November 11, 2015

Opening thoughts on December Daily



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.


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

November 9, 2015

Hip Kits: Project Life Week Ten


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.


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:


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:


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


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.


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

November 6, 2015

Citrus Twist Kits: Together Whatever


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.


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.


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

Aimee Xx

November 5, 2015

The not so secret – it’s a girl post


This post first appeared on the One Little Bird Blog almost a month ago. At the time Peppermint had released 2 baby collections one after another and it felt like time for a gender reveal.


We had known for awhile that there was a high possibility of it being a girl and lord almighty have I gone to town buying girls clothes. We even have a girls name all picked and ready to go, but all in all we weren’t in any hurry to share our little secret. Lol, I know right? A scrapbooker who doesn’t feel the need to share everything with the world! One day I’ll have to remember to tell you the story of how she narrowly missed having the initials S.T.D. but like I said that’s a tale for another day. Today I just want to share our little princess’s first pictures.


I’ve also been really hesitant to start her album. This is in fact her first page in her album. I can’t tell you just how much I regret this already. I have notes on just about everything – about the one off huge hiccups she gave me in the first trimester, the first time her daddy felt her kick was the day after fathers day or her clear and present love of Mexican food. What I am really struggling with is my perfectionist tendencies. How on earth am I going to turn all these notes in to an album befitting something so perfect as our little human?


Something tells me my future holds a whole different manta along the lines of “Close enough is good enough”. I feel the niggles of it creeping in now, when I struggle to stand and scrap. There are days where I am prepared to settle, but I’m not going to lie the hormones don’t always make it easy. My meltdown in the middle of Big W for instance will go down in history as one of my most irrational moments of all time. My husband had spent DAYS researching the safest car set for our princess and we had settled on one with a 5 star rating that just happened to be on sale that weekend. So in to town we go, money in hand, prepared to tick another big item off our list – there was just one problem, well really if I am honest, it was just my problem. They only had said car seat in red. I point blank refused to comprise and when CJ tried to talk me round all he got was a flood of tears… yeah, not my finest moment.


I just have to keep telling myself at the end of the day, these are not the things (a picture perfect album or a red car seat) that will matter the most to her. It’s the memories we keep and the love we shower share with her.

Aimee Xx

P.s. For more details on the actually layout and supplies check out the One Little Bird post.

November 4, 2015

November Jot Moodboard


One of the biggest things I cherish about being a Jot Girl is it let’s me going shopping in my own stash. I love just spending an afternoon creating with the things I find in the bottom of a draw or in the miscellaneous embellishment basket. It almost always produces my favourite kind of layouts – even if (as you will soon see) I wander a little off task.


This is one of my favourite layouts in a long time. The moodboard made me think of spring and the sweet things in life. So that’s where I started my layout. My layout is all about simple pleasures, like handmade vintage quilts, roses from the garden, new magazines and all many other happy things. It turns out though, my happy things just couldn’t be limited to pink and yellow…


To be fair I did start out with a plan just use pink and yellow. I went though all my scraps in the scrap bucket and pulled everything pink and yellow, but as I was nearing the bottom of bucket I found some vintage orange floral brocade from basic grey. It had to be at least 5 years old because I know for a fact I hadn’t used it in this house and we have been here just over 4 years now. The brocade was a perfect match for the roses in my photo and I figured I was only slightly bending the rules because of course I was still using a floral element.


So right about now you might now ask yourself how I ended up with the green and mint. Well I just kinda needed it for balance. I must admit I have this fight with myself a lot – Do you stay true to the challenge or take a detour to something that is possibly better? Eh… no prizes for guessing which path I ended up on.


It just turned out be the right call on that particular day. Believe me there have been many days when it wasn’t, but I am a big fan of the old saying nothing ventured, nothing gained. ‘My Fave’ is my new fave layout and even though it was more of a jumping off point than direct inspiration, I have this months Jot Moodboard to thank for it.

I would absolutely love to see how this board inspires you. Be sure to load your project to the Jot Moodboard Gallery over here, for a chance to win great prizes and lots love from our amazing community.


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