Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Babalisme Collaboration with Papercrane is Here! (and there's a giveaway going on)

Drum roll and trumpet fanfare please. This is my first collaboration project with a packaging shop and getting my first stationery set officially printed and packaged and distributed as one serious and legit product!!! Thank you so much Papercrane! I'm so excited I sound like a 5 year old. Also it features my (and hopefully your) favorite theme : the woodland theme!!!!! It's sold right here  for IDR 275.000 or about 24.00 USD. It's a small amount considering the set will include 20 cards, 20 hangtags, 20 envelope lined with babalisme's exclusive woodland pattern, with a bundle of natural colored twine (perfectly fit for the theme), and of course, bonus stickers. It's also very limited!! You have to hurry to get yours now! 

All illustrations are handpainted by, yours truly, ahem, me, with watercolor. Papercrane did such a good job printing the illustrations that you'd feel like it's a real watercolor on paper. I guess it's their paper choice, but really, the things is, you won't notice it's printed. See what I mean? here? 

AND YESSS!!! THERE IS A GIVEAWAY HAPPENING! Sorry for all caps. I'm just too excited. It's hosted by the lovely ladies at living loving and all you have to do is answer one simple question at living loving's instagram page. The winner will win one package with her name (or favorite quote or whatever she pleases) custom printed on the stationery set. Sounds good? You betcha, because it's normally sold blank, un-personalized. The contest ends at Feb 28th. 

I haven't got the chance to get my hands on the real package. So all pictures here are taken from Papercrane. :D Thank you Papercrane! Sorry for pictures snatching! 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Valentine's Day Cootie Catcher

I think I do remember of wanting to share a cootie catcher printable with you, but I just can't find the perfect occasion for it. I once thought about fill in invitation, but what a huge trouble for both the sender and the receiver. Some of your guests might not "get it" and miss your party's time, for example. Because I know, some of my guests did have no clue about what to do with a cootie catcher invitation. Can't blame them. 

Then again, what's more suitable for a cootie catcher than be a Valentine's Day game? And I have modified the game a little bit, to be more family-friendly and less pre teen oriented, so smaller children can also enjoy this game with their siblings, parents, or class. :) So please bear with me if this cootie catcher is somewhat played differently than you are used to. There will be no fortune telling involved now. 

First of all print it right here

Follow the instruction below the cootie catcher to make one. Repeat if necessary. This game can be played from as low as 2 persons to up to .. well a class of children will do. :) Here's how to play.

1. Take turns with the cootie catcher, first person up, would spell his name while opening and closing, alternating left right and up down movement, the cootie catcher with his fingers. For example, if his name is Bryan, it would be " B (open left right close), R (open up down close), Y (open left right close), A (open up down close), N (open left down, remain open)"

2. Bryan would pick a number he'd like. for example from 4 numbers available he picks the number 3. 

3. Repeat step 1, but this time counting "1-2-3" while opening and closing the cootie catcher. 

4. Again, Bryan would pick a number, this time he'd like to choose the number 8. Open up the number 8 flap.Hey it's "Whisper Sweet Nothings"! Bryan should do the assignment he had picked to the next person in turn. For example, it's Angela. 

5. After Bryan whispers his sweet nothings to Angela, now it's Angela's turn with the cootie catcher. And she will do another assignment to the next kid in turn. 

Here's the list of the assignments :

Give a hug : the cootie catcher handler give the next kid a hug. 
Tickle Me Crazy : everyone tickle the cootie catcher handler!!! It's a wild ticket bonus everyone will love :D
Share a chocolate : the handler should give a chocolate/candy to the next kid.
Sing a love song : handler sings! or the whole team sings with her choice of song. 
Get up and dance : handler dances, or she may ask the next kid to join her. 
Kiss a cheek : kiss the next kid's cheek
Do an eskimo kiss : between the handler and the next kid. it's rubbing each ones' noses gently btw. 
Whisper sweet nothings : aw, you know this one. 

Bottom note : this printable has been tested by 5 year old big sis G. And she played it continuously you may notice the wear and tear signs on my cootie catcher above. At the first time she had a hard time closing and opening the cootie catcher correctly, but she got the hang of it pretty soon. Hope you have fun playing too! 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Sasi's Vintage Toys Birthday Party!

Remember when I told you that coincidentally I always landed on an attractive looking customers? Either toddlers or adults? Here's another fine example. It's a long due post, but I am glad to design the party and so much pleased with the results. Look at that. Sasi is a one good looking little girl, don't you think? Pira, her mom, asked for a theme of a vintage doll, the illustration must resemble Sasi. That wouldn't be a hard work since Sasi already look so dolly-like and so much adorable! 

Since we don't want to go full throttle on a girly doll theme (Sasi enjoys lots of outdoor-sy fun instead of having a tea party with her dolls), we decided to do a vintage toys theme, everything from bikes, rocking horses, and of course, a doll!  

Being the crafty mom, Pira did a really great job, just look at her go! I am mostly fond of the goodie bag she screen-printed herself using my printable! Ain't that cute? The guests will have something cute to tote about. 

And here's the goodie bag's fillings. Lots of happy things. Sasi is particularly gets excited blowing bubbles in her free time, so why not a free bubble for everyone? 

Enjoy more party pictures!!

Thank you Sasi and Pira for having me! Hope you had a blast to remember! 

Monday, January 20, 2014

Oh My Devita Baby Giveaway!!

all images are taken from Ohmydevitababy.com and courtesy of  Oh My Devita Baby. 

I'm very excited to announce this giveaway, since today, I'll be giving a full range, one FULL RANGE of a newly launched baby skin care product line : Oh My Devita Baby!! Yes, one really lucky winner will bring down all of the products pictured above, including diaper bums' favorite, the Butter Check Baby Balm. Here let me break down what you will win : 

Bubbly Babies Shampoo & Body Wash, $9.95: A 2-in-1 moisturizing body wash and shampoo that is sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and fragrance free with a gentle, tear-free formulation. The wash features an organic aloe vera base with supportive vitamins and natural nourishers, available in both fragrance-free and calming calendula-scented varieties.

Powder Puff Baby Powder, $9.95: This talc-free baby powder is enhanced with probiotics and made with GMO-free organic cornstarch and zinc oxide to absorb moisture and protect babies’ sensitive skin. It has a silky smooth texture that gives a natural, stay fresh feel all day long.

Butter Cheeks Baby Balm, $11.95: A balm that helps to protect and soothe baby’s bums and sensitive areas of the skin by creating a barrier with a vegan probiotic blend. The balm is packaged in a roll-up, easy glide applicator to help relieve skin irritations quickly and effectively.

Flutterby Baby Brulee Lotion, $11.95: Organic aloe vera and shea butter pair up to make the perfect daily, all over lotion to naturally relieve dry skin. This fragrance-free, non-greasy lotion is perfect for baby back rubs.

YES OH YES, you'll win these all!!! 

Oh My Devita Baby has just launched, yesterday on selected Target stores. If you want to do some online shopping, you can visit their site, OhMyDevitaBaby or go to drugstore.com. DeVita Natural Skin Care is the fastest growing all-natural, 100% paraben free, PETA Certified, vegan cosmeceutical skin care line in the country. Cherylanne DeVita, Ph.D., the president and CEO of DeVita Natural Skin Care, started the company in 2000 out of her desire for affordable, natural and effective skin care products that she could use on her own sensitive skin. Today, DeVita Natural Skin Care has over 100 different DeVita Natural Skin Care products, absolute minerals™, a complete line of revolutionary aloe-infused mineral make-up and DeVita Rx, a professional line of skin care products sold exclusively through licensed professionals. DeVita Natural Skin Care and Color Cosmetics are available online and in natural foods stores throughout the United States, Canada and in over 10 different countries. And of course a cute illustration on a well designed packaging won't hurt us either. 

I know you've been itching and scrolling down to this point and internally screaming, "So, where's the giveaway??" Here it is ladies, all you have to do is do some simple task guided by our trusty ol' rafflecopter and you're in the game. Sit back, relax, and cross your fingers! 

*** due to international shipping regulations for liquid goods and other distribution limitation, I'm sorry, today's giveaway is only open for US readers only ***  

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Story of Heather.

"With hope, the odds doesn't matter" 
Heather, now, with 8 years old Lily.

.. and if you were wondering, the story is a courageous inspiring one. Cancer is a dreadful thing. I already lost two of my best friends of it, and they were no more than 25 years old at that time. So that's one problem. Most doctors would shy away at the prospect of cancer because you're so young, you're active, your family doesn't have a history, you don't smoke, you are not exposed to hazardous materials, to put it simply, your chances are small.

Heather was diagnosed when she was only 36 years old and just giving birth to a lovely baby girl. She was diagnosed with a mesothelioma cancer. It is such a mouthful but I try to make it easy for you. Mesothelioma is a cancer that occurs in mesothelium, which is a thin membrane that holds up all your internal organs. It is caused by abestos exposure. What is abestos again? It's a fiber like minerals, mined, mostly used commercially in building construction industry, for roofing, insulation, piping, tiling, and so on. It's even found on (some) automotive's brakes, paints, adhesive materials, plastics, garden product, and even crayons. *gasp. 

Heather got in contact by a secondhand exposure, her dad, often came home in his work clothes, covered in white dust. And as a little girl, unbeknownst to her, she often played with her dad's attire. Upon diagnosed, she was given only 15 months to live. And here she is now, 8 years and counting after winning her battle. 

Take a time to look at her 3 minutes video, or maybe read her courageous blog, or visit The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog for more info about the cancer. When I lost my baby Glenn last 2011, I got many many many surviving comrades online, parents who has lost their little angels, and I continuously exchanging emails with some of them, catching up and holding on to each other for support. I can only assure you never underestimate the power of a total stranger's love and compassion. We are extremely lucky to be in this digital limitless era, so make the most of it! Let's build hope, reach out, and raise awareness.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

New Year, New Resolutions.

Soooo, Happy New Year, everyone!

For me, resolutions making is a huge new year must, not only it keeps my hopes and spirit high up in the cloud, but also the beauty of not sticking to most some of the resolutions remind me of how flaw of a human I am. (Anyway "the unresolved" usually sit on the same bench with "regrets" and "only-ifs"). Personally, resolutions, whether you stick to it or not, is such a marvelous, new year tradition, don't you think?

I had fun with confettis! Glitter stars are essentials! 

I don't know about you but this year, one of my list includes MAKE A babalisme's PAPER DOLL APP!! Yes, yes, yes!! You have read it right! I have been giving lots and lots of free printables here on my babalisme blog for the past 5 years, and one of the most coveted by readers is the paper dolls printable! I was so extremely thrilled to make personalized paper dolls, of boys, and girls, and families, I have lots of paper dolls orders last year! But it really made me sad to turn down an order because I can't fulfill them all at once. I came to a (crazy) solution last year, why not make an app out of it, that you can personalize yourself, and also print it on your own! Even share your creation on social media! I once conducted a small survey on how much you guys would be willing to donate for my free paper doll printables, and mostly answered US$2 for a set of paper doll. Just imagine, for maybe US$0.99 or even free you can get unlimited set of paper dolls!

And here's where I need your help so together we can make the app happens, please tell me more about your ideal children's app, I want this app to be fully consumer driven, please fill in this survey to let me know about your thoughts. I can't offer much, but for every one of you who completed the survey, your name would be put on the app's free download list ;). You gotta be the first testers! So here goes, my first online survey, please please please share me your thoughts! Let's make one of my resolution  came true!

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Giveaway Winner and Merry Christmas to all!

I'm not exaggerating, but I'm always in awe on how every Babalisme's clients are always both genetically good looking and flawlessly photogenic. Including our Christmas Giveaway winner, Nahyr and her family! *cheers for the winner!* 

I had no hard time illustrating my clients, really, no joke, from the depth or my heart, it IS easy. Because they are all beautiful! When one mom asked me to illustrate her baby daughter, I went "wow, we have a baby product commercial actor right here". Another time a couple asked for a wedding illustration and I went, "good Lord, what is this? Disney Prince and Princess?" And believe me I'm not kissing up their *** right here. It is just, coincidentally always, the good looking people happened to be my clients. And I can't believe my giveaway winner is so painstakingly perfect as well! 

I can't share Nahyr's own pictures that I use as a reference, but here is my illustrated version of Nahyr and her family. I tell you that my illustration really didn't do justice to their real life beauty, especially her daughter! To those who didn't win, fret not, don't give up. I have more giveaways coming up, either a product from me or a third party, I can assure you the giveaway will rock. So anyaway, all and all, I hope you have had a really good year, and here's to looking forward to a brighter brand new year, and of course, a Merry Christmas. See you next year!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Giveaway is Here!

Falalala lalala. As I announced yesterday, here are babalisme's Christmas *rather flash* giveaway! I have also gave you the lengthy chit chatty type of giveaway intro yesterday, so now we can go through all the technical stuffs about the giveaway! Read on!


One (1) winner will get a digital file (that means no actual products will be shipped) of his or her choice of Personalized Christmas card design. The card is sized A5 or half of A4 or about 8.26x5.9". The design will be placed on landscape. The winner must choose either one between wreath design option 1 or 2 and portrait design of a or b. Please state your choice on email, alongside your name/family's name. The Winner must send in his/her/family's picture(s) to me so I can make a personalized portrait of them on the card. Since we're on a tight schedule to Christmas Day, I will pick another winner if the first one fail to send in their picture before Dec 22nd. If you hesitate to send me a pic, a wordy description will do, as long as you satisfied with the result :)

The winner may print as many as she/he like for as many Christmases as he/she desire, but please use for PERSONAL USE only. If in any way the design gives you any direct or indirect monetarial advantage, it is considered a violation to my rights as the creator and will be prosecuted. 

Open worldwide, everyone can enter!
It will run from now, through Dec 21st, 2013 at GMT 5.00 or Dec 20th, 2013 at PST 21.00.
I'm using rafflecopter so all your tasks are easily done and of course, checked! No tricks!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
May the odds be ever in your favor! (in Effie's voice)

Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas Giveaway : Mark your place!

I have been taking Christmas orders since October, so, yes, carols are blasting from around Halloween in my home to get my spirit and inspiration in tune with the theme. I heard lots of people complaining when they hear Christmas related songs in public places on November, but hey, some of us need the spirit!

So, yes, I have been all about Christmas. This year, I have been thinking of sharing the joy with a giveaway. I usually have a limited quantity of maximum personalized orders I set for myself per month, after all I'm still doing this gig one by one, on my own. For special times like Christmas the maximum bar is upped for a bit. Fortunately for you guys, this year, we have some numbers left! I might set the number a bit higher on purpose because I really do want a giveaway, or some printable might be accidentally left out by a runaway client (hint: oh, please don't ever, EVER, do this), but either way, the odd is in your favor.

So, please, bookmark the blog, I'll be announcing the giveaway real soon. I'm still making all these happened and preparing all the stuffs needed. See you *ehem* tomorrow! Save your seat!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Shine Bright

Have I ever told you about my obsession wih wedding? I had mine once but that would never stop me on flipping through wedding magazines. I'm particularly blown away by the decoration and the whole themed party thing mostly, just as much as I love birthdays. Those partying goodness is not the only one that picks up my interest though, I love all the small details even before the wedding take place. I watch countless YouTube videos about amazing proposals. Kudos to all those creative people.

Did you ever wondered what started the whole down in one knee with a diamond ring in hand started out? I stumble upon this great info graphic about diamonds in wedding, as a visual person it really does help satisfy my curiosity. Anyway, ehem, Rihanna you are probably wrong, diamonds don't shine, they reflect.
Via: Shane Co.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Halloween, Halloween!

Make all the costumes, shop all the candies and chocolates, tell all the scary stories, and watched all the horror movies!! This is Halloween!! What  is your favorite thing about Halloween? What would you be this year? I mean, I know I'm no match to  Heidi Klum or The Harris-Burtkas on celebrating and dressing up for Halloween, but I do share a great amount of excitement about this particular holiday!  So, yes, share your Halloween stories, traditions, or plans with me. I'm wagging my tail (if I had one) to hear your comments! 

While you're thinking about your favorite things about Halloween, here are an array of Halloween fun stuffs at babalisme you can download for free! Let the download while you type! Yes you go, you multitasking diva! 

*** update : You wil be directed to my older blog posts on which the printables' download links available under the picture of each printable, and all those links you'll find there are newly updated links (Google docs version instead of Scribd). Have fun downloading and printing. If you have any troubles, do comment! Thank you! *** 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Sho's Vintage Aviation Birthday Party

I was taken aback, when a client asked me to do a special party for her lovely and lively 1 year old, because his name is, Sho. It's such a wonderful name, I was tremendously inspired with the 3 letter name. I also find out it's not a nick name, it's a given name. Sho's mom was initially requested something to match the venue's peranakan  nature; both menu and in-house decor. We later on discussed how peranakan theme can be both too mature and girly for a one year old boy. I suggested a theme, how about a vintage airplane and all things air transportation theme? The vintage theme suits nicely to the venue's decor and the airplane suits Sho's personality. I was again surprised when Sho's mom told me, the meaning of Sho's name (which, 100% I didn't know or had googled at that time) ..... Sho means "to soar or to fly".  

You know how great a coincidence occurs, you just feel it coming but then again still shocked to the bone when it actually happened. I had the feeling that Sho's birthday would fit nicely to a vintage aviation theme, but I nearly pooped myself (in happiness and bewilderment) when I learned about the meaning of his name. Maybe Sho's destined to soar the sky someday! It's been destined by my lousy 6th sense! :D It must be a boring story for some of you but, yes, it's really amazing for me. It's my first time suggesting a theme that fit the birthday boy's name like a glove! It's easy to arrange an "under the sea" theme for a girl named Ariel, but c'mon, how often you heard the name "Sho" and luckily guessed its meaning. I'm still dancing with joy right now. 

Seeeewww, my constant blabbering aside, about the party. It was wonderfully strategically arranged by Sho's mom. You can see all her talent right here right now. The theme is all things air transportation, or aviation, and it's vintage-y to blend with the venue. I love how all the things seem to fall perfectly into place. The boy with the wonderful name is literally active and a bit cheeky (in his mom's own words) in real life. So a portrait of him smiling, riding an airplane, hanging on an air balloon, or just simply being him is everywhere. A nice customization of the party, of course, but for me, it's all about Sho's character. The boy was full of it, we don't need any other cartoon character to stand in his place for his own first big day.

Do you like Sho's birthday party? Tell me what you think!

If you'd like your birthday party to be featured here and on my FB page do drop me some pictures :). I will try my best to keep your privacy safe, as shown in this post! *wink to some clients, you know who you are, dearies!*

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Woodland Wedding Inspiration

Though I already had my wedding years ago, I refuse to let my wedding obsession runs off. I guess I'm just into pretty things -or- before you judge as a shallow and impossible fairy tale pursuer, I also think my years spent designing wedding related stationery gets into my head as well. So, yeah, I love wedding.

There is one particular theme, one I almost wish-I-had-that all the time. And it's a woodland theme for a wedding. It's never been the most popular wedding theme, especially here in Indonesia. Let me explain some things about weddings in Indonesia and maybe, some of other similar Asian cultures, weddings tend to must be huge, and lavish, and glamorous! Wear as much gold as you can, if it's not glitter-y safe it for another occasion! I think it's our tradition, did you know that one of Indonesian's traditional wedding dresses includes a 3 kilos worth of a golden head dress? And by infusing something, natural, something green or earth-toned, something woodland-ish, considered to be a taboo right here. Duh, obviously.

These stationery from Postal Press found via ohsobeautifulpaper is beyond charming.

Preston Bailey's magic at work. See the full blown detail at VanityFair.

But I see more and more nature inspired wedding these days, yes, even in Indonesia! In a wedding world, you might remembered the theme topped by Sean Parker's Vanity Fair covered millions dollar wedding. The bride wore Marchessa and Preston Bailey (who else?) decorated what's already a beautiful nature given venue into a more ethereal, out of this world place. And do I spy a rabbit on Olivia Munn's (one of the celebrity guest) lap? Is that the wedding favor? Ehem, ok, so celebrity always sets a trend, whether you like or not. Apart for Parker's wedding controversy, I still think it's a pretty theme to explore, and you can attain it with whatever budget you already have in hand.

Ok, enough with the talk,.. without further ado.. if you're more into succulents than gold ornaments, I present you the woodland wedding inspirations. I hope you're enjoying them!

Sigh, look at the beautiful table arranged for NH Bride magazine. 

Why settle with whites? Opt for ethereal forest nymphs look. Dresses from Dress First

Finally, some ideas for the guys, and pretty buttonaires of course. Courtesy of Weddingchicks

Anyway, is the rabbits as wedding favor cute or over the top (would our venue and guests'  dresses be covered with rabbits' poo?, discuss!


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Wikkistix (FREE) Workshop

I really really in full support of anything to get my 5 year olds off the screens (TV, Ipads, computers, handheld game consoles, etc). But then I maybe the one to blame since I'm ON screen most of the dayswhether it's replying emails or even trying to clear all those damn jellies (for those of you who is lucky enough to avoid the addiction and wondering what I'm talking about, it's a saccarine filled app game. Google for "candy" and "app". You'll see what I mean.) Guilty as well for bribing Big Sis G with a screen when she won't let me do my work, or when I'm driving, or when I try to chew my lunch. OK. There you go. My confessions of a tech addict mom.  

So, how do  you have a screen-free day, you say? You might remember WikkiStix from this post. Those sticky yarn thingy is a great great screen distraction. Those little tiny fingers might kept busy for a while longer. And the good news..... For my fellow Indonesian readers, you and your children can actually test drive the product, for free, >ehem< , FREE !!!  ... as in no charge at all, this Saturday, September 28th 2013 at Kinokuniya, Plaza Senayan. The workshop starts at 2 pm and only last for an hour, so, yes, don't be late at all!  Find or ask Kinokuniya staff for the event corner, yep, if you find Kinokuniya is too vast for you. There will also most certainly a huge Wikki Stix promotion, extra gift with purchase and all! 

To RSVP or any further inquires you may reach WikkiStix at http://wikkistixasia.com/contact-us/

Have fun creating, ladies! 

Ps. Since I live 2 hours drive from Jakarta (boooo!) I won't be attending the workshop myself, so if you please please please share with me your experience with WikkiStix to me! Any photos, tweets, FB updates or a sweet email would be fine! Tag me @babalisme!