When I receive my kits from GB I’m always excited to start planning my projects. I definitely know that I’ll create a couple of PL spreads but the rest of my projects are a mix of TNs, the odd layout or more PL spreads. It really depends on my creative assignments for the month and if I’m behind in my family/ personal PL. Of course the kits provide endless amount of inspiration and possibilities.
This month I created a couple of TN spreads which I’m sharing today. As I mentioned in a previous post TN spreads are my version of a layout. First of all I love how compact they are, I can fill one notebook with a dozen spreads and not have to deal with cumbersome albums. I also love the idea that the notebooks are like mini story books, I have been creating a notebook for each of my daughters and these will be for them to keep. I can’t think of nothing better than a notebook full of stories, what a keepsake for them to have, and again no bulky albums to deal with!!! So I’m a big fan of the TN trend and I’m delighted that GB has been the first in the industry to come out with a TN kit!!! The kit is so awesome that it deserves a post on its own. Stay tuned for that post to come shortly to my blog!
The source of inspiration for the first spread is the little houses available in the main scrapbook kit, they are adorable and so very perfect for documenting my daughter’s love of playing teacher. I’ve combined various elements from the main scrapbook kit with new GB stamps. Love the new alpha stamp offered as a special promotion, I’m a sucker for a nice clean font!!
The second spread truly makes me happy. First of all those pictures, my sweet baby girl with a top knot and then the color palette, I’m a sucker for black and white. I also used stamps from the May kits to compliment the pictures and embellishment. Both of these spreads were completed in less than an hour, quick, simple and pretty, couldn’t be better!
Every once in a while I will have the urge to create a layout, for the past 10 years or so creating layouts was my creative outlet. But ever since the introduction of Project Life in the crafting industry my creative focused changed to creating weekly spreads, this is where I find my creative happiness. But I do get the urge once in a while, especially when I’ve been creating a lot of PL spreads, to do a layout.
This is the result of one of those urges! Love the random bits and pieces used on this page. I keep on my desk a small jar of random bits and pieces of products, basically leftovers from other projects. When the jar is full I create a layout, it’s always a fun random mess of products.
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.