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Challenge submission for The Story Matters

This is my submission for the current challenge going on at The Story Matters. Finally I got scrapping again. Were there ever days you wondered where did all your time go to and what have you been doing? I have so many of these project ideas up my head and activities I wanna do with the kids but in the end, I sometimes get nothing done or take soooo long to get something going. I set a new year resolution earlier in the year that I want to complete the first year albums for the kiddos and catch up to their current ages so that I can scrap more current photos and reduce my backlog but the photos are growing by the hundreds monthly and the progress is so slow!!! Sighs…

Back to the challenge over at The Story Matters. It’s to scrap about what you want to be when you grow up. I always wanted to be a mother and a lawyer when I was younger. Of course, over the years, heartaches and experiences changed my mindset and I decided,’Ok, no kids and no relationships.’ Then I met my best friend and now 2 kids later, I take back my word. But this layout is not about me, its about little Adah. She is absolutely fixated with brides and princesses and that’s all she wants to be when she grows up next time. Did I mention she was so annoyed looking at our wedding pictures because mummy ‘did not bring her to the wedding to see Mummy as a pincess’? LOL. So thats what she wants to be when she grows up next time in her little 4.5 year old mind…

On the layout, I used lots of stuff from Imaginisce Fairy Tale Collection line. The light pink papers, rub-ons, stamped carriage and the chipboard stickers. I had stamped the castle from Unity’s Little Princess kit and layered it in 3 layers with dimensionals. I like that castle!!! I did not intend for the ‘bling bling’ look on this layout but guess I went a little overboard with the crystals here! Ha ha. The close up pics speak for themselves, the rub- ons are simply gorgeous but I randomly adhered the rub-ons, crystals and pearls to make them look more like flourishes.

Definitely satisfying… …yum…

meganklauer - April 9, 2009 - 9:52 pm

Great take on the challenge! Thanks for participating! Love your use of the Imaginesce line!

Sophia - April 14, 2009 - 7:11 pm

This is absolutely lovely!!!! Adah is so pretty and beautiful!!!
Thanks for playing along with us over at The Story Matters! :)

Cupcake Craft Challenge #33 / Elzy Bell Challenge #17

This submission is for Cupcake Craft Challenge #33. Its a pretty easy sketch to follow and I did the card while watching Desperate Housewives Season 5 on online streaming (Thanks to Yunyun who introduced me to it while she was here… …)


I had the image of that cute stamp from Elzy Bell the minute I saw the sketch. Its from her clear stamps farmyard range tittled Little Birdie. I love Elzy Bell stamps. The images are so simple yet cute and easy for me to color in using all sorts of medium- water color crayons, brushes, pencils, copics etc. And little Adah also wants to help me color in the images cos they are so cute to her and I always end up stamping extra for her to color in.

So, I basically just stamped the image 3 times, cut out the cow(2x) and the sheep(1x)and attached them using dimensions. I coloured all 3 images with my water color crayons (didn’t wanna cheat on the bottom image cos it’ll look prettier that way ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and stamped the little flower image (from the same set) all over. I went easy on the embellishing since I wanted focus on the ‘popped- up’ image.

I am submitting this for ElzyBells Challenge #17 also. Its a recipe challenge and we only require the following:
1 piece of ribbon (check), a circle (check) and an embellishment (my cute flower buttons!) Yay!!!

Karen Lee - April 6, 2009 - 9:25 am

Absolutely darling!!!

Karen Lee

~Sasha Farina~ - April 7, 2009 - 1:07 pm

such a lovely card!!


This is the only layout that I had done last month. With visitors and Asher falling sick, then me, then Asher again and watching ‘Little Nongya’ every night, this was all I could complete. Sighs…

The pictures of Adah was taken on her 4- year old birthday. She had wanted so much to be dressed in the Barbie Mariposa outfit that the studio offers but we had to pay so much just to be photographed in it, I decided it’s not worth the price. So I went through the rest of their wardrobe and pulled together this outfit for her and had her posing in almost the same pose as that Barbie Mariposa poster. I wonder what’s with girls and Barbie but I went through a short phase of that when I was young too. Not really that into Barbie but desired a doll more because we couldn’t even afford to get one.

Back to the layout, I like the cheery orange Paislee Pink Paper. It gives off a warm feel despite the cold weather here still and that’s one of my favourite latest Basic Grey paper…hmmm…I love the papers I brought back from Singapore and am still salivating over the new weekly arrivals that I see at our LSS webpage. Added some chipboard from my stash and that little angel charm I picked up from the market here.

Simple but I like what I am seeing… …

~Sasha Farina~ - April 7, 2009 - 1:08 pm

I like this layout! so girly!

Sophia - April 9, 2009 - 9:33 am

I definitely like what I see Adeline! Love the details on the layout and I too have that same Pink Paislee Die-cut paper!!!

Sophia - April 9, 2009 - 9:37 am

Oh yes, in answer to your question on how I could scrap so fast. Some of the layouts were done like few weeks in advance for the DTs that I’m on…i.e. Dreamgirls. But for Pink Sketches, I do it on a weekly basis. Any other time in between, I would scrap accordingly, for the various DT assignments or if I have time in between, I’ll do my own layouts.

I normally scrap at night, so sometimes the previous night before I scrap, I would decide on my photos and have them printed, then pull out the papers/kits that I have to decide on which to use. I’ve been scrapping with minimal piling on of embellishments, so it doesn’t take too long. I can take 1hr – 2 hrs for a layout. Depends on whether I need to do any fussy cutting. Record time to complete a layout was 45min. :)

Card Patterns Sketch #7

This is my take for Card Patterns #7. Yes, yet another Sugar Nellie stamp. I have so many of them still ‘un-inked’ and I am ordering somemore. At the rate I am ordering my stamps, I dunno if I am going to use them all at least once but the temptation is just too great and my conclusion is to stop surfing, stop looking at all those pretty creations from the stamps and you’ll be able to stop buying. That’s close to impossible for me! I hardly explore Shanghai now since we have been here almost 1.5 years now and the kids are either in school or napping and I can’t take myself of the net!!!

Oops…off topic…back to my card. I decided to go for a distressed look. I had wanted to put flowers all around the oval shape cardstock but I like the way the distressed papers look so I decided to go simple on the embellishments, so I can show more of the distressed papers. Just plain simple distressed papers but one of my very early attempts at distressing so I liked how they turn out. My original idea was to create a ‘flower swing’ effect. Anyhows, I chalked the background with yellow and green chalks and quite like the outcome.

Michelle Bertuzzi - March 27, 2009 - 1:02 am

Oh Adeline, this is super cute! Your coloring totally rocks! The crochet flower is such a beauty. Thanks for taking time to join us!

mariemc - March 27, 2009 - 2:13 am

Very sweet card. Those buttons are fabulous and you did a great job using the sketch. Thanks for playing along with us!

whoistracy - March 28, 2009 - 2:00 am

This is lovely! Your coloring is just wonderful. So glad you could join us.

~Sasha Farina~ - March 29, 2009 - 10:47 am

your cards are always so put together!! Gorgeous!

Sophia - April 2, 2009 - 1:58 pm

This is a super cute and lovely card!!! I can see why you’re going ga-ga over the stamps! I would too if I’m you ๐Ÿ˜›

Sleeping Baby- My first 2-page layout

This is my first 2 page layout. I put together pictures of Asher in various sleeping positions from birth till now. Asher will turn 2 this saturday and yet he is still like a baby in many ways. He still needs his regular naps and gets really grouchy and fussy when he starts to get sleepy. Since young, Asher has always been a sleepy baby and would rather forsake food for sleep. Adah’s the opposite, she would rather fight sleep and stay awake to play as much as she can.

It’s a simple layout. I intended to put my new sewing machine to us and sew the papers in the background together to resemble a quilt but the stitches were terrible. I think it had to do with the tension in the top thread and no matter how I adjusted the tension button, the stitches just didn’t turn out the way they are supposed to, so I ended up stamping stitches on the papers. I thought there were so many photos to look at so I went simple on the embellishing so as not to ‘overwhelm’ the viewer too much.

I know there’s no right or wrong to art but have you ever came up with a layout that you are so dissatisfied with the end results that you just wanna rip it up and re-do again? I looked at some of my previous LOs, found a few that I thought totally sucks- no theme, messy and I can’t seem to get my messages across. I feel like I am doing the photos a disservice so I told myself I’ll re-do these layouts again. Afterall, all these layouts are meant for the kiddos when they grow up next time! My gifts to them has to be perfect by my standards… …

~Sasha Farina~ - March 25, 2009 - 7:50 pm

two pagers! WTG!! I don’t scrap two pagers … they’re hard! LOL

Jenn - March 29, 2009 - 11:49 pm

He can sleep sitting up, my goodness! Indeed a sleeping baby

Sophia - April 2, 2009 - 2:02 pm

This double-paged layout is so fun to look at!!! You’re right in not over embellishing the double pages layout =) Let the photos do the talking!

Well, there are the handful few layouts that I don’t like i.e. recently I did a 2 pager layout on my Perth trip photos but I just felt everything looked so blah! Nonetheless, I just tucked it into my Perth album and didn’t bother to take photos of it to share.

Sophia - April 2, 2009 - 2:03 pm

oh yes! I’m totally amused with your boy’s sleeping while sitting up! Soooo cute!

My boy is like Adah… would fight sleep so that he can play!!

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