Friday, March 27, 2020

craft room storage solution: bloom pouch

I love when an organization project works out really well. It makes me ridiculously happy! (Does that sound weird?) There is something so satisfying to me about finding a craft storage solution for my supplies that not only works well for my creative process, but it looks great and is easy to maintain. This craft storage project made me so giddy that I just had to share it with you.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

DIY home office decor

One thing I love about having a home office is that I can really make it my own. I can fill it with things that inspire me and motivate me to create. I have a display above my computer desk that really makes me happy, and I'm going to show you how to create your own home office decor to display your family photos, your favorite colors, and your personal style! 
Home Office Decor by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

some of my favorite craft room storage solutions

One thing I've learned from being a crafter for over 20 years is that craft room storage and organization are a PROCESS and not a COMPLETE TASK. If I think of my craft room as a fluid situation that needs regular evaluation I'm much more successful and staying organized than if I feel like I'm "done" organizing my craft supplies.
Looking at organizing craft supplies as a process means we need a constant source of ideas and inspiration so we can find storage solutions that work for our needs, so today I'm sharing some of my favorite craft room storage solutions!
Craft Room Storage Tips by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thursday, March 12, 2020

how to store your handmade cards

I've been making handmade cards for years now, so I've collected quite the stash. They come in super handy when I have a birthday, wedding, shower, etc to attend, and I love having them available so I don't have to spend so much money on a store-bough card. I've figured out a storage and organization system that works well for me, and hopefully it will inspire you to get your completed handmade cards organized so you can benefit from your own hard work and creativity!
Create custom tabs to keep organized with the Word Punch Board. Aly Dosdall shares how.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

easy baby shower cake topper

It's that time of year! Spring is on the way, and along with warmer weather, I always think of wedding and baby showers. Don't you? So, I just had to share this easy idea for creating a baby shower cake topper using some really handy We R Memory Keepers tools. I love a good stamp set, but even better is a good stamp set with matching dies! It makes creating so much quicker. That's what I used to create this cake topper, and it was super easy. Let me show you how!

Mini Evolution Advanced Cake Topper by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Friday, March 6, 2020

craft cart storage ideas

For some weird reason I resisted the whole craft cart thing for years, but once I got my hands on this craft cart I've become a a believer! It's one of my favorite craft room storage solutions! Today I'm sharing some ideas for using a storage cart and accessories to keep craft supplies organized and easy to find. 

A La Cart Craft Storage Cart by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thursday, March 5, 2020

how to make a pocket folder for your traveler's notebook

Happy March friends! March is an exciting time with spring on the way--I love it! it's also a time when I typically start to lose steam with my goals, so I wanted to share a pocket folder journal spread I created last year to remind me of my goals and to encourage me to keep up the good work!

DIY Washi Tape Folder by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thursday, February 20, 2020

how to make a wire wall art sign

The older I get, the more I lean toward minimalist design. I love the feeling of simplifying, paring down, and being intentional about what I surround myself with. One of my favorite minimalist trends is wire wall art. I love the clean aesthetic, the organic feel, and the opportunity to customize a word, phrase, or quote you love.

Recently I shared my love for wire signs on a local lifestyle TV show, Studio 5, and I'm excited to share with you three different ways to create your own custom wire word art with minimal effort and cost.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

lucky cupcake toppers for st. patrick's day

St. Patrick’s Day is coming next month, and at our house it’s a fun day where we celebrate mostly with food! We die our milk green, cook green eggs and ham, and always have a yummy green dessert. This year, I’m thinking it’s going to be cupcakes. Who doesn't love cupcakes, am I right?
CMYK Stamped Cupcake Toppers by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

pocket valentines with the foil quill

Each year for Valentine’s Day my youngest daughter and I have fun coming up with DIY class valentines for her to share at school. She's really into bubble gum right now and wanted to include that in her class valentines, so this year we decided to go for pocket valentines to hold a pack of bubble gum for each of her classmates.
How to make class valentines with the Foil Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Monday, February 10, 2020

easy non-candy class valentine idea: punch balloons!

I'll be honest and say that over half of my daughter's candy from Valentine's Day gets thrown in the trash eventually. She gets so many treats that she doesn't even want to eat them all! Don't get me wrong, I love a good piece of candy now and then, but the amount of sweets passed around on this holiday is nothing short of a dentist's dream. Last year we decided to pass out non-candy class valentines that would hopefully last longer than candy and would definitely be more healthy. We made Punch Balloon Class Valentines with custom stamped gift tags!

Non-candy punch balloon class valentines by Aly Dosdall

Friday, February 7, 2020

valentine's day gift idea: make a mini envelope photo album!

Let's talk Valentine's Day gifts. It's always hard to find just the right one for that special someone in your life. I find that going handmade is always a good option because it represents a gift of your time, resources and talent which has a little more impact than a store bought gift. I’m excited to share a fun handmade Valentine’s Day gift idea--check out the envelope photo album I made below for my sweetheart for Valentine’s Day!
Envelope Photo Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thursday, January 30, 2020

valentine's day cupcake toppers with the mini envelope punch board

Hello friends! Can you believe that Valentine's Day is next week?! This year it kind of snuck up on me, but no worries! I've got plans. Oh yes, I'm here to share a fun and interactive Valentine’s Day party decor idea. Why not take your February 14th celebration up a notch and make Love Note Cupcake Toppers!
Love Note Cupcake Toppers with the Mini Envelope Punch Board by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

valentine's day hoop wreath with the big happy jig

Hi there friends. Now that we've put all the Christmas stuff away at our house, it's time to start decorating for Valentine's Day! I really wanted a wreath for my front door, so I decided to make a hoop wreath that could last from now through the early spring. I’ve wanted to make a hoop wreath for a while now with wire handlettering inside and I'll show you how to do it!
Big Happy Jig Hoop Wreath by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thursday, January 16, 2020

make gold foil thank you tags with the foil quill freestyle pens

A girl can never have enough thank you notes, am I right? And if those thank you's are made with gold foil, even better! The Foil Quill Freestyle Pens are the easiest way to add custom foil designs to you projects, and it's a favorite of mine right now. With just a ruler, a cardstock tag, and the Freestyle Pens you can make the perfect thank you tags for a wedding, anniversary, or shower in no time.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

craft room storage solutions

Hello friends! Like many of you, now that the holidays are over I've been working on getting my craft room cleaned up and organized. I'm trying to make sure I store things in the most efficient way so that I'll actually get them out and use them. Today I’ve got some tips for storing and organizing your craft supplies. For a while I’ve had a few problem spots in my craft room. I’ve known they need reorganization, but I wasn’t sure how to go about it and I didn’t want to take a lot of time.
Craft Room Storage Ideas featuring Plastic Storage by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thursday, January 9, 2020

how to make a foiled handmade card with the freestyle pens

If you're a crafter you've likely heard about the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill line. There are heat pens that work with your electronic cutting machine (Foil Quill pens), and then there's a set that you can use by hand (Foil Quill Freestyle Pens). The Freestyle Pens are perfect for larger objects that won't fit in your cutting machine, for on the go crafting, and for crafters who don't have an electronic cutting machine. They're great for calligraphers and handletterers, but no worries if you aren't great at drawing, calligraphy or handlettering! There are SO many ways to use these pens that don’t require mad lettering or drawing skills. Here’s an easy and very cool way: create a modern gold foil brush stroke background for your handmade cards!

This is a personal blog, but I am an employee and receive financial compensation and material product from American Crafts/We R Memory Keepers. This post contains affiliate links. You are not charged any extra cost for purchasing supplies using those affiliate links. I receive a small commision if you do to help support my blog. All ideas and opinions are my own.

Gold Foil Handmade Card with the Freestyle Pens by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

make a coptic bound planner [free printable]

Hello, and Happy New Year friends! I always look forward to the opportunity to set some goals at the new year. Getting organized, planning and setting goals work a lot better for me if I have things written down so I can keep myself accountable and on task. Each year I make a printable calendar to help me do that, so today I’m sharing a FREE PRINTABLE planner that you can use for any year. I made mine for last year, but since you write in your own dates you can use this for 2020, or any other year, too. I used a coptic binding for my planner and I'll show you how to do that.
2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Friday, January 3, 2020

personalize your 2020 planner with the foil quill freestyle pens

Are you ready to rock the new year? Have you got your planner set up for success in 2020? I'm getting my 2020 planners ready to go and I've got a really easy and cool way to personalize your planner cover. I'm a huge fan of foil--especially gold or rose gold foil--so I wanted to add a custom gold touch to my 2020 planner cover. It was easy and I'll show you how!

Personalize your 2020 planner cover with foil accents using the Foil Quill Freestyle Pens by We R Memory Keepers

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

how to organize the we r memory keepers quill kits

Let's face it. As crafters we love to accumulate craft supplies, but storing and organizing them can sometimes feel overwhelming! Keeping my craft room well organized, neat, and tidy is a constant process that I need to carve out time for regularly or my creativity suffers. When I find helpful craft room storage and organization ideas I love to share them in hopes that other crafters might benefit from what I've learned. So, here is a cool craft storage tip that I recently discovered...

Aly Dosdall_3 Drawer Storage filled with the Quill Kits by We R Memory Keepers