AE – May Digital Kit


I’m excited to share this project today! I’ve recently started making 6×12 layouts, as opposed 8×11 or even 12×12. I’ve been enjoying this new format, I do really like that it will fit perfectly in my PL albums, as I’ve decided to keep my layouts with my PL album. I don’t make many layouts in a year, maybe a dozen, so it shouldn’t be a problem to keep everything together.

To create this layout I used Ali’s May Digital Kit. I wanted to create a customized background for this layout, I did this by using the 4×6 journaling card and repeating the “time with you” design on a blank canvas. I did adjust the opacity of the words to create a faded design. I love the end result!


I used various items from past Story kits to compliment the design of this page. I repeated the color scheme through the embellishments. I love the contrast the black pattern paper brings to this layout, the paper actually came from a 4×6 journaling card that I trimmed to size.

I’m so happy I was able to document this story as it is very special to me, I love how my daughter shares the mishaps of her day and looks to me to see if her reaction to the situation was appropriate.



AE – April SBTM

I’m a little behind with posting my projects but I’m slowly catching, April was such a blurb and I just wasn’t in the mood for blogging. I guess that’s part of the ebb & flow of life, sometimes the creative is there and other times it’s not. I’m learning to accept it and not rush the process.

Now that I am back to my creative self, I’m happy to return to blogging and sharing my projects. Today’s feature is Ali Edwards April SBTM kit, how I loved this kit. The colors, the design elements, absolutely gorgeous!!! MBlackburn_AprilDigiKit_PLDetail1

With this kit I opted to document my 100 day project. I had originally planned not to participate, but then the fear of missing out was just too great! At the last minute, like the very last minute, the evening of April 3, when this project made it’s debut all over social media, I was standing over my youngest daughter, looking at her play and wondering what I could do for my 100 project. I didn’t want another physical project that I wouldn’t finish, been there and done that, I wanted something easy and manageable. Then I had a “aha” moment, I would take 100 from where I stand pictures! I knew that this was manageable! My phone was always with me, snapping a picture is quick, I could do this! So here we are more than a month in the project and I have a picture for every day of this project. I’m excited to see the end result. Of course I will have to come up with a creative way to display those 100 FWIS pictures, most likely a book but that’s for another blog post. 🙂

Back to this project, it is a double 6×8 spread, I resized a jounaling card to 6×8, as I really wanted to use the cloud. Those clouds in the kit are just too good to pass up!! I kept the embellishments to a minimum and let the picture with the journaling take center stage. Love the simplicity of this layout!


Happy Heart – AE Story Kit


Sometimes when the inspiration to create a layout comes knocking you have to listen to it and open the door! This is exactly what happened with this double 8×11 spread. I loved working with Ali’s Home Story kit so much to create a PL spread that I really wanted to use the digital elements to create another project, in this case a double page spread which I think I’ve never created before!


I decided to use an enlarge photo as the focal point and compliment it using a page which features the story of the play kitchen my daughters love to use. I did make a mistake when printing my projects, it resulted in a white border around both pages, I’m not one to reprint something so I added paint around all of the edges to give it a distress look. I really doesn’t bother me that this hides some of the elements, I feel that it just adds to the distress feel of this page.



AE – March Digital Kit


The March digital kit was full of Spring themed accents along with some more generic accents, since we are far from Spring and I rather document current stories, I opted to create a resume of my daughters favorite things. I rarely do these types of layout and it was so fun, definitely need to do this more often!

This 6×8 layout is 90% digital which has been such a fun learning experience for me, I am hoping to create more 6×8 digital layouts, I really want to tell more stories and I think this is the design to use.


To create this layout I cut and paste a lot of the elements in the kit. For example the Home title was part of a larger digital brush, which said home sweet home. I cropped the home and changed the color and opacity, I wanted to have a subtle effect on my layout, I didn’t want the title to overwhelm the page and playing with the opacity was a great solution.

Afterwards I used the 3×4 March Details card and again cut and paste the elements on my page. The journaling was added in PSE, I was very aware of limiting the length of the answers as I wanted to keep them to one line, this ensure my design was consistent across the page. Due to various design challenges  I had to redo my page three times but in the end I love how it turned out. I added numbers stickers from previous kits and a year date stamp, which I messed up but I’m ok with messy stamping!


AE – Fabric Story Kit


The February theme for Ali’s Story Kit was Fabric, which I just adore but was stumped a bit as to what story to document, not because I didn’t have one but because I had too many! I guess that’s a good problem to have! I did decide to start with the story of my youngest daughter’s quilt, we are huge fans of handmade products and quilts are one of our fave items. I really love how this story kit made me reminisce about the story of her baby quilt, I loved thinking about the little details of this story that could have been so easily forgotten.


I did want the quilt to be the focal point of this 6×8 spread but I also wanted to include a picture of my daughter, I opted to create a pattern paper inspired background with the quilt, which resulted in the perfect canvas for the journaling, which I did by enlarging a 3×4 journaling card.

I added a digital brush to the picture of my daughter with some strategically placed elements around the frame of the picture, which added some fun elements to my spread. Just like the quilt this spread is a work from the heart, putting memory to paper and documenting those everyday moments, I just can’t get enough of this! You can also check out Ali’s CT amazing work on the Ali’s blog, these ladies are truly a source of inspiration.



SBTM – Feb Digital Kit AE


Hey friends! I’m happy to be back with another blog post this week, this time featuring Ali’s February Digital Kit For this project I opted to create another entry for my 2018 family PL. I did have to skip a couple of weeks ahead but my pictures for the previous weeks, are all printed and in the page protectors, this ensures that I don’t mix up my weeks!

I paired the digital elements of this kit with physical elements from previous story kits and items from Ali’s store. Working with digital elements definitely speeds up the design process as I don’t have as much embellishing to do.


The first week of February was rather quiet, but we did enjoy a lovely hike in a local trail, so it was the obvious choice to solely focus my spread on this activity. I had some really good scenery pictures, they paired beautifully with the digital brushes in the kit. I always love using the quotes that Ali includes in her kit, I love her handwriting and seeing it in my spreads really brings me much joy! I hope you are making progress with this year’s PL, if you are struggling to keep up I really recommend using digital elements, it is such a time saver!


AE – January Digital Kit


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.


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.