Love This Layout

As we transition into February and look forward to Valentine’s Day, I always enjoy the opportunity to use my crafty supplies to express and record my love for friends and family. While creating handmade goodies for a spouse or significant other is meaningful and fun, Valentine’s Day is also a good time to reflect upon and document other important relationships. Recently I took the chance to do just that.

Love This by Aly Dosdall

One of my oldest sons (we have twins) has a very special relationship with our youngest daughter. They have very similar personalities and while that can sometimes cause a bit of tension, most of the time they really love each other and are very good at expressing that. It makes my momma heart just about burst to see how sweet they are together. I’m glad I was able to capture this special relationship on a scrapbook page.

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There are so many relationships that are worth including in our scrapbook albums–friends, coworkers, mentors, neighbors, grandparents, siblings, parents, children. Be sure this month to take time to record and celebrate other special relationships in addition to your relationship with your valentine. With all the darling love-themed products available it’s the perfect time to do that.

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To finish up today I’ve also got a little tip to share with you. To create the triangles on my layout I used the smallest of the Pennant Nesting Dies, and trimmed off the edge with the slits for hanging. The die creates a nice embossed effect on the triangle. As always, I love finding multiple uses for tools!

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And triangles are so trendy right now–I see them everywhere. They’re fun, easy, and create a big impact on projects. Give it a try! Creative cheers!



It Factor 12×12 Paper Pad
It Factor Journaling Cards
Pennant Nesting Dies
Evolution Advanced

Hello Banner

Do you ever just feel like making something fun to dress up a room even though there’s nothing in particular to celebrate? Well, I did. And here’s what I made–an all-occasion “Hello” banner!

Hello Banner by Aly Dosdall

Since this piece of home decor isn’t tied to a holiday or party of any kind, I picked one of my favorite generic collections–Farmers Market–and focused on the cheery primary colors. I started by cutting out some large pennants using the Pennant Nesting Dies. The die creates two slits for threading twine through to hang the pennants, but I wanted to fold the pennants in half to make them more sturdy. So I folded my 6″x12″ pieces of patterned paper in half, and then placed them on the die so that the fold was just below the top of the pennant die. That way when I die cut them the fold remained intact. 

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To cover the slits I added two strips of Washi Tape at the top of the pennants. I added some chipboard alphas to spell “Hello”, and then I embellished the pennants using some flowers that I made with my Flower Punch Board, some die cut frames, and Enamel Dots. To keep my flowers flat so I could easily add them to this project I didn’t cut off the last petal before assembling them.

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It was easy to hang my banner by placing some adhesive in the folds of the pennants and then adding a length of baker’s twine in the crease of the pennants.

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Then I hung my garland in my family room for us all to enjoy! It’s pretty details like this that make me smile when I walk into a room. What home decor projects have you created recently?



Farmers Market Paper Pack
Pennant Nesting Dies
Nesting Frames Dies
Flower Punch Board
Enamel Dots
Sew Easy Baker’s Twine
Washi Tape–Multi Color Pack