Wednesday, August 12, 2009

National Day

On 9 August, we celebrated our nation Singapore's 44th National Day! Yes we are a very young country, and a very small land, we are a richly multi-cultural society, a modern city, cosmopolitan if I may say, we have our share of problems and grouses, we may not seem particularly patriotic, but we are proud of our young heritage, we have our unique and Singaporean ways, food, even English (which we endearingly call ''Singlish")! And most of all, this is where we call home. I'll like to share this song we love, written locally and sung by a Singaporean singer, Kit Chan, called, "Home". I'm sure you feel the same way about wherever in this world you call home. Enjoy!
Here's the lyrics:
Whenever I am feeling low
I look around me and I know
There's a place that will stay within me
Wherever I may choose to go
I will always recall the city
Know every street and shore
Sail down the river which brings us life
Winding through my Singapore

This is home truly, where I know I must be
Where my dreams wait for me, where that river always flows
This is home surely, as my senses tell me
This is where I won't be alone, for this is where I know it's home

When there are troubles to go through
We'll find a way to start anew
There is comfort in the knowledge
That home's about its people too
So we'll build our dreams together
Just like we've done before
Just like the river which brings us life
There'll always be Singapore

( Repeat Chorus )
For this is where I know it's home
For this is where I know I'm home

On National Day we went to the beach in Sentosa with our friends the Wong family and had a wonderful (and hot and crowded :)) time. This year, we had a thing going nationwide to have everyone say the Singapore pledge at 8:22pm, (where the parade is estimated to end) wherever we are. We were having dinner at the time, and some young people in the next table burst into it, and our boys followed suit (I am afraid we adults embarassingly can't remember all the words of the pledge).
This is our pledge:
We, the citizens of Singapore
pledge ourselves as one united people,
regardless of race, language or religion,
to build a democratic society,
based on justice and equality,
so as to achieve happiness, prosperity and
progress for our nation.
It was quite a nice moment, watching our children say it with so much enthusiasm. :)

Hope I've done my little bit in introducing you to our Singapore!

Here's more layouts I completed, some 12X12s to add to our 2009 album. I've decided to add them into my 365 album for the year, rather than make a separate album. There will be lots of white 365 pages, interspersed with these, I think it will be interesting (!)
This first one is from our first rock concert in many years! (I think I've attended only 3 in my life, one of which is to Michael Jackson's concert in Singapore more than 10 years ago!)
Credits: Background blended from papers by Vinnie Pearce and Lisa Sisneros, Greatest hits record & Super Star & RockOn stamp by Dani Mogstad, foil paper, and title stamp by Studio Mgl, Let's Rock strip by Susan Fitch.

And this one is from a day visiting the science centre and Marina Barrage - which is this amazing engineering thing they did to build a dam across where the Singapore river goes into the sea, making it like a reservoir, to provide water supply, flood control and a new area for water sports!
Credits: background paper by Redju, journal mat from Brandy's project 365, Smile by Leah RIordan, earth and flower by Lyndsay Riches, journal strip by Misty Cato, Border word art by Weeds & Wildflowers, alpha by Brittish designs

Here is an example of how Jared's daydream finally became a reality. He is a persistent child, and a very curious and imaginative one too! Love the boy. :)
Credits: background paper by Cher Pea designs, blue paper by Weeds&Wildflowers, fishing rod by Jady Day Studio, alpha by Suzy Q Scraps, fish element from Seni's little sea, daydream workart by Sahlin Studio

Here's the record for posterity of my (still) nearly a teen. (can you believe he is still twelve and about 5'8''?) He will tell me loads but if I try to pry, then I get the strong and silent type. lol. Love the boy too!
Credits: background paper by Mira designs, title mat by Lisa Marie Hankins, speech bubles by Miss mint, J Crowley, Ksharonk, Mel Wilson, Simply Scraps, word art by Chantal, 'special' by K Pertiet, red alpha by Suzy q Scraps, painted alpha by Weeds & Wildflowers.

And now here's my most enjoyable 365 layout yet, I think! I got this idea off a Jounalling off the edge book, and had so much fun adding bits and pieces and paint strokes to create this. Think I'm gonna use the template more than once for sure! You can download it further down! Show me what you did with it!Credits: flower doodle by Emerritt designs, yellow paint strokes by Rachel Young, plastic paint dots by Sugar Plum Paperie, blue paint stroke by Carrie Bombria, alpha by Weeds & Wildflowers, Days words by Mel Wilson, Girls word art by Miss Mint, doodles by Scrapkitty designs, Britt designs, Megan Turnidge, Lyndsay Riches, blue circle stamp by Jackie Ecles, family element by Jay Day Studio.
Download here to play. Show us what you did with it by leaving a link to your blog/gallery or send it to me at yindgs at yahoo dot com dot sg

And here is another painterly layout I did of the short trip me and dh took to Bintan (it's only an hour away by ferry). I love the graphic look I got, digging through my stuff to find these doodley pics. We had such a good time there, it's really great we still have so much fun, so much to laugh and talk about, still best friends, after 27 years of friendship and 15 years of marriage. We know we are really blessed.
Credits: Background paper by Eclectic Designs by Gabi , heart element by Zazou, doodle frame on right by Traci Reed, doodle on left by Julia Can Der Werf, red dot stamps by E.M. designs, love actually word art by Faith True
This template is now available as a set in the store HERE


  1. Your pages and photos are so amazingly creative, vibrant and colorful! Thank you for sharing!

  2. I love your pages and the templates. Thank you so much!

    Happy Singapore National Day!

  3. I just discovered you today and love looking at your pages. They're incredibly inspiring! I'll definitely be taking advantage of your sale before the end of the week as I have two past vacations that I MUST get scrapped!

    Thanks for the freebies!

  4. Thank you so much for your templates! They're amazing, and so are all of your layouts! I'm very inspired!! You're very generous!

    Happy National Singapore Day!

    God bless... Deb

  5. I LOVE your blog! Thank you for sharing Singapore Day with everyone...and the layout with your preteen son, LOVED IT! It just goes to show that preteens are exactly the same, whether they are boys or girls and it doesn't matter where they live. (my daughter is 12 ;) )

    Have a great week and thanks so much for the template.

  6. Thanks so much for the freebies! Ive gotten all your templates through 121 and I cant wait until I get a job again I will so be back here in a heartbeat to fill in the missing ones. You rock!

  7. Hey Yin!!! Feel free to use any of my layouts :) All I ask is that you link back to my blog:) Thanks so much and I absolutely love your templates!!!!

  8. YAY a sale! I'll have to see which ones I don't have yet :)

    I LOOOOOVE the beach layout from your getaway together, especially the journaling. Thanks for another great freebie template!

    Happy National Day!

    I totally understand how long it would take to do a blog entry like this. It took me 4 hours to do my Ghost Town Run entry this week. Non-bloggers have no idea how time consuming it can be!!!

    Thanks for putting so much time and effort into what you do. You know I use your templates ALLLLL the time!!! I need to send you some more pics :)

  9. Thank you Thank you Thank You!!!!
    I always love your templates and your style. Your LOs are gorgeous.
    Thanks for sharing

  10. Thanks so much for the templates. Great layouts!

  11. I want to say thanks also, for all the time you put into this. And for the templates also, but after 5 hours they seem like such a small thing. (I mean that nicely.)

  12. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 12 Aug [LA 07:00pm, NY 09:00pm] - 13 Aug [UK 02:00am, OZ 12:00pm] ).

  13. Thank you so much for the wonderful template

  14. Great templates! Thanks!

  15. Thank you for helping us get a lot of pictures on 2 pages and look great too!

  16. Thank you so much for this awesome sale I love using your templates they are fun, easy, perfect and pretty!

  17. 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 Aug. 13, 2009. Thanks again.

  18. Thanks for two more wonderful templates. I'm always inspired by your layouts. I'm hope to take advantage of your sale to stock up on some of your templates which I've been admiring.

  19. Thanks a million for the templates. I always love seeing your layouts made with them too. I'm definitely going to try to find time to check out the store during this sale.

  20. Happy National Singapore day, I hope you and family enjoy your day off. Ours here in NZ is not until late October & is called Labour Day here. Your latest los are looking fantastic and find myself unable to keep up with your temps but that's ok as I am a very slow scrapper. Am busy scrapping my 40th getaway weekend from July and have used your 114 temp, see latest entry in my blog. Have also use double lo temp 25 which you'll find here at DST Many thanks for your abfab temps.

    hugz, Mo

  21. thank you for your templates! They are AWESOME!

  22. Thank you for sharing your templates. I love the double page format and your layouts are such an inspiration!!!

  23. I love how great your two-page layouts turn out. Very inspiring! Thanks so much for continuing to share your templates with us!

  24. Hi, Yin! Of course you may post my layout on your blog. Here's the link again:

    Thank you for all of your inspiration!


  25. Thanks for sharing :)

  26. Fabulous!! Thank you!

  27. another awesome template from my favorite designer!

  28. Wow thank you, Yin, you make the most awesome templates and I am so grateful!

  29. Love your templates. I hardly ever scrap a page with one photo - and so many templates have only one or two spaces.
    Thanks for what you do!

  30. Thank you, thank you, thank you for another great template! They are perfect for p365 as well as all the vacation pics I took!

  31. Thanks!! Love your templates and lo's!! Awesome of you to share!

  32. Yay, yay, yay! Thank you for another awesome template. You're the best! :)

  33. You cannot imagine how delighted I am that these are still up! Thanks! I lost them all when my hard drive crashed.

  34. Thank you for another wonderful 2-page template!

  35. Thank you so much for this 2 page template. I found your blog from Cynthia at mousescrappers. Thank you for sharing your talent.


  36. One of the most original ideas I've seen! Thank you



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