Holiday Gift Idea: Mini Wall Calendar

Good morning, We R fans, Laura here today. The holidays are just around the corner and I am planning out all my gift giving. I love to make handmade gifts when I can, so today, I am sharing a gift idea that would work for just about anyone on your gift list. I am going to show you how to easily create a mini wall calendar using the Frame Punch Board.

Mini Wall Calendar by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Start by printing out the free 2018 mini calendar. Be sure to select “actual size” when printing to be sure each month prints out 3” x 5”.

2018 Mini Wall Calendar (click to download PDF file)

Mini Wall Calendar by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Next, cut out each month of the calendar leaving a ¼ inch border around the edge. The layer guides make this so easy.

We R Memory Keepers Layer Guides

Choose papers to create your calendar with. I am using papers from the DCWV Constellations pack. If you go with a patterned paper pad, you know your papers will coordinate effortlessly. For each month you will need two 5 ¼” x 7 ¼” rectangles of your patterned paper.

Use the frame punch board to create a 1” frame on one of the sheets of your patterned paper.

We R Memory Keepers Frame Punch Board

For the shorter sides you can use the punch board to trim the middle.

We R Memory KEepers Frame Punch Board

On the long sides, you will need to use a paper trimmer to cut out the inside of the frame.

We R Memory Keepers Trim and Score Board

To assemble your calendar, you will glue the cut out calendar into the frame. Then, glue the solid coordinating piece of cardstock on the back of the frame and calendar.

Mini Wall Calendar by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Use the cinch tool to bind your calendar together. I did 5 holes on either side of the top of the calendar to create my binding.

We R Memory Keepers Cinch Binding Tool

Punch a hole in the bottom of the middle of each calendar page. The crop-a-dile makes it easy to go through multiple sheets of cardstock. This will allow you to hang your calendar on the wall from a small hook or nail.

Mini Wall Calendar by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Here you can see each of the calendar pages, plus the front and back cover.

Mini Wall Calendar by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

On the front, I cut out one of the sentiment pieces that came in the paper pack. It says “never lose your sparkle”. I matted it onto a scrap leftover from the patterned paper I cut.

Mini Wall Calendar by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Everyone can use a calendar. And this one is extra special because it is handmade. I have a mini calendar like this that hangs above my computer. You can personalize it with a name on the cover, pictures inside above each month ( 4” x 6” photos fit perfectly), and whatever paper suits the recipient. Happy gift giving!

 

Supplies

 

DCWV Constellations Paper Stack

Frame Punch Board

Cinch Book Binding Tool

Cinch Wire

Crop-A-Dile

Layer Guides

Adhesive

Holiday Card with the Tear Guides

Happy Tuesday, We R fans, Laura here today! I am excited to be sharing this fun Christmas tree card you can make easily with the Tear Guides that are part of the new Basic Tools that have recently been released.

Tear Guide Christmas Tree Card by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I started by choosing some papers from the DCWV All About Christmas Stack. I love using papers from a paper pad because it is effortless to create a cohesive project that looks wonderful.

I alternated between the two sides of the zigzag tear guide, tearing some of the papers with the large zigzag and some with the small zigzag. Lay the tear guide on your paper, and then pull the paper at a 45 degree angle to the guide.

Tear Guide Christmas Tree Card by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Go slow, and if you are using paper that is hard to tear, you can use the special water pen that comes with the guides. I found when tearing using the small side, it helped to have a little more paper to grab to get a cleaner edge.

Once I had torn each of the papers I wanted to use, I trimmed them all to about 1 ½ inch by 5 inch strips using my paper trimmer. I attached the torn layers using my Sticky Thumb adhesive.

Tear Guide Christmas Tree Card by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Then, I used my paper trimmer to create a triangle shape with the attached strips of paper. This created my Christmas tree.

Tear Guide Christmas Tree Card by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I used a coordinating paper to create a card base for my tree. I attached the tree to the card base using adhesive foam dots.

Tear Guide Christmas Tree Card by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Since the patterned paper is only one sided, the inside of my card was white and blank. I used one of the sentiments I found in the paper pack and cut it out. I adhered it to one of the patterned papers I used for the tree on the front.

Tear Guide Christmas Tree Card by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Then, using the ½” layer guide, I trimmed the patterned paper to create a perfect ½ inch border around the sentiment card. I repeated this process with a second sheet of patterned paper. Then, I attached the whole thing inside the card.

Tear Guide Christmas Tree Card by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

The tear guides make it easy to add some texture to your designs. There are three different guides that come in the pack – zigzag, wave, and deckle. These are so fun to use to add some dimension to your project.

Tear Guide Christmas Tree Card by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Tear Guide Christmas Tree Card by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

Tear Guides
Christmas Paper
Adhesive
Layer Guides

Turkey Place Cards

Hello, We R fans! Laura here today with some adorable turkey place cards for your Thanksgiving table. Every year we host Thanksgiving at our house for my parents, my husband’s mom and grandma, and usually some friends and other relatives. I think it can be really fun to add a little something extra to the table with Thanksgiving place cards for each person.

Turkey Place Cards by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

To make these place cards, start by trimming orange cardstock to four inches by six inches. Score and fold in half. Then, run one half through the Evolution Advanced with the gemstone embossing folder.

Evolution Advanced and Next Level Embossing Folders by We R Memory Keepers

Use the circle template to cut out circles from the gold honeycomb pad to create the turkey’s belly. Adhere the turkey to the bottom of the folded orange card.

DIY Party Honeycomb Pads and Stencils by We R Memory Keepers

Use the clear cut circle punch to cut circles out of patterned fall themed paper. Then, use the circle punch to create the “feathers” for the turkey. You do this by placing part of the circle into the punch to create a leaf shape.

Clear Cut Circle Punch by We R Memory Keepers

The clear cut punch is great for this because you can see exactly what you are punching. You can get two feathers out of each circle you punch out. Adhere the feathers to the to top of the turkey’s belly using adhesive.

Use the clear cut tag punch to trim out little flag shapes from white cardstock. I love the clear cut punch because I can use scrap paper and see exactly what I am going to be trimming.

Clear Cut Tag Punch by We R Memory Keepers

Write the name of the guest on your white flag and then adhere to the bottom right of the place card. These are adorable and would be a fun craft to make with the kids. Creative turkeys are one of my favorite ways to decorate for Thanksgiving.

Turkey Place Cards by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

This little turkey would also look adorable on a Thanksgiving card or scrapbook layout as well.

Turkey Place Cards by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies

 

Evolution Advanced

Next Level Embossing Folder

Gold Honeycomb Pad

Honeycomb Stencils

Clear Cut Circle Punch

Clear Cut Tag/Banner Punch

Pebbles Harvest Papers

Orange and White Cardstock

Halloween Card

Hello friends, and welcome to Typecast Week! Our designers have created some beautiful projects that highlight how versatile and convenient the Typecast typewriter is when adding details to cards, layouts, and other paper craft projects. First up is Laura with a festive Halloween card!

 

Good morning We R Memory Keepers friends. It is Laura here today with a layered card idea for you using the Typecast Typewriter and the Frame Punch Board.

Halloween Card with the Typecast and the Frame Punch Board by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I make a lot of handmade cards for friends. I love that I can make a cute outside for my card, but I have often struggled with how to put some type of sentiment on the inside of the card. I usually add a handwritten greeting, but sometimes I want the inside of the card to be more like the inside of a traditional store bought card. I have done this before with stamps, but I don’t always have the sentiment I want. The Typecast Typewriter makes this easy.

Halloween Card with the Typecast and the Frame Punch Board by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I started by creating a four inch by six inch card base out of Pebbles Trick or Treat cardstock. Then, using the Frame Punch Board, I punched out all four corners of the paper and trimmed the inside using the frame punch board.

Halloween Card with the Typecast and the Frame Punch Board by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I created three frames to go on the front of the frame. Each one was ½ inch smaller than the one before. I used the 6 x 6 inch Trick or Treat paper pad for all the papers.

Halloween Card with the Typecast and the Frame Punch Board by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I attached them to the front of the card using a mix of foam adhesive squares and regular double sided adhesive.

To create my sentiment on the inside I used the Typecast Typewriter. I used a sheet of gridded paper from the small 6 x 6 Trick or Treat paper pad. Then, I typed out a fun Halloween quote from Shakespeare’s Macbeth. It is the perfect saying for a Halloween card.

Halloween Card with the Typecast and the Frame Punch Board by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I added an adorable cupcake cardstock ephemera using foam adhesive squares. I also trimmed out a saying from the paper pad that said “Trick or Treat” and added it to the top of the innermost frame.

Halloween Card with the Typecast and the Frame Punch Board by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

The sentiment for the inside I trimmed to fit and used the corner rounder from the frame punch board to round the corners like I did on the card edges and frame edges. I attached it with double sided adhesive.

Halloween Card with the Typecast and the Frame Punch Board by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

The layered frames are so fun on this card. They add a lot of dimension without a lot of bulk.

Halloween Card with the Typecast and the Frame Punch Board by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

And I am so pleased I finally have a way to create a special message or saying inside my cards that looks great!

Halloween Card with the Typecast and the Frame Punch Board by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

Typecast Typewriter

Frame Punch Board

Pebbles Trick or Treat Collection – Cardstock, Ephemera

 

Halloween Treat Bags with the Goodie Bag Guide

Hello there, We R fans, Laura here today. I love making treat bags for all the holidays. Sometimes I use them for little gifts, other times I use them to package things up for the kids in my children’s classes, and sometimes they are simply for my own kids to give them a special little treat.

Halloween Treat Bags with the Goodie Bag Guide by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

The Goodie Bag Guide is the perfect tool to quickly make customized treat bags for any holiday. Today, I am sharing how to make these cute Halloween treat bags. The base of each bag is the adorable glassine Halloween paper.

One of my favorite features of the Goodie Bag Guide is you don’t need a lot of extra tools to create almost any size bag. You use the guide to trim your paper to size. Then, using the correct pieces of the guide, you trim the top and bottom of the bag.

Goodie Bag Guide by We R Memory Keepers

Lastly, use the flat edge to score and fold your bag. Assemble each bag using adhesive.

Goodie Bag Guide by We R Memory Keepers

Then, the fun part begins of embellishing the bags. For the first one, I create a flag shape using the Banner Punch Board and some white and black cardstock.

Banner Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

I wanted to make a spider to go with the web paper. I used letters and symbols from my Thickers pack to create a fun little spider to go on the white tag.

Halloween Treat Bag with the Goodie Bag Guide by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I attached everything to the front of the bag and wrapped it with baker’s twine.

Halloween Treat Bag with the Goodie Bag Guide by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

For the candy paper bag, I used purple cardstock and striped acetone paper to create a wrap around the bag. I attached a cute orange ribbon bow to the front of the wrap.

Halloween Treat Bag with the Goodie Bag Guide by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

The last bag had the cute pumpkin paper as the base for the bag. The pumpkin paper was fun on it’s own, but I wanted a little something extra. So, I cut out a flag shape from orange paper and a dotted acetate sheet. I attached them to the bag and wrapped up the whole thing with twine.

Halloween Treat Bag with the Goodie Bag Guide by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I think the bags are so cute. They can be filled with candy, little trinkets, or even a home baked treat. The great thing about the glassine papers is that they can be used to hold food without making a mess.

Halloween Treat Bags with the Goodie Bag Guide by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Halloween Treat Bags with the Goodie Bag Guide by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

Goodie Bag Guide

Halloween Glassine Paper

Banner Punch Board

Cardstock

Baker’s Twine

Thickers

Acetate Sheets

 

Washi Tape Bookmarks

Good 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 washi tape bookmarks with paperclips.

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

Garland Punch Mobile

Hello and welcome to Punch Week here on the blog. This week we’re focusing on our fabulous punches (as opposed to punch boards), and our designers will be sharing projects they’ve made with these crafter’s staples. Let’s get things started with a darling mobile made with the Garland Punch by Laura Silva.

 

Hey there, We R readers, Laura here! One thing I love about We R tools is that they are so versatile. You can use each one for so many different projects. Today, I am sharing how to create this hanging mobile using the DIY Party garland punch. Instead of making the traditional garland for party decor, I used the punch to create a pretty paper rainbow mobile.

Circle Garland Mobile by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

To start with you will need a rainbow assortment of cardstock. I love the DIY party pad colors. I used 10 solid colors and one gold sheet. I suggest using double-sided cardstock for this project. The gold has white on the back, but the rest of the cardstock is the same on both sides.You will also need the circle garland punch and a wooden embroidery hoop.

Circle Garland Mobile by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I used the punch to cut out twelve circles of each color.

Circle Garland Mobile by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

As you create your strand, loop one with the “hook” part facing up, and then on the next one, do the “hook” facing down. This way when the garland hangs, it will look 3D rather than flat.

Circle Garland Mobile by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I wanted there to be a little variety in the mobile as it turned around, so for each of the strands, I used one circle of each of the colors. Then, I would choose one color and use two circles for that strand of that particular color. This is why I cut out 12 of each of the eleven colors.

I laid them out as I went to be sure I could keep track of what I was doing. Plus, this also allowed me to vary which strand I used as I added them to the embroidery hoop.

Circle Garland Mobile by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Using strong, clear fishing line, I tied a knot at the top of each garland strand. I used a little dab of superglue on the knots to be sure they didn’t come apart.

Circle Garland Mobile by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I cut each fishing line strand 8 inches long and attached them to the inner hoop of the embroidery hoop. Again, I tied a knot around the hoop and used a little super glue to keep the knot in tact. After the glue dried, I trimmed off all the excess fishing line.

On the outside hoop, I used three two-foot lengths of white and gold twine. I looped each one around the hoop, and then gathered all the strands at the top and tied a knot. Evenly space out the twine until the hoop lies flat.

Circle Garland Mobile by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Attach the inner hoop inside the outer hoop and tighten.

Circle Garland Mobile by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I love how this turned out. You could really do any color combination. It looks beautiful spinning around.

Circle Garland Mobile by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

DIY Party Garland Punch
DIY Party 12 x 12 Cardstock Pad
Embroidery Hoop
Fishing Line
Twine

Back to School Scrapbook Page with the Dial Trimmer

Good morning, We R Memory Keeper’s friends, Laura here today. My kids just started back to school and I wanted to scrapbook a page to remember their first day and getting on the bus. I love the Oh Happy Life papers from Amy Tangerine and they worked perfect for this occasion.

Back To School Layout by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I started by using a background paper with different multi colored hearts on it. I found a fun paper that had patterned strips on it, one of which had a little some little buses on it. It was perfect for this layout. I used my Dial Trimmer to cut the paper into strips. I ended up using five strips from the same paper.

Dial Trimmer by We R Memory Keepers

I wanted to create a scallop border on the top and bottom strips of the Oh Happy Life paper, rather than just having a plain flat border. Using the dial trimmer made creating a scalloped edge easy.

Dial Trimmer by We R Memory Keepers

Since the page was already so busy, I wanted solid color mats for all of my photos. To make the ones with the grade levels on them stand out, I used yellow cardstock and the Dial Trimmer to scallop all the edges.

Dial Trimmer by We R Memory Keepers

For the other smaller pictures I used white to mat each photo. Only one photo is in color to show their first day of school outfits. To finish off the page, I added gold sparkly Thickers to spell out Back to School 2017.

Back To School Layout by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I also added some beautiful layered paper stickers throughout the layout to add some dimension to the page.

Back To School Layout by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Back To School Layout by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

I love that I was able to trim all my pictures, strips of paper, and even scallop the edges of my paper with one tool. It made this layout come together really quickly.

Back To School Layout by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

Dial Trimmer

Amy Tan Oh Happy Life Papers

Gold Thickers

Amy Tan Hustle & Heart Layered Paper Stickers

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?