A Girl and a Dog

Today, I spent the day attempting this weeks Society 52 challenge on instagram. Many of you will be very happy to know that it was a Project Life spread. I know, right. It’s been forever. I’ll post it here early next week after the twist, but since I am here (and your here) I’ll show you last week’s challenge piece.

Challenge 7 was to create a layout with floral paper. I had paper in mind. I recently bought a Basic Grey’s Fresh Cut Collection on clearance – the thing is, it’s a bold collection even for me. I knew I would have to use it sparingly, so with no design in mind, I went to the fountain of all scrap knowledge: Pinterest. This layout is inspired by A New Ride by Kinsey Wilson.

A girl and a dog by Aimee Dow before the twist

This is how it looked before the twist. I had been saving these photos for something really special. Mog’s first day living with us was a huge milestone. I didn’t know if we were going to be any good at being fill-in parents until Benson (my Pa’s huski) came to visit and we both discovered we could have fun! I wanted this layout to be fun. I intentionally only used my favorite products in it’s creation. I was also really proud of myself for not creating something with a defined structure. Well, that was until the twist

A girl and a dog by Aimee Dow

That lasted all of 2 days. The challenge was to add stripes and while I could have easily added a few more blocks of striped of paper it didn’t seem like it was in the spirit of the exercise. So with two inked up strips of cardstock and some Amy Tangerine washi, this is where we ended up.

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I built out the blocks to the line and added the detail on the right to add a bit more balance to the layout.

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I also when a little nuts with the embelishments.

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I’ve said it before, but it really does remind me of the cutest little Korean restaurant I went to years ago. It was so happy and so is my layout. This would have to be a personal favorite of mine and if I could ask just one small favor from you. I know this is going to sound totally nuts, but would one of you do me the favor of liking it in the Studio Calico gallery right here. 30 Likes in the SC gallery and I am happy. Wouldn’t you know it, it’s been stuck on 29 for DAYS! I’ll remember you, whoever it is that puts me out of my misery. As always you can leave your love below.

Aimee xx

Winter Garden

Okay, let’s get a few things out in the open… I’m not dead, I am not pregnant, I have no serious illnesses (that I know of), I am just a terrible blogger. It’s not that I don’t love you all. I REALLY do. I love reading all you have to say and having a conversation with you all. I love to create, I love to share and I am currently in the process of reshuffling priorities so I can do more of all of the above. It’s coming soon I swear. Thanks so much for sticking with me though. I WILL be worth it in the end. I promise.

Today, however I have got something a bit special to show you. Lately I have been experimenting. I’m trying to test my limits of exactly what it is that I can achieve. I am participating in more challenges to see how far I can stretch ideas. I am trying new techniques (Caylee if you still holding out for Art Journaling you are STILL sh** out of luck but you can always keep hoping *wink, wink* ). Anyway, I recently stumbled across a local online scrap store that has a pretty rocking blog. I instantly fell in love with their mood board challenge:

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Isn’t it pretty! Colour is my thing. I told a good scrappy friend that I really wanted to give it a go, to which I was promptly laughed at. Apparently I don’t make for good competition. Actually, to paraphrase, I was told that my standards make it unfair for everyone else. Well, my Mumma says it’s not about winning it’s about being part of it, about making friends, being exposed to new things and people, but most of all – having fun. And that’s just what I did. For the whole 12 hours it took to create this layout. I am not even kidding a little.

Winter Garden by Aimee Dow

As you can see, some things stay the same, but there is a whole lot of new about this layout.

Same: Still love geometrics, still can’t pry the metallics and glitter from my hands, still a truly awful embosser and still like hacking up my photos to tell a story – We all remember Harvest right?

New: Well, all the die cuts are my design. It was the first time I have ever done a 12×12 cut of my own design and I was so stoked about it, until everyone started looking at me weird, so I have curbed my enthusiasm a bit. I also used this tutorial by Cayee to turn my hand drawn vines into die cuts too. Same principle, but with a black sharpie drawing.

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Then there is my attempt at painting. I must admit I have tried to do it with mist before on two occasions and both were dismal failures. I’ve since discovered why – for some reason I thought since the mist was already “wet”, no more liquid would be needed. Yeah… no. Wetting the paper first made all the difference and really helped to blend later on after the base colour was applied. Lesson learned.

Ah, while we’re on lessons learned, I have an absolute new appreciation for what Paige Evans does. Designing your own cuts and then piecing them all together is so time consuming and it isn’t until all the pieces are in that you know if your layout is going to work or not.

Winter Garden by Aimee Dow Detail 1

I think what I love most about this layout is the amazing shadows that all the dimensional elements create. For this reason I am entering it in this week’s Studio Calico Challenge too. Check out the shadows the vines throw in the photo above – I think that’s wicked. Yes, yes, I am getting excited about everything today. Even the kale and couscous salad for lunch. I think my hay fever is cutting off my oxygen supplies and making me delirious.

Thanks again for checking up on me and to all those who gave me not-so-gentle prods to get back to blogging – much appreciated. As always, all comments and questions are so welcome, just leave them below.

Aimee xx

 

The Good Life

Just popping in with a layout I did for no particular reason at all. I really like this layout. I was made to celebrate a very rare occurrence – breakfast out. Oh and don’t look now, but there’s a picture of my husband. Not smiling, but then again a girl can only be so lucky. Once upon a time, when we lived by the river we used to go out nearly every weekend for breakfast. My husband even proposed at our favorite cafe at some ungodly hour of the morning. Since we moved and hubby now works weekends, we never get the change anymore.

The Good Life by Aimee Dow

This is also my first layout from the recent Penny Arcade kit’s from Studio Calico. Just in case you were wondering I got the Main Scrap kit, Skeeball, Fortune Teller, Spun Sugar and High Striker this month and while I am in no way a kit killer, I did pretty much stick to the kits contents with the exception of a few enamel dots, the yellow loved banner from Crate’s Oh Darling and a sheet of 6×6 Dear Lizzy which I fussy cut the flowers out. Oh and the Marcy Penner spray paint trick. Can’t forget that.

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If you have any questions about which kit anything came from or a technique feel free to leave it in the comments, I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. Oh and if you don’t here from me tomorrow have a great weekend.

Aimee xx

On doing Epic things and a Project Life freebie

Do epic things pink by Aimee Dow

I think a lot. Not just when I am scrapping, pretty much the entire 18 hours I am awake. I recently took a strengths test where I scored 98 out of a possible 100 for thinking. 96 out of 100 for Recognition and Winner, 93 out of a possible 100 for Information Excavator. I can’t say any of this really surprised me – I had already given the matter a great deal of thought, but with the information right there in front of me I took to pondering – ‘Yes, but what does it mean?’. Well, to sum it all up… I am an all or nothing kinda gal. This is not new information either, In fact my husband has been complaining about this fact for 8 whole years.

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Blue Hair Don’t Care

Blue Hair Dont Care by Aimee Dow

This layout is a puzzle. I’m not even talking metaphorically. It was designed for Maggie Massie and Sarah Bargo’s new Instagram challenge group called Society 52 (Really, who can resist a secret scrapbooking society?). The challenge seemed pretty simple – use mint and navy as the main colors for your project. Right so off I go. I have this mild, half concocted vision of a polka dot spread.

Blue Hair Don't Care by Aimee Dow Detail 1

Yeah, didn’t happen. I took all this time to sew 24 mint and navy circles together but when it came to laying them on the page… I couldn’t get the right ‘feel’. On white cardstock they didn’t feel shabby chic anymore. I tried a myriad of other backing papers, but they just seemed to get lost. It was around about this point my husband began to notice a change in my mood. I don’t usually scrap like this. I’m not a fly by the seat of your pant’s kind of girl. I usually know exactly what I am going to create before I start.

After dinner I decided to scrap the original concept completely. I started going though my stash looking for anything I had that was mint & navy (in hindsight this is probably where I should have started). That’s when I came across my loose alphas and I instantly had a thought about a photo my sister posted with the hashtag #bluehairdontcare.

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It was really incredible how my brain the pieces came together after that.

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I took this photo last week, the day after she had her hair dyed and now I had a proper base. I finished up my spread around midnight last night and for the most part I was happy. I knew it wasn’t my best work, but I put it down to the fact that I didn’t have a clear vision to start with.

I woke up this morning find there was a twist posted over night – Add a pop of hot pink!

‘Oh lord’, I thought to myself, ‘This page is already packed past the point I’m usually comfortable with’. I texted my mum who had already done the challenge and the twist (right about now I’m guess you have just figured out we scrap the same child). Her reply was “Well it can’t hurt”. So back into my stash I went in search of Hot Pink.

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It took less time to improvise this time around and oddly enough I like it more now than I did when I went to bed last night. It feels good to stretch every now and again.

Aimee xx

P.s. Just incase your wondering, the 5 is because Pol is the 5th sister – she is a teenager with blue hair, I assure you. Also the sister I refer to in the journaling – me. When I was in grade 6 I use to have a teacher that liked to sit me by the window because she loved the way my red hair looked in the sunlight (kinda creepy in retrospect). I rebelled and dyed my hair purple for the following 2 years. I’ve since come to love my ginger locks. I’m also the only one of the 5 of us to inherit them.