Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Friends Forever, Apart or Together

The title is such an apt description about the father-and-son relationship of my hubby and our little one.

All papers used in this LO are from Echo Park's A Walk in the Park line and a few papers from Sweet Summertime. The title was also taken from the Element Card paper cut-out from the same line.

I am entering this in Sketchy Thursday's 11.25 sketch challenge here. The sketch is shown below:

Recognize this green background which I used as base for the Friends Forever? It's a Prima packaging paper! :D

Combine beautiful, bright and colorful strips of paper from the Blissful Days border paper, ribbon trim, Martha Stewart garden trellis puncher and what have you got? A perfect base to hold your LO and photo together. :D

Last but not the least, some banner love. :D

Enjoy the rest of the week and TFL!

Sunday, November 28, 2010


Hey, I'm on a "Nikki Sivils paper" roll!

This is my 3rd project using Nikki Sivils products and I used the Willow Bee collection on this LO of my niece. Well, I actually made 3 LOs out of this line. Sshhh! LOL.

Journalling reads: "The party started a bit late, but you waited patiently for the show to start. You were so behaved. You are such a sweet girl!"

Photo details: Louise at 2 years, 5 months. December 2009.

Based this on Get Picky's sketch challenge #2 here.

Some close-ups:
I love, love, love this quote stamp from Shabby Green Door's On the Wings of a Dream! This was where I was inspired to get the title "Listen" for my LO. Used plenty of double-sided foam tape for the cutie cut-ups, too.

My adorable niece, Louise Dominique.

We're enjoying a long weekend right now. No work tomorrow in celebration of a local hero's birthday.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

No. 1 Rule

As promised in my previous post below, above is the second LO that I made using Nikki Sivils' Henry's Brilliance collection.

Two LOs were created out of 4 patterned papers. How's that for maximizing your stocks? Haha! And out of those 4 papers, all that was left were little bits of scrap. Oh yes, I'm really happy when I get to use most, if not all, of the chosen papers for a layout. :)

I used the tummy of this big owl to write my journalling entry, which reads: Being cute always melts Mommy's heart. It works every time! :)

Had fun with my circle punches and put cloth brads as added accents.

The "No. 1" is a cut-out from Jillibean Soup paper.

Again, I based my LO on Janis' work here but also added some touches of my own.

Have a great week ahead!

Materials used: Nikki Sivils patterned papers; Magic Mesh; All About Scrapbooking brads. Others: buttons, blings, chipboard alphas from my stash.

Friday, November 19, 2010

I Love Books!

I did a fast one on this layout because of the perks of... scraplifting! Hehe! :)

Scraplifted the above LO from fellow Filipina scrapper, Janis, in her post here.

All papers used are from Nikki Sivils' Henry's Brilliance, a school-themed collection. Totally perfect for the photo of my little one enjoying his book on numbers!

Being a booklover, I really love the journalling details that I made in this LO: "Daddy and Mommy will do our best, for you to sustain your interest and love for books. Keep it up, Sweetheart!"

These owls are soooo cute! :)

I have another LO using Nikki Sivils' Henry's Brilliance line, which I'll feature in my next post. Stay tuned! :)


Materials used: Nikki Sivils papers; DCWV black cardstock Tim Holtz distress ink; Fiskars scallop scissors and border puncher; Artoz wax seal; All About Scrapbooking foam alphas, brads, star sticker, photo turn; Others: rikrak and ribbon.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Please join me and the ladies of Scrap That Poetry in their latest challenge here. I am so honored to be their Guest Designer for their November 15th challenge: "Prayer for the Great Family" by Gary Snyder.

Yes, "Gratitude" is indeed an apt title because I am truly thankful to Scrap That Poetry for my guest DT stint in their blog, and to Webster's Pages for my recent win.

So how did I create my layout and interpret Gary Snyder's poem (below) for it?

First, the photo. I chose this photo of a green grassy area with tiny yellow flowers because my idea is to emphasize the importance of blessings, however small they may be.

Photo credit: John Michael B. Limbo

Second, the title and journaling. I chose "Gratitude" because the poem is all about showing gratitude to God's creations: Mother Earth, plants, air, among others. My journaling is also about defining Gratitude as "being happy for even the littlest of things."

Last, but not the least, the overall look of the layout. I chose Webster's Pages' Garden Gala and Nature's Storybook collections to complement my photo and interpretation of Snyder's poem. :)

Some close-ups and details:
Hand-cut the branches and lanterns. Attached gold DMC thread on the lanterns and used double-sided foam tape for added dimension.

I love these Prima Innoscence flowers because you can alter it to whatever catches your fancy. I applied Ranger distressed stickles (tarnished brass) in the middle and Jo Sonja opal dust on the petals. Lovely! :)

I truly enjoyed creating this layout, as well as being the Guest DT!

Hope you like my creation and TFL! :)

by Gary Snyder

Gratitude to Mother Earth, sailing through night and day--
and to her soil: rich, rare, and sweet
in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Plants, the sun-facing light-changing leaf
and fine root-hairs; standing still through wind
and rain; their dance is in the flowing spiral grain
in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Air, bearing the soaring Swift and the silent
Owl at dawn. Breath of our song
clear spirit breeze
in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Wild Beings, our brothers, teaching secrets,
freedoms and ways; who share with us their milk;
self-complete, brave, and aware
in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Water: clouds, lakes rivers, glaciers;
holding or releasing; streaming through all
our bodies salty seas
in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to the Sun: blinding pulsing light through
trunks of trees, through mists, warming caves where
bears and snakes sleep--he who wakes us--
in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to the Great Sky
who holds billions of stars--and goes yet beyond that--
beyond all powers, and thoughts
and yet is within us--
Grandfather Space.
The Mind is his Wife

so be it.

-- after a Mohawk prayer.


Materials used on "Gratitude" LO: WEBSTER'S PAGES - patterned papers & die-cut cardstock sticker. DCWV cardstock. PRIMA Innoscence flowers. AMERICAN CRAFTS thickers felt alphas. RANGER distress stickles (tarnished brass). TIM HOLTZ distress ink. JO SONJA opal dust. TATTERED ANGELS - mist. MAYA ROAD - mist. MAKING MEMORIES - metal key. MARTHA STEWART edge punch. Others - gold pins, DMC gold thread, lace.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Another Win!

Oh my goodness! My lucky streak continues and I feel sooo blessed!

My comment in Webster's Pages "Little Reminders" blog post was chosen and I won one of every alpha sticker sheet in WP's warehouse! That's over 3,000 alphas!!!

Brandin wanted to know from readers what we consider as simple moments, sweet life events.

Here's what I wrote: "My simple moment, simple life event is everytime I stare at my sleeping two-year old son. Until now, this moment never ceases to amaze me. I love being a mom. :)"

The winner (That's me! Haha!) was announced in WP's blog post here!

Wee! I'm so happy I won! I sooo love WP products. Come to think of it, most of my recent layouts that won in challenges are made from Webster's Pages!!!

Thanks so much Webster's Pages, and thank You, Lord, for this sweet blessing.

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

You and Me

Lesson learned: creating a double-page layout is such a back-breaking activity! Haha!

Argh! 'Twas so hard to strike a balance in making two 12x12 pages. The title, photos, patterned papers and elements. I also didn't follow any sketch to guide me so that makes it doubly hard. I'm not sure if I did justice on this LO. *sigh*

Looks like I'm taking this hobby to the next level, way too seriously. LOL!

Anyway, I still want to share this here because the subjects are the two most important men in my life. *woot, woot!*

Patterned papers are from Colorbok. I have lots of Colorbok scrapbook stuff courtesy of a US-based aunt. If not for her, I wouldn't have access to these yummy scrapbook items! Thanks, Aunty Banny!

Page 1:

Page 2:
Materials used: Colorbok patterned papers. Bella Blvd.'s bits a bella.
Prima Say It In Pearls. Autumn Leaves ticket stamps.
All About Scrapbooking stickers, ribbon and chipboard alphas.
Sassafrass Lass cardstock journaling sticker. Creative Imaginations brad.
Martha Stewart edge punch.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Triple Thank Yous

October must be my lucky month. :)

I experienced a triple win, hence the triple Thank You's.

I won here, here and here!

Have a great weekend! :)