Sunday, November 4, 2012

Template 68 and 69

I should have done this long ago but work and other stuff have been keeping me busy.

I haven't even have time to bake recently because most of my weekends are filled with dance classes - West Coast Swing and Tango. Somehow, the dance genes are not in me... while others groove and sway to the music like it's the most natural thing to do, I struggle to even keep up with the rhythm.
Anyway, let's see how it goes.

Meanwhile, have fun with these 2 templates!




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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

It's May already!

Hello, there!

I'm sorry I didn't post anything in March. I had a 2-week vacation in UK and work was super busy before and after the trip. In fact, I haven't even found the time to scrap the photos from the trip.
I took about 800 photos during the 11 days and they definitely need lots of sieving before I can even start to decide how I want to lay them out.

Have been having quite some success on my macarons. Starting to work on flavours and even colour.
Tried Baileys buttercream 2 weeks ago and have great feedback from my "fans" in the office. Made some dual-coloured ones as well and my friend said that they look like "smurfs". Haha!


Here's a new template for you to work with.
I quite like the idea of the clothes peg but I'm not so expert in getting the shadow of the string right. Sorry about that!


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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Happy belated V-day

I had wanted to post this early but I was tired after my pilates class so here it is!
Hope you had a great v-day, alone or with someone you love and care about!


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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Macarons!!

You know that the winter season is over and spring is here when all the scrapbooking newsletters you receive in your inbox shows bright, colourful kits instead of pale whitish ones. I am tempted to buy some new kits but I already have so many kits in my HDD that I think I need to do a stock-check first. LOL!

I had some breakthrough in my journey of macarons. Firstly, I've got to post this picture which I found on the internet which I think is really apt.



Macaron is made of finely grounded almond, icing sugar, egg whites and castor sugar. The centre is filled with cream or jam etc.

Recipe is super simple but the execution of it, is like a chemistry project and I lost count of the time I failed. Either the meringue was under-beaten or the macaronage was under/over-mixed. Sometimes, my oven is too hot by 5 degree cel, sometimes, I overshot by 5 minutes.
Anyway, for the past few tries, I have partial success (not the entire batch survived) and here are they!







Definitely going to make more and get more confident in this!

Here's the template you are waiting for! Have a great weekend!
(It's a long weekend for me 'coz we are celebrating Chinese Lunar New Year on Monday and Tuesday!)


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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy new year!!

Happy new year!

I'm sorry this post is so over due.
I was on a work trip in Paris for about 10 days, a week before Christmas and when I'm back, everything just seem to be in a "daze"... jetlag, Christmas season, clearing annual leave etc.

Also, I started a "journey" on making macarons.
The lack of success is so frustrating that I wasn't spending much time on scrapbooking except for my 365-project (which I just sent out to print at Photobook... no more Shutterfly!).

So one thing at a time...

Winter in Paris...



And unsuccessful macarons...

I can write a long blog post about this but I will save it for the time when I'm finally successful.
I used to say "it's not about the destination but the journey", but after 10 batches of failed macarons, I'm not so sure anymore. LOL!
(But I guess if these 10 batches gets me to 95% success rate in future, it's not so bad afterall!)

Shuttefly has bombed me with lots of discount codes this season and I was tempted to give it a try again.
But it drove me crazy with its "scrapbooker-unfriendly" interface.
First I have to remove the "vivid colour enhancement, which is not so bad because it's just 1 click for all 60 pages.
Then, I have to remove the "auto-crop" one page at a time. C'mon, if I uploaded a square, I would want to print it in square, no?
Then comes the layout, it used to let me set 1 page as full-bleed and then ask if I want the rest of the pages to be changed as well. Not this time. So I had to do it page by page again.
And then the final straw came... the first page cannot be set as a full bleed no matter how I tried. It has to be one of the default layout specific for the first page.
That's it. I closed the page and opened my Photobook application.

It has a new year promotion of 30%, free shipping for S$60 and above and it takes less than 3 weeks to reach me. I do whatever I want on the application, save the book and then make a "proof" which I can then send online for processing. Uploading of the proof was much faster and payment process is the same as most online carts.

It's a full 8-inch page (i.e. the book is slightly bigger than 8") and the colours are a little darker than Shutterfly and not as vibrant. But the ease of making the book wins.
I don't know how other scrapbookers manage to survive the new Shutterfly interface (it wasn't like that 2 years back!) and I'm really interested to find out...

And lastly, here's the latest template for you. Have fun!!

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