Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
- someone stealing one of each of our slippers on Christmas eve (whoever you are, someone up there saw you do it ok?!! and its not Santa Claus!)
- having to play Lego and Barbie dolls for the whole of Christmas day
- carrying out the annual 'toy purge' amidst some protests
I had a good Christmas because I remembered to be thankful and got lots of hugs.
So.... Lesson learnt this Christmas:
Layout Title: "Hold on Tight" (to the ones you love.....and your slippers!!! Haha)
Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Layout Title: "Give Me the Simple Life"
Journaling for this layout is taken from one of my favourite songs "Give Me The Simple Life" (Lyrics by Harry Ruby, Music by Rube Bloom)
Folks are blessed who make the best of everything
Living by their own philosophy
Everyone beneath the sun must find a way
I have found the only life for me
I don't believe in fretting or grieving
Why mess around with strife
I never was cut out to step and strut out
Give me the simple life
Some find it pleasant dining on pheasant
Those things roll off my knife
Just give me tomatoes and mashed potatoes
Give me the simple life
A cottage small is all I'm after
Not one that's spacious and wide
A house that rings with joy and laughter
With the ones you love inside
Some like the high road, I like the low road
Free from the care and strife
Sounds corny and seedy but yes indeedy
Give me the Simple Life
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Here's my contribution to all the lovely Christmas goodness going on at Purple Onion right now. (Kiasu Singaporean shoppers alert - there's a SALE on! Date's been extended - good stuff)
Love the photo - especially how that big golden ball lines up perfectly with his butt....totally unposed - very Ben.
Monday, December 15, 2008
I love how it looks like someone spilled pesto sauce all around the white letters. And I love the 'mucus' look on the "Good Stuff" - haha, more cooking in store!
Claudine Hellmuth's Sticky Back Canvas - Good Stuff!
My favourite page / effect
So I'm almost done (just a bit of journaling needed here and there)....now to move on to the next project.
P.S. Is it normal that I keep smelling the multi-medium...? That stuff just smells to good to be glue you know? I seriously love it..... it glides along so smoothly, sticks perfectly and I absolutely love the finish. And did I mention the smell?....Hmmm, does this qualify as glue-sniffing?
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
And to help you along, some of the Design Team girls have created some truly wonderful and inspirational stuff to get you going. This one by Julie Dudley's my favourite.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Journaling - "Hug tight tight, Hug three times, Hug while you can"
This layout says what I'm feeling right now - that the year went by so fast and I want to remember to hug the Critters all I can, while I can. Beth used to be "Li'l Bear" 'cos she was 'hibernating' in my tummy....seems like only yesterday.
Symbolism Junkie says Did you notice the string going up and down representing the many ups and downs in life? (Haha, yah, I just made that up - so lame). No, nothing symbolic this time, just like the colours and the photo. (It's slightly misty cos my lens was fogged up - nice)
Friday, November 28, 2008
Yes, I can do simple stuff. No, I don't have to be "chao pattern" ('artsy' with adding details) all the time. And yes, I like this even though it took only half an hour to make. No painting, no stamping, no embossing, no cooking, no collage, (Now if I can only stop fussy cutting) Sometimes, quick is good eh?
Thursday, November 27, 2008
I have been wanting to record this happy accident for the longest time. It was VERY scary and looked super gross while I was doing it but turned out to be the most cool thing I'd done in a long time. So, see, it pays to be brave. (of course I haven't shown you all the 'unhappy' accidents I've had while being brave - haha)
Should have taken photos of the process, but didn't know I'd be blogging then so.... you'll just have to be brave and trust my words on this one. Here goes...
Happiest Accident of All Time (So Far): aka how to make your page look like a corroded manhole cover or the inside of a drain
1. Embossed chipboard (or just chipboard shapes too)
2. Ink - 'dirty' colours (Distress ink works nicely)
3. Glimmer Mist - metallic colours
4. Glossy Accents - (matte works too - different look)
5. Staz On ink - black / brown
6. Stickles - metallic colours
1. Colour the entire chipboard with ink (this will be your base colour) - I used black on mine
2. Sand away parts of the ink with a sanding block (to get some colour variation) - starts to look VERY gross here, but be brave and press on!
3. Use glossy accents to go over the embossed design - if you squeeze more, it 'corrodes' more later
4. COOK the glossy accents with your heat gun. Don't wait for it to dry. It will start to bubble and froth and produce all kinds of yummy bumps. (You can flatten the bubbles out later)
5. Spray glimmer mist all over the chipboard - the glimmer mist will pool in the spaces and give the chipboard the metallic look. (I used Gold and Copper)
6. Use Staz On ink to colour your cooked glossy accents if it looks too white for your liking. Also use Staz On ink to colour various parts of your chipboard if you need some darker areas
7. Add stickles and some white pen doodles to highlight parts of the chipboard you like
1. When we taught this class at the store, some of the students did other coloured versions by changing the base ink colour. There was this green one that looked like it was all covered in algae - nice....I like.
2. You can also draw your own designs with glossy accents and then cook it.
3. I believe Stickles can be 'cooked' as well though not in such a spectacular fashion.
And for those of you who wondered what the inside of the album was like:
You can tell I was very tired after all the cooking so didn't have energy to fancy-up the inside.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
This is my favourite from November's layout class. Clever title courtesy of my clever husband.
Things I like and some I might do again:
1. The photo - totally unposed. (That's his baby blanket by the way)
2. The Starburst: You start with a large circle template and draw curves at different angles to create the 'tail' of the shooting stars (that's that 'fountain' like thing behind the photo) from different patterned papers. I matted mine on black cardstock for a 'cartoony' feel. Then you arrange the 'tails' like they are 'bursting' out from behind the photo. Then, gather all the star stamps or patterns you have and basically 'sneeze' (i.e. glue randomly) them all over the page so you get a 'starburst'. (The cutting was a pain but the 'sneezing' was fun)
3. Wavy title on transparency ("can give you"): I stuck lettering stickers in a wavy line on transparency then cut it wavy along the top edge and left a large portion below so that it can be stuck behind the word "wings". That way the transparency floated up without needing foam dots.
4. The patterned papers totally say exactly what I want to say "Have Fun" and "Be Yourself" and the title is a pun - ahhh, the symbolism-junkie in me is very satisfied.
Monday, November 24, 2008
- Finished up one layout for December layout class.
- Helped out at Fontwerks class by Kah-Mei Smith on Friday - lovely, messy, fun. (Kah-Mei's the one right up front near the screen)
- Dreamt of ideas for 2 more layouts for December layout class
- Finished one more layout for December layout class
- Taught Critters how to play R-O-C-K rock [clap clap] and other childhood hand games
- Made Cottage pie for dinner
- Drafted December class schedule
- Dreamt about project ideas for Purple Onion
- Went to church - sermon on Leviticus (not as dry as you would think - very insightful)
- Finished last layout for December layout class
- took nap (yes, this is productive!)
- designed inside pages for Purple Onion project
- Played games with Critters
- Helped Benny with handwriting practice
And it's all good.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
This is one of the things I've been up to lately....this is for a class running in December and its VERY VERY PINK! and GIRLY and SWEET and SPARKLY - all the things I am not....haha. But, still, it was fun and I'm sure the little 'princess' I'm giving it to will enjoy the pretty bits.
Sorry, can't show you all of it but if you drop by the store, you can see the whole project in all of its glorious pink fairy-tale princess glory....
Monday, November 17, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Project Title: "Things to Treasure & Keep" (altered recipe box)
One of my favourite projects of all time. (so far) The felt heart embellishment was inspired by a Rebecca Sower project I saw on her blog. (can't seem to find it now)
Happy Accidents and Other Discoveries:
1. Grungeboard makes good handles! - It is strong enough and flexible enough. (see the handles on the side of my box). I used brads to attach them to the box)
2. Making faux leather / corroded metal from grungeboard: Rub Embossing Ink (or Glue Pad) lightly over the surface. Add gold embossing powder. Brush off excess (don't get too much on, its nicer if its 'scattered') Heat with heat gun.Rub distress ink all over into the grungeboard to get all other parts nice and brown. I used this on the handles and also on the fake clasps in the front of the box. (Attached with brads)
3. Fake 'Beaten Metal' corners: Cut out circles from brown cardstock, crumple them. Emboss with gold embossing powder (try to get the embossing mainly on the creases only). Ink with distress ink. Then cut a slit to the centre of the circle, fold over the corner (one quarter will overlap) and then glue onto corner of box. Its a nice way to finish off messy corners on a boxAnd here's a related True Story:
Someone came into the store the other day and wanted to buy the materials to make an exact copy of this box. And when she couldn't get the exact same materials (cos we weren't running the class anymore), she tried to buy my box. When I said it wasn't for sale, she tried taking pictures of it while I wasn't looking and I had to ask her to stop. (General rule is no photography in the store)
Don't know why, but I felt awfully defensive and angry about it. I felt like saying, "It's not so easy you know? Do you know how long I took to do this? You think you can just throw money at me to get what you want? Or just copy my design without asking me?" But of course I didn't. On hindsight, I realise it was pride talking... not everyone knows how much time and effort scrapbooking can take and I cannot expect everyone to understand and appreciate how this thing that I made is an extension / reflection of myself. So I am glad I didn't say something I would regret.
Anyway, the (happy) ending is that the box is now safe in the hands of my mother. I gave it to her to put in her home. She doesn't know how long I took to make this, nor anything about embossing and grungeboard, but she likes it because I made it and that's good enough for me.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Incidentally, this was another class that we did in October that featured fabric instead of patterned paper. All the pages of the mini album are covered with fabric (glued on - I don't like sewing THAT much) and you can see a bit of the "Zhu Jun Zao An /Good Morning" towel on the cover.
Incidentally, how do you spell Home Ec anyway?? (short form for Home Economics).
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Photo by Aaron Tan (a good friend of mine from church. He takes incredible pictures See here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/negativexposure/sets/)
This is the other layout that I did for the Purple Onion Design Team final submissions. Really liked the stamps on this one (all from Purple Onion of course:
1. Broken 15 Alphabet (the text near the bottom)
2. 2008 Vintage Calendar Stamp (behind photo)
3. Stems and Grass Set (the 'bush' on the left of the photo)
4. Bare Tree (behind the word tree - what can I say, I'm a corny girl)
5. Brocante Set (the numbers, the butterfly and the 'notice board' for the word Ngoo) - there's a really nice bunny and rooster in that set that I'm looking forward to using.
No happy accidents this time, but I was really happy with the:
1. tree stamp behind the word tree (I like to be 'funny' like that)
2. stamping in grey to get variation in tones - nice.
3. The word 'me' ending up almost just below my mini photo - see corny again (ok, I guess this counts as a happy accident)
4. The title - it was one of those things where I noticed everyone else's names (or nicknames) started with B except me. Epiphany.
Yesterday was a crazy day....in a good way. But today I like quiet I think....
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Exclusive Launch: 6 November 2008 , Laine's Papeterie, Wheelock Place. 3pm
Haha...its gonna be weird (in a nice way) seeing my design walking around Singapore... And this is all because of a sister who's always believed in me. Thank you Laine.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
1. It tends to drag super long (therefore causing Betty to go home only at 11pm sometimes)
2. It caused the demise of quite a few paper piercers when we pierced through the linen-bound cover to do the black stitching. (Not to mention numerous grunts, complaints, blisters(?) and sore fingers)
3. It makes Betty & me have to dig paint out of the stamps after class cos we stamped in paint on the cover.
4. It caused a lot of waiting for those who missed the class the first round and waited 2 whole months for it to come back again.
So....to everybody who ever took (or is going to take) this class. Sorry lah, I couldn't help being 'chao pattern'. And sorry Betty....I buy you chocolate after the last class to celebrate ok? Haha.
Hope you all liked the album you made anyway - worth the blisters?