Hi friends! I’ve been working on a few October stories for my album using the 2020 October Digital Stories by the Month kit, from Ali Edwards. The prompts and products in this collection were really fun and easy to work with. I think the fact that I got 3 (and a half) hybrid projects done with this kit is evidence of that! So here’s what I made…
Project #1: October Transparency and pocket page
I like to start off the month with a transparency, often from my stash, but this month I decided to make my own. I enlarged one of the 3×4 digital cards from the kit and changed the background colour to white. I printed the 6.75 x 8.25 image on a sheet of inkjet compatible transparency paper. For the title, I used my Silhouette to cut a digital stamp from white vinyl.
I love including see through elements like these in my album! The pocket page came together very easily with 2 3×4 photos, and 2 digital cards from the kit. I really appreciate the versatility of working with digital products. I love that you can keep things simple and print them exactly as they are, take it up a tiny level by adding journaling before printing, or really get creative in how you use the products, combining different types of media and techniques.
Project #2: Baking Stories
Fall has brought with it the desire to be in the kitchen more often, baking up delicious treats. The “let’s bake” word art is a digital stamp, and it was the perfect jumping off point to tell these stories. There were actually a couple of different directions I could have taken with these stories, so I decided to include them both!
The left side of this spread is a photo of our Thanksgiving dinner desserts. Emily helped me make them! She loves being in the kitchen with me, so that’s the first story I decided to tell. I resized a 3×4 digital card to 3×6 and added my journaling before printing. The heart on the enlarged photo is a digital chipboard element, printed onto matte photo paper, and raised off the page with dimensional foam adhesive.
The second story here is some reflective journaling about how much I’m enjoying being back in the kitchen, baking again. I used to do a lot of baking, cakes/cake decorating specifically, but it’s been quite a while. The background on this page is actually a picture of my cutting board. I am such a sucker for natural textures, like woodgrain, cork, fabric, and wool. I really like the contrast of the dark wood and the white text here.
Project #3: 10 Things in the 10th Month
Still going strong with those big photos! I wanted to include this picture of our little pumpkins, so that’s what I did 🙂 I added another printed chipboard heart with dimensional foam to keep things simple. The right side of this spread is a compilation of 10 little stories about October so far. I enlarged a 3×4 digital card to create a fold out page. When you open the flap, you’ll find the stories inside.
There’s a hexagon shaped chipboard piece in this kit that also mentions “10 stories” in the 10th month. I used that shape as a mask for my photos before I printed them. I had originally intended to use that element in this grid as well, but ultimately decided against it.
Instead, I printed a copy of the “10” digital stamp and ran it through my Minc machine to add a gold foil shimmer.
I’ve got a quick process video to share how all 3 of these projects came together.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! And let me know if you have any questions in the comments below 🙂