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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

January 13, 2015

Project Life Week 1 2014


Let’s just be clear on one point – I am WAY behind on Project Life. I went back and counted, I did a total of eight spreads last year, two of which have never been published. My plans have changed slightly for this year, but I will leave that for another post. Today, we begin the catch up process and Week 1 seemed as good a place to start as any.

Week One 2014 by Aimee Dow Full Spread

Here is a closer look at the Left:Week One 2014 by Aimee Dow Left Side

And the Right:

Week One 2014 by Aimee Dow Right Side

If you are new here, you’ll likely be asking yourself why my week 1 is at the end of December. The answer to this is pretty simple – I go from wedding anniversary to wedding anniversary. The big bonus about this is our anniversary, Christmas and Chris’ Birthday are always at the start of an album.

Week One 2014 by Aimee Dow Left 2

I really liked the script alpha in this month’s Studio Calico kit, but my kit isn’t going to arrive for another fortnight yet, so I decided to just cut the weekly title myself on the Silhouette.

Week One 2014 by Aimee Dow Left 1

If you will allow me to get personal for a minute – for our first wedding anniversary (paper) I gave Chris tickets to the James Bond exhibit at the Melbourne Museum. This was a tremendously big deal to me, because on our very first date way back on December 23, 2006 we went to see Casino Royale at the movies. Six years later we were married in the afternoon and then we ditched our guests to see Skyfall at the cinema in the basement of our hotel. It’s actually turned into a long-standing joke – we can’t have anything BIG happen in our relationship without Bond being involved. Who knows what Spectre will bring at the end of the year…

Week One 2014 by Aimee Dow Left 3

The photo at the top was taken while we were waiting for the Museum to open. It has to be my favorite photo in the entire spread. I am tempted to show you the original as it’s much clearer, but I think it would be somewhat redundant.

Week One 2014 by Aimee Dow Left 4

I have come to learn in my short time on this earth that even if a guy says he’s not into cars (like my husband), this rule does not apply to Aston Martins. I figure it’s like the fire truck to a toddler – irresistible! I must admit, I do find them to be sexy too. Especially the vintage ones. So really the “You are adorable” flair could apply to my husband or the car. Take your pick.

Week One 2014 by Aimee Dow Right 4

I added these two photos not so much because there was a story, but because they are SO cute. Anna is my younger sister, who is notorious for her “don’t care” attitude. But she turns into the softest, sweetest person when there is a baby around. In fact, I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before! I really need to borrow someone’s baby in future when I ask her for favours! The beautiful baby actually belongs to one of my friends. This photo didn’t really need the frame, I just like the way the little birds are paired up just like Anna and Leianna.

Week One 2014 by Aimee Dow Right 1

Woo! Two photos of me in one week. That’s got to be a record. Chris took this photo of me from the walkway above the gift shop. I turned it black and white because the light bulbs in the top left corner made the photo very yellow.

I created the stitched pocket out of a piece of paper I had left over from DD two years back and a scrap of vellum I had lying around. It houses the tickets for the exhibit, which I was so surprised to be able to find again. On another note, the piece of pattern paper was the inspiration for this spread’s palette. I was looking at papers trying to match something to both the photos of Leianna and the pool photo and this one just happened to work perfectly.

Week One 2014 by Aimee Dow Left 2

These two are my youngest sisters. Affectionately known as ‘The Twins’. They tagged along with us to the supermarket and let’s just say the whole world seems to be their playground. Sometimes I even have a hard time keeping a straight face when these two get going. ‘Everyday… is a a brand new chance.’ seemed fitting. I just added the gold heart, because… well, how can you not love them.

Week One 2014 by Aimee Dow Right 3

Finally, the little detail I created on the pool photo. I wanted to pull some of the pink and coral down to the bottom corner to balance with all the coral going on the top left of the spread and break up the big block of aqua. It came together better than I expected in the end. I think it’s a really nice final touch to the spread.

Hopefully this is the beginning of a lot more spreads to come.  If you have any questions be sure to leave them in the comments. Other than that, any and all encouragement you have regarding ‘how to stay on the Project Life horse’ would be greatly appreciated.

Aimee xx

June 4, 2014

Project Life Week 22 2014


I know I have been promising an new Project Life spread for forever and a day. Believe me, no one is happier than I to have finally finished one in order to show you. So without further delay – Week 22.

Week 22 by Aimee Dow Full Spread

Left side:

Week 22 Left Side by Aimee DowRight side:

Week 22 Right Side by Aimee Dow

All in all it was a really quiet week. Hubby and I were both sick and only left the house to see the X-Men movie, which by the way was totally worth it even if I was at death’s door.

Week 22 by Aimee Dow Detail 1

I used a lot of the Camelot Project Life kit for this spread along with leftovers from the various add ons such as Lancelot, Guinevere and Excalibur. I know you are more accustomed to my spreads being devoid designed cards but due to a lack of photos and a ton of pretty Studio Calico cards, I just couldn’t help myself. I pimped this one with a few gem stones.

Week 22 By Aimee Dow Detail 4I added quite a few digital elements to this spread as I prepare to get my hands dirty in Beyond the Basics Class. I have kind of fallen off the hybrid band wagon of late, I really hope this class will give me the shot in the arm I need to get back in to it. The kale story is just there for your amusement.

Week 22 by Aimee Dow Detail 3Despite my unwell state, creatively I had a really good week. I hosted the weekly challenge over on the Studio Calico blog, Sunshine, Books and a Cat reached the top of the popular board and Harvest won the layout of the week. The really big highlight for me was having Maggie Holmes pin my layout. I’ll admit I am beside myself every time I see my work come across my Pinterest feed. It seemed very fitting to me that I should make this 6×4 filler because I have been sharing my love a lot more. I am trying to put more of my scrapping projects out there and for the most part the response has been amazing.

So that my friends is what a quiet week in the Dow household looks like. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Aimee xx


April 15, 2014

Project Life Week 6 2014


Okay, I am just about to show you something you have never seen before. I say this for two reasons: 1. I have never seen it before and I have seen thousands of Project Life Pages and 2. Until very recently I was not even aware this style of Project Life Pocket Pages existed. Have I piqued your interest? Good. Here is my Week 6.

Right about now, you’re probably wondering how the hell I got a 12 by 12 photo into the middle of a spread. The answer, my friends, is Essence Brand Pocket Pages. In truth, I have had this idea for a while. In week 18 last year, I had a really hard week and used my favorite Instagram picture for the week to cover up one side of the spread. However, I struggled to make the layout look balanced. Almost a year later, I have another terrible week and I find myself thinking back. Here is how I solved the problem this time:

Left Side

Right Side

I made the decision really early on to blow up the picture of the Apple TV remote on my PJ pants because it reminded me of a pattern paper and I thought it would make a great graphic element.

The title pretty much says it all. I have absolutely no fear of public speaking, I once dated a guy who kept pet snakes and that never fazed me, but you need only mention the word dentist and I am quivering in my boots. Part of the problem is that I’m allergic to pain killers, so after the anesthetic wears off… yeah, it’s not pretty. I had known for a while that I needed a few teeth removed, so the plan was to keep me mildly sedated until the end of the week. For project life though, that means I didn’t take a lot of photos because I didn’t really move off the couch.

Oh except for the obligatory dental clinic waiting room photo.

I also included a sublime essence journaling card. The great thing about this card was the circle design reinforced the circle elements (such as the buttons on the remote), and the color theme is so neutral, it was easily teamed with bright colors.

The right side has a title that mirrors the left side. I didn’t think my husband would be thrilled about me singing his praises in a title, so I made it a little more discrete. It is far easier to see in real life than it is in the photo. I’m not entirely sure why.

The next photo is of my little couch buddy. Mica usually doesn’t hang out with me on the couch. I don’t sit still long enough, but it turns out when I’m sedated – I’m her best friend! Our lounge room is very dark, so when I lightened it, it developed a grain. I just loved the way it looks under the essence transparency so I decided to keep it in the spread.

Last but not least is another essence journaling card. I picked it because it reminded me of a hospital admission form. I added the tear strip from the 6×6 pad to balance the red across my spread and added two hole punches to make it look like it came out of the binder. I may have also done this because there was already a hole in the tear strip.

And that wraps up my Week 6. I hope you enjoyed this peek inside my album. Any questions, just leave them in the comments.

Aimee xx

March 14, 2014

Project Life Freebie #2


Just a quick post today. Mog and I are off to play in the fairy garden in our local park. Yet another reason why I love Autumn! If it had of been summer both Mog and I would need a whole lot of sunscreen. So as requested here it is the digital version of my “Autumn is here” photo from my last spread. Download it (Just right click and save) and use it as you please (I would print it like a regular photo). I only ask that you tag me on Facebook or Instagram and link back your blog post if you happen to publish your spread.

My beloved American friends I have not forgotten you… I’m sure I will have come up with something cool before your fall rolls around 😉

Aimee xx

P.S. Holly, Mog says lots of love and I miss you. Aunty Aimee let me eat smarty icecream and hot crossbuns after school and we are having Indian for dinner xx


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