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March 5, 2016

Project Life Week 2


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:


The Left Side in closer detail:


And the Right Side:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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

March 2, 2015

Jot Magazine: That Face


Happy March, my scrappy peeps. Can you believe how fast this year is going? February blew by me like a whirlwind. Today, I am here to share with you the one and only layout I managed to get done for the brand new Jot Magazine. I only got a chance to finish one layout, but I am super proud of it. Even though you might be seeing it here first, do go check out the magazine too. It really is 179 pages of amazing scrap inspiration and no doubt you will find some of your other favorite scrappers in there as well. Alright, enough rambling:

That Face by Aimee Dow for Jot Magazine Issue 9

So right about now you are looking at it and thinking – wait… that’s yours? Short answer. Yes! Okay, I know it doesn’t really look like something I would usually make, but if you knew my friend Holly… That’s Holly there in the photo, giving me dirty looks because I was meant to meet her at 9 for coffee and I may have text messaged her to say I was going to be 30 minutes late. I may have also neglected to say I was going to be late because I was writing a blog post, which she may or may not have discovered for herself because she’s an email subscriber to my blog. BUSTED.

Apart from Holly’s master skill at giving disapproving looks, she also has another very notable attribute – she possesses one of the most amazing vintage dress collections you will ever see. Every single sliver of pattern paper in this layout reminds me of her dresses. There’s no getting around it. This layout is Holly through and through.

That Face by Aimee Dow for Jot Magazine Issue 9 Detail 1

The layout itself was designed to go into the hand stitching category of this issue. I am a huge fan of hand stitching on layouts (Exhibit A and Exhibit B), but unlike previous attempts I used my stitching to enhance a pattern and create more texture, rather than as an accent or a title. That Face by Aimee Dow for Jot Magazine Issue 9 Detail 2

I worked really hard to create layers for warmth and instill a vintage vibe in this one. I pulled from four past Basic Grey collections and Crate’s Open Road to find the perfect balance. AND my page has a title! I find title work so hard. I never ever thought I would use these thickers from Studio Calico, but you know what they say – there is a tool for every job.

That Face by Aimee Dow for Jot Magazine Issue 9 Detail 3

*Cough, cough*. And the award for sneaking a swear word in to a published layout goes to… that can just be yours and my little secret.

That Face by Aimee Dow for Jot Magazine Issue 9 Detail 4

I must admit that while I don’t do it very often, it’s very freeing to do a rustic layout. It doesn’t matter if there is ink on your finger tips that smudges on your journaling, it looks as if it was meant to be there. That’s totally not what happened by the way, I MEANT to put it there to match the stamping in the corner of course.


Oh and don’t forget to check out the magazine. Did I mention that it’s free? Or that it’s jam-packed with amazing, inspiring layouts made by amazing, inspiring scrappers? I think I did.

Until next time,

Aimee xx

February 24, 2015

Project Life Week 2 2014


Aimee Dow Week 2 Project Life 2014

Uh…yeah. Still a year behind on Project Life, but I’m really not worried about it. In a way, it’s kind of a relief. Project Life is easy. Easy in the sense that the photos tell me exactly where the spread is headed. With layouts, I have to work to find my inspiration. I think I am going to stick with easy for a while. Block-out time to catch up and recharge my creative batteries. So here is a closer look at Week 2:

Aimee Dow Left Side Week 2 Project Life 2014

And the right side:

Aimee Dow Right Side Week 2 Project Life 2014

First off, let’s start with the most obvious difference to past spreads. This is the first spread in a very long time to be hand written. It was not a design choice, but rather a side effect of my poor memory. I took this layout to Scrap Camp and forgot to take my typewriter. If that were not bad enough, it’s actually the second year in a row I have forgotten it! Lucky I decided to digitally title the layout when editing this week’s photos because I totally forgot to take thickers too.

Aimee Dow Week 2 2014 Title

I was going for something subtle. I wanted it in-tone with the background, but after printing I noticed that there was a sizeable chunk of dead space underneath the title. So I covered it up with washi. It worked great too. It helped highlight the title and added dimension to the photo. Love it when there is a simple fix to printing mistakes. It next-to-never happens though.

Aimee Dow Week 2 2014 Detail 1

This week marks my husband’s 32nd birthday and “the cake” is usually a big thing. We are both fairly proficient bakers and save our favourite recipes up for the special occasion. This year, I made the most amazing ice-cream cake. It took me 10 hours. It had 3 layers of vanilla, chocolate and coffee and ice-cream as well as fillings. I even cut a “32” template out with the silhouette to use on the top of the cake. I can promise you there was always going to be more photos of the cake than my husband for this particular day.  Sorry hubby. I used white rub-on letters on the stay cool card from Studio Calico as an inside joke. You know cause it’s an ice-cream cake.

Aimee Dow Week 2 2014 Detail 2

It’s pretty rare that I do a red spread. There is only one other colour I dislike scrapping with more and that’s purple. When I was pulling colors from the photos though, there was a lot of blue and red in the present and Eden’s dress. I chose green and yellow as the accent colours on account of the sunflower photo. Oh and if you are wondering why it is that the “just say yes” stamp matches the “here, there, everywhere” journaling card, that’s not an accident. After two years in this industry, I have come to realize certain designers gravitate to the same fonts over and over again. The wisdom font is clearly a favorite of Kelly Purkey who designed both the card and the stamp set.

Aimee Dow Week 2 2014 Detail 3

Have I told you all just how much I love my Pa? Is it any wonder really? I get my car serviced and I find great stuff in the pantry that I would NEVER have at home. I don’t think it’s any secret at all that I am so spoiled. All the grand kids are. You should see the size of the trampoline he bought the twins for Christmas.

Aimee Dow Week 2 2014 Detail 4

Finally, that brings us to my favourite card of all. I’m not sure which one it is. I like both the “let the good times roll” and the “love this” card equally. The only difference is I had to work to make one and the other one came like that. Good old Studio Calico. I’m so glad they now sell digital designs of their cards because I am totally printing it in every colour of the rainbow. The “love this” card is an amalgamation of an Amy Tangerine cut apart, a Studio Calico card, the Aloha stamp set by Creative Bubble and a paperclip I found on my desk. That about wraps it up peeps. Now, with any luck you’ll never have to see my hand writing again. OHHH!!! And if you ever see me on Facebook or Instagram saying I am prepping or packing for scrap camp PLEASE feel free to remind me to take the typewriter!!!

Until next time,

Aimee xx

December 15, 2014

Coffee with a Small Child & a Large Muffin


Hi! Boy, it’s great to be back. To begin with, I thought I may have lost my mind – pulling down the blog for a revamp, in the same month that Pa was due to have heart surgery, but as it turned out – even when I think I might be wrong… I was still right 😛 I had a really hard time creating during all the turmoil, and little-to-nothing to publish. Now that the storm has cleared though, I’m feeling a renewed enthusiasm for blogging and crafting. Starting with a layout for Studio Calico’s Sunday Sketch Challenge. It should be no surprise that I chose to scrap Mog. That kid is going to have one wicked album when she turns 16.

Coffee with a Small Child and a Large Muffin by Aimee Dow | Betwixt & Between Blog

Not bad for someone who claims to loath Sketches, right? I used Studio Calico’s most recent kits – Park Ave and the Ritz Add On. With a healthy serve of Kelly Purkey Second City stickers and a flair. Here are a few close-ups:

Coffee with a Small Child and a Large muffin by Aimee Dow Sticker Detail

Coffee with a Small Child and a Large Muffins Photo Detail

Coffee with a Small Child and a Large Muffin by Aimee Dow Rip Detail

Well, that’s about all there is to show. If you happen to be reading this via Feedly, be sure to come check out the new site. There are some seriously wicked features, such as: Icons that now denote the post category, a super cool interactive menu, a Pinterest button on all the pictures and a gallery page where you can now see all my work with links to the relevant posts. Oh and it’s snowing. I have absolutely no idea where my blog lives, but it ain’t here in Australia. My web master informs me that the web weather forecast indicates snow right through to Christmas Day… lucky blog. I want a white Christmas.

BIG thanks to my AMAZING husband, who lost a large chunk of his sanity bringing my vision to life.

We would love to know what you think – about the layout or the blog. We’re not fussy.

Aimee xx

May 18, 2014

Good Morning


Welcome to the half way point in my layoutpalozza. You know, I almost wrote something other than ‘layout’ right now, but it sounded so dirty in my head.

This spread was a combination of 3 things – 1. A BIG Basic Grey Highline order. 2. The Weekly Studio Calico Challenge set by Jamaica and 3.Kelly Purkey’s Sketchbook Class. The design is my interpretation of the 1st sketch Kelly gave us, but the shapes, colours and mood were set by the challenge (You had to find a Pin to use for inspiration). Here is my pin:

Red. Living at Home, "Stempeln" Heft 8/2013, Prod. und Styling: Katja Graumann

And here is my layout:

Good Morning by Aimee Dow | Betwixt & Between BlogGood Morning by Aimee Dow Detail 1 | Betwixt & Between BlogGood Morning by Aimee Dow Detail 2 | Betwixt & Between BlogGood Morning by Aimee Dow Detail 3 | Betwixt & Between Blog

Hope you are all having a great weekend!

Aimee xx


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