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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PL Spread – Eat Story Kit

I have a bit of catching up to do with my 2017 family PL album, I’m also trying to use up my Story Kits by Ali Edwards, when I reviewed my album and noticed that one week the pictures were mostly food oriented I knew it was the time to use my Eat theme story kit! Of course it ended being the week that Starbucks released it’s limited time Unicorn frappucino, love how that story made it’s way in my spread!

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I paired the story kit with other Ali Edwards cards that I had accumulated from previous kit, those extra cards I used mostly on the non-food theme pictures, like the one at the top and bottom of my spread. The colors of the card coordinated perfectly with the cards in the Eat kit, I love how the kits can be mixed and matched!

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I love the color combination of this spread, the cards worked perfectly with my pictures, I love it when things just happen to match, it makes the picture/card matching process so much easier. This is rather simple spread in terms of accents and embellishments, I find that my process varies from one spread to another. It depends on the theme of the spreads, how much journaling I plan to incorporate and how busy my pictures are.

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Another favorite item to use on my projects, especially my PL spreads, are Ali’s word phrase stickers, it is one of my go to creative accent. Again repetition is key and I used those stickers to help create a cohesive design.

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I think that the black accents really compliment my pictures, I’m often hesitant about using black items in my spreads as I prefer a lighter color palette but for this week the black really did work well and complimented by pictures which were mostly light in color or black/white.

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PL Spread – GB Scrap Kit

Today I’m sharing a PL spread created with Gossamer Blue’s scrapbook kit. Being able to use a kit for multiple purposes really shows the versatility of a kit. This month’s scrapbook kit is full of wonderful embellishments, pattern papers and a trendy stamp.

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Since I used the scrapbook kit I had to create the PL cards, the pattern papers in the kit are designed with subtle patterns and prints, ideal for PL cards. I also used the stamp to create an accent card with journaling, love the grid design of this stamp.

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The cork circle stickers are one of my favorite item in the kit this month, the white pattern designs are trendy and versatile. I might just hoard these for a very long time!

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Gossamer Blue now offers kits that only contain exclusive designs, every month the kits will include a wonderful mix of diecuts, stickers, washi tape and other fabulous embelishements. This PL card was created using a diecut from the scrapbook kit, ideal for a journaling card.

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As you can see the June kit is pretty lovely and versatile! You can see more fabulous projects by the creative team by checking out Gossamer Blue’s blog!

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GB – PL Spread

I love working on my PL albums, capturing moments of our everyday routine and lives. My family knows now not to stop what they are doing when I come in with my iPhone to take a picture, they know that I want to take a picture of what they are doing at the current moment.

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I created this spread for Gossamer Blue and it makes me happy. Sometimes a spread will turn out better than other, this is usually the case when I have a good mix of pictures and a lot of white elements and cards. In this spread every member of our family is represented, they are doing what they love or enjoying each other company.

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I love that it is balanced with lots of bright and bold colors with some black and white elements and pictures. I just love how this one turned out.

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