Yearly Mini Envelope Journal

Hello We R friends! Laura here today showing you how to create a fun yearly mini envelope journal using the word punch board, mini score board, tab punch board, and square punch board. The word punch board is the perfect way to add titles and words to all your paper projects. And you can use both the punched-out strip and the punched-out letters in your projects.

Yearly Mini Envelope Journal by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I started by creating 12 mini envelopes. I used the mini score board to create envelopes that would fit a 3 ¼” x 3 ¼” paper. I trimmed my paper to 6” x 6” using the Trim & Score Board. Then, using the score guide, I scored the four lines for the envelope. You could also use the envelope punch board or mini envelope punch board for this step.

Make mini envelopes with the Mini Score Board and the 3 Way Corner Punch by We R Memory Keepers

Cut the V shape notches out of the envelope and use the 3-way corner punch to round the top and bottom corners of the envelope. Then, use adhesive to assemble the envelopes.

Yearly Mini Envelope Journal by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Fold the top of the envelope on the score line and place adhesive on the outside of the flap. Attach it to the back side of the envelope before it. Repeat these steps for all the rest of the envelopes.

Yearly Mini Envelope Journal by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

To create a cover for the mini envelope journal, I trimmed one of the sentiment cards from the cardstock stack to the same size as the envelopes. I attached it to the front using the top flap of the first envelope.

On the inside cover I created a title page with a small patterned cardstock square and the words “MY YEAR” punched out using the word punch board.

Yearly Mini Envelope Journal by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Since I wanted this to be a yearly journal, I added the months to each envelope using strips of coordinating paper and the word punch board. Since the album is so small I only did the first three letters of each month.

Yearly Mini Envelope Journal by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Word Punch Board

I wanted to be able to add a picture or journaling inside each envelope. I used the square punch board to quickly cut out twelve 3” x 3” squares from white cardstock.

Square Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

I then used the tab punch board to create tabs to easily be able to pull out the card from the envelope. Use the mini score board to score your paper scrap at 1”. Fold the paper in half and then line up the edge with the side tab guide placed. Flip the paper over, line up the edge to the small tab guide and punch again. Use the top trimmer to perfectly trim the tab.

Create different sizes and styles of tabs with the Tab Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

I dumped out all the little letters from the word punch board and added the coordinating month letters to each tab. The Quickstik Tool makes it easy to pick up the little letters. Once the letters were glued on, I attached the tabs to each of the white cardstock squares.

Yearly Mini Envelope Journal by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Word Punch BoardYearly Mini Envelope Journal by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I think it will be fun to add little mementos inside the envelopes like movie tickets, concert stubs, or even receipts to remind us of our fun adventures throughout the year. And I can add journaling or pictures to the small cardstock squares in each envelope.

Yearly Mini Envelope Journal by Laura Silva for We R Memory KeepersYearly Mini Envelope Journal by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Yearly Mini Envelope Journal by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies

DCWV Butterflies & Flowers Cardstock Stack

Trim & Score Board

Mini Score Board

3-Way Corner Punch

Word Punch Board

Square Punch Board

Tab Punch Board

Washi Tape Mini Album

Hello, We R friends. Enza here, and today I am sharing a mini album that I created with lots of washi tape and a few of my favorite tools: the Stitch Happy Sewing Machine, the Tag Punch Board, and the Frame Punch Board. I love making mini albums, and this one was especially fun. I went with an accordion style design, for which I used a washi tape binding technique that is really easy to make.

Washi Tape Mini Album by Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

I started by cutting the panels; mine measure 5.5”x3.75”. I laid them side by side, making sure to leave about 1/8” in between, and secured the edges with a strip of washi tape. I repeated this step for all the pages, front and back; I then used my Stitch Happy to sew the washi strips in place. This is a necessary step in my opinion, as washi tape tends to detach from the paper overtime. I also love the texture that stitching brings to the pages!

Washi Tape Mini Album by Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

Washi Tape Mini Album by Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

Once the accordion piece was finished, I created some frames to use as embellishments using the Frame Punch Board. This tool is a must have, and is perfect for any memory keeping project or fun décor pieces. Since I wanted to use more washi, I trimmed white cardstock to the desired size and covered the edges with washi tape before punching out the shape.

Frame Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

You can see how I have used the frames in the pictures below.

Washi Tape Mini Album by Enza Gudor for We R Memory KeepersWashi Tape Mini Album by Enza Gudor for We R Memory KeepersWashi Tape Mini Album by Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

Next, the tags. The pages of the album are only adhered on three sides, becoming pockets that are perfect for storing hidden journaling or memorabilia. I used the Tag Punch Board to create three tags, on which I typed a bit about our lovely trip. I left part of the tags showing, and added some bakers twine so to create an interactive element and suggest pulling the tags to reveal the little surprise.

Washi Tape Mini Album by Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

Here are a few more photos of the mini. I like to include fun and unique embellishments whenever possible, such as vellum pockets filled with sequins and small ephemera pieces, shaker pockets, tassels, paper clips.

Washi Tape Mini Album by Enza Gudor for We R Memory KeepersWashi Tape Mini Album by Enza Gudor for We R Memory KeepersWashi Tape Mini Album by Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you have enjoyed reading about my process and will feel inspired to create a mini album with your We R Memory Keepers tools.

Washi Tape Mini Album by Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

Enza

 

Supplies:

Happy Stitch Sewing Machine

Frame Punch Board

Tag Punch Board

Hole Reinforcer Punch

Pink Paislee Summer Lights Collection

 

 

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

Mother’s Day Gift Idea: DIY Journal

Happy Friday We R friends! It’s Aly here with you again. Mother’s Day is so special–I love celebrating the women in my life who have incluenced me the most. Along with the joy also comes a bit of stress because I want to give my special peeps something meaningful that shows them how amazing they are. I often turn to handmade gifts, and that’s exactly what I did this year.

DIY Mothers Day Journal Gift by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

My mom is an avid reader and writer who loves family history, so I created a DIY journal complete with journaling prompts that will encourage my mom to write down her ideas, thoughts, experiences, and all those important details that I want to have recorded for years to come.

DIY Mothers Day Journal Gift by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

The DCWV Journaling Stack provided the perfect spring board for this project. Its full of patterned paper and die cut journaling cards, tags, and labels that you can punch out and add directly to your projects. I love the soft color scheme–perfect for a Mother’s Day gift!

DIY Mothers Day Journal Gift by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I created the cover with a double sided piece of cardstock from the DCWV Okey Dokey Stack that coordinates perfectly with the Journaling Stack. I cut a 7 x 8 inch block and scored it vertically down the middle with my Trim and Score Board. Then I decorated the front of the cover with some die cuts I punched out of the Journaling Stack.

Trim and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

For the inside pages of the journal I gathered four pieces of paper from the Journaling Stack. They’re thin text weight paper–perfect for journal pages. I cut them all to 6 7/8 x 7 7/8 inches so they’re just smaller than the cover. That way when folded to fit in the journal, the edges of the inside pages don’t stick out over the cover. I stapled the cover and inside pages together with my Staple Board to finish the structure of the journal.

DIY Mothers Day Journal Gift by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I added a journaling prompt to each of the inside pages, along with some die cut embellishments I punched out of the Journaling Stack. I also made some frames to embellish some of my pages using the Frame Punch Board.

We R Memory Keepers Frame Punch Board

I finished off my DIY Journal with decorative paper clips, and secured it shut with a Heidi Swapp binder clip. Visit your local JoAnn Store to find the supplies I used to make this project.

DIY Mothers Day Journal Gift by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Mothers Day Journal Gift by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I’m so excited to give this to my Mom! It’s a handmade unique gift that I know she’ll enjoy.

DIY Mothers Day Journal Gift by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

 

Plus, my family and I will enjoy reading what she writes in it. Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!

Supplies:

Trim and Score Board
Frame Punch Board
Staple Board
Detail Scissors
DCWV Stacks: Journaling and Okey Dokey
Heidi Swapp Binder Clips
American Crafts Shaped Paper Clips: Cameras and Hearts

DIY Mini Album

Hey there, We R Memory Keepers friends and fans, Becki here, to share a mini album that I created with a few new tools. I had some much fun creating this mini album. I love working with the new tools. A couple of these new tools have a permanent home on top of my desk. First of all, the new Spring Scissors are a favorite of mine. This love comes naturally because I love fussy cutting. These scissors are perfect for fussy cutting!

DIY Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

The base of this album is created from scratch with patterned paper. Each page is carefully cut with the trim and score board. This trimmer is my new go-to trimmer. I love having two tools built into one. Another of my favorite features of this tool is that it folds into a compact size so it’s easy to store or take with you for crafting on the go.

DIY Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory KeepersDIY Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

The other tool, I’ve fallen in love with is the Sticky Piercer. This tool makes placing small items like sequins so easy. There are tons of tiny sequins through-out this mini album.

DIY Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

When I created this album, I kept the same basic format. Each page has a frame (created with the Frame Punch Board). Each photo is 3×4 with a 3×4 frame. By keeping the photos and frames all the same size it made creating this album so much easier.

DIY Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

This album is easy to create with hand tools from We R Memory Keepers. I’d love to hear which hand tools you’re most looking forward to playing with. I think we may share some favorites. Thank you for stopping by the We R Memory Keepers blog. I’ll see you again soon.

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers Tag Punch Board

We R Memory Keepers Spring Scissors

We R Memory Keepers Trim and Score Board

We R Memory Keepers Typecast Typewriter

We R Memory Keepers Sticky Piercer

We R Memory Keepers Frame Punch Board

Pebbles Patio Party Collection

 

 

 

 

Baby Mini Book with the Happy Jig

Hello everyone!  It’s Eva here today sharing with you a baby mini album embellished with the new Happy Jig

Baby Mini Book with the Happy Jig by Eva PIzarro for We R Memory Keepers

I love this new tool! It is so innovative and something you haven’t since in the industry so far! Plus, it is very easy to use and you can make shapes to embellish mini albums, layouts, cards or any craft project.

To make the mini album, start by cutting 2 paper strips of 4 ¼ inch height. I used my Mini Score Board to score my paper every 3 ¼ inch.

Mini Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

I also wanted to include a confetti shaker on my mini album so I filled a small photo sleeve with stars and sequins and I closed it with my Fuse Ruler and the new USB Heat Tool with the Fuse tip.
USB Power Heat Tool with Fuse Tip by We R Memory Keepers

To create the shaker I used my Clear Cut Punch to cut two hearts on the edges of the strips, one on the left and one on the right.

Clear Cut Heart Punch by We R Memory Keepers

I glue the two ends together with double sided tape and put the confetti shaker inside.

Clear Cut Punch Shaker Pocket by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

I used my Sticky Piercer to make holes all over my heart and the paper’s edge, the key is to make the same amount of hearts on one shape and on the other one!

Using your twine from the Happy Jig join the outer and the inner holes together.

Crafter's Essentials Hand Tools by We R Memory Keepers

Now for the Happy Jig embellishments. This tools comes with a manual with lots of shapes and you can also see other designs on the We R Happy Jig dedicated Instagram account (@werhappyjig). But I assure you it is very easy to make your own shapes! I created this wire frame in no time!

Happy Jig by We R Memory Keepers

Here are the Happy Jig coordinates in case you want to make one:

Start: D21

Small Pegs: E14, C14, B13, C16, C28, C30, B31, E30, Q30, S 30, T31, S28, S16, S14, T13, Q14.

Happy Jig Wire Frame by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

To make my journaling lines I used my Magnetic Mat! It is perfect because the ruler holds the project in place and you have perfect lines all the time!

 

Baby Mini Book with the Happy Jig by Eva PIzarro for We R Memory Keepers

I also did a “boy” shape for my title. The dimension it adds is amazing! To hold your shape in place you can use a strong liquid adhesive or a few stitches.

Here are the “boy” coordinates:

Start: L9

Small Pegs: K11. N12. N16, K21. J24, P25

Medium Pegs: G12, M14, M23

Big Pegs: M18, Q22

Baby Mini Book with the Happy Jig by Eva PIzarro for We R Memory Keepers

You can also use your wires to contour a paper shape or to embellish free hand like I did here on the sea waves.

Baby Mini Book with the Happy Jig by Eva PIzarro for We R Memory Keepers

See how cute that little frame looks? It is perfect for a 2 inch photo. Did you notice all the 1 inch squares on the next page? I used my Square Punch Board and did it in no time!

Baby Mini Book with the Happy Jig by Eva PIzarro for We R Memory Keepers

I also used my Happy Jig to make a letter “L” for Lorenzo, you can find the instructions for all the letters on the Happy Jig Instagram feed. The letters are great to create personalized gift tags!

Baby Mini Book with the Happy Jig by Eva PIzarro for We R Memory Keepers

And here you can see my shaker pocket. The twine thread gives it a great look and poking the holes with the Sticky Piercer was a breeze!

Baby Mini Book with the Happy Jig by Eva PIzarro for We R Memory Keepers

I love the dimension the wire words add to any project, the y are simple and fun and you have tons of colors to choose from.

Baby Mini Book with the Happy Jig by Eva PIzarro for We R Memory Keepers

How would you use your Happy Jig? What words or shapes would you like to see? I am definitely going to work on some Spanish or Italian words for my projects!

Baby Mini Book with the Happy Jig by Eva PIzarro for We R Memory Keepers

Baby Mini Book with the Happy Jig by Eva PIzarro for We R Memory Keepers

 

Have a great day!

Eva

 

Supplies:

Happy Jig
Happy Jig wire
Clear Cut Punch
Mini Score Board
Square Punch Board
Sticky Piercer
Stitch Happy Twine
USB Heat Tool
Magnetic Mat
Night Night Collection by Pebbles Inc

Tag Punch Board Mini Album

Hey there, We R Memory Keepers friends and fans, Becki here, to share a mini album that I made with the Tag Punch Board. I have been looking forward to playing with the Tag Punch board since I first heard about it. I LOVE tags and have been using them in my scrapbooking for years. Naturally, I fell in love with the tag punch board because I can create my own tags to fit my own projects.

Tag Punch Board Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

This mini album came together quickly and easily with the tag punch board. There are 5 tag pages in this album. Each page has one photo and a little bit of journaling.

Tag Punch Board Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Tag Punch Board Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

To create each page, I cut pieces of 3×4 patterned papers from the “Good Vibes” collection from Crate Paper. When I had all the pages for the album cut to 3×4, I made them into tags with the tag punch board. It’s so easy to make tags with this punch board. All you have to do is make two small cuts and punch a hole. It’s that easy!

Tag Punch Board Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Tag Punch Board Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

The album is held together with a small metal ring. This album has a lot of texture. I used a lot of pompom trim, ribbon, puffy stickers, fringe, and chipboard.

Tag Punch Board Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Like so many of my mini albums, I added journling using my We R Memory Keepers Typecast Typewriter. I love using my typewriter for journaling on mini albums because I can fit more journaling into a small space.

Tag Punch Board Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

I had so much fun creating this little mini album with the tag punch board. What are you creating with the Tag Punch board? I’d love to see what you’re creating! Thank you for stopping by the We R Memory Keepers blog. I’ll see you again soon!

 

Supplies:

Tag Punch Board

Typecast Typewriter

Crate Paper Good Vibes Collection

Valentine’s Day Gift Idea: Envelope Photo Album

Happy Friday friends, and thanks for stopping by! Aly Dosdall here, and I’m excited to share a fun handmade Valentine’s Day gift idea using the adorable new Mini Envelope Punch Board. Check out the envelope photo album I made below for my sweetheart for Valentine’s Day!

Envelope Photo Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

This 3×4 inch little book is filled with mini envelopes that hold some of my favorite instax mini photos of me and my husband on some recent dates we’ve enjoyed, including our 21st anniversary celebration. They’re some of our most precious memories, so I’m really excited to share this handmade gift with him!

Envelope Photo Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Envelope Photo Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
Envelope Photo Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

This envelope photo album is easy to make with some double sided scrapbook papers like these adorable ones from the Pebbles Inc Forever My Always collection, the Mini Envelope Punch Board, and the Trim and Score Board. Here’s how!

Start by trimming your paper to 5 1/4 inches square to make envelopes for 2 1/4 x 3 3/8 cards. I used the Envelope Generator app to figure out the paper size and punch guide measurement.

 

Envelope Generator App

Then I used the Mini Envelope Punch Board to create five small envelopes to hold my photos. I trimmed off the top flaps to allow easy access in the album. Tip: when making vertically oriented envelopes I like to trim off one of the side flaps right along the line where they meet on the envelope.

Next, I created the cover and binding for the envelope album. I trimmed one piece of 4 x 6 1/4 inch piece of scrapbook paper for the cover, and one 3 7/8 x 6 inch piece for the binding. I scored the cover piece at 3 inches and 3 1/4 inches, and I scored the binding piece at every 1/2 inch.

I folded the cover along the score lines, and then accordion folded the binding. I added adhesive to the back of the binding and secured it to the inside of the cover as seen below. You should have a 1/2 inch flap for each of your five envelopes. (This photo is missing one–I realized that after I photographed this, but fixed it before I added my envelopes.)

Then I adhered my envelopes to the binding with the 1/2 inch flaps on the back side of each envelope.

I added my photos to each envelope, and finished off my album by embellishing the cover and each of the envelopes. I kept the embellishments on the inside flat so that the album can close and store easily.

Envelope Photo Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Envelope Photo Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Envelope Photo Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

This little photo album is great for Valetine’s Day, but would also make the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or the holidays. Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to share your Mini Envelope Punch Board projects on our Facebook page. Happy crafting, and enjoy your weekend!

Supplies:

Mini Envelope Punch Board
Trim and Score Board
Pebbles Inc Forever My Always collection

Year In Review Mini Album

Hello We R Memory Keepers friends and fans, Becki here to share a fun “Year in Review” mini album with you. I used three of my favorite We R Memory Keepers tools to create this mini album. I absolutely love how this album came together. When I started creating the album I thought that I would include 5-10 of my favorite photos from 2017. As I gathered photos, I realized that there was no way to narrow down the number of photos to 10 to tell the story of our year. 2017 was a very eventful year for our family. This year in review album has over 20 photos.

Year In Review Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

 

I streamlined the creative process by printing all my photos at 4×4. In this album all the photos are on the right side and the journaling is on the left. To create a space for all the journaling, I used the frame punch board to create 3 ½ x 3 ½ square frames.

Year In Review Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Then, I printed the journaling to fit inside the frame.

On a few of the pages, I used the clear cut punch to create a window so that the reader could get a sneak peek of the photo that was on the next page.

Year In Review Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Year In Review Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

It was so easy to create a cute heart window using the clear cut punch. I love that I was able to move the punch around the page so that I could make the heart window where ever I wanted to on the page.

Year In Review Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Even though, the album contains a LOT more photos than I originally intended, I love the story that it tells.

Year In Review Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Year In Review Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Using a few of my favorite tools from We R Memory Keepers made creating this album so easy and fun. Thank you for stopping by the We R Memory Keepers blog. Happy 2018 my friends!

 

Supplies:

Frame Punch Board

Clear Cut Heart Punch

Crop-a-dile

Crate Paper Carousel Collection

Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches

Hello and welcome back to the blog today!

My friends and I, together with our families, gather annually at my house for a Halloween celebration. The kids absolutely love it and we all look forward to it each year. To celebrate this tradition, I have popped together a little album using the new Pebbles Midnight Haunting and a few of my Clear Cut Punches. I can’t rave about these punches enough!! My current obsession – I am using them on almost every project I create. Put them where you want them punch and go! Create ephemera or interest on a layout by matting punched areas. They are so much fun and so easy to use. Grab a cuppa as I share a few step by steps and close ups!

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The album comprises several folded pages, adhered inside a cardstock folder, which is secured with some tiny brads and black twine.

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
I started off by trimming several sheets of patterned paper from the Pebbles Midnight Haunting collection down to 4.5 inches across and 9 inches in length. I then folded them in half.

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
For some of my album pages, I wanted to create a pop up book effect, so I went about cutting some lines freehand, into the paper. Basically, you just cut two parallel lines (the width apart will depend on how wide the image or piece of ephemera is that you want to stand out is) from the fold in, towards the cut edge of your paper. (see image below) One then folds the cut bit over, while the paper is still closed. By doing this, once you open the paper, the cut piece will stand out from the rest of the paper after you pull it inwards. (See last image below)

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I created a few slightly different variations of this ‘pop up’ card and then glued them back-to-back so when you turned the page, it would automatically show the next page in the album.

For the cover, I used a sheet of deliciously dark Bazzill Licorice Twist foiled speciality cardstock. This heavy card has a slightly debossed and black foiled dot print, perfect for a Halloween project. I measured out the size, just loosely running the card around the perimeter of my album contents, and then went about trimming it and scoring it using my Trim & Score Board.

Finally, I glued my album to the cover and popped some mini brads into each bit that opens, running a bit of black twine around one side for a closure.

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers 

Let’s take a look inside the album…

Halloween 2010 was our first ‘official’ party. Erin was just a little baby so no crazy shenanigans, haha! We had so much fun that it set off a tradition! The photos have been machine stitched for a bit of interest, with journaling done on my Typecast Typewriter.

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The next page has a little witchy pop up element. Just a single strip on this one, which has an image of a mummified Josh and I. He was so annoyed that year as his outfit kept unraveling!

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I used my Circle Clear Cut Punch to punch a circle into the paper and I then matted it    with some pretty florals. I tried to stitch around the area but I wasn’t happy about the wonky effect, so I cheated and added some stamp stitching.

 Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The rest of the pages follow a similar formula – a larger image with some detail or a second page with a pop out highlight.

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

A Pebbles spider die cut was given a coat of glittering black embossing powder and sits proudly on top of his paper web!

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

On this page, I have again used the Circular punch on both the top and bottom sections, to highlight some photos.

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Our parties serve up some amazingly spooky treats!

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

To highlight the spookalicous delights, I have lined up the two images inside the circle punch (how great that you can see exactly where you are punching!!) I just punched the corners off which then created a perfect recess for a circle shape punched earlier.

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Here you can see how cute the little Midnight Haunting ephemera piece looks propped up on the circle.

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Five years of Halloween fun already… hello 2015!

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

You may have noticed that I have used the Bracket shape Clear Cut Punch to create a shape, which I then trimmed in half and stamped as date markers. Another super cute embellishment you can create is using the Tag Clear Cut Punch and mix patterns to create teeny layered tags!

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The next page has another pop up element. I’ve mounted a house-shaped piece of ephemera and added Josh AKA Death, in the background. I love this pop up effect – it gives a great sense of depth.

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

What a bunch of cuties in 2016!

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I have used my Bracket Clear Cut Punch again and using my image as a guide, punched in to some pretty floral paper from the 6×6 Pad. I lined up the image on top of the paper to see how much space I had to work with for placement of the “Bootiful’ die cut. Once I was happy, I slid the photo out carefully and punched only the paper.

Saving the cutest little Trick or Treater ‘til last! My neighbour’s little one was utterly adorable in his ghostly get up. I cut three slits into this paper and adhered a trio of ghoulish die cuts. I love their sweet little faces and how they stand out on the page!

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The Bracket punch highlights a cute sentiment from a sheet of Midnight Sentiments. I hope this little album inspires you to capture any traditions you may have!

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I especially love how this album captures years of fun in one compact little package. Enjoy experimenting with your Clear Cut Punches. I have no doubt you will love them as much as I do!

Thanks so much for joining me today.

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Typecast Typewriter
Trim & Score Board

Pebbles Midnight Haunting:

6×6 Pad
Ephemera
Brads
Accent Stickers
Puffy Stickers
Creepy Crawly 12×12
Midnight Sentimentals 12×12
Hocus Pocus 12×12
Autumn Plaid 12×12
Eek 12×12
Eyes on You 12×12
Swirling Leaves 12×12
Pumpkin Patch 12×12
Haunted Mansion 12×12
Pebbles Bat Clothespins
WRMK Tag Clear Cut Punch

WRMK Circle Clear Cut Punch
WRMK Bracket Clear Cut Punch
American Crafts Spookalicious Foam Letter Stickers
Bazzill Dot Licorice Twist Cardstock

WRMK Black Sequin Stickers
American Crafts Zing Black Glitter Embossing Powder