Sunday, April 28, 2013

Planetarium. The Layouts.

this guy

this guy closeup

this guy closeup2

Love love love the colors in the main kit this month! So sweet and happy! I used my favorite element - circles! are you surprised? LOL.
Can't get enough of circles. I love layering them up like that, adding bits and pieces, here and there. That anchor flair was my starting point for this layout :)

ordinary days
ordinary days closeup
ordinary days closeup2
I'm sure you have seen the youtube video of Katrina Kenison and her Ordinary Days. Her words spoke to me, like it's meant for me you see, so I really want to document that.
Played with watercolors on this layout. Once I'm happy with what I have, I let it dry and then typed out the quote. I stitched the letter R when I realize that I ran out, but still wanting to use that particular set of alphas for this layout.

be happy
be happy closeup
I really love the stamp in Orion. *sigh* I decided to use one of our latest family photo taken enroute to Singapore from Seoul last month.
I wanted to use the cork chevron on the layout, but I feel like I need them to be 'anchored' to something - so I handstitched the diagonal lines and then my life is complete. LOL. (or I'm just so addicted to stitching, maybe? LOL)

fear closeup
I adore the wood veneer sheet! I can't bear to cut it up more than I should, but since I scrap 8.5 x 11, I still have some left to play with, so I ran it through my big shot to get the two butterflies.
I used my typewriter for the journaling - works perfectly. And oh, as you can see, I hand-stitched on the wood background too. I love how versatile the wood veneer sheet is!
you are so very loved
you are so very loved closeup
you are so very loved closeup2
You are so very loved was traced from one of the card in PL kit. I used the card as a guide to pierce the stitching holes - can't help it, as I love the swirly handwriting so so much :)
I still have the card - I can see myself using it to stitch a couple more times for other layouts. Why waste a good template eh? :)
smile big
smile big closeup
I used the V pattern mask as a stamp here, with White Mister Huey as my 'ink'. I love the 'barely there' look I got and decided to play with the watercolors! While the white mist is still wet, I just dipped a little color onto it and let it spread and blend. The pastel marbled effect is so pretty! :)
fly happy
fly happy closeup

Totally a 'what was i thinking' moment. LOL. That was what I thought when I see Neha being so high up in the sky! That was the only time the girls got to go parasailing, maybe that one time experience sobered mommy up. LOL.
I love that anchor. In love with that anchor more like it! Glad I waited to scrap these photos until now :) Some sort of symbolism since I didn't capture the boat that was pulling Neha + the parachute :)
I made my own background for this layout, using the circle stamp in Big Dipper. I randomly stamped the circle with versamark and embossed them in white before adding the mist. I spray the mist onto my kraft skeet and very lightly put my white cardstock facedown, making sure some parts stay white for the marbled effect. It's a gamble every time, but I love how no two pieces can ever be the same using this technique. Once I'm happy with the background, I gave the embossed parts a good wipe with some tissues.
Thank you for looking!!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Pier, You're Golden.

  • I'm quite sure I'm behind trend as usual. LOL. I'm just now loving gold on my layouts. I don't mind though, because my love for gold and the arrival of The Pier from Crate Paper happen to be around the same time. 
  • I can't put The Pier away, it has been sitting on my table since the day the box came in the front door. LOL. I think you will love it too, look out for the collection at your LSS very soon! :)

  • I had the best time working on the main collage of embellishments. I noticed that I'm more of an embellishments scrapper rather than paper scrapper. What about you? 
  • The Pier has a great selection of embellishments for you to choose from! My favorite must be the Ephemera pack - chock-full of delightful little pieces! Just look at that ready made banner near the 'smile' sticker - yup.. it came like that! I didn't stitch that myself! :)
  • Kraft, gold, yellow, brown - they go together so well, but pops of teal and red and dark blue made the layout even more pleasing to the eye in my opinion. 
  • The background was embossed with Mustard Zing, then misted with Gold Mister Huey and stamped with Versafine in Vintage Sepia
Baby niece is coming soon I hope!! ❤


  • Life wise, well. . .  baby is on the way. My sister is at the hospital, they're gonna induce her soon last I heard - overdue and low amniotic fluid. Send baby vibes our way! 
  • Talk soon, okay? I love you.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Life is short

  • Life is short. Eat dessert first. ~ Jacques Torres
  • I may be exaggerating, but I think, in Seoul, you can't walk 50 steps before encountering a coffee/waffle/donut/muffin joint. 
  • *sigh* good and bad, you know. I love to eat. in fact, some days, I only work out so I can eat more than my suggested calorie intake. LOL. 
eat dessert first

eat dessert first closeup
  • I used a lot of Sundrifter for this delicious layout. The happy, sweet colors are perfect perfect perfect! :) Added a flair from Here & There, a brad from Snippets and also an ampersand sticker from Darling Dear.
  • I used both Noah alphas, the solid and the outline for the title. The solid Noah is an older set but you can get the outline Noah from Studio Calico. I stamped each alphas twice, purposely offsetting them a little each time, then I cut them out while watching Survivor Caramoan ⇓. LOL. 
#fmsphotoaday 5. Something good today ~ handcutting noah alphas. Soothing! @studio_calico

  • *sigh* I miss Seoul. Nomnomnomnom! LOL
  • I'm knee deep in pretty papers right now! Wish I can share it with you. Soon okay? soon!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

More than words. . .

  • Sharing some tags I made for Crate Paper :)
  • Last week, I borrowed "Once in a Lifetime" by Cathy Kelly from the local library and was head over heels smitten with the words expressed in a letter that had been included in the book; a mother's words meant for a special daughter. Upon reading it, I knew right away I wanted to create something like that for my girls.
  • Together in that box, they look absolutely beautiful. I keep staring at them! You might notice this already, I love tags. I use tags on my layouts, and I adore them as a stand-alone art. But as a sort of a 'mini album' like this? They're too adorable! I think the kraft base sets off all the gorgeous colors of Crate Paper nicely, won't you say so? :)
  • The box is not tall enough for the tags to stand upright all the time, but has a glass cover for you to peek when they lay flat inside. 
  • All quotes were typewritten by Pearl (that's my Adler Tippa cursive typewriter, btw) and I. Some mistakes here and there, but it didn't bother me at all - part of the charm I would say. 
  • Here are the close ups for all the tags. Yes, all 10 of them. :)










  • I certainly have a feeling that I wil be creating more tags like these in near future. I hope you love my tags as much as I do!