Monday, September 20, 2010

Mid-Autumn Festival, Mooncake aka Lantern Festival

The Mooncake aka Lantern Festival is around the corner.  For more information on the festival,  please go here.  This year it falls on Wednesday,  22nd September,  2010.  We decided to celebrate it early and walk around the condominium for fun.  I bought the kids all these traditional candle cellophane paper lanterns.  Of course you can buy the battery operated ones but I still prefer these.  

Here are the kids amidst the glow of their lanterns.  Love this picture very very much.

I can't wait for Wednesday when I hope we have time to do another walkabout around the pool again.  :)

Friday, September 17, 2010

U And Me

The Momoyo ladies dropped by today to pass me some of their latest stickers.  When I saw these sets of beautiful puffy stickers,  I was over the moon.  I couldn't wait for dinner to be over and time to use them.  I decided to use them simply and a bit layered.

Finally took out my Tim Holtz stamps and I used the Jo Sonja white acrylic paint to stamp the backgrounds.  I kept it simple so that you can appreciate how 2d the stickers look.  Don't you love them all?  The stickers will soon be available at Isetan (2nd Floor Stationery department),  MPH,  Art Friend,  Kinokuniya and Popular Bookstores.

Materials used:
Momoyo Puffy Stickers (Flowers,  Doilies, Lace border and Alphas),  Making Memories Sticker Alpha, Buttons and Pearl Blings (Artists's Own),  Tim Holtz Stamps,  Jo Sonja Acrylic Paint,  Bazzill White and Kraft Cardstock and DMC Thread.

Layouts todate:  73

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Chinatown Walkabout

I have been yearning for years to taking better photos.  Cameras have come and gone and yet I find myself not taking better photos.  I have come to the conclusion that one does NOT need a good camera to take nice photos - its more knowing your camera,  having the eye for the  photo and lot and lots and lots of practice.  

I have decided to take up photography just to fill up my time.  Glad to have found him here.  I had a great time with him taking photos at Chinatown today and also generally just to learn how to use my camera.  Yes,  after 3 years of owning a DSLR, I am still stuck on the AUTO mode (*very shamed faced*) .  It was nice to get out of the rut and try to use the functions on my camera.

Alas,  the technical metering,  shutter and aperture was daunting enough for me and picture composition wise - I was very much lacking.  However, I should view this experience as a first and I should prevail and start using more of the manual mode and get over my fear  and I hope to take better photographs.  

If anyone is interested on going on these walkabouts in Chinatown,  Kuala Lumpur David is contactable through his website here.  I leave you with some photos that I have taken today.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Rules of an Athlete

Another cut and paste layout.  Gosh - don't you love easy layouts?  I have taken these photos of Sean at the football field and had no idea to scrap them.  However,  a trip to Scrappingville sorted the problem.  I found these Theresa Collins papers and embellishments!  I was estatic.  

I didn't have to do anything nor journal anything as the sayings on the paper and chipboard says it all.  In addition,  can you see the ribbons and trims on the layout?  I love these as they are new from Momoyo.  They are all self-adhesive!  Thats so handy - no more messy gluing the ribbons nor ric racs.  Look out for them hitting Kinokuniya,  Popular,  Isetan and MPH books stores soon!

Materials used:
Theresa Collins Paper,  Chipboard Embellishments and Diecut Sayings,  Momoyo sticker ribbons and trims,  Red and Black Bazzill cardstock,  Thickers alphas,  Making Memories sticker alphas,  Zig Pen,  Beacon Glue and 3d pop up foam.  

Layouts todate:  72

Monday, September 6, 2010

Tale of the Rabbit Satay

As a parent,  we all know that it's always hard to get our child to try something new.  We went to eat satay at Kajang with some friends,  namely Wati,  Jessy and co.  There was rabbit satay on the menu and the gang decided to order that.  For those who are wondering what satay is,  here is the definition of satay by wikipedia.

Satay is a popular and yummy dish of Malaysia and I have yet to meet someone who does not like this dish.  Anyway,  I was wondering how we could make Clarissa try the rabbit satay.  In the end,  we decided to keep quiet and just let her eat it first.  

It worked like a charm.  She was happily tucking into the satay as per photo.  After eating her first satay stick or skewer,  I couldn't help myself.  I can't remember who took these photos (its either me or Jessy) or who asked her the following:

"Do you know what you are eating?"

C replies, "Yes it's satay."

"Do you know that its RABBIT satay?"

C looks shocked and then says: "EEWWWW I am going to puke."

And the photos says it all.  

Materials used:
American Crafts Dear Lizzy papers,  My Mind's Eye Lush pp,  Lace trim by Scarlet Lime,  Thickers alphas,  Jillibean Brown Sticker Alphas,  Glossy Accents,  Beacon Glue and 3d pop up foam.

Layouts todate:  71

Friday, September 3, 2010

Total Gleek

I have to say that one of the best shows of late which interest my whole family is GLEE.  As a result,  this show has revolutionised my whole family and turned us all into GLEEKS!  Hee hee... Here is a simple layout of Clarissa in a favourite Glee pose.

I managed to dig up more old old old papers to scrap this layout.  I found this Junkitz paper from 2005!  Imagine that!  I love their paper but unfortunately the company has seized their operations.  Gotta love the feeling when one destashes.

I know I kinda went into colour overload in this layout but I thought why not?  One needs to live dangerously with colours once in a while ;)

Materials used:
Junkitz pps,  Bazzill cs,  Bella Lace Cs,  Doodlebug Flocked pp,  Prima Flowers,  Momoyo and Sassa Fras Lass Brads,  Jenny Bowlin Notecard Set Cards,  Bo Bunny Chunky Charms,  Bracket and Flourish,  Creative Imaginations 3d Sticker Flowers and Butterflies,  Blue Grosgrain Ribbon from local haberdashery,  Dotted Ribbon (sorry I can't remember),  Pink Flower Trim and Sticker alphas from Making Memories,  Thickers Foam Alphas,  Beacon Glue and 3D Pop up foam.  

Layouts todate:  70

Thursday, September 2, 2010

For the love of DS

Its always a pleasure having friends visit especially when friends with kids who gets along with mine.  :)  Adam has always played well with Sean.  Jessy took these photos of Sean and Adam totally engrossed with their DSes and the comraderie between the two is most apparent.  I was so happy to see the bond between the two.

I thought I will scrap all the photos that Jessy took and again - this is another multi photo layout and I must say that I am beginning to love multi photo layouts as they are really fun to work with.

Materials used:

Cosmo Cricket pps,  Bazzill Black cs,  EK Success Puncher,  Jenny Bowlin Adore Card and Sticker alphas,  Thickers Foam Alphas,  Tim Holtz Key Grungeboard,  Theresa Collins Chipboard Sayings,  K n Co Bottle Caps Brads,  7 Gypsies Label Stickers,  Making Memories Sticker Alphas,  Versamgic Ink, Blue little cabochon gems from local shop,  Small Metal Stickers from Lincraft Australia,  Circle Cutter,  Beacon Glue and 3D pop up dots.

Layouts todate:  69

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Scrap-it-Lah September Scraplift Challenge

This month at Scrap-It-Lah,  we thought of this very fun challenge which was to scraplift the DT's work.  This was such a fun challenge as I have long admired my co-DTs work and there were lots of layouts which I wished I could have copied.  Hence this challenge was really good as I could just pick any layout to my hearts content and just scrap it.

I know that there are lots of debate whether one should scraplift or not but my view would be that as long as we have the permission of the creator and make sure we credit them,  that should be ok.  Another scrapper friend of mine said something which I thought is very important.  Even as we are scraplifting,  it would not be a bad idea to inject a bit of your own design or idea into the layout and thus this will not make the layout look like a total photocopy of the one that you have scraplifted. 

I had the pleasure of scraplifting our newest DT Amelia.  I chose this layout of hers.  Here is my take:

It was Nerd Day at school and I took these pictures of Clarissa.  I have to say that she makes quite a cute and pretty nerd.  :)

Materials used:
Me and My Big Ideas Glitter Paper,  Bazzill cs,  Making Memories Notepad,  PRima Flowers,  blings and packaging,  Trims from local haberdashery,  Pearls from local shops,  Thickers Chipboard alphas,  Maya Road Chipboard Alphas,  Corrugated Board,  Beacon Glue and 3d pop up foam.  

Layouts todate:   68