Make a Fall Banner with the Happy Jig

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today with some home décor for fall. It seems that I am always pulled towards creating projects for our house. Adding a personal and handmade touch is wonderful, but its also great to be able to add a trendy touch without breaking the bank. I mean, who can change all the pillows and blankets out all the time? But by using my We R Memory Keepers tools and some patterned papers, I can create a lovely piece of seasonal décor, and be a bit fashionable as well.

Fall Banner with the Happy Jig by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I began by using my Banner Punch board and that fantastic checkered paper from Pebbles new line, My Bright Life. I am seeing that black and white gingham everywhere, and I love it! The Banner Punch Board is a constant friend on my desk, making quick work of creating pendants that are the exact size and style I want.

Fall Banner with the Happy Jig by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

After layering some other papers, die cut images, and ribbon, I started to create the leaf image from Copper Happy Jig Wire. The booklet that comes with the Happy Jig provides clear instructions for making the shapes.

Fall Banner with the Happy Jig by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

After following the image and placing my pegs, I wrapped the wire around. The wire shapes come together easily. The dimension they add to a project is really cool!

Tip: I use a liquid adhesive to secure my wire shapes to my projects.

Fall Banner with the Happy Jig by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Another We R Memory Keepers tool that comes in handy when making banners is another on of my old favorites, the Crop-A-Dile. To punch the holes for the twine (used to hang the banner), simply stack all your pieces together and punch through every piece at once. No mistakes and no misalignment.

Fall Banner with the Happy Jig by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Do you decorate for the seasons? Where would you hang your fall banner?

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

Pebbles – My Bright Life:

Back to School Teacher Gift Idea

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a teacher gift that is sure to leave everyone with smiles! Quick, easy, and thoughtful is the best kind of teacher gift you can make. Follow this fun idea and not only will it meet all those criteria, but the tools from We R Memory Keepers will make it fully customized, adding an extra-special finishing touch!

Back to School Teacher Gift Idea by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

This gift has a few parts to it, but my favorite is the smiley face emoji sticky-note pad! Yes, those smiling faces, while finishing the tag sentiment by saying, “All SMILES because you’re my teacher,” are also sticky notes! What teacher wouldn’t love to have those cute supplies on their desk?! I know this former teacher thinks they are fantastic!

Back to School Teacher Gift Idea by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

One tip to start, be sure and get the sticky notes that are completely backed in adhesive, not just on the top edge. This will make your notes stay together better.

Back to School Teacher Gift Idea by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory KeepersEmoji Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

I trimmed my sticky note paper down to the size for the Emoji Punch Board, which is 1.5” square. Then I proceeded to punch out the smiley face version. I love that they are so many faces to be made, but this worked for today’s project best. Stacking 3 notes together worked well while punching, more pieces of paper than that was too thick. As I finished punching each stack, I layered them together. Seriously fun and easy. This would be a great way to get your kiddo involved in crafting as well!

Back to School Teacher Gift Idea by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To create a tag for the sticky notes, I used the Tag Punch Board to layer two cardstock tags together. On each of the tags, I stamped the sentiment using the Precision Press Advanced. Arranging the stamps on the press made it so that the sentiment could be stamped precisely on each tag, and if a mistake was made, another tag could be created easily. Not that I would know anything about that…

Accents of patterned paper from the DCWV Sweet and Sassy pad were added for color and fun.

Back to School Teacher Gift Idea by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To personalize each jar, I punched a strip of patterned paper with the Word Punch Board. Adding each teacher’s name like this was not only easy, but it will help my kiddo remember whom to bring the gifts to as well. It also puts a name to the face of the person he must look at if he eats all the candy.

Back to School Teacher Gift Idea by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

What kind of emoji face will you make for your sticky-note pad?

We R Memory Keepers:

DCWV:

  • Sweet and Sassy Pack 6×6

Our Favorite Colors: Mixed Media Scrapbook Page

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with the new Precision Press Advanced. I bet you were expecting a stamped card from me, weren’t you? Surprise! It’s a layout! But guess what? I did stamp on it and had a blast! The We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Advanced has some fantastic features that are going to make stamping on any project easy!

Mixed Media Scrapbook Page with the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory KeepersMixed Media Scrapbook Page with the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Stamps and paints from Vicki Boutin in some of  my favorite colors were going to make a great layout, especially when paired with some great tools!

We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Advanced and Vicki Boutin Mixed Media Products from American Crafts

After painting lines on my mixed media paper, I placed it inside the Precision Press Advanced. The Press comes with two very strong magnets, which was great for holding my paper flat. I placed my stamp onto my project, exactly where I wanted it to be located. I placed clear, plastic grid piece of the Press on top, using the pegs as a guide. When I gently pushed down, the stamp clung to the plastic.

We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Advanced and Vicki Boutin Mixed Media Products from American Crafts

The stamp was covered in paint, using a foam brush. Then I placed the clear, plastic grid piece back on top. The image will stamp perfectly in place, because the peg guides line everything up. The absolute best part about this is, if I did not get enough paint (or ink if you were regularly stamping), I can add more and it will stamp precisely a second time. No missing. No double lines! Yay!

We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Advanced and Vicki Boutin Mixed Media Products from American Crafts

The clear, plastic grid piece of the Press can also be used individually. Making it a fantastic tool for scrapbookers! I wanted to stamp a small feather on the layout, including layer it over an edge of paper. I placed my stamp on the clear, plastic grid piece, added paint, and then stamped wherever I desired. The clear, plastic grid piece has these lovely foam feet that help make a solid impression.

We R Memory Keepers Word Punch Board

For some finishing touches, I grabbed a few more of my favorite We R Memory Keepers tools. Especially this brand-new tool, the Word Punch Board.

We R Memory Keepers Word Punch Board

After painting a piece of mixed media paper, I lined up and punched the words out for my title. Such a great look!

We R Memory Keepers Stylus Tool

I love the look of splatter on projects, but honestly, it completely freaks me out to create. I am always afraid I will ruin my project. I solved my fear with one of the We R Memory Keepers Embossing Stylus Tools. Simply dip the end in paint and apply to you project. Apply it to your project more than once before adding more paint and you can get various sized dots. Controlled and exactly where you want them.

Mixed Media Scrapbook Page with the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

What is your favorite feature of the We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Advanced?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

American Crafts-Vicki Boutin:

DIY Gift Wrap with the Word Punch Board

Hello We R fans! Kimberly stopping by today to share some customized gift wrap. Nothing like taking some pre-made supplies and adding that special touch, the handmade touch.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Word Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Using the new We R Memory Keepers Word Punch Board I took basic wrapping paper and a gift bag and turned them into a gift that they might not want to open. For a minute anyway.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Word Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To customize the gift bag, I added the punched words “happy birthday.” Being able to add any words to a bag gives it so much more mileage. I don’t know about you, but I have a collection of gift bags at home and this way, I can use them for any occasion.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Word Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To start, I placed the letters for “birthday” in the punch board. Then, leaving the paper in its 12×12 form, I pushed the handle (or lid) down, punching the letters all at once. I punched right in the middle of the paper, so I could add notched ends for a cute touch. Then I put the paper into my Trim & Score Board and cut it into a strip.

I repeated the same process for the word “happy.” The Word Punch Board comes with all 26 letters, and no duplicates. So, I created my word, starting with the “h.” To help me keep things evenly spaced apart, I put a random letter in place of the second “p” and placed the “y.” Before punching, I took out the extra letter. After the first punch, I moved the “p” one space over and punched again. The edge of the Word Punch Board has a wonderful spot to keep your paper lined up, making it easy to keep everything straight.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Word Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

For the wrapped gift, I wanted to create a ribbon of sorts. This time I punched the word “birthday” repeatedly across strips of white cardstock. What a fun way to customize a gift. It would be fun to use a person’s name even.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Word Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Making these word strips took barely any time at all because the only thing that needs to be moved is the paper. I was thinking that making word strips like this could make for a fun card background as well.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Word Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To finish things off, I made a tag using the Tag Punch Board. Then added the recipient’s name on another strip of paper. Wrapping Christmas presents like this is going to be fun!

DIY Gift Wrap with the Word Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

How would you make gift wrap or tags using your Word Punch Board?

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

Bazzill:

  • Cardstock-white, pink, teal

 

Flamingo Card

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a fun and silly card that says summer! What a fun card to be able to send a friend who you have been missing! The wire flamingo made with the We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig inspired the punny sentiment and I cannot help but smile.

Happy Jig Flamingo Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Happy Jig Flamingo Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To begin with, I created the flamingo with the instructions I found in the booklet that comes with the Happy Jig. The pink wire was the perfect shade too! If you have misplaced your booklet, don’t worry. There are tons of ideas and instructions to be found on Instagram on the We R Happy Jig account.

Happy Jig Flamingo Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To adhere my flamingo to the card, I used a strong glue on the flattest and lower parts of the wire. If you are struggling with that, I suggest some colorful staples.

Happy Jig Flamingo Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

And now for the punny sentiment. They are always my favorite. Creating them is now going to be a summer breeze with the Word Punch Board.

Happy Jig Flamingo Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I simply lined up my letters inside, placed the patterned paper I wanted punched along the edge, and pressed down on the teal top. Easy. I layered a striped piece of patterned paper from Crate’s Cute Girl paper pad behind to add a fun, colorful element.

Happy Jig Flamingo Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

So, does anyone want to fla-mingle with me at the beach this summer?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

Crate Paper:

Pink Paislee:

Create a Patriotic Layout with the Precision Press Advanced

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a patriotic layout. Its no secret how much I love to stamp and with the new We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Advanced, I can stamp easily on my layouts! Yes!

Patriotic Scrapbook Page with the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford

Because I did not have any specific supplies to the 4th of July, I got creative with what I had on hand. And in doing that, I created a layout I love! Just look at that custom star paper I was able to create!

Patriotic Scrapbook Page with the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford

To make the custom paper, I cut a piece of Bazzill Blue cardstock to fit the top of my layout. I grabbed a star background stamp and white paint. I placed the cling stamp on my Precision Press Advanced. Notice how its only the top clear piece? You can use that piece separately! It has soft feet in all four corners allowing you to stamp just about anywhere. Paint was brushed onto my image and I stamped repeatedly across my blue cardstock. Vicki Boutin’s paints are perfect for this application as they dry quickly on paper.

Patriotic Scrapbook Page with the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford

For the bottom of my layout, I created stripes from red cardstock using my Trim & Score Board.

Patriotic Scrapbook Page with the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford

To help line my stripes up precisely, I used my Template Studio mat to help out. With help from the guides on the mat, I could space the stripes apart evenly and keep the lines straight. Which is good, because I not good at getting things to line up correctly. Ha!

Patriotic Scrapbook Page with the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford

After adding a few die cut stars and other embellishments, I added a title using, you guessed it, stamps!

Patriotic Scrapbook Page with the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford

Once again, I used the top piece of the Precision Press Advanced only. I placed my letter and number stamps directly on my layout (without inking). This way, I could line my stamps up on my project, exactly how I desired. Then I placed the Precision Press clear plate over the top, pushed down, and picked up my stamps. Then it was time to add ink and stamp for real. Oh, how easy this was! And I was not concerned about “messing it up” because I knew everything was aligned.

Patriotic Scrapbook Page with the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford

Do you like to stamp on your layouts? Happy 4th of July!

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

American Crafts:

Bazzill:

Blue Classic Cardstock 12×12

Father’s Day Candy Tie Card

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today with a cute and yummy card for Father’s Day. After seeing quite a few candy ties online, I got to thinking that I had a pretty fantastic tool from We R Memory Keepers that would make creating a candy tie awfully easy. I sat down at the computer and drew out a tie template, while my We R Memory Keepers Fuse Photo Sleeve Tool heated up!

Father's Day Candy Tie Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

This tie was created to be filled with candy. It’s a fun treat to add to a special card for a special dad in your life.

Father's Day Candy Tie Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

After printing out the tie template, it was traced onto patterned paper. Because I was using Pink Paislee Wild Child 6×6 patterned paper, I had to trace it in two parts. Any other sized patterned paper will work perfectly.

Father's Day Candy Tie Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

After cutting out the tie image, the left-over paper was placed on a Fuse Mat, under a Fuse Clear Sheet. This was done to create a template to work from to create a candy holder.

fathers day candy tie card fuse Kimberly Crawford 4

By following along the inside of the template with the Fuse, the candy holder will fit perfectly. DO NOT seal the top of the tie yet, or there will not be an opening for the candy to be placed inside.

fathers day candy tie card fuse Kimberly Crawford 5

Before adding the candy, adhere the clear candy holder to the patterned paper tie. If done after it is filled, it makes it difficult to adhere the full candy holder to the paper, and subsequently, the card.

Father's Day Candy Tie Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To help get the candy inside the pocket, a We R Memory Keepers Embossing Stylus was used to push the candy down inside. (Do not worry, it was washed before using.)

Father's Day Candy Tie Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Father's Day Candy Tie Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Once the candy holder was full, the clear part was placed onto the Fuse mat, and the patterned paper was tucked underneath the mat. Using the Fuse, the top was then sealed.

Father's Day Candy Tie Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

What kind of candy would you fill your tie with?

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

Pink Paislee

Happy Jig Spinning Sun Catchers

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a super simple kid’s craft, but it is full of fun! Best part about this quick project is that anyone from age 3-100 can make it! These spinning sun catchers were easy to make with the We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig. Don’t miss the special twist to these spinners at the end.

Spinning Sun Catchers with the Happy Jig by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

These sweet spinning sun catchers are perfect for hanging from a deck, or in a garden. The movement and colors are mesmerizing.

Spinning Sun Catchers with the Happy Jig by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I started with a package of Happy Jig colored wire, along with a package of pony beads. These beads can be found in the kid’s craft section and are larger, making it easier for smaller hands and for fitting over the wire. These beads are unique however, as they are glow-in-the-dark!

Spinning Sun Catchers with the Happy Jig by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To create the spinner shape, wrap the wire around a larger glass or jar. Wrap the wire around as many times as you wish. I found that 4 times around was a nice amount. That number of wraps yielded 3 spinners from one color of wire.

Spinning Sun Catchers with the Happy Jig by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To keep the beads from falling off the ends, I used the smallest peg from the We R Happy Jig and wrapped one end of the wire around it. Then I strung the beads on the wire. Once the wire was full, I repeated the same process on the other end.

Spinning Sun Catchers with the Happy Jig by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

And here is the twist! How fun are these as they glow-in-the-dark?! When we have outdoor movies this summer, these will be a fun addition! They would also make great garden markers for the evenings.

Spinning Sun Catchers with the Happy Jig by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

What kind of fun outdoor decorations would you make with the We R Happy Jig?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig

We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig Colored Wire

 

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!

 

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