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January 10, 2017

Week One 2017

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Hi there. Yep. Once a very long time ago we used to know each other. I was the author of the ‘Betwixt and Between’ blog, you know, before life got busy and I lost my way. I don’t mind telling you, at the end of last year I seriously considered giving up scrapbooking in all of its forms. I was so drained of inspiration and I felt like nothing I was coming up with was particularly innovative. I felt like I had really hit a wall. Then at the 11th hour I got an email from Studio Calico asking if I would be a part of January’s Documenter Workshop. I hadn’t done a Project Life spread in over 6 months, but on the other hand they really weren’t asking much. A single PL spread and a couple a paragraphs on how it came together. Pretty simple really. The day my  kit arrived I leafed though the cards looking at all the designs. If I were actually selling you this kit, this would be the part where I’d tell you – “they were all so pretty” and they were, but honestly it was the large amount of well designed journaling cards that took my eye. I got to thinking about story telling and life with Eva. You see ever since Eva was born I’ve been struggling to include more words in my pages. As a person who has always been about design first, story second it’s a difficult new balance to strike.

I gathered the photos for my spread and left my Studio Calico pouch out on my desk. Then, that night as I went to bed I thought of all the possible variations there was to tell our story with this kit. Each time I woke up during the night to feed Eva, I thought about it some more. Then as the sun peaked through the blinds a little after 5.30, I bounced out of bed. I was FINALLY inspired again. When Eva woke up at 8, I was just putting on the finishing touches to the spread. It was the most pleasurable couple of hours I had spent in my studio in a long time and that’s why I am back here. I am returning to my roots.

So while this is not the spread I created for the Documenter Workshop, this is second spread I have made with Studio Calico’s January Documenter Kit, a few little stickers from the Maggie Holmes ‘Shine’ Sticker Pack, an old flair from a Scraptastic Kit and a digital stamp from Ann-Maire Loves Paper. So without further ado:

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I know you can’t make out a single detail when I photograph them together, but look at the balance across the two pages makes me so happy.

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Pink, Green, Black, White and Gold was my palette for this spread.

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If this weeks spread had a theme it really would be summed up with the ‘Dreams Do Come True’ card. We had a brilliant start to the new year. CJ had the week of work, so it meant a lot more happy little excursions than normal. We spent a lovely afternoon at the botanical garden, exploring the fairy garden, playing on the swings and trying out Eva’s new trike that we got her for Christmas. I can not even begin to tell you how hard it was to choose just one photo from that little adventure.

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On Wednesday CJ suggested with walk to our local cafe for breakfast. This cafe is super hip… and super packed. By the time we got breakfast, it was lunchtime and poor little Eva ready for a nap. She never even made it half way home on the trike. CJ had to carry her home. Once again a million photos of the super cool cafe but the one of her asleep on CJ’s shoulder was my fave.

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There was also the small matter of a the heat wave. It had been pushing 40 Celsius all week here. There was A LOT of time in the kiddy pool, time on the couch with not much clothing, watching cartons.

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On the weekend however, we really partied from one end of the scale to the other. Eva’s best friend turned one. Linc’s mother and I were friends in birthing class last year so I think it’s totally fair to say they were friends before birth. Then that evening we travelled to visit Eva’s Poppy who turned 79. Needless to say that was a much more subdued affair.

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That pretty much wraps up our week, but before I go I at least have to share a pic of my favourite card. It has the same saying on the back in the same color scheme if you don’t love the green. I personally do.

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Oh Studio Calico, teller of the truth. So here’s to the new year, new chances and a whole lot more Project Life.

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Until next week my sweet blog readers,

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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January 26, 2016

The Purple Layout Dare – or – Just Hanging With Dad

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I have a new layout to share with you today, thanks to nap time and the lovely Natalie Elphinstone who dared me to make a purple layout. If your not a scrapbooker this probably seems like a really simple task, but in truth purple so challenging to work with. Don’t believe me? Search “Purple Scrapbooking Layout” on Pinterest. For starters you have to combat the retro factor and then there is the issue of ‘what do you pair it with?’. Well in my case – Blue, Orange and Kraft.

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Ohhh look at that face. Even in 7 weeks Eva has changed so much. Thanks to the forceps little miss had a swollen face for the first few weeks. Eva’s much leaner in the face now. *Sigh* time…

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All the papers in the layout come from Studio Calico’s Lemon Lush line and Basic Grey’s Aurora.

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As far as embellishments go it was a really simple layout. I used a cut apart sheet from Lemon Lush and Pink Fresh Studio arrows I had left over from an old kit. To be honest I never thought I’d use them – Yay for a good dare.

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The flair is Basic Grey’s RSVP collection. As for the hard labour? Well, I used the silhouette to cut the stars. Stamped a few more with Studio Calico’s lavender Soda ink. The most arduous task was stitching down the stars and that took all of 15 minutes.

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Finally I finished the layout off with my favourite Crate thickers and a single line of journaling. Not bad considering my scrap time has been greatly reduced, don’t you think?

Aimee Xx

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October 6, 2015

October Jot Mood Board

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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?

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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

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March 2, 2015

Jot Magazine: That Face

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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:

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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.

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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.

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*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.

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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.

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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

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