Saturday, March 31, 2007


Just finished this LO following Val Salmon's latest sketch (found in her blog). I kinda promised Val I'll try out her next sketch since I wasn't able to try the 1st one.

Looks like my previous blog entry is causing some confusion (thanks Nina and Airees for your nice words). I have no issues about not being as creative as true artists like Iris and Pia -- they have their gifts, and I have mine, which is more than enough for me. It's always nice to look to others for inspiration and to learn from them, but in the end I have to make a LO that is truly mine. And as far as I'm concerned, I have everything I want and I'm the person I want to be, I truly can't ask for more.

Title: Swimmingly

Journaling: Things go swimmingly when Nadya tries out her brand new swim ring. Feb 2006

Materials Used: Fancy Pants pps, DCWV cs, Making Memories foam stamps and acrylic paint, Queen & Co Hook-Ups, Sharpie white marker, Sizzix Little Sizzles textures handmade pps, misc ribbon, rikrak, brads and bling; Tools: Sizzix Paper-Sculpting Daisy die, Coluzzle circle template

Thursday, March 29, 2007

What Kind of Intelligence Do I Have?

Picked-up this link from Nina's blog. This is why I can never be Iris or Pia.

For those who don't know, Iris majored in Piano in college -- she is a naturally artistic soul -- just one look at her and you see that she doesn't just walk, she glides.

Pia, on the other hand, is a Mass Comm major -- she was the one who got Jeff interested in Photography.

Me, when I took my college entrance tests, I applied to be a Math major -- as in BS Math -- and got accepted in all the schools I applied and even got a scholarship offer. I did it, not just because I loved Math, but also to make it easier to decide which school to go to -- para hindi na issue yung course. Goes to show how "logical" I am.

Of course, on the 1st day of college, I immediately went to the Guidance Office and asked to shift courses -- realizing that I won't have time to party and socialize if I stayed in BS Math!

This is why I love scrapbooking (and even cake decorating -- and come to think of it, my past-life in Consumer Marketing). Having always been "part-nerd", I never considered myself creative, and being able to do all this, is just mind-boggling for me. But, ever the nerd, I have an Excel file that has all my scrapbooking purchases -- itemized, regular price, purchase price, % discount, shipping cost, FX rate; and purchases are totaled by month, by store, etc. When I was still working, I used to thrive on making Excel files with numerous links and formulas to automatically calculate everything when a change is made.

Sometimes I fool myself into thinking I am artistic, then one of these personality/IQ tests come along and wake me from my dream.

Your Dominant Intelligence is Logical-Mathematical Intelligence

You are great at finding patterns and relationships between things.
Always curious about how things work, you love to set up experiments.
You need for the world to make sense - and are good at making sense of it.
You have a head for numbers and math ... and you can solve almost any logic puzzle.

You would make a great scientist, engineer, computer programmer, researcher, accountant, or mathematician.

Daddy's Shoes

Just finished this LO -- I doubt if I'll be able to do another today as errands are calling me. Bianca has grown so much -- she barely looks like this picture taken a year ago.

Title: Daddy's Shoes

Materials Used: Basic Grey Blush pps, Undressed Chipboard Elements & alpha stickers, Making Memories cheeky flat clips, Queen & Co. deco brads, UTEE, chalk ink, misc lace & ribbon

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

My Brave Boy & Sisters

I'm so happy I was able to finish 2 LOs today. I really have to start scrapping faster and not worry too much about the little things in my LOs -- how bad can it be? My family will appreciate it no matter what. I had 100+ 5R pics developed last week for my scrapbook LOs -- with all these pics waiting for me, I don't have the time to spend several days on a LO.

Title: My Brave Boy

Journaling: I can't think who was more scared when you agreed to ride alone in the front seat of the roller coaster -- you or me. Probably me. 102806, Warner Bros Movie World, Australia

Materials Used: Crate Paper Carnival pps & letters, UTEE, K&Co Addision Glitter chipboard letters, Zig pen, Gin-X coasters, Making Memories acrylic paint, Provo Craft Art Accentz Glitter, 7 Gypsies 97% complete stickers, misc rikrak, fibers & ribbons

Title: Sisters

Materials Used: Crate paper Cowgirl, Heidi Swapp Chipboard letters, All My Memories twill phrase, Basic Grey chipboard photo turn, Prima flower, Autumn Leaves Index Synonym Tabs, chalk ink, Making Memories ribbon slide & acrylic paint, PC Bradletz, misc brads, gingham ribbon and flowers

Sketch: Becky Fleck

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

My Life

Here's another LO for Scrapbukan using the new Sassafras Lass papers. Sahrie specifically asked her DT to each make a simple LO -- so here's my take on "simple".

This photo was taken on our last day in Australia last Nov 2006. It was a full week of bonding with the kids (no yayas in tow) going to theme parks everyday. And to-date, when asked where their favorite place to visit is, Luis and Nadya will say "Australia" -- Bianca would probably say the same thing if she could.

Title: My Life

Journaling: This is what it's all about. Building castles in the sand. Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Aus. Nov 2006

Materials Used: Sassafras Lass Scrumptious pps c/o Scrapbukan, Heidi Swapp chipboard alphas, Lil Davis journaling stamp, Technique Tuesday Big Timber alpha stamps, Staz-on, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Zig pen, Junkitz ribbon, misc ribbon (treasured memories), Jo-ann tag clip, Making Memories acrylic paint.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Sweet Daughter

Finally got to use some of my 3 Bugs papers which I've had since Sept 2006 (talk about being behind with my stash)! I'm starting to think my target of 3 LOs a week isn't even enough to go through my stuff and before I know it, Summer CHA will be here again with more new stuff!

Materials Used: 3 Bugs in a Rug pps, vellum, Lil Davis Glitter Glaze, chalk ink, Chip Chatter Chipboard letters, K&Co chipboard phrase, misc ribbon & eyelets, Cuttlebug embossing folder, MM acrylic paint

Free Spirit

Can't believe I finally finished this LO which I started at the March EB last Mar 17. I actually put it away in my album already last Tuesday but didn't take a pic because it felt unfinished. I finally decided to add the journaling and more fibers (trying to do an Iris to no avail -- haha).

Materials Used: Fancy Pants pps and tags, chalk ink, misc bling, eyelets & fibers, Karen Foster Loopy eyelets, Making Memories flower brads, Heidi Swapp flower, Autumn Leaves stamps, Fontwerks alpha stamps, Jo-ann metal alpha brads

Friday, March 23, 2007


Finished another LO today for Scrapbukan using the new Sassfrass Lass papers and EK Success Phrase Cafe Rub-Ons.
Journaling: You may not realize it now... but our FAMILY is an amazing blessing. Not only do we share love and affection, we also celebrate traditions and remain united during good times and bad. No other person can fill your shoes because you share the unique bond that only another member of our family can comprehend.
Materials Used: Scrapbukan - Sassafras Lass papers, EK Success Phrase Cafe Rub-Ons; Others - DCWV cardstock, Colorbox chalk ink, Prima flowers, Maya Road chipboard scroll, Autumn Leaves Rhona Farrer Swirls stamp, Making Memories paint, Zig pen, misc vellum, fibers and eyelets

Leave It

Photo from

I finally got the courage to post this LO from last Sunday's Haribon Scrap Event. It's not my best work but the more I look at it, the more I realize that I really wouldn't change a thing about it. If I had to do it all over again, I think my LO would still be pretty much the same.

I realized that, on its own, it's not so bad. It's just that it pales in comparison to all the other oh-so-colorful and happy LOs, because of its muted color scheme. So I decided to do as it says and just "Leave It"!

Which brings me to a conscious decision that I made recently -- "make the best of what is given to you". Not that I've been complaining about my lot in life -- I don't recall ever having done that because I'm just really a "glass-is-half-full" kind of person. I know that I am blessed with so much -- maybe it's human nature to want more. Now I will make a conscious effort to make use of what I have first before asking for more --- it is only fitting considering how much scrap stuff I yet have to use.

Materials Used: Basic grey pps, chipboard arrow and alpha stickers; Maya Road chipboard scroll; Lil Davis glitter glaze and journaling stamp; Zig pen; Colorbox Chalk ink; eyelets.

Journaling: Leave it as it is. The ages have been at work on it and man can only mar it. Teddy Roosevelt

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Determination Breeds Success

Finished this LO today using the new Sassafras Lass papers from Scrapbukan. I was so excited last summer when my little princess, girly-girl Nadya decided she wanted to play soccer too! I love the fact that she's a girly-girl but I really want my kids to find a sport that they love -- because I'm so sportless!

I only used 2 pps from Sassafrass Lass and made full use of the Cricut (Sahrie got the Scrapbukan DT a Cricut which we take turns using). This picture wa taken on the last day of soccer lessons. Being a goalie is part of their training so Nadya really concentrated on making sure the ball didn't get past her.

Materials Used: Sassafrass Lass Blue Boutique papers (Exuberant & Dainty), Bazzil and DCWV cardstock, Making Memories washer words and acrylic paint, DCWV metallic accents, Doodlebug brads. Tools: Cricut George font

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Hush Little One

Finished this LO last week but was unable to post it. I thought this LO was going to be a disaster when for some weird reason, I expected the fuzzy rub-ons to be white (e fuschia naman yung BG ng rub-ons, ang labo ko). I was about to panic cos there wasn't a hint of fuschia anywhere on the pps, so I had to add the fuschia touches with the flowers to match the title.

Title: Hush Little One

Journaling: Bianca finally falls asleep in Daddy's arms. No mean feat considering she's the only one who's ever done so. 07.20.06

Materials Used: Basic Grey Scarlett's Letter pps, MM rub-ons & ribbon slide, Heidi Swapp flower and fuzzy rub-ons, Memory Boutique chipboard tag, Prima flower, LD Journaling stamp, Zig pen, misc brads, lace, ribbon & stamping ink

Congratulations Luis!

Luis graduated from Kindergarten in La Salle Greenhills today. This is his best smile from over a hundred pictures I took this morning -- taken right after we gave him his prize for his Silver Medal in Science -- a Nintendo DS with a Pokemon game. He makes me so proud especially because we give him minimal supervision when it comes to his schoolwork -- he has very good listening skills (in school, not at home) and a very good memory. Even during exam week he still had time to play outside with his friends. He was also awarded "Most Responsible" in his class. Way to go Luis!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Happy Birthday Andy boy!

Did this cake this morning for Andy Roxas who turned 4 yrs old today. He gets along really well with Luis because they're both crazy about cars.

Monday, March 5, 2007


Finished this LO yesterday for Scrapbukan using the new Stella Ruby line from Basic Grey and featuring the Lil Davis Crillon stamps (will be available at the Mar 17 SE eb).
Journaling: How much longer do I have until you shun being a princess for good? Just a few weeks ago, you told me that you no longer wanted to be a princess because Ate Bella said it was for babies. But I was able to convince you otherwise... Next time I might not be so lucky.
Materials Used: patterned paper (Basic Grey Stella Ruby), background stamps (Lil Davis Crillon 1 & 2, Journaling 2), alphabet stamps (Fontwerks Miss Fancy), Tim Holtz Distress Powder, Zig pen, misc ink & ribbons
Photo by Jeff Lopez.

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