Posted 28 May 2006 - 08:53 AM
Posted 28 May 2006 - 10:59 AM
Lori Cook has some brushes, and embellishmenats and ScrapSimple paper templates called Asian Tranquilty, which seem to be more Japanese than Chinese.
Let us know what you want.
Posted 28 May 2006 - 12:48 PM
Asian Tranquility Brushes
Asian Tranquility Embellishment Mini
Asian Tranquility Paper Templates
Posted 30 May 2006 - 05:39 PM
This is the tip of the tip of the iceberg, so let me know if it works for you at all.
I'll also make the papers into a set of ScrapSimple Templates so you can make the papers any colour you want, but that might not happen until next week, I have a full plate!
I tried to make this collection appealling on several levels so I used a variety of photos in my LOs from the American flag to traditional geta. And I think it will mix really well with Lori's products, too!
Posted 31 May 2006 - 06:37 AM
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Posted 31 May 2006 - 10:14 AM
Is there any way, you could make some torri gates, geta (traditional shoes), geshia, kimono, tea ceremony chawan (tea cup), Shinto symbol, and a Buddhist symbol. Iím looking for some embellishments that I can use in my day to day pages. I study a lot of traditional arts, so these would be perfect.
My credit card number was stolen when I was in Thailand 2 weeks ago (the joys of travel). But once I get a new one, those sets will be my first purchase.
Posted 31 May 2006 - 12:41 PM
i'm in heaven making this stuff, just hope we can find many scrapbookers who need Japanese related products or i shall have to come up with some brilliant all purpose sets to offset my penchant for doing unusual stuff (like my Kwanzaa Collection).
i love the research and interpretation part. and i drew geta for this LO: Geta so i can easily build more----and kimono and geisha? a passion of mine.....oh i am from another era, if i could be anything, it would be a geisha during their heyday.
thanks for giving me the opportunity to indulge myself....as long as i get the rest of my work done, lol!
Posted 31 May 2006 - 02:34 PM
Some of the patterns can be integreted into non-Asian themed layouts. I think if you make it, there will be people who will have a need for such kits. Even if someone's never been to Japan or China, the kit can be used to highlight his or her interest in Asian trends and culture, such as home decor, foods, fashion, history, etc. There are lots of uses for kits like this!
Posted 31 May 2006 - 04:04 PM
I made an album for my dd 3-4 yr ago while she spent a year in SK teaching. She loved it but has no idea how hard it was to find all the oriental influence paper, embellishments, etc. for a whole album! But it was fun too - shopping on Ebay, I found origami kimonos & lots of things ... one thing she mentioned that she wished was in the album was LOTUS - they were plentiful in a park she frequented. I've also seen cherry blossom branches, magnolia & peach blossom too in Japanese designs, am I right? ... just thinking and throwing out design ideas. She also enjoyed exploring the Buddhist temples, so those symbols would be very useful. All this talk makes me want to do it over - digital! LOL .... J/K
~ heart*scrappin ~
Posted 01 June 2006 - 12:20 AM
While Iím fascinated as well by geshia, I donít think I could have been one. They didnít have any control over there lives. And unless they were in the top ranking geshia they worked very hard, very long hours and few made enough money to pay back their debts and buy their freedom. I donít think I could have been a women living in Japan even 30 years ago, Iím too much of a feminist (I still struggle ďplaying the womenís roleĒ at my workplace even in present day JapanÖprobably doesnít help that Iím the only non-Japanese person here). If you donít mind me asking what did your parents do that they lived in Japan? Can you still speak Japanese?
Posted 01 June 2006 - 10:17 AM
I lived in Japan from the 1st through 4th grades. We lived off base in Saitozaki and then when my mom became pregnant with my youngest brother we moved to Hakata AFB, though it has since been renamed. My mom never worked outside the home once she married my dad. Yes, I am from that era. We were there in the early 60's. They though my mom put a blonde wig on my head as my mom, dad and brother had brown hair. They were always saying kawaii (sp?) (means cute) and touching my hair in a manner that was bold and shy at the same time.
My dad worked for the OSI, the predecessor to the CIA, he was an investigator and I don't know what he did, he doesn't speak of it. And I never learned Japanese, only a few words.
(I do have to admit that when I see a crowd of Japanese people I get as close as possible so I can just listen to them speak, and look at their clothes, especially their shoes. It just makes me feel at home, in a weird way. I try not to act weird, lol, and scare them; but Japan seeped into my pores and it feels very familiar.)
And I remember all too well that discrimination against women when we were told we caucasians had the perfect Japanese family: the oldest a girl and then 2 boys. The theory was that I was there to assist my precious and more valuable brothers as their handmaiden (yeah, right!) and that if one brother died, my parents would still have a son (which just frosted my young sense of equality, lol) as clearly females were devalued.
The part of being a geisha that I would enjoy (certainly none of the things you mentioned as I'd certainly be too headstrong: a feminist) would be the devotion to art as they were the embodiment of living art from the way they dressed to their dancing and music and conversation skills. Every thing about them was to capture that elusive perfection of beauty----a simplicity yet layered in dimensions of time, the seasons, colours, style. And I never mind working hard.
So you're on, I'll make more stuff if you make the switch---but you know what? The stuff we all make here prints out like a dream, you can paper scrap with it and be totally blown away by the textures and details, in fact, it looks better printed!
Posted 01 June 2006 - 08:37 PM
I totally understand the blond hair thing. I have to wear my hair in a ponytail all of the time or children play with it. My parents lived in Okinawa on an AFB in the 70ís for 3 years. But it was before I was born. I grew up on there stories of life in Japan and for as long as I can remember I just knew this is where I was meant to end up. I started traveling to Japan during the summers when I was 14 and once I finished university, I moved. (I remind my parents of the fact that it was them who gave me my love of Japan and who encouraged me to travel to Japan as a child every time they ask me if Iím ever going to move back.)
I study a traditional dance the geshia lean/learnt. When we have our stage performances they make me wear a black wig to hide my blond hair (if the Japanese have long enough hair they donít have to wear a wig. But if theirs is short or died brown, then they have to, too.) And I wear the white make-up and beautiful silk kimonos. The make-up artist always has to redo my eyes a few times, but they always look slanted them they are done. My teacher jokes (at least I think itís a joke) that I need to wear color contacts to get ride on green eyes. I sent my mother pictures from my last stage and she couldnít pick me out. So I think I have the best of both worlds. But if time travel were possible, I would love to go back and spend a day watching the geshia in the heydays.
Posted 01 June 2006 - 09:58 PM
I have an Epson 1280 so I print my own 12x12 and am very happy with the quality. I print on 13x19 paper and just trim the edges with an exacto knife and straight edge (Design training 101) but Ro (our CEO) swears by Canon and it prints to the edge. Maybe I'll get one of those someday. They make heavyweight paper that's great for scrapbooking.
Are printers reasonably priced there? When we were there it was THE place to purchase electronic equipment, how about now?
And mixing and matching is my favorite: we call it bi-scrapping! Use the same adhesive. Maybe someone here knows of a good online place.
If you PM me your mailing address, I'd be willing to send you a few printed samples of Sachiko. Don't know how long it'll take to get there or how much it'll cost, though----I'll check it out next time I'm downtown and get the details.
It'd be fun to see you in your dance costume. I have to hunt up a halloween picture, we wore kimonos (yukata) that were handmade for my folks when we were there. I wore a black wig and my geta, but those blue eyes still ruined it!
Posted 07 June 2006 - 03:55 AM
Thatís cool. Do I just print them like I would if they were picture? I hadnít thought of doing that. Thanks for the great idea. ...
YES. But you don't have to print on just photo paper. You can print on any scrapbook paper you have. Just remember that the color of your paper, even slight color, will effect how the colors look when printed out.
PERFECT! THis is how I do it!! I am a combo scrapper.
Once you print out the paper, treat it the same as you would any other scrapbook paper. die cut it, ink it, distress it. fold it, glue it, etc.
...I can print a good quality 8x8 page on my printer at home. But I love the 12x12 size (plus 8x8 will look stupid in my 12x12 album). Can you recommend a place on-line that does good printing?
I think that printing the pages out in 8x8 if that is what you have is just fine. Use what you have. You might just pick up an 8x8 album on sale somewhere if you really want the whole album consistant and make it easier on yourself.
As far as where to print 12x12's? Well there has been lots of discusion here about that in THIS thread.
hope that helps,
Posted 07 June 2006 - 07:28 AM