DIY Traveler’s Notebook Leather Cover with the Foil Quill

Hello We R fans! It’s Aly here to share a fun and easy DIY Traveler’s Notebook Cover with the amazing new Foil Quill pen and my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine. This summer our family is taking a long trip back east to visit some places where some of our ancestors lived to learn more about them. I’m so excited about this trip and I know it’s going to be so memorable, so I created this traveler’s notebook to record photos, stories and experiences along the way.

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I love that the cover closure includes a pen so I’ll always be ready to write down thoughts or details during our trip. Take a look inside of the cover. The notebook insert is one of the Amy Tangerine Journal Studio inserts, which helped make this project come together quickly and easily.

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The beautiful foil details on the leather cover make this traverler’s notebook really special. It’s the perfect place to record our special family vacation!

DIY Traveler's Notebook Leather Cover by Aly Dosdall featuring the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill

This leather cover is easy to make. Let me show you how I did it with my Silhouette Cameo!

I started with an 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of Turquoise real leather I bought at my local Joann Store. Since I didn’t have an SVG file to cut the closure in my leather, I created a template with an 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet of cardstock and traced it onto the leather. Then I cut out the parts of the closure with my craft knife. If you’re an experienced Cameo user, you could create your own cutting file. The opening for the closure is 1 inch squared, and the top of the slits on the opposite side are 1 inch apart so they fit perfectly inside to 1 inch square.

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Next I added foil accents to my leather cover with the Foil Quill. The back side of real leather will leave fibers and debris on your cutting mat, so I recommend covering the back of your leather piece with a sheet of double sided adhesive. (You can also cover it with masking tape and use a spray adhesive on your mat.) Once I covered the back of the leather, I pealed off the backing and carefully placed it on my mat.

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I used my large bone folder as a brayer to smooth out any bubbles or lumps in the leather to ensure as smooth a foil transfer as possible.

We R Memory Keepers Large Bone Folder

The original Cameo is not made to handle thick materials like the newer models are, so you need to place your leather on the cutting mat so that the edges don’t go under the white rollers at each end of the roller bar. I placed my leather vertically in the center of my mat and that worked great.

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For this project I used the gorgeous rose gold foil. It comes in a 12×96 inch roll and 4×6 sheets. I like to use foil that contrasts nicely with the material I’m using so the foil stands out. I used artwork from the Paige Evans and Heidi Swapp Design Drives.

**It’s important to mention that practicing on scrap paper ahead of time to insure proper placement of foil on your material and your material on your mat will save you some frustration.**

Here are the settings I used on my Sihouette Cameo for foiling with the Rose Gold foil on real leather:

Foil Quill Pen Size: Standard
Action: Sketch
Material: Leatherette (modified)
Speed: 1
Force: 25

I let my Foil Quill pen heat up for 10 mintues to ensure it was plenty hot. Then I loaded up my mat, hit “send” and watched the magic happen! It turned out amazing!

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Clean up was easy after foiling. All I had to do is pull up my leather with the double sided adhesive sheet, and then pull that off the leather and toss it in the trash. No mess on my mat!

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Next I created the binding for my notebook insert. I used the Book Binding Guide to punch holes in the cover spine. Remove the top of the guide by unscrewing the knobs. Line up the top edge of your leather cover against the top of the guide, placing the center of the spine in the groove on the bottom of the guide. Punch the top two circled holes along the center column with the punch tool.

We R Memory Keepers Book Binding Guide

Then punch the last two circled holes at the bottom of the spine.

We R Memory Keepers Book Binding Guide

Thread some elastic cording from the inside of the cover to the outside through the top hole, then thread the elastic back into the inside of the cover through the second hole at the top. Thread the cording through the bottom hole and then back into the inside of the cover through the hole just above the bottom hole. Tie both ends in a knot at the bottom of your cover and trim the excess. Here’s what your finished binding will look like. You’ll slip your notebook insert under the longer of the two elastics inside the cover so that it rests in the middle page of your notebook.

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DIY Leather Traveler's Notebook Cover by Aly Dosdall featuring the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill

To close the cover, simply pull the left flap over the notebook first, then the right one overlaps the left. Then pull the loop through the opening on the front, and insert your favorite pen!

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If you’d like more room for notebook inserts, just use a longer piece of leather for the cover and add more elastic binding.

DIY Leather Traveler's Notebook Cover by Aly Dosdall featuring the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill

Thanks for stopping by! If you’ve got Foil Quill projects please share them on Facebook or Instagram and be sure to tag us! Happy foiling friends!

Supplies:

Foil Quill Standard Tip
Rose Gold 12 Inch Foil Roll
Paige Evans Design Drive
Heidi Swapp Design Drive
Amy Tangerine Journal Studio Notebook
Amy Tangerine Journal Pens
Large Bone Folder
Book Binding Guide

 

Foil Quill Baby Album

I was totally excited when I first tried Foil Quill and was surprised at how easy it was to use. My Silhouette Cameo is 5 years old and it worked great.

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Foil Quill Acetate Baby Album by Steffi Ried for We R Memory KeepersI’ll show you how I created a Baby mini album with a transparent cover.  This is a nice gift idea for the birth. The parents can fill it with photos. Below you will also find a short video.
Foil Quill Acetate Baby Album by Steffi Ried for We R Memory Keepers
Foil Quill Acetate Baby Album by Steffi Ried for We R Memory Keepers
I decorated the transparent book cover with the Foil Quill. First I tried different materials with the Foil Quill and then I decided on an acetate cover. My absolute favorite for mini albums.Foil Quill Acetate Baby Album by Steffi Ried for We R Memory KeepersFoil Quill Acetate Baby Album by Steffi Ried for We R Memory KeepersFoil Quill Acetate Baby Album by Steffi Ried for We R Memory KeepersFoil Quill Acetate Baby Album by Steffi Ried for We R Memory Keepers
I used the Bold Tip Pen for all motifs. I think that with the thicker lines the motifs are best shown on the foil and the wood.Foil Quill Acetate Baby Album by Steffi Ried for We R Memory KeepersThe mini album has the size 4 x 4 inches. First I cut the papers from Heidi Swapps new collection “Color Fresh” 4 x 12 inch and then folded them two times. After that I folded it to a leporello, so that you can look at it from both sides.Foil Quill Acetate Baby Album by Steffi Ried for We R Memory KeepersOn the computer I created the motifs and the title for the book cover.  For this I used motifs and the title from Foil Quill USB Art – Icons and Words.  There are many beautiful motifs for babies and children.

You have to make sure that it fits exactly to the dimensions of the book cover. As you can see, I also wrote the name of the baby on the spine of the book. These I have from Foil Quill USB Art – Amy Tangerine. I think it’s great. You can even personalize your project or write your own words.Foil Quill Acetate Baby Album by Steffi Ried for We R Memory KeepersFirst I created the cover and the spine with the pink foil sheet (from the package “Flamingo”). Therefore I removed the motif from the backside of the book. After the motives were written with the Foil Quill, I inserted the rainbows in the program again (->over edit – undo).  Afterwards with the foil sheet rose gold (from the package “Shining Starling”) the back of the book cover with the foil Quill provided.

 

 

Finally folded and finished was the transparent book cover!Foil Quill Acetate Baby Album by Steffi Ried for We R Memory KeepersFoil Quill Acetate Baby Album by Steffi Ried for We R Memory Keepers

Foil Quill Acetate Baby Album by Steffi Ried for We R Memory KeepersOn the inside of the album there is also a vellum bag decorated with Foil Quill. I also made small tags of thin wood with Foil Quill. This also worked great.
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Foil Quill Acetate Baby Album by Steffi Ried for We R Memory Keepers
Have fun watching the creation of the mini album:

In addition to the mini album I created a small transparent pocket. Because I wanted to have the motif in the middle of the bag, I first created a template from Cardstock. For this I used the Pocket Maker Punchboard.Foil Quill Acetate Baby Album by Steffi Ried for We R Memory KeepersI cut the acetate into the desired size and placed it on the pattern. Now use a dry erase marker to sketch the area for the motif. Then place the foil precisely on the foil. Using the inches on the mat you can place your foil exactlyFoil Quill Acetate Baby Album by Steffi Ried for We R Memory KeepersAfter the motif has been created on the foil, remove the sketched lines with a cloth. Cut the foil with the Pocket Maker Punchboard and fold it – the sweet, transparent pocket is ready!Foil Quill Acetate Baby Album by Steffi Ried for We R Memory KeepersI also have a short video for you:

IMG_0649I hope you enjoyed my contribution. There are so many possibilities with the Foil Quill. I am very enthusiastic and will use it often. It was a lot of fun. See you next time!

Yours,
Steffi

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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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

 

 

Beach Themed Mini Album

Hello everyone!  It’s Eva on the blog today sharing an easy Summer Mini Album made with some of my favorite We R tools.

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This mini album is small but you can fit many pictures because it has pockets on all the pages. I used the “My Bright Life” collection from Pebbles Inc that it is perfect for everyday pages and mini albums.

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To make the spine of your mini album use your Trim and Score Board to score a 4 inch tool paper every ½ inch, ½ inch and 1/8 of an inch. Repeat these 3 scoring guides for every page of the album .

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Place glue on the ½ inch strips and attach all of them.  You will attach your pages to these ½ inch papers.

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To create your pocket pages trim your papers at 8 3/8 inch and score at 4 and 8 inch.

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Glue your pages to your spine leaving the right side open.

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Inside every pocket page your can include a journaling spot or a picture. To hold them a nice idea is to place tabs. I made mine with the Tab Punch Board and I bent the paper first to have a double tab.

Tab Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Tab Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Create the covers the same way you made your inside pages but make them a bit wider to cover all the inside tabs.

If your want to include a ribbon to close your album attach it inside the cover pages!

Beach Themed Mini Album by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

 

I tried my best to embellish tone on tone on all the pages using the My Bright Life die cuts and stickers.

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Inside the pocket pages I placed journaling spots. To create the lines and make sure my ruler wouldn’t move I used my magnetic mat and ruler, I love the versatility of this tool! Use it to make straight lines, to cut with your craft knife of to trim the pages of your mini book!

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Have you made a Pocket Mini Album before? Mine is the perfect size and I love that I can include as many photos as I want! All I need is to make the spine a bit larger!

Beach Themed Mini Album by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for joining me and have a great day!

Eva

 

Supplies:

Magnetic mat And Ruler
Trim And Score Board
Detail Scissors
Tab Punch Board
My Bright Life collection by Pebbles Inc

Tab Punch Board Mini Album

Hey there We R Memory Keepers friends and fans, Becki here, to share a mini album that I created with the Tab Punch Board and a few other We R Memory Keepers tools. I LOVE making mini albums, especially mini albums from scratch. There are a few tools that are a must have for creating mini albums. I have to have the trim and score board, the planner punch board, the Stitch Happy sewing machine, and the tab punch board. Who doesn’t love cute tabs in their mini albums?

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This is a smaller mini album with only 5 pages (including the covers). The album is titled “currently…” it’s an album showcasing each person in our family and their current interests. I created one page for each of our kids and then my husband and I share the last page. I started by cutting all of the pages from patterned paper to 6 inches wide and seven inches tall. When I had all the pages of the album cut I punched holes in each page. The planner punch board is awesome for punching holes into pages for mini albums because I can adjust the punch board and punch all of the pages and they’ll all be exactly the same.

Planner Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Because I wanted the tabs on the pages to be double sided and have a different pattern than the actual pages, I cut a two-inch strip of patterned paper and folded it in half before using the tab punch board. This punch board is so versatile. I love that I can create small, medium, or large tabs with the same tool! After I made the tabs, I stitched them on the edge of the pages. By stitching them in place, you’re guaranteed that the tabs will stay in place!

Tab Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

After the tabs were stitched in place, I typed each family members name with my typecast typewriter on white cardstock. Then, I cut the names into small strips and adhered them to the corresponding tabs.

Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Here’s what the inside of the album looks like. I love the tabs, the stitching, and of course, the typed journaling.

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Do you create mini albums? If you do, what are your must have tools to create the perfect album? I’d love to hear about your creative process? Do we share the love for the same tools?

Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Thank you for stopping by the We R Memory Keepers Blog. I’ll see you again soon!

 

Supplies:

Spring Scissors

Hole Reinforcer Punch

Stitch Happy Sewing Machine

Tab Punch Board

Typecast Typewriter

Planner Punch Board

 

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.

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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.

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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

Throwback Thursday: Typecast Gratitude Journal

Pre-bound notebooks are a great way to journal thoughts, emotions, moments, and memories of all kinds. The Typecast Mint Paper Collection includes some bound notebooks with darling pockets and inserts, perfect for recording your life. Last fall, designer Aly Dosdall shared a gratitude journal she made with the Typecast notebook, tags, mini cards, and paper pad, along with her Typecast Typewriter. Check out her post below!

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I love these Typecast Pocket Notebooks–they’re perfect for art journals, memory keeping, mini albums, and smash-style journals.

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I added my Instax mini photos and some papers, journaling cards, tags, and labels from the Typecast Mint paper collection.

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I kept the dimension on my pages to a minimum so that my journal will close and not be too bulky.

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I stamped the date for each day with a Heidi Swapp roller stamp, and I typed my journaling on the Typecast cards and papers.

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Some of the notebook pages have pockets with inserts where I journaled about the one thing I chose to be grateful for each day.

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I used some washi tape from the Scotty Dog dispenser, and some shaped paper clips from the Oh Goodie collection.

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I also included a few rub-ons from the new Photo Lights collection. I’m usually not a fan of rub-ons because they can be hard to work with, but these rub-ons went on so smoothly and easily.

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Each page design is a bit different, but includes similar elements to maintain some continuity throughout the album.

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It’s been awesome to focus on one thing I’m grateful for each day and write my feelings about it.

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Thanks for joining me today!

~Aly

Supplies:

Typecast Typewriter and Paper Collection
Oh Goodie Shaped Paper Clips
Animal Washi Tape Dispenser
Heidi Swapp Roller Date Stamp

 

Disney Dream Album

Hello everyone, Wendy here today with a fun file folder mini I put together for my little boy to hold his memories of Disney.  I knew this album would be experiencing a lot of wear and tear, so I used the sturdy Designer Poster Board to make the base of the album in the perfect “Mouse” colors. It was easy to put this album together using the Template Studio Starter Kit and File Folder Template.

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I began by making 3 file folders, since I decided I wanted them to cascade I chose to cut off an additional ¼ and ½ inch before making the edges to allow each edge to be seen.  My thought was each little folder could hold different park pictures.  To create the outer folder, I actually created the same size, but when I scored the folding line I chose to make two score lines to form a larger seam for my book.

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I chose some of the Clearly Posh embellishments to dress up my cover and I punched a G for my son’s name using the Alphabet punch board.

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I used some of the 4×6 and 3×4 cards from the Crush collection to decorate each section of the folders and to add a place my son can write down his thoughts (or mommy can).

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I wanted to add in places to put some pictures which I was able to do using my Fuse and the 4×6 waterfall sleeves.  I chose to fuse 2 or 3 sleeves in each folder depending on the size of the folder.  I punched holes in my photo sleeves using my Cinch.

Tip:  Make sure you use a template that you have created for the hole placement when punching holes in different size pieces.  My 4×6 sleeves were smaller than my folder, but I was able to line up my sleeves with my template and punch holes in the exact locations needed.

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Different pieces of ephemera either stapled, glued, or clipped down added the perfect touches to decorate this album.

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And finally I added in a Goodie Bag to allow all those extra pictures my son picked to be stored for his enjoyment.

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My son is thrilled with his little album, which only took a few short hours to assemble.  The designer poster board and template studio made a wonderful fun album which is sturdy enough for little hands!

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Supply List:

Crush Paper
Crush Ephemera
Cinch
Fuse
4×6 waterfall sleeves
Alphabet Punch Board
Template Studio Starter Kit
File Folder Guide
Designer Poster Board (black, red, yellow)
Clearly Posh Foil Bows
Clearly Posh Ephemera

Tag Punch Mini Album

Hello, We R Memory Keepers friends! Tessa Buys here today to share an out-of-the-box idea for using the Tag Punch. The Tag Punch is perfect for making custom gift tags, but it’s also great for other projects. Check out this very mini album made of tag punch pages, photos and the Honey I’m Home collection:

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I started by printing several small photos and making a handful of tags with the Tag Punch.

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Next, I trimmed most of my photos to the same dimensions as the tags (2 inches wide, 3 inches long) and adhered the photos to the back of the tags. I added more pages with a couple of shipping tags and by adhering some of my photos back to back. I made more space for journaling by making two one inch tags with the tag punch and backing those tags with white cardstock.

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I used wood veneer pieces, stickers and puffy stickers to embellish the pages. My trusty Crop-a-dile came in handy when I had to punch a hole through a wood veneer frame for the binder ring.

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I love how the tag punch was incredibly easy to use. From the built-in score line to the guides for lining up your paper, this punch makes creating tags a breeze. And the fold-over tops of the tags make for durable mini album pages, which is very important when you have little ones taking a look! You’ll love making tags and more with this clever gadget!

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Supplies Used:

DIY Party Paper Punch: Tag
Crop-A-Dile
Honey I’m Home Collection

Mother’s Day Mini Album

An early Happy Mother’s Day, moms and grandmas!  I have a sweet little tribute album and journal using the “Flower Girl” Collection and several tools from WeR Memory Keepers to share with you today.

Shellye McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers--Mothers Day Mini Album

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For the pages of the album I decided to use a couple of sizes of the envelope shape, so I grabbed the 1-2-3 Punch Board and a few of the patterned papers from the collection.

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For the front and back covers, I selected the 7X7 card size and proceeded to cut, score and assemble per the instructions on the punch board.  Note:  I left the TOP flap unscored on all of the pages.

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For the four inner pages, I selected the 6X6 card size.

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Next, I used the Cinch Book Binding Tool and activated the 3, 6 and 9 levers (this will allow punches at these areas only).  All of the inner pages were punched at this setting.

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Standard eyelets were placed in all of the punched holes and set with the Crop-A-Dile.

Moving on to the front/back covers, I went back and activated the levers 1-12 and punched the sides of the two envelopes.  The Gold 0.75” Cinch Wire was used to bind the front and back pages together.  I will show later on how I added the inner pages to the Cinch binding!

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Three one inch rings from my stash were used to clip the inner pages onto the coil binding of the front and back pages.  When the album is lying flat, it flips easily for viewing!

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To the pockets of the inner pages, I cut patterned paper to 5.5”W X 8.5”H for the two larger pockets and 4.5”W X 7.75”H for the four smaller pockets.  These are nice places to add journaling, extra photos or clip on different ephemera and keepsakes.  The pockets are also roomy enough to add extra tags or clippings to.

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From the “Flower Girl” Card & Frame Kit, I selected various acetate frames and attached them to the tops of the inner pocket inserts.  Again, I used the green eyelets and Crop-A-Dile for attaching.  Different veneer pieces, puffy stickers and die-cuts were added for decoration.

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Patterned papers were also cut to mat size and placed on the backs of the envelope pages.  These pages can accommodate a large 4X6 photo or a few smaller photos.

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I used some different American Crafts Thickers from my stash to add extra-large words, as well as texture to the front page and the little banner flags above.

You may also think of using this style/shape mini album to design a house or home theme!  With all of the pockets, it’s great for storing receipts, bills-to-pay, etc.  By using the Cinch system, you can create well-made and professional looking mini albums and organizers.  Mom would love to receive any type of these handmade gifts!

Products:

Flower Girl Collection-

662863 Sweets  Paper; 662864 Summer Night Paper; 662866 Petals Paper; 662867 Foliage Paper; 662868 Garden Path Paper; 662869 Flutter Paper; 662870 Rose Bud Paper; 662871 Terrace Paper; 662872 Finch Paper; 662873 Bouquet Paper; 662874 Bloom Paper; 662877 Puffy Stickers; 662878 Wood Veneers; 662881 Sticker Sheet; 662879 Ephemera ; 662880 Card & Frame Kit

Tools:

1-2-3 Punch Board
Cinch Book Binding Tool
Green Standard eyelets
Gold 0.75” Cinch Wire
Crop-A-Dile