Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My favorites of 2013: Layouts

As 2013 is coming to an end, I'm thinking to share some of my favorite layouts that I've made this year. Some of which are being featured on Crate Paper blog as well as Studio Calico. 

I don't really know the direction I am heading nor making any plans as far as scrapbooking is concern, but one thing for sure is I will work on my Project Life and trying my best to be a good mom to my kids. 2014, I am so ready for you! xoxo

Friday, December 27, 2013

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I've been an avid Instagram user @cindylee12 lately.....simply because it makes documenting our everyday lives so much easier. I also love how I can snap pictures with my phone in an instant and edit them at the same time. All these conveniences got me thinking of doing Project Life again. Without a clue or whatsoever, I actually started Project Life earlier this year and sorta struggled and somewhat overwhelmed with the entire process that I gave up. 

But as our 2nd baby is coming along in 2014 and the fact that Abby is growing up too fast, I realized the importance to record milestones and our family's memories in a tangible format and Project Life seemed to be the perfect fit. I feel that I am now ready to take on Project Life again! xoxo

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

Holiday Wrapping

We are only two days away from Christmas and are you done with your Christmas shopping or wrap up the presents you bought for family and friends? No? Neither do I :) I have a few more things to buy or do on my list before the Christmas day but I am proud to say that I've wrapped more than half of the presents that I'd bought (pat on the back). If you stay long enough on this blog, you would have known that I love wrapping as much as I love cardmaking/scrapbooking. And so I have a few Christmas wrapping to share today and I hope it gives you some idea on your last minute wrapping. Let's get on to it!

I am a big fan of kraft paper (a really really big fan!).....and the fact that it comes in plain gives me more room to explore my creativity. So I thought I'd share six fun ways to decorate them.

Idea #1: Washi tape and lace works well to create a more feminine look to the otherwise plain brown paper.

Idea #2: Tie with bakers twine and finish it off with a wool/yarn pom pom. 

Idea #3: Create a bow with glitter tape and glue some fake berries and leaves in the middle of the bow.

Idea #4: Make your own glittered star. Cut out a star from a template, paint the entire surface with glue mix with water (ratio: three parts of glue with one part of water), sprinkle glitter on it until the entire surface is covered with glitter. Let the glue dry before tapping off the excess. 

Idea #5: Tie with pom pom ribbons

Idea #6: Create a star (or any shape your heart desires) shape with lacing braid. 

I hope you are inspired to create that one-of-a-kind packaging for your family and friends. xoxo

Thursday, December 12, 2013


Today I celebrate my 32nd birthday and feeling really blessed to have family and friends remembering it. When I was younger, I would get very excited on my birthday because it was a big deal to me back then. But as I grow older and especially after being a mom, birthday is no longer a big deal anymore. In fact, my birthday is the day where my mom had suffered and gone through tremendous pain to bring me into this world. So today should not only about me but instead remembering the great love that my mom had for me. I love you mom! xoxo

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Blog or no blog? Blog that is!

Do people still read blog these days? The blogging community of today is so much different from back when I first started. Back then there were no Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter nor Instagram and blogs are the only places people seek for inspiration. Sadly, the scene had changed when social media sprouted in the recent years and the blogging community took a plunge. One can be very active in Pinterest or Instragram but hardly ever update her post....and that's me.

I'm such a big fan of Pinterest and with just a few clicks on the mouse, I can find anything and everything under one roof. And with Instagram/Facebook, I am immediately connected with friends all over the world. And so the time spend on my blog or on other blogger's blog has becoming lesser and lesser. I felt guilty whenever someone leaves me a comment and I haven't done back the same to them. I am deliberating almost everyday if I should continue blogging. Is it worth my time at all? It took me a long time to figure out the future of this blog or the direction it's heading and I've finally had it figure out, only yesterday.

Decision has been made and I've decided to continue to blog for as long as possible. It may not be all about cardmaking/scrapbooking anymore as I want this blog to be as personal as it can be. I hope to be close to my reader (if any) and make them feel as if they know me in real life. So expect to see me in the blogging world for many years to come :)

If you are still reading this, thanks for making it this far! It feels like something heavy is lifted off my chest and it makes me happy! xoxo

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Working towards a better cook at home.....

I have been hit by the cooking lately and if you are following me on Instagram, you would have noticed that my feed is currently all about food (besides Abby of course).

The reason I am being active in the kitchen is because my MIL injured her knee a while back and cooking is an impossible task for her right now. But she's doing fine and recuperating at home while I temporary took over the kitchen. It may seem like a daunting task, juggling between work and rushing home to cook every day, even on weekends. I used to cook occasionally but never on a daily basis so I surprised myself when I say I enjoy it.Yep, I really do :)