Be You.

Hello!

It’s back to school time in India and my little nieces are off to it! It is just amusing how they are so excited for their school. When I was their age I probably just threw my stuff away and lie on the ground throwing tantrums. Ahem. So anyway, here is the layout-

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Today’s layout features my big crush for clear acrylic die cuts. And my Heidi Swapp crush. I simply love her September Skies paper (also used here) AND the die cuts (used here).

Can you see how the journaling comes through beautifully from under the die cuts? Cool, isn’t it? Here’s a closer look-

Supplies used-

Patterned paper – September Skies by Heidi Swapp

Acrylics – Dreamy Ephemera Die-Cuts by Heidi Swapp

Title- color magic resist striped alphabet by Heidi Swapp

Love,

Shalaka

Frintables-2 ^_^

Oh, hi there! Glad you are back. I have another free printable for you!🙂

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You are a Star fish. Yes you are. Why not? You can be a badass sea horse if you like. I am a coral myself😉😀

Thanks for visiting!

Love,

Shalaka

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Lime green fresh!

Hiee!

Today I am feeling particularly fresh. Like I can conquer the world. Destroy 7 horcruxes or even sit on the iron throne (tee hee). All because I had a perfectly sound sleep and woke up early enough to enjoy the magical sunrise in a lovely monsoon. It’s funny how simple things in our life give us the greatest joys.

To be honest I am a very lazy person- you may throw a pile of clothes on me and I wouldn’t tether from my bed! And I love love LOVE sleep. But today I felt so good I promised myself I would make it a habit to wake up early and get most of my top disliked chores first thing. And then I rewarded myself by deciding to post this in the morning instead of the usual afernoons ^_^!

So today’s layout resonates closely with my mood-

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Fresh lime green!

This photograph of my nephew and my nieces was taken when the cousins met after a long time. Elder bro was so happy to meet his princesses! ^_^ How I wish they could remain just as young always, and love each other just as unconditionally forever and ever. Sigh.. Wish they never grow up!

Supplies used-

For the background- Gesso- white primer by Daler Rowney

Lemon and Lime gelatos- Mix and match gelatos by Faber Castell

Patterned paper – September Skies by Heidi Swapp

Cardstock butterfly, hexagon acrylic title – Dreamy Ephemera Die-Cuts by Heidi Swapp

Chipboard butterfly, conversation bubble, and heart shapes  – DIY boutique chipboard by Simple Stories

Buttons- Local find

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Thank you for visiting!

Love,

Shalaka

TGIF! {and a free printable!}

Hello all!

Thank god it’s finally the end of the week. The last couple of days were crazy work-laden. So no time for scrapbooking this week and that made me really sad. But I decided to make it count this weekend and came up with an idea!

I am starting this new series called Frintables (Punny I am. Amused you might not be.) in which I will share a brand new printable every Friday. Why this particular day, you ask? because friday is about happiness! and friiii stuff (Ok sorry, I’ll try to restrain myself from any more awesome puns *rolls eyes*)

Here’s your free printable for today. Click on the image and you will be directed to the download link. Enjoy!

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Love,

Shalaka

Early lessons with Dad.

Hello again!

I have a wonderful family. An awesome brother, and two cutest fairies for nieces. This photograph of them makes me think of how wonderful the relation of a father and a daughter is and always gives warmth to my heart.❤

Here’s the page-

Love,

Shalaka

When potterhead scrapbooker met modelling paste!

Hi all! (*waves frantically*)

How have you been? I have been awesome. Been on two long vacations; relaxed in one and had crazy fun with family in the other! Missed scrapbooking though. So as soon as I came back I jumped right at the new order of gesso and modeling paste that was waiting for me!!

Being inspired by watching Wilna Furstenberg’s process videos, I decided to try modeling paste myself. Using it was a very new and helluva (😀 ) experience. First, I spent days reading about all the mediums like light and heavy modeling paste, gel medium, texture paste and crackle paste and so on. Then I gave up and randomly ordered the first type of modeling paste I laid eyes on on creative hands (because really, you cannot understand these mediums just by reading on the internet. You need to actually work with them and feel the texture, understand their nature and how they dry etc.)

So onto my layout- This one is about me and (one of) my best friend(s), Anannya. We are such Harry Potter fanatics!😀 We love love love the books. All the characters. The movies too. And most of all Snape!

I decided to create a stencil of my most favourite paragraph from the story (from The Prince’s Tale, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) and use it on the background to apply the paste- Believe me, the moment I had the concept, it was like a brainfreeze😀 I’m not lying!

The patterned paper from Heidi Swapp’s September Skies Collection prettied up the plain cardstock in an instant. Used Bits and pieces from Simple Stories and Acrylic pieces from Heidi Swapp and fashioned out a bow from a golden wire. The title ‘Potterhead’ was designed and cut out using S note and silhouette portrait, then covered with a thick layer of gesso.

Here’s the page-

Always❤

From the tip of his wand burst the silver doe. She landed on the office floor, bounded once across the office, and soared out of the window. Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.
“After all this time?”
“Always,” said Snape.

❤!

Love,

Shalaka

Loved and adored <3

Hi everyone!

Happy Mothers’ Day to all the lovely ladies out there, the real superheroes.

Mother is one of the most significant persons in our life. The relationship that we share with her is beyond any words. She is the source of unconditional love that nurtures us throughout our life. She shows us the right path, following which we can achieve everything that we desire in our life.
She makes our life truly meaningful and beautiful. We need to make sure that she is feeling loved and needed always. She does not need grand gestures, just a thoughtful one can do!

Today’s layout is a really heartfelt one, dedicated to my mom. She is such an amazing woman and a compassionate person, who was always by my side by thick or thin. I always feel I take her my mother for granted.. Never appreciate her for her efforts she put in to make me a good human, to provide for all my needs and wants.
So on this mother’s day I take the pledge to make my mother smile more and suffer less, laugh more and worry less. Love her and tell her what she means to me!

Mom is a senior in parenting now, having been promoted to a grandmom of four😀

Here’s the page:

You are a part of my heart❤

Words cannot describe how much I hold you dear to me❤

Love,

Shalaka