Holiday Card Display

Hello We R Fans and Happy Holidays! Kimberly here today with a fun holiday card display project. I know I always say these projects are “easy,” but they truly are with the great tools and supplies from We R Memory Keepers! There is a small spot in my house, a place where I want to display special holiday cards. This Peg Board was the perfect solution!

Holiday Card Display by Kimberly Crawford

I applied six pegs to the board, evenly spacing them across the openings. I knew that I would be attaching some string-like item to the pegs.

Holiday Card Display by Kimberly Crawford

To the pegs, added red twine. Starting on the left peg, I tied the twine around the peg, with a bow. I pulled the twine across, making two loops around the center peg. The twine was tied in a bow around the right peg as well.

Holiday Card Display by Kimberly Crawford

Then I added small piece of pine pipe cleaners. These are small and bendable pieces that look like pine branches. They twisted easily around the pegs. And, what are the holidays without jingle bells?! I tied the bells onto the pegs with the same red twine, cutting away the excess twine.

Holiday Card Display by Kimberly Crawford

The cards easily clip to the string and pine with a clothespin. Its so cute and homey!

Holiday Card Display by Kimberly Crawford

You could easily change the cards on this display as they arrive in your mailbox.

Holiday Card Display by Kimberly Crawford

How will you be displaying your holiday cards this year?

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers Peg Board

Holiday Card with the Washi Chomper

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a holiday card that is a ton of fun! The We R Memory Keepers Washi Chomper is a great tool for cutting washi. As I was thinking about making a holiday card, the idea of making a Christmas tree from washi struck me!

Washi Chomper Holiday Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The Washi Chomper makes cute flag ends on your pieces of washi tape. The washi tape is so adorable all lined up like this!

Washi Chomper Holiday Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Washi Chomper by We R Memory Keepers

To cut the ends of the washi tape, start by releasing the lock slider at the back of the Washi Chomper. Then place your washi tape inside. The white piece you see helps you line up your washi evenly. By adjusting the lever on the front, the washi tape stays in place. Press down firmly on the top (like a punch or a stapler) and the edge will be “chomped.”

One of the cool features of this tool is the fact that the white piece comes out. If you trim a small piece of washi, you can remove the white piece from the tool and take the tape off easily.

Washi Chomper Holiday Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I layered several colors and sizes of washi tape together. Honestly, I guessed at the length to cut the washi. I started at the bottom and worked my way to the top. A long piece to start with made it much easier. That way, if you do cut a piece of washi tape incorrectly, you can simply cut it again.

Washi Chomper Holiday Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

This looks like a great way to include the kiddos in holiday card making! How will you use the Washi Chomper on your holiday card?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

DCWV:

  • Embossed Plaid Cardstock – white

Holiday Advent Calendar

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a simple, lovely, and super fun project! When it’s time to start filling the holiday countdown calendar, I always include a Bible verse for the day, a small treat, an everyone so often, a gift. The gift might be a book, a fun pen or pencil, and on the last day, a special ornament. I have a small calendar in a box, but it is not big enough. So, as I looked at the We R Memory Keepers Gift Box Punch Board and the gorgeous papers from DCWV, I got an idea. An idea to create small boxes for each of the days!

Holiday Advent Calendar by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

In the DCWV Frosty Holiday 6×6 Mat Stack are some gorgeous papers! I chose a glittered paper and a holographic printed paper. Perfect for adding a little sparkle! Using the We R Memory Keepers Gift Box Punch Board, I quickly created small and large boxes. The smaller boxes are made from a 6×6 inch piece of paper, and the larger one from a 12×12 inch piece. The instructions for creating the boxes are printed right on the punch board-love that!

Holiday Advent Calendar by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Seriously, it took me about 5 minutes to assemble these boxes. Choosing a paper took longer! Making a bunch of these will be a breeze!

Holiday Advent Calendar by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

After assembling the boxes, I decided to add numbers to each box. I used the Mini Alphabet Punch Board and the same papers to add numbers.

Holiday Advent Calendar by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I love this idea, it’s a lovely project, that is handmade. And with the awesome tools from We R Memory Keepers, you will still have time to enjoy the holidays with your family, the most important part!

Here is a list of treat ideas for your own holiday countdown calendar:

  • Pack of gum
  • Cool pen/pencil/erasers
  • Patch to be sewn or glued to a jacket or backpack
  • Book
  • Gift card
  • Small toys-Slinky, Yo-Yo, Mini Etch-a-Sketch
  • Lego Minifigures
  • Earrings or a bracelet
  • Hair binders/clips/barrettes
  • Travel sized lotions/body washes
  • Ornament

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers

  • Gift Box Punch Board
  • Mini Alphabet Punch Board

DCWV:

  • Christmas Flip/Side 12×12 Cardstock
  • Frosty Holiday Mat Stack 6×6

Handmade Card with the Hexagon Clear Cut Punch

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today with a card made with a fantastic new tool! The Clear Cut Punch is an anywhere punch. Meaning, if you like something in the middle of your patterned paper, no problem! And as a card maker, the possibilities for these punches are endless! I started off basic today, but I cannot wait to use these more and more!

Clear Cut Punch Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

For this card, I used the Clear Cut Punch Hexagon. The punches come apart into three pieces. All the pieces are magnetic, allowing easy alignment for perfect punching.

Clear Cut Punch Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

On this piece of Pebbles patterned paper, I wanted to give shape to the words “love.” I started by placing the teal guide over the image I desired. Then, I placed the base of the punch underneath that, so that the patterned paper is sandwiched between the base and teal guide. As you are doing this, if the paper slides, no big deal. It is easy to maneuver the paper between the two pieces. Which makes this type-A girl very happy!

Clear Cut Punch Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

When everything is aligned, place the top of the punch over the rest. The magnets will help the punch click together. After it clicks together, punch away!

Clear Cut Punch Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

How fun to add a unique shape to these patterned papers! I punched several images and chose my favorite to place on my card.

Clear Cut Punch Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Clear Cut Punch Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

One extra finishing touch I added was washi tape, with the ends notched with the Washi Chomper. Another new tool that will not leave my desk!

Clear Cut Punch Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

With several shapes to choose from, which is your favorite Clear Cut Punch shape?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

Pebbles Jen Hadfield Simple Life

Halloween Witch Hats with the DIY Party Board

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today with some fun Halloween décor. When you think of the We R Memory Keepers DIY Party Board, you probably are not thinking you can make decorations with it. But check out how easy it made creating these witch hats!

DIY Party Board Witch Hats for Halloween by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Each of these witch hats was made from the Mini Party Hat setting on the DIY Party Board.

DIY Party Board Witch Hats for Halloween by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Once again, We R Memory Keepers does an amazing job of labeling their tools! The size of paper needed to create a Mini Party Hat is listed on the board. In this case 6×6.”

DIY Party Board Witch Hats for Halloween by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

It also lists which cutting guide to use (C). And which notches to place the guide inside. I could not get any simpler. The paper will need to be cut twice. Align the guide and make your cut by sliding the blade in the grooves. Repeat for the second cut. I have found that the smaller, second cut, does need more help in holding the paper in place because the guide is covering much less of the paper. Use your other hand to keep the paper in the bottom corner when making the smallest cut.

DIY Party Board Witch Hats for Halloween by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

A sturdy adhesive will need to be used to hold the party/witch hats together. The Red Tape works really well. I placed a strip of adhesive on the edge of the front. Then a second strip of adhesive on the other edge, but on the back side of the paper. When you roll your paper together, the adhesive will help keep both sides in place.

DIY Party Board Witch Hats for Halloween by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Roll the paper together, keeping it flat on the table. By doing this your witch hat will sit flat.

DIY Party Board Witch Hats for Halloween by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Cut a strip of patterned paper to ½” by 6.” Apply this to the bottom of the witch hat, once again, holding everything flat to the table. I found that placing the adhesive strip along the bottom helped keep it in place. The paper you wrap around the bottom will not lay flat against the cone of the hat. But its ok.

Patterned paper was cut into a circle. I then glued the cone to the base of the hat with a hot glue gun.

DIY Party Board Witch Hats for Halloween by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Each of the hats was decorated with various stickers and ephemera from the Pebbles Midnight Haunting collection.

DIY Party Board Witch Hats for Halloween by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Party Board Witch Hats for Halloween by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The mix of flat stickers and puffy stickers added fun dimension to each witch hat.

DIY Party Board Witch Hats for Halloween by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Where will you use your handmade witch hats this Halloween?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

Pebbles- Midnight Haunting Collection

American Crafts:

Card Week: 123 Punch Board Card

Hello friends, and happy Monday! This Saturday, Oct. 7th, is World Cardmaking Day. To celebrate the wonderful world of handmade cards, our designers have created some amazing card inspiration for you each day this week. We’ll also have a special guest designer on Friday, so be sure to check in here on the blog each day this week. First up is Kimberly with a darling card she made with the 123 Punch Board.

 

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a card. Shocking, I know. I truly love making cards and this week is leading up to World Card Making Day! One of the tools I almost always grab when making a card is the We R Memory Keepers 123 Punch Board! Its several tools in one, and today I found a new and cool use for it! Yes!!

123 Punch Board Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

First of all, the 123 Punch Board makes bows. Who doesn’t love a bow? I have found that the XS size bow works perfect on cards.

123 Punch Board Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The instructions for creating a bow are printed directly on the 123 Punch Board, which I am thrilled about!

123 Punch Board Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Remember that cool new way I was talking about? Check out my notched end on my patterned paper. I create notched ends all the time with my scissors. Pretty sure most cards I make have one somewhere.

But instead of scissors, I am now going to grab my 123 Punch Board! Easy and perfect! To create the notch in the paper, cut the paper to size.

123 Punch Board Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Here I have a 1” piece of patterned paper. Slide the paper into the punching mechanism, lining it up to be centered. Punch and voila!

123 Punch Board Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To finish off my card, I had to create a matching envelope. The 123 Punch Board makes not only envelopes, but envelope liners too! How beautiful is that paper from the Creekside collection?

123 Punch Board Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

What is your favorite We R Memory Keepers card-making tool?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

American Crafts: 1canoe2 Creekside Collection

 

 

Letterpress Card Set

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with one of my favorite techniques! Letterpress has long been a look that makes my heart skip a beat. Letterpress is an inked impression. Its elegant, and oh, so fancy. Leave it to We R Memory Keepers to make creating letterpress easy and beautiful!

Letterpress Card Set by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

When you have these pretty letterpress plates, well, you have to make a set of cards! Not only are they lovely together, but they make a wonderful gift!

Letterpress Card Set by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

 

Begin by applying adhesive to the back of one of the letterpress plates. The sheets of double-sided adhesive come in the kit. For the smaller images, simply trim the adhesive to size.

Letterpress Kit by We R Memory Keepers

Ink is then applied to the patterned side of the plate. When doing this letterpress technique, you MUST use a wet and juicy ink. Pigment ink works well, though the resin ink pad that comes in the Letterpress Kit is ideal as it reacts best with the cotton fibers in the letterpress paper. (You can also purchase resin ink pads separately in a variety of colors.) Dye-based inks will not provide the complete coverage needed for the letterpress impression.

Letterpress Kit by We R Memory Keepers

You can apply the ink directly to the raised images, but I find that rolling a brayer into the pigment ink and then across the plate creates a more equal coverage. It also keeps ink from getting in undesired places.

Letterpress Card Set by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Using the Evolution Advanced, I rolled the plate through the machine. I found that rolling through a couple of times made a better impression. Cool part about these letterpress plates is, they will fit through most standard manual die cutting machines!

After each impression, the inked plate was cleaned off. I loved the adhesive sheets for this reason, the plate stayed in place as I cleaned it. Awesome!

Letterpress Kit by We R Memory Keepers

After the backgrounds were finished, I repeated the process with the word hello. With the smaller pieces of letterpress paper, also included in the kit, I trimmed it down to fit. The lines on the base of the plates makes it easy to line the paper up each time.

Letterpress Card Set by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The debossed and inked words are fantastic!

Letterpress Card Set by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

While I was having fun, I thought, I could letterpress envelope flaps!

Letterpress Kit by We R Memory Keepers

I lined the edge of the envelope up with the edge of the letterpress plate. Once again, the lines of the base, allowed me to perfectly line up each envelope.

Letterpress Card Set by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I cannot wait to send these cards to someone special. I hope they will enjoy sending them as much as I enjoyed making them!

Letterpress Card Set by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Do you like the look of letterpress? Have you tried it? Who’s ready to give it a try?

Letterpress Card Set by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers

Fall Card with the Dial Trimmer

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a card for fall! The leaves have begun to change and the nights are beginning to cool off. School is back in session and its back to Friday night lights! It was time to make a warm and cozy card with texture and the new We R Memory Keepers Dial Trimmer helped me achieve my goal! Check out this great new tool!

Fall Card featuring the Dial Trimmer by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Feeling plaid-ish for fall, I grabbed this flannel-looking patterned paper from onecanoetwo’s Creekside collection. I wanted to make it feel like a cozy blanket. To add those edges and feel, I used the deckle edge on the Dial Trimmer.

Fall Card featuring the Dial Trimmer by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The Dial Trimmer is SO fantastic! On the top of the trimmer are 6 different blades. Simply turn the dial to whichever blade you want, slide it down and cut! The Dial Trimmer also has an extendable arm, which means that cutting paper up to 12×12 inches is a breeze!

Fall Card featuring the Dial Trimmer by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

For the rest of my card, I used other parts from the Creekside collection. One of my favorite card-making tips is; fussy cut patterned paper. I cut the tag, the extra acorn, and the wood slices from different pieces of patterned paper. Instant embellishments!

Fall Card featuring the Dial Trimmer by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Fall Card featuring the Dial Trimmer by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Who is ready to snuggle up for fall?

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

American Crafts/ onecanoetwo

Bazzill

Cinch Quote Journal

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today with a quote journal project. I don’t know about you, but I love quotes. I have a pin board dedicated to some of my favorites. Well, it was high time to take those words off the screen and turn them into a beautiful mini journal. My We R Memory Keepers Cinch and Typecast helped create a lovely quote journal that I will enjoy looking through when I need some inspiration and encouragement.

Quote Journal by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The plan was to create a 6×6 journal. I started by punching Cinch Bookboard for the front and back covers. The Cinch easily punched through the thick board. The Cinch is also easy to use, as the punching information is printed directly on the machine. Making a 6 inch book? Pull pin 12. Incredibly simple!

The Cinch by We R Memory Keepers

Each of the pages inside the book started as a watercolor paper base. On some of the pages, I wanted to experiment with different mediums, which is why I chose something other than card stock. So not only was this a journal for my favorite quotes, but a chance to play with papers, mediums, and colors that spoke to me.

The Cinch by We R Memory Keepers

Now my pages were ready to be decorated, before assembling the journal with the Cinch wires.

When you do assemble your book, be sure and place the pages on the ring first, topped with the front cover and then the back cover. Doing this allows the wire edge to be hidden inside the book. Once again, the instructions are on the machine for closing the wires.

Typecast typewriter by We R Memory Keepers

Using the Typecast was a fun way to write out my favorite quotes. For this quote, I typed a few of the words on Typecast Paper, knowing that I would use stickers to spell out words I wanted accented. I found that advancing the paper twice created a nice amount of space between these words. I cut these lines of words out with scissors.

Typecast typewriter by We R Memory Keepers

For some of my quotes,  I typed them out in their entirety on Typecast Tags. It is easy to place any size paper in the Typecast, even up to 12×12” paper.

Quote Journal by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

For the base of this page, I applied Heidi Swapp gold screen print paint through a screen. The tags are from the Typecast Mint paper pad.

Quote Journal by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The quote on this page was typed onto a tag. I layered it with stickers, other Typecast papers, and a large word sticker.

Quote Journal by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

This page was layered with a piece of patterned paper from Jen Hadfield’s Heart of Home 6×6 paper pad. The gold printing fit into my color scheme perfectly. Once again, the quote was typed onto a Typecast paper pad tag.

Quote Journal by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

More patterned papers, die cut accents, and a quote typed onto a paper pad tag. I love how easily this album worked together with all the tags in the paper pad. So many typing options!

Quote Journal by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

My final page mixed typed words with letter and word stickers. This might be my favorite page! I have to keep this mix of wording in mind for layouts and even a card!

What are your favorite quotes? How do you like to display them?

 

We R Memory Keepers

Heidi Swapp

Pebbles

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!