November 30, 2008

Balloon - Illustration Friday

I missed two times challenges from Illustration Friday...due to what happened last couples weeks. Felt fresh this weekend and the theme is 'balloon'...
How can anyone not feel fresh when think about balloon? it is.
With some details :

November 25, 2008

Squeeze the making of some layouts into daily madness

At this time of year.
When everything seem have to be done at once.
Christmas decoration. For home and the store.
Christmas tree. Just stick to the home this year. Phew.
Booking holiday tickect and planning.
Last couple weeks at school for kids. Still.
Choosing giftsssss.....making giftsss....
Christmas school drama.
Another store opening for me, on Dec 20th.
Still teaching for scrapbooking classes and projects.
Have I mentioned making gifts?

How on earth could you possibly squeeze the making of some layout (and another projects) into daily madness at this time of year?
Let's do this.
I set aside an hour each night after my kids go to bed to do this. Of course I got backup from my lattes from Starbuck to have some spare energy before I drop myself so happily into my cozy bed at night.(And yes, also to collect the stamp for 2009 Starbuck Journal...wink..)

So, just do it piece by piece, ladies, and you will be there painlessly.

Day 1

I fall in love with this Websters Pages paper. So many possibilities for layout here.... On day 1, I only do the cutting. Simply cut them all. Don't think of anything else!

Day 2

The day that you will find a perfect match for the papers that you already had and the ones that you plan to make will never come. So be gentle with yourself. On day 2, I gather some scrap. And pull out some papers. When I feel it matches for the first time, I glue them together. Don't even try to look for other 5 possibilities matching papers. So I have these by the end of the night.

Day 3

Looking for the pictures.. Ahhh. This one is one of my favorite's part. Some pictures will speak for itself without the need of overdoing it, so, in time of no time like this, choose these kind of pictures indeed. Could you tell that all these flowers are from one single paper that I cut? Na aa.. unless if you are a scrapbooking goodies queen who can memorize all the papers from all the brands! And to make it harder to recognize, just spread these layout into different album. Job done.

Day 4

In a week, there is always an off day....when you think of nothing except the needing of some rest of doing nothing. Even the Starbuck barely help anymore. So I strenghten my heart and just open my brown acrylic paint, and splash some to all the layouts. Leave it to dry overnight. It only takes 15 minutes. (include the brush cleaning, ladies)

Day 5

Choosing the title is a sweet task. It will decide whether your layout will be just ordinary layout, or become an extraordinary one. Of course many aspects will effect too, but I personally think (based on being a 'word' person), a title is as important as a person name. It's about first impression. it's all in the words, baby.

Day 6

Putting all the detail are soooo much fuuun...Ok, Ok.. I cheated..on day 6 I spent 3 hours doing all of these. Even the wee hours didn't matter. I just love the details on every pages...

Day 7

My pages are almost complete. But nothing can add a personal touch to any layout better than journaling with your own here I am, putting the words into form to finish the pages.

And at the end of the week, with all the madness still going on like it should be, I have 4 beatiful pages to keep ! Voila!


You could do it too.

I reeeeally truuuly need some sleep now.

Sweet dreams, everyone.

November 24, 2008

Done alright

So far I've done alright, God.
I haven't gossiped, haven't lost my temper, haven't been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or overindulgent.
I'm very happy about this.
But in a few minutes, Lord, I'm going to get out of bed.
And from then on, I'm going to need a lot more help.

Just recover from couple days sickness. Trying hard to regrouping my body and soul. Now... Ready to work. Ready to create. Will post some creativity soon.

Have a good day, everyone.

November 23, 2008

Losing a root

Losing my grandma was like losing a root.
Imagine you are a plant and suddenly being pulled from the ground and the root left behind the soil.
That pretty much described how I felt these last week.

Went through all the procession from the day she passed away until the funeral five days later, I felt so rich in culture and tradition. I am Chinese. And proud being one. Because without all of these, after you fly away from home, you will easily forget who you are and where you came from. My grandma reminds me to be humble always. And not forget where I came from.
The worst part is, partly sad because she gone away so sudden, I feel terribly sad to imagine how hard it will be for my whole big family to gather again after my grandma was gone. Maybe almost impossible.

But then, when remember the good times we shared these past couples years we been able to gather together, as I put here in the memorable table for her before the funeral, the pain ease. We glad we had these, and we glad my grandma had found her peace.

Love you, grandma, you forever be in our heart.

November 15, 2008

To live for something

“It's not enough to have lived.
We should be determined to live for something.
May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely.”
Dr. Leo Buscaglia

And my grandmother who had lived for 91 years, definitely did all that. Until the last day of her life. My beloved grandmother passed away on November 12nd 2008. I will be back soon. Still two more days until the funeral on Monday. For now, everything are still too overwhelming for all of my family.

November 8, 2008

Wise - Illustration Friday

She may not be wise, relying her happiness on him.
But when she knows he loves her, it's worth it not to be wise once in a while.

November 6, 2008

A sincere thank you

Thank you to Ali Edwards who put my 'documenting a week in life' project in one of the sample that she choosed worldwide. So overwhelming to be a part of that. And be sure to see all others samples, my friends, cause they all are gorgeous and inspiring.

Thank you to you all who had left a warm comments on the post. A sincere thank you that you spent time to say something that nice. And there are couples of questions that I need to answer here :

From Alison :
I found you through Ali Edwards. Love your album!! Did you make your own pages or was this an album you purchased?

Yes, Alison, I made my own pages from thick recycled papers because I want to add texture to the project. I put gesso all over the page (2 sides) and then put acrylic paint (burnt amber and burnt siena). Next, to make it acid free (because I am not sure if gesso will make them acid free or not) I spray them with Preserve It by Krylon, matt.(also 2 sides). I also made my own acrylic cover.

From Kathleen :
Love it! definitely stood out on Ali's blog. question about your acrylic album. . . did you put the grommets and binding tape on it yourself or did it come like that? If so, did you use the crop a dile? I never thought that would penetrate acrylic and now you have me wondering.

Thank you, Kathleen. I didn't use crop a dile. Just usual drill for hardware stuff. And put the grommets/eyelets right to the hole. You just have to macth the size of the drill and the grommets.

May you all have a nice day.

November 3, 2008

Vacant - Illustration Friday

No rooms in my home are vacant.
They are all full.
Full with memories, good times, laughter and love.

Here are some of the details :

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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About this home

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
  • Last preparation
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  • 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
  • Art journals - begin
  • 2009 Daily Journal
  • 2008 Daily Journal
  • Cracked
  • Parade
  • Hierarchy
  • Fleeting
  • Legendary
  • Time
  • Voices
  • Balloon
  • Wise
  • Repair
  • String
  • First painting
  • Life of two girls-treasure box
  • Box of memories
  • Making your own embellishment
  • A month to play and learn
  • Art journal album cover
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  • Week in The Life - 2010
  • Week in The Life - 2009
  • Week in The Life - 2008
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