November 9, 2015

Hip Kits: Project Life Week Ten


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.


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:


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:


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


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.


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

November 6, 2015

Citrus Twist Kits: Together Whatever


I’m not sure how this one slipped through to the keeper, but this would have to be my second favourite layout at the moment. AimeeDow_TogetherForever

I pride myself on being honest so I am just going to come out and say it – Memorandum is not a favourite collection of mine. So the fact that all the pattern paper in this layout is from Memorandum is a huge surprise to me. I think it’s part of the why I love it so much. To me it marks a turning pointing is my scrapping career. For years I have looked on with envy as my friends create layouts with products I KNOW they dislike and yet they are so AMAZING! This is the first time I feel like I have accomplished it for myself, but I guess that’s also a testament to the added extras in Citrus Twists October Kits and the irony of it all is – this page actually makes me like the collection more.


The other reason I love this page so much is because of the subject matter.  I had been saving this photo for something special because it’s my family in a nutshell. Mica, CJ and I are with each other 24/7 and while none of us could really be considered ‘normal’ we fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. I just think there is a certain kind of magic to that. Take for example Mica. Mica is a pure breed tonkinese. She came from a very reputable breeder and I met both her mum and dad who had fantastic personalities, but there is probably a really good reason why house guests call her the pet of satan. On more than one occasion she has trapped house guests in the bathroom and refuses to let them out. To CJ and I though, she is as sweet as pie. I’ll even go one step further. Mica is technically my cat from a previous relationship, but she could easy be mistaken for CJ’s. Mica follows him everywhere. Should he ever sit down for longer than 2 minutes – she is all over him like a politician on a cute and cuddly baby.


Hence my title. Together Whatever. The story of my family and a whole lot of fierce love.

Aimee Xx

November 5, 2015

The not so secret – it’s a girl post


This post first appeared on the One Little Bird Blog almost a month ago. At the time Peppermint had released 2 baby collections one after another and it felt like time for a gender reveal.


We had known for awhile that there was a high possibility of it being a girl and lord almighty have I gone to town buying girls clothes. We even have a girls name all picked and ready to go, but all in all we weren’t in any hurry to share our little secret. Lol, I know right? A scrapbooker who doesn’t feel the need to share everything with the world! One day I’ll have to remember to tell you the story of how she narrowly missed having the initials S.T.D. but like I said that’s a tale for another day. Today I just want to share our little princess’s first pictures.


I’ve also been really hesitant to start her album. This is in fact her first page in her album. I can’t tell you just how much I regret this already. I have notes on just about everything – about the one off huge hiccups she gave me in the first trimester, the first time her daddy felt her kick was the day after fathers day or her clear and present love of Mexican food. What I am really struggling with is my perfectionist tendencies. How on earth am I going to turn all these notes in to an album befitting something so perfect as our little human?


Something tells me my future holds a whole different manta along the lines of “Close enough is good enough”. I feel the niggles of it creeping in now, when I struggle to stand and scrap. There are days where I am prepared to settle, but I’m not going to lie the hormones don’t always make it easy. My meltdown in the middle of Big W for instance will go down in history as one of my most irrational moments of all time. My husband had spent DAYS researching the safest car set for our princess and we had settled on one with a 5 star rating that just happened to be on sale that weekend. So in to town we go, money in hand, prepared to tick another big item off our list – there was just one problem, well really if I am honest, it was just my problem. They only had said car seat in red. I point blank refused to comprise and when CJ tried to talk me round all he got was a flood of tears… yeah, not my finest moment.


I just have to keep telling myself at the end of the day, these are not the things (a picture perfect album or a red car seat) that will matter the most to her. It’s the memories we keep and the love we shower share with her.

Aimee Xx

P.s. For more details on the actually layout and supplies check out the One Little Bird post.

November 4, 2015

November Jot Moodboard


One of the biggest things I cherish about being a Jot Girl is it let’s me going shopping in my own stash. I love just spending an afternoon creating with the things I find in the bottom of a draw or in the miscellaneous embellishment basket. It almost always produces my favourite kind of layouts – even if (as you will soon see) I wander a little off task.


This is one of my favourite layouts in a long time. The moodboard made me think of spring and the sweet things in life. So that’s where I started my layout. My layout is all about simple pleasures, like handmade vintage quilts, roses from the garden, new magazines and all many other happy things. It turns out though, my happy things just couldn’t be limited to pink and yellow…


To be fair I did start out with a plan just use pink and yellow. I went though all my scraps in the scrap bucket and pulled everything pink and yellow, but as I was nearing the bottom of bucket I found some vintage orange floral brocade from basic grey. It had to be at least 5 years old because I know for a fact I hadn’t used it in this house and we have been here just over 4 years now. The brocade was a perfect match for the roses in my photo and I figured I was only slightly bending the rules because of course I was still using a floral element.


So right about now you might now ask yourself how I ended up with the green and mint. Well I just kinda needed it for balance. I must admit I have this fight with myself a lot – Do you stay true to the challenge or take a detour to something that is possibly better? Eh… no prizes for guessing which path I ended up on.


It just turned out be the right call on that particular day. Believe me there have been many days when it wasn’t, but I am a big fan of the old saying nothing ventured, nothing gained. ‘My Fave’ is my new fave layout and even though it was more of a jumping off point than direct inspiration, I have this months Jot Moodboard to thank for it.

I would absolutely love to see how this board inspires you. Be sure to load your project to the Jot Moodboard Gallery over here, for a chance to win great prizes and lots love from our amazing community.

October 17, 2015

Hip Kits: October Card Set


Phew, don’t look now, but I am all over internet! DON’T go googling – I assure you I am at all times fully clothed, I have no relationship with Kanye or Taylor and to my knowledge I’ve done nothing to go ‘viral’. What I meant was I’ve been on a bit of a scrapbooking binge. I kicked off the week over on the Citrus Twist blog, then made my big announcement over on the One Little Bird blog, I then conquered the Studio Calico popular board with ‘Together Whatever‘, returning here and now for Hip Kits before heading back over to Citrus Twist tomorrow for sketch challenge AND the best bit is unlike other activities that will get you all over the internet – I’ve pretty much done it all in my daggy PJ’s. *Sob* my mum would be so proud.

October Hip Kit Card Set by Aimee Dow #HipKits #PinkPaislee #AmericanCrafts #JenHadfield #PebblesInc #SimpleStories #Prima #watercolour #AmyTangerine

Anywho… I want to tell you about another recent experience I have had. Oddly enough in my PJs too. Just incase you hadn’t heard, I was asked to join the Hip Kits Project Life Team. I’m not going to lie I was pretty apprehensive. I’m trying really hard not to over commit myself, but I’m not above sweet talk and when Kimberly said we would get ALL of October’s kits as a bonus, well *cough* I folded like a piece of pattern paper.

When the big fat box arrived less than a week later, the mailman caught me by surprise. It was only 7.40 in the morning and I was not yet out of bed. I took the package from him with not the slightest hint of shame or modesty because lets face it – we had both been here many times before.  What was different this time round was I cracked the box open the second the door shut. I’ll admit I was really curious. I had not been a Hip Kit’s customer in the past and really had no idea what to expect. Well, when my husband got out of bed two hours later, I was found playing with the spoils (watercolour pencils) in the hallway. Here is how it all went down:


It all started with the nest. You see when you spread 6 jam-packed kits our around you on the floor that’s pretty much looks like a giant scrapbooking nest and it wasn’t long before I was trying to figure out new and cool combos for layouts and spreads. Pink Paislee’s Cedar Lane and Jen Hadfield’s DIY Home are a match made in heaven, but who knew that there are Dear Lizzy and Documentary and Amy Tangerine Finders Keepers Papers that work to perfection too. Some serious thought went in to bringing these kits together and just as I was feeling my most inspired it dawned on me  – I don’t have any Autumn photos printed. What is a girl to do with a desperate NEED to scrap? Now I will never claim to be a card marker. In fact I will pretty much use any other scrap title before that one, but desperate times call for desperate measures:


This is me playing with a mix of the main kit, the embellishment kit and Project Life kit. The blue paper, the transparent arrow, wooden arrow and the tab are from Cedar Lane. The Heart and stripe paper are from DIY Home. Layer upon layer until I was happy with the finish product.


My second card is born from something else. It is absolutely no secret that I am a white cardstock girl. I can count on one hand the amount of times I have used coloured cardstock and yet every kit I have ever gotten sends me a million sheets. I have enough pale blue, pink and cream to make albums for an entire kindergarten. I’m not going to, but I could.  When I opened the cardstock kit from Hip Kits, I was stuck by just how beautiful the storm and kraft papers where. Just once I wanted to be the one to use coloured cardstock and so I did. I must apologise though – that twine bow is not in the kit. It was a scrap that had fallen out of my husbands pocket the day before, from when her was tying up our tomato plants. My bad. It must of got mixed up while I was building my nest.


Last, but not least, I give you my experiment with the colour kit. It is very rare in this day and age that a new product comes across my desk (or floor), that I have never tried before. So I was super excited to give Prima’s watercolor pencils a go. First I used an off cut from my white card and drew a bunch of leaves. Second, I went over the leaves with a watercolor brush and just like magic they were pretty little watercolored leaves! Best of all though the process was really clean. You got to love that. I let the background dry and mounted it to some kraft cardstock. I used patterns from the Cedar Lane wreath to outline my painted leaves with a sharpie, but as I was doing it I got to thinking about what else I might be able to watercolor. Turns out the pencils work brilliantly on veneers too! I used the bottle green, the jade green and teal pencils to create a layered rust effect… and that’s right when I got busted. It took me another 45 minutes to pack up the very generous contents of the each kit, but it was still totally worth it.

Next time I promise to have a Project Life spread for you, but today I hope you I’ve give you a bit of insight into the full range of Hip Kits.

Aimee Xx

Aimee Dow Graphic

P.s. thanks to those who wrote to me about the bug in the comment section – it has now been fixed.


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