Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Overdue Meeting

I wanted to blog this layout yesterday. .  but then, it was a special day. We fetched the newly minted 12 year old from school and didn't get home until almost 10pm. By then, I was so ready for shower and bed. 

Nidhi TokMa Bday

I made the above using Ali Edwards Week In The Life 4x6 template. I'm not doing WITL project as of now, at least not this week, but I thought I'd play with the template anyway. Love that it already has the date on there! Makes it easy for me to just print this out and slip into an album.

And here's the layout I have up on October Afternoon blog based on a typographic poster. Hop on over to see the inspiration piece behind this layout :)

overdue meeting

overdue meeting closeup2

overdue meeting closeup

I concentrated my design on the lower right hand side, just like the poster. I used a mixture of Daily Flash Apple Cider and Public Library for this layout. Those Snap Caps and Flash Blurbs are really really fun! I like how I'm able to add lots of layers onto the layout without actually having to deal with bulk later on when it's time to slip this one into the album :)
I finished the layout with title made with Daily Flash Nightfall alphas, some stamping (how cute are the 'instagrammed' stamped word!) and machine stitching. 
Share what you make with us in the OA Flickr Gallery You can also share with us on Instagram. Use the hashtag #octoberafternoon and tag me @sashafarina as I'd love to see your take on this piece of inspiration.

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)