Gratitude Journal: Part 5

Happy Thanksgiving to all our US fans!! We hope you’re enjoying a day full of good food, family, and fun. Today I’d like to share the second half of my filled in gratitude journal pages. I have truly loved this project and am grateful to share it with you.

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I was able to either take or find a photograph for almost everything, though some things I chose not to represent with a photograph. I figured words would be just fine. For the page below I used the fun panorama feature on my iPhone camera to capture my parents, kids, and hubby sitting at a creamery booth. It was a fun and different way to capture that blessing.

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Most days it wasn’t hard to think of five things to be thankful for, but I’ll be honest and say (as I shared in my project summary) that on a few days it took me longer than others. A few days that were rough ones caused me to take more time to meditate and re-focus my mind to come up with some truthful feelings about gratitude. But you know what? That’s what I love about this project–that on the hard days it makes me reflect a little deeper and change my perspective. Because I truly believe that even though this project was about listing things to be grateful for, true joy comes from being grateful no matter what.

I’ll leave you with an awesome and very significant quote that I truly believe. Hope you enjoy this day of gratitude, and strive to make every one after a day of gratitude as well.



Thanksgiving Project Round Up

This time of year is such a great time for creating handmade decor and gifts with your scrapbook stash. They bring such a special touch to holiday celebrations. Today I’m sharing 7 Thanksgiving projects we’ve featured on our blog to inspire your holiday crafting.

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1) Get instructions for making this gorgeous feather card using the Harvest collection HERE. Your Thanksgiving hostess would love to get this handmade card.

2) Learn how to create pie box place cards using the Evolution Advanced and the Pie Box Template Die HERE. With these cuties your Thanksgiving dinner guests can find their seat and take home a bit of the delicious meal.

3) Use the Magnetic Circle Cutter and Magnetic Tri-Fold Mat to create THESE darling 3D Pumpkins. They make a great table centerpiece.

4) What a gorgeous gift this Thanksgiving frame would be! Learn how to make your own using the Harvest collection HERE.

5) How cute is this handy K Cup holder? Get the full tutorial for making one of these HERE.

6) Keep the kids busy while waiting for the turkey to finish cooking with this Thanksgiving Bingo game. Download free printable game boards HERE.

7) Make a Thankful Tree using the Evolution Advanced and the Maple Leaf Punches Die. Get the how-to HERE.

Holiday Gift Tag Set

Need a last minute hostess gift idea for Thursday? How about a quick and easy set of gift tags in a handmade box. I created these snowflake gift tags using some of my favorite dies and my Evolution Advanced, then I made a cute little matching box to wrap them in with my Envelope Punch Board.

Holiday Gift Tag Set by Aly Dosdall

First I die cut five tags using the Tag It Kit. Then I used one of the single dies from the Snowflake Punches Dies to cut out a snowflake shape from the bottom of the tag and backed it with white cardstock. Then I added a gold sequin, a simple sentiment, an eyelet to the top with my Crop-A-Dile, and I tied some twine through it to finish the tags.

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Next I used my Envelope Punch Board to create a little gift box to wrap the tags. My tags are about 1 3/4 “x 3 1/4″, so I created a 2 1/2″ x 3 3/4” box.

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Here’s how I did that:

1) Trim your paper to 7″ x 7″ and line up the top left corner of your paper to the 3″ mark on the board. Score your paper (do not punch) and rotate it counter clockwise 90 degrees. Line up the score line you just made with the score guide and score. Repeat this until you’ve score all four sides of the paper.


2) After you finish scoring the fourth side, scoot the top left corner of the paper to the 2″ mark on the board and score. Rotate the paper 90 degrees counter clockwise, line up the score line you just made with the score guide and score again. (Be sure you use the newest score line and not the previous ones when aligning your paper with the score guide.)


3) Repeat the scoring process until all four sides are scored. You should now have 8 score lines on your paper.

Cut your scored paper as shown in the photo below to create a box template. Round the corner of what will be the top panel (the panel without any tabs).



Place adhesive on the tabs and the front flap and assemble the box as show in the photo below.


Tie the box with some twine, and add some embellishments and a sentiment.

This little set makes a great hostess gift for Thanksgiving, a holiday gift for teachers, or stocking stuffers for your crafty friends!



Envelope Punch Board
Evolution Advanced
Snowflake Punches Dies
Tag It Kit
Eyelets–Warm Metal

I Spy We R!

I just love browsing Pinterest, crafty blogs, and online galleries for inspiration. While I was searching for some crafty mojo this weekend I came across some amazing project using We R tools and paper collections. I just had to share them with you! Are you ready for some eye candy? Here goes.

New Years Pinwheel Centerpiece

How amazing is this project by Dedra Long using the Pinwheel Punch Board? What a beautiful and creative table display for a New Years party. This project really gets the wheels turning in my head for all kinds of fun holiday and party pinwheel decor!


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Hello November Layout

This amazing layout by our Facebook fan, Christin Gonnslett, features the lovely Shine paper collection. Christin’s yummy layers and page design are so effective! I love how she’s filled the top 2/3 of her layout and left the bottom 1/3 as a resting place for the eye. And what gorgeous watercolor accents!

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Live a Colorful Life Layout

Designer, Ann Corbiere-scott, rocked the Watercolor Washi Tape on this layout! I love the washi strips down the side of her page sprinkled with buttons. And such a gorgeous photo of her daughter!

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Life Captured Pocket Page

I found this absolutely precious pocket page by Frontrangemama on Sometimes the stars align for the perfect combination of photos and products, and that’s what happened with this timeless page featuring Teresa Collins for We R Hello Life Journaling Cards.


92 Percent Layout

Designer AllisonLP used the Teresa Collins Archived Page Kit to create this page that caught my eye immediately. I love all the delicious white space, layers, and little details. Perfection!


12 Years Layout

Designer, Pam Callaghan, created such a dynamic design on this layout using papers from the Notable collection. I love the motion created by the combination of concentric circles and stars–perfect for a masculine celebratory page!

Thanks so much to all these fabulous designers for sharing their wonderful projects with us! Be sure to click on their blog and gallery links (on their names in the post) to see more of their amazing work and leave them some love! Creative cheers!



Pinwheel Punch Board
Shine Collection
Watercolor Washi Tape
Teresa Collins Hello Life Journaling Cards
Teresa Collins Archived Page Kit
Notable Collection

Gratitude Journal: Part 4

It’s now officially been one week since I started recording five things I’m thankful for each day in my gratitude journal. So far it’s been such a great way for me to stay focused on the positive. I truly believe that when we’re counting our blessings we feel happier–even during the hard times.

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I added some mini alpha stickers to the page tabs to designate the number of the day. I also added a date stamp on a tab on each page.

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Some of the things on my daily lists are deep and big, and some are fun and frivolous. I think it’s important to appreciate everything–loved ones, faith, and even iPhones and Mega M&M’s! =) Most of the items on my lists have to do with things that happened during that day. That way I’m also including a bit of a daily record in the process of counting my blessings.

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As I explained in another post in this series, I’ve used some of my own photos and I’ve found some online. Here are a few tips for finding and using internet photos in your scrapbooks:

  • search on Google images (my personal fav) with “creative commons” included in your search term
  • click on “search tools”, then “size” to find large hi-res images (better for printing)
  • be sure to only use those images you find for personal reasons

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Most of my photos are 4×6 collages which I created in Picasa–a free Google photo editing software that you can download HERE. A few of my photos are cropped 4×6 prints because I wasn’t able to fit the full 4×6 size on the page. I converted all of my photos to black and white prior to printing so I didn’t have to worry about trying to match so many photos to the colors in my journal.

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Thanks so much for letting me share this journal with you. It’s one of my very favorite projects! I’ll share one more post next week on Thanksgiving day with the rest of my photos and journaling filled in. Have a great weekend!


Shine 12×12 Paper Pad
Shine 6×6 Paper Pad
Shine Journaling Cards
Shine Cork Stickers
Shine Acrylic Shapes
Enamel Shapes–Neutral
Washi Tape–Multi-Color Pack, Metallic Gold
Tap Punch–File
Envelope Punch Board
Feather Shape Die
Evolution Advanced
Cinch Chipboard–8×8
Cinch Binding Wire–Black 1 1/4″
Cinch Wire Cutters
The Cinch

Thankful Layout

Scrapbooking with themed products can be lots of fun and can help projects come together more quickly. But, what if you don’t have themed products? Or you prefer not to use them? Or maybe the themed products don’t coordinate well with your photos? How can you create a themed layout using non-themed products?

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Take a look at this Thankful layout I created using the adorable It Factor collection. It’s a page about gratitude for my amazing family and a really awesome trip we recently took together. But while it’s about gratitude, I chose not to use any Thanksgiving or fall themed products.

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Rather than choosing a collection to match the season, I chose to use a paper collection that feels happy to me which is the pervasive feeling in these photos. I love the colors in this collection. They really make me happy, and that’s what this page is all about–gratitude for the things in life that make me happy.

I cut some embellishments out of the journaling cards and one of the 6×6 papers. I love to turn to my paper and journaling cards for DIY embellishments. They always coordinate perfectly and help to use up my paper stash.So Very Thankful by Aly Dosdall_close 1

I also chose to convert my photos to black and white before printing them. While real life is in color and I love using color photos, I think there’s some ethereal and timeless about moments captured in black and white. This trip was one of our all time favorites so I wanted to capture it in a timeless way. Finally, I added some machine stitching details for increased texture on my page.

While this layout is about gratitude, you can apply the same principle to any themed or seasonal scrapbook page. Try making a Halloween photo to match your kids costumes, or the candy from the photos of the stash. Consider creating a Christmas layout using pastel colors reminiscent of a retro snow-covered Christmas tree. Not only will this jump start your creativity, but you’ll use up your stash as well!



It Factor 12×12 Paper Pad
It Factor 6×6 Paper Pad
It Factor Wood Stickers
It Factor Acrylic Stickers
It Factor Journaling Cards
Shine Alphablock Stickers
Nesting Tag Dies
Evolution Advanced
Washi Tape–Sea Foam, Onyx

Peace On Earth Card

One thing I love about the gorgeous Silver and Gold collection is that not only does it include traditional greens and reds for the holidays, but it also includes some less expected but just as beautiful colors. Of course it has silver and gold, but I love the unexpected chalkboard black, kraft, and robin’s egg blue colors as well. Here’s a holiday card I made focusing on some of the more non-traditional colors in the collection.

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For this card I stuck with the blue, white, gold, and kraft colors. I love the soft feel of them when combined with the gold–perfect for the holidays. And the crisp white reminds me of newly fallen snow.

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I used the Wreath Frame Die to house my die cut sentiment, drawing attention to it. Laurel wreaths are a hot trend to watch for this holiday season–love them! I embellished the wreath with some gold sequins for a little sparkle, and included a pop of red at the top with some twine and a gem. My sentiment combines three different fonts–a script font and two tall and skinny fonts. Combining different fonts is a great way to add visual interest to any project.

So what do you think of the Silver and Gold collection so far? Do you like traditional or non-traditional holiday colors? Share your favorite holiday color schemes in the comments section below.



Silver and Gold 6×6 Paper Pad
Wreath Frame Die
High Rise Alphabet Die
Lollipop Alphabet Die
Evolution Advanced


Winter Tree Luminaries

We just had our first snow of the season here in Utah recently, so I’m ready to start busting out the Christmas music and decorations. With all the excitement in our house over the snow it’s no surprise what I made over the weekend to share with you today–some Winter Tree Luminaries!

Winter Tree Luminaries by Aly Dosdall

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These cuties were super easy to make with the Trim and Score Board combined with the new Triangle Score Guide and Evolution Advanced. Get in the spirit of the season with a few of these scattered around your mantel, or arranged on your table. Check out the video tutorial below to learn how to make these for yourself!



Triangle Score Guide
Trim and Score Board
Evolution Advanced
Snowflake Punch Dies
Polka Dot Embossing Folders
Sheer Metallic Paper Pad

Gratitude Journal: Part 3

I’m super excited about this post! I’ve finally finished the inside pages of my gratitude journal and today I’ll share those with you. Seeing as today is exactly two weeks before Thanksgiving, it’s perfect timing since today’s the first day I’ll start recording things I’m thankful for in my journal.

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There are fourteen double pages in my journal, plus an envelope at the end where I will keep my written thoughts after I finish recording blessings for two weeks. All of the pages are made with paper–some just 6×8 blocks, some file folders I made with my Envelope Punch Board, and one envelope at the end of the journal.

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Each double page spread has a tab on the right edge of the right page where I’ll add the number of the day (1-15). Each spread has a journaling spot on one side, and a spot for a photo(s) on the other. I’ll also add a date stamp to each spread on a tab as well.

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I added liftable flaps to some pages by securing them with washi tape and adding a tab. It’s a fun interactive element where I can add hidden journaling or that can be layered over photos.

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I also added some pockets for journaling cards made of vellum and kraft paper. As I usually do with mini albums and journals, I repeated certain elements throughout the journal to create a sense of unity.

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Each page includes at least one journaling card, die cut feathers, and tabs. I’ve also included washi tape, gold sequins, enamel shapes, cork stickers, mini wooden clothespins and acrylic shapes on several pages in my journal.

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The plan is to write down 5 things I’m grateful for each day (starting today) until Thanksgiving day. I can also include a photo (or more than one if I want) on the same page.

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I plan to either take photos, use photos I already have, or find high res creative commons photos online of things on my list of blessings. I may create some photo collages depending on how many photos I decide to use for each page.

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Here’s an example of one of the file folder pages I created with my Envelope Punch Board. I love having a few of these in my journal. To learn how to use your punch board to create mini file folders, CLICK HERE.

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These photos only show half of the pages in my journal. To see the rest of them you can visit my blog here: It Happened Like This. Next week I’ll share the first seven pages of my journal all filled in with photos, journaling, etc so you can see how it works. If you’ve created a gratitude journal or album of some kind be sure to share it with us on our Facebook page. We’d love to see how you remember your blessings at this time of year.



Shine 12×12 Paper Pad
Shine 6×6 Paper Pad
Shine Journaling Cards
Shine Cork Stickers
Shine Acrylic Shapes
Enamel Shapes–Neutral
Washi Tape–Multi-Color Pack, Metallic Gold
Tap Punch–File
Envelope Punch Board
Feather Shape Die
Evolution Advanced
Cinch Chipboard–8×8
Cinch Binding Wire–Black 1 1/4″
Cinch Wire Cutters

Metallic Antlers Card

It’s always interesting to me to see how trends in fashion, home decor, and design work their way into the paper crafts industry. Some of those trends I really enjoy, while others I’m glad to see meet their end. Two of those trends that I currently love are metallic elements and antlers shapes. And aren’t I lucky that these two trends lend themselves perfectly to the holiday season? Check out how I was able to combine these two trends on a card I created using the lovely (and oh so trendy) Silver and Gold collection.

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To combine these two trends I used the Antlers Shape Die and some Adhesive MetalSheets to cut out a silver antlers shape for my card. I cut out an oval frame to house the antlers shape and placed it and the antlers on foam squares for added dimension. The oval frame allows the metallic antlers to take center stage on the card.

I kept additional elements on my card to a minimum, adding only a small and simple sentiment at the bottom, and a few scattered gold sequins to further emphasize the metallic trend on the project.

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So, what do you think of these two trends? Are you a fan? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.



Adhesive Metal Sheets
Antlers Shape Die
Evolution Advanced
Silver and Gold 6×6 Paper Pad
Banner It Kit