Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Back to Regular Life

We're back 5 days now, after 5 days of sun, sand and sea. It's amazing how in 5 days of beach bumming you can totally (ok, almost totally) forget your life back on routine earth, and equally amazing how in less than 2 days we are totally settled back to regular life, work and housework, without skipping a beat!
We had an awesome time, and I had a mental picture of the layout even before I got home, straightaway got working on it, and here's how wonderful a time we had.


I've added this template in the store here
Credits: Paper from Weeds & Wildflowers' My Favorite Things kit, Memories tag from Wendy's crafty creations, twine by Natali Designs, shells from YardBunny's Inspirations, twigs by Schaarka, leaves by Marianne, note paper and clip by Ksharonk, popsicle stick by myself

It's so amazing that this wonderful island and inexpensive holiday is less than 3 hours drive away, Jared calls it our own Tropical Paradise, and we can't disagree. This time we had a chalet that was built on stilts over the water, and every now and then I had to pinch myself to listen to the sound of waves under us all day and night. You get used to these things ! :P What we did not expect was the open air shower, now that got a little complicated!

One thing I accomplished this trip is to "scrapbook" my blog entries over the last two years into my personal journal. I had such a great time pouring over the bits and pieces of our lives recorded there, and could share it with dh and the boys, it was great. Here's a glimpse:
I have two more US layouts done, this is us on our day out to the White House. I loved that it was decked out in Christmas splendor!

Credits: Paper from W&W's A better Me, Doodle by KathyTownzen, ribbon by NataliDesigns, roses by Newlifedreams, christmas flower by DL Patterson, leaves by Scrapidea, Alpha by Designs by Sarah.
This template is also in the store here

And here's one at the National Gallery of Art. Dh had the most fantastic time as he paints and loves the Impressionists. We love that the Galleries allow you to go right up to the paintings, and we could take as many (no flash) photos as we liked. I tried to interest the kids in the art and was pointing out Van Gogh's gorgeous brush strokes when our heart dropped as jared suddenly stuck out a finger to try to scrap off the thick paint. We could have been in the papers that day if we had not stopped him in time. One more proof that he is a hands on learner......!



Credits: Background paper from Kschmidt's flight of life, alpha by HeatherAnneDesigns, flourish from Weeds & Wildflowers' Creating Beauty kit.This is now available as a set in the store here

66 comments:

  1. AnonymousJune 18, 2008

    Thanks so much for the template. Great way to use mulitple photos. Fantastic choice of background paper for template 36 layout!

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  2. Wow! I will be buying your other two templates as well (love them all!). When I saw this freebie template, I was amazed. You see, I've been trying to create a template of my own, using you as inspiration, and this is EXACTLY what I was going for... but couldn't make mine look good. Yours is PERFECT! Thank you so much. Your trip looks like it was a little heaven on earth. And I LOVE how you journaled your blog! How did you do that? I would LOVE to do the same.

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  3. Thanks so much Yin, your LOs are excellent for these photos. I love using your templates for my event photos. They hold so many photos and are so clean and neat. I love them! thanks so much!

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  4. It looks like you had a wonderful time! I love all the new templates! thank you for the gift.

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  5. AnonymousJune 18, 2008

    You are sooo talented! Congrats on the new store!

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  6. Wow Yin, you really are the master of multiple photos on a page :) Awesome pages and I am so envious of your tropical paradise for awhile there :)

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  7. thanks SO MUCH!!! this 2 pager is fantastic!!

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  8. Thanks so much for the wonderful template. Your layouts are fantastic and it looks like you had a great get away!

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  9. I have to say that yours are my favorite templates! And I'm soooooo jealous of your vacation, it's so gorgeous there! Thanks for the freebie and I'll be getting the other templates too.

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  10. AnonymousJune 18, 2008

    You're the best!

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  11. I love your layouts because they are all about the pictures. You have a unique style and I enjoy your templates very much. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Thank you so much. I have a great idea for this template. Love it for vacations.

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  13. Thank you so much for sharing the template. They're my favorites and I am always so excited when I see you post a new one.

    Also love your layouts. Gorgeous!

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  14. So nice to see you back! Glad you had a super time! Love the new template---off to the store now to get the latest ones...thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  15. Thanks for sharing your awesome vacation pictures. LOve your LO.
    Thank you for the pretty templates.

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  16. AnonymousJune 18, 2008

    omg!! i love your templates. they let me scrap soo many photos without looking tacky (somthing I can never achieve without you).

    but this one takes teh cake!

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  17. Yin, sounds like you had a wonderful vacation. I love the layouts you did. Thank you for the wonderful template.

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  18. Thank you! Your templates are amazing!

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  19. Love the new template! Thanks! Your LO using it is awesome!

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  20. I am excited to use this for my multitude of photos from our trip to China - thanks

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  21. Wow! What a truly fascinating blog; I really enjoyed reading and viewing all the adventures of your family!

    I went crazy downloading your templates; I love everyone! You do a superb job of creating multiple pic templates. And your placement of pics is perfect! I can't wait to scrap away with them!

    Thank you so much! :)

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  22. AnonymousJune 18, 2008

    Thank you so much! Love putting so many photos on a page.

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  23. I think this is exactly what I'm looking for my daughter's birthday pics at the children's museum!! Thank you so much. I used your #25 template to document growing ladybugs. You can see it on our family website.

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  24. AnonymousJune 18, 2008

    Thank you! I truly LOVE and depend on your templates :)

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  25. AnonymousJune 18, 2008

    Wow! I love all of your templates. Your work is clean and your focus is always on the pictures! Thank you so much for sharing your templates with us!

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  26. Thank you for your lovely template and your trip looks amazing!! I am having trouble downloading the file. It always shows an error. Wonder what is wrong..:-(

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  27. Thanks for the great template! Welcome back!!

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  28. Thanks for the fabulous 2 pager!! WOW that does sound like a major wonderful tropical vacation. Love all your layouts and how you manage to get so many photos in and still have it look SUPER!! LOVE IT

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  29. Wow--all of your layouts are fabulous. It looks like you and your family had a fabulous vacation. Thank you for sharing your latest template with us!

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  31. I recently found your blog, and went through and downloaded all of your templates. I love the 2 page LOs, since I take LOADS of pics, they'll be a huge help! I just used one of your single page templates (#18) to make a 2 page LO (I just flipped the template so it was a mirror image on page 2.) I loved working with it.

    page 1:
    http://heatherw.com/other/gallery/v/other/scrapbook/
    digi/spectro_pg1_600.jpg.html

    page 2:
    http://heatherw.com/other/gallery/v/other/scrapbook/
    digi/spectro_pg2_600.jpg.html

    2 page spread:
    http://heatherw.com/other/gallery/v/other/scrapbook/
    digi/spectro_both_600.jpg.html

    Thanks again!!

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  32. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 19 Jun [LA 02:47am, NY 04:47am, UK 09:47am, OZ 07:47pm]).

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  33. Glad that you had such a good time. The pictures are fantastic as are the layouts. I nearly died laughing about Jared trying to scrap the paint off. Bet he was scared silly when you stopped him.

    Thank you for another wonderful template. :)

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  34. AnonymousJune 19, 2008

    I love your template designs. You have become my favorite. I especially like your two page layouts. I will be off to check out your store. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

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  35. AnonymousJune 19, 2008

    Thanks so much for a wonderful template. I love the multiple photo layouts. We will be vacationing in a few short weeks and I know I will be using many of your great templates ! Thanks again !

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  36. AnonymousJune 19, 2008

    Great! Thanks. Linda

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  37. What a great two-pager. I've got just the pictures to fill it. Thank you!!

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  38. Thanks for the 2pager! This is fantastic!

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  39. Embosje (Netherlands)June 19, 2008

    FANTASTIC 2-pager. And what a GREAT Lo you made with it. Thank you very much for sharing your hard work :-D

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  40. AnonymousJune 19, 2008

    I love your templates!!
    txs

    Jamili

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  41. AnonymousJune 19, 2008

    Thank you so much. Your templates are awesome and so are your layouts.

    liz

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  42. Thank you for all of your great templates. They are wonderful inspiration for many of our own travels. Can I ask what may be a 'dumb' question? On your double page templates - if I have them printed and bound in a photo book - would not the middle pictures be 'lost' in the binding process? If you can help me here it would be so good of you. THANKS

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  43. Thanks so much- that's a great way to get lots of pictures on one page.

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  44. Your templates are the absolute BEST! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  45. hi. this is great! havin' trouble downloading it, though. server error. really hope i get to download it soon.

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  46. Wonderful as always. Thank you.

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  47. Jennifer WilsonJune 19, 2008

    Thank you for the template! Perfect for our weekend getaway pics!

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  48. AnonymousJune 19, 2008

    Thank you so much. I have just started digi-scrapping and your templates are SO helpful. Thank you for sharing your creativity. You are so kind.

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  49. This will be perfect for our last Disney trip. Thank you so much for sharing it!! Love all your layouts and photos, your trips look like a lot of fun!

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  50. Thank you so much for the wonderful template!

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  51. So glad you had a great holiday. Your layouts are fantastic, and thanks so much for another wonderful template!

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  52. Thanks for the templates.. I'm really loving them.. I take so many photos and have a hard time getting them all in my layouts.. your templates are perfect...and I've used the ones I've bought from you as well...beautiful. We just visited DC and I'm inspired to do some great layouts like yours! thanks again!

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  53. Thanks Yin for the template. I love the multi photos.

    I have to ask where you went for your holiday? 3 hours from Singapore? Sounds great!

    I live there too and am always looking for nice getaways. You make the scrapping easier with these multi photos. I have been doing mini albums but they get bulky on the shelf.

    thanks again

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  54. AnonymousJune 22, 2008

    thanks so much!

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  55. Thanks so much for this wonderful template and the layouts are great. Your templates really make is possible to scrap lots of photos without looking over-crowded. I appreciate all you share.

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  56. Fleur des ilesJuly 01, 2008

    Great this template ! It is the first time I come on your web site. and I find it great. I love your layout.
    Thanks to share your template.
    See you soon (sorry for my english if it is not correct!)

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  57. AnonymousJuly 06, 2008

    Thank you

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  58. Thank you for this great 2-page template! Can't wait to use it!!

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  59. stephinetteJuly 08, 2008

    Thanks a lot, your templates are great !

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  60. I just adore your templates, especially the ones that have places for tons of photos - they NEVER look crowded. Thank you!!

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  61. Sarah G. is a friend of mine... and she sent me the link to your blog. I've really enjoyed seeing your LO's and seeing your children as they grow. I can tell you love the Lord, and are capturing HIS goodness and blessings by scrapbooking. Anyway... I noticed that you made a scrapbook of your blog. Have you seen this blog book?? http://www.blurb.com/create/book/blogbook
    I haven't tried it yet... because I'm new to blogging... but I think it's a great idea!!! It's a way to capture your blog scrapbook.
    Just wanted to share! Thanks for all that you share!

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  62. Dear Yin,
    I have problems about the download (from yindesignstemplate36.ZIP to yin_desktop_template.ZIP).
    Had the links expired?

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