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layout: gramophone @ shiroi koibito

This is a much more structured scrapbook layout that I was inspired from a recent BigPictures class I was doing.

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Their collection of gramophones are impressive to me if for nothing more than I appreciate the amount of effort taken to care for the machines to keep them in working condition.

They even have a “concert” every hour where you can choose an album from their collection and play it on their machine.

layout: peach tea’s first day

There’s actually a story behind this layout.

You see, this layout wasn’t created entiarely by me.

The Boy surprised me one Saturday by taking me to one of the largest scrapbooking store in the area (about 40 minutes drive).

He said that for that entire day, we will be doing what I like to do, scrapbooking. We were going to shop for supplies, and I was to walk him through making a scrapbook page.

The whole experience was an eye opener for both of us. It was interesting to see the kinds of papers and supplies that he was drawn to (we chose supplies based on some photos we selected from our phones), and he was surprised at the wide selection of supplies available.

When we got home I was surprised to see that he absolutely no trouble cutting up the pretty papers, nor did he have any problem covering up the feature design on the background paper. Pretty paper hoarders would know what I’m talking about.

He followed the sketch we had selected earlier with no problems, though I selected the flourishes, the chipboard pieces and ended up doing the journaling.

It was a collaborative effort, and I think that made this layout even more special to me than the layout content itself.

Journaling

We actually got this little guy on September 11th, 2012.

It was a work day but it was one of those rare ones where Andrew could have lunch with me.

So I took Andrew to a pet shop near Queen Victoria Mark.

The shop didn’t have much in way of dogs and cats, but they had plenty of birds and fish.

I knew Andrew liked birds and I was vaguely entertaining the idea of getting Andrew a bird for an anniversary present, but it depended on him finding one he liked.

And he did.

And so the vague idea became a reality; Andrew took the rosey-faced lovebird home.

The name PeachTea came a day later, as a reference to our favourite drink at that time, Lipton Peach Tea. And because we needed a gender neutral name.

We still don’t know which gender Peach Tea is.

layout: surprise cat attack

Layout: Suprise Cat Attack Layout: Suprise Cat Attack

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Andrew just couldn’t help himself; it was the perfect opportunity.

The cat was napping and completely oblivious to her surroundings.

Andrew pounced, catching Siu Hak completely off guard.

Don’t feel too badly for the cat, she gets Andrew plenty of times too, and when he’s not even napping!

When reading the journaling on this layout, some people would think that we’re horrible owners, but let me assure you, my cat does not mind – she gets her fair share of surprising us.

When I first got those gold star sequins (I can’t remember whether I got these from Citrus Twist or whether they were from an old old Studio Calico PL kit), I thought, “What am I to do with those? I don’t even like gold.”

Of course, as with most scrapbooking supplies, if you save them up, one day you’ll find a page that would have a use for those bits and pieces.

Note: Of course, at the same time, you should also limit the bits and pieces that you save, otherwise you’ll never remember them all! I try to only keep as much supplies as this can hold, which I bought from Kmart, but you can buy from here.

layout: shiroi koibito / camera + travelling tip

I’m so slow at getting these articles published. I actually have a few layouts all photographed and uploaded to Squarespace, but I just haven’t gotten around to writing a blog post about them.

This layout is very similar to this one I did. I am not adverse to using the same layout designs; the colouring and the photos are different enough that I could have these in the same album without alarm bells ringing in my head.

You couldn’t see from the picture of the full layout, but there’s actually journaling along the right vertical panel of the layout. Because it was written in silver pen (recently purchased at Typo) it doesn’t show up very well in camera.

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Shiroi Koibito Park, Sapporo, Hokkaido.

This is not the first time I was charmed by its seemingly random collection of antique china cups, retro toys from the 70’s and amazing collection of working gramophones.

But as I was not on a tour this time around I actually had time to visit the garden and see their hourly “show”.

The mechanical puppets, the whimsical decorations and the bubbles floating through the air were all just too enchanting not to love.

Two out of the three photos on this layout was actually taken by my friends – they took their DSLRs whilst I opted to snap away with my iPhone.

Tip: Camera Choice + Travelling

If there’s one tip I would give about photography and travelling, it’s that if you’re travelling in a group, there’s sometimes no need for everyone to lug around their DSLR+lens+tripod.

Sometimes, it’s better to have a variety of cameras on the trip (DSLR, mirrorless, point and shoot, and even film/instant). When you’re in a very small and confined space (think cramped wet/spice markets in Asian countries), a point and shoot is a better choice than a DSLR.

With different people in your group carrying different cameras, you’ll get a lot of variety in the types of photos taken. When the time comes to share photos of the trip, you’re less likely to have 60 similiar shots of the Eiffel Tower when one person is shooting raw on a DSLR and another is using Hipstamatic on their iPhone.

layout: sea angels

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a scrapbook layout. To be honest I haven’t been scrapbooking for the past few months. Life has been crazy and my Citrus Twist kits have been stacking up, unused.

So with January well and truly behind me, I decided to roll up my sleeves and actually get some layouts done.

To help me get started, I thought I would use one of the sketches on write.click.scrap.

The pictures in this layout is actually from my 2012 trip to Hokkaido. (I only realise now that I wrote the wrong date at the end of my journaling – I will need to go back and fix that.)

Journaling

Hokkaido’s Shiroi Koibito factory is where I first saw these enchanting creatures. Their translucent bodies and flapping swimming motions certainly earned them the name “Sea Angel“. I found them endearing pretty much immediately.

They require quite cold environments to survive and I have not found many aquariums to hold them.

So this time while I was back at Shiroi Koibito factory, I took the chance to take a snap of them.

Even though I have since discovered that they are actually a type of sea slug, it doesn’t stop me from thinking they are incredibly cute. – 22nd October 2012

The hardest part of this layout I think, would be the stamping on the right side of the layout. Stamping directly on the background paper, and in such a prominent position really freaked me out; there were so many ways that this could go wrong!

I think one of the things to keep in mind is to stamp on scrap paper first to see how the colour/impression comes out, and then to persevere. With multiple impressions like the one on this layout, you have to just trust that the first couple of images would look strange and to keep going.

I tried to keep the positioning a bit varied, and stopped before it got too crowded. Overall I’m quite happy with my first foray into background stamping.

forgot to mention the RSS feed address

Thanks Steve for pointing this out to me, but I forgot to mention what my RSS feed address is.

For those using Feedly or Bloglovin, I believe you only need to enter in the URL and the reader would automatically extract the RSS feed address.

For those more tech-savy, my RSS feed address is: http://www.serendipitythis.com/feed http://www.serendipitythis.com/feed

welcome to the new site

Happy New Year Everyone!

Most, if not all, of you would have come here from my old blogger blog http://serendipity-art-journaling.blogspot.com.

As I have mentioned in my old blog, with the new year, I am revamping the site and moving it here.

I hope the new domain name http://www.SerendipityArtJournaling.com http://www.serendipitythis.com would be easier to remember (and type).

A little housekeeping

The old blog would remain, but new blog posts would not show up there. So if you are using any type of RSS feeder, please add the new URL to get the latest update. (If you don’t know what a RSS feeder is or what it does, you might want to read this article. I personally like Feedly.)

Also I’ve extracted all the old blog posts to the new site, but I think some of the links may have been broken in the process. I am currently going through each post and checking the links, but if you find something that is not working, please let me know by commenting, and I would get on it asap.

Moving Forward

I’m still fiddling with the layout and design of the new blog, so if you have any feedback or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.

scrapbooking in asia

Recently I listened to Paperclipping’s episode 185: Scrapbooking in Asia and kudos to Noell for attempting the topic. The episode was very much from the point of Westerners-in-Asia though, so I thought I’d write a post on what my experiences had been with scrapbooking in Asia (or more specifically Hong Kong) as a local.[1]I have attempted to leave a comment on the Paperclipping website, but I think the numerous links to shops and videos in my comment (as you’ll see in my own post) may have killed disqus and my post was completely gone. It wasn’t even in my disqus account when I logged in to see where it went… So that’s another reason why I’m doing the post in my own blog, to avoid that from happening again.[2]I am not talking about scrapbookers living in Asia who follows the Western style of scrapbooking. I am sure there are some, whether they are expats living in Asia or locals who have found online sources of information like Two Peas. The original podcast topic was about Asian style scrapbooking – or at least it was, and that is what I’m trying to address here.

Space in Hong Kong apartments is very limited, so even if early scrapbooking companies like Creative Memories did try to enter the Hong Kong market (which they did not), they would have found the reception to their space-eating-12×12 albums to be pretty cold.

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So taking that into account, one would begin to realise that scrapbooking in Asia – or more accurately, memory keeping in Asia – would mean something quite different from the large 12×12 or 12×24 layouts that we’re used to seeing in Western cultures. Instead, try to think of memory keeping as something more like Amy Tangerine’s Daybooks, or K&Company’s Smashbooks and you’ll be close.

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One of the guests on Paperclipping’s episode mentioned that no one wants to scrapbook with local products because they are just stationery from 40 years ago. Yes, it’s true, there are quite a number of generic stationery stores that have really old stock stashed away in some back corner of the store.

However there are also plenty of small stationery stores tucked away in shopping complexes[3]I say shopping complex because these buildings are more like a commercial building jam packed with small little stores that you need to navigate your way around. Most of these stores are small and stuffed full from floor to ceiling with merchandise of all shapes and sizes. There are a few Korean stationery stores in Sino Centre that I go visit each time I go back to Hong Kong. like the Sino Centre or the CTMA centre, that sells cute Japanese or Korean stationery that can be and have been used as mini-scrapbooks.

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Big shopping centre franchises like Log-On is also a perfect place to pick up things like washi-tape, moleskine notebooks, or the Midori Traveller’s notebook. Again, think in terms of Daybooks, smashbooks or even travel mini-album.

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There is no such thing as a scrapbooking community or scrapbooking industry for Asian scrappers as say, Two Peas. So scrapbooking is not so much a communal thing, but more an individual expression or record keeping. Kind of like art journaling. And because there is no central store of information sharing of what is the latest paper products or art supply, a lot of what memory keeping means depends on the latest technology, design idea or “fad”.

One of the things that would really affect the type of memory keeping would be photography. A few years back, Holga cameras were all the rage, and then there were the instax cameras. Even now the number of instax film styles available in Hong Kong are astounding. Sure some people stick their photos on the walls, but there are instax photo albums around that people fill in like Project Life.

 Then most recently there are street photographers in Mongkok, Hong Kong that offers to take photos for you and print them instantly on the street for you.

It is not hard to imagine that services like these encourage people to “scrapbook”. Although one thing that’s interesting to note is that everything I’ve talked about so far is targeted towards a younger audience than is usual of the Western scrapbooking community. This is not an exercise that grandmothers or mothers undertake to record their children’s lives. This is something that high school or university students do in their spare time.

Scrapbooking in Asia is hardly few and far between, but it is a completely different creature from what scrapbooking is like in Western countries. It is more like a diary or art journal. And it is because of the more personal nature of this type of memory keeping that you would not see blog posts or online galleries showcasing pages upon pages of pretty layouts.

Hopefully this shed some light on the topic. And to sign off on this entry, I want to leave you with this majorly cute video which showcases what Asian scrapbooking looks like. This is actually an ad for a popular brand of yearly planner in Japan.

(Watch the whole video, it’s really cute!)

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1. I have attempted to leave a comment on the Paperclipping website, but I think the numerous links to shops and videos in my comment (as you’ll see in my own post) may have killed disqus and my post was completely gone. It wasn’t even in my disqus account when I logged in to see where it went… So that’s another reason why I’m doing the post in my own blog, to avoid that from happening again.
2. I am not talking about scrapbookers living in Asia who follows the Western style of scrapbooking. I am sure there are some, whether they are expats living in Asia or locals who have found online sources of information like Two Peas. The original podcast topic was about Asian style scrapbooking – or at least it was, and that is what I’m trying to address here.
3. I say shopping complex because these buildings are more like a commercial building jam packed with small little stores that you need to navigate your way around. Most of these stores are small and stuffed full from floor to ceiling with merchandise of all shapes and sizes. There are a few Korean stationery stores in Sino Centre that I go visit each time I go back to Hong Kong.

layout: charming and adorable

This is another layout that I took a photo of in the car. It was a fairly cloudy day, so the photo came out darker than I wanted.

The two photos in this layout span across 13 years.

In case people get confused, these are not the same people (although I am in both). I just wanted to do a page showing the kind of changes that can happen in 13 years.

It’s also interesting to note that when you’re in Year 11, you try to dress like an adult, but 13 years later… we hold onto our youth with teeth and claw XD

This is actually quite a strange combination of colours, but I kind of like it.