Friday, May 25, 2012

Time for a change

I'm stepping away from my usual dramatic-ism and getting straight to the point - I've moved! Well, in the midst of moving to the new blog. So please bear with me while the blog is under construction. It will still be Lia though, at C'est Lia. :) 



Saturday, January 7, 2012

How to Create a Name Banner for Jenny

Or for Alice. Or Desiree.

Ok, I don't know an Alice or Desiree. But if you do and would like to create a name banner for them just like how I did for my friend Jenny, here's how!

First, here's the list of items I used on this banner besides my adhesives: Mixed Scallop Triangle Banner Album, Bubblegum Metallic Mist, Glitters (Pink, Cherry Red, Iridescent and Sea Green), patterned papers, New York Lowercase Alphabet, Butterfly Chipboards, Die Cut Kraft Doilies, Vintage Pearl Trinket Pins, Leaves, buttons, paper flowers, Sizzix-ed 3-D Fringed flowers, Prima crystal swirls, self-adhesive pearls.

Let's begin creating our Jenny banner!

1. Mist the scalloped edges of your Banner Album pages with Bubblegum Metallic Mist (or any color that coordinates with your glitter color). Glitter the scalloped edges after mist has dried. Set aside pages to dry/set.

2. Paper the straight-edges pages with patterned paper.

3. Glitter your chipboard alphas with Maya Road's Iridescent glitter. After dried, mat each alpha on cardstock.

4. Glitter your Chipboard Butterflies. ps: Maya Road's Cherry Red and Sea Green glitters are my absolute-st fav glitter colors, if you haven't already noticed.

5. Begin assembling each straight-edged page that was papered earlier. Begin with a base of Maya Road's Kraft Doily (cut half here), a Sizzix fringed flower, Leaves, glittered Butterfly Chipboard and a glittered Alpha. I love that Sizzix flower because you can embellish the centre with anything! Here, I pulled out my jar of buttons and layered some on top of each other. Lurve!

6. Add some paper flowers to fill out the empty spaces.

7. Add some bits of Prima crystal swirls and self-adhesive pearls on the glittered butterfly. Push a Trinket Pin into the fringed flower.

8. Once you are happy with your assembly, pop up your embellished page on a glittered scalloped edge page.

9. Embellish each page using the same materials with slight variations. For Jenny's banner, some pages used whole Kraft Doilies, some had one Chipboard Butterfly while others had two. A little variety makes an interesting banner.

10. Join finished pages using ribbon bows and hang up completed banner to enjoy!

 So that's how you make a Jenny banner! Or a Jasmine banner like this one here.

Oh if you'd like a great deal on a Maya Road Mixed Scallop Triangle Banner Album, all the Maya Road stuff in my Scrapbook Stash for Sale are going at a one-for-one offer. And yes, I have a couple of those Banner Albums (Item MR141) there too!

I hope you've enjoyed the above tutorial!


ps. Of course you can recreate above steps for any name. Not just Jenny, Alice or Desiree. lol.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A Blossom-y Name Frame

During the long Christmas weekend, I spent a day clearing out my stash of alterables. I was resolved to be ruthless in getting rid of things I've been hoarding with the intention to alter. It included cheeseboards, wreaths, shadowboxes, even frames.

I rediscovered this pink frame during my clearing session and thought I should gift it to someone instead of keeping it. But kinda weird tojust give an empty frame to someone right? So I decided to create a blossomy frame for Siew's daughter, Jesmin. Don't you just love the spelling of her name? This frame is similar to the one I created for the Maya Road DT Blog some time back.

Siew was so in love with the frame, she asked 'but how do I preserve it? It's got to stay intact till Jesmin brings it off with her when she gets married!' Umn ok ... give this Aunty Lia a chance first yeah, Jesmin can deal with her PSLE exams in the meantime. lol. I have funny friends, I tell ya.

Oh on the subject of clearances, remember that today is the last day for you to enjoy 50% off everything in my Scrapbook Stash for Sale! Orders need to be in my inbox by 2359 tonight!

I'll be back soon with a mini-tutorial of Jenny's Name Banner. Yep, I'm all about names these days. :)


Monday, January 2, 2012

Hello 2012!

That sounded more excited than I actually feel about the new year. Apologies ... but the pensive end of year feeling just hasn't left me yet. My mood will pick up, I'm sure. I only have 363 days for that to happen. :P

It's time to jot down my January Bucket List, though honestly I am not feeling particularly determined nor confident of achieving anything this week. What more in a whole month. Oh well. I'm seriously not the best company to have around these days.

Lia's January 2012 Bucket List
In random order
  • Reopen my Etsy store
  • Finish reading two books
  • Have two Starbucks drinks per week = 9 drinks this month
  • Finish Maya Road CHA projects and photograph
  • Send off Maya Road CHA projects
  • Purchase new containers to organize my shoes
  • Put up Blythes for sale
With the CHA-W show happening this month, I am feeling the pressure so I do expect my waking hours thinking and working on my assignments. I'd probably spend my sleeping hours dreaming of them too. lol.

In case you are curious, here's how I fared on my (extremely) ambitious December Bucket List.
  • Decide on a workout programme.
  • Buy a new camera. I'm now the owner of a white Sony NEX-5N.
  • Clean out my wardrobe and remove clothes that are absolutely not presentable. Including fugly underthings.
  • Put up my Embellishment Tags on clearance sale. They are here.
  • Finish reading two books. Well, sort of. I only finished one book this month - Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates.
  • Organize my shoes
  • Buy new contact lenses + eyeglasses See my new glasses here.
  • Meet up with my bestie to see her with a belly bump! 
  • Visit the dentist
  • Visit the gynae
  • Change the lights in the car
  • Celebrate Jasmine's 30(+1) birthday! Here!
  • Take a daily photo with new camera
  • Edit pictures of Blythes for sale
  • Commisioned crafting: Wedding Frames cluster Frames here.
  • Assignment crafting: 5 Maya Road CHA projects
  • Casual crafting: Frame(s) for Gerl's parents, Frame(s) to add to Ling's wall cluster. Here and here.

Till the next post, tata.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Name Banner for Jas(minah)

lol that typo was on purpose. This banner is for my good friend, Jasmine! She gave herself that nickname Jasminah for herself ... cos you know, she's such a Minah. And I'm an Amoy. :P

We each are planning on hanging our name banners at our workstations, and we're going to rope our friend Jenny in to do the same ... cos us NOL PAs gotta stick (and show off) together. lol.


If you'd like to know how I made this banner, hang around - I'll be doing a sort of step-by-step of the banner I made for Jenny. If you want to, of course. :)

Oh, three of us celebrated Jas' birthday this month - we had cute ballooons, yummy cookies and we gifted Jas a set of Biotherm skincare. Yes, I want to convert everyone to a Biotherm user. lol. Jenny took this picture for us and when I looked at it, I asked Jenny why didn't she warn me about showing off too much of my chest. She replied 'never mind lah, they're too big to hide.' ROFL! I have funny friends, and I'm so thankful. :)


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Couple of Family Frames

As mentioned in my previous post, here are a couple of frames I altered for my bestie Ling and her family.


I luuuurrvvee that Kaiser mdf LOVE sentiment I glittered red. It looks so ... luxurious! :)

I thought I was done with altering stuff for the family but you know what ... I might just make a couple more!

Till the next time.


Monday, December 26, 2011

For Kyan and Charlotte

One of my besties, Ling wanted to decorate her kids' room and requested that I make some stuff for the room. I of course said yes! Who would say no to these adorable kids. Kyan and Charlotte, these are especially dedicated to you from Aunty Lia

Warning: pictures overload!



I also did this set of mini frames for these cuties. Doesn't Kyan look so cute in those glasses!


I'll be back with a few frames for Ling's family portraits. :)


Saturday, December 24, 2011

A Cluster of Wedding Frames

My friend Jasmine and her other pals wanted to gift a special gift for another friend Elaine who is registering her marriage today - congrats Elaine!

While she requested for one altered photo frame, I suggested 'why not a cluster of frames?' ... you know how excited I get with frame clusters - can't get enough of them! I was so thrilled when Jasmine entrusted me with this special gift for her friend and I got to working on three frames for the happy couple.

First is a shadowbox - with a very lurvely glittered Love piece on top.


Next is a name frame of the couple - this is a very blossom-y piece with lots of my favorite flowers. I think we all need some spring colors to brighten up this dreary weather we've been having!


Lastly is a frame of their very special date!


Congratulations again Elaine and thanks Jas & friends for letting me be a part of this special day!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

A Giveaway ... and a Very Handmade Sale!

I'm back as promised! A couple of things to address today. :)

First, I dug out the box of handmade goodies I meant to relist on Etsy ... from like 10 months ago? yikes. So again, as we are approaching the end of 2011, I'd like to let these handmade goodies (made with much tears and blood - no sweat) go at slashed prices. So if you've been eyeing a pretty metal bottlecap embellishment tag or framed ATC on Organised Clutter, this is the time to get them. Once they're gone, they.are.GONE.

Each Metal Bottlecap Embellishment Tag is going at S$8, while Framed ATCs are S$10 each. Details are available on the Handmade Goods Sale page.

Next with the season of giving and sharing reaching a peak in 4 days, I'd like to give away one Metal Bottlecap Embellishment Tag to a special someone. If you would like a chance to win below Tag, let me know how you are celebrating this very festive season. I myself will be spending it at home with my loved ones. Just being together and enjoying each other's company. Wouldn't that make any time of the year festive? :)

So I will be announcing the winner of the above Tag next Monday, 26th December. If you'd like to purchase one for yourself in the meantime, remember they are on my Handmade Goods Sale page.

The 50% discount of my Scrapbook Stash for Sale is still going on! So grab your favorite supplies while they last. That gallery might not be available anymore after 4th January!

New things are coming up for Organised Clutter in 2012, and I can't wait to share them with you!