Friday, July 29, 2016


Today marks my first day of vacation.  Yay!

I'm flying out early but I'd like to share a great video done by Close to My Heart showing you the paper pack Magical is fun and versatile:

You can see the Magical papers here as well.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Heart 2 Heart challenges is hosting a challenge themed Throwback, where we can upload our projects made with my beloved Close to My Heart products, such as paper, ink, stamp, etc.  I am so going to participate!  Woohoo!

I am proud to announce that I am slowly recovering from the disease where I called "saving the product for the perfect occasion".  I used to worry that if I cut that pretty paper incorrectly, I'll be wasting my project.  I used to think that some paper packs are just too pretty to cut.  I used to save many cute items for a project I don't really have a time frame for......

One of my 2016 resolutions is to use products.  I'm happy to say that I'm on the right track.  By that I mean I'm no longer afraid to cut the pretty paper or stick that embellishment on a card.  I still hold myself back a little bit, such as saving a few of those sequins or enamel dots, but I'm making progress because I no longer hold onto the entire pack of embellishments like I did before!

Years ago Close to My Heart released a paper pack called Topstitch.  That was one of those I thought I would never let go.  It had taken me years to finally use it.  And I'm making a scrapbook page, so it will be cherished:

I love blue, all shades of blue.  This paper pack had used a baby blue that's irresistible.  The baby blue matches perfectly with Chocolate and a baby pink.  Oh how I love those pinwheels, they are cute and tiny.  The voice in my head was telling me to keep it and save it.

Another resolution I had is to purge frequently.  Earlier this year I did a massive cleanup (and I plan to do another after my family reunion!) and while organizing, I came across this pretty Topstitch paper.  I thought to myself: I'd better use it soon, otherwise it will have to go to another home.  So I made a conscious effort to make something with it.  This challenge presented a perfect opportunity!

So glad I've made a page with it.  Not only because I've made use of it, but also because I have turned it to something I'll cherish together with my memories.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Instax fun

Hello Monday!

It has been a long time since I last posted work of my own.  In reality, I haven't been able to do much crafting (sobbing face inserted).

It's summertime and co-workers are literally taking turns to take time off.  It's usual except this year the supervisors/managers are taking extended vacation.  By that I mean it's a whole month!  I am looking forward to my own vacation and family reunion next month.  Another 3 weeks to go.

So I have been working crazily busy during the week and on weekends, I am doing research and planning for the family trip.  We had many exciting ideas when we first planned it but we decided to make it simple.  We have a big group of 8, with older folks like my parents and little ones my niece and my nephew, who just started walking.  My brother and I have to plan well enough to ensure things go smoothly.  If it was just me and my backpack, things would be much easier.  Family trips, however, require quite a bit of planning.  I am research the time it takes from point A to point B (and so nice Google can estimate that for different times of the day, and different days of a week), and closest restaurants next to certain sight seeing spots.  I am about to make reservations for lunch/dinner too.

It's fun.  No complaints (even though no time to craft). I'm grateful that everyone in my family is easy going.  Even if we have to wait in line, we will still be happy.  My dad, however, can be high maintenance sometimes.  Only sometimes.  One of the things he complains about us is that we do not travel light.  I don't know how he does it.  Be it a day trip or a month-long trip, he packs so everything in a carry-on.  Years ago he complained that my brother and I each had an SLR camera while he had a super compact digital one.

This time I'm not taking an SLR with me.  I'm going to bring, however, an Instax camera.  I'm afraid I'll make my dad's blood boil.  Oops.  Not that bad but you get the idea.  My niece and nephews have been "posing" for us to take pictures, but except for the mini-albums I made for them, I doubt if the pictures have ever been developed.  So I wanted to take this trip to show them pictures in their physical form.  I have even bought an album for them to put in the instax pictures.

I have never used an Instax camera before (isn't it embarrassing to admit this?) so I tested it out.  Immediately after that I've made a layout with it using the Magical paper:

It's a random picture so it was quite a bit difficult for me.  I used a sketch from Kelly Purkey's class at Craftsy.  Hers is a 8.5 x 11 layout, so I had to modify it a bit.  I used the Artbooking cartridge to create the tone-on-tone background, then I cut out the instax camera from one of the cut-apart sheet in Magical paper pack as an accent, I used the stamps from the current Stamp of the Month From the Notebook to make the tag, the lens of the camera "super".  I also added the stamp "real life" as part of the embellishment below the picture.  I love love love this stamp set.  Absolutely versatile!

So that's my first instax photo and the layout documenting the reason I got the camera. I'm entering this layout to Heart 2 Heart Challenges - Magical.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Happy weekend!

For those in the US, I wish you a Happy long weekend!  Unfortunately I am at work this weekend (except on Monday) so I am not enjoying it as much as I wish.

It's July already and I have no idea that we are already in the second half of 2016!

In July there are two specials at Close to My Heart:

First up is Stamp of the Month:


It's absolutely a great set! In fact I think it is the one I like the most among all Stamps of the Month in the current catalog!

I like tags and tabs and there are several of them in this set.  How nice!  They are really handy when I'm scrapbooking or making mini-albums.  Adding a tab at the corner of a photo makes a big difference.  Those little details make a page a lot more sophisticated.

Tabs and tags are also great for layering and creating clusters.  Look at how it's used on the cover of this album:

The Hello tab sits on top of the ledger tag and a banner, and also vertical elements made of foil tape and twine.  Doesn't it draw more of your attention?

Another plus of this set is that many of the images coordinate with Cricut Artistry.  No need to fussy cut images!  Yay!  For those of you who love using planners, the tiny images will be perfect.  

Another promotion is Early Bird Sign Up Special:

During this month, if you sign up to become a consultant at Close to My Heart, you get your choice of a FREE Fundamentals paper packet bundled with its coordinating Complements.  These new products are not released until August 2016.  So sign up today and get them first!  In addition, you get $50 in Select Product Credit to spend on more new products, such as new stamps, paper packs and cardstock and more.  Learn more about it here.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!