Friday, June 6, 2014


Second year of Architecture came to such a dizzying end and the cherry on top was what you see right here. Like my last Architecture project: (the complete process of which is photologged here) French Consulate General in an Arab Country, this year's final project was to create a science and discovery museum on category of choice.

I chose an Islamic Art & Culture Museum of course since I'm always so smitten by the complex geometric and botanically intricate mashrabiyyas. 
Craft A Doodle Doo Islamic Art and Culture Museum Proposal #design #architecture

The concept was multi-faceted especially because the Islamic Arab heritage is so rich. While primarily based on the Arabian desert aspects of undulating sand dunes and oasis, the concept was also supposed to represent the up and down graph of the Arab era, of scientific discoveries and inventions which marked its peak, of the birth of Islam, of the depression of the period before literacy in ancient pagan times. The synergy of these ideas led to an edgy, modern form of the building jutting out from the roof, interspersed by skylights to break what would have been an otherwise "heavy" shape and lots of green outdoor areas for lounging in terrace cafes.

Let's start from the entrance,shall we?

The main entrance is dominated by two mashrabiyya canopies (the webbed geometric design is what you call a mashrabiyya, It has plenty of intricate net-like detailing and was used in traditional Arab houses as windows to control humidity, air current and provide privacy).

Craft A Doodle Doo Islamic Art and Culture Museum Proposal #design #architecture

There are all in all four floors to the museum:

Floor 0 : Reception, ticket booths, gift shops, stores, outdoor cafe, office administration A separate staff entrance lies on the right lateral side of the entrance.
Floor 1: Exhibition Floor. Main exhibition. An outdoor exhibition area and two secondary exhibitions.
Floor 2: A theater, an "indoor" amphitheater space. A couple of multipurpose halls
Floor 3: Learning resource center: Library, digital and interactive areas for learning, etc.

Craft A Doodle Doo Islamic Art and Culture Museum Proposal #design #architecture

The lengthy trapezoidal terrace you see covered in lush grass is the outdoor exhibition on the first floor. I hope things are slightly starting to make sense now. (lol)

And oh, this is the seaside elevation (below). The whole outdoor exhibition and cafe lounge (which is the green area on the ground level) faces the Red Sea.

Craft A Doodle Doo Islamic Art and Culture Museum Proposal #design #architecture

The continuity of the triangular mass is seen on the landscaping. The function of the mashrabiyyas here is to serve as shade as well as aesthetic. The perforation allows the visitors to enjoy the sea side view as well.
Craft A Doodle Doo Islamic Art and Culture Museum Proposal #design #architecture
A closer look at the voids and skylights in the roof. The texture was done using parchment paper (Hah!). The mashrabiyyas were done using Autocad of course in a laser-cutting lab especially for students. :D

Craft A Doodle Doo Islamic Art and Culture Museum Proposal #design #architecture
Craft A Doodle Doo Islamic Art and Culture Museum Proposal #design #architecture

The front elevation of the buildings and the two lateral sides all have the mashrabiyyas but the back side looks a bit different. Like below.

Craft A Doodle Doo Islamic Art and Culture Museum Proposal #design #architecture

Here's the side opposite to the seaward side.(along with the main elevation you see on the left)

Craft A Doodle Doo Islamic Art and Culture Museum Proposal #design #architecture

 And that pretty much sums up the facade of my second year's project!
Craft A Doodle Doo Islamic Art and Culture Museum Proposal #design #architecture

Oh, and tiny little details like this made me feel happier about it!
The pavement work leading to the outdoor exhibition!
Craft A Doodle Doo Islamic Art and Culture Museum Proposal #design #architecture

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Since my floral papers with a vintage twist are the most popular digital paper packs at Craft A Doodle Doo and I've been having lots of requests for commercial use, hence the on the spur decision to actually create a similar paper pack as the earlier ones with a vintage flair!

Go buy the full collection in my shop ....or if you're looking for some instant free gratification, you can test out the mini sample kit from the same collection!

The kit includes 4 delicious papers and 5 adorable gift tags for you to add that final polished touch to all your presents!

Craft A Doodle Doo-Euphoric Vintage Free Digi Pack #free #printables #floral #vintage

And of course, use them as digital graphic to brighten up your web design or as printables to dress up millions of projects, frame them or scrapbook with them, however you use them they'll always make your creations a notch more fab!
Craft A Doodle Doo-Euphoric Vintage Free Digi Pack #free #printables #floral #vintage

And right after the creation of my DIY Notepads, numerous friends asked me if I could whip up some more for them. So here are more, made with the full collection!

The printer ran out of cyan, so it kept printing everything with a pinky tinge. My bad.
Craft A Doodle Doo-Euphoric Vintage Free Digi Pack #free #printables #floral #vintage
Craft A Doodle Doo-Euphoric Vintage Free Digi Pack #free #printables #floral #vintage

Have fun, stay marvelous and don't forget to check out the rest of my Freebies (or if you're a designer, my online Boutique!)

Here's a look at the entire collection. :)

And for the DIY of the notepads, check out my DIY Gallery!


Tuesday, June 3, 2014


It's all about celebrating incredible futures this month as I wrapped up the best of the best deals for you in a neat pinnable graphic. From inexpensive gifts that are worth far more than their price to moderately priced gifts they will cherish for a long time to come; these gifts range from hers, to him and gender-neutrals for those who aren't that sure what their grads may prefer!

I've also included my own DIYs as well as featured a couple of other talented bloggers because let's just put it straight, everyone's got such droolworthy ideas!

Craft A Doodle Doo-Graduation Gift Guide 2014 #diy #graduation #gift #ideas #graduates #guide


For her:

1. Set of notepads/ mini journals : Can be used for pasting keepsakes or writing brilliant ideas. These are so easy to make, totally customizable and can be made in many, many numbers!
See the link for DIY Notepads here.

2. DIY Ethinic Envelpe clutch: Which girl doesn't adore a doze of high-end fashion? Get the luxe look with a homemade version now. She'll be delighted!
Get the link for DIY Envelope Clutch here.

3.DIY Botanical Pen Bouquet: Pens or Pencils, this DIY Bouquet for the creative, writeoholic grad will totally light up her workspace and home decor! 
Get the link to the tut here!

For him:

1.Gym-worthy Ipod Holder: It can't get better than this! This easy-to-sew Ipod holder by Design Fixation fits snugly on your arm while you burn those pesky calories!
See the Ipod holder tutorial here!

2.Copper-pipe pencil holder: He'll be super-impressed with this classy industrial-lookin' copper DIY pencil holder by A Fabulous Fete fit to liven up even the plainest of desktops!
See the Pencil Holder tutorial here!

3. DIY Ipad Case: Have a faux animal skin placement mat or something of the likes? It's the shortest cut to make an Ipad Cover for a bit of fashionable protection! Roughly fold in half and fold over the extra onto the initial side securing with velcro like a clutch!



For her:

1. Floral Cnavas Backpack ($ 26) : Charlotte Ruse really knows how to do summer with this beautifully feminine backpack! Great for summer time trips and effortless style!

2.Rosa Pocket Notebooks ($ 10): If there's any stationery brand that can steal a girl's heart in an instant, it's Rifle Paper Co.! These two pretty notebooks are perfect to jot down memos in style!

3.Neon Nailpolish in Rainbow Sherbet ($3.99) - Best-selling and oh-so-vivid
4.First Blush Eyeshadow Palette ($ 1.99)- Double them up as rosy blushes!
5. Summer Strut Heels ($29.99) -Coral is always in!

from Rue 21 and Style For Less is a pretty package to make a fabulous gift for the summery fashionista!

6. Rue 21 Gift Card : If you'd like her to decide for herself what'd set her heart racing, give her one of these!

For him:

7. Thumbs up UK Fli-Tunes Sound Amplifier. Frisbee ($16.43)  A Flying Disk and sound amplifier for your phone in one? No way! Yes way!

8.IPhone Pocket Projector ($69) This product will be so worth the price to be shelled out! Perfect for travel and has first-rate reviews so you know he'll rave about it as soon as it's put to use!

9. The Inkless Metal Pen ($ 28.00)  No sharpening, never runs out of ink and made of metal. How much more swag can this have?
10.Word. Notebooks,3-pack ($9.99)  Don't guys get swanky ideas too? Let his keep track of to-dos with flair!


Gender -Neutrals:

1. ITunes Gift Cards ($25, $50, $100) : Include your personal message and give this fanciful card to a very overjoyed recipient!

2. Mosaic Photo Book ($20) : Lets grads stow away their priceless moments and breathtaking photography in a stunning photobook straight from! Check out the ultra-cool and easy process on the homepage!

3. Treatsie Gourmet Sweet Box Subscription ($29 and above) - Caramel popcorn, Espresso cookies, chocolate truffles, Almond Chocolate Toffee. Who canNOT relish this?

4. Custom Mugs, Shutterfly (Varying Prices)  Got any favorite pics they have while they sip on their cuppa joy? These cutom mugs from Shutterfly are definitely unique. Keep favorite snapshots hand because they're about to create a one-of-a-kind mug!

5. Collage Squares Ipad case ($49.49): Shutterfly is all about versatility so whip out an Ipad case that will be the crowd's envy using your grad's awesome snapshots! They'll treasure it, no questions!

Which one's your favorite?

Let me know!

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Lots of hugs,

**PS: I'm not sponsoring any of the brands mentioned above not do I have an affiliation program with any of them. All the ideas mentioned above were based solely on personal choice. 




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