Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Pink Paislee Me

This month is Pink Paislee at S.O. This paper is so extremely versatile and that little owl cannot be cuter, really!

One way blogging has changed my scrapping is evident to me in this layout. Before I started a private blog to record our lives, these pictures would be accompanied by journaling of the day I create this layout. But as everyone knows, a baby changes constantly and quickly. By the time I got around to scrapping these pictures, she had moved onto another and another favorite book(s). But this layout is dedicated to that first favorite book, the one for which she would fervently reach and upon getting the book, she would relax in full to enjoy.

For this layout, I created a sketch and used the harvest moon as my white space. The paper reminded me of rich harvest of apples, hence the layout. Also, I got in the Pink Paislee Topsider Shapes in the add-on. I love how you get the really thick stickers to go on top of the chipboard. But I did not use the stickers on the chipboard, instead, it's like getting a sheet of stickers and a sheet of chipboard shapes!!! I love that!!! I used one for journaling in the Honey Crisp layout.

This layout was much more spontaneous. I was flipping through pictures looking for some to scrap another layout, meanwhile, Second Child was in the next room SCREAMING her little head off instead of going to sleep!!! Usually my muses all leave me and I go downstairs and vegetate in front of the T.V., but by chance I came across this picture of her crying in the yard. I stared at it, how appropriate, since it was what she was doing at that very moment! Then it came to me, how to use the round scallop paper...

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Runner-up for Memory Makers Masters 2009

Nothing I can say describes how I am feeling right now, but I am one of the runners-up for the Memory Makers Masters 2009 contest.


Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Graphic 45, PenPal, Cherub Throw Down

Well, I am utterly honored to have been chosen by Beverly and Colette as the First Pen Pal of the Week! So this calls for celebration and this post is going to serve three purposes!

Here is a layout I did for Graphic 45 using Baby 2 Bride line. Long before I got my hands on the Baby to Bride line, I yearned for one particular sheet in this collection, “sentimental baby.” It reminds me of ceilings in Versailles. If you’ve ever been there, you know what I’m talking about: opulent scenes of Greek mythology with Louis XIV depicted as Apollo himself. And there are always angels and cherubs surrounding all the scenes on the ceilings of Versailles.

Well, I tell you that this is a baby/cherub throw down, because I think my own baby cherub rivals any of the ones I’ve ever seen on the ceilings of Versailles or any other palace/chateau for that matter. I am no professional photographer, so I make do with what I can, and once in a while, I managed to capture a moment that tugs on my heartstrings like this one. Everything I love about my baby is captured: round cheeks, tight fists with hand dimples, knitted brows, big eyes, chubby tummy, quirky toes… I can go on… The subtle colors of this line go so well with the photo and I cannot be happier to cut out some actual baby cherubs to accent my layout.

And it just so happens... the journaling block I used says "Things I love about you..." which is the theme of the second challenge at the Pen Pals blog! So I am totally cheating and using this layout and calling it challenge complete!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Dora Water Hopscotch

One of the many blogs I subscribe to via GoogleReader is Scrappin Kids. I have noticed a trend of moving away kids layouts to satisfy people who want too see non-kid based layouts, so it is nice to have a blog dedicated to scrappin the munchkins. Another thing I like about the challenges is that they are monthly, so lots of time to do a challenge.

For the month of August, the challenge is to scrap kids having fun in water. I don't have any journaling, because really, the pictures say it all. Now, when I get to scrapping Second Child on the same day, "participating" in the same event, much will be written about that, since it was a bit traumatic for her and her mama loves noncritical silly trauma drama!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

BoBunny Organic

The August newsletter for S.O. has been posted. As usual, it's so fun to look through it after it's been together.

Since we are in the middle of the 2008 Olympics, let me contribute by posting a layout on Guilin, China. I did three layouts with the kit and this one is my favorite because I really love this blue sheet of BoBunny paper from their Organic Line.

Speaking of China, I am headed to Shanghai in September. I will be gone for 8 weeks. So far, a trip to Japan is planned (in our heads at least). I am thinking Thailand as well, but we will see once we are in Shanghai what the tour groups are offering. My father told me that I am too poor to travel in style like the Chinese do. This is so true. The real Chinese have a saying for us oversea Chinese returning to China: "They talk big. They dress poor. They spend stingy." Yep... I don't know if I talk all that big, but without a doubt, I don't dress well, nor do I spend money the way the real Chinese do! LOL!!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Island Birthday

The August Rusty Pickle Blog challenge is to use RP's summer papers to create a birthday themed layout along with any RP alphabet stickers.

Of course I immediately thought about scrapping the girls' birthdays until I looked at my stash of Rusty Pickle papers.

A L O H A ! ! !

Did I not turn 28 and 33 in Hawai'i??!! How about a day in the spotlight for my own birthday?! lol... These two pictures were taken in low light situations and were not very good so I converted them into B/W photos, even so, they are not very good photos. But the memory and occasion were precious and worthy of documentation, so the pictures sat there waiting and biding their time.

Well, their time is now! I used paper from three different Rusty Pickle summer lines, and the alphabet is from Merry Grinchmas. The more I participate in the RP blog challenges, the more I realize how huge and deep my RP stash is! Above all else, I am glad to be using them instead of just collecting them.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

When I was 17...

This past week, when I read on Colette's blog that she had started a new journaling blog with a friend of hers, my heart lept out my throat. There are so many reasons that I am excited about this, I don't really know where to begin, but it is a gut feel. It felt good and useful to me to be guided by this new venture of Colette and Beverly's.

Nowadays I spend a lot of time making and perserving pretty supplies. I love and enjoy it with the utmost delight. But it is definitely soothing to be myself and create straightforward and simple pages without overthinking it. So here is my entry into the first challenge, scrap an age. This is going to be an interesting journey, because this is the first photo of myself from my "history" box that I've ever scrapped. When I started scrapbooking, memories of my college years were still too raw to touch. So many years later, I can calmly and objectively look back at that time and see the footprints of God and none of mine and feel at peace with it. So here is my page, of course, I used some delicious Sassafras goodies, can I just say I love Sassafras Lass? swoon...

Monday, August 4, 2008

Cards for MIL

Every time my mother-in-law comes to my house, I frantically try to make cards before her arrival. I am her card supplier. I interrogates her on whether she's bought any cards since I've last seen her, and she gets a scolding if her answer is "yes." She visited this past weekend and that set in motion some serious card making. It's an exercise in dichotomy for me. On the one hand, I want them to be simple and quick to make to dispense some leftover supplies; on the other hand, I don't want them to be sub-par lest people question my crafting ability (as if they even know me!). Like I said, dichotomy!

This little batch is pretty enough that they may appear at my company's annual United Way auction. I will be in Shanghai during that time, or somewhere in Asia, but I think I know someone who will help me list some cards for a good cause. :)

Saturday, August 2, 2008


I had a relatively productive scrapbooking July, though you certainly cannot tell by my blog posts. I completed 15 12x12 layouts and a few miscellaneous projects. Here's me using some of the highly anticipated Heather Bailey line from CHA winter. I think it finally became available for purchase a couple of months ago. I combined her paper with the Making Memories Passport line. Both the pink and olive background are from MM Passport.

If you haven't seen the new kit from Scrapbook Obsessions, you oughtta go rush over there asap! It's a beauty, featuring the Vintage Moon line from Pink Paislee. I am excited about this. I think the colors will be a challenging one for me, but I am looking forward to it with abated breath!