April 2, 2015

Jot Magazine – April’s Mood Board

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Well, March went by in the blink of on eye, didn’t it? I have so much to tell you. I went on a MAD creating binge right before Amy Tangerine arrived down under, then I went away for a week so I could see Amy and Heidi Swapp in Melbourne. Then I arrived home to some very exciting news. Alas that will all have to wait for another day, because today I am hear to show you my Jot Mood Board entry for April. I can not tell you just how hard it has been to sit on this layout for a week. So without further ado: Eggcellent!

Eggcellent by Aimee Dow

First of all I would like to point out that I suck so much at mood boards. It stems from the fact that I use the photo as my pallet rather than working from a collection or theme. What made this attempted 10 times worse was I was being badgered to scrap in a house that was not my own. To be precise, my mum’s scrap room. Lord knows she has absolutely everything I will ever need to scrap (we both freely admit she has 20 times the supplies that I do), but do you think I could find anything? It took me 35 minutes to find that wood grain paper. The whole layout took nearly 6 hours. So now you know why I am so proud.

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I printed photos to take with me to scrap at mum’s place, but this wasn’t one of them. I had two in mind for the Jot board that I thought would work, but when it the came to the crunch… nothing. I found this photo in the bottom of my scrap bag. It had been left after Scrap Camp in February. I guess the scrap gods were looking out for my sanity.

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Another big factor in the success of my page was Mum’s local scrap store: Sassy Scrapper. Olga the owner is truly amazing. She let me special order ALL the new Crate Paper lines so I could pick them up the next time I came to visit. It was a giant box of happiness and yet another reason why I will always try to support local suppliers. On a side note, if you haven’t been to the Sassy Scrapper site lately, I highly recommend it. It’s just had an amazing makeover.

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There is a lot to love about this page. It has glitter and metallic, tons of layers and textures, a witty title although if I had my time again I’d call it “EGGSTATIC”. Alright, clearly I have too much time of my hands. The irony is, I would have far less time if I actually baked something with our over abundance of eggs, rather than just scrapping about it, but there is just something really exciting about the first time you keep chickens and they start to lay. Just take my word for it.

Jot Magazine Moodboard April 2015

Please go check out the other Jot Girl’s entries here. They really are amazing and most of them didn’t ignore the green like me. To be fair though I feel like I should get bonus points for incorporating the eggs and the wood grain, but really who’s keeping score? I don’t get to compete for the amazing prizes like you all do. I just get all the stress of voting for a winner. We just voted on last months entries – OH MY GOD! So hard, but I guess that’s just what you get for offering amazing prizes. If you would like to enter this months challenge you can find all the details here. Give me a nudge if you do. I would love to come check out your take too.

Happy Easter my dear friends,

Aimee xx

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March 10, 2015

Bendigo’s Trove Twilight Market

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I really can’t help myself when it comes to a good craft market. I look forward to my twice a year pilgrimage to Finders Keepers with great enthusiasm (as seen here), but in the past I have found my home town markets to be a little underwhelming. That was until Trove. Trove has been operating for a few months, but the timing has never been quite right for me to attend. So on Tuesday, when I saw the poster for a twilight event, I was thrilled to find I already had the night free! Yay!

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I was glad to see neon screen printed cushions are still in. I’ve got to be honest, I hope they never go out of style, or at least not until I work up the nerve to buy one (or four). These beautiful examples are from Sadie & May.

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Also, how epic is this necklace from Sadie & May? I didn’t buy it, although I really wanted to. I’ve decided to first see if I can find it in a wallpaper. I REALLY love the pattern.

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More Sadie & May’s neon cushions, because let’s face it, you really can’t have enough. Also, you may have noticed I spent a lot of time in Sadie & May.

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My second favorite stall had to be Little Keeper. What can I say, I’m such a sucker for glitter. I wish I had a better photo to show you, but in the short time I was at the market, Little Keeper was always crowded. Do yourself a favour and check out their jewelry. I love supporting local makers and I’m a fantastic enabler too.

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I must admit there were a lot of necklaces to choose from. Saff & Sassi had some really great geometric and floral patterns that I fell madly in love with.

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But my heart will always belong to letterpress. I had no idea Little Meg Press even existed until Saturday night. Sam is a graphic designer with a love of paper and it really shows. My hope is to one day write enough nice things about her that she will let me come play with her press. Probably wouldn’t have hurt to run that idea past her before I published this post either. I’m totally joking, Sam. Kinda.

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I also met an old friend there too. You might remember Little Puddles from earlier in the year. There is a photo of a Little Puddles star garland and a poise in my spread published in the IKEA Magazine. I am super excited to see that they’ve expanded their range now. How cool would one of those wreaths be on your door for Easter?

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Stamped was another super cool stall I came across. I love the texture created when stamping on fabric. It’s so tactile and pretty. Apparently you really can’t stop yourself touching it.

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Last but not least, I wanted to introduce you to an amazing illustrator – Chrysa Koukoura. My heart skipped a beat while flipping through her stunning screen prints. I just think it’s an amazing talent to possess.

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Well my friends, that pretty much wraps up my Saturday night at the Trove Twilight Market. I sincerely hope you enjoyed this little look into my home town and the many creative peeps who inhabit it, even if it was just for one night.

Aimee xx

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March 9, 2015

One Little Bird: My Faves

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If you follow me on Instagram you will already know that I have been invited back for a third year on the One Little Bird design team. If not, SURPRISE! I’ve been invited back for a 3rd year.  Lol, sometimes I crack myself up.

This year there are more team members than ever before and I’m so excited to be working with some of my idols, a few close friends that I have not yet had a chance to work with before and a lot of new faces who have so much talent. What can I say? Peppermint has always had impeccable taste.

To make room for everyone there has been a slight reshuffle. I am so honored to be moving to the hybrid blog team. What this means for you, my lovely readers, is that you will be able to catch me once a month over on the One Little Bird Blog, along with super talented hybrid artist’s such as Jen CarlsonAmelia Ng and Donya Gjerdingen. So in honor of my history with the digital team, here are just 10 of my favorite One Little Bird layouts made by me. Collection links are below:

Recently Pinned – Stuck on You Collection

The Sweet Life- Sweetness Elements and Papers.

Free Pass – Positive Spin Collection

Sleepy Head – Crazy for you Elements and Papers.

The End of the Day – Busy Week Collection.

Time Passing – Forever Young Collection.

Nothing beats the smell of fresh cake – Click and Daily Bulletin Collections.

You and Me – Identity Collection.

Mog turns Seven – Daily Bulletin Collection.

Spring is at my door – Equinox Collection.

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Love this life – The Love List Collection.

Okay, so there might have been 11. I had such a hard time picking only 10 out of 40 plus layouts. I have loved every moment in the One Little Bird Cage and I really look forward to showing you even more innovative creations in the future.

Aimee xx

P.s. If there are any digital or hybrid techniques you want to learn, please feel free to tell me. I am more than happy to help :)

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March 2, 2015

Jot Magazine: That Face

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Happy March, my scrappy peeps. Can you believe how fast this year is going? February blew by me like a whirlwind. Today, I am here to share with you the one and only layout I managed to get done for the brand new Jot Magazine. I only got a chance to finish one layout, but I am super proud of it. Even though you might be seeing it here first, do go check out the magazine too. It really is 179 pages of amazing scrap inspiration and no doubt you will find some of your other favorite scrappers in there as well. Alright, enough rambling:

That Face by Aimee Dow for Jot Magazine Issue 9

So right about now you are looking at it and thinking – wait… that’s yours? Short answer. Yes! Okay, I know it doesn’t really look like something I would usually make, but if you knew my friend Holly… That’s Holly there in the photo, giving me dirty looks because I was meant to meet her at 9 for coffee and I may have text messaged her to say I was going to be 30 minutes late. I may have also neglected to say I was going to be late because I was writing a blog post, which she may or may not have discovered for herself because she’s an email subscriber to my blog. BUSTED.

Apart from Holly’s master skill at giving disapproving looks, she also has another very notable attribute – she possesses one of the most amazing vintage dress collections you will ever see. Every single sliver of pattern paper in this layout reminds me of her dresses. There’s no getting around it. This layout is Holly through and through.

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The layout itself was designed to go into the hand stitching category of this issue. I am a huge fan of hand stitching on layouts (Exhibit A and Exhibit B), but unlike previous attempts I used my stitching to enhance a pattern and create more texture, rather than as an accent or a title. That Face by Aimee Dow for Jot Magazine Issue 9 Detail 2

I worked really hard to create layers for warmth and instill a vintage vibe in this one. I pulled from four past Basic Grey collections and Crate’s Open Road to find the perfect balance. AND my page has a title! I find title work so hard. I never ever thought I would use these thickers from Studio Calico, but you know what they say – there is a tool for every job.

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*Cough, cough*. And the award for sneaking a swear word in to a published layout goes to… that can just be yours and my little secret.

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I must admit that while I don’t do it very often, it’s very freeing to do a rustic layout. It doesn’t matter if there is ink on your finger tips that smudges on your journaling, it looks as if it was meant to be there. That’s totally not what happened by the way, I MEANT to put it there to match the stamping in the corner of course.

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Oh and don’t forget to check out the magazine. Did I mention that it’s free? Or that it’s jam-packed with amazing, inspiring layouts made by amazing, inspiring scrappers? I think I did.

Until next time,

Aimee xx

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February 24, 2015

Project Life Week 2 2014

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Uh…yeah. Still a year behind on Project Life, but I’m really not worried about it. In a way, it’s kind of a relief. Project Life is easy. Easy in the sense that the photos tell me exactly where the spread is headed. With layouts, I have to work to find my inspiration. I think I am going to stick with easy for a while. Block-out time to catch up and recharge my creative batteries. So here is a closer look at Week 2:

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And the right side:

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First off, let’s start with the most obvious difference to past spreads. This is the first spread in a very long time to be hand written. It was not a design choice, but rather a side effect of my poor memory. I took this layout to Scrap Camp and forgot to take my typewriter. If that were not bad enough, it’s actually the second year in a row I have forgotten it! Lucky I decided to digitally title the layout when editing this week’s photos because I totally forgot to take thickers too.

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I was going for something subtle. I wanted it in-tone with the background, but after printing I noticed that there was a sizeable chunk of dead space underneath the title. So I covered it up with washi. It worked great too. It helped highlight the title and added dimension to the photo. Love it when there is a simple fix to printing mistakes. It next-to-never happens though.

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This week marks my husband’s 32nd birthday and “the cake” is usually a big thing. We are both fairly proficient bakers and save our favourite recipes up for the special occasion. This year, I made the most amazing ice-cream cake. It took me 10 hours. It had 3 layers of vanilla, chocolate and coffee and ice-cream as well as fillings. I even cut a “32” template out with the silhouette to use on the top of the cake. I can promise you there was always going to be more photos of the cake than my husband for this particular day.  Sorry hubby. I used white rub-on letters on the stay cool card from Studio Calico as an inside joke. You know cause it’s an ice-cream cake.

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It’s pretty rare that I do a red spread. There is only one other colour I dislike scrapping with more and that’s purple. When I was pulling colors from the photos though, there was a lot of blue and red in the present and Eden’s dress. I chose green and yellow as the accent colours on account of the sunflower photo. Oh and if you are wondering why it is that the “just say yes” stamp matches the “here, there, everywhere” journaling card, that’s not an accident. After two years in this industry, I have come to realize certain designers gravitate to the same fonts over and over again. The wisdom font is clearly a favorite of Kelly Purkey who designed both the card and the stamp set.

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Have I told you all just how much I love my Pa? Is it any wonder really? I get my car serviced and I find great stuff in the pantry that I would NEVER have at home. I don’t think it’s any secret at all that I am so spoiled. All the grand kids are. You should see the size of the trampoline he bought the twins for Christmas.

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Finally, that brings us to my favourite card of all. I’m not sure which one it is. I like both the “let the good times roll” and the “love this” card equally. The only difference is I had to work to make one and the other one came like that. Good old Studio Calico. I’m so glad they now sell digital designs of their cards because I am totally printing it in every colour of the rainbow. The “love this” card is an amalgamation of an Amy Tangerine cut apart, a Studio Calico card, the Aloha stamp set by Creative Bubble and a paperclip I found on my desk. That about wraps it up peeps. Now, with any luck you’ll never have to see my hand writing again. OHHH!!! And if you ever see me on Facebook or Instagram saying I am prepping or packing for scrap camp PLEASE feel free to remind me to take the typewriter!!!

Until next time,

Aimee xx

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