The Hip-Hop Baby Ayra

I’m curious how little kids always know what to do when given certain objects. How they will imitate what they have seen before. Just show them something for a couple of times (like an action) they immediately picks up the motion and does exactly how you did it.

When she got hold of Ayah’s cap, she put it on like a pro and did some hip-hop poses in it. We were impressed!

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What makes me want to keep pieces of memories in scrapbooks?

I’ve been asked many many times, why do you spend time creating scrapbooks and why spend so much money on it?

Well, this is one reason why…

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Ayra browsing through her 1st year’s scrapbook album, handmade with love by Mummy

I was lucky to grow up in a family where my Uncle owns a camera and loves taking photos of major events or outings. I’ve got quite a lot of photos from birth and personally started snapping photos with my first film camera when I was in Primary school. But these photos aren’t kept in an organized or recorded manner, so many times when I dig them out to see, everyone will have to start guessing or recalling when those photos were taken. On the other side of my family, my husband didn’t have that many photos of him from young. Only a few small albums are still kept and he doesn’t have any physical memories from his past.

Personally I find it essential to have some form of record for our children from birth, so that they can look back when they grow up and see how they have changed and progressed. These keepsakes are great storytelling tools to their own children and grandchildren too. Yes, blogging can be everlasting and kept for years, but nothing beats touching the photos with our hands and reading handwritten notes in the scrapbook albums. I hope to create at least one album every year for my children to record their growth and events in that year.

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Ayra is still young now and only sees and touches the album because of the cute embellishments stuck on the pages. But when she is able to read on her own, these albums will mean so much more to her and our family.

Scrapbooking or creating these mini albums need not be an expensive nor time-consuming affair. I have shared a not so expensive and effective way to start your very first mini album to document your memories with your love ones. Check it out over at OMY Canon Pixma and don’t forget to vote & win too! Voting ends 7 July!

DIY a mini album with Canon Pixma Printer

It’s time for some DIY crafting fun! As an avid scrapper, when asked to share a holiday craft activity, a mini scrapbook is a must-have on my list! It takes a little more time than usual as I printed the papers and most of the embellishments on my own with my Canon Pixma printer, but it’s more cost effective and I can scrap anytime I want without having to dig through my messy stash of scrapbook materials to find the right designs/ embellishments.

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Here are the things you’ll need to create this simple DIY mini (scrapbook) album.

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Wordless Wednesday: The Eyeless Smile

This girl of mine never fail to entertain everyone she meets. How not to like this adorably funny little girl? One of the things she like to do now is her “Eyeless Smile”. Shown anytime in any situation whenever she wants to. Especially when one gets angry with her and she needed a quick way to divert your attention and turn your frown around.

Here are some shots of her “Eyeless Smile” since she was 2 months young!

At 2 months and already doing her eyeless smile! (Nov 2011)

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Our first threesome photo shoot

In my 33 weeks now and finally we got our first proper photo shoot with Maryann at The Studio Loft. Booked the package during their promotion at the mother-baby exhibition at Singapore Expo. Spent the previous two nights preparing the props for the shoot and am glad they turned out pretty well. One sad thing was my hair; as expected, it didn’t cooperate with me and it was total mess. Well, I shall just keep telling myself that its my natural look with messy curled up hair.

The session with Maryann was so fun and comfortable. She directs us and helped us with our poses. “Look at each other”, “Now look at Baby” and “Now look at the camera”… She captured a few candids too with both of us laughing at our most natural (aka no image) expressions. Baby was enjoying her 45 minutes of fame too as she tried to pose inside me.

Can’t wait to have the photos printed and start scrapping! Two more weeks to start of my hibernation days. I should have enough time to get some proper scrapping done before Baby’s arrival.