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.


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!


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.


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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


I hope you are inspired to documenting those everyday stories.

Summer List

I really enjoy creating summer themed projects, I was especially excited to see Ali’s June Digital Kit featured some summer elements. I am so happy that I’ve decided to give hybrid scrapbooking a try, I was very intimidated at first but I have quickly learned the basics using PSE and love the versatility of using digital elements on my projects.

If you would like to learn hybrid scrapbooking I would highly recommend Ali’s Hybrid class, as always Ali has put together an amazing class, the content is clear and well explained and the contributors are so inspiring, it’s a must have class!


This spread is a double 6×8, working with a large scale picture is always so much fun and ideal for hybrid projects. I used digital brushes to highlight the theme of the picture, Ali’s handwritting is a classic and pairs perfectly typewriter style fonts¬† (my favorite), I think that might also be another reason I love Ali’s products, I’m not a fan of my handwriting but love the personalized effect of the digital brushes.


The 6×8 journaling page was created again using a digital brush as the header and a tag from a previous story kit for the journaling. I do love to pair elements from previous story kits on my projects, a while back I mixed all my old kits, they are now within reach and I’ve definitely been making the most of my story kits.


Dad Stories – Ali Edwards

Ali’s June digital kit inspired me to create a layout,yep that’s right a layout, ha! It felt great to get back to my roots and do a layout. To make this project even more interesting I used a vintage photograph taken by my mom when I was baby. I don’t think I’ve ever created a layout about my dad, I usually stick to my immediate family. It was fun to step out of my comfort zone and document a different story.


I used a digital card from the June kit as the title work. Originally I was going to create a 6×8 spread but the large title didn’t leave me much space for embellishments, so I opted to cut out the header and use it as a title for my layout.


I find that my layouts have evolved from layered paper to a grid design with lots of embellishments and very little pattern paper. One thing that doesn’t change is the use of white cardstock as a base, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to do away with using white cardstock.


PL Spread – Eat Story Kit

I have a bit of catching up to do with my 2017 family PL album, I’m also trying to use up my Story Kits by Ali Edwards, when I reviewed my album and noticed that one week the pictures were mostly food oriented I knew it was the time to use my Eat theme story kit! Of course it ended being the week that Starbucks released it’s limited time Unicorn frappucino, love how that story made it’s way in my spread!


I paired the story kit with other Ali Edwards cards that I had accumulated from previous kit, those extra cards I used mostly on the non-food theme pictures, like the one at the top and bottom of my spread. The colors of the card coordinated perfectly with the cards in the Eat kit, I love how the kits can be mixed and matched!


I love the color combination of this spread, the cards worked perfectly with my pictures, I love it when things just happen to match, it makes the picture/card matching process so much easier. This is rather simple spread in terms of accents and embellishments, I find that my process varies from one spread to another. It depends on the theme of the spreads, how much journaling I plan to incorporate and how busy my pictures are.


Another favorite item to use on my projects, especially my PL spreads, are Ali’s word phrase stickers, it is one of my go to creative accent. Again repetition is key and I used those stickers to help create a cohesive design.


I think that the black accents really compliment my pictures, I’m often hesitant about using black items in my spreads as I prefer a lighter color palette but for this week the black really did work well and complimented by pictures which were mostly light in color or black/white.