Ali Edwards – February Digital Kit

The February digital kit was full of love theme accent and a pleasure to work with!!! For my first project I opted to use a full 6×8 picture with a 3×4 journaling card resized to 3×8. My middle daughter will sometimes leave us love notes in our lunch bags, of course this story had to be documented! I love the impact that a large 6×8 picture brings to a project, it really makes a bold statement! On the 6×8 picture I added the “love” digital brush to incorporate with my title work. I used a mini tag to complete the title work and underneath I added one of the love note my daughter left me. The left side was for the journaling which I completed with my electric typewriter.

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For my second project I again paired a full 6×8 picture with journaling cards and a picture. I wanted to document my middle’s daughter love of figure skating and how much work she has been putting in her skating lessons. It’s really a pleasure to see her skate. The “love” banner is a digital chipboard element which I added to my picture and embellished with a gold puffy heart. This spread makes me happy!

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Gossamer Blue – February

I was excited to get back to creating on a regular basis for a kit club and I just love that Gossamber Blue is now offering exclusive products in their kits. The February kits were amazing, the color palette was fun and vibrant, I was very inspired to create my very first TN spreads.

Love the smaller format of a TN, it’s a great alternative to traditional layouts. I have really embraced this new format and will most likely create a lot of TN spreads this year. Sometimes it’s good to mix things up!

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I also created a full PL spread. The wood veneers in the GB kits are ideal for PL spreads, they are not too bulky, I used this mini circles to create a fun flip pocket.

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First Hybrid Attempt

Late last year, in the hopes of trying out for Ali’s team, I created my first hybrid layout. To my amazement, the process was rather easy and I knew that with a little practice it wouldn’t take long for me to establish an efficient process for creating these types of projects. Of course, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to join Ali’s team and the chance to create more hybrid projects.

This project is a double 6×8 spread. The speech bubble are from Ali’s digital collections – story bubbles. These digital brushes are so fun to layer on top of a picture or to even print on white cardstock. Of course they were ideal to highlight my youngest daughter constant chatter. 🙂 The journaling is set to the right with another digital brush as the title and accents from past Story kits. Love the simplicity of this spread. This format is quickly becoming my favorite size to use for storytelling, you will definitely see a lot more projects in this format!

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Oh My!!! (January – Ali Edwards)

Hello friends! I want to say a huge thank you for the lovely response I received yesterday when I shared this little blog in the scrapbooking world! Your words of support and encouragement have definitely inspired me to blog and share my work.

Today I would like to share my January projects for Ali Edwards. Every month the creative team creates projects with the digital kit and the story kit. I love how these kits have pushed and inspired me to share more meaningful stories.  They have pushed me creatively but also artistically. It’s good to step out of your comfort zone!

January Digital Kit – I opted to create the cover page for my 2017 family Project Life album. I mixed elements from previous kits along with the journaling cards, digital brush (middle picture) and die cut labels from the January digital kit.

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Story kit – Numbers – with this kit I opted to document how Mr. B and I always talked about having 3 kids. I’ve been meaning to tell this story for a very long time, I’m thankful this kit provided the inspiration I needed to get this story on paper.

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Gossamer Blue

In the spirit of getting caught up and sharing what has been happening in my creative world this year I must talk about Gossamer Blue. I had designed for this wonderful company in the past and after being away for a year I was invited to join the team again, of course I had to accept! I just adore Lori (the owner) and Steph (the coordinator), working for these ladies is wonderful! Also it is an exciting year for Gossamer Blue as they are branching out in creating exclusives for the kits and adding new kits to the mix, I’m so thrilled to be part of this new creative journey!

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This year to date

The beginning of the year has been creatively exciting for me. I applied to the Ali Edwards creative team and received an invitation to join the team. You can imagine my excitement and disbelief when I read the email!!! Ali is a huge source of inspiration for me and being able to work with her and the other amazing ladies is such an honor.

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Since the beginning of the year, I’ve had the pleasure of working with various story kits and digital kits. I have to admit that creating hybrid projects is new for me and so very exciting. I’m also focusing on improving and including more stories in my projects, I want to remember those moments that are documented, not only with pictures but also words. These stories are so worth telling, I want my girls to look back at these albums and remember the little details of our everyday lives.