B: Bithday layouts

Five months after Zach’s first birthday and I’m finally done scrapping the photos for his album. I’m so glad to finally cross this out of my long list of photos to scrap. 🙂

Here is the first page: A Royal Birthday


I usually plan my LOs ahead of time but with this one I just let go and went with the flow and I guess it turned out OK. 🙂

This is the first time I used black and white photos, I’ve seen it being used a number of times and the effect appeals to me. I decided to do it here to draw attention on the smaller photos and also to make my page less busy than it already is.

Up close:




I like the outcome of this LO, it’s a nice break from all the linear pages I’ve been doing lately.

Journaling :

My baby, I can’t believe it has been ONE year since the first time I saw you. It has been amazing watching you grow. You’re such a charmer and you rule my life like a KING that you are!

I’m looking forward to the years ahead, knowing you will fill my life with LOVE, LAUGHTER and HAPPINESS!

Love u always,

Bazzill Basics Cardstock
Chatterbox, Statue Plaid Patterned Paper
Making Memories {Note}worthy Journaling card
DCWV Paper Flowers
Buttons & brads

EK Success Cutter Bee Circle Scissor
EK Success Image Tree Clear Stamps
StazOn and ColorBox Ink Pads
ZOTS clear adhesive dots & Tombow tape runner

2-Page LO: Party Time


With this LO I started with a sketch, I usually do, ‘coz it makes scrapping easier if I have a “blueprint” to work on. Then I determined the sizes and the number of photos I’m going to use. I resized each photo using Photoshop and printed it all at the same time and then after that I just cut and paste everything.

I framed my photos using a brown paper which I punched with Threading Water to separate the colors from the background paper. For the title, my original plan was to make a banner on the left page and paste the letters P-A-R-T-Y, but then when I tried it, it just looks too cluttered that I changed my plan and placed the title on one spot and somehow it balances the vertical line you see on the right page.


To finish the page, I just added a few embellishments and my journaling.


Your first birthday party was a blast! Everyone was there to celebrate it with us; Tito Jun even came home from Singapore just to be with you.
All of us worked hard to make your party extra special! Grandpa and grandma also played a big part to make your party possible! That’s how much we all love and adore you.

DCWV Cardstocks
DCWV Spring Collection Patterned Paper
My Mind’s Eye Paper (brown & stripe)
ASS Chipboard embellishments
Buttons & ribbon

FISKARS Threading Water border punch
Hero Arts clear stamp
StazOn and ColorBox ink pads

Last page: TOY HEAVEN


With this LO, I wanted to convey the fun Zach had when he opened his gifts. In choosing lively colors on my page I am able to communicate that feeling.

I printed a large photo (Noticed the red spot on Zach face? Well, that happened due to my carelessness. I was cleaning my scraptuary and I accidentally put the baby wipes against it. Now I have to reprint the whole darn thing) 😦 as my focal point and added 3 smaller photos that show Zach’s emotions. I matted the photos to separate it from the colors of the background paper.

When I started this LO, this is what it looks like…


I had to scrap it coz’ it’s just too much and I need to simplify it. (This is what happens if I don’t work with a sketch. I spend a lot of time changing the look of my LO).


To finish it off I just added the wooden truck where I wrote my journaling, a few die cut circles and ribbon.

We opened you gifts a day after your birthday. You had fun checking out your new toys and of course you had to “taste” everything when you got the chance. It was great seeing you so excited as you sat in the middle of your own TOY HEAVEN!

DCWV Glittered Patterned Paper
MME Pattered Paper
Provo Craft Wooden Embellishment
Karen Foster Squishies
DCWV ribbon

That’s it for my “B” week. Hope you can drop by again for our “C” week.



B: Butterfly Collage

Here’s my take on our “B” week : butterfly collage.


I started with just the butterflies but it felt bare so I added the stitches. Sometimes I wish I have a sewing machine coz it certainly makes it easier to add stitching to my pages plus I could mend and sew stuff around here. 🙂 On the other hand, I love the feel of the needle in my hands. It’s been sometime since I used my cross-stitch materials (yup, I used cross-stitch needle & floss/thread and yup, I cross-stitch but it’s been a while and that is another story for another day)… 🙂

butterfly collage

row of butterflies

I used EK Success Whale of a Punch-Butterfly puncher and EK Success Cutter Bee Bugs to pierce the Bazzill cardstock and hand-stitched using DMC cross-stitch thread in BLANC.

butterflies & stitches

The patterned papers are scraps from previous projects… October Afternoon, Jenni Bowlin, Creative Imaginations, Bo Bunny, Making Memories, Cosmo Cricket, MMBI, Scribble Scrabble, Chatter Box & Fancy Pants…most of my favorite manufacturers. 🙂

This is such a great project in the sense that it didn’t take long to finish and I get to use my scraps! Now all I need is to figure out where to put it…

A: ArTiSt @ HeArT

A new for me: using 8.5 x 11 size for a layout. Had a bit of a challenge with “proportions” since I’m used to making square layouts but it was fun and I’m happy how it turned out:

Artist @ Heart

the details:

Love dimension!

*alpha: ki memories alphabet soup (red bean & rice and mixed berry), @ paper clip: DiVOGA, glitter foam heart stickers.

the details

Had fun with my Cuttlebug again! Love their embossing folders (wish it comes in bigger sizes, like 8.5 x 11 if not 12 x 12?) ~ LOL. Got the Swiss Dots and card combos: Love Language (which I used in the tag) and Welcome Baby. I got the tag idea from Laura Vegas (love her!), thanks sis (Faith) for the heads up…

*cardstock: Paper Reflections (Kraft), patterned paper: Jenni Bowlin (Vintage Red Tiny Dot), ribbon: Heidi Grace, tag rim: Making Memories.

artist hand

*scallop circle tile: Technique Tuesday, string: Martha Stewart Crafts (baker’s twine).

the artist


*stamps: Technique Tuesday (Ali Edwards’ TODAY YOU clear stamp set), ink: Dew Drop Brilliance (Coffee Bean).

A: Alike

Before anything else, I would like to say I love this idea my sister, Hope, thought of. It is a great motivation for me to scrap and make crafty projects. And also, the good thing about this is at the end of the year I will have 26 or more, finished projects. That is of course, if I can keep up with this challenge. 🙂

Enough about that, here is my take on “A” week. I’ve been meaning to document my husband and son’s likeness but I never got around to doing it until now. The timing of this project is perfect, because I have the pictures I want and I knew before this challenge came about that the title of this page would be “ALIKE”.

In this LO, I wanted to include a lot of pictures to show how alike they really are. Not just physically but also in their ways.


I painted this wooden letters with Making Memories Emerald glaze and stamped it.


I had a hard time balancing the two pages because most of the pictures on the right page are colorful compared to the left page. To solve this problem I just added orange, red & blue gromlets to tie in the two pages.


When I finished adhering the photos, I felt it was too bare and so I added borders… (flowers + ribbon + bling)


To connect the journaling and the photos I added a stamped image of a hand using Making Memories Magnetic stamps.


To finish the project, I added my signature/date spot. I’m planning to incorporate this on all my LOs so that future generations will know who and when it was made.


Journaling says:

It’s amazing to see how alike you both are, not only in your looks but also in your ways. I hope you will always find the time to discover your similarities while you embrace your differences.


Bazzill Basics Textured Cardstock
Cosmo Cricket Gretel Collection – Fairy Tales
We R Memory Makers Gromlets
Prima Flowers
Rik-Rak ribbon
Making Memories Glaze paint
Stamps: Making Memories Magnetic Stamps & Passport Clear Stamp, EK Success Image Tree clear stamp
Wooden letters
Making Memories Tag Maker
StazOn & Colorbox Ink pads

So that’s it for my “A” week. Please do drop by again to check out our “B” week.

Have a good one!


26 letters: 26 weekends

With the new year comes a new project and we are so excited to share what we have been working on! We are sisters separated by 8696.84 miles, kept connected by our passion for scrapbooking, shopping (shoes + bags), chocolate and our kiddies. We have committed ourselves to create a project, be it a layout, mini-album, altered stuff, things crafty… and post it here every other Saturday, starting Jan 10, 2009. We will be following the alphabet thus the project title 26 letters: 26 weekends (52 weeks in a year/ 2 = 26 weekends). Really did the math on this… 🙂

This is a year long project and we love the idea that we have a goal to work on while getting our memories “pretty” for our kiddies to enjoy. If you want to play along, just link us up to your blog or photo hosting site by leaving the url address in your comments. We’d love to see your creations! 🙂