Thursday, April 26, 2012

What makes home home?

Because of the timing of our move, (between finding the unit we liked in the neighborhood we wanted, and wanting to do it during the one week school break), we did not custom-renovate before moving in, and also had to simplify greatly and only bring what we really needed over. At first I was wondering if we would be able to quickly make it seem like home, and when we first moved in it seemed a little empty, as some of our non-critical/older books/toys/sentimental stuff went to temporary storage, and a lot was given away.     

But quickly the boys' stuff was all over the place again, familiar sights and some dear belongings made their home around, our daily routines clicked into place, so did laughter, chatter, squabbles, music, competitive family games, favorite TV shows, and so on, and this is now quickly home.

I made a PL page to capture some of the familiar sights that make our home: Miffy on the sofa, side-by side  computer work stations, the boys' wires and laptops, gh's fighting fish and my potpurri, our favorite robin-egg-blue ikea mugs, our bathroom counter stash, the now indispensible Happy Call Pan, the boys' truck-themed  bedsheets that have been with them for so long(!), Jared's pet gold fishes (named Cute One, and Cute Two), and their devotionals by their beds. Hhmmm, definitely home :)

Most importantly, the knowledge and assurance that the Lord is with us and blessing us in this new home makes all the difference. I'm so happy to show you that my Exodus 6:7 wordart canvas has arrived! It is our constant reminder and declaration that the Lord is our God, and a testimony of how much He has blessed us.

I only have four PL pages for the month of March, since I'm now capturing a photo a day in digital layout. I'm loving this format, keeps me very up to date on PL! On the left page is simply our Ikea and move related Invoices and the pamphlet on which we scribbled a lot as we went around the store.

One page to record our move :) I bought a set of Studio G alpha stamps for S$2 (!) that I used to stamp 'MARCH' on the month card. I just love having the chance to do a bit of physical scrapping.

Picked some  photos and stories I liked for the next two pages, including this 'square' Jared painted, a copy of a section from Monet's Impressions, for his art homework. (below top right)

More everyday moments! A typical study afternoon, kids on homework, mom on Project Life! Watching LORAX at the movies, Dh and I on a bus journey home... all makes for special ordinary moments  :)

And here are my PL photo a day pages for March:
(Credits: background paper by Andrea Victoria, elements by fruitloopsally and K Winiecki from MSA's Celebration collab)
( credits: Paper by Digital Design Essentials, word art 'matters' by Kate Hadfield, alpha from Miss Mint's Lilac Garden) 

I've been on a roll scrapbooking-wise lately! Thanks to the various offers by Shutterfly, I've completed 4 photobooks in the last 4 weeks, I'm not trying to brag, really! ;P

We had two free 12x12 offers (both me and dh have a shutterfly account). For the first book, I used Ali Edwards'  Top Ten customised book, it was super easy, just find 10 photos, plus one for the cover, load them up, add journaling, and it was done!  I chose the theme of Top 10 Travel photos from 10 different trips. It was wonderful to see how the kids have transformed and the tonnes of memories we have built!
On the Cover we were at Tioman Island in Malaysia - notice how Jared posed in photos throughout the years :)
Title page
Standing at the base of the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur - they were four and six! 
At Fremantle, Perth, Western Australia
Phuket, Thailand
Christchurch, New Zealand
Central Park, New York City
Miyashima, Japan
Onuma Quasi-National Park, Hokkaido, Japan
Suzhou, China
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Great Wall, Beijing, China

And for the second 12x12, I let Jared choose photos for a Miffy Family Book! He was elated and here are some of the pages
Yep, they are family
Miffy, Biffy, in Orlando
On the Shinkansen  in Japan
Happy together at Halong Bay, Vietnam
 In New York City
Lucky rabbits, I know!

And I used the 50% off Mothers' Day Offer to print my 2011 Family Photobook, this is the cover. All the pages were already done.
(credits:  Paper by Weeds & Wildflowers, hearts by Michelle Godin)

For the next 40% off Offer Shutterfly gave, I used it to complete my Shanghai Trip book. I stayed up late for 3 nights in a row! Okay, it was worth it ..
this is the suitably red cover
(from Allison Pennington's Hot Mess, dragon by Brittish Designs)
title page  (template by Paislee Press CP No 3, and background paper by Gina Cabrera)
(paper by Ange)
at our uber cool budget hotel
(paper is from Mood papers - Ed by Gabi, elements from Wanderlust by Pink Reptile Designs)
just walking around Hangzhou
(Paper is from Amy Sumrall's Childrens' day, gesso patches by Tangie Baxter, camera by Kate Hadfield)
Enjoying greenery in Hangzhou
(Paper is from Madame Wing's My day my life, tag is by Cherie Mask)
At the mausoleum of Yue Fei - he was a loyal hero who was betrayed and executed for a wrong he did not commit. When the truth was out, he was posthumously honored while those who betrayed him were forever remembered as kneeling statues in front of his tomb. All visitors used to 'spit' on the statues but now we are advised  to 'glare' at them instead. We gladly GLARED. 'Shame on you!'
(paper from Gina Miller's Get Creative)
 Beautiful, beautiful walk in the Westlakes of Hangzhou
(paper from Gina Miller's Get Creative,butterfly by Agnes Biro Morjike)
Enjoying cultural activities like painting and traditional kite-flying
(paper and cutout by Pasilee Press, kite by F Jardine)
Watching the Awesome Impressions Westlake show that played out on the water - yes, they were literally dancing and walking on the lake. You must check out the video clip!
Suzhou and Hangzhou were always said to be the earthly equivalent of heaven, they are very modernised now, but the older preserved areas are still so beautiful.
(Paper from paulakesselring's watercolorpapers2)
Silk Museum was surprisingly fun - we saw live silk worms at every stage of growth - quite an eyeopener!
(paper by Cinzial designs, stitching by Jen Wilson, alpha by Jady Day Studio, silk flowers by Weeds & Wildflowers)
The Wu Kingdom at the Suzhou Museum
(paper by Ange designs, ribbon by Meredith Cardall, flower by Allison Pennington)
At one of the lovely gardens of Suzhou.
(Paper by Artgal, elements from Cinzial's At Home and Thankful for you)
And a final page to wrap up our album!  (template by Kate Pertiet)

I sure hope that all of these have inspired you to go record your memories, capture the moments, share the stories, any way you like.  

And I'd like to share Template 300 - enjoy!
This template is now available as Template Pack 8 in the Store. Thanks for your interest!


  1. Yin, thanks for sharing your beautifully creative pages and your template!

  2. Thank you, Yin! I'm glad to hear that you are settled in your new home. :-)

  3. Love your books! Thank you for sharing the template.

  4. Oh my! LOVE THE BOOKS! Good for you getting so much done! I was doing really well through March with PL, but then school stuff started happening. Still loving my Yin templates for my 365 photos!

    So glad you are settled in your new place...nothing says 'home' like kid stuff all over the place! ;)

  5. Wow...4 books in 4 weeks!! I thought I was super, but you are incredible!!! Nice new patch and glad that you are settling down. Those packing and unpacking can be quite horrendous. Nice Shanghai album as well.

  6. Thanks so much for the lovely template! :)

  7. Thank you so much for the template & the coupon :) Congrats on your new home & 300th template!

  8. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies (please, notice the new url for my blog), under the Page 14 post on Apr. 27, 2012. Thanks again.

  9. Your layouts are so inspiring for many reasons: Your commitment to God and family, your love of travel, your creativity. Wow! Thanks so much. Now to see what templates i am missing and jump on this sale. Thanks again.

  10. Hi Yin! You are such an inspiration. All those layouts are terrific - and all the photobook completions! :) And making your new house a home. I'm sitting here in the house we've lived in for over 10 years, and feeling like we need to move so we'll be forced to get rid of STUFF. So much stuff. It's sucking the life out of me! AAAHH! :) You inspire me to minimize and simplify. Thank you!

  11. Yes, just got my order in on time to use the coupon. I had to get my hard drive out to see how far back I needed to go to get caught up on my Yin templates. I seriously go to your templates 95% of the time. I love them that much! Thanks for being totally awesome!

  12. AnonymousMay 28, 2012

    Many thanks !

  13. thank you again, this is a super cool template for a 2page layout



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