One Little Bird – Gramercy Road | Part 1

Hi! Just a quick note to let you know I am over at the One Little Bird Blog today with a new and very special layout made with Peppermint’s new paper collection – Gramercy Road. I would love it if you came to visit and left me some love. Link right here. Here’s just a little sneak:

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And just because I know you are going to want this amazing collection for yourself, when you see the amazing things Stephanie Bryan, Christine Newman, Brenda Smith, Amy Martin and I are creating, here is a link to Gossamer Blue in the United States. Or if you are an Australian, support local scrap stores and get it much quicker from Sassy Scrappers. Sassy also has the Get Happy and On my desk collections too. Just saying. Can you really have enough sparkly enamel dots?

Aimee xx

The Finders Keepers Spring 2014

Let me just start off by saying that I LOVE the Finders Keepers craft market! It happens twice a year in our capital city (Melbourne) and I always go out of my way to keep the weekend clear. I missed the first one this year on account of a death in the family, but by a stroke of luck, last weekend I was free!

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I hope you don’t mind, but I went a little snap-happy with my new camera this year. You can see parts one, two and three from 2012 herehere and here. Gosh, how my photography skills have improved! On the matter of photos – where possible, the links for all the shops are attached to the pictures, so if you see something you like, click the picture and it should take you to their store.

Old Melbourne convention center by Aimee Dow

Finders Keepers takes place in the old Melbourne convention center, even though it’s smaller than the current center, I really believe this one has more character.

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In previous years, they have only used half of the building, but as the market for handmade and vintage increases, so do the stall holders. There is truly something for all who visit… pet rock anyone?

Druids by Aimee Dow Alright, as cute as they are, $40 seemed a little too much to invest in a relationship that would only go one way. I also had to pass on this stunning collar necklace for the 3rd year running. Sometimes I wonder why I torture myself.

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These were much more my price range, but alas, I couldn’t pick a colour.

imageI think if money was no object though, I would have absolutely decked myself in Kate Macindoe’s nature-inspired collection.

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Speaking of nature, succulents are still very much “in”, while I did notice a significant drop in neon and screen printing. I can’t decide if this makes me happy or not.

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This year more than any other year previous, I took note of the amazing textures and colour combinations all around me.

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These dresses and undergarments by Alice Nightingale were particularly stunning.

Me We abstract painted blocks

I love the colour pallets used for many of these Me We abstract painted blocks.

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As always, I felt a strong pull towards the stationers. My favorite for years now have to be Sweet William, Poppies for Grace and Bespoke Letterpress.

Bespoke Letterpress tagsMy love of paper did not extend to my sisters. They spent the day smelling every handcrafted candle in sight and, believe me, there were a lot.

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I did not subject my poor unfortunate husband to the market this year, which is a little ironic actually because this was the first year there was something there for him – Heirloom vegetable seeds!

The Little Viggie Patch CoAnd that about wraps it up, my friends. If you are an Aussie, I really hope this inspires you to check out your nearest Finders Keepers Market, it visits Sydney and Brisbane twice a year too. If you come from some other part of the world, I would love to hear about craft markets where you come from. Are they all as cool as the FK?

Be seeing you next week! Have a great weekend.

Aimee xx

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

 

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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