DIY Snap-In Planner Dashboard

Hello, We R fans, Laura here today. I am excited to share today’s project with you, as I am sure many of you are as planner obsessed as I am. How many times have you wanted to customize something for your spiral bound planner or notebook, but had no way to punch the holes? The new planner punch board comes to the rescue to help create this DIY snap-in planner dashboard.

DIY Snap In Planner Dashboard by Laura Silva  for We R Memory Keepers

I use an A5 binder style planner for my personal and work life, but I wanted to have a separate place to keep track of all of our finances. I needed a planner with monthly pages, but also ample space for notes, so I purchased an Erin Condren deluxe monthly notebook.

The monthly notebooks don’t come with tabs, so I added some with some sticky tabs I had. However, they are kind of flimsy and flipping to the current month puts a lot of strain on them. So, I wanted to create a snap-in monthly dashboard to easily find the current month.

DIY Snap In Planner Dashboard by Laura Silva  for We R Memory Keepers

I started by trimming my paper to allow an extra ¾” at the top. This is the height of the tab when you create one using the tab punch board. After my paper was trimmed, I created a medium size tab at the top.

DIY Snap In Planner Dashboard by Laura Silva  for We R Memory Keepers

I used some stickers from the Amy Tan On a Whim sticker book to spell out the word “MONTH”. And I added a few more hearts and a large flower to the paper.

DIY Snap In Planner Dashboard by Laura Silva  for We R Memory Keepers

Next, I used my laminator to make this dashboard extra sturdy. I left a ⅜” border on the left side to have plenty of space to punch the side without punching into my paper. Once it was laminated I trimmed around the tab at the top with scissors

Using the planner punch board and the small pink spiral punch insert, I punched holes along the side of the dashboard. It easily punched through the laminate sheet.

DIY Snap In Planner Dashboard by Laura Silva  for We R Memory Keepers

Now, I can easily flip to the current month. And I can write reminders on it with a wet-erase marker or even add sticky notes to it for reminders about bills, budgeting, or anything else that may come up.

DIY Snap In Planner Dashboard by Laura Silva  for We R Memory Keepers

As a planner lover, the punch board is so wonderful. I have an A5 binder, small personal size planner, this spiral bound finance book, plus a couple other little journals. Instead of needing so many different hole punches to be able to customize each one, I can have one tool that doesn’t take up very much space.

 

Supplies:

Planner Punch Board

Spiral Punch Inserts

Tab Punch Board

Amy Tan On a Whim Double-Sided Cardstock

Amy Tan On a Whim Stickers

Laminator and Laminating Sheet

 

 

 

Storage + Organization Tips with Kimberly & Laura

Today we’re sharing some craft room storage and organization tips from Design Team members, Kimberly Crawford and Laura Silva. Here’s what Kimberly has to say:

“My favorite way to organize my We R Memory Keepers supplies is to use baskets. I find baskets at Target, Michael’s, and just about anywhere.”

“What I love about baskets is they can hold items of several different sizes, and keep all those small, loose pieces together. Baskets also allow me to keep my instruction booklets right with my tools. Which is valuable for me, because I have a tendency to misplace things. Keeping everything together in one basket, makes my life neater and smoother!”

And here are Laura’s thoughts on storing and organizing her craft supplies:

“I don’t know about you, but even though I have a dedicated crafting space, I tend to craft all over my house. I got tired of always having to run back to my craft room for my most used supplies.”

“Now, I keep everything I use for almost every project in my crafter’s tote bag. I have many different kinds of adhesives and glues, scissors, Sharpies, the paper trimmer and score board, a ruler, glue gun, heat proof mat, Crop-A-Dile, and more in there. It has tons of pockets, so it keeps everything organized and within easy reach.”

Thanks so much for sharing your favorite storage and organization tips with us today ladies! What tips would you share about keeping your craft supplies organized?

Laura’s Favorite Colors: Mint, Navy, and Gold Gift Packaging

Hello there, We R readers, Laura here. This week is all about our favorite colors. One of my favorite color combinations is mint, navy, and gold.

Today, I am going to share some gift packaging ideas with you, using these pretty colors.

Gift Packaging by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

The first package I wrapped up using my FUSE tool, papers, and embellishments. I laid out my mint chevron paper on the heat proof mat. I added the FUSEables decorative tape to the middle of the paper. Pull the tape out of the box and fold it on the premarked score lines.

Gift Packaging by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Use the FUSE tool to adhere it to the plastic paper.

Gift Packaging by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Then, I added some FUSEables embellishments to the middle of the paper. I used the embellished 12 x 12 sheet to wrap up my small gift.

Gift Packaging by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

For the next gift, I used the 1-2-3 Punch Board to create an XL gift box from navy cardstock. Follow the instructions on the punch board to score and punch your paper to fold it up into a cute little 4” x 4” x 4” box.

123 Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

I added strips of gold and mint glitter tape to the the box. This tape is so fun and sparkly!

Gift Packaging by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Using the 1-2-3 Punch Board I created an XS bow out of navy cardstock. I added a pre-made gold bow to the top to have another gold element on my gift.

123 Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

I also tucked a little teal and gold tag under the bow.

Gift Packaging by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

For the last gift packaging idea, I wanted to dress up a store bought mint gift bag. I used gold, navy, and mint fringe tape. I simply trimmed the fringe tape to fit along the front of the gift bag. It has an adhesive back to make it easy to attach to any project.

Gift Packaging by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I added a gold tassel to the handle and some gold and navy tissue paper.

Gift Packaging by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Pretty gift packaging is such a fun way to add a little extra something to your special gifts you give.

Gift Packaging by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

 

Supplies:

 

FUSE Tool

FUSEables Plastic Paper

FUSEables Decorative Tape

1-2-3 Punch Board

Glitter Tape

DIY Party Fringe Tape

Gold Tassel

 

Scrapbook Page with the Supreme Ruler

Hello, Laura here today with a scrapbook layout you are sure to love. If you don’t know me, you might not know that I am a perfectionist. Anytime I scrapbook, I like everything to be symmetrical, evenly spaced, and straight. Sometimes it can be really hard to position everything just right. That is where the new Supreme Ruler comes in!

Scrapbook Page with the Supreme Ruler by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I started with a teal colored background paper that had a little texture. Then I cut out little one inch squares from the Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams 6 x 6 paper pad using the Supreme Ruler and a craft knife.

Supreme Ruler by We R Memory Keepers

I used the guides on the Supreme Ruler to space all the little squares evenly apart. Having the ruler made it so much easier than having to eyeball everything.

Supreme Ruler by We R Memory Keepers

Then, I cut a coordinating strip of floral paper from the 12 x 12 paper pack to go along the bottom edge. I was able to place it perfectly with the Supreme Ruler.

Supreme Ruler by We R Memory Keepers

I had a couple of little embellishment pieces that were part of the small paper pad – a small June calendar, and a little tag with a saying on it. These can be so tricky to cut just right with a regular paper trimmer. Having a clear ruler with a sharp edge made these so easy to trim straight.

Supreme Ruler by We R Memory Keepers

Supreme Ruler by We R Memory Keepers

I added some gold Thickers to my layout at the top and bottom to spell out “dancer” and “2017”. This was another great use of the ruler. I could get everything evenly spaced and straight on my layout. These Thickers were perfect for my layout as they have a pink edge you can see from the side.

Supreme Ruler by We R Memory Keepers

Scrapbook Page with the Supreme Ruler by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I added a butterfly, my calendar, and the little tag along the side of my picture to balance out the layout.

Scrapbook Page with the Supreme Ruler by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

This style of layout works great to use up small scraps of your favorite papers you have left over from other projects. Using papers from the same collection make it easy to coordinate the layout without a lot of fuss.

Scrapbook Page with the Supreme Ruler by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I am so proud of my little dancer. And I am proud to show off her recital picture in this pretty floral layout made easy with the Supreme Ruler.

 

Supplies:

Supreme Ruler

Craft Knife

Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams 6 x 6 Paper Pad

Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams 12 x 12 Paper Pad

Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams Fringed Paper Butterflies

Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams Thickers

 

 

 

Necktie Gift Boxes

Laura here today with a fun treat packaging idea for Father’s Day featuring the 123 Punch Board and the Banner Punch Board. These little necktie gift box envelopes would be perfect to surprise dad with a bunch of photos, a gift card, or any little thin treat!

Necktie Gift Box by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

To create the gift box envelope, you will need your 1-2-3 Punch Board. I wanted the envelope to be able to hold 4 x 6 inch photographs, so I followed the guides on the punch board to create an envelope that would fit that size card.

You will start by lining up your trimmed paper at the punch guide. Then, score the paper on both the A and B envelope score lines.

123 Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Rotate your paper 90⁰ and line up score line A with the envelope score groove. Score both the A and B lines again. Repeat this process until you have punched and scored all four sides.

Use the corner rounder to punch all four corners of the envelope. Fold all the score lines and assemble the envelope with adhesive.

Necktie Gift Box by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

To create the necktie you will need the Banner Punch Board. Start by trimming your necktie paper to 2 inches wide. Then, use the banner punch board to cut a V shape at the bottom of the paper as if you were going to make a small crest banner using the cutting guide at the top.

Necktie Gift Box by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Trim your paper to 5 ½ inches long. Using the guides on the banner punch board turn the top of your tie sideways and align it with the horizontal blue 8 line and the vertical white 2 ½ line. Cut a notch from the side of the tie. Repeat this process on the opposite side.

Necktie Gift Box by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Use a scrap piece of necktie cardstock and cut notches in the top of 2 inch strip, like we did with the tie piece. Cut the scrap horizontally where the notches make a v-shape. Attach this to the top of the necktie with adhesive. This makes it look like the tie has the extra little knotted piece at the top.

Necktie Gift Box by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Attach the tie to the envelope with adhesive and you are ready for gift giving. You could embellish these even further with the word Dad, Father, Grandpa, or even your special guy’s name.

Necktie Gift Box by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Necktie Gift Box by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

 

1-2-3 Punch Board

Banner Punch Board

Cardstock and Patterned Paper

Adhesive

Summer Reading Log

Hello, We R Memory Keepers fans, Laura here today. School just got out for us and I want to be sure both of my kids keep up with their reading skills all summer long. Having a summer reading log will help us keep track of all of the books we read this summer. We have some house rules about reading, playing outside, chores, and learning activities the kids must complete before they are allowed to use electronics.

DIY Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I created a printable log the kids could use each week. It has a space for the date, title of the book, and how many pages were read for each day of the week.

Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva

Get your free printable here: Summer Reading Log

I printed 10 weeks worth (front to back), so five pages total for each of my kids.

To start creating the reading log book, I started with two 8 ½ x 11 inch Cinch book boards. I covered the front and back covers with some fun, summery papers from Amy Tangerine’s On a Whim collection. I adhered the papers using double sided tape. I covered the inside covers with purple and yellow mono cardstock.

Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva

Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva

To separate each of the kid’s sections, I created tabs using teal and orange mono cardstock and the tab punch board. I labeled them with my children’s names.

Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva

Once I had everything together, I assembled the book with the Cinch tool and a small silver Cinch wire.

Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva

The Cinch Binding Tool by We R Memory Keepers

The Cinch Binding Tool by We R Memory Keepers

To make the cover a little more fun, I used some Thickers to spell out “Summer Reading Log” on some of the leftover teal and orange mono cardstock. I rounded the corners with the Corner Chomper. Then, I added stickers from the On a Whim collection.

DIY Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva for We R memory Keepers

I love the way it turned out. I know I am always more motivated to do what I need to do when I have something that looks nice and my kids are, too! This summer reading log will be the perfect way for the kids to keep track of what reading they do this summer.

DIY Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva for We R memory Keepers

DIY Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva for We R memory Keepers

DIY Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva for We R memory Keepers

Supplies:

 

Cinch Book Board

Amy Tangerine  On a Whim Collection Papers and Stickers

Double Sided Tape

Cinch Tool

Cinch Wires

Tab Punch Board

Corner Chomper

Mono Cardstock

Thickers

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