Meet the 2012 Design Team: Yvonne Yam

Get to know Yvonne Yam…

Your First & Last Name: Yvonne Yam
Where you live: Singapore

Your most commonly used username in the scrapbooking word: yyam

Your Twitter ID: yyam
Your Facebook ID: yvonne yam

Yvonne Yam

Please tell us a little about yourself, your family, your background…I live with my parents, my sister, two dogs and some goldfish. My older brother lives 10 minutes’ drive away and my three nephews and one niece come by very often.

How did you become a scrapbooker or memory-keeper? If Nokia made better phones, I probably wouldn’t be scrapping. My LSS was located opposite a Nokia service center which I frequented very often. How can a girl resist beautiful things?

How would you describe your scrapbooking style? My style is eclectic at best but usually is a mish-mash of whatever tickles my fancy at any point in time. I do like to try out various techniques and work out of my comfort zone just to challenge myself. I do like to incorporate something found or upcycled though.

When do you scrapbook? How much time do you spend on this activity during a typical week? I spend most of Sundays crafting… 6-7 hours!

What is your favorite way to capture the journaling part of your scrapbooking? I love to just hand-write my thoughts. I try to document things in a fun way so that people going through them can feel the joy when they see my layouts.

What story from the past do you most wish had been documented so you and/or your family could enjoy it now? I wish my mother documented my childhood instead of just dates behind photos. I would love to have known more about the time I spent as a child with my fave person in the world – my paternal grandfather who passed away 10 years ago. My most vivid childhood memories were the times I spent with him.

What is your favorite source of scrapbooking or design inspiration? I love coming up with fun titles. I like to remember the good and funny stuff. I do document what happens in real life but in an upbeat manner… with not-so-happy events as lessons learned.

What is your favorite part of scrapbooking/memory-keeping? I love looking back at old layouts and often pat myself on the back for documenting the funny details that would still be hilarious in years to come!

What do you find the most challenging about scrapbooking/memory-keeping? Probably deciding on the pictures to scrapbook. I take tons of pictures but tend to scrapbook those that show action and tell the story rather than the beauty shots!

How has your scrapbooking changed since you first started? (or has it?)  I used to think that I needed to stick strictly to design principles… rule of thirds, white space, etc. Now I just go with the flow, allowing myself free rein to be creative and I enjoy the process a lot more and can create a layout in a lot less time.

Please share one piece of advice on how to capture everyday real life memories for others new to scrapbooking and/or memory-keeping… Let go of perfection and tell your story. Ten or 20 years from now, no one will be asking why that flower was lopsided… they are just going to be grateful they have awesome albums filled with stories of their lives!


  1. Bush Girl says:

    Great to read about you Yvonne, and I can so relate to the handphone shop being too close to LSS thing. When I lived in Singapore I was forever in Motorola who used to be downstairs from MWL – what a great way to wile away the hours!

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