AE – June Digital Kit

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As the end of the school year is wrapping up we are making plans for our summer activities. We are also enjoying a lot of pool time, but I do find that taking pictures around the pool to be hit or miss, in the case above it what was somewhat of a miss because it was blurry. However when I saw Ali’s June digital kit I instantly loved the digital brush and knew it would be perfect over a picture. So I colored the digital brush, changed the opacity and layered in on my blurry picture. The end effect is so fun!

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CTK – Right Here TN

I was so excited to start playing with the CTK June kits! Love the combo of pastels and bold prints, along side the gorgeous diecuts and stamps. My first project was a TN spread. I recently started a new TN book in which I document one or two pictures of each week, sometimes these pictures are a repetition from my PL others times they didn’t make it in my PL. This TN gives me the creative freedom that a PL doesn’t offer.

I opted again for a grid design! Seems like this is my go to when working with a TN. I only used items from the Cypress PL kit, those diecuts are amazing!! This picture also required very little journaling. Hope you will stop by CTK to see the CT amazing projects!!

CTK – Creative Team

I’m delighted to be returning to the CTK team for another term! I’ve loved my experience working with Trina and this group of amazingly talented ladies! Love that I receive gorgeous products each month and I have the creative freedom to do what I want! There’s nothing like receiving a box of gorgeous supplies every month to inspire me to create!

100 day project

Earlier this Spring the 100 day project made its debut in the world of social media. In the weeks leading up to the beginning of the project, my social media feeds were full of people telling what they will be doing for their 100 day project. I was trying so hard to resist the temptation but on THE first day I decided I would participate by taking pictures, more specifically “from where I stand” pictures. For 100 days! Easy enough right?!

Well I’m passed day 50 and I’m slowly losing steam. I’ve loved it so far but last week I was so sick that I completely forgot about it and now I’ve forgotten two more times! Yikes!! What should I do? I hadn’t skipped a day so far so now that really bugs me, I guess I could ‘cheat’ and use pictures from another day or I could push through, keep going or stop all together! I’ll admit that stopping is very tempting but also so disappointing. I’m loving the story these pictures are telling so far, love the glimpse of our daily lives. I think to give this so thought but I guess in the meantime I’ll keep on taking pictures!

Grow kit – AE

This month’s story kit by Ali Edwards was ideal for documenting my current house plant obsession!! Using a 3×4 journaling card, which I resized to 6×8 canvas i documented my love of house plants! I added digital elements from the kit to the 6×8 picture for added detail.

I did add some chipboard embellishments from past story kits, this added a bit of texture to my spread and they also paired beautifully with the colourful piecharts!! Love the simplicity of this spread, lately I’ve been thinking that less is more, in this case it proved right!!

Art Journal – embracing imperfection

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Recently Ali Edwards blogged about her venture into art journaling with her family, she was inspired by Liz Lamoreux who also does art journaling. I thought it would be a fun activity for my daughters and I, they love to paint so this was a natural progression from our regular arts and crafts activities.

My daughters range in ages from 5 to 13, my goal for this activity was to have fun and make mistakes. I feel that we strive way too much for perfection, we ask our kids to perform at their full potential and often seek the most out of their performance. But what happens when they make a mistake? I’ve noticed that my girls would often decide that a drawing wasn’t good anymore because of a mistake. I want them to break away from this mentality, I want them to have fun, to make mistakes and see those mistakes as opportunities to findĀ  a way to make the mistake work within their project. We only have one rule when we do art journaling, we are not allowed to start over, we have to make it work, sometimes we love our painting and other times it is a learning opportunity, but I can guarantee that they look forward to this and always have fun.

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We bought our supplies at Walmart, just basic Crayola watercolor paint and art journals, nothing fancy or over the top. I was so happy when everyone wanted to participate in this activity, even my teen was eager to participate. I love that we take this time together, to sit and paint. To encourage each other with our art work and provide moral support when someone encounters a challenge. To guide our activity we often pick a theme, so far we’ve used pastels, circles, hearts and watermelon. No topic is off the table, we will accept any challenge and find a way to interpret it for our art journal. I try to reinforce that perfection is not the end goal with this project, painting, having fun and connecting is the goal, if we create something we love that’s a bonus.

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