November Stories

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

 

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October Stories

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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:

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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!

 

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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.

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

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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

Time Stories

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

 

July Projects

It’s summertime and the livin is easy around here. We are making the most of the warm days and doing lots of our favourites – swimming, trips to the park, riding bikes and always, running. 

With all these fun summer activities I have had no shortage of bright sunny photos to use for pages- my favourite. My first page came together pretty quick using a circle punch, digital file from the July Ali Edwards digital kit and a few added embellishments. Love how bright and fun it looks!


My husband & I celebrated our 10 year anniversary last week so I definitely wanted to document that story. I really love that you can do so much with digital kits. I used a journal card from the same July Ali Edwards digital kit and word art from the Family digital stamp set to help bring this double 12×12 layout together. 





Thanks so much for ‘stopping by’ and I hope you are enjoying these lovely summer days too! 

So many ideas!

There are definitely ebbs and flows to my creative mojo, as I would guess happens to most people. One of my favourite ways to spark creativity is by taking online (or in person, if possible) memory keeping or scrapbooking classes.  I’ve taken a lot of classes over the years and I love how I learn something fresh or new or get an idea I just can’t wait to try.

This was definitely the case for the lasted class I just finished called TYPE from Ali Edwards (my most favourite person to take classes from, too, as it happens). I can’t speak highly enough about how much I loved this class- the content was so interesting and inspiring and I literally have a list of ideas that I want to try on some upcoming projects. It’s definitely one of those classes I’ll come back to again and again.  Not to mention the amazing oh so talented Pam Baldwin was a contributor to the class and let’s face it, everything she creates is gold!! The live portion of the class just ended, but you can take the same class anytime at your own pace now, check it out here!

Here is a look at a few of the recent pages I created as a result of the class inspiration.

I think this page just looks so cool! I took this picture of my daughter on a recent trip to the park. I thought the blurred area on her body would be a great home for my stamped message. I just love looking at this.



I began working on this page celebrating my Dad around Father’s Day and I just couldn’t get the left side just right. I’m so glad that I just took a break and came back to it because I’m really happy with how it turned out. I used my silhouette to cut the ‘love you Dad’ from vellum and layered that over top. Digital file came from this awesome AE kit.



Last one for today is this 6×8 spread about my daughter. I’ve had this photo printed for a while, from another project that I didn’t end up using, and decided it would be a fun opportunity to use it to try one of the ideas from the class. I created this background so easily on my computer just using a cool looking font, enlarging it and repeating my sentiment ‘Stella you are so loved.’ I think the black on white really pops and again just love the way it looks.


I’m super excited to try out many more of the ideas from the class. I hope you’ll check it out!

June Projects

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This month I relied heavily on the Ali Edwards June Digital kit to inspire the stories I was going to tell. Luckily the kit was so great this month and I had tons of ideas. The first thing I noticed about the kit was all the Father’s day and Dad related elements – I knew this would be a great opportunity to celebrate both my Dad (page still in progress) and my husband as a Dad. And then, of course, all the awesome summer related elements. The weather has been so lovely here and we have been taking advantage so I knew it would be fun to make a layout celebrating getting summer started.

Here’s a look at how my pages turned out:

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I am really enjoying trying out the 6×8 size for layouts. It really does help focus on the story and takes the pressure off the design, usually that comes fairly quickly after you decide where the words are going to go.  I have never really used this size much for anything other than mini books (WITL or December Daily®) but it has been fun trying it out.

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For this one, I printed out a full 8.5×11 photo of my daughter at the lake and then talked about how our summer is getting started. I enjoyed playing around a little more with the digital elements on this one and used my silhouette to cut out the large title.

I am currently taking the TYPE class from Ali Edwards and have been loving all the ideas for playing with type, you can see some of those in my recent layouts.

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This last page I made using this month’s Ali Edwards digital Story kit, the theme this month is FUN. I was so excited when I first saw this kit, I love the stamps, the sentiments and the colours. I have quite a few pages ideas still for this kit and plan to make a few more when the physical kit arrives, but I was dying to try out this repeated word idea (also from the TYPE class) on this layout. I snapped these silly photos of my daughter the other night when we were out playing in out yard and I knew they would be the perfect fit. I don’t know about you guys, but I have more than my fair share of alpha stickers and this was super fun (like a puzzle) to put together.

Hope you are busy enjoying all the summer!