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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Today

I had an urge to pull out my mist and get creative. I have to admit that I sometime miss the days of detailed layouts with fussy cutting. I loved the wood veneer that was included in a Studio Calico kit but I wanted to make maximum use of it, so I opted to use it as a mask. I will eventually use it on a layout but for now it was the perfect combo with my underused mists.

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The process to create this mask effect is rather simple, simply place on white cardstock and mist away, the fussy cutting is more time consuming but I kept the cuts to a minimum so the process was still pleasant. Afterwards I placed random pieces of scrap paper underneath my layout and added stitching. The stitching is the part of the process that was the most time consuming, it felt like a throw back to 5 years ago when I did a lot of detailed stitching on my projects.

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To continue the collage of pattern paper I added strips of random paper to the bottom of the page, I love how this creates a quilted effect. I do want to repeat this on a larger scale, hopefully in the very near future.

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Since the leaves print are such a large part of the design I kept the embellishments to a minimum and opted to play with pattern paper. The stamped label could have easily been used for journaling but instead I continued the collage effect with a yellow pattern paper, love the pop of color it brings to the layout.

It felt good to play with mist and stitching, as much as I love a more simple design, it still feels great to go back to some techniques that I have loved over the years.

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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.

TN – Good Vibes

TN spreads are such a fun and quick way to get a creative fix!! This spread was created using Gossamer Blue’s June TN kit!! I’ve said before and I’ll say it again, I love the new exclusive kits that GB is putting together. The color palette and designs are fabulous!!

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I mostly used diecuts and washi tape to create this spread. When working with a TN I do prefer to work with a white paper base, as I do with layout.

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I also incorporated stamps from past Gossamer Blue kit, I do love the versatility of the GB stamp sets. I think the one below is from a fall kit but it still works on this Spring themed spread.

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The days of the week in this stamp were ideal to pair with the yellow washi tape. I do love to layer stamps with embellishments, it’s such a fun way to mix it up!

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AE – Lens Story Kit

Again this month Ali has released another amazing Story Kit, this month’s them is Lens. How perfect for documenting our everyday lives and that’s exactly what I did,  I created a PL spread with this month’s kit.

I love the focus of the kit, telling those everyday stories that are so important but also can easily be forgotten. Everyday moments as opposed to events, can seem mundane and not worthy of documenting, but I think they are the opposite, our lives are made of these moments, the moments we cherish, the hugs, the laughters and the not so great moments too, they are all worthy of being documented. I have to say that shifting my creative focus to the everyday is the very best thing I could have done creatively. I still document the milestones like birthdays but our lives are made of the everyday moments and those are the ones that I truly want to document.

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Ali Edwards – March Digital Kit

The March digital kit by Ali Edwards was all about Spring, which after a long and cold winter was a welcomed sight! My first project is a 6×8 spread which consist of a full picture and 2×2 accents. Nothing says Spring like a lovely bouquet of tulips, they are my favorite. Of course they were also the perfect subject for this theme. I used a digital brush as the title for my spread and added my journaling directly to my picture, this is my favorite and most used technique. To compliment the large picture I selected a page protector that features 2×2 pockets, which are perfect for small pictures and embellishments. I used various accents from the digital kit, along with physical products from past kits by Ali and a couple of additional pictures. I love the mix of these various elements.

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I also created a fun TN spread again with a Spring theme, my youngest daughter’s rain boots. Yeah boots my seem like a trivial thing to document but to me they represent her love of the outdoors, her joy for jumping in puddles and this story deserves to be told. For the left side of the spread I resized a 3×4 journaling card to fit the size of my TN and added journaling directly from PSE. I paired the picture with various accent cards and embellishments, of course I also added some physical products. I really enjoy working with TN, this new size is so fun and a nice change from the traditional layouts.

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Gossamer Blue – March Projects

I’m always excited to receive my GB kits, the new exclusive products are such a fun addition to already awesome kits. Every month I create a mix of projects from PL and TN spreads to the odd layout. I haven’t been creating many layouts this year, I think I just needed a break from making layouts which I have been doing for the past 10 years or so. Plus my creative passion is really more with pocket pages, but TN (travelers notebooks) do provide a fun alternative to creating a layout (I’ll share more about this in another post). For today I’m sharing  a PL spread from my personal PL album.

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