Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Graphic 45 October

I am posting for Graphic 45 October already. It was wise of me to have completed these several weeks ago, long before the hectic stressing and packing began.
I plan to make regular updates to the blog while I am in Shanghai. I will have to see just how much I can tolerate the smoking environment of internet cafes there. So check back and don't give up on me.

Both layouts are out for publication.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Preposition Princess

I made this little album for a Preposition Challenge quite some time ago now. Every page contains at least one preposition. I drew most of the inspiration from glorious 7gypsies 97% complete stickers.

I'm now packing for my big trip, even though I am still in denial, the truth is that there is no time to scrapbooking in the evenings now. I must think about packing, buying things to pack, packing... Meanwhile, I now have the job of researching a self-guided trip to Japan. Exciting it may sound, it's an overwhelming task. I must get as much done as possible before landing in Shanghai so I could avoid prolonged stays in smokey internet cafes...

Back to my little mini, it's all about her...

Once upon a time...

The fairest of 'em all.

She rules her kingdom with BFF Tiptoes.

Over the top High Maintenance.

All dressed up and nowhere to go.

Fashionista with flair.

Fair maiden in distress.

Laps of Luxury.

Happily ever after.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Will You Be My Pen Pal?

Ladies and gents, head on over to Pen Pals because yours truly is hosting a challenge this week :)
Now here are some product gushing: Jenni Bowlin, OMG, I wish I have a stack of these label papers!!

Collage Press, OMG, so hard to "part" with these Grayson Hall papers! I love this line so very much.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Focus on Two

I did not think I was going to do this Pen Pal challenge. But as I played through many numbers in my head, this idea came to me. The layout does not really focuses on journaling per requirement, but it does get at the number theme :) Frankly, it also doesn't look a thing like how I had sketched it out, but you know my motto, "good enough, moving on..."

Of course, as I was photographing this layout, my dad saw it and had to comment "tsk, tsk, one photo only, when will you ever be done?" LOL!

Monday, September 8, 2008

My Brain is in Overdrive

My kids and I are leaving for Shanghai in less than 3 weeks. I feel overwhelmed just thinking about it. We will be there for 8 weeks, longer than I have ever been since leaving there permanently in 1987.

I've been back once every other year since 2000. Each time I was greeted with changes of mountain-moving magntitude. This time, I'll be with both kids and without DH, I just can't wrap my brain around what it would be like... So far, I'd say it's a mixture of excitement and anxiety. DD#1 has done the trip before, so I know what to expect from her when it comes to long-distance air travel, but #2 is new to it all...

Then there's the question of just how much scrapping supplies to bring with me! At first I was going with nothing, but when will I ever have this much time off again? I should attempt a few mini-albums at least. I'm considering bringing a few kits with me and see how far they will take me... But of course, there is the possibility of having too much fun in Shanghai and no time for scrapping, that'd be okay as well, after all, we have a couple of trips planned while we are there...

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Graphic45 September Layout: Strawberry Harvest

I am ga-ga over my gardens, especially considering I don't have to do any work except to photograph and eat the fruits and vegetables it produces.
DH planted 8 most pathetic looking strawberry plants last year. Lo and behold, they produced over 25 lbs of strawberries for us when all was said and eaten :) Here is a layout on our first mini-harvest of our strawberry patch.