Gratitude Journal with The Cinch and Journal Studio

Hello We R friends! It’s Aly here wishing you a Happy Friday. Congrats on making it through the week! One of my favorite traditions this time of year is my gratitude journal. For a few weeks in November I keep a daily record of the things I’m thankful for leading up to Thanksgiving Day. It’s really helped me to focus on the positive and see the good, both totally transformative ways of thinking. This year I used The Cinch binding tool along with the new Journal Studio to get my gratitude journal started.

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

My gratitude journals are usually pretty bulky as I like to add photos, memborabilia, pockets, and other goodies. I decided to disassemble my Amy Tangerine Journal Studio notebook using the Supreme Ruler and my craft knife, and then bind it back together with The Cinch to allow for more bulk. I simply cut right down the center on the middle page. The craft knife cut through easily. I used the new 1″ black Cinch wires to bind my notebook because they match the black accents in the Journal Studio collection.

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

I created tab dividers from some Crate Paper Wild Heart papers with the Tab Punch Board, and then added some divider stickers to some of the notebook pages.

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

the Journal Guide and the Interchangeable Stamps

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

I also added an ephemera card that I embellished with some washi tape, one canoe two for AC Goldenrod puffy stickers, and the Journal Studio Magnetic Alphabet Stencils.

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

I added these inserts after I had already bound my journal–it was a bit of an afterthought, LOL! But that didn’t cause a single problem–Planner Punch Board to the rescue!

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

I created one page as an introduction explaining my goals and purpose for this gratitude journal. I included a current photo of me, and I embellished the spread with the Journal Guide, Interchangeable Stamps, and ephemera and stickers from the Amy Tangerine Journal Studio Collection.

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

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I love that there are so many options and supplies available with the new Journal Studio. I’m excited about customizing my gratitude journal this year–I can’t wait to get started!

Supplies:

The Cinch
Interchangeable Stamps
Alphabet Magnetic Stencils
Planner Punch Board
Tab Punch Board
Supreme Ruler
Craft Knife
Crate Paper Wild Heart Patterned Paper
Amy Tangerine Journal Studio Notebook, Sticker Book, Ephemera
one canoe two Golenrod Puffy Stickers

October New Releases: Part 1

It’s that time again We R friends! We’ve got two exciting new releases to share with you today that we know you’re going to love. Check out what’s coming to retailers next month.

Laser Square Trimmer

Turns your Laser Square into a trimmer! Comes with three retractable rotary blades: cutting, perforating, and scoring. Guide clicks into place to cut precisely along laser line.

We R Memory Keepers Laser Square Trimmer

We R Memory Keepers Laser Square Trimmer

New Cinch Wires

Your favorite book binding tool has five new sets of binding wire in fun new colors! Make custom books, planners, and journals up to 12 inches tall. Punch up to 20 sheets of copy paper at once.

We R Memory Keepers Cinch Binding Wire--Silver

We R Memory Keepers Cinch Binding Wire--Blue

We R Memory Keepers Cinch Binding Wire--Black & White

We R Memory Keepers Cinch Binding Wire--Rose Gold

We R Memory Keepers Cinch Binding Wire--Gold

Thanks for stopping by today! Watch for these new releases to hit stores sometime in November. And don’t forget to check back in for another new release later this month. You won’t want to miss this one!

Throwback Thursday: Interactive Alphabet Flipbook

Hey there crafty friends! With the school year ending and summer vacation on the horizon, we’re throwing it back to last spring with this amazing interactive alphabet flipbook. It’s the perfect craft to keep the kids entertained this summer and to keep them learning too!

 

Hello and welcome back to the blog! Chantalle with you today to chat about a way to make learning your ABC’s a bit more fun for kids. I was inspired by a project I saw on Pinterest involving a book bound from paper bags. It was such a sweet way of storing memories but I also loved the interactive element of it and thought I could combine my alphabet punchboard and my Cinch Binding Tool to create something fun and interactive for my little learner!

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

My ‘super fun’ alphabet pad consists of several pockets, bound together. I’ll admit, I did worry it was too fat to bind at one stage! Lol. But my awesome Cinch made light work of the 26 pages plus chipboard covers!

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Let’s learn our ABC’s by sliding out the cards! Let’s see what word starts with the letter ‘A’… yep, you guessed it, ‘Apple’!

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I found this pack of flashcards at my local Target store. The cards were a great size and have been printed onto a sturdy cardstock with a gloss finish, so I knew they would be hard wearing for what I had in mind. (Plus, this works out cheaper than if I were to print the sheets out on my inkjet printer at home and then laminate them!)

To make my cards slide in and out of custom pockets, I had to cut them down a bit, to be able to secure them inside, without falling out when pulled. To do this, I popped each of them onto my Trim & Score Board and measured about a quarter inch down from the top and up from the bottom. I left another quarter inch on the left hand side where I would be inserting them into the sleeves later on. I then cut along the top and bottom guide marks I had made, leaving the left hand side as is.

Trim and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

For my sleeves, I created 26 pockets using coordinating shades of Bazzill Cardstock (see materials list for colours used) I left a quarter inch extra at the bottom of the pocket and half an inch at the top to accommodate for binding.

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I rounded the corners of my flashcards using my Crop a Dile Corner Chomper and then inserted them into their sleeves. In order for them to stay in place during use, I had to sew them inside the sleeves – just a little bit above and below the card as shown in the picture below. The quarter inch or so of stitching will allow the cut out area to slide out but hold the area that I left at the original height of the card, inside the sleeve.

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Once all my sleeves were sewn, it was time to start putting the pad together. For kids, a sturdy cover is a must. I’ve used some 8×8 Cinch Designer Book Board which I cut down to size and then covered with some gorgeously fun Amy Tangerine ‘On a Whim’ papers. The image below shows just how easy it is to create a bound item using The Cinch. Simply pull out the corresponding peg to choose how many holes to punch. Note: In this picture you will see I punched my holes before I covered my board. I would recommend covering your chipboard before you punch, for a neater finish.

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Now that my cover was sorted, it was time to move on to embellishing my sleeves. I wanted corresponding letters to match my flashcards. Enter my Alphabet Punch Board! This clever punch board allowed me to create matching lettering for each letter of the alphabet. The ‘m’ and ‘w’ turned out to be a bit too wide for the size of my sleeves, so I used the adorable (seriously, you have to have one they are SO cute!!) Mini Alphabet Punch Board to whip up two of each letter and mount them underneath each other.

Alphabet Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

The final piece that I needed on each were the words ‘is for…’ so I popped some grid paper from my Typecast 8.5 x 11” pad into my Typecast typewriter and started typing up my text. I chose to use the grid paper so they would all look uniform.

We R Memory Keepers Typecast Typewriter

Here are all the letters, bound in to the pad. ‘A’ through to ‘H’…

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

… and ‘I’ to ‘Z’.

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

For an extra fun element, each of the cards has a reusable area to practice lettering on! This is especially handy for my little bug, who sometimes writes her letters back to front. Simply lay the pad flat, grab a whiteboard marker and you’re all set!

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I hope you have enjoyed my post today. If you decide to give this idea a try, please tag us in your pictures on social media – we would love to see them!

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Until next time,

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Alphabet Punch Board

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Crop a Dile Corner Chomper

Trim & Score Board

Cinch Binding Tool

Cinch binding combs

Cinch Designer Book Board 8×8

Typecast Typewriter

Summer Reading Log

Hello, We R Memory Keepers fans, Laura here today. School just got out for us and I want to be sure both of my kids keep up with their reading skills all summer long. Having a summer reading log will help us keep track of all of the books we read this summer. We have some house rules about reading, playing outside, chores, and learning activities the kids must complete before they are allowed to use electronics.

DIY Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I created a printable log the kids could use each week. It has a space for the date, title of the book, and how many pages were read for each day of the week.

Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva

Get your free printable here: Summer Reading Log

I printed 10 weeks worth (front to back), so five pages total for each of my kids.

To start creating the reading log book, I started with two 8 ½ x 11 inch Cinch book boards. I covered the front and back covers with some fun, summery papers from Amy Tangerine’s On a Whim collection. I adhered the papers using double sided tape. I covered the inside covers with purple and yellow mono cardstock.

Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva

Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva

To separate each of the kid’s sections, I created tabs using teal and orange mono cardstock and the tab punch board. I labeled them with my children’s names.

Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva

Once I had everything together, I assembled the book with the Cinch tool and a small silver Cinch wire.

Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva

The Cinch Binding Tool by We R Memory Keepers

The Cinch Binding Tool by We R Memory Keepers

To make the cover a little more fun, I used some Thickers to spell out “Summer Reading Log” on some of the leftover teal and orange mono cardstock. I rounded the corners with the Corner Chomper. Then, I added stickers from the On a Whim collection.

DIY Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva for We R memory Keepers

I love the way it turned out. I know I am always more motivated to do what I need to do when I have something that looks nice and my kids are, too! This summer reading log will be the perfect way for the kids to keep track of what reading they do this summer.

DIY Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva for We R memory Keepers

DIY Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva for We R memory Keepers

DIY Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva for We R memory Keepers

Supplies:

 

Cinch Book Board

Amy Tangerine  On a Whim Collection Papers and Stickers

Double Sided Tape

Cinch Tool

Cinch Wires

Tab Punch Board

Corner Chomper

Mono Cardstock

Thickers

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

Thankful Mini Album

Hello there We R fans, Wendy Antenucci here today sharing a mini book I created.  I have always wanted to take the time to do a 30 day of Thankfulness book with my kids, thanks to the Cinch this year we will be documenting what we are thankful for.

Thankful Mini Album by Wendy Antenucci for We R Memory Keepers

I knew for this project I wanted somewhere to write our thanks and I also wanted to include pictures of different items/people that we are thankful for.  I also knew since my kids were going to be helping that it needed to be a simple concept for all ages.  I began by choosing two 4×6 sentiment cards from the Wildflower collection and the High Five collection that best shared the vision of this book.

Thankful Mini Album by Wendy Antenucci for We R Memory Keepers

To share some written thoughts I chose to cut down the Typecast notepad to a 4×4 size.  On each note paper piece I included a sticker from the Wildflower collection to add some color and interest.  I also included a few 3×4 sentiment cards that would help focus our thanks for that day.

Thankful Mini Album by Wendy Antenucci for We R Memory Keepers

I used the 4×4 waterfall photo sleeves for my pictures; by turning the photo sleeve I was able to cinch the longer end into my book allowing photos to be added in easily as we progress through the book.

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Thankful Mini Album by Wendy Antenucci for We R Memory Keepers

Designer tip: To keep a mini album do able for a family, keep it simple!  Add in a few stickers for interest/color, but keep most items flat so that the album is more durable for little hands.

Thankful Mini Album by Wendy Antenucci for We R Memory Keepers

Our little book is ready, so we are ready to focus on being Thankful together as a family!  Did you assemble a gratitude book this year?  Have you made a fun mini album lately?  Don’t forget to share what you create on the We R Memory Keepers FB, we’d love to see!

 

Supplies:

4×4 Waterfall photo sleeves

Wildflower 6×6 paper pad]

Wildflower stickers

Wildflower 12×12 paper – flea market & antiques

High Five 6×6 paper pad

High Five 12×12 paper

Typecast notepad

8×8 Chipboard

Cinch

 

Throwback Thursday: Halloween Cinch Book

Hello friends! It’s Aly Dosdall back again for a fun Throwback Thursday. Here’s a look back at a favorite blog project from Halloween a few years ago. If you’re looking for some spooky scrapbooking inspiration, here’s an idea you can try: scrapbook a child’s Halloween costumes over the years. I decided to start with my five year old daughter, find all the Halloween costume photos I’d taken since she was a wee baby, and then I made this fun little mini book with my Cinch binding tool comparing all those years of her costumes.

Halloween Costume Mini Album by Aly Dosdall

My album covers are 6×6 pieces of chipboard, and I decided to use colors that coordinate with my daughter’s costumes.

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The pages inside the album consist of some journaling cards, a 4×6 envelope I made with my Envelope Punch Board, and a 5×7 mini file folder that I also made with my Envelope Punch Board. You can find instructions for making mini file folders with your Envelope Punch Board on THIS BLOG POST. There is additional journaling on a card inside the envelope, and I tuck the envelope flap behind the card on the outside to secure it.

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To embellish my album I die cut several Halloween shapes–spiders, bats, moons, and stars. Using my Evolution Advanced helped save me some time with that.

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The mini file folder is a fun element that, along with the envelope, adds an eclectic feel with different size pages and additional layering. I used the inside and the outside of the folder for my pages.

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I added some Enamel Shapes, Washi Tape, and Baker’s Twine as finishing touches to my album. The die cut journaling cards add a fun occasional peek-a-boo element.  My whole family has really enjoyed looking at my daughter’s cute costumes over the years and seeing how much she’s changed and grown.

Vacation Mini Album

Hello, friends! Tessa Buys here. I’ve discovered that three of my favorite We R Memory Keepers tools can combine forces to create a great vacation mini book. Here’s what the Cinch, the Fuse and the new mini Alphabet Punch Board can do:

WRMK Cinch Beach Album 1

I started with two 6×6 Cinch Book Boards and trimmed them to 4×6 inches. I adhered a vacation photo to the front cover. Using the mini Alphabet Punch Board, I cut out a “d” and “b” for the album title. I also added some typed details.

WRMK Cinch Beach Album 2a

The inside pages are a mix of 4×6 photos, Fuseable patterned papers and white cardstock.

WRMK Cinch Beach Album 2

One page is a 4×6 waterfall sleeve. I used the Fuse tool to secure a strip of patterned paper to one edge. This is the edge that the binding goes through. I also added photos to the top right then filled the bottom right with sand from the beach.

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I carried the alphas from the front cover throughout the album. The mini Alphabet Punch Board is so easy to use that whipping up a subtitle for my photos is no problem at all!

WRMK Cinch Beach Album 5

I added some texture to a couple of the pages with the Fuse tool and a Fuseable ruffle. The blue ruffle reminds me of waves.

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When all the pages were created, it was simple to use the Cinch to punch holes and bind the album. If you’ve got a vacation album to make, get out your favorite We R Memory Makers tools! They’re so easy to use that a great album will come together in no time. Happy creating!

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Supplies Used:

Cinch
6×6 Cinch Book Boards
Gold Cinch Binding Wires
Flower Girl Patterned Paper
Flower Girl Die Cuts
Flower Girl Stickers
Fuse Waterfall Sleeves
Fuse Tool
Fuseable Patterned Paper
Fuseable Decorative Tape
Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Disney Dream Album

Hello everyone, Wendy here today with a fun file folder mini I put together for my little boy to hold his memories of Disney.  I knew this album would be experiencing a lot of wear and tear, so I used the sturdy Designer Poster Board to make the base of the album in the perfect “Mouse” colors. It was easy to put this album together using the Template Studio Starter Kit and File Folder Template.

Disney Dream album by Wendy Antenucci

I began by making 3 file folders, since I decided I wanted them to cascade I chose to cut off an additional ¼ and ½ inch before making the edges to allow each edge to be seen.  My thought was each little folder could hold different park pictures.  To create the outer folder, I actually created the same size, but when I scored the folding line I chose to make two score lines to form a larger seam for my book.

Disney Dream album by Wendy Antenucci-2

I chose some of the Clearly Posh embellishments to dress up my cover and I punched a G for my son’s name using the Alphabet punch board.

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I used some of the 4×6 and 3×4 cards from the Crush collection to decorate each section of the folders and to add a place my son can write down his thoughts (or mommy can).

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I wanted to add in places to put some pictures which I was able to do using my Fuse and the 4×6 waterfall sleeves.  I chose to fuse 2 or 3 sleeves in each folder depending on the size of the folder.  I punched holes in my photo sleeves using my Cinch.

Tip:  Make sure you use a template that you have created for the hole placement when punching holes in different size pieces.  My 4×6 sleeves were smaller than my folder, but I was able to line up my sleeves with my template and punch holes in the exact locations needed.

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Different pieces of ephemera either stapled, glued, or clipped down added the perfect touches to decorate this album.

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And finally I added in a Goodie Bag to allow all those extra pictures my son picked to be stored for his enjoyment.

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My son is thrilled with his little album, which only took a few short hours to assemble.  The designer poster board and template studio made a wonderful fun album which is sturdy enough for little hands!

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Supply List:

Crush Paper
Crush Ephemera
Cinch
Fuse
4×6 waterfall sleeves
Alphabet Punch Board
Template Studio Starter Kit
File Folder Guide
Designer Poster Board (black, red, yellow)
Clearly Posh Foil Bows
Clearly Posh Ephemera

Baby Animals Board Book

Hi Everyone! Amanda here today. Although my kids, ages 9 and 11, are not into baby board books anymore, a fun way to capture memories is by creating a baby board book. The fun pictures and bright colors will make story time fun and easy.

Baby Animals Board Book by Amanda Coleman
If you don’t have photos of animals, you can make a baby board book with pictures of family members, or even a trip to the zoo. The possibilities are endless! Think letters and bright colors, too. And since each page is made using a 6”x6” Cinch book board, the baby book is nice and sturdy in little hands.

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This book is filled with photos of baby animals we have had at our little farm over the past few years, and although I am not having to teach them animal names and sounds, my kids still enjoy flipping through these little books.

Here are some more cute pictures of other baby farm animals:

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Baby Animals Board Book 4

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Creating a title using dimensional Thickers is not only an easy way to create a title for your book but will also add some bumps and ridges for baby’s hands to run over.

Baby Animals Board Book 5

You can also use Thickers to create the words for your book. While they look great on the cover, the thickness of the Thickers may add unwanted bulk to your book. I came up with a little trick for getting all of the convenience of Thickers, but without all of the bulk.

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You know that moment when you peel a chipboard Thicker from the sheet and the top of the Thicker comes off but the sticky part remains? Well, it’s time to put that skill to good use. Using a pair of tweezers, gently separate the top few layers of the Thicker from the bottom portion and voila! You have a nice, thin alpha to use in your book. Simply adhere with some liquid glue and you’re good to go.

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The types of board books you could make with the Cinch are endless. Have fun!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Amanda

Supplies:
Cinch Wires 1”
Cinch Book Board 6”x6”
Cinch Book Binding Tool
Flower Girl Collection
Black Thickers