Monday, August 24, 2015

My Lists!

This is List prompt #14 from March 2011 and I chose to write what I love about having boys. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to have daughters. But God chose to bless us with two boys and I don't know motherhood in any other way! From my current perspective as mom to 16 and 18 year old boys, this is what I love about Having Boys:
Learning and Enjoying Boys' Stuff
Being Pampered as the only 'helpless' girl in the family
Having minions to carry all the heavy stuff
Matter of Fact and Non-emotional approach - we don't beat around the bush here!
I get the truth for every question I ask!
The lack of shopping desire and options = Money saved!

Today is the #30 Lists Blog Hop and everyone is picking a list from the Mar 2011 edition to show what we have done with it. The next 30Days of List Challenge is about to begin on 1 Sept and it is a simple challenge of making a list a day for 30 days. List prompts are given and with the community listing and sharing, it's fun and motivating to list along!! You can find out more and sign up here!
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And check out the other sponsors and ambasssdors' lists in the Blog Hop following the links below: All of these ladies have awesome ways they capture their lists - amazing mini books, journals, art-journals!

Or you can check out this Facebook post where everyone else is linking in their list from March 2013 for more ideas.

I have been participating in the Challenge since 2013, and am excited to join in as a sponsor this round! I have loved my lists as they are a great way for me to have some journaling and my thoughts captured. Until recently the lists were sitting in my PL or in my phone. Now I have a wonderful project idea! To put them into layouts and collate and print into a Mini Book of my Lists! I'm enjoying this so much! Revisiting my lists and finding photos and putting them together.

I am using templates from Yin Templates 262 Album Set and a new Album Set 451 that I'm sponsoring for all registered participants. Also using Backgrounds from Kaye Winiecki .
  Here are some layouts I have done:

Everyone should capture their mini manifesto! How I wish I have this captured every few years over the last twenty! Would be so interesting to see how things have changed! Well this was from Mar 2013 and they are still true for me now.

Yes these are the ways I save money. 
How do you?

This was a fun list. When I turned forty, I became much more health conscious and started loving salads and healthy choices, but some things never change!

One item on this list made my hubby laugh out loud. On an average day, I ask him to help with some thing. Or other. Or many others. Haha!

These are very special people in my life. They have qualities I admire because these are what I lack.

This list could go on and on!

July Project 365 - Half Monthly in Reivew Pages

Here are my July Month in Reivew layouts. I'm up to date! These layouts are from Template Sets 317 and 290. I've been doing this since 2012 and you can see how I put them into my project life albums here and here. 

I love how I can quickly see what we have been up to every month. I don't always have a photo everyday, so I substitute with movie posters, double up photos from weekends when I have more time to take pictures, I don't sweat it. 
You can see I've been to the gym, Jared has been sick, We've been watching movies, eating out with my mom, dressing up for costplay and Racial Harmony day!

More meeting up over meals, an old photo of our oldest when he was a baby shared between us parents recently, a photo of Jared in school sent by his teacher, the drowning of my iphone 5 (gasp!)

July Project Life Pages
And here are my July Project Life pages.
I find stories that I want to tell in more detail and capture them in PL. I tried printing from home this time round. We had bought a Canon MG5670 and the quality was awesome!! ( the photos here are a far cry from the actual as I had to take them in low light before leaving for work). 
It was definitely more flexible and I could plan my inserts as I went along. But it took longer and was costlier than printing at our local photo developing place. We'll see!

Made my own month starting card. That's hubby and the beloved puppets for kindie Sunday School that he has been doing for like ten years. Added packaging from linen blankets we got from Etsy that we are loving 

That's my mom and me in a photo I love. And then there are these at home shots that are really how we work and relax at home. The stuff of everyday that makes me happy. 

And a page from the afternoon spent at CostFest. My boys enjoy this a lot due to their love for Anime. They look cool! I can't really understand the fascination but we can see that the young people there enjoy a camaraderie and there is much mutual admiration and not competition. A spirit of fun and acceptance makes it great!

Free Month Starting Cards

I've used the July Month starting card in this month's PL. And completed the rest of the year's months too. Scroll down to download the July to Dec cards. Jan to June cards can be downloaded here.
You can change the colors to fit your page and decorate them like I did using digital or physical elements!

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Friday, August 14, 2015

I love Lists!

This layout is from a list I made in March 2013 as part of the 30 Days of List Challenge using template set 262. I pulled out some older photos, used the beautiful papers from Kaye Winiecki's Base Jumpers - Watercolors, and I love it! Oh and don't get me started on these subjects unless you have all day :)

You may remember that I've participated in 30 Days of Lists Challenge several times in the last few years, I love that the prompts help me to quickly capture thoughts, happenings, current, past and even future things about me that I might otherwise never have a record of. It helps me tell my story! Besides, Kam and Amy are lots of fun and inspiration. Everyone also shares their lists on the private blog, Instagram and Facebook groups and I love to see their takes on them!

So I enjoyed it so much I have signed up as a Sponsor for the coming September 30 Days of Lists Challenge! That means I will be sponsoring templates, hosting a giveaway and a list, and joining in the listing fun.  I hope you will join me! Click here or the image below to check it out!

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Although I love listing, I have not been very good about making a tangible record of them. In the March 2013 edition, I captured them in my Project Life like this

Later on, I simply made my lists on my phone and left them there. Then the idea came to me to make a Mini Book of my lists! I am scrapbooking them into layouts, adding photos, and am building pages from all my lists, to print into a book when I've collected enough. Let me show you some that I've done. 

This is one of my all time favarites. You may have seen this list (+ explanations) in my blog post here

My dad passed away when I was fourteen and his story or at least what I remember or know about him is on my scrapbook bucket list. And although I have shared these stories with everyone I hope to collect in one place all that God has done in our family for our faith and encouragement, for future generations, to  know His Faithfulness and Goodness. 

When I was nineteen my dorm mate coaxed me into reading Gone with the Wind with her. We will laugh and cry through it together over the next few nights. We will discuss it to no end and loved it. When we finally saw the movie for the first time together at our local library, of course we cried but because the words have come alive. It wouldn't be the same if we hadn't read the book first.

My family's quirks are many and unique to us and so fun to document!

It's going to be a cool mini book! I am not sure yet, but am thinking maybe an 8x8 album.... And it will span several years of lists. This project is making me so happy!

If you are collecting all your lists over time like me, do make sure to indicate the date the list was made in the layout. Since we may have different responses to each list over time. It is great that my book will capture what I feel about something at various points in time!

London Pages and Templates
And now, continuing on with the next few pages from my London album, we spent the best 3 days in Bath and loved it. Here are 5 layouts from Bath! I will let my journaling bring you along with us, if you are interested in my ramblings - I journal a lot! Oh and of course layout templates can be found in the store here!

Bath Abbey - Journaling reads:
Bath is literally a long time dream come true. It is as classically old and quaint and rich with history as I have always imagined. The moment our train pulled into the station and through the fog we can see the spire of the church, we were mesmorized, in a different world! We didn’t get to go inside the Abbey, but all around it is beautiful architecture and also a fantastic Christmas market. Later we would visit No 1 Royal Crescent which is one unit of the townhouse recreated in that time and age when Bath was the place to be seen and to see Society. Apparently Queen Anne bathed in the waters and bore an heir, and popularised Bath as a hip and chic destination. The who’s who were all here. So a lot of the units were built to rent to rich folks coming here for a stay. The house we saw had fake doors built in the Parlour that opens to nowhere so as to maintain symmetry with the real door(!) One guide told us in those days, the rich will bring their daughters to Bath (but not sons), so that they are introduced to Society  to be married off well. But no sons as young men would be out on world tours with their tutors, or at army, or training as clergy. So who will the girls find to marry? Much older men, widowers and such, it seems! Fascinating. We were shown so much of their lifestyle. Best tour for me!

Next, the Royal Crescent, journaling reads:
We took a fantastic free walking tour, and learnt histories, stories and even gossip! Like the Abbey was carved with angels climbing up to heaven and also some climbing down, lol! There was Ralph Alan, a messenger who helped stop the Jacobite rebellion and prevented the catholic prince James from taking back the throne. Alan went on to invent the postal system, buy the hills of Bath that produced all the bathstones, and built Prior Park, to be seen, and to see all of Bath! Then there was the amazing John Wood (elder) who built The Circus, and his son John Wood (junior) who built the Royal Crescent. The Circus is beautiful for it ony has 3 openings/roads such that anyone entering from one can only see the opposite building, instead of an opening/exit as you would in a cross road. Ingenious! Then the Royal Crescent was not a semi-circle, like you would draw with a compass, instead our guide demonstrated with a loop of string, poltting 2 ends, and by dragging the loop out a both ends you get the Crescent. Beautiful!  He also showed us the back of the Crescent, no one is allowed to make changes to the front of the building as it is Heritage, but boy the alterations they have made to the back, especially for modern toilets! Not forgeting the house with the yellow door, the daughter of that household  was taken to court, lost and fought all the way to the House of Lords where they allowed her to keep it yellow - British democracy! haha!

Roman Baths - Journaling reads:
The most fascinating thing is that these were only found around 1900s after 1600 years or so of their last existence! The Romans used them for 400 years. They had such superb engineering and an elaborate system of rooms - for worship, bathing, healing, swimming and social gatherings! All of them have different purposes, size, plumbing, drainage. The water is greenish and quite hot and in 1970s a girl died of menigitis and they found the water had been poisoned so all bathing is suspende until very recently when they built the new baths & spa digging far below to get to clean thermal waters. I do love wandering around old places and wandering about the ancient people who used to sit here, walk there, bath in the pools.

All Things Bath - journaling reads:
Getting into our self-service B&B is like a maze hunt game! After all that fun we found a super exciting space, wrapped in enclaves, with so many little nooks and rooms! Later we would realise the basement of these town houses were kitchens and servants’ quarters- but still wonderful for us! We also had a feast everyday we were in Bath, with all sorts of cuisine, including Asian ones that we have missed since coming to London. At long last we had dinner in a Jamie Oliver’s restaurant - dad’s to-do list - it was cool. Maybe because it is Christmas, Bath is lit and busy all the way till late, beautiful and such great vibes for visitors!

Prior Park and Combe Down - Journaling reads:
We decided to make for Prior Park (as I had read a historical novel about a Palladian style  home) by bus but the local people on the bus told us it is closed, and proceeded to give us to many suggestions! Eventually a lovely lady named Julia brought us to her village called ‘Combe Down’, and showed us around. The village was built by Ralph Allan to house his workers, with its own church and homes. (She lives in one of them now that was built in 1730s!). The insides of the hills were emptied (for the Bath Stone) and the homes were sinking and now we can see work going on to fill in the hills with something  I can’t remember the name of. She showed us to her beautiful church, and the kind caretaker told us a way to trek down to Bath, we bought some picnic lunch and off we went. To an adventure!! We trekked through a pre school, past parents picking up kids, through back lanes and where boys were swinging off trees, getting lost, before turning into what turned to be Prior Park College. It was beautiful and we sat down on some benches for our picnic lunch, starved and looking terribly out of place, or may be not so much, since someone came up to ask us for directions, haha! Ryan was worried we are trespassing, instead people were kind and gave us further directions, but we chance upon a cab just waiting at the gates for us and before long were back in town. To more Christmas market shopping!

And, as is customary here, and because I love to share my love of this digiscrapping, here's the above layout template - free download for you to try!

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Sunday, August 09, 2015

Celebrating Singapore's 50th National Birthday!

Singapore gained independence 50 years ago today, and our whole nation is celebrating our Jubilee Birthday this entire weekend
Happy Birthday Singapore!

I was surprised that today my Google page showed this image. (it probably only shows up if you are googling from Singapore?)

It's titled "Next 50, our first world Singapore" by Moh Journ Hadyn, 8. Wow, awesome work, Hadyn!

As a memory keeper, I was delighted when we received a pack of stickers in the mail, titled
  'What make us, us?

Although we are a young modern cosmopolitan society made up of different races and cultures, we have developed some uniquely Singaporean ways, foods, lingo, ways that gives us an identity! As the pack said it, we have countless quirks and peculiar ways all our own. No one else in the world does it like us. Very much worth scrapbooking! So I decided to give our own take on What Makes Us, Us? using the stickers in my Project Life Album.

Project Life - how we live

I like sharing things Singaporean on my blog, as most of my readers are not from my part of the world. You may not understand what I'm talking about, or it may be fun to you. So here goes.

Have you scrapbooked your town, city, region, the way you do things that no one else in the world does? I'm glad I did!

If you are interested in other uniquely Singaporean icons and trademarks, read this fun take: 

Special SG 50 Lego Set
As part of the celebrations, all Singaporean students were gifted with a commemorative Lego Set, called Building My SG: Reflect, Celebrate, Inspire. It comes with 244 pieces and two minifigs, and can be built into three Singapore landmarks:  the Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay, the Cavenagh Bridge and the Changi Control Tower at our Airport. What a wonderful gift to the young people!

When Jared received his set at school, the teachers gave them time to make their creations, and he promptly made this minifig-operated robot from it. 

SG50 Lego Robot Creation

SG50 Lego Masterpiee - Robot

SG50 Lego Robot Creation

And a day later, we discovered he had made a stop-motion video with it - I think the Ministry of Education doesn't mind - the SG50 robot wins the battle and salutes Singapore with pride!

Cool right? His own comments on the video: "SG-50 Mecha, built entirely with half the parts of one "Build my Singapore" set. Stop motion hastily done and cheap effects added in Photoshop" Well this proud mama won't call it that, I thought it was way cool :)

Hope you enjoyed that. We are spending the entire weekend with family and friends. Happy weekend everyone!

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Week in the Life (Vacation Edition)

This is a scrapbook anatomy of our vacation.           
We went to Krabi in Thailand for five days for a getaway. It was one of those rest and relax trips, with no plans for much sightseeing, just time for 24x7 family bonding. I have not done week in the life for many years now that our family are all doing our own things everyday. So it struck me as I was planning that this would be a fun chance to record our vacation as it went, how we holiday, a week in the life, vacation edition

I journaled every few hours, focusing on the moment, what I'm seeing, experiencing, where we were, what we were doing. It was fun!! Everything was simply captured on my phone, using the SimpleNote app, in one long entry, adding the days and the time as we went along.

After we got home, I transferred the words onto selected photos, and planned them for my Project Life album. Didn't bother to use journal cards, our photos will be the perfect backdrop. Fast and easy!

Project Life
This is how my PL pages looked in the pockets! 
I cut up a Design A pocket into half, so I will get the spreads into two pages with a middle fold just nicely. 

Project life June 2015
Week in the Life (Vacation Edition)

I also played with my own handwriting while at Krabi, using the Japanese brush pen again (see here and here for earlier installments). Here I paired my brushed words with ones I wrote with Sharpie for this title. The turquoise color effect is from the watercolour photoshop style included from this font set I bought. 

There were more words which I intend to use in my photo book for this trip eventually. Sharing these with you. I have colored them in this preview with either a single color, or using styles included in th Bonjour font set. In the file each word is in its own layer, color them as it suits your project!

Next is one more last page of PL for the rest of June. We did lots of eating out and trying new places - a great pastime and excuse to get together!
Project 365
Here is a P365 half month layout for June. Only one page since much of June captured in PL pages already

London Pages
I'm back working on my London pages! 
Its great to take a bit of break in the middle of a long project like this one. I'm very excited and fresh and was able to roll out these four pages in three nights!
First two pages were of our day spent in Salisbury:

Journaling reads: We had our best hotel stay in Salisbury, only two nights in a beautiful serviced apartment, with rooms and separate bathrooms, kitchen, living and dining areas! We also strolled around the beautiful city - even the lanes around the canal was beautiful to us, we were amused by the ducks and fishes here! The shops were inviting but we only visited a model shop, and the Sainsbury’s for supplies!
Credits: Alpha by J.Larsen included in The Daily Digi's Life of Change, Floral pattern by Ange, 
Paper from RoyannaFritschmann's mylovemyLIFE

Journaling reads: First we saw a tall spire, thought that was it, how impressive, till we turned a corner, standing at a few blocks away, was the 13th century cathedral - looming tall and stately, quietly, powerfully, standing as it had for centuries, proclaiming God and mankind’s worship of Him. 123m tall, and built entirely in only 38 years, it is so beautiful!. The medieval sculptures and carvings adorn every part. Inside, it is even lovelier with the super tall vaulted roof. There were many tombs, of knights, it seems! We also visited the copy of the Magna Carta - and read some of the rules spelled out in it. So interesting. A lot about protecting the rights of widows, children and so on. They say it is the forerunner of human rights as we know it today. The cloisters was especially beautiful too, it was apparently never been part of a monastic foundation but were designed for processions and as a place for reading and relaxation.  
Credits: Background from KimJensen'a SeriouslyStoked, Awesome alpha from Kendra Fredricks 

The next two were from the day we spent in Cardiff, Wales, visiting with my friend Kate and her family. Kate and I got to know each other as pen pals when we were kids! It was the in thing then and I had pen pals from all over the world. I wrote and received many letters which I still keep in a box. How nostalgic I am for those days! 
Kate and I have kept in touch for thirty years now and met five times in that time. The last time was eight years ago when she was expecting her youngest so meeting them this time was so special!

Credits: wood veneer Happy by GinaCabrera, happy on tape in TDD's MyLifeOfHappiness, doodled curl from For the Record by Valorie Wibbens, Happy word art by VickiStegall, background paper by Ezane, Mumbo alpha by Kara Fredricks, painted house and owl by Michelle Godin in Blusteryday, arrows from this+that 2 by Valorie Wibbens

Cardiff Castle is actually a huge ground with a wall, made up of a collection of structures. The loveliest is a Norman Keep that still stands in the centre.  We could climb it and the view at the top is so great. Apparently the Lord’s folks did live in these tiny rooms up there once upon a time. There was even a ‘toilet seat’ in one corner! There were also remains of Roman fort still scattered somewhere on the grounds. All the forts tend to be re-used through various wars. Cool! The main building is more like a mansion which has been elaborately decorated by the rich Bute family - it was  cool to visit too!  We have made it to Wales (well a corner of it), had a great  time with our friends, visited a castle and a keep. A very good day indeed!
Credits: clownHat, crayonClouds, crayonHeart, paperHeart - (I'm afraid I can't identify where these are from anymore!), Background paper from Brittishdesigns's arewethereyet, Awesome alpha by Kara Fredricks 

As usual, these layouts are also templates in the store. Thank you for following our adventures!

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