Monday, March 2, 2015


The stitching challenge is up on the October Afternoon blog, hosted by my super talented friend, Patricia Roebuck! Go check it out please! Her layout is beyond amazing!

Here's my take on it :)


brave closeup

brave closeup2

You might say, stitching? that's not much of a challenge for Sasha! While you may be right if I decided to hand stitch on this layout, the same can't be said when I'm machine stitching. Haha!

I love adding machine and hand-stitched elements onto my page and have been doing so for a long time. If you've never tried stitching before, you should. You have to let go of some things though. 
You have to be able to accept and see the beauty in imperfections, at least for me. My sewing machine is quite temperamental. But hey, that's what I love about it.

On this layout about my brave girl, I cut out the letters from Encyclopedia patterned paper from ourPublic Library collection to form my title, then I stitched around each hand-cut squares and layered them with various scraps leftovers from previous October Afternoon layouts.
My three photos were cut into circles and added to the layout before I typed out my journaling strips and adhered them to the page. I added a tin pin,  a couple arrows, some chipboard stars, because, really, for her bravery, my girl deserved all the stars in my world. :)  For even more fun, I sprinkled some sequins, stamped some phrases and splattered some paint onto my layout, then I stitched all around it with my sewing machine.

Tag me on Instagram if you play along! I'd love to see it!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Dear girls

As much as I would like to play with them, they were rollerskating. And I value my spine very much, I have this fear of falling down, you see. Must be because I have fallen enough time when I was a child. LOL. So I settled with watching them play. 
dear girls

dear girls closeup
I printed one of the Love Notes card Ali designed straight onto my background paper and stitched a frame around it before I add my photos and a little embellishments. I love that I have the option to resize the cards, next time, I'm plan on blowing them up to use as bold element on my page.
How simple is that? I'm all for simple + stories these days. And oh, if you wonder where the story is on this layout, it's written in my ugly handwriting at the back, as usual. :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Today And Everyday

Melanie has a 'loving action' challenge up on the October Afternoon blog and I played along! I hope you will too! I wanted to post this yesterday but was exhausted when I get home from visiting my parents, meeting my nephew for the first time, playing with my 2 years old niece and talking non-stop with everyone! Ha!

Here my take on Melanie's challenge 

today and everyday

today and everyday closeup

I decided to scrap this old photo of my girls, holding hands while watching TV. While they hold hands occasionally now, they certainly don't do it while watching TV! :D  I typed out my journaling and printed it straight onto the white cardstock. I cut strips of the Biography Patterned Paper from our Public Library collection and placed them as borders for my design. That paper is one of my favorite of all time, I think you can tell if you have been following my work for some time. I then embellished my layout with a star chipboardpop drops, an ampersand sticker from this sheet and I added my girls' initials using this adorable Strawberry Ice Cream Alphas What a wonderful challenge Melanie! Thank you for the nudge to scrap this photo! :)

And oh, that nephew I was talking about? Here he is. The name is Afzan Zhafri, 24 days old and already breaking hearts. :) You'll be seeing him on my pages I'm sure.

23 days old. Introducing my brand new nephew, Afzan Zhafri. �� #afzanzhafri


Sunday, February 8, 2015



noun informal

1. a photograph that one takes of oneself with a digital camera or a front-facing smartphone
2. silly, precious photo of you and TokMa in the backseat while mommy drives.

Made this with this Layered Tamplate by Ali EdwardsJust drag and drop, couldn't be any easier when you want to document a series of photographs. Will print this on photo paper and insert into my album just like the rest of my layouts.

ps : how cute is my mom? Lol. ♥

Thursday, February 5, 2015

You = Awesome

These are the words that I wanna tell my girls 

You = awesome by Sasha Farina

You = awesome closeup by Sasha Farina

Yup, I put brave twice. And I added fearless for good measure. I personally think that is one of the most important thing. To be brave, open to new opportunities, go to new places, explore, just try new things and not be afraid of failing.

I modified one of the brush from Ali Edwards Kiss Me. It originally said ' You + Me = awesome'. Modifying the brush is my way to tell my girls that they can be awesome, just by themselves. While Sam and I will always be behind them in whatever they do, they must know that they don't need us or need to be a part of a couple to be awesome. If you have a partner, yes that is great. But if you're alone, don't let that stop you from achieving greatness. 

Am I crazy to be putting so much emotion into one very simple scrapbook page? 
I think not :) That's just how I'm wired. 


Monday, February 2, 2015

I *heart* list

We're changing things up a little on the October Afternoon blog. There will still be challenges every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, but now we have weekly themes also. Our theme this week is The Love List. Quite appropriate for February don't you think? We're carrying on with this 'love' theme for the whole of February so come and visit us, will ya? :)

My challenge for you is quite simple. It's a recipe challenge with just one requirement. 

12 squares

Please feel free to interpret it however you want. You can create a layout with 12 little squares on it, you can make 12 little square shaped mini cards or even tags. Keeping 'mixing it up' in mind, I decided to create a I *heart* list mini layout with the Daily Flash 6x8 page protector with 2x2 squares.

12 squares

12 squares closeup

12 squares closeup2
How fun is that?! I used bits and pieces from Public LibraryDaily Flash (Apple Cider) and even Saturday Mornings. The white cardstock pieces I cut into 2x2 are perfect background for each of the 'mini layout' about the things I currently love. 
If you, like me, think that the pillow puffs lose their dimensional look when slipped into a page protector, try doing what I did here. I adhered the pillow puffs outside of the page protector and loving how they look. 
I plan to stick this into my normal album with the rest of my 8.5x11 layouts. Simple solution! I also plan on doing more of 6x8 when I feel like changing things up to keep this playing with paper business fresh and fun I must say. 
I hope you will play along and share what you make with us in the OA Flickr Gallery You can also share with us on Instagram. Use the hashtag #oamixitupday and tag @sashafarina and as I would love to see your beautiful creations. 

Friday, January 30, 2015


My girls are growing up. When I talk to them, I don't shy away from topics like relationships and heartbreaks. I hope I'm able to prepare them for what is coming. Because we all know it will happen. Love is hard. Love is messy. Love is also worth it.

I'm doing just that on this layout, with a little bit of humor inserted because that's just me.

xoxo by Sasha Farina

xoxo closeup by Sasha Farina

Yes, now the world knows. It was love at first sight for me. Haha! In my defense, we have been talking online for quite a while. I was brave eh? I've always been, will always be brave, I hope.

xoxo closeup2 by Sasha Farina

I love using Ali's Follow Your Heart brushes as parts of my journaling. I love using Ali's digital offerings. Period. That was why I applied to be on the team. (yes, I applied just like everyone else. No special treatment whatsoever. lol)

and oh, the part where I said 'don't fall in love until you'e at least 30' - I'm half kidding. Haha!
I'll see you soon!


Monday, January 26, 2015

The Cure

GO BIG challenge is up on the October Afternoon blog. Head on over to see Patricia's beautiful layout.

Here's my take!

the cure

the cure closeup

I was so excited when Patricia said the challenge is to 'Go Big'! I knew then what I wanted to do, well, because I have been wanting to do this for so long!
I've been missing the beach lately. It has been a while since we went for a beach vacation. I went though my collection of beach photos and printed it full page, yes that photo is 8.5 x 11. 
As big as it gets, eh? :)

I layered a 'speech' tag from Milk Money Flash Blubs pack on a somewhat empty spot on the photo. I went with the Old Oak chipboard alphabets this time because I think it's just so fitting for this page about nature.
I then typed out the quote on my super old typewriter and cut them apart into strips. Minimal embellishing with a couple of brads from Public Library collection and leaves stickers from Daily Flash Apple Cider and we're done.
This layout now sits in a frame, near my scrap area. Oh how I miss that beach. 
Thank you Patricia for this awesome challenge and for reminding me that I need to plan for a beach trip soon! :)

Play along, will you? :)


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Being Mommy

A new sketch is up on the October Afternoon blog. I hope you will find some time to play along :)

Sketch Jan 22

being mommy

being mommy closeup

being mommy closeup2

I blogged about this photo last year. Can't resist making a layout about it.

I followed the sketch quite closely but I switched the positions of most of my elements. The strips on the bottom right went to upper left and my photo + journaling labels were moved to the right hand side of the layout.I really, really love that flower bouquet sticker from our Public Library collection, and converted my photo to black and white so they don't compete with each other even when they're being placed side by side. 
I also printed my journaling onto two pieces of labels, stamped a yellow ampersand and some grey arrows straight onto the white cardstock and finished my layout with a couple of starspop drops and 'empty stitches' using my sewing machine
If you decide to use my sketch, I would love to see your layout! Tag me @sashafarina - that's the fastest way for me to see it! :) Have fun!


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I am enough

I hope you feel you are too.


Enough digital brushes from Ali Edwards.

Enough closeup

Quite an 'emo' layout but I love it all the same. I believe we should take the time to document at least some of our feelings. You know, there is more to life than birthdays and road trips and vacations. There is absolutely more of everything in real life. I'd like to scrap at least a little percentage of them.

I chose to go as simple as I can on this layout. I wanted to focus on the words. At first I thought I would add some hand-stitching, but then I said to myself, this is enough.