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Maya Road Shadow Box

I am back! It has been an exciting week for me. First, the little one refused to nap for days after a long weekend with the father and her siblings. It was the father’s birthday last Friday, so he took leave from work and spent time with the kiddos. And you think a 4 month old baby would be exhausted at night if she hardly slept a wink in the day, but no! She went to bed at the same time and woke up several times a night! This coupled with two older siblings who need to use the toilet or decide to start having ‘nightmares’ and climb into your bed in the nights, I hardly slept well at night and I had to wake up to express milk for the little one too. I remember waking up about ten times one of the nights and I was literally screaming my head off by dawn…Oh well, memories that I would be sure to remind them of when they are parents themselves! Lol.
Nevertheless, I wouldn’t trade these kiddos for anything else in the world. There were sacrifices that we had to make for them but at the end of the day, they are ‘Our Greatest Gift’ and we are so proud of them, hence the title for this Maya Road Shadow Box. This box measures 8 inches by 8 inches and has 9 squares. I chose to put 3 solo portraits of the kids and 1 of them altogether, and embellish the shadow box for display at home.
Some close-ups. Blogger has changed their template and I haven’t figured out how to adjust the photos so that they appear bigger, so these will have to do for now until I have time to surf around and find out how to do it. I am not exactly a techie so this will have to take time.


Maya, Maya, more Maya

Hellooo!!!! Hellooo!!! Anybody still coming in here??? I didn’t realise that my last post was on 6 March and that was more than a month ago! After a roll of two blog posts in a week, I ‘disappeared’ for a month! My apologies to all my blog readers, that is if I still have any left…sobs…

Life is indeed very challenging with three kids and I am blessed to have the help of my father who willingly ferries the two older kids to and from school most days, allowing me some rest. But last month, Granddad Chaffeur decided to take a break and went to Hainan island to promote some Hainanese opera projects that he and his siblings have undertaken and I was left on my own! Throw in 3 kids who take turns to wake up in the nights to call for me to either help them use the bathroom, or climb into my bed because of nightmares or has to nurse, I was totally burnt out. How did those mothers with 4,5 or even 10 kids like my Grandma cope?

Anyhow, the DT assignment for Made With Love for this month is to create projects using products from Maya Road.After scrapping for a few years, I have to confess that I have a whole drawer for Maya Road products, from albums to chipboards to sheers and even their flowers and ribbons… …

For my assignment, I have chosen to do up a Maya Road scallop, plastic album. I love scallop albums as they allow you to see through to the pages behind. They are also sturdy and can take heavier embellishments such as metal pieces etc. It is also very fun assembling the embellishments and paper on both sides of the plastic pages to make sure they coordinate and layer well with each other! Hahaha…simple challenges that I set for myself as a scrapper.

An overall view of my scallop album. I added a giraffe chipboard that was from Maya Road’s mini chipboard zoo album. I painted with Maya Road Mist in buttermilk on both sides, chalked the sides with Versamagic in Gold and then added vintage glass glitter on it! It has been a long time since I got my fingers dirty and icky. Lol.I also made sure I had at least a Maya Road product on every page! Will introduce them further below…

The front cover. The word ‘Love’ is also from their mini chipboard words. I misted it and then added Distress Cackle Paint on it. Love, love, love the cracks made by the cackle paint. Also added a cute little glass bottle at the side, filled with beads and the metal ornate frame is from Teresa Collins. And all these items are heavy, so a regular chipboard or cardstock album can hardly hold them up. By the way, the vintagey pearl pins are from Maya Road too.

Another reason why I like plastic albums- more playing with mediums. I stamped alcohol inks at the edges of each album and they look really pretty in their translucent shades of pink, aqua and blue! For the front and last pages, I also stamped little butterflies around the borders.

Crocheted doily and yellow resin flower from Maya Road! Not P****…:-)

Cute little chipboard spool from Maya Road and I just wound some baker’s twine over it. The brown sparkly lace ribbon is from them too.

The red plastic stamp frame is from Maya Road.

Felt star and star badge that I have been hoarding for the longest time are also Maya Road items.

Resin flower center.

Red felt bird which was the rage some time back and the purple stamp frame.

Blue chipboard heart and the sparkly ribbon again!

Red chipboard heart.

The last two pages. I stamped a Prima image of the three children sitting on a bench on the last page.

Thank you all so much for still bothering to come in here. I am on a Maya Road roll and I promise I will be back soon with a Maya Road shadowbox that I made for displaying at home. Take care and have a good week.

Scrap This and That Challenge #9

I am the host for Made With Love’s Scrap This and That Challenge #9. Each month, two members from the Design Team will take turns to host a challenge each at Made With Love. Participants have up to 2 weeks to complete their layouts and upload them to the gallery. Names of winners will be drawn randomly and the winner gets SGD$20 shopping voucher to spend at the store!

For my challenge this week, it’s all about chipboards! Over the years, we have seen various chipboards manufacturers popping up. I used to think chipboards are grey and boring but not anymore! Look at the laser cut chipboards from Dusty Attic, Kaiser Craft, Maya Road etc…So for my challenge, all you have to do is to include at least one chipboard on your layout and ‘dress’ it up.

Here are some examples:
1) You can ink the edges like what I did in the layout below for the row of houses (from Buzz n Bloom, an Australian based chipboard company which has closed down).
2) You can paint them like the house at the corner of my photo in the layout.
3) You can cut out papers and paste on them like the string of chipboard banners from Jenni Bowlin that I had used on my layout.

4) You can stitch on them.
5) You can wrap ribbons on them.
6) You can stamp or emboss on them.

Well, I have given quite a number of examples already. So come along and play with us on this challenge. Remember, all entries to be uploaded by 19 March 2012, 12 noon.


Wintery Days for Made With Love March Assignment

I re-read my blog entries on the days we were in Shanghai and realised I do miss that place in some ways. The strawberry picking trips, weekly brunch outings with the kids, the river view right outside our windows and the four seasons…

Much as I enjoy the cooler weather, I hated the freezing cold days in winter during the months of December and January and was happy to stay home and laze about. Unfortunately, I had to send the kids to school and zip around for errands.It was such a chore putting on those thick layers of winter clothing for the kids and then myself and trust me, it ain’t easy carrying that chubby boy with extra layers on both of us! Lol!

Then, we always find ourselves in situations when we are comfortably and warmly settled in a restaurant, toilet requests would come forth from the kids.Then it would be a mad scramble to quickly put on those layers of clothing back, zip out in the cold to the toilets, undo those layers to get the kids to pee properly without wetting their clothes and then back to the restaurant again!

Anyhow, it was still fun minus all the colds and ear infections which were so common during the cold months and we always try to get out once the weather forecast shows some sun. The kids, with their chubby and rosy faces and winter wear, made good photography subjects too for my scrapping!

I opted for a light pink,violet,and silvery color tones on my layout to reflect the ‘coldness’ of winter. This is my first layout of the year, after baby Anna’s birth and I took a long time with it, completing in parts over 2 weeks! But it was definitely satisfying! I managed to play with some mediums, misted the Prima canvas frame which I matted the picture onto and the girl at the side. Also brushed on some gold mica flakes on the resin bridge, before layering on the papers and flowers…yums!

A side view of the layout…

Close-up of the bridge and misted canvas.

I glued on the violet flower on top of an older prima winter flower that I had been hoarding for the past 3 years!

Hope you like what I have to share. I will be back tomorrow with another post on my challenge over at Made With Love. Two posts in a week! That is quite a feat for me currently 😉


From 2 to 3

From 2 to 3…most of you readers would probably know by now that we have a new addition into our family, so I guess the layouts will most likely revolve around her for the time being! Lol! The hubster is reliving the days of parenthood and I suppose with age and experience, he seems to be enjoying it better this time round. In fact, he says we should have a baby again once this princess outgrows her cuteness! That’s fathers for you, they leave the worrying, education and discipline to the mothers and just have fun doing the enjoyable stuff like feeding, bathing (and then leaving the dressing up struggle to mum again), cooing and hugging…

Anyway, this photo was taken when I was about 34 weeks pregnant. The two older kids were always excited about meimei’s arrival then, had great plans for hospital visits and what they would do when meimei’s home. Adah was always feeling for the baby’s kicks and Asher kept asking when baby would be out so that Mummy can carry him again! This was a fun photoshoot that we did at home on our own and I love the cheekiness in this pic!

Lots of Websters Pages goodness here from the older collections. It’s amazing how much stuff I have bought and hoarded over the last 3 years of scrapping! The bird’s nest is from Melissa Frances and I painted over it. The pink birds are from Prima and misted. The bright flower and aqua floral ribbon are from Websters Pages too!

Some close-ups…

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