DIY Tag Bookmarks

Hey there, We R Memory Keepers friends and fans, Becki here to share some fun and EASY tag bookmarks with you. Of course, I created these bookmarks with a few of my favorite We R Memory Keepers tools that you can find at JoAnn’s stores. I have a LOT of nieces who love to read. They all love bookmarks too!

DIY Tag Bookmarks by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

I sat down with a few We R Memory Keepers tools, the Tag Pad from DCWV and within a few minutes I had several bookmarks to share with my nieces.

I loved playing with the Tag Stack from DCWV they have so many versatile patterns within on paper pad. There are so many cute designs that you can punch right out of the papers. There are also double sided patterned papers. That’s what I used to create the base of the bookmarks.

DIY Tag Bookmarks by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Tag Bookmarks by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

The two We R Memory Keepers tools that I reach for all.the.time are my trim and score board and my crop-a-dile. My crop-a-dile is one of the most used/oldest tools in my stash. I’ve had this tool for years and I still reach for it almost daily.

DIY Tag Bookmarks by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

The trim and score board cuts perfectly each time. One of my favorite features of the trim and score board is that it folds in half for easy storage. Space in my craft room is always at a premium so a compact tool is my favorite.

DIY Tag Bookmarks by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

While we’re talking about favorite tools, I used another favorite tool to add the finishing touch to these bookmarks. I personalized each bookmark with my niece’s name. I simply typed their names on a piece of white cardstock and stapled the strip of white cardstock at the bottom of the bookmark. I love my typecast typewriter. If you have typecast typewriter you must get the cover for it. Let me tell you, it’s a life saver. We’re working on a major construction project at our house and there is dust everywhere. I’m SO glad that I have a dust cover on my typewriter. It’s so nice not to worry about my typewriter getting dirty.

DIY Tag Bookmarks by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Tag Bookmarks by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

I’m so glad you stopped by the We R Memory Keepers blog today. I hope you’re inspired to create a few bookmarks of your own. Thank you for stopping by, I’ll see you again soon!

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers Crop-a-dile

We R Memory Keepers Tag Punch Board

We R Memory Keepers Trim and Score Board

We R Memory Keepers Typecast Typewriter

DCWV Tag Stack

 

Mother’s Day Gift Idea: DIY Floral Home Decor

Hello everyone!  It’s Eva here today sharing a tutorial on how to create a beautiful Mother’s Day gift: Floral Home Décor using the gorgeous Cool Kids Stack from DCWV and the Trim and Score Board.

Mother's Day Floral Letterboard Gift Idea by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

To create the leaves and flowers start by choosing your favorite papers from the Cool Kids paper pad from DCWV. I love this pad! It has 36 papers and some of them include gold foil. Plus, the papers are thick and double sided, perfect for any kind of craft project!

Use your Trim and Score Board to score your paper every ¼ inch.

Rotate your paper 90 degrees and flip the blue tab to trim your paper. For the big flowers I trimmed my paper at 1 ½ inch, for the medium flowers at 1 ¼ inch and for the small flowers at 1 inch.

Trim and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

These flowers are like rosettes but with a twist. To make them, I used my Alphabet Punch Board and made two marks with a pencil on the board: one in the middle of the left circle and one 1 inch apart.

To create the scallop borders I lined up my paper on the first mark and punched.

 Square Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Move your paper to the left and line up the narrowest part of your paper on the second mark. Continue this way until you have finished punching the strip of paper.

Alphabet Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Use your Crafter’s Glue Gun to close the flower and use a small fringed paper to make the flower center, simply roll it and glue the edge.

We R Memory Keepers Trim and Score Board flowers by Eva Pizarro

To create the leaves I also used my Trim and Score Board and scored every ¼ of an inch. I trimmed a few strips of paper in different heights and cut the border following the image on the picture. Using your Crop a Dile make small holes on the bottom of the leaves and use a small thread to keep the leave together.

Mother's Day Floral Letterboard Gift Idea

These are some of the flowers and leaves I created. See how gorgeous that foil looks? And I love the dimension of these rosette flowers!

Mother's Day Floral Letterboard Gift Idea featuring DCWV Cool Kids stack and the We R Memory Keepers Trim and Score Board

You can use your flowers for any project but I used them to decorate my Letterboard. I created two clusters: one on the top right corner and one of the bottom left corner.

Mother's Day Floral Letterboard Gift Idea by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

I attached my flowers with 3D dots and when I change the quote on my Letterboard I can use them to make another project!

Mother's Day Floral Letterboard Gift Idea by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

My decor was a hit, everyone loved it! The flowers gave it a whole new look and dimension to my Letterboard!

Mother's Day Floral Letterboard Gift Idea by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for joining me today!

Eva

 

Supplies:

Alphabet Punch Board

Crop a Dile
Trim and Score Board

Crafter’s Essential Usb Glue Gun
Cool Kids Paper Pad

Letterboard

Happy Jig Project Roundup

Hello and Happy Friday friends! We’re finishing up Happy Jig Week with a roundup of project ideas created by our amazing in house design team.

We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig Project Roundup

There are so many ways to use your Happy Jig creations–take a look at a few project ideas below, and enjoy the inspiration!

Scrapbook Page

Add custom titles and embellishments to your scrapbook pages with the Happy Jig! Choose your wire color, and your design, and add a personal touch to your memories.

Happy Jig Scrapbook Page

Handmade Card

Create your own card sentiments with the Happy Jig! Use one of our designs from the instruction manual, or our @werhappyjig Instagram feed, or create your own.

Happy Jig Card

Planner Accents

Add accents, paper clips, and titles to your planner. They’re easy to make with the new Happy Jig!

We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig Planner Accent

Party Decor

Spice up or personalize your party decorations with the Happy Jig! Easily add names, dates, and other details in your choice of color.

We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig Cake Decor

Home Decor

Customize your handmade home decor with the Happy Jig. We just love this adorable cactus photo display!

We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig Photo Display

Home Organization

Label your cork board, storage containers, or command center with the Happy Jig! Keep your life organized in style.

We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig Cork Board

Thanks for stopping by. We hope you’ve found some helpful ideas. Have a great weekend, and happy crafting!

Stamped Bookmarks

Hi there, We R friends, Laura here today. I must admit I am a little bit of a paper hoarder. If I have scraps from projects, I usually save anything that is left over. This year I have been trying to use up some of my stash. Making stamped bookmarks is the perfect way to use up those smaller pieces of scrap cardstock. My bookmarks are two inches by six inches.

Stamped Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

The fun part about using stamps is you can layer them on your project to create an entirely new look. When I am working with stamps that I will be stamping off the edge of my design, I place a piece of scrap paper under my cardstock. I use washi tape to secure both my bookmark and the alignment frame, so nothing shifts.

Stamped Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

When using the CMYK stamps, start by placing your K stamp on the acrylic block. The acrylic block stamping set has three different sizes to make it easy to find one that will work with all your clear acrylic stamps. Apply black ink and place the stamp in the frame.

Repeat this process with the M, C, and Y stamps and coordinating inks in that order. I did two roses on my bookmark with each one going off the cardstock a bit.

Stamped Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Stamped Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

For the layered stamps you follow the same process of first placing your alignment frame on your project. But for these stamps you can completely customize your project by using any color stamp ink you want!

For the hello bookmark I used the cyan and magenta ink pads. I started by using the alignment guide to create the layered hello part of the stamp. Then I used the floral stamp to free hand a pattern around it on the rest of the bookmark.

Stamped Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Stamped Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

On the layered camera stamp, I started by stamping each camera in black. Then, I used different colors to create the inner designs. I stamped the cameras on an angle to make the bookmark a little more interesting.

Stamped Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

To finish off the bookmarks, use the Crop-A-Dile to punch a hole in the top of the bookmark. Thread ribbon or twine through the hole.

Stamped Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

These bookmarks would make a perfect gift for your favorite book lover.

Stamped Bookmarks by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies

Acrylic Block Stamping Set

CMYK Stamp Rose

CMYK Ink Pads

Layered Stamp: Banner

Layered Stamp: Camera

Cardstock

Ribbon or Twine

Crop-A-Dile

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

DIY Cash Envelopes

Hello, We R fans, Laura here today. This year one of our goals is to gain more control over our finances. One thing we have learned about but haven’t really implemented yet is the cash envelope system. Basically, this is a way to control spending by allocating certain parts of your budget to be taken out in cash. You take out the cash during the month according to what you have budgeted and then once the money is spent, it is gone!

DIY Cash Envelopes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I tried to keep track of the different categories in my regular wallet, but the amounts were getting all mixed up. So, I created a little DIY cash envelope system to keep me organized in my purse.

To start with, I found some fun papers from the DCWV Playful Icons paper pad. Who says budgeting must be boring? I measured a dollar bill and found that a 3-inch by 7-inch envelope would be perfect to hold my money while allowing me room to add a binding to the side.

Trim the paper using the guide on the envelope punch board. For this project that means 8 ¼” x 8 ¼”. Then, line up one edge of the paper at 2 ¾”. Punch the top of the paper and score.

We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board

Rotate the paper 90° counter clockwise. Line up the paper using the score line and the score guide. Punch and score the paper again. Repeat this process on all four sides.

DIY Cash Envelopes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Round the corners on the two shorter sides.

DIY Cash Envelopes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Fold and assemble your envelope using the score lines as your guide. The two longer sides will need to be trimmed to allow the envelope to close. Leave the top open. Repeat this process to create as many envelopes as you need for your system. I created five.

DIY Cash Envelopes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I used the Typecast typewriter to create some labels for the front of the envelopes to know which envelope belonged to a category.

DIY Cash Envelopes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Use the Cinch tool to bind it all together. I wanted to be able to close the envelope at the top, so I only used the 12-hole punches, rather than punching them all the way to the top.

DIY Cash Envelopes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Add the cinch wire and close it up. To have the inner part of the binding inside your booklet, move the front envelope to the back and then cinch. This will have the split part of the binding be on the inside of the back envelope, so it doesn’t get caught on anything.

Cinch binding tool by We R Memory Keepers

I can’t wait to use this and have a little more control over my budget. Plus, I love that this system is completely customizable.

DIY Cash Envelopes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Cash Envelopes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Cash Envelopes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

Envelope Punch Board

DCWV Playful Icons Paper Pad

Typecast Typewriter

Typecast Labels

Cinch Book Binding Tool

Cinch Wires

 

 

DIY Perforated Notepads for Teacher

Hello there friends! It’s Aly here today sharing a quick and easy gift idea for your child’s new teacher this year.  Since my daughter spends so much time at school, and her teacher works so hard, I like to let her teacher know how much I appreciate everything she does at the start of the school year. Check out how I made these DIY Perforated Notepads with my new Dial Trimmer.

To create these teacher notepads, I had to cut several sheets of paper to size, score the covers, and perforate the pages inside. I was able to do all of this with just one tool. So easy!

The Staple Board made it easy to bind the notepad pages together with the covers. I love the copper staples–so chunky and pretty!

To make these back-to-school teacher gifts, I started by trimming the covers to 3×12 inch strips using my Dial Trimmer. That will make (3×6 inch notepads.) All I had to do was align my paper in the guide, turn the dial to the straight blade, then pull it down.

Then I rotated the dial to the scoring blade, and scored the covers at 6 inches and 6 7/8 inches.

I folded the 6 inch score line so that my cover pattern was on the outside, then I folded the 6 7/8 inch score line the opposite direction. This is what the cover should look like after scoring and folding:

Next I trimmed some lined paper to 3×5 7/8 inches (to make sure the bottom edges of the lined paper don’t peek out passed the edges of the cover). I perforated the top of each one at 7/8 inch–it was easy to turn the dial and do with the same tool! Yes!

After perforating the lines pages, I assembled the notepads.

I used the Staple Board to bind the covers and pages. I recommend using thin text weight paper inside. Depending on the thickness of your paper, you can staple between 7-10 pages inside your cardstock cover with the large staples. Test out how many you can do with scraps of the paper you will be using.

Use the guides on the board to align your staple perfectly, and then press down on a hard stable surface using your bodyweight to help.

Once I stapled the notepads, I added a few embellishments from the Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams collection to the front to match the covers from the same collection. I chose sentiments that I hope will inspire the teacher.

I love that you can pull each page out if needed. I love the perforating feature of the Dial Trimmer–so many possibilities!

This project is a great teacher gift, but would also be perfect for your student, friends, neighbors, or coworkers. Everyone can always use another notebook. Especially when it’s handmade with love.

This project took minutes with my new Dial Trimmer, and I hope my daughter’s second grade teacher enjoys them and will put them to good use. Thanks for joining me, and happy back-to-school crafting friends!

Supplies:

Dial Trimmer
Staple Board
Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams Collection

Tab Punch Board Recipe Box | Free Printable

Hello everyone! It’s Eva Pizarro here on the blog today showing you a project to organize your recipes made with the new Tab Punch Board, and sharing a free printable recipe card for you.

Tab Punch Board recipe box by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

My husband is Italian and in his family food is really important. It is more than a meal, it is a tradition. My mother in law and my husband’s grandmother are amazing cooks, they know how to do everything. A few years ago I decided I wanted to learn a few of their recipes. This little Recipe Box is helping me get organized and not lose any of those precious recipes.

I made the tabs with papers from the lovely Snow & Cocoa collection by Crate Paper. To make the tabs simply punch on the corner of your paper, flip it and punch on desired width (I chose “S”), then use the cutting track to cut off the excess paper.

Tab Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

To make the course titles I used my Typecast Typewriter with gold ink and the Typecast Word Strip Stickers.

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You can create your own recipe cards, or you can download the PDF below and print it on letter size paper.

DOWNLOAD FREE PRINTABLE RECIPE CARDS HERE

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I assembled my box and included a title made with a Label sticker from the Typecast Collection. Here you can see the tabs and the recipe card. The board was so easy to use! You can use it to create folders and organize your paper scraps too! Maybe that will be my next project!

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I am loving my new Recipe Box! Now I am sure I won’t miss any of those fabulous family recipes!

Tab Punch Board recipe box by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Have a great day!

Eva

 

Supplies

Snow & Cocoa Patterned Paper

Tab Punch Board

Typecast Typewriter

Typecast Ribbon – Gold

Typecast Word Strip Sticker

Typecast Label Sticker

High Five DIY Game

Hello again We R fans! I’m so glad you could join me today, as I share a boredom-busting idea the whole family can enjoy. My kiddos loved playing my little ‘Adventure Time’ game, which I created for them during the recent school holidays using the awesome High Five collection.

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The gameplay is based on an existing game my daughter already has, but it’s so girly, I thought a more gender neutral approach would entice my son to join in the fun too. Let’s see how it all came together…

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The base is a simple 12×12 sheet of Cinch chipboard. I have run some light blue tape along the edges and then mounted a sheet of High Five ‘Brave’ over the top. I covered the underside of my board with some plain black cardstock to give it a finished look.

For my title, I used the word ‘adventure’ from a pack of Wildflower Gold Foil Stickers. I will admit that I have been admiring these stickers for quite some time, hoarding them for a special project. The size and wording of this sticker however, was too perfect not to use this time though! I’ve paired it wish some High Five chipboard alphas. I really like the distressed look of these. TIP: For longevity, it’s always a good idea to apply extra adhesive to chipboard stickers to ensure they don’t fall off over time.

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The concept of the game is very simple: spin the spinner then move ahead the number of circles as shown on the spinner. If you land on a silver circle, you stay put. If you land on a whale, you choose a disc and potentially move forward. Land on a cheeky raccoon and you move backwards.

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Here’s a closer look at my spinner…

I put it together as shown below. I cut a circle out of a sheet of Cinch Chipboard then covered it with pattern paper and embellished it with some stamping, stickers and mist, before finally roughing it up a bit with some sandpaper.

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The discs (which partially determine your fate in the game) coordinate with the player’s counters.

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These started off as some pre-cut chipboard shapes I had in my stash, which I have covered with some patterned paper from my High Five 6×6 pad. (Nine counters fit on one sheet of paper.) I then cut these out carefully by hand. (If I had a larger circle punch it would’ve saved a bit of time.)

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The counters are High Five Plastic Buttons which, have had their double sided tape removed. I’ve chosen some phrases that coordinate with phrases found on a sheet of aptly named High Five ‘Flair’ so I could create the tokens. During game play, if you pick up a token that matches your counter, you move forward two places. The Flair patterned paper was perfect as it has a few repeats in the design, which allowed me to create more than one token with the same phrase on it.

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Some DIY Party Silver Foil Stickers mark out the route to adventure!

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You might come across this cheeky fellow…

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… or have to cross the treacherous mountain pass.

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However you choose to play, one thing’s for sure and that is that you will have fun! A bit of imagination and a few dollars and you’ve got yourself a great activity to do with the kids or even a unique gift for someone.

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Happy playtime!

Chantalle

 

Supplies:

Cinch Chipboard Sheets

High Five 12×12 ‘Brave’

High Five 12×12 ‘Explore’

High Five 12×12 ‘Flair’

High Five 12×12 ‘Vintage’

High Five 6×6 Pad

High Five Accent Stickers

High Five Puffy Stickers

High Five Plastic Buttons

High Five Ephemera

High Five Chipboard Alphabet

Wildflower Gold Foil Stickers

DIY Party Silver Foiled Stickers

Crop-a-dile Power Punch

Hot Air Balloon Baby Shower

Hello We R fans! It’s Aly here to share a fun baby shower idea with you. Recently I had the chance to share some honeycomb paper party ideas on a local Utah daytime talk show, Studio 5. This baby shower or toddler party idea was one of them. I love the hot air balloon trend, and thought it would be fun to combine it with the texture of the honeycomb paper. A match made in heaven, don’t you think?

First I created a fun framed sign that can be hung on a wall or used as a table centerpiece. I added a honeycomb hot air balloon in the center and then a small patterned paper basket underneath attached with paper straws. I used my electronic die cutting machine to cut some smaller hot air balloons and the title of one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books.

I think these are my favorite projects in the set–hot air balloon party favors! I attached paper boxes I made with my 123 Punch Board to the bottom of the honeycomb paper hot air balloons using paper straws, and then filled them with saltwater taffy. So fun!

How cute are the mini hot air balloons on this cake topper? I attached them with baker’s twine between some simple bamboo skewers, and poked them into the cake.

And, finally here’s a fun idea for a DIY party invitation–a pop-up honeycomb hot air balloon card! Your guests will love the fun surprise when they open the invitation.

It was easy to create all of these hot air balloon shapes in various sizes and colors with the DIY Party Honeycomb Pads and Stencils. Visit our YouTube channel HERE for helpful project and overview videos.

Hot Air Balloon Honeycomb Party Decor by Aly Dosdall 5

What kind of party would you use honeycomb paper decorations for?

Supplies:

Honeycomb Pads–Blossom & Ocean
Honeycomb Stencils
123 Punch Board
Sequin Stickers