Dad’s Girl

Last week, I needed a photo of Liam for his birthday party invitations. So I asked him if he could take a Pokémon break for a minute and let me take his picture. He reluctantly agreed. Emily was jumping up and down because she wanted HER picture taken too! And noticing she had her dad’s girl shirt on, I asked if she wanted daddy to be in her picture with her. He was game 😉

This shirt is one of her FAVOURITE things to wear!! And she’s always so excited to show him when she’s got it on. So on an average Monday, I wound up with a super sweet little collection of photos of these guys together… and of course that meant I HAD to make a page with them!The theme for this month’s Story Kit is “Bond” (how perfect is that!!). I used the digital version of the kit by Ali Edwards to create this pocket page. I played around with a few design ideas, mostly involving one BIG photo, but I like how the series of photos tells more of their story. And I’ve been on a roll with pocket pages lately, so after struggling to put together a design I liked (for far too long) I found myself leaning towards another pocket page. This time, rather than telling the story of our week, it contains just one little story about “Dad’s Girl”.

I made the title card in Photoshop Elements with a digital stamp from the kit (it’s actually the same stamp layered in two different colours for that effect). The font I used for “dad’s” is a freebie called Pacifico, and I added their names and date with “Remington Noiseless” (also a freebie). In the physical kit, there are some really awesome cork tabs, but in the digital version they’re black. I recoloured this little heart tab navy and popped it up off the card with a foam tab.

I used the same navy colour to on a long digital chipboard banner from the kit. After I printed it out, I decided to cut it up into word strips instead and added it to patterned paper from Studio Calico’s Confidant kit. The pink wood veneer stars are from Studio Calico’s Confidant Documenter kit.

I also used a digital version of the stitched hearts from the Bond Story kit as the home for my journaling. I purposely made the heart bigger than the 3×4 size in the physical kit so I could fit more of the story in and have the heart run off the edge.

There are lots of great cards in this months’ story kit, but the “you bring so much love to life” card is my FAVOURITE! I knew I wanted to use that one as soon as I saw it, and I’ll probably use it a few more times 😉 It’s actually a 4×6 horizontal card, but I’ve cropped it to fit into a 3×4 pocket.

I “might” have remembered to write the story of her “dad’s girl” shirt at some point, but it was definitely this month’s “Bond” theme that got me to get it done. So happy to have it in our album along with these new favourite photos 🙂

Thanks for stopping by today!

January in progress

Week 2: Still repeating to myself, “don’t make it more complicated than it needs to be”. This spread doesn’t have any embellishments. None. But it’s got the important stuff. Some snapshots of life right now and the words to tell their stories.As I was looking through my photos this week, there really wasn’t much to choose from. My first reaction was, “oh man. I don’t know if I’m going to have enough to fill in a spread”. But a quick glance at the notes I had jotted down in my planner helped me put that worry to rest.

Lots of everyday kind of stuff here. These are the kind of photos that will be fun to look back on in the years to come.

“The Best Parts” card is from the most recent story kit release by Ali Edwards called “Numbers”. The perfect little prompt to include a few of the positive moments from the week. Sometimes you have to dig a little, but it’s so worth it.

The “messy” card is from Studio Calico’s Roman Holiday Documenter Kit. This is a digital version of the card that I printed at home. I love it so much! I plan to print an enlarged version to hang up somewhere at home.

The put together the right side of this spread with some of the journaling cards from a new digital kit by Ali Edwards for January 2017 (+ 1 from the Numbers Story Kit). They’re switching things up a bit this year and will be releasing digital products in the form of a kit each month! I’ve only used the journaling cards here, but each kit will include a digital stamp set and embellishments (eg. digital chipboard pieces) as well. You can read more about it here.

I’m sure I’m not alone when I speak about the morning struggle to get everyone out the door. Maybe it’s because it’s winter, maybe it’s a growth and development thing, maybe it’s just a rough patch. Whatever it is, mornings this week have been ROUGH. And I’m SO THANKFUL for weekends, to have a little break from the rush.

The weekend in review card is actually a combination of products. The card itself is a modified digital card from the Numbers Story Kit and the word art is by Liz Tamanaha of Paislee Press.

This might be the fastest spread I’ve ever made for PL – photos selected and printed + journaling completed  and everything in its place within 2.5 hours. That’s pretty good for me! It feels great to be on track and up to date for a change. Keeping a few notes in my planner has seriously been a game changer for me and I hope it’s a habit I’ll continue.

Thanks for stopping by today!

(Note: None of the links in this post are “affiliate links”, just here in case you’d like to check them out for yourself 🙂 )

“I Totally Dig You!”

One of the best parts about Valentine’s Day has GOT to be the cheesy puns    🙂 The other best part is getting a little bit crafty and making Valentines for the kids’ school parties, and this year, I am pretty excited about what I’ve come up with for Liam. So excited, I thought you might love them too and I created a little tutorial for how to do this yourself.IMG_3756Liam’s love for all things “dinosaur” started last spring/summer. One of the coolest projects he did (pretty sure it got captured during Week in the Life) was a Dinosaur excavation kit. It kept him entertained for DAYS!! So I did a little searching and came up with our very own Dinosaur Dig kits for this year’s Valentines 🙂

IMG_3757Each kit includes a heart shaped “dig” block with the pieces to a dinosaur skeleton (and a heart shaped gem) inside, a wooden dowel and paintbrush for the “excavation”, a magnifying glass to inspect their find, a little plastic mounting stand for assembling and displaying the completed skeleton, and a 3×4 card with instructions as well as an image of the skeleton pieces.

IMG_3689I purchased the magnifying glasses ($5 for 12) and skeletons ($7 for 12) from the party store, the paintbrushes ($3 for 25) and wooden dowels ($1 for 12 – 12″ dowels, cut down to 4″ each) came from the dollar store and the digging blocks were a homemade concoction.

IMG_3677Supplies you’ll need to make the digging blocks are a nontoxic dry plaster mix, sand, water and some sort of disposable mold. I picked up the heart shaped tins from the dollar store ($1 for 24).

IMG_3656Mix together two parts sand, one part plaster mix, and one part water.

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It only took a few seconds to mix it all together for an even consistency.

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Pour 2 big teaspoons into the bottom of the molds and spread it evenly.

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Scatter your “treasures” throughout the mix. When I first came up with this idea, I was planning on just digging for a variety of colourful gems…something along the lines of “You’re a gem valentine” or “I treasure you”. Coming across the dinosaur skeletons was pure luck! The digging for gems would ALSO be awesome, but Liam’s all about the dinosaurs, so that’s what I went with this time around.

IMG_3670Top them off with more of the sand/plaster/water mixture. You’ve got two options here…you can let them air dry, or you can speed things along a bit in a warm oven. I chose to use the oven at 275 degrees for about 15 minutes and it worked beautifully!

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When they come out of the oven, they’ll look pretty much the same as when they went in, but dry 🙂

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Let them cool just a few minutes and then you can feel free to slide them out of the molds. Ours came out really easily! Once they had cooled down, I wrapped them in plastic wrap and assembled the rest of the kit. The assembly for this project is pretty kid friendly if you’ve got a little helper in the house. Liam helped bury the skeletons and sort out all the pieces of the kits by colour (that was his call). I did up the packaging and he wrote his name on all of them.

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He was dying to test one of them out and it was so awesome!! He was just as excited to uncover the bones in this little homemade kit as he was with the big project he worked on last summer. He tried out some of the tools from his previous excavation kits, but the dowel we included in our kit actually worked the best.IMG_3742This is definitely a project I would do again! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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 🙂

Project Life

That title could mean so many different things… but for today I just wanted to share what I’ve been up to, telling our family’s stories.

I started scrapbooking when I heard about Project Life (I think around 4 1/2 years ago now?) from a blog post by Ali Edwards. (Project Life is a memory keeping system developed by Becky Higgins. You can learn all about it over here.) I LOVED the idea. I was getting ready to go back to work from a year long maternity leave, and one of my biggest fears was that as a working mom, I was going to be so busy and so tired that I’d forget to pay attention to all the little (big) things going on in our lives. All of those “firsts” and all the little details (that might not seem like such a big deal at the time, but your heart knows better) would be seen and quickly forgotten. I felt like I had to do something about that, to make sure the memories of our little life were preserved, because those memories have value. Those stories of the everyday fill in the bigger picture of who we are. The second part was that we had SO MANY PICTURES living on our computer. They never got printed, never made their way into any kind of photo album, they just sat there. I wanted a way to get them off the computer and into some kind of format that made it easier to actually look at them and enjoy them. When I saw what Ali was doing with Project Life, it seemed like the perfect solution to both of those problems, and I’ve really really enjoyed it. I still “do” Project Life, although the consistency of weekly spreads has come and gone over the years. Now I use my albums to mix in random weekly spreads and scrapbook layouts. It doesn’t really matter what they’re made of, it’s really just about getting the stories told.

I wanted to share a more traditional looking spread I’ve been working on for our 2015 album. This spread covers one week of photos and a few of the little stories in our life.PBALDWIN_FEB25_AMPMDIGITAL Here’s a closer look at the left sidePL leftJust looking at this little collection of photos and stories all together makes me happy 🙂 Here’s some of my favourite bits and pieces:

good morning sunshineI took this photo of the sun rising over the city one morning at work. On the really early mornings, there’s often a long walk back from the lab that includes this amazing view. As much as I am not naturally a morning person, I really look forward to this part. It’s so beautiful. I love taking a moment just to soak it in. I’ve added some word art from Ali Edwards’ AM/PM digital stamp set, and made my own little word strip using a computer font (Impact Label, it’s a freebie). Love having this view captured in my album.

emily's artOne of the things Ali’s doing in her album this year is including her daughter’s artwork. I LOVE this idea!! Emily is all about colouring right now with crayons and markers and chalk, on paper (…and walls….and floors…and hands). I looked over one afternoon and saw that she had settled herself in to do some art work at the kids’ craft table. She helps herself to paper and we have a little bucket of supplies that’s maybe a little too accessible (…ah well, it washes off). I snapped a picture with my phone and made sure to save the paper she had been working on. When I was ready to pull this spread together, the photo was kind of horrible. All grainy and distorted from where I had zoomed in. I shrunk it down and made it black and white, which helped a bit. I trimmed down her art work to fit a 4×6 pocket and ran in through my printer to add the digital word art. Love how this one turned out!

playing with LiamThere’s a really cool card in the “Magic” story kit that’s also available in the digital version of the kit. I loved the way the blank white journaling strips ran off the right side of the card. I used a digital version of the card and added those same blank journaling strips onto this photo of Liam and I playing one evening, then typed my journaling right on top. I finished it off with a chipboard tab stapled to the top. I like the look.

#datenightThis little 3×4 card is definitely one of my favourites and inspired the look of most of the other 3×4’s in this spread 🙂 I made a 2.9×4 canvas in PSE, typed “#datenight” on the bottom right, printed it on some matte photo paper. Then I printed the matching photo on glossy photo paper, trimmed the bottom and stitched it down. I don’t know what it is exactly, but I LOVE IT! So I repeated the same technique for a few other photos (and obviously replaced the #datenight with more relevant digital stamps).

bedtimebrush teethI think I had some of the words from the AM/PM digital stamp set in my brain already when I was taking these photos of Emily’s everday kind of stuff, like brushing her teeth and bedtime. I love that the AM/PM story theme prompts me to capture some of those moments. I love the little details in the photo of her brushing her teeth, like the way she’s standing on the step stool that she dragged across the floor so she can reach the sink, and the way she’s got a Spider Man bag slung over her shoulder, and the way she’s not actually “brushing” her teeth, but really having a good time just holding her toothbrush under the running water. All those little details of her life right now in such an ordinary every day task 🙂

There are two journaling cards on the left side of this spread that tell the story of my first Jury Duty experience and a little blurb about celebrating Liam’s birthday. I made them using more of Ali’s digital products and I’ll have to do a little tutorial on that another day 🙂

Here’s a closer look at the right side of the spread:PL rightOne of the things you might not be able to tell just by looking at the picture is that there’s a flap on one of the cards that reveals a little more journaling under the photo 🙂

PL flip upFor the most part, I like to keep my “embellishing” clean and simple with a few word strips and chipboard pieces here and there. The word strips and chipboard pieces in this spread are all from the “AM/PM” and “Magic” story kits. the storyThat photo of Liam and Emily asleep in the back seat is definitely a favourite! “the story” word strip on that photo is actually from the digital AM/PM brushes (it used to say “the story of this morning”, I just printed it and trimmed off the end. It’s hard to tell from the photo but it’s raised up with a foam square. I like dimension and texture and don’t worry too much about bulk.)

art cardThe quote card… those words are so fitting right now. I modified the digital version of this card (from the AM/PM story kit) to make it black and white. I’ve seen the question come up before… “How do you document the hard stuff” or “DO you document the hard stuff?” Yes…but maybe not right away. Maybe not when you’re right in the thick of it. Maybe when the hurt has eased a bit. Maybe when your brain has somehow made some sort of sense of everything that’s happened.  Until then, it’s okay to simply acknowledge when things are hard. Feel it out. Do what’s right for you. And know that “documenting the hard stuff” doesn’t have to mean writing out every nitty gritty detail (unless you want to).

(I realize that what I’ve just said may set off alarm bells for you. Our family is dealing with some really “hard stuff” in the form of mental illness, something I know affects SO MANY people in the world. There has been a whole lot of heartache and hurt and “adjusting to a new normal”. It is HARD! But there is light. And we’re doing okay.)

I mentioned above that I like to mix up my albums with traditional Project Life spreads and Scrapbook layouts (in a variety of sizes!). A couple other things happened this week that made their way into the album as well. For starters, Liam officially turned 5!! “A whole hand!!”

PBALDWIN_MAR18_PHOTOTABSNO.01I wrote down some of the things that happened/things we did “on the day you turned 5”, like what he wore (because they’re his favourite things), what he had for breakfast (pancakes! another favourite), the conversation we had about his birthday wish, etc. I decided to include the story of these little details along with the traditional “blowing out the candles” picture as a 6 x 11 insert. (Why not 6 x 12? because my printer is a standard size printer and I print from home 🙂 There IS a way to adjust it to print longer lengths, but I didn’t feel it was a game changer for this particular project).  I kept the embellishments really simple again with a few printed banners (Ali Edwards – Photo Tabs No. 01), a strip of patterned paper (Studio Calico – Odyssey Scrapbook kit….it’s like it was made just for me to document this occasion! How did they know!), and some painted gold confetti dots. A note about those gold painted dots…I originally tried putting a silk screen (from the “Magic” Story Kit) directly on the photo, but it left a terrible sticky residue behind. Maybe because it was too new? Maybe it’s just not very compatible with photo paper? I’m not sure…but my solution was to reprint the photo with the confetti added digitally and then just fill in the dots with a small paint brush and the gold paint. That worked!

7AM 7PM insertThe other thing that happened this week was a challenge to photograph/document what was happening in your life at 7 AM and 7PM. I included that as an insert in my album using a Becky Higgins divided page protector with 4×4 squares (Design I – cut down) and the transparencies from the “AM/PM” Story Kit and some “lift the flap” style journaling.

So with all the pieces together, here’s what my spread for this week will look like…PL with insertsI finally picked out an album to hold all my layouts for this year! How cute is this one by We R Memory Keepers! Looking forward to it’s arrival in the next few weeks 🙂  Thanks so much for stopping by today 🙂

Pam

the BIG reveal!!!

I’ve hinted a bit about a BIG project I’ve been working on and today I’m so excited to share the news!!I'm a teacher

I’ve often thought that if I hadn’t become a nurse, I probably would have become a teacher. Well, now I get to do both! That’s right! I’m teaching a class over at the all new Big Picture Classes called “Text Tricks”.

Text Tricks

This class is all about digital/hybrid tricks for adding text to your photo projects to create really awesome scrapbook layouts and PL spreads (and there are even some cards thrown in there too!). We’re using Photoshop Elements in this class and the beauty is you don’t have to have any experience with the program! It’s completely perfect for beginners, including 11 videos to walk you through the techniques step by step. If you’ve already got a little PSE experience under your belt, I think you’ll find lots of inspiration in the 20+ brand new, never before seen photo projects and scrapbook layouts! PBALDWIN_MARKETING PICS_SNEAK PEEK 1PBALDWIN_MARKETING PICS_SNEAK PEEK 2PBALDWIN_MARKETING PICS_SNEAK PEEK 3PBALDWIN_MARKETING PICS_SNEAK PEEK 4PBALDWIN_MARKETING PICS_SNEAK PEEK 7PBALDWIN_MARKETING PICS_SNEAK PEEK 6AND there’s an incredible digital brush created by the amazingly talented Jasmine Jones, included with the class for FREE!!! Jasmine Jones digital brushThat alone is worth checking it out    😉

If you’re not familiar with Big Picture Classes, it’s an online learning platform for all things crafty. The new website is amazing!! I myself have taken many classes from BPC in the past and the line-up of new classes and teachers… well, I might have to consider giving up nursing to become a full time student (kidding!! I kid! but seriously, the talent is unbelievable and I will be starting some new classes ASAP!). Every month, there will be new classes and new content.  Along with the new site, there’s a new subscription based model, which means for $9.99 a month, you’ll get access to as many classes as you want!! There’s no commitment period, you can cancel anytime you want, and you can “try before you buy” with a free 14 day trial.

I’m so glad to be able to work in such an all-around amazing place to find inspiration, advice, and creative content from experts all over the world. I do hope you’ll check out the new site and all the amazing classes! Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Pam

Inspiration everywhere!!

Every time I walk into Chapters, I see this pillow and it makes me smile 🙂pillow 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 🙂  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!

Thanks so  much for stopping by today!

Pam

For the love of word bubbles…

PBALDWIN_DEC3_STORYBUBBLES_DETAILI’ve got 2 new scrapbook layouts this week featuring Ali Edwards’ digital “Story Bubbles”. AEdwards_StoryBubbles_PREVThe first one was a long time in the making. I had the story and the photo back in August, but man I struggled trying to figure out what I wanted it to look like. So it sat on my computer….and waited….and sat…..and waited some more. Then…Santa signed me up for a subscription to Ali’s new Story Kits, and the classroom (included with any of Ali’s subscriptions) went live just this past Monday (so SO GOOD!). I listened to the “welcome” presentation and it snapped me right back into focus. It was EXACTLY the reminder I needed that what’s important here is the story. PBALDWIN_DEC3_STORYBUBBLESI remember this day so clearly. Liam had a new Spider Man costume that he wanted to wear EVERYWHERE. And you’re only 4 once, so why not, right? On this particular day, we woke up to news that my dad had been taken to the hospital with some not so fun and very unexpected cardiac issues. So when we got the okay to come for a visit, Liam wore his costume. As we walked through the ER, he made EVERYONE smile. And in that moment, I knew for sure, the best part about being a mom is watching the joy your kids bring to others, even in difficult situations. It happened again just the other day! Emily and I were waiting in a long line at the post office, a situation that doesn’t always bring out the best in people. And as she quietly explored and seemed to be so delighted by this new place, everyone around us started to watch her and couldn’t help but smile. Those moments…that feeling…I want to remember forever.

The secomd layout included a photo that was taken the same day as the first one. PBALDWIN_DEC3_STORYBUBBLES_2We spent our morning running errands and grocery shopping….with Spider Man 🙂 PBALDWIN_DEC3_STORYBUBBLES_2_DETAILAnd word bubbles just make everything more fun!

The supplies for these layouts came from my stash of Studio Calico add-on kits (Clover, Alcott and Ni Hao).

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Welcome!!!

Hi there! I’m so glad you found me (and my brand new, very first blog!)

(If you’re arriving from Shanna Noel’s  blog, WELCOME!!! Please take a look around, the paint is still fresh. And check back next Monday, September 1st, to jump along and meet some other AMAZING scrapbookers 🙂 )

I’m completely a rookie with this whole blogging thing, but I’ve got lots of fun stuff in mind that I’d like to share in this space. My first love is photographing and writing about these guys…

the fam

Emily, Liam, Brett & Pam

… so you can expect to see lots of my memory keeping projects here.  I like to undertake lots of different scrapbooking projects throughout the year…

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December Daily and Week in the Life are concepts developed by Ali Edwards! The “Tuesday” page you see on the far right….that’s one of her awesome digital templates 🙂 Project Life is the memory keeping project originally designed by Becky Higgins, with monthly kits available from Studio Calico.

 

In the meantime, I’ve got lots of stuff over in my Studio Calico gallery that you can check out.  And while you’re there, be sure to take a peek at the Member Gallery and Creative Team for LOADS of inspiration.  They’ll make you want to pick up your scissors and get to work….seriously! Or if you’re in the market to learn how to make… dress cakes Dress cupcakes… chocolate lego dudesChocolate Lego dudes…christmas ornament cupcakes Christmas ornament cupcakes… Sesame street stand upslife size Sesame Street cut-outs… monkey garlandor Barrel of Monkey garlands….I’ve got you covered (not yet, but in the very near future….tutorials and other fun crafty projects to come)! Thank you so very much for stopping by! Can’t wait to get to work 🙂 Pam (Disclaimer: My posts are not sponsored, the opinions expressed within are all my own and I promise to fully disclose if anything were to change in that department!)