3 Summer Project Ideas

 

3 Summer Project Ideas featuring some of your favorite We R Memory Keepers tools

Happy Friday We R fans! Summer is almost here, and we couldn’t be more excited for the warmer weather, the backyard parties, and some serious beach time. We’re ready to make some fun memories!

If you’re ready for summer and are looking for a project to sink your crafty teeth into this weekend, we’ve got some great ideas for you!

Summer Bucket List Mini Album

Don’t let those awesome summer memories disappear. Document them in a DIY Summer Bucket List Album. Using the Tab Punch Board, the Planner Punch Board, and the Typecast Typewriter, creating this adorable mini book is a breeze. CLICK HERE for the tutorial.

Summer Bucket List Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Beach Bag

Create a custom beach bag that reflects your own personal style with the Stitch Happy sewing machine. This unique multi-media machine allows you to stitch with thick twine and metallic thread so you can add a handmade touch to your fabric and paper projects. You can find instructions for making this beautiful beach bag HERE.

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Tropical Fruit Themed Party Décor

Need a fun summer party theme? Celebrate the sweet summertime with a Tropical Fruit Party! It’s easy to create fruit that looks good enough to eat with the DIY Party Collection. Using the Honeycomb Pads and Stencils you can make anything from strawberries to pineapples. Visit the blog HERE to learn how to make your own Honeycomb Tropical Fruit.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend, and happy summer crafting friends!

DIY Summer Candles

Hello WeR fans and welcome! It’s Chantalle with you again and I can’t wait to share some candle décor ideas with you, which I’ve created with my Wick Candle Maker.

As we approach (a thankfully comparably mild) winter Down Under, this little beach-inspired scene reminds me that summer is not that far away.

DIY Summer Candles by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I’ve created three style of candle, all using the Wick machine, paraffin beads and a splash of colouring.

DIY Summer Candles by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

These candles were really fun to make and turned out even better than I expected. I love the fact that they are personal to my family and the shells are from the estuary only meters from our home.

DIY Summer Candles by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The two cylindrical shaped candles are from the smooth mold that comes in the candle making kit. One ties off some wick material onto a metal rod, which balances across the top of the mold, then you pull the wick material through the hole at the bottom of the mold, then pop a rubber stopper into the hole, securing the wick material and preventing the melted wax from escaping.

For my candle on display in the glass votive, I created an ombré effect by adding a brown wax crayon. This was the first time I had used a solid colour to colour my wax melts. I also tried adding some mists and paint but the liquids didn’t mix properly with the wax and settled awkwardly at the bottom of the mold as well as my Wick machine and were tricky to clean.

The wax crayon melted into a rich colour and if you want an ombré effect, it’s great as I found the consistency must’ve been denser as it settled to the bottom very well.

DIY Summer Candles by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

A convenient function the Wick machine has, is an indicator light that illuminates when the valve is opened. This is handy as I sometimes forget to close the valve after I had made a candle. It’s a great reminder to quickly shut it before the new melted wax comes running out!

Wick Candle Maker by We R Memory Keepers

Here you can see the finished brown candle. It takes about one and a half refills of the machine to fill this size mold. The first round was the dark wax with the wax crayon added. The second layer was diluted slightly with more plain wax melts. The top layer was a new batch of plain melts, with a touch of the blue colour shavings you get in the kit along with the machine. One thing I have mentioned before is that it’s totally normal for your candle to sink a bit during the setting process. I now know to keep an extra amount of the last colour used, to reheat in the machine and then top the candle up if necessary. I will also mention that these candles I set in the fridge. It made them much easier to get out of the mold.

DIY Summer Candles by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Moving on to the next style of candle are these shelled beauties! I love these little babies and will definitely be making these as gifts!

One can purchase small wicks with the metal stabilizer online, but I tried my hand at upcycling some existing wicks in the form of tea lights, which I had on hand.

I cut up the candles carefully and extracted the wicks. I then popped the wax into my Wick to melt it. Once I was happy with how I had placed the wicks inside the shells, I placed the shells very carefully under the valve on the machine and opened it just a tiny bit to allow the wax to just drop out very gently.

Wick Candle Maker by We R Memory Keepers

Voila! These are addictive to make so be warned lol!

DIY Summer Candles by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

My third style of candle is one with a photo personalization. I looked up how to do it online and it involved printing a photo onto tissue paper.

I stuck the tissue down to regular copy paper and the fed it into my very trusty inkjet printer. I’d measured the size of the candle and created an image box in a word processing programme. I then printed the image off using a ‘speciality paper’ setting on the printer.

I was nervous as to how the printer would go, printing on to such delicate paper but it worked great! I cut the tissue photo out and placed it, image side up, around the candle. You’ll notice this candle is also kinda ombré in colour. The bottom bit was left over melted tea light candle with a bit of blue colour shavings added. I topped the candle up with the Wick paraffin melts and blue shavings and, as you can see, the consistency of the two types of waxes is different. I really like it.

Wick Candle Maker by We R Memory Keepers

In order to transfer the image onto the candle itself, I then wrapped the whole thing  in baking paper and heated it with my heat gun. You can see I used BBQ tongs to hold it while I heated it to protect my hands.

As the wax heats, you will see the paper darken. Once you’ve got the whole paper dark, you can go ahead and peel the baking paper away slowly. (You may need to keep heating gently as you do this step, just see how you go.)

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And here is my photo candle. This family photo was taken on a gorgeous Gold Coast beach inside a beach cave. I really like how the texture of the candle echoes the rocks!

 

DIY Summer Candles by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Summer Candles by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I hope you enjoyed this post. These candles are a fun and easy way to create ambience in your home and truly unique gifts for your friends and family.

I LOVE my Wick and I’m sure you will too! Be sure to tag @wermemorykeepers in your social media posts so we can enjoy seeing you get your craft on! Until next time!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Wick Candle Maker

 

 

Summer Scrapbook Page

Hey there, We R Memory Keepers friends and fans, I’m Becki Adams here to share a layout with you that I created with a few of my favorite We R Memory Keepers tools. There are some tools that I always keep near my desk at my fingertips. The laser square is one tool that is always on my desk. My husband will tell you that I can’t measure or put items in a straight line to save my life. That’s why I love the Laser Square so much! It makes measuring and alignment a breeze.

Summer Scrapbook Page by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

One of my favorite “go to” designs is a grid. I love the clean simple lines of a grid layout.

On this “Summer in Central Park” layout I used four 4×3 photos in an offset grid design. The photos are in a straight line, but they are slightly of set from the other column. The Laser Square made it so easy to make sure that my photos were in a straight line especially on a solid background.

Summer Scrapbook Page by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Another tool that I love and keep near my desk at all times is my Stitch Happy Sewing machine. I love the added detail that machine stitching gives my layouts. Thread/stitching is also a great “adhesive.” Once something is stitched onto a layout, there’s no worries of it falling off the layout after a long period of time. A layout that has machine stitching will always stay together.

Summer Scrapbook Page by Becki Adams for We R Memory KeepersSummer Scrapbook Page by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Ever since I started scrapbooking years (and years) ago, I loved using tags. At first, I always purchased shipping tags at my local office supply store. Now that the Tag Punch Board is in my office, I’ve been making custom tags for all of my projects.

Summer Scrapbook Page by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

On this layout I made a custom tag for the title. It was fun to make the tag just the right size for the letter stickers. Of course, I didn’t forget the custom hole reinforcer that I punched out with my We R Memory Keepers Hole Reinforcer punch.

Summer Scrapbook Page by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

I’d love to hear about your favorite We R Memory Keepers tools. Which tools do you keep on your desk? Thank you for stopping by the We R Memory Keepers blog. Happy crafting, friends!

 

Supplies:

Spring Scissors

Laser Square

Tag Punch Board

Reinforce Hole Punch

Stitch Happy Sewing Machine

 

Summer Card with the Precision Press Advanced

Hi there We R friends, Nancy here today with a look at the Precision Press Advanced. I love crisp stamped images on stamping projects and this tool comes in handy! Let’s create a card with ombre images with a design twist.

Summer Card with the Precision Press Advanced by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

There are certainly ombre ink pads that could be purchased, but I’m more of a use what I have kind of gal. I pulled out two shades of pigment inks in pink, orange, green and blue. The Precision Press Advanced and a solid center stamp will bring this card to life!

Summer Card with the Precision Press Advanced by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

Use the removal stamp plate and place the clear stamp. Next, using the darker pigment ink up half of the image and then add the lighter shade to the opposite side. Don’t worry about the overlap, it will create a beautiful hue.

Summer Card with the Precision Press Advanced by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

This is what the image will look like after the first stamp attempt. Now this is where the Precision Press Advanced shines – you can keep inking and restamping getting a perfectly aligned image every single time. The press allows you to continue building layers of color until you have a clear, crisp image! This image took three passes to complete.

Summer Card with the Precision Press Advanced by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

The Precision Press Advanced is also key when stamping sentiments. Here I used it to place two layers of embossing ink on the cardstock. The extra layer of ink results in a bolder title.

Summer Card with the Precision Press Advanced by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

This is what the card looks like completed. It took just an hour to create this intricate look with the Precision Press Advanced. It lined up perfectly every single time and made for a quick and easy process!

Summer Card with the Precision Press Advanced by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies:

Prescision Press Advanced

Beach Lightbox Photo Frame

Hey there friends! It’s Aly Dosdall joining you again today, and I’m glad you’re here! I’m loving Beach Week so far–what fabulous beach themed project ideas we’ve seen so far! Today I’m sharing an idea for displaying your precious beach trip memories in a beautiful and unique way.

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

A couple of years ago my hubby and I had the chance to spend a week in Hawaii. He just happened to have a work conference there–how convenient, right?

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I made an album with our photos and memories of the trip, but it was such a fun vacation that I really wanted to have some of our favorite photos on display in our home, so I created this beach themed light box photo frame using elements from the Photo Lights collection and the Crate Paper Oasis paper collection.

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I started by creating an 8×8 photo collage with nine photos in my Google Photos app. There are several ways to create photo collages. Some of my favorites are picmonkey.com (PC), the Layout app from Instagram (smartphone), and Google Photos (PC or smartphone).

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Next, I printed my photo collage onto the Photo Lights Backlit Printable Film using my inkjet printer (you can also use a laser printer). I trimmed it to 8×8 inches to fit my 8×8 Photo Lights Frame. Then I gathered some rub-ons from the Photo Lights collection, as well as some other embellishments.

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I added the rub-on directly to the photo collage first, and then inserted it into the magnetic frame. Then I added the remaining embellishments on the outside of the frame for some dimension.

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

To add to the Hawaiian beach theme of the project, I layered some Gold Fringe Tape on the top edge of the frame. It reminds me of a grass skirt or a tiki bar!

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

The Photo Lights frames are a great way to stylishly and easily display your favorite memories. Keep them for your own space, or give them away for the perfect gift. Thanks for joining me friends, and have a happy crafty day!

Beach Light Box Photo Collage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies:

Photo Lights 8×8 Frame–Natural
Photo Lights Backlit Printable Film
Photo Lights Rub-Ons
DIY Party Fringe Tape–Gold

Crate Paper Oasis Collection

 

Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy

Hello and welcome, Chantalle with you today! The Winter solstice has come and gone here in the Southern Hemisphere (not that we can really complain about our winter temps in Queensland!) and I am starting to dream about balmy beach days again. I’ve created an oversized beach bag with my Stitch Happy Sewing Machine, which can accommodate all of our gear for a day at the beach, a picnic or pool party!

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I will confess, that my sewing skills are pretty much limited to most things in square form or something easy that I can check out a tutorial online. (You can find the full details of this tutorial later on in this post.)

My bag is primarily natural calico with a bright pop of colour for the lining and little pocket. I had such fun looking at all the beautiful trims in my local fabric store!

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I washed and ironed my fabric before use to prevent the fabric from warping later on. Once it was ready, I used my new Supreme Ruler to measure out two large pieces, each 22 x 40 inches. I folded the material over before I cut to make it easier. Using the fold as one side, also meant I didn’t have to sew all four sides. The Supreme Ruler was fabulous to use, as the one side has a metal edge, which was perfect for using my rotary cutter against. It also has handy measuring guides, so I knew exactly where to make my markings.

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

This bag is large and strong – It easily fitted four towels, my camera, sunblock, hats and a picnic rug. The bag’s size also seems easy to adjust, so you can make one to suit your specific needs!

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

As per the tutorial, I sewed two square shapes, one in the bright chevron and one in the calico. The bag has squared off edges, which makes it easier to stand up a bit straighter. This involves marking off sections in the bottom two corners, opening the corner and then sewing across. Finally cutting off the excess fabric.

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The bags then fit inside each other and one sews in the handles. I’ve used natural belting which was a little over an inch wide. You can make these as long or as short as you like.

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

You’ll notice I’ve sewed in a box fashion where the handles meet the fabric. This provides extra strength when the handles are under load. Just go slow and steady with your machine and if you find using the pedal is too fast for such a specific area, I like to just wind by hand so I know each stitch is deliberate.

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The pocket was a bit of a made up design, lol. I initially thought the pocket would have the chevron on the outside, but it turned out looking a bit too bright, so I used the calico on the outside and lined it with the chevron print, turning the front edge over slightly, so the colour was peeping out. This was then finished off with some super cute coordinating pom pom trim, which I may or may not have bought a bit extra for something else in the future!

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I’m so impressed with how this bag turned out. I’ll definitely be using the method to create more bags like this and would love to try making a smaller one for everyday items, like groceries or my little one’s gymnastics class! It was a very do-able project and I loved creating it with my Stitch Happy!

DIY Beach Bag with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you will have as much fun with your Stitch Happy Sewing Machine as I have!

(The full tutorial of this bag can be found by clicking here)

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Stitch Happy Sewing Machine

Stitch Happy Thread White

Supreme Ruler

Beach Themed Card with the Frame Punch Board

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a summer card during Beach Week. When I think about the beach, I think towels and umbrellas, swimsuits and sunscreen, and most importantly, cute shades! Using my We R Memory Keepers Frame Punch Board, check out how easy it is to make these adorable sunglasses!

Frame Punch Board sunglasses card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

When it’s summer, life is always seen through rose-colored glasses!

Frame Punch Board sunglasses card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

These sunglasses look great on a card, but once again, I will be using these in my scrapbook too. So many color combinations to create!

Frame Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

I began by cutting my patterned paper to 2” by 2.” Then I set the Frame Punch Board to .25” by moving each of the small teal tabs on the side of the punch. You can make the edges as thick or as thin as you desire by moving the tabs. Making sure my paper was flush to each tab, I punched. I continued that process for each corner.

Frame Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

The tab for the cutting bar can be adjusted as well. I set it to .25” also and cut away the inside piece from the frame.

Frame Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

If the tabs on the side of the punch are moved to the furthest position (which is clearly labeled, yay!), the corners of your frame can be rounded. Which was exactly what my sunglasses needed.

On the back of each frame a piece of colored acetate was adhered. I also added a nose bridge and sides with the same patterned paper. Nothing fancy, just hand cut pieces. It got even more summery feeling with more fun papers from the Crate Paper Cute Girl 6×6 paper pad.

Frame Punch Board sunglasses card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Who’s ready for days at the beach?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

Crate Paper:

Summer Planner Spread with the Planner Punch Board

Hello, We R friends! Tessa Buys here. One of my favorite new releases from We R Memory Keepers is the Planner Punch Board. The idea of being able to punch a variety of holes into pieces that I could then add into any kind planner made me get excited about a coil-bound Heidi Swapp planner that I had. Here it is all set up for the beginning of summer:

Planner Punch Board Summer Pages by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

I used Crate Paper’s Oasis collection to embellish my pages, including these small cards from the ephemera pack. I wanted to use the back side of the cards for journaling, but in a way that I could easily flip them over to read.

Planner Punch Board Summer Pages by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

All I had to do was use the Planner Punch Board to punch holes that coordinated with the coils of my planner and viola! Instant custom inserts!

Planner Punch Board Summer Pages by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

I stamped key words on the cards and filled the letters with watercolor. I wouldn’t have used watercolors on the planner pages because they are too thin. Thanks to the Planner Punch board, I can add in special pieces from time to time that feature techniques or elements I wouldn’t normally use in my planner.

Planner Punch Board Summer Pages by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Are you prepping the summer months in your planner? Here are some other ideas for add-ins using the Planner Punch Board:

  • ticket stubs
  • library reading program charts
  • menus
  • community pool schedules
  • ice cream coupons

Planner Punch Board Summer Pages by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Whether you’re planning ahead or documenting what happened, your planner is especially useful when you use the Planner Punch Board. Happy summer planning!

 

Supplies Used:

Planner Punch Board
Crate Paper Oasis Collection
Spiral Bound Heidi Swapp Planner

Throwback Thursday: Summer Lemonade Stand

Hello friends, and thanks for joining us today for Throwback Thursday! School’s out here in Utah, so today we’re revisiting the summer of 2015 to celebrate. That year we featured an absolutely darling Lemonade Stand project that our in-house designers decorated in a snap with the Evolution Advanced and some of our thin metal dies. You can’t help but think of summer when you see this. Check it out below!

 

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Summer Bucket List Mini Album

Hey there We R Memory Keepers friends and fans, Becki here to share an easy and fun Summer Bucket list mini album that I created using the Tab Punch board. Not only did I use the Tab Punch Board on this project but I also used the brand new Planner Punch Board AND the Typecast Typewriter. I can’t even tell you how excited I am to have this Summer bucket list mini album almost done before Summer even starts. Summer seems to fly by! I’ve found that the more I can get done before Summer officially hits, the better.
Summer Bucket List Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
This album came together within an hour because of the awesome WRMK tools that I had to create with. The album measures about 5″x7″. The three tabs in the album are labeled with strips of white cardstock. On each strip of cardstock I used my Typecast typewriter to type the title of each section of the mini album.
Summer Bucket List Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
The three sections are “family”, “food”, and “fun”. I’ve found that when I have labels on my tabs they need to be very well adhered. Which is why I stapled each label into place. While our family doesn’t have a very specific Summer Bucket list we do know that we want our Summer to include these three things. Inside the album I left plenty of space for journaling and photos.
Summer Bucket List Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
Summer Bucket List Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
When I had the pages of the album complete, I used the Planner Punch board to punch the holes for the black binder rings. The Planner punch board worked great! I will be using the planner punch board for all my mini albums in the future! I love how easy it was to use.
Summer Bucket List Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
Summer Bucket List Mini Album by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
Now that Summer is almost here, I hope this Summer bucket list mini album has inspired you to create a mini album for your Summer memories. Thank you for stopping by the We R Memory Keepers blog. I’ll see you again soon!

Supplies:

Typecast Typewriter

American Crafts/Amy Tangerine On A Whim Collection