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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

January Releases Guest Designer - Jodie King

Hello everyone,

Raquel here with a quick post to introduce you to a Guest Designer we have working with our Cupcake kit in January.

I'd love to welcome Jodie King to our blog this January/February. Jodie has been creating with this lovely Cupcake kit.

I was drawn to Jodie's gorgeous layered style through her work on the Papercut Labs. You can visit Jodie's blog here to see some of her gorgeous creations

Here is a bit about Jodie in her own words:

My name is Jodie King and I live on Queensland's beautiful Sunshine Coast. I’ve been scrapbooking for 6 years, and love to create project life spreads, traditional layouts and cards. I’m a bit of an eclectic scrapper, and often switch between clean and simple layouts and something with more texture. Aside from being a scrapbooker I’m a mum to two awesome almost grown kids and loving life with my hubby of 20 years.

Thanks for visiting the blog today, stay tuned for a post from Nat May tomorrow and creations from our design team and guest Jodie :)

Raquel x

Monday, 26 January 2015

Messy Monday - sweetest people - Felicity Wilson

 Hello APOCD fans!
Happy Australia Day!
I hope your all enjoying this long weekend.

I snuck in some scrapping the last couple days. I  have been playing with the January Main kit. This kit would have to be my favourite!!! So much so that I didn't want to cut up any the papers or use any of the embellishments.. tee hee... but I did eventually.

Now excuse this pregnancy brain... I meant to take a photo of the background I create, but I f o r g o t ! ! !
I created this with lots of watercolours, some stamps which I then used water colour paints to colour them and a couple of Heidi swap Colour shine sprays and Shimmerz.

Then I layed lots of those fabulous Dear Lizzy embellishments. They are so cute!!

{sweetest people}

Cant wait to share another project soon with this awesome kit.

Happy creating!! XO

Sunday, 25 January 2015

STORE NEWS SUNDAY - January Releases and a Project Life Share

Hello everyone!

Welcome to todays Store News Sunday post. Today I have two reasons for posting; one is to share with you about the awesome things happening in the APOCD store, and the second is to share an AMAZING Project Life spread by the lovely and talented Jodie from Polka Dot Creative

Firstly, our January Main Kit sold out super quick so unfortunately that is no longer available. We still have a couple of these cupcake kits left though. Let me tell you there is SO MUCH value in this bitty kit; the double scoop gelatos, the whole die cut pack, heaps of papers and so much more! 

You can snag one up here 

This month we also have the most amazing cut file sets, I am just totally loving them!

The following are designed by Jodie from Polka Dot Creative. If you keep reading this post you will also see some gorgeous pages she has created by using the brush files (.abr files) available when purchasing. 

This one is perfect for any celebrations that you may have, new year, birthdays, weddings, Australia day, etc.

That wine glass! So adorable x

A set just for Australia Day, I am picturing these as brushes on photos, they would just look amazing. 

And finally, Hello 2015, a set perfect for your title page, new years pages and more!

We also have two releases from the talented Rachel Hodge. These sets were created with a Back to School theme in mind. I just love the elements Rachel has managed to include, the pencils and stars are a personal fave! 

This set can be used to create Project Life cards for your album, or you could even use them on a traditional page, mini album etc. Did you see Nat's awesome post using these yesterday?  

Before I leave today I wanted to finish up with a layout share from Jodie, using the designs that she scripted on her pages. 

Looks like she had a little help to photograph!

On this particular page she has used the Hello 2015 brush script files and the Clink Click set. 

Here is a better view of the scripted files :) The black and white and pops of colour from the photos really makes this layout stand out!

And some super detailed shots:

My personal fave; cheers! x

Awesome hey! These files and more can be found in our store www.apieceofcakedesigns.com.au 

Thanks for visiting, I hope everyone is having a beautiful weekend.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Digi Store Saturday with Natalie May

Can you believe that school is going back this week?
The holidays were great but I'm ready for a little routine that's for sure!

Today I'm sharing a little book that I made for Jessica to take to school to write some notes in about her new class and her new year.

I have used the new Digital Cuts created by Rachel Hodge for A Piece of Cake Designs!

These are ideally designed for Project Life but as much as I have tried, I just cant get myself into PL!

So ... I decided to turn these great digi cuts into a mini book and back them with some various scrap papers from my stash.

I used the 2015 Embellishment Cut Files and the Back 2 School Cut Files.

Totally loving them!

Here is a little slideshow of my album!


Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Natalie May

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Thoughtful Thursday with Aimee Dow

It seems very fitting to me that I should wrap up my stint with APOCD on Thoughtful Thursday. I am sad to be going, but in my absents someone new will come and teach you new and wonderful things. I ashamed to say it, but they will probably have better time management skills than me too. I have got to know Natalie, Anna and Felicity much better in my time here. I have no hesitation in saying they are all truly beautiful women and I am proud to call them friends. My highest praise though, goes to Raquel. She is a diabolical genius when it comes to putting together a kit and that's coming from a colour tyrant, such as myself. I have found her nothing, but a pleasure to work with and I am super excited to continue working with her as one of the Jot Girls. If you are reading this and wondering if one day you should apply for the team, I'm here to tell you "do it!", you could not work with nicer or more talented group of people.

Eh, but I'm pretty sure you didn't come here for a recommendation did you? How about we get down to some craft? Today's project is top secret and by top secret I mean - No one tell my husband.

I'll be using the December Main Kit which is currently $26.60. Just sayin' peeps, that's cheap!

I made a Valentines Day Card for my hubby. This is where you all say "aaawwwww". See, card making totally fits the thoughtful topic. I find masculine cards really hard to make. To me, I always default to the same theme - grunge, but as luck would have it that's my hubby's main theme too!

Can I just jump in here and point out how smart I am. The card says "I love you more than words can say" and the shaker window is made out of the dictionary vellum from the kit. Get it... WORDS! I'm pretty proud of that :P

The gold glitter heart cardstock, and twine are from the kit too. You could have used the orange and blue sequins from the kit to fill the vellum pocket, but I kinda already had a theme going with the gold and white.

But wait theirs more! 

I made an envelope with the Amy Tangerine heart paper! Turns out I didn't have quite enough paper left after Tuesdays layout so I had to include the tear strip, but the best thing is that little pink address bar there looks deliberate AND it's the only place it shows on the envelope. FTW peeps!

Well I hate to say it, but that's all I have to write. I hope to see you all in and around the scrapping traps and until see you next, go send some love! Or leave it here in the comments.

Aimee xx

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Workspace Wednesday with Aimee Dow

Hi and welcome to the Betwixt & Between Studio, or if you live in this house, the room I annexed overnight because I got tired of walking back and forth between the Dining Room and the Office, every time I wanted to scrap.

My studio is without a doubt my happy place. I scrap, read, write and hang out in there all the time. So you can imagine just how thrilled I was last month when Ikea asked my to do a home tour. A lot of the photos in today's post come from that photo shoot last December. 

I am very luck to have two giant windows in my studio. A standing bench faces out on to the street, which has it's pro's and cons. It's great for daydreaming, but I am sure my neighbors must think I do nothing, but stare out the window all day.

Behind the door on the right is my Expidit bookshelf. All current kits go in the Pepsi box on the top until it's time to be broken down. The wire baskets are from Typo - from left to right they house twine and ribbon, glitter and glitter tape, Mists and finally ink pads and embossing powder. The Ikea boxes on the bottom keep my mini albums and tools. The ones without lids hold my current projects. I love them so much because they are so easy just to pull out when your working on a project and just dump it all back in at the end of the day. The wicker basket holds all my acrylic stamps.

Behind the door on the right you have my Alex draws and my Project Life filing system. Soon, I'll be starting an organisational series over at Betwixt & Between. I'll go into in more detail then. For now though you should all go out and get yourself some Alex draws. They are by far my favorite thing in this room. All my ephemera packs, wood stamps, adhesives, and cables live in here.

Right about now I will confess to having a bit of a cookbook addiction. I used to have a rule where I could only fill one shelf, but it got really hard to choose. The wire baskets over here have my thicker collection, enamel dots and gems, and of course one just for odds and ends.

Last but not least my favorite corner. Where I start my days and often where I return to think. I love this chair. It's not mine. I came with my husband, but if we ever get a divorce it's the only thing of his that I want. 

Actually, that all looks really inviting. I think I will head there now.

Aimee xx

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Tutorial Tuesday with Aimee Dow

Hi! I think maybe I forgot to mention yesterday that I am commandeering the blog this week. I am SO late putting up all my December project's its not funny, but then their to good to waste. Today I am going to show you a totally frivolous page I made with Decembers Main Kit.

I was so inspired by Paige Evan's recent page "Cute Story Recorded", that I thought I'd give hand stitching and watercolours a go for myself.

It's actually not as hard as you would think. First I stitched my city. I used an old Amy Tangerine template to mark my holes and then I stitched using a variegated DMC (Thread that changes colour). There is nothing stopping you dyeing your own either. In fact if you use mists to watercolour like me, it's just a matter of dipping your white DMC in and letting it dry.

I used the gold tag to add a little more detail to the layout.

To add a touch more gold glitter I painted a circle in PVA glue and liberally doused it with glitter.

And there you have it a really simple layout that didn't take much time at all!

Just a quick reminder that the December Main kit is currently on sale for $26.60 and it's a great way to get your hands on some Amy Tangerine goodness, let alone the awesome black and white washi that I can't seem to get enough of!

Until tomorrow,

Aimee xx
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