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customize your denim jacket with the button press by we r memory keepers

As a crafter I love to make things my own. I love putting my personal stamp on creations and expressing myself as only I can. I’m super excited to share a recent project where I did just that.

Customizing denim and bomber jackets with patches, badges and pinback buttons has been a trend for a few years now, and when I heard about the We R Memory Keepers Button Press I knew I needed to make a set of buttons to personalize my own denim jacket. Check out how I added my personal stamp to my wardrobe with DIY buttons!

The Button Press Kit comes with everything you need to make five medium buttons. Or you can spring for my favorite, the Button Press Bundle, which includes everything you need to make small, medium and large buttons. I love having the option to make different size buttons.
To find designs for my buttons I browsed through my patterned paper collections and found cute icons and phrases that spoke to me. I used the cutting dies to determine which designs would fit because when you hold your paper up to the cutting die, the window on the front shows you exactly what your button will look like.
These papers are all from various brands owned by American Crafts–Pebbles Inc, Dear Lizzy, Crate Paper, etc. You can also print your own designs to make buttons with. Search for creative commons images so you’re not infringing on copyrights. You can also use your stamp stash to make your own designs.
Once you’ve found your designs, you’re ready to make some buttons! Gather the Button Press, the small, medium or large inserts (depending on what size button you’re making), the coordinating cutting insert, and the button blanks along with the mylar sheet.
Place the cutting inserts into the top and base of the tool. Then trim your paper down so it fits into the tool, place it behind the cutting die, insert both into the tool and then press down. The large cutting die needs more pressure than the medium and small ones do. It also helps to move the die and paper around and press the multiple times. CLICK HERE for an IGTV video I did that will help.
Now, take out the cutting inserts and add the large, medium or small inserts. The top insert magnetizes into the top of the tool, and the bottom insert connects by rotating it around until the center drops. Then rotate the inserts so the letter A on both is aligned with the arrows on the top and base of the tool.
Swivel the base out and place a button shell (the front of the button blank) into the bottom insert. Then place your cut paper on top of the shell with the mylar sheet on top. If your design has a distinct top and bottom use the alignment guides on either side of the bottom base to help line up your design so the pin back fits properly.

Swivel the base back under the tool and press. Again, the larger button will need more pressure than the medium and small, so give it a few pumps on a solid surface while standing up.
Swivel the base out again and you’ll notice the now covered button shell is gone. No worries! It’s up in the top of the tool waiting for it’s pin back. Rotate the top and bottom inserts so they arrows on the tool align with the letter B on each insert.
Now place the pin back into the bottom insert with the pin facing downward, using the alignment guides to line up the pin in the correct position.

Swivel the base back into the tool and press as I described above–using your body as leverage and pumping a few times. Swivel the base back out and your button is ready!

Now that you know how to make a button, you can make several in different sizes to customize your denim or bomber jacket. It’s also fun to add a set of buttons to your bag or backpack.
You’re going to love creating with this tool! It’s so fun, and I kind of want to make buttons everyday. Be sure to share your Button Press creations online and tag me so I can see what you’re making. Thanks for stopping by!

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diy gift wrap + handmade card with the works all in one tool

Since I’ve been working for We R Memory Keepers for about 10 years, I’m lucky enough to have just about every tool they’ve created. I’ve got every punch board, trimmer, and gadget, but the one I reach for most often is the “swiss army knife” of the We R tool arsenal, The Works All In One Tool. It’s 12 tools in 1, so when I’m creating on the go or out in my living room while my hubby and I are binge watching our favorite show, this must-have tool is all I need to bring with me.

The Works All In One Tool and Storage Bag by We R Memory Keepers available at HSN

The Works All In One Tool comes in two different colors: mint and white (like most We R tools) and this pretty navy and white one that comes with the crafters storage bag. You can find the mint one online HERE, and the navy one is available at hsn.com HERE. Here are the all the features this tool has:
1. Trim
2. Score
3. Stamp
4. Tags
5. Envelopes
6. Tabs
7. Banners
8. Pom poms
9. Tassels
10. Bows
11. Hole Punch
12. Corner Rounder
The Works All In One Tool and Storage Bag by We R Memory Keepers
I used my navy one to create this summer celebration set! I decorated a plain white gift bag with a pleated border at the bottom that I cut and scored with the tool, a stamped sun design, a stamped DIY gift tag, a banner, some tassels and a bow. I used my All In One tool to do ALL THAT! So cool, right?
Custom gift bag by Aly Dosdall made with The Works All In One Tool by We R Memory Keepers
I also made a fun interactive tabbed card and matching envelope that coordinate with the gift bag.
Handmade card and matching envelope made with The Works All In One Tool by We R Memory Keepers
It’s hard to believe that one tool can make this envelope and liner, and it can also cut and score the cards and make the tabs as well. Love it!

Handmade card and matching envelope made with The Works All In One Tool by We R Memory Keepers
If you’re an advanced crafter and you don’t have one of these yet I totally recommend it. You’ll find yourself reaching for it again and again, especially when crafting on-the-go. If you’re a beginning crafter, this is the perfect way to get started! You can try out a dozen different crafting tools for the price of one, saving literally hundreds of dollars.
Summer Celebration DIY Party Decor with The Works All In One Tool by We R Memory Keepers
Be sure to check out The Works All In One Tool. It’s pretty darn amazing. Thanks for stopping by, and happy summer crafting friends!

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We R Memory Keepers Mold Press: 3 Ways

Hey hey crafty friends! I’m SUPER excited to share something that we’ve all been waiting for in the craft world since January of 2020–The We R Memory Keepers Mold Press! This amazing machine allows you to take everyday household items and make molds with them that you can use to customize chocolate, candy, fondant, candle wax, soap, bath salts, resin, plaster, cement, clay and more.

Make Custom Party Decor with the Mold Press by We R Memory Keepers

One of the many things I love about the Mold Press is it’s versatility. If you’re a candlemaker, soapmaker, food crafter, resin crafter, small business owner, or paper crafter this machine is for you! 
Make Custom Party Decor with the Mold Press by We R Memory Keepers
Another thing I love about the Mold Press is you can use the plastic molds you make with it over and over again. Check out this mold I made with two foam bath toys. 
I used it to mold half a dozen chocolates first. The plastic is food safe so it’s great for food crafts.
Custom chocolate made with the Mold Press by We R Memory Keepers
Make custom chocolate with the Mold Press by We R Memory Keepers
After I finished the chocolates I wiped out the mold and used it to mold four candles. I melted, colored and mixed the wax in my Wick Candle Maker. Then I drained it into one of the plugged up Wick molds and poured it into the molds I had made with the Mold Press.
Make custom candles with the Mold Press by We R Memory Keepers
Finally, I wiped out the mold once more and used the plastic mold to create a shaker card to match my chocolate and candles. So fun! I love that you can create an entire customized set for any celebration with the Mold Press. From candles, to chocolates, to decor, to cards you’re totally covered!
Make custom shaker cards with the Mold Press by We R Memory Keepers
My final favorite thing about the Mold Press is that the plastic sheets are 100% recyclable. They’re made of PETG plastic which is a number 7 recyclable. When you use the Mold Press you can also repurpose almost any small item you can find in your house, so using this machine is a win-win, right?!?

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diy mermaid party decor

Do girls ever grow out of loving mermaids and unicorns? At this point I’m going to say that’s a no. My daughter is turning 11 soon and still loves her mermaid swimming tail, mermaid tail blanket, and mermaid slime. Here’s an idea for a summer celebration that girls of all ages are sure to love. Check out a few elements for the perfect mermaid party!

Summer Mermaid Party DIY Ideas by Aly Dosdall featuring We R Memory Keepers Punch Boards and Tools

This DIY mermaid party decor starts with some mermaid tail party hats.
Summer Mermaid Party DIY Ideas by Aly Dosdall featuring We R Memory Keepers Punch Boards and Tools
It was easy to make these with some blue to green ombre 12×12 paper and the We R Memory Keepers DIY Party Board.
DIY Mermaid Party Ideas by Aly Dosdall with We R Memory Keepers Punch Boards and Tools
Then I cut out a mermaid tail from gold metallic paper, and added some tropical leaf die cuts, punched paper stars and gold fringe tape to finish them off.

DIY Mermaid Party Ideas by Aly Dosdall with We R Memory Keepers Punch Boards and Tools
DIY Mermaid Party Ideas by Aly Dosdall with We R Memory Keepers Punch Boards and Tools
DIY Mermaid Party Ideas by Aly Dosdall with We R Memory Keepers Punch Boards and Tools
The second part of this DIY Mermaid Party Set is the mermaid favor bags. I use a few We R tools to put these together.
DIY Mermaid Party Ideas by Aly Dosdall with We R Memory Keepers Punch Boards and Tools
First I started by making the glassine favor bags with the Goodie Bag Guide. The paper I used is part of the Oh Goodie collection. It’s grease proof, food safe and oh so pretty.
DIY Mermaid Party Ideas by Aly Dosdall with We R Memory Keepers Punch Boards and Tools
Then I created the wire mermaid embellishments for the bags with the We R Happy Jig. The wire design tool comes with an instruction booklet with several templates and there are more available on the @werhappyjig Instagram account.
DIY Mermaid Party Ideas by Aly Dosdall with We R Memory Keepers Punch Boards and Tools

DIY Mermaid Party Ideas by Aly Dosdall with We R Memory Keepers Punch Boards and Tools

Each design comes with the option to make it a paper clip and that was the perfect way to attach it to the favor bag.

DIY Mermaid Party Ideas by Aly Dosdall with We R Memory Keepers Punch Boards and Tools
Next up is the custom sentiment that I made with the Word Punch Board.
DIY Mermaid Party Ideas by Aly Dosdall with We R Memory Keepers Punch Boards and Tools

After punching the word I backed the strip of patterned paper with some white paper to make the letters stand out a bit more.

DIY Mermaid Party Ideas by Aly Dosdall with We R Memory Keepers Punch Boards and Tools
I added some tropical leaf die cuts to make the ones on the party hats to complete the bags and I love how they turned out!
DIY Mermaid Party Ideas by Aly Dosdall with We R Memory Keepers Punch Boards and Tools
There are a lot more fun ways to make a mermaid party special, but these will get you going in the right direction for sure. Summer may look a bit different this year, but creativity and ingenuity will make a big difference in creating lasting memories. Happy summer crafting friends!

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how to make a mica swirl tumbler with the spin it tumbler turner

Hello crafters and happy summer! I hope you’re able to safely enjoy the warmer weather. We’re spending more time outdoors these days and that always means we need to keep up the hydration. What better way to do that than with a custom tumbler. But this isn’t just any custom tumbler. This tumbler is made with thermal and solar mica powders swirled into galaxy-style goodness!

Make a mica swirls tumbler with the Spin It Tumbler Turner!

To make a mica swirl custom tumbler you need the following supplies:
The first thing to do is to find a well ventilated work space, and to cover your work surface with a plastic sheet or tarp to protect it. Then tape off the bottom of your tumbler with painter or masking tape and paint the outside with the white primter + paint. One coat will be fine if you’ve used a paint and primer combo. I turn my tumbler upside down when painting and that protects the inside so you don’t need to tape it off. Allow the paint to dry complete and remove the tape off the bottom before applying epoxy.
Make a mica swirls tumbler with the Spin It Tumbler Turner!
Once your cup is painted, dry and free of tape, you’re ready to customize it! Watch the video below of my free Michaels class to learn how to create the mica swirl design on your tumbler.

Here are a couple of my favorite things about this project:
  • Each mica swirl tumbler turns out unique and very cool
  • Use up your leftover resin by making coasters and pendants with the Spin It silicone molds
  • The solar and thermal powders change color (see video below)
Make a mica swirl tumbler we the Spin It Tumbler Turner
If you try this fun technique be sure to share online and tag me. I’d love to see how yours turn out! Happy summer and keep on crafting.

summer kids craft idea: DIY wire jewelry

Hello friends!  It’s about that time during the summer that I’m always searching for activities and ideas to keep my kids entertained.  As a work-at-home I love finding activities that my youngest daughter can do with just enough help to get her started, and I’ve got the perfect one to share with you! Check out this fun kids craft idea for making DIY summer wire jewelry.

DIY Wire Jewelry with the Happy Jig by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Using my Happy Jig I created some wire jewelry. It was easy to do, and I love how it turned out!

DIY Wire Jewelry with the Happy Jig by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

To create the necklace, I made a pineapple shape using the pink wire. This pineapple shape is found on the @werhappyjig Instagram account. You can also find a simpler pineapple design in the instruction booklet that comes with the Happy Jig.

Happy Jig by We R Memory Keepers

I wanted to make it slightly larger than it shows on the template, so I cut 18 inches of wire (instead of the recommended 16 inches) and stretched out the design so it reached the bottom and top of the grid on the jig. You can see where I placed all the pegs on the grid in the image below if you’d like to make a larger pineapple for yourself.

https://www.wermemorykeepers.com/2018/05/31/throwback-thursday-interactive-alphabet-flipbook/

Once I finshed designing the pineapple, I added a small silver jump ring to attach it to the silver chain. You can pick up jump rings, chains, and other jewelry making supplies at your local craft store or online HERE.

Happy Jig necklace attachment

To make the earrings, I created two Palm Leaves with green wire according to the directions in the Happy Jig instruction booklet that comes with the tool. I left a little extra wire on the starting end for attaching to the earring hook. I used a jump ring to keep the hook and the wire design facing the right direction.

DIY Wire Jewelry with the Happy Jig by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Happy Jig earring attachment

What I love about Happy Jig jewelry is that the wire is so light weight, but very sturdy. So the jewelry pieces aren’t heavy, but they’ll last for quite a while. This would be a great summer kids craft, or an activity for a small outdoor playdate. You could even have a family girls night and make some just for fun.

DIY Wire Jewelry with the Happy Jig by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for stopping by! If you create something with the Happy Jig, be sure to share it online and tag me so I can see what you make. Happy summer crafting!

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patriotic cupcake toppers

Hello friends! I’m so glad you stopped by the blog today. Independence Day is just around the corner and this is a holiday with special memories and meaning for me. I’m excited to share some Patriotic Cupcake Toppers inspired by my love for this favorite time of year. If you’re a fan of mixed media, stamping or coloring you’re going to love this project.
Patriotic Cupcake Toppers by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Fireworks are a big part of the Fourth of July for me and my family, so I wanted to create the look of fireworks on my cupcake toppers. We R Memory Keepers Marker Airbrush to the rescue!
Patriotic Cupcake Toppers by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
Patriotic Cupcake Toppers by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
I knew I wanted to use the Marker Airbrush for the background of my cupcake toppers, so I picked out some patriotic colored markers from my stash, and created the feel of fireworks on some scraps of smooth Bazzill Marshmallow cardstock.
Marker Airbrush by We R Memory Keepers
Deciding how to add text to each topper took a bit more thought. I knew it would be easy to add Thickers, or patriotic die cut phrases, but I really wanted to keep the airbrush look consistent throughout the project. Then it hit me that I could use my Word Punch Board to create a custom template for the Marker Airbrush!
Word Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers
I punched out the letters “USA”, taped the template over my background (along with a little extra scrap of paper to completely cover it), and then used the complementary color with the Marker Airbrush to add the letters for my toppers.
Marker Airbrush by We R Memory Keepers
Once I finished adding the letters to the backgrounds, I punched them out with the Clear Cut Heart Punch. It was the perfect solution to portray my love for my country AND to quickly and easily punch out the text.
Clear Cut Heart Punch by We R Memory Keepers
To finish off my cupcake toppers, I added a few clear adhesive backed rhinestones for some sparkle, and then taped them to some fancy red and blue large sandwich picks.
Patriotic Cupcake Toppers by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
Don’t they look cool with these cupcakes with the red, white, and blue swirled frosting?
Patriotic Cupcake Toppers by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
Patriotic Cupcake Toppers by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
This would be a great technique to include on a patriotic greeting card, place card, or gift tag since you can easily customize the text using the Word Punch Board and the Marker Airbrush!
Patriotic Cupcake Toppers by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
Thanks for stopping by the blog friends! I hope you enjoy a fun, safe, and memorable Independence Day holiday this year. Happy crafting!
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foiled vinyl patriotic sign | diy patriotic decor

Hey there friends! We are in full summer mode here with hot temperatures, lazy mornings, trips to the pool, and Independence Day coming soon. I’ve got a festive DIY patriotic decor idea to share with you featuring some leftover vinyl that I added a gold foil pattern to. Check it out!
DIY Patriotic Decor with the Foil Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Patriotic Decor with the Foil Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
The focal point of my patriotic decor is this vinyl sign that I made my Silhouette Cameo, the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill and the Crate Paper Magnet Studio frame.
Foiled Vinyl Patriotic Sign with the Foil Quill by We R Memory Keepers
The design file comes from the We R Holiday USB Drive, which has 200 SVG files perfect for cutting or foiling for any holiday during the year.
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I started by opening the “Oh My Stars” design in my software and resizing it to fit my frame. Then I created a simple circle pattern that I foiled over the vinyl before cutting it out. Once I completed my foiled vinyl design and added it to my frame, I wanted to create a few more DIY decor items to accompany it. 
First, I used the Tassel Loom to make what I call a Waterfall Tassel Garland. I simply made four 6 inch tassels, and then used a yarn needle to string them all together and hang them.
Waterfall Tassel Garland by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
Next, I made a couple of mini garlands with some gold glitter paper and a gold mylar sheet. I used my circle and star Mini Clear Cut Punches (1 inch) to punch out the shapes, then I taped two shapes together (right sides out) with some gold metallic thread sandwiched in between.
Mini Gold Paper Garlands by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
I love using these punches because I can move them anywhere on my paper to punch, which means I can use EVERY INCH of my paper scraps. So satisfying, right?!?
We R Memory Keepers Mini Clear Cut Punch--Star
We R Memory Keepers Mini Clear Cut Punch--Circle
I threw in a flag and a plant decorated with blue striped washi tape to complete my patriotic vignette, and I love how it turned out!
DIY Patriotic Decor by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
Foil Vinyl Patriotic Sign with the Foil Quill by We R Memory Keepers
DIY Patriotic Decor with the Foil Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you’re enjoying your summer so far and that you have a Happy Independence Day!
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father’s day gift ideas | free SVG files!

Let’s talk Father’s Day! My mantra is “handmade is always better”, and handmade with FREE SVG FILES is even better! I used some free cutting and drawing files I found on the We R Memory Keepers blog to make handmade foiled cards with my Foil Quill and Silhouette Cameo 3, and some Father’s Day t-shirts as gifts for the hubby, my dad and my father-in-law. Check it out!

I picked three of my favorite FREE SVG FILES that you can download from We R Memory Keepers on their blog…

 HERE.

Each design comes in SVG and PNG format, and in draw and cut versions as well, so you can use them with your electronic cutting machine and the Foil Quill, Glue Quill, Singe Quill, Etch Quill or Bevel Quill. My machine of choice these days is my Silhouette Cameo 4.

You can also use them with your electronic cutting machine to cut different materials like vinyl, paper, fabric, etc. I used my machine to cut some Siser heat transfer vinyl that I ironed onto some t-shirt blanks from Gilden and Bella+Canvas.

You can find a Foil Quill card tutorial below. It’s a different project, but it will help with applying foil using your electronic cutting machine.

Here’s an online Michael’s class that shows how to use the Siser heat transfer vinyl. It’s my favorite kind by far!
Here’s the third t-shirt and matching card that I made. So fun, right? 
I think the dads/grandads are going to love them! I’m excited to share these handmade gifts this Father’s Day. Love is in the details.

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diy neon style sign for kids

Hello hello friends! School is official over here, and we’re gearing up for summer. With the current situation it’s a challenge to come up with fun activities for my youngest daughter that doesn’t involve busy public places and play dates at friends’ houses. I really want her to still feel she’s having a good break from school, so today I’m sharing a something I created for my daughter’s room. She’s worked so hard this school year and learned so much! She’s reached her academic goals, so I wanted to surprise her with some new room decor.
DIY Kids Neon Sign by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
She’s our little fish! She loves to swim and is on our local swim team. She’s also really obsessed with narwhals right now and her name is Faith, so I decided to grab my Big Happy Jig and a few colors of Neon Wire and this is what I came up with!
DIY Kids Neon Sign by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Big Happy Jig and Neon Wire
To create these designs I started by checking out the dedicated Happy Jig Instagram freed (@werhappyjig). That’s where I found the narwhal template–score! I pulled up Instagram on my laptop to make the template large enough to follow easily.
DIY Kids Neon Sign by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Big Happy Jig and Neon Wire
Then, I used some of the word templates on the IG account that have the letters I needed to piece together my daughter’s name. The waves are a design I created on my own with a little trial and error.
DIY Kids Neon Sign by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers 1
I used some coordinating Happy Jig wire to hold sections of the designs together to help keep their shape. I’m really happy with how they all turned out!
DIY Kids Neon Sign by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
I grabbed a 12×18 poster frame from another project I never started (yes, I have a few of those lying around in my office). I filled the frame with a 12×18 sheet of white poster board. Then I used dimensional clear adhesive dots to attach two of the designs to the frame, and wrapped the battery packs around the back of the frame to attach them out of sight.
DIY Kids Neon Sign by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers 1
I hung the frame on the wall with some Command Hooks, and then placed the waves on the desk leaning against the wall. I put a plant next to the waves to hide the battery pack. There are lots of creative ways to hide those little guys!
DIY Kids Neon Sign by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
I love that the battery pack has four setting: Off, On-Solid, On-Flashing, and On-Rapid Flashing. That means my daughter has plenty of options for her new room decor.

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She loves that it represents her, and I love that it’s a fun and colorful framed piece during the day and then at night it’s the perfect night light for my daughter’s room.

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