Freebies & DIY

Orange Julius-ish Smoothie Recipe | DESIGN IS YAY!

Back when I lived in Singapore, I enjoyed the sweet and refreshing Orange Julius from time to time. Can you imagine it? Singapore…. hot… humid…. and Orange Julius. Yum!

There is no Orange Julius or Dairy Queen in Australia, so  I have to be creative and try to re-create the recipe. It might be a while ago when I had my last Orange Julius (they finally opened in Jakarta and I had it when I went back home) , but I remember the flavor to be orange (duh~), really sweet, kinda milky, icy cold and have hints of vanilla.

I won’t say that this is the exact replica of Orange Julius, but it’s just as yummy, and certainly is healthier. With this recipe, you can have dairy-free option by omitting the vanilla yogurt.



serves 1

2 Oranges
half a ripe banana
3/4 cup of Vanilla Unsweetened Almond Milk
2 tbsp of Vanilla Yogurt (optional, but if you’re not using yogurt, add an extra 1/4 cup of the Vanilla Almond Milk)
1 tsp honey (optional if you don’t want it to be too sweet)
1 cup of ice (or as you wish, this is just to add more chill to the drink)

Blend them all together using a blender. Serve cold.

You can use any kind of milk that you like. I just prefer Almond milk because of its lower calorie and because I happen to find unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk in my local grocer. Just remember that you need to add Vanilla Essence if you’re not using vanilla-flavored milk.

Try This:

Add 3 Strawberries for OrangeBerry Julius-ish!


Printable Travel List | DESIGN IS YAY!

If you are the type who gets anxious before travelling, here’s a tip for you: writing down your checklist helps. When you’ve got them written down, you spend less time worrying about forgetting something, and spend more time imagining all the fun you’ll be having in your trip.

On this printable Travel List, I’ve included in the checklist some of the most essential items for your trip: passport & visa (if you need one), currency or cash, tickets (might it be plane, train, bus tickets or car rental voucher), phone & tablet (hands up if you can’t life without them!), chargers (because your gadgets might as well be bricks without them), voltage converters (this goes hand in hand with chargers, unless you’re only travelling domestic), toothbrush (I don’t know about you, but I ALWAYS forget to bring my toothbrush. You might be able to find toothbrush in any convenience store, but FYI, “convenience store” in some smaller towns might not be too convenient), medications and of course your trusty ol’ camera. You can write down your own personal needs on the empty list on the right.

I have also included “Travel Priorities”. I know this sounds like something that your therapist might ask you, but it’s important to have list of priorities in everything you do, including travelling! When you booked that air ticket to Bali 3 months ago, you wanted a relaxing and pampering holiday, spending your 5 days in Bali lazing by the beach, swimming in your villa’s pool, drinking cocktail and getting Balinese massage we all love. However, as soon as you stepped onto that “Ungodly island of God”, you went straight to Seminyak for a shopping spree, eating all those delicious (and fattening) Balinese food you’ve seen in food blogs, and spend the night partying and waking up the next day with massive hangover (somewhat based on true story, ahem). By day 5 you’re anything but relaxed and pampered. It’s good to have priorities so that you won’t end up missing out on experiences you wanted the most.
The other two pages are for you to list down what you’d like to see and do, and what you’d like to eat and buy.

This travel list is the same size as regular boarding passes, therefore they will comfortably fit into your travel wallet. Here are the things that you need to assemble your travel list:

  • 3 pages of the travel list trimmed according to crop marks available
  • x-acto knife
  • double sided tape or any other adhesives
  • pen/marker to write
  • washi tape for decoration (optional)

Printable Travel List | DESIGN IS YAY!

Printable Travel List | DESIGN IS YAY!

Printable Travel List | DESIGN IS YAY!

Adhere the sides where it says “Adhesive here”, and paste the pages on top of each other. The top page should be the one with the illustration, and the bottom should be the checklist page.
Carefully score the dotted line underneath the Adhesive part, and fold them into three. At the end, the checklist page should be in front.
You can be as decorative and as creative as you like with your list! I decided to be more visual with mine, by adding stickers, colourful washi and doodles.

Have an enjoyable trip! (and don’t forget your Travel Priorities ;D )

Printable Travel List | DESIGN IS YAY!

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Printable Matryoshka | DESIGN IS YAY!

Check out this new printable freebie I have created for you! Printable Matryoshka in 6 different designs, and many ways to use them.

Some ideas on what to use them for:

  • gift tags
  • garland
  • memory game
  • (insert your ideas here)

Aren’t they adorable? Find the download link at the end of this post.

Matryoshka Gift Tags | DESIGN IS YAY!

Matryoshka Gift Tags | DESIGN IS YAY!

Printable Matryoshka Memory Game | DESIGN IS YAY!

Printable Matryoshka Garland | DESIGN IS YAY!

Printable Matryoshka Garland | DESIGN IS YAY!

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I have just got back from my almost-two-months trip to Indonesia. I hope you enjoyed the photos I shared on instagram while I was away. 

Here’s a desktop wallpaper calendar for July. I know that if you’re not living in Australia/New Zealand you might think it’s weird to have a winter-themed wallpaper for July. But this is exactly how it feels right now here in Canberra, minus the snow.

So enjoy this month’s wallpaper!

July 2014 Desktop Wallpaper Calendar | DESIGN IS YAY!

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WITHOUT CALENDAR: 1920×1080 | 1856 x 1161 | iPhone


May 2014 Desktop Wallpaper | DESIGN IS YAY!

I’m posting this from Jakarta, Indonesia! :D

So as some of you might know from my instagram posts (follow me @wita_is_yay on instagram!), I am back in my home country for two months. My bestie is getting married and my dad just opened his hotel, so I figured I should be here for a while to show support for two of the most important people in my life. Plus, going back to Indo is always exciting. This country is changing so fast, I can’t even keep up. Every time I’m home there’s always something new, another mall popping up somewhere, another new restaurant to try, another trend to follow…. I’m also looking at expanding my business, Pippa Paper (my current baby) in Indonesia by getting a partnership with a local digital printing to produce the portrait. And as my father’s (only) daughter… of course I need to learn a thing or two about the new hotel for the future.

I apologize for the lack of posts in Design is Yay , and also for being late in delivering these desktop wallpaper you guys seem to anticipate every month on. Guys, I can’t tell you enough how much I really appreciate your readership and the fact that some of you feel disappointed when there’s no new desktop wallpaper posted on the blog at the beginning of each month. It shows that you are really liking what I post. But you have to understand that I am currently super busy with work. And that’s a good thing. For the past few weeks in Canberra I was always sleeping late and waking up early. I am actually searching for a great under eye concealer to cover up these dark circles under my eyes (if you have great concealer recommendations, let me know in the comments!). Portrait orders for Pippa Paper are flowing in (thank you!), I have to find ways to keep on promoting Pippa Paper, doing photo shoots, creating marketing collaterals and so on. I have such high hopes for Pippa Paper, and honestly I feel that I’m off to a great start. Besides Pippa, I still have my freelance design work to do and of course helping out my dad with online promotion of his new hotel.

Naturally, I am kinda neglecting Design is Yay, because as much as I love blogging and creating freebies, Design is Yay is not my source of income. At the moment I gotta put my sources of income first, because money = allowing me to buy nice things and travel to nice places = feeling happy and inspired (not saying that money buys happiness, but the two are somehow connected). Of course I am not going to stop blogging, but I just don’t want Design is Yay to be something I am pressured to do.

I am actually thinking of somehow incorporating Design is Yay with my daily life, finds and happenings (stationery haul of the week , cute packaging I saw, design-related product reviews, my travel photos, etc). And of course, freebies. Because whenever I look at my google analytics, I thought to myself why do I even bother to post anything else other than freebies because that’s all what most people are here for, apparently hahaha (am I right?)

Anyway, that’s just a little update about my life situation at the moment. I have never been happier. You know when you’re talking to a tired-looking parent of a new born baby, asking them about what is it like to have a baby, and their answer is “it’s tiring, it changes your life, but it’s worth it”? That is exactly what I feel about Pippa (just in case you’re “lost”, Pippa is my custom portrait illustration business and not a real human baby).

Enjoy May 2014 desktop wallpaper – the Queen of Heart. This wallpaper was supposed to be released on the 10th just before Mother’s Day (y’know because Mothers are the queen of our hearts), but then I couldn’t finish it so it has to be today :) I am also loving the iPhone wallpaper which is Kinda different from the desktop design.

May 2014 iPhone Wallpaper | DESIGN IS YAY!

Hopefully I will manage to snap a lot of pictures here in Jakarta (and other cities) and post them here. But for (almost) daily snaps and updates, please follow my instagram!

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WITHOUT CALENDAR: 1920×1080 | 1856 x 1161 | iPhone