Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year to every one who celebrates this holiday! We are at the end of day 2 of this 15 day celebration, and it's definitely hectic but so wonderful as we meet up with friends and relatives some of whom we meet only once a year.
Dh is from a large family (he is the youngest of seven siblings) and everyone gathers at our place so it's one big party! On my side of the family, we spend time with my mom's family (my grandma turns 100 this year!) and my dad's family (although my dad has passed nearly thirty years now) which has about eighty of us meeting together every year!
This year one of my cousins who lives in HK brought back from the village my dad's family was from in China, a two volume book with records of his family's ancestors and family tree, starting almost five hundred years ago! I had heard that there was a record but never saw it before! Apparently our ancestor was an official in an imperial court, and the record continues from there! He gave the naming conventions for 23 generations of his sons and grandsons, and it has been faithfully followed, and my dad was the 16th generation, and my brother the 17th generation! I found my dad and mom's names in it, but my brother's name has yet to be updated, whereas mine will never be added because it only records sons. Totally awesome and amazing!
Well, I can't spend too long, so want to show you the boys' birthday layout which I will add to my Project 365 book, which I've decided will just be my 2009 book, so everything goes in it, but I have to be mindful that Shutterfly only makes 100 page books!
Credits: Background paper from Weeds & Wildflowers, and ribbons from Studio MGL

And this is another layout of another outing we had in 2008 -I'm still playing catch up! Credits: Background paper and floral print both from Weeds & Wildflowers

I've put the templates in the store here!
And here's my 365 layout for the next 14 days after the boys' birthday celebrations. I'm liking the graphic style! Don't you? It's just a little hard to find graphic embelishments, I found this beautiful circle set by Tracy Ann Designs but I can't share it with you so have replaced with some similar shapes.


HERE is the template link. Oh and thank you for all your wonderful comments!

46 comments:

  1. thank you for another wonderful template! So cool about your family's history book!

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  2. WOW..I am so jazzed that you have a 500 year old history book of your family! My great-great grandfather came to America from Germany, changing his name...so, I can appreciate the treasure you have in that book! I am using TADA embellishments for my 365 project, too. It provides just the right amount of color without taking away from the photos. Happy Chinese New Year! Sounds like quite the party!!

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  3. That book is so cool! Can you have it scanned or something so the info is safe?

    Thanks for the template -- and I like TADA's stuff too!

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  4. Hi Yin.. Happy new Chinease Year.. hope to have fun with your family!... I like so much your blog... your freebies and the store... i have all the templates you sell!!... and have used some of the 365 project!

    a hug from Colombia
    Soffy

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  5. Thank you so much for the freebie! I'm trying to get caught up doing two vacation albums before we have another baby this summer. I wrote down each page I want to do so I could figure out what template to use. Because I like to use so many photos almost every page will be done with one of your templates! I can't encourage people enough to buy your templates, they are so easy to use and a great value.

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  6. Thank you so much! Your templates are fabulous!

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  7. Thank you for the template and more inspiration!!

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  8. thank you so much for the beautiful template!
    i am thinking you maybe make the most beautiful layouts ever!

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  9. Happy Chinese New Year! Thanks for sharing your layouts and for the cool template!

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  10. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 27 Jan [LA 07:45pm, NY 10:45pm] - 28 Jan [UK 03:45am, OZ 02:45pm] ).

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  11. Love the linear design on this one. Thanks for sharing it, and thanks for the inspiration.

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  12. Thanks so much for this wonderful template!

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  13. I love how you manage to fit so many pictures in you LO's! Thanks for the great template, now let's see if I can do it, too...

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  14. Thank you so much for the great template!

    It is so wonderful that you can trace by your ancestry that far and the New Year celebration sounds great!

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  15. Happy new year!
    Lovely LOs, and you are so efficient!
    Thank you for the templates, they rock as always! :)

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  16. Hi Yin,
    the story about your family book blew my socks off. 500 years of recorded family history is amazing, what a treasure.
    And a happy Chinese New Year to you and your family.
    I wanted to say a big thank you. I have been a fan of your templates from the very beginning and they have saved my butt quite a few times, but the 2-week 2-page P365 template is my personal dream come true. As you rightly stated most photo books only go up to 100 pages. That means I will need to combine a couple of weeks. Not being a fan of individual single pages in a photo book your template is perfect and gorgeous on top. You rock.
    Cheers, Angie

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  17. guo nian hao! thanks for the template!

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  18. Thanks so much for the templates.

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  19. Hello! I just found your blog and have been reading all your posts. I love your work! I hope you will e-mail me an answer to my question. When you design the 2 page LOs and photos overlap two pages, how do you design the two pages so they line up? I know that Shutterfly's templates are for single pages, so I'm concerned on how to line them up for photos that overlap 2 pages.

    I loved all 100 pages of your book! Sadly, this Christmas I finally printed my 100 page book through Shutterfly. I used their templates and worked with their support before ordering. I worked many years compiling this book of 10 generations of my ancestry as a gift to all the family. When the books arrived the covers were greatly misaligned and all the pages also, showing various amounts of white slivers on every page...different printing errors on every book. All this and I didn't do any 2 page LOs.

    So, if you could please tell me how you did it, I'd be eternally grateful! lynette@lynettesphotoart.com
    God bless you!

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  20. Beautiful new layouts, Yin! Thank you for another great template, I KNOW I'll be using it!!!!!!

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  21. This looks like a great template. Thanks so much. And happy New Year.

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  22. It is so hard to believe the boys are another year older. And a Happy Chinese New Year to you and your family. How great was it to see your family history? I would be ecstatic to see something like that. I am so excited for you. And your layouts are stunning (as usual). Thank you for the template.

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  23. Thank you so much for this fantastic Project 365 template!

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  24. Wow! I love your style- your USA book is amazing! Thanks for the templates! I have a question for you- do you make any adjustments to your photos/text in the margin of the book? Do you add extra spaces in your text? How much? And what about the photos? I have done a few books, but have never designed through the gutter because I was worried about it. Yours seems to be fine, though. What did you do about that? Thanks!!

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  25. Thanks so much for another great template!!

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  26. Thank you very much! I love your pages.

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  27. Awesome template; I love what you did with it. Happy Chinese New Year!

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  28. Thank you SO much! I love this layout and am looking forward to using it!

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  29. thank you so much. This template is so neat :)

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  30. Thank you for your templates! I love them!

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  31. Wonderful template. Thank you so much. Happy Cniese New Year!!!

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  32. I love that your layouts include lots of pictures!

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  33. This template is fabulous, thank you for making my day! -dee

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  34. Wow - thanks so much for this gorgeous template!!!!

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  35. gong hei fatt choi to you ;)...and a 500 yrs old family book, whoa...that's so cool. Wish my dad could trace back his decendents in China.

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  36. thanks for the wonderful template!

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  37. Thank you for the template and Happy Year of the Ox! We celebrated this past week with about 60 other families, all with children adopted from China.

    Love the family history, how neat to have that information, and how sad to not add your name to it!

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  38. Love this for my son's basketball layout. Thank you!

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  39. thank you so much! love the template and the kit too...will work for my sugary girls :)

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  40. linnie-818March 14, 2009

    Great Template. I love the graphic elements. Absolutely awesome. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  41. You are amazingly talented and I appreciate your generosity so much!

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  42. Thanks Yin. I'm just fascinated with your work!

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  43. Thanks Yin. I'm just fascinated with your work!

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  44. Thank you again for sharing all of your awesome templates. I'm hoping to get a lot of scrapping done in 2014!

    Blessings,
    Melissa

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