Thursday, February 11, 2010

Stories of our days, months and years

So much has happened in January, thanks to those who have shared with me your stories about your grandma as you have listened to mine. My family has drawn closer and also closer to God in wonderful ways in the last few weeks, it amazes us and we're very thankful. Though I only saw my grandma once every few months in the past few years, now that she is gone, everything just feels different. I guess it can't be the same anymore, especially during special holidays and days... so hard. As Jody said, she will remain in our hearts forever. And we will see her one DAY!

I have been able to get back to scrapping, as always so nice and theraputic to create and muse and journal about our lives. Oh, have I told you I have decided not to continue with 365 for 2010!! Don't get me wrong, 365 is fantastic and I'm so GLAD I have an entire year of daily life recorded in an album. (My shutterfly album is going to arrive anytime now!!!) But I do feel that I missed out on certain stories of last year that I wanted to journal about more, or record more photos of that particular day / moment / story, which I did not have enough time to do while scrapping 365. So I've stopped a photo a day, but will switch back to telling stories of each week or month as they come along. I'm feeling a little withdrawal pangs especially when I look at others' 2010 365 layouts such as Jacinda's FANTASTIC ones!

Well, here's my 365 days of 2009 album, in which I threw in all the other pages I made for 2009, since this will be the one album I will print for last year! It's a bit mixed bag as a result, but wonderful nevertheless!

Click here to view this photo book.


By the way, all the 365 page templates are still available for download on the blog - see right side bar for the link :)

In lieu of 365, I'll have to make sure all the stories of 2010 gets told! Here are the first two: 1) Ryan's 13th birthday in a more masculine/less childish colored layout for my new official TEEN!
Credits: Background paper, blue paper, and ribbons by Peppermint Creative , row of flags by Miss Vivi , balloon stickers by Miss Kim deisgns , "totally love you" tags by Ksharonk.And 2) this layout shows us on 1 Jan in 2009 and 2010, in exactly the same place in almost identical photos - we are such creatures of Habit!! hahaha. These templates are in the store here. Thanks for looking!
Credits: Background kraft paper, us, fresh, new, 2010 word pieces, bird sticker by Something Blue Studio, 09 tag by Dani Mogstad, pink arrow by Kate Hadfield, January by Misty Cato, patterned paper by Paislee Press, yellow paper by Megan Turnidge.
Now I had this idea of a "love" template about two months ago, and just managed to complete it in time for Valentines' Day to share with you. Originally I wanted to use it for a layout of me and dh through the 28 years we've known each other (!) But now I've decided it will be a layout showing all the relationships that surround my family and blesses us with love. Immediate family, extended family, cousins, friends, godparents, teachers, our family in Christ, and so on... it will take a while gathering all the pictures! This is all I got so far with the layout today :)Download these LOVE templates here. I think this could be use for a baby's first year layout, or even a layout of something you love. For template 180 you could insert 1Corinthians 13 as I did here, or a poem or quote you love, or just use the space for journalling. I might put in my favorite quote by Helen Keller (see right side bar)
Oh, and my all time favorite heart shaped layout template 92 is still available here if you like it. Happy Valentines' Day!
Tell me what layout you think you'll make with the LOVE templates, or better yet, link us up to your layout when you're done! Love to see what you do with it! May you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day spent with your loved ones. In Singapore we are also celebrating the Chinese New Year, (though on a quieter note for my family this year), so happy CNY to everyone who celebrates it, have a grand time!

Oh, I have one more question. Has anyone printed double pages like my templates or any other double pages album with other printers other than shutterfly? If so, can you share with us your experience and link us to some pics if you have? I'm been asked about this but have so far only printed with Shutterfly as I really like their quality and am used to their application. Will love to hear from you if you have experience with other printers! Thank you!

34 comments:

  1. Thank you very much for the templates. Your Shutterfly album is beautiful and sure to be a treasure in years to come. Happy Valentine's Day, and Happy Chinese New Year!

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  2. thank you for the templates! You're one of my favorite designers!

    Wanted to say that your older heart template is actually saved on hard drives as #93, even though the preview lists it as #92

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  3. As time is running out for a Valentines Day I plan to use the LOVE template by filling it with photos of my 8 grandchildren. I have so many photos I shouldn't have trouble doing that pretty quickly.

    I also can see it being a great page by filling it with family (past and present) sort of like a summary of our family heritage.

    I have question about when you print to Shutterfly. I know some of your templates have photos that cross the centre page. Do these print nicely or does some of the photo get cut off? I haven't printed to any service yet, but am wondering if I should stick to the templates that can be separated in the middle.

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  4. thanks for the new freebies :)

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  5. Thanks for another great gift and I'm so glad you are feeling better!

    As to publishers, you know I've been unhappy with Shutterfly for my double paged books even after you helped me, and since you asked, I am SO EXCITED to tell you about another publisher I'm using now and I'M IN LOVE with it and all the extra features they have that others don't!!!!

    I don't put ads on my blog as it doesn't fit with the purpose of the blog, but, I'm so happy with this publisher after years of disappointment with three other publishers, that I signed up to be an affiliate for them! I consider it a service I'm offering to those who come to me for scrapbooking freebies and kits and if people actually click my link to this publisher and then purchase a book, I will receive a small commission which will help support the work of the blog. So, I invite EVERYONE to come read my post of why I LOVE this publisher and click the publisher's link in my right column at the top to go see for yourself!!!!

    Hugs - Lynette

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  6. Thank you! This blog post will be advertised on CraftCrave in the DigiFree category today (look for timestamp: [11 Feb 01:07pm GMT]).

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  7. Aw, sorry to hear you're not doing 365 this year, but I totally understand. You can only scrap so many pages a year huh. I've printed some of your 2-page templates successfully through www.myreflections.com.au. They're an Australian printing business, and I just can't say enough good about them. The pages come out looking EXACTLY like they do on your computer screen - nothing cut off in the printing process. I've had 4 books printed with them now, and am extremely happy with every one of them. Their customer service rocks too.

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  8. Thank you so much for all your awesome templates! I am suffering from 365 withdrawal too this year! I am way behind you and am only about 1/2 way through last year's album but I was thinking about sending mine to Shutterfly as well when I am done. Your 365 album looks great!

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  9. I've had very good luck with two page layouts at scrappingsimply.com.

    Stacy

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  10. I've printed with Heritage Makers.
    Here is the website. www.astorytoremember.com I like them so much that I signed up as a consultant so I could get 20% off all my books. They are all hand stitched (no glued used on the binding) so they are like the library bound so they last forever. The matte version is beautiful. I just upload the jpegs and drop them on the pages of the books.

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  11. Yin - your book is so beautiful! I love how elegant and simple you make everything look, but am sure it must take so much time to find the perfect background or perfect element to make the page right! Thank you for continuing to share your templates.

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  12. Wow, what a fabulous book! So inspiring! Thank you for sharing :)

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  13. Thank you so much for this wonderful template!

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  14. Thank you for the great LOVE templates. I think I will do a layout for my anniversary and include photos of everyone in our blended family.

    I have only had one photobook printed and it was from Shutterfly. I was so grateful for your blog post about how to move some of the image over for the 2 page spread. It saved me from losing too much of the layout.

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  15. I think I'll do random pictures of our whole family. This layout is so great, I think I'll try to get it printed and framed. Great job. Same thing for the for the heart, and I think I'll use a quote from the Proclamation on the Family for the journaling.

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  16. Thank you! Your templates are GORGEOUS!

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  17. Hello Yin!
    I'd like to tell you that I love your templates. They're really great to scrap with more than just one or a few photos. In my forum people always ask me how I manage to handle that much photos so easily and I can't help to always repeat "go visit Yin!" ;o) because it's really easy to do so with your gorgeous templates! Thanks!
    You ask what we have done with your "LOVE"-templates and I happen to have used your template no. 92, the heart-shaped one, just days ago to scrap with the photos of my younger daughter's birthday party last summer. I've combined it with the really lovely kit "Birthday Funk" from Irene Alexeeva in which there was a heart-shaped frame that happend to fit exactly under your template. If you like to take a look, here's my blog: http://www.grids-bastelecke.de/blog/201002/03_145409_noch_ein_paar_neue_layouts
    It's in german language, I hope you don't mind, but scrapbooking does go beyond all languages doesn't it? By the way: you can find much more of your templates used in my Layouts during the last few weeks, just give it a look. ;o)
    So thanks again for sharing your wonderful templates with us and greetings to Singapore from the cold and snowy Netherlands
    Grid

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  18. Thanks you very much for the wonderful templates! :)

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  19. Hi Yin! I plan to use the LOVE template for my 20th anniversary in November. I thought it would be great to have pictures of me and my sweetie taken over the past 20 years. Sure doesn't seem like 20 years!

    Thanks so much for the freebie and the inspiration! You and your family are a blessing!

    (I'm following right behind you with the teenager thing. My oldest turns 13 in April...maybe we'll share notes on how to navigate this new level of parenting! :D)

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  20. Very cute. And I love templates. Thank you.

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  21. Thank you so much for the template. Happy Valentine's day!

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  22. Hi Yin!
    Thank you so much for the template!!!

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  23. Thank you so much!

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  24. Hi! First, thanks so much for all the beautiful templates you give out here. I love them! And I wanted to share with you a link to my latest photo book using only your templates, along with scrap kits from Booland Designs. I just had it printed through MyPicTales.com, but I haven't received the book yet, so I can't say how the the quality is.

    http://share1.sendtoprint.net/bshare.php?hashid=e57ed6512254e5522d33

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  25. Thank you for your amazing templates and sharing your talent ... I know your blog is simplyyin ... but I would have to add to it simplyAMAZINGyin Hugs

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  26. Thank you so much for your templates, I love reading your blog, I laughed when I read about the pics of you and your DH that is such a good idea for a valentines card I have the same problem, no pics of us except the ones we took like that!! God Bless and thank you again.

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  27. BEAUTIFUL book! TFS :)

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  28. thank you so much for this template and a beautiful blog!i like what you do

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  29. wonderful templates Love! thank you too much

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  30. Thank you for the heart template!

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  31. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
    Sorry but I can´t comment every great template - There isn´t enought time - the kids are already waiting ;-)

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