Thursday, November 27, 2014

15 days of gratitude: week 2

Happy Thanksgiving to all my US friends! I hope you're enjoying a day full of yummy food, fun, and plenty of time with your loved ones.

Today I'd like to share the second half of my filled in gratitude journal pages. I have truly loved this project and am grateful to share it with you.

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I was able to either take or find a photograph for almost everything, though some things I chose not to represent with a photograph. I figured words would be just fine. For the page below I used the fun panorama feature on my iPhone camera to capture my parents, kids, and hubby sitting at a creamery booth. It was a fun and different way to capture that blessing.

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Most days it wasn't hard to think of five things to be thankful for, but I'll be honest and say (as I shared in my project summary on the last page) that on a few days it took me longer than others. A few days that were rough ones caused me to take more time to meditate and re-focus my mind to come up with some truthful feelings about gratitude. But you know what? That's what I love about this project--that on the hard days it makes me reflect a little deeper and change my perspective. Because I truly believe that even though this project was about listing things to be grateful for, true joy comes from being grateful no matter what.

I'll leave you with an awesome and very significant quote that I truly believe. Hope you enjoy this day of gratitude, and strive to make every one after a day of gratitude as well.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

hexagon give thanks card

Today I'm sharing a Thanksgiving card I created for the Echo Park Paper blog using the new Made from Scratch collection and the darling I Heart Fall Mini Theme. I love that the two collections mix together perfectly!

I used sticker accents and cut out some leaves from the I Heart Fall Mini Theme paper to add a fall feel to this Thanksgiving card, but the rest of the card is from a collection that isn’t fall or Thanksgiving themed. You don’t always need themed products to create a themed look on your projects. Picking the right color scheme can help accomplish that as well.

I also used the Echo Park Hexagon Nesting Designer Dies to create a geometric design on the front of my card. I cut hexagons using the three smallest dies and arranged them randomly on my card front. Then I added some hand stitching to each one.  Design tip: I used an old mouse pad under the card front while I pierced stitching holes with my needle. Then I used a single strand of white floss to backstitch a border around each hexagon.

Are you ready for the big feast tomorrow? What are your plans this year?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

thanksgiving project round up

Two more days until the big day this week, so I thought it would be fun to share a little round up of some of my favorite Thanksgiving projects that I've created in recent years. These Thanksgiving project ideas range from decor, to place cards, to hostess gifts. And they're all fairly simple to create if you're in need of a last minute idea!

CLICK HERE for more details about the Pie Box Place Cards, and CLICK HERE for more info about the Thankful Tree, the Pilgrim Hat Bottle Tags, the Window Gift Boxes, and the 3D Paper Pumpkin Centerpiece. Enjoy!

Monday, November 24, 2014

thankful layout

Scrapbooking with themed products can be lots of fun and can help projects come together more quickly. But, what if you don't have themed products? Or you prefer not to use them? Or maybe the themed products don't coordinate well with your photos? How can you create a themed layout using non-themed products?

So Very Thankful by Aly Dosdall

Take a look at this Thankful layout I created using the adorable It Factor collection. It's a page about gratitude for my amazing family and a really awesome trip we recently took together. But while it's about gratitude, I chose not to use any Thanksgiving or fall themed products.

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Rather than choosing a collection to match the season, I chose to use a paper collection that feels happy to me which is the pervasive feeling in these photos. I love the colors in this collection. They really make me happy, and that's what this page is all about--gratitude for the things in life that make me happy.

For more photos and details about this layout and how you can create themed layouts using non-themed products, visit the We R Memory Keepers blog HERE.

Friday, November 21, 2014

inspiration: top 5 trends

I love to browse the internet for inspiration. My favorite places for crafty browsing are Pinterest (of course) and some crafty blogs. I turn to those sites when I need a little crafty mojo or when I'm waiting in line at Costco. =)

Here are five trends that I've recently found in abundance online, and that I'm loving right now.

1. Confetti--love it. Perfect for celebrations, holidays, and girls.

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2. Insta-frames--perfect for photos, embellishments, cards. Can't get enough of them!

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3. Project Life/journaling cards--these little guys are so useful! They make great mini albums, perfect sentiments for cards, and awesome layers and titles on layouts. A must-have for any crafter's stash.
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And finally, here are a few things that inspire me for this holiday season:

4. Kraft, white, and gold--I love that tone-on-tone look of gold with kraft and the unexpected sparkle that differentiates the two. The crisp white reminds me of snow. Yum!

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5. Non-traditional holiday colors paired guessed it. Gold!

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How about you? What are your favorite trends? Where do you do to find your inspiration? Share your favorite sources in the comments section below.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

15 days of gratitude: week 1

It's now officially been one week since I started recording five things I'm thankful for each day in my gratitude journal. So far it's been such a great way for me to stay focused on the positive. I truly believe that when we're counting our blessings we feel happier--even during the hard times.

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I added some mini alpha stickers to the page tabs to designate the number of the day. I also added a date stamp on a tab on each page.

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Some of the things on my daily lists are deep and big, and some are fun and frivolous. I think it's important to appreciate everything--loved ones, faith, and even iPhones and Mega M&M's! =) Most of the items on my lists have to do with things that happened during that day. That way I'm also including a bit of a daily record in the process of counting my blessings.

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To see the rest of this week's pages, and for some tips about finding internet photos to use in your albums, visit the We R Memory Keepers blog HERE.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

giveaway today!

My dear friends at Scrapbook and Cards Today are giving away two free seats in my Playful Layouts class over at Craftsy. The giveaway closes tomorrow, so don't miss out. Plus there's a link to register for the class at 20% off. Follow this link to their blog if you're interested:

Here are a few of the fun layouts you can learn how to make, each with great techniques and clever ways to use your scrapbooking supplies:

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

pilgrim hat place cards

Place cards are a great touch to your Thanksgiving table. They're not only practical, but they can add a unique crafty feel to your spread as well. Here's a fun idea for Thanksgiving place cards--create a pilgrim hat to mark your guest's seat at the table.

Pilgrim Hat Place Cards by Aly Dosdall

To make the pilgrim hats I used the Pilgrim Hat Shape Die and my Evolution Advanced. I cut the hat pieces out of some Indian Summer semi-sold 12x12 papers, assembled them, and then used glue dots to secure them.

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Then I die cut some banner shapes using a die from the Banner It Kit, used some rub-ons to add names to the banners, and then embellished the banners with some die cut feathers. To add the banner to the hat I simply cut a small slit in the top of the hat on each side and inserted the bottom of the banner inside the slits.

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Learn more ways to use this darling Pilgrim Hat Shape Die on the We R blog HERE.

Monday, November 17, 2014

pillow box utensil holder

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I love to find multiple uses for my crafting tools! It makes me feel like I'm getting a little extra bang for my buck. And if you can get more bang for your buck during the holiday season, even better. Here's a great way to use your Pillow Box Punch Board this season--create a Thanksgiving utensil holder!

Pillow Box Utensil Holder by Aly Dosdall

It's easy to make this utensil holder with the punch board. For a full tutorial on how to do just that, visit the We R blog HERE.

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I added some die cut feathers, an embossed sticker, some cotton twine, and some enamel shapes. Though I chose not to, you could also add a sentiment or the name of the guest you'd like to sit in that seat--perfect place card.

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While my utensil holder is Thanksgiving themed, you can make them for any holiday or occasion--Christmas, birthdays, showers, etc. Just swap out themed papers and embellishments to fit your needs.

Friday, November 14, 2014

paper weaving card

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Today I'd like to share a fun Thanksgiving themed card with a cool paper technique. Patterned paper is one of my go-to products, so I love using paper as a unique design element like I did with the woven paper strips on my card. This paper weaving technique can be used on a card like mine, a scrapbook page, or other paper craft projects.

Give Thanks Card by Aly Dosdall

This card features the beautiful Shine collection, which is perfect for seasonal projects like this. For a step-by-step tutorial on how to create this card, visit the We R blog HERE.