Adventure Story Theme

It's been a while since I've shared a story theme layout using Ali Edwards's story kits. Here is the latest layout I completed, this one is called "Adventure".

 Azzari Jarrett | Adventure Story Theme

I decided to document our family's spring break RV camping trip to Asheville, North Carolina. My husband took this photo and I love how it captures the RV with the mountains in the background. It was a pretty epic trip! 

 Azzari Jarrett | Adventure Story Theme

I used one of three sticky patches, "Adventure" at the top of the layout. I also used phrases from the sticker sheet to describe our trip.

 Azzari Jarrett | Adventure Story Theme

I adhered the acrylic "adventure" directly over my photo to emphasis. Rounding out the layout was a chipboard sticker and journaling. I also like to stamp the date I complete the layout, regardless of how long it has been!

You can check out more of my other story theme layouts: UpGoLittle ThingsClickMagicFirstsGatherAM/PM, and Numbers.

Up Story Theme

As most of you know, creativity ebbs and flows. There is a time for creating, a time for reflecting, a time for quiet and reflection, and there's also finding time to actually share what you have created. 

 Azzari Jarrett | Open Story Theme

I completed this layout almost a year ago. Took these photos of my layout almost a year ago. And it is only now that I am getting around to actually sharing it. Sometimes I have put work aside for a while and come back to it. And I'm totally fine with that.

 Azzari Jarrett | Open Story Theme

That being said, I love working on story theme layouts using Ali Edwards's story kits. This story kit really spoke to me.

 Azzari Jarrett | Open Story Theme

This time last year, I was still getting used to my new city and my new home. I wanted to document the ways that I could open up. And for me, that meant opening up to a slower pace of life, new people and experiences, making time for what's important, and opening up honestly to my girls.

I used peach card stock to match with the wall in my photo, and printed the word "Open" at the top.  Everything else is from Ali's "Up"kit.  I tried to link the kit, but unfortunately I think it's too old now!

 Azzari Jarrett | Open Story Theme

I am using a We R Memory Keepers 8.5x11 Classic Leather Album to hold all of my story layouts.  I slipped the completed layout in a  8x5 x 11 inch page protector.

If you are interested, you can check out my other story theme layouts: BuildGoLittle ThingsClickMagicFirstsGatherAM/PM, and Numbers.

Numbers Story Theme

I still love working on story theme layouts using Ali Edwards' theme kits.  I enjoy the monthly prompts to document my story as opposed to documenting our family story which I do with my Project Life spreads.

 Azzari Jarrett | Numbers Story Theme

January's theme was numbers, and there was so much goodness included in the kit.  Honestly, I completed 4 layouts with the kit!  So many stories to tell.  And as a math minor in college, and a Type A personality, you can be assured that I thrive on numbers!

For the layout I'm sharing today, I printed a 2.5 x 11 inch copy of my photobooth strip from the Ace Hotel during my trip to Portland.  

 Azzari Jarrett | Numbers Story Theme

I included the "numbers" piece with a list of numbers that make up my life. I love adding things that are true for me right now.  I know they will change in the future. I added a additional piece of washi tape to the right side of my layout and stamped the date at the bottom.

Here's how it looks in my album.

 Azzari Jarrett | Numbers Story Theme

I am using a We R Memory Keepers 8.5x11 Classic Leather Album to hold all of my story layouts.  I slipped the completed layout in a  8x5 x 11 inch page protector.

If you are interested, you can check out my other story theme layouts: BuildGoLittle ThingsClickMagicFirstsGather, and AM/PM.

Build Story Theme

 Build Story Theme Layout | Azzari Jarrett

It's been a while since I've completed a layout with Ali's Story Theme kits. I am definitely behind, but I continue to enjoy creating these layouts. Ali has a way of getting me to think, dig deep, and document a story that I know I will love to read in 20 years.

Here's my layout from the August 2015 Build Story Theme.

 Build Story Theme Layout | Azzari Jarrett

As usual, I started with a photo foundation.  I wanted to tell the story of something I am currently building, one day at time.  And for me, that is most definitely my film cameras and a collection of images.  I have added a camera to my collection each time that I wanted to experiment and push my boundaries.  I have taken images with each of these cameras that I hold near and dear to my heart.  I love that I was able to document this story.

I really liked Ali's example layout of a up close image alongside a shot with a wider scene.  I paired for these two images together and added a 4x6 card from the kit directly on top of the right hand photo with my journaling.

 Build Story Theme Layout | Azzari Jarrett
 Build Story Theme Layout | Azzari Jarrett

Now that I have the fuse tool for my main Project Life album, I have been addicted to adjusting page protectors as I need them.  It is truly liberating to create layouts and not be limited to the pockets in page protectors, but creating my own.  

For the right hand side of this layout, I used the fuse tool to create a 6 x 11 page protector from a 8.5 x 11 inch We R Memory Keepers page

 Build Story Theme Layout | Azzari Jarrett

And here is how it looks in my album. I am using a We R Memory Keepers 8.5 x 11 Classic Leather Album to hold all of my story layouts.  

If you are interested, here are my previous story theme layouts: GoLittle ThingsClickMagicFirstsGather, and AM/PM.

Products I used in this layout: Ali Edwards Build Story Theme Kit,  8.5 x 11 page protectorsWe R Memory Keepers 8.5 x 11 Classic Leather Album

Go Story Theme

 Go Story Theme | Azzari Jarrett

If you have followed my story theme layouts with Ali Edwards' theme kits,  you know that I usually use the monthly prompts to document my story as opposed to documenting our family story which I do with my Project Life spreads.  

Switching gears a bit this month, I decided to use the June 'Go' Story Kit to document our anniversary trip to Greece.  As usual, I am a bit behind keeping up with the monthly prompts but I love creating these layouts.

 Go Story Theme | Azzari Jarrett

I am documenting our trip in a 6 x 8 inch album, which is separate from my regular Project Life spreads.  I shared a previous layout from this album in my post July Layouts with Paislee Press.

Instead of the black 6 x 8 inch album, I recently found a navy and white strip album in the same size from Michaels.  I can't seem to find a link, but it definitely reminds me of all the blue and white colors of Greece that was so evident while on our trip.

 Go Story Theme | Azzari Jarrett

I love these manila tags that were included in the 'Go' story kit, and knew immediately that I wanted to use them for documenting this trip.

This layout is inspired by Ali's example from the class. I cut white textured cardstock into 6 x 8 inches for the base pages.  I attached the tags with Scotch mini tabs in order to make them stand out a bit.

In Photoshop, I cropped six images approximately 3.5 x 1.7 inches and used one of the original tags to cut each photo into the same shape.  

Finally, I added a little bit of journaling directly on the images. I love how simple and clean this layout is.

 Go Story Theme | Azzari Jarrett

And here's a look at the layout in my album.

 Go Story Theme | Azzari Jarrett
 Go Story Theme | Azzari Jarrett

I'm slowly, but surely, working on documenting this trip, which I plan to share more of as I complete it.

Here are my other story theme layouts: Little Things, ClickMagicFirstsGather, and AM/PM.

Products used in this layout: Go Story Theme Kit, Becky Higgins Design 1 page protectors, White textured card stock, and the "XO" washi tape is from my stash (can't quite remember where I picked this up).

Little Things Story Theme

I continue to love Ali Edward's monthly story themes.  I subscribe to her story kit, which always includes such amazing products, but what I find myself loving even more are the story prompts.  Ali has a way of making me dig deep in order to tell my stories.  May's story theme was "little things".  I am a bit late keeping up with the prompts, but I always enjoy creating these layouts.

 Ali Edwards Little Things Story Theme | Layout by Azzari Jarrett

Earlier this year, I decided that I am using these story theme prompts to tell my story.  While I enjoy documenting our family story, and my own stories and memories often get overlooked.  

Using one of Ali's layouts as inspiration, I decided to document 36 little things that I am grateful for.  36 little things - one for each year of my life.

In Photoshop, I cropped a 8.5 x 11 inch photo of myself.  I added 36 little things that I am grateful for right now. I printed at home and added a chipboard sticker from the kit to the top of the layout.  The '3' and '6' were from my stash - and I layered the plastic "little things" right over the numbers.  Super simple, and most importantly, done!

 Ali Edwards Little Things Story Theme | Layout by Azzari Jarrett

And here is how it looks in my album.

I am using a We R Memory Keepers 8.5x11 Classic Leather Album to hold all of my story layouts.  I slipped the completed layout in a  8x5 x 11 inch page protector.

If you are interested, you can check out my other story theme layouts: ClickMagicFirstsGather, and AM/PM.

Click Story Theme

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One thing that I continue to love about the story theme prompts from Ali Edwards is the chance to tell my own story.  I love how Ali challenges you to dig deeper with documenting and tell more about the whyWhy is this important.  Why I do what I do. I always have to do a little soul searching before I work on my layout.  And I love that.

Here is my layout for the Click Story Theme.

I cropped this black and white photo and added white space so that I could include my journaling - why photography is such an important aspect of my life.  I added a few embellishments from the kit to round out the right side of this spread.

On the left, I included selfies with my film cameras - my hasselblad, pentax K1000, polaroid 250 land camera, and my polaroid 660.

I truly think that this is how my girls will remember me.  Always behind the lens!

And I always like to share what it looks like in my album.  Somehow I feel that it completes the spread - officially adding it to my the album.

Magic Story Theme

Each month, as I work on these story theme prompts from Ali Edwards, I am reminded how much I love getting these experiences down on paper.  I continue to enjoy this kit, mostly because I love to document extra stories that I may not get to tell in my Project Life spreads.

Last month's theme was "Magic".  After reviewing and taking in all of the class content (which is great, by the way), I realized that I resonated with one particular definition - magic as a quality that makes something seem removed from life, especially in a way that gives delight. 

Magical would definitely be an accurate description of how I feel during and after a run.  There is something about a run first thing in the morning that sets the tone for my entire day. If I don't do one more thing that day, I feel that I have accomplished something.

Inspired by one of Ali's layouts from the class, I printed out 3 x 4 photos of pictures I snapped on my phone during recent runs.  

I used a round hole punch to cut my photos and a few journal cards from the kit. I adhered some of them with an adhesive roller and others with foam dots for a bit of texture and dimension.

I wanted to use my "magic" acrylic piece for this layout, but I was afraid it would get lost with the white background.  I used my sewing machine to adhere a piece of kraft paper to the bottom of each page.  I love the effect, and the way it grounds the layout.

I used chipboard stickers and the perforated phrases directly from the kit on the opposite side. 

The "Like A Boss" stamp is from this Clearly Kelly stamp set.  And the the "from where i stand" flair badge is one that I designed available hereI also added some gold and silver stars throughout to add to the magic theme.

I should also mention that I included a 5x7 insert with my journaling right in the middle of this layout that I decided not include in this post.

One thing that I am struggling with in showing my layouts are how personal some spreads can be.  While I love to share my work, I feel that some layouts contain heartfelt feelings and thoughts that are so personal. Do you have a rule of thumb regarding sharing, or does it even cross your mind?  I'd love to know.

And here is my spread looks in my album:

I'm keeping all of my 8.5 x 11 layouts in this binder, which is working out really well for me. 

My previous story theme layouts: Firsts, Gather, and AM/PM.