Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Going slow

Oh, I've been going slowly recently, scrapbooking-wise. Just had to spend a lot more time with the boys lately to catch up on their work and prepare for their mid year exams. Ryan is very hardworking so I just need to work with him on approaching his revision in the smart way. Jared has had issues with motivation and I've had to sit beside him for hours daily for nearly three weeks now doing catch up - it's been tough for him (and me!) I'm happy to report he has put in a lot of effort and starting to feel good about his work again. As for me, my maths and science has improved significantly, it's all coming back to me! I may be as smart as a fifth grader soon! lol!

I couldn't believe it, but after years of online shopping, my credit card was frauded :( No idea how it happened, but for now I'm sticking to sites that accept Paypal only so I don't have to key in my card number anywhere. Has this happened to anyone of you?

Did managed to sneak in some shopping over NSD :) and got a few layouts out finally. For the next two layouts, I've intentionally tried to work with a white or near white background, for a change, and to bring out the colors in the photos. I find that this works really well if the multiple photos have many different colors in them, or the photos are dark colored or were taken in dark conditions. Try it! And I like putting in a border of some sort to 'ground' the layout.

Here's us wandering the streets of Harajuku - a teenage haunt and fashionable shopper's playground in Tokyo. We DID NOT fit in. Haha! But had fun anyway!
Credits: Background paper by Denise Docherty (adjusted brightness and contrast), alpha by Lili from ScrapArtist, painted buttons by BrentBoone, painted flowers by Carola Steedman and Miss Mint.
And in the evening of the same day, we made it to Shibuya, another super busy shopping area, we were suitably impressed at its famous super busy junction, the shopping was great of course!
Credits: papers by Ziggles, swirls by Sarah Robinson, dots by Kristen
As usual I've put these templates in the store

On the next few days of our trip, we went out of tokyo on day trips. Here is the first one spent at Hakone on its quaint 'zig zag' train.
Credits: background paper by Vinnie Pearce, sun motive by A work in progress by Vicki
This template is now available as a set in the store HERE

52 comments:

  1. Thank you for the great template. Wonderful layout!

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  2. Yin, thanks so much for taking the time from your busy schedule to share another awesome template. I've been using them a lot lately, trying to get caught up on baby photos. I'll get you some links!

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  3. AnonymousMay 07, 2009

    Thanks for the template! I have had my credit info stolen -- twice!

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  4. Thank you so much for the template. I love your eye for design! It makes my scrapbooking so much simpler!

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  5. i love your work hun! great photos as always...thanks for the great template. If you ever need a ct let me know, Id love to work with you!

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  6. My credit card was frauded for the first time ever recently too! My blog post about it: http://www.listgirl.com/2009/04/stolen.html

    It really stunk. Good thing for me they caught it very early on. I really do think it's stolen through online shopping, because I don't use that card for anything else.

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  7. Thank you for sharing the great template. I'm so sorry that your credit card was frauded! I hope that you can quickly get the situation resolved.

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  8. AnonymousMay 07, 2009

    Thanks for the template. I have been doing the same as you with taking time with the kids. I need to start using all the templates I bought. Thanks again for sharing!

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  9. Sorry to hear about your credit card! I haven't had it happen... I hope you get it ironed out and that it never happens again!!!
    Love your new layouts!

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  10. Thank you so much for yet another fantastic template!! It's so wonderful of you to share your hardword and talent with us. Thank you Yin!!!

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  11. Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Scrapbook Freebies Search List, under the Template(s), Overlay(s), Photo Mask(s) post on May. 07, 2009. Thanks again.

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  12. AnonymousMay 07, 2009

    I love, love, love your templates and use them all the time. Thank you so much. I also love looking at your incredibly creative layouts for inspiration. I don't know how you find time for everything!

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  13. Thank you for the template! I just love your templates and hardly ever use any other ones, now! I'm just finishing up a scrapbook for my nephew using variations of your templates and it was so quick to do! You rock!!!
    Calico

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  14. thank you for sharing, I enjoy your templates.

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  15. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 07 May [LA 08:05pm, NY 10:05pm] - 08 May [UK 03:05am, OZ 01:05pm] ).

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  16. oh, I meant to say too about the CC fraud, it happened to us recently too. The bank notified us when wierd charges started appearing (like an escort service!). They cancelled the card for us and reissued a new one and sent paperwork for fraud so we don't have to pay those charges. Thank goodness they caught it and thank goodness it was an existing CC and not identity theft..that is a nightmare to clear up, if you ever really can. Best of luck.

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  17. Always a great template--Thank U for sharing!=)

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  18. I was so busy heading for the store I almost forgot to stop and say thanks for the great template.

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  19. thank you so much! Just love your templates! Glad to hear the boys seem to be back on track!

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  20. Great template! Thank you! I loved seeing your layouts...and the great pics! I went to the Tokyo area a couple years ago and LOVED it! I must go back someday...

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  21. Thanks for the wonderful template and other freebies you share with us. I love the templates because it makes my digi scrapping that much easier to complete. Thanks for sharing your talents with all of us.

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  22. TY for the template.

    Yep ours has been compromised a couple of times now. Paypal is definitely a safer way to "travel" the internet.

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  23. Such a great template.
    Thanks

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  24. I love the layouts you shared in this post (fantastic as always). Really like the way the bright pictures pop on the white background.
    Sorry to hear that you are victim to identity theft. Fortunately I've been safe so far.
    A real big THANK YOU for sharing another super template!!

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  25. Thanks so much for an amazing awesome template again

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  26. Thank you so much, as always, Yin. So excited to use this template.

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  27. AnonymousMay 08, 2009

    Thank you! This is a fabulous template!

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  28. Love the template! Now if you could also give me some free time to use it! LOL! Thanks! Your layouts are inspiring!

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  29. Hi Yin! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm really honored that you like my layouts. :) Of course you can show my layouts on your blog and link my blog if you wish. God bless!

    Christine

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  30. Sorry to hear about your credit card! Such a pain! Thanks for sharing your wonderful LOs and the templates with us!

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  31. I really like this template! Thank you very much! :)

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  32. AnonymousMay 09, 2009

    Thanks for your lovely template!
    Gon - Netherlands

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  33. thank you for the template and i'm sorry for your credit card was frauded, that stinks!

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  34. as usual, love all ur 2 page LO :)...thx for the template. when u gonna have another round of sale? Last round i grab alot of 2 page template hehe

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  35. I love your templates! Thanks so much for sharing them

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  36. Thanks Yin! My credit card number has been stolen before..the thief was buying the one time use cell phones. Have a great week!

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  37. I love all your layouts! You do such fabulous work. Thank you SO much for the template too!

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  38. Lovely template! Thank you!

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  39. great template. thank you

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  40. I know it takes a lot of time to do this and you sure don't have to, but I've gotten another award and I can't think of anyone's blog I like better than yours, so May 19th there will be an award for you at http://lynettesphotoart.blogspot.com.

    hugs - Lynette

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  41. AnonymousMay 31, 2009

    you have the best templates and they help me a ton...thank you!

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  42. Gosh, another year has passed and the boys have really been growing haven't they?

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  43. Thank you for the template! I'm so sorry to hear that your credit card was defrauded! That's scary!!

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  44. Just discovered your site. Love your templates. Thank you.

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  45. I am so excited to use this template for our upcoming vacation - thanks for sharing your gift with us!

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  46. This is another great template! Thank you for being willing to share!

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