Wednesday, July 1, 2015

template studio: patriotic jumbo crackers

If you've got friends and family stopping by for a 4th of July celebration this weekend, keep the kids happy (and busy) with jumbo cracker favors made with the We R Memory Keepers Template Studio Candy Box Guide.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

we r memory keepers thin metal die storage binder

Thin metal cutting die storage is a common challenge for scrapbookers, cardmakers, and paper crafters. Dies come in all sizes and shapes, which makes it hard to find an ideal method of organization. Plus it's hard to come by containers that fit large 6x12 inch template dies. Recently, We R Memory Keepers released a Die Storage Binder with Die Storage Pouches that has become my new favorite storage option for my thin dies.


Monday, June 29, 2015

cut & paste e-magazine

Have you seen the latest issue of American Crafts Cut & Paste e-magazine? It's full of awesome ideas for paper craft projects and scrapbook pages. Need some DIY gift inspiration? Look no further. This issue has some fabulous ideas for handmade cards and gifts.



Friday, June 26, 2015

craft & create summer ebook

The new summer edition of Craft & Create is now live and ready to download! This fabulous free ebook is chock full of project ideas for summer, birthdays, and family, featuring the latest paper collections from Echo Park and Carta Bella.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

combine die cuts with hand stitching on a summer layout

I love including hand made and pre-made die cuts on my pages. They're quick and easy embellishments that often coordinate with paper collections so they're a go-to for me. Sometimes it's fun to find unique and different ways to use them on my projects. Today I'm going to show you how to combine hand stitching with your die cuts on a summer scrapbook page.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

flower garland scrapbook page

One of my favorite things about the warmer weather is the beautiful flowers in bloom I see all around, so I decided to create a scrapbook page about that. I've been inspired by all the DIY paper garlands I've seen around the internet, so I used the Echo Park Flowers Bloom Designer Die Set to create three dangling flower garlands on my page. 


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

masculine scrapbook pages

For most scrapbookers creating masculine layouts, or male themed projects is a challenge. Most paper collections are feminine, and let's face it--men are sometimes difficult to snap photos of and write about. =) Since today's my hubby's birthday I thought it would be fun to share some of the projects I've created for him or about him in the last year or two to inspire your masculine scrapbook pages.

Monday, June 22, 2015

exciting announcement: snap click supply co

I'm so excited that I can finally announce a new crafty gig that I've been keeping a secret for a while now. I had the chance several weeks ago to go to lunch with the lovely Jen Gallacher and was offered a job as the Social Media Manager and Design Team Coordinator at Snap Click Supply Co,


Friday, June 19, 2015

father's day pinterest round up

Yep, here it is. Last minute before Father's Day and I'm looking for something fun, quick, and easy for the grandpas. That's one of the many reasons I love Pinterest. You can always find quick, easy, and awesome projects. I've got some fun Father's Day gift ideas I found that you can make right now. Check it out!


Thursday, June 18, 2015

DIY father's day accordion mini album

Today I'm sharing a fun gift idea for Father's Day on the We R Memory Keepers blog. I wanted to create a mini album for my husband with special journaling and photos from my kids, so I got out my Template Studio and one sheet of Kraft Designer Poster Board and made a 4x4 DIY accordion fold mini album. The Template Studio is the perfect tool to create this type of album.
Template Studio Accordion Fold Fathers Day Album by Aly Dosdall 1

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

banner father's day scrapbook page

I'm guest blogging over at the Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine blog, and it's all about Father's Day! I used the We R Memory Keepers Banner Punch Board and the new Denim Blues collection to create this festive Father's Day banner scrapbook page. What better textures to use for a Father's Day layout then denim and wood, right?


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

accordion pocket father's day coupon book

My hubby is kind of hard to shop for, but I know I can always get a smile when I give him a handmade Father's Day gift from the heart. This year I went with an easy but fun accordion pocket coupon book using the new We R Memory Keepers Accordion Pocket Die, my Evolution Advanced, and some journaling cards from my stash.

fathers day accordion pocket coupon book 1

Monday, June 15, 2015

document 2015 | june

Are you up for a new online scrapbooking class? Good news friends! The June installment in my Document 2015 series over at Big Picture Classes is up and running! This month I show you how to create some stunning dimension and texture on your scrapbook page using the new We R Memory Keepers Next Level 3D embossing folders.


Friday, June 12, 2015

global family reunion

Last weekend my girls and I attended our local Global Family Reunion Block Party at the Salt Lake Family History Library. If you're not familiar with the Global Family Reunion event founded by best-selling author, A.J. Jacobs, you can read more about it HERE. There were over 40 reunion parties around the world that day--what an awesome concept!

My girls and I had a great time watching cultural dance and music performances, playing on the bounce houses, eating  yummy food, and getting faces painted. It was all free (except for the food) and was so worth the time. They even took the largest family photo ever--each even took one that will be combined with all the others. Best of all, my girls were being taught the value of family on a personal and global level. The idea that all of us are truly brothers and sisters and that we should treat each other with respect, understanding, and tolerance was reinforced in my girls and I loved that.

Here are some photos from our fun day. We did get a little silly sometimes. =)

Thursday, June 11, 2015

photo sleeve fuse beach layout

On Tuesday I shared some fun confetti pocket cupcake toppers that I made with my We R Memory Keepers Fuse tool, and today I'm sharing a custom pocket page Beach Layout. My kids love to collect shells and pebbles at the beach and I wanted to include them on my layout so...Photo Sleeve Fuse to the rescue!

photo sleeve fuse beach layout using 12x12 page protector by Aly Dosdall

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

flip flops summer card

Need some summer project inspiration? Why not include some mini flip flops on your next project! Echo Park Paper Co just released a new designer die set that includes some adorable little flip flop dies. Check out  how I used them on this handmade summer card I created.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

photo sleeve fuse: confetti pocket cupcake picks

Recently I had the chance to play around with my Fuse tool (seriously addicting) and I shot some video tutorials sharing some projects.

The first project is a quick and easy one, but oh-so-fun. I kinda want to make a million of these for every celebration now. Check out these Celebration Pocket Cupcake Picks I made with The Fuse and some 2x2 Waterfall Sleeves!

Monday, June 8, 2015

embossed birthday card

Did you know that Echo Park Paper Co. has recently started releasing embossing folders to match their paper collections? For example, take a look at this embossed birthday card I made with the darling new Birthday Wishes collection. I can't tell you how awesome it is that they keep adding new scrapbook embellishments and products to match their collections--they're constantly making it easier to create amazing paper craft projects!

Friday, June 5, 2015

scrapbooking classes and subscriptions

If you've made your way over to the new Big Picture Classes website and seen the new online scrapbooking classes, cardmaking classes, and other paper crafts classes there, you know how beautiful the site is and how some of your favorite former BPC teachers (including the fabulous Stacy Julian) are still there. You may also notice some new faces and talent there. You've also seen how user-friendly the site is and how great the content is.



Thursday, June 4, 2015

throwback thursday: lucky 8 punch mini album

Happy Friday Eve! (That's what my teenage daughter would say, lol!) We R Memory Keepers has recently released some pretty awesome new crafting tools. And while I'm just as excited as you are about these new goodies, I also think it's important to continue using my not-so-new but well-loved tools. This Lucky 8 Punch Board Mini Album is one of my favorite past projects! Take a look at how I created album pages and pockets using my Lucky 8 Punches.

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