Tuesday, October 21, 2014

You Can Take Me Anywhere

Another week, another inspiration piece is up on the October Afternoon blog. This one blew me away. The possibilities, oh the possibilities! I suggest you take it and run away! Have fun! Lots of fun. Boy I sure did.

you can take me anywhere

Just another layout using my favorite photo of all time. This one is mushy. But I can't help it. I love this guy. Not to say I want to be with him all the time (let's be realistic!), because then I'll get cranky. Haha. Hey, we all need our own space. But yes, he can take me anywhere. I left Malaysia to be with him and now I don't know if I ever wanna move back to my birthplace.

you can take me anywhere closeup

I decided to use that beautiful map patterned paper (Daily Flash Milk Money - Social Studies) as the main element on my layout. I wanted to mimic the wavy stitched lines of the inspiration piece and did just that, with the help of my Silhouette Cameo and a cut file. I layered a piece of chipboard from To The Point Flash Chip set on a circle label, added a heart sticker and a stamped tab, all adding pops of red across the layout. 

You can see that I machine stitched some of the wavy pieces onto the white background. Beside being inspired by the stitching in the inspiration piece, I also love stitching down stuff on my layout because then you'll know they're not going anywhere. Stitching is a great way to adhere bits and pieces to your layouts.

Don't forget to check out Alex's layout on the OA blog.
Share what you make with us in the OA Flickr Gallery You can also share with us on Instagram. Use #octoberafternoon and tag me @sashafarina as I'd love to see how this piece inspired you!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014


When we were in San Francisco last December, being on the Big Red Bus was definitely one of the highlight of our stay. We love listening to the stories told by our bus drivers as we were taken around The Bay Area. I should have recorded the trip/the stories, somehow, as I've forgotten to note down a couple of important stuff that I really would like to remember forever. Oh well, we must make an effort to come back to San Francisco soon, I guess!

Today on October Afternoon blog, I was challenged to create a layout based on an inspiration piece. 


storytime closeup

I was immediately drawn to the wonky lines in the inspiration piece and decided to take that element and run away with it. I cut tiny, long triangles out of patterned paper, making sure I get the word 'storytime' from the Public Library 'Journal Cards' patterned paper.

I also layered 'Storytime' patterned paper underneath the vellum to emphasize the 'storytime' theme on this layout.

I added random lines of machine stitching, some 'Photo Booth' and a red heart Daily Flash - Flash Chips, a 'Bundle Up'  Tin Pin and some Pop Drops to complete my layout. My journaling is, as usual, at the back of the layout. :)

If you play along, please give us a shout out @sashafarina and @octoberafternoon with the hashtag #oadesignerinspiration on Instagram. 


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Eid Story

IG username my_endy (Wendy), you're the winner for the Supplies On Hand Class! Congratulations! Please email me! (email button on the sidebar) I hope you'll enjoy and benefit from it :)


Speaking of supplies... I have tons of brads because I love them so much. I use them a lot too.. but I'm buying more than what I'm able to use. And yet. . .  when I'm working on a project, I always think "hmmm, i have no brads for this layout" ... then I go out and buy more. LOL.


I have no brads...

When am I ever gonna use them all? Never, I think. Then I thought about this particular October Afternoon chipboards that I've used on another layout and decided to play around with what I have. 

Eid Story - process

Playtime. I decided to use my brads for the title. It won't look perfect but it's okay because the rest of the layout is gonna be straight and linear. By this time, I already know what the rest of the layout is gonna look like. This is supposed to be a short and sweet session but I'm anal so it took me a good couple of hours! I even took a break and went to the park with the kids in between. 

eid story

eid story closeup

This is weird for me to say, but I love the wonkiness of the 'story' part of the layout. This is my family, a little bit of wonkiness is to be expected. And oh! I get to use more brads than I've ever used on one single layout! WIN!

I still have enough brads for a couple more lifetimes, but hey. . . this is fun and using up what I already have! WIN for sure!


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A+ Story

Embarrassing our children is kind of a full-time job, right? LOL.

The other day, we were at a crowded mall when 'About The Bass' came on the stereo. I started dancing and both girls looked away and started walking the opposite direction. Haha. I may looked like I was drunk but I was really dancing. LOL. It's their fault, really. They introduced the song to Sam and I! LOL

Here's a layout I think parents of teens can relate to. :)


I made this layout for Patricia's Monday Challenge on the October Afternoon blog. Head on over to read more about this layout and also to take a look at Patricia's fabulous layout. I absolutely adore the diagonal design. She's a genius, that girl. 

a+story closeup

a+story closeup2

If you play along, do tag me on Instagram @sashafarina (I get to see it faster that way since my phone is almost always with me!). You can also upload it to October Afternoon Flickr group or explore the hashtag #octoberafternoon on Instagram (great place for inspirations, btw).

If you're here looking for the Supplies On Hand class info and giveaway (giveaway still open as of now), please scroll down or click HERE.


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Supplies On Hand Giveaway *closed*

If you're like me, you can scrapbook for years and years before you buy one more thing to add to your stash. Are you like me? :) I love the buying part as much as I love the creating part. There is a certain kind of satisfaction for me when I manage to complete a layout using what I already have on hand. A certain level of giddiness!

Supplies On Hand - Giveaway

When May Flaum invited me to contribute to Supplies On Hand, I couldn't say YES fast enough! Buying new stuff is exciting, but using what you already have is good for the sanity. At least for me. I get overwhelmed easily so less is better. Definitely better. I can't have a room full of stuff, I'll suffocate. It's just better for me to be using them rather than collecting and storing them.

Sounds like a useful, versatile class you could use? Register Early and get $5 off! (discount automatically taken)

Supplies On Hand - Giveaway

I have a spot in the class for one of you. Here's what you have to do - follow me on Instagram and leave a comment in this post telling me your Instagram username. That's simple, right?! I will close the comments section of this post before I choose a winner, so if you're still able to comment (comments are moderated though), you're in! Good luck!

I'll see you in class! Yes, I will be taking this class despite being a contributor. I need to use up my stash!! Come join me! :)


Thursday, September 18, 2014

It only took me 14 years. . .

and it's my success story. I mean, it's on paper right now. This is not all, oh this is not all. The labor was 21 hours long, after all. Haha! but this is what is appropriate for public consumption. I would probably add the 'censored' parts on the back of the layout :) I'm sure Sam would like to say something! LOL!

favorite story

favorite story closeup2

favorite story closeup

The layout was based on this sketch I made for October Afternoon.

OA Sketch Thursday. Sept 18 2014.

If you'd like to read more about this layout, and to see another layout based on this sketch by my super talented friend, Jill Sprott, please head on over to October Afternoon blog.


Monday, September 1, 2014

Being Mommy

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken (wo)men.  Frederick Douglass  14 years of mothering and I still struggle. I try. I try. I can only hope I don't damage them too much. And my yelling and eye rolling and death stares won't result

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken (wo)men. ~ Frederick Douglass 

14 years of mothering and I still struggle. I try. I try. I can only hope I don't damage them too much. And my yelling and eye rolling and death stares won't result in too many therapy hours.

I love you both.
August 31st 2014

Saturday, August 30, 2014

True Story - I am Strong

Some people said that it's time to step away from paint splatters and sequins. Well, why? If you like it, by all means, do it. Your layouts, not theirs. :)

And I. .  I love paint splatters and sequins (and enamel dots and a lot more!). So please excuse me while I splatter here, there and everywhere. 

true story

true story closeup

How do you use the triangle thingy on your layouts? It's making holes (larger than the size I was expecting - and I'm not sure I like that! Haha!) why don't they just make triangle brads? That would be much simpler! 

Jessy said on my instagram- "I just push all the spikes in and put a foam tape to hold it!". Good idea Jessy, I will certainly try that method next! Thank you!

true story closeup2

I have some 'deep' journaling for this layout, unfortunately, it's not for sharing. I'm sorry.

And here's a news I have been wanting to share for a couple of weeks already!

OA 2014-2015

Can I get a Yay? :) I love October Afternoon and cannot wait to do more creating for them, for me and for you! :)


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Back in 1998. . .

I had my last normal, uninteresting August 23rd ever. I haven't met him yet at that time.

Then I got to know him. 
Fell in love. Hard.
Married him.

And she came along in 2000.
You can say she's his best birthday present ever. Nothing I do now can top that. 

(We have a 14 year old!! Can I freak out now?!!)


Happy Birthday, sweethearts. 
I love you both.
So, so much.

(Credit : Digital Stamps - Studio Calico)

Monday, August 4, 2014

A 'Something Different' Blog Hop

*edited to add : Jennifer McMurtrey I have a Chic Tags package for you! Congratulations! Please email me (email button on right sidebar) with your address ya? :) Enjoy!

Do you have a 'scrapbooking superhero'? 
I do. I have many super awesome, talented, kind and encouraging friends in the scrapbooking world, they're my 'scrapbooking superheroes' :)

One of them is Jill Sprott. Jill is awesome, she does all kind of wonderful things with words that blow me away every single time. She also has the prettiest handwriting, in my opinion!
About two weeks ago, Jill tagged me to be in this 'blog hop' and I couldn't be more pleased to play along!

We were given some questions - this might get interesting and awkward at the same time. We all know I'm not good with answering questions, I tend to go wayyyy off topic or embarrass myself. Hah! Let's give this a try anyway!

1. What am I working on right now?
A whole lot of nothing. Actually, no. I just finished a layout a couple of hours ago. A 'just for fun' layout too. Double bonus!

I'm also working on a Project Life Story for myself. ↓

Can't get any simpler than this, I think. #projectSasha

Basically - PL plastics + white cards (self-cut smooth cs) + printed journaling + minimal embellishments. This project is also kinda private so I won't be sharing the album in full. Just little bits here and there. I need to make sure I don't go to prison. Haha! Kidding!

I'm posting what updates I can on this album with the #projectlifestory on Instagram. If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email or ask me on IG, I would be happy to help if I can.

2. How long does it take me to create a project?
For.freakin'ever. LOL.
I'm serious. I'm probably the slowest scrapper alive! I take the longest time to even think about which mist color to use for the insignificant splatters. *sigh*

I'm a slow scrapper because of this habit - put the tub on my lap and dig dig dig until I find things I think will look good on my layout! ❤️

This is a normal view if you're standing over my shoulder watching me work. One tub in my lap + me leaning over trying on stuff on the layout I'm working on.

 I'm also a digger. I have five  four tubs of embellishments and I spend a lot of time digging through them when working on a layout. I purge often because I have no room for more than five tubs and I like to have one empty Expedit cube - for 'just in case' purchases. LOL.

3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?
White cardstock - I know, I know, boring. Mayo on white bread. :D
Tags - I'm never without tags. Whether they're fancy ones from Chic Tags or just the basic ones from office supplies section.
Wood Veneers - I have lots from Studio Calico and Chic Tags from my DT days. Lucky me.
Faber-Castell Pitt big Brush Artist Pens - love using them to color my stamps.
Paper clips
Quote/word stickers
Mist - I have 118 colors as of now. Why do I need so many? I have no idea. I just love them!

4. How does my writing/creating process work?
I'm very emotionally driven. That means I can't scrap when I'm upset. It just won't work. Trust me, I tried. If you see me scrapping, means I'm happy. Even when creating pages about 'sad' times, I need to be happy. Does that make sense?

#projectlifestory coming along nicely. I don't work on this everyday, only when I feel like I have something to add.   Very 'empty' if you're used to busy and embellished #projectlife but I'm loving the 'emptiness' for now. Who knows what'll happen in the

This is not the case with my Project Life Story though. I think that's because the overall look itself is very bare. It takes very little effort to just get the journaling on the cards. No embellishment if I don't feel like it. Makes it easy, y'know?

5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
People inspire me. People also annoy me a lot. I'm not really a people person. I like people watching. Talking? Not so much.

A big part of staying inspired for me is knowing when to walk away. Just leave the whole damn thing there and go for a walk. Come back later. Take some time for yourself. Do other things. Go bring the kids out for ice-cream and fitting room selfies ↓ or just read a book.

It's Sunday! The crazies are out!

And then there's Pinterest!

6. What is my signature style?
I don't know! You tell me. I don't feel like I have a certain style, not yet. I like to play so I try to have fun while creating - that's the most important thing. If it's not fun, it's not worth doing and I might as well be folding laundry. LOL.

Next week, the 'blog tour' continues with these fun ladies. . .

Ashli Oliver a.k.a soapHOUSEmama
If you haven't already - go pay her a visit. She has a style that is like magical fairytale which I adore so so much! Her layouts are so dreamy and I always have to look at them for a lonnnnngggg time - like I need to absorb every little detail, y'know?

Jessy Christopher
Jessy Jessy Jessy - kind, encouraging, sweet and such a fun scrapper! I feel like she's such an asset to our scrapbooking industry. If you're into colors and whimsical style layouts, you will definitely love her.

Suz Mannecke
Such a busy girl, Suz is. I love how her layouts and PL spreads contains a lot of things to look at, but still calming to the eyes, if you know what I mean? She's also a very happy person, I can't help but smile whenever we talk, usually on facebook or instagram. This girl rocks my world.


Next Monday, I hope you will pay the beautiful ladies tagged above a visit as the 'blog hop' continues!


You're still here? I must not be as bad as I thought I would be! I wish I can send everyone a little something for reading till the end.


While that may not be the case, courtesy of Chic Tags (thanks Veronica!), I do have a little scrappy giveaway for one person. If you're interested, just leave a comment before August 9th, 2014 and I will pick a name out of the imaginary hat.  Please make sure you're contactable via email or your blog :)

ps : Chic Tags is currently having a Summer Sale! Use code GO40 to get 40% off all items from Let's Go Collection!

Comments are moderated (spammers. bugger!) - I will close the comment section before the drawing so as long as you're able to leave a comment, you're in.