Category: Project Life

My Project Life spreads from my own album.

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.

Week One Right Side by Aimee Dow

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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March 5, 2016

Project Life Week 2

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And I’m back. No seriously, I’m super stoked with my PL spread this week. Ever since Eva was born I have felt a little off my game. Which is really weird because prior to her being born I knew my own style in side out. I’m chalking that up to baby brain and sleep deprivation. Any who, this is how I rocked Hip Kits February Kits:

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The Left Side in closer detail:

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And the Right Side:

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Not going to lie – it’s all about Eva again. At 5 weeks old we were only just beginning to hit our stride. It was also the first week I took Eva out of the house by myself.

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I…eh…developed a nasty habit of internet shopping on my phone during late night feeds. This week alone saw 2 kikki-k orders and a Go-To skin care order. Turns outs though it wasn’t really a problem. As soon as Eva started feeding less during the night, I shopped less (WIN-WIN!). On a design note this whole layout is structured around a single piece of Pink Paislee Paper.

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Funny story – see the ‘Live Fresh’ cut apart. it’s actually hiding a cushion of the exact same colour underneath. We use it all the time to prop the blind out so the metal bar at the bottom doesn’t hit the wall in the breeze, but it’s a much better photo if you don’t see it. In fact that’s my tip for today: Be mindful of the background in your photos, but if you can’t just embellish over the imperfections. Even if it is smack bag in the middle of the photo.

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I knocked up these quick filler cards with the b side of that original piece of Pink Paislee paper and the cut apart sheet. I love when you can show opposites in the same layout. WORK HARD to illustrate my hubby putting up Eva’s port-a-cot. I got to give the man props, those things a ‘challenging’ at the best of times. It’s even more so if you have never even seen one before. The PLAY HARD is paired with yet another pic of both of them playing on the floor. Truth be told, I have a million of them. I love photographing the two of them interacting.

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This would be a really cute photo, if it was just a photo. Anyone who knows our cat knows she doesn’t have a protective, loving bone in her body. Actually there has been some mention of her being a vessel of unholy evil. Many were worried for bubba’s health. Turns out Mica doesn’t give a rats behind about the little human. She prefers to be in any other room if Eva’s being noisy, but other than that Eva may as well be another piece of furniture. This being a prime example. My mini title comes from a cut apart that said “Ignore the Critics” and some really great alphas in the Amy Tangerine sticker book from the February Hip Kits Project Life Kit.

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Remember my story about late night shopping? This instagram tag was cut from the band around my brand new Kikki-k planner arrived in the mail this week. I love up-cycling packing. It like free pretty paper!

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And there you have it. I wish I could take all the credit, but February’s Hip Kits were pretty awesome. So until next week my scrappy friends – go forth and create!

Aimee Xx

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February 20, 2016

Project Life Week 1

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Welcome back to yet another year of Project Life here on the blog. This will be my 3rd year and yet it feels almost brand new again. Since Eva was born my scrapbooking really has taken on new meaning. In short ‘More Stories, Less Time for Design’. Don’t get me wrong – I’m still going to cram in as much design as I can, but only in nap hours.

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This month I’ll be rocking February’s Hip Kits:

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Oh and maybe a little digital stamp, *cough* and some brilliant Lora Bailora tape that happened to arrive the same day as my kit and I just couldn’t resist trying it out.

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All in all Week 1 was a CRAZY week. I was still trying to figure up how to be a mum, when my Pa took a tumble down some stairs and fractured a few ribs. Once in hospital things took a turn for the worse and Pa suffered a collapsed lung, pneumonia and kidney failure. I’m happy to say after a week in ICU he managed to turn it round. Oh and if that were not enough our closest friends moved to the other side of the country. So much for a slow start to the year.

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I took the colours for this spread from this picture of Eva. It may not be the best photo, but I just love my squishy, warm, sleepy baby cuddles first thing in the morning. It was a complete and utter fluke that the first book I read to her matched her binky. Hip Kits had a great mix of products this month too. Crate paper…paper, fantastic Amy Tangerine Thickers, Maggie Holmes stickers, Studio Calico Veneers, but my favourite by far is the Shimelle Chipboard.

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Oh and all the Pink Paislee C’est La Vie Goodness! In fact that’s my tip for this spread. I hid the journalling about Pa’s hospital stint under a flap I created from a C’est La Vie cut apart sheet (Card on the right).

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My favourite design feature is this really simple card I made with Amy Tangerine’s ‘Better Together’ paper, A Maggie Holmes Bloom Heart and a banner I made myself. I love the mix of textures and it took 5 minutes to make.

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This however would have to be my favourite story. Did you know, scientific studies show that parents are less happy after having kids than before? There are a ton of other great upsides to having rug rats such as joy, self-forfillment, pride, etc. Personally though I LOVE being a mum and I can honestly say, even on a trifecta day (You know, the days where your little charming bundle of joy manages to vomit, sneeze usually with a mouth full of breast milk, pee or poo on you) yeah you guessed it, I got all 3 in one day, I am genuinely happy in my new gig. I think part of the reason is that I am making an effort to mark these happy moments.

Oh and if you want to get your hands on this months Hip Kits or next months seen here:

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I’d love you to create along side of me. That and you NEED all the awesome Pink Fresh Felicity collection and Basic Grey’s Saturday Morning.

Aimee Xx

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November 9, 2015

Hip Kits: Project Life Week Ten

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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.

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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:

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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:

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

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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.

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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

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August 12, 2015

Project Life: Week Seventeen

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Hiya, I know I’ve been a terrible blogger lately. Will a Project Life a spread make up for it?

Week 17 Project Life Highlights by Aimee Dow

I created this spread for the One Little Bird blog. You can find the full post over here, where I talk about how to mix and match your digital collections and still have a flawless spread. It also has a ton more detailed photos. Here on my personal blog, I want to write about something a little closer to my heart. Something that is not written or pictured in the spread, but is a huge part of our story.

Week 17 Left Side by Aimee Dow

This is spread that preceded me finding out I was pregnant – by one day. In hindsight the writing was all over the wall.

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This whole week I didn’t feel right. I remember feeling like I was getting ‘slow’. I was forgetting stupid little things and that’s what caused me to go in search of a brain training app.

That walk we took in the city and the photo of the leaves? I was feeling ill. I told CJ I thought some fresh air would help, but when I looked down from taking the photo I remember feeling dizzy. Cross my heart I thought I was coming down with something. Idiot!

The biggest tip off came Tuesday AND it might as well of been a GIANT ALBINO ELEPHANT  in a snow storm, because I still missed it. I hate K.F.C. to point where 4 years ago I made a new years resolution never to eat it again. I’m proud to say it’s the one and only resolutions I have ever kept, but that’s a story for another day. The night in question, I was exhausted. I’d been sleeping nearly 14 hours a night and it still wasn’t enough. I could not even bring myself to think about cooking dinner, so I begged my husband to get take away. I even sweetened the deal by saying I would go through the K.F.C. drive through for him (He loves it), and true to my word I did. I then drove the 2 blocks to Red Rooster for my dinner, but in that short space of time the smell of the K.F.C. filled my car. Never had I been so affected by a smell. I really thought I was going to purk. If right now your thinking  – ‘Gee she’s not very bright’, I don’t blame you.

On Saturday, I went to help my sister move. It wasn’t until I climbed in to bed that night that all the pieces began to fit together in my mind. I remember lying in bed trying to do the math, but being too tired. I figured what the hell, I’d just take a test in the morning and then I wouldn’t need to worry about the math. That was the very last night, I thought of my self as a childless person.

Now that I have had a gross miss overshare – you can go and read all the technical stuff on the collections I used and how it all came together here. Oh…yeah, that was probably why you were here in the first place, huh? Next time, I promise.

Aimee Xx

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