Best – Story Kit


This month’s Story Kit theme is Best, so many memory keeping ideas come to mind for this theme. I really wanted to document something that might not be part of my regular day to day memory keeping, I opted for a story about my middle daughter’s take on being in the middle kid, I love her story and take on being a big and little sister.

This spread is 6×8 and features a large picture of my three daughters, with my middle daughter in the middle which was very fitting for the theme of this spread. I printed the digital elements to create a fun border on the picture, I added a digital template at the top of the picture for the important facts of the spread.


For the journaling, I resized a 3×4 journaling care to 6×8 and added the journaling. I opted to print this paper on photo paper because I wanted it to have the same texture as the picture, plus the satin finish paper that I used really makes the color pop off the page.

Ali’s Story Kits are always are great way to spark inspiration and creativity, to step out of the box and document those stories that might not make in a PL or layouts. I love how my story album is coming along, those stories are so important to me and I’m glad I have them documented for daughters to remember.



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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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!

Fall PL Spread – AE

I still have some spreads from 2016 that are sitting in my album (the pictures are printed) just waiting to be completed. I was happy to see that Ali’s October Digital kit was perfect for our long weekend camping trip last Fall.


I printed the journaling cards at home, I did change the size of some of the cards, such as the green checkered pattern above, which was originally a 4×6. That’s the beauty of digital elements, you can manipulate them to make them fit to your project.  All of the embellishments are from the digital kit or past AE story kits, except for the maple leaf, which is from a past Studio Calico kit.


I usually have more journaling on my PL spreads, but I really loved Ali’s quotes cards from the digital kit, I opted to include more of those on my layout. Also there wasn’t much journaling I could add, it was camping trip, the picture speaks for themselves.


My process for PL is very well established, every week I edit my pictures (from my phone) and save them to a special folder (on my phone) makes them easier to find when uploading for printing. Every month or so, I will upload them via the an app for printing. Once I receive my pictures I put them right away in the pocket pages, this way when I’m ready to work on my PL album my pictures are ready to go. It really simplifies my process. My time for editing pictures (which is the task I like the least) is kept to a minimum (about 15 minutes a week) and I can focus on the creative part of my PL. If you are trying to stay on top of your photo editing/PL I highly recommend you try my method.


The right side of my PL spread featured 4×6 pictures, which I don’t often do but the scenery picture was best when printed as a 4×6, so I adapted my spread for this picture. The journaling card at the top right is from a past AE kit and worked perfectly in my spread. Again Ali’s products are so versatile that I can easily include items from Story kits, digital kits and other kits, they compliment each other because of Ali’s consistent and classic designs.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Halloween Mini – Ali Edwards

I was so excited to see Ali’s October digital kit, I  knew I wanted to create a special mini album which features my daughter’s and their Halloween costumes throughout the years.


Using a 4×4 album I had on hand I printed my favorite pictures from last year and paired them with the digital elements from the October kit, such as a digital brush on my cover page. I also used items from past Story Kits. Love the versatility of the kits and how I can use them on all my projects, from PL spreads to mini albums and layouts.



I also incorporated items from Ali’s shop, such as the die cuts packs and the sticker variety pack. When I create mini albums I love to add tags and interactive elements, they always add a lot of character to a project.


I resized a journaling card to fit the 4×4 format, I used my electric typewriter to do the journaling. These pages are simple as the focus is on the journaling and I didn’t want to add any elements to distract from this.




Again I added some fun elements to add extra details to my album. Love using these bits and pieces to my projects. My closing page features a banner from the digital kit, along with items from past kit.


Love how this mini album has progressed, I’m excited to go back to past years and add more pictures of my daughters throughout the years.

October Gratitude Album

At the beginning of the month I had made the decision to participate in the 31 minutes for 31 days challenge, I quickly realized that this was not sustainable for me, some days I just don’t have 31 minutes to dedicate to something creative, so I reevaluated my project and opted to create a gratitude album. My supplies were all ready to go, I was taking pictures on a daily basis and I love the month of October, it always brings me so much joy and happiness, so a gratitude album was the right fit.


I had originally opted for 6×8 pocket page format but after completing my day 1 spread I realized that a smaller format with daily mini layouts or spreads might be more suitable. I might adjust my project to fit a 5×7 album, now I just need to find such an album. I used a mix of supplies that I had on hand, lots of Ali Edwards and Feed Your Craft products.


My cover page is simple, an enlarge picture paired with a digital brush by Ali Edwards, which is available here in her store. I added an Avery tab paired with simple word stamp and a label sticker for the date. Love the simplicity of this spread, I feel it is the perfect cover page for my album.


The day 1 spread is simple, I paired the mega date stamp with versamark to create a water effect on the kraft cardstock. This technique is an oldie but still works so very well. Again a large journaling sticker paired with the smaller picture and brad tucked underneath the picture make for a simple combination. I think that “simplicity” will be the theme of this album for me. Hopefully I will have more to share very soon!