Friday, April 18, 2014

Tutorial⎪Adding QR Code to Your Pages *Citrus Twist Kits*


Happy Friday everyone! Today its Sam to share a Pocket Life layout with you using April PL Kit which has a lot of happy, spring colours. I am always a big fans of scrapbooking products with spring theme. And here's my spread, using photos that I print out from my usual Canon Ixma MG6370 and also photos from my Fujifilm Instax Share.



Do you notice I added a QR code to my spread on the top left pocket of my right page? I will show you the steps in this post. It is fun and easy to add videos to your PL page.



I especially love the exclusive wood chips that come with the April kit.

 

The 'Today Was …' is also one of the exclusive PL card from the kit.



And here's the close-up of the QR code:
you can download QR Scanner app to your phone and try scanning this QR code form your monitor. I tried and it works!


Here's a simple tutorial on how I generate the QR code:
1. I uploaded a video of my baby playing peekaboo in a Bat Mobile to YouTube. (http://youtu.be/1WvHihFUeFI)
2. Then I cut & paste the link to be shared to a free QR code generator website. There are a long list of these websites and I use QRstuff to generate mine. 
>> Data Type: YoouTube Video
>> Key in video ID / Video URL
>> I choose encoding option: Dynamic
>> Output type: Download

And here's the generated QR code for my YouTube video which you can just print and add to your layout or PL pages. Sometimes it is just more fun to include video into your pages.  And this is the QR Code scanner app that I use on my iPhone:



These are the PL sketches for this week post:


I hope you get inspired and add QR code to your pages to make it more interactive. And thanks for dropping by!
XoXo, Sam.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Layout⎪Smile, Love *Evalicious*


Hello there! Today I am sharing my very first inspiration layout on Shop Evalicious blog. I am so thrilled to be part of this insanely talented team. Looking all the goodies that Eve sent me just made me swoon. I have been a huge fans of Evalicious rubber stamps since I found this out via Michelle De Leon. 

I have a layout to share with you today on how I used as many stamps as possible in a 12x 12 layout. 


And I would like to walk you through how simple this layout could be done. I finished this under an hour and the most tedious part of creating this layout would be….

cleaning the stamps and stencils! 

Here's how I started the layout… but I forgotten to continue taking step-by-step picture half way through. I started with making my own rainbow background using Distress Paints and a heart stencil. 


The colour of Distress Paints I used is: SpunSugar, Picked Raspberry, Tumbled Glass, Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade.


While waiting for the Distress Paint background to dry, It cut the journaling card a little so that I could fit in the photo.

Then I started placing the photos in the centre of the layout, arranging the stamps that I want to use from left to right.


I stamped all the images with black ink to make the stamped image stood out more. And then… .I forgot to take step-by-step pictures. Basically I just added more embellishments like Puffy Stickers, SnipSnip Page Tabs and Badge Buttons. Then I realise the page gets a little too busy, I added pop dot to increase the dimension of the photo.


Close-ups of the layouts:




Let's make a wild guess how many stamps I have used in this layout? Total FIFTEEN!!!! One can never have enough stamps right? Thanks for looking!

Evalicious Product used:
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Project Life⎪Insanely Busy March *Citrus Twist Kits*

March and April are my insanely busy month - with all the travels, workshops, orders and assignments. I actually love being a busy bee, because then I could really push myself to be more productive. I kinda like my approach to Project Life this year. I scrap monthly pages, sometimes I make 3 pages for a month, sometimes i went crazy taking too many photos and i scrap up to 6 pages a month. I sort my pictures according to the month and not according to the weeks actually make my life easier. Who knows small little thing like this would make PL process more enjoyable?

Here's my Crafting PL page for the march. I highlighted how busy I was, how much I have done by posting some picture of my orders here. I also posted picture of my obsession towards pens! Who doesn't love pens?

This spread I actually combining the March and April PL kit, love how the colours actually go together ;) So much yellow and blue here. 


The mason jar stamp and the jar wood chip are exclusively for the March kit. I know a lot of scrapbookers actually went crazy over mason jars and jar-related embellishments / stamps!




It is just a simple catching-up spread. I still have a double spread that features Ivan's First Birthday then I am all up to date. My latest PL-ed date is as at 5th April, how about you? How is your Project Life process so far? Thanks for dropping by.

XoXo
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Monday, April 7, 2014

Layout⎪Proud Moment *Made With Love*

Do you remember I posted some Prima Marketing Quick Dry Chalk Edgers (the teal one) and Resist Chalk Edger a while ago? I had so many of these and I decided to update the ink swatch chart. These chalk ink edgers are available at Made With Love Singapore.


And this place would be my Rainbow Heaven, if only I could bring home all these paints, enamel dots and mediums. Made With Love is gonna have a Medium Madness Day on 12th April, do remember to click here to check on the sign up details.

This is what I got from Made With Love this month, my DT kit and also me stocking up on adhesive crazily. And did I mention I have gotten a WeRMemoryKeepers tab punch too?


This week sketch inspiration layout is by yours truly. I was browsing Citrus Twist Kits blog for some sketch inspiration and fell in love with this. I love how the layering and weight is placed on the upper part of the layout and the bottom is just white space.



This is what I created after being inspired by the sketch:

I scrapped this photo of Ivan upon completing his one-year-old class at Shichida. He was holding his weekly homework folder proudly. I keep the layering super busy, with a lot of layers, chipboard, and also background with stencils.



I dated the layout with Pebbles Inc Roller Date Stamp and also heat embossed with Versamark & Ranger Embossing Powder in Orange.



Just gotta love these enamel dots and the flair badge from Pretty Little Studio.




All the supplies are listed below and could be found at Made With Love! Thanks for looking!

Supplies used:
Papers - American Crafts, Echo Park Paper
Embellishments - Puffy stickers (American Crafts), Enamel dots (American Crafts), Chipboard stickers (Basic Grey), American Crafts Thickers, Alpha sticker (Studio Calico), Flair Badges (Pretty Little Studio), 
Others - Roller Date Stamp (Pebbles), Versamark, Ranger Embossing Powder - Orange, Tim Holtz Distress Paints, Teresa Collins Designs Stencil, Adhesive (Beacon & Kokuyo DotLiner)

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Tutorial⎪Birthday Banner *Therm'O Web x Elle's Studio*

Elle's Studio has a team up week with Therm O Web this week featuring projects using our collections with their products! Also, make sure you visit their blog, too, for even more inspiration!
Today’s project is by yours truly: A last-minute crafting project for my baby boy's first birthday:
I was so excited when I received a box of goodies from Therm O Web as I was running out of my usual adhesives for few weeks – Love, love, love all the adhesive that Therm O Web sent and I was too thrilled and decided to use it to make a birthday banner for my little one. Among these bunch of goodies, my favorite would be the ZOTS  (the adhesive dots in medium sized) and also tape glue runner! I love how pretty their colors are (in pink, green and purple – all my favorite) and also they are really light. So suitable for someone who craft long hours like me!
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Here’s the birthday banner that I have made using a lot of Elle’s studio’s papers and Therm O Web adhesive. They are so sticky that I do not have worry that something might fall off after I hang it up on the wall.
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Here's the simple step-by-step that you could follow making one for your next party too!
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This is part of the circle garland that I made – which is very easy to be made. All you need is some papers (I use a lot of Elle’s Studio papers in orange and blue, and also some cardstocks), various sizes of circle punches and a good ol’ sewing machine. Punch a bunch of circles out then sew them with sewing machine in straight line and then you can already started hanging them on the wall.
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I decided to have a Whale themed (with orange and white and blue combination) birthday party for my boy. So I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the whales, circles and letters. Stuck all the letters on the whales and big circles using the Therm O Web tape runner. Then I punched two holes on each side of the circles, string them together with ribbons. Off to hang the banner now! I done all these under 3 hours – including coming up with the theme, browsing pinterest, picking out papers and materials.”

Nevertheless, this is a fun (and also stressful) last minute project for me by combining all the Elle's Studio papers , from different collections, into one project! FUN!!
p.s. where have the previous 365 days gone? Happy Anniversary on being a Momma to myself ;)
XoXo
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Layout⎪Love Yourself More *Write Click Scrapbook*


Hello there! I seriously can't believe we are already in April 2014 and we also celebrated my little one's first birthday. Where have the 365 days gone? March was a busy busy month for me that I barely got to scrap + I was always rushing for assignment deadlines and shop orders. Totally not a fun March =( But am happy to be able to make a lot of sequin pockets and amigurumi to send happiness to all my lovely customers.

This month, Write Click Scrapbook welcome the month of April with the them of SELFIE. Do you know 'selfie' was named word of the year 2013 by 'Oxford Dictionaries'? Read more here

What is so hard about scrapping a selfie layout right? Just put on your best duck face and press the snap button on your phone. Ta-dah! The thing is I have over hundreds of selfie on my phone but those aren't just my own selfies. Those are selfies of my poser baby. It took me quite a while to find this selfie collage of mine that I took in the fitting room. This month theme - Selfie really serve as a reminder to remind myself to Love Myself More, something that my hubster always reminds me to do. I was way past the deadline for submitting WCS gallery but decided to churn out a layout because I really need to scrap something of my own photo. Churned this out under 55 minutes, with Citrus Twist Kits March kit.


I cut some of the heart shaped from one of the Dear Lizzy patterned papers and layer it over + add some machine stitching. And sprinkle some sequins to call it done. 


The title - Love Yourself More - inspired by the photo itself. Ever since I have a baby, I hardly put on make up, get new clothes for myself or even go to spa / facial. I look so terrible. No wonder some told me when you have a baby, you can't even be bothered to shave you legs *LoL*. This photo of mine was taken in fitting room that I was trying to get some Chinese New Year clothes. It is really time to shop to make myself feel prettier + better.


This cute Instax stamp is by Craft Origine gifted by the sweetest girl on earth - Celine Navarro. I sent her a hand stitched book as chirstmas gift last year and she returned a huge happy mails which include a lot of goodies from Kesi' Art and Craft Origine. *Love Love Love*


I think part of my new year resolution this year is to : Love myself more. Spend more me-time, do more of what I love and go for spa / facial occasionally. I found that there are times that I travel back to Singapore to conduct workshops alone, although I feel lonely to sleep without hubster and Ivan, I really enjoy spending some me-time just sit there crochet / watch TV shows / surf net. I definitely feel more energised after recharging + having some me-time. How about you?

XoXo
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Layout⎪Weekly Photo *Citrus Twist Kits*

Hello there! I am so late in posting my Citrus Twist Assignments this month. I am terribly busy with travelling, baby Ivan, shop stuff and assignments. I normally would have a week of free-time, which I could crochet or scrap or just merely sit there and organise my room once a month. I have been travelling this month and also next month. Yay to my long awaited honeymoon in April! :)

Okay here is my layout that I used the Dear Lizzy Day Dreamer collection 6x6 Paper Pad that came in the Citrus Twist Pocket Life March kit.



I want the layout to be photo-focus so I printed a 4x6 photo of me and Ivan and do a bit of layering with papers under the photo. Our faces were so huge in the selfie photo so it is really hard not to focus on the photo when you look at the layout. TeeHee! I also love the tiny cut-out that says 'Busy Being Happy' that I cut from the paper pad. 


Hot Air Balloon love! One of my favourite things from this month kit would be the hot air balloon stickers + the gold heart-shaped enamel dots!


I didn't PL much this month so I cut out the 'Photo of the week' circle from one of the exclusive PL card and use it as the title of this layout. Since this is one of our weekly Selfie that we took after Shichida class. Ivan is turning one year old next week and I am so glad that I have trained him to become a professional poser! 



Thanks for looking! Stay tuned and do check my Instagram regularly as I am running giveaway to celebrate my little man's first birthday + my first anniversary with Citrus Twist Kits. Here's my instagram —> @happiescrappie 

XoXo
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