Monday

Back together again...


Back-together-again

Nephew #2 had chicken pox and was in quarantine for 2 weeks. So we had to take photos when the Gangster Gang got back together again. 


Okay, a bribe in the form of cute personalized self-inking name stamps for each of them was used to elicit cooperation. AKA fake smiles. *LOL*



Of course, I can't get ALL 4 to cooperate of course [that would be like striking the lottery!Haha!]. Nephew #2 insisted on being "away" from the rest of his siblings. *winks*


Still working through the scrap pile...love it when the little bits and pieces can be tucked under here and there to create texture and interest without bulk.


Playing along with The Studio Challenges.


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Thursday

9 ideas for multi-photo layouts



I love using multi-photos to visually tell the story in my layouts...especially since my family tends to "ham it up" for the camera. Oh yes, flip-throughs of the scrapbook albums always elicit laughter. *LOL* Here are 9 ideas for multi-photo layouts taken from my 2012 archives. Enjoy! *winks*

Yay
A whimsical scene

1. Vary the shapes and sizes of your photos.

Off-to-the-playground
Guest designer at Imaginarium Designs

2. Have fun with a mirrored (sort of) effect.


An-awesome-day
The convenience factor

3. Mix it up with black/white and coloured photos.

4. Punch out your photos.

5. Go with a grid.


Hog's-breath-cafe
I am a sucker for cute stuff

6. Use a corner rounder.

7.  Incorporate consecutive action silhouette photos.

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The sweetest bookworm princess

8. Try a magazine-style layout - one main photo with many smaller photos.


Whatcha doing
Guess who was trying to tickle himself?

9. Use your photos to answer a question related to your story.

There you have it...9 ideas for multi-photo layouts. I've had fun pulling out these layouts from my 2012 archives...what do you think? Has my style changed?


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Tuesday

Let's take a stroll...


Let's-take-a-stroll

"Let's take a stroll around the neighbourhood..." I said to my niece on Saturday.
"Yay!" she beamed excitedly.


Yep. It is really easy to get a 6 year old excited about a stroll, with the possibility of stopping at a playground when she's been watching her brothers play on the tablets all day long. *winks*


She paid attention as I named the plants we saw along the way and was proud of herself for identifying them correctly. And of course, she was happy to pose for photos. :)


I was really pleased with the amount of paper scraps on this layout....even though it has hardly made a noticeable dent in the scrap pile. *LOL*


I love adding dimensional elements on my layouts but keep them relatively flat for easy storage.


 Playing along with Stuck?! Sketches.


P/s: How are you doing with reducing your scrap pile???


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Monday

Messy backgrounds in my art journal...:)



I like to use my art journal to experiment with my art supplies....try a little of this, layer with a little of that...and then let it all dry naturally overnight. 



Sometimes I wake up in the morning to a lovely surprise as the different supplies dry at different rates and create really really awesome textures...and sometimes I wake up to a terrible muddy mess. *winks*


Which may not be such a bad thing since I can start adding more layers to counter the "ugliness" and make another messy background. *LOL*


My art journal is the catch-all for leftover paint, drippy inks and residual mists.


I use my art journal to "clean" my stencils, test out the nozzles on my mists and experiment with outrageous colour combinations.


It's a great way to use your art supplies in a fun and unencumbered way. Just play!

What about you? Do you have messy backgrounds in your art journal?


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Friday

This week's card from scraps


This-week's-card-from-scraps

Hello friends! There was a mid-week public holiday this week and I spent it catching up on tv shows and die-cutting my paper scraps. :)


Yes, I'm still ploughing through my folder of paper scraps. 


I was pretty happy to have found this cute little elephant in my scrap pile. And I just had to add a friend for the elephant... the infamous Basic Grey bird (only 2 more left in the stash!). *LOL*


The card base was scored and coloured with the Wink of Stella pen for a subtle shimmer.


Playing along with Sunday Stamps

Happy weekend friends!:)

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Thursday

Current obsession: the Holbein Artist Colored Pencil


Current-obsession-holbein-artist-colored-pencils

So my latest art supply obsession is the Holbein Artist Colored Pencil...*winks*



I splurged on a set of 24 on a recent trip to Japan and wished I had sprung for the 150 set because I LOVE them so much (they are pricey outside Japan *insert sad face*). They are the perfect in-between compared to the Prismacolor pencils (which are soft and very fragile) and the Faber Castell Polychromos (which are harder because they are oil-based). The colours are nicely pigmented, blend easily and are lightfast. They are sold in sets of 12, 24, 36, 50, 100 and 150 and also available individually. I got mine from Sekaido in Shinjuku, Tokyo.


Here is the first eye I drew with the Holbein Artist Colored Pencil.


Here is a quick 5 minute sketch I did with them.


Coloured pencil application takes time and a lot of layers (like 10 -15 to create a "painted" finish) but it's a less messy art supply to carry around when you are travelling. Here is the in-progress shot of the eye in the first picture which I started while waiting for my flight at the airport. 

It's weird that I'm obsessed with coloured pencils now as an adult. I wasn't when I was a child. I was busy making clothes for my Barbie. *LOL*

What about you? What is your current art supply obsession?


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Tuesday

My gallery of residual-misted cards




It's no secret that I had to waste mists when I use them for projects so I always have some precut watercolour card bases handy to soak up those residual mists. Over the years, whenever I needed to make a quick card, I would run through my stack of residual misted cards and just pick one to "texturize" and make pretty. Here is my gallery of residual-misted cards....

love-makes-me-happy
What do you do if you are too lazy to find a temporary home for your scraps?

1. Try adding a banner to your card to evoke a happy feeling....:)

Card set
1 mask, 2 mists, 3 looks

2. Challenge yourself to use 1 mask, 2 mists and create 3 looks for a card set. *winks*

Birthday-boy-card
How do you organize your cards?

3. Treat the residual misted card like patterned paper and just add more!

Mixed-media-card-by-Yvonne-Yam-for-Maya-Road
A mixed media card with Maya Road embellishments

4. Pull a colour from your background to highlight through a focal embellishment.

Love-always-card
Love always...a quick card

5. Add a diecut and some embellished chipboard letters.

Pink-bow-mixed-medid-card-for-Maya-Road
The case for the "no sentiment" card

6.  Pile on the embellishments!

Wishing-you-well-CAS-card
The five minute CAS card

7. Keep it simple with a stick sentiment and sequins.

5-minute-Christmas-card
The 5-minute Christmas card

8. Make it Christmassy. :)

Hugs-and-kisses-card
This week's five minute card

9. Give it a bloom and a leaf.

Sail-away-on-a-carefree-day
Sail away on a carefree day

10. Pull out fun stuff from your scrap pile.

Hello-beautiful
Hello beautiful

11. Doll it up with some pretty stuff.


A-latte-love
A latte love card

12. Make it cute!

Smile-friend-card-by-Yvonne-Yam-for-Maya-Road
Going for monochromatic

13. Cover up parts you don't like with texture paste and a stencil.

Beautiful-card-by-Yvonne-Yam-for-Maya-Road1
I love the look of peekaboo lace

14. The peekaboo effect is always pretty.

Mixed-media-card-for-Maya-Road
My modus operandi for making cards

15. Bling on a card is always a good idea.

Card-for-Lynnda
A card for Lynnda Hosni


16. Go with a pastel colour palette.

It's-party-time-card
The quick party card

17. Add cute critters.

Happy-happy-happy-birthday-card
The real reason why I favour clean and simple cards

18. Have a little fun with your sentiment.

Awesome-card
Do you have stacks of cards ready for all occasions?

19. Diecut your sentiment.

Happy-birthday-Sparkle-Creations-card
Happy birthday Sparkle Creations

20. Have a play with stamps and paper piecing.


There you have it....20 fun ideas for using residual mists on your cards. [They are all linked to their original posts if you want to see closeups.]


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