Hello there, my name is Sam. I'm a paper addict based in Singapore. I just gave birth to a baby boy, Ivan in Easter this year. I started scrapbooking when I moved to Singapore a year-in-a-half ago. I joined a beginner scrapbook class at one of the local scrapbook stores and have been hooked since! I'm currently a SAHM who enjoys playing with papers, glue and scissors until the wee hours. I don't exactly know what my style is, but it seems I can't complete a layout without adding machine stitching, paint splatter and a splash of color. I normally prefer to create layouts exclusively, but this year, I started on a Project Life Album! There are times when I love to make mini albums and cards for friends and family. I'm thrilled and honored to be July's CP Guest Designer. I love Crate Paper so much that I have a tendency to hoard it's designs instead of using them to create beautiful projects. Crate Paper has always been my favorite, as it routinely outdoes itself and never fails to inspire me!
TEN about me RANDOMS
I have a total of nine dogs (yes, you read me right!) with me, my parents and inlaws. All have been the primary subject of recent layouts. No, I don't have any cats.
I have to watch video scrapbooking tutorials before I go to bed every night.
I've been addicted to Instagram ever since switching to an iPhone 5.
I love everything chocolate, be it ice cream, truffles, brownies, you name it!
I can't sew, but I enjoy crochet Amigurumi (stuffed toys) when I've the patience.
I've known my husband since the age of thirteen. I'm so blessed that our relationship is still going strong.
I have a beautiful backyard, but I dislike gardening and stepping on the grass.
I just taught myself coptic stitching for book binding. I plan to learn more about other wonderful stitches. Don't you just love the tutorials shared by talented people from around the world?
I used to run a dog shelter/dog rescue group with a bunch of friends, housing approximately 250 dogs.
I'm not a coffee person, but I enjoy catching up with my girlies over a cup of coffee whenever I go back to my hometown.
I Wouldn't Trade You...
When I received the Maggie Holmes collection, I was amazed by the pretty papers and literally, wanted to use all of them on my projects. For this first project, I couldn't decide which paper to use, so I simply cut paper strips from those papers that I most liked and put them all on one layout. I adore the white glitter Thickers (a perfect font!), the butterfly die-cuts, the ribbons and finally, the hair pins.
I stacked the die-cut butterflies and added a pretty hair pin to make the embellishment pop.
The die-cut ephemera pack is the perfect embellishment assortment for quick clusters like this one, just below my photo.
I Love You, Too
This is by far my favorite photo of my baby boy, Ivan. His expression and the sentiment on the onesie never fails to make me giggle every time I look at the photo. So, I chose to use the cheery, happy collection, Party Day, to create this layout. Not only are the colors ideal for birthday-themed projects, they're great for baby and children-themed layouts as well!
I gathered a couple of circle elements (die-cuts, brads and buttons) and clustered them next to my photo.
Lately, I've been into off-the-edge embellishing. So, again, I layered many die-cuts and stickers in the top left corner of the layout and machine stitched them. It's an easy-peasy way to create dimension - and the brads and buttons are so cute and lovely!
Project Life Inspired Spread :: Welcome Baby
This is my stress-free way of documenting my baby bump and baby photos. The feel-good colors of Party Day make this spread look cheery, which totally fits the theme - 'Welcome Baby'! A baby's first day is considered his/her very first birthday, right?
I used Party Day's patterned vellum in one of the pockets - love the effect!
I also went a little crazy with layering again, and I just know that as a result, I'll end up with a very bulky Project Life Inspired Album when all is said and done.
Enjoy the Little Things
I'd been wanting to dress up the wall in my craft area for months, but had yet to find anything inspirational and motivational worthy of wall space. I stumbled upon some wall art using embroidery hoops on Pinterest one day and I just knew right then and there that I had to make something similar, but from paper! I dressed up various sized hoops with Maggie Holmes, Story Teller and Fourteen. It was super easy - I traced the hoops onto patterned paper and trimmed away! I then added some die-cuts, chipboard pieces and stickers - done :)
Thanks for looking! Happy Crafting!
Sam certainly has a style all her own, don't you think? It's whimsical, but with a hint of cuteness captured by all the itty-bitty pieces of paper and embellishments that adorn each of her projects. It has been an absolute joy and honor to have Sam guest design with Crate Paper this month. Thank you so very, very much! We're loving the hoops :)