Thowback Thursday: Thanksgiving Banner

Hello We R fans, and welcome to Throwback Thursday! We’ve got a great Thanksgiving decor project to share with you from last fall featuring the Banner Punch Board. Check it out below!

 

My name is Kimberly Crawford and I love paper. And really cool tools to use with paper! The WRMK Banner Punch Board makes creating festive banners so easy. I was thrilled at how quickly this banner came together. The unexpected surprise to the tool for me was the hole punch built in at the top. It pierces perfectly lined up holes for the string.

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The toughest part of this project was choosing which beautiful papers from the Wildflower Collection! The papers I used spoke to me of Thanksgiving. I have golds, burlaps, and many branches in my décor for that time of year, so this motif fit in perfectly. I cannot wait to hang it up over the buffet in our dining room!

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Throwback Thursday: DIY Matchbook Mini Album for Halloween

For today’s Throwback Thursday, we’re sharing one of our most popular Halloween projects from 2015. Read below to learn how to make your own Halloween Matchbook Mini Album.

 

Hey there crafty friends! It’s Aly here again to share a fun and easy DIY Halloween Mini Album with you using some of my favorite new We R tools, along with some old stand-bys. We’ve created a tradition at our house of trying on our Halloween costumes a few days before the big day to see how they look, and so I get a chance to take some good photos in full light and under ideal circumstances. This has been such a stress reliever! Now I can enjoy the festivities on Halloween night just as much as everyone else without worrying about getting the perfect photos before it’s all over.

I just took some photos of my youngest daughter all dressed up as Mavis from Hotel Transylvania, and decided to make a simple matchbook mini album to display them using the Template Studio and some black glitter Designer Poster Board as my base.

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To create this 3×4 inch album I cut a 3″ x 9″ strip from a piece of black glitter Designer Poster Board using the Template Studio. Poster board makes a great mini album base since it’s sturdier than cardstock, but not quite as stiff as some chipboard can be.

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Then I used my Trim and Score Board to score lines at 3 5/8″, 3 3/4″, 7 3/4″ and 7 7/8″. You can trim a bit of extra off the left end if you’d like to leave more room to see your photos once the album’s assembled.

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To create the inside pages for the album, I trimmed five pieces of black glitter Designer Poster Board to 2 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ so they’re slightly smaller than the cover. Next, I rounded the corners of my cover and inside pages with my 1/4″ Corner Chomper, and then punched 1/8″ holes in the bottom of the inside pages, and in the bottom front flap of the cover with my Crop-A-Dile.

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I added my 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ photos to the inside pages using adhesive dots. They stick well to the glitter on the poster board. ( I added my photos after punching the holes, but I recommend adding them before you punch the holes so you don’t have to punch twice.) I used some Dear Lizzy roller stamps to add journaling, and then die cut the stamped phrases to create labels for each photo. Then I added a few gold Sequin Stickers to finish off my album pages.

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I place brads into the holes of the bottom front flap, and then into the holes of the inside pages to bind the album. Since the brads don’t go through the back of the album, the prongs are hidden, keeping the album neat and tidy. Finally, I embellished the front of the album with some shapes that I die cut with my Evolution Advanced from some of the new DIY Party Double Sided Paper Pad. I added a few black Sequin Stickers, and stamped the date as my title with a Heidi Swapp roller stamp.

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This little matchbook mini is easy to make and oh-so-fun! It perfect for showcasing Halloween, birthday, or holiday photos. It would make a great gift album as well.

Supplies:

Decorative Poster Board (black glitter)
Template Studio Starter Kit
Trim and Score Board
Corner Chomper
Crop-A-Dile
Evolution Advanced
Bat and Moon Punch Die
Albums Made Easy Dies–Instagram, Banners
Sequin Stickers–Black, Gold
Roller Stamps–Dear Lizzy, Heidi Swapp
Sticky Thumb Adhesive
black ink pad
brads
foam squares

Throwback Thursday: Washi Tape Wall Decor

Today we’re sharing one of our most popular past projects featuring washi tape. This piece of DIY Wall Decor is easy to make and can be customized to fit any style, color scheme, or theme of the room you plan to place it in. Check out more photos and details below!

Pinterest is one of my all time favorite places to find inspiration for projects of all kinds. Recently I came across something that really inspired me on Pinterest to create a fun piece of home decor–a Washi Tape Letter.

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I was inspired by a pin that was originally from Anthropologie (another favorite place of inspiration) and I loved it. Here’s it is:

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When I saw these Candied Letter Desk Clips I just knew I had to replicate the concept with washi tape and paper. After thinking and planning for a while here’s what I came up with!

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To create this decor piece here are the supplies I used:

1. 4 1/2″ x 6″ white wood monogram (I picked one up at my local craft store)
2. Analogous colors of washi tape in various widths (analogous meaning they sit next to each other on the color wheel)
3. 8″ x 8″ piece of bare chipboard
4. Woodgrain contact paper (or woodgrain patterned paper)
5. Craft knife and cutting mat
6. Hot glue or other strong adhesive
7. Twine (optional)

I started by selecting some analogous colors of Washi Tape to match my craft room (which is where this piece resides). I made sure to choose varying widths and patterns within the color scheme to create more visual interest. I also threw in a few contrasting neutral colors–woodgrain brown, dark brown, black, and silver.

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I placed strips of washi tape across the front of my letter (which was already painted white when purchased) in horizontal stripes, being careful to create some balance in how I interspersed the contrasting colors. Designer tip: wipe down your letter with a clean cloth before adhering the washi tape to remove any dirt or dust–that way your washi tape will adhere more securely to your letter.

Once I covered the entire front of my letter I placed it upside down on my Precision Glass Cutting Mat and used my Craft Knife to cut off the excess. Since my letter has lots of curves and odd angles it was easier to only cover the front of the letter and not the sides.

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Next, I cut an 8″ x 8″ piece of Chipboard to 6″ x 7 1/4″. Then I trimmed an 8″ x 9 1/4″ piece of woodgrain contact paper for the front cover, and a 5 1/2″ x 6 3/4″ piece for the back.

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I cut the corners out of the front cover and wrapped the contact paper around the chipboard.

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Then I placed the back cover on to finish off the woodgrain background.

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Once my background was finished I measured and marked my letter so it was centered on the background. Then I hot glued my washi tape letter on and allowed it to dry thoroughly before displaying.

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If you’d like, you can hot glue some twine on the back of the piece for hanging, or you can stand it up on a shelf to display it. I love what this decor piece adds to my craft room!

~Aly

Supplies:

Washi Tape
8″ x 8″ Chipboard
Craft Knife
Precision Glass Cutting Mat

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:

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Supplies Used:

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

Throwback Thursday: Typecast Gratitude Journal

Pre-bound notebooks are a great way to journal thoughts, emotions, moments, and memories of all kinds. The Typecast Mint Paper Collection includes some bound notebooks with darling pockets and inserts, perfect for recording your life. Last fall, designer Aly Dosdall shared a gratitude journal she made with the Typecast notebook, tags, mini cards, and paper pad, along with her Typecast Typewriter. Check out her post below!

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I love these Typecast Pocket Notebooks–they’re perfect for art journals, memory keeping, mini albums, and smash-style journals.

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I added my Instax mini photos and some papers, journaling cards, tags, and labels from the Typecast Mint paper collection.

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I kept the dimension on my pages to a minimum so that my journal will close and not be too bulky.

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I stamped the date for each day with a Heidi Swapp roller stamp, and I typed my journaling on the Typecast cards and papers.

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Some of the notebook pages have pockets with inserts where I journaled about the one thing I chose to be grateful for each day.

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I used some washi tape from the Scotty Dog dispenser, and some shaped paper clips from the Oh Goodie collection.

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I also included a few rub-ons from the new Photo Lights collection. I’m usually not a fan of rub-ons because they can be hard to work with, but these rub-ons went on so smoothly and easily.

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Each page design is a bit different, but includes similar elements to maintain some continuity throughout the album.

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It’s been awesome to focus on one thing I’m grateful for each day and write my feelings about it.

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Thanks for joining me today!

~Aly

Supplies:

Typecast Typewriter and Paper Collection
Oh Goodie Shaped Paper Clips
Animal Washi Tape Dispenser
Heidi Swapp Roller Date Stamp

 

Throwback Thursday: Punch Board Easter Basket

Hello We R friends! Today we’re throwing it back to 2 years ago with this beautiful and clever DIY Easter basket made with the Gift Box Punch Board and our 2 Edge Punches. You can also make this with the 123 Punch Board. Check out the instructions from our former design team member, Traci, below:

 

Hi everyone, it’s Traci and I’m excited to be sharing a fun Easter project with you today.  I was inspired by a similar design I saw on Pinterest, and I knew I had the perfect We R tools to make one easily.  I’ve included some instructions for making this basket, so let’s get started!

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To create the basket, I used the Gift Box Punch Board, the 2-edge doily punch, and paper from the new Hello Darling collection.  I also used some white card stock and ribbon from American Crafts.

To start, I used the gift box punch board and a piece of 12×12 white card stock to create a 4x4x4 box.  I followed the easy XL directions on the board.

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Once my paper was scored and punched, I adhered it together to form my box, making sure to fold my top flaps in and adhere them to the inside.

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Next, I cut a piece of green Hello Darling paper into nine 3 3/4” x 3 3/4” squares, inked the edges, and adhered all of the pieces around the inside and outside of my box.  Then I added double-sided adhesive around the top and bottom edges as shown in the photo below.

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To create the basket-like strips, I used the 2-edge doily punch (set to punch 2 edges) to punch a piece of 12×12 pink Hello Darling paper into six 12” strips.  I then cut each strip into 4 1/2” pieces.  I ended up with 12 pieces and some left over scraps.  I then punched 2 more 12” pink strips to use on both sides of the basket’s handle.

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I adhered the 12 punched sections to 12 white card stock strips measuring 1 1/8” x 4 1/2”.   I also adhered the 12” pink strips to both sides of a white card stock strip measuring 1 1/8” x 12”.   I trimmed the 12” handle down to 9” and adhered it to the outside of my box.  I then adhered the top and bottom edges of the 4 1/2” strips along the double-sided adhesive on each side of my box, creating a bend with my fingers as I positioned each piece.

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To finish my basket, I added ribbon around the top and bottom edges of my box, and a pink bow to each side.  This little basket will be perfect for a gift or home decor.  Mine is now filled with candy to welcome guests by my front door.

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I’d encourage you to give this project a try and let us know how you plan to use your basket!   Share pictures with us on our Facebook page!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Traci

Supplies:

Gift Box Punch Board
2-edge doily punch
Hello Darling Greetings paper
Hello Darling Gracious paper
White Card stock
American Crafts ribbon
Sew Easy Baker’s Twine

Throwback Thursday: Embellish Your Layout Title with the Fuse

Happy almost Friday friends! This week we’ve been focusing on using We R tools to embellish your projects. Today, we thought we’d throw it back to last year when Eva Pizarro showed us how to embellish the title on her scrapbook page with the Photo Sleeve Fuse tool and the FUSEables Collection. You can catch the entire post, with full instructions, on our blog HERE.

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We just love how Eva layered different patterned papers from our FUSEables collection to add color to her title.

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Then, using the Photo Sleeve Fuse, she heat sealed some pretty sequins inside the letters of her title with clear plastic sheets. How cool is that?

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She added a FUSEables die cut heart from the ephemera pack as the center of her letter “O”.

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Then, she finished off her layout with some more pieces of the ephemera pack. Pretty, right?

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The Photo Sleeve Fuse and FUSEables collection are the perfect pair for embellishing layouts, cards, mini albums, and other paper craft projects. Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check in tomorrow for a great project using the Banner Punch Board with Font Punches to embellish. See you then!

Supplies:

Photo Sleeve Fuse
FUSEables collection

 

 

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.

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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.

Throwback Thursday: Patriotic Projects

It’s a special Throwback Thursday for Military Appreciation Week today! For this TBT, we’re going to share some past patriotic projects as a way that you can say “thank you” to a veteran in your life.  From gift ideas, to handmade cards, to a fun photo backdrop, these red, white, and blue crafts will let your military hero know how much you care.

We R Memory Keepers patriotic projects

Eyelet and Twine Flag Card

Get out your Crop-A-Dile, eyelets, and baker’s twine for this fun version of the U.S. flag! CLICK HERE for the original post.

Eyelet and Twine Flag Card by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Patriotic Photo Backdrop

Snap a photo of your favorite veteran, and capture priceless memories with this Template Studio Star Photo Backdrop. Catch more photos and details on the original post HERE.

Patriotic Photo Backdrop featuring the Template Studio Star Template Guide from We R Memory Keepers

Patriotic Jumbo Crackers

Fill these jumbo crackers with candy and small toys to make the perfect favors for your Veteran’s Day or patriotic celebration. You can find more photos and instructions for making these cuties on the blog HERE.

Jumbo Patriotic Crackers by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Patriotic Card + Decor

Show some love for a veteran in your life with a lovely handmade card and decor to match! For more photos and details CLICK HERE.

Patriotic Card and Decor by Kathy Martin for We R Memory Keepers

Patriotic Gift Packaging

Make your own gift wrap to honor a military hero using the Template Studio. Aimee shares more photos and instructions on the blog HERE.

Patriotic Gift Packaging by Aimee Maddern for We R Memory Keepers

While these fun patriotic crafts can’t repay our wonderful vets for their sacrifice, they are a great way to show appreciation and gratitude! Be sure to come back tomorrow for a military thank you card featuring the Photo Sleeve Fuse and our new FUSEables collection. See you then!

Throwback Thursday: Spring Banner

Welcome to Throwback Thursday! I’m your blog hostess, Aly Dosdall, and I’ll be revisiting some of my favorite blog projects from past years every now and then on Thursdays. I think it’s fun to look at past projects with a fresh set of eyes–you can always find new inspiration and more current ways to interpret them. Plus, if you missed them last time around now you get to enjoy them!

Today I’m throwing it back to this lovely spring rosette banner from last year. I used lots of our dies and the Evolution for this and it just makes me happy.

The soft colors and shapes really emphasize the spring feel of this project. I used one of my favorite past collections–Chalkboard. Yum!

For more photos, details, and a full supply list CLICK HERE to see the original post.

And be sure to come back tomorrow for a gorgeous spring mini album by design team member Traci Penrod!