Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Taiwan Travel Mini // Part III

Hello! Here's Day Three of my Taiwan adventures as well as the third part of my 6x8 travel mini! If you missed the other parts, here is where you can find Part I and Part II.

We started our day off with a visit to the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall. Just a couple of photos here and there at this beautiful place! 
I love the details of the Memorial Hall stamp - another one from the MRT station. I also used a couple of printables from Wander Elements no.2 and Watercolor no.1 Cards (the navy blue label) to embellish my card.
We took a break at the little garden by the Memorial Hall, so of course, there were more photo ops. I mixed in some journaling cards with a few of my favorite photos. 

One of my favorite things about making 6x8 mini-albums is getting to use old Project Life cards - many of which are leftovers from my Studio Calico Project Life kits. The Currently stamp is from Life Documented Manila and is one of my current favorites.
I used one of my Recorded no.1 printable cards at the bottom right of this page and embellished it with some MT Taiwan limited edition washi tape I picked up during my trip. It has this beautiful tile pattern on it and I have grand plans to use it when I get around to documenting my trip to Spain last year; the pattern totally reminds of the beautiful tiles and floors I saw in that country.

My mom's friend had recommended that we try Ice Monster, reputably the best shaved ice in Taipei. It was so incredibly delicious! That yellow mustache guy is actually their business card that I trimmed down to fit in the pocket, and I left lots of room to jot down our experience here.

On the right side, I simply punched holes in a pamphlet I got at our next destination - the Songshan Cultural + Creative Park. It fit perfectly in my album.

The graphic journaling card is from SC's Haring add-on. I wanted to mimic its fun style by stamping my title with Kelly Purkey's outline alphabet + Damen alpha stamps, and then adding pops of color with my Color Theory dye inks.
I added a gold striped envelope to my album so that it could house all the random bits of paper and brochures I collected from this place.
As for the business cards I picked up, I cut them up and interspersed those with some filler cards and photos I took. It was easy to get everything documented by using a 6x8 page protector that has 2" square pockets. I also did a step-by-step tutorial for how I put together the spread on the right over here!
The back side of 2" square has more photos and  business cards. It is busy, but all the details make me happy :)
On our way to the MRT station, we walked through the eco-pond section of the park and got some lovely photos of the buildings reflected in the waters. I love reflection shots and was happy to snap a bunch here!
This little travel tag is from my Wander Elements no.2 set and I wrote down the location of this place so I won't forget in the future.
My last spread for Day Three is just a couple more photos with my relatives since we had dinner together that night. Since I only used 4x6 photos, it was fun to have lots of room to play with some 3x4 filler cards. I used a mix of Ali Edwards + Studio Calico supplies to complete this spread.

I have one final part to share soon. Then this mini book is officially done, blogged and finished!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Travel Tuesday no. 28 // Oahu

Aloha! We've finally reached the end of my Hawaii posts as I blog about one more place - Oahu. We took an evening flight from Maui to Oahu via Hawaiian Airlines and it was the shortest plane ride I've ever taken. I was so amused that we were probably only in the air for about 25 minutes!

We had four short days in Oahu, and I really enjoyed getting to experience both the city and the island life/the beautiful beaches. We stayed in Waikiki but had a rental car which made it convenient to drive everywhere we wanted to go on the island. We hit up lots of tourist spots, tried some delicious food, and experienced a luau. A personal highlight for me was getting to meet up with Eri as well and she was so kind and sweet! It was a morning well spent with her :)

We decided to spend our first day in the North Shore area and one of the beaches we visited was Laniakea Beach, in hopes of spotting sea turtles. We were lucky and found some sunbathing in the hot sand and even watched one emerge from the ocean to rest on the beach. My first pet I had as a kid was a little turtle, so I have a soft spot for these creatures!
Matsumoto shave ice and Giovanni's shrimp truck were must visits! Both were delicious. 
We ended our afternoon with a visit to the Dole Plantation and it was my first time eating Dole Whip. Man, even after all the hype surrounding it, it did not disappoint. So, so good. I loved seeing all the pineapple variations in the garden as well and we took the train ride before the place closed (mainly for my nephew, ha). 
One of the things we didn't have enough time for was Pearl Harbor. Unfortunately, we didn't allot enough time to stay here, so we didn't get to visit the memorial or the submarine. Photos around the place had to suffice! I'll definitely visit it again one day.
We did head to downtown Honolulu to visit the Iolani Palace. I've mentioned it before, but I have very limited knowledge of Hawaiian history so I really appreciated the information I learned here about Hawaii and its former rulers. 
This was one of my favorite photos and one I enlarged as a 12x12 for my Project Life :)
One of the cutest shops I found in Oahu! Owens & co. sold lots of beautiful products and handmade goods, many of which were from independent designers. I love stores like this and it was so fun to browse around and admire the unique items.
Before I went to Hawaii, I asked for recommendations and tips from my friends on instagram and I was rewarded with lots of great advice. One of the recommendations mentioned was Marukame Udon, and my whole family loved it so much that we ate here twice during our four day stay in Oahu. 
One of my favorite memories was taking a solo photo walk around Waikiki early one morning. It definitely made me more aware of my surroundings and I loved hearing the ocean waves beside me as I walked along the beach and observed the morning scenes. 
This was my first time trying acai bowls and loco mocos! YUM. We had breakfast at Eggs 'n Things and it was so delicious. There are apparently a couple of branches in Japan so I'll have to go find it there one day since I go to Japan more often than Hawaii.
We spent an afternoon at Hanauma Bay and I absolutely loved it. The waters were so clear and there was so much marine life! We didn't even have to go out very far when snorkelling to see schools of fish surrounding us, swimming in and out of the coral reefs.  There were fish of various sizes and all different colors, which I found so inspiring and beautiful. 
We read a couple of reviews and ended up choosing the Chief's Luau at Sea Life Park for one of our evenings. It was a fun and entertaining experience, though the food and service from some of the staff could have been improved. We enjoyed the show and the performances though and my nephew loved watching the fire dance. 

We could have definitely used an extra day or two in Oahu, but it was a memorable couple of days on the island! One thing we missed was Diamond Head and I definitely want to do that next time. Hawaii, you're lovely. Til next time!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Studio Calico's Pop Art

Even though Studio Calico's August reveal was a few weeks ago, I wanted to share my projects I made for this month. Better late than never, right?

ROME | Pop Art Scrapbook Kit 
There were lots of bold pops of color in this month's kit and that made me so happy. I particularly loved the big alpha cards and circle transparencies! Using the grid paper, I created an offset grid and a simple layout documenting Rome.

This is my Project Life kit only spread this month. I chose the pinks/aquas/yellows in the kit to match my photos and I really like how this turned out. I was also excited to have the chance to design this kit's stamp set as well! (Though pictured in the below photo is the stamp set I design for last month - in the Caramel Apple add-on).

I mixed up the kits and add-ons this time around to create a spread about the time I spent in Manila. I decided to just go for it and use a lot of bold colors and patterns which thankfully, turned out well. One of my Manila highlights was hanging out with some (online-to-offline) friends and meeting Kelly Purkey for the first time! Lots of photos from that much fun :)

And as always, here's where you can find my designs this month:

  1. Pop Art Printable
  2. Pop Art Cut File
  3. Pop Art Project Life Kit // 2x3 Stamp Set (+ digital version here)
  4. 4x6 Royal Thank You Stamp Set + Craft Die (+ digital version here)
Hope you all have a great weekend!