DIY Patriotic Decor with the Foil Quill

Hey there We R friends, it’s Aly here again! Happy Wednesday, and welcome to the blog. Tomorrow is Independence Day for us here in the U.S., and I’ve got a festive patriotic DIY decor idea to share with you featuring the Foil Quill.

DIY Patriotic Decor with the Foil Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Patriotic Decor with the Foil Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

The focal point of my patriotic decor is this vinyl sign that I made with the Foil Quill and the Crate Paper Magnet Studio 10×14 frame.

Foiled Vinyl Patriotic Sign with the Foil Quill by We R Memory Keepers

The design file comes from the We R Holiday USB Drive, which has 200 SVG files perfect for cutting or foiling for any holiday during the year.

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I started by opening the design in my software and resizing it to fit my frame. Then I created a simple circle pattern to foil over the vinyl before cutting it out. Watch the video below to see how I was able to foil and cut this project with my Silhouette Cameo 3.

Once I completed my foiled vinyl design and added it to my frame, I wanted to create a few more DIY decor items to accompany it. First, I used the Tassel Loom to make what I call a Waterfall Tassel Garland. I simply made my 6 inch tassels, and then used a yarn needle to string them all together and hang them.

Waterfall Tassel Garland by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Next, I made a couple of mini garlands with some gold glitter paper and a gold mylar sheet. I used my circle and star Mini Clear Cut Punches (1 inch) to make them.

Mini Gold Paper Garlands by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I love using them to punch out lots of shapes from my paper scraps because I can move them anywhere on my paper to punch, which means I can use EVERY INCH of my paper scraps. So satisfying, right?!?

We R Memory Keepers Mini Clear Cut Punch--Star

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I threw in a flag and a plant decorated with blue striped washi tape to complete my patriotic vignette, and I love how it turned out!

DIY Patriotic Decor by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Foil Vinyl Patriotic Sign with the Foil Quill by We R Memory Keepers

 

DIY Patriotic Decor with the Foil Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for stopping by today, and Happy Independence Day to all of our friends in the USA!

Supplies:

Foil Quill Standard Tip
Foil Quill Gold Foil
Holiday USB Design Drive
Red Vinyl
Tassel Loom
Mini Clear Cut Punch–Star
Mini Clear Cut Punch–Circle
Gold Stitch Happy Thread
3-in-1 Weeding Tool
Large Bone Folder
Crate Paper Magnet Studio–10×14 Frame

 

 

Best Of Summer Traveler’s Note Book

Hello everybody! Soraya here today to talk about summertime and all the good memories we like to document during our vacations. Here is a tutorial for you to create your own traveler notebook using the Book Binding Guide, the Word Punch Board and other yummy We R Memory Keepers tools!

Best of Summer Traveler's Notebook by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

First of all, let’s make the structure. Cut the cover of the notebook in a patterned paper measuring 19,7 x 25 cm. Score the middle of the paper with a spine of 1cm.

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To make the inserts, take 8 normal paper sheets measuring 24×19,7cm and fold them in the middle. Separate them in 2 inserts of 4 sheets. Use the Trim & Score Board for an easy control.

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Let’s bind the inserts in the TN ! Use the Book Binding tool to pierce the inserts in the middle of their spine. Then repeat the process for the cover by piercing 2 ranges of holes all along the score you previously folded.

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With a pink thread and an needle, sew the inserts on the cover and tie a knot to secure the points. You have more details about the sewing style in the instruction book, but don’t worry these are very simple to make !

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This TN needs a tassel ! So grab your Tassel Loom and create a beautiful pink pompom. Then use the Crop-A-Dile to place an eyelet on the top of the spine. This is by where we’ll attach the tassel.

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With the Word Punch Board (I love this tool so much!) create the word « summer » on a blue paper. Place an eyelet and a white paper on the back for the constrast. Add some pretty pearls on the tassel before attaching everything through the notebook spine.

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And voilà ! Your handmade TN is finally done ! Look how it is colorful ! Just add some embellishments on the cover and prepare the inner pages for the fun !

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Hope you enjoyed this project ! Can’t wait to fill it during our next vacations with Polaroids and journaling ! Have fun creating everyone and until next time!

Soraya.

 

Supplies :

Book Binding Tool

Word Punch Board

Trim & Score Board

Tassel Loom

Crop-a-dile

Stitch Happy Pink thread

Stitch Happy Scissors

Papers and embellisments by Amercian Crafts, Crate Paper  and Pink Paislee

Mother’s Day Gift Wrap Idea

Hello there!  It’s Rebecca with you today and I’m sharing some fun gift wrap ideas for Mother’s Day.  My own mother passed away a few years ago, but there are many other women I consider and think of on this special day.  My mother-in-law inspired my project today, as she LOVES to shop and a gift card is always a good bet for her.  We usually end up taking her out shopping on Mother’s Day, as well, so, for her, the gift card becomes the conduit with which we share the holiday.

Mother's Day Gift Wrap Ideas by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Mother's Day Gift Wrap Ideas by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

 

We’re just a few days away from May 12th, as well, so if you’re in a pinch for a gift, this is a quick one to create at the last minute!  I used the Pocket Maker Punchboard to create several gift card holders, and then I selected a few other We R Memory Keepers tools to make embellishments and dress them up.

Mother's Day Gift Wrap Ideas by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

The Pocket Maker makes light work of creating card holders, and you can create a pocket in loads of sizes, too!  I chose pockets with a flap so I could close them, and created them with the Easy Peasy paper stack from DCWV.  The florals in this stack made me think of moms everywhere and became the perfect outerwear for the gift cards found inside.

Mother's Day Gift Wrap Ideas by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

On almost all of the pockets, I used the Word Punchboard to create name tags, then I notched them with the Bow Guide from the 1-2-3 Punchboard.

Mother's Day Gift Wrap Ideas by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

My husband’s family is Filipino so the kids call his parents Lolo and Lola; hence this pocket is for my mother-in-law from them.  I added a pretty flower detail to the outside with the Stitch Happy Punch Needle.  I used a stencil that came in the kit for the flower design, and then used the needle to stitch it up.  This one takes a little planning–don’t assemble the pocket and add adhesive until you’ve completed your stitching!

Mother's Day Gift Wrap Ideas by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Tassels always make presents more fun, and gift card holders are no exception!  I whipped up a few with the Tassel Loom and a matching palette of crochet thread, attaching them with some mini glittered clothespins.  Don’t forget that you can use practically any kind of trim–thread, twine, yarn, ribbon–to create tassels with this tool.  Out of my entire WRMK repertoire, it’s safe to say that the Tassel Loom is the tool I use the most often!

Mother's Day Gift Wrap Ideas by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Another favorite for gift decorating is pom-poms!  They just scream FUN and I actually find them fun to make, too, especially with the Party Pom-Pom Maker from WRMK.  I used to wind yarn around my hand and get an incredibly uneven pom-pom that required loads of trimming.  But I can make a few of these (they’re made with the smallest maker) in a few minutes and they turn out great!

Mother's Day Gift Wrap Ideas by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Mother's Day Gift Wrap Ideas by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Mother's Day Gift Wrap Ideas by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I paired the pom-poms with some grosgrain ribbon bows that I made with the Bow Loom.  This is another tool that gets a lot of use in my house, and you can use all sorts of different trims again with it, like the Tassel Loom.  I created a simple bow, then glued the pom-pom to the center of it.

Mother's Day Gift Wrap Ideas by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

If you’re giving a gift card to the wonderful women in your life on May 12th this year, maybe you’ll try one of these variations.  And if you’re giving a gift card, it might be nice to accompany your special lady when she uses it…Moms love a little extra quality time with their favorite people.

Mother's Day Gift Wrap Ideas by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

 

Pocket Maker Punchboard

Stitch Happy Punch Needle Kit

Word Punchboard

Tassel Loom

Party Pom-Pom Maker

Bow Loom

1-2-3 Punchboard

 

DIY Valentine’s Day Decor with the Big Happy Jig

Hello everyone!  It’s Eva here today sharing with you a Valentine’s Day decoration using the new Big Happy Jig.

DIY Valentine's Day Decor with the Big Happy Jig by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

If you love the regular size Happy Jig, then you are going to LOVE this new tool! It is perfect to create home decor projects with handlettering words and symbols. The new BIG Happy Jig works uses a wider wire and you can also use neon wire! How cool is that?

To create my decorations I started with a 10.5 inch wide piece of cardstock. I measured 2.5 inch on each side and created the banner. After that, I used my Crop a Dile to punch holes on the bottom and top of my wall banner.

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I used my Big Happy Jig to create an ampersand with gold wire. This design is from the regular Happy Jig tool guide, you don’t need to change anything, the designs work perfectly on both tools.

One thing I love about the Big Happy Jig is that you can remove the peg case and the mat it is flat so it doesn’t use much space on your craft room.

We R Memory Keepers Big Happy Jig

We R Memory Keepers Big Happy Jig

Once you are done with your design bend the edges so you can insert the design on the banner.

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I also used one design from the Happy Jig Instagram account (werhappyjig) and made two connecting hearts.

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Use cotton wool and your Tassel Loom to create 5 inch tassels and one 2 inch tassel. I decorated the tassel with Stitch Happy Gold Thread so they coordinated with the wires.

We R Memory Keepers Tassel Loom

We R Memory Keepers Tassel Loom

Use the 5 small tassels to decorate the bottom of your banner and some thickers to write the “you” and “me” words.

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I love how the ampersand floats over the banner!

DIY Valentine's Day Decor with the Big Happy Jig by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

For my other decor I used the 2 inch tassel and some wood beads to decorate the two hearts. I made this tassel with all 3 colors of yarn, I think it looks very cute!

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Finally I made a heart banner with some hearts I cut with my Clear Cut Punch. I used the “Loves Me” collection by Pebbles Inc because the colors matched perfectly my yarns!

We R Memory Keepers Clear Cut Heart Punch

What do you think? The Big Happy Jig gives you so many possibilities! What would you make with it?

DIY Valentine's Day Decor with the Big Happy Jig by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Have a great day!

Eva

 

Supplies:

Happy Jig
Clear Cut Punch
Sticky Piercer
Stitch Happy Twine
Big Happy Jig
Tassel Loom
Love Me Collection by Pebbles Inc

New Years Eve Party Decor

Hello We R fans! Soraya here today to share a decor inspiration for the New Year Eve party! Let’s make big tassels and pop it up with hot pink letters!

New Year's Eve Party Decor by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

The Tassel Loom is the perfect tool to create tassels (small, medium or large size) in a very easy way! I made several of them using pink and black/silver yarn. The color combo is girly and festive in a same time!

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With a silver washi tape, I’ve decorated the top of each tassell. I love the bright detail it brings to them!

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For the banner, I used the Alphabet Punch Board and a hot pink cardstock. I followed the instructions in the guide book to create the “Happy New Year” banner. And for the small papers (3×5 inches) I used my Trim & Score Board to easily cut them all.

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And voilà ! All you have to do now, is to add embellishments, ribbons… sequins, silver stars… and party with your family and friends!

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I hope you had fun joining me for this inspiration. Happy creating everyone and have a wonderful end of the year!

Soraya


Supplies

Tassel Loom

Alphabet Punch Board

Cardstocks are from Bazzill.

Embellishments

Black and pink yarns

Silver washi tape

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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