Saturday, May 30, 2009

Two Layouts for Creative Scrappers

I finished two layouts using sketches from Creative Scrappers today. I usually work in the clubhouse while Nadine and Raya are doing their golf rounds. They're ending their summer session tomorrow with a tournament and an awarding session. Will have to look for another quiet moment to do my scrapping. :D

Fun in Cavite
Title: Fun in Cavite

Journaling: Summer Memories April 2009

Title: Picked

Journaling: You love rummaging through my bag and playing with my wallet. Alyssa, 17 months

Thursday, May 28, 2009


I have been wanting to scrap for days already!!! But really, I'm either too tired or have other things that need my immediate attention. Sigh. Sometimes I just bring a pack of scrapping items so while the girls are playing golf, I'm cutting away at the clubhouse. Hehehe! I really need to find time to scrap to save my sanity. No matter how late at night I am working, I always feel refreshed the next day. There's just something about being creative that gives me energy, I guess. :D

So here's a quick layout I want to share. I created this photo collage through Photoshop. I found these collages in the Scrapbooks Etc. site and thought I'd try it out. After downloading a number of files, I realized that I didn't need them. I can still make collages on my own through photoshop. Hehehe!

These photos were taken when we went to the Monastery of Transfiguration in Bukidnon. They have a special 2nd Sunday Mass wherein they serve breakfast afterwards at the gardens for P150 per head (children are free). The mass is at 8am so we need to leave the house by 6am. Everyone is so game about this because of the adventure. Plus, it was more fun when we had other friend families join us. :D

Title: Bukidnon

Journaling: Sunday, March 08, 2009. We went to the Monastery of Transfiguration in Bukidnon for the 2nd Sunday Mass. We had so much fun because we were with the Wabes, the San Joses, the Hernandezes, the Albasins and the Franciscos. We then went to the Kaamulan. Fun!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Being a Mom Means

Journaling Junkie's Challenge 57 is to journal lessons taught you either by your Mom or your children. I thought of writing about what being "mommy" means to me. :D

I used BG Bittersweet papers from the Scrapbooks Hawaii Feb kit. Incidentally, this layout was also accepted in the BG Gallery. :D

Being a Mom means
Title: Being a Mom Means

* stretching your patience 10x the limit
* becoming a teacher, doctor, judge, playmate, etc. rolled into one
* developing bionic eyes to keep watch over each child
* redefining goals in life
* learning from them in as much as they learn from us
* getting unlimited hugs and kisses (for now)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Two Big

Happy 2nd Anniversary Kaya!

Just making sure that I don't miss the deadline anymore. This half of the month's challenge is to have everything in TWO's. :D My layout is about my Alyssa trying on Daddy's big shoes. She is such a cutie --- always amusing us with her antics and expressions! I thought that the papers from Studio Azul's April kit matched perfectly with Alyssa's dress! I loved it! I also used Sketch #82 from Valerie Salmon's Got Sketch blog.

Two Big
Title: Two Big

You never cease to amuse us! On this day, you just decided to wear Daddy's big boots. You are so adorable! Alyssa at 17 months.

Materials Used:
Mostly from Studio Azul April Kit
2 cardstocks - Bazzil and Sizzix
2 patterned papers - both from Rusty Pickle
2 buttons
2 ribbons
2 brads - AAS
2 journaling papers - Making Memories
2 flowers - Prima
2 pictures
2 words on the title
2 alphas - AAS and Prima Foil
2 colors of pens - both Staedler

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


I missed the deadline for the last Kaya challenge! Well, actually, I finished it on time but was delaying posting it since I thought I still had enough time to do so. When I checked the Kaya blog, was surprised to find out that the deadline was past (last May 15) because there are two challenges for the month. Haaay! And to think that I kept on bugging Lee about the requirements because I was disqualified from the April Kaya challenge. (Hehehe!)

So anyway, I am still posting my layout here. The challenge was to use fabric/textile and ribbons/lace only on your LO --- no patterned paper at all. This was quite a challenge but I looove the outcome of my layout. :D This is a picture taken during the baptism of my niece, Margaux. Margaux is the daughter of my youngest sister, Marla. Marla used to be my baby! Now she has a baby of her own! Sniff! Sniff! :D

I used a fabric from one of the girls' dresses. Since felt is considered textile (di ba Lee? Hehe) I used a Queen and Co. felt lace embellishment and punched flowers on felt c/o Sherly. My title, likewise, is American Crafts felt alphas. The flowers on my layout are Bazzil cloth flowers and I also used some lace, ribbon and fiber. :D

Title: Almost

Journaling: As I held my niece, Margaux, in my arms, a flood of memories washed over me. I remembered each of my children when they were but babes. I remembered their scent, their cries, their soft skin. I started to wonder whether we should have one more; whether we should even out the number of children. Then I thought of the breastfeeding, the nappy changes, the food grinding, the toilet training and... Hmmm, maybe I should think more about it. But I almost decided. Almost. APRIL 2009

Monday, May 18, 2009


This is a layout I created for Mothers and Daughters Creation. My layout was inspired by this toy.
I liked the red polka dots and black color of the toy and thought it matched these pictures of Alyssa. I used papers from Bo Bunny, Kaiser Craft abd Daisy Bucket. I also used a flower gem from Kaiser Craft on top of the heart and Prima flowers. By the way, the felt pieces were punched from Sizzix dies on felt. Thanks to my dear SIL, Sherly for these. :D

Title: Caught

Journaling: We were all doing our own thing when I suddenly realized that you were TOO quiet. Turned out that you found the BIG SISTERS' toy lipstick and was trying it out on yourself. We love you, Alyssa! MARCH 2009

Friday, May 15, 2009

Perfect Smile

While we were vacationing in Cavite, I brought along with me my Studio Azul kits. I thought that at least all items were coordinated already and I need not think of what to add anymore. Turned out that it was a great idea! I got to be creative and at the same time be able to use my kits! Here's another layout I made using the SA March kit.

Perfect Smile
Title: Perfect Smile

Journaling: This is achieved by Mommy tickling your tummy with her feet while snapping away. Alyssa - age 1 1/2

Monday, May 11, 2009

{My Day}

Here's a layout I created while we were in Cavite last month. This picture was taken on my birthday last February while the two older girls were having their swimming lessons in the country club. Just a run down on how my day was then. I used the Studio Azul February kit for this layout.

I thought of submitting this for the Scrappin Kids challenge this month to scrap about a day in the life of mom. It would have been perfect only one of the requirements is to use multi photos on the layout. Aw shucks! Maybe next time. :D Thanks for looking anyway!

My Day
Title: {My Day}
6:30 Awakened by Nadine and Raya with hugs and kisses. Helped them get ready for school
7:30 Brought girls to school
8:00 Visited cathedral with Mier. Bought me roses. Had breakfast at Bo’s cafe.
10:00 Went home and checked Internet
12:00 Picked up girls from school
12:15 Had lunch in Pizza Hut
1:45 Watched Underworld with Mier. Girls stayed at Wonderland.
3:00 Brought Nadine and Raya to their swimming practice and stayed there until they were done.
6:00 Headed for Macasandig
6:30 Lechon (roasted pig) Dinner. Yum!
8:30 Went home. Checked Internet and watched DVD film with Mier.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day and a Big Thanks!

Happy Mother's Day to all my dear mother friends!

I found these really cute apple picture frame magnets when I was in Manila last month and thought of my mom instantly. Her kitchen theme is fruits and I thought this would go well on her refrigerator. I bought four apples --- one for each of her four granddaughters. :D

I then asked the girls to make this poster so we could put it on her refrigerator. My mom loved it!

Oh, then we had a yummy feast of barbequed ribs. Hmmm!!

Now, a Big Thanks to all of you who participated in the First Mothers and Daughters Creations Blog Roll! Check out Giovana's blog for a recap of all the challenges and the prizes so you won't miss out on anything. You have until May 16th to post a link to your projects. Remember that everyday has a special prize and the more you play with us, more chances of winning!

We hope that you all enjoyed the Roll just as much as we did. Thanks so much for all your support! Now Mothers and Daughters Creations would like to celebrate Mother's Day with you by offering you for today ONLY Free Shipping in orders of $50.00 or more. What a better way to celebrate your day!!! Check out the blog for more details. :D

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Day 10 of the MDC First Annual Traditions Blog Roll

It's my turn to host the challenge for the MDC Traditions Blog Roll! This is your final opportunity to earn yummy blog candy from the Mothers and Daughters Creations Store.

Check out the MDC Challenge Blog for details and a teaser peek at the Ubersweet Blog Candy prize being unveiled today. We would love to hear about your special memories of mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and other special women in your lives and hope you’ll share them with us. Giovana shares some special memories and photographs on her blog.

For my challenge, I would like you to create a bouquet of punched flowers or butterflies that can be 3D on a layout or a project. I created a flower topiary with punched flowers set in by pearl pins.

MDC Flower Topiary

Here's a close up look:
MDC Flower Topiary - close up

Post a link to your project in my comments section and you can win the gorgeous antique china piece that was the inspiration for Cathy’s floral projects. Check out the blogs of Cathy and Laurie for more projects to inspire your own designs.

You have til Saturday, May 16 to submit for all the project challenges of MDC. Drop by our blogs tomorrow for a final recap of the blog challenges and a sneak peek at some of the projects already submitted!

Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Day 9 of the MDC First Annual Traditions Blog Roll

Can it be Day 9 of the Blog Roll already? Yup, it is! And it's another opportunity for yummy blog candy from Mothers and Daughters Creations!

Need a little something extra you can make yourself to add a homemade touch to Mom’s gift for Sunday? If you are looking for a beautiful but simple project, visit Dawn for a fabulous challenge and some great ideas for quick projects you can make from things you have on hand. Leah and Kathryn have also joined in with samples so drop by their blogs for even more inspiration.

Speaking of sentiments, are you having trouble finding the right greeting or poem for your cards? Look no further than Kathryn’s blog. She’s compiled a blogful of poems, quotes, and sentiments that you can generate from your own computer with her fast and easy tips and tricks.

Happy weekend everyone!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Look Who's Giving Alyssa A Bath!

My layout is up today on Journaling Junkie for their Challenge 56. The challenge is to find an advert and create a LO using it as inspiration. I decided to use this advert from AdThis:

And here's my layout:

Look Who's Giving Alyssa a Bath!
Title: Look Who's Giving Alyssa a Bath!

Journaling: On this day, Yaya Annie had der day off and Mommy was cooking dinner. I guess Daddy thought someone needed a bath already. :D Alyssa really enjoyed the bonding session as she was giggling while playing in the water pail. Til next bathtime... March 2009

Day 8 of the MDC First Annual Traditions Blog Roll

Hope you've been enjoying the blog hop and checking out the beautiful creations of the Mothers and Daughters Creations DT team! Today is the regular “Thursday Card Challenge” and our blog roll continues with a special treat.

Giovana is hosting the challenge so hurry on over to her blog for all the details – challenge, blog candy, and a stunning card to inspire you. Leah, Cathy, Dawn, Melissa and Melita have also made samples for this challenge. And if you love butterflies, be sure to drop by their blogs and increase your chances of winning some beautiful blog candy. Don't forget to post your comments to be eligible for the random blog raks!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Day 7 of the MDC First Annual Traditions Blog Roll

This is lucky Day 7 of the Mothers and Daughters Traditions Blog Roll. We’re getting away from cards and scrap pages to take a crack at recipe cards. Share your recipes and get some cool ideas for making recipe cards from Melissa. (Hint, I hear she has a template to share as well.) Drop by and see what Robin, Cathy, and Laurie have also come up with.

Cathy has great ideas on how to create beautiful flowers but is having problems with her blog. If she's lucky and able to post it today, do drop by her blog for a tutorial on how to create them - Part 2 of our Fabulous Floral Three Part Challenge. Leah is also making some so be sure to stop by and see the designs she’s created.

Don't forget to visit the MDC blog and store!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Day 6 of the MDC First Annual Traditions Blog Roll

Today there is another fun challenge for the Mothers and Daughters Traditions Blog Roll. The Spring ATC Challenge has been extended and you can win some terrific blog candy by making an Artist Trading Card with a spring theme. Check out Leah’s blog for all the details and be sure to check out the samples made by Cathy and Giovana too.

Want to know what to do with those ATC’s? Tamara will show you how to use them to embellish scrap book pages. You can also use them on cards, boxes, or frame them. Check out Cathy’s blog for more ideas as well as “how to’s” if you’ve never made an ATC before.

And don't forget to visit the MDC blog and store!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Day 5 of the MDC First Annual Traditions Blog Roll

Mother’s Day is a time for us to reflect back on the special women in our lives - mother, grandmother, daughter, mother-in-law, aunt, cousin, mentor friend. Today’s special Mothers and Daughters Creations Traditions Blog Roll challenge is being hosted by Melita on her blog. Join Melita in making a special scrap page to honor and remember a special woman in your life. Visit her blog for some wonderful ideas and a chance to win some blog candy that says traditions. Laurie also posted a page on her blog, so visit her for even more inspiration and more chances to win today’s blog candy!

Here's my layout honoring my mom:

Thank You, Mama!
Title: Thank you, Mama!

Journaling: Even when I was still a teenager I looked forward to becoming a mother. To many this may sound weird or scary but to me this was the norm. When I finally gave birth, I opted to resign from my job and be a stay-at-home mom. I wanted to be as involved as I can in my children’s upbringing. To be there for every milestone, every laughter and every cry.

I had a role model to follow. My own mother was a stay-at-home mom and for me, her mere presence benefited my siblings and me a lot. By just being there, I believe she knew us more than we knew ourselves. Her dedication to her family, her love for us, her patience and understanding were what I wanted to mirror in my life.

Oh, she was often misunderstood and taken for granted. There were a lot of times when we didn’t see eye to eye. Words were said, feelings were hurt and tears fell. But she is and would always be my mom and that made the difference. It was when I became a mother myself that I began to see my own mom in a different light.

I remember the first time I brought Nadine home from the hospital, I couldn’t help but stare at her. I could feel my love for my child, bursting within me. With joyful tears in my eyes I texted my mom to try to describe this feeling inside me. I remember her texting me back that that is how she felt and still feels for me.

Being a mother made me see how much my own mom loves me. It reminded me of the many sacrifices she made and the difficulties she endured to bring me up in the right way. I remember her driving us to school in the mornings, leading us to morning prayers and thanksgiving. I remember her cleaning, cooking and washing clothes. She exemplified Christ’s meaning of service.

Through her example, my mom taught me the value of hard work, self-discipline, good judgment, courage and honesty. I may be far away but I call her up to ask her for her opinion, to tell her of my troubles and to seek guidance and counsel. Being a mother made me love my mom more.

I thank her for all that she has done for me. For loving me, for always being there for me; for the quiet conversations, for the laughter and the smiles. Thank you, Mama, for all that you have taught me. I just want you to know that although it may not be said often, you are very much loved and appreciated.

Then, visit Tamara’s blog for our second challenge of the day. Old family pictures often have a vintage feel and what better way to highlight them than with vintage styled borders, embellishments, mats, and frames. Tamara takes you through the process of making some wonderful designs for your own scrap book and is offering some gorgeous “vintage” style blog candy as well. Need more ideas for vintage themed designs? Check out the samples for this challenge made by Cathy, Leah and Robin.

Deadline for all challenges is Saturday, May 16th at 12 noon. We’ll announce winners the next day on the various blogs with a complete list on the MDC Challenge blog. Remember, there will also be random prizes for just posting on the different blogs!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Day 4 of the Mothers and Daughters Creations First Annual Mothers and Daughters Traditions Blog Roll

The Mothers and Daughters Traditions Blog Roll continues with a challenge hosted by Maria! If you are planning on serving Mom, Grandma, or anyone breakfast in bed, why not make that breakfast tray extra special with a quick and easy decoration, or make lunch, brunch or dinner extra special with pretty, hand made table decorations.

Visit Maria’s blog for all the details and a chance to win some glitzy blog candy (think spring, think BLING).

Cathy, Robin and Giovana have also made lovely samples for this challenge, so be sure to drop by their blogs for some more great ideas!

P.S. Everything over at the Mothers and Daughters Creations Store is 35% off this weekend - all you have to do is enter code NSD2009 at checkout! Happy creating and have a fabulous day!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Mothers & Daughters Creations - BLOG ROLL FUN

I should have posted this last Thursday but was just so preoccupied with our trip back to Cagayan de Oro that I failed to do so. Nevertheless, it isn't too late to do this so here goes...

The first annual Mothers & Daughters Creations blog roll started last Thursday and is still on going!

Here's how it works: beginning last Thursday, and continuing each day until May 10th one of the members of the design team will host a challenge or special topic on their blog, and some of the other designers will be posting samples and their own thoughts about the challenge. We hope you will visit their blogs and play along - if you do there will be chances to win prizes each day!!

You can check the MDC BLOG each day to find out who's hosting.

There are two challenges for today and two chances to win a wonderful handmade treasure box!

Visit Cathy's blog for some innovative ways to do really special things with hand made boxes and gift bags. She's posting templates and a detailed tutorial for Part 1 of our Fabuous Floral Three Part Challenge. And, if you need a last minute gift idea to go IN your boxes and bags, visit Katheryn's blog!

Leah, Dawn, and Giovana have made some gorgeous samples for these challenges so make sure you roll over to their blogs to check out their samples!!

Also, this weekend is the time to go shopping. Don't forget today, Saturday, is National Scrapbooking Day! And there are sales at MDC:

In celebration of National Scrapbooking Day – May 2, 2009
We are putting the entire store on sale!
Visit our web store between
12:00 AM Saturday, May 2 and 11:59PM Sunday, May 3
and receive 35% off your entire order!

Enter Product Code NSD2009 at Checkout.