Thursday, October 27, 2011

My Memories Suite Designer Pack Freebie–Quick Page Kit

Kit 1-001Back in August 2011, I hosted a Giveaway on my West Coast Origami blog to give away a My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software.  It was a small success and I’ve been enjoying utilizing it for new layouts for my photos for my blogs, my Instagram.  

My Memories Suite has offered me a free designer pack to share with any My Memories user!

The page you see is a quickie one that only took me 5 minutes.  Don’t you love it?  Click here or on the preview image to download your own!

Don’t have the software?  Try it yourself and get $10 off your purchase!  Click here or on the banner below and enter Promo Code STMMMS36954 when you check out

Promo Code STMMMS36954

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Halloween: DIY Printable Halloween Cards

IMG_0174 copyHalloween is less then a month away.  I wanted to thank you for following my thoughts with my first free printable!

Send them to your friends and family for a unique way to add some spooky spirit to the holiday!  Print as many as you like!

Click HERE or one of the pictures to download your own copy. 



  1. My Album 6-001Print the PDF file on high quality bright white card stock
  2. Cut the page in half (solid line)
  3. Fold in half or you can score and fold.  I like to use a scoring tool
  4. These cards fit in standard A2 envelopes (4.25” x 5.5”)

If you would like to personalize these, email me at and for a small design fee, I will create a custom file just for you!

If you are interested in additional printable items with this them such as tags, labels etc, let me know!

Ghost and Frankenstein illustration & card designed by Cindy Ho Designs

© Cindy Ho Designs ~ For personal use only.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Cindy Ho Designs – New Logo!

We made the decision to rebuilt our house a few months ago and one of the realizations is that I will not be able to support my paper craft and  origami business during the year we build.  I have to par down to a creative outlet that will take much less space.  I’ve always been self teaching myself graphic designs.  It combines my interest in computers and my ideas that I can’t express well into a sketchbook. 

Cindy Ho Designs - Temp LogoI’ve been casually working on Cindy Ho Designs here and there but more of a distraction when I didn’t feel like folding or crafting.  The picture on the left is my original logo.  I know, it’s terrible.  It’s lazy work. 

When I told my husband I decided to switch gears, as always, he’s supportive.  I wanted a simple clean look and at the same time represent where I come from but no idea where to start.  He said I was always been a ‘butterfly kinda girl’.

So I started from there!square  I wanted to bring into my logo of where I came from.  West Coast Origami is a hobby business that I started by accident and it’s been good to me.  I wanted to represent it in my logo.  The fore wing is an abstract origami crane.  The back wing details representations of the ‘west coast’, with mountains, rolling hills and water. 

Learning's From this Project

Ideas evolve.  I originally was going to do just a butterfly, but the details in the wings made the whole picture looked ‘busy’.  I realized that I like to see my name in the logo itself

The most challenging was choosing the colour.  I always thought it’d be purple, but it ended up to be blue, which gives a calming simple affect to my logo.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Starting on a New Adventure!

One day, my husband returned home, looked at me with a serious look on his face and said, “We need to talk”  My husband wanted my take to tear down our 50 year plus bungalow and build a new house!

Our current house is too small for our growing family.  We are nearly done with our mortgage.  Buying elsewhere would move us 1 hour away as we can’t afford our area with the upward pressure on housing prices

So, I said yes, with one condition.  I get my own space.  I get a space to work on my designs.  A craft room.  My own studio! 


I don’t have a space to be creative.  I have craft and supplies crammed in various areas of our living room, which is also our family living space.  And it’s a MESS with toys.  My Album 5-003

Isn’t it awful? Running both my design and origami business has been inefficient.  Okay, I could do a better job organizing the kids things but I don’t want to pretend I’m superwoman either. 

So here is the first peek of my new craft room!


Okay, I do have to share a corner of this room with my husband for his desk.  I’m selfish, I really want this whole room to myself.  (now I pout with my arms crossed). 

I know, I really have lots of room.  I’ve seen beautiful craft rooms all over the web and the some only have a quarter of the space I get and they look stunning.  For months I’ve been looking at other crafters and designers on their awesome craft spaces and been posting them on Pinterest

I’m so excited!  We won’t be tearing down and building until next year but I will definitely blog about the process.  The downside is that I have to put both my businesses on hold for now, but it’s a short term sacrifice!