Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Old Meets New Stash Kit - Making the Kit Oct 2016

Hey friends! I'm exciting to (finally) be bringing you another series on my YouTube channel. I'm bringing back an old favorite - my Old Meets New Stash Kit series. And I'm really excited to work with the kit I created using both old + new products from my stash!

In this series I'll show you how I put the kit together (in the video below) and then create a new layout using the kit every Wednesday for 10 weeks, which will be posted here on my blog and on my YouTube channel.

Here's a closer look at what I chose to work with:


I chose a soft color palette but added in some rustic and earthy tones to ensure that I can create Autumn layouts with this kit as well.


I started this kit with some peach label stickers and some mini tassels and added to it from there. I used the patterned papers as a guide for color choices, but also included some older items I've been wanting to use. That raindrop washi tape was a last minute addition - isn't it gorgeous?!


I usually choose two alphabets, but here I included three. Couldn't help myself. I also included some new Maggie Holmes Gather stickers and some older Maggie Holmes chipboard that I want to get used up. I think it's important to use a mixture of new things that make me excited to create and older products that I still love.


I love stamping, but often don't utilize them enough. I included two in my kit - a really versatile one from Elle's Studio and a new alphabet that I designed for Felicity Jane.

I created a blog post last year when I did my first stash kit series with 10 tips on creating your own kits. I think the information still applies and you can find it here. You can find a video where I put together that kit and go into detail about my choices on my YouTube channel here.

I've linked to all available products below. Please let me know if you have any questions and I'll see you next Wednesday with my first process video using this kit!

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Monday, October 17, 2016

AE Digital Projects: October Project

This month Ali Edwards is doing her third Day in the Life project for the year. I've joined in for the first two (see my blog post about the first here), but I'm still deciding if I want to jump in one more time. It's an amazing project, but we'll see. ;)

I did however find the digital Day In The Life® Kit No. 3 super versatile and used it to create a layout showcasing all of the photos I have of Malia by the clown fish at the aquarium.

Every time we go to the aquarium, I take a pic of Mal by "Nemo". It started when we went for her second birthday and we still do it today. And as much as she hates having her photo taken, she never complains about taking that photo. And I love that!

I created a grid in photoshop by sizing everything to 2"x2" and filled in some of the spaces with circles from the digital Day In The Life® Kit No. 3. I made a home for my journaling in the bottom right and typed it up in Photoshop before I printed the whole thing on glossy photo paper. I didn't know the exact dates for all of the photos, so I just stamped the month and year with white pigment ink (mine is a store brand from Hobby Lobby, I think) using the Time Roller Stamp. Love the way that turned out.

I backed the whole thing on some patterned paper from the new Maggie Holmes + Crate Paper Gather collection. I used some alphabet stickers from a past AE Story Kit + the word "Story" (taken from the Me Digital Story Stamp) that I cut out on my Silhouette. I added some chipboard phrase stickers from Studio Calico and some epoxy stars from Heidi Swapp as well.

I love telling stories like these where you can see a collection of similar photos together. I hope to have another layout like this in the future with even more photos! It's not something I often do, but want to get better at it.

What kinds of stories do you want to be better at telling?

Monday, October 10, 2016

Elle's Studio October Kit

Hey friends! The awesome Elle's Studio October kit + extras are now live and that means lots of great inspiration over on the blog. This month was one of my fave kits ever and - good news! - Elle's Studio now has a subscription option for their monthly kits! You can check out all the details here. If you subscribe today, October 10, 2016, you'll get a free gift!

I am really a big fan of the wood veneer and stamp set this month!

I created two layouts this month and the first uses the October kit + extras. I really loved the nice pops of blue in this autumnal color scheme and ran with it on this layout about the Smoky Mountains. I used the Malia Stamp Set that I designed for the title and really love the way the letters kind of nestle together.

The next is a Halloween layout using the Happy Halloween Collection that came out a few weeks ago. The colors went so perfectly with my nephew's costume! I love it when that happens. The black acrylic word is just so amazing and it fit right onto the label on that teal striped journaling card.

You can see close-ups of my layouts over on the blogRemember that the kits are $9.99 today, on launch day, but go up to $11.99 after that. Don't forget to check out the new subscription options if you love these kits and want to get them each month!

I will try to have a video up later today (technical difficulties!) to show you a close up of the kit + extras so be sure to check that out. 

You can head over to Elle's shop to purchase any of these awesome new products. Let me know if you have any questions and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 26, 2016

AE Digital Projects: Me Story Kit

Next week I'm turning 32. Someone made a comment about how young I am, and I decided that age is kind of relative. To my 10-year-old, I seem super old. :) I know a lot of people say this, but as I started getting into my thirties, I really felt like I was figuring out who I was. I felt comfortable with me.

But sometimes life throws you a curve ball and you get to test your strength and decide if you're still who you thought you were. Most of you know that my parents recently moved in with me. My dad had a major stroke and a week later my mom broke her patella and had to have surgery. They both need some taking care of, so they've moved in with me temporarily.

Needless to say, we've been doing a lot of adjusting and I've been trying to find a new normal and fall into new roles. Like caretaker, chauffeur, nurse, and even daughter. It's kind of weird living with your parents again after 15 years.

So, Ali's "Me" Story Kit was meant to be mine this month. I decided to document both the fact that I'm turning 32 and about how I'm adjusting. Kind of love the way this turned out.

I went outside, took a selfie (for a current photo), and then went to work. I used both the digital and physical Story Kits and added in a little bit of patterned paper from the Maggie Holmes Gather collection.

I super love the way the title block turned out. I used the wooden words from the physical kit mixed with some wooden numbers from Felicity Jane. Love that.

I wanted to use an enlarged photo, so I printed it at 5x7 and cropped + enlarged one of the digital 3x4 cards to make it 5x5. I also used the digital stamps to create a strip of words to add another pop of pink to the bottom of my layout. Little details like that really help pull a project together and I love how easy it is to customize the digital products.

If you've been curious about ways that you can incorporate digital products into your traditional memory keeping, I would highly suggest taking Ali's new class called Hybrid. It comes with a fabulous digital kit and I may or may not be one of the class contributors. ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

AE Digital Creative Team: September Projects

Hey there! Today I wanted to share my Ali Edwards projects using the new digital items from her shop. There are some really good releases this month and I still want to make time to use the Hello Friends digital stamps - so good!

My first project uses the Hello Birthday digital stamps. My nephew celebrated his first birthday at our house last month and I wanted to document the way he dug right into his giant cupcake!

I added a phrase directly to my photo, lowering the opacity in Photoshop so it looks kind of chalky.

I also traced one of the "birthday" png file in Silhouette Studio and cut it out of white cardstock on my Cameo. I love the way the words ended up working together to form a title.

I used a bunch of products from past AE Story Kits, especially "First".

That chipboard piece (from Studio Calico) cracks me up and fits perfectly with Wesley's victory pose in that last photo. :)

If you want to see how this layout came together, including the Photoshop + Silhouette Studio process, check out the video below.

I also created a very simple project using the Just Thankful digital stamps. I was really feeling like I needed take a minute to write down some words of gratitude and this is something I would like to continue to create every single month with a current photo of myself.

I started with a baseball card sleeve and cut off one row of pockets. These pockets are sized to hold 2.5x3.5" cards, so I created my own journal cards (using the digital stamps) in Photoshop and sized my photo as well. You can see a little tutorial in the video below.

I simply printed the cards, filled in the information and added some sequins and Gold Stardust confetti to dress it up a bit. I also added a little 1" self-adhesive tab with the month and year. 

I added a speech bubble to the Giving Thanks card that was left over from the last Day in the Life mini kit from Ali.

Again, super simple project, but I think I would love to do this each month. I think it's really important to stop and reflect on the things that are good in my life.

I hope these projects have shown you a few ways that you can use digital products to take a hybrid approach to your next story. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Ready, Sketch, Go! Sample Sketch and Layout + Video

Hey friends! If you've been debating purchasing my newest class, Ready, Sketch, Go! Volume 2 or wondering what it's all about, I have something fun for you today.

Tracie and I decided to do a Sample Sketch and layout so you can get a little taste of the classroom content. I created a brand new sketch especially for you! This is a cross shaped design that I really love.

Here is the layout I created. I used the September 2016 "Felicity" kit from Felicity Jane.

This sketch was actually based on a layout I created for a YouTube series I created to show different ways to use Project Life cards (and other cards created for pocket scrapbooking) on layouts called "Out of the Pocket". You can watch that video here.

In the classroom, Tracie and I have listed Tips + Tricks for each sketch. Here are mine for this one...

  • This sketch is great for using paper scraps or cards created for pocketed scrapbooking.
  • Try cutting a favorite pattern in half to stretch across the layout if the piece you have isn't quite long enough (or if you just want to hoard the pretty paper!)
  • Try this sketch with different photo configurations - I talk about all of these in the process video below, as well.
    • Try swapping out the two 3x4 photos with 3x3 or 4x4 square photos.
    • Try using three photos of the same size. Just adjust your title or embellishments to fit the new spacing.
    • Try using one vertical 4x6 + one horizontal 4x6 photo. This works best if you shift the center column to the left or right of the page 
    • If you have horizontal photos, you can rotate this sketch. Just shift the placement of your title and journaling.

I've linked to all available products below. Hope you've enjoyed this glimpse into Ready, Sketch, Go! and remember that you can still get the class for the introductory rate until September 15, 2016!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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