Wednesday, February 15, 2017

AE Digital Projects | Project Life Week 04

Hey friends! As promised, I'm back with another way I used the Ali Edwards February 2017 Digital Kit in my memory keeping this month.  I am still keeping up with my Project Life® 6x8 album and included elements from the digital kit on two of my cards for my Week 04 spread.

This week was Malia's birthday, so most of the cards actually have to do with activities related to celebrating her. I included a little paper bag (which was a favor from her party) that I decorated with some awesome stamps from Kelly Purkey.

On the back of the bag I added some journaling, a chipboard piece (from the Surprise Story Kit™) and some transparent numbers (from the Numbers Story Kit™).

Because I'm working with very few pockets, I'm finding that I like to include the photo + story on a single card quite often. This card is from the February Digital Kit and I added my photo and journaling in Photoshop before I printed it.

Another thing I'm loving is the mix of handwriting + printed words. I added the word "Loving" from the digital stamps to my photo before printing, then used my white gelly roll pen to add a bit more. This simple card is probably my fave from the week.

You can watch the entire spread come together in my process video below!

I've linked to Ali's products throughout the post and all other available products below. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

AE Digital Projects | February 2017 Digital Kit

If you haven't seen already, Ali Edwards is releasing a fabulous new digital only kit each month this year. February's kit has kind of a lovey theme and I decided to write a little love letter to myself a la Brandi Kincaid. I really think that we all need to recognize the value in ourselves and I thought Valentine's Day would be a good day to start.

I used a practically life-size selfie (8x12), which made me literally laugh out loud after I pulled it from my printer. But I went with it, because hey, I love me, right? Haha.

I started each paragraph of the letter with a different self-affirming phrase - You are amazing. You are beautiful. You are strong. You are enough. You are loved. I think that's a great way to do journaling on a page about yourself. It gives you somewhere to start.

I used the print-and-cut feature of my Silhouette Cameo + elements from Ali's digital kit to create my title. I also added some hand-lettering on vellum and cut it out. Super easy way to make your handwriting look like a printed die cut!

I walk you through my whole hybrid process in the video below. I hope that you'll write yourself a love letter. We all need a little bit of that.

Thanks so much for stopping by! You can check out all of Ali's products in her shop here.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Elle's Studio February 2017 Kit Reveal

It's the tenth and that means it's kit reveal time at Elle's Studio! I know I always say this, but this month's kit + extras are so fantastic. Seriously.

These cards are some of my favorites - so classic and versatile. I also loved all of the acrylics, the What Happened stamp set, and those cute speech bubble stickers!

This year I started doing Project Life® in a 6x8 format and I created my week 03 spread as well as a traditional layout using the products from the February release.

For my PL spread, I focused on the black and white elements from the kit and added in pops of pink and yellow. Love how just a few cards and products tell my everyday stories here.

The second is a layout about how much my nephews can cheer me up when I'm having a hard day. I took these products in a bit of a different color way by adding in some blue and green patterned papers from Sunny Days and Tis the Season. Love, love, love, obsessed with that wood veneer phrase. I colored in the letters with a white marker and it looks so awesome!

Hope these projects have inspired you and that you'll check out the amazing products over in the Elle's Studio shop! If you want a closer look, check out my kit unboxing video below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Ali Edwards Story Kits™: Numbers

The theme for the current Ali Edwards Story Kit™ has my mind reeling with ideas. So far, I've only had time to put one into fruition, but I'm really pleased with the outcome.

In October, I went on a cruise and took the opportunity to show myself a little self-love and self-care. I wanted to find inner peace. And I did. With my best friend on Amiga Island off the coast of Haiti. For Christmas, she gave me a necklace with the coordinates for Amiga Island etched on it and as soon as I saw the Numbers kit, I knew what I was going to do for my layout.

I used both the digital and physical kits to create an 8.5" x 11" layout + a 6" x 11" insert for my journaling, which is lengthy.

I used the digital numbers to create my coordinates and cut them out on my Silhouette. It's really hard to see in the photo, but I also printed the numbers in light blue directly on the photo and offset the white cardstock numbers on top.

I also wrote the words "amiga island" with a black marker, traced them in Silhouette Studio and cut them out of white cardstock too. Below the photo I added a number journal card (with altered color) from the digital kit and some circles and sequins from this Story Kit and past ones.

I printed my journaling and the blue circle on a 6" x 11" piece of Epson Matte Premium Presentation Paper and added more circles from the Story Kits.

I love that this layout really focuses on the story because it was an amazing experience that I don't want to leave undocumented. You can watch the whole thing come together, including the Photoshop and Silhouette stuff, in the process video.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I so appreciate it. You can find out more about Ali's Story Kits™ here. Most of the products used are from those kits, but I've linked to other available products below.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Old Meets New Stash Kit: Love Birds

Hey there! I'm back with another layout using the Stash Kit I created in October. This layout is very similar in feel and color scheme to a few other layouts I've created with this kit, but it's a look that I love, so I'm okay with that.

Recently, we cleaned out my parents place and I found a bunch of old photos. I've been having fun scrapbooking them and pulled a few from me and my husband's dating life for this layout.

I wanted to create a layout that reflected back on the things I didn't realize then, but do now. I decided on the title "La La Love Birds" because I thought it would tie in the birds that I love so much from the gorgeous Maggie Holmes paper.

I really don't have a ton of patterned paper left and decided to use some smaller strips on the left of the layout and anchor the photos to it. That is a definite go-to for me. I created clusters of embellishment in the top right and the bottom left, creating a diagonal design, and added a bird, a flower, some tassels, word strips, and leaves to each for repetition.

I added some journaling strips to the bottom, some Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine (because why not?!) and called it done. You can watch the process video below to see how it all came together.

Thanks so much for spending some time here today. I've linked to all available products below. :)

PS - I will be teaching at the first ever ScrapGals retreat in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 28-30, 2017. Registration opens on January 25th and you can find out more details here!

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