December Memories TN Style – FYC

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This year I’ve decided that along with my 6×8 December Daily I wanted to do a TN album of December memories. Why do both? Seems a bit much? Perhaps, but I thought it would be fun to have an album to document little things (like decorations, mugs, treats) that I really like. My DD (December daily) is focused on the family, mostly on the girls, but the TN will be focused on me, not that there’s a lot of exciting things that happen to me in December but I do take a lot of random Christmas themed pictures, so they will have a home in my TN.

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I decided to do a bit of prep work on my TN using the amazing Remember December collection by FYC. Sadly this collection has sold out, so I really hope you were able to get your hands on this exquisite collection!! I wanted to add a bit of texture to the beginning of the album, so I removed the staples and added a velum insert. I think I will repeat this throughout the album as I love using velum in my December projects.

I opted for a simple design, the chipboard accent (still available here) paired with a year stamp (also available here).  The number Christmas tree (available here) was the ideal focal point for the cover page. It paired beautifully with a puffy sticker (again FYC) and a short paragraph which sets the mood for my December TN. I’m excited for the Holiday Season to begin, I know it will be so much fun to create random entries in my TN.

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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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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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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!

Game Day

I was in a rare mood to create a layout this weekend, so I quickly pulled out  a kit and got to work. I realized that I miss creating layout, working with a larger format, lots of embellishments, a blank canvas, layouts really speak to my need to be creative, compared to PL where it is mostly story telling focused.

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The kit I selected had a lovely geometric stamp, ideal for a unique and customized background pattern. I did opt for Staz-on ink as it is more rich in color and ideal to use with the kraft background.

I love using kraft paper for my background but man oh man it’s hard to photograph!

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The design is rather simple, minimal pattern paper, some embellishments and lots of stamping. This is a fun variation of my usual layouts, I feel the I’ve moved on to somewhat a minimal approach when it comes to creating layout.

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So there might just be more layouts in my future, or not. I’m currently reassessing my memory keeping plans for 2018 and I’m up in the air and very indecisive about what approach I will follow. Good thing there’s still time!

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.