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


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.


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 ( 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!


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