AE – May Digital Kit

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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!

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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.

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Happy Heart – AE Story Kit

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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!

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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.

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AE – March Digital Kit

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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.

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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!

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Goals with Citrus Twist Kits

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The last time I made a layout was sometime last year, I haven’t had the urge to create a layout in a long time, I think that making TN spreads really does fill that creative need that I used to get from layouts. But I was in a mood to create on a larger canvas, so I opted to do a 6×12 layout. I opted for this format because it would fit in my 2018 family PL and I would much prefer to keep everything that pertains to memory keeping in the same album.

I used the January PL kit by Citrus Twist Kits, paired with a large alpha sticker. I added some simple layers with journaling on a tag and created a small cluster of embellishments. I have always loved creating clusters and adding dimension to my project, sadly that is one thing that I do not do in my TNs as I do not want too much bulk. I might just create more 6×12 layouts, especially when I need to create a more detail oriented project, for now this will do!

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Game Day

I was in a rare mood to create a layout this weekend, so I quickly pulled out  a kit and got to work. I realized that I miss creating layout, working with a larger format, lots of embellishments, a blank canvas, layouts really speak to my need to be creative, compared to PL where it is mostly story telling focused.

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The kit I selected had a lovely geometric stamp, ideal for a unique and customized background pattern. I did opt for Staz-on ink as it is more rich in color and ideal to use with the kraft background.

I love using kraft paper for my background but man oh man it’s hard to photograph!

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The design is rather simple, minimal pattern paper, some embellishments and lots of stamping. This is a fun variation of my usual layouts, I feel the I’ve moved on to somewhat a minimal approach when it comes to creating layout.

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So there might just be more layouts in my future, or not. I’m currently reassessing my memory keeping plans for 2018 and I’m up in the air and very indecisive about what approach I will follow. Good thing there’s still time!

Back to School – AE

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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.

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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.

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Make

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I haven’t made so many layouts in a very long time (see previous post to know why I’m making layouts). My great scrap purge was very good for my creativity process. It also feels great to use up my supplies and create random layouts.

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This layout features a lot of embellishments and very little pattern paper. I also have a pretty big stash of old pictures, that I either printed by mistake or for my PL but it didn’t make it in, so I’m challenging myself  to use up those pictures for my Use the Stash project.

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Have you purged or organized your supplies lately? Maybe now is the time to do so, it is a great way to rediscover your supplies.