Here are a few more layouts from the albums I’ve started using Ali Edward’s Story Kits. T had been at RMA for about 3 months.
The Veteran’s Day Parade is a big deal for the Riverside Corps of Cadets. The Corp travels an hour to Atlanta and then marches in one of the largest Veteran’s Day parades in the nation. The the cork Number 1 embellishment from Ali Edward’s First Story Kit was perfect for this layout.
Here’s a close up so you can see how really cool this is.
The next story I wanted to tell was about the care packages that family and friends could send to the RMA Cadets. And all the food they seemed to consume – even though they got 3 really good meals each day. So you could fax your care package request in to the Publix just around the corner from the school. This is a great service! And super easy – or so I thought. Of course I wanted to send T Poptarts (the ultimate comfort food when you’re a teenager). As I’m sure you know, Poptarts come in small boxes with 6 packages or larger boxes that have 12 packages. I figured I’d send 3 of the larger boxes. 3 boxes x 12 packages in each box = 36 packages. Easy math right? Wrong. T ended up getting 36 boxes of Poptarts! Guess I should have been more specific. . .
I used the am/pm plastic word and a couple of chipboard pieces from the AM/PM Story Kit. The layout is based on a digital template from Cathy Zielske.
The next layout in the album is a double page spread. The left is 8 1/2 x 11 and the right is 8 1/2 x 5. The chipboard pieces are from the Gatherings Story Kit. Since it was Thanksgiving weekend, this Story Kit was perfect.
So the way I use the Story Kits is that I hoard them for a few months. Then, when I have a little stockpile, I go to the list of layouts that I want to create and then look at what Story Kits might lend themselves to the story I want to tell. I haven’t been disappointed yet! And since I’m using the Story Kits exclusively right now for my son’s albums (which tell the story of his junior and senior years in high school), this approach seems to be working for me.
I want to share one more layout with you. The photo is Tanner during his junior year. The journaling is in a letter format. Thoughts I wanted to share with him. Thoughts I wanted to put down in writing. On paper. To remember how it felt to not have him home with us, but know that he was safe and well looked after. I reached for the Go Story Kit and used the plastic word as part of the title. I love these plastic words!
You can see that I’m not using a lot of embellishments and the layouts are pretty clean. I’m taking Ali’s approach of telling the story first. And then letting the photos and the embellishments follow. This is different for me. I used to scrap around the photos. Now I’m journaling a lot more. Even though it might not seem like a lot – it’s a lot for me! But I love having the stories down on paper. The stories are why the photos exist. One supports the other. But if you have a story with no photo, you can imagine the characters or place or feeling. If you have a photo with no story, you can imagine the story – but you may or may not even be close. Here’s to the stories!