My Latest Layouts

Here are a few of my latest layouts. I wish I had more time to do them!

Ok, the following layouts are all from Captivated Visions using all her new releases!

Scared of Heights Layout

Covent Garden Layout


Here is my latest layout from Dunia Designs. This was the first time I’ve done a Year in Review and LOVED IT! I think I may have to go back and do a 2008 and 2009 Year in Review!

My 2010 Year in Review Layout


Well, that’s it for this week!

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Layout Friday is Here!

I’m loving Dunia’s stuff! Here’s another layout using her fun kit, ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’. It’s not my usual style, but it holds an important memory! Having said that, it was featured on the Gallery Standout Blog so I was over the moon! Made my day =) Thank you!

What Might Have Been...

Credits: ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ by Dúnia Designs and Studio Basic. Fonts: Corbel and Amelie

I’ve only been back a week since travelling for 3 weeks and I am exhausted! I am so tired all day and then wide awake at night! Can’t sleep. I would love to be using more of Rachel’s kits from Captivated Visions as they are divine, but I’m so tired I can’t get the energy! Even so, I did make the following layout yesterday using her new mini kit, ‘Home is Where the Heart Is’ and a template for her set ‘Captivated by Melissa – Layered Templates’. To be honest, I don’t even think I’m finished yet, I may tweak it a bit more at the weekend!

At the Eiffel Tower with Jenn

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Funky Layout Friday!

Here are my latest layouts! I’m a guest on Dunia Designs Creative Team for November and December so I get to play with some extra goodies =)

My first layout is using a fab Christmas kit by Captivated Visions called ‘Jolly Holiday’ and featuring my all-time favourite drink, the Starbucks Gingerbread Latte. Yummy!

Starbucks Gingerbread Lattes


Next is my first layout using Dunia’s collab kit, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and I made the layout without a photo and didn’t even realize it until I had finished! Fun!

Questions Layout


That’s pretty much it for this week. I’ve been travelling around France and the UK for 3 weeks with 120 of my students from Hong Kong, so scrapbooking has been somewhat left unattended to =) I’m back home in Hong Kong now and SERIOUSLY jet-lagged, so hopefully in a few days I’ll be back on my feet.



Jessica Sprague Certified Designer Blog Hop

It’s here! The official Jessica Sprague Certified Designer Blog Hop! Over 40 new digital designers have gotten together to give you one huge big treat – a ‘Christmas Treasures’ mega kit! This is one stop on your hop around the blog train. My part of the kit is at the bottom, but I thought I would include the previews of the entire mega kit to show you what you’re all getting! Below are the elements and paper previews (*drool*!)

Christmas Treasures Elements Preview


Christmas Treasures Paper Preview

Now, I originally had wanted to do a full kit myself for you all, but life got in the way. Infact, I am presently sitting on my bed in a room in London with 120 students from Hong Kong that we have come over with for a 3-week Study Tour that has included France (Normandy and Paris) and the UK (London, Ashford, Oxford, Canterbury etc.). I have spent the last four nights in a different hotel each night and I’m exhausted. So, to cut a long story short, I only had time to do a little something for the blog hop. I ADORE the spotted glitter papers and hope you enjoy them too! I’ve also included a little glitter scatter, which is always good, and a few other little things. Here is the preview for my part!

Christmas Treasures Preview

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD IT DIRECTLY FROM MY BLOG (no 4shared or similar needed=)

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the kit!

YOUR NEXT STOP IS: Teresa Creech at


P.S. I just want to say a HUGE thank you to Lisa over at Sweet Sunshine Photography for putting this all together! Fabulous Blog Hop! Thank you!

Another Layout Friday

Hmmm, another Layout Friday? This just might become a habit =)

Here’s one layout using a layered template from Captivated Visions’ set entitled Inspired by Stephanie. The kit I used is Lil Spooks from SuzyQScraps.

CKY Trio

The next one is using another layered template from Captivated Visions – Inspired by Mycau, and I used the Lil Spooks kit again ’cause it’s just so stinkin’ cute!


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The Dreaded Photoshop Pen Tool

I have totally and utterly ignored the Photoshop and Illustrator pen tools. There was no need to make my life miserable trying to attempt using them! That all changed once I started to design. I would then look at the pen tool and admire people who could use it. No tutorial I ever took helped me understand it and I would just get more and more frustrated with it and give up.


This has now ALL changed, thanks to a tutorial I stumbled upon quite by accident. This has REVOLUTIONIZED my use of Photoshop and I thought I would share it with everyone, just in case there was anyone else out there like me! The tutorial is called, “Photoshop’s Pen Tool: The Comprehensive Guide” and it’s title is SO accurate! By the time you finish this quick tutorial you will be able to use the Pen Tool – you’ll still need lots of practice, but it will MAKE SENSE!!!


OK, so here is a screen shot of the tutorial. It’s basically a Photoshop file (so you’ll need Photoshop to run it) and when you open it you’ll need to zoom in closer so you can see the first letter clearly.

Photoshop Tutorial

It should look something like this. As you can see, it takes you step by step through how to create the letter P using the pen tool. You follow the directions and you’ll be able to do it super fast! It took me around 30 minutes. Once you do all the letters a few times, try clicking the instruction off and try doing it with just the coloured dot markers to help you. Then, try to do it without any markers! You’ll be amazed how fast you pick it up!

Tutorial Close-up

If you’re interested, head over to the tutorial site HERE and download it. You won’t be sorry! You will need Photoshop to use it. I should also mention that after you have tried out the Photoshop Exercise File, head back to the website as the author has included a LOT more information regarding the pen tool after the download – this will be most useful for you when you done the tutorial exercise file first!

Illustrator Tutorial

There is also a similar tutorial for Illustrator HERE by the same author and is very similar to this tutorial, except designed for Illustrator. The way the pen tool works in Photoshop and Illustrator is apparently slightly different. This is lost on me as I’m still learning how to use them!

Illustrator Tutorial Close-up

If you found the above tutorials useful, you may also find the “Illustrator Pen Tool Exercises” from Veerle’s Blog interesting. Very similar type exercises designed for Illustrator.

Illustrator Pen Tool Exercises

Well, that’s it from me today. Hope it was helpful!

Have a great weekend everyone!


Layout Friday

OK, so I don’t do layouts every Friday, but I figured I needed a better title than “More Layouts”! *lol*. Things have been SUPER busy and I sometimes wonder how I stay awake. Panic sets in that I haven’t even started things that have deadlines looming and I’m not finding the time I need to do my scrapbooking and designing. But then I figure 1 less hour of sleep never killed anyone – so why not!


I guess I should get onto my latest layouts! Here they are – all using Captivated Visions stuff, which is available over at Scrap Orchard. It’s lush stuff!

The Pollet

Bosco Memories


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Congratulations to the five winners of my Blog Train RAK! You have won my full kit, ‘Scrap n Stuff’ shown below. This full kit coordinates with the freebie that was posted on my blog train, so if you haven’t picked it up yet, you’ll want to do that by clicking HERE!

Scrap n Stuff Full Kit Preview

If you are one of the 5 winners and haven’t downloaded it yet, drop me an email and I’ll send you the links.


But don’t worry if you’re not a winner… I have a challenge!


If you would like to win the kit, all you have to do it grab my mini kit, make a layout with it, post it at DST and drop me an email with the link. You’ll get the full kit for free! The deadline for this is the 30th November ’10. Enjoy!

You can grab the mini kit HERE or by clicking on the mini kit preview below.

Scrap n Stuff Mini Kit Preview

Thanks again for playing! I hope you enjoy using the kit =)


Doodled Borders – Set 3 *freebie* {CU}

Now the blog train is over, things seem to have settled down and I’m back into my routine. While creating my full kit, I made these doodled borders. As there were too many of them, I decided to package up the left overs and create a freebie with them. So here they are… 3 hand doodled borders that have been created at 300dpi , approx. 12×12 inches and they are all .png files.

Doodled Page Borders Freebie - Set 3


I hope you enjoy using them!


Blog RAK Winners!

I thoroughly enjoyed my very first blog train. Lots of fun! Thank you everyone for all your support! And a big thank you to Kelly over at Simply Kelly Designs for organizing it. Loved it!

Scrap n Stuff Full Kit Preview

Anyway, it’s now time to announce the winners of my Blog RAK. The winners have been selected randomly from my list of comments using good ol’ I promised one kit for every 20 comments I received. So, by my count that’s 2 winners, and I figured why not make it 5 winners just to make it more fun!

Each winner will receive my ‘Scrap n Stuff’ full kit shown in the preview above!

So, here are the five winners of my very first full kit ever! ….drumroll… =)

1. Giggly Girls

2. ava-j

3. Demetria

4. Rene’

5. Meredith in GA

CONGRATULATIONS! I will be emailling you a link to the full kit very soon!

Thanks again everyone for a fabulous blog train. I loved every minute of it.