Embrace the Story – AE

I love telling stories, it such an important part of my creative process. I recently looked at some past project,s I was happy to see that I consistently included journaling on my projects. I am not the most skilled writer but it does come from the heart and I think that just as big of an impact as any poetic writings.

I am so grateful to be working with Ali Edwards and having the chance to learn from her, to become a better storyteller and memory keeper. She truly is a source of inspiration, I love her philosophy on memory keeping and approach to storytelling. I feel that I have grown so much this past year thanks to Ali’s inspiring words and classes.

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Ali’s August digital kit inspired me to create this layout. I’ve been scrapbooking for over 10 years and have never used a full sized picture to create a layout. Since I know have a home printer I decided to give it a try and was so impressed with my picture. Love seeing my sweet girls together, the background was rather distracting so changing the color to black and white as the best option. I also modified the color of the digital brush to make it stand out against the black and white picture. Love the impact this digital brush brings to my layout.

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I’m really excited about the digital brush that I added to the bottom of the bench, I thought it was a fun touch to the layout. I did change the brush from black to white, otherwise it would have been lost on the picture. I also used Ali’s labels stickers that are part of the Summer Sticker Pack,  the stickers were ideal for the journaling and date stamp.

The banner was created using journaling cards from past Story Kits, I have a lovely collection of kits and selected a color palette that would compliment the bold title. I completed the layout using a chipboard star from a previous Story kit and a word phrase sticker. This layout just makes me so happy!

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Organization – AE Kits

I have a very hard time using my supplies if I don’t see them. Out of sight, out of mind! I do love the little clear envelopes that come with Ali’s story kits but I tend to forget what’s in the kit and therefore not use them up. So a while back I decided combine all of my AE kits, some were partially used but many were not used.

I had this container from Ikea, which I use for my other PL supplies and decided to move all my AE kit supplies to a spare one I had in storage. The journaling cards fit perfectly in the sections and there’s room for the chipboard shapes and embellishments. Now this container is always within reach when I’m working on my AE projects and PL spreads.

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TN – Ali Edwards

The August Digital Kit by Ali Edwards has inspired me to create a TN spread featuring my oldest daughter. Sadly I have yet to get started on her TN, I have worked on her sisters but for some reason my wonderful tween is no longer a fan of me taking her picture. I did manage to snap this one on a recent trip to the lake, I”ll take what I can get and use it to my advantage.

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The large scale picture was ideal to make a bold statement, I added a heart from Ali’s digital kit, I did slightly lighten the color of the heart to better reflect the color palette of my spread.

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The journaling was created on one of the journaling cards from the August kit, however I did slightly modify the card. I used the quote that was on a 4×6 card from the same kit and added it to the top portion of the 3×4 card. The journaling was done with my electric typewritter, the card is longer than 4 inches and this was on purpose. When I trimmed the journaling card I didn’t trim the bottom portion as I didn’t know how long the journaling would be. Once the journaling was complete I was able to trim the card.

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The accents were kept to a minimum and only featured the date and a chipboard arrow from a previous AE story kit. I always love working with large pictures, I love the bold statement they bring to any project.

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Adventure TN * GB*

Back at it with TN spreads, this time I’m working on my tween daughter’s TN, which has no spread in it, puts me to shame! The other two girls have a lot of spreads in their TNs but for some reason my tween is not a fan of having her picture taken, not good for this trigger happy mom.

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To create this spread I used Gossamer Blue’s July kits, which I mixed. I used the cards from the LP kit and accent from the TN kit. The journaling is on a 3×4 card which I trimmed to outline the ticket pattern.

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The opposite page features a 4×6 card, again from the LP kit with various accents from the other  kits. I kept the design on this page to a minimum as the picture was somewhat busy with colors and I didn’t want to overwhelm the spread. This makes for a fun and simple TN spread.

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Home *GB*

Again this month I was totally inspired by the exclusive diecuts in Gossamer Blue’s scrapbook kit. They are yet again the main focus of this layout. Along with the other exclusive items from the scrapbook kit, I love the simplicity of this page.

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I knew this layout would be journaling heavy so I made sure to build my layout around the journaling. I find that I now include more and more journaling on all my projects. I remember when I first started scrapbooking the journaling was minimal, I am glad that my style has evolved to focus on the story not only the picture.

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This layout does feature minimal pattern paper, again a huge change from when I started scrapbooking, I wasn’t happy with a layout if it didn’t have at least 5 different pattern paper. So funny how my style has evolved.

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My Reads – July 2017 edition

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Since it’s summer vacation I had a bit more time to read, especially when we are sitting pool side and the girls are busy playing in the pool. Hope you enjoy my thoughts on the books I’ve read, these are my personal opinions and should be taken lightly. 😉

  1. My (not so) perfect life: this was fun read. I do love how they address the fact that people are most often sharing the nice parts of their lives online and not the real nit and grit.
  2. The hate you give: this book was excellent!!! One of my favorite this year. I felt strong emotions for the main character, the struggle she is facing was heartbreaking. I shared this book with my tween daughter, I wanted her to know about this story and to be sensitive to what other people might be living.
  3. What to say next: another awesome book! I got this one on a whim from the public library and I’m so glad I did. It’s a YA novel, love the style of writing where the chapters are divided between the two main characters. I also shared this one with my tween daughter, she really enjoyed the read. The main male character has social issues and it’s a great example not to judge a person by their looks or behavior. Definitely a good reminder for a tween.
  4. Fierce kingdom: A great suspense book that will make any parent question what they would do in a high intensity/life threatening situation with their child. It is a super fast read, perfect for a day at the beach. It’s a page turner so be warned you won’t get nothing else done!

Enjoy!!!!

Gap *Gossamer Blue*

I was so excited to see the GB kits land on my front porch, every month the kits are amazing. My first two projects consisted of layouts, the tags in the main scrapbook kit really inspired to get to work.

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I would normally be inclined to to hoard those tags, because they are just simply awesome but since they have been a staple in the past kits I felt that I should just use as many as I wanted. I layered the tags underneath the 4×6 picture until I was pleased with the layers. I then build my layout around the tags and the picture.

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I think that going forward I will probably mostly use 4×6 pictures on my 8×11 layouts. I love the bold effect of larger pictures and require less editing/cropping. I also had to add some ink platter, I know this is no longer in trend but I just can’t get away from it, it’s like a safety blanket for my page design. Ha!

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