Getaway – Ali Edwards

Happy to be back today with another 8×11 layout. Ali’s July digital kit has definitely inspired me to create layouts, it feels great to be back to what I love doing. I might just stick to PLs and layouts from now on, I feel like I’ve dabbling in so many different type of memory keeping that I now I have stories all over the place. Anyway I regress, today I’m sharing another layout created for Ali Edwards using the July digital kit.

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Again for this project the shape crop tool PSE inspired me to crop my picture to a circle. I love how it mimics the look at online profile pictures, like on IG. I added the “travel stories” digital brush (converted to white) from the July kit along with a wood veneer embellishment, simple.

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As well, my projects for Ali really focus on storytelling, but I do carry this memory keeping style in my PL, I love words, I might not the most eloquent writer (maybe because I’m french and sometimes both languages mix in my head) but what I write is from the heart.

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At first this layout started as a 6×8, you can see the white base with the picture which is 6×8. But as I progressed in the design of my layout I realized that I just didn’t have enough space for embellishments (all of which are from past Ali kits). So I pulled out some kraft paper (be still my kraft loving heart) and let my creativity take over. I really enjoyed the process of creating this layout.

Adventure – Ali Edwards

Again this month I was so excited and happy to create with Ali’s July Digital Kit. The color palette is one of my fave and the summer/travel themed is ideal for this time of the year. As well, this layout is a combination of digital elements, past story kits and other Ali kits, such as a past DD kit. I do love how I edited the picture in PSE, I find it adds a fun quirky design to my project.

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In PSE I selected the crop tool and changed the options to shape, from there the possibilities are endless. I really liked the fact of switching things up, typically we will see a quote or journaling in a speech bubble, I opted for the picture to which I added a digital brush from the July kit. I love how Ali’s kits inspire me to try something different, to approach a project with a different and perhaps more relaxed perspective. As Ali says, it’s about the stories and it’s doesn’t have to be perfect.

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For the background paper, I resized a journaling card from the July kit to 8×11. To do this I opened a blank canvas in PSE and dragged the journaling card on top, from there I stretched the edges to fit the background. Afterwards the journaling was added with PSE. Love how this turned out!

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I added accents and embellishments to my layout using past story kits, like the fun kit but also past kits, such as the washi from the DD mini kit.  The “awesome” tag is also an add on from the Fun Story kit.

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I hope you are inspired to documenting those everyday stories.

Summer List

I really enjoy creating summer themed projects, I was especially excited to see Ali’s June Digital Kit featured some summer elements. I am so happy that I’ve decided to give hybrid scrapbooking a try, I was very intimidated at first but I have quickly learned the basics using PSE and love the versatility of using digital elements on my projects.

If you would like to learn hybrid scrapbooking I would highly recommend Ali’s Hybrid class, as always Ali has put together an amazing class, the content is clear and well explained and the contributors are so inspiring, it’s a must have class!

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This spread is a double 6×8, working with a large scale picture is always so much fun and ideal for hybrid projects. I used digital brushes to highlight the theme of the picture, Ali’s handwritting is a classic and pairs perfectly typewriter style fonts  (my favorite), I think that might also be another reason I love Ali’s products, I’m not a fan of my handwriting but love the personalized effect of the digital brushes.

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The 6×8 journaling page was created again using a digital brush as the header and a tag from a previous story kit for the journaling. I do love to pair elements from previous story kits on my projects, a while back I mixed all my old kits, they are now within reach and I’ve definitely been making the most of my story kits.

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Dad Stories – Ali Edwards

Ali’s June digital kit inspired me to create a layout,yep that’s right a layout, ha! It felt great to get back to my roots and do a layout. To make this project even more interesting I used a vintage photograph taken by my mom when I was baby. I don’t think I’ve ever created a layout about my dad, I usually stick to my immediate family. It was fun to step out of my comfort zone and document a different story.

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I used a digital card from the June kit as the title work. Originally I was going to create a 6×8 spread but the large title didn’t leave me much space for embellishments, so I opted to cut out the header and use it as a title for my layout.

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I find that my layouts have evolved from layered paper to a grid design with lots of embellishments and very little pattern paper. One thing that doesn’t change is the use of white cardstock as a base, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to do away with using white cardstock.

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Go – Grid Design Layout

Earlier this month the scrapbooking/crafting industry celebrated iNSD (interNational Scrapbooking Day). I was invited by the lovely ScrapGals to participate in their online celebrations. Since it was scrapbooking celebration I decided to create a layout, I have been very inspired by grid designs lately and therefore opted to create a fun design inspired by the large chipboard letters and leftover fabric I had sitting on my work desk.

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When creating a grid design I always ensure to include white space and cascading elements to my design. I find that this combo balances out the large amount of small bits and pieces, because a grid design isn’t complete without lots of odds and ends. Love the simplicity of this design and the bold statement the chipboard and fabric bring to this layout.

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Me Time – Ali Edwards

Hybrid scrapbooking, now there’s something I never thought I would incorporate in my crafting. I love working with physical products, but after playing with hybrid products I have realized that hybrid scrapbooking is actually pretty fun and also very convenient. For instance, this layout I created for Ali Edwards using digital elements from the May Digital Kit. The “me time” brush was originally black I opted to change the color to white, I wanted a very subtle title effect paired with the gold rub on stars, white was perfect! This layout is 6×8, love working with this smaller format, love that it can be paired with a 6×8 pocket pages or left on its own. (And yes I’m totally aware there’s a word missing on my layout, as most of my journaling I always forget a word, I’m ok with that, good enough is fine by me.)

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True Story

Every once in a while I will have the urge to create a layout, for the past 10 years or so creating layouts was my creative outlet. But ever since the introduction of Project Life in the crafting industry my creative focused changed to creating weekly spreads, this is where I find my creative happiness. But I do get the urge once in a while, especially when I’ve been creating a lot of PL spreads, to do a layout.

This is the result of one of those urges! Love the random bits and pieces used on this page.  I keep on my desk a small jar of random bits and pieces of products, basically leftovers from other projects. When the jar is full I create a layout, it’s always a fun random mess of products.

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