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!

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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

Holiday Gift Wrap with the Template Studio

Hello We R fans and thank you for joining me today. With the holiday season upon us, I would love to share some gift ideas with you all, using the fun and versatile Template Studio.

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If you are thinking about giving this tool a try, a great value option is to grab the Template Studio Starter Kit. Inside, you will find everything you need to create large-scale gift bags, envelopes, boxes, home decor and more! For my projects today, I have used the Envelope & Box Guide (included in the kit) and the Pillowbox Guide.

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As you can see, I have constructed three different shape boxes, which I have embellished. The first gift box was created using the Envelope & Box guide and some red stripe posterboard. To see how to use the Template Studio to create a gift box, click here to view it in action.

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You will need the following to create this type of box: Posterboard, Fringe Tape, Metal Bow Die, a die cutting machine like the Evolution Advanced and some sparkly bits!

The stripes on the posterboard were a perfect guide for placing my fringe tape. Being self adhesive, this decorative tape is a breeze to adhere to a vast number of projects.

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My second box is a pillow shaped one. I think this shape is a lot of fun! You could pop an article of clothing inside or some home bakes… To create this box using the Template Studio, click here to check out a video.

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To put this type of box together, you will need the following: Posterboard, Glassine Paper, Chevron Washi Tape, Mini Alphabet Punch board and some Honeycomb Paper.

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To echo the shape of the baubles on the Oh Goodie Glassine Paper, I have cut some Honeycomb paper to size and adhered it over the shapes. To create the little bell, I laid the honeycomb paper pad next to the shape and copied it with a pencil onto the paper and then cut the shape out by hand with some sharp scissors. NOTE: You only need to trace half the shape as it opens to reveal the full shape IYKWIM.

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My third box is a large envelope size, which I have scored a bit further to create a boxy shape. (The instructions included with the template studio guide show you this extra step.) It would be great for some custom chocolates or a book. To check out how to use the Template Studio to create envelopes, click here

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It has a gift card/large tag attached already. The card has been stamped and placed inside a vellum Typecast Envelope, which I have embossed using a ‘Merry Christmas’ Phrase Embossing Strip.

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To pop this one together you will need: Cardstock, Chevron Washi Tape, Vellum envelope, DIY Party Tag Punch, Layered Stamp, Ribbon/Twine and some sparkly bits.

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I’ve used some beautiful white tone marble print paper (Bazzill) and then used my Precision Press along with the Gift Layered Stamp and CMYK ink pads to stamp a cute pile of gifts onto my card.

 

You will notice the gifts are green and red but I don’t have these colour inks, so it’s back to kindergarten as we mix our colours! Blue + Yellow will give you green. I stamped yellow first and then blue over the top. Next, we will be mixing Yellow + Magenta to give us our red gifts. Again, I started with my lighter colour and then did the magenta over the top. Lastly, it was a bit of black for the bow details. I LOVE this fun way of stamping! The Precision Press holds everything in place perfectly so you don’t have to worry about accuracy when you are stamping your next colour layer. Awesome!

 

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Don’t those little gifts look super sweet peeking out from under the vellum? I love the soft opacity the vellum gives it. Pop a few sequins or stars inside for some festive fun.

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I can’t wait to gift these special boxes.

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Wishing you lots of happy gift giving!

Chantalle

 

Supplies:

Template Studio Starter Kit

Precision Press

Banner Punch Board

Typecast Typewriter

DIY Party Tag Punch

DIY Party Fringe Tape, Meadow

Typecast Envelopes

Mini Alphabet Punchboard

Bazzill 6×6 cardstock pad

Bazzill Foil Tone on Tone cardstock

Honeycomb Paper

Metal Bow Die

Chevron Washi Tape

Poster Board

Ribbon Cutter

Oh Goodie Glassine Paper

Crop a Dile Eyelet Setter

Layered Stamp, Gifts

CMYK Ink Pad Set

Phrase Embossing Strip

Five Favorite Mini Albums

Mini albums are a great way to preserve memories from a single event, vacation, or holiday, and they make wonderful handmade gifts. Over the years our designers have created some inspiring and clever mini albums. Since we’re celebrating Mini Album Week, we’ve put together the top five most favorite mini albums from our blog.

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1. Envelope Punch Board Mini Album

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This clever mini album has collected the most views over the years for it’s unique use of the Envelope Punch Board. CLICK HERE for full instructions and details.

2. Cinch Baby Book

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Our second most viewed mini album features monthly photos and milestones reached during baby’s first year. For more photos and details about this adorable Cinch book, visit THIS blog post.

3. Accordion Fold Mini Album

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Check out our next favorite mini. Use the Template Studio to cut and score a 4×40 inch accordion fold mini album. Can you believe this was made with just one entire 16×16 piece of poster board? CLICK HERE to find out how!

4. DIY Matchbook Mini Album

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Next up is another darling mini album made with Designer Poster Board scraps and the Template Studio. To find out how to make this cutie, visit THIS blog post.

5. Summer Mini Album

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And finally, you can collect all of your memories from a favorite season, family vacation, or event and then bind them together in a Cinch book. See the rest of this beautiful mini album HERE.

We hope this mini album roundup has inspired your memory keeping. Do you like to make mini albums? What are your favorite memories to preserve with them?

 

Supplies:

The Cinch
Envelope Punch Board
Template Studio

Halloween Treat Boxes

Happy Monday friends, and welcome to Trick-or-Treat Week! Actually, it’s more like just plain old Treat Week because our design team will be sharing creative ideas for packaging Halloween treats all week long. We’ve got some inspiring projects lined up, so enjoy!

 

Hey there, We R fans. It’s Aly here again sharing a set of Halloween Treat Boxes that I made using the Template Studio and some Designer Poster Board. October marks the start of the baking season at our house, and I’m always looking for a creative way to package homebaked goodies for our family and friends.

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Combining the Template Studio with the new Oh Goodie Halloween Glassine Papers turned out to be the perfect solution! I lined my boxes with the adorably spooky, grease-proof, food-safe 12×12 papers, and my yummy cinnamon sugar bread was packaged safe and sound. Not to mention it looks pretty cute, too!

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These papers are super versatile–they’re perfect for making goodie bags with the Goodie Bag Guide and the Scalloped Goodie Bag Guide, or you can use them as a liner for other treat packaging and containers. Awesome.

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Making the treat boxes with the Template Studio is so convenient because I can select from a variety of sizes to create a box that fits the contents I’ll be packaging. You can watch a video tutorial for making boxes with the Template Studio on our YouTube channel HERE.

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Once I finished making my boxes, I secured them with thin strips of cardstock to coordinate with the box colors. You could use ribbon or twine as well.

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I found some cute Halloween designs and cut them out with my electronic cutting machine. I used my Fringe and Score Board to make the rosette for the above box.

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To personalize my treat boxes I added labels and tags from the Typecast paper collection and typed sentiments directly onto them with my Typecast Typewriter.

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I love how easy it is to add text to my projects with the typewriter, especially since I’m not so good and writing things by hand. And the typewriting looks so cool!

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I hope you enjoyed some inspiration and my little crafting hack. Try using the Oh Goodie glassine bags to line your treat packaging. They’re easy to use and they look adorable too! Creative cheers!

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Supplies:

Oh Goodie Glassine 12×12 Papers
Template Studio
Designer Poster Board
Typecast Paper Collection
Typecast Typewriter

DIY Ephemera File Folders

Hello We R friends! It’s Aly Dosdall with you again today. Often when we think of memory keeping as crafters, we think of photos and albums. But memories aren’t just preserved through photos. Memorabilia helps preserve our memories as well. Including ticket stubs, pamphlets, receipts, notes, etc tells our stories just as well as including photos does. I love to keep bits and pieces from travels, school, etc and I keep them in a large archival safe box. But they’re really not well organized and I often struggle with remembering to include them in my album. Enter the Template Studio File Folder Guide!

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I sorted through my ephemera and determined what size folders I needed. The largest size paper in my ephemera box is 8 1/2 x 11 inches, so I made my folders that size. I divided my ephemera into three basic groups–School, Church, and Travels. You can adjust your categories according to the type of ephemera you have.

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To make the file folders I used three different colors of Bazzill Dotted Swiss Poster Board, the Template Studio Starter Kit, and the Template Studio File Folder Guide. I started by trimming the poster board down to the size specified in the instruction booklet.

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Then, as described in the included instructions, I used the File Folder Guide to cut the tabs and indents into my folders. The File Folder Guide allows you to make traditional and round tabs either on the side or the middle. You can visit our YouTube channel to watch an instructional video HERE.

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Then, instead of following the directions for scoring, I double scored the middle line to allow room for all the bulk from LOTS of ephemera.

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That way I don’t have to worry about an over-bulky folder since I have so much ephemera to include in this one.

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I made the other two folders following the scoring instructions since I didn’t have as much ephemera to include in those. I staggered the tabs on all three folders for easier viewing.

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To finish off I added the category to each folder using my Typecast typewriter and the labels included in the paper collection.

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The Typecast labels were the perfect size for these folders, plus the black and grey colors fit perfectly with my color scheme.

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I love that the collection includes multiple colors of typewriter ribbon! I changed the ribbon to the Teal/Black color and then moved the switch on the typewriter to “CLR” so that the teal color showed instead of the black. (For an instructional video on how to do this CLICK HERE to go to our YouTube channel.)

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I’m so excited that I’ve finally got all my ephemera sorted and organized so it’s easier to find when I want to include it in my scrapbook album. And I love that I can create custom file folders in whatever color and size I want using the Template Studio.

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Supplies:

Template Studio Starter Kit
File Folder Guide
Typecast Typewriter
Typecast Labels
Bazzill Dotted Swiss Poster Board