Halloween Trick or Treat Pillow Boxes

Halloween is coming soon, and this week our design team is featuring treat boxes, bags, and other containers for gifting Halloween treat, not tricks. We thought you’d enjoy these clever Halloween Pillow Boxes from last year.

 

Hello, We R friends! Tessa Buys here, and today I’m sharing a the Halloween pillow boxes I made for my kids using the Template Studio:

Template Studio Halloween Pillow Boxes Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

First, I chose which designer poster boards I would use – black glitter and black and white stripes. I also gathered American Crafts Bootiful Night embellishments and a piece of yellow mylar paper by Bazzill.

Template Studio Halloween Pillow Boxes Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Next, I followed the easy instructions for creating four of the smallest pillow boxes.

Template Studio Halloween Pillow Boxes Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

I added a special touch by using the new circle Clear-Cut Punch to create a “moon” on the front of the black glitter pillow boxes. It was so easy to line up the punch exactly where I wanted it.

Template Studio Halloween Pillow Boxes Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

I cut a square of the mylar paper and hot glued it to the back of the punched out circle. Then I assembled and glued the rest of the pillow box.

Template Studio Halloween Pillow Boxes Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

To embellish this All Hallows Eve box, I hot glued Bootiful Night die-cuts around my punched moon and secured flair to the front with a little bit of whispy, silver thread. Star stickers finish off the spooky scene.

Template Studio Halloween Pillow Boxes Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

This Happy Halloween box is embellished with a Bootiful Night cobweb, more flair and thread, and die-cuts.

Template Studio Halloween Pillow Boxes Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Here I created a scene by adhering a haunted house beneath the mylar moon. Some stickers and flair finished it up.

Template Studio Halloween Pillow Boxes Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Trick or Treat says the skull, embellished by stickers and more flair.

Template Studio Halloween Pillow Boxes Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

I had a lot of fun making these pillow boxes and my kids can’t wait until I fill them up with Halloween treats. Are you gifting treats this Halloween? Pull out your template studio and make some easy-fun boxes! Happy crafting!

Template Studio Halloween Pillow Boxes Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies Used:

Template Studio

Template Studio Pillow Box Template

Circle Clear Cut Punch

Jumbo Pillow Box Gift Wrap

Hey, We R fans, Laura here with a fun gift wrap idea for you this week. Today, I am going to show you how to use the Template Studio with the Pillow Box guide to create adorable pillow boxes you can use to wrap up the perfect gift for your best friend. Pillow boxes are great because they can accommodate gifts that are oddly shaped and would be hard to wrap with traditional wrapping paper.

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To start, you need to trim your paper to the measurements shown on the Pillow Box Guide instructions. I chose to make the smallest size box, so I needed to trim my paper to 13” x 10”. You use the A and B or B and C guides to cut or score straight lines with your template.

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Once you have cut your paper to the correct size, follow the instructions that came with the Pillow Box guide. You will need both the cutting blade and scoring blade to create your box.

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Assemble your box using adhesive along the folded edge. Then, decorate it however you like. I found it easier to decorate the box before folding the flaps down on each side.

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To decorate the first box, I cut a thin strip from the Flower Girl Collection papers and used adhesive to apply it around the middle of the box.

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Next, I created a flag piece using the Banner Punch board. I cut out two separate strips of patterned paper, with one being a little wider than the other. I used the punch board to cut the flag shape out of the bottom of each strip. I folded the strips in half and used adhesive to attach them to the top of the box.

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I finished off the box by adding a wooden veneer banner shape from the Flower Girl collection.

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I wanted the second pillow box to look like a purse. I started by creating a slightly larger pillow box than the first one. Once the box was assembled, I cut a decorative floral shape using the Evolution Advanced and leftover pink paper from the first box.

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Fold the shape in half and adhere it to the top of the pillow box. Then, I cut a ¾” strip of the pink paper to create a “strap” for the purse. I cut slits in the top of the box and slid the straps into the box.

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To make it look like the purse flap has a snap, I used the Crop-O-Dile and a wide eyelet on the front part of the pink flap.

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The pillow box gift wrap is the perfect way to add a little something special to a gift for your best girlfriend.

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Supplies:

Template Studio
Pillow Box Guide
Designer Poster Board
Banner Punch Board
Evolution Advanced
Flower Girl Collection
Crop-O-Dile
Wide Eyelets

Throwback Thursday: Template Studio Easter Basket

We’re throwing it back to spring of 2016 with this clever take on a Template Studio gift box. We just the transformation from box to basket with a few simple modifications. Check it out!

Hello We R fans!  Amanda here today.  I think Easter baskets are so much fun.  They can be made out of all kinds of different materials—wicker, fabric, plastic—to name a few.   With the Template Studio, you can make a full size Easter basket out of poster board, too!

DIY Template Studio Easter Basket by Amanda Coleman for We R Memory Keepers

With a quick and easy modification to the Template Studio box and you can create an Easter basket that you can stuff to the brim with sweets and treats.  With the Template Studio, you can create Easter baskets big or…extra big!  And the Designer Poster Board makes it easy to customize your Easter basket, too.

DIY Template Studio Easter Basket by Amanda Coleman for We R Memory Keepers

This Easter basket is about 5 ½”x5 ½”X3 ½” and fits a bunch of large and medium Easter eggs.  You can also stuff it with chocolate rabbits or any of your other favorite Easter treats.

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The DIY Party Fringe Tape is perfect for embellishing your Easter Basket and it comes in so many yummy jelly bean colors.

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Starting with a piece of 15”x15” designer poster board, follow the Template Studio instructions for the box through Step 11.  This will make a basket that is 5.6”x5.6”x3.6”

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Rather than using the scoring tool in Step 12 of the box making instructions, use the cutting blade to cut the flaps off the top of the box.  Use scissors to cut the remainder of the flap completely.  This will leave you with a box with an open top.

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This is what your poster board will look like after you have cut the flaps off of the box.

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Use a tiny stapler to secure the inside flaps to the inside walls of the box.

DIY Template Studio Easter Basket by Amanda Coleman for We R Memory Keepers

Create a handle by stapling a strip of poster board to the inside of the box.  Trim your basket with fringe or other fun embellishments.

Happy Easter!

Supplies:

Template Studio
Designer Poster Board
DIY Party Fringe Tape

Throwback Thursday: DIY Matchbook Mini Album for Halloween

For today’s Throwback Thursday, we’re sharing one of our most popular Halloween projects from 2015. Read below to learn how to make your own Halloween Matchbook Mini Album.

 

Hey there crafty friends! It’s Aly here again to share a fun and easy DIY Halloween Mini Album with you using some of my favorite new We R tools, along with some old stand-bys. We’ve created a tradition at our house of trying on our Halloween costumes a few days before the big day to see how they look, and so I get a chance to take some good photos in full light and under ideal circumstances. This has been such a stress reliever! Now I can enjoy the festivities on Halloween night just as much as everyone else without worrying about getting the perfect photos before it’s all over.

I just took some photos of my youngest daughter all dressed up as Mavis from Hotel Transylvania, and decided to make a simple matchbook mini album to display them using the Template Studio and some black glitter Designer Poster Board as my base.

DIY Halloween Matchbook Mini Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers #templatestudio #halloweencrafts #minialbum

DIY Halloween Matchbook Mini Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers #templatestudio #halloweencrafts #cropadile

To create this 3×4 inch album I cut a 3″ x 9″ strip from a piece of black glitter Designer Poster Board using the Template Studio. Poster board makes a great mini album base since it’s sturdier than cardstock, but not quite as stiff as some chipboard can be.

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Then I used my Trim and Score Board to score lines at 3 5/8″, 3 3/4″, 7 3/4″ and 7 7/8″. You can trim a bit of extra off the left end if you’d like to leave more room to see your photos once the album’s assembled.

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To create the inside pages for the album, I trimmed five pieces of black glitter Designer Poster Board to 2 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ so they’re slightly smaller than the cover. Next, I rounded the corners of my cover and inside pages with my 1/4″ Corner Chomper, and then punched 1/8″ holes in the bottom of the inside pages, and in the bottom front flap of the cover with my Crop-A-Dile.

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I added my 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ photos to the inside pages using adhesive dots. They stick well to the glitter on the poster board. ( I added my photos after punching the holes, but I recommend adding them before you punch the holes so you don’t have to punch twice.) I used some Dear Lizzy roller stamps to add journaling, and then die cut the stamped phrases to create labels for each photo. Then I added a few gold Sequin Stickers to finish off my album pages.

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I place brads into the holes of the bottom front flap, and then into the holes of the inside pages to bind the album. Since the brads don’t go through the back of the album, the prongs are hidden, keeping the album neat and tidy. Finally, I embellished the front of the album with some shapes that I die cut with my Evolution Advanced from some of the new DIY Party Double Sided Paper Pad. I added a few black Sequin Stickers, and stamped the date as my title with a Heidi Swapp roller stamp.

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This little matchbook mini is easy to make and oh-so-fun! It perfect for showcasing Halloween, birthday, or holiday photos. It would make a great gift album as well.

Supplies:

Decorative Poster Board (black glitter)
Template Studio Starter Kit
Trim and Score Board
Corner Chomper
Crop-A-Dile
Evolution Advanced
Bat and Moon Punch Die
Albums Made Easy Dies–Instagram, Banners
Sequin Stickers–Black, Gold
Roller Stamps–Dear Lizzy, Heidi Swapp
Sticky Thumb Adhesive
black ink pad
brads
foam squares

Halloween Craft Roundup

Happy Friday friends! We hope you’ve enjoyed all of the Halloween treat wrapping ideas this week. We thought we’d finish off the week with a roundup of some fun and spooky Halloween crafts featuring some of your favorite tools. Check it out!

We R Memory Keepers Halloween Craft Roundup

Halloween Candy Boxes

Combine the Candy Box Punch Board with the Evolution Advanced and some Halloween themed dies to create these unique boxes for trick-or-treaters. CLICK HERE for full instructions on the blog.

Caramel Popcorn Treat Bags

Our Holiday Glassine Papers are perfect for holding some homemade caramel popcorn to hand out to Halloween party guests! Find more photos, details, and the delicious recipe on the blog HERE.

Halloween Gift Boxes

Make custom gift boxes with the Template Studio and our Designer Poster Board, and fill them with baked goods or seasonal gifts for teachers, friends, and neighbors. CLICK HERE for the how-to.

DIY Witch Hat Halloween Decor

These life size witch hats are easy to make with the Template Studio, the Circle Template Guide and some black poster board. CLICK HERE for full instructions on the blog.

Spider and Bat Goodie Bags

Use the DIY Party Pom Pom Makers to create cute spiders and bats to decorate your Halloween projects. Learn how on the blog HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to come back next week for more Halloween project inspiration from our design team. Happy crafting, and enjoy your weekend!

Halloween Pillow Boxes

Hello, We R friends! Tessa Buys here, and today I’m sharing a the Halloween pillow boxes I made for my kids using the Template Studio:

Template Studio Halloween Pillow Boxes Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

First, I chose which designer poster boards I would use – black glitter and black and white stripes. I also gathered American Crafts Bootiful Night embellishments and a piece of yellow mylar paper by Bazzill.

Template Studio Halloween Pillow Boxes Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Next, I followed the easy instructions for creating four of the smallest pillow boxes.

Template Studio Halloween Pillow Boxes Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

I added a special touch by using the new circle Clear-Cut Punch to create a “moon” on the front of the black glitter pillow boxes. It was so easy to line up the punch exactly where I wanted it.

Template Studio Halloween Pillow Boxes Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

I cut a square of the mylar paper and hot glued it to the back of the punched out circle. Then I assembled and glued the rest of the pillow box.

Template Studio Halloween Pillow Boxes Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

To embellish this All Hallows Eve box, I hot glued Bootiful Night die-cuts around my punched moon and secured flair to the front with a little bit of whispy, silver thread. Star stickers finish off the spooky scene.

Template Studio Halloween Pillow Boxes Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

This Happy Halloween box is embellished with a Bootiful Night cobweb, more flair and thread, and die-cuts.

Template Studio Halloween Pillow Boxes Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Here I created a scene by adhering a haunted house beneath the mylar moon. Some stickers and flair finished it up.

Template Studio Halloween Pillow Boxes Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Trick or Treat says the skull, embellished by stickers and more flair.

Template Studio Halloween Pillow Boxes Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

I had a lot of fun making these pillow boxes and my kids can’t wait until I fill them up with Halloween treats. Are you gifting treats this Halloween? Pull out your template studio and make some easy-fun boxes! Happy crafting!

Template Studio Halloween Pillow Boxes Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies Used:

Template Studio

Large Pillow Box Template

Circle Clear-Cut Punch

Back to School Project Roundup

Happy Friday We R fans! Thanks for joining us this week for Back to School Week. We hope you’ve enjoyed our the inspiration from our design team so far.

Today we’re finishing things off with a roundup of school-themed projects featuring some of your favorite We R tools. Enjoy!

Teacher Goodie Bags

Start off on the right foot with your child’s teacher by bringing some DIY goodie bags made with the Goodie Bag Guide and the Oh Goodie Collection. CLICK HERE for more photos and details.

Teacher Goodie Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Goodie Bag Guide and Oh Goodie Collection

Back to School Planner Pocket Page

We love this school-themed planner pocket page! What a genius idea to add pencil shavings with the Photo Sleeve Fuse! Check out the original post HERE on our blog.

Back to School Planner Pocket Page with the Photo Sleeve Fuse

DIY Tabbed Notebooks

The Planner Punch Board and the Tab Punch Board are the perfect back-to-school companions to help keep your busy life organized! CLICK HERE to see more project inspiration on our blog using these essential organization tools.

DIY Tabbed Notebook with the Planner and Tab Punch Boards

Teacher Appreciation Banner

Create quick and easy teacher appreciation decor with the Alphabet Punch Board, the Banner Punch Board, and other We R tools. Get the how-to on the blog HERE.

Teacher Appreciation Decor featuring We R Memory Keepers crafting tools

Teacher Gift Box

Let your teacher know how special she is with an interactive gift box full of classroom essentials. It’s easy to make one with the Template Studio and the Alphabet Punch Board! Full instructions can be found on our blog HERE.

Teacher Gift Box with the Template Studio and the Alphabet Punch Board

Owl Teacher Gift Bag

This cutie is one of our most popular back-to-school blog project! CLICK HERE to find out how to make one for your child’s teacher using the Gift Bag Punch Board.

Owl Teacher Gift Bag with the Gift Bag Punch Board

Framed Classroom Art

Help teacher get her classroom looking A+ with a piece of DIY framed art. Learn how to make one with the DIY Party Collection on the blog HERE.

Framed Classroom Art with the DIY Party Collection from We R Memory Keepers

Thanks so much for joining us today! We hope your first day of school is awesome. Happy crafting, and enjoy your weekend friends!

Giant Flower Party Backdrop

Hello there We R friends! It’s Aly here with you again to finish off Flower Week with a larger-than-life party backdrop idea. Create a giant flower backdrop with the Template Studio Starter Kit, Flower Template Guide, and some Designer Poster Board!

Giant Flower Party Backdrop by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

This giant flower backdrop is perfect for a luau, summer pool party, a bridal shower, a wedding, a baby girl shower, a tea party, and more.

Giant Flower Party Backdrop by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

All you need to do is select poster board colors and/or patterns that fit with your event or theme.

Giant Flower Party Backdrop by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

To make your own giant flower backdrop, start by trimming your poster board to the size shown in the instruction manual based on the flower size you’ve selected. Then follow the directions to cut out and score your flower petals using the flower template guide.

Fold the score lines as explained in the instructions, and secure the petals with a strong adhesive. I recommend hot glue for this project, and the American Crafts Sticky Thumb Cordless Glue Gun is my favorite. No limiting cord to worry about!

This is what your flower will look like once you’ve finished. (For a video tutorial on making flowers with the Template Studio, visit our YouTube channel HERE.)

Layer multiple flowers for more dimension and color.

Then add a loop of twine to the back for hanging.

To create the flower center, cut a 12 inch long strip of paper that’s 3-4 inches wide, and cut some fringe into it.

Roll up the paper and secure it with hot glue or another strong adhesive.

Then curl back the fringe to add some dimension and texture, and then hot glue it to the center of the flower.

Make several flowers in different sizes and styles for a show-stopping backdrop for your next event!

Giant Flower Party Backdrop by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Giant Flower Party Backdrop by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

Template Studio Starter Kit
Flower Template Guide
Designer Poster Board

 

 

DIY Baby Gift Bag

Hello We R fans, Laura here! Today, I am going to share with you how to create a custom gift bag for a baby gift. It would be perfect for a baby shower or a new mom. You can customize the colors and size to perfectly fit your gift.

Baby Gift Bag by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

To create the gift bag you will need the Template Studio with the gift bag guide. The Template Studio works with poster board sized paper. We R Memory Keepers has so many beautiful designer posterboards to choose from. I chose a pretty yellow polka dot posterboard for my bag.

You will use the straight guides to cut your paper to the correct size. Since I was creating a 10” x 5” x 10” size bag, I needed to cut two sheets of posterboard. I was able to get them both cut out of the same piece.

Template Studio by We R Memory Keepers

Use the gift bag guide and the instructions to cut notches in the bottom of the bag.

Template Studio by We R Memory Keepers

Then you will need to score the bag in several spots to be able to fold it properly. To create the larger bag, repeat the steps on both sheets of posterboard.

Template Studio by We R Memory Keepers

Trim off the excess from the corner with the small fold. This is where you will attach your bag together using strong adhesive.

Template Studio by We R Memory Keepers

Fold the bag on all the score lines. Attach the sides of the bag together and use adhesive on the bottom. I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch holes at the top of the bag to thread some ribbon through.

Next, I used the mini Alphabet Punch Board to spell out the word “BABY”. I attached it to the front of the bag using adhesive squares. Then I added an adorable gold puffy heart.

Mini Alphabet Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Since there are so many different designer poster boards, you will be sure to find exactly what you need to create any kind of gift wrap for that special baby shower.

Baby Gift Bag by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Baby Gift Bag by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

 

Template Studio Starter Kit

Designer Posterboard

Super Sticky Red Tape

Crop-A-Dile

Ribbon

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Dotted Swiss Cardstock

Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams Puffy Hearts

 

 

 

 

GO BIG with the Template Studio!

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a fun project perfect for Valentine’s Day! When I was teaching years ago, I would always have my students make foam fortune cookies for a fun project at Valentine’s Day. While I have made the cookies in the past look great with patterned paper, I thought, why not take it up a notch and make huge fortune cookies!?!

Jumbo Valentine Fortune Cookies by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Jumbo Valentine Fortune Cookies by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

These cookies were a snap to make with the We R Memory Keepers Template Studio and Circle Template. To make them large, I used 22×28 Designer Poster Board in different colors.

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After trimming the paper to size, according to the instructions included with the Circle Template Guide, I cut the circle out using the guide and blade. The instructions come on convenient cards that can be kept together with a loose-leaf ring, making it simple to create your shapes.

Tip: Roll and create waves with your circle of paper before attempting to create the cookie. This will get the fibers in the paper loosened. Doing this will allow the paper to bend more easily during the next steps.

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Fold the paper in half, as shown, but do not crease. Using your hand, create a dent in the center of the “fold.” Having the dent off-center will make the cookie look more realistic. I found that placing the edges of the circle between my knees made it easier to hold onto when creating the dent.

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Touch the two outside ends together and adhere with a hot glue gun. Other liquid glues and dry adhesives will not keep the sides together.

Jumbo Valentine Fortune Cookies by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To create the fortunes, the Mini Alphabet Punched help me create love phrases. I adhered the letters to strips of white cardstock. After determining how far out the fortunes needed to stick, I adhered the strip to the outer edge of the fortune cookie.

Jumbo Valentine Fortune Cookies by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Anyone else feeling lucky in love this Valentine’s Day? How you would use your fortune cookies?

Kimberly

Supplies:

Template Studio Starter Kit

Template Studio Guide Template; Circle

Designer Poster Board Pink Dots

Designer Poster Board Gold Foil Dots

Designer Poster Board Red Stripes

Mini Alphabet Punch

3×5 Metallic Paper Pad

12×12 White Bazzill Cardstock

Sticky Thumb Cordless Mini Hot Glue Gun