A few posts back I posted how I got planner-envy with some of the people I follow on IG. They make it look so easy to beautify their daily notebook companions when here I am struggling to make mine remotely "artistic".
But luckily I've got a weapon in my hand that has helped me become a fraction better at "planner-ing" than I used to. It's the SILHOUETTE CURIO.
Ever since I saw the Silhouette Cameo come out years ago, I wanted one. But I had always told myself that it was a frivolous expense and what did I need a plotter-cutter for anyway? But when Silhouette came out with the Curio- a machine that not only can cut but can emboss, deboss, stipple and etch as well -- I was HOOKED!
My Curio has been with me since late last year, but I have not had the chance to completely play with it until this planner phase of my crafting career kicked in. Now with the Curio I could put different unique stickers in my planner and all of it would be hand made and cut at home!
But what if you don't have a Curio or a cutter plotter, is everything lost? NO WAY!! Just because you dont have a Silhouette doesnt mean you cant make your own stickers as well. Which is why I'm going to tell you how you can do it yourself with very little spending. And, in the spirit of generosity I am also throwing away a "free printable" of my own below. (PS: Another reason why I'm so excited to share with you this sticker printable is because I conquered my fear of Photoshop and was able to make this completely on my own with the help of stock images of course!)
So what do you need to get your own stickers? Well the obvious is sticker paper and a printer, but another crucial piece is an EXACTO KNIFE. If you cant get one a small cutter would do, but I would advise getting the knife because it's going to make your life easier. They are quite inexpensive and available in the local National Book Store.
First off you download the printable below. Do this by CLICKING HERE to be able to get the file from Google Docs. Then open the image in your computer using any photo viewing (and editing) software. If you want to adjust the sizing go ahead. Also if you are a whiz at photoshop you can tweak the images too. But for the basics just open the image and print using your printer. If your printer has color options it would be nice to pick vibrant just so the colors really pop. Another thing, wait for the ink to dry before you start cutting. I didnt wait and some of my stickers got smudged which was a total bummer on my part. So PATIENCE IS KEY!
After you've printed on sticker paper get out the Exacto Knife. It would be better to have a cutting mat, but if you dont just make sure you have something underneath the sticker paper so you wont damage the working surface. Slowly but steadily trace out the images with your exacto knife do this until you have completely cut out the stickers. Once you've done them all have fun sticking them on your planner or wherever you like! Don't forget to give a shout out on IG (using @sab_adventures) if you have photos using the stickers. I'd really like to see how you've applied them.
In any case thanks much for visiting and allowing me to share this creative brain-fart with the internet world. ENJOY!
One of the first cuisines I got introduced to was JAPANESE.
It would be such a treat if we could eat in a jap resto when I was younger.
I have always loved Japanese food -- it would probably be one of the first exotic cuisines I got to taste. Exotic in the sense that it wasnt normal fare at home. As a kid my favorite would always be miso soup and Ebi Tempura. No fail, that was my go-to order when we would have Family dinners at Okasan (a restaurant along Madrigal Avenue, Alabang).
But as I got older, I've begun experimenting on other dishes and have grown to love sushi, teriyaki, ramen and Katsudon. Which bring us to the topic of this blog post.
One afternoon, I was craving for Japanese food and Katsudon came to mind. I thought to myself, why not try to make it from scratch? How hard could it be? (I was also going through a DIY phase where I wanted to handcraft, handmake, hand whatever everything!).
Again, the internet proved to be a vast resource and I was able to pluck a relatively simple recipe. The next item was to source the ingredients. Friends of mine recently opened an Oriental Grocery here in L.A. (Legazpi, Albay) and had in stock things I would need. If you want to make this -- or other oriental recipes check out DyLeeShious along Rizal Avenue. It's a play on all their last names which is why it's spelled that way, nevertheless food there IS delicious so check it out.
To cut the suspense, here is the recipe and a few of my tips:
The rest of the recipe goes like this:
It's a fairly simple recipe and it only took me 30 minutes tops to make! No kidding! This could be in the running for Jamie Oliver's meals. And the hubby loved it so that's a plus. Of course, the finish product didnt have the plating skills of Master Chef contestants but what maters is the taste -- which my number one critic (the hubby) said was AWESOME! If I can make this, so can you. So try it at home. Serve with chopsticks too if you want it to really be authentic.
I've got photos below of what my FIRST TRY looked like. haha Maybe with a little practice it would look more presentable.
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I have always wanted to write. This will now be a creative outlet-- home to all my arts and crafts. So feel free to browse around my everyday adventures.