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