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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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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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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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 fromĀ  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 isĀ  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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