January 26, 2016

The Purple Layout Dare – or – Just Hanging With Dad

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I have a new layout to share with you today, thanks to nap time and the lovely Natalie Elphinstone who dared me to make a purple layout. If your not a scrapbooker this probably seems like a really simple task, but in truth purple so challenging to work with. Don’t believe me? Search “Purple Scrapbooking Layout” on Pinterest. For starters you have to combat the retro factor and then there is the issue of ‘what do you pair it with?’. Well in my case – Blue, Orange and Kraft.

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Ohhh look at that face. Even in 7 weeks Eva has changed so much. Thanks to the forceps little miss had a swollen face for the first few weeks. Eva’s much leaner in the face now. *Sigh* time…

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All the papers in the layout come from Studio Calico’s Lemon Lush line and Basic Grey’s Aurora.

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As far as embellishments go it was a really simple layout. I used a cut apart sheet from Lemon Lush and Pink Fresh Studio arrows I had left over from an old kit. To be honest I never thought I’d use them – Yay for a good dare.

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The flair is Basic Grey’s RSVP collection. As for the hard labour? Well, I used the silhouette to cut the stars. Stamped a few more with Studio Calico’s lavender Soda ink. The most arduous task was stitching down the stars and that took all of 15 minutes.

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Finally I finished the layout off with my favourite Crate thickers and a single line of journaling. Not bad considering my scrap time has been greatly reduced, don’t you think?

Aimee Xx

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December 27, 2015

The day my heart exploded – Eva

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Been awhile, huh? I know, I made plans with you all for December Daily, but you know what they say about the best laid plans? Yeah… Meet bubba Eva. The original plan was to push though until the 21st and catch up on the last couple of days when life found balance again. In reality I got as far as the 4th. On the 5th CJ and I went into the city to the twilight Christmas market. I took a ton of photos before coming home and getting ready for bed. I lay in bed thinking about the kind of layout I would make and “POP”! My waters broke. Thus began an adventure like no other. One day, I might come back and tell you all about it, but right now I’ll just share the second layout in Eva’s Album.

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This was created for the Citrus Twist’s Sunday Sketch Challenge about my new favourite subject matter. In fact I may never scrapbook about anything else again!

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I count myself really lucky to have had an instant bond with our precious little mouse. From the second I saw her, I was head over head in love.

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It’s a little hard to tell from this photo, but the only thing Eva got from me was that nose. Everything else is all her dad. From the thick full head of dark hair to her very long legs.

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I struggled with the journaling on this page. I love the concept of the typewriter and in a way it kinda saved me. All of a sudden I have SO MUCH I want to write on a page. I have a million things about the 7th that I want to tell her. I want her to know just how amazing her dad was for all of the labour, even though he had only 3 hours sleep. I want her to know about the midwives who were so fantastic and how freaking proud I was of myself to make it to 7cm with only Panadol, but I’m not sure yet where to even start. For now I just settled on the facts. I typed them up on a strip of cardstock and made a small cut between the rollers of my fussy cut typewriter so it looked just like a working typewriter.

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A small amount of stitching and stamping bought the whole thing together. I’m not usually a sketch person, but I am super happy with how this one turned out. I would even go as far to say I am happy to put it in her album. Partly because the design is awesome, but I also have a feeling there will be a need to balance out ALL the pink layouts in her future.

Aimee Xx

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November 11, 2015

Opening thoughts on December Daily

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The whole December Daily concept and I have a really tenuous history. Until 8 years ago, I wasn’t even really a fan of holiday season. For starters an Australian Christmas is HOT. So hot it puts you off your food and prevents you from leaving the house during the heat of the day. Secondly, the people around me would morph in to these crazed lunatics made up of equal parts stress and christmas cheer. Not particularly feeling either, I just used to stand on the sidelines wondering why they did it to themselves. Think I’m kidding? The best christmas I ever had before meeting my husband, I was in my early 20s and I faked sick so I wouldn’t have to spend 6 hours in a car to go to the other side of the state to visit family. Instead I dragged my mattress down to the lounge room under the air-conditioner, ate ice-cream in my pyjamas and watched Casablanca. Yeah, that’s right not even ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ – BAH HUMBUG!

Then at 24, I met my husband, who it turns out is the THE BIGGEST holiday inspired, santa loving, christmas cheer packed lunatic you will ever meet. He loves it all. We have over 60 christmas movies (which he’ll no doubt get if we ever divorce – with the exception of nightmare before christmas, I’m taking that one) that he insists we watch every year. He loves late night shopping, but point blank refuses to ask anyone what they want because he always wants his gifts to be thoughtful and well considered. He holiday bakes, attends every god forsaken community event that has christmas in the title (market, carols, etc) but perhaps the biggest of all his christmas achivements – his dam freaking christmas sprit rubs off on me. I love christmas because he loves christmas.

So in 2012 I manage to catch a piece of the holiday spirit in a mini album. In 2013 and clearly full of myself, I tried to take on December Daily in order to document his other great love. See exhibit A, B and C. All in all I didn’t do too badly. I made it to day 17, but then things got really busy. After christmas his holiday spirit wore off and so to did mine. My DD album was sent to live in the shed and that was the end of that. Last year I even went as far as to write a post explaining why I wasn’t even going to attempt it in 2014.

So here we are at the beginning of yet another holiday season and I have a bit of a dilemma on my hands. For months I have said I would be scaling down my scrapping in December. I had no idea what it would feel like to be 8 months pregnant, but I didn’t think I would be up to very much. I figured I would be up for even less once she arrives. And then the self doubt set in. I would find myself having conversations with people along the lines of “… but don’t you want to document your last holiday season just the two of you?” or “It goes by so fast. I would have loved an album of our first christmas with our little ones.” and it could totally be the hormones, but I kinda see their point. Further more I am super lucky to be backed by some fabulous designers and companies. I have complete free reign of One Little Birds digital supplies, as a Jot Girl Stamping Up sent me the most amazing Christmas Pack and finally Hip Kits sent me their December Documented Kit just in case. What is a girl to do?

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I’ll admit, it does kind of seem like a no lose situation. I mean the only thing it’s really going to cost me is time and effort, but if it that stops thinking about mind numbing pain in my left hip joint, well that’s even better! I spent maybe an hour playing around with One Little Bird’s supplies for a blog post going live today on how to modify digital elements to better suit your colour scheme and by the end of writing the post it was pretty much decided – I am going to attempt another DD album.

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Let me just add one more caveat before anyone subscribes thinking they are going to get a daily update jam packed with useful hints and tips. I have a very deep fondness for all my readers and I have always set out to be inspiring. I like to think everything I write and create here has a bigger purpose, but this project – it’s just for me and my family. Don’t get me wrong I will still be showing it off here, on Instagram, in every gallery known to man and every blog from to Timbuktu, but I just can’t commit to it every day. I can’t guarantee it will be done by new year (In fact the opposite is probably much more likely) and I doubt very much that it will win any awards when it’s done. This is after all a blog about memory keeping, even though at times I’m the first to forget that.

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So let the adventure begin!

Aimee Xx

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November 9, 2015

Hip Kits: Project Life Week Ten

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Once upon a time I used to known as a Project Lifer. Crazy, I know! When Kimberly asked me to join the Hip Kit PL team I was a little apprehensive. It had been so long and it works a whole lot better when I have a working routine in place. A month in to my stint and while I still don’t feel like I am completely back in to my grove yet, this last spread I did for Hip Kits feels pretty close to my old style.

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I was kinda going for a balanced colour blocked theme, which wasn’t too hard to achieve given a lot of my photos from this week had a very dominant colour either because of the time of day or some crafty editing. Here is a closer look at the left side:

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Everything you see in the way of paper supplies are from the October’s Hip Kits. The digital week stamp is from Peppermint’s ‘Weekly Edition’. Love that set. It just makes life so easy. Here is the right side:

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I secretly like this page best, even though it reminds me of a trip to the dentist.

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Technique wise there is really only 1 scrap and 1 photographic one of note. I broke out the silhouette to do the camp card. I could have just used one of the two mini alpha sets that were in the kits, but it would have stuffed my colour blocking.

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The photographic one is a little more challenging. I took my DLSR outside to see if I could take a photo of the falling rain. I was I was really just playing around with the aperture and the shutter speed when I captured this one of mica trying to get out of the rain. It was a complete and utter accident. I have never been able to recreate it, but I guess it makes it all the more special. AimeeDow_Week10_OctKits_Detail4

Well, that about wraps it up for me today, but I have a few scheduled post this week so I’ll around.

Aimee Xx

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November 6, 2015

Citrus Twist Kits: Together Whatever

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I’m not sure how this one slipped through to the keeper, but this would have to be my second favourite layout at the moment. AimeeDow_TogetherForever

I pride myself on being honest so I am just going to come out and say it – Memorandum is not a favourite collection of mine. So the fact that all the pattern paper in this layout is from Memorandum is a huge surprise to me. I think it’s part of the why I love it so much. To me it marks a turning pointing is my scrapping career. For years I have looked on with envy as my friends create layouts with products I KNOW they dislike and yet they are so AMAZING! This is the first time I feel like I have accomplished it for myself, but I guess that’s also a testament to the added extras in Citrus Twists October Kits and the irony of it all is – this page actually makes me like the collection more.

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The other reason I love this page so much is because of the subject matter.  I had been saving this photo for something special because it’s my family in a nutshell. Mica, CJ and I are with each other 24/7 and while none of us could really be considered ‘normal’ we fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. I just think there is a certain kind of magic to that. Take for example Mica. Mica is a pure breed tonkinese. She came from a very reputable breeder and I met both her mum and dad who had fantastic personalities, but there is probably a really good reason why house guests call her the pet of satan. On more than one occasion she has trapped house guests in the bathroom and refuses to let them out. To CJ and I though, she is as sweet as pie. I’ll even go one step further. Mica is technically my cat from a previous relationship, but she could easy be mistaken for CJ’s. Mica follows him everywhere. Should he ever sit down for longer than 2 minutes – she is all over him like a politician on a cute and cuddly baby.

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Hence my title. Together Whatever. The story of my family and a whole lot of fierce love.

Aimee Xx

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