Friday, August 22, 2014

back to school teacher gifts

There's nothing like a little teacher gift to help your student get off on the right foot at the beginning of the school year. Here are a couple of teacher gift ideas that you can make with your craft supplies.

Washi Tape Frame



I covered some plain wood craft sticks with Sea Foam Washi Tape. The smaller rolls of We R Memory Keepers washi tape are the same width as the small craft sticks (or popsicle sticks) so they fit perfectly. I just had to trim the excess at each end. For more details and instructions visit the We R blog HERE.

Flower Pencil Jar

Teachers can't seem to get enough writing utensils--probably because they disappear from their desk so quickly. Well these unique and decorative flower pencils will most likely stay put. They're not something that students will easily walk away with by accident.



I made the flowers with my Flower Punch Board, threaded them with florist wire, and wrapped the wire around the pencils with some florist tape. An empty and washed pickle jar makes the perfect container. More details on the We R blog HERE.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

i'm guest blogging for...

...Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine today! Come on over and check out some more photos and details about this darling 6th Grade DIY School Agenda I made for my daughter.


I used the new Pebbles Home Made collection by Jen Hadfield from Tatertots and Jello. Love the fun colors, pops of black, and gold accents.


I also used some of my favorite We R tools--the Tab Punch, the Cinch binding tool, and my Envelope Punch Board.


To get the full tutorial and to see all the pages, visit the SCT blog HERE. Enjoy, and happy Back to School!



Monday, August 18, 2014

back to school week

I'm hosting Back To School Week on the We R blog this week. I can hardly believe it's that time of year again. This summer went way too fast!

The first project I'm sharing is easy, adorable, and you can include the kids on this one. Use your favorite colors and patterns of washi tape to dress up basic school supplies.


Cute, huh? It took me almost no time and adds a little extra something to your kids school gear that will catch their friends' attention. For full supplies and instructions visit the We R blog HERE.


Friday, August 15, 2014

summer mini book

It seems like every year my family and I look forward to summer--making travel plans, registering for day camp, and buying our swimming passes. And every year it seems that summer flies by so fast! We all hate to see it go, so every summer I make a mini book to record our fun memories and adventures.

Summer Mini by Aly Dosdall

This summer I decided to use my Envelope Punch Board and Indian Summer journaling cards to create a pocket summer mini book.


For a full tutorial and supply list to make this mini book, visit the We R blog HERE.



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

jar die card

I love all the mason jar icons I've been seeing lately, so when Echo Park released their jar die I was thrilled! Here's a fun card I made with it using the Fine and Dandy collection.

I cut the jar lid from an adhesive-backed metallic sheet from Lifestyle Crafts using my Evolution. I love the extra touch that the metal lid adds to the card. I adhered the heart shape and bee sticker with foam squares for added dimension.


For my sentiment I cut apart one of the 3x4 journaling cards and machine stitched it to the card front. I love the texture that stitching adds to projects.


For a free downloadable PDF file with full instructions and supplies for this card, visit the Echo Park Paper Co website HERE. Enjoy!



Monday, August 11, 2014

exciting scrappy news!

For those of you who may not have heard the exciting news yet, I thought I would share it here and express some of my feelings about this change.


That's right. Big Picture Classes is now part of the Studio Calico family! Woo hoo!

Before I continue I thought I would clarify that the Studio Calico I'm referring to is separate from the SC licensed product that's available for purchase from American Crafts. The Studio Calico I'm referring to is the independent business based in Bowling Green, Kentucky that sells wonderful kits and offers online classes.

If you'd like to read more about the exciting changes you can check out the announcement and FAQ on the Big Picture Classes website HERE. Please know that I'm not going anywhere, Stacy's not going anywhere, Kayce's not going anywhere, and neither are the other teachers there. =)

Here are my thoughts about this wonderful change. First, I absolutely adore and completely trust Stacy and Kayce. They love the BPC community and would never make a decision that would be anything but the best for it. Second, I have always admired and appreciated the amazing creativity and talent at Studio Calico. Third, while change can be difficult, it can be the catalyst for wonderful things.

What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear what you have to say.


Friday, August 8, 2014

"from my garden" tags

We love growing a veggie garden each year. Our whole family enjoys planting it, maintaining it, and harvesting the results of our hard work. Since we usually harvest more than we can eat we also enjoy sharing our bounty with friends, family, and neighbors. And, since I love to add a crafty touch to just about anything, here's what I did with the last bunch of veggies we gave away.

From My Garden Tags by Aly Dosdall

For more photos and details about these easy and cute tags, visit the We R blog HERE.



Wednesday, August 6, 2014

stamping on a layout

Yesterday I shared a layout on the Echo Park Paper blog using some of their new Designer Dies & Stamps from the Fine and Dandy collection.


I definitely stamp, but I wouldn't call myself a "stamper". I don't have the patience for perfection that some stampers do and I don't have the skills or knowledge to get perfect impressions every time. Stamping on a layout makes me nervous because I just know I'm going to mess it up, and then I'll have to start the page all over again. Not fun, and not worth my time.


That's what I love about die & stamp combos because you can stamp on a separate piece of cardstock, die cut a perfect shape, and then add it to your layout without the worry.


Plus you can alter or customize your stamp which is much more fun than just a plain stamped image. Check out this fun stamped camera accent! Here's how to make one yourself (they're easy!):

I started by stamping the camera icon in blue ink and then die cutting it.



Then I stamped the image again in green ink and used my 1” circle punch to punch out just the camera lens. I adhered it to the blue camera with a foam square for added dimension, and then topped it off with a heart enamel shape.

Even if you're like me a not a "stamper" this technique is super easy and looks great. Give it a try!

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


Monday, August 4, 2014

embossed vellum card

Embossing always creates such lovely texture on projects, and vellum is one of my favorite ways to add softness and elegance. So...I decided to combine the two together on a card with the beautiful new Indian Summer collection.

Embossed Vellum Card by Aly Dosdall

I picked one of my favorite Indian Summer patterned papers but wanted to soften it so that it didn't overpower the card sentiment. So I trimmed a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of vellum and embossed it with one of the Geo folders. Then I added it on top of the bold chevron patterned paper.

For more photos and details about how to create this card, visit the We R blog HERE.


Friday, August 1, 2014

washi tape projects: part 2

Washi Tape Wall Art

Sometimes I get a little bee in my bonnet and I just feel like freshening up my home decor a bit. This week I had one of those days and decided to use my craft stash to create a fun piece of washi tape wall art. I love the pop of color it adds to the room--perfect for the summer months!

Washi Tape Wall Art by Aly Dosdall 1

To learn how to make your own washi tape wall art, visit the We R blog HERE.

Washi Tape Planner

Washi tape not only adds color and style to craft projects, but it can spruce up your household supplies and personal items as well. Last week I picked up this cute little purse size planner. I loved the cut out cover and the sleek black with bright pops of yellow, but I decided it needed some more color so I pulled out my Washi Tape Multi Pack and got busy customizing my planner.

Washi Tape Organizer by Aly Dosdall 1

More details and instructions for this project are found on the We R blog HERE

Are you a big washi tape fan?? If you've created washi tape projects please share a link in the comments below--I'd love to see them.