life after smidapaper

Having the shop was a joy! Into it I poured my creative soul, learning and growing and stretching. And looking back I am amazed at how people came to wherever we were, through the blog and word of mouth and how it all started with three cartons of scrapbooking supplies. I have seen so many people... Read More


summer manifesto

I first came across the idea of a summer manifesto on Ali Edwards blog last year, and I vaguely remember seeing an image of a huge blackboard with someone’s summer manifesto written on it, but I can’t remember where. Haha. So what is a manifesto? Well, it’s kind of a declaration,... Read More


Project Life in an empty nest

Most of my friends in Penang have small children. When I used to live in KL the people I hung around with, mostly, had kids about the same age as mine. Hmm, I should get some older friends. So anyway, when I get together with the ladies and they start talking about elementary school issues and so... Read More


hello June, hello Summer!

I know we have summer weather every single day but I’ve gotten used to celebrating summer since Sarah was in high school. We’d close the shop for the whole season and catch up on other activities, travel and hang out. This year will be different with all the kids away  but they will visit... Read More


the adelaide story | Part 2- town and country

We set up home in the heart of town, about a minute’s walk from the main shopping street, Rundle Mall and maybe five or six minutes from Sarah’s campus. It wasn’t the Mandarin Oriental but our one room apartment was cosy and well appointed. We got off to a good start when... Read More


catching up

I didn’t get down to making the list, maybe today. I did manage to catch up a bit with project life, though and am super motivated to continue with the momentum and get up to date by this weekend! For week 15 I wanted to try working with yellow, welcoming summer, or at least celebrating... Read More


the list

We’re careening into the middle of the year at incredible speed! Funny isn’t it? I have a friend who remarks about time moving quickly almost every time she comes by, but when you stop to think about it, time is moving at the same speed. It just moves on at the same pace whether we’re... Read More


here & now

There seems to be a cloud hanging over almost everyone I know. A frustration, disappointment and restlessness as to what is to come. What can we do except trust that this too shall pass away and that there is a brighter day ahead. In the meantime, we carry on, even though the plans we had are somewhat... Read More

so loving how things are coming along at the studio


The first of the furniture was moved into the studio on Saturday, Read More


new things

Things are coming together at the new studio and I’ve had so much fun choosing and coordinating everything. Even though it doesn’t look like it, I’ve been told that the contractors are handing over the lot to me at the end of this week, after which it will take me a little while... Read More


make something today!

This used to be by mantra and somehow it slipped away. People get into something then things shift and something new becomes the focus. Since I’ve been back from sending Sarah off, one of my major goals is to reassess and reorganize all the space that is around me. I now have no chance to procrastinate... Read More


pretty in pink

Since I started scrapping upstairs, I can’t seem to stop! As promised here’s a ‘real’ layout. I used Bazzill’s swiss dotted cardstock and layered with lots of yummy Crate paper goodies.

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scrapping again

Finally, finally getting back in the groove. The air con in my scrap room died a couple of weeks ago preventing me from catching up on my projects. It really is like a sauna in there! So a couple of days ago I threw some stuff into a box, carted a table from Sarah’s room and set up a scrapping... Read More


The Adelaide story | Part 1 : the ocean

I know I haven’t gotten around to doing the London story but this is still fresh in my head, so I’ll share these first.

A city affects people in different ways. Over dinner last Saturday, a friend was telling us how he didn’t enjoy Paris but really liked Madrid. I didn’t want to get... Read More


more uses for washi tape

Washi tape is gaining universal appeal not just because it’s pretty! Here’s an idea, courtesy of Sarah.Use two bits of washi tape (this pale pink one’s from mt) to tack up a piece of twine. Hang earrings. voila! Practical wall decor. note: I’ve been told that too many earrings... Read More