Ali Edwards Story Kit

{Project Life 2016} Week 37 | Using Ali Edwards ME Story Kit!

Hello! I have a Project Life layout to share with you today, continuing in Week 37 of 2016. I am using Ali Edwards’ ME Story kit, have a look at my process:

What I love most about the ME Story Kit are the colors – such really pretty pinks and yellows and greys. I added touches of blue and navy across the layout by bringing in the Simple Stories Posh and Pinkfresh Studio Indigo Hills collections to embellish.

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One of the things I have completely resolved in my scrapbooking process is the idea that I am telling my story and that my albums, while they contain lots of stories about lots of different people, all those stories are told through my own lens. These albums are the story of my life, and my husband’s life as it relates to me.

Larkindesign {Project Life 2016} Week 37 | Using Ali Edwards ME Story Kit

Have a look at the details on the left hand side.

Larkindesign {Project Life 2016} Week 37 | Using Ali Edwards ME Story Kit

For me, these weekly layouts become a place for me to photograph and document my favorite memories, people, things, and events. It was fun having a kit that captured this – my stories, my memories, my life.

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I particularly love that my layouts provide a space for including these random photos of the kids sprawled out on the floor behind the sofa. We keep all the electronics there (read: battery chargers!) so they spend a lot of time back there huddled up around the outlet. If it weren’t for this project, these moments would totally get missed.

Larkindesign {Project Life 2016} Week 37 | Using Ali Edwards ME Story Kit

The Pieces of my Life element is one of the digital PNG’s included in the digital kit. I placed a white card in that space in the Project Life App, and then brought this element directly on top. It does not allow you to adjust the size, which is why it is oversized, but I decided to leave it that way! It pops on the page!

Larkindesign {Project Life 2016} Week 37 | Using Ali Edwards ME Story Kit

This photo captures an event that occurs regularly in our house: bringing home the groceries and putting away the cat food. This is Zoe helping Emberlynn organize the canned food! They are so cute!

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Right hand side:

Larkindesign {Project Life 2016} Week 37 | Using Ali Edwards ME Story Kit

We had a date night at The Loop pizza and the place was empty, so I set up this shot on the table across from us.

Larkindesign {Project Life 2016} Week 37 | Using Ali Edwards ME Story Kit

I felt like I had enough Journaling spaces on this layout, so I used the journaling lines on this pink card for stamps and word stickers.

Larkindesign {Project Life 2016} Week 37 | Using Ali Edwards ME Story Kit

Lately I have been experimenting with the list-type journal cards because I am not much of a lister on my Project Life layouts! I am trying, however, to incorporate more lists, or to use the list format somewhat in the way it was intended. I do love how this one turned out.

Larkindesign {Project Life 2016} Week 37 | Using Ali Edwards ME Story Kit

This week marked the week that we were able to announce who was going to be on the Sahlin Studio design team. I cannot even begin to tell how special it was to be asked to be on this team! It has been an honor to be chosen, and has been a truly wonderful experience working with Krista Sahlin and all of the incredibly talented artists here.

Larkindesign {Project Life 2016} Week 37 | Using Ali Edwards ME Story Kit

Notice how I took the embellishments across the boundaries of the filler card and the photo. I know it’s easy to restrain ourselves to the edges of the cards and photos, but it is ok to ignore those borders too, and allow the embellishments to spill over. Have fun with that!

Larkindesign {Project Life 2016} Week 37 | Using Ali Edwards ME Story Kit

This Currently card tied all the colors of the layout together for me, and look – I created another list using the Me stamp set! I also used the roller stamp from Paige Evans’ Take Me Away collection for Pink Paislee to separate the lines more emphatically.

Larkindesign {Project Life 2016} Week 37 | Using Ali Edwards ME Story Kit

This is my last Project Life layout that I will be sharing this year, although I do still have a tutorial that I am hoping to share with you later on this week. I am now officially transitioning into December Daily and will share that project with you throughout the month of December. In January I will pick back up in my 2016 Project Life album until it is complete! See you soon!

~Theresa

 

 

Project Life 2016 Week 35 Back to School Part 2

Hi there! Today I am sharing Part 2 of my Week 35 layouts in my Project Life album, these are the pages I created for our girls. Have a look at my process!

Up first is Emberlynn, who is 11 and going into sixth grade. This is her first year in middle school and I know she is going to rock it! (And she is!)

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I love these simple stars scattered across the negative space on the photo. Now, granted, you have to be careful doing this so it doesn’t look like “sticker sneeze,” but I think it’s ok with stars. A few word strips at the bottom help ground the embellishments.

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Underneath is one of the title cards, with more word strips and stars.

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 Week 35 Back to School Part 2

This is a photo I took of all four of them sometime that same week. Since they leave at different times of the morning now, it’s impossible to get a photo of all four on the first day of school. And who says you have to take one on precisely that day?

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For Emberlynn’s initial and number I overlapped some of the card boundaries. I love crossing those lines and allowing embellishments to go across the page sometimes! (Most of the elements used in Emberlynn’s layout are from the Ali Edwards Cheer Story kit.)

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Up next is Natalie, who is now 9 and in fourth grade. She is still in elementary this year!

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 Week 35 Back to School Part 2

For Natalie’s page I used elements and cards from the Ali Edwards Read kit. I adore the colors in this kit and they coordinate perfectly with her shirt in the photos.

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 Week 35 Back to School Part 2

Underneath I added this filler card, which is a patterned card that I brought into Letterglow and then added the digital word art on top. Then I added a little bit of journaling and the date.

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 Week 35 Back to School Part 2

We totally had a dance party in the car while we were in the car line at drop-off. I adore her enthusiasm and joy!

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 Week 35 Back to School Part 2

These two filler cards only needed journaling and star stamps! Love that simplicity!

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 Week 35 Back to School Part 2

And then her title card, with initial and age. I also added a few more word strips to carry the words down the side of the letter n.

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 Week 35 Back to School Part 2

That is all for today! Have a great weekend!

~Theresa

 

 

 

 

Project Life 2016 Week 35 Part 1 | Back to School

Hi there! I have some back to school layouts to share with you today! Have a peek at my process video:

So if you follow me regularly then you have probably seen in the past that I like to create layouts that highlight each of our four children, and I tend to repeat the same style of layout and then embellish each individually. Creating the layouts times 4 is a time-saver, while also allowing me to create a love note of sorts for each one of them. Today I am sharing the boys’ layouts and tomorrow I will share the girls’ layouts. Here is Addison’s:

Project Life 2016 Week 35 Part 1 | Back to School

I created the layout itself in the Project Life App using the digital journal cards from Ali Edwards’ Story kits. Earlier this week I shared how I create my own cards as well, so if you missed that scroll down a bit to find that tutorial!

Project Life 2016 Week 35 Part 1 | Back to School

I began with this great enlarged photo of Addison standing outside his school at Open House. You know what is awesome about this photo? In years to come he will go back and know exactly how tall he stood next to the bricks!

Project Life 2016 Week 35 Part 1 | Back to School

The cards on this layout are all from the Drive Story kit, along with the stamps I used. So easy to bring those digital elements right into the Project Life App!

Project Life 2016 Week 35 Part 1 | Back to School

Addison’s birthday is in late August, always right around back to school, so I included this photo from his birthday celebration. A simple label adds a little something to bring your eye to this photo.

Project Life 2016 Week 35 Part 1 | Back to School

Now the yellow heart in the circle is a digital element and also a physical element in the kit, and I love them all. This one is simply layered onto a white canvas in Letterglow, and then I stamped This Story on top.

Project Life 2016 Week 35 Part 1 | Back to School

Creating layouts in the Project Life App doesn’t mean you can’t also get messy and use your paints, as you can see here. I added his initial and his age using chipboard alphas I have had in my stash. The 13 is Ali Edwards and the a is from Hobby Lobby.

Here is Nick’s layout:

Project Life 2016 Week 35 Part 1 | Back to School

I also used a photo of him by the same brick column here, along with simple banners and a rubber shape from the kits.

Project Life 2016 Week 35 Part 1 | Back to School

I love the colors in this journal card, and even though it is designed for a list based journaling, I just journaled like normal on it. Who says you have to follow the actual prompts?!

Project Life 2016 Week 35 Part 1 | Back to School

My silly boy put the papers over his face and it made me laugh, so I took the shot and included it here. Such big personalities in this house and I love that my camera captures them all!

Project Life 2016 Week 35 Part 1 | Back to School

I didn’t have to add much to these two cards, only a chipboard frame (from the Project Life Storytelling kit) and a stamped sentiment. Done!

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And here is Nick’s title card, also with his initial and age. The n is from Hobby Lobby and the 12 is unknown from years ago. All have been painted with Tim Holtz distress paints and layered with Glossy Accents.

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See you back here tomorrow for the girls’ layouts!

~Theresa

 

 

 

 

 

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 26 | The Reading of the Epic Paint Story

Hi guys! Are you ready to hear it? I have been talking about our epic paint project and today is the day you get to hear the story of it. I ended up mixing the video up with a little bit story here, a little bit embellishing here, so have a look:

Since there are quite a few pages to show you, I am only going to show the completed layouts today. Page 1 here, with the layout you saw me complete in my process video last week:

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Page 2, which is two of the story layouts that are loosely based on Ali Edwards’ 31 Things format:

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And then Page 3, with just one side completed for now. I will finish that next week!

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Ok, so let me give you a few close-ups, particularly of the embellishing I did on these pages. 

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When I printed out these pages I realized there were a few spaces in the formatting that made it easy to add tiny bits of embellishments.

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I pulled just a few washi tapes and chipboard from Ali Edwards to use.

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The Tough story kit provided some great sentiments and chipboard pieces that absolutely fit in with this story.

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The word stickers are from February’s Heart story kit, also from Ali Edwards. 

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My husband sent me this photo via text on one of the days he was working at the house by himself. This butterfly, as if it was blessing us, appeared out of nowhere and landed right there. At first I was going to leave the photo alone, but in the end this tiny word sticker was perfect.

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While I did not get photos of us looking like snow people, you can imagine what that might have looked like from this photo of my putty-encrusted hand! The irony in me wearing nail polish is just so hilarious, I can’t even. 

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Even when there is a shortage of photos, don’t hesitate to look around Google images to find royalty-free images that might help you tell your story. On this page the photo of the fireworks helps to locate this project in the yearly timeline – while all this was going on the fireworks went on and still we painted and painted.

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If you look closely, you can totally see my reflection in this photo from above, trying to take the photo of the layout! Ah that reflective black on photo paper!

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I love this photo so much of our kitchen just as we finished the painting and removed the mucky tape and plastic. It looks so sparkly and crisp and white, but the ball of plastic tells the real story here!

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This is the final page. I know it has been a photo-packed post today!

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The little round chipboard piece right here says it all. My poor fingers, after sanding the walls by hand, through the entire house. 

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I was having such a hard time with my lighting! You can see me in the reflection again, but life goes on. While this corner might seem pretty insignificant, to me it was a really big deal. When I lifted the tape after the painting, this wall was torn up something awful. Herbert patched it somewhat, but I still had to work on it as well. I was amazed it turned out like nothing ever happened!

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Well, they say all good things must come to an end, and we were so incredibly happy to see this end. I am also happy to have this story documented and included in our family albums.

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This truly is an important piece of our history and of our home. I am so thankful that scrapbooking allows us to photograph and write about these kinds of events. Life isn’t always graduations and weddings, sometimes life is about the decisions we make to bring about a real change in our lives. Writing about this has been cathartic for me. Of course we went on to move in and this house means so much to me. But it is nice to tell the story one more time and then close the book. 

Tomorrow is supposed to be a Traveler’s Notebook day, but I decided to change things up a bit and show you a traditional layout! See you then!

~Theresa

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 25 | The Painting Project!!!!

Hi guys! Today I am showing you a layout from my 2014 Project Life and I am beginning to document the painting portion of the project that we were responsible for. This will be broken up into two sections, so here is today’s part:

Here is a look at the entire layout before embellishing and journaling. I created the entire right hand side in Photoshop because it is a part of the written story that I am trying to include.

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Here is the layout completed:

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So for the painting project, it turned out to be done in three phases: the first phase consisted of filling and sanding the trim work and painting the first coat of paint.So this side of the layout shows how the house looked at the end of that phase.

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All of the products I chose are from Ali Edwards’ Story kits, primarily the Tough and Wild ones. I began with this marketing card.

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The photos I chose for this layout came directly unedited from my phone. I admit that there were very few photos taken during this portion of the project – it was simply a matter of focus and survival, and I did not want my DSLR to become damaged in the process. So these photos were downloaded from my phone and then I printed them on 4×6 photo paper, shrunk to size. Then they are layered onto some patterned cards from Ali’s Story kits.

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I have to admit it was fascinating to scrapbook this after the fact (two years afterwards) using the Story kits that are designed to affirm and empower. I found myself using sentiments that reflected the difficulty of the project, but also contained phrases and words that I would tell myself back then to help make it through. 

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I love these Story kits for that reason – both the ability to encapsulate the experience as it was, and to tell ourselves the things we needed to hear at the time. I loved the idea of using the Wild kit because I think the fact that we took this on was pretty Wild. This card makes the perfect background for the title card.

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None of my dates in this portion of the album are precise, that much I will admit. Since there aren’t many photos, there isn’t any metadata to access to tell me what was going on day to day. That really is ok. Include the photos you have, tell the stories you remember.

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I particularly love the Life in Progress stamp for this layout! Over the last few weeks you have seen our house built in place from the ground up. And now the progress continues due to our own blood, sweat, and tears! I want to remember this! I want to open this album the day we move out (with my nails clawing the driveway because I won’t go easily!) and remember what these days felt like (hot, exhausting, overwhelming), what it smelled like (sweat, paint, wood, caulk), and what it felt like when it was done (superheroes!) 

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The right hand side begins to tell the story. I have four pages total that look similar to this, and so next week I will read them all to you. Since there were so few photos, I decided my format would be to add one or two photos per page. When I wrote the stories all down, it sort of came to me in some sort of order, but there were smaller micro stories that needed to be included. The small print sections are the main story, the larger print sections are the micro stories.

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TBT Project Life Week 25

Stay tuned next week for the reading of the story and the remaining layouts that help tell them. See you tomorrow for some Traveler’s Notebook goodness!

~Theresa