Summer Planner Spread with the Planner Punch Board

Hello, We R friends! Tessa Buys here. One of my favorite new releases from We R Memory Keepers is the Planner Punch Board. The idea of being able to punch a variety of holes into pieces that I could then add into any kind planner made me get excited about a coil-bound Heidi Swapp planner that I had. Here it is all set up for the beginning of summer:

Planner Punch Board Summer Pages by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

I used Crate Paper’s Oasis collection to embellish my pages, including these small cards from the ephemera pack. I wanted to use the back side of the cards for journaling, but in a way that I could easily flip them over to read.

Planner Punch Board Summer Pages by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

All I had to do was use the Planner Punch Board to punch holes that coordinated with the coils of my planner and viola! Instant custom inserts!

Planner Punch Board Summer Pages by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

I stamped key words on the cards and filled the letters with watercolor. I wouldn’t have used watercolors on the planner pages because they are too thin. Thanks to the Planner Punch board, I can add in special pieces from time to time that feature techniques or elements I wouldn’t normally use in my planner.

Planner Punch Board Summer Pages by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Are you prepping the summer months in your planner? Here are some other ideas for add-ins using the Planner Punch Board:

  • ticket stubs
  • library reading program charts
  • menus
  • community pool schedules
  • ice cream coupons

Planner Punch Board Summer Pages by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Whether you’re planning ahead or documenting what happened, your planner is especially useful when you use the Planner Punch Board. Happy summer planning!

 

Supplies Used:

Planner Punch Board
Crate Paper Oasis Collection
Spiral Bound Heidi Swapp Planner

Flower Punch Board Canvas

Hello, We R friends! Tessa Buys here, and today I’m sharing a fun altered canvas made with the Flower Punch Board:

Flower Punch Board Canvas by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

I started by covering an 8×10 canvas with gesso. I then applied some Heidi Swapp gold flakes to the edges of the canvas.

Flower Punch Board Canvas by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Like myself, you may have seen a similar project making the rounds on Facebook or Pinterest lately. I thought using silk flowers and a canvas to make a 3-d art project was a really fun idea, but being a paper crafter I just had to add some paper to it! The Flower Punch Board was perfect for punching, scoring and folding some pretty vellum flowers.

Flower Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

To make the flowers even more special, I painted the petals of the top layer of each flower with Minc reactive paint. I allowed the paint to dry for several minutes, then ran the flower petal strips through my Minc machine with gold foil. So pretty!

Flower Punch Board Canvas by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

I drew a vase and stamped a sentiment, then used a craft knife to slice open the canvas at the top of the vase. I tucked my silk flowers in, then arranged my foiled vellum flowers until I was happy with the design. Last, I used my hot glue gun to secure everything in place.

Flower Punch Board Canvas by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

I’m so glad that I had the Flower Punch board on hand to make my paper flowers. Cutting out and assembling each petal would have taken a long time, but the punch board made quick work of that process. And now I have a fun, quirky art piece in no time. Why don’t you live life in full bloom and give this project a go? Happy creating!

Flower Punch Board Canvas by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies Used:

Flower Punch Board

Typecast Scrapbook Page

Happy Monday friends, and welcome! This week on the blog, we’re celebrating all things scrapbooking and memory-keeping in honor of International Scrapbook Day this Saturday. Our designers have created some wonderful projects, so be sure to come back each day this week. Let’s get started with a beautiful Typecast layout!

 

Hello, We R friends! Tessa Buys here. Scrapbooking was my first paper crafting love, and almost 20 years later, it’s still my favorite format for memory keeping. It isn’t hard to stay excited when you get to play with tools like the We R Memory Keepers Typecast typewriter and accessories!

Typecast Scrapbook Page by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

I pulled a favorite sheet of patterned paper from the 8.5×11 paper pad to begin. I matted my photo and mounted it on a piece of patterned paper trimmed from the same paper pad. I placed that next to a Typecast greeting card, which I secured shut with adhesive (although that could be a great place for hidden journaling!). Before adhering anything to the page, I traced those elements with a pencil and fed the background paper into my typewriter.

Typecast Scrapbook Page by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Making sure to stay outside my pencil lines, I typed my journaling. I am still not an expert typist, so my type isn’t perfect, but that’s the charm I love most about using my Typecast typewriter.

Typecast Scrapbook Page by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

I also typed a phrase onto a Typecast sticker label. I love that I can feed the sticker sheet directly into my typewriter. So easy!

Typecast Scrapbook Page by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

When all my typing was finished, I assembled my layout. I added Thickers for a title and sequin stickers as accents. Simple, fast, and with the Typecast and accessories, stylish!

Typecast Scrapbook Page by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Scrapbooking will always hold a place in my heart, and this Typecast typewriter is making its own little space there, too. Happy creating, and happy National Scrapbooking Day!

Supplies Used:

Typecast Typewriter

 

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