Wednesday, July 30, 2014

washi tape projects: part 1

Washi Tape Feathers

Washi tape is definitely one of my go-to craft supplies. It's super versatile, colorful, cute, and easy to use. In honor of this fabulous craft supply I dedicated a week's worth of blog posts on the We R blog full of clever ideas and inspiration for how to use washi tape.

Washi Tape Feathers by Aly Dosdall

I kicked things off this week with a tutorial for creating washi tape feathers that you can add to any craft project, be it scrapbook layouts, cards, albums made easy pages, or other paper crafts. These little guys are easy to make and only require a few household supplies. Click over to THIS POST for a full tutorial!

Washi Tape Storage

One dilemma that plagues many crafters and scrapbookers is how to store their favorite supplies. Washi tape storage is a particularly common issue that I've heard a lot of crafters discuss online and in person. To help solve this dilemma I've got a fun storage idea that also doubles as a fun piece of decor for your craft room or office--washi tape shutter storage!

Washi Tape Storage by Aly Dosdall

For a tutorial on how to make one of these yourself, visit the We R blog HERE. I hope you enjoyed these fun washi tape ideas! Come back on Friday for some more great washi tape projects.


Monday, July 28, 2014

anna griffin vellum quotes and goodbye

Nobody does vellum stickers like Anna Griffin. Check out some projects I made with her newest set of vellum quotes--so beautiful!







Of course, these new vellum stickers coordinate perfectly with Anna's previous collections, and all of her new ones as well.

I have very mixed feelings about announcing that I've stepped down from the Anna Griffin design team. I'm a mom to my five kids first and foremost, and I've had a wonderful teaching opportunity come my way which I'm very excited about. Taking on that opportunity meant that something had to go, so after much thought and prayer, I decided to step down from my time with Anna Griffin, Inc.

I'm so very grateful for the last few years I've been blessed to work with Anna and her amazing team of designers. Her products are a joy to work with--they are beautiful and such high quality. This is the last post of Anna projects you'll see on my blog, but my Anna Griffin Pinterest board will remain and you can check out all of my projects there--there are literally a few hundred, so enjoy!


Friday, July 25, 2014

winner, winner, chicken dinner!


Thanks so much for all your fun comments on the giveaway post! I loved reading about what kinds of scrapbooking nemeses create obstacles to your creativity. I picked a random winner for the free seat in my class and that is...

Connie Buckley said...
Mine would be Captain Perfection. I want it all to be perfect and spend way to much time trying to reach it.





echo park idea book


The latest Echo Park Paper Co Create & Craft Idea Book is available now to download for FREE at the Echo Park Paper website HERE. This time around I've got two fun projects in there. One of them is this fun everyday themed layout I created using some of my Instagram photos from that month.


The Captured Life collection I used here includes lots of fun "instaframes" that you can cut out and use on your projects. I love the fun colors, the bokeh paper, and viewmaster discs in this collection. It's one of my favorites and a definite go-to for me.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

28 cards in 4 weeks


Over the years I've had several requests for this so I'm thrilled to announce that my 2012 Big Picture Classes workshop, 28 Cards in 4 Weeks is back for another round!

In my popular workshop, 28 Cards in 4 Weeks, you'll create a year's worth of quick, simple, and stunning cards for all seasons and occasions--before the rush of the holiday season begins. They'll be ready to use at a moment's notice! 

During each week of class, you'll make seven cards, each taking 15 minutes or less. You'll learn to use sketches, samples, downloads, and videos to create some cute and clever cards that your loved ones will adore. Topics will cover major events, holidays, seasons, and many everyday occasions and themes. And you'll use up lots of scrapbooking leftovers along the way!

For more info and to register, check out the class description page HERE. Also, you can check out my promo video below:




Monday, July 21, 2014

super stashbusters blog hop!

Hello, and welcome! Thanks for stopping by our Super Stashbusters blog hop today! I'm thrilled to be a part of this blog hop along with some of my eight fabulous contributors. If you'd like to participate in our blog hop please browse around here and then hop over to the blog at the top of the link list below. A free seat in the class will be given away at some of the stops in the blog hop, so be sure to leave a comment on each blog and enter to win!

If you'd like to learn more about my Super Stashbusters workshop which begins at the end of the month, you can visit the class description page HERE. Registration is now open!

Katie Smith: http:http://www.punkprojects.com/2014/07/super-stashbusters-workshop-blog-hop.html
Anandi Raman Creath: http://papercraftlaboratory.com/blog/2014/7/18/super-stashbusters-class-and-giveaway-woot 
Amanda Johnson: http://asjmade.blogspot.com/2014/07/big-picture-classes-super-stashbusters.html
Pepper Tan: http://peppercreations.blogspot.com/2014/07/super-stashbuster-bloghop-giveaway.html 

My crafty friend, Ashley Harris, designed a set of stamps for Avocado Arts last spring. She was kind enough to send me a set to play around with. I absolutely love her stamps--they're super useful and versatile. I created this layout using them.


I filled my page background with diagonal washi tape strips and then stamped directly onto the washi tape using StazOn black permanent ink.


I love the arrows, chevrons, and ledger lines in this set--right up my alley!

This layout also happens to be one that I created based on a sketch and repetition challenge for my upcoming class, Super Stashbusters. Here's the sketch that the layout is based on.


This challenge also comes with a video, studio cutting files, and a digital layered template for digital scrapbookers. Plus, you'll get to see a guest designer's take on the same challenge and sketch.

What is your biggest scrapbooking nemesis? Creative Block, Captain Indecision, The Hoarder? Leave a comment on this post telling me what your biggest challenge is for a chance to win a FREE SEAT in Super Stashbusters! I'll announce the winner on Friday morning. Please check back to see if you won, and good luck!

ETA: comments are now closed for this post. Thanks for entering!


Friday, July 18, 2014

anna griffin soft hues metallic paper

Anna's first metallic paper kit was wildly popular, so naturally she released a second kit. This one has some beautiful soft pastels, including yellows, blues, and lavenders. There's also a pretty navy blue that I love. Check out some projects I created with this kit.






And, of course, they're pre-cut to fit your Cuttlebug for die cutting and embossing. Aren't they beautiful?


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

DIY wedding ideas

Being a paper crafter I think DIY weddings are awesome! Not only do they help the budget situation, but they're totally customizable and trendy as well. Here's a roundup of DIY wedding ideas for everything from invitations to decor. Enjoy!

DIY Doily Invitations

We R DIY Doily Wedding Invitations by Aly Dosdall
Get the how-to on the We R Memory Keepers blog HERE.

Vellum Wedding Banner


Learn how to make one of your own on the We R blog HERE.

Letterpress Wedding Menu Card

We R Letterpress Wedding Menu Card by Aly Dosdall
Visit the We R blog HERE to learn how I made this menu card using the Letterpress tool.
DIY Wedding Advice Cards
We R DIY Wedding Advice Cards by Aly Dosdall
Once all the guests have written their advice to the happy couple on a card (or two, or three…) you can bind them together with twine, ribbon, or a binder ring by punching holes with the Crop-A-Dile.
We R DIY Wedding Advice Cards by Aly Dosdall_booklet
This little heart-shaped advice card booklet is the perfect bit of memorabilia from their special day that the bride and groom will enjoy browsing through for years to come.
For full instructions and supplies for this project, hop over to the We R blog HERE.

Monday, July 14, 2014

anna griffin lattice punches

Last spring Anna released some new interchangeable punches, and the Lattice Punches are some new cartridges Anna released to fit with the interchangeable punches. Here are some projects I made with those:


Create a cool background by arranging the same design punched in different colors diagonally across your project.


For the above card I backed the punched designs with ivory cardstock to set them off and trimmed the edges to match the design of the punch.


On this card I punched a border strip by punched both side of a strip of patterned paper.


For the page above I added punched borders to the patterned paper designs.


On this page the punched border strips follow the design of the patterned paper and blend right in.



Friday, July 11, 2014

echo park layout + tutorial


I love to scrapbook heritage photos and the sweet new Simple Life collection is perfect for that! I’d like to share with you today a two page scrapbook layout that I created using the Simple Life collection and the coordinating Simple Flowers Designer Dies.


After creating a nice place for my photos to reside I had some space left on my layout, so I decided to add a section to highlight the adorable Simple Flowers Dies. I created a grid background and cut dies from three different color papers from the Simple Life 6x6 Paper Pad. I love to use the 6x6 papers for punching and die cutting so I don’t have to cut small pieces from my full 12x12 papers.


I created some “puzzle piece” flowers using the dies. The layers of puzzle piece flowers fit inside each other like a puzzle piece rather than being stacked one of top of the other. To create puzzle piece flowers first I placed a 6x6 piece of paper on my die cutting platform.


Then I placed the larger flower die face down, and then the smaller flower die inside the larger one. Then I ran the platform through my die cutting machine and out came two separate pieces—one inside the other.



I mixed and matched different color puzzle pieces together, and place them inside the grid squares on my layout. I love how the die cuts turned out! 

For a full supply list visit the Echo Park Paper blog HERE.