Sunday, October 27, 2013

Another entry for SATW October!

Hello lovely friends! How has your weekend been?

I've been quiet for awhile as some friends may know, my youngest was admitted to hospital for bronchitis and it was a really tiring couple of weeks for us. Well, I finally managed to find some alone-time this weekend and it was off to the studio!

While working on a DT layout for Green Tara, I was so amazed by how beautiful their products are that I had to make something for myself. And SATW's October mood board got my mojo going full time and I put the two together for another entry.

Here's the mood board:

And my take on it:

The blues and pinks on the mood board reminded me of this photo from my second maternity shot, and I've always wanted to do this color combo. I liked the yellow as well but chose a toned-down cream instead for the soft mood of the theme. And the little typewriter prompted me to do some journalling along with the page.

I used a butterfly stencil and a butterfly lattice stamp from Kaiserkraft for the background, and some mistable flutteries from Pink Paislee because I've always felt that a woman in her pregnancy is like a butterfly in a cocoon - it's a period of change and transformation from something plain into something really extraordinary and beautiful. As the journaling goes, "she transforms from a girl into a woman". That I feel, is the beauty of pregnancy and motherhood, and something so precious that many of us are so blessed to have gone through.

Some close-ups (warning, I'll be shamelessly promoting Green Tara products!):

The main flower cluster. Love the soft pink of the Heirloom flower from GT! And their smaller flowers really complement each other. I also tucked a skeleton mesh in olive green between my paper layers and under the cluster.

I did something funky with the Heirloom flower. Can you spot what it is?

Loving the satin leaf garland which adds so much dimension to the cluster. And who can resist those tiny roses? I also rested the title on a chippie from Dusty Attic which I covered with distress embossing powder.

The Jute ribbon double bow adds a beautiful rustic touch to the cluster of trinket and punched butterfly.

So that's all I have time for. Now I've got to go prepare the babe's dinner. Till then, have a great day!


Monday, October 14, 2013

OUAS October - Walk on

Hello people!

How has your Monday been? In Singapore, it's the eve of yet another holiday and I've been home since Saturday - so no Monday blues for me today!

Today, I have an entry for OUAS' October sketch challenge to share. Below is, the sketch:

And here is my take on it:

I flipped the sketch to have the photo and layers on the right hand side and shifted the title around a bit. Since OUAS is big on journalling, I've tucked mine on a brown distresed tag under the photo; you can't see the contents because it's meant for hubby's eyes only. I then printed out some sentiments on patterned paper and popped it up on the photo itself (something I've always wanted to do :D) - the words were something hubby mentioned while we were having one of our "conversations". The photo was a set-up shot when we were holidaying in the Maldives, and we caught the sun-rise on our last day on the resort. It reminds me that we should always look forward to a new day, and carry on our life with each other bearing new hope and new joy, even when it is difficult to do so. 

As usual, some close-ups:

Tucked in some cut-up vines under another distressed and colored tag, with a little wooden heart accent. 

My flower cluster. I've gotten a tad lazy these days and only just brushed gesso for a washed-out look. For this layout, I also mixed some gel bead medium with my Shimmerz spritz (my ONE and ONLY ONE but I LOVE IT!). You can see it peeking out from under the flowers.

Using a stencil from Crafter's Workshop and went over it with some mists and another stencil from Prima. For the wooden clock and wings, I brushed gesso and applied Tim Holtz distress paint before coating it with a layer of clear crackle medium.

Well, that's all I have for now! I'm hoping to squeeze out some time during the holiday itself tomorrow for another creation. Can't wait to share it with everyone, and thanks for dropping by!


Saturday, October 5, 2013

you make me smile

Howdy people, are you starting to have a great weekend yet? I know I am!

And so, we are already in October - how quickly time flies! Especially more so since I've been quite busy with the boys, snapping pictures, uploading them and finally scrapping some of those precious photos.

While we were at the beach, I managed to capture one of eldest with that sweet smile of his. Folks always tell us what lovely dimples he has, and that winsome smile of his has never failed to light up the faces of people he meets.

The boy was absolutely delighted to be playing with sand. And surprised we were, since he had previously a phobia of the graininess of it.

And there's a new challenge on the Scrap Around the World. Such pretty colours and I just had to play along. The doily trim on the vases made me took out my doily stencils and the polka dots reminded me of some resist canvas borders I had. The sweetness and simplicity of it reminded me of the look of pure joy on eldest face, and how even the littlest things can give us so much joy.

Here's the mood board:

And this is my take on it:

I kind of followed the sketch but switched the title around a bit. Making this layout was really quite an experience. I kind of got carried away with my element on the top and made a complete mess of of it and realised I didn't have any idea how to salvage the thing unless I removed it. So I tore off the main elements with the layers and photos and pasted it on another sheet of patterned paper. This time, I chose a color gave the whole layout a feel of waves sweeping over the sandy shore. I also used my FC Gelatos to create a watercolor background instead of my usual glimmer mists.

Some closies:

Colored and frayed canvas banners, another little cut-out banner and flowers I colored with gelatos.

Another manifestation of the doily stencil (the first one is behind the photos). I think I'm starting to like those transparent self-adhesive sentiments from Little Yellow Bicycle very, very much!

And one of my friends is right - this month's mood board did get my mojo going! I think I'm going to get started on a second take on this lovely image and sketch.

Thanks for looking!