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 🙂 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 🙂 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? 🙂

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 🙂

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!


  1. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I found it really useful as I have often wanted to work with a photo that just didn’t have enough space for journalling on it. I also wanted to say that I love your style and your layouts are amongst my favourites.

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