Thursday, July 24, 2014

We R Memory Keepers Indian Summer Collection Tutorial

Today's tutorial will help you create a fast and simple layout using our new products from We R Memory Keepers! Their new Indian Summer collection is perfect for summer photo as well as feminine and masculine projects! I loved the turquoise, black and white, along with the gold hues that I decided to also use their new dies in gold too! Grab your supplies and let's get started!

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We R Memory Keepers Indian Summer 12x12 Collection
We R Memory Keepers Indian Summer Wood "Life Is Beautiful"
We R Memory Keepers Indian Summer Wood "Doily"
We R Memory Keepers Indian Summer Wood "Feather"
We R Memory Keepers Indian Summer Chipboard Alphabet Stickers
We R Memory Keepers Embossing Folders "Feather"
LifeStyle Crafts Cutting Dies "Feathers"
White Cardstock
Gold Vellum 
American Crafts Gold Glitter Paper
Tombow Xtreme Adhesive Runner
Scallop Punch 2"
Big Shot Die Cutting Machine by Sizzix
Rhinestone Stickers


1. Cut  two pieces of patterned paper to 10"x4" (black with white dots) and another 10"x5" (feathers). Glue them down on a 12x12 piece of paper about 3/4" from the top. Punch three scalloped circles from a piece of patterned paper and set aside.

2. Cut 10"x1/2" of turquoise paper and glue to the bottom of the feather paper. Cut 10"x1 1/4" strip from pattern paper and add it to the bottom of the page. Mat your photo on white cardstock and place at the top left hand corner.

3. Using scissors, cut the peg hole off the "Life is Beautiful" Wood Veneer and glue it with the Xtreme adhesive to the top of the Wood "Doily". Make sure the peg hole is facing down on the doily. Add more adhesive and place at the bottom right corner of the photo.

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 4. Emboss a 3"x4" white cardstock with the "feathers" embossing folder. Die cut feathers from gold vellum and gold glitter paper.

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5. Layer at the bottom left corner of the photo and page the 3"x4" embossed card, wood feather (remove peg hole with scissors), scallop circle, and feathers. Add a number to the card. 

6. Place two more scallops on the page and add three rhinestones. 

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7. Use the dots in the Alphabet set to create bullet points on the page for your journaling. 

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Loom Band Storage

Let me introduce you to a new way to store your loom bands! This 12x12 storage container is originally for scrapbooking supplies because it fits paper and other supplies perfectly. Then, when adding the 12x12 insert, you get the perfect storage solution for rubber band bracelet making! It is hard to find a container that fits both bands, hooks, and your loom! Look no further! Here it is!

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I love that the large slot can hold my loom and then other spots are perfect for buttons, hooks, bands, and even my EZ Looper!

If you make sure to snap the lid closed all the way, the bands stay perfectly in place even with the container sitting upside down.

I hope this storage solution is perfect for those wanting to take their supplies on a trip or just wanting a better way to keep organized! 

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Glamping Birthday Party

I am so excited to finally reveal the entire Glamping first birthday party that I planned for my daughter, Bethany! This was so much fun to prepare but even more fun to enjoy with family and friends! Each project I am sharing below was an easy DIY using supplies from my local Craft Warehouse!
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My father in law did the ultimate DIY and built picnic tables to have on hand for events like these. He brought them over and had them set up in our backyard. To decorate the tables, I cut a piece of wrapping paper as a quick table runner and then I added fresh flowers in handmade vases. Read how I arranged the flowers on a budget here.

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At each place setting I added these s'more treat bags (you can find the tutorial right here). Also, for a little bling I placed rhinestone stickers on the ends of the spoons. They were darling.

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The mason drinking jars were a huge hit and decorated the tables nicely too! The labels were different colors so that it was easy to tell each others drink apart. We filled our glasses with cucumber and mint water which was quite refreshing in the heat!

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This old potting bench needed a bad make over and I thought the party would be a good excuse to give it a coat of Americana Chalky Paint. The mint was beautiful after only one coat! I then staked a new My Mind's Eye gold banner in between the bench which reads, "Happy Birthday Bethany." Guests placed their gifts on the table and on the wire basket underneath. 

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To match the bench, I painted the outside of this mason jar with two coats of paint in the same color. It is now my new favorite jar to add flowers to!

For fun goodie bags, I wrapped the goodies in bubble wrap (to give more "puff") and then wrapped it in this pin striped fabric from the Winter Wonderland collection, which gave it the perfect neutral vintage feel! I tied each of the bags to a branch. We laid them against some of my vintage suitcases for decoration.

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By far, one of my favorite DIY projects for the party was this Photo Booth Tent that I hung from the tree using another neutral design from the Winter Wonderland by Bunny Hill for Moda Fabrics collection (available now in stores). It had lights and bunting hanging to create such a magical scene! Even at night I couldn't tear myself away. I just sat and enjoyed it all! You can see what it looked like at night below...

You can find out how I created the tent right here.

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We all had the best time capturing my daughter at the party. She wore this handmade Hollywood Vintage Inspired Headband that took all but minutes to make. She was beautiful! 

During the party, we roasted s'mores at our fire pit, had Chicago Dogs on the grill, and had an ice cream bar where guests could add their own toppings! It was the perfect treat for a hot day!

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My husband and I found out that our son was allergic to several foods after his first birthday, so we were very careful about what we served Bethany at the party. She got her own homemade no egg, no sugar cake (not the best looking DIY I have done) but it looked better on the DIY cake stand. Ha!

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Most of all this party wouldn't be a party if we didn't photograph and document it! I took all the photographs and created a sweet little mini book.

I hope that this inspires you to have fun creating a "Glamping" Birthday Party! It was the most fun our family and friends have had in a while and memorable too!

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Party Mason Drinking Jars

I thought that creating mason glasses for a party would be fun but I had no idea how much of a hit they would be! The adults thought they were darling and the kids felt super special! When the party was over, I kept mine to do it again, but these would make great party favors too!

Here are a few great tips to keep the project fast and simple to make!

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Mason Jars with Rim (remove lids)
American Crafts Glitter Paper and Twine
Bo Bunny Press Doilies
We R Memory Keepers Nesting Dies - Homemade (six piece set) and Indian Summer Pattern Paper
Queen & Company or Sierra Pacific Crafts Paper Straws
Chalkboard Sticky Back Paper
Doodlebug Design Wood Grain Pattern Paper
Lawn Fawn Happy Trails Stamp Set and Love You S'more Set
Brilliance Moonlight White Ink
Ranger Archival Black Ink 
Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive
Embossing Heat Gun


 1. Use the Homemade die cut set and cut all your pieces needed at once. Cut the label from the Indian Summer paper, the tag from the wood grain paper, and the chalkboard circle from the sticky back chalkboard paper.

2. Stamp all your items at once. Stamp the camper and heart on the chalkboard circle. Use your embossing heat gun to heat the image before handling. The white will come off if you do not do this first. Stamp "let's toast" on the wood grain tag in black.

3. Place chalkboard sticker on the front of the label. Using the Xtreme adhesive will help keep the label on, but will give you an opportunity after the party to still remove the label to reuse the mason jar. Place adhesive all over the back of the label's edges and place on the front of the jar.

4. Trace the lid on the back of the glitter paper with a pencil and cut out. Glue the circle to the top of the doily. Punch out a hole in the middle of the circle for the straw.

5. Now that we have the pieces ready, assemble the jars. Place the doilies on the top of the jars and add a straw. Add the tag with twine around the rim.

Now fill the jars with your favorite party beverage and enjoy!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer Pocket Pages by Craft Warehouse Design Team Member Michelle Wear

Hello everyone! Today, I'm showing you how I used some cards from the Teresa Collins We R Memory Keepers kit. I've been searching for a quick and easy way to document our Summer Bucket List and this kit, along with some basic lined and grid cards worked perfectly! I started out by laying out all my goods. Teresa Collins We R Memory Keepers kit, a few cards from Becky Higgins Coral, washi tape, sequins, and some slick writers.
One of the first things I did, was make a shaker packet. I wanted to include some transparency within my layout, so I took two of the transparencies included in the Teresa Collins kit and washi taped them together filled with sequins to make a little shaker packet. Super easy and quick! Another easy way to change up a kits look without doing too much extra work is to do a little cut and paste with the cards. I started with these three cards. Did a little cut and paste. And, now I have quite a different look for my 4x6 card. Perfect place for journaling and a photo. Here's another card I altered slightly. I wanted the green under the "LOVE" so it was not transparent this time around. I cut the green card and then just taped to the back. Super simple! But brings a pop of color. Here's a closer look. And here's a look at the "finished" spreads, pre-photos. I used the sequins to make "bullet points" for each bucket list item. And here it is after I added a few photos to it. I grabbed 6 images of things we have already completed on our bucket list, put them all on a 4x6 so each image was a 2x2. I think it looks great as is, or I can add a few more images later in the summer if I want to. And some close ups.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Craft Warehouse Project Life Design Team Member Michelle Wear

Welcome our last Craft Warehouse Project Life Designer Spotlight for this 2013-2014 term! It has been a year filled with so much inspiration! Michelle Wear is nothing less! Her passion for Becky Higgins Project Life shows! She loves how much pride she has in being the memory keeper in her family! All her hard work will forever be appreciated!!!

How long have you been crafting?
The first time I remember scrapbooking was probably around 2002. My now husband and I travelled around the county and he would always stop at the then pretty rare scrapbooking store. But then kids happened, life got busy. But then Becky Higgins introduced the world to Project Life (it was then called project 365) and I knew it was perfect for me. And I have been doing it ever since. There are times I go a little more crazy and time consuming, but sometimes I keep it true to the simplicity of the project.

 What inspires you to be creative?
I am our family historian. So telling our story is really my inspiration. That's all the good stuff, boring stuff, hopes and dreams. Kid stuff, parenting stuff, marriage stuff, growing stuff.

The inspiration for my actual layouts usually comes from the products I have to use. If I have something new I want to use or a new technique I want to try, that is my inspiration for the entire spread. And that's another reason why I love the project life system so much. Week by week I can have different looks and feels.

 What Craft Warehouse products do you love to use?

My favorite Project Life products right now are: Project Life Pocket Pages Design A, Project Life Variety Pack Protectors, Project Life - Midnight and Honey Core Kits,  Wood Veneers,  Washi Tape, and We R Memory Keepers Albums

What do you love about Project Life?

I am so in love with the process and the end result of what I get to go back and look at.  The every day stories of my family.  I've roped several of my friends and many random Facebook acquaintances into project life and I know that they love it just as much as I do.  I have three kids (8, 4, and 3) and the days go by far to quickly and things are far to easily forgotten to not keep some sort of record.  I honestly think Project life is one of the easiest and best ways of doing this!  I realize I sound like an infomercial, but I seriously love it that much! :)

Visit our blog tomorrow with a Pocket Page Tutorial from Michelle! You are going to love how easy it will be to document your summer! In the meantime visit her blog, Table for Five, and follow her Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter!
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