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. So...watch 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
Instaframe Mini Album by Aly Dosdall 3
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!

Monday, October 13, 2014

fall project round up: part 1

While I was busy giving away my Anna Griffin stash, I neglected to share some of the fun fall projects I was working on for the We R Memory Keepers blog. Here's a little round up of some of those projects.

Fall Mini Canvas

There are so many thing I love about the fall–pumpkin patches, corn mazes, cool weather, fall leaves, hot cocoa, and of course fall crafting! Since fall is so wonderful I thought it would be fun some fall project ideas. I’ll start things off with a bitty piece of fall decor perfect for your mantle or other decorative shelf in your home.
  Mini Fall Canvas by Aly Dosdall

I created this project with the Indian Summer collection--I love the colors and patterns! For full supplies and instructions for this project, visit the We R blog HERE.

Fall Layout

The leaves in the nearby mountains are already turning fall colors, and pretty soon they’ll start turning down here–that is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the beautiful fall leaves and colors (not so much the raking part) and was so glad I captured that in this photo that I scrapbooked recently. My most favorite part about this photo is that my daughter and her aunt are playing baseball together and enjoying the fall weather, but my next favorite part is that the yard is covered in yummy fall yellow leaves!

  Fall Ball by Aly Dosdall

I decided that I wanted to replicate the carpet of leaves in the photo on my page background, so I die cut several leaves using the Maple Leaves Nesting DiesLeaves Punch Dies, and my electronic die cutting machine to create a lovely fall backdrop. I scattered them around my white-washed fence background paper, mixing the sizes and styles of leaves. For full supplies and instructions for this layout, visit the We R blog HERE.

Owl Pillow Boxes

When I think of fall, images of beautifully colored leaves are what first come to mind. But another fun fall icon that I love is owls. They’re darling on fall projects of all kinds. I was inspired by this festive critter to create some owl pillow boxes for fall. Take a peek!

Owl Pillow Boxes by Aly Dosdall

I used my Pillow Box Punch board to create the box, and to create some feathers for the owl’s belly I punched out several notch shapes with my Thumb Notch Punch and layered them over the orange belly.

Owl Pillow Boxes by Aly Dosdall_close 1

For full instructions and supplies for this fun project, visit the We R blog HERE. I hope you've enjoyed some fall crafting inspiration. I'll share some more fall projects in a round up next week. Creative cheers!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

craftsy flash sale!


Craftsy just reached 5,000,000 members and to celebrate they're hosting a flash sale--50% off all paper crafts classes today and tomorrow! Dabble in mixed media techniques, learn how to make the most of your die cutting machine, create simple scrapbook pages with distinct style and fun techniques. All with some of the industry's leading crafters. CLICK HERE for more info.