The one that involved a die-cutting machine...


Yes, this week's card using my scraps involved my die-cutting machine (which you know comes out to play just a few times a year because it resides so far another room) and some child labour too. *winks*

I was die-cutting and the niece wanted to help so she took the diecuts out from the dies. Saved me a ton of time...child labour rocks! *LOL*

Playing along with Just Add Ink. I went with washi tape and flowers.

P/s: Happy weekend friends! :)


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My workspace

So it's been a while since I last shared my workspace...:)

As you can clearly see, the stash has grown quite a bit in the last 2 years. *winks*

Here's a closeup so you don't have to zoom in to check out my art supplies. *LOL*

And yes, my Raskog cart is "overloaded" too! Of course, these are just the stash I use more frequently. The rest are in storage somewhere else in the house. *dramatic music plays in the background*

P/s: Can I see your workspace? Leave a link in the comments and I'll check it out. :)


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Back together again...


Nephew #2 had chicken pox and was in quarantine for 2 weeks. So we had to take photos when the Gangster Gang got back together again. 

Okay, a bribe in the form of cute personalized self-inking name stamps for each of them was used to elicit cooperation. AKA fake smiles. *LOL*

Of course, I can't get ALL 4 to cooperate of course [that would be like striking the lottery!Haha!]. Nephew #2 insisted on being "away" from the rest of his siblings. *winks*

Still working through the scrap it when the little bits and pieces can be tucked under here and there to create texture and interest without bulk.

Playing along with The Studio Challenges.


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9 ideas for multi-photo layouts

I love using multi-photos to visually tell the story in my layouts...especially since my family tends to "ham it up" for the camera. Oh yes, flip-throughs of the scrapbook albums always elicit laughter. *LOL* Here are 9 ideas for multi-photo layouts taken from my 2012 archives. Enjoy! *winks*

A whimsical scene

1. Vary the shapes and sizes of your photos.

Guest designer at Imaginarium Designs

2. Have fun with a mirrored (sort of) effect.

The convenience factor

3. Mix it up with black/white and coloured photos.

4. Punch out your photos.

5. Go with a grid.

I am a sucker for cute stuff

6. Use a corner rounder.

7.  Incorporate consecutive action silhouette photos.

The sweetest bookworm princess

8. Try a magazine-style layout - one main photo with many smaller photos.

Whatcha doing
Guess who was trying to tickle himself?

9. Use your photos to answer a question related to your story.

There you have it...9 ideas for multi-photo layouts. I've had fun pulling out these layouts from my 2012 archives...what do you think? Has my style changed?


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Let's take a stroll...


"Let's take a stroll around the neighbourhood..." I said to my niece on Saturday.
"Yay!" she beamed excitedly.

Yep. It is really easy to get a 6 year old excited about a stroll, with the possibility of stopping at a playground when she's been watching her brothers play on the tablets all day long. *winks*

She paid attention as I named the plants we saw along the way and was proud of herself for identifying them correctly. And of course, she was happy to pose for photos. :)

I was really pleased with the amount of paper scraps on this layout....even though it has hardly made a noticeable dent in the scrap pile. *LOL*

I love adding dimensional elements on my layouts but keep them relatively flat for easy storage.

 Playing along with Stuck?! Sketches.

P/s: How are you doing with reducing your scrap pile???


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Messy backgrounds in my art journal...:)

I like to use my art journal to experiment with my art supplies....try a little of this, layer with a little of that...and then let it all dry naturally overnight. 

Sometimes I wake up in the morning to a lovely surprise as the different supplies dry at different rates and create really really awesome textures...and sometimes I wake up to a terrible muddy mess. *winks*

Which may not be such a bad thing since I can start adding more layers to counter the "ugliness" and make another messy background. *LOL*

My art journal is the catch-all for leftover paint, drippy inks and residual mists.

I use my art journal to "clean" my stencils, test out the nozzles on my mists and experiment with outrageous colour combinations.

It's a great way to use your art supplies in a fun and unencumbered way. Just play!

What about you? Do you have messy backgrounds in your art journal?


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This week's card from scraps


Hello friends! There was a mid-week public holiday this week and I spent it catching up on tv shows and die-cutting my paper scraps. :)

Yes, I'm still ploughing through my folder of paper scraps. 

I was pretty happy to have found this cute little elephant in my scrap pile. And I just had to add a friend for the elephant... the infamous Basic Grey bird (only 2 more left in the stash!). *LOL*

The card base was scored and coloured with the Wink of Stella pen for a subtle shimmer.

Playing along with Sunday Stamps

Happy weekend friends!:)


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Current obsession: the Holbein Artist Colored Pencil


So my latest art supply obsession is the Holbein Artist Colored Pencil...*winks*

I splurged on a set of 24 on a recent trip to Japan and wished I had sprung for the 150 set because I LOVE them so much (they are pricey outside Japan *insert sad face*). They are the perfect in-between compared to the Prismacolor pencils (which are soft and very fragile) and the Faber Castell Polychromos (which are harder because they are oil-based). The colours are nicely pigmented, blend easily and are lightfast. They are sold in sets of 12, 24, 36, 50, 100 and 150 and also available individually. I got mine from Sekaido in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

Here is the first eye I drew with the Holbein Artist Colored Pencil.

Here is a quick 5 minute sketch I did with them.

Coloured pencil application takes time and a lot of layers (like 10 -15 to create a "painted" finish) but it's a less messy art supply to carry around when you are travelling. Here is the in-progress shot of the eye in the first picture which I started while waiting for my flight at the airport. 

It's weird that I'm obsessed with coloured pencils now as an adult. I wasn't when I was a child. I was busy making clothes for my Barbie. *LOL*

What about you? What is your current art supply obsession?


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