Inspiration everywhere!!

Every time I walk into Chapters, I see this pillow and it makes me smile ūüôāpillow I love those watercolour rainbow stripes and the simple black script telling me to “be amazing”. It just makes me happy! It was¬†my ¬†inspiration for this week’s AE Digital Creative Team layout.PBALDWIN_3X4 LOVE NOTES LAYOUT

This is a two page 6×8 spread with a little surprise!PBALDWIN_FEB11_LOVENOTES3X4CARDSPBALDWIN_3X4 LOVE NOTES LAYOUT INSIDE

PBALDWIN_FEB11_LOVENOTES3X4CARDS_DETAIL1On the left, I used a set of water colour paints for painting some wide stripes on a piece of matte photo paper. I enlarged one of the cards from Ali Edwards’ “Love Notes 3×4” digital cards onto a 6 x 8 canvas in Photoshop Elements. Once the paint had dried, I printed the design right onto my painted page and cropped it down to 6×8. I added some gold sequins and stars to the page protector, and a little gold chipboard heart from Studio Calico’s Scrapbook Kit “Cirque”. (Once I figure out what I’m going to put on the other side of this page, I’ll sew the pocket up to keep the sequins inside.)

I had some fun playing with the picture on the right side of this spread! I’ve got a couple shots similar to these ones, but the two I chose lined up perfectly to create a little before/after flap of Emily playing peek-a-boo behind the living room curtains ūüôā ¬†The left side of the spread was so colourful, I decided to make these pictures black and white. I printed them both as 6 x 8 photos on 8.5×11 glossy photo paper and cropped them down to size. For the photo on the top, I cropped an extra 2 inches or so off the left hand side. I tucked the smaller photo into a 6×8 page protector and customized the size¬†by¬†stitching it to the seam on the right hand side of the main photo’s page protector (keeping the seem close to the photo), then¬†cut off the extra bit with my paper trimmer. I added a clear index tab to the flap as a little prompt to “open the page”. Love watching you play inside

On the flip side of the little photo, I repeated the water colour painting with a skinnier brush and added another one of the sentiments included in the 3×4 Love Notes digital cards (erasing the Dear ___, and Love___,). It’s a fun little page and it makes me smile, just like that pillow!

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