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.

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

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

 

 

 

Our Favorite Colors: Handmade Card Set

Hello, We R friends, Laura here today! I am sharing a fun card set I made with some of my current favorite colors – teal, blue, and pink. I think this color combination is so fun and the adorable Pink Paislee Wild Child Girl collection is perfect for this color theme.

Favorite Colors Card Set by Laura Silva 1

Favorite Colors Card Set by Laura Silva 12To make each card base I started by trimming a 12” x 12” piece of paper to 6” x 8” using the Trim & Score board. I scored the long side at 4” to easily be able to fold the card in half. This will make a card with a finished size of 4” x 6”.

We R Memory Keepers Trim and Score Board

To embellish the first card, I trimmed teal heart patterned paper from the Wild Child paper pad to fit on the card. I also trimmed a blue and a pink sheet of cardstock to 1 ¾” and then used the banner punch board to create flag shaped banner pieces.

We R Memory Keepers Banner Punch Board

I used the word punch board to spell out the word HELLO on a pretty floral paper. I used an extra piece of the blue cardstock behind the word so that the word showed up better on the card. I trimmed each end of the word with a v shape to mimic the banner pieces I already made.

We R Memory Keepers Word Punch Board

I attached the hello sentiment to the top of the banner pieces.

Handmade Card featuring the Word Punch Board and the Banner Punch Board by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Handmade Card featuring the Word Punch Board and the Banner Punch Board by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I started creating the second card in the same way as I did for the first. I cut a piece of patterned guitar paper to fit on the card base. Then, I used the square punch board to create three mats for this cute cool cat die cut. The square punch board makes it so easy to cut perfectly sized squares and rectangles in so many sizes.

We R Memory Keepers Square Punch Board

I added some twine around the patterned paper that reminded me a little bit of the guitar strings, and then added the guitar die cut using adhesive foam dots.

Handmade Card featuring the Square Punch Board by Laura Silva for We R Memory KeepersHandmade Card featuring the Square Punch Board by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

For the final card, I only used the Trim & Score board. I created the card base from teal cardstock. I added a teal and blue floral paper to the front of the card. I also added a blue cardstock strip along the bottom third of the card. I found a pink tag from the Wild Child ephemera set and added some twine to embellish the top.

Handmade Card featuring the Trim and Score Board by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Then, I attached a floral die cut using foam adhesive dots to give the card a little dimension.

Handmade Card featuring the Trim and Score Board by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I love this color combination of the teal, pink, and blue for these cards. They would be the perfect little set to give as a gift. You could even make coordinating envelopes to go with them using the envelope punch board! What is your favorite color combination?

Handmade Card Set by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies:

Pink Paislee Wild Child Paper Pad

Pink Paislee Wild Child Ephemera Cardstock Die-Cuts

Pink, Blue, Teal, and White Cardstock

Trim & Score Board

Banner Punch Board

Word Punch Board

Square Punch Board

 

 

 

 

Yearly Mini Envelope Journal

Hello We R friends! Laura here today showing you how to create a fun yearly mini envelope journal using the word punch board, mini score board, tab punch board, and square punch board. The word punch board is the perfect way to add titles and words to all your paper projects. And you can use both the punched-out strip and the punched-out letters in your projects.

Yearly Mini Envelope Journal by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I started by creating 12 mini envelopes. I used the mini score board to create envelopes that would fit a 3 ¼” x 3 ¼” paper. I trimmed my paper to 6” x 6” using the Trim & Score Board. Then, using the score guide, I scored the four lines for the envelope. You could also use the envelope punch board or mini envelope punch board for this step.

Make mini envelopes with the Mini Score Board and the 3 Way Corner Punch by We R Memory Keepers

Cut the V shape notches out of the envelope and use the 3-way corner punch to round the top and bottom corners of the envelope. Then, use adhesive to assemble the envelopes.

Yearly Mini Envelope Journal by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Fold the top of the envelope on the score line and place adhesive on the outside of the flap. Attach it to the back side of the envelope before it. Repeat these steps for all the rest of the envelopes.

Yearly Mini Envelope Journal by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

To create a cover for the mini envelope journal, I trimmed one of the sentiment cards from the cardstock stack to the same size as the envelopes. I attached it to the front using the top flap of the first envelope.

On the inside cover I created a title page with a small patterned cardstock square and the words “MY YEAR” punched out using the word punch board.

Yearly Mini Envelope Journal by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Since I wanted this to be a yearly journal, I added the months to each envelope using strips of coordinating paper and the word punch board. Since the album is so small I only did the first three letters of each month.

Yearly Mini Envelope Journal by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Word Punch Board

I wanted to be able to add a picture or journaling inside each envelope. I used the square punch board to quickly cut out twelve 3” x 3” squares from white cardstock.

Square Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

I then used the tab punch board to create tabs to easily be able to pull out the card from the envelope. Use the mini score board to score your paper scrap at 1”. Fold the paper in half and then line up the edge with the side tab guide placed. Flip the paper over, line up the edge to the small tab guide and punch again. Use the top trimmer to perfectly trim the tab.

Create different sizes and styles of tabs with the Tab Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

I dumped out all the little letters from the word punch board and added the coordinating month letters to each tab. The Quickstik Tool makes it easy to pick up the little letters. Once the letters were glued on, I attached the tabs to each of the white cardstock squares.

Yearly Mini Envelope Journal by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Word Punch BoardYearly Mini Envelope Journal by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I think it will be fun to add little mementos inside the envelopes like movie tickets, concert stubs, or even receipts to remind us of our fun adventures throughout the year. And I can add journaling or pictures to the small cardstock squares in each envelope.

Yearly Mini Envelope Journal by Laura Silva for We R Memory KeepersYearly Mini Envelope Journal by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Yearly Mini Envelope Journal by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies

DCWV Butterflies & Flowers Cardstock Stack

Trim & Score Board

Mini Score Board

3-Way Corner Punch

Word Punch Board

Square Punch Board

Tab Punch Board

Washi Tape Planner Clips

Good Monday morning, We R Memory Keepers fans, Laura here today. Washi tape has to be one of my absolute favorite crafting supplies. I use it all the time in my planner, to label file folders, and for crafts. Today, I am going to show you how easy it is to make planner clips with washi tape.

Washi Tape Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Start by gathering all your supplies. You will need a selection of washi tape, paper clips in various sizes, and the washi chomper.

Washi Tape Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

First, grab a piece of washi tape about 3 to 4 inches long.

Washi Tape Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Place it through the top of the paper clip. Match up the ends together and press the washi tape together. Once you get close to the paper clip, turn the washi so it is towards the top and finish placing the washi tape together.

Washi Tape Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

You want to always be sure to place your washi tape on this side of the paper clip with only one rounded edge so you can still slide the paper clip onto your papers and have your washi flag stick out the top.

Use the washi chomper to create the perfect v-shape at the end of your washi tape. This is so much easier than trying to carefully use scissors to cut the ends.

Washi Tape Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Washi Tape Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I like to do a slight variation with smaller paper clips. Start off the same way by sliding your washi tape through the top edge of the paper clip on the side.

Washi Tape Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

This time, fold the washi tape in half, match up the ends, and press the washi tape pieces together while leaving it on the side of the clip.

Again, use the washi chomper to create the flag shape in the washi. The washi chomper is adjustable so you can cut just about any size washi perfectly.

Washi Tape Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I love to use these little washi tape paper clips as bookmarks since they stay put, and I don’t have to worry about them falling out of my books. I also love them to mark the week or month in my planners.

Washi Tape Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

They also make an adorable gift. Simply cut a slit in the middle of a tag, attach all the paper clips in a row, and package in a clear cellophane bag.

Washi Tape Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

Washi Chomper
Washi Tape
Paper Clips

Beach Party Invitations

Hello, We R friends, Laura here today with a fun invitation idea for your next beach or pool party. Sandy beaches and big waves make me think of going to the beach to celebrate. Recreate the beach with textured cardstock and some We R tools and you will have these Beach Party Invitations created in a snap!

Beach Party Invitations by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Start by trimming the sand colored cardstock to 4” x 6” with the trim & score board.

Beach Party Invitations by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Use the wave tear guide tool to create waves on light and dark teal blue cardstock. I used the large size waves for the dark teal cardstock and the small size wave for the lighter cardstock.

Trim and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

If you are having trouble tearing your paper you can use the water pen that comes with the tear guides to make it easier to tear.

Tear Guides by We R Memory Keepers

Cut the wave papers to 4” wide and varying heights to look like layered waves on the paper. Attach them to the sand colored cardstock with adhesive.

Use the circle clear cut punch to cut out a circle sun from yellow cardstock. Attach to the corner of the paper and then trim the excess so it is flush with the edges.

Clear Cut Circle Punch by We R Memory Keepers

Use the word punch board to spell out the word BEACH from a colorful patterned paper. This striped paper is from the DCWV Playful Icons stack. Trim the strip to 5/8” tall using the trim & score board.

Word Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Then, use the word punch board to spell out the letters PARTY. This time I glued the individual letters rather than the paper strip to the invitation. Punch your paper and then open the bottom of the punch board to get the letters out.

Word Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

I found it easiest to simply rub the back of the letters over a glue stick and then place them on the paper than trying to mess with liquid glue for these tiny letters.

If you are having trouble picking up the letters, the Quickstik craft tool helps to grab them from the bottom of the word punch tray.

QuickStik by We R Memory Keepers

You can then write or print out the party details and attach it to the back of the invitation. Slip it in an envelope and it is ready for mailing out to your beach party guests. This theme would be cute for a pool party invitation as well. Simply change the word BEACH to POOL.

Beach Party Invitations by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Since it takes a little bit of time to glue the individual letters onto the invitations, if you had a lot of invitations to make, I would use two strips for the words – one for BEACH and one for PARTY rather than gluing each individual letter.

Beach Party Invitations by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Now, let’s head to the beach!

Beach Party Invitations by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies:

Trim & Score Board

Tear Guides

Cardstock

Clear Cut Punch 2” Circle

DCWV Playful Icons Single Sided Cardstock Stack

Word Punch Board

Quickstik Craft Tool

Patriotic Garland

Hey there, We R friends, Laura here today with a fun patriotic garland craft you can make with just a few simple We R tools. Use the mini alphabet punch board and the trim & score board to create a pretty garland banner you can use to decorate for the 4th of July or any patriotic holiday.

Patriotic Garland by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Start by creating the rosettes. I used papers from the DCWV Nautical Mile cardstock stack. There are a lot of red, white, and blue papers in this paper stack that are perfect for this project. For each rosette, I started with an 8” x 8” patterned paper. I used the trim & score board to create score lines every ½”.

Trim and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

Then, I cut the scored paper in half to create two sheets of 4” x 8” scored patterned paper.

Trim and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

To create the rosette, fold the paper accordion style using the score lines as your guide.

Trim and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

Then, fold the paper in half and use hot glue to attach the two ends. This will create a half circle. Do the same for the other paper, and then glue the two halves together with hot glue.

Trim and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

To keep the rosette from popping apart, use the Clear Cut circle punch to create a circle in a coordinating paper. Use hot glue to secure the circle to the middle of the rosette.

Circle Clear Cut Punch by We R Memory Keepers

Cut out the letters ‘AMERICA’ from red, white, and blue textured cardstock using the mini alphabet punch board and the instruction book. Attach them to the front of the rosettes using adhesive foam dots to give the garland a little dimension.

Mini Alphabet Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Hot glue the rosettes to a strand of ribbon to hang your garland.

Patriotic Garland by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I love the mix of colors and patterns on this garland. I used varying shades of blue and red for each rosette. With the red, white, and blue letters, the banner turned out very patriotic.

Patriotic Garland by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

This will make a festive and fun decoration for my 4th of July decorating. It would also be perfect for Memorial Day, Labor Day, or any other patriotic festivity you are celebrating.

 

Supplies
Trim & Score Board

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Clear Cut Punch 2” Circle

USB Mini Glue Gun

DCWV Nautical Mile Single-Sided Cardstock Stack

Red, White, and Blue Cardstock

Ribbon