AE – Fabric Story Kit

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The February theme for Ali’s Story Kit was Fabric, which I just adore but was stumped a bit as to what story to document, not because I didn’t have one but because I had too many! I guess that’s a good problem to have! I did decide to start with the story of my youngest daughter’s quilt, we are huge fans of handmade products and quilts are one of our fave items. I really love how this story kit made me reminisce about the story of her baby quilt, I loved thinking about the little details of this story that could have been so easily forgotten.

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I did want the quilt to be the focal point of this 6×8 spread but I also wanted to include a picture of my daughter, I opted to create a pattern paper inspired background with the quilt, which resulted in the perfect canvas for the journaling, which I did by enlarging a 3×4 journaling card.

I added a digital brush to the picture of my daughter with some strategically placed elements around the frame of the picture, which added some fun elements to my spread. Just like the quilt this spread is a work from the heart, putting memory to paper and documenting those everyday moments, I just can’t get enough of this! You can also check out Ali’s CT amazing work on the Ali’s blog, these ladies are truly a source of inspiration.

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This Is A Keeper – FYC

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Love this little plant of mine and I thought it was time I do a little TN spread about it! The latest FYC kit was ideal for this spread, I opted for a simple design that really brought focus to the 3×4 journaling cards that are in the kit. I paired the kit with the Hold Tight stamp was also essential to creating this spread.

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The lovely assortment of diecuts was ideal for the theme of this spread. Love the Spring feel of this kit, it sure adds lots of warmth to those grey winter days. I printed the picture at home and left some white space at the bottom of the picture for journaling, almost in a polaroid style. The diecuts were ideal for tucking behind the picture and journaling card. The plant stamp completed this spread and tied in the subject of my spread with the overall design. Light, bright and airy, this type of project really makes my heart sing!!!

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Goals with Citrus Twist Kits

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The last time I made a layout was sometime last year, I haven’t had the urge to create a layout in a long time, I think that making TN spreads really does fill that creative need that I used to get from layouts. But I was in a mood to create on a larger canvas, so I opted to do a 6×12 layout. I opted for this format because it would fit in my 2018 family PL and I would much prefer to keep everything that pertains to memory keeping in the same album.

I used the January PL kit by Citrus Twist Kits, paired with a large alpha sticker. I added some simple layers with journaling on a tag and created a small cluster of embellishments. I have always loved creating clusters and adding dimension to my project, sadly that is one thing that I do not do in my TNs as I do not want too much bulk. I might just create more 6×12 layouts, especially when I need to create a more detail oriented project, for now this will do!

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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 – SBTM

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It’s time for another new SBTM kit from Ali Edwards!! Love these mini kits, they are such a great value with the stamp, cards and chipboard shapes all included! The theme of this kit was Spring but I definitely made it work for a winter layout.

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I’m really excited to do a 6×12 format for my 2018 family PL. This smaller format gives me the opportunity to focus on 2 to 3 stories or one main story. This size definitely feels more manageable to me! I hope you are able to find a system of memory keeping that works for you this year!!

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Planner – Creative Tracking

I decided to use the Get To Work book again this year but opted for the loose leaf version that I could insert in my Hello Forever planner from Studio Calico. I really love the design of the Get to Work book, the extra pages and design of the weekly spreads really make this planner easy to use and to customize.

In order to track my 2018 creative projects I was inspired by a picture I saw on IG by @reson8ed, I love how all the items are laid out and can be seen at a glance. Of course my creative goals might change but for now this is what I plan on creating this year, not taking in consideration my commitments to creative teams. Hope you find ways to stay organized this year!! Happy planning.

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