Baby Boy Cupcake Wraps

Hello, We R friends! Tessa Buys here with a dapper set of cupcake wraps that I made for a new, sweet nephew:

Baby Boy Cupcake Wraps by Tessa Buys

Recently, the family gathered to celebrate little Paul’s baby blessing. I offered to decorate the cupcakes and between Bazzill’s gorgeous plaid cardstocks (in masculine shades of gray and white) and the We R Memory Keepers Party Board, it was so easy!

DIY Party Board by We R Memory Keepers

Making the cupcake wraps was a breeze, but I do have a helpful tip for you. Bazzill cardstock is so wonderfully sturdy, your regular tape runner will probably not be enough to keep the wraps securely fastened. I suggest using Sticky Thumb red tape.

Baby Boy Cupcake Wraps by Tessa Buys

While the wraps themselves were handsome enough, I couldn’t help but add die-cut renditions of my handsome nephew. Again, Bazzill cardstock is the best! And yes, this little man actually has a lot of dark, crazy hair, just like these cupcake toppers!

Baby Boy Cupcake Wraps by Tessa Buys

If you don’t already have the DIY Party Board on hand, it is the best investment! I’ve now used it for four family gatherings, and everyone is so impressed with how “custom” my décor is. From birthdays to baby boys, you will impress, too! Happy creating!

Supplies Used:

DIY Party Board

Trolls Birthday Party Decor

Hello, We R friends! Tessa Buys here! I’m lucky to be auntie to a pretty awesome niece who just had a birthday. Her party theme? Trolls! Of course, I had to contribute to her mama’s party décor:

Trolls Birthday Party Decor by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers featuring the DIY Party Board

First, I made party hats inspired by the character of Poppy. I started by using the We R Memory Keepers DIY Party Board to make hats out of pink cardstock. Next, I put double-sided tape inside the bottom of the hat, then stuck several strips of 6” wide glitter tulle to the tape. I pulled the tulle up around the hat and secured it with a ribbon sealed with the We R Memory Keepers Ribbon Cutter. To give the hats that extra “Poppy” touch, I hand cut her signature felt flowers to adorn each one.

Trolls Birthday Party Decor by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers featuring the DIY Party Board

Second, I made party blowers, again with the DIY Party Board. I used a rainbow of cardstock colors and embellished each one with another cartoony felt flower. Tip: After you’ve used the (not custom and not nearly as cute) blowers from the party store, save the blower pieces and toss the paper cones. You can glue in your own cones later!

Trolls Birthday Party Decor by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers featuring the DIY Party Board

You can’t have a birthday without banners and garlands! I made my niece a banner featuring her name with the Alphabet Punch Board. Bazzill foil cardstock made it shiny like the hats. I strung it with the same tulle I used on the hats and embellished with more Poppy-style flowers.

Trolls Birthday Party Decor by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers featuring the DIY Party Board

I also used the Banner Punch Board and the DIY Party Paper Punch: Garland to create a couple more garlands in colored cardstock. Altogether, and combined with the party décor my sister purchased in the Trolls theme, my niece had a colorful, fun, and unique party!

Trolls Birthday Party Decor by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers featuring the DIY Party Board

I love having so many easy to use and handy tools within reach to create custom party décor. How about you? Happy creating!

Supplies Used:

DIY Party Board

Alphabet Punch Board

Crop-a-dile

DIY Party Paper Punch: Garland

Banner Punch Board

Alphabet Punch Boards Layout

Hello, We R friends! Tessa Buys here, and today I’m sharing a new layout featuring both the Alphabet Punch Board and the Mini Alphabet Punch Board:

Alphabet Punch Boards Layout by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

First, I pulled a few patterned papers from the Maggie Holmes Catching Dreams collection. Following the easy instructions that come with the punch boards, I made several A’s.

Alphabet Punch Boards Layout by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

After punching the large text A’s, I used acrylic paint to color them. Once they were dry, I added them to my layout background. I used Sticky Thumb foam adhesives to pop up the mini A’s.

Alphabet Punch Boards Layout by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

I also punched several A’s out of vellum using the Mini Alphabet Punch Board. Once arranged on my page, I used the Staple Board to attach the A’s. I love being able to staple anywhere on a 12×12 layout!

Alphabet Punch Boards Layout by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

I see myself using this monogram technique on future pages! It’s a great way to add a lot of pattern and color, and monograms are classic design elements. What letter will you punch? Happy creating!

Alphabet Punch Boards Layout by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers
Supplies Used:

Alphabet Punch Board

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Staple Board

Embellish Your Planner with the Evolution Advanced

Hello, We R friends! Tessa Buys here, and today I’m sharing my March set-up in my Heidi Swapp Memory Planner:

Planner Spread featuring the Evolution Advanced by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

While there are a lot of planner accessories out there, I love making my own. We R Memory Keepers tools make that happen! This time I pulled out my Evolution Advanced machine, a favorite die and one of my go-to embossing folders. First, I created a translucent divider page by embossing a 6×8 sheet of vellum:

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Because the embossing folder is only 6×6 inches, I had to adjust the position of my vellum and run it through a second time. However, it was really easy to match up the design and you can’t even tell that it wasn’t embossed in one pass.

Planner Spread featuring the Evolution Advanced by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Next, I created a planner clip with the bow die. The die is intended to be used with paper, so this faux leather is a little more than it can handle. However, by running it through the Evolution Advanced, the die made a slight cut/impression on the pleather that I was able to use as a guide for my scissors. If you don’t want to run your die through with a thicker material, you could also cut a paper “template” and use it as a pattern on your pleather.

Planner Spread featuring the Evolution Advanced by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Planner Spread featuring the Evolution Advanced by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

 

I love it when I can personalize my planner with such a helpful, easy to use tool. And speaking of handy planner tools, did you notice that I used the Typecast typewriter to date my pages and add a little message on my vellum divider? I love using my typewriter in my planner. So easy and such a great look!

Planner Spread featuring the Evolution Advanced by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

If you’re a planner girl, don’t forget about your Evolution Advanced, dies and embossing folders. Your planner will love the extra special touches you can add. Happy creating!

Planner Spread featuring the Evolution Advanced by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies Used:

Evolution Advanced
Bow Die
Polka Dot Embossing Folder
Typecast Typewriter

DIY Party Board Valentine Treat Pouches

Hello, We R friends! Tessa Buys here on this lovely Valentine’s Day with my first DIY Party Board project – glassine treat pouches!

DIY party Board Valentine Treat Pouches

These pouches are super easy to decorate for any occasion, so even if you don’t have time today to make some for your Valentine, I still have some great tips for you! To make your treat pouches from Oh Goodie glassine paper, first trim your paper to 9 inches square. If you plan to keep the pouches food safe, use the Oh Goodie Guide to tear the excess paper; if not, just use your trusty trimmer. My candies were individually wrapped, so I used my trimmer.

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With guide A in place at the 11 mark, use the blade to cut out your pouch shape. Glassine paper is delicate, but if you follow these tips, your cut will be perfect: Tip #1: Start with the blade in the center and slide the blade to the right edge. Then return the blade to the center and cut to the left edge. Tip #2: Slide the blade swiftly; pausing may cause the blade to catch. Tip #3: When sliding the blade, hold the paper above the guide taut – the extra tension will help the blade move smoothly through the glassine paper.

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With the point upward, fold over the sides and secure with adhesive. Fold over the point to close the pouch. I did not seal my pouch at this point, but instead used a binder clip to attach some decoration and close each bag.

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DIY party Board Valentine Treat Pouches

 

I also used the DIY Party Board to create a wrap for my mini cactus. The 8 ounce ice cream cup wrap was the perfect size for this little pot.

DIY party Board Valentine Treat Pouches

I cannot wait to make more party supplies with this handy tool! I have a feeling that this board will stay near or at the top of my collection for quite awhile. Happy creating, and happy Valentine’s Day!

DIY party Board Valentine Treat Pouches
Supplies Used:

Oh Goodie Glassine Paper

DIY Party Board

Crate Paper paper and embellishments

GO BIG with the DIY Party Honeycomb Pads and Stencils!

Happy Monday friends, and welcome to GO BIG week here on the We R blog! This week our design team is sharing large scale projects, and how our fabulous tools make them so much easier. Tessa’s up first with some adorable large scale home decor!

 

Hello, We R friends! Tessa Buys here with the latest addition to my little girl’s bedroom! After collecting paper lanterns from various places, I finished off the grouping with We R Memory Keepers’ fabulous honeycomb paper, stencils, and hangers:

DIY Party Honeycomb Paper Home Decor by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Because some of the patterns in her room feature vintage fruit designs, I decided to make a really big strawberry to be the focal point.

DIY Party Honeycomb Paper Home Decor by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

I started with large red honeycomb paper and used the pumpkin stencil to trace the top. Then I used the straight edge of the stencil to draw a straight line from the curved top to the corner of the honeycomb pad.

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I gave the resulting heart shape green cardstock leaves to make it a strawberry. For added whimsy, I secured a gold pull tab (made for the pinatas) to the bottom of the strawberry.

DIY Party Honeycomb Paper Home Decor by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

I was having so much fun with the honeycomb that I also made four fans, one full-size and one small in yellow and in aqua. I love how the honeycomb paper makes the fans seem so light and airy – perfect for my daughter’s room! The honeycomb hangers and raffia string made it so easy to hang it all up on a plant hook anchored into her ceiling.

DIY Party Honeycomb Paper Home Decor by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

When Addie saw her room, she said, “It’s amazing, mommy!” She loves playing tea party under the fun decorations and her favorite piece is the big strawberry.

DIY Party Honeycomb Paper Home Decor by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

If you’re looking for some big, whimsical décor for a child’s room or some large, fruity party decorations, look no farther than We R Memory Keepers’ honeycomb pads and stencils!

Supplies Used:

DIY Party Pull Tabs

DIY Party Honeycomb Hangers

DIY Party Raffia String

DIY Party Honeycomb Stencils

DIY Party Honeycomb Pads

Tab Punch Board Planner Pages

Hello, We R friends! Tessa Buys here once again with my planner, and this time I’m sharing how I used the new Tab Punch Board to make my own, custom dividers and a washi tape holder:

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I pulled out several sheets of my favorite patterns from the Urban Chic collection. Next, I used the Tab Punch Board to create all the dividers I needed for the various sections of my planner.

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These tabs are the “small” size, which is perfect for my personal size planner! I used my Typeset typewriter and Typeset washi tape stickers to customize a label for each tab.

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I also created a label for my washi tape card.

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I like to tuck cards like this in the planner pockets for adding washi to my pages on the go. To make it even more functional, I used the Tab Punch Board to create a tabbed card. Now it’s easier to pull the washi tape card from the pockets, and it’s cuter, too!

 

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While the Tab Punch Board was super easy to use by following the instructions that come with the tool, I had to make a slight alteration to those instructions in order to make tab pages exactly proportioned to my personal size planner. Find my video tutorial here, and downloadable instructions on my personal blog here.

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I can’t wait to make more tabbed projects! I’m envisioning tabbed dividers for all of my planners, tabbed page markers, tabbed sticky note holders…my to-make list of tabbed planner supplies and accessories is growing. I’d better get to it! Happy planning!

For more details about Tessa’s project, you can visit her blog HERE, and watch an instructional YouTube video HERE.

 

Supplies Used:

Urban Chic collection

Tab Punch Board

Welcome back, Tessa!

We’re so lucky to have another returning design team member join us for 2017! Welcome back to Tessa Buys! Tessa is another awesome all-around crafter, but we particularly love her simple and stylish scrapbook layouts. Scroll down to learn a bit more about Tessa.

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My three rambunctious boys, darling little girl, and patient husband and I call Sacramento, California home. I am a professional dancer and teacher, currently working with pre-school to pre-teen dancers, beginning to competition level. I’ve been lucky enough to work in the crafting industry for several years now and I am very excited to be designing for We R Memory Keepers for another year!

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Currently…

Snacking on: plain, air-popped popcorn
Always wearing: layers – it’s cold!
Obsessed with: pretty paper, awesome tools, and the color yellow
Listening to: Panama, 90’s alternative, and Pandora’s “Instrumentals for Studying Radio”
Making: 2017 planner pages and dance competition hair pieces
Annoyed with: how quickly my scrap space gets messy
Excited about: making 2017 the best year yet!

Favorite We R tool: It’s impossible to choose, but the Fuse and Typecast typewriter are contenders for the title!

Favorite project:

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You can find more photos and details about this lovely layout on our blog HERE. We’re glad to have Tessa back, and you’re going to love what she creates this year!

New Year’s Eve Party Decor

Hello, We R friends! Tessa Buys here. I love setting up decorations for New Year’s Eve, and while the store-bought things are just fine, making my own is much more fun. This year, I was inspired by the “Kiss Kiss” paper from the Urban Chic collection to create a “kiss me at midnight” display:

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Using the DIY Party Rosette Punch, I made several rosettes from Urban Chic patterned papers, We R Memory Keepers cardstock, and Bazzill cardstock and foil papers.

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To make the rosettes you see here, you will need two sheets of each paper. Cut each 12×12 sheet in half (6” x 12”). Score three halves at 0.5” increments and use the rosette punch to add the detailed edge. Fold and attach the three 6” x 12” pieces together to form the rosette. For the smaller rosettes, cut the last 6” x 12” piece in half again (3” x 12”). Score the two pieces at 0.5” intervals, use the rosette punch to create the decorative edge, then secure together to form a rosette. I added a silver foil cardstock circle to the center of each rosette for some extra shine.

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I couldn’t stop at the rosettes, so I made banners, too! For the “kiss me at midnight” banners, I used a piece of Bazzill pink foil cardstock and the Mini Alphabet Punch Board. I punched each letter according to the directions, and added the decorative notches with the punch board. I used my Crop-a-dile to punch two holes in each letter and strung the letters on silver ribbon.

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To make the “2017” banner, I used the regular sized Alphabet Punch Board to punch the numbers from plain, white cardstock. Next, I used the DIY Party Confetti Punch to punch a lot of confetti from the silver foil cardstock that I used earlier. I covered the “2” and “1” with adhesive and placed one little piece of confetti at a time. It took a while, but the mirror ball-like effect was definitely worth it! I used DIY Party fringe tape in silver to cover the “0” and the “7”.

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There’s no need to go to the party store for décor when you can make your own! We R Memory Keepers DIY Party tools make it so easy and fun. Happy creating and Happy New Year!

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Supplies:

Kiss Kiss Urban Chic Patterned Paper

Hello Love Urban Chic Patterned Paper

5th Ave Urban Chic Patterned Paper

Crop-o-Dile

Trim and Score Board

Alphabet Punch Board

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

DIY Party Fringe Tape Silver

DIY Party Rosette Punch

DIY Party Confetti Punch

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Lights and Light Strand Christmas Decor

Hello there! Tessa Buys here with a look at my entryway Christmas décor, featuring the new Photo Light and light strands.

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My holiday décor is mainly red, black and white with touches of metallic and natural wood. I chose to use the Natural Wood Finish 8×8 Photo Lights frame because it complimented the rest of my decorations. Instead of printing my photo in color, I used a filter to make my photo an extreme black and white. It printed beautifully from my home printer onto the special backlit film. I added a “love” rub-on to the photo.

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It was easy to assemble the frame. I cut down the backlit film to size, then simply laid the picture between the box and the magnetic face plate. I popped in the batteries and it was good to go!

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I layered a few stars made with the Ruler Studio collection against a chalkboard frame, then hung a DIY Party strand of lights with gold glittered bulbs across the stars. They give off a warm glow, which is a lovely contrast to the cool glow of the Photo Light.

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To me, nothing says Christmas quite like the glow of lights, and when those lights can be extra special like a strand with pretty bulbs or a precious family photo, it’s even more magical.

Supplies:

Natural Wood Finish 8×8 Photo Light

DIY Party Light Strand, Gold Bulbs

Ruler Studio (large natural, small red, small white)