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)!
Tim Holtz creates amazing products and projects for year-round events and festivities, but the aesthetic of his Halloween stuff really fits with the vibe of the holiday. We should really start calling the holiday Holtz-oween. #amiright
Since we are in the first week of October now, that means Halloween is only 26 days away! It is time to decorate (if you haven't already) and to get busy creating Halloween, I mean Holtz-oween yumminess!
Speaking of the awesome aesthetic of Tim Holtz paper, ephemera, trinkets and more, here is a peek at just some of the Halloween themed items we have in stock in our Holiday Room.
To get your creative juices flowing, below is an eye candy gallery of Holtz-oween crafts and paper art fun!
Amazing creations! We hope to see you in the Shoppe soon, or perhaps you have signed up for this Saturday's World Card Making Day (a wide variety of 12 cards to be made throughout the day, plus lunch! Sign up here) so we will see you then. Don't forget we have added Monday and Tuesday hours for the holiday season and we will be offering a Make 'n Take this Monday, October 9 and other Mondays. More details here.
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.
When Eileen Hull was here this past Sunday she brought the most fantastic vintage suitcases stuffed full of traveler's notebook journals and mini albums made by her and her design team. It was a visual feast!
One of my favorite things is books and journals "stuffed with stuff". Back in high school I remember getting a thick notebook with a heavy duty silver coil and hand made paper cover. I "stuffed" that notebook with pictures of fashion that I loved from my Seventeen magazines and more. I still have that notebook and consider it a little time capsule from the late 90s (those eyebrows and chunky shoes were rough looking in hindsight!).
I have been a traveler's notebook, smashbook, junk journal fan ever since! But I have to admit I haven't made much time for this type of crafting lately (I'm still trying to finish up my traveler's notebook from my trip to Denver this past May). However, I told myself on Sunday while at the Eileen class that I was going to make time daily - even if just 10 minutes - to create in one of my traveler's notebooks or journals. It may only be Thursday, but I am going 4 days strong so far.
Since I have all things traveler's notebook and junk journals on the brain currently, I thought I would share some of the awesome inspiration I have been perusing lately. Scroll down and get ready to look like this:
Aren't they fun looking? I especially love that the bottom four pictures actually incorporate junk mail into them. Look at the use of the envelopes!
If you need a little more in person inspiration to get you going, sign up for the Gratitude Journal with Hope class coming up later this month. In that class you will use a vintage hymnal to create a gratitude journal to use during the Thanksgiving holiday season. All the details and sign-up are here.
Or grab a book or journal and some "junk" and sign-up for the Creative Weekend starting Friday, September 29. You can have a table in our studio to get creative on all weekend for only $15. Details and registration are here.
If you have been into the Shoppe lately you may have noticed our large selection of "My Favorite Things" (MFT) Stamps and Dies. MFT makes some truly adorable designs that can be used to create awesomeness! Today we are sharing some inspiration for ways to use some of these stamp and die sets. Hope you enjoy!
Just look at these adorable cards made with the MFT BB Happy Hippo stamps . . .
. . . and these with the MFT Loveable Leopards stamp set . . .
. . . and lastly this Written in the Stars stamp and die set from MFT is lovely!
Just a reminder, we are open today, Friday and Saturday from 11 am - 5 pm for you to shop these MFT stamps and dies along with the many other items we have in stock (don't forget to check out our Holiday Room). Also, we have a fun COPIC Marker/Watercolor class on Saturday morning, Planner Meetup on Saturday afternoon and Eileen Hull will be us on Sunday for two classes. There is still time to sign-up for all! Details and registration links are on our September Events page!
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