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Jot Issue 9 2015

documenting life. telling stories. taking pictures. paper crafting.


paper CRAFTING magazine

for the modern

day memory


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Scribble and Mix

art. prints. tutorials. classes www.etsy.com/au/shop/scribbleandmix

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Welcome to issue 9 of Jot. I feel like I say this every issue but I really love this edition of the magazine. It’s a visual feast of prettiness and goodness and interesting tidbits from our talented 2015 Jot Girls team as well as submissions from our wonderful contributors and writers.

And I had a load of fun pulling it all together. Regular Jot writer, Sian Fair joins us again for her last instalment of her Scrapbooking Bucket List and her list again inspires us to jump out of our comfort zone and create layouts that encourage us to try something new. And indeed some of the Jot Girls tried new things as they each chose something from Sian’s list. Well it’s back to school time here in Australia and regular columnist Shari Brewer joins us again for another Dear Diary and her own back to school stories. Youngest in the family, Gina is not adapting to school life as quickly as her brothers are. But while she declares she doesn’t like school at all and might be peeled off Shari’s legs each morning, Shari is thankful that Gina arrives home seemingly happy and with an empty school lunch box each afternoon. I vividly remember my sister’s first day at school. She hadn’t quite turned five and was an active child who found herself in trouble on her very first day at school for running up the stairs. She scored a slap on the legs from her kindergarten teacher (what a meanie.. the late 70’s were SO very different back then) and so she decided she wasn’t staying there one minute longer.

And she ran away. Out of the school grounds and heading for home. We didn’t have the phone on at home and the charm of a small town meant that the school rang our neighbour who picked mum up in her car and together they headed along the country roads near the school to find Debbie. My sister was an exceptional runner (right through school) and could run like the wind so had made good ground before mum and our neighbour eventually found her. They were directed along the way by several shop keepers and passers by who called out, “she went thatta way!” Eventually Debbie settled into school and sailed through the rest of school without any other issues but she always remembers that mean teacher and the slap she received by Mrs Lynch in kindergarten! What was your first day at school like? We have a whole gallery dedicated to lots of different milestones including starting school, the first day of high school and fun ideas for your own back to school scrapbook layouts. Check out the gallery here on page 114 And as always we have inspiration galore with lots of different galleries, a chat with Project Lifer Petra Corcoran and some awesome pocket page filler card ideas.

It’s all happening, so settle on in and enjoy Issue 9 of Jot.

Kim Archer | Publisher

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2105 Jot Girls Team Yvette Adams Leanne Allinson Meghann Andrew Anna Allan Raquel Bowman Petra Corcoran Loredana Bucaria Aimee Dow Natalie Elphinstone Sheree Forcier Amanda Hall Lauren Hender Kim Jeffress Beshka Kueser Sharmaine Kruijver Mel Nunn Jamie Pate Lisa Pate Mardi Winen Jodie York

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Back to School

Jot Girls Beshka Kueser and Leanne Allinson share with us some great ideas for making back to school filler and journaling cards for your pocket pages. Check it our on Page 152.



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I’ve used a white background to create a clean, fresh look.


layout Jodie York

How many times have you told yourself that you need to put more photos of YOU into your projects? Personally, I’m kind of shy in front of the camera. My comfortable place is definitely behind it. But, I really want to be in the projects that I create so that the stories that I tell are not only the stories of my children and their lives but rather the story of us and our life as a family. Last year, while I was taking part in Ali Edwards One Little Word class I discovered a self timer app called Timer Camera. I think it’s fabulous because 1) you are given the option to choose up to 15 seconds to get ready for the photo; 2) there is a beeping sound each second so that you know long you have to prepare for the shot; 3) it’s an app for your phone and so you’ll always have it handy when needed and 4) it’s free! I experimented with putting my iPhone on tables, on the ground, on top of furniture and leaning up against objects. You can capture some pretty cool angles resulting in some funky photos with you in it doing what you do.

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This photo was taken one morning while I was having my morning coffee and checking emails for the day. A morning ritual to kick start my working day.

SUPPLIES | 12x12 white smooth cardstock from Bazzill Basics Paper, ‘Coffee, Create, Sleep, Repeat’ stamp from Kellie Stamps, black felt tip Artline pen, 3x4 and stickers from Far Far Away Project Life kit from Studio Calico, wood veneers from Studio Calico, punched vellum and patterned paper stars from my scrap stash.

YOUR CHALLENGE: Why don’t you try it? Download the free Timer Camera app and have a play. Then put the photo that you are actually in (yay!) into a quick and easy layout or in your Project Life album. Try using minimal product and lots of words. Write about you. Now there is something different. Share your work on our facebook page here.

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confetti little bits + pieces from around the web. Curated by Kim Archer + Lisa Pate Today’s theme // Happy deer ideas.

Button Up Deer Featuring a soft colour palette and tiny stitching detail, these hand crafted buttons from Love Lui are too cute! Shop here>

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Deer Ones If you love a smattering of cute wooden embellishments you can’t go past these adorable tiny buttons from Craft Queen. Find them here>

Deer Stampede Here at Jot Magazine we LOVE a good tutorial. Chelsea from Lovely Indeed will have you hand carving your own stamps in no time. Find Chelsea’s tutorial via the Poppy Talk website here>

Oh My Deer Still can’t get enough flair buttons? Neither can we! Visit Becky’s Buttons for this Deer themed set right here >

Hello Deer

Say hello with a handmade card. Debby’s use of a strong silhouette and bright colour pops make for a happy card, any friend would be thrilled to receive. Visit Debby’s blog, Lime Doodle Design here> Jot Magazine 9


thank you my deer Pretty pink polka dot thank you tags to warm anyone’s day. From The Paper Birdcage - shop here>

Patey Girl blogger Lisa Pate lives with her family by the lake on the central coast of NSW. She loves lots of colour, getting messy with paint, creating mixed media art, scrapbooking and thrift shopping

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oh DEER There’s some delicious deer products floating around at the moment and finding their way onto paper projects everywhere! In this gallery we look at ways to add a deer or two to your next project including deer themed papers, embellishments and even deer subject photos!

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a year with you

Natalie Elphinstone - The Jot Team I love deers so much I keep trying to figure out different excuses to include them on my projects. Christmas is easy, but at other times of the year I have to be a little more imaginative. Apart from the cute factor, I thought the deer on this layout could represent the way I think about my two girls.. they’re my deer-est!

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Teresa Collins, Fancy Pants, Bella Blvd, Studio Calico, October Afternoon. Cardstock: American Crafts. Embellishments: October Afternoon Alpha Stickers, Studio Calico Silver Triangle Stickers, Studio Calico Wood Veneer, Studio Calico Cork Embellishment, Studio Calico Acrylic Heart, Studio Calico Printables. Other: Studio Calico Mister Huey’s, Studio Calico stamp, sewing machine

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SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Studio Calico. Cardstock: Bazzill. Alphabets: American Crafts, Studio Calico. Embellishments: Craft Origine stamps, American Crafts stamps, Twine & Ink enamel dots, Knot & Bow ribbon, Studio Calico twine, Teresa Collins sequins, Studio Calico frame, Studio Calico tag. Other: ink - Studio Calico & Stampin’ Up!, Big Shot - Sizzix, stapler - Tim Holtz, embossing die Stampin’ Up!, deer - Studio Calico.

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oh deer

Janna Werner - The Jot Team I love using supplies in unusual and/or different ways. The deer fits perfectly for a pet related page. I also changed the title from ‘oh dear’ to ‘oh deer’ as a fun way to add little details to a layout.

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oh “deer” me

Anna Allan - The Jot Team I just love deer. I couldn’t go past the Maggie Holmes ‘Open Book’ range to use for this theme. And when I snapped this photo of my little one, I knew that it was destined for this page. This kid...such a sweet little face yet so stubborn and strong-willed in nature. She’s a challenge - but, oh ‘deer’ me. We love her to bits!

SUPPLIES | Bazzill 12x12” cream cardstock, Crate Paper Maggie Holmes ‘Open Book’ range - papers and embellishments, American Crafts gold glitter Thickers, cotton, stapler, printer, Heidi Swapp Colour Shine - gold and blush, sewing machine and thread.

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love cupcakes

Kim Jeffress - The Jot Team I used the new Heidi Swapp Minc Foil applicator and the WRMK antler die to cut out my deer shape!

SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Heidi Swapp, Pink Paislee. Embellishments: Heidi Swapp Minc foil applicator, Reactive foil, Minc banner and paper, clear overlay, chipboard word, Wood Veneer, frame, puffy heart Sticker, word stickers, ColorShine. Jillibean Soup Letters We R Memory Keepers Antler die.

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deer paul

Sharmaine Kruijver - The Jot Team Meet Paul. He is from the land of Ikea. This delightful deer captured the imaginations of our girls and was the character in many stories told as we travelled on our recent holiday. Obviously becoming one of those “had to be there� moments that needed to be recorded.

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: Bazzill. Alphabets: American Crafts, Chickaniddy. Embellishments: Project Life - Becky Higgins chipboard, Evalicious puffy sticker. Other: Typewriter, ink, mist, Silhouette Cameo, watercolour paint, pencil.

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misc. photos

Jamie Pate - The Jot Team I have to admit this is the first time I have used a deer shape on a project. And I have to say I am a bit smitten. It’s such a very sweet icon and brings a layout together in such a sweet way.

SUPPLIES | Heidi Swapp Hello Today patterned paper; Canson Water color paper; Maggie Holmes Styleboard Vintage Frames, Cardstock shapes; Dear Lizzy Serendipity Cardstock shapes; JMPGirl Designs deer cut file; Heidi Swapp clear stamps, sequins, Gold Color Shine.

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SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: American Crafts, Simple Stories, Crate Paper. Alphabets: American Crafts. Hello Die: Stampin’ Up. Punch: American Crafts. Embellishments: American Crafts, Heidi Swapp arrow and chip frame, My Minds’ Eye Chipboard, Echo Park Chipboard. Other: twine, button, sewing machine, stapler, embroidery thread, plain white card.

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hello deer

Sheree Forcier - The Jot Team On our trip to New Zealand a couple of years ago the kids got to see these amazing deer at a farm we visited for a wedding reception. They were totally in awe of these beautiful animals!

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Amanda Hall - The Jot Team I’ve always loved the little Sass Lass deer - particularly in wood grain. I was thrilled to find this one and he seemed to fit in well with the soft florals on this page. I wanted him to stand out - hence the busy-ness in all but the corner that the deer is in.

SUPPLIES |Patterned papers: Typo. Cardstock: Bazzill. Embellishments: MME chipboard banner, Kikki K stickers, Pink Paislee foil stickers, Heidi Swapp chipboard heart and title, Sassafras Lass deer, pink label. Other: Labeller - date stamp, ink, cotton thread.

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Yvette Adams - The Jot Team I love deer! My mum gave me this thin wooden Christmas decoration, thinking I’d like to turn it into a brooch. I already have (gasp) five deer brooches, so it was a simple decision to use it on a Christmas layout.

SUPPLIES | Alphabets: unknown (from a discount store). Embellishments: Freckled Fawn stickers and clip. Other: Music paper, Christmas decoration, ephemera, velvet, wool, glitter, button.

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Sandra Bunch, Brisbane Australia I have used the Kellie Stamps deer stamp as a colourful background for this home décor shadow frame that sits in our entrance. The “B” is for Bunch of course.

We love...

Everyone loves a little bit of sparkle and we love Sandra’s glitter framed letter B!

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SUPPLIES | White cardstock, Kellie Stamps stamp, Stampin’ Up! inks, Jac paper, Martha Stewart Crafts glitter.


Michelle Palmer - California USA I loved this picture of my daughter because she looked so sweet, but also because it gave me a chance to play with bold patterns and unique embellishments such as the deer head.

Michelle’s blog

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: American Crafts. Patterned Paper: Crate Paper and Studio Calico. Stickers/alphabet: Crate Paper. Stars-Simple Stories. Other: twine, sequins, doily, tag, spray ink.

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mountain man Giorgia Rossini - Italy

My layout is about a “meeting” with a deer in Yosemite Park and features themed paper from Paper House Productions.

Giorgia’s blog SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Paper House Productions. Cardstock: Bazzill. Embellishments: Paper House Productions. Die cutting machine and dies: Sizzix. Other: white gel pen.

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hello hello

Irina Honcharyk - Belarus My layout is about one wonderful little girl who believes in miracles and loves to smile.

Irina’s blog

SUPPLIES | water color paper, some paper for scrapbooking, water colors, black ink, cutting (snowflakes, feathers), chipboard, thread, oil pastel.

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happy holiday

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Rachel Lowe - Perth

To match a non traditional Christmas photo of my daughter I was inspired to create a non traditional Christmas layout and who could ignore the Oh Deer paper.

SUPPLIES | Gossamer Blue - Get Happy wood veneer shapes. Webster’s Pages - All that Glitters paper. Studio Calico essentials gold hearts. Crate Paper gold doily. Epiphany clear round caps. Heidi Swapp colour shine spritz gold.

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the great outdoors Giorgia Rossini - Italy

Using lots of layers plus a cute “deer” chipboard embellishment, Giorgia has used themed paper to create her layout about meeting deer in Yosemite Park.

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SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Paper House Productions. Embellishments: Paper House Productions, Echo Park, Pinque Peacock. Alpha: Glitz, Stamperia. Other: paper doily.

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STORY + PHOTOS | Sian Fair

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part three!



A scrapbooking bucket list? Call it a once in a lifetime opportunity! Maybe you’ve been scrapbooking for years now and it’s all starting to feel a bit Groundhog Day? Or maybe you’re just starting out? Either way, challenging yourself to try something you’ve never considered before is a great way to set yourself on a new creative path: the more difficult the challenge, the greater the possibilities. Trust me. Because, don’t forget, if it doesn’t work, you don’t have to do it again. But do try it once, just to see how it fits.

What’s on the list this time?

From High In The Sky blogger and Sunday Storytelling creator, Sian Fair lives in the UK with her husband, teenage son and daughter. “I was born in the city, brought up in the country and now I seek out the sea whenever I’m able,” Sian says. Her blog is filled with scrapbooking, sewing and her stories are sometimes nostalgic and usually light hearted. Sian’s blog

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six more things to try Remember, you won’t know if you like an idea until you try. • A page which isn’t a story or an event. Instead use it to record a

way of doing something – a recipe, a set of instructions for a craft project, some tips passed down in your family. If you aren’t feeling inspired to scrapbook your story, an album of “notes and useful things” might be for you.

• A page with BAD photos! The worst you can bear to use. Think

about whether you are working harder to tell the story because of the pictures - are you trying to draw attention away from them? How does that make you feel? And how does it make you feel about your reaction at the end. How important are the photos? Do you rely on them?

• A page which uses the title as the journaling. No more words: you

have to pack it all into the title. Time to scrapbook a tweet, maybe?

• A page in a colour you don’t like. Maybe you don’t have any

other layouts based around it. Can you enjoy making it because after all it’s the story which matters, or does it get in the way of enjoying the creative process?

• A page with no colour at all. How do you create a focal point? Are

you going to think more about texture and the shapes you use? Okay, then, maybe a little Kraft, but nothing else. Black, white, kraft.

• A page which is a combination of lots of the things we’ve

talked about in Bucket List (see Jot 7 for Part One and Jot 8 for Part Two)– pull together several ideas and make a thoughtful Bucket List page about where you are with scrapbooking right now. What do you get from it? What has it shown you about yourself? What plans do you have for your scrapbooking future? Make a scrapbooking page about scrapbooking.

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By Sian Fair I chose to make a page about scrapbooking: seven years after I discovered it, this is where I am now.

SUPPLIES | Patterned Paper: Pebbles, Gossamer Blue; Vellum: American Crafts; Alpha: Making Memories; Die cuts: Crate Paper; Cork: Gossamer Blue; Puffy stickers: Evalicious; Ink: October Afternoon.

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what the

jot girls

created Sian invited some of the Jot Girls to take up her Bucket List Scrapbooking Challenge and here’s what they came up with.

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Sharmaine Kruijver - The Jot Team I don’t know if Sian intended the no colour prompt to be used with a colour photo but that is what I did. I did struggle with the lack of popping colours but made up for it by using different layers of texture.

SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: We R Memory Keepers. Cardstock: Bazzill. Alphabets: American Crafts. Embellishments: Flutterby Designs flair, Cocoa Daisy “Day in the life” card, The Crafter’s Workshop stencil. Other: Watercolour paint, ink, texture paste, typewriter.

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create adventure

Kim Jeffress - The Jot Team I chose the bad photos prompt. These photos were taken recently on my trip to the US with my friend Gail. A group of friends took us to a strip mall to a few craft shops and we were totally excited. It was at night so the photos were not such good quality but I really wanted to get the memory down. I chose to turn one photo black and white because the colours really clashed with everything else.

SUPPLIES | Cardstock : Bazzill Basics, Patterned paper : Heidi Swapp Embellishments Heidi Swapp, Marquee Tape, Wood Veneer, Word Stickers, Chipboard stickers, Color Shine, Die, Bella Blvd Tape, We R Memory Keepers die.

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my baby you’ll be

Meghann Andrew - The Jot Team When I saw this photo, I was reminded of one of my favorite books to read to my daughter, Love You Forever, and decided that I would use the words from the story as my title and journaling. They really sum up my feelings for her, and this photo. I stamped the majority of the title and added the black foam letters for contrast.

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Crate Paper (pink & floral), My Mind’s Eye (polka dot). Cardstock: Bazzill Basics. Stamps: Scraptastic Club (phrase), Studio Calico (alphabet). Embellishments: American Crafts (foam letters, epoxy sticker, yellow label sticker, chalkboard die-cut, yellow flower, twine), Crate Paper (heart stickers, rub-on, tag, journaling label, die-cut ‘e’), The Girl’s Paperie (ribbon). Other: Stampin’ Up! ink and markers, Staz-On ink, Tim Holtz tiny attacher.

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Jodie has chosen Sian’s prompt to scrap a bad photo + create a layout without colour. We think she did a fab job!

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: American Crafts. Embellishments: American Crafts alpha stickers, D-lish paper doily, Heidi Swapp date stamp and puffy sticker, Jillibean Soup sticker, October Afternoon die cuts, Teresa Collins and Crate Paper rub ons, Cocoa Daisy ink. Other: Typewriter, cardboard packaging, pencil.

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a note to...

Jodie York - The Jot Team This photo I took of Stella is technically a bad photo. The main subject is totally out of focus and the focus being the yucky roller doors on our shed out the back of our cottage. But the story that it tells totally nails Stella’s personality and energy. She is literally a beautiful blur of activity. And that is what I told in the story. As a general rule for my layouts and Project Life pages I like a lot of white space and to use minimal product. My focus is on the photograph and the story I want to tell. So this page has literally no colour in it at all. Totally black and white. Even the photo. The result is a clean, simple, super quick snap shot of my little girl’s life as she is today.

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Lauren Hender - The Jot Team I chose Sian’s first idea to create something that isn’t a story or an event. I wanted to use up some off cuts of a project I had been working on using Crate Paper products. Their cardstock is so thick I thought it would be perfect for a note book for my desk at work to jot down reminders and to attach important messages. I have added the paper clips and dog clip for this reason. This is a fun and easy way to use up your scraps and put them to good use.

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We LOVE Lauren’s mix of patterned papers in all shapes and sizes in her little notebook!

SUPPLIES | Crate Paper, Prima Marketing, Francheville, Heidi Swapp and American Crafts.

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Mardi Winen - The Jot Team When I noticed Sian’s prompt to scrap a ‘tweet’ I immediately thought of this photo my daughter-in-law Alex had posted on Instagram this week. I took the photo and her exact words to create my layout. I love this type of scrapbooking... I love to tell a story and record the small seemingly unimportant details because in my experience these are things that mean the most in days to come.

SUPPLIES | Patterned paper - Crate paper, American Crafts. Alphabets - American crafts thickers, Jillibean soup stickers, Studio Calico stickers, Snap studio stickers, Creative stickers. Embellishments Heidi Swapp stars, Heidi Swapp ephemera, Crate Paper ephemera. Other - machine stitching, Studio Calico stamp.

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say no to botox

Anna Allan - The Jot Team I chose to go with Sian’s prompt #1 of documenting something that is not a story or event. In the end, the page also incorporated prompt #2 as the photos I used weren’t taken in very good light (gosh I really dislike fluorescent lighting!) So they were ones that I class as ‘bad’ photos that didn’t really capture what I set out to show in the photo but hey, it was all about the documenting. I am a beginner Consultant for a company that sells skin care, make-up, etc and I wanted to record the process and products used in a particular ‘face-lift’ treatment. This category was perfect to get this done!

SUPPLIES | Cream cardstock, Studio Calico ‘Brighton Pier’ paper, Amy Tangerine ‘Stitched’ ephemera, Heidi Swapp Colour Shine, printer, journaling pens.

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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.

Leanne Allinson

Another day of rain. Another day of running about in that wet stuff! Why not! #leanne_allinson

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Lauren Hender


Yvette Adams

A little treat for me.. I love, love, love my new camera! My 2015 New Year’s resolution is to push myself to capture life more creatively.

I’ve been going a bit crazy propagating succulents from cuttings!


Sharmaine Kruijver

Kim Jeffress Sunday afternoon family time - the boys were drawing, my husband was planning for work and I was working on my planner!



The recent school holidays were wonderful. Just before returning to school/work we took a day trip to Bruny Island, south of Hobart here in Tasmania. We walked to the top of the lookout at The Neck. 228 steps from bottom to top. The view was amazing, the wind... not so much! Jot Magazine 45

Meghann Andrew My two year-old daughter was born a micro-premmie at 25 weeks gestation. Her only constant health issue has been her lungs, and after being in the PICU with a respiratory virus in December, we don’t want to take any chances on her getting sick. At her last pulmonology appointment, I was so proud that she kept her mask on, a very tough ask for a toddler! I was a very proud momma that day.



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Anna Allan

Raquel Bowman

During the school holidays, we spent two weeks camping in town for VacSwim. Whilst her big sister had her lessons, this little beach babe enjoyed the water, sand and sun to the MAX. She just loves the beach!

Packing and filling A Piece of Cake Designs orders with my own little ‘Jack’ in a box. Best little Jack in the Box I’ve ever seen!


Lisa Pate

When everything comes together.


Amanda Hall After a mild summer, we finally had a hot day where we bundled the kids #apolkadotheart and dogs into the car and went to the beach. Luckily we live so close to the coast, so it is never a long drive but everyone looks forward to dipping the toes in - even the dogs.

Sheree Forcier This summer when it’s been far too hot to crochet I’ve been stitching little felt brooches. I love working with felt and these are so much fun to make!

Kim Archer


Flashback to last weekend. Ken’s mum turned 80! It was a quick trip to Canberra to celebrate. Lovely big party at a local restaurant. Family photo the next day. Missing the middle child who couldn’t make it.


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Natalie Elphinstone With more time on my hands this year than ever before, not only do I want to concentrate on my own crafty adventures, but I want to invest in my girls’ artistic abilities as well. The plan is to create more art, and document more of the process and final product too. I was pretty impressed with this first attempt at water painting by my 8 year old - not a bad way to start! #natalieelph

Jamie Pate

Mardi Winen


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At every visit she has been working on this canvas with watercolour pencils. Today was the exciting bit when she added water.


Today was a snow event. A bit more than 7 inches. I just keep looking for that Crystal Cove beach and it’s not here.

Janna Werner This year I ordered the Ali Edwards December Daily kit. I prepared a bit in November, but guess what? I was way too busy in December to even touch it once! Shame on me. Instead of giving up, I decided to stick to my goal: creating a lovely December memory with the beautiful supplies I bought. So I went and invited two friends and we managed to create within our Daily December albums and enjoy the process, although it was nearly February already! Never give up your dreams. #jannawerner

Jodie York

My art studio nook in a corner of my kitchen.

Petra Corcoran Front page for my 2015 Project Life album is done!

#polkadotcreative #petracorcoran

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Loredana Bucaria This is Love. Happy Valentine’s Day! I love you both so much! #loredanabucaria

Aimee Dow

Beshka Kueser I thought I might make more traditional spreads this year. Will see how it goes. Just having fun playing for now. #bckueser

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Those Spanish sure do have it figured out. A late, relaxing lunch of chickpeas and chard, peppers and tomatoes in a balsamic dressing and a Spanish tortilla. I don’t think hubby even noticed it was vegetarian.

www.dawnfay.com.au Melbourne | Australia

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cut files

IN YOUR PROJECTS Electronic cutting machines mean we are able to create all sorts of fun things for our paper projects. From cut titles, embellishments, backgrounds and phrases, let’s take a look at our cut file gallery. THANK YOU TO Raquel from A Piece Of Cake Designs who sponsored this gallery. You can find APOCD right here>

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hello happy Lauren Hender - The Jot Team This is my little Katie’s best friend Misty May. She is the happiest little girl and everyone around her adores her because she is a delight. When I saw this cut file full of hearts I knew it was for her. Thinking of her happy playful nature I layered different patterned papers behind the cut file to make the hearts pop out. I also used the ‘hello’ cut file to incorporate into the title. This layout was a whole lot of fun to put together.

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right now

Mardi Winen - The Jot Team I can’t thank Raquel at ‘A Piece of Cake Designs’ enough for the wonderful cut file I used in this layout. What I love about cut files is the versatility of them.. just being able to change the size of each element means they can be used over and over for entirely different looks. I chose to enlarge the “Right now” and include it as the title for my layout.

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SUPPLIES | Cardstock Canson watercolour paper. Patterned paper: Crate paper, American crafts (Amy Tangerine). Embellishments: A Piece of Cake Designs (APOCD) flair, Heidi Swapp, Washi tape. Other: Silhouette, APOCD cut file (Everyday Sentiments), Watercolour pastels, twine, machine stitching, fancy pants design stamp.

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SUPPLIES: Cardstock: American Crafts. Patterned paper: We R Memory Keepers, American Crafts. Embellishments: American Crafts and Chickaniddy alphabet stickers, Project Life Becky Higgins chipboard stickers, We R Memory Keepers, acrylic shape, Freckled Fawn paper clip, Kaiser Craft die cuts, My Mind’s Eye enamel dots. Evalicious puffy sticker, Silhouette Cameo, Cocoa Daisy file cut. Other: Typewriter, ink, mist, machine stitching.

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We love the little detail such as the ink splats and clusters of enamel dots in Sharmaine’s work!

anzac parade

Sharmaine Kruijver - The Jot Team I’ve used a file cut from Cocoa Daisy and created the white cardstock background that I stitched on to pieces of patterned paper that were outside my comfort zone. Cutting a whole piece of 12x12 background is a great way to use up your stash or create with papers that are outside your norm.

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We love the baker’s twine circling Lisa’s layout!

SUPPLIES | American Crafts patterned papers, various Project Life cards from the Becky Higgins ranges, tissue paper, twine, tags, epoxy dots, APOCD flair.

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hello there home Lisa Pate - The Jot Team

I keep a little stash of precut embellishments and page accents on my desk, which makes it super quick and easy to add a cut file to my projects without pulling out my computer and cameo for each layout. I love how cut files make it so simple to add interesting layers to my layouts.

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We love Yvette’s sprinkling of colourful enamel dots on her layout background.

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colour run

Yvette Adams - The Jot Team

We had the best time with friends at the Colour Run last year. To echo the photos, I created a playful layout with splashes of colour on a neutral background. Supplies | PAPER: unknown. CUT FILES: A Piece of Cake Designs. LETTERS: Heidi Swapp, Jenni Bowlin. EMBELLISHMENTS: Doodlebug paper strips, Heidi Swapp stamp, Scenic Route label, Freckled Fawn stickers, paperclip and wooden shape. OTHER: tissue paper, fabric.

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Kim Jeffress - The Jot Team I used the left over piece of a cut file I had used on a previous project and backed it with a piece of Bazzill Bling cardstock that I had embossed with one of the new Wanderlust Embossing Folders. SUPPLIES | Cardstock: Bazzill. Patterned paper: Heidi Swapp. Embellishments: Heidi Swapp - Minc, Reactive Foil, embossing folder, stickers, wood veneer, chipboard stickers, foil stickers, Washi Tape, Silhouette store - pineapple cut file.

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SUPPLIES | CARDSTOCK: American Crafts white. PAPER: Heidi Swapp. CUT FILES: A Piece of Cake Designs/JCChris Design. EMBELLISHMENTS: Heidi Swapp Ephemera, Maggie Holmes rub ons, Teresa Collins stickers, doily. OTHER: Silhouette Cameo, sewing machine, white thread, tiny attacher, staples, white string.

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Tip: Using white card stock with digital cut files provides you with a variety of choices. You can either leave them as they are like I did, or paint, watercolour, ink, mist!

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Raquel Bowman - The Jot Team I was inspired by this butterfly cut file designed exclusively for the A Piece of Cake Designs digital store by JCChris Design. I love the whimsical and beautiful feel to it and knew that teamed with the Heidi Swapp paper, the cut file would really pop. The subject in the photo has special meaning to both my husband in his childhood and myself. It is also where he ‘popped the question’ as it was so significant to both of us. Now we are making sure that our children visit this special place by creating memories there with them.

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2015 wanderlust

Amanda Hall - The Jot Team I honestly think that nobody does cut files + inspiration better than Wilna Furstenburg. She is so clever that I feel inspired just listening to her soothing voice! I used her cut files on this page and teamed them with another, more graphic designer’s files. My Silhouette Portrait is my favourite scrapping tool and I love how you can do so much with it without buying extra titles or embellishments.

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TIP : Team flowers and leaves with harsh angles (stars and grids) to soften the layout. I used this same design principle by using pastel water colours with a wood grain.

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SUPPLIES | Heidi Swapp Wanderlust: patterned paper, lace paper, floral die cuts, circle journal spot, glitter word. Canson Watercolor Paper. Cut Files: JMPGirl Designs for Sizzix eShape Store.

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We love Jamie’s sweet layout with its pretty flourish, layering and a dash of sparkle.

sweet adventure Jamie Pate - The Jot Team

I have loved die cuts since they very first came out. I love the versatility of cutting - whether it is patterned paper, card stock, or even watercolor paper for even further versatility. Cut files really amp up the personality on a page and make ones style really shine through. For this page I layered the branch file with two different patterns of paper to really add to the layers and textures of the page. Try layering different patterns for your next layout and have fun playing.

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Hand Stitched GALLERY A touch of hand stitching to our papery projects adds such a dimension of texture and interest. So grab out your needle and thread and let’s get stitching.

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happy days

Raquel Bowman - The Jot Team To create the ‘sun rays’ I used my Heidi Swapp sun ray mask and drew them directly onto the card stock. I then used my Amy Tangerine paper piercer and mat to piece the holes in the rays evenly. Hand stitching the rays in the yellow thread took quite a while but totally worth it when I see the overall finished layout. I somehow managed to snap this picture of my kiddies where they are both looking, just perfect for the bright colours and theme of this page.

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Pink Paislee. Cardstock: American Crafts White. Embellishments: Pink Paislee Die Cuts and Chipboard pieces, doily, Teresa Collins sticker, Heidi Swapp bulldog clip, white string, yellow thread. Other: Tiny attacher, staples.

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Sharmaine Kruijver - The Jot Team Usually I would outline my photo with pen. This time I decided to add some hand stitching around my photo instead. Adding the holes before you start makes the process easier.

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: We R Memory Keepers. Cardstock: Bazzill. Alphabets: American Crafts. Embellishments: Cocoa Daisy “Day in the Life” card and cut file, Flutterby Designs wood veneer and flair, Project Life Becky Higgins chipboard, My Mind’s Eye enamel dots, Prima “Instascrap” card, We R Memory Keepers journaling card, Hug Snug ribbon. Other: Labeller - Dymo and tape, thread, Sharpie journaling pen, nail polish, pen, ink, pin, watercolour paint. Jot Magazine 73


Anna Allan - The Jot Team I LOVE hand stitching on layouts - I really don’t do it enough. In this instance, I decided to use it as part of my background. I hand stitched two hash tag symbols onto the page to create a type of grid for the placement of my photos and embellishments. I chose to document a day in our life, well...one lazy afternoon on a weekend anyway. This page will be great to slot into my Project Life album!

SUPPLIES | CARDSTOCK - Bazzill. ALPHABET - Kaisercraft. EMBELLISHMENTS - Heidi Swapp ‘September Skies’, MME ‘Now and Then’, Freckled Fawn, Scraptastic Kit Club, Studio Calico wood veneer. OTHER - wool needle, embroidery thread, ink, date stamp, spray mists, cotton, journaling pen, tiny attacher.

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Meghann Andrew - The Jot Team Instead of using a font or a template to hand stitch the word ‘kiss’ on my title, I decided to use my own handwriting. After softly writing ‘kiss’ in cursive on the page with pencil, I punched small holes every 1/16” along the lines and used a basic back stitch with 3 strands of black embroidery floss.

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Studio Calico (floral), Crate Paper (ledger & stripe), Carta Bella (chevron), Fancy Pants (wood grain). Cardstock: American Crafts. Embellishments: American Crafts (chipboard letters, date stamp, twine, stitching pad), Crate Paper (brad, enamel flower & chipboard ), Authentique (word stickers), My Mind’s Eye (enamel dots), Carta Bella (cardstock sticker). Other: DMC embroidery floss, Staz-On ink.

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Yvette Adams - The Jot Team I’ve stitched with some waxed cord on this layout. It was a bit tricky because it was too thick to thread onto a needle, so instead pushed it through holes punched with an awl.

We love Yvette’s hand stitched detail!

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Heidi Swapp. Embellishments: Freckled Fawn wood words and shapes. Other: Leather cord, music paper, gift wrap, waxed cord, glitter.

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welcome home

Sheree Forcier - The Jot Team I love hand stitching on my pages and it’s been one of my favourite techniques for years. For this layout I stitched a cross stitch pattern onto my wood veneer frame, blanket stitched along the edge of the black paper and back stitched a line around the corner of the photo too.

SUPPLIES | Patterned Paper: American Crafts. Cardstock: American Crafts. Alphabet: American Crafts. Embellishments: American Crafts Fabric Sticker, Crate Paper Sticker, tag and die cuts. Wood Veneer: American Crafts, Freckled Fawn. Punch: Stampin’ Up Other: embroidery thread, buttons, graphite Tattered Angel’s Glimmermist.

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fun stuff

Lisa Pate - The Jot Team

It’s so rare to get a full photo of all our family together, so we have started a little tradition on Christmas Day where we set up a camera and use the self timer on burst mode. We love the crazy photos the best!

Supplies | Patterned Paper, various Project Life cards, Heidi Swapp ephemera, Studio Calico wood veneer hearts, epoxy dots, paper doily, cotton floss, various stickers from my supplies.

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hello mr silly

Mardi Winen - The Jot Team I am such a fan of stitching on layouts however I usually take the cheats way out and use my sewing machine. I have got to say though, I love the hand stitching, to me it looks like a feature rather than an addition. I chose a thick crochet cotton and stitched my title for a bold look.

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: American crafts (Amy Tangerine) (Dear Lizzy) Crate Paper. Cardstock: Canson watercolor paper. Embellishments: Amy Tangerine vellum heart, Gossamer Blue dot, Crate Paper fabric brads, Heidi Swapp arrow, Other: watercolour paint, sequins, machine stitching, black crochet thread.

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Jamie Pate - The Jot Team Whenever I do take the time for hand stitching, it’s the texture that gets me. I love the color and the raised effect left on a page where time has been spent to add a homemade and hand stitched touch. It’s just always a pleasing technique.

SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Heidi Swapp September Skies; Canson Watercolor paper/ Embellishments: Heidi Swapp, Amy Tangerine Embroidery Stencil Kit

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Kim Jeffress - The Jot Team That gold foiled butterfly was screaming out for a stitched tail. I freehand drew a tail with pencil then used a push pad and pin to prepunch my holes. I then used a soft pink embroidery thread to stitch the tail.

SUPPLIES | Heidi Swapp: patterned paper, wood veneer word, Gold Foil embellishments, stickers, stamps, date stamp, ink, ColorShine, gold washi tape. Other: embroidery thread

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SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Basic Grey. Cardstock: American Crafts. Alphabets: Studio Calico. Embellishments: American Crafts glitter tape, Crate Paper Open Road stickers, Kelly Purkey Stickers, Teresa Collins Brads, Gossamer Blue enamel dots, Studio Calico enamel dots and gems. Other: Tim Holtz tiny attacher, Amy Tangerine embroidery template, Studio Calico stamps, Hero Arts ink pads.

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that face Aimee Dow - The Jot Team I love to use hand stitching to enhance patterns already printed on the paper and to add texture to any layout requiring a little more depth. Amy Tangerine Embroidery templates come in SO handy for situations like these.

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SUPPLIES | Stamps from Kellie Stamps. Stitching using the embroidery templates from Amy Tangerine. Black acrylic ‘Hello’ by Color Cast Designs. Patterned paper from 5th and Frolic, Dear Lizzy and Double Dot Designs by Bo Bunny. Script by my own hand using sumi brush and jet black gouache. White DMC embroidery thread.

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missy moo Jodie York - The Jot Team We adore our little fur babies around here. Missy is our little girl who always seems to be under our feet. She is notorious for photo bombing our family pics or when I’m trying to photograph my work. She gives our family so much love and we love her right back. I LOVE hand stitching on layouts, on photos and in our Project Life album.

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we are family

Michelle’s blog

Michelle Stokes - Victoria This layout documents a very rare photo of the three of us together, as one of us is usually behind the camera. Plus I found the hand stitching quite therapeutic. I cut the speech bubble from a 3x4 card in the WRMK Love Notes set.

SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: We R Memory Keepers. Cardstock: American Crafts. Embellishments: We R Memory Keepers, Maggie Holmes, Dear Lizzy. Other: American Crafts vellum, doily, Heidi Swapp stencil, Whipped Spackle, twine, Amy Tangerine Stitching Kit.

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Jody’s blog

you. me Jody Ferlaak

This layout is a bit eclectic and whimsical in design and features a couple of different spots of hand-stitching, as well as a fun mix of patterned paper and washi tapes, plus embellishments. It is a fun page to highlight a photo and memory of my husband and I enjoying an early morning coffee date.

We love Jodie’s stitched pear which was inspired by the newest pear stamp from Cocoa Daisy.

Supplies | Patterned paper: Heidi Swapp. Embellishments: Color Shine: Heidi Swapp, clear word from Heidi Swapp. Stamps: Tattered Angels.

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Brianna’s blog

kindergarten cutie Brianna Marshall - NY

I love hand stitching and wanted to create a WOW factor on this layout of my daughter. This sun burst was just the right element to pull your attention to my subject photo; my kindergarten cutie.

SUPPLIES | Kraft cardstock: Bazzil Basics. Patterned paper: Simple Stories. Letter stickers: Webster’s Pages. Enamel hearts: Chickaniddy Crafts. Wood Veneer: Studio Calico.

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Emmanuelle’s blog


Emmanuelle Chauvin - Belgium I hand stitched the whole background with white embroidery thread on white cardstock and turned the “O” into a heart shape and then stitched this plus the “I” and “U” in a light mint color so they stood out from the background. It took me quite a while to make it but I really like the effect.

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: American Crafts. Patterned paper: American Crafts (Dear Lizzy). Embellishments: die cuts (Pink paislee) label and chipboard stickers (Studio Calico), wood veneer (Freckled Fawn). Other: Stitching thread: DMC, paper Doily, Silk paper, American Crafts Amy Tangerine stitching template.

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Sophie’s blog

laugh as much..

Sophie Koschmann - Victoria If it doesn’t already take me forever to finish a layout, I completely underestimated how long this stitching process would take. It was definitely worth it though. Maybe I’ll just choose a shorter quote next time.

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: America Crafts. Paper: Maggie Holmes Project Life Cards, Dear Lizzy. Embellishments: Maggie Holmes, Dear Lizzy, Heidi Swapp, October Afternoon, D-lish Scraps, A Piece of Cake Designs. Other: Studio Calico mist, Heidi Swapp Colour Shine, washi tape, muslin, tulle, DMC thread, staples.

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Moon’s blog


Moon Lee, Taiwan Here is the layout based on the idea of hand stitching. What I tried to do is to make my title more visible. The embroidery always adds texture and dimension to the layouts!

SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Heidi Swapp, Pebbles, Crate Paper. Letter stickers: Fancy Pants Designs. Stickers: Heidi Swapp. Ephemera: Heidi Swapp. Mists: Heidi Swapp. Distress paint: Tim Holtz. Gesso: Ranger. Stencil: Plaid. Embroidery floss: DMC.

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Sabina’s blog

winter wonderland Sabina - Italy

I​ have used shades of white, transparencies, hand stitching around the date/title and some stitching all around the page for my layout about the picture of the snowy landscape taken outside my home

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: Bazzill. Patterned paper: vellum paper, Amy Tangerine Collection Stitched, Other: alphabet dies by Die-Version, numbers dies by Taylored Expressions - Tall and Skinny. Embellishments: stickers by Doodlebugs Frosty Friends collection, enamel dots by Studio Calico.

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Nathalie’s blog

homemade sushi

Nathalie Leonelli - San Diego, CA Here I used ombre embroidery thread to stitch feathers that I had previously hand cut (out of packaging!). They added the right touch to my colorful page about making homemade sushi for the first time with the help of my dad.

SUPPLIES | Citrus Twist Kits “Sunkissed” and “This Way, That Way”. Other: Thickers alphabet stickers by American Crafts, white acrylic paint by Michaels.

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Cari’s blog

you can never have too much happy Cari Locken - Surrey, British Columbia.

I created the star shape using my Silhouette Cameo and cut the shape using the ‘dashed line’ option. I then used embroidery floss and a needle to hand stitch each of the stars on my layout.

SUPPLIES | Simple Stories (patterned papers, stickers, paper clips). Silhouette America (Silhouette Cameo, Adhesive Cardstock, Pen Holder). DMC Embroidery floss and needle. Sharpie marker. Paper piercer.

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Madeline’s blog

where’s the on button?

Madeline Fox - River Ridge, Louisiana USA This layout is about changing technology and a comment by my youngest, a teen, that had the rest of the family rolling on the floor.

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: Bazzill. Patterned Paper: Gossamer Blue On My Desk, Heidi Swapp September Skies. Embellishments: Maggie Holmes Open Book Stickers, Gossamer Blue On My Desk Puffy Stickers, American Crafts Cork Stickers, tag, and baker’s twine. Alphabet: American Crafts. Stamps: Scraptastic Kit Club. Chalk Ink: Prima. Pen: American Crafts. Other: buttons, embroidery floss.

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Alexandra’s blog

scrap on. oh yeah. Alexandra Boehnke - Germany

I love to play with colors - trying new color combos like this greypink-white is so awesome.

We love Alexandra’s mega hand stitched heart background.

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: Bazzill. Patterned Paper: Studio Calico. Color Mists: Heidi Swapp, Studio Calico, Imagine Crafts. Vellum: American Crafts. Stamps: Studio Calico. Ink: Ranger, Studio Calico. Other: gesso, alphas, embellishments, yarn, acrylic paint, pencil.

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Caroline’s blog


Caroline Gatenby - United Kingdom This layout was inspired by the Jot mood board for February and is of my husband, cuddling our new Dachshund puppy Sergio. This little dog “wags its tail with its whole heart” - a quote I found on Pinterest. We are so in love with him already, even after a few short weeks!

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: American Crafts. Patterned paper: American Crafts, Studio Calico Project Life card. Embellishments: Heidi Swapp. Other: Gold Zing embossing powder, white embroidery floss. Minc gold foiled cut file by In a Creative Bubble at Studio Calico. Date stamp: Heidi Swapp Project Life.

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Maren’s blog

Maren Becker - Germany I’ve had the idea for a hand stitched constellation layout in the back of my mind for quite some time and when I saw Heidi Swapp’s beautiful “September Skies“ paper I KNEW this would be perfect for my idea. Also, I’m a huge fan of anything wood - veneers, papers with wood texture etc. I’m pretty happy with how this turned out because I was able to incorporate so many favorite items of mine.

Supplies | Cardstock: Bazzill. Patterned papers: Heidi Swapp. Embellishments: October Afternoon, Studio Calico, Heidi Swapp, MMY Necessities, Freckled Fawn.

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Rut’s blog


Rut Cabrera - Spain I created my own background using tons of little golden hearts and I have used a special photo about these little, but really beautiful moments in our lives.

We love Rut’s hand stitched detail including this little heart.

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Adrienne Looman - Webster’s Pages, Maggie Holmes Crate Paper, Amy Tangerine - American Crafts, Kiss Kiss - Crate Paper. Embellishments: American Crafts, Maggie Holmes, Glitz Designs, Amy Tangerine.

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Sweet Babies GALLERY Bouncy, bonny, happy and not so happy babies - there’s nothing sweeter than a baby layout. Here’s a whole gallery full of layouts of adorable little people.

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SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Heidi Swapp. Embellishments: Heidi Swapp Minc Foil applicator, Reactive Foil, Minc card, clip, wood veneer, chipboard stickers, word stickers, Color Shine, Jillibean Soup letters, October Afternoon flair, Bella Blvd sticker.

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We love Kim’s hidden journaling inside this “Boom Baby” card.

boom baby

Kim Jeffress - The Jot Team

My youngest son who is six always asks me if he is still my baby Being the youngest he ALWAYS will be and I cherish that memory always! The journaling is inside the Heidi Swapp Minc card!

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you & me

Mardi Winen - The Jot Team I adore this photo - and even more so once it was printed in black and white. To keep the focus on this precious photo I opted for a very clean and simple colour palette.

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: Canson watercolor paper. Patterned paper: American Crafts. Embellishments: Crate Paper ephemera, Crate Paper fabric brad, APOCD flair, Gossamer Blue dots. Other - watercolour paint, die cut twig.

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beautiful girl

Anna Allan - The Jot Team My girls’ baby photos have been sitting in boxes ready to be scrapbooked for yonks, so this gallery theme was the perfect nudge in the right direction. I sifted through my big girl’s baby photos and found one of my most favourite photos of her as a bubba - sound asleep in the crook of Daddy’s arm...so precious!

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: Bazzill 12x12” white smooth cardstock, Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘Sugar and Spice’ collection, ScrapFx stamps, cotton, tiny attacher, printer, ink, doily, sewing machine, thread.

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oh baby.

Leanne Allinson - The Jot Team My youngest is turning six this year and even though he is growing too quickly for my liking, he loves to remind me that he will always be my baby.

SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Carta Bella, Simple Stories, MME. Cardstock: American Crafts. Alphabets: Fancy Pants, Simple Stories. Embellishments: Simple Stories Bits & Pieces, Simple Stories stickers, Studio Calico chipboard hearts, MME Enamel Dots, Scraptastic Kit Club Cut Aparts and clear stamps, Studio Calico Star Sequins. Other: typewriter, sewing machine.

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Sheree Forcier - The Jot Team This cheeky photo of Madi makes me smile every time I see it. It’s definitely one of my favourite photos!

SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Crate Paper, Pink Paislee, American Crafts. Alphabets: American Crafts. Embellishments: Crate Paper chipboard, die cuts and tags, Crate Paper butterflies, Stampin’ Up paper doilies, American Crafts brad, Pink Paislee die cuts. Other: button, sewing machine, twine, stapler.

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Meghann Andrew - The Jot Team To create the textured heart layout in the background, I used a stencil and molding paste, which I first applied plain white, then added a streak of spray ink to certain hearts, giving them a marbled effect. My yellow and pink colour scheme was taken from the color of the bedspread and my daughter’s pajamas in the photo.

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: American Crafts. Patterned paper: Crate Paper, Echo Park, American Crafts. Journaling tags: Scraptastic Club, Elle’s Studio. Embellishments: Crate Paper, Studio Calico, American Crafts, Chickaniddy Crafts, Elle’s Studio, My Mind’s Eye. Stamps: Scraptastic Club, American Crafts . Other: Stampin’ Up!, Golden, Studio Calico.

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Amanda Hall - The Jot Team Nothing much has changed with these two. They love sleeping together and always have. I wonder when they will grow out of it?

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Heidi Swapp, Studio Calico, Me and My Big Ideas. Cardstock: Bazzill. Embellishments: Kikki K stickers, Typo stickers, Studio Calico mistable sun, Typo clouds, Heidi Swapp acrylic word, October Afternoon label and cloud stickers, tag unknown. Other: white ink, water colour paints, cotton thread.

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1 month

Raquel Bowman - The Jot Team Meet our little man Jack. We welcomed him into the world six months ago. Each month I take a picture of him with a ‘monthly’ sticker on his top. I aim to scrapbook each of these monthly photos to show the progression in his growth, and boy is he growing! I loved this die cut pack by My Mind’s Eye and wanted to feature them on this page, the frame and number 1 was part of the pack and was perfect for my title ‘1 Month”.

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: My Mind’s Eye. Cardstock: white. Embellishments: My Mind’s Eye die cut pack, Basic Grey Alphabet stickers, doily, white string, A Piece of Cake Designs cork tag. Other: sewing machine, white thread, tiny attacher and staples, date stamp, black ink.

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Lauren Hender - The Jot Team This is Archer - the cutest, happiest baby that could be. He is the 12th grandchild in our family and with his adorable smile, cheeky personality and easy going nature he’s managed to catch all our hearts. He is quite simply pure joy and we feel so blessed to have him in our lives. This layout was just lovely to make. I tried to make the layout feel dreamy with the use of soft tones, sparkly stars and different layers. I hope this has inspired you to pull out some baby photos and create something dreamy also.

SUPPLIES | Teresa Collins, Pink Paislee, Crate Paper, Flutterby Designs, Studio Calico, Kikki K, Kindy Glitz and Heidi Swapp.

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hello sister Amanda Hall - The Jot Team I’ll never forget how excited these two were at meeting their little sister for the very first time. Their smiles lit up the room when they saw her in the bassinet and it was love at first sight. I didn’t realise until now how much it looks like Piper is smiling also in this photo. This is another reason why I love scrapping with jumbo photos those small details could easily be lost on a smaller shot.

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: Bazzill. Alphabets: die cuts unknown. Embellishments: Heidi Swapp washi tape, October Afternoon red sled label stickers, Maggie Holmes stickers, Kaisercraft pocket stickers, Pink Paislee gold foam stickers, enamel dots. Other: Silhouette, cotton thread.

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happy heart

Sharmaine Kruijver - The Jot Team I scrapped our friends little boy. He is a heart kid, literally! He had two operations on his heart, just after he was born. He is the most gorgeous (AND HAPPY) little boy and it is always a joy to spend time with him. He not only makes you smile but he makes your heart happy.

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Cocoa Daisy. Embellishments: Crate Paper die cuts and overlay, Flutterby Designs wood veneer, Basic Grey packaging. Other: Typewriter, nail polish, thread.

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story telling. BACK TO SCHOOL

Welcome to our regular story telling gallery. It’s back to school time here in Australia so in this issue we showcase plenty of back to school ideas in our gallery.

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Kim Jeffress - The Jot Team

I took this photo of my boys on my phone as they were walking into school this year for the first time. I love that they are together supporting each other on this journey.

SUPPLIES | Patterned paper Heidi Swapp, Crate Paper. Embellishments: Heidi Swapp, October Afternoon.

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year 6

Lisa Pate - The Jot Team My baby girl heads into her last year of primary school this year. It’s a huge milestone for our family. With one child already finished his education and another half way through high school, it’s hard to believe that this is the last year of spelling lists, times tables and playing imaginary games in the school yard. I was thrilled when this photo popped up on the school website of Liv’s first day in Year Six with her besties. I love the look on their faces, ready to take on another year.

SUPPLIES | Patterned paper, various Project Life cards, Heidi Swapp ephemera, Thickers, APOCD flair, dymo label maker.

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day one

Jodie York - The Jot Team Our baby boy’s first day of school (*sniff*) and Henry was so excited so be going. I like my layouts to be clean and simple, showing lots of white space with the focus being on the photo and the story. Having said that, I love to add pops of colour.

SUPPLIES | various patterned paper scraps from my stash. The stars and circles are cut out using Fiskars punches. Artline black pen for the journaling.

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We adore Mardi’s off to school photo plus her water colour washed background.

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Mardi Winen - The Jot Team

This photo just said it all. It’s not great quality ...its just an iphone photo that I grabbed from Instagram but I knew immediately that I wanted to record it. I love the vulnerability and the reassuring hug that was captured in this moment.

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Crate Paper, Jillibean Soup. Cardstock: Canson watercolour paper. Embellishments: Crate Paper, APOCD flair, Gossamer Blue dots. Other: Silhouette, die cut flowers, sewing machine, paint, watercolour pastels.

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grade 10

Sharmaine Kruijver - The Jot Team

It seems like yesterday when she went off to school for her first day of kindergarten. Here she is on the first day of her last year of high school. It’s a year for opening doors. Finding what lies behind the walls of high school. Learning more about herself so she can make her own way into the world.

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: We R Memory Keepers. Alphabets: American Crafts. Embellishments: Cocoa Daisy, Flutterby Designs flair, Kaisercraft die cut. Other: Doily, mist, photo corners, typewriter.

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back to school

Jodie York - The Jot Team Getting ready to go back to school is always fun. We love stationery around here so we are in heaven when it comes to buying all the bits and pieces from the school supply list.

SUPPLIES | All stamps are from Kellie Stamps, hand stitching created using an Amy Tangerine embroidery stencil kit, wood veneers from Studio Calico and the die cut shape were a gift from Documenting Chaos.

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you’re a star

Leanne Allinson - The Jot Team

School awards are always worth recording especially when your child is recognised for their efforts. And “Student of the Week” was a pretty big deal for my sweet natured boy.

SUPPLIES | Patterned Paper - Bella Blvd. Cardstock - Bazzill, American Crafts. Embellishments - Bella Blvd (Star Student) stickers and chipboard, Greatest View flair, embroidery thread. Other - typewriter.

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Yvette Adams - The Jot Team My daughter is about to start high school and boy are we ready!

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: unknown, Sweet William. Alphabets: Heidi Swapp. Embellishments: Freckled Fawn wood bird, Freckled Fawn flair. Other: Gift wrap, fabric, cord, doily, glitter.

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Anna Allan - The Jot Team This year my baby starts Kindy two days a week to start off with. Both girls were so thrilled to be able to go to school together - I snapped this photo as they strolled down the street hand in hand, happy as pigs in mud.

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: Bazzill. Patterned paper: Pink Paislee ‘Hello Kid’, Studio Calico ‘Brighton Pier’. Alphabet: Dear Lizzy Thickers, Colour Cast Designs. Embellishments: Studio Calico Colour Theory acrylic paints, Kellie Stamps, ScrapFx chipboard, Heidi Swapp, D-lish Scraps, Amy Tangerine ‘Stitched’. Other: gesso, ink pads, journal pens.

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2015 Amanda Hall - The Jot Team My twin daughters enter into the twilight zone of year 10 this year. Things are starting to get serious, homework is going to get more intense and organisational skills and motivation will be tested. I feel exhausted just thinking about it all!

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Studio Calico, Heidi Swapp, Glitz. Cardstock: Bazzill. Embellishments: Heidi Swapp, Wilna Furstenburg silhouette leaves, heart and arrow sticker, enamel dots. Other: circle punch, cotton thread, India ink, silhouette for cutting large numbers.

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Lauren Hender - The Jot Team My baby has started school! With the love and support of her brother in year 6 Katie has begun school feeling confident and happy. I am so proud of her. Each day I am greeted with smiles and stories of new friendships she has formed. I am still in a little shock that I have just sent my last child off to school but I know she is ready and will be well looked after. This photo was taken on her first day. 2015 look out here Katie comes!

SUPPLIES | Teresa Collins, Crate Paper, Kaiser Craft, Manor House, Project Life, Words or Whatever, Kindy Glitz, Heidi Swapp and Hampton Art.

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first day of school

Natalie Elphinstone - The Jot Team The first day back at school this year was an extra big event for us because not only did my youngest begin Prep and my eldest go into Grade 3, but it was also the first time I got to be the parent getting them ready and dropping them off. For the past few years I’ve been working and have missed out on things like this, but now I’m fully embracing my new role as a stay-at-home-mum!

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Studio Calico, Basic Grey. Alphabets: American Crafts Dear Lizzy Thickers. Embellishments: Evalicious, Studio Calico. Other: Studio Calico stamp and ink, American Crafts Precision Pen, sewing machine.

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Sheree Forcier - The Jot Team This was Madison’s very first day of school ever...her Prep year! She was so excited and couldn’t wait to get there. She had the best day and came home with the biggest smile and loads of stories!

SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: American Crafts, Crate Paper. Alphabets: American Crafts, October Afternoon. Embellishments: American Crafts Die Cuts and Stickers, Crate Paper Die Cuts and Stickers, October Afternoon Sticker, Fancy Pants Filter Paper Circle. Punch: Stampin’ Up. Other: white tag, white card, date stamp, Black Memento Ink, sewing machine

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We love Petra’s photo ideas for celebrating the start of a new school year.

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back to school Project Life Petra Corcoran - The Jot Team

Eeek. Back to School. So many photos, so few pockets! For me that calls for an insert and a collage. This will be part of my usual 12x12 Project Life album.

SUPPLIES | Becky Higgins Design A protectors and 6x8 protectors for insert. Ali Edwards card 3x4 card from Firsts kit, Ali Edwards digital brush and white alphabets for date.

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Mireia’s blog


Mireia Sala - Spain My layout is about the first day of kindergarten of my fourth son.

SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: KaiserCraft, October Afternoon. Alphabet: Sketchbook Thickers by American Crafts, Toga, Eurekakids, October Afternoon. Die-Cut Shapes: October Afternoon.

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Find Fetty on Instragram here

Fetty Fathonah - Jakarta, Indonesia Just last week, I found a story written by my daughter in her drawing book. It’s about her first day in elementary school, she is now in grade 4.

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: Bazzil. Patterned paper: October Afternoon, Studio Calico, Doodlebug Design. Chipboard: Fancy Pants, Heidi Swapp, Teresa Collins. Brad: Simple Stories. Wood veneer: Studio Calico, Basic Grey. Maya Road.

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farewell grade two

Sandra’s blog

Sandra Bunch - QLD

This layout focuses on the other end of the school year - about celebrating and finally saying farewell to a challenging school year for my daughter. I didn’t want to focus on the details of what made it a tough year, but instead just briefly mentioned the main points, and ensured it was a bright, happy layout by using Dear Lizzy Serendipity and Heidi Swapp Project Life embellishments.

SUPPLIES | American Crafts Cardstock, Dear Lizzy and Heidi Swapp Project Life embellishments, Studio Calico alpha stickers, watercolour paint.

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Tatyana’s blog

Tatyana - Belarus

This is a story about my son - Pavel. And his first day at school. The first year of teaching is very difficult for young children. We learn to write, read, count - we try to!!!

SUPPLIES | Paper: Lemon Owl. Stickers: Simple Story “Snap”. Stencil: Crafters Workshop. Stamp: Kaisercraft. Chipboard: Wycinanka.

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By Kim Archer

pocket SCRAPBOOKING Jot Girl Pocket page


Welcome our new 2015 Jot Girls Pocket Page team members - Leanne Allinson, Beshka Kueser and Petra Corcoran who bring us fresh ideas each issue for our pocket pages. 138 MEET PROJECT LIFER - Petra Corcoran 148 POCKET PAGE EMBELLISHING TIPS 152 BACK TO SCHOOL JOURNALING CARDS BY BESHKA + LEANNE 157 POCKET PAGE GALLERY

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Profile of a Project Lifer Petra Corcoran lives in Queensland with her husband Lincoln and children April, Calvin and Mackenzie as well as a collection of pets including two small dogs called Abbey and Lilly and three guinea pigs! “We also appear to live with quite a few little geckos and not a day goes by that I don’t see at least one in the house!” How long have you been doing Project Life and how often do you work on your pages? I started Project life in mid 2011 when I moved states to Queensland. I completed my first full year on 2012. I really don’t set a specific time for my pages and work on them as time allows. Usually late at night.. but I do try to get to them at least once a week.

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“I have always done the traditional 12x12 Project life Layouts and continue to do so. When it ain’t broken, stick to it!”

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Do you have a dedicated Project Life space? Yes I do. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our spare/guest/scrap room. We are currently renting so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not perfect or ideal but I squeeze a lot into my little space and everything is right at hand. Printer, album, cards, embellishments are literally at arms length.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;When it comes to embellishing I love wood veneers and stick on alphabets the most by far.â&#x20AC;?

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Do you do any other scrapping? No, not really. I have a long list of “back projects” that I want to do traditionally but time and inspiration always seems in short supply. I am subscribing to the Ali Edwards Story Kit this year and hope it may help unblock the inspiration part. Fingers Crossed.

How long does it take to make a spread? This is the 6 million dollar question. There are days where BAM! I get it done in an hour! Other days a layout can take a week to finish because of the piecemeal way I keep coming back to it. I have realised that sometimes I may get a random idea in my head, something I want to try out and I can be really productive then and other times it just does not happen.

Do you print your photos at home? Yes I do. I have an Epson Picture Mate for 4x6 photos and I have an A3+ Epson R3000 for larger prints.

What camera do you tend to use the most? I use my iPhone a lot but, when not using my iPhone and I want really special pictures I use my Canon 5D Mk II.

Do you jot things down through the week or do you have any tips for keeping track of what you have done? Other than the odd note on my iPhone as mentioned before I don’t. I tend to wing it when I am putting the layout together. Part of what keeps me as up to date as I can be otherwise I forget stuff.

How do you organise your supplies? Well in my crammed space it’s all over the place. Having said that there is method in my madness and I do actually have specific places for things. I use my shelf, buckets and other bits for storage. As for the Project Life kits, I always keep those in their original box. For me it makes the process of choosing cards easier.

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For me the best thing about Project Life is I get to jam in LOTS of photos. Not being able to do that is what turned me off traditional type scrapbooking in the first place. I also get to be fairly up to date with our family memory keeping and that makes me truly happy.

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What do you find is the most challenging thing when it comes to Project Life? Limiting myself to only so many photos and so many stories is a big challenge. I know I could say something about every single photo but, that is just not conducive to getting pages completed and is anyone really gonna read it all? Also limiting the photos I use is a challenge. Culling photos from the many I take is a challenge for me most of the time.

What are your tips for staying organised and up to date? Hmmm… I’m not sure that I would call myself organised or up to date but if I was to give some tips that help me get it done it would be these: 1. Take at least one photo every day. Seriously it’s key. 2. If you are not good at remembering why you took photos keep a diary or notes. I occasionally jot little notes in my “notes” app on my iPhone. 3. Not too many kits. For me, too many kits can be overwhelming and anyone starting out may feel the same. If you limit to one or two then the process of getting it done and staying up to date is so much easier.

Get to know Petra on her blog here> And see Petra’s Project Life videos here>

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Our Pocket Page Jot Girls share their ideas on embellishing their pocket pages. What are their top embellishments, favourite places to shop and how do they approach their pockets when it comes time to adding those little extra touches. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s read what they have to say.

Beshka Kueser What THREE embellishments always seem to find their way onto your pages?

out, add a pop dot to the back and stick it somewhere as my embellishment. Love doing this!

Embellishments that often find their way onto my pages are veneers, hybrid/ digital elements and stamps.

What do you use for titles?

What is your embellishment process? My embellishing often comes last after everything has been pocketed.

Do you make your own embellishments? I like to print digital elements and turn them into embellishments. An example would be a colored circle with a nifty word in the center: I print the circle, cut it

Usually for titles I use letter stickers + thickers. I also like to use my handwriting cut out, hoping to use that more in 2015.

Where are your favourite places to shop when it comes to finding embellishments? For my digital elements I go to digitaldesignessentials.com and for other elements/embellishments I like to shop at Gossamer Blue, Scrapbook And More, Becky Higgins and Studio Calico.

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Petra Corcoran What THREE embellishments always seem to find their way onto your pages? My three most used embellishments are: veneers, alphas of all sorts, any word/ script stickers.

What is your embellishment process? I always embellish last. I have ideas as I am working through a layout but put them on last usually after completing my title or week review card.

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Do you make your own embellishments? Occasionally I make my own cuts using a Silhouette. 99% of these are either script words or borders.

What do you use for titles? Definitely thickers.

Where are your favourite places to shop when it comes to finding embellishments? This really depends as I go all over the place. Locally either Polkadot Creative , Kellie stamps for stamps and Papertrenz. Internationally it would be Ali Edwards, Studio Calico and Freckled Fawn.

Leanne Allinson What THREE embellishments always seem to find their way onto your pages? Enamel dots, stamps and lots of stickers!

What is your embellishment process? Embellishing is my last resort. After I have added my photos and journaling, I look at the areas on my spread where I can enhance the story with subliminal messages through embellishment. Sometimes a simple image or stamped phrase can trigger extra memories that cannot always be included in the journaling process.

Do you make your own embellishments? I do make my own embellishments, especially if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have

on hand immediately! I love using my Silhouette Portrait cutting machine to help create custom phrases or filler cards.

What do you use for titles? I love to use small alphas for my titles. My favourites are the Jillibean Soup Alphabeans (so many amazing colours) and the textured Prima Alphas.

Where are your favourite places to shop when it comes to finding embellishments? I love shopping for my goodies via Sassy Scrapper (an online store in Victoria, Australia). But I am always searching for fun clear stamps to use. The stamp sentiments from The Scraptastic Kit Club store have some great value products and I am now getting quite the collection!

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Beshka and Leanne share some fun, fresh and inspiring ways to create your own journaling cards for your back to school pocket pages.

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Beshka Kueser These cards took just minutes to make and are mostly a combination of stamps, chipboard and flair.

I took this filler card just a step further and added some machine stitching. To make this one I took a plain 3x4 card and stamped â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;back to schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on it over and over, creating a pattern. I then cut the stamped card and another patterned card at a diagonal. I then stitched two of those pieces onto another card and added some flair. Easy peasy.

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Leanne Allinson This trio of cards come from my Project Life spread this week.

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I used the Amy Tangerine Thickers with a similar script font to the cards I printed to accent the layout.

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Petra Corcoran Queensland This is my week 4 of my 2015 Project Life. I used the Becky Higgins / Amy Tangerine Plus One Edition as my jumping off point. Concentrating on black and yellow, I placed my cards among my photos. As always I add all my digital brushes (mostly Ali Edwards Design) and white borders digitally before printing the photos out. Jot Magazine 158

ON the right side I wanted to add an extra 6x4 photo so rather than putting in a flip pocket or something similar I just cut one photo in half placing it across two 3x4 pockets of the Becky Higgins Design A page protector.

With cutting photos to spread across multiple pockets, I have a few golden rules I try to follow so that the picture looks â&#x20AC;&#x153;rightâ&#x20AC;? 1. Never cut through a face. 2. Do not cut off at neck 3. Do not cut off at joints eg: wrists, knees, ankles. If you can move the focus of the photo away from the cut line by either making it bigger, smaller or moving the picture over, do it. Ideally the cut just should take place in any white or dead space in a picture. Jot Magazine 159

On my Week Three spread, there was a blank space in the top right corner. I knew I wanted to mimic the watercolour script from the bottom left, but didn’t have any suitable words. I found a free font via Pinterest and transferred the text to my Silhouette software. After tracing the words “& now” in the Silhouette program, I resized and welded the alphas together to create my own cut file - a script similar to the one from the bottom corner. But instead of cutting the file from patterned paper, I used watercolour paper. From here I sprayed the cut out words with water and painted it with Heidi Swapp Colorshine (Mint & Navy) to create an ombre effect.

Leanne Allinson Queensland

This Project Life spread has documented Week Three in our crazy lives! It was the week before school resumed and the long weekend was about celebrating Australia Day!

Leanne’s blog

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TOP PHOTO | Taking screen shots on my iPhone of my weather app has been a useful documentation tool for my Project Life. For the last few years, the week before school starts back, has been traditionally wet! I wanted to record our weather situation to remind us how much the weather can affect our day to day living and preparation for back to school. I’ve combined three different screen shots into one square image by using a collage app called Diptic.

BOTTOM PHOTO | I love to have white space on my Project Life spreads but I also love to create layers. Especially on journaling cards! In this pocket I’ve trimmed patterned paper to 4x6 to use as my background and added a 3x4 journaling cards off centre to the right. After typing my journaling, I’ve layered a coordinating die-cut ephemera, a brad for extra dimension and a stamp in turquoise to carry the colour through from the bottom layer.

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Repeat the same elements throughout your spread to simplify things and to make the process faster. I kept the chipboard hearts out on my desk and added one whenever I felt that an embellishment was needed. It saved me the time going through my stash to search for different hearts or other elements.

Meghann Andrew USA

This spread is from my ‘Week In The Life’ documentation that I did at the end of October 2014, which I am adding into my monthly Project Life album. Since I usually document only a photo a day for my regular spreads, this project gives more detail from our daily lives. To save myself time searching through product, I used cards and pieces from the September Scraptastic Club This Life Noted kit and added on with extra embellishments from my stash. Meghann’s blog TIP: Stick to 1 or 2 different fonts to give the spread a congruent look. I kept to a script and a typewriter font.

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To add thick embellishments, like flair, to my album, I always affix them on the top of the page protector, so that they don’t stretch out the pocket and create glare while I’m photographing my spreads.

Tip: To add typed text to the triangular space in my ‘hello sunshine’ card, I first scanned the card in as a JPEG, popped the image into Photoshop Elements and added a text block over the top of the image. When I printed the page, I turned off the card layer, printing only the text and used non-permanent adhesive to adhere the card to the top of the printed page before running it back through the printer again.

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Sometimes I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have much to say but I want to say something...text strips on photos are perfect for this!

Beshka Kueser Germany My second week for Project Life 2015! January is always a hard one. After all the holiday brouhaha, I am pretty lax with the documenting during the month of January. I tend not to stress and just work with what I have...it usually works out okay (and a good color combo never hurts to distract from that!!).

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I love my cutting machine and if I can find a way to squeeze cuts into pockets I will!! Here I did double duty with the monthly theme, cutting JAN out of a January monthly filler card, then attached a piece of patterned scrap paper to the back and finished my filler card off with a text strip of the dates for the week I am on. I love easy, and this was definitely easy!

TOP PHOTO | I like white space and I like for white space to be white space, but sometimes it just begs to be filled. I love this photo and the moment it captures but it was begging for more! I started by adding the mountain to the corner followed by the date and then the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;firstâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; acrylic piece. I kept it monotone but felt it needed just a tiny bit of color, so I threw a piece of washi onto the mountain. Done. Before the photo just blended into my spread but now it really stands out, which is what I wanted for one of my kiddos firsts. Jot Magazine 165

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Belinda Spencer - South Australia This Project Life spread is my first one ever and since creating it I have really â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;caught the bugâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. I have tried to create a miniature scrapbook layout in each pocket. I have included a sweet gold deer embellishment to compliment the subject of my photo.

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Belinda has used lots of pinks, browns and creams for her Week 1 spread which gives a shabby chic feel.

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Jodie King

Sunshine Coast, Australia

I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important in our Project Life spreads to record not only the every day happenings of ourselves and our family but also things like the change of season. This week gave me a great opportunity to do that with the blooming of wattle flowers in our area and some perfect beach weather to enjoy the start of Spring.

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Jodie’s blog Jodie’s used a combination of journaling strips and journaling cards she has printed out for this week’s spread.

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Jodie York The Jot Team - NSW

Week five of our Project Life album for 2015. I say ‘our’ because this project is very much a family affair.

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Supply List | Stamps from Kellie Stamps. Far Far Away Studio Calico Project Life kit. White textured cards from Becky Higgins. Black Stazon ink. Black felt tip Artline pen.

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Andrea Gray

Andrea’s blog

Northern California, USA

Using a wide variety of colors and products that all work together, this layout tells the story of one day in the life I live with my family.

Sue Ko

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I used Creative Retreatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s December kit for this layout showcasing my favorites from the holiday season. I love the soft colors combined with a balance of both glitter and wood embellishments! Christmas had a special sparkle this year with a nearly two-year-old!

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It’s back to school in Shari’s household and one little person is not a happy camper as a new school girl!


dear diary. You know, when I sit down and think about it, I might actually be quite bonkers. Said in my very best Maxwell Smart voice, I was “this close” to having life on easierstreet.

One finishing high school…. The next entering the final stages… but WHAM here I go again from the very beginning with Gina just starting her school career. Jot Magazine 174

Now the clock’s restarted and there’s only 13 years of this left to go…. I may need to buy shares in Moccona. I’d love to say the start to the school year has been saccharine sweet and hiccup free but hey, just between you and me, that wouldn’t be truthful.

It might be simplest if I share the recent events of back-to-school child-by-child, beginning from the easiest and ending with Gina!

Liam, despite barely touching a writing utensil last year, finished school with results good enough to earn him a university place where he’s enrolled to study law. Subsequently he believes he’s gifted, I feel he was lucky… but at the end of the day he’s motivated, organized and ready to launch into tertiary education. I’m proud and he’s pumped, so we’ll call that one a win! After only a few weeks, Scott has settled soundly into the 2015 school routine. Same great friends, same trusty school bag and we’ve only missed one day of term so far. Swimming carnival. And I think I may have mumbled something to the school about him having allergies that day. Rightly so, like his mother he’s always been allergic to swimming carnivals and it was lovely to spend the day with him. Shhhhhh don’t tell the Education Authorities!

Now Gina. Where do I start? Her first year of school in a class full of the other knee-high darlings dressed in matching oversized uniforms and she claims to hate it. Her teacher is very lovely, the teacher aide friendly and funny and the classroom airconditioned. I ask you Dear Diary, what’s not to love about that! Let alone the fun of a new playground, the joy of home readers and sight words.

But still, she says she doesn’t like school. In the mornings I’d believe that… as there’s only been one drop off so far where she hasn’t needed to be peeled from my leg.

Mind you, all of the other children have been happily sitting on the carpet after bidding their mums farewell and I feel Gina’s daily performances must then be an adequate replacement for the kiddie morning shows they’d surely be missing.

Not all bad news though, because by pick up time her lunch box is empty (she’s eating so that’s a good sign, right?) and I find her waiting on the mat in her classroom, in quite good spirits. It gives me hope that it must one day become easier. It’s a different primary school to the one both boys attended and I must say I’m very impressed so far. She’s developed the wonderful habit of raising her hand at home to comment or ask me something. I quite like that. Just as I’m enjoying the evening-time floor shows which seem to be a medley of hymns about being loved and courageous, truly cute enough to make me almost forget the trauma of morning drop offs! But not quite.

The back to school routine is great Dear Diary but when are the holidays? I hope you’ll help me keep my sanity until then! Till next time Shari xx

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 preschooler) 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.

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