Saturday, February 13, 2016

Jot's February Mood Board

I've found myself on a bit of a card-making spree again lately. That is, if you can call one or two cards a week a spree! But it suits me well since that's about all the time I have these days to create. I kinda forgot how much energy this full-time working thing zaps out of you by the end of the day ;-)

A couple of weekends ago we had back-to-back 21st parties (ROCK ON!!) so obviously I had to whip up some birthday cards for the occasions. I find it really helpful when I can combine my DT work with projects that I actually need to get done because it kills two birds with one stone! LOL! So I used the latest Jot Magazine Mood Board challenge to inspire me to make this girly card.

And seriously.... how gorgeous is the Mood Board?! I absolutely love it to bits which made pulling this card together actually quite easy, and in my usual style I simply layered up bits and pieces together until I was happy.

My favourite thing is to try and include lots of textures too, so I had fun with adding paint, and stitching and chipboard and I folded up the leaves to give it some dimension.

Great news! The prize for this month's Jot Magazine Mood Board challenge is an original Jodie York script canvas in copper foil - it's so cool! Check out all the details over HERE, I hope you'll play along.


Saturday, February 6, 2016

Bethany's November and December pages

Sorry for the hiatus in blog posts whilst I recommenced full time employment! Yikes, I forgot how hard that makes things like crafting and blogging and photography and well... nearly everything apart from vegging out in front of Netflix when you come home ;-)

But I'm slowly adjusting to it all and remembering how I used to fit these things in just whenever I have a spare 20 minutes. So I thought I'd take the opportunity to catch you up with last years' November and December spreads for Bethany's album.

My November page started off with some basic building blocks from the Studio Calico Canyonlands Documenter Kit (those lime greens and aqua felt very Springy to me!) and then I started adding little extra bits from past kits and my stash too.

As usual I tried to include some kid-art documenting as well as lots of stories and decent photographs too.

But when it came time to do the December page it was a little trickier. Only because I did a Not-Quite-a-December-Daily album again this year and I was conscious of not doubling up on photos and stories but trying to get something unique into their Project Life album, whilst still capturing the whole spirit of the season too. 


I guess in some respects it wasn't hard because I don't know about you but I tend to take about a bazillion photos at Christmas since every single moment seems so magical!

For my December title card I used the Studio Calico gold letterpress calendar page from the corresponding month. I don't know why it took me until December to think of this! But I haven't thrown away the rest of the cards yet, I figure I can still use them for something!

And then I mostly used past scrapbook papers to fill the rest of the pockets rather than actual PL cards. I embellished with Gossamer Blue acrylic and wood veneer pieces, and those geometric animal diecuts made another appearance too.

So that's Bethany's 2015 album done and dusted.
I haven't quite wrapped my brain around the fact that if I'm doing a similar structure again this year that I'm already a month behind! Whoops!!

Here's to 2016!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Moriah's October and November pages

This page was definitely one of those times where I rifled through a bunch of my old Studio Calico Project Life kits to sift out the October-ish type cards. I guess the only problem with that was the Fall/Halloween type colours it's got going on.... which makes me giggle since it's in the middle of Spring for us Aussies! 

Never mind... I like the touches of gold anyways.

October was the month Moriah started losing her first teeth. It was ironic that she was losing them alongside the same time Judah was gaining his... and it was the same corresponding teeth each time. How weird right?

As a 'good' Mum am I supposed to keep her teeth? We don't have a tooth fairy at our house so the girls just give them to me, and they promptly go in a jar. But what am I then supposed to do with them? I asked this question on my Instagram and got a bevy of hilarious responses, but I got the sense that everyone else was in the same boat. They kept them and then wondered what the heck now?

So anyways... I ended up putting hers in this pocket in her album. There was no way they were going in a clear pocket though! Yikes! 

As for her November page, I made it to go alongside the spread I previously made dedicated purely to her birthday party. I used the same supplies (the Studio Calico Lollipop Guild kits) so now they're matchy match and look like a purposeful double spread ;-)

This kit is definitely my favourite from the year and I feel like I've come soooo close to killing it! Those gold dipped alphas? Perfection! I'm down to my very last vowel so I'm at the point of cheating. See the 'O'? It was actually the 'C' but by covering up the gap you just assume it really is the 'O' right?!

The super-hero stamp is by Mama Elephant and I've used it a lot but couldn't help pop another one on for this spread too. It seemed fitting.

More pages coming up real soon!


Saturday, January 23, 2016

Bethany's September and October pages

Must keep blogging, must keep blogging!
So let me step in and quickly share the pages I made for Bethany's album for the months of September and October.

It was right about this point that I went on a creating spree because I knew I needed to make quite a few pages to finish off their albums before the year was done. So instead of working just from one kit I pooled all my Studio Calico Project Life/Documenter kits and picked things up at random.

Obviously my main theme for the September page was spring and so I went with a lot of white background cards with warm colours - pinks and yellows and oranges.

But when it came time to do her October page I disregarded my Project Life kits altogether and pulled out an old scrapbook kit to make it with instead!

I did that for two reasons; the first was because I was working with these 4x4" square pockets and I don't have any cards that fit that size without cutting them down. And the second was because that middle photo of Bethany at the optometrist prompted me to go searching for that glasses paper I knew I had somewhere!

The fact was that I bought this Studio Calico Add On kit way back in (I think it was) February last year and it had remained virtually untouched until this point. So I felt kinda happy that at the end of this page every single one of the papers had been cut into!

More pages coming real soon.... ;-)


Monday, January 18, 2016

Moriah's August and September pages

In an effort to actually share everything and get up to date I'm going to try and speed through some of the pages I haven't yet put up on my blog yet.

Moriah's August page was very school-focused and the bright bold colours of the Studio Calico Pop Art Project Life kit suited it well. Even those rubber lemons... which really don't have anything to do with the page... at least the colour matched perfectly!

I don't know about you, but I found that so many of my photos of the girls seemed to be when they were dressed in their school uniforms which doesn't particularly make for an attractive page, but I guess at least it was consistent. No pinks and aquas on this page!

So it was a good thing I could get back to my favourite colour scheme for her September page then. I feel much happier in my comfort zone ;-)

Still lots of school photos, but this time I balanced out that horrible orange with plenty of white so it didn't seem quite so overwhelming. And the floral pinks of the Brimfield Project Life kit were much more my style.

This was obviously the month of dress-ups for Moriah as she had four different events she needed costumes for in September. I know you can only count three photos here, but when I couldn't fit the fourth one onto this page I stuck it on a separate little insert on the page opposite. You'll just have to take my word for it. 

So not only were the colours in Brimfield more my style, but the 'Costume Party' and 'Story Time' cards were just perfect for the occasion too! Love it when that happens!


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Jot's January Mood Boar Challenge

I love a good colour challenge. Probably because I love colour so much. All my projects seem to get covered in the whole rainbow of bold bright colours no matter how much I try to limit myself to just a couple. But I have to admit, this latest Mood Board Challenge at Jot Magazine is about as tough as it gets for me as I found it a little difficult to work with so many neutrals.

The Mood Board itself is just delicious though. Check out all those textures! It makes me just want to touch and taste everything on it ;-) And I think there's nothing more satisfying that facing a challenge and feeling like you've actually conquered it when you come out the other side. Because ultimately I'm pretty happy with how my card actually turned out!

I think the credit rests with that geometric fox I cut out of minty/aqua cardstock and turned into the focal point. He's pretty cute right? And so are his woodfolk friends that come along in the same cutting file designed by Paige Evans as part of the latest kit release from Studio Calico. You can find them here if you're interested. 

As for the rest of the card, I tried to include as many other textures as I could find - sticking with the Mood Board theme of neutral colours and natural fibres.

You can find all the Jot Magazine January Mood Board details here if you'd like to play along with us this month. I can't wait to see what you might create.


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Jot Issue 12

Along with all my Christmas projects that appeared in the latest issue of Jot Magazine (see my last blog post) I also had a couple of other non-themed projects featured including this double-page Project Life spread.

I do as many double-page PL spreads as I do double-page layouts, which is to say... not a lot ;-) I have to admit I cheated a little by making them 9x12" pages so that I didn't have quite as many pockets to fill, and I made sure I picked a subject where I had a tonne of photos to include. A weekend trip away with the family to Phillip Island was perfect because we packed SO many adventures into those two days it was ridiculous!

I essentially broke our trip down into 5 different activities that I had photographed, and I included 2 photos from each making sure I had all the family members covered. I numbered them accordingly and used that same number when I wrote out my corresponding journaling. I hope it still makes sense to me later on down the track!

Because all the pockets are a square 3x3" I had to trim down my traditional cards to make them fit, but as a bonus, the Studio Calico Pop Art Project Life Kit had a set of 3x3" die cuts which are the circle and heart shaped cards you see. I've included this spread straight into my regular 12x12" album and I'm really enjoying the variety this one brings.

One of my favourite galleries in every issue of Jot has to be the story-telling one. I'm pretty sure I've submitted a layout for this gallery every single time because you know me - I've always got a long story to share!

In this issue the theme was "When I Grow Up" and I had the perfect photo to scrap since Moriah had also recently had this same theme as a dress-up party at school. What was even better was that whole event actually HAD a story to be told (which you can read about if you can be bothered getting up close with my journaling!) which was above and beyond what my normal caption would have been like for a photo such as this.

I'm not scrapping a lot of layouts these days so when I do I find it a good opportunity to pull out some of my old supplies and mix and match different things. But actually what I decided to do this time was go a little hybrid and use a painting that Moriah had done for the background paper. It seemed quite appropriate. I scanned it into the computer and dropped down the opacity before printing it back onto some card. Now I feel like I've achieved something even greater with this layout - a good story and some kid-art recorded in the same place!

You can see these layouts and all the other fabulous inspiration in the pages of the FREE online issue of Jot Magazine right here. Happy reading!



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