Thursday, May 26, 2016

AE Digital Creative Team: Read Story Kit

When I saw the theme for this month's AE Story Kit, I knew immediately that I had to do a layout about our family's love for Harry Potter. As I thought about all of the things I wanted to include, I discovered that there were stories within the story so I decided to create a series of pages in my album.

It ended up being an 8 1/2 x 11 full photo layout, a Becky Higgins design J pocket page (front and back) and a 7ishx9ish insert. And I can absolutely see myself adding to this in the future. 

I love that this kit sparked that kind of story for me. If I was creating something solely based on my photos, it wouldn't have told the same story. Or it would have been spread across several projects and that wouldn't give the same impact. I actually took two photos (the wands and the stack of books) specifically for this project.

I love that the photo of the books shows the worn edges of the well-loved book spines. So much.

To document this story, I used a combination of the digital and physical Read Story Kit. I believe the physical kit is on a wait list, but you can get the digital kit and it is super awesome. I used digital stamps directly on some photos before I printed. The "Always" stamp was begging to go on this layout. I hand-lettered "Wands at the Ready", digitized it, and added it to my photo as well.

I also created some journal cards using the digital Silkscreen Journal Lines and I will definitely be doing that again. It turned out pretty cool, I think.

I made a process video for this project and it includes my Photoshop process for adding the digital elements to my photos as well as creating the journal cards. You can watch it below or over on my YouTube channel.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, Ali's Story Kits have changed the way I tell stories. And I couldn't be more grateful. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to check out the Creative Team Gallery (probably later this month) to see what the other ladies on the CT made with this kit. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Collection Disconnection//Fancy Free #4 - Favorite Guy

I have another layout using the lovely Fancy Free collection by Paige Evans + Pink Paislee. Remember a few layouts back where I wanted to focus on just a few colors in the collection? But then I kept adding more colors? Well, this layout achieves what I failed to do that day.

I used the paper with several squares in multiple colors and patterns to back a large wood veneer star that I got from Big Picture Classes. (If you are a subscriber, you can get a free cut file of this shape in Paige's Pages 07!)

I pulled embellishments in blues, greens, and yellows including puffy stickers, pieces from the ephemera pack, wood veneer, tags, and buttons like the one I placed in the center of my star. I added splatters of Heidi Swapp color shine in five colors to bring out the colors even more.

The only part of this page that didn't come from the Fancy Free collection is the letter stickers (they're from Pink Paislee, though) and I purposely chose teal glitter so I could incorporate some of the pretty heart foam Thickers.

If you want to see this layout come together, be sure to watch the process video here or over on my YouTube channel. :)

I've linked to all available products below. As always, thanks so much for stopping by!

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Monday, May 23, 2016

My New Gallery Wall

I've been wanting to create a gallery wall in my living room with black and white photos and prints for a few months now, so when Gloment contacted me about creating a custom mantra poster, I knew it was the kick in the pants I needed to just do it already!

I don't often say yes to companies who ask me to share their products, but I absolutely love what Gloment is doing and wanted to share with all of you. They are a company based in Berlin and sell gorgeous posters with awesome typography. Recently they started offering customized options and they are awesome. I want to tell you about two of my faves today. The first, which I ordered, is a custom quote poster. You give them your favorite quote and they work it into an amazing print. The quote I chose was "Do Things That Matter".

The awesome thing is that they send you a preview and if you'd like the words to be arranged differently you can tweak it a few times before finalizing it. You also have the option of having them print it and send it to you or you can just get the jpegs and print them from anywhere yourself. Cool.

This is the print that ended up on my gallery wall and I couldn't be happier! I mixed it in with a few family photos, several photos from a favorite vacation, some of my hand-lettered prints (available as free downloads in my shop), and my Letterfolk sign board. (The photos and my prints were ordered from Persnickety Prints.)

Here you can see it from another angle. I really love the way it turned out!

The other poster option that I wanted to tell you about is a really cool concept and I plan to order one for my office/studio. It's called a Vision Poster.

You basically answer a bunch of questions about your values and the things that are important to you and they create a visual reminder of what motivates you. How awesome is that!?

I hope you'll check it out. They have lots of customized options as well as beautiful pre-designed products. You can find all of the goodness on their website here.

Gloment is offering my readers a 10% discount, so if you order a poster of your own be sure to enter happy-jenschow at checkout!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Collection Disconnection // Fancy Free #3 - Magic Memories

Hey guys! I'm back with another layout in my Collection Disconnection series featuring the Pink Paislee Fancy Free Collection by Paige Evans. For this layout I intended to focus on the red elements in the kit, but I'm finding that each layout I have made with this collection has had a mind of it's own!

I'm happy with the way it turned out, but it definitely has a lot of pastels. :) And I'm just kind of letting these layouts happen. You can see that I welded some of the shapes from my "So Circles" Cut File set and I used them as the focal piece on this page.

I intended to back each circle with a different patterned paper, but I loved the way that this particular pattern looked behind them, so I just used one.

I added in other circular elements with the die cuts and buttons - man it's been a long time since I used buttons!

The title is half 4x6 cut apart card half Thickers. I really like the way it looks. I used another card from the cut apart sheet for my journaling and ended up outlining most of the elements on the layout for some contrast.

If you want to see how the whole layout came together, check out my process video below or over on my YouTube channel.

I've linked to all available products below. Let me know if you have any questions and thanks so much for spending some time with me!

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