Wednesday, October 1, 2014

let the halloween fun begin

Today is October 1st and that means Halloween project posts may now officially begin on my blog! Yay! To start off the Halloween inspiration this month I've got two fun projects to share. The first one is a handy Chalkboard Halloween Countdown that I made for the We R Memory Keepers blog.




I used some Frame Nesting Dies by Lifestyle Crafts to cut out a piece of chalkboard vinyl where I can write the numbers to count down to Halloween. I also used some Shape Dies, an Alpha Die, and a Punch Die from Lifestyle Crafts. You can find more details about this project on the We R blog HERE.

The second project is a fun little piece of decor--a witch's hat made with the Ghost Town Mini Theme from Echo Park!





This was super easy to make by cutting out a 7 1/2" circle with a 3" hole in the center. Then I cut several 1/4" slits in the hole and placed adhesive over them. I created a cone shape 3" wide at the base and placed it over the hole, bending the slits up and sticking them to the inside of the cone to secure it. Then I embellished it, and voila! For more details visit the Echo Park Paper blog HERE.

Are you working on any Halloween projects right now? Do you have any plans for some projects? Please share!

Monday, September 29, 2014

scrappy blog tour

My scrappy friend Donna Januzzi (whom I've had the chance to meet and hang out with at CHA) invited me to participate in a scrappy blog tour last week. Donna is one of the sweetest, most sincere, and talented scrappers I know so of course I said yes...plus, I thought it would be a lot of fun! The blog tour consists of a few questions about your creative process and current favorites, so here goes!

1. What am I working on right now? 

Since I'm blog hostess for We R Memory Keepers I'm always working on something. Usually I'm creating content for a class as well, but right now I'm not so blog projects are my focus. As I'm writing this I'm working on a folded leaf garland idea that I found on Pinterest. It's super fun, and kind of reminds me of fan folding back in elementary school.

2. How long does it take me to create a project? 

The answer to this question depends on the project. I create scrapbook layouts, cards, altered projects, home decor, etc so it varies. I'll go with scrapbook layouts since this is a "scrappy" blog tour. =) It's a little hard for me to nail down a time frame since I create in stints, and not a continuous block of time. (I have a four year old at home, so I take breaks while working). I would say layouts take me anywhere from 30 min to 2 hours. I try to include a fun technique on each page so depending on what that is, sometimes it takes me a while.


Masking technique for stamped title

3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment? 

My favorite products currently are punches and dies (because they seem to "stretch" my paper stash), wood veneer shapes, enamel dots and shapes, and washi tape. I also like to use my Cricut to die cut page titles.







4. How does my writing/creating process work? 

My process depends on what I'm creating. Most of what I create is for assignments/work (I do get to keep most of it, so it's for me as well) so I'll often start with a specific paper collection, embellishment, or tool as my inspiration. Starting with a product is fun for me because, as I said before, I like to try and include a fun technique or tip on my projects. So I enjoy coming up with clever and unique ways to use the product I'm working with. Once I have a direction for how I'm going to use my product, then I choose photos and come up with a good page design. I never adhere anything down until I'm confident with my placement of everything, and I shift things around like pieces on a gameboard until I get a look I'm happy with. Once I adhere everything down I photograph my project and edit my photos so I can share them on my blog, Facebook page, or Instagram feed. Usually I'm happy with it, but every now and then I see something in the photograph on my laptop screen that can be improved, so I tweek it a bit and re-photograph it. There's something different about getting a bird's eye smaller view of a project that can sometimes help you see a design flaw.


First layout attempt before seeing the photograph--too cluttered, so the photos get lost
Final layout attempt after seeing the photograph--less cluttered so now the photos get the focus they deserve

5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired? 



I love Pinterest! Let me say that again...I LOVE PINTEREST!!! (Hee hee.) That's where I get most of my inspiration, but I also enjoy visiting other manufacturer's blogs and Facebook pages. I'm also inspired by good product. Sometimes all I need is to see a piece of patterned paper, or a roll of washi tape and the ideas start flowing. I create a project almost everyday, and sometimes more than one per day, so staying inspired can be a trick sometimes. But, just like any other job, I've learned to find joy in and appreciate the opportunities I've been blessed with. I consciously remind myself each day the many positive things about my job. I've also learned to take breaks and do fun things during my day, like read books with my daughter, take a break and play outside, or go to lunch with grandparents or friends. I also try to create things I enjoy, allow my style to evolve in a natural way, challenge myself, and be spontaneous and playful with my creating. That helps me stay inspired.

6. What is my signature style?

That is a tough question for me. It's much easier for me to identify other crafter's signature styles, but a little harder to pinpoint mine. And I can easily tell you what I'm not--I'm not into a lot of distressing, inking, or a shabby chic look (sorry, no Tim Holtz for me); I'm not into product overload, or cluttered designs; I'm not into super feminine floral lacy pages (no Prima design team here); and I'm not super vintage either (though I do enjoy several vintage inspired products, ie October Afternoon, Jenni Bowlin, Cosmo Cricket).





I definitely come from simple roots, and am usually a pretty clean scrapper. I love to create with a graphic feel, and I enjoy a certain amount of layering and clustering. I lean towards a more classic look, though I do enjoy incorporating new trends into my work. I'm a sucker for a good "hook" (or special technique) on my pages, and I love to use smaller size multiple photos. Paper strips, fussy-cutting, punches, and die cuts are my closest friends--I love to work with paper!


So, there you go. It was fun to think and write about these questions! Now I get to "tag" three other scrappers that I love. That's going to be hard because there are so many out there, but here they are: Shemaine Smith, Jennifer Gallacher, and Ashley Horton. Love these girls' work, and I'm sure you will too! Enjoy!


Saturday, September 27, 2014

final anna griffin bundle recipients

Here are the recipients of the final Anna Griffin bundles:

Ellen Bendel said...
Hello - I would love the border sticker bundle! Thanks.
Elizabeth Whetstone said...
I would love the Camilla bundle please!
Anonymous said...
Do you have 2 Camilla Bundles? If not, I would love the Olivia!
Thanks a bunch, Evadene
Kimberly Haring said...
I'd love the Olivia bundle if it's still available, Aly!

Friday, September 26, 2014

final anna griffin bundles!

Today I've got my last four bundles of Anna Griffin goodies available. This time I'm sharing some embellishments and papers. Take a look!

Eyelet, die cut, and 3D border stickers
I have two identical Camilla paper bundles, one per person please.


Various patterned papers from the Camilla collection
And I have one Olivia paper bundle:

Various patterned papers from the Olivia collection


All I ask is for some shipping and handling fees to cover my expenses, but the product is yours for free. You'll need to have a PayPal account and I'll give the recipients instructions for how to send me the shipping and handling before I send the boxes. Or, if you're a Northern Utah local and would like to come pick it up at my house, I'll waive the shipping and handling fee.

**I do need to add a caveat here--some of the collections are partials. Also, a few of the papers may have one small punched circle or square but almost all are full sheets.

If you don't mind partial collections, then please leave a comment below telling me which collection bundle you'd like. Please only pick one!!!  Bundles go to the first blog comment in which they are mentioned--one per person per day please. Only US shipping addresses. I'll announce the three recipients later today, so be sure to check back.

ETA: the sticker bundle and both Camilla paper bundles are now spoken for. The Olivia paper bundle is still available. Thanks!



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

craftsy layout class update


Craftsy will be contacting the winner of the free layout class via email today--good luck to all who entered! My Playful Layouts class officially launched yesterday, so if you'd like to learn more or register you can visit the launch page HERE.

I had a blast preparing for and filming this class. It includes seven video lesson between 15 and 20 minutes long each, and you'll create one layout during each video.


Each layout includes fun techniques that you can use on any paper crafts project, plus helpful design tips and tricks.


You'll learn everything from how to create your own ombre background, to tips for adding ribbon and trim to your pages, to creating a custom page background with misting, to making a DIY memorabilia accordion file.


Included in your class materials are handouts about basic color and design theory, plus templates for creating starbursts, pie chart embellishments, and chevron stripes. We'll also have fun with some techniques for using spray ink and washi tape.


Register now and you'll receive $5.00 off if you follow this exclusive registration link just for you, my wonderful blog readers: www.craftsy.com/ext/AlyDosdall_4826_D

Enjoy!


Monday, September 22, 2014

anna griffin paper collection recipients

Here are the recipients of today's bundles.


Blogger km said...
The mixed paper bundle looks wonderful. It it's OK, I would like to claim that offer. Thanks for your generosity.
September 22, 2014 at 8:23 AM
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Blogger Pickworth said...
I would love, love, love to be able to pay shipping/handling for the Palmer and Haven Bundle.
Anna Griffin is my top favorite in card making/scrapbooking!
September 22, 2014 at 9:40 AM
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and PATRICIAR73 gets the Madison/Jolie/Fleur Rouge bundle (she emailed me and requested it)


Enjoy ladies! Please send me an email if you haven't already (link is in the "connect" section of the sidebar--click on the envelope icon). I'll give you instructions to make the shipping payment.

anna griffin paper collection stash grab!

I've got two more Anna Griffin goodie bundles to share. This time I've put together some partial collection pack bundles. Each bundle includes two or three partial collections.

Patterned paper, die cut paper, 3D stickers, and die cuts


Patterned paper, die cut paper, floral stickers, sentiments stickers, and die cuts


I've also got one paper bundle to share.

Paper weaving kit, flocked, foil stamped, text weight and cardstock weight

All I ask is for some shipping and handling fees to cover my expenses, but the product is yours for free. You'll need to have a PayPal account and I'll give the recipients instructions for how to send me the shipping and handling before I send the boxes. Or, if you're a Northern Utah local and would like to come pick it up at my house, I'll waive the shipping and handling fee.

**I do need to add a caveat here--some of the sticker sheets and collections are partials. Also, a few of the papers may have one small punched circle or square but almost all are full sheets.

If you don't mind partial collections, then please leave a comment below telling me which collection bundle you'd like. Please only pick one!!!  Bundles go to first blog comment in which they are mentioned--one per person per day please. Only US shipping addresses. I'll announce the three recipients later today, so be sure to check back.

ETA: all of the bundles have been spoken for. Thanks for stopping by. More bundles will be available on Friday, 9/26 at 8 am Mountain Time.



Saturday, September 20, 2014

anna griffin bundle recipients

Here are the recipients of the bundles from yesterday:



km said...
The mixed paper bundle looks lovely. May I be the proud owner?
Thanks for the great offers.
DIANA L. said...
I would like the blend bundle.
Anonymous said...
I would love Carmen.
Evadene@yahoo.com



a killer deal!

I know...it's unusual for me to post on a weekend, but I just had to share. This is an opportunity you're not going to want to pass up! 50% off all scrapbooking and paper crafts classes at Craftsy.com is worth a Saturday post, right?


Taking a class from industry experts like Kelly Purkey, Ronda Palazarri, or Cathie Rigby for $10?? That's almost 90 minutes of basically private instruction from the best of the best...are you kidding me??

If you haven't taken a class from Craftsy.com I highly recommend checking them out. They are currently growing their paper crafts and scrapbooking classes and their video lessons are of the highest quality. Seriously.

To learn more and/or register for a class you can CLICK HERE. Enjoy!


Friday, September 19, 2014

anna griffin paper collection stash grab!

I've got some Anna Griffin paper bundles up for grabs. Check 'em out!

Various patterned papers from the Carmen collection (text weight)

Patterned papers from several classic collections (flocked, text weight and cardstock)

Patterned paper, die cut paper, stickers, die cuts, borders, vellum quotes, 6x6 paper pads

All I ask is for some shipping and handling fees to cover my expenses, but the product is yours for free. You'll need to have a PayPal account and I'll give the recipients instructions for how to send me the shipping and handling before I send the boxes. Or, if you're a Northern Utah local and would like to come pick it up at my house, I'll waive the shipping and handling fee.

**I do need to add a caveat here--some of these are partial sticker sheets and collections. Also, a few of the papers may have one small punched circle or square but almost all are full sheets.

If you don't mind slightly partial collections, then please leave a comment below telling me which of the three bundles you'd like. Please only pick one!!!  Bundles go to the first blog comment in which they are mentioned--one per person per day please. Only US shipping addresses. I'll announce the three recipients later today, so be sure to check back.

ETA: all of the above bundles are spoken for. Thanks for stopping by, and check back next week for more Anna Griffin goodies.