Summer Layout : I Want To Play


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I've been taking a bunch of summer photos since we've been home documenting how we are spending our days. For the kids that really means how they are spending their time outside. This past week it's been all about sprinklers and the slip-n-slide with the neighbor kids.

I'm procrastinating on working on anything related to our Italy trip. I look through the photos. I smile. I reminisce. I sigh. And then I feel overwhelmed and it moves farther down my list of projects to tackle. Sound familiar?

I'm ok with that for now. I'll let it simmer a bit longer and see what kind of inspiration evolves in the coming weeks.


AEdwards_RoundedCornerTemplatePackagePREV In the meantime, specifically to record our summer memories, I've developed a super simple & versatile series of rounded corner layered templates. Great for mixing and matching.

The new template package includes ten 12x12 layered templates (six are shown on this preview) - all include a thin line frame like you see in my layout above - are available at Designer Digitals now.


LAYOUT JOURNALING : I want to play outside. With you. In the water. On the slip-n-slide. Can we have a snack? I want the neighbors to play. Can we have some ice cream? I want to play with the water guns. In the sprinkler. With you.


So much playing is going on around here this summer. With Anna more of a “little kid” this year she is in serious play mode meaning you have more of a built-in playmate than ever before. I think, just by how it’s going right now, that this is just going to get better for both of you. It’s awesome to have a sibling to run around with, to giggle with, to tickle, to hug, to jump, and to sing, and so many other fun things.


I want to play with legos. With swords. With lightsabers. Can we make funny ghost faces? Read me a story? Can we have a snack? Nap time. TV time. Rest time. And then do it all over again.

DIGITAL LAYOUT SUPPLIES
Template
: Ali Edwards Rounded Corner Layered Template Pack
Cardstock : Katie Pertiet Lars Solid Paper Pack
Date
Strip
: Katie Pertiet Date Strips No. 1
Compass Epoxy
: Katie Pertiet Buttoned Up Vintage
"e" Stamp
: Katie Pertiet Messy Stamped Alphabet No. 2
"I
want to play" Phrase Strip
: Katie Pertiet Collageables No. 1
Red
Stitching
: Anna Aspnes StraightLine Stitch Red No. 1


Dottedline


If you are interested in learning more about digital
scrapbooking, including working with layered templates like the one in this post, check out my series on scrapbooking with your computer.

40 thoughts

  1. Karen G

    2010-07-16 04:49:59 -0400

    What a sweet photo (what great eye contact!)! And I love that you mixed & matched journaling voices. Sounds like the stuff of summer bliss. :>

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  2. Sara

    2010-07-16 05:09:24 -0400

    Gorgeous layout! A trip to Italy might be a good opportunity for a Blurb book or some other big coffee table album. Of course you'll come up with something great!

    * edited 08/11/14 09:03AM
  3. Jen

    2010-07-16 05:53:11 -0400

    My sister lived in England for 2 1/2 years. I made 5 trips in that time, all a week+, near to her home & other countries. I pushed through scbkg the 1st trip fairly soon after I was back. I can't say that I enjoyed the process too much. Between planning, taking, getting back to a full time job and recovering from a trip like that (not to mention 5 of them) I simply could not keep up with scpbkg ea trip. It was a blessing though because I'm still working on some of the trips 2 years later and loving it! It is like a little journey to Europe everytime I delve in for a layout or two. Waiting helped clarify what was most meaningful about the trip. Focus on summer (it will be gone soon) and let the rest brew for awhile. It will give us all something to look forward to! Can't wait for Sat's templates.

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  4. Jen

    2010-07-16 05:53:14 -0400

    My sister lived in England for 2 1/2 years. I made 5 trips in that time, all a week+, near to her home & other countries. I pushed through scbkg the 1st trip fairly soon after I was back. I can't say that I enjoyed the process too much. Between planning, taking, getting back to a full time job and recovering from a trip like that (not to mention 5 of them) I simply could not keep up with scpbkg ea trip. It was a blessing though because I'm still working on some of the trips 2 years later and loving it! It is like a little journey to Europe everytime I delve in for a layout or two. Waiting helped clarify what was most meaningful about the trip. Focus on summer (it will be gone soon) and let the rest brew for awhile. It will give us all something to look forward to! Can't wait for Sat's templates.

    * edited 08/11/14 09:03AM
  5. Katie

    2010-07-16 06:16:36 -0400

    Can't wait for this template set!

    * edited 08/11/14 09:03AM
  6. Amanda

    2010-07-16 07:37:23 -0400

    I like the simplicity of your layouts!

    * edited 08/11/14 09:03AM
  7. Stacie

    2010-07-16 08:18:00 -0400

    Love this layout idea and thanks for making it available to us tomorrow! Curious...looks like it is all digital...is that so? and then you are just printing it out on 12x12 glossy...or sending off to be printed?
    Just checking!

    * edited 08/11/14 09:03AM
  8. Judy Webb

    2010-07-16 08:31:57 -0400

    Would it be against your artistic core to try Becky's Project Life for your Italy photos. Seems like that system is designed for trips where the photos tell most of the story. Of course, her system has lots of journaling and memorabilia pockets.

    * edited 08/11/14 09:03AM
  9. taniawillis

    2010-07-16 08:50:40 -0400

    shhhhhhhh. don't tell anyone this, but that's exactly how i *still* feel about my week in the life photos.
    OY!
    two years in a row i've participated, but they never made it to an album.
    but i'm okay with the words & photos. the memories are still there, they just are prettily embellished, LOL.

    * edited 08/11/14 09:03AM
  10. Susan Bowers

    2010-07-16 08:56:14 -0400

    Hey Ali,
    Once again - inspiring. Love the digital layouts. Are you planning a 'summer' album or add a section to your other albums after printing them? I love the idea of a digital 'summer' book. The whole feel of it would be exhilirating just because it would be memories of a summer. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Sarah

    2010-07-16 09:18:46 -0400

    Love THAT! Captured it beautifully! Great photo of your little kiddo's, too!

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  12. Cindy Sowell RN

    2010-07-16 09:36:41 -0400

    Hi Ali! I took my Dad to Europe in May 2010 for 3 weeks. It was AMAZING!!! We went to England, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy (Cinque Terre, Venice, Florence, Pisa, Rome) and the Vatican City. I took over 20,000 photos!!! I am so excited to start my albums! I have the paper and all the Cha-Cha's but...I'm still procrastinating!!!! Do you have any ideas to motivate me? I want my albums to show how much I loved everything! It's really hard to scrapbook when I put so much expectation on them to be perfect! Thanks Ali! Cindy

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  13. Barb

    2010-07-16 10:45:36 -0400

    Ali, I love this story. I love that photo, and I love the way you've captured their relationship. A sibling is the best gift you can give your firstborn. <3

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  14. Jeni

    2010-07-16 11:41:22 -0400

    Love the layout and journaling Ali.

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  15. shelly k

    2010-07-17 03:26:21 -0400

    Very sweet layout! Enjoy summer!

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  16. Melanie

    2010-07-17 04:01:07 -0400

    That is such an awesome photo! Such sweet smiles! Thanks for sharing your wonderful page with us!

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  17. Jenniferlala

    2010-07-17 08:11:05 -0400

    Beautiful, Ali! I always look forward to your new projects; it gives me such inspiration. I especially like your new mini-book, which I'd like to try. Thank you for sharing!

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  18. Melissa Rhodes

    2010-07-17 13:03:06 -0400

    Just bought the template pack! Cannot wait to scrap with it! Love the cute photo!

    * edited 08/11/14 09:03AM
  19. lori

    2010-07-17 15:09:58 -0400

    I feel like I can do a lot with this template, so I just bought it at designer digitals, thank you ali!!!

    * edited 08/11/14 09:03AM
  20. Sherry

    2010-07-18 06:05:26 -0400

    Hey Ali-
    We also just got back from a long trip to Europe with lots of beautiful photos & memories, and in part inspired by you, I did the following: I sorted my digital photos into folders depending on what story I want to tell. As I went through and viewed, tweaked or deleted what I had captured on camera, I copied the photos I thought I might need to tell a specific story into a folder. Now I am in the process of writing down my impressions, listing important facts of the trip or jotting down a summary of whatever story I want to tell with my photos, and storing the journalling in the same folder. I am not going to worry about what my scrapbook(s) looks like or how it will be organized just yet. I do want to make sure I get all the details down before the memories start fading. I agree with you that the story + photos are the most important. Once I have that, then I can work on the project(s) as the year goes on. Some how this feels a lot less overwhelming. Good luck & I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

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  21. Artful Yogi

    2010-07-18 06:55:27 -0400

    Love this layout. How great to have one large photo and the story. Anna is so cute! They are so precious together.

    * edited 08/11/14 09:03AM
  22. Christina

    2010-07-18 12:15:25 -0400

    the templates look great but only wish we could see what the other 4 in the set look like!! Any chance??
    Love the layout this is a must do!!

    * edited 08/11/14 09:03AM
  23. Tere

    2010-07-21 05:58:57 -0400

    Love this!
    I clicked on all the links for your supplies. They are all digital. Going to head over to make some purchases.
    But question -- do you print out at home or send the 12x12 layout to be printed elsewhere?
    Thanks for your inspiration!

    * edited 08/11/14 09:03AM
  24. Karidan

    2010-07-31 03:17:36 -0400

    love the layout thanks for the chance to win something every week.

    * edited 08/11/14 09:03AM
  25. Betsy

    2010-08-01 14:57:54 -0400

    Just the coolest giveaway! You rock!

    * edited 08/11/14 09:03AM
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