2020 Design Team: Eva & Kimberly

Hello friends! Today we’re introducing you to two more of our 2020 Design Team members. Have fun getting to know Eva Pizarro and Kimberly Crawford!

Eva Pizarro

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Hello everyone, my name is  Eva Pizarro, I’m 38 years old and live in Santiago, Chile with my husband Marco and my son Lorenzo. I began scrapbooking in 2007 while I was living in Italy and since then I haven’t stopped! I love to be able to create something beautiful and creative every day! I love playing with colors and paper and having some me time during the day. I also love to keep my family memories and leave a part of myself in my project’s journaling. Often my projects tell how I fell, my fears and joys and I love that my future generation is going to be able to get to know me better reading our history. I love to cook, embroidery, knit and the beach.

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Currently…
Eating? Lots of gelato and chocolate
Watching? Ray Donovan and Unbelievable
Creating? A mini book of my holiday vacations in Italy
Listening to? Bruno Mars
Crushing on? the new Urban Decay eye palette! Love it!
Reading? Milleniun – The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz


Kimberly Crawford

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I am a former elementary teacher living in eastern Iowa with my husband of 20 years, our 14 year-old-son, and one big fat cat. 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 12 years and am thrilled to be designing for We R Memory Keepers!

Currently:

Eating… Dark Chocolate Moose Munch (dark-chocolate covered popcorn)
Watching… everything on Disney+
Creating… illustrations on my iPad
Listening to… The Message on Sirius XM
Crushing on… Baby Yoda
Reading… all the historical fiction I can find

We’re thrilled that Eva and Kimberly are with us for another year, and they’re going to dish our some amazing inspiration in 2020! Thanks for stopping by. Come back tomorrow for the scoop on Rebecca and Soraya.

New Years Eve Party Favors with the Foil Quill

New Years Eve Party Favors with the Foil Quill by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a fun treat to celebrate the end of not only 2019, but an entire decade! Snacks seem to be the way to my heart, so coming up with creative ways to make the packaging a little more heartfelt is always on my mind. Check out how I used the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill and a few other tools to make a quick tag!

New Years Eve Party Favors with the Foil Quill by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I began by typing out my wording in my digital die cutting machine software program. I adjusted the size of the text to fit my project and sent it to my machine. Keep in mind that you want to get your Foil Quill tool heating up for 5-10 minutes before you send your project to your machine. I find that if I plug it in as I sit down to work, that is plenty of time.

One more tip, make sure your foil is completely flat and secured to your cardstock.

New Years Eve Party Favors with the Foil Quill by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Once the wording is foiled on your cardstock, use the We R Memory Keepers Tag Punch Board to create your tag shape. I always create a test tag first from left-over paper, to see if I like the angle of the edges.

New Years Eve Party Favors with the Foil Quill by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The Tag Punch Board can also punch the hole at the top of the tag. The lines on the board make it easy to get in centered. Which is good for me, I have centering issues. I tend to put everything too far to the left!

New Years Eve Party Favors with the Foil Quill by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Wrap ribbon around the top of the sealed treat bag and put both ends through the opening at the top of the tag. Tie a bow and adjust as necessary.

Please note my bag was secured closed with a twist-tie first.

New Years Eve Party Favors with the Foil Quill by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Using the small star Clear Cut Punch, I punched a few stars from glitter paper and added them to the center of my bow.

New Years Eve Party Favors with the Foil Quill by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Upon looking at my ribbon, I realized that the ends did not look finished. To add some curl to my wired ribbon, I grabbed one of my stylus tools and wrapped the ribbon around the ends. Such a fun look!

New Years Eve Party Favors with the Foil Quill by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

What kind of treats and favors do you make for New Years? Happy New Years to everyone!

Supplies:

  • Foil Quill – used the standard tip
  • Foil Quill Gold Foil
  • Tag Punch Board
  • Clear Cut Punch – Star
  • Stylus Tool

How to Make Wood Napkin Rings for Thanksgiving

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today with a great project that adds a touch of décor for your Thanksgiving table! In the crazy of all the preparations that lead to the feast, time is short. But, I still love to add special touches to the table.

Make your own wood napkin rings for Thanksgiving with the Freestyle Pens and the Singe Quill by We R Memory Keepers

Check out how I created these custom napkin rings with the We R Memory Keepers Singe Quill and the Freestyle Foil Quill Pen.

Make your own wood napkin rings for Thanksgiving with the Freestyle Pens and the Singe Quill by We R Memory Keepers

With hand-lettered and hand-drawn touches, these napkin rings are incredibly quick and easy to make!

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The Singe Quill Pen is meant to be placed into the pen tool slot of your digital die cutting machine. However, as my dining room table is currently set up for Thanksgiving dinner, and not crafting, I chose to use the Singe Quill Pen-Fine like a standard pen. I wrote the word thankful on a piece of the Singe Quill wood ephemera pieces. Now, the ink is translucent which means you can see it just barely as you work. It is enough though.

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Once the word was written, I used the Singe Quill Tool to apply heat to the surface of the wood piece. This will take a minute or two. As more heat is applied, the writing will become darker and darker.

Some safety tips:

  • Use the tool on a heat-safe surface.
  • Do NOT touch the wood piece during the heating process and after for a minute or two.
  • Do NOT touch the end of the heating tool.
  • Keep the Singe Quill Tool moving slowly around the surface of the wood piece.

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How lovely is this? Once I had created the banner with the word, I knew it needed something more substantial to hold it to a napkin. So, I chose to layer it on another piece of wood ephemera. (also note the hole at the top-easier for tying around a napkin)

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The wood surface is unfinished, allowing you to add color. I choose to add a mustard color of ink to mine. Set the piece aside for a while to allow the ink to dry.

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The wood circle needed a little something extra. Always being a fan of adding gold to pretty much everything, I grabbed my Freestyle Foil Quill Pen and a piece of gold foil.

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Securing the foil in place with a piece of washi, I drew a circle and leaves on the wood. I found the slower I drew through the foil, the better the transfer results were.

Make your own wood napkin rings for Thanksgiving with the Freestyle Pens and the Singe Quill by We R Memory Keepers

I glued the two pieces together and tied them to a napkin. Simple. Easy. Quick. However, it’s a special touch because I made it. Those small touches are what add warmth and love to any celebration.

Make your own wood napkin rings for Thanksgiving with the Freestyle Pens and the Singe Quill by We R Memory Keepers

How do you decorate for Thanksgiving?

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

  • Singe Quill Pen-Fine
  • Singe Quill Tool
  • Singe Quill Ephemera
  • Freestyle Foil Quill Pen
  • Gold Foil

DIY Planner Embellishments with the Mini Evolution

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a fun layout for my planner. Every year in the month of October, I love to cook and bake silly and fun foods for Halloween. To help me get organized, I created a planner page to begin the meal planning process. Using my Mini Evolution from We R Memory Keepers, I was able to die cut some fun embellishments for my page. Not normally being a person who decorates her planner pages, this was really fun and I have to say, addicting!

DIY Planner Embellishments with the Mini Evolution

I started by creating a dimensional way to mark my page in my planner. Using a bat paper clip from Pebbles, I die cut a circle from patterned paper. Then I added that adorable cat brad to the center of the circle. A basic clip with a simple addition that makes it stand out.

DIY Planner Embellishments with the Mini Evolution

Then I began the fun of decorating my pages. Layering papers and colors was fun! Underneath the cute bat tag that was pre-made, I added a banner of patterned paper. I die cut the paper and then trimmed it to fit the space.

DIY Planner Embellishments with the Mini Evolution

DIY Planner Embellishments with the Mini Evolution

Underneath the pre-made Pebbles images I used, I wanted to add more color and texture. Looking at my embossing folders, I saw the Fall folder with the spider web image border. Using black tape and the folder, a very cool border was created. The tape is perfect for this for two reasons. One, it brings out the image in white, and two, it is self-adhesive once you remove the backing.

DIY Planner Embellishments with the Mini Evolution

As I pondered how else I could use my Mini Evolution for this page, I realized I did not want to draw in all my boxes like usual, so I dug through my die stash and found this cute scalloped frame, which was spot-on! Not only does it add color to the pages, but a unique look that I will use again!

The best part of using the Mini Evolution for these pages was how small the machine is, but still powerful. It would be easy to keep on a small office desk, or carry in your every day planner bag of supplies. A great addition for some creative layouts!

What have you die cut to put in your planner?

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

Pebbles:

  • Midnight Haunting 6×6 Paper Pad
  • Spooky Boo 6×6 Paper Pad
  • Clothes Pins-Bats
  • Brads

 

Cool Stamping Techniques with the Impressed Stamping Daubers and the Precision Press Advanced

Hello We R Fans! As the days turn colder, we are starting to have more time to devote to being crafty. Seems like a great time to add some new tools to your collection and to learn a new technique with a trusty We R Memory Keepers tool already in your stash.

Cool Stamping Techniques with the Impressesd Stamping Daubers and the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To create this card, I started by inking a panel of card stock with the new Impressions Dauber set. This set of inking tools is fantastic! Each of the daubers has foam on the end, either in a circle or triangle shape, that is meant for inking. The daubers fit easily on your fingertip, or can be gripped.

Cool Stamping Techniques with the Impressesd Stamping Daubers and the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Cool Stamping Techniques with the Impressesd Stamping Daubers and the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Start by swirling your dauber into the ink color of your choosing. When you put your ink-loaded dauber down on paper, it will be very dark and intense. To help keep your ink more even on the paper, start by moving your dauber in a circular motion on a craft mat before applying it to the paper. I am using the American Crafts craft mat here. Continue to add ink and slowly build up your layers of color. Set the background aside to dry as it will need to be dry for the next steps.

Cool Stamping Techniques with the Impressesd Stamping Daubers and the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The We R Memory Keepers Precision Press is perfect for lining up stamps to create a shadow effect. On this card, I will create the shadow effect with a gold heat embossed image and a plain inked image.

  1. Place your card stock in the Precision Press, securing it into a corner with the magnets
  2. Set the stamp (uninked) down on your card stock where you want the sentiment to appear.
  3. Place the lid of the Precision Press over the top and then press down to pick up the stamp. This will ensure the stamp will be in the exact location after you apply ink to the image.
  4. Ink the image.
  5. Return the lid and stamp down. Push to get even pressure along the image.
  6. Heat set the image.

Cool Stamping Techniques with the Impressesd Stamping Daubers and the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

  1. Clean and remove the stamp from the lid of the Precision Press.
  2. Return the stamp to the card stock, but instead of lining it up perfectly over the image, set it slightly below and to the right.
  3. Put the lid on again and pick up the stamp.
  4. Ink the image. Replace the lid. Push down.

Cool Stamping Techniques with the Impressesd Stamping Daubers and the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

  1. When you remove the image because of the surface of the heat embossing, you will need to remove the ink from the surface. I used a cotton swab for a more precise removal.

Cool Stamping Techniques with the Impressesd Stamping Daubers and the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Finish the card base off with floral images stamped in watermark ink. The Mini Precision Press, lid-only, is perfect for stamping images all over. Apply gold dust to the wet ink. Adhere the card stock to a card base.

Cool Stamping Techniques with the Impressesd Stamping Daubers and the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I am fairly certain that I will be adding a shadow stamp to all my sentiments now! Will you give this a try?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

  • Impressions Dauber Set
  • Precision Press
  • Mini Precision Press
  • Trim & Score Board

 

 

 

Make Halloween Treat Bags with the Mini Evolution

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a Halloween treat project. I love making Halloween treats, but time is always of the essence. So, using a few We R Memory Keepers tools, I was able to put together some really fun treats in no time flat! Plus, I can always get the helpers around the house to put these together, because the tools are that easy to use.

DIY Halloween Treat Bags with the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford by We R Memory Keepers

After placing your desired treats in a small, plastic bag, seal the ends with the Fuse Tool.

DIY Halloween Treat Bags with the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford by We R Memory Keepers

The Fuse Tool will seal the bag and hold all the treats inside. To use the Fuse Tool, begin by plugging it and giving it a few minutes to heat up.

Note: Put candy in the bag BEFORE sealing. Helpful hint. 😀

DIY Halloween Treat Bags with the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford by We R Memory Keepers

When the tool is ready, place the Fuse Tool ruler over the end of the bag, making sure that the bag is flat and aligned. Follow the edge of the ruler, slowly, with the Fuse Tool. Be sure and place the bag on a heat-resistant surface before sealing it closed. The tip of the Fuse Tool gets very hot, so use caution.

DIY Halloween Treat Bags with the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford by We R Memory Keepers

Once the bags are sealed, it is time to create the toppers. Trim these adorable patterned papers from DCWV down to size. By scoring the paper in the middle, it creates a topper that covers both front and back.

Mini Evolution, Embossing Folders and Embossing Tape by We R Memory Keepers

To create the tricks and treats tape, take out the We R Memory Keepers Mini Evolution, Label Tape, and a Label Embossing folder. The Label Tape is sticky once the backing is removed, making it the perfect sticker for the treat bags.

Mini Evolution, Embossing Folder and Embossing Tape by We R Memory Keepers

Pass the tape, inside of the embossing folder, through the We R Memory Keepers Mini Evolution. When embossing with folders, use the two clear plates. Also be sure to have the Label Tape color facing up to get the cool embossed look.

Mini Clear Cut Star Punch by We R Memory Keepers

For a little more color on the treat bags, add some stars punched from paper with a Clear Cut Punch-Mini.

DIY Halloween Treat Bags with the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford by We R Memory Keepers

After assembling the toppers, adhere them to the bags. One line of tape on the inside-back, and one line of tape on the inside-front keeps the bags secure.

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What kind of treats do you like to make for Halloween?

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

DCWV:

  • Happy Halloween 12×12 Stack

American Crafts

  • Sticky Thumb-Adhesive Runner

 

Neon Movie Lights

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today with a super fun project that I cannot wait to use this summer! All summer long we have outdoor movies in our backyard. We have a massive screen and a fabulous sound system and we enjoy warm summer evenings with our friends watching classic movies that we all love! Having snacks in the dark can be a challenge, so I have been using flashlights and other things with not great results. As soon as I saw the Neon Wire and the Big Happy Jig from We R Memory Keepers, I KNEW that I would be making signs for our movie nights!

Big Happy Jig neon movie lights Kimberly Crawford

To begin with, the We R Memory Keepers Big Happy Jig is HUGE! This is a board for making home décor sized pieces and it is awesome! You can adjust any patterns from the standard Happy Jig and use them. The only factor is, when moving up to the bigger size, multiply the wire needed by 2.5. (Conversely, if you take a large pattern to the small, you would divide by 2.5.) The rest of the pattern works the same.

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When using the Big Happy Jig, the pegs are placed up through the bottom of the board. The small pegs can be used, or larger adaptors can be added to the top. I did find that with the Neon Wire, using the smaller pegs helped my particular designs. Meaning, I found it easier to bend the wire during laying out the design.

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Because I was using the We R Memory Keepers Neon Wire I DID NOT cut my wire until the end and my design was complete. I also made sure that I started my design where the battery pack connects to the wire, making sure to leave a little extra wire hanging off, just in case.

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Once the design is complete, snip the wire. Take the plastic cap from the very end of the wire and place it over your cut end.

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To help keep my design in the desired shape, I used monofilament (or clear fishing line) to tie the ends together. It brought a nice stabilization and is not visible, unless you look really, really close.

Big Happy Jig neon movie lights Kimberly Crawford

For my first sign, I created a popcorn box. I used two different colors of Neon Wire. The coolest part about using two colors is, I can control the top AND bottom of the design. The controller on the Neon Wire has several settings; off, steady on, blinking, and rapid blinking. I will be able to keep the popcorn box solid, but have blinking popcorn! How cool is that?!?!

Big Happy Jig neon movie lights Kimberly Crawford

For my second sign, I created the word movie. This is going to look so incredible on the snack table! I adhered it to a sign I had in my crafty stash and wow!

Big Happy Jig neon movie lights Kimberly Crawford

Finally, a look at these neon signs in the dark! Can you believe it?! I am head-over-heels for these signs! I even made a few more designs and I cannot wait to find frames to back them with! What a fun addition to our evenings!

What neon signs would you make?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

Neon Wire: Burnt Orange, White Out, Pink Vibes, Electric Blue

DIY Framed Home Decor

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a lovely photo frame perfect for this time of year! Believe it or not, but I made this project with a very small set of We R Memory Keepers tools. Which goes to show you just how powerful and helpful We R tools can be!

DIY Framed Home Decor with the Mini Precision Press and the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I have always loved the phrase; the best is yet to come. With all the alphabet stamps I seem to have accumulated over the years, I thought, why not mix and match the letters and make my own custom panel?

DIY Framed Home Decor with the Mini Precision Press and the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

See, I knew I could make it all the stamped letters line up perfectly with the We R Memory Keepers Mini Precision Press. Love the confidence you can have going in to a project with great tools!

DIY Framed Home Decor with the Mini Precision Press and the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To highlight the words “best” and “come,” I used block letter stamps. To line the spacing between the letters up precisely, I placed my letter stamps down on my panel of patterned paper and then picked the stamps up all at once by placing the We R Memory Keepers Mini Precision Press plate over the top. Each and every time I stamp the word now, everything will stay exactly where I want it! (Might be a good time to consider making a bunch of cards with this phrase, as long as I have the words lined up…)

DIY Framed Home Decor with the Mini Precision Press and the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

After placing my phrase inside a frame with a few layers of beautiful patterned papers, I knew the project needed some dimension. Looking around my desk, I noticed a simple set of circle dies sitting next to my We R Memory Keepers Mini Evolution. Let me share my fun party trick with you and show you how to create 3D flowers and leaves from a simple circle!

DIY Framed Home Decor with the Mini Precision Press and the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

After die cutting my circle, I cut into the circle in a spiral towards the center. You can round off the harsh corner with your scissors to make a smoother flower.

DIY Framed Home Decor with the Mini Precision Press and the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Begin rolling the paper from the outside towards the center. I find that to get a tighter roll, using the end of one of my stylus tools assists greatly.

DIY Framed Home Decor with the Mini Precision Press and the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Once the paper is rolled, allow the edges to be free to open into a flower shape. Apply a glue to the bottom of the flower and hold in place for a minute or two until the glue sets.

DIY Framed Home Decor with the Mini Precision Press and the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Second part of my trick? Use the same circle die to create leaves!

DIY Framed Home Decor with the Mini Precision Press and the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Cut a piece of patterned paper with the circle die. Mix up the sizes for fun variety in the leaves. Then place the die over half of the circle and pass it through your We R Memory Keepers Mini Evolution again.

Also, use a bit of tape to hold the die in place. Otherwise it may slip during cutting and turn out not the way you expected.

DIY Framed Home Decor with the Mini Precision Press and the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Voila! A leaf! Go ahead and bend the leaf in the center to add dimension. Or, add ink along the edges.

DIY Framed Home Decor with the Mini Precision Press and the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

What favorite quote would you create with your We R Memory Keepers Precision Press? And are you going to try out my party trick for flowers and leaves?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

  • Precision Press
  • Mini Evolution
  • Trim & Score Board

DCWV:

  • Subtle & Sophisticated Premium Stack

 

 

Foil Quill Spring Card

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here and I know that you are as happy as I am that spring has finally sprung! Time for sunshine, green grass, and flowers! Nothing says spring to me more than bouquets of flowers! Today I have a spring water-colored card made with the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill. So easy to make, so fun to make, so wonderful to send to someone special!

Foil Quill Spring Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I have a few current crafting obsessions, one, the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill, because I love the look of gold, and two, water color.

Foil Quill Spring Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I picked up the new watercolor kit from Amy Tangerine and was looking for a project to use it on. And then I thought, why don’t I make an image with the Foil Quill on water color paper and color it in?! It worked perfectly!

Foil Quill Spring Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Using a lovely floral image from Paige Evans digital drive, I created a card front. I began by creating a rectangle in the software of my digital die cutting machine, to the size of my card front. Then I laid out the images within that space. With the software, you can change the size of the design images easily, making them useable on a million different projects. The letters come separately, so I created a line for spacing and placed all my letters.

Design tip: Once you have the letters of your word lined up, select them all in the software, go to object, then group. Your word will now be joined. Making it easier to resize the word to fit your project.

Before sending the design to my digital die cutting machine to be foiled, I removed my rectangle and lines, so they would not be foiled with the rest of the design.

Foil Quill Spring Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The water color paper I used was quite thick. I found that if I slowed the pen down to about half speed, the impression was much more solid. Also, note that watercolor paper often has two sides. One side is much more textured, the other is smoother. The smoother side will give you the best results.

Once the image was completed, I simply water-colored in the florals and the words.

Foil Quill Spring Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Simple, sweet, elegant, and sure brighten someone’s mailbox. What images will you watercolor?

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

American Crafts:

  • Amy Tangerine Watercolor Set

Foil Quill Photo Frame

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here to share a project with the absolutely incredible new We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill. Once again, We R Memory Keepers has hit it out of the park with this innovative tool! The Foil Quill turns your digital die cutting machine into a foiling machine. Yes! The beautiful look of a foil finish in minutes! It gets better. The Foil Quill is compatible with the leading digital die cutting machines on the market!

Foil Quill Photo Frame by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Wedding photos are some of our most-cherished pictures and they need to be showcased. I created this photo frame with black cardstock and the Foil Quill, along with Foil Quill Gold Foil. Simple products that have been transformed into something elegant and stunning. While I created this frame with our wedding photos, I will be making this project as a wedding gift for couples in the future.

Foil Quill Photo Frame by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Foil Quill Photo Frame by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To begin with, I used an SVG file from the Foil Quill Kelly Creates digital drive. There are several different thumb drives available for purchase from your favorite American Crafts designers. The drives are loaded with beautiful images, words, letters, and more! I chose this beautiful floral image and put the image into my digital die cutting machine’s software. After resizing the image and positioning it where I wanted it to be foiled on my cardstock, the design is ready to be sent to the machine.

Foil Quill Photo Frame by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To prepare my paper for foiling, I placed my cardstock on the standard mat for my digital die cutting machine. Then I put the foil over the cardstock, only in the places where I know the design will be foiled. The foil needs to be held in place. The Foil Quill comes with a roll of washi tape to help with that. I would recommend using the tape liberally, especially with more intricate designs such as this. The foil also needs to be secured with as few wrinkles as possible, again, the washi tape helps with that.

Foil Quill Photo Frame by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The key to all this gorgeousness is the Foil Quill pen. Using your digital die cutting machine’s pen option, the Foil Quill becomes the magical tool you see creating gorgeous projects. The kit comes with 3 different sized pens. The medium nib (teal) will be the one you will use the most often. Within the kit are several adaptors, when added to the pens, adjusts to your specific digital die cutting machine’s dimensions. Amazing, right?

While you are preparing your image and paper, be sure to plug your Foil Quill pen tool into a USB port. The Foil Quill pens need to heat up before sketching on your cardstock. I found that 5-10 minutes of warm up time was adequate.

Once the Foil Quill is heated, the fun could start! I sent my file and watched the magic begin. With in a few minutes, I had a stunning foiled design on my cardstock. Look at the shine!

Foil Quill Photo Frame by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I also foiled a frame design from Paige Evans and cut it out. Inside that frame, I added our wedding photo. Twenty years ago, wow we were young. I cannot wait to put this on a wall in our house!

What wedding photo do you need to take out of an album and frame beautifully with the Foil Quill?

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

  • Foil Quill
  • Foil Quill Gold Foil
  • Foil Quill Digital Drive: Kelly Creates (flowers), Paige Evans (frame)
  • Trim & Score Board

Bazzill:

  • Black 12×12 cardstock