Holiday Planner

Hey there, We R readers, Laura here today! I love binders, organizing, and planning. Writing everything out on paper gets it all out of my head and makes me feel like I have it all together. A few years ago, I created a regular sized 3-ring holiday binder. I leave it at home, but sometimes I need some of the information while I am out. I thought it would be fun to create a portable holiday planner I can take with me.

Holiday Planner by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I started by using a Heidi Swapp memory planner. I took out all the months except for November and December. I added the dates to the calendar, so I can keep track of all our holiday plans for these two months.

Then, I created some dividers out of heavy cardstock. I used the tab punch board to create tabs on each one. I used the planner punch board to punch the holes in the dividers. I love that I can use the planner punch board for all my planners that each have a different hole pattern on the side.

Holiday Planner by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I wanted the stability and weight of cardstock for the dividers, but plain cardstock can be kind of boring. I added some fun word art from the DCWV Christmas Stack. I adhered them using my tape runner and then added a little glitter tape for some sparkle. For the front page of the binder I also added the year with gold thickers.

Holiday Planner by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I trimmed some plain white copy paper to size and then used the planner punch board to punch holes in the pages. The All in One Journal Tool is perfect for creating lists in my planner. I created a gift list using the checkboxes and lines. It is thin enough, I can slip it in the pocket of the planner for on the go.

Holiday Planner by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I also created lined paper using the All in One Journal Tool and the gridded clipboard of the travel workspace to create some lined paper for my to do list.

Holiday Planner by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

For the gift section I thought it would be helpful to create a little pocket I could slip receipts into. I like to keep all my holiday receipts together, so I can track my budget, plus I have them in case of returns. I trimmed my paper to twice the width of a normal page in the planner. I used the trim and score board to score a line down the middle. I folded it in half, and then trimmed some of the excess paper along the top on the back to make it easier to slip the receipts in and out.

We R Memory Keepers Trim and Score Board

I used the hole reinforcer punch to create some coordinating hole reinforcements. This envelope will get more use than other pages, and this will help to keep it lasting all season long.

Holiday Planner by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Each section of the planner has a specific purpose. The front calendar section will help me keep track of our holiday plans. I can also add dates as I get them, so I don’t overbook our holiday.

Holiday Planner by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

The next section is for to dos and lists. I always think of things while I am out and this way, I can keep a running to do list in one convenient spot.

Holiday Planner by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I can add my gift lists to the next section, so I always have them with me when I am shopping.

Holiday Planner by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

The little envelope is perfect for storing receipts on the go. I love the little “Do not open until December 25th” card I found in the Christmas Stack.

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Lastly, I have a place to keep my holiday menu plans and grocery lists. I am going to make another little envelope like the one for the receipts to hold coupons at the front of this section.

Holiday Planner by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

To label the tabs, I simply wrote on each one with a metallic marker.

Holiday Planner by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I love that I can take this little planner with me. I can add to it all season long and it will be a helpful reference for next year to make planning for the holidays even easier!

Supplies

Heidi Swapp Memory Planner

Cardstock

Tab Punch Board

Planner Punch Board

DCWV Christmas Stack

Glitter Tape

Thickers

Trim and Score Board

Hole Reinforcer Punch

All in One Journal Tool

Travel Workspace

 

Thank You Cards with the Pocket Punch Board

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today with a trio of thank you cards. This time of year always reminds us to put our focus on gratitude and sending thank you cards is such an amazing way to express that sentiment. Using the new We R Memory Keepers Pocket Punch Board helped me make several thank you cards quickly, check them out.

Thank You Cards featuring the Pocket Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The Pocket Punch Board is another wonderful addition to the punch board family! This tool allows you to make several different types of pockets. And of course, it comes with an amazing guide to create pockets in whatever dimension you need for your project!

Thank You Cards featuring the Pocket Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The reason I was pumped about the Pocket Punch Board was this patterned paper from Pebbles that I have been hoarding. The paper was full of gorgeous thank you tags and making pockets gave me the perfect way to use them on my cards!

Thank You Cards featuring the Pocket Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Because of the tags I would be using, I chose the pocket design with the notch. The Pocket Punch Board is incredibly easy to use. With two cuts, three scores, and a punch, my pocket was done! On these cards, I made the 4” x 3.5” pockets.

Thank You Cards featuring the Pocket Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

There is something about the notch at the top of these pockets that gets me! Maybe it’s the nostalgic feel of library card pockets? Whatever it is, I love the look!

All the tags on my cards were cut from patterned paper. I used my Cropadile to punch the holes in the tags and threaded thick twine through each one.

Thank You Cards featuring the Pocket Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

On each pocket, I added another thank you phrase, because, can you ever say thank you enough? I also added some stickers. While these stickers were clear, I placed them on white cardstock and trimmed them out. This made them pop more and stand out better.

Thank You Cards featuring the Pocket Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

What will you put inside your pockets?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers

Pebbles

How to Make a Fall Banner

Hello, We R fans, Laura here today showing you how to create a pretty fall banner with two of my favorite tools – the banner punch board and the mini alphabet punch board. The banner punch board makes it so easy to create banners quickly and easily.

Fall Banner by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Start by trimming your fall themed papers to 4 inches by 6 inches. You will need six different patterns of paper.

Trim and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

Use the banner punch board to create a flag shaped banner. I like to line up the corners of my paper at the cutting groove. I waste the least amount of paper this way and then each banner piece is the same size.

We R Memory Keepers Banner Punch Board

Use the banner punch board to punch holes in the corner of each banner piece.

Next, I used the mini alphabet punch board to spell out the word “FALL” from orange textured cardstock. Trim the paper so it is 1.5” x 2.5” to start. Use the instructions for the mini alphabet punch board to guide you in how to punch and cut the letters.

We R Memory Keepers Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Since the letters are small, I decided to add a brown rosette behind each one. Use a piece of textured brown cardstock and the trim & score board to score your paper every half inch.

Fall Banner by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Use the rosette punch to create a decorative edge on the paper. One I had the entire 12” x 12” paper punched along one edge, I trimmed the paper, so it was only 2” wide by 12” long.

We R Memory Keepers Rosette Punch

Fold the paper accordion style and then use hot glue to attach the ends of the rosette together. Use hot glue to secure the middle of the rosette so it stays together. I attached the letters to the rosettes using hot glue, and then attached the whole thing to my banner pieces using hot glue, as well.

Fall Banner by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I added some pretty fall ephemera to the two end banner pieces and the letters. I attached all the banner pieces together using brown and white baker’s twine. Tie each piece together using a small bow.

Fall Banner by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I love the way this banner turned out. I will be able to leave it up from September through November and it is the perfect way to start my holiday decorating this year.

Fall Banner by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

The rosette helps to make the letters stand out while also providing a fun detail to the banner pieces.

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Adding the ephemera to both the letters and the end pieces ties the whole banner together to create a beautiful display piece for fall.

Fall Banner by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies

Pebbles Inc. Midnight Haunting Double-Sided Cardstock

Trim & Score Board

Banner Punch Board

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Cardstock

Rosette Punch

Hot Glue Gun

Pebbles Inc. Woodland Forest Ephemera

Baker’s Twine

 

DIY Notebooks for School

Hello We R friends, Laura here today. It is time for back to school and today I am going to show you how you can create your own custom cinch notebook using three different types of paper – ruled, graph, and plain printer paper. Often at school my kids will need different types of paper. Creating a custom notebook allows you to use all three papers in one bound notebook.

Custom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

My printer paper was the largest, and I wanted the notebook cover to be a little larger than the paper. I started by trimming my cinch board to 9” by 11 ½”. It is easy to trim the board with a craft knife and the help of the supreme ruler to keep everything nice and straight.

We R Memory Keepers Supreme Ruler

Next, I trimmed my cover paper to be slightly larger than the cinch board. I used a glue stick to attach the paper to the front of each board. I ran my embossing stylus along the edges of the board so that it would be easier to wrap the paper around the edge.

We R Memory Keepers Stylus Tool

Using red sticky tape, I attached the paper to the back side of the covers by wrapping and folding it over the edge.

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I trimmed another sheet of coordinating paper slightly smaller than the cinch board. I attached it with a glue stick. I went over the whole thing with the large bone folder to make sure it was secured well. This technique creates a nice finished cover and back for the notebook.

We R Memory Keepers Large Bone Folder

Next, I created dividers for each section of the notebook. I trimmed the cardstock to the same size as the cinch cover. Then, I used the tab punch board to create large size tabs on each sheet.

We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch Board

Now it was time to create the notebook. I used the cinch tool to punch holes in the front and back covers, the divider tabs, and each stack of lined, graph, and blank paper. I played around with the hole placement on some scrap paper to make sure everything would be centered and lined up on the finished notebook.

We R Memory Keepers Cinch binding tool

To hide the wire seam on the inside of the notebook, first place the inside pages on the wire. Then place the back cover and lastly the front cover. Use the cinch tool to close the wire.

We R Memory Keepers Cinch binding tool

I added some of the letters from the playful icons paper stack to spell out ‘NOTES’ on the front cover.

Custom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Inside, each divider got one of the fun sentiments from the paper pad.

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I love how this notebook turned out. I think it will be great for back to school. You could also do something similar with different papers to practice hand lettering or different types of art mediums.

Custom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Of course, you could easily add all these papers to a binder, but when I am writing, I like to be able to fold the cover back on itself. And having everything all together with the custom tabs and paper means you can create exactly what you need for back to school.

Custom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies

Cinch Book Board

Supreme Ruler

Craft Knife

Trim & Score Board

Large Bone Folder

DCWV Playful Icons Paper Stack

Cardstock

Tab Punch Board

Cinch Tool

Cinch Binding Wire

 

 

 

Yearly Mini Envelope Journal

Hello We R friends! Laura here today showing you how to create a fun yearly mini envelope journal using the word punch board, mini score board, tab punch board, and square punch board. The word punch board is the perfect way to add titles and words to all your paper projects. And you can use both the punched-out strip and the punched-out letters in your projects.

Yearly Mini Envelope Journal by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I started by creating 12 mini envelopes. I used the mini score board to create envelopes that would fit a 3 ¼” x 3 ¼” paper. I trimmed my paper to 6” x 6” using the Trim & Score Board. Then, using the score guide, I scored the four lines for the envelope. You could also use the envelope punch board or mini envelope punch board for this step.

Make mini envelopes with the Mini Score Board and the 3 Way Corner Punch by We R Memory Keepers

Cut the V shape notches out of the envelope and use the 3-way corner punch to round the top and bottom corners of the envelope. Then, use adhesive to assemble the envelopes.

Yearly Mini Envelope Journal by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Fold the top of the envelope on the score line and place adhesive on the outside of the flap. Attach it to the back side of the envelope before it. Repeat these steps for all the rest of the envelopes.

Yearly Mini Envelope Journal by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

To create a cover for the mini envelope journal, I trimmed one of the sentiment cards from the cardstock stack to the same size as the envelopes. I attached it to the front using the top flap of the first envelope.

On the inside cover I created a title page with a small patterned cardstock square and the words “MY YEAR” punched out using the word punch board.

Yearly Mini Envelope Journal by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Since I wanted this to be a yearly journal, I added the months to each envelope using strips of coordinating paper and the word punch board. Since the album is so small I only did the first three letters of each month.

Yearly Mini Envelope Journal by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Word Punch Board

I wanted to be able to add a picture or journaling inside each envelope. I used the square punch board to quickly cut out twelve 3” x 3” squares from white cardstock.

Square Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

I then used the tab punch board to create tabs to easily be able to pull out the card from the envelope. Use the mini score board to score your paper scrap at 1”. Fold the paper in half and then line up the edge with the side tab guide placed. Flip the paper over, line up the edge to the small tab guide and punch again. Use the top trimmer to perfectly trim the tab.

Create different sizes and styles of tabs with the Tab Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

I dumped out all the little letters from the word punch board and added the coordinating month letters to each tab. The Quickstik Tool makes it easy to pick up the little letters. Once the letters were glued on, I attached the tabs to each of the white cardstock squares.

Yearly Mini Envelope Journal by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Word Punch BoardYearly Mini Envelope Journal by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I think it will be fun to add little mementos inside the envelopes like movie tickets, concert stubs, or even receipts to remind us of our fun adventures throughout the year. And I can add journaling or pictures to the small cardstock squares in each envelope.

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Yearly Mini Envelope Journal by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies

DCWV Butterflies & Flowers Cardstock Stack

Trim & Score Board

Mini Score Board

3-Way Corner Punch

Word Punch Board

Square Punch Board

Tab Punch Board

File Folder Mini Album

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today with a mini album. I love mini albums because not only are they quick to make, but they are perfect for having around the house for friends and family to look at. It’s wonderful to look back at good memories and remember adventures! I used the We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 Punch Board and the Trim & Score Board to create an album about our family’s summer wilderness adventures in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Minnesota. Because it is an annual tradition, I know that I will keep adding pages each year. Check out how to create an expandable file folder mini album!

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The 1-2-3 Punch Board can create so many projects and making file folders is a great one! I created file folders that started with 6” x 12” cardstock.

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You can make your folders any size with the easy directions in the booklet included with the 1-2-3 Punch Board.

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Four folders were made, one for each of the past few years. Stickers from the High Five Line fit perfectly and allowed each folder to represent a year.

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The pages inside the album were all embellished using paper, stickers, and tags from the High Five line. The collection is perfect for this theme and for my adventurous little man! Wallet-sized photos were used in this album. We picked out a few of our favorites for each year. I cannot wait to sit down with the little man and add more journaling with his memories!

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And now for the expandable part. Can you believe it takes a piece of paper? I took a piece of patterned paper from the High Five 6×6 Pad and scored in with the Trim & Score Board. It was scored every ½.”

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The paper was then folded into mountains and valleys, as shown in the photo. Strong adhesive was placed along the insides and then a file folder was placed inside each valley. Doing this secures the file folder in place, and still allows it to be opened.

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The album has two more spaces for file folders at the end. And if I need to add more pages yet, I will adhere another scored piece of patterned paper to the end and continue the pattern. How cool and easy is that?!

What mini album are you going to create next?

Kimberly

 

Supplies:

1-2-3 Punch Board

Trim & Score Board

High Five Collection:

  • 6×6 Paper Pad
  • Patterned paper; Journaling Cards
  • Puffy Stickers
  • Sticker Sheet
  • Frames & Tags
  • Thickers

Colors Kimberly Loves: Mint, Gold & Black

Hello We R Fans!! Kimberly here today sharing my favorite color combo. Mint Green, Gold, and Black are the three colors together that make my heart skip a beat!

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Imagine how excited I was when I saw the new Urban Chic collection with those colors being one of the featured palettes!

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On my card base, I layered a piece of City paper. The City paper has an ombre mint green color that made me swoon! My next layer, from the Urban Chic Ephemera Collection, was a gold-dipped frame, also in mint green. I love the small added detail of the x’s and o’s on the bottom!

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The Urban Chic Ephemera Collection has gold accents on the pieces, so tying my embellishments and color palette together was easy! To bring in some more texture and black, I added a strip of patterned paper from the Urban Chic paper, 5th.

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Instead of leaving the ends square, I like to notch them by snipping into the middle of the paper. Then, going from the corner to the top of the slit, I cut on each side. It creates that banner-looking end. So polished!

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With your favorite color palette, you just have to use an inspiring sentiment! This one came from the Urban Chic Cardstock Sticker Accent Sheet. To pop it up and make it stand out more, I used foam adhesive on the back. As a finishing touch, I added some colored glue dots to my card. Wanting to make the mint green pop more, I went towards a reddish color, the same color used in the rest of Urban Chic.

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Do you love this color combination? What is your favorite color to use with gold?

Supplies:

Urban Chic

  • Patterned paper; City, 5th
  • Cardstock Sticker Accent Sheet
  • Ephemera Collection

Trim and Score Board

Dapper Dad Card

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today with a fun card for Father’s Day! Using the 1-2-3 Punch Board, I made this fantastic bow tie to spiffy up dad’s special day! This card is easy to create with your children, so let’s get started!

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Following the measurements printed directly on the 1-2-3 Punch Board, I cut papers to create a Medium sized bow. The patterned papers from Honey, I’m Home were the perfect mix of masculine colors and textures.

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The bow is three strips of paper, adhered together. The instructions for making the bow are included with the 1-2-3 Punch Board. After cutting, a few punches and turns of the patterned paper, you are ready to assemble.

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To the center of the bow tie, I added a heart sticker. It was a sweet touch. With the bows being completely customizable, you could add a piece of fun patterned paper, or any fun image!

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To create the shirt collar, I trimmed a piece of card stock to 1 ½” x 8 ½.” Using the score lines on the 1-2-3 Punch Board, I scored each side of the strip and bent the card stock forward. Once scored, the ends were trimmed evenly. To add depth to the collar, use foam adhesive to adhere the ends down.

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After assembling the collar and bow tie, I adhered it to a card base layered with patterned papers. Letters were cut from card stock to spell dad and adhered to the card, underneath the collar.

What color bow tie will you make for your dad this year?

 

Supplies:

1-2-3 Punch Board

Trim & Score Board

Honey I’m Home patterned papers:

Honey I’m Home Puffy Stickers

Adding More Photos To Your Layouts

Hi everyone, it’s Traci and today I’ll be sharing a tip for adding lots of photos to a 12×12 page.  I use this technique in my mini album kits and custom scrapbook pages all the time.  When a client requests a custom album they often want more photos on a 12×12 page than will traditionally “fit”.  My solution?  Cards that flip-up or fold-out to reveal additional photos.

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First, I created my 12×12 base page.  For this layout I used the new Denim Blues paper .  Once I had the base and overall design, I looked at the photos to consider size.  Could several photos be cropped to 3×4? 4×4? another size?

The key to adding lots of photos is a flip-card that will hold three photos…one on the front, and two inside the card.

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For my first card, the photo is 4×4.  The We R Memory Instagram overlay frame is 4×4, so I chose to make my flip-up card 4.25” x 4.25”.  My base card stock needs to be 4.25” x 8.50”, with a score line at 4.25”.

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For this layout I have two 4.25×4.25” cards and one 4.25×6.25” card.  In order for me to be able to open the cards from the outside of my plastic page protector, I used a craft knife to create a slit in the plastic.  I slid the page into my We R Memory Keepers Page protector and laid the photo cards down on top of the plastic.  Then I gently cut slits in the plastic along each of the card’s fold lines.

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I added adhesive to the back of each card and slipped the backs through the slits so that the card now opens from outside of the page protector.

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Thanks for letting me share this fun way to get lots of photos on a page!  We would love to see your layouts so please share pictures with us on our Facebook page!  Thanks for stopping by!

Traci

 

Supplies:

Denim Blues Fabric Paper and Stickers
Farmer’s Market Paper and Instagram Frames
Trim & Score Board
12×12 Page Protectors

New Tools Worth Noting

We R has even more tools for you to love. Check out these new additions:

New Mini 8 and 2 Edge Punches – Braid and Bracket. These new additions ship in November.

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BRACKET_1 BRACKET Print

Trim & Score Board

Trim and score projects with the convenience of one tool. Cut precisely using titanium blades on the easy-to-use 12×12” fold out surface, or create score lines for any crafting project. With measurements in both inches and centimeters, it’s perfect for creating boxes, cards, and envelopes. The Trim & Score Board and Trim & Score Refill Blades begin shipping this October.

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Precision Glass Cutting Mat

The Precision Glass Cutting Mat is so much more than just an ordinary cutting mat. It’s made from tempered glass and comes with a smooth 13 inch surface for precise cutting and easy clean up. The non-skid feet and durable work surface make it perfect for cutting, stamping, painting, scrapbooking, and it’s even safe for hot glue. Look for angle measurement lines, in addition to both inch and metric markings. The Precision Glass Cutting Mat begins shipping this summer.

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