MWL DT: Products I love & 12x12 Layout | Stay Lil'

Aida & I are on the MWL blog today!

How has the Chinese New Year been for you? Chinese New Year has always been one festive season I have loved since I was a kid. In the past, it used to be for the food and red packets, but it has much more meaning to me now. Seeing my nephew grow up over the years, I can't say how much it made me feel older. It is also this season where I see the other members of the family. Yes, it is a tiring affair, having to need to visit every single household in the family ( I have a large family of 7 households). But nothing beats the family bonding sessions and the jokes my uncles crack over a game of cards. 

Yes I love the CNY season, though now it means I have to give red packets. But I enjoy every visiting session and the laugher it brings.

Today on MWL blog, Aida and I are sharing our favorite products this week! 
I am inspired by a recent scrapbook basics class I taught recently in Made with Love and the beautiful products to come up with a layout. The pattern papers are from Amercian Crafts - Shimelle Little by Little Collection and the background is colored with Tim Holtz distress crayons.

Oh how I wished my nephew would stay forever little and always hugging me close like this. This sweet young man is always making my heart melt away.

First I started the page by doing some prep work. The white cardstock is primed with gesso, and later colored with Tim Holtz Distress Crayons. It helps to enhance the background cut piece which I laid behind my photo. Love the colors which fade below my background in unison.

Afterwhich, I have done quite a bit of fussy cutting, most of which was done on a bus ride. Well, I figured better doing fussy cutting than looking at the handphone in the 40 minutes of bus ride right? The hearts are sewn on with a sewing machine to the layout. 

I have also done some zig zag machine sewing to the matting of the background.

In that 40 minutes ride, I have also managed to fussy cut these critters! Ain't they super cute? (In fact, i did the fussy cutting for the entire 2 pieces of pattern paper on that 40 minutes bus ride) Was not sure which element I would use on my layout, but since I enjoy fussy cutting, I might as well prepare all for later use. Who knows? I may have another layout soon!

Here I layered the embellishments up around my photo. I used to fear writing on layouts since my handwriting is awefully square and small. But I realised over time that the writing is also part of documenting the story and I overcome the fear quite soon. In fact, I almost always insist on documenting on all my layouts, because it warms me to read it 5 years or 10 years down the road. 

Hope you like this layout, and inspires you to experiment with your own style. 

Supplies used from Made With Love Sg:
• American Crafts Shimelle Little by Little Collection
• Tim Holtz Distress Crayons

My second favorite product has to be the Simple Stories 6x8 paper pack.

It is versatile enough for use with almost anything! This size is wonderful!

Document your stories in the 6x8 Binder with the 6x8 paper pack. It is that simple. Life documentation need not be complicated. On another note, you will need this paper pack for home decor. Just use it as it is! I am looking forward to decorating my room soon with the collection!

Needless to say, the collections are taking my breath away. Faith and Domestic Bliss collections are now available in MWL. (Hang in there! Emoji love and Say Cheese III are coming to store really soon!)

Hope you have enjoyed the products so far, and keep feeling inspired for more crafting!

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