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

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.

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

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.

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

 

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!

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

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!

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

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!

Embossed Handmade Cards by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I love the texture it adds to the card.

Embossed Handmade Cards by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

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