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Ali’s August kit + scripture 

When I saw the journaling card “You are Enough” I knew I had a story tell and a scripture to relate it to.  I had a blast playing with grey and pink papers and embellishments.

I used a grainy, filtered Snapchat photo that I took one night after a challenging night at work.  Some evenings at work are just plain hard!  I want to remember that being a pediatric nurse is a gift given from God and he will provide me with the strength to do this job!

I like making interactive elements in my paper layouts.  Behind the enough journal card is were I added my prayer and underneath is the scripture I related it to.

This layout was fun to make and playing with paper was just there art therapy I needed after an emotional night at work.

Thank you Ali for making products that spark stories that are deep inside me (and sometimes I didn’t know was there!)

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AE August digital layout


Scrappy confession time … I have been so focused on documenting the big moments and the vacation moments I haven’t taken the time to document the everyday. The everyday is what I love about project life! 

By focusing on one photo and one story from each day of the week, I get to see my life recorded on the pages of my album. This spread started by throwing photos into the project life app template D. I transformed it into a colorful story filled spread using Ali’s August digital kit journal card as a spark to journal my story. I finished it off with a few digital embellishments like sprinkles topping a cupcake. Here is my week 31 Right Side Page. 

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AE Lost & Found

Here & There you find a magical place that both relaxes & ignites a fire inside.

For me, that place is Donner Lake, a small lake set in the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains. Being among the giant trees, the fresh mountain air and clear cool lake water is my favorite!

I documented this story with an enlarged 6×8 photo in my personal album.  I love the title using the digital word overlays.  The gradiant of blues from the lake’s reflection set the color scheme.


I added my journaling on a slant inside the story circle along with story circles on the top and bottom of the page to repeat the circle pattern.

Here is a few more photos of the completed layout:

 

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July Ali Edwards digital kit layouts 

This month, I ventured out of my comfort zone both story telling and in design process.  I told a more personal reflective story which turned out to be an enlightening process.  By digging a little deeper about how I felt about my knee injury, I realized there was part of my identity tied to this problem.  There were ways that I had restricted myself as a protective mechanism but mentally and physically.  Having not experienced the dislocation for 16 years, I had forgotten the emotional component that accompanied it.

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Design wise, I created the whole layout using Photoshop Elements.  I am new to PSE and am learning on the fly.  I enjoyed printing precisely for 3×8 and 6×8 pages.  The 3×8 again and again is my favorite way to add dimension to the album and a few more words.   While I have never taken a photo of my knee at its worst, this photo shows how I am taping it provide more stabilization.

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One a lighter note, another layout I created using the July digital kit is from a surprise overnight trip to Napa that my husband treated me to for my birthday.  I love to explore a town through their food and Napa is an easy place to do just that.  Since we were kid free, we had time to sit and eat and enjoy the food and each other’s company.  I highly recommend Boon Fly Cafe in Napa for their brunch, black coffee and mini donuts!  Oxbow public market is another favorite.

Here is the layout

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New flow for weekly Projecf Life

At the beginning of the year, I started weekly Project Life in a 6×8 album. About mid-March I realized that size didn’t allow the amount of space I wanted to feature our photos. My kids are young and active and I take a lot of photos.  So I moved back into 12×12 and accepted that my current enough was making digital layouts on my phone using letterglow, the project life app and Ali Edwards digital products. 

 

My constant challenge is the desire to include bits and pieces of everyday life in their paper form into my album.  The idea of adding these elements in between my double page 12×12 weekly layouts came about around the same time Heidi Swapp released her Storyline products. Genius!


This new flow allows me the space and opportunity to document stories embellished with everyday bits when I want to. 


On Father’s Day I wrote a note to my husband and wanted to document those words in a more creative fashion.  The title “Dad stories” is part of Ali Edwards June digital kit.  I added my words onto a journal card from a previous story kit tucked it into a library book pocket. 


This page will be sandwiched between the respective week’s Project Life spread and the backside will be space to store the boys handmade cards for my husband. 

I love collecting the little bits of life and this new flow is sparking my creativity! 

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PL week 23


The last week of school was super busy!

I am thankful for the teachers Dylan had this year and the friends he made. I am thankful for his school principal who prioritizes connecfion and parent involvement. The school does really feel like one big family.  And I am thankful for a break from the school routine and the new pace of summer!


Projecf Life week 23 completed using Ali Edwards June digital kit, the project life app and the letterglow app. 

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Fun! Story kit 


This year was our first year camping with friends. We meet the Gallo and Berry families through Dylan’s sports teams and our families have become great friends. And we had SO MUCH FUN! Our boys woke up and immediately began playing with the other boys. Any game played with a ball! Hitting the baseball in a make shift baseball diamond near the tents was an instant favorite. Each morning we packed up wagons and made our way to the beach. Dylan loved search for sea shells. He and I took a long walk along the shoreline and found a few crabs and a starfish. Observing how he enjoys nature and respects wildlife brought me joy. Jacob and daddy played in the sand and each day buried Jacob up to his neck in sand. He got a kick out of everyone seeing him in the hole he dug and there was sand in every crevice of that boy. Each night we finished the day with a campfire and s’mores. There was discussion about how to toast the perfect marshmallow and proper childcare ratio. My heart was full of love each day for the memories we were creating! 

Ali Edwards FUN story kit was the perfect way to document the story of this trip. I added photos and embellishments and my favorite filler card into my weekly project life spread. And created a journal card with the digital tags to document the story. 
Here is how it all turned out. 

 

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