February Stories

JTheriault_FebruaryDigitalKit_Detail2I’m been trying to take lots of opportunities to scrapbook this month and am slowly plugging away at the last few weeks of Project Life I have to finish for 2017 and then slowly working on 2018. I think I have about 8 weeks total to complete, but I will take my time on those and do it when I can.

Full page scrapbook layouts and stories have always had my heart, so it’s easy for me to prioritize those. I used the February digital Stories by the month kit™, the (March Themed) physical Stories by the Month™ kit and the Fabric digital story kit™ to tell my stories this month all from Ali Edwards Design Inc.



First up I created this double page 12×12 spread documenting a recent mountain climb I did with friends on a trip to Arizona at the end of January. I am so happy I took the time to write out this story soon after we returned so I would remember more of the details and how I felt. Most of the embellishments are from the (March themed) physical Stories by the Month™ kit. 



Next, following along with another story from that trip I documented our adventure and some of the highlights. For this hybrid layout I used a digital stamp for the title from the February digital Stories by the Month™ kit and for the right side I used a layered template, found here. This simple page came together fast and now I won’t forget any of my favourite memories from the trip.



These last three layouts are all story ideas that came from the story classroom for the Fabric story theme. I absolutely did not think I would have many ideas for this theme when I first read it, but I ended up making three layouts and have a few more ideas on my list, yet. I cannot recommend highly enough the story classroom – it is a highlight for me on the 15th of each month. I generally download the audio file for the main presentation and listen to it on my commute to or from work. I jot down my ideas when I have a chance. I also like to print out the story idea portion of the handout and read that over as well.

I am still waiting for my physical kit to arrive, so all these layouts used elements from the digital story kit™.


The first idea I got from Ali’s main presentation was about story threads – she had the idea to do a page with all the different parallel story threads that are happening concurrently in your life and documenting them. I loved this idea and took the opportunity to do a brain dump of all the little stories of life right now.


The second story idea was to photograph a sleeper I had saved of my daughter’s when she was a baby, and pair it with a photo of her wearing it and tell the story of why it is meaningful to me. I LOVE how this page turned out!



Lastly, I made these super fun 6×8 pages that will go in my ‘All about me’ album. I collected up a bunch of outfit photos I had taken over the last year with some of my favourite clothing pieces and told the story of my love for second hand clothing shopping. I never would have thought to tell this story, but it’s totally a piece of who I am, and I love having it as part of my album.



I hope these pages give you some ideas to get to work on some stories you want to tell this month. Happy crafting!



January Stories


Hello Friends,

I always have the best intentions to get back here to this space to share what I am working on,  but rarely take the time. Today I will be sharing a round up of projects that I have completed over the last month or so as part of my work for Ali Edwards creative team. I am a huge fan of Ali’s intentional story-focused products and I love the invitation to tell more stories.

Here is a look at what I was working on this month.


I actually completed this page in December but hadn’t shared it here yet. Did you guys see the the new Stories by the Month™ subscription from Ali Edwards? If you haven’t I strongly encourage you to go check it out. She has taken all the digital monthly kits she designed in 2017 and is now having them produced physically. I am in love. This page used products from the first kit – (January themed products, released the month prior).


I have a 6×8 album that I have dedicated to pages I make about me. This page will get slipped into that album – it’s not something I work on every month but just add pages to it, as I create them.  All products used are from the Stories by month kit™.




Next up is a project I made with this year’s 2018 DIGITAL stories by month kit™ (which will become next year’s physical kit).


This photo of my daughter and me is from Christmas day. We spent some time in the afternoon playing outside in the snow- I adore it. And it is exactly what I want to invite more of into my life in 2018.


All products used are from January digital stories by month kit™ (2018) or from past story kits.




This page I created using physical products from the January release of the Stories by month kit™ (February themed).


I put together a bunch of photos of my daughter and me together all from the bus stop – this is a fun thing we like to do when waiting for her bus. Then I added a letter to her- a favourite way to share love through scrapbooking.




Lastly, is a page I created using this month’s digital story kit™– this theme is Change.


It took me awhile to decide on a story to tell this month, some months I have so many ideas and other months I have to dig a bit deeper. I always enjoy listening to Ali’s main presentation in the story classroom for ideas. I eventually decided to talk about some of the ways my husband and I have changed (more like grew up, ha!) since we started dating 15 years ago. I loved digging out this photo of us, I think it may be the first photo we have of us together, and it’s always been a favourtie of my husbands.

Stories, always, for the win!

December Stories


Hello Friends!

Well, December came and is nearly gone. I LOVE December and this one did not disappoint. It was certainly a busy one, but I still made sure to take the time to enjoy all the things I love.

I have been taking part in the December Daily® project with Ali Edwards for the past 9 years (so hard to believe) and as Ali has said before and I couldn’t agree more, it has become part of the way I celebrate and experience the season- through the memory keeping and crafting my album. And I love it oh so much. I am not finished at all, but I’ve got lots of pages done, and lots in progress.

Today I am sharing a few pages (totally out of order) that I created with the December Digital Kit  by Ali Edwards ( if you haven’t heard these are being made in physical product!!! – check out Ali’s new Stories by Month™ subscription here).


First up is this page I created for day 6. The photo is of my daughter playing with some advent toys I saved from her advent calendar last year – she had so much fun playing with these toys – love her imagination. I used a journal card from the December digital kit that I just printed out and hand wrote my journaling on.

Then I just added an embellishment on the the photo and called it good. The large chipboard number 6 is from last year’s December Daily® kit – I stamped and embossed on it, then I printed out one of the stamps from the December kit and punched it with a circle and added one of those awesome felt hearts from this year’s December Daily® kit.


I added one chipboard piece and some numbers to the journal card. Simple, but fun!


The next page I made was for day 9. My daughter had a recital on this day for her music class. I used on of the digital layered templates for the base of this page and paired it with the pocket page from the December Daily® main kit.


I used two of the journal cards from the December digital kit to tell this story. I loved that quote card and had to add that in and then I used the grey remember this card to add my story.

I printed out that stories digital chipboard piece and added it to the outside of the pocket. Inside the pocket I added the program from her recital and the card her music teacher gave to her.


On the left side I printed the page out and then added a circle chipboard piece and small star – both from the December Daily® chipboard bundle and a cork number 9 from the main kit.



The last page I want to share is one of my favourites – from day 17. For this page I used the For the Love digital story kit and I love it SO much. I can’t wait for my physical kit to arrive!!


I was working on the back of a half circle shape for the beginning of day 17, so the first thing I did was print out the large ‘For the love of’ digital stamp. I printed it on glossy photo paper (because I love how much more vibrant the colours are) and then stamped the word skating with staz on ink. I added a chipboard star to the bottom.

Here is a look at the whole spread outside of the album:


I like adding the date to each of my pages in this album, but I didn’t want to add it to the right or left side I was working on, so I decided to add in a vellum page in the middle. I cut the vellum to the size of the full page protector. The I stamped a star all over the page and heat embossed it with white. I added the number 17 chipboard number (from last year’s December daily® main kit).


For the left side I printed my photo 6×8 (so much love for this photo) and then added the awesome ‘big love for this’ digital stamp on the bottom and added my story beside it. I finished it off with a small chipboard star.


Lastly I had one photo of the three of us (proof I was there too!) I wanted to add in, so I decided to use a tab, and stick it behind the main photo, so it just lifts out and then tucks back in. I was happy with this solution to get in in the story as well.


That wraps up a few of my pages so far, I hope to get back here soon with my completely album. Hope you are all enjoying this holiday season!




November Stories


Hello friends!

I’m sharing a few layouts I created this month using the November Digital kit from Ali Edwards and also the Give Digital Story kit – both work perfectly with the stories I am telling right now with beautiful fall photos and so much gratefulness.

We had a mini family photo shoot this month so I️ knew I knew I️ wanted to use one of these photos to express my thankfulness for my family. I️ decided to go with a 6×8 size for this story.


I love those leaves from a past Studio Calico kit- they go well with any fall story and I am thankful, as always, for any opportunity to celebrate my love and thanksgiving for our little family.

My next layout came about because I was thinking recently about ALL THE STORIES I have told this year through memory keeping. I LOVE each layout I created because…the story. Trends will change and styles will change, but I will always be so happy to have my stories recorded and documented. I wanted to create a page expressing my thankfulness this lovely hobby we share.


I laid out a bunch of the pages I made over the past year and took a photo of them all. LOVE them so much!



The last page I want to share today, I made using the Give story theme digital kit for this month from Ali Edwards. I am so happy with how this one came together – love those tags.




I hope you are all having a lovely November. I am gearing up for December Daily® around here and hope to be back soon to share some of my progress in December.


October Stories


Hey Friends,

It has been a BUSY month around here for me. My regular job always seems to get super busy this time of year  – lots of travel and conferences and out of offices seemed to happen for me this month. At home we’ve had family staying with us since September and while it has been great having them it definitely has made life busier.

Once again, I am just so thankful for this storytelling hobby, I love that it forces me to take some time out, be creative, be grateful and to tell my stories. I will always be happy I took time for that.

This month I used the October AE digital kit (so good, can’t wait to use it for some Halloween stories next week too) and the BEST digital story kit.

Here’s a look at my layouts for this month:


I created this page with some older leaves that I had on hand from a Studio Calico documenter kit. After working and reworking this page many times I am super happy with how it came out- and I love seeing those sweet faces!



I got some really great photos from a recent trip to pick Apples and knew this would be the perfect complement to a story of right now.


I loved all the awesome fall themed words and images in this kit.



Next up I used the Best digital kit to make a couple pages. I loved remembering this story about my love for singing and dancing compared to my daughter’s. I LOVE having this story out of my head and documented. That is why I am so so grateful for these kits and how great they are at prompting so many wonderful stories we have to tell.


I didn’t have a really great photo to use, but this story mattered to me, so I used what I had and love how it is perfectly imperfect.

I loved listening to Ali’s main presentation this month in the story classroom – she talked about the whole idea of perfectionism and how is can really bog us down. I thought about that a lot, I am definitely guilty of thinking a page or a story or photo has to be perfect, but any story I tell can just be my best and that is totally good enough.



For my last page I told a few current stories about some not so favourite things right now, and how I try to make the best of them. Super simple mostly black and white page.


I hope you get the chance to check out the kits this month, and mostly get some stories told!

Time Stories


Hey friends,  I’m popping in quickly to share a layout I made using the Ali Edwards Digital Story kit for this month. The theme this month is TIME. I wasn’t sure what stories I might tell this month using this theme and I listened to Ali’s main presentation a few times. Finally, I just sat down and started writing about what was happening for us right now. It’s a story about a new program my daughter started in school to help her learn to read – I liked the sentiment ‘All in good time’ it seemed like a really good fit for this particular story.


Sometimes its’ just fun to play with embellishments – I took this to heart when making this layout. I grabbed my box of leftover story kit embellishments along with a few digital elements and had fun making a collage.

And that’s all the “time” I’ve had so far to play with this kit, but I’m looking forward to getting my physical kit in the mail and making some more then.

Have a great week!

September Stories


This month I’m using Ali Edwards September Digital kit to tell a couple stories that are on my heart right now. This first page is a classic first day of school story. My daughter started first grade this year and was pretty happy to be getting back to school. I used the colours from her dress to recolour the digital elements for this page. 

We are so proud of our growing girl. 

For the second page I decided to use the 6×8 size. Every now & then I like to just make a list of everything happening right now and all the things I’m grateful for. I love this style of journaling, it just flows naturally and I like reading these pages in the future to remember what was going on. That quote in Ali’s handwriting from the kit was perfect.

The digital September journal card is one of my favourites. It comes in the stamps too. 

Happy September! 

Details Stories

The details Story kit and stamp from Ali Edwards this month is just so good. Honestly, it could be used to tell ANY story. It really helped me to think of more details (ha, surprising, right?) than I usually would and to tell some really fun stories that I know I will really love looking back on. (Let’s be honest though, I LOVE looking back on all my layouts).

This month I am thrilled to be a guest story teller in the Details classroom, so I will be sharing most of my projects over there on September 1st. I hope you’ll go check them out. In the mean time here are a few sneaks.


I loved using so much of the kit to tell so many stories.

For my creative team project this month. I put together this really fun layout featuring my daughter’s current favourite stuffies. She was super happy to help out and loved that I printed an extra photo for her too.



I hope to see you in the story classroom!

August Stories

Hello friends, it simultaneously feels like I’ve done so very much this summer and yet also that it went by in a flash. I can hardly believe September and back to school routines are around the corner. I likely lament this every year. Luckily I love the fall, so while it’s bittersweet to see summer end- good things are in store.

This month I’m telling stories using a few of the lastest releases from Ali Edwards. First up, I finally told the story about Stella ending her first year of school. I’ve had these photos printed and ready for over a month now, so this kit was just the nudge I needed to get the story documented. The August digital release is all about stories, all different kinds, which is my favourite kind of kit- wonderfully universal and can be used again and again.

Here is a look at my first layout:

For my next layout I used this digital travel journal card set. It was perfect for telling the story of our recent vacation. It wasn’t a long vacation by any stretch but we packed it full of fun.

I hope you get a chance to tell some stories this month too!

Lost & Found Stories


This month I am telling stories with the latest Ali Edwards Story kit – Lost & Found. The first obvious story idea that came to mind for me was telling the literal story of losing and finding things. It’s an ongoing funny story around our house. My husband is self-admittedly terrible for losing things. I told the story of a few of the funny times this has happened with this first layout.


I used all digital elements form the digital kit and just printed them out for this page. I repeated the ‘Lost and Found’ several times to make a background on the right side and then layered my journaling on top, printed on vellum.


The next layout I created with this kit was telling the story of a recent trip we took for friends wedding. They got married at the most beautiful location, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. It was stunning.


I changed the colours on the ‘Let’s get lost’ journal card in PSE to match my photo. Then I used a 4×6 journal card on the bottom from the recent July digital kit from Ali Edwards to hold my journaling. I love mixing it up with some 6×8 layouts now and then.



I hope you will check out the latest story kit and thanks for checking in.