Sunday, July 27, 2014

Pamela Baldwin | Inspires

I am sure you already know her, but if you don't you are missing out! I love Pam's sense of style and how she tells a story. Her pages draw you in and her stories make you fall in love! When we were asked to lift a member for our gallery this month over at Studio Calico my mind went directly to PAM!!!  You will have a chance to be inspired by Pam and win a $35 gift certificate to Studio Calico also!!! But before I share all the details with you let's get to know Pam a little better, shall we?

  Hi there! I'm Pam Baldwin :)  I'm Canadian, I'm a wife and a mom, I'm a Hematology-Oncology nurse, I'm a pretty good cake decorator, I'm an overuser of smiley faces :) and exclamation points!!!, I dream of the day when sleeping in means later than 6:30 am, I am not a coffee/tea drinker but I am hooked on the caffeine content of Diet Pepsi (see pervious statement re: dreams), I'm our family memory keeper aka. scrapbooker & photographer, I am thrilled to be a member of the Studio Calico Community, and I'm so happy to be here with you today!

Tell how about how long you have been scrapbooking and what got you into it in the first place? 
     I started scrapbooking in January 2011 when my very first Becky Higgins Project Life supplies arrived on my doorstep :) (It was the Turquoise edition!) I was getting ready to return to work after a year long maternity leave, and I was SO worried that I was going to miss out on watching my son grow up.  The first 9 months had already been a bit of a blur! So after learning about Project Life, I decided our family stories HAD to be documented, and that's where I began.  

I love that! We started scrapbooking the same year!! Where do you find your inspiration from?
     My inspiration usually starts with the story I want to tell or a favourite picture :) When I need more of a push to get started, I often find myself browsing Pinterest (the poster and Illustration section and the design section almost ALWAYS have something that'll catch my eye) and the Member & Creative team galleries over at Studio Calico.  (Can't speak highly enough about the galleries there!!  I try to stop in often just to ooh and ahh over all the amazing layouts people share.  It makes me so happy and definitely inspired!).  Sometimes, a good sketch will get my brain working overtime when I'm supposed to be going to sleep at night. Most recently, I found myself photographing a McDonalds take out bag because it had a really cool "grid" design on it!

What are your three favorite products of all time? (scrapbooking related) 
     Wood Veneer has the top spot for sure!! Especially the dark woodgrain hearts from Studio Calico's Atlantic collection, and stars of any size :)
Foam pop dots make their way onto almost all of my layouts somehow....I think they sneak their way in there when I'm not looking.
Remember those little word strips that were included with the Antiquary Kit? I LOVE them and all other word strips like them.  I find that some of those strips say what I want to say better than I could say it myself :)

(I love how Pam used the wood venners from South of Market!) 

YES, you mentioned some of my favorite items as well! So glad you love those word strips, I think you will see more in the future! If you had to pick ONE stamp set to use over and over again which one would it be?
     Hmmm....I'm not normally a big stamper.  But I sure do give my roller date stamp a workout!

What are the colors your find the easiest to work with?
     There is a whole lotta blue, green and brown going on in my pages these days :) I've tried to use patterned papers for my backgrounds more recently, but I think my preference is still white cardstock.   More than colour, I really like the look of different textures!! I think I would happily add woodgrain, cork, manila shipping tags and a little splash of gold to anything and everything.

Thank you so much for sharing with us Pam! I loved getting to know you a little better and seeing what makes you tick!!! One thing I really take from your pages is your ability to REALLY focus on the photos and the story. One of the ways I see that most in your projects is with a SUPER big photo and lots of journaling so that is what inspired my layout this month! 

I used the adorable Sandlot kits from Studio Calico to create this 2 page 8.5x11 spread inspired by Pam. I love the red alphas and really allowed the story and photo to be the main feature here. Taking some notes from Pam, and loving it!!! Photo was taken by the amazingly talented lemaire photo

Now here is YOUR chance to be inspired by PAM!!... Here are the details I promised you! 

You may enter a comment to win the gift certificate in each of the following ways!
1. Post a link to your layout, card or project life using the mood board as inspiration
2. Post a link to your social media site where you shared the mood board with info :) 
3. Post a link to your instagram with the mood board tagging myself and Pam.
4. Post a link to where you pinned the mood board from this post. 
5. Post a link to any other CREATIVE way you thought to share!! 

All links must be posted by noon PST July 31st to be counted for
 the drawing to win the $35 Studio Calico gift certificate! 

I can't wait to see what you come up with


  1. okay, I grab my supplies and start to create something. This is a fun challenge and wow, $35 would be amazing!!

  2. Pinned it here:

  3. Pinned here...

  4. I've got the wheels in my head turning... for now, I pinned the mood board!

  5. Pinned and can't wait to work on it!

  6. Definitely inspired me to create a mood/color board for inspiration.
    Pinned here.....

    I just posted my project life-style page to the Studio Calico gallery.

  8. Here's my project :)

  9. link to my project

  10. Awesome!!! Very inspiring---thank you!!!

  11. I pinned!

  12. Here are my entries:

    2 and 3) (where is here the difference?)

  13. LOVED making this card from inspiration from the mood board.

  14. This is my layout based on the mood board

  15. I love Pam's style!! I made a card inspired by the moodboard (which I love!! but I couldn't resist adding a pop of red):

  16. Here's mine! Here's mine! :)

  17. Also pinned the moldboard here:

  18. Just checking in to see if anyone won!! Well, to see if I won actually! ;)

    1. Oops! Just saw that you announced the winner on your most recent post! Congratulations to her!!


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