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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January 26, 2016

The Purple Layout Dare – or – Just Hanging With Dad

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I have a new layout to share with you today, thanks to nap time and the lovely Natalie Elphinstone who dared me to make a purple layout. If your not a scrapbooker this probably seems like a really simple task, but in truth purple so challenging to work with. Don’t believe me? Search “Purple Scrapbooking Layout” on Pinterest. For starters you have to combat the retro factor and then there is the issue of ‘what do you pair it with?’. Well in my case – Blue, Orange and Kraft.

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Ohhh look at that face. Even in 7 weeks Eva has changed so much. Thanks to the forceps little miss had a swollen face for the first few weeks. Eva’s much leaner in the face now. *Sigh* time…

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All the papers in the layout come from Studio Calico’s Lemon Lush line and Basic Grey’s Aurora.

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As far as embellishments go it was a really simple layout. I used a cut apart sheet from Lemon Lush and Pink Fresh Studio arrows I had left over from an old kit. To be honest I never thought I’d use them – Yay for a good dare.

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The flair is Basic Grey’s RSVP collection. As for the hard labour? Well, I used the silhouette to cut the stars. Stamped a few more with Studio Calico’s lavender Soda ink. The most arduous task was stitching down the stars and that took all of 15 minutes.

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Finally I finished the layout off with my favourite Crate thickers and a single line of journaling. Not bad considering my scrap time has been greatly reduced, don’t you think?

Aimee Xx

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December 27, 2015

The day my heart exploded – Eva

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Been awhile, huh? I know, I made plans with you all for December Daily, but you know what they say about the best laid plans? Yeah… Meet bubba Eva. The original plan was to push though until the 21st and catch up on the last couple of days when life found balance again. In reality I got as far as the 4th. On the 5th CJ and I went into the city to the twilight Christmas market. I took a ton of photos before coming home and getting ready for bed. I lay in bed thinking about the kind of layout I would make and “POP”! My waters broke. Thus began an adventure like no other. One day, I might come back and tell you all about it, but right now I’ll just share the second layout in Eva’s Album.

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This was created for the Citrus Twist’s Sunday Sketch Challenge about my new favourite subject matter. In fact I may never scrapbook about anything else again!

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I count myself really lucky to have had an instant bond with our precious little mouse. From the second I saw her, I was head over head in love.

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It’s a little hard to tell from this photo, but the only thing Eva got from me was that nose. Everything else is all her dad. From the thick full head of dark hair to her very long legs.

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I struggled with the journaling on this page. I love the concept of the typewriter and in a way it kinda saved me. All of a sudden I have SO MUCH I want to write on a page. I have a million things about the 7th that I want to tell her. I want her to know just how amazing her dad was for all of the labour, even though he had only 3 hours sleep. I want her to know about the midwives who were so fantastic and how freaking proud I was of myself to make it to 7cm with only Panadol, but I’m not sure yet where to even start. For now I just settled on the facts. I typed them up on a strip of cardstock and made a small cut between the rollers of my fussy cut typewriter so it looked just like a working typewriter.

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A small amount of stitching and stamping bought the whole thing together. I’m not usually a sketch person, but I am super happy with how this one turned out. I would even go as far to say I am happy to put it in her album. Partly because the design is awesome, but I also have a feeling there will be a need to balance out ALL the pink layouts in her future.

Aimee Xx

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November 11, 2015

Opening thoughts on December Daily

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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.

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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

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