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.

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

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.

We R Storage by Laura Silva 1

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.

We R Storage by Laura Silva 2

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:

Autumn_Hoop_by_Rebecca_Luminarias_Sept_IMG02Autumn_Hoop_by_Rebecca_Luminarias_Sept_IMG01

BlogInstagramFacebookPinterest

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!

Home Decor by Soraya Maes-1CraftRoom Soraya Maes

BlogInstagramFacebookPinterest

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.

SteffiRied Craftroom

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.

BlogInstagramFacebookPinterest

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!

2019 Goal Tracker with the Journal Studio

Hello there!  It’s Rebecca with you for my last post of 2018!  It’s so hard to believe that the year will be over in just a few short days, isn’t it?  As I’ve been buried in the hustle, bustle, and tinsel of the holiday season, I’ve also been giving a little bit of thought to 2019 and what I’d like to do with a brand-new year.  Of course, there are the obligatory goals—exercise more, eat healthier, get more sleep, drink more water, etc.  I also always give a thought to what I’d like to accomplish as a creator.  In today’s post, I’ll give you a peek at my goal tracker and show you some of the We R Memory Keepers Journal Studio tools I used to help me stay focused.

2019 Goal Tracker featuring the Journal Studio by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I’m excited to finally take my graphic design up a notch with ProCreate for the iPad Pro. There are many creative areas I’d like to further develop—sketching, hand lettering, water coloring, just to name a few.  My list was getting pretty long, and I began to think I was taking on far too much.  But when I really started to think about it, I realized that many of the techniques I’d like to learn or improve could be accomplished by tackling ProCreate.

2019 Goal Tracker featuring the Journal Studio by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

With my list not sounding as daunting now, I set out to figure a way to track my progress.  I really wanted a way to stay accountable and focused, while keeping track of what I was learning.  I pulled out a May Designs journal which has grid pages, as well as a perpetual week in review.  I could make my tracker on one of the 2-page grid spreads and use the weekly calendar to track progress.

2019 Goal Tracker featuring the Journal Studio by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I turned first to the WRMK All In One Journal Tool, using several of its features on the 2-page grid spread.  My idea was to track the entire year of practice, so I used the top part of the guide to create 12-month tracker.  I made 3 circles and 12 straight lines to divide the large circle into 12 parts.  Those serve as January through December, and go in a monthly order, with January at the top.  I then drew 3 horizontal lines in each month’s column, which gave me 4 long rectangles; they represent 4 weeks per month.

2019 Goal Tracker featuring the Journal Studio by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Underneath the circle tracker, I’ve created my color key.  I used the Journal Tool again to make this, utilizing the 3-lined stencils and 3-circle markers.  I color-coded each circle to represent how many days per week I’ll practice ProCreate.  It’s possible I’ll allow myself weekend breaks, though I’ve included the 6-7 days/wk option in case I change my mind.  I’m looking to form productive habits with this, too, and practicing every day is the best way to establish those.

2019 Goal Tracker featuring the Journal Studio by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

When I finish the week, I’ll fill in the grid with the corresponding color.  (I’m keeping daily track on the weekly spread, which I’ll share later in the post.)  I’ve filled in December as an example, though I haven’t actually been keeping very good track of my practice, as it’s been few and far between this month!

2019 Goal Tracker featuring the Journal Studio by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I’ve made some notes about where to find inspiration and resources in case I get stuck.  Both the “Find Inspiration” banner, as well as the half-box were made with the Journal Tool, and similar drawings are on the facing page, as well.

2019 Goal Tracker featuring the Journal Studio by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Speaking of the facing page, I used the Magnetic Alphabet and Symbol Stencils to trace 2019 CREATE onto the top of my page.  I covered the words with some opaque washi tape to add some color to the pages and used a few darker strips for the same purpose.

2019 Goal Tracker featuring the Journal Studio by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I included some of the illustration hashtags I like on Instagram, which will be another resource throughout the year.  I’ve left extra space in that box, as well as in the inspiration box, because I’ll likely find more of both in the future.

2019 Goal Tracker featuring the Journal Studio by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Lastly, I want to keep a list of all the art and design skills I hope daily practice in ProCreate will help to improve.  While I won’t be tracking those individually, I’d still like to keep them in mind in order to stay accountable to them.

2019 Goal Tracker featuring the Journal Studio by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Here’s a quick look at my week-at-a-glance, as well.  I’ve kept it simple, filling in the dates for the first week of January, and on each day, indicating a space for both the number of minutes I practiced, as well as the particular skill I worked on.

2019 Goal Tracker featuring the Journal Studio by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

On the opposite page, I used the Alphabet Stencils again to write THIS WEEK IN PRO CREATE.  I created a box to write notes, tips, or thoughts with the All-in-One Journal Tool, and I’ve got a spot to write down the total minutes and days practiced.  This page set up is subject to change, depending on what I want to write down each week.  I may also decide to track the week with a similar circular tracker, as well; it remains to be seen.

2019 Goal Tracker featuring the Journal Studio by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I’m excited to begin, and excited to (hopefully) watch my improvement!  It’s also nice to have a notebook exclusively devoted to this goal so it’s easier to stay focused.

2019 Goal Tracker featuring the Journal Studio by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

A couple other things I wanted to mention are the Travel Workspace and Washi Spool Keychain you’ll see in the photos.  They’re a couple of handy tools that, even though I’m not traveling far (mostly from my desk to my couch or dining room table!), these hold the necessary utensils so I can work on this anywhere.  It’s got a nice hard surface on which to write, and plenty of pockets.  The Washi Spool clips onto it, and the outside is soft felt so it’s gentle when I’m carrying it with my iPad.  It doesn’t get handier than that!

2019 Goal Tracker featuring the Journal Studio by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Wishing you all a very Happy (and productive) New Year!

 

Supplies:

All In One Journal Tool

Magnetic Alphabet Stencils

Magnetic Symbol Stencils

Washi Keychain

Travel Workspace

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