Monday, July 21, 2014

From Where I Stand *Chic Tags*

I love scrapping myself. Some will say self-indulgent but the truth is, I think we're often so busy scrapbooking about the kids' multiple faces, the vacations, the birthdays, the significant other, the siblings, the pet etc - that we forget to document us.

I do things for myself all the time. Especially now that the girls are older and able to fend for themselves for a couple of hours even when Sam is not around. That 'alone time' time is so important for me to be not just a better mom, but a better person all around. :)

I love me to love you - that's what I always say.

From Where I Stand

Are you a loner? I think I am, in a way. I really prefer my own company most of the time. I get easily overwhelmed when I need to spend a lot of time with other people. I don't know if that's a good thing, or a bad thing! LOL.

I'm sure I look a little bit weird while I was setting up the iphone to take a picture of myself, but hey, it only took one try and was quite painless when done on a weekday morning when there are less people at the beach. :D

I found the quote on Pinterest one day and I knew then that it will end up on a layout just like this.

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I printed the quote on one of the Let's Go Cards. I got lucky and got them all lined up nicely this time. I confess, this doesn't happen all that often and I danced a little to celebrate. :D

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You can never go wrong with butterflies and sequins, if you ask me. :) I cut apart and rearranged Cloud 9 Rub-On sheet and added some wood veneer sequins because they're oh just so adorable in my opinion!

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 I added the From Where I Stand flair button, printed 'Me, Myself & I' on a label sticker, added some enamel dots and call it done and I'm loving this layout.

What about you? Link me up or tag me on instagram if you're scrapping about yourself this weekend!


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

July Sketch It Out *Chic Tags*

I'm hosting July Sketch it Out on Chic Tags blog this month, I have a sketch that I hope you love and one that will inspire you to play along with us!

chictags july sketch by Sasha Farina

I created a layout about our June happiness. Really, every year, June is a happy month around here as the children do not need to go to school. We managed to pack quite a lot into 4 weeks. :)

I took the squares on the sketch and ran away with them. LOL.

I rearranged them and used 6 photos instead of 4. I also split them and placed my title in center instead of on top of all my photos.

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Lots of Cloud 9 collection from Chic Tags on this layout :
Bloom Wood Veneer
Rub Ons
Label Stickers

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The flair button was from an older Chic Tags release, no longer available I think, but they have some others that I think you will love! I also got some question on Instagram on 'Currently happening' - that is actually a digital brush from Designer Digitals, printed on the white cardstock.

I imagine you can get similar effect with Silhouette Cameo and a sketch pen, but I haven't tried that yet. :) If you have any other question, please feel free to leave them here, on instagram, or email me!


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Let's Go Create *Chic Tags*

Hey everyone! How are you doing? Enjoying good weather, I hope! :)

Today I'm sharing this  Chictags layout with you. A 'just because' layout to document how creating makes me happy! Don't you just love this hobby?


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I used the Let's Go flair button on this layout - they're not only for travel pages! Let's go create something! I also added a little tag (happiness = together) from Let's Go Tidbits with Gold Foil pack.

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Lots of machine stitching here, I really love the texture they added to the layout. I also cut apart some paper clips from Cloud 9 collection and layered them underneath my photos.

If you wonder where is my journaling, they're written on the back of the layout. I find that I'm able to write more when I don't have to incorporate my journaling into the design of the page. And also, I hate my handwriting (sad but true), but I still want to include it somehow. So writing on the back of the layout is a good compromise. 

So take some time to create today if you can! You can tag me on instagram to share your latest project with me. I love love love love love seeing how others be creative! I'll see you soon!

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Places We'll Go

Simple layouts are the hardest. At least for me. What about you? 
I fussed with this layout for one whole day, I kid you not. :) 

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From the moment I laid my eyes on that 'The Places We'll Go' wood veneer piece, I already know that I want it to be on a layout like this. Bold, simple, one photo with typewritten journaling. I've had this layout in my vision for the longest time. I'm not always this lucky, but this time, the layout turned out exactly how I thought it would be. 

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The flair! Oh the flair button has my heart. Map + heart + flight path = couldn't be more perfect for this layout of mine. Watching the flight path on the inflight entertainment system is my favorite thing to do while sitting in an airplane. I couldn't care less (most of the time) about the inflight movie. Am I alone here? LOL

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Add a sticker and a rub-on, and I'm done and smitten too. I love how this layout is so calming to the eyes. Oh, don't get me wrong, I never could stop doing the messy, layered style layouts - they're so much fun, but to create something this simple once in a while gives my heart a lot of joy too. 

Supplies : Let's Go Collection: Rub-OnsFlair Buttons'Places' Wood Veneer; Cloud 9 Collection: Label StickersDreamy PP.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Lizzie Kate Let Them Be Small. Start to Finish.

I finished stitching this piece a while ago, I have no idea what took me so long to get it to the blog! I do post updates to Instagram as I'm stitching them, so if you're interested you can follow me for more real time stitching (and everything else) updates. Thank you in advance! Mwahhh!! ♥♥♥

I used a baby pink linen for this pattern and changed some most all thread colors to brighter ones. No regrets. While I love Lizzie Kate with all my hearts, I love brighter colors more. :D

Update 1. #letthembesmall #lizziekate #crossstitch #busyhandshappyheart #sashathestitcher #onestitchatatime

Update 2. I changed some colors to brighter ones and loving how this looks!  #lizziekate #letthembesmall #crossstitch #sashathestitcher #onestitchatatime #busyhandshappyheart

Update 3. #lizziekate #letthembesmall #crossstitch #busyhandshappyheart #sashathestitcher #onestitchatatime

It will be over before you know it. Update 4. Hoping to share the finished piece next time. #letthembesmall #lizziekate #crossstitch #sashathestitcher #onestitchatatime #busyhandshappyheart

Done and done. #lizziekate #crossstitch #letthembesmall #busyhandshappyheart #sashathestitcher #onestitchatatime

Couldn't be happier with the completed piece. The colors are just more 'me' :) I'll be back soon, I hope. I've been scrapping a lot too! I just have no time to photograph them. *sigh* Somebody send me some extra time in a jar please? :)

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Saturday With Sasha and Come On Get Crafty - May 2014

Happy Saturday everyone! :) How's the weather like where you are? I hope it's pleasant and you're able to enjoy your weekend to the max!

I have two layouts and a little news to share today. Let's get to the layouts. . . 


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This one is super busy. Which I feel describe my girls right now. They're forever running from one activity to another. They also love hanging out at Starbucks with Sam & I. In real life, the green bows are the exact shade of Starbucks green. I have no idea why it was so hard for me to capture the real color. Lots of stuff going on here - layers upon layers of papers and vellum and chipboard frames and tags. 

It was overwhelming at first, but when I step back for a bit - I decided I love it all! :)

Shop Items : Webster's Pages paper clips, Elle's Studio Penelope Lil Snippets and bits & pieces, Pink Paislee Hey Kid Paper goods Ephemera, Lawn FawnLet's Polka Adhesive Flair, Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party Label Stickers, Amy T Cut & Paste Resin Bows.

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On this layout, I went simple - but not so simple that I have no chance to play. That will not do, eh? :)

I let the photo take centerstage, then cut the ampersand using my cameo, stitched the circle label, added the journaling and stitch the yellow border before I finish with a couple of candy buttons. And just like that, I'm done. And this layout is one of my favorite of all time, as of now. 

Shop Items : Webster's Pages Recorded 6x6 Paper Pad, Elle's Studio Penelope Bits & Pieces, Basic Grey Candy Buttons.

And on to my little news - this will be the last Saturday With Sasha with Come On Get Crafty. I've decided to step back for a bit - just because, and Nicole has been nothing but sweet and encouraging.  I've been super lucky to be working with Nicole and the rest of the creative team and I enjoyed my time with them very, very much.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


The latest and greatest of scrapbooking items are certainly nice to have but not necessary to create something you absolutely adore. I love my old supplies. I purge often because of the lack of space around here, but when I know in my heart of hearts that I love something, I will never let it go, well, except to go on stuff I make.  


Just like this 'forever' chipboard piece from Narratives collection by Karen Russell/Creative Imaginations. Timeless.


I bet you have older supplies begging to be used. Go on. Give them some love. I put this tag together earlier today and am smitten with it!


Monday, May 12, 2014

Saturday Sketch - May 2014

Come On Get Crafty May's sketch is up! :)

Come On Get Crafty Saturday Sketch - May 2014
I played along and produced this simple layout with photos of Nidhi. There's a spelling mistake on the typewritten words, but I don't really care. It's not about being lazy, I feel like it's part of the charm. Or so I'd like to believe. :)

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If you're wondering how I get my hexies and splatters so perfect - that's because they're digital. I downloaded them from Shanna Noel's blog quite some time ago. (Thanks Shanna!)

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I need more of those resin flowers from Maggie Holmes Flea Market collection, for sure. *sigh* Love them! Don't forget to link your projects to the post on Come On Get Crafty for a chance to win some goodies!

Monday, May 5, 2014

The Truth *Chic Tags*

Hi everyone!

How was your interNational Scrapbooking weekend? I hope you managed to scrap a little a lot! :) I was in the mood to play with my Chic Tags and gelatos, so I did just that!

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I printed the digital stamp on the white cardstock before I applied the watered-down gelatos, then

I let the photos and Love Note Phrases take center stage. I aimed for simple and I love how this turned out.

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If you've been following Chic Tags for a while, you'd have recognized that clock face flair. :) It has been in my stash for so long and I finally have the perfect layout for it.

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I'm not done playing yet - I have a feeling I'm gonna stretch the iNSD spirit a little longer around here. :) I hope to share more with you soon!


Monday, April 28, 2014

Saturday With Sasha and Come On Get Crafty - April 2014

Here's a copy of Saturday With Sasha and Come On Get Crafty. I'm posting this on a Monday because well, I was very busy soaking up my niece who just turned 1 this past weekend! :)


Look at that face! We couldn't get enough of her! :) 

I hope you enjoy the two layouts I have here.


April! April? Seriously, I'm beginning to sound like a broken record but 2014 need to slow down! Don't you feel the same way?
 I have two layouts to share today, so shall we? :)

our sweet gal

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Layers upon layers of crafty goodness. I I traced the sunburst pattern from a stencil that I have on hand, pierced the stitching holes, erased the pencil lines then I played with mist on white (now pierced) cardstock, there is something about applying colors on a pristine white surface that is so enjoyable to me. And to many of you too, I think! :)  Once the mist is dry (i like to leave mine overnight, underneath my cutting mat) I stitched. 
I typically start with the photos. Then I dig through my supplies and played around with the placement. This time around, I decided on a tabbed tag from Elle's Studio, some Crate Paper die cuts, some toothpick hearts (taken apart) from Dear Lizzy and of course camera and heart paper clips from Webster's Pages. I seem to really love those clips for some reason! 
I feel like my cluster is super loaded, so I kept the rest of the page as is :) Of course I had to add some Basic Grey Candy Buttons to finish my layout. I confess, I'm kinda addicted to them!


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Another confession - Nidhi is turning 12 this October. And this is a layout about her 8th. LOL :D
I'm super in love with the Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party Epoxy Stickers - so in love that I'm kinda scared to use it even though I have had the idea for this layout for-e-ver!  Then one day I tell myself "Okay Sasha, suck it up. There will always be some other gorgeousness that you absolutely adore down the road. Just use what you have now, and. . . . you can always buy more!!"

So I did just that! I used almost the whole pack of it except for two, I think. And I don't regret a single thing. This layout is looking exactly how I imagined it! :) Aren't they just so pretty? I added some Jenni Bowlin Gold Trims Rub Ons to up the glam factor because I can't get enough of gold for now.

And oh - XOXO came from Crate Paper Wood Veneer shapes pack. If you look carefully, you will be able to see it in the digital mock up image. And I must tell you, that shade of yellow map paper from Recorded 6x6 paper pad has my heart, now and a long time to come probably. 

I'll see you around, ya? :) Happy scrapping!