I must admit that I am a Trendy New Arrival Thursday fan of MWL.. Actually, I also visit every Tuesday for double stamps in my membership card.. But trips to MWL every Thursday is so worth it! I try to limit my spending to not more than S$30 on every visit (no matter what day it is).. But I found myself spending just a wee bit more yesterday because the new stuff they have in the store are just too damn irresistible...

BG Figgy Pudding
This is the new Christmas Line from Basic Grey.. It was not til I got home to look at the papers again that I realized that this line is actually double sided! How cool is that? I think BG has never done this before...

Don't you find the name of the line funny? In my head, I keep thinking it's Fidgy Widgy...

MM {note}Worthy
Dainty is the word to best describe this line from Making Memories.. When I read MWL's blog for the new releases, this was one of the reasons why I thought the trip was worth taking (actually from the office, it's just a 10 minute or so bus ride).. And boy was I right! I'm a sucker for ledger paper and this line was no exception..

* I'm thinking of selling half the contents of the MM glitter die cuts.. If anybody is interested, please leave a comment in this post.. Total of 30 die cuts for PHP190.

MME Out and About
I love MME! And they have kits 1 & 2.. And they have two more racks of more paper, transparencies and embellishments..

After offering to buy the CLP stamps for my super scrappy kababayans in MNL, Sharon of MWL was kind enough to let me hang around the counter to ask her about the stamps... They have the brochure of available stamps but she is not sure if all the stamps in the brochure are still available.. She told me that it would be better if I copied the codes from the mini drawers for the stamps B-E and browse the box for the G-H.. She was astonished to see the long list I have of the stamps wanted in Manila (paging Tin and Phylline...). And I was influencing Marix (halatang mga addict sa scrapbooking noh?) to buy some because the stamps are so cute.. Thanks to Sharon and Sweech for the help! So I already made a list with images of the stamps available and it's already uploaded at the PS and SE files sections..

** Pics are lifted from MWL's website. To see more of their new arrivals, click here.
Catslife Press Stamps are sooo cool! And they are available in a LSS here.
Below are the some of the stamps I have.. so far.. These are unmounted stamps.
MWL has some of the seals, 'original', 'limited edition', 'handmade art', date & labels, crowns and birds stamps.
Price range are: B - PHP150; C - PHP190; D - PHP230; E - PHP270; F - PHP300; G - PHP340; H - PHP380
And for PHP20/stamp, I can EZ Mount these babies for you so you can use it with your acrylic block!
Sorry for the crappy pictures...
Made By

Exhibit A
-I've used this stamp in several of my layouts coz it's catchy..
Limited Edition Scrapbook

Handmade Art By

Official Scrapbook By


Prices of the stamps are the retail price from the store.. What's in it for me is if I buy on Tuesdays, I get double stamps in my Scrapaholics Anonymous Card.. Which means that I will be closer to becoming a Scrapaholics for Life member... Yay!
If you're interested, email me the code of the item you are looking for (visit www.catslifepress.com to see the stamps) at pjrigonanatyahoodotcom. Payment details will be pm-ed to you as well..

As promised in my previous blog, layouts in this post are my entries to theScrappin' Moms' idol contest.

Elimination Round - Scraplift your idol
The challenge in the elimination round was to scraplift a work of our international scrapbooking idol. Personally, I have many scrapbooking idols: Elsie Flannigan, Danielle Donaldson, MG Abuzman, etc. There are just too many really amazing international scrapbookers out there and choosing just one to scraplift was a feat in itself. Being a regular patron of Made With Love here in SG, I have the privelege of looking and touching the works of Brenda Mae Teo. Brenda is an amazing scrapbooker and photographer. I really have no words to describe her work.. She is just amazing! And so I thought why not scraplift her (a Singaporean scrapper for a Pinay scrapping in Singapore)?As any scrapbooker will feel, I was afraid to scraplift her for fear that I will not give justice to the inspiration.. But I did the best that I could.
PS.. Me and Diane Miraballes have the same idol.. Great minds think alike, eh Diane ;)
Round 1 - Stuck on Cardstock
In this round, no patterned papers (pre-made or self made) was allowed. You can embellish your page with anything provided that 50% of your cardstock will still be visible. Not that I haven't worked with cardstock before but I still am essentially a patterned paper person. I wanted a minimalist approach to my layout so I just embellished with as little as I can and let the basic design of the layout carry me through the next round.. How ironic - it should be easy to make a layout with just limited material but I found myself stumped for ideas. But this is what I came up with:
Round 2 - What's your color
I thought Round 1 was tough.. This was torture! I have to admit that I am not proud that I am ignorant when it comes to the color wheel. So to have your paper and embellishments come from the same color family was too trivial for me. I have these great photos of my mom from her college days that I snuck out of her biscuit can full of memorabillia. So I thought of scrapping those and making my layout sort of Bohemia-ish. I promised myself not to buy any more materials and just use the stash that I have. The closest to what I have during that time was not allowed (distressed with other colors not belonging to its family) so I had this insane idea of making sort of a tie die what-not on the MME handcut pattern.. I have to admit I kinda liked that idea as it brought out the era of when the photos were taken (I think maybe mid -70's or so..).
Round 3 - Alter It
Who said it was easy? I've been scrapping for quite a while now but I don't recall that I have altered something. Sure, you can decorate something and call it altered but repurposing something? Insane! It was tough enough that you have decorate and beautify but having to think of another use for a thing.. Ugh! I started painting this free plate carrier from Ikea when I bought a set of plates I can use in the flat. I was really meaning to decorate it just for fun and functionality but I had no clue as to how was I going to do it. As I was still crunching for money, I thought that I would make this my entry. This was a hard challenge.. Apart from the repurposing, we had to use three non-scrapbooking material (mainstream) that should be visible in the item..What the ****?!? Three challenges so far and I feel like my creative juices are running out.. And my repurposed item came out like this:
It's Wonder P! Or Volta P...
Round 4 - What's In A Photo..
No people, that is... Or any other living thing.. The challenge was to scrap non-living objects and using only one photo, two textiles, three words in the title and four kinds of embellishments. Handcut patterned papers are already considered as die-cuts. As like the challenge1 & 2, I had a hard time deciding and using limited materials. I am not really a embellishment person, I guess it was the restrictions that frustrates me..I decided to make a layout about the three things that make me happy (apart from scrapping, of course..) which was reading books, listening to music and drinking a cup of coffee. I was still on the height of reading the Eclipse series when the challenge was announced. As for music, I love the 90s (Gin Blossoms and Natalie Merchant, anyone?)... Coffee is always caramel macchiato, when I can afford it.. I found these gorgeous papers from Sassafras Lass in MWL that I was itching to handcut. This is what I came up with:
Round 5 - No Photos Allowed
Scrapping ephemera is one of the many things I would consider as my scrapping waterloo (I have a long list) and to think that I am a junkie when it comes to saving up those little knick-knacks and whatnots that I get from travelling or just window shopping. It's just that it's all in Manila..I wanted to be crazy in this layout - which was good for me because the challenge requirements were all the techniques I love to do - doodling and stitching.. If I dare say so myself, I had the funkiest layout (love your own, syempre..). I did not fall in the trap of predictability. But I knew that it will not be fully appreciated because it was a fun and happy layout. It's something that you do not take seriously. For you to like the layout meant that you got what I was trying to say. At the back of my mind, judges probably thought that I was making a joke out of the challenge. And the thing is, I scrapped what I felt at the moment. I was eliminated in this challenge.
That was some challenge and it was fun while it lasted.. I hope to join some more challenges in the future..