Friday, October 24, 2014

DIY halloween party decor

Hosting a Halloween Party? Need some easy DIY party ideas? Check out the Halloween Party Garland and Halloween Cupcake Wrappers and Toppers I created for the We R Memory Keepers blog last week.

Halloween Party Garland

Here's something you can make with your paper stash using your favorite Halloween papers, your Evolution, and some handy Lifestyle Crafts Dies.

Halloween Party Garland by Aly Dosdall

I started by selecting some generic patterned papers from my stash in my current favorite Halloween color scheme--black, grey, yellow, and white.  While using Halloween themed papers for Halloween crafting is fun, you can also save yourself some time and money by shopping your stash of generic patterned paper within the Halloween color scheme you've selected.

Then I die cut some standard shapes such as circles and stars. They're a great foundation for crafts of any theme. By simply using papers with a Halloween color scheme and adding one Halloween-themed shape (the spider die), I was able to create a Halloween feel to the project.

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Halloween Cupcake Toppers and Wrappers

Check out the Halloween Cupcake Liners and vintage-inspired Halloween Cupcake Toppers I created.

Halloween Cupcake Wrappers and Toppers by Aly Dosdall
I used the Ring Cupcake Liner, my Evolution, and some Shine patterned paper to die cut a liner for my black chocolate cupcakes. I love the yellow and black combination for Halloween!

Halloween Cupcake Wrappers by Aly Dosdall

Then I made some vintage-inspired cupcake toppers using some more Shine papers, my Evolution, and the Banner It Kit. To embellish my toppers I stamped an owl image from the Black Widow If You Dare Clear Stamp Set with pumpkin orange die ink. Then I fussy-cut the owl images and added them to my toppers.

Halloween Cupcake Toppers by Aly Dosdall

These toppers would work great for older party guests--I love that vintage owl image and the simple, understated, yet spooky feel!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

throwback thursday: from the backseat

For today's Throwback Thursday I'm sharing a layout I created back in 2009 about a funny conversation I heard my girls having from the backseat while I was driving. This layout was published in the March/April 2010 issue of Scrapbook, Etc. magazine (RIP) and is an oldie but goodie.

This was back in my 8 1/2 x 11 days digital/hybrid days. I printed the journaling boxes and black flower stamp on the kraft background before adding my paper, photos, and embellishments. Then I printed the journaling strips using reverse printing (creating a black-filled text box and changing the font color to white, then printing on white paper). The papers are from a Canadian-based company that is sadly no longer in business--Black River Designs.

Can't believe how much more grown up my girls are now...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

craft room clean out 2014: part 1

If you've taken my Organizing FUNdamentals workshop at Big Picture Classes then you know my craft room history. I started scrapbooking 17 years ago as a poor married college student on a very tight budget. My wonderful husband was in school getting his PhD for several years after we were married so the first 3/4 of our marriage we continued to live on a very tight budget. My craft room started as a rolling cart that I picked up for a couple dollars at a yard sale in Arizona, and grew over the years in the same manner--yard sale piece by yard sale piece. So it's a total hodge podge of not-entirely-matching shelves and surfaces.

These photos are from a few years ago. Now there are two more shelving units against the wall and another table at the end of my corner unit. Plus a wall mounted shelf above my work space. This has worked out fine for me, and I feel very blessed to have what I do. However, we are now at a point where I feel comfortable starting to replace some items bit by bit. Here's are some photos of my craft room right now--today. Keepin' it real peeps. =)

Yep, you've got it! I decided to start by replacing my shelving units which are not scrapbook paper friendly (read not 12" high or deep). Last weekend my hubby and I drove 30 minutes south of here to our local Ikea and bought a new Kallax shelf. Squeal! I figure I can fit everything in my Kallax shelving unit or on my wall mounted shelf (which is empty now that I got rid of most of my Anna Griffin supplies).

Ideally, I'd love to get all of my personal supplies (ie ones that aren't for design teams) out of my closet and onto my new shelving unit so I have more room for scrapbook albums in there. We'll see how that goes!

First order of business...DUMP AND PURGE! I'll pull out all of the supplies on my shelves one by one and purge the stuff I don't need or use. my blog over the next few weeks. I may be offering some stash grabs again.

I'll keep you updated on my progress and how things turn out. Now I'm off to bury myself in my craft room! Wish me luck!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

spooky inspiration: part 2

Today I've got a couple more Halloween lovelies to share with you that I created for the We R Memory Keepers blog. This time of year is so fun--I love decorating for Halloween! Check it out...

Spider Specimen Art

Spiders are super creepy and perfect for Halloween decor, so I used the Spider Shape Die to create this spooky Spider Specimen Art. I get the chills just looking at this thing.

I backed the background paper with cork board and stuck dressmakers pins into the spiders for extra dimension and creepiness.

For full instructions and supplies for this project, visit the We R blog HERE.

Black Widow Door Hanger

Every now and then I pull out some older collections from my stash and make a project. Not only does is help keep my stash under control, but it's so fun to refresh my crafty memory and play with my old favorites again. Here's a festive door hanger I made with the old Black Widow collection.

For full instructions and supplies for this project, visit the We R blog HERE.

Well, I hope you enjoyed these Halloween project ideas. Are you doing any Halloween crafting? Please share if you are. =) Crafty cheers!

Monday, October 20, 2014

spooky inspiration: part 1

This week on the We R blog I shared lots of Halloween project ideas. I thought I would do a little round up of some of them. Sound good? Okay, here goes.

DIY Bat Decor

I've seen this one all over Pinterest, magazines, and even my friend's house. Couldn't wait to try it myself. My kids love it, and I'm happy with how it turned out. Our living room is officially spooky now!

For full instructions and supplies, visit the We R blog HERE.
Halloween Layout and Card

I love finding additional uses for my crafting tools. I used the Polka Dot Cut Outs Die to create a cool design on my layout, and then used the leftover circles as confetti for a card. You can't beat getting more bang for your buck!

Do these projects inspire you? I've got more Halloween project inspiration for you tomorrow, so be sure to check back.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

scrapbook adhesives + craftsy giveaway!

My friends over at Scrapbook Adhesives BY 3L are giving away 2 prize packages, each including a free seat in my Craftsy class plus a generous package of adhesives that I used for the projects in my class (and a little extra). Click the link below the image to visit their blog so you can enter. Huge thanks to them for their support of my class--I would only want to share the very best products with my students! 

To enter the giveaway, visit the Scrapbook Adhesives blog HERE. Good luck!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

paper bow gift bags

Paper bows are an easy, fun, and high-impact element to add to any project. They create a festive beautiful feel and are versatile enough for scrapbook pages, cards, altered projects, and gift packaging. Using the Gift Bow Die makes it easy to add beautiful paper bows to your projects. Check out these Paper Bow Gift Tags I created for the We R Memory Keepers blog using the It Factor collection.
Paper Bow Gift Tags by Aly Dosdall
I used my paper bows on gift tags that I attached to plain white gift bags using mini wooden clothespins. Not only do the tags label the gift, but they also include the bow for the gift–two birds with one stone? Yes, thank you. =)
For a full supply list and tips for assembling the paper bows, visit the We R blog HERE.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

christmas card making tips

The holiday season is such an exciting and busy time of year! It always means plenty of shopping, baking, planning, getting together, and…card making! Since so much card making happens to occur during such a busy time of year I try to keep my card designs simple, and I try to use time-saving products whenever possible.

 For a full supply list for these cards, visit the Echo Park Paper blog HERE.

The decorative brads from the Home For The Holidays collection are just that--perfect ready-made embellishments that are easy to use and save time. These cards came together in minutes and the brads really add that something special.

I punched out some circles from blocks of patterned paper to create a negative space background for the brads. I combined different sizes and types of brads for a more eclectic feel, and I punched out some smaller circles from patterned paper to place behind some of them.

Here’s a little tip for working with brads: if you need to attach a brad directly to your card surface (like the “i” in my card sentiment), trim off the prongs with a wire cutter and adhere the brad head to the card with a glue dot. That way the prongs won’t show on the inside when you open the card.

I hope you've enjoyed this bit of holiday card inspiration. Are you planning on making some cards for the holidays? 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

homecoming instaframe mini album

During my sons’ homecoming dinner date at our house last month I really tried to curb my photo-crazy-helicopter-mom instincts and let them have some peace and quiet. I did insist on a few photos however, to which they kindly consented. I decided to create a mini album to document the fun evening. I used some instaframes from the Inked Rose Instagram Die Cut & Journaling Cards.  Seriously love those things! Take a peek!
Instaframe Mini Album by Aly Dosdall
I love the additional dimension, layers, and playful feel the instaframes create. Each page includes an instaframe attached to the background page on only three of the four sides so that a photo can be slid in and out. I added a tab to each photo that I created with my Tab Punches to make it easier to remove the photos.
Instaframe Mini Album by Aly Dosdall 1
Instaframe Mini Album by Aly Dosdall 2
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Instaframe Mini Album by Aly Dosdall_collage 2
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For full instructions and supplies, visit the We R blog HERE. Have you tried using instaframes in your paper craft projects? Are you a fan?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

fall project round up: part 2

Good morning crafters! Yesterday I shared part 1 of my Fall Project Round up, and today you get to see part 2. Here are a few more fall projects I created last month for the We R Memory Keeepers blog.

Embossed Fall Card

This season is the perfect time to include fun texture on your projects. Here's an easy way to add texture to your fall projects using embossing folders and ink to create a unique letterpress look.

  Embossed Fall Card by Aly Dosdall

I applied honey yellow ink to the inside of my embossing folder using a large brayer, and then slipped a 6x6 piece of ivory cardstock inside and ran it through my Evolution.

ink folder

For full instructions and supplies for this fun card, visit the We R blog HERE.

Fall Luminaries

Last month we hosted a homecoming date with four couples (including our twin sons and their dates). We served the lovely couples some dinner in our backyard before they went off to the homecoming dance, and went all out with fancy food, fancy china and fancy decor. To set the mood as they entered our home we decked out the front porch with a festive fall feel, including these fall luminaries.

fall luminaries by aly dosdall 3

The luminaries were also placed on the tables and created a nice atmosphere while they chatted and ate their dinner. If you’re entertaining in the evening this fall, or would just like to add a festive fall feel to your front porch or yard, you can make these luminaries easily with some simple white lunch sacks and some of your favorite We R tools. For full instructions and supplies, visit the We R blog HERE.

Easy Fall Party Favors

For my daughter’s 12th birthday party I didn't want to spend a lot of time on favors, because let’s face it–6th grade boys don’t pay nearly as much attention to the favor packaging as they do to what’s inside the packaging. Right? With fall in the air I thought it would be fun to pass out some small bags of candy corn with a simple fall thank you tag attached. Making the fall leaf tags was quick and easy with the Leaf Punches Die.

fall favor bags by aly dosdall 1

The kids enjoyed receiving these–candy corn seemed to be a popular choice since it’s a seasonal favorite. Mom was happy with how easy the favors were, the party guests were happy with the treats–a win/win for everyone!

fall favor bags by aly dosdall 3

For full instructions and supplies to make these easy fall party favors, visit the We R blog HERE. I hope these fall project ideas have sparked your creativity. Happy fall crafting!