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Something new is coming....

As some of you may have noticed we have been laying low recently... but behind the scenes we have been super busy working on a few big and exciting things. 

We are super stoked to be finally shouting out one of our longest and biggest secrets...

 

We will be relaunching July 31st with a new look and new website and a big ol'online celebration! We hope you will join us for freebies, giveaways and more. 

So lets get this party started! If you are new around here and haven't done so already subscribe to our newsletter and you will be entered to win 1 of 3 $50 USD gift cards for the new shop! 

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By Jen Ritchie
on July 09, 2018
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A big welcome to our July guest designer!

Hope everyone had a fab weekend! Here in Hong Kong we are just ending a long weekend for the July 1st holiday. We had a nice one with beautiful blue skies which gave me my first sunburn of the summer. Seeing the sun seems rare these days in Hong Kong so I am fine with the overdose.

Here at Mei Li July 1st means its time to announce our newest guest designer. We want to welcome the talented Sandy Ang to our team for this coming month! We are so excited to have her! When it comes to layering, Sandy is a master at it. We love how she is always incorporating fun shapes into her layouts, and her mix of vintage and modern is truly inspiring.  We can't wait to see what she creates here with us! We asked Sandy a few questions to help you get to know her: 

Hi I'm Sandy Ang from the little tropical island of Singapore. I started making cards in 2011 when my sister and her family went to live in America. I fell in love with paper crafting and expanded into creation of off-the-page projects and scrapbooking. My style is heavily influenced by graphic design and typically features the interplay of shapes and line. 

We asked Sandy about what challenges she faces as scrapbooker in Asia and what she sees as a bonus? 

For challenges facing an Asian scrapbooker, I'd say my experience on manufacturer design team has taught me it's important to be willing to create for holidays and themes which may have no significance to me (e.g. Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving). As for what's a big plus point about being Asian, well I would have to say many of us come from large extended families so there's never any shortage of people and events to scrap about.

Here is some of Sandy's amazing work: 

 

 

 

Please join us in welcoming Sandy to Mei Li and leave a comment to say hello. To see more of Sandy's work you can go to her blog http://angsandy.blogspot.hk/ 

 

 

By Jen Ritchie
on August 28, 2017
With 18 comments

Some notes for the end of the month...

Its a beautiful long weekend here in Hong Kong, so I am sorry this post is a bit more delayed than I was hoping but I can't resist being outside and working on our garden! 

I just wanted to end the month giving a huge THANK YOU!! to Sasha Farina for being our first ever guest designer! She really created some very inspiring things and it was so fun to have her here!! Everything she made blew our minds! She even sent us an extra project to share with you guys here. I love her layering and that pin wheel is so cool!! 

If you haven't checked out Sasha's blog yet please do!! Here blog is here atsashafarina.com or you can follow her on instagram @sashafarina!! Thank you once again Sasha! 

 

I also wanted to mention that we are having a 30% off sale over in theshop! There are loads of fab stuff to get creative with this summer on sale! Plus if you haven't already, you can sign up for our newsletter and receive a code for an additional 10% off your entire order! 

 

Also, we have a new guest designer joining us tomorrow!! Remember to come check in here to see who it is! 

 

By Jen Ritchie
on August 28, 2017
With 1 comments

Nothing like a fresh mint julep...

I have to say that Basic Grey was a huge must have at Winter CHA this year. We instantly fell in love with both Hipster and Mint Julep and couldn't wait for them to arrive in our shop. Both lines are so fun with their unique vintage flair. If you haven't seen it yet, you can check out our Hipster inspiration here. 

Mint Julep is so fresh, full of fun florals and vintage icons. We asked our wonderful June Guest designer Sasha Farina to get creative with it and we love what she did!

Sasha really inspires me to break out my neutral and plain backgrounds more and try to add my own character to them. If you are overwhelmed when using a patterned background but feel plain is just too plain, why not try a DIY background like Sasha? Stitching really adds a fun element.

 

 

If you haven't checked out Sasha's blog yet you should! You can find her here at sashafarina.com or follow her on instagram @sashafarina she is always posting fun photos of life in Singapore, yummy food pics and of course her inspiring crafty creations. 

 

 

By Jen Ritchie
on August 28, 2017
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Sketch challenge #2

This week we are excited to be sharing our second sketch challenge and having Sasha Farina join in with her take on it. Its fun to see how the repetition of those squares can be interpreted and reflected in a layout different ways. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

Here's the sketch:

 

Here is what Sasha did. I love how she was inspired to create a tick tac toe diecut to reflect the square repeating pattern of the sketch. 

 

 

And here is what Fiona created. Sometimes the stories you want to document don't need to be shared with everyone, its great how Fiona worked a pocket to create a hiding spot for her journalling. 

 

So we want to see yours! Use our sketch for inspiration, share it with us and be entered to win a $125 HKD or $16 AUD (based on todays rate) voucher to spend in our shop! 

Here's what to do: 

- You can submit ANY kind of project that you use the sketch for such as layouts, cards. project life fllers

- The winner of the prize will be drawn at random

- Our challenge will run until June 30th at 11:55pm Hong Kong time. 

- Link your creation below by entering a link to your blog post or online gallery sharing your work. 

- If you don't have a blog or online gallery, alternatively you can post a photo of your work on our facebook page. Please make sure you include "sketch challenge #2" somewhere in the post. 

 

By Jen Ritchie
on August 28, 2017
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Getting hip for Fathers Day

We're introducing a new monthly feature, showcasing some of the fabulous products that are in store.  This month we're highlighting Basic Grey's Hipster collection.  A quirky, eccletic collection full of retro colours and features.  Think of 60s disco nights with those bold geometric patterns mixed with fashionable florals.  A fun collection to bring out the indie in you. When we first saw this at CHA we knew it was a must have! We couldn't wait to start playing with it! Although we haven't had much of a chance yet, Fiona and I thought Fathers day would be the perfect time to highlight its fabulousness! 

Fiona has got hundreds of photos of her husband with their children and wanted to put a different spin on how to celebrate their relationship. She did this by capturing a saying that their girls regularly say NOW when talking about their Dad.  It's these little details that she wants to record.  She matched the story with a photo taken about four years ago, showing that it's ok to pair a photo up with a story that isn't directly related but still captures the moment. 

 

It is really shocking how few photos I have of my Dad and I together... I must make a note to fix that. I honestly had no idea what story I wanted to tell with this photo. As you can see I was small and don't remember the day at all. So I had a look through my Pinterest quotes board and found this quote. My dad made sure my childhood was filled with all kinds of adventures which really set the foundation for the craziness I love to live now. The story you tell doesn't always have to be your own words, sometimes its fun to find the words elsewhere to tell the story you want to share. 

This line is so fun and versatile. I can't wait to dig through my old photos from the '80's or some current ones of my hubby and get to work. I hope we have inspired you to get groovy with this line.... you can grab everything we have used and more in our shop right >>>>HERE! 

 

 

By Jen Ritchie
on August 28, 2017
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June Colour Challenge with Sasha Farina

So summer is officially here in Hong Kong.. my oh my is it hot and humid! I don't know about you but I can't stop thinking about our summer holidays now.. they are getting so close! We thought it is a great time to give you a little splash of summer colours to help inspire and excite you for summer. So our next challenge is a colour challenge! You can use any colours that you find excite you from our inspiration photo. Make a layout, project life spread or a card and link it up here for a chance to win a $125HKD gift certificate to our shop. 

 

We asked our fab June guest designer, Sasha Farina to play along too. If you haven't checked Sasha's work out yet you must go have a look at her blog > here!  You can also learn more about her in our guest designer introduction post >here.  Sasha really captured all the colours and her layering is just amazing! 

 

Fiona and I played along as well here is what we did. 

Fiona: 

 

 

Jen: 

So we want to see yours! Use any of the colours from the photo for inspiration, share it with us and be entered to win a $125 HKD or $16 AUD (based on todays rate) voucher to spend in our shop! 

Here's what to do: 

- You can submit ANY kind of project that you use the sketch for such as layouts, cards. project life fllers

- The winner of the prize will be drawn at random

- Our challenge will run until June 17th at 11:59pm Hong Kong time. 

- Link your creation below by entering a link to your blog post or online gallery sharing your work. 

- If you don't have a blog or online gallery, alternatively you can post a photo of your work on our facebook page. Please make sure you include "June Colour Challenge" somewhere in the post. 

 

 

***Please keep in mind that we are located in Hong Kong. We have great shipping rates all over Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Asia pacific, but for those located in North America our shop prices plus shipping to you can't compare to those you have locally. That said we would love for anyone to feel welcome to participate, we just wanted to make you aware that our prize may not be much value to those on the opposite side of the world to us.

 

 

By Jen Ritchie
on August 28, 2017
With 2 comments

Announcing the Winners for Sketch Challenge #1

We hope that you enjoyed our first Sketch Challenge.  If you weren't able to join us for this one watch out for our next challenge being posted tomorrow!  It is sure to inspire you and of course our wonderful guest designer Sasha Farina will be joining us! 

 

We had two fabulous entries. We love how each incorporated their own style and take on the sketch.

 

Glenys: 

 

 

Nikki P:

Thank you to Nikki and Glenys for joining us, your layouts are awesome!  

 

We really couldn't pick just one winner so you both will receive a $125 HKD voucher to spend in the store!!! Congrats ladies! Please send us an email to info @ meilipaperie.com so we can send you your gift voucher code.  

Hope to see you tomorrow for our next challenge! 

 

By Fiona Lally
on August 28, 2017
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Introducing our very first guest designer.. Sasha Farina!

We can't believe its June already and that means so many exciting things for us! Today is our 4 month anniversary and we just want to thank all our customers for your fantastic support and helping us get started. Today is also the day we have launched our site re-design. Starting your own business is a huge learning curve and we have learned a lot to help us fix and improve our site. Thanks to all who have provided feedback. You feedback is invaluable to us! 

What we are most excited about is June is our first month to have a guest designer here with us!! Every month we will be joined by guest designers from around Asia, Australia and New Zealand to help inspire our Mei Li fans. We look forward to all the fabulous inspiration to come!  

We are so excited to welcome Sasha Farina as our first guest designer! I have been a huge fan of Sasha since I first saw her work in the Studio Calico community. I love her bold and graphic style, she always rocks colours and I am in constant awe of her hand stitching and layering. So without further ado let's welcome Sasha!!!  

 

 

Hey everyone :)

I'm Sasha Farina *nice to meet all of you here* :) I've been scrapbooking since September 2006.

I live in Singapore with my husband Sam and my two girls, Neha and Nidhi. They're my main subjects

for everyday life photography.

I'm addicted to coffee, candy corn, green smoothies, long walk by the beach, instagram *feel free to follow me @sashafarina*, colors and savory snacks - in no particular order.

I'm currently designing for Crate Paper and Studio Calico. Two companies that I love

with my whole heart. ♥

I've been 'making stuff' forever. I'm that girl who can't seem to leave the stationery/art and craft department.

I love hand stitching, on my layouts, on linen, on tags - you name it. If it can be pierced, I'd probably stitch it. 

I also enjoy layering on my layouts, I find joy in rummaging my stash to find that perfect pieces to layer together. 

 

We also asked Sasha if she thought there were any challenges to being a scrapbooker in Asia?

Well, when I first started, the challenge was definitely in getting products that I'm interested to play with. I'm not saying we must have the latest and greatest all the time, but ...you can't deny the fact that it's more 'mojo' inducing! LOL. Now, there are more LSS and online shops around Asia that we sometime are able to get products faster than people in the States! how's that for a change. 

I will be here on Mei Li Paperie's blog for the month of June,  hoping to inspire all of you! Let's have fun! :)

In case you are not familiar with Sasha's amazing work, here are some layouts to get you inspired... see what I mean about the colours and the layers! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Jen Ritchie
on August 28, 2017
With 0 comments

Scrapbooking proposal...

This past weekend Mei Li Paperie was asked to be a part of something very special. We were asked to be a part of a marriage proposal! Well not in the proposal specifically... Kevin (the groom-to-be) had a day full of fun and romantic activities planned to give his girlfriend a fun filled day she really would never forget. Part of his wonderful day included a private scrapbooking session with us at The Crafties, where the two made layouts of each other. She used the Hipster line and he had to get crafty with the Mint Julep line both by Basic Grey. They were both first time scrapbookers and not crafty type people, so they were both a little nervous to start... him more so than her... (I wonder why he he..) It was really fun to see a man getting really into it even when using floral papers. They soon mastered all the tools and techniques and really started showing their creative sides. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see the actual proposal, they headed off to a romanic dinner after our scrapbook session where he popped the question.  We did get told that she said "Yes!"

What a great activity to do on such a special day. They now have beautiful pages showing their love for each other that they can look back on and remember their special day. 

Congrats Kevin & Queenie! 

 

By Jen Ritchie
on August 28, 2017
With 2 comments