Lucky 8 Punch Treat Holder

When I need some creative inspiration (or a little distraction) I love to browse Pinterest and see what the crafty geniuses out there are up to.  Today’s post is inspired by something I found on Pinterest recently, and I thought it would be fun to show you my own interpretation of this idea.

Here’s the inspiration piece I found on this Pinterest board by the darling Rebecca Cooper from Simple As That. (You may want to bookmark that one!) The original post is found here on the One Good Thing by Jillee blog. It’s a guest post by the fabulous Autumn Baldwin from It’s Always Autumn (another one you’ll want to bookmark.)


As soon as I saw this I thought of the Lucky 8 Punches!  Some of the designs are round and they would make the perfect fancy version of these genius little paper plate cookie baskets.

We R Lucky 8 Treat Holder by Aly Dosdall

We R Lucky 8 Treat Holder by Aly Dosdall_close up

I started by punching one of my favorite patterned papers from the Chalkboard collection with my Retro Scallop Lucky 8 Punch.  Then I cut two slits on the top of the circle, and two on the bottom about 3 inches apart and 2 1/2 inches down from the top, making sure the slits were centered and lined up from top to bottom.  Then I scored my paper as shown with my Trim and Score Board. (For more detailed instructions visit the original blog post HERE.)

trim and score

Here’s what my circle ended up looking like:

trim and score done

Then I folded it and hot glued the ends.  I added a border punched with my Raindrop 2 Edge Punch, some Aqua Baker’s Twine, a Chalkboard Embossed Sticker, and some Enamel Shapes.  The heart and sentiment were cut from Chalkboard Journaling Cards. Designer tip: don’t forget to browse through your journaling cards for sentiments and embellishments you can cut or punch out! Give these a try with your favorite Lucky 8 Punch, or even a large circle cut from patterned paper.

So…where do you like to find your crafty inspiration? Please share your favorite sources with us!



Lucky 8 Punch–Retro Scallop
2 Edge Punch–Raindrop
Trim and Score Board
Chalkboard Paper Pack and Journaling Cards
Aqua Baker’s Twine
Enamel Shapes–Cool

Feeling *{LUCKY}*???

Here’s a great last minute St. Patrick’s Day project just for you!

Start out by using your Clover Nesting Dies or hand-cut one of your own. You’ll need to cut 5 Large clovers that you’ll use as your base. Set the large clover aside. Then cut five medium size clover in either another solid card stock or a patterned paper. Lastly, cut five more clovers in the second smallest size. Add letters to the center and add decorative ribbons to tie it together.

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Shamrock Hoop Art

Have you ventured out to create hoop art before? Now is the time to try. Check out this tutorial by the Sugar Bee Crafts blog.



Use your scrapbooking supplies such as die-cuts and Sew Easy Floss to create projects that you’ll be proud to display in your home.

Check out Sugar Bee Crafts tutorial here.



Soccer Layout and Kiwi Lane Designs

Today I’m sharing a unique way to use the Kiwi Lane Designs Aspen Court border template set.  Check out how I included them on this soccer layout I created about my daughter using the Game Day collection.

We R_Soccer Layout_Aly Dosdall

Instead of tracing and cutting out the border I used the template as a tearing tool to create a more textured look on my page. I tore the border little by little, moving my fingers down as I went to hold the template securely in place.

kiwi lane template_tearing

After tearing the borders I cut them in half and layered them, alternating between “mountain” and “valley” ends of the 3B border, to create a cool geo pattern with my papers.

We R_Soccer Layout close_Aly Dosdall

To finish off my page I added some bits and pieces that I cut out from Game Day patterned paper, some Game Day Embossed Stickers, Enamel Shapes, and Onyx Washi Tape.

Try thinking outside the box and see if you can find unique ways to use these templates.



Game Day Paper Pack
Onyx Washi Tape
Enamel Shapes–Warm and Cool
Tab Punch–File

Envelope Punch Board + Doily Liners Dies

Looking for more creative ways to use your Envelope Punch Board?  Try combining the Envelope Punch Board with the Lifestyle Crafts Doily Liners Dies for unique and beautiful envelopes!

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The 3×4 journaling cards make perfect little notecards, so for this project I followed the instructions on my punch board to create a 3×4 inch envelope by trimming my paper to 6×6 inches, punching, and scoring as indicated.

envelope punch board

Then I die cut one A2 size liner, and one mini size liner (2.125″x3.75″) using the Doily Envelope Liners dies and my Evolution.

liner dies

I rotated the mini liner 45 degrees and trimmed opposite corners just slightly to allow it to fit inside my envelope.

envelope liner trimmed

Then I trimmed off the top edge of the A2 liner and added it to the bottom of my envelope with some Onyx Washi Tape at the bottom.  I created a 3×4 thank you card to include in my envelope with papers and stickers from the new Hello Life 12×12 Page Kit shipping this month.



Envelope Punch Board
Doily Envelope Liners Dies
Hello Life 12×12 Page Kit
Black Baker’s Twine
Enamel Shapes–Neutral
Washi Tape–Onyx

Instagram, Albums Made Easy, & Sheer Metallic

One thing I love about the Albums Made Easy system is how versatile it is.  Even though there are so many Photo Sleeve configurations to choose from, sometimes I still like to alter things to fit my needs.  For example, the layout below uses one Instagram 4×4 + 4×3 Photo Sleeve, and one half of a 6×4 + 3×4 Photo Sleeve.

We R_Sheer Metallic AME Layout_Aly Dosdall

Since I only had one extra photo after filling up my 4×4 sleeve, I didn’t really want to make another full page so I just cut my second sleeve in half with my paper trimmer.

We R_Sheer Metallic AME Layout close1_Aly Dosdall

I love the look of the Sheer Metallic journaling cards!  They layer so beautifully on Albums Made Easy pages. I added some Metallic Washi Tape for additional layers and accents.

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I also used some Albums Made Easy Shape dies–I included the positive and negative cuts as well.  I filled one of the pockets with loose vellum shapes rather than a journaling card to keep things fresh.

We R_Sheer Metallic AME Layout close2_Aly Dosdall

The vellum pocket from the Sheer Metallic journaling cards is stuffed with some hearts that I cut from Gold Metallic Cardstock using the Heart Punches Die. To keep them from falling out I adhered the top two to the back of the vellum pocket.

We R_Sheer Metallic AME Layout close3_Aly Dosdall

Finally I added a few Neutral Enamel Shapes to finish off my layout.  I hope these ideas inspire your Albums Made Easy creations. Creative cheers!



Sheer Metallic Journaling Cards
Sheer Metallic Vellum Pad
Photo Sleeves–4×4 + 4×3, 6×4 + 3×4
Heart Punches Die
Albums Made Easy Shape Dies–Today, Life, Hello
Metallic Washi Tape
Enamel Shapes–Neutral

Die Cutting Washi Tape

Today I’m going to share with you another fun washi tape technique. On this card I used some Lifestyle Crafts Hexagon Nesting Dies to die cut some of my favorite colors of Washi Tape.

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This technique is really easy but packs a lot of punch on your projects.  You can use any shape die to create this look, but it’s easier if you can see through your die to line it up on your washi tape.


Take a look at the video tutorial below to learn how to create this die cut washi tape card.

Remember you can keep all your favorite washi tape organized and looking great in the Washi Dispenser with the new Stackable Post available in stores now.




Washi Tape–Coral, Butter, Sea Foam
Hexagon Nesting Dies
Teresa Collins Quoted AME Journaling Cards
Enamel Shapes–Warm and Neutral

Metallic Frame

I love to use my scrapbook supplies to make decor pieces for my home.  It makes me feel better about my growing stash of supplies!  So, I decided to create a fresh decor piece using my favorite new We R collection–Sheer Metallic.

We R_metallic frame_aly dosdall

I love the metallic trend in fashion, decor, and crafting right now and I wanted to put a different twist on it, so I used some cork board as my background.  I love the contrast created with the earthy cork texture and the metallic vellum!

metallic frame supplies

The metallic textured cardstock included in the Sheer Metallic Vellum Pad provides a nice solid background for the layers of metallic vellum paper and the wooden tag.  I also added some Metallic Washi Tape strips as additional layers.

We R_metallic frame close_aly dosdall

I love how well the vellum layers–it adds such interesting texture and dimension with its semi-transparent quality.  What do you think about the Sheer Metallic collection?  Are you a vellum or metallic fan?



Sheet Metallic Vellum Pad
Sheer Metallic Happy Day Wooden Tag
Metallic Washi Tape
2 Edge Punch–Trellis

Leprechaun Photo Props

With St. Patrick’s Day coming I always try to get my kids involved in some crafting. They love to get into the Irish spirit! This year we decided to make some fun Leprechaun photo props.

We R_Leprechaun Photo Props_Aly Dosdall

My girls and I picked out and die cut some fun shapes from Game Day patterned paper using my Cricut machine. I love that the Game Day collection includes plenty of generic patterns in addition to the sports themed ones. We made a hat, a mustache…

We R_Leprechaun Photo Props1_Aly Dosdall

…a bow tie, and Leprechaun hair with a beard.

We R_Leprechaun Photo Props2_Aly Dosdall

We hot glued them to some bamboo skewers–I trimmed the sharp ends off before hand. Tip: I added some strips of chipboard to the back of the hat and the hair+beard props to keep them from flopping over when holding them upright.

Not only were these props fun to make, but they made adorable photos for some future scrapbook pages. These would also be fun for a St. Patrick’s Day party.  You could photograph your guests, print the photos, and send them home with a memorable party favor.



Game Day Paper Pack