Give – AE

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This month’s Story Kit theme was Give. Again, so many options and topics that are fitting for the “give” theme. At first I thought about “give me a break” (LOL!!!), as a working mom of 3 a break is always needed, although it was an entertaining topic I opted for a more meaningful subject, my daughter’s hardwork and struggles (at time) with school. She is such a hardworker, I’ve never seen so much perseverance in a kid, she gives it her 110% and that deserves to be recognized and acknowledge.

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To create this 6×8 spread I opted for the “ok” digital diecut as my source of inspiration. I resized the diecut to a 6×8 canvas and added the “give it your all” digital brush on top of the “ok”, love the contrast of the fonts and colors. The journaling was done in PSE, I added a star and cork to anchor my page and design.

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On the opposite side I have a picture (a bit blurry but still usable) of my daughter hard at work, to which I added a digital brush and some elements from past kits. The stars compliment the large star on the opposite page and the circle sticker was ideal for the date and a pop of color.

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2018 CT – Ali Edwards

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I am so happy to be back on Ali’s team for another term. This past year has been such an amazing creative experience, I have created some of my favorite projects, told stories that might not have been told and pushed myself creatively. I am so honored to have the privilege to work with such a talented team of ladies, to be inspired by Ali and Katie, these girls are amazing. I’m excited to bring you more projects for 2018.

In the spirit of celebrating this past year on Ali’s team, I thought I’d share some of my favorite projects that I created using Ali’s products;

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Work Space – FYC

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I’m so excited to share my latest project for FYC using the Pattern Play kit (which will be restocked YAY!!!!). I loved working with this collection, the black and white patterns are on point, so ideal for any projects.

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For this project I paired the kit with the coordinating Pattern Play stamp set, past FYC diecuts (sadly no longer available), Workday Stamp set. Loved how all of these various products and stamp sets coordinated beautifully together. Shows the true versatility of a collection!

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The journaling was done with my vintage typewriter, I opted for the teal ribbon to add a bit more color to the spread and to compliment the stamping designs on both pages. Love how this spread turned out, lots of fun elements that compliment each other very well!

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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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