Monday, May 30, 2016

looking to my roots

Happy Memorial Day to my U.S. friends! As an American today I'm grateful for the chance to remember those who have served my country. As a memory keeper this holiday makes me so excited for the opportunity to share some stories with my family, and take some time to remember and honor those who laid the foundation for the blessed lives we enjoy today.

Friday, May 27, 2016

giveaway: scrapbook & cards today

Happy Friday friends! And if you're living in the U.S., Happy Memorial Day weekend too! For some this is a long weekend full of family time and remembering those who have gone before, and we're looking forward to it at our house.

To celebrate I've got a giveaway for you friends!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

kids craft: pom pom bookmarks

Summer vacation begins soon here which means I'm busy arranging an engaging summer schedule for my kiddos. That schedule always includes two of our favorite things, craft projects and a summer reading program. So, today I'm sharing a great craft project for older kids, tweens and teens that connects both of our favorite summer activities--pom pom bookmarks!

Monday, May 23, 2016

DIY to-do list planner

Over the past few years as planners have gained popularity, I have been so fascinated with them and the idea of getting organized. But, I haven't felt a real need to start planning or using a planner like I see them being used all over social media. I'm a techie when it comes to scheduling. For years I've relied on my Google Calendar and phone notifications to keep me and my family members where we need to be. Plus, we've tried to go as paperless as possible at our house.

However, when it comes to to-do lists (of which I'm a huge fan) I'm all about having a physical piece of paper in my hands that I can check off. I seem to do better with that than a to-do list on my phone. I'm a bit of a scatterbrain, so unless it's in my line of sight I'm likely to forget about it.

Some months ago I purchased several journals from the darling Jen Hadfield Home + Made Collection. I've given some away as gifts to friends, but I kept a few with the intention of using them for my work related to-do lists. After some practice and thought I finally came up with a system that works for my creative scatterbrain self, so today I'm excited to share with you how to turn a plain spiral bound notebook into a to-do list planner with some basic craft supplies.

Friday, May 20, 2016

DIY wedding gift bags

We recently hosted Wedding Week on the We R blog, and I shared these DIY wedding gift bags. These sweet little bags would work perfectly for smaller gifts, gift cards with treats, or favor bags for wedding guests. Check out some more photos and a video tutorial below!

Wildflower Gift Bag Punch Board project by Aly Dosdall

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

may cut & paste

Are you ready for some more fabulous inspiration from American Crafts? This month's issue of Cut & Paste emagazine is full of the most darling DIY Party Mini PiƱata projects, plus some Heidi Swapp Light Box ideas and more. Click below to check it out!

Monday, May 16, 2016

5 tips for applying to design teams

This summer several paper craft and scrapbook manufacturers will be rotating their design teams and looking for new team members. It's an exciting time for many crafters! It can also be somewhat stressful and disappointing. I've been there. I've worked as a project designer for several major manufacturers, and now I'm a design team coordinator for multiple companies. Since I have a unique perspective on the process, I thought it might be helpful to share a few tips on applying to a design team in the scrapbook and paper craft industry.

Friday, May 13, 2016

honeycomb paper party decorations

Make your next event come alive with beautiful honeycomb paper party decorations. From weddings, to showers, to brunches, or even school dances, honeycomb paper decor will add color, texture, and dimension at minimal cost. Since honeycomb paper is made from tissue paper it's lightweight and easy to use. Here are a few fun options available.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

alphabet punch board graduation banner

I just happen to have twin sons who are seniors graduating next month, so the topic of graduation has been on my mind a lot lately. Plus, we recently hosted Graduation Week on the We R Memory Keepers blog. How convenient!

For my boys' special day I wanted to do something in their school colors, but not too decorative because that's really not their style. I also want to incorporate photos because the memories of the last 18 years are just too precious not to. So, here's what I came up with for a banner to celebrate their graduation day.

Alphabet Punch Board Graduation Banner by Aly Dosdall 1

Monday, May 9, 2016

hot air balloon honeycomb party decor

Hot air balloon images have been a favorite trend for a few years now. They've popped up in pattern and surface design, home decor, paper crafts, and party decor. I love the hot air balloon trend, and thought it would be fun to combine it with some of my favorite paper for party decor--honeycomb paper! A match made in heaven, don't you think?

Friday, May 6, 2016

printable thank you tags for mom and teacher

Here I am, again, at the last minute scrambling to put together a fun teacher appreciation gift for my daughter's teacher, and trying to come up with a lovely Mother's Day gift idea for my mom and mom-in-law. I was running errands today and the most delicious looking jams and breads caught my eye! Perfect, I thought! I'll grab these gift sets and the ladies will love them. Of course, I can't give these little gifts away without making a cute tag to go along, are a few sets of free printable berry thank you tags for Mother's Day, Teacher Appreciation Day, and just for fun.

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