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.


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.

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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.


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.

A guide for Scrapbooking Refugees (or) how I organise my Raskog Cart


I’ve been meaning to write this post for awhile. Almost a month in fact. When the idea first came to mind I had just received my Studio Calico Hello Hello kit and the Studio Calico website had just published Carissa Wiley’s studio pictures. I was madly in love with her craft space, but the truth is a dedicated space is not always an option for those who scrap casually.

This past weekend I started work on my studio, it’s been a long time coming and it will be a long time until it’s finished. Mostly because of a desk. I am after something very particular. So until the standing desk of my dreams is found or created (industrial style, 5 ft long, that fits perfectly under the window), I will continue to be a scrapbook refugee – by that I mean I consistently trash the dining room table. This approach however has serious limitations, for starters every time I needed something I’d have to wander though the house to the study to get it. I’d get side tracked half way there or worse still get there and not remember what I came for. That was until the Raskog cart.


This is where it lives when it’s not in use. This is my Studio at the moment. I got the stool for my mythical desk for easter. The window on the left will be where my desk eventually lives.

Past Studio Calico Kit storage

I keep past Studio Calico kits stored in my vintage pepsi box under the desk. They only ever really get pulled out if I have a project in mind otherwise I try to keep all the new and fresh supplies in the cart.

Top tray of my raskog cart

On the top tray of my Raskog I try to keep the essentials. I am a big believer in ‘out of sight, out of mind’. If I can see my supplies I am much more likely to use them. At the back you will see the Hello Hello Scrapbooking kit and add ons. There is also a box of American crafts white cardstock – can’t live without that. In my ceramic punnets (from Lark) I keep the most recent Studio Calico Project Life Cards, The Stamps from all the current kits, any loose embellishments (washi, paint and usually my favorite black ink and an acrylic block) last, but not least all my tags.


I keep my essentials chipboard shapes in screw towers. I just find they are great to have on hand especially if you have a gap on a page or spread. They are really versatile and I like the way they look in the towers. Just from this quick glance you can see I need to order more green geotags.

embellishment-ringI keep current kit embellishment packs on a ring – not just the scrapbooking kit, all add ons and the PL packs as well. This was one of the best ideas I ever had. I can’t tell you how many times I have had to clear off the entire dinning room table just to find a particular page of stickers.

Essentials Cup guide

And then there is the cup of things I can not live without.

Tray 2

Tray two has all my storage boxes (3), the enamel dot ring (because you can never have enough), a Studio Calico bag with last months pack embellishments and my tiny attacher. Shall we look inside my boxes?


Colour coordinated of course.

veneer storage

The last box is huge. It fills the entire base of the tray. Right now half is dedicated to loose embellishments and the other half is for loose alphas.  I intend to buy another one and split them, but at this point in time it’s not really needed. I still have a ton of space in it.

Loose storage box

I love this style of scrapbooking. It’s kinda like the lolly bar target used to have when I was a kid. You lay all the boxes out on the table and you just pick and choose what you want for your layout and before you know it your done!

Tray 3

The last tray is nothing really to write home about. I use a lot of 6×6 pads for project life, they smaller patterns work better in my opinion. Here in the tray they are easier to flip though than when they were stacked on my bookshelf. I also keep past project life cards in their boxes. On a side note, when not in use I keep my cutter in this tray (as you can see in the top photo). The reasons for this is two fold: 1. It’s really handy. 2. It stops the cat climbing in there, making herself at home and chewing the corner of the pads. Learnt that lesson the hard way.

That just about wraps it up. I hope you enjoyed this little look into my ‘system’. Leave a comment if you’d like to see a post of about my studio minus a desk or if you have written a post on your organizational systems. I’d love to see.

Aimee xx

The First Winter

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with digital scrapping.

I love:

  • The fact that it doesn’t need glue and it’s not messy at all.
  • Anything and everything is possible.
  • You can change colours on everything and everything.
  • And your supplies never run out.

I hate: 

  • Sitting at my desk in our study because it’s so freaking cold this time of year.
  • I’m also not a huge fan of naming my layers and going back to work on my shadows, both of which cause me no end of frustration.

Every now and then though, I fall in love all over again on account of a new collection or a class and then magic happens.

The First Winter by Aimee DowThis has to be my favorite digital layout in a long time. It’s a combination of me pushing myself outside my comfort zone in Studio Calico’s Beyond the Basics class and the brand new collaboration Take Root by One Little Bird and Lauren Grier. It’s times like this I really do remember just how fun digital is and the fantastic things that can be accomplished.

If you would like to give it a go for yourself Take Root is 20% off until Monday and if that was not enough, you get the matching Project Life Cards for free! Not a bad offer if I do say so myself! Just click on the picture and it will take you straight to the lillypad store.

Have a great weekend my lovely readers for on Monday we get serious. We are going to talk Kit organisation. As always I’m here if you need any help or you have any questions.

Aimee xx

5 on the 5th: June Edition.

You know, just in case you were wondering what I was doing on a random Thursday almost a fortnight ago.5 on the 5th June Edition | Betwixt & Between Blog

Welcome back to another edition of 5 on 5th.  Much like last month weather is cold and overcast. Thursday began with a house inspection from our landlords. There was much running around like headless chickens. Mica, our cat did her part by keeping the native wildlife at bay. I wish she would learn to mop.

After the house inspection, I finally got to put my feet up with a cup of tea and the brand new Alphabet Family Journal, which had arrived on Monday.  It’s a brand new publication by an Instagram friend of mine. It’s a brilliant snapshot of Australian family life.

Thursday is shopping day, so hubby and I headed out to the supermarket. It just so happens that our local supermarket is located right next to a giant hardware store. Bunning’s is a siren call to Gardner like my husband and a DIYer such as myself and we did not leave empty handed. Hubby got new fence posts and chicken wire to extend our veggie patch and I got purple carrots to grow in said patch.

Shortly after shopping and unpacking the groceries, we headed out for a walk around the lake. I feel the cold right down to the bones if I sit still too long, so it was nice go get out and get some exercise. It’s a little hard to see in this photo, but you can just make out the 4 giant cranes that punctuate the Bendigo skyline. Our city is currently building a new hospital and the cranes can be seen from nearly everywhere in the city.

For dinner hubby and I tried a new recipe – olive, onion and anchovy tart. I enjoyed my tart with balsamic baby greens. Hubby is a bit more of a purest and was happy to forego anything healthy looking. Both versions got 2 thumbs up.

On a side note, Still loving this project it’s really pushing me to work on my digital designs. I think maybe I have a hexagon in mind next month, but after that it’s anybody’s guess. You can see the rest of my 5 on the 5th designs here.

Don’t forget to check out Caylee, Mira and Sal’s 5 over here.

Aimee xx