Sunday, July 31, 2016

Day in the Life - From where I stand edition

Day in the life layout, From where I stand

I jumped into Ali Edwards' Day In The Life party on 30 July. I wasn't planning to, but you just can't help it if you're in her Craft The Story facebook group - it was so infectious, and really fun to participate with everyone on the same day! Though the Australians and me in Singapore got to start a lot earlier than those in Europe and North America :)

I was inspired by Julie Love Gagen's 'From Where I Stand' album  -  Loved this angle (all photos taken looking down) and perspective for recording my day! Never tried this before, and since my teenagers do not like their photos taken this was perfect, lol!

aliedwards day in the life

As everyone else did, I set my phone alarm to ring every hour, to remind myself to take a photo,in case I forgot. I found that if I added my photos to my Momento app, it shows clearly the time the photos was taken - really neat!

It was fun with this vantage point, of looking down for my pictures, I started noticing what was below my feet, like when we found toadstools on our way home from the supermarket!

Today was different because we don't have youth ministry at church, one son had to go to school, and the other had friends (7 teenagers!) over to our home, so the hubs and I had chance to do our own thing. We took a cycling trip so had more outdoor photos than I normally would!

I was so excited I designed the template on Friday night, so that by Saturday evening I could just 'slot' my photos in and type out the journaling! Ali Edwards' Digital Brushes - Everyday Boxes were just perfect for these layouts!

These pages are 8.5 x 11 so that I can print them on my home printer (Canon MG5670) on A4 photo paper (I use Hp glossy paper). Then I simply added two puffy stickers from Seven Paper and call it done. So easy and so pleased to have a day in our life recorded!

Here's a closer look at the digital images.
aliedwards dayinthelife
aliedwards dayinthelife

Of course I'm sharing the digital templates for these two pages.
You can download them here. Have fun with them!

In case you are interested, I did another 8.5x11 format for Day in the Life in 2011, and you can find that page and the template on my blog post here.

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Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Mini Beach Photo Book - My Krabi Album

Happy Weekend! I just completed a mini (12 layout) Beach trip album that I'm excited to share! You know, I really do love this hobby. The memory keeping part is the most important for me, but the creative part is such fun and so satisfying! Sometimes I wonder if I will become bored or lose the joy, but each time I pick up a new project and start creating I find it so enjoyable.

For this project I decided I will play with repetitive shapes and see if I can make layouts out of them. These are photos from our trip to Krabi, Thailand last year and I'd say I really like how they turned out :)
 You can see my journaling for this trip done in the Week in the Life (Vacation Edition) - in my project life album here
Repeating shapes is really pleasing to the eyes don't you think?
Just add some patterned paper to fill in some of the shaped spaces to keep the lines flowing 
Not forgetting a striking large title
 some word strips or word art
And a few little touches in contrasting colors to add interest
I used Ali Edwards' #AEDPinterestPassport for the title of two of the layouts
Also tried breaking up panoramic shots 
and one of my favorites, spreading the photo across waves  
Finally a full page photo adorned only with word art.
first page
last page
Now I only have to get the cover done!

Template to Share
And you can find the link to the template of this layout here, enjoy!

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

5x5 Mini Book Review

Persnickety 5x5 mini book
5x5 Mini Book by Persnickety Prints

When Persnickety Prints ran a special for their 5x5 Instagram Mini book, I had just completed my fourth round of 30 Days of Lists and thought it would be great way to give this size a try!

The books specs are: as detailed on their website (here)
  • Custom Luxe Mowhawk 120# Textured Eggshell Cover
  • PUR Binding Technology
  • 60 Pages
  • 48 hour turnaround
What's not to love about that? I do like the feel and texture of the actual book. The cover and inside pages are all smooth creamy matte paper, and of good weight. My only worry is that we might leave finger prints or smudges since my cover is all white, Matte is beautiful but it does seem more 'fragile' than the hardcover glossy covers of my other shutterfly books. But at the $10 I paid for them, I'd say they are a great deal!

I will talk about the binding a little later on, 

As for the 48 hour turnaround, I'm afraid my book went into some blackhole and it was nearly two months later when I received it in Singapore. I'm not sure what happened but I only checked in almost a month after my order and the status was still 'sent for printing'. After several emails that took more than a week, I'm relieved that the Persnickety team offered to send another copy to print, and I duly received it last week! 

I have printed lots of 12x12 layouts with Persnickety and they were always easy to upload and order, this was my first time trying out their photobook software.

I had first resized my images to 5x5, Uploading was easy as usual,  
The photobook software was quite easy to understand, there were about ten layout options per page and you just drag your images onto the page. There are some basic text,background and photo editing options, but you should best edit your photos/images with photoshop or other software before loading it on.

Now let's take a look inside my book!
persnickety 5x5 mini book
About the binding, as the book is small, and the pages do not open flat, after I flip them open for too many times, when I lay the book down like above, the cover will not lie flat anymore, that's why I used a clip for this photo. Not a problem at all, but just thought you might want to know :)

persnickety 5x5 mini book
The colors are true to what I see on my screen and very pretty, as can be expected from Persnickety Prints. 
I chose the full page image layout which adds a white border to your images throughout the book. I think instagram photos will look very pretty in this format, with the white border.
I have to clip the book to a board to take these picture, as the book really does not open flat, but is fine for flipping through.
For the pages above, I had made my lists on my phone with apps like Over or Wordswag, and the words are perfectly sized in the 5x5 book.
For these pages where I had made my lists into layouts on my computer, because they were meant to be 8x8 layouts, I found that the words were a tad too small for my aging eyes to read comfortably! Point to note!
Because my layouts already had white backgrounds, these pages look seamless as the white border does not show up at all.
I had many different formats of lists as these were made at different times over a few years, but it didn't matter, I added divider pages indicating which month/year they were from, so in future I will be able to know the time context in which I made these lists/
The book is a fun size, would be great for a casual book of maybe selfies, or instagrams or a book abuot me for a child, makes a fun gift!
Even the black page below turned out beautifully
You have an option to add a picture to the back cover too, but I did not want to. The logo can't be removed from the back page as far as I can tell.
Here's a closer look at the binding and how the book opens.

persnickety 5x5 mini book

Of course I must give a shout out for 30 days of lists, a journalling challenge organized by Kam and Amy a few times a year. I love their list prompts and the community, and have found them a wonderful way to capture some 'stories' about me. 

persnickety 5x5 mini book
Hope you have found this review useful! Any questions just put them into comments below.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Our March and April Stories

Hi everyone! I have given myself the permission not to post regularly so I can live more and scrap more. And I have! I have a new approach to Project life that I want to share today.

Having been so inspired by Ali Edwards' Craft The Story Facebook group, I went completely with the Story as my Project Life approach these last months. 

So instead of looking at my photos first when planning my monthly spreads, this time I whipped out my stash of journaling cards, checked my Evernote where I had been capturing the months' stories, and wrote away! This produced 18 cards for March:
I used a combination of script pens, sharpie, and gel pens to get the titling and stories down. Look! It was so satisfying, I kept counting the stack as I went along (smile)!

Then I looked for pictures and filler cards to lay the page out. Noticeably less photos but who cares! With teenage sons it's hard to get many photos, but I had a lot of conversations, anecdotes, shared jokes, STORIES worth capturing!

Notice how I'm calling it March Stories!
Stories of night out with my son, pep talk by their dad, text messages with one son who was out too late (!)
Written note from a teacher, music video made by Jared, Instagram twins that have been won our hearts, our gluten free quest due to allergies.
April Stories:
Chance meeting with old friends, Funny 'bickering' between brothers,

An afternoon out art-jamming (painting) with my besties, story of (How to) grow old gracefully,
Ryan's treat fro his first paycheck, parents-in-law attending church service for the first time since dad's need for dialysis,...
all these precious stories captured, plus, I'm using up my PL stash, can't be happier.
Have you tried starting with the story first? 

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