December Memories TN Style – FYC

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This year I’ve decided that along with my 6×8 December Daily I wanted to do a TN album of December memories. Why do both? Seems a bit much? Perhaps, but I thought it would be fun to have an album to document little things (like decorations, mugs, treats) that I really like. My DD (December daily) is focused on the family, mostly on the girls, but the TN will be focused on me, not that there’s a lot of exciting things that happen to me in December but I do take a lot of random Christmas themed pictures, so they will have a home in my TN.

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I decided to do a bit of prep work on my TN using the amazing Remember December collection by FYC. Sadly this collection has sold out, so I really hope you were able to get your hands on this exquisite collection!! I wanted to add a bit of texture to the beginning of the album, so I removed the staples and added a velum insert. I think I will repeat this throughout the album as I love using velum in my December projects.

I opted for a simple design, the chipboard accent (still available here) paired with a year stamp (also available here).  The number Christmas tree (available here) was the ideal focal point for the cover page. It paired beautifully with a puffy sticker (again FYC) and a short paragraph which sets the mood for my December TN. I’m excited for the Holiday Season to begin, I know it will be so much fun to create random entries in my TN.

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Black and White kit with FYC

Today, FYC released another amazing kit, this time the color was the main feature of this kit, it’s black and white only!!! So awesome!! You can see the kit on the FYC website here, don’t wait to long to get yours, the FYC kits usually sell out rather quickly!

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I know that I will be reaching for this kit over and over again, but my first project had to be of my middle daughter’s Halloween costume. It was so bright and bold, the black and white combo was the perfect solution!

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I added a splash of color with my journaling and some puffy stars from FYC. I love working with black and white accents, the die cuts in this kit were amazing. I paired some on the large 6×8 picture to create clusters that bring more details to the white space of the picture. I also used the new alpha stamp set- Marker, to add a bit of stamping to the picture. Love the size of the font, not only is it the perfect size for a PL spread, it will also be perfect in my TNs.

I can’t wait to get started on another project, this kit has a permanent stop on my work desk, it is now my go to kit to use on my projects!

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Full of Thanks – AE

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Today I’m sharing another project for Ali Edwards created using the November digital kit. I love how these kits are a great addition to the story kits, as you will see I’ve paired the digital elements with physical products from past story kits, this is a great way to stretch the story kits.

To create this 6×8 double spread I modified the color of the digital brushes to compliment some of the digital elements in the kit and create a more cohesive design. The yellow used for the “full of thanks” digital brush was copied from the circle embellishment “thankful” and the color of the large digital brush on the opposite page was copied from the “family” circle embellishment. By copying the colors this helps to create a cohesive design and tie both pages together .

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For the opposite page I really wanted to make a bold statement to compliment the large picture of my oldest daughter and my husband. To do so I selected a digital journaling card from which I cut out the strip border and moved to my 6×8 blank canvas, from there I changed the color of the “thankful and grateful” digital brush and resized it so it fills up the background portion. The journaling was done on a journaling sticker from  Ali’s One little word kit (still available in digital). I adhered the sticker using foam dots for added dimension.

Love how this page turned out, full of impact and heartfelt love. This is the beauty of Ali’s kit, they inspire me to tell those stories that might not get documented in my everyday memory keeping.

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Thanksgiving – AE

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Ali’s digital kit this month was ideal for our Thanksgiving pictures taken last month (because here in Canada we celebrate Thanksgiving in October). We ended up taking a nice walk in the forest, sadly only one of the girls came along with the hubby and I but it was still a nice hike.

I love the picture I took of a leaf, so I decided to make it the focal point of my spread, I only used a digital brush in the center of the leaf as my title for the spread. Simple and easy.

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On the opposite paged I recapped everything I am grateful for this Holiday Season and paired it with a quote card from Ali’s kit, I did add a small label sticker, which is the only paper embellishment I added to this spread. This spread is 95% digital which is  a first for me, but I’m loving the result! I hope you are inspired to make a list of what you are grateful for this Holiday Season.

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Twinkle – FYC

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I just can’t say enough good things about FYC and the amazing collections I get to play with! I was so inspired by the Comfort and Joy collection that I decided to pull out my pictures from last Christmas and get started on a TN album.

My main source of inspiration for this TN spread was the diecut elements from the collection. I love to create layers and dimension with diecuts and since they are not bulky they are ideal for TN memory keeping.

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I trimmed a 6×8 pattern paper to create the background of the wreath and on the opposite side I placed the picture with journaling. The design concept is simple, which I tend to gravitate towards in a TN, but still very effective.

I highlighted the design using diecut tabs and puffy stickers. The stamps also worked as a sub title and anchored my picture to the journaling label. This collection is currently sold out but if you like FYC make sure to follow them on social media to  know when their new collections and kits are being released!

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Best – Story Kit

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This month’s Story Kit theme is Best, so many memory keeping ideas come to mind for this theme. I really wanted to document something that might not be part of my regular day to day memory keeping, I opted for a story about my middle daughter’s take on being in the middle kid, I love her story and take on being a big and little sister.

This spread is 6×8 and features a large picture of my three daughters, with my middle daughter in the middle which was very fitting for the theme of this spread. I printed the digital elements to create a fun border on the picture, I added a digital template at the top of the picture for the important facts of the spread.

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For the journaling, I resized a 3×4 journaling care to 6×8 and added the journaling. I opted to print this paper on photo paper because I wanted it to have the same texture as the picture, plus the satin finish paper that I used really makes the color pop off the page.

Ali’s Story Kits are always are great way to spark inspiration and creativity, to step out of the box and document those stories that might not make in a PL or layouts. I love how my story album is coming along, those stories are so important to me and I’m glad I have them documented for daughters to remember.

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Summer PL

When it comes to working on my family PL album I like to stay on top of things, sadly I’m currently 2 months behind but my pictures are all ready, printed and in the pockets. This definitely helps me to tackle my spreads, I find that editing and printing pictures is one of the task that I least prefer to do, so by having it done in advance it helps to simplify my process.

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This spread is from our summer vacation, it was a busy week so it is picture heavy. I worked with a Studio Calico kit to complete it.

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I loved the stamp that was included with the kit so I decided to pair with my pictures that have some white space. When stamping on pictures I love to use Staz-On as it dries quickly and doesn’t smudge.

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The kit did have some sequins which I’m not a fan of, but also didn’t want to throw them out, so I opted to fill up two pockets, it added texture to my spread, in the end I did like how they turned out and was glad that I incorporated them!

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I did opt for minimal text as I mostly recapped our vacation, I didn’t want to overwhelm an already busy spread by adding too much text.

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This turned out to be a fun and colorful PL spread, I usual opt for a softer color palette but the bright colors complimented my pictures very well. Happy with how this one turned out!