Friday, October 28, 2011

Die-cut Machines

Ever wonder why the shapes or designs are cut out neatly and uniformly in scrapbook and cards? Well, that is the power of die-cut machine. Of course the punches can be used as well. But die-cut machines have more designs and are bigger in size than punches. I would say you need to have both. :)

I found these Die-Cutting Machine reference charts on the internet today. It is extremely useful for those who are thinking of getting a die-cut machine for your scrapbooking or craft. In fact, some of the machines can be used to cut out fabric to make applique. You can download and compare the differences. But take note that not all are sold in Singapore.

In general, there are two types - manual and electronic. Mine is Epic Six.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention. You need die-cut templates to cut the shapes you want. Some templates can be used in various machines, especially those nesting dies.

My advice is to buy them when the stores are having sales. They can be quite expensive.

Drop me a note if you have any questions about die-cut machines.

Have fun!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Stick Together - You can always lean on me

Yesterday was my last scrapbooking class at Laine's Papeterie. Quite sad, but we did exchange our contacts and connected via facebook. Now, I have friends to share the shipping cost if we want to buy our scrapbook materials from USA. :) *clapclap*

With Ai Yen, Shirley (Instructor) and Siew Hong
At this last lesson, I did a two-pages layout. To me, it was challenging as I am more familiar with one page. (Actually it was the selection of photographes. Heh!)

I picked "Baby wearing" theme this time round. It showed different stages of me carrying Edna from 8 months to current. I used a sling when she was lighter and changed to Boba Baby Carrier to have better shoulders and back support. Now I can piggyback her to run errands and have both my hands free to carry other stuff. So far, I only know Boba brand allows you to carry your child on your back which I find it useful because of my daughter's height. Now, she can look at surroundings without my neck blocking her views. I bought at Baby Slings & Carriers at Square 2, in case you are interested to buy.

Two-page layout

Here are the individual pages. I think they are also good on their own. What do you think?

Page 1
Page 2

I like the quote - "You can always lean on me" very much. It matched my theme.

Matched "Baby Wearing" theme
Till then. :)

It is so interesting to have someone visiting my blog from countries that I have not heard before. This time, from Latvia. Hello there! :)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

First swim

I did this in my first SDU (Scrapbook Design University) class. I forgot to load this prior to the vintage one. :)

I decided to feature Edna's first swim, which was last year. Hee. She loves the pool and gets excited even when she saw on TV and newspaper. We have not been to the pool for weeks now, either she was sick or her parents were. Just hope we can bring her to the pool real soon!

She is cute, isn't she?

Friday, October 14, 2011

Vintage, anyone?

Just finished my scrapbooking lesson last wednesday. The theme of our class was vintage. To me, vintage is quite difficult to design as my surroundings are full of vibrants and colours. I have absolute NO IDEA and feared the worst!

I selected some pictures from my honeymoon in Paris. At first, I wanted to print on a brown craftpaper, but they turned out bad and the ink came off. Sigh! I have no time to develop them in serpia tone. No choice. I brought my original to class.

It turned out not bad, I would say.

Finished work in class
Cut out the Effiel Tower Photo
Some roses at the bottom

Then I added the title at the bottom after I came home from class. (No time to do it in class)

je t'aime

Here is my final piece of vintage work.

I don't mind doing another vintage now. :)

Friday, October 7, 2011

First ruffle sleeve top for her

I have always wanted to do dresses, tops, pants, skirts for my daughter. Friends will think that I procrastinate. Ya... in a way, ;p. I had too much distraction, watching dramas, reading comics, scrapbooking, playing with daughter, housework, etc... the list goes on.

The truth was I did not know where to start.

Seriously, I am bad at reading Chinese, not forgetting I don't know Japanese! (Japanese magazines have nicer designs) I have no teachers. I guess the only right thing I did was to buy fabrics. Hee.

Anyway, I did my research via the Internet. Found a simple tutorial at Sparkle Power. Candace did a fantastic tutorial of ruffle sleeve top for girls.

Here are what I did for 2T/3T size.

***Measurements for a 2T-3T:
Shirt body: 30 in x 13 1/2 in (76 cm x 34 1/2 cm)
Sleeves: 14 in x 3 1/2 in (35 1/2 cm x 9 cm)
1 inch Elastic for body: 21 inches (53 1/2 cm)
1/4 inch Elastic for sleeves: 9 1/2 inches (24 cm)
Measurements via
Dana of MADE ***

(Note: Full instructions via Sparkle Power.)

1. I picked this pokka dot fabric from my collection. Half yard will be good enough.

2. I sewed the bigger piece together first. Then I sewed my label at the back. This shot was taken after the thick elastic was inserted.

With my label
This is also good enough to be a tube top. :)

Back view without the sleeves. Taken while she was mesmorized by her youtube videos.

3. I did two ruffle sleeves. Look, I have inserted the thinner elastic bands on both.

4. Complete top.

And that's her. :)

So what do you think of my first top? Let me know. :)