Tagged: Inspiration

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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April 19, 2014

Diggin right now: Podcasts

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It’s only of recent times I have rediscovered podcasts. Once upon a time I would get all my university lectures that way. Nothing like an anthropology lecture during a gym workout to make you think about human evolution. Lucky, my tastes are some what less intellectual these days.

Elise Gets Crafty: Let’s start with the new kid on the block. We all know Elise. She is certainly not new to the crafting world, but her podcast is and let me say it’s phenomenal. Elise is a super mum with crafting and blogging insights that will blow your mind.

The Lively Show: Seriously, her name is Jess Lively. She was born for this role. Jess is one of the most inspiring, upbeat, motivating people I know. She did a fantastic interview with Jessica Murnane and I seriously considered going Vegan for a month. Yes, she is that good.

Scrap Gals: Lord, these two make me laugh. They are as southern, as the day is long and just utterly hysterical to both the listeners and themselves. I love their guilt free approach to scrapping and I am very to call Tracie my friend… if I ever do get round to answering her last email.

After the Jump: I could listen to design podcasters all day and every day. Graphic design, House Design, Stylists you name it. If form meets function, I am there. Grace is what I consider to be the best of the best and if that were not enough, she also interviews the best. I particularly like episode 7 where she interview Sibella Court – our very own Aussie Stylist.

Evernote Blog: Something for the techies. The Evernote boys no longer make the podcast, but their old episodes are still worth listening too. Wouldn’t you like to know how the creator of Evernote uses his “external brain”? These guys will teach you heaps about Evernote and have you laughing all at the same time.

Aimee xx

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March 18, 2014

The Liebster Award (Part 2)

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You may remember last week I got nominated for the Liebster award? Well I am back to day with Part 2 of the challenge. I have pondered it all weekend and have finally come up with my list of 10 truly unappreciated, but stunningly beautiful blogs. Somewhat unsurprisingly they are all amazingly talented and crafty ladies. So here goes:

The Green Fingerprint by Catherine Saunders

Nina Christensen by Nina Christensen

Inspiration Ave by Amy Yingling

5 Little Chickens by Ginny Hughes

All That Scrapbooking by Mira

Rockermorsan by Magalena

A Splendid Adventure by Bckueser

Petit Pixel Design by Tania

Caylee Grey by Caylee Grey

Give a Girl a Blog by Kellie Winnell

 The challenge should they choose to except it, is to answer the following eleven questions. Shall we start with an easy one?

  1. What is your favorite breakfast?
  2. What’s in your handbag write now?
  3. How did you come to join the blogger world?
  4. What is your biggest accomplishment and why?
  5. What inspires you to create?
  6. Do you have any creative rituals?
  7. Best advice you ever got?
  8. What is one product can’t live without?
  9. Is there a particular skill you worked hard to teach yourself and why?
  10. Book that changed your life?
  11. If money and time was no object what would you have done today?

No presure girlies but I would love to see what you come up with… at the very least you might get a scrap page out of it.

Aimee xx

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February 18, 2014

Being Good vs Getting Better

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Have you seen this? Seriously, it’s worth your time.

Heidi Grant Halvorson: The Incredible Benefits of a “Get Better” Mindset from 99U on Vimeo.

I stumbled across this video on the weekend and I have to say, it hit me in a not very nice place. There is a line very early on where Heidi says the Be Good mindset “… may be subconscious, just under the surface”. Ah… yeah… not in my case. I live in a constant BE GOOD mentality and up until last weekend, I was proud of it. In the year that I have been scrapbooking, I have accomplished SO much. I’ve been published, written articles for big name blogs and have earned my spot on some of the best CT teams. I can’t deny – I like to be the best, but with this admission I admit there is a downside. I am also very aware that this can drive me to get constant validation from outside sources such as Instagram, Facebook and other online forums. At times I find it difficult to balance time spent online for validation and inspiration, against the time I actually spend creating.

I do feel constant pressure to produce works of a high standard. I put pressure on myself to be innovative and original. I suffer shocking self-doubt and have been known to calculate the risk of failure for a project before it has even begun. A small margin of failure will often lead to a project being deemed not worthy of my participation. Rarely do I consider what I might learn from such a project.

Following the horrors that befell me in January, I know I delayed my return to the creative world because I was worried that there would have to be a readjustment period and that it would take me a while to get back into the swing of things, and I wasn’t wrong.

I don’t handle interruptions well. The fact that the blog went quiet for the month of January is proof that I don’t adapt well to either internal and external circumstances. The truth is, while the Be Good mindset has taken me far, we may very well have come to the end of the road.

I have this friend, who was almost not my friend. Some time ago we both applied to the same CT call. I didn’t know her at all at that point, but when the announcement was made, I was a little shocked. We had both started around the same time. Our circumstances were almost identical and so I was curious to know what made her better than me. I’m not going to lie, I compared our work constantly for months, but over time I did come to realize that she was the better fit. If I’m brutally honest, Caylee has the Get Better mentality that I just don’t possess. Even though we both started at the same time, her skills have come to out strip mine 10 fold. I watch in awe as she publishes tutorial after tutorial. Caylee gives openly, where I on the other hand struggle to let go of my ideas. Here is the thing that really gets me though – Caylee didn’t have the greatest month either, but rather than fall apart, that girl just shined even brighter. Her blog and instagram went on just as it always did. She turned her frustration in to THE cutest bad day cards and she got herself up and pushed herself to an even better place.

All I can say is watch the video. Be more like Caylee and less like me. I know I sure as hell intend to be from this day forth.

 

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October 15, 2012

A day at the market.

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Some of the worlds most beautiful crafts come from some of the smallest and most remote villages.

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Yesterday I spent my morning at the Moama markets. I was manning the Campaspe East Timor Association in Friendship (CETAF) stall. It’s a great organisation that I have been involved with for a little over a year now. In the simplest of terms, members of the group travel to East Timor and buy local crafts and handmade wares at the asking price. Then they are brought back to Australia and sold on our market stall. The profits go towards development projects, such as high school and university scholarships. We actually do a lot more than what was just mentioned but that’s the stuff that directly relates to the stall.

I really like working on the stall, not only because its a good cause but because I to get to be hands on with all the amazing products. The detail and the quality of the loomed products are out of this world.

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