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.

Monday, December 7, 2020

how to make a winter wonderland tumbler with the spin it pro

Christmas is coming up pretty quickly, but there's still time to make some cool handmade gifts for your loved ones. If you need a gift idea for a teacher, coworker, neighbor or friend, a custom tumbler is definitely the way to go! One of my favorite ways to make a glitter tumbler is using the mica swirl method, which makes for a perfect winter themed tumbler. I've got a tumbler video tutorial for you below, so check it out!

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

make your own acetate planner dashboard with the disc power punch

I love being able to customize my planners and make them my own. To be honest, creativity is as important in my planning as staying organized is! I created an acetate weekly dashboard to help keep track of where I am in my planner and I'm excited to share it with you!

Make a custom weekly planner dashboard with the Disc Power Punch

Friday, November 13, 2020

monochromatic halloween cupcake toppers

Hey there friends! While we were sick at our house, I had to put a pause on some posts I wanted to schedule. I know Halloween's over, and I'm totally ready for the holidays, but I just had to share this fun idea with you. This black and white party idea could obviously work as Halloween party decor, but if you have a loved one who's celebrating an over the hill birthday, this would work great too!

Halloween Cupcake Toppers by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

DIY gratitude journal

One of my favorite traditions this time of year is my gratitude journal. For a few weeks in November I keep a daily record of the things I’m thankful for leading up to Thanksgiving Day. It’s really helped me to focus on the positive and see the good, both totally transformative ways of thinking. I've done this for several years and I realized I've never shared my 2018 gratitude journal. Let me show you!

Gratitude Journal by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring The Cinch, Journal Studio Tools, and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

Friday, October 2, 2020

halloween memory keeping with the foil quill

Hello and Happy October! It's hard to believe it's almost Halloween, right? That kind of snuck up on me. Well, today I'm excited to share an easy and impactful Halloween scrapbooking project. I used some of my favorite crafting tools to create custom foiled patterned paper and titles to make my album. Check it out!

Halloween Mini Album with the Foil Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers 3

Friday, September 11, 2020

celebrate fall with a foil quill freestyle pen cider bar

Fall is here! Yay! This year we've had a warm start to the season, but hopefully soon it will be sweater weather. One of my favorite fall traditions is apple cider. I have a hot cup almost every night during the cold weather (sugar free, of course). I’m so inpsired by my love for cider, that I decided to create this fun idea for a fall get-together–an apple cider bar!
Apple Cider Bar with the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quil Freestyle Pens and the DCWV Inc Cider Woods paper stack. Supplies for this project are available at Joann Stores.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

diy quote book: lowercase word punch board & icon punches

Hey there my friends! I'm excited to share a special project with you. I'm a firm believer in the power of words. They can uplift, inspire, and encourage, or they can tear down, demean, and destroy. It's important to me to fill my mind with inspiring and uplifting words each day. I do that through reading scriptures and talks by church leaders, but I also love good quotes, so I made a DIY Quote Book!

DIY Quote Book with the new Lowercase Punch Board and Icon Punches by We R Memory Keepers

Thursday, August 20, 2020

dorm room decor ideas

We've had our two college age sons home doing online classes since March this year, and while we've loved having them here, they're ready to get back to campus. They'll have a hybrid in-class and online experience until the Thanksgiving holiday when they transition to fully online classes. With some universities starting classes again, I thought I'd share a project I created for my daughter who’s returning to college next winter. Attending BYU is a lifelong dream for this girl! I’m so proud of her and I wanted to celebrate her exciting achievement with some fun dorm decor that she can proudly hang in her new digs next year.

DIY Dorm Room Decor by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Monday, August 17, 2020

make back to school season special with the foil quill

Hello crafty friends! "Back to School" season looks totally different this year. For some it's home school, for others it's a hybrid online/in school plan, and for some it's all at school but with extra safety precautions. Whatever your school year looks like, it's important to still create routines and rituals that help kids feel as normal and comfortable as possible. So I thought a fun Back to School Party might help us all get excited for the new (albeit different) school year!
Foil Quill Back to School Party by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers 1

Friday, August 14, 2020

customize your denim jacket with the button press by we r memory keepers

As a crafter I love to make things my own. I love putting my personal stamp on creations and expressing myself as only I can. I'm super excited to share a recent project where I did just that.

Customizing denim and bomber jackets with patches, badges and pinback buttons has been a trend for a few years now, and when I heard about the We R Memory Keepers Button Press I knew I needed to make a set of buttons to personalize my own denim jacket. Check out how I added my personal stamp to my wardrobe with DIY buttons!

Thursday, July 30, 2020

diy gift wrap + handmade card with the works all in one tool

Since I've been working for We R Memory Keepers for about 10 years, I'm lucky enough to have just about every tool they've created. I've got every punch board, trimmer, and gadget, but the one I reach for most often is the "swiss army knife" of the We R tool arsenal, The Works All In One Tool. It's 12 tools in 1, so when I'm creating on the go or out in my living room while my hubby and I are binge watching our favorite show, this must-have tool is all I need to bring with me.

The Works All In One Tool and Storage Bag by We R Memory Keepers available at HSN

Monday, July 27, 2020

We R Memory Keepers Mold Press: 3 Ways

Hey hey crafty friends! I'm SUPER excited to share something that we've all been waiting for in the craft world since January of 2020--The We R Memory Keepers Mold Press! This amazing machine allows you to take everyday household items and make molds with them that you can use to customize chocolate, candy, fondant, candle wax, soap, bath salts, resin, plaster, cement, clay and more.

Make Custom Party Decor with the Mold Press by We R Memory Keepers