Tagged: One Little Bird

November 11, 2015

Opening thoughts on December Daily

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The whole December Daily concept and I have a really tenuous history. Until 8 years ago, I wasn’t even really a fan of holiday season. For starters an Australian Christmas is HOT. So hot it puts you off your food and prevents you from leaving the house during the heat of the day. Secondly, the people around me would morph in to these crazed lunatics made up of equal parts stress and christmas cheer. Not particularly feeling either, I just used to stand on the sidelines wondering why they did it to themselves. Think I’m kidding? The best christmas I ever had before meeting my husband, I was in my early 20s and I faked sick so I wouldn’t have to spend 6 hours in a car to go to the other side of the state to visit family. Instead I dragged my mattress down to the lounge room under the air-conditioner, ate ice-cream in my pyjamas and watched Casablanca. Yeah, that’s right not even ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ – BAH HUMBUG!

Then at 24, I met my husband, who it turns out is the THE BIGGEST holiday inspired, santa loving, christmas cheer packed lunatic you will ever meet. He loves it all. We have over 60 christmas movies (which he’ll no doubt get if we ever divorce – with the exception of nightmare before christmas, I’m taking that one) that he insists we watch every year. He loves late night shopping, but point blank refuses to ask anyone what they want because he always wants his gifts to be thoughtful and well considered. He holiday bakes, attends every god forsaken community event that has christmas in the title (market, carols, etc) but perhaps the biggest of all his christmas achivements – his dam freaking christmas sprit rubs off on me. I love christmas because he loves christmas.

So in 2012 I manage to catch a piece of the holiday spirit in a mini album. In 2013 and clearly full of myself, I tried to take on December Daily in order to document his other great love. See exhibit A, B and C. All in all I didn’t do too badly. I made it to day 17, but then things got really busy. After christmas his holiday spirit wore off and so to did mine. My DD album was sent to live in the shed and that was the end of that. Last year I even went as far as to write a post explaining why I wasn’t even going to attempt it in 2014.

So here we are at the beginning of yet another holiday season and I have a bit of a dilemma on my hands. For months I have said I would be scaling down my scrapping in December. I had no idea what it would feel like to be 8 months pregnant, but I didn’t think I would be up to very much. I figured I would be up for even less once she arrives. And then the self doubt set in. I would find myself having conversations with people along the lines of “… but don’t you want to document your last holiday season just the two of you?” or “It goes by so fast. I would have loved an album of our first christmas with our little ones.” and it could totally be the hormones, but I kinda see their point. Further more I am super lucky to be backed by some fabulous designers and companies. I have complete free reign of One Little Birds digital supplies, as a Jot Girl Stamping Up sent me the most amazing Christmas Pack and finally Hip Kits sent me their December Documented Kit just in case. What is a girl to do?

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I’ll admit, it does kind of seem like a no lose situation. I mean the only thing it’s really going to cost me is time and effort, but if it that stops thinking about mind numbing pain in my left hip joint, well that’s even better! I spent maybe an hour playing around with One Little Bird’s supplies for a blog post going live today on how to modify digital elements to better suit your colour scheme and by the end of writing the post it was pretty much decided – I am going to attempt another DD album.

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Let me just add one more caveat before anyone subscribes thinking they are going to get a daily update jam packed with useful hints and tips. I have a very deep fondness for all my readers and I have always set out to be inspiring. I like to think everything I write and create here has a bigger purpose, but this project – it’s just for me and my family. Don’t get me wrong I will still be showing it off here, on Instagram, in every gallery known to man and every blog from to Timbuktu, but I just can’t commit to it every day. I can’t guarantee it will be done by new year (In fact the opposite is probably much more likely) and I doubt very much that it will win any awards when it’s done. This is after all a blog about memory keeping, even though at times I’m the first to forget that.

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So let the adventure begin!

Aimee Xx

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November 5, 2015

The not so secret – it’s a girl post

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This post first appeared on the One Little Bird Blog almost a month ago. At the time Peppermint had released 2 baby collections one after another and it felt like time for a gender reveal.

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We had known for awhile that there was a high possibility of it being a girl and lord almighty have I gone to town buying girls clothes. We even have a girls name all picked and ready to go, but all in all we weren’t in any hurry to share our little secret. Lol, I know right? A scrapbooker who doesn’t feel the need to share everything with the world! One day I’ll have to remember to tell you the story of how she narrowly missed having the initials S.T.D. but like I said that’s a tale for another day. Today I just want to share our little princess’s first pictures.

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I’ve also been really hesitant to start her album. This is in fact her first page in her album. I can’t tell you just how much I regret this already. I have notes on just about everything – about the one off huge hiccups she gave me in the first trimester, the first time her daddy felt her kick was the day after fathers day or her clear and present love of Mexican food. What I am really struggling with is my perfectionist tendencies. How on earth am I going to turn all these notes in to an album befitting something so perfect as our little human?

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Something tells me my future holds a whole different manta along the lines of “Close enough is good enough”. I feel the niggles of it creeping in now, when I struggle to stand and scrap. There are days where I am prepared to settle, but I’m not going to lie the hormones don’t always make it easy. My meltdown in the middle of Big W for instance will go down in history as one of my most irrational moments of all time. My husband had spent DAYS researching the safest car set for our princess and we had settled on one with a 5 star rating that just happened to be on sale that weekend. So in to town we go, money in hand, prepared to tick another big item off our list – there was just one problem, well really if I am honest, it was just my problem. They only had said car seat in red. I point blank refused to comprise and when CJ tried to talk me round all he got was a flood of tears… yeah, not my finest moment.

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I just have to keep telling myself at the end of the day, these are not the things (a picture perfect album or a red car seat) that will matter the most to her. It’s the memories we keep and the love we shower share with her.

Aimee Xx

P.s. For more details on the actually layout and supplies check out the One Little Bird post.

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September 8, 2015

One Little Bird: TV Guide and Other Lists

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We interrupt your scheduled scrapbooking broadcast to bring you this special DIY project – A TV guide. Alright, so its much more than just a TV guide, but at the time of creation I was in desperate need of one.

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Lately, I’ve noticed I’m slowing down. Not really that usual for a woman who is 6 months pregnant, but it does mean I need to rest a lot – like when I bend over to tie my shoe and somehow manage to wind myself?!?! I have also found that with the long winter I have been watching more TV. There is just one slight problem with these new developments, I can’t for the life of me remember when my shows are on or where to find them!
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There is absolutely no doubt my husband is technical genius. He has set up one of the most high tech entertainment systems known to man – you just need a engineering degree to operate it. TiVO, Pay TV, Apple TV, Netflix, the list is huge and it all works brilliantly, until I get my hands on it. The poor guy has to constantly remind me that there are shows waiting for me.
So when Peppermint released the new collection Agenda, I decided it was time to take matters in to my own hands. I would make my own tv guide with ‘days’ that could be switched out and replace at the drop of hat, but the further along I got in to project the more I saw it’s potential for other lists: daily to-do lists, honey do lists, kid’s chore roster, cleaning schedule, the possibilities are endless.
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For a full tutorial on how I digitally created the my cards head on over to the original post on the One Little Bird blog. If not you can just stay here and look at the pretty pictures.
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Aimee Xx.
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August 12, 2015

Project Life: Week Seventeen

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Hiya, I know I’ve been a terrible blogger lately. Will a Project Life a spread make up for it?

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I created this spread for the One Little Bird blog. You can find the full post over here, where I talk about how to mix and match your digital collections and still have a flawless spread. It also has a ton more detailed photos. Here on my personal blog, I want to write about something a little closer to my heart. Something that is not written or pictured in the spread, but is a huge part of our story.

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This is spread that preceded me finding out I was pregnant – by one day. In hindsight the writing was all over the wall.

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This whole week I didn’t feel right. I remember feeling like I was getting ‘slow’. I was forgetting stupid little things and that’s what caused me to go in search of a brain training app.

That walk we took in the city and the photo of the leaves? I was feeling ill. I told CJ I thought some fresh air would help, but when I looked down from taking the photo I remember feeling dizzy. Cross my heart I thought I was coming down with something. Idiot!

The biggest tip off came Tuesday AND it might as well of been a GIANT ALBINO ELEPHANT  in a snow storm, because I still missed it. I hate K.F.C. to point where 4 years ago I made a new years resolution never to eat it again. I’m proud to say it’s the one and only resolutions I have ever kept, but that’s a story for another day. The night in question, I was exhausted. I’d been sleeping nearly 14 hours a night and it still wasn’t enough. I could not even bring myself to think about cooking dinner, so I begged my husband to get take away. I even sweetened the deal by saying I would go through the K.F.C. drive through for him (He loves it), and true to my word I did. I then drove the 2 blocks to Red Rooster for my dinner, but in that short space of time the smell of the K.F.C. filled my car. Never had I been so affected by a smell. I really thought I was going to purk. If right now your thinking  – ‘Gee she’s not very bright’, I don’t blame you.

On Saturday, I went to help my sister move. It wasn’t until I climbed in to bed that night that all the pieces began to fit together in my mind. I remember lying in bed trying to do the math, but being too tired. I figured what the hell, I’d just take a test in the morning and then I wouldn’t need to worry about the math. That was the very last night, I thought of my self as a childless person.

Now that I have had a gross miss overshare – you can go and read all the technical stuff on the collections I used and how it all came together here. Oh…yeah, that was probably why you were here in the first place, huh? Next time, I promise.

Aimee Xx

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March 9, 2015

One Little Bird: My Faves

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If you follow me on Instagram you will already know that I have been invited back for a third year on the One Little Bird design team. If not, SURPRISE! I’ve been invited back for a 3rd year.  Lol, sometimes I crack myself up.

This year there are more team members than ever before and I’m so excited to be working with some of my idols, a few close friends that I have not yet had a chance to work with before and a lot of new faces who have so much talent. What can I say? Peppermint has always had impeccable taste.

To make room for everyone there has been a slight reshuffle. I am so honored to be moving to the hybrid blog team. What this means for you, my lovely readers, is that you will be able to catch me once a month over on the One Little Bird Blog, along with super talented hybrid artist’s such as Jen CarlsonAmelia Ng and Donya Gjerdingen. So in honor of my history with the digital team, here are just 10 of my favorite One Little Bird layouts made by me. Collection links are below:

Recently Pinned – Stuck on You Collection

The Sweet Life- Sweetness Elements and Papers.

Free Pass – Positive Spin Collection

Sleepy Head – Crazy for you Elements and Papers.

The End of the Day – Busy Week Collection.

Time Passing – Forever Young Collection.

Nothing beats the smell of fresh cake – Click and Daily Bulletin Collections.

You and Me – Identity Collection.

Mog turns Seven – Daily Bulletin Collection.

Spring is at my door – Equinox Collection.

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Love this life – The Love List Collection.

Okay, so there might have been 11. I had such a hard time picking only 10 out of 40 plus layouts. I have loved every moment in the One Little Bird Cage and I really look forward to showing you even more innovative creations in the future.

Aimee xx

P.s. If there are any digital or hybrid techniques you want to learn, please feel free to tell me. I am more than happy to help 🙂

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