Typecast Quote Journal

Hi friends! It’s Aly Dosdall here to share a fun Typecast project since this week is Typecast Week! Our designers have come up with some very cool projects to inspire you, and I can’t wait for you to see them. But, first off take a peek at my Typecast Quote Journal!

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As I’ve gotten older I’ve discovered how much words, ideas, and thoughts can affect you. If you fill your mind and life with positive words, ideas, and thoughts it can totally change you. For a while I’ve been wanting to start a quote journal, and when I got my new Typecast Typewriter and saw the lovely gold polka dot notebook, I knew it was time to make one!

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One of my life philosophies is simplicity. I like to find ways to simplify my life and my projects. So I kept this project pretty simple and the typewriter helped a TON with that!

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I added a label from the Typecast collection to the cover, along with a small pink heart sticker from the Urban Chic collection (that goes perfectly with the Typecast collection) and a little bit of washi tape from my Rhino Washi Tape Dispenser.

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I divided my journal into four subjects: Life, Love, Art, and Faith, and I’ll be collecting my favorite quotes about these four key parts of my life. It was easy to add some custom tab dividers to my journal with the Tab Punch and typewriter.

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This is my title page which briefly explains the purpose of this journal and my goals about using it. I attached a journaling card over my journaling with washi tape to create an interactive element.

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The first page in each section of my journaling is sort of a declaration of my foundational philosophy about that aspect of my life.

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I included some additional embellishments from the Urban Chic collection and some Heidi Swapp Memory Planner stickers.

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The beginning of each section is marked with a pocket page that has a removable insert. I typed some thoughts and ideas on each of those as well.

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Then each section includes a few blank lined pages where I will add my favorite quotes about each of the four topics.

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I love all the little labels, tags, and other bits included in the Typecast collection. They’re perfect for creative journals, planners, and other projects!

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I’m so excited about this quote journal. I look forward to adding more to it, and to browsing through it when I need a little sunshine and positivity in my life.



Typecast Typewriter
Typecast Paper Collection
Urban Chic Stickers
Tab Punch
Rhino Washi Tape Dispenser
Heidi Swapp Gold Glitter Stickers


DIY Memory Box

Being a working mom of 5 means that my free time is very limited. And that also means that I don’t always have time to “keep up” with my scrapbooking and memory keeping. (Really, is anyone completely “caught up” anyway?) Sometimes it takes me a while to get photos and memories onto a scrapbook page, so in order to keep those photos and memories fresh and organized I decided to try a new system this year–a memory box!

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I’ve seen this idea in various forms floating around Pinterest and the blogosphere lately and I really love it. So, after looking at several different systems and types of memory boxes I came up with one that I think will work for me. The idea is that I record memories from each month of the year on Grid Journaling Cards, and then print my 4×6 photos (or photo collages) each month and store them with the journaling cards until I have time to create a page using the printed photos and hand written stories.

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All of the memory boxes I’ve seen have been store-bought, but I tend to be a DIY kind of gal so I decided to use some We R tools to help me create my own little 4×6 filing box. I wanted my memory box to be acid free and archival safe so I used some flexible 12×12 chipboard leftover from some patterned paper packaging. I trimmed two 10″ x 5 3/8″ pieces of chipboard and scored them with my Trim and Score Board at 1″ and 7″.

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Then I pulled out my Gift Bag Punch Board to help create the bottom flaps of the box. I slid the scored chipboard pieces into the board, lining up each of the score lines with the “start line” on the board, and then punching and scoring only the “horizontal line”. I trimmed off the smallest flap from each piece of chipboard, and this created two parts to the box that were ready to assemble.

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I adhered the two pieces together using power craft tape (you could also use a hot glue gun) and then trimmed a piece to place in the bottom of the box to fill in the gap between the bottom flaps. The piece was just 1/8″ smaller than 3″ x 6″ to allow for the thickness of the chipboard when placed inside the bottom of the box.

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Next I covered the box with some patterned from the Notable collection and added some Enamel Shapes and die cut numbers for the year. Then I made some dividers to keep my photos and memories for this year organized by month. I trimmed some coordinating cardstock to 4 1/2″ x 6″ and then added some file tabs that I made with my computer and File Tab Punch. To create file tabs that fold over the dividers I folded my paper in half and placed it in the punch so that the fold was just below the top edge of the punch. You can see where the paper is in relation to the punch shape when you turn the punch upside down.

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I adhered the folded file tabs to the dividers and added a few 4×6 Grid Journaling Cards to each month so I can record stories as they happen. Then I printed my 4×6 photos and Instagram photo collages and placed them in the proper month. I’ll leave this sitting on a visible and accessible surface in my craft room so that I can easily record memories and add photos as the month progresses.

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I’m really excited about this new system. It’s totally easy and low-stress, but will still allow me to keep my photos and memories organized until I can get them into my scrapbook!


Trim and Score Board
File Tab Punch
Notable Paper Pack
4×6 Grid Journaling Cards
Enamel Shapes–Cool
Evolution Advanced
Lollipop Alphabet Die

DIY Pocketed Organizer

This week I’ve shared ideas for displaying and documenting your child’s school papers and artwork. Today I’d like to share an idea for storing and organizing those papers. You can create this DIY Pocketed Organizer with some basic office supplies and your favorite We R papers, embellishments and tools.

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First I gathered some basic supplies to create the organizer–9″x12″ document envelopes, 12″x12″ chipboard, and It Factor patterned papers. Then I trimmed the chipboard down to 9 1/2″ x 12″ and covered it with patterned paper.

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Next I trimmed off the tops of the envelopes, and then cut an 8″ semi-circle out of the front of each one. To do this, I inserted my cutting mat inside the envelope, and then used my Magnetic Circle Cutter to cut a half-circle. This allows me to see the work and makes it easier to access if I want to remove it from the envelope.

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Then I cut some 9″x12″ pieces of It Factor patterned paper, placed some adhesive on the back, and inserted them into the pockets to provide more stability and a pop of color.

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I embellished my organizer with Washi Tape, It Factor Journaling Cards, It Factor Wood Stickers, and It Factor Alpha Block Stickers. Finally, I added some tabs to each pocket using the File Tab Punch and Tab Stickers.

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Each pocket is decorated with a similar design and similar products. That makes it quick and easy to assemble the notebook. I bound my Pocket School Organizer with my Cinch tool and Spiral Binding. Here are the inside pockets. I divided them according to the work that my daughter brings home from preschool (painting, worksheets, writing, art projects, and doodles).

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You could create a pocketed organizer like this one for any papers you’d like to keep organized–bills, mail, documents, etc. You could make a smaller one for receipts or coupons as well.



It Factor Paper Pad
It Factor Alpha Block Stickers
It Factor Wood Stickers
It Factor Journaling Cards
Washi Tape–Onyx, Butter, Sea Foam
The Cinch
12″x12″ Chipboard
Spiral Binding–1″ Clover
File Tab Punch
Tab Stickers
Magnetic Circle Cutter and Mat

Throwback Thursday: Top 3 Posts

Usually for Throwback Thursday I’ll create a project using an older We R product that I love. But I thought it would be fun to mix things up a bit today and try doing a recap post of your three favorite project posts since we started blogging here at We R. Does that sound okay with you? Great. Here we go!

Post # 3: Scrapbooking with the Tab Punch

The project post that is the third most popular with you awesome We R fans is about how to use Washi Tape and the Tab Punch to create a photo flip book on a scrapbook layout.  Fit several extra photos on your page with this fun technique!

To read the post explaining how to make one of these little flip books yourself, CLICK HERE.

Post # 2: Envelope Punch Board Paper Bows

Your second all time favorite project post is the video tutorial for how to create paper bows with the Envelope Punch Board. Don’t you love when you find additional uses for your favorite crafting tools? Read the post HERE, and watch the video below to learn this cool trick.

Post # 1: Envelope Punch Board Mini Book

And finally, your number one favorite project post of all time is this darling mini book made with the Envelope Punch Board by our guest designer, Carissa Wittig. CLICK HERE to check out her step by step tutorial. What a clever idea!

I hope you enjoyed this little twist on Throwback Thursday. A big thanks to all of you for your support and for sharing the inspiration you find here on the We R blog. Have a great weekend!


Watercolored Mini Book using The Cinch + We R TAB punch

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Hello, readers and memory keepers! T.G.I.F. and that means another post from me, Amanda Rose Zampelli, new designer for the We R team. I’m coming to you today with a water color mini book I made using the Cinch, one of the beloved TAB punches, and part of an Albums Made Easy page protector.

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Basically, I documented all the routine happenings of this past Monday, March 31st, and then took what I recorded, turned them into sketches, and filled them in with watercolors.  I created tabs to mark the date of each event, and binded the mini using the cinch.

For more photos and details, head over to my blog. So excited to post a project here every Friday, and I look forward to getting to know you all better. Cheers!

Let me know if you need anything else or if changes need to be made.


Tab Punch How To

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Hi, hello, and howdy! My name is Amanda Rose Zampelli and I am a new designer over at We R Memory Keepers. I’m coming to you today to show you how I used one of the We R TAB Punches to create adorable tabs in my Albums Made Easy album.

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For more photos and details, head over to my blog. So excited to meet you, and I look forward to getting to know you all better!

Baby Week: Cinch Baby Book

Yesterday I shared an Instagram Baby Album, and today I thought I would share another mini album option to document your baby photos.  Just like the instagram album, this album is great to keep and display for yourself, or you can make one as a gift for a friend or family member.

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I started with two 6×6 pieces of chipboard and covered them with some patterned paper in soft colors from the Game Day and Hip Hip Hooray collections. Then I decorated the front cover with some paper, die cuts, alphas, and embellishments.

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During my daughter’s first year I took a photo of her each month in front of the same background to document her rapid growth and change.  For each page of my album I included one of her monthly photos, plus some list-style journaling about what she had learned or how she had grown that month.  Most of the journaling is printed on a tag or journaling card tucked away in a pocket.

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I like to repeat certain elements on each page in my mini albums to create a sense of unity throughout the album.  Each page has a decorative edge I made with my 2 Edge Punch, a die cut Journaling Card, Washi Tape, and the same papers and colors.

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To indicate my daughter’s age on each page I created tabs by stamping the month, outlining it, and punching it out with my Tab Punch.  I included lots of die cut shapes, envelopes, and tags, as well as enamel shapes, buttons, wood veneers and chipboard accents.  I even used my Envelope Punch Board to make a pocket for my journaling by cutting off the top flap of the envelope.

This type of album is a really fun way to compare differences and track the growth and changes during baby’s first year. I hope this album inspires you–give these tips a try on your next project.



The Cinch
6×6 Chipboard
3/4″ Binding Wire–Gold
Game Day Paper Pack
Hip Hip Hooray Paper Pack and Alphas
Albums Made Easy Journaling Cards–Notable, Hip Hip Hooray, Quoted, Grid
Washi Tape–Aqua, Avocado, Butter
Enamel Dots and Shapes–Neutral, Warm, Cool
Sew Easy Baker’s Twine–Aqua, Yellow, Green
Baby Mine Fabric Buttons and Milestones Clear Stamps
Bracket Tab Punch
Raindrop 2 Edge Punch
Envelope Punch Board
Tag It Kit Dies
Heart Punches Dies
Pocket Scrap Dies–Hello, Life, Today
Nesting Dies–Frame 2
Mini Pocket Template Die

We R + Kiwi Lane Designs

Today I’ve got a special post for you!  We R teamed up with Kiwi Lane Designs to bring you a fun project plus an awesome giveaway! First, take a look at what happened when I combined Kiwi Lane’s Tiny Sweetheart Accessory template set and some of my favorite We R papers, embellishments, and tools.

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First I selected some fun shapes I wanted to work with, traced them onto my Game Day patterned papers, and then cut them out with my Small Precision Scissors.

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I added the shapes around my photo and as part of my title to bring those elements some added emphasis.  I dressed up the shapes with some Sew Easy hand stitching and some Enamel Shapes.

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Then I completed my page using some of my favorite We R tools and embellishments–my Loop Mini 8 Punch, File Tab Punch, and Washi Tape.  I love how the We R products blend seamlessly with the fun shapes of the Kiwi Lane templates!

Now, on to the giveaway!  We have several sets of templates from our generous friends at Kiwi Lane Designs that we’d love to give away to two of our fabulous We R fans.

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If you’d like to be considered for the giveaway please leave a comment on this post before midnight (MST) on Thursday, March 6th.  We’ll announce the winners on Friday, March 7.  Good luck, and be sure to check back to see if you won!



Small Precision Scissors
Game Day Paper Pack
Mini 8 Punch–Loop
Tab Punch–File
Sew Easy Tool–Zig Zag and Original heads
White Floss
Enamel Shapes–Cool and Warm
Washi Tape–Avocado and Navy

Scrapbooking with the Tab Punch

While the Tab Punch is super handy for keeping albums, files, and documents organized, it’s also great to use on scrapbook pages.  For this layout I had one favorite photo I wanted to include, and several supporting photos that I wanted on the page as well.  I didn’t want to create a 2 page spread, so I decided to create an interactive element on my page instead.

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I created a photo flip book and used the Tab Punch to organize and give subtitles to my photos.  I simply printed my subtitles on coordinating textured cardstock from the Chalkboard collection, punched them out, and added them to my photos with the Tab Stickers. I love that the Tab Punches each have a viewer on the bottom so you can line up your paper just right and see where you’re punching.

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I layered my photos, staggering them to allow room for the tabs, and then I attached them with Washi Tape at the top so I can flip through them.  Once I store this page in my album I can either pull it out to view the photo flip book, or I can cut a window the size of my flip book into my page protector with a craft knife to allow for easy access.

You can also use the Tab Punch to include dates or small bits of journaling, to create accents or embellishments, to add layers and clusters, or to create unique borders by lining tabs up side by side.  Get creative with your Tab Punch and share your ideas with us!



Tab Punch–Index
Tab Stickers–Index
Chalkboard Paper Pack
Chalkboard Journaling Cards

Washi Tape–Coral, Onyx

Coupon Organizer

If one of your goals for 2014 is staying organized (like me), then this project is perfect for you.  In the video below I’ll show you how to make this handy coupon organizer using the Envelope Punch Board and the Cinch binding tool.

The Tab Punch and Stickers are perfect for keeping things labeled…

…and since the envelopes are all stuck together the book won’t fall open and spill all your coupons.

If you don’t need a coupon organizer, this accordion file book can be used for storing receipts, photos, memorabilia, notes, or any other small bits of paper.



The Cinch

Binding Wire–Black 1″

8×8 Chipboard

Envelope Punch Board

Tab Punch and Stickers–File

For The Record Paper Pack