Halloween Photo Lights Strand

Happy Friday friends! It’s Aly here, and I hope you’ve enjoyed this week full of spooky decor ideas. Today I’ve got a fun Halloween DIY for you featuring the Photo Lights Strand.

One of the things I love about Halloween decor is playing with light and dark. It’s a unique holiday that allows you to incorporate both into your home or party decor. I couldn’t wait to create something with the Photo Light Strand for Halloween!

I started by purchasing some digital images from the American Crafts Boo collection on the AC Digitals website HERE. I dragged them and dropped them onto an 8.5 x 11 canvas in Photoshop.

Then I printed them onto the Backlit Film with my inkjet printer. You can also use a laser printer, but just be sure to print on the duller side of the film, not the smoother side.

Then I traced and cut them out using the template included with the light strand, so they would fit into the individual frames.

The light strand has ribbon loops at each end for hanging, and a battery pack that requires three AA batteries.

I love that you can customize the photos/images in the light strand to match the theme of your event or party.

This is such a fun addition to my Halloween decor, and it’s so easy to make. I love it! Thanks for joining me today, and have a crafty weekend!

Supplies:

Photo Lights Strand
Backlit Film
American Crafts Boo digital collection

Travel Photo Display with the PhotoLights Photo Strand!

We don’t know about you, but one of our favorite parts of summer is traveling! Whether it’s just a weekend away at the beach, or a long trip abroad, travel memories are so worth documenting and celebrating. This week our design team is sharing travel themed projects to inspire your summer memory-keeping. Kimberly’s up first with a beautiful travel photo display.

 

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with the PhotoLights Photo Strand today. When I first saw this product, I squealed in delight! How fun to be able to add photos to a light strand! I have so many ideas for using these. And being able to interchange the images in each photo box easily, you will have a blast with these as well!

Travel Photo Display with the PhotoLights Photo Strand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To begin with, your photos MUST be printed on the Printable Backlit Photo Paper. This paper needs to be printed on with an inkjet printer. Place the photo paper in your printer so that it prints on the less glossy side. When you pick up the paper, you will be able to see and feel the difference.

Travel Photo Display with the PhotoLights Photo Strand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Because the PhotoLights Photo Strand has boxes for 10 photos, I knew that I wanted to print all of my photos on one sheet of the Printable Backlit Photo Paper. The dimensions for each photo are included on a handy card inside the box. The photos need to be 2 3/16” square. Using an editing program (Photoshop), I made each of my photos that size.

Travel Photo Display with the PhotoLights Photo Strand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I placed each square image on a blank document. The document was letter-sized (8.5” x 11”), with a transparent background, and set at 300 dpi (high quality for printing). Once all the photos were on the document, I saved it as a .jpg and sent it to the printer.

Travel Photo Display with the PhotoLights Photo Strand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The Printable Backlit Photo Paper cuts easily with scissors. You can also print standard size photos and use the handy dimension card to trace on your photos for cutting.

Travel Photo Display with the PhotoLights Photo Strand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The photos slide in and out of the top of the box easily. First tip; put the photos in the boxes after you hang the strand. Trust me. Second tip; if your photo box tips to one side or the other after you hang them, your photos are square, so simply reorient the photo.

Travel Photo Display with the PhotoLights Photo Strand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

While photographing these lights, I came up with several fun ways to use the PhotoLights Photo Strand! One way would be to hang them on your deck, as I have done here. I used string to tie the ends to my deck rails. Sitting on my deck is one of my favorite places in the world. Adding these lights from our trip to Hawaii lets me enjoy my second favorite place on earth at the same time!

Travel Photo Display with the PhotoLights Photo Strand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I also hung the lights from yard stakes. They would make a cute way to line the sidewalk or driveway leading up to a backyard party or wedding. I also thought putting them on a Christmas tree would be ADORABLE. But my husband said that since it was July, the tree would be staying in the attic.

Travel Photo Display with the PhotoLights Photo Strand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

With the lights being battery powered (3 AA batteries), they can be used just about anywhere. The switch also has a timer, allowing you to leave them on steadily, or have them shut off after a certain amount of time. There is also a USB port for power. I love how vibrant they are at night!

How will you show off photos in your PhotoLights Photo Strand?

 

Supplies:

Beach Lightbox Photo Frame

Hey there friends! It’s Aly Dosdall joining you again today, and I’m glad you’re here! I’m loving Beach Week so far–what fabulous beach themed project ideas we’ve seen so far! Today I’m sharing an idea for displaying your precious beach trip memories in a beautiful and unique way.

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

A couple of years ago my hubby and I had the chance to spend a week in Hawaii. He just happened to have a work conference there–how convenient, right?

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I made an album with our photos and memories of the trip, but it was such a fun vacation that I really wanted to have some of our favorite photos on display in our home, so I created this beach themed light box photo frame using elements from the Photo Lights collection and the Crate Paper Oasis paper collection.

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I started by creating an 8×8 photo collage with nine photos in my Google Photos app. There are several ways to create photo collages. Some of my favorites are picmonkey.com (PC), the Layout app from Instagram (smartphone), and Google Photos (PC or smartphone).

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Next, I printed my photo collage onto the Photo Lights Backlit Printable Film using my inkjet printer (you can also use a laser printer). I trimmed it to 8×8 inches to fit my 8×8 Photo Lights Frame. Then I gathered some rub-ons from the Photo Lights collection, as well as some other embellishments.

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I added the rub-on directly to the photo collage first, and then inserted it into the magnetic frame. Then I added the remaining embellishments on the outside of the frame for some dimension.

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

To add to the Hawaiian beach theme of the project, I layered some Gold Fringe Tape on the top edge of the frame. It reminds me of a grass skirt or a tiki bar!

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

The Photo Lights frames are a great way to stylishly and easily display your favorite memories. Keep them for your own space, or give them away for the perfect gift. Thanks for joining me friends, and have a happy crafty day!

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies:

Photo Lights 8×8 Frame–Natural
Photo Lights Backlit Printable Film
Photo Lights Rub-Ons
DIY Party Fringe Tape–Gold

Crate Paper Oasis Collection

 

Father’s Day Gift Idea: Photo Lights Tray

Hello Chantalle here, welcoming you to the blog.

Father’s Day is a special time to celebrate the amazing men in our lives. My DH has been an incredible support to me, especially this year, and the kids and I can’t wait to spoil him.

I’ve created two looks for a simple gift idea that you could put together with your children for Dad. It comprises of some items that you might already have in your stash, as well as some Photolights.

Whether they are an automobile enthusiast or a sports fan, I’m sure these will go down a treat!

Father' Day Gift Tray by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

The first tray is both decorative and useful. Both ideas use a lightly altered canvas as a base with a Photolight attached. You can choose to adhere the light to the base or keep it free standing so Dad can take his special backlit gift with him.

You may also be lucky enough to find a canvas with a recess the same size as your Photolight. (If I had an accurate sanding device, I would’ve tried to sand down the wood a bit in order to insert the light inside the canvas recess.) Mounting the light inside the tray would make a great solid base onto which you can build. Instead, I’ve used some semi-permanent sticky dots to adhere my light to my canvas.

Father' Day Gift Tray by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

As you can see in the image below, I covered the canvas with some woodgrain print paper. I’ve used a sheet of 12×12 paper from my Typecast Paper Pad, as the weight is slightly lighter and was easier to manipulate over the canvas, which was 8 x 10 inches.

I started on the one edge, then ran the paper over the recess area, not the canvas area, before cutting out the area of the paper where it covered the recess.

The wooden section of the canvas that is still visible from the top, has been covered with some woodgrain washi tape, which I had in my stash. I now had a perfect little inexpensive tray, ready to be filled!

Father' Day Gift Tray by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

The car blueprint is a laser print of a stock image, which I downloaded. The white areas work very well, lit from behind. You could use a bike or plane or a boat… the options are endless!

Father' Day Gift Tray by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

With the image in place and the magnetic acrylic plate placed over it, I went about adding a few small touches to the frame in the form of some chipboard Thickers.

Father' Day Gift Tray by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

The tray now serves as a bedside storage area for Dad’s personal items as well as giving off a gentle glow when lit up!

Father' Day Gift Tray by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

The next tray gives Dad official permission to put his feet up! I’ve used the same tray principle and applied it in the form of a mini hamper. Armed with a few tasty snacks and 100% access to the remote, Dad will love his time out to watch the game!

Father' Day Gift Tray by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

I measured the size I needed for my 8×8 Photolights frame and set some text over a sweet image of our kiddos. This was then printed off onto some Photolights Printable Backlit Paper.

Father' Day Gift Tray by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

NB: When using this paper, remember to print on the more matte side, as the ink will not stick to the shinier side.

Father' Day Gift Tray by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

Use batteries or the USB power source (provided), to switch the light on and show Dad just how much you love him this Father’s Day.

Father' Day Gift Tray by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

Thank you for stopping by the blog today!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Photolights Natural Wood Finish 8×8 Frame

Photolights Natural Wood Finish 4×6 Frame

Photolights Printable Backlit Film
Jen Hadfield for Pebbles, Simple Life Chipboard Thickers

Amy Tangerine On a Whim chipboard Thickers

Mother’s Day Photo Gift Idea

Hi! Welcome to the We R blog! It’s Eva Pizarro here showing you how to make a beautiful and quick Mother’s Day gift using the Photo Lights Collection.

Mother's Day Photo Lights Gift by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Ever since I had a son, my mom loves to receive pictures of her with her only grandson. The Photo Lights frame is a different approach to the classic photo frame, and I can assure you your mom is going to love it!

The first thing you need to do is print your picture on the backlit paper with an inkjet printer. You need to print it on the textured side. To figure out which one it is, I like to run my finger through the paper. If it doesn’t make a sound that’s the glossy side, if it does then that’s the textured side.

Mother's Day Photo Lights Gift by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Use the Photo Lights Rub-ons to embellish your picture. In each package you get 20 different designs in 3 colors: white, black and gold.

Mother's Day Photo Lights Gift by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

 

Place your photo inside the magnetic Photo Lights Frame. The picture is protected by a sturdy acrylic sheet and you can light the frame with AA batteries or plug it using a Micro USB cable.

Mother's Day Photo Lights Gift by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

To embellish my gift I used the Magnolia Jane collection and my 1,2,3 Punch Board to make a large bow and a 3×4 envelope.

Mother's Day Photo Lights Gift by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

I wrapped my frame with a strip of paper and used these beautiful clips to hold my card in place.

Mother's Day Photo Lights Gift by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

I put my bow on top of my frame and closed my envelope with a clear sticker.

Mother's Day Photo Lights Gift by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

And this is how the frame looks once is lit! I think it is gorgeous during the day or the night, now I want to make one for myself!

Mother's Day Photo Lights Gift by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by the blog!

Eva

 

Supplies

PhotoLights Frame

PhotoLights Rub-ons

PhotoLights Backlit paper

1,2,3 Punch Board

Magnolia Jane Paper Pad

Magnolia Jane Clips

Magnolia Jane Stickers

DIY Easter Decor

Hello We R Fans and welcome back to the blog today. It felt like only yesterday I was sharing some ideas for Easter decor with you! How time flies. This wonderful and blessed time of year is almost here and again, I would love to share a little section of my craft room with you which I have decorated especially for Easter.

DIY Easter Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I have two pretty simple little shelves in my room where I like to display lots of pretties, but also keep the bits and pieces I use a lot so they are close to hand. The top of the units are a perfect place to keep favourite projects or nicknacks.

I will freely admit to having a small crush on all things ‘bunny’. My collection is growing and this year I have added this adorable mini cake stand! A simple and easy way to decorate without the long term commitment is to add some hand cut bits, like a butterfly or two, with some temporary adhesive like ‘Blu Tack’. (This is an Australian product name but after searching on the net, the equivalent sounds like ‘Plasti-Tac’ or Poster Tac.)

DIY Easter Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The main feature of my Easter display is a 12×12 image which I have created and displayed inside an Organization Gallery Shadow Box Frame. My ideas on how exactly it would look changed a bit during the creative process, but I wanted to create a main title with some custom lettering and I also knew I wanted to have several elements making up the whole display.

For my title, I started off by trimming the pieces of paper I would need for my word ‘EASTER”. I used my Mini Alphabet Punch Board (which takes 1.5 inch x 2.5 inch pieces) to punch out my letters. These soft florals are from the new Pebbles line, ’Simple Life’.

Once all the letters were complete, I then made swift work of lining them all up in a straight line, with my Laser Square.

DIY Easter Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

For added interest over the pretty woodgrain print of the paper, I did some basic black stamping with this floral stamp from the new Vicki Boutin collection. This stamp set also comes with coordinating metal dies, so I cut some of the shapes out of similar paper and then used the shapes to build up layers of stickers and ephemera I started assembling.

Here is a closer look at some of the details. You might notice a touch of vellum at the bottom of the little stack. This paper is SO pretty and the touches of gold were perfect for the overall look and feel of this display piece. Other tiny details are the mini flowers I created using an Elegant Font Punch . I added a little centre to the flower shape with some white Crystal Drops.

DIY Easter Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

And here is how the framed piece turned out!

DIY Easter Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I’ve echoed those beautiful butterflies here and there. They have been hand-cut from a sheet of Wildflower ‘Butterfly Garden’.

DIY Easter Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Easter Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Pops of gold shine in the opposite corner on this piece of ephemera from the Take Me Away collection by Pink Paislee. Both of these stacks include some Simple Life stickerspuffy stickers and hand cut flowers.

DIY Easter Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The last item incorporated into my display is this super cute 5×7 Photo Light. The acrylic frame is backlit and this one has a natural wood finish so it coordinated well with the white shelving and woodgrain papers in the frame.

DIY Easter Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

For my photo light, I set up a document the same size in Photoshop. I then used some digital Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss elements and added some text. (note, I changed the colour of the little ‘oh so cute’ ephemera to better match the background pattern.)

I then printed my digital pic onto some Photo Light Printable Backlit Film Paper. NOTE: It’s important to print onto the more matte side as the ink will not stick to the glossier side. (Hold the paper up the light and give it a little feel to see which side feels more glossy.) It’s also worth printing a reversed copy of your image, so it is a bit more protected when it’s under the top magnetic plate.

The printed image sits on top of the light box area but underneath a protective sheet made from sturdy acrylic which has magnets in the corners to keep your image in place.

This is how fabulous it looks when it’s turned on! Note: The frame runs off 3x AA batteries or a Micro USB cable (not included).

DIY Easter Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Wishing you, your families and friends, a very happy time together. Until next time

Chantalle

DIY Easter Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

 

Materials Used:

 

Organization Gallery Shadow Box Frame

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Laser Square

Vicki Boutin stamp & die set

Pink Paislee Take me Away ephemera

Pebbles Simple Life ’Spring Seeds’ 12×12

Pebbles Simple Life ‘Magnolias’ 12×12

Pebbles Simple Life ‘Wildflowers’ 12×12

Pebbles Simple Life Stickers

Pebbles Simple Life Washi Tape Book

Pebbles Simple Life Puffy Stickers

Pebbles Simple Life Rose Gold Foiled Paper

Heidi Swapp ‘Happy’ Metal Die

Wildflower ‘Butterfly Garden’

5×7 Photo Light

Photo Light Printable Backlit Film Paper

Elegant Font Punch

Evolution Advanced

Evolution Magnetic Cutting Mat

GO BIG with the Photo Lights Collection

Hey there, We R Memory Keepers friends and fans, Becki here. I’m so excited to share with you a really fun, really easy family photo light box. You only need a few supplies to create this awesome piece of home decor.

Family Photo Light Box by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

I started by gathering a few supplies. All you’ll need is an 8×8 photo light, a few photo light rub-ons, and printable backlit film.

Photo Lights by We R Memory Keepers

The first thing I did to create this fun project was to print my photo on the backlit film. Even though I had an 8×8 frame I printed my photo at 5×7. I love that I could print my photo from home on my inkjet printer.

Photo Lights by We R Memory Keepers

I printed the photo on an 8 ½ x 11 piece of photo film. Before I added the photo to the Photo Light Box I trimmed the film to an 8×8 piece with the photo in the center. I added a few rub ons above and below the photo to create the “Hugs & Kisses” and “Family” sentiments.

Family Photo Light Box by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

This project was SO easy and SO fun to create. It’s such a fun addition to my living room decor. Thank you for stopping by the We R Memory Keepers blog today. I’ll see you again soon.

 

Celebrate Rub-ons

Photolights Backlit Frame Woodfinish (8×8)

Photolights printable backlit film

 

Happy New Year Photo Lights Display

Good morning We R readers. I can’t believe that this year is already coming to an end and we are getting ready to embark on a brand new fresh start. Once the holiday decor goes down, it can feel a little bare in my home so I like to add some warmth back in to keep away the cold, dreary days of winter.

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I love the new Photo Lights photo frames that were recently released. You print out your design on special backlit film that you can print out right from your home computer.

I thought it would be fun to create a glittery happy new year photo that I could display to celebrate the new year. I started by designing an 8 inch x 8 inch design in Photoshop Elements.

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Note: To use this photo, simply right-click and save the image.

The backlit photo paper comes in 8 ½ x 11 inch sheets. I printed my image and then trimmed it to fit on the frame.

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You can see right through the image, but it is still very clear.

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The photo frames are so easy to use. The front attaches with little magnets in each corner.

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Add your special photo paper to the frame, secure it to the front with the acrylic magnetic photo cover, add your batteries and turn it on. It even has a timer so you can have your frame turn on and off when you would like.

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I created a little light garland behind the frame using the DIY Party lights and some gold tassels. The DIY Party line makes it easy to add some sparkle and shine to any project.

The frame looks even prettier in person. It is sparkly and fun – perfect for ringing in the new year! And I can easily change out the frame when I am done celebrating.

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Supplies:

Photolights Frame

Photolights Backlit Film Paper

DIY Party Gold Glitter Light Strand

DIY Party Gold Pinata Pull Tab

 

Photo Lights Winner!

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Happy Monday friends, and thanks to everyone who entered our Photo Lights giveaway! We’ve selected a random winner to receive the bundle shown above, and that winner is…

 

This would be really cute to set up on a buffet or dessert table. Cute. Merry Christmas

 

Congratulations Brenda! Please send an email to alyd@americancrafts.com with “Photo Lights Winner” in the subject line. Include your name and shipping address, and we’ll get you your prize asap. Enjoy!

Photo Lights Giveaway!

Good Monday morning friends! This week we’re kicking things off with a bang by giving away a selection of items from the Photo Lights collection! Sound good?

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This giveaway package includes one 5×7 lightbox photo frame in ebony wood, one light strand (mini lightbox photo frame garland), one package of printable backlit film (for use with your inkjet printer), and three sets of rub-ons for embellishing your backlit printed photos.

To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment below telling us how you would incorporate this collection into your holiday or party decor. Comments will remain open until Sunday, Dec 18 at midnight. We’ll announce a random winner on Monday, Dec 19th. Good luck, and remember to check back to see if you won!