Christmas Countdown Photo Light Strand

Hello and welcome back to the blog today! Chantalle with you, to share a sweet and simple, festive idea. I’ve used a PhotoLights Photo Frame Strand, my computer and some PhotoLights Printable Backlit Film Paper to create a light-up countdown calendar, which will make the long wait for the jolly man in red, just a bit more fun!

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Print off numbers or phrases to switch out daily in the lead up to Christmas!

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I’ve combined my numbers with the word ‘sleeps’ to let my kiddos know how many more agonizing sleeps there are to go!

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I started by heading off to a free font website like DaFont or Squirrel Fonts and checking out their festive options. There is a huge variety of scripts, ornamental and decorative typefaces to choose from!

I then went about measuring the little lightboxes in the Photo Strand with my Supreme Ruler and then set some text inside coloured boxes to fit. (I have used Illustrator but you could also use any word processing programme.) I printed these boxes off onto some PhotoLights Printable Backlit Film Paper, making sure I printed on the more matte side. Note: If you print on the shinier side, the ink does not adhere to the paper. Fear not though, I made the mistake and the ink wiped off with a baby wipe.

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I used my Supreme Ruler again to trim up all the little films and then placed the ones I was going to be using straight away, on to the photo strand.

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

On either end of the strand, I thought it would be cute to pop a little festive icon, like this mistletoe.

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The spare numbers are stored in a little acrylic box. I think this photo strand would make for a great gift. Giving the numbers all prepared in this way is super easy for the recipient to change up the message. Print off multiple copies of the alphabet and you’ve got a great teacher’s gift! The Photo Strand is perfect for any number of occasions!

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

And now let’s dim the lights please….

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
My calendar really comes to life when it’s switched on!

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

You could hang it up indoors or bring it outside for some festive cheer. The battery pack makes it fully portable.

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Just a few more sleeps!

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Dear Santa, I’ve been pretty good…

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Supreme Ruler

PhotoLights Printable Backlit Film Paper

PhotoLights Photo Frame Strand

Holiday Gift Idea: Kate Spade Inspired Penguin Pouch + free pattern!

I’ve got a couple of friends that I love to make handmade gifts for each Christmas. As I was thinking about what to make for them this year, I was totally inspired by a cute Kate Spade NY penguin wallet I found online. I decided to create my own version of it as a gift for my friends.

Kate Spade Inspired Felt Penguin Pouch by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory KeepersKate Spade Inspired Felt Penguin Pouch by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory KeepersKate Spade Inspired Felt Penguin Pouch by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I wanted my gift to be something practical and unique. I decided on tissue pouches given the cold and flu season. I’m a crafter more than a sewist, so I went with felt as my fabric of choice. It feels more like crafting than sewing when I work with it. I found a great tutorial online for easy tissue holders HERE and got started!

Kate Spade Inspired Felt Penguin Pouch by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

If you’d like to make one for yourself, or as a gift, you can download a free pattern for the Penguin Pouch below.

We R Memory Keepers Penguin Pouch Pattern

I started by cutting a 6 3/4 x 5 7/8 inch piece of white felt. I folded the short ends toward the center of the felt so they touched each other and then pinned them down.

We R Memory Keepers Angled Rotary Cutter and Supreme RulerWe R Memory Keepers Stitch Happy

I sewed each end about 1/4 inch in from the edge with my Stitch Happy sewing machine and some white regular thread. Cut a 1 1/2 x 5/8 inch strip of black felt for your loop to attach a key ring. Fold it in half and hot glue the short ends together. Then center the loop and hot glue it in between the double edges of the tissue holder.

We R Memory Keepers Stitch Happy

Next, I cut a 3 3/8 x 5 7/8 inch rectangle from black felt. I used a dinner plate to cut a curve in one of the long edges. Then, to create the beak, I folded the felt in half with the short edges together, and cut a 1/2 inch slit at an angle just above the curve.

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Cut a 1 inch yellow square from golden yellow felt and adhere it to the back of the black felt over the slit you cut for the beak. (I used my USB Power Mini Hot Glue Gun, but you can also use fabric glue or tacky craft glue). Place adhesive along the edges of the square only so your beak isn’t attached and can fold upward. Using black Stitch Happy thread, handstitch around the shape of the beak to add some detail.

step out_hand stitching

Next, create your eyes by cutting two 1 3/4 inch circles from white faux fur (or felt). Then cut two 1 1/4 inch circles from black felt, two 3/4 inch circles from white felt and two 1/2 inch circles from white felt. Cover the 1/2 inch circles with silver glitter using clear glue as adhesive. Set them aside to dry. Hot glue the 3/4 inch white circles in the center of the 1 1/4 inch black circles. Then hot glue those in the center of the 1 3/4 inch white faux fur circles. Once they’re dry, glue the 1/2 inch white glittered circles in the center of the 3/4 inch white circles and hot glue black enamel dots in the center of the glittered white circles.

step out_circles

step out_loop and glitter

Tip: you can cut the circles for the eyes with scissors using the free template, or you can cut them with the Evolution Advanced and some circle dies.

step out_evolution

Hot glue the black curved rectangle to the back of the tissue holder (opposite side of the slit). Hot glue the eyes on either side of the beak. Add a key ring to the felt loop.

step out_key ring and tassel

I added a waterfall tassel to the key ring for a touch of style, and because tassels make everything cuter…right? To make a water fall tassel, use the Tassel Loom and some silver Stitch Happy metallic thread to make three 2 inch tassels, leaving the ends for hanging extra long (8-10 inches).

step out_tassel loom

step out_waterfall tassel

Thread the ends of the first tassel up through the band of the second one and tie the ends tight so the top of the first tassel comes up under the bottom of the second tassel. Do the same thing to the third tassel, so all three are connected and overlap. Use the ends to tie the waterfall tassel to the key ring.

Kate Spade Inspired Felt Penguin Pouch by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Fill the tissue holder pouch with pocket size tissues, wrap it up and gift away! Your recipient can attach this adorable Penguin Pouch to a purse, backpack, keys or a brief case, and they’ll have tissues ready to go for cold and flu season or any time they need them!

Kate Spade Inspired Felt Penguin Pouch by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory KeepersKate Spade Inspired Felt Penguin Pouch by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory KeepersKate Spade Inspired Felt Penguin Pouch by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies:

Stitch Happy Sewing Machine
Stitch Happy Fabric Scissors
Stitch Happy Black Thread
Stitch Happy Silver Metallic Thread
Precision Glass Cutting Mat
Supreme Ruler
Angled Rotary Cutter
Tassel Loom
USB Power Mini Glue Gun
Black, white, and golden yellow felt
Black enamel dots
Silver Wow Glitter

Gratitude Journal with The Cinch and Journal Studio

Hello We R friends! It’s Aly here wishing you a Happy Friday. Congrats on making it through the week! One of my favorite traditions this time of year is my gratitude journal. For a few weeks in November I keep a daily record of the things I’m thankful for leading up to Thanksgiving Day. It’s really helped me to focus on the positive and see the good, both totally transformative ways of thinking. This year I used The Cinch binding tool along with the new Journal Studio to get my gratitude journal started.

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

My gratitude journals are usually pretty bulky as I like to add photos, memborabilia, pockets, and other goodies. I decided to disassemble my Amy Tangerine Journal Studio notebook using the Supreme Ruler and my craft knife, and then bind it back together with The Cinch to allow for more bulk. I simply cut right down the center on the middle page. The craft knife cut through easily. I used the new 1″ black Cinch wires to bind my notebook because they match the black accents in the Journal Studio collection.

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

I created tab dividers from some Crate Paper Wild Heart papers with the Tab Punch Board, and then added some divider stickers to some of the notebook pages.

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

the Journal Guide and the Interchangeable Stamps

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

I also added an ephemera card that I embellished with some washi tape, one canoe two for AC Goldenrod puffy stickers, and the Journal Studio Magnetic Alphabet Stencils.

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

I added these inserts after I had already bound my journal–it was a bit of an afterthought, LOL! But that didn’t cause a single problem–Planner Punch Board to the rescue!

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

I created one page as an introduction explaining my goals and purpose for this gratitude journal. I included a current photo of me, and I embellished the spread with the Journal Guide, Interchangeable Stamps, and ephemera and stickers from the Amy Tangerine Journal Studio Collection.

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

the Journal Guide and the Interchangeable StampsGratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers 9Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers 11

I love that there are so many options and supplies available with the new Journal Studio. I’m excited about customizing my gratitude journal this year–I can’t wait to get started!

Supplies:

The Cinch
Interchangeable Stamps
Alphabet Magnetic Stencils
Planner Punch Board
Tab Punch Board
Supreme Ruler
Craft Knife
Crate Paper Wild Heart Patterned Paper
Amy Tangerine Journal Studio Notebook, Sticker Book, Ephemera
one canoe two Golenrod Puffy Stickers

DIY Notebooks for School

Hello We R friends, Laura here today. It is time for back to school and today I am going to show you how you can create your own custom cinch notebook using three different types of paper – ruled, graph, and plain printer paper. Often at school my kids will need different types of paper. Creating a custom notebook allows you to use all three papers in one bound notebook.

Custom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

My printer paper was the largest, and I wanted the notebook cover to be a little larger than the paper. I started by trimming my cinch board to 9” by 11 ½”. It is easy to trim the board with a craft knife and the help of the supreme ruler to keep everything nice and straight.

We R Memory Keepers Supreme Ruler

Next, I trimmed my cover paper to be slightly larger than the cinch board. I used a glue stick to attach the paper to the front of each board. I ran my embossing stylus along the edges of the board so that it would be easier to wrap the paper around the edge.

We R Memory Keepers Stylus Tool

Using red sticky tape, I attached the paper to the back side of the covers by wrapping and folding it over the edge.

Custom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory KeepersCustom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I trimmed another sheet of coordinating paper slightly smaller than the cinch board. I attached it with a glue stick. I went over the whole thing with the large bone folder to make sure it was secured well. This technique creates a nice finished cover and back for the notebook.

We R Memory Keepers Large Bone Folder

Next, I created dividers for each section of the notebook. I trimmed the cardstock to the same size as the cinch cover. Then, I used the tab punch board to create large size tabs on each sheet.

We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch Board

Now it was time to create the notebook. I used the cinch tool to punch holes in the front and back covers, the divider tabs, and each stack of lined, graph, and blank paper. I played around with the hole placement on some scrap paper to make sure everything would be centered and lined up on the finished notebook.

We R Memory Keepers Cinch binding tool

To hide the wire seam on the inside of the notebook, first place the inside pages on the wire. Then place the back cover and lastly the front cover. Use the cinch tool to close the wire.

We R Memory Keepers Cinch binding tool

I added some of the letters from the playful icons paper stack to spell out ‘NOTES’ on the front cover.

Custom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Inside, each divider got one of the fun sentiments from the paper pad.

Custom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory KeepersCustom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory KeepersCustom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I love how this notebook turned out. I think it will be great for back to school. You could also do something similar with different papers to practice hand lettering or different types of art mediums.

Custom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Of course, you could easily add all these papers to a binder, but when I am writing, I like to be able to fold the cover back on itself. And having everything all together with the custom tabs and paper means you can create exactly what you need for back to school.

Custom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies

Cinch Book Board

Supreme Ruler

Craft Knife

Trim & Score Board

Large Bone Folder

DCWV Playful Icons Paper Stack

Cardstock

Tab Punch Board

Cinch Tool

Cinch Binding Wire

 

 

 

Graduation Party Favor Idea

Hello We R Memory Keepers fans! Soraya here with you today to share a new tutorial for a graduation party favor using some of my favorite tools!

Graduation Party Favor by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

To make this little cute graduation box, I used the wonderful 1-2-3 Punch Board that I LOVE ! The possibilities are endless with this board, above all when it comes to creating party favors! As this box measures 3 ¼ inches so the paper had to measure 10 inches (according to the instructions on the board).

Graduation Party Favor by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

We R Memory Keepers 123 Punch Board

Graduation Party Favor by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

I also used the Clear Cut Punch to create a little window so we can see the marshmallows through it. Love this frame shape and this punch is very easy to place thanks to the magnetic system! The window is made out of a little waterfall photo sleeve that I glued with the USB Power Tool Mini Glue Gun.

We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig Clear Cut Punch

Graduation Party Favor by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Graduation Party Favor by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Now that the box is finished, I played with my Happy Jig and some rose gold wire to make the word “yay”. I followed the instructions in the book to shape the “y” and the “a” like in the “happy” word.

We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig

We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig

We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig

Now it’s the fun part to fill the box with yummy marshmallows!

Graduation Party Favor by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Graduation Party Favor by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

We now have to make the hat and tassle part to finish the graduation favor! The steps are very easy and the result is awesome! I cut a 4 ¼ inches square paper with my Trim & Score Board and another one in a light white cardboard with my Supreme Ruler and Precision Knife. I glued them together.

We R Memory Keepers Trim and Score Board

We R Memory Keepers USB Mini Glue Gun

We R Memory Keepers Supreme Ruler

Using the Crafter’s Essential Tool I made a hole in the middle of the cardboard and passed through some blue thread. I tied a knot then attached the tassle on it.

We R Memory Keepers Stylus Tool

Graduation Party Favor by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Graduation Party Favor by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Graduation Party Favor by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Add some embellishments and voilà! The graduation party favor box is done!

Graduation Party Favor by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Graduation Party Favor by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Graduation Party Favor by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Graduation Party Favor by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Graduation Party Favor by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

I hope you had fun joining me today. Happy creating everyone and until next time!

Soraya.

 

Supplies :

1-2-3 Punch Board

Trim & Score Board

USB Power Tool Mini Glue Gun

Precision Knife

Crafter’s Essential

Stitch Happy Scissors

Blue thread and pompom

Clear Cut Punch

Supreme Ruler

Waterfall Photo Sleeves

Happy Jig

 

 

Create a Scrapbook Page with a Circle Grid Design

Hello everyone and Happy National Scrapbook week!  It’s Eva here today sharing a scrapbook layout made with some of my favorite We R tools.

Scrapbook Page with a Circle Grid Design by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Some of my favorite scrapbook techniques are hand sewing and using tiny strips of paper to create backgrounds, so I thought I would incorporate the two of them on this scrapbook layout.

I started my layout with a grid design, they are very versatile and allow you to incorporate many pictures on your page. I decided to create a grid with circles so I used my Clear Cut Punch to cut out 16 circles and then I arranged them with my Laser Square. I love this tool! (Did you know you can also use it to align your wall decor?)

Laser Square by We R Memory Keepers

For my layout I had 3 types of circles: one group with pictures, another one with string art and the last group with tiny strips of paper. I wanted this last group to be on a different level so I traced my circles on paper and punched some of the circles out.

Circle Clear Cut Punch by We R Memory Keepers

To create the string art circles I traced a simple design with a pencil and used my Sticky Piercer to make holes.

Supreme Ruler by We R Memory Keepers

Craft Knife by We R Memory Keepers

I used thread from my Stitch Happy to create the string art. Since the string art has large “stitches” it didn’t took me too long to create them. I love the result! Especially the ones mixing gold and colored threads.

Stitch Happy Thread by We R Memory Keepers

To make the circles with tiny strips of paper, start by cutting your strips. I used my Glass Mat, my Supreme Ruler and my Craft Knife. These tools work great together! The Supreme Ruler doesn’t move and the craft knife cuts like butter over the Glass Mat. The papers used for these circles are all from Pick Me Up collection by Pink Paislee.

Supreme Ruler by We R Memory Keepers

Create your designs by putting your strips one next to the other or maybe creating a weaving pattern. You don’t need to glue the entire strip! Just place some liquid glue around your circle and use your Sticky Piercer to move your tiny strips easily.

Hand Tools by We R Memory Keepers

Place this circles beneath your layout with 3d dots and use white thread and your Sticky Piercer to create a hand sewn border around all your circles.

Scrapbook Page with a Circle Grid Design by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

To create my title I used my Happy Jig and made the word “awesome“ using gold wire. You can find this design on the Happy Jig dedicated Instagram account (@werhappyjig)

Happy Jig by We R Memory Keepers

To attach your wire word use some thread and tie the word on the edges.

Scrapbook Page with a Circle Grid Design by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Use some embellishments to finish your layout. I used chipboards and stickers from the lovely Pick Me Up collection by Pink Paislee.

Scrapbook Page with a Circle Grid Design by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

I love the look of string art on my layouts, it is so easy and gives a great graphic effect!

Scrapbook Page with a Circle Grid Design by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

The weaving pattern looks great and I love that I could easily cut tiny strips of paper with my Craft Knife! This is a great project to use all those small paper scraps you have lying around.

Scrapbook Page with a Circle Grid Design by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Are you making something special next Saturday during National Scrapbook Day? Why don’t you try some of these techniques? I would love to see what you create!

Scrapbook Page with a Circle Grid Design by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Have a great week!

Eva

 

Supplies:

Happy Jig

Happy Jig wire

Clear Cut Punch

Sticky Piercer

Stitch Happy Threads
Supreme Ruler
Precision Glass Cutting Mat
Craft Knife
Laser Square

Pick Me Up collection by Pink Paislee

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter’s Essentials

Hello We R Memory Keepers fans! Soraya here with you today for a special home decor project using the Crafter’s Essentials, the new & handy tools you will love for sure! The USB Power Tools are so GENIUS! You can use them wherever you want, in your craftroom or on the go since you only need a power bank for the magic to happen! Let me show you the cute spring wall hanging that I made with the Crafter’s Essentials!

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

On a piece of thin medium wood, I used the wood burning tip to engrave the “hello”. First I traced the word with the tool, and then I went over some parts again to give it a hand lettered appearance.

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

Then, I used the Rotary Cutter and my Supreme Ruler to cut the wood into a sign shape. I love how handy this cutter is, so easy to use! The Rotary Tool allowed me to sand all the edges!

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

Talking about handy tools, I could easily fussy cut all those adorable plants and leaves with the Detail Scissors. They will be the perfect embellishments for this spring project. I glued them with the USB Glue Gun Power Tool to keep them sercure when the sign hangs on the wall. With my Crop A Dile, I punched the holes which will allow me to tie on the natural twine for hanging.

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

I put on the final touches–a pink pompom ribbon and some wooden beads. And voilà!

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

I hope you had fun joining me today! What’s your favorite hand tool? Happy creating everyone and until next time!

Soraya.

 

Supplies :

Rotary Cutter

Detail Scissors

Spring Scissors

Supreme Ruler

USB Heat Tool

USB Glue Gun

USB Rotary Tool

DCWV Paper Pad « Okey Dokey »

Power Bank

Pompom ribbon and natural twine

 

 

Celebrate with a Waffle Bar

 

Welcome back to the blog today! It’s Chantalle here and I’d love to share a celebratory idea with you, which I put together for my kiddo’s first day back at school. It was a special one, as my DS started High School and my sweet little girl faces a new chapter without big brother to look out for her on the playground.

To mark the occasion, we had waffles for dinner! You can imagine their delight in having sweets as a main meal, lol.

DIY Waffle Bar Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

All-you-can-eat candy at this waffle bar!

DIY Waffle Bar Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I got the waffle idea playing around with my new and improved Trim & Score Board. The blade has been updated and now features super precise cutting. The board also feels sturdier now, thanks to a new locking mechanism at the back. I definitely enjoyed using this new board more than it’s predecessor.

I started by trimming up four pieces of some Bazzill Classic Yellow Mono Cardstock. (I just eyeballed it, but I reckon it was a bit wider than 4×6 size. Maybe 5×6) and then ran some score lines down the length and breadth of two of the sheets, at roughly 1 inch intervals. I also ran some narrower lines in between those (again, eyeballing) to create the illusion of the dents in the waffle shape.

I trimmed out the square shapes that had formed from the scoring lines, leaving a narrow border around each one. Initially, I had a much wider border around the whole outside if the piece of paper, so I could decide how much of en edge to leave. I ended up trimming this down so there was a slightly wider border than the one between my squares.

Finally, I mounted the cut paper to a sheet of un-scored paper. (The cut ones were now smaller than the un-scored pieces, so I trimmed off the excess. ) I rounded the edges slightly, just using my scissors, to give it a slightly wobbly finish, like a real waffle shape.

Supreme Ruler and Trim and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

One could type up on the back of the un-scored cardstock pieces with a Typecast Typewriter and create super fun little Waffle Party invites!

You could also take your paper waffles to the next level by adding some shaded areas with inks or paints!

DIY Waffle Bar Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

What’s a fun waffle bar without toppings, right? These little paper jars were quick to make and actually held way more sweets than I thought!

DIY Waffle Bar Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers 

Again, using my Trim & Score board, I scored up some 12×12 sheets of bright paper, at 2 inch intervals. I enlisted the help of my Triangle Score Guide to create the geometric shapes. The booklet that comes with the tool goes in to detail on how to trim and score your paper, depending on the type of shape you want to create.

Remember: The Score Guide slots in to the Score Board at the 3 and 9inch marks.

Once the shapes were scored and trimmed, I went about closing them up by applying runner tape along the tabs. I closed all but one section, laying it down to see which side was best to remove once I found the best side to stand it on IYKWIM. When I was happy with how the shape sat on a surface, I trimmed off the section of paper above it to create an opening. The 2inch sided shape, created a big enough opening, so that little hands can easily fit inside to retrieve their tasty toppings! Of course, you could just pop a serving spoon in there.

Trim and Score Board and Triangle Score Guide by We R Memory Keepers

These little paper jars turned out so lovely. I will definitely be making more to fill with treats and give as gifts.

DIY Waffle Bar Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The geometric shapes leave a bit of excess paper once trimmed. I used these scraps to create some embellishments and a title for my waffle bar. I ran this little flower die through my Evolution Advanced on a Magnetic Mat. I have always raved about the magnetic mat – it makes placing and keeping your die in place a breeze!

Evolution Advanced by We R Memory Keepers 

Another embellishment I made was this ridiculously easy ‘cheat’ banner using some kebab sticks and a chipboard sticker from Crate’s ‘Good Vibes’ collection, which I glued on. It went straight into the waffle pile!

Mini Alphabet Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers 

The title was created using more scrap leftovers and my Mini Alphabet Punch Board. This little guy makes the cutest size letters and using a very mini 2.5 x 1.5 inch piece of paper for each letter (apart from the wider ones like ‘M’ and ‘W’ in which it uses 2.5 x 2.5 inch pieces)

I machine stitched the letters together, leaving an extra bit of thread on each side so I could string it up.

DIY Waffle Bar Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers 

My bar was a huge hit and is on the cards for a repeat performance I’ve been told! The seriously clever cake stand I placed the waffles on to, comes from The Sweet Tooth Factory. You need to check these guys out!! The range is amazing and this stand in particular is so clever and stores so compact! It even comes with the attachments to string up banners!

DIY Waffle Bar Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
I hope you enjoyed this idea and might give it a go for your next celebration event! Until next time, happy crafting!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Trim & Score Board

Triangle Score Guide

Evolution Advanced

Magnetic Mat

Supreme Ruler

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Crate Paper ‘Good Vibes’ Chipboard Stickers

Pink Paislee Paige Evans 12×12 #310500

Dear Lizzy ‘Lucky Charm’ Junk Drawer 12×12

Dear Lizzy ‘Lucky Charm’ Novelty 12×12

Bazzill Classic Yellow Mono Cardstock

Sweet Tooth Fairy Cake Stand
Sticky Thumb adhesive runner

 

 

Christmas Countdown Light Strand

Hello and welcome back to the blog today! Chantalle with you, to share a sweet and simple, festive idea. I’ve used a PhotoLights Photo Frame Strand, my computer and some PhotoLights Printable Backlit Film Paper to create a light-up countdown calendar, which will make the long wait for the jolly man in red, just a bit more fun!

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Print off numbers or phrases to switch out daily in the lead up to Christmas!

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I’ve combined my numbers with the word ‘sleeps’ to let my kiddos know how many more agonizing sleeps there are to go!

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I started by heading off to a free font website like DaFont or Squirrel Fonts and checking out their festive options. There is a huge variety of scripts, ornamental and decorative typefaces to choose from!

I then went about measuring the little lightboxes in the Photo Strand with my Supreme Ruler and then set some text inside coloured boxes to fit. (I have used Illustrator but you could also use any word processing programme.) I printed these boxes off onto some PhotoLights Printable Backlit Film Paper, making sure I printed on the more matte side. Note: If you print on the shinier side, the ink does not adhere to the paper. Fear not though, I made the mistake and the ink wiped off with a baby wipe.

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I used my Supreme Ruler again to trim up all the little films and then placed the ones I was going to be using straight away, on to the photo strand.

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

On either end of the strand, I thought it would be cute to pop a little festive icon, like this mistletoe.

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The spare numbers are stored in a little acrylic box. I think this photo strand would make for a great gift. Giving the numbers all prepared in this way is super easy for the recipient to change up the message. Print off multiple copies of the alphabet and you’ve got a great teacher’s gift! The Photo Strand is perfect for any number of occasions!

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

And now let’s dim the lights please….

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
My calendar really comes to life when it’s switched on!

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

You could hang it up indoors or bring it outside for some festive cheer. The battery pack makes it fully portable.

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Just a few more sleeps!

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Dear Santa, I’ve been pretty good…

Christmas Countdown Light Strand by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Supreme Ruler

PhotoLights Printable Backlit Film Paper

PhotoLights Photo Frame Strand

 

 

 

Holiday Gift Bags

Hello and welcome We R Fans!

I can’t believe that Christmas is just a few short weeks around the corner! We must be having fun because time sure is flying!

Now is a great time to make a start on those festive projects like cards and kris kringle gift ideas. These quick and easy gift bags created with the new DCWV Very Merry Premium 12×12 Stack and my Envelope Punch Board are sure to impress!

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – my Envelope Punch Board is one of my most favourite WeR tools. It’s so easy to use and produces perfect results every time.

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack
The Very Merry 12×12 Stack comes bursting with rich festive prints and luxurious foil detail. There wasn’t a print I didn’t like and has both neutrals, traditional gingham and also includes some journaling spots. Another great thing about this pad is that the paper is double sided so the inside of my bags had a pretty print and a bit of colour contrast!

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

I was thrilled to learn a new way to create using this particular punch board. I have shown some highlight shots below, but you can also click here to watch a video tutorial.

 

TO START:

You will need a sheet of 12×12 paper for each bag

A ruler and craft knife or scissors

Adhesive

 

  • Next, you are going to make your first punch at 1 ½ inches and score down along the line. Rotate your paper 90 counter clockwise and then punch at 3 inches and score. Rotate again and punch and 1 ½ and score and then rotate again and punch and score at 3 inches.

 

  • Now, flip the paper over and lining up the score lines, depending on which one is visible at the particular corner, go about punching and scoring at the same intervals. Rotating the paper as before.

 

  • Once you have all the punch and score lines created, you will see your grid kinda divides into a thinner section and a thicker band through the middle. We are going to create some extra score lines to create the little triangular ‘flaps’ (for lack of a better word) that will form the inside of the bag and the closure. If you see the third image in the collage below, you can see how I have run a line across each of the four corners so that the triangular part folds in.

 

  • You can also go ahead and round the corners of the little triangle shapes you have punched.

 

  • Now, one uses either scissors or a knife and ruler (I used my Supreme Ruler which was big enough to run across the whole 12×12) and cut from the top point of the thicker band down towards the centre of the paper on either side. Don’t cut into the thinner band. Repeat on the opposite side so you have two large bands of paper. (These will fold up to form the front and back of the bag.)

 

  • For the side of the bag, we have to do a little more trimming. If you look at image 5 below, you can see I have shown some lines where we are going to create some cuts. You can use scissors and trim about an inch away from the fold line of the thinner band. DON’T cut along the fold line as you won’t be able to close your bag.

Cut four of these lines and you will end up with a cross shape.

 

  • Image 6: Fold in the bits we have created above, run some adhesive on the underside of each closure flap and fold up your bag.

 

  • You’ll be left with a rectangular shape. Fold three of the flaps inside the bag, as shown in image 7 leaving one open which will fold over the bag at the end to close.

 

  • To give the bag it’s shape, gently pinch the corners near the top and squeeze together, creating a soft ‘v’ shape on each side.

 

  • Fold the last flap over the top and you are good to go!

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

I’ve given my bags a bit of a twist by creating some die cut areas using my circle, bracket and tag Clear Cut Punches. I’ve also added some quick and easy embellishments like a paper bow and other bits using the scraps that I trimmed when creating the bags.

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

The clear window on this bag was so easy to create. I just lined up my WRMK Circle Clear Cut Punch and popped a circular shape into the front of the bag. I placed some lightweight acetate behind the area and filled my bag with treats!

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

The bow was created using my Evolution Advanced and a metal Bow Die. This is an awesome die to have in your collection as creates a bow in one piece that folds together.

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

This neutral bag with its cute house pattern was folded with the method above and embellished very simply with some glitter ribbon. I have popped another die cut shape on this one, this time using my WRMK Bracket Clear Cut Punch and backed the area with a foiled sentiment from the Very Merry Paper Stack.

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

I just LOVE the fact that you can use the Clear Cut Punch wherever you like! They are also very to punch – here you can see I even punched with the paper upside down!

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

This cute red bag has a few more embellishments in the form of some wood veneer. One has been coloured using a brush pen, which is a super quick way to add a splash of colour to them.

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

I used the left over bits from the bags to create some embellishments for my bags. The WRMK Tag Clear Cut Punch creates a little tag and mini banner. I folded some leftover circles in half and glued them together so create a 3D shape. I also created some short tags using my DIY Party Tag Punch, which are going to come in handy for my Christmas cards!

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

Here’s a close up of this bag…

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

The gold-foiled banner shape also comes from the Very Merry Stack, which I have hand cut from the sheet of journaling spots.

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

I hope you will be inspired to play with this ‘Very Merry’ Paper Stack and your Envelope Punch Board!

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

Happy Creating!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

DCWV Very Merry 12×12 Premium Stack

Envelope Punch Board

Supreme Ruler

Evolution Advanced

Crop a Dile Eyelet Setter

DIY Party Tag Punch

Bow Metal Die

Pebbles Bat Clothespins

WRMK Tag Clear Cut Punch

WRMK Circle Clear Cut Punch

WRMK Bracket Clear Cut Punch