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. 


Friday, January 9, 2015

Almost 15

I posted a sneak of this layout on Instagram with the caption 
"I have an almost 15yr old. How is that even possible? I feel 19!"

I'm in total denial mode here, people. Really. 

Almost 15

The photo was taken in December 2007. She was 7 then. It's like I blink and she's almost 15. As cliche as it may be, I have to say time flies when you're having fun :)

Almost 15 closeup

I created the journaling part in Photoshop, using brushes from Ali Edwards Prompts Digital and the new 2015 Date Stamps pack. Yes, you can totally modify the brushes and use them many times, not necessarily as a 'date stamp'. 

I find myself gravitating towards doing up part of my layout in photoshop because I think it's fun and besides enjoying the process, it's also a faster way to scrap, except when I do hand-stitching on the layouts like this one. :D What about you? Have you tried using digital brushes on your layouts? If you have, do you like it? If you haven't, well... why not? :)


Monday, January 5, 2015

My Story

I have a challenge up on the October Afternoon blog today. Something very simple yet many of us always forget. Scrap yourself. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. :D

I know.. I know, I just used that photo on my last layout. But hey, this is a totally different story. And I love that photo of me, I think I look healthy here! Like, in the 'pink of health' if you know what I mean. :D

my story (makeup)

my story (makeup) closeup

my story (makeup) closeup2

I kept it simple because really, underneath all that make-up, that's what I am. Took the journaling from my instagram post for this very same photo. 
If you look closely, I even used some Saturday Mornings here. I made the single, somewhat-oversized banner I used as my photo mat by cutting up Toast PP and covered the rest of the 'Shhhh...' Word Sticker so it's suitable for my layout. I love that 'the good life' tin pin because really, I'm wanting to be more aware of my blessings and yes, indeed I have 'the good life' :) And how cute is that vintage cameo brad from Public Library? I will never be able to carry that 'Downton Abbey~ish' style, but a girl can dream!
Play along will you? Tag me on Instagram if you do!

Mwah!! xoxo

Tuesday, December 30, 2014


I have been wanting to blog this layout for many many days . . . 

Currently 17.12.2014 by Sasha Farina
Currently 17.12.2014 by Sasha Farina _closeup

Re: Stitching on paper - it has been a while but I think I'm back at it. This time I used the 'currently' from Prompts digital brushes by Ali Edwards. It felt so good to be stitching on paper again!

Currently 17.12.2014 by Sasha Farina _closeup2
My only regret with this layout? In the last para, that I didn't realize I typed 'running back' when what I have in my head was 'running again'. There's a couple of spelling mistakes here and there too, but that 'running back' bothers me so much I'm tempted to redo the whole dang layout. :D

Just like that 2014 is almost over. I guess I'll see you next year! 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Just Sayin'

Merry Christmas from us to you, you, you and you!! May this holiday season sparkle and shine. May all your wishes and dreams come true and may you feel this happiness all year round.  #throwbackThursday Pic from 2007

It's after midnight here!! �� Merry Christmas from us to you, you, you and you!! May this holiday season sparkle and shine. May all your wishes and dreams come true and may you feel this happiness all year round.  #throwbackThursday Pic from 2007 ❌


I have a layout up on the October Afternoon blog today. If you need a little break from the festivities, I say why don't you play along with my sketch? :)

Sketch by Sasha Farina for October Afternoon

just sayin'

just sayin' closeup

just sayin' closeup2

I kept pretty close to the sketch, cutting strips of Story Time pp from Public Library and arranging them towards the top portion of the layout. I adore that patterned paper, I guess I will always have a soft spot for papers with text on them. I'm a bookworm if you can't tell. :D

Then I took two banner shapes from this Sew Fun Banners pack, used one of them to draw attention to the number 15 (we've been married 15 years this year!) and another as some sort of a mat for my journaling strips. I also added a stamped tab underneath one of the paper strips before I machine stitched everything in place. 

And oh! I absolutely think that Just sayin' tin pin is perfect for my layout! Don't you think so? That's just how we roll. In fact, if you follow me on Instagram, you'd have known that I dropped Sam on his butt right after this picture was taken. LOL.

I added a chipboard heart and my last strip of journaling on the lower part of my layout because I really love how it looks. I consider that my own spin on the sketch even when I was the one who created the sketch in the first place. 

Do share with us on Instagram. Use the hashtag #octoberafternoon and tag me @sashafarina as I'd love to see your take on this sketch.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Hello Real Life

Real life. 
What's real life, actually?
I've been teaching my girls that real life is hard. Real life is not fair. You don't always get what you're due. What can you do? Suck it up. Speak up. Work harder. 

Nidhi, especially. She's my youngest. And people around me seem to think that I pamper her too much. The fact is, I do pamper her, but not too much. She has her own share of heartbreaks and disappointments. She has to work hard for what she wants. Tantrum? I'd like to think I'm immune to tantrums. Haha! I take pictures in the middle of melt downs!



I wanted to layer the photo and title onto the stitched pocket so I turned one of Ali's Heart Real Life digital brush into a cut file. I slipped my journaling behind the photo, into the pocket and managed to keep this layout fairly simple and clean with vibrant pops of colors. :)

Thursday, December 18, 2014


First of all, please don't ask me what NOSS is. I have no idea what the heck it stands for. LOL. Nidhi was in this NOSS Sailing Championship last year, and I wanted to document that. :)

I have a 'water' challenge on the October Afternoon blog - please do check it out if you have time to scrap! I know people are so busy during the holidays, but sometime it's nice to have one rest day to do something solely for your self-enjoyment, don't you think? 


noss closeup

noss closeup2

The B side of Reference Section patterned paper from Public Library reminds me of the sea, so I decided to use that as my background paper. I cut my white cardstock into sections and stitched them back onto the background paper to create some interest rather than having a flat white background with a border. This must be my favorite thing to do nowadays, I've done this many times lately. :)
For my photo focal point, I layered Corn Maze, vellum, Bonfire pp and a couple of tabs. I playfully stamped one of the tabs because that's what this layout is about. My daughter, playing at sea. I believe we can learn so much while playing and it's not like I want her to go out and earn a living as a sailor, so this was play. :)
I used Daily Flash Navigate alphas for my title. Just how perfect is that for my layout? I squealed out loud when I realized that as I usually start my layout with a photo + story, not products. Such a happy coincidence! I hid my journaling underneath the photo cluster and finished my layout with a printed circle tag and a sprinkle of Pop Drops
I hope you'll play along with Mandy and I. 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 challenge!