Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Handmade gift ~ Wedding Frame

2012 is the year of Dragon, which many Chinese believes it's a great year for getting married and giving birth. 

I got so many friends and family members having their wedding this year. As a crafter, I make gifts for them, to celebrate and to give them a good memory.

I made a wedding frame last weekend for an ex-colleague, I knew him since 10 years ago when he joined the company as a fresh-graduate; and now a solicitor.

When I was taking my maternity leave after giving birth to my first girl, Anson, he was so nice to agreeing to be my maternity cover at work. By that time he was on leave before practising in a law firm. I feel very grateful of his help.

The wedding frame I made was made from a wooden frame bought from a local store, it's in 3-panels. The design on this frame is quite basic, I've used some stickers to record their wedding date on the left panel; stamped and embossed "On this day".

On the other side, I put their "initials" on top of 2 loving hearts and wish them "Happy Together"! Last but not the least, I added a beautiful prima flower to decorate.

In the middle, I added their wedding photo there and I hope this frame become part of their new home. 

I wish them a great marriage, all the best and happy together ever after!!!

Monday, 15 October 2012

Disney layout ~ Anson is 4

This was my 2nd layout in the week when we had a long weekend in October, however this is a belated one.
I have been planning to work on a Disney layout, and I bought a new set of Disney & Friends Cartridge for Cricut from U.S. but can only work on it now.

We celebrated my elder daughter, Anson's birthday in July and we went for a buffet dinner at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel. We took a lot of pictures with the characters include Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and Goofy. 

So I picked some pictures and made this layout. Title is "Anson is 4"!

I cut the some images of Mickey, Minnie, Gloves, etc using the die-cutting machine - CRICUT EXPRESSION 2. Cricut is a great tool but so far I've been using it twice. 

These borders were punched out from Martha stewart punch.

As for future memory and reference, I handwrote the event, place and date.

7th Anniversary layout

7th years ago, on 15th October, we got married.

As both of us are Catholic so we had our beautiful wedding mass at noon on the day, followed by a great wedding banquet in the evening. At the wedding mass, we expressed our consent to each other in front of our Lord ~

I, [Groom’s name (Bride’s Name)], take you, [Bride’s Name  (Groom’s name) ], as my lawful wife (husband) to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer,  for poorer, in sickness and in health, till death do us part.

In the past 7 years I have come across many things that many people might come across along their whole life. I lost my parents in 2009 and 2010 consecutively while I gave birth to my two lovely angels in 2008 and 2011 respectively.

I have to express my thank and give a big hug to my husband who follow his consent, loves and takes care of me, our girls and my family wholeheartedly.

As I've recently fallen in love with scrapbooking, I've made a special layout to celebrate.

I picked 4 beautiful pictures from my album, fortunately I'm still looking almost the same as 7 years ago, Ha!

I picked a very nice pattern paper, which is from Magnolia, it contains a few pretty roses throughout the page. Since I got 4 pictures and this paper is already very detailed I did not add many adhesives, just keep it neat and simple. The theme is simply "7 years"!

I got some Valentines theme paper and chipboard left and I think they are perfect for this layout, so I picked the "Love Birds" banner from one of those; and I stamps and painted 2 birds from a stamp set. Surprising they are matching well with each other. I also add a little wooden bird cage behind which I bought from Sham Shui Po, a local city in Hong Kong where lots of crafting materials can be found.

Here are 2 punched butterflies represent two of us!

It's great to date this with my masking tape printer ~ great memory!

I love this layout overall, though I made this until 3:45am : P

Monday, 8 October 2012

3rd project in a week ~ Many Many Bubbles

Further to the recent kids photography class that Daddy attended, he took many lovely pictures of Anson, which has stimulated my ideas on scrapbooking layout design.

And, it's the first-ever that I've made 3 layouts in the same week.

I've use different paper series, mix and match, I've sprayed some Lime colour over the background, as I thought it was too pink. Behind the pictures I added a few punched pattern paper to decorate.

All of my pictures were printed from a digital compact photo printer, which is excellent for scrapbooking as you can print whatever picture(s) for your crafting project, sized from 2R to 4R and in different layout. Fyi, my current one is running out of paper soon and it's hard to buy the photo papers as the manufacturer has stopped producing the printer. I've therefore switched to Canon Selphy CP-900, which can print pictures sent via Wi-Fi, e.g. from your mobile phone. I will try it soon and hopefully it's good.

Last week I bought a new set of SIZZIX DIE die from HK MEMORY CHEST, it cut out a group of lovely birdies. I dyed them with watercolour and they look great.

I have been thinking for a while about what phrase I should put on this layout, as I want to tell about Anson was blowing bubbles and want to thank Daddy for taking these gorgeous pictures. Finally I've themed it as "Many Many Bubbles".

I bough a printable masking tape machine and tapes from Tokyo earlier this year, I used that to quote, " Daddy's 1st shots..."

I am very pleased with this layout overall!

Thursday, 4 October 2012

September layout ~ Cute Hannah

We had a long weekend last week in Hong Kong to celebrating the mid-autumn festival (Full moon festival) and China's national day, which has given me a great productivity. I've been making 3 layouts over the week but one of them is still not 100% happy, so I'm only about to show you 2 of the layouts.

The following layout was done with reference to the September sketch contest hosted by My Creative Sketches. The sketch is basically comprising a few circles.

It's the first time that I trim my photos in round shapes, but they look really nice on my layout (I think!). I've picked 3 pictures of my little daughter, Hannah, which were taken at home few weeks ago.

Regarding paper stock, I used the series of The Sweetest thing (Tangerine) from My Mind’s Eye, I bought from HK Memory Chest, a well-known scrapbooking supplier in Hong Kong.

The sentiments and phrases in this paper stocks are relating to adjectives including sweet, adorable, beautiful... which are all ideal for any projects about girls. Personally I always think my Hannah is relevant to all of these adjectives. Don't you agree with me? : P

I added a few die-cut and punched butterflies in this project and I have embossed two of them.

Recently I'm in love with these flags

I put doilies and scallops behind each photos and they look perfect to go with round-shaped pictures.

The theme of this layout: “Do you know how cute you are? “ - I guess this is the feeling of every mothers towards their daughters, true?