October 30, 2008

My brother's wedding


Another wedding.
But this one is special for me.
Because it's my own brother's wedding.
And he is the youngest, so, it'll be our last wedding at my family.

Although he tried to keep it as simple as possible, you know, never will a wedding be as simple as we imagine before. Right? But then, everything go on allright. Even the rain didn't ruin much of the plan. And yes, our family become closer with this. Thank God.
Here are a few picks of good times :


Cheers to happily ever after!

October 27, 2008

Repair - Illustration Friday

This is the picture I told you the stories about, couple of days ago. Then when the theme for this week for Illustration Friday came, I feel it match somehow. So I put it here.

She has to repair her wings before she could fly again...
She has to repair her soul before she could dare to fly again..

October 24, 2008

Been given couples of wings

Early this week, as I spent my evening at home chatting with my kids, suddenly I looked at one of the corner of our living room, and found one little cute bird (We like to let the front door open.) She just been there...undisturbed, not disturb. Then I smile. How if I can be like her...flying from place to place, landing, listening, learning from others.....undisturbed, not disturb.
Do you have the same wish as mine?

Then, the day after that I got sick. Stomach problem. So I have to stay at home. But then, the bright side is...after taking a good nap, I have enough time and energy to draw and paint!
I'll post the painting tomorrow.
Night night for now.

October 19, 2008

Late - Illustration Friday

To all the other late owls out there....

October 18, 2008

Documenting a week in our life

In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep it to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don't try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.

Tao Te Ching

The most difficult one to do, I should say, is the last sentence. We are here, everyday, but sometimes (or lots of times), we are not be present here. We are at somewhere else.

So this project, to -Document a week in our life- is seems to be perfect tool to be present in my family life. Although then I am not 'be present' again lots of time for two weeks when I tried to finish this album 'as fast as I could'. But very glad it's finished.

Put here to be enjoyed, for a looong time.

The cover. I used 3mm acrylic, and a quote about normal day that I love so much from Ali's blog, which represent the essence of this everyday stories album.

These are the beginning of each day layout (day 1- day 7), behind each of these pages are still four or five pages for all the activities we did each day. In total, my album has 35 pages, or 70 layouts. To make it doable in fastest time frame, I made the format as simple as I can, I just need to embellish some pages that hold my favorites pictures of the day more than the other, usually by making the picture bigger will do just what I need.

So this is more of the inside of each day :

I really enjoyed the couple last days that I spent to embellish the album, as I found many of my old rub ons ( like the title 'rock star' and 'dude' that I kept since I don't know when but yet don't find any page that go with it, and yet didn't want to throw it away, and now, voila! They found perfect home in this album.) and also many more old small sticker that will go out of style in the big layout, but then, here, it become a very nice and appropriate things.
Some of the pattern paper is still blank, that will be the place to write more of the journaling later this week.

If you want to ask about the material or technique or else, about this album, just hit the comment button. I'll be back soon.

October 12, 2008

Rainbow Troops/ Laskar Pelangi

so you can give as much as you can,
not to get as much as you can."
Laskar Pelangi (Rainbow Troops)
A Film by Riri Riza

Once in a while, you will find an Indonesian movie that's very good to watch. The value, the pictures, the actors, the story, all in all will move your heart to another place and dimension.
My husband and I took Nadea to watch it this weekend. I think I cried more than my daughter.

Someone once told me,
"You can't live only with your idealism, you must think money oriented."

Watch this movie.
And tell me how far the difference will your life be if you don't live with your idealism.

My idealism is teaching.
No matter how I tried to escape from that calling, it keeps call me back, in many other forms.
I teached my cousins and brothers when I was young.
Then I teach some kids for pocket money when I am at Junior school.
I had an After School Art School for kids for 3 years called KID'S CRAFT, because I believe art should become a habit as young as possible.
Now, I teach scrapbooking to spread the passion of this art that I love.

Is it for fame?
Is it money oriented?
(except, yes, when I did it for pocket money when I was young, money is my number one motivation to do this.)
Is it to brag that a teacher is the cleverest person in the room?
(while I feel that the more I teach, the more hungry I am to study from others, about anything new.)

So, why am I teaching?
I must say, I just want to spread the light that once I had a chance to have in my hand. If you spread the light from your candle, you don't loose even a single spark of your own light. You get back the light by the ray of others that you touch. Indeed, your world is more brighter.
Call it Conscience. Passion. Spiritual Guide. Idealism.
Call it whatever you want to.
I can't live without it.
Thank you, Rainbow Troops, for the gift to my soul.

Please share with me here what's your idealism in life, and how do you think your life will be if you loose it. Or what you feel about the movie.
Have a good day, everyone.

October 11, 2008

String - Illustration Friday

This is the first time I do a weekly challenge for Illustration Friday.
First time is always (for anything) :
- Darn nervous.
- Full of excitement.
- Is it good enough?
- Butterflies in the stomach.
- Wonder why I do this.
- Wonder why I didn't do this long time ago.
But the best part is, I have my cousin, Cassy, who live thousand miles from me, back to back (and finger crossed) for doing this together for the first time this week. So, I am not alone.
I usually do scrapbooking for myself and my family, so the trigger is what memories do I wish to preserve in the layout. So this is part of the challenge too, as I have to have another trigger, the topic, to do the layout. I am still have to learn a lot, I tell you. And yes, I still have butterflies in my stomach when I post this.

October 5, 2008

A project is done

'Documenting a week in your life' project is done.
Oh, my God.
A week just gone by in a blink.
Now, the excitement continues as I prepare the mini album for all the pictures (way too many...) and the stuff that will be in it. It will be in 8,5x11 size. I am out from my 12x12 comfort zone this time. And try to make it as simple as possible.
The story and the picture is the winner here, like Ali said.
Will post the progress soon.
Night night for now.

October 4, 2008

My soul takes wings


I overcome my own fear.
To draw. To paint a face.
To release my inner thought without hesitation.
It feels like my soul takes wings.

Hopefully I can keep this spirit for as long as I live.

The details of childhood memories :

The details of sweetness, using felt matties by Prima :

The second piece, inspired by the nature that fulfilled my last few days when I played with the kids :

The details of the nature :

The detail of the sweetness :

I made both of them on 60x60cm canvas.

Again, Thank you, Kelly.

Like you said, learning to fly isn't entirely a step-by-step process. Sooner or later, you just need to take a deep breath and spread your wings.

I did. Gladly I did.

October 2, 2008

Must Read Book for October

Taking Flight.by Kelly Rae Roberts.

If you had not been Kelly fans, you will be, after take a look of her beautiful, spiritful book. Her talent is amazing. Her spirit soar through her painting. Her beauty is taking flight.

I even buy couples of canvas and acrylic paints before the holiday starts so I will be able to learn to paint with her techniques.(She actually give all the techniques step by step in this book to help our creative spirit flies...isn't it wonderful?) Her techniques is involving the use of scrapbook patterned paper as background, which happen to be easy to find at my home (hello?), so that's the starting interesting point for me.

The result?

My spirit is taking flight too. I'll post it soon.

Thank you, Kelly.

That will do

A little foolishness,
enough to enjoy life,
and a little wisdom,
to avoid the errors,
that will do.

Right now, I am having much foolishness, and enjoy life at home with the kids....while taking tons of everyday real pictures for the 'Documenting a week in your life' project.
I'll post the result next week...this is soooo real.....just need a little wisdom to avoid the errors...(in editing, in loading the pictures, in making the album, in finding the right time to escape...)
But for now, I want to take a nap with the kids like we did four days in a row....
Aaaah, that will do....

About me

  • I am a woman who fell in love with papers and words long enough before with boys. Therefore, scrapbooking, writing, reading, and art journaling are just things that complete me. I live happily in Bandung, Indonesia, with my husband, Audy Kusnadjaja, and 2 adorable kids adore me. Isn't life sweet?
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Be careful while going inside my home here. Your clothes may gets stain if you happen to walk by my still wet canvas, or stumbled upon our piles of books everywhere, and come out with a scrap paper sticking to your shoes. But I promise you, you'll enjoy the time spending here. Tea or coffee?
  • The beginning
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  • Artsy Girl's scrapper bag
  • Artsy Girl's mini album
  • Back to school
  • You rock!
  • Doilies for memories
  • Becoming an artist
  • Scrap my heart away
  • Too much of good things
  • Yellow sometimes
  • Double pages
  • Some layouts
  • Don't reinvent the wheel
  • Tips for dividing scrap time
  • Back to school album
  • Christmas album 2009
  • A month to play, a month to learn
  • 'Life happens' album
  • My girl's b'day album
  • Recycling the baby book
  • My boy's b'day album
  • About stranger
  • Make something every day
  • 2009 Art journals - bounded
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  • 2009 Daily Journal
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  • Cracked
  • Parade
  • Hierarchy
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  • Balloon
  • Wise
  • Repair
  • String
  • First painting
  • Life of two girls-treasure box
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  • Week in The Life - 2008
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