Jot Issue 6 2014
documenting life. telling stories. taking pictures. paper crafting.
paper CRAFTING magazine
for the modern
Itâ€™s our first birthday jotmagazine.com 1
special birthday feature
It’s been one year since I nervously uploaded the very first issue of Jot to the newly built Jot website. I was not expecting such an overwhelmingly positive response to Jot. But it seems I’d struck a chord out there in paper crafting land -- which was both terrifying and exhilarating. Jot has gained momentum very quickly and sometimes I step back and take a breath and pinch myself (not literally as that would really hurt) at how fast things have grown. In some ways it’s like Jot has been around for a life time as it feels like Jot and I are long lost friends. We “get” each other. Back at the end of 2012 I applied for a job. A “real” job - a dress in heels and wear office clothes and actually work with other people and sit in the lunchroom eating my packed lunch working for someone else kinda job. It was as a marketing assistant for a publishing company. I was feeling frustrated and stuck with Etzcetera magazine and didn’t know how to move forward. I felt out of the scrapbook industry loop and my online home for 8 years was changing. I barely scrapbooked anymore. Or blogged. And the majority of my online friends didn’t even make layouts anymore.
I was never so sad when Julie Love, friend, avid obsessed scrapbooker and someone I first met when we were both Scrapbooking Memories Masters packed up all her supplies and gave them to her mother. I missed her work. Julie Love could turn ANY object into a beyond the page masterpiece! I was sad not to see Erica Robinson (then Glover) and her beautiful kids and stories on her layouts anymore. And I was disappointed that Mishell Lancett and Roz James and Kate Mason and so many more from “my crowd” no longer made their beautiful layouts. So, feeling a little lost, I applied for the marketing job - despite not having worked for anyone but myself for many years. Two interviews later and I got the job. I was speechless, terrified and quietly excited that perhaps this was my answer to feeling stuck. Besides .. how wonderful would it be to actually be paid a proper, regular wage and to not have to worry about business stuff. During my second interview, the CEO asked about Etzcetera. He commented about trying to succeed in the general crafts industry and that in his vast experience, general craft publications didn’t sell or perform as well as niche/single crafts titles.
That idea stuck with me.
Unlike me with the job. I only stayed a day. The staff were lovely but here I was doing all the tasks for them that I should have been doing for my own business and it was unfair to stay on with an employer who genuinely needed someone to help them when my heart was elsewhere. I sometimes think what things would be like now if I’d stayed there with that job.. And the real truth is...
Jot would never have happened. Jot was an idea swirling in the back of my head for a few months, quietly telling me this was a good idea. I kept pushing the idea away but Jot didn’t give up! Several months after the shortest marketing assistant career in history, in January 2013, I caught the Project Life bug. Bad. And suddenly I knew what niche publication I HAD to do. While my scrapping world had changed, the fact that so many people love to document their lives had not changed.. and now they wanted to do it in an instant..Whether that was by adding a photo to Instagram, uploading a Facebook comment or taking photos with their phone.. people were still documenting life and doing so very passionately. You can read more about how I chose the name Jot here, but eventually, after asking for guidance during a quiet reflection one weekend at the beach on our annual Church Camp, the name Jot popped into my head and refused to jump out again.
And so Jot it was. I’ve had a really beautiful first year with Jot. I’ve been fortunate to have welcomed in a talented and supportive Jot Girls team as well as my right hand girl Lisa Pate. Jot is still so new and it’s been awesome to have been recognised by some of the big players in
the paper crafts industry. So far we have had the chance to partner with Heidi Swapp, Becky Higgins, American Crafts and Craft House. And we have plans for many more joint ventures. At the time of writing this, our last issue had eclipsed all our other issues with 522,000+ readers.
I am very thankful for our beautiful Jot audience. Jot has blossomed to include our membership site the Jot Spot and our new classroom space.. Jot Workshops. We are just about to run our very first Jot Pockets 6 week class to help you beat Project Life overwhelm PLUS we have our monthly Mood Board challenges and regular blog posts. And I feel we’ve only just scratched the surface of Jot’s potential. I remember a scene in my beloved Gilmore Girls TV series where Lorelei, Suki and Michel were at the trial run of their about to open Dragonfly Inn (for non Gilmore Girls fans, hang in there as I do have a point to make).. After mishaps and ups and downs and a roller coaster ride of emotions, Lorelei turned to the others that first night in business and said simply, “this is gonna work”. And that’s the feeling I had when Jot first hit the digital news stands. That deep instinct of a feeling. This is gonna work. And while I have had my own share of ups and downs and oh my God this is too much work for one person and I can’t afford to hire anyone, and what on earth am I doing.. I know deep down, despite the stress I sometimes feel, that I am on the right track and I can figure things out as I go along.
Happy first birthday to my friend Jot and thank you to you guys.. Our readers.. for without our audience there would be no Jot.
Kim Archer | Publisher jotmagazine.com 3
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EDITOR’S LETTER QUICK LAYOUT CONFETTI with Lisa Pate HEIDI + BECKY VISIT THE JOT GIRLS SHOWCASE BEHIND THE SCENES Lisa Pate OUR FIRST BIRTHDAY FEATURE 1ST BIRTHDAY GALLERY GUEST BOOKS project PRETTY PACKAGES BLOGGER Natalie Elphinstone STRIPES gallery STORY TELLING Winter SHOPPING: Winter products MEGA PHOTOS gallery JOURNALING CARDS PROJECT POCKET PAGE SHOWCASE SPOTTED DEAR DIARY - Shari Brewer INSTAGLAM - Sue Tonga
It’s our first birthday.
We’ve got a bumper special insert this issue celebrating our first birthday. Check out birthday layouts, Project Life cards, party guest books and pretty gift wrapped packaging ideas.
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layout Anna Alan
The photos on my layout were taken on a day that was actually a sad day for me but it brought about many positive, thoughts and sentiments and reminded me that life is short - make the most of it. I want to be able to live life to the fullest and document not just the photographic snapshots but the thoughts and feelings of that moment in time. Scrapbooking really is great therapy. I always feel so uplifted and empowered when I get creative. Enjoy today - because you are alive!
Use frames to define your photos so they donâ€™t get lost on a busy background.
Using offcuts and leftovers of patterned papers in my stash, I have created a photo mat for my layout.
I have spritzed the white cardstock with Heidi Swapp ColorShine to create a splattered look for the background. Cluster embellishments in two different places to add some depth and more detail.
I have used a stamp and my own handwriting to add meaningful sentiments to the page YOUR CHALLENGE:
I tend to hoard my paper scraps and a nice pile accumulates pretty quickly. My challenge is to firstly, use up your scraps on your layout, and secondly, record a poignant moment in your life that has had a lasting effect on you. Something you have learnt, something that means a great deal to you, or something you always want to remember.
Did you take the challenge? Head to our CHALLENGE PAGE to share your layout.
confetti little bits + pieces from around the web. Curated by Lisa Pate Todayâ€™s theme // cloudy with a chance of....
paper clouds Add a touch of whimsy with these beautifully crafted magnets, perfect for attaching notes and reminders. From Southern Sky Art, find their store here>>
softly raining Adding a little softness to your bedroom or a corner of your home is easy with this adorable cloud pillow. Cloud and Rain pillow from The Alphabet Monkey here>>
zip it up
We love this sweet felt purse for carrying around our spare change. Found on Pinterest here>>
sad rain clouds We found the perfect card to tell someone you are going to miss them. Sad To See You Go card is from Handmades by Rovena here>>
cupcake toppers Simply sweet! How cute are these for your next batch of cupcakes? We love the simple design and look closely.. theyâ€™re glittery clouds for some added party sparkle. Designed by Unify Handmade here>> jotmagazine.com 9
dreamy clouds Keep your head in the clouds with this delightful journal. Ideal for sketching, journaling or simply jotting down your hopes and dreams. This A5 hard book notepad is from Bread And Jam here on etsy>> jotmagazine.com 10
fuzzy felt Love a little embellishing? So do we! These felt clouds would be perfect on a card, scrapbook page or any crafting project and come in a rainbow of fun felt colours. Available from Chantalle Vandenberg here in her Etsy store>>
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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HEIDI + BECKY
heidi + becky DOWN UNDER
Did you catch Heidi Swapp or Becky Higgins, or maybe BOTH if you were lucky ducks during their recent Australian tour in conjunction with Spotlight stores? Or maybe you caught up with Becky and the team from Craft House at the Project Life Party day in Sydney? Here at Jot, we were ecstatic when Heidi contacted us about the possibility of the Jot Girls coming on board to help them promote their upcoming tour. Within days, the girls all had packages bursting with Heidi and Becky products and they dived in immediately to start creating. While we shared a lot of the projects on our Jot blog, I wanted to share some of the other layouts and projects the Jot Girls have continued to make - it was a GENEROUS kit.
See more of the Jot Girlsâ€™ work using the kits here on the Jot blog>> jotmagazine.com 13
out and about // the Jot Girls meet up with Heidi + Becky and each other. 2.
HEIDI + BECKY
ABOVE | More signing for Heidi during her recent Spotlight, Australian tour with Becky Higgins. And Jot Girl + Heidi Swapp Media Team member Kim Jeffress catches up with Heidi during the Master Class in Melbourne.
<<meeting up 1. Jot Girls Mardi Winen and Kim Jeffress meet up in Adelaide during Heidi’s Spotlight visit. 2. Publisher of Jot Magazine, Kim Archer (pictured right) with right hand girl Lisa Pate meeting Becky Higgins in Sydney at Craft House’s Project Life party. 3. Jot Girl Sharmaine met up with Becky in Hobart.
Bundle Just for Jot readers
Our friends at Craft House have a special offer to help us celebrate our first birthday. They’ve put together a beautiful gift bundle of Project Life products at a special just for Jot readers discounted price. Read more here.
4. Heidi gets busy signing copies of her Love Your Handwriting Book. If you’ve been scrapbooking for a long time, you may even have one of these books in your collection.
WHAT WE created.
The Jot Girls were fortunate enough to receive the kits Heidi Swapp and Becky Higgins used in their recent Master Class in Melbourne during their recent visit to Australia. Here’s
what some of our Jot team girls created using the kits. You can see the rest of the projects right here on our Jot Blog.
friends - my girls Kim Jeffress - The Jot Team
Kim has created a photo collage of “selfie” photos celebrating some of the online friends she met during the Heidi + Becky tour.
HEIDI + BECKY
Kim Stewart - The Jot Team Kim knows how to layer and here she has used the Heidi + Becky kit to create this fresh and fun layout with plenty of layered elements. jotmagazine.com 17
Stephanie Bryan - The Jot Team I fell in love with the Heidi Swapp Hello Today acrylic stars as soon as I opened my box of goodies. I love the contrast of colors - the pop of blue with the softer mint green. Iâ€™ve made a page similar to this before and love using something like stars as the background for my page. I started by just randomly laying them on my page, trying to mix some of the open stars with solid stars. Then I layered on my larger photo, patterned paper and stickers for a simple finish.
SUPPLIES | Heidi Swapp Hello Today - acrylic stars, chipboard stickers. Other: Patterned paper: October Afternoon, American Crafts. Cardstock: Bazzill Basics.
Sheree Forcier - The Jot Team
My layout uses half a memory file for the background and then another half memory file under my photo. The stars and banner were perfect for my boy themed layout of Riley with one of his first school awards! The Heidi Swapp block stamp created beautifully crisp images too!
SUPPLIES | All products are from the kit except the Heidi Swapp â€˜Shineâ€™ word from Spotlight, washi tape, book paper, twine & black ink.
Sheree Forcier - The Jot Team
The kit is amazing and packed with beautiful product! I decided to cut one of the cute memory files in half for my layout background, used some Heidi Swapp ColorShine from my stash with the masks to create my heart feature and the rest of the layout fell into place with all the coordinating embellishments and stickers!
All products on this page are from the kit with the exception of the Heidi Swapp Color Shine, twine, tag and black ink.
Stephanie Bryan - The Jot Team
I just love all of Heidi Swapp’s stamp sets. The script font is so simple, but so stunning on a page. I wanted to add several different stamps to my background and decided to create my own script “patterned paper” using a repetition of stamps. I stamped them with pink ink on white card stock and ended up layering a piece of vellum over the paper to soften the pink a little. I finished my page with a 4x6 photo on a few paper layers and several lovely embellishments from Heidi’s kit.
SUPPLIES | Heidi Swapp Hello Today - Stamps, chipboard embellishments, banners, stickers. Other: white card stock, vellum, die cuts, glitter.
Lauren Hender - The Jot Team
I promised my sister that I would create a project for her for Christmas but as time moved quickly I couldn’t meet the deadline. The beautiful Heidi Swapp ‘Hello Today’ range inspired me to finally fulfil this promise.
Yvette Adams - The Jot Team Yvetteâ€™s layout tells the story of her nephew Xander who after watching his grandma blow drying her hair, raced off and grabbed his toy drill so he could copy and have his own hair dryer.
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Jot just continues to grow bigger and bigger and we would love to invite you to be part of our new issue. We are looking for AWESOME layouts to include in some of our galleries. If you would like to have your work included in upcoming issues of Jot, make sure you check out our SUBMISSION GUIDELINES page on our website here>>
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behind THE SCENES Jot Girl Lisa shares her creative process.
Lisa and the rest of the Jot Girls were fortunate enough to receive kits from The Heidi Swapp + Becky Higgins Spotlight Tour recently held here in Australia. Lisa has used her kit to create this layout.
I‘m a bit of a fan girl when it comes to patterns, collage and stitching. Rather than use the Project Life insert cards in the traditional manner, I decided to cut them up and collage a fun background. • • • • •
Cut your base cardstock to the size you want your finished collage - mine is 6 x 6 inches Cut the Project Life card into strips and using double sided tape adhere them to your base as shown. Use your sewing machine to stitch into place. Add extra embellishments. I stamped over the collaged base, sprayed and dripped ColorShine plus added other lumpy embellishments from the Heidi Swapp range. Finish by adding your photo.
special birthday feature
it’s our first birthday It’s our first birthday and we are in celebration mode! Welcome to our special birthday bonanza feature where we showcase birthday layouts, gift wrap ideas and a few party guest books. CHECK IT OUT>> 30 1ST BIRTHDAY PARTY SCRAPBOOKING GALLERY 41 PARTY GUEST BOOKS - two ideas 46 GET WRAPPED - pretty gift packaging ideas
Stephanie Bryan - The Jot Team Birthday photos are my favorite! I had so much fun looking back through our old photos for this project. I found these few of my sonâ€™s first birthday and I knew they would be perfect together on a layout. I cropped and printed my photos at roughly 3x3 inches which allowed me to cluster them together in the middle of the page and sprinkle a few embellishments here and there around my photos.
SUPPLIES | Patterned Papers: Crate Paper, American Crafts, Pink Paislee, Studio Calico. Cardstock: Bazzill. Embellishments: Crate Paper, Two Peas, American Crafts, Studio Calico.
Kim Jeffress - The Jot Team My eldest who will be seven this year had a little party at home with a few family and friends when he turned one. He was going through a clingy stage at that time and wanted to be by my side the whole time.
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SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Bella Blvd. Cardstock: American Crafts. Embellishments: Pebbles stickers, Jillibean Soup die cut card, Heidi Swapp glitter frame, Heidi Swapp stamps, Heidi Swapp ink pads, Heidi Swapp water color number, Heidi Swapp ColorShine
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<<so much fun Amanda Hall - The Jot Team
My mother-in-law helped me make these fabulous Teletubbies costumes for my twinsâ€™ first birthday. Everyone came dressed up and we had so much fun - although Georgia and Kelsey cried the entire time they were Teletubbies and were terrified when there was a surprise visit from the Bananas in Pyjamas (their aunties dressed up!) Now that they are 15 it seems so long ago but still very, very funny. SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Crate paper, Heidi Swapp. Alphabets: October Afternoon. Embellishments: Heidi Swapp, Kikki K, October Afternoon, enamel dots, washi tape, felt hearts. Other: Labeller - date stamp, cotton thread, circle punch
Lauren Hender - The Jot Team Use layers such as flair buttons, stamps and stickers to build a cluster as a feature on your layout.
SUPPLIES | Heidi Swapp, October Afternoon, Flutterby Designs, Maggie Holmes.
Sheree Forcier - The Jot Team It was so much fun looking back at Madisonâ€™s first birthday photos. It seems so long ago and I was surprised to find out I hadnâ€™t already scrapped them. I chose one of my favourites taken on that special day for this page.
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SUPPLIES Patterned Paper: Crate paper, American Crafts. Cardstock: American Crafts. Alphabets: American Crafts, Making Memories. Embossing Folder: Crate Paper. Embellishments: Crate Paper. Other: Heidi Swapp Color Shine, button, small white tag, date stamp, Memento Black ink, vellum
what a fun guy
Mardi Winen - The Jot Team Our beautiful boy turned one in February.... perfect timing for a layout. Iâ€™ve used lots of paper, machine stitching and Impasto medium to create texture and layers on my layout.
SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Crate paper, Jillibean soup, Echo park, Bella. Alphabets: My Minds Eye. Embellishments: Elleâ€™s Studio tags, Studio Calico transparency, Heidi Swapp stars, word. Other: Labeller American Crafts stamp , sewing machine, wooden peg Impasto medium, mask, Studio Calico Mister Hueys mist.
today she is 1
Sharmaine Kruijver - The Jot Team
Would you believe I have never scrapped a first birthday page!! So I was excited to pull out a photo of our eldest daughter, scan it and scrap it. For something fun I made the little party hat to add to my photo of her.
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SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Basic Grey. Cardstock: Bazzill. Alphabets: American Crafts, Nonsense. Embellishments: American Crafts stickers, October Afternoon flair, Pink Fresh Studio wood veneer, Freckled Fawn enamel dots, Cocoa Daisy ink. Other: Labeller - Typewriter, twine, mist spray, date stamp.
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Kim Archer - The Jot Team
Way back when my kids were celebrating first birthdays, I had yet to discover the magic of digital cameras and I hadnâ€™t yet discovered scrapbooking. So this is the only photo of Capri, now 15, on her first birthday. I relished the trip down memory lane to scrap this photo of our Christmas little poppet in her new birthday dress. SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Crate Paper, Studio Calico woodgrain, Project Life journaling cards - Dear Lizzy. Embellishments: enamel dots, black wooden peg, Studio Calico wood veneer, paper doily, Heidi Swapp, Prima. Other: Heidi Swapp ColorShine, alphabet masks, Elsie Larson girl circle, fabric scraps, Silhouette die cut vine, washi tape,
make. share. move. inspire
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youâ€™re invited Make your next event even more special by hand crafting a beautiful guest book which not only gets the party guests involved but helps you build a beautiful keepsake of your event.
PROJECTS | AMANDA HALL * MARDI WINEN jotmagazine.com 41
sophie and tim
By Amanda Hall - The Jot Team
letâ€™s get hitched - an engagement guest book This guest book is made for a rustic, simple and quirky wedding or engagement. Each guest can pick a tag or Polaroid photo (or even take their own Polaroid), leave a little message and pop it in the book. I decided against a fancier front cover - keeping it simple and mimicking an etching of love into a tree. SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Kaisercraft, Maggie Holmes Cardstock: Kikki K file folders. Embellishments: washi tape, Heidi Swapp, October Afternoon, Studio Calico, Typo Polaroids, Fancy Pants tags. Other: typewriter, stapler, silhouette cut file for heart.
By Mardi Winen - The Jot Team
Twenty one today. Twenty one today. This is the guest book I have made to be used at my daughter Brionyâ€™s upcoming 21st birthday party. I used a chipboard album with quite a number of pages so I am hoping to not only leave it out for the guests to write in, but also hoping to include a few photos from the night afterwards so that she has a lovely reminder of the evening. I kept the supplies to a minimum and repeated the theme throughout the pages. Each page has a tag feature and some misting which keeps it consistent all the way through. Plus by repeating the elements, it came together quickly and easily.
SUPPLIES | Mini Album: Melissa Frances. Patterned paper: Crate Paper. Alphabets, Basic Grey. Embellishments: Crate paper tags, Sizzlet little leaves die, Heidi Swapp ephemera, Studio Calico Mister Hueyâ€™s mist. Other: Machine stitching
Did you take the challenge? Head to our CHALLENGE PAGE to share your layout.
Donâ€™t you just love gifts that are wrapped so beautifully you donâ€™t want to open them? Our Jot Girls Kim Jeffress, Mardi Winen, Yvette Adams, Lisa Pate, Sheree Forcier, Yana Smakula and Kim Stewart share some truly beautiful gift wrapping ideas.
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Map Box by Mardi Winen Use map paper and layered flowers tied up with black cord for an eclectic gift wrap idea. SUPPLIES | Embellishments: Prima flower, paper flowers (unknown), Heidi Swapp rub-on, Sizzlet leaf die Other: map paper, twine, tag.
Butterfly Box by Kim Stewart SUPPLIES: Chipboard box, gesso, acrylic paint, patterned paper, satin ribbon, paper cut word love and heart, air dry clay for hearts, stencil
Pillow Boxes by Yvette Adams ABOVE | A pillow box is the perfect size to hold something like a pair of earrings or a brooch. PILLOWBOX SUPPLIES | Cardstock. Alphabets: American Crafts. Other: ribbon, lace, cord, die cut label, feathers.
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Flower Gift Boxes by Yana Smakula SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Bella BLVD. Cardstock: Bazzill Basics. Gift Box Board: We R Memory Keepers. Dies & Machine: Spellbinders (Circles for the flowers). Gems: Dovecraft. Floss: General Craft Supply Store.
Pom Pom Box by Sheree Forcier SUPPLIES | Patterned Paper: Crate Paper. Stamps: Stampinâ€™ Up, Simple Stories. Ink: Stampinâ€™ Up. Embossing Folder: Lifestyle Crafts. Other: yarn, white tag, Clover Pom Pom Maker, Fabric
A pretty gift is easy to achieve with just a few fun supplies you have on hand.
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ABOVE | No 5 Gift Box by Kim Jeffress Supplies : American Crafts cardstock, Pebbles Inc Patterned paper, American Crafts twine, May Arts ribbon, Heidi Swapp die-cut
ABOVE | A fun fringed and beaded package idea from Lisa Pate that is bursting with colour and texture. jotmagazine.com 49
meet designer and
blogger Natalie Elphinstone One Scrappy Doctor
One Scrappy Doctor blogger and designer Natalie Elphinstone lives in the coastal suburbs of Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two young daughters Bethany and Moriah. Natalie is, yep you guessed it by her blog title, a doctor - an Obstetrician to be precise and describes her blog as scrapbook orientated, painfully honest and overwhelmingly passionate. Blogging for five years Natalie says her first post went up in April 2009 and she mainly blogs about her scrapbooking adventures, the method behind her creative process and the stories that have inspired her layouts. “But I hold nothing back,” Natalie says, “And I’m not afraid to be “real” - so yes there are stories about my toilet training battles, my crafting failures and my wonderfully rewarding but occasionally gory profession.”
I am an Obstetrician by day and a scrapbooker by night (a stunning photo
above of Natalie at work).
I live in Melbourne, Australia. I love nothing more than the squeal of joy and patter of two girls running towards me for hugs when I walk in the door at night. I make mainly 12x12” layouts but quite a few cards too.
I eat quick carbs during work hours and then whatever glorious meals my amazing husband makes.
I drink more coffee than water some days.
I watch comedy sitcoms such as 30 Rock, Arrested Development, Parks and Recreation... the list goes on! I do count myself ridiculously blessed for all that I have in life
I am not.. a health-food junkie nor a fitness-freak. Not even close.
I document the big events, my working adventures, our day-to-day lives. Anything
that I consider important in the moment. I am passionate about.. this hobby as a way of passing down a snapshot of our lives for future generations to know us better.
At 9pm you will find me.. typically in my craft space. This is ‘my time’ where I get to relax and unwind. jotmagazine.com 52
Iâ€™ve always enjoyed being creative but for a long time focused on maths and science. Now I think I have struck the perfect balance.
What is the best thing about blogging? “That it’s essentially my diary. It just so happens to be online and available for anyone to read. Being able to interact with people who understand exactly where you’re coming from and who never cease to be encouraging and supportive is so wonderful.” Natalie grew up on a farm and still thinks of herself as a country girl. “I met my husband at the age of 19 and we were married two years later,” she says. “Still going strong 11 years and 2 daughters later - we’re hoping to enlarge our family sometime soon.”
What are your paper crafting highs so far? Being invited onto the Studio Calico Creative Team, being named as an Australian Scrapbooking Memories Master and just recently teaching alongside scrapbooking superstars like Becky Higgins, Ali Edwards, Heidi Swapp (and more!) for the Big Picture Classes National Scrapbooking Day events. These honours were not even imaginable 5 years ago when I started blogging, and I still barely consider them real today... sometimes I think I might still be dreaming.
Created for the Jot blog, we love Natalieâ€™s hand written script title on this layout. See more of Natalieâ€™s process and behind the scenes photos of this one right here>>
ABOVE | layered, pretty tags all in a row by Natalie Elphinstone
“If you come into my house you’re going to need to be prepared to face an obstacle course of my husband’s IT equipment, my scrapbooking stash and the girls’ princess dresses - we don’t value tidiness for it’s own sake - we’d rather the creative mess!”
Natalie says she always makes a big effort to be honest with her journaling as you can see in this layout about four year old Moriah and her â€œLady Rulesâ€?.
You will find Natalie hanging out most days over at Studio Calico and considers the community like her extended family. You can see Natalie’s Studio Calico gallery here>>
Connect with Natalie One Scrappy Doctor blog>> #natalieelph on Instagram>> One Scrappy Doctor on Facebook>> See what Natalie’s pinning on Pinterest>> Check out Nat’s YouTube videos here>> Lots to look at in Natalie’s flickR gallery here>>
Hello stripes! From striped paper and embellishments to stripey backgrounds and photos -- our stripes gallery will inspire!
Sheree Forcier - The Jot Team I love stripes and use them on almost every page I create. Iâ€™ve used lovely big ombre striped paper for the background of this page about my little photographer.
SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Crate Paper. Alphabets: American Crafts, October Afternoon. Wood Veneers: Studio Calico, American Crafts. Embellishments, Crate Paper, Studio Calico, Other: sequins, twine, small tag, stapler.
Amanda Hall - The Jot Team I love how bold stripes can be on your page - it can really make a statement! The teal of these big stripes looks so cool and refreshing - just like my soda water photo. Spots and stripes just seem to be the perfect pair so I was able to merge them a little in this layout.
SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes. Cardstock: Bazzill. Alphabets: Bazzill basics. Embellishments: Jenni Bowlin feathers, Heidi Swapp labels, Heidi Swapp chipboard, Bazzill Basics labels, October Afternoon labels. Other: cotton thread, circle punch, typewriter
Yana Smakula - The Jot Team Yana has used a strong striped patterned paper for her background and lots of stamping and layering to create her layout.
SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Fancy Pants, American Crafts, My Mind’s Eye, Project Life cards. Stickers: American Crafts, Fancy Pants, Jenni Bowlin. Stamps: American Crafts, Elle’s Studio. Alphabets: American Crafts.
Stephanie Bryan - The Jot Team Using patterned papers to create stripes on your background can make such a statement on your project. I decided to mix it up a little and layered my stripes vertically, rather than horizontal to create a more dramatic background against my horizontal photo. I chose a few neutral papers, as well as papers that had more of a pop of color to create a good balance and contrast.
Supplies | Patterned Papers: Crate Paper. Cardstock: Bazzill. Embellishments: Crate Paper. Die Cut: Silhouette store, Studio Calico. Mist: October Afternoon.
Mel Nunn - The Jot Team
Supplies | Patterned papers: Pebbles. Title: Heidi Swapp. Embellishments: Skipping 5 puffy geotag, Heidi Swapp stars and banner delight. Other: Gesso, Heidi Swapp stamps, white shipping tag, enamel dots.
Mardi Winen - The Jot Team I often scrap using strips of paper so that I can fill my page with lots of different papers and patterns. For this layout I simply added strips in rainbow colours from top to bottom, mixing up the patterns to add lots of visual interest.
SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Crate Paper, Pebbles, October Afternoon, Cardstock, American crafts. Alphabets: American Crafts. Embellishments: Elleâ€™s Studio tags and wood veneer, My Minds Eye enamel dots and buttons, American Crafts leaves. Studio Calico mist Other: Machine stitching, paper blossom, fabric scrap.
enjoy the day
Moon Lee - Taiwan
Since I’ve collected lots of barcode strips, this is a great chance to use them. And I do love how those colours go together with the photo of my nephew!
SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Prima, Webster’s Pages, Basic Grey, Heidi Swap, Simple Stories, October Afternoon. Embellishments: Studio Calico, Basic Grey. Mists and distress paint: Tattered Angels, Ranger.
Sharmaine Kruijver - The Jot Team This page is a little story that happened the other day. I do like a little quality control when it comes to my side of the bed .
SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Cocoa Daisy. Cardstock: Bazzill. Stickers: American Crafts. Die Cuts: Crate Paper. Overlays: Crate Paper. Vellum Die Cut: Crate Paper, Fussy Cut: Flutterby Designs. Font: KB Simple Brush. Flair: American Crafts. Other: Typewriter, sewing machine,pencil, ink, mist spray, date stamp.
Kim Jeffress - The Jot Team I used a combination of patterned paper that had stripes on it as well as cutting strips from patterned paper to create my layout. I used some fun machine stitching to create interest .
SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Heidi Swapp, Cardstock : American Crafts. Embellishments: Heidi Swapp. Stamps, ink pads, layered banner, acrylic words, shapes, ephemera.
Kim Archer - The Jot Team
Iâ€™ve added in strips of patterned paper and lots of machine stitching to create a striped background.
SUPPLIES | Cardstock: Bazzill. Patterned paper: Studio Calico Lemon Lush paper pad. Embellishments: sequins, enamel dots, Silhouette die-cut shapes and title, Heidi Swapp memory file tab, staples, button, hand stitching. Alphabet: American Crafts.
Lisa Pate - The Jot Team For my layout I started by creating a vertical striped background for my photo using printed transparencies and decorative tapes. It created a pretty busy and bold background so I added the star burst stripes to help draw the eye to the photo.
SUPPLIES | patterned paper: American Crafts, transparency: Project Life Becky Higgins, Embellishments: Heidi Swapp, Studio Calico, Other : sequins, cotton thread, staples, Dymo labeller.
Anna Allan - The Jot Team I wanted a soft background so my photos would stand out. Iâ€™ve created a watercolour effect in my striped background by spritzing the page with water and swiping colour mist solutions onto the page using a paintbrush. I blended the colours further with my finger tips. I added small clusters of embellishments so that the focus remained on my photos.
SUPPLIES | Bazzill white. EMBELLISHMENTS: Heidi Swapp Colour Shine - blush, pink, seafoam, gold, Mister Hueyâ€™s Colour Mists - powder blue, sherbet. Freckled Fawn wood veneer hearts, sequins, cotton, A Piece of Cake Designs flair. OTHER: vellum, journal pen, paintbrush, water spray, glue dots, foam adhesive.
be the rainbow
Lauren Hender - The Jot Team
I love working with stripes. In this layout Iâ€™ve used diagonal stripes to help provide a contrast to the symmetrical layering I have used to complete the layout.
SUPPLIES | Pink Paislee, Heidi Swapp, My Minds Eye, Flutterby Designs and Making Memories.
I love... Sarahâ€™s blog
Sarah Sullivan - Wisconsin, USA I love how this layout about my son speaks of his full personality. The bright colors and patterns in this layout represent his fun and sassy side, while the picture of him snuggling with our dog shows his gentle and caring nature.
Supplies | Patterned paper: Heidi Swapp; Embellishments: Heidi Swapp, American Crafts, Ephiphany Crafts, vellum; Other: Heidi Swapp stencils, Heidi Swapp Color Shine, white acrylic paint, modelling paste, glitter, ink
Olatz Garaiyurrebaso, Spain That yellow striped paper is pure love. To make the yellow pop out a little bit more I contrasted it with some navy rub-ons and mint embellishments.
SUPPLIES | Studio Calico March Scrapbook Kit Office hours. Other: Mr Huey’s (Studio Calico), Chipboard Shapes (Hello Forever for Studio Calico) from the February Project Life kit by Studio Calico, Dear Lizzy Daydreamer Accent & Phrases Stickers (American Crafts) and the Everyday Catch-phrase Roller Stamp (October Afternoon).
it’s a bad case of stripes. Lisa Swift - USA
Lisa’s journaling tag reads: “The Fourth of July dawned bright and sunny — a perfect day for a barbecue! You were the grill master, flipping Dad’s famous turkey burgers (which we had with all of the usual fixings) like a pro. What do you think we had for dessert? S’mores, of course! It just isn’t summer, or a barbecue for that matter, without them. Butterscotch even joined us outside for a bit (on his leash).”
Supplies | Cardstock: Bazzill. Patterned papers: Little Yellow Bicycle, KI Memories, Bella Blvd. Chipboard: Studio Calico, Crate Paper. Embellishments: Jillibean Soup, Gina’s Designs, My Mind’s Eye, Doodlebug, Little Yellow Bicycle, Scenic Route, Studio Calico, The Paper Studio, Bella Blvd. Flair badge: Panda Eight. Mediums: Heidi Swapp. Other: buttons, twine - Divine Twine, thread, brads, paper clip, charm.
smile for you
Irina Honcharyk - Belarus Irinaâ€™s layout about a boat trip features lots of mixed media elements, layering and stamping.
SUPPLIES | Graphic 45, some paper elements Fancy Pants; stamps, gesso, washi tape, acrylic paint, thread.
story telling. A WINTERY TALE Welcome to our regular story telling gallery. This issue as we head into cooler weather here in Australia, we share some heartwarming stories of winter.
Lisa Pate - The Jot Team It was so much cooler in New Zealand than we expected, but the days were beautiful and crisp. Perfect for exploring. We even had to buy our kids extra jackets to keep the chill out and we were thankful for the extra layer of warmth they provided as we ventured up the gondola to the top of Queenstown.
SUPPLIES | Patterned Paper: My Minds Eye, Quote Card: Becky Higgins, Project Life, Embellishments: Heidi Swapp, We R Memory Keepers, Flair: A piece of Cake Designs Other: Twine, buttons, sequins, staples, brads
Sharmaine Kruijver - The Jot Team We went in search of snow and ended up finding a little at my parentâ€™s place. There was just enough for a snow lady and a snow fight or two. It was mostly icy snow but we still made the most of it. I stamped some stars over my watercolour paint, and clear embossed them.
SUPPLIES | Cardstock: Bazzill. Font: KB Simple Brush. Embellishments: Cocoa Daisy stamp, Flutterby Designs flair and wood bits, Freckled Fawn enamel dots, Basic Grey brad. Other: Typewriter, embossing powder and ink, thread, watercolour paint, date stamp, tissue paper.
snow bunny Amanda Hall - The Jot Team Our first family trip to the snow was so much fun and full of great memories. I just love this photo of my cheeky snow bunny and her very funny snow hat. She looked adorable in it and itâ€™s been a special keepsake ever since.
SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Kikki K and Typo file folders, vellum. Embellishments: Heidi Swapp, Kikki K stickers, snowflake cut file. Other : circle punch, silhouette portrait.
Sheree Forcier - The Jot Team
On our trip to New Zealand last year Madi was most excited about the idea of building a snowman. It was all she talked about! The last time sheâ€™d been to the snow she was only a toddler and she couldnâ€™t remember it so this trip was her chance to build her first snowman ever!
SUPPLIES | Patterned Paper: Studio Calico, Bella Blvd. Cardstock: Bazzill. Alphabet: American Crafts. Spray Ink: Studio Calico. Embellishments: Studio Calico Chip Snowflakes, Prima flower, sequins, thread, vellum, bakers twine, small white tag.
Kim Archer - The Jot Team Despite my photo having lots of purple in it, I decided to stick with neutrals and a splash of red for my colour palette. And I gave the Silhouette a work out by creating the circle cut background on white cardstock and I reminded myself I need to use my Silhouette more often!
SUPPLIES | Cardstock: Bazzill. Patterned paper: crate Paper. Embellishments: Project Life journaling cards, Studio Calico flair, fabric offcut, staples, enamel dots, Silhouette cutting machine. Alphabet - Studio Calico wood veneer.
SUPPLIES | Patterned Paper: Heidi Swapp, Cardstock: American Crafts, alphabet: Prima Embellishments: Heidi Swapp chipboard words, rub ons, glitter stickers, acrylic arrows, Tim Holtz tiny paper clip
Kim Jeffress - The Jot Team During out two hour wait in line for the Cars ride at Disneyland it was extremely cold, my boys tried to stay warm and keep busy by playing on our iPhones.
Yvette Adams - The Jot Team We postponed our first day trip to the snow due to bad weather. It worked out well because when we went a few days later we had the most perfect weather which helped make our first family snow experience the best ever!
SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: KI Memories, Hambly Studios. Alphabets: Jillibean Soup. Embellishments: Hambly Studios rub-ons, American Crafts stickers, Jenni Bowlin chipboard button. Other: book paper, wood paper, envelope, feather, paper doily, vintage packaging.
Sarah Bargo - Chicago, USA This layout is of my niece Kassidy. One of my favorite parts of Winter is getting bundled up and going outside to play in the snow! Especially sledding! We had big sledding hills behind my house growing up, so in the winter that is usually where you would find us kids ;) We used to sled for hours and hours until our cheeks were so rosy! We used to build big ramps at the bottom of the hill that would launch us high up into the air, and then weâ€™d completely wipe out when we landed! It was awesome.
SUPPLIES | Cardstock; American Crafts, Patterned Paper; Marion Smith Designs & Fancy Pants, Snowflake Dies; Papertrey Ink, Gesso; Claudine Helmuth, rose cabochon; Marion Smith Designs, Seam Binding; Stampin Up!, Thickers & Twine; American Crafts,Mint Letter Stickers; Prima Marketing
winterâ€™s little wonders
Kristin Greenwood - Greenwood, MO USA My favorite thing about the layout is that I used gold as an accent color. For me silver has always represented winter, so I loved going outside my comfort zone!
SUPPLIES | Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants. Banner: Pink Paislee. Chevron Stamp: Deep Red. Sticker: Fancy Pants. Mist: Heidi Swapp. Doily: Bo Bunny. Chipboard: Michaels. Embossing powder and bling.
Maggie Massey - Homer Glen, IL - USA I created this layout of my daughter surrounded by all of the snow we got this past winter. I love the contrast of her hair against all the falling snow in the background.
SUPPLIES | Cardstock: American Crafts. Pin Dot Stencil, Gold ColorShine, ColorMagic Heart Card, ColorMagic Hearts, Acrylic Hearts, Banners, Acrylic Alpha, Stamp & Ink: Heidi Swapp. other supplies: wax paper.
Winter in Hobart is cold - very cold. But it is a really beautiful place to live. Our family loves to head up Mount Wellington at least once a year - as soon as there is a dusting of snow the kids are asking if we can go.
On this layout I couldnâ€™t resist using a lot of black and white photos as the colours were fairly muted anyway given the snow and cold weather. And blue seemed to be the ideal colour choice - it really highlights the cold.
RIGHT: Studio Calico plastic die-cut snowflakes. We found ours at Polka Dot Creative here>
<<LEFT: Wood mount Winter Wonderland stamp from Wonderland Room here on Etsy>
winter wonderland products for your projects
Celebrate the cold weather with these fresh wintery ideas for your next papery project. ABOVE: Snowflake sequins from Craft Queen here>
ABOVE: Burlap winter flair buttons from A Flair From Buttons here on Etsy>
RIGHT: Large snowflake paper die-cuts from diecut4you here on Etsy> By Kim Archer jotmagazine.com 91
Weâ€™re upsizing it in our Mega Photos gallery and sharing ideas on how to scrapbook those oversized photos.
Yana Smakula - The Jot Team
SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Bella BLVD, American Crafts. Alphabets: American Crafts. Embellishments: Bella BLVD. Stamps: Neat & Tangled, Recollections, American Crafts.
Mel Nunn - The Jot Team SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Studio Calico, KI Memories, American Crafts. Alphabets: Basic Grey. Embellishments: Pebbles sticker, Basic Grey tab and tag, Sarah Hurley flair, Studio Calico paperclip and enamel dots. American Crafts vellum envelope. Other: twine, gesso, black ink, Mr Huey’s spray, copy paper, kraft tag
SUPPLIES for Sheree’s layout opposite | Patterned papers: Basic Grey, Echo Park. Alphabets: American Crafts, Basic Grey, Echo Park. Wood Veneers: American Crafts Amy Tangerine, Studio Calico. Other Embellishments: Crate Paper Chip Sticker, Echo Park Chip Stickers, Pink Paislee Aritsan Shape, Crate Paper Vellum Garland, Typo Tags. Other: bakers twine, button, thread.
awesome lego dragon Sheree Forcier - The Jot Team
On our recent trip to Disneyland we came across the Lego Imagination Centre in Downtown Disney with the most amazing Lego dragon on the roof. Ayden LOVES dragons so he thought it was the coolest thing ever! Since this was one of Aydenâ€™s favourite photos from our trip I wanted to create a special page just for him so of course an enlarged photo was the perfect thing for this project.
you & me
Mardi Winen - The Jot Team I actually really enjoy scrapping a large photo, however the one I chose to use was pretty tricky as it had so much greenery in it. I layered my embellishments across my photo to help break up all the greenery in the photo.
SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Jillibean Soup, Crate Paper,. Embellishments: Elleâ€™s Studio tags, Jillibean Soup die-cut, Heidi Swapp heart, Other: fabric scrap, Studio Calico Mister Hueyâ€™s mist, Martha Stewart frond punch, machine stitching, paper flower, heart and flower punches.
table for one
Sharmaine Kruijver - The Jot Team Instead of a “tall” photo, I went for a “long” one. I love these types of pages - ones that allow the photo and story to shine. I’ve used a photo of our dog, Mr Harry Higgins, and told more of the story of when I found him outside, up at the “kiddy” table. Our daughter Elizabeth had been having a little tea party. She’d gone inside and he didn’t want to leave.
SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Basic Grey. Cardstock: Bazzill. Alphabets: Basic Grey. Embellishments: Crate Paper vellum die cut, Jenni Bowlin Studios rub ons, Basic Grey sticker, Cocoa Daisy ink, Project Life file tab. Other: Sewing machine, date stamp, typewriter, mist, watercolour paint, pencil.
Lauren Hender - The Jot Team Using large photos on a layout can be challenging. I love to embellish and use lots of product and sometimes having a large photo can limit a scrapbooker like me. One tip to help over come this challenge is to choose a photograph that allows you to be creative on the photo itself. This allows me to embellish as well as using the larger sized photo on my layout.
SUPPLIES | Heidi Swapp, Bella BLVD, Basic Grey, My Minds Eye, American Crafts, Teresa Collins, Glitz Design.
Kim Jeffress - The Jot Team My boys love, love, love their bubble baths so I wanted to emphasise this with a mega photo of them recently. I had my photo printed at my local camera shop but could have easily printed it at home as well.
SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Jillibean Soup, Heidi Swapp. Embellishments: Heidi Swapp water color star, ColorShine, acrylic shapes, Glitter words, stamps, ink pads. Jillibeans Soup: arrow, die-cut, button, October Afternoon washi tape, My Minds Eye enamel dots.
best of friends
Amanda Hall - The Jot Team I have always loved this very serious photo of my twins with their best mate Tayla which was taken seven years ago. They are very close friends and love spending time together which mostly involves much less serious faces! I have an old friendship that I treasure with Taylaâ€™s mum who was also my school mate. Working with a full page sized photo is one of my most favourite scrapping techniques - it really adds impact to your story.
SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Dear Lizzy American Craft, October Afternoon, Pebbles Inc. Heidi Swapp. Embellishments: Heidi Swapp, heart stickers, October Afternoon label, My Minds Eye chalkboard banner, stickers - unknown Other: typewriter, circle punch, cotton thread.
Stephanie Bryan - The Jot Team I love using enlarged photos on layouts. I love how the picture itself can tell such a story, and how the main focus becomes the subject of the photo. I couldnâ€™t wait to print out this photo of my son and use it for this project. I printed my photo at 8.5x11 and trimmed a few patterned papers to create a little border around the left hand side of my photo, as well as the top right hand side. These papers helped balance out the composition of my photo without being too overwhelming or distracting. I typed my journaling directly onto my photo after I printed it out and added a few embellishments around my page for interest.
SUPPLIES | Patterned Papers: Gossamer Blue, American Crafts, Crate Paper. Cardstock: American Crafts. Embellishments: Crate Paper, Studio Calico. Other: Typewriter.
Yvette Adams - The Jot Team
This was one of those spur of the moment shots taken on my phone and I just loved how pale and dreamy it was. I printed it at home on plain white cardstock, knowing it would suit the dreamy photo, and embellished it with neutrals.
SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Scenic route, Hambly, KI Memories. Embellishments: Heidi Swapp transparencies, Heidi Swapp bunting, Heidi Swapp sticker, American Crafts sticker, Typo rubber sticker, Jenni Bowlin label sticker. Other: chipboard button, bookpaper.
the grandest of canyons Kim Archer - The Jot Team
This layout is of Capri and me at the Grand Canyon on our push bikes - a major event for me as I havenâ€™t been on a bike in like forever! The canyon was one of those moments during our US holiday that took my breath away. I wasnâ€™t expecting to be so affected by the magnitude of it and the feelings of emotion when I stood there and caught sight of the canyon for the first time.
Supplies | Patterned paper: Studio Calico. Cardstock: Bazzill. Embellishments: enamel dots, flair, Dear Lizzy, staples, die-cut shapes, Heidi Swapp ColorShine. Machine stitching.
you mean the world to me
Nathalie Leonelli - San Diego, California USA I scrapped an extra large photo because it is one of my favorites from our trip to Portugal last summer, plus I really enjoy scrapping large photos! Also, in this case, I think it emphasizes the vertical aspect of my subject!
SUPPLIES | The layout was created with the Scraptastic Club “Let Me Go” kit and add-on. Cardstock: Bazzill, DMC thread.
Rebecca Keppel - Gilbert, Arizona USA I like to have large prints made at Costo Co and allow them to be the focus of the layout.
SUPPLIES | Kit: Scrapbook Circle July 2012. Cardstock: Bazzill. Patterned Paper: American Crafts. Embellishments: American Crafts, Elle’s Studio, My Mind’s Eye. Stickers: American Crafts. Mist: Studio Calico, typewriter, sewing machine.
be happy. be bright. be you. Steffi Ried, Germany.
I made a layout with a snapshot from my sweet little girl Anni. She climbed into our old car trailer and did not want to get out. We had so much fun on this hot summer day last year!
SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Crate Paper Maggie Holmes (Styleboard), American Crafts DearLizzy (Daydreamer). Cardstock: Bazzill. Embellishments: Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Vellum Shapes (Styleboard), October Afternoon, My Minds Eye, Studio Calico Butterfly Shapes (Lemon Lush), Pink Paislee (Hello Sunshine) Pocket Card, American Crafts Dear Lizzy Sticker (Daydreamer). Other: Heidi Swapp ColorShine, ribbon, clothespins.
Sarah Hemmings, Bargo QLD I wanted to challenge myself to use a large photo on a layout and when I discovered that you can print in 12x12 I knew this was the challenge I was looking for. To keep the focus on my sons’ faces, I used embellishment clusters in the white space at the top left hand corner and in the bottom right hand corner.
SUPPLIES: Embellishments: October Afternoon, Simple Stories, Dear Lizzy, Heidi Swapp, My Mind’s Eye, Studio Calico. Miscellaneous: Enamel Dots, Rub-ons, Paper Doily. Photography Credit: Captured by Zoe
hip hip hooray.
STORY + PHOTOS | Kim Archer Sometimes, when I haven’t got a block of time to put together an entire Project Life spread, I love to make up a few 3x4” decorated journaling cards. The mini cards satisfy my creative urge and I have journaling cards good to go when I do have a block of creative time free to put an entire spread together. 3x4” cards are such a fun size to play with. It’s like creating teeny, tiny scrapbook layouts! Here I show you a set of three cards I recently made for my Project Life album featuring my daughter’s 15th birthday celebrations. Let’s get started>>
THIS CARD FEATURES THE BIRTHDAY GIRL AND SOME PRETTY LAYERS. HERE’S HOW I MADE THIS ONE. • Choose a 3x4” card and add a stencilled misted pattern using Heidi’s Color Shine in rose. I have used a Prima daisy stencil. • Add some layers of patterned paper, a paper doily chopped in half and some fabric scraps to the base of your card. I’ve used a black and white photo and stapled it in place. • Type up a sentiment onto white card stock and cut into a strip, adding it to the right hand side of your photo edge. Head to the sewing machine and sew it all in place. Finish with a few enamel dots.
SUPPLIES | Project Life journaling card, Prima daisy mask, Heidi Swapp ColorShine - rose. Patterned paper: Studio Calico Lemon Lush. Other: enamel dots, staple, machine stitching, fabric off-cut, paper doily.
Your 3x4” Project Life cards don’t need to be fancy or overly decorated. Sometimes just a few extra elements are needed to turn your cards into something fun and fresh. • Add a torn strip of washi tape to the top edge of your chosen 3x4” card. • Add in some alphabet letters for your title. I have used Basic Grey white chipboard letters and used some Heidi Swapp ColorShine to colour the fabric chipboard number“15” from American Crafts. • Finish this card by adding in a few rows of machine stitching and punching a small circle in the top right hand side of your card.
hip hip hooray. Again, your Project Life cards can be as simple or as complex as you want them to be. This one is a simple one, designed to coordinate with my other two birthday cards. • Add a few splatters of ink to your card base. I’ve used Heidi Swapp’s ColorShine in rose and splattered the ink randomly over the card. • Type on your sentiment using a typewriter or run it through your home printer. • Cut a patterned paper triangle to form the hat. Attach in place on your card. Add a button or star shape for the hat “pom pom” and stitch on a small strip of scrunched crepe paper along the bottom edge of the party hat. Leave threads dangling for a fun finish.
By Jot Girl Kim Jeffress Kim has created a fun and easy to whip together 4x6â€? journaling card just perfect for a fun Project Life birthday party spread. She has used bright colours, some sequins and a touch of machine stitching for a stunning finish.
special birthday feature
SUPPLIES | Heidi Swapp - 4x6 card. Sticker Jillibean Soup. Die Cuts: Studio Calico. Other: sequins.
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Showcasing Project Life/pocket style scrapbooking pages that have captured our attention.
ABOVE | Jot Girl Yana Smakula recently started Project Life and has created this introductory page about her recent trip to Cyprus. Turn the page to see the rest of Yanaâ€™s Cyprus holiday pocket page spread.
Yana Smakula The Ukraine
After receiving a kit from Heidi Swapp and Becky Higgins I felt inspired and finally gave Project Life a try. I ended up creating an intro page and a double spread for my album about our vacation on Cyprus. I love how simple and easy everything came together and how I was able to preserve those memories in just about a few minutes.
I love printing my photos with a small white border around them. My printer always scales them down a bit and I end up having slightly smaller photos. To make sure those pictures remain centred in the plastic pockets, I placed a small amount of double sided tape behind them and was able to achieve a bit of a transparent look.
Anita Rodway Tamworth, NSW I do my Project Life album monthly rather than weekly. I can stay on top of it this way and it wouldnâ€™t get forgotten about or put in the too hard basket
Anita has used a mix of 3x4” and 4x4” photos and journaling cards for her Project Life spread.
Stephanie Bryan North Carolina. USA
This spread celebrates my husband and my seven year anniversary. It documents a little weekend getaway and our time together. I included a few mementos from our trip, including our room key, a hotel brochure and a Starbucks bag with some journaling. I love having a place to keep all these little bits and pieces of life.
Stephanie has created a double page spread on just the one event - her seven year anniversary with her husband. The pockets allowed Stephanie to include lots of memorabilia such as a hotel brochure and their room key card.
Charmane Koch South Australia
This spread was dedicated to my amazing time at Scrap and Chat Retreats in Melbourne! Not only was it my first ever *real* plane trip, but also a long time between the last time I was *let out* to spend time with my scrappy friends and take a break from everyday family life. I had a ball and it was nice to meet ladies I had known for years online, and also to make some new friends too.
Charmane has created photo collages of her selfies with friends which means she can fit more photos in her Project Life spread.
Stephanie Bryan North Carolina. USA
I love using the Project Life page protectors, but I also love to create my own by sewing my photos and cards into pockets.
For this spread, I trimmed all of my photos and cards to 3x3 inches and then placed them in a blank page protector. I sewed each column first, added my row of photos and then sewed horizontally above each row. I added a single wood veneer in one of the middle pockets to create a fun â€œpeek-a-booâ€? effect in my book.
Donna Meuli Auckland, New Zealand
I enjoyed using a full size pocket to include more journaling and showcase some photos in a larger format. It also helped add some white breathing space to the spread. jotmagazine.com 126
Tanyalee Kahler Tasmania
I surprised myself with this layout and used pink on a predominantly masculine themed page - a touch football weekend. I first went for blues and greens, but the pink just works.
We love Tanyaleeâ€™s use of white space in her Project Life pages.
Sarah Hemmings Dalby, QLD
The daily, weekly or even monthly approach to pocket scrapbooking never held a great deal of appeal to me. For a long time, I resisted the concept simply because I felt our life wasn’t interesting enough to warrant buying all those kits, collections and different pocket page protectors. It wasn’t until I looked beyond the ‘traditional’ concept of pocketed scrapbooking, that I realised it would be the perfect solution for an everincreasing pile of subject-specific photos.
If your children are anything like mine they are mad about sports. They both play soccer and tennis but swimming definitely tops the list of favourites. In any given season, they could compete in up to twenty carnivals. This means lots of photos.
With so many images waiting to be scrapped, pocketed scrapbooking gives me the perfect opportunity to capture a range of different memories from each of the carnivals they attend.
Tanyalee Kahler Tasmania
I am new to the Project Life scene - well, new to actually doing Project Life. I have sat and watched for about a year now and finally decided to throw my hat in the ring and have a go.
This particular layout means a lot to me as it captures the time I spent with my mum when she was down on holidays in January. I only get to see her once a year so the time is very important - and even more so is managing to pin her down for a photo - this is no easy task.
Every issue we feature a layout or paper project that has caught our eye. This issue we share this layout from Anita Rodway, NSW. Visit Anita’s blog here>>
Anita says, “I love building and creating layers from scratch. There’s something more satisfying to me to create it myself, rather than using patterned paper all the time”
SUPPLIES: White cardstock, paper scraps, plaster joint tape, gesso, FC Gelatos & Big Brush Markers, Flutterby Designs flair & wood bits veneers, washi tape, rub-ons, Denim Tampons stamp, Prima stamps, Heidi Swapp Colorshine, india ink, enamel dots, black thread.
are you busy?
Frazzled? Need to offload? Me too! Grab a cuppa and join me. teenagesurvivalcoach.com.au
Shari is back to share her thoughts on juggling life with a fussy eating preschooler and a teenager who has just bought his first car.
BY SHARI BREWER
dear diary. After narrowly surviving Round One of fussy eating with eldest son Liam as a youngster... and then having a marginally easier time with second son Scott.... I’d convinced myself the mealtime circus would be far easier to manage this time round with child number three.
but the four year old might just be winning. As a well-educated woman and experienced parent, I’m very aware of exactly how little nutrition there is in a chicken nugget. But what’s a mum to do?
Who was I kidding?
With Mike working at the farm until late most nights I’m alone, up against some incredibly stubborn opposition from the little Miss.
No. Such. Luck.
So, looks like chicken nuggets it is.
Gina and I are at loggerheads come dinner time every night - and I hate admitting it,
I haven’t given up entirely though. Just last night, I daringly snuck two slices of cucumber on her plate. My downfall was ducking to the
toilet and leaving her unsupervised for all of 58 seconds. I returned to assurances she’d eaten both pieces and it was “delicious mummy.”
Liam’s now got his very own means of spending even more time away from home.
Of course I called her bluff.
I’m not a helicopter mum by any means, but there’s certainly been comfort in knowing his whereabouts as playing chauffeur gave me a little bit of control.
Then I started hunting, as there’s no way she’d eaten one piece, let alone both. She told me smugly they weren’t in the bin. And indeed she was right. After much coaxing she retrieved them...from underneath the couch!
His P-plates haven’t arrived yet, but it’s now just a matter of time. He’s done all his hours, there have been no more encounters with street signs of any description and the car keys are almost burning a hole in his pocket.
Give me strength. Please.
Like other parents before me, pride and panic are jostling for prime position. I know there will be many sleepless nights ahead waiting for my babyfaced young man to pull his little white Hyundai into the driveway.
And tonight’s dinner performance was almost as bad! Given the oldie-but-goodie choice of ‘eat it or straight to bed’... she chose bed. At just 10 past 6, starving and stubborn. Looks like we’ll be in for a cracker of a day tomorrow! It’s really just a matter of soldiering on, isn’t it? Sigh..... ‘til soon Shari x
The last time I wrote, it was to grizzle about the littlest family member potentially morphing into a chicken nugget. Today I need to tell you about my oldest, Liam.
What’s he done? He’s gone out and bought himself a car. And I don’t think I was at all prepared for the inevitability of this momentous occasion. I think what I’m struggling with most, is knowing
Normal, right? Occasions like this have me wondering how I even came to be the mother of a 17 year old, let alone one so eager to embrace the independence of youth, all without needing me so much these days. Maybe I’m redundant? Almost but of course not quite yet as there’s still the four year old who needs to learn table manners and the value of vegetables. I’ll admit to being a little reflective and nostalgic. Sigh. But to cut the soppy sentimentality short. I’m eagerly anticipating the first occasion I have to call on him for a taxi service home. And, yep, you can bet it will be in the middle of the night..... from a party... even if staying up past 9.30pm will exhaust me for days.
It’s called payback, isn’t it? ‘til soon Shari x
Shari Brewer lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland with her family and these diary entries may or may not be a truthful account of her day-to-day experiences. She’s never been shy of a story, so it’s best you decide what’s fact or fiction. A mother of three (two teens and a 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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Published on Jun 1, 2014