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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owl pillow boxes_cut wings


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



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

50th Birthday Card

Yesterday I introduced you to It Factor, our latest paper release. I shared a layout about my daughters and used some of the more youthful patterns and images in the collection. Today I’m sharing a more mature project–a 50th birthday card made with some of the more traditional patterns and colors in the collection.

50th Birthday Card by Aly Dosdall

For this card I used the It Factor 6×6 Paper Pad and some of the Journaling Cards–one die cut card, and one title card. I also die cut a small banner to add to the celebratory feel of the card using one of the Pennants Shape Dies. The It Factor Wood Stickers add some dimension and complete the card sentiment. 

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I created the jumbo postage stamp border along the edge of the yellow paper by punching semi-circles with my Thumb Notch Punch at regular intervals. I used the edge of the punch as my guide to keep the spacing between the semi-circles even.

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So, what do you think of the new It Factor Collection? What type of projects would you use it for?



It Factor 6×6 Paper Pad
It Factor AME Journaling Cards
It Factor Wood Stickers
Enamel Shapes–Neutral
Pennants Shape Dies
Thumb Notch Punch