Summer Snapshots Photo Display

Hello We R fans! It’s your blog hostess, Aly Dosdall again. When planning photo display projects sometimes it’s fun to think outside the box a bit. For example consider die cutting your photos into shapes rather than using traditional rectangles like I did with my Summer Snapshots Photo Display. With my Evolution Advanced and the Hexagon Nesting Dies it was easy to give this framed photo display a unique look.

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Summer is such a fun and memorable time for our family, so I wanted to create something to display our favorite photos from last summer. Photo tip: I converted all of my photos to black and white and then printed them since all of my photos were from different moments during the summer and I wanted my project to have a cohesive feel. After printing my photos I selected three of the smallest dies from the Hexagon Nesting Dies set. I used the larger one to cut my photos, then skipped a size and used the smaller two to cut my patterned paper and journaling cards.

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I placed my photo on my Evolution Magnetic Mat B and then my die upside down on top. Then I ran it through my Evolution Advanced, and repeated this step for all my photos and papers.

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I then used a staple gun to attach three lengths of baker’s twine to my frame. Next I cut a matching back for each photo and paper out of white cardstock, covered it with adhesive, and attached my photos and papers to the twine by sandwiching it between the photo/paper and its backing.

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To finish off my project I added some stickers to my photos and papers from the fun summer-themed Citrus Bliss collection from our sister company, Pink Paislee. I love how the unique die cut shape of the photos and papers looks for this photo display. And I love how easy it was to make using my Evolution Advanced! If you love to create projects with your Evolution Advanced, we’d love to see them on our Facebook page.

Supplies:

Evolution Advanced
Evolution Magnetic Mat B
Hexagon Nesting Dies
Baker’s Twine

Hexagon Wall Art

I love the look of handmade quilts, but I don’t have the time or the skills to make them.  My paper craft hobby takes up most of my free time these days! So, I decided to use my paper craft skills and tools to create the same look in a home decor piece. Take a look at my paper quilted hexagon wall art.

Hexagon Wall Art by Aly Dosdall

To get a quilted look I used the 2″ hexagon die from the Hexagon Nesting Dies set and cut several hexagons from various Indian Summer patterned papers. I selected a couple of multi-color papers, and then some semi-solid papers to balance them. After placing some of the hexagons I decided to use a lighter brown than my original choice–that seemed to fit better with the look I was going for. I adhered all of the die cut hexagons to a piece of poster board that I cut to fit inside my frame.

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To keep the design engaging I avoided a repeated pattern and placed the colors so that there is a good sense of balance in the project. Since my frame is a light color, I placed mostly colored papers along the edges of the piece for good contrast.

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This project was fairly quick and easy, but I love the results! You could create a similar project with any size or color frame, and with other shapes such as squares or rectangles. Handmade quilts are great inspiration for design ideas. Give “paper quilting” a try on your next home decor project.

~Aly

Supplies:

Indian Summer Paper Pack
Hexagon Nesting Dies
Evolution

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.

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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.

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~Aly

Supplies:

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

Christmas Layout

Christmas Day is always such a fun and exciting time that seems to fly by in a whirlwind of awesome memories that I often forget to photograph.  So, I decided to record our Christmas celebrations this month using photos taken before the big day and include some journaling about our Christmas Day activities.

Since this season is so busy, I saved myself some time by using one of my go-to design techniques—layered strips.  I gathered some washi tape that coordinates with paper strips from the North Pole collection, punched one with my Trellis 2Edge Punch, and layered varying lengths to create my background.
I added some finishing touches to the page using an embossed holly sticker, a die cut tree made with the Lifestyle Crafts Evergreen Punches die, and washi covered hexagons that I cut with the Lifestyle Crafts Hexagon Nesting dies. I hope this page inspires you to get out those holiday
photos and get scrapping.  Crafty cheers!
~Aly
Supplies used:

North Pole Paper Pack

Washi Tape—Pomegranate, Avocado, Hazelnut

2 Edge Punch—Trellis

Evergreen Punches Dies

Hexagon Nesting Dies