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Issue 5 2014

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


paper CRAFTING magazine

for the modern

day memory

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Meeting some of my Jot Girls was a huge highlight for me at the recent e2c retreat in Port Lincoln. Here I am with Amanda Hall, Mardi Winen and Anna Allan. 2

There’s nothing like being amongst a group of like minded girls to inspire and spark your creativity. Girls who just “get” what you do. Who understand this documenting life thing. Who don’t look sideways with a puzzled look when you take a photo of your lunch and instantly upload it in a click of a button to your Instagram account.

Working from a home office is often very isolating and it’s sometimes hard to gauge the reaction and response to something you are doing online.

Girls who don’t need an explanation as to why you are taking a photo of your new shoes or your morning cuppa and girls who firstly know what washi tape is and secondly, totally understand the importance of having a million rolls of the stuff!

So what’s in this issue?

I was recently invited to travel to the coastal town of Port Lincoln in South Australia to teach at the escape2create retreat. Run by Meredith Treloar and Amanda Hall - these girls know how to pull off a successful event. It’s a sell out each year - all 80 spots snapped up in like four minutes! 80 likeminded, paper loving, everyday moment recording, memory keeping girls. I hadn’t taught face to face for a few years and was a tad nervous but every last girl at that retreat made me feel welcome and it was an absolute pleasure to be there with them all. I taught a Project Life style class and it was brilliant to see them all embracing the concept. I was thrilled to learn that many of them knew about Jot and what’s more - they LOVED what we are doing with the magazine. That was incredibly rewarding.

And it was awesome to be out there meeting some of our readers face to face and seeing the excitement and passion for memory keeping, Project Life, scrapbooking and paper crafting. I came away having met new friends and with a renewed interest in teaching and feeling happy that we were going okay here at Jot Magazine.

We meet Jodi Sanford from Fancy Pants Designs who shares a little about the company she started from home and has built into a successful business celebrating their tenth year in the scrapbooking industry. You can read Jodi’s story on page 30. We welcome back Sian Fair with another brilliant article. This time Sian is encouraging us all to see our own town through the eyes of a tourist for a fresh perspective on where we live. Read Sian’s story on page 80. And columnist Shari Brewer joins our team of writers this issue, kicking off her regular everyday life style column called Dear Diary. Meet Shari on page 136. Plus the Jot Girls have been creating tons of projects and layouts galore. I hope you enjoy Issue 5 and THANK YOU for embracing Jot and for the ongoing support you have been giving us. 3

editor/art director Kim Archer editorial assistant Lisa Pate writers Kim Archer Sian Fair Shari Brewer Anna Allan Emma Stafrace Jodi Sanford advertising manager Lisa Pate

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2014 Jot Creative Team

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

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Yvette Adams Anna Allan Stephanie Bryan Sheree Forcier Amanda Hall Lauren Hender Kim Jeffress Sharmaine Kruijver Mel Nunn Lisa Pate Yana Smakula Kim Stewart Mardi Winen

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A Tourist in Your Own Town.


Sian Fair is back with another awesome scrapbook story idea. Look at your town through the eyes of a tourist for a fresh perspective and then scrapbook your observations.

Sharmaine Kruijver


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layout Mel Nunn

I received this wrapping paper on a birthday gift and I just had to keep it. Using it for inspiration, I chose to create a quick 8x8� sized layout with a black and white photo so that I could focus on the colours in the leaves.

I used only the colours in the paper in my layout.

The shapes of the leaves were hand drawn on patterned paper in a similar way that the leaves on the paper are drawn. 6

I used similar elements of doodling around the frame of the photo. The leaves on the paper have intricate doodling designs which are really beautiful up close.

I chose to use a black and white photo so it wouldn’t compete with the already busy and colourful design.

YOUR CHALLENGE: Use wrapping paper, a greeting or gift card as inspiration for a layout. Tell us what it was about the item (and include a photo if you can) that drew you to use it as an inspiration piece. Did you take the challenge? Head to our CHALLENGE PAGE to share your layout. 7

confetti little bits + pieces from around the web. Curated by Lisa Pate Today’s theme :: script writing/calligraphy

you’re invited Add something a little special to your next party or event. We love the beautiful calligraphy and stunning design of these made to order invitations from Runk Pock Designs. Visit their store here>> 8

hand scripted place cards Rachel Carl Calligraphy creates the most delightful hand written pieces. Creating a beautiful celebration table is easy with these perfectly crafted place cards. Shop here>>

love where you are

We love this positive quote print from artist Kal Barteski. Decorate a space in your home with this perfectly scripted reminder. Find Kal’s art prints here>>

thickers The “plus one” collection from Amy Tangerine has us all ready to create here in the Jot office. We especially love these hand written sticker words. Find the Thickers stickers and Amy’s plus one range on the American Crafts blog here>> 9

script flair Check out these scripted Cherry Flair from A Piece Of Cake Designs. We love the little pop of script they add to any paper craft project. Visit Raquel and the team at APOCD here>> 10


hand lettered greeting card Emily from Em Dash Paper Co adds her unique hand lettering to greeting cards, stickers, stationery items and more. We love her white lettering on red cardstock greeting card featuring lyrics from Ben Fold’s song “The Luckiest”. Emily starts by hand drawing her text using pen and paper and then scans, digitizes and adds colour before having each piece professionally printed in the USA. Shop Em Dash Paper Co here>>

Patey Girl blogger Lisa Pate lives with her family by the lake on the central coast of NSW. She loves lots of colour, getting messy with paint, creating mixed media art, scrapbooking and thrift shopping 11 12

confetti extra Compiled by Kim Archer

memory planner

Have you seen the new Heidi Swapp Memory Planners yet? Designed for busy people, the memory planner helps you capture the every day in a compact way. There are= divided planning calendar pages, pocket pages and a ton of other content included. Check out Heidi Swapp Media Team Member Kim Jeffress’ Memory Planner above. Read more here>> 13


it’s your year! Want to create your own amazing biz and life? Leonie Dawson’s Amazing Biz and Life Academy is a divinely guided, heart centred success library to help you and your business reach the levels of joy, abundance, creativity + prosperity you were born to have. The Academy is more than just one single program - it gives you access to a huge range of Leonie’s proven and powerful products and programs to help you transform + shine in every single area of your life and business. Read more about Leonie’s Amazing Biz and Life Academy here>>

Surviving the teen years! Do you find parenting a teen hard work?

Shari Brewer, columnist and creator of the Teenage Survival Coach website, joins us as a regular columnist from this issue of Jot with her tips and diary style column on day to day happenings in her busy household. Shari‘s witty, warm and insightful stories fit perfectly with our documenting everyday life theme here at Jot and we warmly welcome Shari to our team. Get to know Shari a little better here on her Teenage Survival Coach website and flick to page 136 to read Shari’s first column with us which is an introduction to what will be her regular Dear Diary column. 14

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Dizzy Izzy Covered Buttons We love these fabric covered buttons from the Dizzy Izzy store designed by Made By Kate. Each set is unique and they come in a range of themes and colours. Above is the Butterflies and Flowers set. Shop here on the Dizzy Izzy website>>

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fun ways to add fabric to your

paper projects

Is your sewing machine gathering dust because you’re spending all your time with paper and glue nowadays and not fabric and a sewing needle? Jot Girl Anna joins us to share a few fun ways of using up your fabric supplies + it’s an excuse to drag out your sewing machine and add texture and a fresh look to your papery projects using fabric and stitching.


i heart fabric

Anna Allan - The Jot Team

FABRIC! I LOVE IT! You can sew it into gorgeous creations such as quilts, wall hangings, cushions or make plush toys, hair accessories, jewellery items and decorations. And hey, we wear it...everyday! It’s just so hard to resist all those pretty patterned fabrics. I have quite a healthy stash of fabric happening after collecting it for quite some time. From vintage fabrics including thrifted sheets and pillowcases to more modern cotton quilting and garment fabrics - I have quite a collection.

My fabric stash could almost rival my scrapbooking paper stash. Almost! Fabric and scrapbooking? Oh yes, it works. It so does! Who would have thought it hey!?! Over the years, scrapbooking has branched out from being just paper, photos and stickers to now using many more different textures, fibres, and layers. For those who have been in the scrapbooking arena for some time, you may be familiar with the concept of incorporating fabrics into your papercrafting – so this article will most likely be a refreshing reminder of its goodness. And for those that are relatively new or revisiting the scrapbooking world and seeking new and funky ideas – then this may be a fun creative revelation and inspire you to add fabric to your next project. I have put together three different projects for you to get you started in adding fabric to your projects. Plus fellow Jot Girls Lauren and Kim are here with a few additional fabric layouts to share as well.

Let’s take a look.

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idea #1 For my first fabric project, I have used fabric and cut it into frames to use on my journaling cards. I have made two 3x4” and one 6x4” cards. It was just a matter of cutting the fabric to size and then cutting the inside section out to make the frame. I sewed around the outer edge in straight stitch and then zig-zag stitched around the inner edge. Adding some stamped, written, or painted text and some small embellishments added the finishing touches to these cards. And they are ready to be used in any pocket style album - or you can even use them on a layout. Whatever tickles your fancy!

CARDSTOCK: two 3x4” journal cards, one 6x4” journal card ALPHABET: Kaiser stamp, my own handwriting, my own painted brush script EMBELLISHMENTS: fabric pieces, wood veneer star, Kaiser butterfly motif OTHER: sewing machine, top stitch thread, journal pen, paint, brush, ink pad 21

SUPPLIES | Bazzill White 12x12�. ALPHABET: Prima quilted word (Love), mini letters (Cocoa Daisy kit), cork word by Think Spring (Etsy), Amy Tangerine phrases roller stamp. EMBELLISHMENTS: assorted fabric pieces (from my stash). OTHER: paint, ink, splatter stamp, water spray, yellow gelato, journaling pens. 22


idea #2

I have been wanting to create a page around this fun and silly family photo - from the blooper reel of course, but they do make the best snapshots sometimes hey! I wanted bright, bold, and fun colours to complement the nature of the photo. The photo was set at the beach so I chose blue and yellow - and while selecting fabrics from my stash, orange and pink made the cut as well. I have always been attracted to pages that repeat a certain shape on it, whether it be circles, hearts, squares, stars, triangles - which is what I have gone with here. I started cutting out circular edged triangles from my fabric with the intention of creating a few pie chart style background pieces but as I started placing the triangles onto the page, I decided that randomly placing the triangles in a few lines was the look I was after! I love that about creating - sometimes the end result is completely different to how you started and thought it would end up. Using some watered down acrylic paint in charcoal, I splattered it across my page background. I also painted some triangles to include in the background and stamped on some random words. I used a variation of letter stickers and my own handwriting for the title pieces. I love the brights teamed with the black and white photo and the black accents - it just makes the page POP! 23

idea #3 After creating the triangles for the layout, I had quite a few off-cuts and scraggly bits of fabric - so I chopped them into small pieces. Using some Kraft cardstock, I made a 6x6” square card. I drew on a heart shape and then attached double sided tape over it. I randomly placed the fabric bits on the tape in a jagged fashion but still keeping the heart shape. At the sewing machine, I set my stitch to zigzag and secured the fabric pieces down. I stamped on some words in the heart’s centre and added some bling and the card was done!

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: Kraft Card 6x12” scored in half and folded to make a 6x6” card. Alphabet: Pebbles letters roller stamp. Embellishments: assorted fabric scraps, Kaiser rhinestones and sparklets. Other: sewing machine, top stitching thread, ink pad 24

Online Shop ~ Retreats Crafternoons ~ Bespoke Albums Tamar Bostock Sharing life, creations and inspiration

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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>> 25

diy fabric details Lauren Hender - The Jot Team

Jot Girl Lauren has used her Silhouette machine to cut a fabric title and detail for her “My Little Girl” layout. Here’s how>> SUPPLIES | fabric, Silhouette machine, fabric interfacing, American Crafts, Heidi Swapp, Making Memories, 2Crafty and Prima. 26


The Silhouette Cameo cutting machine performs out of this world when it comes to fabric! Using the Silhouette brand fabric interfacing, I ironed on the interfacing to the reverse side of my chosen fabric. I used the Silhouette fabric blade in the machine which is designed especially to cut fabric. Design your desired layout elements using the Silhouette software. Create letters for titles and shapes like swirls and flowers to use as embellishments. Insert your fabric face up and cut out your shapes! Clap your hands and spin around and say out loud ‘that looks amazing!’ 27

fabric/paper flowers Kim Stewart - The Jot Team

Jot Girl Kim shows us a quick and easy technique for adding a paper/fabric flower to your projects. Here her layered flower adds both dimension and interest to her “story� layout. SUPPLIES | White cardstock, Maya Road chipboard alphabets, Maggie Holmes Project Life cards, Gelatos, white floral patterned paper, lace ribbon, buttons, resin flower. 28



These are really simple flowers you can make using little strips of paper or fabric. I start by tearing the paper or fabric scraps in small moon shapes so that they are easy to sew in a circular shape. Beginning with a circle shape, sew each piece layered over one another, around the circle shape until you come to the middle. You can make it as layered as you want or more simple with just a few sewn pieces. Keep layering over the top until your flower is the desired shape and height, adding some stitched tulle as well for added texture. Attach your finished flower to your layout, card or adorn a beautifully wrapped gift with a finished flower. 29 30


fancypants This year marks the ten year anniversary of Fancy Pants Designs, a scrapbook brand created by Jodi Sanford back in 2004. Jodi lives in Utah, USA with her husband and four children, Dawson, Abbi, Marli and Holden. Here we catch up with Jodi for a chat about life and business and balancing it all. What inspired you to start Fancy Pants Designs? I was a big time scrapbooker. I t’s all I did in my spare time. I really wanted to make some extra money, but more importantly, I wanted to create products that weren’t on the market that I thought would be cool.

Did the business take off immediately or did it take some time to build your brand? It did take some time. Our first year, I wasn’t sure if we would make it, but we found our niche about half way through the year and really started moving forward! 31

While you would be an old hand now at exhibiting at CHA, you debuted Fancy Pants Designs back in 2005 - was that a nerve wracking or exciting experience? It was extremely nerve wracking! We had borrowed a bunch of money to start this up and our only hope was for it to succeed! It was a very scary step for our family.

How was Fancy Pants received at that very first show? It was well received, but we were just a small company in a big industry, so we had a lot to learn…and really quickly to keep the business around!

What three words sum up the essence of Fancy Pants Designs today? Creativity. Ideas. Fulfilment. 32



I loved reading that your business started from home and has grown into such a big enterprise now. It must be so rewarding to take an idea, take that leap of faith and launch a business that then grows and flourishes. What has been your biggest achievement so far? Making it through the first year was definitely a big achievement, but we’ve had so many along the way. I’d say our biggest achievement is keeping our business strong for this long with a very talented, but smaller team than anyone might guess! We’ve ranged from one employee up to eight, but never more than that! Currently, there are only six employees, making it all work---that’s a great achievement for us and proof that when we work well together we can do amazing things!

From starting up with just you and your husband, how has your role changed over the years to what it is today? I would say my role has changed a lot in some ways, and not so much in others. From the creative director side, my role is very similar to our first release… but, I have some amazing talent and design behind me now, so that has helped with the creative stress! It’s hard to “reinvent the wheel”, but overall, we’ve really managed to stay true to our style, while keeping things creative and fresh. On the business owner side, it’s changed quite a bit having to direct employees and making sure that things are being accomplished and that we are continuing to grow as a company. When it was just Jared and me, we only had to worry about each other making the business work. You must work well as a team to still be in business together all these years later - what is the secret to working harmoniously with a business partner who also happens to be your husband? I couldn’t imagine it any other way. I know some people say they couldn’t work together, but we are pretty easy going--maybe sometimes too much! We support each other in the things that need to be done, but we definitely have defined roles. Jared is creative (though he’ll never admit it), but you won’t catch him creating anything fancy with our products. He handles all of our shipments (incoming and outgoing) as well as most of our employee affairs at the office--all the manly man stuff! I do most of my work from home, aside from weekly team meetings and events, so we spend a lot of time on the phone making quick decisions and conferring with each other. We have a lot of fun and like to keep things happy. 35

What marketing works best for you in getting the word out about Fancy Pants Designs? Trade shows have primarily been our focus over the years, but we are really gearing ourselves toward our great fans through social media, emails, etc. We want to be in touch with the fans using our products and make sure that we are creating what they are looking for. That’s why I started this business and being so tied up in the day to day business has taken away the time I used to have to create! So, social media and online advertising are great marketing opportunities to really reach those we want to hear from. 36


What is the best thing about what you do? The best thing about what I do is the ability to create something fun and unique and see it come to life--in an actual product form. Especially unique items that you don’t really know how they will look until you see it---and the response from users of the product! If they love it, we know we have a great product.

What is the most challenging? Feeling like you aren’t getting the inspiration you need to create something new! After 10 years, it’s hard to keep your style the same, but still offer a whole new look… it can be really hard.

What does a typical day look like for you? For me, because I work from home, it’s a little chaotic to be honest! Trying to balance the kids and work can be difficult, but I do a lot of my email and product direction during the day. Then, I look forward to quiet time at night to get more work done--communicating with our international partners, creating projects of my own and planning for the next day! It’s kind of like a 24/7 job that’s always in front of me, but I take plenty of breaks in between to run errands, see my kids games and just enjoy life!

Tell us a little about the newly released product for 2014. What products have you the most excited? I love our new Mini Brag Books! Our Brag Book program has been such a success since it’s release over 3 years ago, but I’ve wanted something even smaller to work with and I LOVE these… plus, our Brag Cards make it so easy to work with---and the size can be carried right in your purse so you literally can journal your memories as you go! I am also just loving all of our chalk products. The chalk tapes and labels have been so fun to work with---especially for home decor items, so being able to add to the line with our die cut edge chalk tapes was so fun--took some time make them work, but they turned out so perfect.

What’s next for Fancy Pants? We are really trying to branch out our ideas and concepts, just like most crafters are doing. We love the DIY trend and are really trying to develop products that inspire designers as they create! Be watching for some great new products that meet the needs of all kinds of crafters! We will also be releasing videos, tutorials and fun ideas on our social media outlets so I hope you’ll join us.

links// website: blog: kit sets: (older product and kit sets) YouTube // Facebook and Pinterest 37



Scatter on some mini wood veneer embellishments or add some wood grain patterned paper to add the warmth of wood veneer to your projects. 38

hello there

Lisa Pate - The Jot Team I love using wood veneer to add texture and shape without taking the focus away from the photo. Wood veneer accents are perfect for adding interest to a neutral layout.

SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Basic Grey. Die cuts: Silhouette. Stamps: Prima, Teresa Collins. Ink: Stazon Black, Tim Holtz distress daubers. Flair buttons: A Piece of Cake Designs. Transparency: Becky Higgins Project Life album divider. 39

this is what fun looks like Kim Jeffress - The Jot Team I used the cover of a Heidi Swapp wood veneer album as an embellishment on my page. I added some stamping with a large stamp then stencilled using mint ColorShine and white paint to add the dots. To attach the album I punched holes at the top of my layout and tied it on with thin ribbon.

SUPPLIES | Cardstock Heidi Swapp. Patterned Paper: October Afternoon, Jillibean Soup. Embellishments: Project Life 3x4 card, Heidi Swapp Color Shine, ink pad, stencil background stamp, October Afternoon stickers, washi tape, Studio Calico wood veneer, Basic Grey wood veneer, Greatest View flair, My Minds Eye enamel dots. 40

to the moon and back Yana Smakula - The Jot Team

Yana has used a wood veneer banner across her page, layering her photo over the top and adding in a mini wooden peg for a fun look.

SUPPLIES Cardstock: American Crafts. Embellishments: American Crafts wood veneer, stickers, flair, tag. Spray: ClearSnap. Alphabet stickers: Echo Park, Carta Bella. Stamps: Elle’s Studio, Neat & Tangled. Other: brads, peg: Dovecraft. 41

boys rule

Lisa Pate - The Jot Team Collage your photos together to enable more images to fit onto your layout. Alternate black and white plus coloured images to make your dominant images pop. A wood printed background adds a textured look without the bulk.

SUPPLIES | Patterned Paper: Various offcuts. Transparency: Becky Higgins Project Life album divider. Die cuts: Silhouette. Other: eyelets, staples. 42

create everyday

Lauren Hender - The Jot Team Wood veneer embellishments are so versatile. They can be painted, sprayed, stencilled, glittered, embossed and much more. But it’s sometimes nice to add a natural effect to your layout by keeping it raw, as I have done in this layout.

SUPPLIES | Heidi Swapp, Flutterby Designs, Kaiser Kraft, texture paste, cotton, Stampin’ Up, white gesso. 43

just a note

Anna Allan - The Jot Team

I’ve used a wood veneer frame around a quote I found on Pinterest and have written onto my photo with an American Crafts Precision pen. To break up the dark colour tones I’ve added a bold print patterned paper for a pop of colour.

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: KaiserCard. PATTERNED PAPER: brown printed wrapping paper, Maggie Holmes Flea Market. EMBELLISHMENTS: Maggie Holmes Flea Market ephemera, raffia bow, Freckled Fawn wood veneer frame, ThinkSpring (Etsy) wood veneer shapes, Freckled Fawn enamel dew drops. OTHER: sequins, journaling pens, white acrylic paint, paint brush. 44


Stephanie Bryan - The Jot Team Wood veneer are almost like a staple on my layouts and projects. Here, I wanted to highlight some of my favorite wood veneer pieces. I punched out circles of patterned photos, layering the wood veneer and other embellishments onto a few of the circles. I used alphabet Thickers for my title to break up my pattern.

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: My Mind’s Eye, Studio Calico, Anna Griffin. Cardstock: American Crafts. Embellishments: American Crafts, Studio Calico, Freckled Fawn. Alphabets: American Crafts. 45

hey. happy

Alyona Shapel, Belarus Little Old Salt.

Aly’s blog

On my layout I used Studio Calico and Basic Grey wood veneers. It was my son’s first adventure to the sea. He is just turned one year and was so exited about family vacation.

SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Studio Calico Atlantic Collection, Webster’s Pages Recorded Collection mini folders and vellum, Crafter’s Workshop stencil, gesso, Glitz Design puffy stickers, MME decorative scotch tape, Hambly Prints decorative scotch tape, Basic Grey Hipster Collection wood veneers, Studio Calico wood veneers, Scrapology flair button, seagulls. 46

Anita’s blog

i tell myself everyday Anita Rodway - Tamworth NSW

This layout was a bit of self-expression and therapy so to speak. This industry can be quite hard at times and I needed to remind myself that I love what I do and that doesn’t change regardless of the challenges I face.

SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Heidi Swapp Color Pop, paper scraps, Mediums: Faber Castell Gelatos, gesso, Tim Holtz distress inks, black Stazon ink. Stamps: Technique Tuesday, Denim Tampons, Prima. Embellishments: burlap, enamel dots, Flutterby Designs flairs, page tabes and wood bits, thread, metal cogs, press studs, Alphabets: Tim Holtz label letter stickers, Echo Park alphabet stickers. White cardstock shapes cut from Silhouette. 47

oliver Tarrah McLean - Central Coast NSW

Tarrah’s blog

I love all the circle cut files around at the moment so when I was given one to create a layout with, I jumped at the chance..I have used the Pink Paislee ‘Hey Kid’ collection to complement the layout.

SUPPLIES | Papers: Pink Paislee ‘Hey Kid’ Collection and Vellum. Embellishments: Pink Paislee ‘Hey Kid’ Ephemera, Chipboard Stickers and Chalkboard Stickers, Words or Whatever Wood Veneer, D-Lish Scraps Flair. Hybrid/Digital: #GraphicGirlDesign Circle SVG File 48

Olatz’s blog

celebrate life

Olatz Garaiyurrebaso - Spain

The bubble wood veneer was just the perfect embellishment for this confetti page with all those circles to be filled with pretty stickers. I love the feeling of this page as it is such a happy little way to say welcome awesome life.

SUPPLIES | Studio Calico January Scrapbook Kit - Copper Mountain. Cardstock: Bazzill. Patterned paper: Snapshots (Bella Blvd), Listed (We R Memory Keepers) , Whisper (October Afternoon). Embellishments: Studio Calico exclusives - vellum alphabet stickers, woodland mini badges, circle chipboard, Twine&Ink puffy heart stickers, Matrix Wood Veneer, Life, Love, Paper label die cuts, Shanna Noel for Studio Calico stamps set. 49

a big boy now

Emma’s blog

Emma Stafrace, Gold Coast QLD I can’t help but scrapbook my cheeky boy. I love his little face and I also love lots of white space in my digital pages. My trick for drawing focus to the photos is by keeping all the main elements tightly clustered together.

SUPPLIES Digital Credits: Wood Veneer Talk Pack by Sahlin Studio, Wood Veneer Shapes Pack by Sahlin Studio, Down the Lane Paper Pack by Sahlin Studio, ScriptTease FotoBlendz No3 by Anna Aspnes, IQ Border Madness by Studio 68, Giveaway Word Pack by Heidi Swapp, (All other elements including flags, criss-cross wood veneer accents, cardstock and vellum are by Emma Stafrace) 50

Becci’s blog

good morning san francisco Becci Manies - California

I designed this layout around our 10th anniversary trip to San Francisco.

SUPPLIES | Heidi Swapp ColorShine: gold, wood veneer: Studio Calico speech bubbles. Patterned paper: October Afternoon Travel Girl. Solid cardstock: Coordinations. Other: floss, brads and sequins. 51 52

all about me mini books

Mardi Winen - The Jot Team

I made these SUPER simple little mini books to record and document the year for our littlest people. It’s a simple book held together by a split ring which allows me to add pages and drawings and memorabilia as the year progresses....just like an individual project life album.

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Crate paper, American Crafts, Cardstock: Bazzill. Alphabets: Portacraft. Embellishments: Elle’s Studio tags, Heidi Swapp tag, paper flower, Crate Paper brad. Other: canvas paper for cover, Heidi Swapp mask and ColorShine, fabric scraps, sewing machine. 53


meet designer and


Emma Stafrace 54


Hello my name is Em. I live on the east coast of Australia in a beautiful part of the world called the Gold Coast. I live with my husband Daniel who works away 2 weeks out of every month but that’s okay as I am busy busy with our 3 year old son Tige. I think I need to wear roller skates though just so I can keep up with him...he he. I’d probably describe my blog as a bright and happy home away from home. I’ve been blogging for about 5 years now. Mostly I blog about my scrapbooking with the occasional blurb on my personal life to mix it up. I would love to develop my blog and make it more diverse, so maybe I will start blogging about my other interests like DIY and interior design. 55

I am a daydreamer.

I live to learn. I love big squishy cuddles with my boys and sleepy faces. I make marshmallow often! oops I eat too much, and think I’d probably eat a 5 course meal on

my death bed!

I drink water by the truckload, but lurve an icy glass of Hendrick’s Gin with fresh cut lime and tonic. Yummy!

I watch anything to do with home renovation - Grand Designs is my weakness! I am always on time, I hate running late - its a pet peeve of mine! I always try to see both sides and take the good with the bad. I document my family. They are my driving force so naturally all their nuances and traits are my main focus.

I am passionate about my boys. I cant imagine life with out my husband or son, they are my everything

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I do everything with passion. I speak loudly, I laugh loudly and love deeply! 57 58


One of the main things I like about blogging is that its about sharing an insight or a moment that you may not ordinarily get an opportunity to reveal. This has really become more apparent to me since I launched my freelance design business as now I have fewer opportunities to get out and about to mingle with people. Given my penchant for a chinwag (and hey I can talk under wet cement), I’d say typing a blog post satiates that in a strange sort of way. That aside, blogging is also a great platform to share and be inspired and that is ultimately the big motivator for me. I can honestly say that outside of my boys, the online community is my muse and I love that its only a click away. 59

I started off as a traditional scrapbooker but over time discovered digital scrapbooking and absolutely loved the immediacy of it. We are all so time poor these days and I realised that I could create a page in half the time it took me to create a traditional page. 60

ABOVE | peek-a-boo - a traditional layout by Emma.

Hey, that’s not to say I don’t enjoy getting my hands inky but I really fell in love with the idea that I could create and design a digital paper or brush texture and re-use it again and again. There is something really satisfying about being able to control and conceive every aspect of a scrapbook project including the elements and papers. 61

I am ever so humbled to now have a small but busy little digital design business called ‘The Nifty Pixel’. Over the next 6 months I am booked out with blog re-designs so once those are all signed off on I aim to launch my own Digital Scrapbook store. The Nifty Pixel will encompass everything from Digital Scrapbook Kits along with a multitude of other digital resources including workshops tailored for the beginner through to the more advanced Photoshop user. Page Drafts Sketch Templates will also come under The Nifty Pixel banner along with the freelance Graphic Design service that I already offer. The Nifty Pixel website is finished...phew... and now the arduous job of building the shop commences so keep your eyes peeled for the big launch over the coming months...slow and steady wins the race in this instance though! he he 62

Connect with Em// Visit Em’s blog Just a Girl With Ideas here>> Find Em on facebook here>> Em’s Page Drafts website is here>> Em’s brand new Nifty Pixel website is under construction. Keep an eye out here for when the website will go live>> 63


Jot Girl, Sharmaine shares her creative process. Creating layouts for me is all about layers. Sometimes I create from the bottom up while other times I start at the top and work down. This layout, “Together & Friends�, was created somewhere in the middle. 64

First thing I did to create my layout was pull out some of the die cuts and transparencies that I had been hoarding. Layering these to create a space for my photo, I simply stapled them together before adding in more layers of die-cuts.

very much in keeping with the visual triangle principal. I knew where I wanted my photo to sit and used each of the ink stages in a place that would allow the eye to be drawn to the photo.

Taking a piece of white cardstock, I added some splats of black ink. And using water colour paint, I added in some larger splodges.

The last step was putting it all together, typing up my journaling strips and inking them before placing them on my page.

My next layer consisted of stamping.

I’ve added some thread and embellishments to complete the page (again keeping to the visual triangle principal) and my layout is now finished.

While it might seem like each of these steps is very random, the placement of each of my elements was 65


BIG BOWS>> Add a big old bow using satin, organza or fabric to your work for a stylish touch or femininity. Let’s take a look at our big bows gallery. 66

shines Lauren Hender - The Jot Team

People often think that using big bows on your layouts can over take the layout taking your focus away from your photo. I believe with the careful use of colour, size and placement you can still achieve a balanced layout where the photo is still the main feature. In my layout I’ve chosen a very soft pink ribbon to help blend into the layout. This achieves an elegant and super girly effect without taking away from my photo.

SUPPLIES | Flutterby Designs, Becky Higgins, Heidi Swapp, Teresa Collins, cotton, ribbon. I used taffeta ribbon on this layout. It is my preferred ribbon when creating bows as it is slightly firmer than the satin ribbon and therefore holds its shape well. 67

love this

Amanda Hall - The Jot Team

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: American Craft - Dear Lizzy, Glitz. Cardstock: Bazzill. Alphabets: Kaisercraft. Embellishments: Jillibean Soup ‘love’ wise words, Studio Calico stickers, Heidi Swapp vellum arrow, Pebbles sticker, Heidi Swapp chipboard heart, sticker hearts, felt hearts. Other: typewriter, sewing machine, Studio Calico mist. 68

a special flower

Sheree Forcier - The Jot Team

My layout is about the special moment when Madi’s uncle gave her the rose from his suit at the end of his wedding day. Madi had missed out on catching the bouquet earlier and to have the groom give her his rose absolutely made her day! She felt so proud and special! It was the sweetest thing!

SUPPLIES | Patterned Paper: Crate Paper Maggie Holmes. Alphabets: American Crafts, October Afternoon. Embellishments: Crate Paper Maggie Holmes die cuts, sticker and chip frame, Amy Tangerine button, Maya Road kraft envelope, Prima flower. Other: buttons, date stamp, white tag, thread, black ink, chevron ribbon. 69

the bow tree

Sharmaine Kruijver - The Jot Team I tried to mimic the bows on the “Bow Tree” at Sovereign Hill, during their Christmas in July festivities. I used some burlap and ribbon to create my BIG bow. Because the bow dominates the page I kept everything else to a minimum.

Supplies | Patterned papers: Crate Paper, Cocoa Daisy. Alphabets: American Crafts. Embellishments: Flutterby Designs flair, My Mind’s Eye burlap, American Crafts sticker, Prima packaging. Other: Typewriter, ribbon. 70


Mel Nunn - The Jot Team Mel added in a double bow in colours to match her layout and tied them around her photos and layers of patterned paper and journaling cards.

Supplies | Patterned papers: Heidi Swapp. Cardstock: Bazzill. Embellishments: My Mind’s Eye word stickers, Bella Blvd Washi tape. Heidi Swapp Ephemera and paper pad embellishment. Seam binding ribbon. Other: Watercolors, Gesso glitter tape, Paint sample card staples, pencil. 71 72


Mardi Winen - The Jot Team

Sometimes finding the perfect embellishment to finish off a layout is a challenge, but a simple bow in a complementing colour was a simple way to tie my layout together.

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Crate Paper, American Crafts. Embellishments: Crate Paper tag, Heidi Swapp ephemera, Kaisercraft pearls, Heidi Swapp buzz words, ribbon, button. Other: Sewing Machine, Mister Hueyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ink, date stamp, washi tape. 73

bundle of joy Chantalleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blog

Chantalle McDaniel - Brisbane, QLD I wish I had known more about scrapbooking when my babies were tiny - I would have so many more photos! The die cuts in this patterned paper allowed me to have some fun with soft bows to capture the sweetness of this pic of my little girl as a newborn.

Supplies | Patterned papers: Pink Paislee, Heidi Swapp. Alphabets: October Afternoon, Heidi Swapp. Embellishments: Crate Paper frame, bow & ephemera, Heidi Swapp rubons, ephemera & Color Shine, Greatest View flair and mini doily, Other: Silhouette Cameo, twine, sequins. 74

cherish Tarrah’s blog

Tarrah McLean - Central Coast, NSW I adore this photo of my sister and her husband who were recently married in London. The London bus blurring past behind them is such a stand out!

Supplies | Paper: Crate Paper Embellishments: Crate Paper Die-Cuts, Chipboard Elements and Stickers, Studio Calico Wood Veneer, Green Tara Ribbon, Greatest View Paper Bag, D-Lish Scraps resin heart, paper doily, washi tape, wood, fibres, Typo heart stamp. Digital/Hybrid: Heidi Swapp ‘Cherish’ Cut File, D-Lish Scraps Valentine’s Printables. 75

right now

Kim Jeffress - The Jot Team My youngest just went off to school so I needed some therapy to work out where I fitted in the world now. I used the new Heidi Swapp Choose Happy patterned paper as the basis of my pie chart and built the rest of it around that then added the layered bow in the centre of the pie chart.

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 craft vellum envelope. Other: twine, gesso, black ink, Mr Hueyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spray, copy paper, kraft tag. 76


ON HAND? Little bows work just as well. Jot Girl Kim Jeffress added a few little 3D bows to her layout which adds dimension and interest to her layout. 77

me & you

Amanda Hall - The Jot Team

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: Bazzill. Alphabets: Simple Stories, Basic Grey, Kikki K . Embellishments: satin ribbon, Heidi Swapp pennant, My Mindâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eye sticker, Amy Tangerine Sticker, Me & You Sticker unknown, heart stickers, buttons, various washi tapes. 78

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Become a tourist in your own town and discover different ways of recording what you see around you every day. Sian Fair takes us on a tour of her home town.

STORY + PHOTOS | Sian Fair 80


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I went to collect a prescription the other day; and, as I came out of the Health Centre, a double decker tourist bus drove right past. Maybe you’ve seen them? You sit on that top deck and admire the landmarks and listen to what the guide has to say; but you also get to look at the locals going about their everyday business. So I couldn’t help wondering what those tourists on that top deck were looking at as they passed me. Maybe they were looking at the Victorian red brick terrace, and the old school, or maybe they simply saw a small redhead wearing a green parka and carrying a pharmacy bag. It’s a different way to look at what we see every day, isn’t it?

A different way to record it. Not what we see, but what we think others might see.

Dig deeper, and you’ll find lots of new scrapbooking angles – if you become a tourist in your own town. 81

tourist in my own town Sian Fair, UK

SUPPLIES | Patterned paper, alphabets, stickers, sprinklers all by October Afternoon, wood veneer â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Studio Calico 82


what can you see? TIPS TO GET YOU STARTED ON YOUR TOWN TOUR. • Tiny, tiny - the little details: Get up close to record the everyday colours and textures of your town. Which building materials are most obvious? Wood? Local sandstone? Do you see a lot of street art? What do the street signs look like? Are the roads wide? Narrow? Concrete? Green? • Time travel – ever wonder what your neighbourhood looked like the day you were born? The next generation will, so let’s record it for them. Search out old photos from an online newspaper archive or old postcard collection and take photos of the same viewpoint today. • Take my tour – choose any regular journey– trip to work, or the supermarket, or the school run - and make photo stops along the way. What you see will have been changing subtly since the first time you did it: what will it be like two, or ten, years from now? • Through their eyes – anyone ever visit you and take pictures? I was lucky enough to receive a gift of a CD of photos of my hometown taken by a great photographing friend. She had chosen angles and viewpoints I would never have thought of myself. These are my everyday landmarks seen in a new light. • Tell a tale – local landmarks, but with a story that’s personal to you. What did it mean to you when you were little? Any family lore behind it? What about anything connected to someone famous from the area? • Finally, take time to picture yourself in your own landscape. It’s easy to take pictures of ourselves when we travel, but what about you in your natural surroundings? Do you have a picture of you – outside your own house? Or a picture of you – taking pictures? Think about it. 83

find aslan Sian Fair, UK

A layout made with a photo taken by my photographing friend, Ruth. Thanks, Ruth! It records the “Chronicles of Narnia” statue placed outside a neighbourhood library to celebrate the life of our local author, C.S. Lewis.

SUPPLIES | Patterned Paper , alphabet, stickers, button, lace and Little Flyers – all by October Afternoon; Tag from a kit by Quirky Kits; wood veneer house – Studio Calico 84


Are you keen to become a tourist in your home town? We would love to see the results. Head to our CHALLENGE PAGE to share your Tourist In Your Own Town layout, inspired by Sian’s prompts and projects.

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. 85

story telling. AN EASTER STORY Welcome to our regular story telling gallery. This issue we share some Easter stories with you. 86


Kim Stewart - The Jot Team

I love getting the kids all together for a fun photo shoot on holidays and the older they get the harder it is to gather them together and take fun photos of everyone! This photo was the first year I got my son, niece and nephew all together smiling and having fun! These are some of my favorite photos. I played around with lots of green on this page and also lots of hearts! I had a little leftover scrap page that I used some of my Staedtler watercolor crayons on and hand cut all of my little hearts.

SUPPLIES | White cardstock, black cardstock for hearts, Patterned papers, Staedtler watercolor crayons, black pen. 87

easter tradition

Stephanie Bryan - The Jot Team

Our Easter tradition consists of hunting for eggs. My children love it and it’s even better when it’s a beautiful Spring day. For this layout, I wanted to highlight the photo of my daughter’s Easter basket, as well as her sweet dress and shoes. I kept the overall focus on the photo by adding layers, tags, flair and wood veneer around the photo. To finish the page, I added a top and bottom border, a tag and jeweled clip. , I journaled directly onto the photo using a white gel pen.

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: American Crafts, Crate Paper. Cardstock: Bazzill. Embellishments: Crate Paper, Elle’s Studio, American Crafts, My Mind’s Eye. Stamps: October Afternoon, Studio Calico date stamp. Other: office supply tag, sewing machine, 88

the story of easter Mardi Winen - The Jot Team

Mardi used a mega speech bubble shape and typed her journaling inside, telling the story of their family Easter for 2013.

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Heidi Swapp, American Crafts, Echo park Alphabets: American Crafts. Embellishments: Heidi Swapp ephemera, Echo park, APOCD flair, Crate Paper, Basic Grey brad, buttons. Other: Labeler - sewing machine, embroidery thread. 89

easter hat parade

Yvette Adams - The Jot Team

I love this photo of my sister in the hat she made for the Easter Hat Parade at school. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s such a very home made hat with scrunched up alfoil Easter eggs and chicks made from coloured cotton balls.

SUPPLIES | Patterned Papers: Crate Paper. - Maggie Holmes. Alphabets: American Crafts, Heidi Swapp. Embellishments: Jenni Bowlin journalling card, Typo bicycle card, Scrapandcreate (Etsy) flair button, Heidi Swapp photo corner. Other: twine, sequin trim, vintage flower trim. 90

confessions of a chocoholic Sharmaine Kruijver - The Jot Team

I’d been thinking about this story since taking the photo last year. A little play on the Easter theme and the story of how our second eldest loves chocolate and as such, loves Easter.

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Echo Park, Cocoa Daisy,. Cardstock: Bazzill. Alphabets: October Afternoon. Stencil: The Crafter’s Workshop. Embellishments: Chic Tags die cut, Evalicious and Flutterby Designs flair, Basic Grey and My Mind’s Eye enamel dots, Cocoa Daisy stamp and ink, Studio Calico arrows and stamp, Dylusions ink spray. Other: Typewriter, date stamp, staples, water colour paint, water colour paper, pen, thread. 91 92

<<love chocolate Amanda Hall - The Jot Team

I’ll begin by saying this. I love chocolate. LOVE it. When I was little, Easter was my most favourite time of the year...simply for the chocolate. Meagan, Ryan and myself would build fancy nests out of cardboard boxes, fill them with soft, fresh hay and carefully place them in special spots. I would lie in bed wondering what the Easter Bunny would bring and hope it included a Smartie Humpty Dumpty egg or a snappy mouthed crocodile with eggs inside the carton. The problem in our family was that my mum also loved chocolate. LOVED it. As in no self control type of love. Every year after we had a nibble on Easter morning, the ritual would be to hide the eggs in a place where mum couldn’t find them. We always forgave her if she did find the hidden stash and couldn’t resist. We understood her craving. After all, we were all the same - chocolate lovers!

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Amy Tangerine, Me and My Big Ideas pocket page cards. Cardstock: Bazzill. Alphabets: Silhouette cut FONT: pacifico. Embellishments: buttons, cotton thread, sequin hearts, Heidi Swapp label sticker OTHER : typewriter 93



Celebrating the big and little boys in our lives with our Hello Handsome scrapbook gallery. 94

my favourite little guys Sheree Forcier - The Jot Team

When I saw the ‘Hello Handsome’ theme for this gallery these photos were the first ones I thought of. My little guys looked so handsome all dressed up in their new suits ready to go to their Uncle’s wedding!

SUPPLIES | 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. 95

hello handsome Mel Nunn - The Jot Team My layout is called Hello Handsome - I used the gallery name as inspiration for my layout. I had the perfect photo of my son to complement the title.

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 Hueyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spray, copy paper, kraft tag 96

handsome husband Yana Smakula - The Jot Team

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: American Crafts. Patterned paper: My Mind’s Eye, American Crafts, Bella BLVD. tag, frame, peg, sticker: American Crafts. Enamel Dots: My Mind’s Eye. Spray: Studio Calico. Alphabet stickers: Carta Bella. 97

jackson & reece Lauren Hender - The Jot Team 98

SUPPLIES | Cotton, Heidi Swapp, Teresa Collins, Flutterby Designs and Studio Calico.

Add lots of layers and textures to bring character to your layouts. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve used vellum, cotton, sequins, cardstock and bunting to highlight my two boys super cute features. 99

now you are one Mardi Winen - The Jot Team

Our beautiful handsome boy just turned one... this layout had to be about him.

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Jillibean Soup, We R Memory keepers, October Afternoon, Crate Paper. Alphabets: diecut (unknown). Embellishments: Elleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Studio tags, Studio Calico flair, Heidi Swapp tag, Studio Calico die cut, wooden peg, Studio Calico stamp, date stamp Other: frond punch, Mister Hueyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mists, sewing machine, 100

handsome boy

Sharmaine Kruijver - The Jot Team

I just had to scrap a photo of our handsome dog Mr Harry Higgins. This page celebrates the date we met him at the Dogs Home.

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Cocoa Daisy, Basic Grey, Jenni Bowlin, Studio Calico. Alphabets: October Afternoon, Basic Grey, American Crafts. Embellishments: Teresa Collins sticker, My Mindâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eye sticker, American Crafts stickers, Cocoa Daisy wood veneer and star sequins, Studio Calico arrows, Fancy Pants resin flower, Dylusions ink spray, Panda Eight and Lily Bee flair. Other: Date stamp, Cocoa Daisy ink, typewriter, staples. 101

hello handsome

Stephanie Bryan - The Jot Team This is one of my favorite photos of my son. It shows his personality and his beauty so much. I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to get it on a page. To make this layout a little different than my normal page, I printed my photo a little larger. From there I created a grid using tags, patterned papers and an envelope.

Supplies | Patterned Papers: American Crafts, Chic Tags, Crate Paper, Studio Calico. Alphabets: Heidi Swapp. Envelope: Fancy Pants. Embellishments: American Crafts, Freckled Fawn, Studio Calico. 102

may the force be with you Kim Jeffress - The Jot Team

I printed out my title onto a Project Life card then popped it into a plastic sleeve and added some sequins and wood veneer for fun. I also added in some artwork from my son to complete my page.

Supplies | Cardstock : Project Life cards Patterned paper: Pebbles, Jillibean soup. Embellishments: October Afternoon stickers and Tin pin, Basic Grey cut outs, wood veneer, plastic sleeve, Studio Calico wood veneer, 103

SUPPLIES | White cardstock, patterned papers, book pages, molding paste, acrylic paint, gold spray paint, Heidi Swapp heart chipboard, Heidi Swapp ephemera hearts, Studio Calico digital labels, heart clothespin. 104


Kim Stewart - The Jot Team

Your kids grow up so fast! After I took his photo of my son I remember thinking how big he is getting and how he’s just not that little kid anymore! I still make him pose for a photo every now and then even though I might get a “look” when I do! For this page I used a thick mixed media cardstock and created a little texture using a polka dot stencil. I added a little acrylic paint and gold spray paint splatters to create a fun effect. 105


Yvette Adams - The Jot Team I took this photo of my nephew Xander at his sisterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s baptism celebrations. My sister swooned when she saw the photo so I asked her to write some journalling so I could put it in his scrapbook.

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Jenni Bowlin, KI Memories. Cardstock: Bazzill, Alphabets: Heidi Swapp. Embellishments: Heidi Swapp acrylic heart and word, Kaisercraft chevron template, Glimmer Mist, Jenni Bowlin chipboard button, journalling card, crochet flower, fabric, tissue paper, decorative post its, 106

be true

Olatz Garaiyurrebaso, Spain I love this page as I used a more feminine style to make a boy layout, but it really worked out with the handwritten title and the handmade background.

Olatz has created a step by step tutorial on her blog for this layout. Click here to see>>

SUPPLIES: Patterned paper: American Crafts Dear Lizzy, Story Time Fables Studio Calico Cardstock: American Crafts. Embellishments: Thataway Cardstock Die-Cut Feathers (Studio Calico), Dear Lizzy 5Th & Frolic Accents & Phrases W/Foil Stickers (American Crafts), Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm Clothpins (American Crafts), Printshop Die-Cut Shapes (Studio Calico), Printshop Accent 4x6 Stickers (Studio Calico), + Wood Veneers (Sodalicious), Ombre Yellow Enamel Dew Drops Stickers (Freckled Fawn) Stamps: Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm Roller Date Stamp (American Crafts) Other: Pinstripe Mr’ Huey’s (Studio Calico), White Acrylic Paint (Amsterdam Standard Series). 107

let’s hear it for the boy

Chantalle McDaniel - Brisbane QLD A tune becomes a title… This song was stuck in my head! A lighthearted dedication to my one and only.

Chantalle’s blog 108

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Glitz Design, My Mind’s Eye, Echo Park. Embellishments: Basic Grey transparency, brad, heart paperclip. Other: Silhouette Cameo, American Crafts notebook punch, sewing machine, Artline pen,


Sheena Rowlands, United Kingdom This is a page I made showcasing the day my eldest son left school. His year held their own “prison breakout”! I made a mask on my silhouette to stencil the t-shirt he is wearing and cut a second to stencil on this page.

Sheena’s blog

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Basic Grey, October Afternoon, Studio Calico, Sassafras plus scraps, Bazzill cardstock, vellum, month and day stamps: Studio Calico, Silhouette cut files, Embellishments: Studio Calico stars. Amy Tangerine sticker, brads,tag, distress ink - Black Soot. 109

this day

Emma Stafrace. Gold Coast, QLD There is nothing like playing with photo filters to create new and unusual effects on your photos. Try using sun flare filters, coloured gradients or textures to transform a modern photo into a more vintage inspired look.

Emmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blog 110

SUPPLIES | Digital Credits: A Wonderful Day Kit by Sahlin Studio Water Color Paper Pack by Sahlin Studio Artsy Cameras No.1 by Anna Aspnes ScriptTease FotoBlendz No.3 by Anna Aspnes SubtleQuotes Spring No.1 by Anna Aspnes Project 366 WordART No.1 by Anna Aspnes


Aliza Deutsch, New York City. I had a sweet little story that I needed to capture - but no photos. And I had these fun photos without a story. So I put them together, and voila! I find that any time I use orange and blue (in any shade) it makes for a solid masculine layout.

Alizaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blog

Supplies: Patterned paper: Basic Grey. Cardstock: Bazzil Basics Paper. Transparencies: Basic Grey Other: pins - My Mindâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eye, jewels: Studio Calico, letter stickers: American Crafts, stickers: Teresa Collins. 111

100% pure awesome

Sandra Farrell - Vancouver, BC, Canada This is a digital layout of Instagram photos that I put together showing my son goofing off on a family excursion.

Sandra’s blog

SUPPLIES | My Digital Studio from Stampin’ Up! Not only did I use some images, shapes, and patterned paper from Stampin’ Up! but I also imported a lot of elements from the “Made of Awesome” kit from Gennifer Bursett and “Right Round” from the Queen of Quirk. I bought both kits from Pixels and Co. 112

you Olatz’s blog

Olatz Garaiyurrebaso, Spain I love typography and I wanted to use this love letter paper for a page of my boyfriend so I complete it with a boy color combo, no pink allowed.

SUPPLIES | Studio Calico, American Crafts - Dear Lizzy. Embellishments: American Crafts - Amy Tangerine, Dear Lizzy, Studio Calico). Alphabet: Studio Calico, green enamel dots - Queen & Company. Stamps: Amy Tangerine Yes, Please Roller Date Stamp (American Crafts). Other: Pinstripe Mr Huey’s (Studio Calico), Julep Mint Mr Huey’s (Studio Calico). 113

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Kerry Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Meara, Victoria

I took this photo as Glenn and I were looking at beaches to get married on. I wanted to create a layout that reflected how I felt about him, and the love we feel.

SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Little Yellow Bicycle, Fancy Pants, Glitz Designs, Embellishments: APOCD flair, October Afternoon tag and stickers, washi tape, A2Z scraplet, Crate Paper rubons, the Crafters Workshop template and paint. 114

RIGHT: All Boy flair badges from A Piece Of Cake Designs. Shop here>>


<<LEFT: Wood mount Proud Moment stamp from Kellie Stamps. Shop here>>

hello handsome products for your projects Celebrate the boys in your life with these fun and fresh products.

ABOVE: Turquoise ribbon with white stars from Craft Queen. Shop here>>

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RIGHT: Japanese washi tape from Etsy store: The Stationery Room. Shop here> By Kim Archer 115


Project Life is for anyone and everyone! e: 116


gift cards Those 4x6” journaling cards aren’t just great for your Project Life/pocket scrapbooking pages. They also make quick and easy, already cut to size, ready to go gift cards. PROJECT | Kim Archer 117 118

i like you. a lot. This sweet little gift card is simple to make by layering a few elements together. Here’s how I made this one// • Fold 4x6” card in half. The flower pattern and yellow ink spots are part of the card design and made a great base for my card. • Use ColorShine in rose from Heidi Swapp to mist an arrow and a dotty heart shape + a mini heart shape and set aside to dry. • Adhere the vellum Heidi Swapp heart shape to the card front. • Layer the arrow as shown and staple to keep it secure and in place. • Use your finger nail to rough up the edges of the heart shape. • Use foam mounting tape to layer in the heart shape over your arrow and vellum heart to give dimension. • Add in the teeny heart shape to the card front as shown and finish by adding a strip of computer journaling for your sentiment. 119


Layers of embellishments are a quick and easy way of adding interest to a gift card.

• Fold your 3x4” card in half to form your card base. • Add a layering of elements - I have used a label sticker, punched circle (offcut from the “love” card), a scrap of fabric, APOCD flair badge and a Heidi Swapp vellum speech bubble. Staple some of the elements in place. • Type up your sentiment on white cardstock or paper and add to the bottom of your card. 120

Did you take the challenge/ Head to our CHALLENGE PAGE and share your Project life gift cards with us.


A flair badge peeping through a punched circle makes a cute little gift card for someone special. • Fold a 3x4” journaling card in half to form your base. • Add two strips of patterned paper to the front of your card, machine stitching in place and leaving the thread ends dangling. • Punch a large circle from dark cardstock and staple to the front of your card on the right hand side. • Using a smaller circle, punch through the card front and the dark punched circle. • Use foam dots to add a flair badge inside your card so that it peeps through the punched hole. 121

pocket SCRAPBOOKING Showcasing Project Life/pocket style scrapbooking pages that have captured our attention. 122

Lauren Hender Taree, NSW

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Products | Heidi Swapp, Flutterby Designs, cotton, Kaiser Kraft, cardstock and Stampinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Up. 123

Stephanie Baxter Surrey, England.

This week was spent taking my school class on a residential trip, which I had great fun documenting. I was stuck for time when I put this spread together, so I had to keep it super simple but the super cute cards still make for a finished look. 124

Stephanieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blog

Stephanie has used a mix of black and white plus colour photos in her pocket page spread and has stuck to a white, yellow and black colour palette. 125

Stephanie Bryan North Carolina. USA

Typing my journaling directly onto my photos is such a time saver for me! I love to leave a white space in my photos by cropping the main image to either the right or left. It gives me the perfect place for journaling and embellishments! 126

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Stephanie has tucked into one of the pockets a hand written note from her daughter as well as a sweet little tag. 127

Sue Ko

Queensland, Australia I loved being able to include a girly heart card and bling in this monthly spread - not something I do often as my pages are mostly photos of the boys. I also created a monthly highlights template which I can now use for a quick snapshot of our month in future layouts. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun watching my style of documenting and creating evolve as I continue my memory keeping adventure. 128

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Sue has used a mix of colour and black and white photos in her pocket page spread plus a combination of hand written and computer generated journaling. 129

Donna Mueli Auckland, New Zealand

Week 5 | What I love about this spread is the 12x12â&#x20AC;? photo I snapped with my phone which really captured the emotion of my daughter with our dog. The full page photo balances the white of the left page and I coloured a digital element (This Story) to tie the pages together. 130

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How clever is that! Donna has chosen a main photo and spread it over the entire 12x12â&#x20AC;? pocket page. What an effective way to highlight a favourite story and photo. 131

Lisa Pate NSW, Australia

My pocket page is very photo heavy and uses minimal supplies - mainly the Project Life Midnight kit and some Basic Grey alphabet letters. It documents my recent adventure to the Taylor Swift concert with my daughters. 132

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Lisa says, “My daughter Mia is a very happy and funny girl. She likes to make nonsense, jokes and funny faces… as you can see on the photos. I love to capture these moments on my scrapbook pages!”

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dear diary. Why hello there Dear Diary

Surely you remember me? I know it’s been quite a while, hasn’t it? Decades even since I last put pen to paper, telling you my deepest thoughts and sharing the highs, lows and funnies of my days. Honestly, you don’t look like you’ve aged a bit ... but trust me ... plenty of water has flowed under my bridge since we last communicated when I was 16!

Can you believe that’s almost 30 years ago now?? Crazy, isn’t it! Do you recall those scented pink, purple and orange gel pens I used to write in and decorate you with? Yes, you do? Well you can forget them. I’m a grown up now, 136

and there’s no time for fancy pens around here. Actually, I count my blessings if I can find a working pen anywhere in this chaotic household. Maybe you remember Andrew too? The lad who plucked my heartstrings and was my first unrequited love? Well, best you forget him too. What a jerk he turned out to be! So long ago though. As I’ve already mentioned, there’s been more than enough water beneath this bridge of mine. But I think we’ll save some specific stories for another time, okay? Or maybe, on reflection, it’s even best you don’t know. Of course I’m sure you think it’s strange me resurrecting you after all this time has passed. And you’re possibly right.

But seriously my life’s become so hectic and crazy if I don’t offload some of the day-to-day madness to you my old friend, I’m positive they’ll come and lock me up! You were my sanity saver all those years ago ... and now I think I need you more than ever. Just for starters you probably should know I’m now mum to three kids. Madness isn’t it? You would never have guessed would you? I think at aged 16 I was determined to lead a life of travel with no children. Ever.

But boy, plans do change!

What I’m sure you’ll snigger at is the fact I’ll be doing the hard parenting-yards until I’m wheeled into a nursing home! You see although the eldest of my darlings, Liam, starts university next year and turns 18 ... the youngest, Gina, will be just 5 years old and starting school. So Diary, am I clever ... or insane? You tell me.... because some days I don’t know what on earth I was thinking. I guess it surely could be hilarious if it wasn’t my reality... teaching Liam to drive without reversing my car into another street sign.... and coaxing Gina to try new foods because beans truly won’t kill her! Let’s not even talk about Scott, my teenager in the middle. Sigh. The three kids are just part of my daily chaos however – because yesiree there’s more ... I’ve Mike my farmer, Fanta the cat, a part time teaching job, parent committees, after school activities, study – mine and theirs, two small businesses, an iPad addiction, messy house, aging parents, meal planning and over flowing laundry to deal with on a day-to-day basis. No wonder, I’m back here venting to you – you’ve just the broad shoulders I can lean upon! Bless you! You know, I really wish I hadn’t abandoned you all those years ago, there’s been so much happen in my life.... many ups, some downs and a good smattering of the downright hilarious. I’m thrilled to rekindle our relationship, Dear Diary, and I can’t wait to sit and write in you some more! ‘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 pre-schooler) 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. Visit Shari here on her website, Teenage Survival Coach. 137

Celeste Vermeend Clean eating, active mum of five Celeste lives in country Victoria with her family where she works as a photographer. celestejanev# 138

Celesteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Instagram feed is filled with deliciously healthy food, her bootcamp and fitness adventures, paper crafting projects and everyday snapshots of life in the busy Vermeend household.


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Jot Magazine Issue 5  

Paper crafting + life documenting magazine for the modern day memory keeper.

Jot Magazine Issue 5  

Paper crafting + life documenting magazine for the modern day memory keeper.