Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas gifts

Another xmas has come and gone and I was better prepared for gifts this year then ever before. I normally start looking for gifts in June/July but usually its when I'm overseas that I keep my eyes peeled. The Hubby actually helped this year by getting some from KL. I was kinda stumped for xmas gift ideas for 2 people at one point and then I checked in on Michelle's blog, something that I hadn't done for quite some time and saw that she had altered cds into door/wall hanging plaques. My SIL3 had done this last year but she stuck magnets onto hers. I had recently bought a craft drill from Fiskars (see below) and thought it would be perfect for drilling holes thru the cds for ribbon loops.

So I came up with 2 plaques rather quickly the night before xmas eve. The first one was very simple and the comments I got were that it was too simple. So I added a couple more rub-ons, some chipboard arrows and a small flower. I liked it simple and decided to keep it that way.

Materials:- Textured Cardstock: Bazill Basics; Rub-on clock and clear overlay: Making Memories; Cardstock sticker: 7 Gypsies; Chipboard arrows: American Crafts; Alphabet stickers: Provo Craft; Alphabet stamps: Hero Arts; Flower: Prima; Ribbon: P2P and Ink: Inkadinkado.

So for the second one, I decided to add a little more embellishments. Found a perfect cardstock sticker with bigger wording. Used a bigger clock rub-on and a bigger flower. I liked both in the end but I gotta admit, the 2nd one turned out much nicer. I guess it just takes practice.

Materials: Textured cardstock: Bazill Basics; Cardstock stickers: Cosmo Cricket and K & Co; Rub-ons: Fancy Pants Design and Making Memories; Chipboard arrows: American Crafts; Flower: Heidi Swapp; Bling brad and ribbon: Making Memories.

I used the same colour cardstock for the base mainly because I was too lazy to pick out another colour and I also thought blue could match with anything from brown, orange and red. Also didn't bother with any patterned paper...short of time you know. :-) I'm also in love with my Fiskars craft drill. It's such a great buy!!

Xmas eve was pretty boring. My own family are away except The Dude who had to work in the evening. Went out for coffee with some friends...well ice chocolate for me really since I don't drink coffee. Was kinda sad that The Hubby wasn't around to spend my birthday with me but the friends perked my mood up. I also got lots of text and FB wishes so thanks guys!! Its strange to no longer be in my 20s anymore but here's to a bigger, better and hopefully more scrap productive 30s. Haha!!

I spent most of xmas day with one of my very talented cousins. But I'll post more on that soon....

Update: For those who own the Crop-a-dile by We R Memory Keepers, you can easily punch a hole thru cds with it. The holes are super neat and the Crop-a-dile makes it so effortless. So I think I shall be putting my craft drill aside for now. LOL. I read about this in an old issue of Scrapbooks etc. I tried it out and was bummed i didn't know about it earlier. No mess no fuss. I'm looking at my crop-a-dile in a different light now.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!!

Here's wishing everyone a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!! Hope everyone enjoyed the hols!

Friday, December 21, 2007


EDIT: The shoulder tote has been sold.

I've got 2 shoulder scrap totes and too many acrylic blocks, some of which are still in it original packaging and never opened yet. The Hubby has been complaining about the amount of stuff I have so I've decided to try and divest myself of some items. Up for grabs is my first scrap tote by GENERATIONS. It is black in colour with a blue trim and very sturdy in construction. Lots of pockets with a generous space inside for an album and lots of paper. Original price was about B$150 but its now for sale for B$100 only. It is only 2 years old but has hardly been used at all. It is in pristine condition apart from being a little dusty from being neglected by me.

The tote has a loop at the back for securing onto a trolley bag or a wheeled tote. The front has a zip down pocket which opens to reveal lots of pen/scissor loops, 2 zippered mesh pockets and 2 slot pockets. There is a 12x12 folder cum divider inside the main compartment which is removable and another slot pocket inside. And on the cover itself is another 2 zippered mesh pockets useful for storing regularly used stuff like brads and eyelets.

The tote is at Scrapbook Delights if anyone is interested in having a look at it.

I've also got a brand new pack of acrylic blocks by 7 Gypsies. Consists of 1 small and 1 large block. I've never even opened the pack so this is going for B$30 (reduced price) if anyone is interested. I had to fold the package for storage so it looks a little crumpled but its brand new and never used before.

If anyone is interested in the above do leave me a comment or a note in the C-box on with your name and contact number and I'll get in touch with you. Alternatively, you could email me at

Happy scrappin' to all!!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Its been ages...

since my last post. Its been ages since I last scrapped. I kinda felt like a 'pause' button had been pushed on my life since then. But a couple of noteworthy good things did happen such as:-

1) I got the surprise of my life when I went to Shabby for their 1st Anniversary sale and got given the Sizzix Big Shot as a gift!! I mean WOW!!! It was the last thing I expected and it is definitely fabulous!! A zillion thanks to the Shabby crew!!

2) I went on a short getaway to Bali with The Hubby and had a great time away. We stayed in a private villa that came with a private pool. We stayed away from the beach and went on a spa spree instead. If ever in Bali, try out the Dala Spa which is located in the Villa de daun - a fabulous little hideaway smack right in the middle of Kuta. The most exotic spa I've ever been to. We got the Cattleya room and it was every bit as luxurious as it looks.

3) I won a RAK from Yu'er (which I have yet to pick bad). My first ever RAK which is a cool thing.

4) Last but not least, I got given another fabulous gift by a cool scrapping friend from Singapore. This I only found out about last night and it sure made me a happy scrapper. Coffee Beans gave me a big letter A and the word C.R.E.A.T.E which are all by Provo Craft. How cool is that. The letters are white (primed for immediate altering), made from mdf and are a solid half inch or so thick. Love ya CB!!

I'm now on leave till the end of the month which is great. My eczema is slowly clearing up and I hope to start scrapping again but am more focused on spending some quality time with the boys first.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

...and the weekend is almost over...

I think I just had the worst week of my life. First was a last minute trip to KL for a meeting. Now that in itself wasn't too bad if it weren't for the fact that The Hubby was away too so thank goodness for my parents who had to take the boys in. Now I'm not too familiar with KL but my hotel was just behind the KLCC so I was looking forward to some shopping there and maybe a quick trip to Scrappingville too. Unfortunately, I came down with a bug that had me puking my guts out the whole of sunday. I don't think I've ever become so familiar with a hotel room toilet before. On Monday, the nausea abated but the diarrhoea kicked in and trying to concentrate was excruciating especially during and after lunch.

I flew back early Weds morning, went straight to work in the afternoon and ended up staying at work till 11.30pm. The next day wasn't any better with a 10pm end to my work day. Friday was slightly better as I managed to get home for dinner at half seven but there was an 8am meeting on Saturday. Was I ever so glad that the weekend is now here but then The Hubby had to go to Limbang for a funeral on Sat afternoon and then fly to KL today. So I don't think that we've spent a full 24hrs together as a family all week.

My eczema has flared up in full force and no I've not lost any weight. Last night I was commenting to SIL3 that she looked as if she had lost lots of weight and she said it was due to lack of sleep. Boy, if that was me, I'd be ANTM skinny...oh how i wish!!

I was too tired all week to scrap and also missed the deadlines for 2 challenges (Shabby's and Scrappin Kids) but do have something to show.

Materials:- Textured Cardstock: Bazill Basics; Patterned Paper, Foam shapes: American Crafts; Alphabet Stickers: Provo Craft; Others: Corner rounder and various circle punchers.

This is another scrap-lift and I had lots of fun doing it. Used lots and lots of 3D Pop Dots and layered the circle punch outs over one another. The photo of the LO is a little grainy but I like the red border and the kraft colour cardstock (from Ruey's kit). I had some journaling in mind but didn't wanna mess up the design so I ended up doing my journaling at the back of the LO.

I missed the 2 challenges for end of Oct but did finish the photo swap LO I did for Panda. Panda, we gotta meet up for me to pass it to you soon ok.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

4 the record

I think if you ask a scrapper why is it they scrap, they will most likely tell you that they do it to preserve treasured memories for their kids, grandkids, great grandkids etc, etc. And a lot of mummies will scrap pictures of their kids, their kids with their daddies, their kids with their grandparents, etc, etc. And it is just so easy to forget about the mummies who do all the scrapping. Where are the pictures and LOs about the mummies? How will the kids, grandkids, great grandkids, etc, etc remember or get to know about the mummies who create the LOs? I think it is real important to try and capture a little bit about yourself whilst scrapping. To try and note down a tiny bit about what makes you tick, what you like and don't like, what you've accomplished or dream of.

I bought a Clear Expressions overlay for a LO about myself but the photo I had developed was much too big for the overlay so I decided to make my own LO after being inspired by a similar LO in CK's 100th Edition.

Materials:- Textured Cardstock: Bazzil Basics Paper; Fabric Patterned Paper: S.E.I; Plastic Swirls: Making Memories; Chipboard Number: Fancy Pants Design; Chipboard Alpha: American Crafts; Pen: Zig Millenium.

This was not the easiest LO to scraplift. First I had a colour dilemma as I'm not the best at colour coordination. It was also pretty hard to get the curvy lines the way I wanted. I had to buy one of those flexi-rulers from Hua Ho and it is pretty fiddly to use. And then after I had printed the journaling I realized that I had forgotten to add the date. What else could make it harder but to realize that none of my circle punches (and I own 5 different sized ones) were big enough for the circle I had in mind. So I had to handcut it and the edges looks so rough...not to my liking at all. But in the end, it got done and I'm really happy to know that my boys, their kids their grandkids, etc, etc will one day be able to see this and probably think that their mum, grandma, great grandma, etc, etc was a soppy movie and tv nutter who liked junk food and soppy musicians. Tee hee...hope not!!

Selamat Hari Raya!!

SELAMAT HARI RAYA to all my muslim relatives and friends!!!

Its the start of a long holiday for me...hooray!! First we get a long weekend with Monday and Tuesday off, then it continues with my office being closed till Friday (forced leave with no complaints from me) then it continues some more with me taking a further 2 days off work!! Woohoo!! Oh joy!! Sadly, no overseas trips planned unless its a quick run to Miri. Can't do a quick couple get-away break as my mum has gone off to Perth and there's no one to baby-sit the boys.

I'm hoping to get into the scrapping groove again especially now that I've finished all 3 of Phillip Pullman's books. Turns out that a daemon (referring to my last post) is a person's soul...only its visible in an animal form and can talk to you. Quite a gripping tale and I zoomed through the first 2 books in a frenzy. Just couldn't put them down. Book 3 (The Amber Spyglass) was a little thicker and the plots a wee bit slower but that ended last nite and gee...I was literally in tears over the sad-ish ending. I love the fantasy genre for magic, mystery and lots of good old fashion fighting. None of that sci-fi stuff for me and Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials are one of the best reads I've had in a long time. Thanks to Icklebooks for introducing it to me.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

My Daemon Avatar (non-scrap related)

Last week I went to Icklebooks and its owner recommended a book called The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. And then an old friend of mine suggested I check out this link which is on her blog and whaddya know it's the link for The Golden Compass which has been made into a movie starring Nicole Kidman and yummy James Bond actor Daniel Craig...yes I'm a sucker for cool and suave men like Bond.

So I checked out my Daemon and it turns out looking like a...erm...dare I say...a rodent???!!! Heh its actually an ermine but sure looks like a rodent huh. Hmmmmm... so yeah I think I'll go read the book first. dr.rin, we'll discuss the books after we both finish reading ok!! Hehe.

So go ahead people and tell me if my daemon is really my match. Maybe I'll morph into something else.

Saturday, September 22, 2007


Wow it has been a long long time since I last blogged. Been pretty busy at work and so addicted to Facebook that I don't seem to have found much time to scrap *smack wrist*. Plus my scrap room was such a mess from my last trip to Singapore that it just didn't inspire any creativity. I had stuff all over the floor, table and chair till there was no place to sit let alone scrap...LOL. So I'm just showing something old...when creativity was low.

Materials:- Textured Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Patterned Paper and rub-on: Basic Grey; Chipboard Swirls: Fancy Pants Design and Maya Road; Rub-on title: Making Memories; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Pen: Zig Millenium.

I didn't really like this picture cos the colour seemed a bit off. Simple and plain work and finally got to use some swirls (which I can't seem to stop buying). Used only Basic Grey PP with simple layering. The only fun thing I did was use my Sew Crafty machine by Provo Craft for the first time. I got it from P2P before Mummy Chan sold it and it actually doesn't work the way its supposed to...well I couldn't get it to work as it should. I had to use the manual roller to make it work. But the stitches were great and the machine was very easy to use. It sure beats handstitching and the time it would have taken!!

Its Kiddie Hash weekend this week and I think the whole family is really looking forward to it. We've all got our shoes (football boots actually) and cheap tracksuit bottoms so we're much better prepared this time. I'm hoping the weather will remain dry so the hash won't be muddy. Tee-hee...ya ya I know hashing is supposed to be a 'get dirty activity'...well not for me if I can help it. Ty loves going as he gets to play with stones, sticks and sand...his 3 favourite outdoor material. The hash is open to anyone who's interested (starts at 4pm) and I heard we will be at 'Diplo' this time (near the Culture Youth & Sports Building). Some people bring their babies in backpack carriers and this just amazes me cos the babies plus carrier must weigh quite a bit. If anyone is interested, let me know and I can give you the contact of someone who would know more about the Kiddie Hash.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Laine's Designer Studio Class - Bits

On my last trip to Singapore, I finally managed to join a class at Laine's Papeterie for the first time. It was their Designer Studio Class and was entitled BITS. For the price of $58, you get enough class materials for two LOs. The class moved at a real fast pace and I was hard pressed to keep up with the instructions being given out by Betty. The good thing was that it was the last class of the month and there were only 3 people in it. So there was plenty of space to spread your stuff around cos as most people who've been to Laine's know, their classroom is pretty small.

I eventually had to leave with one LO about half finished and the second with only the basics completed. I had a great time though and learnt a lot. The class, in line with its title, BITS, teaches you to use bits of everything. From bits of paper and foam to bits of ribbon, cardstock and string.

The class sample LOs were designed by Sharon. I simply adore the first one below. The flower shapes' outlines were traced from Fancy Pants Big Board Chipboard and cut out by hand. I learnt what a running stitch is (ya my knowledge of sewing is sorely lacking) and for the first time inked the edges of my paper inking sponge...LOL. I always inked the edges of my paper directly from the ink pad but am now converted to using a sponge. Ranger sells the sponge in one whole piece which you can cut up into little pieces. I bought a pack of cosmetic sponges from Watsons which work just as well.

Almost all the materials came with the class kit apart from the chipboard alphas which were my own. But Laine's class sample used the same exact one. I used a lot less embellishments but only cos my photo was wide, giving me less space for embellishments. I also used less ribbon on my LO but only because I like a cleaner look.
The title 'Its a boy' was my SIL2's suggestion and it suited the LO perfectly cos the photo is of Jay at about 2 months and everyone says he looks like a girl. And I gotta admit, when he was born, a lot of people said that same thing and when I show people this photo, they all think its a baby girl. Eeps!! He's boy boy boy...just a bit of a pretty boy. LOL.

The second LO was much simpler. We used up one whole piece of cardstock by punching out circles and then overlaying them a la fishscale style. Love this effect. The green and yellow dots are punched out foam circles and these were painstakingly glued down with the help of MM tweezers and GLOO.

And this is the reason I love scrapbooking. I had completely forgotten that Ty used to love tearing up paper when he was about a year old until The Dude gave me these photos. We used to give him old newspapers and he would busy himself by tearing them up to shreds. It would keep him busy and out of mischief for at least half an hour. His hands got awfully dirty but for some moments of peace, it was worth it. I guess we were just lucky he was not in the habit of stuffing things down his mouth. It really makes me feel glad that I can scrapbook this little bit of history for Ty to see and read about when he's older. :-)

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Ruey's Kit Part III

This is the last page from Ruey's Kit. I say it is the last page because I did not do the 4th LO as I used the paper allocated for that on another LO.

This was my first time at actually carving out patterns from a PP. Doing this LO has changed my way of thinking whenever I see PPs now - to see the potential of the individual patterns instead of the paper as a whole. I've also noticed that it has become quite a trend for scrappers worldwide to carve out the patterns as well. This star patterned paper was pretty easy to cut out but I've also discovered that I'm not very handy when it comes to using a craft knife.

All Materials from Ruey's Kit.

Again my attempts at using the Kindy Glitz was rather disasterous in my book. If there is one thing I hate it is inconsistencies when creating a pattern, especially when it has to be in a straight line with preferably the same size and spacing. Humph!

I also had to swap the patterned stars and my journaling block to the top of the page cos my title was too long. It took a bit of arranging to get everything to fit nicely. I'm really happy with the result though, as I was quite glad not to have to compromise on my chosen title.

On a separate note, I managed to find dinosaur PP at Laine's on my last trip. I've collected a pretty fair amount of dino material so far but have yet to do a page on Ty's dino-mania. It has not abated as yet and if anything, his obsession is as strong as ever. I suppose it does not help that we read about dinosaurs everyday before bedtime and that Ty owns at least 12 different books on dinos. At school, his teachers are calling him "Tyler-saurus". I thought that was just too cute!! And on our way to school earlier this week, I asked him why he liked dinosaurs so much and he answered "Because I don't like Barney". LOL...that really cracked me up. Of course I had to tell him that Barney is a kind of dinosaur too...just a purple one that can sing and dance. And to think he used to be obsessed about Barney just one year ago. Wonder what it'll be next year.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

August Box from Scraping Gals

The August box from Scrapping Gals will be leaving on the Tuesday 7th August 2007. So please try and get all your orders in on or before midnight on Monday 6th August 2007 so that your order can be picked and packed in time for release on the next day.

Happy Scrapping y'all.

My Moment of Being Inspiration-less

Ok so I know most everyone hits a low peak now and again and when the mojo is down...scrapping seems so far far away. I recently came out of a patch like that. Now don't get me wrong, I wanted to scrap but everytime I sat down at my table, nothing seemed interesting. Not even buying new supplies inspired me anymore cos even tho the scrapping came to a halt, the shopping for supplies did not. Hehe.

So in a valiant attempt to try and tidy my scrap room some time ago, I came across a Clear Expressions sheet that I bought in May from Laine's. The Clear Expressions sheet is a piece of clear plastic overlay that is 12x12 in size and all you have to do is choose your patterned paper or cardstock, stick your picture on top, add some journaling and place the overlay in position on top of everything and voila...a completed LO in a matter of minutes.

Materials:- Overlay: Clear Expressions; Patterned Paper: Basic Grey; Ink: Making Memories; Pen: Zig.

Hee, its cheating I know, but completing this LO inspired me to start scrapping again. Sometimes, when inspiration or mojo is low, you gotta do whatever it takes to get it back again. And you gotta admit, the doodles on the overlay is nice. I like doodles but am not very good at it. So this overlay was a perfect solution for me to get some doodles in my album. this situation, sometimes the end justifies the means. :-)

NB: I actually have another Clear Expressions overlay for a "ME" LO. Thought it'd be nice to do one just for me.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Singapore + Scrapbook Shop = Lots of Fun

I went to Singapore last week for a course which was held at the Hilton Hotel which so happens to be only 2 blocks away from...*gasp*...Wheelock Place...which so happens to be home to...*gasp*...Laine's Papeterie. You don't even have to cross any roads to get there. My favourite place to stay. Haha.

So I left Brunei on Wednesday. Managed to avoid going to the shop on that day but then after my course ended on Thursday, I went over and spent 3 wonderful hours there. On Friday I signed up for the "Designer Studio - Bits" class and had a blast! Watch this space for the LOs once I've completed them. On Saturday, I popped by again...oops and then on Sunday, 3 hours before my flight departure I decided to visit Laine's again to get the item as seen below....

Now I own a Quickutz handtool and have been considering the Revolution. But at Laine's they told me that the Cuttlebug (by Provo Craft) can use Quickutz dies and that the embossing effect of the Cuttlebug is fabulous. After a quick demo, I was sold! Part of what convinced me was also the price of the Cuttlebug's embossing templates....they only cost $14.90 cos its made from plastic. Talk about being affordable. So bye bye Revolution, hello Cuttlebug. Now I can buy the 4x4 Quickutz dies without having to buy the Revolution. Only drawback is that the Quickutz 4x4 embossing plates cannot be used on the Cuttlebug.

The Cuttlebug is also much cheaper than the Revolution. It retails at Laine's for $199.90 but I got a 42% discount on it (all those who have been reading Laine's blog will know bout this coupon book promotion currently happening there).

I'm a happy scrapper!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Girl Bloggers Rock!!

I've been tagged and what a great tag it is too. No need to think of funny things bout meself. And hot pink rocks!! Thanks Panda. Artyemiss...tag you're it!!

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Where's Nemo?

I have a thing for anything Disney. Love Disneyland, love Disney cartoons, love Disney characters. Love Disney. So I make it a point to go watch Disney on Ice whenever they come to Brunei.

When Ty was almost a year old, I brought him to watch one of the Disney on Ice shows and boy was it an ordeal. He cried and cried when the lights went out and would not stop until we brought him outside. My dad had gotten us front row seats dead centre and he spent the whole time sitting in the foyer of the Indoor Stadium with my dad.

This time round, I figured he must be old enough to enjoy the show properly. Again we managed to get front row seats. Unfortunately, we were running late and by the time we got there the lights had been turned down and the show had started. Ty was not pleased. He refused to go down to our front row seats and wanted to leave. But this time I managed to convince him to hang around at the back and eventually I got him to sit on my lap at an empty back row. During the interval, he allowed us to get to our seats and we watched the rest of the show at our planned seats albeit with him sitting on my lap. For me, this was a successful outing! Progress!! But I think a visit to Disneyland proper might just have to wait awhile. Hee.

Materials: Textured Cardstock: DCWV; Patterned Paper, Acrylic Paint, Fish Buttons: Making Memories; Chipboard Alpha: Queen & Co; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Cloth Tab: S.E.I, Pens: Zig and Ink: Cat's Eye Chalk

I decided to scrap our tickets to the show straightaway as I'm a bit of a procrastinator and have a tendency to lose stuff if I leave them around for too long. The photos were taken at the spur of the moment at night and printed on my Epson photo printer. It was an ordeal in itself to try and get Ty to wear the Nemo hat, hold the programme book and stay still for the photo to be taken.

I didn't want to glue the tickets for the show down onto the LO so I made pockets from strips of patterned paper which had been cut with the Cutterpede Wavy blade. Two pockets for two tickets and the last pocket for some journalling. The B-Mobile top up cards were given to Ty from my mum and dad and were just too cute to leave out. I'm just loving the Queen & Co chipboard alpha as it is just the right size. Not too big and not too small. And by that, those who know me well will have already guessed that I've gone and bought meself another pack of the same chipboard alphas. Tee hee.

Friday, July 06, 2007

July Box leaving on the 7th

The July box from Scrapping Gals will be leaving the States on the 7th July 2007. So please try and get all your orders in by midnight on the 6th July 2007. Don't forget to put the name "Adeline" in as a consultant so your shipping costs will be taken off your order.

Sorry for the short notice fellow scrappers but I only found out the same thing today. My order has gone out and I will be getting another new Skinni Mini font for my QK. Hooray!!! I really love my Skinni Mini fonts!! Was also drooling over the QK Revolution dies today. I think maybe the Revolution fonts might be a little too big but the shape dies available are pretty interesting.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Ruey's Kit Part II - Bubblicious Fun

Here's part II of the May kit by Ruey. This one I followed to the letter becuse the title suited my photo perfectly. The only thing I didn't follow exactly was the cutting up of the paper but that was really my fault cos I sliced the pink paper instead of tearing. So then I had to tear a little bit from each half to get the tearing effect which meant my paper ended up much shorter. So you can see a little bit of the blue paper at the top and bottom of the LO. Oops! So then all this affected the number of shapes I could cut out of the leftover paper (as there wasn't much paper left over). To add to that, whilst cutting the big owl from the paper, I accidentally cut off one of its ears...didn't even realize it had ears. So oops and double oops! fact, I made the same mistake with the owl you see popped at the top of the LO but I managed to glue the ear bit back on this one. :-)

All Materials from Ruey's May Kit.

I do not own a 7/8" circle puncher so I had to make do with my 5/8" one instead. I inked the edges of the punched out circles, stuck the alphabet stickers on them, cut off the excess corners of the stickers and then re-inked the edges. This didn't turn out too bad. I'm simply loving my kit LOs cos it brings such a fresh look for my album and is so out of the box for me.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Ruey's May Kit - Part I

What is my greatest love for now...scrapping kits!! So fun and so easy to do plus my LOs look completely differently from my usual boring style which is refreshing for me personally. Hehe...and yes I've only bought one (1) kit to date but what a great kit it is. Thanks Ruey.

I've completed 2 LOs from the kit to date but The Hubby uploaded them separately so i'll post them individually. Hehe...multiple posts coming up.

This was the 1st LO one I did and was started at Shabby Chic's "Ruey Kit's Crop Nite". My favourite so far!! I got some of the patterned paper ('PP') measurements wrong especially since my focal photo is wide instead of long like Ruey's. But I tot it turned out ok. Plus I came up with my own QK Heart shape instead of cutting out a heart shape from another piece of PP (and it was a good thing I didn't cut a heart shape from the other PP as I got my measurements completely mixed up it the 2nd LO which shall be posted soon).

All materials are from Ruey's Kit apart from die-cut heart shape (Quickutz).

The only thing that I am unhappy about is the 3D Kindy Glitz drops on the LO. I thought they would harden completely once dry. But when I put the LO in the album page protector and closed the album, my lovely 3D Kindy Glitz drop effect got squashed. And silly silly me, I didn't not space my drops wide enough or evenly throughout. So if you look at the white drops on my title, you'll notice some fats spots and some too small spots. Ooeer!

But I'm still loving the kit and so Ruey...when is your next kit coming out?

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Pooh's Frens The Sequel

This LO was made when mojo was running seriously low and I had no inspiration whatsoever. But these photos had been sitting on my desk for so long already that I felt something had to be done.

I think my main difficulty was the fact that I had planned for these photos to kind of be a sequel layout to the Pooh's Friends LO which was one of my very first LOs. I still had scraps of the same paper used and wanted to incorporate these to achieve some sort of continuity. The fact that I always enlarge my focal photo did not help.

Materials:- Textured Cardstock: Bazzil Basics; Patterned Paper and wooden frame: Chatterbox; Metal Heart Brad, rub-ons and Funky Fiber: Making Memories, Journaling Tag: Scrapping Gals; Die-cut title: Quickutz, Ink: Cat's Eye Chalk tangerine; Floss: DMC and Pen: ZIG writer.

I did my journaling on a tag, attached it to the page with fiber tied to a brad and the tag is hidden at the back of the page. So, in order to read the journaling, all one has to do is pull on the fiber to bring the tag up. I probably would not have done the journaling this way had I thought about where to put my journaling before I stuck the photos on.

The wooden frame was something that I've always wanted to use. The rub-ons on it was an attempt to jazz it up a bit but errr....looks more like maggots instead. Oops. Hehe.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

What's a Zutter?

I just recently got a book binding machine called a Zutter from Laine's. Surprisingly, the machine itself is pretty small and portable which makes it pretty nifty. I've always liked the double coil wire binds that we get on diaries and notebooks and with the Zutter you can bind your own books and albums at home. I made sure to call the shop to book one machine for myself and sure enough I heard from Sharon at Laine's that it has been really popular. And when I popped by the shop to get the wire coils, some had already been sold out.

(First two pictures taken from Laine's Diary)

Zutter also produces chipboard covers and inner pages in a variety of sizes 8x8, 6x6, 4x4 and 5x7. Each pack of chipboard cover comes with 20 inner pages that come in cream, black or white colours.

You could also use the Zutter for lots of other stuff like punching holes in a shoe box to make ribbon storage. Check out Laine's post for more info.

Thursday, May 17, 2007


I'm a self-confessed shop-a-holic for scrapping supplies. My stash grows every month to the point where my scrap room is overflowing with unused supplies. I love seeing and buying all the new stuff that is produced by the fabulous manufacturers and I equally love the feeling I get when I actually open up my new stuff and use them on a LO. And then I end up doing LOs like the one below....hehehe...and I get asked how I can justify spending so much money on new stuff when all I end up using on a LO are just strips of one patterned paper, some brads and chipboard alpha and a white pen. Oh let's not forget the adhesives (roller glue and photo mounts). :-)

Materials: Textured Cardstock (Bazzil Basics), Patterned Paper(Basic Grey), Alpha Chipboard (Heidi Swapp for Advantus), Brads (Queen & Co), Pen (ZIG Opaque).

The design for the LO is a scrap-lift from Scrapbook Creations (or was it Scrapbooking Memories?). Love at first sight when I saw the LO and I had just the right pictures for it. I added more patterned paper cos my photo was not quite the right size but overall, this is one of my favourite pages. I guess I like them simple.

The photos were taken by my sis-in-law BR who is a great kiddie photographer. She now owns her own D80 so I hope to get more great pics of Ty and Jay from her. Hehe...hint hint!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Tri-fold Shadow Box

Wow its been ages since I last blogged. Not to say that I've not been scrapping as I have but just have not had time to post anything. So many things have happened in the last couple of weeks and my scrapbooking stash has grown tremendously to the point where all my new supplies are being stored in a cardboard box, underneath my scrapping table and all over Ty's table and stools. I've just about given up on any attempts at organisation and am seriously considering clearing out my shelves by boxing up by idea books and magazines (most of which are still unread).

Anyhow, here's what I've been working on..... my 6x6 tri-fold shadowbox frame which is now sitting in my cubicle as a reminder that there is more to life than work.

Materials:- Textured Cardstock: Bazzil Basics; Patterned Paper: Deja Views; Ribbon: American Crafts; Ink: Cat's Eye Chalk; Brad: Queen & Co; Epoxy Stickers: K & Co; Metal Tab: Making Memories.

Materials:- Textured Cardstock: Bazzil Basics; Patterned Paper and Die-cuts: Deja Views; Ink: Cat's Eye Chalk.

Working with the 6x6 size was quick and easy. Sometimes its nice to get away from 12x12s and just finish a LO fast. Plus 3D popping is fun. I don't normally like to pop things up on a page as I feel they will get squashed once inserted into an album but creating a LO for a shadowbox was liberating.

Materials:- Patterned Paper: Deja Views; Ribbon: American Crafts; Photo Corners: Heidi Swapp for Advantus; Vellum Quote: DCWV; Rub-on: MAMBI.

I love the quote and think its quite apt for the stage that Jay is in right now (at 3 and half months) cos when he's awake, he insists on being carried everywhere and woe befalls the person who leaves him unattended for even a few seconds cos his yells surely does move mountains. Hee.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Quickutz Galore!

Finally the box from Scrapping Gals arrived! We've been waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting (I think you get the drift) for this box which left the USA on the 4th April 2007. Normally it only takes a week to arrive but this time we had to wait 3 weeks. Turns out the box arrived on the 10th April but was held up by customs cos it arrived badly damaged. The thing is they didn't send any notification of arrival card and if JG hadn't gone to the Post Office to ask for it, I'm not sure that they would ever have sent word. I'm still not entirely sure of the Post Office's rationale of keeping silent about the box for 2 weeks.

Anyway, a million thanks must go out to JG cos he had to sneak out of the office to get the box. You're a STAR! Woohoo and look at what arrived...loads of Quickutz fonts and die shapes for me!!

All these were bought during SG's 15% storewide sale last month. 15% savings on all QK stuff...what an opportunity not to be missed!! I bought some animal and dino dies cos I would like to start on a dino page for Ty and maybe scrap the zoo pictures from last year (inspired by Scrappaway's mini zoo album).

I had long debated over which Die-cut tool to get and finally settled for a Quickutz ("QK") last year mainly for its portability...not that I would wanna cart it around with me cos it turns out to be a little heavy.

The only drawback with a QK squeeze is that the size of your dies (and therefore the size of your fonts and shapes) is limited to a 2x2. But then they came up with the Revolution....

The Revolution solves the size limitations of the QK so it is safe to say that I already have something else on my wish-list now....hehehe.

Oh and I just had to post this picture of Ty monkeying around. We tried to get him to lie in a sexy pose but I guess the "I feel sleepy" pose will do for now. Haha. I'm gonna have to keep the dino dies away from him as he already thinks they all naturally belong to him.