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

Throwback Thursday: Alphabet Punch Board Graduation Banner

We’re throwing it back to spring of 2016 with this classy graduation celebration banner made with the Alphabet Punch Board. Simply switch out the “6” for an “8” this year, and use your graduate’s school colors!

Hello We R friends! Aly here, and I’m so happy to be joining you today for Graduation Week! I just happen to have twin sons who are seniors graduating next month, so this topic has been on my mind a lot. For their special day I want to do something in their school colors, but not too decorative because that’s really not their style. I also want to incorporate photos because the memories of the last 18 years are just too precious not to. So, here’s what I came up with for a banner to celebrate their graduation day.

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I used my Alphabet Punch Board to cut out two of each letter and number so that the colored ones could act as a shadow behind the other, making it stand out a bit more.

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The front of each letter and number is a piece of gold foiled kraft cardstock from the convenient 3×5 Pad. I love that thing!

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I added a photo of the boys in their tuxes just before the homecoming dance this year…

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…and one of them as 6 month old babies. That’s 18 years difference! So fun to see!

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I used gold glittered clothespins to attache the letters and numbers to long strands of black baker’s twine.

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Had to add just a little sparkle, but not too much for my boys! =)

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Supplies:

3×5 Paper Pad (Gold on Kraft)
Alphabet Punch Board
Baker’s Twine
Gold Glitter Clothespins

Throwback Thursday: Mother’s Day Pillow Boxes

Welcome to Throwback Thursday friends! We’re revisiting these fabulous Mother’s Day Pillow Boxes from last year–we still just can’t get over how sweet they are! We hope they inspire you.
Hey there, We R Memory Keepers friends and fans, Becki here to share with you a set of 3 Mother’s Day pillow boxes that I created with the Pillow Box Punch Board and the DIY Party Tag Punch.
Mother's Day Gift Boxes by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
I’m hanging my head in shame as I admit that this is the first time I’ve used my Pillow Box Punch Board. Honestly, I have no idea why it took me so long to play with this awesome tool. It’s been in my office for a while now, I don’t know why I haven’t played with it but I’m glad that I had a chance to play with it for this project.Mother's Day Gift Boxes by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
Whenever Mother’s Day rolls around we always have a gift for all of the moms in our life. Usually these are small gifts such as jewelry, gift cards, fancy chocolates, or even a small gift that the kids have made at school. Each year, I throw the gifts in a small gift bag or envelope on the evening before Mother’s Day and call it good. This year, I thought I would plan ahead and create little pillow boxes for our Mother’s Day gifts.
Mother's Day Gift Boxes by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
All you need to create these gorgeous Mother’s Day Pillow Boxes is a Pillow Punch Board, the Tag Punch, patterned paper, ribbon, a few small wooden clothespins and a few letter stickers. The instructions that come with (and printed on the punch board) make these pillow boxes come together in minutes. When I had the pillow boxes complete I added just a little bit of embellishment with the tag punch, some fussy cut butterflies, and a few letter stickers.

Mother's Day Gift Boxes by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
I created three one inch tags using patterned paper that coordinated with the papers I chose for the pillow boxes. After I finished the tags and the pillow boxes, I tied each pillow box with ribbon. I simply attached the tag to the pillow box with a white clothes pin.


See, easy peasy! I love how these pillow boxes turned out and you all know that I LOVE the tag punch. The Pillow Box Punch Board is now among my favorite tools. Now that I’ve played with the Pillow Box Punch board, I know I’ll be reaching for it again, and again.Mother's Day Gift Boxes by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
Thank you for stopping by the We R Memory Keepers blog. I’ll see you again soon.Supplies:

Pillow Box Punch Board
DIY Party Tag Punch
Chasing Dreams collection by Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper

Throwback Thursday: 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

Throwback Thursday: Storage & Organization Tips with Chantalle

Today we’re throwing it back to last summer with some awesome craft room storage and organization tips from design team member Chantalle McDaniel. Here’s what she has to say:
“Hello WRMK fans! I have a small creative space and utilise some very cute white bookshelves to store items I use frequently, so I have them to hand when I need them. IKEA has some of my favourite storage tubs which come in handy when it comes to storing similar products or tools. I use a medium size tub (17cm x 24cm) to store my embossing folders and packs of ephemera.”
 
“There is a larger size tub (33.5 x 24cm) which is perfect for my punch boards as well as my hand punches. Another slightly shallower tub has a lid, in which I like to store items from my Typecast collection. (These tubs are also stackable which is fab.) One tip which I shared on Insta recently is that I like to store all of my punch board blades together in one mini tub and just use one for a couple of boards if it’s universal etc. This way, I just dull the edge of one blade at a time, instead of all of them.”
 
 
“It’s great to have pretty bits and pieces on display. Glass bowls or pretty tea cups are great finds at dollar stores or op shops and are fabulous for storing buttons, brads or washi tapes.”
Thanks for stopping by for our Throwback Thursday. Come back tomorrow for some more storage tips from our current team!

Throwback Thursday: Template Studio Easter Basket

We’re throwing it back to spring of 2016 with this clever take on a Template Studio gift box. We just the transformation from box to basket with a few simple modifications. Check it out!

Hello We R fans!  Amanda here today.  I think Easter baskets are so much fun.  They can be made out of all kinds of different materials—wicker, fabric, plastic—to name a few.   With the Template Studio, you can make a full size Easter basket out of poster board, too!

DIY Template Studio Easter Basket by Amanda Coleman for We R Memory Keepers

With a quick and easy modification to the Template Studio box and you can create an Easter basket that you can stuff to the brim with sweets and treats.  With the Template Studio, you can create Easter baskets big or…extra big!  And the Designer Poster Board makes it easy to customize your Easter basket, too.

DIY Template Studio Easter Basket by Amanda Coleman for We R Memory Keepers

This Easter basket is about 5 ½”x5 ½”X3 ½” and fits a bunch of large and medium Easter eggs.  You can also stuff it with chocolate rabbits or any of your other favorite Easter treats.

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The DIY Party Fringe Tape is perfect for embellishing your Easter Basket and it comes in so many yummy jelly bean colors.

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Starting with a piece of 15”x15” designer poster board, follow the Template Studio instructions for the box through Step 11.  This will make a basket that is 5.6”x5.6”x3.6”

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Rather than using the scoring tool in Step 12 of the box making instructions, use the cutting blade to cut the flaps off the top of the box.  Use scissors to cut the remainder of the flap completely.  This will leave you with a box with an open top.

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This is what your poster board will look like after you have cut the flaps off of the box.

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Use a tiny stapler to secure the inside flaps to the inside walls of the box.

DIY Template Studio Easter Basket by Amanda Coleman for We R Memory Keepers

Create a handle by stapling a strip of poster board to the inside of the box.  Trim your basket with fringe or other fun embellishments.

Happy Easter!

Supplies:

Template Studio
Designer Poster Board
DIY Party Fringe Tape

Throwback Thursday: Envelope Mini Book

Hello friends! Aly Dosdall here again. For Throwback Thursday I’m sharing another envelope project–a fun interactive DIY mini book that you can create with the 123 Punch Board (or Envelope Punch Board) and The Cinch. I created several custom envelopes to house my 4×6 album pages. Check out some photos and more details, and then be sure to watch the video tutorial for making this fun mini album at the end of the post.

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Dare to Dream envelope mini album close up by Aly Dosdall

Dare to Dream envelope mini album page1 by Aly Dosdall

Dare to Dream envelope mini album page2 by Aly Dosdall

Dare to Dream envelope mini album page3 by Aly Dosdall

Dare to Dream envelope mini album page4 by Aly Dosdall

Dare to Dream envelope mini album page by Aly Dosdall

Dare to Dream envelope mini album by Aly Dosdall

What’s so fun about this album is that the pages are stored in bound custom envelopes that you can make with either the 123 Punch Board or the Envelope Punch Board. To view your 4×6 pages, simply pull them out of the envelopes.  Watch the video tutorial below to learn how to make one for yourself. Enjoy!

Supplies:

123 Punch Board (or Envelope Punch Board)
The Cinch
8×8 Book Board
Gold Cinch Binding

Throwback Thursday: Valetine’s Day Treat Pouches

Our new DIY Party Board is the perfect tool for Valentine’s Day celebrations, and we wanted to share some project inspiration with you from our fabulous in-house design team. Check out these adorable Valentine’s Day treat pouches!

DIY Party Board by We R Memory Keepers

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What’s so cool about the DIY Party Board is that you can customize your partyware to match the holiday, season, or event that you’re creating for. Just swap out your papers and embellishments!

What kind of partyware would you make with the DIY Party Board?

Throwback Thursday: Holiday Candy Boxes

The Template Studio is perfect for creating larger scale gift or treat packaging. All you need is a large sheet of poster board, which you can find HERE or at an office supply or school supply store. Check out the holiday candy boxes I made with my Template Studio below, and then scroll down for a yummy caramel corn recipe to fill your candy boxes with!

Hello friends, Aly here with you again today. I’m sharing a set of Holiday Candy Boxes I created with the Candy Box Guide and some of the Holiday Designer Poster Board. I love the unique custom gift wrap that I can create with the Template Studio. These DIY candy boxes will really make my treats stand out this holiday season.

Holiday Candy Boxes by Aly Dosdall

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It was easy to follow the instruction guide included with the templates and make several different sizes of candy boxes with my poster board scraps.

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I dressed up my boxes with some rosettes and tags I made using tools and papers from the new DIY Party collection. I love how quick and easy scoring and cutting paper is when using the new Fringe and Scoring Board. It sure saves time to score or cut 5 lines simultaneously! And I love the decorative edge that the Rosette Punch adds–so pretty.

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The Tag Punch is a must-have tool for any crafter! It’s versatile, making 3 different size tags, and it’s easy to use. It took me all of two minutes to make custom coordinating tags for my gift boxes. Love that!

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With the Template Studio it’s so easy to create large scale custom gift wrapping and party decor. You’ll never need to buy gift boxes or bags from the store again. Stay tuned this week to see more Template Studio project inspiration!

Supplies:

Template Studio Starter Kit
Candy Box Guide
Designer Poster Board
Holiday Designer Poster Board
DIY Party 12×12 Patterned Paper Pack
DIY Party 12×12 Cardstock Pack
Fringe and Score Board
Rosette Punch
Tag Punch
Baker’s Twine

 

Cinnamon Caramel Corn with Pecans and White Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 12 C popped popcorn (about 1/2 C kernels)
  • 1 C roughly chopped pecans
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 3/4 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 C karo syrup (or honey makes a good substitution)
  • 1 stick real butter (1/2 C)
  • 4 oz almond bark (about 3 squares)

Method:

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Place popcorn and chopped pecans in a large bowl and set aside.

Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a 4 C capacity microwave safe bowl. Mix well. Chop butter into chunks and place on top of sugar mixture. Pour corn syrup over the top of everything. Microwave on high for 30 seconds and then stir to combine. Return to microwave and heat for 2 minutes. Remove and stir and then microwave for 2 minutes more.

Remove from microwave and add in vanilla and baking soda. Stir to combine. Mixture will foam and rise. Pour caramel mixture over popcorn and pecans and stir very well so everything is well coated.

Spread popcorn mixture onto a foil-lined jelly roll pan. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and spread out on a large piece of parchment, waxed paper, or foil.

Melt almond bark according to package instructions. Drizzle over popcorn mixture. When almond bark is hardened and popcorn is cool, break into chunks and enjoy!

Throwback Thursday: Christmas Countdown with the 123 Punch Board

It’s Thursday, and today we’re throwing things back to Christmas of 2015 with this beautiful countdown made with the 123 Punch Board. Scroll down for more photos and details!

 

Hey We R Friends, Aimee here to share a fun way to count down to Christmas.

Christmas Countdown by Aimee Maddern for We R Memory Keepers #christmascrafts #123punchboard #christmascountdown

Using the 1-2-3 Punch Board I created this advent Calendar making several different size boxes and bows.

Christmas Countdown by Aimee Maddern for We R Memory Keepers #christmascountdown #christmascrafts #123punchboard

The boxes are the perfect sizes for little trinkets such as Match Box Cars and Shopkins. You could even slip some action figures and my little ponies in them. And for the older kids {me!} you can even slip a gift card in or tie to a box.

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The boxes are super easy to make too. Check out the video below to see how to make them!

But lets get to the fun part, decorating them!

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First I shopped my stash for all things Christmas. I found some Gold Glittered Thickers, Gold Paper Clips, Bakers TwineGold BowsWood Veneer, Tiny Deer, Tiny Trees and Ribbon.

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Christmas Countdown by Aimee Maddern for We R Memory Keepers #christmascountdown #christmascrafts #123punchboard

Then I remembered The 1-2-3 Punch Board makes bows too! Of course I had to make some bows from the punch board, here is another great video showing you how to create the bows.

I choose not to number each box. I just numbered the boxes that I wanted to be opened on specific days {the days we have tickets for the nutcracker and such} and the other boxes can be chosen any of the 25 days leading to Christmas.

Christmas Countdown by Aimee Maddern for We R Memory Keepers #christmascountdown #christmascrafts #123punchboard

To display my Calendar I bought a frame from Ikea and lined the back with some of We R’s Gold Designer Poster Board. I then used some industrial strength double-sided tape to tape each little box to the poster board. And viola I have the cutest little packages tied up with string.

I seriously can’t wait for the first package to be opened!

Do you make or use an advent calendar?

Supplies:

123 Punch Board