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).


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!


  1. That is the way bathroom time works in our house too. Lol! Even after the kids are ready they insist on waiting IN the bathroom for us. It’s so crowded tou can barely move. Great theme for a layout!

  2. Argh! I always mess up the date stamping. I’ve started to jump stamp it onto a piece of card because I’ve messed up so many dates. I love how clean your layout is – I could definitely scraplift this! (oh, and I love that the cat is in there too… so typical!)

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