January 8, 2015

Fun & Fearless

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Fun and Fearless by Aimee Dow

Welcome! Today I am showing off the second layout I created for the American Crafts guest slot. It may not look that different from the first, but I assure you as far as process goes, this was a big fat experiment for me. I didn’t go into this layout with a plan at all. I picked a photo of Leianna that I thought would match the collection and then I just… played around. I forced myself to use thickers rather than word art, which is a big staple for me.

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I really struggle with title work, but I am rather happy with how this one turned out. It’s got good contrast and proportion compared to the back strip.

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I moved away from the clusters of three that I usually work with and focused even more on the tiny little details – stitching being a big part of that.

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I played around with tone on tone. This is perhaps the thing I am least happy with. While I love the look, I don’t feel like I did a really great job of highlighting the photo. If I had my time again, I probably would have picked a paper with a high level of contrast to back the photo.

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This is my favorite stack. I love contrast and the sprinkles paper. Everybody should have sprinkles paper.

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Last but not least, I wanted to show you my pin wheel. Dear Lizzy’s Serendipity collection doesn’t actually include them, but it was a page about a carnival! How could I not? I made this one with a two inch square of paper, a foam circle and an enamel dot. So that about wraps it up for me, I’ll be back tomorrow to show you the last of my American Craft’s layouts, but if you would like to see the full supplies list, just head over here.

Aimee

 

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January 7, 2015

Water Baby

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Water Baby by Aimee Dow

Today, I am going to start showing you the layouts I completed for the American Crafts guest slot. This was the first layout I completed and the only one I had a good clear picture in my head for, before I started. I have been saving this photo of Mog for something special and if I ever get around to making a gallery wall I think it will probably go there too. Mog’s mum, Holly, is not much of a swimmer. A very talented musician, but not so fond of water. I, on the other hand, was born a water baby. I come from a very long line of swimming champions and swam competitively through most of my teenage years. Ever since Mog was born, I have been pushed for swimming lessons. I remember going to one of her first lessons and seeing the joy on her face. I still love going to see her swimming lessons now, but I am also very mindful of taking photos of other people’s kids – for this reason, sometimes you have to get really creative with your photo angles.

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The usual rules apply for this layout. I worked to a grid – making sure my layout was balanced – and I tried to limit my clusters to 3.

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The Dear Lizzy Serendipity collection has a lot of really great gold accents, like these gold word thickers. As you can see, the flower below also has gold trim and the “2” sticker on the journaling is gold too.

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There is a minimal amount of layering in this layout and yet, oddly enough, more than usual. I don’t typically mat photos, but the aqua swirl paper tied in so nicely with the movement of the water. I used pink embellishments liberally because they tied in so well with her goggles and to create points of interest and contrast.

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All in all, I think I did a good job of bringing the Nautical theme through without resorting to fish and anchors. If you would like to see a supply list for this page, head on over to the main post here. Everything is listed below the layout and if you have any more questions, be sure to leave them in the comments.

Aimee xx

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January 2, 2015

My Life in Print : IKEA Magazine

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Guess what? My house is in the latest online issue of IKEA magazine, released today.

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I kid you not, right there in the bottom left corner, titled “Living in Quarry Hill“. That’s all about me and our house. I know I usually restrict myself to crafting posts, but it’s freaking IKEA. You know – the worlds biggest furniture store? It all just kind of happened so fast. I was contacted late last year after a post I had written right here went viral – A guide for Scrapbooking Refugees (or) How I organise my Raskog Cart. They liked my style.

American Crafts yesterday, IKEA today and it’s only the 2nd of January. I hate to say this, but I think I’ve peaked. I think this is as good as life gets. I worked SO hard for the last 3 months of last year to bring this and a whole lot more together, but I certainly didn’t do it alone. I owe huge thank yous to Jodie York from Polka Dot Creative, who rushed my stunning brush script creations so that I might have them in time for the photo shoot. Also to Nat from Little Puddles, who was so nice to me when I asked for a custom felt posy and star garland in colours that would match my studio. And finally, Sarah from Oh Mabel, who I shall forever be grateful to for creating my amazing Ziggy Zaggy quilt. That quilt – it’s honestly the most coveted thing in my house. I am not remotely surprised that they used it for the feature image of the article. I am so lucky to have amazing creative friends who make my house look this good. Oh and IKEA. I LOVE IKEA.

I promise to tell you more about my creative friends in the not-too-distant future, but right now I have a question for you. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the future of this blog – I think I would like to expand it a little further than just Scrapbooking and Project Life. What would you like to see more of on Betwixt & Between? Would you like to see more of the house tour photos?  More Recipes? I’ll be making a list from your suggestions to add into the content calendar this year – so if you want to read about something in particular, now is the time to speak up!

Aimee xx

P.s. I am totally okay with you and the rest of the world checking out my house. Feel free to leave a comment here about it too, if you like.

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January 1, 2015

The Happiest of New Years

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Hello sweet readers! Happy New Year! New Year’s Day always feels like a big fat Monday to me. I mean that in a good way. I have always seen Monday as a mini fresh start, but New Year’s Day is the GIANT reset button you get to hit once a year. It’s so full of hope and promise. I always aim to hit the ground running and as fate would have it, all last year’s hard work gave me the perfect opportunity.

At 12:00 AM on the 1st of January (Australian Time), American Crafts posts my first ever guest post, right here. Seriously peeps…where on Earth do I go from here? I was so insanely honoured when Paige asked me. Oh, you know Paige Evans, right? Dear, sweet Paige – Studio Calico/Ali Edwards CT member,  kind benevolent ruler of the AC blog – likes my style. I realise this must look a lot like bragging, but to me it hardly seems real. I dare not sleep until I see the post with my very own eyes. If you would like to see the post for yourself you can see it here, but in the mean time, here’s a small sneak of the 3 layouts I submitted:

American Craft Blog Post Sneak by Aimee Dow

I like to think that I am a little too mature to perform a happy dance these days, but the day the big fat box of :dear lizzy serendipity collection

showed up at my door – well I don’t mind telling you, I danced and squealed like a girl. In all honesty, I would have been very happy with any of the current AC collections, but serendipity is my absolute favorite. I will be showing you all what I have made with this collection, project-by-project, starting next week. But until then, do go check out the American Crafts blog. It is Serendipity Week over there and Paige has the most amazing layout, I wish I had thought of myself. Please don’t forget to leave some love too.

Finally to all my readers, may your year start off with as big a bang as mine and only go to greater heights from there. I wish you every success there is to be had and a very happy new year.

Aimee xx

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December 24, 2014

Why I chose not to do December Daily in 2014

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I was really on the fence about writing this post. I have never ever wanted to write just for the sake of creating content and I believe the readers can tell. I am also kind of against sharing my opinion like it’s some sort of ‘guide’ to be followed. So this is not one of those posts. This is a post specifically designed to relieve guilt. Some of yours I hope, but mostly mine. Let me start off by saying that I did not do December Daily this year – the pictures you are looking at are last year’s pages. I bowed out this year for several reasons. For starters, I wasn’t really in the Christmas spirit while we were waiting for Pa’s heart surgery. Also, with the falling Australian Dollar, the Ali Edwards kit would have set me back $140. Lastly, I didn’t manage to finish last year’s and I didn’t like the thought of going into next year with another unfinished project hanging over my head. In short, the thought of doing December Daily brought me more stress, when what I really needed was more joy. There, I said it.

Don’t get me wrong, I did really enjoy doing it last year. I love the pages I did manage to create (1-17) and it did bring in a WHOLE LOT of followers to my blog and Instagram. I would be a hypocrite to say otherwise. I guess the point I am trying to make is: if you happen to be a week or two behind, don’t let it interfere with your joy. If you want to stop right now, go right ahead. If you choose to forge on and finish it in the first week of January, I really admire you for sticking with it. It’s not a competition. Ali is not at the top of her game because she does the most amazing spreads, she’s there because she is the best at capturing a memory – and believe me, there are many other ways besides December Daily to do that.

Easy to say, hard to do, right? Well let me just share one option with you. In late November, I had a conversation with my Mum while I was still deciding if I would give it another go or not. I mentioned how the unfinished album got under my skin so much that I had put it out in the shed. After a small chuckle at my expense, she suggested something that had never even crossed my mind – a perpetual December album. Each December you add what you like, there is no pressure and there is no such thing as done. Fill one album? Start another! I have thought about doing this with my own unfinished pages. I’ve also thought about being more prepared next year so I can do December Daily with less stress and pressure. I can’t see the future, but I know whichever route I take will be because it brings me joy, not because I desire to be part of the pack, and it is my hope that you will too.

Aimee xx

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