Gift Bags with the Crop-A-Dile

Hello We R fans! Kimberly here today using a tool that was one of the first tools in my paper crafting stash; the Crop-A-Dile! That fantastic hole punch and eyelet setting tool. The one that can punch through just about any material. Heavy duty and beloved in my work space. When you think of the Crop-A-Dile, gift wrap isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But, this wonderful tool helps make gift wrapping a breeze! It helps add a finishing touch to a specially wrapped gift.

DIY Gift Bags with the Crop-A-Dile by Kimberly Crawford

I began by creating three gift bags using Glassine Papers and the Scalloped Goodie Bag Guide. The paper is food safe, making this perfect for cookies, brownies, or my favorite–homemade caramel popcorn. These small bags also could hold gift cards, earrings, necklaces, and more!

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After adding a few papers from the Hazelwood Collection to my bags, I folded a small paper doily over the top. Using my Crop-A-Dile, I punched two small holes side-by-side. About ¾” apart from each other. The Crop-A-Dile has two different sizes for holes.

DIY Gift Bags with the Crop-A-Dile by Kimberly Crawford

Due to my smaller width ribbon, I chose the smaller. The Crop-A-Dile punched through all the layers easily. The other great feature of this tool is the small “teeth” that can be seen on the side of the tool. Those teeth help you line up each punch in the same spot. Simply count the teeth on the first punch placement and repeat.

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On these first two bags, I pushed the ribbon through the holes from the back to the front. One end of the ribbon in each hole. I pulled the ribbon through, made both sides even, and tied a bow.

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I never learned to tie my shoes “properly,” which is a story for another time. However, it has served me well when it comes to tying bows in paper crafting. After tying the start of a square knot, I create two loops. I then cross the loops, tucking one underneath the other. By doing this, both ends of the bow can easily be adjusted for loop size!
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For this bag, I closed it with ribbon again, but used a different technique. This time, the ribbon was fed through the front of the bag. One end of the ribbon through each opening. Then, crossing the ribbon in the back, the ends were fed back through to the front.

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After pulling each end of the ribbon tight, it creates this closure. I love the look with the checked ribbon!

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Each of the bags was decorated with more papers and fussy-cut images from the Hazelwood Collection. Oh, how I am infatuated with those butterflies!

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Who knew that a versatile tool like the Crop-A-Dile could create such beautiful gift bags?!

DIY Gift Bags with the Crop-A-Dile by Kimberly Crawford

How would you wrap a gift with the Crop-A-Dile?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers

American Crafts, 1 canoe 2

Evolution Advanced Card Set

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with two cards today showcasing the fantastic Evolution Die Cutting and Embossing Machine. The Evolution is a powerful die cutting machine that can tackle many mediums, but it also easily embosses with the turn of a crank. It is easy to use, which makes your creativity flow faster!

Embossed Handmade Cards by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To start my cards, I chose two products that I wanted to use, the Gems Dies and the Geometric Embossing Folder. I knew they would add amazing detail and texture to my cards.

Embossed Handmade Cards by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I began by embossing Rose Quartz cardstock. The pink paper was placed inside the Geometric Embossing Folder. Then it was placed on the Platform Plate and topped with the Genius Mat.

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On the side of the Evolution is a knob that adjusts the rollers inside the machine. Following the illustrations around the knob, I turned to the embossing portion. A simple crank of the handle and the embossing was done.

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The depth of this Next Level Embossing Folder is so fantastic!

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I love the texture it adds to the card.

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It is remarkable what a hint of depth does to make a card go from ok, to wow!

Embossed Handmade Cards by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Pink Paislee’s Moonstruck collection bits and pieces were added to the card.

Embossed Handmade Cards by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

With the faceted look of the embossing folder, adding the Gem Dies images was perfect! Using metallic gold paper, I die cut each of the images.

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With the Evolution, going from embossing to die cutting is a breeze. I placed my die on the Platform Plate, cutting edge up. Topped it with gold paper, face down. Covered that with the Genius platform. All that needed to be changed for die cutting was the settings on the side of the machine. I quickly turned the knob to die cutting and passed it all through the machine with a crank of the handle.

Embossed Handmade Cards by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The details are perfect and the metallic gold paper adds so much shine! All the papers and pieces from the Moonstruck collection finished off these dreamy and romantic cards beautifully!

Embossed Handmade Cards by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

What is your favorite way to use your Evolution?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers

Pink Paislee Moonstruck

Bazzill

DIY Party Board Cupcake Stand

Hello We R fans! Kimberly here with a confession. I have a thing for cake stands. It’s bad. I have many of them. Many, many cake stands. Once I saw the cool things you could create with the DIY Party Board, my mind instantly thought, hey, maybe I could make a cake stand with it!

DIY Party Board Cupcake Stand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

These easy and adorable cupcake stands were a snap to create. No, really!

DIY Party Board Cupcake Stand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Take a closer look at the DIY Party Board. It has the guide labels and placements for each project on the board!

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There are three moveable guides, all clearly labeled A, B, or C. The cutting blade fits inside each one, but stores in the A guide.

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The instruction book, included with the board, lists what size piece of paper you need for each project. To create my taller cupcake stand, I used the dimensions for the 9-ounce cup cover. I placed my Pink Paislee Moonstruck patterned paper in the corner, as shown.

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Then I placed my guide. The guides and the board are labeled for easy movement. And I love the pegs that hold the guides in place. There was never any slipping while cutting!

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You can see how the blade fits in the guide and cuts a perfect line. I repeated the same process for the shorter cupcake stand, using the dimensions for the 8-ounce ice cream cup cover.

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Once the paper was cut, I used Doubled-Sided Super Sticky Red Tape to hold the ends in place. A very strong adhesive is needed to keep the two sides together when being used as a base like this. The two ends of the cut patterned paper line up perfectly along the top and bottom, when they are the correct dimensions. So simple.

DIY Party Board Cupcake Stand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To create the tops of the cupcake stands, I traced a small plate onto thin chipboard and then on Pink Paislee Moonstruck Chalkboard Floral patterned paper. The chipboard I used came from a cereal box. It added extra stability to the top, to support the cupcake.

Around the narrower end of the cup shapes, a line of glue from the Mini Cordless Hot Glue Gun was added. Then I placed the cup, or now the base, onto the underside of the top. By doing this “upside down,” it allows the base to settle into the top, and to be much more accurate when attempting to get the base in the center.

DIY Party Board Cupcake Stand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Party Fringe Tape was adhered around the outside edge of the cupcake stand top. Sequin Stickers were also added. Pink Paislee Moonstruck Ephemera was used to create the butterfly cupcake picks. And, because the DIY Party Board also creates cupcake wraps, I had to wrap these in more patterned paper from the Pink Paislee Moonstruck collection.

DIY Party Board Cupcake Stand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

What celebration will you create cupcake stands for?

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers DIY Party Board
Sequin Stickers
DIY Party Fringe Tape; Blossom
Pink Paislee: Moonstruck

Sticky Thumb Mini Cordless Hot Glue Gun
Sticky Thumb Double-Sided Super Sticky Red Tape

GO BIG with the Template Studio!

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a fun project perfect for Valentine’s Day! When I was teaching years ago, I would always have my students make foam fortune cookies for a fun project at Valentine’s Day. While I have made the cookies in the past look great with patterned paper, I thought, why not take it up a notch and make huge fortune cookies!?!

Jumbo Valentine Fortune Cookies by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Jumbo Valentine Fortune Cookies by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

These cookies were a snap to make with the We R Memory Keepers Template Studio and Circle Template. To make them large, I used 22×28 Designer Poster Board in different colors.

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After trimming the paper to size, according to the instructions included with the Circle Template Guide, I cut the circle out using the guide and blade. The instructions come on convenient cards that can be kept together with a loose-leaf ring, making it simple to create your shapes.

Tip: Roll and create waves with your circle of paper before attempting to create the cookie. This will get the fibers in the paper loosened. Doing this will allow the paper to bend more easily during the next steps.

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Fold the paper in half, as shown, but do not crease. Using your hand, create a dent in the center of the “fold.” Having the dent off-center will make the cookie look more realistic. I found that placing the edges of the circle between my knees made it easier to hold onto when creating the dent.

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Touch the two outside ends together and adhere with a hot glue gun. Other liquid glues and dry adhesives will not keep the sides together.

Jumbo Valentine Fortune Cookies by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To create the fortunes, the Mini Alphabet Punched help me create love phrases. I adhered the letters to strips of white cardstock. After determining how far out the fortunes needed to stick, I adhered the strip to the outer edge of the fortune cookie.

Jumbo Valentine Fortune Cookies by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Anyone else feeling lucky in love this Valentine’s Day? How you would use your fortune cookies?

Kimberly

Supplies:

Template Studio Starter Kit

Template Studio Guide Template; Circle

Designer Poster Board Pink Dots

Designer Poster Board Gold Foil Dots

Designer Poster Board Red Stripes

Mini Alphabet Punch

3×5 Metallic Paper Pad

12×12 White Bazzill Cardstock

Sticky Thumb Cordless Mini Hot Glue Gun

Make a Card with the Tab Punch Board

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a card using the Tab Punch Board. This is such a fun punch board! Not only can I make custom file folders to feed my organization obsession, but I thought I could make a darling file folder shaped card!

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I started by creating a standard card base from double-sided patterned paper. Having bright and fun patterns on both sides of the Oh Happy Life Around Town paper would create a darling file folder card! I cut the paper to 5.5” x 8.5.”

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Following the easy instructions included with the Tab Punch Board, I punched my paper twice and trimmed away one strip of paper. It’s really that easy! Once the tab was punched, I scored the patterned paper with my Trim and Score Board to create the fold. (Scored at 4.25” on the 8.5” side.)

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I decorated the front with fussy-cut flowers from the Good Morning paper from Oh Happy Life. Fussy-cutting is when objects are cut out with scissors. The gorgeous flowers on the patterned paper were perfect for this technique and created wonderful custom accents for my card! Some of the flowers were along the edge of the patterned paper, leaving a straight edge, instead of a full image. Those worked out to create a unique card front because I could place the flowers down the left side. The front was finished with a small strip of heart patterned paper, a sentiment sticker, and a few rhinestones for shine.

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Check out how cute this tab is! It was the perfect place to add another sentiment sticker, and allow the inside pattern to shine through as well!

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On the inside of the file folder card, I added more Oh Happy Life patterned paper, a sentiment cut from a journaling card, and a few more flowers. The yellow flower sits on the score of the card, so to allow the file folder card to still open and close, I simply placed the flower in the Trim and Score Board and scored it down the middle.

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How will you use your Tab Punch Board?

 

Supplies:

Tab Punch Board

Trim and Score Board

Gem Stickers-Mini Rhinestones, Light Rhinestones

American Crafts Oh Happy Life Patterned Paper-Around Town, Good Morning, All Smiles, No Worries

Pink Paislee Moonstruck-Word Jumble Stickers with Gold Foil

 

Welcome Back, Kimberly!

Kimberly Crawford was on our 2016 Design Team, and we’re lucky to have her back for another year. She a card and stamping expert, and an awesome all around crafter. Check out some more info about Kimberly below!

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I am a former elementary teacher living with my husband of 17 years, our 11 year-old-son, and one big fat cat, in eastern Iowa. Being a stay-at-home mom keeps me busy as my son is involved in many activities at school, which leads to me becoming involved as well. I have been working in the paper crafting industry for over 8 years and am thrilled to be designing for We R Memory Keepers!

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Currently…

Snacking on: homemade caramel popcorn
Always wearing: swim team t-shirts
Obsessed with: Instagram
Listening to: Casting Crowns
Making: home décor for the seasons and holidays
Annoyed with: slow wi-fi
Excited about: upcoming family vacations

Favorite We R tool: 1-2-3 Punch Board

Favorite project: I love how this photo banner looks in the hallway to my bedroom! Looking at my family makes me so happy!

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We’re so happy to have you back Kimberly, and we can’t wait to see what you create this year!

Christmas Treat Bags & Recipe

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today with handmade treat bags for giving a homemade sweet treat, plus scroll down for the recipe if you want to make some yourself! The Scallop Goodie Bag Guide, along with Glassine 12×12 Papers make quick and easy treat bags. I always say that making these projects is easy, but We R Memory Keeper’s tools really do make beautiful and thoughtful gift-giving simple!

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I started with the snowflake glassine paper from the Holiday Classics pack along with the Scallop Goodie Bag Guide. Following the easy instructions included with the tool, my basic treat bags were done in minutes.

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To begin, the food-safe glassine paper is torn along the guide, both at the top and bottom of the paper. This guide leaves a scallop finish to the edges. Then the straight edge is used to create the folds. Adhere the edges closed, and the bag is finished.

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After making the treat bags, I decorated the fronts. On both bags strips of Chevron Washi Tape were added. On this bag chipboard heart stickers and a “xoxo” sticker was used. I love the gold shine from the stickers! So, festive!

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On this bag, I spelled out “for you” with Thickers. A starburst closure and a gold bow finished things off.

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Once my treat was put inside the bag, I closed the bag with a sticker. It’s a nice finishing touch.

Inside each of the bags is homemade caramel popcorn. It’s a special family treat that was always made to enjoy on Christmas Eve at my great-aunt’s house. As we waited for Santa to arrive, she would fill bowls full of popcorn. It’s a tradition and memory that brings a smile to my face every time. I have shared the recipe with you below. It’s a sweet treat meant for sharing!

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What treats do you like to give to friends, loved ones, and neighbors during the holidays?

 

Supplies:

Scallop Goodie Bag Guide

Oh Goodie! Glassine Paper Pack-Holiday Classics

Oh Goodie! Gold Foil Stickers

Oh Goodie! Starburst Closures

Chevron Washi Tape-Tomato

Clearly Posh Acetate Bows

Crush Collection Gold Thickers Gold Foil Alphabet

Crush Collection Gold Thickers Words

 

Caramel Popcorn Recipe:

6 quarts of popped popcorn

2 sticks butter

2 cups brown sugar

½ cup corn syrup

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

1 TBSP butter

Place popped corn in a large roasting pan or two metal cake pans. Do not use glass pans.

Bring sugar, butter, and corn syrup to a boil. Boil 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add butter and baking soda. Stir. It will rise and double in amount.

Pour the mixture over the popcorn. Stir and evenly coat the popcorn. Bake in a 200-degree oven for 1 hour. Stir every 15 minutes. Once cool, store in an air tight container until ready to give or serve.

Tissue Christmas Tree Garland

I love that moment when you are scrolling through Pinterest and see a project that you have to make! It gets even better when you realize that you have a We R Memory Keepers tool that will help create that project in a snap!

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These adorable tree paper tassels, made with the DIY Party Fringe & Score Board, are festive and fun! My mom, my dad, and I had fun creating these over the holiday weekend, so I have double the reason to smile as I look as this décor hanging in our kitchen!

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Using a basic piece of tissue paper (from my holiday wrapping stash), I folded it in half to create a square. It was folded again to make a rectangle.

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That rectangle was cut in half, leaving a fold at the top. The fold at the top is essential for creating the tassels. I found that two layers of tissue paper was the right thickness for cutting, because of the delicate nature of the tissue paper.

Note: with one sheet of tissue paper you can make 4 tree tassels.

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The tissue paper was placed inside the Fringe & Score Board. To stop myself from cutting through the fold, I placed one of the stoppers at the top, behind the cutting tool.

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The cutting tool was set to ½” and the tissue paper was lined up with the ½” guideline. Then I slid the cutting tool down the track. Look at those perfect cuts! To finish the cuts, I moved the tissue paper over to the ½” guideline, lining up the last cut with it.

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After cutting all the tissue paper, each of the panels was opened. Starting at the one side, I rolled the tissue paper. Then I twisted the center and folded it in half. I wrapped the center around the Ruler Studio Clear Lights 20 bulb string, securing it with a glue dot. Followed the same process for each tree tassel.

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To add festive words to the string of lights and tree tassels, I grabbed the Mini Alphabet Punch Board. Using paper from a 3×5 pad, I punched out the letters to spell Fa-La-La-La.

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The letters were attached to the string of lights with glue dots.

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My dad punched gold stars from the metallic 3×5 pad and adhered them to the top of each tree. My mom punched small red circles and adhered those to each tree as small ornaments. We all giggled at how crazy cute this turned out!

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Will you make any holiday décor with your family this season?

Thanks for stopping by!

Kimberly

 

Supplies:

DIY Party Fringe & Score Board

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Paper Pad 3×5: Multicolor, Gold & Silver Metallic Foil

Ruler Studio Lights Clear 20 Bulb String

Thank You Card Set

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today to share a card set that uses the fantastic new Precision Press! This new stamping tool has so many great applications but We R Memory Keepers took it another step with incredibly inventive stamps that are ideal with the Precision Press. This is going to be your go-to stamping tool!

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The Precision Press allows you to stamp repeated images, in exactly the same place. Because of that, creating multiple cards is a breeze!

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Simply place your stamps and paper, apply ink, and close the lid. Perfect placement every time. And if you happen to miss a spot or two with ink, no worries, apply more ink, and close the lid again! No more missed stamped images!

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We R Memory Keepers took the idea of this tool to another level with the Layered Stamp sets. The set of images comes with a guide image. This thinner image keeps everything in place as you change stamps. I began my card set by placing my card stock onto the base of my Precision Press. The surface of the base has a texture to it that grips and holds the paper in place. I then placed the guide image down on the clear lid of the Precision Press.

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The first image, which is numbered, perfectly fits inside the guide image opening. This image is thicker, which allows you to apply ink to the raised image, but not the guide image. It is possible to get ink on the guide image, but because it is thinner, it will not leave marks on your card stock.

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Once your ink is applied, close the lid and push down on the image. Leave the stamps in place and you are ready to stamp the next piece of card stock. You can continue this process for as many images as you want to create.

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Once all my floral images were stamped, I wiped the stamp clean and removed it from the Precision Press. The next image, the thanks sentiment, was placed inside the guide image. Again, it fits perfectly, lining up the images. The inking, stamping, repeating process continued.

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Because I knew my images would stay in place, I experimented a little with the Banner Layered Stamp to add more color and depth. On my thank you cards, I applied green ink to certain areas of the floral image and stamped my card stock panels. After cleaning off the image, but leaving it in the guide image, yellow ink was added to the stamp. The possibilities are endless!

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What is your favorite part of the Precision Press?

 

Supplies:

Precision Press

Banner Layered Stamp

High Five 6×6 Paper Pad

Gem Stickers; Light Rhinestones, Mini Rhinestones

File Folder Mini Album

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today with a mini album. I love mini albums because not only are they quick to make, but they are perfect for having around the house for friends and family to look at. It’s wonderful to look back at good memories and remember adventures! I used the We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 Punch Board and the Trim & Score Board to create an album about our family’s summer wilderness adventures in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Minnesota. Because it is an annual tradition, I know that I will keep adding pages each year. Check out how to create an expandable file folder mini album!

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The 1-2-3 Punch Board can create so many projects and making file folders is a great one! I created file folders that started with 6” x 12” cardstock.

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You can make your folders any size with the easy directions in the booklet included with the 1-2-3 Punch Board.

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Four folders were made, one for each of the past few years. Stickers from the High Five Line fit perfectly and allowed each folder to represent a year.

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The pages inside the album were all embellished using paper, stickers, and tags from the High Five line. The collection is perfect for this theme and for my adventurous little man! Wallet-sized photos were used in this album. We picked out a few of our favorites for each year. I cannot wait to sit down with the little man and add more journaling with his memories!

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And now for the expandable part. Can you believe it takes a piece of paper? I took a piece of patterned paper from the High Five 6×6 Pad and scored in with the Trim & Score Board. It was scored every ½.”

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The paper was then folded into mountains and valleys, as shown in the photo. Strong adhesive was placed along the insides and then a file folder was placed inside each valley. Doing this secures the file folder in place, and still allows it to be opened.

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The album has two more spaces for file folders at the end. And if I need to add more pages yet, I will adhere another scored piece of patterned paper to the end and continue the pattern. How cool and easy is that?!

What mini album are you going to create next?

Kimberly

 

Supplies:

1-2-3 Punch Board

Trim & Score Board

High Five Collection:

  • 6×6 Paper Pad
  • Patterned paper; Journaling Cards
  • Puffy Stickers
  • Sticker Sheet
  • Frames & Tags
  • Thickers