Friday, October 23, 2009

geek+scrapper radar = ...

A girl can never have enough of everything... hahah. So I applied my geeky+scrapaholic radar the other day and found a whole load of scrumptious/scrapalicious goodies out there! Now, only if I have the money to purchase all of them...

In the meanwhile, I guess drooling is the only way out to satisfy my "hunger" for these. :D

Danielle Thompson's "Handle with care" label stickers for all these polaroid cameras. It totally didn't help at all that I have the EXACT same pink polaroid that is pictured in this above paragraph (too bad the film for it is already discontinued. :[ ) I bet it will look so darn cute!

Cosmo Cricket's "Girl Friday" fabric designs. I already love the designs on papers itself... and I think I will love them more even now that they're on fabric too! I really dig the mixed alpha design! :D

All these embellishments from evalicious are just too flippin' gorgeous! I bet they will look as cute as a button on some of your scrapbook pages. ;) I think I am gonna order some right now! There are also other gorgeous designs from evalicious. :)

I need either one of these journals from The Little Pink Studio desperately. :P They're just too flippin' cute and I would love to write something in them. The quotes on the cover of each journal are so meaningful as well. Also, not to mention that the colours look so gorgeous as well... *drools somemore*

These cameo silhouettes from Webster Pages are way too gorgeous. I am sucker for anything pretty and this just speaks to me! Can't wait for this to hit my LSS asap! :D They just look so vintagey-pretty. :)

I still desperately wish for the Aug'09 kit of it's just so pretty but too bad I missed it. It was sold out by the time I checked on the site... curse the fact that I cancelled my subscription earlier on in Jan this year. :( If anybody still have this kit and wishes to sell it, do drop me a note! I will be happy to take the kit off your hands. :)

This whole gift wrap set from hooraydesignshop@etsy is gonna looks like it will be making packaging mails a whole load easier and prettier as well. It also looks like it can be easily altered into something delicious. :)

I hope you've been drooling over these goodies as much as I did! They're all awesome eyecandy! :D

On a sidenote, I haven't been having much luck with challenges/contests/pub calls these days, everything I submitted didn't seems to win anything... oh well, a girl can dream right?! Haha, but since I expected "failures" from entering these contests (especially with a horde of talented scrappers around), this doesn't come as a surprise anymore! Oh well, fingers crossed for whatever contests I am gonna take part in next time... :P

Sigh, I have about $587USD worth of scrapbook goodies in my cart over at TwoPeas. So tempted to check out but I know that I do not have the financial ability to afford them right now. :P Even with the $20 gift cert I won from a weekly challenge at TwoPeas sometime before... I need to start crackin' those lazy bones inside me and start working now. :)
Doesn't help that I've been spending a lot at all my local scrapbooking stores these days... I looked into my bank account and realized I have spent approximately $300SGD (it should be about $200USD when converted) on scrapbook goodies in these 2 months... oh well, I really need to start working on practising self-control next time and also resisting temptation... but those goodies are just screaming for me to look at 'em! :( Thanks god that I have friends who are sucker for scrapbook goodies like I do (or pretty stuff in general, haha), I am able to let go of some of my goodies (and earn some quick cash in return) when I start to purge some of my scrapbook stash (and also destash my room at the same time). Wow, that's like killing more than 2 birds with just one stone! :P
I am kinda sick of this look on my blog, and I might make some drastic changes to it soon... look out for it! :D Also on the "makeover" note, I am trying very hard to destash my scrapbook stuff and my room in general (yes, I am not as lucky as some of you out there who has a personal scrapbook room. I sleep where I scrap, lmao! :D), so you might want to look out for another giveaway soon. I need to get myself an inspiration board soon as well (saw a cute one recently at a houseware store... but a hefty price tag of $50 accompanied it.. so I am currently having second thoughts on them)... inspirations always come knocking on random timings but those thoughts always escape my mind. :(

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Food... & breakfast.

Cardstock: American Crafts
Alphas: American Crafts
Papers: American Crafts
Stickers: K&Company, 7 Gypsies
Ribbon: K.I. Memories
Flowers: Prima Marketing

[EDIT/23.10.2009: Details added now :D]

Okay I think I've to admit it. I am not perfect. I am a major photoshop nut. :D But not to the extent of mortifying myself on that program. I did tweak the layout above using Photoshop... and I might have went a wee bit too far with the brightness and contrast tools... which explains why my doily lace (guess what I got it from - improvise, people, I got it from a local diner... they must be thinking what was a teenage girl doing/thinking by asking for something like... doily lace. That is one big syndrome of being a scrapaholic) look so vague compared to the rest of the page.

Other than that, I also added typed journalling to the page on Photoshop. Then I printed the extra copy out and snuck it on the backside of the layout protector that lies inside my scrapbook album. :D I wanted to try printing on the cardstock itself but given my clumsy nature, I will mess it up for sure, and therefore, I didn't attempt doing so, heh. :D
Well, technique-wise, I played on major tone-on-tone (white on white in this case) in this layout! I think the effect that came out was pretty cool! :D

Now on to the journaling.. it says:
{Sometimes all we have to do is to just sit back and enjoy the first meal of the day heartily and happily... too bad I always miss out on them. I need to learn to be more appreciative in the future and start to enjoy the meals!}

Well, to be honest, when I was 5... I was a chubby lil' kid because of my large appetite. Chocolates were my preferred choice of food, as with every other young kiddo. :P I even have some photos to prove the above fact! But, when I was reaching 6/7, I don't know why, but my appetite took a major downturn. I hated eating. I had a sudden disgust and distaste for all food around me. Even all the chocolates that I loved before got affected as well. The sight and thought of food and them going down my gullet/oesophagus just disgusted me. I felt like I could puke anytime and everytime food enters my mouth.

It disgusted me to the state that sometimes I could just survive on a spoonful of rice/noodles for a day (and of course, water). If they tried to force-fed me, I will just breakdown or break out into tears. At least, that's what my parents whined to me about. Well, of course, my parents were dead worried about whatever that had happened to me and brought me to see a doctor to get a proper diagnosis, but the doctor said I had some kind of psychological barrier that hindered me from eating and subduing my appetite (Honestly, I had no idea what I did or heard when I was 5... so don't ask me about the details either :P I tried to ask my parents but they couldn't remember either)

But I still remembered clearly that during those times, I really hated food. Nobody truly understood why I was reacting that way towards food all of a sudden. Actually, I didn't know it myself either. No matter how my parents tried to force-fed me, I just can't eat much. That whole condition lasted for a whole month (though it got better gradually by the day), until my appetite was back to that of a normal person, to say the least.

Now that I think of it, could I have gotten anorexia when I was 6? That still remains a question, and a mystery, but definitely not one that I am desperate to solve. Just let bygones be bygones. At least those days are over now... or else all the troubles I could have caused to people around me would be distratrous if that continued till today.

Luckily, my appetite was restored. But I don't know whether it was due to me growing up or something, sometimes skipping meals doesn't come as a surprise to me anymore. I could survive easily without eating a meal (but I will still eat whenever I have to) for the day, such as breakfast, or lunch. (I am forced to come back home everyday on time to have my dinner though, I guess my mom wouldn't wish to see her daughter turn from a human being to being a virtual skeleton)
Because of the fact that I practically have to rush to school every single day, I often skip breakfast. Of course, as a biology student (albeit not a good one :P), I am highly aware that it isn't a recommended option, because several fatal stomach/gastric conditions can occur out of this habit of mine.
But sometimes, life just get in the way isn't it? I am not exactly an expert at time management either. Well, at least now I am trying to get rid of this bad habit of mine and learn to have proper meals/diets for the whole day... instead of relying just what is required.

Breakfast is extremely important. They give you the necessary boost of energy to assist you in whatever that comes in your way for the rest of the day. That probably explains for my restlessness in all of the days that I didn't take my breakfast. :D

On a sidenote, I am a huge fan of MacDonalds' Hotcakes breakfast meal. It's just simply divine when matched with maple syrup. Can you tell I have a sweet tooth yet? :P

Also submittted this layout for a challenge on American Crafts! Hopefully that gives me a chance to win some of the new Letterbox *AC's newest line that is just way too gorgeousssss* goodies.

Trust me, nobody would ever resists those pretty thickers...

(And it comes in my favorite texture ever - Fabric! :D)

I call myself a major thicker fan. I think I still have at least 10 packs of them left unused... don't even get me started on those that have been used! :P

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Just dropping by!

I am aware that I practically left my blog to isolation.... haven't been updating much, haven't I? it has been a month since I last updated and I sincerely apologize for the lack of updates on my blog, just that my scrapping activity isn't as active as before, which explains for the lack of scrap content to see on this blog. :(

Life has been taking a toll on me and I promise to be back soon with a whole load of photos (together with plenty of stories to share... :D) and hopefully my blogging as well as scrapping frequency will be back to normal as soon as possible. For those who're curious about the previous blog post or already knew about what I posted, rest assured that I have got over it.... in fact, really easily. Like just within 1 day of writing that blog post.

That said, when people say that words are a good form of relieving your stress, they ain't kidding. It's a no-brainer as to why so many people are turning to blogging as their source of platform to relieve their stress off.

That said, I shall leave you guys with a little inspiring quote I spotted:

"Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action."

- Benjamin Disraeli

I am most certainly working on that. :D

Friday, September 11, 2009

Losing it...

Some things are better left private. ;)

If you've already read this post earlier... thank you for reading.
If you haven't... perhaps its best that you don't read it. :P

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Giveaway winner(s) hereeee!

Okay... :) Time for the announcement for the giveaway winner(s)! :) Yes you saw that right! More than one winner because I am generous like that, okay just kidding. :P But yes, there is more than one winner!

First up, I shall announce the winner for the $25 gift cert to be used on Twopeas!

IS..... NO. 32!

which means... you, ANN! (it was really easy to count the 32nd comment from 35 comments, lol!)

Ann said...
Cool prize down here! :) Hope you win the Prima contest!

Congratulations Ann! Please get in touch with me at ohmyshermin[NOSPAM] to receive your spankin' $25 gift cert. :)

Well, I felt bad and also tried to generate a few more numbers to each receive a $5 gift cert at from me. :) So I generated 2 more numbers and guess who gets the treat? :)

28, and 12, COME ON UP!

Which means...

Blogger *Monica* said...
Wow, what an awesome giveaway! And so generous of you.
Happy 1000 posts!


Brittney said...

Wow, what a great prize. Who doesn't love shopping?! Congrats on the 1000 posts (and here's to another 1000!).

gets the additional $5 gift certificate over at Twopeas as well! I hope it's not too shabby! :D
Similiarly, email me at ohmyshermin[NOSPAM] so that I can "send" over your prize virtually as soon as possible!

(I still think my email address is very cool. I am a geek. Whatever. :D)

That's all for now! All giveaway winners, please email me as soon as possible to claim your prize! Thank you so much for all the kind wishes, votes, etc, etc! I will be off to check out the blogs of all those who commented and leave some sweet messages as soon as possible...

and yes, to another 1000th post! Working on it. ;)
Yes, am I fast or what? Just 15 minutes after the end of the giveaway and I already announced the winners. :D

My tribute back to the peas; kidding. ;) ***GIVEAWAY POST***

**** Boring nostalgic moment ******
(skip it if you find this kinda stuff boring :P but it's not too long anyway so hang in there!)

I've been scrapbooking since late 2007; honestly, I haven't really stopped, but I've breaks in between. I am a major geek, a really really really major one. I am practically glued to the computer 24/7 (though it seems like I've not been active in anything regarding scrapping online)... so its no surprise that the moment I discovered scrapbooking, I discovered TwoPeas too.

I dare not say that I've been a really active Pea.

Sometimes life just get in the way, and you can't expect me to post something on the Peas boards/gallery every single day... and yes it took me quite a bit of time to climb to the almighty 1000th post as a proud Pea, as each user on the message board is affectionately known as. Yes, I have reached the much coveted (okay, not really :P) 1000th post in one and a half year. I definitely wish for more to come. :) - Well, at least I am working on it right now!

I've gotten into small dramas in there before, I am sure every hobby has its fair share of dramas. but it's alright, the pros surely outnumbered the cons. I discovered some friends, as well as some amazing talents/inspirations on 2Peas, and thus, it's payback. :)

******End of boring nostalgic moment********
Yay, now congratulations to you for getting this far! :D

The giveaway....

I pretty much figured that since I live in Singapore, and if I want to send some yummylicious products overseas, the international shipping would probably have killed me; or the shipping costs would have outweight the costs of the goodies itself. That's not good, of course. :P

So, I shall display my inner geek instincts! :D

Instead of me choosing the products, why don't you choose it instead? Sounds good, no? :) And since I am trying to pay it back to the fellow peas who has brought me joy and inspiration in the midst of this hobby, why don't I just pay it back to the community? After much consideration on what I should put on as a giveaway... I finally realized the perfect solution.

A $25 gift certificate for you to shop at TwoPeas!

(Of course I would want to make the value of the gift certificate higher, but pardon me, I am just a struggling student/aspiring web designer who makes money online by designing websites for others - I am guessing I am pretty much an artistically inclined person :D $25 is probably the only spare cash I could afford at the moment - afterall, I already spent most of them away on buying products on Twopeas, yes, I am very guilty!)

So, you wanna ask how you could win that awesome, spankin' $25 gift cert huh? :) Well, let me tell you how... of course there's a few catch here and there, but trust me, nothing major/taxing going on!

To get a chance to win, you just have to do the following things:

- For one chance, you just have to leave a comment on this post.

- For two chances, you just have to blog about this giveaway on your blog and then leave yet another comment to tell me you've already linked me up. :) or be a follower of my blog, and leave a comment yet again so that I can include you in this giveaway (I might miss you if you didn't comment!).

- For three chances, do the above two, then vote for my entry (#4292) over at Prima's Summer Teen Contest 2009, (voting information can be found right there - deadline is on 28th August so you might want to vote fast in case you lose the opportunity to throw in another chance for the giveaway!) and then leave me another comment here yet again telling me that you've already voted for my entry! If you could leave a comment on the original blog post at prima as well!

- For four chances to win, do the above 3 and additionally, spread the word around on other boards as well, if you can! Do remember to leave a comment yet again, leaving me an URL to go check out what you wrote! :)

This giveaway will end on 30th August 2009, and the winner will be announced on this blog on the 31st! The winner will be selected through a random number generator!

This is my first time doing a giveaway and I hope it's not too shabby, of course, I would love to drop you guys some more love when I hit my 2000th post... 5000th post.... 10,000th post.... so on and so forth! :D But I am pretty sure that will be a long way ahead so this should do for now!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Good news! :D (edited with picture+more information :D)

Just wanted to drop a note here that I'm one of the top 10 finalists on Prima's teen contest! *screams in excitement* I'm really really honoured to be selected as one of the finalists, and would really appreciate any votes coming through to vote for me as the eventual winner. :)

If you've missed my previous blog posts, this is the layout that I submitted for Prima:

Entry #4292: All About Me:
AllAboutMeCopy4 by you.

Supplies List:
Patterned Papers: Creative Imaginations, Prima Marketing (photo frame)
Flowers: Prima Marketing's Trellis flowers in pink and white (awesome shades)
Embellishments: October Afternoon, Prima Marketing (Donna Downey's "love" canvas tag, paper rose made from Flirty little secrets patterned paper, rose rubon cut into half for use on the photograph and frame)
Alphas: American Crafts
Border/Others: Prima Marketing's Sew Cute stitched mulberry paper.

Journaling reads (It became too small when I resized it) :
"All about me: 15, a little meek, a little emotional and a wee bit too sensitive sometimes... but absolutely loved <3"

Please vote for me if you've the time! More information regarding voting can be found here! (You can also view the other amazing entries as well at the same time!) My entry no. is #4292 if you're wondering! Please feel free to vote for other deserving entries as well if my layout is not your desired choice! :D

More information on my layout can be found on a previous post on this blog!

Please do check my layout out and vote for me if you can/wish! Thank you so much and I really appreciate your effort in voting for me! :)

(This post is gonna stay up here until 28th August before I delete it! Updates should continue as usual! Please scroll below for my updates!)

xx Shermin :)