Issue 4 2014
paper CRAFTING magazine
for the modern
documenting life. telling stories. taking pictures. paper crafting.
The Jot Spot
And a Happy New Year It’s a bright new year and here at Jot we have some wonderful things in store for you, not just within these colourful and inspiring pages of Jot Magazine but on our Jot Blog and in our weekly newsletter. So how did you go with Project Life this past year? I started out brilliantly. After some initial overwhelm, I got my act together and was high fiving myself around Week 3, thinking, I’ve got this in the bag! Somewhere around Week 5 I fell off the wagon. It all became too much. We hit a snag in our family life with the hospitalisation of our eldest son which resulted in a collapsed lung, an operation, many procedures, xrays, blood tests and an extended hospital stay.
Just when I needed to record details the most, I didn’t. Consequently, when things settled down, and I came to put my Project Life pages together, I couldn’t remember a lot of the detail from those few weeks. Eventually I did get over that hump and piece it all together and vowed not to drop the
ball again when it came to jotting down little details and capturing plenty of photos. Now all I need is a block of time to pull it all together. And I do intend to still complete 2013 Project Life. I’m high fiving Stephanie Bryan though - she managed to complete her third year of Project Life. We take a peek inside her album and chat with her about how she managed to keep up and keep on with it. Read more here on Page 33 We also take a look at Wendy Morris who created a smaller 6x8” version of Project Life in 2013 and we hear her tips and ideas as well as check out her lovely pages on Page 145. I had the chance to chat with blogger Paige Evans. Paige and her family have recently moved from the US to take up a post in Germany and not only is Paige’s blog filled with exquisite paper crafting but also stories of their travels and adventures as a young family living abroad. Check out Paige here on Page 70. We have projects from Anna Allan as she gets us organised for 2014 with her birthday card folder project and Amanda Hall who shares her no brainer birthday card recipe. Plus there’s galleries galore, exquisite work from our Jot Girls and as always, an awesome Project Life/ Pocket Scrapbooking showcase.
Wishing you a wonderful New Year.
editor/art director Kim Archer editorial assistant Lisa Pate style editor Tamar Bostock writers Kim Archer Sian Fair Wendy Morris Anna Allan Amanda Hall advertising manager Lisa Pate
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2014 Jot Creative Team Yvette Adams Anna Allan Raquel Bowman Stephanie Bryan Sheree Forcier Amanda Hall Lauren Hender Kim Jeffress Sharmaine Kruijver Mel Nunn Lisa Pate Yana Smakula Kim Stewart Mardi Winen Meet our Jot team here on the website>> 2013 Jot Team Contributors Raquel Bowman Wendy Morris
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in this issue.
049 What’s inside?
03 06 08 13 17 25 33 49 60 70 78 80 100 108 130 145 151 168 170
What can you make in just 20 minutes? Or 20 + 20 minutes? Or 20 more? Sian Fair shows us just what she can do in her article 20/20 Scrapbooking on PAGE 102.
EDITOR’S LETTER QUICK LAYOUT CONFETTI with Kim Archer CONFETTI EXTRA WATER COLOUR by Wendy Morris NO BRAINER CARD by Amanda Hall PROJECT LIFE completing 2013 CARD FOLDER by Anna Allan NOW AND THEN gallery BLOGGER Paige Evans TAKE A CLOSER LOOK Amanda Hall COTTON/THREADS gallery 20/20 ARTICLE by Sian Fair SUMMER gallery CELEBRATING gallery 6x8”PROJECT LIFE by Wendy Morris POCKET PAGE SHOWCASE SPOTTED INSTAGLAM - Lisa Pate
layout Raquel Bowman
Jot Girl Raquel, shares her 12x12 inch quick and easy layout using a Project Life overlay on her photo to form her title. Letâ€™s take a closer look.
Adhere overlays and vellum to a page using staples. This looks nice and means no glue marks are visible.
Foam tape is used under the photo mat and some embellishments to create depth to the page
Vellum and doilies are used to create a feminine softness to the layout.
This overlay was from an exclusive ‘Project Life’ pack of overlays available from Craft House. The overlays have a clear protective skin over them, don’t forget to peel it off first or your overlay will be a little cloudy.
YOUR CHALLENGE: The challenge is to add your title directly to your photo either digitally, with stickers or on an overlay. Did you take the challenge? Head to our CHALLENGE PAGE to share your layout.
confetti little bits + pieces from around the web. Curated by Tamar Bostock Todayâ€™s theme :: calendars and planners
An April Idea Brisbane designer Jessie Miles has created this beautiful wall calender filled with her sweet illustrations. Printed on luscious cream cardstock, the calendar images can be used as high quality art prints once the month or year is done. An April Idea shop here>>
Create an Amazing 2014 Leonie Dawson has done it again! A beautiful, thought provoking, actionable and inspiring workbook to help you reflect on 2013 and then plan for an amazing 2014. Available as a PDF download in a business or life version,
grab yours from here>>
Weekly Cute Diary This weekly diary has a PVC jacket, removable notebook and inner pocket envelopes plus a sticker set. Inside features delightful illustrations to brighten each day. Shop online at Kikki K here>>
Owls In Woolly Jumpers
We adore these owls with their woolly jumpers and hand drawn features. The A5 sized diary has a removable cover which allows you to use the cover for next yearâ€™s calendar or to house a notebook. From UK designer Vicki Houghton from My Pip Squeak. Shop here>> jotmagazine.com 9
Sweet Calendars Mini 2â€? x 3.5â€? calendar on a wooden mini easel makes a gorgeous desk addition. These sweet calendars are from Lemonade Paperie and are printed on heavy weight creamy white letter press paper with a sprinkle of glitter detail. Find the Lemonade Paperie store here>>
The Documented Life Project What do you get when you mix five creative girls, a planner, weekly challenges and a community of like minded creatives to connect with? Introducing The Documented LIfe Project - one part planner plus one part art journal and one part weekly challenge equals an amazing year of organization, inspiration and community. Join in with creators, Roben-Marie Roberts Smith, Lorraine Conte Bell, Rae Missigman, Barbara Copeland Moore and Sandi Keene and challenge yourself in 2014 with art journal ideas and inspiration plus join their sharing and creative community.
Challenges kicked off on 1 January 2014. Join in any time. Read more here about The Documented Life Project here>> and check out the private Facebook group here>>
Tamar is currently on leave. This issueâ€™s Confetti feature has been put together by Kim Archer.
A Collection of Thoughtâ€™s blogger, Tamar Bostock lives on the Gold Coast with her husband Richard and twin daughters, Talia and Sofia. jotmagazine.com 11
confetti extra Compiled by Kim Archer
Fancy Pants Chalkboard A trend in home decor, chalkboard products have now hit the scrapbooking and paper crafting arena. Fancy Pants Designs have released a new range of chalkboard products including chalkboard labels, tags and decorative tape. Check out all the new products here on the Fancy Pants website>>
Project Life Overlays>> Itâ€™s so easy to create stunning effects with these Project Life overlays. Simply remove the backing film and slip them into your Project Life pocket page over your photos. Find them at Craft House here>>
Essence. East Coast Edition For every story...endless ways to tell it. Essence is a three step coordinating documenting system for pocket and/or traditional scrapbooking. Assemble the layers of your lifeâ€™s stories quickly and simply using the Essence: pocket card and embellishment packs, collection papers, pocket sleeves and albums. For sales, information and inspiration, visit Ruby Rock-It here>>
Want a chance to WIN the East Coast Edition of Essence? Check out the Ruby Rock-It blog here>> for full details and enter the code: EC JOT. Good luck!
Connect with us. Mrs Crafty Adams Come and meet Mrs Crafty Adams blogger, Emily as she shares her Project Life journey as well as craft and DIY projects. We love her Organising Project Life post here>>
head to our
for more Jot stories and inspiration.
or follow us on These die cut white cardstock journaling cards from Flutterby Designs are perfect for Project Life albums. They come in two sizes - 4x6â€? and 3x4â€? and are available in a variety of designs. Shop here at
Flutterby Designs >>
water colour distress markers
I love using the Ranger Distress Ink pads in my mixed media projects and the coordinating Ranger Distress Markers are on the scene and a new addiction in my stash. In this project I show you how to add a different twist to your Project Life cards with some water colouring techniques.
PROJECT + PHOTOS | WENDY MORRIS jotmagazine.com 17
water colouring with inks Wendy Morris - The Jot Team
ARE YOU LOOKING TO ADD A DIFFERENT TWIST ON YOUR PROJECT LIFE CARDS? Well, this project is for those fans of stamping, watercoloring, and the Project Life concept. These 3â€?x4â€? cards are also perfect as altered ATCs (artist trading cards) and mini cards as a neat touch for gifting.
the markers The Distress Markers are water-based inks, perfect for watercoloring, journaling, stamping, and more. The markers are dual tipped with a brush tip and a fine tip. The Ranger Distress Inks are activated by water and there are tons of clever and crafty techniques available with these markers.
stamps Choose a stamp to use. I personally like to use bolder stamps with a larger pattern for this particular project technique.
paper Select the type of paper you would like to use for your project. I have a couple of options of paper that I prefer. One is Ranger Speciality Stamping Paper. This paper is perfect for distressing techniques and will give a slightly different finished look to your project. However, in this project, I used watercolor paper in 140lb weight and cold press and cut to size of 3â€?x 4â€? for my Project Life style page protectors.
colour Use the brush tip of the Distress Marker to color your stamp. I randomly colored different flowers in a range of different colors. You will see your stamp is colored as you see the wetness appear on the stamp.
misting Once you have your stamp colored, then you will use a bottle or Mini Mister of water to spritz the stamp and re-fresh your inks.
stamping Press the stamp firmly down onto your watercolor paper. You can use a heat tool to speed up the drying process and to â€œsetâ€? the inks onto the paper. I always prefer to use the heat tool for drying.
After the image is stamped and dry, I selected some random scraps of quotes, book text and embellishments to add onto my card.
water brush After your stamped image is heat set, I used a water brush along with Ranger Distress Markers to add the pink fill in on the card. I squiggled some marker ink onto a non-stick craft sheet to watercolor from onto my card. Then, I tore some book text, small phrase, and a wood veneer heart to add to the bottom of the card.
finishing <<Here’s my finished card with a few extra embellishments added in including a strip of book paper and a teeny tiny wooden heart.
supplies Supply List: Watercolor Paper: Master’s Touch - 140 lb Cold Press; Distress Markers: Ranger (Tumbled Glass, Worn Lipstick, Wild Honey, Forest Moss, Fired Brick); Vintage Book; Phrase Label: Elle’s Studio; Wood Veneer Heart: Studio Calico; Stapler & Staples: Tiny Attacher - Advantus - Tim Holtz; Stamps: Hero Arts #K5537; Water Brush: Faber Castell; Small Water Bottle, Heat Tool: Ranger.
more ideas Using the same technique, here are a few more cards I have made.
Tamar Bostock - sharing life, creations and inspiration
greetings Jot Girl Amanda Hall, shares her no fuss, quick and easy go-to method when it comes to making a simple greeting card suitable for many occasions.
NO BRAINER GREETINGS
photography + project | Amanda Hall
SUPPLIES : cardstock : kraft. Patterned paper : Jillibean Soup, Simple Stories. Alphabets: Sassafrass Lass stickers. Embellishments: wire edged ribbon, enamel dots, October Afternoon label stickers, washi tape. Other: corner rounder punch, scallop punch.
no brainer gift card Amanda Hall - The Jot Team
I’ll begin by saying I’m not a card maker. Far from it. In fact usually I will go out of my way to avoid making cards and if I do it is always a last minute, as we walk out the door type of job.
Way back in 2010 I did happen to make a card for a birthday and was surprised at how simply it all fell into place. I have reused this card ‘recipe’ time and time again over the years as it can be adapted to suit any occasion plus is suitable for a child, adult, female or male. It’s so easy to make and simple in design that you will whip it up in no time. jotmagazine.com 27
Start by gathering your supplies. Cut kraft card stock to 23x18cm. Fold with bone scorer in the middle to make a card. You can improvise with smaller or larger sizes if you prefer. Cut a rectangular piece from spotted patterned paper (or any paper that you prefer). Mine measures 6.5 x 12cm. Round the corners on the two left hand sides only. Cut a rectangular piece from the chevron patterned paper. Mine measures 8 x 15cm. Round the corners on the two right hand sides only. jotmagazine.com 28
Adhere to the front of your card with the spot overlapping the chevron slightly in the middle with all the rounded corners facing the edges of the card. The spotted paper should sit slightly lower than the chevron. Apply two strips of washi tape level with the bottom of the spotted paper going across your card. Scallop punch a strip of striped paper and adhere this strip in the middle of the washi tape running across your card.
NO BRAINER GREETINGS
Apply a coordinating label sticker on top of the scalloped striped strip, slightly to the right hand side of your card. Apply coordinating enamel dots to the top right hand side of your card, just inside the chevron patterned paper. Tie a bow in some coordinating wire edged ribbon, trim edges and glue dot in place on your card just covering the top left of your label sticker.
Did you take the challenge? Head to our CHALLENGE PAGE to share your no brainer card from Amanda.
Apply letter stickers in the recipients name and your quick and easy card is complete. jotmagazine.com 29
NO BRAINER GREETINGS
Amandaâ€™s Handy Dandy Tips 1. This card is a basic template. You may keep it simple or embellish more. I have kept it simple as it takes less time to make, the supplies are readily available in my stash and the steps are easy to remember. 2. Coordinate your card by making sure the stripe has the colours from the other elements in it. 3. Glue dots hold the ribbon in place perfectly and the wire edges enable movement and give fullness to your bow.
Finishing>> an entire year of
scrapbooking Following on in our Project Life/pocket style scrapbooking feature, this issue we hear from Jot Girl Stephanie Bryan who has just completed her third year of Project Life scrapbooking. By Kim Archer
Celebrating a year of Project Life. Story | Kim Archer Photos | Stephanie Bryan
STEPHANIE BRYAN RECENTLY CELEBRATED DOCUMENTING ALL OF 2013 - PROJECT LIFE STYLE. From somene who didn’t get past about Week 7, I feel like giving Stephanie and anyone else who stuck through the whole year a big high five! I catch up with Stephanie to chat about her experience, hear her organisation tips and thoughts on how she stayed on track throughout the year and if she’s tackling Project Life again in 2014.
“It’s such an amazing way to document the every day.” Is this your first year of doing Project Life? This is my third year doing Project Life. I stumbled across this system of memory keeping after my son was born in 2010. I was immediately hooked. It’s such an amazing way to document the “everyday”. And did you complete weekly or monthly spreads? I completed weekly spreads throughout the year. I initially tried to start with a “photo a day” method, but in the end, I just did a weekly recap of our lives. Did you stick with it the entire year? Yep! All year long! I tried not to get more than a week or two behind. The weeks tend to blur together if I let too many lapse in between completing my spreads.
keeping up with it all. How did you find keeping up with Project Life? Did it become a chore or did you love every minute of it? My love of Project Life definitely ebbs and flows throughout the year. Some weeks I love putting my spread together and some weeks it does feel like a chore. I’m very much someone who loves to complete a project quickly, so having a weekly Project Life to complete every week does make me crazy sometimes. But in the end, it’s always so worth it. Even on a weekly basis. I love when our weeks are finished and documented. And looking back on a whole year is pretty amazing!!
Did you find you were behind or pretty much up to date all the time? Nope! I tried to never get more than a week or two behind! How many albums did you fill? I filled two 12x12 albums this year (both filled to the brim!). What was the most challenging part of Project Life? The challenge of Project Life often changes depending on my week. Some weeks I
don’t have enough photos, some weeks I have too many but don’t feel like adding an insert. And some weeks I can’t remember what we did! What was the most rewarding part of Project Life?
Above : Stephanie’s very first spread for 2013.
The most rewarding part of Project Life is to look back to the beginning of the year and remember things that I’ve already forgotten. And to see those “not so awesome” photos in a place. Sometimes our “not so awesome” photos tell our story more than the “pretty ones”. jotmagazine.com 37
What camera did you mainly use? I tried to mix it up throughout the year by using both my iPhone and my DSLR camera. The iPhone is so convenient, but I sure do love the look of my â€œbig cameraâ€? photos!
Above : One of Stephanieâ€™s most recent Project Life spreads from 2013.
How did you add your journaling? I tried hand writing my journaling at the beginning of the year, but I quickly switched over to using my typewriter for journaling. I love the look of my typewriter and since itâ€™s in my craft room, it is so easy to just slide my journaling card in and type up my journaling. I also found myself adding lots of typed journaling directly onto my photos!
Did you use a specific Project Life kit or just supplies you already had on hand in your stash? My album displays a variety of products. The Gossamer Blue Life Pages kit is one of my favorite kits so it made it's way into my album frequently throughout the year! How long did it take to pull a spread together and did you find you got faster at it as the year progressed? Oh man! Some weeks it felt like it took fooooooorever for a spread to come together....like a couple of days. And some weeks I had it finished in under an hour. I think the weeks where I had my photos all printed and ready to go were the weeks that the spread came together very quickly. Did you have a routine? Eg: creating spreads on a Sunday? If I have time, I try to start putting my week together on Sunday afternoon. My weeks run from Monday-Sunday, and I love starting on it during that same week. The memories and thoughts are so fresh! How did you keep notes so that when it came time to add in your journaling, you were good to go? I wasnâ€™t the best at writing down memories throughout the week. I think since I knew I was going to put the week together shortly after that week was over, I figured I would remember most of what I wanted to add. But that definitely wasnâ€™t always the case. Some weeks I found myself wondering what in the world we did. I do have a Project Life planner, and I need to use more often!!
What three things did you find always found their way onto your pages besides photos and journaling? Hmmm...I would have to say my childrenâ€™s artwork, doilies and paper clips!!
Did you have a dedicated area set up for your Project Life-ing? I try to keep my journaling cards, tags, and other PL stuff together. But I frequently like to pull from my stash, so things get added and moved around a lot in my craft room! How did you organise your supplies? I’m an organization junkie, so finding bins, baskets and containers is like a hobby to me!! I used a variety of sectioned plastic boxes, mail holders and even a lazy susan for keeping all of my supplies out, but organized.
“I love when everything has a place of it’s own!” jotmagazine.com 43
Will you be doing Project Life in 2014? Yes! I am definitely tackling Project Life in 2014! I’ve got my album all ready to go. Will your approach be the same? I “think” I’m sticking with the same format as the previous years. I contemplated transitioning to the smaller Handbook size album, but I really think I have too many photos each week to downsize. jotmagazine.com 44
Above : another favourite spread from Stephanie showcasing her clean, fresh style and use of white space and light filled photos.
What will you change for next year about how you tackled Project Life this year? Well, if I could convince myself to keep better notes and details about our week I would like to complete Project Life on more of a relaxed schedule. Maybe monthly or maybe every other week. We shall see. Any other things/info you want to share? Project Life is an amazing way to document your everyday and memories. It’s the perfect place to keep those movie tickets, drawings, letters, cards and tags. It’s an awesome way to record the day-to-day, as well as those “amazing” memories throughout the year.
Above all, it’s the perfect way to get those pictures off your computer and into a book. The system is already set up for you. You just need your photos and memories and you are all ready to go. There are no rules and the only expectations are your own. You can make it whatever you want. Big or small, jampacked or sparse. At the end of the year, whether you kept up weekly or skipped months completely, you will still have memories preserved and there’s nothing better than that.
ABOVE | Stephanie’s final page in her 2013 Project Life album features six 4x6inch photo collages to cap off a year of documenting life in the Bryan family.
To see more of Stephanie’s Project Life albums and to follow her progress in 2014, visit Stephanie’s blog here>>
WHAT YOU NEED TO COMPLETE A SCRAPBOOK
Project Life is for anyone and everyone! www.projectlife.com.au e: firstname.lastname@example.org jotmagazine.com 48
BIRTHDAY folder card folder
..and never get caught unprepared for a birthday again. Anna Allan| The Jot Team jotmagazine.com 49
birthday book Anna Allan - The Jot Team So. It’s a new year! I love the freshness of a new year. It’s like a whole new blank canvas ready to be painted with splashes of life’s events, experiences, celebrations and whatever else the year holds. New goals are made. Dreams come alive again with the hope that this new year they may just come true. And everyone looks forward to turning another year older - well, most people ;-)
Birthdays! I am pretty good at remembering other people’s birthdays but actually getting a card in the mail, well that’s another story. At the start of the year, my organisation levels are pumping. But as the year starts passing by, those cards or gifts either become late or completely nonexistent. A few years back now, I was introduced to the concept of a birthday card organiser and I have been wanting to get one underway ever since. This year, I got my act together and I
created a special calendar style folder to use so that I don’t forget or get behind in sending out some love to those people I want to help celebrate on their special day. The beauty of this organisational item is that once the year is over, you can restock the cards for a new year and start afresh. So it’s something that can be used every year over and over again.
So if you are like me and want to get organised and on track with birthdays this year, then this project is just for you!
what you need
NOTE :: If you don’t have a binding tool, some book rings and a hole punch works just as well.
• 12x12” chipboard (I used a thin chipboard - about 1mm thick). • six 12x12” white cardstock sheets • calendar grids (I created my own grid - click here to download • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
a copy of my PDF) six A4 white card sheets (to print off the calendar grids) variety of patterned papers (at least 6” wide) vellum craft paint (I used white and raw umber) journaling pen, alphabet stamps, letter stickers black Staz-On or Archival Ink inkpad silver mini Versa Colour inkpad one large embellishment (for front cover) smaller embellishments (for the inside pages - eg. sequins, mini stickers, small wood veneer shapes, rhinestones, pearls etc) cotton thread white colour mist (I used Mr Hueys opaque white) Mod Podge pencil, ruler, paintbrushes sewing machine binding tool (I am using the Cinch) 1” binding wire - white
cutting and preparing pages 1. Using your paper cutter, cut the chipboard and the six 12x12” white cardstock at the 6” mark. You will now have two 6x12” pieces of chipboard and twelve of the same size white card pieces. 2. The calender grids measure about 5.5” across so to make them to 6” width you will need to take your ruler and pencil and mark quarter inch either side. For the top and bottom of each grid - mark at a half inch. Use your paper cutter to cut out. 3. Cut twelve pieces measuring 6x1.5” each from your chosen pieces of patterned paper. Keep any offcuts to use on the front cover.
punching holes ready for binding 4. Time to punch the holes, ready for binding later. I used the Cinch machine. Using the sizing guide, I found 6â€? and pulled peg 12 as directed. Pop the paper in and pull down the lever. There is now an even row of punched holes. You need to do this for the chipboard pieces and the white cardstock.
creating the front and back covers 1. Paint the two chipboard pieces with white craft paint on one side of each piece. I used a thick foam brush and applied the paint in a criss-cross pattern. 2. Once dry, use the patterned paper off-cuts and make into strips measuring varied lengths from 4 to 5â€? long and 1.5â€? in width. Place on the front cover one piece under another towards the top and centre of the page as shown in the photo<<. Apply with Mod Podge.
(Continued) creating the front and back covers. 3. Once that is dry, using the raw umber paint, with a thin paintbrush, paint a border on both the front and back cover. 4. I added a small amount of white paint to the raw umber to make a lighter mix. Using a piece of cardboard I ripped from a box, I swiped it into the paint and applied a cross hatch pattern over the patterned paper strips. Spritz some white colour mist over the crosshatch area. Allow to dry. 5. I then wrote ‘a year of cards’ along the bottom edge and sealed with a coat of Mod Podge. 6. To finish off the front cover, I took a piece of vellum cut to 3x4” size, tangled up some white thread and stapled it in place. I then added a metal heart on top with some foam tape. Using the Thickers, I created the word ‘Birthdays’ underneath the crosshatched section. And the front and back cover pages are done. jotmagazine.com 55
creating the inside pages 1. Place 1.5â€? patterned paper strips along each white cardstock page, along the top edge underneath the punched holes, and attach the calendar grids along the bottom part of the page (ensuring the right amount of days for each month). Leave the top edge of each calendar grid free from adhesive to form a â€œpocketâ€?. 2. Machine stitch around the edge of the pages. Stamp each month name on each appropriate page. TIP: When stamping, start at the edge with the last letter of the month and stamp inwards spelling backwards. If you are worried about spelling the word incorrectly, write it on a spare piece of paper and let that guide you. jotmagazine.com 56
In the spare squares on the calendar grids, I have stamped a star in the first square after the last number with the black ink. Then some plus signs in the other spare squares with the silver ink. These are for adding any special events for that particular month - like wedding anniversaries - that you want to remember and send a card for as well. 4. Then itâ€™s just a matter of adding a few extra decorations to the pages by adding the smaller embellishments like sequins and such to the top edge of the calendar grids. And the inside pages are complete. jotmagazine.com 57
binding it all together 1. It is now time to bind it all together. Put all your pages together with the front and back cover. Place the binding wire on the provided prongs on the binding tool. 2. Take the calendar and bring the back page over so the front and back page are now facing each other right sides together. Pop the pages onto the binding wire with the two chipboard pieces at the top. You can now lift the binding wire carefully off the prongs. 3. Using the back part of the binding tool, place the open end of the binding wire into the back and get down eye level with the tool as you push down the lever. When the edges of the binding wires touch, release and pull out your book 4. Fold the back page over to the back again and the calender is done!
TIP :: I found this video about using the binding machine helpful here>> jotmagazine.com 58
TIP: When adding the birthdays for each month, just write the name and year they were born so you know how old they are turning each year (if you know this of course!) When adding special events on the plus sign spaces, write the event and the date in brackets. For example: mum and dad’s wedding anniversary (11th 1981) in the applicable month.
And your birthday card organiser is ready to add dates and cards. So now you can go forth and get organised. And you’ll never be late getting those birthday cards in the mail again. To see another version of Anna’s birthday book + download her grid template, check out this link on the Jot blog here>> jotmagazine.com 59
now and then..
gallery>> Itâ€™s our story telling gallery -- this issue itâ€™s all looking back and comparing photos from now and then.
Kim Jeffress - The Jot Team My youngest at about aged 10 months met a little friend at playgroup called Archie. Over the years they have become firm friends and this year they really solidified their friendship being in the same Kindy class. Sadly in 2014 they will be going to different schools which my youngest is quite devastated about.
SUPPLIES | Cardstock: American Crafts. Patterned paper: Bella Blvd, Glitz Design. Embellishments: Project Life 3x4 card, Bella Blvd stickers, Heidi Swapp ColorShine, Heidi Swapp Color Magic ephemera, Studio Calico wood veneer stars, My Minds Eye dots, Greatest View flair, Tim Holtz paper clips, American Crafts thickers.
little moments with popi Anna Allan - The Jot Team
I love seeing the special bond between Popi and granddaughter and so I have based this layout around these two special people in my life - my dad and my daughter. Photos are always special but in this layout, the most meaningful thing to me is the WORDS. I asked my Dad to email me some comments about each photo and a little blurb about what she (my daughter) means to him.
Click here to see more of Anna’s layout and what is under each photo>>
SUPPLIES: Patterned papers: Dear Lizzy ‘5th & Frolic’ ALPHABET: AC Thickers black glitter letters, Dear Lizzy foil stickers. EMBELLISHMENTS: KaiserCraft, Freckled Fawn wood veneer, ThinkSpring (Etsy) cork sticker, sequins, ‘Greatest View’ flair badges, Skipping5 puffy sticker, paper doilies OTHER: thread, printer, A4 card, washi tape, sewing machine, vellum, journaling pen.
Sharmaine Kruijver - The Jot Team I saw this photo idea on Pinterest and just had to do it with our high school girl. Here she is holding a photo from kindergarten.
SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Basic Grey, Carta Bella, Cocoa Daisy. Alphabets: American Crafts. Embellishments: Prima nest and branch, Basic Grey enamel dots, The Greatest View fabric flower, American Crafts die cut, D-lish Scraps resin flowers, Louise Nelson handcut stamp, Cocoa Daisy ink, Heidi Swapp and Ranger mist. Font: Travelling _Typewriter. Other: vellum, paint, stencil, staples, texture paste, thread.
<<NICU memories Amanda Hall - The Jot Team
In our family, the biggest â€˜then and nowâ€™ moment without a doubt is looking back at my tiny, teeny premmie twins born at 31weeks, 5 days and weighing 1.5kg each. We have come so far from those days, where we were terrified to think about their very fragile hold on life. The photos that were on the wall in the neonatal intensive care were inspirational and we would look at them every day and hope that our girls would one day grow up to be big and strong. SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Echo Park. Cardstock: Bazzill. Alphabets: October Afternoon. Embellishments: Heidi Swapp labels, felt hearts, Pebbles Inc. accent and phrase stickers, washi tape. Other: Labeller, cotton thread.
do you know I love you so?
Yana Smakula - The Jot Team The layout is about our older kitty. We brought her home from the pet store five years ago when we moved in together. She was just a tiny ball of fur back then! And now? Now she’s turned into a little precious “monster” of ours.
SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Carta Bella. Cardstock: American Crafts. Stickers: Carta Bella, American Crafts. Die cut stars: Spellbinders (dies & machine). Sequins: Teresa Collins. Journaling card: Project Life. Spray: ClearSnap.
you are my fave
Stephanie Bryan - The Jot Team
My page is more of a reflection of how our family has grown. How in seven years we grew to be a little fun family of four.
SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Crate Paper. Embellishments: Crate Paper; Chipboard: Crate Paper. Other: sewing machine, black ink, typewriter, doily, office supply tag.
Wendy Morris - The Jot Team
The center photo on the layout was my focal “that was then” photo. Such a precious photo of my fiancé when he was a child with his mother in the center of Milan, Italy. He’s always had a fascination with birds and his smile is full of light and youth. So, this photo was just perfect to parallel with the “this is now” photos of him feeding the seagulls at the beach. It’s a powerful connection that goes beyond the power of the spoken or written word.
SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Basic Grey. Chipboard Letter Stickers: American Crafts Thickers. Embellishments: Wood Veneer Feathers & Stars: Studio Calico. Stamps: Hampton Art - KI Flashback Collection. Other: Studio Calico; Pen: Staedtler; Badge: Hello Forever; Ink: Ranger; Pearls: Kaiser craft
Aliza Deutsch, New York City Aliza says, “Recently, I snapped a photo of my kids snuggling under a blanket and watching TV together on the couch; I realized I had an almost identical photo from many moons ago, (it wasn’t even a digital photo), and that is how this layout came to be.”
SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Chic Tags, Basic Grey, Lawn Fawn. Letters: American Crafts, Basic Grey. Embellishments: A Flair for Buttons, Evalicious, Teresa Collins, Echo Park, Skipping 5, My Mind’s Eye, Studio Calico, Fancy Pants. Stamp: Cocoa Daisy. Font: Amy Tan-Skinny. Other: wood veneer tag, baker’s twine.
meet designer and
blogger Paige Evans
PAIGE EVANS LIVES WITH HER HUSBAND OF SIX YEARS CHRIS AND THEIR TWO CHILDREN, THREE YEAR OLD FOX AND 18 MONTH OLD DAUGHTER JANE PLUS THEIR DOG JOEY AND CAT NAMED RACHEL. Originally from the US and currently living in Germany, Paige says the main thing she misses while living abroad has been Target. “I never knew how much I loved that store until I didn’t have access to one anymore.”
What has taken you to Germany to live? The Army paid for Chris to attend dental school at the University of California in exchange for four years of dental service. We put in our top 10 choices of locations in the world, Europe being number one and they granted our wish and sent us to Germany! How long will you be living overseas? We will be living in Germany for three or four years, not exactly sure. Chris’ orders say “indefinitely.”
What paper crafts do you mostly make? I mostly make layouts, those are my favorite. Sometimes I dabble in cardmaking and once in a blue moon Iâ€™ll make a mini book. I also like to make home decor projects and other things to spruce up our home. Tell us about some of the amazing scrapbooking opportunities you have had. After I finished college I got a job at American Crafts and designed scrapbooking products papers, stickers, embellishments, you name it. It was one of the most satisfying feelings in the world to see people using products I designed on their projects.
When we moved from Utah to California I sadly had to stop designing, but I have the amazing and fun opportunity of being the American Crafts Blog Hostess and Design Team Manager. One of my lifelong dreams was to be a Garden Girl for twopeasinabucket.com and in December of 2012 I got an email from Jamie asking if I would like to be a Garden Girl! Iâ€™m still on cloud nine from that opportunity.
And I always wanted to work with Studio Calico and just recently joined their Creative Team.
How do you balance all of your commitments as well as family life? There are 24 hours in the day and I try to make the most of every minute! Fox goes to preschool Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and during that time Jane naps and I get work done. Both Fox and Jane take a three hour nap in the afternoon and thatâ€™s also when I get work done. And then after the kids go to sleep at 7pm I have about three hours to either work or spend time with my hubby watching our favorite shows. I keep my computer and scrap supplies in the main room so that I can check and respond to emails and work on my layouts in short increments of time throughout the day. Itâ€™s amazing what you can accomplish in 15 minutes!
Paige can work on a layout anywhere from half an hour to three hours and rarely makes a layout in one sitting. â€œUsually I work on it a little bit here and there throughout the day,â€? Paige says.
What THREE products always find their way onto your work? Patterned paper, spray mist, buttons. What are your favourite techniques to use? Die cutting with my Silhouette Cameo, sewing with a machine or by hand and punching papers. What do you mainly blog about? I mostly blog about our traveling adventures, daily activities, milestones and celebrations. A couple of times a week I showcase things I’ve made. Have you always been crafty/creative -- as a child? Definitely! I was always drawing, coloring, painting, building houses out of cardboard for my dolls, cutting things up, gluing things down, etc. It was only natural that I found scrapbooking and turned it into my favorite hobby! What’s your favourite colour combination when it comes to scrapbooking? I love bright colors and patterns! The more colors I can fit onto my layouts the better. What’s the best thing about scrapbooking. The people I meet and friendships I build with ladies all around the world. Also, it is so gratifying to see Fox sit down with his scrapbooks and point out things. He really loves his albums.
Paigeâ€™s signature style involves an almost patchwork type technique using dozens of patterned paper pieces forming various shapes like this stunning starburst pattern.
Whatâ€™s Next for Paige? I want to continue making layouts true to my style and also try some fun new things like gelatos and painting. I hope to continue to inspire people and for them to continue inspiring me! There is so much talent in this world.
Visit Paigeâ€™s Blog here>> Find the Page By Paige Etsy store here>> Follow Paige on Instagram here>> Find Paige on Facebook here>> and Twitter here>>
take a closerlook..
Amanda Hall - The Jot Team
“I love the texture a swirl of cotton adds to a layout. It’s easy to obtain the right colour, cheap and controllable without being too overwhelming. In this case, small blobs of glue stick were used to control where I wanted the cotton to sit on my page.“ Amanda has used triangles for both her photo plus small pieces of vellum amongst the punched triangles on her background which she has backed with patterned paper. The swirls of cotton add a touch of whimsy amongst the straight lines and graphic feel of her page.
SUPPLIES: Patterned papers: Pink Paislee, Dear Lizzy, vellum. Cardstock: Bazzill. Embellishments: enamel dots, heart stickers, Dear Lizzy stickers. Other: Labeller staples, cotton thread.
cotton and threads
gallery>> Showcasing layouts featuring fun ways to add cotton/threads to your paper projects.
the best day ever Lauren Hender - The Jot Team
I used the cotton to create movement in the page. The cotton imitates water going down the slide.
SUPPLIES | Heidi Swapp, Flutterby Designs, Kaiser Kraft, Simple Stories, Studio Calico, Freckled Fawn, Becky Higgins, Maya Road and My Minds Eye.
SUPPLIES | Cardstock: kraft. Patterned paper: Dear Lizzy â€˜5th & Frolicâ€™, Fancy Pants. Embellishments: cotton, Love diecut, Think Spring (Etsy) camera stamp, arrow stamps (Studio Calico Project Life kit), paint sample card. Other: journal pen, white card, printer.
life in full colour
Anna Allan - The Jot Team
I got messy with this layout! Coming into a new year, I like to get reflective and wanted to celebrate my creative journey so far and the lessons learned. I have created an 8.5x11” layout which is different to my usual layout size but it’s for a special album that I will be creating throughout 2014 about my personal journey . It’s all about me letting go and just getting colourful and messy! Using texture paste and paint, I have created a smeared background and used the end of a cotton reel to stamp into it before allowing it to dry. The use of cotton/thread has been used in three different ways - as tassels, writing (the word ‘me’), and as a messy tangled nest underneath some printed text. I love using thread in my work - it adds that little extra pop and texture to the page.
do you know I love you so?
Sharmaine Kruijver - The Jot Team One of my favourite things to do right now is making a little nest of thread for my flair. For this page, celebrating our recent wedding anniversary, I wanted to try something different but I steered right back to my “comfort zone” of little nests. So I frayed the twine (that was wrapped around the packaging) by cutting just a little strand from each piece.
SUPPLIES | Cardstock: Bazzill. Alphabets: American Crafts, Basic Grey. Embellishments: Basic Grey enamel dots, Freckled Fawn enamel dots, American Crafts die cuts, Pebbles die cuts, Cocoa Daisy “Day in the Life” card, Cocoa Daisy wood veneer, Flutterby Designs flair, My Minds Eye sticker, Crate Paper packaging, The Crafter’s Workshop stencil. Other: Twine, paint, texture paste thread, ink, date stamp, doily.
look at the stars
Stephanie Bryan - The Jot Team I decided to do some stitching on my page to make it look like my daughter was looking up at the falling stars. I punched my stars from a piece of sparkly vellum and added the small wood veneer pieces and my journaling to the stars.
SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Crate Paper, Tags: Crate Paper, Embellishments: American Crafts (dimensional flower), Studio Calico (wood veneer, resin dot), Crate Paper (resin flower), other: vellum, sewing machine, typewriter.
Kim Stewart - The Jot Team
I love all the messy threads from machine sewing. I created a few layers here using some gelatos behind my cut out leaves. Then I placed other machine sewn leaves over the top for more dimension and texture. The flower is also little sheets of sewn papers made into the shape of a flower! SUPPLIES | White cardstock, Gelatos. Patterned papers: Crate paper, Japanese papers. Other - thread, sequins, recipe cards.
you loved the play kitchen
Raquel Bowman - The Jot Team I just loved these photos of Charlotte and knew I wanted to scrap them. The colours in the confetti patterned paper really complemented the colours in the photos. I created a thread flourish which runs horizontally across the page so it draws your eye from left to right when viewing the page.
SUPPLIES | A Piece of Cake Designs November Main Cake Kit. Papers: Webster’s Pages, Elle’s Studio. Cardstock - white, plain vellum. Embellishments: A Piece of Cake Designs Flair button, Webster’s Pages stickers and alphabets, Heidi Swapp Ephemera pack, Elle’s Studio tags, washi tape, cotton, doily. Other: tiny attacher and staples, sewing machine, Mr Huey spray mist, gesso, Gelatos,
Kim Jeffress - The Jot Team Iâ€™ve had this photo sitting on my desk waiting for the right embellishments and papers and I finally found them this week. I wanted to add that gold thread behind the vellum feather to create a rich feel to match the richness of my photo. I also tied some red and white twine around the cluster to add some texture to my project.
SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: My Minds Eye, Heidi Swapp. Embellishments: Pebbles Rub ons, peg, Heidi Swapp rubons, Jenni Bowlin feather, Becky Higgins Project Life cards, Heidi Swapp Colorshine mist, Tsukineko ink , Tim Holtz Tiny attacher. Other: sequins, tag, gold thread, bakers twine.
<< me & you
Amanda Hall - The Jot Team I found a pack of stencils in a typo stationary shop and I just love this triangular one. The little pops of threads against the vivid green really draws your eye across and down the page.
SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Glitz, American Craft Dear Lizzy. Cardstock: Bazzill. Embellishments: Pebbles Inc accent sticker, buttons, cotton thread, Heidi Swapp vellum word, October Afternoon label, felt hearts, Kikki K enjoy sticker, My Mindâ€™s Eye chipboard accent. Other: Heidi Swapp colorshine mist, typo stencil
Tarrah McLean, NSW Tarrah has swirled on some fine black cotton which adds some interest and texture to her wedding themed page. The black thread balances out the other splashes of black colour amidst a green, white and gold colour palette.
SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Crate Paper. Alphabets: Digital Cut File. Embellishments: Crate Paper Dimensional Stickers and Fabric Bow, D-Lish Scraps Wooden heart button, etched heart button, washi tape and journal spot. Other: Vellum paper, paper doily, sequins, gold frame, Mister Hueyâ€™s Mist and thread.
Anita Rodway, Tamworth NSW
This layout was inspired by Studio Shirel from the Pop & Colours online workshop which you can see here>> I love learning new techniques, tips and tricks, and experimenting with different styles of scrapbooking using products I already own. The finished product is always that much more rewarding.
SUPPLIES | Crate paper ‘Maggie Holmes’ collection, old book pages, gesso, Faber Castell Gelatos, corrugated card, 3x4 Project Life cards, Simple Stories ‘Sn@p’ 6x6 paper, vellum, Flutterby Designs Flair/photo tab/circle ‘Fussy Cut’ title, MME enamel dots, Studio Calico wood veneer stars, black Posca pen, Studio Calico ‘Play’ stamp, Stampin’ Up ‘Grunge’ set stamps, black thread and stitching stamps.
Tania Potenciano, Spain Tania has included “thread with an order within disorder” on her layout by stitching along the right hand side and letting the ends of the thread hang and swirl around the elements on the left hand side of her page. Tania’s blog
SUPPLIES: Patterned paper: American Craft, Maggie Holmes Flea Market, Crate Paper. Embellishments: Die Cuts Printshop Collection from Studio Calico. Others: Pschhiitt num 765 Egérie Kesiart, Sew Easy, gelatos, gesso and sewing thread/cotton.
Lisa Pate - The Jot Team This layout features one of my favourite memories of 2013. The kids (and us) were super excited to see Lindsey Stirling in Concert, and I wanted my layout to reflect lots of fun and movement. I used lots of crazy mixed up layers and stitched it altogether.
SUPPLIES | Hambly Screen Prints transparency, Derwent artists pencils, Sharpie pens, tissue paper, Tim Holtz washi tape, sequins and rhinestones, Typo paper bag, various collage papers, cotton thread, vintage book papers.
Lisa Pate - The Jot Team
In the last year my husband and I have totally embraced the selfie, particularly the “silly selfie”. It’s a great way to make sure we have photos together in our albums. My page started with some splats of ink then I collaged lots of bright fun elements to match the funny photos.
SUPPLIES | Derwent Artist’s Pencils, Sharpie pen, Typo paper bag, Hambly transparency, Heidi Swapp rub-ons, ColorShine and glitter word, A Piece of Cake Designs flair buttons, sequins, rhinestones, cotton thread, twine, Tim Holtz distress ink dauber, balzar mask
venice canals Paige Evans, Germany
This layout was so easy and fast to make! Simply punch squares from patterned paper, trim them in half into triangles, then adhere them in rings around a central photo. Stitching over the triangles ensures theyâ€™ll stay in place. Then comes the fun part of embellishing! Paigeâ€™s blog
SUPPLIES | Kit (Valley High), sequins, sentiment stamp: Studio Calico. Cardstock: adhesive - American Crafts. Patterned paper: American Crafts, Basic Grey, October Afternoon, One Little Bird, Paislee Press, Studio Calico. Mini alphabet stickers: Basic Grey. Pen: Uni-Ball Signo. Ink: StazOn. Square punch: EK Success. Sewing machine: Bernina. Thread: Coats & Clark.
Alyona Shapel, Belarussia
My layout about one sunny day in the park. My hubby doesnâ€™t like to take pictures as a lot of men do thus this picture means a lot to me. The weather was so nice, we played with our friends, ate cakes and enjoyed life!
SUPPLIES | Fancy Pants Design Trend Setter Collection, Hambly Prints Screen overlay, Imaginarium Design Chipboard Feather, Pebeo Prisme Fantasy paint, Scrap Buttons sign, gesso, mint acrylic paint, threads.
make. share. move. inspire
What can you make in just twenty minutes? Sian Fair shows us just what she can do in 20 minute blocks of time.
STORY + PHOTOS | Sian Fair
twenty scrapbooking It can be hard to find the time for scrapbooking after the busy Christmas period and the start of the New Year. During this time, I’m lucky I’ll have found some new craft books in my Christmas stocking and their lure will be strong. All the things I want to do! Cutting up paper is only one of them. So, I’ve been experimenting with something I’m going to call Twenty Twenty Scrapbooking. And that means setting my clock, pulling out my paper and seeing how far I can go in only twenty minutes. And then another twenty minutes..and then.. >>
the first 20 minutes So, what can you do in twenty minutes? I managed to: • decide on a colour scheme. I made it easy on myself with a
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black and white photo; but as soon as I saw that blue in my paper pile I knew I wanted to use it. My dress in the photo was blue. I’m sure of it. I picked one other neutral paper and trimmed the bottom borders of both to use as contrasts. Two papers, double sided, no more. round the corners on my background and my photo to echo the soft seventies lines in the picture. use letter stickers for a fast title. add a camera embellishment which adds to the seventies feel with its hint of an old viewfinder toy. use a mini clothes peg to pin my photo to my page.
It looks like a layout; but I’ll admit: it doesn’t feel quite like one of my layouts just yet. Twenty minutes has given me a great basis, though. A firm foundation, ready for another layer. So I set my clock again for another twenty minutes >>
the second 20 minutes Twenty more minutes and I was able to build up my page by: • matting my photo onto white card, which echoes the
pram handles and helps it to stand out. • adding a couple of tabs. • sewing the blue paper into a big pocket with a line of yellow machine stitching. I then spent the rest of my time finding and printing out the blog post which tells the story of this photo. You can read the blog post here>>
But wait - one more twenty minute block would take me to an hour in total; and that’s still quick for me. I set my clock again: So once again I set my clock for another twenty >>
the third 20 minutes ...gave me enough time to • trim some ribbons from scraps of a 6x6” paper pad
(all from the same collection - no time for too much deliberating). • add some pre-made embellishments from a kit. Working again to repeat what is in the photo, I found some “wheel” shapes. • move the clothes peg over to the left hand side of the page to balance it up a bit more. • and finally, brighten up the far right with a little touch of blue washi tape.
That’s what I can do in twenty minutes times three. I could add some more, if I wanted, but I hope it has everything it needs. After forty minutes it had a photo, a story, a title and some pretty paper: I’m pleased with that. I think I’ll be trying it again. Instead of laying out everything on my page and then having to pull it apart again to stick it together, I was able to create a base layer and then a second and a third, finishing each before I moved on the next. That’s a satisfying way of sticking and now I’m planning a few more base designs I could use. How about you? How far do you get in twenty minutes? or twenty twenty? or more? Head to our CHALLENGE PAGE to share your twenty twenty layout, inspired by Sian’s project.
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.
gallery>> Step into the sunshine and celebrate with us here in our summer inspired gallery.
Raquel Bowman - The Jot Team I wanted to create a layout that really complemented the photos and their colours. So I steered away from my usual white cardstock and choose kraft, which better suits a sandy beach. I had a play with a Heidi Swapp mask and embossing paste to create the sandy dots going diagonally across my page.
SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Studio Calico, AC Dear Lizzy. Embellishments: Pink Paislee chipboard words, A Piece of Cake Designs flair button and wood veneer, Heidi Swapp banner and die cuts, Prima flowers and camera clip, Studio Calico bow, mistable feather, My Mindâ€™s Eye chipboard, enamel dots and stickers, AC Dear Lizzy stickers, sequins, washi tape. Other: gesso, October Afternoon mist, embossing paste, Zing embossing powder, typewriter, Faber Castell big brush pen, Studio Calico stamp
manning point 2013
Lauren Hender - The Jot Team Using different textures, mists, stencils and stamps I created the background to complement the photo of my little girl exploring with her cousins on the beach.
SUPPLIES | white cardstock, Heidi Swapp, Simple Stories, Hero Arts, Stampinâ€™ Up and Flutterby Designs plus white gesso.
Yana Smakula - The Jot Team I created a 12x12â€? layout on white base. This is something I never do. I added some stamping and journalling directly to the page and drew a few circles. I wanted to create a light and sunny layout just like a typical summer day.
SUPPLIES | Cardstock: American Crafts. Alphabets: Spellbinders (Summer - die cut using dies and machine from Spellbinders), American Crafts. Embellishments: Blue Fern Studios (bird), American Crafts (all other). Stamps: Technique Tuesday. Ink: ClearSnap. Floss: We R Memory Keepers.
Stephanie Bryan - The Jot Team I decided to create a textured background using a circle and some puffy paint. I painted over the circles to add a little bit of blueish-green color to my background. Simple embellishments and ribbon finish off my page.
SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Elleâ€™s Studio, Studio Calico, American Crafts. Embellishments: Studio Calico, Citron Faire. Other: ribbon, Silhouette Cameo, puffy paint, typewriter, sewing machine.
Kim Jeffress - The Jot Team I took my inspiration from fellow Jot Girl, Kim Stewart and her use of flowers on her projects. I love how she includes them on boy pages so I wanted to try that too. I wanted to bring a rich feel to the layout so I incorporated a lot of gold throughout my layout,
SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Crate Paper, Heidi Swapp. Alphabets: American Crafts thickers, Embellishments: Heidi Swapp chipboard stickers, ephemera, Crate Paper ephemera, Heidi Swapp rub ons, Studio Calico wood veneer shapes, Tim Holtz tiny attacher, Heidi Swapp Colorshine mist. Other: sequins, fabric flower.
our summer anthem
Wendy Morris - The Jot Team
We live it up at the beach and since my fiancé has a big love for fishing, we are always enjoying days at the beach and piers while I enjoy a good read and he can live it out for the great catch. I wanted this layout to truly capture “our summer anthem” in the highlights of our recent summer together. SUPPLIES | Scrapbook Kits: Studio Calico (May 2013 & June 2013 Project Life Kits); Watercolor Paper: Master’s Touch; Paper: Studio Calico; Canvas Triangles & Metal Clip: 7 Gypsies; Ink & Paint: Ranger; Mist: Studio Calico; Metal Tag: Advantus - Tim Holtz; Stickers: Basic Grey, Studio Calico, Simple Stories; Mini Envelope: DCWV; Canvas Trimmings: Pink Paislee; Digital Brushes: Designer Digitals; Badge: Evalicious; Wood Veneers: Studio Calico; Typewriter: Smith Corona; Stamps: Technique Tuesday; Clear Pebbles: The Robin’s Nest; Brads: Studio Calico.
I created two 6”x12” layouts that will go back-to-back in a 6x12” insert in my Project Life album. This particular day, I had only gotten off the plane from my weekend in Perth for the Make Pretty Stuff Downunder tour with Heidi Swapp and Kim Jeffress! It was so hot here that I said “Let’s get to the beach!!” We are very blessed to live in a place of such beauty - the combination of sun, sand, clear blue skies and gorgeous turquoise waters makes you feel like you’re in paradise! jotmagazine.com 116
Anna Allan - The Jot Team
I wanted the summer themed photos to stand out and be the focal point - hence the reason why I used bigger prints of the photos that filled the width of the page. I used the embellishments to add the decorative touch and to help break up the stark lines of the photos and make them blend and flow on the pages. You will notice that I used quite a few Heidi Swapp products on these layouts too! Considering where I had just been - Who can blame me hey??
SUPPLIES | Cardstock: Bazzill 12x12” cut in half to make two 6”x12” layouts. Patterned paper: WRMK ‘White Out’ paper. Alphabet: ‘Simple Luxe’ Turquoise Alpha Stickers, lilybeedesign ABC stickers, Pebbles letter roller stamp. Embellishments: Heidi Swapp ‘Mixed Company’ ephemera, ‘Think Spring’ (Etsy) wood veneer and cork stickers, Freckled Fawn enamel dots and shapes, Studio Fourteen40 flair. Other: cotton, tiny attacher, circle punch, ink, date stamp, journal pens, washi tape.
Lisa Pate - The Jot Team Lately I have been trying to fit more photos onto my layouts. Using simple photo editing software itâ€™s easy to incorporate lots of photos by making small collages. I teamed the photos with lots of lovely papers and embellishments in fun summery colours.
SUPPLIES | American Crafts Paper, Heidi Swapp glitter word, rub ons and hearts, A Piece of Cake Designs Flair button, American Crafts thickers, Technique Tuesday stamp, tags, Sharpie pen, mini stamps, wood veneer arrow, Typo paper bag.
i love summer
Sharmaine Kruijver - The Jot Team The number one thing I love about summer is spending time with our girls. I love the lack of routine and the spontaneity that our day can be filled with. This layout is a celebration of both these things.
SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Chic Tags. Cardstock: American Crafts. Embellishments: The Greatest View flair, A Piece of Cake Designs flair, Freckled Fawn enamel dots, Cocoa Daisy stamp and ink. Other: Date stamp, paint, stencil, thread. Font: Mathlete Skinny.
Amanda Hall - The Jot Team
Summer means one thing to us - the beach! We are so lucky as we live in the middle of a peninsula, with beautiful beaches only 30 minutes drive in almost every direction. Our whole family just love packing up the car, loading in our two Labrador and hitting the beach. Itâ€™s our most favourite summer thing made easy by where we live.
SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Dear Lizzy, Echo Park. Alphabets: Websters, Heidi Swapp. Embellishments: Dear Lizzy stickers, Heidi Swapp chip heart, Heidi Swapp round pink sticker, washi tape, label, Echo Park arrow sticker Other: cotton thread.
Debra Duty, Baton Rouge, Louisiana I’m so happy to see the beach again each summer so I documented the beautiful beach we visit every year.
SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Amy Tangerine, My Mind’s Eye, Simple Stories, Pebbles. Alphabets: Basic Grey. Embellishments: My Mind’s Eye dots, Studio Calico cork and labels, Freckled Fawn chipboard arrow and washi tape, Amy Tangerine stickers and stitching template, Cartwright butterflies. Stamps: Studio Calico. Ink: Hero Arts, ColorBox. Other: metallic thread
Irit Shalom, Israel This is a “home” of my dear two year old grandson OMER and he spent the whole summer inside this plastic house in the garden. He is just a house lord of his property and no one can enter it. But you can take photos and even scrap those photos as I did in my “light mixed media” style - masking, misting, embossing.
SUPPLIES | Cardstock: American Crafts Patterned paper. Tags: Chic Tags. Embellishments: Flourish with a Bling plastic swirl. Chipboards: Creative Embellishments. Mists: Lindy’s Stamp Gang Embossing powders: WOW! Embossing powders. Other: Buttons, plastic bugs
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send your dreams into the world
Chantalle McDaniel, Brisbane I absolutely love looking at this picture of my daughter. She looks so peaceful. Itâ€™s as if time has stood still for a moment, while she contemplates life.
SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Studio Calico. Alphabets: Studio Calico, American Crafts. Embellishments: Studio Calico veneer and ephemera. Other: feather stamp, Versamark, Heidi Swapp Color Shine, machine stitching.
summer snapshots Tarrah McLean, NSW
Tarrah has used a bright colour scheme of yellow, white and green for her summer snapshots layout and added a bold splash of black to add interest and a black border to frame her layout.
Supplies: Patterned paper: Heidi Swapp. Cardstock: Bazzill. Embellishments: Heidi Swapp Sticker, journal card, flower, stencil and ColorShine. Freckled Fawn Enamel Dots, Elleâ€™s Studio journal card and tag, Memory Maze Chipboard, D-Lish Scraps resin flower and large chevron pocket.
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Olatz Garaiyurrebaso, Spain Olatz says hello to summer in her vibrant and fun layout featuring lots of pretty detail and a cute ruffled ribbon at the bottom of her page. Olatâ€™s blog
SUPPLIES: Patterned paper: Birch (Lawn Fawn), Dear Lizzy, Studio Calico. Cardstock: American Crafts. Embellishments: Studio Calico, Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party, Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic Accents and Phrases Stickers), Studio Calico, Maggie Holmes Flea Market Ephemera Pack (Crate Paper), On Trend Brads & Buttons (Crate Paper). Stamps: Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Roller Date Stamp and Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm Roller Date Stamp (American Crafts) Other: Lyric Rose Seam Binding (Hug Snug), Hello Digital Brush Stamp (Studio Calico).
Olatz Garaiyurrebaso, Spain Olatz says, “The ombre background is perfect for summer pages and it’s made with acrylic paint and then I cut them in stripes to make it more interesting plus added a cluster of embellishments using the same color palette.” Olat’s blog
SUPPLIES | Cardstock: American Crafts. Embellishments: Dear Lizzy, Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go Die Cut Shapes, Maggie Holmes, Sundrifter Die Cut Shapes (Studio Calico). Other: Pinstripe Mr Hueys (Studio Calico), orange, yellow and white acrylic paint.
make a splash
Chantalle McDaniel, Brisbane I love getting down to kid-level to get close to the action! I’ve used my Silhouette machine to cut some water splashes which complement my title and bright patterns to echo the fun we had outdoors.
SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Crate, Simple Stories. Alphabets: Authentique, Silhouette die cuts. Embellishments: October Afternoon tin pin, Elle’s Studio snippet, Silhouette water splash cuts Other: hessian ribbon, black pearls
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itâ€™s time to..
Letâ€™s party with our celebrate gallery - filled to the brim with fun birthday, parties and family filled celebratory layouts.
celebrate 4 eight
Wendy Morris - The Jot Team
I created this layout in celebration of my fiancé’s recent birthday in October. I wanted the layout festive and full of birthday “sprinkles” (with the color palette) and charm. I started with the colorful striped envelopes to choose my color palette around the theme for the birthday layout. I incorporated the caption bubbles to resemble the words of possible “wishes” in thought as he’s blowing out the candles. I worked the twist on stars in different textures of mini wood stars, stamps, stick pins, and plastic.
SUPPLIES | Scrapbook Kits: Studio Calico (Dec 2013 Card Kit, Dec 2013 Project Life Kit); Watercolor Paper: Master’s Touch; Rubons: Jenni Bowlin, Advantus - Tim Holtz; Plastic Numbers & Letters: Advantus - Tim Holtz; Mist: Studio Calico; Washi Tape: Source Unknown; Striped Envelopes, Mini Resin Cupcakes: Martha Stewart; Chipboard Caption Shapes: Recollections; Roller Stamps: Studio Calico, American Crafts; Color Labels: Heidi Swapp; Tiny Attacher: Advantus - Tim Holtz; Wood Veneer Stars: Studio Calico; Pearls: Doodlebug Design.
Lauren Hender - The Jot Team I always try to celebrate everyday moments and the blessing that is my children. In this layout I celebrate my daughter.
Lauren has tucked some journaling behind her layout layers. Click here >> to take a closer look.
SUPPLIES | Heidi Swapp, Dear Lizzy, Prima, Simple Stories, Viva, Stampin Up, Studio Calico.
happy birthday happiness Kim Jeffress - The Jot Team
In December it was my youngest sonâ€™s 5th birthday so when I came to create a layout for this theme it was perfect timing. I chose my favourite photo to highlight his day then added in extra photos and journaling to the glassine bag.
SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Heidi Swapp, Pebbles. Embellishments: Heidi Swapp Ephemera, Heidi Swapp ColorShine, Bella Blvd 3x4 card, American Crafts stickers, Basic Grey Ephemera, My Minds Eye enamel dots, American Crafts thickers, October Afternoon brads, Tim Holtz paper clip.
Sharmaine Kruijver - The Jot Team I wanted to replicate the smarties on top of my Dadâ€™s birthday cake so I used a scattering of colourful enamel dots.
SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Basic Grey, Carta Bella, Elleâ€™s Studio. Cardstock: Bazzill. Alphabets: American Crafts. Embellishments: Basic Grey flair and enamel dots, A Piece of Cake Designs flair, The Greatest View flair, Freckled Fawn enamel dots, Cocoa Daisy stamp. Other: Labeller - Dymo, sewing machine, watercolour paint.
birthday. sweet special day
Amanda Hall - The Jot Team
I found this photo while looking back over some older snaps and couldn’t believe how much my daughter Piper had grown up. It was taken in 2008 on her 4th birthday. The lovely soft colours and perfect little face were begging to be scrapped again in a birthday page.
SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: My Mind’s Eye, Dear Lizzy. Cardstock: Bazzill. Alphabets: Silhouette cut ‘birthday’. Embellishments: October Afternoon shape stickers, Echo Park stickers. Other: paint, October Afternoon mists.
celebrating you Anna Allan - The Jot Team
When I hear the word ‘party’ I can’t help but think CAKE! And that is what my layout is about. My big girl turned five this year and she wanted a fairy princess party with fairy cupcakes just like Elf the Fairy Cake Maker cooks in The Fairies - a kids TV show! I’ve layered my photos between patterned paper stacked on top of one another like...a cake, of course. I wanted my layout to be bright and happy and this ruffled cardstock was the perfect background for my layout. To break it up a bit I cut out a circle and attached some patterned paper behind it with a stamped message on it. SUPPLIES | CARDSTOCK: ‘Dear Lizzy’ Neapolitan Stitched Ruffle Paper Sun Kissed. Patterned paper: Fancy Pants, APOCD November kit, Heidi Swapp. Alphabet: silver mini letters, KaiserCraft Birthday clear stamp, Simple Stories Vintage Bliss Expressions Stickers, Echo Park Sweet Girl Alpha Stickers. Embellishments: Heidi Swapp Mixed Company Ephemera, KaiserCraft rhinestones, sparklets, and flourish, Sweet Vintage (Etsy) floral embellishments, Greatest View flair badge, Freckled Fawn dewdrop stickers. Other: washi tape, ribbon, ink pad, string, tiny attacher, circle cutter, circle punch, journal pen, Ephiphany Crafts tool - circle25
celebrate 3 today
Stephanie Bryan - The Jot Team This was such a fun layout to make...especially since my son just celebrated his 3rd birthday! Perfect timing! I wanted to create a fun background, so I started by embossing a few circles onto my page in white, blue and yellow. Then I added my paper layers, photo, tags and title!
SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: American Crafts, Gossamer Blue. Tags: Crate Paper, Basic Grey, Websterâ€™s Pages; Chipboard: Crate Paper. Thickers: American Crafts. Other: vellum, Zing embossing powder.
Deb Duty, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Deb says, “When my son’s friends arrived to surprise him on his 18th birthday, I captured this impromptu hug as they greeted one another.”
SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: My Mind’s Eye, Amy Tangerine, Crate Paper. Alphas: Studio Calico. Stamps: Studio Calico. Embellishments: Studio Calico, Freckled Fawn. Ink: Hero Arts. Stamps: Studio Calico.
happy new year Amanda Hall - The Jot Team
This is an old photo I’ve been wanting to scrap for a very long time. It was taken on New Year’s Eve in 2010. I wanted to tell the story of our celebrations that night so incorporated a lift out flap that accordion folds flat onto the layout. This way I could fit all my journalling and a little more embellishment without cluttering up the main page.
SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: My Mind’s Eye. Cardstock: Bazzill. Alphabets: American Crafts, October Afternoon, Pink Paislee jumbo numbers. Embellishments: Heidi Swapp vellum ‘hello’, puffy hearts, cotton thread, Heidi Swapp ‘happy’ word, Heidi Swapp stix, heart pin, Typo cloud, My Minds Eye chipboard accent, ‘lift’ silhouette cutout, Heidi Swapp banner, gel heart, Echo Park sticker, Studio Calico sun mist able.
Monique Liedtke, Delft, The Netherlands
My son’s birthday is on December 30, but because of all the festivities on at the end of the year his party for his friends was accidentally “forgotten” last year. Or so I thought. But then on a warm summer’s day he suddenly announced he was still due a birthday party for his friends and I just couldn’t refuse! So six months after the actual date he’s celebrating his 8th birthday with his best friends.
Supplies: Patterned paper, diecuts, Polaroid frame, banner, tags, flair buttons: Pretty Little Studio. Cardstock: Bazzill Basics. Wood veneer, misting ink: Studio Calico. Staples: Tim Holtz. Enamel dots: Doodlebug. Pen: K&Company. Title: Silhouette Cameo.
life is a playground Olatz Garaiyurrebaso, Spain
This is a page to celebrate life, the innocence, and the little moments that matter.
SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Studio Calico. Cardstock: Kraft. Embellishments: Dear Lizzy, Maggie Holmes Flea Market, Studio Calico, Debee Ruiz Inspire Lovely. Alphabet: Doodlebug Design), Stamps: Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm Roller Date Stamp. Other: Pinstripe Mr Hueys, White, Pink, red, Orange and Yellow Acrylic Paint (Amsterdam Standard Series). Mask: HoneyComb Stencil/Mask (Studio Calico).
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6x8 style Does a 12x12” version of Project Life/pocket style scrapbooking feel too overwhelming? Take a look at Jot Girl Wendy Morris’ 6x8” album as an alternative. Let’s take a peek. jotmagazine.com 145
documenting life - 6x8” style Wendy Morris - The Jot Team
What type of album do you use? 6x8” Simple Stories Sn@p! Binder Album and coordinating Simple Stories Sn@p! Pocket Pages how did you find working in the smaller 6x8inch format? My preference is typically to work in a smaller album format for most of my album projects. It is much easier for me with my work schedule where I’m usually traveling on the go-go.
I’m typically snapping pictures of food, signs, life. I use iCal A LOT, iPad notes, and a favorite app called “Day One” along with posting to my personal Facebook. Then, a monthly scroll through my personal Facebook page of my photos and status updates, and I’m ready to print pics and tackle a 6x8” album for a weekend project. Did you document each week or did you keep the album less structured and just add in memories as the year progressed? I let my album unfold during the year and chose to highlight the memories on a monthly basis.
What was the best thing about Project Life? I can look back at a completed monthly album in a smaller format and think “oh I remember that, who, when, where, what I ate...” For me, this is the best part in scrapping Project Life. ..and the most challenging about doing a Project Life album. Keeping up! It’s so easy to “get behind” with this type of project....a day has passed, a week, or weeks....but I remind myself it’s really about the memories, the process, and not getting bent out of shape because I missed a week or so. So, with this concept, a monthly recap works perfectly for me. I get back on track and roll with it from that point forward.
Mix it up with your pocket inserts by adding in type printed on transparency among your photos.
I love to mix it up and add in 6x8 full page layouts among page protectors in my Project Life style album. To see more of Wendyâ€™s Project Life pages, visit her blog here>> jotmagazine.com 150
showcase>> Project Life/pocket style pages catching our eye.
Lauren Hender Taree, NSW I enjoy having a Q&A with my children every now and then. Recording their responses in Project Life is a great way of keeping it all together and a way of recalling these special moments.
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This layout is from February 2008 for our second bubâ€™s album with the classic bath photos and the boys in their traditional Chinese hats.
Sue uses the Project Life concept to scrapbook past photos of her family. She prefers clean lines and has used the Midnight Project Life journaling cards.
Kim Jeffress Brisbane, QLD
My favourite thing to do on my Project Life pages is to add a QR code of homemade videos I take on my iPhone. I upload the videos to Youtube then use my QR reader app to create the code. I then print the code off, add it to my pages and I can then scan the code and watch the video again as we look through the album.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
This Project Life spread documents one of the best parts of summer, a trip to the beach!
Lots of sunshine drenched beach photos in vibrant colours fill this Project Life spread from Deb.
Amanda Caves Alabama, USA
We had another fun week at the end of May: we went to a nearby hot air balloon festival and enjoyed some downtime at home.
I loved all the bright colors in my photos for this week, so I kept the colors in my supplies slightly muted. I used the Valley High Project Life kits from Studio Calico to put together this spread; including that fabulous ikat stamp which I really love.
Anita Rodway Tamworth, NSW
Iâ€™m new to the whole Project Life phenomenon and I will admit it took we a while to get my head and creativity to communicate together. BUT I am so happy how this album has turned out. Persevere, I promise it will be worth it! jotmagazine.com 162
What’s really cool with today’s technology is that you can create your own personal QR codes using free QR generators, to create links to your personal home movies!! Using your smart phone and a QR scanner app it takes you straight to your video. I have added all Riley’s home movies right there in his album.”
Amanda Caves Alabama, USA
This week was such a fun week for us. We had end of the school year programs for both of my sons and we went to a free concert at a local art community. This was also the summer kick-off week for us. I chose to use a lot of aqua green tones with pops of orange for contrast. jotmagazine.com 164
The Gold Coast, Australia
The reason I love the concept of Project Life is the way it allows you to include lots of little detail about our general life which may be forgotten in years to come.
I find it hard to just pop photos into the pockets just as they are... I love to layer and add lots of bits and pieces!
Every issue we feature a layout or paper project that has caught our eye. This issue we celebrate Summer with this lovely layout, Summer Sipper from Lisa Swift, Webster, NY.
Lisa says, “Drinking from an orange was inspired by a blog post about having summer camp at home. It was suggested as a “thinking” project. To prep the fruit, we rolled and squeezed it to soften the insides and release the juice. No matter what we tried, the straw collapsed every time you tried to take a sip. It was an epic fail but we had loads of laughs and a lot of fun trying it.”
SUPPLIES: Font: Lato Regular (latofonts.com). Patterned Paper: Simple Stories. Stickers: Simple Stories, Diecuts: October Afternoon, Jillibean Soup, Gina’s Designs, Simple Stories. Tag: The Paper Studio. Chipboard: Crate Paper. Metal Accent: Making Memories. Doily: Target. Ink: Tsukineko (green), Button: Joann’sTwine: Webster’s Pages. Thread: Coats & Clark.
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PateyGirl blogger, Lisa Pate lives with her family in country NSW. She loves bright, vibrant colour, getting messy with paint, creating mixed media art, scrapbooking and thrift shopping. Lisaâ€™s Instagram feed is filled with photos of her family, home decorating ideas, every day in the Pate household, paper crafting and mixed media projects plus healthy food and Lisaâ€™s cross fit adventures.
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