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Chinese papercutting for grandpa

My grandpa loves red and yellow. For the Chinese, red is a lucky colour and yellow looks like gold.

He wears red or pink polo-shirts.

We eat Nasi Briyani (yellow rice) for his birthday every year.

So I thought I should get him something lucky, and something red, but also something meaningful.

The grandpa feeds me every time I go to his house. Apples, biscuits, milo… he keeps handing me food.

So I thought this papercutting of a bird feeding its young was entirely appropriate. I got it here.

I didn’t know where I should put it though, so I played around with several ideas.

In the end, I gave up. Luckily, when I went over to my grandparents’ place, my uncle had a decal which came in super handy. He helped me mount my papercutting onto the fridge.

😀 I think my uncle is super smart. But anyway…

Later, after singing the birthday song (after grandpa blew out the candles– he did so immediately after lighting them!!), we sat around for a while before heading to buy my grandpa a TV.

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My thin book

I never seem to be able to finish writing in any of my notebooks, yet I quite like the idea of filling up an entire notebook.

The ‘problem’ I think is that I am not a copious writer, or a very detail-oriented note-taker. In my General Paper class back in junior college, I was pretty good at summaries.

The solution, I figured, is to have a thin book.

A small book.

A book with only 8 pages and 16 sides.

In other words, a books I can fill up easily 🙂

I haven’t figured out what I want to use this book for. It could be my idea book. Or it could be my prayer book. Or it could be my quote book. Or I could write a story. Or I could write down my goals. Or I could draw…

🙂 I marvel at the endless possibilities for my thin book.

    Welcoming 2011

    This is my journal for 2011. I pasted birds and a cloud I cut from paper. I make my own journal simply because the ones on the market don’t cater to my rather unique needs. I want a journal where I can record my monthly expenditure. I need one with both months and week views. Being a Catholic, it’s also nice to know the feasts and which ordinary Sunday it is; I literally cut and paste the monthly Catholic calendar inside.

    And of course, I need to decorate my journal so I need one with inviting blank pages 😀

    For now, my pages are pretty blank so I can’t show you much. I will update from time to time. But in the meantime, look at what Gennine has done. I really like her journal pages.

    A clean slate