Monthly Planner Dashboard

Hello, We R readers, Laura here! Today, I have a fun monthly planner dashboard to share with you. I am a little planner obsessed. I have had a lot of planners over the years in many different styles. When I heard about the Planner Punch Board coming out, I was super excited! It is so convenient to have one tool to punch pages for all my different planners.

Monthly Planner Dashboard by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I have a Heidi Swapp memory planner that I use for recording daily gratitudes and little memories from our day. My main planner is a workhorse and doesn’t leave much room for any memory keeping, so it has been fun to add to this separate one. The colors are fairly neutral, so I like to add pops of color into my planner when I can.


I started by using a pretty pink patterned paper from the Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams paper pad. I cut it to fit in my planner. Then, I used the planner punch board to punch the perfect holes on my page. My exact Heidi Swapp planner was not listed in the instructions. But the holes for the small size were the same. So instead of lining my paper up at the guide, I centered my paper on the punch board. I love how versatile this punch board is.

Planner Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

I found a pretty yellow floral paper in the small paper pad. I cut the paper to size and used my mini alphabet punch board to spell out the word “May”. To create the letter M you actually attach two letter N’s together with adhesive.

Alphabet Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

I attached the letters to the background page using my staple board. I used the large staples. The staple board has a magnetic guide which allows you to staple anywhere on your page.

Staple Board by We R Memory Keepers

Then, I found a little calendar page in the small paper pad. I cut out the May calendar and attached it to my dashboard with the medium size pink staples.

Monthly Planner Dashboard by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

To add a little something extra to it, I added some gold Thickers with the numbers 05 for the month of May.

Monthly Planner Dashboard by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Monthly Planner Dashboard by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Now, I have a pretty dashboard every time I open my planner. How do you like to decorate your planner?

Monthly Planner Dashboard by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

 

Planner Punch Board

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Magnetic Staple Board

Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams Paper Pad, 6 x 6

Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams Paper Pad, 12 x 12

Gold Thickers

Heidi Swapp Memory Planner

Tab Punch Board Scrapbook Page

Hello there We R fans, Laura here today with a fun scrapbook layout you can easily make with the new Tab Punch Board. Earlier this month, my family and I took a trip to Lake Pleasant, AZ. It was a spur of the moment camping trip. We were itching to get out after the long winter, so going to the lake was the perfect, fun escape for the weekend.

Tab Punch Board Scrapbook Page by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

To start with I found a fun background paper from the Amy Tangerine On a Whim collection. All of the papers, embellishments, and stickers from this line are all so bright and cheerful. The paper I chose started green at the bottom and went to blue at the top. It reminded me of grass and sky.

Tab Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

I added a large white square to the background using textured cardstock. Next, I cut out 3-inch by 4-inch rectangles from different papers in the On a Whim collection. Then, using the Tab Punch board, I added a large size tab to one edge of the paper.

I used the punch board to round all the remaining corners.

Tab Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Once I had all of the pieces tabbed, I added them to my scrapbook page using my tape runner.

Tab Punch Board Scrapbook Page by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I printed out small sized photos using my home printer. This way I was able to size them just right and add a white border around each one. I added different die-cut ephemera to embellish my page. The cactus was perfect since we were camping in the desert.

Tab Punch Board Scrapbook Layout by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I used one of the heart die-cuts to add the information about our trip on the page.

Tab Punch Board Scrapbook Layout by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Since our trip was “on a whim” and a last minute decision, I thought adding the matching chipboard sticker was a fun way to show that on my page. Since most of the layout was pretty flat, the chipboard adds a little dimension to the page.

Tab Punch Board Scrapbook Layout by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

The Tab Punch Board is such a fun way to dress up a plain mat on your scrapbook pages.

Tab Punch Board Scrapbook Layout by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Tab Punch Board Scrapbook Layout by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

 

Tab Punch Board

Amy Tangerine On a Whim Collection

Bazzill Mono Cardstock – White

Amy Tangerine On a Whim Ephemera

Amy Tangerine On a Whim Thickers Stickers

DIY Baby Gift Bag

Hello We R fans, Laura here! Today, I am going to share with you how to create a custom gift bag for a baby gift. It would be perfect for a baby shower or a new mom. You can customize the colors and size to perfectly fit your gift.

Baby Gift Bag by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

To create the gift bag you will need the Template Studio with the gift bag guide. The Template Studio works with poster board sized paper. We R Memory Keepers has so many beautiful designer posterboards to choose from. I chose a pretty yellow polka dot posterboard for my bag.

You will use the straight guides to cut your paper to the correct size. Since I was creating a 10” x 5” x 10” size bag, I needed to cut two sheets of posterboard. I was able to get them both cut out of the same piece.

Template Studio by We R Memory Keepers

Use the gift bag guide and the instructions to cut notches in the bottom of the bag.

Template Studio by We R Memory Keepers

Then you will need to score the bag in several spots to be able to fold it properly. To create the larger bag, repeat the steps on both sheets of posterboard.

Template Studio by We R Memory Keepers

Trim off the excess from the corner with the small fold. This is where you will attach your bag together using strong adhesive.

Template Studio by We R Memory Keepers

Fold the bag on all the score lines. Attach the sides of the bag together and use adhesive on the bottom. I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch holes at the top of the bag to thread some ribbon through.

Next, I used the mini Alphabet Punch Board to spell out the word “BABY”. I attached it to the front of the bag using adhesive squares. Then I added an adorable gold puffy heart.

Mini Alphabet Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Since there are so many different designer poster boards, you will be sure to find exactly what you need to create any kind of gift wrap for that special baby shower.

Baby Gift Bag by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Baby Gift Bag by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

 

Template Studio Starter Kit

Designer Posterboard

Super Sticky Red Tape

Crop-A-Dile

Ribbon

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Dotted Swiss Cardstock

Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams Puffy Hearts

 

 

 

 

Confetti Birthday Favor Boxes

Hello, We R Memory Keepers readers, Laura here today sharing a birthday craft with you. Whenever I throw a birthday party, I always like to hand out a little favor at the end to let my guests know I appreciate them coming. Creating your own little confetti birthday favor box and filling it with treats is the perfect way to say thank you.

Confetti Birthday Favor Boxes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Using the 1-2-3 punch board as a guide, I punched and scored my paper on the back side. Since we are making a string box it is not necessary to score line C as you would for a regular box.

Then, flip the paper over the other side and punch all four sides again, using the start line as your guide. Use the punch board to round the four corners of the box.

Punch holes in each of the four corners of the box using your Crop-A-Dile tool.

 

Confetti Birthday Favor Boxes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Use the bone folder to crease all the score lines. Then, cut one corner of the paper along the vertical score lines. Do this again on the opposite side.

Confetti Birthday Favor Boxes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Flip the paper over to the patterned side of the paper and add adhesive to each of the cut tabbed sections. Then, fold the flaps inward to create a box.

This is the time to fill your box with treats or party favors.

Trim some ribbon to fit around the box, leaving enough extra to tie a bow. Thread the ribbon through the hole that is in line with the ribbon, then thread the ribbon back out through the hole in the flap to the right. Repeat this process on the opposite side.

Confetti Birthday Favor Boxes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Be sure to tuck in the flaps on the sides with the ribbon so the box will close properly. Tie the ribbon to hold the box closed. Using the leftover scraps of paper use the confetti punch to create coordinating confetti.

Add the confetti to a two inch by two inch FUSE photo sleeve. You can also add some colored sequins or beads, as well. Use the FUSE tool to close up the end. Using the Crop-A-Dile punch a hole in the corner of the clear pouch.

Confetti Birthday Favor Boxes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Thread the pouch on the ribbon and tie a bow.

You could easily add a sentiment tag along with the clear confetti pouch for any occasion – to say thank you or celebrate. You can use any paper and ribbon that matches your party decor to easily coordinate with the theme of your special day.

Confetti Birthday Favor Boxes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Confetti Birthday Favor Boxes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies

1-2-3 Punch Board

Best of Pebbles Paper Pad

Crop-A-Dile

Ribbon

Confetti Punch

FUSE Photo Sleeves

FUSE Tool

 

Card with Matching Envelope

Hello, We R readers, Laura here today. I don’t know about you, but I love to send out happy mail. Sometimes I buy cards, but I really do love to make cards. I think it is an extra thoughtful way to let someone know you are thinking of them. I try to keep a stash of both handmade and pre-bought cards on hand so I can easily send them out as needed. I found a beautiful sentiment on a Moonstruck cardstock that I thought would be perfect to make an encouragement card.

I started by creating my card base by using the Moonstruck cardstock from Pink Paislee. It has a pretty pink and white pattern on the outside and muted watercolor hearts on the inside. I cut my paper and scored it to make a 6 inch by 6 inch card. I started by adding some washi strips to the bottom of the card.

Then, I added the lovely sentiment from the Moonstruck paper. It says, “you got this babe”. I also added some ephemera from the Moonstruck collection, a flower cut out from Moonstruck cardstock, and a cork butterfly. Everything was attached using my sticky thumb adhesive. The gold butterfly was added using foam squares to help it pop off the page.

The only problem with creating cards at home, especially uncommon shaped cards like this square one, is that I don’t always have an envelope on hand to go with it. I love to use my 123 Punch Board to create envelopes. They are so easy to make. Since my card was 6” x 6” square, I started by cutting my paper to 9 ¾” square.

I lined it up on the guide on the punch board, punched it, and scored along the score line A. Continue by rotating the paper 90 degrees, lining up along the score guide, punching and scoring as you go.

I like to round the corners of my envelope and this is easy to do with the punch board. The inside of my envelope was a little plain, so I added a liner using a black polka dot acetate sheet from the Clearly Posh collection. I measured the length of the top part of one flap of the envelope and cut a square from my acetate that size.

Then, using the punch board as a guide, I created notches on either side of the square to line up with the flap on the envelope. Simply align your paper up with the size of your square and move it over ⅛ of an inch.

I also rounded off the top edge of the liner square. I attached it using my sticky thumb adhesive. You will need to score the fold to allow the plastic paper to fold.

Now, my card is ready to mail out to a friend or family member that needs a little push in the right direction! Do you like to make handmade cards?


Supplies:

Moonstruck Double Sided Cardstock #6

Moonstruck Double Sided Cardstock #1

Moonstruck Washi Sticker Sheets

Moonstruck Ephemera

Moonstruck Double Sided Cardstock #9

Moonstruck Cork Stickers

Moonstruck Double Sided Cardstock #10

123 Punch Board

Clearly Posh Confetti Dot Black Acetate Sheet

Dry Embossing on a Scrapbook Layout

Hello, We R readers, Laura here with a simple scrapbook layout for you today. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I save all my paper scraps. I have gotten better about not saving the teeny tiny pieces, but anything over two inches is fair game. I love to be able to use up those scraps on projects. Plain cardstock scraps are not always the first thing to come to mind for a scrapbook layout, but after today, maybe they will be!

Embossed Scrapbook Layout by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I started by cutting three inch squares from solid colored textured cardstock using my paper trimmer. I cut one of each – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Using rainbow colors instantly pulls together any layout.

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After I cut out each of the squares, I ran them through the Evolution Advanced using a different Next Level embossing folder for each one. Embossing is such an easy way to “dress up” solid cardstock on a layout.

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I used smaller scraps to cut out little flower shapes using one of the small dies that came with the Evolution Advanced. Using the magnetic mat ensures that your pieces won’t slide around while you are cutting them out.

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I hadn’t had a chance to try out the new Laser Square yet, and this was the perfect project for it. I wanted to make a grid with the squares on one side of the paper. The laser lines helped me to line everything up perfectly.

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I added one of my favorite pictures of my husband and me at the lake from over the summer. I used a black and white picture since the layout was already so colorful. The background paper is a pearl white cardstock. The pearl sheen helps to brighten up the layout.

I used the little die cuts above and below my photo. I added a little gem to each one to make them look more like little flowers.

Embossed Scrapbook Layout by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Lastly, I added a “you make me smile” sticker and some gold Thickers to spell out “Oh! Happy Day”.

Embossed Scrapbook Layout by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Using the supplies you have on hand, but figuring out a way to fancy them up a bit, is a win win in my book. And I adore anything with a rainbow pattern. This page will be a great, bright, happy memory of the fun we had over the summer.

Embossed Scrapbook Layout by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Embossed Scrapbook Layout by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies:

Textured Cardstock
Evolution Advanced
Next Level Embossing Folders
Crush Accent Stickers
Crush Thickers
Gilded Thickers
Laser Square, optional

Frame Punch Board Photo Display

Good morning, We R Memory Keepers fans, Laura here. Today I am going to show you how easy it is to create a photo display you can hang on your wall using the frame punch board. You can use any type of patterned paper or cardstock to match your home decor.

Frame Punch Board Photo Display by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I started by cutting three sheets of patterned cardstock from the Pink Paislee Moonstruck collection to 5 inches x 5 inches. I used the frame punch board to round the corners on each piece. Move the guides on the frame punch board so you can create a one inch border frame. You will punch all four corners.

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Then, set your cutting guide on the frame punch board to one inch as well. Trim all four sides of the paper to create a 5 inch square with a one inch border. Repeat this on all three patterned papers.

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I trimmed chipboard to 5 x 5 inches and rounded the edges using my corner chomper. I attached the patterned paper to the chipboard on three sides using double sided adhesive. I left the top open so I can switch out the pictures later down the road.

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I printed out my photos on my home printer and trimmed them to fit inside each photo frame. I embellished each frame using Moonstruck ephemera, cork stickers and gem stickers.

Frame Punch Board Photo Display by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Frame Punch Board Photo Display by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Frame Punch Board Photo Display by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

To be able to hang the frames on the wall, I attached ribbon to the back. I sealed the ends of the ribbon with the ribbon cutter tool.

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I folded the ribbon in half and tied a knot to create a hanger. I then attached the two strips of ribbon along the back of the photo frames using double sided adhesive.

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I love that I can easily change out the photos as I want. And the papers in this collection are so pretty. Those butterflies have got to be my favorite feature!

Frame Punch Board Photo Display by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

 

Pink Paislee Moonstruck Collection Papers

Frame Punch Board

Chipboard

Pink Paislee Moonstruck Ephemera

Pink Paislee Moonstruck Cork Stickers

Gem Stickers

Ribbon Cutter

Ribbon

 

Valentine’s Day Party Favors

Hello, We R readers, Laura here. Are you planning a Valentine’s Day party this year? Today, I am sharing how to make these adorable party favors. They look complicated, but with the 1-2-3 punch board and DIY party collection they come together easily!

Valentines Day Party Favors by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I created a 3” x 4” envelope using the 1-2-3 punch board and textured cardstock. Start by trimming your paper to the correct size – in this case a 6 ¼” x 6 ¼” square. Using the 1-2-3 punch board and the guides, create an envelope.

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Trim off one of the shorter ends from the envelope. Then, assemble it to create a little goodie bag pocket from your cardstock. I created both pink and red envelopes that were now ready for embellishing.

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For the first style of envelope, I added some of the Crush cardstock ephemera to the top of the envelope. I layered an arrow, a flower, and a gold heart and attached them all with a staple.

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I wanted to create a little more dimension on the ephemera heart I was adding. I used the heart as a guide to trace one half of a heart shape on the DIY Party pink honeycomb pad. I then drew a smaller half heart shape inside my traced heart and cut it out.

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I attached the honeycomb heart to the cardstock heart and added the whole thing to the favor envelope using an adhesive square.

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For the second style of envelope, I added alternating colors of pink and red fringe tape to the front of my envelope.

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The fringe tape by itself looked very cute but I wanted to add a little something extra to the top, so I created a small size bow using the 1-2-3 punch board and some “love” paper from the Crush collection.

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I attached the bow to the top of the envelope and added a little pink cardstock heart to the middle.

Valentines Day Party Favors by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

These party favors are ready for adding some special treats to. You definitely can’t go wrong with chocolate!

Valentines Day Party Favors by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Valentines Day Party Favors by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies:

 

DIY Party Cardstock

1-2-3 Punch Board

Crush Cardstock Ephemera

DIY Party Honeycomb Pad: Blossom

Crush Cardstock

DIY Party Fringe Tape: Blossom

Valentine Cupcake Toppers

Hello, We R Memory Keeper fans, Laura here. The holidays are the perfect time to share a special little treat with the ones you love. Today, I am going to show you how to make these fun sweet Valentine cupcake toppers using the new Precision Press and the Typecast typewriter.

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I started with the butterfly stamp set. Line up the guide on the precision press. I aligned mine in the upper right corner. This way I could add my paper flush along the edges of the lower guide to do multiple stamp designs with ease.

I created multiples of the same design. I aligned a square of white cardstock in the corner. I started using the peach colored stamp pad with stamp number one.I repeated this process on several sheets of plain white cardstock.

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In between stamps, I wiped off the guide with a baby wipe and dried with a cloth. Then, I used the pink stamp pad with the second stamp.

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Again, I did all my butterflies with stamp two before moving on.

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Lastly, I used the navy stamp pad and stamp three to create the outline of the butterfly. Then, I allowed all the stamped images to dry. Once they were completely dry, I cut around the edges of each butterfly leaving a small white border around each one.

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I used more white cardstock and the Typecast typewriter to stamp the words “sweet valentine” on the cardstock. I love how the typewriter gives my toppers a vintage feel.

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I cut circles around the words to create a background for my butterfly stamped images. I also cut out circles from this beautiful pink and gold striped paper from the Typecast collection.

To assemble my cupcake toppers, I started by adhering the white typed circle to the pink and gold paper using my sticky thumb adhesive. Then, I added an adhesive foam square to the back of the butterfly to attach it to the circles.

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I used a strip of washi tape to attach my lollipop sticks to the back of the cupcake toppers.

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This is the perfect way to share a ‘sweet’ treat with your ‘sweet’ valentine, this Valentine’s Day.

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These would be really adorable to make for a class party. And you could even use them without the lollipop sticks as a fun gift tag.

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Supplies:

 

Precision Press

Butterfly Layered Stamp

Mini Ink Pads Set

White Cardstock

Typecast Typewriter

Typecast Paper Pad

Lollipop Sticks

Washi Tape

Say Hi to Laura!

Good Monday morning friends! Today we get to welcome Laura Silva back to our design team for 2017. Laura’s an awesome all around crafter and blogger, and we’re so glad she’s back for another year with us. Please scroll down to learn more about her!

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I live in northern Arizona with my husband and two school-aged children (a boy and a girl). I am the blogger behind Laura’s Crafty Life. And I also design printables and jewelry for my Etsy shop, Laura Silva Designs. I am blessed to be able to work from home while my kids are little. I have been crafting since I was a young girl and am grateful to be working at my dream job. I am looking forward to another year of designing for We R Memory Keepers.

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Currently…

Snacking on: Chex Mix
Always wearing: my favorite butterfly Charmed Collections necklace
Obsessed with: butterflies
Listening to: 80s cardio music on Pandora
Making: lots of organizing printables
Annoyed with: the really cold winter we have been having
Excited about: the new year filled with possibilities!

Favorite We R tool: Banner Punch Board

Favorite project:  I just made my daughter some doll clothes for her American Girl doll we surprised her with for Christmas. My mom did the same for me when I was a little girl and it was so special for me. I am happy to pass along the same memories to my own daughter.

 

We can’t wait to see what you create for us this year Laura!