Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mini Album | Citrus Twist Kits - 2 Girls, 2 Perspectives Mini Album Class

Citrus Twist Kits has a new self-paced mini album class called '2 Girls, 2 Perspectives' from 2 designers using the class kit this month. At just $10 this class is full of ideas to create your perfect sweet mini and will be delivered to your email inbox as a 48-page ebook.


decide to play along and joined the mini album class too. And here's a pic of my work in process using the class kit and online class which are available here. I love the new stamp sets that April Joy has designed for Citrus Twist Kits this month, so I used them on the album, and also my planner pages.


I love April's stamp set (Birthday and Hello Sunshine) so much that I have been stamping them on everywhere, literally.



I use two pieces of 6x6 canvas chipboards as my album covers and added some die cuts and paint for a simple cover. Oh, the theme of my little book is to record all the little things that made me happy. So it is actually like my Gratitude journal to remind myself to be happy and count my blessings. Of course I have to include photos of my little Sunshine - baby Ivan!



Here is the class kit, available here for $41 plus shipping: I love the mix of pastel colour and some whimsical / vintage embellishments added to the kit.


In this class designers Mira Wlosinska and Trina Craig share their individual approached on creating a mini album, each album a different size and approach. We have a private Facebook forum that you will be invited to join as part of this class to share your album progress and ask questions.

Here is a sneak from Trina's album with a little stitching, a lot of layers and some stamping:




Here is another sneak from Mira's album:


Thank you for dropping by today! We hope to see you in the 2 Girls, 2 Perspectives class! And yes, all the students that enrol to the mini album class will be added to a Facebook group where we can chat about the albums and sharing ideas! See you there!

p.s. Would like to share some simple cards that I have sent recently using April's stamp sets too. I don't do pen palling but it is always fun to include some handmade cards in some of my happie mails!





XoXo,
sam-sig

Monday, July 28, 2014

Layouts⎪XoXo

Hello there! I have been lazy with maintaining my blog again this month. I have this layout sitting in my draft folder for weeks and now I finally push the publish button to show you guys here!

I am totally in love with these dies by Amy Tangerine and Dear Lizzy when American Crafts just launched the new die set. I used these dies a lot for cutting patterned papers, vellum, felt and even cork sheet. *Enabler aper* you can get yours at Citrus Twist Kits store too!



For this layout, I want the XOXO die-cut to be the focus of the layout so I die-cut as many as I could with blue, pink patterned papers and some vellums. Then used them as background. I believed I have channeled the awesome Paige Taylor Evans in me when I piece all the XOXO die cuts together. I love how Paige's layouts are always quilting inspired and the way she uses a lot of patterned papers in her pages. Okay, my layout is no where to be as pretty as hers, but i really love how the die-cut background turned out.


More close-ups of the die-cuts. It was quote painful (Ahem, I mean tedious) to roll the die cuts again and again. But it is also very fun and therapeutic when you keep repeating the same things ;)



I also add some machine stitching to every XOXO die cuts because I didn't use much adhesive to stick them on my page and want them to be floating on the background. (Not sure if it make any sense ;))


Thanks for looking! And now, go here to get this set of dies! Its one of the must have dies, I kid  you not!

XoXo,
sam-sig

Monday, July 21, 2014

Classes⎪CreativeLive Class with Megan Hoepnerr





My instagram-inspired crochet pouches have been featured by Megan Hoeppner at Creative Live on one of the blog post: 9 Surprising Scrapbooking Supplies.  The awesome Fujifilm Instax SHARE printer that I am obsessed with is one of the scrapbooking supplies that she mentioned. And of course, my crochet printer cozy goes with it like Peanut Butter and Jelly.

And you might be wondering what Creative Live is all about, You can click here to find out more info about this website that offers various creative classes from all the top experts.

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CREATIVELIVE ANNOUNCES FREE, ONLINE DIGITAL SCRAPBOOKING CLASS AND GIVEAWAY

CreativeLive announced this week that it will host a two-day scrapbooking class with career crafter Megan Hoeppner. The free, interactive, class will allow crafters of all levels to get inspired to save their favorite memories, using images shared to apps like Instagram and Facebook. The class will air on July 23rd and July 24th, people can RSVP for this free class on CreativeLive.

Participants will learn how to turn these online photo albums, conversations, and status updates into beautiful physical scrapbooks and videos by learning the basics of scrapbook storytelling, and how to integrate social media activity into family albums and even professional portfolios. Through hands-on instruction, Megan Hoeppner will show participants how to create attractive layouts and designs that reflect the important memories, relationships, or major life events they want to commemorate.

About the contest: Participants can enter to win the ultimate scrapbooking inspiration package from Adorama, Blurb, and Fancy Pants Designs. To enter, participants must create a scrapbook layout -- either a digital scrapbook layout OR a photo of a paper layout -- and submit the design alongside a description.

Prizes:
  1. Burlap and Bouquets Paper Collection Kit from Fancy Pants Designs ($20.00)

Key Dates
Submission Period Starts:
June 24th, 2014 - 8:00 AM PST
Submission Period Ends:
July 28th, 2014 - 12:00 PM PST

What: App to Archive: Social Media Scrapbooking with Megan Hoeppner
When: Live broadcast July 23-24
Time: 9:00 am—4:00 pm (pacific)
How: Visit the site today and click "enroll" to RSVP and receive special notifications on the class or simply click "watch live" from the site on the day of the event. 

About Megan Hoeppner
Megan Hoeppner is a career crafter, whose career started in PR at Stampin’ Up! more than a decade ago. She has also worked as the associate editor for Paper Crafts magazine, a senior editor for Simple Scrapbooks magazine, and a Creative Editor for Creating Keepsakes magazine. She is the author of two best-selling special issues, Creative Spaces with Megan Hoeppner and Creative Spaces with Megan Hoeppner Vol. 2. She’s a regular contributions to Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine, and makes requent television appearances on Studio 5, the leading lifestyle program in Utah.

About CreativeLive
CreativeLive is setting a new standard for education by connecting a live, dynamic community of individuals with the world’s top experts. Using a scalable freemium model, CreativeLive is transforming the $100 billion continuing education market by offering frictionless access to the best teachers in the world through a social video platform. The company was founded in April 2010 by world-renowned photographer, director, and artist Chase Jarvis and entrepreneur Craig Swanson. The company is led by CEO Mika Salmi, backed by Greylock Partners and Social+Capital Partnership, and broadcasts on four state-of-the-art production studios in Seattle and San Francisco.

Be sure to click on the link to find out more details! and thanks Megan for featuring my printer cozy again!

Xoxo,
sam-sig

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Planners⎪Vellum Divider for My Sunshine

Hello there! If you follow me on Instagram (@happiescrappie) you will see a lot of planner-related post popping up on your feed. Ah yes, I have gotten my very first planner - A medium sized Kikki K in mint / gold dots back in October 2013 and I am hooked ever since. And my humble collection is slowly growing. When Trina asked me if I could do a blog post about planner, I was so thrilled because I can finally share my obsession with all the CTK subbers! 

The picture below shows my humble collection of vintage typewriter and planners. And I have two more planners on my way (pre-ordering them from Amazon at really great price but the waiting period is 1-2 months). 


If you are interested in what are the planners that I am using now, watch the video here



This month Citrus Twist Kits has all the fun colours that go so well with Summer themed. It is summer all year long in Malaysia & Singapore but it is still fun to play with all the vibrant colours. I decided to use the leftover from my July Pocket Life kit to make some planner dividers for my Filofax original yellow.


I wanted the background of the divider to be really plain (so that the colour would pop), so I trimmed down 6 pieces of vellums into Personal sized (approximately 3.75 inch x 6.75inch).  I just add some mini cards from Simple Stories and Elle's Studio stickers on the vellum, then laminate the vellum. And it is really easy that I love how the elements look like they are floating on my planner.


You can actually see-thru what's behind the divider.




This divider is made using the die cut from Amy Tangerine dies (which is available at Citrus Twist Store).



Just in case you are wondering, why did I added a thin stripe of washi tapes to the edge. Its not for enforcement the dividers, thats because the stupid me, has forgotten to adjust the gap of the rings on my Rakuten punch, and punch them wrongly and I ended  up with 12 holes on each dividers after punched twice.


 I only spend 15-20 minutes making the dividers and I really like how easy and colourful they are. I hope this post inspires some of you (who are planner nerds) like me use the left over form your Citrus Twist Kits to make your own divider.

XoXo,
sam-sig

Friday, July 18, 2014

Cards⎪Prima Marketing New Collection - Coffee Break

Hello there! Have you checked out Prima Marketing's latest blog post on one of the new collection - Coffee Break? I kid you not, this is the MUST HAVE collection - I totally adore all the papers in pastel colour - that remind me of macaroons. afternoon hi-tea session with girlies and pink typewriter that I have!
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Coffee Break...sweet and fun. With a touch of vintage whimsy, Coffee Break offers delightful touches and a splendid color scheme for every paper crafter. Fabulous imagery, beautiful retro colors, these 3D stickers have everything you could ever ask for...including LOTS of delightful dimension! Item #576264


Just wait until you see the delightful flowers chosen just for Coffee Break! There's a wonderful selection of fabrics, papers, colors, and amazing centers! Want something REALLY unique...only Coffee Break has these wonderful wood picks! Perfect for a special tea party with girlfriends, or to add amazing texture to a craft! Product #576394

And here's a huge card that I made for my Instagram friend mixing the gorgeous stamp set from Bloom collection.
Prima Products: Coffee Break Paper #846756, Bloom Stamp (Sharon) #980177, Bloom Brads #980108, Color Bloom #573874, Color Bloom #573775, Color Bloom #573904, Color Bloom #573782, Instascrap Stickers #971175, Alphabets #559120, Alphabets #569785
Here's the close up of the card - I used the Prima Color Bloom spray to create a watercolor-effect background and stamp Bloom girl stamp on the paper. Didn't fussy cut or paint in details because I just how arty-fartsy it looks, and didn't want to take the focus away from the Bloom girl stamp.



Thanks for looking! Be sure to check out Prima's blog for more info and projects!

XoXo,
sam-sig

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Layouts⎪Life Is Good *Elle's Studio*

Happy July! I haven been late in blogging about my monthly assignments for Elle's Studio this month. I have been super super busy and my lousy time management doesn't help with my hectic schedule at all >_<  I just have to share how gorgeous Elle's Studio July exclusive kit is. especially love the pink arrow cards and also the rainbow pixel card that is show below.
EllesStudio-JulyExclusiveKit-01This month kit is packed full of journaling and embellishment tags to help you document and tell your story!  Here’s a close up peek of what is inside:
EllesStudio-JulyExclusiveKit-03And, the awesome die cuts – some are even transparent!EllesStudio-JulyExclusiveKit-02
Along with the exclusive kit,  Elle's Studio also has a special stamp and cut files that coordinate!
EllesStudio-JulyExclusiveKit-04Be sure to check out Elle Studio's Summer Warehouse Sale that started on 10th July – there are some awesome deals to take advantage of! Don’t forget to pick up a grab bag, too! You can purchase up to three grab bags and each one will be different (no duplicates from bag to bag). If you purchase more than three, you will receive duplicates. Sale will run until July 21st, 2014 or while supplies last!EllesStudio-SummerSale
And now, I would like to share three of my layouts for Elle's Studio this month. And when I photo my layout, i realised all three of them are created on white background. Not sure why, maybe this is my favourite way of working with colourful embellishments. I like how the white background actually balance the page and tone the rainbow colours a little.

Here;s the first layout I scrapped about our honeymoon in Japan. I love this photo of us because after we have Ivan, we hardly take any photos of 'just us'. So this photo of us, in a beautiful day, perfect weather and amazing scenery, doesn't require a lot of embellishments. As usual, I place the photo on a piece of white card stock and started cutting the rainbow arrow from a piece of patterned paper (from Shine Collection).



Added some machine stitching to for some subtle texture on the layout.



And this Happy Happy layout of Ivan is actually scrap under 30 minutes. I brought my Elle's Studio kits and Shine collection to the office and made a quick layout with this happy picture of Ivan. Every night putting Ivan to bed is such a joy because we truly enjoy our bedtime routine. We would brush teeth, read books and look at flast cards just before we go to bed. And this is a photo of him climbing up to our bed after he read books on the floor.



Happy photo deserves a happy layout with rainbow colours!


Totally irrelevant but I just love these popsicle here. Ivan would stick his tongue out whenever we ask him 'do you want some ice-cream?'


One last layout is pretty simple too. I added some paint splatter and mist on the white card stock then started layering the journalling cards from the Exclusive kit. This layout is about me and my bestie - Piradee getting obsessed with planners (especially Filofax) so we lined the planner up to take a photo of our initial collection.



Thanks for looking! And do remember to drop by the Design Team gallery to check out the awesome projects by the DT girls. XoXo

sam-sig