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ISSUE NO.19 Nov 2017

LOVELY PAPER CRAFTING IDEAS FOR THE MODERN DAY MEMORY KEEPER.

FAST, FRESH & FABULOUS IDEAS FOR LIVING AND DOCUMENTING YOUR LIFE, YOUR WAY! Jot Magazine 1


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And we’re here to help make it simple, fresh, fun and fabulous. Jot Mag | Blog | Social Media | eBooks

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PINCHING YOURSELF.

EDITOR’S LETTER | Jot

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU HAD A HEART SWELLING, PINCH YOURSELF MOMENT? A simple moment in time where you stopped still, breathed in your surroundings and had to pinch yourself to make sure it was really, REALLY real? Where your heart gets a little caught in the base of your neck and tears prick at your eyes? And you feel that awesome overwhelming feeling of happiness. For me recently, I had a few of those surreal moments during a three week overseas trip to America with my sister and our girls. It was a huge deal to go away, so far away from Australia without the boys in our family.. and it had been months and months of careful and sometimes frustrating and stressful deliberation and decisions and planning.

And suddenly I found myself living out our carefully planned itinerary! I had one surreal moment hanging off the side of a cable car in San Francisco. I had another moment at the Top of The Rock in New York City but my real pinch myself, catch my breath, teary eyed moment came unexpectedly during, of all things, the Disneyland 3pm parade in Anaheim. I hadn’t expected to have a big pinch myself moment in Disneyland at the sight of Mickey and Minnie. But that’s what is funny about those surreal moments -- those catch your breath moments - they sneak up on you. And my Disneyland parade moment had been a culmination of many amazing moments in a country far, far away from our home.. and just that familiar childhood Mickey Mouse song really triggered a wonderful wash of happy feelings. That’s also the wonderful thing about documenting our lives whether that’s through blogging, scrapbooking or pocket pages.. it’s an incredible opportunity to record the big things, the little things and those heart swelling, magic life moments captured in our photos and stories.

And well, we have plenty of inspiration and ideas for you guys in Issue 19 to help you with capturing and recording your life moments too. So grab a cuppa and enjoy our beautiful digital pages. Oh and there is no

need to go looking for those surreal heart swelling, pinch yourself moments as they tend to creep up on you when you least expect it.. and they’re the most magical kind of memories of all.

© Copyright. Kim Archer | Jot Magazine 2017. All projects in this magazine are for recreational purposes only and are not to be reproduced, distributed or sold without the publisher’s permission. PUBLISHED by Jot Magazine, Newcastle Australia. ABN 88649297554 Jot Magazine 3


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Publisher/Editor Kim Archer Editorial Assistant Anna Allan Writers Kim Archer Anna Allan Shari Brewer Contact Us hello@jotmagazine.com

Published by Kim Archer ABN: 88 649 297 554

Website:

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2017 Jot Girls Team

SUBMISSIONS Interested in submitting to Jot Magazine? We accept submissions of creative project tutorials or written articles that are in line with our paper crafting/ modern memory keeping theme. We also put out certain gallery calls from time to time (check our site). Email submissions to: hello@jotmagazine.com

Let’s be friends?

Yvette Adams Leanne Allinson Anna Allan Raquel Bowman Loredana Bucaria Petra Corcoran Natalie Elphinstone Sheree Forcier Amanda Hall Lauren Hender Kim Jeffress Sharmaine Kruijver Jamie Pate Felicity Wilson Mardi Winen

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HELLO FROM OUR EDITOR KIM ARCHER MEET OUR JOT MAG TEAM QUICK + EASY LAYOUT - Jamie Pate CONFETTI with Anna Allan GALLERY - Frames PROJECT LIFE - quick & easy cards LIFE IN ONE DAY WHAT ELSE DO YOU MAKE? JOT SPOTTING STORY TELLING - Rainbow POCKET PAGE - FILLER CARDS POCKET PAGE GALLERY DEAR DIARY - Shari Brewer

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MEET THE TEAM A

I am .. ANNA a mummy, daughter. sister, friend, crafter, blogger, thrifter and domestic goddess (wanna-be!)

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I am .. YVETTE a part time worker, crafter, colour loving mother of one.

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We’re all in this together.

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I am PETRA, an all or nothing person from sunny Queensland.

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I am LEANNE .. a mother to four children- one daughter and three sons.

I am LOREDANA ..a new mom, wife to my biggest love, a dreamer, cheerful, passionate about crafts and I adore fabric.

I am .. NATALIE. Wife to The Trophy Husband, mum to two beautiful girls and one son, obstetrician and gynaecologist who loves her work.

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Meet our newest Jot Girl Felicity, from Queensland and mum to three little children.


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I am SHEREE .. a wife to Paul, mum to three kids, a scrapbooker, card maker, crocheter, knitter, stitcher, soccer mum, blogger, Blythe collector and addicted to Instagram.

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I am LAUREN ..wife, mother of two and super cool step mum to one. I am a crafter, employee, sister and student.

I am AMANDA .. a classic Libra – an indecisive perfectionist with a type A personality.

Our Jot Girls produce jaw dropping projects that will have you racing for your supplies, pulling out your photos and cutting and pasting in no time at all.

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I am KIM .. wife, mum to two boys and living in beautiful Brisbane, Australia,.

I am JAMIE ..wife, mother of five children, a church goer, volunteer, an educator, small business owner and constant thinker of all things creative.

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I am MARDI ..wife, mum, nan, a full time Paramedic…and perhaps a jack of many trades….master of none.

I am SHARMAINE .. a 40 something, Tarago driving, happily married mum of four girls and I work as a teacher’s aide.

Our Jot Girls also create for our blog so keep an eye out for articles and extra projects here on our website. Jot Magazine 9


QUICK & EASY By Jamie Pate

What good is a selfie if the photo is not printed and the story told? For this single photo layout, the focus was on my girls and a #selfiesunday. This photo of just us has a whole story behind it. And this was my chance to tell it.

Use a black and white photo so as not to compete with the patterned paper .

Mat an 8 1/2 x 11 inch white background on 12x12 patterned paper to create a bit of a dramatic effect

Use adhesive in the very centre back of an embellishment to create a floating effect when it’s adhered to the page.

SUPPLIES | Bella Blvd’s Illustrated Faith You Are Loved

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Sprinkle embellishments in with paint splotches for added contrast on your page.

Cluster and layer embellishments in one place for focused impact.

Create a unified look by using monotone hues.

YOUR CHALLENGE:

Jamie’s challenge is to stamp a title for your page with large letter stamps. Share your work here on our Facebook Page>

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CONFETTI Little bits + pieces from around the web. Curated by Anna Allan OUR THEME //FRAMES

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How dandy is this? A frame, some twine and clips and all you’ve got left to add are your photos. This is a great little afternoon project that anyone could create! Perfect for your Instagram photos. Find the tutorial here>


BOX FRAMES

BRING THE OUTDOORS IN

ABOVE | Adorn frames of any size or shape with gorgeous displays of nature’s goodness and make it a feature. We are loving this! PLENTY OF OTHER FRAME INSPIRATION HERE ON THE APARTMENT THERAPY WEBSITE HERE>

ABOVE | You can make your own box frames quite easily by attaching wood to all sides of a frame and hanging on the wall. Use them to display ornaments, books or any other home decor and these frames become functional pieces that add a whole lotta pizzazz to your home. FIND THE DIY TUTORIAL HERE ON THE SHANTY 2 CHIC BLOG>>

SPECIAL KEEPSAKE LEFT | A special keepsake for any new arrival. Purchase already made OR create your own using old scrabble pieces and diving into your floral stash. For a more boyish design consider attaching old lego pieces, shells or nails/ screws/nuts and bolts. Perfect gift idea! FOUND ON PINTEREST HERE>

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RECLAIMED FRAMES

Creating your own frames using reclaimed products, like wood from old pallets for instance, is quite simple and looks great! Add character to whatever you would like to frame by doing it yourself!

FIND THE TUTORIAL HERE ON THE DESIGNER TRAPPED BLOG>

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DOODLEY DOO Are you a doodler?? Then check out these hand-drawn frames you can try for yourself! Dawn from the Designs by Dawn Nicole Blog walks you through creating these funky designs she has fashioned herself. You’ll be a pro doodler in no time at all! FIND THE DESIGNS BY DAWN NICOLE DESIGNS BLOG HERE>>

Anna Allan lives with her family in a small country town near the beautiful Esperance in Western Australia. She loves making pretty things, lots of colour, yummy food, daily cups of coffee, plenty of sunshine, being happy and having fun! You can get to know Anna better on her blog One Big Sunshine Spritzer here. Jot Magazine 15


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F R A M E S G A L L E R Y We’ve got a ton of great ideas for adding frames to your projects. No pre-made frame products on hand? No problem. Consider making your own by using cork, cardstock, chipboard or die-cuts. It’s super easy to add in some frames and highlight your photos and page elements. FEATURING THE JOT TEAM

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YAY YAY YAY

Mardi Winen - The Jot Team Its so easy to use a simple cluster of frames to create the base of your layout. The frames immediately draw the eye downwards to Mardi’s story. SUPPLIES |American Crafts Amy Tangerine, Crate Paper Maggie Holmes, Acrylic paint, Washi, Cocoa Vanilla, Kellie Stamps.

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DABBING IS BETTER.. Sharmaine Kruijver - The Jot Team

I love layering up frames to create a background. I played with placement and then took a photo so I knew where to reposition the frames when ready to adhere them to my page.

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SUPPLIES |Bazzill, Kaiser Craft, American Crafts, Crate Paper, Jillibean Soup, Heidi Swapp. Other: Watercolour paint, typewriter, pencil, ink, machine stitching.


REALITY CHECK Kim Jeffress - The Jot Team

I wanted to try something different with this layout so I decided to combine some Heidi Swapp Instax frames and some frames I downloaded from the lovely Wilna Furstenberg. They give a soft watercolor look to my layout.

SUPPLIES |American Crafts, Felicity Jane embellishments, Heidi Swapp Intstax frames, Instax Cards, Colorshine, Word stickers, Wilna Furstenberg frames, Kerri Bradford stamps.

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TODAY

Jamie Pate - The Jot Team

The answer to this frames challenge was a frame die cut. I love having these little homes that are perfect for photos, title, plus little embellishments here and there to support this story of fun in the sun.

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SUPPLIES | The Cut Shoppe. Cardstock: American Crafts. Patterned paper and embellishments: Bella Blvd.


RILEY

Sheree Forcier - The Jot Team

Chipboard frames are one of my favourite things to use on layouts and it’s always fun to layer them and add little clusters of embellishments too. On this layout I created some messy stitching on the background with my sewing machine before adding the frames to the page to add texture and interest.

SUPPLIES |Patterned paper, chipboard, stickers - Cocoa Vanilla. Alphabet - Basic Grey. Other - thread, sewing machine, white tag, twine.

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SUPPLIES| Teresa Collins, Studio Calico, Crate Paper, Amy Tangerine; Pinkfresh Studio, My Minds Eye, Carpe Diem, Pebbles roller stamp.

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We love:

Anna’s bold pops of black against a white and muted colour scheme.


SWEET LIFE

Anna Allan - The Jot Team

I decided to try an idea that was swirling around in my head when I saw the theme for this gallery and that was to create my own frames for my page. I cut kiss-like crosses into my cardstock and folded each triangular segment back and stapled them down to make different size frames. The photos and paper pieces were then added and attached from behind.

“I liked how this turned out - was very satisfying having an idea come to fruition.�

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LOVE YOU & ME

Lauren Hender - The Jot Team

Sometimes you come across a great piece of patterned cardstock that you can fussy cut. This cardstock by Maggie Holmes had some great frames of different shapes and sizes on it which I cut out and used to layer behind my photo. Jot Magazine 26

SUPPLIES | Maggie Holmes, Tim Holtz, Scarlet Lime - The Planner Society, Heidi Swapp, Kaiser Craft and Amy Tangerine.


FAMILY FRAME

Felicity Wilson - The Jot Team

I went with the “frame” quite literally!! I’ve had this wooden frame collecting dust and knew I wanted to give it a new lease of life! So with some paint, flowers and pretty papers it now sits very beautifully in our lounge room! SUPPLIES Felicity Jane, shimmerz paints, Prima flowers. Other: sequins and glitter

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LOVE

Loredana Bucaria - The Jot Team I love the frames and the little spaces inside them that are perfect for holding a picture or little embellishments. These cork frames are really adorable!

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SUPPLIES |Patterned paper - Crate Paper; Stamps and embellishments: Crate Paper , Freckled Fawn, Ali Edwards.


We love:

..how Lory has created a sequin filled shaker box behind her cork frame.

“I love the frames and the little spaces inside them, that are perfect for holding a picture or little embellishments.�

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..how Raquel has balanced her layout by using three different sized embroidery hoop frames on her layout.

Each frame is an opportunity to add different elements - a title, some journaling and a photo - so clever.


BEST FRIENDS

Raquel Bowman - The Jot Team

I have had these Crate Paper wood veneer embroidery frames in my stash for a while now, waiting for the perfect opportunity to use them. As soon as I saw the theme for this gallery I knew this was my chance.

“The frame sizes were perfect to use a 4x6” photo inside it.”

The frame sizes were perfect to use a 4x6” photo inside it as well as ephemera and cut apart sheets to fill the remaining two frames. SUPPLIES| American Crafts and Pebbles Inc. Crate Paper embroidery veneer frames. Other - black mist, tiny attacher.

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..how Amanda uses up the white space on her photos to include a cluster of embellishments and elements.


SO LOVED

Amanda Hall - The Jot Team

I love making clusters in the white space of jumbo photos - such a statement! These frames were perfect to layer up against the soft florals and thread. Supplies : Pink Paislee, Cocoa Vanilla, Kaisercraft, WRMK stickers. Other - cotton thread.

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gallery READER

FRAMES

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HOT SUMMER DAYS

READER GALLERY

Tarrah McLean - NSW, Australia

I always have loads of summer photos to scrapbook so using frames is a great way to add multiple photos to a layout.

TARRAH’S BLOG SUPPLIES | Echo Park Paper Co/Lori Whitlock, hexagon frame, D-Lish Scraps flair, Greatest View flair.

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ONE FINE DAY

READER GALLERY

Louise Fortune - UK

I used several frames to highlight photos of a recent charity walk around central London. There are two chipboard frames, one adhesive chipboard frame, one die cut and three Silhouette cut frames. TIP | I used a London street map as my background.

LOUISE’S BLOG SUPPLIES | Studio Calico, In a Creative Bubble, Cocoa Vanilla, Jasmine Jones

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LOVE THIS LIFE

READER GALLERY

Rachel Lowe - Perth, WA

This layout was created using Kaisercraft Wildflower collection with cut file frames. I wanted to create a soft layout with the frames highlighting my photos.

SUPPLIES | Kaisercraft Wildflower collection and cut file frames from the Cut Shoppe, title from Silhouette Design store.

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CLICK

READER GALLERY

Anett Gelencsér - Hungary My frame is a vintage camera, made from paper and stitching. In the canter you can see my little boy Vince, looking into my camera with a perfect smile! I love stitching on my layouts.

ANETT’S BLOG

SUPPLIES | Products on the layout are from Scrapfellow, and Crate Paper. Jot Magazine 38


THE DAILY GRIND

READER GALLERY

Lisa Swift - Rochester, New York Now that my daughter is a teen, she doesn’t like to have her picture taken, but like most of her generation, she sure does love taking selfies. I chose this one, taken in the car, to document what her day-to-day life is about.

LISA’S BLOG

SUPPLIES |Fancy Pants Designs, Color Cast Designs, Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Bella BLVD, American Crafts, Echo Park, Feed Your Craft, Simple Stories, Tsukineko, The Paper Studio Jot Magazine 39


RAGYOGJ

READER GALLERY

Piroska Czakó-Radványi - Hungary I was inspired by the beautiful NőiCsizma Design chipboard elements - I used some of them as frames, and I put the little round pictures on the dotted patterned paper I used for my base.

PIROSKA’S BLOG

SUPPLIES |My Mind’s Eye: In Bloom 12” and 6” paper, NőiCsizma Design chipboards and stickers Jot Magazine 40


LIVE IN THE MOMENT

READER GALLERY

Tarrah McLean - NSW Frames are a great way to layer and add dimension around your photo and they also help with designing and embellishing a page too.

TARRAH’S BLOG

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HEY BOY

READER GALLERY

Belinda Spencer I have included chipboard sticker frames, wood veneer star frames as well as frames that I have stamped and cut out plus a large star frame created using two sizes of star dies. I have used Cocoa Vanilla Studios You Rock collection.

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PICTURE PERFECT

READER GALLERY

Belinda Spencer I have fussy cut frames from patterned paper, used frame stamps as well as wood veneer frames to create this layout.

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Anne Keller - Germany I love frames so it was so much fun for me to create a layout with them. I used them as the setting, hanging on a rope and showcasing my photo and embellishments.

ANNE’S BLOG

SUPPLIES | Felicity Jane kit London and Rico. Jot Magazine 44


Layout by Michelle Stokes

see our full product range online!

for wholesale enquiries or to find your nearest stockist

www.cocoavanilla.com.au

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SIMPLE STEPS FOR SIMPLE CARDS. ONE Cut cardstock to size measuring 3x4� or use a pre-made card. TWO Cut patterned paper about 7x6cm. Attach to the top half of your card. THREE Finish with a strip of patterned paper and a flair button.

A FEW QUICK PROJECTS FROM OUR NEW EBOOK - JOT POCKETS #1

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Hello Vinnie WE RECENTLY WELCOMED A NEW PUPPY INTO THE FAMILY. Meet Vinnie -- he belongs to the eldest Archer son Brandt and his fiancĂŠ Tegan. My kids looked at me blankly when I said Oh Vinnie.. Vinny Barbarino? Ah, no mum.. Vinnie from Family Guy. Oh-kay then!

Rub on lettering over patterned paper = easy title card.

Print out your journaling onto plain old everyday white paper and cut into strips for a simple way to tell a story.

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Lotus For Lunch Using the same steps, I created this double duo! Again I’ve grabbed a flair button - a girl can never have too many flairs! And I have added in some chipboard numbers for my photo card, giving them a light sand to shabby them up a bit.

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NEW eBook

JOT POCKETS

Helping you fill in the blanks with fast, fresh and fabulous filler card ideas for your pocket pages.

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Days of our lives

How do you document your day and tell your stories? Do you take daily photos, upload photos to Instagram or post to facebook? What’s a typical day look like for you? In our now regular series for Jot Mag, we showcase a typical day in the lives of our Jot Girls through photos + stories. In this issue we meet Jamie Pate, Yvette Adams, Lauren Hender, and Loredana Bucaria as they share their day with us..

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Jamie Pate

It’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere. And daily life is not routine. Well, not all of it anyway. Lots of room for spontaneity, down time, together time, and even some work time. Being in the moment is the goal of the season.

6.00 am 8.00 am Quiet time. I intentionally wake early to have the house to myself. The morning is routine for me. I study. I read. I write. And I plan.

The house is beginning to wake. These two, the 18 year old and the 6 year old, are up to shenanigans together. That’s all they know.

9.30 am 11.00 am

We may or may not still be in pyjamas. Hanging around together. Talking. Planning the day. I will miss these moments when school is back in session. Jot Magazine 52

Laundry. Always with the laundry. Everyone is responsible for their own. But there always seems to be laundry constantly in the midst.


What did you read, see and do today? 1.00 pm

Afternoon reading time. During the summer I really attempt to grab this little guy and read several times throughout the day. Some days are more successful than others.

2.30 pm

A lovely afternoon at a local cafe with books and music and crafts.

4.00 pm 7.00pm

Ortho appointment. The fourth child in braces. It’s one of those long term exercises of delayed happiness when straight teeth and a beautiful smile always pays off.

Dinner done. Kitchen cleaned. Kids hanging out with friends. Time to continue my balancing act of work and family. This time of year it’s a constant balancing act. Thankful I have so much goodness in my life to balance. Jot Magazine 53


Loredana Bucaria

7.00 am 7.30 am It’s time to wake up to start the day and I love to take my camera and shoot a pic of the light that is in my bedroom at that time of the day. Love the silence before the day starts.

While Andrea is drinking his “lattuccio” I have 15 minutes just for me! I am a make up addict and I love to be very ready to start the day with a red lipstick.

5.00 pm

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We come back from work and school and we are at home. Andrea is playing in his room while I try to clean the house and prepare the dinner


What’s a typical day look like for you? 6.00 pm

7.00 pm It’s time to have a bath with all our paw patrols and all the kind of toys that can be in the water! Andrea loves to play in and with the water!

A new recipe to try to have the dinner ready.

9.30pm

8.00/8.30 pm Daddy is back and we love spending time together playing with lego.

I’m trying to work in my scrap room. Usually I have a very long list of to dos but Andrea doesn’t leave me alone. Some stressful moments! Jot Magazine 55


Lauren Hender

Capturing the little moments throughout the day made me be more mindful of the little things. Looking to capture moments makes you think about them and let’s you ponder on their meaning. I loved this feature and encourage you to have a go!

7.30 am 8.30 am Ballet bun and a coffee to start my day. Two mornings a week the ballet bun has to last the school day and through to dance classes.

The puppy walks the children to the bus stop.

8.45 am 11.30 am The puppy helps me put my makeup on for the day.

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Work adventures in the field. Off to visit some clients on a beautiful sunny day.


Where did you go today?

1.00 pm

5.30 pm

Lunch by the water - Chicken salad roll and a chocolate milkshake. Yummy.

Tickle time with my beautiful girl.

8.30 pm Kids are in bed. Time for a cup of hot cup of tea.

10.00 pm A Dash of console to help put me to sleep.

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Yvette Adams

Friday is a pretty predictable day for me. My public service job, teaching group fitness at lunchtime, always the same dinner. But it’s a day I look forward to and a good way to kick off the weekend.

7.00 am 7.30 am I start work at 7am and I never tire of this view of the Brindebellas from my workplace. This morning it’s minus 3 degrees Celsius with a frost. This landscape is ever-changing.

I love Bircher muesli for breakfast and I swear it tastes even better out of a pretty jar.

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Some of today’s snacks. I graze all day. It’s usually healthy in the morning, not so healthy in the afternoon.


How did you spend your day?

12.30 pm

5.00 pm

Teaching my weekly group fitness class at my workplace. I’m a Jazzercise instructor and teach a class called Dance Mixx every Friday.

Driving home in winter I often catch a beautiful sunset.

8.30 pm

10.30 pm Our regular Friday night consists of chips and nuggets for dinner, ice creams for dessert and family TV shows. It’s a great way to end the week.

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MOOD board JOT MAG

Every month we release an inspiring and beautiful Mood Board challenge for our Jot readers. Take a look at our March board here.. Our Jot Girls join in too - you can see their take on the challenge each month right here on our website.

Check it out and why not join in! WE WOULD LOVE YOU TO! Visit our Mood Board challenge details right here>

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JOIN IN OUR MONTHLY MOOD BOARD CHALLENGE

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Some of our Jot Girls and a few of our Jot friends share other crafts besides paper projects, that keep them busy. Let’s take a look.

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Sheree Forcier When I’m not scrapbooking, I’m crocheting! I started years ago making blankets and then in 2012 I started making cute little hats for a collectable doll called Blythe after being introduced to them by a lovely friend. I opened my Etsy store Poppy Tree Lane and have been selling my designs to customers all over the world ever since!


“I LOVE THAT I CAN MAKE THESE LITTLE CUTIES WHILE RELAXING ON THE COUCH WATCHING TV EACH NIGHT AND IT’S FUN COMING UP WITH NEW IDEAS.

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A Anna Allan

Scrapbooking is my main creative outlet, however, I have many other crafty interests and activities I like to do also. If I’m not playing with paper and glue, you can find me playing with yarn - whether it be knitting, crocheting, or lately trying my hand at weaving and making textural wall hangings with wool, feathers, ribbon etc.

“HERE IS A CIRCULAR WEAVE I CREATED - IT WAS THE FIRST WEAVING I’VE EVER DONE BUT WAS REALLY HAPPY WITH THE END RESULT AND AM LOOKING FORWARD TO MAKING MORE!!”

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Lauren Hender I love scrapbooking my memories incorporating photos and journaling my memories but my other love is art journaling. This is a way for me to get messy and creative with all different mediums. I love it. It allows me to express my mood and take my stress away. I started art journaling about three years again when I was introduced to it at a scrapbooking retreat. Very nervous at first, I quickly fell in love with this creative process and have made many pages since.

PRODUCTS: WHITE INK, GESSO, DISTRESS INK, STENCILS, GLASS BEADS, TEXTURE PASTE, WATER COLOUR, COTTON, PATTERNED PAPER AND ALPHA STICKERS.

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M “I STILL LOVE SCRAPBOOKING... BUT ITS NICE TO HAVE A CHANGE OF PACE AND SWAP THE PAPERS FOR COTTON.“

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Mardi Winen Late in 2016 I began knotting a little macramé project as a test run for a ‘macramé wedding backdrop’... not only did I go on and complete the backdrop in time for my daughter’s wedding....but also fell madly in love with macramé. There has hardly been a day since that I am not tying or thinking about knots, working on new patterns, or mastering new knots. Its like meditation... just repeating an action over and over....while something beautiful slowly evolves.

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Yvette Adams My mum taught me to sew when I was about 11 years old and I’ve been sewing for myself ever since. Now I sew for my daughter too. I love that I can create something unique, at a good price, that fits me (tall girl problems).

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Felicity Wilson My garden is my other hobby that I truly enjoy. I love nothing more than spending early mornings and late summer evenings pottering with my flowers. Plants are another weakness of mine, so look out bank account when I head to the nursery! I love nothing more bringing in flowers from the garden and allowing the aroma to fill our home - especially roses and snap dragons. Oh I’m spoiled to have such a massive yard, so I can build more and more gardens.

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Loredana Bucaria I love cooking and this is one of my favorite recipes! Cinnamon Rolls - super yummy!

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Jenny Fuller These are my Bubble Quilts. They are created by sewing squares of fabric together to form pockets and then filling the pockets with fibrefill. I just love making these - especially for babies. They are the perfect play mat for little ones. The bubbles add an extra sensory experience. You can of course make them in any size.

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“I love coming up with different colour and pattern combos� ~Jenny Fuller

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Anett Gelencsér One fun idea that I’ve wanted to try for years is embroidery hoop wall art. It is such a fun way to create an affordable focal point in a room. I made these to decorate the walls of my daughter’s room. I crocheted and made the embroidery. I also made some paper flowers and used the hoop as a scrapbook layout.

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WHAT HAVE THE JOT GIRLS BEEN SHARING ON SOCIAL MEDIA?

In our regular feature, we get to know the Jot Girls a little better by taking a peek into their daily lives as they share some of their recent Instagram photos with us.

Natalie Elphinstone

On the 23rd of June we welcomed our fourth child into the world! Introducing Shiloh Talitha Elphinstone! We are all feeling incredibly blessed to have this little girl complete our family.

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Kim Jeffress One Sunday I spent the day sorting and putting away 3 years worth of layouts into albums...I am so thankful that I scrapbook, imagine the stories that would have been lost if I did not.

@kimjeffress

Sheree Forcier This is my filming set up as I scrap a layout for Jot and test out my new lighting.

@shereeforcier

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Yvette Adams

I don’t have any family living near me so on the very rare occasion when my family go to the snow and drive through Canberra, i jump at the opportunity for a quick catchup!

@eeveeadams

Anna Allan Delighting in the simple things. So much beauty in the detail and intricacy of creation. I’m astounded.

@annamayde

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Raquel Bowman

Good morning Port Lincoln, what an amazing view! All ready for the first day of the escape2create retreat. I am beyond honoured to be a guest teacher this year.

@raquelp

...to just sit and watch all the shows and eat wood fired pizza...>>

Felicity Wilson

We love June because it means the local show is in town. It’s such a great time family time, to just sit and watch all the shows and eat wood fired pizzas around the arena whilst watching the cotton picker pull.

@flisw

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Leanne Allinson

@leanne_allinson

It’s been a huge week. Stressful. Busy. Overwhelming. Did I mention stressful? ... But I made it through what sometimes felt like “life in slow motion”. And I’m still smiling because today this girl had a photo shoot. And she was brave. #rawbeauty stretches your limitations and leaves you questioning what’s really important. Stripped back, barely there makeup and your authentic self. @meloomodelstudent is starting a movement to encourage young women to find their true selves. A worthy project in a world where social media can play with your head; learning acceptance to be happy and genuine online, starts with baby steps and a hashtag. #rawbeauty Every woman deserves this recognition. Let’s build each other up instead of finding flaws. Especially our next generation..

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Jamie Pate

Thinking about these cherries picked up at a road side stand in Palisade, Colorado. And the wonderful lady who shared these treats with us and let my kids pick peaches from her orchard. You didn’t even know it, but you restored a bit of faith in my daughter who was losing faith in humanity. Thankful for good people out there with generous spirits and abundant mindsets. Because you never know when you will touch another soul with your kindness.

@jamiepate

Amanda Hall

Our #escape2create2017 goodie bags overflowed with awesome product. We are so grateful for the incredible donations from Jo Kinder, Janet Bott, Ally Harris, Leonie Binns, Lou Nelson, Imaginarium Designs and Scrapfx.

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Sharmaine Kruijver Rock painting, with cousins, ready for a “rock drop” at some local parks.

@4squirts

Mardi Winen

It’s been maybe two years since I put a layout in an album ... it’s one of those jobs I add to every to-do list but never cross off. Today... I’m doing it!!

@mardi_jane

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Kim Archer

The start of something good | Thanks Jodie for the cutest little sample bottles of essential oils ever and THANK YOU for your calming presence AND for sorting me out for oils to help for our flights/USA trip .. my kit has shipped and is due to arrive today! #doterra #doterraoils

@kim__archer

Petra Corcoran Working on some #projectlife tonight. Always have some @aliedwardsdesigninc chip board stickers and phrase stickers on hand as I find them infinitely useful on just about any spread. Small phrase stickers are so versatile! Thanks @aliedwards @petracorcoran

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Let ’s meet on Instagram. Jot Mag has it ’s own account. Follow along here>>

Jot Magazine Nobody can tell your story the way you can. #jotpocketsebook @jotmagazine

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Loredana Bucaria

Finally a summer family picture! It’s not the perfect family portrait as I see around the world but it’s our family portrait and I think it’s just perfect as it is! Just us and nothing else! Love my little family!

@loredanabucaria

Lauren Hender

A long over due family adventure. New Zealand we love you.

@lauren_hender

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STORY TELLING RAINBOW PEOPLE

Our STORY TELLING gallery isn’t just about pretty photos and embellishments -- our focus is on the story. Who brings glorious colour to your life - a friend, a family member.. someone who makes your world a little brighter and fills your world with colour. Our rainbow gallery is filled with bright, happy colours, patterns and stories. Jot Magazine 90


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5PM Natalie Elphinstone - The Jot Team What brings colour to my life? Quite literally, it’s watching the sunsets off our balcony in our new home! I’ve always taken great joy in watching the evolving kaleidoscope of colour as the sun goes down, and it seems my girls have picked up my habit as well.

SUPPLIES | American Crafts, Studio Tekturek, Studio Calico, Websters Pages. Embellishments: American Crafts, Basic Grey, Studio Calico, Evalicious, Twine and Ink

Love that they both wanted to document this moment as much as I did!

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RAINBOW BIRD Leanne Allinson - The Jot Team Last year, Cameron decided to create his own Rainbow Bird wings for Year One Book Week. The rainbow was cut using a Silhouette die-cut machine and then added above the title that was purposely designed with black alphas on a white background.

SUPPLIES | American Crafts, Bella Blvd. Typewriter, Silhouette Portrait, machine stitching.

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ADD COLOUR

Sharmaine Kruijver - The Jot Team Friends are rainbows. I might not see my pun loving friend that often but when I do she adds colour to my life. Friends are rainbows and a real blessing.

SUPPLIES | American Crafts, Amy Tan, Basic Grey, Bo Bunny. Embellishments - Crate Paper Co, Studio Calico, Simple Stories, American Crafts. Other - Dylisions Ink, My Mind’s Eye packaging, ink, typewriter, machine stitching, pencil

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KIM’S MEGA SIZED DIE-CUT MICKEY MOUSE EARS.


FUN Kim Jeffress - The Jot Team I have been waiting to use that gorgeous rainbow patterned paper for a long time and I couldn’t pass up using it for this challenge. I have teamed it with that fun Mickey Mouse ears die cut and some fun photos of my husband and me at Disneyland earlier this year.

SUPPLIES | Crate Paper, Embellishments Heidi Swapp die cuts, Marquee Love glitter, ink pad, Colorshine, Crate Paper pin, Felicity Jane stamps, Die cuts

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LOVE THIS DUDE Mardi Winen - The Jot Team

This guy adds so much shine to our lives. He is the funniest little dude with such a great sense of humour. His facial expressions alone have us in stitches.

SUPPLIES | Bazzil cardstock, American Crafts, Bella BLVD, Kellie Stamps, Doodlebug designs, Heidi Swapp.

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Tip:

“TRY ADDING YOUR JOURNALING IN A DIFFERENT SHAPE TO ADD MORE INTEREST TO YOUR PROJECT. DON’T BE AFRAID TO EXPERIMENT!”

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TRUE STORY

Felicity Wilson - The Jot Team There is no doubt when life seems challenging and the days seem dark, that all I need to do is look to my beautiful children and realise how much happiness and the blessings they bring each day to my life. They make any day seem brighter! They light up my Mumma world!!

SUPPLIES |Pink Paislee, Shimmerz, American Crafts. Other: thread.

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Amanda Hall - The Jot Team

These two have always had a special connection and they just love being in each other’s company. There are definitely rainbows and sunshine when they are together and it’s a joy to see.

SUPPLIES | Kaisercraft, Basic Grey, Scenic Route, Studio Calico, Heidi Swapp, Kaisercraft, Me & My Big Ideas, Lilybee Designs, Other sticker hearts, Studio Calico chip hearts, hole punch. Font - American Typewriter, Couture.

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..SHEREE’S FUN TITLE USING LOTS OF DIFFERENT WORD STICKERS.


HELLO HAPPY..

Sheree Forcier - The Jot Team Madison brings colour to our lives every day with her fun sense of humour and crazy faces! She’s also very crafty and always trying something new...like her current obsession of making slime! So fun!

SUPPLIES | American Crafts, Crate Paper. Embellishments: Crate Paper. Alphas: Pink Paislee. Stamps: Ali Edwards, Kelly Purkey, Gossamer Blue. Other: Ranger Black Ink, tag, date stamp, stapler, sewing machine.

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EVERYDAY MAGIC

Raquel Bowman - The Jot Team This little girl adds so much colour to our lives! This rainbow cut file and bright and fun photo was the perfect way to show her beautiful personality!

SUPPLIES | Kaisercraft, Bella Boulevard. Embellishments - Bella Boulevard stickers, die cuts, clips. Other - thread, sewing machine, doily, Paper Issues cut file, black mist, tiny attacher, typewriter.

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Loredana Bucaria - The Jot Team I love to tell stories about the persons I adore and those who make me happy in my pages! It’s like a tribute to them and it’s because I don’t want to forget the amazing moments spent together. Life is crazy and the time runs too fast. I have created a colourful background mixing the yellow with the grey and the pink and many colourful embellishments.

SUPPLIES |Cardstock : Bazzill, mix media colors: neolors and gelatos by Faber Castel; Stamps and embellishments: Ali Edwards Studio Calico, Crate Paper.

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LOVE YOU

Tarrah McLean - NSW My cute nephew has such a colourful and bright personality, I wanted to reflect and document this in my layout about him!

TARRAH’S BLOG

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GOOD STUFF

Christina Buresch-Leyrer - Germany Usually I’m struggling with my journaling. What to write, where to put it, should I use lines to journal on?? But for this layout I thought why not make it another focus of the page (besides the circles...) by writing it on lines of baker’s twine?

CHRISTINA’S BLOG

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READER GALLERY

ARCHIE & GUS Louise Fortune - UK

My dogs, both border terriers, add colour to my family’s life, each with a totally different personality - one is a snuggler and the other is a show off. The black and white photos on the layout highlight the colourful elements of the paper, the ribbon and tag emulating a lead.

LOUISE’S INSTAGRAM

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P O C K E T

SCRAPBOOKING

JOURNALING CARDS Rainbow colours... Following on from our Rainbow Gallery, here’s a selection of wonderful pocket filler cards for pocket pages from Jot Girls Leanne, Sheree, Kim, Natalie, Mardi and Felicity!

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SUPPLIES // Watercolour paper; Paints: Illustrated Faith; Clear Stamps: Scraptastic Club; Enamel Hearts: Illustrated Faith.

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LEANNE ALLINSON

Leanne Allinson RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY STEP ONE | Trim watercolour paper to size (3x4) and adhere washi tape along both long edges. STEP TWO | Apply several strokes of different water colours across your card. STEP THREE |Allow to dry slightly then carefully remove the washi tape to reveal a sharp paint edge. STEP FOUR | Add a stamped sentiment to the top of the rainbow stack.

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LEANNE ALLINSON

MY VIEW STEP ONE | Trim watercolour paper to size (3x4) and adhere washi tape approximately half an inch from the top. STEP TWO | Apply watercolour paint in solid strokes from the washi tape upwards. Leave a slight space between the colours while they are wet. STEP THREE | Before the watercolour paint fully dries, blend the colours softly together using clean water. STEP FOUR | Add a stamped scalloped border along the lower edge of the rainbow. Alternatively, add the scalloped border with a black pen. Complete the card by adding any additional stamped images.

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SUPPLIES // Watercolour paper; Paints: Illustrated Faith; Clear Stamps: Scraptastic Club; Enamel Hearts: Illustrated Faith.

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LEANNE ALLINSON

PRETTY DARN GOOD STEP ONE | Trim watercolour paper to size (3x4) and stamp an image of a cloud.

Water colours

+ STAMPS look so cool!

STEP TWO | Use washi tape to mask off the area on either side of the stamped image. STEP THREE | Apply watercolour paints.. Carefully remove the washi tape. STEP FOUR | Add enamel hearts and a stamped sentiment below the watercolour rainbow. Jot Magazine 123


“To create this card, I drew a circle very lightly with lead pencil and then using a paintbrush with a fine tip, and my watercolours, I traced around the circle.� Jot Magazine 124


FELICITY WILSON

Felicity Wilson I love all things bright and colourful! Brings sunshine inside on a cloudy day! When it comes to choosing colours for your filler cards, choose colours that blend well and look nice together mixed. Example, pinks, yellows and oranges.

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YOU CAN DO THIS STEP ONE | Cut your watercolour paper to 3x4 inch size. Choose a few water colours that blend well together and add some colour to your card base. STEP TWO | Using an old plastic credit card, scrape your paint onto the card in a random way to build up your background. STEP THREE | Finish by adding a sentiment and machine stitch around the edge of your card to frame your design.

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FELICITY WILSON

SHINE ON STEP ONE |Cut your cardstock to 3x4 inch in size. Choose some coordinating patterned paper scraps and cut six strips of paper. Using scissors, hand cut a scalloped edge along each paper strip. STEP TWO | Layer them onto your card as shown and adhere in place. STEP THREE | Add in your title and some embellishments. I have swirled on some cotton thread and a few enamel triangle embellishments. Finish by again machine stitching a border to frame your card.

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“I love a speech bubble so I found three in my stash and added one to each of the cards.”

Mardi Winen WHAT BETTER WAY TO CELEBRATE A RAINBOW THAN TO MAKE A CARD SET FROM A RAINBOW SELECTION OF LABELS.

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MARDI WINEN

SPEECH BUBBLES We all have so many of these adorable little labels in our stash... and to stack them all up as a feature gives them a chance to shine centre stage.

I made all these cards with the same steps. Grab a selection of labels and using the rainbow colour guide stack them along the edge overlapping each other and the edge for interest. Add some machine stitching to a few of them. Card three has a stamp added as well.

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Natalie Elphinstone I’M PURPOSELY TRYING TO WORK MY WAY THROUGH SOME OF MY OLDER STASH OF PROJECT LIFE CARDS, AND ONE OF THE BEST WAYS I’VE FOUND OF BREATHING NEW LIFE INTO THEM IS TO CUSTOMISE THEM BY ADDING MY OWN EMBELLISHMENTS. IT NEVER FAILS TO INSPIRE ME TO ACTUALLY GET THESE ONTO A PAGE!

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NATALIE ELPHINSTONE

HOME. WHERE I’M PLANTED. I don’t have a rainbow die, so I cut a series of oval shapes instead. Adhering them to the edge of my card makes them appear to be the perfect rainbow shape. And the best thing is - the other half I cut off I can use to make a second card!

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CREATURE OF HABIT What else goes with rainbows but rain clouds? I stamped and cut out my clouds before using a variety of sequins in matching colours to my rainbow to represent the raindrops.

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RAINBOW UNICORN To finish off the set I knew I simply HAD to include a unicorn! I’ve got this cute stamp from Neat and Tangled which is the perfect size, and I coloured him in with watercolour to match the other cards.

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SHEREE FORCIER

Sheree Forcier I’ve created a fun set of filler cards using a rainbow of patterned papers, my sewing machine and Kerri Bradford stamps.

SUPPLIES | Patterned Papers - Felicity Jane, Crate Paper. Stamps - Kerri Bradford Studio. Other - plain white cardstock, Black Archival Ink, sewing machine, Lawn Fawn Rainbow Die and 3/4 inch circle punch.

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SHEREE FORCIER

ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL STEP ONE |Using a rainbow die and a variety of coloured paper, cut out your rainbow pieces. STEP TWO | Adhere the rainbow to a plain white 3 x 4 inch card and add some machine stitching. STEP THREE |Stamp your sentiment or phrase onto scrap cardstock, cut out and adhere to the card using foam squares.

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SHEREE FORCIER

OH ME OH MY STEP ONE | Cut scraps of paper into various shapes and arrange them to cover a 3 x 4 inch card. STEP TWO | Add stitching with a sewing machine. STEP THREE | Stamp your phrase or sentiment onto scrap white cardstock, cut and adhere to the centre of the card using foam squares.

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SHEREE FORCIER

A WHOLE LOTTA HAPPY STEP ONE | Cut circles from a variety of patterned papers using a 3/4 inch circle punch and arrange down the left side of a plain white 3 x 4 inch card. STEP TWO | Stitch down through the middle of the circles using a sewing machine. STEP THREE | Stamp your sentiment or phrase in the bottom right corner of the card.

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KIM JEFFRESS

Kim Jeffress I’ve created a trio of bright and fun 3x4 inch cards using the delish Jane Davenport paper and washi tapes.

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BE A GIRL.. STEP ONE |Find an image on the Jane Davenport patterned paper that appeals and add typewritten quote. STEP TWO | Add strips of washi tape above and below the typed quote. STEP THREE |Add splashes of Heidi Swapp Colorshine. Finish by trimming to your card size.

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KIM JEFFRESS

INNER BEAUTY STEP ONE |Add typed quote to chosen area on the Jane Davenport patterned paper. STEP TWO | Add strips of washi tape below the typed quote. STEP THREE |Add the Lips rub on above the quote. Finish by adding splashes of black colorshine and then trim to size.

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KIM JEFFRESS

AMAZING STEP ONE |Add typed journaling to chosen area on patterned paper. Add small words of typed journaling from the same patterned paper trimmed into small blocks for extra dimension. STEP TWO | Add washi tape and word sticker below the typed journaling. STEP THREE |Add messy machine stitching over the washi tape for texture. Finish by adding black Colorshine splashes and trim to 3x4 inches.

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Mardi Winen The Jot Team - South Australia

Once again I have kept my spreads very simple, with my usual go-to’s which include photos from the ‘Collect’ App, machine stitching and sentiments from Kellie Stamps.

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Mardi’s work is fresh and clean with lots of white space, family stories and simple embellishments.

MARDI’S BLOG

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Natalie Elphinstone The Jot Team - Melbourne, Australia

I’m not usually one to include a lot of red in my projects, and at first I was quite wary about using this kit (Studio Calico ‘Confident’ Documenter Kit), but it matched my photos perfectly, and in the end I was really happy with how it turned out. Sometimes it pays to go outside your comfort zone and try something new!

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Felicity Wilson The Jot Team - Queensland, Australia

I decided to continue on with the bright theme in my pocket page. Don’t be afraid to use lots of white to ‘cool’ the brightness down if using lots of vibrant colours.

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Felicity has incorporated the rainbow themed filler cards she created for us here on page 124 into her pocket page spread.

FELICITY’S BLOG

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Leanne Allinson The Jot Team - Australia

My daughter and I recently visited Melbourne for the very first time. We combined an end of school celebration with a modelling shoot and spent time in the amazing shops! Plans are already under way for a return visit!

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Leanne’s Blog

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Loredana Bucaria The Jot Team - Italy

Pocket pages and making mini albums are my favorite kinds of projects because they give me a lot of satisfaction. Even though I am a slow scrapbooker l need a lot of time and quiet to create and have fun. The everyday stories are the best memories you can keep.

SUPPLIES |Paislee Press, Studio Calico.

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Jamie Pate The Jot Team - Colorado, USA

Everyday life is what this week was titled. Pocket pages are such a great way to simply document the things that make up a week of life. No big events. Nothing earth shattering. Just my family and our community living life.

SUPPLIES |Bella Blvd JAMIE’S BLOG

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Lauren Hender The Jot Team - NSW

Our time in Queenstown New Zealand was amazing. Packed full of adventure and life long memories. Bright and colourful is this layout which matched perfect with our day.

SUPPLIES: Cocoa Vanilla Studio, Maggie Holmes, American Crafts and Heidi Swapp.

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BY SHARI BREWER

SHARI HAS ANOTHER SCHOOL LEAVER IN THE HOUSE, A CART WHEELING 8 YEAR OLD AND HER ELDEST SON HAS SPREAD HIS WINGS & LEFT HOME.

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DIARY. I’VE DONE IT AGAIN!!! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?? I’VE LET ANOTHER CHILD OF MINE GET TO THE END OF THEIR HIGH SCHOOLING WITHOUT HAVING THE SLIGHTEST CLUE OF WHERE THE TIME HAS GONE. NOW, IT’S SCOTT AND I’M FEELING THESE GREY HAIRS. In the blink of an eye I’ve gone from telling him to tie his laces, to asking him to tie back his hair as my groovy, long-haired, muso man-son has less than a month of high school left. It is a pretty exciting time for him though. He’s won some awards for his musicianship, auditioned for a uni music program and been accepted for 2018 all while keeping up with his other school work and an increasingly hectic social life. Now he’s 18 and responsible for driving himself around, keeping track of him is no longer so simple. But I think I’ve found my secret weapon! As the financier of his iPhone and subsequent 24 month contract he is clever enough to realise the moral obligation of answering my calls and messages. Genius don’t you think! Liam, now nearing the end of his 3rd year of university and the 2nd in his current course of study has decided to slow the pace a little. I think the student ID and discount card is very much to his liking and so the newest plan is to stretch the process out – he’ll work a day job, study part time and embark on epic computer game battles through the night. He and

three others have recently moved into a share house and luckily for him I’ve not disclosed my own tales of living away from home while at university. I doubt it’d be in his best interests to know the shenanigans that I got up to back then, but Diary – you do know and so I am relying on you to keep my secrets safe!

At almost eight, Gina is growing into her own character more and more each day. Totally unable to stand still or walk sensibly, she’s taken to cart wheeling her way through the house and touch wood, we’ve not had any damage done so far. When her legs aren’t up and over or spinning in the air, it’s all about the dance moves. Very much the dance moves and some tween American YouTube sensations who prank one another with slime.

Apparently, I’m meant to be equally enthralled by these YouTube shows and if I dare look away for a minute there’s hell to pay. Literally hell. She’s got world class eye rolling skills, a set of crossed arms that leave nothing unspoken and a death stare that has me looking for cover. I’ve already figured my toolbox of parenting techniques is going to need topping up for when this one hits puberty. Luckily she’s equally gorgeous, smiley, kind and sweet so we’ve decided to keep her. For now.

Won’t be long Diary until 2018 is upon us and so I’d best be starting to think of some plans and goals for then. Unless you can slow the world down for me…. I really do like the idea of that, so if you would... Till soon..

Shari x

Shari Brewer lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland with her family and these diary entries may or may not be a truthful account of her day-to-day experiences. She’s never been shy of a story, so it’s best you decide what’s fact or fiction. A mother of three (two teens and a seven year old) Shari’s a part time high school teacher who keeps herself busy running a household as well as the parenting website Teenage Survival Coach. In her spare time she clatters on the keyboard and pimps her writing services as a freelancer. Teenage Survival Coach Website Jot Magazine 157


WE HOPE YOU ENJOYED ISSUE 19 OF JOT MAGAZINE. OUR NEXT ISSUE WILL HIT THE DIGITAL NEWS STANDS IN EARLY 2018. IN THE MEANTIME, VISIT US ON THE JOT BLOG AND KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR WORKSHOPS, EBOOKS, MOOD BOARD CHALLENGES AND ALL SORTS OF FUN JOT THINGS! www.jotmagazine.com

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Jot Mag Issue 19  

Fresh, fast and fabulous paper crafting and memory keeping ideas. This issue we talk filler cards for pocket pages and we share plenty of fu...

Jot Mag Issue 19  

Fresh, fast and fabulous paper crafting and memory keeping ideas. This issue we talk filler cards for pocket pages and we share plenty of fu...

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