12 Days of Home for the Holidays: Aly Dosdall

Aly Dosdall is another crafter that I met on Two Peas in a Bucket.  I was prividelged to serve with her on the
Epiphany Crafts Design Team.  Aly is an extraordinary scrapbooker and crafter.   Aly is another crafter that has a resume too long for me to quote.  She is very active and has many publications with Creating Keepsakes.  She is currently serving on Epiphany Crafts, Write.Click.Scrapbook, and We Are Memory Keepers design teams.  Aly's blog , it happened like this, is full of inspiration and more.
Welcome Aly!

Aly Dosdall

Season of Giving
Growing up in my family, Christmas was always a time for giving and sharing with others.  Every year our family would bake goodies and deliver them to neighbors, widows, and the sick singing Christmas carols at each stop.  We would often provide Christmas for a less fortunate family in our neighborhood anonymously.  We felt like we had been given so much that sharing with others was one simple way to show our gratitude.  This tradition made for some wonderful childhood memories, and my husband and I have tried to continue this tradition with our children.

I love creating things, and so do my kids.  So our family tradition is that each Christmas we make simple gifts or prepare goodies for our loved ones, neighbors, some widows, and other people we know that need a lift during the holidays.  Over the years we’ve come up with some fun projects so I thought I would share some of my favorites with you in hopes that you’ll be inspired to share some love with those who need it during the holiday season.

Homemade hot cocoa
I created the tag toppers using digital scrapbook supplies.

Icicle treat boxes
Fun ornament gifts filled with goodies to hang on the tree.

Post-It note covers
These make great teacher gifts or stocking stuffers.

Photo desk calendar
I make one of these for my husband and both sets of grandparents every year.

Mug pocket cards
Print the template on the back of some patterned paper, cut it out, glue it together, and add embellishments and some hot cocoa.

Thanks so much to Debbie for inviting me to share my Christmas traditions with you.  In the spirit of the Season of Giving, I’m sharing with you my free template for making the mug pocket cards so you can make some to share with those you know that need some love this holiday season.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!
(Copy Paste, and resize.)

Mug Pocket Card Template.pdf

Register now for my latest Big Picture workshop: http://www.bigpictureclasses.com/doablediy.php  

Remember to leave Aly a comment.
Thank you Aly!  Tomorrow's guest is Erin Bassett.


  1. What cute goodies! Thanks so much for sharing the template. Can't wait to make some of these mug cards. So cute!:-)

  2. Thanks for sharing - I cannot open the template. It says I need to be added to a share control. Not sure what that is.

  3. love your work~the mug card is adorable!!!

  4. These are all so cute! Thanks for the mug template!

  5. Thanks Denise. I will post the template straight to the blog. Check back later this afternoon.

  6. Fabulous ideas!!! :)

  7. Thanks for sharing. Gift of giving is awesome.

  8. Thanks so much for the ideas! I think they are adorable and will for sure make the hot cocoa mug!

  9. these are some really great projects. Can't imagine myself accomplishing all of that, but I sure am impressed.

  10. Pretty tree, and the gifts are all quite adorable!

  11. Such cute gift ideas.

  12. oh ty for the ideas...we do the helping thing here as well...when you are blessed it is just the right thing to do...my kids would rather give than receive any day of the week! tyvm

  13. Wow, these are so awesome projects. I can't even pick a favorite. Thanks for sharing the template too.

  14. Aly has the right idea about Christmas. I always had my daughters make gifts for their grandparents, aunts, uncles and neighbors or friends. I STILL enjoy making gifts for those I love and care about for Christmas. The best gift I can receive is something someone took time out to make personally for me. Thank you Aly for the template.

  15. Such cute ideas. One just can't have too many small gift ideas that are handmade. Thanks for the template. That is so simple but oh, so cute.


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