Folded Leaf Garland

The Trim and Score Board is one of our more versatile tools. Not only can it be used for trimming paper, but the scoring feature opens up a whole new variety of possibilities. Scoring paper on a measuring board is super helpful for dimensional projects such as boxes, bags, envelopes, mini albums, and paper folding of any kind. I love to use the scoring feature of my Trim and Score Board anytime I need to fold paper because it really helps to keep the paper from tearing as it folds. Let me share a great example of that with you!

I’m loving all the folded paper leaves floating around the blog-o-sphere right now. Maybe it’s my inner elementary school student that remembers all the fan folding from back in the day, or maybe it’s the beautiful dimension that results from it, but I just can’t get enough of the accordion folding! Take a look at this Folded Leaf Garland I made using my handy Trim and Score Board, combined with some lovely papers and embellishments from the Autumn Crisp collection by our sister company, American Crafts.

Folded Leaf Garland by Aly Dosdall

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Using the trim feature of the board really helped to make uniform folds, helped to make the folding much easier, and helped the creases not to tear as I folded them. It saved my hands quite a bit of work and they are thankful! =)

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Let me show you how I created the folded leaves:

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raindrop leaf collage

For the raindrop shape leaves I simply folded my 12×12 paper in half, and then cut from the bottom corner (closest to the ends, not the crease) to the opposite top corner (closest to the crease) to create a triangle shape. I unfolded the paper and placed it sideways on the Trim and Score board, lining the bottom of the triangle up along the edge of the board. I scored every 1/2″ all the way across, and then fan folded the paper starting at the larger end with a mountain fold first. Once I finished folding the paper I wrapped a 6-7″ length of wire around the center, twisting it tightly to secure it. Then I folded the paper up and adhered the centers together with some hot glue as shown.

maple leaf collage

To create the maple leaf shape I folded my paper in half and then cut from the bottom corner (closest to the ends) up to the top corner (closest to the crease) making peaks and valleys and I went. It helped me to sketch out the path I was going to cut first. Then I followed the same steps as the raindrop leaf shape, scoring, folding, wiring, and gluing the leaf shape as seen above.

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Then I embellished the leaves with die cuts, buttons, burlap scraps, and die cut letters to spell “Harvest”. I hung them by the wire “stems” from some coordinating ribbon using large wooden clothespins. This is a great versatile decor piece for fall–it can be hung from September through November. I’d love to experiment with some other shapes to see what other types of leaves I can come up with. Fun project!

~Aly

Supplies:

Trim and Score Board
Maple Leaves Nesting Dies
Evolution

I Spy We R!

Good Monday morning We R fans! Last week as I was browsing the web for crafty inspiration, I spied some amazing projects using We R collections and tools that blew me away. I had so much fun seeing the clever ways crafters use our products that I just had to share some of their wonderful creations with you! So sit back, relax, and enjoy the eye candy.

I spy…our Indian Summer collection! Lee-Anne Thornton‘s stamping and paper distressing add such rich texture to her beautiful fall layout. And those beautiful die cut leaves highlight that adorable photo perfectly! You can see more layouts featuring We R Memory Keepers project in Lee-Anne’s gallery at scrapbook.com HERE.

Lee-Anne Thornton

The Watercolor paper from the Indian Summer collection is one of my favorites. I love how Hee Sun Kim added ink splatters to her watercolor background to add even more depth. Her single photo cluster design is an effective complement to her beautiful background.

Hee Sun Kim

Jan Hobbins’ “Hello Fall” layout is a mixed media masterpiece. The embossing and blended colors she included add such rich texture and depth–perfect for fall! And those layered die cut Indian Summer journaling cards are the perfect complement to her beautiful mixed media leaves. Yum!

Jan Hobbins

I spy…our Corner Chomper! Lisa Harrolle’s simply beautiful “Thinking of You” autumn branch card features two opposite rounded corners rather than the typical four. I love the slightly unexpected feel that adds to the design.

Lisa Harrolle

I spy…our Sew Easy tool! Don’t you love how Shannon Miller hand stitched her grid design with orange floss to highlight those darling dear photos? Such a clean eye-catching design, and I love the kraft background.

Shannon Miller

I spy…our Teresa Collins Studio Gold Dot album! I love how Lynda Crust attached beautiful ribbon and trim to her album cover. It adds that extra something special and really makes her beautiful album stand out! Try using your crafty skills to decorate the outside of your album. So fun!

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Thanks to these talented crafters for allowing me to share their work with you. Be sure to check out their galleries and blogs in the above links for more fabulous inspiration. Are you as inspired as I am?

~Aly Dosdall

Supplies:

Indian Summer
Corner Chomper
Sew Easy
Teresa Collins Studio Gold Albums

Paper Bow Gift Tags

Paper bows are an easy, fun, and high-impact element to add to any project. They create a festive beautiful feel and are versatile enough for scrapbook pages, cards, altered projects, and gift packaging. Using the Gift Bow Die makes it easy to add beautiful paper bows to your projects. Check out these Paper Bow Gift Tags I created using the It Factor collection.

Paper Bow Gift Tags by Aly Dosdall

I used my paper bows on gift tags that I attached to plain white gift bags using mini wooden clothespins. Not only do the tags label the gift, but they also include the bow for the gift–two birds with one stone? Yes, thank you. =) I used the It Factor 6×6 Paper Pad–I prefer to use 6×6 paper when creating smaller projects like cards and tags. Not only do I save my 12×12 sheets, but the scale of the patterns on the 6×6 papers is more appropriate for and easier to see on smaller projects.

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Two dies come in the Gift Bow Die set–one to create the ends and center of the bow, and one to create the loops. After cutting the two pieces out, I always curl the loops slightly with my fingers so that they maintain a nice curve instead of creasing when you fold them to assemble the bow. I also use a glue gun to adhere the pieces–that’s my go-to glue for folded paper crafts.

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Since the bows are a real statement piece on these tags I kept my additional embellishments down to a minimum to let the bows shine.  I added some Acrylic Shapes and Wood Stickers for sentiments, and Washi Tape and Enamel Shapes for accents.

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So, are you a paper bow fan? What kind of projects do you like to use them on?

~Aly

Supplies:

It Factor 6×6 Paper Pad
It Factor Wood Stickers
It Factor Acrylic Shapes
Enamel Shapes–Neutral
Washi Tape–Sea Foam
Gift Bow Die
Nesting Tag Dies
Albums Made Easy Dies–Instagram
Pocket Scrap Dies–Hello
Evolution
Magnetic Circle Cutter

Instaframe Mini Album

During my sons’ homecoming dinner date at our house last weekend I really tried to curb my photo-crazy-helicopter-mom instincts and let them have some peace and quiet. I did insist on a few photos however, to which they kindly consented. I decided to create an Instaframe Mini Album to document the fun evening. I used the Inked Rose collection with the coordinating Instagram Die Cut & Journaling Cards. Take a peek!

Instaframe Mini Album by Aly Dosdall

It was fun to use the instaframes included in the Instagram journaling cards. I love the additional dimension, layers, and playful feel they create. Each page includes an instaframe attached to the background page only on three of the four sides so that a photo can be slid in and out. I added a tab to each photo that I created with my Tab Punches to make it easier to remove the photos.

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Each background page is a different size to create a more eclectic feel to the album. I also included some machine stitching on each page for additional texture and detail. Most of my embellishments were fussy-cut from either the journaling cards or the 12×12 Inked Rose paper. Your patterned paper is a great source to turn to for DIY embellishments.

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I adhered some elements with foam squares to add depth to the layers on each page. I also repeated some elements on each page (such as Washi Tape and Enamel Shapes) to create a unified look to the album. Since I sewed on most pages I covered the stitching on the backs of them with journaling cards, patterned paper, and Washi Tape so the album has a more finished feel.

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I included some handwritten journaling about the evening on the back of two pages. I wrote about what they did, as well as some of my boys’ thoughts after the night was over. Finally, I bound the pages with my Cinch using a 3/4″ wire.

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Instaframes are a fun and versatile element that you can include on any project. They add more depth and dimension, and are a quick and easy solution when creating with photos. Have you tried using instaframes in your paper craft projects?

~Aly

Supplies:

Inked Rose Instagram Die Cut & Journaling Cards
Inked Rose Paper Pack
Washi Tape–Butter, Pumpkin, Multi Color Pack
Enamel Shapes–Cool, Warm
The Cinch
Binding Wire–3/4″
Tab Punch–Bracket, File
Farmers Market Page Kit–Alpha Sticker Sheet

Easy Fall Party Favors

Another fun event we hosted at our house last weekend was my daughter’s 12th birthday party. Making sure four girls and four boys from my daughter’s 6th grade class had fun and were well fed was a challenging task (especially the night before her older brothers’ big homecoming date), so I didn’t want to spend a lot of time on party favors. And let’s face it–6th grade boys don’t pay nearly as much attention to the favor packaging as they do to what’s inside the packaging. Right?

With fall in the air I thought it would be fun to pass out some small bags of candy corn with a simple fall thank you tag attached. Making the fall leaf tags was quick and easy with the Leaf Punches Die. All I had to do was run the die with a strip of Indian Summer paper through my Evolution once, and seven little leaf shapes were ready to go! Nice.

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I found the small treat bags in the cake decorating section of my local grocery store, added some candy corn, and tied the top with two lengths of jute twine. I love the rustic fall feel that jute twine adds to fall projects! I used my brown Sharpie fine point pen to write “Thanks!” on each leaf tag, and punched a hole with my Crop-A-Dile to thread the twine through.

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The kids enjoyed receiving these–candy corn seemed to be a popular choice since it’s a seasonal favorite. Mom was happy with how easy the favors were, the party guests were happy with the treats–a win/win for everyone!

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These little guys would be great for any fall party or for a classroom treat for kids as well.

~Aly

Supplies:

Indian Summer–Summer Meadow Paper
Leaf Punches Die
Evolution
Crop-A-Dile

Fall Luminaries

This weekend was an exciting, fun-filled, and busy time at our house. We hosted a few events, one of which was a homecoming date with four couples (including our twin sons and their dates). We served the lovely couples some dinner in our backyard before they went off to the homecoming dance, and went all out with fancy food, fancy china and fancy decor. To set the mood as they entered our home we decked out the front porch with a festive fall feel, including these fall luminaries.

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The luminaries were also placed on the tables and created a nice atmosphere while they chatted and ate their dinner. If you’re entertaining in the evening this fall, or would just like to add a festive fall feel to your front porch or yard, you can make these luminaries easily with some simple white lunch sacks and some of your favorite We R tools. Here’s how:

1. Cut about 2 1/2″ off the top of some white lunch sacks and punch the top of the them with your favorite 2 Edge Punch.

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2. Place the second smallest of the Maple Leaves Nesting Dies inside the sack with the cut side facing upward and center it in the front of the sack.

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3. Run the sack with the die inside through your Evolution tool to cut a leaf shape window in the front of the sack.

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4. Cut a 4″ x 4″ piece of vellum from the Sheer Metallic collection, place some adhesive on the front and slide it into the sack to fill in the leaf window.

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5. Place a jute twine bow above the leaf window to finish off your luminaries.

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6. Add flameless tea lights inside the bags and place them outdoors in the evening.

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Right now you can find orange flameless tea lights for Halloween in the stores–they add an extra warm glow to the luminaries and some of them even flicker! This is a great project for weddings or for any season of the year–just change the shape of the die you use to cut the window.

~Aly

Supplies:

Maple Leaves Nesting Dies
Evolution
Sheer Metallic Paper Pad

Embossed Fall Card

As I’ve mentioned before during my fall project posts this week, this season is the perfect time to include fun texture on your projects. Today I’ve got an easy way to add texture to your fall projects using embossing folders and ink to create a unique letterpress look.

Embossed Fall Card by Aly Dosdall

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I started by trimming my ivory cardstock to 6×6 inches to fit my 6×6 inch card. Then I applied honey yellow ink to the inside of my embossing folder using a large brayer.

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I placed my cardstock into the inked embossing folder and ran it through my Evolution. The cardstock was not only embossed, but also took on the ink in the embossing folder pattern. Very cool.

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Next I pulled some papers from the Jet Set collection in some of my favorite fall colors–tangerine, orange cream, honey yellow, sky blue, violet, and sea foam. Then I created a maple leaf framed window to highlight the inked embossing pattern and to add a seasonal touch. I used the two largest Maple Leaf Nesting Dies, cutting the smaller leaf first from the orange background paper. Then I cut a small leaf from the purple paper, and then cut the larger leaf from the same paper to create the frame. I used some washi tape to hold the larger leaf die in place on the paper so the frame cut evenly.

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I glued the frame onto the orange cut out leaf background and then added that to the inked embossed cardstock using foam squares for dimension. To finish off my card I added a few die cut feathers, some embossed stickers, twine, and a mini clothespin.

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This embossing technique is a fun way to add texture to any project using any type of embossing folder and ink you’d like. Try experimenting with inking different sides of the folder for different results. You can also try spray inks or daubing the ink on the folder to get a more distressed look. Be sure to link us to your inked embossing projects if you give this technique a try!

~Aly

Supplies:

Jet Set Paper Pack
Jet Set Embossed Stickers
Triangle Embossing Folders
Maple Leaves Nesting Dies
Feather Shape Dies
Evolution

Owl Pillow Boxes

When I think of fall images of beautifully colored leaves are what first come to mind, but another fun fall icon that I love is owls. They’re darling on fall projects of all kinds. I was inspired by this festive critter to create some owl pillow boxes for fall. Take a peek!

Owl Pillow Boxes by Aly Dosdall

I used my Pillow Box Punch board to create the box, trimming my Notable kraft paper to 6×6 inches before punching it out. Then, to create the owl’s belly I cut a 2 1/2 x 4 3/4 inch piece of orange polka Notable paper and scored the bottom along the curve score line on the punch board.

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Next I cut along the curved score line so that the bottom of the owl’s belly fit the shape of the bottom of the pillow box. I cut some shallow curves out of each side of the belly to form the owl’s wings and then adhered it to the box. To create some feathers for the owl’s belly I punched out several notch shapes with my Thumb Notch Punch and layered them over the orange belly.

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To create the eyes I punched out two circles (1 1/2 & 1 1/4 inches), and added some orange enamel dots in the centers. The beak is a triangle cut from the triangle kraft Notable paper.

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Designer tip: when working with folded and/or curved paper like this project I always use my glue gun to adhere the paper securely.

These treat boxes would make a great fall party favor, back-to-school gift, or neighbor gift. Of course I filled them with another one of my favorite things about fall–candy corn!!

For more project ideas featuring owls, check out THIS blog post with a tutorial for creating an owl gift bag with the Gift Bag Punch Board.

We R Owl Gift Bag by Aly Dosdall

~Aly

Supplies:

Pillow Box Punch Board
Notable Paper Pack
Thumb Notch Punch
Enamel Dots–Warm

Fall Layout

The leaves in the nearby mountains are already turning fall colors, and pretty soon they’ll start turning down here–that is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the beautiful fall leaves and colors (not so much the raking part) and was so glad I captured that in this photo that I scrapbooked recently. My most favorite part about this photo is that my daughter and her aunt are playing baseball together and enjoying the fall weather, but my next favorite part is that the yard is covered in yummy fall yellow leaves!

Fall Ball by Aly Dosdall

 

I decided that I wanted to replicate the carpet of leaves in the photo on my page background, so I die cut several leaves using the Maple Leaves Nesting Dies, the Leaves Punch Dies, and my electronic die cutting machine to create a lovely fall backdrop. I scattered them around my white-washed fence background paper, mixing the sizes and styles of leaves.

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Fall is the perfect excuse to add lots of fun texture to projects, so I used my Sew Easy tool to add some hand stitching to the die cut leaves. I simply rolled the Sew Easy with the straight stitch head through the center of my leaves to create a vein look. Then I hand stitched a basic back stitch through the holes with double strands of white floss.

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Designer tip: I use a small piece of scotch tape on the back of my paper to secure my stitching.

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Try creating your own fall backdrop and including it on a fall craft project. Be sure to post a link to your fall projects in the comments below.

~Aly

Supplies:

Indian Summer Paper Pack
Indian Summer Chipboard Alphabet Stickers
Maple Leaves Nesting Dies
Leaves Punch Dies
Lollipop Alphabet Die
Evolution
File Tab Punch
Sew Easy
Enamel Shapes–Cool

Mini Fall Canvas

Fall officially begins next week and I can’t wait! There are so many thing I love about the fall–pumpkin patches, corn mazes, cool weather, fall leaves, hot cocoa, and of course fall crafting! Since fall is so wonderful I thought it would be fun to spend this week sharing some fall project ideas. I’ll start things off with a bitty piece of fall decor perfect for your mantle or other decorative shelf in your home.

Mini Fall Canvas by Aly Dosdall

I grabbed a 4×4 inch canvas and mini wooden easel from my local craft store and spray painted the easel chocolate brown. Then I grabbed a scrap of burlap, a wooden button, some We R embellishments, and some of my favorite papers from the Indian Summer collection (which is perfect for fall projects by the way).

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First off I wrapped a strip of Hazelnut Washi Tape around the bottom of the canvas. Then I glued a small piece of burlap along the left side. I love the texture and dimension that the burlap adds to fall projects. Then I die cut some fall leaves from my Indian Summer 6×6 Paper Pad using the Maple Leaves Nesting Dies, and layered them with some additional papers and die cut stickers. I added some Baker’s Twine, a button, and some Indian Summer Chipboard Alpha Stickers. I love the texture of the faux leather alphas!

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With the small canvas all the layers and textures create a nice and cozy fall feel! Be sure to check back tomorrow for another fall project.

~Aly

Supplies:

Indian Summer 6×6 Paper Pad
Indian Summer Chipboard Alphabet Stickers
Baker’s Twine–Brown
Enamel Shapes–Neutral
Maple Leaves Nesting Dies
Ticket Punch Dies
Evolution