Lunch Box Notes with the Typecast Typewriter

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today with some fun lunchbox notes! While my soon-to-be middle schooler assures me that he still loves getting notes from me in his lunchbox, I thought I would add a little bit of fun and silliness, instead of so much mushy-stuff. He has long been a fan of jokes, so I thought making lunchbox notes with jokes would be perfect!

Lunchbox Notes with the Typecast Typewriter by Kimberly Wilkinson for We R Memory Keepers

 

To create the jokes, I grabbed a joke book and used the internet to find the best ones, or at least jokes he has not already told me a thousand times! The Typecast Typewriter was going to be the perfect way to write up these jokes!

Lunchbox Notes with the Typecast Typewriter by Kimberly Wilkinson for We R Memory Keepers

 

Typecast 8.5×11” paper was scrolled into my Typecast. I began typing each joke, leaving space between the start and the punchline. Some jokes I left all together in one grouping.

Lunchbox Notes with the Typecast Typewriter by Kimberly Wilkinson for We R Memory Keepers

 

 

Once all my jokes were typed up, I used small rectangular dies to cut the jokes out. A shaped punch would work well too.

 

I cut and scored my card stock bases with the Trim & Score Board.

Lunchbox Notes with the Typecast Typewriter by Kimberly Wilkinson for We R Memory Keepers

The size of my cards was determined by my 1-2-3Punchboard. Why? Because I knew I wanted to create envelopes. The smallest size envelopes available were for cards measuring 2×3.5” , which was the perfect size for a small lunchbox note!

Lunchbox Notes with the Typecast Typewriter by Kimberly Wilkinson for We R Memory Keepers

I created each of the envelopes with the same patterned paper I used to decorate each card, Crate Paper’s Cute Girl 6×6 Paper Pad.

Lunchbox Notes with the Typecast Typewriter by Kimberly Wilkinson for We R Memory Keepers

Why did the boy eat his homework? Because his teacher said it was a piece of cake!

Lunchbox Notes with the Typecast Typewriter by Kimberly Wilkinson for We R Memory Keepers

These notes will brighten any child’s day! What kind of lunchbox notes do you like put in your child’s lunch?

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers

Crate Paper

 

Other joke answers:

Why don’t sharks ever catch colds? Because they always get plenty of vitamin SEA!

What’s smarter than a talking cat? A SPELLING bee!

What do you call an alligator in a vest? An investigator!

 

Storage + Organization Tips with Kimberly & Laura

Today we’re sharing some craft room storage and organization tips from Design Team members, Kimberly Crawford and Laura Silva. Here’s what Kimberly has to say:

“My favorite way to organize my We R Memory Keepers supplies is to use baskets. I find baskets at Target, Michael’s, and just about anywhere.”

“What I love about baskets is they can hold items of several different sizes, and keep all those small, loose pieces together. Baskets also allow me to keep my instruction booklets right with my tools. Which is valuable for me, because I have a tendency to misplace things. Keeping everything together in one basket, makes my life neater and smoother!”

And here are Laura’s thoughts on storing and organizing her craft supplies:

“I don’t know about you, but even though I have a dedicated crafting space, I tend to craft all over my house. I got tired of always having to run back to my craft room for my most used supplies.”

“Now, I keep everything I use for almost every project in my crafter’s tote bag. I have many different kinds of adhesives and glues, scissors, Sharpies, the paper trimmer and score board, a ruler, glue gun, heat proof mat, Crop-A-Dile, and more in there. It has tons of pockets, so it keeps everything organized and within easy reach.”

Thanks so much for sharing your favorite storage and organization tips with us today ladies! What tips would you share about keeping your craft supplies organized?

Travel Photo Display with the PhotoLights Photo Strand!

We don’t know about you, but one of our favorite parts of summer is traveling! Whether it’s just a weekend away at the beach, or a long trip abroad, travel memories are so worth documenting and celebrating. This week our design team is sharing travel themed projects to inspire your summer memory-keeping. Kimberly’s up first with a beautiful travel photo display.

 

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with the PhotoLights Photo Strand today. When I first saw this product, I squealed in delight! How fun to be able to add photos to a light strand! I have so many ideas for using these. And being able to interchange the images in each photo box easily, you will have a blast with these as well!

Travel Photo Display with the PhotoLights Photo Strand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To begin with, your photos MUST be printed on the Printable Backlit Photo Paper. This paper needs to be printed on with an inkjet printer. Place the photo paper in your printer so that it prints on the less glossy side. When you pick up the paper, you will be able to see and feel the difference.

Travel Photo Display with the PhotoLights Photo Strand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Because the PhotoLights Photo Strand has boxes for 10 photos, I knew that I wanted to print all of my photos on one sheet of the Printable Backlit Photo Paper. The dimensions for each photo are included on a handy card inside the box. The photos need to be 2 3/16” square. Using an editing program (Photoshop), I made each of my photos that size.

Travel Photo Display with the PhotoLights Photo Strand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I placed each square image on a blank document. The document was letter-sized (8.5” x 11”), with a transparent background, and set at 300 dpi (high quality for printing). Once all the photos were on the document, I saved it as a .jpg and sent it to the printer.

Travel Photo Display with the PhotoLights Photo Strand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The Printable Backlit Photo Paper cuts easily with scissors. You can also print standard size photos and use the handy dimension card to trace on your photos for cutting.

Travel Photo Display with the PhotoLights Photo Strand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The photos slide in and out of the top of the box easily. First tip; put the photos in the boxes after you hang the strand. Trust me. Second tip; if your photo box tips to one side or the other after you hang them, your photos are square, so simply reorient the photo.

Travel Photo Display with the PhotoLights Photo Strand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

While photographing these lights, I came up with several fun ways to use the PhotoLights Photo Strand! One way would be to hang them on your deck, as I have done here. I used string to tie the ends to my deck rails. Sitting on my deck is one of my favorite places in the world. Adding these lights from our trip to Hawaii lets me enjoy my second favorite place on earth at the same time!

Travel Photo Display with the PhotoLights Photo Strand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I also hung the lights from yard stakes. They would make a cute way to line the sidewalk or driveway leading up to a backyard party or wedding. I also thought putting them on a Christmas tree would be ADORABLE. But my husband said that since it was July, the tree would be staying in the attic.

Travel Photo Display with the PhotoLights Photo Strand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

With the lights being battery powered (3 AA batteries), they can be used just about anywhere. The switch also has a timer, allowing you to leave them on steadily, or have them shut off after a certain amount of time. There is also a USB port for power. I love how vibrant they are at night!

How will you show off photos in your PhotoLights Photo Strand?

 

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Beach Themed Card with the Frame Punch Board

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a summer card during Beach Week. When I think about the beach, I think towels and umbrellas, swimsuits and sunscreen, and most importantly, cute shades! Using my We R Memory Keepers Frame Punch Board, check out how easy it is to make these adorable sunglasses!

Frame Punch Board sunglasses card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

When it’s summer, life is always seen through rose-colored glasses!

Frame Punch Board sunglasses card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

These sunglasses look great on a card, but once again, I will be using these in my scrapbook too. So many color combinations to create!

Frame Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

I began by cutting my patterned paper to 2” by 2.” Then I set the Frame Punch Board to .25” by moving each of the small teal tabs on the side of the punch. You can make the edges as thick or as thin as you desire by moving the tabs. Making sure my paper was flush to each tab, I punched. I continued that process for each corner.

Frame Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

The tab for the cutting bar can be adjusted as well. I set it to .25” also and cut away the inside piece from the frame.

Frame Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

If the tabs on the side of the punch are moved to the furthest position (which is clearly labeled, yay!), the corners of your frame can be rounded. Which was exactly what my sunglasses needed.

On the back of each frame a piece of colored acetate was adhered. I also added a nose bridge and sides with the same patterned paper. Nothing fancy, just hand cut pieces. It got even more summery feeling with more fun papers from the Crate Paper Cute Girl 6×6 paper pad.

Frame Punch Board sunglasses card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Who’s ready for days at the beach?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

Crate Paper:

Patriotic Party Favors

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a fun and quick treat bag for your Fourth of July celebrations! Each year on the Fourth, everyone spends the day, following the parade, at my parent’s house on the lake. After the day in the sun, we head back into town early, to get good seats for the fireworks. The littles, and let’s face it, the big people too, get a bit restless waiting for dusk. So, I thought it would be fun to make little treat bags to keep everyone entertained and happy. The We R Memory Keepers Scallop Goodie Bag Guide helped me put these festive packages together easily!

Patriotic Party Favors by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

With a few seasonal treats and silly accessories, these bags will be a hit!

Patriotic Party Favors by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

 

 

I started by using the Scallop Goodie Bag Guide to cut a few pieces of food-safe glassine papers. The Guide allows you to tear the paper by simply pulling. It also has a straight-edge for getting crisp folds.

Scallop Goodie Bag Guide by We R Memory Keepers

Inside each bag are Pop Rocks candy, licorice, glow bracelets, glow wants, and a pair of ridiculous sunglasses. Lots of fun! I see selfies happening already!

Patriotic Party Favors by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

 

On each bag, I attached a medallion I created with ribbon and a pre-made star burst from the Oh Goodie line.

Patriotic Party Favors by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To get clean cut edges on my ribbon, I used the Ribbon Cutter tool. This tool not only cuts the ribbon, but seals it too. To get the notched ends in the ribbon, I folded it in half before placing it in the tool. The sharper the angle it is placed in the tool, the deeper the notch.

Scallop Goodie Bag Guide by We R Memory Keepers

These cute bags came together quickly. Who needs to make these for their Fourth of July celebration?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers

Summer Shaker Card

Hello We R fans! Kimberly here with a card using the Fuse tool. It’s time to start enjoying the lazy days of summer. When I think of summer days, I think of spending time by the water, dangling my feet off the dock, and floating in the water on inflatables. With that inspiration in mind, I used the Fuse tool and some Clear Fuse Sheets to create a wave-inspired shaker card.

Summer Shaker Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Using the Fuse Ruler, I was able to create layers of waves, filled with sequins on my card. It is such a cool effect. And while this looks great on a card, I am thinking of doing this on a summer layout too!

Summer Shaker Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

After cutting my Clear Fuse Sheets to card size, I sealed the edges with the Fuse Tool using the straight edge of the Fuse Ruler. Then, using the fancy wave lines on the inside of the Fuse Ruler, I created small pockets. I started the wavy lines inside the edge seals, to keep it cleaner looking.

Summer Shaker Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Once a wavy line was created by slowly following the edge with the Fuse Tool, sequins were added to the opening. Then the next wavy line was made. I continued the pattern until I reached the end of the clear sheet.

Summer Shaker Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Some fun FUSE-ables papers were the base of my card. I added to those some great summery embellishments from the Dear Lizzy Lovely Day collection. Less Work, More Play? Yes, please!

Summer Shaker Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

What is your favorite lazy summer day activity? How will it inspire your next project?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers

American Crafts

Custom Planner Dashboards

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today with absolutely fabulous Planner Punch Board. I knew this tool would be amazing, but until I started using it, I had NO idea just how great! The Planner Punch Board is going to change the way I use my planner, for the better and prettier!

Custom Planner Dashboards by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I have so many patterned papers that I love, but sadly, with a little boy, have no use for in my scrapbooks. But now, with the Planner Punch Board, I can use these girly papers in my planner to create dashboards for the months. Now I can see and use my favorite papers!

Custom Planner Dashboards by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

When I first opened the Planner Punch Board, I was worried about how I would figure out which configuration I needed for my planner. Then I flipped the punch board over, and wow! There it was!

Planner Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

An entire list of all the most popular planners on the market. I was able to find not only how to configure my punches, but also the exact size of paper!

Planner Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

After lining the punches up inside the punch board, according to the chart, I pushed the teal cover down for an easy punch. To punch the other side, simply flip the paper over and punch again.

Custom Planner Dashboards by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Creating dashboards is easy, but don’t forget about adding fun extra pieces. This tag I cut from the Dear Lizzy Lovely Day papers, worked in the Planner Punch Board too! Imagine all the possibilities for fun pieces to be added to your planner.

Tab Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

One more tool helped me really finish of my new dashboards; the Tab Punch Board.

Tab Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Tabs are created easily with two punches and two trims of the paper. All the tools are on board and ready to use. The tabs can be made in three different sizes. I chose the small size, due to the smaller size of my planner.

Custom Planner Dashboards by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

When creating these dashboards, I started with my paper wider than the planner called for. When I added my tabs, I found they cut farther into the paper than I expected. By making the paper bigger, I was able to trim away the excess, with the tab fitting perfectly into my planner.

Custom Planner Dashboards by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I might “need” to make new dashboards for each week now! How will you use the Planner Punch Board in your planner?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

American Crafts, Dear Lizzy, Lovely Day:

 

Mother’s Day Card with the Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Happy Monday friends, and welcome to Mother’s Day Week here on the blog! This week our design team has cooked up some fabulous project inspiration to show the mother, grandmother, or mother figure in your life just how special they are. Kimberly gets us started with a beautiful card she made with the Mini Alphabet Punch Board!

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Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today with a special card for Mother’s Day. There is no doubt how special the word “mom” truly is. The word evokes the love we feel for our moms, or mom figures. And for those of us fortunate enough, we know how the name “mom” sounds when coming from our children. (Except maybe after they scream it ten thousand times in row. Wink, wink.)

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

To keep the focus on mom and the love we have for our moms, I used the We R Memory Keepers Mini Alphabet Punch Board to create the letters “M-O-M.”

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

So often when I use this punch board, I use solid color paper. This time, I wanted to use the adorable, small heart patterned paper from Dear Lizzy’s Lovely Day.

Mini Alphabet Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Turns out, the way you put the paper in matters! Be sure to note when you punch your letters, which way you need the pattern to appear. After making the first “m” incorrectly, I saw that I needed to turn the paper sideways.

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

To embellish the letters, I used a Font Punch. These clever punches create shapes to add to your letters.

Font Punch by We R Memory Keepers

I punched several leaves from green cardstock using the Font Punch Serif Punch-Elegant. It creates three different shapes with one punch. I chose to only use the leaves, as it worked into my flowery theme.

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

On a couple of the leaves, I added Lovely Day Puffy Stickers with flowers. I also added the word love to my card. This embellishment from the Lovely Day Ephemera pack has rose gold foil on it, adding a special touch

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

This card is larger than normal, as it is an A9 card. I see my mom on Mother’s Day, or send her a package, so slipping this large card into her gift is easy.

Have you started a card for your mom or mom figure yet?

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

American Crafts, Lovely Day:

Hot Air Balloon Baby Decor

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today with some fun décor that could be used for a baby shower, and then once the shower is over, for the baby’s room! I am long removed from the world of babies (as mine is now 11), but as I scrolled through Pinterest, hot air balloons kept popping up. I knew I had all the supplies and tools I needed to create some fantastic balloons with my We R Memory Keepers stash!

Hot Air Balloon Baby Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

First to be created was the balloons. Immediately the Honeycomb pads came to mind, along with a great balloon-shaped stencil in the DIY Party Honeycomb Stencil pack.

Hot Air Balloon Baby Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I placed the template on the sealed edge of the Large Honeycomb Ocean Pads. I traced one large balloon and two smaller balloons.

DIY Party Honeycomb Pads and Stencils by We R Memory Keepers

I used the three different colors in the package. Be sure and slide your template all the way to the bottom of the pad, that way, you can get more shapes from your pad.

DIY Party Honeycomb Pads and Stencils by We R Memory Keepers

Once two of each balloon color and size were cut, I adhered the two similar shapes together using a strong, dry adhesive. Dry adhesive is the only way to go when adhering the thin paper of the honeycomb pads.

DIY Party Honeycomb Pads and Stencils by We R Memory Keepers

Adhesive was placed on the back of the one side. Then the two sides of the honeycomb were pinched together, creating a completely three-dimensional balloon!

Hot Air Balloon Baby Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Once the balloons were created, banners were added for extra color and fun.

We R Memory Keepers Banner Punch Board

Using the Banner Punch Board, patterned paper was cut into small pieces. I trimmed my American Crafts Oh Happy Life paper to 1 inch strips. I lined the strips up with the center line (marked on the board), and cut with the blade. I find that cutting towards the inside from the right side and then the left side results in a cleaner cut.

The paper banners were glued to a piece of twine. The twine was cut long, allowing me to wrap it around the balloon and tie it to the correct size.

Hot Air Balloon Baby Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The next item that needed to be created was the basket for the hot air balloon.

We R Memory Keepers 123 Punch Board

Using a piece of Bazzill Dotted Swiss card stock and the 1-2-3 Punch Board, I created small boxes. The box for the larger balloon was 2 ½” on all sides. The small box, of which I needed two, was 1 ¾” on all sides. The punch board has all the dimensions printed on it, for ease of construction. Around the top of each box, I added a piece of different white trim.

Hot Air Balloon Baby Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To hold up each balloon, paper straws were adhered to the inside of each corner of each box. I trimmed each straw to size. The honeycomb balloons slip easily on the top of the straws to stay in place.

Hot Air Balloon Baby Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

What color hot air balloons would you create?

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

American Crafts:

Bazzill:

Gatefold Birthday Invitation

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a birthday invitation. Normally I think of children’s parties, when I think of invitations, but why not celebrate in style as an adult? With some great We R Memory Keepers tools and some great paper, making trendy and stylish grown-up invitations is easy!

Gatefold Birthday Invitation by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Gatefold Birthday Invitation by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I started by cutting a piece of patterned paper from the new Pebbles line, Simple Life. Measuring 8 ½
by 5 ½,” these dimensions will allow me to create a basic gatefold card. A gatefold card has two flaps that open to reveal the inside. One flap on the right, and one on the left.

 

I placed my paper in the Trim & Score Board. After cutting the paper, the cutting track was flipped over, and the turquoise flap, flipped into its place. I score the paper at 2 1/8” from the side. Then I flipped the paper over and scored 2 1/8” from the other side. That leaves the paper at exactly 4 ¼” when closed, the size of a basic A2 card.

Gatefold Birthday Invitation by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To keep the gatefold card closed, I cut a piece of patterned paper measuring 2” by 12.” That paper was scored 3 7/8” from each end. It was folded around the card. Adhesive was used to keep the band together on the back side. I created an extra-small bow with the 1-2-3 Punch Board. Because the band is meant to slide off, adding the bow to the front added a festive feel. Along with that sentiment sticker from the Simple Life collection.

Gatefold Birthday Invitation by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

After lining the inside of the invitation with more patterned paper, I typed the invitation wording with the Typecast. What a fun touch!

Gatefold Birthday Invitation by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I lined up the first two words and typed the rest based off its position. Once the paper gets slightly higher, don’t forget to slide those black rollers over the paper. It keeps things lined up perfectly!

Gatefold Birthday Invitation by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To send off the invitation, I used the 1-2-3 Punch Board to create an envelope with coordinating papers from the same collection.

Gatefold Birthday Invitation by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Who is thinking maybe celebrating a grown-up birthday might not be so bad? What kind of invitations would you make?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers

Pebbles-Simple Life by Jen Hadfield