DIY Holiday Ornaments

Hello, all!  It’s Rebecca here today, and I’m wishing you a Happy December!  I’m excited to bring you some ornaments that I made with the handy-as-ever Tassel Loom and Happy Jig.  They are easy and fun and will surely help you deck your tree with handmade goodness!

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

We’ll start with the easiest of all, a Christmas tree made using the Happy Jig.  I found the directions right in the book that came with the tool, on page 18.  You can go ahead and use Happy Jig wire…or you might want to try using a pipe cleaner!  That’s what I used, a chenille one in gold.  The kind that I found (at Michael’s) were 12 inches, which was perfect because the trees require 11 inches if you make them without the add-on for the clip, which I did.

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

The wired pipe cleaner is a bit thinner than standard Happy Jig wire, but these were still sturdy enough to keep their shape.  I tried with another brand of cleaners, but those were too flimsy.  Aside from looking shiny and pretty, another positive aspect of using the gold pipe cleaners was that they were really easy to wind around the small pegs.

We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig

I used a medium peg at the top instead of the small one so I could form a larger loop at the top, and I used the 1” of excess wire to wind around the loop for closure.  Those were 2 small changes I made to the original instructions.

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

They’re so pretty hanging on the tree—or on a package, since I always like to include an ornament on Christmas presents!  You can leave them be or you can take it a step further and add some extra bling!  I took some gold metallic thread and wound it around the tree.  The grooves made by the chenille keep the thread from slipping and hold it in its place on the sides of the tree.  Every other loop or so, I added a sequin.  The sequins slide along their line, but they don’t go past the edge of the tree.  I used some vintage gold stars and white faceted round sequins, but you might want to add some more color.  I tied the thread off at the bottom.

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

These are so delicate and festive!  The best part is how simply they came together, and how inexpensive.  I can definitely see making several of these for family and friends this year.  It’s also a craft that I know my daughter would LOVE to help with!

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Moving on to the next ornaments, are you ready to make some tassels?  By now you might realize I love to make tassels and add them to nearly everything, so why not make tree ornaments with them, too?  I turned mine into Santa Claus’s and Christmas trees.

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

You’ll need the Tassel Loom, thread, glue of your choice, and ¼” white pom poms if you’d like to make these, too.  My thread colors are red, white, black, and 2 shades of green—one dark, one light.

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers Tassel Loom

I’ll show you how to create the Santas, and by following those directions, you’ll know how to do the trees—it’s not hard, I promise!  Begin by making the tassels.  Follow the directions for the Tassel Loom as you normally would for a 2” Floss or other Non-Flexible Material.   Trim the ends to even up the bottoms.

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

For the Santas, I made 1 black (for his boots), 1 white (for his beard), 1 larger, thicker red (for his suit), and 1 skinnier, shorter red (for his hat).  For the smaller red tassel, you’ll still make a 2” tassel, but will trim off about ½”.  For the trees, I made 2 thick dark green tassels and 1 thick light green tassel.

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Take a section of about 1/3 of the larger red tassel (at the back) and add some glue.  I used Fabri-Tac, but hot glue will work, as well.

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory KeepersDIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Place the back of the black tassel against the glue, then pull the remaining 2/3 of the red tassel over the top of the black one.  Smooth it out.

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Repeat the steps to add the white tassel to the duo, and the last red tassel, as well.

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

The final step is glue on the white pom pom at the top.

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Obviously, the Santas are inferred, but my kids love them!   You’ll do the same steps for the trees, but with only 3 tiers instead of 4.  Also, there’s no pom pom, but I added some sequin stars to the tie-on loop.  You can choose 3 different shades of green, or just one…have fun with it and make it your own!

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

With that, I’ll leave you to go and make some ornaments yourself.  Don’t forget to pick up a Happy Jig and a Tassel Loom from the We R Memory Keepers store if you don’t already have them—they’re tools you’ll use again and again!

 

Supplies:

Tassel Loom

The Happy Jig

 

Holiday Cookie Boxes + Free Recipe

Hello and happy almost-December!  It’s Rebecca back again today, and I’m excited to share a recipe for some yummy treats and some packaging with you.

Holiday Cookie Boxes by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

With less than 2 weeks of school left before my kids are off for winter break, it’s time to start planning what kinds of cookies we’ll be baking this year.  Anymore, Christmas is the only time I bake.  We’ll probably do some frosted sugar cookies, and maybe some peanut butter bonbons—those were always my favorite as a child—and then we always make up a quick batch of snickerdoodles.  They’re fast and easy, whereas the other cookies get a little time-consuming, especially when you have littles “helping” out!  To get things going a little early this year, I made a quick batch of snickerdoodles.

Holiday Cookie Boxes by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

We usually bake treats for my husband’s side of the family (since they’re local) and my favorite part of that is packaging them up!  Is that strange?  I think we’ll even extend the treat-giving to the kids’ teachers and classroom aides this year, too.  Thanks to the 1-2-3 Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers, I can make the box AND embellish it with the same tool!

Holiday Cookie Boxes by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I started by choosing the box size I wanted to make, which was 4” x 4” x 3 1/2,” and then trimmed my papers accordingly.  I’m using some prints from Crate Paper’s Merry Days collection to make all my packaging today.

Holiday Cookie Boxes by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

After cutting the paper down to size, I simply followed the easy directions for the Punch Board and assembled 2 boxes.  I lined them with wax paper and filled them with the cookies we made, then closed them up, securing the flaps with the corner slits.  One of the most convenient aspects of this board and these boxes is that there’s no adhesive required.  It makes assembling them so fast!

Holiday Cookie Boxes by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory KeepersHoliday Cookie Boxes by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

To accompany each box, I made a paper bow using the 1-2-3 Punch Board, as well.  Again, it’s super easy and I was able to use the scraps from the same sheet of paper I used to create the boxes.  For some contrast, I chose to make a blue bow (‘Holiday Love’) to go with the coral paper (‘Cheer’) and vice versa.

Holiday Cookie Boxes by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory KeepersHoliday Cookie Boxes by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Each bow is size Small, which I found to be a great size for those boxes.

Holiday Cookie Boxes by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I then created some simple tags to attach to each box, as well, using more paper scraps.  For the coral box, I used the backside of ‘Holiday Love’ and paired it with some blush pink card stock, with which I used the Word Punch Board to spell “From Nemy.”

Holiday Cookie Boxes by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

For my son’s teacher, I used a scrap of green buffalo check paper (‘Together’) from last year’s Crate holiday offering FaLaLa.  After punching out “From Gus” from pale blue cardstock, I adhered it to the green paper and trimmed down the two tags.

We R Memory Keepers Word Punch BoardHoliday Cookie Boxes by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

With the notch cutter on the 1-2-3 board, I punched out the small curves at the ends of each tag.  It’s an addition that makes the tags a little more unique than if I had left them with a straight edge.

Holiday Cookie Boxes by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

To complete the look, I added a yarn pom pom to each box, and if you like, you can even add some ribbon or twine.

Holiday Cookie Boxes by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

My favorite thing about this gift is that it’s all handmade!  From the treats inside to the packaging outside, it’s a labor of love, which I know will not go unnoticed by the kids’ teachers.  They give so much time and support to my kids that this small token of thanks is completely worth the time and effort it took to make it.

Holiday Cookie Boxes by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies:

 

1-2-3 Punch Board

Word Punch Board

Pom Pom Maker

Snickerdoodle Recipe:

 

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups sugar

½  cup butter or margarine, softened

½ cup shortening

2 eggs

2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

¼ cup sugar (sprinkle in some red & green sugar sprinkles with it for the holidays!)

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

 

Directions:

  1. Heat over to 400 degrees F
  2. Mix 1 ½ cups sugar, shortening, butter, and eggs in large bowl. Stir in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Mix ¼ cup sugar and cinnamon in separate bowl.
  4. Shape dough into 1 ¼” balls. Roll balls in cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  5. Place on ungreased cookie sheet
  6. Bake 8-10 minutes
  7. Enjoy!

 

Holiday Themed Scrapbook Page

Hello, hello!  It’s Rebecca here today and I can’t believe how close we are to Christmas!  I know it’s still 6 weeks away, but that 6 weeks goes by so fast!  For me, so many things get lost in the holiday hustle, so this year I’m making more of an effort to not let that happen.  I don’t do too much in the way of scrapbooking, but every now and then, something extra special transpires, and I’ll want to remember it (and my feelings about it) forever.

Holiday Themed Scrapbook Page by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Last December, I was buried in work and trying to meet deadlines and my kids were driving me crazy!  I think they were arguing, then wrestling, then arguing, then high-pitched screaming.  I finally separated them and told them to do something creative.  My then-7-year-old son took it upon himself to write a letter to Santa Claus and when he showed it to me later that night, my heart melted.  I held onto this letter all year and as the kids have been talking about starting their letters to Santa early this year, I pulled it out and decided this was just the sort of thing I wanted to remember.

Holiday Themed Scrapbook Page by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I scanned the original letter into the computer and shrunk it down just a bit with photo editing software, then re-printed it.  I did this because I wanted to make it a little smaller to work with my 12×12 patterned paper, and because I had the idea that I wanted it to be sticking out of an envelope.

Holiday Themed Scrapbook Page by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

How awesome is it that I could make my own envelope, in the size I wanted to use, with my 1-2-3 Punch Board?!  I could have used a boring long white envelope, but this way, I also got to use the patterned paper I wanted.

Holiday Themed Scrapbook Page by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I followed the easy directions to create an envelope that was 4” W x 8” L from some Crate Paper Fa La La paper.  After assembling the envelope, I made an extra fold to the bottom flap, simply folding the top portion over to create a lower, flattened opening rather than the taller, pointed version.  This also allows for the addition of some extra embellishments in that space.

Holiday Themed Scrapbook Page by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I backed the letter copy with red cardstock and slid it into the envelope, tucking various die cuts into the front of the envelope for more color.

Holiday Themed Scrapbook Page by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Texture and dimension are often a key design element in whatever I’m creating, and that was no different here.  I ruffled gold and white crepe papers along the sides of the back of my letter/envelope ensemble, as well as scraps of gold crepe along the top and bottom edges.  Then I adhered it all to the green buffalo check base paper.

Holiday Themed Scrapbook Page by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

There were a few more small touches to put in place before my layout was complete; I jotted down the journaling part so I could indeed remember this moment—and my first instinct really was to go out that night and get my son ‘a cute litl pup’!  (But we didn’t, and we still don’t have a dog so…)

Holiday Themed Scrapbook Page by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Because this is a holiday layout, I thought it would be apropos to include a glittery ribbon bow and a tassel, both of which were easily made with We R Memory Keepers tools—the Bow and Tassel Looms, respectively.

Holiday Themed Scrapbook Page by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory KeepersHoliday Themed Scrapbook Page by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Like I mentioned, I don’t do too much scrapbooking or memory keeping, but every time I do, I remember how fun and satisfying it is.  Just as I will get sentimental looking back at this page years from now, I’m sure my son will enjoy it, too…but I doubt it will make up for the fact that Santa did not bring him a puppy that Christmas!

 

Supplies:

1-2-3 Punch Board

Bow Loom

Tassel Loom

Thanksgiving Placecard Ideas with the Word Punch Board

Hello friends!  Rebecca here with you today, and this is the time of year when family and friends gather to spend time together and eat a lot of big meals!  Today on the blog I’ve got some nifty ideas for table place cards with a fall décor theme.

Thanksgiving Placecard Ideas with the Word Punch Board by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

For each of the settings, I used leaves as part of my theme because they’re quintessential autumn and I can’t use enough leaves in my projects at this time of year!  To begin, I die cut several different styles and sizes in various cardstock colors ranging from off-white to pale mint, to charcoal gray and black.  You’ll also notice I didn’t stick to a classic fall color scheme; it’s easy enough to change the colors to warmer hues if you’d prefer a more traditional fall look.

Thanksgiving Placecard Ideas with the Word Punch Board by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

One of my first thoughts when it came to this project was how to personalize the seating assignments.  As much as I wish I had gorgeous calligraphic handwriting, I simply don’t.  Then I thought of the Word Punch Board, which allowed me to easily spell out any name or phrase I wanted.

Thanksgiving Placecard Ideas with the Word Punch Board by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I considered different ways to display the placecards, shying away from the standard folded card and opting for the leaf shape or a tag tied onto some part of the place setting.  I love the look of a tag displayed with the silverware, so I have a couple options that way.  Each setting I’m sharing today is pretty simple, because when you’re cooking for a house full of people, and you have several seat assignments to make, you don’t need them to be highly complicated.

Thanksgiving Placecard Ideas with the Word Punch Board by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

On the first setting, I punched the name right onto the leaf.  This took a bit of maneuvering because my die cut leaf is curved and the punch board is straight, but the end result was worth it!  To achieve the curved word, I punched one letter at a time and I removed the tray from the board, flipping it upside down so I had a better idea of the letter placement.  I also started in the middle with the ‘R’ to be sure the word would be centered.  I punched the R, then the A’s, and then the S and H.  These little tricks helped the process go smoothly and quickly.

We R Memory Keepers Word Punch BoardWe R Memory Keepers Word Punch Board

I layered the name leaf with a solid black leaf; the contrast in cardstock colors helps the punched-out word to be seen.  I tied the leaf duo to a set of utensils with jute twine, adding a swatch of lace underneath and a single–real–eucalyptus leaf to the top.  The final touch was another die cut leaf in a different style tucked under the cutlery; I cut that leaf from some Crate Paper Merry Days paper.  This place setting can be easily styled up or down, too, depending on the mood of your entertaining.  Omit pieces like the lace and the add-on leaves for a simpler do; choose satin ribbon instead of jute and add some stitching to the name leaf for something fancier.

Thanksgiving Placecard Ideas with the Word Punch Board by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory KeepersThanksgiving Placecard Ideas with the Word Punch Board by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Another option for the utensils is this tag.  Instead of a name here, though, I used a favorite phrase—GIVE THANKS—punched into more CP Merry Days paper.  This style works great when you’re allowing your guests to choose their own seats, but still want to dress up your table.  I punched the words on 2 thin strips of patterned paper and connected them with a length of brown glitter tape.  I adhered the note onto blush pink card stock and set an eyelet on the end with my Crop-A-Dile tool.

Thanksgiving Placecard Ideas with the Word Punch Board by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

The back of the tag is blank, so this is a fun opportunity for your dinner guests to write down something they’re thankful for.

Thanksgiving Placecard Ideas with the Word Punch Board by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I tied it to the utensils with rose gold shimmer twine and added a short branch of eucalyptus under the tag, propping it up off the plate.  You can choose your own phrase or tag style, but this one is nice for recording gratitude and/or memories.

Thanksgiving Placecard Ideas with the Word Punch Board by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Another, more versatile way to use the Word Punch Board on your Thanksgiving place cards (or tags, if you’d rather), is to use the letters you’ve punched out to spell the names of your guests.  This is a great option for longer names or more complex shaped place markers.

Thanksgiving Placecard Ideas with the Word Punch Board by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

This super-simple set up is just a trio of die cut leaves (one of them is stamped, too), and glitter tape letters.  Glitter tape is an awesome medium to use with the punch board because you omit the timely step of gluing each itty-bitty alpha onto the tag.  American Crafts makes my favorite glitter tape and I used it here in the Brown Sugar shade to spell EMILY.

Thanksgiving Placecard Ideas with the Word Punch Board by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Another eyelet and some jute twine tied to this pumpkin stem, and this easy seat assignment is complete.  Switch out the colored fabric pumpkin for real mini pumpkins for a more natural table setting.

Thanksgiving Placecard Ideas with the Word Punch Board by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Speaking of natural place settings, I got extra-creative and incorporated a pomegranate into my last sample.  This came about because our neighbors have an overflowing pomegranate tree and they were generous to give us a grocery bag full of them!  The bright red adds amazing color to the table and sticking a trio of leaves into the stem makes for another easy decoration.

Thanksgiving Placecard Ideas with the Word Punch Board by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I used the punched glitter alphas again, this time in Chestnut tape.  The red fruit and simply spelled-out names are perfect for Christmas decorating, too.  Use star or pine tree die cuts in place of the leaves for a festive feeling.

Thanksgiving Placecard Ideas with the Word Punch Board by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Whether you’re going all out with a fancy tablescape and assigned seating, or keeping things more casual, I hope you’ve found these place cards pretty and functional.  The Word Punch Board is such a handy tool for personalization, and I’ll certainly be choosing one of these styles for my own Thanksgiving table this year!

Thanksgiving Placecard Ideas with the Word Punch Board by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

Word Punch Board

Crop-A-Dile

 

Halloween Banner with the Circle Spin & Trim

Happy Almost-Halloween, We R friends!  This is Rebecca sharing some hauntingly-fun décor with you today!  I have to admit that Halloween usually gets lost in the mix of happenings at this time of year; we take the kids trick-or-treating, but there’s so much else going on that I don’t put out many (if any) decorations.  The other day my five-year-old daughter mentioned that she was sad we didn’t have decorations up and that prompted me to find some time to create a little something we could hang up.

Halloween Banner featuring the Circle Spin & Trim by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Looking over all of my WRMK tools, I got so many fun ideas for things to create, not the least of which was a scalloped “HAPPY HAUNTINGS” banner made with the Circle Spin & Trim, and some help from Pebbles’ Spooky Boo collection.

We R Memory Keepers Circle Spin & Trim

I started by cutting out fourteen 6” circles from the different Spooky Boo patterned papers.  It took mere minutes to do using the Spin & Trim, it’s that easy!  I cut 2 from each 12” x 12” paper so I could use a circle from each side.

Halloween Banner featuring the Circle Spin & Trim by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I then folded each circle in half.  You can use the aid of a scoring tool like the WRMK Scoreboard, if you need to.  I lay each word (‘happy’ and ‘hauntings’) out on my table and measured the length of twine I’d need for each strand.  I folded the circles over the twine and adhered them closed, creating scalloped garlands.

Halloween Banner featuring the Circle Spin & Trim by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I used the Circle Spin & Trim again to cut fourteen 2” circles out of gold glitter paper and adhered each letter of my phrase to them.  While the Thickers are already backed with adhesive, I added extra glue to ensure a firm hold since sunlight and heat from our television are both could dry out the existing adhesive.

Halloween Banner featuring the Circle Spin & Trim by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Before committing those circles to my garland, I chose a few simple embellishments like paper stickers, puffy stickers, and a little black lace to add to each semi-circle.

Halloween Banner featuring the Circle Spin & Trim by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

As much as I’m not a fan of spiders AT ALL, the glitter wall spiders make a creepy-cute addition to some of the banner pieces.

Halloween Banner featuring the Circle Spin & Trim by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I also couldn’t resist whipping up some ghost tassels with yarn and the Tassel Loom, which I tied onto the twine in-between circles.  The final touch was a bit of off-white sequin trim to the top of each scallop.

Halloween Banner featuring the Circle Spin & Trim by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

This was such a fun project to create and, thanks to the Circle Spin & Trim, cutting out all of those circles was so easy and fast—and uniform, which makes handmade home décor look a lot more polished.  My daughter is so excited to finally have some Halloween décor in our house!  I’m sure it won’t be the last we put up this year, either; I think more of those ghosts are calling my name…

Halloween Banner featuring the Circle Spin & Trim by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

Circle Spin & Trim

Tassel Loom

Scoreboard

Make Unique Accents for your Handmade Cards with the Happy Jig & Tassel Loom

This Saturday in World Cardmaking Day, so we’re celebrating all week with plenty of handmade card inspiration from our design team. Rebecca’s up first with some unique cards she made by combining two new tools.

Hello!  It’s Rebecca with you today and I have a fun way to pair up 2 of my favorite WRMK tools, the Happy Jig and the Tassel Loom.  Tassels are everywhere, which I’m happy to say, I love.  I’ve been making my own for a few years now, but I mostly limited myself to embroidery floss since it was the least time-consuming way that I found to do it.  However, embroidery floss can be expensive and limiting.  The Tassel Loom has broadened my tassel-making horizons, and when I realized I could easily add tassels to the words and images I made with the Happy Jig, my life got even better!

Happy Jig Tassel Cards by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

 

I made two simple cards with the highlights being words I fashioned with the Happy Jig.  I kept the cards basic to give the wired sentiments the spotlight.  There’s nothing basic about those wired words, as I’ve added tassels to them!  I have a quick tutorial to show you how I did it, since it deviates slightly from the Tassel Loom directions.  Also, I’m demonstrating with a paper clip, but the idea is exactly the same if you want to add tassels to Happy Jig creations.

Loosely following the official Tassel Loom instructions for ‘floss and other non-flexible materials’ to create a 2” tassel, I performed Step 1 with sewing thread.  I wrapped the thread around the loom until I reached my desired thickness, then moved on to Step 3, skipping Step 2.

Happy Jig Tassel Cards by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I held the thread and cut where the loom indicates at the top and bottom, being sure to hold the thread lengths firmly in the middle!  (That’s important!)

We R Memory Keepers Tassel Loom

We R Memory Keepers Tassel Loom

Next, I pushed one end of my thread through a loop in my wired shape (or paper clip end).  This is easier than it looks!  Try pinching the ends; this step is akin to threading a large needle eye with 100-ply thread!

Happy Jig Tassel Cards by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Once I got the end of my thread through the loop, I folded it over and pinched it near the top.  I wound thread around the body of the tassel to create the neck and to hold it in place on the wired loop.  With thread, I don’t count how many times I wrap it around; I eyeball the thickness based on what looks good and proportionate to me.  Once you’ve got a thickness you’re happy with, tie it off in the back and trim the ends to even up the bottom.  Repeat the steps to add more tassels to your project.

Happy Jig Tassel Cards by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Happy Jig Tassel Cards by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I started doing these for my journal spread last month, moving on to the wired words because I loved the outcome so much.  The Tassel Loom makes it a breeze to do, too; without the structure and guidelines of that tool, the thread would be too unruly.

Happy Jig Tassel Cards by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

A friend of mine is a big planner girl and I made this “Hustle” piece for her to add to her planner.  I found the template on the @werhappyjig Instagram page, and I added the clip to the ‘H,’ as directed.

Happy Jig Tassel Cards by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory KeepersHappy Jig Tassel Cards by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I thought it would be fun if I used the “Hustle” clip as a part of a greeting card, so I adhered the the patterned paper to the card base with strategically placed 3-D foam dots and clipped the word onto it.  She can take it right off and use it in her planner!

Happy Jig Tassel Cards by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I spelled “GET IT GIRL” with the Word Punch Board and backed it with gold glitter paper to add extra sparkle to this card, cheering her on in all her endeavors.

Happy Jig Tassel Cards by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

The second card also has a wired sentiment with tassels, but instead of clipping this one to the card, I glued it on with small dabs of hot glue.  There’s a layer of pale pink tulle underneath the word to go with the celebratory “Yay” vibe and the bright pink tassels!

Happy Jig Tassel Cards by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I found the “Yay” template on the @werhappyjig Instagram page, as well.  There are so many fun options there, so if you’re looking for something different, I suggest giving that page a follow.

Happy Jig Tassel Cards by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I love the way the tassels look on my wired words and it’s a great way to dress them up!  This technique really makes them the star of greeting cards and will add a festive feel to gift tags and gift wrap, as well.  Are you going to give it a try?!

Happy Jig Tassel Cards by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies:

The Happy Jig

Tassel Loom

Word Punch Board

DIY Planner/Journal Clips

Hi all!  Rebecca with you today, back for my second We R post.  I’m giving you a peek into my Inspiration journal today, which is what I use to keep track of my “current favorites,” whether they be colors, tools, supplies, or just about anything else I use in paper crafting.

DIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

The main tool I used today was the Journal Guide, and I used it both on and ‘off’ the pages!  It’s a handy tool for drawing circles, banners, and lists right on your pages, but you can also use it for creating pockets, which is what I did.  Then I took those pockets and turned them into clips, allowing me to move them around, add to them, and remove them from the book for easier note-taking.

DIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

It’s really easy to create the pockets.  I used Amy Tangerine patterned papers trimmed down to 5” W x 3” H, and 5” W x 4” H. Then you simply fold them around the long end of the Guide and tape closed.  To seal the bottom of the pocket, fold a portion of the bottom edge up and tape again.

DIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I added some simple embellishments using the Journal Guide.  This time I used the pointed arrow stencils to create banners out of paper scraps—even glitter paper!  I chose how long I wanted them to be, traced them out, and cut.  I used the WRMK Trim and Score Board to cut the straight edge lines and trimmed the others with my Crafter’s Small Precision Scissors.  It was pretty easy, too!

DIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

After adhering the banners to the front of my smaller pocket, I turned it over and glued a paper clip to the back.  (But not before I added a lavender tassel to the clip!  I made this in less than 2 minutes using the Tassel Loom, and it’s such a cute addition to my pocket clip!)

DIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

You can choose the placement that works best for you for your paperclip; I wanted this pocket to go on the right-hand pages of my journal.

DIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

The large journal pocket is also clipped on; however, I chose not to glue the paperclip to this one.  Instead, I used it as the paperclip is intended, securing it to the page by sliding the clip down the backside of the pocket.  It works either way, but it means I can change it out easier if I want to switch colors or patterned papers.

DIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory KeepersDIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Inside the pockets are samples of trims I use frequently on projects—thread, tulle, and seam binding.  I put them on white cards and (to me) it’s aesthetically appealing—the different textures, order, and soft hues.  The colors were guided by the design on my journal pages and it’s a palette I’ve wanted to work with for several months.  With my cute pocket clips, I can keep these tactile bits on hand and get them out when I’m in need of inspiration.

DIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory KeepersDIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I used the Journal Guide again to make some short lists so I don’t forget what I want to do with these trims and to keep a few notes on the colors.  I can go back later and add my favorite embroidery floss color numbers, seam binding names, thread spool skews, etc.

We R Memory Keepers Journal GuideDIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Just for fun, I made one last clip with the Guide.  I created a long banner with glitter and patterned papers, tracing them using the bracket stencils again.  I spelled ‘TRIMS’ with the Word Punch Board and after adhering the papers together, I affixed them to another paper clip and attached it to my journal spread.

DIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory KeepersDIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory KeepersWe R Memory Keepers Word Punch Board

The Journal Guide came in so handy for this project and having these clip-on pockets that can easily be moved around is a must for the convenience factor.  I can’t wait to refer back to these pages again and again when I need color inspiration or a reminder about different trims and finishes to use.  I’ll definitely be making more pockets and pages like this for other color palettes, too!  What fun things would you put in YOUR pocket clips?

DIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

Journal Guide
Tassel Loom
Word Punch Board
Trim and Score Board
Crafter’s Small Precision Scissors

Autumn Hoop

Hello, all!  I’m Rebecca Luminarias and I’m so, so excited to be joining the WRMK design team!  I’m even more excited to share an autumn-inspired décor project with you that I created using some of the coolest WRMK tools!  I’ve been seeing these cute gold hoops embellished with florals and greenery all over Pinterest and Instagram, so I thought I’d put my own spin on one.

Autumn Hoop by Rebecca Luminaria for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Jumbo Pom Pom Maker

I picked up the hoop at a local craft store.  It’s 8,” which was the perfect size for using the WRMK Circle Spin & Trim.  I easily cut an 8” circle from Pebbles Spooky Boo buffalo check paper and adhered it to the back of the hoop with hot glue, being sure to string a length of copper glitter ribbon between the top of the hoop and the paper layer (this will allow me to hang it on the wall when it’s finished).

Autumn Hoop by Rebecca Luminaria for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Jumbo Pom Pom maker, Bow Loom, and Circle Spin & Trim

I decorated the paper backing with Spooky Boo Thickers and Amy Tangerine Shine On die cuts, as well as some peach crepe paper and lace.  I adhered the die cuts with American Crafts 3-D foam dots to give them dimension.

Autumn Hoop by Rebecca Luminaria for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Jumbo Pom Pom Maker

Autumn makes me think of things like warm, cozy textures and sweater weather, so I made 2 huge yarn pom poms with the Jumbo Pom Pom Maker in gray and mustard-yellow.  These pom poms are so big and fluffy, and the Jumbo Pom Pom Maker makes it easy to create them.

Autumn Hoop by Rebecca Luminaria for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Jumbo Pom Pom maker, Bow Loom, and Circle Spin & Trim

When I first started making pom poms, I used to wind the yarn around the palm of my hand.  The end result was uneven and unruly and took quite a bit of time to trim and finish.  I’m so glad this tool exists because I can’t imagine having to do that to create pom poms this big!  For what it’s worth, I tend to choose a thicker yarn when I make pom poms instead of a thinner one; it makes the finished product seem much fuller and sturdier.

Jumbo Pom Pom Maker by We R Memory Keepers

The final touch was the blue and copper bow that I made with the Bow Loom, which is awesome!  I love to decorate gift packaging and bows and gifts go hand-in-hand.  Even if I’m not wrapping a present, I find that a bow makes a great finisher to many projects—like my fall decorative hoop.

Autumn Hoop by Rebecca Luminaria for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Bow Loom

I made a 3” bow with ¾” blue grosgrain ribbon and a ¼” copper glitter accent trim.  Following the directions for a single wrap bow, I wrapped the blue ribbon around the tool as directed, then held it in place and repeated the steps with the copper ribbon.  I completed the final steps and ended up with the gorgeous bow you see on my hoop.

Autumn Hoop by Rebecca Luminaria for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Bow Loom

I love bows with different trims but have always found them very fussy to create—until now, thanks to the Bow Loom!  It has definitely upped my creative game.  I simply adhered the bow on the right side of my hoop with hot glue, and my project was complete.

Autumn Hoop by Rebecca Luminaria for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Jumbo Pom Pom Maker

This is the first piece of fall décor that I’ve put up this year, and it’s definitely put me in a cooler-weather, apple-picking, candle-burning kind of mood.  Thanks for hanging out and sharing my very first WRMK project with me today!

 

We R Memory Keepers Tool:

Circle Spin & Trim
Jumbo Pom Pom Maker
Bow Loom