October Stories

This month’s Digital Kit from Ali Edwards has got lots of fun elements, perfect for Halloween and fall! My personal favourites from this collection are all the hand written quotes in the journaling cards, and that stamp set is pretty awesome too ūüôā

I’ve made 2 projects so far with this month’s kit. The first one is a 2 page 9×12 spread for my Project Life album.

I love apple picking! It’s absolutely in my top 3 favourite things about Fall. We made it our mission to get to the orchard on this weekend (and apparently eeeeeeverybody else had the same idea. It was packed!) I’m still glad we did it.

I finally tried out the large format option on my printer (I bought a Canon Pixma iP8720 this summer and could not be more thrilled with it!). I added some digital word art and a few super simple embellishments from my stash to the 9×12 photo for the left side of my spread. (That little rubber apple charm is actually from the “Eat” Story Kit earlier this year in case you still have it in your stash too! Lots of good opportunities to use that kit this fall ūüôā )

The right side of this spread is also a 9×12 pocket page. Still really loving that size. And all of the stories on this page are from the same day. That rarely happens, but I kind of love how it worked out here. I surprised the kids with a few new books about Thanksgiving. (We celebrated our Thanksgiving here in Canada on Monday, October 9th). And of course they were thrilled. We sat and snuggled and read stories for a good hour or so on Sunday morning and I honestly can’t think of a better way to start the day.

After breakfast and groceries and Liam’s karate lesson, we made it to the apple orchard for picking. Like I said, super busy!! So much so, that there weren’t really many apples left to pick, but somehow we still managed to fill our basket (probably a little more than we needed to). Liam learned how to shine an apple with his shirt. And at one point, Emily was eating 3 different apples at the same time ūüėČ

We joined my parents for dinner and brought along a new game of Junior Monopoly we had picked up that morning. Trying to be a little more conscious of how we spend our time together. The game was definitely a hit, because the kids were up by 6am Monday morning playing it again. Loved adding that Sunday journaling card, which has been hanging out in my stash for years!

I went back to my photos from last Halloween so I could play with the Halloween themed elements in this month’s kit…and realized I didn’t document ANY of it last year! I made up for it with this layout, capturing little stories about all the big moments from last year’s celebrations ūüôā

The digital stamp made a perfect title. I went ahead and added a few little embellishments from last year’s “After Dark” collection by Crate Paper. (Funny, I BOUGHT Halloween supplies to make scrapbook pages last year, but I never got around to actually USING them. At least they’re ones I still love ūüėČ )

I decided on a digital photo template to be able to add lots of photos from the month of October 2016. I used this one (“Slanted 8.5×11 layered templates” by Ali Edwards). As I went through my photo library, I jotted down the dates that each picture was taken and used it as the jumping off point for my journaling.

And then I went ahead and typed up the stories. I didn’t realize it was going to take up quite so much space! My text box kept getting bigger and bigger and I had to shrink my text down to a type size 9 to get it all to fit. I’m happy those stories made it down on paper, and it’ll be fun to look at this again in the years to come ūüôā

Looking forward to lots more stories this month! Happy October ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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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‚Äôll never forget walking into ‚ÄúGus & Son‚ÄĚ, a little 2 chair barber shop on King Street that I‚Äôve 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‚Äôs. 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‚Äôs hair, and even his granddad‚Äôs.¬†

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, ‚Äúyou have a beautiful family‚ÄĚ. 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¬†¬† ūüôā

Emily and Lou

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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 ūüôā 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…

Real life looks like this.PBALDWIN_SEPT16_BLACK&WHITE STORY KIT

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.

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Latest and greatest

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

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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.

Explore

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 ūüôā

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!!” ūüôā

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Pam

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!!

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 ūüôā 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).

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My whole heart…

PBALDWIN_NOV26_NOVEMBER3X4LAYEREDSENTIMENTS_DETAILNovember 2nd….that was the day¬†I we decided we really needed some new family pictures. It was a BEAUTIFUL sunny Sunday, so we rushed went to the park, with just an hour or so of daylight left. I remember telling myself to “chill out”…don’t worry if this doesn’t work out, just try to enjoy the time together. Of course, I wouldn’t need to be telling myself that if I was actually FEELING that way… but I’m sure you know how it can be, trying to convince little kids that we need to¬†get somewhere to do something on a timeline. Anyhow…the little chat with myself helped. We let the kids run around for a bit and check stuff out. IMG_7105_edited-3These big old doors are pretty awesome, but Liam could NOT understand why they wouldn’t open. IMG_7097_edited-2Found a park bench and attempted to get a decent family shot, which was…..interesting. IMG_7136_edited-1IMG_7150_edited-1IMG_7165_edited-1IMG_7141_edited-2We took a little break from trying to get a family picture, and that’s when this happened. IMG_7103_edited-1My whole heart….right there! I got a lot of good shots, but this one, definitely my favourite!!! Liam liked the cannons. IMG_7206_edited-2IMG_7219_edited-1Emily liked the leaves.IMG_7201_edited-3 IMG_7198_edited-1 IMG_7194_edited-2We paid one more visit to the big brown doors, trying to get a nice photo of Liam, who had a serious case of the sillies.IMG_7241_edited-1silliesIMG_7260_edited-3And then just when I thought we were ready to go home…IMG_7271_edited-2A leaf fight broke out!IMG_7308_edited-3IMG_7311_edited-1 IMG_7310_edited-1IMG_7360_edited-2The sun set and¬†the air got cooler, so we hopped¬†back in the car and went out for dinner¬†ūüôā So SO thankful for this day!IMG_7388_edited-2I wanted to¬†share my favourite photo and¬†the story¬†on a scrapbook layout.¬†When I’ve got a¬†favourite picture, I almost always¬†want to make it BIG and often the focus of my layout. So I went EXTRA big with this one and turned that photo of Brett with the munchkins into a two page spread,¬†with the photo spanning both pages!¬†PBALDWIN_NOV26_NOVEMBER3X4LAYEREDSENTIMENTSI¬†used Studio Calico’s The Underground kit and I made my own embellishments for this layout.¬†PBALDWIN_NOV26_NOVEMBER3X4LAYEREDSENTIMENTS_DETAILThat tag was¬†actually made out of white cardstock, printable adhesive gold foil, and Ali Edwards’ digital overlays “November 3×4 Layered Sentiments”.¬† I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of gold ūüôā

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This is what “happy” looks like…

PBALDWIN_NOV19_NOEL_DETAIL“First we’ll make snow angels for two hours, then we’ll go ice skating, then we’ll eat a whole roll of Tollhouse Cookiedough as fast as we can, and then we’ll snuggle.” – Buddy the Elf

Well we didn’t¬†exactly do allll of that, but the snow angels and the snuggling part did in fact¬†happen! Liam had a PD day from school two weeks ago, and¬†we got the rare opportunity to spend the day together, just the two of¬†us.¬†I feel like I’m not exaggerating when I say “It was the¬†best day ever!”, because seriously, I had so much fun with him!¬†It’s amazing how different¬†the dynamics are with my¬†kids when I spend some good quality one-on-one time with them as opposed¬†us all being together. Maybe because there’s no competition? I don’t know, but what I do know is I WANT TO DO THAT MORE OFTEN!

We¬†went out for breakfast together and did some Christmas shopping and¬†put up Liam’s little Christmas tree.little treelittle tree lights¬†We went to a movie…and the only thing Liam¬†really wanted to do when¬†we were making our plans for the day was “go outside and play in the snow”. snow angelsbest day everSo we did¬†that too!

And that’s how this layout was born.PBALDWIN_NOV19_NOEL

For the happy title, I¬†used a digital brush¬†from Ali Edwards’ “Noel”¬† stamp set. AEdwards_Noel_PREVI love that¬†they can be used for even non-Christmas themed projects.¬†The rest of the title is done¬†with “Amatic SC” font, which is a freebie at Font Squirrel. (Side note: I came across this font from Rebecca Cooper’s list of “14 Festive Fonts” for the holidays, most of which are free,¬†on her blog! Here’s the link if you’d like to take a look.) I printed it, along with¬†my journaling on white matte photo paper (Staples brand).¬†¬†I added a bit of stitching over the “THIS” and a few colourful stitched chevrons, just for fun. And those cork asterisks….they’re my FAVOURITE!! And I’m down to just 4 or 5 in my stash, hoping Studio Calico will make more ūüôā

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Imperfect and Awesome

digital stampDon’t you just love that? I think this statement sums up my life pretty perfectly… This is from Ali Edwards’ digital stamp set “Get Real” (which also¬† happens to be the¬†October Stamp set, like real, physical stamp set from the “Story Stamp” subscription). As soon as I saw it, I KNEW exactly which photo I needed to use it with.photoThis photo was taken (during Week in the Life 2010!) when Liam was about 6 weeks old and we were very newbie parents. It’s one of my favourites! I could have told so many different stories related to this photo, and it took me a while to figure out exactly what it was I wanted to say. “Imperfect and Awesome” summed it up really well ūüôā But here’s what I ended up with…PBALDWIN_NOV14_GETREALJust a few thoughts about what life was like as new parents…PBALDWIN_NOV14_GETREAL_DETAILI used the “True Story” and “embrace and celebrate” digital stamps included in the set to make¬†the journaling card in Photoshop Elements. The colours in the recent Studio Calico kits (Walden Scrapbook kit, and Notting Hill add-on kit)¬†were PERFECT for this layout. And of course there’s some little wood veneer hearts in there too ūüôā I tried adding some machine stitching to that grey striped paper to add a bit more texture… (apparently my tension is off and I’m not very confident in my abilities to fix it) it’s definitely imperfect but we’re just going to roll with it since I only had one sheet and embrace it as awesome. Right? ūüôā

You might have noticed that my original photo has got a horizontal/landscape orientation without a whole lot of white space to work with but my layout has what appears to be a full page 8.5 x 11 photo.¬†¬†I¬†made a little video tutorial to share¬†my trick for¬†adding white space to your photos,¬†it makes the perfect home for adding digital stamps and art ūüôā

Imperfect and Awesome by Pam Baldwin (You Tube)

As promised, here’s a link to the “Get Real” digital stamps. Get Real stampsAnd thank you so much for stopping by today!