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

Monday, December 30, 2019

make a 2020 planner with the we r memory keepers etch quill

Now that Christmas is over, I’m excited to start the new year and set some goals. I always do better on my goals when I have some accountability, and writing goals down is a great way to be accountable. To help keep track of my goals, tasks, and ideas I created a 2020 Planner with some of my favorite We R tools.
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.2020 Planner with the Etch Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thursday, December 26, 2019

how to make new year's eve gift bags with the glue quill

Hey friends! How was your Christmas? I hope you had a wonderful day. We sure did at our house. This time of year can be busy, but it's also so special and I love it. Now that I'm not totally focused on Christmas, I just had to share a fun party favor idea for New Year’s Eve using one of my favorite new tools, the Glue Quill along with my Silhouette Cameo 3.
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.
Ombre Glitter New Year's Even Favor Bags with the Glue Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Sunday, December 1, 2019

how to make a christmas countdown wreath with the works all in one tool

The holidays are almost here, and so are all of the fun traditions that go along with them. One of our favorite family holiday traditions is a Christmas countdown or advent calendar. It helps us to focus on the things that matter most to us during this special time of year, and brings us closer together as a family.

This year I created a Christmas Countdown Wreath to celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas. I'm super excited about it because it's going to be so much fun to do with my family, and I was able to create it with just ONE tool! Check out the photos and video tutorial below and I'll show you how. There's still time to make one for yourself!

This is a personal blog, but I am an employee and do 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 do receive a small commision if you do to help support my blog. All ideas and opinions are my own.


Christmas Countdown Wreath by Aly Dosdall

Thursday, November 14, 2019

november gratitude journal spread

For years I've kept a personal gratitude journal of one kind or another. It happens often during the month of November when my mind is focused on being thankful. I've also done it during really hard times that our family has gone through, and whenever I do it, it completely changes my perspective and my focus in a wonderful way.

Recently I put together a gratitude journal spread for the month of November where I'm recording some things I'm grateful for. Life's been pretty good, but pretty busy lately so it's helping me slow down and live more intentionally while recognizing the good in my life. Click below to see how I made this sweet gratitude journal page.

This is a personal blog, but I am an employee and do 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 do receive a small commision if you do to help support my blog. All ideas and opinions are my own.




Sunday, November 10, 2019

how to make a thanksgiving tablescape with the foil quill freestyle pens

Happy November crafters! It is time to get my Thanksgiving on! This year it's all about foiling and rich colors for fall, and I've got some easy ideas for making a beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape with the Freestyle Pens and another new release from We R Memory Keepers, the Revolution die cutting and embossing tool. Click below to learn how to cut and foil some paper fall leaves, and how to use them in your Thanksgiving decor!

This is a personal blog, but I am an employee and do 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 do receive a small commision if you do to help support my blog. All ideas and opinions are my own.

Friday, August 23, 2019

foil quill freestyle pens: review and project ideas

Hello crafty friends! It's been a hot minute since I've shared something with you here on the ol' blog, but I'm REALLY excited to share this AMAZING new tool with you! The new Foil Quill Freestyle Pens are the hottest ticket in the craft industry, and I'm going to show you how to use them to create DIY foil projects.

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



Thursday, April 18, 2019

april planner spread

Most of my memory keeping these days either happens in my planner, a traveler’s notebook, or a journal. I approach it much like I would a mini album. Last year in April during my daughter's senior year she and I took a trip to Boston and New York City, so I recorded some memories on the April spread in my planner.

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

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

wire wedding cake topper

It’s either that time of year or there must be something in the water here, because we have gotten no less than five wedding invitations in the past month! Exciting, right? Needless to say, I’ve had weddings on the brain. Recently I saw some adorable wire wedding cake toppers, so I thought I’d try my hand at making my own with my Happy Jig to see what I could come up with.
This is a personal blog, but I am an employee and do receive financial compensation and material product from American Crafts/We R Memory Keepers. This post contains affiliate links to help support my blog. You are not charged any extra cost for purchasing supplies using those affiliate links. All ideas and opinions are my own.
Wire Wedding Cake Topper by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Happy Jig wire design tool

Thursday, April 11, 2019

wire baby shower decor with the happy jig

I'm loving all the wire crafts I'm seeing around the interwebs! I'm so glad We R Memory Keepers has created the Happy Jig and Big Happy Jig to make wire crafts easy! I created some baby themed decor that would be perfect for a baby birthday party, a baby shower, or any other baby themed event. You could also change out the words to fit any celebration or event you’re hosting.
This is a personal blog, but I am an employee and do receive financial compensation and material product from American Crafts/We R Memory Keepers. This post contains affiliate links to help support my blog. You are not charged any extra cost for purchasing supplies using those affiliate links. All ideas and opinions are my own.
Baby Shower Decor by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Happy Jig and the Tag Punch Board

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

how to make a glitter tumbler with the spin it tumbler turner

Several months ago I was turned on to an amazing trend in the craft world--making custom tumblers! You know those insulated stainless steel cups and mugs that keep your hot drinks hot and your cold drinks cold? Crafters are adding patterned paper, fabric, photos, vinyl decals, and GLITTER to these to decorate them and customize them. They make great gifts (or keep them for yourself) and I'm so excited to dive into this part of the craft industry!

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


DIY Rose Gold Glitter Tumbler made with the We R Memory Keepers Spin It tumbler turner by Aly Dosdall

Monday, April 8, 2019

diy easter countdown

Easter is a really special holiday at our house. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints we have a strong belief that Jesus was resurrected and overcame death for us, and we celebrate that amazing gift at Easter time. So, I try to make this holiday more like Christmas at our house. Not that we give tons of gifts, but we try to focus our thoughts and efforts on the Savior this time of year.
An Easter Countdown is one way we try to do that. We add special activities and scripture versus to the countdown, so in addition to getting treats and doing fun things we learn about the last week of Jesus' life and what that means for us. This Easter countdown craft is easy to make and can be used over and over again. Check out how I made it!
This is a personal blog, but I am an employee and do receive financial compensation and material product from American Crafts/We R Memory Keepers. This post contains affiliate links to help support my blog. You are not charged any extra cost for purchasing supplies using those affiliate links. All ideas and opinions are my own.
Easter Countdown by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thursday, April 4, 2019

easy easter gift tags


Hey there crafty friends! How are your Easter preparations going? What have you been making? I've got a quick and easy Easter project to share with you. As you're putting together Easter baskets with yummy goodies and cute toys, don't forget a handmade gift tag is the perfect finishing touch! These pretty tags take minutes with some handy tools, and I'll show you how to make them.

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

Easy Easter Gift Tags by Aly Dosdall with the Square Punch Board and the Tag Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers



Tuesday, April 2, 2019

diy foiled leather journal cover with the foil quill

Hello! Yes, I'm still alive and I'm actually blogging! I had to pop in here to share a fun and easy DIY Traveler’s Notebook Cover with the amazing new Foil Quill pen and my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine. The Foil Quill is this year's hottest new tool, and it's my favorite toy to play with by far right now!

This summer our family is taking a long trip back east to visit some places where some of our ancestors lived to learn more about them. I’m so excited about this trip and I know it’s going to be so memorable, so I created this traveler’s notebook to record photos, stories and experiences along the way.

This is a personal blog, but I am an employee and do receive financial compensation and material product from American Crafts/We R Memory Keepers. This post contains affiliate links to help support my blog. You are not charged any extra cost for purchasing supplies using those affiliate links. All ideas and opinions are my own.
DIY Leather Traveler's Notebook Cover by Aly Dosdall featuring the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill