A year older I am turning..

And I will be coming home. I am so excited to see my family and friends again. This trip is actually an advance birthday gift from my parents who also promised to take me to this waterfall in Amadeo, Cavite that they have discovered (I smell photo op!). It's also very timely since it's my nephew Justin's 4th birthday celebration on the weekend that I will be home. It's also my favorite boss and very good friend Vivian's birthday who promised to treat me to a scrumptious meal at Contis (never been... I know...).
As I have mentioned on my previous post, I had a very hard September both personally and professionally. I thank God that I was able to come past the obstacles that came my way, but I did have a few meltdowns in the confines of my office space that worried my manager and officemates (I know they thought I was going to lose it any second now). My crying spells were so bad that my mom was already begging me to pack my things and go home for good. While that prospect at that time seemed irresistable, I knew that it was the easy way out. Obstacles are there for a reason and I knew that I had to face it head-on. I had to be strong for the sake of my parents, I know that they worry so much for my well being especially in this situation where I am far away from home standing by myself with nobody to turn to if things get ugly. I've leaned so many lessons in this experience and most of it painful, but you know the old adage 'what doesn't kill you makes you stronger' surely is true. I am a fighter now.

So I've moved to another place (yet again). I like it here - from my window I can see the park, it's sunny, accessible to places, and my housemates are really cool. In my case, I have to be wary of people I meet especially a fellow countryman/woman. My last housemates - to put it mildly - are arrogant, self-absorbed, greedy people, spawns of the devil who have no real decency in their bone. And although I want to rid myself of any hatred as it can only give you wrinkles, I just boil everytime I think of them. They are robbers of money and spirit. I know someday that what they did to me will come back to them tenfold. I know that it is very un-Christian to think of evil things to these three people, forgive me I am only human and my imagination can go up to the hills most of the time. So let's not discuss them any further.

I want to fill my life with love and music and flowers and chocolates... I am so crushing on him right now:

Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Henry VIII



Go see The Tudors and you'll get what I mean (and Henry Cavill is hot-hot as well). If these kind of men do not turn you on, at least watch the show for the entertainment value (not as historically accurate as I would have hoped compared to the book The Wives of Henry VIII - yep! that's the nerd in me..).

And I will not let this post pass without sharing anything about scrapbooking. Here are some layouts I made:

boys



boys



Materials: May Studio Calico Kit



so i wonder

so i wonder


Materials: Cardstock: Bazill; Patterned Papers: American Crafts; Chipboard: American Crafts, Maya Road; Overlay: Hambly; Sticker: 7gypsies; Paint: Making Memories; Others: American Crafts Pen, UTEE, Glossy Accents, Perfect Pearls

I am currently finishing a BAB for the Prima Contest. Imagine winning USD600 worth of flowers? Sweet!

Til next time!
I have much explaining to do for my long absence.
I'm currently packing up and moving to another apartment because my housemates from hell have been so unbearable that I've decided to leave this hell hole.. All I can say is that they don't know who they're messing with and I hope for their sake that they'll continuously watch their backs for safety from now on. Karma's a bitch you guys.
I'm itching to cut and paste but I've already packed most of my stuff and they were the first to be transferred - all packed and sealed. So I can't wait til October 1 to be reunited with them again.
Visit me again soon :)

The next thing you know we'll be hearing Christmas carols again!

Last week out of boredom, I went to this place that I read in Leena's blog where she had a pictorial with her husband. I figured I'd go to this place and have a pictorial myself (alone - my friends were too busy doing i-don't-know what..) so I google-d the place and went there myself. Except for a couple of pedestrians and motorists, the place was quite deserted (nevermind that I was taking photos of myself - they may have thought that I was crazy or whatever). Still practicing with my photography and I'm still using my 50mm lens.

There are more pictures from where this came from (haha) so it'll keep me busy for a couple of weeks.


me today

me today



All materials are from the Scarlet Lime July kit (gotta love SEI's Poppy Line).




there's gotta be more to life

there's gotta be more to life



Materials: Patterned papers, stickers and glitter: Making Memories; Cardstock: Bazzil; Chipboards: Cosmo Cricket & American Crafts; Alpha Stickers: American Crafts; Transparency: Hambly; Damask Stamp: Heidi Swapp; Others: This and That from June Scarlet Lime, UTEE, DMC, Glossy Accents


I was also able to finish the journal from the Studio Calico add on from May. I've enjoyed doing this journal that when I was finished, I have no idea what I was going to use it for (probably secret spending for my scraps... haha).



Journal (Studio Calico May add-on)

Material from the Studio Calico May add-on

Thanks for looking and have a blessed week ahead!

This is something I made for the Label Tulip anniversary challenge. I paid homage to Leena Loh because I really love her work..

reasons to smile


Materials - Patterned papers: My Mind's Eye, Basic Grey, Autumn Leaves; Chipboard alpha: Chatterbox; Stamp: Autumn Leaves; Stamping Ink: Versafine & Tim Holtz; Flourish and glitter: Doodlebug Designs; Mirror: Heidi Swapp; Paint: Making Memories; Die cut felt: Prima; Others: Stickles and American Crafts pen

I am loving Heather Bailey so much! Love the vibrant print and color. The new stamps of Autumn Leaves are just as gorgeous. I'm churning more layouts using these products.

I also started a couple of layouts using the SEI Poppy line... Love those as well - the reds and the blues and silvers.. And they have a paper named Pearl! How very cool is that? :)

I feel that there is quite an improvement on my scrapping time lately. I can actually finish layouts over the weekend. I've always enjoyed the luxury of time when it comes to scrapbooking - I am a la-di-dah kind-of scrapper, no pressures just taking my sweet time.

I am subscribed to Label Tulip and I've so far received the May and June kits. I love the LT kits! I feel like it's so easy to work with it. I feel guilty (sometimes...) because it takes me a while to finally open the kits and play with it. I try to at least make 2 layouts out of the kits that I am currently subscribed to, and I know that I have to maximize these kits since I've cut my LSS visits to just twice a month (a whole lot of restraining since some CHA summer goodies are already available for picking - ugh! Will I be able to refuse the Heather Bailey paper and stamps?)

This layout is actually my slow scrapping - took me two days to finish..

look here

look here

Material: June LT kit; Others material - Stamps: Fontwerks; Stamping Inks: Tim Holtz and Staz-On; Rhinestones: Prima; Felt Shapes: KI Memories; Button: Daisy Ds; Epoxy Sticker: Sei; Paint: Making Memories; Pen: American Crafts; Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket; Ribbons and staple wire

My fast scrapping is a record - even for me. I finished this layout in 3 hours! It turned out quite freestyle - I love the simplicity and whimsy of this layout.

all you wanted

all you wanted


Materials: May LT kit; Others - Buttons: Autumn Leaves; Ribbon: May Arts; Alpha Sticker: Doodlebug Designs; Pen: American Crafts; Stickles

Have a great week!

Was my first thought when I wanted a really clever name for the bookmark I was going to make. But I will be saving that for a future project (I actually stumbled upon a website about a bookmark saying just that, but age got the best of me and I forgot where in cyberspace I saw that).

Bookmark

Materials: Cardstock: Bazzill; Alpha Stickers: Doodlebug Design and Making Memories; Sheer flowers: Maya Road; Felt Flower: KI Memories; Stamp: Purple Onion Designs; Stamping Ink: Tsukineko; Brad: Making Memories; Ribbon: May Arts
* finally got to use the Fiskars puncher

Sure there are ready made bookmarks for purchase anywhere, why not buy? I just wanted to do my own (what with a ton of scraps laying around).

Notice I've now watermark-ed my pic.. It's just protection if in case somebody was insane enough to grab photos of stuff that I have made. We can never be too safe now - what with the technology and transparency we have on the internet. Most - if not all - of us are sharing our work in good faith but some of us can fall prey to predators and leechers (it's sick and unacceptable but it does happen). So my friends, watermark before you become a victim.


So I've finally picked up a book again. A few posts ago, I mentioned about 'Dreams from my father' by Barack Obama and I finally snagged a copy from my friendly Harris bookstore. I did go a li'l wild and picked up these as well:

An excerpt from 'Me talk pretty one day'


'The Italian was attempting to answer the teacher's latest question when the Moroccan student interrupted, shouting, "Excuse me, but what's an Easter?" The teacher called upon the rest of us to explain. "It is a party for the little boy of God who call his self Jesus. He die one day and then he go above of my head to live with your father. He weared of himself the long hair and after he die, the first day he come back here for to say hello to the peoples. He nice, the Jesus."

Hilarity... I almost guffawed in the bookstore when I read this..

On other scrappy news, our June SC Kit was short-shipped! Our add-ons were not shipped together with the main kit and we may have to wait for a few weeks for it to arrive. The May kit was short shipped as well and since we went crazy with the July add-ons, we are crossing our finger that this won't happen again.

Have a great week ahead!

Here's another layout that I was able to finish last weekend..


the middle child

Justin is the second born son of my brother. He is three years old and had just started nursery school this year. We've noticed that since Terrence was born, he is always clamoring for the attention of the adults, which most of the time turns into a screaming fit with the parents, grandma, yaya and even from Kuya Wacky. Nevertheless, even with the crazy antics he sometimes pull-off, he is a really sweet kid..

the middle child

I did the hidden journaling in a playing card..

the middle child - hidden journaling

Materials - Patterned papers: Creative Imaginations, Cosmo Cricket, Basic Grey; Die cuts, epoxy tag & paint: Making memories; Gel blossom: Heidi Swapp; Velvet Alpha: American Crafts; Small alpha: Carolee's; Rub-on: Cosmo Cricket; Brads: JoAnn's; Rhinestones: Prima; Stamp: Purple Onion; Stamping Ink: Versafine; Others: Slick Writer, floss, metal butterfly, playing card and fabric from Qtea Kits

Our bunso Terrence is at the stage where it is so easy to make him giggle...
Making rosettes is one of the things I've recently discovered. Google-it and find out how to make one, it makes your work a step more 'hand-made'.
I also used the Doodlebug Crushed Velvet Flock, still needs a little work though on how to make it more polished..

Once of a kind

Materials used - Patterned Papers: Creative Imaginations & Cosmo Cricket; Die Cut Paper: KI Memories; Transparency: Hambly; Buttons: Autumn Leaves; Epoxy Stickers: SEI; Rub-on: My Mind's Eye; Gel Heart: Heidi Swapp; Alpha Stickers: Carolee's; Stamp: Cat's Life Press; Stamping Ink: Versafine: Chipboard: Magistical Memories; Flock: Doodlebug Designs; Wood Flourish: Kaiser Crafts; Mirror Bird: Heidi Swapp; Others: Stickles, Zig Pen, floss and glittered tulle.
Going to Universal Studios in LA and meeting Shrek..

Ogre-Luv

* from my earlier scrapbook pages *

I hope he's doing fine after the fire that hit the theme park a few weeks back. I have some really fond memories there - wandering alone, queuing (?) to get into the Backdraft studios, drinking a liter of Coke from my Spongebob sipper, the crazy cool Mummy ride..
I heard and read that the studio lot where those sets that replicated the streets of New York, sets of Back to the Future, the semi-scary Jaws were badly damaged by the fire. I wonder if the set of Wisteria Lane from Desperate Housewives and the crashed plane from War of the Worlds were counted as casualties. Sayang naman...
I'm really grateful that I was able to go to this place.. I really hope to someday go back - and hopefully Universal Studios will be as glorious and magical as ever.
Thanks Tin!

Here are the tagging rules:
1. Link back to the person who tagged you
2. Post these rules on your blog
3. Share six (6) unimportant things about yourself
4. Tag six (6) people at the end of your entry

Unimportant Facts about Me!

1 I use the Lush 'KARMA" soap as air freshener in my room (I hang it in the aircon and moisten it once a week to revive the smell)
2 I always wear my eternity ring in my left middle finger and feel restless when I'm without it
3 My mom and dad still calls me 'Baby'
4 I love PhoBac's Chicken Pho and spring rolls - and I have to have those at least once a week..
5 I miss driving in BF Paranaque (where I usually hang anytime of the week with my friends to eat dinner, drink coffee and buy 'DIBIDI')
6 I no longer wear shoes with heels (because of the minimum 1 hour walk/stand I have to endure on most days)

To those who have read this post, consider yourselves TAGGED! :)

Since my last post, I have actually finished a couple of layouts..

i am

I've been practicing taking my own pictures in front of a mirror, I still have to master focusing and looking at the camera. This is my current avatar on forums and PM.


i am


May Scarlet Lime Kit
Others material used are - Sheer die cut: Maya Road; Stamping Ink:Tsukineko; Pen: American Crafts


silly


This was taken on my last vacation in Manila. I have been pestering my brother to take me to Bonifacio High Street since I've never been there. It was supposed to be my and Hem's bonding time (naks!) but his middle child Justin, who was kicking and screaming, wanted to tag along. Armed with my camera, I used father and son as my subjects and needless to say Justin was more camera-hungry than his Dada. He is obviously a ham in front of the lens!

Silly

May Studio Calico Kit
Other material used are - Die Cut: Jenni Bowlin; Alpha Stickers: Making Memories; Misc lace ribbon


a new passion

More self portrait. I have to learn how to take my own pictures since I am alone most of the time when I go out (only because my friends Joy and Marian live in another 'kampong').

a new passion

Materials: Patterned papers: Making Memories, American Crafts, Basic Grey; Cardstock: Bazzill; Die cuts: Making Memories; Alpha Stickers: American Crafts; Stamps: Purple Onion Designs, Fontwerks; Chipboard: Cosmo Cricket; Rhinestones: Kaiser Crafts; Stamping Ink: Tim Holtz's Distress Ink and Tsukineko; Ribbons: Creative Imaginations, Making Memories; Pen: American Crafts; Floss

oh boy

This is my Scrap-N-Crop entry for the April Design Team Challenge. All my nephews had this habit of sucking three of their fingers when they were babies. This picture of Jaden is so cute - see how round his cheeks are!
oh boy

Materials: Patterned papers: Creative Imaginations, Cherry Arte, Tinkering Ink, Kaiser Crafts, Basic Grey; Alpha: American Crafts; Chipboard: Bazzill; Stamp: BasicGrey; Stamping Ink: Versafine; Glitter: Doodlebug Designs; Pen: American Crafts; Floss


Treats

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Yipee...I now have my own..Thanks parkavenueprincess for selling and holding it for me..


Here in SIN we are still feeling the aftershock that is CHA Winter 08. The new wares are just pouring in week after week (see here and here). The kits that I am subscribed to right now pretty much covers what I need (and more),but sometimes if the new products are too hard to resist, goodness help me but I ain't gonna deprive myself for a li'l some-n-some. Last week on a Wednesday I met CK at LP to get my SC kits. A supposedly short meeting turned into an hour of conversation about scrapbooking (and little trinkets of life and travel). Since it was a Wednesday night, we had the chance to see the new products that were going to be sold the next day. I picked these up:



because (a) it was the last piece on display ; (b) I thought the packaging . I also got this:


The colors are so alive and I like that it's sort of 'androgynous'. And I think the combination of yellow and black is fantastic!

Note: I got 10 stamps for my VIP card because of the total purchase. Okay,before you guys say HOARD, CK was generous enough give me her share of the stamps, and LP was still in NS month spirit so for a minimum total purchaseof $**#!, you get 20% off the total receipt and double stamps! How's that for fastracking my membership?

The next day to unwind after an over-the-top crazy day in the office, I wentto MWL because I saw that the new HS mirrors were already available. I got to MWL so late (around quarter to 9pm, they were already about to close shop) that this is the only mirror left on the display rack:


I am sort of clueless sometimes when it comes to birds, but I thought I can use it on some Jaden layouts. And the coolest thing is there are so many things you can do to the mirrors, like masking, adding rubons, and gasp! -use a flourish stamp on a glue pad and pour some of that really nice crushed velvet flock for texture! But leaving the mirror be is just as cool, I think.

I read how a DT member of Art Declassified loves the new Adirondack Pigment Inks. Since I got 2 stamps from Stampers Anonymous (the Tim Holtz designs are really good):



I might as well pick two pads to try out. The ink pad is really wet so a little dab on the stamp was actually enough to cover an area. Although I am admittedly not an expert at stamping, I am loving the Adirondak pigment inks.



Note: How do you store your inkpads? I read a very, very long time ago that in order for the stamp pads not to dry up easily they should be stored upside down. Dunno if this is true but I do have stamp pads from 2 years ago that I store that way and they are still pretty much use-able. But would you guys know also if there is a shelf life for ink pads? Just curious...

I have too much paper...But ledger, notebook and graph prints as the base for my layouts I always find charming (hey, that's just me..). So I bought a few from Luxe, Sandylion and Creative Cafe.

Something to look forward to...T minus 20 days... It was on a special price and I didn't want to lose sleep thinking of what might have been (been there and it's not fun).


To say that work is busy is an understatement...

And I am in a state of emotional wreck of deciding whether being here in SIN is for me or not (yes after a year this still bugs me big time).. I've just come back from from my vacation in MNL and believe me when I say that I would not let go from my mommy's arms (I know, I am such a big baby). I am really praying hard that things work out for the best whatever it is that I've decided...

I will be updating my blog as soon as I can. I have finished a couple of layouts that I want to share but in the meantime, some of it is posted at Scrappin' Moms so please do check them out there and give our Filipino scrapping community some love by joining and participating in the forum.

On a scrappy note, this is the mess that I left in my room:





It's a tranny mess lemme tell ya...

On a happy note... yippie! I am getting this tomorrow! But I am so not visiting any LSS this month since I blew all my lunch money for this and this and this and this..

Later...



Finally opened and played with the March SC kit. I realized I haven't really made a layout of my brother and his wife.. I love these photos because it captured how they really are.. crazy! Haha... Love them both..


Some close-ups

I love the mix of the colors in this kit.. However, I admit that at first with all the papers and embellishments in front of me, I found myself stumped for a while. But I did get a lot of inspiration from the gallery.
Can I just say that the Doodlebug alphas rrrockk! Haha..


Scallops are hot! I mixed tiny scallops and medium scallops and just dotted the edges of the medium scallops 'coz... well, coz I just wanted to :)

Additional material I used are Robin's Nest pebbles (love, love these!), Making Memories tiny alpha stickers and Maya Road clear ribbons (they feel like those clear bra straps - rubbery and stretchy - so cool!).


Seriously loving it...
Thanks CK for organizing..
More than enough reason to scrap, scrap and scrap some more...
From this:



To this:



And these are some close-ups of the finished project:


I had some patterned paper from last year that I haven't used and are now a little outdated (casualties of hoarding). I was very inspired to do weaving for some reason so that's what I did.


I got this idea from a magazine to make shapes and layering for outdated papers. And so that's what I did. All the shapes are freehand cutting.

This is our actual street address in Manila.

Thanks to Artzdescrap for providing the letter holder!

I can finally post my layout for the first ever Pinoyscrapbookers Round Robin Challenge. And how cool is it that the challenge was featured in the Scrappin' Mom's Scrapbytes E-zine! Please visit the site here to see the creativity that spanned for almost 6 months!
It's just today that I read the whole article regarding for the Challenge and I almost fell in my chair when I read my name as a special mention. In a way, Ria was right - I was always almost called by my teachers not because I was an out-of-the-box thinker but because I was really talkative... haha... Thanks to those who have appreciated my interpretation. I'm looking forward to the next challenge! And kudos to everyone who have participated.




Materials: Patterned Papers: Basic Grey, My Mind's Eye, Luxe Designs; Cardstock: Bazzill; Alpha Stickers: American Crafts; Stamps: October Afternoon & Technique Tuesday; Stamping Ink: Technique Tuesday and Tsukineko; Ribbon: Maya Road; Rhinestones: Kaiser Crafts; Thread: DMC; Pen: Zig; Others: staple wire and foam dots.
So far, I have finished one mini album - which was a Basic Grey bracket album. I have so far covered 3 (haha... no pictures to showcase yet). I really like the chipboard album from Francheville - hope I spelled it correctly - they are currently available at Spotlight.

MY FAVORITE THINGS

This is a 6x6 white chipboard album - the cover is actually a spin-off of an Ali Edward's project. I'm still in the process of collecting and capturing pictures of my current favorite things. I'll post the finish album once it's done.




So far my materials are: Chipboard album: Francheville; Laser diecut: KI Memeories; Transparency: Hambly; Chipboard Bracket, alpha stickers: American Crafts: Fabric alpha: Scrapworks (yep! I still have those!); Patterned Paper: Me & My Big Ideas; Pen: Uniball Signo & Zig; Old Script Stamp: Purple Onion; Stamping Ink: Tsukineko; Glimmer Mist: My Tattered Angels


THE JOURNEY SO FAR

This is an 8x8 white chipboard album that I completely painted with acrylic and crackle medium. I actually did this the long method - see I actually painstaikingly did all the pages day by day, first covering the pages in red acrylic paint, applying the crackle medium, then cream acrylic paint. Once the crackle started to show and the cream acrylic dried, I applied glimmer mist (I soooo love this stuff!). I was able to find a booklet full of oriental images at MWL used for ATCs and I thought it was really befitting to the current project I have. Marian, my friend, saw this mini-album and she's begging me to make one for her - I told her sure, as long as she pays for the materials! haha..
This album will be all about my Singapore experience. See how time flew by - I've been here for almost a year now! I still miss home like crazy. I want to finish this before I hit exactly a year (April 24), I think that this will be a good visual diary of my life while living in another country. I'll post the finish project soon.



So far my materials are: Chipboard album: Francheville; Paints: Making Memories; Crackle Paint: Derivan; Glimmer Mist: My Tattered Angels (see how much I love this stuff!); Old Script Stamp: Purple Onion; Stamping Ink: Tim Holtz; Die Cut: Jenni Bowlin; Alpha stickers: American Crafts; Sticker: 7Gypsies: Button: Autumn Leaves; Ribbon: May Arts; Wood Flourish and Rhinestone: Kaiser Crafts; Glitter: Stickles

Lucky

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I was inspired to do a layout using sketch #72 from Pencillines. Here's my take:




(Patterned paper: October Afternoon, Making Memories; Die-cut , glitter paint & brad: Making Memories; Photo corner: Daisy D's; Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp; Buttons: Autumn Leaves; Ribbon: May Arts; Rhinestone: Kaiser Crafts; Pen: Staedler; Others: Stickles & DMC thread)

See how serious I look in this picture? nyahaha.. That's just for show..

Have a great week ahead!

Because I get to scrap all day!


TIME
A pic of me and Marcy in one of those goofy moments...





(Patterned papers: Imagination Project, Tinkering Ink, KI Memories, Basic Grey; Alpha sticker: American Crafts; Journaling spot & Girl Chipboard: Maya Road; Photo corner: Daisy Ds; Felt Embellishment: Queen & Co.; Rub-on: Colorbox; Rhinestone: Kaiser Crafts; Die-cut & Stamps: Making Memories; Transparency: Hambly; Glitter: Doodlebug Design & Stickles; Pen: Staedler)



WIDE EYE WONDER
J3 has grown so much since I last saw him. And this picture is just begging to be scrapped!



(Patterned paper: Jenni Bowlin Studios, KI Memories, Luxe Design, Basic Grey; Alpha stickers: American Crafts & Heidi Swapp; Cardstock sticker: Fontwerks; Photo corner: Daisy D's; Stamp: Autumn Leaves; Stamping Ink: Tsunkineko; Glitter: Stickles; Pen: Zig)
Here's to a new week! Have a good one!

These are going to the mail tomorrow. I hope the kids from Club Rainbow enjoy these as much as I have enjoyed making them!




(Flowers: Prima; Stamps: Purple Onion, Cat's Life Press, Making Memories, Technique Tuesday, Autumn Leaves, Gel-a-Tins; Stamping ink: Tsukineko, Ranger; Patterned Paper: Basic Grey; Buttons: Autumn Leaves; Eyelet & Brad: Jo-Ann's; Paints & Glaze: Making Memories; Glitter: Stickles)

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It's baby's field trip to the zoo!
So I did a little practicing with my camera with what I know so far from reading the user manual. I was actually advised to practice taking pictures of flowers so that I can get a feel of the settings of the camera. Despite the sweltering heat in the zoo, I actually enjoyed the day taking photos.
Enjoy the spring flowers!