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

Planner Spread with the Washi Chomper

Hello, We R friends! Tessa Buys here. Washi tape is a staple when I am planning. For this week’s pages, I put the We R Memory Keepers Washi Chomper to use, along with some planner-friendly WRMK  washi tapes:

Planner Spread with the We R Memory Keepers Washi Chomper by Tessa Buys

First, I started with the days of the week. Using the days of the week washi and the Washi Chomper, I made a pointed label for each day. I love how the washi strips now direct my eye to that day’s appointments.

Planner Spread with the We R Memory Keepers Washi Chomper by Tessa Buys

Second, I used the Washi Chomper to cut out a few yellow arrows to highlight some important details of my week. This time I created one pointed end and one notched end. I love how handy the We R Memory Keepers washi tapes are for keeping my planner organized!

Planner Spread with the We R Memory Keepers Washi Chomper by Tessa Buys

Last, I used some other WRMK washi tapes to simply decorate my page – coral borders here and there, and polka dot accents in a few places. Some Pink Paislee puffy stickers finished off the embellishing and my pages were ready for my pen.

Planner Spread with the We R Memory Keepers Washi Chomper by Tessa Buys

Planner Spread with the We R Memory Keepers Washi Chomper by Tessa Buys

 

I love how the Washi Chomper perfectly cut all my washi tape labels. I know I could do pretty much the same thing with scissors, but not nearly this neatly and uniformly. I never can seem to get my notches perfectly centered, and forget an even point. This handy tool is going straight into my planning supplies cart for many future uses!

Planner Spread with the We R Memory Keepers Washi Chomper by Tessa Buys

Supplies Used:

Washi Chomper

Washi Tape

Washi Tape

Scrapbook Page Border with the Sprinkle Punch

Hello, We R friends! Tessa Buys here. My little girl was the lucky recipient of a closet-full of costumes from one of my dance students. Inspired by the sequins, shiny fabrics and festive feel of the costumes, I created this layout using the new Sprinkle Punch.

Scrapbook page featuring the Sprinkle Punch by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

After putting together most of my background using some papers and embellishments from Amy Tan’s new Hustle & Heart collection, I created a fun border between the top and bottom portions with some double-sided tape and punched sprinkles. I punched the sprinkles from foil papers by Bazzill for shine and sparkle. For even more metallic “wow”, I also used Heidi Swapp gold flakes.

We R Memory Keepers Sprinkle Punch and Heidi Swapp Gold Flakes

I randomly pressed the sprinkles into the tape, not worrying too much about placement. I filled the gaps with the gold flakes, brushing off the excess.

Scrapbook page featuring the Sprinkle Punch by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

I included some sprinkles underneath the polka dot acrylic paper to accent my embellishment cluster.

Scrapbook page featuring the Sprinkle Punch by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

The sprinkle/gold flake border is so glam it could have been trim on one of the costumes! How darling would this technique be on a birthday card, party décor, or cupcake wrappers? Instead of gold flakes you could even use glitter or microbeads. The possibilities are endless!

Scrapbook page featuring the Sprinkle Punch by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Happy creating!

Supplies Used:

DIY Party Sprinkle Punch

Heidi Swapp Gold Flakes

Hustle & Heart collection by Amy Tan

Throwback Thursday: Tag Punch Mini Album

It’s Throwback Thursday friends, and today we’re featuring a post about one of our most popular punches, the DIY Party Tag Punch. With this handy tool you can make your own tags in varying sizes and lengths–choose from 1″, 1.5″, or 2″ wide. It’s a great way to use up your scraps, and customize your tags. Check out the unique project below from last year using the Tag Punch!

 

Hello, We R Memory Keepers friends! Tessa Buys here today to share an out-of-the-box idea for using the Tag Punch. The Tag Punch is perfect for making custom gift tags, but it’s also great for other projects. Check out this very mini album made of tag punch pages, photos and the Honey I’m Home collection:

WRMK Tag Punch Mini Album Tessa Buys 1

I started by printing several small photos and making a handful of tags with the Tag Punch.

WRMK Tag Punch Mini Album Tessa Buys 2

Next, I trimmed most of my photos to the same dimensions as the tags (2 inches wide, 3 inches long) and adhered the photos to the back of the tags. I added more pages with a couple of shipping tags and by adhering some of my photos back to back. I made more space for journaling by making two one inch tags with the tag punch and backing those tags with white cardstock.

WRMK Tag Punch Mini Album Tessa Buys 3

WRMK Tag Punch Mini Album Tessa Buys 4

I used wood veneer pieces, stickers and puffy stickers to embellish the pages. My trusty Crop-a-dile came in handy when I had to punch a hole through a wood veneer frame for the binder ring.

WRMK Tag Punch Mini Album Tessa Buys 5

I love how the tag punch was incredibly easy to use. From the built-in score line to the guides for lining up your paper, this punch makes creating tags a breeze. And the fold-over tops of the tags make for durable mini album pages, which is very important when you have little ones taking a look! You’ll love making tags and more with this clever gadget!

WRMK Tag Punch Mini Album Tessa Buys 6
Supplies Used:

DIY Party Paper Punch: Tag
Crop-A-Dile
Honey I’m Home Collection

Dial Trimmer Gift Packaging

Hello, We R friends! Tessa Buys here. I am the worst at remembering to buy wrap or bags for gifts. Thank goodness I have a crafty stash and fantastic tools like the Dial Trimmer to help me whip up last-minute gift packaging!

Dial Trimmer Gift Packaging by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

For this “wild” little gift bag, I cut a panel of Amy Tangerine patterned paper and adhered it to the front of my bag. I added a tag, then set to work creating a super easy cluster of paper roses to embellish the bag.

Dial Trimmer Gift Packaging by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Using the Dial Trimmer and three different decorative blades, I cut a 1 inch wide x 12 inches long strip of Bazzill cardstock in yellow, pink and blue.

To make the flowers, I first dampened the cardstock strips. I like to stand at the sink and wet my fingers, then run my fingers across the paper to avoid saturating it too much. Blot with a towel and then begin rolling, gently folding the decorative edge out to look like petals. Glue as you go (I used a hot glue gun) and secure the end of the strip with more glue. Repeat with the other two strips.

Dial Trimmer Gift Packaging by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

When the flowers were completely dry, I glued them together and then added them to my bag with a couple of Amy Tangerine leaves (sticker and die-cut).

Dial Trimmer Gift Packaging by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

In far less time than it would take to run to the store, I made unique gift packaging and had a little crafty fun, too. Thanks to the Dial Trimmer, pretty flower accents are easy and quick. What would you add these flowers to? Happy creating!

Supplies Used:

Dial Trimmer

Bible Journaling with the Tab Punch Board and Stitch Happy

Hello, We R friends! Tessa Buys here. I love to Bible journal and wanted to find a way to include some of my favorite We R Memory Keeper tools. With a little experimentation I discovered how to add both a folded tab and stitching to my Bible pages.

Bible Journaling with the Tab Punch Board and Stitch Happy by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

First, I searched for a verse that inspired some creativity and spiritual enlightenment, then pulled out some of my favorite Vicki Boutin paints and stamps.

Bible Journaling with the Tab Punch Board and Stitch Happy by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keeper

I scraped paint, stamped flowers, added a title and hand-copied a quote that related to the verse.

Bible Journaling with the Tab Punch Board and Stitch Happy by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keeper

Next, I created a folded tab for the edge of the page with the Tab Punch Board.

Bible Journaling with the Tab Punch Board and Stitch Happy by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keeper

I cut a piece of Bazzill cardstock to 2.5 inches by 5 inches, then folded it in half long-wise. I lined up my cardstock to the five inch mark with the folded edge at the top.

Bible Journaling with the Tab Punch Board and Stitch Happy by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keeper

I punched a small tab, then used the trimmer part of the board to cut off the excess cardstock.

Bible Journaling with the Tab Punch Board and Stitch Happy by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keeper

I then used the Stitch Happy machine to add a few lines of messy stitching to the side of the tab that would be on my journaled page. A more experienced sewer could probably sew this directly to a Bible page, but I found it easier to stitch on the tab and then adhere the tab to my page.

If you do sew directly onto your Bible page, the folded tab will sandwich your delicate Bible page between the cardstock, keeping your Bible page from tearing. If you try my method, the other side of the folded tab makes for a nice clean look in case you want to journal on the back side of your page.

Bible Journaling with the Tab Punch Board and Stitch Happy by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keeper

I used the Typecast typewriter to type out the Bible reference onto a piece of washi tape, then adhered the washi tape label to my tab. I secured the tab to my Bible page with a tape runner.

Bible Journaling with the Tab Punch Board and Stitch Happy by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keeper

Making the tab was super quick, so I’m sure I’ll use that technique often. Adding texture with stitching was fun, and something I’ll definitely try again. If you journal in your Bible, I encourage you to try making your own tabs, and I’d love to see how you stitch on your pages! Happy and blessed creating!

 

Supplies Used:

Tab Punch Board

Stitch Happy

Typecast Typewriter

Storage + Organization Tips with Soraya & Tessa

Hello We R friends, and thanks for joining us again today for some more storage and organization tips from our design team. Today you’ll hear from Soraya Maes and Tessa Buys who have both have some fabulous ways to keep their favorite We R goodies organized and easy to find. Here’s what Soraya has to say:

“Hello We R Memory Keepers fans! Soraya here to share with you some cool tips to organize a sewing station to store your Stitch Happy sewing machine and threads!”

“First, this “shelf” is actually a tea bag storage box that I hung on the wall (it should normally be placed on a table like a tray). Look at all these perfect little storage boxes!”

“Then, I sorted all the threads by color to make it easier and all the thinnest threads are placed in cute transparent containers. Using transparent boxes to display small pieces is the best!”

“My Stitch Happy sewing machine stands on the top of a storage tower so that I can organize more supplies in the drawers below!”

“What about you, how do you store your sewing supplies? I hope those tips will help you to get organized in your creative space!”

 

Design team member, Tessa, has some great storage ideas to share with us as well. Check it out below:

“My craft space is a work in progress, but I adore the look and usefulness of We R Memory Keepers’ Organization Gallery products!”

“If you’re going to decorate your space, you may as well make it functional. I fill my Hanging Clips Frame with bits and pieces that color coordinate with my space, as well as the occasional photo to scrap or craft store coupon.”

“The Magnetic Chalkboard Frame is great for checklists and holding notes with magnets.”

“The Hinged Display Frame is great for safely showing off recent layouts (even ones covered in dimensional embellishments like buttons!)”

We hope you’ve enjoyed the craft room storage tips today, and that you’ve been inspired by some of these fabulous ideas. Be sure to join us tomorrow for a special storage + organization roundup. Happy Crafting!

Tessa’s Favorite Colors: Aqua, Yellow, Red, and Green Pom Pom Rug

Hello, We R friends! Tessa Buys here. After three boys, my little girl was so much fun to plan for. I chose a vintage color scheme for her nursery that is still going strong in her room today – aqua, yellow and red. Pistachio green, teal blue and strawberry red have snuck in over the years, and that combo of colors was so fun to work with when I made this pom pom rug her for room:

DIY Pom Pom Rug by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers, featuring the DIY Party Pom Pom Maker

This is a great project if you have leftover skeins of yarn that aren’t enough for a larger project, but are too big to be tossed. I pulled all the colors I had that fell into the palette of her room, then got to work with my DIY Party Pom Pom maker. I chose to use the large size, but the small and medium (or a combination of any sizes) would work well, too.

DIY Pom Pom Rug by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers, featuring the DIY Party Pom Pom Maker

I made the dozens of pom poms while watching tv over a few weeks. The process is easy, but a little bit tedious. The wrapping and cutting and shaping are a great “mindless” task if you need to relax.

DIY Pom Pom Rug by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers, featuring the DIY Party Pom Pom Maker

In the last step of making the pom poms, you shape the pom pom by giving it a bit of a haircut. During this process, do not cut off the tails of the knot you made while assembling the pom pom. You will need these strings to tie the pom poms to the rug base. I used shelf liner for my base. I love that it is non-slip – perfect for a rug in an active little girl’s room!

DIY Pom Pom Rug by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers, featuring the DIY Party Pom Pom Maker

The yarns I used had different textures, so the pom poms ended up being slightly different sizes, even though I used the large tool to make all of them. Instead of a perfect pattern, I ended up with random arrangement and I love the result!

DIY Pom Pom Rug by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers, featuring the DIY Party Pom Pom Maker

When I put the rug in my little girl’s room, she snuggled her toes into it and said, “It’s so comfy, mom!” She loves it and I love that I was able to bring all these fun colors to the floor. What’s your favorite color combination? I bet it would look great as a pom pom rug! Happy creating!

Supplies Used:

DIY Party Pom Pom Maker

Fabric Hoop with the Supreme Ruler

Hello, We R friends! Tessa Buys here. I love pretty fabric almost as much as I love pretty paper, so every once in awhile it’s fun to put down the paper and glue and whip up a fabric project. This one is super easy, especially when you use the new We R Memory Keepers Supreme Ruler:

Fabric Hoop with the Supreme Ruler by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

I gathered some fabric scraps that I loved, including quilting cottons and this fun, shimmery fabric. Using a rotary cutter and the Supreme Ruler, I cut several strips from each fabric in various widths. I knew I loved this ruler for paper projects, but now I don’t think I’ll be using my usual quilting ruler as much any more.

Fabric Hoop with the Supreme Ruler by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Why? I cannot sing the praises of the non-slip grip the bottom of this ruler has enough! I am a clumsy crafter, so it was really nice to be able to count on the non-slip grip to keep my ruler from moving around on the fabric. Also, I love the handle that I can hold and push down on as I am cutting. It’s much easier to grasp and move around than my typical quilting ruler.

Fabric Hoop with the Supreme Ruler by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Once I had all my strips cut, I simply looped them around an embroidery hoop. I embellished with some handmade felt roses and leaves.

Fabric Hoop with the Supreme Ruler by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

I’m sure I’ll be using my Supreme Ruler for more fabric crafts. My quilting ruler might collect a little bit of dust while I keep the Supreme Ruler handy. If you give a fabric project a try, happy crafting!

Supplies Used:

Supreme Ruler

Stitch Happy Scrapbook Page

Hello, We R friends! Tessa Buys here. I’ve been a paper crafter for a very long time, but any stitching you may have seen on my projects was done by my mom with her machine. I have no idea how to sew; at least, that was the case before I got the Stitch Happy and spent time watching the YouTube instructional videos. I may still be a beginner, but this machine made my latest layout extra special:

Stitch Happy Scrapbook Page by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

How adorable are these scallop-stitched journaling lines? It’s a simple technique, but great for this novice sewer. In no time at all I added texture and whimsy to my layout while giving the journaling that special “something”.

Stitch Happy Scrapbook Page by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

The machine was oh-so-easy to thread with this lovely Sew Happy pink thread. I love the thickness of the thread, which helped to make my scallops stand out from the background patterned paper.

Stitch Happy Scrapbook Page by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

I will share a lesson that I learned since I can’t possibly be the only beginner out there, right? I wanted the scallops to face the way that you see here, but I assembled the rest of my page before sewing. That means that the top of my layout, with all those layers, needed to flex under the arm of the machine in order for my stitching to go where I wanted it. Had my layers been more stiff, it could have been a problem, but I lucked out. Next time, if I’m being picky about the orientation of the scallops, I’ll stitch first and assemble later.

Stitch Happy Scrapbook Page by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

I’m feeling pretty good about my first attempt at machine stitching on a layout, and it’s all thanks to the Stitch Happy! As beginner friendly as this machine is, I don’t think I’ll get bored of using it as my skills increase. I can’t wait to learn more!

Stitch Happy Scrapbook Page by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies Used:

Stitch Happy Machine

Stitch Happy Thread Pink

Stitch Happy Foot Pedal