Have you seen the NEW Happy Jig collection from We R Memory Keepers in action, yet? If not, you need to get on that, ASAP. When I was at the CHA show this year, the Happy Jig was quite possibly my favorite new tool. The way it works is you use the wire-bending tool kit to bend wire with the use of a peg board to make into fun and interesting designs. The kit comes with various sized pegs, a base that has a bunch of little holes in it, wire crimps, a booklet with designs, and three lengths of wire to get you started. I highly recommend picking up a few more colors of wire or try the multi-packs, like Colored and Neutral. These designs are addictive to make, so you’re going to want plenty of wire! Continue reading “New Happy Jig by We R Memory Keepers” »
It’s February, and we are so excited to have spring right around the corner, but before we get there we have Valentine’s Day crafts to take care of! Every month we offer our readers/customers free SVG design downloads created by Aaron Meyers. This month, we are pleased to bring you (2) card designs and (1) set of February-themed icons for your daily planner.
Before we get to the projects, we must explain how this all works. You use the SVG image files with an electronic cutting machine to cut your material (colored cardstock, vinyl, etc.) to make these fun designs. To download each file, all you have to do is scroll to the bottom of this post and click on the links. Here is our favorite design for this month’s selection:
by Richelle Naegle
Valentine’s, or as I like to call it, the big heart day, is almost here. One of my new year’s resolutions is to stop being a paper craft slacker! This year, I am going to get my holiday crafts done early, starting with my Valentine’s paper craft projects. If you need some help meeting your goals, whether they are related to crafts or not, you should download our free SVG files.
Valentine’s Greeting Cards
For this first card, I used my Silhouette CAMEO 3. The overall size of the card is 4.25″ x 5.5″, and I found the cute puppy at the Silhouette Store. The design is called Love Dog w/ Balloon. I cut the image out at about 3.5″ tall, from the bottom of LOVE to the top of the heart balloon.
I went old school with my second card, and put away the CAMEO and grabbed my favorite manual die-cutter, the Big Shot. I made this design using the Sizzix Victorian Frame Bigz XL Die by Brenda Walton. I made a card out of it, but it would be excellent as a photo frame to decorate your fridge.
If you have Victoria Frame die, break it out and get going on a project. I forgot how much I liked it. It has been retired and is no longer available, but if you are looking for a frame die, I love this Staxables Frame Bigz Die that allows you to create interlocking photo frames.
After cutting your frame card, you just add whatever sentiment or die-cut shapes to decorate it the way you want it. That’s the beauty of die-cutting projects. No matter how many times you repeat a design, you can make it a little different in each case.
I also made the above scrapbook layout. I usually only take one picture on Valentine’s day, so I figure this simple layout will work just perfect! Sometimes making quick and easy designs is necessary. You can’t spend hours on every layout. When I want to make a fast project, I use a scrapbook kit. This particular collection kit is called Main Squeeze, by Crate Paper. There are matching paper and embellishments; the only struggle is the decision to about which ones to use, and which to leave aside.
Home Decorating Idea
My last project is something I do every year. All you do is cut out hearts in a few different sizes and different colored paper; it’s a great way to get rid of extra scraps of paper. I write things I love about the person on the hearts; then I add stickers or other embellishments to them. I also found something on Pinterest that was similar to this, where you put a heart on your kid’s door every day, starting on February 1st through Valentine’s day. I thought it sounded like a great way to remind your kids (or your spouse) what you love about them. It’s a super easy and inexpensive way to spread the love!
I hope you have enjoyed these fun Valentine’s crafts. I would love to see what you have created for your loved ones. Share them with me on our Facebook page.
With Valentine’s Day coming up next week, I thought it would be fun to make a few crafts for the occasion. The idea here is these would be great Valentine craft projects for kids. These designs are easy enough that most any kid will be able to participate in meaningful ways, and in some cases, do it all themselves.
The first project was completed using the Pom Pom Maker by We R Memory Keepers. Though intended to be used as a tool for making party decor, I re-purposed it to make cute little creatures. To make these guys, I used the medium Pom Pom Maker, red yarn, a couple googly eyes, red pipe cleaners, and then I cut out hearts using my Cricut Explore Air 2. These are super easy crafts and the beauty of it is you can modify my design with simple nick nacks you may find around the house for your own personalized substitutions.
For the second project I made, I used the draw feature on the Cricut Explore. The images were made with the original Create A Critter Cricut cartridge. The right machine will make your Valentine projects quick and easy. I love these crayon holders because it’s a cheap, easy, and unique solution for your kids to give out Valentines to their friends (and heaven forbid, their sweethearts).
These designs measure 4.5″ x 7″ so I could fit two on a regular 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper. Also, check out the Create a Critter 2 cartridge is for even more options. There are so many different images to choose from and all of them will look great for this sort of project.
The last project I made using the We R PhotoLights. And while this isn’t your traditional Valentine’s gift, I would love it if someone gave this to me. Fill the project with photographs of you and your significant other and then change out the photos when Valentine’s is over. It’s a fun way to display your favorite photos all year round. The PhotoLights Light Strand comes with 10 small picture frames. Each of the image slots are 2.5″ x 2.5″. Use the Printable Backlit Film to print your images for use in the PhotoLights boxes. You can print using a Laser Printer or an Ink Jet Printer. I would suggest using a Laser Printer, the Ink Jet works great but you need to be very careful handling them (the ink rubs off a little bit). I used my ink jet and you can’t tell in the pictures, so it does work just fine if you are delicate with it.
Hope you have been inspired to create some fun projects for Valentine’s for your loved ones. If you do have something to share, please share it on social media with us, like on our Facebook page. No matter what you are looking for from We R, we have it all. Try our awesome selection of We R Memory Keepers paper. Also, be sure to check out the Stitch Happy sewing solution, which will be released later this year.
We hope you are ready for some awesome Valentine’s craft projects this February, because we went all in with our free .SVG downloads this month. Our very own Aaron Meyers has created three different projects for you to enjoy, including (2) card projects and our first attempt at a decorative picture frame.
In case you are unfamiliar, .SVG files are compatible with the latest electronic cutting machines, for example the Explore Air 2 and the Silhouette CAMEO 3. The design file instructs the machine how to cut your material, so that you can create wonderful paper crafts without the need for physical cartridges or dies. The .SVG files are found at the bottom of this post, and if you cannot see them it is because you are reading this post in our blog feed and you must click on the post title in order to reveal the download links.
Without further ado, here are the design concepts:
This is the Valentine’s DIY picture frame.
The above card is called the Be Mine Birds card.
Last, but not least, this is the Happy Valentine’s Day card.
Please share this post with your friends so that they can take advantage of these awesome designs and when you finish with your own personal projects, please share them with us! We’d love to see what you’ve done, so post pictures on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. and please tag us. Get a new Cricut Explore pen or save on some Silhouette accessories.