enjoy this project so much, and am always glad for the chance to focus on the good things in life this time of year.

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Today, along with the completed pages, I wanted to share a few tips with you. First, I find it easier to gather all of the supplies that I plan to use for the entire journal and keep them in a basket or bag out on my work surface. That way when I have time to work on it I don’t have to go fishing around for my supplies.

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I also used a couple of paper pads from the Typecast Mint collection. Using coordinating paper pads made it easy since no matter what papers I chose, they worked nicely together. I also used a few packs of coordinating stickers, tags, and labels to use as accents and layers.

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I found a few rolls of washi tape that match my papers and kept those on hand, using some on each page. For this album I journaled with my Typecast typewriter and a Heidi Swapp date stamp.

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Another tip is that I always like to add some texture with different materials such as metal, fibers, or ribbon. For this project I pulled in some metal shaped paper clips and some jute twine.

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When designing my pages, I start by selecting at least three patterned papers that I can layer as a base. Then I add my photo or journaling card on top of the papers, and finish off with the bits and pieces like washi tape, paper clips, staples, and smaller stickers, labels and tags.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this gratitude journal inspiration. This project is only one way to record your blessings this time of year, but you can do it many other ways as well. The important thing is to get your thoughts down, and to focus on your blessings and all the good things in your life.

Supplies:

Typecast Typewriter–black
Typecast Paper Collection
Oh Goodie  Shaped Paper Clips
Staple Board
Animal Washi Tape Dispenser–Scottie Dog