Monday, January 14, 2013

Orchid Lover

Hi my blogger friends :) It's been a while now and here I am making a come back after the year end holidays with my dear Mother. Only God knows how I feel being home spending the incredible moments with her and to be back where I am without the person who brought me into this world is heartbreaking. I wish I could stay there with her forever but God has set my path to follow and I left Him a prayer to look upon my Mom while I'm gone fulfilling my commitments. Before my return home last November, I made a layout for my Mom...the one she requested me to do...the subject she loves most ~ her precious orchids! They were blooming when my sister Lili was with her taking shots of her catalyas and other species. Once I got the photographs, I didn't scrap right away, not until I found the perfect sketch to fit them in. I knew the sketch by Michelle van Wyk who was one of the winners for Let's Scrap sketch contest way back in October last year was perfect for my layout and this was my finale cum farewell layout sample as one of Let's Scrap Design Team member for last term which ended on November 30, 2012.  

The winning sketch:

Some close-ups:
I added the bird cages to remember my father who used to have a huge collection of similar bird cages hung all over Mom's orchid sanctuary. I have also added brown twine {see below} because it simply reminds me of Mom who would use raffia to tie her orchids or Dad who used twine for his carpentary or gardening job.

The initial SKZA is made up by my father which is a symbol of true love between my Mom {Sity Khatijah} & Dad {Zainal Abidin} who went through thick and thin from their wedding day until Dad's final resting.

I just love the effect of stamping and glossy spray on white card stock as well as the lace punch. The title was printed and painstakingly cut out. Watercolor paint finished it off which really pleased me. Of course I can't do without handmade paper rosettes with flowery wooden button in the center.

And here's Mom's most favorite catalya that never fail to outshine the rest in her garden. Its aroma is so soothing...the one Dad loved as well.

The orchids is what kept Mom alive and cheerful. She has grown them for almost 40 years. She knows everything about orchids because they are her babies she loves to care with so much love and passion. I have begun to have this passion for orchids the way Mom does because every time I look at them, I can see Mom's smile :-)

Aaah, enough rambling! It's mid-January now {time sure flies!}. So, after having such gorgeous holidays and superb time with Mom, it's time to hit the scrappy table and get back to business. I shall be back soon with  more! Meanwhile enjoy the upcoming days with happiness and kind heart. 
Have a great 2013!


  1. Asmah welcome back and may 2013 be all you want it to be.
    Your layout is stunning and the theme so precious you have captured here with a heart warming story behind it. A layout that will definitely be treasured.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  2. So happy you were able to spend time with your mother recently! And you are back with the royal color purple! Magnificent double-pager, Asmah!

  3. Stunning double-pager and thank you for fulfilling mum's wish. I know she loves she orchids very, very much. We all do, too.

  4. Hello Asmah. I am just on a round of my blog followers and very pleased to discover you. I see that you live in Sungai Petani. I originally came from Alor Setar. Love the orchids you have. Sadly, I am not doing so well with my collection of orchids here in the UK.

  5. What a beautiful tribute to you mom! The photos are lovely and the layout gorgeous! xo

  6. Thanks for popping in and leaving me a lovely comment and also for becoming a follower. Your layout is gorgeous a loving tribute for you mum. Beautiful orchids.

  7. Such a beautiful layout Asmah! Those photo's are just so stunning too! Gorgeous work!


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