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tropical fruit scented summer candles with the wick candle maker

Here in the USA Memorial Day is a national holiday for remembering loved ones lost. It’s a time to gather with family and loved ones and take a day off. It also marks the unofficial start of summer! One of my favorite things about summer is all the fresh fruit that’s in season, so I decided to make some Tropical Fruit Scented Candles with the Wick Candle Maker. I grabbed some old dollar mason jars I had in my stash and turned them into a pineapple candle, a strawberry candle, and a peach candle.
Tropical Fruit Scented Candles by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Wick Candle Maker

Since I got my Wick Candle Making Kit, my girls and I have starting making gifts for friends and it’s been so much fun! The Wick is simple and safe enough that I feel totally comfortable including young crafters in the process, which I love.
Tropical Fruit Scented Candles by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
My mason jars are pint size (16 oz) and don’t fit under the Wick machine, but that’s no problem! You can totally use larger containers with your Wick. All I had to do was fill the small mold to the max line twice and that filled the inside of the jars perfectly. Tip: measure with water ahead of time to see how many molds fit into your container. After filling the hopper to the max line with the included paraffin wax pellets, I measured out the pigment powder so I used the same ratio for both pours into the mold. That way the colors match exactly.
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I set the heat on high, and waited about 20 minutes for the wax to melt. While waiting, I decorated the outside of my  pineapple jar with washi tape that I cut into thin chevron shapes with my Washi Chomper.
Pineapple Scented Candles by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Wick Candle Maker
We R Memory Keepers Washi Chomper
For the strawberry jar, I added black dots from leftover punctuation and letter stickers.
Strawberry scented candle by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Wick Candle Maker
Then I added the wick to my jars by securing one end to the bottom of the jar with a small glue dot. Once the wax melted I added 3-4 drops of tropical fruit scented frangrance oil and stirred the melted wax thoroughly.
We R Memory Keepers Wick Candle Maker
Then I opened the valve and allowed the wax to pour into the mold. While it was still hot, I carefully poured it into my jar and then started on the next batch of wax, following the above steps. I recommend wiping out the mold with paper towels after the first pour while the wax is still melted. It’s much easier to clean the mold that way.
We R Memory Keepers Wick Candle Maker
We R Memory Keepers Wick Candle Maker
Tip
: wax shrinks slightly when it cools, so you will notice the center of your candle caves in slightly. Hold back some wax so you can top off your candle once the second batch dries and fill it in.
Tropical Fruit Scented Candles by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
While the second batch of wax cooled, I decorated the jar lids. I started by painting them green. I used three different greens to add a little interest to the set.
While the paint dried, I cut out leaves for the pineapple, strawberry, and peach candles. Once the paint dried completely, I hot glued the two parts of the lid together, and then hot glued the leaves on each lid with the USB Mini Glue Gun.
We R Memory Keepers USB Power Mini Glue Gun
Tropical Fruit Scented Candles by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
For the peach candle I wanted to try using scented wax melts from my local craft store. I found some peach scented ones but the color was darker than I wanted, so I mixed in some French vanilla melts along with a little yellow pigment from my Wick kit. I love how it turned out!
We R Memory Keepers Wick Candle Maker with scented wax melts
Peach Scented Candle by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Wick Candle Maker
Be sure to clean out the heating chamber in between candles. I found it easiest to turn the heat down to low once I finished a candle, and then wipe out the heating chamber with paper towels. That way the wax is still melted and easy to wipe, but the chamber isn’t so hot.
Pineapple Scented Candles by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Wick Candle Maker
I’d love to try some soy wax, bees wax, and adding dried flowers or pot pourri to my next set of candles. It’s so much fun, and there are so many possibilities!
Tropical Fruit Scented Candles by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Wick Candle Maker
This is a great project for a gift, for summer events, or for home decor. Thanks for stopping by and have a safe and relaxing summer!

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how to make a diy journal with the staple board

I’ve been a scrapbooker for over 20 years and over the years I’ve learned the importance of journaling. Journaling with photos is great, but sometimes you want to record ideas, experiences, and thoughts without an accompanying photo. That’s where journals come in handy! I love making custom journals and there are several ways I like to do that, but today I want to share with you how to make your own journal with the Staple Board.
DIY Mothers Day Journal Gift by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I created a DIY journal complete with journaling prompts that will encourage me to write down my ideas, thoughts, experiences, and all those important details that I want to have recorded for years to come. I selected some of my favorite 12×12 scrapbook papers.
DIY Mothers Day Journal Gift by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
DIY Mothers Day Journal Gift by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
I created the cover with a double sided piece of patterned paper. I cut a 7 x 8 inch block and scored it vertically down the middle with my Trim and Score Board to make a 3 1/2 x 8 inch journal. Then I decorated the front of the cover with some die cuts.
Trim and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers
For the inside pages of the journal I gathered four pieces of patterned paper and cut them all to 6 7/8 x 7 7/8 inches so they’re just smaller than the cover. That way when folded to fit in the journal, the edges of the inside pages don’t stick out over the cover. I stapled the cover and inside pages together with my We R Memory Keepers Staple Board to finish the structure of the journal.
DIY Mothers Day Journal Gift by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
I added a journaling prompt to each of the inside pages, along with some die cut embellishments. 
We R Memory Keepers Frame Punch Board
I also made some frames to embellish some of my pages using the Frame Punch Board. This tool is super handy for framing photos or design elements on paper craft projects.
DIY Mothers Day Journal Gift by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
DIY Mothers Day Journal Gift by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
I finished off my DIY Journal with decorative paper clips, and secured it shut with a gold binder clip. 
DIY Mothers Day Journal Gift by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
What I love about DIY journals is you can customize them to fit your needs. You can make them whatever size you want with however many pages you want. If you haven’t made your own journal before, you should give it a try! It’s easy, fun and a great way to tell your story. Thanks for stopping by friends!

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make a tag mini album with the crop-a-dile

Hi there friends! I’m happy to share a cute mini album idea with you featuring some of the tools in the Crop-A-Dile line. The Crop-A-Dile has been a best selling We R tool for many years and is a staple for many crafters. There’s a new member of the Crop-A-Dile family, and I can’t wait to show you what it can do!
Crop-A-Dile Tag Mini Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

The OG Crop-A-Dile was perfect for punching holes in my wood album covers for binding. Plus it was a breeze to set an eyelet in each one to finish off the holes. I used the new Singe Quill by hand with a stencil to create the cover, and the Amy Tangerine Slice of Life collection for my pages and embellishments.
Crop-A-Dile Tag Mini Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

To secure the inside pages of the album I punched holes with the Crop-A-Dile Multi Hole Punch and then added a hole reinforcer that I punched with the Hole Reinforcer Punch. I used the Corner Chomper to round the tag corners.
I’ve got a video tutorial for this fun album about my sweet fur baby, Daisy. Check it out below! 

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed this craft tutorial. Be sure to share your Crop-A-Dile creations and tag me on social media so I can see!

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how to make a tassel and pom pom garland

I can’t wait to share a project with you that I have been wanting to make for months! My craft room has a space for filming videos and the wall is decorated with some of my favorite things. For several months I’ve been wanting to add a fun tassel garland to it, but I just haven’t had the time to make it until now. Yay for checking something off my to-do list!

DIY Tassel Garland by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Tassel Loom.

DIY Tassel Garland by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I used a couple of We R tools to make this garland come together more quickly. First, to make the tassels I pulled out my Tassel Loom and made three 4 inch tassels.
DIY Tassel Garland by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I added some natural wood beads to the ends for some contrast and visual interest.
DIY Tassel Garland by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the USB Power Spinning Tool.

Next, I made four pom poms with the USB Power Spinning Tool. I love how this tool saves me time when making pom poms! I added some natural wood beads to these as well.
DIY Tassel Garland by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Then I strung them all together on a length of blue yarn adding different size wood beads. I love how it turned out!


DIY Tassel Garland by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
Tip: my favorite scissors for trimming tassels and pom poms are the We R Spring Loaded Scissors. They’re the best!
DIY Tassel Garland by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

This new DIY piece in my craft room makes me happy! I hope you enjoyed this project. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

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mother’s day mug pocket card | free printable + video tutorial

Hello friends! I’m so happy to be sharing a sweet Mother’s Day gift idea with you in the form of a shaped pocket card with a little packet of tea inside. This is something you can make and send in the mail as a parcel, or you can drop one off on the porch of your favorite girlfriend, sister, daughter, mom, grandma or co-worker. This would also make a great thank you, birthday, or thinking of you gift.

Make a mug pocket card with the Word Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

This Mother’s Day Mug Pocket Card is easy to make and I incorporated some of my favorite We R Memory Keepers tools along with the Lovely Moments collection by Pebbles Inc. One of my favorite tools for making custom titles and sentiments is the Word Punch Board. I love how easy it is to use and how versatile it is. It was the perfect solution for this card.

Make a mug pocket card with the Word Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

My favorite feature of this card is the removable herbal tea packet!

Make a mug pocket card with the Word Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers
Make a mug pocket card with the Word Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Isn’t that cute! Mom/grandma will love it. You can add a tea packet, concert tickets, a gift card or whatever your recipient will enjoy getting. I’ve provided a free printable template (in several different formats) so you can make your own Mother’s Day Mug Pocket Card, as well as a video tutorial so you can see how I put this project together.

Thanks for stopping by friends! I hope this Mother’s Day craft project idea has inspired you.
Make a mug pocket card with the Word Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

If you don’t have the Word Punch Board be sure to check it out. It’s a game changer and I’m pretty sure you’ll love it. It’s widely available online at Michaels and other online retailers. You can also check with your local craft/scrapbook store to see if they offer curbside pickup. Happy crafting!

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make an easy handmade card with the marker airbrush | craft video tutorial

Hey there crafty friends! Where are all my cardmakers? If you’re looking for a fun, new card technique I’ve got a great one to share with you today! It’s pretty easy but it looks amazing. All you  need is a set of juicy marker, some stencils and a simple tool from We R Memory Keepers.


The tool I’m using for this project is the Marker Airbrush. The barrel is adjustable so it works with almost any marker you have in your stash, as long as it has plenty of ink and isn’t dried up.

I used three analogous color markers for this project to get a textured look. I went for one darker color, one medium color and one light color.

Using a stencil made this project super easy. I just made sure to cover up the spaces in the stencil that I didn’t want the ink to go through.

Check out the tutorial video to see how to make this pretty card and matching envelope with the We R Marker Airbrush!
So what do you think? Is this a tool you would try? Have you used a marker airbrush before? I loved using it and loved the results. I’ll definitely be incorporating this tool in to more of my craft projects!

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motivational messages with the foil quill

Hello! I’ve got a fun and inspirational project to share today. One thing I’m really big on is kindness. Treating others with love and respect, and spreading light and goodness fills me with joy and is something I try to teach to my kids consistently. Not that we’re perfect at this at all, but it’s definitely something we intentionally incorporate into our lives as often as we can.

Here’s a great way to spread kindness, love, and to brighten someone’s day: make some pretty and inspiring motivational messages and share them with others for no reason at all other than to make them happy! You can do this for friends and loved ones, or it’s fun to do this for total strangers as well.

I had a lot of fun making these! Crafting is so therapeutic during stressful times, and it’s a great way to pass the time at home.

What I love about these is that they’re colorful and happy, and they also have a fun surprise–FOIL!

Let me show you how I made these with my We R Foil Quill and The Works All In One Tool:

I started with a plain white sheet of watercolor paper. You can also use white cardstock. I painted with some of my favorite water color paint colors, using lots of pigment and not as much water so the background was plenty saturated. This is best achieved by layering color several times (no need to wait for each layer to dry).

Next, the watercolor paint needs to dry. You can air dry it or use a heat gun to speed along the process. Just be sure to dry both the front and back with the heat gun so your paper doesn’t end up warped.

Once your paper is dry, your ready to foil! Plug the Foil Quill Standard tip into a USB power source to heat for at least five minutes. Then cut a section of Foil Quill foil in the color you desire. You can use multiple foil colors for a fun effect! Tip: my favorite way to cut foil is with the We R Foil Cutting Kit. It works for vinyl too!

Prepare your designs in your cutting machine software. I used my Cameo 4, Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software, and images from the Floral Foil Quill USB Design Drive.

Place your watercolor painting on the cutting mat of your electronic cutting machine, then tape the foil down over it. Be sure to use a low tack tape (like washi tape) so you paper doesn’t tear. Also, keep the tape away from where your design will end up or the foil won’t transfer through the tape.

For added visual interest you can divide the design and send it through multiple times with different color foil. How you do that will depend on your machine’s instructions and capabilities.

Once you’ve foiled all of your motivational messages, you’re ready to trim them into tags and embellish them.

For this I used one of my current go-to tools, The Works All In One tool by We R Memory Keepers. It’s like 12 craft tools in one–no joke! It can trim, score, make envelopes and banners, tags and tabs. It can punch holes, round corners, make pom poms, tassels and bows, and you can stamp with it, too! What?!?

After trimming all my designs into vertical rectangles to make tags, I rounded the corners on some, and cut angled corners on others, and then punched a hole in all of them.

Next, I made tassels with the board using Stitch Happy Thread, which is thicker than traditional thread. It’s more like embroidery floss or twine, which would work great too.

I tied them on with some white twine at the top for tying the tags onto something as well. I love how happy they are!

Now comes the fun part–leaving them around your neighborhood or at your friend’s house, or in your loved one’s mailbox! Here’s a few spots where I left mine.

Now it’s your turn. Grab your Foil Quill, and make some inspiring and positive messages to share with the world. Spread some sunshine and light, and it will lift your spirits too. Have fun!

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how to store foil and vinyl rolls in your craft room

Hello crafters!  I’ve got some more craft room storage tips to share with you. As I work from home, it’s essential to keep my home office/craft room well organized so I can work most efficiently. I’ve got enough potential distractions without needing to spend time digging around to try and find supplies for my projects.

Things go much more smoothly when I can easily find what I’m looking for, and the new Foil Quill Foil Roll Storage Racks make it easy to find my favorite rolls of foil when I’m ready to create with my Foil Quill or Freestyle Pens.
I love having my go-to foil roll colors on display and easy to reach. Not only do they look pretty, but when they’re within arms reach I can cut out the time it takes to dig through the Large Storage Bin where I keep my other foil rolls. Plus, they fit rolls of vinyl as well. Score!
Along this same wall is where I keep my electronic cutting machines and all of my accessories that work with my machines. I’m a firm believer in storing everything you need for a specific craft or activity in the same place for easy access.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope these storage ideas have inspired you to organize your craft supplies in a way that works best for you. Happy organizing and happy crafting!

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craft room storage solution: bloom pouch

I love when an organization project works out really well. It makes me ridiculously happy! (Does that sound weird?) There is something so satisfying to me about finding a craft storage solution for my supplies that not only works well for my creative process, but it looks great and is easy to maintain. This craft storage project made me so giddy that I just had to share it with you.

I’m a huge fan of the We R Memory Keepers Planner Punch Board and Word Punch Board. One of my favorite things about them is their versatility, which is a result of the amazing punch inserts that work with these boards. But, that also means there are dozens of accessories to store and keep organized. Check out the storage solution I found for this. I’m so happy with it!

What’s awesome about the Bloom Pouch from We R Memory Keepers is 1) it holds a ton of stuff; 2) it’s super easy to clean up–literally pull the strings and you’re done; and 3) you can see everything inside when it’s fully opened so it’s easy to find what you’re looking for.

I store my Bloom Pouches in a basket on a shelf in my craft room closet. When I need them I can either pull out the entire basket, or just one pouch depending on what I need for my project. I pull open the draw strings, and everything stored in the pouch is visible so I can easily find the inserts that I’m looking for. Then when I’m done, I just place everything back on the opened pouch, pull the drawstring closed, and put the pouches away. Easy peasy!

See, I feel so much better now that I’ve shared this serendipitoush storage solution with you! Now go forth and organize your craft supplies friends. Thanks for stopping by!

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DIY home office decor

One thing I love about having a home office is that I can really make it my own. I can fill it with things that inspire me and motivate me to create. I have a display above my computer desk that really makes me happy, and I’m going to show you how to create your own home office decor to display your family photos, your favorite colors, and your personal style! 
Home Office Decor by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I recently renovated my craft room and I’m really an aqua/teal kind of girl. My decor before the renovation was mint, teal, blue, aqua, green and brown. But I’m loving all the blush pink I’ve seen paired with those colors recently, so I’ve started following suit. My current favorite color scheme is Blush Pink, Mint, Teal, and Cornflower Blue.

Home Office Decor by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
I started by grabbing some patterned papers and embellishments in my favorite colors from some of my favorite brands: Crate Paper  and Maggie Holmes.
Home Office Decor by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
Then I made a “family” banner with my Mini Alphabet Punch Board.
Family banner step out 3
To speed things up I grabbed my Square Punch Board and punched out four 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch rectangles, and one 2 1/2 inch square (for the letter M). Then I used my Mini Alphabet Punch Board app to create the letters for my banner.
Square Punch Board and Mini Alphabet Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers
I used washi tape to secure the yarn to the back of the letters. I chose a yarn color to match my color scheme, and then tied it to my folding ruler.
Mini Alphabet Punch Board Banner
Home Office Decor by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
I added a few embellishments, including a tropical leaf I made with the Happy Jig and some green wire.
Happy Jig tropical leaf embellishment by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
Then I made some photo frames with my Frame Punch Board to display some of my favorite family photos. I added some more embellishments, including another Happy Jig tropical leaf.
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Happy Jig wire tropical leaf by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
Once I finished decorating my folding ruler as the focal point on the wall above my desk, I surrounded it with wall decor in the same color scheme.
Home Office Decor by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
I love having my family photos on display over my work area, along with my favorite colors, patterns, and images. It inspires me as I work, and it makes me happy when I look at the wall. Thanks for stopping by, and happy crafting friends!

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