In the Sun

February! Whew, the first month of 2015 flew by so fast, I haven’t had time to write a proper entry for my blog. Well, to be honest, I did not really do a lot of crafting last month. I wanted to give myself time to recuperate from the busy months of November and December. Now, don’t you rejoice yet, coz I’m back! With my unwitty remarks and geeky crafting moments. 😝

I had some free afternoon one Saturday last month. The weather was cool and the sun cast the perfect lighting, so I went to the beach and surfed. Not. I’m way cooler than that so I brought out my crafting tools in the garden. 😊

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Of course, I had to be surrounded by my pets! I thought they can learn a trick or two in cutting paper.

Now, the project. I wanted something new for my office desk so I made a quote about, er, vacations. I know, I know. Vacation already?! Haha! But I thought this would keep me motivated (sane?) during moments of stress and save my hair from being pulled out a lot.

I first wrote the text in freehand calligraphy on tracing paper. Then, I traced the wrong side of the image on to white paper to create a mirror image. And then, I cut them with my trusty craft knife.

This came out:

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Charlie was the perfect border: 😜

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This is now on display at my workstation:

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What do you think of the quote? Agree?

Watch this video while you think about it. Cheers! 😉

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The Outdoors

One of the things I enjoyed when I last went to our province was making my papercuts outdoors (see the ones I made from there here and here). It’s a totally different experience when you just have your headphones on and go cutting in the garden using daylight and not a desklamp as your source of light.

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This morning when I woke up, the weather was so perfect and warm, I just had to go into the garden and make the most out of it. And since I needed to finish a project anyway, I brought my cutting materials (and iPod) with me.

What I was making for this particular papercutting session is, I would say, purposeful. Not that my other works were made in vain (admittedly, some were made out of boredom, but always with inspiration). I say “with purpose” because these papercuts I was making are to be photographed professionally by my brother to promote my blog. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come:

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This is kind of off-topic, but allow me to share one of the pieces I bought from my recent trip to a local crafting/furniture warehouse called Regalong Pambahay. I was as giddy as a kid on Christmas morning when I stepped into their store. One, because they have pieces that are no longer carried in most of their mall outlets, and two, almost everything is 20% off!

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Remember this papercut I made as tribute to a well-loved Filipino band? It looks so much different in this frame.

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I had been looking for this kind of frame for weeks, so you could just imagine my excitement upon seeing this!

I also bought a shadow box and one more double-glassed frame. Too bad they don’t carry a bigger frame that would fit my other projects.

If you’re a fellow crafter and you’re reading this, I hope I inspired you to try making your projects outdoors (only if it’s applicable with the craft you’re into, of course). Here’s someone who surely enjoyed it with me:

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