Sunday, November 08, 2015

Sponsor in October Digi Files!

October Digi Files
I'm very honored and happy to be back as a Sponsor in October's The Digi Files! The Daily Digi has been a great partner and also resource for me, Steph, Janet, Katie and Wendy are such wonderful ladies who have given me opportunities, taught me a lot, and do a great job there. I'm subscribed for years to The Digi Files myself - a great value to try out lots of different designers and styles! In fact, if you look closely, most of my monthly P365 layouts uses embellishments from that month's Digi Files - I tend to use the latest kits as soon as I get them :)

This is my contribution to this month's Files:
Also check out the other awesome designers sponsoring this month!
This set coordinates with set 449 that is a subscribers' only freebie. 
Next month both kits will be in the store. 
Travel layout template
Mini Travel Album template

I haven't posted these layouts, so here they are:
Taipei 228 Memorial Museum (journaling reads):
today we visited the Sun Yat Sen memorial in the morning, and then the 228 museum which remembers the 228 masacre incident in Taiwan’s past. So much to understand about this part of their history. Both haunting and touching, and leaves you wandering how it could have been different. In the afternoon we visited the SunHo paper museum where we got to try our hand at making paper taught by this sweetest young lady. Perfect day!

MaoKong (journaling reads):
This day started with a thrilling ride over 4 km and up 300m in a clear bottom gondola. We scared each other silly and played our scenic taidi challenge all the way. At the hilltop is the  tea plantation village with quaint tea houses and lots of walks. But first the boys were cold and craving for cup noodles which we had in the seven-eleven! We stopped for local goodies and later after our walk had another sumptious late lunch/tea at a beautiful teahouse, that’s what you do at Maokong! 

Huashan 1914 Creative Park and Red House :
Huashan park was  an old factory converted to art park, the Taiwanese have loads of indie/independent creative talents and their designs are cool and interesting! We also visited SongShan part and it is full of the same. Later I found this exhibit in the Red House at XiMenDing which chronicled the history in which the  RedHouse has gone through, from being a market, and community centre, factory, Japanese headquarters, to it’s present day gig as a artsy hangout, just what I love!
Travel photobook

Miniatures' Museum: 
The boys did one for this mama by visiting this miniatures museum with me. It was delightful! Full of dollhouses that were historical, not to mention beautiful and amazing to detail! They represented various ages from 1800s to present, and depicted daily life of working class and the rich, street scene, and also historical homes! What a collector’s dream and so wonderfully preserved. Totally amazing !
Travel photobook

 We booked all our accomodations through AirBnB this time, and it was great! Much cheaper than to check four of us into two hotel rooms, and we get to have more space, living area and sometimes being located in fantastic locations. We are Air-BnBing for all our trips from now on!
Travel photobook

Taiwan Album
No matter how many times this has happened, I'm over the moon every time a new photo book arrive in the mail. My Taiwan Shutterfly photobook arrived this week!
And I made a video flipping through to show you all the pages 
I made a blunder in the album - can you spot it?
Hint: It's towards the end of the video :)

I just love how the cover turned out!!
The cover template is a free download - check right sidebar for the link.
Travel layout template
Now for a closer look at the pages inside. 
Travel layout template
Everything popped against the black background!
Travel layout template
How I prepare double pages for printing
Now I know some printers offer lay flat books, and Shutterfly offers a feature where you upload double pages as is and they do the splitting, but I have not tried them myself. So I just want to share how I prepare these double page layouts for printing. For more information you can also refer this post.Printing Double Pages on Shutterfly
This is the original double page on my computer.
Here you see I have adjusted it by moving the photos/elements/words, and created a 2 cm gap between the elements on the left and right sides
Then the page is cut up to (saved separately as) left page and right page for uploading to Shutterfly. This is to give allowance for the part of the page that will fall into the middle of the book - the gutter. Once the book is bound the allowance will ensure the elements do not get cut from view and will appear nicely laid out. You may need to do similar adjustments with other printers if it is not a lay flat book. 

And this is the same page printed!

Did you spot the blunder I made?
Well it was in the spine: It wasn't until I got it back and my friend pointed it out.
December 2015???!! It's okay, we had a good laugh :)

Double Page London Pages
I continue to chug on with my 'artsy quirky' themed London album. It's a great joy coming back to it every month. I had more time this month and spent longer playing with them. Especially the Churchill War Rooms page below:
The Churchill War Rooms: (Journaling reads:)This was a highlight of our trip for sure. 
A massive underground office that was used for 6 years during the war. Heard interviews of old people who worked here then - wow war is real. There was the Map room - lots of maps all over the wall - many pin holes especially over the Atlantic Ocean where the naval ships were  trying to avoid German Bombers. The phones, many typewriters, old ways of communicating - so tough! We loved the audio guides that included speeches and diary entries of Churchill and his commanders. At the CHurchill museum - we were fascinated - he was quite a man. We enjoyed a moving digital display of the Ups & Downs of his career - and one of the falls was the Fall of the fortress of Singapore! His quotes were awesome - what wit and foresight and wicked humour! I liked that he was devoted to his wife & family, saying the most brilliant thing he did was “to persuade my wife to marry me.”  We bought a book of his quotes at the shop home. A most brilliant time getting to know this great man in this historical war rooms of the WWII. 
London travel page
London Churchill War Room Layout
Wallace Collection: This is a Museum of the collections (Biggest single family collection) from 5 generations of the Wallace family. We zoomed in on the amazing collection (one of the best in the world) of Armoury. Of course the boys especially Ryan was super impressed. There were so much armoury - from Indian, Chinese, Japanese, to lots of Medieval. They were huge and heavy and massive. How do they fight in them? There was even a complete horse armour! Even the chainmail was impressive up close (to me). Definitely worth the trip!
London travel page
The Monument: It’s built by Sir Christopher Wren to remember the great fire. The height it lied down, is directly to the bakery shop from which the fire started! The view is almost completely taken over by newer buildings now. How did they build something like this? It’s the tallest pillar-like observation tower in the world it seems. We even got a certificate each for the climb!
London Travel Page
Covent Gardens: What great atmosphere here - lots of buskers, music, especially loved the quintet, magic, jugglers, ... markets and shops were nearly closed, but still squeezed some shopping out of it - got a chopping board and some star wars weapons playing cards! 
London travel page
These set of four templates are available in the store Thanks for looking!

Free Sample Templates
And these are the first and last pages in my album. First page includes a map with where we covered in Taiwan, photos or grandma sending us off in the airport.
Last page covers the photo of Daddy using his now lost camera (along with all the photos he took on the trip) - and the accompanying story.
And here are templates 467 and 468 for you to play with!

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

August in Pictures

Yep, I talked it over with Oprah. 
Lol. Confession: photo taken at Madam Tussaud's Singapore in August. 

The whole of Sept I have been enjoying listing with the community doing the 30 Days of List Challenge. And the above is  just one of them. You can see all my lists if you follow my Instagram account yin_dgs. 

It's just so enjoyable and wonderful to take a bit of time daily to jot down a list that represents journaling of a part of me. It's interesting asking my family to chip in too. Like for the prompt 'How I stand out from the crowd' - Jared commented that 'but mummy you live in the middle' (as opposed to living on the edge) - He reads me well! I do tend to try to blend in rather than stand out! 

On a day to day basis, I  have taken to using Word Swag app to document them. These will probably be added to the album I'm building. For which I'm using templates sets 262 and 451 to turn into layouts like this:
The list reads:
Our Love Story
Raising our boys
Our stories of God's amazing Grace
Our shoe-string travel adventures
The Lord is our Shepherd
Working part time for 11 year in my banking career
Serving in the youth ministry

Have you thought about what your biography might include?

August Project Life Pages

Long days at work until recently meant I have only just completed my August pages. August was a full month. It was Singapore's SG 50 Jubilee celebrations. And my birthday too :)

First I started the month by updating the August card digitally. Find the download here if you are interested. 

In August DH's school had a Family Day where we could go visit, check out their brand new facilities and get a 'window into his everyday!'
He took me around with a Polaroid camera. And when we were done we went to one of the planned activities - Scrapbooking!!I got to complete a physical page on the spot with our Polaroids! I can't describe what a great morning that was. Here's the layout. 

I have so much fun making a physical page that I realised looked just like my digital ones, haha! Just for fun I decided to create it into a template  :)

Another highlight in August was the Singapore Symphony Orchestra concert we attended together, our first with the boys actually. It was one of their popular series playing music by Joe Hisaishi, mostly written for Ghibli films. 

Sadly a very dear friend of mine went home to the Lord in August. I printed the eulogy I wrote for her, and inserted it behind one of the cards as part of the way I am remembering her in my PL.

On my birthday because we had two free tickets we decided to make it a family outing with my mom and brother to Madam Tussauds. It was a really fun couple of hours!
There were  our political leaders, and local celebrities amongst the who's who. Even the boys who were grumbling before we went, admitted they enjoyed themselves.

August Half - Monthly Pages

And finally, two spreads that make up a photo a day for August. These are from my 365 template sets, #290. I'm still using graph paper as background, and have starting using borders to speed up the process. Black titles seem in vogue :)
Lots of everyday life here. Every bit makes me happy. And so thankful.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

What I would do if I knew I couldn't fail

At this point in my life, with the looming empty nest, my list of What I would do if I knew I couldn't fail reads:
Run an Air BnB home for travelers
Set off on Round the World in a year adventure
Switch to second career

It was fun to think and dream! This was part of my 30 Days of Lists challenge that started on 1 September. I am really enjoying it, and this time I am posting and sharing on Facebook (private group) and Instagram, You can see my other lists on Instagram under user name yin_dgs

Each day I use the Wordswag app to do up my list like the one above. Gradually I am converting them (selected ones) into digital layouts like this one below, for printing into a book (!)

Last weekend I had some time and decided to adapt my template 372 into a 12x12 layout for the List on My Pinterest Boards below. Cool right? You can follow me on Pinterest (User name yin100) here

London Pages
And now for latest completed pages of London!
These four pages are some of my favorites yet! They are of the days we spent wandering the Southbank and the West End, Picadilly area - not to mention queuing for half price tickets and catching two west end shows! Guess which ones we caught?

All of these layout templates are found in the Store.

Taiwan Album
And I have completed my Taiwan album!! Here's the cover which is done in the same style as all the pages in the book.  Including the black background. 

And if you like this style, here's the cover as a template, and also as a 12x12 layout page.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

My Lists!

This is List prompt #14 from March 2011 and I chose to write what I love about having boys. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to have daughters. But God chose to bless us with two boys and I don't know motherhood in any other way! From my current perspective as mom to 16 and 18 year old boys, this is what I love about Having Boys:
Learning and Enjoying Boys' Stuff
Being Pampered as the only 'helpless' girl in the family
Having minions to carry all the heavy stuff
Matter of Fact and Non-emotional approach - we don't beat around the bush here!
I get the truth for every question I ask!
The lack of shopping desire and options = Money saved!

Today is the #30 Lists Blog Hop and everyone is picking a list from the Mar 2011 edition to show what we have done with it. The next 30Days of List Challenge is about to begin on 1 Sept and it is a simple challenge of making a list a day for 30 days. List prompts are given and with the community listing and sharing, it's fun and motivating to list along!! You can find out more and sign up here!
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And check out the other sponsors and ambasssdors' lists in the Blog Hop following the links below: All of these ladies have awesome ways they capture their lists - amazing mini books, journals, art-journals!

Or you can check out this Facebook post where everyone else is linking in their list from March 2013 for more ideas.

I have been participating in the Challenge since 2013, and am excited to join in as a sponsor this round! I have loved my lists as they are a great way for me to have some journaling and my thoughts captured. Until recently the lists were sitting in my PL or in my phone. Now I have a wonderful project idea! To put them into layouts and collate and print into a Mini Book of my Lists! I'm enjoying this so much! Revisiting my lists and finding photos and putting them together.

I am using templates from Yin Templates 262 Album Set and a new Album Set 451 that I'm sponsoring for all registered participants. Also using Backgrounds from Kaye Winiecki .
  Here are some layouts I have done:

Everyone should capture their mini manifesto! How I wish I have this captured every few years over the last twenty! Would be so interesting to see how things have changed! Well this was from Mar 2013 and they are still true for me now.

Yes these are the ways I save money. 
How do you?

This was a fun list. When I turned forty, I became much more health conscious and started loving salads and healthy choices, but some things never change!

One item on this list made my hubby laugh out loud. On an average day, I ask him to help with some thing. Or other. Or many others. Haha!

These are very special people in my life. They have qualities I admire because these are what I lack.

This list could go on and on!

July Project 365 - Half Monthly in Reivew Pages

Here are my July Month in Reivew layouts. I'm up to date! These layouts are from Template Sets 317 and 290. I've been doing this since 2012 and you can see how I put them into my project life albums here and here. 

I love how I can quickly see what we have been up to every month. I don't always have a photo everyday, so I substitute with movie posters, double up photos from weekends when I have more time to take pictures, I don't sweat it. 
You can see I've been to the gym, Jared has been sick, We've been watching movies, eating out with my mom, dressing up for costplay and Racial Harmony day!

More meeting up over meals, an old photo of our oldest when he was a baby shared between us parents recently, a photo of Jared in school sent by his teacher, the drowning of my iphone 5 (gasp!)

July Project Life Pages
And here are my July Project Life pages.
I find stories that I want to tell in more detail and capture them in PL. I tried printing from home this time round. We had bought a Canon MG5670 and the quality was awesome!! ( the photos here are a far cry from the actual as I had to take them in low light before leaving for work). 
It was definitely more flexible and I could plan my inserts as I went along. But it took longer and was costlier than printing at our local photo developing place. We'll see!

Made my own month starting card. That's hubby and the beloved puppets for kindie Sunday School that he has been doing for like ten years. Added packaging from linen blankets we got from Etsy that we are loving 

That's my mom and me in a photo I love. And then there are these at home shots that are really how we work and relax at home. The stuff of everyday that makes me happy. 

And a page from the afternoon spent at CostFest. My boys enjoy this a lot due to their love for Anime. They look cool! I can't really understand the fascination but we can see that the young people there enjoy a camaraderie and there is much mutual admiration and not competition. A spirit of fun and acceptance makes it great!

Free Month Starting Cards

I've used the July Month starting card in this month's PL. And completed the rest of the year's months too. Scroll down to download the July to Dec cards. Jan to June cards can be downloaded here.
You can change the colors to fit your page and decorate them like I did using digital or physical elements!

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