Me Time – Ali Edwards

Hybrid scrapbooking, now there’s something I never thought I would incorporate in my crafting. I love working with physical products, but after playing with hybrid products I have realized that hybrid scrapbooking is actually pretty fun and also very convenient. For instance, this layout I created for Ali Edwards using digital elements from the May Digital Kit. The “me time” brush was originally black I opted to change the color to white, I wanted a very subtle title effect paired with the gold rub on stars, white was perfect! This layout is 6×8, love working with this smaller format, love that it can be paired with a 6×8 pocket pages or left on its own. (And yes I’m totally aware there’s a word missing on my layout, as most of my journaling I always forget a word, I’m ok with that, good enough is fine by me.)

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AE – Lens Story Kit

Again this month Ali has released another amazing Story Kit, this month’s them is Lens. How perfect for documenting our everyday lives and that’s exactly what I did,  I created a PL spread with this month’s kit.

I love the focus of the kit, telling those everyday stories that are so important but also can easily be forgotten. Everyday moments as opposed to events, can seem mundane and not worthy of documenting, but I think they are the opposite, our lives are made of these moments, the moments we cherish, the hugs, the laughters and the not so great moments too, they are all worthy of being documented. I have to say that shifting my creative focus to the everyday is the very best thing I could have done creatively. I still document the milestones like birthdays but our lives are made of the everyday moments and those are the ones that I truly want to document.

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AE – April Digital Kit

Ali’s April kit was full of Easter fun! The eggs were a huge source of inspiration and definitely played a major role in my first project. I opted to create a double 6×8 spread which feature my youngest daughter. I paired the large picture with two digital brushes and journaling. The Easter eggs were lined up on a 6×8 canvas and embellished with various items from past AE kits. Love how this turned out!

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I also created a spread for my personal PL album. I used the cards from the kit paired with a digital brush as a diecut. The pictures were embellished using AE stamps and stickers. Love how these kits offer so many possibilities and options.

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Ali Edwards – Eat Story Kit

I was so excited for the March theme for Ali’s Story kit – Eat. Eat!!! That’s the perfect theme for all those coffee and yummy meal pictures. But I decided to take a different approach, I documented the evolution of date night for my husband and I. Over the years, as our family grew and work schedule changed, our date nights also evolved but one thing remained the same, date night always involves food. Love how this theme pushed me to think outside of the box and take a different approach.

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Ali Edwards – March Digital Kit

The March digital kit by Ali Edwards was all about Spring, which after a long and cold winter was a welcomed sight! My first project is a 6×8 spread which consist of a full picture and 2×2 accents. Nothing says Spring like a lovely bouquet of tulips, they are my favorite. Of course they were also the perfect subject for this theme. I used a digital brush as the title for my spread and added my journaling directly to my picture, this is my favorite and most used technique. To compliment the large picture I selected a page protector that features 2×2 pockets, which are perfect for small pictures and embellishments. I used various accents from the digital kit, along with physical products from past kits by Ali and a couple of additional pictures. I love the mix of these various elements.

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I also created a fun TN spread again with a Spring theme, my youngest daughter’s rain boots. Yeah boots my seem like a trivial thing to document but to me they represent her love of the outdoors, her joy for jumping in puddles and this story deserves to be told. For the left side of the spread I resized a 3×4 journaling card to fit the size of my TN and added journaling directly from PSE. I paired the picture with various accent cards and embellishments, of course I also added some physical products. I really enjoy working with TN, this new size is so fun and a nice change from the traditional layouts.

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Ali Edwards – February Story Kit

I was so excited for the February theme – Bond!  I had so many ideas for this theme but I knew that I had to focus on my daughter’s bond and relationship. They recently had a make up session and seeing them interact and love each other truly is the most wonderful gift. I used a digital brush, journaling cards and digital chipboard paired with supplies from previous story kits to create this spread.

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I love the subtle effect of the white transparency number paired with the wood veneer and stamp. If I could recreate this little combo on all of my projects I would be very happy.

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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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