Wednesday, April 27, 2016


i've been subscribing to Ali Edwards Story Stamp on and off for a while now. i took a break for a bit when the themes didn't seem to suit the kinds of stories i wanted to tell. But I've been subbing again for the last 4 months.

i've created lots of layouts with the stamp sets over the last year or so, but not shared any of them here. i want to change that so i thought i'd start with the latest theme, Tough.

It turned out this was good timing for me as April has been a difficult month so i had a couple of stories i wanted to tell straight away. This isn't always the case, but the content that Ali provides with the subscription gets lots of ideas flowing. So  even on months when i think i may struggle to use the stamps, i still end up with a lot of ideas for layouts. i've also found that the stamps work well together and i often find myself using more than one set on a layout. 

What's a single girl to do with all those heart/love themed products out there? Use them on a layout about singledom of course! i've been having a bit of a tough time lately with boys. Hopefully this won't always be the case, but it is a reflection of my life now. Although this is ultimately a page about how hard being single can be, i also put a positive spin on my journaling. i went for a pink, white & black theme, mainly because i don't often get the opportunity to use pink! i knew i wanted lots of space for journaling as i wrote it out in advance so that i knew where i needed to place my stamps. That's a classic Ali technique, using stamps to form part of your journaling. 

Another layout in pink! Really liking this colour combo. Plus it fits my theme. i took on a promotion at work in January and i am in charge of 19 males. i take great pride in this as it's a male dominated industry and i'm a young woman that is thriving. But i am certainly finding it very challenging and i am learning & growing every day. For this layout i started with the 4x4 journaling card and built my layout around it. The title is stamped & cut out. 

This is another layout about work, but a specific week when i was on a training course. i knew i wanted to use that yellow paper. But the patterned paper strip on the left went down first. Once i figured out the photo mat, i did all the stamping. It came together really quickly. 

Please know that i realise these are all first world problems & i am very fortunate! But for me, it's important to have a rounded view in my albums. Life isn't always easy & i wouldn't want anyone looking through my scrapbooks to think that my life was all travel, fun times & celebrations. And i find scrapbooking can be therapeutic and help you work through things. 

You'll notice that although these are layouts about struggles i'm facing, i still try to keep things encouraging (like the use of the 'yes i can' stamp). It's about getting that balance again. Sometimes you need to be your own cheerleader! Even when things are tough, there is usually something to be learnt from the experience.


ForgedinPaper said...

They are great LOs. I loved that yellow paper as well.

Sian said...

Well I'm standing up and saluting you..what an inspiring post.

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