Monday, February 24, 2014

DIY Personalized Note Book

Today i will share with you how to DIY your own personalized note book using buku tulis zaman sekolah dulu.

To do this u will need
  1. Note book
  2. Printer
  3. Stapler (regular ones will do the job)
  4. Stapler gun (if u use thick note book like i have)
  5. Eraser

First - Carefully pull of staple in the middle of the book using the metal part at the back of the stapler like in the picture. That's the only tool i have, if u have a better and safer tool to do the job go ahead and use it.

Pull of it off, do this step to the other staple on the note book. Now book cover is taken off from the note book. (i forgot to snap a pic sorry!)

2nd - Open your word editing tool like Mic. Word or better if u have Adobe Illustrator. But i just use my Mic. words.

3rd - In Mic Words go to Page Layout - Size - More Paper Size. Insert size of your cover paper size. The i use is Width 8.25" and Height 13".

4th - Click Page layout - Orientation - Landscape. And set Columns to Two. Now u have a layout to play around. As for the margin - i just eyeball it...well main agak2. U can use Print Preview to check your layout before printing on the final paper. Or better test print of regular paper before print it on the cover.

5th - Once u satisfied with your layout, print it on the cover paper using the blank side. Now u have your personalized cover ready.

Now t's time to re-attach the cover to your note book.

6th - Align the papers n cover together, i use paper clips to help them stay still. Since i'm using a thicker note book, i use the stapler gun instead of regular ones. Slide an eraser under the paper where the staple most likely will be press. The eraser will help to secure the staple on the other side. Press the stapler gun/stapler just like before we remove the cover.

This is what it look likes on the inside of the stack after we remove the eraser.

7th - Lastly, press down the staple to secure them. Do this to the other part of the note book.

Now you have it! Your own personalized note book the cheaper way like i did. Please share your own personalized note book, i want to see it! Have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Long story short - Aisha's accidental homebirth story.

Biggest event of all in 2013 was we had an accidental childbirth in our own bedroom on 21st Sept 2013 - morning. I'm still contemplating whether or not to share the full birth story in public either on facebook or here since a lot going on in the Malaysia media lately about homebirth vs hospital birth thingy.

I'm here not to clear the air. Hanya berkongsi cerita basi versi pendek tentang kelahiran anak ketiga yang berlaku 3 bulan yang lalu lol! Pelan asal kami ialah bersalin di hospital. Oleh kerana telah melalui pengalaman melahirkan anak pertama di hospital tempatan, sudah merasai episiotomy, berserta kurang pengetahuan ketika itu, bed-ridden selama berminggu untuk pulih.Manakala anak kedua secara waterbirth di MMC (boleh baca cerita penuh di sini) jadi standard saya untuk melahirkan anak dah upgraded to new level. Alhamdulillah dapat bertemu doktor tempatan yang bersetuju dengan birth plan kami.

Many people wonder how we managed to pull it off, i wonder too. In a such a panic situation i can recall every single details what was done by 2 midwife (Cassie & Shanti) who attended us back in 2010. Thank goodness for waterbirth experience semasa melahirkan irfan + the mandatory childbirth classes yang kami ikuti di MMC + list of books to read,  memang banyak membantu. Saya percaya suasana yang tenang di dalam bilik (warm & calm) dan kenangan yang itu sangat manis membolehkan otak saya dengan mudah recall setiap details perbuatan dan perbualan mereka dan soalan2 yg diajukan kepada saya.

Jadi ketika saya sedar yang dah terlambat untuk masuk kereta dan ke hospital, saya kuatkan diri dan berkata pada diri sendiri, lets have the baby now! Suami saya sudah panik turun naik tangga beberapa kali memenuhi setiap permintaan saya. Dari ambil kain, air panas, bekas nak isi uri sampai ke benang untuk mengikat tali pusat Aisha. Saya berselawat sambil melutut di hujung katil dan suami di sisi menanti arahan. I remember i said.."Ya Allah, i know that i'm gonna die someday but please not today... not today" Sakit melahirkan hanya Allah dan mereka yang pernah merasai sahaja yang tahu. Sebaik sahaja kepala Aisha keluar dia terus menangis dan saya dengar suami saya ketawa sambil memberi salam pada Aisha. Waktu itu paling manis, first my sort-of-half-born baby is crying out loud while her body still inside me, that is a good healthy sign, second because i know my husband was back on his feet!  kontraksi yang seterusnya Aisha just slide out of me.......yes she twist her body so that i can see her face lol! (she was facing my back before that) then slide out and hubby catch her. We wrapped her with flannel swaddle to keep her warm.

Saya bangun berdiri, check myself. I can feel the balance and not dizzy, then hubby pass Aisha to me. I sat on quilt that was laid on the floor then breastfeed Aisha non-stop until the placenta came out. We tied her cord with thread once it stop pulsating. Hubby make few calls - hospital & family. I took a warm bath, get dressed and off to hospital.

Reached hospital. 
Our doctor advised to stay at the hospital at least one night so that they can make sure me and baby are in a great shape even-tho the doc n me knew that i'm stable and the baby is healthy.We are happy to stay with no objection. We concerned too in case we missed anything.

on her 1st day

Next day, we went home and move on our life as usual with this brand new little peanut. Pengalaman yang kami lalui sangat bermakna. Pengetahuan dan pengalaman lepas amat banyak membantu kami menghadapi kes emergency ini. Pada pendapat saya semua bakal parent perlu tahu serba sedikit apa yang perlu dilakukan in case of emergency. Kita mungkin rasa tak penting sebab ada hospital...ada ambulance, tapi bila dah menghadapi baru kita sedar. Walau apapun pengetahuan itu penting, tak rugi pun memperkasakan diri kita dengan pengetahuan baru.

With that being said... is there any places that offer basic first aid & cpr courses for public? if u have any info please let me know. Get certified for First Aid & cool is that sound?

Aisha is 14 weeks.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Long hiatus 2013

A year passed since my last post on 2012. I thought i want to give up blogging. I tried. Stop for a year. Gone 2013. And suddenly on 2014 i decided i need to start blogging again with new content that can be useful for others like craft or sewing tutorial & diy stuff that i tried before.

I revamp the look & feel of this blog. changed the name, it was I sew! I do! I change the name to Melor Makes and renew the blogspot link to I have gave up my old domain for now.

2013 left in memory and i will pickup few stories from 2013 to be featured here later. Stay tune!