Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Life Changes

Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Dear Friends,

I've been putting this off  for awhile now and I think that today is the best time to share with you about my big life changes.

The first one is ~ My family and I are moving overseas in a few weeks. We're going home to Indonesia, a place where my husband and I were born and raised.
This sudden change isn't really a delightful one, but we believe that this is God's plan. So far, he's been in control and we're on the right track.

If you ask me WHY? well, here's the story.

12 years ago, I came to the United States of America as a student. I went to College here in Lincoln, Nebraska. My husband came a year later. We both have all legal papers. However, those student papers were expired at some points. So, we decided to pursue permanent resident status for both of us. The process began 7 years ago. There were lots of prayers have been said and the answer never came.
In the beginning of this year, we finally got a result, and the answer was a big NO.

My husband and the lawyer decided to appeal the case, then again we have to wait for another year or two.

A few weeks ago, while in the process of renewing his driving license, the DMV officer told him that he can't have a new one...not until he has a real documentation that says he's a legal permanent resident. He called the Immigration office, and his Immigration Officer couldn't help him either. He has to wait until next year when the judge give the verdict for his case.

My lovely husband felt that he's a dead man walking. We all lost hope.
This is when we both decided to just go home for a few years and let the kids meet their grandparents {my parents have never seen them in person since the day they were born} and also learn the culture.

After all...we realized that this isn't a bad idea at all. But as a human, I'm all scared, excited, and frustrated.

I hope this personal matter answers the big WHY question.

Here's an image of the world map.

We leave Lincoln, Nebraska, to Los Angles, California. Flying out from LAX to Taipe, Taiwan. From Taipe we fly to Surabaya, Indonesia, to meet my parents. From Surabaya we're gonna go to Bali, where we eventually will live.

No jobs waiting for us. No house. No car. Nothing. Our lives will start all over again with 2 kids. Scary? I'm terrified.

Im trying my best to stay positive and have faith. Trying to be strong for my husband, and be patient for my kids.

Well...enough for that....my tears are falling down uncontrollable. :D

The Second Change ~ will be this blog. I LOVE blogging..and am trying my best to keep up with it. A couple of months ago, I decided to make changes here, on my blog.

When I started, I dedicated this blog solely for crafting life. Sharing my greatest passion. However, I realized I wanna do more rather than just sharing my crafty works.

So....with all this moving craziness, I will move forward with the vision I have for this blog. You will see more about my personal life and other things. I hope you don't mind...and actually will enjoy it!

Wow...I think I was over exaggerated when I said big life changes. I thought I would have more than 2 changes, but these are the only ones I came up with. Silly me!! but they're big though!!!

I guess this is enough for a day.
Thank you for letting me share and please remember me and my family in your prayers.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

So Happy To Have You Layout ~ Frosted Designs Sketch Challenge # 48

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Hello and Happy Tuesday,

I can't believe that it's been 6 months being on Frosted Designs Design Team. I'm totally honored and proud to be part of it. One of the best teams I've ever been in.
I was given a chance to continue on to the next term....but, at this moment, I'm not quiet sure what to do.

Anyway...the last layout sketch challenge and my last layout are all up on their blog.
It's really worth it to check the blog out, the DT rocked the last challenge and the sponsor is really generous with the winning prize.

Well..here's my layout that I titled 'So Happy To Have You'.

The picture was taken 5 and a half years ago, when Dustin was just born. It was a beginning of a new family. My hubby really LOVES this photo...and my...I'm glad that I finally finished scrapbooking it. 

I guess that's all for today.
Will see you again soon.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

So Cute So You Layout

Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Happy Tuesday dear Scrappers,

A new sketch challenge is up on Frosted Designs Blog.
Here's the sketch,

and here's my take on the layout,

I went through my pile of pictures in my external hard drive and found this really cute photo of Dustin, and I printed right away.

I hope you come and play along with this week sketch.

Thanks for stopping by...until later :D

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The First Day......

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
of August and I've been back to my normal {and crafty} life about two weeks ago now.

My dear Mother In Law went back home to Indonesia and I'm back to the same old routines. My kids were really looking forward to it. They just hated when their mom worked too much outside home. :D
And I'm definitely happy to finally made a real mess in my scrap corner.

A couple of days ago, I checked my blog and realized that I haven't been blogging in like a month and a half. Well...{I don't want you to count how many times I've said this....but again}...I'M Back!

While I was busy working, I had some chances to re-think about my life and my blogging life. I decided to make some little changes. You will see this along the way.

Anyway... I have a new layout to share.
This layout was made for the newest and most current Layout Sketch Challenge at Frosted Designs Blog. So lets not wait, here's my layout titled 'The Prettiest Face'

This is a 8.5x11 layout and I just LOVE making layouts like this.

The picture is my daughter, Phoebe, and it was taken this past Mothers Day. My hubby wanted to take a self portrait of him and her...and for some reasons the camera zoomed in without him knowing. Although the picture didn't come out the way hubby wanted, but we all think that this is a picture perfect.

So yeah, that's all for today and I hope you all a great rest of the week.
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Camera Ready Layout ~ Frosted Designs Sketch # 43

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Hi guys,
I still love blogging and scrapbooking..but these past few months I have been busy and I just can't keep them update or going like I used to. So..I hope you understand if this blog is kinda quiet.

I do {however} LOVE to share my projects that I created for Frosted Designs Layout Sketch Challenge. I just enjoy being on this team!!

Anyway...here's the latest sketch challenge {#43}

and here's my layout

When I saw this sketch for the first time {a couple months ago}, I kinda don't like it. However, a few weeks ago...when I decided to work on this project...I found out that this sketch is actually fun and CREATIVE!!!

So...I hope you like what I created and again don't forget to play along.

Have a great week, and Take Care.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Soon To Be Parents Layout ~ Frosted Design Sketch Challenge # 42

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Hi everyone,
I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day celebration.
Our family went to the lake for a fun day in the water...then went home for lots of good food my hubby and his friend created on the grill. Ooohh and the weather...{can't start on that}, it was just PERFECT. No heat, no humidity.

After getting my kids ready for bed, my hubby and I were just talking about the new week....for some reason...we both thought that tonight was Sunday Nite. We got it mixed up...and I realized that I need to make a blog post for the new challenge over at Frosted Designs Blog.

Now, since my post a little bit late...I got to see my fellow DT members creations, and My Oh MY....they are just stunningly beautiful. It always fun to see the samples from them...because all of us have different style. So go check them up...and be sure to play along too :D

Here's the new sketch challenge. A fun and beautiful sketch...

and here's my finished layout..

I named this page 'Soon To Be Parents' because the picture was taken few months before my first child was born.

And again...this layout, most supplies came from Cocoa Daisy May kit.

Anyway...thanks for stopping by. Fingers cross...I will post more layout other than Frosted Designs challenge reveals.

Have a great week

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Baby Mine Layout ~ FD Sketch Layout Challenge # 41

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Hello and Happy Tuesday everyone,

Another new layout sketch challenge is up at Frosted Designs Blog, and this week the sketch is really fun.
So without further ado, here's the sketch

and here's my interpretation

This layout is all about miss Phoebe when she was only 5 months old and the pics were taken 3 years ago.

Recently, I joined/subscribed to Cocoa Daisy Scrapbook Kit and most of the supplies are from the May kit. I added some embellishments from my stash and I made that embroidered tags.

Now, I hope you can come and play along with the challenge. We also have a generous sponsor that not only donate an amazing prize but also share a special discount just for Frosted Designs FANS to use it at her AMAZING online store My Scraps and More.

So...let's get scrappin :D
I hope to be back soon. Take Care!!!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Papa's Little Girl Layout ~ Frosted Design Sketch # 40

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Happy May Day dear Scrappers....

Oh how I miss the blogging world. It's been awhile and it seems forever since I actually opened blogger.com

As you all might know that my MIL is here visiting us. She's been here for the last 3 weeks and there's still lots of adjustment to do.
My scrap-room is finally organized and cleaned and I'm actually so excited about it.

Anyway...Im hoping to be back to the normal life again soon. I really miss scrapping and making layouts.

Today, I have the latest scrapbook layout I created for Frosted Designs Sketch # 40.
Here's the sketch provided,

and here's my take on it,

I LOVE LOVE these pictures of hubby and my baby girl...They're so cute together. And I had a ton of FUN creating this page. 

Have you checked my fellow DT's takes on the sketch? They have created really outstanding sample pages...and I hope you're all inspired. So...come and play along with us. 

Well...until then scrappers.
I wish you all a very blessed May and Happy Scrapping.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Play Silly Layout ~ Frosted Designs # 39

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Well..I'm back today with a new layout sketch challenge over at Frosted Designs.

So...here's the sketch

and here's my layout

Today post is gonna be really short...because I'm actually in Denver picking up my MIL {she flew in from Indonesia to Denver with her brother who lives in Denver} and need to drive back home.

So...until then scrappers...and don't forget to play along with the challenge.
Take Care.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Easter Egg-travagant Blog Hop Winner

Monday, April 16, 2012
Hello everyone,

Just wanted to say HI and post the winner of the Easter Egg-travagant Blog Hop.
I'm so sorry for the delay in posting this.

About a week and a half ago, I just found out that my Mother In Law is coming from Indonesia. I was a bit surprised..and was in a hurry to clean up her room.
A few years ago, I changed the guest bedroom to my scrapbook room...so, when I heard the news...I hurried myself and moved all my stuff downstairs to the basement. It was alot work...and I'm totally spaced out in pick up the winner.

Anyway....here's the winner...

Please EMAIL ME your email...so that I can send your gift certificate.

Lastly, thank you so much everyone for hopping to my blog and left me such sweet comments. I really appreciated it all.

Have a great week.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Hunting The Eggs Layout ~ The Eggs-travagant Easter Blog Hop

Thursday, April 5, 2012
Hello and Welcome to The Eggs-travagant Easter Blog Hop.
I'm so excited about this and hope you are too.

If you hop here from Amanda {Okanogangirl}'s Blog then you're in the right direction. However...if you don't, you can start this hop from the beginning HERE {Jordan's Blog}.

My color for this hop is BROWN. I LOVE that color and really works fine with the Spring Color combo.

So....without further ado, here's my layout that I made specially for this event.

The picture was taken 2 years ago. It was my kids very first Easter Egg Hunt thing with their local play group. It was a blast and I'm glad I finally scrapbooked it!

Anyway...share with me your memorable Easter and you might win a $15 Gift Certificate to my favorite online store My Scraps and More. If you want an extra chance please leave me a second comment and let me know that you now a follower of my blog. Giveaway will close next Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 11:59 pm CST.

Well...Thank you so much for stopping by and now please HOP to Emily's Site.
Have a wonderful Blog Hop. See you all soon.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Simply You ~ Frosted Designs Layout Challenge #38

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Well, hello strangers.....:D
It feel so weird after posted several layouts {everyday} a couple weeks ago then...I was gone missing from blogging world. And the only excuse is ~ I had a really bad virus on my laptop.
I couldn't open blogger at all. I was very frustrated and so was my husband.

We finally took the laptop to Staples and got it fixed. It supposed to be done in a few hours then...it ended to 2 whole days. Aaaarrgghhh....

Anyway, now that I have my laptop back, I will be posting more projects.
And let's start with the new layout challenge {#38} over at Frosted Designs.

Here's the sketch,

and here's my page,

To be honest with you....This sketch gave me a real challenge. It usually takes me a couple of hours to figure out what to do...but this one...it took me days. I had to changed the picture and the patterned papers at the last minutes. However, at the end...I found this challenge was really fun. 
So, I hope you give the sketch a try.

Now...if you haven't checked Frosted Designs Blog, you should. We just re-designed our blog and we have lots of challenges going on with beautiful and great DT samples, and lastly we have awesome sponsors that generously donate amazing prizes.

Not sure if I've shared this or not, I'm a sponsorship coordinator for Tuesday Layout Challenge. And if you have an online store and would like to sponsor....{we'd be very happy to have you}, please feel free to contact me anytime.

Well....I guess that all from me today.
Thank you so much for stopping by....and HAPPY APRIL!!!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Picture Perfect Layout ~ Elle's Studio Sketch

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Happy Hump day my friends!
I can't believe myself...I've been posting layouts almost every single day since Monday. Yay me...:D
I guess my scrappy mojo had a really good Spring break and came back refresh :D And also...these past few days have been raining..So, I've been stayed inside the house most of the time.

Anyhoo...today layout is based on another sketch challenge. This one came from Elle's Studio Blog.
They have weekly sketch challenge posted every Thursday..and this one was from last Thursday {March 15}.

I LOVE the simplicity of the sketch. Oh...I also turned this sketch 90 degree to the left. 
And here's my take on the challenge.

Another random picture of me and hubby. 

He really enjoys the scrapbook pages I made of us. He feels included in my scrapping world. He's just funny.

Well...this is it for today. Hope you like it...
See you again tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Complete Family Layout ~ Frosted Designs Sketch # 37

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The new layout sketch {challenge} is up on Frosted Designs Blog, and it's another good one.

Here's the sketch,

and here's...my layout,

This is our first family picture as a family of four. And this layouts tells about how our dream of having 2 kids, a boy and a girl, came true. It's a blessing and this page describes it all.

I hope you play along with this brand new sketch....and who knows you can win an awesome prize from this week sponsor, Miss Art's Papercrafting School.

Lastly, don't forget to check my fellow DT creations HERE, beautiful layouts, and you don't want to miss it.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy Tuesday and Happy Scrapping

Monday, March 19, 2012

Funny Little Faces Layout ~ Lily Bee Design Sketch #6

Monday, March 19, 2012
It's Monday, and Spring Break is finally over. So..here I am back again sharing more scrapbook pages.
Yay me.....

My son who still in pre-school had his very first Spring Break started a week ago. It was just a perfect timing, because the weather had been really {really} nice. Seriously...I'm talking about the lower 80s weather..with lots of sunshine and wind. So...we all pretty much played outside the whole week. I even did a little Spring cleaning in the backyard.

Last week, I didn't do any scrapping {I told my mojo to take a break too}, however..I did a little scrapping shopping..{not much but it made me very happy}.

Anyway...last week, I also a found out that Lily Bee Design is doing a sketch challenge. I LOVE the sketch and decided to play along. Here's the sketch,

and here's my layout,

I mixed the papers from Happily Lost and Head over Heals collections. They perfectly compliment each other. Well...let's just say...Lily Bee Design is awesome { I <3 them }.

Love those pictures of Dustin. I'd been waiting to scrap these and finally did...and turned out better than I thought. So happy!!

Well...that's all for now. I will be back soon....you'll see.
Until then scrappers. Have a great week...and I hope you enjoy the weather.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Crazy About You Layout ~ Basic Grey Sketch

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Hey Everyone..
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. 
I just got back from driving around town, played with the kids at the park and did a little shopping :D It's a beautiful day today here in Lincoln...full of sunshine and a little wind. We all had so much fun.

Now that I'm back at home, I want to share a layout that I actually finished yesterday morning. This layout was based on a sketch over at Basic Grey Blog.
They always have a weekly sketch challenge and I always find myself in love with the sketches. So, I decided to give this week challenge a try.

So, here's the sketch...

and here's my creation,

I don't usually scrap pictures of me and my hubby. Ever since the kids popped out...the photos are always focus on them. So..every time I find a good picture of us, I try to scrap them right away.

Now...if you're wondering about the stitching, here's the story.
I recently bought a sewing machine from my local craigslist. It was a good deal, and I was super excited. I have always LOVEd stitching on scrapbook layouts. However, I didn't know how to use sewing machine. 
So, after months putting the machine in the closet, I finally took it out {last week} and learned. 

I did several straight stitching ...and realized how easy and fun the machine is. Then I decided to do the whole layout...{the layout on the top}and it went a bit out of control. LOL. yeah....
I probably should learn to do it on a scrap paper..but I'm not that patient.

To be honest...I really don't mind the stitching at all. It actually went well with the title ' Crazy about You'.

Well...that's my layout for today, and I hope you enjoy my crazy love story about my {new} sewing machine.
Take Care..OOooooHHhhh and don't forget to turn your clock an hour ahead tonight {dang...I hate the day light saving time in Spring}.
Later Scrappers.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Welcome to the World Layout ~ Elle's Studio Sketch

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Another day....another brand new layout I'd like to share.
This time is based on a weekly sketch challenge over at Elle's Studio Blog.
The sketch looks like this

and here's the page that I created,

This layout tells a precious memory. The first picture of me, Leo and Phoebe together, and it all happened a little over 3 years ago. 

I really enjoy scrapbooking random events. Looking through old photos brings back lots of good memories and to be honest...my kids really LOVE it!! They're curious about what had happened or the occasions..so I have to tell them the story. 

Anyway...I guess 'randomness' isn't wrong...It's totally FUN!!!
Until then scrappers...
Happy Hump Day!!!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A Little Princess Hiding Place ~ Frosted Design Sketch # 36

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
So..so excited for today's post.
It's my first layout/project as a Frosted Design Tuesday Sketch {Layout} Along DT..
Without further ado...here's the sketch,

and here's...my interpretation...  

A little confession ~ I LOVE pretty papers...and I think I can hoard them :D. 
When I found these photos of Phoebe...I decided to use the new Dear Lizzy - Neapolitan. And walllahhh...they just matched perfectly. 

I called this layout 'a little princess hiding place'..because my princess was running away from me and tried to hide, but she didn't realize that the camera captured her moves. 

Well...be sure to check my fellow DT creations HERE and don't forget to play along too.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I'll see you soon.
Have a wonderful Tuesday!!!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Lets Scrap Blog Hop Winner :D

Sunday, March 4, 2012
Just a quick post to announce the winner for Let's Scrap Blog Hop.
However...before that, I'd like to THANK everyone who participated on this. All you sweet comments and creations are just fabulous. I really appreciated everything...and I will get back to you one by one soon.

Anyway...here's the winner.

and it's

Congrats Karen...!!!! I will send out your prize soon. 
Again....Thanks everyone. And if you didn't win this time...don't worry. I will put another giveaway soon to celebrate the 200+ followers. 

Until then scrappers.

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