DIY Holiday Ornaments with the Spin It Ornament Arm Kit

Hey there We R friends, Laura here today. Making glitter ornaments is fun, but if you have ever made them, then you know what a mess they can be after you take them off the tree. Now, you can create epoxy ornaments using the Spin It tool and the ornament arm attachment. This fully seals in the glitter to create a hard-shiny coating.

DIY Ornaments with the Spin It Ornament Arm by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

To start with you will remove the Spin It arm by rotating it counterclockwise. Attach the ornament arm by rotating it clockwise until it is tight. Check the depth of your ornament and then wrap the arm with adhesive foam. You may need one or two pieces depending on the diameter of your opening.

DIY Ornaments with the Spin It Ornament Arm by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Apply glitter to your ornament by coating the ornament with adhesive and then sprinkling it on. Turning the Spin It to low while sprinkling the glitter on gives you a nice even coat. I did two different designs of glitter. On the teal ornament I used both chunky and fine glitter. On the red and green one, I did the top half in red and the bottom in green. Allow the glitter to dry.

DIY Ornaments with the Spin It Ornament Arm by Laura Silva for We R Memory KeepersDIY Ornaments with the Spin It Ornament Arm by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Mix your epoxy according to the package directions. Usually, you measure equal parts of A and B and then stir slowly to combine for about 2 minutes.

With the ornament rotating, slowly pour on your epoxy. Use your stir stick to spread the epoxy over the ornament. Allow the ornament to rotate on low for about 4 hours. The epoxy will still be slightly tacky at this time, so allow the ornament to cure completely for 24 hours.

DIY Ornaments with the Spin It Ornament Arm by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Do 2 – 3 coats of epoxy for the best coverage over the glitter. You can see on the red and green ornament below, I only did one coat of epoxy, and while the glitter is sealed, the epoxy looks a little lumpy. This can be fixed by doing additional coats. Lightly sand the ornament in between coats.

To embellish your ornament, you can use the Tassel Loom to create a cute little tassel to hang from your ornament. I made a yarn tassel for the teal ornament and baker’s twine tassel for the red and green ornament.

We R Memory Keepers Tassel Loom

I love that I can create beautiful glitter ornaments without all the mess. These ornaments will last for years to come.

DIY Ornaments with the Spin It Ornament Arm by Laura Silva for We R Memory KeepersDIY Ornaments with the Spin It Ornament Arm by Laura Silva for We R Memory KeepersDIY Ornaments with the Spin It Ornament Arm by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies

Spit It Tool­­

Ornament Arm

Glitter

Ornament

Epoxy

Tassel Loom

 

 

Foil Quill Halloween Cards

Hey there We R fans, Laura  here today. I am loving using the Foil Quill to create beautiful designs for my projects. The DCWV Happy Halloween premium stack has holographic foil accents on some of the papers. Using my Foil Quill to create embellishments for cards means that I can coordinate them so well with premium foiled papers.

Halloween Cards with the Foil Quill by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

For the first spider card, I started by foiling some silver spiders and spider webs on black paper. I used my Cricut machine, the holiday USB drive, and the medium foil quill tool.

Halloween Cards with the Foil Quill by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I fussy cut out the spiders and spider webs to use on my card.

Halloween Cards with the Foil Quill by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Next, I created a 5” x 7” card base using The Works tool and patterned paper. I cut an additional strip of paper to go in the middle.

Halloween Cards with the Foil Quill by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I used the corner rounder on The Works tool to round the edges of my sentiment card. I added a little piece of black and white baker’s twine over the spider strand on the card.

I attached the sentiment card to a white and silver spider web patterned paper using adhesive dots. I also used adhesive dots to attach the foiled spider webs and spider.

Halloween Cards with the Foil Quill by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

For the second ghost card I used The Works tool again to create another 5” x 7” card base. I found a Happy Halloween sentiment card and rounded the corners. I wrapped black and white bakers’ twine around the card and tied a bow.

I used the Foil Quill and my Cricut again to foil a bunch of silver ghost outlines on white paper. I fussy cut them out and attached them to the card using adhesive dots.

Halloween Cards with the Foil Quill by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

These Halloween cards turned out so cute. And I love how I can easily foil designs to go with the premium holographic foil papers I already had in my collection.

 

Supplies

Cricut or Silhouette Machine

Foil Quill – Standard Tip

Foil Quill USB Art – Holiday

12 x 12 Foil Sheets – Silver Swan

White and Black Cardstock

The Works All-In-One Tool

DCWV Happy Halloween Paper Stack

Black and White Baker’s Twine

 

Mini Envelope Birthday Cards

Good morning, We R readers, Laura here today. I am excited to share how to create these cute mini envelope birthday cards for the World Cardmaking Day celebration on the blog this week.

Mini Envelope Birthday Cards by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Mini things are my favorite, and I am loving all the mini tools We R Memory Keepers has added this year. Today, I am using the mini envelope punch board and mini evolution to create a set of cute birthday cards.

I started by trimming and scoring solid colored cardstock to create horizontal 4” x 6” cards. I then trimmed a piece of white cardstock to fit inside the solid card base.

Mini Envelope Birthday Cards by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Next, I used the mini evolution, label maker tape, and a label embossing folder to create Happy Birthday sentiments for each of the cards. The label tape is so fun and is easy to use with any project. Since it already has adhesive on the back, it makes it simple to add cute sayings or designs to your cards.

Mini Envelope Birthday Cards by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Then, I used the mini envelope punch board to create some adorable tiny envelopes using the DCWV Butterflies & Flowers paper pack. The finished envelopes are only 1 ½” by 2”!

Mini Envelope Birthday Cards by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I closed one of the envelopes and left the second envelope open. I attached them to the card front using adhesive. I created a little note to come out of the open envelope using white cardstock and a Thickers chipboard accent sticker.

Mini Envelope Birthday Cards by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I added a little balloon coming out of the envelope and attached some baker’s twine to finish it off. The closed envelope got a cute little rhinestone embellishment on the envelope closure.

Mini Envelope Birthday Cards by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

These adorable little birthday cards are prefect for sending to a loved one. You could easily adapt this design for almost any occasion using a different embossed label sentiment at the bottom and a unique note coming out of the envelope.

Mini Envelope Birthday Cards by Laura Silva for We R Memory KeepersMini Envelope Birthday Cards by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies

Cardstock

Mini Evolution

¾ Label Tape – Warm

¾ Label Tape – Cool

Embossing Folder

DCWV Butterflies & Flowers Paper

Mini Envelope Punch Board

Baker’s Twine

Rhinestones

Thickers Confetti Wishes Stickers

 

 

Foil Pumpkin Ornaments with the Freestyle Pen

Hello We R friends, Laura here today. I have been busy decorating my house for fall. I always find fun craft blanks at the dollar store. I found some cute wooden pumpkin ornaments to decorate and thought they would be perfect to use with the Foil Quill Freestyle Pen.

Foil Quill Freestyle Pen Pumpkin Ornaments by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Start by painting your wooden pumpkins. You could leave the wood grain depending on your design, but I thought painting them orange and green first would really make the foil stand out.

Foil Quill Freestyle Pen Pumpkin Ornaments by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Allow them to dry thoroughly. This doesn’t take long if you are using acrylic paint.

For the first pumpkin, I freehanded lines on the pumpkin with orange foil.

Foil Quill Freestyle Pen Pumpkin Ornaments by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Then, I used a Heatwave stencil to create a little green pumpkin vine and leaves. I found it was easiest to line up the stencil by cutting my foil to the size of the design I was tracing.

Foil Quill Freestyle Pen Pumpkin Ornaments by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

On the next pumpkin I wanted to add our name to the pumpkin. I don’t always love my handwriting, so I designed something on my computer and printed it out on regular copy paper.

I taped the copy paper in place on my pumpkin first to make sure I had everything lined up correctly. Then I carefully lifted the copy paper and placed my foil underneath. I taped it in place, so it didn’t move while I was writing.

I used both the bold and fine tip pens for the words. I used the bold Freestyle Foil Quill pen for the cursive and the fine tipped one for words THE and FAMILY.

Foil Quill Freestyle Pen Pumpkin Ornaments by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

To get good coverage with the pens when using a paper template, I found it was best to go slowly and to press firmly. I got good results using this method, but you could also print out your design using a thinner paper like tracing paper.

Tie ribbon to the top of the ornament to hang.

Foil Quill Freestyle Pen Pumpkin Ornaments by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

These fun ornaments look so cute with the rest of my fall décor at the house. You could also use this technique to make an adorable gift tag for a present.

Foil Quill Freestyle Pen Pumpkin Ornaments by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies

Wood Pumpkin Ornament Blanks

Orange and Green Acrylic Paint

Foil Quill Freestyle Pens

Foil Quill Heat Activated Foil Sheets, Flamingo

Foil Quill Heat Activated Foil Sheets, Peacock

Flourish Heatwave Stencil

Ribbon

 

Capture Summer Memories on a Traveler’s Notebook Spread

Hey there We R friends, Laura here today. This summer has flown by for us and I can hardly believe it is almost time for school to start again. Our summer was a busy one. We moved from our first home we lived in for over 13 years to a new house. I don’t have any time for scrapbooking right now, so I thought a fun traveler’s journal spread showing some of our favorite summer memories would do the trick!

Summer Travelers Notebook Spread by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I started by gathering all my favorite Journal Studio supplies which included the travel workspace loaded up with some die cuts, pens, washi tape, and a blank notebook. I also got out the Journal Studio stickers and embellishment organizer.

Summer Travelers Notebook Spread by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I trimmed down a sentiment from the Amy Tangerine Stay Sweet papers using my scissors and the mini trimmer. I love using the mini trimmer for journals and traveler’s notebooks since all my elements need to stay small on the page.

Summer Travelers Notebook Spread by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I created a list of some of the fun things I could remember off the top of my head on a sticker from the pack. Then, I went through my photos on my phone and created a photo collage in Canva that I printed out on cardstock and then trimmed to fit.

Summer Travelers Notebook Spread by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I used more of the Amy Tangerine paper to create a mat for my photo collage. I added the dates onto a pineapple die cut.

Summer Travelers Notebook Spread by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I wrote directly onto the journal notebook about how busy our summer has been with moving, but how we are still trying to squeeze some fun out of our summer.

Summer Travelers Notebook Spread by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Watermelon and pineapple accents completed my embellishments for the layout.

I love how this layout turned out. It is a quick snapshot of our summer that helps me to remember what we did as a family for the summer.

Summer Travelers Notebook Spread by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I can’t wait to do more spreads for winter, spring, and fall for this year to add to my notebook. It will be a great jumpstart to remembering everything when I have a little more time to do some full scrapbook layouts.

Summer Travelers Notebook Spread by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies

Journal Studio Felt Journal Workspace

Journal Studio Journal Insert

Journal Studio Sticker Book

Journal Studio Embellishment Organizer

Mini Trimmer

Ephemera – Good Vibes

Washi Tape

Amy Tangerine Stay Sweet Papers

Craft Room Storage Ideas

Hey friends, Laura here with a few craft storage tips for you featuring the new plastic storage containers. Today, I am going to show you how I am using the craft caddy, craft tool box, and divider box to store some of my craft supplies. Plus, I will share a little sneak peek of my new craft room.

Plastic Storage for Craft Rooms by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

We just moved and I now have a whole craft room all to myself. At our old house I shared half the room with my husband for his hobbies. It is slowly coming along and getting organized. These plastic storage containers are perfect for helping me get things sorted!

First up, I love to make jewelry. I usually have a few projects going at once. The caddy is perfect for holding beads and jewelry findings. It has five removable and divided storage compartments around the outside. I used these to separate my cabochons and beads.

Plastic Storage for Craft Rooms by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

On the top it has a round divided storage tray with a lid. I used this to sort out some of my most used jewelry findings.

Plastic Storage for Craft Rooms by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

You can remove the round tray and there is even more storage inside. This is the perfect place to store jewelry making tools, adhesives, wire, and more!

Plastic Storage for Craft Rooms by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Next, I used the divider box to store my embroidery thread. It is the perfect box to take on the go if you like to do needlework. There are removable dividers inside the box so you can customize it to fit whatever you like!

Plastic Storage for Craft Rooms by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Next to the handle there are large spaces that are perfect for small scissors and a marking pen.

Plastic Storage for Craft Rooms by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Lastly, I used the craft tool box to store some of the new mini evolution supplies. It is perfect for storing the plates, dies, embossing folders, stamps, and label tape all in one convenient spot.

Plastic Storage for Craft Rooms by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I have plenty of room to add even more dies, stamp pads, blank cards or cardstock, and any other supplies I would need for on the go crafting.

Plastic Storage for Craft Rooms by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

These bins are not only functional, but they look great, as well. I am storing them on my new shelving unit in my craft room among some of my other favorite We R tools.

 

Supplies:

Craft Caddy
Craft Tool Box
Divider Box

 

Mother’s Day Heart Art Gift

Hey there We R fans, Laura here today! Mother’s Day is right around the corner and I don’t think there is any better way to show your mom you love her than making a handmade gift! Today I am going to teach you how to create a beautiful heart art piece using some of my favorite We R tools.

Mother's Day Heart Art Gift Idea by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Start by cutting out the letters MOM using the alphabet punch board. I used the second method to cut the M where you start with a larger piece of cardstock rather than gluing two pieces together.

We R Memory Keepers Alphabet Punch Board

Next, cut out lots of mini hearts using the mini heart clear-cut punch. I used the fun Easy Peasy paper stack from DCWV. It has bright, fresh colors and the paper is double-sided.

I cut out hearts in a rainbow of colors.

We R Memory Keepers Mini Clear Cut Punches

Use your hot glue gun to attach the hearts in any pattern you like. I followed the rainbow theme by starting with pinks and reds at the top and ended with greens and teals at the bottom. Before attaching your hearts fold them in half so they look more three dimensional on the letters.

Mother's Day Heart Art Gift Idea by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Since the hearts stick out a bit, you can see the backside of the paper from certain angles. You can change up the look by using a paper stack where the pattern on the cardstock is only one sided and the backs are white instead of another pattern.

Attach your hearts on all three letters.

Cut a piece of designer poster board that is 7” tall by 16” wide, using your supreme ruler, craft knife, and cutting mat.

Cut three pieces of chipboard with your utility knife – two pieces that are 7” tall by 4” wide and one piece that is 7” tall by 8” wide. This will allow you to create a tri-fold on your poster board to set the art on a table.

Mother's Day Heart Art Gift Idea by Laura Silva for We R Memory KeepersMother's Day Heart Art Gift Idea by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

If you want to simply hang the artwork you can cut one large piece of chipboard to fit along the backside. If you plan to hang the artwork you could leave the poster board without a chipboard backing, but you would need a stiffer poster board design than the one I used.

Use hot glue to adhere the letters to the poster board. I added one additional red heart above the letter O on the artwork.

Mom will be sure to love this gift and you can create any color combination to match your mom’s décor at home.

Mother's Day Heart Art Gift Idea by Laura Silva for We R Memory KeepersMother's Day Heart Art Gift Idea by Laura Silva for We R Memory KeepersMother's Day Heart Art Gift Idea by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Do you prefer to make or buy gifts for Mother’s Day?

Supplies:

Alphabet Punch Board

Mini Clear-Cut Punch, Heart

DCWV Easy Peasy Paper Stack

Hot Glue Gun

Designer Poster Board

Chipboard

Supreme Ruler

Craft Knife

Craft Mat

Red Sticky Tape

Paper Flower Canvas with the Mini Evolution

Hey We R friends, Laura here today! Mother’s Day is right around the corner. I love to make something special when I can because I think handmade gifts are so special. Today, I am going to share with you how to create this Mother’s Day paper flower canvas. You can personalize it to your mom’s liking by choosing her favorite color flowers.

Paper Flower Canvas with the Mini Evolution by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

The Mini Evolution is the perfect little tool for creating small embellishments like paper flowers and leaves. I am using the Vicki Boutin stamps and die sets, but any flower and leaf die would work great for this project!

Use the Mini Evolution to cut out your flower die cuts. I used textured shimmer cardstock, but you can use any color you like. Since I was using 12 x 12-inch paper, I cut it down to 3” wide before beginning so it would fit in the Mini Evolution.

Paper Flower Canvas with the Mini Evolution by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I was able to get six flowers out of each strip – two large, two medium, and two smalls.

Next, I used the Mini Evolution to die cut some leaf shapes. I used the embossing folder that came with the Mini Evolution. To me it looked a little like the veins you find on leaves. I left the smallest leaves plain as I planned on stamping them.

Paper Flower Canvas with the Mini Evolution by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Use your stamp pad and stamp the smallest flowers and leaves using black ink.

Paper Flower Canvas with the Mini Evolution by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I know there are special tools for rolling the edges of paper flowers, but personally I like to simply use a small diameter smooth pencil to curl mine. I curled the edges on both the medium and large flower die cuts.

Paper Flower Canvas with the Mini Evolution by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I assembled the flowers by using adhesive and foam dots to create a three-layer flower.

Paper Flower Canvas with the Mini Evolution by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

To attach everything to the canvas I used sticky red tape. It is stronger than regular adhesive, so the flowers won’t fall off. You could also attach the flowers to the canvas using hot glue.

You could personalize this canvas even further to make it extra special for your mom. You can paint the background, add the word Mom with paper or iron-on, or add some gold glitter to the edges.

Paper Flower Canvas with the Mini Evolution by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Do you like to make handmade gifts for Mother’s Day?

Supplies

Mini Evolution

Cardstock

Stamp and Die Set

Black Ink

Acrylic Block

Red Tape

 

New Home Journal with Journal Studio Tools and Storage

Hey there We R friends, Laura here today. Many of you probably don’t know this, but my family is moving! We are planning on staying in our little town in northern Arizona, but we are actively looking for a new home. Buying and selling homes require a lot of moving and working parts. Keeping track of everything can be tricky. Today, I am sharing how I am using the Journal Studio line to document and plan for our new home.

Journal Studio New Home Journal by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

The entire Journal Studio line is so functional. You really have everything you need to journal or document on the go. I found some papers I love from the Jen Hadfield My Bright Life line.

I trimmed some of my favorites down to 6” x 6” to fit in the clipboard of the travel workspace. This way, they would be ready for on the go crafting. I trimmed one of the papers with houses on it using my mini trimmer.

We R Memory Keepers Mini Paper Trimmer

I embellished the page using die cuts, washi tape, and the alphabetic magnetic stencils.

Journal Studio New Home Journal by Laura Silva for We R Memory KeepersJournal Studio New Home Journal by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

The next set of pages I wanted to create after the title page, was a dream wish list for the new house. Again, I used my mini trimmer to cut down the adorable bird paper to fit. The stickers and die cuts are all from the Journal Studio line, as well.

Journal Studio New Home Journal by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I have fun little bits and pieces I can use in my journal tucked away in the embellishment storage container. Inside it holds paper clips, decorative brads, flowers, clips, interchangeable stamps, and more! And it fits in the palm of my hand which is perfect for tossing in bag.

We R Memory Keepers Journal Studio Embellishment Organizer

We R Memory Keepers Journal Studio Embellishment Organizer

 

After I had decorated the page, I wrote down what our dream wish list would be if would could get everything we want in a house.

Journal Studio New Home Journal by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I plan to include any other lists we may have about buying the new house – forms or paperwork needed for the realtor, a vision board for decorating the rooms in the house, new paint colors, plants I will want to add outside – to name a few ideas I have swirling around in my head.

Journal Studio New Home Journal by Laura Silva for We R Memory KeepersJournal Studio New Home Journal by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

We have found a house that comes close to having everything on this list, and we are crossing our fingers we will be moving in the next few months!

Supplies

Journal Studio Travel Workspace

Journal Studio Watercolor Kit

Mini Paper Trimmer

Magnetic Alphabet Stencils

Journal Studio Sticker book

Journal Studio Die cuts

Washi Tape

Embellishment Organizer

Craft Room Storage Tips with Laura

Hey there, We R friends, Laura here today. I am sharing some storage and organization tips for you today to get all your favorite We R supplies organized. I have lots of We R Memory Keepers supplies, and I like to keep them all together so when I am ready to work on a project, I have everything I need.

First up, I wanted to share with you some of the new storage bottles that were recently released. They come in lots of different shapes and sizes in both plastic and glass. The small screw stack jars are perfect for storing eyelets.

We R Memory Keepers Storage Bottles, Crop-A-Dile and Eyelets by Laura Silva

The snap lid jars keep my small planner supplies within easy reach and organized.

We R Memory Keepers Storage Bottles by Laura Silva

There are also shaker jars and vials. These are perfect for storing loose glitter that you purchase. It is also great to have a shaker jar rather than one with a screw on top to make it easier to apply the right amount of glitter right where you need it on your project.

We R Memory Keepers Storage Bottles by Laura Silva

I shared a quick look at my craft cart in my design team introduction. You can purchase these three-tiered carts just about anywhere now! They are wonderful because they have a lot of vertical space and you can roll them to wherever you want to craft. Which for me, is usually my kitchen table.

On the top shelf, I have a bunch of punch boards, my precision press, and a tote that carries all my hand tools. The basket keeps the punch boards from falling over and the tote is easy to remove from the cart and place wherever I want to craft.

Punch Board Storage Tips by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

On the second shelf, I have one of my favorite We R tools, the word punch board, letter punches, and number punches.

Punch Board Storage Tips by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

At first, I kept all the letters clicked together, but since I use this tool so much, I found having them loose in a container works best for me. I have them separated in 3 containers – letters A – M, letters N – Z, and then all the numbers.

Punch Board Storage Tips by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I also have my circle trimmer and Happy Jig on this shelf as well. I used another one of the totes to corral all the happy jig wires.

Craft Room Storage Tips by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

On the bottom I have a basket for all my alphabet punch board supplies, plus some addition punch boards tucked in next to the basket.

Craft Room Storage Tips by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Again, I like to keep all my supplies together if I can. In the basket I have the alphabet punch board, mini alphabet punch board, alphabet punch board papers, and the font punches that go with them. I keep the instruction books right in the basket, so I never have to search for them.

Punch Board Storage Tips by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

How do you store your favorite craft supplies?

Supplies

Punch Boards

Hand Tools

Word Punch Board

Happy Jig and Wire

Alphabet Punch Board

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Font Punches

Eyelets

Small Screw Stack Jars

Snap Lid Jar

Shaker Jars and Vials