Tuesday, March 31, 2009


I've done both traditional and digital layouts before but I don't think I've done hybrid. So when I saw this month's Kaya challenge hosted by Alby, I was excited to give it a try. It was actually a fun process so I think I may do this again. :)

A Closer look at the digital elements:
Love these postal stamps:

You surely looked like a lovely princess on your second birthday. Yu were in the mood for a pictorial and look how pretty your photo turned out.
January 4, 2009
Marcie's 2nd Birthday

Materials Used:
Cardstock-American Crafts, The Paper Company
Patterned paper- Princess Phrase paper (Creative Imaginations)
Crown Die-Cut- Fancy Pants covered with Stickles and topped with bling
Dimensional Glaze- Ranger
Ribbons- local craft store

Digital elements:
Flowers, Journaling spot, postal stamps, gold princess title & butterfly all from Scrapblog.com

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Altered Door Hanger

This month's challenge for Artz de Scrap is to alter a door hanger. I got a flower on a pot door hanger from Liza Yet since I was one of the first to register for their free alterable item for March. That's the nice thing about Artz de Scrap. They are so generous that they even provide the item to be altered to the 1st 8 registrants.

I used Fancy Pants Sweet Spring line for this project. Just perfect for a spring theme (Even though we really don't have spring here, it actually rained pretty hard this evening while we were at church). Added some lace and a little wooden clothespin with that cute lady bug where we can clip on some short notes too. :)

TFL! Have a blessed Sunday to all.

Thursday, March 26, 2009


Marcie has been very fond of swings lately and she really had a fun time when she saw her cousin's swing and sat on it. She was laughing the whole time and she really loved it. So I took some pictures of her and I decided to create a simple layout too.




Supply list:
*Alphabet Stickers- Thickers from American Crafts (Platform-Black, Gift Box-Green, Hat box-Light Pink, Glitter-Sprinkles Lavender, Puffy Chit Chat-Chestnut)
* Cardstock- American Crafts (Orchid & Grass)
* Paint- Apple Barrel
* Dymo Label Maker
* Floss- DMC
* Brad- Making Memories
* Buttons- Local Craft Store


Sunday, March 22, 2009

Birthday Wishes & more

Nope not yet my birthday but I got tagged by Tna and I got me this birthday award:
this is what I needed to do:
1. Make a list of what you want for your Birthday.
2. The list should be 10 numbers.
3. Include the image of this Award on your Post.
4. Give it to 10 Friends of yours.

Hmmm..... birthday wishes....
1. My very own scrap room.
2. A physical scrapbook store (so far it's just online and I'm hoping one day I'll have a store with a craft room where my friends and customers can scrap).
3. Better work schedule for my hubby. ( I hate his schedule-graveyard shift plus he can't really file vacation leaves that much because there's no one else who is licensed to do his work... company is cost cutting I guess!)
4. A vacation for me, hubby and Marcie. (maybe somewhere out of town or out of the country...but ofcourse it's quite impossible because of hubby's work)
5. Watch a movie in a cinema. (Can you believe I haven't seen a single movie in the cinema house ever since I gave birth to Marcie? She's 2 years old now. lol)
6. My own DSLR Camera. (I'm only using my dad's camera for now)
7. Good health for the whole family.
8. Safety, security and a good future ahead.
9. Patience, patience and more patience...
10. Perhaps a robot that could do all the house chores and fix business orders for me. :) lol. Wish wish wish!

Now I'm passing this on to Romely, Maya, Vivs, Bjay, Cookie, Ching, Janis, Lee, Issa & Donna.

Speaking of birthdays... this guy celebrated his birthday last March 21 and we were able to catch their gig here in Angeles last Friday cross over Saturday (since it finished at about 1 am):
Happy Birthday Bams! :) (Hehe feeling close!) We were with the band at their waiting room before they performed and Rico Blanco was also there. But we couldn't get any pictures with them coz we got a little shy. (Baka isipin nila masyado kami fanatic. Haha. Pinuslit lang kami sa gig nila courtesy of Vic, their drummer, who is also my sister's fiance.) Bamboo is actually the first band that Marcie learned to recognize. When Bamboo entered the room she quietly said "Baboo". And he said hello to her. lol.

Got more pics of them during their performances :

Rico Blanco (who also celebrated his bday last March 17):

Vic - the drummer

The group:
Nathan, Ira & Bamboo:

Snapshots: Capturing the Adventure

And another LO to share... I realized I rarely scrap about myself so this time, I made a LO with "me" on it. I used Beary Box's sketch for this one:
I have always loved photography whether it's my picture being taken or it's me behind the camera. Over the years I've grown a collection of numerous pictures all waiting for their turn to be scrapped. I think both photography & scrapbooking are the best ways to preserve precious memories.

Cardstock- Bazzill Basics Kraft & Black
PPs- KI Memories, Cherry Arte, Basic Grey
Rub-Ons-Daisy D's
Paper Piercers: EK Success & Making Memories
Digital Element: Butterfly (Scrapblog.com)
Others: Masking Tape



I made this layout a couple of days ago and I can finally share it now that the power is back ( I hate power interruptions! Power was out for about 3 hours yesterday. Grr...) and the computer is working. :) I made a 3 photo LO for Marcie and I just love the Celebrate patterned paper from Fancy Pants which I used for this LO. I cut some of the areas of the PP to make them "pop" out.

Jounaling: "God's most beautiful thoughts bloom into children."
PP- Fancy Pants
Flower stickers & Journaling spot- Noteworthy by Making Memories
Thickers- American Crafts
Misc.- bling, lace & butterfly from local craft store

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Blog Candies Gallore!

Wow there are so much blog candy out there! Thanks to my dear friend Tna for the heads up. :)
Here they are:
ends midnight Saturday 21st March

Whew! That's a lot huh? Ok now I'm drooling! Fingers crossed. :)

Watch out for my new LO. Will try to post it tomorrow once I finally get a decent photo of it. :)

Friday, March 13, 2009

Rock On!

Finally a layout for March! Well I must admit it's not my best layout since I'm still trying to get my creative juices to flow more. I searched for inspiration and stumbled upon Dream Girls blog. Their current challenge was to take inspiration from this ad:
and plus these added twists:

1. Use a safety pin somewhere on your layout

2. Use some thing out of the scrap aisle (ex. masking tape, office stamp, elastic etc.)

So here's my take:

I used safety pins as borders for my photo and for the 2nd twist I used an old CD which I painted and covered also with alcohol inks (my first time to actually experiment with Ranger Alcohol Inks) and I also used some masking tape here and there.

Other supplies used: Fancy Pants- About A Boy PP, Basic Grey PP, Cherry Arte PP, KI Memories Lace cardstock, Bazzill Basics cardstock, Apple Barrel Craft Paint, Ranger Alcohol Inks, UHU glue

Story behind the photo:

This was taken a couple of years ago just after I graduated from college where we watched the gig of Bamboo at Party Place. Bamboo is a famous band here in the Philippines, one of the best for me. I've been a big fan of their band and I was so excited when we found out that my aunt worked with one of the sponsors for that gig. She saw us and asked us if we wanted to meet the band. Of course we did! So she took us to the room where they were staying and we got the chance to meet them and even took a couple of pics with them. They were all actually nice. We still watch their gigs sometimes when they're here in our town and we're lucky enough to get backstage passes for free courtesy of the band's drummer, Vic Mercado who is a close friend of ours. :)


**Edited: Silly me! I just realized I didn't even submit this entry to Dream Girls. I thought I posted a link but it turned out I didn't. lol

Thursday, March 12, 2009


Remember this layout I made last month?
Well I woke up this morning and read this happy announcement from Scrap-Inspire-Create. It's been a while since I last won a challenge. Thank you SIC for picking me. :) This made my day. :)

Ok now I still haven't done a single LO this month! But I'm planning to create one today! Yey! Wish me luck! :)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A Gift A Mom would Surely Love

I was recently searching the net to find a unique gift for my mom for her birthday and I came across a website called Red Letter Days which is based in UK. I saw some really interesting stuff there and they had Mother's Day gift ideas on their site. ( Just a little trivia: I know Mother's day is still a few months away but I found out that in UK, it will be celebrated on March 22.) As I was browsing through their site something caught my attention... one of their Spa Days & Pampering package which is the Chocolate Body Wrap Treatment. Oh my! I love the idea of being pampered and what's better is that you'll be wrapped in chocolate (I'm a chocoholic so this would be perfect)! How cool is that!? Maybe hubby can send me to UK and get me that package for Mother's Day. Lol. Wish wish!

After seeing that, I remembered I had a card which I made a few years ago (and I still have it til now) which will be perfect to give along with a gift certificate for a spa or massage treatment. I always try to make my gifts more personalized so even if the gifts are store bought, I would usually make a simple card to go along with the gift to have that hand-made feel to it. I think most people would appreciate a gift more if it is personalized. For me, it makes the gift more special that way too. So maybe I could get my mom a gift certificate for mother's day and insert it with this card:
I made the robe & slippers from felt and the bath tub with the little bottles are made from cardstock which I personally made too. TFL! :)

Monday, March 9, 2009

Another Birthday Card

There are a lot birthday celebrations in our family whenever March hits the calendar. Next week it will be my sister's birthday and on the 25th, my SIL, the 26th my BIL. Plus more from my cousins and other relatives. I made the card above for my brother-in-law who lives in Venice, California. We'll be sending him the card tomorrow and hope it will reach him before his birthday. I used Card Patterns Sketch #5 for this one. I must admit, I am not too confident with this card as I am not used to creating masculine themes be it for cards or scrapbook layouts. But I gave it my best and I hope he'll like it. :)

I used All About Scrapbooking (a local brand here in the Philippines) papers and stickers which I bought last year but never got to use anymore since someone told me they were not acid free. But I'm not so sure if they really aren't acid free because I did a test with an American Crafts PH Tester pen and it turned out good after all. So I guess it's safe to use them too but I mostly use them on cards and altered projects now just to make sure.

Well it's a brand new week and I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hoping I'd finally get to make my first LO for March! But I'm not so sure coz Marcie just caught a cold and has been acting like a baby the whole day. She wants to be carried and boy, is she getting heavier. I'm hoping she'll feel better soon because I hate seeing her looking weak. Get well soon my little girl. Here's a kiss from mommy... Mwah!

x's... Before I forget, do check out my cards over at Card Sketch A Day where I am the guest designer for the day. :) TFL!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Happy Birthday Mom!

My mom celebrated her 58th birthday today. We spent the whole morning at the kitchen preparing a feast and then headed to my grandma's house and brought the food there for lunch. As usual there was the BINGO session (yes my family is addicted to playing BINGO) and unlucky me never won a single game today. Hmm.. maybe next week. Fingers crossed. Here's the birthday girl...

Can't believe 2 years from now she'll be considered a senior citizen. Hehe. When we were younger, people though she was our sister. And here are more pics from today:

My little girl...

My nephew...only 3 and he's holding on to BINGO cards already! lol He's addicted to anything with numbers so he always grabs a bunch of BINGO cards and he just likes to look at all the numbers.

Our one big crazy & happy family...

Say BINGO...

Friday, March 6, 2009

A Card For My Mom

Tomorrow is my mom's birthday and I made her a card based on Card Pattern's Sketch #4. (Again I'm trying to beat the deadline. Lol.) I barely had time to do any scrapping this week. No, make it this month. All I have accomplished so far are 2 digital LOs and this card:

PPs-KI Memories & Basic Gray
Fiskars circle puncher (love this new tool of mine)
Flowers- Prima Mktg.
Cardstock, Lace, ribbon, buttons, butterfly-from local craft store

Still hoping with this card, my Mojo will return and I can finally finish a LO or two. Happy Weekend everyone! =)

***Rest in Peace... Francis M. God bless your soul.**

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Cookies anyone?

It's been way too long since I last baked cookies. One of our family favorites is chewy chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. I found lots of oatmeal in our pantry that will be expiring in a few weeks so I thought I'd use them up by baking cookies. I went to the supermarket to buy the ingredients I didn't have at home and started baking as soon as we got home. I was quite nervous I might not get the recipe right since I haven't done this for a while. But after baking about 32 pieces of cookies only 2 pieces remain today! Yey! So that's a good thing right? It's either they like it a lot or they're just really hungry they had no choice but to eat them. Lol. I really missed baking. I used to do it a lot when I was in college and I remember baking dozens and dozens of chocolate crinkles back in college when we had a project in our accounting subject that had something to do with business. We would go to other classrooms and sell them by piece or by the dozen. Even our professors were a fan of those cookies. I just wish I could find the recipe again. Anyway, for the chewy chocolate chip oatmeal cookies I used this recipe which I found on the net. Well it had pretty good ratings and reviews so I gave it a try. And yes it was yummy! I added some walnuts and instead of chocolate chips, I chopped some chocolate truffles and added the chunks to the cookies. Now we still have more oatmeal left so I'm planning to bake some more for my mom's birthday this Saturday. :) I was supposed to take photos of the finished products yesterday but I only got to do it today and there were only 3 pieces left. Hihi!
Oops now there are only two coz my little girl sneaked in after I took the first shot and grabbed one of the cookies! Hihi. (She looked a bit shock in this photo because mommy caught her in the act...lol)

Look how cute this sweetie pie is:

Oh and if you're looking for some more yummy goodness, hop on over to Tna's blog where she also posted some of her baked goodies. :)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Lost My Mojo... Gone Digital

I've currently lost my mojo again! I really wanted to do some scrapping but didn't really know how to start. So I read a Creating Keepsakes magazine November 2008 issue to try to get my creative juices flowing. Then I came across a page where they had an ad for Scrapblog.com. I was curious and checked it out on the net. So I signed up and created my first scrapblog page... here's what I came up with...
Even this simple digital thing took me about 3 hours to finish! Gosh I thought I would be faster since it's digital but I guess I still haven't gotten my mojo full blast. I'm thinking of recreating this LO into a traditional LO. Hmm... maybe I could do this more often.

Monday, March 2, 2009


I was excited when I checked my mail this morning. Jami Petersen of Scrapbooking.com magazine informed me that my 2 LOs and altered notebook are now officially published. You may view my articles here:
Thankful- An altered notebook
Nature Walk-Under Earth day Department
(My fellow Pinay Cabbie Lopez is also featured under this department.)
Our Angel- under the Babies department.

And wait there's more! I was also published at Scrapstreet.com magazine!

Here's my article:
All Dolled Up

This is my first time to be published and I'm really thankful I was given these opportunities. Do check out the two e-zines to view the other creations of other scrappers around the globe. TFL!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Welcome Summer, Welcome March!

Summer has officially started here in the Philippines. Can you feel the burning heat of the sun already? And it's already March? Whew! This years going by so fast I think. Well I haven't started on any new projects yet but I plan to do a little scrapping tonight. For now let me share with you some of the blog candies I found while blog hopping. Go on and try your luck too!

Jeannette's Pages : leave her a comment, become her follower and post a link to your blog about her blog candy like I did. :) Ends on March 21, 2009.

Jill's Scrappy Daze: leave her a comment before Sunday, March 8, 2009.

Deb's Blog: leave her a comment, become her follower and post a link to your blog about her blog candy. Do this by Sunday March 8th and the winner will be announced on Monday 9th March by midday!

Amanda's Blogversary: leave a comment on her post and put a link on your blog thingy. It will be open til midnight Monday 9th March.

and Bjay's Pigmentations: Spot the difference.

That's it for now. Happy Sunday!