Friday, June 24, 2016

fringe and score board wedding backdrop

Yesterday I shared some paper fringe projects on a local lifestyle show, Studio 5. One of the projects I shared was a fringe wedding backdrop that was super easy to make. It includes a background and the initials of the bride and groom, and it's made completely out of paper fringe! If you'd like to learn how to make this inexpensive and festive wedding backdrop, check out my step-by-step tutorial below.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

paper fringe project ideas

This morning I had the pleasure of shooting another segment for a popular local lifestyle show, Studio 5. Last time I filmed a Studio 5 segment, I talked about honeycomb paper party decor. This time I shared another fun paper craft technique perfect for creating show-stopping party decorations--paper fringe!

Monday, June 20, 2016

tabletop centerpiece with the alphabet punch board

It's no secret I'm a total fan of the new Alphabet Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers. The idea of punching out perfect letters for banners, garlands, posters, school projects, scrapbook pages, cards, gifts and more in less than a minute makes me so excited. And all that without having to boot up my computer, plug in my Cameo, design something, get out the cutting mat, adjust the blade, etc, etc. Easy peasy!

Well, I recently discovered how to use the Alphabet Punch Board to make free-standing letters for centerpieces, signs, place cards, and more. Want to learn how? Check out the video I made recently with my friends down at American Crafts headquarters showing how to make this cute baby shower centerpiece!

Friday, June 17, 2016

alphabet punch board monogram cards

The new We R Memory Keepers Alphabet Punch Board makes perfect 3x5 letters for banners, signs, school projects, and even scrapbook pages. But, did you know that you can use it to make beautiful monogram shaped cards? Yep. You sure can, and I'll show you how in this video tutorial I recently shot while at American Crafts headquarters with my friends!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

father's day gift idea: m&m's bow tie card

We always like to get something nice for Dad and the Grandpas on Father's Day. It's important to let them know how much we love and appreciate them. But even if we score the perfect Father's Day gift, taking the time to give them something handmade, even if it's simple, is often what they remember most.

Monday, June 13, 2016

father's day gift guide for under $30

I'm not going to lie friends. Shopping for my husband can be so hard! Sometimes I know exactly what to get him for a Father's Day gift (or Christmas, or birthday), and sometimes I have no idea! I want to show my love and appreciation for how amazing he is, but I want to make sure I get something he's going to really enjoy.

Friday, June 10, 2016

teen craft: DIY yarn charms

Recently I shared a fun kids craft idea making pom pom bookmarks for summer reading. We were having so much fun making pom poms, we just went crazy and kept on going. My girls are really into bag and backpack charms right now, so we decided to make some yarn charms. This is a great craft idea for summer camp, youth groups, or just to keep your teens busy over the summer months. It also makes a great handmade gift idea.

Pom Pom Charms by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

teacher gift idea: summer sanity kit with free printable

School's almost out here and I always like to get a little something for my kids' teachers at the end of the year to express my appreciation to them for taking care of and teaching my babies. I'd been thinking of what to get them when I happened to pass some bulk packages of EOS Lip Balm and Hand Lotion at Costco while I was grocery shopping the other day. I knew exactly what to make for teacher gifts!

Monday, June 6, 2016

new online scrapbooking class: smash your stash | tools

Happy Monday morning friends! Would you like to hear some exciting news? Who doesn't like exciting news, especially on a Monday morning, right? I'm thrilled to share that my latest Smash Your Stash scrapbook workshop over at Big Picture Classes is now live!

Friday, June 3, 2016

tools today with aly dosdall: alphabet punch board scrapbook page

Hello friends! I’m thrilled to announce that I'll be partnering with Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine again to bring you a monthly blog post. This time I'll be sharing a series called Tools Today with Aly Dosdall. For each post in this monthly series I'll share one of my favorite tools, and include a project with instructions and a short video demonstrating the tool with some helpful tips and tricks.

This month I’m so excited to feature a fabulous new tool, the Alphabet Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers! This new punch board is perfect for quick party banners, posters, signs, and school projects, but it’s also a great way to add a monogram or large title to cards and scrapbook pages. Check out the layout I created with it.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

scrapbook & cards today winner!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered the Scrapbook & Cards Today spring 2016 issue giveaway. I've selected a random winner, and that winner is...

Monday, May 30, 2016

looking to my roots

Happy Memorial Day to my U.S. friends! As an American today I'm grateful for the chance to remember those who have served my country. As a memory keeper this holiday makes me so excited for the opportunity to share some stories with my family, and take some time to remember and honor those who laid the foundation for the blessed lives we enjoy today.

Friday, May 27, 2016

giveaway: scrapbook & cards today

Happy Friday friends! And if you're living in the U.S., Happy Memorial Day weekend too! For some this is a long weekend full of family time and remembering those who have gone before, and we're looking forward to it at our house.

To celebrate I've got a giveaway for you friends!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

kids craft: pom pom bookmarks

Summer vacation begins soon here which means I'm busy arranging an engaging summer schedule for my kiddos. That schedule always includes two of our favorite things, craft projects and a summer reading program. So, today I'm sharing a great craft project for older kids, tweens and teens that connects both of our favorite summer activities--pom pom bookmarks!

Monday, May 23, 2016

DIY to-do list planner

Over the past few years as planners have gained popularity, I have been so fascinated with them and the idea of getting organized. But, I haven't felt a real need to start planning or using a planner like I see them being used all over social media. I'm a techie when it comes to scheduling. For years I've relied on my Google Calendar and phone notifications to keep me and my family members where we need to be. Plus, we've tried to go as paperless as possible at our house.

However, when it comes to to-do lists (of which I'm a huge fan) I'm all about having a physical piece of paper in my hands that I can check off. I seem to do better with that than a to-do list on my phone. I'm a bit of a scatterbrain, so unless it's in my line of sight I'm likely to forget about it.

Some months ago I purchased several journals from the darling Jen Hadfield Home + Made Collection. I've given some away as gifts to friends, but I kept a few with the intention of using them for my work related to-do lists. After some practice and thought I finally came up with a system that works for my creative scatterbrain self, so today I'm excited to share with you how to turn a plain spiral bound notebook into a to-do list planner with some basic craft supplies.

Friday, May 20, 2016

DIY wedding gift bags

We recently hosted Wedding Week on the We R blog, and I shared these DIY wedding gift bags. These sweet little bags would work perfectly for smaller gifts, gift cards with treats, or favor bags for wedding guests. Check out some more photos and a video tutorial below!

Wildflower Gift Bag Punch Board project by Aly Dosdall

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

may cut & paste

Are you ready for some more fabulous inspiration from American Crafts? This month's issue of Cut & Paste emagazine is full of the most darling DIY Party Mini PiƱata projects, plus some Heidi Swapp Light Box ideas and more. Click below to check it out!

Monday, May 16, 2016

5 tips for applying to design teams

This summer several paper craft and scrapbook manufacturers will be rotating their design teams and looking for new team members. It's an exciting time for many crafters! It can also be somewhat stressful and disappointing. I've been there. I've worked as a project designer for several major manufacturers, and now I'm a design team coordinator for multiple companies. Since I have a unique perspective on the process, I thought it might be helpful to share a few tips on applying to a design team in the scrapbook and paper craft industry.

Friday, May 13, 2016

honeycomb paper party decorations

Make your next event come alive with beautiful honeycomb paper party decorations. From weddings, to showers, to brunches, or even school dances, honeycomb paper decor will add color, texture, and dimension at minimal cost. Since honeycomb paper is made from tissue paper it's lightweight and easy to use. Here are a few fun options available.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

alphabet punch board graduation banner

I just happen to have twin sons who are seniors graduating next month, so the topic of graduation has been on my mind a lot lately. Plus, we recently hosted Graduation Week on the We R Memory Keepers blog. How convenient!

For my boys' special day I wanted to do something in their school colors, but not too decorative because that's really not their style. I also want to incorporate photos because the memories of the last 18 years are just too precious not to. So, here's what I came up with for a banner to celebrate their graduation day.

Alphabet Punch Board Graduation Banner by Aly Dosdall 1