Tagged: Mood Board

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 6, 2015

October Jot Mood Board


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.


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:


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 – The colour palette and world map spoke to me of adventure and exploration – Both ideas I  eagerly wanted to include in my page.


While the hand drawn circles and the watercolour swatch reminded me of cartography and topological maps, which I tried to emulate this ideas by 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 someone’s pocket… you know before we all carried maps on our phones?


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

September 5, 2015

September Jot Moodboard


Just a quick pop in today – it’s been such a huge week. Hubby and I went away to celebrate my 31st Birthday/Babymoon and I have come to realise just how spoilt I am. On Wednesday, I went to visit Amy Tan on her latest spotlight tour. Thursday, poor CJ came down with a really bad case of the man flu and just yesterday we attended our very first antenatal class. So much is changing around here, but I am still trying to maintain my craft habit, even if it is just for a few minutes a day. It all counts! This super quick and easy card I made for this month’s Jot Mood Board is great example of that.


I must confess this is not a colour scheme I have had a lot of practice with and the Mood Board itself has a very retro Scandinavian vibe. Once I had gone though my 6×6 pads for blue and pink florals, I managed to come up with something completely different. I’m calling it “retro glam rock tattoo style” and you know, I kinda dig it! It’s great mix of Shimelle’s first collection (Did you know American Crafts often makes pre-made card bases and envelopes to go with popular collections?) and Basic Grey’s Mint Julep. Triple point score to me for using TWO collections that are over year old.

Now let me see how you rock the board:

September Jot Moodboard

Don’t forget add your entries over on the Jot blog for chance to win this month’s great prize pack from Elle’s Studio and some love from the amazing Jot community.

Aimee Xx

August 26, 2014

Winter Garden


Okay, let’s get a few things out in the open… I’m not dead, I am not pregnant, I have no serious illnesses (that I know of), I am just a terrible blogger. It’s not that I don’t love you all. I REALLY do. I love reading all you have to say and having a conversation with you all. I love to create, I love to share and I am currently in the process of reshuffling priorities so I can do more of all of the above. It’s coming soon I swear. Thanks so much for sticking with me though. I WILL be worth it in the end. I promise.

Today, however I have got something a bit special to show you. Lately I have been experimenting. I’m trying to test my limits of exactly what it is that I can achieve. I am participating in more challenges to see how far I can stretch ideas. I am trying new techniques (Caylee if you still holding out for Art Journaling you are STILL sh** out of luck but you can always keep hoping *wink, wink* ). Anyway, I recently stumbled across a local online scrap store that has a pretty rocking blog. I instantly fell in love with their mood board challenge:

Sassy Scrapper August Mood Board Challenge

Isn’t it pretty! Colour is my thing. I told a good scrappy friend that I really wanted to give it a go, to which I was promptly laughed at. Apparently I don’t make for good competition. Actually, to paraphrase, I was told that my standards make it unfair for everyone else. Well, my Mumma says it’s not about winning it’s about being part of it, about making friends, being exposed to new things and people, but most of all – having fun. And that’s just what I did. For the whole 12 hours it took to create this layout. I am not even kidding a little.

Winter Garden by Aimee Dow

As you can see, some things stay the same, but there is a whole lot of new about this layout.

Same: Still love geometrics, still can’t pry the metallics and glitter from my hands, still a truly awful embosser and still like hacking up my photos to tell a story – We all remember Harvest right?

New: Well, all the die cuts are my design. It was the first time I have ever done a 12×12 cut of my own design and I was so stoked about it, until everyone started looking at me weird, so I have curbed my enthusiasm a bit. I also used this tutorial by Cayee to turn my hand drawn vines into die cuts too. Same principle, but with a black sharpie drawing.

Winter Garden by Aimee Dow detail 2

Then there is my attempt at painting. I must admit I have tried to do it with mist before on two occasions and both were dismal failures. I’ve since discovered why – for some reason I thought since the mist was already “wet”, no more liquid would be needed. Yeah… no. Wetting the paper first made all the difference and really helped to blend later on after the base colour was applied. Lesson learned.

Ah, while we’re on lessons learned, I have an absolute new appreciation for what Paige Evans does. Designing your own cuts and then piecing them all together is so time consuming and it isn’t until all the pieces are in that you know if your layout is going to work or not.

Winter Garden by Aimee Dow Detail 1

I think what I love most about this layout is the amazing shadows that all the dimensional elements create. For this reason I am entering it in this week’s Studio Calico Challenge too. Check out the shadows the vines throw in the photo above – I think that’s wicked. Yes, yes, I am getting excited about everything today. Even the kale and couscous salad for lunch. I think my hay fever is cutting off my oxygen supplies and making me delirious.

Thanks again for checking up on me and to all those who gave me not-so-gentle prods to get back to blogging – much appreciated. As always, all comments and questions are so welcome, just leave them below.

Aimee xx



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