Holiday Place Cards with the Word Punch Board

Hello, friends! Laura here today to show you how to create some pretty place cards for your holiday table. Sometimes the simplest décor can be the prettiest. These place cards are a cinch to put together and will add a little sparkle to your place settings.

Holiday Place Cards with the Word Punch Board by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Start by trimming your cardstock. My favorite size for place cards is to make them 4 inches by 5 inches. When folded in half the front of the card is four by two and a half inches. The trim and score board makes it easy to cut and score the place cards.

Holiday Place Cards with the Word Punch Board by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

I cut out rectangles from gold sparkle paper to add to the front of the card with adhesive.

The word punch board is perfect for adding names to the place cards. I cut out the names from white textured cardstock. I trimmed a piece of patterned cardstock to go behind the cut-out letters. And then I cut a v shape at the end of each one.

Holiday Place Cards with the Word Punch Board by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

You could stop here and simply add the cut-out names to the front of the cards, but I wanted to add a little something extra.

Paper die-cuts are pretty but can sometimes use a little extra touch. I used the crop-a-dile to add a fun gold star shaped eyelet to the top of each of the ornament embellishments. I added these to the place cards using a foam adhesive square.

Holiday Place Cards with the Word Punch Board by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

These cards are not fussy; however, you could dress them up even more by adding a ribbon or additional embellishments to them. Creating a simple place card is great when you have a lot of guests you are hosting.

Holiday Place Cards with the Word Punch Board by Laura Silva for We R Memory KeepersHoliday Place Cards with the Word Punch Board by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

The gold paper makes them festive and fun! The word punch board is one of my new favorite tools for adding names or words to my projects.

Holiday Place Cards with the Word Punch Board by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies

Trim and Score Board

Cardstock

Gold Sparkle Paper

Word Punch Board

Crop A Dile

Eyelets

BoBunny Christmas in the Village Die Cuts

Ornament Treat Bags

Hello, We R friends! Laura here today to kick off Holiday Treats week. Often around the holidays I like to bake homemade goodies, but to be honest, I don’t always have time to create something from scratch. If I can’t bake something, my next go to treat is candy – in particular, anything nostalgic. For Christmas this means candy canes, peppermint Christmas nougats, peanut brittle, or hard candies.

Ornament Treat Bag by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Today, I am going to show you how to make these adorable ornament treat bags with only a few simple supplies like the goodie bag guide. These little bags would work great as party favors or even to pass out at a class party.

Start by choosing some pretty holiday papers. Mine are all from the DCWV All About Christmas Paper Stack. Use the Goodie Bag guide to create a treat bag that is 3 ½” wide.

Goodie Bag Guide by We R Memory Keepers

Before you assemble the bag, use the clear cut circle punch to cut a circle in the bottom half of the front of the bag. The clear cut punch works great for this because you can position it exactly where you want it. Assemble the bag using adhesive.

Clear Cut Punch by We R Memory Keepers

Create a 3” pouch using one of the 4” photo sleeve waterfall sleeves and your FUSE tool. Fill it with your favorite candy and then fuse the top closed.

Photo Sleeve Fuse by We R Memory Keepers

Decorate the front of your treat bag with a ribbon, a small gold or silver rectangle, and a ribbon bow. I attached everything with my Sticky Thumb adhesive.

Ornament Treat Bag by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Place the fused candy bag inside the treat bag, fold over the top, and seal it with adhesive.

Ornament Treat Bag by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Ornament Treat Bag by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Ornament Treat Bag by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

The candies make a perfect little ornament showing through on the front of the bag. You could also fill the ornament treat bag with a cookie, brownie, or any other homemade treat, as well!

Ornament Treat Bag by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Ornament Treat Bag by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

Goodie Bag Guide

Clear Cut Punch, 2” Circle

Photo Sleeve FUSE Tool

Photo Sleeve

DCWV All About Christmas Paper Stack

Ribbon

Sticky Thumb Adhesive

Candy of Your Choice

Christmas Goodie Bags

Hey friends, Laura here today! One of my favorite things to make is little goodie bags to hold treats. The Goodie Bag Guide makes it so easy to do out of any paper you have on hand, so you can coordinate it perfectly to the holiday or party theme of your choice.

Christmas Goodie Bags by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

My go to set up for a small goodie bag is to create the bag, add a couple of banner pieces in coordinating colors, find a die cut that matches the theme, and then add a sentiment. I then either tie, staple, or clip the bag closed. This design is a cohesive way to pull together any theme.

To create a smaller sized bag (3.5” wide), start by trimming your paper to 8” wide. You can use a paper trimmer or the straight edge of the goodie bag guide. Line up your paper using the 8” marks as your guide and tear along the top and bottom of your paper.

Christmas Goodie Bags by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Use the goodie bag guide to create the folds for your bag and assemble the bags together using adhesive. You can make a lot of bags in a short period of time. It is easiest to make the bags using a thinner paper. Cardstock and double-sided patterned paper are more difficult to tear and fold.

Christmas Goodie Bags by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

After I have my bags created, I made two banner pieces for each bag. I did one that is a little wider and shorter, and a second one that is longer and thinner. Trim your paper to the width you would like and use the banner punch board to create the V-shape in the bottom of the banner. Then, use your paper trimmer to cut the banner to the length you want.

Christmas Goodie Bags by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

To add a Merry Christmas sentiment, I created a small tag using the Clear Cut punch.

Christmas Goodie Bags by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I added some Crate Paper stickers that said “Merry Christmas” to each one.

Christmas Goodie Bags by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Fill up your bag with a special treat. I love these little gummy Christmas wreaths! They are festive and super delicious.

Christmas Goodie Bags by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Fold the top of the bag over. Layer on the two banner shapes, plus a Christmas die cut ephemera piece. Add on the little tag and clip everything together using a decorative paper clip.

Christmas Goodie Bags by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

These little goodie bags are perfect for stocking stuffers, class parties, or even as a decorative way to give a gift card. Add in a few yummy treats with the gift card, and I know it will be well received.

Christmas Goodie Bags by Laura Silva for We R Memory KeepersChristmas Goodie Bags by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

What is your favorite treat to put in goodie bags for Christmas?

Christmas Goodie Bags by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies

Goodie Bag Guide

DCWV All About Christmas Stack

Banner Punch Board

Clear Cut Punch – Tag/Banner

Crate Paper Merry Days Waterfall Stickers

Crate Paper Merry Days Ephemera Cardstock Die-Cuts

Oh Goodie Paper Clips

Holiday Planner

Hey there, We R readers, Laura here today! I love binders, organizing, and planning. Writing everything out on paper gets it all out of my head and makes me feel like I have it all together. A few years ago, I created a regular sized 3-ring holiday binder. I leave it at home, but sometimes I need some of the information while I am out. I thought it would be fun to create a portable holiday planner I can take with me.

Holiday Planner by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I started by using a Heidi Swapp memory planner. I took out all the months except for November and December. I added the dates to the calendar, so I can keep track of all our holiday plans for these two months.

Then, I created some dividers out of heavy cardstock. I used the tab punch board to create tabs on each one. I used the planner punch board to punch the holes in the dividers. I love that I can use the planner punch board for all my planners that each have a different hole pattern on the side.

Holiday Planner by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I wanted the stability and weight of cardstock for the dividers, but plain cardstock can be kind of boring. I added some fun word art from the DCWV Christmas Stack. I adhered them using my tape runner and then added a little glitter tape for some sparkle. For the front page of the binder I also added the year with gold thickers.

Holiday Planner by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I trimmed some plain white copy paper to size and then used the planner punch board to punch holes in the pages. The All in One Journal Tool is perfect for creating lists in my planner. I created a gift list using the checkboxes and lines. It is thin enough, I can slip it in the pocket of the planner for on the go.

Holiday Planner by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I also created lined paper using the All in One Journal Tool and the gridded clipboard of the travel workspace to create some lined paper for my to do list.

Holiday Planner by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

For the gift section I thought it would be helpful to create a little pocket I could slip receipts into. I like to keep all my holiday receipts together, so I can track my budget, plus I have them in case of returns. I trimmed my paper to twice the width of a normal page in the planner. I used the trim and score board to score a line down the middle. I folded it in half, and then trimmed some of the excess paper along the top on the back to make it easier to slip the receipts in and out.

We R Memory Keepers Trim and Score Board

I used the hole reinforcer punch to create some coordinating hole reinforcements. This envelope will get more use than other pages, and this will help to keep it lasting all season long.

Holiday Planner by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Each section of the planner has a specific purpose. The front calendar section will help me keep track of our holiday plans. I can also add dates as I get them, so I don’t overbook our holiday.

Holiday Planner by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

The next section is for to dos and lists. I always think of things while I am out and this way, I can keep a running to do list in one convenient spot.

Holiday Planner by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I can add my gift lists to the next section, so I always have them with me when I am shopping.

Holiday Planner by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

The little envelope is perfect for storing receipts on the go. I love the little “Do not open until December 25th” card I found in the Christmas Stack.

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Lastly, I have a place to keep my holiday menu plans and grocery lists. I am going to make another little envelope like the one for the receipts to hold coupons at the front of this section.

Holiday Planner by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

To label the tabs, I simply wrote on each one with a metallic marker.

Holiday Planner by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I love that I can take this little planner with me. I can add to it all season long and it will be a helpful reference for next year to make planning for the holidays even easier!

Supplies

Heidi Swapp Memory Planner

Cardstock

Tab Punch Board

Planner Punch Board

DCWV Christmas Stack

Glitter Tape

Thickers

Trim and Score Board

Hole Reinforcer Punch

All in One Journal Tool

Travel Workspace

 

Thanksgiving Hoop Wreath with the Bow Loom

Hey there We R fans! Laura here today sharing how to make this pretty Thanksgiving hoop wreath using the new bow loom. Making bows is so easy with this fun tool, and you can create a variety of sizes and styles of bows using one tool.

Thanksgiving Hoop Wreath with the Bow Loom by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I started by adding some wired gold burlap ribbon on the hoop. Simply take the hoop apart and place a strip of burlap between the two pieces, leaving some of the ribbon outside of each side of the hoop. Add a long piece of ribbon to hang the wreath with at the top while you have the hoop open. Tighten the hoop closed.

I added gold Thickers letters to the burlap to spell out the word ‘thankful’. They seem to be sticking okay, but I may need to add some hot glue to the backs if I find they are popping off.

Thanksgiving Hoop Wreath with the Bow Loom by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Now onto the fun part of creating some bows for the wreath! The bow loom is easy to use. It is marked with various widths, so you can make the perfect size bow. You can wrap your ribbon around as many times as you want to create the number of loops you want.

I love those big beautiful bows you see on wreaths that have lots of different ribbons all attached together to make one big, gorgeous bow. I knew I could use the bow loom to create a bow like this.

I started by using large 2” wide wired ribbon. I wrapped the ribbon once on the bow loom at the 8-inch marks.

We R Memory Keepers Bow Loom

I twisted a long piece of floral wire to cinch up the middle of the bow. You can also use string for this step, but I think floral wire is easier when adding more ribbons to the bow. Pull the ribbon off the bow loom and trim the ends. Leave the ends of the twisted floral wire long to attach the other two bows.

Next, I used some thinner gold ribbon. I wrapped it around twice at the 6-inch mark on the bow loom. Use the wire from the first bow and twist it around the center of the new gold bow, so that both bows are attached to each other using the same floral wire. Remove the ribbon from the loom and trim the ends.

We R Memory Keepers Bow Loom

Lastly, add another thin brown and gold ribbon to the other two bows. This time I used the four-inch mark on the bow loom and created three loops for this final bow.

We R Memory Keepers Bow Loom

Once the al the ribbons are attached together use a small piece of brown and gold ribbon to wrap around the middle. Secure it on the back with hot glue.

I also created three smaller double looped bows using the bow loom. I used the 3-inch mark and the thinner ribbon. I used floral wire to cinch the middle of the bow and then wrapped another piece of ribbon around the middle of the bow to give it a finished look.

We R Memory Keepers Bow Loom

Once I had all my bows made, I added some different florals stems to the bottom of the hoop using hot glue. I hot glued on all the bows – the larger one in the middle and the three smaller ones on top.

Thanksgiving Hoop Wreath with the Bow Loom by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

This wreath turned out so beautiful and the gold touches are so pretty in person. The big bow turned out even better than I had hoped.

Thanksgiving Hoop Wreath with the Bow Loom by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

The smaller bows at the top add a fun and whimsical touch to the wreath.

Thanksgiving Hoop Wreath with the Bow Loom by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I can’t wait to use my bow loom this year to make beautiful bows for all my holiday wrapping!

Thanksgiving Hoop Wreath with the Bow Loom by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

Embroidery Hoop

Wired and Patterned Ribbon

Thickers

Bow Loom

Scissors

Floral Wire or String

Hot Glue Gun

Various Floral Stems

 

Pom Pom and Tassel Halloween Garland

Hello, We R fans! Laura here today sharing how to make this adorable yarn Halloween garland using the jumbo pom pom maker and the new tassel maker.

Pom Pom and Tassel Halloween Garland by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

For this garland we are going to make pom pom pumpkins and spiders and tassel ghosts. You will need white, orange, and black yarn, plus green and silver chenille stems.

Start by creating your pom pom pumpkins. Wrap yarn around both arms of one side of the pom pom maker. I usually do about 3ish layers of yarn. You can add more yarn to make a fuller pom pom, if you want. Close the arm wrapped with yarn, snip off the spooling yard, and repeat wrapping yarn on the opposite arm.

Jumbo Pom Pom Maker by We R Memory Keepers

Trim the pom pom in the middle of the closed arms. Small sharp detail scissors work best for this.

Jumbo Pom Pom Maker by We R Memory Keepers

Cut a piece of yarn and tie it tightly through the middle of the pom pom maker. Open both arms of the pom pom maker and pull the middle apart to get your pom pom out.

For the pumpkin, cut a green chenille stem in half. Bend one of the pieces you cut in half and tie it to the yarn piece you tied around the middle. Twist the chenille stem pieces together and create a small loop at the end. This is what we will use to attach the pumpkins to the garland.

Jumbo Pom Pom Maker by We R Memory Keepers

Repeat the same process to create two more additional pumpkins.

Pom Pom and Tassel Halloween Garland by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Next, we will create the pom pom spiders. The process for creating the pom pom is the same. Instead of adding in the green chenille stem, you will add four pieces of silver chenille stems in the piece you tie to the middle.

Pom Pom and Tassel Halloween Garland by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Bend the legs at the end to create 8 spider legs. Flip the spider over and add a length of yarn about 6 inches long to the middle strand holding the pom pom together. Tie the ends together in a knot. This is what we will use to hang the spider from the garland.

Use hot glue to add googly eyes to each spider, if desired. Create a total of three spiders.

Pom Pom and Tassel Halloween Garland by Laura Silva for We R Memory KeepersPom Pom and Tassel Halloween Garland by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Last, we will create the tassel ghosts. Use the new tassel loom and white yarn. I found some sparkly white yarn that was perfect for these ghosts. Open the tassel loom and wrap your yarn around the 2” side.

We R Memory Keepers Tassel Loom

Tie a 6” piece of yarn around the middle of the yarn. This will create the loop to hang the tassel.

We R Memory Keepers Tassel Loom

Fold the tassel loom in half. Wrap a 12” piece of yarn about 1 inch from the top of the looped yarn. Close the loop by tucking the end into the head of the tassel.

We R Memory Keepers Tassel Loom

Slide your scissors through the grooves in the bottom of the loom and cut the looped yarn. Remove the metal rod at the top of the tassel maker to slide the tassel off the loom. Trim the ends to make them all even.

We R Memory Keepers Tassel Loom

Add ghost eyes to the tassel by tying a knot with the black yarn around a strand of white yarn. Trim the ends. I like how it almost looks like the little ghost has eye lashes! Repeat on another strand of white yarn a few strands over to create a second eye.

Pom Pom and Tassel Halloween Garland by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Create two more ghosts for the garland.

Pom Pom and Tassel Halloween Garland by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

To make the garland more interesting and cohesive, I took all three colors of yarn and loosely braided them together. I threaded each of the pumpkins, spiders, and ghosts onto the braided yarn strand. I think these little critters would be adorable tied to a Halloween present, as well!

Pom Pom and Tassel Halloween Garland by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Now my Halloween garland is ready to be hung up. I love how cute it turned out. The jumbo pom pom maker and tassel loom made this project so easy to do!

Pom Pom and Tassel Halloween Garland by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies

Black, White, and Orange Yarn

Silver and Green Chenille Stems

Tassel Loom

Jumbo Pom Pom Maker

Detail Scissors

Monthly Planner Dashboard

Hey there We R readers! Laura here today sharing how to create a monthly planner dashboard you can use each month with your planner. Dashboards can be used to hold important information you need to see at a glance, or to divide up your planner.

Monthly Planner Dashboard by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I started by cutting apart a fun Crate Paper calendar sheet that had all 12 months of calendars on one page.

We R Memory Keepers Trim and Score Board

I used a 4” x 6” waterfall photo sleeve and placed the calendar inside towards the bottom. The fuse tip on the wood burning USB tool works perfectly to create a pocket for the calendar to sit inside. I left the left side of the pocket open to be able to change out the calendar each month.

We R Memory Keepers USB Power Fuse Tool

Next, I punched holes in the side of the pocket using the planner punch board. I used the guide on the bottom of the board to determine where to place the standard hold punches for my Heidi Swapp planner. If you are having trouble punching through the plastic, place a sheet of paper underneath it before punching.

We R Memory Keepers Planner Punch Board

I added some iridescent glitter and rainbow party confetti into the top pocket and then fused the side closed. Make sure to fuse it closed on the opposite side of the hole punches so that the glitter doesn’t fall out from where it is punched.

The label maker is perfect for creating a fun dimensional label on the pocket. I used a pretty pink label tape and the sans serif font wheel to type out THIS MONTH. I cut a V shape on each side of the label and attached it to the front of the pocket.

We R Memory Keepers Label It label maker

I fused some FUSEables die cuts to the front of the pocket. I added a coordinating butterfly and a heart.

To make sure the plastic doesn’t tear from repeated use, I added some cardstock hole reinforcers to either side of the dashboard for all four holes using some adhesive and the hole reinforcer punch.

We R Memory Keepers Hole Reinforcer Punch

This planner dashboard is so fun to look at the start of each month.

Monthly Planner Dashboard by Laura Silva for We R Memory KeepersMonthly Planner Dashboard by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I love that you can change out the calendar each month, so it can be used the entire year in my planner.

Monthly Planner Dashboard by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies

Crate Paper Hooray! 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper

4 x 6 Waterfall Sleeve

Wood Burning USB Tool

Board

Iridescent Glitter

DIY Party Confetti – Rainbow

Label It Label Maker

Label It ¾” Tape

Label It Sans Serif Font Wheel

FUSEables Die Cut Plastic Shapes

Hole Reinforcer Punch

Jumbo Pillow Box Gift Wrap

Hey, We R fans, Laura here with a fun gift wrap idea for you this week. Today, I am going to show you how to use the Template Studio with the Pillow Box guide to create adorable pillow boxes you can use to wrap up the perfect gift for your best friend. Pillow boxes are great because they can accommodate gifts that are oddly shaped and would be hard to wrap with traditional wrapping paper.

Pillow Box Gift Wrap by Laura Silva 1

To start, you need to trim your paper to the measurements shown on the Pillow Box Guide instructions. I chose to make the smallest size box, so I needed to trim my paper to 13” x 10”. You use the A and B or B and C guides to cut or score straight lines with your template.

Pillow Box Gift Wrap by Laura Silva 2

Once you have cut your paper to the correct size, follow the instructions that came with the Pillow Box guide. You will need both the cutting blade and scoring blade to create your box.

Pillow Box Gift Wrap by Laura Silva 3

Assemble your box using adhesive along the folded edge. Then, decorate it however you like. I found it easier to decorate the box before folding the flaps down on each side.

Pillow Box Gift Wrap by Laura Silva 4

To decorate the first box, I cut a thin strip from the Flower Girl Collection papers and used adhesive to apply it around the middle of the box.

Pillow Box Gift Wrap by Laura Silva 5

Next, I created a flag piece using the Banner Punch board. I cut out two separate strips of patterned paper, with one being a little wider than the other. I used the punch board to cut the flag shape out of the bottom of each strip. I folded the strips in half and used adhesive to attach them to the top of the box.

Pillow Box Gift Wrap by Laura Silva 6

I finished off the box by adding a wooden veneer banner shape from the Flower Girl collection.

Pillow Box Gift Wrap by Laura Silva 7

I wanted the second pillow box to look like a purse. I started by creating a slightly larger pillow box than the first one. Once the box was assembled, I cut a decorative floral shape using the Evolution Advanced and leftover pink paper from the first box.

Pillow Box Gift Wrap by Laura Silva 8

Fold the shape in half and adhere it to the top of the pillow box. Then, I cut a ¾” strip of the pink paper to create a “strap” for the purse. I cut slits in the top of the box and slid the straps into the box.

Pillow Box Gift Wrap by Laura Silva 9

To make it look like the purse flap has a snap, I used the Crop-O-Dile and a wide eyelet on the front part of the pink flap.

Pillow Box Gift Wrap by Laura Silva 10

The pillow box gift wrap is the perfect way to add a little something special to a gift for your best girlfriend.

Pillow Box Gift Wrap by Laura Silva 11

 

Supplies:

Template Studio
Pillow Box Guide
Designer Poster Board
Banner Punch Board
Evolution Advanced
Flower Girl Collection
Crop-O-Dile
Wide Eyelets

How to Make a Fall Banner

Hello, We R fans, Laura here today showing you how to create a pretty fall banner with two of my favorite tools – the banner punch board and the mini alphabet punch board. The banner punch board makes it so easy to create banners quickly and easily.

Fall Banner by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Start by trimming your fall themed papers to 4 inches by 6 inches. You will need six different patterns of paper.

Trim and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

Use the banner punch board to create a flag shaped banner. I like to line up the corners of my paper at the cutting groove. I waste the least amount of paper this way and then each banner piece is the same size.

We R Memory Keepers Banner Punch Board

Use the banner punch board to punch holes in the corner of each banner piece.

Next, I used the mini alphabet punch board to spell out the word “FALL” from orange textured cardstock. Trim the paper so it is 1.5” x 2.5” to start. Use the instructions for the mini alphabet punch board to guide you in how to punch and cut the letters.

We R Memory Keepers Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Since the letters are small, I decided to add a brown rosette behind each one. Use a piece of textured brown cardstock and the trim & score board to score your paper every half inch.

Fall Banner by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Use the rosette punch to create a decorative edge on the paper. One I had the entire 12” x 12” paper punched along one edge, I trimmed the paper, so it was only 2” wide by 12” long.

We R Memory Keepers Rosette Punch

Fold the paper accordion style and then use hot glue to attach the ends of the rosette together. Use hot glue to secure the middle of the rosette so it stays together. I attached the letters to the rosettes using hot glue, and then attached the whole thing to my banner pieces using hot glue, as well.

Fall Banner by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I added some pretty fall ephemera to the two end banner pieces and the letters. I attached all the banner pieces together using brown and white baker’s twine. Tie each piece together using a small bow.

Fall Banner by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I love the way this banner turned out. I will be able to leave it up from September through November and it is the perfect way to start my holiday decorating this year.

Fall Banner by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

The rosette helps to make the letters stand out while also providing a fun detail to the banner pieces.

Fall Banner by Laura Silva for We R Memory KeepersFall Banner by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Adding the ephemera to both the letters and the end pieces ties the whole banner together to create a beautiful display piece for fall.

Fall Banner by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies

Pebbles Inc. Midnight Haunting Double-Sided Cardstock

Trim & Score Board

Banner Punch Board

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Cardstock

Rosette Punch

Hot Glue Gun

Pebbles Inc. Woodland Forest Ephemera

Baker’s Twine

 

DIY Notebooks for School

Hello We R friends, Laura here today. It is time for back to school and today I am going to show you how you can create your own custom cinch notebook using three different types of paper – ruled, graph, and plain printer paper. Often at school my kids will need different types of paper. Creating a custom notebook allows you to use all three papers in one bound notebook.

Custom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

My printer paper was the largest, and I wanted the notebook cover to be a little larger than the paper. I started by trimming my cinch board to 9” by 11 ½”. It is easy to trim the board with a craft knife and the help of the supreme ruler to keep everything nice and straight.

We R Memory Keepers Supreme Ruler

Next, I trimmed my cover paper to be slightly larger than the cinch board. I used a glue stick to attach the paper to the front of each board. I ran my embossing stylus along the edges of the board so that it would be easier to wrap the paper around the edge.

We R Memory Keepers Stylus Tool

Using red sticky tape, I attached the paper to the back side of the covers by wrapping and folding it over the edge.

Custom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory KeepersCustom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I trimmed another sheet of coordinating paper slightly smaller than the cinch board. I attached it with a glue stick. I went over the whole thing with the large bone folder to make sure it was secured well. This technique creates a nice finished cover and back for the notebook.

We R Memory Keepers Large Bone Folder

Next, I created dividers for each section of the notebook. I trimmed the cardstock to the same size as the cinch cover. Then, I used the tab punch board to create large size tabs on each sheet.

We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch Board

Now it was time to create the notebook. I used the cinch tool to punch holes in the front and back covers, the divider tabs, and each stack of lined, graph, and blank paper. I played around with the hole placement on some scrap paper to make sure everything would be centered and lined up on the finished notebook.

We R Memory Keepers Cinch binding tool

To hide the wire seam on the inside of the notebook, first place the inside pages on the wire. Then place the back cover and lastly the front cover. Use the cinch tool to close the wire.

We R Memory Keepers Cinch binding tool

I added some of the letters from the playful icons paper stack to spell out ‘NOTES’ on the front cover.

Custom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Inside, each divider got one of the fun sentiments from the paper pad.

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I love how this notebook turned out. I think it will be great for back to school. You could also do something similar with different papers to practice hand lettering or different types of art mediums.

Custom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Of course, you could easily add all these papers to a binder, but when I am writing, I like to be able to fold the cover back on itself. And having everything all together with the custom tabs and paper means you can create exactly what you need for back to school.

Custom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies

Cinch Book Board

Supreme Ruler

Craft Knife

Trim & Score Board

Large Bone Folder

DCWV Playful Icons Paper Stack

Cardstock

Tab Punch Board

Cinch Tool

Cinch Binding Wire