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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End of Summer – AE

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!!!

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

Possibilities *Ali Edwards*

I will admit that I wasn’t too sure what my story would be with Ali’s Lost & Found story kit. I didn’t really have any life events that I felt would be good fit but then I realized that I was taking this creative journey and decided to work on my photography abilities and this theme would be perfect to document my journey.

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I was so happy with how this picture turned out. It’s my first picture for project 365, it’s not perfect but it definitely worked for this spread. I used a journaling circle from the story kit, which I modified the opacity and added my journaling. Once this was complete I layered it on my picture. Love love love it!

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Of course it was necessary that I include a picture of myself. I added multiple digital brushes from the story kit and one chipboard star. I love pairing physical products with digital accents.

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The 4×6 accent was simple, but I did add some gold paint around the edges, this ties it with the flowers on the opposite page.

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I love it when I start a project with no clear direction and ended up documenting a story that would probably not have been documented.

Getaway (take 2) – AE

Well I’ve done something I haven’t done in a long time, I recreated a project! The layout I posted last week was great but I felt that I needed to add more pictures to compliment the story, so I reworked my project to a double 6×8 spread.

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This spread is mostly digital, I added a couple of embellishments but I kept the focus on Ali’s wonderful digital design from the July digital kit.

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The left side is a 6×8 picture which includes the journaling and the right side features a collage that I created. I didn’t use a template to this, simply a blank canvas in PSE and resized the pictures and digital element to fit my canvas.

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE how this spread turned out. Pictures have yet again proven that they play such a huge part in my memory keeping!!

PL – March

Still going strong with my family PL album. Love how this project enables me to be creative, capture our everyday lives and preserves our memories. This spread was a fun one to create, I enjoyed the flow of the pictures (some weeks the pictures are much better than others, especially in winter) and there is a good variety of stories.

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To create this spread I mostly used products from Elle’s Studio, I’m always a fan a white crisp journaling cards. Pairing my pictures with wood veneers and repeating the combination through out my spread really helps to create a cohesive design.

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I opted for a neutral color palette but I did add a splash of yellow for a pop of color. Love this graphic card, the design is simple and perfect.

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Love how this spread turned out, it’s simple and full of memories. I won’t share every PL spread on my blog because some are just ok design wise and others have personal stories that I’d rather not share online, but when I can I’ll make sure to update my blog with a PL spread. Hope you enjoy!

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PL – March 6 -12

I’m still going strong with my family PL album. I did skip ahead to some weeks for creative team assignments but I’m slowly going back to weeks that I missed, like this one from back in March.

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In order to stay on top of my PL I have opted for a minimalist design and approach to my memory keeping. Incorporating stamps is also one of my favorite technique, especially when I can stamp directly on my pictures. I have learned that this works best on matte or semi-gloss pictures.

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Creating cohesive spread is also important to me. For this spread I repeated the alpha stamp and stars. I also kept a neutral color palette with teal and yellow accents.

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I love using white journaling cards with crisp and clean designs. Love the minimalist design they bring to a spread, especially when my pictures are busy.

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Love how the teal card coordinates perfectly with my daughter’s panda shirt. This played a big part of my design process.

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As you can see my spread is rather simple but I have learned that when I need to get caught up or produce multiple spreads simple is best.

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