Happy New Year Photo Lights Display

Good morning We R readers. I can’t believe that this year is already coming to an end and we are getting ready to embark on a brand new fresh start. Once the holiday decor goes down, it can feel a little bare in my home so I like to add some warmth back in to keep away the cold, dreary days of winter.


I love the new Photo Lights photo frames that were recently released. You print out your design on special backlit film that you can print out right from your home computer.

I thought it would be fun to create a glittery happy new year photo that I could display to celebrate the new year. I started by designing an 8 inch x 8 inch design in Photoshop Elements.


Note: To use this photo, simply right-click and save the image.

The backlit photo paper comes in 8 ½ x 11 inch sheets. I printed my image and then trimmed it to fit on the frame.


You can see right through the image, but it is still very clear.


The photo frames are so easy to use. The front attaches with little magnets in each corner.


Add your special photo paper to the frame, secure it to the front with the acrylic magnetic photo cover, add your batteries and turn it on. It even has a timer so you can have your frame turn on and off when you would like.


I created a little light garland behind the frame using the DIY Party lights and some gold tassels. The DIY Party line makes it easy to add some sparkle and shine to any project.

The frame looks even prettier in person. It is sparkly and fun – perfect for ringing in the new year! And I can easily change out the frame when I am done celebrating.




Photolights Frame

Photolights Backlit Film Paper

DIY Party Gold Glitter Light Strand

DIY Party Gold Pinata Pull Tab


Photo Lights and Light Strand Christmas Decor

Hello there! Tessa Buys here with a look at my entryway Christmas décor, featuring the new Photo Light and light strands.


My holiday décor is mainly red, black and white with touches of metallic and natural wood. I chose to use the Natural Wood Finish 8×8 Photo Lights frame because it complimented the rest of my decorations. Instead of printing my photo in color, I used a filter to make my photo an extreme black and white. It printed beautifully from my home printer onto the special backlit film. I added a “love” rub-on to the photo.


It was easy to assemble the frame. I cut down the backlit film to size, then simply laid the picture between the box and the magnetic face plate. I popped in the batteries and it was good to go!


I layered a few stars made with the Ruler Studio collection against a chalkboard frame, then hung a DIY Party strand of lights with gold glittered bulbs across the stars. They give off a warm glow, which is a lovely contrast to the cool glow of the Photo Light.


To me, nothing says Christmas quite like the glow of lights, and when those lights can be extra special like a strand with pretty bulbs or a precious family photo, it’s even more magical.


Natural Wood Finish 8×8 Photo Light

DIY Party Light Strand, Gold Bulbs

Ruler Studio (large natural, small red, small white)

Inspired by Embroidery Hoops

Inspired by Embroidery Hoops

Hello everyone, Wendy here today to share a project inspired THIS PROJECT by Samantha Taylor on the We R Memory Keepers blog a year ago.


I instantly grabbed my favorite WRMK collection, Urban Chic and began making fun groupings of items I loved to display in an embroidery hoop.


As you can see, I got carried away!  I had so much fun making my groupings that I couldn’t fit my design on one embroidery hoop, and I was going to need a few big ones to fit everything I had made.  So I turned to the Organization Studio, my Corkboard Frame.  With the help of the DIY Light Strand and some flowers I was able to create an entire display for my daughter to enjoy.


My idea began by creating a countdown for my daughter to track her package delivery of her make-up box each month.  I cut 2.5×2.5 squares and added numbers and some hand-drawn lines for interest.  These papers are nestled under a sticker overlapping a 3×4 card and a layered tag.  To keep the focus on these items I used a photo frame included in the ephemera.  To imitate the embroidery hoop design, I grabbed some embellishments from Crate Paper to use that were flat, yet continued my theme.


My next grouping was just a few pretty items and colors I wanted to add to my board, but I didn’t have a frame big enough to house the items I chose.  Using the new Frame Punch, I was able to customize a frame that was large enough to be seen with my items, 3.5”x6”.


My last group was simple with the addition of the gold bow for a little added pizazz.  To continue with the decorations, I chose a card, sticker, and ephemera to add to the frame.


Sometimes it is fun to create projects that just reflect our likes to help pretty up our homes, grab a few of your favorite items and have fun combining them and then put them on display.  Embroidery Hoops, Frames, Canvas, Corkboards, and the list goes on can all be altered with a little product love!



Urban Chic collection – ephemera, paper, stickers, layered tags

Frame Punch Board

DIY Party Light Strand

DIY Party Light Covers – flowers

Clearly Posh Plastic Bows

Organization Gallery – Corkboard Frame



Inspired By Beachballs

Hello, and happy Monday We R friends! It’s Aly Dosdall here, and I’m excited to share the blog theme for this week. Over the years here at We R Memory Keepers we’ve been fortunate to work with some talented designers that we’ve proudly featured on our blog. So, this week we asked our current design team to browse the We R blog and find a past project that inspires them. They created a new project based on those, and this week they’re going to share their “Inspired By The We R Blog” projects with you. Enjoy!

The project from the blog that inspired me is a darling Beach Ball Garland made by Eva Pizarro last summer. You can find the original post HERE, and below is a photo.


I love how Eva used the DIY Party Globe Punch and the Light Strand collection in a unique and fun way for summer, and I wanted to do the same but with a seasonal twist appropriate for fall. So, I decided to create a Halloween Light Strand Garland.




I used the Vellum Pad and Globe Punch to create globe ghosts and jack-o-lanterns to cover my Light Strand bulbs. It was easy to do since the Vellum Pad is already cut to size for the Globe Punch.


I just pulled out three white sheets and three orange sheets, and followed the instruction booklet for making paper globes.


Before assembling the Light Strand and paper globes I used a black fine point permanent pen to draw ghost and jack-o-lantern faces in the center panels of the punched vellum.


Then I assembled them and attached them to the light strand, adding a short strand of green glitter ribbon to the top of the pumpkins.


This festive Halloween Light Strand Garland is the perfect finishing touch to your seasonal or party decor, and it’s easy to make!


DIY Party Globe Punch
Vellum Pad
Light Strand
Slick Writer Marker–Fine Point
Green Glitter Ribbon

Beach Ball Garland

Hello! Eva Pizarro here today on the blog showing you a fun garland inspired by this week’s theme: The Beach. When I think of the beach I think bright sunny colors and lots of fun! That’s why I created a super easy beach ball garland using my  DIY Party Globe Punch and some cardstock.

Beach Ball Garland by Eva Pizarro 1

To make the garland I started with a 4 x 7 ½  inch white paper. The punch is very easy to use, just follow the instructions sheet that comes with your tool. Here are some quick photos of how I made mine.


Align the paper to the center of the punch. Press and move your paper left to the next alignment guide, punch again and move left to the raised V on base. Punch all your paper. Rotate your paper 180 degrees and do the same with the other side.

Beach Ball Garland by Eva Pizarro 2

To add a bit of color I punched some pink, yellow and blue papers and separated each punched panel. I glued them to my white cardstock globe with some string glue adhesive. If you want you can use paint to add color too!

Beach Ball Garland by Eva Pizarro 3

Assembly the bottom of the globe by interlocking the hooks behind each other

Beach Ball Garland by Eva Pizarro 4

On the top, interlock the hooks around the LED cord.

Beach Ball Garland by Eva Pizarro 5

Continue this process and cover all your LED lights with beach balls

Beach Ball Garland by Eva Pizarro 6

Isn’t this garland cute? You can use them as a summer decor or maybe for a party! If you want you can punch out some shapes on the garland panels and light the garland at night!

Beach Ball Garland by Eva Pizarro 7

This globe punch is so cute and I love that I can use different materials to achieve different looks! And after I am done using it I can disassemble the beach balls and store them for the next party!

Beach Ball Garland by Eva Pizarro 8

Do you like the Globe Punch? It is a great tool! Aly shows you another example of how you can use it here!

Have a great day!





DIY Party Globe Punch
DIY Party Silver Glitter Light Strand Set


Light Strand Collection Winner!

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Thanks to everyone who entered our Light Strand Collection Giveaway! What creative ideas you shared for adding our lights to your projects this summer. We’ve selected a random winner, and that person is…


These are amazing!!! My granddaughter turns 8 in July and she is having a pool party. I would use them with other decorations fot a great good time for the kids. Thank you for giving us the chance to win something so wonderful.


Congratulations! Please send an email to wrsocial@americancrafts.com with “Light Strand Collection Winner” in the subject line. Please include your full name and shipping address, and we’ll get your prize to you asap! Enjoy!

USA Banner

Hello everyone, Wendy here today to share a patriotic banner I created using the Alphabet Punch Board and the Banner Punch Board.

USA banner by Wendy Antenucci

I began punching out my letters using the alphabet punch board from the Kraft and Gold 3×5 pads.  To make the letters stand out and to add in some red, white, and blue, I used the DIY cardstock to punch banner pieces.  A simple doily on each of the banners added some vintage feel to match the Goodie Bag clothespins that I used to attach everything.

USA banner by Wendy Antenucci-1

The gold Pull Tabs add the perfect little sparkle to any banner, even though they were made for something else.

USA banner by Wendy Antenucci-2

To hang my banner pieces I chose to use the DIY light strand with the metallic stars.  I loved the sparkle that my lit stars added to my banner allowing my banner to shine whether day or night!

USA banner by Wendy Antenucci-3

I love how the different collections mix and match so well allowing many different looks to be achieved!  Happy Birthday America!

USA banner by Wendy Antenucci-4

Alphabet Punch Board
Banner Punch Board
DIY Cardstock Paper Pad
Metallic Star Light Strand
Astro Designer Poster Board
Vintage Clothespins
Gold Pull Tab



Light Strand Mobile

Hello WeR fans and welcome back to the blog today! I’d like to show you how to create a mobile that is simple to put together and heaps of fun with create with your kids or students. My children and I consulted on the idea together and then went about planning what we would need and who would help with each part of the assembly. The project ended up in my daughter’s room, but my dear son doesn’t know the plans I have for the vellum star shape bulb covers for his room… mmmwhoohahaha!

DIY Party Light Strand Mobile by Chantalle McDaniel

It looks so pretty hanging above her bed. I love the bright mixed colours and think it brings an outdoor feeling inside.

DIY Party Light Strand Mobile by Chantalle McDaniel

Let us show you how it came together:


First off, I purchased an 8 inch embroidery hoop from a nearby craft store. You could choose to use two crossed sticks or even a wreath would work nicely.

Erin gave the hoop a lovely slick of magenta paint to brighten it up a bit.


Next, some glitter glue and more glitter. Can one have too much glitter? Never, we say!


Whilst Erin was painting, Josh went about folding my mini DIY Party lantern bulb covers. I gave him this job as I knew he’d do a great job of folding along the scored guides.


They are so easy to put together, he didn’t even need to read the instructions! He folded two of each of the four colours in the pack.


When the painted hoop was dry, he then weaved a DIY Party Raspberry Glitter light strand around the hoop.


Whilst he was busy doing that, Erin was selecting some DIY Party light bulb cover combinations. So that everything co-ordiated beautifully, we chose to work with Bright Flowers, Bright Butterflies and Bright Lanterns.


Mixing and matching was fun!


Here you can see just how easy it is to feed the little globe up through the covers and pop it in place inside the bulb cover. * I will make mention of the fact that we later decided to adhere two solid butterfly shapes back to back so that a colour was shown from above, rather than the plain white cardstock in this picture.


Once the lights and covers were in place, we agreed the hoop looked a little bland. I remembered that I had a length of artificial ivy in my stash, so I grabbed it and we weaved it amongst the light bulbs.


I used my hot glue gun to attach the battery pack for the lights. I did leave the glue for a second or two so it wasn’t boiling hot when I stuck the box on. NB: If you want to create this project yourself, please remember to glue the battery pack with the cover that opens facing out, so you can replace the batteries once they go flat.


The finishing touch was to create the lovely hanging effect. We achieved this by threading some light pink ribbon up and out the hole at the top of the folded lantern covers.


I’ve used a button inside each lantern to weigh them down, but also to prevent the ribbon from sliding out through the top. TIP: If you had wider ribbon one would not need the button.


The buttons add interest when viewed from underneath.



Such a pretty view in the daytime…


… even prettier at night!


The lantern looks lovely and my little one is so happy with how it turned out. It adds a lovely warm glow to her room in those quiet moments just before sleep.


I hope you will give this idea a try!

Happy crafting,


DIY PARTY Raspberry Glitter Light Strand Set
DIY PARTY Mint Glitter Light Strand Set
DIY PARTY Gold Glitter Light Strand Set
DIY PARTY Bright Flowers
DIY PARTY Bright Butterfly
DIY PARTY Bright Lanterns




Glowing Wedding Favor

Hello We R fans! Chantalle here, and I’m very excited to share an idea for a special party favour with you. Using just a few simple supplies, you can create one in no time at all.


To create my cake shape, I have used the new Pop Up Birthday Cake die. One would ordinarily adhere this shape inside a folded card so that, once opened, it springs to life.  By sealing the bottom of the shape, I have created a ‘solid’ slice. Leaving the candles off and using neutral tones has given this favour box understated elegance.


The die set comprises of 9 shapes. The image below shows the pieces I have used from the set. You will notice, I have left out the candle elements. By spacing your dies efficiently on a piece of 6x12inch cardstock, you can cut two lots of shapes from one 12×12 sheet. The Evolution Advanced magnetic cutting mat is great for this job, as you simply lay your dies on the mat, which will hold them in place for you, so no slipping as you run your paper though the diecut machine!


Assembling the cake is very straightforward.  What I love about WRMK products is that they come with great step-by-step instructions. This die set is no exception. To seal the little gap where the cake meets the icing on the wider side, I have opened the box up and run a line of wet adhesive, then pressed the edges together gently. (see arrows) The reason I have done it on the inside is so that it won’t be visible from the outside. I don’t want anything spoiling the view of what I have planned for the top!


Once the glue was dry, I filled the inside with a strand of Ruler Studio lights. It just so happens the length of the cake fits the battery pack inside perfectly!

* Make sure to include batteries for your guests.


Next, I flipped it right side up and fed one of the little light strands up through the hole that was already in the cardstock from the die. (This is where the candle would slot in).

The DIY Party range now includes some absolutely gorgeous new light strand bulb covers. Stars… lanterns… butterflies… and all in a selection of colours. I’ve chosen to work with the Metallic Die Cut Flower covers for this project, grabbing a large gold foil and smaller white flower. Just layer the shapes up and pop a clear bulb through the centre. This then fits over the little led light. Note: Push it on well for a secure fit.



With the lights now in place, I just sealed up the bottom using a heart-shaped punch and some American Crafts Glitter Tape.


Here’s a peek of that beautiful bloom in the better light. Love that gold foil!


When you are ready to give your favours to your guests, simply open the box up and turn on the lights.


I love the warm glow from within. It would definitely add a romantic charm to a wedding reception table setting.


You could choose to include the bulb covers from the start or hand them out to guests at a later point. Now they get to have more fun at home!

The best part of this idea is that it’s so easy to customize. Brighten up the card colour for a birthday and combine with colourful butterflies or keep it tonal for a baby shower. So many possibilities!



Thank you for joining me today. I love this little light up favour so much, I wish I could have my wedding all over again!

Happy crafting,







Pop Up Birthday Cake die

Evolution Advanced

Ruler Studio Bulb Strand

DIY Party Metallic Bulb Covers


Bazzill cardstock (smooth)

Light Strand Moss Wreath

Happy Friday friends! It’s Aly Dosdall here today. I hope you’ve found some valuable home decor inspiration this week. Have you enjoyed the projects so far?

I’m really feeling the spring weather here, so I decided to make this spring-inspired Light Strand Moss Wreath. I used the DIY Party Globe Punch and Vellum Pad to create the light bulb covers.

Light Strand Moss Wreath by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Light Strand Moss Wreath by Aly Dosdall 1

Light Strand Moss Wreath by Aly Dosdall 3

To create the wreath, I used a 14″ square wire wreath form,  a moss sheet, and my Sticky Thumb Cordless Hot Glue Gun. You can find wreath forms and moss at your local craft store or online.

wreath supplies

I laid the moss sheet face down, and placed the wreath form on top in the center. Then I used my craft knife to cut eight lines from the center of the moss sheet toward the inside edge of the wreath form, making sure to end one line at each corner, and then one line halfway between each corner.

cut moss

Then I wrapped the moss sheet around the wreath form, using my hot glue gun to attach it to the back of the wreath. I had to trim a couple of inches off the pieces I cut so they fit into the back of the wreath form.

hot glue moss

Once I covered my wreath form with moss, I prepared my light strand with little vellum paper globes. The DIY Party Globe Punch and Vellum Pad made that happen quickly and easily. You can use the pre-cut pad, or simply trim your paper to 4×7 inches, and then follow the easy instructions included with the punch.

globe punch

vellum paper globes

I stuck with a sweet spring color palette, and I love how the pastel colors look against the fresh green moss. Once you’ve punched your paper, attach the bottom hooks, insert your light bulb with the cover on, and then wrap the top hooks around the cord of the light bulb to close up your globe.

globe on light strand

Light Strand Moss Wreath by Aly Dosdall 4

To cover up the bare white cord and to add a little more fun to the wreath, I  cut several 2″ folding pennant banners with my Banner Punch Board. Just fold a 4 inch strip of paper in half, and then cut with the board as usual. Then I adhered the banners over the light strand cord.

banner punch board

I attached the light strand to the wreath with twine tied to the back wires. You could also use twist ties or zip ties. The wreath only fits 9 of the 12 bulbs, so I tucked the remaining three into the back bottom of the wreath where I tied the battery pack. Tip: Be sure to secure the battery pack in the center bottom or top of the wreath to help the wreath balance properly.

light strand battery pack

Light Strand Moss Wreath by Aly Dosdall 5

I added a pretty pink bow at the top for hanging. This wreath lives on my craft room door as a happy welcome into my favorite place to hang out.

Light Strand Moss Wreath by Aly Dosdall 2

Light Strand Moss Wreath by Aly Dosdall_IG

I love the addition of the light bulbs and paper globes–so fun and festive! How would you use the Light Strand in your home decor?


DIY Party 4×7.5 Vellum Pad
DIY Party Globe Punch
DIY Party Silver Glitter Light Strand Set
Sticky Thumb Cordless Hot Glue Gun
Banner Punch Board