Saturday, November 21, 2015

December planning

Hi everyone!
I'm kind of scared but so proud and excited about this post. You see, it's my first time to really focus decorating my planner which I got months ago (last May, if I remember correctly.) I got my Webster's Pages Teal and white stripes in the Clique Kits store.

This is how it looked like before I gave in to the planner decorating craze. I didn't do anything at all except tie that cutie tassel my friend gave as freebie to previous purchase in her store (in Manila). Then I tried some DIY paper clips...which was an epic fail lol! :D 

So anyways, this time, I got bolder and braver (just a tad bit) because I like to try this digital planner stuff from Mari Koegelenberg and Mommyish
SO cute, right???

So anyways, I contemplated doing my planner while I was creating this digital scrapbook page using the kit.. 
my cousin's children are so adorable!

So, going back to the planner...
It took me a while to finish it because I was still figuring out how to print back to back pages. After a lot of wasted paper, I let it go and settled to what I was able to make lol
I started with the paper clips. When I got the hang of it, I had total fun creating these cuties! I followed this tutorial for my paper clips. Instead of hot glue gun, I used UHU All purpose adhesive though. It's also my adhesive for other projects so it's tried and tested. (I think I will try the magnetic bookmark next time :D)

 I made one of the journal spots as a pocket to store the stickers. I used a 1-inch puncher for the circles, the rest... I hand-cut them all. I have a Cameo but I am soooo lazy to pull it out under my table lol! :D A nice pair of fine-tipped scissors work best! I also added dimensional glaze on one of the clips. It smeared the ink which isn't supposed to happen, I don't know why it did. Good thing I only did it to one of the clips.

I took my sweet time to cut these stickers. With the help of a craft knife, I slightly run it through the edges of the printed images so I can easily peel them off when I need to use them. It's so cool.. and time-consuming hahaha again, use your cameo if you have one :D

This is how the rest looks like (see the "Holly Jolly" image? Yep.. fussy cut as well hahaha)

I mainly use my planner for design team stuff.

As I decorate the pages, I noticed that I like to keep the design to a minimum. The pages already has some prints on them so I just added some stickers here and there. I think I'd keep it that way, until I have hoarded more planner stuff lmao! At the moment, I don't have any except the planner itself and some stuff hidden somewhere in the boxes under my table lol!

I hope with this planner, I'd be able to manage my time effectively, REALLY manage lol... If not, at least I only have ONE place to write them all down- both schedules and ideas. I am thinking of going back to work so this will be a great help for sure.

Here is a list of the stuff I used for those of you who'd like to know:
Webster's Pages Teal and white stripes
Canon colored inkject printer (MP490)
Kodak premium matte photo paper A4 120GSM
Roco photo matte paper A4 170GSM (I am not sure if this is local or what.. I am in Saudi Arabia)
UHU all purpose adhesive
Silver clips (big and small sized)
White cardstock
EK success Cutter-bee scissors
Sakura Calligraphy pen (1.0)

Here's to more planning stuff in the future! :D

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There is always something to be thankful for

Hello everyone!
I finally have a new project created using a couple of files from the The Cutting Cafe.

I used the With Gratitude printable stamp set and Bow Tie with a slit template

I used Graphic 45 World's Fair papers. I embossed the background/base paper and inked the raised/embossed area. If you have an e-cutting machine, you can cut the bow tie through that. I manually cut mine though (I have a Cameo but I am lazy.. lol!). This is really a simple card and you can easily replicate it using your own choice of tools i.e.: embossing folder and circle die cuts.

Thanks for dropping by!

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

3 favorite creations

I'm so giddy with excitement! I am trying out for the Flying Unicorn DT call! So cross your fingers for me, friends! :)

This post was geared to go live few days back but I had to step away for a few days from my computer because DD had been sick.
Anyways, here it is and would like to present 3 of my favorite recent projects.

"Dear One"


Finally, an out of the box project thrown in for good measure. I am fond of recycling stuff and made this pretty little bicycle decor and holder in one out of used card boards I hoard. Yes, besides scrapbook stuff, I also hoard card board boxes lol! :D And yes, I still use this baby, I love it so much! :)

"This way"
~ bicycle and pen/post-it-notes holder ~

More details about these creations on this post and in this video.

Thank you for dropping by!

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015


These are my projects for this month's Pretty Paper Studio challenge: Mementos

Thanks fo dropping by...

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Magical moment

We were asked to create a gratitude-based project for Graphic 45 this month. Of course, the first thing that came into my mind was family. After much thought late on, I decided to focus on thing: my daughter. If there is one thing I am grateful for the past year, it's her. She's our miracle baby. Her arrival was a magical moment...

Some close up shots

More of this project here...

Thank you so much for dropping by!

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Saturday, November 07, 2015

Hybrid fall wreath (with tutorial)

Hello pretty peeps!
Check out my hybrid fall wreath I created for TDP, it also has a step-by-step tutorial for you to follow.
If you are a paper or hybrid crafter, this is for you! :)

Do check out the TDP forum as well as we celebrate DSD week. Join the fun and the challenges. You have to register to see the forum. Hope to see you there!

Happy crafting,
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Saturday, October 31, 2015

More Halloween projects!

More Halloween projects featuring digital collage images from Iralamija's Etsy store.

"Boo" banner

This turned out so cute, if I may say so. I painted the chipboard letters with black gesso, brushed it with a bit of Versamagic ink and sprinkled gold embossing powder. 

I used papers from Rare Oddities collection by Graphic 45 and die cuts from Sizzix and Prima Marketing.

"October 31st card"

I trimmed the edges of the paper with flowers and scrolls. I layered a couple of the tickets and clustered various sizes of flowers, ribbons and paper twine. I used papers from Rare Oddities collection by Graphic 45 and die cuts from Sizzix and Prima Marketing.

"Best Halloween Wishes" card

I have a short step-by-step tutorial for this card. Check it out below.
I used papers from Rare Oddities collection by Graphic 45 and die cuts from Cheery Lynn Designs.

Thanks for dropping by!

Happy crafting,
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Graphic 45 Rare Oddities projects

Hi everyone!
Sharing some Graphic 45 projects using Rare Oddities collection. You can see more about this project in this post in the Graphic 45 blog.

I have a Snapguide tutorial prepared for this simple treat bags.

Happy crafting,
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Pretty Paper Studio: October blog hop

Welcome to Pretty Paper Studio's October blog hop!

How does this Blog Hop work? Visit every link in the blog hop list, leave a comment on each post/video, like each of the videos, and come back to the PPS blog and leave a comment telling us how you are feeling after seeing all those projects.
The next step is to Like us on our Facebook Page, Follow us on Instagram, Follow us on Twitter, Follow us on Pinterest and lastly Subscribe to our YouTube channel. Once you are done, simply leave a comment here again to let us know that you are friends with Pretty Paper Studio everywhere.

We will definitely make it worth your while by randomly picking a winner from all the comments and sending this prize pack worth AED 200 straight to your address! No kidding. You got to follow all the instructions to stand a chance though - that's our only condition.

Blog Hop ends on November 3rd, 2015 and a winner will be announced here on November 5th, 2015.
Now onto my projects...
For my first layout, my inspiration was Taylor Swift's "Never Grow Up Song".

My second layout was inspired by the song "She's a butterfly" by Martina McBride.

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Sunday, October 04, 2015

Never grow up

Hi everyone!
There is a new challenge over the Pretty Paper Studio blog and this is the layout I created for your inspiration

The challenge is all about songs. Be inspired by a song and use that as starting point for your project.
My song is "Never grow up" by Taylor Swift. I used the chorus as my layout's journaling.

 These are the words that I exactly feel whenever I look at my daughter who is growing up too fast. In fact, she's turning a year old in just a few weeks. Wow.. imagine that... my baby is turning one already! I still can't wrap my head around the idea lol! But she has to grow up, I know that... I just hope and pray that I'll be able to instill in her being all the good things that I and my husband can. It's scary when I think deeply about this parent thingy... lol! But... right now, I just bask in the happiness she brings to us everyday. That and all the other things she does that make us pull our hair out our heads lol! We still love her to bits no matter what :)

Head on to the PPS blog to know more about my layout and the challenge. Supplies list can be found at the end of the post.Thanks for dropping by!

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