April Stories

So so many stories about April. As I sat down to begin working with the April Digital Kit by Ali Edwards, I looked through my pictures and started a list of all the things that have happened so far this month. It’s loooooong. A lot of them are just little stories about everyday life right now that will be a perfect fit for our Project Life album. And there’s a few that have my heart and deserve a bit more attention. This month, I chose to make 2 hybrid layouts with the April Digital Kit to tell those longer stories.

Easter morning. Our day started at 3:58 am. I imagine that one day it will be a struggle to get these guys out of bed in the morning, but that day seems pretty far away with these two early birds. The design for this layout was completely inspired by a super talented scrapbooker, Steffi Ried. I’ve seen her work in the Studio Calico gallery, on Pinterest and Instagram and it just takes my breath away. My version really doesn’t do her’s justice, and I’d highly recommend you go check it out for yourself 🙂

I loved the egg shaped chipboard pieces in the digital kit! I repeated the shape with my pictures and organized the shapes to create a frame around my title (digital stamp). Just this morning, Emily was looking at a video on my phone from Easter morning and even if the mornings are early, the excitement from these two almost makes it worth it. Almost.

Easter Monday. The kids and I had the day off. We took our time getting up and going on this wonderfully lazy day, but we definitely did not waste the day away. We packed up their scooters and kites, made a picnic lunch and headed to the Bayfront park for the afternoon. It was seriously the best day, and I knew I wanted to remember it with a big photo and a scrapbook layout the moment we got home.

The design for this page was inspired by the new collection of 2017 Week in the Life Digital Templates. There are a variety of sizes available, but I stuck with the 8.5 x 11 template here. I print and cut the title from the template onto matte photo paper and popped it up off the page with foam dots. I also used those egg shaped chipboard pieces from the April Digital kit, but cut them into kites instead. And a little bit of colourful stitching to make our kite tails. This is a fun one, and I’m so happy to have this story in my album.

In other news, I’ve got a new class that just started over at Big Picture Classes all about Hybrid Pocket Pages! It’s perfect for beginners and people who want to learn how to use digital products to make hybrid projects like the ones I share here in this space. It’s the first one in a series of what will hopefully be 3 classes this year. LOTS of videos detailing my process from beginning to end (with a focus on pocket pages for this round, not just the usual weekly Project Life format). I’d love to have you join me over in the classroom 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

February – Week 6

Another week in the books!This week’s spread came together with the February Digital Kit by Ali Edwards. The digital kits are something new for this year! A collection of journaling cards, stamps and chipboard elements all in exclusively digital format will be released each month, often with a seasonal theme. With Valentine’s Day in February, it was no surprise that this month’s theme is all about “love”. This is definitely a theme I can incorporate into my projects all year long. Going back to that idea that “memory keeping is a way to make love visible”.

This spread covers a few of the highlights from February 6th-12th.

I’ve been using the digital chipboard pieces by printing them out onto matte photo paper and cutting them out with scissors or shape punches. I changed the text on that heart in the upper left corner to just say “monday.” and stapled it onto my photo. Emily is so ready for spring!!

My mom asked if I could find a few photos for her from when she and my dad were dating and first married to go into a frame she recently purchased. Liam took a look at them and said “why do you have a picture of Terry Fox?” when he saw my dad, lol! That pic from their wedding in the bottom left…love having that in here.

I made a few cards myself with the digital kit. This “love” card is actually a 3×4 canvas, a pattern from one of the 4×6 cards, and a digital stamp all merged together to make something new.

I worked with the colours in this month’s kit and used them to re-colour some of the journaling cards and elements to make a more cohesive spread in combination with my photos.

There’s also a quote card included in this month’s kit that is so perfect for this week. I didn’t even realize how fitting it was until I was putting this spread together. It says “When I get to the end of my life and I ask one final “what have I done?”, let my answer be: “I have done LOVE.” I’ve been trying to be more intentional about how I spend time with my kids this month. (My daily practice for OLW was to try to spend at least 20 minutes everyday playing with them, without the distraction of my phone or my to-do list. Just spending time WITH them. I haven’t been successful every day, but the days I do feel a whole lot better.) So there was that connection.

And then a crazy Friday at work had me starting at 8:30 am and not getting home until 4 am the next morning!! Very very not the norm, hence the full moon reference. But again, the quote stuck with me because as nurses, we make sacrifices for others to do what is right and to show love for people, to provide care and support, even when we don’t know them.One more customized journaling card, recoloured and literally a white space added to include some journaling. And that wraps up week 6! I probably say it every week, but I love how this one turned out 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Love Story

I love our stories. I really really do. And that’s why I love this scrapbooking hobby so much!! Because I get to preserve and remember both the little ones and the big ones. This month, I’ve been working with Ali Edwards’ February Digital Kit. And somehow, pieces of the universe have aligned to make me see all the little love stories going on around me. A big one these days (one that is not new, but not always present either) is the love story between Liam and Emily in their big brother/little sister relationship. Knowing what story to tell for this one was so easy, but deciding on a design… lets just say that today I’m sharing 3 versions of the same layout.

 

A really important part of this story was the photos that go along with it. Liam and Emily were deeply into a pretend scenario of being doctors and getting ready for “doctor school”. I asked them to stand against the wall so I could take a photo of them for their ID badges, because clearly ALL doctors have to have an ID badge 😉 They were more than happy to agree and stood side by side as I snapped a few photos with my phone. It was on the 5th snap that Emily leaned over to Liam and whispered “I love you”. And the pictures that followed, that’s what love looks like!! His face transforms with a giant smile and even Emily lights up. A perfect little moment and a super lucky capture.

So I started this project the way I usually do, playing on my computer. I created a photo grid to be able to organize the photos in sequence and used numbers from the digital “Numbers” kit, pulling the colours from another card in the February Digital kit. I started with 8.5×11, because that’s my go to, but I struggled finding the right size and scale to create a well balanced layout. I worked and reworked this one so many times, I wound up with 3 different versions of the same thing. Hopefully, you’ll find some inspiration for your own projects. Here we go:

  1. 8.5 x 11The thing I love most about this one is the colourful title and embellishment clusters!! The first time around, I printed the left page on a sheet of matte photo paper and it felt like too much white space. I couldn’t figure out how to add a bit more visual interest and balance. After playing around a bit, I trimmed about an inch off the white paper and mounted it onto pink cardstock. I also printed the chipboard hearts from the kit onto matte photo paper and punched them out to build a few little embellishment clusters. And now I kind of love this version…
  2. 12×12As I was struggling with the 8.5×11 design, I spotted the film grid from a previous Studio Calico kit on my desk and thought “ooooh, this might work!”. I already had the photos and numbers printed from a previous attempt, and it turned out the fit pretty much perfectly! I reworked the title and journaling to fit down the right side of the grid and mounted all the pieces onto a 12×12 sheet of cardstock. I liked it…but it didn’t really feel like a great way to show off the kit elements because there was just that one digital stamp there. I moved on to a third attempt with a different size, but went back and added a few more of the heart circles. I have to say, that extra little pop of hearts really does help.
  3. 6×86×8!!! The scale of elements feels like a much better fit in this size. I put together a quick video tutorial to share how I recoloured the digital stamp for the title, so if that’s something you’re wondering about, feel free to check it out 🙂

    Thanks so much for stopping by today! I’ll be sharing our Project Life Week 6 tomorrow with more elements from the February Digital Kit 🙂

**Note: None of the links in this post are affiliate links, just here for your reference if you’d like to check them out!

 

My Reason Why

My “Believe” Story Kit arrived in the mail this week! I always feel extra lucky to get to work with the digital version of the kit first, a definite perk of being part of the Digital Creative Team. I also subscribe to the physical Story Kits and have from the very beginning because I LOOOOOOVE them. The products are awesome (love the acrylic word each month!) and the themes always spark stories I otherwise wouldn’t have thought to tell. My favourite part of my subscription is the classroom, which includes a presentation about the theme to spark some ideas.  Why am I telling you all this? Because this month, there was this little piece of digital word art included that brought it all back to WHY I value scrapbooking/memory keeping/storytelling so much.make love visible by Ali Edwards(digital word art by Ali Edwards) Not gonna lie, scrapbooking lately has felt challenging. I’ve been lacking in motivation and energy. And I KNOW that for me, if I try to force it when I’m just not feeling up to the task, it does not happen. I don’t know why. I’ve been telling myself “maybe I’m just supposed to sit back a listen to the stories for a bit instead of telling them”. The timing of this little reminder to “make love visible” could not have been better and I’m so glad it came when it did. (Sidenote: my One Little Word this year is “Make”. How’s that for a good fit?!   🙂 )

The theme for this month’s Story Kit is “Believe”, and with the idea of using memory keeping to “make love visible”, I was more than happy to take this opportunity to cheer for Liam. Back in March, we finally got him enrolled in Karate. It’s something we had talked about since last September, hoping it would help him learn to focus and develop confidence. Last week he earned his yellow striped belt!

Believe full layout I made a spread to go into our album for the year in celebration of his achievement, because I sure do love this kid!!  The left side is 6×12 and the right side is 9×12.

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The front of the 6×12 is a full page photo with digital word art from the kit and a gold chipboard star from Studio Calico’s “Scout” Documenter kit. Full page photos are my favourite 🙂  I do not have a large format photo printer, just a standard size one, but I discovered a while ago that you can still print big photos as long as they’re 8.5″ or less wide (!!!). I have a Canon Pixma MG7520, but I “think” you could probably follow these steps on other standard size Canon photo printers as well.

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Here’s a screenshot of what happens when I select “Print” in Photoshop Elements 13. (If you click on the photos, they should pop up larger so you can see the words on the menus more clearly). I cropped my photo to 6 x 12 at 300 dpi and added the digital word art before I selected print. Notice section 5 where it says “select print size”, I’ve got “Actual Size” selected and I do not want it to “crop to fit” the canvas, so that box is not checked. First thing I need to do is “Change Settings” in section 2: printer settings. Click on that box.

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A new window pops up, and I want to select the “Advanced Settings”, so click on that box.

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We’re going to make a few adjustments in the “advanced settings” window. First of all, select the option for “Standard” under the heading “commonly used settings”. This is very important, because it’s the only option that will allow you to choose a custom paper size, even though we’re printing a photo. Under “Media Type”, select the type of paper your printing on. I’m using a 13 x 19 glossy photo paper from Staples that I’ve cut down to 7×13. Next up is choosing the paper size. The very bottom of the “paper size” menu should say “Custom”, pick that one.

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When this window pops up, type in the dimensions of your paper. You’ll notice that the parameters for how big you can print with your printer are included in this window (example: the custom paper size option on my printer will let me print as large as 8.5″ wide by 14″ long!) When you select a “standard” printer setting on a photo printer, that setting will print with margins on the right, left, top and bottom instead of “borderless” like you would get if you chose photo printing. So I’ve intentionally set my paper size to be larger than the 6×12 print so my photo should print as a true 6×12 (or pretty darn close anyway) without the edges being cut off. The paper is loaded into the bottom tray of my printer and hangs out over the edge by about an inch or so, but prints exactly as it should.

If you haven’t played around with your printer settings before, I think you’ll be excited by this discovery 🙂

Back to the story. The back side of my 6×12 is another full page photo (his white belt) and I’ve typed my journaling right onto it before printing.

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The digital word art is from the “Cheer” Story Kit. I’ve also added a wood veneer piece from Elle’s Studio that seemed like a perfect fit to go along with the “I remember” sentence starters. I started and erased the journaling on this page so many times, but once I went back to the technique of starting each memory with the same phrase, it all gushed out so easily.

The 9×12 pocket page was fun to piece together.

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My journaling was pretty much done on the left side, so I got to fill the right side of the page with pretty cards from the digital kit that I printed onto matte photo paper 🙂 I love that these cards work together to enhance the story and “make love visible” all on their own, without having to add anything to them.

So that’s my first Believe project. Hoping to share a few more stories and images of recent projects over the next week.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Pam

Crafting our stories in February

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February has been full of stories about everyday kind of moments.

There was a pretty typical Monday…

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(supplies: Ali Edwards “thicker days” and “encouragement bubbles” , Studio Calico “Arendal” Scrapbook Kit, Citrus Twist Kits “Stories” pocket life kit )

followed by a holiday Monday (the best kind of Monday!!)…

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(Supplies: Ali Edwards “Valentines Journal Cards” , Citrus Twist Kits February “Sprinkles” )

and a haircut.

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(supplies: Ali Edwards “Craft” Digital Story Kit, “Craft” Story Kit, Studio Calico’s “Arendal” Scrapbook Kit, One Little Bird’s “Cheri” papers, Citrus Twist Kits “Stories” Pocket Life Kit, and the cork paper is one I’ve been hoarding forever from an old Crate Paper collection “Story Teller – Archives”)

Liam and Gus

This story isn’t just about a haircut though. This is a story about passion. That man in the photo cutting Liam’s hair is Gus, proud owner of “Gus and Son”. Gus just turned 90 years old (!!) and has cut the hair of 4 generations of Baldwin men. Now THAT is a man who has a passion for his craft! Here’s what I want to remember about him:

This photo will without a doubt be remembered as one of my most favourite photos ever, not just because it’s awesome (it is seriously awesome!), but because it will always remind me of the day I met Gus. At the age of 90 (yes 90!!), Gus has now cut 4 generations of hair for the Baldwin men.

I’ll never forget walking into “Gus & Son”, a little 2 chair barber shop on King Street that I’ve passed by so many times before. It was like stepping into a time capsule, with photos pinned to the walls that easily go back to the 50’s. We walked through the door and were greeted with the most wonderful smile from Gus and his son Lou, and stories about how he had given Brett his first haircut, and how he had cut his dad’s hair, and even his granddad’s. 

I watched in awe as he gently combed and cut Liam’s hair. He spoke so gently, with a heavy Italian accent as he worked. I sat and I watched and I tried hard to soak it all in. Because there is something special about this place, and there is ABSOLUTELY something special about this man!

I can’t think of any greater way to live than with passion for what you do, and that is so clearly Gus!! You can hear it in his stories, see it in his smile, and feel it just being in the room while he works. He is awesome. And when you know how rare it is to get to meet someone who has found their passion and lives it everyday, even at the age of 90, you feel humble in their presence. You want to sit and watch and listen and learn, and you hope some of that magic will rub off onto you.

As we got our coats on to leave, Gus smiled at us and said with such sincerity, “you have a beautiful family”. And I knew it was true. Because after 90 years, you definitely know a thing or two about what is beautiful.

The part that didn’t make it into the story was how badly Emily wanted her hair cut too, and Gus’ son Lou played along, giving her a little trim. She was ecstatic   🙂

Emily and Lou

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

 

2016

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Looking at my last post, I was wondering if it was too early to start talking about Christmas and now it’s already come and gone! (If I’m being honest, I’m actually kind of thankful that it’s over and looking forward to a new year, fresh start, and lots of good things to come).

So I thought I’d pop in a let you know where you can find me this year (when my blog is lagging behind…)

I’m pretty excited (and so lucky!) to be working with some amazing people and you’ll be able to find more of my work with:

Citrus Twist Kits “Pocket Life” Creative Team

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I’ve got a blog post up over at Citrus Twist today with some fun ideas for a PL intro page and a tutorial for 1) making photo tags and 2) creative uses of the kit packaging. Here’s mine for this year, made with the January Pocket Life kit and embellishment kit. Emily’s cheesy grin is the best (her piggy tails are a VERY close second)…and this may be the only “normal” picture of Liam I get all year because he’s in that silly/awkward/un-natural smile/goofball phase that I think all 5 (going on 6) year old boys go through…so I’ll take what I can get! I’ll be sure to share more of my projects with the January kits later this week 🙂

One Little Bird’s Hybrid Design Team

So excited to get to use all of Peppermint Granberg Jones’ awesome digital products!

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There’s me! (bottom row, second from the left 😉  ). I did a guest spot on the One Little Bird blog back in November and made these 3 hybrid projects…

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This year, I’ll get to work with the new One Little Bird products every month 🙂  The newest collection is called “Thrive” and I’ve only just begun to scratch the surface with this beautiful collection.

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So far we’ve been able to establish that Liam’s goal for 2016 is to be a Rescue Bot (which I pretty much love) 🙂

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and Emily’s goal is to “build Sofia Lego”, but she was a bit distracted filling out her card and insisted that I needed to draw her… So there you go.

I’m so SO happy to be back with

Ali Edwards Digital Creative Team for 2016. You KNOW how much I love Ali!

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I’ve got a few other exciting projects in the works this year as well and I’m looking forward to sharing more about those soon.

Like I said… SO many good things to come this year and so much to be thankful for! Staring with you! Thank you for stopping by today. I’m looking forward to sharing so many more photos and stories and memories with you in this space this year.

Pam

Is it too early to start talking Christmas?

I think not 🙂  It seems to sneak up earlier and earlier every year. I saw people posting their “red cup” pictures on Instagram yesterday. Emily and I did some grocery shopping this morning and sure enough, the Halloween stuff that filled the aisles just 2 days ago was NOWHERE to be found, replaced entirely by Christmas. It’s hard NOT to get swept up in the excitement when all of the holiday scrapbooking supplies start popping up in August and September. I totally jumped on board and ordered my December Daily kit the very first day it was available for pre-order. And yes…there was a voice in my head saying “are you crazy? you still haven’t finished LAST year’s album (or the year before that 🙁 )”. I ordered Ali Edwards’ main kit and was very lucky to receive Jasmine Jones’ mini kit as a gift. They arrived a few weeks ago and they are so stunningly perfect!! I’m dying to dig in! But I’ve got some unfinished business to attend to first…

After finishing up my Week in the Life album, I wanted to keep the momentum going, so I jumped into working on December Daily 2014. I’ve got a goal to get it finished by the end of November. I’m pretty much starting from scratch (just 3 days completed out of 25 last year, yikes!!). I’m working with my 2014 December Daily kit and I’ve been so incredibly lucky to get to work with the digital versions of all the December Daily products for this year as well, thanks to my time on Ali Edwards’ Digital Creative Team for 2015 (a pretty amazing compromise for having to hold off on digging into my new kits if you ask me 😉 ). I’m excited to share my album here as it comes together, starting with the first 5 days of December 2014.

Day 1:

By the time December 1st rolled around, the holiday decorations were still stacked in Rubbermaid bins in the kitchen. I cropped the photo to 3×8 and trimmed down a page protector, stitching a strip of journaling down the side. IMG_1479001

There’s lots of Christmas stuff that happens before December officially starts and I wanted to be able to include those things in our album as well.

IMG_1484002I used a digital paper from the 2015 main kit cropped to 3×8 and typed up some journaling about what we had done so far and some thoughts about my favourite parts.

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We went to see Santa a few days before. I wrote about how Liam was so into it this year. He was in the room, sitting with Santa and talking away before I even realized what was happening! Emily was quite happy to see Santa as long as she didn’t have to touch him 🙂 I printed the photo to be 5″ x 5.5″ and stitched it onto a Becky Higgins Project Life photo overlay (cut down from 4×6…it was from the “Playful” overlays, which I can’t seem to find a link to now). I think I still need to add some sort of tab to this insert, not sure what it’ll be yet.

IMG_1488005Our family photo is on the back. I’m not sure who gets more excited about the Christmas trees…me or the kids 🙂 We had 3 little trees set up before December 1st, one in Liam’s room, one in Emily’s room and one in the play area in the basement. I love the way they glow, the way they make everything feel so peaceful and the smiles they bring to these little faces.

IMG_1490006And I have a thing for tags. I used a few journaling cards from the One Little Bird digital mini-kit to make tags for journaling.

Day 2:

IMG_1494007I scanned the kids letters to Santa before we mailed them and included them here. I resized them to 3×4 and printed them on matte photo paper.

IMG_1496I added some confetti from the 2014 December Daily kit for something fun, and printed another card from the One Little Bird mini kit as a tag, stamping the date and adding more confetti.

IMG_1531017I found an image on line of one of our Canada Post mailboxes and created my own 3×4 journaling card to tell the story about mailing our letters. The “2” stamp is from the 2014 kit.

IMG_1500008The back holds another card from the One Little Bird mini kit and a digital stamp from the Messy Holiday Circles. As we were leaving the post office that day, all excited to have mailed the letters to Santa, I looked down and realized Emily wasn’t wearing any shoes. I swear she had shoes on when we left the house!! She just took them off in the car on the way to the post office.  There was a lengthy line of people watching us as we walked by, smiling away, remembering how their kids use to take off their shoes in the car too. I know I’ve said it before, but the best part about being their mom is seeing the joy they bring to others… seriously.

Day 3:

IMG_1502009We have an Elf named Elife who spends the month of December with us getting into all kinds of mischief. He’ll be making a couple of appearances in this album for sure 🙂

Day 4:

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I snapped this photo of the giant Christmas tree in the lobby of the hospital as I was sitting on my lunch break. I thought it was cool that I could see myself in the reflection of the ornaments. I typed my journaling on one of the ornaments about the two things I was most thankful for that day…the most stunning sunrise and the safe arrival of my nephew (!!). Its’ hard to see in this photo, but some of those ornaments are popped up with foam dots for a bit of added dimension. It looks really cool in person!

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Big love for the giant gold foiled chipboard letters and numbers in the 2014 kit! This year’s kit includes red ones, and I stocked up on some of the other colours available in the shop.

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I printed one of the messy holiday circles really big on some matte photo paper and attached it to one of the chipboard pieces that had been in the 2014 kit to make it sturdy. I’m thinking this would make a really cool cover for a mini album and I’m going to put it on my list to try again one day.

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The back includes a photo of the star of the day 🙂

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Another One Little Bird mini kit card turned into a little tag, along with some digital word art (from this set).

Day 5:

IMG_1515015We do the wrapped Christmas book countdown at our house. This year Liam noticed that his Christmas books were missing. And wouldn’t you know it, he found Elfie under the tree with my wrapping paper and tape and scissors! I need to add some journaling to the little tag here still. The journaling card was printed from Jasmine Jones’ mini kit (slightly modified), with the book titles (so far) typed on and stamps added from the 2014 December Daily stamp set.

So that’s what I’ve got so far! It’s hard to pick a favourite because I really like all of them 🙂

I think I’ll try to post an update with a few days at a time each week. If you’ve got any questions, feel free to ask away! Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Real Life Looks Like This…

Hi guys! I’m so happy to be back in this space again to share a new scrapbook layout with you 🙂 It’s been a very VERY long time. I’ve worked on a few projects here and there in the last few months but life has been CRAZY. I can’t tell you how good it feels to be settling in to some semblance of “normal” again. And after all the challenges our family has faced this year, I feel more thankful than ever to be documenting what “normal” looks like right now. So here we go…

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The inspiration to tell this story came from my love for that 3×4 journaling card in Ali Edwards’ Black & White Story Kit (September’s kit).

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Seriously. Even though it’s not “all about the products”, every month I find inspiration from the elements in these kits that spark new stories to tell (exactly as they’re meant to!). I saw that card and HAD to use it! I went scrolling through my photo library and came across a photo I snapped with my phone.  It’s just the three of us (+ the cat), getting ready in the morning. It isn’t necessarily one I’d be inspired to scrapbook, but it’s a little snapshot of our real life. I find myself reminding my kids pretty much everyday that “bathroom time is private time”… which I’m pretty sure they hear as “bathroom time is family time.” Real life people. And that’s what this story is about.

I used the digital version of the Black and White Story Kit to bring this layout together and filmed a quick video to share what it looks like to use the digital products as printables in my process.

My favourite way to add a little texture and dimension to digital elements turned printable is with foam pop dots to lift elements off the page. I also used my Tiny Attacher on this layout where the staples served a functional purpose, but also worked as an embellishment. I mentioned in my video that I thought I would probably add some stitching, but decided in the end to leave it. My finished layout is a little different from where I left off in the video. I added this awesome days of the week Washi tape across the bottom and rearranged a few elements here and there. I’m happy to have captured this little slice of “normal” right now.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

This Photo

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

Latest and greatest

Today I thought I’d share 2 of my most recent AE Design Team projects 🙂

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This project was totally inspired by these awesome badge like circles from Ali’s Thankful For This Day digital set. AEdwards_ThankfulForThisDayCircles_PREV_originalCircles in general are fun to play with, but I especially loved how these badges have that horizontal line right across the middle. I had “white space grids” on the brain thanks to Marcy Penner’s “On The Grid” class over at Studio Calico and a really cool layout by April Foster. I made myself a little digital template playing with the circles, oriented in a grid down the left side of an 8.5 x 11 page. thankful for this day templateI filled some of them in with photos, and some I just left as a solid colour, acting as place holders for patterned paper. This is a rough draft of my template. I used some of the “Thankful for this day” sentiments from that same digital set as a little extra frame around a few of the photos. I printed this page out, pretty much the way you see it here on glossy photo paper and used a circle punch to cut out the photos. I dropped the opacity of the photo and circle layers way down before printing this page again on a sheet of white cardstock, that way I had a very faint pattern to follow for placing my punched photos and circles. In the original series of photos, Emily and I were wearing bright pink hoodies, and the colours of Studio Calico’s Cirque Scrapbook kit were a perfect match (even though I ended up going with black and white photos in the end). I used the same punch on a few co-ordinating sheets of patterned paper, and I decided to repeat that horizontal separation of the circles by mixing and matching two different patterns per circle. PBALDWIN_JAN14_THANKFULFORTHISDAY_DETAIL2 I stitched the circles to my cardstock base right across the middles and lifted the edges for some added dimension. I also used some foam dots behind the photos to lift them off the page a bit. I decided that I liked the look of the entire badge rather than breaking it up at the top and bottom of the page, so I printed one out on matte photo paper and again used a circle punch so all the circles were the same size.PBALDWIN_JAN14_THANKFULFORTHISDAY_DETAIL1I finished off this page by adding a few gold sequins and embellishments from Studio Calico’s Cirque Scrapbook Kit, and a cute little tag down at the bottom.

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PBALDWIN_FEB18_STORYFRAMESMan, we have had a LOT of snow in the last few weeks! Liam’s school is literally a 3 minute drive away, even in snowy weather…but for some reason, picking him up at the end of the day takes a minimum of 30-45 minutes. Most of the time, it’s because he just wants to go exploring in those gigantic snow piles that have been built up, lining the sidewalks. I totally remember that feeling of “mountain climbing” as a kid and can’t say that I blame him. Although these days, I’m far more interested in getting back in the car as quickly as possible. It’s so stinkin’ cold!! I snapped this picture with my phone and it’s easily a favourite. It’s just so him right now 🙂

I came across this image on Pinterest recently (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/152559506103700421) and thought those giant black letters from Studio Calico’s Cirque kit might look really cool broken up by blocks of journaling! times new definitivo1That was my intention when I started this layout, but after playing around with the position of the letters, I decided that I wasn’t quite brave enough yet to chop them up. Maybe I’ll still try it on a different project…we’ll see. PBALDWIN_EXPLORE_LAs I was piecing this layout together, I wanted something subtle for the base underneath the title. I decided on a neutral patterned paper from SC’s Cirque kit, cut on a diagonal for fun (it reminded me of the “mountain” shape). I thought it would be fun to repeat the diamond shape on the lower half of that page, and Ali’s Story Frames felt like just the right touch of playful and whimsical AND THERE WERE DIAMOND SHAPED ONES!!! AEdwards_StoryFrames_PREV1_originalPBALDWIN_FEB18_STORYFRAMES_DETAILHow perfect was that! So I made an 8.5 x 11 page in PSE, added the diamond shaped story frames on top, decreased the opacity so it was just barely visible, printed it onto my cardstock base and used it as a template to stitch white-on-white diamonds to the lower half of the page. A few ink splatters and a tag later to finish up the left side.

PBALDWIN_EXPLORE_RI think tags are my go-to for embellies/journaling spots. Love them! I used a big one on top of the full page photo for the right side of this layout and wrote a little note about Liam’s “mountain climbing” habit.

We’re busy party planning for a little mister who’s turning 5 in just 6 more days!! As he says, it’s “a whole hand!!” 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Pam