ISSUE NO.17 March 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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EDITOR’S LETTER | Jot
RECHARGE TIME THERE’S NOTHING LIKE A FULL WEEK AWAY TO REFRESH, RENEW AND RECHARGE! SALTY AIR AND SUNSHINE DOES WONDERS FOR RECHARGING THE BATTERIES AS WELL AS CLEARING THE MIND SO NEW IDEAS AND THOUGHTS CAN FLOW IN. And I needed some space cleared in my mind. It was getting cluttered in there and I was becoming a little overwhelmed and unfocused. So. 2017. It’s a fresh new year. A new start. New goals. New ideas. New plans. And my renewed determination to keep growing Jot and moving forward. I LOVE DOCUMENTING LIFE. Which is, okay, obvious as it’s the whole premise of Jot and the reason why I keep on doing what I’m doing here in Jot Land. These days, there’s no shortage of ways to document your life. From social media allowing us to create our own visual online diaries through Facebook posts and Instagram photos, traditional scrapbooking layouts helping us to creatively build our photo albums and then there’s the ease of pocket scrapbooking with Project Life as well as mini books, planners and phone apps that help collect our photos and stories! Our aim with Jot is to help you find creative ways to document YOUR life and tell YOUR stories YOUR way. We want to showcase fresh and fast ideas, provide inspiration and insight into how other memory keepers are recording their lives and have a whole lot of fun along the way.
In this issue we chat to Kellie Winnell from Kellie Stamps as she shows us inside her HAPPY PLANNER. I love to plan and set goals but I am yet to jump on the planner train.. although Kellie’s photos make me want to race out and buy a Happy Planner immediately. Catch her story on Page 110. We also share ways for adding hearts to your projects and just for fun, our Jot Girls take up the No Adhesive challenge and show us a ton of ways to clip, stitch, paint and staple our projects instead of reaching for the adhesive. PLUS WE HAVE PLENTY MORE IDEAS AND THINGS TO READ, SEE AND DO RIGHT HERE IN ISSUE 17 OF JOT MAG.
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*Our cover project is by Jot Girl Raquel Bowman Jot Magazine 6
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EDITOR’S LETTER MEET OUR TEAM QUICK LAYOUT Petra Corcoran CONFETTI with Anna Allan GALLERY Hearts Hearts Shopping Guide LIFE IN ONE DAY GALLERY No Adhesive Challenge KELLIE WINNELL - Happy Planner JOT SPOTTING STORY TELLING - HEROES POCKET CARDS - Jot Team POCKET PAGE GALLERY Shopper’s Directory DEAR DIARY - Shari Brewer
NOT EVERY HERO WEARS A CAPE Our lives are filled with every day heroes and in our Story Telling gallery for this issue, our Jot Girls and a few of our readers, share their inspiring Hero stories with us. PAGE 128
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MEET THE TEAM A
I am .. ANNA a mummy, daughter. sister, friend, crafter, blogger, thrifter and domestic goddess (wanna-be!)
I am .. YVETTE a part time worker, crafter, colour loving mother of one.
L I am RAQUEL .. a primary school teacher, mummy to Charlotte and Jack, wife to Clint and scrapbook obsessed.
Weâ€™re all in this together.
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.
Meet our newest Jot Girl Felicity, from Queensland and mum to three little children.
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.
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.
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.
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 Petra Corcoran
The focus on my layout is my one large photo and my story. I took inspiration from the triangles on the patterned paper and the “First” Story kit from Ali Edwards to create this double page spread.
SUPPLIES | “Firsts” story kit by Ali Edwards (Acrylic word and chipboards). Coloured Cardstock: Yellow and Grey for filler triangles and white for background. A triangular printed patterned paper.
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Break up a large, sometimes overwhelming piece of patterned paper by layering a large photo over the top.
YOUR CHALLENGE: Find a shape you like...I’ve chosen the triangle and let the shape inspire your background.
Add only minimal embellishments so the focus remains on your mega sized photo + your story.
There’s two challenges here with Petra’s layout - tell your story AND use a geometric repetitive shape to create your background. We would love to see if you create something using Petra’s challenge. Share your work here on our Facebook Page>
FOCUS ON THE STORY | Our stories are so important and this layout is simple in design so that the story remains the focus. Jot Magazine 11
CONFETTI Little bits + pieces from around the web. Curated by Anna Allan OUR THEME //HEARTS
A great way to use up some of your paper stash -- create a snazzy paper heart garland. Spruce up a space in your home or use as a birthday or party decoration. This garland is a simple and delightful creation that anyone could make! TUTORIAL FOUND RIGHT HERE ON THE RIBBONS AND GLUE BLOG>>
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Grab some felt, fabric and fiberfill and love is on the way! Attach these beauties to a bag of goodies, pair with a gorgeous card, tizzy up a gift or stitch on some ribbon and youâ€™ve got a lovely hanging decoration. Oh or add some lavender inside for a scented little heart. DIY FOUND ON THE FLAMINGO TOES BLOG HERE
ABOVE | With a combination of poetic words and origami craftsmanship, these cute little folded hearts are perfect for invitations, thank you cards, or even sweet love notes. We LOVE DIY and the Eat, Drink, Chic blog has all the instructions on how to make these cute little gems. VISIT THE EAT, DRINK, CHIC BLOG HERE
LEFT | Get out the paints and the rock collection, gather the kids and create wondrous works of rock art. Kids will love it - and it would be just as fun and therapeutic for the grown-ups too! WE FOUND THESE ON PINTEREST.
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Spread the love around with these handmade puffy fabric hearts. Place them around your home for loved ones to find. Make them scented and use as fresheners in your drawers and/or car. Or fill up a decorated jar and gift it to someone special. Check out the DIY on the Moorea Seal blog. Link below. CREATED BY KATIE FOR THE MOOREA SEAL BLOG HERE>>
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STRING HEARTS String Art always holds such visual appeal. They are readily available to buy already made BUT you can also make them yourself! Go as simple or as intricate as you like. This hearty design nailed into a wooden block is quite eyecatching donâ€™t you think? FOUND ON AMAZON HERE>>
HEART BOX HEART BOX |What a great little keepsake to gift a special person you love. Little notes highlighting the things you love about them and packaged up in a heart-shaped box make such a heartfelt expression of adoration to someone of significance to you. SPOTTED ON PINTEREST>>
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
FEATURING THE JOT TEAM
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Jamie Pate - The Jot Team
Super easy to add hearts to a layout with these two! Even if their hearts are only ornery to one another. Hearts found here in the form of paper punched, words, phrases, chipboard elements and a 3x4 card. This page definitely has my heart.
We love: Jamieâ€™s paper punched hearts and machine stitching. SUPPLIES | American Crafts, Ali Edwards. Jot Magazine 18
Sharmaine Kruijver - The Jot Team
This is one of my favourite photos of my younger sister and myself (aged about 4). Perfect for a love inspired page and a great excuse to use up a few die cut tags!
swoon: Loving Sharmaine’s glitter heart die cut tag!! SUPPLIES |Cardstock: Bazzil. Alphas: American Crafts. Embellishments: Crate Paper die cuts and sticker, My Mind’s Eye and Crate Paper enamel dots, Pink Paislee button. Other: Typewriter, cotton thread, ink, paper clip. Jot Magazine 19
Sheree Forcier - The Jot Team
I totally love this photo of my three favourite little people! Iâ€™ve stitched a big heart onto my white background and added a large fringed heart onto my photo. There are also little chipboard hearts and stamped hearts scattered around my page too.
SUPPLIES |Crate Paper, Kaisercraft. Stamps: Heidi Swapp, Ranger, sewing machine, thread.
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Shereeâ€™s fringed heart with glitter tape for added sparkle. Swoon.
And: A sprinkle of little chipboard hearts go a long way. Fabulous. Jot Magazine 21
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Leanne Allinson - The Jot Team
My layout was inspired by the free style cut out heart in my cardstock and I’ve teamed it up with some gorgeous but smaller, gold flecked cork hearts. To emphasise my heart shape even further, I’ve hand stitched around the outside edge with a coordinating thread.
Leanne’s stitched outline on her free style cut heart.
SUPPLIES Cardstock | American Crafts, Kaisercraft. Patterned Paper | Maggie Holmes, Bella Blvd, Pink Paislee, Crate Paper. Embellishments | Maggie Holmes tags, Chic Tags, rhinestones, Studio Calico cork stars, Pink Paislee cork hearts, paint. Other - machine stitching, hand stitching, typewriter.
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How Felicity has turned her heart shapes into 3D hearts for her garland.
Felicity Wilson - The Jot Team Making garlands is easy and great for using up scraps of paper. Making them 3D gives the garland some depth and interest.
SUPPLIES | Jillibean Soup, Citrus Twist, Simple Stories, Crate Paper, Jen Hadfield Designs, Bazzil cardstock.
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detailed heart die from Sizzix that We want: Natalie’s she has used for her card.
LOVE AND HAPPY THOUGHTS Natalie Elphinstone - The Jot Team
It’s always handy to have a few heart-focused cards around - for Valentine’s Day, or any other romantic occasion such as engagements or weddings. I’ve got this amazingly detailed heart die from Sizzix called ‘Natural Love’ and it makes it so quick and simple to whip up a card in any colour scheme you desire.
SUPPLIES |American Crafts, Studio Calico, Sizzix, Bella Blvd. Other: craft foam, vellum, washi tape.
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Annaâ€™s very hearty background..
MY HEART FILLS Anna Allan - The Jot Team
I made myself a little pact that I would use up my stash this year and use what I have on hand when I create.
“MAN ALIVE! THIS KID IS HARD WORK BUT SHE’S FOREVER EMBEDDED IN MY HEART! ”
So I raided the piles of patterned paper I have, printed off a heart template and had crazy fun making layered patchwork style hearts. My journaling documents a sweet moment about my youngest daughter.
SUPPLIES| Bazzil 12x12 cardstock, Crate Paper, Studio Calico, We R Memory Keepers, Webster’s Pages, MME, Heidi Swapp, computer, printer, colour mist, thread + needle
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How Raquel has taken a heart patterned paper and added extra heart shapes over the top to add dimension. So clever.
Itâ€™s not heart related, but OMG check out that gold tipped tassel on Raquelâ€™s layout. Seriously. So. Cute.
Raquel Bowman - The Jot Team
I adore this Crate Paper patterned paper that features the geometric hearts. To create a feature of the paper I fussy cut some extra hearts and layered them on top of the existing hearts and stitched them on. They added a nice dimensional detail to this page about my little girl. SUPPLIES|Crate Paper, American Crafts. Other: sewing machine, Heidi Swapp Colorshine ink, typewriter, tiny attacher.
STAPLERS ARE HANDY ARENâ€™T THEY? TEENY HEART SHAPES CAN BE ATTACHED IN JUST ONE CLICK!
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..all the mini hearts filling up this one big mega heart in Amandaâ€™s layout.
Amanda Hall - The Jot Team
This page barely made a dent in my heart stash! By grouping them en masse, the hearts make a big impact. My baby girl, a puppy and hearts = love! SUPPLIES | American Crafts,Heidi Swapp, Illustrated Faith, Kmart, Cocoa Vanilla, Studio Calico and unknown stickers, October Afternoon, Basic Grey, MME, Love sticker by American Craft Maggie Holmes, unknown wood veneer house. Other : cotton thread, Silhouette portrait and cut file.
“THIS PAGE BARELY MADE A DENT IN MY HEART STASH!”
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..how Lauren has built a background of hearts, punched and stitched into place using her sewing machine.
..loving how Lauren has managed to fit six photos of her daughter Katie on her layout by adding them behind her heart shape.
Lauren Hender - The Jot Team
In this layout I thought I would build a background of hearts. This was easy using a punch and my sewing machine. I then used a cut file, added my photos, built the two main clusters and then added my journaling. It all sounds quick and easy but to be honest punching, sticking and sewing hearts is a little too time consuming for this scrappin’ mumma. SUPPLIES|Crate Paper, American Crafts. Other: sewing machine, Heidi Swapp Colorshine ink, typewriter, tiny attacher.
“IN DECEMBER LAST YEAR KATIE AND I HAD SOME FUN TAKING PHOTOS. SHE IS SO CHEEKY AND CONFIDENT WHICH I’M THANKFUL FOR.. BUT I DO WONDER HOW I WILL SURVIVE ADOLESCENCE.”
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...all of Loryâ€™s different sized hearts layered to form her background. Just divine.
ALWAYS + FOREVER Loredana Bucaria - The Jot Team
I adore hearts. Why? Because they mean the most wonderful sentiment in the world - love! Love is really everything you need to feel good and to be a better person. The first idea I had to create this page was to put many hearts one under the other but then the little collection looked so casual and I loved it! I have just sewed the hearts in different sizes and used patterned papers to create a range of colors. Then I’ve added just some little details like phrases, cut outs and the journaling.
SUPPLIES |Bazzill, Studio Calico, Sizzix, Paislee Press, Heidi Swapp, American Crafts. Other: sewing machine, black ink, computer font for my journaling.
“TO LOVE AND TO BE LOVED IS THE BEST THING.”
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YOU’RE MY FAVOURITE LITTLE SPOOK Kim Jeffress - The Jot Team
I thought I would go a different route with my hearts layout since I was inspired by the heart die cut from a Halloween collection.
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heart layouts need to be girly? We’re loving Kim’s playful layout about her boys.
SUPPLIES |Bazzill cardstock, Bella Blvd, American Crafts thickers
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Anna Komenda - Poland
When you became a mom you learn the strongest shade of love and this is what my page is about.
ANNAâ€™S BLOG SUPPLIES | Cocoa Vanilla Studio papers, embellishments and cut file
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I LOVE WASHI Serena Testa - Italy
For this layout I tried to use string art. I emphasized the central heart using the string art on the outside. I love this technique because it is much more immediate and faster than embroidery stitching.
SUPPLIES | DMC thread, Simple Stories, Amy Tangerine, We R Memory Keepers, Pink Paislee.
WE ADORE SERENA’S STRING ART HEART SHAPE BACKGROUND. SUCH A CLEVER IDEA.
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Ashley Horton - Spanish Fort, Alabama
Hearts can be such a versatile shape, and that’s why I love using them on my layouts. I decided to fill my layout with hearts, using a large die cut and the Heart Day collection from Crate Paper.
SUPPLIES | Crate Paper, American Crafts, Heidi Swapp, Silhouette, The Cut Shoppe
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Renae Bowell - Queensland
The layout is called ‘Love’ and is all about learning to love myself, who I am and who I have become creatively.
SUPPLIES | Crate Paper, American Crafts - Amy Tangerine, Freckled Fawn, Prima flowers, Kaisercraft. Other: ribbons and tulle, lace doily.
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Nathalie Leonelli - San Diego, CA Pocket Letters are the perfect happy mail and they are so much fun to make and send to a friend! If you have never made one, itâ€™s fun to try. Just use any pocket page protector (I used a trading card page protector from an office supply store) and insert pretty papers, tags, clips, die-cuts, embellishments, a note and lots of hearts of course! Jot Magazine 42
SUPPLIES |Crate Paper, The Paper Source. Other: Ribbon, washi tapes and twine.
LIFE. TELL ME ABOUT IT.
I love mixing and matching patterned papers and you will not often find me using white backgrounds. I love patterned papers too much! In this layout Iâ€™ve incorporated all of my favourite things: patterned paper, bold colors, circles, water colors and hand stitching.
SUPPLIES |Fancy Pants, American Crafts, Faber Castell, embroidery floss, Bazzill cardstock, Kuretake water colors, enamel dots and brads
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Jill Keller - Hays, KS USA This layout was inspired by my daughter’s love for our garden gnome; she insisted on taking the “homie” everywhere, so I had to create something that showed how much he meant to her when she was 16 months old.
SUPPLIES | Simple Stories, The Cut Shoppe, DMC Floss
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Júlia Posta - Hungary
I decided to document my kids’ best sayings and this is the first one of the series.
WE LOVE HOW JULIA HAS CREATED HER HEART SHAPE USING ENAMEL BRADS PLUS STRING.
JULIA’S BLOG SUPPLIES | Felicity Jane, Dear Lizzy for American Crafts
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THIS SAYS IT ALL
Lizzy Hill - Central Coast, NSW
I wanted to make a bright, happy layout to go with my grand girl’s photo. I love her to bits, so it made sense to dig into that stash and find a heart or two! I had a ball punching and covering some with washi tape. Others I’ve heat embossed. Even found some buttons that just begged to be used on my page!
LIZZY’S BLOG SUPPLIES |The Crafter’s Workshop, Dusty Attic, Charm’s Creations, Creative Embellishments, Stampin’ Up!, Kaiser Craft.
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Tarrah McLean - Central Coast, NSW
Cut files are a great way to start a layout- they really help to determine the design for you! I absolutely LOVE hearts and use them on most of my layouts, especially when I have super cute photos of my adorable nephews to scrapbook!
SUPPLIES |Hip Kit Club cut file, Hip Kit Club exclusives, Simple Stories, Carpe Diem ‘Posh’ paper and embellishments, Crate Paper/Maggie, Holmes ‘Gather’ Chipboard, Pinkfresh Studio ‘Indigo Hills’ chipboard, hearts, Dear Lizzy ‘Saturday’ wood veneer, Silhouette Cameo
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Michelle Stokes - Geelong, Victoria My 6 year old Leila has a current collecting obsession that I wanted to document. She loves these little Twozies. Their colours are so bright and cheerful and worked well with the assortment of rainbow papers I used for the hearts.
MICHELLE’S BLOG SUPPLIES |Crate Paper, Echo Park, My Minds Eye, BoBunny and Project Life. I’ve also used bits from Hip Kit Club, D-lish Scraps and Crate Paper. Oh and my trusty sewing machine.
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Sue Smith - New Zealand I wanted to do a large embellishment cluster to offset the hard lines of the background papers and still feature this gorgeous photo. To make my large fringed heart, I cut a heart template from cardstock, stitched on layered fringe strips, stitched around the outside and then trimmed off the excess.
SUEâ€™S BLOG SUPPLIES |Cardstock: Bazzill, patterned papers and acetate sheet: Bella BLVD Illustrated Faith. Embellishments: Cocoa Vanilla, Charmâ€™s Creations, Funky Flairs, Heidi Swapp, Misc: crochet thread
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Anett Gelencsér - Hungary I hand stitched the heart on the background. In the pictures you can see my daughter Panka, with our Maltese Mex. The layout is about their love for each other. Szerelem = love. My journaling is hidden behind the photo, on the tag.
ANETT’S BLOG SUPPLIES |This layout is made entirely from ScrapFellow products.
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Melinda Spinks - Broken Creek, VIC Mr Wilson is our incredibly spoilt rag-doll who has a mind of his own and a meow that lifts the hairs on the back of your neck. I quite often add him to my layouts as he is such a big part of our family and as naughty and demanding as he might be, he has a permanent place in our hearts.
SUPPLIES | Doodlebug Design
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THE BEST DAY
Tarrah McLean - Central Coast, NSW Documenting wedding photos is the perfect reason to add hearts to your page.
SUPPLIES |Crate Paper, Silhouette Cameo, American Crafts, Studio Calico, D-Lish Scraps. Jot Magazine 52
Ulrike Dold - Germany I made this layout with a half heart shaker pocket for my sweet little girl. She is such a great and caring big sister.
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Niki Rowland - St Albans, UK This was such a quick and easy layout to make simply using the triangles printed on the patterned paper which I arranged into a heart shape. The title is also cut from a cut-apart sheet from the same collection and then finished off with a few drops of ink. All the triangles are raised on foam pads which, in real life, give it some awesome dimension.
SUPPLIES |Simple Stories The Reset Girl patterned papers - thereâ€™s not another thing on the layout other than white card and a few drops of black ink! (This is very unusual for me!) Jot Magazine 54
Jana Maiwald-McCarthy - Germany
My layout is about our new family member, a little puppy called Loki! He is a sweetheart but also a troublemaker.
SUPPLIES |Elle’s Studio, 1Canoe2/American Crafts, Crate Paper, Bella Blvd./Illustrated Faith, Heidi Swapp
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Piroska Czakó-Radványi - Hungary First I cut out some circles and hearts from a floral paper and a rose vellum. Then I arranged everything via the sketch and added some cut outs and glitter foam stickers to it. Finally I used gold Ecoline.
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HOW DO I LOVE THEE..
Louise Fortune - UK I met my husband (of 28.5 years) on a blind date. It was organised by two of our respective house mates when we were at university. The date took place on Friday the 13th of February 1987 (thirty years ago !) I’m not very sentimental and don’t say I love you much at all, I went to the Hans Solo school of dating... my husband says “ I love you” and I say” I know” So using hearts was a challenge for me.
SUPPLIES |Becky Higgins, Pink Paislee, dear Lizzy for American Crafts, Simple Stories, American Crafts, Freckled Fawn. Jot Magazine 57
YOU MAKE MY HEART SMILE
Yvette Weber - New Jersey, USA I began this layout by using a cut file from Just Nick Studio. I combined both patterned paper and heat embossing to create a bit more interest to my page.
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Moon Lee I was thinking about a huge heart as the background before making this layout. It turned out as a heart-shape wreath around the photos of my lovely niece. Also, I added some heart puff stickers to decorate and give some dimension.
MOONâ€™S BLOG SUPPLIES | Cocoa Vanilla Studio, Pink Fresh Studio, Heidi Swapp, DMC. Jot Magazine 59
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HEART MUST HAVES
2. 1. ALL HEART cut file makes for a great background on your scrapbook layout or paper craft project. From THE CUT SHOPPE here.
2. Enamel hearts from Illustrated Faith for Bella Blvd. We found ours at SCRAPBOOK.COM 3. HEART WASHI TAPE - so sweet. From the CRAFT QUEEN here.
4. 4. Hearts add such a lovely touch to any project. Shown here are hearts from Cocoa Vanilla and project by Raquel Bowman. Shop here> 5. Oh My Heart Collection rose gold heart charms from Pink Paislee. We found ours at SCRAPBOOK.COM
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You Can Plan On It...
organise your life... beautifully
Pretty things and organisation go hand in hand when youâ€™re crafty - making ordinary things beautiful is such a joy, and can really motivate us to stay on task. Whether youâ€™re a planning aficionado, or looking for a more inspirational way to get more organised in the New Year, then youâ€™re probably no stranger to the planning craze that is taking over the papercrafting world. And what better way to make planning more fun than to use beautiful products to make your days and to-do lists look more appealing? Planning your life is so rewarding... and getting some much needed creative time in the process is a bonus!
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Cocoa Vanilla Studio makes choosing the perfect papers and embellishments easy. Using co-ordinating papers and embellishments in your planner really brings your week together, and inspires you to stay on track.
Cocoa Vanilla Studio offers a wide variety of beautifully co-ordinated embellishments, including flowers, chipboard stickers, die cut ephemera, enamel dots,v wood veneer, and much more. These beautiful contemporary accents have been carefully designed to work seamlessly within each collectionâ€™s unique style. Cocoa Vanilla Studioâ€™s new collections are designed with the modern day memory keeper in mind, and feature on-trend colours and styles to make your planning and memory keeping journey fun and inspirational. We make it easy to enjoy the little things...Plan your days in style and make a beautiful life story with Cocoa Vanilla Studio.
see our full product range online!
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for daily inspiration or to find your nearest stockist...
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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? Whatâ€™s a typical day look like for you? In this new series for Jot Mag, we showcase a typical day in the lives of our Jot Girls through photos + stories. First up we meet Jot founder Kim Archer plus Leanne Allinson, Sharmaine Kruijver, Sheree Forcier and Loredana Bucaria as they share their day with us..
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Disclaimer: this was NOT a typical day in my life. I wish! We were on holidays on the Gold Coast so it was a typical day from that week! My days do not generally involve so much food, entertainment and relaxation! FRIDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2017
6.28 am Rain clouds cleared quickly to reveal yet another hot and sunny day here in Surferâ€™s Paradise. Still adjusting to no daylight saving up here! VERY early mornings for me!
12.00 pm A quick swim before lunch.
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Just for our Capri - a drive through of the Isle of Capri here on the Gold Coast.
12.39 pm $10.00 Mexican lunch - tacos, enchiladas and nachos plus some lively music and colourful surroundings!
What did you eat, see, do today? 3.09 pm
5.19 pm Capri and I go for a beach walk and discover all these jelly fish washed up onto the sand.
On our way to the night markets in Surferâ€™s Paradise and we stop to admire the sand sculptures along the way. So clever.
8.05 pm Dinner at Jupiterâ€™s Casino. Trying to consume something healthy for once this week! Holidays = bad eating habits!
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Our day was not necessarily an everyday, as per usual day, but rather the first day back at school for 2017. It was the last “first day” for my daughter as she completes her senior year at high school and was therefore rather significant. However, even with the importance of “First Day of School” in mind with my photo series, my goal was still to capture the little details of routine.
New day and a new school year. First breakfast for my hungry Grade 2er.
Books delivered to classrooms and introductions made to their new teachers.
I’m grateful that he can take the day off work to be a part of the kids first day back at school. I don’t need consoling so much any more these days, but a nice coffee goes a long way.
Enjoying some quiet time while planning adventures for 2017.
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“Capturing a “Day In My Life” photo series is well worth the effort. For memory keepers, this concept is obviously nothing new! But participating in this project for the first time, really made me think about what I wanted to commemorate, which details I needed to capture and how to create a sense of mood with limited photos.”
What’s a typical day look like for you?
3.49 pm 5.35 pm Quick trip to our local library as my Grade 12 student organises her English assessment.. on the first day back at school!
Homework - math, science & history.
Hockey season hasn’t started yet, but there’s rarely a day that goes by without my boys hitting the ball about.
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This is our last Friday of school holidays before we started the new school year. As always it was jam packed, trying to make each moment count and every second meaningful. Trying to find a balance of school preparation, everyday life and restful holiday activity. Love taking a little bit of time to capture our day.
11.24 am Another sign that school holidays are almost over.. back to school haircuts.
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A coffee is needed to get through our list of errands.
1.11 pm Cricket training in the backyard, using the â€œcricket contraptionâ€? her dad made from an old trampoline.
Where did you go today?
3.34 pm 4.48 pm Itâ€™s one of those days. Caffeine is needed!
Picking up our weekly box of goodness. Locally grown fruit and veges.
Dinner. Replicating a dish we had in a cafe a few weeks ago. Satay chicken deliciousness.
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I love the whole idea of recording “A Day In My Life”! Taking note of everyday things is just as important as recording all those significant events in our lives. This was my Friday...a typical Friday routine in our household with bowling being the only exception. It had been my daughter’s birthday earlier in the week so we took her and some friends out for some fun.
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7.10 am Getting school lunches ready for breakfast.
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8.00 am Time to wave the boys off on their ride to school!
9.25 am Spending a little time at the shopping centre to pick up a few things.
What did you make today?
12.30 pm 2.38 pm Lunch! My favourite avocado and pepper on grain bread... yum!
6.15 pm A bit of Friday night fun at the bowling alley.
Back at the school waiting for Madison. I always have my crochet with me to work on hat orders!
9.15 pm A late cup of tea and catching up on my planner.
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During the day I love to have a good, comfy and fashionable outfit. Lately we donâ€™t have a lot of date nights so even to go to work is an occasion to feel good and wear what I love! Dresses and books are my jewels usually!
With my car all day long and some good outfit and jewels -- little things that make me happy.
During the working hours I have some pauses and in a sunny day like this I like walking and have a break.
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I love starting the busy everyday routine with a good and yummy breakfast ... itâ€™s something like a tradition to me. The typical Italian breakfast with a cappuccino and a cornetto. It the best beginning of the day!
At 3pm I usually go to pick up my boy from the nursery and if the weather is good we walk and have a little snack together, fruit for him and a coffee for me:) He loves to run everywhere
Hello every day life.
Once we are at home we love playing together and reading some good books.
Reading and clothes are two of the things that make me happy lately! I feel good reading a good book and wearing a lovely dress.
During the day I update my planner with my to do tasks, achievements, lists, dreams and the stories of my day!
Evening routine. I love this time of the day
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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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NO ADHESIVE G A L L E R Y
No adhesive - quite a challenge but the Jot Girls have shown us some great ways to still create without any adhesive at all. And we have a great reader gallery too. Check it out>>
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SESAME THE DUCK
Yvette Adams - The Jot Team I used staples and hand stitching to secure my elements to the page. I love that stapling is so quick and secure! Hand stitching takes more time.
Yvette loves: STAPLES!!! SO QUICK AND EASY!
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AMANDAâ€™S WAY AROUND THE NO ADHESIVE CHALLENGE? USE GESSO TO HOLD EVERYTHING IN PLACE. SO CLEVER.
Amanda Hall - The Jot Team This page is 100% adhesive free by using the gesso paint to stick everything down. A little bit of pre-planning (the journaling printing and the layout design) before the paint layer makes it less messy!
SUPPLIES: American Crafts, - Echo Park, Kaisercraft, Me and My Big Ideas, Other - gesso, paper flowers by Close to my Heart, Kmart banner, Kaisercraft gems, Heidi Swapp heart, cotton thread, orange brad, staples.
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KEEPS EVERYTHING IN PLACE ON LEANNE’S ADHESIVE FREE LAYOUT.
Leanne Allinson - The Jot Team
Staples and stitching is honestly all that is holding this layout together! I created interest by adding a pre-made Project Life card to my page for a journaling spot and used patterned paper to highlight and embellish. To keep my chipboard title attached, I’ve secured it with hand stitched crosses in coordinating thread.
SUPPLIES: Cardstock | American Crafts. Patterned Paper | Bella BLVD, Crate Paper. Embellishments | Bella Blvd Paper Pieces and Chipboard Word, Fancy Pants Project Life Card. Other | Tim Holtz paper clip, staples, typewriter, machine stitching.
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STITCHING, CLIPS AND BRADS KEEPS EVERYTHING IN PLACE.
“THE NO ADHESIVE CHALLENGE TURNED OUT TO BE SURPRISINGLY EASY AND REALLY QUITE FUN!”
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SNAPCHAT Natalie Elphinstone - The Jot Team
At first I thought â€˜no adhesiveâ€™ was going to be quite a challenge, but it turned out to be surprisingly easy and really quite fun! For each photo cluster I sewed on the background paper, and then used binder clips to secure the rest of the layers. And the patterned paper stacks are secured with brads. I love the extra dimension this layout has since nothing is stuck down with glue!
SUPPLIES |Studio Calico, American Crafts, Pink Fresh Studio. Embellishments | Studio Calico clips, Teresa Collins brads, American Crafts Thickers. Other: Studio Calico Mini Mists, sewing machine
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STITCHING AND STAPLES TO KEEP EVERYTHING IN PLACE BUT..... SHE SNUCK ON SOME GLUE TO KEEP HER LITTLE ALPHABET BEADS IN PLACE.
Kim Jeffress - The Jot Team
This theme really made me think out of the box. But I managed to get everything adhered with either staples or my sewing machine. I did cheat a little with those white alphabet beads and adhered them with glue.
SUPPLIES| Bazzill Basic cardstock, Bella Blvd. Embellishments - Heidi Swapp, Bella Blvd die cuts, Simple Stories, Pink Paislee.
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..COMES TO LAURENâ€™S RESCUE AND HELPS HER STICK SOME OF HER PIECES IN PLACE.
SHE’S A KEEPER
Lauren Hender - The Jot Team
Oh this challenge was tricky! At first I thought .. no worries, staples will fix everything, but then I soon quickly realised that I’m going to have to think a little harder about this no adhesive challenge. What I ended up using was texture paste to help me with the cut file, staples to adhere a sticker which would then adhere my photo (see.. tricky I’m telling you!) I then needed a paper clip to add some journaling and some washi to help me with some layering. It all came together in the end, but I had my doubts. Have fun with this challenge.
SUPPLIES | Cocoa Vanilla, Tim Holtz, Teresa Collins, American Crafts, Liquitex, Dylusions, Chromacryl, Technique Tuesday
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LET’S GO ..
Sharmaine Kruijver - The Jot Team Paint makes for a great “Non-glue” glue (because we all know stickers don’t always stay sticky!) and brads are a fun way to attach smaller things like journal strips. Machine stitching and mini staples finished off my non-adhesive page perfectly.
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SUPPLIES| Cardstock: Bazzill. Alphabet: Pebbles. Embellishments: Studio Calico die cut, My Mind’s Eye brads, Crate Paper overlay and brad. Other: Typewriter, paint, pencil, staples, machine stitching.
SHARMAINE HAS GRABBED OUT SOME PAINTS TO HELP STICK HER ELEMENTS DOWN! AWESOME.
FAN TAS TIC
Stitches, staples, paper clips...these items made for simply having fun with this no adhesive page. I like the organic feel it gives my page with no glue. Creates nice dimension as well.
A WELL PLACED MINI PAPER CLIP HOLDS A CUTE LITTLE SELECTION OF LAYERS TOGETHER ON JAMIEâ€™S PAGE.
Jamie Pate - The Jot Team
SUPPLIES| Heidi Swapp, Maggie Holmes, Tim Holtz, American Crafts.
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ANNAâ€™S LAYOUT IS HELD TOGETHER BY STAPLES, STITCHING AND A PAPER CLIP
Anna Allan - The Jot Team
This layout is held together by staples, stitching and a paper clip. Instead of sticker alphas, I have hand cut letters from vellum and stitched them on. For other journaling, Iâ€™ve used stamps and my own handwriting directly onto the page. Not one inch of adhesive used on this page - gotta love a good challenge!
SUPPLIES | Bazzill cardstock, Crate Paper, D-lish Scraps, Kellie Stamps, Websterâ€™s Pages, Ali Edwards, tiny attacher, vellum, sewing machine, bow clip, journal pen.
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RAQUEL HAS USED WIRE TO MAKE A BANNER ACROSS HER LAYOUT AND ADDED ELEMENTS USING CLIPS, PEGS AND STAPLES.
Raquel Bowman - The Jot Team
I was inspired by a recent project I created which was a home decor banner. I used wire and secured my layered banners including my photo with various non adhesive items like clips, pegs and staples. Machine stitching was used to attach my patterned papers and journaling to the background. It created a funky look to the page which complimented this photo of my little man.
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SHEREE HAS BEEN ZIPPING AROUND WITH HER SEWING MACHINE ON HER LAYOUT TO KEEP EVERYTHING IN PLACE.
Sheree Forcier - The Jot Team
I use machine stitching on almost every layout I create. It’s quick and easy and I love the texture it adds to the page! Everything on this page has been machine stitched except for the few staples I’ve thrown in for the little heart and twine.
SUPPLIES: Cardstock: Kaisercraft. Die Cuts: Crate Paper, Pink Paislee. Stamps: Kikki K, date stamp. Ink: Ranger. Other: white tag, twine, sewing machine, thread, staples, Kaisercraft paint.
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LORY HAS USED ONE BIG OLD GIANT CLIP TO KEEP EVERYTHING IN PLACE. OH AND SOME STITCHING!!
COLLECT MOMENTS Loredana Bucaria - The Jot Team
I adore using my sewing machine in many of my pages to create beautiful little details that you can’t do with glue or other adhesives. My idea for this page was to write a letter to my husband. I wanted to write him a letter to let him know how much I love him even if many things are changed from our son’s birth. It’s a reminder to us to collect memories and treasure them. I have sewed the patterned paper, used a clip for the “collect moments” journal card and I have sewed the photo strip in place. The thing I have loved was the idea to sew three phrases on the right and the left side of each one. SUPPLIES: Bazzill, American Crafts, Studio Calico, Ali Edwards, Paislee Press. Other: sewing machine and an attacher.
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Stitch a grid :
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WE ARE LOVING ALL THIS HAND STITCHING FROM FELICITY!
FELICITY HAS STITCHED TIRELESSLY IN THIS GORGEOUS LAYOUT - EVEN ADDING IN SOME BLANKET STITCHING AROUND HER ARROW SHAPE.
Felicity Wilson - The Jot Team
When thinking about adhering a photo without adhesives, think about how non adhesives come packaged and use that as your inspiration. As you can see here, I cut a slit in the back of the layout to slide my paper clip through to adhere the photo and layers.
SUPPLIES: Crate Paper, Citrus Twist, Felicity Jane, Bazzil cardstock.
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So, hands down the MOST POPULAR technique used by the Jot Girls in our No Adhesive challenge is:
Taking a closer look
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LEFT | Jamie machine stitched her FANTASTIC card in place while ABOVE Felicity hand stitched her background PLUS added some blanket stitches to keep some elements in place.
Kim machine stitched her chipboard title. Leanne added in some teeny cross stitches to keep her title secure.
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Anne Keller - Germany I used staples, machine stitching and a mini clothespin instead of glue plus the title puffy sticker to hold the photo in place.
ANNE’S BLOG SUPPLIES | Felicity Jane ‘happy day’ plus date stamp from Dear Lizzy, Heidi Swapp color shine black, clothespin from Efco, doily from Doodlebug.
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I LIKE YOUR SMILE
I love this no-adhesive challenge so much! It was so much fun to think of alternative ways to “glue” stuffs. In replacement of adhesives, I used staples, brads, hand stitching, stickers, and also washi tapes. These techniques are perfect for the transparent die-cuts.
MOON’S BLOG SUPPLIES |Dear Lizzy, Pink Paislee, Crate Paper The Cut Shoppe, Maggie Holmes, Simple Stories, DMC
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Ranga Sophie - Hungary For this layout made with sewing and knotting, I was inspired by my first daughter and her big brown eyes. The light colors and the white flowers from silk paper represent her innocence. She is the magic in my life!
RANGA SOPHIE’S FACEBOOK PAGE
SUPPLIES | Crate Paper, Pink Paislee, NőiCsizma Design
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NO ADHESIVES >>
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PRODUCTS TO HELP YOU CLIP, STAPLE AND PIECE TOGETHER YOUR PROJECTS WITHOUT REACHING FOR THE GLUE OR ADHESIVE TAPE!
ABOVE | Clips, pegs, stickers, enamel shapes - a great selection of things to use as an adhesive substitute. Awesome collection is from Crafty Templates - SHOP HERE>>
2. NO ADHESIVE MUST HAVES 4.
2. ENDLESS SUMMER woodies - from Cocoa Vanilla Studios already have an adhesive back so they can stick all sorts of papers and layers in place. SHOP HERE> 3. THE HAPPY PLANNER Binder clips from Me And My Big Ideas (MAMBI) are perfect for clipping all sorts of bits and pieces in your papery projects. Shop here>
4. A stapler is a handy tool for super quick attachment when it comes to paper crafting and the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher is smaller than a standard stapler, allowing you to secure fiddly embellishments like ribbons with ease. TIM HOLTZ SITE HERE> 5. SHOE AND HANDBAG brads from Craft Queen make a stylish addition to all sorts of paper projects. SHOP HERE>
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MY HAPPY PLANNER™ KELLIE WINNELL
The Happy Planner™ is a planner type album from Me And My Big Ideas (MAMBI) with a unique disc bound binding system that allows you to add and take out pages as you wish. Memory keeper Kellie Winnell LOVES her planner and shares her pages with us as she talks about why she chose this form of memory keeping and what she loves most about the system.
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PLANNING 2017 KELLIE WINNELL
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR HAPPY PLANNER™ MEMORY KEEPING ALBUM? My friend Kristy actually shared a Happy Planner with me, I think around August/September 2016. I’d seen them around and have been following Amanda Zampelli’s work even before she started working for MAMBI, so I knew a little about them and what they looked like.
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So now skip forward to about late December 2016 and a fitness planner caught my eye that happens to be The Happy Planner mini. I ordered this within Australia from, Scrap Boutique, as a pre-order. During the wait I was looking more and more into these planners and then Scrap Boutique had a sale and who am I to say no to a bargain? I LOVE it and it’s becoming one of my favourite projects to work on along with my Project My Life that I am doing just about me.
WHAT DO YOU USE YOUR PLANNER FOR?
“I don’t just include photos of my life, but I include photos of my girls, movies, books, coffee, food and more. ”
I use this Happy Planner as a form of memory keeping. I add photos from the day on each day and journal what happened. I can do one photo, two and even sometimes three.
Recently I was lucky enough to be asked to be on a podcast and my planner was bought up in conversation. Tracie from Live Inspired, mentioned that it looks like a mixture between my family Project Life album and my album that is all about me and you know what? Tracie was SPOT on! I use this planner for everything that is going on. At the same time this project is just for me. The family album is for my girls to flick through whereas, my planner is more for me. Also because Project Life does play a huge part in my crafts, I figure if I can keep up with the memory planner and fall behind in Project Life, I have something as a guide to look back on.
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THESE PLANNERS ARE NOT JUST ALL ABOUT MEMORY KEEPING. THESE CAN BE YOUR DAILY GO TO PLANNER. Jot Magazine 114
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Iâ€™m using the Botanical Garden Classic 2016-2017 Happy Planner from Me and My Big Ideas aka MAMBI. I have to tell you though, I watched live podcasts from CHA and then again from MAMBI on the NEW Happy Planners coming out in March in the USA and BOY can I see a few I want already. Jot Magazine 116
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT THE PLANNER? What don’t I love, haha! You know what? I love that it takes me little to no time. Sometimes I print the photos and take this planner with me into the lounge and watch a movie with my girls on a Friday night and catch up on that week.
Or on a Saturday I sit at the kitchen table with my teen while she’s doing homework. This project doesn’t make me restricted to the one place like a bigger project would. What I love most about the planner in general is that it’s gorgeous and with the disc bound method, pulling a page out to work on makes it so much easier.
DO YOU PRINT YOUR PHOTOS AT HOME? I do. I use the Epson Picturemate PM 235. I can’t believe Epson are no longer making these amazing machines. If I didn’t print at home, I wouldn’t be able to keep up with this form of memory keeping.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO SHARE ABOUT THE HAPPY PLANNER? These planners are not just all about memory keeping. These can be your daily go to planner. They have extension packs that you can get. Have a classic planner but want to track your fitness? There is a fitness extension pack. Planning a wedding? Yup they have one for that. Honestly if you’ve been thinking about a planner as a memory keeping option, even if you aren’t into Project Life, don’t think about it, just go on and DO IT. You’ll love it.
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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.
One of my favourite photos from my daughterâ€™s recent wedding. @mardi_jane
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Natalie Elphinstone So it’s a secret no more! The giant project I’ve been working on for the last couple of months is that I’ll be filming a series of episodes for TVSN featuring the Sizzix Big Shot Machine. What an adventure!! @natalieelph
Sheree Forcier It was such a relief to have all back to school shopping done and organised! Our fave finds were these super cute minty goodies for Madison. So sweet! @shereeforcier
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SO THAT ’S MY ANNUAL SWIM OUT OF THE WAY! ^^
I hate cold water so when we visited my parents recently they turn up the pool temperature to a tropical 32°C just for me. So that’s my annual swim out of the way!
2017 INTENTION incorporate smoothies into my diet! This may look a bit like a coffee but I assure you it is a smoothie containing spinach, pear, strawberries, macadamia, almond milk, and a scoop of a choc shake powder. A delicious liquid breakfast!! @annamayde
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These three. The kiddies have enjoyed having their daddy on holidays over the Summer holiday break. @raquelp
OUR WEEK LONG HOLIDAY CAME TOO QUICKLY TO AN END>>
Our week long holiday came too quickly to an end! We are going to miss these beautiful beaches in northern NSW.. @leanne_allinson
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We love nothing more than on weekends or school holidays to visit dad in the paddock. These paddocks we donâ€™t get to see much because theyâ€™re a few kilometres from the house. We love calling in on our way home from town to see dad.
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Currently very nerdy when it comes to quotes and inspirational words. This card and quote was discovered at a great shop in Chandler, Arizona called Found. @jamiepate
Amanda Hall The Botanic Gardens of South Australia is so beautiful. A must see if youâ€™re visiting Adelaide. @apolkadotheart
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...SO EXCITING TO BE BACK THERE AGAIN AS A FAMILY.. ^^
In January we visited Disneyland as a family! It was so exciting to be back there again.
Sharmaine Kruijver We were fortunate enough to spend this Christmas with my mother in law in Ballarat, Victoria. She is a volunteer at Sovereign Hill and while we are there our girls get to dress up in 1850â€?s attire and go to work with Grandma. We took a few photos, including this fun one. @4squirts
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Kim Archer Congrats to these two who got engaged on New Yearâ€™s Eve in London. Wonderful start to 2017 for the Archer+ Xenos families
^^ WONDERFUL START TO THE YEAR FOR THE ARCHER + XENOS FAMILIES.
My 2016 best 9. Clearly a scrapbooker. @petracorcoran
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Lauren Hender Mr 17 is getting so big! @lauren_hender
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Jot Magazine Repost from Jot Girl Raquel...”In a feminine dominated industry it is hard to find amazing and funky boy collections to scrap my little man, making me have to think outside the box to document those special moments. @bellablvdllc knocked it out of the park with the Alex and Oh my Stars collection. Loving each and every piece!” @jotmagazine
^^ Let ’s meet on Instagram. Jot Mag has it ’s own account. Follow along here>>
Details from January first! This means time for me, for the little things that make me feel good. A warm and comfy dress, a bag ... I adore bags and some jewels; I feel good.
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NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES Our STORY TELLING gallery isn’t just about pretty photos and embellishments -- our focus is on the story. It doesn’t have to be a long story. Just use a few sentences or even a few words if that’s all it takes to tell your story. This issue our theme is -- Not All Heroes Wear Capes..
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MY FAVOURITE SHH Felicity Wilson - The Jot Team My hero is something that helps motherhood go a little more smoothly. Stops a few less grey hairs and wrinkles! Rainy stormy days are challenging here on the farm, but with books and comics it makes motherhood a little easier. Books are my hero on these days!
SUPPLIES |Pink Paislee,Crate Paper, Citrus Twist, Shimmerz paint.
LOVE ALL THE LITTLE DETAILS IN FELICITYâ€™S LAYOUT? WE DO TOO. KEEP AN EYE ON THE JOT BLOG FOR AN UPCOMING CLOSE UP AND PEEK AT HOW FELICITY PUT THIS ONE TOGETHER. JOT BLOG>>
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THE NANNY MCPHEE TOOTH... Sharmaine Kruijver - The Jot Team Lucy had a “sticky out” tooth. For two years she wore a plate and an expander, to align her teeth and make room for new ones. Throughout this time she did what was required and never whinged. She amazed me and is now ready for the next part of her orthodontic journey.
SUPPLIES | Basic Grey, Crate Paper. Alphabet: Jillibean Soup. Embellishments: Jillibean Soup packaging, Pink Paislee, My Mind’s Eye, Basic Grey, American Crafts, Dear Lizzy. Other: Pen, ink.
What a very brave girl Lucy! ~Kim Archer
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KIMâ€™S STAR AND SEQUIN GARLAND BACKGROUND.
KIM HAS USED HER TINY ATTACHER TO SECURE HER STRIPS OF JOURNALING TO HER LAYOUT AND ADDED SOME STARS AND SEQUINS FOR A FUN BACKGROUND.
THANKFUL FOR YOU Kim Jeffress - The Jot Team This topic was a no brainer for me. When I think of someone I admire the first person I think of is my very good friend Heidi Swapp. Since joining her team four years ago I have watched and learnt and listened, cried and smiled but most of all have learnt to love. She really has made me a better person today.
SUPPLIES | Bazzill Basics, American Crafts. Embellishments - Heidi Swapp.
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MARDI’S SUPERHERO STORY
REAL LIFE STORY Mardi Winen - The Jot Team Living with an autoimmune illness is far from easy..and this boy of ours has had more than his share of ups and downs. He is my SUPERHERO for all that he endures and takes in his stride. SUPPLIES | Canson watercolour paper. Crate Paper, Simple Stories, Elles Studio, Studio Calico. Other: machine stitching, Washi Tape, Pink Fresh acetate word.
“A few months ago, someone shared a link of Switchback - a Marvel superhero with Crohn’s. That’s you Mooz - our superhero!”
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ALL OF LEANNEâ€™S STITCHED DETAIL. WE LOVE IT! SO NEAT.
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THE SUMMER OF BEING BRAVE Leanne Allinson - The Jot Team
Heroes come in all shapes and forms. Ages too! And this kid of mine - he amazes me at every turn. As much as Iâ€™d like to keep him under my wing for as long as possible, I canâ€™t help but admire his willingness to be free and experience things for himself. I just have to keep reminding myself that he is capable. He is clever. He is brave. And he is my little hero even when I let go.
SUPPLIES |American Crafts, Maggie Holmes, Jillibean Soup, Bella BLVD. Embellishments: BB enamel hearts, rhinestones & pearls, October Afternoon. Simple Stories. Other: hand stitching, machine stitching, typewriter.
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JAMIE CREATED A HUGE BLOCK OF TEXT TO TELL HER STORY - WE LOVE THAT!
Jamie Pate - The Jot Team
Pretty certain friends are our most dear heroes. Because this friend probably would indeed run into a burning building for me. Often friends donâ€™t even know how much they save us. And thatâ€™s my hero of this story.
SUPPLIES |Heidi Swapp, Maggie Holmes, American Craft. Embellishments: Ali Edwards. Stamps: Bella Blvd/Illustrated Faith.
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ANNAâ€™S GIRLS WROTE THE JOURNALING FOR HER LAYOUT. AWESOME IDEA!
YOU MAY NOT WEAR A CAPE.... Anna Allan - The Jot Team
I let my kids tell their story on this one. They both wrote about what they love about their Dad and why he is their hero. I mean, whatâ€™s not heroic about someone who rescues you from creepy crawlies and slithery things, and makes you smile!
SUPPLIES |Bazzill cardstock, Studio Calico, Heidi Swapp, Pebbles roller stamp, twine + ink, Fancy Pants, spray mist ink.
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RAQUELâ€™S COLOUR SCHEME OF MUSTARD, NAVY AND TEENY POPS OF BLUSH!! LOVING THAT COLOUR PALETTE.
EVERYDAY HAS A STORY Raquel Bowman - The Jot Team
This man may not wear a cape but he certainly is a hero in my eyes and I know he is in my childrenâ€™s eyes too. He is an amazing father and person and if my children follow in his footsteps with his attitude to life, work and his love for the people around him I will be the luckiest mumma in the world.
SUPPLIES | Kaisercraft. Pinkfresh Studio. Embellishments: Pinkfresh Studio, Crate Paper. Other: Sewing Machine, white thread, typewriter.
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...ALL THE TAGS LORY HAS CUT FROM LEFTOVER PATTERNED PAPERS.
LIKE A DIAMOND IN THE SKY Loredana Bucaria - The Jot Team
My hero was a theme that made me think a lot! I think my son is a hero, my dad was a hero, my mom is a heroine but I think I have an everyday hero close to me and he is my man! He is a super hero as he’s patient with me, and he cuddles me and protects me and our little boy. He knows the sacrifice and he doesn’t expect anything from life. He works hard but sometimes I wish he dreamed more.
SUPPLIES |American Crafts, Studio Calico, My Mind’s eye, Paislee Press. Other: sewing machine, stapler, my computer for the journaling.
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NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES
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SO NOT YOUR DADDY.. Renae Bowell
My little nephew is growing up with just his mum after a messy breakup and so my husband has adopted the role of “Daddy”. Vinnie even calls him daddy and just loves him to no end. They love each other so much and my husband really is a superhero to my little two year old nephew.
RENAE’S BLOG SUPPLIES |Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, American Crafts Thickers, Pink Paislee - Paige Evans, Kaisercraft, Felicity Jane, Cocoa Vanilla, polka dot tulle, lace doily. Jot Magazine 147
I AM A MOM - WHAT’S YOUR SUPER POWER? Ulrike Dold
To me, every mother is a super hero without a cape. I am proud of being the mother of such cute kiddos. But nobody says it is easy.
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Lizzy Hill - Central Coast, NSW I wanted to journal to my grand boy as if I was talking to him, so when he’s old enough he can read the letter I’ve written on this layout, with an understanding of his “Ma’s” thoughts and feelings. I purposefully used my handwriting to add authenticity to this process.
LIZZY’S BLOG SUPPLIES |Cocoa Vanilla Studio. Embellishments: Cocoa Vanilla Studio die cuts, Corbett Creations acrylic shapes, D’Lish Scraps & Creative Embellishments wood veneers, Francheville & Cocoa Vanilla Studio enamel dots, Funky Flair Studio & The Craft Stall flairs, Flutterby Designs tab, Evalicious puffy sticker, Heidi Swapp Colorshine ink spray, stitching, staples. Jot Magazine 149
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JOURNALING CARDS No adhesive allowed! Wait. What? Thatâ€™s right. No adhesive has been used in these fun, fresh pocket page filler cards from Leanne Allinson, Felicity Wilson & Sheree Forcier
PROJECTS & PHOTOGRAPHY: Leanne Allinson, Sheree Forcier + Felicity Wilson
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Leanne Allinson Having to create filler cards without any adhesive whatsoever was quite the challenge! I normally love to play with layers and therefore my objective here was to create a point of interest to focus on. Without embellishments or other distractions, my watercolour backgrounds are a playful base for the limited supplies added to the overall pocket. Hereâ€™s how I made this trio of adhesive free pocket page cards >>
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WATER COLOUR CARDS BY LEANNE ALLINSON To create these pocket page filler cards I started with watercolour paper trimmed to size and Illustrated Faith Watercolor paints.
TIP | ONCE THE BACKGROUND CARD PIECES HAVE DRIED, LAY THEM BETWEEN THE PAGES OF HEAVY BOOKS AND LEAVE THEM OVERNIGHT TO ALLOW THE PAPER TO FLATTEN.
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HEREâ€™S THE STORY HOW TO // STEP ONE | Trim watercolour paper slightly smaller than 3x4 inches and lay it on top of your patterned paper 3x4 card. STEP TWO | Stamp your sentiment onto watercolour paper and cut out using scissors. STEP THREE | Carefully layer together and staple to secure all the layers together.
WHAT YOU NEED | watercolour paper, Illustrated Faith watercolor paints, Bella BLVD patterned paper, staples, Scraptastic Club clear stamps, Archival Ink -- black.
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XOXO BY LEANNE ALLINSON This water colour card is simply dressed up with a cut file, string and two carefully placed stick pins to keep everything in place. HOW TO // STEP ONE | Use a cut file or die cut piece and place on top of your watercolour background. STEP TWO | Secure the cut file/die cut with stick pins. STEP THREE | Add twine to the lower half of your filler card for added interest.
SUPPLIES | watercolour paper, Illustrated Faith watercolor paints, Dear Lizzy watercolor word, twine, My Little Yellow Bicycle stick pins.
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LIFE 101 BY LEANNE ALLINSON When taking up the no adhesive challenge, machine stitching is a pretty easy technique to try to keep everything nice and secure! HOW TO // STEP ONE | Stamp a sentiment in coordinating coloured ink to the background paper. Fussy cut. STEP TWO | Position a die cut paper piece and layer the stamped sentiment on top. STEP THREE |Machine stitch all three layers together.
SUPPLIES | watercolour paper, Illustrated Faith watercolor paints, Jillibean Soup paper die & clear stamp, Prima Ink | old rose.
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NO WORRIES! Start stitching!
Felicity Wilson Creating pocket page cards with no adhesives instantly invites a lot of fun machine and hand stitching to secure everything together. Using co-ordinating thread for your filler cards gives extra texture and interest.
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BY FELICITY WILSON HOW TO // STEP ONE | Cut some white cardstock to size - 3x4 inches. Machine stitch around the edge of the card, catching in a tab embellishment and a sentiment as you stitch.
SUPPLIES | Jillibean Soup, Citrus Twist, Pretty Little Studio, Citrus Twist cork pieces.
STEP TWO | Freehand cut a circle shape from patterned paper and layer to the front of your card with a cork embellishment. Staple the cork shape to keep it secure. Finish by hand by stitching your circle shape in place.
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THESE ARE THE DAYS BY FELICITY WILSON Left over embellishments from an ephemera pack are fun to make into filler cards. HOW TO // STEP ONE | Cut your 3x4 inch base card from cardstock or patterned paper.
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STEP TWO | Layer some heart embellishment to the centre of your card, stapling in place. Computer print or use a typewriter to create a sentiment strip and staple in place as well, as shown. STEP THREE | Head to your sewing machine and start stitching! Machine stitch around and around your card, catching in two more heart embellishments as your stitch and another word sentiment. Donâ€™t worry if your stitching is messy - itâ€™s supposed to be!
Machine stitching holds the paper bunting in place. Layer each flag piece as you stitch.
Using a paper piercer to pre pierce your sewing holes makes it so much easier when adding hand stitching to your paper projects.
BY FELICITY WILSON This 4x6 inch filler card is great for using up all those teeny paper scraps left over from other projects. Plus a combination of machine and hand stitching adds so much texture and interest as well as holding everything in place. HOW TO // STEP ONE | Cut cardstock or patterned paper to 4x6” size to form your base card. Cut white cardstock or paper about 3x5” - or so it’s about half an inch smaller on all sides compared to your base card. Layer both together. STEP TWO | From patterned paper, cut out two small triangles for the corners and staple these with your base card white paper. This will help hold everything together while you build up your design.
STEP THREE | Use a paper piercer to pierce holes all around the inside edge of your white cardstock/ paper. This makes it easier to hand stitch. Use embroidery thread to hand stitch all around the edge as shown. STEP FOUR | Time to make our bunting. This is an awesome way to use up scrappy pieces of paper. Hand cut a heap of flag shaped pieces in various sizes. Hold each one and machine stitch these in place. STEP FIVE | Layer your title over the bunting and add a second row of machine stitching in place to keep everything nice and secure.
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STITCHING AND STAPLING ARE QUICK AND EASY WAYS TO PULL A CARD TOGETHER WITHOUT ANY ADHESIVE!
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Sheree Forcier These filler cards have been put together using my sewing machine and my tiny attacher...and no adhesives in sight!
BUTTERFLY BY SHEREE FORCIER
HOW TO // STEP ONE | Cut patterned paper to 3 x 4 inches and pile some messy thread in the centre. STEP TWO | Fussy cut a butterfly from patterned paper and staple it to the centre of the die cut. STEP THREE | Machine stitch the die cut to the centre of the pink background.
SUPPLIES | Crate paper. Other: thread, stapler sewing machine.
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POCKET CARD BY SHEREE FORCIER
HOW TO // STEP ONE | Cut patterned paper to 3 x 6 inches. STEP TWO | Fold the bottom 2 inches of the patterned paper up to form a pocket, stitch the ‘documented’ tab into place, then stitch around the outside edge of the card. STEP THREE | Tie some twine into the top of a tag and insert the tag into the pocket.
SUPPLIES | Crate Paper. Other: twine, sewing machine, thread.
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HAS MY HEART BY SHEREE FORCIER
HOW TO // STEP ONE | Cut patterned paper to 3 x 4 inches. STEP TWO | Stamp sentiment onto die cut, then stitch the die cut to the background paper. STEP THREE | Fussy cut a butterfly from patterned paper and staple into place.
SUPPLIES |Patterned Paper: Crate Paper. Stamp: Heidi Swapp. Ink: Ranger. Other: sewing machine, thread, stapler.
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SCRAPBOOKING G A L L E R Y
We love pocket scrapbooking here at Jot Mag and we have another awesome gallery to share with you showcasing some innovative and gorgeous pocket pages.
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Leanne Allinson The Jot Team - Australia
This year, 2017, I want my Project Life pages to have fresh pops of colour but still retain clean and simple lines! I might be challenging myself daily to achieve this but if I donâ€™t put the challenge out there I might never know what I can achieve.
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Simplifying however, doesn’t mean eliminating layers. I’m just going to find combinations of colours that speak to me and then go from there.
TIP | CREATE TITLE/DATE FILLER CARDS IN PHOTOSHOP AND PRINT OUT ONTO PHOTO PAPER. I HAVE ADDED AN ENAMEL HEART FOR COLOUR AND DIMENSION.
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Lauren Hender The Jot Team - NSW
Boxing Day 2016 was a blast! It started out with a game of face splat. This is a crazy game where you place whipped cream on a plastic hand, roll the dice, turn the dial and you never know when you will be splattered in the face with cream. Cream goes flying everywhere and the kids laugh and laugh. I couldnâ€™t wait to scrapbook these photos. They are sensational. Laurenâ€™s blog
SUPPLIES: Flutterby Designs and Tim Holtz
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Lauren has kept embellishments to a minimum so that her fun photos remain the focus in her double paged pocket spread.
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Natalie Elphinstone The Jot Team - Melbourne, Australia
Last year we took an impromptu family excursion to the Dandenong Festival of Lights and I ended up with sooooo many photos to scrap that it simply had to become a double-page spread in my Project Life album instead.
I took my lead from the photos themselves to know what cards and colours to choose. I ended up with some really bright bold greens and magentas and made sure to throw in quite a few black embellishments too.
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Petra Corcoran The Jot Team - Brisbane, Australia
Iâ€™m using the Becky Higgins 52 Fresh Edition for my Project Life this year. I like to get the embellishment packs because they make layouts flow and you can sprinkle them all over.
I tend to stick to a main colour in a weekly layout and chose orange this time. Iâ€™ve tried to bring it into the layout as much as I can to accent photos and stories.
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I purchased Ali Edwardâ€™s Days of the Week die and have cut each day in a host of different colours, sticking with the orange in this layout.
I am sticking with the Week Number cards that are in the kit but have cut them down to 3x4 so that I could keep to my tried and true format and have the week number on the far left 3x4 slot on a design A Becky Higgins pocket page.
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Felicity Wilson The Jot Team - Queensland, Australia
When I create a Project Life spread I always remember the triangle rule, as it flows better and itâ€™s easier on the eye. I also try to stick to a colour combination as well for consistency.
SUPPLIES | Crate Paper, Citrus Twist, Jillibean Soup, Studio Calico, My Minds Eye, American Crafts.
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A stapler is a handy little tool and Felicity uses it a lot to secure her embellishments and photos in place. So very quick and easy.
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Loredana Bucaria The Jot Team - Italy
Just Start - this is my motto for this new year - new beginning, new things, chances to achieve dreams! I love this size album -- 9x12 and Iâ€™m in love with this page protector design.
SUPPLIES |Digitals Journal cards: Paislee Press; Embellishments: Studio Calico, American Crafts; Stamps: Ali Edwards
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Emma P New Zealand
The perfect photo isn’t always ‘perfect’...but capturing all the special moments makes every photo perfect. They may not all be smiling and looking straight at the camera but this is them, their personalities, their love and their friendship.. All of them, perfect!
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Agnus Kasprzak Sydney, NSW
I love to include hand made elements in my pockets, and have used a few simple watercolour techniques to create my own cards and enhance some of the patterned papers I selected to document the start of the new year in my album.
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Kellie Winnell Seymour, Victoria
This week for our family was all about Australia Day. It’s a day we get together with friends, a tradition we’ve now done for at least 5 years. We have a BBQ, play some back yard cricket and listen to Triple J Hottest 100 Countdown. Every photo from our week four had so much colour in it that I didn’t feel the need to add anything other than an Aussie Day freebie pocket page card. The Collect app is something I absolutely can not live without.
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Fauve Van Maanen The Swan Market is my favorite lifestyle market. You can find lots of yummy food and vintage goodness there. The photos have many details, so I used minimal embellishments. I used the Swan Market logo to create a large title in Photoshop.
Fauve kept her embellishments to a minimum as her photos were quite colourful and detailed.
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Brenda Smith I recently switched to 9x12 pocket page spreads because I feel like the size flows a little better for me. I begin each spread by trimming down a size A page protector and sealing up the sides of the plastic sleeves with my Fuse. To keep my process simple, I typically use the same size and number of photos on each spread. I’ll size some photos smaller in Photoshop so that I can lay them atop patterned paper or cards. I’m addicted to pattern so I’m always trying to sneak it in when I can.
“I’M ADDICTED TO PATTERN, SO I’M ALWAYS TRYING TO SNEAK IT IN WHEN I CAN..”
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Because I'm not a huge fan of my handwriting, I type on my pocket pages. I do have a typewriter but for these two spreads, I used my Silhouette Cameo, my Pixscan mat, and the pen holder tool to type/ sketch my journaling onto my cards. My favorite pen to use for this is a Uniball Air pen because they dry quickly and do not smudge.
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Nathalie Leonelli San Diego, CA
I love the 6x12 format for my pocket pages! I can include an ordinary week in one spread or a special day, like I did here. After a year with this format, I have found that it is just right for the amount of photos I take, while leaving room for a couple of filler cards and embellishments. I waited a while before scrapping these photos because, you know, Parisâ€Ś it needed graphic cards, bright pink and an Eiffel Tower die-cut of course!
SUPPLIES | Gossamer Blue February Life Pages kit, Simple Stories alpha stickers, Fancy Pants Sweet Nothing ephemera. Jot Magazine 186
Kellie Winnell Seymour, Victoria During week one we are always at our favourite place, camping! My husband gets one main holiday for the year and we make the most of it. Being summer I wanted bright colourful add ons to really make the feel of the summer week hit home and the Messy Box delivered the perfect kit.
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Ulrike Dold Germany
This is our cover page of our 2017 Project Life album, including a shaker pocket filled with sequins. The focus is on our big house building project, that means so much to us!
SUPPLIES | Crate Paper / Maggie Holmes - Gather and Crate Paper: Cute Girl - Cool Kid - Heart Day and Elle’s Studio - Calendars, We R Memory Keepers - Typecast Typewriter
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Kellie Winnell Seymour, Victoria This week the weather was so up and down. The girls were still on school holidays and if they werenâ€™t out at the in laws swimming, we were watching movie after movie. This is something we all loved to do together and boy did we watch some movies! It also saw our pooch we all adore turn five.
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BY SHARI BREWER
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SHARI WHO IS INCHING ONE STEP CLOSER TO THE BIG 5-O BIRTHDAY.
DIARY. WELL 2017 GOT OFF TO A ROLLICKING START BUT I’M FINDING IT HARD TO BELIEVE WE’VE HIT MARCH ALREADY. Since I was last sharing with you, I’m about to have a birthday which will inch me closer yet to the big 5-oh. Oh alright, o.h m.y God how can this be happening....when at times I still feel (and some may say behave) like a 12 year old? There’s a rumour that having a baby as a ‘mature mother’ keeps you young, but... bless and love her, I’m not sure Gina is having that effect. I swear I was never so temperamental as a child, but know my mother likes to correct me on that. Jot Magazine 192
To put it bluntly, if this is what a typical seven year old girl is like, I could be crazy and locked away before the tween years. Liam and Scott were so straightforward when I pause and reflect - Pokemon, soccer and Ninja Turtles....and that was about it.
Now I’m dealing with Shopkins, Littlest Petshop, Dora, selfies, hair ties, glitter and lip gloss. The future alarms me and I may start digging a bunker in the backyard and stockpiling canned goods. My other end of the spectrum, Liam, is just about to turn 20 and is well and truly settled into life, keeping busy with uni, work and his sweetheart.
It’s funny how at his age mum is still needed at times, and I’d never be so cynical to suggest it’s in any way related to cash flow. He’s such a cool young man, who’s barely given me a moment of trouble and so I’m always willing to trade bucks for hugs.
Scott in the middle can’t wait to finish school at the end of 2017 and my job until then will be to keep him focussed. He’s found love... they make such a cute pair and really I am thrilled. Now if they can both concentrate on studies, as much as they do on text messaging, school will be over in a blink and Telstra can free up some server space for other users on the network! The farmer continues to grow beautiful flowers and now weeks on, my fingers are beginning to heal from Valentine thorns.
I’d love to say we’ve booked ourselves a nice little get away to relax for a few days after the busy season, but you know what it’s like Diary... Life keeps marching on and tomorrow I’ll be one day closer again to that OMG 50!! At least I know I’ve got you here to share these thoughts with Diary so thanks for being a sanity saver. I’ll be back with more of our family rambles soon.
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 193
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