I have always liked scrapbooks and I started with doing decorated mini name boards for friends and family as farewell gifts about a year back.
Recently my primary school friends Jonathan went abroad to UK, London to study so I made him this:
I bought the materials from a paper craft store at Simei, East Point Mall on the second level but very unfortunately the last time I went back this week, they either closed or moved! :'( But it is also ok… because I can buy materials at another place which I will tell you in a bit. 🙂
Basically the set I bought was a ‘Travel’ set meant to create scrapbook for your travels but it also makes sense to create paper craft gifts for friends going away. 🙂 I also bought the buttons from the same store. The ‘thickers’ alphabet stickers were bought at Spotlight if I didn’t remember wrongly. The coaster looking cardboard piece was also bought at Spotlight about a year ago. I went back wanting more but unfortunately it was either out of stock or discontinued. :/
The set comes with ribbons, papers and alphabet stickers. I bought them on offer for about $15. 🙂 Here you can see that I have cut the paper and stuck them on the cardboard. Scrapbooking tools, pencil for outlining on special papers before cutting with scissors. 😉
Add on more decorative elements and some personalized message and Voila~! You’re done! 🙂 Heavier items will need to use liquid white glue which will become transparent when dried.
Another friend Wei Ren also left to study abroad… This time it was a bigger card to contain messages from other friends as well. 🙂
Unfortunately I didn’t have enough time to develop the photos professionally so it was from my home printer. Thankfully Wei Ren liked it nonetheless. 🙂
The next series of works are made using materials I bought from PaperMarket at Raffles City basement! 🙂 Surprisingly, students only needed $30 on a receipt to be members, so I was given a members card (yay!) after the purchase of two sets, one with a Baby Girl theme and another for a Girlfriends theme.
I belatedly realize all my best girlfriends are born in the last quarter of the year! September and October! Hahahah! And yes, all these paper crafts are like really belatedly birthday cards. 😛
For my girlies in Lasalle… Kat & Bini. 🙂
If you noticed, yes I did mix materials from the Travel set as well! I do take note of my friend’s personalities and preferences before I make the cards. 🙂
All these photos were printed professionally at the Kodak store at Marine Parade near Watsons. Only 25cents per photo! 🙂
For my bestie Ming~! And bestie YL~~~
And for Justin and Kim’s baby girl who just turned 1 month old, congrats! Baby Keren is so pretty! 🙂 It’s meant to be like a group card, the second page for cell group members to sign. 🙂
Then I made for my lovely sisters as well!!! I <3 my sisters. I am very blessed. We are very blessed, too blessed to be stressed! Hope you two are reading this! 🙂 <3
This is for my sister who graduated… not so recently. 😛 And enjoying friendships at work, yay!
A close up of the border, which is an original idea! 🙂Another for her more ‘private’ life. 😛 I was quite sad to find that I don’t have a recent picture with her.. But then belatedly realize there is one but it wasn’t on facebook so I forgot about it… 😛
For my sister also abroad… in UK.. (Seriously so many Singaporeans studying abroad, hahaha.) This is supposed to be a secret/surprise… Wonder if she will read this then it’s not so secret anymore! Hahahaha 😛I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I did creating all these paper craft / scrapbook layouts and writing about them!
My advice for anyone who wants to start scrapbooking would be to buy good materials, preferably those pre-packed ‘sets’ for a start, as they come in co-ordinated colours, patterns and design theme. Some even have layout ideas at the back to spark your creativity! Honestly, as you go along, it’s very easy to then go free-style and design as you like.
If you are stuck for ideas, just google! Whether it’s “Best Friend Scrapbook layout” or “Birthday Scrapbook layout” or “Baby girl scrapbook layout” there are tons of ideas and inspirations online! 😉
Next up, I will post about the ICB styling event I attended last Saturday!
I also filmed a vlog…which I will post soon! <3