Summer in progress

As we drove past the kids school this morning, we talked about how there’s only 2 weeks left until they’re “back to school” and summer is over. 2 weeks!! And it feels like we’ve hardly done anything on our list. It’s true…there’s a lot that hasn’t been checked off yet. BUT there’s still been a whole lot of living. I’m really enjoying the process of documenting our everyday summer stories in this little 6×8 album, and I thought I’d share a little update on the progress I’ve made so far. (Title Page supplies: Ali Edwards’ July Digital Kit, Gossamer Blue July Scrapbook Kit)

We went to see fireworks this year in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. It’s the first time we’ve taken the kids to a firework event and we all had a great time! It was awesome to share this experience with them, because it was actually the same place that I spent every July 1st as a kid with my family to see the fireworks. On the shuttle bus ride back to the car, they were already asking if we could come back again next year. Pretty sure this will be an annual tradition now 🙂

(supplies: Gossamer Blue July Scrapbook kit, Studio Calico Silver Lake Lodge Main Printable Journal Cards)

I shared this page in my last post, but this is what it looks like in my album. I’m using Ali Edwards 6×8 Story Book in Greige. I should also mention that I purchased the June and July Scrapbook Kits from Gossamer Blue and I’m in LOOOVE!! The kit contents are currently being designed by Geralyn Sy (In a Creative Bubble) and I’m such a fan of her designs!! I added a rubber banner from the July scrapbook kit on my strawberry photo and love that the blue just happened to coordinate with the pics on the left hand side of this spread.

(Supplies: Gossamer Blue July Scrapbook Kit, Ali Edwards July Digital Kit, Ali Edwards Fun Story Kit)

This is another page I shared last month. I wound up adding a little sticker to the “Super Love This” card just for a little something more.

(Supplies: Ali Edwards July Digital Kit, Ali Edwards Bond Story Kit, Gossamer Blue July Scrapbook Kit)

We discovered the face filters on Instagram this summer! Super fun 🙂

(Supplies: Ali Edwards Fun Story Kit, Studio Calico Silver Lake Lodge Documenter Kit)

I made a little change to this spread because that tag from the Gossamer Blue July Scrapbook Kit was just PERFECT!! And I’m trying really hard to use the stuff I love instead of hoarding it 😉

(Supplies: Ali Edwards July Digital Kit, Ali Edwards Fun Story Kit, Gossamer Blue July Scrapbook Kit)

The thing I’m loving about this album is the collection of little stories about big moments, like spending time with my work family. These ladies truly are like a second family to me. They’ve been there from the beginning of my nursing career. They’ve watched me get married, they’ve watched me become a mom, and on this particular evening, we celebrated a very dear friend’s retirement.

(Supplies: Ali Edwards Fun Digital Story Kit)

I pulled this page out of my album for a closer look because that photo on the top right makes me laugh every time. Real life right now 🙂  We were so lucky this summer to be able to have Liam and Emily in the same summer camp group (they go three days a week while I’m at work). And they were pretty darn excited about getting to spend the days together too (they might not be quite as excited now that we’re 7 weeks into summer….but it definitely helped them feel more comfortable in their new environment, knowing they had each other there.

(Supplies: Gossamer Blue July Scrapbook Kit, Gossamer Blue June Life Pages Kit)

Observations (and little stories) about life right now, like 1) the “fidget spinner” sidewalk when we go to soccer every week, 2) her excitement to make her own sandwiches and help pack her lunch (for the record….that enthusiasm has now faded), 3) watching her soccer game from the bleachers, 4) Peanut Butter squares…no longer just a Christmas treat, 5) “Don’t you think daisies are the friendliest flowers?” and 6) poop emojis = text messages from the kids. It’s all about the little things!

(Supplies: Studio Calico Silver Lake Lodge Main Printable Journal Cards, Gossamer Blue June Scrapbook Kit, Star transparency (an oldie from my stash…I think it’s from Studio Calico).

One of the things that’s different about this summer is that when I bring a book with me to the park, I actually get to read it! The kids are becoming more independent and are comfortable to play on their own now, which is both awesome and a sure sign that they’re growing up. (The Undoing Project was a great read!! Loved Michael Lewis’ writing style. It’s a real life story about the development of decision making theory and the men who created it. My description doesn’t even scratch the surface, but if you’re a fan of non-fiction, this is one I would definitely recommend.)

(Supplies: Gossamer Blue June Scrapbook Kit, Studio Calico Let’s Go Main Printable Journal Cards, Studio Calico Summer Camp Add On, Ali Edwards Lost and Found Digital Story Kit)

Signs of a good day: crafting, a visit to the farm, playing and slurpees. I have always liked mixing sizes in my albums. I recoloured and resized a digital card from Ali Edwards’ July Digital Kit to  tell the story of this day. Also, from here forward you’re likely going to see a lot of chipboard pieces added to my pages. I ordered the Chipboard Set from Ali Edwards’ summer release and I can’t help myself! Love it!

(Supplies: Ali Edwards July Digital Kit, Ali Edwards Summer Chipboard Shape Variety Pack)

Working his way through a summer work book = love this!

(Supplies: Ali Edwards Summer Chipboard Shape Variety Pack)

Documenting this story about her first year of soccer. She loves going! Loves participating in the practice! But when it’s game time, she refuses to play. On this particular Saturday, after arguing with her to at least try, I stood back and watched the scene in front of me. If you’ve ever watched little kid soccer, you have probably witnessed some seriously awesome moments…like the little girl who’s focusing hard on kicking that ball down the field with her tongue sticking out and a little stuffed kitty tucked safely under her arm, or the mob of kids that buzz around chasing the ball off their own field and right into the middle of the game the next field over, or the little boy who uses his “super powers” to stop the approaching players, bending down on one knee and zapping the other players with the imaginary lasers shooting from his outstretched arms. This was the Saturday that I finally realized, I think she doesn’t want to play the game because she’d miss out on the show 😉

(Supplies: Ali Edwards August Digital Kit, Ali Edwards Summer Chipboard Shape Variety Pack)

Real life isn’t always fun. Don’t let these smiling little faces fool you…this day was a rough one! I went into it thinking “hey, it’ll be so fun if we get the kids one of those ride on animals to keep them entertained at the mall”…and left with a hoarse voice, more grey hairs, and reality checking my expectations. The “everything will be okay” card was pretty much perfection for this spread 😉

(Supplies: Ali Edwards August Digital Kit, Ali Edwards Summer Chipboard Shape Variety Pack)

The very next day, we tagged along to watch my parents go ziplining down Niagara Falls. The falls is only 45 minutes away from home, but we don’t go very often. I’m always surprised by how beautiful it is up close and find myself wondering why we don’t go more often.

(Supplies: Ali Edwards August Digital Kit, Ali Edwards Fun Digital Story Kit, Ali Edwards Lost and Found Digital Story Kit, Ali Edwards Summer Chipboard Shape Variety Pack)

We managed to end up with a few weeks of fevers and stomach bugs this summer, but even on those days there are still stories to tell. I passed along my folder of extra and misprinted photos to Liam and Emily so they could work on their own projects and Emily totally ran with it. She said “hey! I’m pretty good at this!” and used several packs of enamel dots on one page 🙂 That’s my girl!

(Supplies: Ali Edwards August Digital Kit, Ali Edwards Summer Chipboard Shape Variety Pack, Studio Calico transparency from my stash)

These guys are not bothered in the least about having so many things not checked off our summer list. Quite honestly, we’re all homebodies and are happy to spend our days off just hanging out together. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to watch as they come up with new ways to entertain themselves, whether it’s putting on a “magic show”, watching the construction take place out front, or taking on the role of sleeping beauty and stretching out in the living room window. “Ordinary day, let me be aware of the treasure you are.” Always.

(Supplies: Ali Edwards Day in the Life Summer Journal Card Set, Ali Edwards Summer Chipboard Shape Variety Pack, Studio Calico Bluegrass Farm Scrapbook Kit)

This page is still in progress. The left side tells the story of their summer camp trip to African Lion Safari and the right side is one of my favourite pictures from the night we made a fort and camped out in my room together.  I’ve got more photos to add and a story to tell about that experience 🙂

(Supplies:  Studio Calico Let’s Go Main Printable Journal Cards, Studio Calico Summer Camp Add On, In a Creative Bubble Storyteller Journaling Cards, Ali Edwards Summer Chipboard Shape Variety Pack)

And I’m going to finish off today’s post with one last “in progress” page. Because this photo is what I’ll think of when I think about summer 2017 🙂

(Supplies: In A Creative Bubble Summertime Journaling Cards, Gossamer Blue July Scrapbook Kit)

I’ve really enjoyed working on these pages so far! I’m about 2/3rds of the way through our July stories and filling my album up with whichever ones I most want to tell as I scroll through my photo library.  I’ll be sure to post an update as I dig into August. Thanks for stopping by today!

 

 

 

 

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!

 

Week in the Life 2015: Friday

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Last chance to capture some of the details of our Monday-Friday life. All the usual stuff like driving to summer day camp, daycare, what work life looks like and the start of our weekend made it into this spread.

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At this point, I’m running low on page protectors, I’m out of traditional index tabs, and my typed notes for journaling have dropped off to nil. Just means I have to get a bit more creative!

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It wasn’t intentionally planned, but I love the way all the layers of my inserts turned out. In place of index tabs, I used chipboard strips, labels, and stitched on a folded over strip of journaling (you’ll see it in more detail a little further down).

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The first insert is a shot of Liam and Emily heading into school with their backpacks. Liam usually races ahead and Emily and I follow behind, carrying his.

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On the right side, I had a little fun playing with another one of Christine Herrin’s freebie journaling cards. It’s like a mini-layout (app 4.5 x 6) of me working on the computer (a work from home day). I cut a label in half and attached it to the edge in place of a traditional index tab here (along with a bit of stitching).

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At the end of the day, we kicked off the weekend by picking up a pizza and heading to the park for a picnic dinner and some play time. The kids were way more interested in playing than eating dinner…and chasing the seagulls trying to steal our pizza. I trimmed down a page protector with 2×2 squares and printed out a strip of journaling, then stitched it to the edge.  The photos are sized 1.9 x 1.9, front one’s are Liam playing and Emily’s on the back.

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The strip is folded over with journaling on the front and back. It’s hard to see in this photo, but there are transparent letters (from Studio Calico’s Wink Wink Scrapbook Kit) tucked into the pockets alongside the photos that are fun and playful   🙂

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Sometimes, Liam takes his big brother role very seriously. He likes to push her on the swings, and she loves to swing. Win-win!

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After dinner, we went to visit with friends for an outdoor movie night…

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and the kids were totally zonked, falling asleep in the car on the way home. Great way to spend a Friday night!

Here’s a clearer look at all of those inserts.

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Just 2 more days to go! Thanks again for stopping by today 🙂

 

What have I been up to lately…

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

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.

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 🙂

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

Video Tutorial: Goodnight Moon

Hey guys! I wanted to extend a big thank you to the awesome Studio Calico community for your support and enthusiasm for my Goodnight Moon layout, which has been selected as the “layout of the week”! Thank you so much!! PBALDWIN_JAN28_EVERYONEHASASTORYI received a question about how this layout came together, or more specifically, which parts are digital and which parts are paper. So I’ve whipped up a quick little video walk-through to break it down a bit more.

This layout is made with digital products from Ali Edwards’ “Everyone Has A Story” set, as well as paper products from the Studio Calico Far Far Away Scrapbook Kit (patterned paper), Project Life Kit (pink chipboard hearts with gold flecks), and Ivy Tower Add-on (that’s where the little moon and big letter “E” came from!).

PBALDWIN_JAN28_EVERYONEHASASTORY_DETAIL2Here’s a closer peek at the story 🙂 (and yes, I know there’s a typo…hate when that happens!) The font in the journaling here is “Avenir”.PBALDWIN_JAN28_EVERYONEHASASTORY_DETAIL1A

This little cluster of the moon with the heart and the gold  splatters and the “little stories” banner just might be my favourite. The title font is “Franklin Gothic”

Please feel free to ask your questions and I’ll do my best to answer them!!

Thanks again for all your support! It is sincerely appreciated 🙂

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 🙂

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 😉

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 🙂 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 🙂 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 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Pam

Video Tutorial: Working with Studio Calico’s Digital Project Life Cards

PBALDWIN_DEC31_2015DATESTAMPS_1_DETAILJust do it = my project life plan for this year. Yes, the Nike slogan from 1988.

How I’m going to do it? Mmmm…not sure. Yes, I know we’re 3 weeks into January and I still haven’t decided how I’m going to approach our Project Life album this year. Last year, I tried a loose and relaxed monthly approach and only finished 2 months of the entire album. And all those photos I took last year? Still living on my computer. That was one of the whole reasons I started Project Life (4 years ago) in the first place!! Because I didn’t want my pictures just living on the computer! So this year, I’m going to just do it. Just get it done. Get those pictures printed and stories told.

And to get started with my 2015 album, I’ve got myself a title page! PBALDWIN_DEC31_2015DATESTAMPS_1

I posted a little peek of my title page “in progress” in Instagram last week, and a few people asked if I could put together a tutorial about how I resized Studio Calico’s Digital Project Life cards from the January “Far Far Away” Kit. So as requested, a little video tutorial! The video will walk you through how I made a digital template for my title page, how I resized the PL cards, how you can make the cards with SQUARE corners (!!) and a few tips for how I print my cards at home. If you’re really only interested in getting square corners on those PL cards, skip ahead to about the 12 minute mark 😉 (Please excuse the number of grammatical errors and “umm”s and the fact that I used clipped/clipping/mask interchangeably and completely incorrectly!)

You can also find the video on YouTube here: http://youtu.be/3Yc6fCCJ_3g

I hope you find it helpful, and would love to hear your comments/questions/suggestions for future tutorials 🙂

Supply List:

Studio Calico Far Far Away Project Life Kit

Studio Calico Far Far Away Printable Journal Cards

Studio Calico Far Far Away Adventure Project Life Stamp (In a Creative Bubble)

Ali Edwards “2015 Date Stamps” Digital Products

Ali Edwards “Memory Hearts” Digital Products

Becky Higgins Project Life Page Protector Design E

Staples Brand Matte Photo Paper

Kirkland Brand (Costco) Glossy Photo Paper

Canon Pixma MG7520 printer

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!

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 🙂

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