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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 Elphinstoneย 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 4, 2015

November Jot Moodboard

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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October 10, 2015

Citrus Twist Kits: Progress

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Hi, I am over on the Citrus Twist Blog today, hosting the ‘3 to Inspire’ challenge. I’d love it if you stopped by or decided to play along. You can find all the details over there, but right here and now let me tell you about the layout. Progress is a bit different to my usual layouts because of it’s philosophical nature.ย AimeeDow_3toInspireCTCT_Progress copy

It has a lot to do with my current condition actually. I am the first to admit that I can be a giant pain in the butt to work with. I set incredibly high standards for myself and if the finished product isn’t perfect, then it often deemed a waste of time. Or at least that was what it was like when I had all the time and energy in the world. At 7 months pregnant the world is a very different place. I am tired ALL THE TIME and I can’t stand in front of my desk for hours like I used too. I have slowly come learn that perfection is nice, but with dwindling energy reserves it might just be to higher price to pay, especially if the process makes you misrable. Progress on the other hand can be just as fulfilling, without draining me of all the energy I have and I may later rescind this remark, but I am even beginning to understand that there is beauty in imperfection. So if you were wondering what was written on the hidden tag – that’s pretty much it, in a nut shell.

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On a less philosophical plain, most the supplies for this layout have come from the this months Citrus Twist Main Kit and Embellishment kit. I added the neon tag from kikki-k. The digital stamp on the photo comes from Paislee Press’s ‘On my Desk‘ Collection and the wreaths are a cut fileย from the Silhouette store. The rest is all my work in progress ๐Ÿ˜‰

Aimee Xx

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October 6, 2015

October Jot Mood Board

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One of the hardest parts of scrapbooking semi professionally is when you have to sit on layout until a publishing date. Often the better you think a layout is, the harder it is to wait. So let me just start off by saying – keeping this layout under wraps for a mere week has been absolute torture.

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I know, I am usually the first to excuse myself when things get messy, but when you see this mood board, it is honestly perfection:

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Leanne Allison blew all of us Jot girls away with this one and the projects that the other girls produced really reflect that (See gallery here). I personally love Natalie Elphinstone’s card which has a very literal take on the board with her amazing water coloured map and I seriously can’t get enough of Kim Archer’s page. How can someone create something that looks so random in construction and yet have perfect balance? Amazing.

For me though, it was as if the mood board told an entirely different story. Each picture was a peice of a bigger puzzle –ย The colour palette and world map spoke to me of adventure and exploration – Both ideas I ย eagerly wanted to include in my page.

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While the hand drawn circles and the watercolour swatch reminded me of cartographyย and topological maps, which I tried to emulate this ideas byย cutting out mountains and then watercolored behind them. I also took a slightly different direction when it came to the hand drawn circles. I decided instead to hand draw lines on my page, so it looked like a map that had been folded up in someoneโ€™s pocketโ€ฆ you know before we all carried maps on our phones?

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The paint, if I am brutally honest, was a complete and utter experiment. I had no idea what I was doing or what it would look like. I just went with my gut. I am so wrapped with how it all came together in the end. It seemed only fitting that I should use one of my all time favourite photos as us the centre piece.

If you have the time, I really do urge you to give this challenge a go. The projects this little old mood board has inspired already show it’s amazing inspirational powers AND if you enter it over on the Jot blog there is a chance to win prizes! Double yay! I can not wait to see what you all come up with.

Aimee Xx

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