Tuesday, March 19, 2013


We are enjoying the first term break for the year, a one week school holidays. And what a wonderful break as we had just (almost) completed renovations to our home, and starting to settle in! Lots more to do, and will post more pics as we go along, but maybe just this one sneak peak :)

Boys chatting over dinner in our dining cum library area

Project Life for Feb
You probably know I work on Project Life once a month, though I'm gathering the stories and photos through out the month. I scribble on journal cards, and take photos all the time, always upload to my Photo365 app, and sometimes keep short captions in the app too. Then at the end of the month I decide which photos and stories I want, at one go, print them, and have the happiest time assembling them into my PL.

In February, my principal from back when I was in secondary school passed away. We were terribly in awe of her back then, but now that we have teenagers in school ourselves, we realised she made school such a secure and safe place for us to grow and find our unique paths. About six years ago I met her at BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) and was blessed to find her a fellow sister in the Lord and enjoyed great fellowship! She had touched many lives including mine, which I journaled on this 4x6 card, next to picture of fireworks that I snapped on the way home from her funeral wake. Thankful for the blessed Hope of meeting her one day!
In February we were still deep in renovations, so I included a photo of the 4 bathroom basins we were choosing, which one did we get in the end? 
We rarely celebrate Valentines' but did have some chocolates and some moments to share :) 

February is also Chinese New Year, and I love the bottom left photo of my dh's family boisterously digging in to Yu Sheng (a raw fish salad that I really enjoy). Included these two photos of R & J having their own fun  (that only they understand)  - that's everyday life.

Finally I really liked these shots I took or my three 'men' laughing and chatting as we strolled to the subway station. These are the best and most precious moments.
We started watching the Korean "Running Man' series and are hooked! They are our constant companions every evening these few weeks so deserve a place in the PL. And finally the Army movies that we greatly enjoyed recently, which set R & J laughing and thinking hard - they are due to join the Army in 3 and 5 years respectively!!
Jared did this interesting art piece for school - so it gets included in PL.
He had folded it when it came back from school so I did not feel bad fitting it folded into a standard A4 plastic pocket. Also included his write-up that introduces his concept behind the art. I was so impressed by his write up.. The Title was Community. "Spaceships are Community?" I asked. His articulation in the write-up was super. Here are some excerpts:
....my idea is of a fleet of futuristic but realistic ships leaving a ravaged Earth. This post-apocalyptic Earth would have black, charred continents, rivers of lava and seas of magma...This is meant to signify the fact that, even in times of distress, a proper community must remain together to survive. 
Me: When did you learn to write like that? This is superb English and prose!
J: This is the way I always think and talk....(puzzled at the hoo-ha I'm making)

Project 365 Layouts
My photo-a-day for Feb gets captured in these digital layouts. Did you notice in the middle of this layout there is a screenshot taken on my phone of BeckyHiggins' facebook page, where she posted a link to my Hawaii Project Life Post!!! Over the moon! So honored!!
More everyday moments like haircuts, homework, and special moments like the photo of Ryan with his godmother, my dear friend who lives in Beijing and comes back only once a while. Many of these photos will only make sense to us and be precious to us in the future, and I'm so happy they are getting captured now!

Beijing PhotoBook
It's moving slowly, but I press on to capture the amazing trip we had to Beijing in 2011.
We are the museum/art gallery/science centre kind of people, so definitely had to do the National Museum of China - brilliant history from Peking Man to Qing dynasty,
and we chanced upon this temporary exhibition of the Communist Party art in celebration of their 90th anniversay. We love history and we love art, so this was awesome.
And we never miss any city's land planning exhibits, if they have one. We were here on our first day in Beijing, and it gave us wonderful bird's eye view and orientation of this huge city, so cool!

More layout insipiration from other scrapbookers
This very lovely layout is by Riki, I just love the pictures, the tone and mood that she brought out in this layout. You can find more of her layouts on her blog here.
This is by Tamie Wilson. Love her layout with the fun, team shots! You can find more insipiration on her blog here.
And here are more layouts by Thess Holmqvist. She uses lots of photos too and her use of color and embellishments are just perfect. You can find more insipiration on her blog here.

Template to share
Finally, here's a template made from my Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall layout shown above. I'll be so happy if you are able to use it to scrap some of your memories! Thanks for dropping by!
This template is now available as Template Pack 9 in the Store. Thanks for your interest!


  1. Your PL is AWESOME! I went with the Turquoise for 2013. (used Cobalt for 2012). I'm getting further behind for 2013, but Spring Break is next week, so hopefully I'll get caught up.

    I'm still trying to wrap my brain around your boys having to join the Army in 3 - 5 years. How do you feel about this?

    Always fun to visit your blog and check in on your life! Hugs!

  2. Thanks Tracey, always nice to have comments from you! I know, it's hard for ME to wrap my brain around the boys joining the army in so few years! It's a rite of passage of sorts for men in our country, dh did it years ago too, all 18 year olds have to serve 2 years in the army. So it's an accepted fact of life, and we hope they come out of it stronger and tougher and more mature, worries aside! First I have to deal with R going into compulsory boarding in school for 1 year next year!!

  3. Wonderful layouts! I personally don't have the discipline to do Project Life, but I'm enjoying seeing other people do it. Thank you so much for sharing the great template!

  4. Love your sharing and pages. Such a sweet family. Thanks for the template too!

    1. Always wonderful to gear from you, RhaDonda !

  5. Your pages are all very cool, special and unique--true works of art.

  6. Thank you so much Yin! Your pages never cease to amaze me and your generosity in sharing templates is amazing!!!! Your talents are appreciated :)

  7. I'm so sorry about the passing of your secondary school principal. She sounds like an amazing woman & I'm glad you have the hope of seeing her again one day.
    I'm always inspired by your pages. Thank you for sharing so much of your life.
    Thank you, also, for your generosity in giving another template for us to enjoy!

  8. Thanks for sharing the template.

  9. Love what you've included in your PL pages, normal everyday life is so special. Also love looking at the Beijing pages, I'm getting inspiration for our own Beijing album from yours. Our trip was in 2004!
    Thank you for the template. Love it.

  10. Thank you Tammy for dropping by and for your kind words!

  11. I'm glad the Beijing pages are inspiring to you, Yan, Beijing was amazing and so are the photos and memories, you bet!

  12. "This is the way I always think and talk." Love it. :)
    Ronnie xo

  13. Here's thanking you for another great template and a hope that you and your family are enjoying a blessed Easter Day.

    1. Hi Tink, how have you been? So wonderful to hear from you!!

  14. Me too! :)
    So nice to hear from you Ronnir

  15. I stopped by to let you know I used some of your products and blogged about it this morning, feel free to stop by and check it out :)
    Happy Monday, Tamie!!!

    1. Thank you Tammyfor sharing that lovely layout!

  16. I have always loved your pages. That Feb one is great. Thanks for the template. :)

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