What have I been up to lately…

The short answer is LOTS!! The last few weeks of April + the month of May really filled up quickly. First thing I want to tell you about is my Guest role over on the October Afternoon blog 🙂 Every Friday in the month of May I’ll be sharing a project that I made with October Afternoon’s most recent release, “Treasure Map”. It’s full of beautiful blues and aquas and woodgrain and stars…pretty much all of my favourite things. I’ve been such a long time fan of October Afternoon, being invited to share my work with them is ridiculously exciting! You can learn a little bit more about me in my Q&A/Intro post last week here. detail 3And I’ll have a new post up tomorrow sharing a Project Life spread that I think turned out pretty great 🙂 Over on the Big Picture Classes blog, I’m sharing a super simple tutorial for DIY Photocards to get ready for Mother’s Day this weekend.DIYphotocard1 I’ve got two new layouts coming up in Kelly Purkey’s Sketchbook class over at Studio Calico this month! I’m so sorry to say that registration for this class is currently closed, but keep an eye out because it may become available again in the future!PBaldwin_Sketch1_detail PBaldwin_Sketch4_detail And one of the projects I’m most excited about right now…I’ll be contributing a few projects for Ali Edwards’ new 12 week class “Type”. typeClass started April 20th and I’m sorry to say that this one isn’t currently open for registration either. BUT, I believe there may be plans in the works to re-release it in the future, so keep your eyes peeled for that! In between all of that, I celebrated my 34th birthday (thank you to my amazing friends for the awesome “afternoon tea”! You guys are seriously the best 🙂 ),IMG_1999worked my butt off to develop a training program to teach nurses how to do Stem Cell collections, wrote my Oncology Nursing Exam, and found myself on a very unexpected detour in this life journey…still trying to navigate that one. I’ve got some exciting things in store for June and July and can’t wait to share them with you soon 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by today guys! I really do appreciate it. Pam

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For the most recent project with Ali Edwards’ Digital Creative Team, we were invited to use the digital version of the “Click” Story Kit.

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The elements within this kit translate really well to stories about photos and photography, and even beyond that, like about how people click and relationships and ideas. It’s a good one, for sure! (I already have plans to use it again in my next project!) I’ve got lots of ideas for stories to tell, but the one that jumped out at me first was based around the digital stamp that says “this photo has my heart”.

Reading that sentiment makes me think of one of my most favourite photos of all time. No surprise here, it’s one of Liam and Emily 🙂 And when I’ve got a favourite photo, my first instinct is to make it BIG!

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(Super cute, right? 😉 How could I not love this photo!)

This photo was originally horizontally oriented. I used the clone stamp tool to extend the top and make it a vertical image (I’ve got a tutorial about how to do that back here in this post), then printed it at home on a full page of 8.5×11 glossy photo paper. I used a few tags from Maggie Holmes’ Open Book collection that co-ordinated beautifully with my photo.

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I printed the digital stamp “this photo has my heart” directly onto one of the large tags…and the first round did not go well. The tag had a glossy finish to it and I accidentally smudged the ink before it had completely dried. Round 2…I printed it again on a large white shipping tag (more of a matte finish, worked MUCH better), trimmed the tag to match the size of the original,  cut out the striped detail from the original and added it to my new tag. I also printed a little label with the details of Liam and Emily’s age at the time of the photo and stitched it all down. I popped up my main tag with some foam dots to raise it up a touch above the others and threaded a black and white baker’s twine through the openings to make a little banner of tags. (I really love tags!)

To finish off this project, I stitched a co-ordinating strip of black and white striped paper across the bottom (I believe it’s also from Maggie Holmes’ Open Book collection).  I decided that for this particular layout, I would leave the journaling aside and just let the photo and title speak for themselves.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Pam

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!!

It’s a thing! For real! A whole day devoted to the love of scrapbooking    🙂NSD 2015

I was so very happy to contribute a little project for all the fun stuff going on over at Studio Calico today. My assignment was to use watercolors in a project to make a background or an embellishment or whatever other creative ideas I could come up with. I’m a girl who does a lot of “planning” on the computer for my scrapbook projects, so this was a little bit outside of my norm…but I was excited to give it a whirl. Here’s what I came up with…NSDSC2015_PamBaldwinI knew I wanted to document this story the moment I took this photo! I have a very vivid memory of being caught out in the rain as a teenager while on a hike with my mom and my brother. We headed for home and the entire way back, I was MISERABLE!! I hated the rain. Perhaps that foul mood had something to do with just being a teenager, but my intense dislike for being out in the rain stuck. Liam and Emily…they LOVE rainy days!! They’re just as happy on rainy days as they are on sunny days to be outside playing, but rain gear to play in and puddles to splash in bring a whole new level of excitement    🙂 On this particular day, Emily and I were picking Liam up from school and it was one of those wet and rainy days that spring is famous for. They were so happy, and I just wanted to enjoy the moment. They danced and twirled and splashed and played for a good 45 minutes out in the rain. Watching them made me feel happy too. I have an entirely new appreciation for rainy days thanks to these guys.

SO, the idea of rainy days and puddles somehow connected for me with trying out some watercolor paints. I decided to try creating a “mask” with two different techniques and thought it would be fun to share my process and the outcomes.

Ali Edwards has a new digital stamp set all about rainy days and sunshine and it’s really awesome. AEdwards_RainOrShine_PREV_originalSo many pieces from that set were relevant to this layout! I came across an idea on Pinterest that showed using a white crayon to make a design and then add watercolor paints on top. In Photoshop Elements, I created a 6×8 canvas and added a “rainy days” digital stamp but turned the opacity of that layer waaaay down (6%) so you was just barely visible when printed. I printed it out on the back side of some white cardstock (less textured, I thought it might help get a “sharper” image) and found a white crayon in my kids art supply stash, tracing over the design.crayon maskI tried painting over the crayon with blue watercolor paints, watering it down as needed. The result was very subtle…not quite as sharp or vivid as I had hoped it would be.crayon mask2I think I might chock this one up to a “Pinterest fail”, just because it didn’t quite capture the look I was going for. I’ll keep it in mind for the future if I need something really subtle.

The second strategy I tried was just using letter stickers as a “mask”. The letter stickers in Studio Calico’s Odyssey scrapbook kit are such an awesome font! I wanted to make sure they would peel off the cardstock easily when I wanted them too, so I stuck them to my pants and peeled them off before adhering them to the paper…just the right amount of tackiness 😉 masksI should mention that I used the back of the cardstock for this strategy too (the less textured side) in hopes that it would minimize the amount of paint that leaked under the stickers. I painted over top of the letter stickers, trying to use a more concentrated colour in the middle and watering it down as I worked my way out.letter sticker maskletter sticker mask 2It only took a few minutes for the paint and paper to dry. Then I peeled up the stickers and got this!letter sticker mask 3Loved it! You can see some spots where the borders of the letters aren’t perfectly crisp, but I’m really okay with that! It just adds to the “rainy” effect 😉resultsSo here’s the end result of both techniques…

I definitely preferred the letter sticker mask for this particular project and used it to complete my layout. layout details shotI ran this page through my printer to add some journaling, and added just a few strips of patterned paper and embellishments from the Odyssey scrapbook kit. Those acrylic stars are a favourite for sure! I’ll be sad when I run out of them.

So there you have it! Hope you get a chance to do something crafty this weekend 🙂