Happy Jig Card

Hey there We’R fans, Nancy here with a closer look at the Happy Jig. It’s a way to re-wire how we thinking about crafting. The Happy Jig lets you create custom words and shapes in a rainbow of colors. Now let’s take a look at how to create a simple embellished card.

Happy Jig Card by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

Start by using the Happy Jig guide book to place small, medium and large pegs in the grid for the design you have chosen. Here, I chose the coffee cup and the rose gold wire to create this warm treat. The directions are easy to follow and this cup took me just minutes to create. You can also find additional design guides on the We R Memory Keepers Instagram account. I will be using graph paper to create some of the own custom shapes in the future!

We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig

One of the best things I love about the Happy Jig is that includes storage right in the tool base itself. A place for the included wirecutters and pegs is convenient and neat – that’s my kind of organization. I like how easy it is the keep all of those little pegs handy.

We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig

To adhere the lightweight wire shape, use embroidery floss and a few stitches to sew it to the background. Next, use watercolors to add color to the center of the coffee cup shape. Stamp the sentiment and adhere a border of patterned paper to the edge of the card.

Happy Jig Card by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

The Happy Jig is such a fun and innovative way to make custom wire shapes. I love how flexible and easy the wire is to work with. The fun colors are an added bonus! The Happy Jig is compact and contains storage for all components. It packs a wide variety of design possibilities and shapes!

 

SUPPLIES: Happy Jig, Happy Jig Wire Bundle

 

Spring Scrapbook Page

Hi there WeR fans, Nancy here today with a look at the Die Cuts with a View Wild Flourish paper pad. This one is full of brightly colored designs perfect for all of your Spring and Easter layouts. Let’s take a look at a design that is packed with pattern and color.

Spring Scrapbook Page by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

This layout mixes four different patterns from the Wild Flourish pad. My favorite is the pink floral with a light dusting of gold foil dots.

Spring Scrapbook Page by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

Many of the patterns in the pad have gold foil detailing that gives them so sparkle and design interest. There’s also a sheet of 3×4 designs that are perfect for pocket scrapbooking. To add emphasis to my photo, I used the Banner Punch Board to cut a banner shape into the pink floral paper.

Banner Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Spring Scrapbook Page by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

When layering patterns, be sure to choose an equal amount of large scale and small scale patterns. For example, the large pink flower pattern is complemented by the smaller light pink all-over pattern. That contrast lets each of the patterns shine without overpowering.

Spring Scrapbook Page by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

Be sure to check out the DCWV Wild Flourish pad this season at JoAnn Stores for all of your Spring scrapbooking. It’s chock full of heavy-weight double sided patterned paper in beautiful colors and designs!

Make a Card with the Tag Punch Board

Hey there We R fans, Nancy here to day with a look at the new Tag Punch Board. I always have a hard time getting the slopes on my tags to match, so this tool really comes in handy! Today I’m going to make a bed of layered cards for a card base.

Tag Punch Board Card by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

To create the tags, I chose gold, salmon and white cardstock in three different widths. Using the Tag Punch Board is as easy as lining the top of the tag and using the blade just like a regular trimmer.

Tag Punch Board Card by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

Flip the tag over, repeat the trim and you have a perfectly even tag every single time. It even includes a small hole punch tool for the top of the tags. I made about a dozen tags in a few minutes.

Tag Punch Board Card by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

The background of the card is a very pale yellow ombre pattern. Then the three tags were layered with foam tape in a cascade. This creates a nice backdrop full of texture and color. Next a variety of flower, border and sentiment die cuts were used to finish off the card.

Tag Punch Board Card by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

The Tag Punch Board makes for quick, simple and perfectly beautiful tags every time!

Supplies:

Tag Punch Board

Create Your Own Pattern with the 3 Way Corner Punch

Hey there We’R fans, Nancy here with a closer look at the 3-Way Corner Punch and all the ways it can be used to create custom embellishments. At first glance a simple corner punch seems great for one thing – rounding corners! Let’s put it to use creating a background of beautiful pattern.

3 Way Corner Punch Scrapbook Page by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

Start by cutting 1-½” squares in a variety of colors. Next, use the 3-Way Corner Punch to snip two opposite corners of each square with the 10mm slot. This very simple technique creates a beautiful shape that is tapered at two corners and perfect for creating a background.

3 Way Corner Punch Scrapbook Page by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

Start at the bottom of the layout and create a pattern that runs diagonally across the page. Start with a darker color and then use one shade at time until you fill up most of the space. Snip the ends when the pattern runs off the edge of the page.

3 Way Corner Punch Scrapbook Page by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

Here is a close up of the photo. While the background is very colorful, the photo and all of the layers under it are black and white. This creates a beautiful contrast between the photo and background.

3 Way Corner Punch Scrapbook Page by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

The interlocking pattern is very easy to create. Choosing a complementary palette of colors is key. This was created with a patterned paper that had bold strips of solid colors running across it. The patterned paper did all the work of combining perfect colors!

3 Way Corner Punch Scrapbook Page by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

Take another look at the We’R Memory Keepers 3-Way Corner punch, it’s much more than a simple corner rounder. It packs a wide variety of design possibilities and shapes!

 

SUPPLIES: 3-Way Corner Punch

 

 

Add Extra Journaling to Your Scrapbook Page

Hey there We’R fans, Nancy here with a look at the 1-2-3 Punchboard in action! Let’s put it to use creating a page full of pockets with a dramatic design twist.

Story Pocket Scrapbook Page by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers featuring the 123 Punch Board

To create this layout, use the Punchboard to create 15 small envelopes in different patterns and colors. You can create these in minutes using the Punchboard and the handy measurement guide found inside.

123 Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

What you end up with is a beautiful little pile of envelope goodness. We’re going to use these to make the background of our layout, but I can see these hole-punched in one corner and gathered to create a beautiful mini-album. That just may be my next project!

DIY Envelopes made with the 123 Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

The envelopes were glued to a plain sheet of cardstock to create a beautiful and functional background for this favorite photo. The texture and patterns of the envelopes makes a perfect spot for framing out the picture. A simple title and journaling completes the page.

Story Pocket Scrapbook Page by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers featuring the 123 Punch Board

The pockets are not just decorative – they hold stories about my grandmother and her life. The pockets with stories are highlighted with tiny enamel hearts so I can remember where they are!

Story Pocket Scrapbook Page by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers featuring the 123 Punch Board

Pull out the 1-2-3 Punchboard and create a pocketful of memories on your next layout!

Story Pocket Scrapbook Page by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers featuring the 123 Punch Board

Supplies:

123 Punch Board

Scrapbook Page with the Square Punch Board

Nancy here today with a closer look at the Square Punch Board. This nifty little tool can create squares from 4” down to .75”. It is a quick and easy way to create dozens of squares (and rectangles too!) for all of your craft projects.

Square Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

The grid is a design aesthetic I find myself drawn to over and over again. I love clean lines and repetition of shape. What better way to do that than using the Square Punch Board and some cardstock for a splash of color.

Scrapbook Page with the Square Punch Board by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

Now let’s take a look at how to create these ombre squares. Use the Square punch board to create a base measuring 3×3 with the darkest colored cardstock. Punch subsequent squares deducting ½” using colored cardstock in lighter and lighter shades. Stack the squares together in one corner and adhere.

Scrapbook Page with the Square Punch Board by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

Next, use the leftover cardstock and Sprinkle Punch to create some fun confetti!

Sprinkle Punch by We R Memory Keepers

The Square Punch Board is perfect for not only creating ombre squares but also for creating a confetti pocket. This one is placed right in the center of the layout while the leftover confetti is sprinkled on top.

Scrapbook Page with the Square Punch Board by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

Here is a closer look the ombre squares. The cascading shape and shades make for an interesting and easy embellishment to create!

Scrapbook Page with the Square Punch Board by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks so the Square Punch Board, creating a grid design is a simple and beautiful thing!

Scrapbook Page with the Square Punch Board by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

Square Punch Board 
Sprinkle Punch
Little By Little Die Cuts
Finders Keepers Today Thickers

 

Say Hello to Nancy Damiano!

Please welcome Nancy Damiano to our design team! Read more about her below and be sure to visit her blog and social media accounts.

I’m Nancy Damiano, married mom to one boy named Nico and favorite Aunt to a little troop of nieces and nephews. They are a huge part of our lives and scrapbooks. I love a good story (listening to one, telling one, or reading one), traveling and anything aqua. I’ve been working with color and creating handmade things most of my life.  I believe in living a creative life and ‘making’ is a huge part of who I am.

 

Blog:  www.thepaperorchard.blogspot.com
Twitter: @DamianoNancy
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Currently…

Snacking on:  ideally, grapes; realistically, Peanut M&Ms
Always wearing: my favorite blush cardigan
Obsessed with: beauty boxes, This is Us and yoga
Listening to: Ed Sheerhan
Making: cards, layouts and candles
Annoyed with: how early the sun sets in winter
Excited about: upcoming family ski trip


Favorite We R tool:
 Fuse

Favorite project: Layout with alphabet pockets made with the Photo Sleeve Fuse.