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  It’s officially been replaced by the Revolution!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

 

September New Releases: Part 2

Hey there crafters! We’ve got some exciting news to share with you today! Want to see what’s coming to retailers next from We R? Alrighty then, here we go!

Crop-A-Dile Multi-Punch

Get five hole punch sizes in one convenient tool with the Crop-A-Dile Multi-Punch! Its punch housing swivels between all five different hole sizes and gives you a one-inch punch reach. It features a comfort grip handle and a helpful alignment guide to give you an accurate punch every time. And the strong punch design punches through a range of materials including paper, chipboard, fabric, thin tin, leather, and plastic, with minimal effort on your part! Get the tool that packs a punch with the Crop-A-Dile Multi-Punch.

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Revolution

Die-cutting has never been easier with the Revolution Cutting and Embossing Machine by We R Memory Keepers! It features an innovative magnetic platform system that’s sure to get you the perfect cut every time. Dies are held in place magnetically to ensure precision and perfect placement, and a clear cutting plate allows for visual confirmation that your cuts are coming out just right. Great for scrapbooking, cardmaking, DIYs, and so much more.

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Glitter Mini Vac

Don’t be afraid of a little sparkle and shine with the Glitter Mini-Vac by We R Memory Keepers! The Glitter Mini-Vac is a must-have for any seriously sparkly crafter. It cleans glitter, powder, and other small scraps off of your crafting table or desk, and is easily cleaned out with its twist-off bottom. It also features a USB charging cord with built-in storage, making it perfect for small spaces and on-the-go crafting. So get your glitter on but forget the mess with the Glitter Mini-Vac by We R!

Glitter Mini Vac by We R Memory Keepers

Which new release are you most excited about? We can’t decide-we love them all! These exciting new products will start shipping to retailers near the end of September 2019, and should show up in stores and online sometime in December.