Monday, February 27, 2017

Sunshine + Fresh Air = Good for the Soul

Good Monday Morning!

I hope you are having a great start of the day and have had (or is having) your morning coffee :) I love my morning coffee and some peace and quiet before the day starts.

Anyways, how was your weekend? It has been rainy here in Southern California and I have been loving it. Well, I do enjoy the sunshine too but if given a choice, I would choose cloudy days above all. Rain is great too cos everything seems to slow down and I do understand that it's harder to do outdoor activities when it rains but there's always comfort in a good book under a throw or enjoying journaling and art indoors! 

Last Saturday, however, was nice and sunny which was perfect for soccer practice :)

We don't usually go out to the parks in the mornings so this is a new routine for us, which we are actually enjoying. After breakfast, we drove to the Park where the kids were to have their soccer practice.

It's fun to see all the kids listening to the Coaches' instructions and learning to kick and dribble the ball. The kids were having so much fun and I love how attentive and focused Ryan was. We have brought him along with us since he was a little over 2 years old to the field in the summer months to practice kicking the soccer ball and to run with us and he has always enjoyed it so when his classmate's mum organized this soccer practice, we said we would join.

They also had some other fun and games after some light drills. 

Fresh air and sunshine is so good for the soul (my favorite is still cloudy days.. haha). Hubby and I were saying that we are going to take turns watching Ryan so that the other can go for a jog around the park and get our exercise in too. I do love that idea and can't wait for next Saturday to be here already :)

Have a lovely day!
- Evelin

Friday, February 24, 2017 Papers & Watercolor

Good morning!

I have been having fun thinking of blog posts, blogging and recording videos to share. It does take quite a bit of time to do all the above but I do think that it is a good use of time and any time that is well used, is good for the soul, right? :)

Doing voiceovers is still one of the things that takes up quite a big chunk of time because I kept blubbering and had to retake them several times. Haha. I believe that as time goes by and I get more practice, it will get better and faster! Anyways, my videos are usually really short (so that I don't have to talk much...) and I hope that you enjoy watching them as much as I had fun recording & editing them.

Today, I am sharing a card video using papers from PinkPaislee and stamps from Winnie & Walter. I do believe that these papers are from quite a long time ago. I have been hoarding them and as I was reorganizing this time, I thought that I had better use them. Hoarding them won't make anything fun :) So I trimmed them down to size, pulled out my watercolors and started playing! I use the word 'playing' when I am working on my illustrations too and my hubby always thought that I am not doing what I am supposed to be doing and is really actually playing! LOL. 

Below is the process video of me playing with the papers and creating the cards you saw above. I hope that you will enjoy watching it. I am also on Instagram and would love for you to follow me there too :)

As usual, thank you for dropping by!
- Evelin

Friday, February 17, 2017

Constellations and Shitajiki / Pencil Boards

Hi everybody! Good morning :)

Today I would like to share about this little project of mine that has taken quite a while for me to complete... I started this last year but being the queen of procrastination that I am, I kept putting it off. 

This year, however, I really want to set out to complete projects that I had in mind and also to achieve the goals that I set for myself. It takes a lot of willpower and basically to just hunker down and do it! That and also to really keep track of myself and pulling myself back on track whenever I slide off, and setting more realistic goals for myself each week.

I used to set really high goals, lots of to dos and things to accomplish... it feels like setting myself up for failure because there's too many things to complete and we only have 24 hours a day to juggle so many things. I get demotivated after some time looking at all the things that I couldn't cross off my list because they are not done and that is not a good feeling.

Keeping my list more achievable now is helping me complete more tasks and I find it way more effective. If I complete the tasks I set out to do before the end of the week, then I will add more. This rarely happens but I am checking off more things from my list than before.

This is my 'unfinished project' from last year. I wanted to come out with a constellation zodiac pencil board (shitajiki) for my etsy shop. I really do love lettering and I wish I have more things to write :D

The mess I made when I was completing this and I love it! 

And they are done! 

I couldn't be happier than finally completing editing and printing them out. I love how the silver splatters really do look silvery! They are all printed on 110lb white cardstock and will be laminated for protection and I do make various sizes to fit any of the travelers notebook or journals out there. Well, these are handmade with love by me so I can make them any size you want :)

I hope that you will use them in your journals and to accompany you in your journey of life, a reminder to slow down and enjoy the little things in life. These and many others can be found in my Store.

Thank you for reading!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Cutest Video Hop Ever

 Good Morning!

Welcome to The Cutest Video Hop Ever :) My son and I are excited to be joining Emily Leiphart for this fun hop celebrating 5000 subscribers on her YouTube channel but more importantly, inspiring the next generation of crafters!

I had so much fun creating and recording this video with my son and I hope that you will have as much fun watching us craft as we have enjoyed creating these projects to share with you. We are also very proud to have two inspiring young crafters joining us on their own YouTube channels. 

Do hop on over to my YouTube channel to watch the video. I have linked the next video to this Hop in my YouTube Description :)

List of supplies & materials : MISTI, WinnieWalter Welcome to the Family with Evelin T Designs stamp set, cardstock, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Hero Arts Fresh Peach, EK Success Scallop Puncher & Martha Stewart Confetti Heart Puncher

I love using the MISTI especially when I am creating with my son because it helps him stamp precisely at the right spot and if the ink is not black enough, we can always stamp again and it will always be right where we want it to be. That cute little kitty cat is a personal favorite of mine (& my son's) because we used to have a kitty cat :) It was a simple yet fun project and most importantly we spent time creating something together and had fun learning control, listening to instructions, giving and getting creative.

Listed below are the YouTube Artists participating in this Hop:

I hope that you had fun watching our videos and do make sure you hop on over to Emily's post (if you have not) for more information about the Hop and her very generous Giveaway from our very generous sponsors, so be sure to comment, subscribe and check out all the videos for your chance at the giveaway. Giveaway closes at 11.59 pm EST on Tuesday February 21, 2017 and 11 winners will be announced on Emily's blog on February 24, 2017. 

The List of Sponsors are as follows:
Catherine Pooler Designs, two $25 gift certificates
Ellen Hutson$50 gc + 10% discount code “craftykids”
Just ME Digital Stamps4 digital files, winner's choice
My Favorite Things$25 gift certificate
Neat & Tangled$25 gift certificate
Paper Smooches$50 gift certificate
Pretty Little Studio$25 gift certificate + 10% discount code “prettylittle”
Simon Says Stamp$25 gift certificate
Sunny Studio Stamps$20 gift certificate
Technique Tuesday$25 gift certificate
Winnie + Walter, two $25 gift certificates

Thank you for dropping by!
All the best of luck in the Giveaway :)
- Evelin

Monday, February 13, 2017

Monday Funday : Brush Lettering

I love to write scripture verses and quotes I find inspiring in my traveler's notebook as I journal. It's a good way for me to practice my brush calligraphy and also slows me down to contemplate on the meaning behind the words I write down.

Words can inspire and words can destroy. 

I choose to write down uplifting words and words that inspire me in my journal and a reminder to me to speak kindly to others. Words are powerful and there are ways to speak our minds and yet speak it without hurting the person we are talking to. It is hard sometimes, especially when emotions are heightened. I, for one, have said things I wish I had more time to think about before replying or when I was calmer but hey, we are all learning to be better, right? The important thing is that we are making a conscious effort to guard & better ourselves. It's ok to stumble, we just need to pick ourself up and move on.

This is a time-lapse video of my brush lettering. I have also uploaded it on my Youtube channel and I hope that you will enjoy watching it. Follow me over at my Instagram too if you like to see more pictures of my love for analogue :)

Thank you for dropping by!
- Evelin

Friday, February 10, 2017

Season's Tweetings : Merry & Bright

I know Christmas is over but it is a very merry feeling to create Christmas cards. Well, at least that is the case for me :) Christmas has always been a favourite season of mine. I love the songs, the atmosphere and the meaning of Christmas. Besides, it's always a good idea to start early and hopefully I will have a healthy stack of Christmas card to send out by the end of this year! I am taking a cue from my dear friend Amy who is building up her stash of Christmas cards early. I really do think it is a very smart thing to do :)

For this card, I am using Season's Tweetings from Winnie & Walter. When I drew the images for this set, I wanted an igloo strung with lights because it feels more festive to me and besides, that would mean more for me to paint and colors adds accents without adding bulk. And oh, what's an igloo without penguin companions, right? These merry trio aims to put a smile on your face :)

I added Stickles on the poms I drew so that they sparkle when light hits them :) I try to make cards as flat as I can especially if I am mailing them overseas but without compromising dimension and accent if possible. So I usually use colors and little sparkles to add some interest. 

And as you can see from my previous posts, I love to use watercolor on my stamped images. I have tried many other mediums which I use once in a while but my go-to would be watercolors. I just love working with them and watching them blend. Perhaps I will do a short video on blending sometime soon?

I hope you liked my card and these cute penguins from Season's Tweetings. And if you like to join me on my adventures in journaling and my love for illustration & stationery, I post pretty frequently over at my Instagram account.

Thanks for dropping by!
- Evelin

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The night I drew a Rooster

 According to the Chinese Zodiac, the year 2017 is the Year of the Rooster. The Rooster is the tenth animal of the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac and yes, I know that the Lunar New Year started on January 28 but the celebration technically lasts 15 days so it's not too late to share this watercolor illustration I did last week, right? :)

I know I already shared this on my Instagram but I thought I would share it here too on my blog. I drew this last week during my nightly 'me-time'. I try to carve out some time to create every night and just to slow down, watch some Netflix, journal, illustrate and watercolor :) It's been therapeutic and I enjoy the quiet of the night.

And here's the hyperlapse of me watercoloring the little Rooster. It was really fun drawing and watercoloring this and I hope you enjoy watching this process video. If you have any requests on what to draw or paint next, do drop a comment (or two) and if you like, follow me on Instagram :)

Thanks for dropping by!
- Evelin

Monday, February 6, 2017

My 2017 Set Up

From trying to scrapbook to preserve the memories of our daily life, to trying Project Life and only succeeding for a year and a half, my analogue system has evolved over the years. I guess with all things that changes in life, the methods and tools that we use to change over time as well. 

And because I love stationeries, I was using too many tools for memory keeping. At one point I was using a planner, a hobonichi and a Travelers Notebook as well. I loved them all but it got overwhelming and it wasn't effective seeing that I would need to lug them all out with me if I were to go somewhere. That and everything was everywhere... and so I decided I wanted to simplify come 2017 and change the way I kept my journal & planner.

'Change is the only constant in life'
- Heraclitus

This year, I am only using 2 journals. My Traveler's Notebook and my 18-month Moleskine. I started using the Moleskine in July 2016 and this time I am committed to using it until the last page. My Moleskine is where I write down my To Do Lists and Daily Happenings. It's where I write down our Grocery spending, activities to do with Ryan and quotes.

I have used the Moleskine planner once before but I was unable to commit to the last page... well, I did mention at the start of the post that I love stationery, right? :) That was one of the reasons why I did not stuck it out. I moved on to using planners which was a good system and I still love them but I will use them for writing down my orders and maybe recipes instead of being a mobile system. 

Inside my Traveler's Notebook, I have the Superior Labor Travel for Life wallet where I keep some spare cash, receipts and a photo of my family, a journal I keep records of my daily life and things I am thankful for each day and a spare notebook I keep to jot random things in. And next year, I have plans to simplify further. To use only the Traveler's Notebook for Daily Planning and journaling and that will be the only journal I will be bringing with me. I like that everything will be in one place and how I will be bringing less out but have so much more with me :)

Another recent companion to my analogue tools is the Mod Tablet 3 from This is Ground. It holds all my essential analogue tools in one place and forces me to bring less. I had to seriously consider what I needed and only put those in the Mod. It was not an easy task at all! All these reaffirms me that less is more. In this modern world where we just want more and more things, having less is actually sparking more joy to me and I haven't really felt the urge to make purchases and when I did consider buying something, I paused and think carefully if I really needed it. 

Pausing makes us slow down and if we forget about the thing we wanted to buy after a couple of days, we probably don't need it in the first place :)

Here's to simplifying and having fun doing it too :)

Oh hey, I am on Instagram too if you would like to follow my life in pictures.

Thanks for dropping by!
- Evelin

Friday, February 3, 2017

Winnie & Walter Jan/Feb Release : Premiere Day 4

Hi there lovelies!

It's the final Premiere day over at Winnie & Walter and the releases will be available tonight at 10pm CST. I hope that you have been enjoying hopping along all the Talents' blogs and looking at all the wonderful projects they have come up with and oh, I hope you joined the giveaways over at Winner & Walter's blog too.

I have 3 cards to show you today but they revolve around the same theme and it was pretty quick to assemble them once the prep work has been done :) I usually watercolor and pre-cut the stamped images that I would want to use and keep them in a little drawer in my acrylic box so I can see what I have inside.

I created 3 cards with hilly elements using the cute animals from Welcome to the Family stamp set (and a couple of older sets, of course!)

I don't have any dies that cut shapes of 'hills' so I hand cut the hilly shapes freehand. It's pretty easy to eyeball them. For each card, I cut 3 pieces to create the shapes of the hills.

After I hand cut the shapes, I lined them up and lightly marked the spot where the bottom piece will go with a pencil. I popped the middle and uppermost layer with pop dots. For the middle piece, I actually cut my pop dot in half (to make it half the thickness) so that I have varying degree of hills.

Once I get the hills in place, I place the trees from Season's Tweetings stamp set and arranged the little elephant and bunny on the card before I adhere them on with glue and pop dots. 

I stamped the sentiment last... Thankfully my trees were all adhered flat on the card so that worked out fine :) I then added a heart balloon on the card with pop dots and drew the balloon string for little Ellie. 

Side view of my card. I think I might a bunch more of these because I am kinda liking cutting the hills and creating dimensions with them.

As I was staring at the card after it was done, I felt that it needed a little something more so I added some watercolor on the hills.

I hope you like the cards I created with Welcome to the Family with Evelin T Designs and I hope that you are loving the cutaways and new stamps in this Release. If you would like to see more cards, my daily journaling and more pictures, do follow me on my Instagram.

And last but not least, do remember to drop by Winnie & Walter's blog for giveaways and all the best!

Thanks for dropping by.
- Evelin

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Winnie & Walter Jan/Feb Release : Premiere Day 3

Good Morning :) 

It's Release Day no. 3 over at Winnie & Walter and boy, do they have an amazing assortment of cutaways and cute stamps lined up! Of course, I am a little biased but I do hope that you will love the stamps and all the timeless cutaways that will be released on February 3.

 I am so thankful to be able to design for Winnie & Walter and I always feel so blessed to be able to see (& to use) the stamps I illustrated 'come to life'. I hope that you will love creating with these cute little animals as much as I loved drawing them.

First up is this card I made using the Monkey and Elephant stamp from the Big Hugs stamp set. I stamped the image on watercolor paper and then painted it. 

I wet the background area with some water before applying the watercolor and when the background is almost dry, I painted the little animals. This way, the paint won't run into each other and smear. 

For the second card, I watercolored the stamped Puppy and Kitty image and popped them on some pop dots to create dimension and added enamel dots as well. 

It's been a while since I used enamel dots and they are so fun to use. They add dimension and pops of color to a card without adding too much bulk.

I love making cards that I can use for many occasions and I keep a stash of these in case I need any and have no time to make them on the spot. Do you keep stashes of handmade cards around too or do you prefer to create on the spot? :)

I hope you like the cards I shared with you. I would love to read your comments and if you are interested, I share my love for stationery and illustration over at my Instagram too. 

Be sure to hop on over to Winnie & Walter's blog for giveaways & good luck!

Thanks for dropping by!
- Evelin