AE – January Digital Kit

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Earlier this week Ali released the January digital kit, this month’s kit really spoke to me and inspired me to create a goals page for our 2018 PL.

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I did a quick photo session with my tribe (who knew that our bed was the perfect setting for pictures?!) and I asked them their goals for the year ahead. Over dinner we discussed what we would like to achieve as a family, of course the little one just went along with what everyone said but overall it was a great and fun discussion.

This spread is a perfect example that PL doesn’t have to be weekly, it can be a mix of themes, weeks or topics. I plan on doing more of these types of spread this year and will insert them with my weekly spread.

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Cat – AE

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Yesterday was reveal day for Ali’s newest SBTM subscription! Love these mini kits that Ali now offers, the combo of journaling cards, chipboard and stamp is perfect for any memory keeping project.

The Stories By The Month™ kits cover many of the time-specific events that naturally happen in a calendar year. Designed to equip you with products perfect for your everyday memory keeping projects that serve as monthly motivation to craft more stories of your life.

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With this kit I decided to document my youngest daughter’s love of her favorite stuffy Cat in the Hat. Over the past couple of years I’ve captured many pictures of her and Cat, she really loves and adores him.

To create this spread I decided to do my favorite combo of a large 6×8 picture and 4 smaller pictures, this combo has both an eye catching effect and opportunity to share multiple pictures. I paired this kit with embellishments from past story kit or from Ali’s store.

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There is currently a waiting list to subscribe to this kit but if you are interested I would recommend to put your name on the waiting list, hopefully you will get one shortly!! Happy memory keeping!!!

2018 OLW – Action

Again this year I am participating in Ali’s One Little Word class. Last year I selected the word “health”, it was a good choice, I learned a lot about wellness, what works for me and what doesn’t. This year I want to challenge myself with the word “action”. I want to practice what I’ve learned, I also want to be more proactive in my life, as opposed to wishing  that I could/should do something, I want to take action towards achieving these goals.

Last year I opted for a 6×8 album but this year I will use a TN to document my journey. Ali’s printables offered with the class are in either 6×8 or 3×4 format. I opted to crop out the title work of the 6×8 templates and copy to a blank canvas that would fit within my TN. This process did take a bit of time but I love how they turned out.

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I’m excited to start the process of documenting the “reason why” I want to embark on this journey. I think this is a great opportunity for self reflection and growth. If you are opting for to use a TN to document your OLW, I hope this information will be helpful to you.

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For The Love – AE Story Kit

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With the craziness of the Holiday Season behind me I took some time to play with Ali’s latest story kit – For The Love. As always, the story kits offers so many possibilities, but I’ve been stuck in DD mode for over a month that stepping out of Christmas theme projects was challenging but it felt great. I decided to scroll through my picture feed and came across this picture of my youngest daughter with all her favorite things and it was ideal for this kit. I added journaling to the large picture in PSE, loved how it all turned out. I used embellishments from past story kits to create clusters, I also opted to trim down a 6×8 page protector to 3×8, which was ideal to added two 3×4 journaling cards. I really love how this spread recaps my daughter’s love of these random items.

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December Digital Kit – AE

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This month’s digital kit by Ali Edwards is all about coziness and end of year reminiscing, such a fun and versatile kit. I opted to create a TN spread using a 3×4 journaling card which I’ve resized to fit my TN. Love the bold statement of the journaling card paired with the picture and embellishments.

The picture and journaling are combined, it almost creates a polaroid effect which I love to use, especially in TN spread. To compliment the design and theme of this spread I used items that are currently on my desk for my December Daily project. Love how this spread turned out, definitely a great memory to document.

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December Daily – 2017

It’s almost time to start my 2017 DD and I am so excited!!! Last year was my first year that I fully immersed myself in the DD experience and I loved it!! I’m planning on doing it again this year, same format, same process. In order to be ready for the big day, December 1 when I start my DD, I gathered all my supplies to make sure they were within reach.

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This year I will be using Ali Edwards amazing main kit, Pink Paislee mini kit and a 6×8 red album by Jasmine Jones for Ali Edwards. I’m so grateful for Ali and the opportunity to work with this kit as part of my Creative Team work. This week I gathered all my supplies and some supplies from past DD kits and prepared my trusty Ikea caddy. By having everything within reach it certainly simplifies my creative process. I plan on doing a daily spread up to December 25th, I will mix full size pictures with 3×8 and 3×4 pics. I can’t wait to get started!

Give – AE

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This month’s Story Kit theme was Give. Again, so many options and topics that are fitting for the “give” theme. At first I thought about “give me a break” (LOL!!!), as a working mom of 3 a break is always needed, although it was an entertaining topic I opted for a more meaningful subject, my daughter’s hardwork and struggles (at time) with school. She is such a hardworker, I’ve never seen so much perseverance in a kid, she gives it her 110% and that deserves to be recognized and acknowledge.

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To create this 6×8 spread I opted for the “ok” digital diecut as my source of inspiration. I resized the diecut to a 6×8 canvas and added the “give it your all” digital brush on top of the “ok”, love the contrast of the fonts and colors. The journaling was done in PSE, I added a star and cork to anchor my page and design.

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On the opposite side I have a picture (a bit blurry but still usable) of my daughter hard at work, to which I added a digital brush and some elements from past kits. The stars compliment the large star on the opposite page and the circle sticker was ideal for the date and a pop of color.

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