Throwback Thursday: Harvest

For today’s Throwback Thursday I decided to pull out one of my favorite collections from 2013–Harvest. I just love the rich colors and distressed vintage feel–perfect for fall! And since this Saturday is World Card Making day, I thought I’d share some card inspiration as well. Take a peek at the card I created with this collection below.

Life Is Good Card by Aly Dosdall

Combining new products with older ones usually helps to update their look, so I refreshed the collection by including a trendy hand stitched sentiment created with the new Sew Easy Templates. Whenever I hand stitch on paper I use a small sharp needle with a small eye–that way I avoid creating over-sized messy stitching holes. I also like to use the needle to follow the template and poke the stitching holes before sewing.

stitch sentiment

When stitching I always use two strands of floss. That seems to be a good balance–not too thick or so thin that you can’t see the stitching. Since there’s only one hole (and you really need two holes to stitch), to dot my “i” I made a french knot. Not sure how to make a french knot? Click here for a great tutorial or just use a brad, eyelet, or enamel shape for your dot.

Life Is Good Card by Aly Dosdall_french knot

Do you like to use older products from your stash when crafting? What’s your favorite older We R Memory Keepers collection? I hope you have a great weekend and that you have a chance to get crafty on World Card Making Day! Creative cheers!



Sew Easy Templates–Script
Sew Easy Floss–Brown
Harvest Paper Pack
Harvest Embossed Stickers

Guest Designer Lacey

Hello! My name is Lacey (Igo) Gasper, I recently got married this past summer and live in Moorhead, MN (across the river from Fargo, ND). I’m honored to be a guest designer for We R Memory Keepers and show off this awesome fall collection – Harvest!


Card: Thanks For Everything

Card Size: 4.25” x 5.5” (8.5” x 5.5” folded in half)



WRMK: Harvest Paper               Country Plaid (1” x 4”)

Garden Shed (1” x 3.75”)

Floral Spray (0.75” x 3.5”)

Rusty Drawer (7/8” x 3.5”)

WRMK: Harvest Collection (Embossed Stickers)

Kraft Cardstock Paper (American Krafts)

Studio Calico: Mister Huey’s Ink – Dark Calico

Pop Dots


1. Trim a piece of Kraft paper to 8.5” x 5.5” and fold in half.

  1. Adhere paper stripes at various sizes (my sizes listed above). And adhere onto the card at various levels.
  2. Splash on MIster Huey’s Ink (or ink of choice). I used an eye dropper to splatter my ink on.
  3. Adhere Embossed Sticker with Pop Dots to add dimension.


Layout: You and Me

Layout Size: 12” x 12”


WRMK: Harvest Paper               Work Bench (Layout background)

Floral Spray

Garden Shed

WRMK: Harvest (Embossed Stickers)

WRMK: Harvest Tags (You & Me with Frame)

WRMK: Sew Easy Thread (Glitter Primary)

American Crafts: Kraft Paper

Prima Flowers

Studio Calico: Wood Veneer Hearts

Studio Calico: Misty Huey’s (Gold)

Technique Tuesday Stamps: Label Maker (Kit Club)

Fiskars: Scallop Boarder Punch

Gold Washi Tape

Acrylic Paint

American Crafts: This to that Tab Adhesive Circles

Stickles: Cinnamon

Tim Holtz: Distress Stains (Tarnished Brass)

Gold Embossing Powder

Ribbon: Gold


  1. Starting with your background (Work Bench), swipe with a foam brush some acrylic paint. I used a metallic Gold (seen on the left side of the layout).
  2. Cut a 5.5” x 9.5” piece and 6.5” x 5” out of Floral Spray.
  3. Adhere the 5.5” x 9.5” of the Floral Spray toward the left side of the layout.
  4. Out of the Garden Shed paper, cut a piece 1.5” x 6.5” and using a border punch, punch one long side. Adhere this piece to the backside of the 6.5” x 5” Floral Spray piece. Then, layer on a piece of washi (I used gold) near the seam of the chevron Floral Spray side.
  5. Next, using the WRMK Sew Easy, stitch the bottom right corner of this 6.5” x 5” piece. Adhere to the layout.
  6. Frame your photo. I used Kraft paper as my inside frame (size: 4.25” x 6.25”) and Garden Shed as the outer layer (size: 4.5” x 6.5”). Set aside.
  7. Adhere “You and Me” frame to the upper right corner of the page.
  8. Adhere your photo Matt with 4×6 Photo to layout.
  9. Embellish!
    1. apply WRMK: Harvest Embossing Stickers (some using pop adhesive for dimension).
    2. I adhered wood veneer hearts that I covered with Tim Holtz Distress Stains and Stickles.
    3. I stamped on Kraft Paper with Technique Tuesday stamps. Using various inks and Gold Embossing Powder.
    4. Prima Flowers
    5. Splattered Mister Huey’s Spray (Gold)
    6. Washi tape and ribbon
    7. Finally, I adhered my title “You and Me” to the lower left corner of my photo.


Frame: Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice


WRMK: Harvest Paper               Rusty Drawer (Frame Base)

Country Plaid

Maple Leaf

WRMK: Harvest (Embossed Stickers)

American Crafts: Kraft Cardstock

Tim Holtz: Distress Ink (Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain)

American Crafts: This to that Tab Adhesive Circles

Tim Holtz: Distress Glitter (Antique Linen)

Silhouette Die Cuts:                   3 Fall Leaves (Lori Whitlock)

3d Bracket Shaped Frame (Lori Whitlock)

Water Bottle


  1. Cut frame from Silhouette cut file 3d Bracket Shaped Frame (I did not resize). Top of frame I cut from Rusty Drawer, backside of frame Kraft Paper.
  2. Assemble Frame per directions on Lori Whitlock’s youtube site (Adhere photo during this step).
  3. Next, I placed 4 – 6” x 6” pieces of paper on a Silhouette cutting mat (Kraft Paper, Country Plaid and two sections of the Maple Leaf.) In the Silhouette Studio program arrange 3 Fall Leaves die cut file in various sizes. Cut these out.
  4. Kraft Paper Leaves:
    1. To add character to the kraft leaves, I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks. Using a non-stick craft mat, I rubbed and gently pressed Tim Holtz Distress Ink in the Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint and Walnut Stain. I then sprayed with water and using the end of a paint brush I swirled the ink together slightly.
    2. I then swiped the Kraft leaves through the ink.
    3. To make them drive faster, I hit them with my heat gun.
    4. Crinkle or use an embossing folder to add texture.
    5. Ink the edges with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain.
    6. Layer leaves onto frame and mix in the WRMK Embossed Stickers.
    7. Adhere the “Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice” phrase with dimensional adhesive.

Pie Box Place Cards

Creative table decor can add such a fun touch to special holiday meals.  Here’s a fun idea for Thanksgiving place cards–pie boxes!  Cut pie boxes from Harvest patterned paper, decorate them with your guests names, and fill them with some warm, fresh pie.

I used the Lifestyle Crafts Pie Box Die with my Evolution machine.  Then I cut some leaves using the Lifestyle Crafts Maple Leaves Nesting Dies and adhered them to the back of the pie box.

I printed my guests names on textured cardstock and added some Harvest embossed stickers to the leaves.  Then I lined the boxes with parchment paper, added a small slice of my favorite apple pie, and finished it off by tying some brown baker’s twine around the box.

Your guests will love these fun place cards–not only will they know where their place at your Thanksgiving table is, but they’ll have a yummy treat to take home with them when the feast is over.



Pie Box Template Die

Maple Leaves Nesting Dies


Harvest Paper Pack

Brown Baker’s Twine

Aly Dosdall


Thanksgiving Hostess Gift

Need a hostess gift idea for Thanksgiving dinner?  How about a bottle of your favorite bubbly with a handmade bottle tag attached.  These darling bottle tags take minutes to make and are the perfect way to express appreciation to your Thanksgiving hostess.

To make these Thanksgiving bottle tags I cut the hats from Harvest Textured Cardstock using the Lifestyle Crafts Pilgrim Hat Shape Die in my Evolution machine.  Then I cut a 2 inch circle out of the center of the base of the hats to allow them to fit over the neck of the bottles.  Next, I cut 1 1/4 x 12 inch strips of Harvest Patterned Paper to use as wraps, making “v” shapes in each end.

I added some Harvest Embossed Stickers to the wraps as sentiments, finishing off my bottle tags.  Designer tip: to take care of the adhesive on the back of the stickers simply rub a bit of talcum powder over the entire back with your finger.  That way the stickers won’t stick where you don’t want them to.

These bottle tags are also great for flower vases, flavored vinegar, glass soda bottles, lotions, bath crystals, or any other narrow upright containers.  Enjoy!


Supplies used:

Pilgrim Hat Shape Die


Harvest Paper Pack

Aly Dosdall


Mini Thankful Craft

We all have things we are thankful for and what better way to teach our kids to remember this. Creating a cute memento that you can look back and share over the years is simple. I have made this project many times in mini album form so I thought what a cute way to keep my children’s thoughts on what they are thankful for. It is made with a manila folder so it has pockets that you can insert removable tags for them to write each day what they are thankful for.

Thanks Thanks-2


Products used:

WRMK Harvest Patterned Papers

WRMK Harvest Textured Cardstock

WRMK Embossed Stickers

WRMK 2 Edged Punch Doily

WRMK Harvest Albums Made Easy Card Set

WRMK 6×6 Harvest Paper Pad

Paper Pumpkin Decor

A few years ago I made some 3D paper pumpkins for a fall centerpiece.  They’ve taken a beating, though they’ve been well-loved and enjoyed over the years.  So, I decided it was time to do a re-make!  I used yellow, tan, and brown papers from the Harvest collection to create these paper pumpkins that will sit on our table as a fall centerpiece.

If you’d like to make some for yourself, here’s how:

1. Using the magnetic circle cutter, cut twelve 4 inch circles, twelve 5 inch circles, and twelve 6 inch circles from paper in various shade of yellow, tan, or brown.

2. Fold the circles in half, right sides together, then adhere wrong sides together to form 3D fold out spheres.

3. Trim a little bit off the bottom of the circles so they’ll sit flat.

4. Add a stem, some vines, and leaves to embellish the top of the pumpkins.  Cut a 12×1/4 inch strip of green textured cardstock, some maple leaves, and a 2×6 inch strip of brown textured cardstock for each pumpkin.

5. Curl the vine by wrapping the green strip around a pencil or pen.  Create the stem by spritzing the brown paper with water and then twisting and crumpling it into a stem shape.  Add all the embellishments with a hot glue gun.

These pumpkins are great fall table or mantel decor, and you can even involve your kids or grandkids in making them!  Designer tip: try using your favorite Mini 8 Punch to create some 6 inch pumpkins!


Supplies used:

Harvest Paper Pack

Magnetic Circle Cutter

Leaf Punches Die

Evolution and Genius Platform

Aly Dosdall

Gratitude Journal

Each year I keep a gratitude journal in November where I record things I’m grateful for regularly leading up to Thanksgiving day.  On Thanksgiving Day I read through the journal and then record my feelings, thoughts, or how my perspective changed during the whole project.  Here’s my journal for this year:

I used the beautiful new Harvest collection and made a 4×6 Cinch book with chipboard for the covers and silver binding wires.  I used the Envelope Punch Board to make the envelope at the end of the journal, and I added some die cut accents cut with my Evolution and Leaf Punches Die.  Watch the video below for some tips on how I created this journal.

I’ll be sharing my journal on my personal blog as I fill it out each week, so if you’d like to follow along be sure to visit me every Friday this month at It Happened Like This.  Let us know if you create your own gratitude journal–we’d love to see them!


Supplies used:

6×6 Chipboard

Silver 3/4 inch Binding Wire

Cinch Machine

Harvest Paper Pack and Journaling Cards

Grid Journaling Cards

Envelope Punch Board

Corner Chomper–3/8 inch

Tab Punch–File

Tab Punch Labels–Black Typewriter

Evolution and Genius Platform

Leaf Punches Die

Aly Dosdall

Harvest Giveaway

Win a stash of Harvest favorites today.

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As the season begins to change, new colors arise, leaves in every variety fall from the tree tops, and blooming fall flowers begin to appear. The new Harvest collection embraces everything you love about this season and mixes it into a crafting collection you’ll love. This collection is a great mixture of colors and patterns perfect for all kinds of crafting possibilities.

Win a sample of the Harvest collection by posting a comment on our blog. Tell us what you like most about fall and cross your fingers that you’re the lucky winner.

Make sure to share this with your friends so they have a chance to win also. The very lucky winner will be chosen at random and announced on the blog next week.

Best of luck!