Monday, June 29, 2015

Bluebird Chic Camera Strap Review and Giveaway

Hey everyone!!

Leah of Bluebird Chic (Affiliate link) and I have been online friends for quite some time. That lady, let me tell you, is so creative and talented and she works non stop. I'm so proud to see her business growing by leaps and bounds over the years. I have been using one of her camera straps for a while now, so when she invited me to be one of her Brand Ambassadors, of course I jumped at the chance!

As ambassador, Leah let me pick one strap for myself, give one away and offer you a discount code. How sweet is that deal? :) It took me a while to decide, but really, that was just me big fickle. I already know I wanted 'Skip To My Lou' the first time I laid eyes on it. It has triangles! Sasha + triangles = always a good pairing :) It is also red in color, which is perfect because my clothes are black + grey + jeans, most of the time. I love that pop of red against my very basic fashion choices. 

Skip To My Lou by Bluebird Chic

Beside being oh so pretty, I need the strap to help relief some pressure on my neck. Hello tofu neck. I absolutely cannot use the strap that came with my camera, I have to have some sort of padding on my strap at all times. I was doing fine with my old Bluebird Chic Rainbow Chevron strap, really.

Then this new scarf camera strap arrived in my mailbox. 


It's so soft and comfortable like you wouldn't believe! I tried it both ways and it works like magic. I can't even feel the weight of my camera anymore. When worn across my body, the camera is so stable that I do not worry about it swinging out and hitting anything next to me when I move.

      bluebird2 copy

I tried having Neha take my photos, y'know, instead of a mirror selfie, but I didn't like the quality of the phone photos as much as I love these. And I really love taking photos of myself, haha!


How do you like my new camera strap? 

Gorgeous eh? :)

As I said earlier, Leah is letting me offer you a generous 20% off any strap of your choice
Code : SASHAfarina (valid from June 29th until July 13th 2015)

Do you want a chance to win a strap of your own?

Between June 29th to July 6th, just visit BlueBird Chic to choose your favorite, then come back here and post it in the comment section. Comment is moderated (I hate spammers), and I will close the comment section before I choose the winner randomly. As long as you're able to leave a comment, you're in. :) This post will be edited to announce the winner shortly after I close the comment.

Good luck and I'll see you soon!


This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive some commission if you make a purchase using this link. Opinions however, are my own. Thank you for your support!

Friday, June 26, 2015

HK Disney

A new sketch is up on the October Afternoon blog! I'm sharing my sketch and layout here, then you can hop over there to see Jill's fabulous layout :)

How's your summer coming along? The girls and I have the whole month of June off school and work. A month sounded like forever when we discussed it in May, but now, we're already in the last week of our holiday! Time flies when you're having fun they say? So true!   

sketch june 25th

hk disney

I used that bold B side of Fresh Fruit PP as a background and cut apart my white cardstock before stitching them back together on top of it. I've done this before and will be doing this again for sure. I love how you can see bits and pieces of the background paper through the gaps. 

hk disney closeup

hk disney closeup2

I finished my layout with some a variety of embellishments from Summertime, an old brad from Travel Girl collection, an arrow chipboard and of course, a sprinkling of colors all over my layout. 

I hope you will give this sketch a spin!
Happy scrapping!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Sweet Boy

Sometime I have the urge to go simple. No ink splatters, minimal layering. Just photo and paper. Rare, but it happens and when it does, I'm grateful for digital elements. They make it so easy to scrap simple pages!

sweet boy

sweet boy closeup

For this layout, I built it from one of the Week In The Life 6x8 Layered Templates. I added 'sweet boy' brush in white with yellow 'stroke', a piece of digital sticker from Little Things Kit, my nephew's name and age and the date. The whole layered template was printed on photo paper. Once printed, I trimmed it a little bit larger so it's the same width as my background.

I can't resist paper and embellishments, so I added a little heart from A Flair For Buttons, a punched out little banner from my OA scraps, and I mounted everything onto that gorgeous Moaning Cavern pp, also from October Afternoon.

This sweet boy is growing like a weed right now and oh so smiley. We can't get enough of him! :)

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Little Things

Afzan Zhafri

Nidhi took this photo of my nephew on the first day of my sister's wedding last March and I just had to scrap it! :) I mean, how could you resist those folds? And the fact that he has changed so much since then, only make me treasure this shot more than ever. 


I had a fun time with Little Things digital kit from Ali Edwards. When we get our digital files, it's a must for me to go through them one by one. Yes. I open each and every file to make sure I miss nothing. I especially like to see if I can use any of the journal cards for my layout. 

The moment I opened the 4x6 triangles card, I squealed. I have a thing for triangles and geometric shapes in general. My daughters know this too because they got me a gorgeous 'rockstar' clip to add to my bangle for Mother's Day :)



I layered 3 copies of the journaling cards, taking care to leave a little gap between each group of triangles for the 'little stuff' digital stamp, onto my 8.5 x 11 canvas without resizing them. The size is perfect as is. This works because my background and the journal cards are the same color - white. I'm no expert so I have no idea what will happen if you have different colored background or cards. Once the triangles and 'little stuff' digital stamps are in place, I proceed to printing. 

The base of my layout is now ready. I machine stitched all over, added a flair by Feed Your Craft and made photo mat by layering more printed acrylic, gold foiled paper from Pretty Little Studio and cute paperclips here and there. I also splattered some colored mist all over, because I still love splatters to this day. :)

If you're thinking about getting the Little Things Kit, it's still available for a few more days before we switch to the new theme for June (Go) which will be revealed on June 15th. 


Monday, June 1, 2015

I'm Happy

I have a new scrap recipe up on the October Afternoon blog today! I know most of you're visiting me from a mobile device so here it is! :)

Scrap Recipe Challenge June 1st

I'm happy.
I'm loud,
I'm quiet,
I'm insane,
I'm ridiculously funny at times,
I need a brain-mouth filter most of the time.
I don't forgive easily,
I keep a list of 'people I'd like to punch in the face'.
I'm not everyone's cup of tea
and that's okay.
I hate the crowd anyway.

i'm happy

June is always very hectic for me. I think that has to do with the fact that my girls are off school for the whole month! I have a recipe to help you maybe scrap a page or two these busy days of summer. Speaking of which, have you seen Summertime? Oh my! I'm in love with the colors and ever versatile patterns in it!

Yup! That easy! 1-2-3-4! :) Feel free to add your own spin to the recipe. This is just the recipe for the base of the layout.

I made some mistakes while typing out the journaling with my manual typewriter and I left it that way because this is a layout about me, and I'm not perfect and I actually think some of them are quite funny. Would I have corrected them if this is a different layout? I don't know. It depends on my mood I guess. 

i'm happy closeup

i'm happy closeup2

I'm going to list down what I used here because I know some of you like it when I point out things I used, one by one.

1 paterned paper - Sunshine from Summertime. 2 pop drops (heart and star), both from Daily Flash Apple Cider collection. 3 stamping - I stamped 'one of a kind' phrase using Daily Flash Inspiration Roller Stamp, three times. 4 stickers - Film roll and True Story stickers are from Daily Flash Snapsots Double Take pack, while that cute yellow sunnies is from Summertime. That black label is from an older October Afternoon collection. 
To add my own spin on the recipe, I used some chipboards (red arrow and grey star), mist splatters, letter stickers (Daily Flash Stop Light Alphas), the word happy in wood and also lots of wonky stitching all over the page.

Please let me know if you need help in identifying stuff used on my layout. I'm available via email and Instagram. I can't wait to see your take on this recipe!
Happy scrapping!


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hello Favorite Story

The year was 2007.
You were almost 5 years old.
Already in K1. Already so independent.
Eager to learn.
You used to say 'I is sleepy' instead of 
'I am sleepy'
and we corrected you many times but
secretly I think,
that 'mistake' must be my favorite 
because I still remember it until today.
I miss hearing you say 'I is sleepy'.
I miss your chubby cheeks and 
tiny baby teeth too.
but I miss 'I is sleepy' the most.

Mom. May 2015.

Hello Favorite Story

Hello Favorite Story closeup

I used one digital label from Hello Good Stuff by Ali Edwards, two ways. Don't you just love it when you're able to do that? I printed out the word 'HELLO' and my journaling onto the white cardstock and cut out the words 'favorite story' on a piece of deep red cardstock, using my Silhouette Cameo.

I layered some papers as my photo mat and added that super cute bow because it matches the flowers on Nidhi's top in the photo. A heart sticker and a little bit of stamping and I'm done! :)

As simple as this layout is, it's one of my favorite!

I is sleepy! LOL. Hitting the sack soon! I hope you're having a great week so far! If you're not, the weekend is coming! Hang in there. *hugs*

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Destination : Grad Party

It has been a while since I scrapped on kraft background but I made this for October Afternoon and posted it on their blog today! :)

grad party
I scrapped the photo I took of my youngest just before she went to her Graduation Party last year. It was a huge deal for all Year 6 students as they end their Primary School years and move on to Secondary School. I'd never realized how difficult it is to find an age appropriate dress for a 12 year old! The dress shopping took for-e-ver :)
I started my layout with a tag and layered pieces of patterned papers here and there on top of one another to build a cluster as my photo mat. I didn't cut into any new piece of patterned papers for this layout. Everything came from my October Afternoon scraps bag. I'm still very smitten withTreasure Map and Saturday Mornings as you can see.
grad party closeup

grad party closeup2
I also picked some bits and pieces from other collections to complete my layout. The Snap Capsfrom Daily Flash Snapshots and All Boy are perfect this this page. I finished my layout with some stamping with the 2010's decade stamp and Travel Roller stamp.
Creating on kraft with the beautiful colors from October Afternoon is so fun! If you haven't been scrapping on kraft for a while, or have not tried kraft at all, I strongly urge you to do so :) Go get krafty! Tag me on Instagram @sashafarina if you play along! :)

Monday, May 18, 2015

What Do You See?

Time to take out those black and white photos you love and scrap them! :) Read more about my challenge on the October Afternoon blog

Here's my sample layout :

what do you see

I haven't done this much layering in a while and it was so fun. I should layer more, I think! :) Those awesome papers from our Treasure Map collection are just perfect for me. They work for simple, graphic layout and are still amazing to use for a heavily layered layout like this one. 

what do you see closeup

I also used quite a lot of bits and pieces from older collections. Namely Daily Flash All Boy Double Take Stickers, Daily Flash Snapshots Snap Caps, Daily Flash Milk Money Memory Cards andDaily Flash Girl Talk Flash Blurbs. Can you spot them all?

what do you see closeup2
The chipboard arrows, oh the chipboard arrows. . .  I don't know what I'm gonna do without them. I can't stop using them but at the same time I don't want to run out! Love them so! Do you have one pack of embellishment that you love like I do the chipboard arrows (and hearts &stars too)?! 
To finish my layout, I added yellow machine-stitching, and a sprinkling of colors, as usual. I love that the machine stitching and the splatters are part of my routine to signify the completion of a layout. I like the feeling of 'being done' if you know what I mean! :)


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Story Of This Photo

Let me be the one to tell you that it's okay to just wanna scrap your pretty face. I promise you, that is totally fine.

awesome story

I knew I wanted to do something like this the moment I saw Story Of This Photo digital brush pack from Ali Edwards. Being me, my layouts are sometime playful and this is right up my alley! :)

awesome story closeup

awesome story closeup2

As usual, I plan my layout in Photoshop first. I also added some 'digital word stickers' from the Click Digital Story Kit and some yellow machine stitching (which I can't seem to scrap without nowadays), some scraps of Studio Calico and Hambly Studios patterned paper and some stamping with my October Afternoon Daily Flash Picture This stamp set (just how cute are the glasses and lips?!!). The old pink birdie rub on and & sticker are from Studio Calico too while the little banner is from Chic Tags.

If you're curious, I attached the camera paper clip with a few dots of glossy accent.

This photo tells an awesome story?

ehhh... no. not really.

I just think I look really nice here.
And I seldom be in photos., let alone looking nice
being in it. Haha.

Love this photo.
that is all. - SF, April 2015


Monday, May 11, 2015

Everywhere On My List

Patricia is hosting the Monday Challenge on October Afternoon blog and I'm playing along!
I'm sharing my layout here but you totally have to click over to OA blog and take a look at Patricia's. Love her take on the challenge!

everywhere on my list

I dream about travel all day long, all year long. It's true! Have you ever heard the saying "if traveling is free, you'd never see me again"? Yes, that would apply to me. When I was given this challenge, I knew I would have to scrap about my wish to travel the world. 
I have an enormous amount of photos taken from the airplane and this is a perfect layout for them! :)

everywhere on my list closeup

everywhere on my list closeup2

everywhere on my list closeup3

I used lots of Treasure Map collection on this layout. Pieces of True North pp were used to cut the words 'everything' and 'on my list' and Dead Man's Pass pp was hand cut into little wonky triangles. If you haven't taken a close look at Dead Man's Pass pp, let me tell you that the B side has ombre triangles on it. Very pretty! I then completed the layout with several pieces of stickers from Daily Flash Snapshots and All Boy collection, a heart chipboard and of course yellow machine stitching and some paint sprinkled all over.