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Monday, April 14, 2014

Saturday Sketch - April

Come On Get Crafty's april sketch is up! Have you taken a look yet? :)

AprilSketch - Come On Get Crafty

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I took the diagonal line and the circles from the sketch and made it my own - and LOVING it! The beautiful colors of Freckled Fawn Neon Enamel Dots inspired this layout. Might not be for everyone but just look at the brights against white? My heart goes pitter patter!

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If you think you see an old piece of MM metal phrase, you're absolutely right. :D I got to hammer something the day I made this layout. LOL

Going old school today. Anyone still have eyelets/metal titles with eyelet-styled back left? I dare you to use at least one on a layout. Lol. #busyhandshappyheart #onmytablerightnow

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Another favorite - Webster's Pages clips. *sigh* I just attach them to the paper with teeny tiny bit of glossy accents. 

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Don't forget to link your layouts to the post on Come On Get Crafty if you play along! I'm looking forward to see it!

xoxo

Thursday, April 10, 2014

You *Chic Tags*

I wanted to title this post 'The day I decided to machine stitch everything in sight' but decided to go with 'You' instead. LOL.

Confession : I'm not very friendly with my sewing machine. That's actually an understatement. So please excuse me while I celebrate this layout where I managed to use my sewing machine and live to actually type up this post! :D

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Is it possible to fall in love with a patterned paper? Because I think I'm smitten, hopelessly head over heels with that Tree Top pp from our Good Tidings collection. I vote for this piece to be around forever and ever, make it permanent! I mean, just look at the gold foil polka dots - they're absolutely useable and versatile all year long! Are you with me?

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Hooray for weekends! Don't you feel that way when Friday come rolling around? :D I wish Friday comes more than once a week. Haha. I layered a file tab and a file card and stitch them all together to create this cluster.

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I punched some circles out of a card from the School House cards set and used them through out my layout. I really love the map print but wanted it in smaller doses than 3x4 so this works! I cut some stars out from the Good Tidings rub-ons sheet, rearranged them to my liking and added some wood veneer stars from my stash, just because I love the way they look! :D

I'll see you soon!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Love This Right Here *Chic Tags*

  • I''m gonna keep this short - I have a headache that started at the back of my left eye yesterday morning and has now made its way to my left shoulder and I might be going crazy, but I think I can feel it traveling to my lower back. I shouldn't have waited, I know, but I try not to take any pain medications when Sam is not around. I feel like I need to be alert just in case I'm needed by the girls. While waiting for the meds to do their magic, I thought I'd post this quickly.
  • This layout is up on Chic Tags blog today :) Made me smile! Hop on over if you're interested in reading about  my thoughts while creating it. 

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  • Excuse me while I go scream into a pillow or something. LOL. Hope to see you soon!









Digital credit : Katie Pertiet Circle Line Love No1, Paislee Press Everyday Sentiments, Studio Calico Digital Brush

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Saturday With Sasha and Come On Get Crafty - March 2014

Hey everyone!! Welcome to another Saturday with Sasha and Come On Get Crafty - COGC has an awesome new site, hop on for a visit when you have time! For now, since I know most of you are on your mobile device and would prefer not to click a million time to read something, here's a copy of my post over there.

I hope you're enjoying your Saturday so far :) Mine is pretty good. The weather has been awesome lately. Well, after our 'driest February since 1869' we've been having some rain for the past week! The green grass is back and that is something to celebrate! And I have two new layouts to share with you today - I always love when I create. It's not about the outcome, it's the process that I love. What about you? :)

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I was in the mood for something simple and quite graphic to go with this photo of Nidhi, trying to build a sandcastle - but didn't want to use block font such as Bebas. I browsed through my cut files collection and settled on this 'Believe in Yourself' handwriting style cut file. I embellished it simply with a few of the Basic Grey Candy Buttons in white and yellow and some die cuts from Pink Paislee Hey Kid ephemera pack. I typed 'Love, Mom' with my manual cursive typewriter and call it done and loving this layout a lot!

Sometime, not layering is fun, you know? ;)

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Meet Jack. (please tell me I'm not the only one naming my typewriters/inanimate object!) Jack is my woodgrain, Royal 260 typewriter. Jack is not in working condition, yet. I still need to send him for servicing, but he's one special typewriter. I got this while roaming the night market with my dad. A little backstory - my dad is a journalist. Way before laptops and emails, I used to fall asleep to the 'tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-ding!' of my dad's typewriter. So typewriters have always been special to me. They remind me of my dad, who is still writing to this day ♥

I typed out the little story of why I love typewriters, where I got Jack from etc on a few tags from Dear Lizzy, then I added some feathers die cuts from Glitz Wild & Free whatnots pack and clustered them on top right of the layout. I stitched some chevron using one (the yellow card, to be exact) of the die cut from this pack as a template to call some attention to the 'fun' wood veneer I used as the main title for this layout :)

I hope I've provided some ideas for you today. I hope to see you soon!

xoxo

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Look At You *Chic Tags*

  • If you've been following me for a while, you must already know that I adore circles. I find them easiest to work with most of the time. And I'm not afraid of repeating circles either. How about you? 
  • Some call me old-school when I crop my photos into circles. Old-school = good (to me)! And I really don't mind it at all! LOL. Why try to reinvent the wheel every single time? Why fix something that is not broken? :D Or maybe that's just the 'lazy Sasha' talking.
  • Speaking of which - here's my latest layout for Chic Tags (You can see a couple of 'in process' pictures if you follow me on Instagram. Here and here. I apologize in advance for the dark photos on IG, I was creating late into the night.)

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One of the earliest photos of Zahra, my niece. She's turning one in about a month. How time flies.

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  • I used Love Notes Icons and Happy Place Mini Icons for this layout. They work well together in my opinion - the different sizes only add interest to this delightful layout. I know there are a lot of colors on this layout, but that's just how I roll. Colors make me happy, so I thought to myself - "why not?!" :)
  • I have been 'spring cleaning' my scrap area - simplifying and downsizing by a lot. My back is breaking, I had to rub some heating ointment just to be able to sleep for a few days! LOL. I hope to share 'good dslr' photos with you soon - but you can see some progress snapshots on IG as well. I try to take one every now and then, as I take a break from the chaos of my scrap area. :D
Till next time
xoxo

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Saturday Sketch - March

I'm a little okay, a lot late this month posting our Come On Get Crafty Saturday Sketch layout - but there is still time if you want to play along! :)

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I skipped the diagonal lines on the three corners and stitched squares and rectangles to mimic those on the sketch. Love doing this - been doing it to a lot of my layouts. I noticed that I have to have a good, working background (to me) before I start on my layouts. Stitched and misted backgrounds are my favorite.

Here's a super short video I uploaded to Instagram on the day I was working on this layout. (I hope this works! I have never posted a video clip to Flickr  then attach them here before.)



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Shop Items Used :  Pink Paislee (Hey Kid 6x6 Paper Pad), Jenni Bowlin (Tiny Trims Gold Rub-ons), Webster's Pages (New Year New You Mini Messages Word Stickers), American Crafts (Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party Toothpick Hearts) 

I stamped and die cut some leaves on one of the 6x6 patterned paper from Pink Paislee Hey Kid collection - proof that you don't have to use 'kids' collection on layouts about kids. The papers are versatile enough that I can easily use them for any subjects, any topics!

Also loving the addition of gold throughout the layout - Dear Lizzy glitter hearts and the Jenni B. rub ons. I'm falling more in love with gold the more I use it. Which is kinda weird feeling to me because I'm a silver girl at heart. :)

Don't forget to submit your layouts at the link above!
Until next time. . . 

xoxo

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Saturday With Sasha and Come On Get Crafty - February 2014

Hi everyone!! We're back with another edition of Saturday With ♥yours truly♥  and Come On Get Crafty!

I'm in denial. A little bit. How could we be in February already? Really? 2 out of 12 months almost done for 2014. Somebody stop the time! :D LOL. Kidding. I actually try to enjoy every single day. The keyword is try here. We all have bad days, I sure had a couple of them already this year. They say "Don't let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life" - and they're absolutely right. Chin up and head to the scrap room. You will feel better! :)

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First up is a mini layout of Pier39. My second favorite place in the city of San Francisco (first is The Golden Gate Bridge). :)

Yes, I said mini. This is a 6 x 8 layout. I have this idea of making a mini album with page protectors for all our SFO vacation photos. We'll see how that goes. If it doesn't happen, I will just stick this one in a 6 x 8 page protector and keep it in my normal 8.5 x 11 album.

I used some papers from Webster's Pages Recorded  and also Pink Paislee Hey Kid 6 x 6 paper pad

The Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party tag has some journaling on it, and is not attached to the page. You can pull the brad and Webster's Pages airplane paper clip (which are attached to each other) to bring the tag out. 

If you ask me what is my favorite thing on this layout, my answer would be those Basic Grey Candy Buttons. Look how pretty they are! I also can't get enough of those Jenni Bowlin Tiny Trims Rub Ons. I suck at stamping in gold, so this is perfect for when I need some gold in my layouts!

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Oh! Be still my heart! My baby girl, who still loves sleeping in my room when daddy is not around. I'll take what I can. They're growing up too fast!

I am loving all the colors against the while background here. This must be my favorite 'style' of all. I love the brights, so white background works great. 

I cut the 'Right Here' card from Glitz Wild & Free Whatnots pack - and only used the 'HERE' part, backed up with a piece of patterned paper. Then I layered one of the Elle's Studio Penelope Frames with some vellum, scraps of patterned papers and printed vellum, added some Pink Paislee Cardstock Label Stickers and Basic Grey Candy Buttons because I can't seem to scrap without them. LOL.

I also took apart some of the Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party toothpick hearts and attached them sans the toothpicks (you get two hearts from a toothpick! score!) I layered the date sticker from Webster's Pages New Year New You on top of another tag from Chictags, just because. I do a lot of just because embellishing, really. I love playing with what I have in hand. 

Now I look at these two layouts and I see two sides of my creative 'style' (if you can call it that, I don't think I have a definite style, though). One linear and simple, another is messy, a little bit crooked and comes with a lot of ink splashes. I love them both! 

How about you? What do you think your style is? Are you open to trying new things or are you pretty set in your way of doing things? I personally feel that there is no right or wrong. Do what you love, when you can, with whatever you have!

I'll see you soon!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Who do you scrap for?

Let's talk about this for a while, shall we?

I know for sure I'm not scrapping for my children. 

I scrap for me. I've said that again and again and probably made some people angry as well. 

I scrap for me. I don't expect my children to take ownership of the scrapbook layouts once I'm gone. They can throw the layouts away if they want to. Space is very limited in Singapore, we're already living in a shoebox (which I'm very grateful for!) and I really don't want to force albums upon albums to the girls when they move out. If they want some of my layouts, feel free. If they don't, well, I'm not gonna cry. :D

I scrap for me. I don't worry too much about journaling and the memory recording part of stuff and that is okay. Most of the time I scrap to play with my stash and tools anyway. If I feel like writing down a few sappy (or not!) sentences, good. If not, no big deal.

I scrap for me. I scrap because I think it's fun. When scrapbooking is no longer fun, you can bet your last dollar I will no longer be doing it. If it's not fun, it's not worth it. Especially when you take into account that supplies are not cheap - many people commented (none of their business, really!) that 'wow, you sure have an expensive hobby' - to which I agree, but I also don't collect designer clothes, or handbags so expensive you could buy 20 Silhouette Cameos with the same amount of money. To each their own, eh? :)

I scrap for me. It's cheaper than therapy. Who do you scrap for?

Speaking of scrapping - there's a new Sketch It Up here → Chictags blog.

February Sketch by Sasha Farina for Chictags


Here's my take on it :

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If you play along, please link it up to the post on Chictags. I look forward to your submission! :)
I'll see you soon.

xoxo

Monday, February 10, 2014

Memory Monday

Don't give up on me.

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This layout was created in 2011. 

I was struggling then. Most of the time, I felt like I'm the failed member of the synchronized swimming team. Desperately smiling. Waving. Drowning. I kept thinking to myself - Why does motherhood has to be damn bloody hard? *sigh*

Yup. I'm that mom. I had to learn how to be a mommy *no such thing as motherhood and maternal instincts that come naturally for me*. And it wasn't easy. Not at all. 

She's gonna be 14 this year. I'd like to think I'm a better mom now, but the truth is that I'm still learning, and the process is lifelong.

xoxo

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Saturday Sketch - February

A new sketch is now live on COGC blog! Lots of wonderful layout - I hope you'll hop over there to take a look and play with us :)
February 2014 Sketch @ Come On Get Crafty

Here's my take on it :

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Pretty straightforward this time, I think. I did some masking, stamping, stitching and misting for the top and bottom part of the layout. Those diagonal lines are pretty fun to play with. I cut 'Favorite' from one of the card from Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party Die Cut Card Set and I liked it even more that way rather than using the whole piece. 

I've been using lots of Bella blvd stickers lately too. Isn't #thisisawesome super cute and perfect for a layout about my teen daughter? LOL. 

Link up your layouts here should you decide to play along! I'd love to take a look!
I'll see you soon!

xoxo