Throwback Thursday: Boxed Wedding Invitation

We’re still big fans of this gorgeous boxed wedding invitation Kimberly created for a beach themed wedding. We just love the embossing details and the stunning acetate envelope filled with confetti! Learn how to make it below.

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a fun way to send a wedding invitation. Wedding invitations are the first impression guests will get of your upcoming wedding.  Creating a unique and memorable invitation is easy with a few tools and supplies from We R Memory Keepers.

boxed wedding invitation Kimberly Crawford

Before starting the invitation, I looked at my 1-2-3 Punch Board size chart to see what size envelopes I could possibly create. When I chose the 5” x 7.5” envelope, I was ready to begin making my invitation. I printed my information out onto specialty paper. On the back, I layered a piece of gold paper for an elegant touch.

boxed wedding invitation 8 Kimberly Crawford

Because this will be a destination wedding, at a beach, I thought using the Next Level Embossing Folder Wave would be a fantastic touch of texture. The embossing folder is not long enough to emboss the whole piece of cardstock, so I embossed one half and then the other. Where the two edges meet, the ridges will be covered up by the front and back panels of cardstock.

boxed wedding invitation 3 Kimberly Crawford

The envelope for this invitation is where the whole idea started. I knew I could create an envelope that would be like a box, with tall sides.  The 1-2-3 Punch Board makes it very easy to create. Using a sheet of Clearly Posh Acetate, I punched and scored the envelope according to the directions.

boxed wedding invitation 2 Kimberly Crawford

Once the sides were adhered together, I placed the invitation inside. Because the envelope is like a box, I have space to add fun touches like DIY Party Confetti, or even small shells.

boxed wedding invitation 4 Kimberly Crawford

To close the invitation, I used a gold foil sticker.  Topped with a small sea shell, the look is complete.

boxed wedding invitation 5 Kimberly Crawford

You can see the sides of the envelope and how it holds everything beautifully!

boxed wedding invitation 6 Kimberly Crawford

Tips for mass producing wedding invitations:

  • Gather your fiancé, friends, and family and make fun afternoon of creating!
  • Gather all the supplies you will need first, make sure you have enough paper, supplies, and adhesives. Be sure and have extras on hand for when mistakes happen.
  • Create each part of the invitation all at once. Print all the invitations. Cut all the papers. Score all the lines, etc. You can give each job to one person.

boxed wedding invitation 7 Kimberly Crawford

 

Supplies:

1-2-3 Punch Board

Next Level Embossing Folders: Wave

Clearly Posh Acetate Sheet: Confetti Dot with Gold Foil

DIY Party Confetti Metallic

Oh Goodie! Foil Stickers; Gold Starburst

Letterpress Wedding Card

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here and it is wedding season. There is something about making a wedding card that makes you want to create something full of elegance and texture. Using a couple tools from We R Memory Keepers, I was able to easily make a gorgeous card for someone’s special day.

Letterpress Wedding Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Nothing says elegance to me like letterpress. The Evolution creates a deep and beautiful impession, simply.

Letterpress Wedding Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To the floral letterpress plate, I added silver ink. This ink is a pigment formula ink, meaning it will stay wetter longer, which is what is needed for the best results when creating this look. I placed my paper over the top of the inked plate, set that inside the letterpress platform, and passed it through the Evolution. (Use the Letterpress setting on the side of the machine. Its one easy turn of the knob for the correct pressure.)

Letterpress Wedding Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

With a few turns of the handle, I was able to make this cardstock truly fabulous. Look at the embossing and how the silver shimmers inside of it.

Letterpress Wedding Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To reinforce the theme of the day, I used the Happy Jig to create the word love from silver wire. All the pegs and a pair of wire cutters are included in the Happy Jig and I love that they all store inside the tool.

We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig

The instructions for creating the word love are in the book enclosed with the Happy Jig. (If you are looking for more patterns, be sure and check out the We R Happy Jig Instagram account for more ideas and designs.)

Letterpress Wedding Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To adhere the wire word to my card, I applied a strong glue to the back of the wire.

Letterpress Wedding Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Here is to a summer of love!

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

Palm Beach Scrapbook Page

Hello We R Fans! Its summer and time to take those vacations to the beach. And then when it gets too hot outside, you can head into the air conditioning and work on making layouts. We R Memory Keepers has some great tools to add some beach-y finishing touches to your next layout.

Palm Beach Scrapbook Page by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The DCWV Nautical paper pack was the perfect fit for my beach photos. The soft blues and tans, with a pop of red was the perfect color palette.

Palm Beach Scrapbook Page by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To make the papers pop and to add texture to my layout, I started by creating some waves using the We R Memory Keepers Tear Guides. The large wave guide was perfect. I placed the paper underneath the guide, applied water with the brush included in the set, and tore my paper easily. This paper pack is thinner in weight, so I found that I could tear it without the water. I love the bit of distressing the tearing adds. It’s like white caps on the waves.

Palm Beach Scrapbook Page by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The layering of the papers also gave me a great place to tuck a photo and a decorative journaling card.

Palm Beach Scrapbook Page by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To add the effect of sand, I used the We R Memory Keepers Marker Airbrush. A brown marker, with the cap removed, was slid into the holder. The marker is secured in place with a small screw that you twist tight when the marker is in place. The end of the Airbrush is a bulb that is squeezed. When the bulb is released, air passes over the marker tip and leaves color behind on the paper. I found that a marker with a brush tip brought a nice amount of color. Not only did it add to the feel of sand being everywhere, but it also added more texture. A favorite element of mine to add to any paper crafting project.

Palm Beach Scrapbook Page by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To create the largest part of my layout, I used the We R Memory Keepers Mini Alphabet Punch Board. Perfect for making titles. To add more dimension to the letters, they were adhered down with foam squares.

Palm Beach Scrapbook Page by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Palm Beach Scrapbook Page by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

How do you like to add texture to your layouts?

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

DCWV:

Square Punch Board Scrapbook Page

Happy Monday, We R friends! Laura here today with a squares scrapbook page that is so simple to put together with a little help from the square punch board and laser square.

Square Punch Board Scrapbook Page by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I started with the Butterflies & Flowers cardstock stack from DCWV. I chose my favorite papers from the stack and punched out twelve 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares using the square punch board.

Square Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

The punch board makes it easy to punch out more than one square from the same sheet. You can use double-sided patterned paper and get two squares from each sheet with just a couple of punches.

Square Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

I used my paper trimmer to cut out two rectangles that were 2 ½” x 5 ½”. To line everything up on my page I used the laser square as my guide.

Laser Square by We R Memory Keepers

The detail scissors made it easy to cut out three butterflies from one of the cardstock sheets in the stack. I always like to add a little dimension to my scrapbook pages. I did this by folding up the wings and using an adhesive dot on one.

Detail Scissors by We R Memory Keepers

Square Punch Board Scrapbook Page by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

This was the perfect backdrop for our family photo from 2017. I usually take our photo when we go out into the woods in November to cut down a Christmas tree. It is fun because sometimes we have snow and sometimes, like last year, we don’t have any. We all probably could have been in shorts it was so warm the day we went!

I used the 3-way corner punch to round the corners on both the orange photo mat and the photograph. I also used the punch on some of the squares and the two rectangles I used for the background.

Corner Rounder by We R Memory Keepers

I attached the photo using adhesive dots. I added some stick-on sequin and gem embellishments to the photo.

Square Punch Board Scrapbook Page by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I added more sequin and gems to different squares of the layout to tie everything together.

Square Punch Board Scrapbook Page by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Square Punch Board Scrapbook Page by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

I love the way this layout turned out. The papers all work beautifully together. Once I had my design in mind, the square punch board made it so easy to get the squares cut out for the background. And I feel like I waste less paper using the square punch board because it cuts the square out of the corner of the page, rather than having to cut a strip off the sheet using my paper trimmer.

Square Punch Board Scrapbook Page by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies

DCWV Butterflies & Flowers Cardstock Stack

Square Punch Board

Laser Square & Mat

Detail Scissors

3-Way Corner Punch

 

Mother’s Day Card

Hello We R fans! Kimberly here with a special Mother’s Day card. There is nothing better than making our moms feel special, especially with a handmade card! But what is even better is when some great tools from We R Memory Keepers and a cute paper pad from DCWV make it quick and easy. Because, let’s face it, we need some time for ourselves on Mother’s Day too!

Mother's Day Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

This card started with the Paper Party Stack from DCWV. This pad is full of great patterned papers, but also a fun bonus…

Mother's Day Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Mini Alphabet Punch Board and the DCWV Inc Paper Party Stack

…pre-cut pieces that create rolled flowers! When I saw these rolled flowers, I knew they would make the perfect “O” in mom. What a huge wow factor!

Mother's Day Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To begin, I cut my patterned paper for my card layers with the We R Memory Keepers Trim & Score Board. This 12×12 trimmer folds up, so it sits on your work space easily. Plus, when making a card, I can choose to score and create a clean fold on my card stock.

Mother's Day Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To create the two ms for mom, I used the We R Memory Keepers Mini Alphabet Punch Board. The letter m can be made two different ways, both are shown in the book that comes with the board. I chose the one-piece method, due to the patterned in the paper I had chosen.

Mother's Day Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Mini Alphabet Punch Board

To give some extra depth to the card, and to make the word mom really stand out, I applied the letters to the card with foam adhesive.

Mother's Day Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

A beautiful Mother’s Day card made easily. Isn’t that the best?! How do you make your Mother’s day cards extra special?

Mother's Day Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

DCWV:

DIY Birthday Party Decor

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today with some fun party décor. Birthdays, well, they happen every year (whether we like it or not), so why not make them fun and exciting with custom décor?! I have always loved making special decorations for my son’s birthdays. There are a few We R Memory Keepers tools that I always grab when I am getting started and I am sharing them with you today.

DIY Birthday Party Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers
Project number one on my list is always a banner. We have the perfect place in our kitchen to hang one and it just says, celebration time! The Banner Punch Board makes the job quick and easy. I cut my Pebbles Happy Hooray patterned paper down to 6” x 6.” Then I lined the paper up with the 6” line on the Banner Punch Board and made two cuts. Two cuts. That is it for each pennant of the banner. Nice!
DIY Birthday Party Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers
On each pennant, I added a cardstock sticker from the Pebbles Happy Hooray collection. To make the stickers pop off the paper, I adhered them each with foam squares.

DIY Birthday Party Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Birthday Party Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers
The top of each banner was covered with two layers of DIY Party Fringe Tape. By using two layers, it looks fuller. I adhered the bottom layer first, then lined the top layer up with the top edge of the patterned paper. It makes it cleaner looking that way.
Next item that we always get for birthdays in this house is cupcakes! Using the DIY Party Board and the Clear Cut Punch Circle, I took the bakery cupcakes from cute to wow!

DIY Birthday Party Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers
I made cupcake wrappers from patterned paper and the DIY Party Board. The instructions for the size of paper to use and where to cut are printed directly on the board. Another tool that makes it quick and easy to make an impact.
DIY Birthday Party Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Birthday Party Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers
For the cupcake topper, I used a small DIY Honeycomb pad. I trimmed small pieces and adhere their ends together. It made a cute and dimensional circle. On the front of each, I added an image from patterned paper. Using the Clear Cut Punch Tool, I could place the punch directly over the image I wanted and perfectly cut it out.

DIY Birthday Party Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers
Final item, silly straws. Totally essential for birthdays! Instead of leaving the straws plain, I added a punched circle of patterned paper, once again using the Clear Cut Punch Tool. It punches so smoothly, its great to use for any circles I need.

DIY Birthday Party Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers
The final detail was adding the letter E to each of the straws. The Mini Alphabet Punch Board made quick work of making the letters. Oh, and a special thing to notice, see the stripe of rainbow at the bottom of the letter E? I left the tear strip on the patterned paper and let it add some fun color to my letters!
How do you celebrate birthdays in your house?

Supplies:
We R Memory Keepers:
• Banner Punch Board
• DIY Party Board
• Clear Cut Punch – Circle
• Mini Alphabet Punch Board
• DIY Fringe Tape – White
• DIY Party Small Honeycomb Pads – 3”x8”
Pebbles – Happy Hooray
• Pattered paper – Hooray, Balloon Animals, Make a Wish, Party Animal, Eat Cake
• Cardstock Stickers

Pineapple Candles

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today. The Wick candle machine is one cool new tool! But, then again, We R Memory Keepers always knocks it out of the park with its tools! Honestly, I was not sure about making candles. I am crafty, but more paper-crafty, than crafty-crafty. That has changed. I am hooked! The Wick is easy to use, easy to clean, and both of those things add up to pure crafting fun!

Pineapple Candles by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The Wick allows you to make pillar candles using molds. Three different molds come with the Wick, which is cool. But I had a crazy idea to try out. I wanted to use small jars and create candles that look like pineapples.

Pineapple Candles by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I am obsessed with pineapples and our guest bedroom is getting a redesign. Perfect time to make my own décor to match my theme.

Pineapple Candles by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The Wick has a unique and clever system for adding the wick when you use the molds, but when I wanted to use a decorative jar, a separate item from the box, I had to get creative. Digging through my stash, I found some Sticky Thumb Adhesive Dots. I placed one on the cotton wick material, provided in the box, and placed it in the bottom of my small jar. (The wick holding metal stick was helpful for reaching the bottom of the jar.)

Pineapple Candles by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I already had my wax and color melted in the Wick, so, carefully holding the cotton wick string, I opened the pour valve slightly and let a few drops of wax come out to cover the bottom of the jar. By doing this, I could help set the wick in place. I allowed the wax to cool for a few minutes and then tied my cotton wick string around the metal stick to keep it in the center.

Pineapple Candles by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I finished pouring the rest of the wax on top and created the bottom layer of my “pineapple.” I set it aside to cool completely before adding the next layer of green.

Wick Candle Maker by We R Memory Keepers

The Wick comes with packets of dye flakes to change the color of the wax. Because I wanted green, I used yellow and blue. There is a handy color chart included with the Wick to help you determine how much of the coloring to add. A small amount of flakes are needed for vivid colors.

Pineapple Candles by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Another cool thing you can add to your wax are oils. You can add scents! After searching online, I found pineapple essential oil. Yes, I did! Add a few drops to your wax once it is melted and enjoy custom scents!

Pineapple Candles by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

When the pour valve is open, the wax streams out into your jar, or mold. It will stop coming out when it is finished. Once it is emptied, simply wipe the top out with a paper towel and its ready for your next candle. (Please be careful as the edges are still hot.)

Pineapple Candles by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

How fun are these “pineapple” candles? I cannot wait to try more styles, colors, and scents! What color candle would you make first?

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers Wick
American Crafts Sticky Thumb Adhesive Dots

 

Storage Ideas with Kimberly

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly Crawford here for some storage and organization ideas to share. There are so many amazing We R Memory Keepers tools available, we definitely need great storage solutions, because we have to have all the tools!

Craft Room Storage ideas by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Hands down, my favorite new storage unit is the We R Memory Keepers Bloom! Not only is it adorable, but it also holds all those small doo-dads that never seem to have a good home. Ephemera fits in the bottom trays. Small flowers, buttons, 3D embellishments, and erasers fit in the middle trays. I even found that my Craft Knife and Swivel Craft Knife refill blades fit perfectly in a tray. Simply twist the top of the unit closed and this storage fits nicely on any desk top.

Craft Room Storage ideas by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I did want to mention the mat underneath the Bloom. It is the mat from the We R Memory Keepers Template Studio. The Template Studio is fantastic, but so is this cutting mat! It is a wonderful surface that I leave on my desktop all the time. I often get asked what mat I use when filming my video tutorials-the grey color is perfect and keeps my color balance in check while filming. Form, function, and looking good!

Craft Room Storage ideas by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

For a majority of my tools, I love baskets. You can find cute baskets just about anywhere, which makes it easy to keep your tools in one place. In this basket, I keep my punches, but if you look closer, you can also see that I store the directions with the tools. Keeping the instruction booklets in one place makes my life so much easier. We R Memory Keepers instructions are well-written and contain so many helpful tips and measurements, I do not want to misplace even one.

Craft Room Storage ideas by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

On the top, I keep my punch boards. Again, keeping the tools that work together in one place makes creating easier.

Craft Room Storage ideas by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

More basket storage. This is especially useful when the tool comes with so many wonderful accessories, like the Happy Jig! Look at all the wonderful colors of wire, including wire that looks like baker’s twine! When I want to use my tools, having them all in one place allows me to get creating, not digging through boxes and piles.

Craft Room Storage ideas by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Finally, having my tools close at hand is important. I keep a couple of coffee mugs right next to me on my desk. All the new Crafter’s Essentials tools fit nicely. Plus, having this mug from someone special, always makes me smile.

What is your favorite organizational piece in your crafting space?

 

 

Stamped Card and Envelope

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly Crawford here with a card and matching envelope. When you are stamping, its wonderful to be able to not only create custom-colored images, but also coordinating projects like envelopes. We R Memory Keepers has all the tools to help you create stamped cards with ease.

Stamped Card and Envelope by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

My card began with color inspiration from the Cedar Lane 6×6 Paper Pad. From there, I choose the Rose Layered Stamp set to create my card.

Stamped Card and Envelope by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The layered stamp sets include a guide image. It is a stamp that assists in perfectly lining up your images. Because of my project, today I did not use that guide image, but it is very handy. The other three images in the set include layers. These layers build up the image and create a lot of depth.

We R Memory Keepers Layered Stamps

You can see how the layers build upon one another. Also notice the acrylic block I am using to stamp my image. I really like the lines on the block. The lines meet in the middle and go all the way across. Having those lines really helps line up your images.

We R Memory Keepers Acrylic Blocks

While I was stamping my main image for my card, I also decided to stamp a liner for my envelope.

Stamped Card and Envelope by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Stamped Card and Envelope by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I stamped my rose image repeatedly onto white text-weight paper.  (so as to not add bulk to my envelope) Using my Envelope Punch Board, I created a simple liner. What a special touch to add, with ease!

Stamped Card and Envelope by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I trimmed my second stamped rose out and adhered it with foam. This added a ton of depth to my card. The finishing touch to the card was a bit of Stitch Happy Multimedia Baker’s Twine.

Have you tried Layered Stamps yet?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

American Crafts:

Envelope Punch Board Card

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly Crawford here with a fun card that seems kind of backwards. Instead of putting the card in an envelope, I used the envelope as a design element, and used it to hold a special surprise! When I was using the We R Memory Keepers Mini Envelope Punch Board, I noticed something perfect! So, my scrapbooking friends, you can now rock card-making as well with my little tip!

Mini Envelope Punch Board Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The Mini Envelope Punch Board has the measurements for many different sized envelopes printed on the tool. I think that is the smartest thing ever! As I was looking through the chart, I noticed measurements for a 3”x4” envelope. Know what else measures 3”x4”? Journaling cards! All those sweet cards on 12×12 paper, that I hoard. Well, they can now fit inside their own envelope! Sweet!

Mini Envelope Punch Board Card by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

This punch board is fantastic! I am totally obsessed! My second favorite feature of the Mini Envelope Punch Board is the punching part at the top. It has this extension piece that helps perfectly line up the score line. I have struggled with that in the past, but no more!

Mini Envelope Punch Board Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I created the card and the layers from papers and stickers in the Pebbles Happy Hooray collection. Its colorful and fun. It is also perfect timing because yesterday my little boy turned 12! This card will be perfect for him!

Once I created the envelope, I tucked a 3×4 journaling card and a gift card inside! Yes! A gift card also fits inside this envelope. Whoop!

The envelope was tied closed with baker’s twine and adhered to the card.

Mini Envelope Punch Board Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Here is a closer look at what is inside the envelope. When making envelopes like this, try and find two-sided paper. Adding color and design to the inside is so fun. Hello balloon animals!

Mini Envelope Punch Board Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

So, who is ready to make inside-out cards? What surprises will you put inside your envelope?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

Pebbles-Happy Hooray: