Black and White kit with FYC

Today, FYC released another amazing kit, this time the color was the main feature of this kit, it’s black and white only!!! So awesome!! You can see the kit on the FYC website here, don’t wait to long to get yours, the FYC kits usually sell out rather quickly!

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I know that I will be reaching for this kit over and over again, but my first project had to be of my middle daughter’s Halloween costume. It was so bright and bold, the black and white combo was the perfect solution!

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I added a splash of color with my journaling and some puffy stars from FYC. I love working with black and white accents, the die cuts in this kit were amazing. I paired some on the large 6×8 picture to create clusters that bring more details to the white space of the picture. I also used the new alpha stamp set- Marker, to add a bit of stamping to the picture. Love the size of the font, not only is it the perfect size for a PL spread, it will also be perfect in my TNs.

I can’t wait to get started on another project, this kit has a permanent stop on my work desk, it is now my go to kit to use on my projects!

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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 from  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 is  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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Summer PL

When it comes to working on my family PL album I like to stay on top of things, sadly I’m currently 2 months behind but my pictures are all ready, printed and in the pockets. This definitely helps me to tackle my spreads, I find that editing and printing pictures is one of the task that I least prefer to do, so by having it done in advance it helps to simplify my process.

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This spread is from our summer vacation, it was a busy week so it is picture heavy. I worked with a Studio Calico kit to complete it.

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I loved the stamp that was included with the kit so I decided to pair with my pictures that have some white space. When stamping on pictures I love to use Staz-On as it dries quickly and doesn’t smudge.

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The kit did have some sequins which I’m not a fan of, but also didn’t want to throw them out, so I opted to fill up two pockets, it added texture to my spread, in the end I did like how they turned out and was glad that I incorporated them!

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I did opt for minimal text as I mostly recapped our vacation, I didn’t want to overwhelm an already busy spread by adding too much text.

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This turned out to be a fun and colorful PL spread, I usual opt for a softer color palette but the bright colors complimented my pictures very well. Happy with how this one turned out!

Fall PL Spread – AE

I still have some spreads from 2016 that are sitting in my album (the pictures are printed) just waiting to be completed. I was happy to see that Ali’s October Digital kit was perfect for our long weekend camping trip last Fall.

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I printed the journaling cards at home, I did change the size of some of the cards, such as the green checkered pattern above, which was originally a 4×6. That’s the beauty of digital elements, you can manipulate them to make them fit to your project.  All of the embellishments are from the digital kit or past AE story kits, except for the maple leaf, which is from a past Studio Calico kit.

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I usually have more journaling on my PL spreads, but I really loved Ali’s quotes cards from the digital kit, I opted to include more of those on my layout. Also there wasn’t much journaling I could add, it was camping trip, the picture speaks for themselves.

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My process for PL is very well established, every week I edit my pictures (from my phone) and save them to a special folder (on my phone) makes them easier to find when uploading for printing. Every month or so, I will upload them via the an app for printing. Once I receive my pictures I put them right away in the pocket pages, this way when I’m ready to work on my PL album my pictures are ready to go. It really simplifies my process. My time for editing pictures (which is the task I like the least) is kept to a minimum (about 15 minutes a week) and I can focus on the creative part of my PL. If you are trying to stay on top of your photo editing/PL I highly recommend you try my method.

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The right side of my PL spread featured 4×6 pictures, which I don’t often do but the scenery picture was best when printed as a 4×6, so I adapted my spread for this picture. The journaling card at the top right is from a past AE kit and worked perfectly in my spread. Again Ali’s products are so versatile that I can easily include items from Story kits, digital kits and other kits, they compliment each other because of Ali’s consistent and classic designs.

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Holiday PL Spread – FYC

I am so excited to share my very first project for Feed Your Craft! There are so many reasons why I love this company, first of all Elise is a gem and so very talented! Plus the partnership with Brandi who I just adore, makes me so happy. The products are very high quality, the cards are printed on the most beautiful paper, the colors are bold and bright and the designs are perfect for style of projects. An amazing added bonus is that I receive my packages in less than 5 days (I’m in Canada), that’s spectacular, as we know online order usually tends to take forever to reach us.

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My first project today features Brandi’s new Christmas collection – Comfort and Joy. As always everything that Brandi creates is magic, I love her beautiful designs and the color combo is perfection!!! To create my project I used a PL spread form my 2016 album that I hadn’t yet completed, I’m sad to report that I still have a bit of spreads for 2016 to complete, it’s too bad bummer but this collection was ideal for this weekly spread, so in the end it all worked out!

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The diecuts from the Comfort and Joy collection are the best for creating customized PL cards, this tree paired with a puffy heart sticker makes for the cutest combo. I love it when a collection offers versatility, I love having a lot of options to create my spreads. In the picture at the very top I also combined diecuts with stamp and puffy star, this creates the most adorable cluster of embellishments.

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When creating a PL spread it is essential that I have white space, especially if my pictures are too dark. I will make sure to use a lot of white colored cards, it really brightens up a spread.

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The second page of my spread features 4×6 pockets, which I don’t normally use but because this spread featured our family pictures it was appropriate to include a large picture. Again the diecuts and puffy heart were the ideal accent to the 4×6 picture.

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The other 4×6 pocket was ideal for my date card, which I created using the Inline stamp set from FYC. Paired with diecuts from the Comfort and Joy collection it resulted in a fun accent card.

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This spread is one of my favorite I created in a while, Brandi’s collection really sparked my creativity. Pairing diectus and stamps has been a fun experience, one that I need to do more often!! I hope you will stop by FYC to see the new collections, Comfort and Joy and Remember December.