Beach Project Roundup

Hello We R fans, and Happy Friday! It’s been hot, hot, hot here in Utah, and the triple digit temps have got us daydreaming about the beach!

We R Memory Keepers Beach Project Collage

So, we’re getting the weekend started off with a fun roundup of beach themed projects to share with you. From cards, to mini albums, to decor and more, we’ve got you covered when it comes to sun & sand creativity!

Sun & Sand Shaker Card

Add some texture and a fun interactive element to your beach themed card with a sand shaker pocket made using the Photo Sleeve Fuse. CLICK HERE for full instructions on our blog.

Sun & Sand Shaker Card featuring the Photo Sleeve Fuse

Beach Themed Layout

Create the illusion of waves on your beach themed layout using the Evolution Advanced and Wave Next Level Embossing Folders. You can find more photos and details about this pretty scrapbook page HERE on our blog.

Beach Themed Layout by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Beach Ball Garland

If you’re hosting a luau or beach themed party, create the perfect decor with the DIY Party Globe Punch and Light Strand collection! You can find a step-by-step tutorial on our blog HERE.

Beach Ball Garland by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Summer Wave Shaker Card

The Photo Sleeve Fuse strikes again! Create the perfect crafty waves for your paper craft project with the Fuse tool, FUSEables papers and some ocean colored sequins. CLICK HERE for instructions for this fun project.

Summer Waves Shaker Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Beach Vacation Mini Album

Preserve those precious memories from your trip to the beach with a DIY mini album made with the Cinch binding tool and the Mini Alphabet Punch Board. To see the inside of this darling album, CLICK HERE.

Beach Mini Album by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for joining us today for our beach project roundup! We hope you’ve found some inspiration for your summer crafting. Have a great weekend!

Patriotic Pinwheel Cake Topper

Hello We R friends, and Happy Monday! It’s Aly here, and this week on the blog we’re featuring patriotic projects from our design team to inspire your 4th of July crafting. If you’ve got a barbeque, party or other patriotic event, then be sure to check back each day this week for some fabulous ideas!

Today I’m sharing a festive cake topper idea for an Independence Day party. To make this cake topper, I pulled out an oldie but goodie, the Pinwheel Punch Board.

Patriotic Pinwheel Cake Topper by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
For extra dimension, I made the pinwheels out of Bazzill Basics Plastic Embossing Sheets and embossed them with some Next Level Embossing Folders, and the Evolution Advanced.

Patriotic Pinwheel Cake Topper by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I used the Pinwheel Attachments so that the pinwheels can actually spin, adding a fun interactive element to the cake topper.

Patriotic Pinwheel Cake Topper by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

To make this Patriotic Pinwheel Cake Topper, I started by gathering my supplies.

I trimmed two red and two blue 3×3 squares, two red and two blue 4×4 squares, and one red and one blue 5×5 square. I punched each corner as explained in the instructions, and then cut all the red squares using the Pinwheel A track.

Then I punched the corners of each blue square, and cut them using the Pinwheel B track.

Then I embossed each pinwheel using some Next Level Embossing Folders and my Evolution Advanced.

I layered the red squares on top of the blue squares, interlocking the pinwheel arms, and then followed the instructions to assemble the attachment pieces. Once assembled, I added an Enamel Dot to the attachment cap for a finished look and placed a paper straw into the attachment base.

I trimmed off the ends of the paper straws at different lengths for a layered look, and inserted them into the center of the cake.

Patriotic Pinwheel Cake Topper by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Patriotic Pinwheel Cake Topper by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I hope this fun cake topper inspires you. Thanks for joining me today, and be sure to come back tomorrow for some more red, white, and blue project ideas!


Pinwheel Punch Board
Pinwheel Attachments
Enamel Dots–Warm
Evolution Advanced
Next Level Embossing Folders–Dotted, Wave
Bazzill Basics Plastic Embossing Sheets



Dry Embossing on a Scrapbook Layout

Hello, We R readers, Laura here with a simple scrapbook layout for you today. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I save all my paper scraps. I have gotten better about not saving the teeny tiny pieces, but anything over two inches is fair game. I love to be able to use up those scraps on projects. Plain cardstock scraps are not always the first thing to come to mind for a scrapbook layout, but after today, maybe they will be!

Embossed Scrapbook Layout by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I started by cutting three inch squares from solid colored textured cardstock using my paper trimmer. I cut one of each – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Using rainbow colors instantly pulls together any layout.


After I cut out each of the squares, I ran them through the Evolution Advanced using a different Next Level embossing folder for each one. Embossing is such an easy way to “dress up” solid cardstock on a layout.


I used smaller scraps to cut out little flower shapes using one of the small dies that came with the Evolution Advanced. Using the magnetic mat ensures that your pieces won’t slide around while you are cutting them out.


I hadn’t had a chance to try out the new Laser Square yet, and this was the perfect project for it. I wanted to make a grid with the squares on one side of the paper. The laser lines helped me to line everything up perfectly.


I added one of my favorite pictures of my husband and me at the lake from over the summer. I used a black and white picture since the layout was already so colorful. The background paper is a pearl white cardstock. The pearl sheen helps to brighten up the layout.

I used the little die cuts above and below my photo. I added a little gem to each one to make them look more like little flowers.

Embossed Scrapbook Layout by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Lastly, I added a “you make me smile” sticker and some gold Thickers to spell out “Oh! Happy Day”.

Embossed Scrapbook Layout by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Using the supplies you have on hand, but figuring out a way to fancy them up a bit, is a win win in my book. And I adore anything with a rainbow pattern. This page will be a great, bright, happy memory of the fun we had over the summer.

Embossed Scrapbook Layout by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Embossed Scrapbook Layout by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers


Textured Cardstock
Evolution Advanced
Next Level Embossing Folders
Crush Accent Stickers
Crush Thickers
Gilded Thickers
Laser Square, optional

Evolution Advanced Card Set

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with two cards today showcasing the fantastic Evolution Die Cutting and Embossing Machine. The Evolution is a powerful die cutting machine that can tackle many mediums, but it also easily embosses with the turn of a crank. It is easy to use, which makes your creativity flow faster!

Embossed Handmade Cards by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To start my cards, I chose two products that I wanted to use, the Gems Dies and the Geometric Embossing Folder. I knew they would add amazing detail and texture to my cards.

Embossed Handmade Cards by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I began by embossing Rose Quartz cardstock. The pink paper was placed inside the Geometric Embossing Folder. Then it was placed on the Platform Plate and topped with the Genius Mat.



On the side of the Evolution is a knob that adjusts the rollers inside the machine. Following the illustrations around the knob, I turned to the embossing portion. A simple crank of the handle and the embossing was done.


The depth of this Next Level Embossing Folder is so fantastic!

Embossed Handmade Cards by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I love the texture it adds to the card.

Embossed Handmade Cards by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

It is remarkable what a hint of depth does to make a card go from ok, to wow!

Embossed Handmade Cards by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Pink Paislee’s Moonstruck collection bits and pieces were added to the card.

Embossed Handmade Cards by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

With the faceted look of the embossing folder, adding the Gem Dies images was perfect! Using metallic gold paper, I die cut each of the images.


With the Evolution, going from embossing to die cutting is a breeze. I placed my die on the Platform Plate, cutting edge up. Topped it with gold paper, face down. Covered that with the Genius platform. All that needed to be changed for die cutting was the settings on the side of the machine. I quickly turned the knob to die cutting and passed it all through the machine with a crank of the handle.

Embossed Handmade Cards by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The details are perfect and the metallic gold paper adds so much shine! All the papers and pieces from the Moonstruck collection finished off these dreamy and romantic cards beautifully!

Embossed Handmade Cards by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

What is your favorite way to use your Evolution?



We R Memory Keepers

Pink Paislee Moonstruck


Embellish Your Planner with the Evolution Advanced

Hello, We R friends! Tessa Buys here, and today I’m sharing my March set-up in my Heidi Swapp Memory Planner:

Planner Spread featuring the Evolution Advanced by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

While there are a lot of planner accessories out there, I love making my own. We R Memory Keepers tools make that happen! This time I pulled out my Evolution Advanced machine, a favorite die and one of my go-to embossing folders. First, I created a translucent divider page by embossing a 6×8 sheet of vellum:


Because the embossing folder is only 6×6 inches, I had to adjust the position of my vellum and run it through a second time. However, it was really easy to match up the design and you can’t even tell that it wasn’t embossed in one pass.

Planner Spread featuring the Evolution Advanced by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Next, I created a planner clip with the bow die. The die is intended to be used with paper, so this faux leather is a little more than it can handle. However, by running it through the Evolution Advanced, the die made a slight cut/impression on the pleather that I was able to use as a guide for my scissors. If you don’t want to run your die through with a thicker material, you could also cut a paper “template” and use it as a pattern on your pleather.

Planner Spread featuring the Evolution Advanced by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Planner Spread featuring the Evolution Advanced by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers


I love it when I can personalize my planner with such a helpful, easy to use tool. And speaking of handy planner tools, did you notice that I used the Typecast typewriter to date my pages and add a little message on my vellum divider? I love using my typewriter in my planner. So easy and such a great look!

Planner Spread featuring the Evolution Advanced by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

If you’re a planner girl, don’t forget about your Evolution Advanced, dies and embossing folders. Your planner will love the extra special touches you can add. Happy creating!

Planner Spread featuring the Evolution Advanced by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers


Supplies Used:

Evolution Advanced
Bow Die
Polka Dot Embossing Folder
Typecast Typewriter

Handmade Cards with the Evolution Advanced

Hello We R friends and Happy New Year!

It’s Chantalle with you today and I’m so happy to be able to share some more ideas with you in 2017. Being a part of the We R Memory Keepers team continues to be a dream come true! I’ve been playing with my clever Evolution Advanced machine and created some cards with a bit of a twist.

Evolution Advanced Card Set by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Embossing and die cutting has never been easier, thanks to the Evolution’s universal platform system. For this interactive birthday card, I have used a couple of metal die shapes – a Bow and a part of the new Gift Card Holder die set.


I’ve used a piece of the die set, which would normally create the bottom section of the gift card holder sleeve. The die was placed over some DIY Party Vellum, onto my Lifestyle Crafts Magnetic Mat. This mat is AWESOME. I love the fact that I can make use of exact placement (just look at how tight the spacing is on that piece of vellum!)


I folded the sleeve up and taped it shut on three sides, as per the fold guides. The sleeve has been embellished with some beautiful ‘Moonstruck’ Washi Stickers and Ephemera from Pink Paislee.


The sleeve lifts off to reveal a little battery operated birthday candle. Make a wish!

I’ve adhered the candle to a Moonstruck journalling card from the Ephemera pack. Underneath, I marked out where the switch for the candle sat and used my kraft knife to carefully cut out the area, enabling the receiver to switch the candle off when not in use.


My next card makes use of a bit of embossing. Did you know that you can use your Next Level Embossing Folders with more than just paper?


I remember using this technique in a class I taught once, which was super fun! I’ve cut down a sheet of thin metal into about business card size. I then placed this inside my Heart embossing folder and ran it through my Evolution. Doesn’t it look fabulous! One of the hearts has been given a splash of colour with an alcohol marker.

Note: This cute embossing folder comes in a twin pack with a dot pattern one as well.


To finish off my shining tag, I used my Crop-a-Dile to punch a hole near the top. I then used my Crop-A–Dile Scallop/Stub Corner Chomper tool to give the top corners a decorative edge. The tag was finished off with a bit of thin black ribbon and a coordinating tag, created with one of my favourite tools – the DIY Tag Punch. My tags were placed onto some black cardstock, over which I have adhered a 3×4 journalling element, cut from a sheet of  #1 Moonstruck 12×12 paper.


To echo the dark script print I’ve used on my card, I have used some black glitter texture paste through a script stencil.



The ends of my ribbon were also given a professional finish, thanks to my Ribbon Cutter. If you use a lot of ribbon on your projects you will love how easy it is to cut and seal your end pieces on giftwrap or bows etc.



My third card makes used of some die cutting as well. Instead of making a formal card, I’ve created a little gift envelope, which has been fashioned out of some Bazzill Printed Acetate and my Envelope Punch Board. (Another must have tool for your stash!!)


I love that one can grab a sneak peek of what’s inside the envelope. I’ve typed up a personalized birthday wish for a friend directly on to the journaling card, using my Typecast Typewriter.


Below the note is another journaling card, which I have cut to a specific shape to hold a special treat, in the form of a gift card. Using the same Gift Card Holder die set from earlier, I went about die cutting, with only the bottom bit of the die set, which has the notch area to hold a card as shown below.


Pop a card into the notch and you’re all set to give a great gift! The top note and bottom card holder have been joined together with an eyelet, set by my Crop-A-Dile.


I hope these ideas will inspire you to try a different take on your next special card. Thank you for joining me today.


Til next time!







Evolution Advanced

Next Level Embossing Folder

Typecast Typewriter

Typecast Journaling cards (pink/gold & blue/rose gold)

Bazzill Printed Acetate

Ribbon Cutter

Envelope Punch Board

Gift Card Holder Die Set

Bow metal die


Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper scallop/stub

DIY Party Vellum Pad

DIY Party Tag Punch


Pink Paislee Moonstruck:

06, 01, 10 12×12 papers



Word Jumble Stickers

Puffy Stickers

Washi Stickers

Fall Project Roundup

Fall is officially upon us friends, and we thought we would fill your Friday with some fabulous fall inspiration. We’ve collected six of the most popular past fall projects from our blog to get you in the mood for some crafting this weekend. So sit back, grab a warm cup of something, and get your Pinterest boards ready!


Owl Gift Bag

Let’s start things off with this popular owl gift bag project. This easy Gift Bag Punch Board project is perfect for fall gift giving. Grab a circle and oval cutter, and some Enamel Dots and you’re good to go! CLICK HERE for full instructions.


Easy Fall Favors

These little guys are perfect for a classroom favor, board meeting, block party, or just to say “thanks” to your mail carrier. They’re super easy to put together with the Evolution Advanced and besides, who doesn’t love some candy corn? CLICK HERE for full instructions.


Fall Luminaries

Give your porch a fall makeover with some inviting fall luminaries! Run some simple white or brown paper lunch sacks through the Evolution Advanced with a leaf shaped die. Fill in the shape with some printed vellum and add a flameless votive candle. So pretty! CLICK HERE for more photos and details.


Embossed Fall Card

Add some rich fall texture to your projects with the Evolution Advanced and the Next Level Embossing Folders. Your handmade cards will leave a good impression. (See what I did there?) CLICK HERE for instructions for this project.


Fall Mini Canvas

For quick and easy fall home decor, grab a mini canvas from your local craft store and layer, layer, layer with your favorite fall patterned paper, die cuts, burlap, and twine. Spray paint a mini easel to display it. We love these faux leather Thickers! CLICK HERE for more details on this project.


Owl Pillow Boxes

Owls are so adorable on fall projects, we thought they deserved another post! These darling owl pillow boxes are another very popular project from our blog. The Pillow Box Punch Board helps these cuties come together in no time. CLICK HERE for full instructions to make these for your next fall celebration.


Well, that’s all for now friends. We hope these projects have inspired you. Pull out your favorite We R tools and have a blast creating fall goodies this weekend!



Gift Bag Punch Board
Evolution Advanced
Next Level Embossing Folders
Pillow Box Punch Board

Patriotic Goodie Bags

Hello and welcome to the We R Memory Keepers’ blog! I am Eva Pizarro and today I want to show you how to make some cute Patriotic Treat Bags using the Goodie Bag Guide.

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The Oh Goodie Collection has all you need to make easy and cute treat bags, from glassine paper to embellishments and even seals! Plus The Goodie Bag Guide can be used with other types of paper. You can see a tutorial on how to use this tool on this We R YouTube video by Aly.

I used the A, B and D inserts and started with an 8 inch paper. For my first treat bag I decided I wanted to use some red paper from the Flower Girl collection. To make it even more fun I cut a star window on my paper, I used a shape from the Clearly Posh Ephemera as my guide

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The tool cuts patterned paper really easy, the possibilities are endless!  Next, I glued my treat bag with a strong adhesive like this glue gun from Bazzill. I also added a piece of Clearly Posh acetate to cover my star window.

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To embellish my treat bag I used a sticker from the Flower Girl collection, a star from the Ephemera Pack of the Clearly Posh Collection, a vintage clothespin, and of course my favorite–a chocolate chip cookie!

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I assembled everything and this is how it turned out!

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For the next treat bag I used the Oh Goodie paper, the stars pattern was perfect for my theme and I love that my treat bag is grease proof, so no food stains! To decorate I used a die cut  from the Flower Girl collection; a vintage clothespin, starburst tag , and star clip from the Oh Goodie Collection; and some baker’s twine.

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For my last treat bag I ran some cardstock through my Evolution Advanced using the Gemstone Next Level Embossing Folder to add some extra texture to the bag.

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And I also made 5  mini banners with my Banner Punch Board. I used them to create a star by attaching them on top of a starburst tag.

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I added a few more embellishments like a wood veneer from the Flower Girl collection and a vintage clothespin.

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Add your triangles to the tag using some foam dots and finally layer the wood veneer on top.

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My treat bags are ready and they are so cute! I think all my friends will want one now!

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Patriotic Treat Bags by Eva Pizarro 12

Do you make treat bags for your friends and family?

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Happy 4th of July!




Flower Girl 12 x 12 Patterned Paper
Flower Girl Accent Stickers
Flower Girl Wood Veneers
Flower Girl Ephemera Pack
Clearly Posh Ephemera
DIY Party Goodie Bag Guide
Oh Goodie Glassine Pattern Paper
Oh Goodie Vintage Clothespins
Oh Goodie Tags & String
Oh Goodie Decorative Paper Clips
Evolution Advanced
Next Level Embossing Folders–GemStone
Clearly Posh 12×12 Acetate Sheets
Baker’s Twine–Red
Banner Punch Board


Boxed Wedding Invitation

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a fun way to send a wedding invitation. Wedding invitations are the first impression guests will get of your upcoming wedding.  Creating a unique and memorable invitation is easy with a few tools and supplies from We R Memory Keepers.

boxed wedding invitation Kimberly Crawford

Before starting the invitation, I looked at my 1-2-3 Punch Board size chart to see what size envelopes I could possibly create. When I chose the 5” x 7.5” envelope, I was ready to begin making my invitation. I printed my information out onto specialty paper. On the back, I layered a piece of gold paper for an elegant touch.

boxed wedding invitation 8 Kimberly Crawford

Because this will be a destination wedding, at a beach, I thought using the Next Level Embossing Folder Wave would be a fantastic touch of texture. The embossing folder is not long enough to emboss the whole piece of cardstock, so I embossed one half and then the other. Where the two edges meet, the ridges will be covered up by the front and back panels of cardstock.

boxed wedding invitation 3 Kimberly Crawford

The envelope for this invitation is where the whole idea started. I knew I could create an envelope that would be like a box, with tall sides.  The 1-2-3 Punch Board makes it very easy to create. Using a sheet of Clearly Posh Acetate, I punched and scored the envelope according to the directions.

boxed wedding invitation 2 Kimberly Crawford

Once the sides were adhered together, I placed the invitation inside. Because the envelope is like a box, I have space to add fun touches like DIY Party Confetti, or even small shells.

boxed wedding invitation 4 Kimberly Crawford

To close the invitation, I used a gold foil sticker.  Topped with a small sea shell, the look is complete.

boxed wedding invitation 5 Kimberly Crawford

You can see the sides of the envelope and how it holds everything beautifully!

boxed wedding invitation 6 Kimberly Crawford

Tips for mass producing wedding invitations:

  • Gather your fiancé, friends, and family and make fun afternoon of creating!
  • Gather all the supplies you will need first, make sure you have enough paper, supplies, and adhesives. Be sure and have extras on hand for when mistakes happen.
  • Create each part of the invitation all at once. Print all the invitations. Cut all the papers. Score all the lines, etc. You can give each job to one person.

boxed wedding invitation 7 Kimberly Crawford



1-2-3 Punch Board

Next Level Embossing Folders: Wave

Clearly Posh Acetate Sheet: Confetti Dot with Gold Foil

DIY Party Confetti Metallic

Oh Goodie! Foil Stickers; Gold Starburst

Graduation Card

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a graduation card that has sparkle, shine, and details to help wish the special graduates in your life all the best! I especially love how using We R Memory Keepers dies, embossing folders, and papers can create a customized look that shows thoughtfulness.

bright future Kimberly Crawford

I began by embossing a piece of black cardstock with the Next Level Embossing Folder ABC, 123. The numbers were the perfect touch for a graduation card. The Next Level Embossing Folders add amazing depth and texture to the card.

bright future 5 Kimberly Crawford

Once that was embossed, I used the Light Bulb Garland die to cut out a lightbulb shape from the front panel. Small pieces of washi tape were used to hold the die in the exact place I wanted while passing the card stock panel and die through the Evolution. I use that trick almost every time I die cut an image.

bright future 2 Kimberly Crawford

To customize the look of my card, I added red patterned paper (Flower Girl Rose Bud) behind the bulb. Our school colors are black and red, making this the perfect card to give our local grads. When making your cards, grab papers that will match the recipient’s school colors.

bright future 4 Kimberly Crawford

I cut the filament for the lightbulb from shiny gold cardstock, but cut the base of the bulb from the same patterned paper as the background, because of the next step of the card.

bright future 3 Kimberly Crawford

Once the layers were adhered to my card base, I added gold letters to spell out Bright Future. It seemed a fitting sentiment and the shiny gold added to the feeling of brightness. Before placing my letters on the card, I set them on the edge of a ruler, allowing me to see the spacing I needed to use.

bright future 6 Kimberly Crawford

How do you customize cards for the graduates in your life?


Next Level Embossing Folder ABC,123

Light Bulb Garland Die

Flower Girl; Rosebud

Washi-Rhino Dispenser




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