Category: inspiration

minc and we r memory keepers: friendship mini envelope book

i love this project by Jamie Pate…. it is so perfect as a keepsake for her daughter, but also works as a gift for any occasion! having the right tools in your craft space makes being creative all that easier! see how easy this album is with Jamie’s #onpoint directions!!!!

So my third daughter, who is eleven-years old, has many a friend. The girl oozes with the need for friends and relationships in her life. With this in mind I thought it would be fun to create for her an envelope book that would hold 3×4 cards in which her friends could add notes and photos. Since it is the end of the school year in these parts, this will be a perfect way for her to keep sweet notes. Thing was, I had to beat her to the punch, (no pun intended) as that girl also loves the WeRMemoryKeepers Envelope Punch Board and can be found making envelopes all the live long day.

Here is how I went about this envelope book using the WeRMemoryKeepers Punch Board:

I used the following supplies:
WeRMemoryKeepers Envelope Punch Board
Minc Machine
Memory Planner 12×12 Paper
Minc Hello Card Stripes Set
Minc Chipboard Elements
Light Pink Foil

First I needed some envelopes. I cut several patterns of paper into 6×6 squares. Following the instructions that are placed right on that there board, I created envelopes that would fit 3×4 cards. It just could not be easier with that board.  After the envelopes were made, I then took a 3 1/2-inch strip piece of card stock and scored it at every 1/2-inch.

An envelope was then adhered to each score of the scored card stock, flap facing up. I continued to add envelopes until all were in place. Additional scored-strips of card stock can be adhered at the end of the strip if there is a need for more envelopes to be added to the book.

Once all the envelopes were in place, I added chipboard covers to the front and back to give the book structure.

Now to decorate, always the fun part:
The Minc Hello Card was ran through the Minc Machine with the Light Pink foil. Once that was done, I went ahead and ‘Minc-ed’ a couple of the Chipboard Elements also with Light Pink while the machine was still running.
Then…I cut the heart out of the center of the card. The left over card front was used to cover the front of the chipboard cover on the envelope book.

A piece of Memory Planner Pattern Paper was cut down to fit on the cover as well. I layered it with tulle and vellum that was filled with a bit of confetti. That was sewed down and then adhered to the stripe paper and finished off with the pink foiled heart popped up on top.

The inside was simply embellished with Chipboard Elements, pattern paper and trim.

Each flap is left open and ready to hold a 3×4 card or two with words of friendship from my daughter’s classmates.

The possibilities are endless for envelope books. This one is perfect for little friends and their sentiments. I hope something here sparked your interest to create pretty stuff with the We R Memory Keepers Punch Board and the Minc.

i LOVE Jamie! i also love the thought of your daughter punching and making envelopes all day long. it makes me smile! we’ve had a week full of inspiration with the Minc and We R Memory Keeper tools! it’s enough to inspire me for this long weekend!

gift packaging made easy with Heidi & WeR!

this week my team and i have been showing what you can do with the amazing tools by my American Crafts family brand We R Memory Keepers! Yesterday, I showed off the fun new Cinch Album Kits with my new Cinch. Today, Maggie Massey shares both the Envelope and Gift Box Punch Boards and how to create perfect end of the school year gifts! summer is almost here… what a perfect way to use the supplies you have at home to create one-of-a-kind gifts!

This week we’ve all been playing with these fantastic We R Memory Keepers Punch Boards, and let me tell you…I’m obsessed.

No joke.


I had a blast playing with these boards and coming up with different combinations of paper and embellishments…and I’m pretty sure I will never buy another envelope or gift box.

These are the only things you need in order to make unique & completely personalized gift boxes and envelopes…

*We R Memory Keepers Punch Boards (I used the Envelope & Gift Box Punch Boards)


*Adhesive (I use a tape runner & white scrapbook)

*Embellishments (optional)

That’s it!

I decided to put together a couple of videos so you could see just how stinking easy it is to use these boards…

Here’s the Envelope Punch Board video:

And here are some close-ups of the projects I went over in the video:

Seriously…the foil-lined inside?


All I did to create this envelope was to Minc a sheet of 6×6 Minc paper, create an envelope using the Envelope Punch Board and then construct the envelope so that the foiled side was on the inside

And here’s the Gift Box Punch Board Video:

And a few close-ups of the gift boxes I created…

Look at all the room inside that 4×4 box!

This little stack includes boxes I made with 1 sheet each of 12×12, 10×10 and 9×9 papers…

The variations you can create are just so neat! Use a different paper and different embellishments for a totally different look!

I just LOVE when I can create something fantastic with minimal effort…

SUPPLIES: WRMK Envelope Punch Board, WRMK Gift Box Punch Board, Heidi Swapp Minc 12″ Foil Applicator, Minc Reactive Foil Gold, Minc Reactive Foil Hot Pink,  Minc 6×6 Signature Paper, Minc 3D Butterflies, Minc 3D Flowers, Minc Labels, Minc Hello There Tags, Minc Ephemera, Wanderlust 12×12 Patterned Paper Pad, Minc Label Stickers, Minc Chipboard Shapes, Pink Paislee Bella Rouge patterned paper, assorted baker’s twine, flowers, ribbon & clips

minc and wer memory keepers: pretty packaging

hello from NYC!!! i am at the National Stationary Show where i am showing people the Minc! i loved seeing the reactions and watching people realize the amazing possibilities! so many of the individuals visiting our booth were designers, artists, and creatives that were super excited about this new-found freedom! we let people pick from a total of 12 different prints that we printed and ran through the MINC on the spot! the reactions have been PRICELESS! it is really so much fun to share… like today’s post from Sarah Bargo!!! she shows off the WOW factor that the Minc brings to even the simple gift box…

Well hello there paper peeps! This week we are playing with the We Are Memory Keepers Punch Boards, and today I’m showing you some fun things to do with the gift box one! Wow is it a cool little contraption!! It was so easy to create pretty packaging, and we all know how important that is… presentation is everything! If you’d like to play along, gather up your punch board, your 12×12 patterned Minc papers and some Minc embellishments!

Something I really love about this board is that it has the dimensions right on it! All you have to do is figure out what size box you need and check out the guide! Then you take a piece of paper, check out the size it should be according to the guide, trim your paper to the right size, and start scoring!

After you do all of your scoring, you fold up all the sides and hook the little “latches” and voila! Adorable little boxes and you know what is super cool?! No adhesive needed baby! It also comes with super easy instructions to follow and a cool little place to store your scoring tool right underneath the board! I love this thing! I wanted to play and try out different sizes, so I trimmed down some papers to the correct size and made these pretty packages;

This was the perfect opportunity to use these beautiful Minc products! Who wouldn’t love to get a shiny gold gift box?! I know I would!

Here I created a box out of a whole 12×12 sheet of paper and then embellished the top by layering pretties!

If you pick a pretty floral paper, you don’t even have to add anything to it, it looks so pretty just like that!

Seriously. Look at this teeny tiny guy. This is made with a 6×6 piece of paper… isn’t it adorable?!

Here is a simple but so elegant of a box, all it is is a piece of Minc paper and a few of the flowers layered on top! A fun trick is to use pop dots to adhere each piece and that really adds some dimension!

So pretty. The possibilities are endless with this thing! Now everybody I know will be getting homemade gift boxes ;)

these are just BEAUTIFUL Sarah!!! you won’t want to miss out on the little SNEAK PEEK announcement that i made right here on my Instagram feed while at the National Stationary Show… you can see it and more behind the scenes photos right here.

SUPPLIES; Minc 12×12 patterned papers, Minc Foil Applicator, Minc Transfer Folder, Minc Gold Foil, Minc Signature Paper, Minc 3D Flowers, Minc 3D Butterflies, Minc Mini Banner, Minc Spectacular Tags, Minc Frames, Hello Beautiful 12×12 Paper Pad

project life and wer memory keepers: best ever

this layout not only makes me happy looking at it!!! it shows how much fun my media team is having with my new September Skies Project Life Core Kit now at Hobby Lobby stores! this week we have teamed up with WeR Memory Keepers! this genius interactive page that Kim Jeffress has made is using the WeR Memory Keepers’ Envelope Punch Board – which is perfect for this collection! just LOOK at what she has made with it right here…

Last weekend for Mothers Day my family and I spent a lovely day together out at lunch and I happened to snap this fun photo of us on my phone. I want to get the memory scrapped straight away so this project was perfect!

I was lucky enough to get to play with the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch board and wanted to incorporate an envelope into my layout to add some hidden journaling! When I was looking at the measurements on the board I saw that there was a 3×4 sized envelope…then it hit me! Why not create an envelope to hold some of the new September Skies project Life cards on my layout!

Let me share how I got started on my layout.

1. Gather your supplies- September Skies pattern paper, Minc 12 x 12 pattern paper, Silver Reactive foil, Minc Machine, We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board, September Skies Project Life cards.

2. Run your 12 x 12 Minc pattern paper through the Minc machine with some Silver Reactive foil , trim to desired width and adhered to the background pattern paper to form the base of the layout.

3. Trim pattern  paper for your envelope  to desired size.

4. Score and punch your pattern paper according to instructions.

5. Fold and adhere the paper to form the envelope.

6. Attach a Project Life card to the front of the envelope with a gold clip.

7. Ink Wood Veneer with silver and gold ink for an ombre effect.

8. Add journaling to the Project Life card with your typewriter.

I then went ahead and adhered the photo, envelope  and 3×4 cards to my base pattern paper in a grid design.

I embellished the glitter card from the September Skies Project Life kit with some of the Wanderlust Capture  Foil Rub ons. I love the combination of silver and gold. I added a strip of Gold washi from the Wanderlust Make Pretty Stuff Pouch to hold my photo.

I added my inked Best Ever Wood Veneer  from the Wanderlust collection to my layout

I love the subtle texture it creates and again the silver and Gold combo brings a rich feel to my layout.

I added more of the Wanderlust Capture foil rubons to the 3×4 card attached to my envelope to further customise and add a personal touch.

Inside the envelope I have my hidden journaling…

I asked my boys to choose their favorite 3×4 card and they wrote down a few sentences for me, I also added in my journaling that I typed on my vintage typewriter!

The We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch board is  such a fun way to add some extra dimension and a fun way to hold some hidden journaling, I hope you try this idea on your next layout!

WOW!!! i love all the details to this page Kim. the wood veneer, the sweet notes from your children, and mostly the way you told your story in a way that will be treasured forever with that sweet envelope! 

Supplies: Minc  12 “Foil Applicator, Silver Reactive Foil, 12 x 12 5th Avenue Minc pattern paper, Minc Gold Binder ClipsWanderlust Make Pretty Stuff Wanderlust Pouch,  Wanderlust Best Ever Wood VeneerSeptember Skies Alpine Rose pattern paper, September Skies Star Gazing pattern paper, September Skies Word Strips, Wanderlust Capture Rubon Foil Kit,

We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board


mixed media: a birthday card and a video!

this week, my media team and i have been sharing fun ways to use my NEW Mixed Media collection NOW in Michael’s Stores! today Maggie Massey is up with a layered card, using the Card Kit, that is quick and easy! plus, she has shared with us a video tutorial so you can make one yourself!!!

Hey everyone!

Today I’m sharing a video I put together on how I created this little birthday card using Heidi’s new Mixed Media collection…now available at Michaels!

This is all you will need to re-create the card…

I hope you enjoyed that little peek into how the screen prints and texture paste work!

Be on the lookout for all of the new products at Michaels…and have fun trying these techniques for yourself!

Maggie, watching this video makes me miss you a whole lot!!! thank you so much for sharing with us the details behind your beautiful card! it was almost like a free class! 

i can’t wait to see what you make with my NEW collection – feel free to post a photo on Instagram and use the hashtag #heidiswapp so I can see!

SUPPLIES: Die Cut Color Magic Papers, Gold Metallic Texture Paste, Teal Metallic Screen Print Ink, 3×4 Small Screen Kit Enjoy the Ride, Color Magic Card Kit, Color Shine Butter, Seam Binding Ribbon, Heidi Swapp Screen Print Scraper & Creative Caution Tape (found in Screen Print kits)


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