Monday, July 26, 2021

planner spread with the we r memory keepers printmaker

If you've been following me for a while, you know I love to share a good find. Well, I've got an a m a z i n g find to share with you! Have you heard about the new PrintMaker? It's a handheld, slideable printer with HP technology, and certified Apple Bluetooth connectivity. The quality, detail, and colors are incredible, and the free app is super easy to use. Recently I created a custom planner spread with it and I can't wait to show you what I made!


Thursday, July 22, 2021

mini book with the mini cinch

The phrase "good things come in small packages" is definitely true when it comes to the We R Memory Keepers Mini Cinch. It's a small book binding machine that packs a big punch! I love that it doesn't take up much space in my craft room, it's light weight and easy to transport, and it's as powerful as the original larger Cinch. Recently I made a mini book with the Mini Cinch using some leftovers from a card kit, plus some family photos. Take a look!


Tuesday, July 6, 2021

diy disc bound journal

Lately I'm totally into making my own mini books, journals, notebooks, and planners. I love book binding and adding custom dividers, pockets, flaps, etc. So fun! Recently I taught a national virtual class hosted by Michaels featuring some of my favorite tools for book binding and decorating. In this class we made our own journals and it was awesome! Check out some photos and details below, and then scroll all the way down to watch the full class recording.

Saturday, June 26, 2021

4th of July Crafts, Party and Decoration Ideas

Happy summer friends! It's hard to believe it's almost the 4th of July! Independence Day sort of snuck up on me this year since I've been so busy with work, but I'm super excited to share some 4th of July crafts, DIY party, and decoration ideas with you. Whether you're patriotic celebration is at home or with loved ones, these 4th of July ideas will add some flair and fun.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

DIY Summer Journal

Summer is coming quickly and I can't wait for warm weather, flip flops, lazy mornings, and barbecues! With all the fun things going on in the summer it's important to me to capture and record our memories, so I've put together a DIY Summer Journal! I can add photos, journaling, memorabilia and mementos from our summer adventures in this interactive, fun memory journal. I made this with some scrapbooking papers and a few of my favorite We R Memory Keepers tools. Take a look inside!

Learn how to make a summer journal with We R Memory Keepers tools.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

st. patrick's day craft ideas with the button press {free printables}

 St. Patrick's Day always seems to come at the perfect time, am I right? It's not quite warm enough to spend much time outside, it's about the middle of the second semester for kids and they're ready to be done, and we've all got a serious case of cabin fever! This fun holiday is the perfect excuse for adding some fun, color, and chocolate to life.

This year my St. Patrick's Day fun centers around something I'm totally obsessed with right now, and I can't wait to show you some fun ideas and ways to incoporate pinback buttons, badges and flair into your family crafts, activities, and party decor.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

rainbow + four leaf clover gift boxes for st. patrick's day

Are you ready for all things golden, rainbow, green and lucky? St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, and I've got a fun idea for some gift boxes you can fill with treats or a small gift. These DIY rainbow color gift boxes are each topped with a fun mixed media 3D four leaf clover, a tag, and some embellishments. They're easy to make and make great party favors for an at-home St. Patrick's Day celebration. Check out how I made them below.

Friday, February 12, 2021

easy diy photo album from a boxed card set

Just squeaking under the wire with this DIY Valentine's Day Gift for my hubby. I wanted to include some recent photos of us and some handwritten journaling, but I also wanted to make this gift interactive and unique. So, I decided to grab a box of beautiful blank cards and make my own photo/scrapbook album to celebrate my very favorite person. Check it out!

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

make easy explosion boxes for hot cocoa bombs this valentine's day [free printable]

 Anyone else scrambling like a mother to get class valentines ready this week? 🤣 Well, I did it! I stayed up almost all night, but I was successful in putting together 23 DIY class valentines. I fell in love with the hot cocoa bomb trend this holiday season, and thought that would make a great class valentine for my 11 year old daughter. I figured out a really fun and easy way to gift wrap them for Valentine's Day. Check it out!

Friday, February 5, 2021

washi tape storage bin

Lately I've been working though some pain points in my craft room organization and storage. Some of my current systems aren't working for me anymore, so I've been making some changes so my supplies are easier to find and stored in a way that works best for me. One of those pain points is my washi tape, and I'm excited to share how I relieved that pain point.

Monday, February 1, 2021

make a valentine's day squash card planner insert with the explosion board

While prepping my planner spread for the week before Valentine's Day I had a thought. Valentine's Day is for celebrating the ones we love, and what better way to do that than with a collection of some favorite memories with the ones I love! So, I decided to figure out a cool way to include some photos on my spread, and I love what I came up with. Check it out!

Friday, January 29, 2021

Store Your Tumbler Making Supplies in a Craft Storage Cart

 About this time of year, every year, I start feeling the need to clean out and organize my craft room. I usually don't have time to do the whole room, so I try to identify pain points and work on a few of them. This year I've got a couple of target areas and I can't wait to share one of them with you! For a few years I've struggled to find a good place to store my tumbler making supplies. They've been in multiple places in my room and one of the baskets I keep them in is overflowing. So, I decided to purge them and move them all to a storage cart. Check it out!

Saturday, January 9, 2021

2021 planner: january, week 1

My focus word for 2021 is "thrive". Part of that includes thriving physically by taking good care of my body. This year I've had some health issues that have required me to pay more careful attention to my blood pressure, my weight, my heart rate and my cholestoral. I track my meals, calories and water intake, and I want to record all that in my planner. To do that in a creative way I combined a couple of my favorite We R Memory Keepers tools. Check it out!

Monday, December 28, 2020

how to make an explosion box with the we r memory keepers explosion board

Recently I've fallen head over heals for explosion boxes. Open the lid and out pops some major paper craft goodness. I know they've been a thing for a while, but right now something about folded paper, mini pockets, flaps, and interactive elements on a project just makes me so happy! And having that all wrapped up in a cute box is simply perfection.

Thursday, December 24, 2020

wire wrapped christmas candles

Happy Christmas Eve! I’ve got a cool handmade gift idea to share. I’ve seen some really pretty wire crafts making their way around the interwebs and I love how wire can be incorporated into just about any project. I decided to make some holiday candles with my Wick Candle Maker, and throw some Happy Jig wire at them to see what happened.

Wire Wrapped Holiday Candles by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

easy embroidered christmas tea towels

I love gifting handmade for the holidays! Not only does the recipient get something unique, but your investment of time and talent is a gift in itself. For our large extended family Christmas dinner we exchange small, simple gifts so I decided to hand stitch some holiday themed tea towels for extended family.

DIY Christmas Tea Towel with the Fabric Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Friday, December 18, 2020

emoji christmas cards

Hello! Christmas is just about here, but I wanted to share a colorful and fun set of Christmas cards I made. I’m loving all the colorful holiday decor I’ve been seeing around the Interwebs this season, so I wanted to try my hand at a colorful Christmas project. I decided to make a set of Emoji Christmas Cards with a few of my favorite We R punch boards.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

kate spade-inspired felt tissue holder

Let's talk handmade gift ideas! I’ve got a couple of friends that I love to make handmade gifts for each Christmas. As I was thinking about what to make for them this year, I was totally inspired by a cute Kate Spade NY penguin wallet I found online couple of years ago. I decided to create my own version of it as a felt tissue pouch gift for my friends.

Monday, December 14, 2020

fun handmade holiday cards with the works all in one tool

It's hard to believe but Christmas is almost here! And this year in particular it’s so important to connect with friends and loved ones in unique ways. While we may not be able to gather in person, handmade holiday cards are the perfect way to let our loved ones know how much we care, that we're thinking about them, and that wish them a wonderful holiday season. 

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

snow globe holiday card with the mold press

Let's talk holiday cards. You can buy pre-made Christmas cards and that's totally fine if that's what you want to do. I do it myself! But, if you're looking for a unique handmade holiday card idea, how about a snow globe Christmas card! This fun and interactive card includes a clear plastic dome filled with fake snow and a lovely little winter scene behind it. Your loved ones will definitely remember this card! I made this snowglobe holiday card with my Mold Press and I'm excited to share how.