Thursday, May 28, 2009

Scrapbook Friends

Today, I met with some scrappies in EM. I didn't know that they are serious scrappers like me and they are in the same department as me! Nadhrah was there too, so we had this sharing session where they showed their masterpieces. I didnt bring mine as I am not aware that they are bringing their work. But what a lovely collection of mini albums and layouts! Shahrul, our mini album diva, stunned us with her beautiful and gorgeous darcy code albums. She is truly a master!!! She needs to give tutorial to us!!

There was also a couple of Aussie ladies, who are Lili's scrapbooking friends. One of them owns a scrapbook store in her home (how cool is that? She is pregnant with her sixth child!). We had fun chatting and looking at the albums and layouts. And of course, shopping! Nadhrah brought some stuffs from her store so I was tempted and bought a sanding block and a couple of journaling pens (I dont have one OK). We had a quick lunch at Convention Center after that.

It was exciting to know a lot of people through scrapbooking. It is really a good way to get-together and become closer to your friends. We want to plan for our own crop party and maybe ask Nadhrah or Shahrul to teach a class! Really excited! Can't wait for tomorrow night, when I can scrap in peace!

For pictures and more stories, visit Nadhrah's blog here. Hope to do more things together with the girls!

Scrapbook crazy!

I googled Scrapbook stores near my hotel, and this is what I found; around 11 stores within 25 miles radius!!!! (And this is not including craft stores like Hobby Lobby). There are 11 stores, 20-45 minutes drive from the hotel!! That is about the drive from my house to Papier to Scrappingville. Which one to go? Which one is the best? And most importantly, what to buy? I am sure they have a giga variety of stuff compared to the stores in Malaysia. I will go scrappercrazy over there!!!

Nadhrah will help me list down 'things to buy', especially what kind/brand of tools to buy. She said to buy stickers, rub-ons, papers, etc.. not really helping dear! :)

Mama, if you're reading this, please make sure I don't go overboard! hehe..

Houston.. here I come!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Crop party @ Scrappingville

I joined Scrap-It-Lah's crop party on Saturday and had lots of fun. It was a small group, but they are all very nice and friendly ladies. I knew most of them through their blogs and am glad to finally meet them. There's Michelle chowchow, Watie Basri, Naddy Scrappingchix, Nilla and May. Jessy couldnt join us as she had another event at her school. Nadhrah Scrapping Glitz was there too, visiting and shopping (nice to finally meet her, after communicating only through emails) :) It's apparent the girls know each other well, they are like the creme of scrapbooking in Malaysia.. heheh..

The crop party was hosted by Michelle and Watie. We did a tag for our neighbour, a flower using only paper, buttons, and cleaning pipes, and finally a layout from a sketch. I was kinda slow and blurred, but I managed to create something nice. The girls were quick and knew what they were doing.. I guess that comes with experience.. hehe..

Here are the tag I did for May and mine as created by May. Both have butterflies!

The lovely paper flowers.. Mine is the far left.

May's layout. Love the picture!

Naddy's layout. Really love these papers from Amy Butler. Gorgeous! Naddy had the most stash, but no suprise as she owns an online store!

Nilla's layout. Loved the flowers, very creative!

Yours Truly.. very simple layout from me.

Me with the girls...May, Naddy, Watie and Michelle. We're missing Nilla, she had to left early.

The girls' power cameras. Nice!

Michelle, who is the co-owner of Scrap-It-Lah invited me to be in their design team. All I need to do is to design one layout per month for them. I am really honored, although I am a newbie that still need to learn more! I will try to do my best, girls.

I had lots of fun, but the best part was meeting all the girls. I really enjoyed their company and hope to meet them in another scrapping event later. (There is a Scrapbooking Showcase @ Scrappingville this Tuesday but unfortunately, I can't join as I have to work).

Saturday, May 23, 2009

World's Best Mama

Here is a layout I did for Scrap-It-Lah May challenge. The challenge is to scrap about your mom, or about being a mother. The only condition is to have some form of journaling. So, it can be a layout or a mini album or anything you can think of. I am still experimenting with different techniques, and here I played around with 3D embellishment. I like how the frame turned out.

I am not good with words, so I adapted a poem from by Joanna Fuchs as part of the journaling. Here's how the poem goes...

Mama, you're a wonderful mother,
So gentle, yet so strong.
The many ways you care
Always make me feel I belong.

You're a source of comfort;
You're my cushion when I fall.
You help in times of trouble;
You support me whenever I call.

I love you more than you know;
You have my total respect.
If I had my choice of mothers,
You'd be the one I'd select!

Everyday, I try my best to be
A mother like the mom you were to me.

By Joanna Fuchs

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Zara the Heartwarmer

I just wrote a few days ago of our Drama Queen Zara. But a couple of days ago, I observed something really heartwarming. As most of you know, Zareef always bullies Zara. He will hit her, push her, pull her, kick her, take things from her, etc (the list goes on..) without any reasons at all. But Zara will still adore her brother.

One day, Zara was running around the house and Zareef was riding his tricycle. Suddenly, without any reason, Zareef just ran over Zara. Of course, Zara cried her heart out. Ayah was so mad that he hit Zareef, because he did it even though we already shouted NO!. Zareef cried on the floor. Everybody was ignoring him, but Zara came to him and pat his face. Then, she walked to Ayah and pulled his hand and asked him to comfort Zareef. Wow, Zareef just ran over her, but she already forgave him, and wants him to stop crying!

That, to me, is something amazing. Even a one year old can forgive and forget, why can't we? I'm talking about myself especially :) Hope that she can remains like this forever.. hehe (cross your fingers)

Zara, you're truly one special girl!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Life as your mama...

Here is a layout I did on Mother's Day, capturing the eventful day. I like the paper so much that I made it as the background. I just love the bright colors.

Life as your mama... the journaling says...

"My precious Zareef & Zara, being your mama is the greatest thing in my life. You give me joy and happiness that is beyond words. I learned the true meaning of patience and sacrifice, and most of all, now I understand the feeling of unconditional love"

Mother's Day mini album

I made this accordian mini album for mama.. It is very simple album, but I like how it turned out (although I still need to learn other techniques too!). I managed to put together some childhood pics of my brothers and me, together with some recent pictures. I used lots of flowers, which I know my mother is crazy over them.

Thank you again for everything, mama.. you mean the world to me.. *Hugs*

Mother's Day card

Here is the card I made for my mother-in-law, or as we lovingly call, LOLA. I used my stash paper to create this card, and some free stickers from Scrapbook magazine. I like these stickers by Beatrix Potter, aren't they just lovely? Hope mama likes it.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Scrapperlicious Shahrul

I just found that my scrap 'guru' is giving a tutorial on mini albums! You know who.. it's Shahrul or Kak Own, as most of us who knows her. It is no suprise as her mini albums are really really gorgeous! FYI- she's the one who introduced scrapbooking to me. She made a lovely mini album for Zara and from then on I thought I want to do this too. I will love this hobby. But I told her I would not have the time to do this with two small children to take care of. But she encouraged me to try and here I am!

She will give a tutorial on a gate-fold mini album, like the Pride and Prejudice album she did. Check it out at the Scrapping Glitz site. I will surely want to be one of her students. Her mini album collections are just so beautiful and yummylicious! She is really one talented scrapper... Scrapperlicious Shahrul! So proud of you, Kak Own!

Here is the album she did for Zara...

Monday, May 4, 2009

Beach dudes

Yey! I managed to create one more layout on Sunday, making the total layouts created during the long weekend to 3. I am taking up one of the Scrappin Kids Fiesta challenge, which is a color challenge. I can only use red, yellow, aqua blue, green and kraft. Well, back to basic! :) I have never used these combinations before but don't you think it's nice?

I found these bright and cheerful papers at Papier and remembered this challenge. So, I thought that I would give it a try. It's an odd combinations for me but I think it turned out OK. These pictures are from our recent trip to Awana Kijal. The family was accompanying me for my HUET (helicopter training). :))

For more pictures, please visit my Scrappperocks! Gallery

Sunday, May 3, 2009

National Scrapbooking Day

Wow... we even have a National Scrapbooking Day!! That just shows that this hobby is really picking up in Malaysia. Good on us! And it coincides with the Labor Day 3 day weekend! Well, I thought that I can create lots of layouts, but I only managed to create 2 layouts, including a 2-pages spread (even when staying up til 3am!). I started a mini album too.. but only managed to get the cover done.. (still waiting for goodies from Nadhrah). Visited Papier today..they had a 15% storewide discount (10% for new arrivals). I bought lots of new papers and thickers!!

Well, here are my layouts during the NSD weekend...

Zara's 12 months of smile.. capturing her beautiful smile in her first year.

Why so serious? Zareef's bad mood at his best! Haha.. this is how he looks like when he's grumpy.. "I want mama.. Mama come here... I want to hold mama's hand.. Do like batu (a fist)..." Glad to be able to capture this.

For more pictures, please visit my Scrappperocks! Gallery


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