Hello friends!!

Things have been a little quiet around this space for the last few weeks, but it’s definitely NOT¬† due to a lack of crafty projects!! In fact, it’s exactly the opposite! Lots of exciting things in the works that I can’t wait to share more about ūüôā

First up, I am so very excited to be a contributor to Studio Calico’s February class “On the Grid”, led by the amazingly¬†talented (and Canadian!) Marcy Penner. The list of people contributing to this class is incredible…seriously! As cool as it is to be a contributor, I’m actually more excited about being a class participant. Tonnes of inspiration to be had from these ladies, for sure!! Here’s a little sneak peak of my project.SC on the grid sneak ¬†It’ll be exclusive to the class, so I guess you’ll just have to sign up if you want to see more ūüėČ

Then, I got an invite to be¬†one of the “Guest Storytellers” for Ali Edwards’ Story Kits and Story¬†Stamps¬†for theme of “Gatherings”.¬†Let me back up a bit and explain what a huge deal this is for me! I’ve always been an HUGE Ali fan. Without a doubt, it’s her style and approach to scrapbooking that got me hooked on this hobby in the first place!¬†I’m not sure I would be doing this today had I not come across Ali’s articles in¬†the “Creating Keepsakes” magazines¬†6ish years ago. When¬†just the idea of the Story Kits was announced last fall,¬†they went straight to the top of my Christmas list! I may have “helped” Santa along a bit and signed up for those babies ASAP.¬†The kits are really and¬†truly perfect, but the online classroom content that¬†accompanies the subscription every¬†single month…. I have no words.¬†Ali has a way of presenting the themes each month that make me want to cry (in a good way!!) because they resonate so deeply. Best scrapbooking purchase I have ever made…EVER.¬†I’m not trying to sell you on a kit. I just really honestly believe that. When I was invited to be a guest storyteller, it took about a nanosecond for me to¬†say “YES!!!”.¬†So my guesting¬†gig goes live tomorrow (February 1st)! I’m sharing¬†2 layouts and a¬†lengthy process video that are exclusive to the classroom. Here’s a little peek…AE Gatherings sneek 3 AG Gatherings sneek 1 AE Gatherings sneek 2

But that’s not all, nope, that is not all… I’ve been working¬†my butt off on a new BIG project!¬†So big that I don’t even have all of the details about it yet…ha!! But I can give you a little peek:sneak peek 1 sneak peek 2AND…I’ve got a¬†couple projects all finished up¬†for the AE Digital Design Team ūüôā This layout came together with the¬†“Enough” digital stamp set.¬† AE EnoughAE Enough detailThe story is real. But the stamp set, that’s what inspired me to tell it.

You may remember that my¬†as part of my One Little Word (Reflect) this year, I wanted to start a¬†Gratitude Journal.¬†I ended up making one¬†for myself using a favourite photo and the digital “2015 date stamps”. I’m hoping to have another post up soon to show you what’s inside and how it came together ūüôā Gratitude journalWhile I was at it, I made a little art/story journal for Liam too!Art journalSo, that’s pretty much filled up my January!¬†I didn’t realize how much I’d actually accomplished until I put this post together.¬†There’s still lots of work to do, but¬†I’m excited about it! I want to say¬†“the finish line is in sight”, but that’s not really true because I think it’s really just the beginning…and I’m excited to see what’s next ūüôā

Thanks so much for stopping by!!


Video Tutorial: Working with Studio Calico’s Digital Project Life Cards

PBALDWIN_DEC31_2015DATESTAMPS_1_DETAILJust do it = my project life plan for this year. Yes, the Nike slogan from 1988.

How I’m going to do it? Mmmm…not sure. Yes, I know we’re 3 weeks into January and I still haven’t decided how I’m going to approach our Project Life album¬†this year. Last year, I tried a loose and relaxed monthly approach and only finished 2 months of the entire album. And all those photos I took last year? Still living on my computer. That was one of the whole reasons I started Project Life (4 years ago) in the first place!! Because I didn’t want my pictures just living on the computer! So this year, I’m going to just do it. Just get it done. Get those pictures printed and stories told.

And to get started with my 2015 album, I’ve got myself a title page! PBALDWIN_DEC31_2015DATESTAMPS_1

I posted a little peek of my title page “in progress” in Instagram last week, and a few people asked if I could put together a tutorial about how I resized Studio Calico’s Digital Project Life cards from the January “Far Far Away” Kit. So as requested, a little video tutorial! The video will walk you through how I made a digital template for my title page, how I resized the PL cards, how you can make the cards with SQUARE corners (!!) and a few tips for how I print my cards at home. If you’re really only interested in getting square corners on those PL cards, skip ahead to about the 12 minute mark ūüėČ (Please excuse the number of grammatical errors and “umm”s and the fact that I used clipped/clipping/mask interchangeably and completely incorrectly!)

You can also find the video on YouTube here: http://youtu.be/3Yc6fCCJ_3g

I hope you find it helpful, and would love to hear your comments/questions/suggestions for future tutorials ūüôā

Supply List:

Studio Calico Far Far Away Project Life Kit

Studio Calico Far Far Away Printable Journal Cards

Studio Calico Far Far Away Adventure Project Life Stamp (In a Creative Bubble)

Ali Edwards “2015 Date Stamps” Digital Products

Ali Edwards “Memory Hearts” Digital¬†Products

Becky Higgins Project Life Page Protector Design E

Staples Brand Matte Photo Paper

Kirkland Brand (Costco) Glossy Photo Paper

Canon Pixma MG7520 printer

One Little Word…


source: http://aliedwards.com/shop/classes/one-little-word

One Little Word…. Have you heard about this project? It’s really pretty cool. Like so many other people out there, I stink at New Year’s resolutions.¬†But this concept of picking one little word…that just seems so much more manageable! I first heard about it a few years ago¬†in an Ali Edwards blog post. The idea is that you pick one word (or sometimes, it picks you!) that you’d like to welcome into your life and focus on for the year. It’s a tool that helps bring about personal growth and change, and help you live the life you want to live. It’s really inspiring! Every December/January, I find myself thinking about what my word will be for the year. My words have floated in and out of focus throughout the year, sometimes holding on tight¬†in the forefront of my memory, other times they feel like a little whisper in the background, and quite honestly, there are times that I’ve forgotten entirely what the word was I chose in the first place.¬†This year,¬†the word “Reflect”¬†made itself known.¬†I can’t get it out of my head! There are so many things this word could invite into my life, and it’s got me¬†feeling really motivated¬†this year. I’ve got a couple things I’d like to do with this word: 1) I’ve been wanting to begin a gratitude journal for a while now. I’m finding it so easy to slip into a negative mind set and truthfully, that’s just not how I want to live my life. It does not make me happy. I’ve been blessed with a¬† pretty great life. It’s not perfect, but there is so much to be thankful for, and I need to do a better job at recognizing that. I want to spend a bit of time every day to reflect on the positive and give thanks. 2) I’ve been watching my kids and how they interact with each other in those moments when we’re at home, just the three or four of us. I know kids will be kids. I know they’re learning about personal space and boundaries. But sometimes what I see scares the heck out of me. There’s a tone in Liam’s voice when he loses patience with Emily or he feels the need to scold her. In those moments, it’s so painfully obvious that he’s learned that from us. We have treated him that way, even if we’re not aware of it at the time. Me. I play a role in that.¬†In those moments, it’s like having my own gut wrenching faults reflected right back at me.¬†I get angry with him for behaving that way, but obviously, I’m really just angry with myself. I want that reflection to change. I want our home to be filled with love and kindness and patience, not anger and frustration. I think this will always be a work in progress, but I want my behavior to reflect those values. Lead by example, right?¬†And I’m going to try to pay more attention to that reflection. 3) Our home…it’s a disaster. It’s constantly cluttered, toys everywhere, leftover dishes all over the house, piles of laundry, handles falling off the kitchen cupboards. This environment reflects our life right now in a lot of ways…chaos. I want our environment to reflect a calm and peaceful and organized life. So it’s time to clean up. Saying it like that feels a little overwhelming, because really, there’s SO MUCH TO DO. It’s okay. It doesn’t all need to happen at once. But it’s something I’d like to work towards this year. 4) Once I decided on the word “Reflect”, I went looking for quotes and images that were a good fit for my intentions, and this one popped up.

found on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/109845678385361321/

And that is exactly it!! I want my choices to reflect my values. How I spend my time. How I spend my money. How I care for myself and my family.


That’s my word for 2015.

I’m quite certain this word is going to have an impact on other areas of my life this year as well. To help me keep my word more visible throughout the year, I’ve signed up for Ali’s 2015 One Little Word Class. Each month there’s a new prompt¬†¬†introduced in the online classroom. The prompts often have a creative twist/task, but the purpose is really to help you reflect and connect with your word and see your progress.¬†You work through the lessons and prompts completely at your¬†own pace. There’s also¬†a HUGE online community of supportive and encouraging people working through the same prompts for their own words. Connecting with other people and hearing their stories is really pretty awesome.¬†I’ve taken quite a few of Ali’s classes in the past, and they are worth every penny, seriously. The content and community and support are the best I’ve EVER seen in an online education forum. So I’m excited ūüôā And ready to get started. I’ll be sure to let you know how it’s going throughout the year! Thanks so much for listening.