DIY Gift Wrap with the Revolution

Happy October!  This is Rebecca with you and I look forward to this month every year–cooler weather, Halloween, and October means it’s officially time to put decorative leaves on EVERYTHING!  They can go all over the house, on cards, on DIY projects, and of course (especially), on gift wrap.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Revolution by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I’m extra excited today because I got to use the brand new WRMK Revolution for this project (and most likely every day for the foreseeable future).  I’ve had the same die cutting machine for about 5 years and I’ve been thinking lately that it’s time to replace it.  It’s officially been replaced by the Revolution!  I love this machine–it’s durable, easy to use and set up, and comes with an awesome magnetic plate that is incredibly handy, as in, bye-bye washi tape keeping my dies in place and sometimes ripping my cardstock and die cuts.  I made so many cuts with my new Revolution for today’s project and it saved me so much time.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Revolution by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Gift wrapping is my most favorite hobby and I often use die cuts on my packaging in one form or another, even if it’s just for the tag.  Today, I’m making the die cuts the focus; all of the embellishments except for the ribbon have been die cut on my trio of gift boxes.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Revolution by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

The first thing I did was choose some pretty paper, which was easy thanks to the Faded Floral paper stack from DCWV.  I chose a couple of papers to wrap up some boxes and some coordinating designs to cut the die cuts out of.

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*I love to use scrapbook paper to wrap small boxes, but it’s heavier than typical wrapping paper–which is one reason I love it so much.  To help with that, I like to use a bone folder to crease the folds.  I also run it along the box edges, firmly pressing down to help get a sharp crease.  Your average cello tape is probably not going to cut it and keep the flaps from staying put, so I recommend some extra strong double-sided tape like American Crafts’ Sticky Thumb super sticky tape for that. *

DIY Gift Wrap with the Revolution by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

On the first box, wrapped in an orange stripe paper, I cut out 5 leafy branches to create a wreath.  The paper I used has a black background with an orange and green design so it’s a nice contrast to the lighter wrap.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Revolution by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I chose a good-sized ‘thank you’ die with some gold glitter paper for the sentiment, but if you’d rather put a name or initial there, that would work, too.  You can easily change the sentiment for a different occasion, as well.  The final step for this gift was a black ribbon bow.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Revolution by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

My next gift is another box, this time wrapped in green paper.  I chose something dark because I had already cut a bunch of oak leaves out of some of the lighter floral patterns from the Faded Floral stack.  I gently shaped the leaves with a bone folder, giving them a slight curl upward.  Then I arranged a group of 5 leaves on the left side of the box.  They splay out, almost like a pinwheel, and when I tied the peach ribbon around the box, I tied the bow in the center of the leaf pile, where all of the stems meet.  A small tag and a ‘thanks’ die cut finish off this gift.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Revolution by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

You don’t have to save the die cuts just to use on wrapped boxes, though.  They’re functional for any kind of package.  My last gift is a small box with a copper-painted top.  This box is incredibly simple to duplicate, but it’s still so pretty!  I cut 3 more oak leaves from the loveliest paper (it complements the gift box wonderfully) and situated the trio like a bouquet on the box top.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Revolution by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

This was followed by a length of black ribbon tied in a bow; I waited to adhere the leaves until the ribbon was in place, as it works as a guide so you can be sure the leaves are centered on the box.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Revolution by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I chose another single word die to place on top of the leaves and cut it from black glitter paper for an elegant contrast.  Something like this would make a very pretty party or wedding favor package.  It’s simple and inexpensive if you die cut the leaves and words yourself.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Revolution by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I can’t recommend decorating your packages with die cuts enough!  The results are always fun and if you have the supplies, it definitely beats paying $3+ for a store-bought bow.  And did I mention that the Revolution makes the task so much easier with a 6″ x 8″ magnetic platform?  I got a clean, crisp cut every time and now I’ve got 3 lovely gifts ready for delivery.

 

Supplies:

Revolution

Bone folder

DCWV Faded Floral Paper Stack

 

How to Make DIY Gift Wrap with Your Stamps

Hello!  It’s Rebecca with you today, taking on autumn-inspired packages and spotlighting some WRMK stamping tools, specifically the Mini Precision Press and the Mini Evolution Stamp, Die, and Emboss kit.  I have a tutorial for you for the stamping portion of the gifts, along with a couple of tips to make your projects sail along smoothly.

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My first tip: Read the directions!!  I know, it seems so simple, but I often jump right into a thing without giving the directions a second thought, especially if it’s something I think I already know how to do, like stamping.  If you’re working with either of the Precision Presses (Advanced or Mini) or the kit, it’s going to help you sort out all the products and use the presses correctly.  Also, there are helpful tips in the directions, like stamping your lighter colored images first and using the perfect paper size.

Make DIY Gift Wrap with Your Stamps by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I’m starting with the Celebrate tag.  The components to create this pretty floral piece line up exactly with the pegs of the Mini Precision Press.  These stamps will also work with plain clear acrylic blocks or the large Precision Press; likewise, the Mini Precision Press is a great tool for any of your smaller stamps, not just these.

Make DIY Gift Wrap with Your Stamps by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Align the stamps to the press first, then position your cardstock.  Tip: I recommend using a bit of washi tape to keep it in place.  Rub a good quality white eraser over your stamps to remove oils or lint and smooth the clear stamp surface to absorb the ink.  When you’re ready, ink up the stamp, and press to your cardstock.

Make DIY Gift Wrap with Your Stamps by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

You may get great coverage on your very first try, and you may not, which is why a stamping tool like the PP is nice to use.  This is also why it’s good to use the washi to keep the paper in place.  Stamp again if needed and then add the second part of the image–the leafy spray.

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If you’re using this kit, and these particular images, you can run your paper through the Mini Evolution with the die cutting/embossing folder.  It will create the tag you see here.  I also made a tag from some DCWV patterned paper that I’ll use for my gift wrap.

Make DIY Gift Wrap with Your Stamps by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

The above stamps were coordinated and placed just-so, but what if you want to make your own design?  That’s just as simple with the PP.  On a different tag, I decided to use some of the other stamps in the kit.  I love to create my own backgrounds and it’s difficult to mess up if you’re using a stamp guide.  You’ll always know exactly where you’re stamping your images.

Make DIY Gift Wrap with Your Stamps by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I taped my cardstock to the platform base again to keep it from moving since this design requires more placing/removing of the clear top piece.  Place your stamps face down on your paper in the position and area you want them, press the top piece down to grab them, and lift off.  When you put it back down with ink on the stamp, it will be right where you meant to stamp the image.

Make DIY Gift Wrap with Your Stamps by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

When I’m creating a design like this, I make sure to clean off my stamp between each round so I don’t get smudges on my paper.  It’s an extra step if you’re using the same stamp over and over, but you know you’ll get great results each time.  In the end, I have a pretty paper swatch, ready to be turned into a tag.  Tip: You can use a different ink each time you stamp an image for an extra colorful design!

Make DIY Gift Wrap with Your Stamps by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

After my tags were created, it was time to make the packaging, which I did with my trusty 1-2-3 Punch Board.  I chose an A7 size envelope box this time.  It’s as easy to make as an envelope, but there’s an extra scored line on each rotation and you end up with a box that’s 3/4″ deep.  (It’s a terrific way to package notecard sets!)

Make DIY Gift Wrap with Your Stamps by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

My papers are from DCWV Faded Floral paper stack.  The colors and patterns are gorgeous and I’m excited to dip back into my favorite color palette, the autumn-inspired navy blue, coral pink, ochre/burnt orange, and gray.

Make DIY Gift Wrap with Your Stamps by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I tied some ribbon around each box, attached my stamped tags, as well as a coordinating patterned paper tag, and then embellished with yarn pom-poms.  Pom-poms on gift wrap is still a favorite of mine, and I made these with the Pom-Pom maker set.

Make DIY Gift Wrap with Your Stamps by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Thank you so much for hanging out with me today.  I hope you’ll give stamping with the Mini Precision Press a try!

 

Supplies:

Mini Precision Press

Mini Evolution

1-2-3 Punch Board

Pom-Pom Maker

Stamp, Die & Emboss Kit – Floral

Halloween Pocket Party Favors

Hello, friends!  It’s Rebecca and I hope you are in the mood for some Halloween treats today!  It’s only August, that’s true, but I just got the cutest spooky paper pad from DCWV and I couldn’t wait to use it to create some party favors.  It’s called Witches Brew, it’s available at Joann Stores, and I paired it up with some of my favorite WRMK tools like the Banner Punch BoardPocket Maker Punchboard, and the Happy Jig for some scary goodies!

Halloween Party Pocket Favors by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Halloween Party Pocket Favors by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

After choosing some chilling paper patterns, I created pockets to house some fun-size candy.  I followed the instructions on the Pocket Maker Punchboard to make 4.25″ x 5″ notched pockets.  You could use the pocket style with the flap, as well, but I thought it would be enticing to give a little sneak of what’s inside so I opted to leave the top open.

Halloween Party Pocket Favors by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Both pocket styles are easy to make with the board, but the notched pockets come together super-quick and if you have a lot of them to make, it might save you a little time.  After assembling the pockets, I filled them with the candy treats, then tied black ribbon around the pocket, resting it in the notch; that keeps the candy from spilling out and holds the ribbon in place.

Halloween Party Pocket Favors by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Next, I chose some matching papers to create banner tags with the Banner Punchboard.  Most of the tags are about 3″ x 3″, give or take.  I paired each tag with a small card that I trimmed from the Witches Brew stack.  They offer really cute designs and sayings, and what I like most about this collection is that the colors are a more complex palette for Halloween than standard bright orange, purple, and green.  Some of the papers will even work well for non-Halloween projects.

Halloween Party Pocket Favors by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

With my Crop-a-Dile, I secured the card and tag together with black eyelets to stop them from ripping when I slid the ribbon through the hole.

Halloween Party Pocket Favors by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

The final touch was a pipe cleaner bat that I made with the Happy Jig.  You can use wire if you’d rather, but I found that 12″ black pipe cleaners were just the right length for the bats, and I can let my kids help make them!  The pipe cleaners are a bit more malleable than the wire for their small hands, but they still hold the shape well.  As a bonus, they lend some fuzzy texture to the packages!

Halloween Party Pocket Favors by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

This is an easy and fun Halloween project that will come in handy this year when we celebrate my son’s birthday in mid-October.  I’m thinking of having a Halloween costume birthday party for him and I’ve already got a head start on the favors!

Halloween Party Pocket Favors by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

Pocket Maker Punchboard
Banner Punchboard
Happy Jig
Crop-a-Dile
Eyelets

DCWV Inc Witches Brew 12×12 Stack available at Joann Stores

Peekaboo Gift Boxes with the Mini Clear Cut Punches

Hi there!  It’s Rebecca today and I’m sharing a new favorite way to add extra fun to gift wrapped packages.  WRMK introduced some new Clear Cut Punches a couple months ago, which offer the ease of a shaped punch with the added ability to punch anywhere on your paper.  I took full advantage of this benefit to create my peekaboo gift boxes.

Peekaboo Gift Boxes with the Mini Clear Cut Punches by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I started with the fixings for making some boxes with 12×12 scrapbook papers by DCWV’s Easy Peasy stack.  I made enough to create three 4″ x 4″ x 4″ boxes with the 1-2-3 Punchboard.  After following the directions, I scored the proper lines, but didn’t assemble them yet, as I thought it would be easier to use the Clear Cut Punches on flat paper.

Peekaboo Gift Boxes with the Mini Clear Cut Punches by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I chose 1″ circles and 1″ stars for the little peekaboo windows and punched the shapes into what would become the sides of the boxes.  Sandwich your paper between the top and bottom of the punches and align the “UP” punch top (clear aqua plastic circle that goes with the white top) and the arrow that points up on the aqua base of the punch.  This allows for the magnets in the punches to set together and you get a clean punch with ease.  I punched a few shapes per side.

Peekaboo Gift Boxes with the Mini Clear Cut Punches by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

On two of the boxes, I used decorative paper to cover each block on the inside.  This offers a contrasting design inside each punched window.  It also stabilizes the box frame and makes it a little thicker and sturdier.  Be mindful of where you place your adhesive, though, being cautious around the punched-out shapes.  You don’t want unsightly adhesive showing through!

Peekaboo Gift Boxes with the Mini Clear Cut Punches by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

For the third box, I tried something extra fun, filling some flat 3 1/4″ square acetate bags with gold sequins.  You can use regular acetate sheets if you’d rather.  I placed each sequin pack over the punched-out windows, and used clear tape to adhere them, again being careful so it isn’t seen through any of the windows.  I then backed each bag with a peach-colored patterned paper from Amy Tangerine.

Peekaboo Gift Boxes with the Mini Clear Cut Punches by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

The sequins in this extra-special gift box shake when the box shakes!  You can try using colored paper trimmings for confetti, of even glitter instead of sequins.  I topped the box with a trio of yarn pom poms and some peach twine.

Peekaboo Gift Boxes with the Mini Clear Cut Punches by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

For my other packages, I used green grosgrain ribbon and made bows with the 1-2-3 Punchboard.  I made them in size Large and in the same papers that are seen through the punched windows.

Peekaboo Gift Boxes with the Mini Clear Cut Punches by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

You can do all kinds of fun things with the Clear-Cut punches, from scrapbooking to cardmaking to gift wrapping!  I hope you’ll give these festive boxes a try–I can’t wait to give these away!

Peekaboo Gift Boxes with the Mini Clear Cut Punches by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

Clear Cut Punch – 1″ Circle

Clear Cut Punch – 1″ Star

1-2-3 Punchboard

Pom Pom Maker

Mini Trimmer

 

Mother’s Day Gift Wrap Idea

Hello there!  It’s Rebecca with you today and I’m sharing some fun gift wrap ideas for Mother’s Day.  My own mother passed away a few years ago, but there are many other women I consider and think of on this special day.  My mother-in-law inspired my project today, as she LOVES to shop and a gift card is always a good bet for her.  We usually end up taking her out shopping on Mother’s Day, as well, so, for her, the gift card becomes the conduit with which we share the holiday.

Mother's Day Gift Wrap Ideas by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Mother's Day Gift Wrap Ideas by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

 

We’re just a few days away from May 12th, as well, so if you’re in a pinch for a gift, this is a quick one to create at the last minute!  I used the Pocket Maker Punchboard to create several gift card holders, and then I selected a few other We R Memory Keepers tools to make embellishments and dress them up.

Mother's Day Gift Wrap Ideas by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

The Pocket Maker makes light work of creating card holders, and you can create a pocket in loads of sizes, too!  I chose pockets with a flap so I could close them, and created them with the Easy Peasy paper stack from DCWV.  The florals in this stack made me think of moms everywhere and became the perfect outerwear for the gift cards found inside.

Mother's Day Gift Wrap Ideas by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

On almost all of the pockets, I used the Word Punchboard to create name tags, then I notched them with the Bow Guide from the 1-2-3 Punchboard.

Mother's Day Gift Wrap Ideas by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

My husband’s family is Filipino so the kids call his parents Lolo and Lola; hence this pocket is for my mother-in-law from them.  I added a pretty flower detail to the outside with the Stitch Happy Punch Needle.  I used a stencil that came in the kit for the flower design, and then used the needle to stitch it up.  This one takes a little planning–don’t assemble the pocket and add adhesive until you’ve completed your stitching!

Mother's Day Gift Wrap Ideas by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Tassels always make presents more fun, and gift card holders are no exception!  I whipped up a few with the Tassel Loom and a matching palette of crochet thread, attaching them with some mini glittered clothespins.  Don’t forget that you can use practically any kind of trim–thread, twine, yarn, ribbon–to create tassels with this tool.  Out of my entire WRMK repertoire, it’s safe to say that the Tassel Loom is the tool I use the most often!

Mother's Day Gift Wrap Ideas by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Another favorite for gift decorating is pom-poms!  They just scream FUN and I actually find them fun to make, too, especially with the Party Pom-Pom Maker from WRMK.  I used to wind yarn around my hand and get an incredibly uneven pom-pom that required loads of trimming.  But I can make a few of these (they’re made with the smallest maker) in a few minutes and they turn out great!

Mother's Day Gift Wrap Ideas by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Mother's Day Gift Wrap Ideas by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Mother's Day Gift Wrap Ideas by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I paired the pom-poms with some grosgrain ribbon bows that I made with the Bow Loom.  This is another tool that gets a lot of use in my house, and you can use all sorts of different trims again with it, like the Tassel Loom.  I created a simple bow, then glued the pom-pom to the center of it.

Mother's Day Gift Wrap Ideas by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

If you’re giving a gift card to the wonderful women in your life on May 12th this year, maybe you’ll try one of these variations.  And if you’re giving a gift card, it might be nice to accompany your special lady when she uses it…Moms love a little extra quality time with their favorite people.

Mother's Day Gift Wrap Ideas by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

 

Pocket Maker Punchboard

Stitch Happy Punch Needle Kit

Word Punchboard

Tassel Loom

Party Pom-Pom Maker

Bow Loom

1-2-3 Punchboard

 

DIY Gift Wrap with the Mini Evolution

Hello WRMK fans!  I’m Rebecca and I’m happy to be here with you today!  I do a lot of die cutting when I’m crafting.  I also have a very small workspace so I don’t have room to keep a large cutting machine on my desk; I have to lug it out for each and every craft session.  Admittedly, it makes me not even want to bother sometimes.  That’s why I was so excited to start using the Mini Evolution from We R Memory Keepers.  It’s small enough to keep out, and it comes with all kinds of fun things to whip up some cute and quick projects–read on!

DIY Gift Wrap with the Mini Evolution by Rebcca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Gift Wrap with the Mini Evolution by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

The Mini Evolution comes with 8 stitched circle dies nested together, as well as 2 embossing folders; one is polka dots and the other is a herringbone-type design.  The plates are included to make the proper “sandwiches” for cutting or embossing, and there’s even a pack of 50 white and cream cardstock sheets that are already cut down to the perfect size for this machine!  When I set out to decorate a birthday gift box duo for a friend, the ME was the tool I went to to create the tags.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Mini Evolution by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

With papers by Heidi Swapp and Pebbles, I made 2 gift boxes with the 1-2-3 Punchboard.  The floral print size is 4″ x 4″ and the navy-blue pattern is 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4.”  After assembling the boxes, I die cut a bunch of circles from the white and cream stock, some patterned paper, and even some vellum.  The machine and included tools cut and embossed all of them with ease.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Mini Evolution by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

For the plain paper and vellum, I used the embossing folders to dress them up and add texture.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Mini Evolution by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I also used a sentiment die I already had to cut out “happy” and “birthday” after stamping them.  The Mini cut them just perfectly, and due to the size of the dies I used, it was so convenient not having to use my bigger cutting machine on such small dies.  It’s such a time-saver!

DIY Gift Wrap with the Mini Evolution by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

After arranging all of my circles to my liking, I punched 1/8″ holes in them with my Crop-a-Dile, then strung them onto each box with white twine.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Mini Evolution by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

*Tip:  To get the ‘fanned’ look of the circles, I punched most of the holes off-center.  If I wanted the tag to peek out from the right, I punched the hole on the left, and vice versa.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Mini Evolution by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I also made a couple of tassels for each package with thread and the Tassel Loom, which I strung on under the top-most tags.  The final touch is a string of navy-blue sequin trim.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Mini Evolution by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

You might be surprised by how much you can do with the Mini Evolution, and its size, for me, is the best thing about it.  I’m excited to have a quick go-to machine I can leave out on my small workspace.  It comes with a set of great dies and embossing folders, and also works with the wafer-thin dies I already own.  Die cutting projects just got a little less time consuming for me–and that is always a great thing!

Supplies:

Mini Evolution Machine and Tools

1-2-3 Punchboard

Tassel Loom

Crop-a-Dile

 

 

Valentine’s Day Countdown with the Big Happy Jig

Hey there!  Looking for a quality treat to share with your kids this Valentine’s Day?  It’s Rebecca with you today and this fun project has a little something for everyone.  I was looking for a way to do something special with my 8- and 5-year-olds, that wasn’t store-bought, but was disguised as a new surprise every day from February 1st through February 14th.  I came up with the idea for a Valentine countdown, and while we’re only a couple of days in at the time of this writing, it’s been a big hit already!

Big Happy Jig Valentine's Day Countdown by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I began by using my Mini Envelope Punch Board to create 14 small envelopes.  They are sized to fit 2 1/2″ x 3″ cards, and I made them with an assortment of patterned papers from Crate Paper.  Each envelope only uses a 4 1/2″ square of paper and the mini punch board is so easy to use, creating them only took about 10 or 15 minutes.

Big Happy Jig Valentine's Day Countdown by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

After making and assembling those, I trimmed white card stock to make flat cards to put inside them.  I already know the kids will get enough candy in school, and they really don’t need any more toys so soon after Christmas.  Instead, on each card, I wrote out an activity we can do as a family that day.  We can play a game, go to the park, go on a hike or a bike ride, make cookies; just as long as we’re doing it together.  My kids are young enough that they still love it when we can play with them and are very disappointed if we can’t due to work, house cleaning, or meal-making.  So far, they’ve been enjoying opening these treats!

We R Memory Keepers Mini Envelope Punch Board

They take turns opening their cards; my daughter has odd numbered days and my son gets the evens.  Most of the things we do benefit both of them, although I did sneak in a couple things that are unique to the recipient (I don’t think my son will want to do his nails on the 9th, but I might be wrong.)

Big Happy Jig Valentine's Day Countdown by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Once I had all the cards tucked snugly inside their envelopes, I dressed them up a bit.  I wanted to keep them simple but still fun and enticing, so a band of ruffled crepe paper tied on with twine was an easy way to secure the envelope closed; the band just slides off for easy opening.  An adorable mix of Valentine stickers from Pebbles are so perfect for young boys or girls and add the perfect finishing touch!

Big Happy Jig Valentine's Day Countdown by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Next, I had an idea to display them on wired hearts, thanks to the new Big Happy Jig.  While there is a double heart pattern found in the accompanying booklet, it wasn’t quite large enough to hold all 14 valentines so I had to come up with my own.  I loosely used the heart pattern that goes with the original Happy Jig as a guide and figured out how to make it a lot bigger!

We R Memory Keepers Big Happy Jig

*If you want to follow my pattern, you’ll need 35″ of wire.  You can use the above photo as guidance.

– Large pegs are placed as follows: C11, C27, I6, I32

– Medium pegs: B8, B30, D5, D33, G4, G34

– Small pegs: F19, T19

– Starting medium peg: O11

Big Happy Jig Valentine's Day Countdown by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory KeepersBig Happy Jig Valentine's Day Countdown by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Luckily a heart isn’t too difficult to figure out so I created 2 of them using some of the thick red wire.  I hung the hearts on a closet door with fishing line (Gus’s is on top because he’s taller) and attached each envelope to the corresponding heart with a mini clothespin.  It’s a fun family activity, and cute Valentine’s Day decor all in one!

Big Happy Jig Valentine's Day Countdown by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Tip:  You can change up this project by excluding the wired hearts and hanging the envelopes on twine as a garland or display them in a basket.  These would also make cute school valentines.  If you love the idea of the wired heart, be sure to save it for next year and repeat the Valentine countdown!

Big Happy Jig Valentine's Day Countdown by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about candy and gifts (though I’m secretly hoping for a box of chocolates ;).  You can sneak a little memory-making into it, too, and I bet your family will love that just as much!

 

Supplies:

Mini Envelope Punch

Big Happy Jig

 

Craft Supply Storage Tips with Rebecca

Hello!  It’s Rebecca with you today for my first official WRMK post of 2019!  Like many of you, I’m guessing, I’m diving head first into reorganizing my house for a fresh start.  I’ve left a trail of unfinished (and some not even started!) projects behind me as I transition from the holidays into the new year, the contents of which were scattered around the house in shoeboxes, brown paper bags, and plastic bins.  I was more than thrilled to receive a couple of WRMK’s new Bloom Pouches, which made storing some of these project materials incredibly convenient.

We R Memory Keepers Bloom Storage Pouch by Rebecca Luminarias

I definitely found myself wanting to do more DIY projects as 2018 drew to a close.  This was thanks in part to the holiday decorating fever I get every year, but also thanks to acquiring a few new WRMK tools that make DIY easy and fun.  One of those tools was the Jumbo Pom Pom Maker.  Around mid-November I decided to a start a pom pom garland.  I got 3 pom poms in and had to put it aside as the holiday madness closed in.  Yet, I know this is something I still want to have for next year and I can work on it once things settle down, usually around mid-January.  This is where one of my lovely Bloom Pouches comes in.

We R Memory Keepers Bloom Storage Pouch by Rebecca Luminarias

I can store my skeins of yarn and the Jumbo Pom Pom Maker in the pouch!  The pouch opens up flat so I can see all of my supplies and grab them quickly.

We R Memory Keepers Bloom Storage Pouch by Rebecca LuminariasWe R Memory Keepers Bloom Storage Pouch by Rebecca Luminarias

Then it cinches closed and I can tuck my large fabric scissors under the closure flap for transport.  (I tend to need those scissors often, so I don’t want to close them up in the pouch.)  I can carry the pouch from the dining room table to the couch to the car.  It’s easy to bring this lot to the park, too, so I can work on the pom poms while my kids play.  When we’re done, or if we have to make a quick bathroom run, everything closes back up quickly and simply.

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This won’t be a project I can work on every day so I also appreciate that the pouch closes up neatly and can be tucked away in a closet or in a basket until I’m ready to get back to it.

We R Memory Keepers Bloom Storage Pouch by Rebecca Luminarias

Another project I wanted to make but ran out of time for was a felt ball garland.  I bought all the felt balls to create it, with visions of quiet nights in front of the Christmas tree, a candle burning, a podcast playing…and then reality hit and there were almost ZERO quiet nights in December!

We R Memory Keepers Bloom Storage Pouch by Rebecca Luminarias

I decided that I’d still like to make a garland, but I’ll make it suitable for keeping up year-round.  This, too, will be a project to visit once life returns to normal, post-holiday.  It’s all stored conveniently in my pink Bloom Pouch, too!

We R Memory Keepers Bloom Storage Pouch by Rebecca Luminarias

This folds up and transports just as the other pouch does and I do plan for some quiet nights later this month.  With the felt balls, as well as the twine on which I’ll string them, all snug inside the pouch, I can take this to the living room or the park, as well.

We R Memory Keepers Bloom Storage Pouch by Rebecca Luminarias

I’ve utilized the small interior zipper pockets to store my needles and a pair of scissors.  It’s so handy, especially for the needles so they don’t get lost.

We R Memory Keepers Bloom Storage Pouch by Rebecca Luminarias

I have a feeling that this may not be an activity that I can finish in one sitting, but there’s plenty of room in the pouch for the work-in-progress garland, and that means I can keep this with my pom pom project pouch, both in a basket next to the couch to pull out when I have some free time.

We R Memory Keepers Bloom Storage Pouch by Rebecca Luminarias

If you can’t tell, I’m smitten with the Bloom Pouches!  I can see using them for all kinds of things, too, not just craft projects.  For now, though, they’re making my life a little bit easier and a lot more organized, corralling some fun projects I can’t wait to finish up.
Supplies:

Bloom Pouch

Jumbo Pom Pom Maker

2019 We R Design Team: Meet Laura, Rebecca, Soraya, and Stefanie!

Happy Friday! Today we’re sharing some more info about the second half of our design team, Laura Silva, Rebecca Luminarias, Soraya Maes, and Stefanie Ried. Scroll down to read their bios and see some of their favorite projects, plus a craft room peek!

Laura Silva

Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Hello, We R friends! My name is Laura and I am so excited to be back again for another year on the We R Memory Keepers design team. You can find me sharing craft tutorials, organizing tips, and free printables over on my blog, Laura’s Crafty Life.  I live in northern Arizona with my husband and two school age kids. I have loved crafting since I was a little girl. My other favorite things are reading, watching Hallmark movies, and getting outside in nature.

My favorite project I made for the We R blog is the garland punch mobile. I love anything with a rainbow pattern. It was so easy to make, too!

Garland Punch Mobile by Laura Silva

I recently have been reorganizing my craft room. I love using craft carts to corral all my supplies. I have one set up with just We R Memory Keepers supplies.

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I can store most of my punch boards, the Happy Jig, and my small tools. I used some small storage containers that fit perfectly in the cart to corral all the little bits and pieces.

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Plus, I can roll it to wherever I am working, which I think is my favorite part!

Rebecca Luminarias

Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I live in Southern California with my husband (Arvin) and 2 young children (Augustus & Anemone). My crafting obsession is gift wrap & tags; I love to create my own, but I also enjoy seeing how others turn a plain box into a work of art. I’m an introvert who craves quiet alone time, but I also enjoy being around close friends and my family. I have a vivid and very active imagination, which is a gift and a curse, inspiring both passionate creativity and relentless worry.  For the last 12 years, I’ve been pushing that imagination to focus more on the creative side, and it just might be working!  I’ve been on the We R team as of late 2018, and I’m looking forward to another exciting year with WRMK!

Here are some photos of one of my favorite projects:

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Soraya Maes

Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Hello everyone! My name is Soraya Maes, I’m a 38 year-old-mom and wife living in the French Riviera, Southern France. I started scrapbooking in 2005 but it has always been a part of me since I started documenting my everyday life and special moments in notebooks when I was 11. This is probably why I love journaling so much! I love everything about DIY, baking and sewing costumes for my kids. Now I’m a lucky full-time scrapbooker and I love it! I’m also a craft author since I released my first book a few months ago. It was such a fabulous adventure!

Here’s a photo of one of my favorite projects and a peek into my craft room!

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Stefanie RiedSteffi Ried for We R Memory Keepers

I am Steffi and live with my daughter Anni and my husband in a small village in the south of Germany. It is located between Stuttgart and Munich. I started scrapbooking in 2012 when my daughter was born. I searched the internet for inspiration for a baby album. And so I came across scrapbooking.

I started with mini albums. That is also my great passion today. I love to record our journeys, birthdays, small and big moments in albums. In addition, I also like to make layouts. There I can live out my creative ideas. Beside scrapbooking I also like to make decorations. At home I am also creative together with my daughter. She has the passion of me. I have infected her. That is so beautiful.

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I also teach Scrapbook Workshops. I like to meet other people who share the same passion for craft and scrapbooking.

I am very happy to be a part of this wonderful design team with all the talented ladies! I really like We R Memory Keepers products because they are often used and a great help in many creative things. That’s what I LOVE about it.

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Thanks for stopping by and getting to know our 2019 Design Team a little better. We’re so excited for you to see what they share with us starting next week! It’s all about storage and organization so you’ll definitely want to tune in and get the new year off on the right foot. See you then!