Sunday, January 13, 2013

Break Time: Making Cards

Hello, Fili here :D

It's been a while since my last post here

The idea came when we took a little break after our first participation in a bazaar. I talked about how interesting would be to make a card *yes, it's my first time making a card* and then Lino said "why don't we make it now?" then we grin at each other. After that Lino brought some of her scrapbooking tools and this wonderful book

Because we had to list some of our items at our etsy shop, Lino had to do a photo session first. While I waited for her, I read the book to search for a reference and chose papers for my card. Choosing a paper was the hardest thing to do. I kept on distracted by one after another CUTE pattern papers and it surely made me confused. In the end, with some considerations, I choose the one with nature theme in it. After Lino finished the photo session, we gathered all the tools and decided the design. I made a card based on an example on the book while Lino made a card based on her own original design. Isn't it cool? XD

Lino recycled an unused paper as part of her card too (Lino: It's actually an article about military expenditure in China, one of her old reading materials in uni). She taught me various things about card making and she was really patient towards my carelessness during the process. My skill is still poor at colouring so there was uneven colours here and there.

And this is the result!
(Lino: A great job for a first timer!! Really. You all should see my first card. It's... awful)

That's it, making card is very fun! I hope I can make more of it and increase my skill next time :)

See you later,


Friday, January 11, 2013

More Crafty Stuffs from The Land of Rising Sun

If you love craft, Japan is a great place for you. They have lots of interesting stuffs, materials and books.

When Lino guided her aunts to Asakusa, the shop around the Sensoji really tempted you to buy them. All the bags, pouches, purses, everything are very Japanese-ish and cute! Unfortunately Lino didn't buy anything, but the stuffs there is something that looks like this, this, this and this.

But the real deal if you visit Japan is to buy their craft book, cause Japan has thousands of it. Where to buy? Any book store will do fine. Lino bought one purse making book and Cotton Friend, a sewing magazine complete with patterns. The price of the book is around 1300 yen, while the magazine is 900 yen.

Wait, only two?? Nope. Cause if you want to find cheap book, CDs, games, you go to Book Off. Lino visited three Book Off around Asakusa and Shinjuku area. Unfortunately, Book Off in downtown Tokyo is quite small, much smaller than the Book Off that Lino visited in Hiroshima City. Still, Lino succesfully found various interesting book/magazine in very good condition with bargain price. Some of the result of her hunt here (you can also see the price tag):

In the end, Lino bought nine craft book/magazine. She would love to bought more but her luggage (and wallet) won't allow her.

Next, if you love craft, you have to visit Tokyu Hands (fyi it also has online shop. Dang!). It has bric a brac, souvenirs, stationeries, cute stuffs to hand craft materials. The one that Lino visited was in Shinjuku inside Takashimaya building. It also has Yuzawaya on 11th floor. Thank God Lino already visited Nippori before, because the fabric price at Yuzawaya is much expensive than stores in Nippori.

Lino was caught in awe when she saw hundreds of washi tapes in Tokyu Hands. There are just too many colourful and excellent design washi tapes there. After contemplating for a while, she finally decided to buy some washi tape. It surely cost a lot for her, but how many times she had chance to visit Japan?

These are the washis.

She also bought the colourful Frixion Pen. Frixion pen is surely a breakthrough in stationery world, cause the ink can be erased by forever there eraser on the tip of the pen. 

So that's all. Lino was broke (like TOTALLY broke), but she's happy.


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Happy New Year!!

Fili&Lino would like to say


May this year will bring happiness, love and luck to us all. Fili&Lino are strive to provide more tutorials, crafty journals entries, interesting recycle idea and cute products. So stay tune with us :)