Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sew Fun Handbound Book


This is another journal book that I bind.

I named it ' Sew Fun' as the illustration on cover page.
It is made off from Japanese Cotton Fabric.



Monday, October 25, 2010

simple, charming, and aesthetic


Like everything handmade

Like the little star

Like the handbound book


zakka has emerged into my living.

to be simple, charming, and aesthetic.


Explore the possibilities and ways in book binding.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Creative Revolution

Creative Revolution

I was so grateful to have 2 free hours of (my own) time on Friday.

I explore the possibilities / ways to use my own hand-bound book , which can be open flat.


Since I have only 2 hours. I worked on Diana Trout' s Creative Revolution which each prompt may take 10-20 minutes. She is inspiring teacher.

So, start with Nudge 1 : Take a handful paper / fabric scraps, glue them down on journal.
CR : 1

Nudge 2 & 3 : I don't have printer. So will worked it out in next few days.

Nudge 4 : Lettering . Used broad marker to bold the letters.
(Place where I worked, the bird chirping , warm sun. I used to dream what I gonna do if I quit my job)

Nudge 5 : Split the page into 7 segments. One for each day of the week.
The journal book can be served as your customize diary book for year 2011.
CR : 5
So many things happen this week,
I didn't update my blog as I was ill (period cramp so seriously)
the sad part, we loss our beloved brother-in-law who suffered cancer . He was 35 years old.

Nudge 6 : 5 minutes collage.
When I flip thought the old pile of magazine and found this "Never stop learning while enjoying the best of life" speak to me.
CR : 6

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Grafitti Art







Feeling not well this few days ...
the work pressure have in work and
health problem I have on myself
waiting for time to come to resolve all these

So blessing I find art
which enables me to 'release'

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Crusade 45 : A New Page 5


I've taken up the challenge posted by Michele Ward in her GPP Street Team.

This month challenge , 'Back to Back', is to take a few color copies of a painted background and try finishing it several ways. Or take a page that has some kind of foundation on it already.

Cut into pieces

So, I going to re-make this page which I feel the background is not interesting at all.
The page is to response to Autumn's A New Page ~ Prompt 5 ~ Battle Plan / Repair . Autumn mentioned that this spread is dedicated to repairing those broken places or taking action against a problem. What ways can you find to repair or solve this problem?

And here what I go with those colors copies and the prompt....






Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Giveaway : Announced

Remember of my giveaway on those luscious Asian tags .

However, no worry about not winning these tags. As I will include a pack of them as an gift for the purchase of journal book.


So, here are some suggestion from my blog-friends "How you gonna do with those tags".


TJ said..."What you gonna do with those tags?" Lay? They are so beautiful. I'm so happy I just subscribed to your blog so I can see these things. Wherever did you collect them all? It's an amazing stockpile.

Heather said...How lovely!!! I think i would use them in my art journal!!

Artymess said... Wow fantastic tags I would use them on my fabric postcards .......I can imagine them now going on their journeys .

Tess said...I think they would be lovely backgrounds for ATC's...

Torill said...Thank you :0) I would love to use them in my journal and on my LO's. They are just FAB!!! Thanks for your inspiration too!!

joy said... I would use them in my moleskine journal as a focal point or background depending upon the subject matter. They are all beautiful! Thank you, Lay Hoon!

Mona said...Focal points in journals, gift tags, added to other papers to make fused paper, sewn to make journal pages. They are lovely!

Hearthandmade go crazy in my art journal... possibly as a collage/patchwork background with a paint wash. Or i could do a similar thing on canvas and draw over the wash!

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said... Oh I love making collages- so I could use them on a frame or my journal, or even on a canvas! They are so colorful !

Tina said... oh what fun - pick me pick me {wink - wink} these would be great in my journal or on an old suitcase...very cool...and the journal is totally it all

Autumn said... These are the coolest! Thanks for the chance, and what a fun date to host a giveaway!

Bella said... I just found your blog and I'm mesmerized :) love to see different things. I love those tags! I also love the page with the eye and how you used the mirror. I can't wait to look further on your blog. thx for the opportunity to win these tags. They are not something I have seen before .

Nicole Austin said... these tags are lovely! i love how you've sewn them into the pouches.



Here are your random numbers: 1

Congratulation to TJ, kindly email me your address. Others than the Asian Tags, I'll include some ephemeras found in my country.

Monday, October 11, 2010

luscious handmade


Lately, I'm not only explore the glorious way to bind a book .

I also strung across one wall, exploring the ways to capture great product photos.


I couldn't harness my joy and passion and had to share with you all this handbound journal book. It's available in my store with a reasonable price.



mescrap studio

Friday, October 8, 2010

Be happy


Desire and aversion are of the mind.
The mind is never yours.
You are free of its turmoil.
You are awareness itself, Never changing.
Wherever you go, be happy.

-Ashtavakra Gita

Thursday, October 7, 2010

A New Page : Prompt 8


Never Grow Up

Autumn encouraged us to think of our self as a child and just scribe away our thoughts on childhood and growing up.

What did it mean to you then, and how do you see it now?


I put a little mirror in the center of eyeball

to reflect what am I now.


I thrilled when saw what Altered Route did for this prompt.

Monday, October 4, 2010

map obsession


I often take a day out (alone), may be once in a few months

with camera, journal book, hat (people thought that I'm Japanese), and a 'curiosity' heart.

just to sneak around the place , the street where I found interest in.


I really wish to transform my path to a MAP form (like the above).

As Map make me crazy, like another interest of mine captured in another blog.


Pudu is one of the significant historical places.

According to historians, the Pudu village has existed since around 120 years ago mostly occupied by early Chinese settlers who were involved in the tin mining industry and other small local trades.

It was mainly a Chinese community from the very start, even until now, the area is largely populated by Chinese community with an increasing number of foreign workers.


There is a project carried out by the community Pudu. It's called Pudu Community Art Project
An art project based in Pudu community organized by Lost Generation Arts Space.



This community art project is initiated as an attempt to rediscover the significant cultural value of Pudu via a series of community-based arts and culture programs in the hope of engaging the locals in building the groundwork for communal bonding, with the ultimate aim of revitalizing the community.



From the map, I can see the burning heart of the passionate young people in Pudu.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Paper Art : Lotus Flower Book

lotus book

What I had busy at last weekend in played with those papers

Folding those papers, calming my mind

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Lotus flowers are amazing and have strong symbolic ties to many Asian religions especially throughout India.

The lotus flower starts as a small flower down at the bottom of a pond in the mud and muck.

It slowly grows up towards the waters surface continually moving towards the light.

Once it come to the surface of the water the lotus flower begins to blossom and turn into a beautiful flower.

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Lotus - Estranged love, forgetful of the past

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lotus book_8

I remembered Linda had shared in her blog regarding How to Make Lotus Flower Book.