SBTM – Feb Digital Kit AE

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Hey friends! I’m happy to be back with another blog post this week, this time featuring Ali’s February Digital Kit For this project I opted to create another entry for my 2018 family PL. I did have to skip a couple of weeks ahead but my pictures for the previous weeks, are all printed and in the page protectors, this ensures that I don’t mix up my weeks!

I paired the digital elements of this kit with physical elements from previous story kits and items from Ali’s store. Working with digital elements definitely speeds up the design process as I don’t have as much embellishing to do.

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The first week of February was rather quiet, but we did enjoy a lovely hike in a local trail, so it was the obvious choice to solely focus my spread on this activity. I had some really good scenery pictures, they paired beautifully with the digital brushes in the kit. I always love using the quotes that Ali includes in her kit, I love her handwriting and seeing it in my spreads really brings me much joy! I hope you are making progress with this year’s PL, if you are struggling to keep up I really recommend using digital elements, it is such a time saver!

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Hold Tight – FYC

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It’s time for another reveal at FYC!!! This month the amazingly talented Brandi created the the Hold Tight kit. What a refreshing kit, especially when we are fully immersed in winter’s cold weather and short days, this kit was a breath of fresh air!!

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I decided to create another entry in our 6×12 family PL. Opted to tell a couple of stories about the week and featuring some art work by my youngest daughter. Working with this PL format really pushes my to take horizontal pictures, which is not my go to format with my phone but I do love incorporating larger pictures in my PL.

As you can see this kit is amazing, hope you will check out FYC for the full kit reveal!!

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AE – January Digital Kit

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Earlier this week Ali released the January digital kit, this month’s kit really spoke to me and inspired me to create a goals page for our 2018 PL.

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I did a quick photo session with my tribe (who knew that our bed was the perfect setting for pictures?!) and I asked them their goals for the year ahead. Over dinner we discussed what we would like to achieve as a family, of course the little one just went along with what everyone said but overall it was a great and fun discussion.

This spread is a perfect example that PL doesn’t have to be weekly, it can be a mix of themes, weeks or topics. I plan on doing more of these types of spread this year and will insert them with my weekly spread.

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Cat – AE

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Yesterday was reveal day for Ali’s newest SBTM subscription! Love these mini kits that Ali now offers, the combo of journaling cards, chipboard and stamp is perfect for any memory keeping project.

The Stories By The Month™ kits cover many of the time-specific events that naturally happen in a calendar year. Designed to equip you with products perfect for your everyday memory keeping projects that serve as monthly motivation to craft more stories of your life.

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With this kit I decided to document my youngest daughter’s love of her favorite stuffy Cat in the Hat. Over the past couple of years I’ve captured many pictures of her and Cat, she really loves and adores him.

To create this spread I decided to do my favorite combo of a large 6×8 picture and 4 smaller pictures, this combo has both an eye catching effect and opportunity to share multiple pictures. I paired this kit with embellishments from past story kit or from Ali’s store.

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There is currently a waiting list to subscribe to this kit but if you are interested I would recommend to put your name on the waiting list, hopefully you will get one shortly!! Happy memory keeping!!!

Day by Day Class

I’m excited to have been asked to contributed to Studio Calico’s latest pocket page class – Day by Day. For the past 4 years pocket pages has been my main source of memory keeping and I’m thrilled to be able to share my favorite methods for keeping up and finding joy in this project.

Here’s what Studio Calico has to say about this class:

“Are you overwhelmed by the thought of keeping up with your 2018 Documenter album? In Day by Day 2018, Kelly Noel and her team of talented contributors tackle the obstacles keeping you from getting the most out of your pocket-based memory-keeping projects. Get start-to-finish process videos, screencasts, and their best tips and tricks that are sure to keep you motivated. Capturing life’s little moments will come with ease this year with Kelly’s inspiration for picking a format that works for you, printing and editing photos, incorporating different journaling methods, personalizing your projects with stamping, and utilizing kits. Finish out this workshop with ideas for taking your newly-learned skills beyond the pocket for successful memory keeping all year long! Day by Day 2018 begins January 15th.”

“While supplies last, Day by Day 2018 students will receive a free 4” x 6” class stamp set designed by One Little Bird. As an added bonus, these stamps ship free—no matter where you are! With versatile pattern building borders and customizable documenting phrases, this stamp set is perfect for recording your day-to-day moments in your Documenter album!”

How amazing is this stamp!!!??? So versatile and ideal for any pocket page project! To create my project I paired it with past SC Documenter kit, it was perfect!!

I hope to see you in class!!!!

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Give – AE

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This month’s Story Kit theme was Give. Again, so many options and topics that are fitting for the “give” theme. At first I thought about “give me a break” (LOL!!!), as a working mom of 3 a break is always needed, although it was an entertaining topic I opted for a more meaningful subject, my daughter’s hardwork and struggles (at time) with school. She is such a hardworker, I’ve never seen so much perseverance in a kid, she gives it her 110% and that deserves to be recognized and acknowledge.

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To create this 6×8 spread I opted for the “ok” digital diecut as my source of inspiration. I resized the diecut to a 6×8 canvas and added the “give it your all” digital brush on top of the “ok”, love the contrast of the fonts and colors. The journaling was done in PSE, I added a star and cork to anchor my page and design.

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On the opposite side I have a picture (a bit blurry but still usable) of my daughter hard at work, to which I added a digital brush and some elements from past kits. The stars compliment the large star on the opposite page and the circle sticker was ideal for the date and a pop of color.

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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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