January 27, 2017

Altenew January Release Blog Hop II + Giveaway

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Yay! Welcome to Betwixt and Between. I’m super excited that you’re here. Mind you, May is an extremely hard act to follow. I do have a great layout for you though.

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So here’s the thing, these photos of Eva are 6 months old. I let her aunts change a nappy just one time and instead they play dress ups. They are great photos. I love them SO much but I have never found the right collection to scrap them. Don’t they just scream the 80’s?

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Enter the new stamp sets and colour pallet inks. I’m going to be really honest here. I didn’t pick the Halftone Circle Stamp Set when we picked our release stamps for the month. It was sent to me just as a little bonus and boy am I glad it was. I LOVE this stamp set. Finally I was able to make a background that matched those tricky photos perfectly! This was not the first background I made with this stamp set. I’ve made perfect ones, ones where the circles don’t touch, distressed ones, ones with so many colours. The choices really are endless.

For this one however I choose a distressed look with the new autumn blaze ink, warm sunshine and lavender field inks. I also die cut my title using the silhouette, then layered up the new grey inks – to really bring the distressed look home.

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For extra dimension I stamped out a few more circles and punched them out with a regular old circle punch. I adhered them to the layout using foam dots.

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I thought long and hard about journaling, but honestly there really wasn’t much more story to tell than what was in the pictures, so instead I decided to use this wonderful sentiment from the new Be Strong Stamp Set.

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So there you have it, a super fast and fun layout that you really don’t need a lot of supplies for. I hope I’ve inspired you maybe just a little. Even if it’s just adding the halftone circle stamp set to you cart. Oh and don’t forget Altenew and many of the other blogs (including me) are giving away prizes!!! All you have to do is leave a comment below. I will be drawing a winner at random, who will receive a $30 Altenew gift certificate. The winner will be announce here on the blog by Saturday, February 4th at 8:00AM Australian EST.

Now off you go – I’m sure Agnieszka Malyszek has a real treat in store for you. Oh and just incase you’re a little lost, here’s the blog hop map:

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Svitlana Shayevich

Laura Bassen

Virginia Lu

Simon Hurley

Lydia Evans

Heather Hoffman

Ashley Horton

Kelly Latevola

Debby Hughes

Suzy Plantamura

Eunyoung Lee

Erum Tasneem

Lilith Eeckles

Emily Leiphart

Yana Smakula

May Sukyong Park

Aimee Dow < You are here!

Agnieszka Malyszek

Sveta Fotinia

Nicole Picadura

Marika Rahtu

Jennifer McGuire

Therese Calvird

Until next time my friends in paper and ink,

Aimee Xx.

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January 10, 2017

Week One 2017

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Hi there. Yep. Once a very long time ago we used to know each other. I was the author of the ‘Betwixt and Between’ blog, you know, before life got busy and I lost my way. I don’t mind telling you, at the end of last year I seriously considered giving up scrapbooking in all of its forms. I was so drained of inspiration and I felt like nothing I was coming up with was particularly innovative. I felt like I had really hit a wall. Then at the 11th hour I got an email from Studio Calico asking if I would be a part of January’s Documenter Workshop. I hadn’t done a Project Life spread in over 6 months, but on the other hand they really weren’t asking much. A single PL spread and a couple a paragraphs on how it came together. Pretty simple really. The day my  kit arrived I leafed though the cards looking at all the designs. If I were actually selling you this kit, this would be the part where I’d tell you – “they were all so pretty” and they were, but honestly it was the large amount of well designed journaling cards that took my eye. I got to thinking about story telling and life with Eva. You see ever since Eva was born I’ve been struggling to include more words in my pages. As a person who has always been about design first, story second it’s a difficult new balance to strike.

I gathered the photos for my spread and left my Studio Calico pouch out on my desk. Then, that night as I went to bed I thought of all the possible variations there was to tell our story with this kit. Each time I woke up during the night to feed Eva, I thought about it some more. Then as the sun peaked through the blinds a little after 5.30, I bounced out of bed. I was FINALLY inspired again. When Eva woke up at 8, I was just putting on the finishing touches to the spread. It was the most pleasurable couple of hours I had spent in my studio in a long time and that’s why I am back here. I am returning to my roots.

So while this is not the spread I created for the Documenter Workshop, this is second spread I have made with Studio Calico’s January Documenter Kit, a few little stickers from the Maggie Holmes ‘Shine’ Sticker Pack, an old flair from a Scraptastic Kit and a digital stamp from Ann-Maire Loves Paper. So without further ado:

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I know you can’t make out a single detail when I photograph them together, but look at the balance across the two pages makes me so happy.

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Pink, Green, Black, White and Gold was my palette for this spread.

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If this weeks spread had a theme it really would be summed up with the ‘Dreams Do Come True’ card. We had a brilliant start to the new year. CJ had the week of work, so it meant a lot more happy little excursions than normal. We spent a lovely afternoon at the botanical garden, exploring the fairy garden, playing on the swings and trying out Eva’s new trike that we got her for Christmas. I can not even begin to tell you how hard it was to choose just one photo from that little adventure.

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On Wednesday CJ suggested with walk to our local cafe for breakfast. This cafe is super hip… and super packed. By the time we got breakfast, it was lunchtime and poor little Eva ready for a nap. She never even made it half way home on the trike. CJ had to carry her home. Once again a million photos of the super cool cafe but the one of her asleep on CJ’s shoulder was my fave.

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There was also the small matter of a the heat wave. It had been pushing 40 Celsius all week here. There was A LOT of time in the kiddy pool, time on the couch with not much clothing, watching cartons.

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On the weekend however, we really partied from one end of the scale to the other. Eva’s best friend turned one. Linc’s mother and I were friends in birthing class last year so I think it’s totally fair to say they were friends before birth. Then that evening we travelled to visit Eva’s Poppy who turned 79. Needless to say that was a much more subdued affair.

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That pretty much wraps up our week, but before I go I at least have to share a pic of my favourite card. It has the same saying on the back in the same color scheme if you don’t love the green. I personally do.

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Oh Studio Calico, teller of the truth. So here’s to the new year, new chances and a whole lot more Project Life.

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Until next week my sweet blog readers,

Aimee Xx

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December 15, 2016

Oh how I love to giveaway prizes.

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And the winner of the $30 Altenew voucher here on the Betwixt & Between blog is:

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Congratulations Mary, I have emailed you about how to collect your prize.

Aimee Xx

 

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December 8, 2016

Altenew Blog Hop: Scrapbooking Kit

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Hi there, I’m so glad to see you here! I must admit I’m a little surprised to see you here with all the inspiration we’re given you already… ohhh you’re saving it for later? Good thinking. Did you enjoy my fellow Aussie Raquel’s projects? I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her in person a couple of times now and she truly is the sweetest, crazy talented AND her kids! Soooo cute! Oh and just wait till you see who is following me.

Today in my house is actually a very special day. Our little princess, and constant photo muse turns one. In fact as this post goes live, we shall be sleeping off her epic birthday bash, that has been claiming my sanity piece by piece for the past week. So forgive me if I don’t seem completely with it. That said, shall we get down to scrappy business? Altenew’s new Scrapbooking Kit is watercoloured magic. I could wax and wane poetically for an hour, but you’d much rather just see my projects wouldn’t you? Great you’re doing me a favour.

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Honestly this is just TINY sample of what can be created with this amazing kit. It’s so jam packed with goodness! See:

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The bright and vibrant colors in this kit will take you back to all those happy moments captured at home or abroad. From trendy watercolor painted papers, to beautiful cityscape postcards and a wide assortment of embellishments, this kit is perfect for creating gorgeous layouts, wall art, mixed media projects, and many more!

The kit contains:

  1. 48 sheets of 12”x12” patterned paper (two of each design)

  2. One 8.5”x11” cardstock sticker sheet

  3. Two 6”x12” alphabet puffy sticker sheets

  4. 20 8.5”x3.5” watercolor cityscape postcards

  5. One 2×3 photopolymer clear stamp set

  6. 20 epoxy buttons with adhesive back

  7. 34 cardstock and acetate die cuts

  8. 12 origami wood veneer shapes

  9. Two white resin decorative frames

  10. One 8.5”x11” chipboard sticker sheet

  11. One rubber roller stamp

And of course because it is miss Eva’s birthday I couldn’t knock back the chance to have a giveaway.

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew blog by Wednesday, December 14th at 11:59pm EST for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Altenew blog on Thursday, December 15th.

If you leave a comment here however, you’ll go in the draw to win a $30 Altenew gift certificate. A winner will be picked at random and announce here on the blog by Thursday, December 15th at 5:00PM Australia EST.

Now off you go do the Queen of watercolor – Kim Stewart.

Oh but if your a little lost, here is the full list:

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Jessy Christopher

Stephanie Buice

Eunyoung Lee

Vincenza Gudor

Flora Monika Farkas

Raquel Bowman

Aimee Dow < You are here!

Kim Stewart

Lilith Eeckels

Meghann Andrew

Ashley Horton

Evelyn Yusuf

Until we meet again,

Aimee Xx

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September 24, 2016

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

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First let me say, I’ve never felt so much blog love. Thank you all so much for all the awesome comments. I wish you could all get $30 vouchers, alas it can only go to one lucky stamper and that winner is…

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Congratulations Maria. You’ll be getting an email from me in the next 24 hours. I can not wait to see what you make with all your newly scored goodies.

Aimee Xx

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