Friday, August 30, 2013


  • My parents, on their wedding day. 1975. One of my favorite love story. My die-hard fan club. My backbone. My never-ending source of inspirations. Protectors of my heart.

together close up

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Double Scoop. The Layouts.

  • September kits are LIVE! Go grab some Double Scoop goodness for your crafting delight next month! (on a sidenote, September kits, already? *sigh*)
  • I got myself the scrapbook kit, card kit, Project Life kit, Sprinkles and Waffle Cone. And of course some 12 x 12 Studio Calico grid papers. All the layouts, with the exception of the EST 1999 was made by mixing all the kits. This is just the way I scrap :)

est1999 closeup
I have had visions of this layout in my head for the longest time. Glad I got it out this time. The woodgrain star sequins made it very easy - I'm so in love with them!
The stitching took the longest, once that's done.. the page came together very easily. I adore the thin thickers - their color is perfect - not too bold, but didn't fade to the background as well.

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After so many years, a square layout from me. I feel like 12x12 is too big for me nowadays so I went 8x8 and loving it! :)
Due to the size, I was also able to make the grey constellation paper from the card kit the 'focus' of my layout. I cut the cork frame and use it as an accent - I hesitated at first because it's just so beautiful on it's own but glad I went ahead :)

onesweetday closeup
One of my favorite photo of all time, taken at iCity, Shah Alam when I was there with my mom and daughters last June - had to enlarge it.
Backed the instagram veneer with patterned paper and stamped the heart on a scrap piece of grid paper. The rest of the layout came together by itself, well, almost. I love the washi tape in the main SB kit!
hello sunday

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I can't get enough of this photo of my girls. Look at them - I wish I can turn back time and keep them this way. It was a sunday, many years ago - a perfect one.

I traced and cut 'SUNDAY' using cameo (from the digital stamp). Using the same set of digital stamp, I stamped 'perfect' (in white) onto a blank 8.5x11 canvas, positioning it where I want it to be on the layout. Added stroke layer style, lowered the opacity to 20% and printed that out on a piece of watercolor paper.
I pierced 'perfect' then used the water brush to apply watercolor on it. Waited for it to dry, then handstitched the whole word with grey thread. (DMC 926)

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Played with watercolor again on this layout. I decided on yellow and green to contrast with the little bit of aqua in the photos. 
Wondermilk is our current craze, if you must know. Too bad the nearest outlet is about 4-5 hours away. LOL. 
Super love the wood veneers (how cute is the sun!) but my favorite part must be the torn washi tapes and stitching on the watercolored area :)


grateful closeup
This is another layout that has been in my mind for the longest time. *sigh* Poor ellies. I say 'I'm sorry' every time I see the photos from this day.
I cut the word 'grateful' from one of the cork frames and kept this page very minimal. I took some 'raindrops' from the wood veneer pack and decided they will symbolize 'tears' beside the title. Then I added some stitching, a label and some mist splatters. I thought it needed nothing else. I just wanted to write my feelings down.
you and me

you and me closeup
Our latest photo together! :) 
I used PL cards on this layout - 5 of them, cut into different sizes. I didn't measure anything though.

I handstitched a yellow outline on the ampersand and thought it looked amazing! The word 'hope' was cut with cameo and colored with a pink gelato.
truly perfect

truly perfect closeup
This layout was inspired by one of the card in the PL kit that says - Truly perfect. To be frank, I wanted to use it at first, then i accidentally dumped half a cup of watercolor water on it. *sigh* But I think I love this even more - I printed the words 'truly perfect' in the same fashion it appeared on the PL card on the gold label and build the page from there. I love how the flowers I cut out of the DL paper matches the photos! :)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Never Let Go

Hello, my name is Sasha and I'm a mother to two girls :) I'm only half kidding when I say I hyperventilated a little when I saw that we have to create a 'navy' + sequins' for August Creative Weekly. Navy (and purple) must be my least used colors so far. To say I'm being thrown out of my comfort zone is a little bit of an understatement. I have no problem what-so-ever with sequins, though. :)
First, I used my sewing machine to create the sequins pocket with a piece of patterned vellum and an enlargement of the photo I'm using for this layout. I stitched the three sides, filled it with some beautiful shiny sequins and then stitched the last side shut. Then, I decided to focus on blue-colored embellishments. I had no problem at all because apparently, I've been neglecting all the blue pieces. Who knew?! I certainly hadn't realized it. LOL.
I love how easy it was for me to incorporate other colors to complement all the blue pieces. Turns out that pink, yellow and light green, were perfect partners of navy blue! I also altered the white thickers I used for the title with some spray mist.
I must say, I no longer panic when I hear navy blue. LOL. The color is, after all, quite friendly and I can see myself using it more! What about you? Give navy a try - you might love it as much as I do right now!
never let go
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Monday, August 5, 2013


  • Margrethe : the cut file for 'love' on my Hello Love layout, as requested :) I cut off the arrow part and rounded the end for a more natural look.
  • Amy : I used Pretty Pink Mister Huey mixed with a little bit of water for the 'watercolor' effect.
  • Sharing one baby layout with you today. I love how older Studio Calico products work so well with newer, much more in trend stuff like neon sequins and shaped paperclips. Not saying these things are new as in never done before, I'm sure we all have our stashes of sequins and shaped paperclips from our school days - or maybe I'm the only one? I hope not  - just that they're now so hot in the paper crafting industry :)

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  • I adore the little bows from Atlantic Collection, I think I have used bows on pretty much every layout featuring Zahra. :) Heyday & Sundrifter die cuts, dream and stars and pinked circle wood veneers, and some splatters of Mint Julep Mister Huey - they're all making me love this layout even more. 
  • Babies are such a nice way to start people. ~ Don Herold (and I can't agree more. . . )

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Hello Love

“Some Days There Won’t Be a Song in Your Heart. Sing Anyway” ~Emory Austin

hello love

hello love closeup

hello love closeup 1

One 'just because' layout - using lots of leftovers from my Studio Calico kits from the past couple of months,  some Chic Tags, some stash of office supplies (hole reinforcement stickers), stamps, modeling paste, Mister Huey and watercolors. 

see you soon :)