Saturday, August 30, 2014

True Story - I am Strong

Some people said that it's time to step away from paint splatters and sequins. Well, why? If you like it, by all means, do it. Your layouts, not theirs. :)

And I. .  I love paint splatters and sequins (and enamel dots and a lot more!). So please excuse me while I splatter here, there and everywhere. 

true story

true story closeup

How do you use the triangle thingy on your layouts? It's making holes (larger than the size I was expecting - and I'm not sure I like that! Haha!) why don't they just make triangle brads? That would be much simpler! 

Jessy said on my instagram- "I just push all the spikes in and put a foam tape to hold it!". Good idea Jessy, I will certainly try that method next! Thank you!

true story closeup2

I have some 'deep' journaling for this layout, unfortunately, it's not for sharing. I'm sorry.

And here's a news I have been wanting to share for a couple of weeks already!

OA 2014-2015

Can I get a Yay? :) I love October Afternoon and cannot wait to do more creating for them, for me and for you! :)


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Back in 1998. . .

I had my last normal, uninteresting August 23rd ever. I haven't met him yet at that time.

Then I got to know him. 
Fell in love. Hard.
Married him.

And she came along in 2000.
You can say she's his best birthday present ever. Nothing I do now can top that. 

(We have a 14 year old!! Can I freak out now?!!)


Happy Birthday, sweethearts. 
I love you both.
So, so much.

(Credit : Digital Stamps - Studio Calico)

Monday, August 4, 2014

A 'Something Different' Blog Hop

*edited to add : Jennifer McMurtrey I have a Chic Tags package for you! Congratulations! Please email me (email button on right sidebar) with your address ya? :) Enjoy!

Do you have a 'scrapbooking superhero'? 
I do. I have many super awesome, talented, kind and encouraging friends in the scrapbooking world, they're my 'scrapbooking superheroes' :)

One of them is Jill Sprott. Jill is awesome, she does all kind of wonderful things with words that blow me away every single time. She also has the prettiest handwriting, in my opinion!
About two weeks ago, Jill tagged me to be in this 'blog hop' and I couldn't be more pleased to play along!

We were given some questions - this might get interesting and awkward at the same time. We all know I'm not good with answering questions, I tend to go wayyyy off topic or embarrass myself. Hah! Let's give this a try anyway!

1. What am I working on right now?
A whole lot of nothing. Actually, no. I just finished a layout a couple of hours ago. A 'just for fun' layout too. Double bonus!

I'm also working on a Project Life Story for myself. ↓

Can't get any simpler than this, I think. #projectSasha

Basically - PL plastics + white cards (self-cut smooth cs) + printed journaling + minimal embellishments. This project is also kinda private so I won't be sharing the album in full. Just little bits here and there. I need to make sure I don't go to prison. Haha! Kidding!

I'm posting what updates I can on this album with the #projectlifestory on Instagram. If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email or ask me on IG, I would be happy to help if I can.

2. How long does it take me to create a project?
For.freakin'ever. LOL.
I'm serious. I'm probably the slowest scrapper alive! I take the longest time to even think about which mist color to use for the insignificant splatters. *sigh*

I'm a slow scrapper because of this habit - put the tub on my lap and dig dig dig until I find things I think will look good on my layout! ❤️

This is a normal view if you're standing over my shoulder watching me work. One tub in my lap + me leaning over trying on stuff on the layout I'm working on.

 I'm also a digger. I have five  four tubs of embellishments and I spend a lot of time digging through them when working on a layout. I purge often because I have no room for more than five tubs and I like to have one empty Expedit cube - for 'just in case' purchases. LOL.

3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?
White cardstock - I know, I know, boring. Mayo on white bread. :D
Tags - I'm never without tags. Whether they're fancy ones from Chic Tags or just the basic ones from office supplies section.
Wood Veneers - I have lots from Studio Calico and Chic Tags from my DT days. Lucky me.
Faber-Castell Pitt big Brush Artist Pens - love using them to color my stamps.
Paper clips
Quote/word stickers
Mist - I have 118 colors as of now. Why do I need so many? I have no idea. I just love them!

4. How does my writing/creating process work?
I'm very emotionally driven. That means I can't scrap when I'm upset. It just won't work. Trust me, I tried. If you see me scrapping, means I'm happy. Even when creating pages about 'sad' times, I need to be happy. Does that make sense?

#projectlifestory coming along nicely. I don't work on this everyday, only when I feel like I have something to add.   Very 'empty' if you're used to busy and embellished #projectlife but I'm loving the 'emptiness' for now. Who knows what'll happen in the

This is not the case with my Project Life Story though. I think that's because the overall look itself is very bare. It takes very little effort to just get the journaling on the cards. No embellishment if I don't feel like it. Makes it easy, y'know?

5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
People inspire me. People also annoy me a lot. I'm not really a people person. I like people watching. Talking? Not so much.

A big part of staying inspired for me is knowing when to walk away. Just leave the whole damn thing there and go for a walk. Come back later. Take some time for yourself. Do other things. Go bring the kids out for ice-cream and fitting room selfies ↓ or just read a book.

It's Sunday! The crazies are out!

And then there's Pinterest!

6. What is my signature style?
I don't know! You tell me. I don't feel like I have a certain style, not yet. I like to play so I try to have fun while creating - that's the most important thing. If it's not fun, it's not worth doing and I might as well be folding laundry. LOL.

Next week, the 'blog tour' continues with these fun ladies. . .

Ashli Oliver a.k.a soapHOUSEmama
If you haven't already - go pay her a visit. She has a style that is like magical fairytale which I adore so so much! Her layouts are so dreamy and I always have to look at them for a lonnnnngggg time - like I need to absorb every little detail, y'know?

Jessy Christopher
Jessy Jessy Jessy - kind, encouraging, sweet and such a fun scrapper! I feel like she's such an asset to our scrapbooking industry. If you're into colors and whimsical style layouts, you will definitely love her.

Suz Mannecke
Such a busy girl, Suz is. I love how her layouts and PL spreads contains a lot of things to look at, but still calming to the eyes, if you know what I mean? She's also a very happy person, I can't help but smile whenever we talk, usually on facebook or instagram. This girl rocks my world.


Next Monday, I hope you will pay the beautiful ladies tagged above a visit as the 'blog hop' continues!


You're still here? I must not be as bad as I thought I would be! I wish I can send everyone a little something for reading till the end.


While that may not be the case, courtesy of Chic Tags (thanks Veronica!), I do have a little scrappy giveaway for one person. If you're interested, just leave a comment before August 9th, 2014 and I will pick a name out of the imaginary hat.  Please make sure you're contactable via email or your blog :)

ps : Chic Tags is currently having a Summer Sale! Use code GO40 to get 40% off all items from Let's Go Collection!

Comments are moderated (spammers. bugger!) - I will close the comment section before the drawing so as long as you're able to leave a comment, you're in.