Friday, November 18, 2011

3 layouts and guess who is a happy camper?

I was on a mission to scrap a few layouts and being my lazy self - I opted the easy way out.  easy,  simple layouts remain the order of the day.  I have had a bad cold and been having fever for the past week.  Hate being sick and yet it was very comforting to scrap. 

Here are the simple layouts:

Layout No 1 -Not v impressed with it but I managed to clear some old papers while I was at it.

Yes,  its that time of the year again - school photos are out.  Here is Sean in his Grade 7 school photo.  I must say that he looks exactly the same as last year.  

My last layout - again utilising my old papers - short and sweet layout as I call it.  Hee hee...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Hi... I am Back - Alive and Scrapping :)

Finally after a hiatus of a couple of months,  I am back blogging and scrapping.  I guess sometimes we all need a break from it all and just relax and to do other things.  I just didn't feel like scrapping nor blogging for a while.  I have even considered to stop scrapping altogether.  I didn't even want to take photos and I was just really out of it.  For whatever reason,  I have no idea.Luckily,  I did not give away any of my scrapping stuff away.

A week ago,  I was going through blogs and was reading Sasha's blog and I have decided to restart scrapping.  This was my first attempt and I must say that I made a mess with the stitching.  But then I thought - the mess is ME.  Thats what defines me - the imperfect layouts. I had fun with some of the new lines which Momoyo brought in and I must say - it did bring the joy of scrapping back.

My next layout was even messier and I had more fun doing it.  I am looking forward to more scrapping soon and hope Mr Mojo visits me soon.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Back in KL and hope to be blogging soon

This is the longest that I have been away from my blog.  We are finally back and it is week 3 since school has started and everything is back to our old routine.  I finally have some time to myself and I thought I would restart blogging again and maybe start scrapping by the end of this week.  I am just trying to sort out the photos and hopefully I can get on it soon.

Meanwhile I leave you with some pictures of what we have been up to during the summer.  The whole summer was spent catching up with chores,  swimming practice,  football practice and more football practice.  Why?  The reason being was Sean played at the Gothia Cup in Sweden.  Not many people are aware of what the Gothia Cup is.  Its the Football or Soccer Youth World Cup that is held annually in Gothenburg Sweden.  

It was quite an exciting experience for Sean and he was very proud and felt very honoured to represent Malaysia in his age group.  The kids did well in my own opinion - they played up till the quarter finals of the Plate Tournament and I think its great for 11 year olds who were battling jet lag and had never played in the World Cup before.

Here are some photos:

The U11 Team.  They are so hilarious - tying to be serious and not succeeding... At the first game in Skatas.

All huddled together - they look so cute.

Sean scuffling with the Swedish opponent.

Managed to get the ball - woohoo...

The Malaysian Contingent from U11s,  U13s and U15s.

There were more than 55,000 people in the stadium.  The atmosphere was ELECTRIC!

Sean scanning the crowd and trying to find us in the stadium.

After 10 days in Sweden,  we retreated back to London and we all had a great tim just chilling out and enjoying the cool weather there.  It was just enjoying our walks in Hyde Park,  lots of shopping and eating!  Such Bliss!

C and S mucking in the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum.

This photo is hilarious!  

Monday, July 11, 2011

Taking a break

I have decided to take a break from blogging.  We are going away in a few days time and I am finally able to get a vacation.  I leave you with with this cute pic of Izzie and I hope to be back blogging soon.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

My favourite soccer memories

At current, I have a love-hate relationship with Martha Stewart punches. They are so lovely but I do find them a tad hard to cut through cardstock. The problem is that I can't resist using them but sometimes I just can't get them to cut well on the cardstock.

Here is another simple cut and paste layout of Sean's favourite memories. I have always known that football is his passion. At his grade 5 moving on ceremony, when asked what was his favourite grade 5 memory, he said the following:

"My favourite Grade 5 memory was during the U11 soccer tournament at The Alice Smith School. I fought hard and dribbled past some defenders. As I neared the goal, I passed the ball to Najib and he scored. That was our fifth goal that we scored."

I was very pleased to hear that as I knew that he has found something which he loves doing and I am very glad for that. Here is my simple layout for the day:

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Happy Together

It's been ages since I scrapped whilst having fun.  Just simply slapped on paint and made a mess and guess what - this is the MOST fun in ages.  I mixed a couple of stuff here and there,  some buttons,  doiley and some tags from Creative Bits shop on Etsy with some old hambly transparency, Sassafras Lass Diecuts and some good old acrylic inks.  :)

Here are the results of my mess of the everything together.

I have been just catching up with my sleep,  enjoying my kids whilst on their summer vacation and just cleaning the house.  Scrapping seems to be a luxury at this time.  But I am glad I did last night as it did make me in a better mood today.  :)

There is so much to do and so little time.  I am sitting here just trying to plan my itenary for an overseas trip.  Think I better scrap as that is less of a stress and makes me so happy to see my mess translated to a layout.

By the way,  have you checked out the Scrap-It-Lah blog?  The latest challenge is up and a nice RAK is to be won.  I have decided to take a break from designing at SIL but I will keep updating the blog and providing the RAKs to keep it going.  Do check it out here.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Art Journal - First Page {Hope for Emma}

If you have read my previous post,  Emma is now in surgery.  How do I know?  Cos I just read her facebook post.  No,  I do not know Emma.  I just read about her from here. I have just started reading Sasha's blog and admiring her beautiful works of art including her art journals.  

Here is Sasha's blog entry on why we are doing this: 

Such a sweet name for a little girl 
A young girl that is six years old and battling brain cancer.
Tomorrow she goes in for yet another surgery. Sending HOPE. 
If you have 5 minutes out of your day today can you create a small display of the word hope and link to SASHA to your blog for credit. Her friend Aimee Payne is really good friends of the family and was looking for people to reach out.

Here is Sean's,  Clarissa's and my "Hope" page for little Emma.  We are sending you lots and lots of hope and we will be praying for you.

Here is Sean's HOPE page for you.  Sean is my 11 year old.

Clarissa drew this for you and she is 13.

Here is mine.

Follow the blog HERE
Follow the facebook page HERE
See previous examples of HOPE .. HERE

Sunday, June 12, 2011

HOPE and My little Chef in the Making

Somewhere across the seas,  a little 6 year old girl is battling brain cancer.  This is such a big battle and read about her story here.  Of late, I have been lamenting of the troubles at home without the help etc.  This is definitely a wake up call for me,  its just so minor in comparison to what this brave little 6 year old girl is going through.  I have just completed a donation for Emma and I hope that:

1)  You will get well soon
2)  You will fight this tumour in your brain
3)  You will not give up
4)  You will not be in too much pain

Be strong and we hope to see a positive update in your facebook and blog soon.

I have not been scrapping much as I have been busy with the house and the kids.  Summer holidays have officially started last week and we have been busy with football,  swimming and yes,  we have been once to the movies which is a great achievement.  Here is a simple layout of Sean.  He loves to bake and cook and I call this layout :  Chef in the Making.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

2 Unique Girls

Clarissa is very lucky to be studying in a school that has diverse nationalities and she has so many friends from different backgrounds.  With that comes the different personalities that she is exposed to and I am grateful for the experience and hope that she is too.  I hope that she will enjoy and cherish the experiences and friendships that she shares with all her friends and that she will learn loads from them.

I am still very exhausted from my helper's ordeal.  She ran away 12 days ago and I was worried sick about her till I found out that she has been stealing money consistently and she has been planning this for a long time.  It was all very frustrating as I guess the culture of having a helper in house is quite a touch and go thing.  Sometimes you get a good one and other times - you just run out of luck.

Anyway,  I just managed to sit down yesterday and scrapped this simple layout.  It made me realise that I missed scrapping so much.  Here is my simple layout for the week and hope that I can still scrap without much spare time on my hands.

Monday, May 23, 2011

All Grown Up

This is by far my favourite layout of the year.  We were in Seoul last year when I managed to snap this beautiful photo of Clarissa - yes I think she is beautiful.  I am allowed to be biased.  She is my daughter. 

I am loving the simplicity of everything here and have I mentioned how I love the colours on this layout?  Black,  white,  red and a splash of green - they are just stunning together.  I have mixed some of my old Hambly with some newer Jenny Bowlin etc.

This is going to be a super short post as I am so tired.  We were in Singapore over the weekend for a Swim Meet and Soccer Tournament. Without  helper,  I came home to so many things to clean and clear and I am exhausted.  Good night friends.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

You are so beautiful

This is another of simple layout that I did for my friend's baby girl.  She has yet to give me her baby's photos and hence I added a photo in place till I get it.  I found this old Hambly transparency which I bought ages ago and glad I finally used it.

I love all the fresh colours here - the limes and pink.

Check out the latest Momoyo bling hear stickers.  So easy and cheap to bling nowadays with them.  Available at Popular,  Times,  Jaya Jusco,  MPH and selected stores.  

This is going to be another short post for me as I am not well.  Take care everyone.

Monday, May 16, 2011

My Peeps

This is going to be a short post as I am going to be quite busy catching up with housework.  Another simple layout which I enjoyed doing for fun using some new papers which I bought from 2Peas.

Love the simplicity.

I enjoyed scoring the white acrylic paint using the card.

Love the doileys that I bought from Leanne Pearce.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Lucky to Have You and SIL Last Anniversary Challenge

This was one of the layouts which I have done on a whim without putting much thought into the layout.  I was feeling sad and frustrated with some things which I can't control and by the time I realised it,  this layout turned out disproportionate and a bit weird.  Nevertheless,  one should always embrace their mistakes and move on.  

Love this photo sitting by the river bank in Seoul.  Without realising it,  she is growing everyday and getting to be really adult looking now although she is only 13.  Did some cutting on some old Websters Pages and added in some of my old embellishments to finish the layout.

The red part is actually a fabric sticker which I bought waaaay back in 2005 in Singapore.  Glad to have started using it. 

I am sorry that I didn't measure correctly and ended up covering up the whole layout with the lace.  The whole layout looks a bit too overwhelming and bursting at the seams.

Anyway - I have got to go.  Football or soccer practice awaits.  Enjoy your Sunday everyone. 

Ooohhh - I nearly forgot to post that the latest challenge for the SIL Anniversary Blog Hop is over at this very talented DT's blog.  I am always amazed by her postings and how productive she is when she is scrapping.  She scraps every day and for me thats amazing.   Her challenge will conclude the SIL Anniversary Blog Hop and we will rest for 2 weeks and come back with new creations from our latest batch of DTs and that would be ooohhh-so--exciting.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Set Me Free

When the ladies at Momoyo sent me this latest batch of trims and sticker laces, I couldn't help but to use them in a girly layout. I was quite bored the other day and was playing around with Izzie.  I started then to use rollers on her hair at her ears.  She didn't even flinch and just let me carry on what I was doing.  Took some photos of her and she looked so hilarious.  The looks she gave me when I was taking her photos was just of absolute boredom and she was looking at me saying,"Set Me Free."

Here is a layout using some of my older Hambly stash and some newer Dear Lizzy paper.  :)

Doesn't she look cute with rollers?I know I am an evil mummy.  

I love all the trims and sticker laces that I have added.  Give the layout a girlish kind of look.  :)

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Ribstix in the Pool

Having a boy certainly does have its challenges.  For a potato couch like me,  it's quite hard to watch my son's non-stop antics.  Sean - if left at home - will get into all sorts of trouble like breaking something in the house with his football.  The last time I had to get a plumber in as he kicked the football very hard into the bathroom and broke the pipe underneath the sink.  Those are the kind of troubles that Sean always gets himself into. Sigh...

We were at the pool one day when he decided he had enough of swimming and decided to skate? around the pool with his Rib Stix.  In the end,  he lost control and fell into the pool.  Luckily I had my camera with me and I managed to take photos of him when he fell.  It was a little blurry as it happened so quickly but you get the picture.  Hee hee....

I am not sure I like the composition of the layout.  But using up the old Hambly transparencies are good nevertheless.

Love the contrast of the colours.  The red I find especially brings out the whole layout.

I love the cropped  photos of him but I know composition wise - it can be better.  If you have a better idea,  do drop me a line.   

Monday, May 9, 2011

Photo Op - Not...

The photos were TRIED to be taken on our trip in the Tombourine Mountains at the Gold Coast.  After hiking in the rainforest,  we found ourselves at a waterfall and the kids plopped themselves down for a rest.  I whipped out my camera and tried taking photos of them.  Clarissa - being the cheeky one started making all these funny faces and I had a whole load of photos of them doing just that and not a single decent "prim and proper" shot.  Sigh....

I have dug out some old Basic Grey paper and started working on them.  Love the cheery colours and decided to play with more paints and my Zing Embossing powders.  This layout is totally inspired by Leanne Pearce who owns the Chip Chop shop.  You can see her doileys here. 

I have also dug out some old Chatterbox chipboard buttons,  some of my older buttons which I bought in Bangkok in 2006 and the arrows are from some old rubons from We R Memory Makers I think.  Destashing feels good.

Hope you had a great Mother's Day.  Its has been a busy weekend for me. Sean and I were involved in a football tournament on Saturday and I had an impromptu trip down south yesterday but all is well. 

Sean turned 11 yesterday but we did not have a celebration a home.  Instead we brought him to have dinner with his friends on Saturday night and he had a good time at our local Italian Restaurant. I am feeling good and ready to tackle the week ahead.  Have a great week ahead friends and I will endeavour to scrap more later in the evening when I finish cooking dinner.