Sunday, May 29, 2011

on martha stewart living

This is my newest favorite magazine at the moment....the pictures are gorgeous, the layout is impeccable and great articles all the way. 
Its an honor to be featured :) 

Special thanks to mbak Miranti.

msl june 2011

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Vol. 6: Giacaranda (part 1)

To add variety to the wallets' collection, i will be posting different patterns of different albums from now on. So, there will be a part 2 of this volume and so on.

Here's some that i did with paper discs and string (envelope style). I like how this makes them look a bit "old-timey".

Colors will be as shown in pics (because um, i'm too lazy to look up the colors' names honestly. if u have any questions, do email me :) )


Here's how the blue one looks when it's opened:

front cover
inside the double-backed passport cover

Size: 21cm x 13cm (closed)

* each wallet will be sold as a pair with the matching passport cover (as seen above)
** 1 pattern 1 piece only
*** no remake of sold-out items of the same pattern

Wallpaper designed by Sirpi. Made in Italy.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

tutorial: silhouette

I've had these frames for months now. 
They were a gift from my lovely sister because she insisted on buying me something. Rather than letting her making a bad purchase, i finally let in and chose these beautiful shell-cut black & white frames.
Yesterday, i finally took the urge to do one of my been-wanting-to-do-for-long-but-never-find-the-time project... framed silhouettes!
It's a quick project to do, yet the result is very rewarding. Here's how to do it:

start with frames of any size

How to turn the pics into black & white? easy peasy!
With the Photoshop open, open your desired pictures and go to Image>Adjustments>Threshold. 
The picture will immediately change to a black & white version with no mid tones. 
Moving your mouse left & right, choose how you want the pictures to look best. I make two versions for myself & hubby.
Drag the now black&white pictures to a blank canvas with its size measured according to the clear glass that holds the pictures inside the frames. 
Mine is 7.5cm x 7.5cm, for example. 

In the Photoshop, click File>New, filling the measurement with 7.5cm x 7.5cm. 
I drag the pictures to the blank canvas and adjust their size by clicking Edit>Transform. Make sure you hold the "Shift" button while dragging your mouse to prevent distortion. 
If you're making more than one (like me) and want to print em all together, just create a new A4 size page (click File>New) and drag the pictures one by one, and finally print em! 

two version
and ta-da! 
You've got yourself a new DIY decor at no extra cost (well, except for the frames maybe).

framed silhouettes

Monday, May 23, 2011

Vol. 5: Italian Grande (part 1)



Size: 21cm x 13cm (closed)
* each wallet will be sold as a pair with the matching passport cover (as seen above)
** 1 pattern 1 piece only
*** no remake of sold-out items of the same pattern

Wallpaper designed by Andrew's Legacy. Made in Europe.

Friday, May 20, 2011

wall(paper)et #2

I read this post a while ago.
It was an eye-opening moment to read the line: "don't wait until your work is perfect before you start selling".

The truth is our work does evolve in time. 
We discover new ways to make them better as we keep making them, and it's comforting to know that everyone is going through this phase.

In my case, I've discovered that snap buttons don't work wonders when stitched on paper (duh!). So now i use:
  • velcro and string&paper discs (coming soon) for the wallets' closure (bye2 snap buttons!)
  • more card slots on the flap (before it was 6, now 12!) 
  • only thick wallpapers will be used for the wallets, thinner ones will be used for cardholders, passport covers, etc

Size: 21cm x 13cm (closed)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

my first craft fair

Ever since i was informed as one of the participants at Tobucil's Crafty Days in Bandung, i couldn't be more excited.

So many thoughts went into my head as to what the event could possibly be like. I love visiting craft fairs, but to be there and selling my work is obviously a different take on the whole thing.

In the preparation, designing the booth was the most exciting yet thoughts-consuming stage for me. I love decorating and i probably took it a bit way too seriously as i made frequent shopping trips to find the right props. Reading those pretty decor blogs are partly to blame too...

I chose to keep the props' colors minimal while choosing only light-weight materials and non-breakable items (very important!). Wooden plate trays, white wire baskets, an easily-assembled wooden container, and a red-checkered vinyl table cloth were picked as they fulfill all the criteria.

Here's the look: 

my booth

I printed pictures of every product in 4R size and put them up with those price-display clips to best show their use. This helped me a lot in explaining what the crowds can do with my stuff.

Now, what's a craft show without a bunting??
However, to make mine different from the usual triangle-shaped bunting, i came up with this idea of using laminated paper doilies.

my bunting

I was so pleased with the result! Although its kinda embarrassing to admit how much time i had spent adjusting them in the correct position using the wooden clothes pins ;p

During the fair, I finally got to meet some of the friendly faces i've been following, such as mei, ika, ojan & putri, and of course tarlen herself, while also made new friends with audelia agustine (who asked me to craft-swap with her. Brilliant idea!), asriagung & putri (love their work!), grace and sheila d.

Joining Tobucil's crafty days was definitely a good hands-on learning experience, especially for a newbie like me. I look forward to participate in more of them! :)

For pics of Tobucil's Crafty Days #5, click here.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Phone pouch #1

Here's my first batch... 
The paper is quite thick (about 200gr) while the pattern is abstract with earthy colors.

sold out

sold out

* 1 pattern 1 piece only
** no remake of sold-out items of the same pattern

New Product: Blackberry Pouch

I've been wanting to make this pouch for sometime.
Finally the mood strikes at the right time, and here it is...

The pouch is measured 11.2cm x 8.5cm.
It's made to fit Blackberry Curve 8900 (10.9cm x 6cm x 1.3cm) and other phones who share the same dimensions (eg. Torch and Bold 9700 & 9780).
For comparison, click here.

just pull out the strap

You can get the phone out of the pouch by simply pulling out the strap. The strap's slot inside is layered with Tyvek, so its strong and tear-proof. Velcro is used to attach the strap to the body.

If you have other types of phones you'd like the pouch to fit onto, i also take customized order :)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


If you're running an online business, you might wanna check out
The cool website allows you to put your work on their web's showcase while featuring interesting articles too. 

They're kind enough to feature me in their article :) You can read it here

honda tvc

Three weeks ago, I was approached by my friend, Nanda, who holds a cool job as a tvc director, to make her ... a scrapbook.
It was for a Honda commercial in celebration of Kartini's day that she was making.

Now, I have to admit, i've had the least bit of interest in scrapbooking.
The act of arranging and decorating pictures with one-thousand-and-one bric-a-brac, seems a little too self-indulging, not to mention time-consuming, for me. I can see why the hobby was so popular but it's just not for me.

Nanda, being a good friend that she is, assured me over and over again that i could totally do this. With her voice kept repeating in my head and a thirst for challenge *yeah*, i agreed to do it.
I was briefed on Tuesday afternoon to make 3 double-page scrapbook spreads of different theme each, for Wednesday noon. It was that short of time.

I worked til 4.30am making the sort-of "first draft" of those 3 pages.
The next day, it turned out that we had a change of look (for the book) which made me had to re-do everything again. it was quite a stressful day.
After shopping frantically for materials, it took me about 6 hours before i was finally happy with the result.

my table looking ship-wrecked
 the result:

page 1
page 2
page 3

That night, i went home with the biggest smile on my face.

The fear of not being able to deliver and disappointing people who trust me, from the previous night had vanished into thin air. 

I'm happy they were satisfied with the result *thank God*, but more importantly i was happier because i had defeated my old-not-confident-self and proved it wrongly. It was certainly a memorable and one-of-a-kind birthday (yes, it was my birthday that day).

Now that Nanda has sent me the video, i'm more than happy to share it with you. 
Hope you like it!