Friday, August 26, 2016

school photo frames

I love looking over my Facebook feed the last week or two in August to see all the fun back-to-school photos. Every year I do the same--make my kiddos pose for a photo on the first day of school. It's fun to look back over the years at all the "first day" photos to see how much they've changed.

Then, of course, shortly after that it's picture day and all the school photos and order forms start coming home. What do you do with all the fun school pictures of your kids or grandkids? Why not make easy photo frames for them and display them in your home!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

storing and organizing school papers

One of the questions that has come up repeatedly over the years that I've been involved with memory-keeping is what to do with all the assignments and school papers that kids bring home? Do you keep all their school papers? If not, how do you decide what to keep and what do you do with it?

With the start of the school year I'm sharing my personal system of school paper storage and organization. This storage system may not work for you, but hopefully it inspires some ideas to help tackle all those school papers and get them organized.

Monday, August 22, 2016

framed photo display

Last spring I shared my new craft room gallery wall with you. One of the pieces is a clip frame where I hang some family photos and journaling cards with inspiring words and quotes. I love having those photos on display to remind me of the things that I love most, but I wanted to create a more finished look to it. So I pulled out my new Frame Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers and added some simple frames to my photos.

Friday, August 19, 2016

back-to-school project roundup

It's that time of year again! My kiddos go back to school next week and we've spent this entire week shopping, getting haircuts, and filling out registration forms. I love the excitement of the new school year, and I love back-to-school crafts, so today I thought I'd share a roundup of some of my past school-themed projects. Are you ready?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

3 typewriter projects

As I mentioned in another post, I've been looking for a typewriter for a while for a few reasons. First, I love the look of typewriting. Second, my handwriting isn't very nice so I prefer printed text on my projects. And lastly, I've been wanting one to use as a decorative piece in my office.

Photo credit: We R Memory Keepers
While I love the look of a typewriter and typewriting, what I'm mostly excited about is being able to conveniently add typed text to my projects. I mean, how awesome is it that this typewriter fits a 12x12 sheet of paper? I don't have a large format printer, but now I can totally roll my scrapbook page through my typewriter! In celebration of this exciting news, today I'm sharing three projects that are made easier by using my new We R Memory Keepers Typecast typewriter.

Monday, August 15, 2016

summer new releases part 2

Monday I shared some of the new releases from We R Memory Keepers this summer. If you didn't have the chance to catch that post, you can view it HERE. Today I'm sharing more of their summer new releases. Don't you just love this time of year? Scroll down to see them!

Friday, August 12, 2016

DIY folding ruler clock video tutorial

Last spring I shared how to use the folding rulers from the We R Memory Keepers Ruler Studio collection to create a DIY clock. It was a favorite project of mine, so I decided to make a few more. And, I decided to make a video tutorial with my friends down at American Crafts headquarters showing how easy it is to make them.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

typecast typewriter and paper collection

It's no secret I love new releases. There's something so exciting about new and innovative craft supplies, tools, and products. So fun! Once in awhile those new releases coincide with something on my crafty wishlist, and that is double the excitement! Well friends, this is one of those times. I have been on the hunt for a typewriter for a few years, and guess what my brilliant friends at We R Memory Keepers released this week exclusively at Michael's stores? Yep. A typewriter. (Cue the fireworks!)

Monday, August 8, 2016

tips for using your scrapbook stash

Over the years one of the most common concerns I've heard from scrapbookers and papercrafters is how to balance using up items in your craft stash with purchasing fun new craft supplies. While it can be a challenge to use up your scrapbook stash, I've picked up a few tips over the years that definitely help with making a dent in your stash.

Friday, August 5, 2016

DIY mini composition books

I'm in shock that it's August and I'm having to think about school starting in three weeks! Yikes! While  I love having my kids home over the summer, there's always a feeling of excitement about the new school year. My youngest daughter's totally looking forward to it.

She's a first grader that has ADHD and is a great reader. She loves art and PE, but has little patience for writing. She knows how to form her letters just fine, but hates taking the time to write neatly. So, I thought I might make some mini composition books so she can practice her writing at home in short sessions.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

wedding bucket list

One of my sweet friends is getting married tomorrow, and she asked me to make her something special for her wedding. Instead of a guest list, she wants to have a bucket list, where her guests leave a note, or an idea of something fun to do together. Of course I told her I would love to make her bucket list, it is! I hope she likes it.

Monday, August 1, 2016

summer new releases part 1

This time of year in the paper craft industry is so exciting! Many manufacturers are releasing new products, and making fun announcements. We R Memory Keepers has recently released several new products, so I thought it would be fun to take a couple of days this week and share those with you!

Friday, July 29, 2016

peg board string art video tutorial

I believe that your environment has an great impact on your mood and creativity. Creating a space that inspires you (whether that's a living or creative space) can increase your productivity and positivity. Over the past year I've had fun redoing my craft room. I've really tried to fill my space with colors and pieces that inspire me. One of those is a piece of pegboard string art I made.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

paper weaving with the fringe and score board

I recently shared another Tools Today post on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog. I love the chance to share my favorite tools with the readers. I introduced the SCT fans to a game-changing tool that is super versatile and will save you some crafting time as well.

Monday, July 25, 2016

luggage tags with the fuse

Traveling this summer? Then I've got a great project to share with you! Every two years my extended family spends a week in some time-share condos we own. The cousins love to have sleep overs and share rooms together. It's always so much fun, but sometimes hard to keep track of what belongs to everyone. So this year I made my girls some monogram luggage tags for their backpacks so they're easier to keep track of.

Monogram Luggage Tags by Aly Dosdall 1

Friday, July 22, 2016

mini alphabet punch board winner

Today's the day! Thanks so much to all who entered the Mini Alphabet Punch Board giveaway! It was fun to read through all your project ideas and how you would use the tool. Are you ready to find out who the winner is? Alrighty then...

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

mini alphabet punch board overview video

Today I want to share all the details about the newly announced Mini Alphabet Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers! I'll share some project inspiration, plus an overview video so you can see the tool in action. Are you as excited about this this cute little guy as I am?

Monday, July 18, 2016

mini alphabet punch board giveaway!

Recently we announced the release of the new We R Memory Keepers Mini Alphabet Punch Board on the We R blog. While I love the larger board for parties and decor, this mini one is perfect for so many different projects. I just can't get enough of this cute thing, so I thought I'd share the love and give one away to you wonderful readers!

Friday, July 15, 2016

spc trade show: part 2

I spend a couple of days at the SPC Mixed Media show here in Salt Lake City demoing some of the new tools from We R Memory Keepers. Most of my time was spent at the American Crafts/We R Memory Keepers booth, but I did get to walk around the show floor and peek in at some of my favorite manufacturers. I'll show you some of their new goodies, but first, let me share some of my favorites from the American Crafts booth.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

spc trade show: part 1

Living 15 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City, I have the pleasure of helping American Crafts/We R Memory Keepers with demos for the Sierra Pacific Mixed Media event each summer. It's always fun to experience the energy of the trade show floor, see crafty friends, and show buyers just how awesome We R Memory Keepers tools are. Since most of you aren't going to experience all the fun in person, I thought you might like to see some SPC Trade Show photos.