Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Grateful Heart

Just finished doing the last sketch of the month of Creative Scrappers. So far, I've done all their weekly sketches. That means 2 months in a row of weekly sketches. Yehey! Here's my take on Sketch #40:

Grateful Heart
Title: Grateful Heart

Materials: DCWV and Bazzil cardstock, Bazzil Fancy Edges, Prima patterned papers, Prima Flowers, Prima bling, Jenny Bowlin rub ons, American Crafts foam and vinyl thickers, Stucio Azul stamo, Colorbox ink, Staedler pen, Others: button

Journaling: Feb. 16, 2009 Today you noticed the yoghurt in the refrigerator and thanked me for buying it. Such a simple gesture but so heartfelt. So typical you! You never fail to appreciate even the mundane things. You really are such a sweetie! I love you and your grateful heart.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Sisterly Love

For the last week of February, the Mothers and Daughters Creations challenge is a sketch challenge from 52 Sketches... 52 Weeks. We used this Sketch #7 for the challenge:

For my layout, I used papers from Imaginisce and cut out the hearts from Best Creations. I also used rub ons from Bo Bunny and flowers from Prima. :D Check out the MDC blog for the rest of the Design Team's works! Join in the challenge and win a prize! :D

Sisterly Love
Title: Sisterly Love

Materials: Imaginisce, Best Creations and Sizzix Papers, Prima flowers, AAS brads and foam sticker alphas, Bo Bunny rub ons, Staedler pen, Carl Corner Rounder Puncher, Fiskars Lace Border Puncher, Others: plastic alphas, rub on lines, button

Journaling: We were at your school's acquaintance party when I turned around, I saw Raya sitting on Nadine's lap. I instinctively reached for my camera to take a photo. You both may fight at times but you will always have that special bond. You are each other's best friend and I love it! I love you both! July 2007

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Banana Girl

If you know me, I LOVE sketches! I feel that they make life (and scrapping) sooo much easier. And since I've stumbled upon Creative Scrappers in the beginning of the year, I've done their sketches every week and so far, I've been very happy with layouts I've created. Here's my take on Sketch #39.

Alyssa didn't like bananas at all when she was a baby. She would make a face and spit it out. Now she can't stop eating them until the whole bunch is all done. She is such a cutie! :D

Banana Girl
Title: Banana Girl

Materials: DCWV cardstock, Luxe, Making Memories and Basic Grey patterned paper, Queen & Co. adhesive lace, AAS alpha foam sticker and brads, Basic Grey element stickers and monogram alphas, Prima flowers, MM brads, Staedler pen

Journaling: You didn't like bananas when you were a baby. Now you won't stop until the bunch is finished. :) Alyssa - age 1

Friday, February 20, 2009

You Know You're a Scrapbooker When...

Did this layout for Journaling Junkie. The challenge is to do a layout about your scrapping habits. I think I have one thousand and one scrapping habits but I decided to scrap this one. :D I used Creative Sketch # 38 for this layout.

Would you like to join the JJ challenges? Email your submissions to or leave a comment with a link to your URL at the JJ blogsite on or before the 28th of February 2009 to win exciting prizes. :D Let's see those layouts!

You Know You're A Scrapbooker When...
Title: You Know You're a Scrapbooker When...

Journaling: You dress yourself and your children in matching outfits because you have a layout in mind. 28 Dec 2008. Yes, I am definitely a scrapbooker and proud of it!

Materials: DCWV cardstock, Chatterbox papers, Prima flowers, MM brads, Marvy Uchida circle scallop puncher, Staedler pen, AAS alpha foam stickers, Studio Azul ink blot, rub ons, mini alpha stamps, date stamper, colorbox ink

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

More Studio Azul layouts from Jan kit

I must admit, when I first saw the Studio Azul January kit, Inspirasi, I was apprehensive but intrigued with the kit contents. If you know me, the bold designs and colors are not really my style. So it was really a challenge to be able to make use of them.

I used the more subtle Basic Grey papers first for my layout, I Love You More Today Than Yesterday. Then after I've developed our school Family Day pictures, I thought the Tinkering Ink papers would be perfect for these. Then I found an old photo of my 3 girls' toes and I thought I can
use the kit again for this. I think I did fairly well. :D

Green Family
Title: Green Family

Materials: Studio Azul Jan Kit (Bazzil cardstock, Tinkering Ink patterned paper, American Crafts layered embellishment), Scenic Route alpha stickers and lined paper, Staedler pen, Marvy Uchida scalloped square puncher

Journaling: We were part of the Green Team again during the Rosevale family Day. We all ahd so much fun! Feb 2009

30 Toes
Title: 30 Toes

Materials: Studio Azul Jan Kit (Bazzil cardstock, Tinkering Ink patterned paper, Basic Grey monogram letters, element stickers and patterned paper, American Crafts layered embellishments, gold ribbon) DCWV cardstock, buttons, flowers, Autumn Leaves stamps, Colorbox ink, Staedler pen

Journaling: My 3 perfect children watching a show together. May 2008

Monday, February 16, 2009

Joy x3

I have tons of my girls' photos --- extras from the ones I printed last Decemeber for calendars that I made. I decided to create this multiple photo layout using the Studio Azul November kit. Blue has always been my favorite color. :D

Joy x3
Title: Joy x3

Materials: Bazzil cardstock, Tinkering Ink, Basic Grey and American Crafts patterned papers, Sassafras lass arrow sticker and alpha stickers, Provocraft chipboard number, Prima flowers, MM brads, Maya Road flower chipboards, Craft Express rub ons, Staedler pen, Others: white rub ons

Journaling: Who would have thought 3 girls would give me so much joy? I thank God everyday.

Friday, February 13, 2009

I Love You More Today than Yesterday

The Kaya Challenge for February is Stitch Me A Song; create a layout incorporating stitches and lyrics of a song in it.

This wasn't an easy challenge for me. Mier and I are such music enthusiasts that it was difficult to choose the ONE song that would convey how I feel at this moment. In fact, most of my wedding layouts were our songs: As by George Michael, Putting All My Eggs in One Basket by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, So Lucky by Johnny Hartman and One Heart, One Heart from the West Side Story musical. (Pls have patience with my earlier layouts. Was still a beginner then. LOL!)

Anyway, I had these pictures that were taken during our 9th wedding anniversary last month. And after much thinking, I believe that this song that I chose is very apt for my layout. After 9 years of marriage, I can really say that my love for Mier has grown deeper and stronger since when we started out. And I do look forward to loving him more in the years to come. :-)

More Today than Yesterday
Title: I Love You More Today than Yesterday

Subtitle: But Not As Much As Tomorrow

Materials: "Inspirasi" Jan Kit of Studio Azul (Bazzil cardstock, Basic Grey papers and element stickers, Glitz Design paper, money envelope) Others: rub ons, buttons, ribbon, Fruit Smoothie Alpha Sizzlits on foam, DCWV cardstock, Prima flowers, MM brads, Sizzix tag die

Journaling in tag: Everyday's a new day in love with you, With each day comes a new way of loving you, I thank the Lord for a love like ours that grows ever stronger, And I will always be true, I'll be spending time with you.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Our Girls - Exploding Box

I have so many pictures of the girls from the calendars I made last Christmas. I decided to put these in an exploding box. I love the outcome! This would be a perfect Valentine's Day gift to them and to Mier too. :-)

Exploding Box1

Exploding Box2

Exploding Box3

Monday, February 9, 2009

Perfect Match

Mier and I were together for 7 and a half years when we tied the knot. Within those years, we broke up twice wherein the second break up was so serious that I though he was totally out of my life already. But I guess God had other plans for us. :-)

Here's my layout for Mothers and Daughters Creations Challenge this week. We were suppose to have a product challenge and a color challenge but since my kit hasn't arrived, I worked on using the colors red, white and teal on my layout.

I used SEI and Daisy Bucket Designs patterned paper, Scenic Route butterfly chipboard and alpha stickers, and Prima flowers. Thanks for looking!

Perfect Match
Title: Perfect Match

Materials: DCWV cardstock, SEI and Daisy Bucket Designs patterned paper, Scenic Route butterfly chipboard and alpha stickers, Prima floers, MM and AAS brads, Autumn Leaves stamp, Colorbox Ink, Staedler pen, Fiskars lace border puncher, Others: buttons and mesh

Journaling: There is no doubt in my mind. We are definitely meant for each other. I love you! Dec 2008

Sunday, February 8, 2009

BG Challenged No More!

I opened my inbox this evening and guess what I found? An email from Basic Grey saying that my layout, Silly, has been selected to appear in their on-line gallery. OMG!!

I admit, when BG first came out, I was intimidated with their big and bold designs. I never thought I'd really learn how to use the papers but I guess my style has evolved, somewhat. Hehe! I have actually been constantly challenged by their papers. So finally, after countless submissions into their gallery, I am recognized! I am no longer BG challenged! :-)

You can find me in the BG gallery here.

Friday, February 6, 2009


I have always enjoyed checking out the challenges in Scrappin Kids. My children are usually the subjects of my layouts because I simply scrap for them. And I just love how the SK RD come up with challenges that help me document their lives.

Here's my take for their Challenge #16. I used Creative Scrappers Sketch #37 for this layout. Thanks for viewing!

Title: Silly

Materials: Basic Grey papers and elemental stickers, Prima flowers and patterned paper, Bazzil Fancy Edges, MM brads, MME journaling paper, Fancy Pants chipboard, MM acrylic paint, Staedler pen, Scenic Route alpha stickers, Others: button, lace ribbon

Journaling: I can tell when you'd have enough of me taking your pictures. You start giving me these funny faces that make me continue clicking instead. You are such a silly girl! I love you! Raya age 5

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

What We Didn't Know 9 Years Ago

Mier and I celebrated 9 years of blissful union last January 24. How apt that Journaling Junkie's challenge is to create a layout with hidden journaling. Here's my layout:

What We Didn't Know
Title: What We Didn't Know 9 Years Ago

Hidden Journaling:
· that we would have 3 beautiful girls · that patience is one of the most challenging virtues --- ever · that our parenting styles would balance and complement each other very well · that counting 1 to 10 is an effective way of making the girls think of their actions · that in as much as our children learn from us, we learn from them too · that seeing our little characteristics in them would give us great joy · that raising kids would be the most challenging and yet rewarding task we share · that watching each other love our girls would make our love for each other grow

Here's a close up of my journaling on a tag, hidden under the green spotted paper.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, February 2, 2009

To them I am....

As a mother, I wear a lot of hats for my children. I thought it would be fun to journal what I am to them, hence this layout. Thanks for looking! :-)

P.S. Nadine kept on laughing about #8. "But it's true isn't it?" I asked her. "Weelll, yeah...," she answered sheepishly. Hehehe!

To Them I Am...
Title: To them I am...

Materials: DCWV paper, Fancy Pants paper, Stripe paper (unkknown), American Crafts vinyl thickers, Prima flowers, MM bards, 7 Gypsies journaling card, Colorbox and Doodlebug inks, various stamps and flourishes

Journaling: To them I am...
1. food source
2. comforter
3. teacher
4. 'owwee' kisser
5. dresser of dolls
6. doctor
7. bather
8. butt washer
9. judge
10. driver