Hi guys! I am diverting from my usual Project Life layout today because I was inspired by the Believe Story kit this month that is part of Ali Edwards’ subscription program. I wanted to create a layout for each of our four children so I could tell them I believe in them. Here is a look at my process for one of these layouts:
So my process here actually began in Photoshop with three photos. I wrote out my journaling, which is a love letter to our daughter Emberlynn, and then I added several filler cards and the word art to the layout.
Both pages were printed out, trimmed, and adhered to patterned paper from Maggie Holmes’ Shine collection. I was drawn to the coral/pinkish color that was in the kit, so that is the highlighted color of the layout.
The photos I chose are from the day she graduated from fifth grade. This was an important accomplishment for her! Sometimes we wonder why we have to have graduation ceremonies for fifth graders, but let me tell you it is children like Emberlynn who need to feel this sense of accomplishment so she will know what that feels like! We are so proud of her and her hard work.
I always like adding their initial to their layout, and this filler card became a great home for the initial and a cluster of embellishments.
I chose to use this quote card and also this filler card with a stamped heart layered on top. So very uncomplicated, guys!
Across the bottom is another embellishment cluster, which is grounded by this washi tape that came from Paper Source. I also used one of the journaling strips not as journaling but simply as another embellishment to draw your eye to this place on the layout.
That is all for today! I will show you the other three layouts next Tuesday, and then we will get back to my normal Project Life series. These four layouts will probably conclude my album for the first half of 2016 so it is also time for a flip-thru video! So awesome. I’ll see you soon!
Hi guys and Happy Monday! We are back from our fun week away and I am ready to get back into the full swing of things here. Let’s start with our inspiration piece, today’s Art Journal layout:
So I picked up this darling elephant stamp at Paper Source and he was the inspiration for this entire piece. I have always had a love affair with elephants ever since I was 9 years old and my Dad let me ride one. So this little guy came home with me and found a home right here on these pages.
Interestingly enough, this layout is sort of an intersection of three different projects: Art journaling, Story kits, and One Little Word all together. Our prompt for the month of July in One Little Word is to remind ourselves of what it is that we need to hear this month. Even though I had not worked on the prompt when I created this layout, I think it assigns for me precisely what I need to hear: I need to believe in myself.
For this layout I took some of the elephant wrapping paper from Paper Source and several of the journaling cards from the Believe Story kit and created a collage. I then covered all that with gesso and stamped my images.
I used several of the sentiments from the Believe Stamp set around the page. I also specifically used the “I believe in:” stamp to create homes for my journaling. The things I wrote that I believe in are: myself, my dreams, my talent, my hard work, and my future.
On top of that I added my fibers – these vines are also from Paper Source and are intended to tie around gifts, but they are beautiful on this layout. They are adhered with fabric adhesive and then gesso has been applied on top.
This. This quote right here has more meaning to me than I can possibly express. I have been a subscriber to Ali Edwards’ Story kits less than a year, but I can tell you that every month there has been something in the kit that I precisely needed, right at that time. You see, I have been struggling to keep my faith in the last few weeks. Things have not been working out like I thought or hoped they would, particularly withmy blog here and my YouTube channel. And then this quote, in this card, in this kit, arrived in my mail box. I still tear up when I read it, because I’m not sure I believe it quite yet.
On top of all the collage work and the stamped images and the vines, I added Heidi Swapp stenciled flowers. Then I created magic with my watercolors, allowing them to flow over the modeling paste. This brought the flowers to life, and slowly, just maybe, my dreams are coming back to the surface as well.
That is all for today, but I promise to keep at it. I promise to keep believing, even if it doesn’t feel like things are working out. I promise to be back tomorrow with more creative work, so that you can keep believing too.
Hi guys, it’s Wednesday and that means Disney day here! I am so happy to be moving right along through this album and this project, and today I am wrapping up Day 1. Each day in the album ends with a map of the park we visited that day, so have a look at my process to see what I did:
Here is the layout to begin with, just a printed map and the backs of the journaling cards from the layout before:
This is the completed layout here:
The right hand side left a great column for a few journaling cards, and I chose to use Ali Edwards’ WILD story kit to fill those pockets. I wanted to use muted, neutral colors and knew that kit had some beautiful colors, and the orange in the Love You Best Of All card ties in perfectly with the orange in the titles on the map.
What I wanted to do with this map was to show graphically how we moved around the park. Because of Fast-passes and just selecting certain rides, it felt like we skipped across and back and forth a bit. So I chose to use brads and twine to show our path. At the entrance I heat embossed a circle from the Ali Edwards WILD Story Stamp, which you can see here.
The twine goes up and across several different cards and the corners were a tiny challenge, but I think you get the general idea. This tells a story all its own, with no photos or words necessary.
In the margins I used Studio Calico’s geotags to highlight which rides we rode and where we ate lunch. This becomes an easy reference tool for the future, right?!
This was a simple but fun layout to include, and a great way to include maps in your Disney albums. Years from now it will be interesting to go back and see what changed. See you guys back here tomorrow for TBT Project Life!
Hi guys, so as you know I am a Ali Edwards Story Kit subscriber and I love these kits every month. The physical products are beautiful and well-designed, and the class content is always amazing. So this month I decided to use my READ kit on a Project Life layout for Week 19. While my layout is not necessarily focused on reading (in fact, it never mentions reading!), there were a lot of elements that mentioned “the story”. Our lives are filled with stories and that felt like a great jumping off point for this layout. Have a look at my process video!
Ok, so I created the layout itself in the Project Life App, using Dropbox to bring my Ali Edwards digital elements into the layout, and also using Letterglow to add a few digital elements to the photos themselves.
Here is the completed layout, with journaling and embellishments from the READ Story Kit added:
I started on the left hand side of the page, which was mostly about two of our kids who were home sick this week. I also got a new hat and we took some fun pictures with that.
For the hat photo I simply added a speech bubble with stamped stars and a word strip.
Our knock-out roses also popped this week, but I only included the photo, no journaling for that. You will see that I used the speech bubbles throughout along with the word strips. Simple and easy!
Whenever the kids stay home, I like to take them out to lunch once they start feeling better. I used half of the journaling card below, because I really liked the “Your face tells me the whole story.” No embellishments added to this one.
I love the chipboard embellishments that come in the physical product kit, but I have found the widest chipboard banner is always a bit too wide for photos on the Project Life App. So I brought this white banner into Letterglow and placed in on the photo on a smaller scale. Then I added an actual chipboard banner on top, offset. I absolutely used pink across this layout, and in the end I am glad I did.
This journaling card looks almost like it could be divided in two, and if you wanted to it would be just lovely, but I decided to leave it as one and embellish the one side. Again just a speech bubble with word strips.
On the right hand side of the layout I began with my journaling and photo of our son being inducted into NJHS, National Honor Society. I am so proud of him – transitioning to middle school was excruciating and he was failing last year. This year we made a plan and he has worked really hard, and he has kept A/B honor roll all year. So very awesome!!!
For the photo I brought another word strip into Letterglow. I did not alter the color, but did dial down the opacity. This one is also a bit larger than the physical word strip, which is the fun part of using the digital elements!
And here is where the layout took an unexpected turn! If you watched the video then you probably got the whole idea of what happened – I went to use the silkscreen that came in the READ Story Kit, and it bonded with the photo paper! This is what that looked like when I pulled the screen up:
You can see the residue that sadly remained on the layout itself! At that point I had to just to take a lunch break and cry for a minute. And then I regrouped and figured I would just cover it up. Originally I had used the black numbers in the digital kit, but the physical ones I received were white. So I decided to use those with a pink patterned paper backing them. Here is where I was glad I had several other pink elements on the layout!
Also, our little birds that were nested behind our wreath on the front door hatched in their nest this week. We have been hearing them chirping and tapping on the door, and we have seen mama bird and papa bird watching from the tree in the front yard. Underneath I added the marketing card, trimmed down, on top of the plus sign journaling card and then I added the date. Of course, long after the video was finished I realized that is entirely the wrong date (!) so I may end up going back and changing that, but for now this is it. LOL
The last story is about my Mother’s Day gift – the kids got me some really sweet gifts this year, and one of them was this little white elephant. Before they gave it to me, they took it on an adventure and photographed the whole thing. Notice the “Stop for Elephants” sign they altered. I love it and I love them. And I love having homes for these little (big) stories!
That is all for today – I know this layout was packed with journaling and stories! This might be the most journaling I have ever put on a layout, and it makes me very happy. I hope you enjoyed seeing the READ Story Kit being used in this Project Life layout. See you back here tomorrow for a Disney layout!
Hi guys, I am so excited about today’s project! A fellow YouTuber approached me and asked if I would like to do a collaboration with her, and of course I said yes please! So Katina Martinez of lifeslittleblessings and I decided we would both create a Project Life layout using our Wild story kits from Ali Edwards. Have a look at my process here:
So my favorite way to use my Ali Edwards Story Kits is to use the digital elements in the Project Life App, and then embellish using the physical products on top of the printed layouts. Here is the layout as I created it in the App:
Here is the layout completed:
When I first learned that the Story Kit for April/May was WILD, I must admit I wasn’t wild about the idea. My first thought about the word wild is discomfort – I think about wild outdoors, wild animals, wild children, wild crowds, and on and on. And of course I watched the class content and wrote notes for myself about other meanings of the word wild that Ali talked about. I also looked at the photos I had in my cue for the next few weeks of Project Life, and realized that there are actually quite a few opportunities to document the WILD in my own life.
I still wasn’t sure about it though, until Katina told me she was going to just document her WILD family in the every day, with three kids (yep, I know all about that!). So I asked her if I could use her idea as well, and this is how this week’s layout came about for me.
The left hand side of the layout is about Alan taking the kids to the trampoline park. Yep, plenty of WILD there! They totally had a ball.
Something that stood out to me, even in the midst of the WILD, is the contrast of REST. My husband captured all the images on this side of the layout, including the one of our son laying on the bench looking like he is dying. He’s not, I promise, but he did need to take a rest for a while and they did all wear themselves out in that park!
I absolutely love the circle elements in this month’s Story Kit. I think we find ourselves gravitating towards circles in our art because it is a feeling of completeness. There is also a feeling of completeness in enjoying the WILD moments.
Another image that conveys WILD is the bird’s nest that has been created behind the wreath on our front door. This is sort of a WILD place for a bird to land, and we are aware of the comings and goings of mama bird and papa bird. They watch us as well, as we come and go, from the tree in the front yard.
We had one particularly WILD day this week where they paved our road. We were pretty much sequestered for the afternoon, although the construction workers were very nice about it and tried to help us as much as they could.
Katina and I made a point of using the marketing card in this kit – and it was easy to say yes to that! I love this card, and especially love its place next to the photo of my feet.
This sums up where the week ended up – with a Diet Coke and a bottle of Tylenol! This was definitely a fun layout to create and another really awesome Story Kit from Ali Edwards. Please be sure to check out my friend Katina at her blog here: lovinglifeslittleblessings.com
She can also be found on YouTube, if you wish to find her there and that is where she found me! Thanks Katina, for friending me and for this collaboration! This is definitely one of my favorite things about the scrapbooking community – the many amazing artists who connect every day with each other, inspire each other, and lift each other up!