March Stories

I’m having a hard time believing that April is just one week away. Seriously. March has flown by, so I thought I’d share a few of the projects I made this month for Ali Edwards’ Creative Team.

March is a big birthday month for us! Liam and Brett’s birthdays are just 4 days apart. I haven’t made a page yet about Liam’s birthday (which was awesome and crazy and busy), but I did jot a few things about how we celebrated Brett’s big day this year. This hybrid 8.5 x 11 layout came together with the March digital kit. I enlarged the “march stories” digital stamp (definitely one of my favourite pieces from the collection) to make the background here.

LOVED how excited Liam and Emily were about his birthday 🙂 They gave him lots of love that day, sharing the Pikachu birthday pin, insisting that they both sit beside him for meals, and letting everyone know everywhere we went “today’s my dad’s birthday!”

Right after birthdays, March break started. We wound up with the first big snow fall of the whole winter and I was so excited to take the kids sledding! This is a 2 page 6×8 hybrid layout, inspired in part by this awesome design I came across on Pinterest.

Super simple but pretty much perfect. I enlarged this 3×4 card from the March Digital kit to 4×6 and attached it to the oversized 12×8 photo with a few pieces of washi tape.

This month’s Story Kit theme is Eat! And it totally stumped me at first. (crazy right) There’s got to be a million stories that relate to this topic, but it took me a while to realize that the one I wanted to tell most was this little snapshot about what dinner time looks like these days. It’s not at all glamorous. In fact, just the other day the words “no more fart noises at the table unless they’re coming from your but” were spoken. For real. I used the digital plastic circles, the title from one of the journaling cards, and you might be able to very faintly spot the story notepad in the background of the journaling page to create this 2 page 8.5×11 layout. And those little utensils are my FAVOURITE!! In the physical kit, they’re wood veneer pieces, but you can print/cut any colour you like from the digital elements. As stressful as dinner time feels most days, I’m truly thankful for the time we get to spend together. And now I’ve got LOTS more story ideas for this theme. Looking forward to working on those in the coming weeks.

Hoping to spend some time catching up with our Project Life album again in the next few weeks! Thanks so much for stopping by today 🙂

Week In the Life 2017

Anyone else planning to play along with Ali Edwards’ Week in the Life™ this year? I’ve been joining in every year since 2011 with varying degrees of “success”.  I don’t have a completed album for every year, but participating anyway has resulted in some of my most favourite photos in the history of ever, and that alone is a good enough reason!! My goal for this year is to be more on top of the “real time” journaling, jotting down some of the little conversations that happen around here on a daily basis, and expanding a bit more on the facts and feelings that go along with the stuff of life.

We’ve been incredibly lucky as part of the Creative Team to get to play with this year’s kit and a few of the new Week in the Life™ products! Here’s what I’ll be working with this year (in addition to the digital products, anticipated to be released in April):

Last year’s album is one of the one’s that didn’t get completed. I’ve got hundreds of time stamped photos from the week, but very little journaling about the specifics of what was going on at the time. I’ve been spending some time this week looking back at those photos and printing them out to play around with this year’s kit. Every time I do that, I find the pages come together so easily and find myself wondering why it felt like such a huge job at the time! It gets me motivated to go back and finish it up.

Here’s what some of those pages are looking like (and why I’m really wanting to buy a second kit):

First of all, those wood veneer days of the week, LOVE THEM!!! I’d buy and hoard several packages if they were available individually. The colours in this year’s kit are seriously a perfect blend of classic neutrals and fun pops of rainbow colours. The font used in the big chipboard alpha is lovely. Super clean lines and sized approximately 2×3 for a perfectly centred fit in the 3×4 pockets. I’ve always loved full page 6×8 photos, and the gigantic days of the week acetate die cuts (sized around 4×6) are a really fun addition to the kit this year!I’m just not sure if I’ll keep them separate for each day of the week or put them together for in intro page at the beginning of the album. Love the 2×2 pocket pages, but I’m not always sure what to fill them with. They’re perfect for a collection of similar photos. And there’s lots of embellies in this year’s kit that almost look like they were made for them. Those chipboard squares are awesome!In addition to the kit, there are some new products that have been released in Ali’s shop that compliment the Week in the Life products, including silk screens and additional stamp sets.

If you’re hoping to play along with this year’s Week in the Life project (or curious to learn more!), here’s what you need to know:

  • You can do this project anytime you like, but it’s always more fun to join in with a group of like minded people 🙂 April 17th-23rd is the “official” week in the life date for this year.
  • Super awesome page and detailed description about this project right here.
  • You don’t have to have a kit to participate! The point of the project is to document an in depth look at one week in your life with photos and journaling, and a lot of people put it all into an album. If you’d LIKE to work with a kit to bring it all together, there are 2 new one’s that have been released for this year that include an album, page protectors, journaling cards and awesome embellishments. Both are still available as I write this. There are also a few of last year’s kits still in the shop and a huge assortment of other coordinating items to check out. You can check them out here.
  • If you want the opportunity to chat with other participants, check out the Facebook group for Craft the Story and/or Week in the Life.
  • There will be LOTS of posts on Instagram about this project. Look for #weekinthelife, #witl, and if you’ld like to see what the Creative Team is working on, look for #aecreativeteam

It’s going to be fun! Thanks so much for stopping by today!