Saturday, November 28, 2015

15 days of gratitude | part 2

Now that our wonderful Thanksgiving Day is stored in our memories, I've got some time to share the rest of the completed pages in my 15 Days Of Gratitude album for 2015. This gratitude journal is always a meaningful project, and I love the benefits that come from deliberately counting my blessings and recognizing the good in my life.

Friday, November 27, 2015

southwest-inspired DIY teepee

Have you all heard of the new DIY Teepee Kit that We R Memory Keepers and Crate Paper released together? If you haven't, HERE's the release announcement, and HERE are some teepees made by the We R team, and HERE are some made by the Crate team. So cute, right??

I'm so excited to share how I personalized the DIY Teepee kit today! This teepee is going to be a Christmas present for my 6 year old daughter...shh...don't tell. To help keep it a secret (and because her house had the perfect corner for a photo shoot) my talented neighbor Brooke let me borrow her darling daughter and home. Thank you Brooke!

Southwest DIY Teepee by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers #DIYteepee #targetcom

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

5 most popular craftsy paper crafts classes!

I recently received a happy surprise. (I love it when that happens!)

My Celebrating Everyday Moments: Playful Scrapbook Layouts class over at Craftsy is one of the five most popular classes in the Paper Crafts category. Yippee! I'm so happy that students have enjoyed this online scrapbook workshop, because I loved every minute of putting it together and filming it.

Monday, November 23, 2015

document 2015 | november

The November class for my Document 2015 series over at Big Picture Classes is now live and ready for you! CLICK HERE to check it out. If you're not a member over at Big Picture Classes, CLICK HERE to start your FREE one month trial membership.

Friday, November 20, 2015

15 days of gratitude | week 1

So, I've completed the first half of my 15 Days of Gratitude project, and I've got some finished pages to show you. I've really enjoyed working with Heidi Swapp's Wanderlust Memory Binder, papers, and embellishments. I love how this gratitude journal is coming along. Take a peek!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

kitty jammies scrapbook page

Hello there! Today I’d like to share a fun scrapbook layout I created using the darling new Meow collection from Echo Park Paper. We're not a pet family, but that doesn't mean I can't use pet themed paper collections in my scrapbook albums! I recently took some photos of my daughter in her favorite new kitty jammies, and this collection was the perfect way to showcase them.

Monday, November 16, 2015

november cut & paste magazine

It's that time of the month again crafty friends! I always look forward to the paper craft and scrapbook inspiration from the amazing minds behind American Crafts Cut & Paste magazine. I can always find something to inspire me, whether it's card ideas, gift ideas, DIY decor ideas, or gift wrap ideas. And this month's issue is no different. So grab a cup of something warm and tasty, sit back, and enjoy the eye candy!

Friday, November 13, 2015

easy winter luminaries

We recently had our first snowfall of the season here, and it's got me excited for all things winter! With snowball fights, sledding, and skiing on the brain, I'm sharing these easy winter luminaries I created with Echo Park Paper's Hello Winter collection. Scroll down to find out how to download a free printable instruction sheet for this winter project.

Winter Luminaries by Aly Dosdall for Echo Park Paper #wintercrafts #luminaries #DIY

Thursday, November 12, 2015

15 days of gratitude 2015 | the journal

Hard to believe it's that time of year again, but here we are! While the holiday season often sneaks up on me, I am always excited for the opportunity to document the many things I'm grateful for in my life through my gratitude journal. The 15 Days Of Gratitude project is one of my all-time favorites! I truly believe that feeling and expressing gratitude engenders happiness, and that waiting for happiness to come in order to feel and express gratitude may mean you're in for a long wait. =) This is a great way to focus on increasing gratitude!

This year my gratitude journal is a Heidi Swapp Wanderlust Gold Foil Vintage Memory Binder. I also used some papers, tab dividers, page protectors, flea market pouches, and other embellishments included in the collection. Not only do I love the look of Heidi's goodies, but they made this 15 Days Of Gratitude project come together much more quickly and easily. Take a look at how I decorated the cover:

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

DIY party military hero banner

Hello, and happy Veteran's Day friends! This is a special day to remember those who are serving, or who have served in our military, and I've got a fun project idea to honor our veterans. This Hero Banner is the perfect decor for any gathering celebrating our servicemen and women.
Military Hero Banner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers #veteransday #patrioticcrafts #DIYParty

Monday, November 9, 2015

DIY holiday candy boxes

Last week was Template Studio Week on the We R blog, and I shared a set of Holiday Candy Boxes I created with the Candy Box Guide and some of the new Holiday Designer Poster Board. I love the unique custom gift wrap that I can create with the Template Studio. These DIY candy boxes will really make my gifts stand out under the tree this holiday season.

Holiday Candy Boxes by Aly Dosdall

Friday, November 6, 2015

gratitude journals | part three

I'm so excited to share this project with you!  This is my very first gratitude journal, and here's a little background on it: one of my goals in 2012 when I made this album was to focus on the good and positive things in my life, to count my blessings.  I decided that November would be the perfect time to keep a gratitude journal to not only focus on my blessings, but to record them as well.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

gratitude journals | part two

Today I'm sharing more gratitude journal inspiration to get ready for my 15 Days of Gratitude project this year. This album is from 2013, and is a little different from the one I shared on Monday. This one is a weekly gratitude journal I kept through the whole month of November. I recorded my blessings at the end of each week and included a photo or photo collage to represent what I wrote.

Monday, November 2, 2015

gratitude journals | part one

Well November sort of snuck up on me! October was a busy month I guess, so suddenly it's time to start preparing this year's gratitude journal. If you've been following my blog for a while you know that each November I create and fill a gratitude journal each day for the two weeks preceding Thanksgiving. I love this project because it really helps me to open my eyes and all the positive and miraculous things in my life.

Since I'm starting to gather supplies and ideas for this year's journal, this week I thought I would share some of my past gratitude journals with you to inspire you to start thinking about creating and keeping one this month.

DIY Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers #thecinch #15daysofgratitude #alydosdall

Friday, October 30, 2015

50% off online paper crafts classes

Fall is the perfect time to get a jump start on your holiday crafting! Now through Sunday save up to 50% on all online crafting classes at Craftsy, including my Playful Scrapbook Layouts class.

If you're a paper crafter, get inspiration for your handmade holiday cards, or for scrapbooking your holiday memories. Or if you'd like to learn a new craft and make some handmade gifts, try one of Craftsy's other class categories.

easy winter mini album

Hi there friends! I'm back today sharing an easy winter themed mini album I created using the Hello Winter collection from Echo Park Paper. Last year we had a White Christmas family snowball fight, and I wanted to celebrate the memory of that fun day. A simple accordion fold 4x4 mini album seemed to be the perfect way to do it!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

DIY halloween matchbook mini album

We've created a tradition at our house of trying on our Halloween costumes a few days before the big day to see how they look, and so I get a chance to take some good photos in full light and under ideal circumstances. This has been such a stress reliever! Now I can enjoy the festivities on Halloween night just as much as everyone else without worrying about getting the perfect photos before it's all over.

I just took photos of my youngest daughter all dressed up as Mavis from Hotel Transylvania, and decided to make a simple matchbook mini album to store them using the We R Memory Keepers Template Studio and some black glitter Designer Poster Board as my base.

Monday, October 26, 2015

banner punch board scrapbook page

Last week was Banner Punch Board Week on the We R Memory Keepers blog, and I had the chance to share how to use this fabulous tool on a scrapbook layout. The Banner Punch Board is great for garlands and banners for parties, or for making holiday decor, but it can also add a fun element to cards and scrapbook pages! Check out how I used it on this layout! (View the original post on the We R blog HERE.)

Friday, October 23, 2015

toronto creativ festival

I had the pleasure of spending last week in Toronto at the Creativ Festival where I represented American Crafts and demo'ed We R Memory Keepers tools in the Michael's booth. I had never been to Toronto before, and I love the energy of trade show floors, so I was so excited and grateful for the opportunity to go!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

halloween decor | boo banner

We are totally into the spooky spirit here at our house! My girls and I have gotten out all of our favorite Halloween decorations and are filling our home with spiders, ghosts, witch hats, and spider webs.

I decided we needed a small Halloween banner to hang over the console in our entry way, so I pulled out some of my favorite new We R Memory Keepers products and went to work. This fun BOO banner is the finished project! Take a look!