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Monthly Archives: July 2013

layout: the wandering bear

This is the first layout I’ve created for an object: a bear shaped umbrella case.

Don’t be fooled by its innocent looks, it is notorious for photobombing. It’s not too obvious from the selection of photos on this layout, but there were more than a few photos where the pink bear popped up. But this layout isn’t about that.

Our tour guide was small, tiny even by Asian standards, so the only way to see her above the crowds at, say, the Trevi Fountain or at the Venetian Square is by keeping an eye on the obtrusive pink bear on a stick. Where other tour guides might wave a stick with streamers or wave a tattered looking flag, our tour guide wave a skewered plushie.

Upon closer inspection however, you’ll discover that the “plushie” is actually a very cute umbrella case. So cute in fact, that I wanted to buy one too. Unfortunately since it was a gift, our tour guide wasn’t able to tell me more about where I could buy one expect that it was from Japan.

Of course then there’s Google.

But the only ones I’ve found were rabbit-shaped rip off’s made in China. Oh well, if I finally make a decision between a (potentially) heavy UV umbrella or a stifling hat for the Egypt trip this October, I might get the bear. Or perhaps a Senz (if they ever produce a UV one).

layout: party costume dilemma

This is actually a layout I finished a few weeks back, but I completely forgot to blog about it. I was looking through my album the other day when I stumbled on the layout.

This will teach me to leave my layouts out of the albums until I have finished photographing (and perhaps even blogging about) it.

I might end up with a lot of loose layouts floating around my room, but that might give me more incentive to photograph them more quickly.

One can hope.

The Story

This photo was taken at one of the many costume parties that friends of ours host at the Ondergrond, a supposedly Amsterdam-themed lounge and bar situated in the middle of the CBD.

The Boy had ordered his costume tailor-made from a website called FanPlusFriend, it matched with one of my Lolita dresses (Lolita, in this context, is referring to a type of Japanese fashion, and not the novel).

When his costume arrived, we found that the pants were too big. The only way he could keep the pants on was if he wore another pair of pants underneath. So that’s what he did

layout: square of miracles

I’ve found that the only way I could get around to taking photos of layouts is if I take the layout to work with me and try to find the time during the day to take quick shots.

I actually took the photos below in the car during lunchtime. The light wasn’t too bad, and there wasn’t much glare.

Putting it together

The layout is fairly simple; I felt the photo sizes were too irregular to do too much. If I had printed the Hipstamatic shots smaller, I would have tried a messier look.

I find myself really drawn to all these muted pastel colours – would definitely have to buy a few more of this colour scheme.

The Journaling

None of the photos do the place justice.

I think, of all the places I visited on this Europe trip – and I say this with the benefits of hindsight – the Piazza del Duomo was the grandest place I saw. And I’m not just talking about the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but the whole plaza.

Perhaps it was the weather, when I walked through the archway in the wall and saw the plaza spread out before me… there were dark clouds in the sky behind the Baptistery but the sun was shining on the white buildings making them gleam, and the wide open space… It took my breath away.

I was disappointed that I only got to spend such a short time there. I would love to go there again, when it is empty of superfluous people and just sit and wonder at the wide open spaces and towering architecture.

Minor Details

I finally got my hands on the Freckled Fawn’s “Star and Such” wood veneer and I’m totally in love with them!

Unfortunately FF has sold out on them, though I did find that SimonSaysStamp still seem to have some last I checked. I’m a little tempted to go buy another pack.

The tiny pearls are from KaiserCraft.