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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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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Fall PL Spread – AE

I still have some spreads from 2016 that are sitting in my album (the pictures are printed) just waiting to be completed. I was happy to see that Ali’s October Digital kit was perfect for our long weekend camping trip last Fall.

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I printed the journaling cards at home, I did change the size of some of the cards, such as the green checkered pattern above, which was originally a 4×6. That’s the beauty of digital elements, you can manipulate them to make them fit to your project.  All of the embellishments are from the digital kit or past AE story kits, except for the maple leaf, which is from a past Studio Calico kit.

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I usually have more journaling on my PL spreads, but I really loved Ali’s quotes cards from the digital kit, I opted to include more of those on my layout. Also there wasn’t much journaling I could add, it was camping trip, the picture speaks for themselves.

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My process for PL is very well established, every week I edit my pictures (from my phone) and save them to a special folder (on my phone) makes them easier to find when uploading for printing. Every month or so, I will upload them via the an app for printing. Once I receive my pictures I put them right away in the pocket pages, this way when I’m ready to work on my PL album my pictures are ready to go. It really simplifies my process. My time for editing pictures (which is the task I like the least) is kept to a minimum (about 15 minutes a week) and I can focus on the creative part of my PL. If you are trying to stay on top of your photo editing/PL I highly recommend you try my method.

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The right side of my PL spread featured 4×6 pictures, which I don’t often do but the scenery picture was best when printed as a 4×6, so I adapted my spread for this picture. The journaling card at the top right is from a past AE kit and worked perfectly in my spread. Again Ali’s products are so versatile that I can easily include items from Story kits, digital kits and other kits, they compliment each other because of Ali’s consistent and classic designs.

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Halloween Mini – Ali Edwards

I was so excited to see Ali’s October digital kit, I  knew I wanted to create a special mini album which features my daughter’s and their Halloween costumes throughout the years.

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Using a 4×4 album I had on hand I printed my favorite pictures from last year and paired them with the digital elements from the October kit, such as a digital brush on my cover page. I also used items from past Story Kits. Love the versatility of the kits and how I can use them on all my projects, from PL spreads to mini albums and layouts.

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I also incorporated items from Ali’s shop, such as the die cuts packs and the sticker variety pack. When I create mini albums I love to add tags and interactive elements, they always add a lot of character to a project.

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I resized a journaling card to fit the 4×4 format, I used my electric typewriter to do the journaling. These pages are simple as the focus is on the journaling and I didn’t want to add any elements to distract from this.

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Again I added some fun elements to add extra details to my album. Love using these bits and pieces to my projects. My closing page features a banner from the digital kit, along with items from past kit.

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Love how this mini album has progressed, I’m excited to go back to past years and add more pictures of my daughters throughout the years.

October Gratitude Album

At the beginning of the month I had made the decision to participate in the 31 minutes for 31 days challenge, I quickly realized that this was not sustainable for me, some days I just don’t have 31 minutes to dedicate to something creative, so I reevaluated my project and opted to create a gratitude album. My supplies were all ready to go, I was taking pictures on a daily basis and I love the month of October, it always brings me so much joy and happiness, so a gratitude album was the right fit.

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I had originally opted for 6×8 pocket page format but after completing my day 1 spread I realized that a smaller format with daily mini layouts or spreads might be more suitable. I might adjust my project to fit a 5×7 album, now I just need to find such an album. I used a mix of supplies that I had on hand, lots of Ali Edwards and Feed Your Craft products.

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My cover page is simple, an enlarge picture paired with a digital brush by Ali Edwards, which is available here in her store. I added an Avery tab paired with simple word stamp and a label sticker for the date. Love the simplicity of this spread, I feel it is the perfect cover page for my album.

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The day 1 spread is simple, I paired the mega date stamp with versamark to create a water effect on the kraft cardstock. This technique is an oldie but still works so very well. Again a large journaling sticker paired with the smaller picture and brad tucked underneath the picture make for a simple combination. I think that “simplicity” will be the theme of this album for me. Hopefully I will have more to share very soon!

2017 December Daily

If you follow me on social media you know that I’ve been sharing a lot of information and one very long unboxing video of my 2017 December Daily from Ali Edwards. I am so excited to take on this project again this year, not only as a creative team member for Ali but also because I truly love and believe in it.

I was fortunate that Ali sent me the main kit and some add-ons, but I still bought some extras such as the transparencies, Paislee Press kit, word stickers and the star pack! If you are still on the fence about the project or have yet to make up your mind about what to order, good news there are still some items left in the store and the order period is still open until tomorrow! I’m still debating adding the chipboard pack!!

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In November I will share a flip through (hopefully in video format) of my 2016 DD, which I used a lot of items from Ali but also from my stash. I love how it turned out, it was truly a labor of love.