Dad’s Girl

Last week, I needed a photo of Liam for his birthday party invitations. So I asked him if he could take a Pokémon break for a minute and let me take his picture. He reluctantly agreed. Emily was jumping up and down because she wanted HER picture taken too! And noticing she had her dad’s girl shirt on, I asked if she wanted daddy to be in her picture with her. He was game 😉

This shirt is one of her FAVOURITE things to wear!! And she’s always so excited to show him when she’s got it on. So on an average Monday, I wound up with a super sweet little collection of photos of these guys together… and of course that meant I HAD to make a page with them!The theme for this month’s Story Kit is “Bond” (how perfect is that!!). I used the digital version of the kit by Ali Edwards to create this pocket page. I played around with a few design ideas, mostly involving one BIG photo, but I like how the series of photos tells more of their story. And I’ve been on a roll with pocket pages lately, so after struggling to put together a design I liked (for far too long) I found myself leaning towards another pocket page. This time, rather than telling the story of our week, it contains just one little story about “Dad’s Girl”.

I made the title card in Photoshop Elements with a digital stamp from the kit (it’s actually the same stamp layered in two different colours for that effect). The font I used for “dad’s” is a freebie called Pacifico, and I added their names and date with “Remington Noiseless” (also a freebie). In the physical kit, there are some really awesome cork tabs, but in the digital version they’re black. I recoloured this little heart tab navy and popped it up off the card with a foam tab.

I used the same navy colour to on a long digital chipboard banner from the kit. After I printed it out, I decided to cut it up into word strips instead and added it to patterned paper from Studio Calico’s Confidant kit. The pink wood veneer stars are from Studio Calico’s Confidant Documenter kit.

I also used a digital version of the stitched hearts from the Bond Story kit as the home for my journaling. I purposely made the heart bigger than the 3×4 size in the physical kit so I could fit more of the story in and have the heart run off the edge.

There are lots of great cards in this months’ story kit, but the “you bring so much love to life” card is my FAVOURITE! I knew I wanted to use that one as soon as I saw it, and I’ll probably use it a few more times 😉 It’s actually a 4×6 horizontal card, but I’ve cropped it to fit into a 3×4 pocket.

I “might” have remembered to write the story of her “dad’s girl” shirt at some point, but it was definitely this month’s “Bond” theme that got me to get it done. So happy to have it in our album along with these new favourite photos 🙂

Thanks for stopping by today!

February – Week 6

Another week in the books!This week’s spread came together with the February Digital Kit by Ali Edwards. The digital kits are something new for this year! A collection of journaling cards, stamps and chipboard elements all in exclusively digital format will be released each month, often with a seasonal theme. With Valentine’s Day in February, it was no surprise that this month’s theme is all about “love”. This is definitely a theme I can incorporate into my projects all year long. Going back to that idea that “memory keeping is a way to make love visible”.

This spread covers a few of the highlights from February 6th-12th.

I’ve been using the digital chipboard pieces by printing them out onto matte photo paper and cutting them out with scissors or shape punches. I changed the text on that heart in the upper left corner to just say “monday.” and stapled it onto my photo. Emily is so ready for spring!!

My mom asked if I could find a few photos for her from when she and my dad were dating and first married to go into a frame she recently purchased. Liam took a look at them and said “why do you have a picture of Terry Fox?” when he saw my dad, lol! That pic from their wedding in the bottom left…love having that in here.

I made a few cards myself with the digital kit. This “love” card is actually a 3×4 canvas, a pattern from one of the 4×6 cards, and a digital stamp all merged together to make something new.

I worked with the colours in this month’s kit and used them to re-colour some of the journaling cards and elements to make a more cohesive spread in combination with my photos.

There’s also a quote card included in this month’s kit that is so perfect for this week. I didn’t even realize how fitting it was until I was putting this spread together. It says “When I get to the end of my life and I ask one final “what have I done?”, let my answer be: “I have done LOVE.” I’ve been trying to be more intentional about how I spend time with my kids this month. (My daily practice for OLW was to try to spend at least 20 minutes everyday playing with them, without the distraction of my phone or my to-do list. Just spending time WITH them. I haven’t been successful every day, but the days I do feel a whole lot better.) So there was that connection.

And then a crazy Friday at work had me starting at 8:30 am and not getting home until 4 am the next morning!! Very very not the norm, hence the full moon reference. But again, the quote stuck with me because as nurses, we make sacrifices for others to do what is right and to show love for people, to provide care and support, even when we don’t know them.One more customized journaling card, recoloured and literally a white space added to include some journaling. And that wraps up week 6! I probably say it every week, but I love how this one turned out 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Love Story

I love our stories. I really really do. And that’s why I love this scrapbooking hobby so much!! Because I get to preserve and remember both the little ones and the big ones. This month, I’ve been working with Ali Edwards’ February Digital Kit. And somehow, pieces of the universe have aligned to make me see all the little love stories going on around me. A big one these days (one that is not new, but not always present either) is the love story between Liam and Emily in their big brother/little sister relationship. Knowing what story to tell for this one was so easy, but deciding on a design… lets just say that today I’m sharing 3 versions of the same layout.

 

A really important part of this story was the photos that go along with it. Liam and Emily were deeply into a pretend scenario of being doctors and getting ready for “doctor school”. I asked them to stand against the wall so I could take a photo of them for their ID badges, because clearly ALL doctors have to have an ID badge 😉 They were more than happy to agree and stood side by side as I snapped a few photos with my phone. It was on the 5th snap that Emily leaned over to Liam and whispered “I love you”. And the pictures that followed, that’s what love looks like!! His face transforms with a giant smile and even Emily lights up. A perfect little moment and a super lucky capture.

So I started this project the way I usually do, playing on my computer. I created a photo grid to be able to organize the photos in sequence and used numbers from the digital “Numbers” kit, pulling the colours from another card in the February Digital kit. I started with 8.5×11, because that’s my go to, but I struggled finding the right size and scale to create a well balanced layout. I worked and reworked this one so many times, I wound up with 3 different versions of the same thing. Hopefully, you’ll find some inspiration for your own projects. Here we go:

  1. 8.5 x 11The thing I love most about this one is the colourful title and embellishment clusters!! The first time around, I printed the left page on a sheet of matte photo paper and it felt like too much white space. I couldn’t figure out how to add a bit more visual interest and balance. After playing around a bit, I trimmed about an inch off the white paper and mounted it onto pink cardstock. I also printed the chipboard hearts from the kit onto matte photo paper and punched them out to build a few little embellishment clusters. And now I kind of love this version…
  2. 12×12As I was struggling with the 8.5×11 design, I spotted the film grid from a previous Studio Calico kit on my desk and thought “ooooh, this might work!”. I already had the photos and numbers printed from a previous attempt, and it turned out the fit pretty much perfectly! I reworked the title and journaling to fit down the right side of the grid and mounted all the pieces onto a 12×12 sheet of cardstock. I liked it…but it didn’t really feel like a great way to show off the kit elements because there was just that one digital stamp there. I moved on to a third attempt with a different size, but went back and added a few more of the heart circles. I have to say, that extra little pop of hearts really does help.
  3. 6×86×8!!! The scale of elements feels like a much better fit in this size. I put together a quick video tutorial to share how I recoloured the digital stamp for the title, so if that’s something you’re wondering about, feel free to check it out 🙂

    Thanks so much for stopping by today! I’ll be sharing our Project Life Week 6 tomorrow with more elements from the February Digital Kit 🙂

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Project Life: In the beginning…

Recently, I was invited to have a chat with the amazingly talented and fellow Canadian scrapbooker, Jess Forster, for her Podcast “Pocket Talk”! Jess and I are both a part of Ali Edwards’ Creative Team this year, and it turns out we have quite a bit in common! We chatted about our mutual love for memory keeping and story telling including the process and why we do what we do 🙂 We also spent some time talking about how I got started in this hobby, and it brought back all those feelings about why I love doing this so much. So I took a little trip down memory lane and thought maybe you’d like to see what my Project Life albums looked like in the beginning.

I filmed a video walkthrough (warning….it is NOT short!!), and you are all invited to check it out 🙂

My Project Life style has definitely changed over the years. I lean more towards clean and simple, don’t worry at all about having a photo for every day, and I include a lot more words to tell our stories now than I did then. But I still LOVE these albums!! I’m genuinely so thankful to have these photos in a place where I can easily see them and share them with my family.

I also wanted to mention that Ali Edwards has re-opened registration for an awesome class that I took last year called “Storytelling with Project Life”. I’ve recently found myself going back and watching the videos over again and come away feeling so inspired to keep going with this project! Class begins February 14th and you can check out the details here if this is something you might be interested in.

Hoping to have an update later this week with Weeks 5&6. Thank you so much for stopping by today!