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.
Ali’s April kit was full of Easter fun! The eggs were a huge source of inspiration and definitely played a major role in my first project. I opted to create a double 6×8 spread which feature my youngest daughter. I paired the large picture with two digital brushes and journaling. The Easter eggs were lined up on a 6×8 canvas and embellished with various items from past AE kits. Love how this turned out!
I also created a spread for my personal PL album. I used the cards from the kit paired with a digital brush as a diecut. The pictures were embellished using AE stamps and stickers. Love how these kits offer so many possibilities and options.
I have always loved Elle’s Studio products, I was delighted when they invited me to be guest designer in March. Elle has a wonderful array of products and even monthly kits with coordinating stamps and embellishments. I’m a huge fan of her stamps, the designs are clean and versatile, when it comes to stamping I do prefer traditional designs and her stamps really speak to me. I received the March kit along with other items such as my new favorite date stamp. The bright fun colors and clean designs really worked perfectly for PL style and spreads. You can see more detailed pictures of my projects on the Elle’s Studio blog.
Over the past year I have observed the TN trend in the scrapbooking industry. I have to admit that at first I was hesitant to try a new memory keeping method as I was already creating layouts and PL but the smaller format did really appeal to me. Over the past year I have felt less energy to create layouts, the format has been challenging to me and also storing all those bulky albums has been challenging. This is why I have decided to give TNs a try. I really loved the idea of having multiple stories documented in a notebook format. At the beginning of the year I decided to create a TN for each of my girls, I will create a spread as an interesting story needs to be documented. This new format has been fun and refreshing. Sometimes it’s really good to mix things up.
I was so excited for the March theme for Ali’s Story kit – Eat. Eat!!! That’s the perfect theme for all those coffee and yummy meal pictures. But I decided to take a different approach, I documented the evolution of date night for my husband and I. Over the years, as our family grew and work schedule changed, our date nights also evolved but one thing remained the same, date night always involves food. Love how this theme pushed me to think outside of the box and take a different approach.
Oh my! I’m so excited to have been invited by Elle’s Studio to contribute to the latest class – Everyday Adventure Mini Album Class. Elle has created a wonderful exclusive stamp set offered with the purchase of the class while quantities last. This class focuses on creating mini albums, and Elle has put together a team of 8 crafters that offer various types of albums and techniques. This is such a fun and amazing class, I hope you will check it out!
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.
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.