Possibilities *Ali Edwards*

I will admit that I wasn’t too sure what my story would be with Ali’s Lost & Found story kit. I didn’t really have any life events that I felt would be good fit but then I realized that I was taking this creative journey and decided to work on my photography abilities and this theme would be perfect to document my journey.

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I was so happy with how this picture turned out. It’s my first picture for project 365, it’s not perfect but it definitely worked for this spread. I used a journaling circle from the story kit, which I modified the opacity and added my journaling. Once this was complete I layered it on my picture. Love love love it!

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Of course it was necessary that I include a picture of myself. I added multiple digital brushes from the story kit and one chipboard star. I love pairing physical products with digital accents.

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The 4×6 accent was simple, but I did add some gold paint around the edges, this ties it with the flowers on the opposite page.

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I love it when I start a project with no clear direction and ended up documenting a story that would probably not have been documented.

Something Great *GB*

Well summer is totally throwing me off from my blogging schedule! I’m still creating (not as much as in the winter) but I’m just not as good when it comes to posting my projects on my blog. I do have a bit of catching up to do in the weeks ahead.

Today I’m sharing a preview of the TN spread I created for Gossamer Blue, you can see the full project here on the GB blog.

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This was purely a creative spread, I really had the urge to be creative and quickly created this spread. I’ve used the June kits (LP, Scrapbook, TN and Planner – yes GB has all those awesome kit!!!) to create this spread. I also used a stamp set from a previous LP kit, which is still available in the GB store.

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TN are a fun and quick way to memory keeping, they don’t take up a lot of space and TNs can easily be for a single theme (traveling ) or child (I have 3 girls and they each have their own designated TNs for memory keeping). If you are interest in using TNs for your memory keeping, make sure to check out GB TN kits, it’s a beautifully designed kit!!

Getaway (take 2) – AE

Well I’ve done something I haven’t done in a long time, I recreated a project! The layout I posted last week was great but I felt that I needed to add more pictures to compliment the story, so I reworked my project to a double 6×8 spread.

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This spread is mostly digital, I added a couple of embellishments but I kept the focus on Ali’s wonderful digital design from the July digital kit.

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The left side is a 6×8 picture which includes the journaling and the right side features a collage that I created. I didn’t use a template to this, simply a blank canvas in PSE and resized the pictures and digital element to fit my canvas.

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE how this spread turned out. Pictures have yet again proven that they play such a huge part in my memory keeping!!

Getaway – Ali Edwards

Happy to be back today with another 8×11 layout. Ali’s July digital kit has definitely inspired me to create layouts, it feels great to be back to what I love doing. I might just stick to PLs and layouts from now on, I feel like I’ve dabbling in so many different type of memory keeping that I now I have stories all over the place. Anyway I regress, today I’m sharing another layout created for Ali Edwards using the July digital kit.

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Again for this project the shape crop tool PSE inspired me to crop my picture to a circle. I love how it mimics the look at online profile pictures, like on IG. I added the “travel stories” digital brush (converted to white) from the July kit along with a wood veneer embellishment, simple.

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As well, my projects for Ali really focus on storytelling, but I do carry this memory keeping style in my PL, I love words, I might not the most eloquent writer (maybe because I’m french and sometimes both languages mix in my head) but what I write is from the heart.

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At first this layout started as a 6×8, you can see the white base with the picture which is 6×8. But as I progressed in the design of my layout I realized that I just didn’t have enough space for embellishments (all of which are from past Ali kits). So I pulled out some kraft paper (be still my kraft loving heart) and let my creativity take over. I really enjoyed the process of creating this layout.

Adventure – Ali Edwards

Again this month I was so excited and happy to create with Ali’s July Digital Kit. The color palette is one of my fave and the summer/travel themed is ideal for this time of the year. As well, this layout is a combination of digital elements, past story kits and other Ali kits, such as a past DD kit. I do love how I edited the picture in PSE, I find it adds a fun quirky design to my project.

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In PSE I selected the crop tool and changed the options to shape, from there the possibilities are endless. I really liked the fact of switching things up, typically we will see a quote or journaling in a speech bubble, I opted for the picture to which I added a digital brush from the July kit. I love how Ali’s kits inspire me to try something different, to approach a project with a different and perhaps more relaxed perspective. As Ali says, it’s about the stories and it’s doesn’t have to be perfect.

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For the background paper, I resized a journaling card from the July kit to 8×11. To do this I opened a blank canvas in PSE and dragged the journaling card on top, from there I stretched the edges to fit the background. Afterwards the journaling was added with PSE. Love how this turned out!

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I added accents and embellishments to my layout using past story kits, like the fun kit but also past kits, such as the washi from the DD mini kit.  The “awesome” tag is also an add on from the Fun Story kit.

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I hope you are inspired to documenting those everyday stories.

PL – March

Still going strong with my family PL album. Love how this project enables me to be creative, capture our everyday lives and preserves our memories. This spread was a fun one to create, I enjoyed the flow of the pictures (some weeks the pictures are much better than others, especially in winter) and there is a good variety of stories.

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To create this spread I mostly used products from Elle’s Studio, I’m always a fan a white crisp journaling cards. Pairing my pictures with wood veneers and repeating the combination through out my spread really helps to create a cohesive design.

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I opted for a neutral color palette but I did add a splash of yellow for a pop of color. Love this graphic card, the design is simple and perfect.

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Love how this spread turned out, it’s simple and full of memories. I won’t share every PL spread on my blog because some are just ok design wise and others have personal stories that I’d rather not share online, but when I can I’ll make sure to update my blog with a PL spread. Hope you enjoy!

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My Reads – June 2017 edition

I love reading. I don’t read as much as I would like too, but this year I’ve given myself a challenge to read 25 books (not sure how many I’ve read to date ha!). Between taking care of the girls, home, working full time and finding time to be creative, reading is not always at the top of my priority list. I do love it so much that giving myself a challenge will hopefully help me read more books.

Today I’m sharing with you the books I read this past June which was a super busy month, with the end of school, home renos and busy work schedule. I didn’t start off the month strong, it took my while to get in my first book but I still managed to read three books.

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  1. The Girls by Emma Cline: this book was ok, I didn’t connect with any of the characters, thought the story dragged on a bit. I’m glad I read it because there was a lot of buzz about it last year and well the FOMO is always present, so I gave it a try.
  2. A World Without You by Beth Revis: Oh my heart, this book was heartbreaking. It addressed mental health issues in teenagers, such a hard topic to read about. Even if the topic was very hard for me, I still enjoyed the book (feels weird to say enjoy it when it was so heartbreaking), my tween daughter actually got that book at the library. She didn’t read it for a lack of time but I’m glad I borrowed it from her. This one will stay with me.
  3. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid: This book was awesome, so entertaining! I’m not a fan of old Hollywood gossip drama but this behind the scene look was very captivating. I read this one in a matter of days, perfect light read for the summer.

Hope you have enjoyed reading my compilation, full disclosure this isn’t meant to be a book review but rather a list of the books I’ve read, plain and simple. This is why I didn’t give a star rating, so take this list as it is, a simple outline of books that have crossed my path this month!