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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

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.)


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.

urban sketches?

Melbourne is actually packed full of old and interesting buildings (trying to concentrate on writing this entry whilst listening to Good Night Sweet Girl – yeah, not working out so good atm, lol. I’m a fan, sue me XD); you can’t walk down any street in the city without bumping into one.

All of the victorian-era-esque buildings that you see still standing around the city would be protected by the Victoria Heritage Register, and I love how these majestic buildings will be preserved for future generations. I was actually living in Hong Kong and was there to witness it when they pulled down the Queen’s Pier. It was disappointing to see proof of a government that would be more interested in financial gains than preserving the city’s historical landmarks… it’s not like there are many left to begin with.

Anyway, back on topic.


Some of these buildings make for great subject matter for sketches and paintings. I’ve always been iffy about drawing buildings as my perspectives are always kind of off. But finally I bit the bullet and started sketching.


I thought I would start off with something relatively simple.

Then I realised that it’s never simple when you have a building at an angle.


It’s still very much a work in progress, but I plan to ink it and colour it.

I admit that I’ve lost a bit of my initial enthusiasm to finish it. All the itty bitty details on the storefront – which had attracted me to this subject to begin with – had become the reason for my procrastination.

I am an impatient person and sometimes I want to complete a piece of art, RIGHT NOW. If I don’t manage to do so, then the incomplete piece may sit on the page for quite a while. In actual fact it’s been a month, at least, since I took that photo above and this entry. In this time, the sketch has not progressed =_=

I feel guilty even writing about it. Perhaps I should go home tonight and finish it – although I have an appointment to watch Harry Potter 7.2 tonight… after HP then… ;P

how do you respond to blog comments?

As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m trying to improve my blogging skills.

This includes responding to the nice people who actually leave comments to my posts. I’ve read a few articles online. In fact, Amanda @ Serenity Now has written a very nice series of posts surrounding the topic (I highly recommend popping over to have a look).

But I have a few extra questions and hope other more experienced bloggers out there could help me out.

When someone leave you a comment, do you:

a) reply as a comment in your own blog, or

b) reply as a comment on the commentor’s blog (assuming they have one).

Now, I understand the argument of leaving a reply in my own blog is that the commentor may not return to see the reply. There is a feature in Blogger which gives commentors the option of having future responses emailed to them, but I know I cannot rely on every commentor choosing this option.

I have been responding as comments to my own blog, but I’m trying out the other method just to see how it goes. As Amanda stated in her post, responding on another person’s blog gives your own blog exposure.

But I fear that if I respond on the commentor’s blog, future would-be commentors to my blog would not see the response. Would it not be better to have a record of the ongoing conversation in one place?

5668937242_609da99b48_o[1]Sketch I did during Easter – Aboard the Sorrento Ferry

My second question is responding to responses of comments given (huh? yeah, I’ll explain). Say I’m surfing the blogosphere and I leave a comment, saying hi and how much I like a particular post. The blogger then comes to my blog and leaves a message thanking me for coming over and that she liked my post too. Do I go back to her blog and thank her for thanking me?

I know it’s a good habit to respond to every blog comment left, but when do you leave off a conversation? If a comment on your blog is actually a response to your own comment on your blog, is it okay to not reply?

How do you handle your comments?