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Jot Issue 11 2015

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


paper CRAFTING magazine

for the modern

day memory


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Welcome lovely readers to Issue 11. And if you’re a new reader .. we are so glad you have found us. Welcome aboard. I received this email during the week..

“A friend of mine introduced me to your magazine, initially on ISSUU, and I was completely overwhelmed with how amazing it was so I obviously came to your website today and find it still so exciting as all the stuff you publish, is stuff I am so passionate about but didn’t know where to look for inspiration.” ~Charlotte. And it made my day. Actually it made my week. In this time poor, fast paced digital world where we scroll fast and often don’t linger long enough to leave a comment or take the time to email someone personally to say, hey, you’re doing a good job or I really love your work.. it struck a chord with me that Charlotte (who I don’t know) would make the time to email me. And I am very, very thankful for all the comments and likes and interaction I get on all social media platforms for Jot. It’s very satisfying to know Jot is doing okay and also to hear from you all. WE ARE LUCKY DUCKS HERE AT JOT HQ. To celebrate the arrival of the Heidi Swapp Minc machine in Australian Spotlight stores, some of us received the generous gift of the machines and Minc-able products to try out. I must admit, I have become a little obsessive in adding foil to everything lately and there is truly this magical moment - cue the angels singing - when you peel the foil back to reveal the new shiny, shimmery design. Take a look at our Minc story + projects here on page 96. IT’S A BUMPER ISSUE THIS TIME AROUND. I had a tough time fitting all the content into place because the Jot Girls had been extra busy so I just decided to just keep adding pages! And before I knew it.. the issue was almost 200 pages long! I’ve pared it down a little but it’s still bursting at the seams with so much goodness and inspiration on every Single. Digital. Page. Inside this edition we also have our Mixed Media, Just My Type and Story Telling galleries plus a new feature called Jot Recipes. Oh and Shari is back.. always entertaining, she shares her latest family stories in Dear Diary on page 190.

Happy reading!

Kim Archer | Publisher

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

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Jot Girls Beshka Kueser and Leanne Allinson share with us some great ideas for making awesome filler and journaling cards using mixed media techniques and lots of colour.


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Loredana Bucaria

With a little baby boy at home, life has changed and it’s hard to find spare time for creating these days. So quick and easy layouts are perfect to keep memories, relax and just create in small bursts of time!

This is a 9x12 inch sized layout and this year I have decided to make a lot of them to fill the album for Andrea with all his best photos. I started from a 4x6 inch picture and then covered it with a 3x4 journal card and many other printables. I like adding my journaling in many different ways: with stamps, phrases stickers and even writing on the picture using Photoshop before printing my images. I literally adore to fill my pages with a lot of details like sequins, buttons, threads and printables. Add a few random ink splatters to your patterned paper for a fun look.

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Studio Calico. Printables: Studio Calico. Embellishments: Studio Calico, Heidi swapp letter stickers. Stamps: Studio Calico and Ali Edwards. Other: white acrylic paint to make drops, white cotton thread, sequins, buttons,black ink.

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YOUR CHALLENGE: Your challenge this issue is to create a layout starting with a single 4x6 inch photo and work directly on and around the photo by layering on your elements. Share your work on our facebook page here.

Concentrate on layering your photo/embellishments in the bottom half of your layout, leaving the top half almost free from content for a clean, fresh and uncluttered look.

Print your journaling directly onto your photo.

Add a cluster of buttons, thread and stickers to add dimension and interest to your layout.

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little bits + pieces from around the web. Curated by Kim Archer Todays theme // vintage chic.

vinta ge ruffles

Creamy vanilla ruffled garland handmade using vintage crepe paper from the creative studio of Stacy from Vintage Scrap Shop. Shop here>

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go natural Todo Papel’s twine and mini clothespins sets are perfect for crafting, gift wrapping or make your own photo banner with this kit of prettiness. Shop here>

paisley ba gs How sweet is this kraft paper paisley embossed gift bag, decorated with gold and white doilies? Find them at Todo Papel right here>

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just my TYPE

Typewritten journaling, typewriter inspired fonts, text papers and typewriter embellishments - they make a great addition to papery projects. Let’s take a look at our Just My Type gallery and see the versatility of type products.

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you love to read

Sheree Forcier - The Jot Team Text paper is so versatile and it seems to work well with so many themes. I thought it was the perfect choice for my page about Riley bringing home his first reader! I’ve also used my go-to font Travelling Typewriter for my journaling.

SUPPLIES | Patterned Papers: Cocoa Vanilla, Simple Stories. Cardstock: American Crafts. Alphabets: American Crafts, Kaisercraft. Embellishments: Crate Paper, Simple Stories, Cocoa Vanilla. Other: date stamp, black ink, sewing machine, white swing tag, Project Life card.

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loved Raquel Bowman - The Jot Team As soon as I saw this gallery theme I knew the ‘I am’ collection by Simple Stories would be perfect. It contains a gorgeous typewritten text paper, a typewriter element and of course my subject is my hubby, who is ‘just my type’!

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Simple Stories. Cardstock: American Crafts, plain vellum. Embellishments: Simple Stories Stickers and enamel dots, doily. Other: Typewriter, Sewing Machine.

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the juggling act

Natalie Elphinstone - The Jot Team The thing I love best about typewritten journaling is that it allows me to fit so much more into a small space and therefore I tend to spill all my thoughts out onto the page. These layouts almost become like a diary for me - a diary decorated with pretty papers and embellishments of course!

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: Bazzill. Paper: October Afternoon, Studio Calico. Alphabets: American Crafts. Embellishments: Kellie Stamps and Evalicious Stamps, Studio Calico flair, Webster’s Pages Ampersands paperclip.

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SUPPLIES | Cardstock Bazzill, Patterned paper: Pebbles. Embellishments: Heidi Swapp Minc 12 inch machine, blue reactive foil, wood veneer, stickers, flair, water colour paper star, glitter word, word stickers, stamps, washi tape, ink, Jillibean Soup letters, My Minds Eye enamel dots.

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Prepare your text in a word processing document and print out to create your own patterned paper.

super keen Kim Jeffress - The Jot Team

I went through my stash of papers and couldn’t find any text paper suitable...So what’s a girl got to do? Create her own right! I created my journaling in Word, printed it off on my laser printer then ran it through my Minc machine with the blue foil and instant patterned paper!

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life today

Meghann Andrew - The Jot Team

A hidden tag hides journaling about a bad day. I find that documenting the bad days helps me to see the beauty and blessing in the good ones.

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: Bazzill. Patterned papers: My Mind’s Eye, Studio Calico. Embellishment: Studio Calico, Cosmo Cricket, Crate Paper, Basic Grey, American Crafts for Studio Calico, Stampin’ Up. Stamps: Studio Calico (‘#fromwhereIstand’), Project Life (date stamp).

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libra & aries

Mardi Winen - The Jot Team I am always intrigued by Zodiac star signs so when I happened across a website with children’s star signs I couldn’t resist having a read. They were so ‘spot on’ for each of the girls that I decided to document them in my layout. I divided my page with Libra at the top and Aries at the bottom. The website credit -

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a snowman & a unicorn ... Sharmaine Kruijver - The Jot Team

I love text paper. When I found this old piece of KI Memories patterned paper in a store, I knew I had to have it! Keeping my page simple, I focused on the title and photo. They were all that was needed for this story and memory.

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Ki Memories. Fabric Paper: American Crafts. Alphabets: American Crafts. Embellishments: Cocoa Daisy & October Afternoon flair, Simple Stories & Echo Park enamel dots, Flutterby Designs cut out tab. Other: Typewriter, sewing machine, pencil.

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so you

Jamie Pate - The Jot Team A layout with typewriter text and book paper is a perfect way for a story about this guy. He is old school. Collector of old typewriters, when he can find them. Plus book paper is one of my go to favorite ways to decorate a page.

SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Pink Paislee Switchboard, Hey Kid; book paper. Stickers: 7gypsies My Mind’s Eye. Wood veneer: Studio Calico. Other: watercolor paints

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typewriter love

Amanda Hall - The Jot Team I love adding typing to my layouts. It’s a beautiful mix of neat and orderly with random and (in my case) unpredictable! My own typewriter has a special meaning to me.

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Studio Calico, Heidi Swapp, Kikki K. Cardstock: watercolour paper, Alphabets: Jillybean Soup. Embellishments: Typo stars, Kaisercraft sticker, My Mind’s Eye typewriter sticker, heart stickers source unknown. Heidi Swapp banners. Other: typewriter, circle punch, cotton thread, silhouette portrait cutter for title. Font - American Typewriter

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super keen

Mardi Winen - The Jot Team I used some old book papers as a base for my layout....I wanted it to appear like my story was from the pages of a book. They added such an ‘old’ feel that I kept the colours to a minimum to let the story shine.

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: Canson watercolour. Patterned paper: Crate Paper, American Crafts, Webster’s Pages. Embellishments: Studio Calico heart, flair, Studio Calico dots. Simple Stories stickers. Other: book paper, machine stitching, Ali Edwards brush converted to a cut file, Silhouette, watercolour paint.

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SUPPLIES | CARDSTOCK: Bazzill. PATTERNED PAPER: book paper, journaling cards. ALPHABET: American Crafts Thickers, printed text. EMBELLISHMENTS: Tim Holtz ‘Cargo’ letter stencil, Flutterby Designs flair. OTHER - washi tape, cotton, journal pen, date stamp, black ink, Heidi Swapp Colour Shine, grid stamp, computer, printer, texture paste.

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he reads

Anna Allan - The Jot Team I had so many potential designs going through my head for this theme with a few options of text papers, fonts etc I could choose from. In the end, I decided to create my own background with old book paper. I simply pasted down the book pages onto the cardstock and when dry, I peeled the loose non-adhered edges off to create a torn appearance. I used a white mini ink pad and swiped it over the edges to make it meld into the white background. I ‘grunged’ it up further by adding stencilled letters with texture paste, bronze and navy ink splatters, and grid stamping. I kept the photo panel relatively simple so as not to overcrowd the page too much and so the background still had its chance to shine.

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SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Studio Calico. Stamps: Shop Evalicious, Ali Edwards Studio Calico, Kellie Stamps. Embellishments: My Mind’s Eye, Studio Calico, Ali Edwards. Digitals: Ali Edwards. Other: Heidi Swapp and October Afternoon spray mists, mint cotton thread, watercolors.

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the story of this day

Lory Bucaria - The Jot Team

I love to tell the stories of my everyday life and the typewriter is the perfect icon to go with my love for storytelling. I am in love with simple and clean pages right now and I like to add many little details here and there and just focus my attention on the photo and the story behind it.

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Jodie York - The Jot Team

Get outside and play! I love that my kids enjoy being outside as much as I do.

SUPPLIES | Stamps from Kellie Stamps. Flair featuring my brush script from Scrapbooks and More. Cork embellishments and large gold letters from A Beautiful Mess Messy Box. Paint splats using black watercolour paint. Machine stitching.

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remember this

Agnus Kasprzak - Sydney, NSW I love this candid photo of my little guy playing on the Ipad with his dad and based the entire page on the cute typewriter which I hand cut from a sheet of Pink Paislee paper to help me record this happy little moment.

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SUPPLIES | Paper: Shimelle, Amy Tangerine, Heidi Swapp, Pink Paislee, Echo Park, Bazzill Vellum. Alphabets: Simple Stories. Embellishments: American Crafts and Heidi Swapp tags, Pinkfresh Studio enamel frames and fabric tag, Heidi Swapp and Maya Road transparency, Studio Calico adhesive cork, chipboard and puffy heart, Crate Paper puffy and tiny word stickers, Findingnana flair, MME enamel dots, Teresa Collins tab Other: Shimelle roller date stamp, Bohemian Typewriter font, Heidi Swapp color shine.

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love us

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Tarrah McLean - NSW

The Dear Lizzy ‘Daydreamer’ collection has some cute text pieces in it and I knew I wanted to use these for a love themed layout!

SUPPLIES | American Crafts/Dear Lizzy Daydreamer papers. American Crafts Dear Lizzy Daydreamer Wood Veneer, Amy Tangerine stickers, ephemera and brad, The Cut Shoppe Digital Cut Files, Silhouette Cameo, D-lish Scraps Flair and peg, Heidi Swapp Color Shine.

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write your own story Mireia Sala - Barcelona, Spain

This is a photo we took on mother’s day and we love it! When I saw the “typewriter” theme, I thought it would be a good idea to do a typewriter font background to symbolize that we are writing our own story, full of colors and full of love.

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SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: American Crafts, BoBunny, Alphabet: American Crafts. Other: sewing machine, tiny staples.

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Tarrah McLean - NSW

I love this photo of my brother and his cute family. I added lots of different quotes and words to suit the layout and theme.

SUPPLIES | Kaisercraft, Becky Higgins Project Life cards, The Cut Shoppe Digital Cut Files, Silhouette Cameo, Freckled Fawn metal paperclip and enamel dots, D-lish Scraps journal tab, shipping tag, flair and wooden peg, Studio Calico Wood Veneer hearts and Mister Huey’s mist.

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1-14 March 2015 Gill Welch - UK

I was away with some scrapbooking friends for a weekend in April and we only had a really, really old typewriter for our journaling!

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SUPPLIES | Pocket cards made from supplies from Studio Calico and Project Life kits plus ‘Stampin Up page protector. EMBELLISHMENTS: washi tape, enamel dots, stickers, Quick Kutz hand cut letters and numbers, Authentique “Petite Type” letters, rub ons, Elle’s Studio sticker font. Other: wooden banner.

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Candace Perkins - Phoenix, AZ I love my little guy William and I want to remember all the things I love about him at age 3 so I created this layout, “Every Boy Should Be Like You”.

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SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Bella Blvd, Studio Calico. Embellishments: Die Cuts: Bella Blvd, Wood Veneer: Studio Calico, Journal Spots: Ali Edwards. Ink: Heidi Swapp.


Amanda Baldwin - Adelaide, SA The layout is of my two darlings, who make me so thankful, happy and practice mindfulness everyday!

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: Kaisercraft. Patterned paper: Simple Stories. Embellishments: Simple Stories, Amy Tangerine Puffy Sticker, Ruby Rock-It. Date stamp: Becky Higgins Project Life, Twine: The Twinery. Other: staples and black ink pad.

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the sweet life Moon Lee - Tiwan

Both the typewriter and the typed sentence are cut from journaling cards. I used the typewriter to create an illusion as if the photos and the title are printed out of it.

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SUPPLIES | Pink Paislee, American Crafts, Crate Paper enamel dots: Fancy pants, die cuts: Pink Paislee, dies: Sizzix

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Jot Recipes A little bit of that and a sprinkling of this, stir it all together and what do you have? We’ve come up with some great “recipes” for the Jot Girls to use as inspiration for creating their layouts. And we would love you to play along too. If you make anything using our recipes, add them to our facebook page or upload them to your Instagram feed using the #jotrecipes hash tag (so we can find you)..

Let’s take a look.

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#1 Spring Fling RECIPE ONE

1 floral patterned paper (or more) 2 small photos 1 large title 2 flower embellishments (or more) A sprinkling of enamel dots Plus a happy, sunshiny story

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beautiful girls

Anna Allan - The Jot Team


When I saw ‘floral patterned paper’ - I instantly snapped straight to the floral print paper in the Heidi Swapp Wanderlust range. And when I saw ‘big title’ - again, it was those gorgeous Heidi Swapp glitter chipboard words. And that was that - my page was created around those two things!

SUPPLIES | CARDSTOCK - Bazzill. PATTERNED PAPER - Heidi Swapp ‘Wanderlust’ floral paper. ALPHABET - Heidi Swapp glitter chipboard title, Heidi Swapp gold foil letters, Heidi Swapp word stickers, my own handwriting / EMBELLISHMENTS - Heidi Swapp frame, Heidi Swapp glitter washi tape, large shipping tag, Heidi Swapp Memory Dex card, Heidi Swapp Colour Shine, paper flowers from Dlish Scraps, Greatest View flair, Webster’s Pages enamel dots, Dlish dots, journal pen, date stamp, ink, sewing machine, cotton

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Spring Fling happy

Raquel Bowman - The Jot Team I knew immediately that the Spring Fling recipe would be for me and the new Pink Paislee collection Cedar Lane was perfect. I was able to embellish the layout following the recipe with pretty much patterned papers and just the ephemera pack. I love when that happens!

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Pink Paislee ‘Cedar Lane’. Cardstock: American Crafts White Cardstock, plain vellum. Embellishments: Pink Paislee ‘Cedar Lane’ ephemera, Foam glitter stickers, string, Pink Paislee ‘Atlas’ enamel dots. Other: Sewing Machine, white thread, tiny attacher, staples, Typewriter

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Spring Fling

the grounds of alexandria Yvette Adams - The Jot Team

We had a beautiful morning at The Grounds of Alexandria in Sydney for my sister’s special birthday. It is such a beautiful place! I can’t wait to go back.

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Typo. Alphabets: American Crafts. Embellishments: Freckled Fawn stickers, Kikki K Stickers, Heidi Swapp label, Heidi Swapp die cut flower, Hambly Studios rub-ons. Other: sewing machine.

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#2 Love Potion RECIPE TWO

2 patterned papers (or more) 1 kraft, red or black cardstock A splash of red (paint.. or embellishments -- your choice) 1 medium sized photo (4x6� or smaller) 1 or more heart embellishment A pinch of mist or ink An arrow or two embellishments And a story of love.

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beautiful girls

Sharmaine Kruijver - The Jot Team


Love a good recipe and have always used cooking as an analogy when describing scrapbooking. The journaling reads “I don’t know if you are all trying to humour me or if the years of training have finally paid off or maybe you do it because you love me?? But watching you all happily get ready for a photo made my heart sing. Love you four so very much.”

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Cocoa Daisy. Cardstock: Bazzill. Embellishments: Scrapmatts chipboard, Freckled Fawn wood veneer, Crate Paper and Pink Paislee frames, Simple Stories and Flutterby Designs flair, My Mind’s Eye enamel dots. Other: Mist, thread, typewriter, nail polish, pin.

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Love Potion i love you

Mardi Winen - The Jot Team There may have been a little squeal of delight when I found this piece of kraft paper in my stash that already had the perfect words printed on it. I used bright and fun pops of colour to match the LOVE themed story of my layout.

SUPPLIES | Patterned paper- American Crafts, Studio Calico, Jillibean Soup. Embellishments: Elles studio tag, My Minds Eye arrow and #3, Becky Higgins Project Life card, Heidi Swapp heart sticker, Bella Blvd heart sticker, Studio Calico tags. Other - machine stitching, Mister Huey’s ink, covered button.

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Love Potion

collect moments

Meghann Andrew - The Jot Team I have to admit that the “Love Potion� recipe sounded like a challenge for me, until I found the perfect photo to pull it all together. I used the recipe, but imported my own style into my choices for product, keeping it clean and modern.

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: Bazzill. Patterned Papers: Scraptastic Club, Gossamer Blue, Bella Boulevard. Journaling card: Ali Edwards. Embellishments: American Crafts, Jillibean Soup, Teresa Collins, Simple Stories, Studio Calico, Pinkfresh Studio. Stamps: Studio Calico. Other: Studio Calico (spray mist), Project Life (date stamp).

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#3 White Space RECIPE THREE

1 white background 2 small black and white photos 1 cut file title A blast of the colours orange and teal 1 patterned paper And a story of life right now.

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happy stuff

Sheree Forcier - The Jot Team

Working with a recipe is one of my favourite ways to scrap! I often use white space on my pages too. It’s a great way to make those colours pop.


SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Basic Grey. Cardstock: Kaisercraft. Embellishments: Pink Paislee, Kaisercraft, Crate Paper. Cut Files: Kerri Bradford Studio, Silhouette. Other: watercolour paint, thread, sewing machine, button.

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White Space

today is a good day Jamie Pate - The Jot Team

I love to follow scrapping recipes. Having just a few parameters to work with can really bring out the creativity. And white space is one of my favorite design schemes. Great way to show off my girl and right now that includes her dear friends.

SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss. Watercolor paper: Canson. Embellishments: My Mind’s Eye. Cut file: Kerri Bradford. Texture paste: Heidi Swapp. Other: watercolor paints, paint brush

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White Space take time out

Jodie York - The Jot Team

I chose to do recipe number 3. I didn’t have a cut file but I loved the idea of taking two black and white photos and hitting it with the aqua and orange colours. I had wanted to use these two photos and tell a short story. I’ve been trying very hard these last few weeks to take time out for me. Being a mum of four is a challenge but even after only two weeks of trying I can see the results. Gradually. Taking time out. It’s okay.

SUPPLIES | Stamps from Kellie Stamps. Patterned paper, it’s ok embellishment and word stickers from A Beautiful Mess Messy Box. Watercolours and Artline black felt tip pen 0.4 size also used.

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White Space

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Bella Blvd. Cardstock: American Crafts. Alphabets: Jillibean Soup. Embellishments: Bella Blvd, Pretty Little Studio. Other: Silhouette Cut file (pirate ship), Heidi Swapp Colorshine - Gold, Studio Calico Mister Huey’s Mist - Water Cooler.

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i found treasure with you Leanne Allinson - The Jot Team

A good recipe always helps me get motivated to scrap. The bones are already there to create a layout and all I have to do is find the photos then document the story.

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White Space document happy

Lauren Hender - The Jot Team I chose white space as my recipe. I found these adorable photos of my son and couldn’t resist. Playing with some mixed media techniques I created this fun layout. Challenge yourself and pick a recipe that jumps out at you!

SUPPLIES | Bazzill, Heidi Swapp, Dylusions, Flutterby Designs, Project Life, American Crafts

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White Space fun awesome

Kim Jeffress - The Jot Team

My boys love Mr Maker so when he visited Brisbane recently we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go see him. I cut out that large circle with my cameo and then filled it with bright pops of colours to match the theme of my layout.

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: Bazzill. Patterned paper: Bella Blvd. Embellishments: Heidi Swapp water colour numbers, wood veneer, stickers, glitter letters, Colorshine, Greatest View flair. Decorative tape: Bella Blvd.

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What have the Jot Girls been sharing on social media? In our regular feature, we get to know the Jot Girls a little better by taking a peek into their daily lives as they share some of their recent Instagram photos with us.

Jodie York I’d just returned home after a fabulous morning. A bunch of fresh flowers for our cottage, had the best coffee ever, found a local magazine, visited my art supply store and bought a new bag. Bliss! @polkadotcreative

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Lauren Hender


I survived a solo flight with a two-year-old to visit my parent’s home in Kentucky, where we made so many great memories!

Snow time fun! At 36 years old I touched snow for the first time. A fabulous memory.


Sharmaine Kruijver

Kim Jeffress A few hours spent at Luna Park in Melbourne, wonderful family memories to last a life time!



Love it when we come across a Food Truck. We found this one on our way home, stopped for some donut bites with delicious toppings.

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Yvette Adams I love op shopping and am always on the look out for all things vintage - books, kitchenware, home wares, manchester. Recently I found this beautiful 1957 edition of Little Women. I didn’t realise until I got it home that it has some beautiful coloured illustrations. Bonus!



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Anna Allan

Raquel Bowman

Coffee Time! It’s always a highlight of my day!

It was our little man’s 1st Birthday on the 23rd July. Love this little guy so much. He is just the cruisiest, happiest boy who has brought so much joy! Happy first birthday Jacka Boy!


Leanne Allinson

Lisa Pate

Baby weave. All the texture and colour of the large monster weave of last week. But in a cute little package.

And this is winter. Right now. This very moment. And we are relishing an afternoon where the weather has delighted us!



Sheree Forcier I’ve just started this rainbow baby blanket for my little niece who is due to be born in September. I’m really enjoying this pattern I found on Etsy!

Amanda Hall @apolkadotheart

Feel like I’ve won the #heidiswapp #minc lottery. Thank you @jotmagazine and @heidiswapp So incredibly grateful for your generosity.


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Natalie Elphinstone My girls and I have started a tradition of visiting our local cafe once a week for coffee and cake. I have to admit, I may have instigated this one with ulterior motives, but it’s quickly become a favourite time to catch up and bond as a family. Of course I’ve had to document our visits in a Project Life spread as well!


Jamie Pate

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It took almost two weeks with all the interruptions that life/work throws but I finally finished my clothes. #konmarimethod Now it’s time to address books.


Five-year old antics. This littlest of the Pates had a birthday in August. Never a dull moment.

Kim Archer Day 4/30 BEST EVER (in the Heidi Swapp Capture Life challenge). This was by far our best family holiday ever. Our big holiday to the USA for all five of us. Exactly three years ago in a week or so.. I treasure these photos and the memories we made! We still refer to things that happened on that holiday! It made a big impact on all of us! #HSCAPTURELIFE


Petra Corcoran Getting excited about this years #weekinthelife so I had a quick flick through last years #WITL album. I see this picture and think wow my hair has grown a fair bit! Now I can’t wait to do it again this year. @petracorcoran

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Beshka Kueser Summer is going by so quickly, but we have made the most of it and spent our days in five different countries. It has been amazing! @bckueser


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Loredana Bucaria

Aimee Dow

I love summer outfits - easy to wear, fresh and cool! I have finally found my beloved chevron shorts in a little nice shop over here and I am super duper happy! Black and white and chevron and dots are my favorite patterns right now.

Deep in “Week in the Life� mode this week. @aimee_dow



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Mix ed Media IT’S TIME TO GET MESSY! There’s something so satisfying in being elbow deep in water colours, gesso, texture paste, paint, inks and mists as well as adding in machine stitching, layering and stamping to your paper projects. Mixed media is such a versatile technique and even a little bit of texture can be so effective in your projects.

Let’s take a look at our gallery.

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happy snapper

Anna Allan - The Jot Team Whenever I go for mixed media backgrounds on my layouts, they generally consist of a few layers -- a paint/ink base, more ink splatters, a stencilled overlay with texture paste, and stamping. And this layout included all these layers.

SUPPLIES | CARDSTOCK - Bazzill. PATTERNED PAPER - paper off cuts from stash, Heidi Swapp Wanderlust paper. ALPHABET - American Crafts corrugated paper Thickers, Heidi Swapp ‘happy’ die, my own handwriting. EMBELLISHMENTS - Heidi Swapp Colour Shine, Studio Calico stencil, Crafters Workshop stencil, grid stamp, Webster’s Pages enamel dots, Maggie Holmes frame, Flutterby Designs flair. OTHER - cotton, texture paste (white), Heidi Swapp texture paste (pink), Studio Calico Colour Theory Ink, washi tape, journal pen, tiny attacher. Jot Magazine 63

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Webster’s pages, Crate Paper. Cardstock: Canson Watercolour paper. Alphabets: Basic Grey (Kelly Purkey). Embellishments: Heidi Swapp watercolour heart tag, Studio Calico dots, Teresa Collins chipboard buttons, Simple Stories stickers Webster pages (Megan Hoeppner) sticker, American craft leaf,. Other: Martha Stewart frond punch, stamps, American crafts clear embossing powder, watercolours, Heidi Swapp mist, Stampin up blue ink, machine stitching.

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sisters x 2. how lucky are you. Mardi Winen - The Jot Team

I have stamped and embossed with clear embossing powder and then added a colour wash over the top which leaves a subtle stamped image. Once it dried I stamped again over the top with a coordinating colour to add extra depth.

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We love Sharmaine’s swirly, painted background! Magic!

SUPPLIES: Cardstock: FabScraps. Embellishments: Crate Paper die cuts and wood veneer, American Crafts and Heidi Swapp stickers, Echo Park enamel dots, Cocoa Daisy printable and ink, October Afternoon and Greatest View flair. Other: Date stamp, punch, typewriter, paint, ink.

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hello january

Sharmaine Kruijver - The Jot Team Wanting to capture a water feel, I dropped water onto the cardstock. Once it was dry I swirled three different coloured inks onto the dried splots. I then watered down some white paint and painted on the white circle and droplets. Mixed media, to me, is all about playing and that’s what I hope my page encapsulates.

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We love how Lauren has created this gorgeous layout without any photos! Stunning.

SUPPLIES | Manor House, Heidi Swapp, Flutterby Designs. Other: cotton, acrylic paint, pearl gel, white gel pen, Martha Stewart, Kindy Glitz.

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Lauren Hender - The Jot Team I love mixed media. Sometimes it’s just nice to play. No photos on this one just a little project with a daily reminder for me. I hope this inspires you to create your very own unique piece of art.

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We love how Kim has used silver texture paste and a lattice stencil on her layout.

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Kim Jeffress - The Jot Team I’m not the messiest scrapper around so when Heidi Swapp bought out the new Mixed Media Stencils and textures paste colours I knew I could use them to add texture and interest to my layouts without getting my fingers too dirty! Here I have used the silver texture paste and lattice stencil from the 4x4 patterns set. SUPPLIES | Bazzill cardstock. Patterned paper- Heidi Swapp, October Afternoon, Embellishments - Heidi Swapp texture paste, 4x4 stencil, wood veneer, stickers, stamps, ink. Greatest View flair, Jillibean Soup letters, My Little Bit of Whimsy bee pin. Pink Paislee letters.

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SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Pinkfresh Studio. Cardstock: American Crafts white cardstock, plain vellum. Embellishments: Pinkfresh Studio foam stickers, wood veneer, doily. Other: The Crafters Workshop Template, Whipped Spackle, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Higgins Black India Ink, sewing machine, white thread, typewriter.

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We love how Raquel has added a few simple mixed media touches with her less is more approach for this layout.


Raquel Bowman - The Jot Team I am quite a clean scrapbooker so when I use mixed media products I use them quite minimally. On this page I added a wash of distress ink, a layer of white whipped spackle through a template and some lovely ink splatters. I take a less is more approach when it comes to mixed media.

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SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Heidi Swapp Hello Beautiful Paper Pad. Watercolor paper: Canson. Texture Paste: Heidi Swapp. Labels, chipboard stickers, die cut, doily, Minc: Heidi Swapp

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Jamie Pate - The Jot Team My go to mixed media element right now is using watercolor paper as my base, and then stencil with modelling paste that I color with acrylic paint. Here I have used Heidi Swapp’s texture paste. I love to create my own backgrounds, and when texture is included that is simply a bonus. The colors can be matched up perfectly to the mood that is trying to be created. Plus the photos and embellishments simply pop against the contrast of paint, paste and texture.

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happily ever after

Natalie Elphinstone - The Jot Team I’ve come to learn that I prefer straight lines and clean designs, but that doesn’t mean I don’t also enjoy getting a bit messy with some mixed media. For this card I first created my background with texture paste, a stencil and mists for colour. When it was dry I layered my embellishments over the top in straight lines. It’s the best of both worlds! SUPPLIES: Cardstock: American Crafts. Embellishments: October Afternoon Stickers, Becky Higgins Project Life Cardstock Stickers, Studio Calico Sentiment Strips and Crepe Paper Trim. Other: Studio Calico stencil, texture paste, mists

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happy 13

Yvette Adams - The Jot Team

When I think of mixed media I think of layers and textures. I’ve brought lots of elements together in this card, grouping and layering with a small amount of misting.

SUPPLIES | Alphabets/Numbers: Basic Grey. Other: book paper, stickers, rub-ons, tag, brad, ink, mist, glitter.

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SUPPLIES: Cardstock: Bazzill. Patterned paper: Studio Calico. Embellishments: Studio Calico enamel dots and puffy heart, words stickers, printables, Ali Edwards phrase stickers. Stamps: Studio Calico, American Crafts and Ali Edwards. Mixed media tools: gesso, modelling paste, watercolors, Neocolor 11, gelatos. Other: Ali Edwards digital stamps, sequins.

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We love Lory’s beautifully textured background.

little memories

Loredana Bucaria - The Jot Team I love to play with many different medias to create backgrounds for my pages. I always start from a white sheet of Bazzill cardstock and then I start playing with gesso, modelling paste, spray inks, Neocolors and different kinds of watercolors . I have used a roll stamp to model the gesso and then I have added the modelling paste. Once everything dried then I added water and watercolors. I love little touches here and there and not a full page of colors as I want the picture to keep catching my eye. Another thing I love is adding little details like enamel dots, little words stickers, buttons and ink dots.

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#loving you

Nicole’s blog

Nicole Martel - Maryland USA I had so much fun creating the background for this layout. I used a variety of gelatos and stamps for the background.

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: American Crafts. Patterned paper: Chickaniddy Crafts. Embellishments: Chickaniddy Crafts, Clique Kits. Other: Ranger (Pearl), Gelatos: Faber-Castell, Circle Stamps: Hero Arts, Washi tape: Freckled Fawn, Heart punch: Epiphany Crafts, Black pen: Marvy, July “Carpe Diem” kit by Clique Kits.

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Louise’s blog

Louise Turner - Kingaroy, QLD I’m a full time working mum of twin boys living in rural Queensland. I describe my scrapbooking style as eclectic and varied. Depending on my mood, I’ll switch between simple paper layers on a page or a detailed mixed media layout with lots of flourishes and hidden details. Becoming a mum was eye opening for me and I have so much more appreciation, love and respect for my own mother now that I’ve experienced it myself. I wanted to record the memory of time spent with my own mother.

SUPPLIES | Black cardstock, gesso, texture paste, Kaisercraft red acrylic paint, Mod Podge “Matte”, Gelatos “Silver Ice”, various papers, stamps, embossing powder, cotton twine, “Mum” cut from Cricut “Artiste” cartridge, black ink, Flowers, butterfly and Merci leaves.

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Krisy Podolak - Brisbane, Australia Cooly Rocks has become a bit of a tradition since having kids. This year we dressed up all rockerbilly like. On the way back home we had to explore the beach to collect shells and chase seagulls just to make the day complete.

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: American Crafts. Patterned Paper: Jellybean Soup. Stamps: Sweet Stamp Shop Embellishments: Simple Stories, Studio Calico. Other: gesso, sparkle texture paste, gel medium, acrylic paint, versa ink, thread, Amy Tangerine Thickers and Kaisercraft alphas.

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Edit’s blog

summer holiday

Edit Csizmadia-Fáth (NőiCsizma) from Hungary. I am in love with mixed media. I worked with a holiday photo by the sea in this page. I tried to recall summer, the sea, and the clear blue sky with the colours I used.


by Pentart, with NCSD stencils, Media Ink sprays : Pentart. Transfer solution, NCSD labels and chipboard.

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Cassandra’s blog

sweet and silly you Cassandra DeGrace - Canada

This layout features a gelato coloured poppy stamped background, gelato coloured tissue paper made into flowers for added texture and dimension and finished off with touches of glitter and machine stitching.

Supplies | Patterned papers: Pink Paislee and Studio Calico, clear gesso - Liquitex, poppies stamp, gelatos and Faber-Castell Stamper’s Big Brushes, Studio G glitter glue (Hampton Arts), tissue paper, Amy Tangerine Foam letter stickers, vellum die cut - Studio Calico, wood frame and Ormulo Cut Aparts (Scraptastic Kit Club), marker (Sharpie).

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Tarrah’s blog


Tarrah McLean - The Central Coast, NSW I don’t play with mixed media that often but when I do, I love the results!

So much fun in the one layout. We love it.

Supplies | Heidi Swapp patterned paper. Embellishments: Heidi Swapp, D-lish Scraps Flair, Words or Whatever Chipboard. Kaisercraft Stamps, Darkroom Door Stamp, Staz On and Versacolor Inks. Machine Stitching and loose thread.

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today is the day

Kriszti Bozsits (Krysty) - Hungary This is a pretty easy project, with only a few products to use. I really enjoy using different art mediums on my layout whenever I can. The mixed media is the new big love me. I made this canvas for my daughter and I have a new favourite creation. I use the black and white photographs many times, because these show best the many emotions on the face.

SUPPLIES | Pentart Gesso White, Pentart Media Ink Gold, Pentart Media Ink Sunshine, Pentart Media Ink Honey, Pentart Media Ink Diluent, Maggie Holmes - Open Book chipboard, Create Paper - Notes & things chipboard, Simple Stories, Prima flowers, Tim Holtz - Ideology buttons, NĹ‘icsizma - Words Stickers, Scrapfellow - Words Stamps, Staz-On Stone Gray Ink pad

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i am beautiful Flora Mónika Farkas - Hungary

Like other women I also have more faces. Sometimes my face changes like weather. But does not matter which side of my personality I show, I have to love myself...because I am beautiful.

SUPPLIES | Martha Stewart - Acrylic paint. Pentacolor - Gesso, glitter paste, 3D glue paste, 3D gold decor foil. NőiCsizma Design Leaves and Doily lace stencil, chipboards. ScrapBerry’s Heart stencil, metal charms. Prima Marketing - lace flower. Other: enamel dots, adhesive gems.

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mixed media art journal Tanyalee Kahler - Hobart Tasmania

I created a page featuring my One Little Word ‘Believe’. I started with leftover letter stickers and painted over them. Then I created an abstract background, found a dictionary definition of ‘Believe’ and glued that down.

SUPPLIES | White Gesso by Liquitex, leftover letter stickers from half used sheets, acrylic paint by Jo Sonja’s (Aqua, Gold, Black), black Gouache by Winsor and Newton, dictionary cutting.

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mixed media canvas Virag Reti - Hungary

Funny faces of me - This photo was taken on a business photo shooting. During the resting time I tried to be funny and the photographer kept these memories for me. I love all photos from this series, so I prepared a mixed media canvas for them.

Supplies | Mediums: base colours: Pentart Media Mist (turquoise and espresso), base structure: masking tape, white gesso and structure paste: Pentart, stencils: NĹ‘iCsizma Design, Hungarian chipboards and tags: NĹ‘iCsizma Design, ink pad: Prima Chalk Edger - Dark Rust colour, black ink: Pentart Media Ink, black embossing powder.

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sunflower mini album

Karen’s blog

Karen Sessions - London, United Kingdom

Inking and stamping on canvas works great for creating flowers because with a few folds and simple stitches, the petals can look very realistic.

Karen has inked and stamped canvas to create very lifelike petals for her sunflower. So clever!

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Supplies | Canvas sunflowers (Linnie Blooms), canvas leaves (Linnie Blooms), Distress Inks (Ranger: Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed, Vintage Photo, Spiced Marmalade), StazOn brown ink (Tsukineko: Timber Brown), wood grain clear stamp (Tattered Angels: Architectural Accents), leaf clear stamp (Docrafts: Papermania), wooden button, sponge applicator, needle and thread, glue gun, iron, denim jeans, sewing machine, eyelets.

Anita’s blog

you complete me

Anita Rodway - Tamworth, NSW This is the first layout I’ve had a chance to scrap of our newest pink edition. We are absolutely smitten with her. I can’t wait to reacquaint myself with pink scrapbooking supplies

Supplies | White cardstock. Mediums: Glass bead gel, Faber Castell Gelatos, Ceramcoat acrylic paint, British house paint, Flutterby Designs - stencil, Everyday Etc card, fussy cuts, flair button, wood veneers, photo cuts and page tabs, enamel dots, joint tape, Dymo labeller, Stazon Ink, Winnie & Walter stamps, black thread, alphabet stickers.

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Patty’s blog

brand new superhero

Patty Folchert - Central Ohio, U.S.A. This mixed media layout is of a brand new Superhero - my son. Taken at our VBS, this summer layout includes misting in two colors, DIY stencil (from Paw Patrol Game), sewing machine stitching and inked corrugated kraft.

SUPPLIES | Paper: Bazzill, Amy Tangerine/Plus One. Alphabet Stickers: American Crafts - Studio Calico. Embellishments: Jillibean Soup. Spray Mists: Colorbox Spritzers/Dye Ink Sprays in Glacier Lake and Fireberry. White Ink: Hampton Art. Other: DIY shields stencil made from son’s Paw Patrol Game; thread, sewing machine.

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Robyn’s blog

you complete me

Robyn Wood - Brisbane, QLD Although I’ve been a card maker and scrapbooker for the longest time, mixed media has become a huge obsession, particularly art journaling. This textured mixed media card features Faber Castell Gelatos, Whipped Spackle and gold Texture Luxe plus the beautiful stamps of Darkroom Door.

Supplies | Faber Castell Big Brush Pens and Donna Downey stencil. Faber Castell Gelatos, Whipped Spackle and gold Texture Luxe. Darkroom Door stamps.

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STORY + PHOTOS | Kim Archer + The Jot Girls

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Heidi’s MINC MACHINE Heidi Swapp has done it again. I have long admired Heidi’s ability to create totally innovative products and tools for the modern day memory keeper. She seems to always be just ahead of the trends and designing things that make us all think, “ah! How clever!” I remember pouring over Heidi’s pages in the Making Memories Beyond Attachments (a long time ago now!!) book and being astounded that she had used foam stamps on her pages and she had painted metal hinges and embellishments with acrylic paint to give them a shabby look. Those were the days when we were just starting to experiment with mixed media and to actually paint on your page or distress your patterned paper was something that was seen as very progressive and innovative. Fast forward to now and we are all painting, gesso-ing, texture pasting, glittering and screen printing our pages in order to make “pretty” awesome stuff. We are all in search of the next technique to try and the next machine to help us achieve it. Heidi’s latest innovation is the Minc machine. This sleek and stylish machine takes tags, embellishments and papers and turns them into foiled, shiny gorgeous additions for your papery projects. Here at Jot, some of us have been fortunate enough to give the Minc Machine a whirl.

And we are all hooked!

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Choosing a Minc foil colour is tough - so many choices. My favourite is definitely the teal but you can’t go past the gold for a classic look. ~Kim

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what is a Minc?

The Minc machine is a metallic foil applicator And Heidi has created a stack of products to go with the machine so that you can soon be foiling up a storm in no time at all. The process is simple -- choose your project, slip it into the plastic carrier sheet, choose your heat setting and feed it through the machine. We all agree around here that it’s a pretty awesome feeling peeling back that carrier sheet to reveal your masterpiece. Angels sing. You silently applaud and marvel at how clever you are and you have something pretty amazing to add to your project! The other rather wonderful thing about the Minc machine is that if you have access to a laser printer, the skies the limit when it comes to designing. Whatever you can visualise can become a reality. Print out your design and run it through the machine for instant shimmery embellishments, home decor pieces, party invitations, cupcake toppers, banners.. so many possibilities. This video from Heidi RIGHT HERE helped me enormously when I first received the machine. Heidi has lots of tips on getting started. Rookie mistake from me - I had accidently switched the reverse switch on which is used if you need to reverse the carrier sheet back out of the machine for some reason. Well, try as I might, I couldn’t get the machine to grab onto the carrier sheet and feed it through. Eventually I realised my mistake and soon I was feeding those pieces through the machine like a champ!

Let’s take a look at some of the projects we have been Minc-ing here at Jot.

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SUPPLIES | Cardstock: American Crafts. Patterned Paper: Heidi Swapp. Embellishments: Heidi Swapp. Other: Minc Machine, gold + teal foil, sewing machine, sequins.

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Even the offcut pieces from using the Minc machine are pretty and can be used in other projects.

best ever

Kim Archer - The Jot Team

There’s nothing like a bit of foil shimmer to add some sparkle to your projects. I used two of the 6x6 inch Heidi Minc papers in floral and polka dot designs and the teal foil to create my background on this layout. I also used gold foil to create the “best ever” circle embellishment and also added a touch of gold foil to a couple of tags. I love how the teal floral paper turned out -- it’s my favourite so far. It’s very hard to photograph so you can appreciate the full shimmery effect of the foil. In real life it’s so shiny and lush.

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journaling cards

Kim Archer - The Jot Team This was such a quick project. I love making my own journaling cards for my Project Life pages. And I like to keep it simple. For this project, I chose Heidi’s 3x3 inch cards and foiled them in different colours. I added a small photo per card and some simple journaling strips and embellishments. To finish, I have backed them onto Heidi’s 3x4 inch Project Life cards and they are good to go!

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Make your own 3x4 Project Life cards by adding some decorated 3x3 Minc foiled cards + a few photos and strips of journaling.

SUPPLIES | all Heidi Swapp products except for Basic Grey white chipboard numbers, staples and sewing thread.

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Anna Allan - The Jot Team I was so elated to receive the Heidi Swapp Minc machine to road-test and absolutely adored all the goodies that come in the range. For this purpose though, I wanted to create something unique to me. The August prompt for Ali Edwards’ workshop ‘One Little Word’ came up and it was all about GRATITUDE. It involved creating cards where you write down what you are grateful for right now. And the idea began to percolate -- I could design my own style of cards and... MINC THEM OF COURSE!! LOL!

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life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful Amanda Hall - The Jot Team

I wanted to Minc my own text and add it to a jumbo photo layout. After finding a quote and font that I liked, I printed the text at work, using the work laser printer. Later I Minc-ed the words and finally printed the photo at home on my ink jet printer. It was a multi-step process but I love the finished product and will definitely be doing it again! The soft pink foil is stunning with the sunset hues of the photo and messy chalk powder faces! Photo taken by Georgie Daniels Photography.

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project life cards

Leanne Allinson - The Jot Team

These Project Life cards were so much fun to make that the hardest part was working out which foils to play with first! As much as I love gold foil right now, I tried to focus more on the pink and teal, creating these wonderfully feminine pocket cards. Each filler card has a touch of all three colours which will ultimately create cohesion on my overall spread. The 3x3 card set and tags are the perfect combination size to add layers and interest to any Project Life page.

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hello sunshine

Natalie Elphinstone - The Jot Team There’s always much excitement in the house when a new package of scrapping goodies lands on the doorstep and I don’t just mean from me! Both my girls were super-pumped to hear we had gotten our hands on a Minc machine and of course they wanted to play with it too. Discovering the vast array of embellishments we could chose from and the whole rainbow of foil colours was like Christmas morning and we all immediately chose something to make. I love the Paper Phrases and used the gold foil on the ‘Hello Sunshine’ because I figured that would work best on my beach themed layout. As for the girls... well.... they Minc-ed and Minc-ed until I had to ask them to stop! In the words of my 8-year-old, “it’s just so easy!”

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lego memory

Kim Jeffress - The Jot Team These large striped letters are my most favourite items in the Minc collection. I have already used almost the whole packet and I think I’m going to need another packet. I love that they make such a huge impact on a project. The primary colours, red, green and blue foil was perfect for my LEGO theme and the touch of gold really made my layout shine.

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adventure card

Amanda Hall - The Jot Team Here I have used a lovely floral swirly border brush - one placed above the stripe paper and the same image rotated and placed underneath. I printed these onto my card stock using a laser printer and Minc-ed with the delicious gold foil. The ‘good times’ disc is also Minc-ed - this time in a pink foil.

The word ‘adventure’ was made by foiling a blank Minc sheet gold and using the word as a cut file after it was bought from the American Craft site.

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I think red is my favourite coloured foil (I’m just waiting for Heidi to bring out yellow.... wink wink) because it’s so versatile and goes with my boyish layouts so well.

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simply the best

Kim Jeffress - The Jot Team When I first got my Minc machine I went out and bought myself an inexpensive laser printer as I not only wanted to use Heidi’s pre-designed Minc items but I also wanted to be able to create my own designs. For this layout I found an image of Mickey Mouse’s ears online and printed it onto the black and white striped patterned paper with my laser printer. I then ran it through my Minc machine with the yummy red foil. I love the rich feel it brings to my layout and it complements the photo perfectly!

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paris frame

Amanda Hall - The Jot Team I have made this frame for a friend who we are meeting in Paris next month. Again, I printed my photo using an inkjet printer and the text was done with a laser printer. I have also foiled the striped paper in two different foils to make a French flag. I made my own cut file with the words ‘A FRENCH’ on top of an arrow and cut them out of Minc blank sheets. This machine is amazing and adds instant wow to any project.

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thanks. you’re sweet.

Natalie Elphinstone - The Jot Team I made my own background paper by stamping and embossing a pattern of strawberries and blackberries before running it through the Minc machine. The once crisp outlines of the fruit melted when they were Minc-ed so you need to make sure you choose an image without too much detail.... or embrace the liquefied look! I then added some water paint for some extra colour and layered on a few embellishments for my sentiment.

The possibilities really are endless with this machine.

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best ever

Lauren Hender - The Jot Team Together with the Minc and one of Heidi’s Project Life kits I have created this layout to highlight these fabulous photos of me and my amazing family. The Minc 12x12 paper range is fabulous. I have use the black and white stripe paper and pieced off sections of the paper using the hot pink minc foil. This technique highlighted sections of my layout to really give that fabulous Minc glam.

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childhood flashback mini book Mardi Winen - The Jot Team

I made a little mini album of some old childhood photos of mine. It was a Heidi prompt that made me dig out these photos and rather than just pop them back in the box they were in...I made them a simple little album filled with plenty of foiled products using Heidi’s Minc range.

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shopping list project Lauren Hender - The Jot Team

I’ve made a quick and easy project that makes the everyday shopping list a little bit special.

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quick steps Step 1: Create some quotes, inspiring words to remember and type them into a Word document in three columns. Then print your document using a toner printer. Step 2: Grab some Minc embellishments. I have used some butterflies, labels, tabs and tags. Step 3: Select your fave Minc foils and using the Minc, foil your selected embellishments and your printed quotes. Step 4: Cut your paper quotes into

three strips and place in the order you wish. Step 5: Using two 6x8 Heidi Swapp patterned papers, fold one piece a quarter from the top and adhere the other sheet to the back. Step 6: Slide your strips of quotes up under the quarter folded patterned paper and secure it in place using a magnetic dog clip. Step 7: Decorate as desired using the embellishments you have created using the Minc. I used a tab to create a pen holder as I am always losing pens.

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Raquel Bowman - The Jot Team

I was so very grateful to receive the Minc to road test as a Jot Girl. Upon opening the extra goodies there were so many bits and pieces I wanted to Minc! I recently purchased a second hand laser printer and decided to create my own paper design to Minc. The text paper on the right of my layout is one of my favorite song lyrics that makes me think of my little man. I typed it into Photoshop and printed it A4 in size. I then Minc-ed it with the silver foil. I love the effect it gives and know this is a minc technique I will use in the future!

SUPPLIES | Paper - Heidi Swapp, white card stock. Embellishments - Heidi Swapp Minc die cuts, Heidi Swapp ‘September Skies’ ephemera, Pink Paislee Atlas enamel shapes, peg, doily. Other - Minc Machine, laser printer, typewriter, sewing machine, white thread, tiny attacher, staples.

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travel mini book

Mardi Winen - The Jot Team I created this little travel album.... It has a photo of each place we visited on our holiday...

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you + me = awesome

Raquel Bowman - The Jot Team I created a wall print using an APOCD digital file scripted by Jodie York and available here - I created a blank A4 sized canvas and added the file to it.

I then printed it on my laser printer and ran it through the Minc with gold foil. I just love how it turned out!

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Raquel picked up a laser printer on eBay for just $15! Quite a score and she’s put the printer + Minc to good use making some awesome wall art.

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true story

Mardi Winen - The Jot Team I must say...I am totally addicted to the Minc... I have found the possibilities endless...and I love the shine on my projects. I couldn’t stop actually.... This layout used a sheet of the 12x12 paper which I foiled blue... I found that even though its resistant it will take watercolors well with no effect to the foil. I also used some Minc chipboard pieces and a tag.

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story telling. YOUR FAVOURITE PHOTO Welcome to our regular story telling gallery. This month it’s all about favourites. We all have them -- those photos that jump right out at us, begging to be scrapbooked... like, RIGHT NOW. Here we take a look at projects from the Jot Girls and our readers using their favourite photos + stories.

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epic adventure

Jodie York - The Jot Team

This is my favourite photo of the week. My son William has been doing Rhee Taekwondo for 2 years. The day this photo was taken he was promoted to brown belt. It was also his little brothers first lesson. Henry and William are six years apart in age. Henry looks up to his older brother and I am proud to say that William is always there for his little bro. The day this photo was taken was a perfect example of their love for each other. Makes a mumma go weak at the knees with love and pride.

SUPPLIES | Stamps from Kellie Stamps, flair featuring my brush script from Scrapbook and More. Cork embellishment and lined journaling card from A Beautiful Mess Messy Box. Project Life date stamp from Becky Higgins. 12 x 12 smooth white Bazzil cardstock.

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click. capture. create Kim Jeffress - The Jot Team

This is more than a photo of a group of friends playing with and collecting stones. I love that it epitomises childhood. Friends, collections, play are all the things that are special and so important to every child!

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: Bazzill. Patterned paper: October Afternoon. Embellishments: Heidi Swapp Minc Ephemera, Blue Reactive foil, Minc 12 inch machine, letter stickers, wood veneer, clear words, October Afternoon, flair

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my heart is full

Raquel Bowman - The Jot Team

I loved this photo I took recently of Jack at his one year old cake smash. His birthday theme was ‘little man’ so this pic of him wearing a moustache is perfect! I was bursting to scrap it but I also wanted the photo to be the main focus of the page so I decided to print it out large and embellish along one side.

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: American Crafts/Dear Lizzy. Cardstock: American Crafts, plain vellum. Embellishments: Crate Paper, American Crafts/Dear Lizzy Ephemera, Evalicious stickers, Teresa Collins stickers, Bella Boulevard stickers, Seven Paper puffy stickers, MME enamel dots, doily, peg. Other: Sewing machine, white thread, Cuttlebug, tag die, typewriter, tiny attacher, staples.

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Mardi Winen - The Jot Team This is my most recent favourite photo.... they love each other SO much and this photo captures that so perfectly. I asked them the question...�What do you love about each other� and here are their replies.

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Simple Stories, American Crafts, Basic Grey. Canson Watercolour paper. Alphabets: Simple Stories. Embellishments: Simple stories stickers, paper doily, fabric covered brad, Studio Calico wood veneer Other: Oil pastels, machine stitching.

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Jamie Pate - The Jot Team This story telling layout needed more than one fave photo. While that pic of my little guy and his dad is priceless, the story of how they have to wrestle everyday needed a few photos to support it. Makes me smile every time I look at them.

SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: Heidi Swapp Wanderlust. Watercolor paper: Canson. Embellishments/Stencil/Color Shine: Heidi Swapp. Other: modelling paste.

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photo love

Lory Bucaria - The Jot Team

This is a 6x8 double page that fits perfectly in my 9x12 album. I love the little square page protectors because you can tell a story adding many adorable details. This is the story about the super funny face that Andrea has. I love his face and eyes and his little hand always in his mouth hahaha. Actually this is my favorite photo.

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Studio Calico. Embellishments: Studio Calico, Ali Edwards. Stamps: Ali Edwards, Studio Calico. Other: Punches, sewing machine, doily.

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Sharmaine Kruijver - The Jot Team

The moment I thought of capturing this photo I knew it would be a favourite. We were waiting at the airport, for the return of her youngest sister (also her best buddy). She moved to the seats across from us and just watched the window. It captures so much more than someone sitting on a seat. The image worked its way into my heart and onto the page. That’s what makes it so special.

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: Bazzill. Alphabets: American Crafts. Embellishments: Molli & Mimi frames, Cocoa Daisy die cut card, Crate Paper brad, Pebbles gold stickers. Other: Paint, typewriter, ink, date stamp.

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Sheree Forcier - The Jot Team For months now Riley has been obsessed with finding four leaf clovers and it seems that everywhere he goes he finds them! It doesn’t matter where he is...if he sees a patch of clover he’ll be there searching for them. We’ve lost count of how many he’s found!

SUPPLIES Patterned Paper: Cocoa Daisy. Embellishments: Cocoa Daisy, Heidi Swapp, October Afternoon, Shimelle, Basic Grey, Life Documented. Alphabets: American Crafts, Amy Tangerine. Other: Project Life Card, date stamp, black ink.

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Leanne Allinson - The Jot Team

I love this photo right now. It’s a favourite because my beautiful girl looks so relaxed and is just having fun! Being a teenager can be so stressful. An afternoon at the beach was exactly what we needed.

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Bella Blvd (Molly). Cardstock: American Crafts. Embellishments: Bella Blvd Bella Bows, Treasures&Text stickers (Molly), Candid Cards (Molly). Other: sewing machine, typewriter, foam tape.

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SUPPLIES | Maggie Holmes ‘Open Book’ range, Studio Calico mini alpha stickers, date stamp, journaling pen, computer, printer.

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Anna Allan - The Jot Team I have quite a few favourite photos but the one I have used here is a recent fave as it gives me that warm fuzzy feeling. I love books - I always have! And I’ve always hoped to encourage the love of books and reading stories in my kids. I snapped this photo on a trip to Kalgoorlie - our youngest was tucked up into bed at the unit we were staying in, she grabbed a book and switched on the bedside lamp and started flipping through the pages, telling her own kind of story on the way. The cosy sight took me straight back to my younger years, tucked up into bed reading by lamp light.. And I could not miss the chance to snap a piccy of this moment!

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this is absolutely beautiful Amanda Hall - The Jot Team

I love making my photo the main focus of my scrapbooking. What a great way to highlight a favourite photo by making it MASSIVE and fill the whole page. Print directly onto the card stock for instant WOW.

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Kaisercraft. Cardstock: Bazzill. Embellishments: Basic Grey stickers, Dear Lizzy stickers, washi tape, Heidi Swapp ephemera, yellow felt heart. Other: cotton thread.

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Yvette Adams - The Jot Team I asked my sister to give me a favourite photo to scrapbook for her and she chose this one of her son on a whale watching boat trip. I thought the paper and word embellishments suited the boat ride photo and sentiment so well!

SUPPLIES | Patterned papers: Heidi Swapp, Typo. Embellishments: Heidi Swapp die-cut, rubons, flair button, glitter tape, paper clip, memorydex card banner and acrylic shape. Other: buttons.

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Meghann Andrew - The Jot Team

My favorite photo of my daughter from our summer together is the highlight of my layout. It embodies her personality right now at the age of two - wild hair, big smile and her favorite butterfly t-shirt.

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: Bazzill. Patterned Papers: Doodlebug Designs, Studio Calico, Heidi Swapp, Crate Paper. Journaling tags: Elle’s Studio. Embellishments: Crate Paper, Simple Stories , Heidi Swapp, My Mind’s Eye, American Crafts. Other: Stampin’ Up, Basic Grey, baker’s twine.

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Natalie Elphinstone - The Jot Team I love this photo because it makes me laugh. The way both Judah and The Very Cranky Bear are both looking at the camera with the same cheeky expression on their face, and those big eyes! Yep, giggling right now still!

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: American Crafts. Paper: Studio Calico, Bella Blvd. Alphabets: Elle’s Studio. Embellishments: Heidi Swapp stickers, Studio Calico flair, Twine and Ink puffy stickers, Queen and Co deco dots, October Afternoon stickers. Other: Digital Template by Shanna Noel for Studio Calico.

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Stephie Boots - England

This is me with my niece. I love this photo for so many reasons including that it was a day we spent together and had a lovely, happy day, I’d just had my hair done that morning so it didn’t look a total mess, she was smiling nicely (whereas sometimes she can look a little bit serious in photos), and finally I just love the way the light was captured in this photo. We were standing in front of a window with the sun streaming in and I like the way this added highlights across our hair and faces.

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Supplies | Paper Camelia kits. Paper: Crate Paper. Embellishments: Paper Camelia, MME, Crate Paper, Simple Stories.

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Tarrah McLean - The Central Coast, NSW I adore this photo of my two sons. It’s one of my all time favourite photos of the two of them together!

We love that polka dot background!

Supplies | American Crafts Cardstock, Bella Blvd patterned papers, die-cuts, stickers, chipboard and buttons, typewriter

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Kat Benjamin - Emerald Isle, NC, USA

Kat’s blog

This is one of my favorite photos from our wedding. It really sums up the day and the atmosphere of our wedding. We wanted something simple, fun, and not-too-fancy. This is a perfect photo from a perfect day!

SUPPLIES | Cardstock: American Crafts. Embellishments: Bella Blvd. Other: watercolour paints.

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you today

Jennifer’s blog

Jennifer McMurtrey - Prosser, Washington, USA. This layout talks about my daughter’s moodiness as she is growing up and maturing and dealing with all sorts of emotions.

SUPPLIES | Patterned paper: October Afternoon. Paint: Mr. Huey (Pumpkin Spice, Sherbet, Water Cooler, and Silver). Alphabets: Amy Tangerine Thickers. Other: Silhouette Cut File #75674, Freckled Fawn wood veneer, yardstick, thread.

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RIGHT: 3x3 inch cards pink foiled by Kim Archer using the Heidi Swapp Minc Machine.


<<LEFT: Studio Calico Print Shop clips. We found ours at A Piece Of Cake designs here>

Fun word ideas

for your Favourite Photos projects. ABOVE: Jodie York and her beautiful script writing have teamed with Kellie from Kellie Stamps to bring you the opportunity to create your own customised stamp. Shop here>

ABOVE: Wood words from Flutterby Designs. Shop here>

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By Kim Archer

pocket SCRAPBOOKING Jot Girl Pocket page


Welcome our Jot Girls Pocket Page team members - Leanne Allinson, Beshka Kueser and Petra Corcoran who bring us fresh ideas each issue for your pocket pages. 154 MEET PROJECT LIFER - Leanne Allinson 165 POCKET PAGE MIXED MEDIA CARDS BY BESHKA + LEANNE 173 POCKET PAGE GALLERY

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Profile of a Project Lifer Leanne lives with her family in Queensland on the northern outskirts of Brisbane. “Mark, my husband of 16 years, often comments on my need to take photos but he and our four children are tolerant, if not resigned to the fact this is what I do!” Leanne says. Although she adds that her daughter Tahlia and three boys Liam, Ethan and Cameron often run when she picks up the camera. What size Project Life are you doing? I have discovered my niche is with 12”x12” Project Life spreads. I used to mix it up and play with different pocket combinations but I have since discovered that it is best for my own sanity to stay with the tried and true Pocket Page Design A. By using Pocket Page Design A, I know immediately as I take photos during the week, how many 4x6 horizontal photos and 3x4 vertical shots I need to complete a weekly spread. I also like to work with colours and textures rather than collections. However, collections do make for easier decisions when it comes to selecting alphas and embellishments. And the colours from the collections of course, will generally combine beautifully with each other.

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“I have been dabbling in Project Life for a number of years. It’s always been a world that I’ve wanted to step into but until last year I didn’t have the discipline to just get it done. My first attempt was in 2012. It failed miserably. I’m lucky if I managed to complete 10 – 15 spreads. In 2014, I was given an opportunity to only create Project Life pages for Sassy Scrapper. Having a weekly deadline definitely motivated my process. This is my second “official” year and I am so blessed to find a way to document the minute details of my family.”

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Do you have a dedicated Project Life space? I wish I had a designated Project Life space but since I create cards, layouts and off the page projects for other design teams I create with, I really canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spare the space.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I fall in love with stickers over and over again when it comes to Project Life. They are so versatile, especially sticker sheets where both alphabets and phrases are offered.â&#x20AC;?

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;The best thing about this process is watching my family flick through the pages of the Project Life albums. I can only imagine how much these words and photos will mean to us all, in the years to come. I pinch myself daily because this really is memory keeping at its best.â&#x20AC;?

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How long does it take to make a spread? I can generally bring a spread together, if I am organised, within 1-2 hours. I am a relatively simple scrapper and rely heavily on the stories and photos I want to document.

Do you print your photos at home? I edit my photos at home and then print them out at a local department store (Big W here in Australia). When at the photo kiosk, I select the 4x6 photo collage and add my portrait shots directly into the 3x4 designated spaces. I also digitally organise my photos. I create assigned dated weekly files in a Project Life folder. I organise mine in the following system: Pictures > 2015 > Project Life Photos > 01 Jan > Week 1_Jan 1-11.

What camera do you tend to use the most? For Project Life everyday stuff, I use my iPhone 6. A lot. Phone cameras have improved in leaps and bounds and if I’m honest, when I need to upgrade my phone, I always check out the camera capabilities before making a selection! When it comes to action shots or family outings I will take my Nikon D3200.

Do you jot things down through the week or do you have any tips for keeping track of what you have done? Most of the time I will refer to Instagram or Facebook notes when keeping track of my journaling. As I am usually up to date with my Project Life it doesn’t take much for a photo to jog my memory. Where I get tripped up is usually the date a photo was taken. That’s when I need to search out the original shot on either my phone or computer files! I’ve also discovered Momento. It is free iphone app where I can add notes on a daily basis.

What’s the most challenging thing about Project Life? The most challenging part of Project Life for me, is keeping up with the motivation. It only takes a small amount of time to pass by without having the will to document, for me to get caught behind. Some weeks can look much like the last one. Sometimes I will get to the close of the week and I have to remember to take photos. Luckily for me, I always seem to have either my phone or camera easily accessible and that’s when I will start to document my everyday ordinary.

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What are your tips for staying organised and up to date? 1. Be motivated to take photos; even if it is just of the mundane, everyday, ordinary stuff! 2. Upload all your digital photos to organised weekly labelled files on you computer. When it comes to printing out your photos, it will save you so much time looking for lost snapshots. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to include your photos from your phone in this process. 3. Once your photos have been printed out, slip them directly into their allocated weekly pocket pages, minus all the pretty things. This allows you to be aware of how many filler and title cards will be needed for the remaining pockets.

BONUS TIP : Keep ephemera in a small container or basket close to your Project Life process area. A small storage bin keeps the ephemera from getting too large and it can stay visible, on top of a desk, reminding you of items to be included in your pocket pages.

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Leanne and Beshka share some fun, fresh and inspiring ways to create your own journaling filler cards using simple mixed media techniques. PROJECTS & PHOTOGRAPHY | Beshka Kueser + Leanne Allinson Jot Magazine 165

Beshka Kueser I am relatively new to mixed media but I did learn a few tricks from Celine Navarro and Anna-Maria Wolniak so I could make some cool + fun cards for my pockets.

Mixed media cards are so much fun to make and creating them is more simple than you might think! Here is how you can make one in five easy steps: 1. Add a layer of gesso to a 3x4 or 4x6 cardstock card and let dry. 2. Place a stencil on top of your card and add a thin layer of modelling paste. Use the paste to cover as much of the pattern as you want on your card, whether it is all or just a portion. 3. Once you have your layer of paste smoothed on, remove the stencil and let dry. 4. Now the fun part, start adding some color. I used Neocolor wax pastels (which you can add water to so they work a lot like watercolors) and Pan watercolors on my card. 5. Let dry and then embellish or leave it plain and use as a decorative filler card in one of your pockets!

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BELOW | To create this card I used the same steps as I did for ‘The Good Life’ card but I only covered a portion of my stencil with paste. I really love the look of using a smaller portion of the stencil, it just kind of changes it up a bit and it’s fun playing around getting different effects.

Beshka’s Quick Tips You don’t need the paste to be thick, a thin layer is better. A really thick layer tends to crack in my experience. Let each layer dry to avoid your card stock from curling up too much. It will curl some, but once it has been in your pockets for a while it will flatten back out.

ABOVE | To create this card I added a layer of gesso and instead of adding a textured layer to this card I set to work playing with some watercolors. Once dry I used a little mist to create a splatter effect and then I embellished with a die cut word and wood veneer piece that I painted white.

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Leanne Allinson For this challenge, I decided I wanted to create Project Life cards that still appealed to my love of colour and white space. Being a clean and simple style scrapper, getting messy was quite daunting. However, once I started playing I found the process less scary and very rewarding! Who knew mixed media could be so much fun!

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I am obviously new to the world of mixed media and had to rely heavily on the products I have access to at home. My supplies consisted of mostly pre-made Project Life cards, white paint, gelatos, clear stamps and some very old rub ons. The patterned papers were left over from previous projects, which allowed me to feel comfortable with tearing them.

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1. Apply white paint to the centre of a pre-made 3”x 4” inch card. Allow to dry.

2. Punch three different sized circles from patterned paper – 2”, 1” & ¾”. Ink edges with a soft brown. Adhere smallest to largest forming a basic flower shape. NOTE: The 2” circle was punched from an office supply note card/ledger paper and stamped with Kaisercraft clear stamp, Oriental. 3. Apply a similar colour gelato to the edge of the Project Life card, dry blending with your finger. 4. Add rub ons. Using green mist and a paint brush, create a stem and leaf for your flower directly on the 3”x 4” card. Once the mist is dry, outline the shape with a black pen. Next adhere the circles to the top of the stem. 5. Add the finishing touches to the cards such as a small fussy cut flower (Bella Blvd), sequins and gold colorshine splashes.

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2 live out loud card My idea behind this challenge was to transfer canvas art images for Project Life cards. Here are some simple steps to create your own: 1. Choose a set of coordinating Project Life cards/trimmed patterned paper. 2. Swipe a thin layer of white paint on the lower half of the 4”x 6” card and put aside to dry. 3. On a scrap piece of neutral coloured patterned paper, draw a basic head and shoulders shape. Outline with black pen and fussy cut around the outside edge.

On a separate piece of scrap paper, draw an outline that resembles hair. I chose a basic bun shape but cut it from pink polka dot patterned paper. 4. Using gelatos, add two spots of colour on your paper “face” to define cheeks and blend carefully with your finger. Adhere hair paper piece to the head and body. 5. Once the paint has dried on your Project Life card, apply random phrases from rub on sheets. I discovered that the older the rub ons, the better they look not fully adhered to the card.

SUPPLIES | Patterned paper – Teresa Collins, Bella Blvd; other - Kaisercraft: Project Life cards, rub ons, pearl strip; Jillibean Soup: Happy Hues (white paint); Gelatos: 50’s Diner; staple; black sharpie pen.

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stamped flower card

1. Using a flower style clear stamp, ink images to the lower half of a 3”x 4” Project Life card. 2. Paint the inside of the stamped flower with white paint. Allow to dry and then outline the flower image once more with black pen. NOTE: Before I applied the white paint, I applied a layer of white liquid paper (white out) to prevent having to apply extra layers of paint. 3. Add extra stamping detail with a script style clear stamp to the top left corner and lower right side. I used Kaisercraft clear stamp Oriental.

4. Apply splatters of Heidi Swapp colorshine in various shades, which coordinate with the Project Life card base. 5. Finish by adding a 2 ½” scallop strip of patterned paper to the top of the card and a date image just below it. Outline the scallop with black pen and add a staple.

SUPPLIES | Patterned paper – Becky Higgins Project Life card; other – Kaisercraft: clear stamps (Oriental); Jillibean Soup: Happy Hues (white paint), clear stamps (Saffron Yellow Pepper Soup); office supply liquid paper, staple; Versamark black ink ; Heidi Swapp Colorshine: pink, blush, mustard; tools – date stamp.

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hey mum,

are you busy?

Frazzled? Need to offload? Me too! Grab a cuppa and join me.

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Project Life pockets by Loredana Bucaria

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Petra Corcoran Queensland For my Week 25 layout I used the Moments Like These Project Life Card Collection by Stampinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Up. This is the first Stampinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Up kit I have bought and I absolutely love it. As always I did single out a colour and went from there. I paired it with a few of the beautiful gold Amy Tangerine Remarks words from her Rise and Shine collection just for a little extra pop. Jot Magazine 174

Week 25 is now done and I am ready to move on. Although I am a couple of months behind in documenting I know I will catch up in the next few months so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m moving along knowing I can get it done.

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Leanne Allinson Queensland

This week’s spread is all about one single day - my youngest son’s 6th birthday. We were lucky enough to be on school holidays, allowing us the chance to visit family interstate and to celebrate our little guy’s special day in an unusual way.

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Leanne’s blog Coming from a sub-tropical climate, we never see snow. This opportunity was just too good to pass up on. In his own words, “It was the best birthday ever!” And I think I am very happy with that.


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TOP PHOTO | Mask off areas on journaling cards, then stamp your image in white space to create the illusion of a window. Here the bottom of the snowman stamp has avoided being inked onto the teal border. I used washi tape to follow the edge of the frame to prevent this from happening.

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BOTTOM PHOTO | Create photo collages with white space to allow additional touches such as bold rub-ons, which add interest and dimension.


Hidden journaling | Take advantage of the open sided pockets. Slip extra journaling cards into the space with a tab attached. This way they can be easily removed to view hidden journaling or hold extra photos.

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Beshkaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Project Life spreads are clean and fresh and she creates this look by printing each of her photos with a white border.

Beshka Kueser Germany

For this week I used a lot of mist to create splatters on several cards across the spread to tie everything together because my selection was a bit random and I like my spreads to be balanced.

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I created a card too just so I could play with some watercolors! The triangle card on my left hand page I made by drawing triangles on a 3x4 card with a sharpie and then using my watercolors to fill them in. It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even take five minutes to make and it added some needed color to my pages.

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Jodie York The Jot Team - NSW

Here is Week 25 of our Project Life album. Do you ever have those weeks when you are ready to put your Project Life layout together and realise that you have not one photo with somebody in it?! I have four children yet not one photo of a face to be seen. If this happens to you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t despair. Just pack your week full of photos of other everyday things and fill up your journaling cards with words and stories of your week, stamp in those blank spaces, add the odd embellishment, tuck some memorabilia into the pockets and add colourful, quirky filler cards. Enjoy it!

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Supply List | Stamps from Kellie Stamps. Flair featuring my brush script from Scrapbooks and More. White 3x4 and 4x6 Project Life journaling cards from PaperTrenz. Other Project Life cards from Project Life Kit from Studio Calico.

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Lauren used the pocket page system to document her first snow experience with her son.

Lauren Hender The Jot Team - NSW

This was so much fun! This was the first time myself and my son touched snow. What a fun time and a fabulous memory to now have with my son.

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SUPPLIES | Flutterby Designs, Project Life, Kaiser Craft, tags

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Lydia is just 14 years old and we love that she is documenting and scrapbooking her life through Project Life.

Lydia Gibson Queensland

Week 27 of my 2015 album and I went with a simple colour palette of the beautiful colours from the Crate Paper collection ‘Craft Market mixed in with Becky Higgins Project Life ‘Open Book’ journaling cards. This layout definitely shows my style and my favourite colours. Lydia’s blog

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We love Tanyalee’s clean lines and her use of the “Midnight ” Project Life kit for her pocket pages.

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Tanyalee Kahler Hobart Tasmania

Here is my 6 x 12 inch spread of the newest member of our family, Luna the crazy kitten. I wanted to document Luna’s time with us from her very first day and thought that a 6 x 12 inch album would be the perfect size. I primarily used the Midnight digital kit for these pages as the neutral colours suited the photos really well. I like the freedom of digitally designing my pages, and printing the cards out using my Picturemate, it makes documenting memories so quick and easy.

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Leigh Ann used a gorgeous colour palette of grey and blush for her pocket pages.

Leigh Ann Odynski USA

My double page Project Life layout is a blush and gray color scheme highlighting memories of Prom 2015, where both my kids went with their dates together as friends! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s such a cherished memory! Leigh Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blog

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Emma has captured some gorgeous photos of her daughter in this pocket page.

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Auckland, New Zealand My spread is about sharing a special moment with her brother. She has all the love in the world for Frank, and he is such a big softy towards her..although she will speak her mind if he touches something that is precious to her, but she always gives him a big cuddle after she has given him a little telling off. And Frank...he just sits there through it all. I adore these two!!

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With less than 16 weeks until Christmas, Shari’s realising that half the year has slipped by with barely a notice.

dear diary. Can you believe it? I’m sure I’ve read somewhere there are fewer than 16 weeks left until Christmas! Aside from not wanting to leave the naughty and nice lists until the bitter end… like I did last year and the year before that… it means more than half the year has slipped by with barely a notice.

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Maybe, getting lost in the joy of spring will slow the clock and buy me some more time? Oh, yes I do live in hope.

It’s funny my Diary friend just how easy it is to just get lost in living. If you were to press me for details of any incredible highs and lows since I’ve last written, I’d not have much to say. It may sound dreadful that time’s passed by, with little to report and even less to show for it…. but

to be frank I’m truly enjoying the amble of dayto-day being.

Of course, there are tidbits to fill you in on, but presently I’m blessed with no dramas, no gloom and absolutely no storms on the horizon either. Life is good. Scott did get his learner’s permit, the day after his 16th birthday, and so now two of my babes are behind the steering wheel instead of buckled safely in the back seat. I’ve not yet been for a drive with him, his father has taken the L plate on board…. but I know the time will come. I’m not panicking yet, he’s my sensible one and I’ll just keep reminding myself of that until it’s my first trip in the passenger’s seat.

The adult child, after surviving a number of other 18th birthday parties as guest, not host, loves university life. The first semester results came in and he’s successfully completed one eighth of his law degree. That’s not the only thing they’re taught in law school it seems, as Liam proudly informed me he won 2nd place in the faculty pub crawl. Quite a proud parenting moment on both counts. I’m always relieved to know that he’s safe when going out for a few refreshments with his pals as he’s quite fond of calling me when full of cheer. Just to let me know how his night’s going and to tell me he loves me.

With more than half of Gina’s first year of school now knocked over, I wonder if I can request they stop teaching her anything new. She knows it all. Everything there is to know she’s on top of already and, yes, she tells me often. Except sight words. We’re still working on some of those pesky sight words, but according to her she does know them and is just tricking.

What began as 5 year old cuteness has evolved into a war of wills! Yep, that’s right, apples don’t fall far from their tree and she’s so much like me it’s frightening. At least she can’t swim properly yet because The Farmer has promised her a dog when she can complete a lap of the pool. Already she and her dad are at odds over the dog’s name: Red vs Reg. I vote Reg, but apparently it doesn’t have anything to do with me.

So Gina tells me. Well, while we’re still far from perfect rainbow arms in the pool, this planned pup is very much hypothetical, but do watch this space, we’ve got swimming lessons again this week.

I’m sure I’ll get to write again very soon, wonder if I’ll have a puppy pooper-scooper at the ready? Till next time

Shari xx

Remind me, Diary I should apologise to my mum for how I must have been at his age.

Shari Brewer lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland with her family and these diary entries may or may not be a truthful account of her day-to-day experiences. She’s never been shy of a story, so it’s best you decide what’s fact or fiction. A mother of three (two teens and a preschooler) Shari’s a part time high school teacher who keeps herself busy running a household as well as the parenting website Teenage Survival Coach. In her spare time she clatters on the keyboard and pimps her writing services as a freelancer.

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Jot Magazine Issue 11  

An Australian paper crafting magazine for the modern day memory keeper... welcome to Issue 11 of Jot Magazine.

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