Back to School – AE


This year I decided to create individual 6×8 albums for my daughters, these albums will feature monthly spreads to recap the highlights of the past month. I think this will help me manage my PL process as sometimes I have too many stories and it can be challenging to decided which one should be include.

I decided to start their album with the new school year as opposed to the calendar year. It felt like a better flow for their album. To do this page I used Ali’s September digital kit, which had a lovely mix of end of summer and back to school themes.


This picture is blurry but I thought it was the perfect reflection of the craziness of back to school and the fact that my oldest doesn’t love to pose for pictures. I added the “back to school” to the white space on the picture and complimented it with journaling, a thin strip of washi tape. The label placement was done to hide some items in the background that distracted from the main focus of the page. I love how this page is the beginning of her album. I will do the same process for my other two daughters.




End of Summer – AE


It’s a sad reality but summer is wrapping up, I do enjoy the change of seasons, especially Fall, I love everything that this season brings, so as sad as it is so say goodbye to summer vacation it’s also nice to make the transition into cooler weather.

This month’s digital kit by Ali Edwards is the perfect fit for this transition time, the end of summer, the return to school and routine. My first project this month features the digital brushes from the kit which I paired with past Story kits embellishments and journaling cards. I also use the Outdoor stamp set from Ali’s shop.


I love the camping tent that Ali designed, it was part of a digital brush that feature not only the tent for also words, I decided to crop out the tent and use it as the main focus on my double 6×8 spread. I used past story kits 4×6 cards to fill in the white space of the tent, I love how this gives it a fun and whimsical feel. As for the “end of summer” title, I used the clone tool to select the green from the trees and replicate it on the title, this ties both pages together and helps to create a cohesive design.


The full 6×8 picture of my husband with our youngest daughters was accentuated by a digital brush which highlighted the theme of this spread, one last hooray before our return to routine. Aside from resizing the digital brush I didn’t modify the color, the black was the perfect contrast to the picture.


I repeated the half circles on both pages, one is a chipboard piece from a story kit and the other is pattern paper from a 4×6 story kit journaling card. By repeating the half circles this ensures that my design is consistent and cohesive.


I am so grateful to Ali for giving me the opportunity to work with her products, it has been the most challenging(in an awesome way), inspiring and rewarding creative experience. I never thought that I would become an avid hybrid designer but now that I have been creating hybrid projects for over 6 months I realize the creative possibilities of hybrid design truly are amazing.

Nitty Gritty – AE

Last week I had the urge to create another 8×11 full photo layout using Ali’s Details story kit. I combined digital elements from the Details story kit and physical elements from past story kits. If you are curious and want to learn more about hybrid scrapbooking I highly recommend Ali’s Hybrid class, it really covers all the topics of hybrid scrapbooking.


To create this layout I edited a picture of my three daughters, once I was happy with the composition I added the number 3 from the Details kit. I changed the color to light pink and decreased the opacity as I still wanted to see the picture through the digital element. Afterwards I added the nitty-gritty title, again from the same kit and the journaling above the title. The “gotta love this” diecut is from Ali’s summer diecut variety pack.


I printed a 4×6 journaling card from the Details kit to use as pattern paper. I’ve always enjoyed adding a large photo corner to a project, I’ve been doing this for many year and thought this technique was ideal to balance the large 3 on the opposite side.

I love how this layout turned out, hybrid scrapbooking truly is so versatile and fun.


Summer Details – AE

The August Story Kit by Ali Edwards has a fun and versatile theme – Details. The possibilities for this theme truly are endless, I have so many ideas that I might just have to create a couple more projects! But for my first project I opted to recap our summer staycation.


My design is a double 6×8 format, I incorporated the digital stamp along with a resized journaling card to which I modified the colors, and some past story kits embellishments. To create the picture collage I resized my pictures to various sizes and applied theme to a 6×8 canvas, I moved them around and changed the size until I was happy with the result, at which point I added some digital stamps from the Details story kit.


It is really fun to incorporate digital elements on products as the design is already created but we can manipulate them to fit our projects, the possibilities really are endless from changing the color to resizing the image, so many options!


For the journaling I used a 3×4 journaling card from the Story kit that I resized to 6×8 and modified the color, again working with digital elements offers options to tweak a product to make it fit with your design. So fun!!!


Love our summer staycation recap! Telling stories truly is my jam.

Embrace the Story – AE

I love telling stories, it such an important part of my creative process. I recently looked at some past project,s I was happy to see that I consistently included journaling on my projects. I am not the most skilled writer but it does come from the heart and I think that just as big of an impact as any poetic writings.

I am so grateful to be working with Ali Edwards and having the chance to learn from her, to become a better storyteller and memory keeper. She truly is a source of inspiration, I love her philosophy on memory keeping and approach to storytelling. I feel that I have grown so much this past year thanks to Ali’s inspiring words and classes.


Ali’s August digital kit inspired me to create this layout. I’ve been scrapbooking for over 10 years and have never used a full sized picture to create a layout. Since I know have a home printer I decided to give it a try and was so impressed with my picture. Love seeing my sweet girls together, the background was rather distracting so changing the color to black and white as the best option. I also modified the color of the digital brush to make it stand out against the black and white picture. Love the impact this digital brush brings to my layout.


I’m really excited about the digital brush that I added to the bottom of the bench, I thought it was a fun touch to the layout. I did change the brush from black to white, otherwise it would have been lost on the picture. I also used Ali’s labels stickers that are part of the Summer Sticker Pack,  the stickers were ideal for the journaling and date stamp.

The banner was created using journaling cards from past Story Kits, I have a lovely collection of kits and selected a color palette that would compliment the bold title. I completed the layout using a chipboard star from a previous Story kit and a word phrase sticker. This layout just makes me so happy!


Organization – AE Kits

I have a very hard time using my supplies if I don’t see them. Out of sight, out of mind! I do love the little clear envelopes that come with Ali’s story kits but I tend to forget what’s in the kit and therefore not use them up. So a while back I decided combine all of my AE kits, some were partially used but many were not used.

I had this container from Ikea, which I use for my other PL supplies and decided to move all my AE kit supplies to a spare one I had in storage. The journaling cards fit perfectly in the sections and there’s room for the chipboard shapes and embellishments. Now this container is always within reach when I’m working on my AE projects and PL spreads.


TN – Ali Edwards

The August Digital Kit by Ali Edwards has inspired me to create a TN spread featuring my oldest daughter. Sadly I have yet to get started on her TN, I have worked on her sisters but for some reason my wonderful tween is no longer a fan of me taking her picture. I did manage to snap this one on a recent trip to the lake, I”ll take what I can get and use it to my advantage.


The large scale picture was ideal to make a bold statement, I added a heart from Ali’s digital kit, I did slightly lighten the color of the heart to better reflect the color palette of my spread.


The journaling was created on one of the journaling cards from the August kit, however I did slightly modify the card. I used the quote that was on a 4×6 card from the same kit and added it to the top portion of the 3×4 card. The journaling was done with my electric typewritter, the card is longer than 4 inches and this was on purpose. When I trimmed the journaling card I didn’t trim the bottom portion as I didn’t know how long the journaling would be. Once the journaling was complete I was able to trim the card.


The accents were kept to a minimum and only featured the date and a chipboard arrow from a previous AE story kit. I always love working with large pictures, I love the bold statement they bring to any project.