Saturday, 27 August 2011

Class Sneaks For September 2011

Here am I, blogging and killing time as I await the results of our Presidential Election. Singaporeans got to vote twice this year, once for the Government Election earlier on and now for the President...

I promised my LSS that I will do another class before I go on sabbatical leave in preparation for the arrival of Baby A3. And I am so thankful that I managed to rush out the class samples over the last few days. I had been wanting to do another canvas class but given the timeline and my bulging tummy (it's really difficult to bend and squat and clear up mediums now! You get the picture? Lol!), I decided to do a layouts class instead.

And in the midst of brainstorming for ideas, I decided to create something interactive. You know I always like to personalise my layouts, be it with a small touch of mediums, stitching or something handmade. But scrapping to me is about preserving memories and most importantly, journalling down my thoughts so that I will not forget those precious moments in time. So, I wanted something interactive where I can hide more photos that speak of the moments and write down my innermost feelings.

And I ended up with 3 layouts, of which one even contains a simple mini album!I chose to use Bo Bunny's latest collection- Et Cetra. At first I felt the papers were too vintage looking and rich in earth tones, but as I played along, I am surprised at how versatile they can be! Here's sharing some of the sneaks...

Layout 1 contains a hidden mini album that can hold up to another 9 pages of small photos or journalling...

Layout 2 comprises of a slider which can slide out to reveal your secret journalling...

Layout 3 is made up of a card that unfolds to more pictures or words...

I had fun creating this and for the ladies who have attended my previous classes, you probably know by now that this scrapper practically leaves no embellishment or paper un-used! So you get enough to embellish and create all your layouts and mini album! Hope to see you around before I 'disappear' for a long time...

Monday, 22 August 2011

Mama's Little Boy

Woo hoo!!!! I'm on a high after completing the following layout. This month has been really busy, busy, busy! I have been rushing to complete Teacher's Day gifts, class samples for next month,craft masks for Adah's class performance and getting stuff ready for Baby A3!

The following layout was completed in 2 hours and I hardly get even a minute to myself these days, so I was so pleased and satisfied after completing this layout! It's simpler than my usual fussy cutting style, but still layered...These days, I am adopting a look which I think is more neatly layered but yet includes little touches of experimenting like the stitching, stamping or adding of mediums to my work. I guess it has to do with my schedule and the rest that I need more these days. It's really just scrap-stick-go for me these days...(I am not whining but I expect it may just get worse when A3 is here, so I am definitely cherishing my little pockets of freedom!Lol!)

I took the following sketch from Pencil Lines Sketch #250. I still love banners and they just brighten up any page! The pictures of Asher were taken in an underground train station in Hongkong. Love how the patterns on the MME's Line and Dandy Paper match the mosaic tiles in the background!

I had cut out two circles, and stitched around the border with brown DMC thread from Daiso. I do not have any circle cutters so they had to be drawn with a compass and cut out. I also handstitched the stitches randomly, but this time, I used a needle to poke the threading holes first.

I couldn't resist getting the embellishments from this collection. They are just too cute, bright and cheerful!

Thanks for coming by my humble blog! Have a great week ahead!

Monday, 15 August 2011

August Challenge at Made With Love

It's my turn to host the DT challenge over at Made With Love this week and I have decided to set a recipe challenge for our local scrappers. We often visit sketch sites or have scraplift challenges. A recipe challenge is basically the same as any other challlenge except that there are various 'ingredients' within the recipe that the scarpper must fulfill to meet the challenge criteria. So, I have named my challenge as the 1-2-3-4 recipe challenge!

You need to have all of the following 'ingredients' on your layout.
1 medium (of any kind, paint, inks, mists. In my layout, I painted gold mica flakes on the MF frame and used Versamagic Brown ink over the mask)
2 photos
3 ribbons (Ribbons of any form, tulle, lace, velvet, satin, etc. Ok...and I cheated here, I used the same lace ribbon twice, one for the border and one for the top but there's no restriction on this, right? Lol ;-P )
4 embellishments
5 words or more on your layout (You can use this in your title too!)

This is the layout that I have came up with for the challenge, titled,'Gentle Reminders'. Lately, I have been yelling at my girl a lot. Not just 'a lot' but 'A LOT'! Some days, I seriously dunno how to handle her anymore with her rebellion and stubborness and retorts. I have tried time-outs, no tv, scolding and even spanking once or twice but still she remains unchanged. I dunno how to control myself and it's really bad for baby A3, I I just have to scrap a gentle reminder to myself to learn to be tolerant and patient and loving though sometimes I feel like yanking someone's head off!

Close-ups. The frame painted with gold mica flakes and the Prima crystal that I added onto the tulle ribbon.

Love those rub-ons from Kaiser Craft. I got like almost the entire set. Talk about de-stashing...sighs...

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Happy National Day Singapore

This is the second National Day that we are spending in Singapore. Words cannot describe the homesickness whenever Singaporeans are on public holiday and celebrating away on 9th August when we were away in Shanghai. The kids now have a better awareness of National Day especially since both of them have had celebrations in their respective schools, and I am comforted that they know more about the country they were born in and belong to.

I hope the kids will 'remember'. There are lots to remember about for them- the alienation of being foreigners in a different country (though we may have simlar cultures), the blessedness of living in a safe and stable country, the comforts that Singapore has to offer and most importantly, they must remember to be thankful for all that!

Lots of fun in creating this layout using old and new stuff from Crate Paper. I splattered some white paint on the background. It's been a while since I took out my mediums to 'play'!Lots of layering as usual, but a really fast layout once the white paint is dried as I assembled everything together.

Do join in the National Day challenge over at Made With Love. There are 3 prizes to be won. One winner will be chosen by the MWL DT and the other 2 winners will be randomly picked. Ooohhh...lots of excitement plus the CHA orders are shipping inover the next few weeks! Looks like Christmas has arrived early on our shores! Lol!

Once again, Happy National Day to all Singaporeans!

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

We Saw Mickey!

Life really does get in the way (literally!) Baby A3 is on her way and Mummy here is just getting too exhausted to get any scrapping done. I dread to think of how I am going to cope with a primary school going child who needs help with her school work, an active 5 year old, attention seeking boy and a little baby when she's out.

I have tried to get started early on preparing Teachers' Day gifts but I have put together only 3 out of 8 albums and a photo frame I am preparing. I have not yet 'zuttered' my 3 albums yet, so they are 'unassembled'. Anyhow, here's sharing a layout that I completed a couple of weeks ago on our Hongkong Disneyland Trip. I just realised that last month was the first month after I had gotten my DSLR that I had not taken any photos of my two kids!Sighs...

The papers were from S.E.I. I rarely use this brand of papers but this range was just too cheery to miss and I like all the amusement park icons that they have added for this range! And I also love this set of Technique Tuesday's stamps. The quotes are simply meaningful and I am so looking forward to more new arrivals from them when they reach our shores soon. CHA products are already on their way! Yippee!!

I gotta go and get the eldest ready for school soon. Please do hang around and drop in. This hassled mama is still trying to work things out and cope though it's baby no. 3....