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August Haul : Kikki K Cute Collection | DESIGN IS YAY

I made quite a few purchases from Kikki K in August, and my intention is to use them to decorate my ice blue planner. I thought that the cute collection featuring those colourful fruits would be perfect for the upcoming summer season.

I will also do a sneek peek of the Paper Lover’s Book, so that you can see the design and projects that are included inside before you make a decision to purchase it.

Here’s the video:

BFF FREEBIES: September 2015 Wallpaper Calendar | DESIGN IS YAY!

Your September 2015 Wallpaper and Planner freebies are hitting your inboxes very soon!

If you are not a BFF Freebie member yet, you can still sign up now and you will get a confirmation email with download links to all the freebies for this month and previous ones as well.

View the previous wallpaper freebies design

Just like the previous freebies, you will be able to download these styles and sizes: desktop (with or without calendar), retina desktop (with or without calendar), iPhone (without calendar), iPhone 6 & 6+ (without calendar), iPad (without calendar), and also printable planner monthly organiser for A5, Personal and Pocket filofaxes (Large, Medium & Small for Kikki K planners). 

BFF FREEBIES: September 2015 Wallpaper Calendar | DESIGN IS YAY!

BFF FREEBIES: September 2015 Wallpaper Calendar | DESIGN IS YAY!

What is Design is Yay BFFs?

Introducing BEST FREEBIE FRIENDS. This is my way to thank all the lovely and loyal readers who have been supporting and reading this blog, as well as new readers who just discovered and love Design is Yay. Without all of you, Design is Yay will not come this far.

All you need to do (and this is open to everyone, including you) is to join our BFF club here and you will receive a welcome message with a link to download our “Live Creatively” print & wallpapers as well as current and previous months’ freebies. You will then receive monthly freebies for your desktop, gadgets and planners just like what you’ve seen in this post before the end of each month. I will also throw in a few freebie surprises every now and then, so you will get a lot more freebies from Design is Yay if you join the BFF club!

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January 2015 BFF Sign up Freebies - Wallpaper calendar for desktop, iphone & ipad and filofax planner | DESIGN IS YAY!

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Splish Splash Printable Pool Party Invitation | DESIGN IS YAY!

Just before the summer ends, you might want to enjoy more time by the pool. And for me here in Australia, I’m so ready to leave behind this cold weather and welcome Spring in September!

I have designed a printable pool party invitation for you guys, and this require a little DIY, which means it’s going to be fun. I’ve also created a tutorial video to show you how I assemble the invitation, so go ahead and watch me say “life donuts” more than a couple of times :) I thought it is more fun than saying Lifebuoy.

Splish Splash Printable Pool Party Invitation | DESIGN IS YAY!

Splish Splash Printable Pool Party Invitation | DESIGN IS YAY!

Materials: Printable Splish Splash Pool Party Invitation Template, A4 or 8.5 x 11 card stock (I used 220 gsm matte paper), colour printer (mine is Canon MG 6250) x-acto knife, scissors, ruler, embellishment brads, pen.
You need to download Adobe Reader (it’s free!) to open the template. The template file is a password-protected PDF, and can only be opened using an Adobe Reader.

Step 1: Print out the Printable Splish Splash Pool Party Invitation Template on a A4 or 8.5 x 11 card stock.
Step 2: Cut out the square invitation template using ruler and x-acto knife
Step 3: Cut out the Life Donuts using scissors
Step 4: Mark a hole on top of each life donut, overlapping with the invitation, using the tip of the x-acto knife. Remember that  the two life donuts are different in size.
Step 5: Insert embellishment brads and fasten the back
Step 6: Do not forget to write down the details of your party!
For more precise step-by-step, please watch the video below.

If you like this invitation, check out this matching Umbrella Drink Stirrers here.
Don’t forget to Subscribe to my Youtube Channel, because I have lots of upcoming videos on DIY tutorials and planners.

Happy Pool Party!

VIDEO : Unboxing Ice Blue Kikki K Perforated Planner in Medium | DESIGN IS YAY!

I went to the Kikki K store in Canberra Centre last Friday to pick up this brand new ice blue perforated planner in medium size, and I decided to make a video as I unbox it for the first time. When I stopped by Kikki K on Sunday, I found out that all the ice blue planners are gone! I felt so lucky. They still have the peach ones, but peachy colours aren’t really my thing.

VIDEO : Unboxing Ice Blue Kikki K Perforated Planner in Medium | DESIGN IS YAY!

So here is a video of me unboxing my ice blue kikki k perforated medium planner:

 

Free Printable Watermelon Goodie Bags | DESIGN IS YAY!Watermelons are not just yummy and fresh to eat, but they also give a fun spin on party supplies! These Watermelon Goodie Bags are free printable for small party favors or edible gifts in any summer occasion. There are two different watermelon colours for your next gathering or party!

Free Printable Watermelon Goodie Bags | DESIGN IS YAY!

Materials: Printable Watermelon Goodie Bags template, A4 or 8.5 x 11 paper or card stock (I use 140 gsm matte paper), x-acto knife, scissors, bone folder, patterned scissors (optional), ruler, double sided tape, h0le puncher, twine or sibbon.

Step 1: Print out the Printable Watermelon Goodie Bags template on the A4 or 8.5 x 11 paper or card stock.
Step 2: Cut the shape of the goodie bags using x-acto knife with the help of scissors for smaller edges
Step 3: Using the guide from the image above, score and fold marks using bone folder or the back of your x-acto knife.
Step 4: Put double-sided tape on the parts where it says “Adhesive”, based on the guide above.
Step 5: Assemble the bag.
Step 6: Punch two holes on top, near the opening of the bag. Optionally, you can also cut the top part of the bag using patterned scissors.
Step 7: Add sweets or small gifts into the bag and tie with twine or ribbon.

Have fun!

Free Printable Watermelon Goodie Bags | DESIGN IS YAY!

Free Printable Watermelon Goodie Bags | DESIGN IS YAY!

Free Printable Watermelon Goodie Bags | DESIGN IS YAY!

Free Printable Watermelon Goodie Bags | DESIGN IS YAY!

If you’d like to see more fruity fresh printables like this, check out Printable Groovy Fruity.

 

Travelling with Airbnb in Europe  | Tips and tricks in choosing Aibnb in Europe | DESIGN IS YAY!

My first AirBnb experience was during my trip to Melbourne a few years back. I shared a two bedroom apartment unit in the city with the friendly female host. The apartment was in a convenient location, very clean, and the best thing of all, I paid AU$55 per night for a single occupancy in the room. Where else can I stay in a city location in Melbourne for that kind of price?

When I was planning my family trip to Europe, I realised that staying in good locations in Europe don’t come cheap. So I decided to go through AirBnB to find suitable accommodations, and I’m so glad that I did.

My way of searching an AirBnb accommodation in each city goes in this order: Location, reviews, photos. Read the reviews THOROUGHLY. I made the biggest mistake in booking an AirBnB accommodation in Singapore just by looking at the location, photographs, and first few reviews. Turns out that the real unit is nothing like the photograph, and it was very dirty and old. When I checked back on the listing and read more reviews, turns out that the host owns a few apartments in the same building, and you could get the nicer units when they are vacant (although still completely different from the photographs shown), but during peak season you will most likely be stuck with that rundown unit.

With AirBnB, you can find accommodations in good location at a cheaper price than 3-5 star hotels in the same location. There is no way that we could afford staying in a hotel around the Champs-Élysées in Paris, or had the experience of staying in a snow chalet overlooking Mount Eiger in Grindelwald, but we did all of those, thanks to AirBnB. A lot of the properties are nicely decorated and fitted with furnitures that make you feel like home.

Since there were the four of us in the trip, it made sense if we booked the whole apartment for ourselves. We met the hosts in a convenient location in the respective cities once we arrived, they helped us find the apartment and get settled, explained how things work in the unit, gave us the key and we said goodbye. Upon leaving, we left the key inside the apartment and locked the doors from outside. The procedures are very simple and they don’t have to disrupt your schedule to explore the city. AirBnB is also a good choice when travelling solo, because most hosts will have a solo rate and you could share the unit with another traveller or the host in the other room. With this type of arrangement, you need to make sure that the host and the rules suits your travelling personality. If you are someone who prefers to go “home” from a whole day of exploring to have a quiet good night sleep, it will not be a good idea to have a host who allows partying or social events inside the unit.

The good thing about staying in AirBnB in Europe is that they provide facilities that you will definitely need, such as washer & dryer, kitchen with equipments and WiFi. Laundry facilities is crucial when you’re travelling to different countries/cities on a train, because at some point you will need to wash your clothes. Kitchen is optional for me because I prefer to eat out when travelling, but it was nice to have a stove to boil some water for my instant noodles or hot beverages. Wifi is definitely needed because mobile phone data is precious in Europe.

There are some things that you be aware of when booking your accommodation in Europe. European apartments are tinier than most Australian or Indonesian apartments, that I know of. So even though they do provide enough beds for your number of guests, you should also gauge the size of the unit from the photographs, the reviews, or simply ask the host. If your family consist of tall humans like mine, it was quite claustrophobic to be in a tiny two bedroom Paris loft-style apartment, which has the size of a studio apartment in Melbourne!

When choosing your location, be aware of the surroundings. We chose an apartment right across the street from the Fire Station in Amsterdam that we did not know before. Even though it was a lovely location and a nice unit near Anne Frank House, it was still unpleasant when the Fire Brigade sound their siren, especially at night time. Some locations might be a little noisier when they are located close to the nightclubs or cafes that open till late.

Be aware of the condition of the staircases. I don’t really get tired or too out-of-breath from climbing the stairs, as long as they have decent wideness and steepness. So when I read that some of the accommodations I was booking have stairs that concern some people, it didn’t bother me. As it turns out, they are very narrow and steep, they made me feel like I was climbing a mountain enclosed with walls, and bear in mind we had our luggages too. It was a first-time experience, so I laughed it off. But on my next holiday, I will definitely ask about the stairs.

Since most AirBnB accommodations are located in residential area, and not hotel areas, there’s a chance that you might stay in less touristy but equally beautiful areas. My AirBnB in Rome was located in Trastevere, it was walking distance to Piazza Navona, but the apartment area itself is the highlight of my trip in Rome. Hosts will happily share the hidden gems around the area or the city, which is another reason to love AirBnB. You will get to experience certain things that you won’t get when staying in a hotel and relying on their concierge and travel guide books.

The most important thing is to read the reviews thoroughly and ask a lot of questions based on your needs (bringing an older person, bringing a baby or toddler, being claustrophobic, etc). But based on my experiences when staying in AirBnB in Europe, I highly recommend it for travellers, and I hope that my tips could be useful in searching for the right AirBnB for yourself!

Have you stayed in an AirBnB before? How would you describe your experience?

This post is not sponsored by AirBnB, I wrote it based on my personal experiences, and thought that they might be useful for you.
Special Offer: Get $34 AirBnB credit for your next travel. Happy Travels!

 

 

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