Tagged: Pink Paislee

March 24, 2016

Happiness +

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I love babies. I love baby cuddles. I love all the baby accessories and baby scrapbook papers! This tiny little creature is the most fascinating thing that’s ever crossed my path and I was a farm girl for a few years. Some of those animals… Oh right, not pertinent to the current story. What I was going to say was my new favourite thing to scrap is firsts. SO MANY FIRSTS! I fear very shortly you may see pages dedicated to the first time Eva uses the potty or time I have to un-jam her from somewhere. Today however, we are here to celebrate Eva’s first ever bath.

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I made this page with March’s Citrus Twist Main kit. They are not normally papers I would choose, they are however the colours of a 40 year old maternity unit AND the Pink Paislee paper reminded me of bubbles. On a side note, if and when we decide to have another bubba it will be in our cities new hospital. I saw the plans for the maternity ward while I was there – it’s blue.

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Daddy did an awesome job washing little bubba, which was not an easy task given how much hair she was born with and her not so immediate love of water. So I feel a little bad making such a girly page. Once again though… BUBBLES PAPER! I even punched a few out to add as embellishment along with an obscenely large amount of puffy stickers. I’m just going to say for texture and dimension. Has nothing to do with their squishy, shiny goodness.

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Oh and cut apart sheets. I find now if I cut them up when they arrive, I use them a whole lot more. This is the sheet from bloom. How cute is my little duo? I could look at this photo all day *heart eyes emoji*. Where did my newborn go? Feels like just yesterday I had a squishy warm bundle that slept a lot. Now I have a chubby cheeked bubba that’s just learnt to blow raspberries. Crazy.

Aimee Xx

 

 

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March 5, 2016

Project Life Week 2

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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:

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The Left Side in closer detail:

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And the Right Side:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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February 20, 2016

Project Life Week 1

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Welcome back to yet another year of Project Life here on the blog. This will be my 3rd year and yet it feels almost brand new again. Since Eva was born my scrapbooking really has taken on new meaning. In short ‘More Stories, Less Time for Design’. Don’t get me wrong – I’m still going to cram in as much design as I can, but only in nap hours.

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This month I’ll be rocking February’s Hip Kits:

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Oh and maybe a little digital stamp, *cough* and some brilliant Lora Bailora tape that happened to arrive the same day as my kit and I just couldn’t resist trying it out.

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All in all Week 1 was a CRAZY week. I was still trying to figure up how to be a mum, when my Pa took a tumble down some stairs and fractured a few ribs. Once in hospital things took a turn for the worse and Pa suffered a collapsed lung, pneumonia and kidney failure. I’m happy to say after a week in ICU he managed to turn it round. Oh and if that were not enough our closest friends moved to the other side of the country. So much for a slow start to the year.

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I took the colours for this spread from this picture of Eva. It may not be the best photo, but I just love my squishy, warm, sleepy baby cuddles first thing in the morning. It was a complete and utter fluke that the first book I read to her matched her binky. Hip Kits had a great mix of products this month too. Crate paper…paper, fantastic Amy Tangerine Thickers, Maggie Holmes stickers, Studio Calico Veneers, but my favourite by far is the Shimelle Chipboard.

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Oh and all the Pink Paislee C’est La Vie Goodness! In fact that’s my tip for this spread. I hid the journalling about Pa’s hospital stint under a flap I created from a C’est La Vie cut apart sheet (Card on the right).

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My favourite design feature is this really simple card I made with Amy Tangerine’s ‘Better Together’ paper, A Maggie Holmes Bloom Heart and a banner I made myself. I love the mix of textures and it took 5 minutes to make.

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This however would have to be my favourite story. Did you know, scientific studies show that parents are less happy after having kids than before? There are a ton of other great upsides to having rug rats such as joy, self-forfillment, pride, etc. Personally though I LOVE being a mum and I can honestly say, even on a trifecta day (You know, the days where your little charming bundle of joy manages to vomit, sneeze usually with a mouth full of breast milk, pee or poo on you) yeah you guessed it, I got all 3 in one day, I am genuinely happy in my new gig. I think part of the reason is that I am making an effort to mark these happy moments.

Oh and if you want to get your hands on this months Hip Kits or next months seen here:

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I’d love you to create along side of me. That and you NEED all the awesome Pink Fresh Felicity collection and Basic Grey’s Saturday Morning.

Aimee Xx

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November 9, 2015

Hip Kits: Project Life Week Ten

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Once upon a time I used to known as a Project Lifer. Crazy, I know! When Kimberly asked me to join the Hip Kit PL team I was a little apprehensive. It had been so long and it works a whole lot better when I have a working routine in place. A month in to my stint and while I still don’t feel like I am completely back in to my grove yet, this last spread I did for Hip Kits feels pretty close to my old style.

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I was kinda going for a balanced colour blocked theme, which wasn’t too hard to achieve given a lot of my photos from this week had a very dominant colour either because of the time of day or some crafty editing. Here is a closer look at the left side:

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Everything you see in the way of paper supplies are from the October’s Hip Kits. The digital week stamp is from Peppermint’s ‘Weekly Edition’. Love that set. It just makes life so easy. Here is the right side:

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I secretly like this page best, even though it reminds me of a trip to the dentist.

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Technique wise there is really only 1 scrap and 1 photographic one of note. I broke out the silhouette to do the camp card. I could have just used one of the two mini alpha sets that were in the kits, but it would have stuffed my colour blocking.

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The photographic one is a little more challenging. I took my DLSR outside to see if I could take a photo of the falling rain. I was I was really just playing around with the aperture and the shutter speed when I captured this one of mica trying to get out of the rain. It was a complete and utter accident. I have never been able to recreate it, but I guess it makes it all the more special. AimeeDow_Week10_OctKits_Detail4

Well, that about wraps it up for me today, but I have a few scheduled post this week so I’ll around.

Aimee Xx

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November 6, 2015

Citrus Twist Kits: Together Whatever

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I’m not sure how this one slipped through to the keeper, but this would have to be my second favourite layout at the moment. AimeeDow_TogetherForever

I pride myself on being honest so I am just going to come out and say it – Memorandum is not a favourite collection of mine. So the fact that all the pattern paper in this layout is from Memorandum is a huge surprise to me. I think it’s part of the why I love it so much. To me it marks a turning pointing is my scrapping career. For years I have looked on with envy as my friends create layouts with products I KNOW they dislike and yet they are so AMAZING! This is the first time I feel like I have accomplished it for myself, but I guess that’s also a testament to the added extras in Citrus Twists October Kits and the irony of it all is – this page actually makes me like the collection more.

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The other reason I love this page so much is because of the subject matter.  I had been saving this photo for something special because it’s my family in a nutshell. Mica, CJ and I are with each other 24/7 and while none of us could really be considered ‘normal’ we fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. I just think there is a certain kind of magic to that. Take for example Mica. Mica is a pure breed tonkinese. She came from a very reputable breeder and I met both her mum and dad who had fantastic personalities, but there is probably a really good reason why house guests call her the pet of satan. On more than one occasion she has trapped house guests in the bathroom and refuses to let them out. To CJ and I though, she is as sweet as pie. I’ll even go one step further. Mica is technically my cat from a previous relationship, but she could easy be mistaken for CJ’s. Mica follows him everywhere. Should he ever sit down for longer than 2 minutes – she is all over him like a politician on a cute and cuddly baby.

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Hence my title. Together Whatever. The story of my family and a whole lot of fierce love.

Aimee Xx

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