Raise your hand if you own a We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board.
. . . several of you . . .
Raise it if you have used your Envelope Punch Board before to make envelopes.
. . . it looks like some of you are afraid to start . . . don't be - it's an awesome and easy tool to use . . .
Now raise your hand if you have used your Envelope Punch Board to make things besides envelopes.
. . . even less of you . . .
No matter what category you fall in to you are going to want to continue to check out today's post showcasing many adorable project ideas using your Envelope Punch Board and pretty paper (we all know where you can find that!). A lot of these projects are perfect as we enter the holiday season as you make and create gifts for friends, family, neighbors and more.
A look at the We R Memory Keeps Envelope Punch Board. On the left is an older version and the right is the new color scheme that WRMK introduced for all of its "punch products" this past year.
Twists on creating an envelope
Halloween and Thanksgiving Goodies
Look at these adorable treat boxes you can create using the Envelope Punch Board. Click on Source below each picture for more details.
Use the Envelope Punch Board to incorporate tabs/notches into your card and tag making.
Thankful Tag Album
These are just a few of the ways you can use a We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board in addition to making envelopes. Do you have a favorite item you like to make with your punch board. We would love to read about it below or see a picture (share on Facebook or Instagram and tag us)!
Often times our crafting is centered around celebrating (birthday cards, scrapbook layouts for graduations, anniversaries, parties and more) and remembering the good times (vacation albums and mini albums, keeping up on our planners including the day-to-day and fun events). What about crafting to memorialize a loved one that has passed though?
Unfortunately, it seems like a lot of people in my life are dealing with the loss of a loved one recently which brought this idea to my mind. I know crafting can be stress-relieving and cathartic, so working on a craft to memorialize a loved one seems like a good idea to help process the loss.
In looking around I found a lot of great inspiration and ideas that I wanted to share today.
Utilizing photos of your loved one
Using Diamond Glaze and/or gel medium (available at P&P), a PenBlade (available at P&P), along with a photocopy of a favorite photo and glass bezel set make a photo charm. You can turn the charm into a necklace, bracelet, bookmark and more.
Create a memorial shadow box that includes photos and keepsakes that remind you of your loved one. You can use cardstock or patterned paper (both available at P&P) in the background and mount your photos on additional cardstock or patterned paper if you wish. If you like the idea of adding flowers, but don't have any from your loved one or didn't save any from the funeral use some Prima paper flowers (available at P&P).
Turn a photo of your loved one into a wall hanging by doing a photo transfer onto canvas or wood. Here is a nice tutorial to get your started and the gel medium you will need as part of the process is available at P&P.
If seeing your loved one's face is still too difficult, try making a canvas focusing on just a part of them - hand, legs. etc. Or a place/location that held meaning to you both.
Don't be afraid to add some of your creativity to the photo transfer project. I'm sure your loved one enjoyed your creativity and would appreciate the incorporation in their memorial piece.
Turn the photo into a Christmas ornament. You could also make these for other family members and friends who are dealing with the loss.
Incorporate their memory into your home decor
Create a framed piece of artwork to remember them. In this example they used butterfly punches from a variety of colors of paper (available at P&P) and some letter stamps (available at P&P). In addition to the quote, you could add their name, d.o.b. and d.o.d.
Another idea is to create heart punches from paper that contains your loved one's handwriting (definitely recommend making a photo copy of the original source of handwriting so you can preserve the original as is) and mounting on patterned paper (available at P&P) for a framed piece. This idea makes the final project more subtle in its memorializing, but still keeps the loved one close at heart.
Another idea for home decor is to collage pictures and patterned paper (available at P&P) onto a metal star shape. What a great way to keep your loved one still part of your daily life and home,
Use their handwriting to keep their memory alive
If you loved one was a cook/baker and you are lucky enough to have some of their handwritten recipes, preserve the recipe card(s) and their memory by framing it.
Make a mini-album or altered book containing hand-written letters/cards by your loved one.
Create a scrapbook layout with a pocket to tuck their note/letter in. Don't feel like you have to stuff this scrapbook layout into an album either. You can showcase it in a frame or easel.
Use their trinkets
I love these collages that were made with jewelry and "trinkets". What a great way to use the little pieces that were important to our love ones to create art that can be enjoyed for years to come.
We shared the picture below on our Instagram a couple of weeks ago and had an inquiry about a tutorial. The technique is super simple, but we wanted to share the step-by-step with you today.
First, gather up your supplies. You will need Distress Oxide Ink Pads (available in 24 colors!), ink blending tools, stencil(s), washi tape, spray bottle of water, watercolor paper/cardstock and a craft sheet (not pictured). All of these items are available at Palette & Paper!
I like to put a little tape on the back of my cardstock and stick it to my craft mat so it doesn't move around. After choosing a stencil, I also use washi tape to tape the stencil down over my piece of cardstock.
Using my ink blending tool and assortment of Distress Oxide Inks I fill in the areas of the stencil. It's important to go into this knowing that it isn't going to be perfect. You will have color overlap a bit and that's okay!
After you are done coloring in the stencil, you can spray with water or spray some water into your palm to "flick" on the cardstock. This will add to the distressed look.
Using a piece of paper towel blot the cardstock to absorb the excess water and remove the stencil. Craft Confession: I sprayed a little too much water and let it sit a little too long for the look I was going for. Taking pictures while crafting of all the steps is hard work and threw off my timing! As you can see my image was a little "soft" looking (see the picture below on the right). That's the great thing about crafting though. You can keep adding and layering on your project to get a look that makes you happy.
I realigned my stencil and went back and added more color as you can see below. I was much happier with the overall look of the project after reapplying some inks.
I also did this same technique with an "abstract" stencil. For this project I didn't tape my stencil down though because I kept moving it, using various Distress Oxide colors through the stencil and layering the colors (one of the coolest things about the Distress Oxide Inks is they don't make mud - they layer on top of each other vs. mixing together). After finishing with the color I sprayed, flicked and blotted. I love how this turned out.
I love both of these and they will make for great bases for the front of cards! I also can't wait to do something similar to the second project as a background in my art journal.
If you haven't tried Distress Oxide Inks through a stencil yet I highly recommend it! You can create gorgeousness with limited supplies and time! #winnerwinner
If you have any questions about this post or Distress Oxide Inks feel free to leave a comment below!
One of my goals for 2017 is to spread more kindness. I’m attempting to tackle this in a variety of ways – paying for the car behind me at a drive-thru, letting a car or two out in front of me in traffic, sending happy mail to friends and family more often, giving a coupon to a fellow shopper and more. While they are little things the reactions from those that are on the receiving end of the kindness have been amazing. It truly is the “little things” in life that can bring so much happiness. Recently, the idea of “Kindness Rocks” has hit my radar.
Various groups of people are painting and decorating rocks to leave in public areas for others to find in hopes of spreading happiness and kindness. I love the concept – something so simple, minimal supplies needed, and all ages can participate in the creating and planting of the rocks.
In doing some research about Kindness Rocks, I found that this concept seems to stem from the Cape Code area by Megan Murphy, a women’s empowerment coach. Megan says “Now more than ever kindness can become a connecting force for good. Many people, including myself, are feeling a sense of overwhelm, unease and restlessness due to the current events taking place in our world today, and I believe that our united strength can be cultivated through simple random acts of kindness. Each of us can make a positive difference. Together we can make a positive IMPACT!” Check out The Kindness Rocks Project website for more information.
Locally, I’ve come across Facebook groups that have been created for people to share the fun word about Kindness Rocks and grow the kindness movement. You can check out the local groups here:
Hamilton County Hidden Rocks
Hoosier Kindness Rocks
If you know of other local groups please leave a link their Facebook or website in the comments.
Pretty cool, right? Makes you want to run out and get creating on some rocks, right?
Let’s talk supplies and inspiration for creating Kindness Rocks.
Rocks – you can find these at local hardware or discount stores or take a walk around the neighborhood and find some suitable rocks (just don’t help yourself to your neighbor’s driveway or landscaping rocks. That isn’t kind after all!)
Paint – Acrylic paint is easy to use and inexpensive to buy. Dylusions and Dine Wakley’s paint lines offer fun and bright colors to use and are priced at less than $5.
Paint Pens – These will help you write kind words and messages on your rocks. I love this set of Dylusions Paint Pens for all the fun colors!
Paintbrush – The type of brush you select is probably dependent on how detailed you want your painted rock to be.
Stamps, Archival or Staz-On Ink – Are you thinking what? Check out this adorable idea for decorating a rock using stamps!
Here are more creative ideas for you to get your kindness rock creating started!
So grab some rocks, paint them up and spread kindness (feel free to “hide” them at P&P for others to find).
This Sunday is Father’s Day, and we can’t let a holiday go by around here without sharing some great paper craft inspiration. Below find some of our favorite Father’s Day cards that you can make to give to your dad, stepdad, grandfather, uncle and all of the other gents in your life.
Create a masculine card using Art Impressions stamps and dies. Click here for a tutorial video.
This card is a great way to use up some of your paper scraps and use your embossing folders. It’s amazing the transformation a piece of paper can undergo when embossed!
Look at this little “shirt card”. I love the 3-D embellishments including the real stitches and buttons (Next time you are in P&P, grab one of the button and sequin assortments from 28 Lilac Lane. They are only $5 and come a multitude of color ways.)
I am a sucker for kraft paper and inked edges, so of course these cards caught my eye.
Celebrate Dad with a wonderful washi tape embellished card!
Are you giving your “dad” a gift card for Father’s Day? Make him a “wallet card” to put it in.
Do you want to incorporate a little “sweet treat” into your Father’s Day gift(s)? Check out these adorable ideas.
Palette & Paper's blog is written by creative team member, Kimberly.
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