Monday, August 3, 2015

student scrapbook layouts | document 2015 workshop

Most of you know that in February of this year when the new Big Picture Classes website launched I started a new yearlong scrapbook workshop called Document 2015. As part of this class, each month I share an example layout, a single and double page sketch, instructions, tips, and videos to help students create a beautiful and meaningful multi-photo scrapbook page. The page can summarize the month in photos and journaling, or it can be about any theme or subject that fits the student's scrapbook needs.

Friday, July 31, 2015

scrapbook and cards today summer issue giveaway!

It's no secret how much I love Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine. Not only do Catherine and her crew create a gorgeous publication each quarter, but they are some of the sweetest most genuine ladies in the industry.

When Catherine asked me if my blog friends would like a chance to win a free copy of their inspiring Summer 2015 issue I was thrilled! So..

...if you'd like a chance to win this magazine please leave a comment below telling me if you've ever had the pleasure of browsing through one of their beautiful seasonal publications.

Comments will remain open until Thursday, August 6th and midnight mountain time. I'll select a random winner and will announce who that is on Friday, August 7th. Please remember to check back and see if you've won. Good luck!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

s'mores window treat box

S’mores are one of our family favorites! Whether we’re camping, hanging out in the backyard, or snuggling by the fire on a cold winter’s night, we love to roast marshmallows and make s’mores. So, I thought it would be fun to put together a S’mores Window Treat Box for our next family s’more night!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

party pocket banner

One of my favorite things about the warm summer months is family backyard barbecues. And, of course, I love to use my craft supplies to decorate for outdoor entertaining, so today I wanted to share this fun and functional Party Pocket Banner with you using the new Denim Blues collection and the Banner Punch Board. 662565_WR_DenimBlues_CreativeSample_PartyBanner

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

add dimension to handmade die cuts

I love using handmade die cuts on my scrapbook pages and other paper craft projects. But I also love dimension on my projects, so I've come up with a few tricks for adding dimension to handmade die cuts. You can see them in the layout below I created using the awesome new Echo Park Pirate’s Life collection!

Monday, July 27, 2015

we r memory keepers new releases, round 2

I'm so excited to share another round of We R Memory Keepers HOT new releases with you today! You're going to love them. SO...without further ado, here they are!

Introducing the Heat Wave Pen! Easily add hand drawn custom foil accents to any paper craft project. (See a project I created with the new Heat Wave pen HERE.)

Friday, July 24, 2015

we r memory keepers heat wave pen project

Today We R Memory Keepers announced another round of awesome new releases. You can check that out on their blog HERE. One of the coolest--or should I say hottest--new releases is the Heat Wave Pen! This awesome tool allows crafters to add custom hand drawn foil accents to their paper craft projects.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

echo park paper new releases

Christmas in July? Why yes, please...especially if it means new holiday paper collections from Echo Park! I'm in love with their latest releases. I think this is my favorite set of new paper collections to date. Lori Whitlock hit three home runs with these beautiful "The Story Of" collections. Love them!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

decorate your craft space with journaling cards

I've recently been cleaning out sections of my craft room and reorganizing things a bit. As part of that process I moved my 5 year old daughter's craft supplies downstairs into my older daughters' craft room since they don't use it as often, and I reassigned her work space! So I redecorated the wall just above that workspace and included these easy framed journaling cards. Love it!

Friday, July 17, 2015

craftsy online scrapbooking class winner

Thank you all so much for joining in on our Craftsy Instructor Blog Hop this week! I hope you enjoyed getting to know us better, and I hope you've learned what an amazing educational platform Craftsy is for crafters.

I've randomly selected the winner of the free seat in my Celebrating Everyday Moments: Playful Scrapbook Layouts class. Congratulations to...

Thursday, July 16, 2015

throwback thursday

It's another Throwback Thursday today! This is a scrapbook page I created in 2008. It's a hybrid page of sorts--I created the journaling circle in Photoshop and printed it on this Basic Grey paper before adding the photos and journaling.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

we r memory keepers new releases

January and July are the most exciting months in the paper craft world--new release time! We R Memory Keepers has got some brand new products with the same innovative style and quality you've come to love from them. Get excited peeps! 

Easily store your ribbon, washi tape, and small embellishments with Snap Storage!WR_SnapStorage-Lifestyle shot

Monday, July 13, 2015

scrapbook and paper craft stash sale

It's that time of year crafty friends! I've cleaned out my craft room and I have two mystery boxes full of paper craft goodies for sale. Each box is 13.5 x 13.5 x 5 inches, and each is filled with brand new never-opened paper collections, some collections that may be missing one or two stickers or papers, new or opened embellishments (with only one or two pieces missing), and a few gently used tools. Each box is priced at $45, which includes shipping and is available only to US addresses please.

If you'd like to purchase one of these two boxes please send me an email to I'll sell them on a first come, first served basis by looking at the time stamp of the emails that arrive in my inbox. Please don't leave a comment here--I won't be checking those so you may miss out.

Box #1: SOLD
Box #2: SOLD

Friday, July 10, 2015

craftsy instructor blog hop

Welcome to a special blog hop hosted by instructors at Craftsy, an online classroom platform that includes classes on scrapbooking, card making, paper crafting and much more! Spend a little time getting to know each instructor on this list and the classes they teach through Craftsy. You'll discover that some of your favorite teachers are now offering classes through this incredible platform. Look for special giveaways from the instructors! Leave a comment on the participating blogs for your chance to win. Then join us on Craftsy for inspiring new ways to craft and learn!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

"miss u" travel themed card

Today on the We R blog I'm sharing a fun travel-themed card. This is a clever card you can send to friends while they're away from home to let them know you're thinking of them. I used the ABC 123 Next Level Embossing Folder Set, but you can use an alphabet of any kind--stickers, stamps, etc.

embossed travel card by aly dosdall

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

top twelve we r memory keepers cinch projects

The We R Memory Keepers Cinch binding tool has been a very popular tool for a very long time. If you're looking for some Cinch inspiration, check out a round up of the Top 12 Cinch Projects on the We R blog HERE. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

masculine card set + tips

Being a mom of twin teenage boys I’m always on the lookout for new masculine paper collections, so naturally I was thrilled to see the My Little Boy Mini-Theme release from Echo Park. But since my boys are big now, I love to find collections that are versatile enough for me to use on projects for them.

great tips and inspiration for creating masculine cards and other paper crafts projects for boys. #AlyDosdall