October Stories

This month’s Digital Kit from Ali Edwards has got lots of fun elements, perfect for Halloween and fall! My personal favourites from this collection are all the hand written quotes in the journaling cards, and that stamp set is pretty awesome too 🙂

I’ve made 2 projects so far with this month’s kit. The first one is a 2 page 9×12 spread for my Project Life album.

I love apple picking! It’s absolutely in my top 3 favourite things about Fall. We made it our mission to get to the orchard on this weekend (and apparently eeeeeeverybody else had the same idea. It was packed!) I’m still glad we did it.

I finally tried out the large format option on my printer (I bought a Canon Pixma iP8720 this summer and could not be more thrilled with it!). I added some digital word art and a few super simple embellishments from my stash to the 9×12 photo for the left side of my spread. (That little rubber apple charm is actually from the “Eat” Story Kit earlier this year in case you still have it in your stash too! Lots of good opportunities to use that kit this fall 🙂 )

The right side of this spread is also a 9×12 pocket page. Still really loving that size. And all of the stories on this page are from the same day. That rarely happens, but I kind of love how it worked out here. I surprised the kids with a few new books about Thanksgiving. (We celebrated our Thanksgiving here in Canada on Monday, October 9th). And of course they were thrilled. We sat and snuggled and read stories for a good hour or so on Sunday morning and I honestly can’t think of a better way to start the day.

After breakfast and groceries and Liam’s karate lesson, we made it to the apple orchard for picking. Like I said, super busy!! So much so, that there weren’t really many apples left to pick, but somehow we still managed to fill our basket (probably a little more than we needed to). Liam learned how to shine an apple with his shirt. And at one point, Emily was eating 3 different apples at the same time 😉

We joined my parents for dinner and brought along a new game of Junior Monopoly we had picked up that morning. Trying to be a little more conscious of how we spend our time together. The game was definitely a hit, because the kids were up by 6am Monday morning playing it again. Loved adding that Sunday journaling card, which has been hanging out in my stash for years!

I went back to my photos from last Halloween so I could play with the Halloween themed elements in this month’s kit…and realized I didn’t document ANY of it last year! I made up for it with this layout, capturing little stories about all the big moments from last year’s celebrations 🙂

The digital stamp made a perfect title. I went ahead and added a few little embellishments from last year’s “After Dark” collection by Crate Paper. (Funny, I BOUGHT Halloween supplies to make scrapbook pages last year, but I never got around to actually USING them. At least they’re ones I still love 😉 )

I decided on a digital photo template to be able to add lots of photos from the month of October 2016. I used this one (“Slanted 8.5×11 layered templates” by Ali Edwards). As I went through my photo library, I jotted down the dates that each picture was taken and used it as the jumping off point for my journaling.

And then I went ahead and typed up the stories. I didn’t realize it was going to take up quite so much space! My text box kept getting bigger and bigger and I had to shrink my text down to a type size 9 to get it all to fit. I’m happy those stories made it down on paper, and it’ll be fun to look at this again in the years to come 🙂

Looking forward to lots more stories this month! Happy October 🙂