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Stories by the Month: October 2020

Stories by the Month: October 2020

Hey friends! I’m back with 2 projects using Ali Edwards Stories by the Month kit for October 2020. This kit is available for a limited time (you’ll want to grab it before October 12th). But if you’re into hybrid or digital scrapbooking (like me!), you may be interested in a very similar digital version of this kit, which was released in October 2019.

The bonus goodies in this month’s kit include wood veneer banners and a set of white and orange word phrase stickers 🙂 They’re awesome!

I’m working on stories for my 2019 Project Life album, and this was one that needed it’s own special space 🙂 This is a 2 page, 6×8 spread. The left side is intended to live outside the page protectors. When I have my story ready for the reverse side, I’ll adhere them back to back and punch holes in it to add it directly to my album.

On this day in September, Emily joined me for breakfast. She had just started 1st grade the week before, and as she sat with me, she told me all about the things going on in her world as she saw them. She is SO expressive, and it was impossible not to be caught up in her stories!

I tried to capture some of her facial expressions as she continued to chat away, and I wrote down a few of her things in my phone right after we were done so I wouldn’t forget them. Love how this one turned out 🙂 I like that I was able to use a fall/October themed kit to tell a story that really had nothing to do with fall at all!

I filmed a process video to share some thoughts while I was putting this project together.

But fall is my FAVOURITE season! So I jumped right in with this next project.

A lot of my Project Life spreads include pictures and stories over several days, but sometimes we do something out of the ordinary and I wind up with lots of pictures from a single day. This was one of those days, so I decided to fill an entire page with the photos and stories to document a morning at the apple farm.

Repeating shapes is a great way to keep things visually interesting, which is what I did on that pumpkin picture. I printed my journaling onto one of the 4×6 patterned cards in the kit, then used a 2″ circle punch to cut it out. I layered on one of the circle chipboard pieces to bring that little story together.

You’ll see in the video below that I went back and forth several times about what kind of card to use in that middle pocket. I wanted something with a natural feel to it. It was between this woodgrain patterned paper, a 3×4 cork card, or a plain black card. The cork almost won! (but I couldn’t get it to fit nicely in the pocket… very delicate) I stamped onto printable fabric, and experimented with canvas as well. The stamped images came out really well on both types of fabric. I liked the linen look for this particular piece best. I also created a little date flag and tied it all together with a piece of red and white bakers twine.

A few more lines of journaling, and a piece of chipboard to finish off the last photo.

Super quick little video of bringing it all together!

Looking forward to a few more projects with this kit (and those awesome wood veneer banners!!). Let me know if you have any questions below, and thanks so much for stopping by today!

Pam

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