Sunday, 4 November 2012
Tuesday, 21 August 2012
A regular trip to the playground and a simple fall on his hands resulted in an elbow fracture. I had dismissed the injury initially as something less serious like a dislocation when I first saw his injury and was cool about it especially since the usually- whiny boy stopped crying after 10 minutes and was very brave through all the rough handling and examination at A&E. In short, he needed surgery and had been out of school for a month and I was kept busy with him and the baby at home.
I have no choice but to admit that I have to realign my priorities for this year. I hardly bought new supplies and hardly scrapped. I only altered some frames bought from the thrift store for Teacher's Day and these are probably what I have to share for now. Much as I would like to get back some me-time, I think physically I need more rest as long as I am continuing to nurse. A3 sleeps through most nights but paranoid me continues to wake up once every night to express for fear of milk supply dropping. I also want to read more and pursue my photography interest further...
I still hope to share and I am planning to move my blog to a personal website by year end if possible and am still thinking if I should continue to seperate my photography and scrapping interests on seperate blogs. But in the meantime, I can only plan and think about it till the situation at home improves.
Friday, 6 July 2012
Monday, 28 May 2012
Sunday, 29 April 2012
Monday, 16 April 2012
Life is indeed very challenging with three kids and I am blessed to have the help of my father who willingly ferries the two older kids to and from school most days, allowing me some rest. But last month, Granddad Chaffeur decided to take a break and went to Hainan island to promote some Hainanese opera projects that he and his siblings have undertaken and I was left on my own! Throw in 3 kids who take turns to wake up in the nights to call for me to either help them use the bathroom, or climb into my bed because of nightmares or has to nurse, I was totally burnt out. How did those mothers with 4,5 or even 10 kids like my Grandma cope?
Anyhow, the DT assignment for Made With Love for this month is to create projects using products from Maya Road.After scrapping for a few years, I have to confess that I have a whole drawer for Maya Road products, from albums to chipboards to sheers and even their flowers and ribbons... ...
For my assignment, I have chosen to do up a Maya Road scallop, plastic album. I love scallop albums as they allow you to see through to the pages behind. They are also sturdy and can take heavier embellishments such as metal pieces etc. It is also very fun assembling the embellishments and paper on both sides of the plastic pages to make sure they coordinate and layer well with each other! Hahaha...simple challenges that I set for myself as a scrapper.
An overall view of my scallop album. I added a giraffe chipboard that was from Maya Road's mini chipboard zoo album. I painted with Maya Road Mist in buttermilk on both sides, chalked the sides with Versamagic in Gold and then added vintage glass glitter on it! It has been a long time since I got my fingers dirty and icky. Lol.I also made sure I had at least a Maya Road product on every page! Will introduce them further below...
The front cover. The word 'Love' is also from their mini chipboard words. I misted it and then added Distress Cackle Paint on it. Love, love, love the cracks made by the cackle paint. Also added a cute little glass bottle at the side, filled with beads and the metal ornate frame is from Teresa Collins. And all these items are heavy, so a regular chipboard or cardstock album can hardly hold them up. By the way, the vintagey pearl pins are from Maya Road too.
Another reason why I like plastic albums- more playing with mediums. I stamped alcohol inks at the edges of each album and they look really pretty in their translucent shades of pink, aqua and blue! For the front and last pages, I also stamped little butterflies around the borders.
Crocheted doily and yellow resin flower from Maya Road! Not P****...:-)
Cute little chipboard spool from Maya Road and I just wound some baker's twine over it. The brown sparkly lace ribbon is from them too.
The red plastic stamp frame is from Maya Road.
Felt star and star badge that I have been hoarding for the longest time are also Maya Road items.
Resin flower center.
Red felt bird which was the rage some time back and the purple stamp frame.
Blue chipboard heart and the sparkly ribbon again!
Red chipboard heart.
The last two pages. I stamped a Prima image of the three children sitting on a bench on the last page.
Tuesday, 6 March 2012
For my challenge this week, it's all about chipboards! Over the years, we have seen various chipboards manufacturers popping up. I used to think chipboards are grey and boring but not anymore! Look at the laser cut chipboards from Dusty Attic, Kaiser Craft, Maya Road etc...So for my challenge, all you have to do is to include at least one chipboard on your layout and 'dress' it up.
Here are some examples:
1) You can ink the edges like what I did in the layout below for the row of houses (from Buzz n Bloom, an Australian based chipboard company which has closed down).
2) You can paint them like the house at the corner of my photo in the layout.
3) You can cut out papers and paste on them like the string of chipboard banners from Jenni Bowlin that I had used on my layout.
4) You can stitch on them.
5) You can wrap ribbons on them.
6) You can stamp or emboss on them.
Well, I have given quite a number of examples already. So come along and play with us on this challenge. Remember, all entries to be uploaded by 19 March 2012, 12 noon.
Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Much as I enjoy the cooler weather, I hated the freezing cold days in winter during the months of December and January and was happy to stay home and laze about. Unfortunately, I had to send the kids to school and zip around for errands.It was such a chore putting on those thick layers of winter clothing for the kids and then myself and trust me, it ain't easy carrying that chubby boy with extra layers on both of us! Lol!
Then, we always find ourselves in situations when we are comfortably and warmly settled in a restaurant, toilet requests would come forth from the kids.Then it would be a mad scramble to quickly put on those layers of clothing back, zip out in the cold to the toilets, undo those layers to get the kids to pee properly without wetting their clothes and then back to the restaurant again!
Anyhow, it was still fun minus all the colds and ear infections which were so common during the cold months and we always try to get out once the weather forecast shows some sun. The kids, with their chubby and rosy faces and winter wear, made good photography subjects too for my scrapping!
I opted for a light pink,violet,and silvery color tones on my layout to reflect the 'coldness' of winter. This is my first layout of the year, after baby Anna's birth and I took a long time with it, completing in parts over 2 weeks! But it was definitely satisfying! I managed to play with some mediums, misted the Prima canvas frame which I matted the picture onto and the girl at the side. Also brushed on some gold mica flakes on the resin bridge, before layering on the papers and flowers...yums!
A side view of the layout...
Close-up of the bridge and misted canvas.
I glued on the violet flower on top of an older prima winter flower that I had been hoarding for the past 3 years!
Hope you like what I have to share. I will be back tomorrow with another post on my challenge over at Made With Love. Two posts in a week! That is quite a feat for me currently ;-)
Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Anyway, this photo was taken when I was about 34 weeks pregnant. The two older kids were always excited about meimei's arrival then, had great plans for hospital visits and what they would do when meimei's home. Adah was always feeling for the baby's kicks and Asher kept asking when baby would be out so that Mummy can carry him again! This was a fun photoshoot that we did at home on our own and I love the cheekiness in this pic!
Lots of Websters Pages goodness here from the older collections. It's amazing how much stuff I have bought and hoarded over the last 3 years of scrapping! The bird's nest is from Melissa Frances and I painted over it. The pink birds are from Prima and misted. The bright flower and aqua floral ribbon are from Websters Pages too!
Tuesday, 17 January 2012
This is my Photo-A-Month layout for 2011. I want to document some of the most important events that we have been through last year. Adah's first foray into Primary school in Jan, our discovery that we are pregnant in Feb, Asher's and Daddy's birthdays in March and April, our trip to Hongkong in June, our 10 year ROM anniversary in Nov and Anna's arrival in Dec!
I thought the layout looked a little cluttered and tried to seperate the months by the gridlines made using aqua baker's twine from Pink Paislee. I tried to use up as much of my old stash as possible before I go into the new CHA buying frenzy again this year, so you see some paper cut-outs and embellies from Glitz Design, Basic Grey, Prima, and Websters.
Chinese New Year is in a week's time and this is the first year that I am so ill-prepared for it. We hardly get visitors but it is still fun to buy those snacks and tidbits and new clothes and stuff around the house but I am hardly free these days...not that I am complaining, I simply love the smell of a baby's breath and am relishing every moment with Anna before she grows into a little girl like Adah. Well, here's to wishing everyone a Blessed, Happy and Prosperous New Year and may all your dreams be fulfilled!
Wednesday, 4 January 2012
Well, my confinement's almost over and I just pray that baby and myself will be safe from the HFMD. I am thankful for God's grace upon Adah and Asher that they are finally eating some foods after days of not eating and crying in pain. Church members have been calling and praying for us too. It may be a rocky start to 2012 but I am thankful that the good Lord has shown His goodness to our family.
I hope to settle into a routine with the 3A kids and start scrapping soon... How I miss my own me-time...