So, have you ever had a spread that even though you have the most brilliant idea in the world – it still doesn’t seem to come together. Yeah. That was me this week.

Week 10 has sat on my table since Monday last week. It didn’t look anything like this until yesterday. Originally it was bottle brush green, denim, mustard and black. Oh, you should have seen it. There was a ton of amazing hand stitching… it was so beautiful… until it all came together and all of a sudden it wasn’t anymore.

For a week I tried to make it work. Moving, shuffling, altering and then walking away. It wasn’t until yesterday when my latest order from Life Love Paper arrived that I finally admitted defeat.

The irony of it all is that I have wanted to do a neon spread for forever and a day as well, but in the past they have never come together either. It really did all boil down to getting this in the mail and having the enough inspiration to scrap the original plan and try again.

As you can see the papers this week are super bright and busy, so embellishment had to be scaled back. I used only two stamps this week: the arrows from Kellie Stamps Cozy Set (which by the way is my favorite set of hers so far) and the ‘Why Hello There’ by Kelly Purkey. The KP stamp adds a lovely texture that ties in so well with Tina Azmus’s quote card in the bottom left corner.

I’d love to say that my week numberΒ and dates were a conscious decision when I was scaling back, but that would be a lie. I forgot to add a week number. It wasn’t until I went to photo the spread that I noticed it was missing and it was a case of finding somewhere it would fit.

I rarely do over pocket details. It’s not because I don’t like the way they look or because anybody is rough with my albums. It’s just that you are reading the blog of an habitual klutz. I’m really not kidding – this girl had 3 stitches in her left butt cheek after she got up to answer the door and sat down on the couch forgetting the fiskar sheers had been beside her on said couch (On a side note I don’t use those shears anymore and I bet that’s a tale you won’t on any other blog). Anyway the point is that I fear I will some how damage the embellishment and I won’t be able to replace it, but in this case I have been super lucky to be hooked up with the owner of Scrap This – The maker of the beautiful silver embellishments on this spread.

Oh look there is another one of Angus’ creations. Just kidding, I knew it was there, I was the one who put it there. This bit is a little special to me. “Hello Love” is the exact emotion I feel when I see the photo next to Shanna’s heart card (freebie can be found here). My ever so charming husband gets up later than I do. I often get up around 6, but I spend the next 3 hours reading, creating, catching up on house work, etc. He gets up at around 9 and always makes us both breakfast. I love this ritual so much. It’s just one of those simple moments in life when your heart swells with appreciation, you know?

Big fan of my split washi idea too. The aqua washi and the neon pink are genuine MT tape. I’d love to hook you up, but I bought them from an etsy dealer in Japan years ago. The dealer has since closed their store. Probably a good thing since I now own more than 200, but if you know of someone feel free to leave a link below. The yellow strip washi on my journaling card is from freckled fawn.

I did mention all my papers this week are Tina’s didn’t I? I’m sure I did. This neon ampersand was from her beautiful Christmas Set (Sadly long sold out). The pic next to it is of a new recipe we have been bingeing on this week – Ice cream Sunday with Butterscotch Sauce and Candied Almonds. You can bet your bottom dollar I wrote the cookbook and page number on the back just incase I ever forget how much we love it.

Hard to believe that the Sunday was not my favorite part of the week. It is without a doubt the fact that Autumn has finally arrived in my little corner of the world. I don’t sleep well when it’s hot and then all of a sudden this week I have needed a jumper after 10pm! That fact alone is totally worth celebrating. This card is a photo I took while watering the garden one night. I overlaid Kelly Purkey Alphas, it’s got a lot of comments on Instagram and Facebook. I was thinking about turning it in to a digital freebie – what do you think?

Well that just about wraps it up for this week. Any questions leave them below and I will do my best to answer them and always just click on any of the images to get a better look.

Aimee xx