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



Pinwheel Flower Garland

They say April showers bring May flowers, so this week we’re sharing some paper flower project inspiration from our design team. Be sure to check back each day this week–you’ll love what the team has come up with. First off is Eva with a Pinwheel Flower Garland.

Hello We R fans!  It’s Eva on the blog today bringing you a summer-inspired floral garland made with our Pinwheel Punch Board.

Pinwheel Flower Garland by Eva Pizarro

The Pinwheel Punch Board is one of my favorite boards, these pinwheels are beautiful, with round corners and you can layer them! You can’t do all these things by yourself! Plus, the pinwheel attachments allow you to create perfectly functioning pinwheels.

I made my pinwheels with 3 inch wide papers from the Tealightful collection by Pebbles Inc.

Pinwheel Flower Garland by Eva Pizarro

To make them look like a flower I put some yellow fringe in the middle on the pinwheel (the original idea is from Amanda over the Pebbles’ blog, check her Pinwheel project here)

Pinwheel Flower Garland by Eva Pizarro

To decorate my garland I made some pom pom using our Pom Pom Maker and coordinating wool.

Pinwheel Flower Garland by Eva Pizarro

The pom poms are really easy to make! No more cardstock circles like I used to make them when I was a kid! If you have small children ask them to help, they are going to love them! If you use bigger pinwheels you could also use the pom poms as the center of your flower, that would look so cute!

Pinwheel Flower Garland by Eva Pizarro

I glued each pinwheel to a piece of twine and hung it on our yard. If you want you can wrap it around a wreath to decorate your front door.

I left my pom poms hanging in the center of the wreath.

Pinwheel Flower Wreath by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Pinwheel Flower Garland by Eva Pizarro

I love the summery feel this garland brings to our yard, make them in different sizes and colors, I am sure your pinwheels are going to look great!

Pinwheel Flower Garland by Eva Pizarro

Have a great day!




Pinwheel Punch Board

Pom Pom Maker

Pebbles Tealightful Papers

DIY Party Fringe


Template Studio Project Videos

Since it’s the last day of Template Studio Week, we thought you might enjoy a couple of gift packaging project videos. The first one is a fun birthday gift bag created with the Template Studio Starter Kit and Designer Poster Board. The outside is embellished with pennant banners made with the Banner Punch Board.


The second project is an elegant wedding gift box made with the Template Studio Starter Kit, Pinwheel Punch Board, and some beautiful glitter poster board. It’s easy to make, but is a really elegant way to wrap a wedding gift. Take a peek at the video below!



Summer Banner

Hello!  It’s Jennie McGarvey and I am so excited to share with you a fun and cheerful summer banner I recently created to hang with my mantle decor.


I used both the We R Memory Keepers Banner Punch Board and the We R Memory Keepers Pinwheel Punch Board for this project.  These made quick work of this simple project and I was able to get this hung on my fireplace in no time.

I chose a sheet of patterned paper from the Cake and Candles collection, a polka dot sheet from the Clearly Bold collection and a piece of card stock from my stash for the main parts of this project


I started creating the banner.  I cut 4 3.5”x4” pieces from the acetate paper and 2 of the same size from the Cake and Candles paper.  Then, I used the Banner Punch Board to create my banner pieces.


Once the banner pieces were finished, I made quick work of the pinwheels I would use to embellish the banner.  I simply cut 3” squares from my yellow sheet of card stock and then used the Pinwheel Punch board to do the rest.


Once I was finished punching and cutting my pinwheels I could assemble them to the banners.


I used my Evolution Advanced and Lifestyle Nesting Circle Dies to cut out 6 small circles to layer with my alphabet circles. Once I had those, I could layer the circles and alphabet stickers on my banner.




Now, I have a super cute banner that was easy to make.  The simplicity is not even noticeable thanks to the fun shapes and pinwheels!

Have you tried using the Banner Punch Board or the Pinwheel Punch Board?  Make sure you share your projects using them with us on the We R Memory Keepers Facebook Page or tag We R Memory Keepers on Instagram.



Banner Punch Board
Pinwheel Punch Board
Cake and Candles Collection
Clearly Bold Collection
Pinwheel Attachments
Evolution Advanced
Lifestyle Nesting Circle Dies

Fun With Punch Boards

It’s Punch Board Week here on the We R blog, and we are so thrilled to share some fabulous project inspiration with you from our design team using our favorite Punch Boards. We know you’ll l0ve these tools as much as we do so sit back, relax, and enjoy!


Hello to all you We R fans, it’s Carrie here today to share with you a project I made with some We R Memory Keepers Punch Boards. My daughter and all of her friends are graduating from 8th grade this month so I decided to make some fun cards using the punch boards. For this card I used the Pinwheel Punch Board and the Banner Punch Board, along with some older We R Memory Keepers paper and a touch of  the new line Denim Blues.


To make this card I first chose the size I wanted for my card. I trimmed and added all the background papers and attached them to the base of my card. I then used the Banner Punch board to create a small banner for my card. I chose the Denim Blue Solid for this. I trimmed the paper down, lined it up with the correct measurements and cut.


I wanted to make this a fun card so I used the Pinwheel Punch Board to create this fun dimension on my card. Once I chose which paper I was going to use, I trimmed it to the proper size… I am making a 4 1/2 inch pinwheel so I trimmed 2 pieces of double sided paper to 4×4 inches.


I punched all 4 corners on both 4×4 squares.


With the first 4×4 square I  matched it up on the punch board to the size of my pinwheel on cut side A. I cut along the cut lines. With the remaining 3 corners I rotated and cut along the correct cut lines also.


Then with the second 4×4 square I did the same thing only lining it up with the B side on the punch board.


Once that was done I combined the two at a 45 degree angle with the pinwheel attachments…


Then I attached one corner at a time alternating between pinwheel A and pinwheel B in a clockwise circle until I had a completed pinwheel. I used some pop dots to adhere my banner to my card, embellished and added my pinwheel.


I hope you like the finished product and if you have some projects you created with the We R Memory Keepers Punch Boards we would love to see them.

Products used:

Banner Punch Board
Pinwheel Punch Board
Denim Blues Solid Denim 12×12
Denim Blues Denim Stickers
Enamel Dots
American Craft This to That Foam Dots
Yankee Doodles 6×6 Paper Pad
Red, White and Blue 6×6 Paper Pad

Shabby Chic Spring Wreath

Good morning, We R fans! Jen McDermott here to share a super cute and very quick and easy project to help you decorate your home for Spring!  Best of all, this is a no sew, no glue, project, so you can whip it up during a nap time, or even while enjoying your morning cup of coffee!

I hate to admit it, but as of last week, I *still* had my Christmas wreath on my front door.  It’s just so pretty and sparkly, and not overtly “Christmasy”, but it still most definitely was NOT ushering us into the new Spring season, and really had outstayed it’s welcome.  I had an idea for a quick fix, and a little bit of spare time, so I whipped up this adorable shabby chic wreath to replace it!

Shabby Chic Wreath by Jen McDermott 1

First, I looked through my fabric and paper stashes to find some paper and fabric scraps that would coordinate.  I settled on We R’s Little One paper pad, and some pretty pink and crème fabric.  Next, I grabbed a straw wreath that I had used  for my Fall décor, and some yardage of unbleached muslin.

Designer tip: I always keep a couple of yards of unbleached muslin hanging around.  It’s cheap,  it takes fabric paint and heat transfer material like a champ, and is a great workhorse for so many projects. I love that it gives a great “farmhouse chic” vibe while being a whole lot cleaner and easier to cut compared to burlap.

I snipped and ripped my fabric into about 2.5 inch strips, and wrapped them around the straw wreath, then secured the ends with stick pins.

Shabby Chic Wreath by Jen McDermott 2 copy

Next, I grabbed my Little One paper pad and my Pinwheel punch board, and made three pinwheels of different sizes to attach to my wreath.  I used my Crop-A-Dile and eyelets to secure the pinwheels, and stuck them to the wreath using more stick pins.  Then, I covered one of the eyelets with an enamel dot that drew in the blue from the fabric.

Shabby Chic Wreath by Jen McDermott 3

Shabby Chic Wreath by Jen McDermott 4

Finally, I tied a muslin scrap around the top of the wreath as a hanger, and hung this pretty wreath on my front door.  Easy peasy!  I think it looks great, and is such a breath of fresh air to help us usher in Spring!

Shabby Chic Wreath by Jen McDermott 1

What do you think? Do you have any fun Spring projects using our Pinwheel Punch Board?  Share them with us on our Facebook page; we’d love to see your creations!


Little One Paper Pad
Pinwheel Punch Board
Trim and Score Board
Enamel Dots and Shapes

Pinwheel Layout

Hi there, Aimee here. I ‘m so excited to be sharing my very first layout for We R. Since it’s Pinwheel Punch Board Week I thought I would make a layout using a pinwheel as the main focus. I love layouts with dimension, and this layout definitely has some pop! I layered and nested lots of different embellishments from the Hello Darling Collection.

Pinwheel layout by Aimee Maddern 1

I started off making a 12” pinwheel from the Hello Darling Collection. I folded each corner of the pinwheel to the center and adhered. I then creased the outer edge of each “blade” so it wouldn’t be so “floppy” on the page. Using some foam adhesive I placed my photo over the center of the pinwheel.

Pinwheel layout by Aimee Maddern 2

I nested some Cork Stickers from Hello Darling under my photo.

Pinwheel layout by Aimee Maddern 3

In the bottom right hand corner I nested and layered some Cork Stickers, Ephemera & Enamel Shapes, with some thread. I used some foam adhesive under one of the Ephemera Bits for added dimension and adhered the thread underneath.

Pinwheel layout by Aimee Maddern 4

This really is a very simple layout to create, but thanks to the Pinwheel Punch Board my layout has a whole lot of pizzazz!

Pinwheel layout by Aimee Maddern 5


Pinwheel Punch Board
Hello Darling 12×12 Radiant
Hello Darling Cork Stickers
Hello Darling Ephemera Bits
Hello Darling Enamel Shapes

Pinwheel Wreath

How are you enjoying Pinwheel Punch Board week so far? Are you feeling inspired by all the fun ideas? Are you excited to include some pinwheels in your paper craft projects?

I’m your blog hostess, Aly Dosdall, and I’m excited to share my pinwheel project with you today. I created a fun pinwheel wreath using my punch board, and I hung it on my craft room door to bring the feeling of the beautiful spring season indoors.

Pinwheel wreath by Aly Dosdall

You can use any kind of wreath base you’d like for this project, but I used a simple paper plate. I flipped it upside down and then cut out the center of it.

circle cutter and plate

Then I created about twenty 4″ and 5″ pinwheels, secured them with brads, and then hot glued them to my wreath base.

pinwheel punch board

I made sure to cover the base completely by layering the pinwheels, overlapping them, and placing them close together for a nice full look.

Pinwheel wreath by Aly Dosdall 1

To finish off my wreath I tied a length of grosgrain ribbon around the base for hanging.

Pinwheel wreath by Aly Dosdall 3

Thanks for joining me today. Be sure to come back tomorrow morning for an awesome pinwheel layout from Aimee Maddern, and then stop by in the afternoon to find out who won our Pinwheel Punch Board giveaway!


Pinwheel Punch Board
Farmer’s Market Paper Pad
Brads–Red, White, Yellow

Create Custom Gift Wrap with the Pinwheel Punch Board

Hello! My name is Jennie McGarvey and I am super excited to share with you my first project here on the We R Memory Keepers blog. I have created two fun ways to wrap gifts using the Pinwheel Punch Board that I think will give you some ideas how to do this for yourself!


These have a playful look and are fun and easy to create, thanks to the Pinwheel Punch board. The instructions for this board are simple and easy to read, creating a simple and easy to create project! For the box topper I started with a 5 inch square and created the pinwheel itself. I decided to also add a little flair with curled paper! This was SO EASY! I trimmed a few strips of paper .5” by 12” and curled the ends around a pen. Then, I layered two in between the petals of the pinwheel. Easy and so fun! Once the pinwheel was complete, I went to work dressing up my basic box purchased at a party supply store. I trimmed two strips of patterned paper from the Cakes and Candles collection.


Then, I adhered the patterned papers to the sides of the box. Once those were all secure, I adhered the pinwheel itself to the top of the box!




I couldn’t let the fun stop there. I mean, what if you wanted a gift bag instead of a small box? I had to represent the ever popular gift bag!


I started with a few patterned paper and some die cuts from the Cakes and Candles collection plus the pinwheel supplies. This time, I added in the straw as well. I wanted to keep the whimsy that the pinwheel with a long handle has. I simply trimmed down a piece of patterned paper to fit in between the handles, then layered on a strip of contrasting patterned paper plus a few die cuts! Time to create the pinwheel, which couldn’t be any easier! Then I attached the pinwheel to the straw and the straw to the gift bag! Yes, that is it!


I love these gift wrap ideas because you get to use the whimsical pinwheel plus some of your paper crafting stash. You get a beautiful presentation plus something really fun! Make sure to share your favorite We R Memory Keepers gift wrap ideas with us on the We R Memory Keepers social media channels! We love to see what you are up to.


Pinwheel Punch Board
Pinwheel Attachments 
Cakes and Candles Patterned Paper
Cakes and Candles Die Cuts

Pinwheel Birthday Banner

Hello! Samantha here today, and I am so excited to be sharing my first project with you as part of the We R Memory Keepers Design Team. For my project today I got to spend lots of time playing with the Pinwheel Punch Board, and I am in love with how easy and fun it is to use. To me there is just something so happy and festive about pinwheels, so I turned some into a pinwheel birthday banner.

Pinwheel Birthday Banner by Samantha Taylor 1

You can create single pinwheels (four bladed pinwheels) or double pinwheels (two single style pinwheels layered up for an eight bladed pinwheel) with the Pinwheel Punch Board. For my banner, I created 10 double pinwheels with paper from Cakes and Candles. Each pinwheel was made from two pieces of 4 x 4 paper, for a single 4 ½” pinwheel.

Pinwheel Birthday Banner by Samantha Taylor 2

I wanted to string the banner through the middle of the pinwheel, instead of having to punch a hole through one of the blades. To accomplish this, I threaded a loop of twine through the hole in the center of the pinwheel.

Pinwheel Birthday Banner by Samantha Taylor 3

Then, I looped the twine around the legs of a brad, just under the head of the brad. I used the twine wrapped brad to secure the folded blades of the pinwheel in place.

Pinwheel Birthday Banner by Samantha Taylor 4

I strung two sets of pinwheels. I put five pinwheels on each length of twine (for a total of 10 pinwheels). Once I had the pinwheels where I wanted them on the twine, I used the Cakes and Candles Alpha Block Stickers to add “HAPPY” to the top set of pinwheels, and “DAY” to the bottom set.

Pinwheel Birthday Banner by Samantha Taylor 5

One unique feature to the Alpha Block Stickers is that you can mix and match the positive and negative images, as you get both in a pack of alphas. It’s a really simple way to add a lot of character to lettering on a project.

Pinwheel Birthday Banner by Samantha Taylor 6

My youngest son’s birthday is coming up at the beginning of May, and I can’t wait to hang this pinwheel birthday banner up for him! I have always loved creating pinwheels, and now with the Pinwheel Punch Board, not only are they fun but super easy to create. Have you gotten your hands on this fun tool yet? I’d love to see what lovely things you’ve made with it!


Pinwheel Punch Board
Cake and Candles Streamers Paper
Cake and Candles Gift Wrap Paper
Cake and Candles Party Hat Paper
Cake and Candles Presents Paper
Cake and Candles Balloons Paper
Cake and Candles Confetti Paper
Cake and Candles Hip Hip Hooray Paper
Cake and Candles Candles Paper
Cakes and Candles Alpha Block Stickers
Sew Easy Baker’s Twine, Yellow
American Crafts Brads, Brights
American Crafts This to That Foam Dots