Wednesday, May 4, 2016

honeycomb paper fruit party decor

Looking for decor ideas for Cinco de Mayo? Or maybe you need some help with a summer party theme? Or, maybe you're hosting a luau this summer? Look no further than your local craft or party supply store. Honeycomb paper shapes are a colorful and festive way to decorate for any summer get-together. Here are a few ideas for customizing those honeycomb decorations for some summer fun.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

summer party ideas with honeycomb paper

Remember those white honeycomb paper bells from Aunt Janice's 1970's wedding photos? Yep. Me too. Those days may be gone, but honeycomb paper is back and it's better than ever! Party and craft supply stores often carry a large inventory of honeycomb decor in all shapes, sizes and colors to add the perfect touch of texture, dimension, and fun color to your event.

I recently had the pleasure of being a guest on a local daytime show, Studio 5 with Brooke Walker, where I got to share some fun ideas for decorating with honeycomb paper. Here's a shot of the setup before we filmed.

Friday, April 29, 2016

light strand moss wreath

Happy Friday friends! Today I'm really feeling the spring weather here and I've been meaning to update my craft room door decor, so I decided to make this spring-inspired Light Strand Moss Wreath. I used the DIY Party Globe Punch and Vellum Pad to create the light bulb covers, and my beloved Banner Punch Board to make the pennants.

Light Strand Moss Wreath by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

teacher appreciation party idea

Teacher Appreciation Day is coming up, and those hard-working angels need to know how special they are.  Many schools host a special thank-you luncheon for teachers to show appreciation for all their hard work. It's a great way for the teachers to take a minute away from the chaos of the classroom to enjoy some yummy food and some down time. Here's an idea for a banner and some simple table decor for a teacher appreciation party.

Teacher Appreciation Banner by Aly Dosdall

Monday, April 25, 2016

april cut & paste

This month's issue of Cut & Paste e-magazine by American Crafts is ready! Enjoy tons of inspiration featuring the latest paper collections by Amy Tangerine and Dear Lizzy. You'll find scrapbook layouts, cards, party decor, and other paper crafts. Click below to browse the April issue. Enoy!


Friday, April 22, 2016

fringe gift boxes + video

Hey there friends! I've got a fun fringe project to share with you today. I love the fringe trend, and the Fringe and Score Board from We R Memory Keepers makes it easy to create that look on your paper craft projects. Check out the fun Fringe Gift Boxes I made with this fabulous tool!

Fringe Gift Boxes by Aly Dosdall 1

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

new craftsy classes

I appreciate when crafty friends share their favorite sources of inspiration. I'm always on the lookout for a new favorite designer, or some fresh project ideas. Today I thought I'd do the same for you! I've discovered some new paper craft classes over at Craftsy by some designers that I love, and I wanted to let you in on the crafty scoop.

Monday, April 18, 2016

instax mini album

We recently took an awesome family trip to Northern California over spring break. One of our favorites ever! While traditional 12x12 scrapbook albums are my go-to format for memory keeping, for vacations and special events sometimes I like to make a mini album full of photos from just that one trip or event. This time I decided on an Instax Mini Album and I'm so happy with how it turned out!


Friday, April 15, 2016

craft supply storage and organization tips

Storing and organizing craft supplies can be a challenge. It's something I'm constantly working on and perfecting. Craft room storage and organization can have a big impact on my productivity and creativity, so I try to find systems and methods that work well for me. Today I'm sharing my most current method of organization, which includes a lot of baskets. I'm a big fan of including baskets in any space. I love the organic feel and texture they add. I have a ton of baskets of various sizes, styles, and colors in my craft room so I use them to store some of my favorite We R Memory Keepers tools and collections.  

We R Memory Keepers DIY Party Honeycomb Pad Storage by Aly Dosdall

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

card and mini album storage

So, you love to make cards. And you have a ton of them. Or, you've been scrapbooking since the early 90's and you have buckets of mini albums. Even some shaped ones, acrylic ones, and those ones with all the ribbons tied on the binding wires. Remember those?

What do you do with them? How do you store all those beautiful cards and mini albums you've worked so hard on over the years? Today I've got some card and mini album storage tips to share with you so you can keep those works of art safely stored, organized, and on display for you and your family to enjoy.

Monday, April 11, 2016

5 storage tips for digital & printed photos + free cut files & printable templates

Happy Monday friends! I've been doing some spring cleaning and reorganizing so I thought it might be fun to share some storage and organization tips this week. I'll be sharing ideas for keeping photos, craft supplies, and finished craft projects stored and well organized so be sure to come back on Wednesday and Friday this week.

Since digital cameras came on the scene I've taken innumerable amounts of photos. Even with the convenience of deleting the bad shots, I still have a thousands I'd like to keep. Storing and organizing all of those photos is a monstrous task, but with a systematic and consistent approach, I've been able to keep things pretty well under control.

Friday, April 8, 2016

DIY folding ruler clock

I've had so much fun making DIY home decor projects with vintage-inspired folding rulers lately. I've made a few pieces of holiday door decor, a monogram photo display, and a heritage photo display. Folding rulers are so versatile, and can be used in a ton of different DIY projects. Today I'm sharing a cute and practical way to use vintage folding rulers--a DIY folding ruler clock!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

DIY chalk art

Recently, I revealed my completed craft room gallery wall. You can check that post out HERE. Included in that gallery wall is a piece of DIY chalk art that I made. In that reveal post I divulged my lack of hand-lettering and hand-drawing skills, sharing that I used a fun trick to make my chalk art. Today I'm going to share with you how I created this lovely piece of DIY chalk art without drawing anything.

Monday, April 4, 2016

DIY giant card

Have you ever tried to sign a group card for a friend or loved one with no room left? Or maybe you just didn't have enough room to say what you wanted to? Next time you're looking for a group card for a birthday, farewell, shower, retirement party, or just a "thank you", try making a giant card using a basic office supply--file folders!

There are plenty of decorative file folders on the market right now, or you can make one yourself using some poster board and the We R Memory Keepers Template Studio. I recently created a giant thank you card for a speaker that visited our local cub scout pack, and wanted to share that with you today.

Friday, April 1, 2016

pop-up cupcake birthday card | video tutorial

Hello there friends! Have you subscribed to my YouTube channel? If not, you definitely need to check it out! I've got tons of tool demos, tutorials, and project ideas that I film for We R Memory Keepers to inspire you and help you get the most out of your favorite We R products. They're all collected on my We R Memory Keepers Video Playlist.

Since we're in the middle of Party Week on the We R blog, I thought I'd share a fun birthday card video tutorial from their YouTube channel. The DIY Party Honeycomb Pads come in small and large sizes, and are perfect for making party decor for any celebration. But, did you know you that they're also perfect for lots of other paper craft projects, including pop-up cards? Scroll through the photos, and then check out the video below to see how I used the honeycomb pads and the DIY Party Paper Pad to made this festive cupcake pop-up card!


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

spring banner wreath

I am loving the spring weather lately. It makes me so happy! Today I'm sharing a happy project with you --a fun spring-themed door wreath that includes a banner across the center. I love incorporating banners and garlands into my spring crafting. They can be stand-alone projects, or you can incorporate them into other projects like I did with this wreath.

Spring Banner Wreath by Aly Dosdall_

Monday, March 28, 2016

craft room gallery wall

Hello crafty friends! The project I'm sharing with you today has been in the works for many weeks, so I'm beyond thrilled to finally share it with you. It's not that any part of this project was particularly difficult or time consuming, it's just that there are multiple parts and I wanted to take my time and get each part just right. I also really wanted this project to be a creative extension of myself, so I took some time to find the right inspiration before I started. So, without any further explanation, here is my craft room gallery wall!


Friday, March 25, 2016

march cut & paste

Hard to believe it's that time again, but here' the March issue of American Crafts Cut & Paste magazine. This month you'll find tons of awesome layout, card, and paper craft inspiration, plus some fabulous project ideas using the Alphabet Punch Board. Check it out below!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

carrot treat bags with the fuse

This year, since Easter is a bit earlier than normal, it feels like it snuck right up on me! I do love the Easter season--the light and warmth of spring, and the joy and family time that Easter brings. I love making Easter morning a special time for my family, and while we really try to focus on what Easter means to our faith, we're all about indulging in some fun Easter treats too. This year I put my Photo Sleeve Fuse tool to work to make these cute Carrot Treat Bags. I'll show you how! (Don't worry--if you don't have a Fuse tool, you can still make these. Scroll down to see how.)


Monday, March 21, 2016

10 ways to dress up goodie bags

Don't you love when you can combine craft supplies from your existing craft stash with the new releases you just couldn't resist getting your hands on? Today I'm sharing some projects featuring the brand new We R Memory Keepers Goodie Bag Guide and Oh Goodie Collection combined with existing and older We R tools and collections. If you need some ideas for filling Easter baskets, these cute goodie bags are perfect!