All about that Bass

Welcome back! I know right? 2 DAYS IN A ROW! I’m on fire! I even have a blog post planned for tomorrow too, but for today I am showing off another layout I created at camp. I had already cut the white cardstock sometime ago, when the pattern was released though Studio Calico. It always reminded me of old fashioned records, so it only seems fitting that it would eventually be used for a music themed layout.

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All about that bass has been a hit song here in Australia for over a month. It was playing on the radio when I came home from my local scrapbook store today – can’t believe it’s closing on Friday. Sad day.

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This layout took me about 5 hours to put together. About half the time it took me to do  Winter Garden. So I am certainly getting better at the technique. The next time I attempt it, I expect to have even less interruptions, so maybe 3?

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I used mostly Amy Tangerine’s Plus One and Basic Grey’s Highline collections to create this page – Both of which I bought in their entirety from Blitsy. There is just something really awesome about getting a whole collection at american prices for minimal shipping. The only other additions that I can think of are a freckled fawn veneer piece, the striped piece of paper from the latest Studio Calico scrapbook kit, random enamel dots, veneer stars and puffy stickers all from past Studio Calico kits.

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I know I said I left my typewriter at home and I did. I’m just really lucky some of my friends did not. The one I used to create these journaling strips had personality. I’m telling you by comparison mine is well behaved, but boy did I appreciate the loan. I swear in February I am going to be more prepared.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Aimee xx

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The Bees Knees

So… it’s Monday and this is a fresh new blog post – Can I get a high five? I had an amazing weekend at Camp.Paper.Scissors. It was SO good to catch up with old scrappy friends and meet new scrappy friends. Most of all I got a really good ass kicking (Thanks Emma and Kellie, what would I do with out you?). I know it sounds like I am joking, but I’m really not. Emma was my task master – “What are you doing now?”, “How about you start another one”, “just do it!”, etc. And it totally paid off. I produced 2 really great pages. The first of which was produced for the journaling challenge – scrap about an object or a palace and I just happened to have the perfect photo in hand. So without further ado: The Bees Knees.

Adow_TheBeesKnees_fulllayoutThis is a really interesting page for a couple of reasons. I know it looks some what lean but this page has elements from no less than 7 Studio Calico kits.

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As well as elements that predate my start in scraping, like this Dear Lizzy rosette (and the Dear Lizzy Sticker below). I wish rosettes would come back in to style.

Adow_TheBeesKnees_Detail3The flair comes from Studio Calico’s Dear Darling collection which has long since retired, but you see it from time to time on clearance still. I got the gold page holder from Studio Calico’s last call some months back.

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The brands are from My Mind’s Eye Market Street collection and while it’s a little hard to see, the brad sits at the corner of a stitched boarder that runs around the entire page. The book page is from the recent The Underground kit, but there is absolutely nothing stopping you taking revenge on a bad night time read, although a word of caution on that matter – you may what to check what’s written on the page before you scrap with it. I hope you can see the funny side just as I did.

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The final thing about this page that makes it so unique is that it contains my handwriting. I still can not believe I forgot to take the typewriter to camp! I haven’t yet decided if this adds or subtracts to the page, but for better or worse it’s staying there now and as whole I really do like this page.

For a full list of kits used, check out ‘The Bees Knees’ in the Studio Calico gallery and if you feel so inclined to like it or add it to your inspiration book – A big thanks in advance is coming your way.

As always feel free to ask questions below, leave a comment about the page or just tell me about your weekend, I love to read it all.

Aimee xx

 

Ted

Just a quick post today.  I really should be packing for scrap camp, but if last year is anything to go by – I won’t actually start until 10 minutes after I am due to leave. Oops.

Today’s layout comes from the new Studio Calico kits, The Underground. I had the idea for this page almost as soon as I saw the chandelier paper. I was channeling a vintage American nursery vibe when putting this together. Lots of stars for that bedtime feel and really great layers of texture with the glitter tape, fabric tape and kraft photo corners.

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Aimee xx

 

Studio Calico Snapshot Class: Week 1

Let me start off by saying I have never done a photo challenge before in my life. Despite Monday’s decoration to join the #365craftingtime challenge, I am usually very wary of such things. I hate committing to something I can’t give my all, I hate doing something because it’s cool or a fad (apposed to doing something because I enjoy it) and most of all I believe in walking my own path. I don’t need others to stretch me. Then a funny thing happened, The 1st of September rolled around and my wonderful husband presented me with a new camera, then my dear friend Emma of ‘Title goes here‘ gifted me a Studio Calico voucher for just over the amount of the class. A sign maybe? I figured I had nothing to lose and at the very least I’d get a chance to practice with my new camera. So shall we have a look at the first week of prompts:

Words:

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I am so insanely lucky to have talented friends. As a left hander with an aversion to mess, I pretty much knew from the the get go that brush script wasn’t for me. I do, however, REALLY like the look of it. Enter Jodie from Polka Dot Creative. In August I had commissioned 4 pieces from Jodie for a project I was working on. This is the one that sits on the sideboard at the end of my bed. Everyday these words remind me to push myself just that little bit further and they are possibly the words I repeat to myself most during the day. It seemed only fair that they should for-fill the word prompt too.

Together:

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iPhone 5S. Edited with VSCOcam.

I had seen a picture somewhat similar to this on Pinterest months ago and thought this would be a perfect opportunity to try and recreate it. There where just a few problems with that idea: 1. I was never going to convince my husband to have the big camera in bed. 2. Even though we typically sleep late, I still wasn’t keen on getting out of bed and opening the blinds for more lights. 3. Taking a photo from this angle is really hard and finally 4. When it came to editing I got a little shy about what was shown. I over exposed it so you can’t actually tell my leg from the sheet anymore. Given all that, I still really like this photo. If anything it’s more ‘us’ than the original.

Noise:

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iPhone 5S. Edited in photoshop.

I figured this would be my most challenging prompt so far. I live a very quiet life, unless you ask my husband, who will flat out tell you I listen to my headphone at a volume that will eventually make me deaf. It just so happened though, that on the day this prompt came up I was picking my god daughter up from school. I was just walking though the gates as the bell rang and the hoards of children spilled out of their classroom, all competing to be heard by one another. I had forgotten what this noise was like and quickly grabbed my phone to take a picture.

Grow:

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Canon EOS 60D. Edited with Photoshop + Florabella Luxe II Actions.

Mog stayed with us on Thursday night and had a curriculum day Friday, so there was absolutely no hurry to get out of bed. Not that Mog has ever stuck to that. I usually get up at 7 to check on her, give her the iPad and toast and we agree that she will stay in bed until 9:30. This particular morning though she wanted to tell me a few things. Mog asked me about my birthday and what I had got, so I showed her my camera. I took a few snaps while we were talking. She has grown up so much since she lived with us last year. Not only in maturity but her curls have got so much longer too. I think this might just be my favorite photo of Mog.

Now:

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Canon EOS 60D. Edited with Photoshop + Florabella Luxe II Actions.

Saturday was a crazy day. I was run off my feet running errand for my family. I went into town to pick out fathers days presents for my Pa. I had to print some photos for my sister, pick up my Pa’s dog from the kennel and dog sat until he could come home a church gathering. It wasn’t until right on dusk when I got a moment to myself. I took my camera from the shelf and head outside for a walk, but I didn’t get very far. After maybe 100 meters I could still feel my mind racing with my to do list and stopped dead in my tracks. I took a couple of deep breaths and made a conscious effort to look at the world around me. That when I saw the shot. The last light of the day was just peaking though the trees and finally for the first time that day I was in the ‘now’.

Loaded:

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Canon EOS 60D. Edited with Photoshop + Flora Bella Classic Workflow Actions.

Anyone who has followed me on instagram for more than a month knows: Sunday is pancake day in our house. I take pictures of pancakes more than any other object. In fact I intend to make a photo book about it one day. This Sunday was a little different. It was father’s day here in Australia and we invited Pa over for brunch. I really went to town on the spread: Blueberries, Strawberries, Lemon, Sugar, 3 flavors of Ice-cream and genuine Canadian Maple syrup. I can guarantee you we all left the table feeling very loaded. What I like most about this photo is depth. My regular pancake shots on my phone are somewhat 2 dimensional.

Guilty Pleasure:

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Canon EOS 60D. Edited with Photoshop + Flora Bella Classic Workflow Actions.

There is a bit of a story behind this one. You all know I can’t get enough food styling shots. I consider it the sophisticated selfie, but very rarely do I ever take process shots. The light in my kitchen just isn’t very good after 11 A.M. but in April’s caption for this prompt she asked us to consider including our hands. I haven’t really mastered taking photos with my tongue yet and I don’t have a remote, so it was going to have to use someone else’s hands.

The opportunity for this prompt occurred somewhere around 2 on Monday afternoon. My husband was banging around in the kitchen, so I went to investigate. He was in the process of gathering all his ingredients for his peanut butter cookies. Over the past year I have become more and more familiar with this recipe. It was born from a reprimand I served after he was repeatedly busted eating peanut butter from the jar with a tea spoon. His way around his disgruntled wife was to find a cookie recipe which is, at it’s core, is just peanut butter, an egg, sugar and salt. That’s it. Now I know how bad that sounds and part of me might even be willing to let him go back to eating peanut butter from the Jar, but they really do taste amazing. These cookies have well and truly earned the award for our guilty pleasure.

Well that wraps up the first week of class. If you wish to join me you can still buy the class here. I don’t get benefit from you buying the class other than your company in the gallery and message boards, but I still would highly recommend it. Despite my opening paragraph, I have been stretched to try new things and it has made me think of my photography in a different way. Also if you would like to commission a piece of Jodie’s brush script you can email her at: jodie@polkadotcreative.com.au or you can check out the wonderful variety she already has in her store. Oh and it goes without saying, these image’s belong to me. If you wish to use them please ask first.

Well, that turned out to be a long post. Until next time.

Aimee xx

The Long-awaited Blog Tour

Oh Lord, this post has been coming for a LONG, LONG time. I can’t lie, I have been putting it off. I just didn’t think I would have answers anyone would want to read.

It all started back in July when I was tagged by Shell from Getting her craft on. Shell wrote the most wonderful things about me and I really admire the way she’s always out there in the scrap community. I did intend to write the post, but then we had a death in family and the Monday slipped away. Then on the 11th of August, I was tagged by the ever-so-lovely Lisa from Blackbird Darling, then the SUPER talented and stylish Catherine from The Green Fingerprint. Honestly, I thought that would be the week, but nope. The moment passed again and I got stage-fright. In the weeks following, I was asked by one of my scrappy BFF’s – Beshka from BCKueser and Chantal from Paper Filled Moments - who was the first digital scrapper I ever followed (her work with paper is even better).  Alas, it was not to be. Last Monday I was tagged twice more. This time from a long standing Instagram friend, Kat from Schrottvogelchen and finally, my ever-faithful sounding board, Emma from Title Goes Here. Told you it was a long time coming… The way I figure it, if I don’t write this freaking thing now, I am just going to keep getting tagged and I will have no one on my list to tag back :P

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1. What are you working on right now?

Wow, um where do I start… I typically try to only do one thing at a time, but at the moment, I am all over the place.

  • I am working on a couple of digital pieces for One Little Bird.
  • I have another Black and Yellow layout on my desk.
  • I’ve just passed the half way point in April Foster’s Snapshot Class.
  • Working on my 30 Days of Me mini album when I get the chance.
  • Project Life (as always).
  • Still working on perfecting the new studio.
  • Hubby and I are in the process of a blog design overhaul.
  • And because that’s just not enough, today I am starting Sabine’s #365Craftingtime. Yep, I am going to create something every day for a year, because clearly, I’m nuts.

Here’s today’s piece made with One Little Bird’s brand new kit – Who Am I.

Adow_LittleBirdCT_WhoAmI_LiveBeautifullyCan you tell I REALLY love my new creative space?

2. How long does it take you to create a project?

Alright, I’m going to be brutally honest because I think people look at my work and think “why can’t I do that?”. Well, in short, you don’t have the time. I take FOREVER.

A digital spread is 1 – 2 hours. This really depends on how many shadows need to be put in. I hate that part.

A paper layout is usually 4 – 6 hours, but in the case of The Winter Garden it was more like 12. That, my friends, is why you have never seen a process vid.

Project Life is the worst. It’s much closer to 8hrs by the time I edit and print all the photos. There is a whole lot of ‘moving things around and moving then back again’ going on. I think maybe this one was my quickest at a little over 6 hours.Aimee Dow Week 10 Full Spread | Betwixt & Between Blog3. What are your favorite things to create with at the moment?

Actually, It’s just one. For my birthday, the world’s greatest husband bought me my first real camera – A Canon EOS 60D. I am so freaking in love with the thing (almost as much as my husband). Up until that point, I was strictly an iPhone photographer. The things I have learned in the past 22 days! The creative control I have with a proper lens just blows my mind. It might sound weird, but I feel like I am better able to tell a story with my camera pictures. Here is one I took for the snapshot class.

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4. How does your writing/creative process work?

Umm… poorly? No, that’s probably the wrong word – inconsistently? I’ve always said that my best work has roots in my heart. It’s not hard to find inspiration, but I then need to find the fire inside that sustains the actual process. I consistently binge on a certain process or technique until I feel I have it nailed down and then I tend to move on. I am always looking for a new challenge.  I LOVE to push the envelope, but if this is all you’re ever doing, it can really become exhausting. I am working on the problem. This is exactly why I’m taking up Sabine’s challenge. Good, bad, the same darn card every single day for November, I will create every single day for a year. I’m sure after a year, I’ll have worked out all the kinks, right?

5. How do you become inspired and stay inspired?

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I feel like this is a trick question. Isn’t the answer always Pinterest? I, like everybody, have my own secret stashes in my Design and Inspiration boards.  I don’t know why, but I am rarely inspired by other scrapbookers. Oh my god, I feel like I have committed a sin by writing that. It’s not that I don’t appreciate their amazing talents and skills, but I realized a long time ago that I can’t do anybody but me, especially in matters of design.

As I said before though, the spreads that work the best often come from my heart. It could be a particular picture I take that evokes a really strong emotion when I look at it. I know right now I have four pictures in particular that I am absolutely chomping at the bit to scrap. All they are waiting for is the design spark. All those pics on my Pinterest board are design sparks. I just have the right design to match the feeling and after that it all becomes SO easy. 

6. What’s your signature style?

ROFL! What, you haven’t figured it out yet? In my very early days of scrapping, I used to wonder about this too. Turns out people are always more than happy to tell you. When ever I do a guest post or someone writes something about me on the internet, they always use the same three words: Clean, Graphic and Innovative.

Right, Now to the fun part. Who to nominate…

Let me just say the women I am nominating are being nominated not only for their scrapping ability. I am nominating them because they have amazing talents in many areas that really resonate with me.

First: I nominate the lovely Sabine from Moments to live for, who I have name dropped throughout this entire post. Sabine does the most amazing mini albums – a skill I am yet to acquire. I consider her a fellow innovator who started the whole one year of cups phenomenon and now #365craftingtime. I am also a huge admirer of her photography skills. Maybe one day we can go on a photo walk together.

Second: Tania from Petite Pixel Design. A super-talented Project Lifer, but possibly even more importantly, an arbitrator of style, awesome food photographer, professional writer and fountain of useful information and hot spots. I might also be sucking up a little because she is lives locally and all that stuff is really useful to have on hand.

Finally, Marie from Letter 25. If that girl in the photo looks familiar, well that would be because she is my sister. The page, however, is my mother’s. I’d like to argue that getting into scrapbooking had nothing to do with my Mum. I may even be successful given that I did project life before her and that is officially my start point, but my love of food and baking totally came from her. Her tea cake will forever be burned in my brain as a happy childhood memory.

Be sure to check in with them next Monday to see how they tackle these tough questions. I know I am really looking forward to reading their answers.

Lots of Love,

Aim xx