Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Reliving UK...

Whenever I look at our family travel photos, I feel extremely blessed. We've been on two trips to Europe with the children and they have rarely kicked up a fuss on the plane. The moment they go onboard (all red-eye flights), they would happily arrange themselves in the seats, all eager for the supper and cartoon treats. Finally, they would succumb to fatigue and fall into deep sleep, all the way, stretched out across our laps. Needless to say, they were the only ones among the four of us who wake up fresh and rejuvenated :)

On our last trip to UK, my boy actually got homesick the first few days so I really struggled with his moodiness. Plus we were travelling with friends so I was stressed out trying to manage him. At one point, I almost wished I was home. Fortunately, our friends were very patient and accommodative and just worked around his tantrums, using reverse psychology to get him upbeat again. Now when I look at the photos, especially the ones in which he is grinning or laughing, I've almost forgotten how upset I was and just glad that we brought them along.

I've started on an album of the holiday photos - a mixture of 12x12 layouts and 4x6 mini ones. I used mostly NoelMignon's "Delightfully Domestic" March kit and some of my own stash.

And talking about UK, my boy just asked if we can go England again during the June school holidays.

Guess he did enjoy it after all :)

And that's all that matters.

Friday, April 8, 2011

This is the one I really love...

It's not everyday that a paper collection inspires me so much that I can't wait to use it on the same day and finish a layout in under an hour. But this was what happened when I saw Echo Park's For The Record line. And I only bought 3 patterned papers and one sticker sheet to make this. Plus an assortment of my stash at home.

These photos of the Made With Love DT team were taken at a DT crop. Some of us were meeting each other for the first time {I'm a fairly new addition :)} and it was really nice to be able to laugh along while we scrapped. All these gals are real talent, I tell you, can't believe I'm on the same team as them!

Best news is: This layout won the Echo Park Paper's Facebook contest! I was just so over the moon when I saw the announcement. I had to reload the page several times to make sure that I was seeing it correctly. The prize was a collection of my choice and guess which one I chose? For the Record! (that's how much I love it!)

The stars are from the Sizzix Primitive Stars Bigz die (#656340)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Lots of Echo Park!

When Echo Park first leapt into the scrapbook market, I fell in love with their Sweet Summertime and Walk in the Park papers almost immediately. Then came the Little Girl collection, of which I got the whole set.

I was so busy in the first three months with work, ministry and settling my son in primary school that I hardly had time to scrap. I thought English and Mandarin spelling would be the worst of it all. Then I found out there was "Show and Tell" (for 6-year-olds?!) So sleep was always the first priority when there was time! When things finally settled somewhat, you could say I literally scrapped with vengence. (Plus, ahem, there were deadlines to meet for my LSS.) I took out the Echo Park papers and did this mini album of our UK road trip last year and a layout of my (not-so) little girl.

There's more to come in the next few days. I'm in the midst of completing a 12x12 album of our UK trip (too many beautiful photos so I printed most of them) and finishing some loooong overdue wedding albums.