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LOVELY PAPER CRAFTING IDEAS FOR THE MODERN DAY MEMORY KEEPER

FAST, FRESH & FABULOUS IDEAS FOR LIVING AND DOCUMENTING YOUR LIFE, YOUR WAY!

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YOUR

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EDITOR’S LETTER | Jot

KIM ARCHER

IMPERFECT ARE YOU A PERFECTIONIST? WE CAN ALL AT SOME TIME OR OTHER TEND TO WAIT FOR THE PERFECT SITUATION, PERFECT SET OF CIRCUMSTANCES, PERFECT TIMING BEFORE TAKING ACTION. I’M GUILTY OF OVER THINKING THINGS AND TRYING TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT BEFORE RELEASING A NEW PRODUCT OR PUBLISHING AN EDITION OF JOT OR STARTING A NEW PROJECT. However, it’s far better to take SOME action even if things aren’t perfectly perfect than to not take any action at all. IMPERFECT ACTION IS BETTER THAN NO ACTION AT ALL. And when it comes to creating, sometimes we wait for the perfect time to create or the perfect photo, perfect papers/supplies or we feel our work isn’t on trend enough or good enough so we don’t create anything. But our lives aren’t perfect. Our family’s aren’t perfect. We aren’t perfect. It’s time to put all our insecurities and perfection expectations aside and just get on with it.

some of their favourite ways to find some motivation and unblock their scrap block! And as Jot Girl Anna says, “...we over think things, we try to rush or push the creative flow, we downgrade and doubt ourselves -it’s a common downfall of the creative mind... Some of my best layouts (in my eyes) have been when I’ve freed my mind and just LET GO and let it happen.” So true Anna! Read more on page 20 here. We also chat to Jodie York. Jodie is a former member of our Jot Girl team and she is one of the kindest, most generous girls you will meet. Now running a beautiful business called Wellness Naturally, Jodie is a business mentor, an ambassador for living naturally and she is living a lovely life. We meet Jodie in our new LIVING A LOVELY LIFE regular feature on page 18 here.

Plus we have some lovely galleries to inspire and delight here in issue 20. Grab a cuppa and settle back and start reading. Enjoy!

We’ve got a great article this issue about what to do when scrap block hits. And the Jot Girls share

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The Jot Team Publisher/Editor Kim Archer

Editorial Assistant Anna Allan Writers Kim Archer Anna Allan Shari Brewer Say Hello hello@jotmagazine.com

Published by Kim Archer ABN: 88 649 297 554

Website:

www.jotmagazine.com *Our cover project is by Leanne Allinson

2018 Jot Girls Team Yvette Adams Leanne Allinson Anna Allan Raquel Bowman Loredana Bucaria Petra Corcoran Natalie Elphinstone Sheree Forcier Lauren Hender Kim Jeffress Mardi Winen

Meet the Jot Team here>

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So many things for you to read, make & try 005 010 011 014 018 020 032 050 053 070 080 087 104 116

HELLO FROM OUR EDITOR KIM ARCHER MEET OUR JOT MAG TEAM HOW DOES SHE DO IT - Leanne Allinson CONFETTI with Anna Allan SAY HELLO - To Jodie York 13 WAYS TO FIND YOUR MISSING MOJO SCRAP LIFTING THE JOT GIRLS MAKE - Kim Archer GALLERY - Hearts & Flowers PROJECT - Do Yourself A favor JOT SPOTTING STORIES Gallery THAT’S LIFE - Pocket Pages DEAR DIARY - Shari Brewer

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JOT POCKETS

Helping you fill in the blanks with fast, fresh and fabulous filler card ideas for your pocket pages.

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MEET THE TEAM KIM JEFFRESS

ANNA ALLAN LAUREN HENDER

MARDI WINEN

SHEREE FORCIER

LEANNE ALLINSON

YVETTE ADAMS PETRA CORCORAN

NATALIE ELPHINSTONE RAQUEL BOWMAN

LOREDANA BUCARIA

Hello to our 2018 Jot Girls

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HOW

DOES SHE DO IT?

LEANNE ALLINSON

START BY TRIMMING A SMALL STRIP OF PATTERNED PAPER THE SAME WIDTH AS YOUR 3X4 POCKET PAGE CARD.

Trim a similar width of crepe paper from the roll, to match the width of the patterned paper. Add a small piece of adhesive to one edge of the patterned paper to secure the crepe paper before it is fed through the sewing machine. Using a simple straight line stitch, feed the gathered crepe paper into folds as the patterned paper glides under the sewing machine foot. STAMP “DAYS OF THE WEEK” PHRASES DOWN THE LENGTH OF THE POCKET PAGE FILLER CARD/CARDSTOCK.

Layer the crepe paper ruffle with twine and a pennant sticker flag mounted on foam tape. Complete the filler card with more coordinating patterned paper trimmed into a banner shape. Layer it with a die cut star and staple them both to the top of the card.

SUPPLIES | American Crafts, Crate Paper, Amy Tangerine, Kellie Stamps, Prima ink, Jillibean Soup, Pea Pod Parts

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WHAT YOU NEED • • • • •

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Join Anna as she explores the world of tissue paper in this issue of Confetti.

GIFT TOPPERS | Now this is decorative tissue paper wrapping that packs some punch! Fold it, fray it, scrunch it, make a pom pom out of it -- whatever you do, it’s a sure-fire way to brighten anyone’s day. Found on Pinterest here. Jot Magazine 14


Confetti

Little bits + pieces from around the web. Curated by Anna Allan OUR THEME //tissue paper

Tissue paper. When I think of tissue paper, I think of all things decorative and pretty. It’s delicate yet so very versatile and comes in a wide array of colours and patterns.

I especially like to use tissue paper to back my photos for layouts (it adds a softer, gentle layer) and also in making my own embellishments (butterfly wings, flowers etc) and textural mixed media backgrounds.

RUFFLED STREAMERS

Above: Who wants plain old streamers when you can have scrunchy, ruffled streamers to adorn your walls! They would tizzy up any party. Found on the Lemon Thistle website here>

There is a multitude of projects you can make using tissue paper...let’s take a little stroll around the World Wide Web and I’ll show you a few that may tickle your fancy!

PRETTY FLOWERS

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TASSEL GARLAND Add some pizzazz to any party or event with these gorgeous tassel garlands. As a backdrop for photos, delightful banner, or even a splash of colour for your home, this is a decorative touch that will dazzle! Visit Bec over at Ruby Ju for a beautiful selection of tissue paper garlands here in her Etsy store.

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DIY BOWL LEFT | Not only decorative but PRACTICAL as well! Make these tissue paper nesting bowls and pretty up your work desk or creative space. Aren’t they just so dainty!?! FOUND ON THE DESIGN MOM BLOG HERE>

TISSUE BUTTERFLY Now these frilly, layered butterflies are the perfect DIY to add a beautiful touch for parties, weddings or even to pretty up a child’s bedroom wall. Made with tissue paper and a pipe cleaner -- too easy!! Tutorial from Country Hill Cottage here.

Anna Allan lives with her family in a small country town near the beautiful Esperance in Western Australia. She loves making pretty things, lots of colour, yummy food, daily cups of coffee, plenty of sunshine, being happy and having fun! You can get to know Anna better on her blog One Big Sunshine Spritzer here. Jot Magazine 17


SAY HELLO.

JODIE YORK

WELLNESS NATURALLY WHERE DO YOU LIVE AND WHO WITH?

I live in a little 100+ year old cottage in Maitland NSW with my four beautiful babes. WHAT DO YOU DO? I am an ambassador for the concept of living naturally, getting back to basics, overcoming fears and embracing life fully and building an essential oil business.

LIVING A LOVELY LIFE

DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT MORNING. A sleep in. If not, up with the birds, a practice on my yoga mat, a fair trade brew and a smooth sailing school morning. WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT WHAT YOU DO? Doing the personal growth work and coming face to face with my fears and insecurities and then doing something about them. Absorbing as much information as possible, picking up mentors, listening and learning and then taking action. Making it happen. Every day is filled with the same old story of self doubt, lack of self confidence and fear... and each day is a challenge to rise above it all and continue to take action. Continuous action creates momentum and it’s that momentum in my business that carries me along. It’s thrilling.

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BE KIND TO SELF, EACH OTHER + MAMA EARTH ~Jodie York

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I DON’T WANT TO STOP. I WANT TO KEEP GROWING, LEARNING, AND EXPERIENCING. I’m so grateful to be on this path of inspiring others to care for and be kinder to themselves inside and out using essential oils and natural therapies. ~Jodie York

JODIE’S TOP 3 doTERRA ESSENTIAL OILS

Balance - the grounding blend - calming, grounding and quietening for my over thinking mind. Motivate - because it does just that for all aspects of life including the not so blissful domestic tasks. Peppermint - my pick-me-upper. For alertness, memory, focus. Fab for the kiddos homework sessions too. Jot Magazine 19


w Lee Mills gives new life to vintage tea cups and saucers by rescuing them from thrift stores and turning them into beautiful soy candles. Jot Magazine 20


13 ways to

FIND YOUR MISSING MOJO

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Have you seen my mojo?

Ways to get the creativity flowing again and kick scrap block to the kerb.

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE

ANY MORE IDEAS? EVER.

DON’T YOU HATE IT WHEN YOU HAVE A BLOCK OF TIME AND A CLEAN DESK AND ABSOLUTELY NO INSPIRATION!

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FIRST STOP PINTEREST But don’t overdo it. Scrolling endlessly and mindlessly zaps your creative energy. Looking at too many images just causes overwhelm. Instead, visit one of your own boards and look through the last few projects you pinned. What grabs your attention? Maybe it’s just one little thing that jumps out at you. Is there a theme happening? A colour scheme you’re drawn to or a particular technique you’re keen to try? Use those ideas as a springboard and start creating.

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PULL TOGETHER YOUR OWN KIT Sort through your supplies and choose a few favourite papers, embellishments and bits and pieces to make your own kit. By creating your own kit to work with, you are limiting your choices which helps to eliminate some of the overwhelm. Don’t spend too long making a decision on your kit contents choose pieces that coordinate and limit it to only a few choices. TIP | Consider making up a few kits in advance ready to go when you do have a block of time for creative play.

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VISIT YOUR INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT Scroll through your photos - is there a photo that jumps out with a story just begging to be told?

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SCRAP LIFT YOURSELF

We all have our favourite layouts and papery projects we have created! Go through your albums, pick a few layouts that you absolutely love. Use them as a guide for a few new layouts. You don’t need to invent the wheel every time you make a layout. Use what has worked in the past for you and base your layout on that - changing colours, embellishments and photos but using the basic design can mean you have a fresh, new looking layout in a short space of time as all the thinking has already been done. By you!

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REACH FOR THAT SUBSCRIPTION KIT Dive into that scrapbook kit you have been hoarding and use it! No matter what kit it is, chances are it’s been put together beautifully with coordinated papers, cardstock and embellishments.

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TRY OUT A SKETCH Sketches are awesome for taking the thinking out of creating a layout. Google scrapbook sketches or make your own. A sketch helps you with photo, title and journaling placement and means you don’t have to think too much just make a few decisions and you are on your way.

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YOUTUBE VIDEOS Head to your favourite creative Youtube channels and watch a few process videos to get your creativity flowing. Watching how others pull a layout together is inspiring and motivating!

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Take some deep breaths. Relax. Enjoy. It’s meant to be fun not torturous. Let go of the rules in your head. Make a start.

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KIM JEFFRESS “My go to technique when ever I am stumped for a design is to trim two pieces of patterned paper, usually one large pattern and one with a smaller pattern and to adhere them side by side to create my background. I then usually adhere my photo next to the dividing line and I can add my embellishments and journaling around the photo.�

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NATALIE ELPHINSTONE “When I’m stuck for ideas on how to design a layout my default position is to simply print out a photo as large as I can, often including the journaling directly into an area of white space before I print. I leave just enough room on my page to add a title and some embellishment clusters. I could never go entirely digital because I love the different textures and layers of paper too much, but this is an easy way to make a quick page.” SUPPLIES |Studio Calico, Dear Lizzy, Fancy Pants Designs. Embellishments: Pink Fresh Studio glitter words, American Crafts stickers, Studio Calico tag and cork stickers, Bella Blvd tabs

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LAUREN HENDER “Scrap blocks are common and they happen to everyone including myself. At times this can be frustrating especially when you have new supplies you are desperate to create with. One way I try to unblock is to grab an old paper collection, a punch and a title and keep it simple.

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This layout I used some tried and true tips for a successful layout. √ MOUNT MY PHOTO √ PATTERNED PAPER TOP AND BOTTOM OF PAGE √ TWO TAGS FOR JOURNALING √ MY TITLE √ PUNCHED OUT EMBELLISHMENTS IN THIS CASE I USED HEARTS. SUPPLIES |Pink Paislee, Officeworks + Stampin’ Up


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MARDI WINEN “This is my go to ‘sketch’ for scrap block. I create a strip across the layout with three blocks of paper. 3x4 inch journal cards are perfect for one of these blocks and your photo sits as another. I then add a largish title and some journaling. A few little embellishments and its done.”

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LOREDANA BUCARIA “When I feel without any good idea to start a page, when I feel empty, when I feel like I am not creative at all I usually take a look at Pinterest inspirations, online galleries and then I clean my scrap room and my house. During cleaning I have a lot of ideas -- don’t ask me how but it’s true! Then I start to create. I begin from my photo and then I add to the page with papers, colors, stamps and embellishments.”

Supplies | Papers Studio Calico; Embellishments: Evalicious, Studio Calico; Other : sewing machine

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OTHER IDEAS FROM THE JOT GIRLS

I can be a bit of a complex creative - always inspired and full of ideas but can get myself into a right messy muddle trying to transfer the ideas and inspirations from my mind to a physical creation. Here’s a few of my go tos when it comes to feeling a bit scrap blocked.

√ YouTube vids -- I am always hankering to create after watching people like Suse Fish, Missy Whidden, and our very own Raquel Bowman. √ Also Pinterest and Instagram are great places for inspiration. √ Additionally, I find quotes, song lyrics, and even flipping through a magazine or brochure can spark the inspiration you need to create something. √ Challenges like mood boards and sketches are great starting points too. One of the big things I’ve found when it comes to ‘scrap block’ is that it can usually be tracked back to ourselves. It’s a mind set thing. Everyday stresses and pressures flood our minds, we over think things, we try to rush or push the

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creative flow, we downgrade and doubt ourselves -- it’s a common downfall of the creative mind..always so many tabs open with thoughts, ideas and notions, lists, and memories filling our heads. And it’s all these things that are major mojo muddlers and tend to block the flow. Some of my best layouts (in my eyes) have been when I’ve freed my mind and just LET GO and let it happen. Whether I’ve gathered inspiration from any of the aforementioned pathways or just grabbed bits and pieces from my stash and just let it rip! Such a liberating and thrilling experience when you conquer that scrap block!! It’s just a matter of keeping on and not giving into it. ~Anna


Watching a few process videos from your favourite scrappers on You Tube can help with inspiration. Two of my favourites are Paige Evans and Suse Fish. ~Sheree

Make a card or write in a planner or journal and an idea for a layout might be sparked. ~ Kim J

I scrap lift myself - and make sure I limit myself to the supplies I choose. Adele from Inkie Quill does a ‘Grab 5’ and uses that as inspo. ~Mardi

Pinterest is my go-to! I've created a board for the pages that inspire me so I can scroll through for inspiration when I need it. ~Yvette.

Grab a 6x6 paper pad and make a few quick and easy cards - a sure way to gently ease the mojo back. ~Lauren

LEANNE

Using a 'go to/no fail' layout design, a tried and true design you love might spark some mojo! ~Raquel

Sometimes song lyrics or a beautiful phrase/quote can spark a story idea that

then relates to photos I’ve

been hoarding in my stash.

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Lifting >>

THE JOT GIRLS

JOT GIRL MARDI THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A FUN IDEA TO SET HERSELF A CHALLENGE AND SCRAP LIFT SOME OF HER JOT GIRL TEAM MATES. “I am often inspired by the girls and the work they produce here at Jot and I thought it would be fun to use their layout design as a springboard/inspiration for my own layouts.” Mardi says. She choose fellow Jot Girls Yvette, Sheree and Kim to scrap lift and some of our other Jot Girls are on board too.

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AN IMPORTANT NOTE ON SCRAP LIFTING Our scrap lifting article is an exercise to help you kick start creativity at home and designed for you to gain inspiration for creating projects just for you - not for monetary gain. ie: Scrap lifting someone’s else’s layout or project and passing it off as your own original design for publication is NOT OKAY. Teaching a layout someone else has designed without their permission is not okay. ****All of these scrap lifted layouts were done with complete Jot Girls’ consent.


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THE ORIGINAL>

MARDI WINEN I adored this ‘magazine’ style layout from Yvette that appeared in Issue 13 of Jot... with the two column text and beautifully balanced but simple cluster at the top.

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^THE SCRAP LIFT

MARDI WINEN My scrap lift followed the same ‘sketch’ as Yvette’s layout..the two columns were perfect for recording my story. I loved the little cluster at the top.

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MARDI WINEN I totally loved this layout from Sheree with its huge script title and the cluster of two photos plus a frame. I loved the white base and the dark patterned paper border which framed Sheree’s layout.

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^THE SCRAP LIFT

MARDI WINEN I followed Sheree’s sketch almost identically, although I converted it to 8.5x11. It was so satisfying to use that big title...and the veneer frame.

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THE ORIGINAL>

MARDI WINEN

I loved this layout from Kim the minute I saw it. I was drawn to the way Kim had included pocket page cards as well as the fabric layer.

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^THE SCRAP LIFT

MARDI WINEN

I also loved Kim’s idea of including photos showing the different ages. Its another point of interest on the layout.

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THE ORIGINAL>

NATALIE ELPHINSTONE

I was inspired by Jamie Pate’s “Hello” layout from Issue 18. The enlarged photo, big title and oodles of journaling all spoke to me!

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NATALIE ELPHINSTONE

^THE SCRAP LIFT

I stuck very closely to Jamie’s original design, using it much like a sketch, but I shrunk it down to a 9x12� size. I compensated for the black and white photo by adding lots of bright colours in my papers and embellishments. But the heartfelt journaling is still my favourite part.

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THE ORIGINAL>

KIM JEFFRESS

I loved this layout that Sheree created for Issue 17 of Jot and I couldn’t wait to create something similar.

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^THE SCRAP LIFT

KIM JEFFRESS

I misted my background with some yellow Heidi Swapp colorshine and allowed it to dry. My paper buckled a bit so I ran it through my Minc machine to flatten it!

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^ THE ORIGINAL

LAUREN HENDER

This bright and happy scrap lift was the lovely Jamie Pate’s Quick and Easy project from Issue 19 of Jot.

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^THE SCRAP LIFT

LAUREN HENDER

I couldn’t go past the clean design making it easy to scrap lift. It is the perfect layout when you are short on time and desperate to create.

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THE ORIGINAL>

LEANNE ALLINSON

I adore the way Kim can just pull elements together effortlessly and still have a scrapbook page full of detail without overwhelming clutter!

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LEANNE ALLINSON

I have down sized Kim’s 12x12 size to 8.5x11 but I feel like I have captured the majority of her signature style.

^THE SCRAP LIFT

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THE ORIGINAL>

ANNA ALLAN

I chose this layout by Mardi from the Love Potion Recipe gallery in Issue 11 to scrap lift.

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^THE SCRAP LIFT

I’ve pretty much copied the design Mardi created for her layout. The perfect placement of paper, embellishments and ink splatters just got me! Aside from a couple of added embellishments from my stash, I’ve created this layout using a kit by Felicity Jane. Kinda refreshing to create without any guesswork - from a tried and true design to a specially curated kit of products, this layout was a breeze to pull together! But credit where credit is due, it’s all thanks to Mardi for the original inspiration! Jot Magazine 49


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Feeling stuck - grab a back copy of any issue of Jot and flip and find! Start with this layout... by me. Oh and try a new size - this layout measures 9x9 inch and sometimes creating on a smaller space can mean there is less overwhelm with trying to fill a larger space.

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Cut your cardstock to size - my layout is 9x9inch and swipe on some paint .. swipe randomly using acrylic paint and a dry, flat foam brush.

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Use letter stickers to add in your title. I’ve layered felt alphabet letters and small orange letter stickers as my title over my photo.

Add a 4 cm strip of cardstock to the bottom half of your layout. Attach a few random patterned paper offcuts, layered over the top. Add a scrap of fabric.

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Head to the sewing machine and add a few random rows of machine stitching, keeping all layers of fabric and patterned paper in place.

Add a row of machine stitching through the centre of your patterned paper strip and extend it off the edge. Using embroidery thread in a contrasting colour, add a few hand stitches as shown.


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Print out your story onto white copy paper, cut into strips and attach to your layout as shown. Also add in more punched holes along the right hand top edge of your cardstock.

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Adding in the finishing touches: add in another journaling strip, a button and I’ve hand stitched a metal hinged ring to my layout as shown.

Add a strip of patterned paper measuring 2cm wide and 11cm long, tear the edge and attach just above your photo edge, flush with the right hand side.

I’ve chosen a really odd sized photo - 9x16cm and mounted it on white cardstock. Attach your photo about 6cm from the top edge. Swipe some more blue paint across the left hand side and top left corner of your photo.

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ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE. LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED

FEATURING THE JOT TEAM

&

HEARTS FLOWERS

G A L L E R Y

CELEBRATE THOSE PEOPLE, THINGS AND EXPERIENCES IN YOUR LIFE THAT YOU ABSOLUTELY, UNDENIABLY TRULY LOVE.

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HAPPINESS IS HERE Mardi Winen - The Jot Team

Is it okay to scrap a layout about love for a rabbit? I adore this little bunny ‘Burt’ and I felt he deserved a layout all of his own.

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FABULOUS

Yvette Adams - The Jot Team

It’s easy to put a card (or layout) together if you stick to one range. I’ve used lots of the Cocoa Vanilla Studio One Wish range here.

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2 LOVE YOU

Loredana Bucaria - The Jot Team Usually I don’t love flowers but playing with stencils and modelling paste was super fun! I like to create a tone on tone page a lot of time and I am happy to have mixed black and white with color pictures .

SUPPLIES |Studio Calico, Bazzill,Bo Bunny, modelling paste, Donna Downey Studio stencil.

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TOGETHER

Sheree Forcier - The Jot Team

For this page design I used the negative scrap pieces of some hearts that I’d cut out for a previous project. I love using up leftovers! I simply filled the centre of each heart with pretty things and a photo too of course!

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SUPPLIES | Kaisercraft, Crate Paper, American Crafts, Felicity Jane, Pink Paislee, Pretty Little Studio. Stamps - Kerri Bradford Studio, date stamp. Other - white tag, twine, black ink, tissue paper, sewing machine, thread.

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FOR THE LOVE OF.. Petra Corcoran - The Jot Team

I wanted to use hearts but non traditional heart colours like not pinks etc. I also wanted to use the Ali Edwards Love kit which she released in December 2017. It’s a very simple layout and I mostly wanted to concentrate on the picture and the hearts.

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POCKET CARDS

Leanne Allinson - The Jot Team

Pocket page filler cards are super easy to coordinate and create if you have a theme in mind! Hearts and flowers can be used for more masculine filler cards too if you are selective with your colour scheme. The orange, navy and grey colour combination seems to be my go-to choice, especially if I want to use hearts and flowers as part of my design.

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SUPPLIES| American Crafts, Bella Blvd, Crate Paper, Jillibean Soup, Elle’s Studio, Kellie Winnell Stamps; other - machine stitching, ink, twine.


I’LL BE YOURS...

Natalie Elphinstone - The Jot Team

I started this card by cutting out the background panel using a Neat and Tangled die called “Wholehearted”. It allows you to fold over some of the hearts which is so fun! After that, a little cluster of embellishments is all it needed to be finished.

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SUPPLIES|Bazzill cardstock; Studio Calico; Elle’s Studio; Pink Paislee; Kaisercraft; enamel dots; vellum; doily; ink pad; date stamp; tiny attacher

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We love:

How Anna has made flowers from her heart punched shapes.


HELLO GORGEOUS “Celebrate those you love by creating a layout all about them!”

Anna Allan - The Jot Team

I’ve created the background using die cut hearts and arranged them into flowers. I’ve also handmade some additional paper flowers for the centre of the heart flowers. I’ve chosen a lovely feminine colour combo that I just adore right now - light blue and minty tones, pink and yellow!

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YOU & ME

Lauren Hender - The Jot Team

What better way to say I LOVE YOU than with hearts and flowers. It was super easy with this beautiful acetate overlay and chipboard hearts. I also had a little fun creating the mood with some Heidi Swapp colour shine making an ombre effect on the chipboard letters. Jot Magazine 66

SUPPLIES | Pink Paislee and Heidi Swapp


TODAY Kim Jeffress - The Jot Team

I was totally inspired by a video I saw by Paige Evans where she masked off an area with cardstock and stamped around the edge. I cut out a large heart and used the same technique!

SUPPLIES |Heidi Swapp, Paige Evans, Felicity Jane , Kerri Bradford, Maggie holmes, Bella Blvd.

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We love: How Raquel has used a bold black title for her layout.

TOGETHER

Raquel Bowman - The Jot Team

Last November hubby and I celebrated our 6 year wedding anniversary. I chose to use a photo taken while out on our date night. The central design really draws attention to my photo and journaling at the bottom of the page.

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SUPPLIES| Crate Paper, Amy Tangerine, Bella Boulevard, Simple Stories.

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DO

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A FAVOR NATALIE ELPHINSTONE

These delightfully simple boxes make wonderful favors filled with treats for your next party or celebration. Natalie made 25 of these little babies for her daughter’s recent birthday. “I put these together for my daughter’s classmates using Project Life cards from a Becky Higgins core kit... making each box unique, and making another dent in my stash!” With so many to make, Natalie went with the quick and easy method of staples and washi tape. However you could easily step it up a notch and add extra embellishments and more detail if you prefer.

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Grab two 3x4 inch pocket cards and halfway along the top of each card, fold/pinch as shown about one inch down the centre of each card. Use tape to adhere the cards together along each side, leaving the top and bottom edges open. Staple along the top as shown, to close the top opening. Fill with treats or gifts. Staple the bottoms together to seal everything up. Stick washi tape over the staples to prevent any sharp edges from catching.

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GIRL

SQUAD

PARTY BAGS

RAQUEL BOWMAN

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Gather up your pretty papery supplies and a handful of dotty paper bags and make these fun, layered party bags. Swap out the pretty embellishments for some more boyish pieces and these party bags are great for both boys and girls!


ONE // Cut out tags and bows using manual die cutting machine. TWO // Assemble and adhere bow and tag pieces. THREE // Fill lolly bag with treats. FOUR // Embellish your die-cut tag and add the bow and tag to the top of each bag, layered over a paper doily.

SUPPLIES| paper bag, doily, silver glitter paper, Pebbles Inc patterned papers and ephemera. Other: Sizzix die cutting machine, Sizzix dies (#658784 & #661383), Tiny Attacher, lollies.

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BAG TOPPERS KIM ARCHER

We all love a quick and easy project and these guys are super easy to whip together using cellophane bags, paper off cuts and a few embellishments. Add a few machine stitches if you are feeling extra fancy or just stick it down, add a few staples and you’re good to go! ONE // For each bag topper, cut a patterned paper strip measuring the width of your cellophane bag and about four inches wide. Fold in half. TWO// Flatten out again and embellish the lower half of each patterned paper strip.

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I have machine stitched a sentiment strip and a circle embellishment, but double sided tape works well to adhere everything in place. THREE // Fill your cellophane bag with treats and lollies. Fold your patterned paper topper in half and staple to the top of each lolly bag.

SUPPLIES| Cellophane bags // patterned paper // embellishments // access to a sewing machine // stapler and lots of different lollies.


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MOOD board JOT MAG

Every month we release an inspiring and beautiful Mood Board challenge for our Jot readers. Take a look at our March board here.. Our Jot Girls join in too - you can see their take on the challenge each month right here on our website.

Check it out and why not join in! WE WOULD LOVE YOU TO! Visit our Mood Board challenge details right here>

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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.

Natalie Elphinstone

Sizzix have released a series of die sets exclusively for summer in Australia through Spotlight Stores. Lucky me got to play with them early! ‘Potted Tropicals’ is one of my favourites!

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Kim Archer

Welcome gifts heading off to lovely new people joining my doTERRA oily adventure team. My little team is growing and it’s very exciting!! Thank you for my personalised notebook @wand67 #kimsoilyadventure

@kim__archer

Sheree Forcier I found some mini canvases in my craft room while cleaning out some baskets the other day and Madison decided to paint this super cute picture of my favourite fiddle leaf fig plant for me! I absolutely love it!

@shereeforcier

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Yvette Adams

I’ve had the best time following these Currawong chicks, right outside the kitchen window at work.

@eeveeadams

Anna Allan Lucky Bay. She was in her element today. The first few weeks of summer school holidays have involved many beach days. This place was a fave, especially for our little girl who declared “this is the best beach ever! I MUST swim here!” And so she did

@annamayde

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Raquel Bowman

My past couple of weeks have been filled with crafting of another kind ... getting our 2018 classroom ready. I had my first day with our kiddies on Thursday and they are amazing! Bring on 2018! To follow my teaching adventures you can find me @mrsbowmansclassroom @raquelLbowman

Petra Corcoran Getting caught in the rain with my whole family on the last day of 2017. A definite highlight to end the year on and so fun.

@petracorcoran

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Kim Jeffress

We spent 10 days in beautiful Port Douglas in the new year !

@kimjeffress

Mardi Winen

I’ve been working on some larger macrame pieces lately and loving it.

@mardi_jane

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Loredana Bucaria

A memory from our first little family vacation. Snow and mountain and cold air and super good food in this beautiful place. Healthy and delicious food from young chefs! @loredanabucaria

Lauren Hender Being on holidays is wonderful especially when you sneak off for a quick escape with your babies (or not so babies anymore)

@lauren_hender

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Leanne Allinson My beautiful girl has reached a significant milestone and I’m so very proud of her. High School Graduate 2017.

@leanne_allinson

Jot Mag This made me do a little happy dance -- I spotted this tonight ...Natalie has been busy making filler cards from the new Jot Pockets ebook!!! @jotmagazine

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HOW OLD ARE YOU? FEATURING THE JOT TEAM

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SHILOH Natalie Elphinstone - The Jot Team Shiloh at 3 Months Things change so quickly as a newborn, so I’m making the effort to record as many of the details as I can. I set up a monthly photo shoot for Shiloh alone, as well as all the kids together. I’m using the same toy each month to gain some kind of size perspective, and I’m making sure to write down her stats, her stages and achievements as well as her daily routine. Each of these monthly pages are grouped together in my baby album so you can flip through and see her grow before your eyes!

SUPPLIES | Studio Calico Documenter kits

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THE LIST Leanne Allinson - The Jot Team Ever since my kids were little, I’ve always compiled a favourites list. The list is always the same but the answers often change over time. It’s a great way to progressively document their likes each year and note how their taste and ideas change as they grow.

SUPPLIES | American Crafts, Bella Blvd, Jillibean Soup, Crate Paper, Echo Park, Becky Higgins, other - paint, typewriter, machine stitching.

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WHEN YOU TURNED SIX Petra Corcoran - The Jot Team Probably every other year I do a little birthday interview documenting a birthday for my kids. This is Mackenzie at 6. Using Becky Higgins Design G Project Life pocket pages. Because I always use Design A pages when I do a special layout like this, I like to use any design but A to mix it up a bit.

SUPPLIES | American Crafts, Amy Tan, Basic Grey, Bo Bunny. Embellishments - Crate Paper Co, Studio Calico, Simple Stories, American Crafts. Other - Dylisions Ink, My Mind’s Eye packaging, ink, typewriter, machine stitching, pencil

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SUPPLIES | Paige Evans, Maggie Holmes, Instax cards, Heidi Swapp

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NOW YOU ARE NINE Kim Jeffress - The Jot Team My youngest son recently turned nine so I loved thinking about his life right now when I created this page!

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THIRTEEN

Sheree Forcier - The Jot Team

I like to create a yearly page for the kids to record a list of things about them right now. It’s a little snapshot all about them at this point in time and will be fun to look back on in the years to come!

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SUPPLIES | Cocoa Vanilla, Crate Paper, Rosie’s Studio, Felicity Jane, October Afternoon. Other - sewing machine, thread, date stamp, black ink.


MR ALMOST FIVE Mardi Winen - The Jot Team

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SUPPLIES | Flutterby Designs, Crate Paper, Nuvo, Heidi Swapp, Faber Castell and Stampin Up.

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MY STORY Lauren Hender - The Jot Team I love the idea of documenting a little of who you, your children and loved ones are at a certain age. I find with my children their lives almost seem to be on fast forward especially with their growth and development. I want to try and capture a little of who they are at certain ages so I won’t forget. I achieved this by doing a layout of my daughter on her 8th birthday and journaling about her interests and personality.

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Raquel Bowman - The Jot Team I love documenting the things my kiddies love at a certain age. On this page I have documented my little mans loves at three; his fave foods, television shows, what he likes to do, and a little about his character. It’s a great little snapshot!

SUPPLIES | Pink Paislee papers and embellishments. Other: Silhouette Cameo and cut file.

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NINE

Anna Allan - The Jot Team I have documented a snapshot of my eldest daughter at her age now of nine years old. I have hand cut the word ‘nine’ and used labels to document the little details about her. I must say she rather enjoyed being ‘interviewed’.

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SUPPLIES |Bazzill, Fancy Pants, Studio Calico, Kellie Stamps, Crate Paper, D-lish Scraps, Webster’s Pages; A Beautiful Mess; Heidi Swapp; enamel dots


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POCKET PAGES FEATURING THE JOT TEAM

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Include fun memorabilia in your pocket pages like Sheree

has done by including a

SHEREE FORCIER

Sheree has kept it simple with lots of white space, minimal embellishments and a focus on her photos.

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movie ticket.

Sheree chooses square corners on her photos and filler cards.


Simple machine stitching and some stamped images on white card make it quick and easy to make your own pocket page cards.

SUPPLIES | Journaling Cards: Studio Calico. Stamps: Kerri Bradford Studio, Pink FreshStudio, Hero Arts Kelly Purkey. Stickers: American Crafts, Crate Paper. Ink: Stampin Up, Memento, VersaColor. Other: sewing machine, thread. Jot Magazine 107


Lory uses her pocket pages as a place to tell lots of stories and she prints her journaling onto white cards with minimal embellishments and lots of white space.

LOREDANA BUCARIA

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Keep embellishments to a minimum

Design Idea | Choose a central photo and fill all other pockets with journaling and embellished filler cards.

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Every year when it comes time to document the kids’ birthdays I always make sure to include an ‘interview’ with them to record a little bit more detail of who they are right now. This gets slipped in with all the standard birthday photos - cake, presents, party! NATALIE ELPHINSTONE

Little sequins add a pop of colour to this filler card.

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Get the little people in your life involved by

getting them to add in their own hand writing directly onto your journaling cards.

adds such a personal touch to any page!

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MARDI WINEN

Mardi has used a striking red, black and white colour scheme for her 2018 pocket page album.

Turn your pocket into a shaker pocket by filling with sequins and stars

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Sometimes all you need is a photo and a simple little embellishment!

A few machine stitches here and there is an easy way to add some texture and interest to your pages!

Using see through elements means they are visible on both front and back of your pages which is pretty cool!

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PETRA CORCORAN

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Wooden words make great embellishments for pocket pages.


Petra chooses a Petra chooses to round her photos and filler cards.

typewriter style font for all of her story telling.

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DEAR BY SHARI BREWER

“GINA IS STILL DANCING AND ENJOYING BALLET BUT HAS NOW ADDED LEARNING PIANO TO OUR ROSTER OF AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES.” Jot Magazine 116


2018 ALREADY – HARD TO BELIEVE ISN’T IT. WE’RE ALL GETTING OLDER... EVEN YOU DIARY! DON’T DARE THINK YOU ARE EXEMPT! A big event looms this year – Liam turns 21 and to be truthful I’m struggling to deal with it. My first born, once so perfectly tiny and relying solely on ME is now all adult like. So much is going on Liam’s life and I’m so thrilled with the way things are working out for him. From full time uni student, to full time worker he’s deferred his studies to earn some coin and is loving life as a working man. He’s scored a brilliant job, is earning fantastic money and has really fallen on his feet. In Semester 2 he plans to resume part time study and chug through his Engineering degree as he’s committed to finishing it which pleases this mama no end. His other big news since I last shared life with you, Diary, is the 15” rocket tattoo on the back of his left calf..... he’s thrilled with it, it’s growing on me and I bet the next time I write there may even be another one.

Scott, on the other hand, is still a clean skin and like Liam is livin’ the dream! Since finishing school, he’s worked his bum off saving some dollars to move to the big smoke. Two days after Christmas he was all packed and gone, a piece of my heart in the boot of his car even though his new digs are an hour and a bit away by train. Secretly

I’m extremely jealous of his new digs, sharing with my lifelong friend (you remember Mark, right Diary?) smack bang in the middle of the city! Sirens, lights, traffic and nightclubs galore – not a bad place to be for a young bloke! He’s all settled in and so excited about starting at the Conservatorium of Music later in the month.

Lucky child number three, Gina, is also doing well but sometimes forgets she’s only eight. Must come with having older brothers but let me just say this – tweenager!! Not much is safe anymore – just the other weekend I ducked away for a little nana nap, only to wake to Miss G prancing around with a full face of makeup. I shudder at what’s yet to come now she’s moving out of childhood. It’s funny though, she really doesn’t understand how different my younger years were to hers and keeps asking who my favourite You-Tuber was when I was her age! Ummmmmm, should I make her sit and watch The Brady Bunch or F-Troop? Because that’s what I was watching at her age... and on a big, bulky tv that I needed to get up off my bum to change the volume! She’s still dancing and enjoying ballet but has now added learning piano to our roster of afternoon activities. Thankfully the digital piano has an earphone port.... and everyone is happy!

Everything else in life is ticking over nicely...the farmer is still happily tending the flowers and each day I’m thankful for all of our blessings. I’m grateful to you also, Diary, for still being here after all these years, willing to accept my ramblings and keeping them safely. Till soon..

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, 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. Teenage Survival Coach Website Jot Magazine 117


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Officialissue20february26 2018  

Fresh, fast and fabulous paper crafting and memory keeping ideas. This issue we have changed things up a bit here at Jot with a few design...

Officialissue20february26 2018  

Fresh, fast and fabulous paper crafting and memory keeping ideas. This issue we have changed things up a bit here at Jot with a few design...

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