First Year

I finished this album last month but never found the time to post it until now. This is the first mega-mini album I created and I like the outcome. My original plan was to create 12×12 LOs for my son’s first 12 months but I decided to make a mini instead. I’m glad I did because for me it is much easier and faster to create compared to 12×12 LOs.

Anyway, I made this album so that I can document Zach’s growth for the past 12 months. The title of the album is “First Year”. Each page has a hidden journaling about his developments, his behavior, his likes and dislikes and his milestones.

I also used this album as a guest book during my son’s first birthday last August 31. I got this idea from Velvet who shared what she did during her daughter’s first birthday last June.

For the first page, I made a LO to highlight the poem my hubby made for our dear son and it goes like this:

Ode to Baby Zach

Out of dreams you were born,
Once the figment of our imaginations evermore,
The promise of a future left to behold,
A hint of immortality that is untold.

Through prayers and hopes you came to be,
A bundle of joy for all to see,
Your every giggle brightens our darkest night,
Every tear darkens our brightest light.

Ever the measure of a man is the son,
Ever the test of the parent the child becomes,
A testament of faith in God above,
Your smile makes our hearts leap with love.

Live and rest easy our little bundle of joy,
The circle renewed borne by our baby boy,
The greatest inspiration to come into our life,
Our pride, our joy, our promise, our light.

♥♥♥ Daddy ♥♥♥
18th July 2008

Second page: Believe in Miracles (New born photos)

I included a poem by Helen Steiner Rice.

A wee bit of heaven drifted down from above – A handful of happiness, a heart full of love. The mystery of life, so sacred and sweet – The giver of joy so deep and complete. Precious and priceless, so lovable, too – The world’s sweetest miracle, Baby, is YOU.

3rd page: Bundle of Joy (1st Month)

4th Page: Sweet Pea (2nd Month)

5th Page: Baby Love (3rd Month)

6th Page: Baby (4th Month)

7th Page: Little All-Star (5th Month)

8th Page: Awesome (6th Month)

9th Page: Kissable Kid (7th Month)

10th Page: Boys Rule! (8th Month)

11th Page: Little Cutie (9th Month)

12th Page: Big Boy (10th Month)

13th Page: Cute (11th Month)

14th Page: Birthday Wishes

15th Page: This is what the signature page looks like.

I enjoyed making this mini and I’m happy I made this one to document Zach’s growth and I hope he will appreciate it when he grows up.

Thanks for viewing.



OLW Challenge: LOVE

Word up #35 at OLW (One Little Word) is LOVE and I decided to play along. Although I did not win, this layout was one of the creations that caught their eye…

I put the journaling on a MM {note}worthy journaling page and since I’m not comfortable putting the words “out there”, I covered it with vellum (just the right material to cover it without keeping it out of sight) and the Prima flower is just the thing for the “peek-a-boo” effect.

Here’s the journaling:

I knew it was coming, you were ready – I was not. I remembered our last phone conversation. I asked you if you want me to come home, you said it’s ok. We talked and I asked a couple more times. Amid saying, “it’s ok” , you softly said ” Yes” but when I asked again to confirm, you said “it’s ok”. Looking back, I regretted not listening to that soft “yes” coz I would have been there to hold your hand when you took your last breath, Pa. My heart broke when a few days after I got news that you passed away.

When I came home, they were getting you ready to be transported to our home city. I knelt beside your coffin and asked you why you didn’t wait for me.

Although I grew up seeing you a few days a month because of your work, I knew you loved me & we had this bond. That’s why it was hard for me to let you go. It seems like there’s a lot more about you I need to know. And really it’s also coz I didn’t get to say goodbye.

You must have felt bad coz when I asked you for a sign that you’re ok (at your wake), you were there… through the little gap at the door, I saw you outside throwing back your head in laughter & there was this bright light surrounding you. Of course, the actual person was not you – the only similarity you had is the grey hair. He was sitting outside with the rest of the relatives having a conversation & laughing. But for me & Uncle Momoy (your cousin & best friend), for that few minutes we saw you & you are happy. For the rest of the days of your wake, I felt peace & I let go… I know you’re in a better place, free of pain. ‘Til we meet again…

I’ve been meaning to make this layout, initially for Father’s Day but a lot of things need to be taken cared of so this project has been pushed further down my list. Now, I think it’s the approriate time coz last Friday (Sept 19) he would have turned 66. I lost my Papa to lung cancer in Oct 19, 2006 – a month after his 64th birthday.

This picture was taken by Charlize who was 2 yrs & 3 mths at the time. It was my Papa’s last Christmas (2005) and it was a special occasion in our family coz this Christmas we were together. You see, I lived in Singapore since 2000, my sister Faith is residing in Manila with her husband Jasper & our brother Chalito, and Charity, our youngest, stayed in Dumaguete, our home city, until 2003. My father stayed in Dumaguete until his lung cancer treatment made him move to Manila in 2005. Guess we somehow knew it would be his last Christmas but we were in denial. We hope that by not thinking about how many months he has left it will postpone the inevitable. I was not there on his final days and I guess it has some good in it coz I will always remember him this way. Smilling, whistling, happy, free of pain.

For a more thorough description on the details of this layout, you can check handprints of life. Thanks for dropping by! TTFN…