Sunday, October 31, 2010

Rockin' Roxi

"Sometimes you joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy."
-Thich Nhat Hanh


Not only is it Halloween, it is also two important people's birthdays. My Mom and my undergrad roommate, Roxi, has their birthdays on Halloween.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROXI!

So my layout of course has Roxi in it. The picture is from one of the few outings we had my last semester at Rutgers New Brunswick. Roxi and I decided that we needed to have a girls' night out with our former suitemates Christine and Kajal.

Message to the Birthday Girl:
We are getting a little too old to be sharing rooms with another person, but I would gladly share my room with you anyday. All I really want to say is, that I am glad that I know you. And I hope you enjoy your birthday and everything the next year has in stored for you.

Materials:
Embellishments -Basic Grey Chip Stickers
Paper- BoBunny, Me & My Big Ideas, Making Memories May Stack
Quote- Making Memory Clears

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Two Little Black Dresses

Super overwhelmed with school that I forget important brithdays. Thank goodness facebook has those reminders for us everyday that it is someone's birthday. So over the weekend, a close family friend celebrated her 20th birthday. We always call each other cousins to make the relationship much easier for others to understand. But I want to wish her a Happy Birthday on my blog.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOYCE!


The picture was taken at her (my semi-) brother's engagement party. We both wore black dresses. Of course she looked pretty as always. No elaboration to why I did the layout as is. I have too much to do at school; I will just let you enjoy instead.

Message to the Birthday Girl: Sorry I couldn't celebrate with you, but I bet you had a wonderful weekend. Hopefully I will see you soon. Miss you and New Brunswick dearly. Hope this semester is going well for you. 
Lots of love being sent your way. 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fears or Gun-Shy

" The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continuelly fearing you will make one." - Albert Hubbard

Every Monday night and Wednesday night, I walk back to my apartment by myself. Being in Newark is sometimes scary; I do look behind myself all the time to see if anyone is following me. There will be times where I would call my roommate Diana to stay on the phone with me until I reach our apartment.


So many changes are taking place right now that I am having the same feeling of losing control again. I cannot say I have totally found myself or discovered who I am. But I know how difficult it was for me travel this far. I have taken a even bigger leap of faith these last two weeks. After all that I have been through, I am more scared than ever.

This Broadway show was my graduation gift from my Sweet God-Sister, Sharon Fan.  I saw the massive poster on Broadway one day, with Sean Hayes and Kristen Chenoweth as the stars. I knew I had to go see it. Unfortunately, the storyline dealt with infidelity, which made me sad. Of course Sean and Kristen were amazing; Sean's character was just as funny as his character Jack in Will & Grace. As for my layout, I was just thrilled I took out my Slice and cut out the Title.

Materials:
Embellishments- Making Memories jigsaw 
Paper- DoodleBug Design, My Mind's Eye, Me & My Big Ideas

Monday, October 11, 2010

A Feeling

"Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it." - Grouche Marx

On my white board, I wrote my own quote that saids "I choose to be HAPPY today and everyday after." I am slowly starting to believe that happyness is something that you choose to feel. When I feel sad, days drag on; but when I am happy, weeks fly by. I also know that it is easier for people to be positive when things are going well for them. But I definitely know how it feels when your world is falling apart and you feel like you cannot control anything anymore.


I remember the morning I decided to go outside to watch the sun rise along the Hudson River. The night before I couldn't sleep. Probably one of the longer nights of my summer. The previous evening had made me very upset, and I am sure I cried to the point that I ran out of tears. I want to say I was back to normal the next morning, but that did not happen. What I should have done was pick myself up and chose to be happy regardless of any unfortunate events. Life has been slowly improving, and it has been easier to be happy. I am glad that I had the opportunity to see such a pretty sunrise. I am finally catching up to advice that others have been given me for months. Things do turn out for the better.

I have seen so many layouts where people do embellishment collages. I have a hard time picking out various embellishments from different brands and piece them together for a collage. However, with my chocolatiering credit from Crop Chocolate I have been able to buy similar brands with the same theme embellishments. I used Making Memories jigsaw shapes Nuetral and I also had the Making Memories Mat Stack for Neutral too. I really like the choice of red glitter foam alphas also from Making Memories.

Materials:
Paper- MM Mat Stack, Dream Street Paper
Embellishment- jigsaw shapes
Alpha- MM glitter foam alpha stickers

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Restaurant Week Part 3

"Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler." -Albert Enstein

I really made up the fact that I was not able to do Restaurant Week in the past. My third and last Restaurant Week visit for this summer was with my blog famous God-father. We went to Fig & Olive. I remember that we also went to a Magnolia's Bakery that day after lunch which made me very happy.


The atmosphere of the restaurant felt clean and simple. There were rows of olive oil between the dining area and their kitchen, which I thought was pretty cool. Being that the theme for Fig & Olive is the play on the olive oil that they used in their dishes. That is why my layout is simple and slightly empty. The green background gives it an earthy feel. I would have made branches for the birds to perch on, but I liked the idea of them sitting on my photos instead.

Materials:
Paper- Dream Street Papers LLC
Stickers- White Blossoms
Alphas- White Blossoms

Friday, October 8, 2010

Restuarant Week Part 2

"A friend is one who walks in when others walk out." -Walter Winchell

Have you ever left something incomplete? Because you cannot figure how to finish, what was missing or pin point what your theme was. This layout took me a while to finish because I did not know how to finish it. But today I decided to finish up because sometimes I tend to forget about things and I didn't want to forget about this dinner.

For a good eight-nine months, I have been learning to be independent and to be my own person. But a lot of this couldn't have happened without the help of friends. When you least expect it, they step up and help you through the toughest periods of your life. One of them was my friend Alan Yueng. Meeting in the first year of my undergrad, I surprised Alan by being in a few of his sophomore classes as a freshman. Over the years, we would always say that we would hang out sometime, but never got around to it. This past May, we graduated together from Rutgers School of Engineering with Civil Engineering Degrees (Alan had his degree in December, but chose to walk in May).

Over the summer, we decided to have dinner together during Restaurant Week. We went to Abbaccato, an Italian place on 55th Street. It was fun to catch up on life and we were able to go out a few more times later in the summer. It always nice to know how if you make the effort, friends are never too far away.
Later that night, I remember we had bumped into two of my high school friend at Momofuku Milk Bar on 56th Street. Its Blueburry and Cream cookies are to die for.

I wanted to highlight the pictures. The white circles are actually popped up off the sheet. They have green and purple rims. It reminds me of the lights you see when you view the night scene of any city. I would say New York City since it is the one I see the most often. As for the square pictures, I was short one; but thank goodness I had 6 business cards from the restaurant. The orange raindrops originally were positioned to be in a circular pattern to look like flowers. But I wanted them to look more like raindrops.

Materials:
Paper- Prima Marketing
Alpha- K& Company
Embellishment- Cloud 9 Design