Throwback Thursday: Lucky 8 Punch Mini Album

Hello We R fans! Happy Friday Eve! (That’s what my teenage daughter would say, lol!) Aly here again to share a fun project for Throwback Thursday. Here at We R we’ve recently released some pretty awesome new crafting tools. And while we’re just as excited as you are about these new goodies, we also want to provide you with some inspiration to help you continue using your not-so-new but well-loved tools. This Lucky 8 Punch Board Mini Album is one of my favorite past projects! Take a look at how I created album pages and pockets using my Lucky 8 Punches.

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I love how the punched pockets and pages create such a unique look and feel to this album. I was able to create the pockets by cutting the circle shaped punched paper in half, and cutting one corner off of the square shaped punched pages. Then I folded them up and adhered the bottoms shut so my insert pages wouldn’t fall out.

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To create the punched pages, I trimmed the punched pages into 8×8 inch sections and then decorated them just like my other pages.

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The collection I used for this album was one of my all time favorites! Do you remember which collection this is? If you guessed Notable then you’re right. =)

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I used 8×8 chipboard for my album covers, and bound the album together with my Cinch tool. It still sits on a shelf in my craft room, and I love browsing through it occasionally to see what our daily schedule was like that year. Do you have any Lucky 8 Punches? What’s you favorite way to use them on your projects?

Supplies:

Lucky 8 Punches
The Cinch
Gold Binding Wire
8×8 Chipboard
Notable Collection
Baker’s Twine
File Tab Punch
Tab Stickers

DIY Memory Box

Being a working mom of 5 means that my free time is very limited. And that also means that I don’t always have time to “keep up” with my scrapbooking and memory keeping. (Really, is anyone completely “caught up” anyway?) Sometimes it takes me a while to get photos and memories onto a scrapbook page, so in order to keep those photos and memories fresh and organized I decided to try a new system this year–a memory box!

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I’ve seen this idea in various forms floating around Pinterest and the blogosphere lately and I really love it. So, after looking at several different systems and types of memory boxes I came up with one that I think will work for me. The idea is that I record memories from each month of the year on Grid Journaling Cards, and then print my 4×6 photos (or photo collages) each month and store them with the journaling cards until I have time to create a page using the printed photos and hand written stories.

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All of the memory boxes I’ve seen have been store-bought, but I tend to be a DIY kind of gal so I decided to use some We R tools to help me create my own little 4×6 filing box. I wanted my memory box to be acid free and archival safe so I used some flexible 12×12 chipboard leftover from some patterned paper packaging. I trimmed two 10″ x 5 3/8″ pieces of chipboard and scored them with my Trim and Score Board at 1″ and 7″.

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Then I pulled out my Gift Bag Punch Board to help create the bottom flaps of the box. I slid the scored chipboard pieces into the board, lining up each of the score lines with the “start line” on the board, and then punching and scoring only the “horizontal line”. I trimmed off the smallest flap from each piece of chipboard, and this created two parts to the box that were ready to assemble.

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I adhered the two pieces together using power craft tape (you could also use a hot glue gun) and then trimmed a piece to place in the bottom of the box to fill in the gap between the bottom flaps. The piece was just 1/8″ smaller than 3″ x 6″ to allow for the thickness of the chipboard when placed inside the bottom of the box.

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Next I covered the box with some patterned from the Notable collection and added some Enamel Shapes and die cut numbers for the year. Then I made some dividers to keep my photos and memories for this year organized by month. I trimmed some coordinating cardstock to 4 1/2″ x 6″ and then added some file tabs that I made with my computer and File Tab Punch. To create file tabs that fold over the dividers I folded my paper in half and placed it in the punch so that the fold was just below the top edge of the punch. You can see where the paper is in relation to the punch shape when you turn the punch upside down.

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I adhered the folded file tabs to the dividers and added a few 4×6 Grid Journaling Cards to each month so I can record stories as they happen. Then I printed my 4×6 photos and Instagram photo collages and placed them in the proper month. I’ll leave this sitting on a visible and accessible surface in my craft room so that I can easily record memories and add photos as the month progresses.

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I’m really excited about this new system. It’s totally easy and low-stress, but will still allow me to keep my photos and memories organized until I can get them into my scrapbook!

Supplies:

Trim and Score Board
File Tab Punch
Notable Paper Pack
4×6 Grid Journaling Cards
Enamel Shapes–Cool
Evolution Advanced
Lollipop Alphabet Die

I Spy We R!

I just love browsing Pinterest, crafty blogs, and online galleries for inspiration. While I was searching for some crafty mojo this weekend I came across some amazing project using We R tools and paper collections. I just had to share them with you! Are you ready for some eye candy? Here goes.

New Years Pinwheel Centerpiece

How amazing is this project by Dedra Long using the Pinwheel Punch Board? What a beautiful and creative table display for a New Years party. This project really gets the wheels turning in my head for all kinds of fun holiday and party pinwheel decor!

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Dedra Long

Hello November Layout

This amazing layout by our Facebook fan, Christin Gonnslett, features the lovely Shine paper collection. Christin’s yummy layers and page design are so effective! I love how she’s filled the top 2/3 of her layout and left the bottom 1/3 as a resting place for the eye. And what gorgeous watercolor accents!

Christin Gronnslett

Live a Colorful Life Layout

Designer, Ann Corbiere-scott, rocked the Watercolor Washi Tape on this layout! I love the washi strips down the side of her page sprinkled with buttons. And such a gorgeous photo of her daughter!

Ann Corbiere-scott

Life Captured Pocket Page

I found this absolutely precious pocket page by Frontrangemama on scrapbook.com. Sometimes the stars align for the perfect combination of photos and products, and that’s what happened with this timeless page featuring Teresa Collins for We R Hello Life Journaling Cards.

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92 Percent Layout

Designer AllisonLP used the Teresa Collins Archived Page Kit to create this page that caught my eye immediately. I love all the delicious white space, layers, and little details. Perfection!

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12 Years Layout

Designer, Pam Callaghan, created such a dynamic design on this layout using papers from the Notable collection. I love the motion created by the combination of concentric circles and stars–perfect for a masculine celebratory page!

Thanks so much to all these fabulous designers for sharing their wonderful projects with us! Be sure to click on their blog and gallery links (on their names in the post) to see more of their amazing work and leave them some love! Creative cheers!

~Aly

Supplies:

Pinwheel Punch Board
Shine Collection
Watercolor Washi Tape
Teresa Collins Hello Life Journaling Cards
Teresa Collins Archived Page Kit
Notable Collection

Scrapbooking School Papers

As I mentioned yesterday in my post about our school work display wall, after leaving the kids’ school papers and artwork on display for a time we swap them out for new ones and then I photograph the old ones before tossing them. I always keep a sample of my kids’ work from each school year that I store and organize separately, but most of them end up preserved in a photo on a scrapbook page that I make for each child each school year.

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I printed the photos of my daughter’s school papers about 2″ x 2″ so that I could fit several on a page. Then I cut out the centers of some polaroid frames from the Notable patterned paper and backed the frames with photos of my daughter’s school papers.

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Grid-style designs are perfect for groups of similar photos like school papers, so I created a grid design in the upper 2/3 of my page and then added patterned paper borders on the top and bottom to anchor the page.

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I added a title cluster and embellished some of the photo frames with patterned paper, washi tape, die cuts, and enamel shapes.

This is a great solution for all of the papers that my kids bring home. We still have them preserved on a scrapbook page, but as small photos instead of large bulky school papers.

~Aly

Supplies:
Notable Paper Pack
Washi Tape–Butter
Albums Made Easy Dies–Arrows, Icons
Pocket Scrap Dies–Life
Evolution
Enamel Shapes–Neutral, Cool, Warm

Arbor Day Project

Today is Arbor Day, and in honor of the trees we are planting and trying to preserve today I decided to create a project entirely out of paper scraps. This was a fun challenge to take on, and inspired me to want to do this more often.

We R Arbor Day Card by Aly Dosdall

Here is the card I made with several scraps from my Notable Paper Pack. I trimmed the scraps down to 1/2 inch strips and adhered them diagonally across my card base. Designer tip: a Xyron works really well for this.

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Then I trimmed down the negative paper leftover after die cutting some butterflies, and added it to my card with foam squares. To finish off my card I added some more scraps at the bottom as a border and sentiment, die cut some mini butterflies, and added some Enamel Shapes.

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Here are some tips for storing and using up paper scraps:

  • Store scraps by color in color coded accordion file folders (found at office supply stores)
  • If it’s hard to remember to use them, try storing scraps with your full size papers
  • Trim your scraps down to usable sizes (ie 12 inch strips, 6×6 blocks, 4×6 blocks, 3×4 blocks)
  • Browse through your scraps once in a while to remind yourself what’s there
  • Use your scraps for punching and die cutting
  • Create cards or tags with your layout leftovers
  • Create a background of strips on a layout

Imagine how many trees we could preserve if we all were more mindful of using our paper scraps. It’s a wonderful way to take care of our beautiful world. Happy Arbor Day!

~Aly

Supplies:

Notable Paper Pack
Butterfly Nesting Dies
Evolution
Game Day White Textured Cardstock
Enamel Shapes–Cool, Warm

 

2 Color Letterpress Printing

Using the L Letterpress for your crafting projects always adds a clean classy feel, but now you can take your letterpress projects to the next level with 2 Color Printing Plates. Take a look at the card I created below using the Typewriter Printing Plates.

We R Multi Color Letterpress Card by Aly Dosdall

It’s easy to create beautiful projects using the alignment guide included with the multi color printing plates. First I added adhesive to the alignment guide and placed it on the upper letterpress platform. Then I inserted the first plate into the guide and placed my paper on the lower platform with the foam guides. Designer tip: make sure the foam guides are flush against the edge of the paper so that the paper doesn’t move. I added Orange Ink to the first plate and then letterpressed the image.

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Then I removed the first plate and inserted the second plate, this time adding Blue Ink. I carefully closed the platform making sure the two images lined up and ran it through my Evolution.

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Be sure to check out all the beautiful multi color printing plate designs HERE, and watch for them at your favorite retailer soon.

~Aly

Supplies:

Typewriter Printing Plates
Map Printing Plates
L Letterpress
Orange and Blue Ink
Square Flat White Letterpress Paper
A2 Flat White Letterpress Paper
Notable Paper Pack
Orange Sew Easy Baker’s Twine

Baby Week: Shower Decor (Free Printable)

One of the many fun things about getting ready for baby to come is the baby shower. Here’s some baby boy shower decor inspiration, plus free printable labels if you’d like to make this set for yourself.

We R Baby Shower Decor by Aly Dosdall

I used some blue, orange and yellow tone-on-tone papers from the Notable collection and die cut some tags from them using the Label It Kit.  Then I added some labels that you can download HERE for free and print if you’d like to create your own shower decor.  The printable labels are made to fit a 1 3/4″ circle punch or cutting system.

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I used my Trellis 2 Edge Punch to create the background for the bottle wraps.  Designer tip: hot glue is a great adhesive when altering round objects. It ensures your paper maintains the round shape.

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These cupcake toppers are hot glued to lollipop sticks and tied with triple strands of Baker’s Twine. I die cut an extra circle to cover the back so the area where the lollipop stick is adhered to the label doesn’t show.

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Finally, I made these napkin rings–I love that the tags look like little suns!

Notice that the papers I used for this baby project are not from a baby-specific collection, but they still work great. You can pick your favorite baby color scheme and use any non-themed papers you’d like. Just be sure to add tags, labels, or some other element that is baby related.

~Aly

Supplies:

Label It Kit Dies
Evolution
Notable Paper Pack
Sew Easy Baker’s Twine–Yellow
2 Edge Punch–Trellis

 

New Year Wreath

Here’s a fun project to help remind you of your New Year’s resolutions.  I created this wreath using patterned paper strips and wrote down my resolutions on some of them.  That way I’m reminded of them often and can evaluate how I’m doing on keeping them.

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I used a paper plate for my wreath base, and cut out the center of it using the magnetic circle cutter.  If your plate has rims like mine does, you can flip the plate over to cut out the center. You can use any size paper plate you’d like, depending on how big you want your finished wreath to be.

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I ended up using twenty-eight 1.25 x 12 inch strips of paper from the Notable collection, but you might need more or less based on the size of your paper plate. I folded them over the plate and hot glued them together.  Then I trimmed a “v” shape in the end of each strip using my precision scissors. I added a “2014” banner across the center, and glued a loop of twine on the back for hanging. I love the festive feel this project has, and I especially love that it also serves to remind me to keep working at my goals for this year.

~Aly

Supplies:

Notable Paper Pack
Magnetic Circle Cutter
Magnetic Mat
Small Precision Scissors