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

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