Thanks for visiting! I cannot believe how long its been since my last post! February is always so busy around here, between Lil A's birthday, T-ball resuming, Valentines and a shortened month, it seems like there's way too much to do in February! And with this busy schedule, I was inspired to make something helpful for Big A and I... a way to keep things straight and look good doing it!
Yes, I know there's always texting, phone calls, etc - but what about those thoughts, items, to-dos that wake you up in the middle of the night? Or that aren't important enough to interrupt a work day but that you still need to communicate about? Let the Husband and Wife Communicator help you out! I've hung ours from a suction cup on our bathroom mirror, but maybe yours would be more useful at your Kuerig Station or fridge. Whatever floats your boat! Big A has to wake up early for work... way earlier than my alarm goes off and I often stay up later than he does, working on KPS items, the computer or chores so it's pretty typical that I think of something to remind him of at 11 pm (and I've learned NOT to wake the giant while he's sleeping) while he might need to tell me something about upcoming plans for the weekend at 5 am... and since we don't seem to have a memory after having Lil A, this Communicator gives us a helping hand!
Would you like to make one? Okay, let's go!
- Binding Tool - I used the Cinch by WeR Memories
- Patterned Paper - I used Notable by WeR (seemed fitting, ya?)
- Textured Cardstock - I used Avalanche by Bazzil Basics
- AME (Albums Made Easy) Frame Dies by Lifestyle Crafts/WeR (Large and Small)
- Happy (Small)
- Love (Small)
- Fame (Small)
- AME Journaling 4"x6" Cards and AME Journaling 3"x4" Cards in Snapshots, Grayson, Unscripted and Notable
- Lifestyle Crafts/WeR Dies (Banners, Heart Beats, Nesting Circles, Stamp, etc.)
- Scrappy Glue
- Write-on Transparency (I used 3M)
- Sewing Machine
- Dimensional Tape
- WeR Washi Sheets
Let's get started! First, I die cut all of the AME Frames that I wanted to use. This was super quick and easy. The words and frames are all cut at the same time, so easy and cute! I think Instagram has turned me onto Polaroid Frames big time!
Next you're going to want to cut your transparency into 3 1/2" x 3 3/4" rectangles. Cut as many rectangles as you have frames.
Lets adhere your transparency onto your frames. You'll want to turn your frames over, apply a thin line of glue around all of the frame opening as close to the edge as possible. Place your transparency onto your frame, covering the glue. Quickly wipe away any glue that spills over onto your transparency before it dies. I used a baby wipe for this buy a damp paper towel does the trick just as well. Set it aside and assemble all of your other frames. By the time you're done with the last frame, your first frame should be dry!
Next, grab your frames, the WeR AME Journaling cards and your scrappy glue, Glue your frames to your journaling cards. I didn't want my sewing machine to go though a ton of glue so I just put glue at the bottom of the frame, around the word. I did this to all of my frames. Then I took my pages with the frames to my sewing machine and stitched around the edge of the frame on the sides and bottom ONLY. I left the top open so I could slide photos/memorabilia in and out. After I sewed all of my frames I cut off any excess paper from the sides and bottom of my pages.
Once all of your pages are done, it's time to bind this bad boy. Grab your Cinch Binding Tool and get to work! I LOVE this binder! This is actually my second binding tool (I have the Bind-It-All as well) and this is, by far, my favorite. Its so easy to get right! Gone are the days of worrying if my pages will be centered. Gone are the days of holes in the wrong spot! Seriously. I found the Cinch so easy to use, with great color photo instructions! I love that I can punch all of my pages at the same time - talk about quick! And it has a holder for your binding coils so you can just slide your pages onto the coils - easy peasy. The binding part of the tool is on the back - you adjust the binding tool by twisting a knob to the size binding coils you have and use the handle to press the machine down to close the coils. The instructions are so much clearer than me! And remember to put the front of your book as your last page when you go to bind it so that once your done with the binding you can just flip it around to the front and the closure to the binding is hidden in the pages.
Now, you can embellish your pages to your hearts content. I made a pocket on the back of the "FRIENDS" page so that we can store photos of friends there that we can slide in and out of the frame. You can leave love notes, a to-do list, items you need from the store, anything you can think of, with a Dry Erase Marker. I LOVED the WeR Washi Sheets - it was great cutting those with my dies or cutting a strip to edge my pages with to add just the right amount of ta-da! So quick and easy. On a few of my pages I added die cuts, bling, banners, hearts, hand-cut embellishments but I didn't do it on every page. You totally could, but I was trying to control myself since this is for BOTH my husband and I to use and he doesnt' seem to love flowers, hearts and bling as much as I do. WHAT?! I know, shocking.
If you have any questions, leave me a comment! Also, if you like ANY of the products I used (like the Cinch!), go to ShopWeR and use discount code KUTZPAPER to receive 20% off your purchase! Yay!
Have a great weekend!
* As a member of the WeR Lifestyle Crafts Studio Team I do receive compenstation from WeR/Lifestyle Crafts for my project BUT all opinions, projects and ideas are 100% mine*