Saturday, May 2, 2015

craftsy national scrapbook day blog hop!

Welcome to our National Scrapbook Day Paper Craft Instructor Blog Hop, Craftsy fans! So glad you could join me for today! I'm sharing a little bit about me, plus I've got a free SVG cut file for you, a project to share with you, a giveaway with a chance to win a free spot in my Craftsy class, Celebrating Everyday Moments: Playful Scrapbook Layouts, and I've got links to many of the amazing Craftsy paper craft instructors' blogs where you'll find more inspiration and awesomeness. 

Currently...


1. Favorite youtube clip: https://youtu.be/wiTco_67bOI
2. Listening to...Pentatonix
3. Watching...Blacklist
4. Reading...Does Pinterest count?
5. I can eat this everyday...green smoothies
6. Favorite drink at 4pm: water, water, and more water
7. On my Wishlist...a magic house cleaning fairy godmother
8. Enjoying...rewatching all 5 seasons of Downton Abbey while riding my stationary bike
9. Favorite quote right now...The only person you should be better than is the person you were yesterday.
10. Smiling about...my awesome family!

Free SVG Cut File!


The amazing Wilna Firstenberg was kind enough to create a free SVG file to celebrate NSD today!


You can download it HERE. Enjoy!!


Need some project inspiration?


I feel passionately that life is worth celebrating, that each story is worth telling--the ordinary and the extraordinary. I love this wonderful hobby of scrapbooking because it does exactly that, but I also love scrapbooking because it celebrates the creative side of life. While scrapbooking is my first love, I find joy in creating just about anything with paper. And one of my favorite tips to help find more creative time is to recycle my favorite page designs and use them to create something else.


For example, here's a layout I created for my Craftsy class with a fun starburst design. A starburst design is one of my favorite ways to use up scraps, mix up my favorite patterned papers, and make a real statement on my page.


And here's a card I created recently, recycling the starburst design. I saved a lot of time on this card since I didn't have to come up with a new design. Why reinvent the wheel, right?



I don't always use recycled designs--sometimes it's fun to try new things, and step out of my crafty comfort zone. But recycling my designs is another tool in my crafty tool box that I can pull out when the time is right.

If you like this tip and fun layout design you'll love the other six layouts you'll create in my Playful Layouts Craftsy class. Each layout includes an eye-catching design and a playful technique that celebrate your everyday moments and record them in a special way. Plus, each technique you learn can be applied to cards, mini albums, and other paper craft projects.

Now for the giveaway!


I'm giving away one free spot in my Playful Layouts class to one of you fabulous readers. If you'd like to be considered for this giveaway leave a comment below telling me one of your favorite paper crafting tips. Comments will close Thursday, May 7th at midnight (Mountain Time) and I'll announce a random winner on Friday, May 8th. Good luck, and don't forget to check back to see if you won!

Ready for more inspiration? 


Visit these other Craftsy Paper Craft class instructor blogs. I promise you'll be glad you did. Happy National Scrapbook Day!

Laura Craigie: http://evidenceofagoodlife.blogspot.ca
Jen Gallacher: http://jengallacher.com
Jill Sprott: http://wordplaywordwork.blogspot.com
Wilna Furstenberg: http://wilnafurstenberg.com
Paige Evans: http://www.paigeandchris.com
Shimelle Laine: http://www.shimelle.com
Nancy Damiano: http://thepaperorchard.blogspot.com
Danielle Flanders: http://danielleflanders.com
Aly Dosdall: http://alydosdall.com       <<<<< You are here
Laura Bassen: http://laurafadora.wordpress.com
Amy Heller: http://amyhellerdesign.com
Stephanie Bryan: http://stephaniemakes.blogspot.ca

**ETA: Comments for this post are now closed. Thank you for entering!

41 comments:

Sabrina said...

Thank you for the chance to win a fabulous giveaway!!!

Susanne said...

Gorgeous project! Would love to play in your class!

Melanie Stanczyk said...

Omgosh I would love to join your class. Ok, lets see my best paper crafting tip...Buy, Buy, Buy...then use, use, use! That's probably not what you had in mind but works for me :)

Angela said...

Paper crafting tip? I think I would say when I learned how to line up my alphabet stickers on a ruler edge before applying them to my page. It helped everything line up so much better! Happy NSD!

Tracey said...

One of my favorite tips is to use old, uninspiring chipboard from your stash under items to elevate it on your layouts. Saves $$ on foam adhesive!

Diana Enns said...

What a fun page. This has been a fun "hop" and a lot of inspiration. Thanks.

littlesavedgirl said...

You all are so generous! My best paper crafting tip is never throw away scraps!

sabbycat said...

My best tip is to use leftover scraps to make cards with! Thanks for the hop,it's been fun. Happy NSD!

Diane Jaquay said...

Love your bright, colorful card (I'm all about the brights myself!) And I had to laugh about the magic housecleaning fairy, I would love one of those myself for sure!

Deeps said...

My favorite tip ISO use sketches when I am stuck and yes I never throw my scraps away.

Kim Barrera said...

I love to use my scraps to cut out different shapes circles, hearts, triangles etc and create designs on my cards and layouts.

Tracy MacLoughlin said...

Love your layout! Thx for the giveaway!

Wendy G said...

I adore your ideas, so creative and unique! The colors you choose are so bright and cheery, too! Thanks for the free printables, I will enjoy using them! Wendy

Robin said...

I listen to books on my IPOD anything with a mystery. Love to drink coffee and water. Love playing with our 5 rescue Westies. I always enjoy making cards and participating in card drives for a good cause and OWH.

Abby R said...

Big Fan! Love all of your classes I have taken with you! You are such an inspiration to me! Happy NSD! :)

jengd said...

Fun page, lovely card! Papercrafting tip: do what feels right for you. Trends come and go and it's great to incorporate them if it's something you like or feels right. However, if the trend isn't you, don't chase it.

Jeff said...

One tip: I love 6 x 6 paper pads. I get lots of colors on a small scale. I love working with them.

Karen Lai said...

your card is so bright and happy! love it! Use an anti-static tool before embossing! love embossing!

snazzyjj said...

Love the bright colors and fun design!

julie e said...

only put adhesive in the middle - then you can slide layers underneath.

juliee 181 at gmail dot com

petunia670 said...

Tip: scrapbooking should be fun. I don't stress being behind in my layouts, the sewing machine jamming up & punching holes in my page or stamped images that are not whole images (well, I don't stress too much!!)

Ann Kulseth said...

Great projects - and great organization.

Dawn Motakef said...

Before attending a crop, prepare and organizes your pages and/or assembled kits to maximize your time and productivity. This takes time but is worth the effort!

Jeannine said...

I like to do a grid layout and often use scraps of pattern paper in place of some photos.

CrizzyJ said...

The first tip I ever got for putting pattern papers together is to put them down and take a step or two back and see if they look good to you or not.

patti said...

I love your card!! before I start making a card I think about who it is for to give me inspiration in what direction I want to go with the card

Jenny McGee said...

Never compare yourself to others with the pages. Appreciate all styles of scrapbooking. Enjoy your crafting time. Those are a few fun tips. I would love to take your Craftsy class. Thanks,

Jo-Lee said...

My favourite tip is to scrap lift. I struggle with design of a page, so I skip that part and get yo my favourite part - picking out pretty papers!

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Heather said...

I'd love to take your class, Aly! Your stashbusting classes at BPC were some of my favorites. Thank you for the generous giveaway!

My favorite scrapping tip is to use vellum! I use it to tone down really bold papers, to soften the look of a layout, to journal on... I love the stuff.

Patricia said...

Thanks for your inspiration and a chance to your class! My papercrafting tip: once you find a pp that will work, quit looking for something better. Just use it and get started.

Margie said...

Beautiful projects! My best tip is to make up a kit from your stash!

Natou77 said...

Great giveaway

Linda said...

My tip: don't be afraid to mix patterns. I find so many people will use only one.

Happy NSDay!! Your class sounds like it would be interesting.

Betty Burgie said...

Never never throw away any scraps.. Thanks for giveaway chance. Great ray of sunshine with the colours... Happy Crafting!! good luck all

ShelleyJo said...

Awesome giveaway!

Les S said...

My craft tip is: never rush to finish a project. Take your time to enjoy the process. For me it’s more about making something I love and not a marathon of how many projects I have done so far. Thanks for sharing.

Kelly said...

i love the sunburst card!

Would be super fun to win a spot in your class!

Kelly

Linda Smith said...

Would love to win a spot in your class! I have learned that once I like a design or layout, use it again and again!

Melinda Sweetman said...

Thanks for the chance!
Um, my fave tip and a brand new thing I have started in my own craft room is the "Use or Lose it" box for supplies I have had for ages!!

Linda said...

Love the inspiration and the chance to get to know you better!