DIY Holiday Ornaments

Hello, all!  It’s Rebecca here today, and I’m wishing you a Happy December!  I’m excited to bring you some ornaments that I made with the handy-as-ever Tassel Loom and Happy Jig.  They are easy and fun and will surely help you deck your tree with handmade goodness!

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

We’ll start with the easiest of all, a Christmas tree made using the Happy Jig.  I found the directions right in the book that came with the tool, on page 18.  You can go ahead and use Happy Jig wire…or you might want to try using a pipe cleaner!  That’s what I used, a chenille one in gold.  The kind that I found (at Michael’s) were 12 inches, which was perfect because the trees require 11 inches if you make them without the add-on for the clip, which I did.

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

The wired pipe cleaner is a bit thinner than standard Happy Jig wire, but these were still sturdy enough to keep their shape.  I tried with another brand of cleaners, but those were too flimsy.  Aside from looking shiny and pretty, another positive aspect of using the gold pipe cleaners was that they were really easy to wind around the small pegs.

We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig

I used a medium peg at the top instead of the small one so I could form a larger loop at the top, and I used the 1” of excess wire to wind around the loop for closure.  Those were 2 small changes I made to the original instructions.

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

They’re so pretty hanging on the tree—or on a package, since I always like to include an ornament on Christmas presents!  You can leave them be or you can take it a step further and add some extra bling!  I took some gold metallic thread and wound it around the tree.  The grooves made by the chenille keep the thread from slipping and hold it in its place on the sides of the tree.  Every other loop or so, I added a sequin.  The sequins slide along their line, but they don’t go past the edge of the tree.  I used some vintage gold stars and white faceted round sequins, but you might want to add some more color.  I tied the thread off at the bottom.

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

These are so delicate and festive!  The best part is how simply they came together, and how inexpensive.  I can definitely see making several of these for family and friends this year.  It’s also a craft that I know my daughter would LOVE to help with!

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Moving on to the next ornaments, are you ready to make some tassels?  By now you might realize I love to make tassels and add them to nearly everything, so why not make tree ornaments with them, too?  I turned mine into Santa Claus’s and Christmas trees.

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

You’ll need the Tassel Loom, thread, glue of your choice, and ¼” white pom poms if you’d like to make these, too.  My thread colors are red, white, black, and 2 shades of green—one dark, one light.

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers Tassel Loom

I’ll show you how to create the Santas, and by following those directions, you’ll know how to do the trees—it’s not hard, I promise!  Begin by making the tassels.  Follow the directions for the Tassel Loom as you normally would for a 2” Floss or other Non-Flexible Material.   Trim the ends to even up the bottoms.

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

For the Santas, I made 1 black (for his boots), 1 white (for his beard), 1 larger, thicker red (for his suit), and 1 skinnier, shorter red (for his hat).  For the smaller red tassel, you’ll still make a 2” tassel, but will trim off about ½”.  For the trees, I made 2 thick dark green tassels and 1 thick light green tassel.

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Take a section of about 1/3 of the larger red tassel (at the back) and add some glue.  I used Fabri-Tac, but hot glue will work, as well.

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory KeepersDIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Place the back of the black tassel against the glue, then pull the remaining 2/3 of the red tassel over the top of the black one.  Smooth it out.

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Repeat the steps to add the white tassel to the duo, and the last red tassel, as well.

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

The final step is glue on the white pom pom at the top.

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Obviously, the Santas are inferred, but my kids love them!   You’ll do the same steps for the trees, but with only 3 tiers instead of 4.  Also, there’s no pom pom, but I added some sequin stars to the tie-on loop.  You can choose 3 different shades of green, or just one…have fun with it and make it your own!

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

With that, I’ll leave you to go and make some ornaments yourself.  Don’t forget to pick up a Happy Jig and a Tassel Loom from the We R Memory Keepers store if you don’t already have them—they’re tools you’ll use again and again!

 

Supplies:

Tassel Loom

The Happy Jig

 

Holiday 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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

DIY Christmas Pillow Boxes

Hello everyone! It’s Eva on the blog today sharing some treat bag ideas using the Pillow Box Punch Board and some of my favorite We R Tools!

DIY Christmas Pillow Boxes by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

 

I love to give small treats to neighbors and friends and I think a pretty decorated packaging can turn a small and inexpensive gift into something really cute and festive! To create these cute boxes I used my Pillow Box Punch Board, it’s easy and you can use your favorite patterned papers.

DIY Christmas Pillow Boxes by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

I used some papers from the Merry Days collection by Crate Paper. Follow the instructions on the board and don’t forget to punch the notch with the Reverse Punch on the top of the board.

DIY Christmas Pillow Boxes by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory KeepersDIY Christmas Pillow Boxes by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

I made three different pillow boxes, the first one is really simple: a big bow and a sentiment and you are ready!

DIY Christmas Pillow Boxes by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

To create the bow I used the Bow Loom, simply choose the bow size, put your ribbon through the tool and tie in the middle with a small thread.

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Remove the ribbon and glue a small piece of the same ribbon on top. I love that I can create double and even triple bows easily!

We R Memory Keepers Bow Loom

Next, I used my Word Punch Board to add a sentiment. I spelled Falala but you could also put your recipient’s name, which would be very cute! I covered the back with patterned paper to make the word stand a bit more.

We R Memory Keepers Word Punch BoardDIY Christmas Pillow Boxes by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

For my next pillow box I used my Stitch Happy Pen to create a sentiment with Stitch Happy Twine.

DIY Christmas Pillow Boxes by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

The Stitch Happy Pen is perfect for adding small and intricate sewing into your projects, and it is so much easier and faster than hand stitching!

Thread the Stitch Happy Pen with some Stitch Happy Twine and write your sentiment on white cardstock. Don’t make it too small or your paper might tear while you are stitching.

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Tip: slowly stitch your word making sure you use the tool perpendicular to the cardstock and that the thread always points backwards towards your previous stitch.

Secure the loops with the backing sticker and cut your sentiment.  I also used some twine and a few die cuts to embellish my box.

DIY Christmas Pillow Boxes by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

I decorated the last pillow box with some hanging embellishments. Really easy and fun!

DIY Christmas Pillow Boxes by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

First, use the Tassel Loom and the Stitch Happy Twine to create a small tassel, with this tool you will have perfectly even and cute tassels every time! Embellish your tassel with some Stitch Happy Gold thread and even the edges.

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Next, use your Happy Jig create a small tree with gold wire (you can find the design on the Happy Jig Instruction Booklet that comes with the tool).

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I couldn’t resist to this vellum paper from the Merry Days collection and cut a little piece with my Dial Trimmer and the waved blade.

We R Memory Keepers Dial Trimmer

Finally I made a small bow with the Stitch Happy Gold thread and my Bow Loom. Wrap the thread a few times and you will have a subtle embellishment.

We R Memory Keepers Bow Loom

And what did I put inside these cute boxes? Since I was a little girl I always loved candied almonds and recently I found a big pack with cute pastel colors! I think they would be perfect for my neighbors’ gifts this year!

DIY Christmas Pillow Boxes by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Do you make small treat boxes for your friends? Hopefully you can use some of these ideas to create a fun and yummy treat this year!

DIY Christmas Pillow Boxes by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for joining me today!

Eva

 

Supplies

Pillow Box Punch Board
Bow Loom
Word Punch Board
Stitch Happy Pen
Stitch Happy Twine
Stitch Happy Gold thread
Tassel Loom
Happy Jig Gold Wire
Happy Jig
Dial Trimmer
Merry Days collection by Crate Paper

Holiday Themed Scrapbook Page

Hello, hello!  It’s Rebecca here today and I can’t believe how close we are to Christmas!  I know it’s still 6 weeks away, but that 6 weeks goes by so fast!  For me, so many things get lost in the holiday hustle, so this year I’m making more of an effort to not let that happen.  I don’t do too much in the way of scrapbooking, but every now and then, something extra special transpires, and I’ll want to remember it (and my feelings about it) forever.

Holiday Themed Scrapbook Page by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Last December, I was buried in work and trying to meet deadlines and my kids were driving me crazy!  I think they were arguing, then wrestling, then arguing, then high-pitched screaming.  I finally separated them and told them to do something creative.  My then-7-year-old son took it upon himself to write a letter to Santa Claus and when he showed it to me later that night, my heart melted.  I held onto this letter all year and as the kids have been talking about starting their letters to Santa early this year, I pulled it out and decided this was just the sort of thing I wanted to remember.

Holiday Themed Scrapbook Page by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I scanned the original letter into the computer and shrunk it down just a bit with photo editing software, then re-printed it.  I did this because I wanted to make it a little smaller to work with my 12×12 patterned paper, and because I had the idea that I wanted it to be sticking out of an envelope.

Holiday Themed Scrapbook Page by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

How awesome is it that I could make my own envelope, in the size I wanted to use, with my 1-2-3 Punch Board?!  I could have used a boring long white envelope, but this way, I also got to use the patterned paper I wanted.

Holiday Themed Scrapbook Page by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I followed the easy directions to create an envelope that was 4” W x 8” L from some Crate Paper Fa La La paper.  After assembling the envelope, I made an extra fold to the bottom flap, simply folding the top portion over to create a lower, flattened opening rather than the taller, pointed version.  This also allows for the addition of some extra embellishments in that space.

Holiday Themed Scrapbook Page by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I backed the letter copy with red cardstock and slid it into the envelope, tucking various die cuts into the front of the envelope for more color.

Holiday Themed Scrapbook Page by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Texture and dimension are often a key design element in whatever I’m creating, and that was no different here.  I ruffled gold and white crepe papers along the sides of the back of my letter/envelope ensemble, as well as scraps of gold crepe along the top and bottom edges.  Then I adhered it all to the green buffalo check base paper.

Holiday Themed Scrapbook Page by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

There were a few more small touches to put in place before my layout was complete; I jotted down the journaling part so I could indeed remember this moment—and my first instinct really was to go out that night and get my son ‘a cute litl pup’!  (But we didn’t, and we still don’t have a dog so…)

Holiday Themed Scrapbook Page by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Because this is a holiday layout, I thought it would be apropos to include a glittery ribbon bow and a tassel, both of which were easily made with We R Memory Keepers tools—the Bow and Tassel Looms, respectively.

Holiday Themed Scrapbook Page by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory KeepersHoliday Themed Scrapbook Page by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Like I mentioned, I don’t do too much scrapbooking or memory keeping, but every time I do, I remember how fun and satisfying it is.  Just as I will get sentimental looking back at this page years from now, I’m sure my son will enjoy it, too…but I doubt it will make up for the fact that Santa did not bring him a puppy that Christmas!

 

Supplies:

1-2-3 Punch Board

Bow Loom

Tassel Loom

Halloween Banner with the Circle Spin & Trim

Happy Almost-Halloween, We R friends!  This is Rebecca sharing some hauntingly-fun décor with you today!  I have to admit that Halloween usually gets lost in the mix of happenings at this time of year; we take the kids trick-or-treating, but there’s so much else going on that I don’t put out many (if any) decorations.  The other day my five-year-old daughter mentioned that she was sad we didn’t have decorations up and that prompted me to find some time to create a little something we could hang up.

Halloween Banner featuring the Circle Spin & Trim by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Looking over all of my WRMK tools, I got so many fun ideas for things to create, not the least of which was a scalloped “HAPPY HAUNTINGS” banner made with the Circle Spin & Trim, and some help from Pebbles’ Spooky Boo collection.

We R Memory Keepers Circle Spin & Trim

I started by cutting out fourteen 6” circles from the different Spooky Boo patterned papers.  It took mere minutes to do using the Spin & Trim, it’s that easy!  I cut 2 from each 12” x 12” paper so I could use a circle from each side.

Halloween Banner featuring the Circle Spin & Trim by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I then folded each circle in half.  You can use the aid of a scoring tool like the WRMK Scoreboard, if you need to.  I lay each word (‘happy’ and ‘hauntings’) out on my table and measured the length of twine I’d need for each strand.  I folded the circles over the twine and adhered them closed, creating scalloped garlands.

Halloween Banner featuring the Circle Spin & Trim by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I used the Circle Spin & Trim again to cut fourteen 2” circles out of gold glitter paper and adhered each letter of my phrase to them.  While the Thickers are already backed with adhesive, I added extra glue to ensure a firm hold since sunlight and heat from our television are both could dry out the existing adhesive.

Halloween Banner featuring the Circle Spin & Trim by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Before committing those circles to my garland, I chose a few simple embellishments like paper stickers, puffy stickers, and a little black lace to add to each semi-circle.

Halloween Banner featuring the Circle Spin & Trim by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

As much as I’m not a fan of spiders AT ALL, the glitter wall spiders make a creepy-cute addition to some of the banner pieces.

Halloween Banner featuring the Circle Spin & Trim by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I also couldn’t resist whipping up some ghost tassels with yarn and the Tassel Loom, which I tied onto the twine in-between circles.  The final touch was a bit of off-white sequin trim to the top of each scallop.

Halloween Banner featuring the Circle Spin & Trim by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

This was such a fun project to create and, thanks to the Circle Spin & Trim, cutting out all of those circles was so easy and fast—and uniform, which makes handmade home décor look a lot more polished.  My daughter is so excited to finally have some Halloween décor in our house!  I’m sure it won’t be the last we put up this year, either; I think more of those ghosts are calling my name…

Halloween Banner featuring the Circle Spin & Trim by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

Circle Spin & Trim

Tassel Loom

Scoreboard

Pom Pom and Tassel Halloween Garland

Hello, We R fans! Laura here today sharing how to make this adorable yarn Halloween garland using the jumbo pom pom maker and the new tassel maker.

Pom Pom and Tassel Halloween Garland by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

For this garland we are going to make pom pom pumpkins and spiders and tassel ghosts. You will need white, orange, and black yarn, plus green and silver chenille stems.

Start by creating your pom pom pumpkins. Wrap yarn around both arms of one side of the pom pom maker. I usually do about 3ish layers of yarn. You can add more yarn to make a fuller pom pom, if you want. Close the arm wrapped with yarn, snip off the spooling yard, and repeat wrapping yarn on the opposite arm.

Jumbo Pom Pom Maker by We R Memory Keepers

Trim the pom pom in the middle of the closed arms. Small sharp detail scissors work best for this.

Jumbo Pom Pom Maker by We R Memory Keepers

Cut a piece of yarn and tie it tightly through the middle of the pom pom maker. Open both arms of the pom pom maker and pull the middle apart to get your pom pom out.

For the pumpkin, cut a green chenille stem in half. Bend one of the pieces you cut in half and tie it to the yarn piece you tied around the middle. Twist the chenille stem pieces together and create a small loop at the end. This is what we will use to attach the pumpkins to the garland.

Jumbo Pom Pom Maker by We R Memory Keepers

Repeat the same process to create two more additional pumpkins.

Pom Pom and Tassel Halloween Garland by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Next, we will create the pom pom spiders. The process for creating the pom pom is the same. Instead of adding in the green chenille stem, you will add four pieces of silver chenille stems in the piece you tie to the middle.

Pom Pom and Tassel Halloween Garland by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Bend the legs at the end to create 8 spider legs. Flip the spider over and add a length of yarn about 6 inches long to the middle strand holding the pom pom together. Tie the ends together in a knot. This is what we will use to hang the spider from the garland.

Use hot glue to add googly eyes to each spider, if desired. Create a total of three spiders.

Pom Pom and Tassel Halloween Garland by Laura Silva for We R Memory KeepersPom Pom and Tassel Halloween Garland by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Last, we will create the tassel ghosts. Use the new tassel loom and white yarn. I found some sparkly white yarn that was perfect for these ghosts. Open the tassel loom and wrap your yarn around the 2” side.

We R Memory Keepers Tassel Loom

Tie a 6” piece of yarn around the middle of the yarn. This will create the loop to hang the tassel.

We R Memory Keepers Tassel Loom

Fold the tassel loom in half. Wrap a 12” piece of yarn about 1 inch from the top of the looped yarn. Close the loop by tucking the end into the head of the tassel.

We R Memory Keepers Tassel Loom

Slide your scissors through the grooves in the bottom of the loom and cut the looped yarn. Remove the metal rod at the top of the tassel maker to slide the tassel off the loom. Trim the ends to make them all even.

We R Memory Keepers Tassel Loom

Add ghost eyes to the tassel by tying a knot with the black yarn around a strand of white yarn. Trim the ends. I like how it almost looks like the little ghost has eye lashes! Repeat on another strand of white yarn a few strands over to create a second eye.

Pom Pom and Tassel Halloween Garland by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Create two more ghosts for the garland.

Pom Pom and Tassel Halloween Garland by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

To make the garland more interesting and cohesive, I took all three colors of yarn and loosely braided them together. I threaded each of the pumpkins, spiders, and ghosts onto the braided yarn strand. I think these little critters would be adorable tied to a Halloween present, as well!

Pom Pom and Tassel Halloween Garland by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Now my Halloween garland is ready to be hung up. I love how cute it turned out. The jumbo pom pom maker and tassel loom made this project so easy to do!

Pom Pom and Tassel Halloween Garland by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies

Black, White, and Orange Yarn

Silver and Green Chenille Stems

Tassel Loom

Jumbo Pom Pom Maker

Detail Scissors

Handmade Halloween Treat Bags

Hello everybody! Soraya here today to share fun ideas to make your own Halloween treat bags and decorate them using the Tassel Loom! The tassels will become a bat, a witch’s broom and a ghost !

DIY Halloween Treat Bags by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

First of all you will need to make 3 tassels out of twine and yarn. The bat and the ghost are made with the Stitch Happy threads and the witch broom is made with orange cotton yarn. The Tassel Loom is the perfect tool to create all the any size tassel!

We R Memory Keepers Tassel Loom

Let’s start with the witch broom tassel! Instead of using yarn to create a handle for it, I used a piece of brown wire (the one in the Happy Jig collection) and twisted it on the top. This is one spooky broom so I added two scary eyes on it and some spiders too!

DIY Halloween Treat Bags by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersDIY Halloween Treat Bags by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

The tassel bat is made in black thread. I cut two wings in a black embossed cardstock with my scissors and glued them on the back before adding a “boo” brad on the front.

DIY Halloween Treat Bags by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersDIY Halloween Treat Bags by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

The tassel ghost is my favorite one! I made a white tassel using thread at the smallest size the Tassel Loom could do. I added the eyes and the mouth with crystal dots. How fun!

DIY Halloween Treat Bags by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersDIY Halloween Treat Bags by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

And here are the three tassels reunited!

DIY Halloween Treat Bags by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Let’s make the bags now! The Fringe & Score Board helped me shape the carstock with perfect lines! Don’t forget to let some room in the middle using the small ruler.  There will have to be about 2 inches on both edges.

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Use the Mini Score Board to mark the fold on the paper (they will be the bottom of the bag).

DIY Halloween Treat Bags by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersDIY Halloween Treat Bags by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Place the treat bag inside then glue each fringe together with the Mini Glue Gun. Then gather  all the fringes in one paper border like this:

DIY Halloween Treat Bags by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersDIY Halloween Treat Bags by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Time to decorate each bag with the funny tassels! And voilà!

DIY Halloween Treat Bags by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersDIY Halloween Treat Bags by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersDIY Halloween Treat Bags by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersDIY Halloween Treat Bags by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersDIY Halloween Treat Bags by Soraya Maes for We R Memory KeepersDIY Halloween Treat Bags 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 :

Tassel Loom

Fringe and Score Board

Mini Score Board

Mini Glue Gun

Stitch Happy Threads

Yarn

Scissors

Papers and embellishments are from Pebbles

Make Unique Accents for your Handmade Cards with the Happy Jig & Tassel Loom

This Saturday in World Cardmaking Day, so we’re celebrating all week with plenty of handmade card inspiration from our design team. Rebecca’s up first with some unique cards she made by combining two new tools.

Hello!  It’s Rebecca with you today and I have a fun way to pair up 2 of my favorite WRMK tools, the Happy Jig and the Tassel Loom.  Tassels are everywhere, which I’m happy to say, I love.  I’ve been making my own for a few years now, but I mostly limited myself to embroidery floss since it was the least time-consuming way that I found to do it.  However, embroidery floss can be expensive and limiting.  The Tassel Loom has broadened my tassel-making horizons, and when I realized I could easily add tassels to the words and images I made with the Happy Jig, my life got even better!

Happy Jig Tassel Cards by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

 

I made two simple cards with the highlights being words I fashioned with the Happy Jig.  I kept the cards basic to give the wired sentiments the spotlight.  There’s nothing basic about those wired words, as I’ve added tassels to them!  I have a quick tutorial to show you how I did it, since it deviates slightly from the Tassel Loom directions.  Also, I’m demonstrating with a paper clip, but the idea is exactly the same if you want to add tassels to Happy Jig creations.

Loosely following the official Tassel Loom instructions for ‘floss and other non-flexible materials’ to create a 2” tassel, I performed Step 1 with sewing thread.  I wrapped the thread around the loom until I reached my desired thickness, then moved on to Step 3, skipping Step 2.

Happy Jig Tassel Cards by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I held the thread and cut where the loom indicates at the top and bottom, being sure to hold the thread lengths firmly in the middle!  (That’s important!)

We R Memory Keepers Tassel Loom

We R Memory Keepers Tassel Loom

Next, I pushed one end of my thread through a loop in my wired shape (or paper clip end).  This is easier than it looks!  Try pinching the ends; this step is akin to threading a large needle eye with 100-ply thread!

Happy Jig Tassel Cards by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Once I got the end of my thread through the loop, I folded it over and pinched it near the top.  I wound thread around the body of the tassel to create the neck and to hold it in place on the wired loop.  With thread, I don’t count how many times I wrap it around; I eyeball the thickness based on what looks good and proportionate to me.  Once you’ve got a thickness you’re happy with, tie it off in the back and trim the ends to even up the bottom.  Repeat the steps to add more tassels to your project.

Happy Jig Tassel Cards by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Happy Jig Tassel Cards by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I started doing these for my journal spread last month, moving on to the wired words because I loved the outcome so much.  The Tassel Loom makes it a breeze to do, too; without the structure and guidelines of that tool, the thread would be too unruly.

Happy Jig Tassel Cards by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

A friend of mine is a big planner girl and I made this “Hustle” piece for her to add to her planner.  I found the template on the @werhappyjig Instagram page, and I added the clip to the ‘H,’ as directed.

Happy Jig Tassel Cards by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory KeepersHappy Jig Tassel Cards by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I thought it would be fun if I used the “Hustle” clip as a part of a greeting card, so I adhered the the patterned paper to the card base with strategically placed 3-D foam dots and clipped the word onto it.  She can take it right off and use it in her planner!

Happy Jig Tassel Cards by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I spelled “GET IT GIRL” with the Word Punch Board and backed it with gold glitter paper to add extra sparkle to this card, cheering her on in all her endeavors.

Happy Jig Tassel Cards by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

The second card also has a wired sentiment with tassels, but instead of clipping this one to the card, I glued it on with small dabs of hot glue.  There’s a layer of pale pink tulle underneath the word to go with the celebratory “Yay” vibe and the bright pink tassels!

Happy Jig Tassel Cards by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I found the “Yay” template on the @werhappyjig Instagram page, as well.  There are so many fun options there, so if you’re looking for something different, I suggest giving that page a follow.

Happy Jig Tassel Cards by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I love the way the tassels look on my wired words and it’s a great way to dress them up!  This technique really makes them the star of greeting cards and will add a festive feel to gift tags and gift wrap, as well.  Are you going to give it a try?!

Happy Jig Tassel Cards by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies:

The Happy Jig

Tassel Loom

Word Punch Board

DIY Planner/Journal Clips

Hi all!  Rebecca with you today, back for my second We R post.  I’m giving you a peek into my Inspiration journal today, which is what I use to keep track of my “current favorites,” whether they be colors, tools, supplies, or just about anything else I use in paper crafting.

DIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

The main tool I used today was the Journal Guide, and I used it both on and ‘off’ the pages!  It’s a handy tool for drawing circles, banners, and lists right on your pages, but you can also use it for creating pockets, which is what I did.  Then I took those pockets and turned them into clips, allowing me to move them around, add to them, and remove them from the book for easier note-taking.

DIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

It’s really easy to create the pockets.  I used Amy Tangerine patterned papers trimmed down to 5” W x 3” H, and 5” W x 4” H. Then you simply fold them around the long end of the Guide and tape closed.  To seal the bottom of the pocket, fold a portion of the bottom edge up and tape again.

DIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I added some simple embellishments using the Journal Guide.  This time I used the pointed arrow stencils to create banners out of paper scraps—even glitter paper!  I chose how long I wanted them to be, traced them out, and cut.  I used the WRMK Trim and Score Board to cut the straight edge lines and trimmed the others with my Crafter’s Small Precision Scissors.  It was pretty easy, too!

DIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

After adhering the banners to the front of my smaller pocket, I turned it over and glued a paper clip to the back.  (But not before I added a lavender tassel to the clip!  I made this in less than 2 minutes using the Tassel Loom, and it’s such a cute addition to my pocket clip!)

DIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

You can choose the placement that works best for you for your paperclip; I wanted this pocket to go on the right-hand pages of my journal.

DIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

The large journal pocket is also clipped on; however, I chose not to glue the paperclip to this one.  Instead, I used it as the paperclip is intended, securing it to the page by sliding the clip down the backside of the pocket.  It works either way, but it means I can change it out easier if I want to switch colors or patterned papers.

DIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory KeepersDIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Inside the pockets are samples of trims I use frequently on projects—thread, tulle, and seam binding.  I put them on white cards and (to me) it’s aesthetically appealing—the different textures, order, and soft hues.  The colors were guided by the design on my journal pages and it’s a palette I’ve wanted to work with for several months.  With my cute pocket clips, I can keep these tactile bits on hand and get them out when I’m in need of inspiration.

DIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory KeepersDIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I used the Journal Guide again to make some short lists so I don’t forget what I want to do with these trims and to keep a few notes on the colors.  I can go back later and add my favorite embroidery floss color numbers, seam binding names, thread spool skews, etc.

We R Memory Keepers Journal GuideDIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Just for fun, I made one last clip with the Guide.  I created a long banner with glitter and patterned papers, tracing them using the bracket stencils again.  I spelled ‘TRIMS’ with the Word Punch Board and after adhering the papers together, I affixed them to another paper clip and attached it to my journal spread.

DIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory KeepersDIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory KeepersWe R Memory Keepers Word Punch Board

The Journal Guide came in so handy for this project and having these clip-on pockets that can easily be moved around is a must for the convenience factor.  I can’t wait to refer back to these pages again and again when I need color inspiration or a reminder about different trims and finishes to use.  I’ll definitely be making more pockets and pages like this for other color palettes, too!  What fun things would you put in YOUR pocket clips?

DIY Planner Clip by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

Journal Guide
Tassel Loom
Word Punch Board
Trim and Score Board
Crafter’s Small Precision Scissors

3 Gift Wrap Ideas for Treats

Hello We R friends, it’s Aly here! One of my favorite things to gift during the holidays is baked goods and treats. Today I’ve got three gift wrap ideas for edible gifts. These goodie bags are unique, easy to make, and will leave your recipient with a smile.

Halloween Gift Wrap Ideas by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

My gift wrap is Halloween themed, but you can modify yours to fit the holidays or any other occasion you need. Just change the colors, the sentiment, and the wrapping paper or patterned paper.

Halloween Gift Wrap Ideas by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I started by making a simple Goodie Bag using the Goodie Bag Guide and some holiday Glassine Papers.

step out 1

I followed the instructions that come with the Goodie Bag Guide, filled it with some fall colored candy, and embellished it with some DIY tassels I made with the Stitch Happy Metallic Thread and the Tassel Loom. Tip: I used a small scrap of Happy Jig wire to create the metal rings for my bitty tassels.

step out 3

Next I used the 123 Punch Board to create a small String Tie Box to hold some sweets. I followed the instruction booklet that comes with the board to make the tie box, and used the measurements on the board to make this 1 3/4 x 2 1/2 inch box.

Halloween Gift Wrap Ideas by Aly Dosdall 4

I made a simple sentiment with the Word Punch Board and then added a handmade bow that I made with some Stitch Happy Thread and the Bow Loom.

We R Memory Keepers Word Punch BoardWe R Memory Keepers Bow Loom

Last I made an easy Treat Pouch with the DIY Party Board and Patterned Paper from the Crate Paper Wild Heart collection.

Halloween Gift Wrap Ideas by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Tip: I like to use my USB Power Hot Glue Gun for 3D and folded paper projects because it holds my projects securely.

We R Memory Keepers DIY Party Board and USB Power Mini Glue Gun

To embellish the treat pouch I made a mini pom pom with the small DIY Party Pom Pom Maker and some black Stitch Happy Thread. I love the more ragged look of a thread/floss pom pom for Halloween!

We R Memory Keepers DIY Party Pom Pom Maker and Stitch Happy Thread

A tool that I often combine with my Word Punch Board is the Washi Chomper. They’re the perfect pair for making banner shaped sentiments and words!

We R Memory Keepers Word Punch Board and Washi Chomper

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you’ve been inspired by all the unique gift wrap ideas we’ve shared with you this week.

Halloween Gift Wrap Ideas by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I’m so excited about our new gifting tools for the upcoming holidays. My gift wrap game will be totally on this year!

Supplies:

Tassel Loom
Bow Loom
Pom Pom Maker
Goodie Bag Guide
Glassine Paper
Word Punch Board
Happy Jig Wire
Stitch Happy Thread
Oh Goodie Embellishments
123 Punch Board
DIY Party Board
USB Power Mini Glue Gun
USB Battery Pack
Washi Chomper
Crate Paper Wild Heart Collection
Bo Bunny Beautifully Brisk Collection