Monday, August 18, 2014

Project Life | Documenting My Ups & Downs *Citrus Twist Kits*

Hello there, I have my August Pocket Life pages up on Citrus Twist Kits blog this week. I am so sorry  thatI have been posting this blog post late. The immigration held up my kit and it took much much much longer than usual. Anyways, August is my birthday month but things haven't been great. So I thought I would scrap a colourful page and also journal a little about my unhappiness. Things do happen and it is not a must to just record happy moments in my Pocket Life pages.

So here's my page, with a lot of goodies from August Pocket Life kit & Embellies kit. So much goodies that I think I could scrap a few more pages and share on our CTK Fans page.


Although this two weeks I had a lot of ups & downs, but happy colours in this page does remind me to count my everyday blessings and be grateful.



I am pretty much happy with doing my monthly spread and not stressing myself for 'catching up' on those un-documented weeks and photos. Everything in the page is from August Pocket Life kit and Embellies kit and only sneak in a sheet of Crate Paper Thickers.


I also added some journalling with water-colour and my vintage typewriter.


This pictures of all my Filofaxes in pink definitely made me happy!


To me, it is definitely ok to record my negative thoughts and unhappiness in my PL.


I water-colour a piece of white card stock and add my journalling with my vintage typewrite with cursive font.


Another pic from this week to remind myself to be grateful - I met this cute doggie whose nose has been chopped off by some cruel 'human'. HE is still a handsome yet cheerful chap regardless how sorry we felt for him.


And there you go, I am in the midst of editing a process video for this page and will  upload to my Youtube channel + CTK fans page soon. Thanks for looking and have a great week ahead. I do hope that my page inspires you to document the true moments of your everyday life - be it ups and downs, and all the little things that remind us to be grateful + treasure our life.

XoXo,
sam-sig

Friday, August 15, 2014

Layout | Love Me A Grid Layout *Elle's Studio*

There's no secret that I am a huge fans of grid layout! I love making grid layouts because:
1) the layout looks organised (I know this is weird but I am attracted to grid designs)
2) I can go crazy embellishing each tiny box
3) I like how each tiny box is unique yet they complement each other (by using all the papers from the same collection)

I created this grid layout using a piece of paper from Elle's Studio Shine collection that has cute tiny squares. I placed sac of the square accordingly and stick them down lightly. Then I add 'invisible line' with my beloved sewing machine. I love how the machine stitching is subtle yet add an interesting effect to the page. Once I am happy with all the arrangement of the tiny cards, I add wood pieces, die cuts, journalling tags and journalling to each box.


Close-ups of each square:



This photo is we 'welfie' of me and Ivan. Sigh, where has the time gone and he has already refused to take photo with me! Can someone find the STOP button so that he will always be my little baby that listens to me and be a mama's boy? 

I am sure I am gonna make more grid layouts in the future using the same recipe. I hope this inspires you! Thanks for stopping by and remember to check out the Elle's Studio Design team gallery this month!

XoXo,
sam-sig

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Layout | Hi* 5 *Elle's Studio*

I took this photo of my boys while I was working in my craft room. And yes, we have a bed in the room with initial planning that IVan could nap in the room while I work (well, this never happened!)

While I was taking photos of new arrivals for my Big Cartel, hubs was trying to keep Ivan occupy on the bed. And Ivan loves giving Hi*5 to the giant Amineko that is on the bed recently. So hubs and Ivan keeps playing hi*5 while I work and I captured this cute photo of them. Love this captured moment so much that I printed it out about 8x8 inch (square photo) and want to make a layout with huge photo!



Adding some banner to the top of the corner here:



And also placing  a row of tags and embellishments vertically on the right of the photo. This is definitely one of my favourite recent snapshot that I could see myself scrapping this again and again. Plus this is also one of my favourite layout!


Thanks for looking! And now, go check out other amazing layouts that are posted on the Design Team gallery

XoXo,
sam-sig

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Layout | Elle's Studio August Kit Reveal & You're My Sunshine

Hello there! I have been really lazy and not keeping up with my blogging schedule. August is my birthday month and things are supposed to be really exciting + lovely for me. Unfortunately, August hasn't been really good for me so far. We started August with Ivan falling sick (fever + cough), one of my dogs (Nut Nut) went for a minor surgery to remove both his anal glands and some family emergencies >_<
But I will still hope for the best! My 30th birthday is only 8 days away and totally have no plan yet. Anyways, August is another crazy month for me with a business trip to China on 26th August. So well, I am just hoping I am better at time management (which means less instagramming, less Youtubes, less doing nonsense) and stay focus!
Elle's Studio August kit was reveal on the 19th monthly (I am a little behind the blog schedule) again this month. This month is one of my favourite kit with lal the cute journalling tags and Project Life cards. 
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Here’s a close up peek of what is inside:
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And, the awesome die cuts – some are even transparent! These are definitely my fave!!
EllesStudio-AugustKit-03These kits are limited and once they sale out Elle's Studio will not be restocking! Look for a new kit each month on the 10th at 8:00 am PST, and as a special bonus to celebrate launch day, kits will be on sale for $9.99 for today only, regular price after that will be $11.99. These kits can ship first class: shipping for USA residents will start around $2.00 and go up from there, depending on the weight of what is in your cart. For overseas, it will run about $6+ depending on your location.
We also have an exclusive Back-to-School add-on! Check out these fun cork shapes:
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And, if you are looking for cut files again this month, we have those too! Here’s a peek at what the August cuts look like:
EllesStudio-2014-AugustI didn't feel like making any Project Life pages this month so I scrap 3 layouts instead. I haven't been scrapping much so making layouts is just the easiest creative outlets for me.
And here's the first layout I made using the August kit - and also a happy photo of Ivan woke up in the morning. He normally wakes up all smiley in the morning except there are times (kinda rare though) he would wake up crying with no reason. Babies are weird anyways!


It is just a quick and simple layout with some journaling card and my favourite wood embellishment pieces from Elle's Studio. 




I hope you enjoy my long overdue post and I will post the other two layouts that I made for Elle's Studio in a day or two. And now, go check out other amazing layouts that are posted on the Design Team gallery! Thanks for dropping by!

XoXo,
sam-sig

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mini Album | Citrus Twist Kits - 2 Girls, 2 Perspectives Mini Album Class

Citrus Twist Kits has a new self-paced mini album class called '2 Girls, 2 Perspectives' from 2 designers using the class kit this month. At just $10 this class is full of ideas to create your perfect sweet mini and will be delivered to your email inbox as a 48-page ebook.


decide to play along and joined the mini album class too. And here's a pic of my work in process using the class kit and online class which are available here. I love the new stamp sets that April Joy has designed for Citrus Twist Kits this month, so I used them on the album, and also my planner pages.


I love April's stamp set (Birthday and Hello Sunshine) so much that I have been stamping them on everywhere, literally.



I use two pieces of 6x6 canvas chipboards as my album covers and added some die cuts and paint for a simple cover. Oh, the theme of my little book is to record all the little things that made me happy. So it is actually like my Gratitude journal to remind myself to be happy and count my blessings. Of course I have to include photos of my little Sunshine - baby Ivan!



Here is the class kit, available here for $41 plus shipping: I love the mix of pastel colour and some whimsical / vintage embellishments added to the kit.


In this class designers Mira Wlosinska and Trina Craig share their individual approached on creating a mini album, each album a different size and approach. We have a private Facebook forum that you will be invited to join as part of this class to share your album progress and ask questions.

Here is a sneak from Trina's album with a little stitching, a lot of layers and some stamping:




Here is another sneak from Mira's album:


Thank you for dropping by today! We hope to see you in the 2 Girls, 2 Perspectives class! And yes, all the students that enrol to the mini album class will be added to a Facebook group where we can chat about the albums and sharing ideas! See you there!

p.s. Would like to share some simple cards that I have sent recently using April's stamp sets too. I don't do pen palling but it is always fun to include some handmade cards in some of my happie mails!





XoXo,
sam-sig

Monday, July 28, 2014

Layouts⎪XoXo

Hello there! I have been lazy with maintaining my blog again this month. I have this layout sitting in my draft folder for weeks and now I finally push the publish button to show you guys here!

I am totally in love with these dies by Amy Tangerine and Dear Lizzy when American Crafts just launched the new die set. I used these dies a lot for cutting patterned papers, vellum, felt and even cork sheet. *Enabler aper* you can get yours at Citrus Twist Kits store too!



For this layout, I want the XOXO die-cut to be the focus of the layout so I die-cut as many as I could with blue, pink patterned papers and some vellums. Then used them as background. I believed I have channeled the awesome Paige Taylor Evans in me when I piece all the XOXO die cuts together. I love how Paige's layouts are always quilting inspired and the way she uses a lot of patterned papers in her pages. Okay, my layout is no where to be as pretty as hers, but i really love how the die-cut background turned out.


More close-ups of the die-cuts. It was quote painful (Ahem, I mean tedious) to roll the die cuts again and again. But it is also very fun and therapeutic when you keep repeating the same things ;)



I also add some machine stitching to every XOXO die cuts because I didn't use much adhesive to stick them on my page and want them to be floating on the background. (Not sure if it make any sense ;))


Thanks for looking! And now, go here to get this set of dies! Its one of the must have dies, I kid  you not!

XoXo,
sam-sig

Monday, July 21, 2014

Classes⎪CreativeLive Class with Megan Hoepnerr





My instagram-inspired crochet pouches have been featured by Megan Hoeppner at Creative Live on one of the blog post: 9 Surprising Scrapbooking Supplies.  The awesome Fujifilm Instax SHARE printer that I am obsessed with is one of the scrapbooking supplies that she mentioned. And of course, my crochet printer cozy goes with it like Peanut Butter and Jelly.

And you might be wondering what Creative Live is all about, You can click here to find out more info about this website that offers various creative classes from all the top experts.

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CREATIVELIVE ANNOUNCES FREE, ONLINE DIGITAL SCRAPBOOKING CLASS AND GIVEAWAY

CreativeLive announced this week that it will host a two-day scrapbooking class with career crafter Megan Hoeppner. The free, interactive, class will allow crafters of all levels to get inspired to save their favorite memories, using images shared to apps like Instagram and Facebook. The class will air on July 23rd and July 24th, people can RSVP for this free class on CreativeLive.

Participants will learn how to turn these online photo albums, conversations, and status updates into beautiful physical scrapbooks and videos by learning the basics of scrapbook storytelling, and how to integrate social media activity into family albums and even professional portfolios. Through hands-on instruction, Megan Hoeppner will show participants how to create attractive layouts and designs that reflect the important memories, relationships, or major life events they want to commemorate.

About the contest: Participants can enter to win the ultimate scrapbooking inspiration package from Adorama, Blurb, and Fancy Pants Designs. To enter, participants must create a scrapbook layout -- either a digital scrapbook layout OR a photo of a paper layout -- and submit the design alongside a description.

Prizes:
  1. Burlap and Bouquets Paper Collection Kit from Fancy Pants Designs ($20.00)

Key Dates
Submission Period Starts:
June 24th, 2014 - 8:00 AM PST
Submission Period Ends:
July 28th, 2014 - 12:00 PM PST

What: App to Archive: Social Media Scrapbooking with Megan Hoeppner
When: Live broadcast July 23-24
Time: 9:00 am—4:00 pm (pacific)
How: Visit the site today and click "enroll" to RSVP and receive special notifications on the class or simply click "watch live" from the site on the day of the event. 

About Megan Hoeppner
Megan Hoeppner is a career crafter, whose career started in PR at Stampin’ Up! more than a decade ago. She has also worked as the associate editor for Paper Crafts magazine, a senior editor for Simple Scrapbooks magazine, and a Creative Editor for Creating Keepsakes magazine. She is the author of two best-selling special issues, Creative Spaces with Megan Hoeppner and Creative Spaces with Megan Hoeppner Vol. 2. She’s a regular contributions to Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine, and makes requent television appearances on Studio 5, the leading lifestyle program in Utah.

About CreativeLive
CreativeLive is setting a new standard for education by connecting a live, dynamic community of individuals with the world’s top experts. Using a scalable freemium model, CreativeLive is transforming the $100 billion continuing education market by offering frictionless access to the best teachers in the world through a social video platform. The company was founded in April 2010 by world-renowned photographer, director, and artist Chase Jarvis and entrepreneur Craig Swanson. The company is led by CEO Mika Salmi, backed by Greylock Partners and Social+Capital Partnership, and broadcasts on four state-of-the-art production studios in Seattle and San Francisco.

Be sure to click on the link to find out more details! and thanks Megan for featuring my printer cozy again!

Xoxo,
sam-sig