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Issue 3 2013

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


paper CRAFTING magazine

for the modern

day memory

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It’s the holiday season! Last year was my first time completing Ali Edward’s December Daily album holiday tradition. Ali’s idea is to document the daily festivities in the lead up to Christmas Day. I’m a big believer in documenting the everyday and recording daily happenings -- hence why I designed Jot Magazine in the first place -- so I’m incredibly drawn to the whole concept of December Daily. Last year I was pretty slow off the blocks. I was so indecisive and totally over thinking and complicating something that didn’t need to be complicated. I dithered and agonised over every. single. decision. What album to use? Will I print my photos or have them processed? What size album? Will I do a digital or hybrid version? Pocket pages or mini book? Eventually, I made the decisions and got moving! But by then it was mid December. I was mighty proud of myself though as I actually FINISHED the album!

This year I am armed with more experience PLUS a kit from Studio Calico which I’m banking on to make things easier. This issue we welcome Jodie York who shares with us her 2012 December Daily album process. Jodie had a difficult Christmas period where her children were away from her for parts of December for the very first time ever and she found that doing December Daily was an excellent way for her to get through a tough few weeks. I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Jodie’s album. It’s a truly beautiful keepsake and we take a peek at Jodie’s album in her article here on page 50>> We also meet blogger Lory Bucaria and Kellie Stamps designer, Kellie Winnell plus we have projects galore, layout galleries overflowing with inspiration and plenty of ideas for this festive season. Wishing you all a safe and merry Christmas from us all here at Jot. 3

editor/art director Kim Archer editorial assistant Lisa Pate style editor Tamar Bostock writers Sian Fair Jodie York Mel Nunn advertising manager Lisa Pate

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2013 Jot Creative Team Anna Allan Raquel Bowman Stephanie Bryan Amanda Hall Lauren Hender Kim Jeffress Sharmaine Kruijver Wendy Morris Yana Smakula Kim Stewart Meet our Jot team here on the website>> Support Team Yvette Adams Sheree Forcier Mel Nunn Lisa Pate Mardi Winen Janelle Wind



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Want to document your December? Check out how Jodie York used her December Daily album last year to carry her through some rough family times during the festive season. Turn to page 50 to read Jodie’s story.



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layout Amanda Hall

Jot Girl Amanda, shares with us her 8x8 inch quick and easy layout. Amanda has printed her photo out so that it takes up most of her layout’s background which adds visual impact.

Journal directly onto your photo before printing to save time (font used here : typenoksidi)

Repeat your “clusters” of embellishments three times to create an overall balance with your layout 6

Round corners to mimic an old photo.

Use a JUMBO sized photo for maximum impact.

YOUR CHALLENGE: The challenge is to scrapbook a mega sized photo -- make it huge so it fills your page and layer elements over your photo. If you don’t have access to a 12x12 inch printer to print out a super sized photo, consider creating a smaller layout like I have done. Did you take the challenge? Head to our CHALLENGE PAGE to share your layout. 7

confetti extra Compiled by Kim Archer

Project Life Baby Bundle

ABOVE | New baby in the family? Craft House have made it even easier to create a beautiful baby keepsake album for the new bundle of joy with their limited edition Project Life Baby Series bundle. The bundle includes a Baby, Baby For Him or a Baby For Her Core Kit of journaling cards plus Dividers, a Traditional Album and a Bulk Pack of pocket pages or page protectors. And all of this is inclusive of shipping!

Short Stories What’s the shortest story you’ve ever told? High In The Sky blogger Sian Fair says, “Too much information can kill your story. We often show ourselves more clearly in small stories.” See what Sian means here on her blog>> 8

This offer represents a whopping 25% discount off Craft House’s regular low retail prices and makes a great newborn gift or a Christmas present for yourself or a friend.

With the Project Life Baby Series bundle you are all set to create a beautiful keepsake album for the baby in your life. Australian Customers shop here>> New Zealand Customers shop here>>


Connect with us. Sn@p Christmas Pockets Simple Stories present cute festive Christmas pockets in a set of three, just in time for the Christmas period. We found ours at Polka Dot Creative here>>

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custom designed flair Kim from Scrappy Kapers has been busy creating a new range of flair buttons. Perfect for Project Life, scrapbook layouts and mini books, Kim has a custom design service as well to bring your flair design ideas to life. Contact Kim via the Scrappy Kapers website here>>.

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funset of Make a

christmas bags advent and tags

Jot Team girl Stephanie Bryan shows us how easy it is to make a stunning collection of Advent bags, perfect for the Christmas Day count down. Filled with treats and activities, each bag is adorned with a beautiful hand crafted tag that can later be used as gift tags in your Project Life albums or in your December Daily albums. 11

Christmas count down Treat filled Advent bags are the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season throughout the month of December. Each bag is decorated with a handmade tag and inside are all sorts of treats that are guaranteed to put a smile on your children’s faces every day in the lead up to Christmas. Not only are these bags easy to put together, but they will give you a jump start on your holiday paper projects! I’ll show you how easy it is to make your own set in these quick steps.

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Christmas Advent Bags Stephanie Bryan - The Jot Team

Let’s get started Start by gathering your Christmas goodies. I recommend tags, buttons, clothespins, wood veneer, ribbon/twine and some type of numbered tag or card. Be sure to grab those Christmas scraps too they are perfect for this project. 14

quick tip>> Search Pinterest for a variety of free Advent number printables. Marcy Penner also offers a free download of December Flashcards that could be used for this project. Find them here>>


<<using vellum Use vellum to create a see-through pocket and fill with confetti and your date number. Stitch around all sides to seal, enclosing your confetti inside.

First things first... Once you have gathered all your supplies together, it’s time to create a tag for each day you would like to have an Advent bag. For this project, I created 25 tags, one for each of the days leading up to Christmas. Your tags can be made from all sorts of supplies and are a great way to use up any off cuts you may have in your paper crafting stash. I’ve used a mix of shipping tags, cardstock, vellum pockets and random pieces of patterned paper plus cardstock. Have fun mixing and matching supplies.

>>What I used: • Patterned paper: Studio Calico, Crate Paper, vellum • Alphabets: American Crafts, Pebbles, Crate Paper, Heidi Swapp. • Cards: Jenni Bowlin, Skipping5, Evalicious. • Tags: Crate Paper, Studio Calico, Hello Forever. • Embellishments: Studio Calico, Crate Paper, Two Peas in a Bucket, Tim Holtz, Prima; Flair: Ormolu, Kelly Purkey. • Other: sewing machine, office supply tags, doily. 15

decorating your tags Small wooden pegs are great for holding bits and pieces together on your tag.

Pages of sheet music paper, paper doilies and mini playing cards are fun elements to use on your tags.

Stamp on your tags and add the date to the centre of the stamp.

Machine stitching is a fun and easy way to attach embellishments to your tags. 16

Tie ribbon or twine around the tops of your tags for added colour.


I chose to stay with the one colour palette - red, green, white and splashes of gold.

Paperclips are perfect for holding layers of paper and elements together

Shipping tags make ideal tag bases. 17

And now your tags are all finished - one for each day of December leading up to Christmas Day. These tags will look beautiful pegged to your Advent bags, but they also double as awesome gift tags or daily additions for your December Daily albums. I always grab the tags as soon as my children rip open the bags - besides, they are much more interested in the goodies inside! 18

With your tags finished, gather supplies for the Advent bags. You will need 25 paper bags, Christmas goodies, candy, small toys and Advent activities.

My kids love trying to guess what will be in each bag! I like to include some of our small Christmas toys, small cookie cutters and candy.

write Christmas cards, watch a Christmas movie) and I print the activities onto white cardstock.

Each bag also contains a Christmas activity for that day (such as: decorate the tree, make hot cocoa,

(Tip: be sure to write down your daily activities so you can be prepared each day if needed).

Stuff your bags full of your Christmas goodies and close the bags with either washi tape, some machine stitching, staples or a wooden peg. Add each daily tag onto a stuffed bag. Place your bags in a Christmas bucket or hang on a wall. Enjoy! 19

Tamar Bostock - sharing life, creations and inspiration 20

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Projects | The Jot Team Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something so lovely about a pile of pretty, beautifully wrapped packages. Here we share some fun ideas for ensuring your gifts are the best looking ones under the Christmas tree this season. Did you take the challenge? Head to our CHALLENGE PAGE to share your gift wrap and cards inspired by the Jot Team. 21

Home Made Wrapping Paper Kim Stewart - The Jot Team

One thing I love to do is piece together several patterned papers to form my own sheet of wrapping paper. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a personal and very simple project and the results are always different. I think I spend the most time cutting different sized squares and piecing them in the right spots. TIP | Instead of using up your patterned papers you can make copies on thin copy paper to use for this project. Thin paper is easier to tape together and wrap around a box or other package. When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re done just add your own homemade bow or gift tag! 22

PRETTY PACKAGES SUPPLIES | Crate paper, Basic Grey, additional found papers, newspaper, washi tape, yarn, homemade card, tape

Add in a hand made card and a few different sized pom poms in bright coloured wool for stunning results. 23

Stamped Wrapping Paper

Sheree Forcier - The Support Team

Create your own wrapping paper using Christmas stamps! To get this look I used a VersaMark ink pad and randomly stamped this cute reindeer all over the paper. So quick and easy! The Versa Mark ink pad gives a subtle watermark image on the kraft paper but you could use any coloured ink you like. Then finish off your gift with a pretty fabric bow, add a gift tag then tie on some jingle bells and your gift will sound festive too! SUPPLIES | Ink: Versa Mark, Stamp: Stampinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Up & Hero Arts, Other: kraft paper, circle & scallop circle punches, fabric scrap, twine, white ribbon, jingle bells 24


Glassine Gift Bag

Kim Jeffress - The Jot Team

I love the see through nature of the glassine bag so just a sneak of a gift can be seen inside. I trimmed some Heidi Swapp patterned paper into a large banner then layered over some cardstock and more patterned paper. Using a stapler I attached the feathers to the top of the bag and added foam dots to the banner. I then simply clipped this cluster to the top of the bag with the peg. Easy. SUPPLIES | Patterned paper Heidi Swapp. Cardstock: Coreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;dinations, Embellishments Heidi Swapp banner, Jenny Bowlin feathers, Pebbles tiny peg, glassine bag Greatest View. 25

Super Simple Gift Bags

Sharmaine Kruijver - The Jot Team

I like simple. I like easy. I found a pack of Kraft Paper bags at KMart and knew they would be handy for some simple Christmas wrapping. Loading the bag into my typewriter I added in the text. I used some dictionary paper to stamp on my Christmas tree. Once all glued together, I added in a button and sealed the bag with a bulldog clip and the job was done. SUPPLIES | Kraft paper bag, dictionary paper, button, Cocoa Daisy stamp and ink, typewriter, bulldog clip. 26

Delightfully Layered Gift Tags


Raquel Bowman - The Jot Team

Add some pizzazz to your parcels with some hand made, layered, stitched and stamped gift cards. Starting with a pre made tag, layer on elements, staple on some detail and stamp on a sentiment. Quick and easy and super cute!

SUPPLIES | December tag: Embellishments: Manilla Tag, My Minds Eye brad, American Crafts Glitter tape. Other: Ali Edwards December Daily Stamp 2012, sewing machine and gold thread, black Archival ink, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher and staples. SUPPLIES | Very Merry Christmas tag: Patterned papers: Crate Paper. Embellishments: October Afternoon Ephemera Pack, string. Other: Ali Edwards December Daily 2012 stamp, Black Archival ink. 27


Packages>> Anna Allan - The Jot Team

Every Christmas I like to think of a different way to wrap our Christmas gifts. This year, for our two nephews, I decided to go with a stamped look on the gift wrapping. I like the bright and funky appearance of this design! 28

SUPPLIES | brown paper, white paper (I used the roll of white craft paper from IKEA), stamps (I used a GlitzDesign roller stamp for one gift and a triangle acrylic stamp from Cocoa Daisy on the other), red and green inkpads, twine.

Stamped Paper

Anna Allan - The Jot Team

Both gifts were wrapped in brown paper. I stamped onto two strips of white paper using different stamps for each and alternating between red and green inks. I then wrapped the stamped white strip of paper around each gift and tied it up with coloured twine and the gifts were done! <<PAINT CHIP TAGS | I attached the buttons to a circular punched piece of patterned Christmas paper. I sewed on a vellum pocket to the paint swatch, filled it with Christmas coloured sequins, then sewed all the way around the pocket to seal. To finish, I attached the button circle to the centre of the vellum pocket with foam adhesive tape. 29 30





scrapbooking Following our series on pocket style scrapbooking, this issue

we hear from Lisa Pate who shares how she organised herself with Project Life after feeling overwhelmed with how to get started and how best to make pocket style scrapbooking work for her. By Lisa Pate 31

beating overwhelm Words + photos | Lisa Pate

How I organised myself and started to enjoy the process of Project Life instead of feeling overwhelmed and frustrated.

Sitting at my desk with an hour or two up my sleeve and all my supplies spread out in front of me, I was ready to dive into what I knew could be an amazing and easy way to share my photos and tell the story of our family. I was starting Project Life - memory keeping. Pocket style. I had the divided page protectors, the gorgeous journaling cards, a rainbow of journaling pens and a whole bookcase of scrapbooking supplies. This was going to be easy.

Or so I thought. 32


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ea that my Letting go of the id rfect was photos had to be pe plan to get my first step in my t Life. organised with Projec

a plan!”

It took just five minutes to realise my photos were all wrong as my photo orientation didn’t suit my pocket page protectors. My journaling cards were lovely but so plain and it just felt foreign to be memory keeping in this new pocket style way. The process wasn’t coming together easily and if it wasn’t feeling simple and easy now then how on earth was I going to be able to do this every single week. Frustrated, I put my supplies aside, my hopes of diving into Project Life and the pocket style of scrapbooking were dashed! It took me a few weeks to work out a plan. A plan that didn’t include the pressure of a weekly entry. A simple plan that allowed me to add pages in my own time frame and a plan that included traditional scrapbook pages as well as Project Life pocket style ones. Once I worked out my “plan” it’s been easy ever since. Here’s what helped me get over the overwhelm stage and into documenting my family’s life, pocket style. 34

photography Photography was the first area I needed to tweak. I needed to let go of the idea that every photo would be a stellar shot from my DSLR and realise that it didn’t matter if most of my photos were going to come from my phone’s camera. Working in this way I realised I can capture so many more images of my day to day, the little details that really make Project Life special. My problem of photo orientation was solved by limiting my choice to just two styles of page protectors and creating photo collages which allowed me to place multiple images into one photo space.


Printing | I found that

the best way to have the photos I needed exactly when I needed them was to print my photos at home. It did work out to be a little more expensive compared to having my photos processed at a chain store but it is just so convenient. I found I was wasting time trying to plan the photos I wanted to have processed so I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel I was wasting my trip to the photo lab. My portable Epson Picture Mate has certainly been a life saver.

Weekly? Monthly? Working with a time line. If you struggle with chronological memory keeping, a Project Life album can stop you in your tracks. And that was another hurdle I needed to face. Documenting life with a time line involves organisation and planning and this felt limiting so I decided to take a more casual approach that included a mixture of the everyday and feature special days like birthdays but still keep my album in chronological order without being a weekly chore. 35

Simplify the supplies

Keeping my supplies super simple helps to keep the look of my album cohesive without the overwhelm of too much product.

I chose a few favourite products plus a Project Life core kit or two, some washi tape, a few flat embellishments like wood veneer and flair buttons and my journaling pen. A small and lovely grouping of supplies also makes it easy to also take my project to another room in the house or to a scrapbooking retreat with friends. 36

donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get stuck on the one page. Being a traditional scrapbooker, I needed to rethink how a page worked. Project Life albums are an evolving collection of memories with just three elements - photos, words and design that combine to make a finished page, not a group of static pages.


Each of these elements can be worked on separately. I find that I spend some time editing photos for a few pages and pop them in my album. Another day I may go back and add in my journaling cards and then add in a few decorative elements. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve found this method allows me to keep working on my album without being caught up in worrying about keeping up to date.

I felt a little restricted to start with when choosing photos but realised I could incorporate lots of photos by printing off little photo collages. 37

mix and match I still adore making traditional scrapbooking pages but was puzzled how to incorporate Project Life pocket pages with my layouts.

It adds interest to my album and allows me to still indulge that love for traditional scrapbooking.

I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really want to have several albums on the go at once so I decided to keep a mix of layouts and pocket pages in the one album. This way, I am still continuing with my usual scrapbooking of layouts but mixing those pages in with my pocket pages.

It also means that while I keep my Project Life pages very simple, I can explore techniques and other fun things on my traditional layouts which satisfies that creative urge to try techniques and to add more detail to a page. 38


hand journaling

I rarely, if ever, add computer journaling to my Project Life pages. I want to keep my process as simple as possible and for me that means using my own hand writing. I believe that becoming confident in your own style is the key to really enjoying the process of putting together a yearly album. Keeping it casual, using products that make me happy and recording what is important to our family has really helped me not only tackle this Project Life process but to enjoy it. blogger Lisa Pate lives with her family in country NSW and enjoys paper crafting, thrift shopping and staying fit and healthy. Visit Lisaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blog here 39

RIGHT: Set of four 3x4 inch die cut cards from Very Merry Studio. Shop here.


<<LEFT: The Sweet Life tidbits circle tags from Scrap Bits. Shop here.

Project Life mini kits + bits

Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve found some fun mini kits and embellishments for your Project Life pages. ABOVE: Woodgrain December Daily flairs from Scrap And Create. Shop here.

ABOVE: Every day paper embellishments from Creative Place. Shop here.

RIGHT: Paper Kit - Delight from Inspire Lovely. Shop here. 40

By Kim Archer

Yana Smakula | The Jot Team


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Christmas Card

Yana Smakula - The Jot Team


Every year before the holidays, I dedicate some time to holiday cardmaking. I try to make at least a few holiday cards which get mailed to family and friends along with a little newsletter about our past year. Here’s one of my cards for this year and a simple step by step tutorial so you can make your own glittery Christmas card. 42

• Cardstock, glitter paper, • Twine: Dovecraft • Die and die cutting machine:

Spellbinders • Stamp: Hero Arts • Ink: ClearSnap • Enamel dots: My Mind’s Eye

Did you take the challenge? Head to our CHALLENGE PAGE to share your gift wrap and cards inspired by the Jot Team.







1 Die cut several snowflakes out of red glitter paper.

2 Stamp sentiment in red ink onto a piece of cardstock, trimmed at an angle.

3 Layer snowflakes on the top portion of

card base. Use dimensional adhesive for some of your snowflakes to add height. Add a strip of glitter paper to the bottom of your card.

4 Pierce holes in cardstock, thread twine and tie into a bow. Add another snowflake.

5 Adhere stamped panel to card base. Add enamel dots to complete your card. 43

designer spotlight :

Kellie Winnell Kellie Stamps

Kellie Winnell lives with her family in the little country Australian town of Seymour. “I have been here since I was about 8.” Kellie says, “I truly love this little town, and I can not see us going anywhere anytime soon. I hope that, like my husband and me, our girls build friendships that last a lifetime.” INTERVIEW | Kim Archer. PHOTOS: Kellie Winnell 44


Kellie designs and manufactures a range of stamps under the brand name Kellie Stamps.

“Kellie Stamps started late November 2012, but started as Give a Girl a...”. Kellie says, “I wanted the name to somehow tie in with my blog title, Give a Girl a Blog. However, in September this year I decided that name just wasn’t suiting and so my business became Kellie Stamps. I am rather happy with the name and think it just clicks well.” Unsure exactly what inspired her to start her own stamp business, Kellie says one of the main reasons was the lack of stamps available in Australia with our wording and spelling.

“For example,” Kellie explains, “Mum and not mom and the spelling of the word favourite and also my plan was to release stamps according to our own seasons here in Australia.” While Kellie has been in business only a short time she is thrilled with how her stamps have been received and the positive feedback from customers saying how much they enjoy using them and love the high quality of each stamp. “What is also surprising is that I get orders not just within Australia, but worldwide and often the orders are for the heavily based Australian themed sets.” 45

Another exciting dream that has come to fruition for Kellie is the recent release of her very first set of wood mounted stamps. “I am so excited to finally be getting rubber wood mounted stamps, designed by me.” Kellie says. “I have many more designs ready for release in January 2014. It’s all very exciting to see one of my main goals happen.”

With new stamps released every month, except December, Kellie aims to bring out at least 2-3 new releases a month and she is currently gearing up for her January releases. Kellie Stamps can be used for Project Life, scrapbooking, card making and more and are designed primarily for Australian stampers but have been embraced world wide.

“My stamps are forever changing as is my style, so I think you get a variety to suit every stamper. I am very dedicated to listening to my customers and what they would like to see in the future, I take everything on board and while I may not produce something in the next month or so, as I aim to be a few months ahead, they will see it.” Kellie says she loves nothing more than designing new stamp sets. “I find that if I am struggling with a design then it’s either a stamp set to save and come back to or a set that needs to be removed completely.” 46


SUPPLIES | Paper: October Afternoon, Studio Calico Dear Darling. White cardstock. Embellishments: Sequin gold ribbon, striped paper clip, Studio Calico wood veneers. STAMPS: Proud Moment is the NEW rubber wood mount and the Christmas stamps used are from the NEW release, Christmas Traditions. 47

Where does the inspiration come from when designing stamps? “To be honest I grab my scrapbooking albums and Project Life pages and flick through and look at the photos, the situations, the events and I go from there.” Kellie says, “My favourite stamp sets are those that just flow.” While Kellie has recently celebrated her first year in business, she still battles the nerves with each new release. “Will people like them? Will they sell? What if people don’t like them? This and many other things run through my mind before every release,” she says, “I also love seeing the stamps pop up on blogs, Facebook and Instagram on people’s creations. I love, love seeing how people use the stamp sets I design.”

What’s next for Kellie Stamps? Theres lots of exciting plans in the not so distant future for Kellie including a huge giveaway for the month of November to celebrate her first birthday. Check out Kellie’s blog for all the details. 48

ABOVE | Kellie Stamps are the perfect addition to Project Life pages. Kellie has used the following of her stamps on her Project Life spread: You’re the Best, Picture Perfect, Favourite, Best Buddies, Yesterday, Tea for 2 and Best Friends.

find Kellie Stamps here Meet Kellie on her blog here>> And shop for stamps here in her online store>>


Project Life is for anyone and everyone! e: 49

â&#x20AC;&#x153;One particular project that helped me get through a bit of an emotional time last year was December Daily.â&#x20AC;? ~Jodie York 50



just around



How Ali Edward’s now infamous Daily December project helped paper crafter Jodie York get through some tough times last Christmas.


LET’S TALK ABOUT US. YOU AND ME. MY CREATIVE SISTERS. THE MEMORY KEEPERS. We are the journalists of our lives. We document and record. We freeze time in our captures, tell our stories and create visual diaries for ourselves and for all around us. We’ve all heard the ever so true spiel that “…documenting our lives and the lives of the people around us is a wonderful way to capture those everyday moments that might otherwise go unnoticed or be taken for granted. Capturing these moments helps us to appreciate and love those smaller, everyday events, not just the larger ones…” 51

I constantly and enthusiastically tell this to one and all who want to find out more about this craft. Memory keeping is part of my life, in one form or another. I am a passionate believer in the art of memory keeping.

This craft is so much more then combining a photo with a story. It involves so much more than the tangible acts of taking photos, compiling a story, and sticking down embellishments and patterned papers. It requires commitment, heart and love. This craft enriches our life. Telling our story gives us a voice. It gives us responsibility. It fills us with another worthwhile and meaningful purpose and it gives us ownership and an amazing creative outlet. I know that for me, telling my story and the story of my family, has helped me get through some pretty tough times in the last little while. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been an emotional outlet and it has been proof that time does, in fact, march on. When my life gets a bit challenging around here I look back through my Project Life albums, my daybooks and my scrapbook pages and I am quietly reminded of how far my family and I have come, in particular the last couple of years. I am reminded that there have been so many wonderful moments in my every day and ever changing life. When I am reminded of this through the pages of my creativity my strength and self-confidence is renewed and I carry on and keep moving forward. 52


Christmas 2012 was my first time completing a December Daily project and it was also the first Christmas that I spent alone without my children. My four babes were spending time with their dad. The kids and I had never had a Christmas apart. Ever. It was awful. It was lonely. It was heartbreaking. When I did have my babes with me and my family around me I made sure that I captured every moment I had with them. When they were gone and my house was abnormally quiet and lonely I went through all of the photos and started to put my project together, documenting our December. 53

I absorbed myself in the process of creating the story of our Christmas. I would create just a few days at a time. Creating, writing, reflecting, and at times, having a good old girly cry keep me going through December.

I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t include every single thing that happened during those first 25 days of December. I decided to focus on one story per day. There were just too many stories to tell. The stories that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make it into my December Daily were popped in my Project Life album. I included stories like the going up of the Christmas tree, the kids school Christmas fair, Christmas cooking, Christmas gifts I made, twinkle lights we put up, rehearsals for the Christmas concert, Christmas notes and cards to and from the kids, Christmas shopping, the wrapping of presents and family get togethers. 54


My December Daily Process I filled a spare 6x8 brown SN@P! binder with a variety of 6x8 SN@P! plastic page protectors to form my pages. I used a mixture of embellishments including flair badges, glitter thickers, vellum and overlays. I loved using stamps and die-cuts. I kept a general theme of colours focusing on gold, red, black and teal. And I used my sewing machine on pretty much every page protector, creating lots of confetti pockets full of sparkly sequins, wood veneers, punch outs and buttons. I had a ball putting it all together! 56


I hadn’t planned to do December Daily last year. I basically fell into it in order to find a focus when I felt lost without my brood. The process inspired me to be more ready and organised this year. But I’ve taken that inspiration one step further collaborating with Kellie of Kellie Stamps. We have come up with a December Daily kit called Documenting December. Our kit is completely designed around an Australian Christmas.

Whether you work with a kit or use pieces already in your paper crafting stash, why not get involved in this wonderful project. Put your memories of the 25 days leading up to Christmas in their own space. In their own album. This project is fabulous to do no matter what your life circumstance. With kids, without kits, married, single, holidaying or staying home it really doesn’t matter.

What does matter is that you capture YOUR story. 57 58

December Daily is the brain child of the always inspirational, beautiful and classy Ali Edwards. Visit Ali’s website and check out her December Daily journey. Also have a look at her welcome post which gives you a wonderful overview of what December Daily is all about. Once you do your ‘research’ go away and make the process yours. Make it fit in to your life, your December.

Paper crafter and mum of four, Jodie York owns online store, Polka Dot Designs. You can find her store here>> Say hello to Jodie on her blog. 59

tell us a Christmas story

gallery>> Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our story telling gallery -- this issue itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about Christmas. 60


â&#x20AC;&#x153;Remember This Day.â&#x20AC;? Amanda Hall - The Jot Team

I wanted to document a very special time we shared as a family in the lead up to Christmas 2011. I decided to surprise the kids with a trip to Adelaide to see the Christmas pageant in real life for the first time. I had secretly bought plane tickets, booked accommodation, packed their suitcases and loaded them in the car with them being none the wiser. I woke them up very early and told them that they would not be going to school that day and that they had to get ready as we were catching a plane to see the Christmas pageant. Their shocked and then excited faces were priceless. 61

“Handmade Christmas” Anna Allan - The Jot Team

A tradition every Christmas season, is to make at least one new decorative item to add to our home or Christmas tree. This layout highlights a few creative projects I completed for our 2012 Christmas. I created some crochet edging to include. It was a rather different but fun experience crocheting into my hole punched cardstock. I also used a transparency sheet to journal on and layered that over my title. I added extra journaling by including some pockets behind each photo section and slipping in some tags.

SUPPLIES: Cardstock: Silver glitter 12x12” cardstock, Bazzill white. ALPHABET: Thickers Chipboard letters. EMBELLISHMENT: Sequins, Greatest View flair badge, mini paper bags, red/white twine, star paper clip ThinkSpring (Etsy), canvas ribbon, washi tape, shipping tags. OTHER: stapler, overhead projection transparency sheet, vellum, white gel pen, vellum writing pen, Pebbles alphabet stamp, StazOn black ink. 62

“A Christmas Treat.”


Sharmaine Kruijver - The Jot Team

I used the packaging from our Ginger Bread Man silicon tray as a stencil. I’ve also used a Christmas card to back my photo I love using non-scrap supplies on a page.

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: American Crafts. Cardstock: Kaiser. Alphabets: American Crafts. Embellishments: Greatest View flair, Evalicious flair, Love Elsie epoxy stickers, Scenic Route stickers, American Crafts vellum, Studio Calico wood veneer, Cocoa Daisy ink and stamp. Other: Sequins, thread, sewing machine, ribbon, card, watercolour paint, packaging. 63 64


The Homemade Trees

Kim Jeffress - The Jot Team

Each year I try to make something new for our Christmas decor. In 2012 I made this cute little Christmas tree display using the Tim Holtz bottle brush trees and Heidi Swapp Colorshine mists. It sat out on our table all of December. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to get it out again this year. SUPPLIES | Cardstock - American Crafts, Patterned paper - Heidi Swapp, Alphabets - Bella Blvd. Embellishments - Bella Blvd die cuts, letter stickers, Heidi Swapp bow, Studio Calico Wood Veneer, Greatest View flair, Making Memories metal brads, My Minds Eye enamel dots. 65


Yana Smakula - The Jot Team I only bake at Christmas time. I usually spend an entire day or two baking. I’m not very good at it so that’s why it takes this long. I take out my Cricut Cake machine, make dough, cut it into fun festive shapes (different each year), bake and decorate the cookies. Last year I made an entire cookie family. This is my handsome cookie husband in the photo.

SUPPLIES | Papers: Teresa Collins. Embellishments: Washi Tape - We R Memory Keepers, stickers: Echo Park (brown), Jillibean Soup (red). Die cut paper: Little Yellow Bicycle, twine, brad: Dovecraft. Flower: Hero Arts. Gems: My Mind’s Eye. Ink Spray: ClearSnap. Electronic cutting machine: Cricut Expression 66


“Signs of the Christmas Season” Rebecca Keppel, Gilbert, Arizona USA I used a Scrapbook Circle kit to make this layout which documents the little things that signify the start of the holiday season in our house.

SUPPLIES | American Crafts patterned paper, Studio Calico stickers, Jenni Bowlin stars and tags, Crate Paper chipboard stickers

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The Christmas Letter

Mardi Winen - The Support Team

For the last few years, sixteen years to be exact, I have written an annual Winen Christmas letter. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a re-cap of the happenings in our life, any milestones, achievements or memorable occasions and I always include a few of my favourite photos too. I pop the letter into the Christmas cards I write and there are a few dear friends who get a copy via email as well. The most special and unforeseen part of this is that I now have a collection of these letters myself. I have filed them all in a display folder year by year along with any other letters we receive each year. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s become a little time capsule - perhaps the beginnings of something very special to look back on in years to come. SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Crate Paper. Alphabets: Lilybee design, Arctic Frog. Embellishments: Crate Paper. Other: Mister Hueys mist, buttons, Washi tape. 69

“Eastman Trees”

Lisa Rukin Swift, Webster, NY Lisa says, “There were fewer gingerbread houses on exhibit this year, so the George Eastman House atrium was filled with holiday trees of all shapes and sizes. Each one was decorated differently and had its own theme. This was one of my favourites, with all its pretty snowflakes, bead garland, and snowmen. The room seemed magical with all of the decor and sparkling lights.”

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: Bazzill. Patterned paper, die cuts, transparency, stickers stickpin, vellum tape, jewels and journaling spots: Little Yellow Bicycle. Embellishments: SEI, Doodlebug, Jillibean Soup, Echo Park, ZVA Creative, The Paper Company. Ink: Close to My Heart. Punch: Martha Stewart. Other: twine from Twendy Twine. 70

Lisa’s blog

“Christmas Pajamas” Jennifer Ciriano U.S.A.

Jennifer says, “Every year on Christmas Eve, the kids get one gift each to open - their Christmas pajamas. They definitely look forward to this each year and it has become their most favourite tradition.” SUPPLIES | Patterned paper - Crate Paper and Lily Bee Design. Die cuts and stickers - Basic Grey. Water colours - Recollections. Embellishments: Enamel dots - Teresa Collins. Alphabet letters American Crafts Thickers

Jennifer’s Blog

“Christmas Story” Anne Patterson, Brisbane, QLD

This layout documents that as I have sent my mother different Christmas tree decorations from different places I have lived or visited over the years and visiting it is like going down memory lane. SUPPLIES | Simple Stories Patterned Paper, Scrapmatts Chipboard, American Craft Alphabets, October Afternoon alphabet stickers, DMC thread, Kaisercraft Pearls, Stampendous Crushed Glass Glitter.

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meet designer and

blogger Lory Bucaria 72


Loredana Bucaria

Lory Bucaria lives in Naples, in the south of Italy with her husband and she blogs regularly on her Love Scrap Life blog. She loves making mini books, scrapbook layouts and Project Life spreads. “2013 is the first year I make Project Life and I fall in love with it,“ Lory says.

How long does it take to put together a Project Life spread? I usually take a day to make a Project Life spread because I am a very slow scrapbooker. I love details and I really love to write a lot and share what I have lived and the story I’m telling. Are you up to date with Project Life or are you always playing catch up? I am a little behind with my Project Life but I don’t find difficulties to cover the past weeks because I have an agenda where I write day by day what I live so it’s very easy to remember and create the spread when it comes time. 73

Tell us about the amazing opportunities you have had with scrapbooking over the years. I feel really blessed and lucky for many reasons. I am very thankful because scrapbooking has helped me during the worst period of my life - my fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death. Today I live my colorful life and thanks to scrapbooking, I have a lot of real friends and this huge passion is becoming my work. I have worked for many Design Teams including Bella Boulevard, American Crafts, Chic Tags and various magazines and I love to go around the world to teach classes and share my passion with other super lovely girls. I love the relationship that you can create during events like this. 74

I had for many years a scrapbooking online shop in Italy with one of my best friends and I have organized an international convention for 4 years here in Italy called the Paper and Co Show Italy that was a super exciting and amazing experience that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never forget. What three products always find their way into your work? I always use spray colours, tiny embellishments and letters of any kinds.

What are your favourite techniques to use? In this moment I am in love with letterpress, watercolors and stitching techniques. What do you mainly blog about? I blog about my works and I love to write about myself, my everyday life, my passions, what happens in my life even if I am not a Hollywood star ;) 75

Lory loves creating layouts with white backgrounds and colour combinations including yellow, mint, pink and grey. 76


Were you always creative as a child? Yes I always remember that when I was a child I loved to draw fashion models and I was really able. I loved to color and paint but I was really a good child and never painted on a home wall, LOL! What is your favourite colour combination? My favorite colour combo is white with either pastel or bright colours - it depends on my mood and the photo and the story behind it. I really love pink, mint, turquoise, yellow and grey What is the best thing about scrapbooking? The best thing about scrapbooking is to have had the big luck to meet amazing persons all over the world. Scrapbooking has shown me how the world is so little and how we are all the same and how together, we can change things and create a wonderful world. To share our passion for good things like this hobby is, scrapbooking is really one of the best things of my life. I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t imagine my life without it. I am thankful for all the amazing moments lived thanks to this wonderful hobby and how many persons I have met that have helped me during bad moments. 77 78


What’s next for Lory? This is a very big question. What I know is that I really would like to travel worldwide sharing my passion with other scrapbookers and teaching. I would especially like to be part of two design teams in particular - Jot Magazine - it would be a dream and another design team but I cross my fingers for it… it’s a dream I hope to realize one day :) I hope to be happy and to have a lot of super funny experiences in the scrapbooking world. In this moment I feel blessed for all I have had.

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take a closerlook..

SUPPLIES: Cardstock: Bazzill. Patterned paper: Elleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Studio, Studio Calico, Crate Paper. Vellum: Kelly Purkey. Tags: Crate Paper; Buttons/Brads: Crate Paper. Twine: American Crafts. Mist: Heidi Swapp. Other: vellum, ribbon, sewing machine, typewriter. 80


Stephanie Bryan - The Jot Team

Christmas is my very favourite time of the year. I love the memories, traditions and stories. For my layout, I wanted to document one of our favourite traditions which is making Christmas ornaments for our friends. I knew I wanted to add a few pictures, as well as some longer journaling so I decided to create a little fold out book on my page. I added several different paper layers under each of the photos, typed my journaling onto vellum and closed the book with some twine. 81 82

make. share. move. inspire


trymisting>> ideas for using misting inks PROJECT + PHOTOS | Mel Nunn I have collected many types of mists and sprays over the years because they look so pretty all lined up on my shelf. After taking a scrapbooking break for a few months while I was studying, I decided once I started paper crafting again, to see if I could use up some of my existing supplies before I went out and spent more money. One of my objectives was to use up some of the pretty mists I had collected. Here are a few of my ideas for incorporating mists in your work. 83

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“Ice-Cream Layout” Mel Nunn - The Support Team

I made this layout of my daughter Lilly after coming across the photo when cleaning up the disk drive to archive photos on my old computer It has a lovely summery feel. What’s better than one ice cream? Why two of course! I’ve used inks/misting a few different ways on this layout. Let’s take a look.

supplies white cardstock, scraps of patterned paper, glitter tape, tags, button, twine, enamel dots mists - I’ve used a few different mists including Mr Hueys and Maya Rd plus Heidi Swapp’s Color Shine. • letters, chipboard stickers • • • • • 85






Let’s start misting>> 1 SPLATTER BACKGROUNDS | Inks are

great for adding “splodges” of colour to your layout background. Here I splattered some of my mists directly onto my cardstock by unscrewing my mist bottle and tapping the straw tube part with my finger for a “splattered” effect. I used two mists - Mr Huey’s: Dewey and Maya Road: Bubblegum.

2 TAG TITLES | For my tag title, I used

a shipping tag and attached some old chipboard letters in place. Colour is misted on top and using the splatter technique, I 86

added a contrasting colour. Once dry, the letters are peeled off to reveal the title.


complete my layout, I layered scraps of patterned paper under my photograph and attached my tag title.

4 I added a length of twine to my tag hole and added in a few strips of washi tape.

A few banner type strips tucked over and under my photo along the right hand side and some scattered buttons, sequins and enamel dots complete my layout.

LEFT: Make your own Ombre Paper | Tear out a book page and lightly spray all over with water. Spray most of the mist at the top of the page, and drag the colour down the page with the wet brush. Set aside to dry before adding to your projects. I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist on this paper.


more misting Mel’s ideas for your projects>>

RIGHT: In my December Daily album I needed some teal coloured letters but I didn’t have any on hand. However, I did have plain chipboard Thickers so I dipped my paint brush in the open bottle of mist and painted my letters so they coordinated with my project. You can also try this method with foam Thickers letter stickers.

ABOVE: Using Mr Huey’s mist in Sunrise I added colour to my white seam binding ribbon. When still wet with ink, scrunch up your ribbon for a rustic look.

By Kim Archer 87


inking + watercolour


Showcasing layouts with washy, whimsical watercolouring. 88

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happy Artistâ&#x20AC;?


Kim Jeffress - The Jot Team

I took a slightly different approach to this challenge and asked my son who just loves to paint and draw to create a background for me with my watercolour paints. Of course he jumped at the chance. I snapped some photos of him while he was painting because I wanted to celebrate this trait of his. Once his painting was dry, I laid it under some thick books to flatten it out over night. Trimming the edges slightly I mounted his art work on a piece of thick patterned paper for stability.

SUPPLIES | Cardstock - American Crafts. Patterned Paper - Heidi Swapp. Alphabets - American Crafts thickers. Embellishments - Bella Blvd stickers, Girls Papiere Word Stickers, Greatest View flair, My Minds eye enamel dots, Studio Calico wood veneer, Basic Grey wood veneer, Bella Blvd decorative tape, vintage book paper, Tiny Attacher. 89 90


Be Yourself

Raquel Bowman - The Jot Team

I began my layout by using a Prima mask and applying gesso to the background (which I have proceeded to mainly cover anyway - whoops). I then went around this and highlighted the design with pink watercolours. The main yellow watercolour section is created using Gelatos which I watered down before applying. I also splashed it on and allowed areas to drip. I tried a different â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;watercolourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; technique by applying a Gelato directly to a stamp, spraying it with water and stamping it directly onto my page. SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Glitz Design. Cardstock: Bazzill, plain vellum. Alphabets: Glitz Design. Embellishments: Glitz Design stickers, rhinestone, A Piece of Cake Designs Cherry Flair, MAMBI sticker, D-lish Scraps bow and heart, My Minds Eye enamel dots, sequins, doily. Other: Sewing machine and white thread, Faber Castell Gelatos, Micador watercolour palette, typewriter, Mister Huey Ink Spray. 91


Kim Stewart - The Jot Team I always love painting and adding splatters with watercolor, but I never like my paper to warp so I used to refrain from using too many different mediums on a layout. For this one I used my watercolors and splattered them on a page and then cut it up into small squares to use for the background. I actually had an accident with the sequins falling on the page and I thought “how pretty” so I machined stitched them under a little tulle on my page.

SUPPLIES | Bazzil cardstock, watercolors, Studio Calico wood veneer, canvas stickers, Recollections butterfly sticker, butterfly punch, thread, tulle, sequins, black pen. 92

“Summer Road Trip”


Yana Smakula - The Jot Team

Every year during the summer we try to do a bit of travelling inside our country. This is a layout about a round trip we took this summer - we visited a beautiful old castle and park near by.

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: American Crafts. Cardstock: office store. Pigment ink (for watercolour): ClearSnap, dye ink: ClearSnap. Stitch template: American Crafts. Floss: We R Memory Keepers. Stickers: American Crafts. Wood Veneer: Studio Calico. Stamps: American Crafts. 93 94


Love You To The Moon Stephanie Bryan - The Jot Team

For this layout, I wanted my watercolors to be the main color of my page. I decided to use a neutral background patterned paper to matte my cardstock and then chose a black and white photo of my daughter. The teal of the watercolour really adds to the contrast of the page. SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Studio Calico, Elleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Studio, Glitz Design. Cardstock: American Crafts. Embellishments: Freckled Fawn, Citron Faire. Other: sewing machine, typewriter, watercolour paints. 95

“So Fast”

Sharmaine Kruijver - The Jot Team Using just one splash of colour sometimes can be all you need on your layout. I created this page using watercolour paper which meant two things: 1) It absorbed the way paint should (rather than buckling the paper or soaking right in) and 2) It was A4 size which meant I could run it through my printer! By painting the background first I was able to get an idea of the page design and placement of the elements.

SUPPLIES | Watercolour paper: Canson. Alphabets: Jillibean Soup. Stamps: Cocoa Daisy, American Crafts. Ink: Cocoa Daisy. Embellishments: Chic Tags flair, Basic Grey chipboard, Studio Calico wood veneer, My Mind’s Eye enamel dots, Micador water colour paints. Font: Skinny. Other: Thread. 96

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Remember This Momentâ&#x20AC;?


Lauren Hender - The Jot Team

When creating this layout I was using some paper towel to mop up excess water when blending my paint. As it was sitting at my desk I looked over and thought that wet paper towel is so pretty with all the colours blending into the fibres. I created a bow and added it to the layout. Once it dried it held shape beautifully and added a unique feature to my layout.

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: white, cream. Embellishments: Teresa Collins, Jenni Bowlin, Prima, Spotlight, Flutterby Designs. Other: Water colour paints, paper towel and white gel pen. 97

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Her Styleâ&#x20AC;?

Lisa Pate - The Support Team I love pulling out my rather extensive art supplies collection and using the supplies on a layout. Watercolours make it easy to pretty up a background. You can drip it, wash it, spray it and layer it.

SUPPLIES | Watercolours, Bazzill cardstock, mask and gesso, vellum, butterfly punch, Jillibean soup die cut paper, sewing machine and thread, gold embossing powder, colour pencils, sequins and black journaling pen. 98



Natalie Elphinstone - Victoria I first embossed a stamped grid to my patterned paper before adding a wash of water colour over the top. The grid served to build even more layers behind my photo.

SUPPLIES | Paper: Studio Calico, Basic Grey, Making Memories. Embellishments: Making Memories, Crate Paper, KI Memories Pockets, Jenni Bowlin. Other: Jenni Bowlin stamps, Studio Calico stamps, Making Memories gems, Maya Mist.

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“J & R” Gina Rogers - Tasmania To achieve the watercolour effect, I added some watered down orange and pink spray inks and while holding the page upright, blew downwards to create the drips. I finished off with a few splatters here and there.

SUPPLIES | American Crafts cardstock, Pebbles, Studio Calico, Crate Paper and American Crafts papers, Basic Grey garland, MME enamel shapes, Citrus Twist stamps and journal labels, Prima ink, Artline pen, watercolours, thread, Tim Holtz fasteners, ribbon. 100

Gina’s blog



Tania Ballestrin - Nightcliff, NT My layout includes a few of the materials and mediums which relate to my mother-in-law, in the photo with my son. She loves painting with water colours and sewing so I have used Aquarelle water colour crayons and stamps misted with water to create my botanical edges and photo mat.

SUPPLIES | Background stamps by Kaszazz, Maya Road stencil, papers by American Crafts, Websters pages and Kaszazz, old book page, vellum, an old sewing pattern, sequins, shipping tag, buttons and twine by Kaszazz, Prima flowers.

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Tatiana Yemelyanenko - Ukraine Inspired by the Fall colours, Tatiana created this layout featuring lots of Autumn leaves sprayed with colour and layered on her background.

SUPPLIES | Patterned paper, stickers: American Crafts. Gelatos, glaze, Pitt artist pen: Faber-Castel. Stamps: Lily Bee Design, My Mind’s Eye. Dew Drops: The Robin’s Nest. Inks: Tsukineko. Stencil: The Crafter’s Workshop. Spray: Studio Calico. 102

Tatiana’s Blog



Moon Lee - Taiwan Here is my 12”x12” layout of playing with the glimmer mist to make the watercolour-look background! I always love the unexpected result of “drooling” glimmer mists. Also, I added the printed wax papers and washi tapes to create a softer look.

SUPPLIES | Papers: Basic Grey. Die-cuts: Kaiser Crafts. Glimmer mist: Heidi Swapp. Wooden Embellishments: Recollections. Washi tapes: MT tapes. Other: Wax paper

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“You Do Cheeky Very Well” Anna Allan - The Jot Team

I had a great time playing around with the watercolour effect on the background of this layout. I used watered down acrylic paint and firstly used brush strokes horizontally and vertically over the page, then added pools of watery paint and used a straw to blow it out towards the edge of the page. For extra sparkle, I sprinkled glitter onto the wet paint.

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: Bazzill. Paper: KI Memories. Alphabets: Motex + black tape, American Crafts, MME, Echo Park Paper Co. EMBELLISHMENTS: Vellum circles, ‘Sweet Vintage’ doily flowers, D-Lish Scraps, StudioFourteen40, Freckled Fawn, Kaiser Rhinestones, sequins, K&Company Amy Butler metal brad, Studio Calico, Skipping5, D-Lish Scraps, Project Life Clementine journal card, KaiserCraft. OTHER: washi tape, date stamp, Staz-On, acrylic paint, glitter, Mister Huey’s colour mist - opaque white. 104


“Wonderful Life” Natalie Elphinstone - Victoria I used gesso, waterpaints and stamps to represent the beach and horizon so it looked like an extension of the photo.

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: Bazzill. Paper: October Afternoon, Simple Stories, My Mind’s Eye, Studio Calico. Embellishments: Prima alpha stickers, Sassafras alpha stickers, Evalicious badge button, Pink Paislee pin, Simple Stories 100 Days of Summer Stickers. Other: Studio Calico stamps, Gesso, Tattered Angels Glimmer mist

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Homeâ&#x20AC;?

Mardi Winen - The Support Team

SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Crate Paper. Cardstock: Bazzill. Alphabets: Carolees Creations. Embellishments: Freckled Fawn, Fancypants rub-on, Other: twine, sewing machine, Mister Hueys mist, Martha Stewart frond punch, hole punch, clear stamp.

Mardi used acrylic paint diluted with water to wash colour onto her layout background. 106

Memory Keeping Supplies Helping you to get creative and be the journalist of your life.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wishing everyone a fabulous Christmas and New Year!â&#x20AC;? 107 108

When is a

photo>> not aphoto? When it’s also a card you can adapt to any occasion..

STORY + PHOTOS | Sian Fair

This project began, not with photos or supplies, but with biscuits: heart shaped, bought in Ikea, brought home and photographed by me because they looked so pretty.

And then because I had a new packet of printer paper I began experimenting with printing my photos in different sizes. Approximately thirty two heart shaped biscuits later I discovered fitting four pictures onto a 6x4 inch print worked best: cute, but still easy to see. Then, just as I was wondering what to do with all those copies, the postman delivered my Project Life kit. (Not that I do Project Life. I just can’t resist the smaller embellishments and journaling cards.)

As I admired those cards, I realised they looked like little postcards. Or tags. Instead of slipping them into pocket page protectors, I could tie them to parcels, prettied up with some of those smaller embellishments and, oh, some tiny photos.

Let’s take a look at what I created using my mini photos >> 109

<<Mini photos • Photographing heart

shaped cookies from Ikea led Sian to start experimenting with what she could do with her pretty photos. • Printing four of the same image onto 4x6inch photo paper worked best and soon Sian had a stack of photos and a project in mind! • Sian loves Project Life kits because of their smaller embellishments and cards. 110

The first card I made was a Valentine’s Day card (inspired by the heart shaped biscuits, of course), but we’re heading towards Christmas, so I’ve made a new more Christmasy set of cards.

The photos |

Tiny photos work best with one or two subjects only: the image has to be crisp because you won’t see it close up, so sharpen carefully and I added a border straight from my printer for more definition. 111

When making multiple cards, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s faster and easier to keep to a limited collection of supplies and satisfying if you use it up!

The Supplies | 112

I used (Citrus Twist) Project Life kit â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3x4 and 6x4 journaling cards, a 6x6 paper pad and matching embellishments. I looked to its colour palette of cream, soft red and blue to choose extras from my stash of doilies, ribbons and thread. The shapes have been cut with the Mistletoe Slice Design Card.

Each tag begins with a journaling card onto which I built up layers. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re meant to look handmade, so donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be afraid to have bits peeping over the edges.

The Details | Add texture with machine stitching, tie bows, layer on lace! I wrapped a doily round one card, folded a bigger card in half to make another. 113

Did you take the challenge? Head to our CHALLENGE PAGE to share your gift wrap and cards inspired by the Jot Team. 114

Use Staz-on ink to stamp greetings directly on your photo. Or use no photo at all! It’s easy to make each one different when you are pulling supplies from a kit. You’ll have enough gift cards for everyone on your list in no time.

Sian’s Blog

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. 115


gallery>> Showing you sparkly ways to incorporate sequins into your paper crafting projects. 116

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hello Sunshineâ&#x20AC;?Mel Nunn, Support Team SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: American Crafts, Studio Calico. Cardstock: American Crafts. Die Cut wood title: Studio Calico. Stickers: Crate Paper. Rub ons: Studio Calico. Other: Paint chip, glassine bag, sequins, die cut vellum arrow, washi tape, twine, staples, tag, white paint, Heidi Swapp color shine ink.

Mel has used different sized sequins in colours to coordinate with the stripes in her patterned paper. 117

“Happy Day - You & Me” Raquel Bowman - The Jot Team

To feature the sequins on this layout I decided to create a sewn ‘flourish’ embellishment with gold thread and my sewing machine. I stuck the sequins on top of that so it looked like they were part of the flourish.

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers: Crate Paper, Crate Paper Vellum. Cardstock: Bazzill, AC Gold POW Paper. Alphabets: American Crafts. Embellishments: Crate Paper Die Cuts, Prima Flowers, A Piece of Cake Designs Cherry Flair, D-lish Scraps Washi Tape, D-lish Scraps Mini Roses, pink paperclip, doily, sequins. Other: sewing machine and gold thread, Faber Castell Gelatos, AC Phrase Stamp, gold ink, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher and staples. 118



Sharmaine Kruijver - The Jot Team Sharmaine has used lots of sequins in pink shades to build up a frame around her daughter’s photo. “It’s a great way to use up your stash of sequins,” Sharmaine says.

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: American Crafts. Alphabets: American Crafts. Embellishments: American Crafts die cuts, October Afternoon stickers, Basic Grey bottle cap stickers, Studio Calico wood veneer, Cocoa Daisy ink, Freckled Fawn enamel dots, Twinkling H2O’s paint . Other: Date stamp, sequins. 119


Lisa Pate - The Support Team

What’s not to love about sequins? They’re tiny bits of sparkly fun. I am adding them to everything at the moment. I just love the sense of whimsy they add to a layout.

SUPPLIES: Cardstock, Bazzill Swisse Dot. Alphabets: American Crafts. Ink spray, Heidi Swapp. Embellishments: Echo Park, Jillibean Soup. Other: tissue paper, vellum, sewing machine and thread, journaling cards. 120

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happy Little Lifeâ&#x20AC;?


Stephanie Bryan - The Jot Team

Sequins are so fun to add to any layout. I decided to paint a heart onto my background paper and then create a heart shaped pocket using a piece of plastic. I added my sequins into the pocket and then sewed the entire outside edge of my heart. The plastic is transparent so it almost looks as if the sequins are floating around the page.

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: American Crafts. Cardstock: American Crafts. Embellishments: American Crafts, Studio Calico, Freckled Fawn. Mists: October Afternoon, Heidi Swapp. Other: sewing machine, thread. 121

Cotton and sequins together can help to create movement within a page. Viewers eyes are drawn to travel along the path which can lead to other photos, journaling or a feature embellishment. 122


This Makes Me Happy

Lauren Hender - The Jot Team

Working on busy print cardstock can be tricky as you can easily lose a photo in the busy-ness of the print. I love the blended look so I try to find a happy medium. I achieved this by using a crackle medium in the section where my photo was to be placed. This not only crackles, it also is slightly translucent allowing you not to lose the background print entirely. I then used a black felt tip pen to doodle in the corners, added a few rub ons, staples, sequins and my journaling. SUPPLIES | Cardstock: Teresa Collins Embellishments: Teresa Collins, Flutterby Designs, Greatest View, Studio Calico & Daisy Dees. Other: cotton, black ink pen, Dymo labeller, gel pen, crackle medium, Typo and Kaiser Craft. 123

“I’m So Not Ready” Kim Jeffess - The Jot Team

I created a large vellum pocket to house my sequins. I trimmed the vellum then used my machine to stitch around the edge of three sides before filling it with sequins and letters cut with my Big Shot die cutting tool ( to go with my school theme). I then sewed up the fourth edge to seal.

SUPPLIES: Cardstock: American Craft. Patterned paper Bella Blvd. Alphabets: Bella Blvd. Embellishments Bella Blvd stickers, Heidi Swapp chipboard word, October Afternoon, Greatest View flair, Studio Calico wood veneer, Elle’s Studio tag, Girls Paperie word stickers, My Minds Eye enamel dots, vellum, sequins. 124

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pretty Plaitsâ&#x20AC;?


Sheree Forcier - The Support Team

I love how a little scattering of sequins make it so easy to add that little bit of sparkle to your page.

SUPPLIES | Patterned Papers: Crate Paper, October Afternoon. Cardstock: Bazzill. Alphabets: American Crafts. Embellishments: Crate Paper. Other: sequins, Stampin Up border punch, white tags, twine, sewing machine, date stamp, ink. 125

“Little Moments. Big Memories” Anna Allan - The Jot Team

I used a Project Life 6x4” card, cut out the hearts, sewed on transparent film, added sequins, stitched up the opening and added the card cutout over the top. I then also used the hearts I cut out on the lower part of the layout as well.

I added different sizes and styles of sequins in pastel shades to add some sparkle and bling to the layout but still keep the softer look I was going for. 126


SUPPLIES: Cardstock: Bazzill, vintage white card. Patterned paper: Pink Paislee. Embellishments: Project Life Card, Studio Calico, Kaiser Collectable motifs, sequins, paper doily, 3x4 journaling card (x2), D-Lish Scraps OTHER: transparent sheet, printer, blue mini inkpad, journal pen, sewing machine.

I created a vellum title on this second page. Using the thick end of a vellum writing pen, I wrote my title words then cut around each word. These were adhered to the page with foam dots as I wanted them to pop out on my layout. 127 128


“Ho Ho Ho”

Yana Smakula - The Jot Team

Nothing says Christmas more then glittery sequins and Yana has dotted them on her Christmas layout creating just the right amount of sparkling goodness. Yana says, “Other than decorating our Christmas tree each year, I try to set up a little photo shoot area for photos to use on Christmas cards next year and in my scrapbooking too. This time, I added a little cute, fancy chair to the set.” SUPPLIES | Pattern Paper, journaling cards, banners: Teresa Collins. Sequins: Neat & Tangled. Washi Tape: My Mind’s Eye, electronic cutter: Cricut Expressions, wooden sentiment, twine, brads: Dovecraft, ribbon: May Arts 129

“Pretty Flowers” Anna Allan - The Jot Team

I love me a lot of sparkle and shine and sequins create that look perfectly. I handmade the flower embellishments using embossed paper and stitching on some thrifted vintage fabric as the flower centres. I have been giving myself pep-talks about being more brave in using my own handwriting on the page and this time I actually incorporated some lettering into my self-drawn border. Don’t know how the heck I came up with that idea but I do so like surprising myself!

SUPPLIES: Cardstock: kraft, white, green. Alphabets: Bella! Chipz, Echo Park Paper Co., Simple Stories. Embellishments: green string, hand cut arrows, sequins - D-Lish Scraps pack, Greatest View flair badges, decorative bow - D-Lish Scraps. Other: stencil - Maya Road, texture paste, green ink pad, watercolour paint, stapler, date stamp, ink pad (bark), sewing machine, thread, journaling pens. 130

“Water Boys”

Anne Patterson - Brisbane Anne has handstitched rounded squares on her background and sprinkled sequins in place to highlight the watery feel of the layout.

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: American Crafts. Patterned paper and alphabets: D-Lish, Other: flairs, journaling card, sequins, washi tape, buttons, chevron ribbon. Memory Maze Chipboard, Motex tape, DMC thread and ink.

Anne’s blog

“So Very Thankful” Rebecca Keppel Gilbert, Arizona USA

Last year for Thanksgiving I set up a tripod to take pictures of our very casual family dinner. I know sequins are technically for sewing, but I had actually never tried sewing through them before this! It was much easier than I anticipated.

SUPPLIES | November Club Kit, sequins: Jenni Bowlin

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Love Ya Face Anita Rodway Tamworth, NSW

Sequins aren’t just for girly layouts plus they can be quite versatile and a cheaper alternative to enamel dots (but who am I kidding - I love enamel dots LOL). SUPPLIES: Paper: Kasazz, Simple Stories Sn@p 6x6 paper. Embellishments: Flutterby Designs Flair & photo tab cutout, Studio Calico, Charm’s Creations clouds, sequins, paperclip, washi tape, AC Thickers, gesso, black Posca pen, Dylusions spray ink.

Anita’s blog

“Make This Moment Count” Qin Siow - Singapore This is a simple layout of my boyfriend and I celebrating three years together. I used sequins together with the “XO” (which I fussy cut out of a patterned paper) to create a vertical design on the page. SUPPLIES | Papers: SEI, October Afternoon. Embellishments: Paper Bakery, Dear Lizzy, Amy Tangerine, Jenni Bowlin and Studio Calico. Alphabets: October Afternoon, American Crafts thickers Other: sequins, manila tags and die-cuts.

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“Sweet Girl”

Gina Rodgers - Tasmania On this layout I’ve used some plain and also larger decorative sequins which have been machine stitched for added texture and to secure them to the page.

SUPPLIES: American Crafts cardstock, Jenni Bowlin Studio papers, stickers, alphabet. Embellishments: classic sequins, doily sequins and stencil, Tattered Angels glimmer mist, Maya Rd mist, thread, marker.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey Thereâ&#x20AC;? Amanda Hall - The Jot Team

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Heidi Swapp. Cardstock: Bazzill. Font: Arial bold. Embellishments: sequins, sequin mask, Heidi Swapp tags, Prima peg, cotton, October Afternoon mist, Heidi Swapp heart. Stickers : My Minds Eye & Echo Park.

Amanda backed a Heidi Swapp heart card with clear plastic to form a pocket and then filled the pocket with sequins, attaching the card to her layout and making sure the top was sealed over to keep the sequins secure. 134

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By Kim Archer 135

greetings |

Handmade cards are the perfect way to show how much you care - and they’re also a great way to use up die cuts and paper scraps you might have in your stash too!

Sheree Forcier - The Support Team

I find it’s always handy to have a handful of cards ready to go for a variety of occasions and they’re quick and easy to make. Here are three cards I’ve put together from bits and pieces I already had in my scrapbook stash. 136

Thank You

Don’t have any die cuts? Paper piecing is a great way to use up scraps to create an image for your card like my paper pieced flower. Simply punch some small circles for the petals and flower centre, hand cut a leaf and stem then adhere them all together!

SUPPLIES | Patterned Paper – Crate Paper On Trend. Stamp – Hero Arts Everyday Sayings. Wood shape – Studio Calico. Other – black ink, cardstock scraps, rhinestones, washi tape, sewing machine, circle punch, foam dots, premade white card 137

Enjoy Today Using paper and die cuts from one collection makes it so quick and easy to coordinate elements on a card. For this card I simply layered die cuts, a doily, sticker and washi tape, added some wooden birds, a button and twine and it was done! 138

You Make Me Smile

This card was super easy to put together. A rainbow die cut with a stamped sentiment and some scallop punched background paper. Very quick and easy! SUPPLIES | Patterned paper and die cut – Kaisercraft Fine & Sunny. Stamp: Lawn Fawn Sophie’s Sentiments. Other: white cardstock, twine, black ink, foam dots, scalloped edge punch, premade white card

<<SUPPLIES for Sheree’s Enjoy Today card, pictured RIGHT | Patterned paper, sticker & die cuts – American Crafts Amy Tangerine. Wood shapes – Studio Calico. Other – washi tape, twine, paper doily, button, premade white card, foam dots

Sheree’s blog

Completely Hooked blogger Sheree lives with her family on the sunny Gold Coast of Australia and designs and makes the cutest crochets hats and accessories for Blythe dolls for her Poppytree Lane Etsy store. Her blog is filled with family stories, crocheted projects and her latest scrapbooking layouts. 139

round & round.. IT’S OUR



We’ve been spotting circles everywhere! In your photos, patterned paper, embellishments and stitched onto backgrounds -- let’s take a look at ways to add circles to your next project>> 140

“No Girls”

Raquel Bowman - The Jot Team

I absolutely love my Silhouette Cameo so I made a cut file with circular elements on it and used it to frame my photos and patterned paper. You can download the .studio cut file I have created by following this link>>

SUPPLIES | Paper: Dear Lizzy Crepe paper card stock, white card stock. Papers: Dear Lizzy. Embellishments: Dear Lizzy ‘Polka Dot Party’ Stickers, Studio Calico Wood Veneer alphabet, Dear Lizzy ‘Polka Dot Party’ Thickers, A Piece of Cake Designs Cherry Flair, Studio Calico wooden veneers, Dear Lizzy ‘Polka Dot Party’ Peg, My Mind’s Eye enamel dots, resin bow, string, sequins. Other: typewriter, Tim Holtz tiny attacher, Silhouette Cameo, Silhouette Studio Designer edition software. 141


Kim Jeffress - The Jot Team I may be becoming slightly obsessed with stitching circles on my layouts. Recently I discovered Top Thread which is a little thicker than regular thread and have been using this in my machine to add a bit more texture and definition to my stitching.

SUPPLIES | Bella Blvd patterned paper, stickers, letter stickers, cardstock die cuts, washi tape, My Minds Eye enamel dots, OTHER: sequins, top stitch thread, plastic sleeve, machine stitching. 142

“You Float My Boat”


Sharmaine Kruijver - The Jot Team

Rummaging around I rediscovered this background paper I made with a cup of coffee. Yes! They really are coffee stains! I added some coffee ring stamped images and other circle-y goodness.

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: Bazzill. Embellishments: Cocoa Daisy Stamp and ink, Elle’s Studio tags, Studio Calico stickers and wood veneer, D-lish Scraps washi tape, Studio Fourteen40 flair, Chibi Run shipping tag. Other: Coffee, pen, thread, typewriter, staples. 143

“Merry Christmas” Yana Smakula - The Jot Team

Yana cut her photos into various sized circles and placed them with other circular elements on her layout. She outlined each circle element using a black journaling pen.

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: My Mind’s Eye. Cardstock: office supply store. Chipboard: My Mind’s Eye. Spray: ClearSnap. Die cutting machine and die: Spellbinders. Stamp: Technique Tuesday. Ink: ClearSnap 144

“Kindy Christmas Concert”


Sheree Forcier - Support team

I’ve used a large circle punch on my photo and different sized circle punches for my patterned paper then layered them to create my design.

SUPPLIES | Patterned Paper: October Afternoon. Cardstock: Bazzill. Embellishments: October Afternoon, Studio Calico. Other: twine, sequins, sewing machine, paper doily 145 146


Family Time

Anna Allan - The Jot Team

I used a mini Colourbox inkpad and inked nine circles onto kraft cardstock. For my photos I chose a variety of favourite things I love and used the app Diptic to collage them all on my iPhone. Once arranged, I printed them out as a 6x6â&#x20AC;? square photo. The small photos within the collage were perfect for a 1 3/8â&#x20AC;? circle punch-out. It was then a matter of finding embellishments to go with each photo circle. It was pretty much creating mini circular layouts on a page! I had loads of fun! And it was a great way to document little snippety bits of everyday life goodness in one go! SUPPLIES | Kraft cardstock. alphabets: CHIPZ, Echo Park Paper Co., lilybeedesign ABC Stickers, Simple Stories, Motex Lime Green text. Embellishments: Skipping5, ThinkSpring (Etsy), Kaiser Collectables, Freckled Fawn, Cherry flair - A Piece of Cake Designs, Kaiser Rhinestones. Other: stapler, watercolours, inkpads, colour mist, cotton, yarn, stamps 147

“Lil Bud”

Kim Stewart - The Jot Team I think circles are always inspiring and fun to work with and I thought why not a pie chart! They’re such a great way to display all your patterned papers especially when all the manufacturers have new collections. Circles are perfect for mixing together paint, paper and glitter on a layout.

SUPPLIES | Bazzill Cardstock, Crate paper collections, Studio Calico wood veneer, American Crafts alphabets, hand drawn flowers, Gelatos, acrylic paint, glitter, thread, craft store flowers. 148


â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Peopleâ&#x20AC;?

Lisa Pate - The Support Team

Circles are so much fun to work with. I love layering different sizes and shapes as well as using different art techniques and mediums to create circles on my page for a fun, vibrant look.

SUPPLIES | Cardstock : bazzill. Embellishments: APOCD Cherry Fair, Studio Calico and WOW wood veneer. Stamps: Hero Arts. Ink: Stazon. Other: washi tape, spray inks, Gelatos, coloured pencils, letter stencil, Dymo, shipping tag. 149

â&#x20AC;&#x153;You Are Hereâ&#x20AC;?

Stephanie Bryan - The Jot Team

I love adding circles to my layouts whether it be embellishments or punches. For this layout I challenged myself to use only circles, including my photos. I love adding dimensional adhesive under my photos and some of my embellishments to give the page a little depth.

SUPPLIES | Card stock: Bazzill Basics. Patterned papers: American Crafts. Embellishments: Crate Paper, A Piece of Cake Designs, Freckled Fawn, Citron Faire, Studio Calico. Die Cuts: Studio Calico. Other: Typewriter, circle punch, vellum. 150



Amanda Hall - The Jot Team

I’ve had the stitched garland embellishment in my stash for a while, and love the effect they give on this layout. Subtle circles add a bit of texture to an otherwise simple layout. It was originally made for a Kraft it Up challenge which was a circle based sketch.

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Echo Park. Cardstock: Bazzill, Kraft. Embellishments: buttons, Elle’s Studio saltwater tabs, Studio Calico stitched garland, Echo Park stickers, Simple Stories stickers, Bella Blvd chipboard clouds, Jillibean Soup wise words stickers. 151


Mel Nunn - Support Team

Mel punched overlapping circles from a sheet of vellum and layered it over her patterned paper background. She used some of the punched circle vellum offcuts to add to her layout to tie in with the bubbles in her photo.

SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: American Crafts, Studio Calico. Alphabets: October Afternoon, Autumn Leaves. Tags: Studio Calico Project Life kit. Heart: Amy Tangerine for American crafts. Stickers: Dear Lizzy for American Crafts. Other: vellum, Silhouette Cameo, enamel dots, washi tape, stamp, ink, staples, grey pen. 152



Mardi Winen - The Support Team Mardi again punched holes in her base cardstock but this time firstly applied a mask over the top with striking results. The black cardstock allows the colour of the patterned paper backing each circle to really pop!

SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper. Cardstock: Bazzill Alphabets: American Crafts. Tags: Crate Paper. Other: washi tape, Mister Huey’s Mist, mask, twine, buttons, machine stitching. 153

“Smile” Sophie Koschmann - Victoria, Australia Despite their basic shape, circles can be used and arranged in so many different ways on your layout and never appear boring. Here, I created a starburst effect which I love the look of.

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: American Crafts. Papers: Typo papers. Embellishments: butterfly embellishments and paper clip, Hambly Screen Prints transparency, vintage book paper, plastic netting, washi tape, paper doily, Charms Creations mini runner, Kaiser Craft rub-ons, Maya Road letter stickers, American Crafts thickers, Tattered Angels glimmer mist, texture paste, machine stitching, black Sharpie. 154

Sophie’s Blog



Ginny Hughes - New Hampshire, United States I wanted to use a big photo of my daughter holding the shells she collected at the beach. I needed something to balance the other side of the layout. Circles are always my go to - they always work on any layout.

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: American Crafts. Patterned paper: Studio Calico, October Afternoon. Other: Kesi Art, buttons and brads - October Afternoon. Stamps: Studio Calico. Circle Chipboard: Pink Paislee, Staz-On ink.

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“Totally Handsome” Louise Brooks - Northamptonshire, England UK Louise has included several small circle elements on her page including circular embellishments and clock face stamps. She says, “The photo is of my son, who was being shown how to tie his tie the day before he has to wear it for starting secondary school.”

SUPPLIES | Paper Glitz designs - Dapper Dan and vellum. Words: Glitz Design Dapper Dan Sticker Sheet. Embellishments: Studio Calico, Jenni Bowlin. Stamps: Catspress Life date stamp, Kelly Purkey Happiness is and Studio Calico Hello Forever. Other: Sewing machine, Studio Calico Mister Huey Mist, green ink. 156

Louise’s Blog

“You Are Here”


Ginny Hughes - New Hampshire, United States

I used the pie chart on the layout about my daughter because I think it is a great way to show movement. This layout is about how she is changing and growing up.

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: American Crafts. Patterned paper: Studio Calico, American Crafts, I Love Scrap. Other: brad - October Afternoon, Letterpress Plates - Studio Calico. Stamps: Studio Calico, Enamel dots - My Mind’s Eye. Black pen, ink, letterpress paper.

Ginny’s blog 157

“At 5”

Mardi Winen - Support Team

Mardi punched holes into her background patterned paper and backed each hole with patterned paper for a fun circular look.

SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Crate Paper. Tag: Crate Paper. Other: Mister Huey’s mist, Embroidery thread, machine stitching, Martha Stewart frond punch, black pen. 158


showcase>> Project Life/pocket style pages catching our eye. 159

Lauren Hender Taree, NSW

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve used sequins in my Project Life spread to create movement through my page. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve kept my colour scheme fairly neutral with lots of browns, whites and splashes of teal. 160


Laurenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blog

Products: Becky Higgins, Theresa Collins, Kaiser Craft, Greatest View, Studio Calico, Heidi Swapp, My Minds Eye and October Afternoon. 161

Heather Greenwood Aurora, IL USA

I had a ton of fun with this spread. My favorite spot is the â&#x20AC;&#x153;cloud watchingâ&#x20AC;? spot. I used the print and cut feature on my Silhouette Portrait to cut out everything and had fun working with nontraditional sized photos and layering several paper pieces throughout. 162


Heatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blog

Heather used a mix of different sized photos in her spread including these mini photos taped to her journaling card with washi tape. 163

Jennifer Evans Salem, Oregon USA

2x2inch photos, whether printed on the new Happy Printer or placing it in Jessica Spragueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Photoshop 4x6 template like I have done here, helps me add more photos to a layout while also giving me more opportunity to tell my story of Heidi Swapp and Rebecca Cross of Pink Paislee coming to town. 164


Jennifer has used number stickers to add the dates directly to her photos.

Jenniferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blog

Jennifer has layered journaling strips over her photos to help tell her stories. 165

“I added fun interactive flaps to add in more photos.”

Maridette Cachola California, USA

This was our first trip as a family to Hawaii. I think this Project Life approach was an easy way to get it done. I added some interactive flaps to add more photos and a journaling “FUN” card to add more journaling or photos. The papers I’ve used are Heidi Swapp’s No Limits paper pad from Michaels. 166


Theres an app called HP Live Photo where you can upload your video onto the app, save, email and print it. Then open the app and hover over the symbol and watch your photo come alive!! I use this with my projects all the time. My last project we went to an amusement park and I recorded a new roller coaster ride and used this app to add to my summer adventures. Pretty awesome.

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Note: The circle days and handwritten quotes are part of the Ali Edward’s class Donna attended class and they are unavailable for purchase but similar items are available.

Donna Mueli

Auckland, New Zealand

WEEK 37 | This week I was participating in Ali Edward’s Week in the Life – making a separate photo book and wanted to keep this week’s spread simple plus connect it to my photo book with the same digital elements. 168

Donnaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Project Life pages are clean and graphic in design.

Donnaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blog


Donna has used mostly black and white photos for this spread with splashes of blue shown in her digital text overlays on her photos. 169

Sheena tries to include memorabilia in her pages, especially in times when photography isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allowed.. for example, a stage show or at the movies.

Sheena Rowlands Coventry, England.

As a scrapbooker I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help but collect memorabilia and mementoes when we go places. These pages showcase a trip to London with our daughter. 170


Sheenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blog

Sheena includes a lot of different sized photos in her Project life spreads. 171

Stephanie Bryan North Carolina, USA

This was a busy week for us with a lot of activities and I wanted to make sure all of our memories were recorded. As you can see, I added a fun mix of embellishments and tags on my photos and journaling cards, and also added in a few of our ticket stubs using paper clips to hold them into place. 172

Instead of adding a week in review card like I typically do, I typed up my journaling on a 4x6 card. This allowed me to add more specific details about our week.

Stephanie’s Blog


Supplies used: Journaling cards: Studio Calico, Elle’s Studio; Stickers: Studio Calico; Tags: Elle’s Studio, Studio Calico; Paper clips: Studio Calico; other: typewriter, sewing machine, Silhouette Cameo 173

Lisa created a two spread to celebrate her recent 50th birthday milestone event. She included a 12x12inch layout to accompany her pocket page for the right hand side of her spread.

Lisa Rukin Swift Webster, NY

My Project Life spread focuses on a traditional 12x12 layout page on the left and a pocket page on the right. 174


Lisaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blog

Lisa has used vibrant colour to coordinate with her fun, colourful photos. 175

Kim Jeffress Brisbane, QLD

Kimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Project Life pages are always full of colour and life to reflect the colourful and busy life she has with two young sons. 176


Kimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blog

SUPPLIES | Becky Higgins core kit 3x4 cards, Patterned paper: Pebbles. Alphabets: Jillibean Soup, Basic Grey, Jenni Bowlin. Embellishments: October Afternoon, Basic Grey, Bella Blvd, Heidi Swapp instaframe, Greatest View flair, My Minds Eye enamel dots. Other: sequins, glittered bats. 177

spotted... Every issue we feature a layout or paper project that has caught our eye. This issue we take a look at this fabulous Christmas Advent layout from Dina Herzog from Germany.

SUPPLIES: Cardstock: Stampin’ Up. Patterned paper: Teresa Collins `Santas List´. Embellishments: sequins, sticker sheets from Teresa Collins, tags and bags from Rayher, number stickers from Teresa Collins. 178

Dina’s blog

Dina says, “Advent calenders are a huge Christmas theme over here in Germany and I love to create one for my loved ones every single year, so that is quite traditional for our family.”

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Come and tell us yours. 179

Carolyne Hallam Living in Melbourne with her family, Carolyneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Instagram feed is filled with gorgeous photos of her life. withinmyworld#

Carolyneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s photos include her beautifully decorated home where her love for homewares and interior design is evident, everyday life, crafty projects and overseas travel photos from her recent world trip to Europe and the US. Look out for her awesome Christmas decorating ideas and her pop up gift shop coming late November 2013. 180

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Jot Magazine Issue 3  

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