DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill

Hello We R fans! It’s Aly here with you today and I’m extra excited to share this project with you. Have you heard of the new Quill Kits? They work with your electronic cutting machine to do all kinds of cool things to take your craft projects to the next level. Check out how I made a DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill and my Silhouette Cameo 3!DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

December is a fun and super busy month. I find keeping things organized with lists and specific plans helps me to enjoy the season more and stress less. So, I decided to make a special December planner where I can keep track of my shopping, baking, and to do lists.

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I divided my planner into four sections: to buy, to bake, to watch, to do. I included tabbed dividers that I made with patterned paper from the DCWV Inc Christmas Nutcracker paper stack. In between each divider is some blank white paper where I can take notes, write down ideas, record memories, or attach photos. Take a look at each divider inside the planner:

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory KeepersDSC_0474DSC_0477DSC_0478

I created the covers and some of the embellishments with the Singe Quill, some Singe Quill Wood Sheets, Singe Quill ephemera, my Cameo 3, and some artwork from the Holidays USB Design Drive. Here’s how I did it:

Place an 8×8 sheet of Singe Quill Wood in the center of your cutting mat. Be sure to check the clearance on your machine (how thick the material can be to fit in). Move the rollers out of the way, or place the wood sheet on your mat so it doesn’t go under the rollers.

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Prepare your design in your software. Select the Fine or Bold Tip Singe Quill, insert it into the appropriate adapter according to the included instruction booklet. Place your adapter and Singe Quill into your machine following the sketch or draw instructions for your machine.

Send your artwork to the machine and watch the Singe Quill do the work! You won’t be able to see the design that the quill is drawing. It’s applying a clear chemical that we will singe once it’s done.

Once your design is finished, remove your mat, take the wood sheet off the mat and singe the design with the Singe Quill Heat Gun. You can also follow the instructions to singe the wood in the oven.

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I bound the covers, dividers, and paper together with The Cinch binding tool. It went right through the wood covers, no problem. (Tip: be sure to leave about a 1 inch margine on the left side of your covers for binding.) I added these to the four tabbed divider pages, and the blank white paper and then cinched it all together with 1″ gold Cinch Wire.

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Then I used the Singe Quill to write custom words and phrases on some wood ephemera pieces that came in the kit. I wanted to include some of my own handwriting, but you can do this with your cutting machine as well.

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Here’s a closer look at the first tabbed divider:

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I made a coin envelope with The Works All In One Tool. This is where I’ll keep my receipts in case I need to return anything from my Christmas shopping list.

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Here’s a close up of the second tabbed divider:

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Baking is one of our family Christmas traditions, so I’ll keep our favorite recipes handy here in this pocket, and add new ones I collect as well. By the way, I made the folded tabs with The Works All In One Tool.

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

It’s so nice to have one tool that I can pull out to make all the things!

Take a look at the third tabbed divider:

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

The last two sections are for recording our favorite holiday movies and activities, and keeping track of which ones we’ve watched or done. I made two check lists with the All In One Journal Guide.

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Then I added them to the last two tabbed dividers along with some Singe Quill ephemera. We’ll write down our favorite holiday movies on one list, and our favorite holiday family activities on the other. Then, as we do them I’ll check them off and we can use the blank white paper to write what we liked/didn’t like about the activities. I can also store photos and stories from our holiday adventures. Here’s tabbed divider number 4:

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I added a few final touches to my planner. The first was a pom pom and tassel planner charm that I made with The Works All In One Tool. I’ve already said it, and I’ll say it again: I LOVE having one tool that can do SO many things. Less mess in my craft room!

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

The other final touches were some water color paint and some glitter that I added with the Glue Quill. I love the bit of holiday color and sparkle these details add!

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I love how it turned out! I think the singed wood covers are super cool, and they were so easy to make with the Singe Quill and my Cameo.

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram feeds for more Quill Kit projects this week. You can find these kits at select Joann Fabric and Craft Stores. Happy holiday crafting!

Supplies:

Singe Quill Kit
Singe Quill Board 8×8
Singe Quill Heat Gun
The Works All In One Tool
The Cinch
All In One Journal Guide

DIY Planner Embellishments with the Mini Evolution

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a fun layout for my planner. Every year in the month of October, I love to cook and bake silly and fun foods for Halloween. To help me get organized, I created a planner page to begin the meal planning process. Using my Mini Evolution from We R Memory Keepers, I was able to die cut some fun embellishments for my page. Not normally being a person who decorates her planner pages, this was really fun and I have to say, addicting!

DIY Planner Embellishments with the Mini Evolution

I started by creating a dimensional way to mark my page in my planner. Using a bat paper clip from Pebbles, I die cut a circle from patterned paper. Then I added that adorable cat brad to the center of the circle. A basic clip with a simple addition that makes it stand out.

DIY Planner Embellishments with the Mini Evolution

Then I began the fun of decorating my pages. Layering papers and colors was fun! Underneath the cute bat tag that was pre-made, I added a banner of patterned paper. I die cut the paper and then trimmed it to fit the space.

DIY Planner Embellishments with the Mini Evolution

DIY Planner Embellishments with the Mini Evolution

Underneath the pre-made Pebbles images I used, I wanted to add more color and texture. Looking at my embossing folders, I saw the Fall folder with the spider web image border. Using black tape and the folder, a very cool border was created. The tape is perfect for this for two reasons. One, it brings out the image in white, and two, it is self-adhesive once you remove the backing.

DIY Planner Embellishments with the Mini Evolution

As I pondered how else I could use my Mini Evolution for this page, I realized I did not want to draw in all my boxes like usual, so I dug through my die stash and found this cute scalloped frame, which was spot-on! Not only does it add color to the pages, but a unique look that I will use again!

The best part of using the Mini Evolution for these pages was how small the machine is, but still powerful. It would be easy to keep on a small office desk, or carry in your every day planner bag of supplies. A great addition for some creative layouts!

What have you die cut to put in your planner?

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

Pebbles:

  • Midnight Haunting 6×6 Paper Pad
  • Spooky Boo 6×6 Paper Pad
  • Clothes Pins-Bats
  • Brads

 

October Journal Dashboard

Hello and happy Friday! Aly Dosdall back again. My crafting style is usually pretty clean and graphic, but recently I’ve decided to play around with some fun mixed media techniques and broaden my crafty horizons a bit. The new Impressed Stamping Daubers and Dauber Bottle were the perfect way to delve into some mixed media fun, and I used them to create my October journal dasboard. Check it out!

October TN Dashboard by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers 3

I include photos in my journal, so I really wanted to highlight these photos of the leaves starting to change in our yard as this is what the beginning of October represents where I live.

October TN Dashboard by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers 7

October TN Dashboard by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers 5

I used some simple and fun techniques with the stamping daubers to get this colorful look on my dashboard, and I’ll show you how!

I started by cutting out some fall leaf shapes from a scrap of vinyl with my Evolution. I used those as masks on my dashboard, and spread them around the layout in a visual triangle.

step out 1

Then I used the Standard tip Freestyle Pen and some copper Foil Quill foil to write my title. While my handwriting skills are lacking, I feel it’s important to include some of my handwriting in my journal since it’s a part of who I am!

step out 2

Next, I choose some of my favorite fall colors that coordinate with the colors in my photos. I used the daubers to apply the ink to the back of an acrylic stamping block. I filled the dauber bottle with water, and then daubed some water on the block next to the ink, being careful not to get ink on the dauber bottle. I used my stamping dauber to mix the two together to get a watercolor consistency from the ink.

step out 3

Then I applied the ink to my dashboard in horizontal strokes, using my stamping dauber as a brush. I paid extra attention to the fall leaf masks to make sure the ink surrounded the shapes competely.

step out 4

Once the ink dried, I used the Precision Press Pattern Stamps and Stamping Block to stamp in a white color over the ink to add some dimension and layers to the dashboard. Then I removed the vinyl masks, and look how cool it turned out!

step out 5

I added a copper foil outline inside the fall leaf shapes using the metal die I had cut the vinyl with as a template. I first placed the die over the leaf shape and used at piece of washi tape at the very top to secure the die. Then I lifted it up and slid the foil underneath. Then I traced around the inside of the die.

step out 6step out 7

I finished off my dashboard by adding a few embellishments and a tab to mark where October starts in my journal. The Staple Board made it easy to add the tab to my page.

step out 8

I love how my dashboard turned out! Mixed media is a step outside of my comfort zone, but with the Impressed Stamping Daubers is was fun and easy to create this colorful dashboard!

October TN Dashboard by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers 6October TN Dashboard by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers 4October TN Dashboard by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers 1

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your weekend and happy crafting!

Supplies:

Amy Tangerine Journal Studio Insert
Impressed Stamping Daubers
Impressed Dauber Bottle
Foil Quill Freestyle Pen–Standard
Foil Quill Foil–Copper
Evolution
Staple Board
Precision Press Pattern Stamping Block
Acrylic Stamping Blocks

How to Make a Planner Spread with the Foil Quill

Hello everybody ! Soraya here today to share a new tutorial using the amazing Foil Quill tools ! You will be able to create your own spread designs (tabs, titles, boxes and more!) to decorate your journal or planner. Let’s get started !

How to make a planner spread with the Foil Quill by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersStep 1 : Prepare your cardstock 

As I wanted to go on a very new spread, I decided to use one of the Foil Quill neutrals smooth papers. I cut 2 parts of 13x22cm then placed them on my Silhouette cutting mat.

How to make a planner spread with the Foil Quill by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers 

Step 2 : Place the foil 

I used the new Foil Cutting Kit in order to trim the golden foil. This magnetic mat and this circular cutter are truly making a difference by making it easier! The washi tape is now placed all around the foil.

How to make a planner spread with the Foil Quill by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersHow to make a planner spread with the Foil Quill by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Here’s a tip for you : save the Foil leftovers for your Freestyle Pen crafts!

How to make a planner spread with the Foil Quill by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Step 3 : Create the designs

To create the look of my journal spread, I used some designs in the USB drive of Kelly Creates and Paige Taylor Evans. Those drives are simply awesome : so many designs and words to play with!

How to make a planner spread with the Foil Quill by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

So first of all, on my Silhouette Studio, I reproduced the pages so I could easily see where the designs have to be placed. Then I added some tabs and boxes using the drawing options. I placed the title on top and added some flower designs in each box. Before sending it to the cutting machine, I deleted the lines I created for the pages at first.

How to make a planner spread with the Foil Quill by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersFoil Quill Journal Spread by Soraya Maes-8Foil Quill Journal Spread by Soraya Maes-9Foil Quill Journal Spread by Soraya Maes-10Step 4 : Let the magic happen

Now that my designs are set up, let’s launch the Foil process! For my Silhouette I picked the “A” adapter then plugged it in to a battery pack.

How to make a planner spread with the Foil Quill by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Once everything is ready, it’s time to jump into the most exciting moment: the Foil Quill magic!

How to make a planner spread with the Foil Quill by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersHow to make a planner spread with the Foil Quill by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Step 5 : Coloring delights

We’re almost done with our journal spread! Punch the holes according to your binder or planner sizes with the Crop-A-Dile. Now take some time to add colors and fun to the Foil designs with watercolors. See how the Foil is resisting and showcasing the happy colors.

How to make a planner spread with the Foil Quill by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersHow to make a planner spread with the Foil Quill by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersHow to make a planner spread with the Foil Quill by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersHow to make a planner spread with the Foil Quill by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersHow to make a planner spread with the Foil Quill by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

I’m so happy with how it turned! I just love everything about the Foil Quill technology: it’s easy, fun and above all, it has so many creative posibilities!

How to make a planner spread with the Foil Quill by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersHow to make a planner spread with the Foil Quill by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersHow to make a planner spread with the Foil Quill by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

I hope you had fun joining me today. What do you think about creating your own journal spreads? Don’t you think it’s amazing to add foil everywhere?

How to make a planner spread with the Foil Quill by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersHow to make a planner spread with the Foil Quill by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersHow to make a planner spread with the Foil Quill by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Happy creating everyone and until next time!

Soraya.

Supplies :

Foil Quill

Foil Quill USB Drive

Foil Quill Gold

Foil Quill Cutting Mat

Foil Quill papers

Crop-A-Dile

 

Planner Divider with the Mini Laser Square

Hello everybody! Soraya here today to show you a fun tutorial to make your own summer divider for your planner using the absolutely cute Mini Laser Square! You will need some liquid inks, a water spray, a plastic bag, a brush pen and a thin marker, some washi tape and tne Planner Punch Board.

Planner Divider Mini Laser Square by Soraya Maes-1

First of all, trim a white cardstock according to the right dimension of your planner. Mine is the Mini Memory Planner by Heidi Swapp so my cardstock measures 17×9.5 cm. Use the Trim & Score Board for an easy cut. Then punch the holes with the Planner Punch Board refering to the chart of planners you have on the back of the punch.

Planner Divider Mini Laser Square by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersPlanner Divider Mini Laser Square by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

On a plastic bag put some drops of liquid ink : yellow and pink. Spray some water to dilute the pigments then flip the bag onto the paper and spread the color. Use a heat gun to dry it well.

Planner Divider Mini Laser Square by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersPlanner Divider Mini Laser Square by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersPlanner Divider Mini Laser Square by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Time to play with Mini Laser Square! Place your cardstock on the tool and use some washi tape to secure the paper. Turn it on and place the laser where you want to write on the cardstock. With a black brush pen, write “july” on the line. So easy and so fun!

Planner Divider Mini Laser Square by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersPlanner Divider Mini Laser Square by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersPlanner Divider Mini Laser Square by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersPlanner Divider Mini Laser Square by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Then add the rest of the title “for ice cream” going down the laser line by line! Use different tips of brush pen and marker to give a dynamic effect.

Planner Divider Mini Laser Square by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersPlanner Divider Mini Laser Square by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersPlanner Divider Mini Laser Square by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersPlanner Divider Mini Laser Square by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Add some washi tape accents to your divider. You can also place a little ice cream in the middle of the title!

Planner Divider Mini Laser Square by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

And voilà! Your divider is now ready to sublimate your planner spread!

Planner Divider Mini Laser Square by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersPlanner Divider Mini Laser Square by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersPlanner Divider Mini Laser Square by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

I hope you had fun joining me! Happy creating everyone and until next time!

Soraya.

 

List of supplies :

Mini Laser Square

Mini Memory Planner

Amy Tangerine washi tapes

Planner Punch Board

Trim & Score Board

 

 

 

Journal Studio Roundup

Congratulations on making it to the weekend friends! Today we’ve got some weekend crafting inspiration for you featuring our Journal Studio Tools and Storage. We’ve scoured the interwebs and found some fabulous ideas and projects to share with you, so sit back and enjoy!

Habit Tracker

The All In One Journal Tool is a must-have for planning, journaling, scrapbooking and more. We love the Habit Tracker on this cute journal spread by Zinia Redo for American Crafts! CLICK HERE for more photos and details.

AC-ZiniaRedo-HabitTracker

On-The-Go Memory Keeping

Get your craft time in whenever and wherever you can with the Felt Travel Workspace! Terhi Koskinen for American Crafts loves to take her journal with her so she can make lists and record memories while their still fresh in her mind. For more information about her beautiful journal layout, CLICK HERE.

Watercolor_Journal_Studio-1

Goals Mini Album

Make your own custom books, journals, albums and more with the Book Binding Guide! We love how Sandra Dietrich from Crate Paper made her own custom Goals Mini Album. Find the full tutorial HERE.

WM-sandra-goals-hooray-1

Organization Calendar

Sandra’s at it again with this cute organization calendar using the Book Binding Guide! The sky’s really the limit when it comes to what size, style, and type of book you create. More photos and details on the Crate Paper blog HERE.

WM_sandra_getorganized_hooray_1

5 Ways to Create in Your Journal

Our Mini Trimmer is the perfect size for small journals, notebooks, mini albums and other small scale projects. Visit the Heidi Swapp blog HERE for some other fabulous tips for creating in your journal.

5 ways to create spreads in your journal | Journal Studio | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

Thanks for stopping by! We hope you’ve enjoyed our Journal Studio roundup. Have a great weekend and happy crafting!

DIY Journal Pocket Folder

Hello We R fans! Aly Dosdall here to share a project I created with washi tape, one of my go-to craft supplies. I love to use washi tape in my journals and planners because it’s a quick and easy way to embellish my projects without adding bulk.

Recently I created a journal spread and wanted to include a pocket folder for a photo and some journaling, so I used some washi tape to make my own using the pages in my journal.

DIY Washi Tape Folder by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Washi Tape Folder by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Washi Tape Folder by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Normally I can use the Planner Punch Board to add a pocket folder into my planners, but with my journals I take a different approach. First, I pick the washi tape I want to use from my stash. I keep my favorite new washi tape rolls in the Mini Bloom Storage. I keep my favorite roll of washi tape on my new Washi Tape Runner. I love that little thing!

We R Memory Keepers Washi Tape Runner and Mini Bloom Storage

Next, I insert my Mini Magnetic Mat under the page I want to cut to make my pocket and then use the Mini Magnetic Ruler and Craft Knive to cut the page in half at an angle.

DIY Washi Tape Folder

I then cut down the center of the page with my craft knife to remove the top portion of the page.

DIY Washi Tape Folder

I used my Washi Tape Runner to tape the side and bottom of the page I cut and the page behind it together creating a pocket folder!

DIY Washi Tape FolderDIY Washi Tape Folder

To ensure the pocket is full size I used my craft knife to separate the washi tape along the edge.

DIY Washi Tape Folder

Of course, I couldn’t stop there so I embellished my journal spread with some rolls from my favorite new Bright Floral washi tape set.

DIY Washi Tape Folder

I finished off my journal spread with some stickers and ephemera from the Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

DIY Washi Tape Folder by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory KeepersDIY Washi Tape Folder by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Washi Tape Folder by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

So, are you a washi tape fan? What’s your favorite way to use it for your craft projects?Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy the rest of your week!

Supplies:

Washi Tape Runner
Bright Floral Washi Tape
Journal Studio Felt Travel Workspace
Journal Studio Snap and Zip Pockets
All In One Journal Tool
Amy Tangerine Journal Studio Collection
Amy Tangerine and Jane Davenport Markers
Mini Magnetic Mat
Craft Knife
Mini Bloom Storage

 

 

 

2019 Coptic Bound Planner [Free Printable!]

Hello, and Happy Friday friends! Next week we head into 2019 and I’m so excited to start the new year! I’m looking forward to some awesome opportunities and setting some goals. Getting organized, planning and setting goals works a lot better for me if I have them written down so I can keep myself accountable and on task. Each year I make a printable calendar to help me do that, so today I’m sharing a FREE PRINTABLE planner that you can use for 2019. The cool thing about this printable calendar is that you can start it any time and you can use it for any year. It’s also pretty versatile, so you can make one for each month, or you can create one for the entire year. Take a look!

2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

To create my planner I used my FREE PRINTABLE 2019 PLANNER which you can download below, some papers and embellishments from the Dear Lizzy New Day collection, some stickers from the Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection, and some We R Journal Studio tools.

2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I started by printing the planner pages. There are 7 pages for each month–a To Do page, a monthly spread, and weekly spreads. I printed them double sided so that you can flip them over at the short end of the paper since they’re horizontally oriented. (Tip: the last page is single sided.) I used high quality printer paper that’s designed for double sided printing. You can download the FREE PRINTABLE PLANNER below:

We R Memory Keepers Printable Planner

Then I trimmed the pages (they each have a trimming guide) and folded them in half. I ordered them so that page 1 is on top and page 7 (the single page) is on the bottom, repeating this order for each month’s pages. Then I trimmed a patterned paper divider for each month from the New Day collection. Trim the dividers to 6 1/2 inches wide and 5 5/8 inches tall to match the printed pages.

Since I used a Coptic binding for my planner I grouped each month together with the divider and all of the printed pages. When creating a coptic bound book, these small groupings of pages are called “signatures”. For this book you’ll have twelve signatures, one for each month. Since this book is so thick, I saddle stitched each signature with the Book Binding Guide before binding them all together to provide more stability. Here’s how to saddle stitch the signatures using the Book Binding Guide (instructions come with the tool):

step out 1

  1. Place all the folded pages in your signature face up on the left side of the tool. There’s a groove in the base of the tool which makes is easy to accurately place your pages.
  2. Place the piercing guide on top of your papers with the groove side facing down. Turn the screws to secure the guide, making sure the holes with the rings around them are centered along the fold of the pages.
  3. Use the piercing tools to pierce every other hole (the ones with the rings). Make sure the tool pierces through all the pages.
  4. Repeat these steps for all twelve signatures.
  5. Use the straight needle and the wax thread to saddle stitch each signature (instructions included in the manual). Thread the needle with a single strand of thread.
  6. Thread the needle through the hole at one end of the pages, going from the inside to the outside of the signature (inside pages to outer cover), leaving 3-4 inches at the end to tie a knot once you finish stitching.
  7. Go up through the next hole, down through the next hole, up through the next, etc. until you reach the end.
  8. Then stitch back to the other end using the opposite motion (stitch up through the down holes and down through the up holes). Repeat this all the way to the other end so that you have continuous stitches on the inside and outside of your signature. Tie the two ends in a square knot and trim the excess.
  9. Saddle stitch all twelve of your signatures together, and then your ready to make your covers!

step out 2

To create the covers:

  1. I trimmed two pieces of book board to 3 1/2 inches wide and 5 3/4 inches long.
  2. I covered them with patterned paper from the New Day collection and then pierced holes in both cover. The holes for the covers must match the holes for the signatures.
  3. When piercing covers, place them on the left side of the Book Binding Guide and flip the piercing guide over so that the flat side is facing down.
  4. Use the center column of holes and align the ringed holes to they’re centered like the holes for the signatures were (see above photo for details). Then tighten the screws to hold the piercing guide in place.
  5. Pierce through every other hole (all the ringed ones) with the piercing tool. Repeat these steps for the other cover.

2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Now it’s time to bind together the covers and the twelve signatures! You can find instructions in your Book Binding manual, more details and photos in THIS POST by Eva Pizarro, and you can also watch this helpful video tutorial.

  1. Use the curved needle and wax thread. Thread the needle and tie a knot in the end of the thread. Start by stitching together the bottom cover and the last signature (December pages) following the instructions in the booklet.
  2. Add the November signature using the instructions, and then continue adding all the signatures in reverse order through February. If you’d like you can add sequins to the coptic stitches to embellish your book.
  3. Finish off the book with the January signature and the top cover. Tie the loose end in a square knot and trim the excess. I added a pom pom tassel from the New Day collection, attaching it to the binding stitches on the outside of the planner.
  4. Tip: I used multiple strands of thread (about four) since it’s easier to stitch smaller lengths of thread. Just be sure to finish a length at the end of a signature, and start a new length at the beginning of a signature.
  5. Once you’ve finished binding your planner, you can decorate the inside pages! I like to use flat embellishments (stickers, rub ons, washi tape, ephemera, stencils) so I don’t add too much bulk to the book.

2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Since this planner can be used for any year and can start at any time, you’ll need to add the dates. You can write them, stamp them, or use stickers from the Journal Studio. I used my colored pencils.

2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Decorate your front cover with stickers, washi tape, rub ons or ephemera. I used the Dear Lizzy New Day and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collections.

2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

This would be a fun weekend craft project to get ready for the new year next week. Thanks for stopping by! Have a fun and crafty weekend friends.

Supplies:

Book Binding Guide
Magnetic Alphabet Stencils
Magnetic Symbol Stencils
Journal Guide
Washi Tape
Washi Tape Keychain
6×6 Book Board
Precision Glass Cutting Mat
Craft Knife
Supreme Ruler
Dear Lizzy New Day CollectionDear Lizzy New Day Collection
Amy Tangerine Journal Studio Sticker Book

Precision Press Advanced Project Inspiration

Good Monday morning We R friends! We hope you’re week is starting off well. We’d like to add a bit of Monday Magic with some project inspiration from our fabulous in house design team featuring the ultimate stamping tool, the Precision Press Advanced!

660265_WR_PrecisionPressAdvanced_CreativeSample_HSN_2

The Precision Press Advanced is perfect for cardmaking! Add sharp custom images for sentiments, borders, and accents.

660265_WR_PrecisionPressAdvanced_CreativeSamples_HSN-6 web

The Precision Press Advanced makes batch projects come together quickly and easily.

660265_WR_PrecisionPressAdvanced_CreativeSamples_HSN-7 web

Stamp beautiful images on your scrapbook pages with the Precision Press Advanced. Add icons, embellishments and page titles with ease.

660265_WR_PrecisionPressAdvanced_CreativeSample_HSN_1

Use your stamps to create a cool design element without worrying about smeared or incomplete impresssions.

July2018_PPA_Southwest_CreativeSamples_HSN_4

Use the top acrylic block of the Precision Press Advanced to stamp directly into your planner. The rubber feet on each corner provide stability and balance when stamping.

660265_WR_PrecisionPressAdvanced_CreativeSamples_HSN-1 web

 

Crafters worldwide are giving the Precision Press Advanced 5 star ratings, so if you haven’t yet, give it a try! You’ll love it!

Supplies:

Precision Press Advanced

7 Planner Hacks

Hey planner girls! We know you love to plan and create, so we’ve got a roundup of seven time-saving planner hacks to make sure you get plenty of time for the things you love.

7 Planner Hacks by We R Memory Keepers

From easy DIY planner clips to confetti shaker pockets, we’ve got some great planner inspiration, so grab a cup of something yummy, sit back, and enjoy!

DIY Washi Tape Planner Clips

DIY Washi Tape Planner Clips by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

For quick and easy custom planner clips or bookmarks, grab your favorite washi tape, some paper clips, and the Washi Chomper. Then CLICK HERE for a full tutorial.

Make Your Own Patterned Paper

DIY Planner Washi Tape Accents by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Cover white cardstock with washi tape to create custom “patterned paper”, and then punch out months, dates, or other words with the Word Punch Board. You can find full instructions HERE.

Make Planner Shaker Pockets

Planner Shaker Pockets by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Put your planner photo sleeves to use in a unique way by making DIY Shaker Pockets! Punch your favorite color papers with the Sprinkle Punch, place them in the photo sleeve, and tape it shut with washi tape. Learn more on the blog HERE.

DIY Coin Envelope Planner Insert

DIY Coin Envelope Planner Insert by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Make your own coin envelope for storing planner accessories, stickers, receipts and more. It’s easy to make with your favorite patterned paper and the 123 Punch board. Add it to almost any size and style planner with the Planner Punch Board. CLICK HERE for a full tutorial.

Add Details to Your Planner with the Typecast Typewriter

We R Memory Keepers Typecast Typewriter

Did you know that you can roll your planner pages, dashboards, and inserts right through the Typecast Typewriter to add details, journaling, lists and more to your planner? Find more photos and details on our blog HERE.

Draw Foil Accents in Your Planner

memory-planner-scrapbook-page-by-aly-dosdall-2

Emphasize important dates, notes, or events in your planner with the foil writing and drawing. The battery-powered Heat Wave Foil Pen makes it easy to add a bit of sparkle and shine using several different colors of foil and stencils as well. For more photos and details, visit the blog HERE.

Create Custom Wire Embellishments

planner-spread-by-soraya-maes-1

Use the Happy Jig wire design tool to create cool planner clips, accents, and embellishments for your planner. The wire comes in several different colors, and the design possibilities are endless! CLICK HERE for the tutorial.

Thanks for stopping by! We hope these fun planner hacks inspire you and help save you some extra crafting/plannning/creating time. Be sure to come back tomorrow for more information.