Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ali Edwards Story Kit™: Surprise

Every month I look forward creating a layout or two using the Ali Edwards Story Kits™. I feel like these kits help remind me of the stories that won't get told unless I think about them. The story I told this month is a good example and I knew immediately that I wanted to document it with the Surprise Story Kit™.

This is a story of a surprise gone wrong. A few years ago, my cousin and his wife invited me to come visit them in California and asked if I would take their family photos. It was a great excuse to get away for a few days and I decided to bring Malia to play with his kids. And I decided to surprise her. I had never surprised her in such a big way. And let me tell you, it did not go over well.

Here's part of the story as told in my journaling:
Me and Philip acted like we were driving her to school, went right past it, and she had a complete meltdown. I told her we were going to California on an airplane. She was screaming and begging to go to school. I could not figure out why she wanted to go to school so badly, but she told me later she just didn't like the surprise. NOTED.
I think one of the reasons I hadn't documented this story yet is because I didn't have a photo of the freak-out (I do have a video somewhere though...).  This photo of her looking out of the plane window looked kind of melancholy and I thought it would work perfectly.

I used a combination of the physical kit and the digital kit for this layout. I added some digital stamps to the photo before I printed it at 8x10 and then I ended up writing my journaling directly on the photo in the window. I could have typed it there before I printed the photo and that would have worked great as well. There's just something I love about writing in the open space on a photo. I also used my fave new date stamps from Elle's Studio with Ali's Crafters Inks in Olympia and St. Helens. Seriously great.

I added some clouds that were hand-cut from a Shimelle paper. I used mostly blues and neutrals on this layout and I like that it really helps focus on the photo and the story. The embellishments just help tell the story further, too, and that's one of my fave things about the Story Kits™.

I've linked to all available products below. Let me know if you have any questions and be sure to check out Ali's Story Kits™. I've said it a million times, but they have really changed my scrapbooking and help me tell the stories that matter. Love that. Grateful for that.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Old Meets New Stash Kit: In My Face!

Hey there! I have another layout to share with you that I created using my Old Meets New stash kit. This one was most definitely a labor of love. For sure. Like, really. A lot of work.

But worth it.

I started this layout knowing that I was going to spend a significant amount of time hand-cutting little leaves out of patterned paper. And I did. Over an hour, in fact. But I think it was totally worth it.

I have been seeing people creating all sorts of beautiful wreaths on their layouts and it's been a while since I did one myself. So I gave it a go. I used a cute series of photos of my daughter throwing leaves in my face and printed them so I could make them look kind of like a film strip. I think that's a great way to tell a story in sequence.

I layered up a TON of leaves. It started out as a mixture of leaves cut from a white + copper foiled patterned paper and that gorgeous Maggie Holmes paper with the birds. I love that it looks autumnal but still has soft, pretty colors. Then, to bring a little richness, I flipped over the Maggie Holmes paper and die cut some geometric leaves from the leather-looking side.

I sprinkled in a mixture of chipboard, stickers, sequins and, of course, some gold splatters.

I created two larger clusters - one on the top right and one on the bottom left. They each had birds and a bit more foliage. I think that helped to balance the wreath, but in the end, I feel like it turned out a little squarish. I don't know why, but circles are hard!

It took a while to arrange all of the leaves, but I found it helpful to lay down a base layer (the white leaves) and then tuck all of the other leaves and elements into it to create beautiful layers.

Even though this is a fall layout, I wanted to keep it light and fresh looking. The soft colors of the papers helped, but I think doing the title sort of tone on tone was a good move as well. If you want to see how the whole layout came together, watch the process video below!

You will find links to all available products below. Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to come back next week for another layout!

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Elle's Studio November Kit + Extras

Hey friends! The awesome Elle's Studio November kit + extras are now live and that means lots of great inspiration over on the blog. This month is a great mix of holiday and everyday and I really loved the cut files this month.

I created two layouts this month and the first is a pocket page. I like using pocket pages when I have a collection of photos. These are some autumn-y photos I've taken lately and I used a baseball card page protector. I used a ton of white letter stickers. Love those things. Because the pockets are about 2.5" x 3.5", so I just cut down some of the cards to fit the pockets. I used the November kit and some of the printables as well.

The next is another collection of photos. This time, some holiday photos from a few years ago. I love documenting details like this because over the years, things change. This one started with the awesome snowflake acrylic + snowflake cut file. I used a some die cuts and a card from the November kit for my journaling along with some stuff from the Tis the Season collection.

Remember 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!

If you want a closer look at some of the new items available this month, check out the video below, but be sure to head over to Elle's shop to check out all of the new goodies!

Let me know if you have any questions and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Old Meets New Stash Kit: Layout Share

Last weekend I got the opportunity to go and scrapbook with some crafty friends, which was an absolute treat. Don't we all look happy?

Anyway...I took my stash kit with me. Kits are perfect for crops and scrappy gatherings because you don't have to bring much else. I created a few layouts that evening, so I thought I would share those with you today. I pulled some older photos to scrapbook and really enjoyed it!

The first is actually a mixture of my October Felicity Jane kit and my stash kit.

I didn't really have supplies in my kit that coordinated with this photo (theme-wise), so I looked to my Diamond Press mini die-cutting machine and some dies that I brought with me. I used clouds and hearts from Diamond Press and the word "hello" comes from Simon Says Stamp.

I used Jana's typewriter for my journaling - thanks Jana - and sprinkled some sequins around. I kind of love the simplicity. Not my usual MO...

Next, I created a layout about my first birthday! I had these photos of me with my dad's younger brothers and it got me thinking about whether my single uncles came around to visit their cute niece (me!) just like my brother and sister used to visit Malia when she was little.

I created a little birthday cake out of the photos and some chipboard stickers. Kind of digging the way that turned out.

One of the awesome things about scrapping with friends is borrowing their stuff. Those cute flowers were the perfect addition to the top of my cake. :) I think the tassels work there too.

Of course, color shine and sequins complete the look!

Lastly, I created a layout that's a bit of a departure from the norm for me. Part of the reason is because I used some old Sassafras paper that I've been hoarding forever...

I used another older photo - circa 2011. This is the first (and only) time Malia ever cut her hair!

I kind of threw on a bunch of items. The background paper has a kind of collaged look, so I feel like it worked here.

I also decided to hand script my title. It just looked right with the sketchy looking hearts on the layout. I want to start adding my script into my layouts again. (I actually have a class at Big Picture Classes talking about just that...)

I have a little layout share video for you if you want a bit of a closer look. And I've linked to all available products at the end of this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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