Father’s Day Mini Book

Hello friends, Laura here this Monday with a Father’s Day gift idea for the special dad in your life. I created a little mini accordion banner book that says, “I ♥ DAD” when opened. There are a few places to add photos to make the gift personalized for your dad.

Father's Day Mini Book by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I started by created ten banner shapes using my paper trimmer and banner punch board. I cut each rectangle to 4 ½” x 6 inches using the Trim & Score board. I chose various shades of blue paper from the DCWV Nautical Mile cardstock stack.

We R Memory Keepers Trim and Score Board

I lined up one edge of the longer side of the paper with the 4-inch mark on the banner punch board. This will create a somewhat uneven banner because there will be an extra half inch on the left side of the banner shape.

We R Memory Keepers Banner Punch Board

Use the Trim & Score board to score each banner shape at ½” on the left side of the banner shape. This will be the flap we use to connect all the banner pieces together.

We R Memory Keepers Trim and Score Board

Next, I used the mini alphabet punch board to create the letters I, D, A, and D.

We R Memory Keepers Mini Alphabet Punch Board

I created a striped heart with the Clear Cut heart punch.

Father's Day Mini Book by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I wanted to make little tags to place each of the letters and heart onto. The tag punch board made this easy. I cut rectangles that were 2 ½ x 3 ½ inches using my Trim & Score board. Then, I used the tag punch board to create the tag edges and punch a hole in the top.

Tag Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

I added a red eyelet to the top of each tag using my Crop-A-Dile.

We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile

Now that I had all the pieces cut out, it was time to assemble the book. Use adhesive to attach each letter and the heart to a tag shape. Then, attach each tag to a separate banner piece. To assemble all the banner pieces together, use adhesive to attach the flap of one banner to another one. Leave a blank banner between the letters and the heart on either side.

Father's Day Mini Book by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

There will be a slight overlap where you glue the banner pieces together. Simply trim off the excess paper using your scissors.

Father's Day Mini Book by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

To create a more finished book, I glued the first and last banner piece to the back side of the banner piece next to it, so there was a total of ten banner pieces, but only eight banner pieces show when the book is spread out. I also added a little ribbon into the pieces I glued together on the front and back, so I could tie the book together on the left side when it was closed.

Father's Day Mini Book by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Once everything is glued together you can fold the banner pieces like an accordion to close the book.

The book was cute as is, but I thought it would be fun to add pictures of the kids to the inside. I resized black and white photos of the kids to 3 x 4 inches. I printed them on my home computer, trimmed them down and added them to the blank pages. On the front cover I matted the picture on an extra piece of patterned paper that matched the letters inside.

Father's Day Mini Book by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

There is room to add two more pictures on the last two pages of the book, so you could add up to a total of five photos.

Father's Day Mini Book by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Dad can flip through the album with it tied together, or you can spread it out like a traditional banner if you untie the ribbon.

Father's Day Mini Book by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies

DCWV Nautical Mile Cardstock Stack

Trim & Score Board

Banner Punch Board

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Clear Cut Heart Punch

Tag Punch Board

Crop-A-Dile

Eyelets

Ribbon

Birthday Mini Album

Hey there, We R fans, Laura here today sharing a fun project to make with or for your child to celebrate his/her birthday – a birthday mini album! The album itself spells out “birthday” and then each page has a fun way to record birthday memories with a picture or journaling, or both! With the basics in place, it would also make a great gift idea for a special child in your life.

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Start by using the mini alphabet punch board to create all the letters in the word “birthday”. I choose different colored cardstock and glitter cardstock to make them in rainbow order. This is a great way to use up small leftover scraps as the paper only needs to be one and a half inch by two and a half inches.

Mini Alphabet Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Cut out patterned cardstock rectangles using the trim and score board. Each rectangle will be 3 ½ inches tall. The first rectangle will be only 2 inches wide. Make each additional rectangle 1 ½ inches bigger than the one before.

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Note: The final rectangle will only be 12 inches wide (rather than 12 ½”) unless you have longer cardstock you can use. Use the Crop-A-Dile to punch holes at the left side of the mini album. Then attach all the pages together using binder rings.

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Decorate and embellish all the pages. I used a mix of Pebbles Happy Hooray ephemera, patterned paper scraps from the rectangles I cut out, washi tape, and plain white cardstock. There is plenty of room to add journaling and/or small photos.

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I rounded some of the corners of the patterned cardstock and white cardstock to match the ephemera throughout the album using the 3-way corner chomper.

3 Way Corner Punch by We R Memory Keepers

I wanted there to be dimension to the album, so for some of the embellishments I attached them to the page using adhesive dots rather than regular double-sided adhesive.

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I love that there are so many great coordinating paper and embellishment options. It makes it so easy to create a fabulous project.

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

To cover the binder rings, I used ribbon and twine that coordinated with the birthday letters and tied them on. For the twine I used two strands for each color.

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

This mini album is the perfect way to celebrate and commemorate your child’s birthday. They will love adding special memories from their special day.

Birthday Mini Album by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Trim and Score Board

Pebbles Happy Hooray Cardstock

Pebbles Happy Hooray Ephemera

Crop-A-Dile

3-Way Corner Punch

Amy Tan Sunshine & Good Times Washi Tape Rolls

Ribbon

Baker’s Twine

Double Sided Adhesive

Adhesive Foam Dots

Binder Rings

DIY Wedding Favor Boxes

Happy Monday! Laura here today to share with you how to create your own wedding favor boxes. These boxes can be easily customized to match your wedding colors. You can create them for a fraction of the cost of buying them premade. Plus, you can personalize them with any sentiment that fits your wedding theme!

Wedding Favor Boxes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Start by cutting your cardstock to 10 ½ x 8 inches. Align the longer edge to the top of the score board. Score the paper at 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, and 10 inches.

We R Memory Keepers Basic Score Board

Rotate the paper 90 degrees and score at 2 and 6 inches. Use the score guide to line up one edge of your paper at an angle. Score an angled line coming down from each of the one-inch sections. Score the lines on one side, flip the paper over and do the other side, so you end up with two triangle shaped score lines at the bottom of the sides of the box.

You can see where to score the paper in the image below.

We R Memory Keepers Basic Score Board

Cut off the pieces shown below using your scissors. You will trim off the top and bottom sections where you scored the half inch line. You will also cut off along the top score line, leaving only a 3 inch by 2-inch rectangle. Then, cut along the two-inch, 5 inch, and 7-inch score lines, just to the bottom horizontal line.

We R Memory Keepers Basic Score Board

Fold along all the score lines and assemble your box using double sided adhesive, leaving the top flap open.

We R Memory Keepers Basic Score Board

Use the Corner Chomper scallop edge punch to punch each corner of the top flap.

We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper

Fold the top flap into the inside of the box and use the Crop-A-Dile to punch two holes close to the each edge of the box.

We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile

Create a heart shaped embellishment using patterned paper and the clear cut heart punch.

We R Memory Keepers Clear Cut Heart Punch

Use the ampersand from the Rise & Shine embossing folders to emboss the shape onto the heart using the Evolution Advanced. I used a sanding block to distress the edges of the embossed “&” to make it stand out a little more.

We R Memory Keepers Evolution Advanced

Wedding Favor Boxes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Thread ribbon out through the holes in the back of the box and then in through the front flap holes. Attach the heart shape and tie the ribbon in a bow.

Wedding Favor Boxes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

You can create these boxes in any color or design that fits your wedding theme. You can choose a different embossed accent for the heart shape or even add your monogram or names to the front of the bags using a stamp or a sticker. Then simply fill the bag with the treat of your choice.

Wedding Favor Boxes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Wedding Favor Boxes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies:

Bazzill Cardstock

Score Board

Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper

Crop-A-Dile Hole Punch & Eyelet Setter

DCWV Butterflies & Flowers Cardstock Stack

Clear Cut Heart Punch

Evolution Advanced

Rise & Shine Embossing Folders

Mother’s Day Gift Wrap with the Trim and Score Board

Hey there We R fans, Laura here today! Mother’s Day is right around the corner. I have three pretty Mother’s Day gift wrap ideas for you to add that extra special touch for your gifts for mom. All the gift wrap ideas are made with the DCWV Botanical Beauty Double Sided Cardstock Stack and the Trim & Score Board.

Mother's Day Gift Wrap by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Gift Card Holder

Sometimes a gift card can be the best gift for mom. But handing her a plain gift card isn’t very fun. It is easy to create a gift card holder. Start by trimming your paper to 7 ½” x 5”. Place the long edge of the paper at the top of the Trim & Score board and score the paper at ½”, 3 ½”, 4”, and 7”. Then, turn the paper to the shorter side and score the paper at ½” and 4 ½”.

We R Memory Keepers Trim and Score Board

Fold the paper at all the score lines. Cut the score lines to create the flaps at the bottom and the top. Cut the corners off one end.

Mother's Day Gift Wrap by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Use adhesive to assemble your gift card box. Be sure to leave one end open to place your gift card inside. Then, close that end of the box, as well.

Mother's Day Gift Wrap by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

To embellish the box, wrap it in twine and cut out one of the beautiful tags included with the cardstock stack. I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch a hole in the tag.

Mother's Day Gift Wrap by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Box with a Lid

For the next gift wrap idea, I am going to show you how to create a box with a lid. Start by trimming your paper to 10” x 10”. Use the Trim & Score board to score lines at 3” and 7”. Flip the paper 90° and repeat this process.

Turn the paper diagonally on the Trim & Score Board and score a line from the corner into where the score lines intersect. This will allow you to more easily fold the corners in.

We R Memory Keepers Trim and Score Board

Fold the paper on all the score lines. You will fold the four corners in towards the middle of the box.

Mother's Day Gift Wrap by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Attach all the flaps with adhesive. If you find the adhesive is not holding your box together, use hot glue instead.

Mother's Day Gift Wrap by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

To create the top of the box you will follow the same steps as above, however this time, start with a piece of paper 5 ¾” by 5 ¾”. Score the paper at ¾” and 5”. Flip the paper 90° and repeat this process. Again, score the diagonal line at each corner. Fold the flaps in towards the middle of the lid and use adhesive to secure.

I wanted to add a pretty rosette to the top of the box, so I used a scrap of paper that was 1 ½” by 12” long and scored it every ¼”. Fold the paper accordion style.

We R Memory Keepers Trim and Score Board

Use strong grip double sided tape like super sticky red tape to secure the ends together in a circle. Press the rosette flat. Cut a one-inch circle and use hot glue to adhere it to the center to keep the rosette in place.

We R Memory Keepers Trim and Score Board

Use an adhesive foam dot to attach the rosette to the top of the box. Fill the box with small treats for mom.

Mother's Day Gift Wrap by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Gift Bag

The last wrapping technique I am going to share is how to create a gift bag. This bag requires two sheets of patterned cardstock. Trim each paper to 7 ½” x 11”.

With the shorter side of the paper at the top of the score board, score a line at ½” and 3 ½”. Then turn the paper 90° and score the paper at 8”. Repeat this process for the other sheet of paper.

We R Memory Keepers Trim and Score Board

Fold the paper at all the score lines and trim on the score lines where the bottom bag flaps will be. Trim the corner off.

Mother's Day Gift Wrap by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Assemble the bag using adhesive. To create ribbon handles, punch two holes at the top of the bag on either side using your Crop-A-Dile.

Mother's Day Gift Wrap by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Thread ribbon through the holes towards the center of the bag and tie a knot in each end to keep it from coming through the holes. On one side I threaded one of the pretty tags that I cut from the patterned paper on the ribbon before I threaded it through the hole.

This little bag is perfect for gift giving!

Mother's Day Gift Wrap by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I hope these Mother’s Day gift wrap ideas inspire you to not only find a thoughtful gift, but also wrap it up beautifully. The Botanical Beauty papers are perfect for Mother’s Day. And since the papers are double-sided the gift wrap is pretty both inside and out!

Mother's Day Gift Wrap by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies:

Trim & Score Board

DCWV Double Sided Cardstock Stack – Botanical Beauty

Scissors

Sticky Thumb Adhesive

Super Sticky Red Tape

Glue Gun

Crop-A-Dile

Birthday Treat Bags

Laura here today to kick off Birthday week! I am excited to share with you how to create these adorable birthday treat bags. They can be used as favors or to place a small gift inside for someone special.

Birthday Treat Bags by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I started by using the Goodie Bag Guide and the DCWV Celebration cardstock stack. This paper stack has all the papers you need to create any kind of birthday party favor, card, decoration, or scrapbook layout. I wanted a bag that was 3.5” wide by 4.5” tall, so I trimmed my paper to eight inches wide.

Then, I used parts A, C, and D of the Goodie Bag guide to create my bags.

 

Birthday Treat Bags by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Birthday Treat Bags by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Goodie Bag Guide

These papers are cute enough to use by themselves, but I wanted to dress up them up a little bit. I used my banner punch board to create a little mini banner piece for each bag. I trimmed each strip of coordinating paper using my paper trimmer. Then, I used the punch board to create a v-shape in the bottom. Lastly, I trimmed the banner piece to fit my treat bag.

We R Memory Keepers Banner Punch Board

I attached the mini banner and a Pebbles Birthday Wishes ephemera to each of the bags using sticky thumb adhesive.

Birthday Treat Bags by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Then, I used the Happy Jig to create some cute little embellishments to attach to the bag. I created the word “Happy” using the instructions in the book and some of the baker’s twine wire.

We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig

With the baker’s twine wire you need to use a little glue or tape at the ends to keep the twine from fraying and coming off the wire. I simply used a little dab of hot glue on each end.

We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig

I created the word happy and a heart shape out of twine. I used the blue color wire to create an adorable ice cream cone. It matches perfectly with the ice cream paper. The instructions can be found on the Happy Jig Instagram page.

We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig

These little bags are the perfect favors to give your guests for a special birthday bash! And they would be perfect for filling with a few small treats for a cute birthday gift.

 

Birthday Treat Bags by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Birthday Treat Bags by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I love how the paper, happy jig embellishments, and the ephemera coordinate so well together.

Birthday Treat Bags by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Birthday Treat Bags by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

 

Supplies

Goodie Bag Guide Tool

DCWV Celebration Cardstock Stack

Banner Punch Board

Pebbles Happy Hooray Ephemera Cardstock Die-Cuts

Happy Jig

Happy Jig Baker’s Twine Wire

Happy Jig Color Wire

Layered Rainbow Candle

Hello, We R fans! Laura here today sharing how to create this fun layered rainbow candle using the new Wick Candle Maker. This tool makes it so easy to create your own candles. You can start creating candles right away because everything you need is included right in the box!

Layered Rainbow Candle by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I am very sensitive to smells and often I can’t buy scented candles even though I love to use them in my home décor. With the new candle maker, I can create my own candles that are either unscented or use essential oils to add scent.

I love everything rainbow, so I thought it would be fun to create a layered candle with a rainbow pattern. To start with I used the large candle mold. Be sure the mold is screwed in securely to the base. Then, add the wick to the hole in the bottom. Leave about 2 inches of the wick at the bottom and insert the rubber stopper.

Wick Candle Maker by We R Memory Keepers

Tie the wick to the metal rod and trim off the excess. The candle mold has little groves at the top to hold the metal rod in place.

Wick Candle Maker by We R Memory Keepers

Be sure the candle maker is turned off and the drip valve is closed. Add ¼ cup of wax granules to the hopper. Add a small amount of color dye using the color guide to determine how much of each color you need to add. You really don’t need much!

Wick Candle Maker by We R Memory Keepers

Turn the candle maker on high and allow the wax to melt for about five minutes. Stir it with one of the extra metal rods. Add more color if necessary to achieve the desired shade.

Wick Candle Maker by We R Memory Keepers

Once the wax is fully melted open the wax dripping valve. Allow all the wax to drain out of the hopper. I used the metal rod to stir it to help get all the wax out. Wipe any excess melted wax out of the hopper with a paper towel.

Wick Candle Maker by We R Memory Keepers

Allow each layer of wax to cool for about 15 to 20 minutes and then continue with each additional color. I did six layers of wax.

Layered Rainbow Candle by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Allow the candle to cool overnight and then unscrew the bottom from the mold. Push the candle out from the bottom. Trim the excess wick off the bottom and trim the top wick to about ¼”. The instructions talk about doing a second pour because the candle can kind of sink in in the middle. However, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to match the red again and so I left it as is.

Layered Rainbow Candle by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

This rainbow candle will go perfectly in my craft room! I can’t wait to make more candles. The kids want to try making a layered candle with different scents added to each layer.

Supplies:

Wick Candle Machine

 

 

Storage Solutions by Laura

Hey there, We R readers, Laura here today with some storage solutions for your favorite We R Memory Keepers tools and supplies.

My craft room is not huge plus I share it with my husband for his hobbies. I have a little over half the room to store all my crafting supplies and to work. Since the room itself is somewhat small, my favorite way to organize my tools is to go up! Utilizing vertical space on the walls makes the best use of my small space.

Storage Solutions by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I purchased some inexpensive shelves and brackets from the hardware store. It is amazing how much stuff I can fit on these two shelves. I have both the Cinch and the Evolution Advanced on them. Since they are both a little heavier, I have them on the ends directly over the brackets.

Baskets are a great way to corral all your punch boards and punches. You can find cute metal or woven baskets at just about any store. I have one basket for my alphabet punch boards (the regular and the mini), plus the papers, instruction booklets, and font punches.

Storage Solutions by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I also have a basket for other punch boards, the clear cut punches, and some other smaller We R tools like the ribbon cutter.

Storage Solutions by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I think my favorite new organizational tool that We R has come out with is the Bloom Storage. It doesn’t take up a lot of space on my desk, but once it is open it is perfect for corralling lots of little odds and ends.

Storage Solutions by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I love my planner but keeping all the clips and little ephemera I tuck into my planner organized can be a challenge. The Bloom storage is perfect for this. I also have my special DCWV letterboard icons and the clips for the Ruler Studio in there as well.

Storage Solutions by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Storage Solutions by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for stopping by, and happy organizing friends!

Stamped Bookmarks

Hi there, We R friends, Laura here today. I must admit I am a little bit of a paper hoarder. If I have scraps from projects, I usually save anything that is left over. This year I have been trying to use up some of my stash. Making stamped bookmarks is the perfect way to use up those smaller pieces of scrap cardstock. My bookmarks are two inches by six inches.

Stamped Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

The fun part about using stamps is you can layer them on your project to create an entirely new look. When I am working with stamps that I will be stamping off the edge of my design, I place a piece of scrap paper under my cardstock. I use washi tape to secure both my bookmark and the alignment frame, so nothing shifts.

Stamped Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

When using the CMYK stamps, start by placing your K stamp on the acrylic block. The acrylic block stamping set has three different sizes to make it easy to find one that will work with all your clear acrylic stamps. Apply black ink and place the stamp in the frame.

Repeat this process with the M, C, and Y stamps and coordinating inks in that order. I did two roses on my bookmark with each one going off the cardstock a bit.

Stamped Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Stamped Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

For the layered stamps you follow the same process of first placing your alignment frame on your project. But for these stamps you can completely customize your project by using any color stamp ink you want!

For the hello bookmark I used the cyan and magenta ink pads. I started by using the alignment guide to create the layered hello part of the stamp. Then I used the floral stamp to free hand a pattern around it on the rest of the bookmark.

Stamped Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Stamped Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

On the layered camera stamp, I started by stamping each camera in black. Then, I used different colors to create the inner designs. I stamped the cameras on an angle to make the bookmark a little more interesting.

Stamped Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

To finish off the bookmarks, use the Crop-A-Dile to punch a hole in the top of the bookmark. Thread ribbon or twine through the hole.

Stamped Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

These bookmarks would make a perfect gift for your favorite book lover.

Stamped Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies

Acrylic Block Stamping Set

CMYK Stamp Rose

CMYK Ink Pads

Layered Stamp: Banner

Layered Stamp: Camera

Cardstock

Ribbon or Twine

Crop-A-Dile

DIY Cash Envelopes

Hello, We R fans, Laura here today. This year one of our goals is to gain more control over our finances. One thing we have learned about but haven’t really implemented yet is the cash envelope system. Basically, this is a way to control spending by allocating certain parts of your budget to be taken out in cash. You take out the cash during the month according to what you have budgeted and then once the money is spent, it is gone!

DIY Cash Envelopes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I tried to keep track of the different categories in my regular wallet, but the amounts were getting all mixed up. So, I created a little DIY cash envelope system to keep me organized in my purse.

To start with, I found some fun papers from the DCWV Playful Icons paper pad. Who says budgeting must be boring? I measured a dollar bill and found that a 3-inch by 7-inch envelope would be perfect to hold my money while allowing me room to add a binding to the side.

Trim the paper using the guide on the envelope punch board. For this project that means 8 ¼” x 8 ¼”. Then, line up one edge of the paper at 2 ¾”. Punch the top of the paper and score.

We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board

Rotate the paper 90° counter clockwise. Line up the paper using the score line and the score guide. Punch and score the paper again. Repeat this process on all four sides.

DIY Cash Envelopes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Round the corners on the two shorter sides.

DIY Cash Envelopes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Fold and assemble your envelope using the score lines as your guide. The two longer sides will need to be trimmed to allow the envelope to close. Leave the top open. Repeat this process to create as many envelopes as you need for your system. I created five.

DIY Cash Envelopes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I used the Typecast typewriter to create some labels for the front of the envelopes to know which envelope belonged to a category.

DIY Cash Envelopes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Use the Cinch tool to bind it all together. I wanted to be able to close the envelope at the top, so I only used the 12-hole punches, rather than punching them all the way to the top.

DIY Cash Envelopes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Add the cinch wire and close it up. To have the inner part of the binding inside your booklet, move the front envelope to the back and then cinch. This will have the split part of the binding be on the inside of the back envelope, so it doesn’t get caught on anything.

Cinch binding tool by We R Memory Keepers

I can’t wait to use this and have a little more control over my budget. Plus, I love that this system is completely customizable.

DIY Cash Envelopes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Cash Envelopes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Cash Envelopes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

Envelope Punch Board

DCWV Playful Icons Paper Pad

Typecast Typewriter

Typecast Labels

Cinch Book Binding Tool

Cinch Wires

 

 

Love Note Piñata

Hello, We R fans! Laura here today to share with you an easy and thoughtful gift idea for Valentine’s Day. You can make this love note heart piñata for your spouse, your child, or your best friend. They come together easily with only a few simple supplies. You can customize the design with any color fringe tape.

Love Note Heart Piñata by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Start by using some scrap cardstock or patterned paper and punch a bunch of heart shapes using the heart clear cut punch.

Clear Cut Heart Punch by We R Memory Keepers

Write out things you love about the person who is receiving the piñata. I made these for my kids, so I wrote little things I love about each of them like “you are smart”, “you are funny”, and “you are kind”. Personalize your hearts however you want.

Love Note Heart Piñata by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Add twine loops to the top and bottom holes of your heart piñata. The top one allows you to hang the piñata, so be sure you account for that with the length of your loop. The bottom one is simply to allow the recipient to pull it open, so it doesn’t have to be too long.

Love Note Heart Piñata by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Fill your piñata with all your folded heartfelt thoughts. Tape the bottom closed.

Love Note Heart Piñata by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I love rainbows, so I thought instead of the traditional pink and red for Valentine’s Day, I would create a rainbow pattern using the fringe tape. Start at the bottom and work your way to the top. Cut separate strips to cover the sides.

Love Note Heart Piñata by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Once you have your piñata all covered in fringe tape, trim around the outside edge of the heart to make it look a little neater. Now your Valentine’s gift is ready to give!

Love Note Heart Piñata by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

You could add some candies or small toys in with the paper hearts if you wanted. You could also add love, XOXO, or the person’s name to the front using Thickers or other alphabet stickers.

Love Note Heart Piñata by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Love Note Heart Piñata by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

 

Supplies

Heart Clear Cut Punch

Heart Mini Piñata

DIY Party Fringe Tape

Baker’s Twine